YOGA ROOTS WITH PIXIE CARNEY AT ST MARY’S CHURCH HALL: 1830
Starting tonight – a new series of yoga sessions taught by Pixie Carney who is an experienced Ashtanga teacher, trained in Goa. Tonight’s class, ‘Yoga Roots: Journey to a better practice’ is described as ‘perfect for people setting foot on a yoga mat for the very first time and also really beneficial for the more experienced yogi, with a focus on grass-roots posture training. The class is for 90 minutes. To join, contact pixie and for venue details, click here.
BODY CONTROL PILATES WITH JAN DAVIES AT ST MARY’S CHURCH HALL: 1800 & 1915
Feel like you could do with toning up? Jan Davies is running an intermediate / advanced pilates class at 1800 — and a 10 week course for beginners starting at 1915. To sign up, contact Jan via her website, or call 07904 187257. For venue details, click here
THE PURLERS AT ST MARY’S CHURCH : 1030-1130
Do you enjoy knitting – or would you like to improve? This sociable knitting circle meets to knit squares for blankets which are sent to displaced families in Northern Iraq and Syria, via the Brighton-based charity, Samara’s Aid Appeal. The group also makes simple baby clothing for the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. For venue and contact details, click here
FRENCH LANGUAGE LEARNING
RENDEZ-VOUS AT THE ROUND GEORGES PUB: 1900-2030
Would you like to practice your French? French teacher Fabrice Camus runs several classes in and near Kemptown. This one is for adults with an advanced level of French, and held in the Round Georges pub, just a little way up Sutherland Rd behind Brighton College playing fields. For a couple of intermediate-level courses, see the listings below. To book a place, call 07704 188055. For venue details, click here.
FILM / COMMUNITY
DOUGH AT SPEAKERS CORNER: 1900-2100
Dough is a comedy film ‘about the beauty of diversity, coexistence and friendship in the society’ starring Jonathan Pryce. It’s being screened by the Euro-Mernet Film Club, which aims to raise awareness on social issues and promote the cultural heritage of diverse communities by screening films from around the world, with particular focus on Mediterranean, Middle East, and the entire Europe. It’s being shown at Speakers’ Corner Café, 44 George Street, Kemptown, Brighton, BN2 1RJ. For more about Euro-Mernet, click here.
WELLBEING / INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS
FLOWERING QI GONG AT THE SUNDIAL CLINIC: 1915-2015
So what is Qi Gong? According to Wikipedia, it is ‘a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial arts training.’ This weekly class, suitable for complete beginners, is taught by specialist Helen Cockle. For more information, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For venue details, click here.
Class fee: £7
FAMILIES / KIDS
KEMPTOWN KOALAS AT ST MARY’S CHURCH HALL: 1430-1600
Do you have a toddler who is keen to burn off some energy? Would you like to chat to some other parents over tea and some great cake? Kemptown Koalas is a parent and toddler group which meets every Tuesday afternoon. It’s friendly and relaxed and great value. For more information, call 01273 698601. For venue details, click here
THE BLACK DOVE QUIZ AT THE BLACK DOVE: 2000
A weekly quiz at the eclectic and exotic Black Dove. Maximum 6 players per team – and there’s a rolling cash jackpot and other prizes. For venue details, click here.
Entry: £1 per player
AFRICAN DANCE CLASS AT ST MARY’S CHURCH HALL : 1900-2030
The start of a new season of weekly classes in Senegalese Lion Dance, with live drumming, led by dance master Palaye Seck. Complete beginners are very welcome and the sessions are run on a drop-in basis. For more information, call Palaye on on 07935 114773. For venue details, click here
SCIENCE TALK / DISCUSSION
THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS AT THE LATEST BAR: 1915
The latest in a series of fascinating expert talks organised by Meetup group Cafe Scientifique. ‘Measurement is at the heart of all science and engineering. And progress in science and engineering is often linked to progress in metrology – the science of measurement. After all, if we cannot measure something then we cannot begin to understand it (science) or improve it (engineering).’This will be the topic which Dr Laura Kent of the National Physical Laboratory will address. If you’re interested in going along, click here. For venue details, click here.
Entry: free (although there will be a collection to cover costs)
COMMUNITY / FOOD WASTE
REAL JUNK FOOD PROJECT COMMUNITY CAFE AT ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL: 1300-1430
Looking for an innovative new place to have a tasty lunch? This is a new community initiative – in its third week — to run an informal cafe serving food waste that would otherwise have been thrown away by a super market — cooked and served by professional chefs. It’s the result of cooperation by Brighton and Hove community stalwarts St Joseph and St John the Baptist, The Real Junk Food Project, Voices in Exile and Brighton Table Tennis Club. The venue is at 2 Bristol Road, Brighton BN2 1AP.
HALF TERM / CODING
VENTURE CODERS: AN INTRODUCTION TO HACKING WITH MINECRAFT AND PYTHON AT SIDE QUEST: 0930-1130, 1145-1345, 1400-1600
For children aged 9 and above. A two-hour introduction to coding using the popular real-world programming language Python and the Minecraft game. It’s a chance to learn about coding – and no programming experience is needed. Side Quest is near the Pier, at Unit 11, Lower Promenade, Madeira Drive BN2 9UE. To book a place, click here.
INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS
FLOWERING QI GONG AT THE SUNDIAL CLINIC: 1915-2015
FRENCH LANGUAGE LEARNING
RENDEZ-VOUS AT DIVA CAFE :0930-1100 — AND AT BRIGHTON ROCKS: 1900-2030
Keen to improve your French? French teacher Fabrice Camus runs several classes in and near Kemptown. These two are at an intermediate level. The morning one is in the friendly cafe Diva on St James St — and the evening one is just around the corner at funky cocktail bar Brighton Rocks. To book a place, call 07704 188055. For venue details, click here for Diva and here for Brighton Rocks.
TEA AND COMPANY FRIENDSHIP CAFE AT ST MARY’S CHURCH: 1530 – 1700
Tea and Company is a friendly and relaxed weekly meet-up for people aged 50+ in the beautiful interior of St Mary’s. A chance to chat, socialise and reminisce over cups of tea, sandwiches and home-baked treats. A community success story organised by award-winning, Brighton-based charity, Time To Talk Befriending with St Mary’s and Brighton College.
Entry is free – just drop in. Click here for venue details
LIFE DRAWING AT THE BLACK DOVE: 1930 – 2130.
Relaxed life drawing evening session for all abilities in the intimate and eclectic interior of the Black Dove at the top of St James St. The regular Wednesday session is run by Letgo Life Drawing, which also holds sessions at the Black Dove’s cousin, Twin Pines Coffee, at the other end of St James. Basic materials are supplied (on a donations basis.) For venue details, click here.
Fee: £7 /£6 (concessions)
LOCAL HISTORY / COMMUNITY
THE WEST PIER: A BUTTERFLY ON THE OCEAN AT ST GEORGE’S CHURCH: 1900
Are you interested in Brighton history? Local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead presents an illustrated lecture on the once iconic West Pier. It’s a fundraising event to help repair St George’s church. Full-price tickets include a light supper (and there will be a vegetarian option available.) There will also be a cash bar for wine and soft drinks. To reserve a place, email Friends of St George’s at email@example.com . St George’s is at the corner of St George’s Road and Abbey Road at BN2 1ED.
Tickets: £15 (with dinner) £8 talk only
CREATIVE / KNITTING / CROCHET
FREE FOR ALL STITCH ‘N BITCH AT LAINE: 1800-1930
Laine is a charming studio/shop and boutique at the quieter end of Kemptown, which creates bespoke knitwear and other woollen items. During January and February they are running a series of friendly (and free!) evenings where you are welcome to come along with a project already in progress or to buy some wool and learn something new in store. For venue details, click here.