A NEW community art exhibition opens at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre in Motherwell on Saturday.
The exhibition showcases the work of former Bellshill artist Nicky O’Hara with a selection of his recent work landscapes and portraits.
Now living in Shotts, Nicky is a support officer with the police and formerly worked in the fire brigade.
He said: “I enjoy painting in pastels and acrylics. I have been interested in drawing since I was very young, but did not try painting until in my 20s.
“I have since attended Hamilton District Arts Guild and night classes in pastel painting, where I learned a lot from both the instructors and other class members.
“I’m currently a member of Bonkle Art Group and we all assist each other with problems and advice.
“This new exhibition is an exciting opportunity for me to show my work to a wider audience and I welcome one and all to the heritage centre.”
Clare Weir, collections and exhibitions manager for North Lanarkshire Museums, said: “We are delighted to bring Nicky’s work to our community art space within the heritage centre.
“His exhibition follows on from a successful run by Newarthill-based artist David Barr and we are always looking to encourage new talent.”
The free exhibition will run until Saturday, September 15, and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am-5pm.
Local artists wishing to exhibit their work at the heritage centre should call Clare on 01236 856371 or e-mail weirc @northlan.gov.uk.
Meanwhile, the heritage centre is holding an open day on Friday, June 29, to celebrate the opening of the new archives and records centre.
More details in next week’s Times & Speaker.
Heart patients and their families are invited to attend NHS Lanarkshire’s annual open day on Friday to pick up some advice, information and tips on heart-healthy living.
The event in the GLO Centre takes place from 10am-3.30pm and has been organised by the health board’s coronary heart disease network.
Network manager Maureen Carroll said: “The open day has become very popular and allows patients the opportunity to pick up some valuable tips on healthy living, whilst promoting the network and encouraging patients to become involved in the work we do.”
There will be a healthy food demonstration, a healthy living exhibition, an active health demonstration, as well as updates on familial hypercholesterolaemia, heart failure, oral health education, and what support is available for carers in Lanarkshire.
Cardiologist Dr Andrew Docherty will speak on ‘What’s new in Cardiology’ before taking questions.
A free heart-healthy lunch will also be provided.
For more information contact Andrea Harrison on 01355 585186 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE Holey Soles Rambling Group’s next walk is on Sunday, July 1, from Ravenshaugh to Harrington.
The coach will leave from St Bernadette’s Church hall at 9.30am.
For more details contact Margaret Campbell on 269277.
IN their second week back in their refurbished sanctuary the congregation at Dalziel St Andrew’s Parish Church on Sunday were again able to share in a service of baptism.
Rev Derek Hughes returned to his studies from Luke’s Gospel in his Paging Doctor Luke Series.
Anyone unable to be present but who would like to listen in to the message can do so via the church’s website.
After the morning service this week, which will include the baptism of two children, there will be a retiring offering for Wellhall Home in Hamilton.
An extra service also takes place on Sunday afternoon with the regular monthly service at Glenview Court at 4pm.
The Congregational Board meet tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm. The next fundraising event for the Makeover Project - Forward for Jesus is a repeat of the popular American Brunch which will take place after morning worship on Sunday, July 1.
The lunch will be held in the large hall and all will be welcome.
CALVARY Church presents Brian Houston in concert on Friday, September 14, at 7.30pm.
Linda Honeyman provides support and tickets costing £10 for adults and £6 for concessions are available by calling 254848 or e-mail email@example.com.
MEMBERS of Holy Family Rambling Club had a very enjoyable day out last weekend when they walked from Crossford to Lanark, along the Clyde Walkway.
The club’s next outing will be on Sunday, July 8, when it is intended to visit Millport.
Members wishing to take part should phone Fiona on 841863 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WAR veteran and charity collector Bill Houston collected £1,150 for the Royal Marines Association at the Aldi store in Mossend last week.
Bill said he wanted to thank all Aldi staff and members of the public who contributed.
A MEETING of the pastoral care group at Newarthill and Carfin Parish Church will be held on Monday at 2pm.
The Carfin Crafty Kids Club meets in the church hall at Carfin on Wednesdays from 6.30-7.30pm. This is for children in P1-P7 and all are welcome.
A gaming club meets in the church hall at Carfin every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6.30-9pm.
This is aimed at pupils in S1 and upwards and a wide variety of online games as well as various board games are played. A warm welcome is extended to all.
An indoor car boot sale to raise funds for the craft and gaming clubs takes place on Saturday, June 30, from 10am.
Tables cost £10 and anyone interested in taking a pitch should call Angela on 07903 357322.
A tearoom will be open.
The New Stevenston Auld Boys Flute Band is holding a first anniversary celebration in New Stevenston Orange Hall on Saturday.
Doors open at 7.30pm until midnight with £3 entry payable at the door.
The band will be playing on the night and there will also be a disco, prize draw, auction and raffle, all donations welcome.
CRAIGNEUK Lifelong Learning Association parent/toddler group will stop today (Wednesday) for the summer break and will re-commence on Wednesday, August 29, at 9.30am where new parents and carers will be welcome to join.
Little Stars Support Group meets in Craigneuk Lifelong Learning Association on the second Thursday of the month from 10–11am and in Wishaw Library on the last Thursday of the month from 9.30am–11am.
This group meets to support parents/grandparents/carers who have a child with communication/development delay caused by Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
For further information contact Eileen MacFarlane on 355511.
FORESTRY Commission Scotland is holding a guided walk around Bothwell Park on Sunday.
This is one of a number of walking events the commission is organising throughout the year to encourage people to explore their local area, enjoy light exercise and make new friends.
Forestry restoration work at the park has recently concluded to bring the once derelict land to life with over 2km of new trails to explore.
Walkers of any age and fitness levels are welcome to spend around an hour and a half discovering the recently renovated woodlands.
Along the way, ramblers will have the chance to learn about the sights and smells of summer and discover the many plants and flowers found on the site.
Julie Hamilton, engagement community ranger at Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “There’s no better way to get some fresh air, keep fit and boost your well-being than donning your walking gear and exploring local forests.
“People often don’t realise how much there is to see close to where they live, there’s a chance you could spot quite a few rare birds and plants.
“We are looking forward to seeing lots of people coming along to explore this exciting new site.”
The commission’s rangers advise that appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear should be worn and recommend bringing something to eat and drink along the way.
Anyone wishing to take part should meet at the site entrance next to the Gulf garage on New Edinburgh Road at noon. The walk is free and booking is unnecessary.
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A ZUMBA charity ladies’ night in aid of Cancer Research UK will be held at the Old Mill Hotel, Motherwell, on Saturday night.
The ‘Zumba with Fiona Reid’ night will start at 7pm and will include bingo, raffles, Zumba, buffet and a disco. Tickets are £10.
It is being organised by Bellshill instructor Fiona Reid who runs classes in The Orb, Bellshill, on Monday nights and Sacred Heart hall, also Bellshill, on Thursday nights.
Earlier this year Fiona organised a zumbathon in Bellshill Academy which raised £1,675 for the Yorkhill Hospital Children’s Foundation.
DOGS Trust Glasgow’s fun day takes place at Strathclyde Park on Sunday, July 29, from noon to 3.30pm.
This day out for the dog-loving public always raises much needed funds for the Uddingston-based charity to care for stray and abandoned dogs in need of loving homes.
Dog show classes begin at 12.15pm running through to 3pm, and cost £2.50 per entry to each class.
Entrance to the Fun Day is free as is the parking, although donations are welcome.
The charity are appealing for raffle prizes, which in the past have included spa days, bottles of wine, food hampers, gift sets, entrance to attractions, and gift vouchers, but any suggestions are welcome.
Rehoming centre manager Sandra Lawton said: “This is definitely a highlight in our canine calendar and we hope there are kind-hearted companies and dog lovers out there who can donate prizes for our raffle.
“Every penny we raise goes straight back into the rehoming centre, ensuring all the dogs are well cared for whilst they are looking for new homes.”
Donations can be dropped off at the rehoming centre at 315 Hamilton Road, Uddingston, or call 0141 773 5141 for more details.
A FANCY dress walk takes place at the park on Sunday from 11am in aid of Diabetes UK.
There will be several routes of between one and four miles, with participants encouraged to walk as little or as far as they like.
All routes are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs and dogs on leads are allowed.
Participants will receive a discount voucher for nearby M&D’s fun park, and there will lots to do on the day, including a bouncy castle and Zumba dancing.
Those taking part are asked to raise £50 in sponsorship. For more information call the Diabetes UK Scotland office on 0141 245 6380 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.