This week in Georgestown: June 25th

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This week in Georgestown:
1. Call for volunteers.
2. Georgestown Annual Neighbourhood Flea Market and Barbeque.
3. Georgestown Committees: help needed!
4. What’s happening at Stella’s Circle.
a. A different kind of AGM.
b. Making gardening a breeze with raised garden boxes.
5. What’s on at The Rooms.
a. Special events.
b. Family programmes.
c. Daily summer activities.
d. Weekly summer activities.
6. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
7. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Spring Mindfulness Classes.
b. Better Breathing Choir.
c. Iyengar yoga classes.
d. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
e. Mindfulness sessions about mindful eating.
8. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
. O9rdinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
10 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.
11 St. John’s Farmers Market.
12. Free yoga at Government House.
13. Please pick up after your pet!
14. Downtown Street Cleaning 2018;
15. Yard waste mandatory in paper yard waste bags;
16. St. John’s E-updates.

a. Most City offices & facilities are closed today, Monday, June 25th, due to the Discovery Day holiday, however: garbage and recycling collection is unaffected and regular scheduled pick up occurs all week. Never mix up your pickup day again, sign up for reminders:

b. A reminder that the Metrobus summer schedule comes into effect today, Monday, June 25, 2018.

c. A car was broken into on Maxse Street on Friday night. Please be vigilant and please notify the RNC!

1. Call for volunteers for the annual barbeque on Saturday, July 21st. WE NEED TWENTY-SEVEN (27) 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!

3. 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.

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

a. A different kind of AGM. Wednesday, June 27 at 4:00 p.m., at Gower Street United Church Basement, 99 Queen’s Road.

Stella’s Circle is excited about their Annual General Meeting, and you’re invited to attend! You’ll learn about their inspiring participants, their dedicated staff, the amazing volunteers and generous donors who all together ensure that Stella’s Circle can continue to transform lives with Real Homes, Real Help, and Real Work. Please join them as they celebrate the accomplishments and highlights of 2017/18.
RSVP by June 25, 2018 by email: ( or phone: 709.738.7730.

b. 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.

Wednesday, June 27th, from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. Canadian Citizenship Ceremony. All are welcome to help celebrate with a group of New Canadians as they take their Oath of Citizenship and become official residents of this great country. Free, in partnership with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.

Wednesday, June 27th, at 7:00 p.m. Learn to Play 120s. Have you always wanted to learn how to play 120s but have never had the chance? Join the enthusiastic volunteer instructors as they share their love of this iconic card game. Included with the price of admission. Free to Rooms Members. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is recommended. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757- 8090.

June 29th to 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.
Friday, June 29th, at 12:00 p.m. St. Michael’s Junior Choir School; at 3:00 p.m. Nave Voices.
Saturday, June 30th, at 10:30 a.m. University of Redlands Chapel Singers; at 11:00 a.m. That Choir; at 1:00 p.m. Primus.
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.

Sunday, July 1st, at 12:00 p.m.. Memorial Day at the Rooms. Come once again this July 1st for free admission to observe Memorial Day at The Rooms.
Between noon and 2:00 p.m., a Newfoundland dog will be waiting to greet you.
Spend some time in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Gallery to meet descendants of the men and women who served their country 100 years ago. Hear the heart-warming and heart-breaking stories from the people who remember the Great War’s effects on their family.
Throughout the day, bring the family to learn how Signal Flags were used to communicate from ship to ship during the First World War, and make your very own set. Don’t forget to make a Canadian Flag in celebration of Canada Day!
At 3:00 p.m., head to the theatre for a free screening of “When the Boys Came Home”, a documentary retracing the footsteps of the Blue Puttees from the streets of St. John’s to Gallipoli, France, Belgium and home again. “When the Boys Came Home” reveals the workaday and internal battles that the Royal Newfoundland Regiment’s Blue Puttees waged after the First World War.

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.

Saturday, June 23rd, 2:00 p.m.. Free family matinée films. Come see this free, family-friendly screening of short films, featuring the world premiere of a series of documentaries by secondary students from communities across Newfoundland & Labrador, including Rigolet, Doyles, Deer Lake, Corner Brook, Pollards Point, Roddickton, Rocky Harbour, Musgrave Harbour and St. John’s. Also featuring two stop-motion animated music videos: “Zamboni” by St. John’s band “Land of the Lakes”, and “Sting of the Cactus” by Ori Dagan with animator Bekky O’Neil. (Platinum Reel Award: Nevada Film Festival; Best Music Video: Open World Toronto Film Festival). This special screening is free in partnership with the Nickel Film Festival.

c. Daily summer activities.

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.

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?
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.

d. Weekly summer activities.

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.

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

Saturdays, at 2:30 p.m. Exhibit tour: Fishing for cod. Level 4 Museum. Cost: included with admission.

Sundays, at 2:30. Exhibit tour: Future possible art exhibition. Level 3 Art Gallery. Cost: included with admission.

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

National Boychoir and Friends. Sunday, July 1st, at 4:30 p.m.

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 St. John’s Storytelling Festival welcomes Yoel Perez, a storyteller, folklorist, and scholar visiting us from Israel. Yoel was born in Jerusalem in 1945 to a Judeo-Espaniol family with roots in Aragon, Spain. Yoel was raised in a family of storytellers, learning the traditional art from his mother and grandmother who passed to him many tales.
As a folklorist, he has collected more than 100 folktales from Bedouin tribes, published in his bilingual (Hebrew and Arabic) academic book with folkloric, social and cultural commentaries. Yoel studied biology and computer sciences before pursuing his doctorate in folklore from Ben Gurion University, which led to a long career teaching folklore.
* The Lantern is wheelchair accessible, pay $15 at the door
For more information:

b. Spring Mindfulness Classes. Thursdays, until 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.
June 28th: Awareness of space.
July 5th: Relating with feeling and emotions.
$20 per session of $180 for the entire series. (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.

f. Mindfulness sessions about mindful eating, with Claudio Corbelli and Andrew Safer. Every other Monday night from June 18th to August 27th (six sessions). Do you want to change your relationship with food? It is sometimes hard to have a healthy relationship with food if we are using it to distance ourselves from our mental, emotional, or physical pain. Food is not our enemy; it is one provides us with vital energy. With simple mindful exercises and by sharing our experiences, we will learn how to re-establish a healthy relationship with food. (This is an education programme, not counselling or therapy.) First session is free. All six sessions: $150.

8. 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. ; Wednesday: 1:30 – 4:30 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.

9. 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!

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 ( . 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)

11. 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:

12. 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!

13. Please Pick Up After Your Pet!
It doesn’t take much to remember that we have pets in our neighbourhood. In fact, if you don’t watch your step, you are liable to step in one such reminder! Besides being unsightly and smelly, animal waste can be hazardous to the health of our children who play in the neighbourhood and other pets. One of the most common forms of disease transmission between dogs is through fecal matter.

When walking your dog in Georgestown and elsewhere, remember that it should be leashed. Also, it is important to remember to immediately clean up after your pet. Take along a bag with you to pick up waste with and then dispose of it properly.

By taking a few simple steps to clean up after your pet, you can contribute not only to the beautification of our neighbourhood, but also towards the elimination of one of the most irritating nuisances in Georgestown. Thank you for your cooperation!

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:

17. House for sale in Georgestown.
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