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Grapevine - January 6, 2010

Community grapevine for the Greater Belfast and North Down & Ards area


Recycle at Belfast Zoo — Bring your glass and plastic to the zoo and leave it in the permanent recycling banks this month.

The banks are located in the zoo’s main car park.

Unwanted clothes can also be left at the main reception desk where they are used for animal enrichment activities with the chimpanzees and gorillas.

You can also recycle a wide variety of materials (including paper, plastic bottles and cardboard) at Alexandra Park Recycling Centre, which is located at 180 Alexandra Park Avenue, Belfast, just off Antrim Road.

For more information, call 9077 6277 or email events@belfastzoo.co.uk.

Bowls Open Session — Cavehill Bowling Club are holding an open session every Monday in January, from 2pm to 4.30pm.

The club is located at 20 North Circular Road and all ages are welcome. There will be qualified coaches for beginners.

For more information telephone Ted on 9094 5733 or Tom on 9071 9147.


The Clare Chorale and Sean Woods — The chorale is set to put on a performance at Mossley Mill on January 12.

The Clare Chorale is based in Ballyclare High School and its members include many former pupils of the school as well as those from the Ballyclare community and beyond. The choir has been conducted since its formation in 2003 by Sheelagh Greer, an accomplished mezzo-soprano in her own right.

Under Sheelagh’s expert guidance the choir has built up a wide and varied repertoire of music, both sacred and secular, and has performed in numerous venues, including the Waterfront Hall, as well as appearing at church events and a variety of local concerts.

Sean Woods is described by the Venezuelan virtuoso Gabriel Guillén as “one of the most important guitarists” in Ireland.

For tickets or more information telephone 9034 0202.


Beauty and The Beast — Based on the classic French fairy tale, this story unfolds as good triumphs over evil and love conquers all. It takes place at the Courtyard Theatre on January 15 and 16.

Belle and her family get ready to meet King Tristen but, alas, Tristan gets overthrown by his Evil Aunt and is transformed to a beast.

Heathcliff, son of the Evil Aunt, proclaims himself king and plans to rule the kingdom and marry Belle. But things do not go to plan and Belle discovers the Beast.

A magical tale, perfect for all the family.

For tickets or more information telephone 9084 8287.

Charity Day — After the incredible success of G.I. Jane 2009, Meningitis Research Foundation has announced that its G.I. Jane 2010 event will take place on Saturday, February 27, at The Scout Centre in Crawfordsburn Country Park.

Meningitis Research Foundation welcomes back all past participants but are on the look out for more people.

This year sees a brand new Co Down venue along with many new activities, so the search is on to crown a new G.I. Jane for 2010.

Ladies will be kitted out in army attire, camouflage and will be put through their paces military style.

Ladies aged 16 years and above will compete in a series of both physical and mental challenges including an assault course, caving, archery, climbing wall, karting and much more.

Places are limited for Boot Camp so if you are interested please download a fundraising pack at www.meningitis.org, email emma@meningitis.org, or contact the Belfast office on 9032 1283.

Historical Talk — Belfast in Story and Song will take place at Ards Arts Centre in Newtownards on Wednesday, January 14.

For further information contact Elizabeth Ward on telephone 9181 5063.

Country Music Night — Enjoy an evening of country music with Brendan Shine and his band with Little Johnee Dawson, and supporting act Rod, Tracy & Barroom Buddies.

Taking place on Wednesday, January 27, at Queen's Hall, Newtownards, tickets are available from Scrabo Electrical on Regent Street.

For further information on the concert contact Sammy Pollock on telephone 9187 8573.

Ramble Along — Ramble through the lesser known areas of Mount Stewart with an experienced guide at the end of this month.

This popular event, which will take place on Sunday, January 31, will be followed by a well earned meal in the Bay Restaurant. Children must be over 10 years.

For further information telephone 4278 7807.


Children's Story — The film ‘Treasures of the Snow' is a classic story for children and will be shown at the Tyndale Reformed Church, Donegall Avenue, on Thursday, January 14, at 6.30pm.

The film is based on the book by Patricia St John.

High in the Swiss Alps a little boy, Danny, disappears. Lucien, a lonely, frightened boy of 13, is overtaken by catastrophic events and he finds himself an outcast with his family, school friends, and especially the very hostile Annette from the neighbouring farm.

Impelled to escape, the fugitive boy finds peace high up in the forest, where he meets an old woodcarver who encourages him so that he begins to have hope.

But when rejection comes again, he discovers the hard way that a price has to be paid for forgiveness before there can be any reconciliation.

Admission is free and all are welcome.


Recycling Service — Castlereagh Borough Council will be operating a real Christmas tree recycling service in east Belfast.

You can take your tree to the normal recycling centre on the Cregagh Road, or, until January 21, 2010, you can take your old tree to a temporary recycling point at Hillmount Nursery on the Upper Braniel Road.

Local people can also use recycling points in South Belfast at Woodlawn Garden Centre on the Saintfield Road and Belvoir Forest Park.

Allotment Visit — The Connswater Community Greenway (CCG), along with Conservation Volunteers, is giving local people the chance to visit Ireland's largest allotment site.

Based in Carrickfergus, the trip will take place on January 16, from 10.30am until 3.30pm, and will let local people learn the basics of organic gardening in a community space through a fun environment.

CCG is offering transport from its office, located at 274 Newtownards Road.

To book a place contact Sean on 9046 7925 or by email at sean@eastbelfast.com.

Belfast Telegraph