This week in Georgestown: April 9th

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This week in Georgestown:

1. SPECIAL EVENT: Tea and Scrabble for a good cause.
2. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special Events.
a. Friday Night Jam.
b. Nature Nook.
c. Inspired B’y: Printmaking.
d. Learn to play 120s.
e. An Intimate Evening with the Atlantic String Quartet.
Weekly Events.
a. Big fun for little people.
b. Family fun weekends.
c. Engaging evenings.
d. Coffee and culture.
3. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
4. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping Workshop.
b. Iyengar yoga classes.
c. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
d. Better Breathing Choir.
5. The Loop in Bannerman Park is closed.
6. Jane’s Walk.
7. Community meeting with Ward 2 Councillor Hope Jamieson.
8. Join a committee: Georgestown needs you!
9. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
Soapstone Carving
Yorabode Workshop: What to do with your empty abode.
10. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
11. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
i. 10th Anniversary Celebrations.
ii. Meals Squared.
d. The Rooms Café.
i. Opening hours.
ii. Afternoon tea.
12. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market.
13. St. John’s E-updates.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM HAPPY CITY: In support of the #YYT Smart Cities Challenge application, Happy City is running a brief survey on how people get around in St. John’s! If you are a resident of St. John’s, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey:

1. SPECIAL EVENT: Tea and Scrabble for a Good Cause. Saturday, April 14th from 2:00 until 4:30 p.m. The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.

Organized by the Terra Nova Grandmothers and Grandothers this is a time to play scrabble, drink tea and coffee, eat delicious treats, and win prizes. Come as a team or find a partner there. Bring a board and a 4th edition dictionary; a few will be available. Help grandmothers in Africa raise their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. Proceeds will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Overflow parking available at the Basilica.

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

Special Events.

a. Friday Night Jam. Friday, April 13th, from 7:30 until 9:00 p.m.
Join Aaron Collis as he hosts The Rooms’ next Friday Night Jam Session. As a member of the local trad band The Dardanelles, he has performed on stages across Canada, the US, and as far afield as Scotland and Australia. Bring along your instrument to join in for some fun, or sit back and listen to some great traditional tunes. Included with the price of admission. Free to Rooms Members and musicians who perform. Please note: This is not an instructional programme. If you have questions about the type of instrument you will be bringing, please contact Angela Noseworthy at 757-8114.

b. Nature Nook. Sunday, April 15th, 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
Do you have questions about our natural environment? Are you interested in getting hands-on with some real specimens? Visit the Nature NL volunteers to feel pelts, bones and feathers, and to ask your questions about our Province’s wild plants, animals and spaces. Offered in collaboration with Nature Newfoundland and Labrador.

c. Inspired B’y: Printmaking. Friday, April 20th, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.
Come for an artful evening inspired by printmaking. From David Blackwood’s etchings to the prolific work created at St. Michael’s Printshop, our province has a long and rich history of printmaking. View works from the Rooms’ collections, and then try your hand at some simple printmaking techniques with sophisticated results, all while having a glass of wine and enjoying the view. Tickets are $40, 10% discount for Rooms members. Call 757-8090 for tickets.

d. 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.

e. 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.

Weekly events.

a. Big Fun for Little People: Weekly Tots Programme. Tuesday mornings until April 24th, 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 11th: A Tale from Saint-Pierre and Miquelon: Archaeology at Anse à Bertrand. The importance of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon in the fisheries organization of Newfoundland and Labrador has often been overlooked by archaeologists. This past summer, a crew from Memorial University excavated the site of Anse à Bertrand, near the town of Saint-Pierre, for the first time. Learn about this interesting part of our history and what was found during the excavation.

April 18th: An Evening with Fergus. Fergus O’Byrne is widely acclaimed for his musical legacy as a member of Ryan’s Fancy and Tickle Harbour as well as working working as a duo with Jim Payne ad as a solo artist. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he proudly celebrates the songs of his adopted province, Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Ireland, England, Scotland, and the Maritimes in his performances. Besides touring nationally and internationally, he works extensively mentoring young folk music enthusiasts and students throughout our province.

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 12th: The Arts and Letters through the years. Since 1951, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has supported professional and emerging artist with the annual Arts & Letters Awards. These awards have the distinction of being the province’s oldest ongoing cultural programme. Come for a look back at the success of the programme, learn more about its history, and have a sneak peek at this year’s exhibited works. Sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation.

April 19th: SCOFF: Seniors celebration of food and film. Come for a special screening of a new video series, “SCOFF: Seniors Celebration of food and film.” This series is an initiative of Food First NL and filmmaker Victoria Wells. SCOFF celebrates and preserves a wealth of Newfoundland and Labrador’s traditional food knowledge and skills through a series of instructional videos showcasing seniors across the province sharing their talents.

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

The Troubadour Experience: The Ultimate George Strait Tribute Show. Saturday, April 14th, at 7:30 p.m.

John Sheehan – Just Crazy Enough. Sunday, April 15th, at 8:00 p.m.

Broadway on the Rock: Theatre St.John’s 10th Anniversary Gala. Saturday, April 21st, at 7:30 p.m.

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

4. 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. 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:

c. 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.

d. 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://

5. The Loop in Bannerman Park closed.
The Loop in Bannerman Park is now closed for the season. Weather and ice conditions always dictate the season end and often provide very little warning. While the City would like to have the skating surface open for a longer season, it is just not possible to maintain ice at the required thickness for a safe and enjoyable skating experience.

6. Jane’s Walk. Friday, May 4th; 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. For more information:

7. 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.

8. 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

9. 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.
Saturday, April 14th, 2:00 until 4:00 p.m.: Soapstone Carving.
Spend the afternoon with Inuk artist, Angus Andersen as he guides you through the craft of soapstone carving. Then, put your new skills to practice and carve your very own soapstone pendant, figurine, or other small carving. $25

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.

10. 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!

11. 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. 10th Anniversary Celebrations. Monday, April 9th until Friday, April 20th.
To celebrate 10 years of fabulous food and amazing work as a social enterprise, the Hungry Heart Cafe is bringing back 10 favourite dishes! One favourite will be offered each day, over the 10 days of celebrations. Each dish will be only $10! For reservations: 738-6164 |

ii. 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. Every Wednesday afternoons 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.

12. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market. April 21st, 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.
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:

13. 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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