This week in Georgestown: May 13th, 2019

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Yard waste pick up begins tomorrow!

1. Georgestown Scanning and Mapping Party.
2. Roadwork in Georgestown
3. Automated Garbage Pick-Up.
4. What’s on at The Rooms.
5. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
6. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Iyengar Yoga.
b. T’ai Chi Chi and Chow Qigong.
7. St. John’s Tool Library.
8. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
9. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
d. The Rooms Café.
Last week for Afternoon Tea.
10. Private resource teacher in Georgestown.
11. Music lessons in Georgestown.
12. St. John’s E-updates.


1. TOMORROW!!! Georgestown Scanning and Mapping Party! Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Lantern. 35 Barnes Road.

Did you grow up on Barnes Road or Maxse Street? Did you hang out at Rawlins Cross or shop at W.J. Murphy’s? Did someone in your family own one of the old Georgestown shops? If you did and have photos of any of those things, the Georgestown Neighbourhood Association and Heritage NL’s Intangible Cultural Heritage office would love to see your snaps.

Of interest are old photos of the neighbourhood, anywhere from the 1880s to the 1980s. Photos could be family snapshots, old photos showing parties, games or sporting events, cars decorated for weddings, or of any of the old shops and stores that once dotted the area.

In addition, there will be large maps available to mark the location of informal place names and neighbourhood landmarks, everything from sweet shops and barbers to dance studios and that special spot where you met with your buddies, where you played certain games, or brought your special friend.

“We want to see those photos Nan kept in the old biscuit tin in the closet,” says folklorist Dale Jarvis with Heritage NL. “Sometimes photographs from the 1970s and ‘80s include things like storefronts or shop signs that are now long gone, so even if they aren’t ancient, they can still help us document changes to the neighbourhood.”

Heritage NL staff will be on site to scan the photographs and ask questions about who or what is in the photo. If you bring your own USB flash drive, you can take home a digital copy as well as your original photographs.

Photos will also be shared online with the owner’s permission, and a copy will be uploaded to Memorial University’s Digital Archives Initiative, which is indexed and archived for history buffs everywhere.

2. Roadwork in Georgestown.
The streets in Georgestown that are scheduled for work under the 2019 Streets Rehabilitation Contract 1 include the following:
*Hayward Ave: From Maxse Street to Catherine Street.
*The Dardenelles.
*Bonaventure Ave: From Merrymeeting Road to Howley Ave.

This tender is being advertised over the next two weeks and is scheduled to close on May 21ST. Construction will take place over the spring, summer, and fall.

3. Automated Garbage Pick-Up.

Households on some streets in Georgestown have been issued garbage receptacles for automated pick-up. If your house is one of these but is such that automated pick-up is not feasible (e.g., no front garden or a corner lot with service access on a street which will not have automated pick-up), you should call 311 to request a change.

Please also be aware that if you are physically unable to manage the new receptacles, you should also call 311.

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

Wednesday, May 15th, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Canadian Citizenship Ceremony.

Wednesday, May 15th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Engaging Evenings: Album Rock.

Thursday, May 16th, 2:30-3:30. Coffee and Culture: The Art of Backyard Food Production: Steve and Lisa McBride.

Friday, May 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. The Adventures of Faustus Bidgood.

Saturday, May 18th, 2:00-3:00 p.m. National Fiddling Day.

Sunday, May 19th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Paper Dolls.

Sunday, May 19th, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Nature Nook.
5. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre. Our neighbourhood theatre.

Monday, May 13th, at 7:00 p.m. Finbar Furey and Band.

Saturday, May 18th, and Sunday, May 19th, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Coastal Dance Company – “The Greatest Show”.

Monday, May 20th, 7:00 p.m. Lynn Panting Dance Presents – Springtide… and other dances.
For more information, call 579-4424 or e-mail Check out the complete line-up at
6. What’s on at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.

a. Iyengar Yoga Classes.

b. T’ai Chi Chi and Chow Qigong.

7. St. John’s Tool Library. (151 Empire Avenue) During opening hours, call them at 709-754-8665.
Tuesdays, May 14th and 21st: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursdays, May 16th, 23rd, and 30th : 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturdays. May 18th and 25th: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 28th, 2:30-8:30 p.m.

The Tool Library apologizes for the inconvenience this causes. As a volunteer-run organization, it is sometimes difficult to fill every open hour they would like. (Please consider volunteering!)

For information about workshops:

If you are interested in volunteering, please send them a note to
8. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all. 151 Empire Avenue. (at the Tool Library). Thursday from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.

Spring is here, and Ordinary Spokes has bikes for sale. This DIY bike repair co-op shares the space with the Tool Library and repairs bikes which they sell for reasonable prices to help fund their operation. Stop by to have a look.

9. Eating in Georgestown.
a. The Georgestown Café 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, 60 Hayward Avenue, 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! 753-8099.

c. The Hungry Heart Café, 142 Military Road, 738-6164. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Brunch is served on Saturday; closed on Sunday.
d. The Rooms Café. 9 Bonaventure Avenue.
i. Opening hours. Monday 10 am – 5 pm; 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)
* Last week for Afternoon Tea. Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00 p.m. A selection of fine teas, sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, pastries and sweets. Call 757-8097 to reserve your seating. THE FINAL AFTERNOON TEA WILL BE ON MAY 15TH.
10. Private resource teacher in Georgestown.
Zanele Myles provides support in reading, writing, and math for elementary students and in study skills for high school and university students. Located on Mullock Street. For more information, visit or Study Corner Tutoring on Facebook

11. Music lessons in Georgestown.
Flute and Piano Lessons with Johanna Jabora-Scott , M. Mus. Located on Hayward Ave. All ages are welcome. For more information, visit ( .

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