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On the grapevine - September 16


Harvest weekend

Belfast City Mission on the Shore Road

(Shore Crecent) will be hosting a special Harvest weekend on Saturday, September 25, and Sunday, September 26.

On Saturday 25, a night of praise with the Emmanuel singer begins at 7.30 pm. Supper will be provided,

On Sunday 26, starting at 7pm, there will be a gospel meeting with special signers and guest speaker. Everyone is welcome to attend both events.


Music club

Newtownabbey music club kicks off to a good start on September 21 with “The Last Ballade”, the story of Frederick Chopin and George Sand. This is a play with music and will be performed by Michael Lunts. The production relives the stormy to the composer’s tempestuous affair with novelist and ‘femme fatale’ George Sands.

In the following months we welcome back Clarinetist Gillian McCutcheon and Metzon Soprano, Nuala Murray, and for this year’s Christmas special, reknowned singer Kieran Goss (below) will break his busy touring schedule to appear for one night only at the club.

Membership is now due and the bad news is that we had to raise the yearly membership to £20. There is however good news too, for as well as receiving discount on all music club events the manager of Theatre at the Mill has agreed that music club members can also have £2 discount on the following performances:

Wednesday, September 15, Stormont preview

Tuesday, October 26, Ballet Ireland Romeo and Juliet

Tuesday, November 16, Five guys named Mo

Tuesday, December 7, Christmas Eve can kill you

You will also need to produce your music club membership card in order to claim these special offers, so fill in the attached form, so fill in the attached form and return it to me as soon as possible.

For more information contact Cathy Cole, Newtownabbey arts development officer on 028 9034 0063.


Think pink

Luncheon Celebrity Masterchef finalist and all-round media star Christine Hamilton will be serving up a treat as special guest speaker at the Ulster Cancer Foundation’s Think Pink! luncheon.

Sponsored by the Medicare Pharmacy Group, the fun afternoon will be held at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Friday, Octobe 8, getting off to a sparkling start with a pink champagne reception at 12noon.

The luncheon is the charity’s flagship event and helps raise awareness and funds to support local women with breast cancer. The Think Pink! campaign runs during October, breast cancer awareness month.

Christine (below) said: ”The Ulster Cancer Foundation provides an excellent and vital service giving advice and support to those who need help. I am very pleased to be invited to speak at this wonderful event and I hope that women of all ages from across Northern Ireland will join us for a fabulous few hours of fun and laughter at the UCF luncheon.

“Not only will you help support the charity’s work, but it will be a great opportunity for women to meet each other, to make new friends and to celebrate. Buy your tickets soon so you don't miss out!"

Breast Cancer is now the most common form of cancer in women in Northern Ireland with over 1,000 women diagnosed with the disease each year but survival rates are steadily improving. Today, there are around 10,000 women with a diagnosis of breast cancer living in Northern Ireland. UCF’s Think Pink! campaign highlights the help available to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. These services include UCF support groups, bra and swimwear fitting service in Belfast, L’derry, Dungannon, Newry and Enniskillen plus counselling, art therapy, creative writing and Beauty for Life programme. All funds raised from the Think Pink! campaign are spent within Northern Ireland to ensure that our services for women with breast cancer, provided free of charge by UCF, continue.

The Think Pink! luncheon kicks off with a pink champagne reception at 12 noon followed by a two course meal, spot prizes, an entertaining talk from guest speaker Christine Hamilton and a chance to win amazing prizes at the Tickets cost £40 per person and include a complimentary Clarins goodie bag. Tickets are available from Kirsty Thompson at the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Tel: 028 9068 0771 or email:


GI Joes and twinkle toes

From GI Joes to some twinkle toes, next week’s Festival of the Peninsula from September 15 to September 19 is broadening its appeal.

While renowned for its folk and traditional music concerts, the 2010 festival will also include contemporary dance, a film screening, a night of entertainment with the Ards Writers, as well as a boat tour.

World War II Remembered will recreate the American presence in Ards between 1942 and 1944, with US troops descending upon Conway Square, wearing authentic uniforms, demonstrating weapon handling and rifle drills, marching and standing to attention when a jeep with ‘General Eisenhower’ tours the town.

For further info Tel: 028 9182 6846 or visit

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