This week in Georgestown: November 6th

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This week in Georgestown:
1. St. John’s NL Basket Drop-Off Day.
2. Join a committee: Georgestown needs you!
3. The Mummers Festival needs you!
4. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special events.
a. Movie night at the Rooms.
b. An Intimate evening with Sherman Downey.
c. Songs of the Great War.
d. Nature Nook.
e. Learn to play 120s.
f. Beyond the attic: introduction to genealogy.
Weekly events.
a. Afternoon tea.
b. Big Fun for Little People: Weekly tots programme.
c. Engaging Evenings.
d. Coffee and Culture.
5. What’s on at The Lantern.
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. Leaf collection.
8. St. John’s Tool Library: borrow instead of buying.
9. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
10. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
i. An Evening of Burmese Cuisine.
ii. New hours.
iIi. Meals Squared..
11. St. John’s Farmers Market: every Saturday.
12. St. John’s E-updates.

** CONGRATULATIONS, GEORGESTOWN! During the zombie dance on Halloween, Georgestown residents contributed $278.60 to Neighbourhood Dance Works for their amazing performance. Thank you, dancers! Thank you, Georgestown neighbours!

1. St. John’s NL Basket Drop-Off Day. Saturday, November 18th, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, at Brian Martin Housing Resource, Stella’s Circle, 84 Prescott Street.

Basketeers is an organization that strives to support women who are transitioning out of emergency shelters and back into society to start their new beginning through providing them with a basket that includes personal and household items. This is the third year for the St. John’s, NL chapter, and they will continue to support Stella’s Circle. The baskets collected will be given to the women who access the supports and services of the Naomi Centre. You can make a basket and bring it to the drop-off day or you can make a cash donation.
For more information:
Contact Information: (709)425-1975 or

** 2. 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

3. 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:

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

a. 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

b. Songs of the Great War. Friday, November 10th, 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. Level 3 Atrium.
At home or at the front, music uplifted spirits, boosted morale, and became an overall important part of life during the Great War. Join Bill Brennan with vocalists Shelley Neville and Peter Halley as they perform some of the most popular songs that were heard in music halls, pubs, tents, dug outs and trenches. Tickets are $30; 10% discount for Rooms members. Please call 757-8090 for tickets or purchase online.

c. Nature Nook. Sunday, November 19th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
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 the Province’s wild plants, animals and spaces. Included with price of admission

d. Learn to play 120s. Select Wednesdays until 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.

e. 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.

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 8th: Their crowning achievement: the battle honours and royal designation of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
The military actions of the Newfoundland Regiment in 1917 led to one of the highest British honours: the title Royal. Henceforth known as the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, they would go forward proudly displaying their many Battle Honours on their Colours (flag). Join Curator of History Maureen Power to learn about the newly uncovered historical documents about the Royal Designation and the battles the Regiment fought to achieve it. Also, for the first time in years, the original King’s Colour and Battalion Colours, flags flown by the Regiment so many years ago, will be on display for this night only.

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

November 9th: The Newfoundland Forestry Corps.
In 1917, five hundred men from Newfoundland and Labrador, including some too old or medically unfit for the army, served as lumberjacks or sawmill hands in Scotland. Their hard work sent timber to the front lines for trench supports, walkways (duck boards) and railway ties. Curator of History Maureen Power will tell you about their stories.

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

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.

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. Leaf collection.
Beginning in October, 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. Couponsare 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
More details about leaf disposal and collection can be found at

8. St. John’s Tool Library: borrow Instead of buying.

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:

9. 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:

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.

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 (

11. 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:

12. St. John’s E-Updates.

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