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Here's a look at some of the upcoming events happening in western Newfoundland:

Remembrance ceremony at Grenfell

Grenfell Campus will hold its annual Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. The event will include a special presentation by guest speaker Maureen Mennie. The ceremony will take place in the arts and science atrium and will be followed by a reception. All are welcome to attend.

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Allison Crowe and band

Corner Brook-based performer Allison Crowe(vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle and more) will be joined by fellow musicians Sarah White (mandolin, bouzouki, vocals) and Keelan Purchase (accordion, guitar, harmonica, vocals) for a show that will fuse rock, folk, Celtic, and jazz genres Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.

Small Works, Big Impact fundraiser

A small artwork raffle in support of programming for The Tina Dolter Gallery. Artworks will be on display at the gallery and online from Nov. 10-15. With the purchase of a ticket, patrons will be treated to a reception Nov. 15, during which each ticket will be guaranteed to win an artwork valued at more than the ticket price. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, on the website, or by calling 630-0012.

Wonderful Fine Market

The Wonderful Fine Market is open for the 2019 season every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a new location, Club 64 on Broadway in Corner Brook. The market will feature a variety of vendors offering locally grown and created products, including fresh produce, baked goods, crafts, beauty products and much more. Free coffee and tea will be served! Admission is free, but donations to the Wonderful Fine Market Cooperative are encouraged.

Fall fundraiser

Holy Trinity Church in Gallants will be holding a fall fundraiser Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. It includes a sale, bingo and lunch.

A DNA Mystery lecture

The Corner Brook Museum and Archives will present a lecture by David Pike on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the museum. Pike's lecture is titled A DNA Mystery: Mitochondrial Haplogroup H5a5 in Newfoundland and Labrador. In it he'll discuss mitochondrial DNA (which is a valuable genealogical tool for researching matrilineal ancestry) with emphasis on mitochondrial haplogroup H5a5, its significance in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the mystery of its origin. 

The Gingerbread House

The Gingerbread House will officially open its doors, and welcome any and all donations of gifts to be distributed to local families in need, at the Valley Mall in Corner Brook Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. This is the 38th year for the charity.

Dinner and silent auction

First United Church on Park Street in Corner Brook will be having a pork dinner and silent auction on Nov. 22. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by the auction at 7 p.m. Dinner is optional and tickets for it are available at 634-5301.

ACW fall bake sale and tea

The ACW will be hosting a fall bake sale and tea at St. John the Evangelist Church Hall on Main Street in Corner Brook  Nov. 23 from 2-3:30 p.m. Besides baked goods, there will be knitted items, jewellery, books, household items and more.

Rotary dinner and auction

The Rotary Club of Stephenville’s 14th annual dinner and auction is set for Nov. 23.The event will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, with doors open for viewing at 5:30 p.m. and dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets available at Debbie’s Video, Hometown Furniture or from any Rotarian.

St. Andrew’s dinner and dance

The Scottish Heritage Society will be holding its annual St Andrew’s Dinner and Dance at Bennett Hall on West Street in Corner Brook Nov. 29. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. A roast turkey and dessert dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Scottish country dancing will follow the dinner. All are welcome. For tickets or more information please call Charles at 634-3067 before Nov. 25.

Treasure Chest Toonie Draw

Treasure Chest Toonie Draw is a weekly 50/50 community lottery Fundraiser in the Corner Brook and Bay of Islands area. Play a toonie a week to win big money and support the local programs of NL Laubach Literacy and the Family Resource Centre. The draw takes place every Wednesday morning. For information, search Facebook TCToonieDraw or call the Family Resource Center 634-2316.

Chase the Ace

Chase the Ace is every Thursday night at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 13 on West Street in Corner Brook.

Thursday night cribbage

The Stephenville Theatre Festival and the Stephenville Lions Club will be hosting cribbage, in addition to its regular Chase the Ace fundraiser, at the club every Thursday evening up until Dec. 19. Groups of eight players will play-off in best-of-3 games, with total game time being 45 minutes. The first round starts 6:45 p.m., followed by the second round at 7:30 p.m. and the final round at 8:15 p.m. The winner takes half of the pot, while 30 per cent goes to the runner-up and 20 per cent for third place. The Chase the Ace event, which is in support of Max Simms Memorial Camp and the Stephenville Theatre Festival, runs from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday with ticket sales stopping at 8:45 p.m.

Wellness sessions

Western Health’s weekly wellness sessions have resumed in Corner Brook on October. Two new sessions, “Coping with Stress” and “Parenting” have been added to the series this fall. Each session will provide individuals with education about the topic and information about mental health and addiction services treatment options. Session topics include anxiety, substance use: substance use, depression, grief and loss, coping with stress and parenting. The sessions will take place 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the CMHI boardroom located at 133 Riverside Drive. Participants can also connect from home using a computer or tablet. For more information or to register, please call 634-4171.

Seeking patient and family advisors

Western Health is seeking volunteers to participate as Person- and Family-Centered Care (PFCC) Advisors. Being a PFCC Advisor is a way for patients and families to work in partnership with health professionals to provide feedback that helps shape policies and programs and improves the health care system and services. Those interested in this volunteer opportunity should visit Western Health’s website to complete an Expression of Interest. For more information, please e-mail

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