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On the grapevine - November 25

SOUTH BELFAST

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.

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.

Local kids get in to thanksgiving spirit

Thanksgiving Day (today, Thursday, November 25) is celebrated in a big way in the United States.

However children from Tyndale Reformed Church, Donegall Avenue also celebrate Thanksgiving Day as they see it as part of our shared history with the USA. Like the kids in the States, the children in Donegall Avenue dress up in pilgrim or American-Indian costumes — the only difference is that the children in Belfast also include Ulster Scots costumes along with cowgirls and cowboys.

Special turkey games are played, United States and pilgrim songs are sung and the food includes cookies and popcorn. We wish all those from the United States living in South Belfast a very happy Thanksgiving Day.

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.

Well done to local photography club

A local resident has contacted the Community Telegraph to congratulate the Belfast Photo Imaging Club for putting on a great display of photographs in the Tower Gallery at Belfast City Hospital recently.

The club meets in the Morton Community Centre, Lorne Street, off Lisburn Road, every Thursday at 7.30pm and has a diverse programme, which includes lectures from well-known photographers, and practical and fun sessions.

Due to the high numbers, sadly membership for the current season is closed. The club has also an award winning web site displaying a wonderful range of photographs. The web site address is www.belfastphotoimaging club.com

SANDY ROW

Breakfast club

The Breakfast Club at Friendship House, Blythe Street will in the future be held on a Wednesday and Thursday morning from 8am until 8.45am.

If you would like more information about the breakfast club then please phone 90322733.

CASTLEREAGH

Streamvale christmas

Streamvale Farm’s Christmas Experience is a huge hit every year, with Santa drawing great crowds to his cosy cottage.

The fun starts with a ride in the big Tractor and Trailer, where an elf tells an exciting story about Santa and Rudolph. We then head of on a walk through the trees to find our deer and follow on up past the life-size nativity scene and round the farmyard with its Christmas animals. We all go into the Santa Barn to make reindeer food to take home for Christmas Eve and then pop in to see Santa in his cosy cottage and get your pressie!

It is a fully guided tour and lasts onehour.

You need to wrap up warm and don't forget to bring your camera for lots of wonderful memories.

Streamvale Farm, at 38 Ballyhanwood Road, Dundonald, is open from December 1-23 for groups and parties. Family bookings are the first two weekends and then from December 17- 23 from 2-7pm.

Adults - £6, children £9. For details call 9048 3244.

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.

Santa comes to castlereagh

The Mayor of Castlereagh, Councillor Vivienne McCoy is extending an invitation to a Christmas Craft Fair on Friday December 3, from 6pm to 9pm, in the Civic & Administrative Offices at Castlereagh Borough Council.

The Fair will commence at 6.00pm, with Santa arriving in one of Castlereagh Borough Council’s famous ‘Bin Lorry’s’. A mascot from the Build a Bear Workshop will also be visiting the Fair to join in the festivities with the children..

Speaking prior to the event, the Mayor of Castlereagh said, “This is a great opportunity to purchase some Christmas gifts. We have a variety of 20 stalls to include:- Miglio Jewellery, Pandora, Belgian Chocolate Fountain, and Phoenix Cards, to name but a few.”

Everyone is warmly invited to the Craft Fair which will be held at the Council Civic Centre at Upper Galwally, opposite Forestside Shopping Centre. Entry is £1 which will go towards the Mayor’s Charity, the Neo Natal Unit in the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

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