This week in Georgestown: May 7th

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This week in Georgestown:

1. TONIGHT!!! Community meeting with Ward 2 Councillor Hope Jamieson
2. #BishopFeildStrong Gala Fundraiser.
3. What’s on at The Rooms.
a. Special events.
b. Family programmes.
c. Engaging evenings.
d. Coffee and culture.
4. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
5. 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!
6. 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.
7. Join a committee: Georgestown needs you!
8. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
9. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
10. 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.
11. St. John’s Winter Farmers Market.
12. Please pick up after your pet!
13. Downtown Street Cleaning 2018;
14. Yard waste mandatory in paper yard waste bags;
15. St. John’s E-updates.
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.

Request from a neighbourhood resident: Refugee Sponsorship
A large, diverse collection of people from three founding groups has raised $48,000 to sponsor a family of eight Syrian refugees, currently living in Jordan. The family should arrive before the end of this summer. This is an open group, and we welcome new volunteers who would like to be involved. Our next meeting, in May, will provide an introduction to the family and its members, and begin to create committees. This family has been learning English in Jordan and is very eager to adapt to life in Canada. Two members of the family are professional hair stylists. For more information contact the GNA

1. TONIGHT!!! Community meeting with Ward 2 Councillor Hope Jamieson. Monday, May 7th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.
Come discuss ideas and issues in the Georgestown Neighbourhood! Thoughts on the upcoming development regulations that will help shape our city in the years to come would be welcome as well as anything else city-related that’s on your mind. This is an opportunity for open dialogue about what we want our community to look like and how we can make it happen. Tea, coffee, and treats will be available.

2. #BishopFeildStrong Gala Fundraiser! Saturday, May 12th, 7:00 p.m. Brother Rice Junior High, 75 Bonaventure Avenue.
Come out for a night of socializing, and reconnect with the school community! Help raise money to get the educational tools the school needs to achieve!

Come enjoy fine foods from top local chefs Jeremy Charles, Damian Marner, and Shaun Hussey!

Warm up with musical guests, Erin Power & Duane Andrews, and Jenny Gear & Sandy Morris. Sing and dance the night away to our all-star soul-flavoured House Band! Last Gala this crowd rocked the house and left us all wanting more! You’ll be treated to the soulful voices of Colleen Power, Suzanne Power, Laura Winter, Erin Power and Alison Carter, backed by the City’s biggest baddest band of horns, keys, rhythm and percussion: John Duff, John Dawe, Matt Hender, Alex Pierson, Chris McGee, Susan Evoy and Brian Cherwick. Expect surprise guests along the way!

A Cash Bar will be available with a wide selection of beer, wine, spirits and the very special #BishopFeildStrong cocktails! Live and Silent Auctions, 50/50 and other games of chance will be available.

Tickets are $50 and are available online, at O’Brien’s Music Store, The Travel Bug, and School for the Deaf. Online tickets available now: or through our school website: Call Bishop Feild Elementary: 722-3103.

The community remains strong, and the light still shines bright on Bond Street! Come out and enjoy the night with the Bishop Field community!

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

a. Special Events.

Friday, May 11th at 8:00 p.m. An Intimate evening with Matthew Byrne. Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew’s repertoire is heavily influenced by his unique musical lineage – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody. He supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work and a presence that fills the room. $40 per person (10% discount for Rooms members). Cash bar.

Sunday, May 13th, at 2:00 p.m. Mothers’ Day Afternoon Tea. Treat your Mom to a hand-served Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at The Rooms. Enjoy scrumptious treats while you gaze out the harbour view windows and listen to the beautiful guitar music of Boyd Chubbs. Afterward, visit the galleries to make some new memories with Mom. $25, 10% discount for Rooms members

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.

Sunday, May 13th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Mother’s Day Family Fun Flowers. Celebrate Mother’s Day by creating beautiful paper roses for Mom. Come on your own or bring the whole family. No experience necessary and all materials are provided. A great way to spend Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 13th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Nature Nook. Do you have questions about our natural environment? Do you want to get hands-on with some real specimens? Visit the Nature NL volunteers to feel pelts, bones and feathers and ask your questions about our province’s wild plants, animals and spaces.

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 9th: Wordsworth’s Nephew in Labrador 1853-1867. In 1853, George Hutchinson left England to become an Anglican minister at Battle Harbour, Labrador. He was stationed there for 14 years and came to love the place and people so much, it took his fiancée, Selina Hayward, four years to convince him to leave “his people”. Marie Wadden has pieced together remarkable detail about Hutchinson’s childhood and education, from the diaries, letters and poems of his aunts Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary and Sara Hutchinson.

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.

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 10th: All that is royal. Join us for coffee as we celebrate all that is royal: the Queen’s birthday, royal visits to our province, and the upcoming royal wedding. Bring along your favourite royal memorabilia and special memories as we share these stories together.

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.

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

Coastal Dance Company “Kill The Lights”. Saturday, May 12th, and Sunday, May 13th, at 2:00 and 7;00 p.m.

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

5. 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:

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

a. Coming to understand the faith of your Muslim neighbour.
Part One: An overview of the basic faith beliefs of Islam. Tuesday, May 8th, at 7:30 p.m.
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.
May 10th: Simplicity. 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 or Kalen Thomson by e-mail at or by telephone at 864-2114. 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.

7. 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

8. 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.
None presently scheduled.

9. 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!

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. 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)

11. 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:

12. 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!

13. 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:

14. 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:

15. 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:
For people who live, work and play in Georgestown.

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