This week in Georgestown: September 11th

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This week in Georgestown:
1. NEXT WEEK!!! 2017 Georgestown Neighbourhood Association annual general meeting.
2. Ward Two candidates answer our questions.
3. Unchecked relic: a blunder of traffic calming in Georgestown.
4. Music at Bannerman: Brooklyn Biddiscombe and The High and Lonesome Ramblers.
5. Take back the night march.
6. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special programming:
a. Run the Goat!
b. The Rooms Book Club: Robert Chafe — Two-Man Tent.
Weekly programming:
a. The Culture Rooms.
b. The Hungry Month of March.
c. Guided tour of the First World War exhibit.
d. Guided tour of Newfoundland art.
e. Guided tour of “Cod.”
f. Great Recitations:
g. We play for you.
h. Weekly Spotlight.
i. Movie night.
j. Art with a view.
k. One-Room School House.
l. Learn to play 120s.
7. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Iyengar yoga classes. NEW FALL SCHEDULE
b. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong. NEW FALL SCHEDULE
c. Better Breathing Choir. FALL DATES.
d. Safer Mindfulness.
i. Mindfulness and Meditation Classes.
ii. Meditation and discussion.
8. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
9. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
i. Meals Squared..
10. St. John’s Farmers Market: every Saturday.
11. St. John’s E-updates.

1. NEXT WEEK!!! 2017 Georgestown Neighbourhood Association annual general meeting. Tuesday, September 19th, 1t 7:30 p.m., at the Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.
If you would like more information about the AGM, including a copy of the constitution, if you would like a copy of the 2016 AGM minutes, if you would like to run for the Board, or if you would like to nominate someone else, please contact us at
2017 AGM Agenda:
1. Approval of the agenda of the 2017 annual general meeting.
2. Approval of the minutes of the 2016 annual general meeting.
3. Business arising.
4. Reports.
a. Chair’s Report.
b. Treasurer’s Report.
c. Advocacy Committee Report.
d. Communications Committee Report.
e. Community Building Report.
5. Nomination and election of officers.
6. Open discussion: ideas and concerns about our neighbourhood.
DOOR PRIZES, tea, coffee, and refreshments to follow.

2. Ward Two candidates answer our questions.
Read the answers to the questions we didn’t have time to ask at our Ward Two Candidates Meet and Greet:
Derek Winsor:
Tom Badcock:

3. Unchecked relic: a blunder of traffic calming in Georgestown.
This explains the non-sense of why a section of Barnes Road is one way only:

4. Music at Bannerman: Brooklyn Biddiscombe and the High and Lonesome Ramblers. Sunday, September 17th, from 2:00 until 3:00, at the Bannerman Park Pavilion.

The concert opens with a youth performer, Brooklyn Biddiscombe, coordinated through a partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society. This is followed by The High and Lonesome Ramblers. These concerts showcase the incredible and diverse musical talent the City has to offer.

5. Take back the night march. Friday, September 15th, at 7:00 p.m., at Bannerman Park,
Take Back the Night is a public event that invites individuals to unite in an empowering rally that raises awareness of issues relating to gender inequality and sexual violence. Bring your posters, your noisemakers, and your voice as we rally together to speak out against sexual violence in our communities! After making our way through the streets of downtown St. John’s, we will be greeted by our allies at City Hall for a Rally and Candlelight Vigil.

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

a. Wednesday, September 21st, from 7:30 until 10:00 p.m. Run the Goat!
Come join the fun and Run The Goat at The Rooms! The entire Russell family will help rock the dance floor. Dance Mistress Tonya Kearley-Russell and renowned fiddler Kelly Russell, along with their daughters Naomi on fiddle and Tamsyn on accordion, will have the place hopping, twisting and swinging. There will be a cash bar. Call 757-8090 for tickets. $25 per person (10% discount for members) Adult 19 +

b. Saturday, September 30th, at 7:00 p.m. The Rooms Book Club: Robert Chafe –Two-Man Tent.
Join celebrated playwright and author Robert Chafe for an intimate look at the personal writings in the short stories included in his publication “Two-Man Tent,” and enjoy one complimentary drink from the bar. $35

One of Canada’s most celebrated writers, Robert Chafe, offers his long-awaited collection of short fiction. The individual stories are thematically linked by an interwoven, recurring tale of a long-distance relationship told in the form of text messages, chat sessions, and emails, as Chafe brings his singular talent for dialogue and scripting to work within new forms of communication. The results are stunning in an absorbing and thoroughly contemporary collection that reads like no other. Call 757-8090 for tickets.

Weekly programming.

a. Every day until September 30th at 10:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m. The Culture Rooms.
Engage your senses at the Culture Rooms where you can experience Newfoundland and Labrador culture, explore our heritage and walk away with a story on your tongue.

MUSIC: A Song In Our Hearts. When people here are not talking, they are singing. And dancing. And having a time. Often in the kitchen. Learn why music runs in their veins and try out an instrument or two yourself. Have you ever played an ugly stick?
LANGUAGE: Understand Newfoundland. Did you know Newfoundland and Labrador has its own dictionary? And that no matter how large a lake is it is called a pond? Become acquainted with local authors. Learn some new words, like sleeveen or callibogus. And discover place names that will make you giggle, such as Come By Chance or Blow Me Down Provincial Park.
NATURE: Shaped By Nature. Mother Nature is highly respected here. Her high winds, dense fog, deep snow and horizontal rain have made the people a hearty bunch and have defined their fashion sense. Learn about spectacular hiking trails. Touch a piece of iceberg. And find out what capelin weather is all about.
HISTORY: Connecting To History And One Another. Come find out what brought people to these shores hundreds of years ago and what has made them such a resilient and creative lot. Try your hand at splitting a cod or bring a turn of water. Learn about resettlement and the salt cod trade.
FOOD: Mug Up Café. We love a boil up in the woods, having lunch just before bed and feasting on cod tongues. We love our food and we want to share it with you. Come to the café on Level 2 for a light picnic lunch and enjoy some of our traditional foods. Browse through the local cook books or watch a loop of film shorts about our local food movement.

b. Every day from 10:00 until 5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. The Hungry Month of March. Grab a picnic at the Mug Up Café and enjoy Rosemary House’s film series of short vignettes titled “The Hungry Month of March.” This look inside Newfoundland and Labrador’s lively and bold new cuisine, steeped in making-do, introduces the people and places behind the scenes of the food we eat. This most easterly Canadian province has 11,000 miles of coastline, once sparsely populated by fishermen and their families who searched for harbours to build a house and to fish from. Before roads, when winter came and the harbours froze, you ate only what you had got. You would hope to make it through that long final month of winter, through the Hungry Month of March. Then, and now, the vital link has always been the fishermen and the hunters, the farmers, the purveyors, the people who gather food on and around this rock, the planet’s 15th largest island. .

c. Monday and Friday at 2:30 p.m; Wednesdays at 11:00. Guided tour of the First World War exhibit. The First World War had a profound impact on Newfoundland and Labrador. It involved thousands of its people in world-changing events overseas and dramatically altered life at home. The “Great War” happened in the trenches and on the ocean, in the legislature and in the shops, by firesides and bedsides. This new exhibition shares the thoughts, hopes, fears, and sacrifices of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who experienced those tumultuous years through their treasured mementoes, their writings and their memories.

d. Tuesday and Saturday at 11:00 a.m.; Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Guided tour of Newfoundland art. Come for a tour of the art gallery, featuring a showcase of art from the province’s permanent art collection, which includes international artists like Andy Warhol, as well as local talent: Mary Pratt, David Blackwood, Jerry Ropson and many more.

e. Tuesday and Saturday at 2:30; Thursday at 11:00. Guided tour of “Cod”. You could say Newfoundland and Labrador exists because of cod fish. So many cod that at one time 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”. Come on a tour of two exhibitions, “From This Place: Our Lives on Land and Sea” and “Here, We Made a Home”, to learn about the salt cod trade in the province.

f. Mondays, at noon. Great Recitations. Recitations and storytelling were once core elements of entertainment in communities around Newfoundland and Labrador. People often gathered in community halls, fishing rooms, or in the kitchen to listen to a tale or two. Drawing on the happenings of everyday life in days gone by, the orators will engage you with their stories, comic songs and recitations while at the same time keeping alive a tradition of years past.

g. Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. We play for you. From fiddle to accordion, from harp to vocals, come and check out the amazing local talent as they fill The Rooms with music and song from this province’s rich musical heritage. You can sing along, tap your toes or just sit back and delight in the experience.

h. Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. Weekly Spotlight. Join the Rooms’ collections staff every Wednesday for a peek at some of the intriguing items from their collection that are begging for their stories to be told. Level 3 Atrium.

i. Wednesdays, July 19th until August 30th, at 7:00 p.m. Movie Night at the Rooms. 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.

j. Friday from noon until 2:00 p.m. Art with a view. Come for an artful afternoon. Explore a variety of drawing tools and techniques, learn about landscape, and create your own artwork, all while enjoying the awe-inspiring view of the city. This fun, drop-in experience is suitable for all ages. All materials supplied.

k. Sundays at 1:00. One-Room School House. Come back in time. Test yourself in the 3 Rs of learning: reading, writing and arithmetic. These subjects were the fundamentals taught during the days of the one-room school house. You can practice writing with quill and ink, browse handwritten books from the early 1900s or do math using graphite sticks on slates.

l. Wednesday, September 27th, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Learn to play 120s. 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.

7. 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:

Healthy Aging $96. No previous Iyengar experience necessary. Tuesday mornings from September 12th to October 31st, 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Intermediate. $112. Minimum of one year Iyengar experience. Tuesday evenings from September 12th until October 31st, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Healthy Aging. $96. No previous Iyengar experience necessary. Thursday mornings from September 14th until October 26th, 9:30-10:45 a.m.

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:
Introductory drop-in sessions; September 12th to 21st
Full 8-week session: October 17th to December 14th
WHEN: Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. – Wisdom Healing Qigong
Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.- T’ai Chi Chih Beginners
Thursdays 1:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. – T’ai Chi Chih Beyond Beginners.
COST: Suggested $10 offering or give what you can …
For further information on tai chi or chow qigong, see ( or contact Sheila Leonard at ( or telephone 727-7863.

c. Better Breathing Choir. Wednesdays until October 11th, 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. Safer Mindfulness.

i. Mindfulness and Meditation Classes. 12-week course from Thursday, September 21st until december 7th, evenings from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Andrew Saver 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,

ii. Meditation and discussion. Monday evenings from 7:15 to 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)

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

e. 12 Steps to Spirituality. 8 Wednesdays, from September 20th until November 8th, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.

This 8-week program explores the Twelve Steps as they can be applied to daily living by Christians. These steps form a workable formula for confronting issues in one’s life and is a model for surrendering one’s life to a Higher Power. The spiritual principles of the Twelve Steps are grounded in Christian beliefs and supported by Scripture. They are a way for ordinary people to explore issues such as feelings of distance from God, others and even themselves. Taking an honest look at our behaviour, past and present. The Twelve Steps can be applied to renew our journey with the help of the God of our understanding. This will be led by Ron Pellerin who has facilitated retreats and workshops on spirituality and completed a program on Spiritual Mentoring. He has training and experience as a group facilitator and mentor.Text is $20. A weekly donation of $5 is requested to offset overhead. To register: email or call 753-8760 (Lantern Office)

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

Foster and Allen. Thursday, September 14th, at 7:30 p.m.

A Call To Arms. A true Newfoundland WWI story. Friday, September 29th, and Saturday, September 30th, at 8:00 p.m.

The High Kings: Grace and Glory. Saturday, October 14th, and Sunday, October 15th, at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

9. 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 ( .
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 (

10. 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:

11. St. John’s E-Updates.

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