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Today's date - Thursday 31 July 2014

Thu 12 June to Thu 31 July - Belly Dancing Classes For Beginners & Improvers

8 week course in Wirral. A low impact, uplifting fun form of exercise for Women aged 17-70. Bring a friend for free (June 12th) Block book and pay in advance or drop in and pay as you go each week at class.

7.30pm-8.30pm - Victoria Hall, Acorn Close (behind the acorn pub) Higher Bebington Wirral - location map

Telephone: 0151-644-1719
Email: taratazara@gmail.com
Website: www.tarabellydance.co.uk

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Thu 31 July - Meditation Drop-in Classes

Meditation Drop-in Classes Every Thursday When we meditate we learn to be aware in the present moment and to develop positive feelings. Over time, mindfulness meditation can bring about a gentle but radical transformation. The classes are suitable for all levels of experience and are accessible to newcomers who will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of meditation. No need to book just arrive a few minutes in advance to allow time to settle your thoughts before we begin the meditation. A donation of 6 (concessions 3)is suggested for the evening See our Facebook page liverpoolbuddhistcentre

7.00 to 9.00 - 66 Rodney Street Liverpool - location map

Email: buddhashanti@supanet.com
Website: www.liverpoolbuddhistcentre.co.uk

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Sat 2 August - Granby Four Streets Community Market

The ever popular community market will be held on the first Saturday of every month until September. Arts and crafts, second hand clothes, bric-a-brac and much more. Home baked bread and cakes, chutneys and jams, delicious hot food and a great atmosphere. This time we will have an arts and crafts workshop for children.

10.30 am - 3.00 pm - Cairns St, off Granby Street - location map

Telephone: 0151 726 9379
Email: granby4streetsmarket@hotmail.co.uk
Website: 37 Beaconsfield St

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Sat 2 August - Liverpool Friends of Palestine Vigil

Liverpool Friends of Palestine will be holding their monthly vigil on the steps of St Luke's Church (the bombed -out church at the top of Bold Street). Vigils held on the first Saturday of every month.

12pm till 2pm - Steps of St Lukes (bombed out) Church, Hardman St, Liverpool city centre - location map

Email: rosemary@lfop.fsnet.co.uk

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Sun 3 August - Liverpool LGBT Singers

Do you enjoy singing? We are a mixed group of singers of all ages who meet every Sunday evening. We sing everything from pop to showtunes to ballads. No audition necessary, just come along and join in the fun! We have free rehearsal space at St Stephen with St Catherine’s Church, Crown Street, Liverpool (near the Women’s Hospital). Fully accessible building. Turn up at 6pm for a cuppa and a biccie and rehearsal 6-30 to 8-30pm. Over 16s only.

6-6-30pm - St Stephen with St Catherine Church, Crown Street, Liverpool - location map

Email: lgbtchoirliverpool@live.co.uk
Website: www.lgbtchoirliverpool.co.uk

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Sun 3 August - FOR FOLK SAKE Folk and Acoustic Showcase.

FOR FOLK SAKE is a monthly showcase of wonderful local folk and acoustic acts. The event is on the first Sunday of every month and is absolutely free.

7.30pm - Bumper, 14-18 Hardman Street. - location map

Email: folk.at.bumper@gmail.com

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Sun 3 August - Capoeira Club

What is Capoeira? Capoeria is a Brazilian martial art that was developed by enslaved Africans in Brazil. It is a unique martial art that incorporates musicality, acrobatics and dance. Training Capoeira improves fitness, flexibility, strength and self defence. If you have an interest in martial arts, dance or acrobatics or just want to try something new, come along to one of the friendly classes, led by Daniel Baird. All ages, levels of fitness and abilities welcome! The International Slavery Museum's Capoeira Club is held every Sunday afternoon, 2-4pm.

2pm to 4pm every sunday - Merseyside Maritime Museum - location map

Telephone: 0151 478-4456
Email: vikky.evans-hubbard@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
Website: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

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Mon 4 August - Come Strut Your Stuff - open floor poetry and acoustic music

Come Strut Your Stuff - open floor poetry and acoustic music on the first Monday of every month at the Egg Cafe! (or on second Monday of the month when the first Monday clashes with a Bank Holiday).

All performers and listeners welcome. First time readers and performers encouraged. The Cafe normally gets very busy, so avoid disappointment by arriving early to claim a seat and a performance slot.

Hosted by Tony Kehoe and Dave Harley.

8pm - The Egg Cafe, 2nd Floor, 16-18 Newington, Liverpool City Centre - location map

Email: info@comestrutyourstuff.co.uk
Website: www.comestrutyourstuff.co.uk

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Tue 5 August - Meeting of Liverpool Holistic Circle

Liverpool Holistic Circle is a forum for sharing and increasing knowledge of all things holistic.

The group is almost unique: there is no membership, no enrolment and no commitments. Just turn up on any Tuesday evening and join in with the information, inspiration, fun, sharing, tea and biscuits.

There is no formal membership, but to cover costs we request a donation of 4.00 per meeting attended.

Our weekly Tuesday meetings cover a huge range of subjects relating to complementary therapies, holism and spirituality. All like-minded people are welcome to come to join us, either regularly or as a one-off.

See website for details of the weekly talks, events, and activities.

7.30pm - The Rosicrucian Chapter, 19, Dovedale Road, Liverpool - location map

Email: mail@liverpool-holistic-circle.org
Website: www.liverpool-holistic-circle.org

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Tue 5 August - Liverpool Network Theatre Group - weekly workshop

Our ongoing weekly workshops are open to all. We share skills, try out new ideas, and most of all have fun!

Network workshops are held every week, including half term and summer breaks.

Please feel free to come along to any workshops, whatever amount of experience you have, from beginner to drama student to professional!

They are usually self contained in theme, so you don't need to wait until the end of a series to join. Also they continue alongside performance rehearsals, which occur on a different night.

Each workshop has a different theme, and are usually led by experienced workshop leaders or interested members of the group. Occasionally we have visiting workshop leaders to bring in different skills. Any member of Network is also welcome to lead workshops, following discussing their plans with the group and workshop organisers.

Members take it in turns to run workshops, on a range of practical skills, drama games and exercises, themes and plays. For information call 0151 733 9606.

We also have a play reading group who meet regularly to discuss ideas for new plays, on a separate evening to the workshops.

Workshops now take place at 13 A Hope Street. The entrance to the building is from the back, via Arrad Street at the back of Everyman Theatre. This is the road next to the Casa pub. Please ring the bell, there is a porter letting people in. It may get cold there, so bring a fleece!

The start time is 7pm, running until 9pm.

Since we will now need to pay venue hire, we have agreed to charge 1.00 per person per workshop. Those who can afford to pay more are invited to do so.We can make special arrangements for those who cannot afford this.

If you decide to join Network there is a yearly subscription fee of 5 waged, 3 unwaged.

Why not come along? Non members also welcome.

7 pm till 9pm - 13a Hope Street,Liverpool City Centre (the entrance is from the back, via Arrad St)
Telephone: 0151 733 9606
Email: liverpoolnetworktheatre@googlemail.com
Website: www.liverpoolnetworktheatre.org.uk

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Tue 5 August - Mindfulness and Meditaion

Mindfulness and Meditation Every Tuesday @ 4pm Come over and chill £5 per person

4pm - Old Police Centre Lark lane - location map

Telephone: 07514005786
Email: Lindagoulden@yahoo.co.uk

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Wed 6 August - Liverpool Friends of Palestine Monthly Meeting

Monthly meeting of Liverpool Friends of Palestine. (Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month.) All welcome.

7.30pm - 2nd Floor (Methodists) above News From Nowhere 96 Bold St Liverpool - location map

Website: http://liverpoolfriendsofpalestine.co.uk/

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Wed 6 August - Jason and the Argonauts (Outdoor Theatre Production)

This Summer join Off The Ground as they embark on an epic adventure, with Jason and his heroic Argonauts. Watch how the mighty Gods of Greece, Zeus and Hera, play with human lives to satisfy their own desires. See how Jason uses all his strength and wit to evade the beastly minotaur, how he and his gang avoid certain doom from the women on the Isle of Lemnos, and how they evade the lure from the enchanting sounds of the Sirens…and ultimately win in the quest for the Golden Fleece. Can Jason survive and return home to claim his right to the throne? A summer show not to be missed, packed full of song, danger and heroic adventure across the seas! Tickets Adult £11.00, Senior Citizens £8.00, Under 21’s £5.00

6.30pm - Croxteth Hall, Croxteth Hall and Country Park, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 0151 625 2929
Email: tickets@offtheground.co.uk
Website: www.offtheground.co.uk

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Fri 8 August - Critical Mass cycle ride

A Critical Mass is a group of cyclists, wheelchair users, rollerskaters, skateboarders, in fact anyone on self-propelled transport is welcome to join. We travel around the city on a random route following whoever is in front with the purpose of celebrating non-polluting transport. Sometimes it's just for fun and sometimes it's to campaign for better transport facilities.

"We aren't blocking traffic - we ARE traffic!

Critical Mass takes place on the every 2nd friday of the month.

6 pm - Meeting point at Chinese Arch on Nelson Street, Liverpool city centre
Email: m.bradman@liv.ac.uk
Website: liverpoolcm.blogspot.com/

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Sat 9 August - MERSEYSIDE LGBT BOOK GROUP, 18 +

We are a friendly, well-established and well-attended novel-reading Book Group, meeting roughly monthly. All LGBT, 18+, welcome:)We read a mix of lgbt and non lgbt content novels. We also have a section where u can recommend books and say what u have been reading recently!We take turns to choose the novels. There is no pressure to come more than once to sample it!We meet in Caffe Nero, bottom Bold Street, by Liverpool Central Station, 12-2 pm. Upstairs, about 20 stairs, no lift. This month's novel is the dazzling "Flaubert's Parrot" by Julian Barnes

12.00-2 PM - Caffe Nero, 1a Bold Street, Liverpool - location map

Email: stev_arts@yahoo.co.uk

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Sat 9 August - Bombshell's Birthday Bash: Bands, Battles, Burlesque!

**PRESS RELEASE** Music, comedy rap-battles and burlesque - a night packed with high voltage performances from talented performers, showcasing acts from both Liverpool and around the UK. If that wasnt awesome enough, Maguire's serves some of the best pizza in town and a great range of drinks at decent prices.

6pm - Maguire's Pizza Bar, 77 Renshaw Street - location map

Email: info@hubcapescapades.info
Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/644217488992858/

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Tue 12 August to Thu 14 August - Hansel and Gretel

New for 2014 comes our family show Hansel and Gretel Deep in the woods there is a candy house that lures children in to be eaten by a witch. Hansel and Gretel get left in the woods by their father when their stepmother tells him there is not enough food for them all to survive the winter. Hansel gets trapped by the witch and Gretel is forced to be her slave. When the old witch comes to eat Hansel she asks Gretel to climb inside and light the oven. Gretel plays dumb and tricks the old witch into climbing in to show her how to do it. Gretel burns the witch and the two children escape and find their way home to their father’s house. www.pastproductions.co.uk Tickets: £5/£4.00 Please book early to avoid disappointment Shows start at 1pm

1.00pm - Croxteth Hall and Country Park, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07894 866 432
Website: www.pastproductions.co.uk

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Wed 13 August - Audition - All Quiet on the Western Front - Burjesta Theatre

We will be holding auditions for our 9th production to date, an in-house adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's classic anti-war novel 'All Quiet on the Western Front' on Wednesday 13th August. It is set in World War I, and seen from the perspective of ordinary German soldiers, both at the front fighting with the French and British and also on the Home Front. There are plenty of parts and not exclusively for men with significant parts for women too. There will be two workshops in the lead up to the audition. These will be next Wednesday, 30th July and the Wednesday following, 6th August, both at 7pm and at The Casa. They will look at themes from the play whom the director will be focusing on in the production. PLEASE NOTE - We will only audition actors who attend the workshops and that this is unpaid work. There is no need to prepare a piece for the audition which will be a combination of devised and script work provided on the day. Performance dates for the production are 14th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 21st and 22nd of November. For more information send an email to info@burjesta-theatre.co.uk [It may be helpful to actors wishing to audition, though by no means obligatory, to watch the 1930 black and white film adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front, which will give you a good feel of the novel. It is available on You Tube in full if you search for it. Avoid watching the 1970s colour version which is a much poorer and inadequate adaptation]

7pm - The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07913449396
Email: info@burjesta-theatre.co.uk
Website: www.burjesta-theatre.co.uk

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Wed 20 August - Liverpool Friends of the Earth meeting

Friendly, informal meeting of Liverpool's local Friends of the Earth group. Past campaigns have included local regeneration, climate change and transport. Open to all!

We meet on the third Wednesday of every month.

6.30pm till 8pm - DoES Liverpool, Unit 3, Floor 4, Gostins Building, 32-36 Hanover Street, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07733 310667
Email: Michael@liverpoolfoe.org.uk
Website: www.liverpoolfoe.org.uk

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Sat 23 August - Greenstock Festival

Greenstock Festival Saturday 23 August 2014 · 12 noon - 11pm Greenbank Sports Academy - Greenbank Lane, Liverpool L17 1AG Full Lineup: Tom Doughty The Hey Pedros Shell Deliah James Cranford Roy Turnham brothermoon Paige D. Ronny Chu Mark Rowland Mike Carney The Young Ukes plus a performance by Bring the Fire Project Organised to coincide with the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF), Greenstock is a free entry live music and art festival happening at Greenbank Sports Academy on Sat 23 August 2014 from 12noon until 11pm. The theme of the event is “magical garden” and it will feature an eclectic mix of live music, performances, art, workshops and activities for all ages, all within the Sports Academy’s grounds. Every inch of space will be transformed for the day into a magical festival environment. Other key attractions include: A sensory trail, Shadow puppet installation, Fairy houses, Lawn games, Photo booth Festival Co-ordinator, Lindsey Kinsella said “It’s great to be a part of LIMF and be able to showcase some fantastic musicians at Greenstock. The event gives us a great opportunity to engage with the local community as part of a much bigger international festival and all the excitement and creativity that goes with it. I hope that as many people as possible are able to join us to be entertained by fantastic musicians, mysterious characters and get lost in our magical garden”.

12noon - 11pm - Greenbank Sports Academt - location map

Email: lindsey.kinsella@greenbank-project.org.uk
Website: http://www.greenbanksportsacademy.co.uk/greenstock-festival-

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Thu 28 August - Art & Craft Market - Woolton Village, Liverpool

Saturday 9th August – 10am – 2pm St James Church Hall, Church Road South, Woolton. L25 7RJ This art & Craft Market offers beautiful handmade items by local artists at affordable prices. There are ideal gifts for all occasions among the eclectic mix of jewellery, paintings, soaps, glass, textiles, photographs, cards and much more. Free Admission – easy access. There is lots of free parking around the area,a Farmers Market and not to mention the tea and cake available at the hall too.

10am to 2pm - St James Church Hall, Church Road South, Woolton. L25 7RJ - location map

Website: http://calidadevents.co.uk

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Sat 30 August - Womens Night at the Star (Bolton)

This group has been set up for women to meet other women and socialise in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. The group meets on the last Saturday of every month at the Star on Bow Street in Bolton. It would be great to see you. We meet at 9pm and the venue is open until the early hours if you wish to stay that long.

21.00 - Star and Garter, Bolton - location map

Website: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/174727582621502/?bookmark_

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Mon 15 September - Spiritual Awakening and a World in Need

This is a talk by psychologist and spiritual teacher Steve Taylor. Spiritual awakening means transcending our sense of separateness, perceiving the world around us with heightened awareness and realising the essential sameness and oneness of all human beings, beyond ethnic or cultural identity. Steve Taylor suggests that a lack of spiritual awareness is the main reason why the world is so full of discord - why human beings find it so difficult to live in harmony with themselves, with others and with nature. Our sense of separateness and the ‘psychological discord’ which fills our minds are the root cause of dysfunctional behaviour, both as individuals and as a species. Warfare, social oppression and environmental destruction can be seen as manifestations of this. However, Steve suggests that this discord is only superficial, that our essential nature is one of harmony and well-being, and that it is possible for us to heal the superficial discord and gain permanent access to our inner harmony. (He will include one or two meditative exercises to illustrate this.) This shift from discord to harmony is equivalent to spiritual awakening, and when we undergo this shift we feel a new sense of connection and a new ‘sacralised’ awareness which transforms our relationship to other human beings, other living beings and the world itself. Dr. Steve Taylor is senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, and the author of several books on spirituality and psychology, including The Fall, Waking from Sleep, and Back to Sanity. Eckhart Tolle has described his work as “an important contribution to the global shift in consciousness.” He was recently included in Mind, Body, Spirit magazine’s list of the “100 most spiritually influential living people.”

18.15 - St Brides Church - location map

Website: http://www.stbridesliverpool.co.uk/

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Sat 20 September - Short Course for Serious Readers: Read to Re-charge

Short Course for Serious Readers: Read to Re-charge Saturday 20th September, 10am-4pm Calderstones Mansion House, Liverpool Cost: £30 (£15 concessions) The summer holidays may feel a million miles away, but there's always a haven for you to retreat here at Calderstones! Sink into the luxury of a day of reading for pleasure, reading for relaxation, reading for you! The perfect opportunity to re-charge your batteries, and return better to face all that your busy life brings your way.

10am - 4pm - Calderstones Mansion House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool L18 - location map

Telephone: 0151 724 5000
Email: emilycrawford@thereader.org.uk
Website: http://www.thereader.org.uk

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Sat 27 September to Sat 15 November - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR is an original 9 session group programme taught in hospitals, prisons, schools, work place and in a variety of community settings with over 30 years of research evidence supporting mental and physical recovery & maintenance of wellbeing.

10am to 5pm - Liverpool Quaker Meeting Rooms Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07786369682
Email: frances@compassionfield.com
Website: www.compassionfield.com

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Sat 14 February to Sun 15 February - UK Baby & Toddler Show

Returning to the Echo Arena, Liverpool on 14-15 February 2015, St. Valentines Day has never been so special. UK Baby & Toddler Show is the one stop pregnancy and parenting shop for all parents and parents to be. Whether you are a new parent or extending your family circle, UK Baby & Toddler Show offers exceptional advice, support, mega shopping opportunities and a fun day out for all the family. Expect only the best at UK Baby & Toddler Show with up to 150 local, regional and national exhibitors showcasing their specialist products and services across the whole baby and toddler market. Key features across the two days will include Liverpool Women’s Hospital Advice Centre, product demonstrations for parents to be and new mums and valuable seminar sessions offering only the best advise. Various competitions will be taking place, including the return of Tots Next Top Model and the Family Fun Activities for the whole family to enjoy. We believe that the first few years of a child’s life are fundamentally significant. Evidence confirms that these early years do indeed position and set up our children’s future development, as well as influence how well children do at school, their ongoing health and well-being and their achievements later in life. The UK Baby & Toddler Show has been created to entirely assist parents; so whether you are pregnant, or a new parent or have pre-school children; we invite you to visit what is set to be a spectacular show fulfilling all of your essential parenting needs.

10am-4pm - Liverpool Echo Arena - location map

Telephone: 01517094034
Email: info@ukbabyandtoddlershow.co.uk
Website: www.ukbabyandtoddlershow.co.uk

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