This week in Georgestown: May 21st

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This week in Georgestown:

1. Victoria Day Holiday: garbage pick up.
2. Georgestown Annual Spring Clean Up.
3. Georgestown Annual Neighbourhood Flea Market and Barbeque.
4. Call for volunteers.
5. Georgestown Committees: help needed!
6. What’s on at The Rooms.
a. Family programmes.
b. Engaging evenings.
c. Coffee and culture.
7. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
8. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Spring Mindfulness Classes.
b. Better Breathing Choir.
c. Iyengar yoga classes.
d. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
e. Book Launch: Anxiety, Stres, and Mindfulness.
f. Building First-Responder Resilience and Mindfulness.
9. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
10. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
11. 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.
12 St. John’s Farmers Market.
13. Please pick up after your pet!
14. Downtown Street Cleaning 2018;
15. Yard waste mandatory in paper yard waste bags;
16. St. John’s E-updates.
1. Victoria Day Holiday: garbage pick up.
Garbage and recycling will not be collected on Monday. Therefore, all garbage will be bumped one day forward. Pick up will occur the day after regular collection day for all areas. In Georgestown, our garbage and recycling will be picked up on Wednesday, May 23rd.

2. Georgestown Annual Spring Clean Up: Saturday, June 9th, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Meet us at the basketball courts on Hayward Avenue to choose a street to clean. Many hands make light work! Drinks and treats will be available.

3. Georgestown Annual Neighbourhood Flea Market and Barbeque: Saturday, July 21st, with a rain date of Sunday, July 22nd.

FLEA MARKET: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.(all streets from Military Road to Empire Avenue, from Monkstown Road to Bonaventure Avenue). If you have two items or two hundred to sell, you can set up shop in front of your house, or if you have flea market items, but do not want to sell them yourself, donate them to the Georgestown Neighbourhood Association. All flea-market donations should be taken to the corner of Hayward Avenue and William Street between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21st. If you need any assistance or cannot come at this time, please contact us at

Come to the green space at the corner of William Street and Hayward Avenue for the Georgestown Neighbourhood Association flea market tables and for hot dogs, drinks, and treats, and then wander the streets of Georgestown to find treasures and bargains. A NEIGHBOURHOOD-WIDE EVENT!

BARBEQUE: 6:00-9:00 p.m. Join us for a community POTLUCK barbeque in Davey’s Field, the green space between Maxse, William and Hayward. WE SUPPLY THE BARBEQUES (one for meat eaters and one for vegetarians) and ENTERTAINMENT; YOU SUPPLY THE FOOD (and your own drinks, plates, cutlery… Please reduce waste by not bringing disposables!) Please bring whatever you would like to barbeque and another dish to share (salad, bread, dessert, chips, whatever.) Music will be provided by local and neighbourhood musicians. NO ALCOHOL, PLEASE. (We will be selling hotdogs and drinks.)

The VOCAL EXPLORATION CHOIR at 10:30 and the LINDY HOP DANCERS at about 11:00 at the corner of William and Hayward.

4. Call for volunteers. WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR HELP!!! Please e-mail us at to let us know what you would like to do.

We need volunteers to donate TWO hours of their time during the flea market to sell hotdogs and drinks or to sell raffle tickets.

We also need volunteers to donate ONE AND A HALF hours of their time during the afternoon to guard the rentals in Davies Field (very good for people with children!)

Finally, we need people to donate ONE hour of their time to guard the barbeques, help keep the place clean, and sell raffle tickets. And, of course, people to help clean up for a short time at the end of the barbeque!!!

5. Georgestown Committees: help needed!

The Georgestown Neighbourhood Association structures its activities through three important committees.
i. The Advocacy Committee monitors development and redevelopment. Currently, the focus is on Davies Field and Century Park, although it is also trying to work with the City on parking and traffic issues. It meets irregularly, as issues arise.
ii. The Community-Building Committee organizes several events throughout the year, such as the skating party, the Heritage Week talk, bi-annual clean ups, and the summer flea market and barbeque. It meets on an event-by-event basis.
iii. The Communications Committee looks after the newsletter and social media. It meets very rarely, but members do have assigned tasks.

This is your chance to help your neighbourhood be the best it can be: both the Advocacy and Community-Building Committees are looking for new members. There are board members on each Committee, but you do not have to be a board member to be on one. It’s a great way to become involved in your neighbourhood without the time and commitments required for being a board member. It’s also a great way to acquire experience if you are thinking of joining the board at some point in the future.

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

a. Special Events.

Friday, May 25th, at 7:30 p.m. Opening reception: Future possible: Art of Newfoundland and Labrador to 1949 and Meryl McMaster: Confluence.
Come to celebrate the latest art exhibitions. Free to attend; all are welcome.

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.

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

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.

May 30th: Tales From Afar: Transformation and Talking Tigers! Dale Jarvis chats with storytellers Zoe Wu (Taiwan), Tanyan Ye (China) and Jae Hong Jin (Korea), about dangerous dried persimmons, fiendish tiger grandmothers and mysterious snail maidens. Tales From Afar: Old Stories from New Residents, is a collection of world folktales, myths, and legends, collected by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in partnership with the St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership.

c. 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 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.

May 31st: Sailor on the Hill. Dionisiv Esteves, one of the Portuguese fishermen on the White Flee fishing vessel Santa Maria Manuela died during the 1966 fishing campaign while unloading his daily catch of codfish. He was buried in St. John’s in an unmarked grave which was discovered in 2012. The grave has come to symbolize all those Portuguese fishermen who lost their lives fishing on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and Labrador. In this short documentary, Lacy O’Connell (Director) and Andrew Winter (Producer) look at some of the people who found the grave and created a memorial in his honour.

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

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.

Celebrate: Holy Heart Choir and. Instrumental Ensembles Spring Show Case. Monday, May 28th, at 7:00 p.m.

Jay White Is Americas Diamond – A tribute to Neil 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.

The John Denver Experience. Friday, June 15th, at 7:30 p.m.

Black and White Night: A tribute to the music of Roy Orbison. Saturday, June 16th, at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

a. Spring Mindfulness Classes. Thursdays, until 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. May 24th: Discovering basic goodness.
May 31st: Making friends with yourself.
June 7th: Nowness.
June 14th: Relating with thoughts.
June 21st: “Me” and the cocoon.
June 28th: Awareness of space.
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.

f. Book launch: Anxiety, Stress, and Mindfulness, by Andrew Safer. Tuesday, June 5th, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Reading, book signing and refreshments. RSVP asafer@nf.sympatico .ca or 722-7206. For more information:

g. Building First-Responder Resilience and Mindfulness. Five Tuesdays, from June 13th until July 11th, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. First session is free. Cost $100. Seating is limited. Registration deadline: June 11th. Veterans are welcome.

9. 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:

10. 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!

11. 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)

12. St. John’s Farmers Market. Saturdays beginning June 2nd, 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:

13. 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!

14. 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:

15. 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:

16. 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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