This week in Georgestown: September 10th

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1. The Georgestown Neighbourhood Association Annual General Meeting.
2. TONIGHT!!! An evening of Georgestown memories.
3. Doors Open.
4. What’s on at The Rooms.
a. Special events.
b. Family programmes.
c. Daily activities.
d. Weekly summer activities.
In the theatre.
5. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
6. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Introductory Yoga Class for the Maturing Body.
b. Better Breathing Choir.
c. Iyengar yoga classes.
d. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
e. 2018 Mercy-Presentation Speakers Forum.
7. What’s happening in Bannerman Park.
a. National Tree Day
8. Bulk and metal collection: book your appointment.
9. Happy City St. John’s Neighbourhood Summit.
10. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
11. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
12. 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.
13. Downtown Street Cleaning 2018.
14. Yard waste mandatory in paper yard waste bags.
15. Music lessons in Georgestown.
16. St. John’s E-updates.

1. The Georgestown Neighbourhood Association annual general meeting. Tuesday, September 25th, at 7:30 p.m., at the Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.
Our annual general meeting is a good time to come to hear what we have been doing this year and what our plans are for the following year. We are looking for new board members, so please think about joining us on the board! If you need any information about the Association, please contact us at Coffee, tea, and treats will be served, and there will be door prizes!

2. TONIGHT!!! An Evening of Georgestown Memories. Monday, September 10th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lantern. Georgestown resident and folklorist Dale Jarvis will facilitate a staged oral history event with past and current Georgestown residents to discuss the neighbourhood they call home. Refreshments to follow.

3. Doors Open. Saturday, September 15th, and Sunday, September 16th. Throughout the City.
Walking tour beginning in Georgestown. Sunday, September 16th, at 1:00 p.m. Meet at Georgestown Cafe (73 Hayward Avenue) at 1:00 p.m.
Join Grant Genova and Susan Stephen for a walking tour of St. John’s architecture and urban design, from Georgestown to the Harbour. For a list of the other places open to visit during on Saturday, September 15th:

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

a. Special events.

Monday, September 10th, at 1:00 p.m. Artist Spotlight: Malin Enstrom. Level 3 Atrium.
Drop by the Atrium and speak with visual artist, Malin Enstrom, as she works away at contemporary rug hooking. Malin is a photographer and textiles artist who explores shapes, surfaces, patterns, and textures in landscapes and objects, and celebrates their often unexpected relationships.

Thursday, September 13th, at 8:00 p.m. An Intimate Evening with Allison Crowe. Internationally acclaimed as an original songwriter and interpreter, Corner Brook’s Allison Crowe has “a voice to fall in love with”, says “Record of the Day” (UK). Pianist, guitarist, fiddler, mandolin, and bodhran-player, Allison amazes and delights in concert, blending rock, Celtic, jazz, and roots music. Tickets are $40, $36 for Rooms members. Visit for more information.

Thursday, September 20th, at 8:00 p.m. Red Island Settlement Girl. Marion Counsel is a writer of stories, songs and recitations depicting her life growing up on Red Island, Placentia Bay and the Resettlement program of the 1960’s. Join Marion and her singing friends, Helen Murphy and Barbara O’Keefe, for this heart-warming and captivating performance.

September 22nd Three new shows opening, plus an opening reception.
Come to the Rooms for a reception celebrating their newest and upcoming art installations. Free to attend; all are welcome.

September 22nd, 2018 – January 20th, 2019
A ten-year retrospective of Ned Pratt’s large-scale photographic works. Pratt’s respect for the landscape of the island of Newfoundland is the foundation for his work. His formal approach consciously undermines compositional rules to produce sophisticated and unique imagery. His approach to the act of looking transcends place, however, installing him as a significant new voice in Canadian art. With accompanying catalogue, to be released November 2018, and a national tour into 2021.

Elbow Room Residency Series
September 22nd, 2018 – January 20th, 2019
With this new body of work, Pittman has created abstract versions of the essential building blocks of community. A wall drawing and colourful forms suspended in space suggest churches, houses, lighthouses and other historic buildings. Pittman explores how concepts of community and home are carried with us. Communities are much more than a collection structures – their significance comes from our associations and connections to the people within. This work was developed during an Elbow Room Residency, a Rooms Provincial Art Gallery program that provides Newfoundland and Labrador artists at the beginning of their careers with the opportunity to work in a dedicated studio for three months towards an exhibition and publication.

October th – December 30th, 2018
Curated by Scott McLeod and circulated by Prefix ICA, this exhibition brings together four video installations by Michael Snow, one of Canada’s most revered artists. As the exhibition title suggests, each of the presented works was produced on the west coast of Newfoundland, where the artist and his partner spend their summers among its cliffs, fields and coves. Unified by the omnipresence of the wind, the works also illustrate a number of Snow’s enduring preoccupations — sound, duration, and wordplay, as well as the nature of the frame, the camera, and the photographic act itself.

b. Family Programmes.

Sunday, September 23rd. 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 the province’s wild plants, animals and spaces.

c. Daily activities.
Every day during opening hours until September 30th. The Culture Rooms. Engage your senses at the Culture Rooms where you can experience our culture, explore our heritage and walk away with a story on your tongue.

d. Weekly summer activities.

In the theatre.
Every day beginning at 10:00 a.m., except Sunday at noon until September 30th . Scoff: Seniors celebration of food and film. Food First NL’s SCOFF video series celebrates, preserves, and shares a wealth of food knowledge from seniors in Newfoundland and Labrador through eight short, humorous, and enlightening documentaries. These videos include a bounty of simple instructions on food skills like bottling beets, building your own slug zapper, easily maintaining a potato garden, preserving berries, building your own root cellar on any kind of property, getting the most out of your fish, and more, like how to make your own fertilizer that’s free, found on our own shores, and far better than anything store bought. (37 minutes)


Mondays and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., and Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. Memories of the First World War: Royal Newfoundland Regiment. The First World War had a profound impact on Newfoundland and Labrador. This exhibition shares the thoughts, hopes, fears, and sacrifices of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who experienced those tumultuous years, through the treasured mementoes, their writings and their memories. (50 minutes)

Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Fishing for cod. Level 4 Museum. You could say Newfoundland and Labrador exists because of cod fish, so many cod that, at one point, you could literally dip your bucket over the side of your boat and fill a pail with fish. For over 400 years, the salt cod industry was the backbone of life in Newfoundland and Labrador. Generations of fishing men, women, and children spent their lives “making fish”. Tour the exhibitions, “From this place: our lives on land and sea” and “Here, we made a home”, to learn about the salt cod trade. (45 minutes)

Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. and Fridays at 11:00 a.m. A History of Fort Townshend. Level 3 Atrium and Fortis Courtyard (weather permitting.) The site the Rooms stands on has been occupied since 1778 when the British built Fort Townshend to secure St. John’s harbour against its enemies. Learn about the military history of this site and find out hos The Rooms came to be build here. (20 minutes)

Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. Connecting people and place. Level 3 Connections Gallery. Come to a guided tour across land and sea, and through time to meet the peoples who made Newfoundland and Labrador their home for the past 9,000 years. You will explore the complex and close connections between people, place, and their environment. (45 minutes)


Mondays, from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, from 10:00 until 5:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Fridays, from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. MUSIC: A Song In Our Hearts: When we are not talking, we are singing. And dancing. And having a time. Often in the kitchen. Learn why music runs in our veins and try out an instrument or two yourself. Have you ever played an ugly stick?

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. until September 30th. We play for you. From fiddle to accordion, from harp to vocals, come and check out our amazing local talent as they fill The Rooms with music and song from our province’s rich musical heritage. You can sing along, tap your toes or just sit back and delight in the experience. Included in the price of admission. Level 3.

Fergus O’Byrne – September 18
Jim Payne – September 11
Aaron Collis – September 13, September 27
Ronnie Power – September 19
Billy Sutton – September 12, September 20
Joanna Barker – September 26
Harry Ingram – September 25

Fridays, at 7:30 p.m. until September 28th. Rooms Friday Night Jam Session. Each week this summer, join a special guest musician for a traditional jam session. Bring along your instrument to join in for some fun, or sit back and tap your feet to some great traditional tunes. Please Note: This is not an instructional programme. Level Three Atrium. If you have questions about the type of instrument you will be bringing in, please contact Angela Noseworthy at 757-8114.

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

Thursday, September 13th, at 8:00 p.m. Chuck Lewis From The Masterless Men Benefit Concert.

Saturday, September 15th, at 7:30 p.m. Open Highway and Friends Family Reunion.

Saturday, September 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. Rory Makem.

Saturday,September 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. Sons of Erin 50th Anniversary Concert. DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Monday, September 24th at 12:30, 4:00 and 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, September 25th at 12:30, 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. The Wiggles: Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle tour.

Thursday, september 27th, and Friday, September 28th, at 7:30. p.m. Menopause, the musical.

For more information, call 579-4424 or e-mail Check out the complete line-up at
6. What’s on at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.

a. NEW! Yoga Got Your Back.

a. Introductory Yoga Class for the Maturing Body. Thursdays, September 27th until November 15th from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. (Cost: $88.00**)
Taught by Margot French. Registered with the Yoga Alliance. Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher since 1999.

A beginner’s yoga class designed to promote a healthy back, flexibility, balance and fluid joints, all to bring out the best quality of life for our maturing bodies. Welcome to a FREE obligatory information session on Thursday September 20th, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. This information session is REQUIRED for participation in the 8-week course Please register early (maximum 15 spaces) at (No drop-ins.)
– Gentle and prolonged stretching of all muscles of the body increases muscle range of motion, alleviates back pain, strengthens bones, promotes fluidity in all the joints
– Yoga Breathing techniques lead to increased relaxation, increased blood flow to the heart, aids chronic digestive conditions, reduce chronic pain
**Non-refundable, non-transferable $88.00 fee Payable by e-transfer during the first week of class; no cash.

b. Better Breathing Choir. Beginning on September 26th. 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. For more information contact Jane Gosine by e-mail at Visit their webpage at htttps:// or

c. 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:

d. T’ai Chi Chi and Chow Qigong.
Regular 8-week classes begin October 16th and continue until December 6th. Fall 2018 class flyer:

e. 2018 Mercy-Presentation Speakers Forum. Friday, October 5th, and Saturday, October 6th.
Speaker – Judith King
Forum Theme – Spirituality in the 21st Century
Friday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m. – Spirituality in the 21st Century – The context of its first 20 years which will include a presentation of “a hypothetical conversation” between two archetypal spiritual seekers for our times
Saturday, October 6th, at 10:00 a.m. – The challenges of an ecological spirituality – Who is God now? And how then do we pray?
Saturday, October 6th, at 1:00 pm – Seeker/Disciple/Earth-Activist – A Spirituality for Service in 2020
To Register – E-mail Marilyn at
Cost: $15 per session; $40 for all three sessions

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. What’s happening in Bannerman Park.

a. National Tree Day. Wednesday, September 26th.
Come celebrate Canada’s 8th national tree day! TTee planting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Tree care demonstrations and a free barbeque lunch at noon courtesy of Newfoundland Power. The event will go ahead regarless of the weather.

8. Bulk and metal collection: book your appointment.

Residents can book appointments for bulk and metal curb side collection. Bulk and metal pick up is a free service and will be collected in Georgestown from September 17th to 21st.

Before you book an appointment, be sure what you have is considered oversized waste:
*maximum size of 1.5 m x 1.5 m x 2.15 m (5 ft x 5 ft x 7 ft)
*weighs less than 68 kgs (150 lbs)
*does not fit inside the automated waste carts

To make an appointment you can
*Go to > schedules
*Use the app ‘St. John’s Waste and Recycling’
*Call Access St. John’s at 311 or 754-CITY (2489)

Please book your bulk and metal for the same day, and mark the confirmed appointment date in your calendar. Ensure that your items are at the curb and ready for pick up by 8:00 a.m. on the assigned date.

9. Happy City St. John’s Neighbourhood Summit.
Happy City St. John’s is planning a Neighbourhood Summit for Saturday, September 22, 2018. This is the schedule: Registration for this event can be found at

10. 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.
Tuesdays 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 2:30 until 8:30; Fridays from 9:30 until 4:30; and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. During opening hours, call them at 709-754-8665.

b. Workshops.

Saturday, September 15th, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Soapstone Carving. $30.00
Spend the afternon 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.

11. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all. 151 Empire Avenue. (at the Tool Library). Thursday from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.
Ordinary Spokes is a community bike co-op located in Georgestown. 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. For inquiries, drop by during open hours or contact them on Facebook: /ordinaryspokes, instagram: @ordinaryspokes, or email:

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! For more information:

12. 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. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

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)
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 until November 30th. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be picked up. Yard material in paper bags will be collected on the same day as recycling days. A City vehicle will collect the yard waste bags, while two trucks will continue to collect garbage and recycling separately. For more information:

15. Music lessons in Georgestown.
Flute and Piano Lessons with Johanna Jabora-Scott , M. Mus. Located on Hayward Ave. All ages are welcome. For more information, visit ( .

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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