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This Weekend in Saint John (Feb 24-27)

Sorry, I thought this was posted yesterday.  For those waiting…

It is almost the weekend!  Are you looking forwad to it?  You should be.
Here is this weekend’s all-star lineup:

February 25, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

This Weekend in Saint John (Feb 17-20)

I love busy weekends!  Here is what you have to look forward to over this one:

Ready…  Set…  GO!

February 17, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

This Weekend in Saint John (Feb 10-13)

Long overdue, but here is the latest of what is going on in Saint John.  I couldn’t have picked a better weekend for a comeback!

  • SJTC’s In House Studio Series presents: Copenhagen (Wed 9-Sat 12, Saint John Theatre Company – 112 Princess St., 7pm – $10-$20)
  • Wooly Market Fiber Festival (Thu 10-Sat 12, Saint John City Market, 9am-5pm – Free)
  • Handworks VALENTINE’S SALE (Thu 10-Sun 13, Handworks Gallery, Regular hours – 10-20% off)
  • Carnegie Coffee House (Thu 10, Saint John Arts Centre, 6:30-9:30 – Free)
  • Open Mic (Thu 10, Callahan’s Pub, 9pm)
  • Shakin (Thu 10, O’Leary’s Pub, 10pm – $ regular cover charge)
  • Hodo Cookies & Chocolate Shop – Grand Opening (Fri 11, Saint John City Market, 9am-6pm)
  • Remi Bolduc talks Jazz workshop (Fri 11, Imperial Theatre, 7pm – $5) Max 50 people.
  • Saint John Mill Rats vs. Halifax (Fri 11, Harbour Station, 7pm – $6.75-$14.75)
  • Remi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (Fri 11, Imperial Theatre, 8pm – $20-$32)
  • Forty Fingers (Fri 11 & Sat 12, O’Leary’s Pub, 10pm – Regular cover charge)
  • Penny Blacks & Adam Mowery Valentine’s Extravaganza (Fri 11, Peppers Pub, 10:30pm – $7 at the door)
  • Skate to Care – A fundraiser for MindCare NB (Sat 12, Harbour Station, 10am-3pm – Fundraiser)
  • Hospice Valentine Gala (Sat 12, Saint John Trade & Convention Centre, 6-10pm – $125)
  • “The Prenuptial Claus” (Sat 12, Water Street Dinner Theatre, 6:30-10pm – $44.25)
  • Recital by Clyde A. Wray (Sun 13, New Brunswick Museum, 1-2pm)
  • Sea Dogs vs. Moncton (Sun 13, Harbour Station, 4pm – $11.50-$17)
  • Open Mic (Sun 13, Cougars Lounge, 10pm)

Have fun!!

February 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm 1 comment

A GLEEful event

After 15 years of involvement, I have finally been able to join the organizing committee of a fundraiser that is very dear to my heart (thank you maternity leave!). MindCare NB‘s Skate to Care is in it’s 24th year THIS SATURDAY, February 12th, 2011.

Skate to Care is a major fundraiser for mental health programs in Saint John and across New Brunswick. Teams sign up to raise money and the fundraising culminates in a celebratory skate day at Harbour Station.  I have fond (and COLD) memories of the event when it was held at Lily Lake as part of my family & neighbors team The G.E.M.S. (Gary Emrich Memorial Skaters)!  Having watched family, friends and some of my students live with the repercussions of mental illness, I am a strong advocate for speaking up about this and trying to remove the stigma that still surrounds this disease.

This year the theme of the event (themes were added a while back to keep things interesting & to allow for my fave perk…  dressing up) is GLEE!  As a self proclaimed GLEEK, I was responsible for creating GLEE themed crafts for the children in attendance, a GLEE themed relay race on the ice and the booking of entertainment – the Simonds High School Cheerleaders, who fit in perfectly for the GLEE/High School theme.  This theme is great for bringing on board the younger demographic for whom mental illness is a big issue.

With more information on this fantastic event, exclusive to Saint John, an article was published in today’s Telegraph Journal that featured my beautiful 5 1/2 month old son and I:

Teacher again helping fundraiser

SAINT JOHN – New mom Katie Emrich hasn’t allowed the fact she’s on maternity leave to keep her from a 15th consecutive year of involvement in the Investors Group Skate to Care, a major fundraiser for MindCare New Brunswick.

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In fact, the 27-year-old has taken things to a whole new level.

As a member of the organizing committee for this year’s Glee-themed event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Harbour Station, the Kennebecasis Valley High School teacher got to use her background in musical theatre in organizing a relay race featuring stereotypical Glee characters.

This year’s event will feature 35 teams and hundreds of skaters.

Emrich is also doing her part to help the fundraiser achieve its goal of $150,000 – $8,000 more than last year – by selling jewelry and bake goods for the cause.

“I would do anything I can to help out,” Emrich said Monday, as she bounced her five-month old son, Jack, on her knee during a joint interview with MindCare NB executive director Donna Gates.

“(It was) because I’m on maternity leave that I was able to join the organizing committee, which is very rewarding,” she said. “I wanted to join the organizing committee before, but as a teacher, I couldn’t make the noon-hour meetings.”

Gates said Emrich and son Jack, who accompanies her, have both been welcome additions.

Emrich was just 12 when she first got involved with Skate to Care.

Her parents, she said, put together a team called the GEMS – the Gary Emrich Memorial Skaters – to honour the memory of a favourite uncle of hers who committed suicide.

While the GEMS no longer compete as a team, her father still donates money in his memory and, most recently, she has continued to take part as captain of a team of students who approached her at KVHS after they learned of her involvement.

For Emrich, joining the organizing committee was a logical next step.

“I have been involved for so long and I appreciate what is being done, and where the money goes,” she said. “I have always done it, and my family has always done it, in my uncle’s memory. This is just another level of being able to give back.

“It’s all about giving back,” she said. “It is just adding to what I’ve done before and being able to continue it.”

Emrich thinks people need to talk more about mental health issues.

“It is just so important,” she said. “It is such a huge issue for people.”

The necklace and earrings she designed continue to honour the memory of her Uncle Gary (also Jack’s middle name) since, like the family team, it’s called GEMS – the Gary Emrich Memorial Swag.

“It really is the community coming together that make this event so incredible,” Gates said of the Investors Group Skate to Care. “When you think about 24 years in the community, that’s a long time for a fundraising event. That’s incredible longevity.

“It’s people like Katie, and the other fundraisers who have taken their own time to come up with fun and creative ideas to raise funds, that helps us get to that goal of $150,000.”

With community, corporate and individual support, more than $2 million was raised in the first 23 years of the event.

Through research, education and patient community care, MindCare promotes mental wellness and helps sponsor expert services for those living with mental illness.

Funds from this year’s event will be distributed to numerous programs across New Brunswick.

February 8, 2011 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

This Weekend in Saint John (Nov 25-28)

This weekend marks the beginning of the Holiday Party Season!!  Do you know how I know? OPERATION RED NOSE starts providing its FREE services this Friday.  So if you are out and end up having a little more fun than you expected to, give them (FUSION Saint John) a call 693-6810 and they will get you AND your car home for free (or for a donation to this year’s charity: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saint John)!!

And what can you be up to that will lead you to this service?  LOTS!  On top of dining at any of the FABULOUS Uptown restaurants, you can look forward to the following events this weekend:

  • Multicultural Film Series: Selena (Thu 25, Saint John Arts Centre, 6:30-9:30pm – Free)
  • MAMA MIA! (Thu 25, Harbour Station, 7pm – $68.50-$88.50)
  • SJTC‘s The Importance of Being Earnest (Thu 25-Sat 27, Imperial Theatre, 8pm & 2pm Saturday Matinee- $16-$27.50)
  • Artist’s Studio Sale: Ed Coleman & Colin Hugh Smith (Fri 26, 146 & 148 Germain St., 4-9pm)
  • Art you can wear on your sleeve (Fri 26, Peter Buckland Gallery, 5-7pm – Free)
  • FUSION Party with a Purpose: UNB Saint John (Fri 26, The Whitebone Lounge – UNBSJ Campus, 5:30-7pm – Free)
  • Night Train youth coffeehouse (Fri 26, Saint John Arts Centre, 6:30-9pm – Free)
  • Sea Dogs vs. Bathurst (Fri 26, Harbour Station, 7:30pm – $11.50-$17)
  • Saint John Free School (Sat 27, Church of St. Andrew & St. David – Germain St., 9am-9pm – FREE!)
  • Scratch 45 (Fri 26 & Sat 27, O’Leary’s Pub, 9pm – regular cover charge)
  • The Mahones w/ Continental Feat. Rick Barton, Ex-Dropkick Murphys (Fri 26, The Brickhouse – 30 Water St., 9pm – $15)
  • Empty Stocking Fund (Sat 27, Saint John High School, 11am)
  • Rowena’s Boutique Christmas Party (Sun 28, Rowena’s – 97 Prince William St., 12-4pm – Free)
  • Sea Dogs vs. Halifax (Sun 28, Harbour Station, 4pm – $11.50-$17)
  • Open Mic (Sun 28, Cougars Lounge, 10pm)

November 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

This Weekend in Saint John (Nov 4-7)

After almost a two month hiatus with a new baby, here is a long overdue installment of “This Weekend.”  The little man is napping all on his own now (I don’t have to hold him), even if it is just a short time,  and is giving me a bit of time to get back into the swing of things.  I am going to have to rename myself UptownGirlSJ+1 though, because baby comes with me to events now…  so if you are still in the dark about my identity, look for the 20-something with a baby exploring the uptown!

Here is what you can look forward to this weekend:

4 days left of CHOP CHOP Feastival for Foodies Week
Participating restaurants will offer you one or any combination of the following specials during the week:

3 Course Dinner for $30
2 Course Lunch for $12
Chop Chop Plate $10

Participating Restaurants: Alley Gria, Billy’s Seafood, Hilton, Burbon Quarter, Magnolia Café, Chilli and Olive, Church Street Steakhouse, Grannans, Happinez, Mexicali Rosas, Opera Bistro, Saint John Alehouse, Scores Grill, Steamers, Taco Pica, Thandi, Urban Deli

And the other events:

November 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

This Weekend in Saint John (July 15-18)

Big weekend and the weather forecast just keeps improving!  Get outside and enjoy not only these events, but all the free stuff that pops up in the Uptown. 

Ongoing things of note:
Movies in the Park @ Lily Lake Pavillion EVERY THURSDAY this summer (Rockwood Park, 9-11pm)
HAPITO, the Happinez Wine Bar Patio is open until Oct. 15th so head to Princess St. after work or in the evenings Wednesday-Saturday.
‘Saturdays Only’ at the Saint John City Market – International foods & local artisans (SJ City Market, 7:30am-5pm)
– City Market Summer Music Showcase (Saturdays, SJ City Market, 11am-2pm)

This weekend only:

July 15, 2010 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

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