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Community Volunteers Wanted

Volunteers are needed to help file simple income tax returns for people in your community, on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP).

If you have a basic understanding of income tax and want to help out in your community, come lend a hand! You can register to become a CVITP volunteer at cra.gc.ca/volunteer, from late October to February.

The CVITP has been helping individuals with modest incomes and simple tax situations prepare their income tax and benefit returns for free for 45 years. CVITP volunteers help complete more than half a million tax returns every year, lending a hand to thousands of people in communities across the country.

As a volunteer with the CVITP you will:

– give back to your community;
– help individuals get or maintain uninterrupted access to benefits and credits;
– increase your personal tax knowledge;
– gain new skills and improve existing ones;
– do work that is valued and recognized; and
– receive training, support, and reference materials including free tax software.

For more information about the CVITP, to find out how to become a volunteer, or to find a participating community organization in your area, go to cra.gc.ca/volunteer, or call us at 1-800-959-8281.



Craft Council Gallery – Comfort and Joy Exhibition

On November 26 The Craft Council Gallery invites the public to the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Annual Open House and the opening of Comfort and Joy.

Comfort and Joy is an annual juried holiday exhibition of finely crafted creations great and small that evoke all the good things we celebrate during this special time of the year. It offers a contemporary and accessible interpretation of traditional and non-traditional activities associated with this season. It will feature the work of over 30 emerging and established craftspeople.

The public is invited to join us for a day of celebrating the season and the fine work of our members at the Devon House Craft Centre, 59 Duckworth Street. Light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. The show continues until December 20. Visit craftcouncil.nl.ca or call 753-2749 for more information.



Alcoholics Anonymous

Have you sometimes wished you could spend a holiday “sober”?

Contact us, Alcoholics Anonymous, at 1-888-579-5215, or visit us online at aastjohns.com.



Coping with the Holidays: Grief and the Holiday Season Sessions

“Coping with the Holidays” is a grief and bereavement session designed specifically around dealing with the holiday season. The session provides information to help yourself and others cope with a loss and face the memories and feelings that the holiday season may bring.

November 29, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., in hall downstairs at Victoria United Church, Carbonear
Contact Mag Snook at 777-8972 or Peter Barnes at 777-2167.

December 6, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., in the Main Auditorium at Health Science Centre, St. John’s
Contact Jacintha Penney at 777-6959 or Paul Grimes at 777-7611.

December 7, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., in the Main Auditorium at Health Science Centre, St. John’s
Contact Jacintha Penney at 777-6959 or Paul Grimes at 777-7611.

December 7, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., at United Church Hall, Bayley Cove
Contact Lana Park at 466-5779.

December 8, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., in the Boardroom at Coish Place, Clareville
Contact Lana Park at 466-5779.



New group for Grief and Bereavement Spousal Support (Upper Gullies)

Grief and Bereavement Spousal Support Group, Tuesday nights (beginning November 29)
From 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in St. Peter’s Hall at Upper Gullies

This support group provides an opportunity for individuals to meet and discuss the loss of your spouse; provide support to each other; and share information that may help during the grieving process.

This support group is “drop-in” and open to anyone who is grieving due to loss of a spouse.

For more information, please call 631-9539 or 777-8972.



Winter Parking Restrictions and Snow Removal Updates (St. John’s)

Winter parking regulations vary, depending on where you live in the City of St. John’s.  Throughout the City from December 1 to March 31 parking is prohibited 24 hours a day on streets designated as ‘No Parking Snow Route’. These streets are marked with signs. Restrictions are in place so ice control and snow clearing equipment can safely service the streets.

Outside the Downtown Area
The winter On-Street Parking Ban for streets outside the designated downtown area will come into effect at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4.  The ban is in effect daily and tickets will be issued to vehicles parked on the street between 12:30 and 7:30 a.m., regardless of weather and street conditions. If there is significant snowfall before January 4, this parking ban may be implemented earlier, notification will be provided in advance.

Inside the Downtown Area
For streets in the designated downtown area, on-street parking is permitted during the winter. However, these streets will be scheduled for snow removal as needed. Signs will be placed in snow banks on the day of removal to indicate that overnight parking is prohibited. To find out if your street is scheduled for overnight removal you can:

– Sign up for daily email reminders at stjohns.ca/st-johns-e-updates
– Visit map.stjohns.ca/snow
– Call 576-SNOW or call 311



Parking Ban Begins December 1 in Mount Pearl

Residents are advised that the following Snow Clearing Regulations are in effect December 1 – March 31 each year. Violators will be fined for non-compliance of regulations.

– No vehicle is permitted to park on any street within the City from December 1 – March 31 each year, both days inclusive, between the hours of 1:00 am and 8:00 am.

– No vehicle is permitted to park on any street within the City during a storm (snow or ice) and for 12 hours thereafter.

– Any unattended vehicle parked on any street contrary to these regulations may be removed and impounded at the owner’s expense.

– No person shall shovel, plow, blow or cause to be shoveled, plowed or blown, any residue snow from a driveway or parking lot onto any street, carriage way or sidewalk within the City.



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.



The Fluvarium’s December Kids Club: Giving Back

“Giving Back”

Kids Club Program for December at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium

In this season of friends and family, how can we show that we care while respecting the Earth? Families will discover ways to make their gift giving more green and how we can give back to the Earth during the holidays.

Every weekend from December 3-17 at 1:30 p.m.

Program runs approximately 45-60 minutes

This Fluvarium Kids program is Family Fun and can include an outdoor component, game, story and craft!

Fluvarium Kids Club Weekend Programs

Have you heard? Kids ages 5–10 and their families are invited to join Fluvarium Kids! Receive updates, collect stickers, and earn a Fluvarium Kids Fresh Water Friends certificate when you attend sessions in four different months.

Fluvarium Kids programs are complimentary with admission.

Ask about our Annual Family Pass.

For more information contact:
754-3474 – kids@fluvarium.ca



Christmas Trivia Night at the A.C. Hunter Public Library

Join us for an evening of trivia fun on December 6 at 7 p.m. Prizes to be won. Call 737-3950 to register a team of 4 or join a team at the event.



Grief and Bereavement Session (Carbonear)

Tuesday, December 6, 7–9 p.m. at Carbonear General Hospital in Meeting Room #3 on the 8th floor.

This two-hour session will provide information on understanding grief, guide you through the grieving process, and provide tips on what you can do to help ourselves and others during times of grief. There are short videos, discussions and sharing (optional) of thoughts and feelings on grief.

For further information, please contact Rev. Dr. Peter Barnes at 777-2167, or email peter.barnes@easternhealth.ca or Mag Snook at 777-8972, or email margaret.snook@easternhealth.ca.

This session is free and open to the general public.



Creatively Wrapping Edible Gifts

Join Tina Jackman for an entertaining evening of practical instructions and demonstrations on how to wrap edible gifts on December 7th at 7 p.m. at the A.C. Hunter Library. Call 737-3950 to register.



Cafe Shop Night (Carbonear)

St. James Church will be sponsoring an “Old Fashion Christmas Kitchen Party” for their “Cafe Shop Night” on December 7th at 7:30 p.m. in the Church hall, Bond Street, Carbonear.

All local musicians for your entertainment.

Admission – a freewill offering.

Come join in and bring a friend!

For more information please call the coordinator, Ken Murray at 596-7809.



Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival

Join us for MUN Botanical Garden’s First Holiday Light Festival! Come see the Garden in a new light. You will walk away feeling Merry and Bright!

Light Festival Dates: December 8-10 and 15-17.
Doors will open at 6 p.m., and last admittance will be at 8:30 p.m., finishing up for the evening at 9 p.m.

As MUN Botanical Garden isn’t usually open in December, we wanted to share with you what we’ve been up to. As you walk around the flower gardens you can:
• Walk through a caterpillar of lights
• See some Hollywood holiday favourites
• Purchase hot chocolate, cider and treats provided by the Garden Café
• Enjoy carollers singing your holiday favourites
• Take a family picture in our glamorous gazebo
• Be mindful while walking our candlelit labyrinth of memories
• Stop by our Garden Gift Shop for some great Christmas gift ideas
• And more!

For more information, including on-line ticket purchase, please visit the Garden’s website: mun.ca/botgarden, telephone 864-8590 or email garden@mun.ca.



Anna Templeton Centre’s Christmas Tea and Sale

The Anna Templeton Centre transforms itself to host the Christmas Tea and Sale on the weekend of December 9, 10 and 11. It’s a craft fair on three floors, with more than 50 craftspeople and artists participating. Lots of unique items perfect for gift giving. Take a break from shopping and have lunch or treats in the Tea Room. A festive shopping experience that supports local makers. Admission (free for kids under 12) supports the programs and activities of the Anna Templeton Centre.



St. John the Evangelist – Annual Christmas “Holly Tea” (Topsail)

St. John the Evangelist, Topsail are holding their annual Christmas “Holly Tea” with Chinese Auction on December 10, 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Tickets will be available on November 27th. Join us for an enjoyable afternoon with food and fellowship. For tickets please call Louise at 834-7385, Sandra at 834-8834, or Shirley at 368-9504.



Coastal Sounds Choir Association Holiday Concert and Cantata (Foxtrap)

Coastal Sounds Choir Association presents their 9th Annual Holiday Concert featuring the Coastal Sounds Choir Community Choir, The Aurora Women’s Choir, and the 4th Annual Christmas Cantata Project, with special guests, the St. Peter’s Anglican Church Junior Choir, on December 10 at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church in Foxtrap. Tickets are available at 9thannualholidayconcert.eventbrite.ca, Taylor’s Fish Market in CBS, or choir members. A non-perishable food item greatly appreciated to support the CBS Food Bank.



Upcoming Grief and Bereavement Sessions

Title: Candlelight Vigil to remember those who died by suicide
Date: December 11
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: St. Patrick’s Church, 6 Patrick Street

Title: Grief and Bereavement Session
Date: December 13
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: New Cafeteria Conference Room at Dr. L. A. Miller Centre

Title: Grief and Bereavement Session
Date: December 21
Time: 2–4 p.m.
Location: In the Boardroom at Daffodil Place, 70 Ropewalk Lane

For more info:
Telephone: 777-8972
Email: margaret.snook@easternhealth.ca



St. John’s Choir Christmas Concert

The St. John’s Choir will be presenting their annual Christmas Concert “Noel, Noel” at St. James United Church (330 Elizabeth Avenue) on December 11th at 7:30 p.m. The Choir is conducted by Stephen Candow and accompanied by Philip Roberts. Come join the Choir for an evening of Christmas songs, both old and new. Tickets are available from Choir members, by calling Paulette at 747-4760, or at the door. Hope to see you there!



Christmas Unplugged Tour, featuring Pastor/Comedian Steve Geyer

Christmas Unplugged Tour, featuring Pastor/Comedian Steve Geyer

Dec 12: Corner Brook – SonRise Ministries

Dec 13: Baie Verte – Trinity Pentecostal Church

Dec 14: Clarenville – Twin Cinemas

Dec 15: Bay Roberts – Bethel Pentecostal Church

Dec 16: St. John’s – The Majestic

Start time each evening is 7 p.m.



Celebrate the Season with Séan McCann

Easter Seals NL invites you to Celebrate the Season with Séan McCann. Sit back and enjoy a delicious meal while listening to Séan McCann ring in the season with some of our very own Easter Seals participants.

The Sheraton Hotel
Thursday December 15/16
12-2 p.m. concert.

To become a sponsor, purchase a ticket, or for additional information, please contact Kirk Leach 754-1399 ext. 229 or e-mail kirk@eastersealsnl.ca.



The Fluvarium’s Winter Solstice Afternoon Celebration

Winter Solstice Family (afternoon) Celebration at the Fluvarium

Join us for an afternoon celebration on December 18 at 1:30 p.m.

– Share a story
– Decorate a tree full of treats as a gift for the animals
– Share hot chocolate
– Sing some holiday songs. We encourage everyone to bring a song they love to sing this time of year!

We will enjoy some time together outdoors, so please come prepared to be outdoors for half of the program. You may bring a chair or blanket to sit on if you choose.

All ages welcome!

Please RSVP to 754-3474 or kids@fluvarium.ca

*Please note that there will be an evening celebration, for family with older children, on Tuesday evening, December 20, at 6:30 p.m.



Memorial Sock Drive

The Bless Your Cotton Socks! Fundraiser and Sock drive is on for the second year in memory of Megan Rachael Reynolds, a young person from NL who passed away in December of last year.

Folks can donate new socks at Eastern Edge Gallery and the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador until Dec 20th, or they can donate on RUF’s Go Fund Me page. Organizations that will be sock recipients are Choices For Youth Young Men’s Shelter, ACNL – Tommy Sexton Centre, John Howard Society – Howard House, Stella’s Circle, Iris Kirby, Association for New Canadians and Marguerite’s Place.



The Fluvarium’s Winter Solstice Evening Celebration

Winter Solstice Family (night) Celebration at the Fluvarium

Join us for an afternoon celebration on Tuesday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m.

– Share a story
– Decorate a tree full of treats as a gift for the animals
– Share hot chocolate
– Sing some holiday songs. We encourage everyone to bring a song they love to sing this time of year!

We will enjoy some time together outdoors, so please come prepared to be outdoors for half of the program. You may bring a chair or blanket to sit on if you choose.

All ages welcome!

Please RSVP to 754-3474 or kids@fluvarium.ca

*Please note that there will be an afternoon celebration, for families with younger children, on Sunday afternoon, December 18, at 1:30 p.m.



Call for Nominations – 32nd ArtsNL Arts Awards

ArtsNL would like to inform members of the public that the deadline to submit nominations for the 32nd ArtsNL Arts Awards will be Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Any member of the public wishing to submit one nomination in one, or any number, of the six categories need only complete the PDF nomination form available on the ArtsNL website.

OR

For the second year (because more than 80% of nominations came in digitally): Individuals can submit their nominations online by using the new ArtsNL Arts Awards Nomination Portal at artsnlartsawards.wordpress.com.

Support material can, but does not have to, be submitted by the nominator. It is strongly recommended that the nominator seek letters of support for the nomination however, which can be submitted at the time of nomination or be forwarded to ArtsNL before the nomination deadline by the letter author.

ArtsNL will contact nominees requesting support materials.

Members of the public can submit one nomination in each of the following six categories:

BMO Bank of Montreal – Artist of the Year
Cox and Palmer – Arts Achievement
Memorial University – Arts in Education
CBC – Emerging Artist
ArtsNL – Hall of Honour
ArtsNL – Patron of the Arts

Please visit nlac.ca/forms-nominate.htm for nomination forms along with additional information on nominations and eligibility or visit artsnlartsawards.wordpress.com.

Nominations close Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

For questions and information, contact ArtsNL at 726-2212 or toll free 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only).



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