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FRIDAY 13 April: WE Bought a Zoo - The Cinema, Newton Stewart.

DF-26396  Matt Damon gets up close and personal with one of his new four-legged neighbors, in WE BOUGHT A ZOO.

DF-26396 Matt Damon gets up close and personal with one of his new four-legged neighbors, in WE BOUGHT A ZOO.

We Bought a Zoo is an uplifting family drama based on a true story. Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) has been widowed and now has two children to bring up. Deciding that they all need a fresh start, he gives up his job and moves them to a house in the country. The only drawback is that the house has a zoo attached. Or is it a drawback? As Benjamin tries to reconnect with his children, he struggles against the odds to make the zoo work and meets an amazing woman, Kelly (Scarlett Johansson) while he’s at it.

FRIDAY 13 April: James Hogg’s The Brownie of Bodsbeck: landscapes of the Covenant - Gatehouse of Fleet CommunitY Centre, 2pm-4pm.

James Hogg’s Brownie of Bodsbeck (1818) is a compelling novel, mixing supernatural memories of the Borders with oral, and written, reminiscences of ‘the Killing Times’. Valentina Bold, who is currently editing The Brownie for the Stirling/South Carolina edition of the Complete Works of James Hogg, will show how the book is firmly anchored in a very small area, around the head of St Mary’s Loch, drawing on particularities of place in, roughly, a 5 mile radius. Hogg draws on his intimate knowledge of that landscape, and its Covenanting associations, to create a real as well as an imagined landscape of the Covenanting period.

£6 per talk or £15 for all three, refreshments included, talk 1 of 3. Part 2 on 20th April, part 3 on 27th April.

For tickets please call 01387 702131.

FRIDAY 13 April: Wildlife Festival: Fish Up Close - Meet at Torhouse Trout Farm car park, Wigtown, 11am.

A guided tour of Galloway Fisheries Trust hatchery giving a close up view of wild trout and salmon before they are released into their native river. Other species that may also be on show include pike, perch, lampreys, roach and salmon smolts. To finish there will be a tour of Torhouse Trout Farm, a fully operational rainbow trout farm that is situated within the same site.

For more information and bookings please contact Galloway Fisheries Trust on 01671 403011 or mall@gallowayfisheriestrust.org.

FRIDAY 13 April: Scad’s Quiz Nite - The lodge, Agnew Crescent, Wigtown, 8pm.

Scad’s Quiz Nite in aid of Wigtown Church Badminton Club. Teams of three, £3 per team; Millionaire Game;

Raffle & Luck Dip.

SATURDAY 14 April: Emma Louise Dance Class - South Machars Community Centre - Whithorn, 9.30am-12.30pm.

Every Saturday in South Machars Community Centre.

Ages 3-5 yrs till 10.15am - Ballet; Ages 6-7yrs 10.20am - 11.20am - Ballet; Ages 6-12 11.30am - 12.30pm - Street Dance.

For more info contact Emma Louise on 07977447215 or Emmalouisedance@hotmail.co.uk or www.emmalouisedance.co.uk

SATURDAY 14 April: Wildlife Festival: Wildlife Detectives - Caldons car park, Glentrool, 10am and 2pm.

Solve the clues and search out the wildlife on this waymarked nature trail. Cree Valley Community Woodlands staff will be on hand to help. This event is suitable for all ages.

Cost: Voluntary Donation to Cree Valley Community Woodlands Trust.

For more information and bookings please contact Pete or Linda on: 01671 401423 or enquiries@cvcwt.org

SATURDAY 14 April: Galloway Thistle charity night - McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart, 8pm.

Annual fundraising evening for the youth team, auctioning great football prizes and featuring a fantastic raffle with goodies such as a meal at Kirroughtree House, entry to Cream o Galloway, vouchers for M&Ds theme park, hampers and loads more.

Music from Boogie Express and their 70s and 80s extravaganza disco.

Only a few tickets remaining, available from team coaches, Cafe Cree, or Morris Newsagents. All proceeds split between the club and its chosen charities.

SATURDAY 14 April: Titanic Night - Isle of Whithorn Village Hall, 7pm.

Book early for a special evening,commencing 7pm prompt with a meal. The film is “A Night to Remember”. Bookings and menu choice to Bob Rowley on 01988 500404.

SUNDAY 15 April: Wildlife Festival: Crook of Baldoon Open Day - RSPB Crook of Baldoon, Wigtown, 10am-5pm.

Come along and see the work the RSPB and its volunteers have achieved over the past year. We have walks along the Skylar Walk and a talk about our work and plans for the future.

Cost: Free but donations welcome.

For more information please contact Paul Tarling on: 01988 402130 or Paul.Tarling@rspb.org.uk.

SUNDAY 15 April: Portpatrick Farmers Market - Portpatrick Village Hall, 1pm-4pm.

The market focuses on locally produced food, drinks and plants. We also have a cream tea cafe; proceeds from the cafe help to fund the village’s youth club activities.

Contact Derek Bathgate: 01776 810844.

MONDAY 16 April: Sewing Club - South Machars Community Centre, Whithorn, 1pm-4pm.

Every Monday. A small group who exchange ideas and skills from one another.

For more info please contact Susan Brown on 01955 840676.

MONDAY 16 April: Whithorn Amateur Boxing Club - Whithorn New Town Hall, 7pm.

Every Monday and Thursday night. New members welcome! Age 11+.

For more info please call Wullie Martin on 01988 500907.

TUESDAY 17 April: Mothers and Toddlers - South Machars Community Centre, Whithorn, 1pm-3pm.

Every Tuesday. Join the toddlers in free play, songs, role play, drawing and crafts.

For more info please contact Vari at p.vance@tiscali.co.uk.

TUESDAY 17 April: Booktown Writers: Half Day Workshop - ReadingLasses Bookshop and Cafe in Wigtown, 2pm-4pm.

Booking essential. £6 includes tea/coffee and biscuits.

To book a place email mail@booktownwriters.co.uk.

TUESDAY 17 April: Health Visitor Baby Clinic - Church Hall, Wigtown, 2pm-3pm.

Every Tuesday afternoon. All Welcome.

THURSDAY 19 April: Ladies Fundraising Evening - St Medan Golf Club, 7pm.

‘Jamie at Home’ Evening with Anne Barclay and cookery demonstration and tasting by Marie Butler of Penninghame House. Glass of wine and nibbles. Raffle. Everyone welcome.

Tickets £5 from Committee Members or contact Doreen Robinson 01988 840251, Chris Hanna 01988 600652, The Clubhouse, St Medan Golf Club, Monreith 01988 700358.

SATURDAY 21 April: Kirkcudbright Choral Society present Carmina Burana - Cochran Hall, Kirkcudbright.

An exciting Spring Concert featuring the Choral Society and a 50 piece orchestra, performing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, in the Cochran Hall at Kirkcudbright Academy.

Call Pamela Bayes on 01557 331292 for further information.