What’s on around the area - from March 17

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

Professor Stephen McNair, from the Centre for research into the older workforce, will speak on the subject of ‘Growing old in the 21st century’ at Todmorden U3A’s members’ meeting at Central Methodist Church Hall today (Thursday) at 2pm. For more information, call 01706 839176 or visit www.u3atod.org.uk.

There will be dancing, Tai Chi, crafts and several other activities at the next Oak over 50s ‘Drop-in Friday’ at Central Methodist Church on March 11 from 10am until 3pm. Dru Yoga sessions are held at Roomfield House on Tuesdays at 2pm. For more information, call 01706 813969.

Blazing Snowmen will perform at Barearts studio bar on Friday March 18 at 7.30pm. For more information, visit www.barearts.com.

Todmorden Orchestra will perform pieces by Schubert, Mozart and Brahms at its Spring concert at Todmorden Town Hall on Saturday March 19 at 7.30pm. The evening will feature two guest soloists: Charlotte Walls on flute and harpist Louise Thomson. Tickets priced £10 (concessions £8) are available from the orchestra secretary on 01706 817333 or from Todmorden Tourist Information Centre.

The next Todmorden Walkabout will take place on Monday March 21, 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.

Visitors to Todmorden Town Hall on Monday afternoons can take part in a programme of popular sequence dances to tuneful music from 1.15pm until 3.30pm. Use the entrance facing the chemist. Bring your own refreshments. Admission is £2 and all profits go to charity.

Pregnancy yoga sessions run at Union House, Hall Street, on Monday evenings from 7pm until 8.30pm. For more information, contact Donna on 07985 274181.

An Age Concern lunch club is held at Walsden Cricket Club every Tuesday at noon. A two course meal, tea and coffee is available for £3.25. For more information, contact Rachael or Catherine on 01706 817926.

Incredible Edible Todmorden’s next community course on the Big Blue Bus will be held on Tuesday March 22. The course, which runs in Todmorden from 11am until 1pm and in Cornholme from 1-3pm, will include tasty recipes, cooking lessons and a chance to exercise in the upper deck mobile gym. For more information, contact Debbie on 07736 683168 or Pauline on 07763 175096.

‘Tale of two cities’ will be the title of a talk by Margaret Curry at Todmorden Antiquarian Society’s meeting on Tuesday March 22 in the council chamber at Todmorden Town Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Free entry for members and £2 admission for visitors.

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Horse McDonald comes to the Trades Club tonight (Thursday). Often called ‘The Voice’, she has performed alongside a diverse range of artists including Tina Turner, Burt Bacharach and Lesley Garrett. Other events in the coming week include Mental Elf with Freear, The Happyslap Boutique and the Sure Fire Circus on Friday March 18; a St Patrick’s Party with the Mouldy Joes on Saturday March 19; and the Hole Note Acoustic Club on Sunday March 20. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.

Flamenco dance classes run at Hope Baptist Church every Friday from 6pm to 7pm. Improver classes run from 7pm to 8pm, followed by intermediate classes from 8pm to 9pm. For more information contact Patricia on 07949 050039 or visit www.hebdenbridgeflamenco.org.uk.

Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan star in ‘Never Let Me Go’ at the Picture House from March 18-20. Based on the highly acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, the film follows friends Kathy, Tommy and Ruth who spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic boarding school in the English countryside. Also showing in the coming week is ‘The Fighter’, ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’, ‘The Portuguese Nun’ and ‘Time Bandits’. For more information, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hbph.co.uk.

A new exhibition of contemporary work will run at Brooklyn Gallery on March 18 and 19. Hosted by the independent associate members group, the exhibition will be open from 11am until 4pm on both days.

Bookbinder and artist Katherine Bolton is offering a workshop teaching the ‘Coptic’ technique at the Back Door on Saturday March 19. For more information, visit www.northlightstudio.co.uk or to book a place, call 01422 843519.

The next in a series of Christian Aid lunches will be held at Hope Baptist Church on Sunday March 20 from noon. There will be a special presentation about the work of Christian Aid. Donations are requested and all proceeds will go to the charity.

Playwright Michael Stewart will be discussing his debut book, ‘King Crow’, at Hebden Bridge Book Shop on Monday March 21 from 7.30pm. Tickets priced £4 include a glass of wine and ten per cent off any purchase.

The Young at Heart Singers meet at Mytholm Court, Church Lane, on Tuesdays from 1-2pm. The group, which sings for health and enjoyment, is free and open to all aged 50 and over. For more information, call 01422 842093 or 01422 330533.

‘Meditation through relaxation’ classes are held at the Hope Centre on Tuesdays from 12.30pm and Thursdays from 7.30pm. Admission is £3, which includes refreshments. For more information, call 01422 842424.

A nine-mile walk exploring Heptonstall churches and Colden cotton mills will take place on Wednesday March 23, setting off from the Clough Hole car park. To book a place, call 01422 844518.

Calderdale

Relive the sights and sounds of the sixties with the Bootleg Beatles at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday March 19. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 351158 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk.

The next Calderdale Heritage Walk will be ‘Halifax’s Dark Side’ on Sunday March 20. The walk will introduce some of the darker and stranger stories in Halifax’s long and eventful history. Meet John Billingsley at the west gate of Halifax Piece Hall at 2pm.

Local violinist Martyn Jackson returns to Calderdale to perform with the Orchestra of Square Chapel on Sunday March 20. The concert at Square Chapel will include pieces by Spohr, Rossini and Mozart. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 349422 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk.