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On the grapevine - February 23

NORTH BELFAST

Belfast gospel choir

Newtownabbey Methodist Mission will be hosting Belfast Gospel Choir for a special night this Saturday (February 26), to raise funds for mission partner Pat Jamison who is currently serving in Bangladesh & Hill Croft Special School.

Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) perform with power and energy, creating a dynamic vocal sound. They are led by their charismatic director, Marie Lacey. BCGC is a professional Gospel choir that perform at concerts, civic and charitable events, festivals, as well as on television and radio. They also provide backing vocals for international and local music artists performing in Northern Ireland.

The performance kicks off at 8pm but doors open from 7.15pm. Refreshments will be served during the interval and tickets are £10. Tickets can be purchased from NMM Offices (028 90852546) |or by contacting Davy Smyth.|

GLENGORMLEY

Parent & baby cinema

Movie House Glengormley will hold a very special movie screening — just for new parentsand baby can come too!

Mums and dads with a baby aged one or under can come along to the first screening on Thursday, March 10; doors open at 11.45am with the movie starting at noon..

Local health visitor Sinead Lynch approached the cinema with the idea. She said: “There are a lot of parents out there who are home with baby and can be quite isolated. They feel they can’t bring such a young baby to a mother and toddler group and there just isn’t much to do if they want to get out of the house and see people and do something different.”

“Mums who are breastfeeding find it difficult to get out at night with their friends so this is a totally different option for them. They’ll have the chance to meet other mums and chat about their new baby as well as catching up on one of the latest movies,” she added.

The first movie is the romantic comedy Just Go With It starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. The cost to attend is £3.25 per parent. For more info ring Glengormley on 02890833424 or go to www.moviehouse.co.uk

NEWTOWNABBEY

Community courses

Newtownabbey Borough Council is running a series of free courses as part of its community capacity programme.

On Wednesday (March 2) ‘an Introduction to event stewarding’ workshop will takes place at Mossley Mill from 6pm to 9pm.

This course will examine the Roles and Responsibilities of stewards, Health and Safety, Emergency Procedures, Customer Care and Personal safety. This course is essential if you plan to organise any community festivals in your area.

To book your place call Lois on 9034 0208.

EAST BELFAST

Mini-man jam

T13, the new urban sports park at Titanic Quarter (Queen’s Road, Belfast), is hosting a Mini-man Jam — a national skateboarding event for kids aged 14 and under — on Saturday, March 12, from noon to 6pm.

If you think your skateboarding skills are up to scratch, come along and have a go, meet new friends and show off your talents on the number one skateboard destination in the whole of Ireland (helmets are compulsory for all competitors).

It’s £10 to ride. If you are new to the sport and want to watch, there’s great news — spectators have free entry.

There will be music at the event, a barbeque and great prizes on offer.

For more info visit www.t13.tv.

Lace up and sign up

Praxis Care, a charity which provides services for people affected by mental ill health, learning disability and dementia are asking individuals and groups to take part in a range of marathons in 2011.

The individual that raises the most funds will be awarded a trip for two to Paris.

Geraldine Andrews, fundraising officer, said: “The Praxis Care Lace up and Sign Up Marathons Challenge is a fun and healthy way to support the work of Praxis Care.

“Whatever your level of fitness is, there is a section to suit everyone from running or walking to team relays.

Once you sign up a pack will be sent out to you which will include a T-shirt, self-help sheet and a sponsorship form.

“We have set the challenge so people can take part in marathons in their own areas, reflecting the fact that Praxis Care provides support throughout Ireland, UK and the Isle of Man. At the end of 2011 the individual who has raised the most funds will get a trip for two to Paris, including flights and accommodation.”

Marathons featured include:

Belfast City Marathon, Monday, May 2

Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon, Monday, June 6

Isle of Man, Sunday, August 14

Larne Half Marathon, Saturday, March 19

Omagh Half Marathon, Saturday, April 2

London Marathon, Sunday, April 17

Kildare Marathon, Sunday, May 15

Newry City Marathon, Sunday, May 29

Lisburn Half Marathon, Wednesday, June 15

Ards Half Marathon, Friday, June 24

To sign up for the challenge simply email your details to fundraising@praxiscare.org.uk alternatively visit the website www.praxiscare.org.uk or phone 028 90 234 555.

CITY-CENTRE

Classics brought to life

Popular classics will be brought to life by two talented actresses on Tuesday, March 1, at 6.45pm in Belfast Central Library.

Local actors Sara Dylan and Emma Little will perform scenes from Wuthering Heights and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as many other extracts from great writers including Jane Austen and William Shakespeare.

Both have performed on the professional stage at home and in London as well as on BBC TV and Radio Ulster comedy drama. They are accompanied on clarinet by Kevin Lawless.

This is a free event and booking is essential. Contact the Belfast Central Library Information Desk on 028 9050 9162 or email Ciara.gault@librariesni.org.uk

Belfast Telegraph