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On the grapevine - December 9

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 on 07980 634628.

SOUTH BELFAST

Free christmas gift for cat owners

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

Cats Protection — the UK’s leading feline welfare charity — is offering all Belfast cat owners the unique opportunity to have their pet 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 totally unmanageable and the only solution is to neuter.

For further information on Cats Protection’s free neutering campaign, please contact their Neutering Hotline on 0845 873 4780 or visit their website www.cats.org.uk

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

Ormeau library will be hosting a Christmas storytime and tree trimming session next Tuesday, December 14. Booking is essential, call 028 9050 9228 for further details. Everyone welcome.

DONEGALL ROAD

Pensioners’ fitness

The pensioners’ fitness sessions at Olympia Leisure Centre are proving very popular — it's not only an opportunity to keep fit but to meet people and have a very enjoyable time. Sessions are held on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am to 11am. Some local residents have joined recently and they would encourage others to go along and give it a try. You can enter the leisure centre from Olympia Drive or Boucher Road if you go by car.

interested in taking part in the next community week?

The 4th Annual Blackstaff Community Week will be held from Monday, April 25 to Saturday, April 30 next year.

If your group, club, school or organisation would like to get involved by organising an event during the community week, then please phone Billy on 9029 2631 to indicate an interest. An application form will then be sent to you.

We are also keen to hear from potential sponsors for events such as the Best Garden and Best Street Competition. The event is being organised by the Blackstaff Community Development |Association.

EAST BELFAST

Carols by candlelight for charity

This December, Mencap is celebrating the festive season with a truly unique event taking place at The Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Carols by Candlelight starts at 6.30 pm today (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 (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 e-mail lorna.patterson@mencap.org.uk

NORTH BELFAST

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 60/70s 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.

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