MONDAY 18/2

YOGA

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.

PILATES

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

COMMUNITY/CREATIVE

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.

Price: £6

TUESDAY 19/2

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.

Tickets: free

 

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 info@fullcirclehealth.today. 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

Entry: £1.50

QUIZ

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

 

DANCE 

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

Tickets: £10

 


WEDNESDAY 20/2

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.

Cost: Pay-as-you-feel

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.

Tickets: £15

INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS

FLOWERING QI GONG AT THE SUNDIAL CLINIC: 1915-2015

A weekly evening class for people who are new to Qi Gong, taught by specialist Helen Cockle. For more information email info@fullcirclehealth.today. For venue details, click here.
Class fee: £7.00

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.

Price: £6

COMMUNITY

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

ART/CREATIVE

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)


THURSDAY 21/2

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 friendsofstgeorgeschurch@gmail.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.