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Grenfell Clothing Exchange Exhibit To Cross Province

To mark the 125th anniversary of Sir Wilfred Grenfell’s arrival in Newfoundland, Memorial University is sponsoring a rare bilingual public exhibition examining a unique system of clothing exchange Grenfell initiated in Northern Newfoundland and coastal Labrador.

Tangled Threads/Fils entremêlés will travel across the province during the summer and fall of 2017 to local community museums and Memorial University libraries in Corner Brook and St. John’s. The exhibit will recount stories and showcase historical documents and photographs to show how clothing connected people over vast distances and also divided them from one another.

Exhibition locations and dates:
– Nurse Myra Bennett House, Daniel’s Harbour, August 2-15
– French Shore Interpretation Centre, Conche, August 16-30
– Ferriss Hodgett Library, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Corner Brook, September 2-30
– Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John’s, October 2-31


Portugal Cove-St. Phillips Library Has Gone to the Dogs!

There will be some barking good times happening in the newly renovated Portugal Cove-St. Phillips Library this fall. In partnership with St. John Ambulance, the Town will be hosting the “Paws 4 Stories” program.

The Paws 4 Stories program is a Canadian program developed by the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program in conjunction with Canadian libraries, where children get the opportunity to read to a volunteer Therapy Dog. Children will get to practice their reading aloud skills in 15 minute, one-on-one sessions with a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog handler team.

For more information on registration, please call Elyse Sparkes-Coombs at 895-5655 or email

For more information on St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program, please call 757-3377 or email

Back to School Program 2017

SPAN is seeking the donation of new school supplies and new backpacks for 200 children of single parent families. Donations may be dropped off at SPAN’s Business office at 472 Logy Bay Road, Monday – Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Closed daily for lunch from 1 pm to 2 pm.

For more information, please call 738-3401.

Help SPAN to send these children back to school in September with the proper supplies and a smile on their faces!

Centre for Life

The Centre for Life offers free, confidential, professional and compassionate counselling and support to women in unexpected pregnancies and post-abortive women. For information you can contact or call 579-3818. Registration for fall seniors computer classes is ongoing. It is a great opportunity for seniors to learn more about using technology to stay in touch with family and friends. For inquiries and registration, please call 579-1500.

Marine Institute Launches Province-wide Cleanup

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) is challenging residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to help tackle one of the greatest threats facing our oceans: litter.

From June 8 to October 31, MI Ocean Net is encouraging citizens to clean up river beds, local beaches and park spaces in their communities.

The challenge is on! Find out more in this short video.

Take action and register today. Please email or telephone Tiffany Martin at 778-0328.

West Central NL 2017 Programs

For more info on any of the following programs and events, call 293-0538.

Weekly Programs:

Grand Falls-Windsor and Botwood Prayer Meetings – Every Wednesday night (except for last Wednesday of each month) at 7 PM, September-November. Held in Botwood at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and in Grand Falls-Windsor (call 293-0538 for location). Suitable for ages 18+.

The Huddle Club – Every Thursday night at 6:30, August-October. Most Huddles are geared towards men playing a sport or an interactive activity of some sort, with a cool-down time for a safe, open discussion of questions, issues, and personal updates. Facilitating a positive atmosphere and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Call 293-0538 for next Huddle and location. Suitable for ages 18+.

The Junction – A place where youth can intersect with God and ask questions about life. Suitable for ages 13-18.
Cottrell’s Cove (call 293-0538 for times and location)
– After School Sports, every Monday except for the last of each month (September-November)
– Movie Discussion, last Monday of the month (September-November)
Point Leamington (call 293-0538 for times and location)
– Gym Night, every Wednesday night (September-November)
– Discussion, every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month (September-November)


Monthly Programs:

Kids for Christ (K4C) (call 293-0538 for times and locations) – An afternoon each month will be dedicated to children’s and/or family activities. The meeting location will be the Botwood Seventh-day Adventist Church at 2:30 PM. Suitable for ages 8-12.

– September 9
– October 28
– November 4

Friendship Suppers at the Botwood Seventh-day Adventist Church, last Wednesday of each month at 5:15 PM, except for June-August and December

HeLP Cooking Class – Wednesday, September 27 – Healthy Living Practices, or HeLP is a health ministry to encourage healthy lifestyle changes through free cooking classes and other programming.

Dinner and a Movie – Wednesday, November 29


One Time Events:

Cottrell’s Cove Movie night – November 27 (call 293-0538 for time and location)

Grand Falls-Windsor Film Screening – November 28 (call 293-0538 for time and location)

Cottrell’s Cove Singings – At the Seventh-day Adventist Church. An organized interdenominational informal event for local and guest musicians to come and provide an evening of gospel singing. A devotional thought will be given with a lunch afterwards.

– Friday, September 22 – 7 PM
– Friday, December 8 – 7 PM

Botwood Christmas Concert – December 16, 7 PM at the Botwood SDA Church – Our annual Christmas concert featuring the New Life Singers. An offering will be collected for Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and following the concert there will be a time of fellowship and refreshments.

St. Theresa’s Prayer Group

Meets every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Theresa’s Parish Office upstairs in the St. Clement’s room. Contact Sheila at 745-9297.

ArtsNL – Upcoming Deadline: PPGP

ArtsNL is now accepting applications for its Professional Project Grants Program (for individual artists and groups).

Deadline: Friday, September 15 (projects must start on/after November 15, 2017)

Contact ArtsNL for an application form and details: The Newman Building, 1 Springdale Street, 726-2212 or toll free 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only), or

City Hall Parking Garage Upgrades

Motorists are advised that construction will be ongoing at the City Hall parking garage until September 30.

The scope of work will consist of structural upgrades, lighting retrofit, and CCTV improvements.

During this time there will be limited visitor parking spaces available on the lower level of the parking garage. Please make alternate arrangements as necessary to accommodate your visit to City Hall.

Please pay attention and abide to all signage posted by the contractor.

The City of St. John’s apologizes for any inconvenience. If you require further information, please contact Access St. John’s at 311 or 754-CITY (2489).

Music @ Harbourside Concert Series

The popular Music @ Harbourside concert series began July 7 and will continue each Friday until September 22. New this year, in case of rain, Music @ Harbourside will move indoors to the Atlantic Place Atrium; notifications will be provided on the City website should this be required.

Music @ Bannerman Park concerts continue this year and are scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 20 and September 17.

The Music @ series has expanded to include concerts at Bowring Park and Atlantic Place. Music @ Bowring Park takes place at the Husky Energy Pavilion near the fountain pond from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, while Music @ Atlantic Place takes place in the Atrium at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 29 and October 6.

Each Music @ concert opens with a youth performer coordinated through a partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society.

Details of the concerts will be posted to the City website and social media accounts.

Coastal Sounds Summer Adult Music Camp – Free Concert

Come hear the final concert of the 4th Annual Summer Music Program, presented by the Coastal Sounds Choir Association on August 18 at 7 pm at Topsail United Church. All are welcome. Admission is free with a donation to the CBS/Paradise Community Food Bank.

5th Annual Tickle Swim for Mental Health

On August 19th at 7 am approximately 20 swimmers will embark upon a 5 km open-ocean swim across the tickle from Bell Island to Portugal Cove St. Phillips in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Newfoundland and Labrador.

Please support our swimmers in their efforts by sponsoring them and joining us on August 19th (or Aug 20th depending on weather) to cheer them on.

For more information or to make a donation in honour of a swimmer, please visit

Howard C. Brown Concert Series (Topsail)

In aid of the Old St. John The Evangelist Church
Location: Church Terrace off Spruce Hill Road, Topsail
Time:  2:30-4:00 pm (see dates below)

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the show at the church (cash only at venue), or to reserve tickets, please call 726-0000 (Visa and MasterCard accepted). Patrons can pick up reserved tickets at the church on the day of show.


August 20 – Andy Jones and Mary-Lynn Bernard
August 27 – Paul Dean Joe and Linda Byrne Harry Ingram

The Fluvarium’s Summer Nature Camps

The Fluvarium is offering Summer Nature camps designed to capture the interest and the imagination of young campers ages 6-12. Fish on Long Pond, swim at the Aquarena, relax in the forest, and explore nature through engaging and thought provoking programs.

Group size is 10 campers to one Lead Councillor plus one or two Junior Councillors* (ages 13-19).

Junior Discovery Camp is for campers finishing Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2. Discovery Camp is for campers just finishing Grades 1, 2, or 3. Adventure Camp is for campers just finishing Grades 3, 4, or 5.

Limited space is available, and some weeks fill fast, so call to register today at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 754-3474.
Forms can be found on our website at

*Interested in being a Junior Councillor? Junior Councillors assist the lead councillor with camp activities. If you are in Grades 7-12 and are interested in a position as a Junior Councillor, please contact The Fluvarium for more information.

Overnight Grind and Patch Operations in Downtown

Grind and patch operations in the downtown core are scheduled to begin Monday, August 21 at 11 p.m. Overnight roadwork has often been suggested by the public as a means to reduce traffic congestion and the inconvenience, however the City has been hesitant to approve work due to noise and increased costs.

Meters will be bagged in the construction area to ensure that the crews have access to the full roadway, including parking spaces.

As the grind and patch program is considered a mobile operation, the noise created by the construction should only be for short durations. The affect to nearby residents is expected to be no greater than the overnight snow clearing operations during the winter months. The work itself is expected to require four nights to complete.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience and looks forward to hearing from the residents and business owners in the downtown as to whether or not this program is successful.

A&W Burgers to Beat MS

On Thursday, August 24th, $2 from every Teen Burger® sold goes to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. In addition to buying a Teen Burger®, supporters can also donate through rounding up their bill at the register, purchasing paper cutouts, placing money in in-store donation mugs, participating in other local restaurant fundraising initiatives, and online at

Two exhibitions open at the Craft Council Gallery

Two exhibitions open at the Craft Council Gallery on August 25.

August 25 – September 23

Main Gallery – EPHEMERA, Prints and three-dimensional artifacts by Caroline Clarke and Jennifer Morgan

Annex Gallery – THIS IS JUDY, a series of exuberant hooked rugs by Nova Scotia based artist Laura Kenney, which tell the story of irrepressible Judy

Opening reception – August 25, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Devon House Craft Centre, 59 Duckworth Street. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

North Shore Fire Department Fundraiser

August 25, 7 PM

Come play a tune, bring a snack to share at the 9th Annual North Shore Fire Department Fundraiser. Since 2009 folks have gathered at Ochre House in Ochre Pit Cove to support the hard working Volunteer Fire Fighters of the Shore. It’s always a grand time!

Overwhelmed with Adult ADHD

Join ADHD-Trained Professional Organizer and Coach April Miller for a session on living with Adult ADHD on Thursday, August 31st at 7 pm. Call 737-3950 for info.

Parkinson SuperWalk

Be an everyday hero in your community. Parkinson SuperWalk takes place this September. Participate at one of the many locations across Canada. To register yourself or a team or to volunteer, visit online at or call Parkinson Canada at 1-800-565-3000.

2017 NLCU Fresh Fish Award

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) and the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (LAFNL) are pleased to announce the call for submissions for one of the country’s most lucrative literary awards for unpublished writers: The Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers.

The Award is intended to serve as an incentive for emerging writers in the province by providing them with financial support, recognition, and professional editing services for a book-length manuscript in any genre.

The winning author will receive a cash prize of $5,200 and $1,000 towards professional editing services for the winning manuscript. The runners-up will each receive $1,200.

For a full list of eligibility rules and submission guidelines, please visit

Submission deadline: Hand delivered, mailed, or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5.

Coastal Sounds Community Choir Fall Rehearsals

Coastal Sounds Community Choir invites you to join them for their 11th year of singing in CBS! Rehearsals take place Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at Holy Spirit High School, beginning September 6. New members are always welcome, no audition required. If you love to sing, this choir is for you! Visit or email for more info.

African Dance at the Library

Join the Maritime Centre for African Dance for a movement workshop . This Interactive program is for all ages and includes African Dance, Afrobeats and Drumming.

A.C. Hunter Library Community Room,
Arts and Culture Centre
September 9th
Call 737-3950 to register.

Aurora Women’s Choir Fall Schedule

Aurora Women’s Choir invites experienced singers to audition for their 4th year of singing in CBS! Rehearsals take place Sundays at 7 pm at Topsail United Church, beginning September 10. Prospective members should come prepared to sing a selection of their choice as well as complete a sight-singing test. Visit or email for more info.

What’s Wrong With My Plant? Workshop

September 14, 6:30 PM

This presentation will introduce gardeners to the most common problems seen on our local plants. This is primarily pests and diseases but in some circumstances, environmental. Tips on how to reduce the incidence of plant problems and in be some cases, how to control them, will be discussed. The emphasis will be on outdoor plants. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. All registrations are considered final. For more information, including fees and on-line registration procedures, please visit the Garden’s website:

Trees for the Urban Landscape Workshop

September 23, 10 AM

Bowring Park is one of the best places to see a diversity of trees that are ideal for in our gardens. Join Todd on a 2-hour walk around the Park as he points out the various trees, their best qualities and any drawbacks they might have for using growing in our area.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. All registrations are considered final. For more information, including fees and on-line registration procedures, please visit the Garden’s website at

Orchids 101 Workshop

September 26, 6:30 PM

Orchids are very popular houseplants, but they do require special care. In this introductory course, Todd Boland will explain all you need to know about growing orchids as houseplants. Topics will include: light levels, temperatures, water needs, fertilizing, potting media and repotting, along with the different types of orchids suitable to grow as houseplants. Todd will also demonstrate how to transplant an orchid. Participants are invited to bring along a plant to transplant. This workshop will take place indoors.

Instructor: Todd Boland, MUNBG Research Horticulturist

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. All registrations are considered final. For more information, including fees and on-line registration procedures, please visit the Garden’s website at

7th Annual Inside Ride

Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and The Candlelighters Association are excited to announce the 7th Annual Inside Ride. It will be taking place on September 30.  This is a team fundraising event for all age groups and 100% of funds raised are donated to Camp Delight. Mark your calendar and organize your teams as we want to surpass our $33,000 raised last year! Check out our video, and e-mail for more info.

Christian Life Program (Couples for Christ)

Join the Christian Life Program, an opportunity to understand God’s call to us as Christians. CPL is for everyone…married couples, singles, divorced/separated, and widows/widowers.

Enjoy a friendly atmosphere, good discussions, lively fellowship and make new friends. Free admission.

When: October 13-15
Time: October 13 at 7 pm, and October 14 and 15 at 8:30 am
Where: St. Teresa’s Parish, 120 Mundy Pond Road

For more information, please call Arman at 325-2059 or Cindy at 330-9608.

The Autumn Garden Workshop

October 15, 1:30 PM

October and November need not be the end of the garden display. There are plenty of plants that can help extend our season of interest…be it late flowers, decorative fruit or beautiful fall colour. Get some tips on the best plants to use to extend the garden season and see how we use them in the botanical garden.

Instructor: Todd Boland, MUNBG Research Horticulturist

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. All registrations are considered final. For more information, including fees and on-line registration procedures, please visit the Garden’s website at

Growing on Air (Plants!) Workshop

November 2, 6:30 PM

Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist, will introduce you to the fascinating world of Tillandsia: plants that grow without soil! To create your own display, all participants will get two tillandsia to take home.

Instructor: Todd Boland, MUNBG Research Horticulturist

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. All registrations are considered final. For more information, including fees and on-line registration procedures, please visit the Garden’s website at

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