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Network News 2019

Welcome to the December Calendar

1st SUNDAY

30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day This year’s theme is awareness of HIV and how it is for those living with HIV in the UK. Visit: worldaidsday.org ~ wales.nhs.uk

World AIDS Day Double Bill: How to Survive a Plague (15) In the late 1980s, members of Act-Up and other AIDS activists battle hostility and indifference to bring attention to the disease and try to reduce the number of victims while hoping to lead the drive to find a cure. 4.20pm. And Paris is Burning (15) A unique and inspirational film. Jennie Livingston’s 1990 documentary about the black and Latino queer underground ballroom scene of ’80s Harlem, New York gives us a glimpse of those dreaming of making their name as vogue performers and models at a crucial time in LGBT+ history. £7.50, £5.50. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Tai Chi For Health Easy energy exercises/Chikung/Breathwork/Tai chi/Relaxation. (Please bring a yoga mat/blanket for relaxation). 10am – 12.30pm, £10 morning, £5 for 1 hour if just dropping in. Pwllheli Dance Studios, Gaol St. Sue Baumann 07833 791317

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

Medicine Dance – Exploring our Wild Sides Tonight you will be invited to allow your face to be real, loosen control of the wild body to madly thrust, indifferently slope or joyfully skip. Above all to give permission for your body to express its unedited raw vitality. We will also be exploring sound & movement together. 7.15 for 7.30 start, dancing followed by soundbath; 9.30pm tea and chat. £10 on door. Mynydd Llandegai Village Hall, Bangor LL57 4LQ. Facebook: of event name

Women’s Gathering A monthly informal gathering; bring your knitting, sewing, art, making and doing, reading, books/CDs or DVDs to swap; or just come for a social time. It’s also a time to come and find out about Red Tent meetings. 12 – 4pm, Black Cat Café, Parc Glynllifon. Join us on Facebook: Womens Gatherings Gwynedd

The RainbowBiz Mind, Body and Spirit Festival With over 50 traders, holistic therapists and spiritual readers to browse there is certainly plenty to see and do. There is also a full programme of free talks and workshops which offer the opportunity to try out something new. 10am – 4pm, free admission. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA. New stalls always welcome – info@rainbowbiz.org.uk. Visit: rainbowbiz.org.uk

Consone Quartet ~ Classical Season Music from Schubert and Mozart. 7.30pm, £10+. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com 

NWWT: Bird Watch Day Come to the shore hide to see what’s about, with experts on hand to help identify the birds and chat about wildlife. 10.30am – 2.30pm, donations welcome. Spinnies Aberogwen, Bangor, LL57 3YH. Kate Gibbs 01248 681936, kategibbs.nwwt@gmail.com

Journey to Self Love “Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives”. This workshop is based on the philosophy of Louise Hay. 1 – 4pm, booking essential, £30, Prestatyn. Sue Beesley 07739 342935, suebeesleycoaching@gmail.com

Sacred Circle Dance 1st Sun/month. Come and join us – dancing for a healthy body, mind, emotions and spirit! The dances are usually fairly simple with steps taught and we hold hands so you feel supported and connected to the whole group. The music is very varied and the dances too. Come and try it  – you will feel good afterwards! Led by Helen Newton and Sue Bates. 2 – 4pm, £7. Rhosesmor Village Hall, nr Mold CH7 6WF. Contact helen@soul-life.co.uk

2040 (PG) Film. 2040 is an Australian documentary in which director Damon Gameau proposes ways to improve our planet and fix the climate crisis. 10.45am,  £6, £5 concs. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 68522, galericaernarfon.com

The Small Glories Inspiring folk/bluegrass music from Cara Luft and JD Edwards. 7.30pm, £12. Caban, Brynrefail, nr Llanberis, 01286 685500, caban-cyf.org 

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

Big Allotment Growing Day 1st Sun/month. 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

Christmas Charity Craft Fair To give the local community a chance to sell their handmade products but also to raise money for Children Suffering from Cancer UK charity. 10am – 4pm. Fairy Falls Hotel & Bar. Conway Rd., Trefriw LL27 0JH. Contact 07545 977487, saradew1973@hotmail.com

NT Live: Fleabag (15) Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 7pm, £15. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com

1st SUNDAY – 5th THURSDAY

Sorry We Missed You (15) Film. A film from Ken Loach. A hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family. Various times, £6.25, £5.25. £4 on 2nd, 10.30am. 5th – 2 shows, 5.30 & 8.15pm, subtitled. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

1st SUNDAY – 7th SATURDAY

Mindful Movement Retreat Designed as an opportunity to deepen your mindfulness practice through a balance of movement and sitting practices. It is suitable for people new to mindfulness retreats and those whose bodies will welcome more movement practice in the mix! We will share a wide range of gentle movement practices with you during the retreat alongside sitting practice. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle 01286 882388, trigonos.org All enquiries to: sc.silverton150@gmail.com

2nd MONDAY

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 Cat Café, High Street, Bangor. Details: beiciobangor.org.uk

Fform Etholaid 2019 Election Forum An opportunity to question and discuss. With Tomos Davies Plaid Geidwadol Cymru/Welsh Conservatives; Graham Hogg Llafor Cymru / Welsh Labour; Louise Hughes Brexit Party and Liz Saville Roberts Plaid Cymru. Translation facilities. 6 – 8pm, Capel y Porth, Porthmadog. Organised with the Society of Friends. 

Have Your Say ~ Wales Public Consultation on Strategic Equality Objectives The group of bodies known as the ‘Wales Public Body Equality Partnership’ are committed to working together over the long term to deliver joint action to meet the objectives, understanding the collective impact through agreeing transparent outcome measures. These events are your chance to tell us what actions we should take to achieve our Equality Objectives. We welcome both diverse individuals and community groups or third sector organisations at these events. Expenses available for individuals. 9.30am – 2pm, free. Neuadd Reichel, Bangor University LL57 2TR. Bookings: eventbrite.co.uk

NW Moth Group Informal monthly meeting. 8pm, donations welcome. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy. Julian 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Meditation 1st Mon/month. A mixture of guided meditation, silence and some sharing, finishing with a cup of tea. It is an opportunity to come into the present moment through your body and stilling our minds. There is a very peaceful energy created when a group get together to meditate. It is not necessary to have done any meditation before – everyone welcome. It is helpful if you can email me to let me know you are intending to come. I look forward to sharing in the inner stillness with you. No charge just a small donation towards refreshments. 2 – 3.30pm. Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor, nr Mold. Contact helen@soul-life.co.uk

Gong Bath Close your eyes and relax while you are bathed in powerful sound waves created from gongs, Himalayan singing bowls and grounding instruments 7.30pm, £13. Canolfan Thomas Telford Centre, Mona Rd, Menai Bridge LL59 5EA. (opp Waitrose). Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

2nd MONDAY – 13th FRIDAY

COP25 United Nations Climate Conference in Madrid See Link 

3rd TUESDAY

Cygnus Café in Chester 1st Tues/month. 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

NWWT: Return of the Beaver NWWT’s resident expert, Adrian Lloyd Jones, will highlight the importance of this former UK-resident mammal to contemporary conservation efforts. 7 – 8.30pm, donations. Dolgellau Cricket Club, Marian Cefn car park (long-stay), LL40 1UU. Janet Baker 07812 659593, jemmole@hotmail.com

Election Hustings for Dwyfor Meirionnydd on subject of: ‘Environment & Climate Emergency’ 6.30 – 8.30pm, Parliamentary Candidate Attendees: Graham Hogg (Labour), Louise Hughes (Brexit Party), Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru); TBC: Tomos Dafydd Davies (Conservative). Questions invited from the audience, translation services available.  Plas Heli, Glan Y Don Industrial Estate, Yr Hafan, Pwllheli LL53 5YT. Facebook: XR Pen Llyn

Election Hustings: Bangor Meetings for MP candidates to give their views and be questioned. Bangor University. Organised by XR. See Facebook XR Pen Llyn, Gwynedd for updates.

Election Hustings: Anglesey 5.30pm, Cartio Mon, Bodedern. More from: nfu-cymru.org.uk

Lost in Paris (12A) France, subtitled. Fiona sets off to find her 88 year old distressed Aunt Martha, only to discover that she has disappeared. 7.30 – 10pm, £5. St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester. Chester Film Society – chesterfilmfans.co.uk

Anglesey Story Share Join Siân Miriam and Claire Mace for an entertaining evening of story and song. All welcome! Come along with a story to share, a song to sing, a poem to read, or feel free to sit back, relax and listen. 7.30 – 9.30pm, free, no booking necessary. Held at The Bull Hotel, Bulkeley Square, Llangefni LL77 7LR. More from anadlu.com

Gong Bath Close your eyes and relax while you are bathed in powerful sound waves created from gongs, Himalayan singing bowls and grounding instruments 7pm, £13. Memorial Hall, Penmorfa, Porthmadog LL49 9RY. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Celebrate the Celtic Festivals and Earth’s Cycles through Circle Dance! We dance on the 1st & 3rd Tues/month at The Old School Hub, Llanrwst, Dyffryn Conwy, 10.30am – 12 noon – to a wide variety of World music. No partner required, and new members welcome. Maia 01492 642123. Dates for 2020    7th and 21st January;  4th and 18th February; 10th and 24th March (2nd and 4th Tues – this month only)

Woodland Footpath Maintenance This 84 acre reserve needs a bit of TLC in order to keep its footpaths accessible to walkers, and our help will go a long way. Come and learn some footpath maintenance techniques and to enjoy Parc Mawr and discover a site that you’ll undoubtedly want to visit again. 10am, booking essential. Parc Mawr, Conwy. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Llaeth Mam Bangor 1st & 3rd Tues/month. Are you breastfeeding or an expectant mum with an interest in breastfeeding when baby arrives? Free meet-up, with refreshments. Just come along! 10.30am – 12pm. Bangor Library 01248 353469.

Mantell Gwynedd 3rd Sector well-being and volunteer network event. Information on funding opportunites, Community Resource Teams, Citizens Panel, Volunteering Wales. 10am – 1pm, free. Clwb Peldroed Porthmadog Football Club, Porthmadog LL49 9PP. Bookings: eventbrite.co.uk

Conwy County Peace Group 1st Tues/month. At 7.30pm in Centre for Cultural Engagement, 10 Greenfield Rd, Colwyn Bay LL29 8EL. Contact secretary Efa Wulle: conwypeace@gmail.com or donsaundersopt@aol.com (chair) 

4th WEDNESDAY

Annual Volunteer Hedge Laying Competition Hedge laying is a traditional craft to regenerate hedgerows, one of our most important habitats. Join us as part of a team to lay a section of hedge. Booking required. 9am – 3pm. Minimum age 17. Please call Loggerheads for more information 01824 712757.

Election Hustings: Aberconwy, 7.30pm at Elwy Room, Glasdir Centre, Llanrwst More from: nfu-cymru.org.uk

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 Pizzas below the train station). Rosie Green 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk

How to Prepare a Plant-Based Christmas Day Feast Monthly meet up. Recipes and information on Wellness and Plant-Based Nutrition, today’s session will be geared towards Christmas food. 6 – 7pm, £15. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, nr Chester. Bookings: jobrownfoodforlife.com

Women Working Together Christmas Lunch. We have a short networking meeting before lunch then relax over a meal before going our separate ways until the New Year.  You’re welcome to join us for either or both of these events. 9.30am – 12pm. First meet free and then £10. Dylan’s Restaurant, Criccieth LL52 0HU. Contact 07519 121993. See Eventbrite for further details. Facebook: Women Working Together

Bangor Bird Group: The State of Birds in Wales A talk with Julian Hughes (RSPB). 7.30pm, Room 101, Alun Building, Bangor Uni Management Centre, College Road, Bangor. Visit: birdsin.wales

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

Yoga Teacher Training Taster Session Thinking of becoming a Yoga Teacher, or taking Yoga Teacher training to explore yoga more deeply? Join Claire Mace for a introduction to what that would be like.  Start exploring some aspects of teaching, then relax at a yoga class. There will also be time for your questions on any aspect of yoga teacher training. 4- 7.30pm, £20 (concessions available). Held at The Old Rectory, Llanfachraeth, Ynys Môn LL65 4YA. Bookings: Claire 07970 409724, inspiratrix.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.couk

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

Christmas Lectures: Christmas on the Modern Stage A series of talks with Paul Johnson, Uni of Chester. This lecture explores how playwrights have used Christmas in the last 140 years of theatre history, and the ways in which ideas of Christmas have been used to represent rebirth, consumerism and religious hypocrisy. 12pm, free but please book. Chester Storyhouse 01244 409113, storyhouse.com

Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter’s Tale (PG) Film. King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences. 8pm, £13, £11, £10. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk Also Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com

4th WEDNESDAY & 5th THURSDAY

Zero Carbon Britain The world must reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. And we must start now. This course offers an in-depth look at CAT’s flagship research project, Zero Carbon Britain, exploring the radical changes needed to rise to the climate challenge. £100. No accommodation available. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

5th THURSDAY

UP TO US Meeting in Manchester. Making democracy fit for the 21st Century. Speakers from different backgrounds united by their belief in the need to act now. 6.30 – 8.30pm, People’s History Museum, Manchester. www.uptous.co.uk

Bwyd Bendigedig Porth Cyfarfod Nadolig / Incredible Edible Porthmadog Christmas Gathering Connect with local gardeners and celebrate the season. 1 – 3.30pm, bring a snack to share, raffle, speakers. At Byw’n Iach Glaslyn Leisure Centre, Porthmadog. Facebook: of event name

Flintshire Get Active Support Group 1st Thurs/month. Come along and join us for friendship, support, guidance, activities, speakers and more. 10am – 12noon. Carmel Village Hall, Carmel Rd., Holywell CH8 7DR. Contact – arthritiscare.org.uk

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 people. 6 Swifts Buildings, off High Str., Bangor LL57 1DQ (by traffic lights below the train station). Rosie 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk 

Election Hustings Meetings for MP candidates to give their views and be questioned. Bethesda. See Facebook XR Pen Llyn, Gwynedd for updates.

Election Hustings: Meirionnydd Dwyfor. 7.30pm at Porthmadog Football Club. More from: nfu-cymru.org.uk

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.

Bangor Bird Group An evening talk: Birding Tibet, with Dan Brown. 7.30pm. Room 101, Alun Building, Bangor University Management Centre, College Road, Bangor. More info: bangorbirdgroup@gmail.com ~ birdsin.wales

Busby (PG) Film. Combines previously unseen archive footage with interviews with those who knew football’s Sir Matt Busby. 8pm, £7. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com

Gong Bath Close your eyes and relax while you are bathed in powerful sound waves created from gongs, Himalayan singing bowls and grounding instruments. 8pm, £13. Source Yoga Studio, 294 Conway Rd, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

St Asaph Lovelight A celebration to support everyone affected by cancer and to remember loved ones we’ve lost. Performances from Sing With Us Llandudno, Flint Male Voice Choir, Fairholme Prep School, Hannah Davies (soloist) and more. 7.30 – 10.30pm, £10. St Asaph’s Cathedral, 25 High St., LL17 0RD. Tickets: eventbrite.co.uk

Feminist Meet Up Led by Louise Dudley. Come along armed with opinions, curiosity and your brand of feminism as we explore a new topic each month and potentially cultivate some community action. 7 – 9pm, free, please book. Chester Storyhouse 01244 409113, storyhouse.com

NWWT: Four Go Hunting in Gargano The Reeses and Robertsons describe a recent trip to this orchid-rich national park and surrounding area in southern Italy. 2.15 – 4.30pm, £2 includes refreshments. St Cyngar’s Church Hall, Llangefni, LL77 7EA. Penny Radford 01248 713022, radfords713@btinternet.com

Positive Birth Movement Last one this year. Free monthly meeting for anyone who would like to talk positively about birth. We connect pregnant couples, birth professionals and anyone interested together to share stories, expertise and positivity about childbirth. We aim to challenge the epidemic of negativity and fear that surrounds modern birth, and help change birth for the better. 7pm. Storyhouse, Chester 01244 409113, storyhouse.com

Groundwork Surffio ~ Artist’s Meeting Touring dance in Wales – what works? What doesn’t work? What is needed? We would like to invite you for a discussion event hosted by Groundwork Pro. This is part of a Surf The Wave / ACW funded program to build a model for sustained and mutual support between artists, programmers and venues across Wales. We hope to connect artists with venues as well as to discuss the possibilities for a longer term model that would support presentation and touring of dance work. For choreographers and dance makers, independent artists, building creative relationships with artists. 1 – 4pm, held at Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com If you would like to attend please contact: groundworkprocardiff@gmail.com

Gwynedd Astronomy Society 1st Thurs/month. Tonight’s meeting features Pete Williamson, a professional astronomer (and previous rock musician) giving a talk “From Herschel to Hawkwind”. 7.30pm. Treborth Botanical Gardens, Bangor. Davyth Fear 01286 672882, davrhifear@googlemail.com

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

Plaid Werdd / Green Party Local Group Our last meeting of 2019 will be a dinner and celebration of all we have achieved this year and our plans for 2020. And no doubt lots of discussion of general election.  7pm, The Clock House, 55-57 Abergele Rd, Colwyn Bay LL29 7RU. Visit: northwestwales.greenparty.org.uk

Llangollen Friends of the Earth 1st Thurs/month. We aim to protect and promote the environment and wildlife; promote community cohesion and strengthen community resilience, to bring together interested individuals and local groups to work on environmental and social issues. Venue varies but always in Llangollen town; so call or text Warren 07525 016503, info@llangollenfoe.org.uk

Pop Up Vinyl Record/CD Shop Every 1st Thurs/ month. 3000+ records, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, rock, pop, prog rock, indie, Cymraeg, blues, metal, punk, new wave, soul, folk, jazz, reggae, electronic, goth, hip hop and more. Records from 50p. Also a hand picked selection of CD’s. Tŷ Glyndwr, 1 Stryd y Castell, Caernarfon LL55 1SE. Facebook: of event name

Awakened Bellydance Join us for a candle-lit evening of sacred dance, movement, relaxation, and sound healing led by Awakened Belly Dance facilitator Rachel Walker. Middle Eastern dance movement with meditation, sound healing, energy and breathwork plus sacred dance movements. 7 – 9.15pm, £20. Parkfields Community Centre, Ash Grove, Mold. Visit: rachelsbellydance.wales

5th THURSDAY – 9th MONDAY

Bhagavad Gita & Meditation Retreat The 4-day retreat in Snowdonia will include study sessions and lectures on the Gita, chanting sessions, Dru Yoga and meditation classes as well as walks in Snowdonia, weather permitting! You’ll learn how to apply the lessons of the Gita to your own self-development, and ways to introduce this beautiful text into your yoga or meditation classes. £595 – £745. Dru Yoga, Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Bethesda 01248 602900, druyoga.com

6th FRIDAY

Confucius Institute Open Days Tai Chi Club 2 – 3pm and Chinese cultural activities (the type of activity will be confirmed each week) 3 – 4pm. All free! Refreshments provided; witness a Chinese Tea Ceremony. Chinese Pavilion, Confucius Institute, Bangor University 01248 388555, bangor.ac.uk

Gong Bath Close your eyes and relax while you are bathed in powerful sound waves created from gongs, Himalayan singing bowls and grounding instruments. 7pm, £13. Rhuddlan Community Centre, Parliament St, Rhuddlan, Rhyl LL18 5AW. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Restorative Yoga Workshop Need two hours to unwind and let go of the week? Join Claire Mace for a once-a-month yoga session where the focus is on relaxing. Slow flow is used to unwind and release tension, followed by deeply relaxing restorative poses to settle and downregulate the nervous system. 7 – 9pm, £16 (concessions available). Held at The Old Rectory, Llanfachraeth, Ynys Môn LL65 4YA. Bookings: Claire 07970 409724, inspiratrix.co.uk

NWWT: All Things Hedgehog Tracey Pierce, from Hedgehog Help Prestatyn, will talk about setting up a hedgehog rescue centre and work to conserve this much-loved, much-declined animal. 7 -9pm, £2, Maes Esgob Community Centre, Dyserth, LL18 6HB. Mark Hughes 07800 771570, mjdhughes1108@gmail.com

Bird Conservation by The Wildlife Trust in 2019 Following a quick AGM, Chris Wynne, senior Reserves Officer, will update us on recent news from the NW Wildlife Trust; a Cambrian Ornithological Society meeting. 7.30pm, £1. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy. Contact 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Red or Dead Net proceeds to the new Ty Llewelyn Food Bank, Llandudno and General Election funds for Aberconwy Labour Party. Open Mic, live music, quiz. 7 – 11pm, £5. Conwy Comrades Sport & Social Club, Conwy LL32 8AF. Bookings: eventbrite.co.uk

Geraint Jarman Denbigh-born, Cardiff-raised, legendary Welsh rock musician and poet Geraint Jarman will be performing some of his favourite tracks. 8pm, £15. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com

Quiet Afternoons For those who enjoy a ‘quieter’ visit to the museum, including people living with autism, their families and carers. 3 – 4.30pm. Grosvenor Museum, Chester 01244 972197.

The Cotton Club (15) Film. The movie takes place in New York in the 1920s and 1930s, where Irish and Jewish gangsters battled the Italians for the rackets. 7 for 7.30pm start. Non-members £4. Denbigh Film Club, Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Denbigh LL16 3DA, 01745 813426, denbighfilmclub.co.uk

Joker (15) Film. A mentally-troubled comedian is mistreated by society, so he embarks in crime and meets his alter-ego “Joker”. Doors open 7 for 8pm show, £5. Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda, LL57 3AN. neuaddogwen.com

Dowsing & Feng Shui for Beginners See Noticeboard

6th FRIDAY – 8th SUNDAY

Food and Craft Fair More than 120 artisan stalls exhibiting the best Welsh produce, plus a full seasonal cooking demonstration, musical entertainment and more. 9.30am – 5pm. Portmeirion, Minffordd LL48 6ER. Facebook: of event name

6th FRIDAY – 11th WEDNESDAY

Joker (15) Film. See 6th for details. £7, £6. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com

7th SATURDAY

Ash Splint Baskets A two day course where you  learn how to split an ash log into thin splints and weave them into a beautiful and functional basket. Please bring a packed lunch. Refreshments provided. 9.30am – 4.30pm, free. Rhes y Cae Village Hall, Halkyn CH8 8JR. Tickets: eventbrite.co.uk

Gong Bath Close your eyes and relax while you are bathed in powerful sound waves created from gongs, Himalayan singing bowls and grounding instruments. 7pm, £10. Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandegai, LL57 4LQ. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Elephant Sessions Scottish folk music to reel and jig to; standing gig. 8pm, £14, £12. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk 

Native Daffodil Habitat Management Join us as we return to the hills above Henryd. This hidden site is home to native Daffodils which produce a fantastic carpet of yellow in the spring. Our aim is to help maintain this site for its natural qualities and preserve this great display. 10am, booking essential. Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Winter Celebration Walk Woodland and wetland bird talk with Paul Rogers, light refreshments provided. 10am onwards, no need to book. Llyn Parc Mawr. visit: llynparcmawr.org

Portffolio: Animating Automata with John Grayson. Bringing sculptures to life with metal mechanisms. 11am – 4pm, £10, bring packed lunch. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Ivy Weaving Come along and do some ivy weaving bunting, decorated with natural season greenery and berries. 11am – 3.30pm. Y Plot, Tregarth, nr Bangor. Blodeuwedd Botanics 07799 224636. 

Mythstories Telling Space Meet up for stroll along the canal at Chirk, 12pm (or in the pub if bad weather 1pm!) Meet The Poachers Pocket, Chirk. A great opportunity to revive the old traditional Shropshire & Welsh Borders storytellers’ Christmas lunch! More from Suzi Moore suemoore@me.com

Christmas Wreath Making Come and enjoy a morning of wreath-making using natural, fresh materials, finishing with a simple seasonal lunch. 10am – 1pm, £47.48. Held at Halen Môn – Anglesey Sea Salt Company, Tide/Llanw, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey LL616TQ. Tickets: eventbrite.co.uk

Mindfulness Retreat Walk Join us on this fully guided mindfulness retreat walk starting from Bodfari and enjoy breathtaking views of the Vale of Clwyd, North Wales Coast and the Valley of the River Wheeler. 10am – 1pm, £17.50. Meet at The Dinorbin Arms, Bodfari, Denbigh LL16 4DA. Tickets: eventbrite.co.uk

Ffair Nadolig Various craft stalls: pottery, wood-turning, pyrography, china, paintings, cards, books, bric-a-brac; tea and cakes. 10am – 5pm. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy. Contact 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Photography: Explore the creative potential of full frame A day looking at all the techniques and creativity with your camera. Equipment required. 10am – 5.30pm, £29.99. Bulkeley Hotel, Beaumaris LL58 8AW. More from cherylhamer.com

Christmas Crafts There will be 2 of our craftspeople ready to show you a range of crafts – card making, tree decorations, table decorations, wreaths, candle holders, Gypsy baskets. You can choose to come in the morning or the afternoon and will be able to try 2 different crafts and take away what you make. All materials and refreshments are provided. £20 adult, £15 accompanied child. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk

Grown Ups Clay Night Make and design Christmas decorations from clay and use speciality glazes. 7 – 9.30pm, booking essential £15, £5 deposit. Tan y Ddraig 27 Castle St., Conwy LL32 8AY, 01492 583566. Facebook: Tan y Ddraig

Plast-Off! This is no ordinary beach clean! At this time of year, winter storms throw up loads of plastic on to our beaches. Why not join us as we try to remove as much of it as possible? We’ll have food and hot drinks as a reward for all your hard work. 11am – 3.30pm, donations. Porth Trecastell (Cable Bay), Aberffraw, Ynys Môn, LL63 5TE. Nia Jones 01248 351541, nia.jones@northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk

7th SATURDAY & 8th SUNDAY

Letting Go of The Past with teacher Gen Leksang. We will be engaging in the practice of purification in conjunction with the practice of Vajrasattva. We will learn how, by visualising living Buddha Vajrasattva and by applying 4 special methods, we can let go of the heavy burden of negative karma we have accumulated over many lifetimes and find true peace and freedom within. 10.30am – 3.30pm; with optional prayer session 5 – 6pm.  £15 – morning & lunch; £20 day & lunch; £30 weekend & lunch. Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Craig y Don, Llandudno 01492 878778, meditatenorthwales.com

How To Create a Mixed Media Collage: House and Home Author, artist and tutor Anne Kelly will show you how to create a mixed media collage using items from your collections and finds. 10.30am – 4.30pm, £150 includes light lunch. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

7th SATURDAY – 14th SATURDAY

Wake Up – Sit Up When asked how to do just sitting, Sangharakshita replied: “you just sit”. On this retreat we’ll be exploring some direct and very effective ways to let the proliferation die down so that wakeful, spacious awareness opens up. Once you’ve discovered how to access it, you really can ‘just sit’. £315, £287 concs. Vajraloka Buddhist Retreat, Corwen LL21 0EN, 01490 460406, vajraloka.org

8th SUNDAY

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

NWWT: Joy4LifeWales Yoga Walk Immerse yourself in nature during a guided yoga, mindfulness and walking experience whilst learning about the unique varieties of flora and fauna within this extraordinary site. No prior experience needed, but bring a sitting mat if you have one. 10am – 12pm,  £5, accompanied children free. Minera Quarry Nature Reserve, Maes y Ffynnon Road, Minera, Wrexham, LL11 3DE. Terry & Annette Clarke-Coyne 07739 045006, info@joy4lifewales.co.uk

Election Hustings Meetings for MP candidates to give their views and be questioned. Bangor Cathedral. See Facebook XR Pen Llyn, Gwynedd for updates.

Christmas Wreath Workshop Create your own unique design for Christmas. All materials provided. £25, Alyn Waters Park, nr Wrexham 01978 757 524, groundwoknorthwales.org.uk

Red Tent Gwynedd A gathering for those women interested in ritual, sacred sharing and some social time. There will be drumming! From 1pm for tea and arrival, sharing circle at 2pm, finish at 5pm for food, home 6pm. Held in Rachub. Join the group on Facebook for full details and venue directions. Facebook: Red Tent Gwynedd

Estyneto Join us for regular dance/movement sessions aimed specifically for those over the age of 60. The sessions are led by inspirational dancers/choreographers (Cai Tomos & Angharad Price Jones) and open to anyone who has the desire to stay active, fit and healthy. No previous experience or dance skills required. 1.30pm, £4. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com Also 22nd

Mini Yoga / Spa Retreat Deepen your personal mindfulness practice with a themed talk (based on an NLP and Hypnotherapy background) to learn techniques to aid your full, mind, body and soul experience. Followed by yoga and sound healing – complete with Tibetan singing bowls, Native Indian Flute, Steel Hapi Drum, Earth, Water, Wind and Fire wind chimes. Beginners welcome! 10am – 12.30pm, £35, £30. Held at The Wild Pheasant, Berwyn Rd., Llangollen LL20 8AD. Tickets: eventbrite.co.uk 

UK Jewish Film: Solomon a Gaenor (15) Film. A young Jewish boy falls in love with a gentile Welsh girl, set in 1911 against a backdrop of anti-Semitism in the Welsh valleys. The film will be screened with a panel discussion. Also film: Black Hat – the Iris Prize, 15 min short film. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

9th MONDAY

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. Books selected by vote and alternate between contemporary and classic fiction. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. Contact Louisa Yates louisa.yates@gladlib.org

Celtic Mountain Place Names Guto Roberts of the National Trust shares the fascinating origins of the many unique, varied and beautiful Celtic mountain place names. This free talk is part of ongoing environmental lecture series, where guests help us learn more about the natural world. 8pm. Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig 01690 720214, pyb.co.uk

Election Hustings: Clwyd 7.30pm, Llysfasl College, Lecture Theatre, Ruthin LL15 2LB More from: nfu-cymru.org.uk

Cottage Garden Society Christmas Buffet 7pm start. Eirianfa Community Centre, Denbigh LL16 3TS. More information from Trish Morris 01745 550121, thecottagegardensociety.org.uk

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

For Sama (18) Film. An intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. The story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all whilst conflict rises around her.  8.15pm, £8. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

A Thousand Years of Christmas With Archbishop Rowan Williams. Rowan is joined by Sally Bradshaw, soprano, and Michael Haslam, piano. Rowan will read a breathtaking variety of pieces: ranging from his fellow countryman Dylan Thomas, to the Tudor Bishop Latimer, Charles Dickens, Ted Hughes, and some of his own poetry – and he sings too. Sally will sing music from eleventh century chant to Victorian Music Hall and art songs, as well as carols. Michael is Organist at St James’ Piccadilly, and a respected accompanist and West End theatre music director. He has directed shows at the National Theatre. In this show Michael Haslam not only plays the piano but also sings, and plays the violin and psaltery. 7.30pm, £10. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com

9th MONDAY – 13th FRIDAY

Environmental Politics and Economics Join our MSc students from our Graduate School of the Environment and explore the systemic political and economic barriers to solving climate change and creating a more ethical, equitable and sustainable society. £750, £700 concs., all inclusive. 18+. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 704966, cat.org.uk

10th TUESDAY

Picsis Llyn Parc Pixies Outdoor play sessions for pre-school and home educated children and parents/carers – come along with your children for some mud-play, woodland games, and craft activities, with fire and warm drink. With Community Woodland Group, 12.30 – 2.30pm, £2 per child, booking essential via llynparcmawr.org Newborough Forest, Anglesey. 

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

Tree Planting Grab a spade, reduce your carbon footprint and making a lasting impression on the landscape for many years to come! 10am, Nant Gwynant, Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Healing Well The Gwynedd Healing & Peace Group offers hands-on healing at Y Ganolfan, Pentrefelin (nr Criccieth) from 7 – 8.30pm. All welcome. Mayamara 01766 770874.

Photography Masterclass Learn how to capture the perfect shot for your product. 5.30 – 7pm, free. Held at Enterprise Hub, M-SParc, Gaerwen LL60 6AG. Register: eventbrite.co.uk

Christmas Wreath Making Make a fresh, handmade festive door wreath with dried fruit and other natural materials. 2 sessions; 2 – 5pm and 6 – 9pm. £35 per session. Siop Iard, Caernarfon LL55 1RR. 01286 672472, siopiard.com

Volunteer with ARC To help local amphibians and reptiles. Tasks will run from 10am – 3.30pm. Please bring warm waterproof clothing and wellies, a packed lunch and drinks. Gloves and tools are provided. Pond vegetation clearance. Meet at The White Lion, Penmynydd. Mandy 07810 184508, mandy.cartwright@arc-trust.org

ROH Live: Copellia Screened live. A story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls as a storybook comes to life. 7.15pm, £19.50, £14.50 u26. Chester Storyhouse 01244 409113, storyhouse.com Also Scala Cinema Prestatyn 01745 850197. Also Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk Also £3, £11, £4 children, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

11th WEDNESDAY

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

Bait (15) Film. An aggressive Cornish fisherman resents incomers taking over his village. 8.15pm, £5. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Bereavement Support Group A volunteer-led peer support drop-in session, open to anyone bereaved or supporting someone who is bereaved. 2pm, free. Chester Storyhouse 01244 409113, storyhouse.com

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

Women Working Together Aimed at small, micro and lifestyle business & professional women who often struggle to get out and meet women in a similar situation. Our goal is to share knowledge and information, access training and personal development, and generally help women to achieve their own goals for their business. 9.30am – 12pm. Dylan’s Restaurant, Criccieth LL52 . Bookings: eventbrite.co.uk

NW Geologists Meeting A lecture by Simon Purvis from CGG Robertson (geological services) about the fossiliferous coast of Lyme Regis, Dorset. 7.30pm. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy. Contact 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Cacao Ceremony We will experience stillness, silence, meditation, a sharing circle, and of course the cacao itself. £15. The Goddess Collective, Chester. Visit: thegoddesscollective.co.uk

Kind Hearts & Coronets (U) 1949 comedy caper; with Occasional Cinema. A charming, likable, young Englishman who must eliminate all his relatives to inherit a fortune – all played by Alec Guinness. 7.30pm, £5. Mill St., Seiont, Caernarfon 01286 676549, occasionalcinema.org

NWWT: Amphibians & Reptiles of NE Wales Mandy Cartwright, from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, provides an insight into local amphibians and reptiles. 7.30 – 9pm, £2.   Gresford Memorial Hall, High St, Gresford, LL12 8PS. Dan Rose 07977 962251, nwwtwrexham@gmail.com

The Tarot: A World of Ancient Wisdom A talk by Brian Gill with Chester Theosophical Society. 7 for 7.30pm start. Refreshments available, £5.50, £3.50 concs. Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester CH1 3LF. Enquiries: 01244 377170, chestertheosophy.org

Welsh Chamber Orchestra Music by Handl, Mozart, Corelli, Beethoven and more. 7.30 – 9.30pm, Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road LL18 1BA. Rhyl Music Club 01745 561006, rhylmusic.com

CEG TV Presents: A Strangers Christmas Party As the election looms and the year draws to a close we are putting on something special at the ship. Astralship will host a live stream TV, music and Cabaret Extravaganza with CEG records. Find out more from astralship.org See article on page 6 

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

Friends of the Earth Conwy Usually meet 2nd Weds/month in the rear room of the Albion Ale House, Upper Gate Street, Conwy LL32 8RF but check before travelling. We would welcome 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, foeconwygmail.com

Llandudno & District Writers Group Meets 2nd Weds/month. Christmas Social. 2 – 4pm, Llandudno Library, Mostyn St. Info: llandudno.writers@aol.co.uk

Bangor Bird Group An evening talk: Uganda with Alan Davies & Ruth Miller. 7.30pm. Room 101, Alun Building, Bangor University Management Centre, College Road, Bangor. More info: bangorbirdgroup@gmail.com ~ birdsin.wales

12th THURSDAY

VOTE!

Sagittarius Full Moon 05:12am

Meet the Society Get Together / Cyfle i Gyarfod y Gymdeithas Drop in for food, drink and festive cheer with staff, trustees and members of the Snowdonia Society. 4 – 7pm, Capel Dinorwig, Caernarfon. RSVP: claire@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Olwyn Lliw ~ Colour Wheel: Observational Drawing Artist and tutor Jwls Williams will be leading this session; ideal for beginners and creatives who wish to gain new skills, or experiment with new techniques. 10.30am – 12.30pm, £10, 16yrs+. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Artist Talk: Shakespeare & Immersive Environments Thomas Buckley is an installation artist, working with projection to create large scale immersive environments. He is currently exploring XR, VR and emerging creative technology with Royal Shakespeare Company. 7.30 – 8.30pm, free. Mostyn, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Winter Funding Fair Find out which funds you could apply for. 10am – 1pm, free. Also: Resilience Film Screening – the science behind how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can affect brain development and lead to lifelong health and social problems. 2 – 4pm, free. Held at DVSC Naylor Leyland Centre, Well St., Ruthin LL15 1AF. Register: eventbrite.co.uk

Wisdom Circle for Conscious Eldering 2nd Thurs/month. 2 – 3.30pm, Gladstone’s Library Chapel,  Hawarden. More from Helen: soul-life.co.uk

Happy as Lazzaro (15) Film. Lazzaro is a huge hearted young peasant hero in this time-bending fairy tale. 8.15pm, £5. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

13th FRIDAY

Willow Sculpture Workshop Led by Juliette Hamilton. Make a stag’s head for indoors or out. Beginners welcome, materials provided. 10.30am – 4.30pm, £55, Christmas lunch included. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Carols Galore! The Isle of Anglesey Choral Society / Cymdeithas Garawl Ynys Mon The highlight of the evening will be performing a suite of some of the old Welsh Plygain carols with their unique harmonies. We will also invite the audience to sing some carols with us to celebrate the festive season. 7.30pm, £7, £6, £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Festive Fireside Flow By candlelight. We will work with pranayama – yoga breathing techniques – to rest and recharge the body and mind. Build confidence, alignment and connection to the breath through standing sequences which also cleanse and detox our systems. 6.30 – 8pm. Iard Hendre, Bangor LL57 3YP. Ceri 07796 950742, ebbingandflowingyoga.com

Dowsing & Feng Shui for Beginners See Noticeboard

NWWT: Quiztmas Party Come and enjoy some multi-media wildlife-themed quizzes plus festive food, 2 – 4pm, donations welcome. St David’s Church Hall, Llandudno, LL30 3NT. John Underwood 07783 773225, john.underwood100@gmail.com

13th FRIDAY – 15th SUNDAY

Christmas Winter Warmer Take time out to relax before the hectic festive season. The weekend is tailored to be in sync with the slower rhythms of nature that this time of year presents. So come and enjoy yoga, deep relaxation, bracing coastal walks; accommodation with homemade food and cake. £385 – £530. Plas Cadnant, Menai Bridge. Laura Bell, 07989 512859, thezestlife.co.uk

14th SATURDAY

Sacred Song 2nd Sat/month. 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

Gong Bath Close your eyes and relax while you are bathed in powerful sound waves created from gongs, Himalayan singing bowls and grounding instruments. 7pm, £13. Axis Therapy, Glanrafon, Bangor. Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Portffolio: Hands on Graffitti An artist led masterclass for 14 – 18 yr olds; “everything you need to know to become a graffiti artist”. 11am – 4pm, £10. Mostyn, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Dissolving Painful Feelings With Gen Kelsang Leksang. By learning to accept painful feelings, we take the power out of them and realise that there’s actually nothing to be afraid of. In fact, our painful feelings can be a powerful motivator for inner transformation. Guided meditations, advice and relaxation time. All welcome. 10.30am – 1pm, veggie lunch for £4. £15 for course. Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Craig y Don, Llandudno 01492 878778, meditatenorthwales.com

Family Christmas Decoration Workshop with Juliette Hamilton. Bring the whole family and have a go at making a selection of handcrafted Christmas decorations in willow. 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm, £4 child/£8 adult per session, suitable for adults and children aged 6+. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Darlithoedd Golau Gaeaf / Winter Light Lectures This talk explores an 18th century experience of touring North Wales from Flintshire to Gwynedd and it offers some unexpected insights into familiar towns and locations. 4 – 5.30pm, free, with Prof. Andrew Hiscock, from Bangor Uni. Held at Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB. 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Welsh Chamber Orchestra A live performance, 7.30pm, £12, £10, £4 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Kinky Boots (12) Film. Based on a true story; how a drag queen turned a struggling British shoe factory around. 6.30 for 7pm show. £5, £2 children, includes tea and cake. Rowen Memorial Hall, Conwy. Contact: beccacrane@phonecoop.coop

Northern Gog Soul Motown and Northern Soul evening 6.30pm, 18+, £5.50. Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3AD. 01766 832001, wegottickets.com 

15th SUNDAY

Yoga Day with Tracey Joscelyne Expect a dynamic, challenging morning and a chilled afternoon session including restorative Yin Yoga and Pranayama. The workshop is suitable for all levels, as all postures can be modified to suit the individual. Beginners welcome! £30, includes light refreshments.  Portmeirion. Tracey 07809 485323, traceyyogamassage.co.uk 

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

Christmas Market ~ Marchanad Nadolig Local produce and crafts, live music, handmade seasonal decorations, food and drink. 10am – 6pm. Ffarm Moelyci, Tregarth LL57 4BB. Visit: moelyci.org

Back2Wild Embodiment Retreat Sacred song, movement, cacao ceremony, shamanic drum journey, voice, soundbath, EarthDance. 10am – 5pm, £25 adv, £30 door. PayPal pay: jonathansteele1@gmail.com Held at Mynydd Llandegai Village Hall LL57 4LQ. Facebook: of event name

Bolshoi Ballet ~ The Nutcracker Music by Tchaikovsky; a Nutcracker doll is given to a young girl which comes to life at midnight. 3pm, £13, £10. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

An International Christmas Featuring Rhys Meirion and Elan Catrin Parry. Celebrate the international spirit of Christmas by coming together in an evening of music, song and festive cheer. Donations will be accepted for our ‘Reverse Grotto’ in aid of the Llangollen Food Bank. International Folk Dancers, Carols, 7.45pm, £13, £5 children (5+) U5s free. (Any wheelchair users may be accompanied by a helper free of charge; select a ‘Helper’ ticket when ordering online). Ticket price includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Llangollen Pavilion 01978 860111, llangollenpavilion.co.uk

Gruffydd Wyn A talented classical music artist who hails from the Isle of Anglesey. 7.30pm, £18, £15 concs., includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

16th MONDAY

The Botany of Christmas Join us for a celebration of the plants that have come to shape our concept of Christmas. Learn about their origins and properties with garden staff, and sample some of the tasty treats that they provide, including a festive ‘hot toddy’. This evening event will include a candle-light visit to the exotic plants of the Treborth glasshouses. 6 – 8pm, free but booking is essential. Treborth Botanic Garden, Bangor. Bookings: treborth@bangor.ac.uk.       

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

Talk: The Lower Mekong: Water, Watts and War Organised with the Society of 13 and Royal Geographical Society. 7.30pm, Grosvenor Museum, Chester. Visit: societyofthirteen.org.uk

17th TUESDAY

Celebrate the Celtic Festivals and Earth’s Cycles through Circle Dance! We dance on the 1st and 3rd Tues/month at The Old School Hub, Llanrwst, Dyffryn Conwy, 10.30am – 12 noon – to a wide variety of World music. No partner required, and new members welcome. Maia 01492 642123. (Dates for 2020: 7th and 21st January; 4th and 18th February; 10th and 24th March – 2nd and 4th Tues – this month only)

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

Cold War (15) Poland, subtitled. Zula falls in love with a man who is looking for an excuse to defect to the west. 7.30 – 10pm, £5. St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester. Chester Film Society – chesterfilmfans.co.uk

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

Supporters Christmas Elevenses A time for Pensychnant members and volunteers to share elevenses by the Tree and for us to say thank you for all your support in 2019. 10.30am. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy. Contact 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

The Nutcracker (12A) Live recording of Royal Ballet, with Tchaikovsky music. A doll comes to life at midnight. 7.30pm, £16, £13 over 60s, £10 students and u18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk Also £13, £11, £4 children, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

18th WEDNESDAY

Thrift & Thread 3rd Weds/month. Bring your clothes for mending and alterations; sewing kit, items from your repair pile; letting your clothes read the story of you and letting go of perfect as beautiful. Invite your friends! 12 – 4pm, Black Cat Café, Parc Glynllifon, nr Caernarfon. Facebook: of event name

Withnail and I (15) Film. Withnail and Marwood go off on holiday ‘by mistake’. 8.15pm, £7.50, £6.50 over 60, £6 student, £5.50 u18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk 

Chester Humanists 3rd Weds/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 – 9.30pm, Industry, 1 Overleigh Rd., Handbridge, Chester CH4 7HL. Secretary: chester@humanistgroups.org.uk

Menopause and the Workplace / Menopos a’r Gweithle UNISON Cymru Wales and UNISON North Wales Health Branch present a special half day conference looking at menopause and its impact on workers and the workplace. 8.45am – 12.30pm, free. OpTIC, Ffordd William Morgan, Llanelwy / St Asaph, Denbighshire LL17 0JD. Register: eventbrite.co.uk

Western Stars (PG) Film. Springsteen’s new album r with the live concert, archive footage and his own personal narration. 7.30pm, £7. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com

In the Bleak Midwinter Suitcase Theatre presents an anthology of seasonal words and music, including a dramatized reading of  ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’  by Dylan Thomas, in aid of Shelter Cymru. With special guests Mold Town Concert Band. 7.30pm, £10. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com

19th THURSDAY

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

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 from 11.30am – 1pm. No need to feel you are a ‘good’ singer, you just need to enjoy it and the energy and harmonies our voices create. £5,  Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor near Mold. If you are interested please email helen@soul-life.co.uk

Chester Men Monthly support group to share friendly space. Occasional guest speakers; topics cover relationships, divorce, stress, finances, mental health. 7.30 – 9.30pm, free drop-in. The Kitchen, Chester Storyhouse 01244 409113, storyhouse.com

Lovelight Christmas Concert A celebration to support everyone affected by cancer and remember loved ones. Featuring Sing With Us Bangor Choir, Baritone Kiefer Jones, and more. 7.30 – 10.30pm, £10. Bangor Cathedral. Tickets from eventbrite.co.uk

20th FRIDAY

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.

Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas Concert Guitarist Richard Durrant heralds the start of the Christmas season with singer Amy, master fiddler Nick and a festive feast of acoustic, wintry music. Christmas songs, early music repertoire, British folk, traditional carols and solo guitar pieces combine in this family friendly event full of midwinter charm. 7.30pm, £10. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com

Bagpipes ~ Bagbibau Official opening of exhibition full of Alan Ginsberg’s eclectic mix of traditional and folk instruments from Wales and Europe. 6.30pm, Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com See Exhibitions

Dowsing & Feng Shui for Beginners See Noticeboard

20th FRIDAY – 22nd SUNDAY

Woodland Winter Solstice Lantern walk, storytelling, animal mask competition, roasted chestnuts, Wishing Tree. 3 evening sessions; 4.30 – 6.30pm. Adults £12, child £10, u2s free. Erddig, Wrexham, led by Woodland Classroom. Bookings: woodlandclassroom.com

Yogasmiths We will have a timetable of Traditional Hatha yoga, optional beginners Ashtanga, breathing practices, guided relaxation, mindfulness meditation and also some free time to help you unwind and relax. £50 deposit. £309 – £275, various accom. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle 01286 882388, trigonos.org

20th FRIDAY – 27th FRIDAY

Practice Retreat for Men The main feature of these popular men’s retreats is that they allow retreatants to follow the themes and rhythms emerging in their own meditation practice. The simple programme has periods of morning and afternoon meditation with chanting and ritual in the evening. Daily meditation reviews with team members are also available on request. £315, £287 concs. Vajraloka Buddhist Retreat, Corwen LL21 0EN, 01490 460406, vajraloka.org

21st SATURDAY

Yule Celebration Regular meetings will have a theme of that particular solar sign and the season of the year. They will be free flowing and largely spontaneous but you should expect some or all of the following: Meditation, Story telling, Discussion and Simple rituals. The amount of your participation is entirely up to you. You can at any time find a quite corner to gather your thoughts or you can share your thoughts and activities with the rest of us, getting fully involved and having an uplifting and joyous time. 6pm till late. Give it a go. Then you’ll know. The Libra Centre Spiritual Meeting House operates on a gift economy which means that you should bring food and drink to share as you see fit. Donations are acceptable and encouraged to cover running costs. Sleepovers may be possible. Held at The Libra Centre, Tregarthen, Bangor Road, Penmaenmawr LL34 6ND. Keith 01492 621076. The Meeting House is open to Members only. To apply for free membership visit libracentre.com/about. See advert on page 21

Calan ~ A Celtic Christmas Infectious rhythms and high energy routines to celebrate the Yuletide season. A fresh and vibrant sound with a pounding beat set against the backdrop of old traditions. 7.30pm, £16, £14 concs., Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Botanical Art Class 3rd Sat/month. Led by Doreen Hamilton. Come along for some expert guidance from our artist in residence. 10.30am – 3.30pm, £15, £10 students. All material and refreshments provided. Treborth Botanic Garden, Bangor. Contact Doreen 07508 728418.

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 people. 6 Swifts Buildings, off High Street, Bangor, LL57 1DQ (opposite Domino’s Pizzas below the train station). Rosie Green 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk 

Midwinter Eve of Sacred Song All welcome, 7-9pm, Quaker Meeting House, Dean St., Bangor. Contact Alexandra: alexandrajwilson@yahoo.co.uk or on Facebook of event name

Solstice Ritual & Relaxation Calming music, stretching, meditation, ritual intentions, relaxation. 6 – 8pm, £18. Open to all women of all ages. Part of Conwy Council’s Women’s Wellness Series. Held at Source Yoga, Nutrition & Health, Mochdre, Conwy. Contact 07704 437415.

Solstice Shorts Festival: Time and Tide Celebrate the winter Solstice with stories, poems & songs inspired by the sea – one of a series of events in 7 towns. This Holyhead event is the only one in Wales, and will be BSL interpreted. 1 – 3pm, donations welcome. Marina Café, Newry Beach, Holyhead LL65 1YA. More info from: arachnepress.com

22nd SUNDAY

Alban Arthan ~ Winter Solstice 04:19am Late dawn ~ early sunset ~ short day ~ long night 

Winter Solstice Meditations Meditations, contemplations, gentle movement (optional!) 9.30am – 12.30pm. Free admission. Drop in anytime (quietly please!) Don’t forget a blanket! Held at Abersoch Village Hall. Sue Baumann 07833 791317.

Estyneto Join us for regular dance/movement sessions aimed specifically for those over the age of 60. The sessions are led by inspirational dancers/choreographers Cai Tomos & Angharad Price Jones, and is open to anyone who has the desire to stay active, fit and healthy. No previous experience or dance skills required. 1.30pm, £4. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

It’s a Wonderful Life (U) Classic B&W Christmas Film. It’s traditional ! 8.30pm, £12, includes welcome drink. Chester Storyhouse 01244 409113, storyhouse.com

Cainc A more intense dance/movement class suitable for beginners over the age of 60. All sessions are led by Cai Tomos who will guide participants to explore new ways of moving the body. No previous experience or dance skills required to participate. 3pm, £8. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

24th TUESDAY

It’s A Wonderful Life (U) Film. 2pm, £7. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com As 22nd.

26th THURSDAY

New Moon in Capricorn 05:13 am

27th FRIDAY

Dowsing & Feng Shui for Beginners See Noticeboard

27th FRIDAY – 3rd JANUARY, FRIDAY

Practice Retreat for Men 2 As 20th – 27th retreat , except for those who have meditated for at least 3 years. Vajraloka Buddhist Retreat, Corwen LL21 0EN, 01490 460406, vajraloka.org

28th SATURDAY

Tommy The Who’s rock-musical-fantasy from 1975 about a disabled boy who becomes a pinball champion and cult leader. 8pm, £7. Theatr Clwyd, Mold CH7 1YA, 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com

29th SUNDAY – 2nd JANUARY, THURSDAY

Conscious New Year Retreat This is an experience rather than a workshop. During the course of the retreat more and more of your true, authentic self is revealed. Without needing to try or do anything in particular a momentum takes place as our hearts open and we naturally reflect each other’s deeper selves. This happens naturally through activities and celebrating in whatever way feels good. Activities can include guided meditation, fire ceremony, Heart Circle, card reading, silent presence, music and dance.£216 – £270, Noddfa Retreat Centre, Penmaenmawr LL34 6YF. Contact leaders John & Dennis 07771 556736 / 07588 563143 or Noddfa 01492 623473, noddfapen@aol.com

31st TUESDAY

Buddha Tara Join us for special uplifting prayers to Buddha Tara to see in the New Year. The evening will begin at 7pm with some chanted prayers and be followed by a vegetarian buffet. There will be an option to stay for prayers by candlelight 11 -12.15am. Everybody is welcome to attend part or all of this event. If you would like to join us for the meal, please book your place online. Meal £15. Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Craig y Don, Llandudno 01492 878778, meditatenorthwales.com

New Year’s Eve Walk We will leave Beddgelert at 9.30am and follow the Glaslyn River along the old Fishermans Path to Nantmor, then up through Cwm Bychan and on to Llyn Dinas then back along the river into the village. It’s a walk of around 7 miles, and if we have time, we can visit Dinas Emrys, where the mighty Welsh dragon was released from his underground chamber. 9.30am – 2pm, £25, accompanied u16s free. Contact Beddgelert Information Centre, LL55 4YD, 01766 890615. 

New Year’s Eve Walk: the Summit of Moel Siabod The walk starts at 12pm and we will have descended by evening. Accomm available @£70 for twin room. Walk: £38.32, 12pm – 6pm. Capel Curig. Organised with SVL Adventures, tickets info@svladventures.com or eventbrite.co.uk

Gremlins (U) Film. Relax and enjoy little furry pets ….  8.30pm, £12, includes New Year welcome drink. Chester Storyhouse 01244 409113, storyhouse.com