This week in Georgestown: February 19th

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This week in Georgestown:

1. TONIGHT!!! Heritage Week Event– The Heritage of Georgestown: using a neighbourhood’s past to shape its future.
2. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special Events.
a. SPECIAL REPEAT PERFORMANCE OF SOLD-OUT SHOW!!! Inspired by life experience: Red Island — Resettlement Girl.
b. Geek Out with Sci-Fi on the Rock.
c. Oscar-nominated live-action short films.
d. Learn to play 120s.
Weekly Events.
a. Afternoon tea.
b. Big fun for little people.
c. Family fun weekends.
d. Engaging evenings.
e. Coffee and culture.
a. Beyond the attic: introduction to genealogy.
b. Fine Art Workshop: Introduction to Contemporary Art.
3. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Iyengar yoga classes.
b. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
c. Better Breathing Choir.
4. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
5. Join a committee: Georgestown needs you!
6. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
Hardwood Flooring.
7. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
8. The Loop
9. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
i. Hours.
ii. Meals Squared.
10. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market.
11. St. John’s E-updates.
Just in case you haven’t heard about possible changes to Rawlins Cross:

1. TONIGHT!!! Heritage Week Event– The Heritage of Georgestown: using a neighbourhood’s past to shape its future. Monday, February 19th, from 7:30, at the Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.

Jerry Dick, executive director of the Heritage Foundation, will be presenting a workshop entitled “The Heritage of Georgestown: using a neighbourhood’s past to shape its future.” As St. John’s earliest suburb, dating from the early 19th century, historic Georgestown has a wealth of heritage resources comprising not only historic buildings but also intangible qualities such as its stories, traditions, and the individuals and groups associated with it. This presentation will explore the ways that the neighbourhood’s heritage can contribute to a sense of meaning and belonging. It will also discuss how heritage resources can be protected and safeguarded for future generations and developed for the benefit of all.

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

Special Events.

a. SPECIAL REPEAT PERFORMANCE OF SOLD-OUT SHOW!!! Inspired by life experience: Red Island — Resettlement Girl. Saunday, February 25th, at 3:00 p.m. $30 per ticket (10% discount for members.
Join Marion Counsel, Helen Murphy, and Barbara O’Keefe for a unique performance depicting life on Red Island in Placentia Bay during the 1950s and 60s. You will be captivated by original recitations, stories and songs that portray the impact of resettlement. 19+ event. Ticket includes one drink from the bar. Tickets only available for purchase online.

a. Geek Out at The Rooms: Cosplay Weekend! Ongoing from Friday night, February 23rd starting at 7:30 p.m., and all weekend until 5:00 p.m., Sunday, February 25th.
Included with the cost of regular admission
Geek Out at The Rooms with Sci-Fi on the Rock as they explore the craft of costuming. This weekend at The Rooms bring the family in to meet some special character guests and dress up to take a selfie at the superhero booth where a monster is waiting to be vanquished.

Friday, 7:30-10:00 p.m.: Costumers from Town.
Put on your best cosplay outfit and come to the Friday night opening of the “Costumers From Town” display, where you can meet four pop-culture costumers and see their elaborate creations. Mingle with other cosplayers and try out the special blue galaxy cocktail!

Saturday 2:30-3:30 pm: Head to Toe: Costuming through the Years in Newfoundland
Join Curator of History Maureen Power and Archives Technician Kayla Burry for this special presentation. During this talk, you’ll learn about the construction methods of historical clothing in the museum collection as well as explore the history of costuming in Newfoundland through archival photographs.

Sunday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.: Crafting Steam Punk
Drop-in to mash-up the past and the future to make your very own steampunk brooch with Steampunk Newfoundland.

While you’re there, don’t miss out on the newest exhibition “Head to Toe: European Settlers’ Dress in the 1600s.” #geekoutattherooms

c. Oscar-nominated live-action short films. Friday, February 23rd, at 7:00 p.m.
Included with the cost of regular admission
The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is excited to present these film screenings in collaboration with The Rooms. Here’s your chance to see incredible short films from around the world and have an Oscar pool edge!
DeKalb Elementary – Reed Van Dyk
The Silent Child – Chris Overton & Rachel Shenton
My Nephew Emmett – Kevin Wilson Jr.
The Eleven O’Clock – Derin Seale & Josh Lawson
Watu Wote/All of Us – Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen
Total Runtime: 97 minutes.
Watch a trailer and learn more about the films, offered by ShortsTV:

d. Learn to play 120s. Wednesdays, February 28th, March 28th, and 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 admissionè pre-registration recommended. 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 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.

c. Family Fun Weekends. Saturdays and Sundays.
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.

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

February 21st: Tunes and Tales from Pigeon Inlet. Come to a delightful evening of local humour and authentic Newfoundland folk music with Kelly Russell. The performance features the classic “Tales from Pigeon Inlet” by Kelly’s father, Ted Russell, plus the music and stories from his travels with legendary fiddlers Rufus Guinchard and Émile Benoît.

February 28th: The Rooms Book Club: Jamie Fitzpatrick – The End of Music. Join writer and broadcaster Jamie Fitzpatrick to learn about his new book, The End of Music. Fitzpatrick’s latest work tells the story of Joyce, a modern young woman navigating the fraught social mores of a small town in its post-war heyday, and her son, Carter, more than fifty years later, whose days as an aspiring rock star are over. As Joyce’s memories of the past begin to escape her, her son’s past returns to haunt him.

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

February 22nd: The Life and Death of the S.S. Florizel. It has been 100 years since the S.S. Florizel crashed off Horn Head, Cappahayden, killing 93 passengers and crew. The “Original Shipster”, Heather Elliot, will be in attendance to talk about the history of the ship, the disaster, and the investigation into her demise.

March 1st: Anthony M. Tooton. The Tootons processed more than 100 million rolls of film in this province. This family documented Newfoundland and Labrador’s people, places and history. Anthony Tooton will give a presentation about his important family.


a. Beyond the attic: introduction to genealogy. Mondays, March 26th, or April 30th, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
This introduction to genealogy will focus on acquainting participants with archival records that can be used for family tree research. The workshop will provide an orientation to The Rooms extensive genealogical collection as well as give you some insight on how to use government records to build upon your family history research. $45 per person, 10% discount for members. Pre-registration is required. The cost includes a permanent researcher registration number for The Rooms Provincial Archives and coffee break. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090.

b. Fine Art Workshop: Introduction to Contemporary Art. Saturdays, February 24th, March 24th, and April 28th, from 11:00 a.m. until 2;00 p.m.
Join art education Anne Pickard-Vaandering for this series of lively lectures about contemporary art. Explore contemporary art theories and practises with a new topic for each session. Session one will focus on people and portraits; session two explores the land and landscapes; and the final workshop looks at the abstract and sculptural forms. Take in a three-hour session for only $10 and immerse yourself in the knowledge of contemporary art. Sign up for three sessions for only $25! (10% discount for members).

4. 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:

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:

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.

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 or by telephone at 864-2114. Visit their webpage at htttps://

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

Chris Hadfield – Canada 151 Tour. Saturday, March 3rd, at 8:00 p.m.

Makkipok! Labrador Inuit Music for Passiontide and Easter by Lady Cove Women’s Choir. Saturday, March 3rd, at 8:00 p.m. (Special venue: Basilica of St. John the Baptist)

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, presented by the Holy Heart of Mary Performing Arts Certificate. Friday, March 9th, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 10th, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Masterless Men & Friends – St.Patrick’s Day Special. Saturday, March 17th, at 8:00 p.m.

A St. Patrick’s Day Evening with The Wolf Tones. Sunday, March 18th, at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

6. 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:

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

b. Workshops.
Saturday, February 24th, from 2:00 until 4:30 p.m.: Hardwood Flooring
DIY flooring isn’t impossible! Tool Library home reno expert Cy will show you the basics of installing hardwood flooring and answer your questions! (Cy will be doing a series of home reno workshops including workshops on laminate flooring, backsplashes, and more. Stay tuned!)

7. 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:

8. The Loop.
The Loop at Bannerman Park is open for the 2018 season, when conditions are favourable:
Daily hours 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., except during ice resurfacing (no skating): Monday to Thursday: 2:30-3:15 p.m.l Friday to Sunday: 1:15-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-4:45 p.m.

Call The Loop line at 733-LOOP (5667) to check if it’s open. The Loop line is updated during closures resulting from poor ice conditions.

All visitors must follow the rules and regulations posted around The Loop, and on our website, so all skaters have fun while remaining safe during the season ahead.

9. 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 ( .
i. New hours: 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Closed on Saturday and Sunday. 142 Military Road, 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 (

10. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market. February 24th, March 10th and 24th, April 7th and 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:

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:
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