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Go Guide for Nov. 19-22: Community events in and around St. John's

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, Cabot Toastmasters will meet. 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
On Wednesday, Nov. 21, Cabot Toastmasters will meet. 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 - 123RF Stock Photo

Monday, November 19

Activities

9 a.m.

Tour Government House

Free tours of Government House are available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. To request a tour, call Yvonne Parsley at 729-4738 or email yparsley@gov.nl.ca.

Art

7 p.m.

Adult Art History Lecture Series

Do you love art, but find yourself wondering what makes a masterpiece a masterpiece? Who are the artists who created these great works of art and what inspired them? This series of lectures will look at artists from the romantic period to the modernists, their most famous works, and what made these masterpieces important in their own time and why they continue to be influential and important today. No experience or prerequisites required. Contact Beth at arthistorylectures@gmail.com or check us out on Facebook. Series is $120. There is a 10 per cent seniors’ discount available.

Books

7 p.m.

‘The Luminous Sea’ launch

The launch for local author Melissa Barbeau’s debut novel, "The Luminous Sea," takes place at Torbay Public Library, 1399C Torbay Rd., from 7-8:30 p.m. Melissa will do a reading. Also, enjoy art by local artists in attendance, including Brenda Rowe, Stephanie Martin, Marcia Deibel, Darrin Martin and others. Refreshments provided. No fee, no registration. All welcome.

Children and youth

All week

National Child Day

Nov. 20 is National Child Day in Canada, a day to celebrate the rights of children everywhere to live happy, healthy lives. The City of St. John’s is celebrating with a week of free events from Sunday, Nov. 18 to Saturday, Nov. 24. Use the hashtag #KidsTakeOver on social media posts to celebrate children taking part in activities and issues that matter to them. UNICEF launched #KidsTakeOver to celebrate National Child Day to show that our children have a voice to speak out on matters that affect them.

City councillors will be using #KidsTakeOver on their social media accounts to respond to questions and comments posed by children in city programs. A reminder to wear blue tomorrow, Nov. 20, in support of National Child Day.

Fundraiser

Ongoing

Season of Sight Lottery

It’s time to celebrate a season of sight. The Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s 50-50 draw is back again. Tickets are $5 each and the grand prizewinner could walk away with up to $5,000. Ticket draw is Nov. 23. For tickets, call 754-1180.

Groups

7 p.m.

The Writers’ Circle

Need help with an assignment or just enjoy writing creatively? Come to the Writers’ Circle – a very informal, friendly group which meets bi-weekly at St. James United Church (330 Elizabeth Ave.) on Mondays. This participant-driven group is facilitated by Chris Penney, B.A. History and Political Science, M.A. History, and is open to anyone with an interest in writing. You don't need to be a member of our congregation! Drop in anytime to have a coffee, relax, chat and write. For more information, call 722-1881, ext. 200.

Live Music

7 p.m.

Bill Kelly

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10:30 p.m.

Larry Foley

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Tuesday, November 20

Information

7 p.m.

Nursing program information

Interested in a career in nursing? If so, the information session about the bachelor of nursing (collaborative) program is perfect for you. The session takes place at the Centre for Nursing Studies, 100 Forest Rd., in Room G06 of Southcott Hall. For more information, contact the BN Consortium Office at nursingadmissions@mun.ca or visit www.mun.ca/nursingadmissions.

Live Music

10 p.m.

Open mike night

The longest-running, most popular open mike night in Newfoundland happens every Tuesday night at O’Reilly’s.

Social

5:30 p.m.

Auction and supper

The Gower Street United Church Men’s Club’s 48th annual auction and ham and beans supper happens Tuesday evening in the lecture hall. The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., supper at 6 p.m. and the main auction at 7 p.m. Dinner tickets cost $7 and may be purchased at the door or reserved at the door by calling the church office at 753-7286. Auction items include two weeks in a luxury condo in Fort Lauderdale, local berries and preserves, homemade Christmas puddings and fruit cakes, salt beef, salt fish, knitted goods, restaurant meals, works of art, photography, stained glass items and much more. It’s a great way to find the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone.

Upcoming

John Curran and Friends

VOWR presents John Curran and Friends (Wilf Curran, Ray Walsh, Greg Walsh and Brenda Gatherall) in concert at Wesley United Church on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Fred’s Records, O’Brien’s Music, Outfitter’s Army/Navy Store (Topsail Road) or by calling the Wesley Church office at 579-3682.

Upcoming

Winter Solstice Celebration at Fluvarium

Join The Fluvarium for an evening celebration on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Share a story and hot chocolate, decorate a tree full of treats as a gift for the animals, and sing some holiday songs. We encourage everyone to bring a song they love to sing this time of year. Winter solstice is the longest night of the year. We will enjoy some time together outdoors, so come prepared to be outdoors for half of the program. All ages welcome. Special $6 for everyone two years and older. Please RSVP to 754-3474 or kids@fluvarium.ca. Note: there is also an afternoon celebration on Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 21

Activities

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.

Classes

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.

Culture

7-9 p.m.

Mummers Paint Nite

Raise glasses and funds for the Mummers Festival by attending Mummers Paint Nite Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 7-9 p.m. at the Benevolent Irish Society, and Monday, Nov. 26 from 7-9 p.m. at Glendenning Golf Course. When you buy a ticket to this event, $15 will be donated to support all the free events organized by Mummers Festival. A local artist will guide you through two hours of painting, drinking and laughing til your cheeks hurt. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to have an amazing time. For information or to buy tickets, go online to www.mummersfestival.ca.

Live Music

7 p.m.

Chris Hennessy

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

10:30 p.m.

Heel N Toe

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Meeting

7 p.m.

PsoriasisNL

PsoriasisNL invites those affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis to join our new community support group. Meetings are held at the Blackmarsh Road Dominion Community Room on the third Wednesday of each month. All are welcome.

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Tim Walsh, the nursery manager at Memorial University's Botanical Garden. They speak about his winter months' botanical research, propagation of new plants for the nursery, and provision of plants for Memorial University students in their biology laboratory studies. Tune in on the AM dial 800, online at VOWR.org., or through cable radio – Rogers 945 and Bell Aliant 756.

Social

2 p.m.

Tea and music

The St. John’s Retired Citizens Association will host an afternoon of tea and music for seniors from 2-4 p.m. at 10 Bennett Ave. Admission is free. Space is limited. Call 746-2555 to reserve a place for you and your friends.

Thursday, November 22

Awards

6 p.m.

Guenter Behr Award

The Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland is holding its annual Moose Stew Supper and Guenter Behr Award presentation tonight at Knights of Columbus (49 St. Clare Ave.). Doors open at 6 p.m. and supper served at 7:30 p.m. For tickets ($20), contact Ian Gall at 579-0843 or e-mail igall@nl.rogers.com. There will be draws, raffles and a silent auction. All are welcome.

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.

Fundraiser

6:30 p.m.

Terry Fox Charity Basketball Game

The Memorial University Terry Fox Committee presents the 2nd Annual Terry Fox Charity Basketball Game at Memorial’s Physical Education Gym, PE2000, on the university’s St. John’s campus. Local celebrities, including athletes, media personalities, politicians and others will come together for an evening of family-friendly fun and sport in support of cancer research. Proceeds from the event will support The Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research, Newfoundland and Labrador chapter. Spectators are encouraged to wear their Terry Fox t-shirts, and Terry Fox Foundation merchandise will also be available for sale at the event. Doors open at 6 p.m. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at That Pro Look in the Avalon Mall or by emailing Dawn Corbett at dawnc@mun.ca. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Admission is free for children 12 years of age and under. Free parking is available in areas 1A and 15B.

Live Music

5 p.m.

Fergus O’Byrne

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

8 p.m.

Irish Descendants

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

9 p.m.

Grieve A Diva: Tribute to Aretha Franklin

All the queen's hits performed by a seven-piece band in one of the finest acoustic rooms in the province at Exile Restaurant (JAG Hotel) from 9 to 11 p.m. With musical direction by pianist Kyle Mooney and fronted by the soulful Cat Bowring, the evening promises to be one fit for a queen. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Fred's, JAG, and grieveadiva.com.

11:30 p.m.

Ceiligh

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Public Lecture

7:30 p.m.

C-NLOPB presentation

Public disclosure regarding natural resources is an important part of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board’s (C-NLOPB’s) mandate when talking about the development of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area. Professional engineers and geoscientists of the C-NLOPB provide resource reports and estimates, which include characteristics, geometry, quantity and quality to the public. As a regulator in the Can-NL offshore area, the C-NLOPB represents the public interest in the stewardship of petroleum resources and strives to provide a stable, efficient and impartial regulatory regime for operators who invest in the development of these resources. The C-NLOPB’s Resource Management Department is tasked with those objectives as well as communication to industry, governments and the public. In this presentation, Jeff O’Keefe, director of resource management and chief conservation officer, C-NLOPB, will look at how the C-NLOPB fulfills its mandate and reports this information publicly. Presentation held at Memorial University’s Fortis Angus Bruneau Lecture Theatre, room 2006 in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science building.

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