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April events for Mallorca

During the day tomorrow, Wednesday April 11th, there is an Open Day at Palma College for any young person interested in studying there. In the afternoon there will be a fundraising event organised by Inquisitive Crew at Galibos Bar in Astilleros de Mallorca. This event starts at 5.30pm. It is to raise money for cancer charities and is for women by women.  Finally for tomorrow in the evening there will be a Charity Jazz Night organised by the Rotary Club of Calvia starting with dinner at 8pm at the Hotel Saratoga and followed by live music. You can book by emailing info@kate.es

The Road Bike Festival also kicks off tomorrow  and continues for four days. It’s a festival is dedicated to road cycling. You will find it on the road linking Playa de Muro and Alcudia, and will feature parties, live music and stalls with the latest road cycling gear, workshops with experts, test rides, cycling races and lots more.

On Thu 12th Apr the Mallorca Walking Event starts in Peguera. Over four days hundreds of people will hike along paths and trails in Peguera. Different routes will take participants along nature paths through charming villages, and beautiful beaches taking in the Mallorcan coast and the impressive Tramuntana mountain range. There are routes of 30, 20 or 12.5 kilometres each day. You can register at http://www.mallorcawalkingevent.com

Over the coming weekend of April 13, 14 and 15th up in Alcudia you will get the chance you’ve been waiting for to try cuttlefish, it’s not just for your budgie! Alcudia will be hosting its annual cuttlefish fair and there will be an exhibition, a craft market, a boat show, children’s parties and a playground, and a food market.

On Saturday the 14th you can watch the final day of cycling racing of the Six Day Series.
Having competed in London, Berlin and Copenhagen the final is in Mallorca with a party like atmosphere on the Palma Arena track.  www.sixday.com/mallorca/ On Saturday April 14th there will be a Violin and Piano concert at the Teatro Municipal at 8pm. The duo will perform Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Paganini and Malte Kahler.

Also on the 14th the Lions Club of Palma will be present an evening of music at the Shamrock in Palma. You can book by emailing singen@lionsclubpalma.com the price is 40€ per person and includes a welcome drink, finger food and a donation to their charity.

Over the weekend of April 20th, 21st and 2nd there will be a comedy performed by the Anglican Church Drama Club, called Murdered to Death. I understand that is a very clever Agathat Christie / Miss Marple spoof. Tickets go really fast for these events so get your as soon as you can. Call 971 510 587, 634 200 242 or email rns@psi-mail.com

On Saturday April 21st there will be an open day at Fit Club in Son Caliu, they will have a DJ, a healthy food tasting including smoothies and the menu from Fitness Kitchen Mallorca. There will also be a competition to win a month’s training at the gym.  On Sunday April 22nd there will be a Wim Hof Method day held at Finca s’Almudaina. The WimHof method has been proved to strengthen your immune system, you learn a unique breathing technique during the day. It is also a fantastic challenge because at the end of the day you sit in a bath of ice! You can get more information on my site.

If you are an early bird then you can go to business networking events in Calvia on Wednesday mornings at 7.30am, for more information please visit http://www.mallorcamatters.com. You have to request an invitation and the email address is on my site. john@kavanaghconsulting.com

The Palma Boat Show starts on April 27th and goes through the weekend. At the same time, on the other side of the road the Palma Beer Festival will be doing its best to keep us all hydrated with 200 beer brands on offer.

On Saturday 28th April the roads of Mallorca will be filled (even more so than usual) with cyclists doing the 312 when they attempt to cycle around the island.

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th there will be a dog training course organised by Heather Whitehouse featuring  John McGuigan, also known as “The Glasgow Dog Trainer”. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, John has been dedicated to behavioural modification for many years in an evolutionary way, constantly training and refining his knowledge. After many years combining his work with the police service he retired four years ago and is now focused on offering education.  His specialty is the “difficult” cases, many times being dogs that have already passed through several educators with wrong or ineffective ways.  He believes that when dogs do not do what we ask, there are simple explanations – They either do not understand  or they are not motivated to do it. For info and reservations: info @ forcefreedt.com

The International Day of Jazz is on April 30th, there will be several events and concerts on the Saturday the 28th and Monday the 30th to celebrate this. The organisers have not yet released details but look out for them on my website after April 19th.

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There’s gotta be something better than this

6am. The alarm goes. It’s still dark outside. I know it is cold because the tip of my nose tells me so. The reason the alarm is set this early is because it is the only time I can find where I can be uninterrupted and do the things that I want to do: writing, thinking, sitting quietly and drinking a cup of tea. I say I am supposed to be getting up and having ‘me time’, but you could argue (as I do) that there is as much benefit in having ‘me time’ where you are sleeping in a warm bed than freezing in a stone built finca, hopping from one foot to the other on a ice cold tiled floor in the kitchen whilst waiting for the kettle to come to the boil.

It’s come to something hasn’t it when the only time in the day which you can find where there are no  other demands on you is at 6am and you have to force yourself to do it. There have been some disappointing events recently: my birthday: no balloons or clowns, just sensible stuff like vouchers for new socks, although my friends did surprise me with a meal at a local curry house the actual owners of the restaurant couldn’t even be bothered to put on the lights and make a fuss of us: have a word with yourselves please restaurateurs! And Valentine’s Day, which passed in a haze of emails, hurried meals and stress, zero on the romance front despite having a very nice husband, we were officially ‘too busy’ to celebrate.

Something has to change, and I guess it’d down to me to get it done.

Everybody I know seems to be suffering with stress and anxiety, how are we going to cope with the economic crisis, so and so is moving back to the UK, this business is going under, that person’s had their house repossessed. How can we take back control of our lives when it all feels as if it is running away from us? When I start thinking about this I get the tune  ‘There’s gotta be something better than this’ from the musical Sweet Charity running through my head, check it out on You Tube, it’s very catchy.

Which is why this weekend coming I am off to spend a day with Maria Mateo who is running a course entitled ‘Awaken the Goddess within’. It’s designed to ‘ignite my womanly powers’ which I am totally up for. ‘Life is too short to stand in shadows, so step into your powers now and shine’. Check.

I have met Maria so this should be an interesting day, she certainly knows how to get you thinking and she’s a very warm and witty woman.  It’s time for us chicas to get back in touch with our powerful side rather than spend all of our days being downtrodden by stress and work. You can get more information at mmateo54@telefonica.net or visit my website and I will point you in the right direction. Us Goddesses in the making have got to stick together you know.

www.familymattersmallorca.com

More details about the event here:   https://www.facebook.com/events/202973289801004/

Click here for the flier: Awaken the Goddess within 18 FEB

Catalan

I’ve been trying to cobble together some people who wanted to speak about Catalan and its importance to the Mallorcan culture, but miserably failed to get much together…. I’ll keep trying on this one. But here is some information from Jackie Evans at Calvia Council about lessons.

Hi Vicki
I have just been down to the IMEB office here in the Town Hall . The catalan courses are run by the ESCUELA DE ADULTOS in Magalluf .

The information below has been taken from the calvia website www.calvia.com”www.calvia.com Click on the “Union Jack” for English and click on IMEB on the tool bar and you get the following text :

The School for Adults office is closed until the 1st September so I cant get any more info . I do know that is is subsidised by the “Conselleria de Edución ” and Calvia Town Hall ……its very reasonably priced.

School for Adults
www.calvia.com/web/plantilles/jstl/Calvia/img/gral/ptos.gif
This educational centre’s aim is to provide permanant education to adults of the municipality. Access is available to all citizens over 18 years of age.

Educational Offers:

Initial teaching to correct illiteracy and learning to read and write in the Spanish language.
Compulsory secondary education: classroom teaching and individualized.
Preparation for the exams for the access to the Univerisity and access to Professional Formation.
Languages: Catalan, English and German.
Specific Professional Formation : specialities of Assistant treatments Nurse and Commerce Manager.
Other services
a) Información desk, enrolment and preparation for the Catalan exams of the Balearic Islands Government.
b) Service and academic orientation information
c) Excursions and cultural outings.

Manager responsable for the service: Miguel Mas
Headmistress of the School for Adults (by agreement with the Ministry of Education and Culture): Francisca Muńoz
Address: Camí de Sa Porrasa, 6, Magaluf
Telephone: 971.13.13.50
E-mail: ceacalvia@educacio.caib.es
Hours of attention to the public: Monday to Fridays from 9.30 a 13.30 h and from 16 a 19.30h. From 15 July to 31 August closed.