This week in Georgestown: September 24th

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1. TOMORROW!!! The Georgestown Neighbourhood Association Annual General Meeting.
2. THIS WEEK!! The Georgestown Annual Fall Clean Up.
3. THIS WEEK!!! Memories of Georgestown Walking Tour.
4. What’s on at The Rooms.
a. Special events.
b. Engaging evenings.
c. Coffee and culture
d. Lecture series.
e. Tours.
f. Music.
5. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
6. What’s on at The Lantern.
SPECIAL EVENT: What deal of the century? Peacemaking in the age of Trump and Netanyahu. A Palestinian International Human Rights Lawyer’s Perspective.
a. The Twelve Steps: A spiritual journey.
b. Mindfulness-based stress reduction.
c. Better Breathing Choir.
d. Iyengar yoga classes.
e. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
6. What’s happening in Bannerman Park.
a. National Tree Day
7. St. John’s Tool Library.
a. Hours.
b. Workshops.
Soapstone Carving.
Halloween Pumpkin Carving.
8. Ordinary Spokes: bike repair for all.
9. 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.
10. Downtown Street Cleaning 2018.
11. Yard waste mandatory in paper yard waste bags.
12. Music lessons in Georgestown.
13. St. John’s E-updates.

1. TOMORROW!!! 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. The Georgestown Annual Fall Clean Up. THIS WEEK!! Saturday, September 29th, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. (RAIN DATE: SUNDAY, September 30th.

Meet us at the basketball courts on Hayward Avenue to choose a street to clean. Bring gloves; we will supply the bags, drinks, and treats. MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK!!! WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!! If it rains an announcement will be made via Facebook and Twitter at 8:00 a.m.

3. Memories of Georgestown Walking Tour. Saturday, September 29th, at 1:00 p.m.

Walking tour of Georgestown. For the month of September graduate students of Memorial University’s Folklore Department have been learning about and researching historic and contemporary Georgestown. They will share their discoveries of the neighborhood in a public walking tour on Saturday, September 29th at 10:00am. Tour begins at the Lantern, 35 Barnes Road. In case of rain, students will present their findings indoors. Tea, coffee, and conversation at the Lantern following the tour.

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 24th, at 1:00 p.m. Artist Spotlight: Mike Feehan. Level 3 Atrium.
Mike Feehan is a comic book artist, illustrator and storyboard artist. Drop by the Atrium to meet him and see what he is working on. Comic book artist Mike Feehan works by hand and on computer to create his images. Mike was recently picked up by DC comics to work on “Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles.”

Sunday, September 30th, all day. Seniors’ Day. Free admission for seniors (60+) all day!
The Culture Rooms. Experience what makes this place so unique through our Music, Language, Nature and History Kiosks. Share a story with one of our Cultural Ambassadors. 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. Food Samples: Taste one of the ever popular Purity products. Try a Lemon Cream or a Purity Kiss.

Wednesdays, September 26th, October 17th, November 21st, and December 19th. Learn to play 120s. Level 2 Classroom 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. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is recommended for each session. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090.

Sunday, September 30th, from 1:00 until 4:00. Experience art. Blind contour is a fast and fun drawing exercise that is used widely by artists to help them “see”. Anyone can do it – no experience necessary. Give it a try and create a postcard to pop in the mail.

Monday, October 1st, or Monday, November 5th. Beyond The Attic: Introduction to Genealogy.

​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 genealogical collection. It will also acquaint participants with practical online resources that can be used for family tree research. The workshop costs $45 and pre-registration is required. 10% Discount for members. The cost includes a permanent researcher registration number for The Rooms Provincial Archives and coffee break. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090. For more information on the workshop schedule and content, please contact Joy Barfoot at 757-8092 or email

Sunday, October 14th, at 2:30 p.m. Reluctant Heroes: The Story of Tommy Ricketts and Matthew Brazil. This presentation will provide us a comprehensive look at the action that led to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment’s only Victoria Cross.

b. Engaging evenings. Wednesdays, at 7:00 p.m. in the theatre.

October 3rd. Artist Talk: Ned Pratt. Join celebrated and exhibited artist Ned Pratt as he speaks to his photography and his latest solo exhibition “One Wave.” For more information:

October 10th. Shoshana Litman. Delightful tales of triumph provide encouragement and joy. Experience traditional tales offering wonderful insights about the power of words to heal or to destroy, the resilience of compassionate people, and the transformation of even the cruelest king. Narratives from Shoshana’s well travelled life help weave the stories together. Original melodies, catchy phrases and provocative questions invite audience participation in the spellbinding experiences Shoshana creates.
For more information:

c. Coffee and Culture. Thursdays, at 2:30 in the theatre.

October 4th: Emily Pittman. Join artist in residence Emily Pittman for a look at her solo exhibition. She will share her experience conceptualizing and making her new exhibition “Unsettled”, created inside the Elbow Room artist studio. For more information:

October 11th: Elizabeth Penashue. Elizabeth Penashue shares moving stories from her life as an environmental activist and defender of Innu culture. Alternating between traditional tales and personal experience, the private and the political, this will be a special change to share space with a truly incredible woman.
For more information:

d. Lecture series. Introduction to contemporary art. Saturdays, October 6th, November 10th, and December 8th, from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. $15 per session or $40 for all three.

Join art educator Anne Pickard-Vaandering for this series of lively lectures about contemporary art.

October 6th: The first lecture explores the topic of people and portraits, followed by a walk-and-talk tour of portraiture in the permanent collection.

November 10th: The second lecture is all about land, landscape and the natural world. After the lecture, you will take a visit to the art galleries for a tour of landscape artworks.

December 8th: This lecture takes a look at the history and interpretation of abstract art. You will also view and interpret abstract artworks in the art gallery, with a special sneak peek at selected artworks from the vault.

Take in one session, or save by taking in all three! Each session includes a guided art gallery tour. Cost is $15 per person per lecture. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Please call 709-757-8090 or email ( to register.
e. Tours.

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)

f. Music.

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.
Harry Ingram – September 25th
Joanna Barker – September 26th
Aaron Collis – September 27th

Fridays, September 28th, at 7:30 p.m.. LAST SESSION OF THE SEASON! 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.

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.

Monday, October 1st, at 7:30 p.m. Carroll Baker: Gospel and Hits Tour

Thursday, October 4th, at 7:30 p.m. The High Kings.

Friday, October 19th, and Saturday, October 20th 20th, both at 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Sheila Williams: How Sensible!

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.

SPECIAL EVENT: Thursday, September 27th from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. What deal of the century? Peacemaking in the age of Trump and Netanyahu. A Palestinian International Human Rights Lawyer’s Perspective. Presented by leading human rights lawyer, Jonathan Kuttab
Sponsored by Canadians, Arabs and Jews for a Just Peace, Independent Jewish Voices, United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel, KAIROS Halifax, and the St. John’s Group for Human Rights in Palestine. For more information, contact (

a. The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Journey. Wednesdays, September 26th until November 7th, 7:30- 8:45 p.m. No session on October 24th. Facilitator: Ron Pellerin.
This 6-week programme invites people to explore their personal spiritual journeys. Twelve Steps helps us to take a good look at our lives as we make changes for a deeper sense of peace. Some of our attachments and distractions keep us in unhealthy habits and patterns. No fee; donations accepted.

b. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an 8-week course from Tuesdays, October 9th to November 27th, 6:30 until 9:00 p.m.; day retreat on Sunday, October 27th all day, with lunch included. (Free orientation session on Tuesday, October 2nd, from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m.)
Through group and individual practices, discussions and presentations, participants learn a variety of formal and informal approaches for cultivating mindfulness. Cost: $325. To register or for more information, e-mail, or phone 709-685-6027.

c. 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

d. 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:

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

f. 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.

6. What’s happening in Bannerman Park.

a. National Tree Day. Wednesday, September 26th.
Come celebrate Canada’s 8th national tree day! Tree 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 regardless of the weather.

7. 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.

Tuesday, October 2nd, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Soapstone Carving. Spend the evening 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. $25.

Friday, October 5th, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Halloween Pumpkin Carving. Come by and carve your very own pumpkin under the guidance and skill of Scott Fradsham. Take your pumpkin home to display for Halloween! They provide the pumpkin, snacks, and the tools needed to carve. Kids are welcome and family rates are available. Please wear long sleeves to this workshop.

8. 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:

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. 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)
10. 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:

11. 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:

12. 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 ( .

13. St. John’s E-Updates.
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