This week in Georgestown: July 2nd

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This week in Georgestown:

1. Call for volunteers.
2. Georgestown Annual Neighbourhood Flea Market and Barbeque.
3. What’s happening in Bannerman Park.
4. What’s happening at Stella’s Circle.
a. Making gardening a breeze with raised garden boxes.
5. What’s on at The Rooms.
a. Special events.
b. Family programmes.
c. Weekly summer activities.
6. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
7. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Summer Series: Yoel Perez, storyteller.
b. Spring Mindfulness Classes.
c. Better Breathing Choir.
d. Iyengar yoga classes.
e. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
8. Sound Symposium.
9. Georgestown Committees: help needed!
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 St. John’s Farmers Market.
14. Free yoga at Government House.
15. Downtown Street Cleaning 2018;
16. Yard waste mandatory in paper yard waste bags;
17. St. John’s E-updates.
18. House for sale in Georgestown.
REMINDER: Due to the Canada Day and Memorial Day holiday on Sunday, July 1st, and Monday, July 2nd, most City offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, July 2nd. Garbage and recycling will be picked up on WEDNESDAY, JULY 4TH.

1. Call for volunteers for the annual barbeque on Saturday, July 21st. WE NEED TWENTY-FIVE (25) MORE VOLUNTEERS. WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR HELP!!! Please e-mail us at to let us know what you would like to do.

We need volunteers to donate ONE AND A HALF hours of their time during the afternoon to guard the rentals in Davies Field (very good for people with children!) (2:00-3:30 or 3:30-5:00)

Finally, we need people to donate ONE hour of their time to guard the barbeques, help keep the place clean, and sell raffle tickets (6:00-7:00, 7:00-8:00 or 8:00-9:00). And, of course, people to help clean up for a short time at the end of the barbeque!!!

2. Georgestown Annual Neighbourhood Flea Market and Barbeque: Saturday, July 21st, with a rain date of Sunday, July 22nd.

FLEA MARKET: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.(all streets from Military Road to Empire Avenue, from Monkstown Road to Bonaventure Avenue). If you have two items or two hundred to sell, you can set up shop in front of your house, or if you have flea market items, but do not want to sell them yourself, donate them to the Georgestown Neighbourhood Association. All flea-market donations should be taken to the corner of Hayward Avenue and William Street between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21st. If you need any assistance or cannot come at this time, please contact us at

Come to the green space at the corner of William Street and Hayward Avenue for the Georgestown Neighbourhood Association flea market tables and for hot dogs, drinks, and treats, and then wander the streets of Georgestown to find treasures and bargains. A NEIGHBOURHOOD-WIDE EVENT!

The VOCAL EXPLORATION CHOIR at 10:30 and the LINDY HOP DANCERS at about 11:00 at the corner of William and Hayward.

BARBEQUE: 6:00-9:00 p.m. Join us for a community POTLUCK barbeque for Georgestown residents in Davey’s Field, the green space between Maxse, William and Hayward. WE SUPPLY THE BARBEQUES (one for meat eaters and one for vegetarians) and ENTERTAINMENT; YOU SUPPLY THE FOOD (and your own drinks, plates, cutlery… Please reduce waste by not bringing disposables!) Please bring whatever you would like to barbeque and another dish to share (salad, bread, dessert, chips, whatever.) Music will be provided by local and neighbourhood musicians. NO ALCOHOL, PLEASE. (We will be selling hotdogs and drinks.)

3. What’s happening in Bannerman Park.
Sundays, July 15th and 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.
July 15th: Youth perfomer Michaelea Silver Headliner – Mick Davis and Thin Love
August 19th: Youth performer – Darcy Scott Headliner – Thelma and Louise

4. 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 ( .
More information is available HERE on ther website! (

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

a. Special events.

Until Tuesday, July 3rd. Podium on the Edge: Singing from Sea to Sea to Sea.
The Rooms is please to host free public performances by choral groups participating in Podium, Canada’s national choral conference and festival.
Monday, July 2nd, at 1:00 p.m., Ensemble Laude; at 2:30 p.m. Elektra Women’s Choir.
Tuesday, July 3rd, at 12:00 p.m. Chronos Vocal Ensemble; at 1:00 p.m. Oriana Women’s Choir.
Free, in partnership with Podium on the Edge.

Wednesday, July 11th, at 7:00 p.m. Jordan Nobles. Come hear a world premiere piece by Jordan Nobles, a Juno Award-winning composer. You’ve never heard The Rooms sound like this! Here is a list of the many free events happening during Sound Symposium:

Thursdays, July 12th, 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, July 19th, at 8:00 p.m. An intimate evening with Kevin Collins. Singing since the age of six, Kevin was raised in a musical family and has become part of the musical and cultural fabric of our province. With multiple music awards to his credit and more than 25 albums released, Kevin Collins is known for bridging the Newfoundland-Irish connection through song. He has a presence that continues to touch everyone who hears him. With special guest, Ray Walsh! Tickets are $40; 10% discount for Rooms members. Pre-sale tickets available online now:

b. Family Programmes.

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.


Mondays at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.; Fridays at 2:30 p.m.; Sundays, at 2:30. 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.

Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Saturdays, at 11:30 a.m. Exhibit tour: Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Level 2. Cost: included with admission.

Thursdays and Fridays, at 11:30 a.m.; Tuesdays and Saturdays, at 2:30 p.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.


Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, all day during opening hours. 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 10, July 25, August 14, August 22, September 6, September 18
Jim Payne – July 24, August 23, September 11
Aaron Collis – July 4, August 8, August 30, September 13, September 27
Ronnie Power – July 5, 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 – July 11, July 19, August 7, August 29, September 25
Kyle Mooney – July 12, August 28
Kira Sheppard – July 17, 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.

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

Saturday, July 7th, at 4:00 p.m. UFE Insurrection 2018.

Sunday, July 8th, at 2:00 p.m. Splash’N Boots LIVE in Concert- You Best Be Comin’ Back Tour!

Saturday, July 14th, at 9:00 a.m. 2018 Newfoundland & Labrador CPA Championships Pre-Judgin.

Saturday, July 14th, at 6:00 p.m. 2018 Newfoundland & Labrador CPA Championships FINALS.

Wednesday, July 18th to 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.

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

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

a. Summer Series: Yoel Perez. Wednesday, July 11th, at 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Visiting storyteller Yoel Perez presents a unique evening that mixes history with storytelling, as he shares with us his work in collecting folk tales from the Middle East. Yoel has collected over 100 folktales from Bedouin tribes, alongside many more from Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and his native Israel. He will intersperse tales of his research and experiences as a folklorist with stories and folktales from his collection, with time afterward for questions and casual chatting over tea and treats.
* The Lantern is wheelchair accessible, pay $15 at the door
For more information:

b. Spring Mindfulness Classes. Thursday, July 5th , from 5:30 until 6:45 p.m.
A mindfulness practitioner for 49 years, Andrew Safer became an authorized mindfulness-awareness meditation instructor through Shambhala International in 1993. Featuring iInstruction and guidance in Mindfulness-Awareness meditation and home practice, practice with a group, and talk on various topics.
July 5th: Relating with feeling and emotions.
$20 per session. (Discounts available.) Call 722-2716 or e-mail to register.

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 by e-mail at Visit their webpage at htttps://

d. 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:

e. 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.

8. The Sound Symposium XIX. Thursday, July 5th until Sunday, July 15th. The 19th iteration of Sound Symposium will be filling St. John’s with new, unusual, thought-provoking art. There will be jazz, improv, experimental and trance music. Concerts will happen inside (The Rooms, MUN School of Music, LSPU Hall, and The Ship Pub), outside (Cape Spear), and at all times of day. All workshops are free and open to the public. Ten days that will change how you hear the world.

With artists descending on St. John’s from all over Canada and from six different countries, the Symposium relies on the generosity — and the guest bedrooms — of many of its friends in the Georgestown neighborhood. Thank you for opening your homes to the musicians! If you see a new face around the neighborhood in the next couple of weeks, they very well might be visiting Newfoundland from Chile or Norway. Say “hi.” Ask them about their music. Give them tips for enjoying their time in St. John’s to the fullest. And then see them perform during the Sound Symposium.

We want to draw special attention to a FREE event that’s happening at The Rooms on Wednesday, July 11th, at 7:00 p.m. Come hear a world premiere piece by Jordan Nobles, a Juno Award-winning composer. You’ve never heard The Rooms sound like this! Here is a list of the many free events happening during the Sound Symposium: Complete schedule and ticket info on the website:

9. Georgestown Committees: help needed!

The Georgestown Neighbourhood Association structures its activities through three important committees.
i. The Advocacy Committee monitors development and redevelopment. Currently, the focus is on Davies Field and Century Park, although it is also trying to work with the City on parking and traffic issues. It meets irregularly, as issues arise.
ii. The Community-Building Committee organizes several events throughout the year, such as the skating party, the Heritage Week talk, bi-annual clean ups, and the summer flea market and barbeque. It meets on an event-by-event basis.
iii. The Communications Committee looks after the newsletter and social media. It meets very rarely, but members do have assigned tasks.

This is your chance to help your neighbourhood be the best it can be: both the Advocacy and Community-Building Committees are looking for new members. There are board members on each Committee, but you do not have to be a board member to be on one. It’s a great way to become involved in your neighbourhood without the time and commitments required for being a board member. It’s also a great way to acquire experience if you are thinking of joining the board at some point in the future.

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 11:00 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. St. John’s Farmers Market. Saturdays from June 2nd until July 14th, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Lion’s Club Chalet, enter at intersection of Bonaventure & Mayor Avenues. Moving to its new location at the former Metrobus garage on Freshwater Road on July 21st.

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:

14. Free Yoga at Government House. 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.
July 4: Melanie Caines August 8: Laura-Beth Power
July 11: Danielle Whalen August 15: Tina Pomroy
July 18: Susan Day August 22: Maria Hillier
July 25: Jody Williams August 29: Wade Kearley
August 1: Rachel Blundon
Important Details:
i. We will 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!

15. 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:

16. 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:

17. 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:

18. House for sale in Georgestown.
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