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Network News  2019

Welcome to the January edition

1st TUESDAY

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

New Year’s Day Bird Walk Come birdwatching with a wildlife guide. 1.30 – 3.30pm, RSPB members £4, non-members £6. RSPB Conwy nature reserve, LL31 9XZ. Contact 01492 581025, conwy@rspb.org.uk

RNLI New Year’s Sea Dip – Abersoch It’s the perfect way to clear your head! All proceeds to RNLI, 12 – 4pm. Abersoch LL53 7AP. 

Women’s Gathering: Leftovers and New Beginnings A monthly gathering where women can come together and spend time with each other. Come and be, sit, talk, share, bring your crafts or books or poems, or just chill with others. 12 – 3pm. Follow Your Bliss Café, 307 – 309 High St., Bangor LL57 1UL. Facebook: of same name

Miv & Kev & Dave Live Acoustic trio play music for New Year, 3 – 5.30pm. Bull’s Head Hotel, Beaumaris , Anglesey LL58. 01248 810329, bullsheadinn.co.uk

2nd WEDNESDAY

SAORI Weaving Taster Session 1st Weds/month. Half an hour introduction to SAORI freestyle hand weaving, using a SAORI loom and take your weaving home. No experience is necessary and all abilities are catered for. £10 per class including materials. Please book/maximum of six. 6 Swifts Buildings, Bangor LL57 1DQ (opposite Domino’s Pizza below the train station). Rosie Green 01248 345325, www.saorimor.co.uk

Vintage Matinee 1st Weds/month. £4 per film or £20 for 10 films. Denbigh Film Club, Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Station Square, Denbigh LL16 3DA. Contact Lilian Jones 01745 813426, denbighfilmclub.co.uk

Birding in Wellies ~ An Autumn Week in Shetland  A presentation by Chris Jones, local birder. 7.30pm, non-members £2, Brambell Building, Bangor University. Visit: birdsin.wales

Premiere: Deian A Loli Two mischievous twins who have superpowers.12pm, Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda LL57 3AN. Contact: neuaddogwen.com

St Asaph Reading Group 1st Weds/month, 7.30pm, St. Asaph Library, The Roe, 01745 582253.

Conscious Dance 1st & 2nd Weds/month. Bringing awareness to all that is within us; in body, heart and mind, and giving it expression in movement. Drop-in. Suitable for all levels of fitness and experience. 7 – 9pm, £10, £8, £5. The Little Theatre, Gloucester St., Chester CH1 3HR. Ella Speirs 07922 620503, ellaspiers@hotmail.com

2nd WEDNESDAY & 3rd THURSDAY

Theatre of War A documentary that reveals the personal stories of British and Argentinean veterans from the Falklands war. Spanish, subtitled. 7pm, £6. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

3rd THURSDAY

Random Readers 1st Thurs/month. A friendly and relaxed reading group enjoying a good chat about their chosen books. 6-8pm, Rhyl Library, Museum and Art Centre 01745 353814. 

Express Lunchtime Yoga Class This class is designed to enable you to practice yoga in the midst of your busy week. 45 minutes that don’t take too much time out of the day. 12.30pm – 1.15pm. Source Yoga, 294 Conwy Road, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. 07704 437415, cathy-i@hotmail.co.uk

Hiraeth: Transforming through Grief, Loss and Longing A series of talks examining our relationship to place, space and belonging and how that affects our health and wellbeing. Rev Alexandra Wilson is an interfaith minister, end of life doula and griefkeeper, honorary lecturer in Spiritual Care at Bangor University and a specialist in griefwork and ritual including ancestral healing. Today’s discussion: Sorrows of The World: how to find our peace in a turbulent world. 7 – 8.30pm, £5. Follow Your Bliss Café, 307 – 309 High St., Bangor LL57 1UL, 01248 345495.

Weaving for Health & Wellbeing Evening 1st Thur/month. Learn Japanese SAORI freestyle hand weaving. No experience is necessary, guidance given. 6.30 – 8.30pm, £25 per class plus materials. Please book/maximum of six. 6 Swifts Buildings, off High Street, Bangor LL57 1DQ (by traffic lights below the train station). 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk 

Narcotics Anonymous ‘Guiding Principles’ meeting, every Thursday 5.30 – 6.30, Dragon Theatre, Jubilee Rd, Barmouth, LL42 1EF. Parlwr Bach room, side entrance, wheelchair accessible. Free to attend, and open to anyone who feels they may have a problem with drugs, is in recovery, or is interested in recovery. More info: www.ukna.org – to speak to someone who’s been there, free UK Helpline 0845 3733366.

NW Arthritis and Chronic Pain Support Group 1st Thurs/month. Helping people living with pain. 6.30 – 8.30pm. Mold Community Hospital, Ash Grove, Mold CH7 1XG. Angela 0844 887 2618, nwcpsg@gmail.com 

Gwynedd Astronomy Society 1st Thurs/month, 7.30pm. Arts and Drama Rehearsal Room, Bangor University. Parking is available directly outside the main entrance. Davyth Fear 01286 672882.

Prestatyn Reading Group 1st Thurs/month, 2pm, Prestatyn Library, King’s Ave 01745 854841.

Llangollen Friends of the Earth 1st Thurs/month; venue varies so call or text 07525 016504, info@llangollenfoe.org.uk

4th FRIDAY

NWWT: Amphibians in NE Wales Mandy Cartwright from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation will talk about the habitat requirements and conservation of our native amphibians. No dogs. 7pm, £2, to include refreshments. Maes Esgob Community Centre, Dyserth, LL18 6HB. Mark J D Hughes, 07800 771570, mjdhughes1108@gmail.com

Llangollen Reading Group 1st Fri/month, 7pm, Castle St, 01978 869600.

New Year Gala Concert with NEW Sinfonia playing waltzes and polkas. Elgan Llyr Thomas sings. £15, £12.50 concs., £4 students & U18s. St Asaph Cathedral, Denbighshire LL17 0RL. Contact 01745 582929, 07725 050510.

5th SATURDAY

Eleri Mills ~ Talk To coincide with the Indian Threads, exhibition artist Eleri Mills gives an illustrated talk about her experience of India, followed by a walk and talk in Gallery 1 – 2pm, £5. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

New Year’s Intention Setting Be good to yourself! An afternoon of detoxing flow and restorative Yoga. Yoga offers up the setting of a San Kalpha as an alternative. A San Kalpha is a personal vow and commitment to ourselves that connects us with our deepest wish and purpose. 2 – 5pm, £22/£24. Source Yoga, 294 Conwy Rd., Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. Bookings: sourceyoga.bookwhen.com

Where The Poetry’s At Join former Young Person’s Laureate for Wales, Martin Daws, for monthly spoken word sessions. 1.30pm, free. For 12 – 19 year olds. Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Bookings: youngcreatives@venuecymru.co.uk

Crafty Rhino Open Day For crafters this is your chance to meet the course leaders and artists and see their work, explore the courses, workshops, and groups available; and book onto any that you fancy. 12 – 4pm. Crafty Rhino, 48 Conway Rd., Colwyn Bay LL29 7LD. Facebook: of same name

Story Circle For 7 – 12 year olds, free. Come along if you love storytelling and listening to others’ tales. 1.30pm, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Bookings: youngcreatives@venuecymru.co.uk

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG) Film. 7 for 7.30pm, £4, available from The Blue Bell Inn. Halkyn Mountain Cinema, Halkyn Library, Holywell, CH8 8BU. Visit: mountaincinema.org.uk 

André Rieu 2019 New Year’s Concert screened from Sydney. An evening of music and dance featuring world class sopranos, the platin tenors and plenty of surprises. 7pm, £10, £8 concs., £4 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org Also Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neaudddwyfor.com Also: Pontio, Bangor 01248  382828, pontio.co.uk

5th SATURDAY – 12th SATURDAY

7 Day Mindfulness Teacher Training Retreat (level 2) This seven-day training retreat is an opportunity to deepen and develop the skills and knowledge involved in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. Our time will be spent together in silence, in small and large group reflection as we learn interactively, through our individual and collective experience. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle. Bookings, fees and accommodation costs from the Mindfulness Network: teach-mindfulness.org

6th SUNDAY

New Moon in Capricorn 1.28am

Reiki Get Together and Share with Viv Candlish. All previous students welcome. Lunch at 1pm; Reiki Share 2pm, 8 Fron Ogwen, Tregarth LL57 4NP. 01248 601388, 07771 280824.

Sacred Circle Dance 1st Sun/month, 2 – 4pm, Rhosesmor Village Hall. Led by Helen Newton and Sue Bates. Contact helen@soul-life.co.uk

André Rieu See 5th

Clybod Acoustic Club Meets 1st Sun/month. 2pm, open to all musical abilities and styles of music – no electricity connecting! Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Green Woodworking 1st Sun/month. Everyone welcome to our mostly social occasion; food to share, mulled drink, cake and soup. From 10am – 4pm.  Eternal Forest, Boduan, Pwllheli. 01758 612006, 07968 167204, eternalforest.org

Big Allotment Growing Day An opportunity to grow your own organic nutritious food for free, learn new skills: planting and harvesting the veg and fruits; pickling, preserving, cooking, baking and brewing, craft work and wood work or come and chill out with a brew. 11.30am – 4pm. Tyn y Nant, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr. Nr Corwen. Facebook: Eco Fferm Frwythau/Gift Economy, or wellhealthcooperative@googlemail.com

7th MONDAY

Flow Yoga With Ceri Poppins, 10.30am – 12pm. Follow Your Bliss Café, 307 – 309 High St., Bangor. Contact FYB Café 01248 345495.

Beicio Bangor Meets 1st Mon/month. We campaign on cycling issues affecting Bangor and the travel-to-work area around. All welcome, 7pm, £5 per annum. Basement Fat Café, High Street, Bangor. Details: beiciobangor.org.uk

Wildlife Gardening Whether you are completely new to gardening or have years of experience, whether you can spare one day each month or one day every week, we need you! 10am, Tŷ Hyll, Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, tyhyll@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Seriously Books 2nd Mon/month. Want somewhere to discuss literary classics: past, present and future? Here you’ll find a warm welcome and intelligent discussion that ranges from the light-hearted to the challenging. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. Contact Louisa Yates louisa.yates@gladlib.org

Prestatyn Reading Group 2nd Mon/month, 6pm, Prestatyn Library, King’s Ave 01745 854841.

Gong Bath Breathe and relax… Then observe the mind beginning to slow and your whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7.30pm, £13. Canolfan Thomas Telford Centre, Mona Rd, Menai Bridge LL59 5EA. (opp Waitrose). Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Three Identical Strangers (12A) Film; based on a true story. 1980, triplets adopted out indivdually, were accidentally and ecstatically reunited by an extraordinary quirk of fate. 8.30pm, £5. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Peterloo (12A) Film. An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. 7.30pm, £6.50. Venue Cymru, Llandudno. 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

7th MONDAY – 12th SATURDAY

Food Production and Consumption During the week we will take you on a world view of global and local trends in food production, diet and health, and will examine the interplay of climate change, economics, legislation, labour issues, poverty, technology and consumer behaviour on the production and consumption of food. Waged £700, low waged/concs £625. CAT, Machynlleth, 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

8th TUESDAY

Sacred Song Harmony songs from various spiritual traditions and none, including Taize, Iona, Findhorn and Harmonic Temple. Open to anyone who enjoys singing meaningful songs with others. 10am – 1pm,  £15, £10, £5. Held at Wesley Church Centre, St John St, Chester. Contact Ella 07922 620503 ellaspeirs@hotmail.com 

Conwy County Peace Group (We usually meet 1st Tues/month) At 7pm in Centre for Cultural Engagement, 10 Greenfield Rd Colwyn Bay LL29 8EL. Contact secretary Efa Wulle: conwypeace@gmail.com or donsaundersopt@aol.com (chair) 

Theosophical Society, Bangor AGM  7.30pm. Held at Hirael Community Centre, Ambrose St., Bangor. Enquiries: Toddy (Chair/Sec.) 01248 600267,      toddyalc@gmail.com

Gong Bath Breathe and relax… Then observe the mind beginning to slow and your whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7pm, £13. Memorial Hall, Penmorfa, Porthmadog LL49 9RY. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Cylch Gitar Gogledd Cymru/ North Wales Guitar Circle 2nd Tues/month. All styles of acoustic guitarists – from non players to professional (non vocal). 7.45pm, £1 per person. Anglesey Arms Hotel, Menai Bridge. Jane and Dave Sinnett 01407 831480, jane.sinnett@btinternet.com ~ Facebook: northwalesguitarcircle

Cygnus Café in Chester An opportunity to join like-minded people to discuss and explore spirituality, well-being, holistic therapies, transformation, community, ecology and much more. For those who are not familiar with Cygnus Review, it offers books, CDs, reviews, articles to uplift and inspire you on your path of self-discovery. 11am – 1pm, The Lodge Café, Grosvenor Park, Chester. Lynn Alexander 01244 951753, lynnalexander@talktalk.net

The Yukon Assignment (PG) Chris Lucas (34) and his actor father Niall (64) explore one of the Earth’s last wildernesses and the story of how adventure can sometimes bring us together, irrespective of age. 8.30pm, £5. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Aurore (I Got Life!) (15) Film. Aurore loses her job and is soon to become a grandmother; where does this leave her with love, sex, age, race and gender.. French, subtitled. Chester Film Society. Preceeded by short film Celebrating Votes for Women: Vote 100 Born A Rebel. 7 for 7.30pm start. St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester CH1 2DW. Visit: chesterfilmfans.co.uk

8th TUESDAY – 19th MARCH, TUESDAY

Printmaking: Introduction & Refresher Workshops This is a 10 week workshop for anyone who would like to try printmaking for the first time or refresh their printmaking skills in a professional studio environment. 6 – 8pm, £120 includes all materials. Regional Print Centre, Ty Pawb, Wrexham LL13 8BB. Contact: printcentre@cambria.ac.uk

9th WEDNESDAY

Footpath Maintenance 10am. Come and help us maintain the Mawddach Trail, a footpath that needs a bit of volunteer tlc. This stunning 15km trail stretches from Dolgellau to Barmouth along the Mawddach estuary. Booking essential, free transport from Bangor and Caernarfon. Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Conscious Dance 1st & 2nd Weds/month. Bringing awareness to all that is within us; in body, heart and mind, and giving it expression in movement. Drop-in. Suitable for all levels of fitness and experience. 7 – 9pm, £10, £8, £5. The Little Theatre, Gloucester St., Chester CH1 3HR. Ella Speirs 07922 620503, ellaspiers@hotmail.com

New Year Detox Yoga practices, a hands-on workshop, a talk on the detox protocol and  scrumptious nutritious food. You will leave the days feeling more energised and with all the resources to begin your detox. You can choose to start the detox at any time or never at all, this will still be a wonderful day out. 10am – 5pm, £90. The Outbuildings, Llangaffo, Anglesey LL60 6NH. Wild Wales: info@wildwalesretreats.com

Freehand Machine Embroidery for Beginners Bring your underused sewing machine to this series of workshops to discover what fabulous works of art you can create with it. Vicky will be your Course Leader and she will show you how to get started with freehand machine embroidery. 7 – 9pm, Crafty Rhino, Colwyn Bay. Tickets: billetto.co.uk

Women in Business North Wales An interactive, motivating event to launch your goals for what promises to be your year; with speakers, trade stands, support and guidance. 7 for 7.30pm start, £10, refreshments included. Llandudno Bay Hotel, East Parade, Llandudno LL30 1BE. Visit: networkshe.co.uk

Healing For Wellbeing 2nd Wed/month, 6 – 9.30pm. Hands on Healing provided by Christine and Larry. Healing is a relaxing form of complementary therapy which can be helpful for chronic pain, back pain, stress and much more. Healing is used in the NHS. No fee, donations welcome. Llaingoch Village Hall, South Stack Rd., Holyhead LL65 1NF. 07831 389904, mamahlaryea2003@yahoo.co.uk

Birding Northern Peru Presentation by Henry Cook, local birder. 7.30pm, non-members £2, Brambell Building, Bangor University. Visit: birdsin.wales

Circle Dance 2nd Weds/month. A relaxing afternoon with a welcoming group. No experience or partner needed. 2-4pm, Old Colwyn Methodist Church Hall. Janice 01492 545587 / Susan 01352 219464.

Don’t Look Now (15) Film. Chilly, wintery mysteriousness in Venice. 8.15pm, £7.50 standard, £6.50 over 60, £6 student, £5.50 U18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Cybi Poets Meets last Fri/month to read and share poetry. 7.30pm, free. Iorwerth Arms, Bryngwran, Holyhead. Contact Karen 07929 069235.

Ruthin Reading Group 2nd Weds/month, 7.30pm, Ruthin Library, 01824 705274.

Llandudno and District Writers Group This month we discuss: Bethan Gwanas – Using the Senses: Touch and Smell. 2pm, all welcome! Llandudno Public Library. llandudno.writers@aol.co.uk/Gavin Pike

Friends of the Earth Conwy Meet 2nd Weds/month in the rear room of the Albion Ale House, Upper Gate St., Conwy LL32 8RF. We would love to have some new members to help with our campaigns, currently focusing on reducing plastic use locally and raising awareness of climate change issues. Contact Kay 07918 663640, kaypitt40@gmail.com

9th WEDNESDAY & 10th THURSDAY

The Nutcraker and The Four Realms (PG) Film. A one-of-a-kind key will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. 7.30pm, £5.50, U15s £4.50. Venue Cymru, Llandudno.01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

Free Solo Follow the first person ever to free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000 ft high El Capitan Wall. No ropes, no safety gear! 7pm, £6. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclywd.com

10th THURSDAY

Tai Chi Workshops for Adults Suitable for beginners, led by Henry Shallcross, wear comfortable clothing. 10 – 11am, £5. The LookOut – RSPB Conwy, LL31 8XZ. Contact 07563 085945, conwy@rspb.org.uk

Olwyn Lliw ~ Colour Wheel Artist and tutor Jwls Williams will be leading and supporting the monthly sessions where beginners and creatives who wish to gain new skills and experiment with new materials. Today: Mark-making. 10.30am, 16+yrs, £10 per session or £32 for all 4. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Hiraeth: Transforming through Grief, Loss and Longing A series of talks examining our relationship to place, space and belonging and how that affects our health and wellbeing. Rev Alexandra Wilson is an interfaith minister, end of life doula and griefkeeper, honorary lecturer in Spiritual Care at Bangor University and a specialist in griefwork and ritual including ancestral healing. Today’s discussion: Death Consciousness: how contemplating death brings us most fully to life. 7 – 8.30pm, £5. Follow Your Bliss Café, 307 – 309 High St., Bangor LL57 1UL. 01248 345495.

Narcotics Anonymous See 3rd 

Waru (15) Film. Eight female Māori directors have each contributed a ten minute vignette to form a narrative that weaves around the death of a young boy in a Māori community. Waru means 8 in Maori. 8.30pm, £5. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

10th THURSDAY – 14th MONDAY

New Year Walking An opportunity to discover the heritage of Snowdonia National Park through a series of walks to appreciate the unique qualities of its landscapes and find out more about the natural environment and explore the history of the area. £396 – £434. Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog 01766 772600, eryri-npa.gov.uk

11th FRIDAY

Tulip Fever (15) An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait. 7pm, £6, £5. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclywd.com 

Medicine Dance Come and dance to a different beat – your own internal beat. Medicine Dance is about following your flow, listening to what your body needs, coming out of your head and into the rich creative realm of the present moment. 7pm start. £10. Probably in Mynydd Llandegai, Bangor but for confirmation details of venue keep in touch with Facebook link: Medicine Dance

The Breadwinner (12) Animated film. 11 year old girl grows up in Taliban-controlled Kabul, who pretends to be a boy to earn money. 7.30pm, £8, £6 concs., New Dot Cinema, Llangollen Town Hall, Castle St., LL20 8PU. Visit: newdotcinema.org

Untouchable (15) Film; a quadriplegic millionaire interviews candidates for the position of his carer. 7 for 7.30pm start. Denbigh Film Club, Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Station Square, Denbigh LL16 3DA. Contact Lilian Jones 01745 813426, denbighfilmclub.co.uk

SAORImor Weaving Workshop with Mihoko 2pm, £45, SAORImor, 6 Swifts Buildings, off High St., Bangor LL57 1DQ. 01248 345325, saorimor.org

Ynys Mon/Anglesey U3A Meeting A talk on “Frozen World of the Antartctic and Articles of Pack Ice”, with Prof. David Thomas, Chair of Marine Biology, School of Ocean Sciences. 10.30am, £1. (Annual membership is £6), Trearddur Bay Village Hall, Anglesey. More info: u3asites.org.uk

The Old Man and The Gun (12A) Film. True story of Forrest Tucker who confounded the authorities with audacious heists. 5.30 & 8.15pm, £6.25, £5.25. Neaudd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

11th FRIDAY – 13th SUNDAY

Yoga & Fitness Weekend This retreat has been created to give you the tools you need to reshape not just your body but your mind too. Start to feel inspired about your daily yoga practise and exercise routine, get motivated to eat well and be positive about your hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future. £430 – £570. Menai Bridge LL59 5NH. Laura Bell 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk Also 25th – 27th

12th SATURDAY

New Beginnings – Open Floor Conscious Dance As we enter a new year, this workshop will be an opportunity to explore what we’re moving away from and what we’re moving towards in our lives right now. We’ll practice embodying different forms of moving Towards and Away, so that we might have a deeper and more flexible range of options available to us. Please bring lunch to share. 11.30am – 5.30pm, £30 early bird until 31st Dec, then £35. £5 discount for concessions. Tal-y-Bont Memorial Hall, Tal-y-Bont, Conwy LL32 8QF (Behind the ‘Y Bedol’ pub). Nick Walsh 07779 018043, info@nickwalsh.net ~ nickwalsh.net

Rhwng: The Point Between Introduced by Fiona Owen, 10am – 4pm, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org 

Tulip Fever See 11th, except at 2pm. 

SAORI Lecture and Demonstration Come and hear Mihoko talk about the Japanese art of SAORI weaving and what it means to her. Learn how the philosophy relates to Japanese culture and see the work of other practicing artisan studios. Understand how we feed our natural human curiosity with Self-Innovation Through Freestyle Weaving to inspire intuitive creativity and stimulate innovative design. 7 – 9pm, £7 – £10. SAORImor, 6 Swifts Buildings, off High St., Bangor LL57 1DQ. 01248 345325, saorimor.org

Gong Bath Breathe and relax… Then observe the mind beginning to slow and your whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7pm, £10. Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandegai, LL57 4LQ. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

New Year, New You Half day course 10.30am – 1pm, £15, with refreshments. Kelsang Drima will explain the methods taught by Buddha to help you transform yourself into the person you want to be. Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, Craig, y Don, Llandudno LL30 1YY. 01492 878778, info@meditatenorthwales.com Also see 12th – 17th for longer retreat.

Waymark Installation 10am. Over the past few months we have joined forces with The Woodland Trust and Kehoe Countryside to produce waymarkers to mark the passage through Coed Felinrhyd, a Celtic Rainforest steeped in Welsh legend. Snowdonia Society, Dan 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Monthly Mindfulness for Anxiety We get together to learn tips and techniques that aid anxiety and stress relief. You can join in the discussion or simply observe with no obligation. We then finish with a mindful meditation. 11am – 12.30pm, £10, £5 for reference tool. Beehive Healthcare, Chester. Tickets: inspireandrewire.com

Mindfulness Self Compassion: 5 Day Training The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle. Bookings, fees and accommodation costs from The Mindfulness Network: teach-mindfulness.org

Met Opera Live: Adriana Lecouvreur and Francesco Cilea. 5.55pm, £10, £8 concs., £4 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org Also: Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

12th SATURDAY & 13th SUNDAY

take pART 10th Annivesary Spectacular Arts and literature workshops and events for 0-18 year olds; workshops, drop-ins, performances and loads of fun. 10am – 4pm. Programme and info: Venue Cymru, Llandudno.01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

Reiki 1 Reiki is a simple form of healing and self-healing. Vivien teaches the original form of the Usui System of Healing. She offers continuous on-going support to all of her students. £150 class fee, accommodation is available £30 per night. The Healing Centre, Tregarth, nr Bangor LL57 4NP, 01248 601388, vivreiki@hotmail.com

12th SATURDAY – 17th THURSDAY

New Year, New You Retreat Following the half day course (12th), we will have an opportunity to engage in the meditations which are the actual path to enlightenment. Kelsang Drima will explain the methods taught by Buddha to help you transform yourself into the person you want to be. Various costs: Weekend Retreat plus ‘New Year, New You’ Half Day Course – £50. Full Retreat only – £60. Per day – £10; Drop in £3 per session. Programme and details from Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, Craig, y Don, Llandudno LL30 1YY. 01492 878778, info@meditatenorthwales.com

13th SUNDAY

Beginners 6 Week Yoga Course You will be introduced to the basic postures for developing strength, flexibility, working with the breath and also relaxation techniques. Meditation techniques and Introduction to Sun Salutations. 6.15 – 7.30pm, £40. The Bodhi Tree Studio, Saltney, Chester. Bookings: 01244 677711, thebodhitreestudio.co.uk  Facebook: of same name

Qigong with Tai Chi Phil Two taster sessions: 11.30 -12.30pm: Shibashi Set 2, focussing on the legs.  Classic Baduanjin: 2.45 – 3.45pm. £3 per session. Spyce Community Hub, Rhiw Rd., Colwyn Bay. Facebook: Living Well Experience

The Bangor Forest Garden 2nd Sun/month. An opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends whilst contributing to maintaining and developing the Garden! Session starts at 11.30am – 4pm. Wear some outdoor suitable clothing and bring some lunch; tea and coffee provided. If you need a lift ask us about car sharing. More details from bangorforestgarden@gmail.com, thebfg.org.uk Or have a look on Facebook bangorforestgarden

14th MONDAY

Lunch on The Fly Vertical dance with Kate Lawrence.  A fun session, starting with an easy warm up, you will then try to stand on and jump off a vertical floor using waist harnesses. You will be guided through some simple positions, and then you will fly! 12pm, £6; £20 for 4 sessions. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Kenzo’s New Warping Method This is your opportunity to learn about this new and oh-so-easy method of warping your loom or to remove any problems you have if you have already tried it. You will find that whatever your experience there is always more you can learn. 10am – 1pm, £45. SAORImor, 6 Swifts Buildings, off High St., Bangor LL57 1DQ. 01248 345325, saorimor.org

SAORI Techniques with Mihoko A demonstration of  various techniques learned through many years of SAORI experimenting and discovery. You will be bound to find the answers to those “how do they do that?” questions. 2 – 5pm, £45. SAORImor, 6 Swifts Buildings, off High St., Bangor LL57 1DQ. 01248 345325, saorimor.org

Pregnancy Yoga 6 week course starts today, learn techniques, relaxation, stretching, ease backache, and get to know other supportive mothers to be. Menai Bridge, with Laura Knott. See Regular Weekly Classes and Groups Section.

Gong Bath Breathe and relax… Then observe the mind beginning to slow and your whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7pm, £13. Llanfairfechan Community Centre, Village Rd, Llanfairfechan LL33. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk 

Kirtan, Sacred and Inspiring Song When we sing together our hearts join up – all welcome for an evening singing sacred and inspiring songs. Led by Pip Waller. 6 – 7pm, £5 +. Held at Creyunni Complementary Healthcare, Wrexham LL13. Pre- booking and pre-payment needed for this please, contact through Creuynni Complementary Healthcare to book and/or Whatsapp: 07472 266952.

14th MONDAY – 19th SATURDAY

Low Energy Buildings (Part B) This course will help students develop a deep understanding of the principles and consequences of energy and mass flows in buildings in terms of the building’s orientation and the local climatic conditions. Waged £700, low waged/concs £625. CAT, Machynlleth, 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

15th TUESDAY

SAORI Clothing with Mihoko Presentation and demonstration. Learn the mysteries of SAORI clothing. Gain confidence in cutting your cloth. Understand draping and placing your cloth to create your own one-of-a-kind garment. Be inspired to ‘let your cloth tell you what it wants to be’. 2 – 5pm, £45. SAORImor, 6 Swifts Buildings, off High St., Bangor LL57 1DQ. 01248 345325, saorimor.org

Noddfa Circle Dance 3rd Tues/month, from 2 – 4pm. Noddfa, Penmaenmawr 01492 623474, noddfa.org.uk

Chester Humanists 3rd Tues/month. We seek to make the best use of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, using reason, experience and shared human values. Meet at 7.30pm, Custom House, Watergate St., Chester. Stuart 07954 166 567, Richard 07530 225268, chester.humanist.org.uk 

Pregnancy Yoga 6 week course starts today, learn techniques, relaxation, stretching, ease backache and get to know other supportive mothers to be. Bangor, with Laura Knott. See Regular Weekly Classes and Groups Section.

Prestatyn Reading Group 3rd Tues/month, 2pm, Prestatyn Library, King’s Ave., 01745 854841.

National Theatre Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second As Richard ll’s reign becomes a farce, the ambitious Bollingbroke challenges the throne. 7pm, £10, £8 concs., £4 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org Also Neaudd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com Also Venue Cymru, Llandudno.01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk Also: Pontio, Bangor 01248  382828, pontio.co.uk Also: Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Enter Shikari ~ Stop The Clocks Tour The band has headline sets at the UK’s 2000 Trees festival. 8pm, £27. Venue Cymru, Llandudno.01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

15th TUESDAY – 5th MARCH, TUESDAY 

8 Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course Mindfulness is the art of being fully present with our lives as they unfold moment by moment. With a gentle and kindly curiosity we learn to explore what is happening in our experience, paying particular attention to the thoughts, feelings and sensations in our bodies. Led by Heather Bolton, open to all. Yoga mats and cushions provided, plus course notes and DVDs. £210. Held at Canolfan Penrallt, Bangor. Bookings: direct with Heather heatherbolton@btinternet.com or gwyneddmindfulness.co.uk 

16th WEDNESDAY

Chester and District Friends of the Earth 3rd Weds/month, 7.30pm in the Custom House, Watergate Street, Chester. Contact Peter Benson 07740 179939.

Storytelling Club 3rd Weds/month. Special guest wordsmith every month. All welcome. No charge! 7.30pm. The Blue Bell Inn, 19 Castle Street, Conwy LL32 8AT. Suzi & Simon on 01490 460563 or 07984 637068. 

Hawfinches in Wales A presentation by Kelvin Jones, Bangor Bird Group. 7.30pm, non-members £2, Brambell Building, Bangor University. Visit: birdsin.wales.

Freehand Machine Embroidery for Beginners See 16th.

Women in Business North Wales See 9th, except 9.30 – 11.30am, free to members, £10 non-members. Held in The Holiday Inn, Northop Hall, Mold CH7 6HB. Visit: networkshe.co.uk

Gwynedd Marine Code Development A vision to develop the marine code further, through the addition of a mapping aspect. Maps can provide information on both the areas and the time of year certain marine species can be sensitive to disturbance, giving users the opportunity to plan their journeys. 6 – 8pm, free. South Caernarfon Yacht Club, Abersoch LL53 7DP. Bookings: 01646 405696, pembrokeshirecoastalforum.org.uk

NWWT: Member’s Night Join us for some short presentations from members and a fun wildlife quiz. Please bring food for a buffet. 7.30pm, £2 donation appreciated. Gresford Memorial Hall, High Street, Gresford, LL12 8PS. Dan Rose 07976 962251, nwwtwrexham@gmail.com

Shoplifters (15) Film from Japan. The impoverished Shibata family take in a young street girl they fear is being abused. 8.15pm, £7.50 standard, £6.50 over 60, £6 student, £5.50 U18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248  382828, pontio.co.uk

Tree Planting 10am. For the past couple of winters our volunteers have been hard at work planting a 7.4 hectare of old plantation woodland and replacing it with a native broadleaved woodland full of oak, rowan, hawthorn, willow and alder. There is still plenty of planting to be done as well as keeping an eye out for neighbouring invading Rhododendron. So grab a spade and reduce your carbon footprint by giving something back to Snowdonia. Booking essential. Owain, 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Gong Bath Breathe and relax… Then observe the mind beginning to slow and your whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 8pm, £13. Source Yoga Studio, 294 Conway Rd, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Tulip Fever See 11th, except at 2pm.

The Old Man and The Gun See 11th

Mindful Meditation 3rd Weds/month. A monthly meditation group, open to all and suitable for beginners. If you have not meditated before, this can help you get started. Also, experienced meditators welcome to come and practise in a group setting. 7.30 – 9.30pm. Kit’n’Heels, 3 Penrhyn Ave, LL28 4PS Rhôs-on-Sea Facebook: Wings of Change

17th THURSDAY

Tai Chi Workshop for Adults See 10th

Hiraeth: Transforming through Grief, Loss and Longing A series of talks examining our relationship to place, space and belonging and how that affects our health and wellbeing. Rev Alexandra Wilson is an interfaith minister, end of life doula and griefkeeper, honorary lecturer in Spiritual Care at Bangor Uni and a specialist in griefwork and ritual including ancestral healing. Today’s discussion: Death and Rebirth: cycles, seasons and the need for contemporary rites of passage. 7 – 8.30pm, Follow Your Bliss Café, 307 – 309 High St., Bangor LL57 1UL. 01248 345495.

The Inner Dance Meditation Bring yoga mat, blanket, cushion, water. 7 – 9pm, £15, £10 if booked by 10th Jan. Parkfields Community Centre, Ash Grove, Mold. Bookings: rachelsbellydance.wales

Carousel (U) Dementia friendly screening. Classic musical full of romance and song. 2pm, £4.50. Venue Cymru, Llandudno.01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

The Old Man and The Gun See 11th

Chester CND Our bi-monthly meeting, all welcome, free. 7.30 – 9pm. Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester: chestercnd@gmail.com Please note this is now a bi-monthly group.

Narcotics Anonymous See 3rd 

Denbigh Library Reading Group 3rd Thurs/month, 2pm. Denbigh Library, Hall Square 01745 816313.

17th THURSDAY – 22nd TUESDAY

Meditation Teacher Training Learn an holistic process of meditation, from its most physical techniques to the most subtle awareness of your own energy. You will explore different styles of meditation, and through your own practice find real inner peace. You’ll explore movement to prepare for meditation as well as the breathing and relaxation techniques that are an important preparation for sitting. You will also learn the art of teaching meditation to others, and guiding them through the same process. £300 per module, all inclusive. Dru Yoga, Snowdon Mountain Lodge, Bethesda. Contact 01248 602900, hello@druworldwide.com

18th FRIDAY

Peterloo (12) Film of the epic events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, directed by Mike Leigh. 7.30pm, Theatr y Ddraig, Barmouth LL42 1EF. Visit: dragontheatre.co.uk 

Fencing 10am. Come and join us for the day as we help maintain the fences. Whether you’re a seasoned fencer or a beginner, everyone is welcome.  Pensychnant Centre, Conwy. Booking essential, Owain, Snowdonia Society, 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Caffi Stori Llangollen Storytelling Café 3rd Fri/month. Join us for stories, songs, music and poetry ~ come to tell or just to listen. 7.30pm ~ only £2, in the Courtyard Coffee Shop, Cwrt-y-Castell, Castle Street, Llangollen LL20 8NY. Delicious coffee and cakes on sale from Julie of the Coffee Shop. Croeso cynnes i bawb! A warm welcome to all! Suzi 01490 460563.

Ynys Mn/Anglesey U3A Meeting Talk with Peter Scott Roberts: “Captain John McGregor Skinner – Holyhead’s Captain Courageous”. 10.30am, £1. (Annual membership is £6), Trearddur Bay Village Hall, Anglesey. More info: u3asites.org.uk

NWWT: A View From Both Sides Julian Thompson, Warden of Pensychnant Conservation Centre, recently took on the running of Pensychnant Farm and is well placed to assess how practical aspects of conservation and upland farming inter-relate. No dogs. 7.30pm, £2, to include refreshments. St Cyngar’s Church Hall, Llangefni, LL77 7EA. Penny Radford 01248 713022, radfords713@btinternet.com

18th FRIDAY – 21st MONDAY

Secular Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat Open to anyone who has undertaken training in mindfulness-based and/or compassion-based training or other professionals who have experience of attending mindfulness practice days. The theme of the retreat is Kindness and Ease, infused with the invitation to explore how each of us can make kind choices about our needs throughout the retreat. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle LL54 6BW. Bookings 07411 557573, integratedmindfulness.com ~ eventbrite.co.uk

18th FRIDAY – 24th THURSDAY

Stan & Ollie Film of the now-legendary 1953 tour which the ageing comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy embarked on in the twilight years of their fame. 2.30 & 7.30pm daily. £6, U15s £5.50. Venue Cymru, Llandudno. 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

18th FRIDAY – 27th SUNDAY

Dhyana Through The Body We have found that by becoming alive to the immediacy of our experience, we explore this in direct experience by delving into the relationship between body and breath, and between body, awareness and metta. £405, £369 concs., Vajraloka, Corwen LL21 0EN, 01490 460406, vajraloka.org

19th SATURDAY

SAORI Weaving for Health & Wellbeing Day 3rd Sat/month. Learn Japanese SAORI freestyle hand weaving. No experience is necessary, all abilities welcome, guidance given. 10am – 4pm, £75 per class plus materials. Please book/maximum of six. 6 Swifts Buildings, off High Street, Bangor, LL57 1DQ (opposite Domino’s Pizza below the train station). Rosie Green 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk 

The Buddha Within: Introduction to Tantra Through our imagination we can create a pure world. In his Tantric teachings, Buddha guides us to cultivate a pure way of relating to yourself, the people around us and the world we live in. In this half day course, Kelsang Drima will give an introduction to Tantra and help us to see the world through the eyes of Buddha. 10.30am – 1.30pm, £15 with refreshments. Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, Craig y Don, Llandudno LL30 1YY. 01492 878778, info@meditatenorthwales.com

David and Margaret Frith ~ Talk and Demonstration To coincide with the Exhibition, celebrating 55 years of Brookhouse Pottery, come and join us for a talk and demonstration by David and Margaret Frith. 11.30am – 4pm; lunch included. £5. Bookings: Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk  See Exhibitions

Getting To Know You (Part 1) Hearts and Hooves Connection Coaching is delighted to welcome you to the first in a three-part series. We will explore ways to discover more of who you truly are. In this process, self-knowing can support more connection to your personal truth and clarity of direction. There is no requirement to attend all 3 workshops, please feel free to participate in whichever one/s you are drawn to. Today will look at parts of self, the kaleidoscope of how we show up in life. The learning is presented in a kind and supportive, shared group experience where we can notice how unique we all are. Places limited to 8. £20/pay as you feel per workshop. Minimal deposit £4 required to secure a place. 1.30 – 4.30pm. Held at Follow Your Bliss Café, 307 – 309 High St., Bangor LL57 1UL. Bookings: Liz Lane: heartsandhoovesconnectioncoaching.com

Botanical Painting Classes Led by Doreen Hamilton. 3rd Sat/month. Materials can be supplied at cost if you just want to give it a try and not have to buy expensive materials at the start. 12.30pm – 3.30pm; followed by tea/coffee. £15, students £10. Treborth Gardens, nr Bangor. Booking not required – but please let Doreen know by e-mail the previous week and then just turn up; doreensbotanicals@gmail.com

Touching Syria Creating a different vision of Syria through culture in Wales. Films, music and various talks will be held at Pontio as well as art workshop for children in local schools and the art exhibition in Storiel. Through working with local Welsh artists, poets and films, these events will give artists still living in Syria, as well as Syrian artists elsewhere, a special platform to share their work, while engaging with a local, national and international audience. We hope these events will encourage a discussion of current events in Syria, as well as looking at how art can be a therapy, and how culture can be of great importance during times of uncertainty. 1pm – Khalid Youssef – photographer, poet and surgeon talks to Ffion Dafis. 2.30pm – Syrian Shorts (12A), £2.50 a selection of Syrian short films. 4.30pm – Panel Discussion on how vital are the Arts, £3. 7.30pm – Omar Shammah, Syrian Art and Catrin Menai explore connections between Welsh and Syrian culture. 8pm – Musiqaa Evening, £6. Contemporary music and visuals from Wales and Syria. Oasis World Choir and Band perform in the bar at 7.15pm for 10 mins. All day, £12 for all events. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

New Year Yoga Day: Find Your Inner Fire Feeling sluggish and stagnant this Winter? This January yoga day will get your circulation going! Taught in a heated environment, and using Forrest yoga poses and sequencing, you can expect to sweat and get your blood moving. Perfect for setting your intentions in a good way at the start of 2019. Morning session (open to all incl. beginners) – deep focussing on intention, yoga and movement; Afternoon session (open to all except beginners) – intense focussing on strengthening the body. 10am – 4pm, £25 for one session; £45 whole day. Bring: yoga mat, 2 blankets, towel, water bottle, healthy lunch to share. St Mary’s Church Hall, Longford Road, Holyhead LL65 1TR. Claire Mace: inspiratrix.co.uk  

Crafters Co-operative Event and Plant-based Café This event consists of local crafters and artists, proudly selling their creations in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There will be a plant-based café selling hot drinks, simple sandwiches and snacks; all are most welcome. 10am – 4pm, free entry. St John’s Church Hall, Mostyn Street, Llandudno. Hosted by ArtlySparklyDesigns – see Facebook

Voice Workshop Whether you want to improve your singing voice or even find it; if you want to find those top notes or learn how to breathe whilst singing these monthly workshops are for you. All musical tastes are covered: classical, operatic arias, folk songs, pop and songs from the musicals. You would also have the opportunity to have a private session with Marian Bryfdir or Kiefer Jones. 10am – 2.30pm, £25, £20 concs., Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Crystals and the Fruit of Life Workshop This will be our focus as we explore the Fruit of Life and Metatron’s Cube to see how sacred geometry and crystals can be powerful tools of transformation. No experience necessary. 10am – 4pm, £50. Held at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, 51/53 Watergate Street Row, Chester, CH1 2LE. Bookings: sandra@hope-college.co.uk

Michael Clarke: Felt / Crybabies A performance of a darkly comic, multimedia odyssey of advertising, childhood, and affordable fabric. 7.30pm, 14+yrs, £10. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Rhododendron Clearance Come help keep Snowdonia wonderfully diverse as we clear the plant and construct habitat piles encouraging native wildlife to flourish once more. Held in Nant Gwynant Valley. Booking essential, Dan, Snowdonia Society, 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

NWWT: Plast-Off 2019 Join Wildife Trust staff and volunteers and the RSPCA as we remove and recycle plastic pollution from beaches between Aberffraw and Rhosneigr. 10am – 4pm, Porth Trecastell(Cable Bay), Aberffraw, Ynys Môn, LL63 5TE. Nia, 01248 351541, nia.jones@northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk

19th SATURDAY & 20th SUNDAY

Make A Traditional Shave-horse You will be provided with all the materials you need and you will make your own traditional pattern shave-horse to take home. £130, deposit £65. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire  01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk

19th SATURDAY – 24th THURSDAY

The Uncommon Yoga of Inconceivability A retreat suitable for those with a Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerment. Led by Kelsang Drima. More info: Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, Craig y Don, Llandudno LL30 1YY. 01492 878778, info@meditatenorthwales.com

20th SUNDAY

Quaker Meeting 3rd Sun/month, 10am, Memorial Hall, Market St., Llangollen. Maria Haines 01978 860349, northwalesquakers.org

Tasmin Little & John Lenehan Violinist Tasmin plays Grieg, Brahms, Clara Schumann. 7.30pm, £10, Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclywd.com

21st MONDAY

Full Moon in Aquarius 5.16am

Chester Amnesty International 3rd Mon/month. We are ordinary people standing up for humanity, human rights and justice. Meets at 7.45pm, this month in The Watergate Inn, (room on the left inside pub), close to Chester Racecourse. Contact Alan 01244 679185/ Facebook for more details, amnesty.org

Super Blood Wolf Moon Meditation At around 5.15am will be a lunar eclipse (blood moon) (welcome to come with us to Minera at 5am in the morning, please pm if so!), a supermoon as it’s closest in it’s orbit to the earth, and some call the moon in January a wolf moon – bringing this nature occurrence to the mythic with the sacred symbolism that speaks to our psyche. In the evening will be still basking in these natural phenomena energies and bring our perspectives of our lives to the level of the mythic, working together in a grounding and connecting breathing meditation, then a writing meditation to release and reframe our old stories and step into the co-creation of new myths of our own choosing. Wrexham. Please pm to pre-book,  Whatsapp/Message 07472 266952.

Bangor Cellar Writing Group 3rd Mon/month. Meetings allow writers of prose and poetry to share their work with others by reading out their manuscripts.  We also have a programme of writing challenges and workshops.  All abilities are welcome from beginner to more experienced writers. The aim is to encourage people in their writing and able to meet with others who share their interest. 7 – 9.15pm, 1815 Café, Bangor. Mary Ward – merielward75@gmail.com

Decorative Handstitiching for Beginners 4 month course, once a month, for people who love to sew, but don’t know where to start; a fun and relaxed course. 7 – 9pm. Crafty Rhino, Colwyn Bay, contact 07879 906671. 

22nd TUESDAY

Footpath Maintenance 10am. Breathe some fresh mountain air as we pitch stones, clear drains, guide the footpath and dismantle unnecessary cairns. Booking essential, Owain, Snowdonia Society, 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Glass Workshop With Verity Pulford. You will learn the sgraffito technique to create a striking piece of glass art. All materials and tools provided but an additional cost of £4 if you wanted your glass art framed. This session is through the medium of English. 6.30pm, £25. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

NWWT: Pine Martens Josie Bridges, of the Vincent Wildlife Trust, updates us on the latest fortunes of these scarce mammals – only recently re-establishing themselves in Wales. 7 – 9pm, Dolgellau Free Library, LL40 2YF. Janet Baker 07812 659593, jemmole@hotmail.com

Gong Bath Breathe and relax… Then observe the mind beginning to slow and your whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7pm, £12. Follow Your Bliss Café, 307-309 High St, Bangor LL57 1UL. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

ROH: Opera Live: The Queen of Spades Tchaikovsky’s music; a tale of obsession and the supernatural. 6.45pm, £12, £11 concs., £4 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org Also: Pontio, Bangor 01248  382828, pontio.co.uk

23rd WEDNESDAY

Hans Rey: Riding Life Hans Rey, the former World Champion, pioneer of Freeride, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, and mountain bike adventurer, will take audiences on an inspiring journey through his 30 year career and show you some of the best trails and destinations worldwide. 7.30pm, £18, £16. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Introduction to Planning An introductory or refresher training session, for new councillors, or those that want to know more about the planning system. A particular focus on where and how Community and Town Councils can impact planning, and ensure the community voice is heard. 5.30 – 8.30pm, Osian Roberts Skill Centre, Snowdon St., Porthmadog LL49 9PP. Manager 07469 217872, 

Freehand Machine Embroidery for Beginners See 16th.

Tree Planting See 16th

NWWT: Our Wild Coast Chris Baker, NWWT People & Wildlife Manager, explains how young people are getting involved with the North Wales coast. 7.30pm, £2 donation appreciated. Brambell Building, Deiniol Rd, Bangor, LL57 2UW. Sue Carter 01248 371769, sue@gorad.co.uk

The Dark The story of the journey taken by a four-year old boy and his mother to escape a country divided by dictatorship and consumed by conflict. Theatre performance from Fuel and Ocalhouse. 7.30pm, £12, £10 concs., 12+ yrs. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Gong Bath Breathe and relax… Then observe the mind beginning to slow and your whole being is gently returned to harmonic balance. 7pm, £13. Canolfan Beaumaris, Rating Row, Beaumaris LL58 8AL. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

24th THURSDAY

Hiraeth: Transforming through Grief, Loss and Longing A series of talks examining our relationship to place, space and belonging and how that affects our health and wellbeing. Rev Alexandra Wilson is an interfaith minister, end of life doula and griefkeeper, honorary lecturer in Spiritual Care at Bangor University and a specialist in griefwork and ritual including ancestral healing. Today’s discussion: I am, We are… Beyond Oneness: embracing duality and our sacred individuality. 7 – 8.30pm, £5. Follow Your Bliss Café, 307 – 309 High St., Bangor LL57 1UL. 01248 345495.

Singing For The Soul Calling all those who find a soul connection through singing, in particular chants from a range of different spiritual traditions. Led by Felicity Jones, a very experienced singer, we meet once a month at Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor near Mold from 11.30 – 1 pm. No need to feel you are a ‘good’ singer, you just need to enjoy it and the energy and harmonies our voices create. Cost £5. If you are interested in coming along please email helen@soul-life.co.uk

Open Doors A monthly evening of Holistic Healing: Chair Reiki, Thai Foot, Indian Head, Soul Connection. 7 – 10pm, £5 include 10min Reiki session. Above Archies, in Lola’s Bar, 151 High St., Prestatyn LL19 9AS. Bookings: 07584 022005.

Tonic: Tristian Evans ~ Pianist Today, we present a multimedia concert of piano music inspired by the artist Kyffin Williams, including the first ever performance of a work by the Anglesey-based composer John Hywel. 2.30pm, £6, £5 concs., with free cuppa. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Tai Chi Workshop for Adults See 10th

Sound Healing Meditation Guided meditation followed by pure sounds. One Thurs/month around the full moon. 7.30 – 8.30pm, Oddfellows Hall, Saltney, Chester CH4 8SG. More: inspireandrewire.com

Narcotics Anonymous See 3rd 

Chester Poets Last Thurs/month. The group is a meeting place for members to share information about: poetry events, members news, poetry news and Chester Poets in general. 8pm in The Old Boot, Chester. All are welcome. Facebook: Chester Poets

The Dark See 23rd.

25th FRIDAY

Restorative and Slow Flow Monthly Workshop You will explore slow and gentle movements to gently relax and release tension. You may also be introduced to chanting or meditative practices. The theme of these sessions will be unwinding and letting go, moving into a profound state of relaxation and ‘not doing’. 7 – 9pm, The Old Rectory, Llanfachraeth, Anglesey LL65 4YA, 07970 409724, inspiratrix.co.uk

Lit Soc: Adam Craig From Solstice to Winter Hearth A seasonal workshop that explores inner landscapes, both imagined and imaginal, and asks us to find that place within where we are most free to create. For poets and prose writers, beginners and beyond. Adam is a writer, editor and graphic designer; all welcome, 1 – 3pm, £5, £4 concs., Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Ynys Mon/Anglesey U3A Meeting A talk on “Gertrude Bell – Archaeologist, Explorer, Diplomat, Spy and Architect of Modern Iraq”. 10.30am, £1. (annual membership is £6). Followed by Film: A Man Called Ove (Swedish, subtitled). Trearddur Bay Village Hall, Anglesey. More info: u3asites.org.uk

Sorry To Bother You (15) An African-American call centre worker who bends reality when he finds success by adopting a ‘white voice’. 8.15pm, £7.50 standard, £6.50 over 60, £6 student, £5.50 U18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk 

Cybi Poets Meets last Fri/month to read and share poetry. 7.30pm, free. Iorwerth Arms, Bryngwran, Holyhead. Contact Karen 07929 069235. 

Reiki & Drumming Meditation Healing Come and transform through sound, vibration and Reiki healing energy. John will bring a shamanic influenced soundscape of ethereal Angelic tones, drums, rattles, singing bowls, and voice to soothe the body, mind and spirit. Reiki Energy Healing is given to each individual throughout the session by Group healing from the healing masters 6.30 – 8.30pm, £10, all welcome. Ruabon High Street, LL14 6AA. Contact John Bride, Psychic Medium, The Angel Office 01978 810300, mrbee86@hotmail.co.uk

The Favourite (15) Film. A frail Queen Anne has her friend govern the country when a new servant arrives. 5.30pm, £6.25, £5.25. Neaudd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com 

Sacred Geometry Evening We will look at the Geometric shapes available to us and how we can bring them into our lives to aid in healing and ascension. 7 – 9.30pm, The Angel Office First Floor Offices (Old HSBC Bank) Ruabon, Wrexham LL14 6AA. Tickets: crystalheaven.co.uk 

Yin Yoga and Gong Bath 65 minutes of yin yoga followed by a short comfort break and then an hour’s Gong Bath. 7.30 – 10pm, £23, Source Yoga Studio, 294 Conway Rd, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. Bookings: bookwhen.com/sourceyoga

Cyngerdd Santes Dwynwen An evening of music filled with love on Santes Dwynwen’s day. 7.30pm, £20, £18 senior, £10 student. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

25th FRIDAY & 26th SATURDAY

NW Burlesque and Cabaret Festival Talent from around the globe as well as fun workshops and a choreography masterclass. 26th – Masterclass 2.30pm; Community Workshops 10am; 25th – Erwyd & Gatling. 18+yrs, £34. Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay 01492 577888, theatrcolwyn.co.uk

25th FRIDAY – 27th SUNDAY

Yoga & Fitness Weekend This retreat has been created to give you the tools you need to reshape not just your body but your mind too. Start to feel inspired about your daily yoga practise and exercise routine, get motivated to eat well and be positive about your hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future. £430 – £570. Menai Bridge LL59 5NH. Laura Bell 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk

26th SATURDAY

Chester’s ‘Stop Arming Saudi’ Silent Vigil is held on the last Saturday of every month at The Cross in Chester city centre from 12.30pm -1.30pm. Please wear black if possible.

Connect With Your Self Connect with your inner Wisdom, your Intuition through Dru Yoga, Breathing, Relaxation, Meditation, Chakra Clearing and Emotional Freedom Tapping, allowing your life to flow, bringing Peace, Joy, Clarity, Happiness and Fulfilment. 2 – 5pm, £30, £25 concs., refreshments provided. Held at Oddfellows Hall, Main Rd., Saltney, Chester CH4 8SG. Bookings: Teresa Keast 07876 254518, teresa@teresa4yoga.co.uk

Make Your Own Bird Box All welcome, 10am -1pm, Plas y Brenin Mountain Centre, Capel Curig, LL24 0ET. Anna Williams 01248 351541 / 07917 455367, anna.williams@northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk

Family Dance Workshop For parents and their children, run by Little Light Dance and Digital Theatre Company. We use creative dance for parents and children to engage with one another in a fun and supportive environment. 5 – 10 years, 1.30pm, Venue Cymru, Llandudno.01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

Craft Fair Range of quality handmade crafts. 9am – 2pm, light refreshments available. Y Canolfan, High St., Portmadog LL49 9LU. paulinedurham@live.co.uk

Fencing See 18th 

NWWT: Bird Watch Day Call in to see what’s around, with experts on hand to help identify the birds and chat about wildlife. Best views approximately an hour before or after high tide. Assistance dogs only. 11am – 3pm, Spinnies Aberogwen, down a minor road to the coast from the village of Tal y Bont, Bangor, LL57 3YH, the adjacent farm. Kate Gibbs 01248 681936, kategibbs.nwwt@gmail.com

Wire Workshop with Julia Griffiths Jones. Spoons and Utensils. Drawing from an arrangement of spoons and utensils you will be shown how to translate your drawings into wire objects using hand tools and the spot welder. 10.30am – 4.30pm, £60 includes lunch. All materials provided, suitable for beginners and experienced. Bookings: Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

CCU Menai UNA Annual General Meeting and Open Gathering / Cymdeithas Cenhedloedd AGM at 10.30 – 11.30am, followed by friendly Open Gathering at 11.30am for discussion and networking for supporters, friends and anyone interested in the work of the local United Nations Association group. With refreshments, all welcome. Free, Quaker Meeting House, Dean St., Bangor LL57 1UR. ysgrifennyddccubangormenaiuna@gmail.com

Sorry To Bother You See 25th

Everyman Recycled Theatre. Mr & Mrs Everyman have been living rather recklessly for too many years. The oceans are awash with plastics, the bees have vanished and fracking is on the ‘up’. But Mother Earth has had enough and demands a final reckoning ‘without delay’. 8pm, £8, £7. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 701521, theatrclywd.com

The Favourite See 25th

26th SATURDAY & 27th SUNDAY

Make A Rustic Chair We will cut some silver birch and coppice hazel from our woods and then select the pieces we want to use for the back legs, the front legs and the rails. We will cut them to length and turn tenons on the rails, drill the mortices in the legs and assemble the chairs. £120, deposit £60. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbighshire  01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk

Reiki 1 See 12th & 13th

26th SATURDAY – 28th MONDAY

Big Garden Birdwatch Take part in the big survey of birds in your garden. You can sign up with RSPB to  receive downloads and packs online or in the post. rspb.org.uk Also come along to RSPB Conwy reserve and make bird feeders, identify birds, make a bird mask. 1 – 3pm, RSPB Nature Reserve, Llandudno Junction, Conwy LL31 9XZ. Contact 01492 581025, rspb.org.uk/Conwy

26th SATURDAY – 2nd FEBRUARY, SATURDAY

Mindfulness Teacher Training Retreat (Level 1) This programme is designed to immerse participants in the principles and practice of mindfulness-based teaching. It starts from the premise that as teachers we need to embody mindfulness-based practice in our own lives before we can attempt to teach it to others. The programme facilitates an opportunity for sustained inner work through practice and learning alongside your peers. It is designed to be a collaborative and participatory learning experience. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle. Bookings, fees and accommodation costs from Mindful Teacher Training: teach-mindfulness.org 

27th SUNDAY

Finding Your Feet Our feet are the foundation and support for standing and moving. Learn to use your feet more efficiently and integrate them more effectively into your whole body movement. 10am – 1pm, £30. Verve Health, Fitness and Wellbeing, 2 – 4 George St., Llangollen LL20 8RE. Bookings: Veronica Rock 07990 825783, vhrock@feldenkrais.co.uk

Estyneto Join us for regular dance/movement sessions specifically for those over the age of 60. Led by two inspirational dancers/choreographers – Cai Tomos and Angharad Price Jones. No previous experience or dance skills required – only the desire to stay active, fit and healthy. 1.30pm, £4. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Replenish, Centre, Nurture Join Lydia and Steph for three hours bathed in Love, Light and Sounds. Lydia will take you through some Infinite Chi Gung movements to clear and replenish your energy fields and a Nurturing Healing Meditation. Steph will then bathe you in beautiful healing sound waves from the gongs. 10am – 1pm, £30. Please bring yoga mat, pillow and water, blanket. Mynydd Llandygai, Bethesda LL57. Contact 07502 293114. 

NWWT: Winter Tree Idenitification Walk Identifying trees in winter can be difficult without some of the more obvious cues like leaves, flowers and fruits. Join Julie Rose for a winter tour to identify evergreen and deciduous trees by using cones, bark, leaves and buds. We’ll be looking at a variety of trees. 11am – 2.30pm, The Dingle, Grosvenor Rd, Chester. Dan Rose 07976 962251, nwwtwrexham@gmail.com

Sacred Site Archeology and Meditation Walk, Llyn Brig Archaeology walk around the Brenig Trail (opposite side of Llyn Brenig visitor centre) led by Gillian Smith with meditation and ceremony led by Katherine Creuynni. Meeting at Llangollen Museum at 10am and travel together convoy. Please let us know if you’d prefer to meet there and we can arrange a time/place. Please bring – yourself wrapped up warm, maybe a hot drink and something to eat. If you’d like to bring any nature materials such as leaves, herbs, flowers for the ceremony meditation, to give a gift of respect and appreciation for these places, that would be beautiful. Drums, rattles and similar also welcomed to give these sacred places some music again. 10am – 2pm. Free event with donations welcomed to support the continued work of Llangollen Museum. Please pm to book your place or whatsapp/message 07472 266952.

28th MONDAY

Meditations on Love 5 week course starts today. Practical step-by-step guidance, to overcome the problems of blaming others through jealousy, anger and stress. By changing the way we relate to others, developing affection, cherishing love and compassion, in place of anger and frustration, others can become a source of unending inspiration and joy to us. 7 – 8.30pm, £22 course, single session £6. Held at Barnardo’s Flintshire Services, CH7 1BH. More info from Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre 01492 878778, info@meditatenorthwales.com

White Little Lies Acoustic Country and Americana duo Daniel Saleh and Vanessa Murray from Liverpool. 7.30pm, £4 members Conwy Folk Club, £6 non-members. Conwy Comrades Social Club, 8 Church St., Conwy LL32 8AF. conwyfolkclub.org.uk

Sorry To Bother You See 25th

Memory Café Last Mon/month. For those living with dementia, their families, friends and carers. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with like-minded people. Every month we have something different going on, including entertainment, guest speakers and activities such as bingo. Refreshments are provided. The event is always free to attend, with donations welcomed, legal experts available each month for help with queries. 2 – 4pm. Kinmel Bay Community Library, Kendal Road, Kinmel Bay, Denbighshire LL18 5BT, 01745 772150, homeinstead.co.uk

28th MONDAY – 30th WEDNESDAY

The Favourite See 25th

The Wife (15) A devoted wife questions her life choices as her husband is receives a Nobel Prize for Literature. 28th – 5.30pm; 29th – 8.15pm & 30th – 2pm., £7.50 standard, £6.50 over 60, £6 student, £5.50 U18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248  382828, pontio.co.uk

29th TUESDAY

Woodland Workday 2019 Premier The monthly woodland workday parties offer something for everyone with a chance to test out some of your practical skills in woodland management! 10am. Held at Tŷ Hyll. Dan, Snowdonia Society, 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Hope over Fear in International Politics Talk and discussion with Andrew Lane, Director, Quaker Council for European Affairs: “How are European and international affairs changing, who will be affected, and what can be done to build a more just world?”  QCEA is an international peace-building and human rights organisation based in Brussels. Organised by the North Wales Quaker Economic Justice Group with support from the Geography Society at Bangor Uni, and sponsored by the UNA Menai group. If you are interested in joining a discussion about the direction of international politics, or finding out more about efforts to promote peace and human rights, please join us. All welcome. 7pm, free. Room G23, Thoday Building, Bangor University, Deiniol Road, Bangor. ysgrifennyddccubangormenaiuna@gmail.com or visit Facebook: United Nations Association Cangen Menai Branch

Sorry To Bother You See 25th, except at 5.30pm.

Meditations on Love 5 Week course, see 28th for info. Tuesdays class is held in Wellington Road Community Centre, Rhyl LL18 1LE. Finishes 26th Feb

30th WEDNESDAY

Big Allotment Growing Day An opportunity to grow your own organic nutritious food for free, learn new skills: planting and harvesting the veg and fruits; pickling, preserving, cooking, baking and brewing, craft work and wood work or come and chill out with a brew. 11.30am – 4pm. Tyn y Nant, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr. Nr Corwen. Facebook: Eco Fferm Frwythau/Gift Economy, or wellhealthcooperative@googlemail.com

Meditations on Love 5 Week course, see 28th for info. Wednesdays classes are held at 11.30am – 12.45pm; and 7 – 8.30pm, in Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, Craig, y Don, Llandudno LL30 1YY. 01492 878778, info@meditatenorthwales.com Finishes 27th Feb

Freehand Machine Embroidery for Beginners See 16th.

Filey International A run through the seasonal bird migration with Mark James Pearson, Yorkshire Birder. 7.30pm, non-members £2, Brambell Building, Bangor University. Visit: birdsin.wales

ROH Opera Live: La Traviata (12A) Live screening. Music by Verdi. Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents. 6.45pm, £13, £11 concs., £4 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org Also: Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

31st THURSDAY

Awakened Belly Dance Taster Session Middle Eastern dance movement with meditation, sound healing, energy work, and scared dance movements. 7 – 9pm, £15 door, £10 adv by 17th Jan. Bring yoga mat, blanket, cushion, water. Mold CH7 6YA. Bookings: rachelsbellydance.wales

Tai Chi Workshop for Adults See 10th

Rhododendron Removal Come and join us for the day as we tackle this non-native invasive species alongside the North Wales Wildlife Trust. Held at Coed Allt Soar and the Celtic Rainforest of Coed Felinrhyd in the hills overlooking the Dwyryd estuary. Booking essential, Owain, Snowdonia Society, 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Hiraeth: Transforming through Grief, Loss and Longing A series of talks examining our relationship to place, space and belonging and how that affects our health and wellbeing. Rev Alexandra Wilson is an interfaith minister, end of life doula and griefkeeper, honorary lecturer in Spiritual Care at Bangor University and a specialist in griefwork and ritual including ancestral healing. Today’s discussion: Wisdom Beyond Words: the role of song, sound and silence in healing through Grief. 7 – 8.30pm, £5. Follow Your Bliss Café, 307 – 309 High St., Bangor LL57 1UL. 01248 345495, followyourblisspt.com

Narcotics Anonymous See 3rd 

NT Live: I’m Not Running Screening of live performance from the National Theatre. A leader of a health campaign crosses paths with her old boyfriend. 7pm, £13, £10. Neaudd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com Also Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk Also: Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk Also: Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

31st THURSDAY – 1st FEBRUARY, FRIDAY 

Stove Installers Course By the end of the course you will have experience of installing at least 3 stoves in a safe and supervised environment before carrying out installations in someone’s home. Course fee only £450, accommodation arranged via the venue. CAT, Machynlleth, 01654 704966, cat.org.uk 

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