This week in Georgestown: March 12th

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This week in Georgestown:

1. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special Events.
a. Friday night jam.
b. Learn to play 120s.
Weekly Events.
a. Afternoon tea.
b. Big fun for little people.
c. Family fun weekends.
i. Archaeology Nook
ii. Sharing our cultures.
d. Engaging evenings.
e. Coffee and culture.
2. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
3. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Building bridges of Peace in Lebanon.
b. Iyengar yoga classes.
c. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
d. Better Breathing Choir.
4. Join a committee: Georgestown needs you!
5. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
Repair Café.
6. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
7. The Loop
8. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
i. Georgian Pop Up.
ii. Meals Squared.
9. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market.
10. St. John’s E-updates.
1. What’s on at the Rooms. Our neighbourhood art gallery, museum, and archives.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Rooms Café is now open on Friday evenings.

Special Events.

a. Friday Night Jam. Friday, March 16th, from 8:00 until 10:00 p.m.
Join Fergus Brown-O’Byrne in the first of The Rooms Friday Night Jam Sessions. Bring along your instrument to join in for some fun, or sit back and listen to some great traditional tunes. Included with the price of admission. Free to Rooms members and musicians who perform. Please Note: This is not an instructional program. If you have questions about the type of instrument you will be bringing, please contact Angela Noseworthy at 757-8114.

b. Learn to play 120s. Wednesdays, 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 admission 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 until 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, during opening hours.
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.

i. Archaeology Nook. Sunday, March 18th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
From spear points, pendants and goggles to pipes, lures, and pottery shards. Many unique items have been found by archaeologists digging in our province. Join the Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society to explore these articles and more.

ii. Sharing our Cultures. Sunday, March 18th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
‘Sharing our cultures’ is an intercultural, educational event, which showcases the diverse cultures of high-school youth living in St. John’s. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with youth participants and learn about their cultures, including Burundi, China, Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan and Syria. Free to attend.

d. Engaging Evenings. Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

March 14th: Shakespeare by the sea. Come in and meet the new Artistic Director and General Manager of Shakespeare by the Sea and be entertained by a series of short selections from Shakespearean plays, as well as other select recitations. Free to attend; all are welcome.

March 21st: 2017 BMO Winterset Awards: Author Readings. The 2017 BMO Winterset Award Author Readings features this year’s finalists as well as an author Q & A facilitated by Winterset founder Richard Gwyn. Programme presented in collaboration with Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. Free programme.

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

March 15th: Diversity in Newfoundland and Labrador. Director of the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Remzi Cej will discuss diversity in our province, in connection with Aleesa Cohene’s exhibition I Don’t Get It. Join Mr. Cej for an insightful look at diversity as it pertains to Newfoundland and Labrador and hear the efforts being made in this province to provide equality to all people.

March 22nd: Hiking Through Time. Dressed in a tunic and trousers like it was 1612, interpreter Chris Martin hiked around Trinity Bay following in the steps of English explorer Henry Crout. Come hear about his adventures and what he learned about life in the Newfoundland environment during the the 17 century.

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

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, presented by the Holy Heart of Mary Performing Arts Certificate. Friday, March 9th, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 10th, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Masterless Men & Friends – St.Patrick’s Day Special. Saturday, March 17th, at 8:00 p.m.

A St. Patrick’s Day Evening with The Wolf Tones. Sunday, March 18th, at 7:30 p.m.

Holy Heart Chamber Choir and Jazz Band Dublin Tour Kick-Off Concert. Monday, March 19th, at 7:00 p.m.

O’Donel High School’s Footloose. March 23rd, March 24th, and March 25th, at 7:30 p.m. School matinee March 23th at 9:30 am

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

3. What’s on at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.
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://

4. 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

5. 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 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, March 24th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Repair Café.
A repair café is a community meeting place where you can grab a coffee or tea and bring your broken items to get them fixed. With the guidance of a “repair coach,” participants can take part in the fixing of their item, gaining hands-on experience and knowledge.
Bring by your small household appliances, electronics, furniture, clothing and textiles, toys, and bicycles and work with the Tool Library to fix them!
Repair cafés are important for many reasons. With the limited space in our island’s landfills, we need to prioritize waste reduction and we need to place a higher value on the things we own. A shockingly high percentage of the household items that we throw away are in working order or can be easily fixed – yet most people lack the knowledge and tools to do so, resulting in new items being unnecessarily purchased.
That’s where the Tool Library Repair Cafe comes in.
Want to help organize? Or are you skilled at repair and want be a ‘fixer’ or one or more of the items above? Get in touch:

6. 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:

7. 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.

8. 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.

i. Georgian Pop Up. Friday, March 23rd, at 7:30 p.m.
The Hungry Heart Cafe is heading back to the Middle East to explore the cuisine of Georgia. The theme nights at the Hungry Heart are unique events that often sell out quickly. Come prepared to enjoy a relaxing evening with a minimum of five courses served family style. $55 per person (not including taxes, beverages & gratuity) Please advise them of any dietary allergies or sensitivities when you book your table.

ii. 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 (

9. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market. 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:

10. St. John’s E-Updates.

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