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On the grapevine - November 18

DONEGALL ROAD

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 Community Week is being organised by Blackstaff Community Development Association.

Village & Monarch update

The Village & Monarch Community Design Team attended the Creativity and Housing in Northern Ireland Conference on Wednesday, November 10.

The conference was held in Belmont Tower at Belmont Church Road and explored the best practice housing examples from the UK and elsewhere, showing creativity and innovation. The conference was supported by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

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.

Who wants to be a cheer leader?

South Belfast Eagles Cheerleaders are inviting all boys and girls from P4 up to P7 to to join them between 7pm and 8pm every Monday in the Nubia Youth Club, Nubia Street, off the Donegall Road. Parents can phone 9020 2930 for more information.

SOUTH BELFAST

Tree-ly remarkable

Tree lovers are being invited to discover the remarkable trees of Minnowburn with a guided tour provided by the |National Trust.

This is free to all visitors and kicks off this Saturday November 20 at 11am, from the Minnowburn car park.

The walk, led by National Trust warden Lynn Cassells, will celebrate autumn and seek to uncover the secrets, myths and folklore surrounding trees. It will reveal the truth about how these giants of nature survive and provide habitats for all kinds of bugs, birds and animals. Highlights will include the Minnowburn beeches, the most famous stand of trees in south Belfast.

Visitors will also learn about traditional woodland management and how the National Trust is working to keep these ancient crafts alive. Minnowburn is the first National Trust property in Northern Ireland to re-ignite the practice of charcoal burning, so why not be the |first in the country to come and see this for yourself.

This event is run in partnership with the Lagan Valley Regional Park — sturdy footwear and waterproof clothing |are advised.

Put your best foot forward

An Introduction to Ballroom Dancing class will be taking place at Belfast Boat Club at Stranmillis on Sunday November 28 from 7pm until 9.30pm.

Admission is £5 and all profits are to go to USPCA. Contact Karen on 07711 626344 to book your place.

CASTLEREAGH

Christmas cracker for carers

Prospects and the Presbyterian Board of Social Witness are offering an opportunity for carers of adults with a learning disability to enjoy a period of respite. |This will take the form of Christmas Cracker, a fun programme of activities specially designed for adults with |learning disabilities.

The programme, based on the Christmas story and run by experienced staff and volunteers, will include arts, crafts, music, games and refreshments.

This programme is set to take place at McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church on Saturday November 27 from 2pm until 5.30pm and Orangefield Presbyterian Church on Saturday December 4 from 2pm until 5.30pm. Both churches are on the Castlereagh Road.

If you are interested in finding out more about Christmas Cracker, please contact: Linda Wray, residential services manager (Presbyterian Board of Social Witness), at 9041 7234 or Mervyn Bothwell, regional director (Prospects) at 07773 423081.

Free revamping and repurposing workshops

Refresh your style — revamp, repair & reuse your wardrobe to reduce waste this winter, and most importantly save your tired party dress from the bin!

These free workshops that show |you how to embellish and repair your |way to a new look have taken place across various locations this past few weeks, but don’t worry, there are still some classes left.

They are taking place at Tullycarnet Community Centre today (Thursday November 18) and then another two classes to take place next week at Moneyreagh Community Centre on Tuesday November 23 and Thursday November 25.

To sign up or get more information on the revamping workshops contact: Emma McCarter, recycling and education officer on 9049 4629.

Don’t forget the ReVamp Fashion Showcase on Thursday December 9 at Castlereagh Civic Centre from 7pm until 9pm. There is free admission to this event also.

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