• On May 1, the Canadian Diabetes Association will host a free, interactive workshop in St. John’s at the Holiday Inn, 180 Portugal Cove Rd. Juanita O’Leary, CDE will show you how to set S.M.A.R.T. wellness goals that stick, and Tonya Whittle, CPTN certified personal trainer, will lead the group in a resistance band exercise and give some practical tips on getting more active. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Participants may register for either the afternoon workshop (2:30 – 4:30 p.m.) or evening session (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.), and are invited to also attend the tradeshow between 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 4–6:30 p.m. Please contact 754-0953, ext 22 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
• Canadian Culinary Federation flipper dinner on May 1 at Glenndenning Golf Course. Take out 4:30-5 p.m. Eat in at 6 p.m. For tickets and information regarding event contact Chef Robert Piercey at 685-0452 or email email@example.com. In aid of CCFCC St. John’s branch.
• St. Michael and All Angels Men’s Association spring flipper dinner (pork alternate) and bake sale will be held at the St. John’s Shrine Club Topsail Road on May 1 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Please call 579-8279 to book tickets. Take outs are available. Call early to avoid disappointment.
• The Newfoundland Historical Society will hold its monthly free public lecture and annual AGM meeting on May 1 at 8 p.m. at Hampton Hall at the Marine Institute.
Friday May 2
• “Where once they stood” history walks start on May 2. Call 364 6845 or see www.boyletours.com for more information.
Saturday, May 3
• The Anglican Cathedral will hold its spring parish sale on Saturday, May 3 beginning at 10 a.m. in the parish hall on Queen’s Road. Morning coffee, soup and sandwich lunch, eat-in turkey teas will be served and as usual there will be the full complement of interesting stalls. For more information visit our web-site at www.stjohnsanglicancathedral.org.
• Drop by The Craft Market on May 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Church of the Ascension, 58 Smallwood Dr. in Mount Pearl. Locally made merchandise by talented artists, items that will include everything from gifts for mom to that special piece of art for the garden. This month all proceeds from the Charity Cafe will go to the breast cancer practical support program which helps breast cancer patients by providing wigs, temporary prosthesis and mastectomy kits. Come for the shopping, stay for tea and lunch.
• CWF Walk for Wildlife May 3. Join the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Walking and Hiking Club with Jared Clarke, an avid local birder for a leisurely walk around Kent’s Pond. Meet 10 a.m. in the Confederation complex eastern parking lot, off Prince Philip Drive. The hike is free, however we will “pass the hat” for donations to the Canadian Wildlife Federation in aid of species at risk. www.walkforwildlife.ca.
• “Feed Your Soul: Dusting Off Your Spiritual Compass,” facilitated by spirituality committee on May 3 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 by April 29 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The free online “Happy Path to Success” workshop on May 3 at 10:30 a.m. For log in details, email email@example.com or call 722-0165. Open to anyone who wants to be successful in life.
• Dress up as your favourite storybook character and come celebrate Children’s Book Day at the AC Hunter Children’s Library on May 3 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 737-3953 for details.
• The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation invite you to the official public launch of the booklet “Folk Belief and Legends of Bay Roberts and Area” on May 3 at the Bay Roberts Pavilion in Bay Roberts at 2 p.m. Free admission, booklet cost $5.
• First United Church Women afternoon tea and bake sale on May 3 at 221 Park Ave., Mount Pearl from 2-4 p.m. Adults $5 and children $1.
• St. Thomas’ Church cold plate supper (with an all-you-can-eat salad buffet) and silent auction will be held on Saturday, May 3 at 5 p.m. at Canon Wood Hall, 8 Military Rd. Tickets ($15 each) are available by calling 754-0151.
• Fundraising gala — Kentucky Derby Affair on May 3 at 6 p.m. at Clovelly Golf Course Gazebo. Tickets are $45. Call 687-0306 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. www.clovellystables.ca.
• The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is thrilled to announce the start of the 2014 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week, the largest celebration of Canadian books for young people in Canada. This year, TD Canadian Children’s Book Week celebrates the theme Read to Remember from May 3-10 to honour the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. For more information about TD Canadian Children’s Book Week and to see a full tour schedule, please visit www.bookweek.ca.
Sunday, May 4
• Kids Help Phone invites St. John’s residents to come out to Bowring Park on Sunday, May 4 and Be A Hero at The Walk so Kids Can Talk. The 5K Walk is Canada’s largest supporting child and youth mental health and well-being. Registration begins at the Bowring Park Bunglaow at 11 a.m. and taking place rain or shine, the walk is a fun, family friendly event where you can enjoy an inspiring day outdoors while making a big difference for kids. Visit www.walksokidscantalk.ca to learn more.
• On Sunday May 4 from 3-5 p.m. at Key Assets Training Center, on 120 LeMarchant Rd. at the back entrance, east end of the building, there is a presentation of demystifying ancient healing. The tickets are $49 each. To register, please email email@example.com or call 649-1612.
• Wesley UCW, Patrick Street, will hold a hot turkey dinner, with dessert, tea or coffee on Sunday, May 4 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children and are available by calling Phoebe at 782-1689 or Ruby at 754-0916.
• On Sunday May 4 the Whiteway Spring Hare Committee will host an afternoon of storytelling, poetry and an original art show from 1-5 p.m. with Tom Dawe, Tom Moore, Gerald Squires, Boyd Chubbs and many more. Admission is $2. This all takes place at the Whiteway Memorial Centre. For more information contact, Lisa Day Brown at 588-2666 or Albert Legge at 588-2368. Please note that our dinner theatre for Friday May 2 has been sold out.
• The Whitbourne Lions Club hosts its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old time country music on May 4 at the Lions Club in Whitbourne at 2 p.m. Join the other performers at the open mike or bring your instrument and play along or just tap your feet to that great old country beat.
• The annual general meeting of the Holyrood Pond Development Inc. will be held on May 4 at 2 p.m. at the Holyrood Pond Interpretation Centre, St. Vincent’s, St Mary’s Bay (Route 90 South). This meeting will be of great interest and concern to those who have a cabin/chalet in the Crossing Place, or have an interest in the trail system in the area, or would like to see a boat launch/marina in Path End, and most especially for those who have a genuine interest in the Holyrood Pond and the surrounding area. For further information please check out Facebook page Destination Holyroodpond or Holyrood Pond Development Inc. Leave a message and a committee member will gladly get back to you.
• The Mount Pearl Citizen’s Crime Prevention Committee hosts a family fun day on May 4 at the Reid Community Centre. Mount Pearl from 2-4 p.m. Cost is $3 per person with the proceeds supporting the DARE program and other MPCP community events. There will be face painting, bouncy castles, crafts, Child find, canteen services and entertainment and special prize draws. Everyone is welcome and there will be something for all ages.
Monday, May 5
• Come to MUN Botanical Garden and celebrate composting during International Compost Awareness Week. Admission is free. Registration is not required. A variety of programs are available during Compost Week, including free lunchtime lectures May 5–9, compost exhibits, information and an indoor vermicomposter or worm bin. On May 11, drop by for a slice of celebration cake (gummy worms included) during the Three Cheers for Composting Family Program. MUN Botanical Garden is proud to partner with MMSB during Compost Awareness Week to help promote composting in our communities. For more information on compost week, please call Anne Madden at 864-8590, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mun.ca/botgarden. Also, once again this year, thanks to our partnership with MMSB, we will be offering free lunchtime lectures, a fun family program, compost information, prizes and free admission to the Botanical Garden until May 12.
Tuesday, May 6
• St. Philip’s ACW will hold a roast beef dinner on May 14 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Parish Centre, 20 Coady’s Road, St. Philips. Cost is $15. To reserve a seat or place an order, call Rebecca at 895-2343 before May 7.
• The May meeting of the Avalon Prostate Cancer Support Group will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6 at Daffodil Place on Ropewalk Lane. The speaker will be Dr. Gordon Higgins.
• The Newfoundland Horticultural Society’s monthly meeting will be held at St. David's Church Hall, Elizabeth Avenue on May 6 at 8 p.m. The guest speaker is Christa Williams who will talk about vermiculture and how worms improve soil. New and returning members welcome! Refreshments and friendly garden chat following the meeting.
Wednesday, May 7
• Toss the guilt and catch the joy, with Helen Martinez on May 6, at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or email email@example.com.
• Eastern Health’s Social Work Department at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre is offering a free seven-week program for cancer survivors who have been finished treatment from six weeks to two years. The program, titled Cancer Transitions, Moving Beyond Treatment, is designed to provide cancer survivors with support and education about exercise, nutrition, emotional health, well-being and medical management that will help them as they continue on their path to wellness. The program will start May 7 and run on Wednesday afternoons for seven weeks at The Works on 17 Westerland Rd. in St. John’s. Sessions will include 30 minutes of exercise, followed by two hours of group discussion, education and support. To register or learn more about the Cancer Transitions, Moving Beyond Treatment program, please call Eastern Health’s Social Work Department at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre at 777-7604.
• St. Mary's Church on Craigmillar Avenue will be hosting a Jiggs dinner with dessert followed by a live and silent auction, on May 7 starting at 6 p.m. in the church auditorium. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling the church office at 579-0039. There are a limited number of tickets available and they will not be sold at the door.
• The Presentation Sisters invite you to join them at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. for a eucharistic liturgy to celebrate their founder, Nano Nagle, being named Venerable by Pope Francis on Oct. 31, 2013. Reception to follow at The Lantern on Barnes Road.
• TEDxStJohns 2014: Unconventional Connections on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel. For more information visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/tedxstjohns-2014-unconventional-connections-tickets-11263396121.
Thursday, May 8
• Free at Marguerite’s Place 170 Cashin Ave. on May 8 from 1-3 p.m. Tonya Whittle presents: “Understanding food labels”
• May is Better Hearing Month. Visit the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador display on May 8 in the GAP Court, Avalon Mall from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.