This week in Georgestown: March 19th

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This week in Georgestown:

1. Public Information Session about Bishop Feild Elementary School.
2. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special Events.
a. Movie night: Wexford Plaza.
b. Learn to play 120s.
Weekly Events.
a. Big fun for little people.
b. Family fun weekends.
c. Engaging evenings.
d. Coffee and culture.
3. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
4. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Mindfulness-based stress reduction.
b. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping Workshop.
c. Iyengar yoga classes.
d. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
e. Better Breathing Choir.
f. Winter mindfulness and meditation classes.
5. Jane’s Walk.
6. Join a committee: Georgestown needs you!
7. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
Repair Café.
8. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
9. The Loop
10. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
i. Georgian Pop Up.
ii. Meals Squared.
d. The Rooms Café.
i. Opening hours.
ii. Afternoon tea.
11. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market.
12. St. John’s E-updates.

As spring approaches and dry conditions are present, the dangers of burning increase. Open air burning and backyard fire pits are permitted, but only when certain conditions are met.

* Only burn seasoned wood in a fire pit when wind speeds are less than 25km per hour, and never burn garbage or recyclables such as newspaper or cardboard.

* Outdoor fireplaces must be
installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions;
located at least 3m from any building, structure or other combustible material;
capable of completely containing and enclosing the fire;
equipped with a spark arrestor or a screen to prevent sparks and embers from escaping;
placed on a firm, level surface with a non-combustible base beneath it that extends at least .5m completely outside the perimeter of the fireplace;
and always supervised by an adult with access to a fire extinguisher, bucket of water, or another water source while operating.

1. TOMORROW!!! Public Information Session about Bishop Feild Elementary School. Tuesday March 20th, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m., at the Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.
The doors of Bishop Feild Elementary have been closed at 46 Bond Street since October 24th, 2017. The Bishop Feild School Community is coming together to share information about the way forward. They invite you to join them to discuss the status of the structural engineer’s report, the work required to re-open the building, and the timeline for their children to return to their neighbourhood school. They invite all stakeholders in Bishop Feild School (parents, teachers, government, school board & NLESD officials, alumnae, neighbours, and all community stakeholders) to attend. Contact: Rhona Buchan

2. What’s on at the Rooms. Our neighbourhood art gallery, museum, and archives.

Special Events.

a. Movie Night: Wexford Plaza. Friday, March 23rd, at 7:00 p.m.
Set against the backdrop of a deteriorating strip mall (brilliantly shot by cinematographer Maya Bankovic), Wexford Plaza tells the story of an unexpected sexual encounter between an isolated female security guard and a make-up salesman, and the miscommunication that ensues. Equal parts humorous and heartbreaking, writer and director Joyce Wong provides a glimpse into the lives and minds of two well-meaning characters as they navigate their loneliness. Cinematographer Maya Bankovic, will host a special Q&A session following the screening. In partnership with the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. $10 per person (10% discount for members)

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. 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.

b. 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.

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

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.

March 28th: The Rooms Book Club: Pete “Snook” Soucy, How Ya Gettin’ On? Snook Writes About Stu. Join Pete ‘Snook’ Soucy, the Rooms’ author of the month to discuss his book How Ya Gettin’ On? Downtown corner boy Snook has been hanging around, telling yarns, and having a laugh for over thirty years now. Known as a fast talker and funny laugher, Snook finally jotted down some of his musings on … stuff – all sorts of stuff. $15 (10% discount for members)

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

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.

March 29th: Andy Jones. Andy Jones engaged with the Rooms’ permanent collection and composed haikus to connect with pairs of artworks. The public responded with more haikus and now Andy revisits the haiku project, keeping the conversation going.

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

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 a.m.

Frozen in Time. Saturday, April 7th and Sunday, April 8th, at 12 Noon and 4:00 p.m.

The Troubadour Experience: The Ultimate George Strait Tribute Show. Saturday, April 14th, at 7:30 p.m.

John Sheehan – Just Crazy Enough. Sunday, April 15th, at 8:00 p.m.

Broadway on the Rock: Theatre St.John’s 10th Anniversary Gala. Saturday, April 21st, at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

a. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an 8-week course from Tuesdays, April 3rd until May 22nd, 7:30 until 9:00 p.m. (Free orientation session on Wednesday, March 21st, from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Through group and individual practices, discussions and presentations, participants learn a variety of formal and informal approaches for cultivating mindfulness. For more information:

b. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping Workshop. Saturdays, April 28th and May 5th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
EFT is a powerful tool for helping release personal negative emotions and beliefs. These personal negative thoughts can keep you from moving forward in life and can also contribute to stress and disease. You will learn to clear out the emotions that bother you on a daily basis and create more peace in your life. In this 3-hour EFT workshop, you will be introduced to the concept of EFT. You will learn the tapping process for personal use and will practice the procedure in relation to a Personal Peace Process. For more information:

c. 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:

d. 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.

e. 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://

f. Winter mindfulness and meditation classes. Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
These classes feature instruction and guidance in mindfulness-awareness meditation, group practice, and talks on a variety of topics. For more information:

5. Jane’s Walk. Friday, May 4th; Saturday, May 5th; and Sunday, May 6th. Various times.
A Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that get people out on the streets to discover unseen, under celebrated and unique stories about their city. The free walking tours are held on the first weekend of May each year all around the world, including St. John’s, and are led by locals who want to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live and work. For more information:

6. 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

7. 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.

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:

8. 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:

9. 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.

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.

i. Georgian Pop Up. Friday, March 23rd, at 7:30 p.m.
The Georgian “supra” or “feast” epitomizes the spirit of the Hungry Heart theme nights. Platters of vegetables (greens, eggplants, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, squash, cabbage), stuffed breads, dumplings, warming stews, and grilled meats will be presented in a leisurely manner. They will feature walnuts, fresh herbs, cheese and fruit combined with chicken, fish, pork, beef, lamb, and moose for an amazing evening inspired by the cuisine of Georgia. $55 per person (not including taxes, beverages & gratuity) Please advise them of any dietary allergies or sensitivities when you book your table. Seating is limited. Please reserve your seat at or 738-6164

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 (

d. The Rooms Café. 9 Bonaventure Avenue.
SPECIAL NOTE: The Rooms Café is now open on Friday evenings.
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)
ii. 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.

11. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market. March 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:

12. 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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