This week in Georgestown: October 23rd

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This week in Georgestown:
1. Join a committee!
2. The Pumpkin Walk at Bannerman Park.
3. Update on Century Park from Brian Head, Parks and Open Spaces..
4. What’s on at The Rooms.
Coming soon: Afternoon tea on Wednesdays.
Special events.
a. Arctic Exploration.
b. The Rooms Book Club: Allan Doyle – A Newfoundlander in Canada.
c. Movie night at the Rooms.
d. Nature Nook.
e. Learn to play 120s.
f. Beyond the attic: introduction to genealogy.
Weekly events.
a. Big Fun for Little People: Weekly tots programme.
b. Engaging Evenings.
c. Coffee and Culture.
5. What’s on at The Lantern.
Special Event: We are One.
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.

1. Join a committee!

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

2. Pumpkin Walk. Wednesday, November 1st. Inclement weather date: Thursday, November 2nd, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at The Loop, Bannerman Park.
Bring your carved pumpkin to Bannerman Park and help to light up The Loop with a huge Jack O’Lantern display. Light source will be provided for pumpkins and costumes are welcomed. Earth-friendly event. Pumpkins will be collected and composed. Let’s cut waste: bring a reusable mug for your free hot chocolate

3. Update on Century Park from Brian Head, Parks and Open Spaces.

The supervisor is on site the majority of most days. Residents are encouraged to drop by the site to receive information.

The parking lot, green space and walkway are the most involved and must be done first as this provides the framework for the site. Once the heavy equipment is off site, finer work will be done.

The basketball court was assessed for an update. The surface has a few imperfections, but it would substantially exceed the budget to resurface the court, remove and install new standards and backboards in addition to the other site improvements. The backboards are still in good shape as they were replaced a few years ago and in comparable condition to other courts. The plan for the court includes repainting the backboards and uprights. The nets will be replaced. The lines on the court repainted. Significant clean up has taken place on the court. Old fencing on the east end has been removed. A new small section of fence will be installed in order to prevent balls from rolling out in to traffic.

– A new walkway from Hayward Ave to the east end of the court will be installed. Trees and vegetation have been removed from the court.
– Vegetation protruding through the chain link fence from adjacent properties has been removed.

– Trees overhanging the site have been substantially pruned to increase clearance and improve lighting. If additional illumination is required it will be subsequently installed. We do not, however, increase or install lights on basketball courts as nighttime basketball playing is discouraged in neighbourhoods where courts are close to houses. It disturbs the quiet enjoyment of adjacent homes.

– Poor condition piece-meal fencing has been removed.

– Sods and weeds outside the curbs and retaining walls have been cleaned up.

– New asphalt is being laid in the parking lot to replace areas that were cracked.

– An accessible entrance is being installed at both the top parking lot and the walkway leading to the court.

– Accessible parking is being created at the parking lot.

– Bollards are being installed across the parking stalls to restrict parking on the grass.

– Shrub beds and trees are being installed.

– Benches and possibly a picnic table or two will be placed.

– A couple of community planting beds will be placed within the sunny portion of the upper east end section(area was previously shaded, pruning will address).

– Dog bag dispensers, garbage containers and appropriate signs will be installed.

4. What’s on at the Rooms. Our neighbourhood art gallery, museum, and archives.
Coming soon: Afternoon Tea at the Rooms. Beginning on November 1st, stop by on Wednesday afternoons between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. for a fine selection of fine teas, sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, pastries, and sweets.

Special Events.

a. Arctic Exploration. Saturday, October 21st, from 12:00 until 3:00 p.m. Level 3.
Explore the Arctic with a giant floor map at The Rooms! Practice digging up artifacts found across this land and cataloguing them with the help of archaeologists from the Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society. Go on a hunt for the treasures found across the land, and make a boat to set sail on your own Arctic adventure. Don’t forget to step into virtual reality to follow along in real time with the Canada C3 ship. Included with price of admission

b. The Rooms Book Club: Allan Doyle – A Newfoundlander in Canada. Friday, October 27th, at 7:00 p.m. on Level 3.
The Rooms Book Club is a unique opportunity for people who love to read to connect with Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who love to write. On October 27th, come for a conversation with Alan Doyle and a chance to ask the author about his thoughts and inspirations regarding his latest book: A Newfoundlander in Canada. This book is Alan Doyle’s entertaining and heartwarming story of leaving ‘home’ and discovering Canada for the first time. More details to come. $35, 10% discount for Rooms membersTickets available by online purchase (hit the BOOK NOW button) or by calling 757-8090.

c. 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.
November 1st: Relative Happiness
December 6th: Closet Monster

d. An Intimate Evening with Sherman Downey. Thursday, November 2nd, at 8:00 p.m.
With infectious melodies, toe-tapping rhythms, and a story to tell, Sherman Downey presents his craft with an infectious charm that leaves a lasting impression. After releasing his 2009 debut “Honey For Bees”, Sherman took his energetic performances to stages ranging from the Vancouver Olympics to Australia’s Woodford Folk Festival, earning international radio play. His highly anticipated second release “The Sun In Your Eyes” was awarded MusicNL’s ‘Pop/Rock Recording of the Year’ and earned him Newfoundland and Labrador’s ‘SOCAN Songwriter of the Year’ distinction. The album’s first single ‘Thick as Thieves’ won CBC’s inaugural Searchlight Prize and ‘Canada’s Best New Artist’ accolade, while increasing his profile as a touring act and garnering an even broader fan base. As work begins on his third album, Sherman Downey continues to craft songs that are both whimsical and poignant; performing them with unabashed honesty and has carved out a spot as one of our finest
performers. Tickets are $40, 10% discount for Rooms members. Call 757-8090 to purchase tickets.

d. 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

e. 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.

f. 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. 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.

b. Engaging Evenings. Wednesday evenings.

October 25th:

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

October 26th: Waste not: rugs, rags, ropes, and recycling.
In the past, the Newfoundland and Labrador household had to be versatile in order to survive. People made do with what they had and turned old objects into new items. It’s a centuries-old tradition of adaptive reuse and creativity that continues today. Join folklorist Dale Jarvis of the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador as he interviews two of these crafty recyclers: Trent Hardy, mat maker and owner of Waste Knot Want Knot; and Ruth Noseworthy Green, artist and rug hooker. Trent Hardy founded his braided mat-making company on the principle that we should not be simply throwing away materials that can still be used, turning old fishing rope into modern floor mats. Ruth Noseworthy Green’s hooked mats have been exhibited in the Arts and Letters Competition, The Bonavista North Museum Gallery, the Kildevil Far, and hang in private collections across Canada. Together, they’ll talk about the tradition of reuse, reinvention, ropes, rags, and rugs!

In Partnership with Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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

Special Event: We are One.

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada will be marking their 50th Anniversary by holding a Forum, called ‘We Are One’, that explores the sphere of Social Justice within the Global Village: their Past, the Present, and their hopes within an evolving future. Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is the official Humanitarian Aid and International Development Organization of the Catholic Church in Canada, and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis – the official Aid and Development arm of the Catholic Church, headquartered in the Vatican. Established in 1967 by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and then handed over to the laity, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada has a rich five-decade history of creating lasting, meaningful social, ecological, economic, and political justice around the world. For 50 years, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada has been a bridge between Canadians (and especially Canadian Catholics) and ther brothers and sisters in the
Global South – offering an opportunity for Canadians to stand in solidarity with those who are being barred from attaining their own integral human development. For more information on the organization and their work, please visit Please visit The Lantern’s website to find an event poster, a forum summary, and a forum agenda, which provide more details about the purpose of the forum, the speakers, and logistics: To register or for more information, contact Development and Peace by email at (Rebecca Rathbone) or by phone at (709)722-4883 (Dave Dyer).

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 Performing Arts Cabaret – The Tony Edition! Thursday, October 19th, at 7:30 p.m.
A night of Tony-award winning music performed by students in the Holy Heart Performing Arts Certificate.

Myles Goodwyn: Just between you and me. Tuesday, October 24th, at 8:00 p.m.

Les Ms. and Friends – Sing for Care. Sunday, October 29th, at 7:30 p.m.

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.

ii. An Evening of Burmese Cuisine Friday Oct 27, 2017 7:30 pm – Saturday Oct 28, 2017 10:30 pm
$55 per person (not including taxes, beverages & gratuity)
Come for an evening of Burmese cuisine. Burmese cooking uses fresh and seasonal products, while allowing culinary traditions from China, India, and Thailand to influence flavours and techniques. The dishes on the menu will utilize pork, beef, seafood, poultry, rice and noodles, but the real exploration of Burma will come from our use of local produce such as eggplant, greens, tomatoes, squash, shallots and fresh herbs.

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.

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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