This week in Georgestown: April 23rd

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This week in Georgestown:

1. St. George’s Day holiday schedule.
2. Community meeting with Ward 2 Councillor Hope Jamieson
3. Jane’s Walk.
4. Downtown Street Cleaning 2018;
5. Yard waste mandatory in paper yard waste bags;
6. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special Events.
a. Learn to play 120s.
b. An Intimate Evening with the Atlantic String Quartet.
c. Inspired B’y: Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir Spring Concert
Weekly Events.
a. LAST WEEK: Big fun for little people.
b. Family fun weekends.
c. Engaging evenings.
d. Coffee and culture.
7. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
8. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping Workshop.
b. Sprint Mindfulness Classes.
c. Better Breathing Choir.
d. Iyengar yoga classes.
e. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
9. Join a committee: Georgestown needs you!
10. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
April 25th: Yorabode Workshop: What to do with your empty abode.
11. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
12. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
i. Meals Squared.
d. The Rooms Café.
i. Opening hours.
ii. LAST WEEK: Afternoon tea.
13. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market.
14. St. John’s E-updates.
1. St. George’s Day Holiday Schedule. Monday, April 23rd.
Due to St. George’s Day holiday today, Monday, April 23rd, most City offices and facilities are closed. The City Council meeting regularly scheduled for Monday will take place on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m.

Exceptions include:
Garbage and recycling collection is unaffected by the holiday. Garbage (1A/1B) and recycling (1A) will be collected on Monday. Robin Hood Bay is open to commercial users only.
Parking meter regulations will be enforced as it is not a Shops Closing holiday.
All recreation facilities are open on Monday, except for the pool at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre which is closed for maintenance.
Washroom facilities will be open at Bowring Park, Bannerman Park and Quidi Vidi Boathouse.

2. Community meeting with Ward 2 Councillor Hope Jamieson. Monday, May 7th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.
Come discuss ideas and issues in the Georgestown Neighbourhood! Thoughts on the upcoming development regulations that will help shape our city in the years to come would be welcome as well as anything else city-related that’s on your mind. This is an opportunity for open dialogue about what we want our community to look like and how we can make it happen. Tea, coffee, and treats will be available.

3. Jane’s Walk. Saturday, May 5th, and Sunday, May 6th. Various times.
A Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that get people out on the streets to discover unseen, under celebrated and unique stories about their city. The free walking tours are held on the first weekend of May each year all around the world, including St. John’s, and are led by locals who want to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live and work.

Walk # 1 – Georgestown: Saturday, May 5th, at 10:30 a.m. Meet at the parking lot across from the Hungry Heart. Join members of the Georgestown Neighbourhood Association for a tour that will highlight both the history and present-day character and activity of one of St. John’s most distinct neighbourhoods.

Georgestown resident Robert Sweeny will also be leading a walk around Churchill park at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 5th. For more information on his walk and all six walks:

4. Downtown Street Cleaning 2018.
Downtown street cleaning takes place in the early morning between midnight and 7 a.m. and vehicles must be removed from streets scheduled for cleaning. Vehicles not removed will be ticketed. Scheduled downtown street cleaning began Tuesday, April 17 and continues until Friday, September 21, 2018. For more information

To check if your downtown street is included, use the street cleaning look-up on the City website. Streets may not be cleaned on the scheduled dates due to parked cars, extreme weather or mechanical breakdowns. If this occurs, the next scheduled cleaning date is the next opportunity to clean the street.

Unlike snow removal, the downtown street cleaning schedule is determined well in advance for the entire season. This mean you can look up the cleaning dates for your downtown street now, and mark these dates in your calendar. Find out when your street will be cleaned:
A new way to learn what streets are schedule for cleaning. All streets are listed and shown on a map, with a different colour to indicate if it’s for both sides of the street, or just one (odd or even house numbers).

Searchable website street listing:
Put in your street address and learn all the dates your street is scheduled for cleaning. Also, search by date to learn all the streets being cleaned so you know where not to park on a particular date.

Subscribe to the City e-update:
Choose ‘Downtown Street Cleaning’ to receive emails that notify you of the streets scheduled for cleaning each night.

5. Yard waste mandatory in paper yard waste bags.
Beginning May 1st, yard waste, including grass, leaves, soil, sod, and small branches, must be in paper yard waste bags, for curbside collection. Yard waste in plastic bags will be left at the curb from May 1st to November 30th. For more information:

6. What’s on at the Rooms. Our neighbourhood art gallery, museum, and archives.

Special Events.

a. Learn to play 120s. Wednesdays, April 25th.
Have you always wanted to learn how to play 120’s but have never had the chance? Join the Rooms’ enthusiastic volunteer instructors as they share their love of this iconic card game. Spaces are limited. Included with price of admission pre-registration recommended. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090.

b. An Intimate Evening with the Atlantic String Quartet. Friday, April 27th, at 8:00 p.m.
Formed in 1985, the Atlantic String Quartet (ASQ) is a versatile and professional chamber ensemble comprised of the principal string players of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO): Heather Kao, first violin; Nancy Case-Oates, second violin; Kate Read, viola; and Theo Weber, cello. The ASQ is an integral part of the creative life of its community and is known for its versatility and ability to work with music and musicians from all styles and genres. Tickets are $30, 10% discount for Rooms members. Tickets also include admission to The Rooms exhibitions. Call 757-8090.

c. Inspired B’y: Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir Spring Concert. Sunday, April 29th, at 7:00 p.m. Cost: $20.00. Level 3 Atrium.
Against the backdrop of St. John’s Harbour at sunset, Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir, under the direction of Chad Stride, presents its annual Spring Concert. Featured are “Songs of the Island”, newly commissioned arrangements especially for Cantus Vocum of five Newfoundland songs by Dr. D.F. Cook, who will be in attendance. They will also be joined by the ABC Young Men’s Ensemble of the Atlantic Boychoir, Dr. Jakob Martinec, Director. Enjoy a meet & greet at 6:00pm before the concert starts at 7:00pm.

Weekly events.

a. Big Fun for Little People: Weekly Tots Programme. LAST TUESDAY, from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. Included with the price of admission.
Come to this programme designed for children aged 2-4 years. Itfeatures stories, songs, puppets, games and crafts for tots and their guardian. Afterward, head upstairs to The Rooms Café for a complimentary tea or coffee and a chance to visit with other adults.

b. Family Fun Weekends. Saturdays and Sundays, during opening hours.
Explore the new drop-in activity space. Here you will find scavenger hunts, games, and hands-on activities to do as a family that will enrich your visit to the Rooms Archives, Art Gallery, and Museum.

c. Engaging Evenings. Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Included with the price of admission.

April 25th: The Rooms Book Club: Sharon Bala, The Boat People.
Globe and Mail bestseller and 2018 CBC Canada Reads selection “The Boat People” is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism. Join author Sharon Bala for a discussion about why she wrote this break out book and the phenomenal response it has received since its release. Tickets are $15, 10% discount for Rooms members. Call 757-8090.

d. Coffee and Culture. Thursdays, from 2:30 until 3:30. Lectures, films, presentations, and demonstrations. Free with admission.

April 26th: Royal St. John’s Regatta 200th Anniversary. The Rooms welcomes Gail Malone and Charles Cook, past presidents of the Royal St John’s Regatta Committee, for a presentation on the history of the Regatta and what goes into making the Regatta happen each year.

7. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre. Our neighbourhood theatre.

The Many Voices of Justin Martin. Friday, April 27th, at 8:00 p.m.

Jazz East Big Band 20th Anniversary Concert. Saturday, May 5th, at 8:00 p.m.

And We Dance 2018, presented by the Steffen Dance Studio. Sunday, May 6th at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, call 579-4424 or e-mail ( Check out the complete line-up at

8. What’s on at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.

a. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping Workshop. Saturdays, April 28th and May 5th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
EFT is a powerful tool for helping release personal negative emotions and beliefs. These personal negative thoughts can keep you from moving forward in life and can also contribute to stress and disease. You will learn to clear out the emotions that bother you on a daily basis and create more peace in your life. In this 3-hour EFT workshop, you will be introduced to the concept of EFT. You will learn the tapping process for personal use and will practice the procedure in relation to a Personal Peace Process. For more information:

b. Spring Mindfulness Classes. Thursdays, May 3rd to July 5th , from 5:30 until 6:45 p.m.
A mindfulness practitioner for 49 years, Andrew Safer became an authorized mindfulness-awareness meditation instructor through Shambhala International in 1993. Featuring iInstruction and guidance in Mindfulness-Awareness meditation and home practice, practice with a group, and talk on various topics.
May 3rd: Introduction to mindfulness. June 7th: Nowness.
May 10th: Simplicity. June 14th: Relating with thoughts.
May 17th: Synchronizing body and mind. June 21st: “Me” and the cocoon.
May 24th: Discovering basic goodness. June 28th: Awareness of space.
May 31st: Making friends with yourself. July 5th: Relating with feeling and emotions.
$20 per session of $180 for the entire series. (Discounts available.) Call 722-2716 or e-mail to register.

c. Better Breathing Choir. STARTING AGAIN ON MAY 23RD. Wednesdays, 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. The St. John’s Better Breathing Choir is a group for anyone living with a lung condition or breathing difficulties to sing together with family and friends in a relaxed environment. Parking close to building. No registration needed. No need to read music. No cost. Breathing exercises in a fun environment. Presentations by guest speakers. For more information contact Jane Gosine or Kalen Thomson by e-mail at or by telephone at 864-2114. Visit their webpage at htttps://

d. Iyengar Yoga Classes.
 Facilitator: Genia Sussex, Certified Iyengar teacher. B.K.S. Iyengar’s method encourages correct body alignment and precise movement to develop flexibility, strength and relaxation in the body and focus, clarity and serenity in the mind. In class, yoga props are used to allow students to progress at their own pace. *Please bring your own mat. Contact Genia at 722-3239 for information and to register. For more information:

e. T’ai Chi Chi and Chow Qigong.
i. T’ai Chi Chi is a series of 20 gentle movements designed to circulate and balance the flow of Chi, the natural universal energy within our body. The more freely it flows, the greater wellness and vitality we experience. It is yet another way to help yourself feel better on all levels, body, mind and spirit, using your own natural resources. For more information:
ii. Wisdom Healing Qigong (Chow Qigong) is a powerful integrated healing system that combines Western health practices and ancient traditional Chinese medicine in which body, mind and spirit are seen as one. For more information:

For further information on tai chi or chow qigong, see ( or contact Sheila Leonard at ( or telephone 727-7863.

9. Join a committee; Georgestown needs you! We are looking for neighbourhood residents to join our three committees: advocacy, community building, and communications (newsletter and other social media). If you are interested in joining one of these committees or would like more information on them, please write to us at

10. St. John’s Tool Library. (151 Empire Avenue)
Whether you’re a veteran DIYer or thinking about getting started on your very first project, the St. John’s Tool Library is here to help. They are a non-profit tool lending service for people who want to create, make, build, and grow. Your membership gives you access to a broad inventory of equipment, from lawn mowers to power drills, from stud finders to table saws, from gardening shovels to soldering irons – they’ve got you covered. For more information:

a. Hours.
Tuesday: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. ; Wednesday: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. ; Thursday: 2:00 – 8:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

b. Workshops.
Wednesday, April 25th, 6:45 until 8:45 p.m.: Yorabode Workshop – What to do with your empty abode.
We’ve all heard the doom and gloom about the economy in St. John’s, which can be cause for nerves for homeowners who are thinking of leaving town or who have an income property that is sitting empty. Three different options are sell it, rent it out or open it up to travellers for short-term stays. Experts will be on hand for each of these choices to give a pros-and-cons rundown and outline the factors to consider when making this big decision. Then, snacks will be served, and each presenter will be available for a one-on-one discussion to help you examine your unique situation. By the time you leave, you’ll have the resources and information you need to confidently know what to do with your home. Your ticket purchase includes a beer, wine or non-alcoholic cocktail. After the workshop is over, you’ll be sent a guide by email outlining the material covered in the workshop. This event is part of the Yorabode Homeowner’s Workshop Series, which is designed to be a fun night
out that is educational and connects homeowners with expert advice and helpful resources. Stay tuned for the next workshop about owning an old home.

11. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all. 151 Empire Avenue. (at the Tool Library)
Ordinary Spokes is a community bike co-op located in Georgestown at 151 Empire Ave. They are a collectively run, D.I.Y. organization with a mandate to increase access to affordable transportation for everyone. They have a shop space fully stocked with new and used parts for do-it-yourself repairs as well as a wide selection of refurbished bikes for sale. They are an LGBTQ2S+ friendly space and are open every Thursday from 5:30 until 8:30p.m. For inquiries, drop by during open hours or contact them on Facebook: /ordinaryspokes, instagram: @ordinaryspokes, or email:

Ready for Spring? Spokes has the tools and new and used bike parts to work with you to repair or tune-up your bike. The only costs are a $5 stand fee and the cost of replacement parts. See you and your bike
soon! Also, refurbished bikes for sale!

12. Eating in Georgestown.
a. The Georgestown Cafe and Bookshelf ( are open 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. 73 Hayward Avenue, 709-579-7134.

b. The Georgestown Bakery is open from Tuesday until Friday, from 7:00 until 5:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 7:00 until 3:00. Bagels, baguettes, breads of many varieties as well as sweets! 60 Hayward Avenue, 753-8099.

c. The Hungry Heart Cafe ( . 142 Military Road, 738-6164. The cafe is open Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

i. Meals Squared. Give exponentially more.
When you dine at the Hungry Heart Café, you will have the option to add $2 to your bill. This money will go directly toward the production of a well-balanced, delicious meal for a Stella’s Circle participant. Hunger is often a challenge for many of the participants, and the Hungry Heart would like to leverage their skills and infrastructure to help address this issue. Learn more: You can help feed someone in need with only $2 (

d. The Rooms Café. 9 Bonaventure Avenue.
SPECIAL NOTE: The Rooms Café is now open on Friday evenings.
i. Opening hours. Monday CLOSED; Tuesday 10 am – 5 pm; Wednesday 10 am – 9 pm; Thursday 10 am – 5 pm; Friday 10 am – 10 pm (Archives close at 5); Saturday 10 am – 5 pm; and Sunday Noon – 5 pm (Archives closed)
ii. Afternoon Tea. LAST WEDNESDAY between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Stop by for a fine selection of fine teas, sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, pastries, and sweets.

13. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market. May 5th and 19th, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Lion’s Club Chalet, enter at intersection of Bonaventure & Mayor Avenues. Weekly market to begin on June 2nd.
The vendors sell a wide variety of goods, including vegetables, meat, hot and cold prepared food, preserves and jams, pastries and sweets, breakfast items, art, jewelry, body care products, craft sand more. Plus everything at the St. John’s Farmers’ Market is made, baked or grown in Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information:

14. St. John’s E-Updates.
You live in Georgestown and haven’t signed up for the City’s e-mail updates yet? What are you waiting for? Have information from the City of St. John’s sent directly to your e-mail address. Simply select which types of information you would like to receive and enter your e-mail address to subscribe:
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