What’s on for Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gosport dancer Lydia Mackett, 17, who will be performing in the professional production of Sleeping Beauty Picture: Ben Garner

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What’s on around the area today

DANCING

HAYLING ISLAND: Royal British Legion, PO11 9ES. 8pm. Salsa. Learn beginners and extended beginners salsa, with group dances. Admission £6.

TITCHFIELD: Titchfield Community Centre, Mill Street. 1.30pm-4pm. Tea dance. Admission £2, including tea and biscuits.

EVENTS

GOSPORT: Brodrick Hall, Clayhall Rd, Alverstoke. 7.30-9.30pm. Scrap Happy Quilters sewing evening. Admission £2.50. New members welcome. Contact Alison Jenkins on 01329 663087 for more information.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. 5.30pm-7pm. Fashion School. Children between the ages of 10 and 16 can create fashion accessories and garments, working towards a fashion catwalk in July 2015. £60 per term. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

HAVANT: Staunton Park Genealogy Centre, Havant Academy, Wakefords Way, PO9 5JD. 7.30-9pm. Staunton Park genealogy group meeting. New members very welcome. Visit stauntoninfo.co.uk for more details.

NORTH END: St Nicholas Church Hall, Battenberg Avenue. 7.30pm. Solent Male Voice Choir rehearsal night. Currently recruiting for new members. Contact (023) 9246 0985.

PORTSMOUTH: The Hillside & Wymering Centre, Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove. 9.30 – 11.30 am. Connor’s toy libraries. For play, friendships, socialising, toy loan, craft and other activities. Includes a healthy snack. Admission £2 per family per week. Outreach support provided for non confident or vulnerable families. Call (023) 9283 2926 for more information or visit ctlib.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Howard Road Community Centre, Hilsea. 10.30am-12.30pm. Social group for the over-50s. Tea, cake and a warm welcome. £2 per week. Call (023) 9268 8705 for more details.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: Parish Hall, Links Lane. 7.30-9.30pm.Rowlands Castle Painting Society Demonstrations. Race Horses by Jake Winkle.

TITCHFIELD: Titchfield Community Centre, Mill Street. 1.30pm-4pm. Tea dance. Admission £2, including tea and biscuit.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Queen Alexandra Hospital, League of Friends’ coffee shop, Level B. 10am-4pm Mon-Fri; midday-3.30pm Sats and Suns. Paintings by Gwenda Stephens and Belinda. Admission free. Contact (023) 9238 7284 for more information.

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10.30am-4pm. They That Are Left. Photographic exhibition by Brian David Stevens showing portraits of war veterans taken on Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph from 2002 to 2012. Admission free. Visit royalarmouries.org for more information.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. These Stories Of Old Stones. Become immersed in and inspired by the long-ago world of castles, chivalry, maidens and knights. Though now many of these once grand and imposing sites have fallen into ruins, they hold a fairytale appeal, with crumbling turrets, worn spiral staircases and doors to rooms that no longer exist. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Chris Briden: Street Art. Southampton-based artist Chris has developed a photorealist style after years of working within designated legal graffiti sites. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Jewellers’ Showcase. Wendy Nutt and Jill Clark are exhibiting as visiting artists in the first half of 2015. Wendy’s work is inspired by her love of nature and Jill’s designs are influenced by the simple shapes and clarity of form of the cultures of Ancient Egypt and prehistoric Britain. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Beetles, bugs and minibeasts. Some of the dead beetles, bugs and minibeasts collected by artist and local resident Becky Dunn over the last 30 years. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. The Who’s Tommy Exhibition. Features touring exhibitions, and visitors are also able to enjoy rooms that reflect on Portsmouth music and the history of the Guildhall. Free admission, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Castle Road: Exhibition. This is the first exhibition in a new project partnership between the The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Cultural Trust. Castle Road features photographs by BA (Hons) photography alumnus Dainius Šciuka, from the ‘Taste the Street’ series, 2013-14. Free admission, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Diversity: Exhibition. The next in a series of local artists to exhibit in the Guildhall Cafe is Carol Ellen Stickland. Carol is self-taught and explores and experiments with styles and media, ranging from Chinese brush and watercolour to mixed media with collage. Free admission. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for more information about this exhibition.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, south corridor, ground floor. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Portraits. This exhibition shows highlights from a series of photographic portraits of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra players. Admission free. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

GIGS

SOUTHSEA: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Rd, PO4 9PN. Jamalaide@The RMA. Jam night. All performers and listeners welcome. Visit livelinesentertainment.com for more information.

STAGE

STUBBINGTON: Crofton Theatre Hall, Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington Lane. 7.30pm doors for 8pm start. Horror at Hadder Hall. Murder mystery evening by Christine Oliphant and the Lee Players. Nibbles provided, bring own drinks. Contact 01329 662128 for more information.

WALKS & TALKS

PORTSMOUTH: Meet at Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. 10.30am. Stamshaw Foreshore Walk. Healthy walk with views to Portchester Castle. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9268 8390.

PORTSMOUTH: Meet outside Civic Offices, Guildhall Square. 12.15pm. Lunchtime Walk. Take a break with this brisk walk to Gunwharf or Southsea and back. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9268 8390.