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On the grapevine - December 8

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Christmas fun at the fair

Glengormley Integrated Primary School invites the whole community to their Christmas fair today (Wednesday, December 8) from 6.30pm in the school hall.

Are you struggling with time or ideas for your Christmas shopping? Perhaps you just want something affordable or different? The fair can help you with local stallholders selling jewellery, pottery, books and more.

It isn’t just about the shopping. There is lots on offer for the children too. From getting involved with the arts and crafts to taking the Wii challenge in the games room — they can get their face painted or a great glittery tattoo.

There will be a small entrance fee on arrival — Glengormley Christmas Fair is a yearly event run by the Parent Teacher Association to help raise money for items the school budget won’t stretch to. The PTA is a registered charity.

Christmas fun at the library

Libraries NI is pleased to announce its schedule of Christmas events to help kick off the festive season.

Whether it is Seasonal Storytimes, Rhythm and Rhyme fun for toddlers or Christmas crafts, there’s no shortage of free fun family events being held in local libraries across Northern Ireland.

Irene Knox, chief executive with Libraries NI, explained: “We hope the events taking place in libraries across Northern Ireland will encourage the public to visit their local library more often and make the most of the facilities there.”

If you come along to one of these events, don’t forget to get some Christmas holiday reads.

For details of all Christmas events taking place in Libraries NI, call into or contact your local library, or go to www.librariesni.org.uk.

Rathcoole library will be hosting a Christmas coffee morning with Whitehouse Primary School Choir from 10.30pm until 11.30am. Booking is advisable, call 028 9085 1157. Everyone welcome.

NORTH BELFAST

Magic christmas at the zoo

The weekends of December 11 and 12 and 18 and 19 are your chance to enjoy some festive activities with a difference at Belfast Zoo.

Santa and his elves will drop in from the North Pole to deliver Christmas presents in their magical grotto and there will be a range of festive treats for all the family, including Christmas crafts, animal feeding times and a winter warmer quiz. Children can also wrap presents for the chimpanzees and gorillas before watching them tear into their Christmas treats.

If you want to visit Santa in his grotto, pre-booking is essential as there are limited places available.Tickets to meet Santa cost £6.50 per child and he will be available on December 11, 12 and 18 and 19. To book tickets call 028 9077 6277 ext 207 or visit www.belfastzoo.co.uk/events for more information. Activities start from 10.30am and last admission to the zoo is at 2.30pm. Normal zoo admission rates apply.

Free christmas gift for cat owners

Attention all Belfast cat owners, give your cat the gift of neutering this Christmas — for free

From the start of December, the Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline welfare charity is offering all Belfast cat owners the unique opportunity to have their cat neutered completely free of charge. The offer is open to all residents living within the BT1-BT16 postcode region and will run for a limited time only — so it’s ‘first come, first serve’ if you want to take full advantage of the charity’s yuletide generosity!

Northern Ireland campaigns manager for Cats Protection, Janice Watt, said “Last year alone, our small adoption centre received approximately 1,000 calls a week requesting assistance with unwanted cats and kittens — this is a totally unmanageable and the only solution is to neuter.”

For further information on Cats Protection’s free neutering campaign, you can contact their Neutering Hotline on 08458 734780 or visit their website www.cats.org.uk

Hop on the groovy train to the aid of rescued ponies

This Friday (December 10) help raise funds for the many rescued horses and ponies at Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary.

Stacey and her team at The Ballad Inn, 37 Main Street, Ballynure, have organised a 60/70's Groovy Train evening with ballot prizes and games to help raise money for the sanctuary.

Crosskennan is receiving an overwhelming number of calls to help abandoned horses in this horrific weather and are extremely grateful for Stacey's help.

It should be a fun evening and will lift everyone's spirits during this challenging weather.

Cross community crimbo bash

The excitement is building up for this years cross community Christmas party at the Groundwork NI Conference Centre, 63-75 Duncairn Gardens on Friday, December 17, from 1pm to 6pm.

This family-friendly event is free and everyone is welcome to attend but early booking is recommended.

Just some of the festive treats lined up include music and beats from DJ Pado plus a live performance by the X-mas Factor winners from this year’s event. But that’s not all as there are arts and craft workshops to keep the kids entertained and if you would like to pay a special visit to see Santa then you can call into his grotto where you can have your photo taken and he will be giving out little Christmas gifts to all the good boys and girls of north Belfast.

The event organisers would like to encourage representatives from nurseries, playgroups, mother and toddlers and crèches to phone and book their group a place in the first session of the event from 1pm to 3pm. After 3pm the event will be open to members of the public who are free to attend the festive fun and frolics. Events for All have highlighted the fact that all are welcome to participate in this unique event.

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