This week in Georgestown: May 14th

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This week in Georgestown:

1. Heads up: Neighbourhood events.
2. What’s on at The Rooms.
a. Special events.
b. Family programmes.
c. Engaging evenings.
d. Coffee and culture.
3. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
4. What’s on at Stella Burry.
Driving Social Change from Inside the Kitchen.
The Innovative Approach of Art Therapy.
Accelerando: Sing your heart out about social innovation!
5. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Coming to understand the faith of your Muslim neighbour.
b. Sprint Mindfulness Classes.
c. Better Breathing Choir.
d. Iyengar yoga classes.
e. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
6. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
7. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
8. 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.
9. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market.
10. Please pick up after your pet!
11. Downtown Street Cleaning 2018;
12. Yard waste mandatory in paper yard waste bags;
13. St. John’s E-updates.
Pssst! Keep an eye on Century Park. We have it on good authority that some additions will be arriving this week or next: maybe a swing set, benches, garbages cans, picnic tables, bicycle parking…

1. Heads up: Neighbourhood events.
Georgestown Annual Spring Clean Up: Saturday, June 9th, with a rain date of Sunday, June 10th.
Georgestown Annual Neighbourhood Flea Market and Barbeque: Saturday, July 21st, with a rain date of Sunday, July 22nd.

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

a. Special Events.

Friday, May 18th, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Traditional Jam Session with Ronnie Power T. Ronnie Power was a founding member of The Irish Descendants and The Cobblestones. 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 programme. If you have questions about the type of instrument you will be bringing in, please contact Angela Noseworthy at 757-8114.

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.

c. Engaging Evenings. Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Included with the price of admission; free to Rooms members.

May 16th: Dave Penny: Stops! Join Dave Penny for an evening of Newfoundland comic songs. With his engaging stage personality and a style that is entirely his own, he has been a key figure in the resurgence in popularity of this genre.

May 23rd: Full of Sound and Fury: Tales of 19th-century Newfoundland. Join Dr. Peter Coffman, Professor of Architectural History from Carleton University and author of Newfoundland Gothic (2008), as he presents his research into Anglican churches as they relate to Anglican-Inuit relations in nineteenth-century Labrador.

d. Coffee and Culture. Thursdays, from 2:30 until 3:30. Lectures, films, presentations, and demonstrations. Included with the price of admission; free to Rooms members.

May 17th: Celebrating Communities: Port Union. Every community has a story. Just over 100 years old, Port Union, located on the rugged shores of Trinity Bay is rich in history. It is the only union-built town in North America, and its early years were a hive of activity and enterprise. In this presentation, Donald Blackmore, retired educator, will take you on a pictorial visit of his childhood home to share the story of a community and its unique contribution to the history of the province.

May 24th: Man and Dog Across the Newfoundland Wilderness. Last April, Justin Barbour and his dog, Saku, crossed Newfoundland on a 700-km expedition through ungroomed wilderness by snowshoe, boot and paddle. Inspired by the challenge, the history of our island’s explorers, the love of nature, and thirst for adventure, Justin will tell us stories from his journey.

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

Johnny McEvoy, Saturday, May 19th, at 7:30 p.m.

Chicago High School Edition. Holy Heart of Mary Performing Arts Certificate. School matinées on May 25th at 9:30 AM (Schools interested should contact the Box Office directly). Public performances on Friday, May 25th, and Saturday, May 26th, at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.

Jay White Is Americas Diamond – A tribute to Nail Diamond. Wednesday, May 30th, at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

4. What’s on at Stella Burry. 142 Military Road.
Innovation Week is happening from May 14th through May 18th, and Stella’s Circle is offering three interactive sessions that are open to the public. At Stella’s Circle, they are always striving to offer innovative programming utilizing best practices. Innovation week is a unique opportunity to learn more about Stella’s Circle in a fun, experiential environment. Sing with Stella’s Circle Inclusion Choir, participate in art therapy, or go behind the scenes at the Hungry Heart Café.

Driving Social Change from Inside the Kitchen: Learning from the Innovations at the Hungry Heart Café

Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Hungry Heart Café, 142 Military Road, St. John’s
Registration fee: $25
Experience social enterprise from the inside out! The Hungry Heart Cafe is a social enterprise of Stella’s Circle, used as a training opportunity for people who face many barriers from fully participating in their community. Now in its tenth year, this socially responsible neighbourhood café will be the site of an experiential learning activity. While at the Café, you will participate in concepts taught to participants in the kitchen and contribute to creating meals for the Café’s innovative Meals Squared program. You’ll also enjoy some tasty food from the Café and participate in a discussion by Stella’s Circle and the Centre for Social Enterprise about how to apply the lessons learned from this social enterprise to other settings. Space is limited. The Café is accessible.

The Innovative Approach of Art Therapy
Date: Friday, May 18, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – noon
Location: Just Us Women’s Centre – 142 Military Road, St. John’s
Registration fee: $25
In the current climate of increasing awareness of mental illness and reduction of associated stigma, innovative approaches to health and overall wellness are being embraced and encouraged in many different sectors of our community. Art therapy is an innovative form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.

This two-hour, hands-on, art workshop is for everyone! Learn how art therapy is an innovative alternative to traditional talk therapy and how everyone can benefit from this insightful experience. The art instructor and social worker who will lead this session have delivered art therapy to women in a correctional facility and will speak to their experiences of how art therapy has been effective. There will be a fee to attend this event and space is limited.

Accelerando: Sing Your Heart out About Social Innovation!
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: 114 Cabot Street, St. John’s
Cost: A fee of $5 or Pay What You Can
Studies indicate that isolation and loneliness can exacerbates illness. Creating community is one way to combat loneliness. Join an innovative social community–the Stella’s Circle Inclusion Choir—at a regular Wednesday night rehearsal. Participate in vocal warm-ups and sing with them! At the end of rehearsal, join in for our choir meal prepared by the Hungry Heart Café. In addition to seeing first-hand the therapeutic benefits of singing, experience why there’s growing evidence that singing in a group has social and other benefits that surpass participation in team sports. This event will also have application for employee wellness and team building.

To register for any of these sessions please contact Cathy at or 738-7730.
You can learn more about Innovation Week at the website:

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

a. Coming to understand the faith of your Muslim neighbour.
Part Two: Religion vs culture — basic misconceptions about Islam. Tuesday, May 15th, at 7:30
Panelists for both sessions will be Ayse Sule Akinturk, Ayhan Akinturk, and Haseen Khan. The chair will be Maureen Dunne, director of the Lantern. Both sessions will provide ample opportunity for table discussion and for questions.

b. Spring Mindfulness Classes. Thursdays, May 3rd to 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.
May 17th: Synchronizing body and mind. June 21st: “Me” and the cocoon.
May 24th: Discovering basic goodness. June 28th: Awareness of space.
May 31st: Making friends with yourself. 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. STARTING AGAIN ON MAY 23RD. 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.

6. 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.
Soapstone Carving. Thursday, May 24th, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. $30.00
Spend the afternoon with Inuk artist Angus Andersen as he guides you through the craft of soapstone carving. Then, put your new skills to practice and carve your very own soapstone pendant, figurine, or other small carving. To register:

7. 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 Spring? 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!

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. 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)

9. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market. May 19th, 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:

10. 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!

11. 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:

12. 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 be left at the curb from May 1st to November 30th. For more information:

13. St. John’s E-Updates.
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