This week in Georgestown: February 5th

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This week in Georgestown:

1. Heritage Week Event– The Heritage of Georgestown: using a neighbourhood’s past to shape its future.
2. Chillfest: Sweetheart Skate.
3. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special Events.
a. Art Gallery opening reception.
b. Artist Talk: Aleesa Cohene
c. Inspired B’y Life Experience: Red Island – Resettlement Girl
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.
4. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Fireside Chat: Lorraine Michael, MHA for St. John’s East
b. Iyengar yoga classes.
c. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
d. Better Breathing Choir.
5. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
6. Join a committee: Georgestown needs you!
7. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
Hardwood Flooring.
8. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
9. The Loop
10. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
i. Hours.
ii. Pancake Breakfast for Homelessness.
iii. Chinese New Year Dinner
iv. Meals Squared.
11. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market.
12. St. John’s E-updates.
1. 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. Chillfest: Sweetheart Skate. Wednesday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day), at 7:30 p.m., at the Loop in Bannerman Park.

Treat your sweetheart to a romantic evening under the lights with special Valentine’s giveaways, sappy love songs and free hot chocolate for everyone. Please note this event is weather and ice dependent. To check if The Loop is open, call the Loop Line at 733-LOOP (5667). As with all #ChillFest events, this event is FREE to attend.

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

Special Events.

a. Art Gallery opening reception. Friday, February 9th.
Join the Rooms as they celebrate their newest art gallery exhibitions. Free to attend; all are welcome. Exhibiting artists will be in attendance.

Organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada. Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute
Elbow Room Residency Series
Co-produced by The Rooms, Gallery 44, The Western Front

b. Artist Talk: Aleesa Cohene. Sunday, February 11th, 2:00 until 3:00 p.m.
Join exhibited artist Aleesa Cohene for a discussion of her artistic practice and current exhibition “I Don’t Get It”, co-commissioned by The Rooms, Gallery 44 and The Western Front. Through a two-channel video and a series of sculptures and photographs, Cohene exposes how whiteness as a fundamental category of belonging is never not at play. This presentation is included with the cost of admission.

c. Inspired B’y Life Experience: Red Island – Resettlement Girl. Friday, February 16th. 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. Cost: $30 (10% discount for members) Includes one drink ticket.

d. Learn to play 120s. Wednesdays, January 31st, 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 from February 6th to 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 7th: Man and his dog across the Newfoundland wilderness.
In April 2017, Justin Barbour and his Cape Shore water dog Saku crossed Newfoundland. It was a 700km expedition through the interior’s ungroomed wilderness by snowshoe, boot and paddle. Inspired by the challenge, the history of our island’s explorers, the love of nature, and thirst for adventure, Justin will share a look into his journey and motivations for attempting it.

February 14th: Love in the age of Vikings. We tend to think of the Viking Age as an age of warfare. Join Dr. Shannon Lewis-Simpson and discover intimate aspects of love and marriage in medieval Scandinavia as seen in archaeological and poetic evidence.

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

February 8th: Searching for the SS Beverly. With no survivors to tell the tale, what can be related about a Newfoundland fish carrier lost at sea during the First World War? Suzanne Sexty has uncovered more than you might imagine in her research. Listen to the story unfold, and look back to the ship’s origins, its coming to Newfoundland, the crew on its final voyage and the people they left behind.

February 15th: Photography in the The Rooms Art Gallery Collections. Join Art Gallery Registrar Chris Batten, who will show and share photographs from the different art gallery collections housed inside The Rooms vaults, then take a look at the exhibition “Photography in Canada: 1960-2000”, on tour from the National Gallery of Canada.


a. Beyond the attic: introduction to genealogy. Mondays, February 12th, 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. Cost: $10 per session or $25 for all three (10% discount for members).

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

a. Fireside Chat: Lorraine Michael, MHA for St. John’s East. Thursday, February 15th, at 7:30 pm.; doors open at 7:00. In the Library.
The Lantern and the Empowering Leadership workshop committee are pleased to have Lorraine Michael share her story. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be available from 7:00 p.m. Reserve your fireside seat by registering at

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

Jon Kimura Parker and the MUN Symphony Orchestra. Saturday, February 17th, at 7:30 p.m.

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)

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

6. 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

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:

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!)

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:

9. 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.

10. 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. Pancake Breakfast for Homelessness. Tuesday, February 13th, from 7:00 until 10:30 a.m. Help fight homelessness by going to the Hungry Heart for their annual pancake breakfast. $5.00 per person.

iii. Chinese New Year Theme Dinner. Friday, February 16th, and Saturday, February 17th, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m.
The Chinese New Year is filled with tradition, and the Hungry Heart loves to share the symbolic food of the season! Come for a five-course feast of dumplings, spring rolls, and noodles accompanied by fish, pork, and chicken. The Year of the Dog celebrates loyal, intelligent and loving friends and family. What better way to celebrate those people in your life than to partake in this theme dinner. Cost: $55 per person (not including taxes, beverages & gratuity) For reservations: 738-6164 |
Please advise them of any dietary allergies or sensitivities when you book your table.

iv. 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 (

11. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market. February 10th and 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:

12. St. John’s E-Updates.

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