Rain or shine, our at-a-glance guide will see you through. Events are listed under outdoors or indoors columns, and then divided by city. Kids listings compiled by Ellie Carr.


Activities And Fun

The Linn Dipper Club Linn Park. Info: Tlte Cotttttryside Rangers 637 11-17. Sat 9 Mar. 9.30am. Free. Brush upon animal utatters witlt this talk front Andy Cltristie of l-lessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust.

The Linn Dipper Club Linn Park. Info: The Countryside Rangers 637 1147. Sat 9 Mar. 10.30am. Free. Ilelp ntake tlte rangers make Linn Park a home-front-home for the birds at the Saturday ntorning nature club.

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Activities And Fun I Frantic Assembly Workshop

Stratltclyde Arts Centre. 12 Washington Street. Booking/info: Cottier Theatre 357 3868. Stttt 17 Mar. l2.30-~2pm (ages 11-14); 2.30—4pitt (ages 15 plus). £1.50. Shake yer butts and work that body witlt this exciting physical theatre company currently performing l-‘Ier/i at the Cottier Theatre. I National Science Week Princes Square. Buchanan Street. Sat l6—Sat 23 Mar. Glasgow explodes into a UK-wide week of science. engineering attd technology. In The Courtyard Sat l6-Sun 17 Mar. Sat 10am—7pm; Sttn 11.30am-5pm. Top boffitts frottt Glasgow University demonstrate ltow an ordinary old BBC computer can transform your bedroom ittto a futuristic digital den where you wake tip iii the morning to your curtains opening. the TV switching on and your bed raising up gently to meet the world. Also in The Courtyard this weekend. a chance to find out the secrets behind one of the ntost striking features in Princes Square the mysterious. illusory Foucault Pendulum. Talks will take place all day Saturday and Sunday. Electronics Fun Lab Sun 17 Mar. 11.30am—4pm. For further info call: 330 4206. Construct a simple electronic circuit from a small medium wave radio to a set of electronic bagpipes. if your heart so desires with help front staff arid students from Glasgow Caledonian University. In The Courtyard Mon l8—Fri 22 Mar. lOam-noon daily; Mon/Tue. Thurs l—3pm: Wed. Fri l—2.30pm. Let your mind do the boggling. as junior whizz- kids front various Strathclyde schools share their scientific findings itt a series of demonstrations titled ‘Yoghurts. Helicopters attd Electricity‘. From robotics. to rockets. to simple household alarms.


I Tam O’Shanter Cottier Theatre. 93 llyndland Street. 357 3868. Sat 9 Mar. llattt. £2.50 (£1.50). Edinburgh Puppet Company lets loose over 40 giattt puppets fora colourful production of Burns’ best- loved poem. \\'ot‘(ls by Bill McCue. Sounds front top folk outfit the Whistlebinkies. Part ofGiant Prodttetions‘ Fingers of Ftnt season.

I The Amazing Mr Bones Puppet Show Cottier Theatre. 93 Hyndland Street. 357 3868. Sat 16 Mar. Ilattt. £2.50 (£1.50). Ages 4-—l2. Puppet ntadttess and tnayltent front the amazing Mr Bones aitd his riot of a show. Stay behind attd help tidy up! I Fairy Tales From Scoland Scottish Mask attd Puppet Theatre. 8-- l0 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvmdale. 339 6185. Sat 9 Mar. 2pm. £2.50 (£1.50).‘Ages 5—11. Absolutely no keeping quiet at the back. as Sylvia Troon's Kenspeckle Puppets invite you to pitch itt your own sound effects to not one. bttt two colourful Scottish tales ~ Trouble A! Kl!!f(’l‘llltlpl! attd The Burr/t And The Fairy King

I Ian Turbett Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. 887 1010. Sat 9 Mar. lpttt. £2 (£1). A handful of enchanted characters from well-seasoned puppeteer Ian Turbett and his magical friends.

I Eduardo Sanchez Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. 887 1010. Sat 16 Mar. lpttt. £2 (£1). Ania/.ineg-bendy acrobatics and mesttterising mime front the continental entertainer.

Actrvrttes And Fun Make-A-Play Day Royal Lyceum Theatre. Grindlay Street. 229 9697. Sat 9 Mar. 10.15am—l.l5pm (8—10years); 2.15—5.15pm(1|—13 years). £3 (free with tickets bought for the show). Behind-the- scenes chance to create and perform your own stage ideas using the Lyceum's current production of Mann-use as inspiration.

Plants In Poetry Royal Botanic Garden (Exhibition Hall) 20A Inverleitlt Row. Booking: Sharon Kirk 552 7171 ext 480. Sun 10 Mar. llant—lpm. £4 (£2). Grow your very owrt plant poem itt this interactive workshop for all the family led by the Botanic‘s chief librarian Colin Will.


I Quest For A Pirate City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 529 3993. Until Sun 12 May. Mon/Tue. Sat 10am—530pm; Wed—Fri 10am~8pm; Sun 11am—5pm. £3.50 (£2); family ticket £9. See Art. Theatre

I Tam O’Shanter The Netberbow, 4345

High Street. 556 9579. Sat 9 Mar. 7.30pm. £5 (£3.50). Ages 6 plus. See Glasgow.



I Hidden lands MacRobert Arts Centre. University of Stirling. ()1786 461081. Mon 18-19 Mar. Mon 2pm/7pm; Tue 10.30am/2pm. £2.50. See preview on page 60.

This section gives details or selected events taking place in and around the Central Belt of Scotland this lortnight. Events are listed by area and then alphabetically. All submissions should be accompanied by a contact phone number for our information. Days Out compiled by Thom nibdin.


I AUTOJUMBLE Sun 17. lOitlll—3plll. The High School. Iiarlstou. 01896 860287. £1. The Borders Vintage Automobile Club have organised this sale of ancient attd modern ‘automobilia' front tweut)‘ or so traders.


1- 3.30pm. Meet at Ilartwtiodmyres car park. midway between Asbkirk and littrickbridge. 01750 22326. £1 (kids free). Don't forget that sensible footwear! I HEATHERHUPE HIKE Sun 10. 10am~4pm. Meet at (ireenltill l5arm. 2km Soutlt Fast of Hownam. 01835 830281. £2 (£1). A fairly strenuous hike, No dogs. but a packed lunch and proper Itill walking equiptttent are essential.


I ANTIQUES FAIR Sat 16. noon ~5pm/Stut l7. 10am—5pm. Exhibition Hall. Royal Highland Centre. lnglistoit. 01455 233495. £2. Over 400 stalls are expected for this mega fair. selling everything front thimbles to thermo-nuclear devices. Well. maybe not the nuclear bits. but at least a lot of old stttff. well past its sell-by date. I CRAFTS IN SPRINGTIME Sat 16/Sun l7. 10.30am—5.30pm. Rothes Halls Kingdom Centre. Glenrothes. 01427 753040. £1.50. Over 50 designers. artists and craftspersons show and sell their art.

I EAST LOTHIAN ARTS NETWORK SPRING FESTIVAL Sat 9—Sat 23. Various venues around East Lothian. Full programme front Brunton Hall. 0131 665 2240. Highlights of the fortnight include a Traditional Arts Day at Brunton Hall (Sat 9. noon—5pm. free) attd a Traditional Music Day at Poldrale Mill. Haddington (Sat 16. 10am~3.30pm. free but registration necessary) with workshops and open demonstrations for all abilities. I EDINBURGH PEACE FESTIVAL Until Suit 17. Various venues around the city. Full programme available front the Peace Attd Justice Centre. St John's Church. Princes Street/Lothian Road. 0131 229 0993. The annual festival continues to promote peaceful activities.

I THE EFFECTIVENESS OF POLICY INSTRUMENTS FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ON FARMLAND Wed 13. 7.30pm. National Trust for Scotland. 5 Charlotte Square. Edinburgh. 0131 440 0660. £2 (£1). Rebecca Badger gives another concisely titled talk for the British Association of Nature Conservationists. I THE FIRST MUNROIST Mon 1 1. 7.30pm. Carnegie Hall. Dunfcrmline. 01383 720108. £4 (£3). A talk about the Rev A.E. Robertson by Ian Mitchell. using Robertson's original slides to illustrate his talk.

I INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Various venues around Edinburgh. A city-wide series of events has been organised. including everything front a talk on the gendering of domestic interiors in Scottish

; middle and upper class homes (Fine Art

Department of the Central Library. George IV Bridge. Wed 13. 7pm) to a public meeting to discuss the origins of International Women's Day (City Chambers. High Street. Fri 8. 7.30pm). The tttaitt event is on Sat 9 at the Assembly Rooms. George Street. 10am—4pm. with stalls. exhibitions. displays. a cafe and entertainment. Full programme from local libraries.

I PHOTOGRAPHY IN ASTRONOMY Fri 8. 7.30pm. Royal Observatory. Blackford Hill. Edinburgh. ()131 668 8405. £2 (£1.50). Mr Hadley. ltead of the ROE's Photolab. talks about Itis department's wotk with the photograplts takett by the 17K Schmidt telescope in Australia.

I SET96 Fri l5—Sun 24. Various venues around Edinburgh. 01345 600 400 for a full programme. The annual jamboree of Science Engineering and 'l‘ecltnology includes Helen Sharman talking about her mission on Mir. She will be at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 22 George Street on Wed 20 ai 6pm. Pltone G. Berry on ()131 225 6057 for a ticket.

I CRAFT FAIR Sat 16. l0am «4pm. Grand Hall. London Road. Kilmarnock. 01563 523343. A sale of locally made crafts.

I DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS Sun 17. 10am. \N’atersports Centre. Strathclyde Country Park. Hamilton Road. Motherwell. ()1698 266155. Free. Take your binoculars to look at the over- wintering bird visitors before they depart and (hopefully) the newly arrived summer visitors.

I DESIGN AND CRAFT FAIR Stnt l7. 11am—5pm. University Building. Kelvinway. Glasgow. (1131 661 6600. Yet another craft fair. Quite a big one this time. thanks to those folk at the 3D-21) craft fair organisation.

I INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Fri 8. 10am—4pm. Centre for Women's Health. 6 Sandyford Place. Glasgow. Free. Art open day of workshops. advice artd information on a range of issues such as menopause. breast awareness. contraception and women's safety.

I RODOTIX ’95 Sat 16. Want—4.30pm. Barotty Hall. Rottenrow East. Glasgow. £2.50 (£1). A day of robot-related madness. including exhibitions. displays. lectures and seminars. The Robolympix will also take place with robots competing in the walking. javelin throwing. slalom and freestyle racing events. See feature. I SETOG Fri 15—Sun 24. Various venues around Glasgow. Phone 01345 600 400 fora full programme. More events than you can shake a test tube at iii the annual jamboree of Science Engineering and Technology. Many at the Hunterian Museum. Glasgow University.

I SPRING AT SHOTTS Sun 10. l—4pttt. Shotts Village Nature Park. Deas Road. Shotts (near Motherwell). 01236 230055. Free. A walk (for the adventurous and not suitable for kids) over some of the rights of way iii the Shotts area.

I SPRUCE ON THE LOOSE Sat 9. 10am-3pm. Chatelherault. Ferniegair. Hamilton. 01698 426213. Free (lunch provided). Take out your aggression on a few helpless conifers and give the native trees a cltartce to grow.

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