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Grape vine - March 3

South belfast

Pit your wits at charity quiz|The Cedar Foundation is looking for |people to get their thinking caps on and come along to support a table quiz on Thursday, March 31, at Cooke Rugby Club, Shaw’s Bridge at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 each and all proceeds raised from the event will go to the disability charity. The quiz is being organised by the charity’s user forum that is made up of service users from the charity from across Northern Ireland with varying disabilities.

Anne Straghan, chairperson of the user forum, said: “Every year the user forum hosts a fundraiser to give something back to Cedar. We are really looking forward to this year’s quiz and with prizes and entertainment lined up — we can promise a great night is in store for all.”

Tickets can be purchased from Christine Tweedie, call 028 9066 6188 or email

The Cedar Foundation works in |partnership with disabled people |across Northern Ireland providing |quality support, care, accommodation and training services to enable disabled adults and children to participate in all |aspects of community life.

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Spiritual lunch

Shaftesbury Square Reformed Presbyterian Church is ideally situated as it acts as a 'hub' connecting Lisburn Road, Sandy Row, Donegall Pass, Botanic, and University areas.

The church is active in reaching out to the people of south Belfast and is at the present time delivering invitations to homes in the greater south Belfast area, inviting residents to attend the activities in the church.

Of special interest is a short lunchtime service held each Thursday from 1pm until 1.25pm. This historic Covenanter church is located near the Tesco Express on the Dublin Road.

oil and acrylic painting courses

Stranmillis University College is the venue for a 10-week oil and acrylic painting course with tutor for Bernadette Beckett.

This course is aimed at beginners and improvers and will cover introductory techniques such as colour mixing, brushwork, using mediums and perspective with a focus on landscapes.

The course fee is £65, the concession fee is £55. Some materials are provided.

The course begins on Wednesday, March 9, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Design Studio, Orchard Building,

Stranmillis University College, Belfast.

For more information or to enrol contact professional development and lifelong learning on 028 9038 4345 or e-mail|

Donegall road

Blackstaff community

A meeting to discuss how to promote what is best and what is available in the Blackstaff area will be held in the |Park Centre, Donegall Road on Monday, March 14.

Local businesses, sporting and leisure organisations are especially welcome. The meeting is being arranged by the Blackstaff Community Development |Association. If anyone is interested |in attending, please email |

Things to do

The Southcity Family & Youth Project at Maldon Street, off the Donegall Road, has launched an exciting programme of events involving social and physical activities and helping the unemployed, with an employment club for over 16s. It is held on a Wednesday and Friday |between 2pm and 3pm.

Full details can be obtained by calling into the Southcity Resource and Development Centre at Maldon Street or by calling 90 504747.

Show us your photos!

The Ulster Wildlife Trust is looking for old photographs of the Blackstaff River. There have been similar requests by other organisations in the past but |without success.

Do you have an old photograph of the Blackstaff? Do you have a book that contains a photo? Do you know of any library or museum that might have one? If you can help to find an old Blackstaff River photograph then please contact Deborah McLaughlin, Bog Meadows |Wetlands Restoration project officer, on 07738 945052.

City centre

Cancer support

Action Cancer is offering a series of |information and support sessions for those affected by the disease. They will run every Monday until March 14 at Action Cancer House, Belfast (6-9pm). They aim to assist those affected and their |families to readjust to life with cancer.

The sessions will look at counselling and therapeutic support, reactions within the family and living with the |consequences of cancer.

If you would like more information or are interested in attending any of sessions, please contact Elizabeth Boyd at Action Cancer on 028 9080 3351 or

For more information on the charity’s work, visit or call 028 9080 3344.

East belfast

Mini-man jam

T13, the new urban sports park at Titanic Quarter (Queen’s Road, Belfast) is hosting a Mini Man Jam — a national skateboarding event for kids aged 14 and under on Saturday, March 12, from noon to 6pm.

If you think your skateboarding skills are up to scratch, come along and have a go, meet new friends and get show off your talents on the number one skateboard destination in the whole of Ireland. Helmets are compulsory for all competitors.

It’s £10 to ride and spectators have free entry! There will be music at the event, a BBQ and great prizes on offer. For more information, visit

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