THINGS to do and see and places to go around the district over the next few days.
l The next Todmorden Walkabout will take place on Monday May 30, 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 Carnival, one of the highlights of the town’s social calendar, will take place on Saturday May 28. This year’s event has an ‘Oriental’ theme, which means Centre Vale Park will have a flavour of the Far East on the day. It all gets underway with the parade through the town centre, starting from Sanworth Street at 12.30pm. Entertainment in the park will include a display by a motorcycle stunt team, tug of war, numerous stalls, refreshments and much more. Pre-day tickets priced £1 are available at Todmorden newsagents and at Lifestyle Express on Halifax Road. On the day prices are £3 for adults and £2 for OAPs. Children under five get in free.
l A spiritual workshop will be held at Union House, Hall Street, on Saturday May 28 from 12-4pm. ‘An introduction to the spiritual revolution’ will include a presentation, discussion and meditation. For more information, contact Cathy on 07833 758986.
l Barearts Studio Bar is hosting a beer tasting on Wednesday June 1 at 7.30pm. Visitors can sample the six selected beers of the month, as well as a cheese and bread platter. Tickets are priced £15.
l Other events at Barearts in the coming week include live music from Los Sombreros on Sunday May 29 from 4pm. For more information, visit www.barearts.com.
l The Halifax and Calder Valley Multiple Sclerosis Society is running a coffee morning at Central Methodist Church on Thursday June 2 from 10am until 11.30am. Everyone welcome. The branch is looking for volunteers to help out at events and with fundraising. For more information, contact the branch on 01422 206692.
l HX7 Jazz presents the Tommaso Starace Quartet at the Trades Club tonight (Thursday). The London based Italian saxophonist continues to make a mark on the European jazz circuit. The quartet has recently completed a tour of Italian jazz clubs and festivals.
l Allison Williams and Rachel Eddy will perform Appalachian duets at the club on Wednesday June 1. Allison plays old-time clawhammer banjo in a modern context and Rachel plays fiddle, guitar and banjo. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.
l More than 40 bands from the UK, Europe and the USA are lined up to play at the first Hebden Bridge Blues Festival over the bank holiday weekend of May 27-30. Several thousand visitors are expected to attend the festival, which features gigs at venues such as the Trades Club, Picture House and Calder Holmes Park. For more information, call the ticket hotline 01422 845522 or visit www.hebdenblues.co.uk.
l ‘Tales from the Wharf’, an evening of traditional storytelling, will take place at the Stubbing Wharf on Friday May 27 at 8pm. For more information, call 01422 844107.
l Winnie the Pooh and friends will be on the big screen at the Picture House from Friday May 27. The Disney animation returns to Hundred Acre Wood where Christopher Robin is in danger and it’s up to Pooh, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore to help their friend out of harm’s way.
l Also showing at the Picture House in the coming week is ‘Pina’. After the sudden death of Pina Bausch in 2009, Wim Wenders made a film about the German choreographer.
l In ‘Insidious’, a young family moves into an old house and begins to suspect that they are under siege from sinister forces when their young son inexplicably falls into a deep coma. For more information and film times, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hbph.co.uk.
l Traidcraft, a Spring Fairtrade event, will be held at St Thomas Church, Heptonstall, over the bank holiday weekend. There will be a large selection of clothing, gifts and food. Refreshments will be served throughout. The event is open on May 27 from 7-9pm, on May 28 and 29 from 11am until 5pm, and on May 30 from 11am until 4pm.
l The next Calderdale Heritage Walk will be ‘Horrid Hebden’ on Sunday May 29. Walkers will be horrified by tales of squalor, murder, mystery and more in “the ‘orrible ‘istory of ‘ebden Bridge”. The walk is for seven to 11-year-olds who must be accompanied by an adult. Meet Liz Watkins by the Packhorse Bridge, on Bridge Gate, at 2.15pm.
l The Calderdale Heritage Walks series continues in Colden on Monday May 30. Walkers will explore the Colden Valley, particularly to see how waterpower was used for the mills. There are also packhorse routes, hidden dams and other points of interest on the walk. Meet Justine Wyatt at 2.15pm where the Pennine Way crosses the Hebden Bridge to Blackshaw Head bus route, on Smithy Lane. Boots are recommended as the walk includes some rural paths. For more information, visit www.CalderdaleHeritageWalks.org.uk.
l David Owen Lewis will lead a singing workshop at Heptonstall Methodist Sunday School on Tuesday May 31, starting at 2pm. The workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to sing for fun. Admission is £5 (£10 for soloists). For more information, call 01422 844746.
l Volunteers will be at Mytholmroyd Station on Friday May 27 for a dig-in to prepare the station for the Yorkshire in Bloom judging. The event, organised by the Station Partnership, starts at 1.30pm. Everyone is welcome and no gardening skills are required. For more information, contact Geoff Mitchell on 01422 885154.
l ‘Spring Fling’, a swinging and crafty afternoon of fun with tea and cake, will take place at St Michael’s Church Hall on Sunday May 29 from 2-6pm. For more information, call 07946 604551.
l Youngsters are invited to bring their teddies to Eureka during the half-term holiday for a week of adventures, stories and songs from May 28 until June 5. For more information, call 01422 330069 or visit www.eureka.org.uk.
l Indigo Moon Theatre will use giant shadow theatre to tell the classic children’s story ‘Aladdin’ at Square Chapel on Sunday May 29. The company uses giant puppets that cast shadows onto a big screen to bring to life strange mythical creatures. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 349422 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk.