Community Diary

Klass kids Halloween camp

Klass kids Halloween camp will take place in Breaffy GAA Clubhouse on October 29, 30, and 31 from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Children will love the spooky scientist, exploding pumpkins, make your own slime, creepy cookery classes, making mummies, traditional Halloween games, and more spooky surprises. Call 087 655 9386 for bookings.

Craftworks Mayo

Craftworks Mayo members are now getting ready for their Christmas Expo 2013 which will be held in the Wyatt Hotel, Westport, on November 15, 16, and 17.

Craftworks Mayo would like to thank everyone for the loyal and continued support to date and looks forward to another year of success in the craft business in Mayo.

Féile John McGrath

A host of admired and respected speakers covering topics from emigration to poetry to musical roots will entertain audiences this Friday and Saturday October 25 and 26 in the splendid surroundings of Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, as part of the annual Féile John McGrath weekend organised by Westport branch of Comhlatas Ceoltóirí Eireann.

The féile, now in its fourth year commemorates the life and legacy of the influential Mayo musician and composer John McGrath. There is a fun filled and varied programme of events over the two days including lectures, music and dance sessions, traditional singing, drama, poetry readings and art and craft exhibitions.

Dates, times, and more information on all of the weekend’s events can be found on the CCÉ Westport Facebook page.

Book, clothes and furniture sale

This sale will take place on Saturday October 26 and Sunday October 27 in St Anne's boxing Club, James Street Car Park, Westport.

Doors open 10.30am to 4pm each day. All proceeds to help United Christian Aid bring a truck with much needed aid to Moldova.

Scrap metal collection

Facefield National School, Claremorris, parents’ association is holding a scrap metal collection this weekend to raise money for new computers for the school. It takes place at Facefield School on Saturday October 26 from 11am to 5pm, and Sunday and Monday from 1pm to 4pm.

Collection can be arranged. Contact Siobhan on 086 2412216 to arrange collection.

Let’s Work Job Club

The Let’s Work Job Club meets on Mondays in Tacu, Ballinrobe’s Family Resource Centre, Credit Union Building, Main Street. For further information contact 094 954 2908/7.

Charlestown Arts Centre

Charlestown Arts Centre is delighted to present The Invisible Circus, an exhibition by ShelkyBean.

The exhibition will be launched on Friday October 25 at 7.30 pm and will run until November 16 on Tuesdays from 1pm to 7pm, Thursday from 11am to 7pm, or by appointment. For more information contact Charlestown Arts Centre on 094 9255812, 086 8202883 or on [email protected]

Ballina Toastmasters

Ballina Toastmasters is holding an open night at the Ox Room, Hotel Ballina, Foxford Road, at 7.45pm on Thursday October 24. Admission is free all welcome.

The Marie Barrett Darts memorial 2013

Festival of darts/music, October 25 to 27 in The High Chaparral, Munnelly's, Geesala. All proceeds to Cara Iorrais.

Introduction to basic healthy cooking for men

Join Angela Geraghty for some simple tips and cooking demonstration on how to cook a selection of simple healthy meals. These cookery classes for men will take place on Thursday November 7 and 14 at 7pm in the Irish Wheelchair Centre, Logmore, Belmullet. Free of charge

This men’s health promotion initiative is delivered in association with the Men’s Shed, The Men’s Community Initiative and The Hope project.

Clare Island

Clare Island Foróige will host a children's Halloween party in the crèche building on Thursday October 31 at 6.30pm. The evening will be full of games, fun, and fancy-dress.

Mayo ICA

Mayo Irish Countrywomen’s Association is celebrating The Gathering Ireland 2013 on Sunday October 27 in the Fr Peyton Centre, Attymass, commencing with Mass at 1pm, dinner at 2pm, followed by music and dancing.

All past and present members and their friends are welcome to attend but must have their tickets purchased in advance, cost is €25. Enquiries to any ICA member or Mary 086 389 9795. ICA national president Liz Wall is the special guest on the day.

Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation, a six week evening course starts Monday November 4 at the McWilliam Park Hotel. Contact Suzanne at 087 192 9067.

The Children’s Book Festival

The Children’s Book Festival is one of Ireland’s biggest arts festivals, with hundreds of free events celebrating children’s book happenings nationwide in bookshops, libraries, schools, community and arts centres.

Mayo County Library is running a number of events throughout the festival. The festival culminates with a visit by international best-selling children’s author Karen McCombie to Castlebar Library on November 15 and to Westport on the 16. There will also be a number of local events including competitions, games, and activities in various libraries throughout the festival. Contact your local library for full details of all events.

Exhibition in Cong

A new exhibition of paintings by the artist Nicolas Richard is currently running at Rare And Recent Books in Cong. The exhibition is open daily (including weekends ) from 10.30am to 5.30pm until Thursday October 31.

Ballyhaunis Alzheimer Café

The Alzheimer Café is a safe, relaxed, place where everyone affected by Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, or any other type of dementia can come along for free tea/coffee, cakes, educational talks, and friendly chat. The next cafe will meet in the communal building, Clare Court, Ballyhaunis, from 11am to 1pm on October 30.

For more information contact 086 836 6312 or [email protected]

Westport Country Markets Ltd

On Thursday October 31 Westport Country Market Ltd invite everyone to a Witches’ Coven Halloween Party in the Boxing Club, James Street Car Park.

There will be free face painting, story telling and treats for the children. Go along in fancy dress. Adults can enjoy tea/coffee and tasty treats in the market café while children listen to stories in the ring.

The Clogher School Reunion

The Clogher School Reunion 2013 will take place this October Bank Holiday Weekend.

For further details contact: Clogher Community Centre, 094 936 0891. email:[email protected]

Church of Ireland Service in Claremorris

The next service of hymns and readings will take place on Sunday November 3 at noon in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris. Everyone, no matter what religious background, is most welcome to join us for this service of praise and thanksgiving.

Clothes collection for Moldova

This collection will be held on Saturday November 9 from 10am to 4pm outside the Garda station in Hollymount village.

Castlebar Pantomime

Castlebar Pantomime presents its third annual fashion show Fashion Rocks 3 at 8pm on Friday October 25 in The Failte Suite, Welcome Inn, Castlebar. Doors open from 7.30pm, tickets: €10 available on 087 275 9637 or from the pantomime cast.

Mayo stroke support group

The Mayo stroke support group in association with Croí will hold its next meeting on Thursday October 31 in the Tennis Club, Castlebar, between 11.30am and 1pm. This support group is for adults living with the experience of stroke and their families/carers and friends. Free admission. For further information, contact Niamh on 094 904 9342.

Card game

Card game in aid of Ballycroy Community Centre will take place on Friday October 25 starting at 9pm sharp. Raffle and lots of prizes on the night.

Irish Wheelchair Association

If you have any condition that impacts on your mobility, for example MS, Parkinsons, arthritis, stroke, motor neuron disease, spina bifida, acquired brain injury, or have a sensory disability feel free to contact the Irish Wheelchair Association.

It has a range of services that you may be interested in availing of. Services such as personal assistants, day services, and holiday/respite services.

It is located at 7 Davitt Lane, Castlebar, or email Martina Reid, service manager at [email protected] Tel: 094 906 0937 or 087 678 9843.

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