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On the grapevine - August 26


Up in arts this autumn

Bollywood dancing and the chance to throw your own clay pots are just two of the new classes on offer in a latest local arts programme.

Enrollment for all classes at Ards Arts Centre (Conway Square, Newtownards), opens on Tuesday September 7, at 9am.

As well as the firm favourites, like water-colour painting, parchment making and art for kids, the autumn range of classes now also includes an Indian dance class, facilitated by Arts Ekta — which will teach the classic South Asian dance, Kathak, as well as the more modern Bollywood style of dancing.

New too are pottery sessions being run for both children and adults, with Portaferry-based maker Donald Nelson taking a class for adults on Wednesday afternoons which will explore a range of techniques for working with clay — while on Saturday afternoons, five to seven year olds get the chance to create amazing animals and imaginative pots from clay during ‘My First Pottery Class’ with Angela George.

After the success of a one day ‘Colour Me Beautiful’ class last spring, a full 10 week course has been organised for Thursday evenings, where participants will enjoy a complete personal analysis covering colour palette, body shape and style, skincare and make-up.

And talented local calligrapher Jaquie Brachi will be taking a 10 week course where students will learn the various techniques of uncial lettering.

Emily Walsh, Arts Officer with Ards Borough Council said: “This autumn’s programme is probably one of our most diverse to date, with a good mix between the more traditional art classes which people expect and the more unusual, like Indian dancing, which will attract people who may not think of dancing as ‘art’ and simply want to try it out and have fun. We are already receiving a lot of enquiries and looking forward to welcoming old friends, as well as new visitors to the Arts Centre”.

Bookings can be made in person at the centre, or by telephone on 028 9181 0803.


Lunchtime talks

This lunchtime at 1pm, (Wednesday August 25), George Lowden, renowned maker of hand made guitars will be dropping into North Down Museum to discuss the sounds, designs and techniques associated with his guitars.

The ‘lunchtime talks’ are a free event programmes,

For more information on this lunchtim talk or future talks call 9127 1200 or visit

Charity roller disco

With the phenomenal and glittering success of their inaugural roller disco, Meningitis Research Foundation is doing it all again.

You are invited to roll, dance or bounce the night away on Friday, September 24, at the WigWam Roller Rink, 2 Faulkner Road, Bangor.

Whether you are a pro skater, an absolute beginner or simply looking to put a different spin on a good time, then head down for a friendly and fun-packed night. Feel free to dress up in legwarmers, ultraviolet, funny, funky or simply come as you are.

The cost is £10 per person, which includes skate hire on the night.

It is still the case that no other disease can kill people as quickly as meningitis and septicaemia in the UK and Ireland.

The foundation relies on your voluntary donations to fund its work in research, awareness and support for people affected by the diseases. Its life-saving achievements are only made possible by your support.

For more information contact Keli on 02890321283 or email

Summer seaside fun

Summer entertainment in Bangor this Saturday, August 28, goes back to the traditional seaside antics, with Haslett's Punch and Judy Show.

From 3pm to 5pm come down and enjoy the finale of the summer season at McKee Clock. A free event, there will also be children’s face painting.

In the same spot and at the same time on Sunday, August 29, the popular duo Babcock and Bobbins return to wow the crowd with their fire juggling and balancing skills, performed with cheeky humour.

Also on the Sunday in Ward Park fantastic local talent Gareth Dunlop, Ken Haddock and Kyle John Suckling collaborate on 'Hear me Sing, Hear my Song' at the bandstand.

For more information, call 9127 0069 or visit


Bird watching morning

Castle Espie Wetland Centre combines spectacular sustainable design with a memorable day out for the whole family and next week will be running its ever popular bird watching morning.

At 10.30am on Thursday, August 26, join Dot, their birding expert, to track down the birds at Castle Espie. Normal admission prices apply and are available to view on its website.

This award-winning eco-friendly visitor centre holds a magical mix of restored lagoons, and reed beds already populated with Ireland’s largest collection of water birds. To take part in this event, telephone 028 9187 4146.

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