This week in Georgestown: July 23rd

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This week in Georgestown:

1. Thank you, neighbourhood!
2. Rawlins Cross traffic changes: information session
3. What’s happening in Bannerman Park.
a. Music at Bannerman.
b. Other Women Walk.
4. What’s on at The Rooms.
a. Special events.
b. Family programmes.
c. Weekly summer activities.
5. What’s happening at the Basilica.
Fleming: a walking tour.
6. What’s happening at Stella’s Circle.
a. Making gardening a breeze with raised garden boxes.
7. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
8. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Better Breathing Choir.
b. Iyengar yoga classes.
c. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
9. Happy City St. John’s Neighbourhood Summit and Survey.
10. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
11. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
12. 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.
13. What’s happening at Government House.
a. Free T’ai Chi Chih.
b. Free yoga.
14. Downtown Street Cleaning 2018;
15. Yard waste mandatory in paper yard waste bags;
16. St. John’s E-updates.
1. Thank you, neighbourhood!

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the flea market and barbeque on Saturday a success! Many thanks also to the fabulous musicians! You are awesome!

Many thanks to all those individuals and businesses who donated items to our annual raffle baskets! These donors have helped us raise the money necessary to continue the organizing, advocating, and community building that we do in Georgestown.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Council
Neighbourhood DanceWorks (director lives in Georgestown)
Janet McNaughton (Georgestown resident and children’s author)
Pony Locale (owners live in Georgestown)
Scottish Country Dancing (a few of their dancers live in Georgestown)
Mike Gillan and Erin MacArthur at Northeastern Folk Art (live in Georgestown)
Georgestown Café and Bookshelf (Georgestown business; owners live in Georgestown)
Pete Soucy/Snook (lives in Georgestown)
Don McKay (neighbourhood poet)
Kathy Simonsen (neighbourhood classicist and crocheter)
Brett Favaro (neighbourhood climate researcher)
The Hungry Heart Café (our neighbourhood café)
Georgestown Bakery (best in St. John’s here in Georgestown)
Jo Shawyer (children’s author living in Georgestown)
Graham Blair Woodcuts (Graham and his family live in Georgestown)
Chef To Go (Georgestown business)
Healey’s Auto (Georgestown business
Steve Curtis (lives with his family in Georgestown)
Healey’s Auto Body Shop (autoshop in Georgestown)
Purity Factories
Eastern Edge
Gavin Will and Boulder Publications
Fred’s Records (everybody’s favourite record store)

The raffle prizes were won by the following people:
1st prize: Terri Swain
2nd prize: Chris Fudge
3rd prize: Barbara Whittle
4th prize: Eric Pedersen
Special prie: Anna

2. Rawlins Cross Traffic Changes: Information Session. Wednesday, July 25th, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., at the Bannerman Park Poolhouse.

This summer the City is changing traffic circulation at Rawlins Cross on a trial basis. Before the changes are put in place, the City will host an information session. By removing traffic signals and introducing new yield signs prior to entering the area, the goals of this pilot project are to improve safety, reduce delay, and simplify Rawlins Cross. All commuters in the area are asked to be patient, attentive, and obey the new road signs and markings. Please watch this informational video about the changes that are going to be made:
If you have questions but are unable to attend the information session, or you want to stay up to date on this project, visit

3. What’s happening in Bannerman Park.

a. August 19th, from 2:00 until 3:00p.m. Music @ Bannerman Park. Many different musical styles are featured in the ‘Music @’ Concert Series including jazz, blues, folk, pop and more. Each concert opens with a youth performer coordinated through a partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society. These opening acts and our headliners showcase the incredible and diverse musical talent the City has to offer.
Youth performer – Darcy Scott Headliner – Thelma and Louise

b. July 23rd to August 10th, weekdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. rain or shine. Other Women Walk. Leaving from the corner of Rennies Mill and Circular Roads. OTHER WOMEN WALK is a historical walking tour featuring multiple performances at standing stops in and around Bannerman Park. Professional actors perform as various women from 1922 St. John’s. Admission is $10 for adults / $5 for children 12 and under. . Direct contact: Ruth Lawrence – 709-754-586. Learn more at or on Facebook.

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

a. Special events.

Monday, July 23rd, at 1:00 p.m. Artist Spotlight: Mimi Stockland. Level 3 Atrium. Drop by and chat with multidisciplinary artist Mimi Stockland while she works on art and craft in the Atrium. Based in St. John’s, Mimi Stockland is a multidisciplinary artist who works in textiles, visual art, video and performance. Also a crochet and knitting instructor, Mimi independently operates a textile design and screenprinting company.

July 25th, at 7:00 p.m. Dropped Threads: Weaving women’s stories past to present. With Anita Best and Karen Carroll. Through song, story, and recitation, “Dropped Threads” will wend its way through the world of women both past and present – with a dash of Newfoundland magic for good measure. Close your eyes and relive the symphony of sounds and scents of mom’s kitchen; then adventure out into the mythical past. Join these storytellers on a fabulous journey that will stimulate your senses, warm your heart, and welcome you to connect with your own fond memories of family and place

July 25th, at 7:00 p.m. Learn to play 120s. Level 2 Classroom 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. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is recommended for each session. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090.

Thursday, August 2nd, 2:30 p.m. Speeches and Songs, featuring voices form the Cape Shore. Level 3 Atrium. The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) is developing a web-based exhibition of recordings made on the Cape Shore during the 1970s by Aidan O’Hara. The Irish thought it only fitting that they deliver the results in person Join the ITMA as they talk about the process of preparing this online exhibition. A few singers from the Cape Shore (Eta Nash, Vince Roche, and Eugene Mooney) will be joining us along with poet and playwright Agnes Walsh. Free in partnership with the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

Thursdays, August 16th, and 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.

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.

b. Family Programmes.

Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. 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!

Sunday, July 22nd, at 1:00 p.m.: 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 our Province’s wild plants, animals and spaces.
Sunday, July 29th, at 1:00 p.m. Experience Art! Drop by Level 3 for a fun drawing exercise. You can make a postcard and mail it to your family and friends! Blind contour is a fast and fun drawing exercise that is used widely by artists to help them “see”. Anyone can do it; no experience necessary.

Saturday at 10:00 a.m. 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.

Saturdays and Sundays, during opening hours. Family Fun Weekends. 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.

c. Weekly summer activities.

Every day during opening hours. 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.
LANGUAGE: Understand Newfoundland: Did you know we have our own dictionary? And that no matter how large a lake is we call it a pond? Become acquainted with local authors. Learn some new words, like “sleeveen” or “callibogus”. And discover place names that will make you giggle, such as Come By Chance or Blow Me Down Provincial Park.
NATURE: Shaped By Nature: Mother Nature is highly respected here. Her high winds, dense fog, deep snow and horizontal rain have made us a hearty bunch and have defined our fashion sense. Learn about our spectacular hiking trails. Touch a piece of iceberg. And find out what capelin weather is all about.
HISTORY: Connecting To History And One Another: Come find out what brought people to these shores hundreds of years ago and what has made us such a resilient and creative lot. Try your hand at splitting a cod or bring a turn of water. Learn about resettlement and the salt cod trade.
FOOD: Mug Up Cafe: We love a boil up in the woods, having lunch just before bed and feasting on cod tongues. We love our food and we want to share it with you. Come to the cafe on Level 2 for a light picnic lunch and enjoy some of our traditional foods. Browse through our local cook books or watch a loop of film shorts about our local food movement.


Monday, Friday, and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.; Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.. Exhibit Tour: Future possible art exhibition. Join us for a guided tour of the art galleries, starting with Future Possible – 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 some of the highlights from The Rooms permanent collections, and see how this place has inspired the world. Level 3 art gallery. Included with admission.

Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday at 11:00 a.m.; Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Exhibit tour: Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Level 2. Cost: included with admission.

Tuesday and Saturday at 3:00; Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. Exhibit tour: Fishing for cod. Level 4 Museum. Cost: included with admission.

Mondays at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, Fridays at 2:30. Exhibit tour: Future possible art exhibition. Level 3 Art Gallery. Cost: included with admission.


Every day at 10:00 a.m., except Sunday at noon. 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.


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. 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 – July 25, August 14, August 22, September 6, September 18
Jim Payne – July 24, August 23, September 11
Aaron Collis – August 8, August 30, September 13, September 27
Ronnie Power – August 2, September 19
Billy Sutton – June 28, July 18, July 31, August 21, September 4, September 12, September 20
Joanna Barker – August 9, September 26
Mark Hiscock – August 15, September 5
Harry Ingram – August 7, August 29, September 25
Kyle Mooney – August 28
Kira Sheppard – August 1, August 16

Fridays, at 7:30 p.m. 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.

5. What’s happening at the Basilica.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, July 24th and running 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.

6. What’s happening at Stella’s Circle.

a. Making gardening a breeze with raised garden boxes.

Stella’s Circle is making gardening a breeze! Once again this year they are selling 3’ x 6’ vegetable and herb gardens, custom-made and installed by participants of Stella’s Circle. Working together with the Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador, Stella’s Circle participants will build, assemble and install raised garden boxes to make your gardening easy. They do all the work, so you can just water and enjoy! Installations start the week of June 18th. To order yours, call 579-1181 or email ( .

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

Summer Holiday Closing: July 28th to August 6th. Online purchases through the website will still be available 24/7, and emails will be checked periodically.

Until Saturday, July 21st, at 8:00 p.m. The Best of British Invasion.

Thursday, July 26th, at 7:30 p.m. Shangela is SHOOK – A Night of Comedy and cabaret.

Saturday, August 11th, at 7:30 p.m. Owen Mac.

Sunday, August 19th, at 7:30 p.m. Queen Nation.

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

8. 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.

9. 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:

10. 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.
Tuesday: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. ; Thursday: 2:00 – 8:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

b. Workshops.
None planned for the moment.

11. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all. 151 Empire Avenue. (at the Tool Library)
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:

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!

12. 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)

13. What’s happening at Government House.

a. Free T’ai Chi Chih.
b. Free Yoga. Wednesdays, from July 4th 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 8: Laura-Beth Power
July 25: Jody Williams August 15: Tina Pomroy
August 1: Rachel Blundon August 22: Maria Hillier
August 29: Wade Kearley
Important Details:
i. Meet at the greenhouse on the Government House lawn
ii. Please bring your yoga mat and anything else you need for an outdoor practice.
iii. Please note there are NO bathrooms or change rooms available at Government House: the closest facilities are at Bannerman Park, a short walk away
iv. Class will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather; class cancellations will be posted by 11:30am each Wednesday on this event page
v. Classes are free, all-levels, and intended for adults
See you on the mat!

14. 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:

15. 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. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be picked up from May 1st to November 30th. 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:

16. 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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