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On the grapevine - February 24


Pit your wits at charity quiz

The Cedar Foundation is looking for |people to get their thinking caps on and come along to support a table quiz on Thursday, March 31 at Cooke Rugby Club, Shaw’s Bridge at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 each and all proceeds raised from the event will go to the disability charity. The quiz is being organised by the charity’s user forum that is made up of service users from the charity from across Northern Ireland with varying disabilities.

Anne Straghan, chairperson of the user forum, said, “Every year the user forum hosts a fundraiser to give something back to Cedar. We are really looking forward to this year’s quiz and with prizes and entertainment lined up — we can promise a great night is in store.”

Tickets can be purchased from Christine Tweedie, call 028 9066 6188 or email

The Cedar Foundation works in |partnership with disabled people |acrossNorthern Ireland providing |quality support, care, accommodation and training services to enable disabled adults and children to participate in all |aspects of community life. To find out more log on to


Blackstaff community

A meeting to discuss how to promote what is best and what is available in the Blackstaff area will be held in the Park Centre, Donegall Road on Monday, March 14.

Local businesses, sporting and leisure organisations are especially welcome. The meeting is being arranged by the Blackstaff Community Development Association. If anyone is interested in attending, please email

High time for a tea dance

The Southcity Resource Centre has announced that there will be a tea dance in the Empire Social Club tonight from 2pm until 5pm. Everyone is welcome.

For more details, contact Adrienne Magill 07816108489.

Things to do

The Southcity Family & Youth Project at Maldon Street, off the Donegall Road, has launched an exciting programme of events involving social and physical activities and helping the unemployed, with an an employment club for over 16s. It is held on a Wednesday and Friday |between 2pm and 3pm.

Full details can be obtained by calling into the Southcity Resource and Development Centre at Maldon Street or by calling 90 504747.

Show us your photos!

The Ulster Wildlife Trust is looking for old photographs of the Blackstaff River. There have been similar requests by other organisations in the past but |without success.

Do you have an old photograph of the Blackstaff? Do you have a book that contains a photo? Do you know of any library or museum that might have one? If you can help to find an old Blackstaff River photograph then please contact Deborah McLaughlin, Bog Meadows |Wetlands Restoration project officer, on 07738 945052.


Emerald anniversary

Blackstaff Staff community association would like to congratulate Tommy and Lily Caldwell of Renfrew Walk, Sandy Row, who celebrated their Emerald Wedding Anniversary (55 years) on Friday, February 18.


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 but if you are new to the sport and just want to watch, there’s great news — spectators have free entry!

There will be music at the event, a barbecue and great prizes on offer. For more information, visit


Cancer support

Action Cancer is offering a series of |information and support sessions for those affected by the disease. They will run every Monday until March 14 at Action Cancer House, Belfast (6-9pm). They aim to assist those affected and their families to readjust to life with cancer.

The sessions will look at counselling and therapeutic support, reactions within the family and living with the consequences of cancer.

If you would like more information or are interested in attending any of sessions, please contact Elizabeth Boyd at Action Cancer on 028 9080 3351 or

For more information on the charity’s work, visit or call 028 9080 3344.

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 by emailing or calling the information desk on 028 9050 9162.

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