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Cookschool Starts For The Year Ahead
Now live on the website, choose from ESSENTIALS, MEALS, FAMILY STUFF, SINGLE ISSUES and MASTER classes. Prices range from FREE to £65. Contact us to organise your own class for your group...or to have special tuition on any topic within our range. All plant based, all gluten-free.

El Piano's, 15-17 Grape Lane, York , YO1 7HU
All the classes, dates and times are on el-piano.com
Zine Workshop
Thursday 16 February 2017
Yorkshire MESMAC, The Workshop, Marygate Lane
18:00-20:00 | Yorkshire MESMAC York office, The Workshop, Marygate Lane (off Marygate), YO30 7BJ

Join York Queer Women's and Gender Group to make zines inspired by LGBT History Month.

Part of the York LGBT History Month programme - for more, see yorklgbthistory.org.uk

Organised by: York Queer Women's and Gender Group
Tickets: Not required
More information: Jess Wynn (j.wynn@mesmac.co.uk | 07710 099028 | 01904 620400) | facebook.com/QueerWomenYorkshireMesmac

Accessibility: gender-neutral toilets; wheelchair access.
T-Shirt Workshop
Sunday 19 February 2017
14:00-17:00 | Yorkshire MESMAC York office, The Workshop, Marygate Lane (off Marygate), YO30 7BJ

Throughout history, queer activists have spread their messages and shown their pride through slogan t-shirts. This workshop, led by Riah Holme, will give you the chance to create your own. Bring a t-shirt or anything else you'd like to decorate. We'll have art materials and some pictures of historical t-shirts for inspiration. There is a small charge for this event to cover the cost of materials. No need to book, just pay on the door.

Part of the York LGBT History Month programme - for more, see http://yorklgbthistory.org.uk/events.

Organised by: York LGBT History Month
Tickets: £2 on the door. No booking required.
More information: Kit Heyam (info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

Accessibility: gender-neutral toilets; wheelchair access.
YCFC Foundation February Half Term Holiday Courses
Monday 20 February 2017
Huntington Secondary School. YO329WT
York City’s Holiday courses are designed for both boys and girls who are enthusiastic about football, aged from 4 -12 years as the next step in their long term player development. officialsoccerschools.co.uk
Mental Illness Awareness Week
Monday 20 - Friday 24 February 2017
The University of York
The University of York’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) has organised Mental Illness Awareness Week (20 -24 February) a week-long series of talks on mental illness. Part of the GSA's 'Mind Your Head' mental health campaign, run by student volunteers, the talks aim to increase understanding of mental illnesses in order to reduce stigma.
Each talk will be based around a different mental illness, with talks from clinicians, people sharing their own experiences of mental illness, and researchers from across the UK talking about their latest findings.
The talks will take place daily between 5.15pm-6.30pm at the Exhibition Centre and Department of Psychology, on University of York Campus West. All are welcome to attend, and each event will conclude with a drinks reception where audience members can discuss the topics covered in a relaxed environment. For more information, visit: www.york.ac.uk


Trans Law And Workplace Best Practice
Monday 20 February 2017
17:30-19:30 | Aviva, Wellington Row, YO90 1WR
Emma Cusdin, People Director at Aviva Investors and co-founder of Trans*formation, discusses current legislation impacting trans people and shares her views on best practice for employers. Emma joined Aviva in 2016 and, on her advice, Aviva have already added the honorific of “Mx” to their job application process and are training the pre-employment screening team on supporting trans job applicants. Registration opens from 17:30, with talk and Q&A from 18:00-19:00, followed by refreshments and networking.

Part of the York LGBT History Month programme - for more, see http://yorklgbthistory.org.uk/events

Organised by: Aviva
Tickets: Free from yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/trans-law
More information: Robert Gardner (robert.gardner@aviva.com) | twitter.com/AvivaPride

Accessibility: BSL/English interpretation (ASK); gender-neutral toilets; wheelchair access


Spectrum LGBTQ+ book group
Monday 20 February 2017
18:30-20:30 | Café W, Waterstones York, 15 Coney St, YO1 9QL
Books come in many colours. Contact Andrew or check the website to find out which book the Spectrum book group have chosen for LGBT History Month. All welcome.

Part of the York LGBT History Month programme - for more, see http://yorklgbthistory.org.uk/events.

Organised by: Waterstones York
Tickets: Not required
More information: Andrew Auton (york@waterstones.com | 01904 620784) | yorklgbthistory.org.uk/17/waterstones | facebook.com/WaterstonesYork
Accessibility: wheelchair access


LGBT Issues In Schools
Tuesday 21 February 2017
11:30-12:30 | D/L/047, Derwent College, University of York, YO10 5DD

A talk by Aidan Newman: NQT at Rossett School, University of York PGCE graduate, and York LGBT History Month Outreach Coordinator. An opportunity to look at the challenges that LGBT youth face across the country and gain a wider insight into their experiences at school, followed by a discussion of research-backed best practice in schools that can help make a positive impact on students and start to improve the current national picture.

Part of the York LGBT History Month programme - for more, see http://yorklgbthistory.org.uk/events.

Organised by: University of York
Tickets: Free from info@yorklgbthistory.org.uk
More information: Aidan Newman (aidan@yorklgbthistory.org.uk)

Accessibility: baby-changing; gender-neutral toilets; wheelchair access
The York Makery

The York Makery
36 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ
Kids Craft Club
Perfect for our younger crafters, this after school club is designed for 8-12 year olds to come along and have a go at crafting, We will cover a range of crafts and aim to have something to take home every month! Limited to 8 participants.
Last Friday of the month (Feb 24th, more dates tbc)
3:45 - 5:15pm | £12 per session
See all classes at www.theyorkmakery.co.uk
Friends of Huntington Library Coffee Morning
Monday 6 March 2017
Huntington Library, Garth Road, York, YO32 9QJ
The first Monday of every month is our regular coffee morning.
Drop in for a drink and a chat, also, find out what events are happening at Huntington Library and the wider Explore family.
We have free wi-fi too!

10.00am - Noon
Tel: 01904 552669
(friendsofhuntingtonlibrary.weebly.com)
Coming Dancing - York Against Cancer
Saturday 18 March 2017
Melodie Park, Clifton Moor, York
Bluebird Care are organising a dance social to raise money for York Against Cancer - our chosen charity for the year

The evening will start at 6.30pm with a beginners Cha Cha Cha lesson which will run for an hour

Then at 7.30pm the party itself will start with a mixture of latin and ballroom dances played throughout the evening finishing at 11.30pm

Tickets cost £12.00 each and the price includes a supper of Jacket Potato with a choice of either Chilli or Cheese followed by a selection of deserts.

We will also be organising a raffle. Donations of prizes most welcome

For more information please telephone Bluebird Care on 01904 691992
Cheques made payable to Bluebird Care and sent to:
Bluebird Care, 8 Devonshire Court
Green Lane Trading Estate, York YO30 5PQ

Location of event To be held at: Melodie Park, Wigginton Road, York YO32 2RJ


Gin Masterclass with Afternoon Tea - The Grange Hotel
Pairing two of life’s simple joys – gin and good food – this superb two-part experience is perfect for whiling away an indulgent afternoon together. Just a stone’s throw from the historic city centre, The Grange offers a luxurious base to enjoy your experience.

You’ll kick things off with a masterclass and tasting courtesy of local gin experts, Still & Heart. Highly personal, Still & Heart offer bespoke experiences to help the ‘gin curious’ learn and discover more about their favourite drink. Gin cocktail in hand, you’ll be guided through a number of different gins, garnishes and mixers. Along the way, you’ll learn a little about Britain’s complicated relationship with the famous juniper infused spirit. Experiment with up to four different gins before ending the masterclass with a large G&T of your choice to take with your afternoon tea.

★ 1.30pm Arrival drink and introductions
★ 1.45pm Gin masterclass with Still and Heart (1.5 hours)
★ 3.15pm Afternoon Tea to be served
★ 5.00pm Depart

The Menu: Food - Selection of finger sandwiches: smoked salmon, ham, cheese & egg, scones with jam & cream, selection of freshly made cakes and a choice of speciality teas or coffee (Please advise of any dietary requirements if you haven't already done so).

Drinks - welcome drink (35ml), 3 x tasting gins (15 ml), final drink (35ml) - average abv 40% each.

2017 Dates Available:
February 3rd
March 24th
April 28th
May 20th


Priced at only £37.50 per person this experience is a great gift idea.
T&C's: This experience is limited to a maximum of 20 people due to the intimate approach of the masterclass. Full prepayment is requested at time of booking and vouchers can be printed if buying for a present.
Friends of Huntington Library Coffee Morning
Monday 3 April 2017
Huntington Library, Garth Road, York, YO32 9PQ
The first Monday of every month is our regular coffee morning.
Drop in for a drink and a chat, also, find out what events are happening at Huntington Library and the wider Explore family.
We have free wi-fi too!
Tel: (01904) 552669
Email: friendsofhuntingtonlibrary@gmail.com




Jazz for Toddlers
Sunday 25 June 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
Join Dr Zapp and Dr Zamm, magical musical scientists from the future! Expect a playful and friendly atmosphere jam-packed with lots of music and movement, proving you are never too young to love jazz.

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