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On the grapevine - November 3

NORTH BELFAST

Come and play sessions

Do your children like to play and make new friends?

Then bring them along to Come and Play, for special play sessions taking place in Castleton Playground, North Queen Street until December.

The sessions are suitable for youngsters aged five to 11 and will give them the chance to play outside and meet other children, under the supervision of professional play staff.

Activities will include games, arts and crafts, dressing up and ‘messy play'.

The sessions will take place from 3pm to 4.30pm on Wednesdays, and will be running until December 15.

For more information about our play sessions, email play@belfastcity.gov.uk or call Jenny on 028 9075 3897 or 07920 817120.

Cinderella panto

Shankill Players present Cinderella at St Matthews Parochial Hall (beside Shankill Graveyard), from Tuesday, December 7, until Friday, December 10, show starting at 7.30pm.

Shankill Players reach a landmark this year when they present the 5th annual pantomime, the much-loved Cinderella. This new version of the show, presented in the way only Shankill Players can, promises to be full of fun, laughter, song and dance.

Shankill Players have continued to grow over the years and are proud to announce that they “are putting their all into making this the best pantomime they have ever produced.”

Of course, no players pantomime would be complete without our very own Molly Coddles, the larger than life, good time girl! Anyone who has seen our previous pantomimes will know how funny she can be — those who haven’t, you are in for a treat.

Tickets are priced at £5 adult, £3 concession, £12 family ticket (four people). Special rates are available on request for groups of 10 or more. With pre-bookings already made, this promises to be Shankill Players most popular pantomime ever. Why go to a city centre venue and pay upwards of £70 for a family of four when you can see a local show by local people?

We usually do a charity collection at the end of the show. In the past we have raised money for some very worthy causes. This year, 20% of ticket money will be donated to FASA for suicide awareness.

You can book your tickets using the contact us link at our website www.shankillplayers.com, by joining our Facebook page and leaving a message, or by phone on 90581829 (leave a message and we will get back to you).

CITY CENTRE

Community christmas cheer

The Ulster Orchestra is to host a free Christmas concert for community groups in the Belfast Waterfront on Friday, December 3, at 7.45pm.

Community groups are invited to come along and celebrate the festive season with a light-hearted evening of carols and seasonal music with the Orchestra and guests — conductor Christopher Bell, soprano Mary Nelson and Belfast Philharmonic Choir.

The Christmas Cheer concert is supported by JTI and up to 15 free tickets are available for each community group on a first come, first served basis. They can be booked through the Ulster Orchestra box office on 028 9023 9955 or by emailing boxoffice@ulsterorchestra.com (quote Christmas Cheer).

Free arts lobby masterclass

All Government departments will be announcing their budgets very shortly, after which there will be a vital period of public consultation. Lobbying will be an important tool for all arts organisations.

Audiences NI, in association with Stratagem (a dedicated lobbying company) are running a free masterclass — 'everything you always wanted to know about arts lobbying but were afraid to ask'.

This session will help you to:

Identify issues emerging from the political arena and plan your response

Gain insight into the nuances of political opinion, helping you develop targeted campaign messages

Navigate your way through Northern Ireland politics and decision-making

Find out more about Northern Ireland Government processes, helping you make best use of your resources and target your efforts effectively.

Taking place in the morning from 10.30am until 12.30 pm on Wednesday, November 10, at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. To book your place email |marketing@audiencesni.com

NEWTOWNABBEY

People can make a difference

People in the Newtownabbey area with links to the most vulnerable in society are being urged to find out how they can make a real difference to the community by becoming ‘signposters’.

They are being invited to attend a free information event, organised by local fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA NI) in conjunction with A2B, Land and Property Services, Warm Homes, CAB and Newtownabbey Borough Council. It will be held at Newtownabbey Borough Council offices at Mossley Mill on Thursday, November 11, between 10am and noon.

Meadhbh McCann of National Energy Action NI said: “This event is designed to empower members of the local community who can then pass on what they have learned to those who need it most.

“The idea is not to try and make these people experts in benefits or services, but rather to have them act as ‘signposters’ for the rest of the community.

“The NEA will be able to give out information on fuel poverty and Newtownabbey Borough Council will be on hand to talk about home accident prevention.

“The event will include refreshments. You are welcome to simply turn up on the day but you can also confirm your attendance by calling Charlotte Gooding at the NEA NI on 028 90 239909 or emailing northern.ireland@nea.org.uk “

Big switch on in glengormley

Glengormley Christmas Lights switch on will take place on Saturday, November 20.

The free live entertainment begins at 2pm, courtesy of Citybeat 96.7/102.5 FM At 3.30pm ‘The Big Kahuna’ band will be performing Christmas classics. At 5pm, there will Christmas readings, carols and music leading up to the arrival of Santa at 5.30pm. He will be joined by Ben 10, Dora the Explorer and the Mayor.

Meanwhile at Farrier Court from 2pm to 5pm, there’s Santa's Christmas Wonderland and community snowball competition.

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