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Canadian Blood services will be holding a blood donor clinic

Fraser Road United Church, Gander on Tuesday, May 22 from 5-8pm, May 23 from 12-3pm & 5-8pm. There are 199 appointments to fill, residents are asked to book appts by downloading the GiveBlood app or visit

Thursdays, 2p.m.

Gander Seniors 50+ Club afternoon bingo from 2-4pm

Every Thursday at the Lions Senior Center, 29 Memorial Drive. For more information call 651-2356.

Every Saturday, 2p.m Bible Study; 3p.m. Worship Service

Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Evangel Pentecostal Church, 59 Elizabeth Drive at the Youth Chapel.  For more info contact or call 427-9704 or 651-4999


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Regular Sunday meetings at the Gander Senior Citizens Center. For more info call 422-1437 or 683-7361.


An intern is in your area to help you connect with disability related resources. Contact the ILRC (Independent Living Resource Centre) at 1-866-722-4031or email for more info: website:

Gander Women’s Institute

An invitation to join an enthusiastic group of ladies, learn new things, attend interesting talks and demonstrations, and have lots of fun. We meet the first Monday of each month. For more info call 256-8577 or email


Become a CNIB Vision Mate. With only two hours a week, you can help someone in your community with everyday tasks. Learn how at or by calling your local CNIB office at 1-800-563-2642.


YQX Quilters' Guild meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery of the J.R. Smallwood Arts and Culture Centre. New members are always welcome.

Rug Hooking

The Hooking Matters meet the first and third Sundays, 1:30-4 pm, at the Arts & Culture Center. For info call 256-3578.

Literacy NL

Learn Line 1-800-563-1111 can provide information on a variety of local programs and services: private volunteer tutors for adults; adult basic education; extra help for your school-age child; learning English as a second language (ESL); family learning; GED (high school equivalency); preparation for post-secondary; workplace learning. For more information on the Learn Line, visit:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Gander Care and Share Group (709) 651-2001 Meeting times: Sunday 7 p.m., Tuesday 7 p.m., Friday 7 p.m.,  Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 1:15.All meetings are closed except for the last Sunday of each month. This last Sunday is an open meeting meaning family and friends are welcome. Meetings are held at Fraser Road United Church (side entrance).

AL-ANON – Alateen

Meetings for families and friends affected by problem drinkers. For meetings in your area, please call 1-888-425-2666.

Gander Status of Women

Gander Women’s Centre located on 61 Elizabeth Drive is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop in or give us a call1-866-442-4445 or 256-4395.

The Arthritis Society

Is Arthritis causing unwelcome changes in your lifestyle? Call the Arthritis Society for a free resource kit. Receive information on your type of arthritis, nutrition, the Top 10 exercises to relieve stiffness and pain, and much more. Call the St. John’s office at 579-8190 or toll-free 1-800-321-1433.

Parents ‘n’ Tots

Looking for fun and friendship? Come out to Fraser Road United Church Hall on Monday mornings, 10-11:30 a.m. A great time to meet other parents and make new friends.


Gander& Area MADD, MADD Canada (Mothers against Drunk Driving) is a national charitable organization with chapters across the country, including one in Gander. MADD volunteers include not only mothers but fathers, friends, concerned citizens and young people who want to make a difference in the fight against impaired driving.  Get involved by emailing Gander & Area MADD at

Broadening Horizons

Broadening Horizons is a non-profit organization offering programs to adults with intellectual disabilities in Gander that address life, work and social skills, educational training, recreation and leisure as well as providing the option of a group employment opportunity for its clients. For further information, please contact Jami-Lee Williams at 256-3526.

Family Resource Centre

Do you have a family member serving overseas with the military? Do you have questions or concerns? Maybe we could help. Please call Colleen Hiscock at the Gander Military Family Resource Centre for more information, at 1-800-557-1702 or 256-1703 ext. 1202.

Seniors Resource Centre

If you are having problems finding answers, making contact, or simply need advice, please call the seniors' information line at 1-800-563-6699. We are available.

Mental Health Association

Got a question about a mental health or mental illness issue? Call Tia at CMHA's Mental Health Resource Centre at 489-3302 or 1-855-489-3302, or e-mail Privacy assured.

Lung Association

Thinking about quitting smoking? Call our quit line for valuable individual advice about quitting and how to keep from starting again. It's free, it's helpful, and it will help you breathe a little easier. Call the Lung Association at 1-800-363-5864.

Newfoundland & Labrador Sexual Health Centre

Do you have questions about birth control, safer sex or anything to do with sexual health? Call Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre for confidential and accurate information. Our province wide toll-free number is 1-877-NO-MYTHS (1-877-666-9847).

Drunk Driver Alert

The Drunk Driver Alert Program encourages people to report known or suspected drunk drivers in time to avert needless injury or death. Anyone who suspects a driver may be impaired is asked to call the RCMP immediately at 256-6841, giving their location and a description of the suspect vehicle, including make, model, colour and license number, if possible, as well as the direction of travel and a description of the driver. The caller need not leave his or her name.

Important Numbers

Cara Transition House for abused women and children: 256-7707, 1-877-800-CARA (2272).

Gander & Area Food Bank: 651-3663 (FOOD).

Gander Goodwill Centre: 256-8923.

Alcoholics Anonymous: 651-2001.

Narcotics Anonymous: 256-8120.

Ambulance: 651-2111.

Hospital: 651-2500.

Kids Help Line: 1-800-668-6868.

Gambling Help Line: 1-888-899-4357 (HELP).

Town Police: 256-4065.

Fire Department: 256-1111.

RCMP: 256-6841.

Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Poison Control & Emergencies: 256-5552.

Gambo CYC: 674-7520

Exploits Ground Search and Rescue (Gander Division): 424-4885.

Canadian Cancer Society: 256-3579.

Victorian Order of Nurses (VON): 256-4039.

Cancer Information Service: 1-888-939-3333 (toll-free, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Canadian Red Cross, Gander Service Centre: 175 Roe Ave, Phone: 256-2386 Fax: 256-3975

Canadian Cancer Society, 9 Pinsent Drive, Grand Falls-Windsor: 1-709-489-5822.

Canadian Paraplegic Association, Fraser Mall, Gander, 1-709-256-7077.

Thyroid Foundation: 1-800-267-8822, 256-3073 or 256-7687.

Gambo & Area Employment Corporation, Gander Division: 256-7516.

Mental Health Crisis Help Line: 737-4668 or 1-888-737-4668

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