St. John's Events

Please check out our planned events and group meetings in our Calendar of Events.

Winter 2019 Upcoming Events  - please note these events ended in May. We will not be hosting any further events until Fall 2019.   

For all of our events, pre-registration at munpaevents@mun.ca is required. Just name the event in your subject line. Click on the links for full event details.  Note the varying start times.  Be sure to read our PARKING  details for any event being held at Signal Hill Campus.

1. Travel Session: Small Group Adventure Tours on the World’s Greatest Seas and Rivers!, from 2-4pm, Friday, January 18th at the Signal Hill Campus, with Melissa Keough, Carlson Wagonlit Harvey's Travel and Ashley Jean, G Adventures.

2.  Visit to VOWR Radio Station 1:30 - 3:30pm, Tuesday, February 12, with Doreen Whalen, Station Manager, and MUNPA member.  VOWR is at 101 Patrick Street, inside Wesley United Church. See below for parking and other details.  Limited number of spaces for registrants. 

3. What can I do with my Apple iPad? 2:30-4:30pm, Thursday, February 28, at Signal Hill Campus, room B1013. Craig Skinner, retired IT staff person from Biochemistry, will instruct. See our details below for needed pre-event setup information.

4.  First Aid mini course, 1:30-4:30pm, Thursday, March 7th, by First Aid Vitals NL, Red Cross’ Training partner, 17 Major’s Path.
NOTE: This is the same session we offered in 2018. Due to the positive response from attendees, we are offering it again for those who could not participate last time. 

5. Coffee, Tea, and the RNC, 2:30-4:00pm, Thursday March 21st, at Signal Hill Campus, room B1013. Constable Jason Coombs will host an informal chat/question session on topics of interest to the audience.

6. "Time Sensitive", 2:00-4:00pm Thursday, April 18th at Signal Hill Campus, room B1013. A presentation by Ed O’Reilly on the resettled communities from Great Harbour Deep to Petites and how time is impacting these once vibrant outports. Talk will include videos and photos.

7. “Native Plants of the Boreal Forest around St. John’s.” by Todd Boland, MUN Botanical Garden, 2:00-4:00pm, Thursday, May 2nd. Visit includes Todd’s talk as well as seeing the garden.

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Travel Event Details:   Melissa Keough, Carlson Wagonlit Harvey's Travel and Ashley Jean, G Adventures, will present a travel session on small group adventure tours on the world’s greatest seas and rivers. Experiences include expedition cruises in Norway, sailing trips in the British Virgin Islands, and marine tours of the Galapagos Islands. They will talk about river cruises exploring the Amazon and Mekong rivers, the wine region of Burgundy, and more! All trips discussed are aboard small ships, yachts or catamarans. Come join us on Friday January 18 from 2:00-4:00pm, in room B1013 at the Signal Hill Campus.

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Visit to VOWR Tuesday, February 12, 1.30-3.30pm.  NOTE - We have 20 seats for this event, which is less than our usual turnout for events.  Register soon at munpaevents@mun.ca to ensure a seat.  Registrants will be advised if they have a seat or are on a waitlist.  VOWR is at 101 Patrick Street.

VOWR is Newfoundland's oldest radio station, founded in July 1924, by the then minister of Wesley (Rev. Dr. J.G. Joyce) as a means to bring worship services to his parishioners who couldn’t get to church. Its call letters, VOWR (Voice of Wesley Radio), are protected under the Constitution of Canada. VOWR is operated by a team of approximately 70 volunteers who diligently play music and offer comfort to a significant world-wide audience. VOWR volunteers frequently hear from their listeners all over the world.  Our tour guide will be station manager Doreen Whalen, a MUNPA member who is retired from the former Continuing Studies Division.

VOWR ACCESSIBILITY  VOWR is wheelchair accessible off Patrick Street, with a ramp leading into the VOWR entrance. Those with a handicap permit would be permitted to park on Patrick Street.  Other cars must use the lower lot as per the below details.

VOWR PARKING  There is construction occurring in the upper church parking lot off Patrick Street, so unfortunately there's no parking available near the VOWR entrance at the Church, 101 Patrick Street. People who park on the street could get tickets. Parking is available on the lower lot of Wesley Church with entrance to the station through the church "office" door. Wesley's office administrator will be on the lookout for MUNPA members; she will direct them to the station.

Patrick Street runs between LeMarchant Road, across the street from St. Clare's Hospital, and Water Street, just west of the Railway Coastal Museum.  Wesley United Church is on the west side of Patrick Street, and should not be confused with St. Patrick's RC Church which is on the east side of the street.

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  What can I do with my Apple iPad?

On Thursday February 28th @ 2:30pm we are hosting an Apple iPad workshop. Craig Skinner, retired IT staff person from Biochemistry, will instruct.

Topics include: How to install apps from the Apple Store, group and/or move icons, send email (with attachments) and other iPad basics.

Have something specific you would like to know how to do - no problem, just forward your wish list with your event registration and we'll cover as many topics as possible.

Attendees will need come to the workshop with your device already set up; with the appropriate account, with passwords in case we download an app.

Pre-registration is required by emailing munpaevents@mun.ca, and must be done at least 2 days before events at Signal Hill Campus to ensure free parking there. Include your plate number.

Accessibility: Signal Hill Campus is wheelchair accessible.

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Jill Hunt of First Aid Vitals, Red Cross' training partner, will present a First Aid mini course, non-certificate, Thursday, March 7th, 1:30 - 4:30pm, at the Red Cross Building, 17 Major's Path. This is the second building on the left as you turn off Torbay Road, heading north.

Planned topics include - recognizing signs & symptoms and providing first aid for sudden heart attack, stroke & diabetic emergencies, CPR & AED demonstration with optional participation in a practice session.

Pre-registration is required by emailing munpaevents@mun.ca.

Accessibility: The Red Cross building is wheelchair accessible. The CPR portion of the training will require kneeling on the floor for a few minutes for those who wish to practice that, but the practice will be an optional component of the afternoon.

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Coffee, Tea, and the RNC

Join us as we welcome our friends from the RNC as we have an informal and relaxed meet-greet and question session. Have concerns about the police presence in your neighbourhood? Wonder what kind of education programs the RNC do? Come join us for a cuppa and a cookie and chat with a copper!  This event with Constable Jason Coombs is 2:30-4:00pm, Thursday March 21st, at Signal Hill Campus, room B1013.  This ad has been shamelessly stolen from the Marjorie Mews Library who are hosting a similar event January 24th.

Pre-registration is required by emailing munpaevents@mun.ca, and must be done at least 2 days before events at Signal Hill Campus to ensure free parking there.  Include your plate number.

Accessibility: Signal Hill Campus is wheelchair accessible.

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Time Sensitive - Ed O'Reilly is a local mariner who has travelled around much of Newfoundland's coastline, documenting his travels in a series of videos, a couple of which you can view at the following links.  His talk to us April 18 at 2pm, at Signal Hill Campus room B1013, will focus on some of the communities he has visited, whose people have long since been resettled to other parts of the province. 

Finding Farley: My Love Story https://youtu.be/cevm59dN1d0

Sailing the Northeast Coast of Newfoundland 2017 https://youtu.be/Aj16fTeKeqU

Pre-registration is required by emailing munpaevents@mun.ca, and must be done at least 2 days before events at Signal Hill Campus to ensure free parking there.  Include your plate number.

Accessibility: Signal Hill Campus is wheelchair accessible.

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Visit to MUN's Botanical Garden

Join us for "Native Plants of the Boreal Forest around St. John’s” by Todd Boland, MUN Botanical Garden, 2:00-4:00pm, Thursday, May 2nd. This visit will have Todd present to us as well as let us wander around the the garden.  Please note that this early in the season there will be limits to what will be blooming, but we hope to see something popped up above the ground!

The Cafe and Gift shop are scheduled to be opened on May 1st.  They close for the winter, so please check the gardens website closer to our visit date for full details.

The Gardens are at 306 Mount Scio Road.  They have full details on their site about how to get to there.  There is free parking at their site for all visitors, we don't need your licence number.

Pre-registration is required at munpaevents@mun.ca.

Accessibility:  The Botanical Gardens have a gentle slope trail that is wheelchair accessible. The main trails are wheelchair accessible too.

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Parking
There are three parking lots at the Signal Hill Campus.  The upper and middle lots share a common entrance on Signal Hill Road, don't be fooled, they are two separate lots. The third, lower lot has its own roadway. The upper lot is only for those people who have an S-1 employee parking sticker, there are lots of signs noting this. Don't use the upper lot, it's not a visitor lot. The middle and lower  parking areas are for visitors.  The middle area is on the same level as the main entry door to the building. There is also an entry door at the lower level.  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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Contact

MUN Pensioners' Association (MUNPA)

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000