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Annual Christmas Candlelight Service

The St. John’s Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 30 Aldershot Street, cordially invites you to attend their Annual Christmas Candlelight Service on Friday, December 21, at 7:00 PM. Come and join us for an evening filled with music and readings of our Saviour’s birth. Enjoy a festive treat following the service.

70th Provincial Drama Festival

The 70th Provincial Drama Festival is coming this April to the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s.

Seven nights. Seven amazing plays by theatre groups from across the province.

Contact the Arts and Culture Centre, 729-3900 for all the details and to reserve your pass.

Volunteers Needed (SPAN)

The Single Parent Association of Newfoundland (SPAN) is in urgent need of volunteers to work in our Outlet on Wednesdays and Fridays. People may volunteer for the entire day or for half a day. Please call 738-3401 or email

Away in a Manger- Nativity Scenes from Around the World

Away in a Manger – an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world

Where? The Basilica Museum (just west of the Basilica, in the Pastoral Centre)

When? Wednesdays through Sundays, December 2-23, 10 AM to 4 PM

Admission? Free, but if you wish, place a gift under our tree for a child in need!

Timed Free Parking Zone Signs to be Installed

The City will be installing Timed Free Parking Zone signs. The time limit in each zone will be either two hours or four hours. Areas that are designated as Timed Free Parking Zones have been determined in consultation with the local business community.

Former metered spaces will be equipped with signage to indicate to motorists that they are parking in a section with a time limit. All new signage will be posted during the coming weeks, see list below.

Two-hour free parking zones:

Duckworth Street (Cochrane Street to Cavendish Square)
Freshwater Road (near Leo’s and Ches’s restaurants – currently four hour)
Harvey Road (across from Tim Horton’s / Paramount Building – currently four hour)
Rawlins Cross lot (currently four hour)
Water Street (Prescott Street to Gill’s Cove – currently 4 hour)

Four-hour free parking zones:

Cathedral Street
Cavendish Square
Church Hill
Duckworth Street (east of Cavendish Square)
George Street (Springdale Street to Waldegrave Street)
Lemarchant Road (Pleasant Street to Lime Street)
New Gower Street (west of Springdale Street)

In 2019 the city will purchase new meter hardware and technology to replace damaged or missing meters, as part of a five-year Paid Parking Management Strategy. The Timed Free Parking Zones are a short-term measure to encourage parking turnover in targeted areas.

Click here for more info.

Celebrating the Season – Two Exhibitions Opening at the Craft Council Gallery

The Craft Council Gallery celebrates all things good this holiday season with our annual exhibition Comfort and Joy in our main gallery and a twist for the season with Janet Peters’ It’s a Cruel Yule!

Our main space will be brimming with some of the finest craft our province has to offer. This year we invited craftspeople to create works celebrating harmony through colour combinations, contrasting elements, repetition, rhythm, and many other creative techniques. Revel in the wonder of exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces including cozy textiles, delicate glass work, gleaming ceramics and much more.

November 25 – December 20

Blue Christmas Service (Portugal Cove)

St. Lawrence Anglican Church in Portugal Cove will be hosting a “Blue Christmas” service on December 20th at 7 PM. Understanding that Christmas is not always a season of happiness for everyone, we invite those facing a less-than-perfect Christmas and those willing to support others at this time, to share, reflect and acknowledge these feelings while offering them to God. We hope that this service will help you discover the truth that Christ is with you always, just as He promised. A candle will be lit in memory of all who have died this past year and each person present will receive an ornament to hang on their tree as a reminder of the hope that is Christmas. All are welcome. Visit our Facebook page by searching @stlawrenceportugalcove for more details.

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.

Call For Proposals: Artwork

ArtsNL invites visual artists and fine crafts persons that are residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to submit electronic proposals for six pieces of artwork.

These artworks will be presented to award recipients at the 34th ArtsNL Arts Awards Gala.

Specifications: Six pieces of existing or newly-created artwork

Budget: $6,000 + HST inclusive for six works (including artist fees, materials, framing, shipping and insurance)

A proposal including:
• A detailed project description
• An updated résumé
• Relevant electronic support material (i.e. images (JPEG, TIFF, PDF, etc.) to a maximum of 20)
No physical materials will be accepted as support material.

Optional: Letters of Reference (scanned as an image in formats listed above, or PDF)

Deadline for Proposal: Monday, January 14, 2019
Deadline for Delivery of Artwork: Friday, April 12, 2019

Cheryl Reid, Office Assistant, ArtsNL

Joshua Jamieson, Communications Officer, ArtsNL
Phone: 726-2212 ext. 203
Toll Free: (866) 726-2212 (NL only)

Christmas Carol Concert

The Marystown Seventh-day Adventist Church invites you to a night of Christmas carols and Christmas poems, on December 21 at 7 PM. Joining us are the Burin Peninsula Youth Choir, and Pastor Ken Corkum from Mount Pearl. Light refreshments to follow. All are warmly welcome!

Weekly Church Service – Eastern Outreach Ministries

Come hear the simplicity of God’s word spoken every Sunday morning at 10:30 AM at the Southlands Community Centre, 40 Teakwood Drive, St. John’s.

Alpha Event (Botwood)

Jubilee Pentecostal Church in Botwood will be holding an Alpha event starting on January 15 and running ten weeks every Tuesday night from 7-8:30 at the Church in Botwood. For more information, contact Gail Wells at 486-3898 or email at

ANC Conversation Circles for New Canadians

Join members from the ANC to practice your conversation skills, make new friends, and enjoy an evening in the library! New Canadians, international students, and anyone interested in conversational skills are welcome.

Wednesday, January 16th at 6:30 PM

Call 737-3950 to register.

Escape Quest at the Library!

Calling all escape artists! Escape Quest is coming to the library! Escape Quest, St. John’s premiere escape game experience, in cooperation with the AC Hunter Library, will be hosting Escape Artist, a 20-minute game where groups of up to 20 people must attempt to unlock 44 locks. Each lock has a dedicated puzzle presented as a framed piece of art, and the team that solves the most have a chance to win some prizes! No team has ever unlocked them all. Could your team be the first? Escape Artist is being offered for free to interested players by the AC Hunter Library. Come out and spend a few minutes exercising your brain and having fun!

Thursday, January 17th between 6 and 8 PM

Call 737-3950 to reserve your spot today!

Group 1 – 6 PM
Group 2 – 6:30 PM
Group 3 – 7 PM
Group 4 – 7:30 PM
Group 5 – 8 PM

Effective Tax Strategies

Better understand Canada’s tax system and minimize the amount of taxes you pay! AC Hunter Public Library, Wednesday, January 23rd at 6:30 PM. Call 737-3950 to register.

Autism Parent-Parent Support Group

Are you a parent of a teen or adult on the autism spectrum? Join us for a support group and discussion at the AC Hunter Public Library on Thursday, January 24th at 6:30 PM. Call 737-3950 to register.

Finger-style Guitar Classes

You love guitar. You can strum some chords, and a song or two. Now what?

Join your guitar coach Merrill Heald as he introduces you to the exciting art of Finger-style Guitar. Over four weeks, we’ll cover finger-style patterns, arpeggios, and how to apply them to any song. We’ll also discuss ways to practice with purpose and intention to reach your personal best. Sign up at the AC Hunter Public Library for our four-week session, running on Wednesdays, beginning on February 6 at 7 PM. Call 737-3950 to register.

Amnesty International 101

Amnesty International St. John’s Action Circle will be by to discuss amnesty and what you can do in your community. Thursday, February 7th at 7 PM. Call 737-3950 to register.

Introduction to Guitar for Beginners

Interested in learning the guitar but do not know where to start? Join John Pike on Mondays for a 4-week introduction to the guitar! Be sure to register for all 4 classes in a session. Session 1 begins on Monday, February 11th at 2 PM at the AC Hunter Public Library. Call 737-3950 to register.

ANC Conversation Circles for New Canadians

Join members from the ANC to practice your conversation skills, make new friends, and enjoy an evening in the library! New Canadians, international students, and anyone interested in conversational skills are welcome! Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30 PM. Call 737-3950 to register.

Autism Parent-Parent Support Group

Are you a parent of a teen or adult on the autism spectrum? Join us for a support group and discussion at the AC Hunter Public Library on February 21st at 6:30 PM. Call 737-3950 to register.

Retirement Financial Management

Managing finances for retirement can seem daunting. Join us to learn how to make your dollars stretch when you retire. Thursday, February 21st at 6:30 PM. Call 737-3950 to register.

NL Reads

One Book to Rule Them All: NL Reads is back for 2019! The second annual NL Reads, a battle of the books organized by NL Public Libraries and in partnership with CBC Radio Newfoundland and Labrador has returned by popular demand. Four reader advocates will celebrate and extol the virtues of their chosen books, while patrons across the province vote on their favourite one.

Thursday, February 28th at 6:30 PM. Call 737-3950 to reserve your spot.