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Botanical Art Workshop

The newly formed Botanical Art Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (BASNL) is excited to be hosting a premiere 3-day botanical art workshop in St. John’s, featuring two renowned international botanical artists: from Ireland, Shevaun Doherty and from UK, Dianne Sutherland. The focus of this workshop is painting the beauty and Fall colours of Newfoundland and Labrador. The President of BASNL and these two instructors are available for interviews October 22-26, or you can see them in action at MUN Botanical Garden from October 23-25.

For further information, please contact Eileen Bragg at or phone 753-5945.

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museums and Memorial University libraries in Corner Brook and St. John’s. The exhibit will recount stories and showcase historical documents and photographs to show how clothing connected people over vast distances and also divided them from one another.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:
– Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John’s, October 2-31


Remembering the Caribou

October 14th marked the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of the Newfoundland Railway passenger ferry the S.S. Caribou.

On October 14th, 1942, the S.S. Caribou was en route to Port aux Basques, NL after having left North Sydney, NS. In the wee hours of the morning, a German submarine “U-69” fired a torpedo from the depths of the Atlantic, eventually sinking the S.S. Caribou. The tragic event and loss of life made the conflict of World War II all the more real for many Newfoundlanders.

The Railway Coastal Museum is commemorating this with a special exhibit for the month of October.

The Alpha Course at Elim Pentecostal Church

Ever feel like life is like a roller coaster and what is the real meaning of Life? Ever wonder about where you can go to ask questions or explore the Christian Faith. Why not try an Alpha Course? Alpha is a 10-week course starting September 26 and is designed to help people explore the Christian faith in a non-threatening environment. Some topics covered are Who Is Jesus? Why Did Jesus Die? How Does God Guide Us? The night starts off with a meal, video and small group discussion.

Have any questions, give Wanda a call at 364-8778. Would love to hear from you.

8-Week Bereavement Information and Support Group

There will be an 8-week Grief and Bereavement Information and Support Group from October 17 to December 5.

Time:  7 – 9 p.m.

Location:  Room 6140 (East) at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital

Date:  Tuesday evenings, October 17 – December 5

To register, please call 777-8972 or email

Bible Study at Wesley Church

Rev. Bill Mercer will be holding a Bible Study each Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm at Wesley United Church, 101 Patrick Street. All are welcome to attend.

Bulk and Metal Collection Reinstated

Beginning in October the curbside collection of bulk garbage and recyclable metal waste will again be offered to residents of St. John’s. Changes to the program have been made to ensure it is a more effective and economically viable way to offer the service.

This free, by appointment only, pick-up service is offered by waste collection area:

Area 4, Oct. 23-27
Area 5, Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Appointment space is limited, scheduled on a first-come first-served basis, and must be pre-booked in one of the following ways:

– the app St. John’s Waste and Recycling
– online at >When is My Collection Day >Bulk and Metal Waste Collection
– call Access St. John’s at 311 or 709-754-CITY (2489).

Prior to confirming your appointment, be sure what you have will be accepted: size, weight and content requirements are given during the booking process. When making the appointment we require a valid email address, so you will receive an appointment confirmation and reminder.

Please mark your confirmed appointment date in your calendar and ensure your waste items are at the curb and ready for pick up on the assigned date; missed appointments result in unnecessary expenses for the City. Thank you for your cooperation.

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.

– October 28
– November 4

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

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, 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.

Global Disability Expert Leighton Jay to present in Newfoundland and Labrador

Come join us for this rare opportunity…

Two important sessions:

1) Claiming Full Citizenship for Persons with Disabilities

Inclusion is more than just being present.  It is about having the opportunity to fully contribute to your community, and being able to access all the benefits and services most people take for granted.  Claiming Full Citizenship shares how we can all work together to ensure that every person in our community and province has the equitable opportunity to contribute and to belong.

Wednesday, October 25th in St. John’s from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

2) Shared Responsibility

When it comes to supporting a person with a disability, parents and caregivers can’t always be expected to do it alone.  A Shared Responsibility approach looks at how individuals, families, community groups, and government can all work together to make sure that people are supported and have a plan for their future.  This session will also cover information on housing for persons with disabilities, supported decision making, future planning, and home supports.

Thursday, October 26th in St. John’s from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

There is no cost to attend but space is limited!

To secure your seat, register by calling (709) 722-0790 or email

Shim Sham Line Dancing at the Library

A.C. Hunter Library in partnership with Lindy Hop on the Rock is excited to bring to you the Shim Sham Line Dance Workshop! This free event is designed for beginner dancers that are interested in a crash course on the hippest line dance from the Jazz Age – the Shim Sham. No partner necessary. Appropriate clothing and shoes you can dance in is recommended. Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30 PM in the AC Hunter Library Community Room. Call 737-3950 to register.

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. New members are always welcome, no audition required. If you love to sing, this choir is for you! Visit or email for more info.

Leaves Must be in Paper Bags, Beginning October

Beginning in October, leaves placed at the curb for pick up must be in paper yard waste bags.

From Monday, October 2 to Friday, December 1, leaves in paper yard waste bags will be collected on the same day as garbage pick-up in each area and do not count toward the 10 garbage bag limit.

Leaves in plastic bags will not be collected and will be left at the curbside.

Given the economic and environmental costs of landfilling wastes, the City of St. John’s is committed to diverting materials away from the landfill when feasible.

RONA stores in the St. John’s metro area are supporting this initiative by offering a ‘Buy One, Get One’ coupon for paper yard waste bags. Coupons are available at RONA locations.

Leaves can also be dropped off at the Residential Drop Off at Robin Hood Bay, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except Sundays and Mondays).

Residents are encouraged to first choose more environmentally friendly and economically prudent methods of leaf disposal including mulching with a mower, adding leaves directly to gardens, flower beds, or backyard compost bins.

More details about leaf disposal and collection can be found at

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 now until 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.

Topsail United Church Online Auction

Topsail United Church Online Auction will take place from October 9 until October 26. To register to bid, please visit, go to the right side of the page to the register icon, follow the process to register. It is a very user friendly system, once registered you can view items and start bidding.

ArtsNL hosted info sessions on Canada Council New Funding Model

ArtsNL will host a public information session on the New Funding Model from Canada Council for the Arts. The session takes place in St. John’s on Thursday, October 26 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the LSPU Hall’s Cox and Palmer Second Space. Video will be available on ArtsNL’s YouTube channel after the session. For info visit or call 726-2212 ext. 203 or toll free 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only), or email

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.

Council of Churches — Symposium on Mental Wellbeing

The St John’s and Area Council of Churches will be hosting a Symposium on Mental Wellbeing at the Salvation Army Citadel, 25 Adams Avenue on October 27-28.

It is open to all interested persons, particularly those involved in pastoral care, chaplaincy and visitation. Registration, lunch and refreshments are free.

To register, please call the Salvation Army Citadel at 579-5235. After hours, leave a message for Allison at the same number.

The Gathering Place – Fall Fair

The Gathering Place – Fall Fair on October 28. Tea Party – 10:30-1:00 PM with sandwiches, tea biscuits, sweets, tea/coffee. Sale of Work – 10:00-1:00 PM, featuring handmade crafts, homemade baked goods and more.

Coastal Sounds Community Choir – Christmas Cantata

Coastal Sounds Choir Association will present its 5th Annual Christmas Cantata Project on December 16th and invites all interested singers to join the massed choir. The first rehearsal will take place on October 14th from 2-5 pm at Topsail United Church. For more information and to register, visit

Topsail United Church Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

Topsail United Church Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner will be held on October 28 at 6:30 P.M. Tickets can be obtained by calling 834-4567. Musical entertainment included.

Alcoholics Anonymous

If you want to drink, that’s your business.

If you can’t stop, Alcoholics Anonymous can help.

Call 1-888-579-5215 or visit

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.


Make trick-or-treating easy and safe this year! St. Thomas’ is hosting a Trunk-or-Treat on October 31, 6:00 PM at 8 Military Road. There will be lots of treats, free snacks, hot chocolate, and coffee for the adults. We are still looking for more volunteers to pop their trunks and help out with the hot beverage station, so give us a call to get involved. For more information contact Reverend Gail at 730-9290 or email

Reel Injun Film Screening at the Library

National Indigenous Cinema Tour at the library

In this feature-length documentary, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American Indigenous people throughout a century of cinema.

AC Hunter Public Library Community Room
Wednesday, November 1st, 7:00 PM
Call 737-3950 to register.

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

Tutor Training Workshop

Would you like to volunteer to help another adult learn to read and write? If you can read, you can tutor.
Teachers on Wheels will be holding a daylong tutor-training workshop. Call Tom Dawe for details at 738-3975.

Battle the Bulls-Eye and Raise and Axe for Mentoring – Throw it Forward!

Big Brothers Big Sisters is thrilled to invite YOU to ‘throw it forward’ at their new axe-throwing event.

Kelly Leach, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said this is a brand new fundraiser and it all begins with an axe.

‘Throw it Forward’ will take place on Thursday, November 16th. We are encouraging adults in metro St. John’s to embrace their inner lumberjack, assemble a team and join us to battle the bulls-eye and to ‘raise an axe for mentoring’.

Funds raised from this event will help us help more kids.

Businesses and individuals wanting to participate or make a donation can go to for complete details.

SAEN Moose Stew

The Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland will be holding its annual Guenter Behr Award and Moose Stew Supper on November 16th with doors opening at 6:00 pm. This year the dinner will be held at a new location, the Knights of Columbus, 49 St. Clare Avenue. Held every year in aid of salmon and trout conservation, there will be a silent auction for all of the usual items including salmon and trout flies, artwork, etc. Call Ian at 579-0843, Chris at 693-3815 or the SAEN office at 722-9300 for tickets.

Cowan Heights United Church Community Craft Fair

Calling on all vendors: Cowan Heights United Church, 141 Frecker Drive, is hosting a Community Craft Fair in the church auditorium, and we are seeking all vendors with craft/baked goods who would like to participate. The event will be held on November 25th, beginning at 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Call the church office at 745-2871 by November 17th to book a table.

Survive and thrive with Roy Naugler

A talk for anyone who has lost their job, is currently under-employed, or fears for job loss
Thursday November 23 at 6:30 PM at the AC Hunter Public Library
Call 737-3950 to register

African Dance at the Library

African Dance Workshop With the Maritime Centre for African Dance.
November 25th, 2:30 PM
All ages welcome
AC Hunter Public Library Community Room
Please call 737-3950 to register

VOWR Presents: John Curran and Friends

VOWR presents John Curran and Friends (Wilf Curran, Ray Walsh, Greg Walsh and Brenda Gatherall) in concert at Wesley United Church, December 1st at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at Fred’s Records, O’Brien’s Music, Outfitter’s Army/Navy Store (Topsail Road) or by calling the Wesley Church office at 579-3682.

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