This week in Georgestown: December 4th

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This week in Georgestown:
1. The annual Georgestown neighbourhood skating party.
2. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special events.
a. A going concern: Mimi Stockland.
b. Handcrafted Holiday Beasts.
c.An intimate evening with Pam Morgan and Anita Best.
d. Knights of Columbus Hostel Fire of 1942: A Timeline and Behavioural Assessment.
e. Scuff n’ Scoff.
f. Fine Art Workshop: Contemporary Textiles.
g. Learn to play 120s.
Weekly events.
a. Afternoon tea.
b. Big Fun for Little People: Weekly tots programme.
c. Engaging Evenings: Movie night — Closet Monster.
A History of Holiday Beasts.
d. Coffee and Culture: Making Mummers — a talk and workshop.
Land and Sea Mummers — a screening.
3. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Iyengar yoga classes.
b. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
c. Better Breathing Choir.
d. Safer Mindfulness.
i. Mindfulness and Meditation Classes.
ii. Meditation and discussion.
4. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
5. Join a committee: Georgestown needs you!
6. The Mummers Parade.
7. St. John’s Tool Library.
Wreath Making Workshops.
8. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
9. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
i. New hours.
ii. Meals Squared..
10. St. John’s Farmers Market: every Saturday.
11. St. John’s E-updates.

You can also follow us on Twitter (@Georgestown NA) and Facebook (@georgestown.nl).

This week in Georgestown:
1. The annual Georgestown neighbourhood skating party.
2. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special events.
a. A going concern: Mimi Stockland.
b. Handcrafted Holiday Beasts.
c.An intimate evening with Pam Morgan and Anita Best.
d. Knights of Columbus Hostel Fire of 1942: A Timeline and Behavioural Assessment.
e. Scuff n’ Scoff.
f. Fine Art Workshop: Contemporary Textiles.
g. Learn to play 120s.
Weekly events.
a. Afternoon tea.
b. Big Fun for Little People: Weekly tots programme.
c. Engaging Evenings: Movie night — Closet Monster.
A History of Holiday Beasts.
d. Coffee and Culture: Making Mummers — a talk and workshop.
Land and Sea Mummers — a screening.
3. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Iyengar yoga classes.
b. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
c. Better Breathing Choir.
d. Safer Mindfulness.
i. Mindfulness and Meditation Classes.
ii. Meditation and discussion.
4. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
5. Join a committee: Georgestown needs you!
6. The Mummers Parade.
7. St. John’s Tool Library.
Wreath Making Workshops.
8. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
9. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
i. New hours.
ii. Meals Squared..
10. St. John’s Farmers Market: every Saturday.
11. St. John’s E-updates.

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1. The annual Georgestown neighbourhood skating party. Friday, December 29th, at 1:00 at St. Bon’s Forum.

Skating will be from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. with a social to follow upstairs! $1 for a child, $2 for an adult, or $5 for the entire family. A non-perishable food-bank item would be greatly appreciated. COME OUT FOR THE EVENT OF THE SEASON!!!

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

Special Events.

a. A going concern: contemporary textiles and everyday politics in Newfoundland and Labrador. Textile artist Mimi Stockland is on-site regularly creating work for “A Going Concern” on Level 3. Stop by and visit Mimi on the following days:
Wednesday, December 6th: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 13th: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Friday, December 15th: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Learn more about the textile and hooked rug exhibitions currently on display at georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=ffa3b0c493&e=d57f2ba488

b. Handcrafted Holiday Beasts. Wednesday, December 6th, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Disguises made from the heads of horses, cows, goats, and even pigs were once a part of the Newfoundland mummering tradition. Pretty creepy! Well, in the spirit of this old custom, come make your own mummer beast disguise out of cardboard! Participants will fold the faces of animals into a wearable mask. Just in time for the Mummers Parade! At the Rooms Art Gallery Classroom. Free, but registration is required: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=bad09ac9fb&e=d57f2ba488

c. An Intimate Evening with Pam Morgan and Anita Best. Thursday, December 7th, at 8:00 p.m. on Level 3.
Come and enjoy an evening with award-winning musicians and song-writers Pamela Morgan and Anita Best. Together they have brought the traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador to the world stage. They will perform for you sharing songs from their albums “The Colour of Amber” and “Amber Christmas.” Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Call 757-8090 for tickets. Tickets are $40. Members must purchase by phone or in person to receive 10% discount.

d. Knights of Columbus Hostel Fire of 1942: A Timeline and Behavioural Assessment. Friday, December 8th, from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m.

In 1942, the Knights of Columbus hostel in St. John’s burned to the ground with the loss of 99 people. Less than two weeks later, Justice Brian Dunfield was appointed to investigate the blaze, compiling over a thousand pages of testimony. Now, 75 years on, the testimony which is housed in the NL provincial archives remains a vital resource for scholarly activity. It is important that researchers in fire safety learn from such events – both from the point of view of the fire growth and spread, but also the human behaviours witnessed or reported. The talk will use a vivid graphical representation of the hostel to present a timeline of events, showing how the fire spread throughout the building, where people were located at various key moments in the fire and behaviours reported as the fire developed.

Presenters: Josée Ouellette (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), Rob Brown (Marine Institute, Memorial University), Steve Gwynne (Fire Safety Unit, National Research Council Canada), Aoife Hunt (Movement Strategies, UK)

e. Scuff n’ Scoff. Sunday, December 10th, from 3:00 until 4:00. The Mummers Parade will begin this year at the Buckmaster Community Centre and end at the Rooms with a lively party at about 3:00. You will be able to have a scuff and a scoff with live music, Purity syrup, and cakes & cookies as tasty as Nan’s! Take off your mask and meet your fellow mummers. Get your photo taken in the “Mummeries Forever” photo booth. Live music by The Mummers and the Paupers.

f. Fine Art Workshop: Contemporary Textiles. Sasturday, December 16th, 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
If you are passionate about textiles, this day is for you! Join art educator Anne Pickard-Vaandering for a discussion and workshop on contemporary textile practices in fine art and craft. The workshop will begin with a presentation about sustainability and the effects of textile production on the environment, and take a look at exciting and innovative 21st-century textiles. There will be a hands-on fibres workshop to explore processes in felting, knitting, crotcheting and other methodologies. The day ends with an interpretive tour of the exhibitions, “Weaving the Existing, Home Economics – 150 years of Canadian Hooked Rugs”, and “A Going Concern: Contemporary Textiles and Everyday Politics in Newfoundland and Labrador.” $40, 10% discount for Rooms members. All materials are included. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required, call 757-8090.

g. Learn to play 120s. Wednesday, December 20th, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.
Have you always wanted to learn how to play 120’s but have never had the chance? Join the enthusiastic volunteer instructors as they share their love of this iconic card game. Included with price of admission. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is recommended for each session. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090.

Weekly events.

a. 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.

b. Big Fun for Little People: Weekly Tots Programme. Tuesday mornings until December 12th, 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.

c. Engaging Evenings. Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

December 6th: Movie Night at the Rooms. Closet Monster. Come for a unique opportunity to watch films with a Newfoundland and Labrador connection on the big screen. Level 2. $10; $5 with regular admission.

December 13th: A History of Holiday Beasts. Learn about one of Newfoundland’s creepiest cultural customs. The hobby horse, a rare sight in these parts now, was once a long-standing part of the mummering tradition. It is the most peculiar of breeds. With menacing eyes, and crooked-as-sin nails for teeth, the mummer’s hobby horse has been terrifying people for centuries. It harkens back to the days when our not-so-distant ancestors would save the skins of animals, dry them, drape them over their bodies, and chase people around at festive times of the year. Hobby horses have been made out of junks of wood, giant blocks of styrofoam, leftover plywood, stitched-together cardboard, and the skulls of horses, moose, cows, and pigs to name just a few. In this multimedia presentation, you will be taken through the history of the hooded holiday beasts of Newfoundland and the links between our traditions and those of our UK horsey cousins.

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

December 7: Making Mummers — a talk and workshop. Join artist Janet Peter, who will share her experience of making mummer figurines for over 20 years. Then it’s your chance to make your very own mini mummer to take home.

December 14th: Land and Sea Mummers — a screening. A long-standing tradition at The Rooms. Come for a screening of mummer-themed episodes of Land & Sea, courtesy of CBC. It’s become an entrenched part of Christmas in Newfoundland and Labrador…the Mummers Show. The beloved Land and Sea Christmas classic. Featuring the music of Simani, set in Fortune Bay on Newfoundland’s south coast, this show has retained a timeless appeal. And the highlight has always been a kitchen Christmas visit from the mummers…a page from the book of Christmases past.

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

a. 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: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=ef60289d31&e=d57f2ba488

b. 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: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=2482123491&e=d57f2ba488

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: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=daacf02d4e&e=d57f2ba488

For further information on tai chi or chow qigong, see www.taichichihnl.ca (georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=86fb66422d&e=d57f2ba488) or contact Sheila Leonard at sheilaleonard@nf.sympatico.ca (mailto:sheilaleonard@nf.sympatico.ca) or telephone 727-7863.

c. Better Breathing Choir. 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 betterbreathingchoir@gmail.com or by telephone at 864-2114. Visit their webpage at htttps://betterbreathingchoir.wordpress.com

d. Mindfulness and Meditation Classes.

Andrew Safer has been a mindfulness practitioner for 49 years and became an authorized mindfulness-awareness meditation instructor through Shambhala International in 1993.

i. Meditation and discussion group. Monday evenings from 7:15 until 8:45 p.m. in the Oak Room. Arrive at 7:00 or shortly after. To receive instruction in Mindfulness-Awareness Meditation, contact Andrew to arrange to meet at 6:30. Andrew@safermindfukness.com Practice begins at 7:15 and is followed by a reading and open discussion. This group is open to all and is free of charge. (A donation to help pay for the room rental is accepted and appreciated)

ii. Mindfulness and Meditation Classes. This 12-week course will be offered Thursday evenings from 5:30 until 6:45 p.m., September 21st until December 7th. Andrew Safer will provide instruction and guidance in Mindfulness-Awareness meditation and home practice. This will include group practice and weekly talks on topics related to mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. (For a list of topics, visit www.safermindfulness.com or Safer Mindfulness on Facebook) $18/session or $185/series. (discounts available: safermindfulness.com) For more information or to register, call Andrew at 722-2716 or email: andrew@safermindfulness.com.

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

A Miracle on 34th Street. Friday, December 8th, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 9th, at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.

The Michael English Christmas Show. Wednesday, December 13th, at 7:30 p.m.

A Kenny and Dolly Christmas. Thursday, December 14th, at 7:30 p.m.

The Ennis Sisters: A Christmas Time in Newfoundland. Friday, December 22nd and Saturday, December 23rd, at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, call 579-4424 or e-mail theatreboxoffice@nf.aibn.com (mailto:theatreboxoffice@nf.aibn.com) Check out the complete line-up at georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=4119051289&e=d57f2ba488

5. 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 georgestownneighbourhood@gmail.com.

6. The Mummers Parade. Saturday, December 9th.
Rig Up from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, parade from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., and Scuff ‘n’ Scoff from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The parade starts at Buckmaster’s Circle Recreation Centre,25 Buckmaster’s Circle. It ends at The Rooms, 9 Bonaventure Avenue.
Bad Weather plan ‘B’
If the weather is really bad, Parade Day events will happen onSunday, December 10th.
Same time. Same place.
For more information:

7. St. John’s Tool Library.

** 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: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=832db6ac6a&e=d57f2ba488.
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a. Wreath-Making Workshops.
December 7th, at 7:00 p.m.: Adult Workshop with drinks and snacks on hand to enjoy
Sunday, December 10th, at 2:00 p.m.: Family Friendly Workshop great for all ages
Come on down to the Tool Library to learn how to make holiday wreaths ($40/wreath) with Shawn Dawson! You will go home with your very own wreath made from local evergreen bows, tree cones, burlap, etc.

8. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
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: ordinaryspokes@gmail.com

9. Eating in Georgestown.

a. The Georgestown Cafe and Bookshelf (georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=ce8aa2a0e1&e=d57f2ba488) 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.

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!

c. The Hungry Heart Cafe (georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=7296f97981&e=d57f2ba488) .
i. New hours: 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

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 Heaert 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 (georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=7ee2aaab94&e=d57f2ba488)

10. St. John’s Farmers Market. Every Saturday 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: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=9addff3c6f&e=d57f2ba488

11. 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: georgestown.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9e134743347583d0f9e71738&id=230d054bed&e=d57f2ba488
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