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Scots night for ladies
Due to the wintry weather the SWRI Milton of Campsie Christmas party in December had to be cancelled – much to the ladies' disappointment!
The next meeting will take place in Milton of Campsie Village Hall next Wednesday, January 12, at 7.30pm when members and friends will be welcomed to a 'Scottish night' with a toast to 2011.
The entertainers will consist of a piper, a young highland dancer and a soprano singer.
A plain fare supper will round off the evening. The competition will be "make a beetle" as per the syllabus.
President Chrissie and the committee look forward to your company.
Flower club helps out
Lenzie and District Flower Club held a Christmas Open Night in Lenzie Academy
recently, which included fundraising.
The two charities which will benefit are the local branch of the Seagull Trust (based at Southbank Marina) and Strathkelvin Talking Newspaper.
The club committee would like to thank everyone who was able to brave the elements and attend, and also those who helped behind the scenes.
Get to the very art of it!
A NEW series of arts classes – appealing to children and young people – begins next Tuesday, running until April 1.
North Lanarkshire's Arts Development Team will be helping youngsters to explore their creative skills.
'Art Attack' offers a wide range of arts activities, including drawing, painting, clay modelling, sculpture making and printmaking in a fun and friendly environment.
Classes run in various locations across North
Lanarkshire – including Tuesdays in Auchinloch Community Centre and Stepps Cultural Centre, and Wednesdays at Gartcosh Community Centre and Stepps Cultural Centre.
Anne Louise Kieren, visual arts development officer, said: "These art classes are a great way for kids to discover their creative side, learn new skills and have fun."
Classes are suitable for children aged seven and over, and cost 4.50 (all materials supplied).
For further information on visual arts classes call 01236 812814.
Praise for local heroes
COMMUNITY spirit is alive and well in Kirkintilloch.
That's the view of Gregg McClymont, MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, who visited the Volunteer Centre in Kirkintilloch.
He heard first hand about the challenges facing the voluntary sector in East Dunbartonshire.
Mr McClymont said: "The Volunteer Centre is a great facility for anyone looking for volunteering opportunities in East Dunbartonshire and for any local organisations who want to offer voluntary placements.
"If anyone wants to give up some of their time to make a difference to the local community then I am sure that staff at the new Volunteer Centre will be able to assist them.
"People working in the voluntary sector, like everyone else, depend on good public services and support from Government.
"There are charities and voluntary groups in this constituency already struggling to make ends meet and savage cuts now will hit them hard."
Paul O'Kane, development officer (volunteers and organisations), said: "It was great to welcome Gregg to the Volunteer Centre and discuss the importance of volunteering in our local community. I'm pleased that he is keen to listen to the views and perspectives of volunteers and he is recognising the value of volunteering in East Dunbartonshire."
Beverley Lockhart, development officer (befriending), added: "It was good to meet Gregg and talk with him.
"I felt that he really understood the positive impact the service has on the lives of vulnerable adults in our local community. I believe that he saw the benefit of the befriending service continuing to provide this vital support."
Recycle old presents
PUT your unwanted Christmas gifts to good use and help vulnerable children at the same time – that's the message from a children's charity.
Barnardo's Scotland is appealing for unwanted gifts from the festive season to be donated to their chain of shops across the region so they can be sold to raise vital funds. The shop in Kirkintilloch's Cowgate is ready to accept unwanted gifts.
Barnardo's Scotland works with more than 10,000 children, young people and their families in over 70 specialised projects across Scotland.
Dance your way down!
WHY stop the dancing now that Christmas and New Year are past – trot down to a community centre and keep moving!
A series of dance classes have been arranged – a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and keep fit.
'Just Dance! Dance for Adults' is a new class for adults and there is also '50+ Stretch and Dance'.
Each class begins with some stretching and strengthening exercises to improve general fitness and flexibility, and then you have the chance to learn anything from Abba moves and jazz to hip-hop and street dance.
Classes begin next week.
'50+ Stretch and Dance' will take place on Friday mornings in Muirhead Community Centre.
The classes are suitable for all adults aged 50 and over. Each class costs 3 (2.75 Passport to Leisure).
Meanwhile 'Just Dance! Dance for Adults' will take place on Thursday evenings.
The classes are aimed at anyone aged 16 and over who wants to get fitter, stronger and more flexible. They cost 4 (3 Passport to Leisure).For further information or to book for any dance class call Natasha Guinnessy, arts development officer (dance), on 01236 812495.