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On the grapevine - August 10

NORTH BELFAST

Highwayman treasure hunt

Feeling ‘robbed’ of things to do with the kids this summer?

The hunt is on in the Belfast Hills for the silver acorn — buried by the notorious 18th century Irish highwayman Naoise O’Haughan.

The Belfast Hills Partnership’s summer adventure aims to find one of his most prized ill-gotten gains — the mythical silver acorn he stole from Lady Donegall.

The treasure trail maps produced by Belfast Hills Partnership and Belfast City Council are free and are available online through www.belfasthills.org and clicking on ‘downloads’. The published map can also be posted out from our offices. Just call 02890 603 466 or email your postal address to info@belfasthills.org

NEWTOWNABBEY

Outdoor and indoor theatre — only at the mill

Those looking for something decadent for ‘staycations’ or summer evenings in Northern Ireland this year should look no further than Theatre at The Mill’s outdoor theatre performance of Great Expectations on Tuesday August 23. It will be set in the civic square gardens of the restored Mossley Mill Newtownabbey.

Audiences are invited to picnic with friends and family whilst enjoying the romance and drama of two popular classics, set in magical and imaginative surroundings with grounds opening at 7pm to give people time to get rugs laid, food platters out and settled down for a night of theatre under the stars..

And following last year’s successful sell out production of Les Miserables, Theatre at The Mill Summer Youth Group are staging their own version of the big American Broadway Musical, Oklahoma, under the direction of distinguished musical theatre star, Peter Corry.

Showing from Friday August 12 until Saturday August 20 at 7.15pm. Saturday Matinees are at 2.30pm

Tickets £15, £13, £11, £9 (Concessions £2 off) Group discount Available

Stop It Nurse, a hilarious Sam Cree Irish comedy set in a men’s surgical ward in which two opposing football supporters are resident.

Friday August 12 and Sat August 13 at 8pmTickets £10 & £8 (Concession)

Tickets for all the shows available online at www.theatreatthemill.com or call 028 9034 0202

No horsing around

To help raise funds for winter feed, CrossKennan Animal sanctuary are now launching our riding lessons and experiences programs.’

For more information and to book please ring Crosskennan on 028 9446 5384 and clearly leave your contact details on the answerphone or email crosskennan@hotmail.co.uk. Our instructor will contact you as soon as possible.

CITY CENTRE

Type 2 Diabetes test

The Diabetes UK Roadshow will visit the front of the City Hall in Belfast on Thursday August 18 and Friday August 19 from 9am to 5pm to help people find out more about diabetes and discover whether they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The roadshow,supported by the Big Lottery Fund, aims to identify some of the estimated 10,000 people in Northern Ireland who have Type 2 diabetes but are not aware of it. This is vital because Type 2 Diabetes can be undetected for 10 years or more, meaning 50 per cent of people already have complications by the time they are diagnosed.

The roadshow will also raise awareness of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. In 2010 Diabetes UK’s Roadshow programme carried out nearly 10,000 risk assessments and more than half of those people were referred to their local GP.

Beat the recession at central library

Libraries NI is pleased to announce that Belfast Central Library is holding a Beat the Recession Roadshow, supported by the Big Lottery Fund, next Thursday August 11.

The project aims to support individuals and families struggling financially due to loss of income and changed circumstances as a result of the economic downturn.

Bríd Steele, Information Services Manager at Libraries NI, explains: “Libraries NI is delighted to host a range of Beat the Recession workshops across Northern Ireland to allow people to call into their local libraries and avail of a free advice package, which has been designed to support people and families struggling financially because of loss of income and changed circumstances that have come about as a result of the recession.

“If you’d like to find out more about how this initiative can help you to Beat the Recession, you’re welcome to call into Belfast Central Library on Thursday August 11 from 12.30am – 7.00pm.”

A Mobile Debt Advice Unit will visit venues, such as bibraries, TESCO stores and other community venues, and Belfast Central is one of several Northern Ireland libraries to welcome this Roadshow to allow local people to call in and seek advice.

For further information, contact Bríd Steele, Information Services Manager at Belfast Central Library (Royal Avenue, BT1 1EA) on telephone number 028 9050 9167.

Charity shop appeal

Charity shop donations in Belfast as donations have hit “an all time low.”

Volunteers and staff are urging locals to donate unwanted items to their Age NI charity shop in Belfast to help refill empty rails and shelves which are usually brimming with interesting finds. Staff in Shaftesbury Square are struggling to keep up with demands of shoppers as donations of things like clothes, cookware and books have plummeted in the last three months.

The Age NI Shop Manager, Edith McGauhey, is making a desperate plea for good quality men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, plus items like crockery, books, CDs and DVDs.

Edith said: ‘Our store room is usually piled high, but now it’s almost empty. Although this is a good thing as it means we have sold what we had, we cannot cope with the increasing demand if nothing else comes in — we simply can't sell fresh air! Without continued donations of everything from clothing to cookware, Age NI cannot continue its vital work. We are looking for quality items, no matter how big or small. And remember each time you donate stock to Age NI, please Gift Aid it which gives us an extra 25p for every pound we make selling your items.“

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