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SATUR­DAY, DE­CEM­BER 8

Chil­dren

8 a.m. Break­fast with Santa

The Top­sail United Church Men’s Club’s an­nual break­fast with Santa is Satur­day from 8-11 a.m. with the usual great menu. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for chil­dren. There will be face paint­ing, colour­ing and, of course, pic­tures with Santa. All are wel­come.

Groups

11 a.m. Overeaters Anony­mous

Reg­u­lar sup­port group meet­ing at 13-15 Pippy

Pl. in the Car­nell Build­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 738-1742.

Live Mu­sic

2 p.m.

Land of the Lakes, Banana Vac­uum

In­die rock group Land of the Lakes play an all-ages show at the LSPU Hall with St. John’s new­est (and youngest) punk sen­sa­tion, Banana Vac­uum. Tick­ets avail­able on­line at lspuhall.ca or by call­ing 753-4531.

5 p.m. Bill Kelly

Per­form­ing at O’reilly’s.

7 p.m.

A Bac­calieu Christ­mas

The Mu­sic Box presents “A Bac­calieu Christ­mas” concert with spe­cial guests at Top­sail United Church. Tick­ets are avail­able by call­ing the church of­fice at 8344567 or can be pur­chased at the door. Ad­mis­sion is $12 for adults, $5 for chil­dren. Food do­na­tions greatly ap­pre­ci­ated for the C.B.S./ Par­adise Food Bank.

8 p.m. Acous­tic Bish­ops

Per­form­ing at O’reilly’s.

NSO Han­del’s Messiah

A Christ­mas tra­di­tion! The New­found­land Sym­phony Orches­tra un­der the di­rec­tion of guest con­duc­tor Stephen Candow, with the Phil­har­monic Choir of the NSO, presents Han­del’s Messiah. Set in the his­toric and cap­ti­vat­ing Basil­ica of St. John the Bap­tist, soloists in­clude: Suzie Leblanc, so­prano; Aleks Ro­mano, mez­zoso­prano; E. Mark Mur­phy, tenor; and Joel Al­li­son, bari­tone. This concert is pre­sented by Cox & Palmer. Tick­ets ($28-$38) are avail­able at the ACC box of­fice (729-3900) and on­line at www.art­sand­cul­ture­cen­tre.com or at the door.

11:30 p.m. Tara­han

Per­form­ing at O’reilly’s. Shop­ping

9 a.m.

St. John’s Farm­ers’ Mar­ket

Weekly in­door/out­door farm­ers’ mar­ket at 245 Fresh­wa­ter Rd. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ev­ery Satur­day. Seventy or more ven­dors, fea­tur­ing fresh pro­duce, pre­pared foods, hot food, crafts, and more. Ev­ery­thing made, baked and grown lo­cally. ATM and café on site. Weekly ven­dor lists, park­ing in­for­ma­tion and more avail­able at www.stjohns­farm­ers­mar­ket.ca.

10 a.m. Plan­ta­tion Christ­mas Craft Open House

A spe­cial event where Quidi Vidi Vil­lage Plan­ta­tion ar­ti­sans in­vite alumni and other lo­cal crafts­peo­ple and mak­ers to show­case their work in pic­turesque Quidi Vidi Vil­lage. There will be more than 20 ven­dors with beau­ti­ful, hand­crafted prod­ucts, live mu­sic, warm bev­er­ages and treats. Vis­i­tors can ex­pect to see – and pur­chase – pot­tery, tex­tiles, leather work, prints, cop­per tool­ing and much more. The open house takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Quidi Vidi Vil­lage Plan­ta­tion, 10 Maple­view Pl.

So­cial

5 p.m.

Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and Lights

Ring in the hol­i­day sea­son with our an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of bright lights and fes­tive mu­sic at the Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and Lights at the Bowring Park Duck Pond. En­joy per­for­mances by choirs and mu­si­cians, and have a free cup of hot cho­co­late, as we of­fi­cially switch on the beau­ti­ful light dis­play. Don’t for­get to bring a non-per­ish­able food item to do­nate to the Com­mu­nity Food Shar­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. This event in­cludes a wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble view­ing area. A lim­ited num­ber of noise re­duc­ing-head­phones are avail­able to bor­row, with a photo ID in­clud­ing name and ad­dress, at the Bowring Park Lodge (near the duck pond).

Theatre

8 p.m.

‘The Christ­mas Spirit’

The St. John’s Play­ers present “The Christ­mas Spirit” by Fred­er­ick Strop­pel, di­rected by Louise Kear­ley. “The Christ­mas Spirit” is a com­i­cal yet in­spir­ing and touch­ing play to cap­ture the magic of Christ­mas and rekin­dle one’s Christ­mas spirit. On­stage at the Bar­bara Bar­rett Theatre at the St. John’s Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre un­til Dec. 8. Show­time 8 p.m. For tick­ets, call 729-3900 or visit art­sand­cul­ture­cen­tre.com.

SUN­DAY, DE­CEM­BER 9

Ac­tiv­i­ties

On­go­ing

Merry and Bright Hol­i­day Light Fes­ti­val

The Merry and Bright Hol­i­day Light Fes­ti­val is on at the MUN Botan­i­cal Gar­den Sun­day evening. With well over 50,000 lights and hun­dreds of glow­ing can­dles, fes­ti­val high­lights in­clude an ex­tended cater­pil­lar of lights, the gi­ant puffins, a glow­ing gar­den of can­dles and the 12 gnomes of Christ­mas. Merry and Bright will take place Dec. 6-9, Dec.12-16 and Dec.19-22. Park­ing is lo­cated at the Ma­rine In­sti­tute on Ridge Road. Ev­ery 20 min­utes, guests can hop aboard a free shut­tle to and from the fes­ti­val at 306 Mount Scio Rd., com­plete with carol singing. For tick­ets, go on­line to https://www.mun.ca/ bot­gar­den/.

10 a.m. Away in a Manger

An ex­hibit of nativity scenes from around the world at the Basil­ica Mu­seum, right next door to the Basil­ica. This ex­hibit is on­go­ing Wed­nes­days through Sun­days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day un­til Dec. 23. Ad­mis­sion is free, but gifts for chil­dren in need can be placed un­der our tree. All are wel­come. A great way to get in the spirit of Christ­mas.

An­i­mals

Up­com­ing Do­na­tion Drive

Heav­enly Crea­tures’ Christ­mas Pet Food and Do­na­tion Drive starts next Mon­day! Our food drive runs from Dec. 10 - 23 at our of­fice, 3-7 Cashin Av­enue (in the same build­ing as Cen­tre City Phar­macy, Aquar­ium 101, and Big Al’s). It’s the end of the year, so our shelves are quite bare at the mo­ment while our vet bills are very high. In ad­di­tion to the huge num­ber of an­i­mals we are shel­ter­ing through our foster pro­gram - al­most 100 - we run a Pet Food Bank for low­in­come pet owners. Please make a do­na­tion of money or pet sup­plies to help us help them. Con­sider putting to­gether a Sec­ond Chance Box for a home­less an­i­mal or spon­sor one through the form on the front page of our web­site (www. heav­en­ly­crea­tures.ca). More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on our web­site.

Church

Up­com­ing

Can­dles in Mem­ory Ser­vice

A Can­dles in Mem­ory Ser­vice will take place on Sun­day, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at St. John the Evan­ge­list Angli­can Church in Top­sail. Re­mem­ber loved ones who have passed by light­ing a can­dle in their mem­ory. Con­tact the church of­fice week­days be­tween 9 a.m. and noon for de­tails by Dec. 12 at 834-2336.

Crafts

10 a.m. Christ­mas Craft Fair

The St. John’s Shrine Club Christ­mas Craft Fair will be held at 530 Top­sail Rd. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $2, with free ad­mis­sion for chil­dren un­der 12. There’s a door prize and 50-50 draw.

Live Mu­sic

2 p.m. Sun­day Tra­di­tional Ses­sion

Hosted by Fer­gus Brown O’byrne and Tony O’brien at O’reilly’s.

2:30 p.m.

A Hal­lelu­jah Christ­mas

The Gospel Folk Se­niors Choir in­vites you to “A Hal­lelu­jah Christ­mas” at St. Mary’s Angli­can Church on Craig­mil­lar Av­enue. Com­pli­men­tary tick­ets are avail­able from the church of­fice, choir mem­bers or by phone at 739-8714, 7280808 or 728-1534. A free-will Christ­mas of­fer­ing would be grate­fully ac­cepted for church projects. You may also be one of those at­ten­dees who will re­ceive a Christ­mas gift of one of The Gospel Folk’s first CD.

5 p.m. Fer­gus O’byrne

Per­form­ing at O’reilly’s.

8 p.m.

Con O’brien and Pa­trick Mo­ran

Per­form­ing at O’reilly’s.

Up­com­ing Hol­i­day Was­sail

The 13th an­nual Hol­i­day Was­sail at Ge­orge Street United Church takes place Sun­day, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. Fea­tur­ing Fret­board Jour­ney, The Swing­ing Belles, The Kuba­son­ics, The Old Con­tem­po­raries and Friends, The Quin­tes­sen­tial Vo­cal En­sem­ble, Dave Pad­don, Elizabeth Clarke, The Mum­mer & the Pau­pers and The STEP Fid­dlers. Tick­ets are avail­able at O’brien’s Mu­sic and Fred’s Records, and on­line at etixnow.com. Visit nl­folk. com for more de­tails.

Ra­dio

2 p.m.

VOWR Guest In­ter­view

Bar­bara De Land speaks with Dou­glas Bal­lam, pres­i­dent of Na­ture New­found­land and Labrador, a non-profit, cer­ti­fied char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion. They talk about the or­ga­ni­za­tion, which aims to pro­mote en­joy­ment and pro­tec­tion of wildlife and nat­u­ral re­sources in the prov­ince through hikes, trips to sig­nif­i­cant nat­u­ral ar­eas, nat­u­ral­ist speak­ers and in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing pol­lu­tion preven­tion. Tune in on the AM dial 800, on­line at VOWR.ORG., or through ca­ble ra­dio – Rogers 945 and Bell Aliant 756.

So­cial

Up­com­ing Christ­mas Turkey Din­ner and Raf­fles

The St. John’s Shrine Club Christ­mas turkey din­ner is com­ing up on Fri­day, Dec. 14 at noon. Cost is $20 per per­son. Tick­ets avail­able at the Ma­zol Shrine Cen­tre, 530 Top­sail Rd., or call 368-5459. Also, the St. John’s Shrine Club’s Christ­mas raf­fles will be held at Ma­zol Shrine Cen­tre on Fri­day, Dec. 14; Mon­day, Dec. 17; and Tues­day, Dec. 18, start­ing at 5:30 p.m. each day.

MON­DAY, DE­CEM­BER 10

Ac­tiv­i­ties

9 a.m.

Tour Gov­ern­ment House

Free tours of Gov­ern­ment House are avail­able Mon­day to Fri­day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by ap­point­ment only. To re­quest a tour, please call Regina White­way at 729-2669 or email Regi­nawhite­[email protected]

Groups

3 p.m.

Su­san’s Sewing Stu­dio

Look­ing to join a so­cia­ble group? What­ever your gen­der, age or abil­ity, bring along what­ever pro­ject you are work­ing on, or start a new one. Drop in to the Fel­low­ship Room at St. James United Church any­time be­tween 3-6 p.m. Re­lax, sew, chat, laugh, re­ceive help and friend­ship from oth­ers in a very in­for­mal at­mos­phere! No cost – just bring your own ma­te­ri­als. This is an ac­ces­si­ble venue; please use side en­trance. For in­for­ma­tion, call Su­san at 7221881.

7 p.m.

The Writ­ers’ Cir­cle

Need help with an as­sign­ment or just en­joy writ­ing cre­atively? Come to the Writ­ers’ Cir­cle – a very in­for­mal, friendly group which meets bi-weekly at St. James United Church (330 Elizabeth Ave.) on Mon­days. This par­tic­i­pant­driven group is fa­cil­i­tated by Chris Pen­ney, B.A. His­tory and Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence, M.A. His­tory, and is open to any­one with an in­ter­est in writ­ing. You don’t need to be a mem­ber of our con­gre­ga­tion! Drop in any­time to have a cof­fee, re­lax, chat and write. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 722-1881, ext.

200.

Live Mu­sic

7 p.m. Bill Kelly

Per­form­ing at O’reilly’s.

10:30 p.m. Larry Fo­ley

Per­form­ing at O’reilly’s.

STOCK PHOTO

Time for the Top­sail United Church Men’s Club’s an­nual Break­fast with Santa. Read be­low for de­tails.

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