What’s Happening around the district over the next few days

Musician Peter Hook, formerly of Joy Division and New Order, is appearing and DJ-ing at  Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
Musician Peter Hook, formerly of Joy Division and New Order, is appearing and DJ-ing at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

THINGS to do and see and places to go around the district over the next few days.

l A chess night will be held at the Fox and Goose Inn tonight (Thursday) from 7pm. For more information, call 01422 842649.

l Calder Valley Voices meets at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church on Thursday evenings from 7.15pm until 9.30pm. The group sings a wide range of material for fun. All abilities are welcome.

l Waterside Gym runs a zumba dance fitness class on Thursday evenings from 8-9pm. For more information, call 01422 846088.

l Visitors can learn the craft of spindle spinning at a half day, artist-led workshop at Hardcastle Crags on Friday July 8 as part of a Crafty Friday. Materials and lunch are included. To book a place, call 01422 844518.

l Beginners can learn the Yang style of Tai Chi in sessions running at Salem Community Centre on Fridays at 11am. For more information, call 01274 545948.

l There will be a blues jam at the Sportsman’s Arms, Kebcote, on Friday July 8 at 9pm. For more information, call 01706 813449.

l ‘Tutti Frutti’, a mixed gay cabaret night featuring disco, drag queens and comedy, will take place at B@r Place on Friday July 8. For more information, call 01422 842814.

l James McAvoy and Kevin Bacon star in ‘X-Men: First class’ at the Picture House on July 8, 10 and 11. The film charts the beginning of the X-Men saga, before mutants had revealed themselves to the world.

l Also showing at the Picture House in the coming week is ‘My dog Tulip’ (July 9 and 10). Featuring an all-star voice cast, the animated movie is a bittersweet adaptation of the late British author J R Ackerley’s enduring memoir.

l Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes star in ‘Last Night’ (July 12-14). The film tells the story of Joanna and Michael, who are seven years into a successful and happy relationship. But then Joanna meets Laura, the beautiful work colleague whom Michael never mentioned, and Joanna runs into an old love.

l For more information about the films and for screening times, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hbph.co.uk.

l ‘Improving your balance’, a Feldenkrais workshop, will run at the Hope Centre on Saturday July 9 from 10am until 1pm. For more information, call 01422 882923.

l The Steiner Summer Fair featuring storytelling, waldorf puppetry, children’s crafts, live music, stalls and a cafe will take place at Hope Baptist Church on Saturday July 9 from 10.30am until 4pm. For more information, call 01422 885249.

l An activity day will be held in Nutclough Woods on Saturday July 9 from 10.30am. It will include woodland management and balsam control. For more information, call 01422 847334.

l There will be music, storytelling, dance, craft stalls, real ale and food at the Heptonstall Festival on Saturday July 9. Entry is free for the event, which runs from noon until 6pm. For more information, call 07958 601664.

l ‘The Paupers’ Path to Hope’, a new folk opera by Mick Ryan, will be performed at Gibson Mill on Saturday July 9 at 2.30pm as part of the Southwell Folk Festival tour, supported by the Arts Council. Tickets priced £8 for adults and £4 for concessions are available from Hebden Bridge Visitor and Canal Centre or online at www.southwellfolkfestival.org.uk.

l A craft market will run at Lees Yard car park on Sunday July 10 from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

l Holme Street Arts Centre hosts a flea market featuring bric-a-brac, crafts, books, jewellery and a cafe on Sundays from 9am until 4pm. For more information, call 01422 823589.

l Nelsons Wine Bar hosts an open mic night on Sunday July 10 from 8pm. For more information, call 01422 844782.

l The next Hole Note Acoustic Club night will be held at the Trades Club on Sunday July 10. It is a natural meeting place for musicians and performers, whether experienced or just starting out, to play among friends.

l Dave Boardman comperes ‘True stories told live’ at the Trades Club on Tuesday July 12. People gather at the event to tell and listen to true stories. There will also be an appearance by Becky Unthank. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.

l Take part in informal conversation in any language at a language cafe held at Watergate Tearooms on Mondays from 10am until 11.30am. For more information, call 01422 842978.

l Calder Food Hub has organised a scything skill share day on Monday July 11 as part of its series of summer 2011 events. For more information, call 01422 846540 or visit www.calderfoodhub.org.uk.

l ArtsMill runs a life drawing class on Mondays from 11am until 12.30pm. All abilities welcome. For more information, call 07889 279454.

l The Amnesty International letter writing group will meet at B@r Place on Monday July 11 at 7.30pm. All welcome. For more information, call 01422 843321.

l The Hope Centre runs a group arts therapy session on Monday evenings at 7pm. ‘Calling all creatives’ aims to help people create a life they love. For more information, call 07821 634713.

l The Second Organic House readers’ group will meet at the cafe on Tuesday July 12 at 10am. For more information, call 01422 844748.

l Baby yoga sessions will be held at the Birchcliffe Centre on Tuesday July 5 at 11.30am and 2pm. For more information, call 07967 974376.

l A belly dance class suitable for all women is held at Waterside Gym on Wednesdays at 1.30pm. For more information, call 07981 639471.

l Calderdale Yoga Centre hosts a Kundalini yoga class on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. For more information, call 01422 844146.

l ‘Son of Babylon’ will be screened at the Picture House tonight (Thursday) at 7.45pm. The film, which is set in Northern Iraq two weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein, will be introduced by producer Isabelle Stead.

l The Little Theatre will host ‘Lockerbie: Unfinished business’ on Friday July 8 at 7.30pm. The award-winning production by David Benson and director Hannah Eidinow tells the story of grieving father Jim Swire, who found his faith in his own country’s legal system shattered after 270 people were killed in Britain’s worst terrorist atrocity.

l There will be foot-stomping and jazz-inflected klezmer and Balkan music from Moishe’s Bagel at the Trades Club on Friday July 8 at 9pm. Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, the band combines the energy and passion of Eastern European folk music with the excitement and soul of improvisation.

l Tom McKinney will give a guitar recital at St Thomas’ Church, Heptonstall, on Saturday July 9 at 1pm. The programme features contemporary works and pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries.

l The Hepton Singers present a programme of choral works from the 20th and 21st centuries at St Thomas’ Church, Heptonstall, on Saturday July 9 at 8pm. Directed by Alison West and Roger Scaife, the choir will perform music by Ravel, Britten and Elgar, among others.

l Bassist Peter Hook will be ‘In conversation’ at the Picture House on Saturday July 9 at 8pm. He will talk candidly about his adventures in the music business as part of Joy Division and New Order, before heading round to the Trades Club for a DJ-ing set.

l French viola virtuoso Julia Kornig and Keighly-born accordion wizard Thom Hardaker offer a unique performance of traditional folk and classical music at Wainsgate Chapel, Old Town, on Sunday July 10 at 3pm.

l Ann and Peter Sansom, of publishers The Poetry Business, will lead a day of workshops at Lumb Bank, Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Heptonstall, on Sunday July 10. There will be writing exercises in the morning and a critical workshop in the afternoon.

l Later on Sunday there will be a evening poetry event at ArtsMill, Linden Mill, featuring Ann as well as Ruth Padel. Ruth was chairwoman of the Poetry Society from 2004-2006 and has also written several non-fiction books.

l Acoustic singer-songwriter Lucy Conroy and her guitar – aka the Caterpillar – will give a rare performance in Hebden Bridge on Sunday July 10 when they appear at the Hole in t’Wall at 9pm.

l For more information about any of the arts festival events or to book tickets, contact the box office on 01422 842684 or visit www.hbaf.co.uk.

l Trickster Theatre presents ‘A warning against idle gossip’, a play by Michael Crowley, at St Thomas’ Church, Heptonstall, tonight (Thursday) at 8pm. Tickets are available on the door.

l The White Lion hosts an Irish music session on Tuesdays at 8.30pm. All musicians are welcome at the free event. For more information, call 01422 842905.

l A non-contact boxing for ladies session is held at Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club on Wednesdays at 7pm. All ladies welcome.

l The Cross Inn holds a pool knockout night on Wednesdays, starting at 8.45pm. For more information, call 01422 847563.

l A range of activities including line and sequence dancing, singing, crafts and quizzes will take place at the next Oak over 50s ‘Drop-in Friday’ at Central Methodist Church on July 8 from 10am until 3pm. Refreshments are available. Dru Yoga sessions are held at Roomfield House on Tuesdays at 2pm.

l ‘Treasure’ – vintage fair meets handmade – will run at Todmorden Town Hall on Saturday July 9 from 10am until 4pm. There will be 30 stalls featuring vintage fashion and homeware from the 1920s through to the 1980s, plus home-made pieces from local and regional artists and makers. Entry is £1.50. Under 16s free.

l Todmorden Community Brass Band is inviting people to help celebrate its 10th anniversary at a concert at Central Methodist Church on Saturday July 9 at 7.15pm. The senior band will lead the performance with the training band and 5 note bands also adding their own special pieces. Refreshments will be available. Admission to the concert is free but a ticket must be obtained. They are available on a first come, first served basis from band members or from Todmorden Information Centre.

l Knitting group Bear Knitters will meet at The Bear on Sunday July 10 at noon. For more information, call 01422 844881.

l The next Todmorden Walkabout will take place on Monday July 11, starting at 11am from the reception area at Todmorden Community College. New walkers are asked to arrive at 10.45am. For more information, contact walk leader Karen Andrews on 01706 819118.

l Todmorden Bridge Club meets at Todmorden Golf Club on Mondays at 7.30pm. New members are welcome but are asked to call 01706 371301 in advance.

l Tae Kwon-Do classes are held at Ferney Lee School on Mondays from 7.30pm until 8.45pm. For more information, call 07789 074198.

l The Todmorden Carer Support Group will meet at Todmorden Health Centre on Tuesday July 12. The session featuring information, support and social activities for adult carers will run from 10.30am until 1pm. For more information, call 01422 369101.

l Starter tennis sessions for five to ten year-olds are held at Todmorden Sports Centre on Tuesdays from 4-5pm. For more information, call 01706 815265.

l The Todmorden Library Readers’ Group will meet at the library on Tuesday July 12 at 7.30pm. For more information, call 01706 815600.

l The Masons’ Arms hosts a folk music session featuring singers and musicians on Tuesdays at 9.30pm. For more information, call 01706 812180.

l Painting, drawing and mixed media workshops are held at the Fielden Centre on Wednesdays from 10.30am until noon and from 7-9pm. For more information, call 07902 039339.

l Age Concern’s knit and natter group will meet at Central Methodist Church on Wednesday July 13 at 1.30pm. Refreshments will be available for a small charge. All welcome.

l An adult ballet class is held at the Dawn Chapman School of Dance on Wednesdays from 6-7pm. For more information, call 01706 839113.