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On a wintry Friday night in November Nailsea people wrapped up warm for the annual switching on of the town centre Christmas tree lights.
While the children wore all sorts of woolly bobble hats and fluffy ear muffs to keep out the chill among the quilted anoraks we spotted ladies wearing faux fur coats.
But the best dressed were the clowns and special Christmas characters found wandering around the High Street and Crown Glass shopping centre to cheer the crowds.
The festive tree was decked in blue and white sparkle and Santa Claus was invited to come along and perform the illuminated lighting ceremony.
Although it seemed cold enough to cover the pavements in the white stuff it was a snow machine that scattered flakes on the excited children.
Earlier the clumsy clowns led the community singing which involved a rendition of YMCA and Singing In The Rain complete with umbrellas and robust actions while joking that a motorised pink Lady Penelope toy car was first prize.
Bluey, Crump, Marco and Mad Dominic were joined by a jazz trio, shopping centre mascot Honeysuckle the Bee with Cinderella, Rudi the Reindeer and Mr Holly on stage at 6.30pm to see Santa push the precinct plunger which lit the giant tree.
Children were invited to collect autographs with a lucky dip for a £50 shopping vouchers prize.
There was quite a queue of small people and their parents at Somerset Square to see Santa, all anxious to assure him they had behaved very well throughout the year and hand over the Christmas wishlist.
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The young and the not-so-young marked Armistice Day at Nailsea today.
At Nailsea School more than 1,000 pupils and staff gathered on the paved area next to its inspirational sculpture to pay their respects to those who had lost their lives in battle.
While at Somerset Square the Royal British Legion old soldiers marked the two minute silence supported by representatives from the community, Nailsea Town Council, Nailsea Churches Together and people out doing their shopping.
The comprehensive school students quietly formed a caterpillar formation in front of their building next to the symbolic sculpture which marked the transition from the old to new building six years ago.
Head teacher Chris Wade who served as a marine engineers with the Royal Navy and during his tour of duty visited the Falklands gave the address.
Students gathered to remember those who had lost their lives or had suffered the pain of conflict.
Sixth formers and those in sports kit who were out on the field also joined the assembly.
Mr Wade said: “Today is a time to reflect.
“I firmly believe that it is important as a school community to come together and collectively give thanks in silent remembrance of all those who have died or suffered, military or civilian, protecting the freedoms we cherish so highly in the United Kingdom."
During the poignant marking of the occasion the Ode of Remembrance was read by the head teacher and the last post played before students marked the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with the traditional two minutes silence.
Mr Wade added: "This is an affirmation that our students are very respectful of this important tradition and understand its significance.”
At Crown Glass shopping centre the Rev Jolyon Trickey gave the address and a bugler played the last post.
Tills at the 99p store were silenced as a mark of respect and some wore poppies made by supporters of the wool shop Ewe Knit 20 from its knitting and crochetathon at Costa coffee.
Backwell School also held a Remembrance Day service.
The whole school gathered outside under grey skies to remember those servicemen and women who have given their life in the service of their country, and to give thanks to those currently protecting us on active duty overseas.
The short service was led by head teacher Julian Baldwin with readings from Lt Col. Hugh Parker and Lt.Col Peter Cowell.
Both servicemen are parents at the school and Lt Col Parker is also a school governor.
Year 9 student Tim Leongplayed the Last Post on his trumpet before the two minute silence when all you could hear were the birds flying around overhead."
Photo: From left to right are Lt Col Hugh Parker, Julian Baldwin, Tim Leong and
Lt Col Peter Cowell
Remember those who fought the good fight young and old stood shoulder-to-shoulder at Nailsea war memorial on a grey Sunday morning to pay their respects to fallen heroes.
The Rev Jolyon Trickey, the rector of Holy Trinity and Trendlewood, who is chaplain for the Royal British Legion Nailsea branch, was joined by curate James Pennington and reader Stan Carpenter.
Mr Trickey said: “While we are here to honour the dead we also stand in solidarity with those who bear the scars of war.”
Among those laying wreaths were representatives of the Royal Navy, the Royal British Legion, the Korean War Veterans, the Normandy Veterans Association, Nailsea Town Council, Holy Trinity and Trendlewood churches, Army cadets, 2467 Squadron Air Training Corp, the police, Avon Fire & Rescue Service, St John Ambulance cadets, Rotary and the Scouts and the Guides.
For the first time this year Nailsea School and Nailsea Lions also laid wreaths.
The oldest person to attend was 97-year-old Charles Parker who as a conscientious objector didn’t fight but served his country in the Royal Army Pay Corp.
The parade led by the Scout band began at Church Lane with the elderly comrades-in-arms complimented by youth and other uniformed service personnel all marching in ceremonial unison stand with the standard bearers holding high their distinctive flags.
RBL parade marshall Ron Collins read the roll call of honour from two world wars and it was a poignant reminder of the large number of dead who came from this small North Somerset village many from the same family.
As the retired sergeant major read aloud the names of those who had fallen ‘Badman, Baker, Brice…Hobbs, Holder…Summerell, Smallman…’ those listening on November 8 were struck by the familiarity and the number of families who had lost more than one member.
During the roll call a young ATC cadet caused a bit of drama when in slow motion he passed out backwards over the stone wall to land in the graveyard.
Several paramedics at the parade came to the rescue and after a few moments he gallantly returned to his post.
A bystander commented: “It happens every year.”
The images are in order from assembling at Church Lane hall car park to marching to war memorial, roll call and laying of wreaths. If you would like a free digital image please email quoting photo number.
Wool shop Ewe Knit 20 at Colliers Walk, Nailsea raised a massive £635.19 for the Poppy Appeal this year. This was the highest amount collected from one organisation in the town. Shop owner Emily Rickardsaid: "Thanks so much to everyone who came and made a poppy and more so to everybody who purchased a knitted or crocheted poppy from us... it's all for a good cause." Supporters had held a craft knitathon/crochathon at the corner Costa coffee cafe at Crown Glass shopping centre to make the poppies they sold.
Nailsea people at Halloween
at home, at school, on stage, in pubs, on the street trick 'n' treating and away
Wacky Wednesday Halloween
There was lots of fun and fright at Nailsea this week when scary little people dressed as ghosts, ghouls and vampires appeared at Somerset Square.
It was all part of the ghastly Halloween goings-on at Crown Glass shopping centre for October half term.
The ‘little horrors’ were entertained by award winning man in black Oz Moses with four menacing magic shows and by the friendlier face of Honeysuckle the cuddly bee mascot of the shopping centre.
As part of his act Oz Moses and after warning his mesmerised young audience not to try this at home he preceded to ‘swallow’ a very long thin black balloon.
And then he chopped up some bright orange carrots to demonstrate his guillotine was working before pretending to decapitate a young boy for had volunteered to help!
Happily not a drop of human blood was spilled during the show.
At the end youngsters were encouraged to go on a ‘trick or treat’ treasure hunt collecting stickers at four special shops in the town centre.
The dressing-up genes have passed down the generations when two grandchildren of Sandra Lock won prizes for their Halloween costumes.
Mrs Lock, of Greenfield Crescent, and her family have been stalwarts of Nailsea Carnival for decades always taking part in the fancy dress parade.
Carrying on the traditional on Wednesday afternoon was Amelia Lock, aged 10, and Ebony Lock, seven, who won first and second prize in the competition organised by the shopping centre at part of its Wacky Wednesday school holiday events for children.
Amelia came along wearing a frightful black and white wig and velvet gown as Cruella de Vil from the book and film of The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
Her sister Ebony worn fanged blood red teeth as her role as a vampire and although cousin Jack Vickers, eight, didn’t get a prize for his amazing lion outfit his grandmother said looked so horrible he deserved a consolation present that she was going to buy him something.
Proud mum Sarah Rowcliffe saw her four-year-old Maxwell, and four, win the best boy’s title dressed as a clown.
All the children who won prizes are pupils at Golden Valley Primary School with Jack going to Grove Junior School.
Children who pulled the scariest face in the ‘Gurn & Earn’ competition will find these photos in an album on Crown Glass Shopping Facebook page.
The three photos with the most combined likes and comments by midday on Thursday, November 12, will each win a prize.
One of these three will be chosen at random to receive an extra £25 shopping voucher.
The winners will be contacted via Facebook.
Big Apple Day
Most of the photographers in this gallery are taken by the multi-talented Melanie Carey.
Melanie who has worked as a model said: “I am often on the other side of the camera...I am full of emotion, easily expressing myself through many forms of art.
“I enjoy baking, gardening, crafting and belly dancing as well as writing...and photography.
“I am a cat lover and fighter of Fibromyalgia.
“I love nature, as well as working with people.
“I enjoy bringing out the beauty in everyone and everything and have a unique flair.
“I relocated to Nailsea in North Somerset from a small steel town in Ontario, Canada in 2007 to marry my true love Tom.
“And I am enjoying every minute of my new adventure.
“Never stop dreaming.”
Melanie works from her Hillcote Studio at 15 North Street and can be contacted on 0788 797 3153 or go to her website by clicking HERE.
Photoshoots cost from £50.
6th International Bike Show
August bank holiday 2015
Wet weather nearly washed out the second day of the 6th annual International Bike Show at Nailsea on the August bank holiday weekend.
But the Saturday at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club saw hundreds of motor bike enthusiasts enjoying the show.
And the favourite vehicle voted for by fans was not the classic Harley-Davidson or Kawasaki models but Lieutenant Gruber's Little Tank from Allo Allo which won the bike club first prize at Nailsea Carnival this year which had been used to house the ballot box!
Launched by Nailsea Motorcycle Club the event had all the promise of being even bigger and better for 2015.
In 2009 the group staged what it grandly called the 1st Nailsea International Bike Show at the Royal Oak.
The two day event at the High Street pub was such a success that in 2014 it moved to kitchen garden at The Old Barn at Wraxall.
From dawn to dusk on a sunny August Saturday and Sunday families flocked to view the hundreds of bikes on show.
With static bikes, trade stands, stunts, live music, good food and drink on sale a good time was had by all.
The group was started in 2010 by a few enthusiasts with a common interest and over the years it has raised money for the Children’s Hospice South West at Charlton Farm, Wraxall.
Peter Scadding, an electrical design engineer with Ferguson Brown Consultants has been involved from the start.
He manned the Christian Motorbike Association stand and its charity helmet park made £56 for CHSW.
Pete and his family also helped put up the marquee and acted as car park attendants and were on litter collection duties.
He said: “Saturday was really good, the weather was good and there was a great turnout but it wasn’t so good on Sunday.”
“The new venue is okay but on the Sunday when there wasn’t too many folk it did look a bit empty.
“At the Oak being a pub the rain wouldn’t have made a difference if less folk turned up although 2015 went reasonable well.”
Club Chairman and organiser John Colley, a technical support engineer with Rolls Royce, said: “It was great – certainly plenty of room for expansion.
“Saturday was a great success but Sunday was a bit quiet because of the bad weather.
“We will be having a committee meeting in the next few weeks to review this year’s event and plan for 2016.
“This year’s show as last year was in partnership with Clevedon Motorcycles, of Tweed Road, and sponsored by packaging company IMP, of Trowbridge.
"IMP manufacture and supply among other things the boxes used by the blood bikes - which were also at the show again this year - to carry plasma and other urgent medical supplies across the country.
“I also need to give a big thanks to all who helped including Jeremy Parker, Matt Meekhums, sound engineer Dave Pyrah and his team, Alistair Henderson, Dave Moorcroft, Dave Liddle, Howard Petford, Annie Lilley, Pete Scadding, Lawson Eager, Leon Thyer, Richard Branston Davis, Theo Guy, Shane Sawtell, Alivia Howell and Fred Keel.
“Pat Keen, mother of founder member Shane Sawtell, and her friend Ronnie Davis as usual worked tirelessly for the hospice on the their fundraising stands.
“We think that during the weekend we had in excess of 150 bikes in the display but more than a thousand bikes coming and going from the car park of which many were worthy of a place in the display.
“We had some fantastic music acts over the weekend including some incredible young talent that would have surprised Simon Cowell with their professional charismatic performances.
“Although I singled out the young talent for a special mention that does not take away from the other musical acts who gave everything in their performances and really entertained our audiences throughout the weekend.
“We had everything from acoustic American folk to classic rock covers and cutting edge original heavy rock music and all these musicians gave their time for nothing on behalf of our charity the CHSW.
“We owe a massive thank you the rugby club for hosting us and all their help with the event.
“We also had support with fundraising from Tesco during the weekend and many prizes for our raffle and tombola were donated by local businesses.
“We could not make this event a success every year without people entrusting us with their wonderful machines for the display and all the help and support we receive from our families, musicians, the community and all our visitors over the weekend”
Next year it will be the seventh annual magnificent men (and woman) and their mean machines bike show.
With a growing membership Nailsea Motorcycle Club attracts people of all ages and background making for great diversity and meets regularly at a local pub.
Membership of the all inclusive group is free and open to all bikers irrespective of what type or make of bike they own from vintage or classic to modern.
A huge thank you from to retired electrician David Britton took the photographs.
He said: “There were lots of different bikes but I don’t think it was the perfect spot – I found it a bit difficult to get around on my mobility scooter.”
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Tough As Nails August 2015
Fireman from Nailsea romped home in first place on Sunday morning in the first Tough As Nails fundraising challenge.
Two teams of five from the emergency services competed for the honours which pitted runners based at the Pound Lane headquarters of Avon Fire & Rescue Service against Avon & Somerset Constabulary.
Despite being organised by police sergeant Mark Raby the boys in blue lost the challenge.
More than 100 men, woman and children signed up for the Tough As Nails commando-style assault course ranging from Tesco supermarket workers to fitness fanatics from a local gym.
It took nearly a month to build the four kilometre course which went up hills and down dales on the west side of the town.
Approximately £1,000 was raised.
Al monies raised will go towards building a new skate park at Millennium Park.
Nailsea neighbourhood policing team were the brains behind this fundraising endurance test.
There were two courses – one for adults and a shorter version for children aged five to 15-years.
Before setting off all those taking part were treated to a strenuous warm-up workout at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club.
Neighbourhood officers teamed up with Royal Marine cadet instructor Donna Jordan, of outdoor fitness company Carpe Diem, to help stage the event which is supported by many local businesses.
Donna runs early morning and evening boot camps at lots of North Somerset venues including the Millennium Park, Nailsea.
The successful event is likely to become a firm fixture on Nailsea’s sporting calendar when next year it is hoped to introduce finishing times.
Nearly all the competitors this year managed to get home, many in less than 30 minutes, despite some booby trap obstacles involving slippery washing-up liquid slopes on route.
Thanks go to all the sponsors which include Kellaway Builders, Gemini Gym, JH Hire Ltd, Coombe Tyres, Hensons estate agents, Lopresti's ice cream and Avon Skip Hire are also onboard.
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Nailsea Skate Park has been the hub of the skateboarding, BMX and scootering for the past 13 years.
But the well used wooden and metal structures are well past its sell-by-date and it is time for a complete rebuild in concrete.
The £150,000 project was launched at the 2014 community skateboard festival and a well attended public consultation meeting followed at Scotch Horn Centre.
To date £89,000 has been raised and its fingers crossed for a further £60,000 grant from Sport England will be successful.
Money raised so far includes a £50,000 grant from Nailsea Town Council, £10,000 from North Somerset Council and £10,000 from Holy Trinity and Trendlewood churches.
Other cash has come from organisations including Nailsea Lions, Tesco and the group Community Opportunities in Nailsea (COIN).
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Beer & cider festival July 2015
These 'people' photographs were taken in chronological order on a balmy July Saturday when Nailsea demonstrated what its right arm was for - beer and cider! From the very young to the young-at-heart the musicians strummed, the audience danced and cheered and the alcohol flowed. Not so many peeps in fancy dress this year but a record crowd of festival fans - and a mountain of litter! Fantastic weekend thanks to Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club organisers and local businesses who supported the charity event and those who sponsored the beer. Told the atmosphere on Friday night was fantastic but looks as if the rain won on Sunday. Thanks to Andy Bollan for additional pictures. If you would like a copy of any of these photos (free) email firstname.lastname@example.org. Double click on image for full size slideshow...
Nailsea Carnival July 2015
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Nailsea Carnival winners 2015
Carnival winner best overall - Nailsea Motor Cycle Club
Class D - walkers - 18 years and under
1st place - 1st Nailsea Scouts - Builders
2nd place - Adele Stitch Dance School - Wizard of Oz
3rd place - Bedford Performers - Hairspray
4th place - Ravenswood School - Dance Group
Group E - over 18 years
1st place - Nailsea Motor Cycle Club - Allo Allo
2nd place - WI - All Sorts !
Class H - Pre School
1st place - Grove Pre-School - Alice in Wonderland
2nd place - Happy Hours - All Round the World
3rd place - Church Lane Pre School - Pirates of Pre-School
School's out for summer June 2015
2nd Nailsea Scouts May Fair 2015
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Monday's May Fair was a huge success this year with a huge crowd enjoying the beautiful weather at the Millennium Park, Nailsea.
There were fairground rides, inflatables, side shows, stationery engine display, Nailsea Bikers display, archery, barbecued burgers and hot dogs, a large car boot sale with about 100 vendors and an excellent refreshment marquee.
Throughout the course of the afternoon everyone had the rare opportunity to experience a Segway ride, these amazing two wheeled machines proved very popular and kept riders and onlookers enthralled throughout the course of the event.
Music was provided by the Twice Dailies who played a selection of Adge Cutler songs leaving the crowd asking for more and the Barley Rye Choir singing a selection of traditional songs with beautiful harmonic arrangements.
The afternoon’s entertainment was completed with a set from singer guitarist Robin Schaefer who kept feet tapping until the show closed,
The May Fair is organised by 2nd Nailsea Scouts and as well as being the first major community event in the year is the major fundraising effort for the Scout Group.
Early figures indicate that we have raised somewhere in the region of £4,200 for the Group.
This will be used to help maintain the HQ and replace some worn out equipment.
The event also provided fund raising opportunities for other local charities who take part.
The event organisers would like to thank everyone who helped including 1st Nailsea Scouts for providing their marquee, everybody who turned up on the day to enjoy the event, North Somerset Council, Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea Town Council for their help and support, and James Rogers Funfair without whose generosity and support we could not run the event
2nd Nailsea Scout Group
STOP PRESS; NS Bikers put on a small static bike display.
This was a taster of the sort of bikes people are likely to see at its show in August.
While the quantity of bikes was small the quality was superb including a 1945 Douglas, 1930s BSA, 1960s Honda, 125 Benly twin and an Aermacchi Harley-Davidson 125. See What's On page by clcking HERE for more about summer show
Official opening old Glassworks
JOHN BROWN: He is nearly 90 but still works at his High Street hardware store. But on Thursday afternoon the local legend who topped the popularity poll for Nailsea people took a few hours off to declare open the new public park on the site of the old glassworks. Octogenarian John Brown viewed the improvements with pleasure before he cut the ceremonial ribbon. Mr Brown who will be 90 this October can be found most afternoons at the shop he founded with this late wife Alice back in 1957. While his son-in-law Joe Fordham now has day-to-day responsiblity for the store Mr Brown pops in several times a week and can usually be found at the back of the shop, chatting to the customers and 'doing' the watches. It was in the mid 1950s Mr and Mrs Brown decided to open a builder’s merchants/ironmongers and with daughter Maggie then aged seven the family all moved from Clevedon into the upstairs flat. Since then the shop, affectionately known as an Aladdin’s cave, has expanded and developed but the ethos which was begun by Mr and Mrs Brown to serve others still continues to this day. Alice, a former Sunday choir teacher and founder of the URC junior choir died in 2011. The story of the old glassworks from grot spot to public open space via a public works loan is recorded in detail on our news pages. The April showers stayed away this week but while the sun shone the wind played havoc with the hairstyles and now the new grot spot is the next door Royal Oak garage so it is over to Hobbs Properties to sort out that one! Nailsea Town Council chairman Clare Hunt was master-of-ceremonies and town orderly Mandy Langham was on hand to sweep up after the event attended by schoolchildren, councillors, shop staff from across the road, contractors and other invited VIP guests.
PHOTOS: Courtesy of David Britton
Bristol Dance Eisteddfod March 2015
Easter fair at Tithe Barn March 2015
Red Nose Day Nailsea March 2015
Nailsea turns very RED
Red Nose Day raised a staggering £78,082,988 and counting for its work changing lives in the UK and across Africa.
Whether it's at work, school or play, the money raised for Red Nose Day is spent by Comic Relief to transform the lives of millions of people.
In Nailsea and nearby Backwell the dentists, vets, estate agents, opticians, fitness centre, hairdressers and schools all played their part while sticking to the theme of ‘having lots of fun’.
Since its launch in 1988, Red Nose Day has become something of a British institution.
It’s the day, every two years, when people across the land can get together and do something funny for money inspired by a fantastic night on the box with the BBC.
Nailsea School pupils gave a donation to wear something red and sixth formers donned PJs for the day - they banked £1,400 with more to come
Golden Valley Vets put on a sponsored dog walk from Nailsea Park to Nowhere Wood.
Staff from the animal hospital hid cuddly toys in the woodland and children were able to find to win a prize and also enjoy some donkey rides.
More than 21 dogs enjoyed the family day out and the event has raised more than £300 for charity.
The vets also sold cakes all week in aid of the cause.
Charlie Yarr, who has been organising the events at Golden Valley Vets, said: “We are really grateful to everyone who turned up for the walk.”
Fairfield School at Backwell hosted a Strictly Come Dancing afternoon dance while at Golden Valley Primary School staff and children dressed in red having made their faces ‘funny for money’.
At Hannah More Infant School and next door Grove Junior School the children also wore red nose for a non uniform day.
Parkers at Backwell hosted a great Comic Relief bake off and raised more than £90 from house hunters, schoolchildren and people passing by its Station Road estate agents.
While Heritage at Nailsea filled a Fiat with balloons and asked customers to pay a £1 to guess how many to win a hamper full of goodies.
Managing director Richard Van de Velde said: “Despite the rain the team were determined and raised a fantastic £118.50.”
Specsavers staff at Somerset Square donned bright red comedy glasses with hair raising eyebrows, as modelled by the fabulous Gok Wan.
Store director Nic Johns said: “The whole team has gotten behind Red Nose Day and were really hoping to raise as much as possible.
“The store looks very colourful with bunting and balloons and the comedy specs are going down so well with customers that there is a lovely buzz in the store at the moment.”
Fitness instructor Debbie Lough completed a gruelling 211-mile cycle ride in just 11½ hours to raise money for Comic Relief.
Debbie who works at theclub at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House cycled the equivalent distance between the health club and Land’s End from a spin bike in the reception of the club.
She was joined throughout the day by health club members who kept her company and cheered her on during the challenge which raised more than £1,000 for charity.
Debbie said: “I started the challenge at 5.30am and I managed to smash my target of 12 hours by half an hour so it’s a double celebration.”
And hundreds of nimble footed bloggers from North Somerset joined Team Honk at Wembley for a six hour Danceathon for Comic Relief.
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World Book Day Nailsea 2015
Nailsea library and lots of local schools took part in World Book Day on Thursday, March 5.
World Book Day is a celebration of books and reading for children and teenagers celebrated in the UK and more than 100 countries around the world.
In North Somerset children from schools and pre-schools were welcomed into Congresbury, Nailsea, Yatton, Weston and the For All Healthy Living Centre libraries to take part in a range of activities on the day and enjoy stories in the library.
Free Bookstart rhymetimes and story times, suitable for children aged 0-four years old, also took place across the district on the day including Nailsea.
North Somerset Council executive member with responsibility for libraries Felicity Baker said: "It’s great to see children from local schools discovering what’s available at their library.
“We’re proud to be part of the thousands of activities taking place across the UK and Ireland to mark World Book Day."
Aside from the crazy outfits, World Book Day offers 10 new books, available to children up and down the country in exchange for a voucher
STOP PRESS: Nailsea library Gadget Club is on Thursday, June 4, 2-4pm.