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On the grapevine - June 9

SOUTH BELFAST

Missing dog

Co Dublin man Jim Loughrey is anxious to trace his dog, a Shiba Inu, which was lost in Belfast’s Great Victoria Street in April. Mr Loughrey was a visitor to Belfast and has returned numerous times since to search the streets for his family pet.

The dog answers to the name of Mia, she is about three years old, golden coloured with a foxy face and curled tail. She is micro- chipped and neutered.

The family are devastated at losing Mia and are |offering a reward for her return.

Call 07729932328.

Titanic exhibition

Gormleys Fine Art on the Lisburn Road is holding an exhibition of Titanic paintings from June 14 - June 21.

The auction takes place on the final evening of the show at 7pm where there will be a range of over 70 studio works from the last few years. It is the only |Titanic art event being held across the city on the launch’s centenary. Some of the works show images of the men who built Titanic as well as Harland and Wolff and is a exhibition not to be missed. The works can also be viewed on www.gormleysartauctions.com

Women’s information NI AGM

Women’s Information Northern Ireland will be holding their annual meeting on Thursday, June 23 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Venue — WINI Premises: 86 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 6AF. For further details contact Sunita or Angela on 02890 382022 or email:info@womensinformationgroup.com

CASTLEREAGH

Carbon monoxide

Castlereagh Borough Council will be highlighting the dangers of carbon monoxide at a special awareness event next Thursday, June 16 at 10am, in the council’s civic centre at Upper Galwally.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is often known as the ‘Silent Killer’ and can affect any household, regardless of the type of heating supply. With its ability to overpower senses, more awareness needs to be raised to combat the risks of carbon monoxide that could be present in many of our homes today. In Northern Ireland alone there were 31 carbon monoxide-related deaths from January 1, 2008 — November 25, 2010.

Catherine McFerran (above) mother of Neill McFerran, who tragically lost his life to carbon monoxide poisoning, along with his friend Aaron Davidson, last summer, will be attending the event.

Anyone wishing to attend the carbon monoxide awareness event, should contact Lynsey Flack by June 14 on 028 9049 4586 or email: lynseyflack@castlereagh.gov.uk

CITY CENTRE

Free help and advice for self-employed

Today's businesses are facing tough times and the most successful know when to make use of the available help. That help is at hand for businesses during June when HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) continues to bring its programme of free workshops to Belfast.

The workshops planned for June for HMRC Custom House, in Custom House Square, are:

Tuesday, June 14

10am - 1pm

Statutory Pay and leave for Maternity Paternity & Adoption

2pm - 4pm

Introduction to International Trade

Wednesday, June 15

10am - 12.30pm

Becoming an Employer

1.30pm -4pm

Employer's Annual Return of |Expenses and Benefits

Wednesday, June 29

10am - 12.30pm

Newly Self-Employed — The Basics

1.30pm-4pm

Business Expenses and Capital |Allowances for the Self-Employed

For information on how to book a seminar place visit the website at www.hmrc.gov.uk/bst/advice-teams-area/nirelandtraining.htm or email bst.northernireland@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

You can also contact the HMRC advice team on 0845 603 2691. Further workshops will take place in July and details will be released towards the end of June.

DISTRICT-WIDE

The British Transplant Games needs your help

Do you want to be a part of a national sporting event, actively contribute to a fun and engaging atmosphere and are over the age of 16? If ‘yes’, then apply to be a volunteer at the 34th British Transplant Games.

To support the event a strong team of volunteers will be involved to ensure it runs smoothly and efficiently. Volunteers will be asked to undertake a range of roles, from involvement in the opening ceremony and registration, to stewarding, branding and helping with the individual sports. All selected volunteers will be required to attend an orientation training event prior to the Games, undertake an Access NI check at Enhanced Disclosure Level and be 16 years old by June 1. For further information and to download an application form go to www.volunteernow.co.uk/volunteering/volunteering-and-2012-sports/latest-news.

ORMEAU PARK

Bird watch

COME and join bird expert Dermot Hughes and explore the wonderful bird life of Ormeau Park. Despite its urban setting, the park is a haven for big numbers of birds, including treecreepers, long-tailed tits, sparrowhawks and blackcaps. Most of these are breeding and their youngsters may already be on the wing.

Learn how to find and identify these birds and many more during a gentle stroll through the park. Children are welcome, but, if you have a dog please keep it on a lead. Meet at the upper entrance on the Ormeau Road today, Thursday June 9, at 6pm. There is another session this Saturday morning, June 11 at 10am.

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