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On the grapevine - December 9

EAST BELFAST

Festive frosty frolics

This weekend W5 welcomes back our wildest, wackiest winter game after a three-year absence.

Every weekend until January 9 from 2.30pm — 4.30pm, our furry little friends the Penguins will be battling it out with Frosty’s brigade , the Snowmen, to reign supreme in W5’s Christmas Curling Capers.

Bend your W5 curling stone down our ‘rink’, round your opponent and into the points circle, or freeze them out by knocking their stone out of the ring to snatch the match.

All Christmas events and activities are free with admission to W5 and your admission is valid all day. So with some seasonal fun and over 200 hands-on exhibits, be sure to put W5 on your Christmas list — it’s a great festive day out for the whole family. For more information on all W5’s Christmas events and activities, visit www.w5online.co.uk

Free christmas gift for cat owners

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

\[Thomas Hawkins\]Beginning today, Wednesday, December 1, \[Thomas Hawkins\] (Thursday December 9)</>, with a blend of traditional Christmas songs, carols and readings by special guests, not forgetting mulled wine and mince pies. We are delighted to be supported by our sponsor Courtney & Nelson and welcomed to Parliament Buildings by supporter Mr Tommy Gallagher MLA.

The Belfast Community Gospel Choir will perform on the night, joined by members of St Louise’s Comprehensive College and Tor Bank School.

Tickets cost £25 for an adult, £10 for under 18s and £60 for a family ticket (two adults and two under 18s). Book quickly to avoid disappointment.

For more information or to book your ticket, please contact Lorna Patterson on 028 9069 0166 or email lorna.patterson@mencap.org.uk

December events at St Brendan’s

St Brendan’s Church on Larkfield Road, in Sydenham, is making the most of the festive season by hosting a wide range of activities throughout the month:

This Sunday, December 12, at 7pm, come along and sing your favourite carols. Tuesday, December 14 at 7.30 pm, sing out in aid of Marie Curie with 137th Brownies and Guides, St Brendan’s Church Choir, Ormeau Concert Band and special friends. Free admission, but an |offering will be taken for the work of Marie Curie.

Sunday, December 19, a family service to celebrate Jesus’ birthday — speaker Marie Cameron.

Christmas Eve at 11.15pm, Christmas Communion service.

Christmas morning, December 25 at 11 am, Christmas worship.

New Year’s Eve, December 31, watchnight service at 11.15pm.

Fun and fellowship from 9pm.

All welcome at all of the above events.

CITY CENTRE

Musical favourites at May street

Popular hits from the musicals will be on the agenda at historic May Street Presbyterian Church this Saturday, December 11.

The New Lyric Operatic Company will be performing a special show as a fundraiser for the church’s outreach activities.

The programme includes familiar numbers from top shows such as Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Calamity Jane and Miss Saigon, as well as hits from The Beatles and Abba.

Gaile McCorriston of New Lyric said: “May Street is a lovely venue and one which we love coming to because it has great character and good acoustics. New Lyric put on a brilliant show when they played May Street last December, and we are looking forward to a fantastic night.”

Tickets for the show cost £10 each, including supper, and are available from Urban Soul cafe or at the door.

The show starts at 7.45pm. Contact Robin Morton, May Street Church, 07980-634628.

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