Around Town Events are listed by city, then type. Submit listings at least 14 days before publication to for sport or for all other events. Listings compiled by Suzanne Black. ✽✽ Indicates Hitlist entry

Glasgow Activities & Events FREE Walking to Fitness Wed 19 & 26 May, 6–7pm. Tollcross Park, 254b Wellshot Road, 763 2345. A weekly group led by GCC LES Community Action Team officers leading up to participating in the Tollcross 5k on Sunday 13 June. Meet at the Wellshot Road entrance, at the Courtyard. Noah’s Ark Presents an Evening of Bubbles & Beauty Mon 17 May, 7.30pm. £15. 2 Mearnskirk Road, Mearnskirk. Ladies’ pampering evening with all proceeds going to the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity, SANDS. See FREE Glasgow’s Gaelic Conversation Group Wed 19 May, 7pm. Argyll Hotel, 973 Sauchiehall Street, 07736 327119. Regular meet-up for native speakers and those new to the language. FREE Free Pukka Clinic Fri 21 May, 11am–6pm. Grassroots Organic, 20 Woodlands Road, 353 3278. Advice on health issues with Karen from Pukka. Booking required. Café Philo Fri 21 May, 2.30pm. £5 (£3). Alliance Française de Glasgow, 3 Park Circus, 339 4281. Enjoy a glass of wine and a philosophical discussion in French. FREE Be Nice to Nettles Sat 22 May, 10am–noon. Dams to Darnley Country Park, Nitshill Road, Darnley, Barrhill, 577 4053. Learn about why nettles are so important on this guided walk aimed at giving the stinging plants a better rep. Booking essential.

✽✽ FREE Southside Festival Sat 22 May, Times vary. Queen’s Park, 520

353 3278. A series of cookery classes: May is Indian. FREE Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market Sat 15 May, 10am. Queen’s Park, 520 Langside Park, 287 2500. Local produce, from local people. FREE Mansfield Park Farmers’ Market Sat 22 May, 10am. Mansfield Park, Partick, 287 2500. Over 40 stalls of local produce, direct from the manufacturers.

Sport Charity Zip Slide Across the Clyde Sat 22 May, 10.30am. £40. Pacific Quay, next to Glasgow Science Centre, 330 2132. Raise money for the Beatson Pebble appeal with a high-flying 150-foot slide. Bodybuilding Scottish Championships Sun 23 May, 1pm. £15. SECC, Finnieston Quay, 0844 395 4000. Body builders compete for the Scottish title. Talks FREE Objects in Focus Sat 15 May, noon. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. A series of short gallery talks, each looking in detail at a different work or group of works in the Kelvingrove’s Mackintosh and Glasgow Style gallery. FREE Garden Talk: Crops for the Glasshouse Sun 16 May, 1–3pm. Pollok Visitor Centre, Pollokshaws Road, 276 0924. Find out what you can grow in a cold glasshouse at this talk from Susan Boyd of Pollok Country Park’s Land & Environmental Services department. Café Histoire Mon 17 May, 5.30pm. £5 (£3). Alliance Française de Glasgow, 3 Park Circus, 339 4281. History discussion in French. FREE Themed Tours at the Burrell Tue 18 May, 2.30pm. Burrell Collection,

2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Jim Turle gives a tour on Degas, Rodin and Burrell. FREE Curators’ Favourites Wed 19 May, 12.30pm. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Marie Stumpff, Senior Conservator, examines the techniques employed in the Burrell’s collection of stained glass. FREE multi-story Artist Talk Thu 20 May, 6.15–7.15pm. Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, 287 3050. Artists Iseult Timmermanns and Lindsay Perth discuss their experiences working with residents of the Red Road flats on the multi-story project, some of the results of which are currently on show at GOMA. FREE Stitches in Time: Perfectly Curious Fri 21 May, 2.30pm. Scotland Street School Museum, Museum of Education, 225 Scotland Street, 287 0500. Karen Mailley discusses a beadwork basket. FREE Themed Tours at the Burrell Tue 25 May, 11.30am. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. ‘Lions and Illiteracy’ with Margaret Anderson. FREE Curators’ Favourites Wed 26 May, 12.30pm. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Elizabeth Hancock, Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies, talks about a French oak armchair from Madame Rahmet’s collection, made c.1500.

Workshops ✽✽ All the Young Nudes Life Drawing Club Tue 18 & 25 May,

8–10pm. £4. The Flying Duck, 7 Renfrew Court, 572 0100. A relaxed life drawing club with music and a bar to aid the flow of inspiration. See Hitlist.

FREE Adult Art Session: Palace Pastels Sat 15 May, 1–4pm. People’s Palace & Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green, 276 0788. Pastel technique for beginners, using items from the collection as inspiration. FREE Adult Workshop: The Art of Glass Wed 19 May, 10am. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Learn about glass and how a medieval stained glass panel was put together, and try painting onto glass yourself. Banish Monday Blues Mon 24 May, 7–8.30pm. £10. The New Sports Cafe, 292–331 Sauchiehall Street, 07842 414765. Joyworks laughter workshop on the last Monday of every month. Edinburgh Activities & Events Auld Reekie Roller Girls Pirate Birthday Bash Sat 15 May, 7pm. £5. Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, 225 1757. Help the Roller Girls celebrate their second birthday and raise some funds at this night of music (from Shatterhand and Taking Chase), cakes and pirate fancy dress. Bat Walk and National Moth Night Sat 15 May, 9–10.30pm. £4 (£2). Newhailes, Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, 0844 493 2125. Head out on a walk to spot some bats, then use a moth trap to capture some moths and learn more about them. Booking essential. FREE Remembered Remedies Sun 16 May, 10am–noon. Royal Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 552 7171. We all know doc leaves take the nip out of a nettle sting, but how else do we use plants as remedies? Ethnomedica want to know how you use plants for their archive.

Langside Park, 287 7273. See picture, right. FREE Local Nature Reserve Celebration Sun 23 May, 10am–3pm. Hogganfield Loch, 773 1895. Celebrate the biodiversity of your local nature reserve with wildlife counts, guided walks, stalls and displays.

✽✽ FREE 65th Anniversary of the End of WWII Sun 23 May, 1pm.

Trongate 103, 276 8380. A day of commemorative events including an exhibition, tea and blinis, a screening of Alexander Rogozhkin’s film The Cuckoo, music and song. See Hitlist. FREE Getting to Know Yew Sun 23 May, 1.30–3.30pm. Pollok Country Park, Pollokshaws Road, 276 0924. Learn about the amazing diversity of native trees in Glasgow’s parks, and meet some ancient specimens. Please phone to book a place. FREE Morning Song Sun 23 May, 4.30–5.30am. Tollcross Park, 254b Wellshot Road, 276 0931. Hear the dawn chorus of the birds on this ranger-guided nature walk. Please telephone to book and for more information.

Fairs Body and Soul Fair Sat 15 May, 11am–5.30pm. £3.50 (weekend ticket £5). Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 353 8000. Featuring demonstrations, talks, tarot readers and stalls selling jewellery, candles and aromatherapy products.

✽✽ FREE Radical Independent Book Fair Project Sat 15 & 22

May, 11am–9pm. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. Mini Fair supporting small press publishers and independent producers, and circulating radical reading materials and information. See Hitlist. Food & Drink Grassroots Organic Cookery Classes Thu 13 May, 7–9pm. £35. Grassroots Organic, 20 Woodlands Road,

30 THE LIST 13–27 May 2010

Southside Festival It’s that time of year again, when the Southside and the West End begin manouvering their respective festivals for a dance-off. It’s basically like the Jets

and the Sharks with less singing and more community-based activity and marquees in the park. The Southside Festival is up first this year, with a day of live music, stalls and workshops in Queen’s Park, all kicked off as ever with a mini Notting Hill Carnival snaking through the streets of the Southside. Queen’s Park, Glasgow, Sat 22 May. See for full line-up.