• The 33rd Annual Mount Pearl Frosty Festival will officially launch on Jan. 15 at 12 p.m. The launch will take place at the Mount Pearl Soccer Hut, Team Gushue Recreation Complex, Smallwood Drive.
• Nature NL Talk: 150 years of mining in Newfoundland and Labrador — Every mine tells a story of time and place, on Jan. 15 at Memorial University, Science Building Room SN 2067 at 7:30 p.m. Presenter will be Dr. Derek Wilton, Memorial University.
• Women’s Provincial Curling 2015 Scottie’s action starts on Jan. 15 at the Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club at 8 p.m. Bally Haly is hosting this year’s Provincial Women’s Championship from Jan. 15-18. Five teams are entered, one from Bally Haly and four from St. John’s Curling Club. Online curling will be available at www.curlingnl.ca.
• Rising Tide Celebrates 30 Years of Revue with Revue 2014. The tour begins in St. John’s on Jan. 15, 2015 and will end in Trinity on March 6. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 adult, $26 seniors and students and can be purchased online at artsandculturecentre.com or at the respective box office for secondary circuit venues.
Friday, January 16
Continuing Jan. 17 at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, 2nd Floor Gallery is an exhibition of Folk Art by Ben Ploughman — The first 20 years — every picture tells a story. Open to the public. Artist talk at 8 p.m. www.bensstudio.ca. The exhibit runs until Jan. 18.
Saturday, January 17
• At the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre on Jan. 17, 1-3 p.m. Family Fun Day — snowshoeing: This winter, join us to try out snowshoeing on the T’Railway or for our themed scavenger hunts. No pre-registration needed.
• “Life Goes On” Kids Club program for January at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium on Jan. 17 and 18 at 1:30 p.m. Join us to help prove that there are still lots of animals active and awake all winter long. Once we know which animals are still near the stream, we can find ways to help make the winter months a little easier for them. Please Bring a milk carton or plastic bottle per child.
• Eastport Peninsula Heritage Society is hosting the 5th annual Robert Burns Supper and the Royal Canadian Legion Eastport on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets please call 677-2360 or 677-2805.
• Powers Court open mike show at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Hall in Manuels, C.B.S. on Jan. 17. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Come along and enjoy some great music and company! For more information call Frank at 834-8196 or Ian 631-8439.
• The 30 Plus Singles Club is having a Singles Dance on Saturday, January 17 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Blackmarsh Road starting at 9:30 p.m. Proper dress — no jeans. Members $5, non-members $9. For more information about our Club call 722-3060 or visit our website: www.30plussinglesclub.ca.
Sunday, January 18
• The Conception Harbour Heritage Group hosts its monthly open mike show on the third Sunday of each month and this month’s show will be held on Jan. 18 at the parish hall next to the Jamie Murphy Memorial. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the excitement starts at 2 p.m. Kickoff the New Year with your friends at the Conception Harbour open mic.
• The Newfoundland Writers’ Guild will hold a regular workshop on Jan. 18 at the Sobey’s Community Room at 2 p.m. Jo Shawyer will give the first presentation in a series which has been planned as part of our usual workshops. Jo will talk us through her experience of writing a novel and seeing it through publication.
• The Newfoundland and Labrador Fiddlers Assoc. will hold a session on Sunday Jan. 18, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Arts & Culture Centre, 4th floor rehearsal room The session is open to members and anyone with an interest in traditional and down east style fiddling. Acoustic instruments such as guitar, mandolin, flute etc. are also welcome. Check out our website http://nlfiddlers.org to find out more about us.
• At the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre on Jan. 18, noon to 5 p.m. Arts & Culture Day: Your chance to see what’s happening on the local arts scene. The C.B.S. Visual Arts Group will exhibit watercolours by George Jarvis, Selena Benson, Joan Squires, Lorraine Jarvis and other members of the group. Art will be available for purchase and part of the proceeds go to support the Centre.
Monday, January 19
• At the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre on Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. Babies@Manuels: This winter, join us every second Monday for a movie in our theatre! The environment will be baby and toddler-friendly with lower sound, changing tables, snacks provided, and other understanding parents! Included with the cost of admission (under age 5 is free) or with a membership! No pre-registration needed.
• Taoist Tai Chi Open House — all welcome. On Jan. 19 from 7-9 p.m. at the Holyrood Community Centre. Please phone 579-52 76 for more information.
Tuesday, January 20
• Knights of Columbus, Council 7405, will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday Jan. 20 in the meeting room of Mary Queen of Peace church on Torbay Road. Rosary begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by the meeting. All Brother Knights are welcome.
• Newfoundland Pro Wrestling is hosting its Winter Meltdown ’15 on Jan. 20 at the CLB Armoury. Tickets for this event is only $10 and children ages six and under are free. This is most certainly a family friendly event and what makes it even more extraordinary is that partial proceeds from ticket sales will help support Camp Delight. We have a special Facebook promotion happening right now that you are welcomed to be a part of but first, have you liked our Facebook page yet? If no, please find us on Facebook under ‘Candlelighters Newfoundland and Labrador’. Once you have liked out page you can find the below picture and share it. All shares will be entered to win two tickets to the wrestling event. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets please contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 745-4448.
• The Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) will commence fly tying classes for beginners, inter-mediate and advance on Tuesday Jan. 20. Contact the office to register 722-9300 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, January 21
• Royal Astronomical Society of Canada St. John’s Centre monthly meeting on Jan. 21st at 8 p.m. The meeting will take place in the MUN Chemistry/Physics Room C-2045. Public welcome. Speaker: Dr. John Lewis, topic: “Dark Matter”. Details at http://www.stjohnsrasc.ca.
Thursday January 22
• The Compassionate Friends extend an invitation to parents who are experiencing grief at the loss of a child to meet with other bereaved parents on Thursday, January 22. We meet from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Room 2J619, Health Sciences Center (near Pastoral Care). For information telephone Diana at 753-3530.
• Valentine’s gift and craft sale on JAn. 24 at the Ramada Hotel Kenmount Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out and support the Newfoundland and Labrador Down Syndrome Society’s Spread Our Wings program. Admission is $1 and children under 12 are free. Prizes and fun for all.
• At the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre on Jan. 23 from 1-3 p.m. and Jan. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Young Scientist: Snowflakes! Fun hands-on activities for kids, all about snowflakes! This program is led by our science interpreters and aimed at ages three to 10 but all ages are welcome. Parents must stay with their children. No pre-registration needed, free with admission or membership.
• The Society of United Fishermen, 2471 Topsail Rd. in Topsail will have its next open mike on Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7.30 p.m. Come out for a night of old country and rock’n’roll, and some great music. Canteen services available. For more information call Bill at 834-8585.
• The 256th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns will be celebrated by the St. Andrews Society of Newfoundland and Labrador at the annual Burns Supper on Saturday Jan. 24 at the Royal Canadian Legion on the Boulevard in Pleasantville, 7 for 7:30 p.m. Please join us and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (St. John’s Branch), the Highland Dance Collective, the City of St. John’s Pipe Band, the Haggis Lady and assorted volunteers as we enjoy dinner with haggis, poetry, bagpipes and dancing to Corryvreckan. Tickets $50 per person, contact David at 579-6114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Clarke’s Beach United church women will hold a memorial hymn sing on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to come along and share as we remember and give God thanks for the lives of those who are now with the Lord. Donations will be used for the maintenance and upkeep of Clarke’s Beach United Church cemeteries.
• Now open 2015 WANL Emerging Writers Mentorship Program. The Writers’ Alliance invites applications from individuals interested in the 2015 Emerging Writers Mentorship program. Applicants to both the mentor and apprentice positions are being sought. The apprentice position is designed for writers who have a substantial work-in-progress and who are committed to the creative development of their writing. The mentor position is designed for writers with a history of publication and a commitment to the craft of writing. Each apprentice will be matched with a mentor to work on a one-to-one basis over an intensive five-month period beginning in March 2015, pending funding. Please visit http://wanl.ca/resources/mentorship-program for full details on how to apply. Deadline is Jan. 26.
• St. Philip’s ACW will hold their monthly card game on Monday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. at the Parish Centre, 20 Coady’s Rd., St. Philips. Game prizes, door prize and ticket draws. Lunch will be served. Cost $5.
• St. John’s Guild of Embroiderers welcome visitors for a free visit to our monthly meetings. Join us to share and learn new techniques with friends who enjoy any type of embroidery. Next meeting is Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi Hall, 260 Waterford Bridge Rd.
• The next lecture of the Family History Society of NL will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Hampton Hall, Marine Institute, Ridge Road. Our guest speaker Is Dr. Kathleen Hodgkinson, assistant professor of Medicine in Clinical Epidemiology at MUN. The topic is “Family history and DNA: our history written with different alphabets. Are the stories the same?” This is a free presentation and non-members are welcome to attend.
• Join The Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday Jan. 29 at the annual volunteerism luncheon, being held at the Holiday Inn on Portugal Cove Road. Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased in advance. To obtain tickets or for more details, contact the community sector council at 753-9860 or go to csc’s website http://communitysector.nl.ca.
• Wesley United Church will hold a fish luncheon on Friday, Jan. 30 at 12 p.m. Cod, salmon, dessert and coffee or tea will be served. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Pheobe at 726-1689, Marvin at 579-7900 or the Church office at 579-3682.
• Would you like to volunteer to help another adult learn to read and write? If you can read, you can tutor. Teachers on Wheels will be holding a daylong tutor-training workshop on Saturday, Jan. 31. Call Tom Dawe for details at 738-3975.
• Ice Fishing With Bob at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium from Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Sessions throughout the weekend, $15 adult, $10 youth (age 7+) +HST. Prepaid registration is required and non-refundable.
• The Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador offers a Learning Series for caregivers, family members and those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia beginning Feb. 4. The courses in the Learning Series will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of dementia, coping strategies, resources and support systems. Participants have the opportunity to learn and share with others! For more information contact the First Link Co-ordinator at 576-0608.
• Pop Up Deli on the Square on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Court Garden at the Sheraton Hotel, 115 Cavendish Sq. Please come join us at the Sheraton Hotel and help us raise money for Morris Academy’s Breakfast Club. Cost $10. First come first served. There will be no reservations; you can sit wherever there is a seat available.
• We’re calling on all bakers and animal lovers to “bake” a difference for animals in need! The third annual National Cupcake Day is set for Feb. 23 and everyone is invited to host a cupcake party, bake and share cupcakes with co-workers, family and friends. “This is an easy, home-baked way to help fight animal cruelty and make a difference,” says Katie Greene, fundraising Co-ordinator for SPCA St. John’s. “Everyone loves cupcakes and they taste even better when you know it’s for a good, local cause.” To register or for more information, visit www.nationalcupcakeday.ca.ollect donations in support of SPCAs and Humane Societies across Canada.
• The opening of Waterford Valley High School in the west end of St. John’s begins a new chapter in education, and after 56 years of educating thousands of students who have become leaders here at home and around the world, Bishops College is closing. Chair Derek Winsor (Class of ’77) invites all alumni to become involved. A reunion weekend is planned for June 25–28 and will include events such as a closing assembly, school tours, a staff reunion, a Bishops alumni dance, a family fun day, and more. The Committee wants to bring alumni back to the school, and appreciates assistance in getting the word out to alumni far and wide. Visit the facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Bishops-College/155443617813988?ref=br_tf, visit www.bishops.k12.nf.ca/closing, or call the school office with their contact information, 579-4107 or email email@example.com.