This week in Georgestown: August 20th

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This week in Georgestown:
1. Something new! Music lessons in Georgestown.
2. What’s happening at the Basilica.
Fleming: a walking tour.
3. What’s on at The Rooms.
a. Special events.
b. Family programmes.
c. Daily activities.
d. Weekly summer activities.
In the theatre.
4. Rawlins Cross Update: preparation work has begun.
5. Bulk and metal collection: book your appointment.
6. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
7. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Better Breathing Choir.
b. Iyengar yoga classes.
c. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
8. Happy City St. John’s Neighbourhood Summit and Survey.
9. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
10. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
11. 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.
12. What’s happening at Government House.
a. Free yoga.
b. Free t’ai chi chih.
13. Downtown Street Cleaning 2018;
14. Yard waste mandatory in paper yard waste bags;
15. St. John’s E-updates.
1. Something new! Music lessons in Georgestown.
Flute and Piano Lessons with Johanna Jabora-Scott , M. Mus. Located on Hayward Ave. All ages are welcome. For more information, visit ( .

2. What’s happening at the Basilica. LAST WEEK!
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. until Thursday, August 23rd. Fleming: a walking tour. The award-winning “Fleming”, is back for a 5th season! It tells of one man’s quest to build a cathedral and unite a nation. The Basilica Heritage Foundation presents an unforgettable guided tour of the Basilica-Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, presenting little-known facts about its construction and the social issues of the times, all told in a fresh and engaging manner. Journey back in time to the late 1840s with Bishop Michael Anthony Fleming, interpreted by award-winning St. John’s actor and writer Paul Rowe, as he takes you on a tour like no other. “Fleming” received a Manning Award from the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland & Labrador for exceptional public presentation of Newfoundland history.
Tickets: $12.00, General; $10.00, seniors/students; free for children 12 and under. Tickets will be available before the show. Cash only, please.

3. What’s on at the Rooms. Our neighbourhood art gallery, museum, and archives. For more information and to verify times:

a. Special events.

Monday, August 20th, at 1:00 p.m. Artist Spotlight: Rhonda Pelley. Level 3 Atrium. Join visual artist, Rhonda Pelley in her exhibition, “The Fever.” Ask her a question and learn about her process of collage. Rhonda Pelley is a photographer and collagist who extracts details from archival materials, magazines and her own photography to make new compositions that explore the politics and psychology of identity.

Thursday, August 30th, at 8:00 p.m. An Intimate Evening with Janet Cull. Sometimes it’s nice not to have to share your celebrity with a large crowd. The Rooms thinks so, too, which is why they created intimate experiences with some of their favourite Newfoundland and Labrador personalities. Janet Cull is enigmatic. She’s a firecracker, a force to be reckoned with. She has boundless energy and limitless talent. Her voice is warm and inviting, timeless, smooth, and maybe just a little bit dirty. Just like frigid Northern air, she is edgy, dramatic and larger than the everyday. Tickets are $40, $36 for Rooms members. Visit for more information.

Thursday, September 13th, at 8:00 p.m. An Intimate Evening with Allison Crowe. Internationally acclaimed as an original songwriter and interpreter, Corner Brook’s Allison Crowe has “a voice to fall in love with”, says “Record of the Day” (UK). Pianist, guitarist, fiddler, mandolin, and bodhran-player, Allison amazes and delights in concert, blending rock, Celtic, jazz, and roots music. Tickets are $40, $36 for Rooms members. Visit for more information.

Thursday, September 20th, at 8:00 p.m. Red Island Settlement Girl. Marion Counsel is a writer of stories, songs and recitations depicting her life growing up on Red Island, Placentia Bay and the Resettlement program of the 1960’s. Join Marion and her singing friends, Helen Murphy and Barbara O’Keefe, for this heart-warming and captivating performance.

September 22nd Three new shows opening, plus an opening reception.
Come to the Rooms for a reception celebrating their newest and upcoming art installations. Free to attend; all are welcome.

September 22nd, 2018 – January 20th, 2019
A ten-year retrospective of Ned Pratt’s large-scale photographic works. Pratt’s respect for the landscape of the island of Newfoundland is the foundation for his work. His formal approach consciously undermines compositional rules to produce sophisticated and unique imagery. His approach to the act of looking transcends place, however, installing him as a significant new voice in Canadian art. With accompanying catalogue, to be released November 2018, and a national tour into 2021.

Elbow Room Residency Series
September 22nd, 2018 – January 20th, 2019
With this new body of work, Pittman has created abstract versions of the essential building blocks of community. A wall drawing and colourful forms suspended in space suggest churches, houses, lighthouses and other historic buildings. Pittman explores how concepts of community and home are carried with us. Communities are much more than a collection structures – their significance comes from our associations and connections to the people within. This work was developed during an Elbow Room Residency, a Rooms Provincial Art Gallery program that provides Newfoundland and Labrador artists at the beginning of their careers with the opportunity to work in a dedicated studio for three months towards an exhibition and publication.

October th – December 30th, 2018
Curated by Scott McLeod and circulated by Prefix ICA, this exhibition brings together four video installations by Michael Snow, one of Canada’s most revered artists. As the exhibition title suggests, each of the presented works was produced on the west coast of Newfoundland, where the artist and his partner spend their summers among its cliffs, fields and coves. Unified by the omnipresence of the wind, the works also illustrate a number of Snow’s enduring preoccupations — sound, duration, and wordplay, as well as the nature of the frame, the camera, and the photographic act itself.

b. Family Programmes.

Daily. Regatta Family Fun. Level 3 Atrium. Come for lakeside fun all summer long! Try your hand at a game of chance, or challenge a friend to a game of skill. Rain or shine the Regatta family-friendly games room is your place to practice and play, in celebration of North America’s oldest sporting competition: the 200th annual St. John’s Royal Regatta.

Sundays, from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. until August 25th. Furry meetings. In the courtyard. Make friends with a Newfoundland dog. This world-renowned breed is very friendly and would love to meet you. Just try to avoid the drool!

Sundays, September 9th, and 23rd. Nature Nook. Do you have questions about our natural environment? Do you want to get hands on with some real specimens? Visit the Nature NL volunteers to feel pelts, bones, and feathers, and ask your questions about the province’s wild plants, animals and spaces.

c. Daily activities.
Every day during opening hours until September 30th. The Culture Rooms. Engage your senses at the Culture Rooms where you can experience our culture, explore our heritage and walk away with a story on your tongue.

d. Weekly summer activities.

In the theatre.
Every day beginning at 10:00 a.m., except Sunday at noon until September 30th . Scoff: Seniors celebration of food and film. Food First NL’s SCOFF video series celebrates, preserves, and shares a wealth of food knowledge from seniors in Newfoundland and Labrador through eight short, humorous, and enlightening documentaries. These videos include a bounty of simple instructions on food skills like bottling beets, building your own slug zapper, easily maintaining a potato garden, preserving berries, building your own root cellar on any kind of property, getting the most out of your fish, and more, like how to make your own fertilizer that’s free, found on our own shores, and far better than anything store bought. (37 minutes)

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays, at 2:00 p.m. until September 24th. Community Snapshot. Newfoundland and Labrador is full of nooks, crannies, and coves. There are communities nestled along the shoreline, in bays and inlets, many seeking shelter from the cold north Atlantic wind. There are communities that dot our highway while others are situated off the beaten track; all of them provide a warm welcome to every visitor from far and near. Wherever you travel in this province, you will find a community that is unique, each having its own story to tell. Please take a moment to enjoy this glimpse into community life, from the northern most point of Cape Chidley in Labrador to the southernmost point of Cape Freels on the island of Newfoundland. Come as the Rooms feature a community from somewhere in between.


Mondays and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., and Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. Memories of the First World War. The First World War had a profound impact on Newfoundland and Labrador. This exhibition shares the thoughts, hopes, fears, and sacrifices of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who experienced those tumultuous years, through the treasured mementoes, their writings and their memories. (50 minutes)

Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. Fishing for cod. Level 4 Museum. You could say Newfoundland and Labrador exists because of cod fish, so many cod that, at one point, you could literally dip your bucket over the side of your boat and fill a pail with fish. For over 400 years, the salt cod industry was the backbone of life in Newfoundland and Labrador. Generations of fishing men, women, and children spent their lives “making fish”. Tour the exhibitions, “From this place: our lives on land and sea” and “Here, we made a home”, to learn about the salt cod trade. (45 minutes)

Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m., and Monday, Friday, and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Future Possible Art Exhibition. Starting with “Future possible: art of Newfoundland and Labrador to 1949”, linking the history of visual art in pre-confederate Newfoundland to the present, learn about art and craft through historical and contemporary art practices in the province, explore highlights from the permanent collections, and see how this place has inspired the world. (25 minutes)

Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. and Fridays at 11:00 a.m. A History of Fort Townshend. Level 3 Atrium and Fortis Courtyard (weather permitting.) The site the Rooms stands on has been occupied since 1778 when the British built Fort Townshend to secure St. John’s harbour against its enemies. Learn about the military history of this site and find out hos The Rooms came to be build here. (20 minutes)

Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. Connecting people and place. Level 3 Connections Gallery. Come to a guided tour across land and sea, and through time to meet the peoples who made Newfoundland and Labrador their home for the past 9,000 years. You will explore the complex and close connections between people, place, and their environment. (45 minutes)


Mondays, from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, from 10:00 until 5:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Fridays, from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. MUSIC: A Song In Our Hearts: When we are not talking, we are singing. And dancing. And having a time. Often in the kitchen. Learn why music runs in our veins and try out an instrument or two yourself. Have you ever played an ugly stick?

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. until September 30th. We play for you. From fiddle to accordion, from harp to vocals, come and check out our amazing local talent as they fill The Rooms with music and song from our province’s rich musical heritage. You can sing along, tap your toes or just sit back and delight in the experience. Included in the price of admission. Level 3.

Fergus O’Byrne – August 22, September 6, September 18
Jim Payne – August 23, September 11
Aaron Collis – August 30, September 13, September 27
Ronnie Power – September 19
Billy Sutton – August 21, September 4, September 12, September 20
Joanna Barker – September 26
Mark Hiscock – September 5
Harry Ingram – August 29, September 25
Kyle Mooney – August 28

Fridays, at 7:30 p.m. until September 28th. Rooms Friday Night Jam Session. Each week this summer, join a special guest musician for a traditional jam session. Bring along your instrument to join in for some fun, or sit back and tap your feet to some great traditional tunes. Please Note: This is not an instructional programme. Level Three Atrium. If you have questions about the type of instrument you will be bringing in, please contact Angela Noseworthy at 757-8114.

4. Rawlins Cross Update: preparation work has begun.

The City is piloting traffic modifications at Rawlins Cross to reduce delay and improve safety. During the coming weeks, the City will be making minor changes in the area such as new pavement markings and new signage that will be temporarily bagged. This preparation work will not impact current traffic flow in the area.

The official date of the changeover to the new traffic circulation will be announced in the coming weeks. A traffic advisory will be posted on the city’s website before the official change. Sign up for updates:

The Rawlins Cross pilot project will remove two traffic signals on Military Road and introduce a yield-on-entry system. Changes will remain in place until evaluation is completed by staff and a report presented to City Council who will vote on whether the traffic changes will be permanent.

For further information about the Rawlins Cross pilot project, please view the informational video online: or visit

5. Bulk and metal collection: book your appointment.

Starting on Monday, August 6th, residents can start booking appointments for bulk and metal curb side collection. Bulk and metal pick up is a free service and will be collected in Georgestown from September 17th to 21st.

Before you book an appointment, be sure what you have is considered oversized waste:
*maximum size of 1.5 m x 1.5 m x 2.15 m (5 ft x 5 ft x 7 ft)
*weighs less than 68 kgs (150 lbs)
*does not fit inside the automated waste carts

To make an appointment you can
*Go to > schedules
*Use the app ‘St. John’s Waste and Recycling’
*Call Access St. John’s at 311 or 754-CITY (2489)

Please book your bulk and metal for the same day, and mark the confirmed appointment date in your calendar. Ensure that your items are at the curb and ready for pick up by 8:00 a.m. on the assigned date.

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

Wednesday, September 5th, at 8:00 p.m. Tommy Emmanuel with special guest Clive Carroll.

Sunday, September 9th, at 7:30. BenDeLaCreme’s Inferno A-Go-Go.

Thursday, September 13th, at 8:00 p.m. Chuck Lewis From The Masterless Men Benefit Concert.

Saturday, September 15th, at 7:30 p.m. Open Highway and Friends Family Reunion.

Saturday, September 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. Rory Makem.

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

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

a. Better Breathing Choir. ON BREAK UNTIL THE FALL. 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 by e-mail at Visit their webpage at htttps://

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.

8. Happy City St. John’s Neighbourhood Summit and Survey.
Happy City St. John’s is planning a Neighbourhood Summit for Saturday, September 22, 2018. They are asking residents of St. John’s to fill out their simple survey to tell them about their neighbourhood and help them build their event agenda. The survey will take about five minutes to complete and will help them plan the best Neighbourhood Summit possible. Everyone is welcome to participate in the survey, regardless of whether they plan to attend the Summit. If you have any difficulty filling out the survey online or need help, please feel free to reach out to them at To complete the survey:

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.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. During opening hours, call them at 709-754-8665.

b. Workshops.

Saturday, August 25th, from 1:00 until 2:30. Backsplash Tiling. $28.00Learn how to do your own backsplash tiling with this hands on workshop with Cy Deault.

Wednesday, August 29th, from 7:00 until 8:15 p.m. Growing Microgreens at home. $22.50. Fresh nutritious microgreens grown right in your own home, all-year round. This workshop introduces you to growing nutritious pea shoots, sunflower shoots and other microgreens which are great nutrient-packed additions to salads, sandwiches, smoothies and more. You will leave with your own kit to get you started.

September 11th, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Soapstone Carving. $30.00
Spend the evening 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.

10. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all. 151 Empire Avenue. (at the Tool Library). Thursday from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.
Ordinary Spokes is a community bike co-op located in Georgestown. 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. For inquiries, drop by during open hours or contact them on Facebook: /ordinaryspokes, instagram: @ordinaryspokes, or email:

Ready for Summer? 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. 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.
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)

12. What’s happening at Government House.

a. Free Yoga. Wednesdays, until August 29th, at 12:15 p.m. for 45 minutes.
Join us for free, weekly, all-levels outdoor yoga on the lawn of Government House (50 Military Road) in St. John’s all summer long! Government House is pleased to offer its outdoor space to the community as a gathering place people to enjoy practicing yoga with like-minded people in a beautiful environment. We’ve gathered a talented and diverse group of yoga teachers from all over the city to be your guides during this weekly lunchtime treat.
August 22: Maria Hillier
August 29: Wade Kearley
Important Details:
Meet at the greenhouse on the Government House lawn. Please bring your yoga mat and anything else you need for an outdoor practice. Also, please note there are NO bathrooms or change rooms available at Government House: the closest facilities are at Bannerman Park, a short walk away. Class will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather; class cancellations will be posted by 11:30am each Wednesday on the City event page. Classes are free, all-levels, and intended for adults. See you on the mat!

b. Free t’ai chi chih.
13. Downtown Street Cleaning 2018.
Downtown street cleaning takes place in the early morning between midnight and 7:00 a.m. and vehicles must be removed from streets scheduled for cleaning. Vehicles not removed will be ticketed. Scheduled downtown street cleaning continues until Friday, September 21st. For more information:

14. Yard waste mandatory in paper yard waste bags.
Yard waste, including grass, leaves, soil, sod, and small branches, must be in paper yard waste bags, for curbside collection from May 1st to November 30th. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be picked up. Yard material in paper bags will be collected on the same day as recycling days. One City vehicle will collect the yard waste bags, while two trucks will continue to collect garbage and recycling separately. For more information:

15. 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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