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Things to do around St. John's, Dec. 12 to 14

An exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world is 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.
An exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world is 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. - 123RF Stock Photo

Wednesday, December 12

Activities

10 a.m.

Away in a Manger

An exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world is 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.

St. John’s Storytelling Festival Monthly Story Circle

Gather round the proverbial campfire from 7-9 p.m. at Erin’s Pub for a wonderfully warm story circle. Host Mary Fearon is an accomplished and dynamic teller with a brain full of Jack tales that are sure to tickle your fancy. Cuddle up with a mug of beer, glass of wine, or hot cup of tea and revel in the joy of stories. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned teller, we welcome you to share you tales during our open mike. And as always, we need warm and lovely listeners. Whether you are there to listen, to tell or to gather up your courage to tell a story, we’d love to see you. Admission $5 (cash only).

Ongoing

Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival

The Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival is on at the MUN Botanical Garden. 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. Merry and Bright will take place 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/.

Art

Noon-5 p.m.

Artists at The Heritage Shop

Visit local artists Dave Hoddinott and Leona Ottenheimer at The Water Street Gallery on the second floor of The Heritage Shop, 309 Water St. Featuring a wide selection of local artwork and great gift ideas. Artists will be in the studio Wednesdays to Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. until Dec. 23.

Gerald Squires Gallery

The Gerald Squires Gallery, 52 Prescott St., presents some works saved toward the establishment of a museum of Squires’ life and work. Also on hand will be paintings, drawings, prints, limited edition hand-bound books and fine art reproductions by such artists as Boyd Chubbs, George Horan, Sharon Puddester, Des Walsh and Gerry Squires. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5 p.m. until Dec. 22; Other times by chance or appointment — call 746-7076. Online: www.geraldsquiresgallery.com.

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.

Upcoming

Making Music Work

An information-packed series of professional development workshops for artists and industry professionals is being presented by the N.L. 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, visit makingmusicwork.ca or call the N.L. Musicians’ Association at 722-8005.

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Douglas Ballam, president of Nature Newfoundland and Labrador, a non-profit, certified charitable organization. They talk about the organization, which aims to promote enjoyment and protection of wildlife and natural resources in the province through hikes, trips to significant natural areas, naturalist speakers, and information concerning pollution prevention. 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.

Social

Upcoming

Christmas Turkey Dinner and Raffles

St. John's Shrine Club Christmas turkey dinner is on Friday, Dec. 14 at noon. Cost $20 per person. Tickets available at the Mazol Shrine Centre, 530 Topsail Rd., or call 368-5459. Also, the St. John's Shrine Club’s Christmas raffles will be held at Mazol Shrine Centre on Friday, Dec. 14, Monday, Dec. 17 and Tuesday, Dec. 18 starting at 5:30 p.m. each day.

Upcoming

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance

The Elks Club on Carpasian Road is again holding its New Year’s Eve dinner and dance, giving members and the public two options to welcome in 2019. The first is a three-course meal (arrive at 6:30 p.m.), followed by a dance with party favours and champagne. $90 per person. The second option is to arrive at 9:30 p.m. for the dance with party favours and champagne. $40 per person. Music by Lew Skinner and the New Generations, featuring the vocal talents of Bob McDonald. Call the club at 722-0095 for tickets. Come one, come all and help support our local charities.

Thursday, December 13

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, call Regina Whiteway at 729-2669 or email ReginaWhiteway@gov.nl.ca.

2 p.m.

Advent Mini Retreat

Advent — a time of waiting, of welcoming a deeper awareness of divine presence within all creation. Join us at the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice, 101 Mount Scio Rd. You may choose one of the following sessions: 2-4:30 p.m. or 7-9:30 p.m. We will explore four themes: hope, bravery, welcome and being yourself. You are also welcome to bring along a verse of scripture, a poem, a song, a symbol or anything that speaks to you of one of these themes. To register, email mcej@live.com or phone 722-0082.

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 is on at the MUN Botanical Garden Thursday 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. Merry and Bright will take place 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/.

Art

Noon

Artists at The Heritage Shop

Visit local artists Dave Hoddinott and Leona Ottenheimer at The Water Street Gallery on the second floor of The Heritage Shop, 309 Water St. Featuring a wide selection of local artwork and great gift ideas. Artists will be in the studio Wednesdays to Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. until Dec. 23.

Gerald Squires Gallery

The Gerald Squires Gallery, 52 Prescott St., presents some works saved toward the establishment of a museum of Squires’ life and work. Also on hand will be paintings, drawings, prints, limited edition hand-bound books and fine art reproductions by such artists as Boyd Chubbs, George Horan, Sharon Puddester, Des Walsh and Gerry Squires. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5 p.m. until Dec. 22; Other times by chance or appointment — call 746-7076. Online: www.geraldsquiresgallery.com.

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

5:30 p.m.

Homely-Made Jam Session

Enjoy some good ol’ home cookin’, a beer and the Homely-Made Jam Session with Matthew Hornell, featuring everything from bluegrass to old timey tunes. All welcome. Free event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Rocket Bakery on Water Street.

7:30 p.m.

The Reaction

A meet and greet and vinyl album release takes place at Fred’s Records for one of the premier punk bands in Newfoundland from 1979-81. This event features a live performance from band member Mike Fisher. The first 100 copies of “East End Rockers” have a vintage button reproduction.

Friday, December 14

Art

Noon

Artists at The Heritage Shop

Visit local artists, Dave Hoddinott and Leona Ottenheimer, at The Water Street Gallery on the second floor of The Heritage Shop (309 Water St.). Featuring a wide selection of local artwork and great gift ideas. Artists will be in the studio Wednesdays to Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. until December 23.

Gerald Squires Gallery

The Gerald Squires Gallery, 52 Prescott St., presents some works saved toward the establishment of a museum of Squires’ life and work. Also on hand will be paintings, drawings, prints, limited edition hand-bound books and fine art reproductions by such artists as Boyd Chubbs, George Horan, Sharon Puddester, Des Walsh and Gerry Squires. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5 p.m. until Dec. 22; Other times by chance or appointment — call 746-7076. Online: www.geraldsquiresgallery.com.

Live Music

8 p.m.

Rasa at The Rooms

Rasa is the award-winning duo of Erin Best and Sandy Morris. Since the release of their Christmas album "Do You Hear What I Hear?" in 2004, they have performed live shows featuring songs from that record and other Christmas favourites. They are delighted to bring this festive show to The Rooms this December. Tickets are $40 (10 per cent discount for Rooms members). For tickets, call 757-8090 or buy online at events.therooms.ca.

Upcoming

Holiday Wassail

The 13th annual Holiday Wassail at George Street United Church is coming up on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m., featuring Fretboard Journey, the Swinging Belles, the Kubasonics, the Old Contemporaries and Friends, the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, Dave Paddon, Elizabeth Clarke, the Mummer & the Paupers and the STEP Fiddlers.

Tickets are available at O’Brien’s Music, Fred’s Records and online at etixnow.com. Visit nlfolk.com for more details.

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