This week in Georgestown: June 4th

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This week in Georgestown:

1. THIS WEEK!!! Georgestown Annual Spring Clean Up.
2. Call for volunteers.
3. Georgestown Annual Neighbourhood Flea Market and Barbeque.
4. Georgestown Committees: help needed!
5. What’s on at The Rooms.
a. Special events.
b. Family programmes.
c. Daily 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. Book Launch: Anxiety, Stres, and Mindfulness.
f. Building First-Responder Resilience and Mindfulness.
8. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
9. Ordinary 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. Please pick up after your pet!
13. Downtown Street Cleaning 2018;
14. Yard waste mandatory in paper yard waste bags;
15. St. John’s E-updates.
1. THIS WEEK!!! Georgestown Annual Spring Clean Up: Saturday, June 9th, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Meet us at the basketball courts on Hayward Avenue to choose a street to clean. Many hands make light work! Drinks and treats will be available.

2. Call for 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 TWO hours of their time during the flea market to sell hotdogs and drinks or to sell raffle tickets. (10:00-12:00)

We also 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. And, of course, people to help clean up for a short time at the end of the barbeque!!! (6:00-7:00, 7:00-8:00 or 8:00-9:00)

3. 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!

BARBEQUE: 6:00-9:00 p.m. Join us for a community POTLUCK barbeque 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.)

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

4. 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.

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

a. Special Events.

Thursdays, June 14, July 12, August 16, 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.

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 9th, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Stop by and try stop-motion animation. Join stop-motion animators Jason Sellars and Danielle Hamel for an afternoon of stop-motion animation, in partnership with The Nickel Independent Film Festival. Inspired by archival photographs from The Rooms collection, participants will have a chance to try their hand at creating animations using collage techniques and the camera from their phone. Learn how to make a tripod for your smartphone or tablet, and learn the basics of the free software Stop Motion Studio for your Android or iOS device. Stop by!

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.

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

Studio To Stage 2018, by MAX Arts. Athletics. Wellness. Saturday, June 9th, and Sunday, June 10th, at 6:00 p.m.

The John Denver Experience. Friday, June 15th, at 7:30 p.m.

Black and White Night: A tribute to the music of Roy Orbison. Saturday, June 16th, at 7:30 p.m.

Duets – A Tribute to Country Music’s Best. Thursday, June 21st, at 8:00 p.m.
Jun 21, 2018

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. 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 7th: Nowness.
June 14th: Relating with thoughts.
June 21st: “Me” and the cocoon.
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. Book launch: Anxiety, Stress, and Mindfulness, by Andrew Safer. Tuesday, June 5th, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Reading, book signing and refreshments. RSVP asafer@nf.sympatico .ca or 722-7206. For more information:

g. Building First-Responder Resilience and Mindfulness. Five Tuesdays, from June 13th until July 11th, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. First session is free. Cost $100. Seating is limited. Registration deadline: June 11th. Veterans are welcome.

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 beginning June 2nd, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Lion’s Club Chalet, enter at intersection of Bonaventure & Mayor Avenues. Weekly market to begin on June 2nd.
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. 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!

13. 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:

14. 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:

15. 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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