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GO GUIDE: What's happening in the St. John's area, June 22 to June 28

Scattered between blooms, come see Memorial University students at their best on Friday as they busk around the MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd., from 6-8 p.m. You’ll not only be surprised by the flowers, but by the musicians. Entry by donation.
Scattered between blooms, come see Memorial University students at their best on Friday as they busk around the MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd., from 6-8 p.m. You’ll not only be surprised by the flowers, but by the musicians. Entry by donation. - 123RF Stock Photo

Friday, June 22

Art

Ongoing

Brushes with Nature

An exhibition of works by Monday’s Company at Memorial University Botanical Garden, 306 Mt. Scio Rd. Monday’s Company have been painting with Diana Dabinett for 25 years. The exhibition runs until July 12. As the room is sometimes in use, phone ahead to make sure the exhibition is open. Call 864-8590.

Live Music

4 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves.

5 p.m.

Chris Hennessy

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

6 p.m.

Busking in the Blooms

Scattered between blooms, come see Memorial University students at their best. Busking around the MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd., from 6-8 p.m., you’ll not only be surprised by the flowers, but by the musicians. Entry by donation.

8 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

The Reels

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

11:30 p.m.

Station Road

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

12 a.m.

Goodtime Charlie

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Saturday, June 23

Children

10 a.m.

Family Bloom Days

Calling all flower lovers! Spend a family day at the Memorial University Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd. Feeling competitive? Enter the flower bonnet contest, or make a flower head wreath and join the petal parade. Children’s games and crafts all day. Admission is free, and our friends from Sci-Fi on the Rock will pop up in the garden, too. This event runs until 5 p.m.

Drag Story Time

Reading isn’t a drag! Come to the A.C. Hunter Library for our inaugural Drag Story Time with drag king Johnny Diamond. In partnership with RaiseUp NL Fundraising.

Live Music

5 p.m.

Bill Kelly

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

6:30 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

8:30 p.m.

The Bishops

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

11 p.m.

Goodtime Charlie

Performing at Green Sleeves.

11:30 p.m.

Station Road

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Radio

All day

Amateur Radio Field Day

The Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland will conduct a demonstration of amateur radio and emergency communications in quest for its third consecutive title to the coveted ARRL Field Day (Smallwood) Trophy, awarded to the top scoring class A or B station in Newfoundland and Labrador (VO1/VO2) as published in QST. This year’s operation will be held in the town of Bauline. For more information, Google VO1MRC.

Retreat

9:30 a.m.

Wisdom Healing Qigong Retreat

Come awaken the energy within! Relax! En-JOY! This retreat runs from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Virginia Water Retreat House, 47 Parsonage Dr. (off Logy Bay Road). Practice, review, and reflection time. For new and returning participants. Treat yourself! Please pre-register. Call Sheila at 727-7863 for more information or visit www.sheilaleonard.ca.

Sunday, June 24

Arts

2:30 p.m.

Soul Food

The Bahá’í community of St. John’s hosts this inaugural Soul Food event, the first in a series. This event is at the Landing in Room 3018 at the University Centre. The program will feature live music, audio-visual pieces and readings from faiths and philosophers, authors, leaders and Indigenous cultures from all over the world.

The featured performers for this inaugural event are Greg Bruce and Wade Tarling. Bruce, a woodwind player, is the leader of the popular world beat jazz band Ouroboros. Tarling has just released his first solo piano album, “Strength.” The theme for the first Soul Food event will be The Light Within. It will explore the expression of light from religions, cultures and authors, to illuminate our hearts and minds. The program will feature a diverse selection of material — from Hindu, Bahá’í, Christian, Buddhist and Muslim writings to quotes from such figures as Paulo Coelho, Bruce Lee and the Dalai Lama. Interspersed between these readings will be live music, poetry and visual art. The Soul Food program will last about an hour, followed by a social time. Admission is free. Free parking in an adjacent parking garage. All are welcome.

Children

10 a.m.

Family Bloom Days

Calling all flower lovers! Spend a family day at the Memorial University Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd. Feeling competitive? Enter the flower bonnet contest, or make a flower head wreath and join the petal parade. Children’s games and crafts all day. This event runs until 5 p.m.

Live Music

3 p.m.

Wales in the Harbour

Quintessential Vocal Ensemble (QVE) is performing at St George’s Anglican Church in Petty Harbour. Tickets are $25, or $20 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at Holy Heart Theatre box office, from choir members, or at the door. The concert will feature QVE’s competition repertoire that will be performed at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales next month. This is one of the oldest and most prestigious choral festivals in the world. The newly named choirs of QVE – Aquae and Ventus – as well as six-part a cappella group, Afterglow, will compete in four different categories. Representing Canada, they will compete against choirs from South Africa, Singapore, Germany, Poland, the United States, and more. Businesses in Petty Harbour are supporting the choirs at their upcoming send-off concert by offering special discounts to ticket holders from the day of the event up until the end of the month. Come support choral singing in Newfoundland and Labrador of the highest calibre.

3:30 p.m.

Sunday Traditional Session

At O’Reilly’s.

7 p.m.

Fergus O’Byrne

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Mark Manning

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10:30 p.m.

Con O’Brien & Patrick Moran

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

11 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Radio

2 p.m.

VOWR guest interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Maureen Lymburner, director of development of the Home Again Furniture Bank, about the bank, how it works, and how much it benefits both donors and recipients, who receive much-needed, gently used furniture and housewares. Tune in on VOWR AM 800, online at vowr.org, cable radio Rogers 945, or Bell Aliant 756.

Monday, June 25

Fundraiser

Upcoming

Fish Fry at the Fluvarium

Save the date: on July 31 our Red Seal chef, Antoine Harding, will prepare a delicious three-course fish dinner for the Fluvarium’s annual Fish Fry Fundraiser. All proceeds go toward children’s environmental education programs. Call 754-FISH (3474) for tickets. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under.

Health

7 p.m.

What’s on your plate?

Looking for tips to improve your family’s diet? Do you have high blood pressure? Do you have diabetes? Join the Kidney Foundation of Canada at the Dominion Community Room in Mount Pearl for a free public nutrition class with registered dietician Heidi Murphy. A family-friendly event — all ages welcome. Session will include recipes and information to take home. Learn how to make small dietary changes, read labels, modify recipes, and more. This event runs from 7-8:30 p.m. Space is limited. Reserve your spot by calling Jackie Dolomont at 753-8999 or emailing jackie.dolomont@kidney.ca.

Live Music

6 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Ongoing

NSO welcomes The Tenors

The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is happy to announce that tickets are on sale now for the NSO ExxonMobil Big Ticket, the NSO’s annual fundraiser. The concert will take place on Oct. 11 at Mile One Centre and will feature The Tenors, backed by the NSO. A decade after forming in their native Canada, The Tenors are an international success story. With their robust singing and seamless blend of classical and contemporary pop textures, Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray and Fraser Walters have scored multi-platinum sales, performed for the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Queen Elizabeth II, and shared stages with superstars such as Paul McCartney and Justin Bieber. Tickets, including a limited number of VIP meet-and-greet packages, can be purchased through the Mile One Centre box office, by phone at 576-7657 or online at www.mileonecentre.com.

Tuesday, June 26

Entertainment

6:30 p.m.

Fishcakes & Accordions Experience

O’Brien’s Music is partnering with Rocket Bakery to offer a unique hands-on experience with the quintessential Newfoundland folk instrument: the button accordion. Visit Rocket Bakery to find out all about how the instrument works and we’ll even help you try your hand at playing a tune. While you listen to traditional Newfoundland tunes played on a variety of different instruments, you’ll learn about how the button accordion came to be so popular in Newfoundland and you’ll enjoy Rocket Bakery’s take on a traditional fish cake dinner featuring two of Rocket’s special kitchen party fish cakes, salad, dessert and tea or coffee. Beer and wine available, too. $45 per person. Event runs 6:30-8 p.m.

Games

7 p.m.

Crib

The weekly crib game in support of Ronald McDonald House continues every Tuesday in the basement of St. Teresa’s Church. Admission is $5 with a prize awarded to the winner. The event is open to everyone. Contact Andrew Walsh at 726-3935 for more information.

Groups

7:30 p.m.

Inner Healing Ministry

Do you need to find time for you? The Inner Healing Ministry meets every Tuesday evening at the Wesley Church basement on Patrick Street. It is an hour of spiritual music, quiet time, and also a chance to meet new people from all denominations. Open to everyone. Come and see if it’s for you! For more information, call Roger at 895-3499.

Live Music

12:30 p.m.

Trad Tunes at Rocket Bakery

Enjoy some of Newfoundland’s best as they gather and play a selection of traditional Newfoundland music at Rocket Bakery from 12:30-1:30 p.m. This is a free event.

6 p.m.

Andrew Rodgers

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Wednesday, June 27

Classes

10 a.m.

Boxing to Beat Parkinson’s

Specialized exercise program at Boxfit, 878 Topsail Rd., for Parkinson’s patients using boxing techniques. Classes are free. Call 754-4428 for details.

5 p.m.

Fishcraft

Join Fishing for Success at Rocket Bakery from 5-8 p.m. for a family-friendly evening of hands-on activities that are all about fish and fishing. Learn ancient skills of weaving rope and knitting net — but with a modern twist all your own. Make your very own souvenir to keep. Learn skills that have been handed down through Newfoundland and Labrador families for generations.

Groups

7:30 p.m.

Overeaters Anonymous

Regular weekly meeting held every Wednesday at St. James United Church on Elizabeth Avenue. For more information, call 738-1742.

Live Music

6 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR guest interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Maureen Lymburner, director of development of the Home Again Furniture Bank, about the bank, how it works, and how much it benefits both donors and recipients, who receive much-needed, gently used furniture and housewares. Tune in on VOWR AM 800, online at vowr.org, cable radio Rogers 945, or Bell Aliant 756.

Thursday, June 28

Classes

1:30 p.m.

T’ai Chi Chih

Come “Awaken the Energy Within”! Relax! En-JOY! Weekly wellness classes with Sheila Leonard at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. This beyond beginners class is ongoing throughout June at 1:30 p.m. Refining our practice of the 20 gentle repetitive movements, helping further increase the flow of our natural energy. Call 727-7863 or visit www.sheilaleonard.ca for more information.

Gardening

Ongoing

Free Potato Seeds

The Seed Company by E.W. Gaze in St. John’s is offering free trials of exotic heirloom seed potato cultivars. The historic local business has partnered with P.E.I.-based Phytocultures Ltd. to bring in four unique cultivars of potatoes never before grown in the province: Yellow Sun, Red Smile, Kiss-me-a-lot, and Lobster Red. According to Phytocultures Ltd., these varieties are new to Canada, but are actually quite ancient, originating in antiquity and with possibly 1,000 or more years of production and taste selection behind them. While supplies last, customers are encouraged to take a free sample of one of the varieties and grow them to harvest. All the company asks in return is feedback on how well they grow and taste, to help determine whether they will be brought in as a new product to be sold alongside their regular seed potato selection next year.

Art

Ongoing

Brushes with Nature

An exhibition of works by Monday’s Company at Memorial University Botanical Garden, 306 Mt. Scio Rd. Monday’s Company have been painting with Diana Dabinett for 25 years. The exhibition runs from June 8 to July 12. As the room is sometimes in use, phone ahead to make sure the exhibition is open. Call 864-8590.

Live Music

Upcoming

Toronto Male Voice Choir

Topsail United Church proudly presents the Toronto Male Voice Choir in concert Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets $20 (children 12 and under free) available at the Church Office (834-4567) or at the door. Proceeds to be split between the Mission & Service Fund and the CBS/Paradise Community Food Bank. For more information about the Toronto Male Voice Choir, visit www.welshchoir.ca.

5:30 p.m.

Homely-Made Jam Session

Join Matthew Hornell at Rocket Bakery for some home cookin’ and The Homely-Made Jam Session featuring everything from bluegrass to old time tunes. Free event.

6:30 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Upcoming

How Sensible!

An evening with Sheila Williams at Holy Heart Theatre is coming up on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of songs, laughs and, of course, stories. Includes special guests Shelley Neville, Dana Parsons, The 8-Track Favourites, Darrin Martin, and Etcetera. Tickets are $55 (plus tax) and are on sale at the Holy Heart box office.

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