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Go Guide for Dec. 3 — Dec. 7: Community events in and around St. John's

Write for Rights: Words have power! Last year, more than 4.5 million letters from over 200 countries for Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights Campaign proved the power of words to release political prisoners, stop the use of torture and protect human rights defenders globally (writeathon.ca/successes). Please join us to sign letters and write cards for this year’s write-a-thon at 3 Gardiner Pl., St. John’s on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. Hosted by M-F Scully. Letters and cards will be provided as well as tea and coffee.
Write for Rights: Words have power! Last year, more than 4.5 million letters from over 200 countries for Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights Campaign proved the power of words to release political prisoners, stop the use of torture and protect human rights defenders globally (writeathon.ca/successes). Please join us to sign letters and write cards for this year’s write-a-thon at 3 Gardiner Pl., St. John’s on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. Hosted by M-F Scully. Letters and cards will be provided as well as tea and coffee. - 123RF Stock Photo

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Monday, December 3

Activities

9 a.m.

Tour Government House

Free tours of Government House are available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. To request a tour, please call Regina Whiteway at 729-2669 or email ReginaWhiteway@gov.nl.ca

3 p.m.

Susan’s Sewing Studio

Looking to join a sociable group? Whatever your gender, age or ability, bring along whatever project you are working on or start a new one. Drop in to the Fellowship Room at St. James United Church anytime between 3 and 6 p.m. Relax, sew, chat, laugh, receive help and friendship from others in a very informal atmosphere! No cost – just bring your own materials. This is an accessible venue (please use side entrance). For information, call Susan at 722-1881.

Live Music

7 p.m.

Bill Kelly

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

10:30 p.m.

Larry Foley

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Social

Upcoming

New Year’s Eve Ball

St. John's Shrine Club New Year’s Eve Ball will be held at the Mazol Shrine Centre (530 Topsail Rd.). Music by Exodus, featuring Neil Hefford (guitar/saxophone) and Junior Reid (keyboards/vocals). Prime rib dinner catered by Fireside Catering. Dinner served at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $85 single. Dress is business suit or tuxedo. Tickets can be purchased from Sandi at the Mazol Shrine Centre, or by calling 368-5459.

Tuesday, December 4

Books

1 p.m.

Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis will be reading from and signing copies of his book, “Death in Number 2 Shaft” at the No. 3 Mine Tour and Museum on Bell Island from 1 to 4 p.m. The book tells of the death Lewis’ friend during an underwater exploration of the Bell Island mines.

Classes

10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

Wisdom Healing Qigong

Come “Awaken the Energy Within.” Relax! More wellness, more energy, more joy! Weekly classes with Sheila Leonard at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. run until Dec. 11. Class times are 10:30 a.m. for beginners, 1:30 p.m. for beyond beginners and 7 p.m. for a combined class of both beginners and beyond beginners. Focus on postural alignment, gentle repetitive movements, visualization and sound, with focused intention and attention. Call 727-7863 or visit www.sheilaleonard.ca for more information.

6:30 p.m.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course

MBSR was developed at the UMass medical school's centre for mindfulness in 1979. Through group and individual practices, discussions and presentations, participants learn a variety of formal and informal approaches for cultivating mindfulness in daily life, and meeting stress and pain with as much resiliency as possible. Course held at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. For more information, visit mbsrstjohns.wordpress.com, email mbsr.stjohns@gmail.com or call 685-6027.

Comedy

8:30 p.m.

My First Flamenco Time

Showcasing 12 brave new stand-up comedians who have never done stand up – no joke. The show at Boca Tapas Bar is part of a series by local production company, Night Out Productions, marking 100 new people having tried stand up within three years. The show is spearheaded by local comedian and improviser, Christopher Dunn, in efforts to keep diverse voices alive in St. John’s. It will feature primarily marginalized acts including but not limited to LGBTQ people, people who self-identify as having visible or invisible disabilities or living with mental illness, Indigenous people, people of colour, and those who identify as female or non-binary. The show will feature people looking to try out their first ever five minutes of material. Chances are you’ll know one of the new faces. There will be no assigned seating, so arrive early if you're eager to be entertained. Attendees can still order food and drink from the restaurant throughout the show.The show will be followed by a flamenco workshop taught by Vanessa Cardosso Whelan (Festival of New Dance). For more information or tickets, visit Eventbrite.com.

Fundraiser

7 p.m.

Weekly Crib Game

The weekly crib game in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association N.L. Division continues Tuesday at St. Teresa's Parish Hall. Admission is $5 each, with a prize awarded to the winner. The event is open to everyone. Contact Andrew Walsh at 726-3935 for more information.

Live Music

10 p.m.

Open mike night

The longest-running, most popular open mike in Newfoundland starts 10 p.m. each Tuesday night at O’Reilly’s! All are welcome (ages 19+).

Public Lectures

8 p.m.

Architecture Lecture Series

The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects (NLAA) is hosting its annual Architecture Lecture Series with its fourth and final lecture for the year this evening at the Quidi Vidi Plantation. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. with an informal Meet and Greet and then the lecture begins at 8 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public – everyone is welcome. This lecture will feature Cristina Verissimo and Diogo Burnay of the Lisbon based firm CVBD Arquitectos.

Wednesday, December 5

Activities

10 a.m.

Away in a Manger

An exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world at the Basilica Museum, right next door to the Basilica. This exhibit is ongoing Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day until Dec. 23. Admission is free but gifts for children in need can be placed under our tree. All are welcome. A great way to get in the spirit of Christmas.

12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Bridge

Lunch and bridge take place every Wednesday at the St. John’s Curling Club. Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. sharp. Call Shirley Kelly at 754-3260 to book a table.

7 p.m.

Cabot Toastmasters

Is a fear of public speaking holding you back? Drop in to our meeting at Mount Pearl City Hall to learn what we're all about. For more information, simply Google Cabot Toastmasters.

Ongoing

Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival

The Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival launches at the MUN Botanical Garden this evening. With well over 50,000 lights and hundreds of glowing candles, festival highlights include an extended caterpillar of lights, the giant puffins, a glowing garden of candles and the 12 gnomes of Christmas. After sold out nights in previous seasons, the garden is thrilled to announce that this year the festival is running more nights than ever. Merry and Bright will take place Nov. 28-30, Dec. 1-2, Dec. 5-9, Dec.12-16 and Dec.19-22. Parking is located at the Marine Institute on Ridge Road. Every 20 minutes, guests can hop aboard a free shuttle to and from the festival at 306 Mount Scio Rd., complete with carol singing. For tickets, visit: https://www.mun.ca/botgarden/.

Upcoming

Making Music Work

An information packed series of professional development workshops for artists and industry professionals presented by the NL Musicians’ Association, MusicNL and the Memorial University School of Music. The series of eight evening workshops will be offered during 2019 to help working music professionals sharpen their skills in the areas of branding and promotion, record keeping and taxes, recording, touring, musical rights and revenue sources, relieving physical stress, music teaching and scoring for film.

Presenters for the workshop series include some of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most respected and knowledgeable local musicians, including Tim Baker, Megan Warren, Kevin Blackmore and Wayne Chaulk (of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers), Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves (Duo Concertante), Matthew Hornell, Lori Clarke, Sandy Morris and Duane Andrews, along with more than 20 other music professionals who work to support the province’s performers and recording artists. Pre-registration is required. The workshops begin in January 2019 and continue through the year, with sessions taking place at the Suncor Energy Hall at Memorial University on Wednesday evenings. These workshops will be accessible and affordable, in order reach a wide range of musicians. This series is for musicians and industry professionals at all levels of development. For full details or to register for the workshop series, please visit makingmusicwork.ca or call the NL Musicians’ Association at 722-8005.

Upcoming

Write for Rights

Words have power! Last year, more than 4.5 million letters from over 200 countries for Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights Campaign proved the power of words to release political prisoners, stop the use of torture and protect human rights defenders globally (writeathon.ca/successes). Please join us to sign letters and write cards for this year’s write-a-thon at 3 Gardiner Pl., St. John’s on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. Hosted by M-F Scully. Letters and cards will be provided as well as tea and coffee.

Classes

10 a.m.

Boxing to Beat Parkinson’s

Specialized exercise program for Parkinson's patients using boxing techniques. Classes are free. Call 754-4428 for details.

10:30 a.m.

Gentle Yoga with Sherry

Gentle yoga with Sherry at Yoga Kula Coop (Coakers Meadow Plaza) is great for seniors. $110 for eight-week session. To inquire or register, email info@sherryryan.com or call 631-6138. Sherry is a certified yoga instructor and has a degree in occupational therapy.

10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

T’ai Chi Chih

Come “Awaken the Energy Within.” Relax! More wellness, more energy, more joy! Weekly classes with Sheila Leonard at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. run until Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. for new and returning students. Includes 20 gentle, repetitive movements that help increase the flow of our natural energy. Call 727-7863 or visit www.sheilaleonard.ca for more information.

6:10 p.m.

Bully Beware

Tired of being bullied or having your child bullied? You’re not alone. The Mount Pearl School of Martial Arts has a well-structured program to arm you/your child with techniques to recognize, defuse and defend against bullying. The Bully Beware program is only one element of the school’s comprehensive martial arts program. Self-confidence through self-defence. Contact Pat Cochrane at 682-0335 for details.

7:30 p.m.

Aikido

Aikido is an effective martial art with an ethical approach: use the aggressor’s energy against them without harming them. Get fit and focused while having fun. Aikido is offered by the Fudoshin School of Aikido at St. Theresa School, 100 Mundy Pond Rd. It’s a welcoming place for everyone. It is a non-profit with a low monthly membership fee; no one is turned away for financial reasons. For more information, visit www.2017.fudoshinaikikai.ca.

Live Music

7 p.m.

Chris Hennessy

Performing at O’Reilly’s. Tonight from 7 p.m. to midnight, O’Reilly’s is also celebrating 22 years with a customer appreciation event, including specials, hors d’oeuvres and prizes.

10:30 p.m.

Heel N Toe

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Phil Coates of Upper Gullies. Coates is a farmer and owner of Island Composting. He began his company to enrich his farmland with valuable natural nutrients, reducing unnecessary landfill additions. Tune in on the AM dial 800, online at VOWR.org., or through cable radio – Rogers 945 and Bell Aliant 756.

Shopping

11 a.m.

St. John’s Farmers’ Market

Large weekly indoor/outdoor farmers' market from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday at 245 Freshwater Rd. Seventy or more vendors, featuring fresh produce, prepared foods, hot food, crafts and more. Everything made, baked and grown locally. ATM and café on site. Weekly vendor lists, parking information and more available online at www.stjohnsfarmersmarket.ca.

Theatre

8 p.m.

The Christmas Spirit

St. John’s Players present The Christmas Spirit by Frederick Stroppel, directed by Louise Kearley. The Christmas Spirit is a comical yet very inspiring and touching play to capture the magic of Christmas and rekindle one's Christmas spirit. On stage at the Barbara Barrett Theatre at the Arts & Culture Centre from Dec. 5 to 8. Showtime 8 p.m. nightly. For tickets, call 729-3900 or visit artsandculturecentre.com.

Thursday, December 6

Activities

9 a.m.

Tour Government House

Free tours of Government House are available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. To request a tour, please call Regina Whiteway at 729-2669 or email ReginaWhiteway@gov.nl.ca.

7:30 p.m.

Guided Meditation Class

Guided meditation led by Pam Senior at Torbay Public Library from 7:30-8:15 p.m. The class will start with a few gentle stretches before moving to a guided meditation to release tension from your body and mind. Bring a mat or blanket to lie on, a blanket or wrap to cover up, and any other props for your comfort. If you are unable to lie down, you can use a chair from the library. No previous experience required. Age 16+. No fee or registration.

Ongoing

Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival

The Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival launches at the MUN Botanical Garden this evening. With well over 50,000 lights and hundreds of glowing candles, festival highlights include an extended caterpillar of lights, the giant puffins, a glowing garden of candles and the 12 gnomes of Christmas. After sold out nights in previous seasons, the garden is thrilled to announce that this year the festival is running more nights than ever. Merry and Bright will take place Nov. 28-30, Dec. 1-2, Dec. 5-9, Dec.12-16 and Dec.19-22. Parking is located at the Marine Institute on Ridge Road. Every 20 minutes, guests can hop aboard a free shuttle to and from the festival at 306 Mount Scio Rd., complete with carol singing. For tickets, visit: https://www.mun.ca/botgarden/.

Children and youth

7 p.m.

Young Adult Book Club

The Young Adult Book Club at Torbay Public Library is for anyone ages 12-18. No fee, no advance registration necessary. For more information, email torbayyabookclub@gmail.com. Follow Torbay Public Library on Facebook for this and other events.

Classes

1:30 p.m.

T’ai Chi Chih

Come “Awaken the Energy Within.” Relax! More wellness, more energy, more joy! Weekly classes with Sheila Leonard at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., run until Dec. 13 at 1:30 and 7 p.m. for returning students. Refining our practice of the 20 gentle and repetitive movements, helping further increase the flow of our natural energy. Call 727-7863 or visit www.sheilaleonard.ca for more information.

Live Music

7 p.m.

St. James Guitar Group

Come to Kenny’s Pond Retirement Home (135 MacDonald Dr.) and join in as we enjoy singing along to favourite songs, melodies, hymns and Christmas carols with the St. James United Church’s guitar group from 7 to 9 p.m.

Theatre

8 p.m.

The Christmas Spirit

St. John’s Players present The Christmas Spirit by Frederick Stroppel, directed by Louise Kearley. The Christmas Spirit is a comical yet very inspiring and touching play to capture the magic of Christmas and rekindle one's Christmas spirit. On stage at the Barbara Barrett Theatre at the Arts & Culture Centre from Dec. 5 to 8. Showtime 8 p.m. nightly. For tickets, call 729-3900 or visit artsandculturecentre.com.

Friday, December 7

Activities

Ongoing

Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival

The Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival launches at the MUN Botanical Garden this evening. With well over 50,000 lights and hundreds of glowing candles, festival highlights include an extended caterpillar of lights, the giant puffins, a glowing garden of candles and the 12 gnomes of Christmas. After sold out nights in previous seasons, the garden is thrilled to announce that this year the festival is running more nights than ever. Merry and Bright will take place Nov. 28-30, Dec. 1-2, Dec. 5-9, Dec.12-16 and Dec.19-22. Parking is located at the Marine Institute on Ridge Road. Every 20 minutes, guests can hop aboard a free shuttle to and from the festival at 306 Mount Scio Rd., complete with carol singing. For tickets, visit: https://www.mun.ca/botgarden/.

10 a.m.

Away in a Manger

An exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world at the Basilica Museum, right next door to the Basilica. This exhibit is ongoing Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day until Dec. 23. Admission is free but gifts for children in need can be placed under our tree. All are welcome. A great way to get in the spirit of Christmas.

Upcoming

Write for Rights

Words have power! Last year, more than 4.5 million letters from over 200 countries for Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights Campaign proved the power of words to release political prisoners, stop the use of torture and protect human rights defenders globally (writeathon.ca/successes). Please join us to sign letters and write cards for this year’s write-a-thon at 3 Gardiner Pl., St. John’s on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. Hosted by M-F Scully. Letters and cards will be provided as well as tea and coffee.

Art

5:30 p.m.

Proximity – Opening Reception

Christina Parker Gallery is pleased to announce Proximity, an exhibition by Ned Pratt that features a selection of photography from 2017 and 2018. This exhibition runs from Dec. 7 to Dec. 29, with the opening reception this evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Artist will be present. Music by Boyd Chubbs. The photographs in Proximity take a simplified approach with attention to three basic principles: light, colour, and composition. In Pratt’s own words he states, "the images become more than photographs, they are abstractions in colour and form with minimal composition; light, colour and texture are the unifying elements."

6 p.m.

NL Art Expo

From December 7 to 9, the Arts and Culture Centre gallery space in St. John’s will be hosting the 2nd Annual NL Art Expo exhibit. This artist-run organization procures local professional artists to install recent works for sale and public viewing. This year, 10 artists will be submitting new works of art. The artists are: Lily Taylor, Lisa Lebofsky, Frank Barry, Veselina Tomova, Rodney de Vries, Joy Hecht, Alison Rideout, Brenda Rowe, Irene Duma and James Shebib. There will be at least 50 paintings to view in a broad range of styles and sizes. Opening night is Dec. 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Please visit the following website for more information: www.burntwoodgallery.wixsite.com/artxponl.

Live Music

8 p.m.

NSO Handel’s Messiah

A Christmas tradition! The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Stephen Candow, together with the Philharmonic Choir of the NSO, presents Handel’s Messiah. Set in the historic and captivating Basilica of St. John the Baptist, soloists include: Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; Aleks Romano, mezzo-soprano; E. Mark Murphy, tenor; and Joel Allison, baritone. This concert is presented by Cox & Palmer. Tickets ($28-$38) available at the ACC Box Office (729-3900) and online at www.artsandculturecentre.com or at the door.

Theatre

8 p.m.

The Christmas Spirit

St. John’s Players present The Christmas Spirit by Frederick Stroppel, directed by Louise Kearley. The Christmas Spirit is a comical yet very inspiring and touching play to capture the magic of Christmas and rekindle one's Christmas spirit. On stage at the Barbara Barrett Theatre at the Arts & Culture Centre from Dec. 5 to 8. Showtime 8 p.m. nightly. For tickets, call 729-3900 or visit artsandculturecentre.com.

Workshop

9 a.m.

Turf, Trust and Collaboration

Turf, Trust and Collaboration Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Liz Weaver of the Tamarack Institute. A workshop for community groups, charities and nonprofits. Sponsored by the Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador (CSC NL). $40 per person. CSC NL is offering a gift with compliments for the holiday season: Pay for three - get one free! To register, visit http://communitysector.nl.ca/eventturftrust or call Neil at 753-9860.

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