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On the grapevine - August 4


Art in the Park

To celebrate the beauty of the Lagan Valley Regional Park, the Laganscape project is launching its 2011 annual art competition and they would like you to enter your artwork depicting your interpretation of the park.

The competition aims to get individuals to think creatively about the great outdoors and create a piece of art that represents ‘your’ Lagan Valley. Some suggested topics are:

The scenery (the river, |woodlands, meadows and parks)

The amazing wildlife (birds, mammals, fish, minibeasts, trees and flowers)

Historic features like the Giants Ring, the Norman Motte at Belvoir, |Castle

Gardens or the Lock Keeper's Cottage

Recreational activities such as canoeing, cycling, adventure sports or horse riding.

Or whatever you think makes a park special.

Entries must be received by Friday October 28 and entries must be labelled. LVRP are not responsible for returning any artwork, Although requests can be made.

There will be an exhibition and prize giving held at the Lock Keeper's Visitor Centre. The exhibition will tour libraries and civic centers. Entrants will have the chance to win prize money of up to £100.

Belfast Taste and Music fest

The popular culinary and entertainment extravaganza will take place from today, Thursday, August 4 until Sunday August 7.

A selection of Northern Ireland’s finest chefs including local chefs Danny Ciaran Steele, Head Chef Mollys Yard, Simon Dougan, Yellow Door, Michael O’Connor, The Barking Dog, Gerard McQuillian, Lost Society, Michael Glinkowski and 27 Talbot Street will be ‘cooking up a storm’ for an expected 25,000 guests — giving the public the chance to indulge in world-class culinary delights while enjoying musical performances from a broad range of local and national talent.

Chefs will be serving up some of their celebrated signature dishes between noon and 10pm daily and visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy a full schedule of fabulous large stage live entertainment including must-see performances from Flash Harry, Otis and the Elevators and Niamh Kavanagh and The Illegals (Niamh was one of the lead vocalists behind The Commitments).

For further information visit www.tasteandmusic.com


Belfast healthy cities

Belfast Healthy Cities is pleased to announce Equity in Health - Leadership for the Common Good training — a series of masterclasses focusing on cross sectoral collaboration for middle and senior managers in the statutory, voluntary and community sectors.

For full details view the training brochure or book online. Places are limited to 24 and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with a balance of participants across sectors. A second presentation of the course may be on offer, so please register your interest.

For further information contact Caroline Scott 028 9032 8811 or caroline@belfasthealthycities.com

This programme is offered free of charge, with the support of the Public Health Agency.


Type 2 Diabetes test

The Diabetes UK Roadshow will visit the front of the City Hall in Belfast on Thursday August 18 and Friday August 19 from 9am to 5pm to help people find out more about diabetes and discover whether they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The roadshow,supported by the Big Lottery Fund, aims to identify some of the estimated 10,000 people in Northern Ireland who have Type 2 diabetes but are not aware of it.

This is vital because Type 2 Diabetes can be undetected for 10 years or more, meaning 50 per cent of people already have complications by the time they are diagnosed.

The roadshow will also raise awareness of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. In 2010 Diabetes UK’s Roadshow programme carried out nearly 10,000 risk assessments and more than half of those people were referred to their local GP.

Holiday programme for seniors

NI based charity BCM (Belfast Central Mission) are piloting a new holiday programme for older people this September.

This new programme will replace their ever popular trips to Millisle, which ended this year. A spokespersons said: “This four day short break to Bangor, Co. Down is an excellent way for older people to make new friends, visit the coastal sights of the area, enjoy fine food and socialise in a relaxed and informal environment.”

Anyone interested should contact BCM’s Community Services manager Janet Sewell on 028 9024 1917 by August 30 for booking details and more information.


Sign up to cavalcade

East Antrim Old Vehicle club are celebrating their 10th Anniversary of theBelfast-Portrush Cavalcade on Sunday August 7. There is an entry of 110 Vehicles ranging from 1933-1990.

The organisers have requested the participants to dress up according to the year of their entry. It would be a wonderful spectacle if all entrants came dressed from 33-90 style. The cavalcade will assemble at Belfast Zoo from 8.30 am. The public are welcome to come and view the vehicles. The cavalcade will leave at 11am and travel through main thoroughfare , Antrim Road and go through Templepatrick, Antrim and Ballymena. The vehicles will be on show at the county Hall car park from 12noon to 2pm where the cavalcade will stop for light lunch at Tullyglass Hotel.

Robert Raj Chairman and organiser of this successful event tells me that this is a great turnout of vehicles and hopes that public will turn out to support. For further information contact Robert at 028 9084 2993 or 07511662741

Belfast Telegraph