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Edition No. 195

Date:- 10 April 2005

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The next Big Event

NO, it is not the General Election, it is the 'Bark in the Park' in Croxteth Hall & Country Park on 17 April from 11am to 4pm.

'Bark in the Park' is a great day out for dog lovers! The show started up a few years ago to promote responsible dog ownership through a fun dog show and displays and has grown into a very popular annual event.

The show features a demonstration of dog training, obedience and agility by the West Lancs Dog Display Team. The team is drawn from people that have learnt how to train their dogs at the West Lancs Canine Centre and as a consequence has dogs of all sizes and types, from pugs to poodles to collies to crossbreeds (and their owners are pretty varied too!).

Anyone can bring their dog along to take part in the fun dog show. Perhaps you have the pooch with the loveliest eyes? Or do you and your dog have the best 6 legs?! There are about 10 different fun classes you can enter.

New to the event this year will be a small static display of Landrovers from the keen petrolheads of the Liverpool Landrover Owners Club.

Topping up the show will be a selection of Famers Market stalls selling the best of local produce and a children's funfair too.

The event has been kindly sponsored by Myerscough College from their Centre at Croxteth Country Park.

Entry to the event is free, with a small charge for entering the show classes.

Birkenhead's eye on World Health Day

A LOCAL opticians is putting health in the frame by urging parents to keep a close eye on their children's sight, as well as their own with this week. The advice is in support of World Health Day's 2005 'Healthy Mother and Child' theme, which is celebrated on 7 April. Co-ordinated by the World Health Organisation, the aim this year is to highlight the importance of keeping mothers and children healthy around the world.

Specsavers Opticians in Birkenhead wants to emphasise the importance of eyecare to adults and children across the Wirral by highlighting the impact poor vision can have on a child's ability to read, write and spell and the detrimental effect factors such as diabetes, smoking and even age can have on adults eyesight. 

Shane Canning, principle optometrist and nutritional advisor, says:- "We think this year's World Health Day theme is the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of children's eyecare and to remind parents they need to take care of their eyesight too. 

In the UK, children's eyecare is free with an NHS voucher for under-16s and under-18s who are still in full-time education. During the first 12 years of our lives, as much as 80% of learning is achieved through our eyes; yet recent figures suggest one in every four children has an undetected sight problem that may inhibit their progress.

All adults are at risk of developing a range of eye-related conditions, such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Obvious health issues, such as diabetes and smoking, can also have direct effects on the health of a person's eyes."

Liverpool Reporter is set on finding local musical talent 

DO you have a band? If so we want to here from you. 

You still have time to get your band played, on Liverpool Reporter. We are after all styles of music from classical to heavy metal. The only prevision is that your CD is of a broadcast quality and is your own work (original material, not covers). 

Over the next few weeks, our regular fans who tune in service via their PC's and laptops will see a new and more interesting and interactive service emerging. The updates are nearly finished and the new and long awaited programs will so be ready to run. Don't panic you if you have a 56k connection, you will still be able to play the stream. If you missed a special broadcast you can still play it from our new archive. The same as what we have been offering with the TV archive selection.

We are adding a voting system to allow you to produce our very own weekly top 10 chart of all the bands and artists we play on our station. 

We are aiming to finish the new format by the end of May. 

We are also interested in any places that wish to hold band nights. The first of the new programs will be repeated over the next week, with in the old format, so you will all get a chance to see it, no matter your time zone.

BBC Radio 1's OneMusic at The Cavern Club.

RADIO 1 is taking its team of OneMusic DJ's and producers to the Cavern Club in Liverpool, part of Cavern Designer Shopping, for a mini-festival of live muic, information and advice sessions. The event starts at 4pm to midnight on Tuesday 19 April 2005 starts 4pm.

The FREE event, which is Open to people of all ages, is taking place on April 19 2005 Radio 1's Rob da Bank, Ras Kwame and Huw Stephens will headline the night with a DJ tag team session. They'll also be on hand to talk about their careers and how they put together their One Music shows. An eclectic bill of local and regional artists will be playing live across two stages.

The OneMusic Show with Huw Stephens will also be broadcast on the night on the night from BBC Radio Merseyside. The event is aimed at artists, DJs, producers, music fans and anyone wanting to make contacts and get to know more about the music business. There'll be an open stage where artists of any level or any genre can bring their instruments, beats or words and perform live.

The OneMusic team will be running a variety of one-to-one advice sessions. Bring your demo, listen through to it with a Radio 1 DJ, Producer or A&R person and get some feedback face to face. Talk to a vocal coach about making the most of your voice and your performance. Entertainment lawyers, distributors, press and PR experts will also be happy to chat about how you can get your music out there, and what's best for you and your business. Meet representatives from local media and find out how to get exposure.Or hook up with a funding adviser and learn about applying for cash to support your music making.

The schedule for the event is as follows:-

4pm Doors Open. Sign up for one-to one advice sessions and the open stage.

5 to 7pm open staeg (we supply the back line)

Demo feedback and advice sessions

8 to 10pm Invited artists and special guests perform on two stages

10pm to Midnight, Radio 1's Rob da Bank, Ras Kwane and Huw Stephen's

Baroque Classics and Rousing Tchaicovsky at Parr Hall 

CLASICAL music fans will be treated to a feast of 'popular Baroque classics and rousing Tchaikovsky' when the Northern Chamber Orchestra makes its Warrington debut this month.

The concert at Parr Hall on 29 Apr kicks off with Vivaldi's 'Alla Rustica'. Influenced by the Lombardy countryside Vivaldi composed several pieces with pastoral themes and this Sinfonia has all the brilliant trademarks recognisable from The Four Seasons. 

From a few years earlier comes another favourite - Pachelbel's haunting Canon. 

We then hear the first Russian contrast, Tchaikovsky's Incidental music from Hamlet written in 1891 for a production of Hamlet in St Petersburg and depicting a somewhat reflective mood of the tragic hero. 

The Concerto for Two Violins by Bach shows off the formidable talent of its two leading violinists, Nicholas Ward and Julia Hanson. The two rhythmic outer movements surround the jewel of the sublime slow movement, another top ten Baroque classic! 

The finale is Tchaikovsky's stirring Serenade; a work full of contrasts and beautiful Russian melodies.

The Northern Chamber Orchestra, formed in 1967, has gained an enviable reputation providing engaging and exciting concerts throughout the North West. Playing without a conductor, the ensemble tackles an extraordinary range of repertoire from Corelli to Stravinsky and beyond. 

The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians who play as principals with other orchestras and regularly appear as soloists.

To get your ticket, call Pyramid Box Office on 01925 442345 or pop in to the centre on Palmyra Square South.


SO YOU want to learn how to dive? 


WELL THEN, it is simple...  just join the British Sub-Aqua Club, (BASC) today...

Ormskirk Sub Aqua Club (OASC) is part of BASC and is just the place for you to learn how to dive safely and at your own pace.

Why not visit the club web page for more information at:- or pop down to see us any Wednesday night at 9:00pm in the Ormkirk Park Swimming Pool. 

Phone us on 01704 513 569 if you have any news or events that you want us to cover.

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