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On the grapevine - February 2


Cultural arts showcase

From an Ulster-Scots sword dance to a Chinese fan dance, an event in Ards on Saturday, February 12 will showcase music, literature, craft and cuisine from across the globe.

The celebration will include Bollywood and Mexican dancing, Argentinian rhythms and fusion bands, with readings from Bangladeshi texts, poetry from Poland and Hindu recitals — all taking place after guests have had the opportunity to sample food from around the world and to see at first hand different countries’ arts and crafts.

The event — A Feast Of Cultural Delight — is being organised by Ards Arts, the arts service of Ards Borough Council, with Artsekta, Northern Ireland’s only multi-|ethnic international arts organisation.

Amy McKelvey, community arts |development officer with the council, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Artsekta again and to be bringing back this event for a second time.

“It was hugely popular in 2010 and this year promises to be more vibrant and colourful, with an even greater opportunity to take a mini-tour of other people’s cultures right on your own doorstep.”

The Feast Of Cultural Delights will take place at Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards. Crafts and food- tasting begin at 7.30pm and the performance starts at 8.30pm.

Tickets are £8 (£6 concession) and group rates are available for parties of 10 or more.

For further information and to book, contact the Arts Centre on 028 9181 0803 or email arts@ards-council.gov.uk

Fashion Exchange

Local charity Cruse Bereavement Care and UTV personality Tina Campbell have launched a new opportunity for fashion-conscious females.

From 3pm this Saturday, St Mark’s Parish Centre in Newtownards will host the first Fashion Exchange for the North Down and Ards area.

It provides an opportunity for girls of all ages to swap unwanted good quality clothing and accessories and recycle those unwanted Christmas presents.

The event will provide afternoon tea, tips on recession dressing, dressing to suit your shape, fitness and beauty, with a surprise guest makeover.

Tickets cost £10 and donations of clothes and accessories can be|delivered to the Cruse Charity Shop by this Friday or St Mark’s Parish Centre by 12pm on the same day.


Pensioners’ parliament

THE Northern Ireland Pensioners’ Parliament is coming to Belfast on Friday, March 4, and the organisers are encouraging local people to become involved.

A series of Local Parliaments are planned for March and April and all older people from the area are encouraged to fill in a short questionnaire to ensure their views are recorded.

Bill Carson, chair of Age Sector Platform, said: “Not only will the results of the questionnaires filled out determine what will be covered in each local parliament; they will also form the basis of what we will be saying to local MLAs and councillors on the back of the Northern Ireland Pensioners’ Parliament.”

If you would like to attend the Belfast Parliament or would like to fill in a questionnaire, please visit www.pensionersparliament.org or phone 028 9031 2089.

hike up kilImanjaro

IN 2011 discover Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest free-standing mountain by trekking on behalf of children’s charity, Children Today.

This feat of human endurance is open to anyone aged 18 or over on the day of travel.

For those of you with a sense of adventure and the desire to do something challenging for a great cause, simply call Ceri Ward at the office |on 01244 335 622 or email ceri@childrentoday.org.uk for an information pack.

Step into spring for hospice

Northern Ireland Hospice is encouraging people of all ages to take steps to support the 2011 Hospice Walk. Thousands of people are expected to participate in the various 11 walks taking place from Saturday, March 26 to Sunday, April 3.

People of all ages and ability can take on the charity challenge to walk from a minimum of 1.5 of miles and maximum of 11 miles in various annual routes.

Familiar faces are also expected among the stampede of walkers with May McFettridge, actress Olivia Nash, Miss NI, Paul Clark and other personalities tying an extra knot in their laces to take part in one of the 11 walks.

Northern Ireland Hospice is a local charity caring for over 3,000 people across both adult and children’s services in hospice and in the community.

Money raised from events like the 2011 Hospice Walk will help care for those living with a terminal illness and will offer support for their families.

All care is free of charge and is provided 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

To walk for the hospice, it’s as easy as ABC — get registered, get sponsored, and get walking!

If you would like to take your first step towards taking part in the 2011 Hospice Walk, register today by visiting nihospice.org, by telephoning 028 90777123 or by texting the word HOSPICE to 81222.

Hospice Walk Dates:

Saturday, March 26 (walks start at 10am) — Lagan Tow Path, Carrickfergus and North Down

Sunday, April 3 (walks start at 8.30am) — Mournes Mountain Trek

Saturday, April 2 (walks start at 10am) — Castle Ward, Castle Coole, Colin Glen, Portstewart, Antrim, Belfast Castle and Larne


Chilean miner visit

Willowfield Church in east Belfast is preparing for a visit from a hero — the 24th rescued Chilean miner.

In association with SAMS Ireland, the church has invited people and their friends to come along and hear the story of miner Jose Henriquez Gonzales.

It will take place this Saturday at 7.30pm and tickets cost just £3.

The event will be ticket only and they are available from Willowfield Church office, 02890457654 or MICAH Centre 02890453041.

Belfast Telegraph