This week in Georgestown: March 5th

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This week in Georgestown:

1. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special Events.
a. Movie night: Maudie
b. Friday night jam.
c. Learn to play 120s.
Weekly Events.
a. Afternoon tea.
b. Big fun for little people.
c. Family fun weekends.
i. Nature Nook.
ii. Archaeology Nook
iii. Sharing our cultures.
d. Engaging evenings.
e. Coffee and culture.
a. Beyond the attic: introduction to genealogy.
b. Fine Art Workshop: Introduction to Contemporary Art.
2. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
3. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Iyengar yoga classes.
b. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
c. Better Breathing Choir.
4. Join a committee: Georgestown needs you!
5. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
i. Growing microgreens at home.
ii. 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. Vietnamese Pop Up.
ii. Georgian Pop Up.
iii. 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. Movie night: Maudie. Friday, March 9th, at 7:00 p.m.
Filmed on the island of Newfoundland, this beloved film directed by Aisling Walsh, written by Sherry White and produced by Mary Sexton, is currently nominated for seven Canadian Screen Awards. Academy Award® nominees, Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky, Blue Jasmine, The Shape Of Water) and Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), star in the true story of Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists. Director Aisling Walsh will be here to host a special Q&A session following the screening. In partnership with the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

b. 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.

c. 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. Nature Nook. Sunday, March 11th, from 1:00 until 4;00 p.m. Do you have questions about our natural environment? Are you interested in getting hands-on with some real specimens? Visit the Nature NL volunteers to feel pelts, bones and feathers, and to ask your questions about our Province’s wild plants, animals and spaces. Offered in collaboration with Nature Newfoundland and Labrador.

ii. 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 7th: Photography in Newfoundland Panel Discussion. Join a panel of celebrated local photographers, including Sheilagh O’Leary, and Manfred Buchheit as they discuss the evolution in photography as seen through their lenses and in connection with the National Gallery of Canada exhibition Photography in Canada 1960 – 2000.

March 14th: Discharged medically unfit: tuberculosis among the troops, 1914-1918. During the First World War, many members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary were sent overseas with latent pulmonary tuberculosis. It was impossible to detect at the time since the infected did not exhibit symptoms and were not sick. However, latent tuberculosis often advanced to active tuberculosis, which was infectious, debilitating and life threatening. Dr. Heidi Coombs-Thorne will discuss tuberculosis during the First World War and the measures taken to treat it.

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

March 8th: Behind barbed wire: Newfoundland POWs in the Great War. More than 200 Newfoundland men were POWs in the Great War, including naval reservists, merchant marine and members of the Royal Flying Corps. The majority, however, served in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. This presentation focusses on the experiences of the Regiment POWs, revealed through first-person narratives, family letters, photographs and post-war claims for pensions and reparations.

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.


a. Beyond the attic: introduction to genealogy. Mondays, March 26th, or April 30th, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. All dates are fully booked; no spaces remain.

b. Fine Art Workshop: Introduction to Contemporary Art. Saturdays, March 24th, and April 28th, from 11:00 a.m. until 2;00 p.m. All dates are fully booked; no spaces remain.

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.

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.

a. 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:

b. 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.

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 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. Vietnamese Pop Up. Wednesday, March 7th, from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m.
The Hungry Heart is featuring an evening Vietnamese food! Reservations or drop in (no take out available)
For reservationst: or 738-6164.

ii. 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.

iii. 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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