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Wednesday 17 September 2014

On the grapevine - July 21

SOUTH BELFAST

Broadway united FC appeal

The Blackstaff Community Development Association is still looking for information on the former Broadway United Football Team. It is amazing but no one to date has been able to give information on the colours the team played in. Can you help? If so please phone Billy 9029 2631 or email feedback@blackstaff-residents.org.uk

Summer event in Lady Dixon

Parkinson's UK information and support team in Northern Ireland is inviting younger people living with the condition to come along to a summer picnic and treasure hunt. This free event is taking place this Saturday July 23 in Lady Dixon Park, Belfast.

The event is aimed at anyone under 65 who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, including their carers and families – all ages welcome. There will be information about the condition available, as well as the chance to meet Parkinson’s UK group members and staff.

Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition and there is currently no cure. For some people having Parkinson’s can be a frustrating and isolating experience.

Parkinson’s UK in Northern Ireland offers information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson's, their families and carers to make sure that no one has to face Parkinson’s alone. There are 12 local groups in Northern Ireland.

For details about the event, please contact Catherine Murnin on 0844 225 3682 or email cmurnin@parkinsons.org.uk.

Find out about the blackhole in the middle of our galaxy

Black Holes are the most extreme, most mysterious, most fascinating and least understood objects in the universe. And the big ones, such as the one at the centre of our own Milky Way Galaxy, which has a mass equivalent to about a million suns, are the most powerful energy emitters in the universe.

Some others, in giant galaxies, are even bigger. So supermassive black holes break just about all the records in the entire universe.

A special free public lecture by one of the world's leading authorities on these objects will be held in Queen's University, on Friday July 22 at 7 p.m.

Entitled “SuperMassive Black Holes”, it will be held in the Larmor Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Building. It will be given by Professor Reinhard Genzel, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. Professor Genzel is an international expert on investigating black holes that weigh millions of times more than our Sun.

Attendance at the talks is free of charge, but seats must be booked either by phone at 028 9097 3202, or by visiting the website http://tinyurl.com/MichaelWestLectureSeries and registering there.

These talks have been organised by the Astrophysics Research Centre at QUB, in association with the Irish Astronomical Association.

CASTLEREAGH

Take to the ice with TV star Maria

From July 22-24 ‘Dancing on Ice’ star, Maria Filippov who won the popular TV show in 2009 with X Factor’s Ray Quinn, will be offering fans the opportunity to meet and skate alongside the star during a once in a lifetime skating session.

The Mayor of Castlereagh, councillor Jim White is delighted to welcome Maria to the facility. He said: “With the ever growing problem of obesity related health conditions, it is vital we provide as many opportunities to encourage people to engage in physical activity. Ice skating is a fantastic sport which can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.”

During a session, participants will have the opportunity to bring their own camera and have their photo taken with Maria, ask for personalised autograph and even chat to the star about her experience on the show. Each session costs £12 and consists of 30 minutes skating and 15 minutes off the ice for a chat with Maria.

For further information or to book a session, please contact the Sales and Bookings Team on 028 9080 9123/ 9129.

EAST BELFAST

Bag pipe extravaganza

Belfast will come alive to the swirl of pipes for the second year in a row as it hosts more than 100 bands competing at the European Pipe Band Championships at Stormont later this month.

The hotly fought competition, which takes place at the Stormont estate on Saturday July 30, attracts pipe bands from all over the continent and proved a major hit with locals last year.

A record number of bands are participating in the European Pipe Band Championships but competition among local bands will be at its fiercest on the day with the 2010 European and World Champions St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band and newly crowned All Ireland Champions, Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band battling to win the European crown.

Admission into the Championships is charged at £3 for concessions available for children aged between five and 16 years old, students and seniors. Family tickets, for two adults and two concessions, cost £14 while adults pay only £5. Cash only will be accepted on the day.

The Championships will also offer an opportunity for both Drum Majors and Highland dancers to showcase their skills. Global ’bag rockers’ The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will join local ban Canntaireachd, and Scottish favourites, the Battlefield Band, in concert at the Ulster Hall on Thursday July 28. Information on all pipe events is available from www.belfastcity.gov.uk/europipebands

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