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On the grapevine - September 9

NORTH BELFAST

Family fun day

Tesco Ballygomartin is holding a family friendly fun day on September 12 from 12pm to 6pm. With facepainting, musicians, foodie treats and volunteering opportunities, there’ll be something for the whole family.

Thousands of customers are expected to come along and celebrate what’s going on in their local community. Local charities will be showcasing their projects and activities, giving everyone a chance to sign up, get involved and support a cause that’s close to their heart.

Ruth Girardet, corporate responsibility and community director at Tesco said: "Customers tell us they want to get more involved in their local communities. Our Community Fairs offer a great opportunity for them to do that and that's why we're holding 100 of them across the UK this summer.”

Regional suppliers will give away free, locally produced products too. Doherty and Gray, a family butcher business based in Ballymena, will be at the event. The company use locally sourced ingredients in all the products they make and currently supply Tesco with 18 product lines including Hull’s Brand, which extends to sausages and burgers available in both the serve over counter and pre packed format.

Chloe Campbell and Laura Townsend, community champions at the store added: "Customers coming along on the day can expect to walk away with a load of freebies and they won't have to spend a penny! We can't wait to give our customers a great day out."

NEWTOWNABBEY

Theatre is the scene

Summer may feel like it is over this week as the kids go back to school and the daily grind sets in but Theatre at The Mill Newtownabbey is offering fun nights out and an opportunity to laugh away |the Autumn blues with the release of their new theatre season programme, Scene 3.

Witness the antics of the Folks on The Hill in this hilarious brand new production of Stormont, which will only be staged at Theatre at The Mill this autumn from Wednesday September 15 to Saturday October 2. It is written by and starring BBC funnyman Sean Crummey and produced by Martin Lynch (Dancing Shoes — The George Best Story).

There will also be a wide range of plays, dance, musicals and family shows running from September to December this year.

Bernard Clarkson, Manager of Theatre at The Mill said: ”Theatre at The Mill is fast growing a reputation from our customers as the home of great theatre in Newtownabbey and this new season is no exception. As the darker nights set in, I would invite all those seeking some light relief and a night out with a difference to give the new theatre a try and to have a look at our new programme and see the wide range of shows on offer.”

Theatre at The Mill’s new Autumn programme is available to download from the theatre website at www.theatreatthemill.com or is available from the Box Office on 028 9034 0202.

Big busking bonanza

Ballyclare will come alive with the sound of music on Saturday September 11 when Newtownabbey Borough Council and the Ballyclare Chamber of Trade will host the Borough’s first ever Big Busking Bonanza.

A wide range of talented performers, musicians and vocalists will take to the streets and with a line up to suit the tastes of both young and old, there will certainly be something for everyone |to enjoy.

Speaking at the launch of the event, the Mayor of Newtownabbey Alderman Paula Bradley said: I’m delighted to be launching the Borough’s first ever Big Busking Bonanza. We’re hoping that everyone will come along to Ballyclare for this great fun event and enjoy the wealth of talent that will hit our streets.”

Niall McConkey, President of Ballyclare Chamber of Trade said: ”By working in partnership with the Council, local companies hope to deliver a successful Big Busking Bonanza which we hope will become an annual event to put Ballyclare firmly on the musical map and attract visitors to the town centre.”

The talented buskers will be competing for a £1500 prize fund, including Best Individual Act, Best Group Act, Best Street Performer, Best Junior Act and Best Overall Act. For further information, contact Gillian Lewers on 028 9034 0079 or follow the Big Busking Bonanza on Facebook.

ARDS

GI Joes and twinkle toes

From GI Joes to some twinkle toes, next week’s Festival of the Peninsula from September 15 to September 19 is broadening its appeal.

While renowned for its folk and traditional music concerts, the 2010 festival will also include contemporary dance, a film screening, a night of entertainment with the Ards Writers, as well as a boat tour.

World War II Remembered will recreate the American presence in Ards between 1942 and 1944, with US troops descending upon Conway Square, wearing authentic uniforms, demonstrating weapon handling and rifle drills, marching and standing to attention when a jeep with ‘General Eisenhower’ tours the town. The soldiers will be back ‘at ease’, however, when ‘The Bellehoppers’ bring the music and dancing of the 40s to |the Square.

Born To Prance, the unique story of Anthea McWilliams’ decision, as she turned 50, to dance all the way from Malin Head in County Donegal to Mizen Head in Cork, brings comic contemporary dance to the festival when Anthea |herself will be re-enacting her experiences on stage in the Web Theatre, |Newtownards.

For further information, a brochure and to book, contact Ards Tourist Information Centre, Tel: 028 9182 6846 or visit www.festivalofthepeninsula.info

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