St. John's Events

Check out our Facebook group - note you need to have a Facebook account to join our group.  Some details about our FB group, and MUNPA members willing to help you join up, can be found here.

Our groups offer a variety of activities for members. Please use the group page links at left to see what's on offer.

***Did you know our activities are supported by a membership fee? MUNPA does not receive any other funding, so all our costs are borne by our members.  If you were unaware of this, please consider becoming an active MUNPA supporter. This will help us maintain the full slate of MUNPA services currently available, many at no additional cost to members.  Details on paying the fee (currently just $2 per month) are on our page, https://www.mun.ca/munpa/about-us/membership-fees/ ***

Winter 2024 Events 

For all of our events, pre-registration at munpaevents@mun.ca is required. You can reply to our group events email and it will come directly to the events email address and not the full list. If sending a new email, just name the event(s) in your subject line. 

Our upcoming events - Some may have space limitations - Please be sure to register in advance - Check out Signal Hill Campus parking info if the event is to be held there.

1. “Making a Difference through Legacy Gifts” with Catherine Barrett, Senior Development Officer, Planned Giving, Office of Development, Memorial University. Event is in-person and on Zoom 2:00 – 3:30, Thursday, January 25. In-person is at Signal Hill Campus, room B1013.  Please join Catherine as she shares her 20+ years of experience in the area of charitable gift planning. She will discuss the most common ways of making legacy gifts to charity, options and considerations to keep in mind, pitfalls to avoid, and share examples of legacy gifts to Memorial University and the impact of these gifts on the university and students. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation.   Register with us by Monday, January 22, indicating whether you are attending in-person or via Zoom.  Include your licence plate number if bringing your car, so we can pay your parking.  Read our parking information here, and note that carpooling or drop-off is highly recommended.

2. First Aid Mini Course1:30 – 4:30, Thursday, February 8th, by First Aid Vitals NL, Red Cross’ Training partner, 17 Major’s Path. NOTE: This event is in-person only, and will be similar to what was offered to our membership in the past. Topics will include using an AED, and recognizing the signs of heart attacks and strokes, both of which have been covered in prior sessions for us. New in 2023, and covered again this year is choking, for those who have attended our sessions before, and would like to learn a different topic.   Register with us by Monday, February 5.

3. “Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Conservation At Home: A Conservation Primer”, an informal talk by Miki Lee, Conservator of The Rooms. NOTE - updated for topic details, and a small time change. This in-person visit is on February 21st, 2:00 – 4:00.  Please arrive at 2:00 so we can get everyone’s ticket and proceed to the auditorium for our talk at 2:15. The visit is FREE - Admission fees will be covered by MUNPA.  The Parking lot requires paid parking, which will be visitors’ costs, not MUNPA.  Please advise when you pre-register with us if you are already a Rooms member so that we don’t pay for an entry ticket for you. 

You can meet with friends for coffee and conversation in the Café at The Rooms after the tour.  The Rooms, including the Café, is open until 9pm on Wednesdays, and with your admission already paid for, you are welcome to stay until closing.  Café fees are your own cost.   See their website for visitor information including parking. https://www.therooms.ca/visit-us.  Register with us by Sunday, February 18.  Remember to include if you are already a Rooms member.

4. "April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse across Newfoundland" with Randy Dodge. Event is in-person and on Zoom, 2:00-3:30, Tuesday, March 12. In-person is at Signal Hill Campus, room B1013.   Randy Dodge of the St. John's Centre Chapter of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will present a talk about the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, outlining the uniqueness of the event, where to be in Newfoundland, and how to view it safely. He will also provide a brief review of some past eclipses and what's coming in the future.  Randy been a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for more than 50 years and has been a recipient of the Society's Service Award.  Randy has seen four total eclipses and travelled across Canada, USA and Mexico to see them. He is excited to see another total eclipse on home ground.   Register with us by Friday, March 8, indicating whether you are attending in-person or via Zoom.  Include your licence plate number if bringing your car, so we can pay your parking.  Read our parking information here, and note that carpooling or drop-off is highly recommended.

5. The Challenge to Succeed: Hiking in High Places; and Facing the Opposition in Sports"- a Photographic Slideshow presented by members of our own MUNPA Shutterbug Club. The event is 2:00-3:15pm, Thursday, April 4, in person and via Zoom. In-person is at Signal Hill Campus, room B1013.   Mark Graesser will present photos of hiking companions meeting challenges in New Zealand and Newfoundland; and Mike Wilkshire will showcase a number of action shots in a variety of local summer and winter sports. These will be some of the most amazing images you will ever see! Register with us by Monday, April 1, indicating whether you are attending in-person or via Zoom.  Include your licence plate number if bringing your car, so we can pay your parking.  Read our parking information here, and note that carpooling or drop-off is highly recommended.

6. "Understanding and Optimizing Sleep at all Life Stages" with Dr. Sheila Garland, Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology and Oncology at Memorial. Event is in-person and on Zoom, 2:00-3:30, Tuesday, April 16. In-person is at Signal Hill Campus, room B1013.   Dr. Garland conducts psycho-oncology and behavioral sleep medicine research.   Register with us by Friday, April 12, indicating whether you are attending in-person or via Zoom.  Include your licence plate number if bringing your car, so we can pay your parking.  Read our parking information here, and note that carpooling or drop-off is highly recommended.

7. "Where's The Food?" with Dan Rubin. Event is in-person and on Zoom, 2:00-3:30, Tuesday, April 30.  In-person is at Signal Hill Campus, room B1013.  Since moving to Newfoundland twenty years ago, Dan Rubin has been learning about our ability to grow and gather our own food.  Dan is the author of the book Sun, Seed & Soil: Tips and Techniques for a Northern Garden, recently published by Boulder Books.  After working in his own garden and leading annual workshops, he moved on to found Food Producers Forum, a provincial non-profit helping to rebuild local food production at fourteen sites across our province.   Dan will share stories, images and videos from these sites, along with new information from a provincial survey of community food producers, completed in 2022.  There will be time to ask him questions about his work in gardening and food security.     Register with us by Friday, April 26, indicating whether you are attending in-person or via Zoom.  Include your licence plate number if bringing your car, so we can pay your parking.  Read our parking information here, and note that carpooling or drop-off is highly recommended.

8   "Battle Harbour, Labrador" with Linda and Phil Kirby, MUNPA members. This Travel Talk will take you to the east coast of Labrador, and a place described as a living museum to the traditional Newfoundland and Labrador outport. Event is Tuesday, May 14, 2:00-3:30, in person at Signal Hill Campus room B1013, and on Zoom.  Register with us by Friday, May 10, indicating whether you are attending in-person or via Zoom.  Include your licence plate number if bringing your car, so we can pay your parking.  Read our parking information here, and note that carpooling or drop-off is highly recommended.

9. Save the date! Our Annual General Meeting will be Wednesday, June 5th, at the Signal Hill Campus. Both live and virtual attendance options are planned. Further details will be posted to our AGM page in early May, but for now mark your calendar for approximately 10am to 3.30pm. (morning speaker, lunch, afternoon business meeting)

We do anticipate continuing events on Zoom, either fully or hybrid, when Zoom is a suitable format for the offering.  Occasionally WebEx may be substituted for Zoom. 

If you are not on our listserve and do not receive upcoming events emails, contact our office munpa@mun.ca.

Don’t forget, we need you to register in advance if you wish to attend any of our offerings. munpaevents@mun.ca.

Read our parking details for Signal Hill Campus events.

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Parking for events hosted at Signal Hill

Current Status - January 2024

There are three parking lots at the Signal Hill Campus building we usually use, Emera Innovation Exchange (EIX). The upper  lot S-1 is only for employees.  The middle and lower parking lots 200 and 201 are for visitors including MUNPA.  See the parking lots on this map. Visitor parking at the Signal Hill Campus requires payment by all users. MUNPA is paying for parking at Signal Hill for those who register for our events, so be sure to include your licence plate number (just the number, no other car details needed) when you register. You won't need any MUN permit for your car. We will give your licence number to CEP so they won't ticket you. Overflow parking is also available across the street at the Geo Center at no cost. Both Signal Hill Campus and Geo Centre have other visitors besides us, so parking lots get much usage. Carpooling or dropoff/pickup is recommended whenever possible.

If you are not on our licence plate list by 2 days before the event at the latest, you can pay for your own parking by downloading the Passport Canada parking app on your smart phone. Details on this can be found here
Cars parked on the Signal Hill lot that are neither on our registration list nor registered at Passport Canada Parking will be ticketed by CEP.

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The Programme Committee welcomes your suggestions. If you have an idea for a travel session, members’ forum or an outing or expedition, or know someone who does – or could lead one – please send your suggestions to us by e-mailing munpaevents@mun.ca.

If you would like to know more information about what kind of events we offer, our events from last year are listed here. We do try to vary events from year to year but bring back some of the more popular ones if requested.

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