Join In The Strictly Season: artistic director James White, of White Diamond Entertainment, who has gained his dancing experience in Europe and the USA, will be running a dance course for beginners at Grove Road School, Harrogate. James’s expertise will cover the necessary techniques for students to enjoy dancing Latin and ballroom over six weeks starting on Thursday, November 8 at 7.30pm. The course costs £33. More information and to book a place may be had from James on 07977 042970 or www.whitwdiamondentertainment.co.uk.
Burning Rubbish: this year, bonfires are only allowed on Unity Allotments, Unity Grove between Thursday, November 1 and Saturday, November 10. Only allotment rubbish may be burned.
Funds Raised: Wagtails Veterinary Practice on Kings Road recently organised a fundraiser for the People’s Dispensary For Sick Animals (PDSA). Those donating were given home made biscuits made by the practice staff and the sum raised was £181. The next fundraiser is planned in December for the Cats Protection charity.
Change Of Venue: voting for the Police and Crime Commissioner for the North Yorkshire Police will take place on Thursday, November 15. In the Kings Road area we have a change of polling station. This will be the Knapping Mount, Conference Room, West Grove Road, Harrogate HG1 2AE. Polling hours are 7am-10pm. Information on candidates standing in our area may be found on www.choosemypcc.org.uk or if you do not have a computer ring 0800 107 0708 and a free booklet of information will be posted to you.
Parish Communion: the 10.30am service at Saint Luke’s Church of England Church, Franklin Mount on Sunday, November 4 will be Parish Communion.
Be A Sleuth For An Evening: there will be a Murder, Mystery Dinner at the Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road on Friday, November 9. A chance to work through the clues, red herrings and events to work out Who Done It?
Sitting Room: be entertained at the Sitting Room Comedy Club on Wednesday, November 7. The fun takes place at the Hotel St George, 1 Ripon Road, Harrogate. Performing will be Mark Maier, Tiff Stevenson and Matt Welcome and MC for the evening will be resident host Tom Taylor. The show starts at 8pm and the doors and bar open at 7pm. The £10 tickets may be purchased from the hotel reception or on line at www.sittingroomcomedy.com using Paypal.
Showtime 2012: students of the Lynton Academy will demonstrate their dance and performing skills when they perform their Showtime 2012 show at the Royal Hall on Sunday, November 4 at 7pm.
Winter Concert: the Harrogate Symphony Orchestra (HSO), established in the town since 1931 will perform in the Royal Hall on Saturday, November 3 at 7.30pm. Their programme includes Walton’s Crown Imperial, Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Beethoven’s Symphony No 5. Also performing will be the Argentinian pianist Alberto Porthugeis. He will play Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor. The leader of the orchestra is Emma Shea and it will be conducted by Bryan Western. Tickets are available at the Harrogate Theatre box office, Oxford Street. 01423 502116.
International Soloists: the long established Harrogate Choral Society will perform Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 10 in the Royal Hall, Ripon Road. The concert will be conducted by musical director, Andrew Padmore. The International Soloists taking part are Samantha Hay (soprano), Gaynor Keeble (alto), Bonaventura Bottone (tenor) and John Cunningham (bass). The choir will be supported by Thomas Moore on the harmonium and accompanist Beryl Pankhurst on the piano. As with all Royal Hall events the tickets are available at the Harrogate Theatre Box Office, Oxford Street 01423 502116.
Shanty Singers From Port Isaac: from entertaining tourists on the sea front to the Royal Albert Hall and Radio 2’s Folk Awards the ten man group of fishermen known as Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends will bring their individual style to the Royal Hall on Wednesday, November 7. This group of five baritones, two top tenors, two second tenors and one bass, who have been together for 15 years, will present a rousing set of shanties and Cornish folk songs. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available at the Harrogate Theatre Box Office or on line www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk. A transaction fee of £1.75 applies when booking on line.