This week in Georgestown: Dec 2nd, 2019

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1. Light Up Hope
2. Workshop: Intermediate Crocheting
3. Handel’s Messiah
4. St. John’s Tool Library looking for volunteers
5. Caroling in Georgestown
6. What’s on at The Rooms
7. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre
8. What’s on at The Lantern
9. Lending Libraries and Repair Shops
a. St. John’s Tool Library
b. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all
c. St. John’s Baby Clothes Library
10. Eating in Georgestown
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf
b. Georgestown Bakery
c. The Hungry Heart
d. The Rooms Café
11. Music Lessons in and near Georgestown
12. Roadwork in Georgestown
13. St. John’s E-updates
1. Light Up Hope
In honour of Giving Tuesday, Stella’s Circle will be lighting up HOPE at Rawlins Cross for the 5th year in a row. This heartwarming event includes fire jugglers, music by DJ Slim Macho, treats from the Hungry Heart Café, RNC horses, and carol singing–all culminating in the lighting of their HOPE sign! For more details, including how to make a donation, visit Tuesday, December 3, 6:00-7:00pm.

2. Workshop: Intermediate Crocheting with Mimi Stockland (at St. John’s Tool Library)
In this hands-on workshop, participants will use a basic crochet stitch (i.e., single crochet) to learn the more intermediate techniques of increasing/decreasing and crocheting in the round. This workshop will allow participants to create a variety of 2D and 3D shapes with yarn. They will then have the skills to follow a written commercial crochet pattern and also have fun inventing their own crocheted clothing, accessories and soft sculpture. For more information, visit Thursday, December 5, 6:30-8:30pm at 151 Empire Ave.

3. Handel’s Messiah (at the Basilica)
A Christmas tradition; the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marc David, together with the Philharmonic Choir of the NSO presents Händel’s Messiah. Set in the historic and captivating Basilica, soloists include: Hélène Brunet, soprano; Allyson McHardy, mezzo; Ryan Downey, tenor; and Matthew Zadow, bass. The concert is presented by Cox & Palmer. Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, at 8:00pm. See

4. Caroling in Georgestown
David Brake is creating (or reviving?) a Georgestown Christmas tradition–door to door carol singing! Anyone who would like to join is welcome, including kids of all ages. No prior singing experience is necessary, just enthusiasm. Carolers will meet Saturday, December 14, 5:30pm, at 8 Barnes Road for a short run-through before going out around 6:00 for about 1/2 hour. Words will be provided. Wrap up warmly feel free to dress as mummers! If you have questions or you would particularly like us to visit your house (figgy pudding would always be welcome!), you can contact David by email,, or phone, (709) 351-4618.
Inclement weather date: Sunday December 15.

5. St. John’s Tool Library looking for volunteers
The St. John’s Tool Library is looking for volunteers to help staff and run the tool library. They especially need volunteers that can help during hours of operation, and the occasional workshop during off hours. Please consider volunteering for a few hours a month or more. All experience levels are welcome! Volunteers get a free tool library membership which includes access to all of the tools. If you would like to volunteer/contribute in any way, please email

6. What’s on at the Rooms. Our neighbourhood art gallery, museum, and archives. For more information and to verify times:
Wednesday, Dec 4th, 7:00-8:00pm: Engaging Evening: in Search of St. Nicholas (

Thursday, Dec 5th, 2:30-3:30pm: Coffee and Culture: Music and Mummering (

Friday, Dec 6th, 7:30-9:00pm: Traditional Jam Session (

Sunday, Dec 8th, 2:00-4:00pm: Sounds of the Season (

Ongoing programming:
Big Fun for Little People ( . Tuesdays, 10:30‑11:30am
The Culture Rooms. Daily
Experience Art! Daily
Fantastical Threads: Costumes at the Rooms Daily

7. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre. Our neighbourhood theatre.
For more information, call 579-4424 or e-mail Check out the complete line-up at

Gerry Heffernan is our current GNA appointed community representative to the Holy Heart School Council. If residents or parents have any issues or concerns they would like to have discussed at the school council meetings, please email Gerry at ( .

December 6th, 7th, and 8th, 8:00pm
Fortunate Ones – Holiday Shows
(Alternative Venue: George Street United Church)

Dec 9th, 7:30pm
Music to Warm Your Heart – Holy Heart Christmas Concert

Dec 10th, 8:00pm
Back in Time for Christmas

Dec 11th, 8:00pm
Christmas in the Country 2

Dec 12th, 7:00pm
VOCM Happy Tree Concert

8. What’s on at The Lantern (35 Barnes Rd)
For more information and to verify times:
a. Documentary Filmmaking Workshop. Monday, 10:30am
b. Drop in Meditation with Andrew Safer. Monday, 7:00pm
c. Back to Basics. Monday & Thursday, 7:30pm
d. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Tuesday, 6:30pm
e. Pathways to Healing (PTSD peer support). Tuesday, 7:00pm
f. Iyengar Yoga for Healthy Aging with Genia Sussex. Thursday, 9:15am
g. Yoga with Sherry Ryan. Thursday, 10:30am, 5:30pm
h. Gentle Yoga with Genia Sussex. Thursday, 11:00am
i. Girl Guides. Thursday, 6:45-8:30pm
j. The Sound of Soul. Thursday, 7:30-8:30pm
k. Women’s Aikido. Sunday, 6:45pm

9. Lending Libraries and Repair Shops (151 Empire Ave)
a. St. John’s Tool Library (709-771-4582)
Hours of Operation
Tuesdays: 5:30 – 8:30pm
Thursdays: 5:30 – 8:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am – 1:00pm
b. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all. You can tune up your bike, meet other cyclists, or purchase an affordable refurbished bike.
Hours of Operation: Thursdays 5:30‑8:30pm
c. St. John’s Baby Clothes Library. A new library is set to open in St. John’s later this fall for sharing baby clothes, from size preemie to 2T. Clothes will be able to be picked up and dropped off at the St. John’s Tool Library during its hours of operation.

10. Eating in Georgestown
a. The Georgestown Café and Bookshelf, 73 Hayward Ave, 579-7134. Open 8:00am until 5:00pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 10:00am until 5:00pm on Sunday.
b. The Georgestown Bakery, 60 Hayward Ave, 753-8099. Open from Tuesday until Friday, from 7:00 until 5:30pm, and on Saturday from 7:00 until 3:00. Bagels, baguettes, breads of many varieties as well as sweets!
c. The Hungry Heart Café, 142 Military Rd, 738-6164. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 8:00am until 3:00pm. Brunch is served on Saturday.
d. The Rooms Café, 9 Bonaventure Ave. Open Monday 10am‑5pm; Tuesday 10am‑5pm; Wednesday 10am – 9 pm; Thursday 10am – 5pm; Friday 10am‑10pm (Archives close at 5); Saturday 10am‑5pm; and Sunday Noon‑5pm (Archives closed).

11. Music lessons in and near Georgestown

Flute and Piano
Lessons with Johanna Jabora-Scott, M.Mus. Located on Hayward Ave. All ages are welcome. For more information, visit ( .

Violin/Viola Lessons with Daniel Fuchs, M.Mus. located near the Gower Street United Church. Ages 6 and above, all levels welcome. For more information, please email

12. Roadwork in Georgestown
Construction is scheduled to continue through fall, and early winter (until January) on the following streets:
* Hayward Ave: From Maxse St to Catherine St
* The Dardenelles
* Bonaventure Ave: From Merrymeeting Rd to Howley Ave

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