What's On

From Thursday 12 & Saturday 21 March for 7 weeks, 10.15am & 11.15am, €55 per child per term

Gymboree

for 6 months - 4 year olds

Expect musical fun and games incorporating all types of music, over 20 different Styles RnB, African, Latin, Classical, Abba, Elvis and lots more fun mixed with giggles!

Advance booking is required as capacity is strictly limited. 

For bookings and all enquiries, please contact Oonagh Minogue on 086 354 0253.
www.playandmusic.ie  /  www.facebook.com/gymboreeclare

Saturday 14 March, 11am - 3pm, free of charge

Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic

Prescribing great books for every child

Finished a series and not sure what to read next? Just can’t find a book that interests you? Then the Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic is the place to go!

Young readers of all ages are invited to drop in and meet the Book Doctor – no appointment needed, and no nasty jabs or tablets, we promise. After a chat about your favourite books, comics or things to do, the doctor will make a diagnosis and write a prescription for your next reads. This year for the first time ever the Book Doctors will be assisted by the Doodle Doctors who will do some fun drawing activities with children/families while they are waiting to see the doctor.

Every visit with the Doctors will end with the patient receiving a Reading Passport to take with them on their book adventures!

From Saturday 14 March for 5 weeks, 10.30am - 11.30am,

Art Classes for Children

Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old

These childrens art classes will take place in the glór foyer with experienced teacher Helen Lowe.

All material is included in the class. The series of classes will touch on still life, portrait, landscape, abstract and animals. For this series of classes we will use oil pastels, watercolors and acrylic on different media. The aim is that after 5 classes the children will feel comfortable with using different media and supports. Class size is limited so please book in advance.

Cost per student €55
(€50 for 2nd child / €40 for 3rd child from same family)

Booking directly with Helen on 086 736 3320.
More information at www.facebook.com/quinart.class

Classes start on Saturday 14 March for 8 weeks, €80 (Activity book and CD included in class costs) / €60 class only

French For Fun For Kids

presented by La Jolie Ronde tutor Rhona Gomès

An opportunity for 4-12 year olds to learn French through games, songs, rhymes, stories, role-plays and fun!
Classes start on Saturday 14th March and run for 8 weeks.

Please pre-book with Rhona Gomès at 086-8262500 as spaces are limited.

For more information about La Jolie Ronde please visit www.lajolieronde.ie

8 weeks from Wednesday 25 March, 10.15am - 11.15am, €130

Mindfulness through Breathing

Led by Josephine Sweeney

Mindfulness can help clarify every situation by focusing on the breath, allowing space and creativity to experience what is already present, bringing gentle kindness to yourself and others around you.

For booking or further information please contact Josephine Sweeney on 087 6926715 | info@serenitywithin.ie   |  www.serenitywithin.ie

From Monday 30 March for 10 weeks, 10.05am - 11.35am, €70 for 6 sessions

Gentle Yoga with Susie

Yoga is about well-being.  Yoga helps you to manage yourself - the body, thoughts and emotions - through developing awareness and learning to let go of limitations. Suitable for beginners and people with experience of yoga, this session combines physical movements, breath work and a long relaxation.   Susie is fully qualified to teach in the Satyananda tradition of yoga (recognised by the Yoga Federation of Ireland and the British Wheel of Yoga).

Practical information:

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing in layers. Shoes are not worn during the practice of yoga;
  • Bring a blanket or sleeping bag with you for when you are lying on the floor. Mats are provided, though you are welcome to bring your own;
  • Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach, so try not to eat a large meal for 2 hours before the class;
  • If you have any health problems it is advisable to check with your doctor whether s/he considers yoga to be appropriate for you.
     

For more information or to book, please contact Susie McNaughton 086 7354461.  If a Monday session is missed, it can be made up at other yoga classes during the week, or on other Mondays over a maximum of 8 weeks.

Monday 30 & Tuesday 31 March, 10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm, €40 for 2 days

Brick Flicks Stop Motion Workshops

Suitable for ages 8-12 years

Ever wanted to send your favourite mini figure on a space adventure?

This 2 day Brick Flicks stop motion workshop will show you how to blast off in a rocket, charter unknown space, and explore alien planets. Participants will work in small groups to collaborate and create the set, storyboard and plan their stop motion movie and then to film and edit it.

The workshop is focused on hands-on learning and all participants will receive a certificate of participation and a copy of their movie.

All materials are supplied including our mobile film studio kit of iPads so all you need to bring is your favourite Lego character.

Thursday 2 April, 11.45am - 1.45pm, €10 (includes all materials)

Chicken & Nest Model Making - Easter Art Classes for 7-10 year olds

with Helen Lowe

The class looks at our best friend the chicken. To protect their young they need to build a strong and warm nest for them. The children get to develop, learn and create through model making the skills need to keep our chickens warm over the Easter holidays. The children will bring home their own  chicken and nest model.

Thursday 2 April, 10.15am - 11.15am, €8 (includes all materials)

The Clever Chicken - Easter Art Classes for Children for 4-6 year olds

with Helen Lowe

Each child gets to design and build their own clever chicken and nest. Once built they get to paint and decorate the nest that will keep their chicken nice and warm.  The children get to bring home their new pal (which they must feed every day with chocolate bars...only kidding!) which turns into a great hiding place for all the chocolate eggs!!!!

Tuesday 7 April , 10.30am, €5
Wednesday 8 April, 10.30am, €5

Blitz - Everyone can Draw Cartoons

with Aidan Courtney

This is a forty minute workshop where children from 5 years of age to 10 years of age can do really quick step-by-step drawings.  They will draw cartoon characters of all shapes and sizes.  This workshop is to show that everyone can draw cartoons.

Aidan Courtney is an Ennis based former bookseller, book reviewer, cartoonist, workshop facilitator, editor, writer and publisher.  He founded Coimicí Gael to promote comics and the Irish language.  He also has worked as a cartoonist and writer for publications in Ireland, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.  He is a judge with Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year 2014.  He also teaches kids around the country how to make comics through Irish and English.

Tuesday 7 April, 12pm - 1.30pm, €8
Wednesday 8 April, 12pm - 1.30pm, €8
Sign up for both workshops, €14

Comic Workshops for ages 10+

with Aidan Courtney

Tuesday 7th April - Comic Strip Workshop
This is an hour and a half workshop aimed at children of ten years of age and older.  This is to show kids how to tell stories through a comic strip like Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts.  This workshop will use elements of storytelling, where do ideas come from and some step-by-step warm-up drawing exercises.

Wednesday 8th April - Mini Comic Workshop
This hour and a half workshop is aimed at children of ten years of age and older.  This workshop shows kids how to make their own eight page A7 comic from a sheet of A4 paper.  It will also use elements of storytelling and also use some step-by-step warm-up exercises.

Aidan Courtney is an Ennis based former bookseller, book reviewer, cartoonist, workshop facilitator, editor, writer and publisher.  He founded Coimicí Gael to promote comics and the Irish language.  He also has worked as a cartoonist and writer for publications in Ireland, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.  He is a judge with Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year 2014.  He also teaches kids around the country how to make comics through Irish and English.

From Wednesday 15 April for 11 weeks, 1pm - 3pm, €10 per session, payable in three instalments

Full Fathom Theatre

Acting Training and Theatremaking for Adults with and Without Special Needs.

Book directly with Marie McNamara on 087 6391409

Friday 24 April in the glór studio, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Free of charge

The Poetry Collective

present the MUXZ SESSIONZ

The Poetry Collective (previously The Three Legged Stool Poets) are a collective of poets living and performing in Ireland’s Midwest based in and around Ennis. They have been writing, publishing, recording, filming and performing poetry for 15 years and have produced impressive first collections of poetry such as’ Spirit Store’ by Arthur Watson, ‘Image and Likeness’ by Brian Mooney, ‘Voices of Clare’ by a selection of Clare Poets, ’Reality the Graveyard of Dreams’ by Brendan O Byrne, ‘Parting’ by Patrick Stack as well as Poetry Broadsheets, Calendars and Pamphlets.

In a new and challenging development the poetz, friends and audience will be working together in a more dynamic manner, using structured and partially rehearsed improvisations to investigate and express some fundamental human experiences.  They like to call these events a MUXZ. Sounds sexy like fluxz, tastes like bixz, and looks like mixz! As Poetz we seem endlessly compelled to give things names (sonnet, villanelle, haiku, Limerick etc )so we thought we’d better give this ‘form’ a name for something nameless and essentially indefinable until you’ve participated soooo…Come and experienze it.

These performances will represent spontaneous, improvised poetic explorations of universal themes involving combinations of sound, movement, music, art, costume and the spoken word….a MUXZ.

All Welcome  |  www.clarepoets.com

Saturday 16 May, Ages 10 - 12, 11am - 12.30pm,
Saturday 16 May, Adults, 1.30pm -3pm, €10 (all materials included)

The Big Draw @ glór - with Hazel Walker

as part of National Drawing Day

A drawing  workshop exploring ways and means of  drawing and  what is possible when we draw the line….a  range of materials and methods will be explored, from scribble drawings to large ink and egg yolk drawings and everything in between. No matter whether the last drawing you made was a map of how  to get  to glór, for drawing can be a daily discovery for everyone! 

Suitable for all.

Hazel Walker is visual artist living in Co. Clare. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Wimbledon School of Art where she specialised in drawing, completing an MA in Drawing in 2000.  She has worked in a wide variety of art projects, taught classes and workshops both here and in Scotland.  She currently teaches at GMIT Galway and Castlebar.