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HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BOWRING PARK Ring in the holiday season with the 22nd annual celebration of music and lights at Bowring Park Duck Pond on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. The event will feature local entertainment as we officially light up the duck pond. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Community Food Sharing Association and a reusable mug for free hot chocolate provided by the St. John’s Lions Club. Enjoy the holiday lights until Jan. 8. Visitors can listen to a playlist of local artists performing holiday music. Scan the QR code or visit the URL provided on signage around the park to access the holiday lights playlist. For more details, visit Stjohns.ca/holidaylights LOCAL GIFT GUIDE LAUNCHED Wondering what to get for that special someone this season while supporting local at the same time? Business and Arts N.L. recently launched its annual Local Holiday Gift Guide, an initiative that helps artists and artisans without storefronts find new customers online. Now in its fourth year, the guide boasts the largest number of vendors to date; 89 local artists and organizations offering a huge variety of products and experiences including jewellery, cards, fine art, clothing, candles, books, art classes, and more. To learn more, visit https://businessandartsnl.com/ holiday-gift-guide/2023-localholiday-gift-guide/ COCA-COLA CARAVAN COMING In what’s become a holiday tradition, the Coca-cola Caravan will be making stops in Newfoundland. Between Nov. 23 and 27, the iconic red truck will be decked out as Santa's sleigh with sparkling lights and festive spirit. Participants can head out for a festive selfie or family photo with the truck. Stops include: • Friday, Nov. 24, 4-7 p.m. at Powell's in Carbonear • Saturday, Nov. 25, 4-8 p.m. at Pipers, Village Mall location, St John's • Sunday, Nov. 26, 4-7 p.m. at Dominion in Grand Fallswindsor • Monday, Nov. 27, 4-7 p.m. at Colemans Gardens Market, Corner Brook (O'connell Drive location) Non-perishable food items for local food banks will be collected at each site. DUCKWORTH STREET DETOUR A detour will be in place on Duckworth Street from Nov. 20-24 to facilitate construction related to the National War Memorial refurbishment project. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times for businesses in the area and business owners are encouraged to speak to the project representatives on site with any concerns. Residents are also advised that some on-road parking on Water Street and Duckworth Street may be unavailable during construction. ST. JOHN’S SEEKING RESIDENT FEEDBACK FOR THE BUDGET Each year, the council ratifies the City of St. John's' annual budget and sets the mill rates in December for the upcoming year. The budget outlines the city's projected revenues and expenditures for the fiscal year. Feedback to inform the budget is collected continuously throughout the year by the council from constituents. This feedback is reviewed and reflected upon by the council when making budget decisions. In preparation for the delivery of the 2024 budget in December, the city is encouraging residents to submit any final feedback by dialling 311 or 709754-CITY (2489) or by email at email@example.com. Residents can also provide feedback directly to their council representative. COUNCIL APPLICATIONS St. John’s City Council is considering several applications and inviting feedback from the public before making its decision. A discretionary use application has been submitted by Rockland Microgreens Ltd on Northern Pond Road to construct a greenhouse for hydroponics use. The greenhouse would be approximately 112 square metres in size. A discretionary use application has also been submitted by Bidgoods Property Management Ltd. at 353 Main Rd. to allow for a place of worship. The hours of operation will be Sundays from 10-11:30 a.m., with on-site parking provided. Residents have until Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. to submit comments on both to the Office of the City Clerk, including your name and address, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to P.O. Box 908, St. John’s NL A1C 5M2. RECEIVING AWARD The Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming recognizes innovative programs or initiatives that encourage public engagement in Canadian history. Heritage NL is receiving national recognition for its Craft At Risk project, an initiative to research, assess, and address the loss of traditional knowledge and craft in Newfoundland and Labrador. Craft at Risk engaged more than 1,000 participants in 50 communities with the rich, cultural traditions of Newfoundland and Labrador. In total, the initiative has helped preserve more than 20 crafts, from bark tanning to komatik (dog sled) making to letterpress printing, revitalizing a wide range of traditions and skills. The award will be presented by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, at an upcoming ceremony. FROSTY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Frosty Festival is looking for volunteers to help run the annual event. For more information, or to volunteer, visit frostyfestival.ca and fill out the volunteer application. CHRISTMAS CRAFTER-NOON The Ross King Memorial Library in Mount Pearl is offering a Christmas Crafter-noon on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 2-4 p.m. The event is aimed at ages three and up and is a drop-in event. STUFF THE TRAIN Make Waves Collective, A Little Cup of Sea, Perchance Theatre, and Central Wellness have joined forces to bring some holiday magic to Conception Bay Centre families in need this season with a Stuff the Train event. Residents are asked to help out by stuffing the Avondale Railway Station Museum train with unwrapped toys and gift donations that will be distributed locally through the Toy Mountain initiative. The event is planned for Dec. 3 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. HANDEL’S MESSIAH A Christmas tradition returns as the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Marc David, and together with the Philharmonic Choir of the NSO, presents Handel’s Messiah. Also joining the NSO are four talented soloists including Mireille Asselin, soprano; Ryan Mcdonald, countertenor; Jonathan Monro, tenor; and Gregory Dahl, baritone. Handel’s Messiah will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre. Tickets are available at artsandculture.com/stjohns/ The event is part of the online concert series and online tickets are also available at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ online-concert-handels-messiah-tickets-698444425077 NATIONAL CHILD DAY Nov. 20 is National Child Day in Canada, a day to celebrate the rights of children everywhere to live happy, healthy lives, and to ensure they reach their full potential. To celebrate, St. John’s is offering a week of free events and programs, Nov. 20 to 26, at various community centres. Events include youth drop-in, everyone welcome swim and active playgroup. The week-long celebration wraps up with a Move it Family Fun Event at Kenmount Terrace Community Centre on Sunday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Activities will include games, a sensory zone and bouncy castles. For a full list of events, visit https://www.stjohns.ca/en/ recreation-culture/nationalchild-day.aspx GOVERNMENT HOUSE CALENDAR November 20, 2023, Government House will be lit blue in recognition of National Child Day. November 21-24, 2023, Government House will be lit blue and yellow in support of the people of Ukraine. November 24, 2023, 7:00 p.m., Her Honour, The Honourable Joan Marie J. Aylward, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, and His Honour, The Honourable Carl R. Thompson will attend Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra's Christmas at the Movies, at the Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s. November 25, 2023, Government House will be lit orange in recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. November 26, 2023, Government House will be lit blue and yellow in support of the people of Ukraine. The grounds of Government House are open to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. govhouse.nl.ca VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PROGRAM Are you an organization looking to give back? Host free in-person or virtual free tax clinics and help those in need access benefits. The Canada Revenue Agency is looking for volunteers to file taxes for free to help those in need get their benefits and credits. Visit canada.ca/taxes-volunteer today. Grant available to help offset costs of hosting free Community Volunteer Income Tax Program clinics. To see if your organization is eligible, visit canada.ca/free-tax-clinicsgrant PRE-CHRISTMAS ART EXHIBITION The Leyton Gallery will present its 20th annual group exhibition to celebrate the holidays. Surprise the art lover on your list with a gift of art this year. We have new works by our gallery artists in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and pottery. A free public reception on Saturday, Nov. 25 between 3-5 PM. The exhibition runs until the end of December. MUSICAL GEAR DRIVE The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is pleased to partner with Cox & Palmer for a holiday musical gear drive in support of the local social program Strong Harbour Strings. The drive will take place at our sold-out NSO Christmas Pops concert presented by Cox & Palmer on November 24, 2023. Strong Harbour Strings has a thriving instrument bank but is currently in need of some musical gear such as the following items: music stands, rosin, cello straps, and new bows. Cash donations for instrument maintenance including fixing broken instruments, new strings, and more, is gratefully appreciated as well. Individuals wishing to donate to this initiative can drop items off at the NSO office or on the night of the concert, November 24, 2023, on the upper concourse. Cash donations will be accepted in person or online here. TRINITY HALL CHRISTMAS FOR THE JANEWAY Scilly Cove Records releases a Christmas compilation album of Newfoundland artists in support of the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation. The album is called “A Trinity Hall Christmas” recorded at Trinity Hall, Winterton and features Rachel Cousins, Amanda Stone, Fairgale, Janeil Chantelle, Summer Bennett, Courtney Wicks, Clare Follett, Cristina Hernandez, Amity, Justin Fancy, Ray Johnson, Chad Hunt, Alyssa Green, and the choir Voces Laetae with soloist Rubyanne Whelan, directed by E. Anne Whelan. “A Trinity Hall Christmas” is available for purchase at www.scillycoverecords.com with a live album release party scheduled for the evening of December 2, 2023, at Trinity Hall, where the idea was born and a follow-up show at All Hallows Elementary in North River on December 16.