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On the grapevine - April 21


Take harte from training

Belfast City Council is holding a series of free, one-day training courses from this week for people seeking to work in the local hospitality sector as part of the HARTE (Hospitality and Retail Training for Employment) initiative.

The training will be aligned to NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service and places will be available for individuals who deal with the public in ‘front of house’ roles such as receptionists, shop assistants and workers in B&Bs, hotels and other small businesses.

The one-day course runs from 9.30am-4pm and will take place at Mount Vernon Community House on Wednesday, May 4.

Places will be on a first-come first-served basis and lunch will be provided. To register call 9050 0512 or

Easter extravaganza at the zoo

IN the run up to Belfast Zoo’s Easter extravaganza, some of the animals have been celebrating with some special treats.

Each day, from now until April 26, the zoo will be posting pictures, videos and Easter desktop wallpapers, of the animals enjoying Easter treats, to their website and facebook for everyone to enjoy.

Julie Mansell, zoo curator said: “The special Easter egg treats have been incredibly popular with our animals and activities like this are also extremely stimulating and provide enrichment for the different species at the zoo!

“The eggs definitely didn’t last long with Bora, the Malayan sun bear. She quickly worked out that she could get the treats by ripping the egg apart with her mouth and claws!”.

Belfast Zoo’s Easter Extravaganza will take place from 22 to 26 April and activities will include: animal feeding times; an Easter egg treasure hunt; Thorntons, Abbeycentre will teach your how to ice your name on your Easter eggs; and our animal characters Brian, the lion and Spook, the bear will be on-site.

The zoo has been extremely busy in recent months with a number of new arrivals including Kinabalu, the Sumatran tiger, three Rothschild’s giraffes, Alice the Andean bear, Echo the crowned sifaka and as an extra Easter treat, the zoo farm welcomed 16 new baby chicks!

“Easter at the zoo always has a great atmosphere. With the latest additions to our animal collection and improvements made to our catering facilities, I have no doubt that the zoo can provide the perfect family day out over Easter.”

For more information visit, or email,

easter library fun

Chichester and Grove Libraries have organised a number of events for children over the Easter holiday. All these events are free and children are welcome to join in these Easter library celebrations.

Chichester Library

Easter Storytime – is being held on Saturday, April 23, at 11.30am. This event is suitable for children aged 4 - 8. No booking necessary. Everyone welcome.

For further information, contact Chichester Library (Salisbury Avenue, BT15 5EB) or telephone: 028 9050 9210 or email:

Grove Library

Easter Storytime and Craft fun — is being held on Thursday, April 14, from 3.30pm-4.30pm.

This is suitable for children aged 4 - 8 years. No booking necessary. Everyone welcome. For further information, contact Grove Library (Grove Wellbeing Centre, 120 York Road, BT15 3HF), telephone: 028 9050 9244 or email grove.library@|

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


Diabetes walk in the park

Leading health charity Diabetes UK Northern Ireland is calling on people in the wider Newtownabbey area to register now to take part in the annual Walk in The Park. This year the walk will take place at Hazelbank Park on Saturday May 28 at 10am.

It is estimated that 3000 people in the Newtownabbey Borough Council area have diabetes. Overall in Northern Ireland, there are 70,000 people diagnosed with the condition, 1000 of which are young people and children.

Walk in the Park is a fun event for the entire family with routes suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs and all walks are dog friendly (dogs must be on a lead). The walk itself is only two miles and everyone who completes the route will receive a medal.

“To register for the walk and to receive a sponsorship form, please contact Ken Jackson on 028 9029 4967 or email or Carol Lucas on 028 9086 1718 or email

Walk in the Park is an ann in Newtownabbey to help beat Northern Ireland’s overall total last year of £18,851.65.

Naomi Brown, Fundraising Assistant for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland said: “It is really important that we get as many people along to the walk as possible this year.

“It is a fantastic family day out to support such an important cause. I would urge anyone who is available on the day to come and join us.”

Could you be queen?

Have you got what it takes to become the Ballyclare May Fair Queen 2011?

Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Ballyclare May Fair sub-committee is delighted to announce the return of the May Fair Queen Crowning Cabaret on Friday, May 20, this year in the Ballyclare Comrades Club.

Kathy Wolff, chair of the May Fair sub-committee said: “The May Fair Queen crowning cabaret is one of the highlights of the May Fair.”

Remember, the May Fair takes place on May 20-24 and the earlier you get your registration in, the better. The closing date for registration is Monday, April 25, 2011.

Application forms can be obtained from Ballyclare Town Hall or can be downloaded from For up to date information on the fair, follow on facebook —

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