This week in Georgestown: November 20th

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This week in Georgestown:
1. Annual food drive: November 20th to 24th.
2. Light up hope.
3. St. John’s Tool Library: borrow instead of buying.
a. St. John’s Tool Library Workshops.
i. Permaculture 101.
ii. Backsplash 101.
4. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special events.
a. An intimate evening with Pam Morgan and Anita Best.
b. Movie night at the Rooms.
c. Learn to play 120s.
d. Beyond the attic: introduction to genealogy.
e. Fine art workshop: contemporary textiles.
Weekly events.
a. Afternoon tea.
b. Big Fun for Little People: Weekly tots programme.
c. Engaging Evenings: The Evolution of textiles in Newfoundland and Labrador.
d. Coffee and Culture: How early photographic craft influenced early photography with Terrance Hounsell.
5. What’s on at The Lantern.
SPECIAL EVENT: Ten Thousand Villages St. John’s Festival.
SPECIAL EVENT: 3rd Annual We are Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans Gala.
a. Iyengar yoga classes.
b. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
c. Better Breathing Choir.
d. Safer Mindfulness.
i. Mindfulness and Meditation Classes.
ii. Meditation and discussion.
6. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
7. Join a committee: Georgestown needs you!
8. The Mummers Festival needs you!
9. Leaf collection.
10. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
11. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
i. New hours.
ii. Meals Squared..
12. St. John’s Farmers Market: every Saturday.
13. St. John’s E-updates.
1. Annual food drive: November 20th to 24th.

From Monday, November 20th to Friday, November 24th, the City of St. John’s is holding a food drive to collect non-perishable food items in support of the Community Food Sharing Association.To participate, residents are asked to package non-perishable food items and place them outside the home in locations highly visible from the road by 8:00 a.m. on their garbage day. City staff will collect the donations beginning at 8:00 a.m.Food items can also be dropped off at City Hall, the H.G.R. Mews Centre, Paul Reynolds Community Centre, or the Southlands, Kilbride Lions and Shea Heights Community Centres.

The City and Councillors will post daily tallies on social media using #nlfooddrive.

The Community Food Sharing Association stocks food banks throughout the province; commonly needed items include:

• Peanut Butter • Cheese Whiz • Macaroni & Cheese • Canned Beans • Canned Soup & Stew • Dried Pasta, Noodles & Rice • Pasta Sauce • Canned Meat & Fish • Beans & Legumes • Canned Vegetables & Fruit • Canned/Powdered Milk • Breakfast Cereal • Baking Supplies

Since the City of St. John’s first food drive in 2014, residents have donated more than 35,000 pounds of non-perishable food to the Community Food Sharing Association.

2. Light up hope. Tuesday, November 28th, from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Rawlins Cross.

There will be hot chocolate, cider, cookies, and most importantly, it is the perfect feel-good event to start your holiday season! Giving Tuesday follows Black Friday & Cyber Monday and it was established to encourage people to join the movement dedicated to giving back at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. It is a day where charities, companies, and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes, and think about others. You can donate to Stella’s Circle in honour of Giving Tuesday and for the third year in a row, their amazing community partner Bluedrop will match your donation. For more information:

3. St. John’s Tool Library: workshops.

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 1. Annual food drive: November 20th to 24th.

a. St. John’s Tool Library Workshops.

i. Permaculture 101. Monday, November 20th at 7:00 until 8:30 p.m.
Permaculture focuses on mimicking nature’s systems and patterns to develop resilient and self-sufficient agriculture ecosystems at any scale. Jonas Roberts will share examples from his own permaculture project and help you imagine how permaculture can work for you. $25.

ii. Backsplash 101. Saturday, November 25th at 2:00 p.m.
Learn how to do your own backsplash tiling with this hands-on workshop with Cy Deault from Consumer Carpets.
To register:

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

a. An Intimate Evening with Pam Morgan and Anita Best. Thursday, December 7th, at 8:00 p.m. on Level 3.
Come and enjoy an evening with award-winning musicians and song-writers Pamela Morgan and Anita Best. Together they have brought the traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador to the world stage. They will perform for you sharing songs from their albums “The Colour of Amber” and “Amber Christmas.” Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Call 757-8090 for tickets. Tickets are $40. Members must purchase by phone or in person to receive 10% discount.

b. Movie Night at the Rooms. Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m.
Come for a unique opportunity to watch films with a Newfoundland and Labrador connection on the big screen. Level 2. $10; $5 with regular admission.
December 6th: Closet Monster

c. Learn to play 120s. Wednesday, December 20th, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.
Have you always wanted to learn how to play 120’s but have never had the chance? Join the enthusiastic volunteer instructors as they share their love of this iconic card game. Included with price of admission. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is recommended for each session. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090.

d. Beyond the attic: introduction to genealogy. Monday, November 20th, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Excited about getting to know your ancestors? This half-day workshop is an introduction to genealogy and will provide an orientation to the Archives’ extensive genealogy collection. It will also acquaint participants with practical online resources that can be used for family tree research. The cost includes a permanent researcher registration number for the Archives. $45 per person; 10% off for Rooms members. Pre-registration is required. To register please call 757-8090. Space is limited.

e. Fine art workshop: contemporary textiles. Sunday, November 26th, from 11:00 until 4:00 p.m.
If you are passionate about textiles, this day is for you! Join art educator Anne Pickard-Vaandering for a discussion and workshop on contemporary textiles practices in fine art and craft. She will begin with a presentation about sustainability and the effects of textile production on the environment, and take a look at exciting and innovative 21st-century textiles. There will be a hands-on fibres workshop to explore processes in felting, knit, crotchet and other methodologies. The day ends with an interpretive tour of the exhibitions, “Weaving the Existing, Home Economics – 150 years of Canadian Hooked Rugs”, and “A Going Concern: Contemporary Textiles and Everyday Politics in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
All materials are included. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required; call 757-8090. $40, 10% discount for Rooms members.

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 December 12th, 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. Engaging Evenings. Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

November 22nd: The Evolution of textiles in Newfoundland and Labrador. This panel discussion explores the evolution of textiles in the province as seen by a variety of perspectives. Join Beverly Barbour from the Anna Templeton Centre, Margaret Angel from the Rug Hookers Guild of NL, and contemporary exhibited textile artist Mimi Stockland for a look into the past, present and future of this art form in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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

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

SPECIAL EVENT: TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES St. John’s Festival. Thursday, November 23rd, 1:30 to 8:00 p.m.; Friday, November 24th, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 25th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Discover a world of Fair Trade. Every product from Ten Thousand Villages is alive with the culture, personality and traditions of the person who made it. Sponsored by the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice & Development. Be the change you wish to see in your world. Support fair trade this holiday season!

SPECIAL EVENT: . Saturday, December 2nd, at 6:00 p.m.3rd Annual We Are Newfoundlanders and Labradorean’s Gala PARTAKES presents a mosaic evening of food, music, dance and art. This is a fundraising event with proceeds going to RIAC (Refugee Immigrant Advisory Council). The Gala will feature many performers including Hierrito Fernandez, Maia, Vuelo Directo, Julie Fitzpatrick, Originals, Some Swell, Jeanna, and more! The evening will also feature a three-course meal by the amazing Fatima’s Indian Food. To cap the evening off there will also be an art exhibit by Our Art Gallery. Tickets for the event are $50, which includes the three-course dinner and show. Tickets can be purchased at Fred’s Records, O’Brien’s, the Famers’ Market on Saturdays, online on our website and can be reserved by phone at 709-754-4122.

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://

d. Mindfulness and Meditation Classes.

Andrew Safer has been a mindfulness practitioner for 49 years and became an authorized mindfulness-awareness meditation instructor through Shambhala International in 1993.

i. Meditation and discussion group. Monday evenings from 7:15 until 8:45 p.m. in the Oak Room. Arrive at 7:00 or shortly after. To receive instruction in Mindfulness-Awareness Meditation, contact Andrew to arrange to meet at 6:30. Practice begins at 7:15 and is followed by a reading and open discussion. This group is open to all and is free of charge. (A donation to help pay for the room rental is accepted and appreciated)

ii. Mindfulness and Meditation Classes. This 12-week course will be offered Thursday evenings from 5:30 until 6:45 p.m., September 21st until December 7th. Andrew Safer will provide instruction and guidance in Mindfulness-Awareness meditation and home practice. This will include group practice and weekly talks on topics related to mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. (For a list of topics, visit or Safer Mindfulness on Facebook) $18/session or $185/series. (discounts available: For more information or to register, call Andrew at 722-2716 or email:

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

A Michelle Wright Christmas. November 25th, at 7:30 p.m.

A Miracle on 34th Street. Friday, December 8th, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 9th, at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.

The Michael English Christmas Show. Wednesday, December 13th, at 7:30 p.m.

A Kenny and Dolly Christmas. Thursday, December 14th, at 7:30 p.m.

The Ennis Sisters: A Christmas Time in Newfoundland. Friday, December 22nd and Saturday, December 23rd, at 7:00 p.m.

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

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. The Mummers Festival needs you!

Feeling crafty? Help with a workshop.
Wanna shine? Carry the parade banner!
A natural host? Offer a drop as a Scuff ‘n’ Scoff server.
All this and more! Volunteers receive a fancy-schmancy festival T-shirt and some warm, fuzzy feelings all over! You are also invited to the Volunteer Party at Quidi Vidi Brewery on Old Christmas Day (Jan. 6th) with live music by the Mummer and the Paupers and more Jam Jams than one person can jam! For more information:

9. Leaf collection.
Leaves placed at the curb for pick up must be in paper yard waste bags. Until Friday, December 1st, leaves in paper yard waste bags will be collected on the same day as garbage pick-up in each area and do not count toward the 10 garbage bag limit. Leaves in plastic bags will not be collected and will be left at the curbside. Given the economic and environmental costs of landfilling wastes, the City of;St. John’s is committed to diverting materials away from the landfill when feasible. RA stores in the St. John’s metro area are supporting this initiative by offering a ‘Buy One, Get One’ coupon for paper yard waste bags. Coupons are available at RONA locations. Leaves can also be dropped off at the Residential Drop Off at Robin Hood Bay, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays to Saturdays. Residents are encouraged to first choose more environmentally friendly and economically prudent methods of leaf disposal including mulching with a mower, adding leaves directly to
gardens, flower beds, or backyard compost bins. More details about leaf disposal and collection can be found at

10. 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:

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.

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!

c. The Hungry Heart Cafe ( .
i. New hours: 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

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 Heaert 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 (

12. St. John’s Farmers Market. Every Saturday 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:

13. St. John’s E-Updates.

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