Out of Town news from Thursday, March 12

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Scottish Opera

Forth Valley Friends of Scottish Opera welcomes Hugh Macdonald on Janáček and Jenůfa. A new production of Janáček’s Jenůfa opens in April and Hugh Macdonald is coming to tell us about both composer and work. Hugh has played many roles in Scotland’s musical life. He taught music at Stirling University before moving to BBC Scotland’s music department where he was variously Head of Music and Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. More recently he co-founded and is a director of the Lammermuir Festival. The talk is on Sunday at 2.30 p.m. in the Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling. Members £5, Visitors £6, Students £1, including tea/coffee and biscuits. Also, we are still taking bookings for the spring lunch on March 29 at the Stirling Court Hotel (formerly the Management Centre), at 12.30 for 1 p.m. You can book and pay £27 at the meeting or by phoning the Treasurer, Bill Anderson, on 01786 832047. All very welcome.

Fine Arts

The March lecture from Stirling Decorative and Fine Arts Society (SDFAS) is Danish Royal Castles. The lecture on Thursday, March 19 is presented by Hanne Sutcliffe. Born in Denmark, Hanne has extensive experience lecturing to museums, art and historical societies as well as being a NADFAS and Art Fund lecturer. She has worked as a guide, lecturer and researcher on sixteen tours to China. The society hosts a series of monthly lectures at the Albert Hall in Stirling from September to June as well as visits, study days and tours. For more information, call Gordon Clark on 01786 461873 or visit http://stirlingdfas.org.uk.

Coeliac UK

Forth Valley Group of Coeliac UK will hold a meeting on Saturday, March 21 between 2 and 4 p.m. in Mayfield Centre, Sunnybank Road, St Ninians, Stirling. Speaker is Lisa Sneddon of Bluebell Tearoom, Stirling who will bring samples of her baking. Tea and coffee will be served. All welcome especially if you are newly diagnosed. For enquiries, ring Marion on (01324) 823011.

Ceilidh Night

An Comunn Gaidhealach Stirling Branch will host a ceilidh in the lesser albert hall on Saturday at 7.30 p.m. Artistes for the evening will be Eilidh Munro, Ainsley Hamill, Norman McKinnon, Cluaran Highland Dancers and Piper Innes Smith. Admission is £5 including tea. Everyone will be made very welcome.

Osteoporosis Support

The next meeting of the Osteoporosis Support Group will take place on Wednesday between 2 - 4 p.m. in St Mungo’s R.C. Church Hall, Mar Street, Alloa. The guest speaker will be Grace Millett who will give a Tai Chi demonstration. All welcome. For further information contact Janice on 01786 463098.

Safety Forum

The next meeting of the Central Scotland Safety Forum is at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 at the Arran Room of the Ineos Exhibition Centre, Gate 3, Powdrake Road, Grangemouth. Dr Billy Hare from Glasgow Caledonian University will be talking to us about the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. Further details from secretary@centralscotlandsf.org.uk or visit us at www.centralscotlandsf.org.uk.

Astronomy Society

The Stirling Astronomy Society will welcome Nikolaos Anagnostou to the Smith Art Gallery tomorrow (Friday). His free lecture will be ‘Stonehenge’ starting at 7.30 p.m. All welcome to attend. For more information, visit www. stirlingastronomicalsociety@gmail.com