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On the grapevine - April 14


Egg-cellent Easter Fun

Woodstock, Ballyhackamore, Holywood Arches and Tullycarnet Libraries have organised a number of events for children. All these events are free and children are welcome to join in these Easter library celebrations.

Woodstock Library

Children’s Easter Crafts session – is taking place on Tuesday April 19 from 2pm - 3pm. This event is suitable for children aged 5 – 11. Places must be pre-booked. For further information, contact Woodstock Library (358 Woodstock Road, BT6 9DQ), Telephone: 028 9050 9239 or email woodstock.library@librariesni.org.uk

Ballyhackamore Library

Easter Crafts and Storytime – will be held on Friday April 15 from 3:30pm - 4:45pm. This is suitable for children age 3 – 8 years. Places must be prep-booked.

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Easter Bedtime Stories – Children age 3 - 8 years are invited to come along on Monday

April 18, from 7pm - 7:30 pm. No prep-booking required.

For further information, contact Ballyhackamore Library (1-3 Eastleigh Drive, BT4 3DX), Telephone 028 9050 9204 or email ballyhackamore.library@librariesni.org.uk

Holywood Arches Library

Easter Egg-stravaganza – is taking place on Wednesday April 27 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm. This event is suitable for children age 4 - 10 years. Places are limited so please prep-book.

‘East Belfast Blitz –70th Anniversary’ – Everyone is invited to call in and view a display to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Blitz in East Belfast, which will be in the main library over the Easter period.

Tullycarnet Library

Easter Storytime at Tullycarnet Library – Children age 4 - 8 years are invited to come along and enjoy Easter Stories and craft fun – on Wednesday April 13 from 2.45pm - 3.30pm.No need to reserve places. Everyone welcome!

For further information, contact: Tullycarnet Library (Kinross Avenue, Kings Road, BT5 7GF), on telephone 028 9048 5079 or email tullycarnett.library@librariesni.org.uk

Most NI Libraries organise special children’s events, such as storytelling and craft sessions, during key times of the year, such as Easter.

For details of these and all other free children’s events taking place in Libraries NI, check out the events calendar at www.librariesni.org.uk

Zip wire challenge

Every participant counts in the Lagan zip line challenge next month to raise funds to provide hours of valuable Marie Curie nursing care to those in need across Northern Ireland.

On Saturday, May 14, you are invited to take part in this hair-raising challenge — no experience needed. Anyone 14 years and older can get involved, though there is a weight restriction of 17 stone.

For more information on the 2011 River Lagan zip wire challenge, register at www.mariecurie.org.uk/events or for further information call our events team at Marie Curie Cancer Care on 08700 340 040.

Holy week services

The details of Sydenham Churches Fellowship Joint Holy Week Services are as follows:

Palm Sunday, April 17 and Easter Sunday, April 24 will be held at St. Brendan's on Larkfield Road at 7 pm

From Monday April 18 to Friday April 22 each evening, services will begin at 8 pm in Sydenham Methodist Church on Palmerston Road.

Desi Maxwell from Explorations shall be the speaker at all the services – All welcome!

Re-think waste workshops

Free workshops on how to revamp furniture and clothes will take place across Belfast over the next eight weeks to inspire local communities to ‘rethink’ their attitude to waste.

The Department of the Environment’s (DOE) Rethink Waste campaign and Belfast City Council Waste Management have teamed up with the popular Fashion Souk to deliver 32 workshops at centres across Belfast.

The Fashion Souk’s talented team of experts will share their top tips on restyling and refurbishing textiles and furniture. Working alongside participants, they will demonstrate just how easy it is to give items already in your home a facelift and create new purposeful items — without the hefty price tag.

Knocknagoney Community Centre

From 6pm-9pm

Monday April 18

Monday May 9

Inverary Community Centre

From 10am-1pm

Tuesday April 19

Tuesday May 3


Jews schmooze

The Belfast Synagogue (49 Somerton Road, BT15 3LH), as part of Jews Schmooze’ Sounds Familiar Festival, will host an evening of poetry readings this Sunday April 17 from 7pm.

In partnership with The John Hewitt Society, three well respected UK poets will read some of their own fantastic collections as well as poems based on the evening’s theme of Peace, Place and People.

The evening will include readings by one of Ireland’s leading poet’s Michael Longley. Michael will be joined by the distinguished London Jewish poet and biographer, Elaine Feinstein.

Also presenting their poetry will be Ben Maier, a young, up and coming Jewish poet, who has had his poems published in many of the main journals, including the Irish Pages and the Salt Book of Younger Poets.

The date has been especially chosen as it marks both the eve of Passover and Palm Sunday, to demonstrate the Jewish Community’s commitment to partnering with other communities, encouraging mutual respect and cultural diversity.

The audience is invited to meet the poets and discuss their work after the readings.

Admission is free of charge. Booking in advance is not necessary but please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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