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Clubs, Societies & Regular Meetings AIRD & DISTRICT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION Sept - Mar. Call George Davidson, Smithton, Inverness tel: 798543 AUTISM RIGHTS GROUP HIGHLAND (ARGH) Run by and for autistic adults to make the adult autistic voice heard. We uphold ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ principle. Contact kb@arghighland.co.uk www.arghighland.co.uk BEAULY ANGLING CLUB Established around 1960, the club provides sea trout and salmon fishing to residents of Beauly as well as to visitors. Visit www.beauly-angling-club.co.uk BL’AZZ Non-profit organisation to promote awareness and understanding of Jazz & Blues in the Highlands. Call Nigel Mackenzie for more info on 221460 or email nigel.mackenzie@blueorg.com www.nigelsnonsense.org /blazz.htm

CAPITAL SKATEPARK GROUP Tel: 714516 or email: agapeclothing@hotmail.co.uk CHANONRY SAILING CLUB Provides a safe & fun environment for people to come together and sail. The Harbour, Fortrose, tel: 01381 621973 www.chanonry.org.uk/ CHARLESTON YOUTH THEATRE For ages 12-18, Charleston Academy, Inverness CLACHNACUDDIN CYCLING CLUB Call 791000 or email: strathlynn@btinternet.com THE HIGHLAND BRIDGE CLUB Meets every Wednesday all year. New members welcome. Call Marsalaidh on 01463224434 or Graham on 01463792811

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HIGHLAND GERMAN SOCIETY 1st Wednesday each month, 8pm, St.Ninian’s Church Hall, Culduthel Road, Inverness. Call Rosa Finlayson on01463 238560 or rosafinlayson@btinternet.com

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INVERNESS CATHEDRAL SOCIETY OF BELL RINGERS Thursdays 7.30pm - 9pm. Anyone can be a bell ringer! We ring for Sunday services, weddings and other special occasions. Tel: 01381 610411 or email inverness@sacr.org

SpotLight on Inverness is published by Winterburn Media Ltd, Comraich, Woodside Farm, Kinloss IV36 3UA, 01309 690063. All material contained within the SpotLight magazines is subject to formal copyright restrictions and therefore the reproduction of any listings, editorial, advertiser artwork or any other content, without the publishers prior consent, will be considered a breach of copyright. page 4 - May 2012

INVERNESS PETANQUE CLUB Wed 7 - 9pm & Sun 2- 5pm at Fairways Golf Club. Boules can be supplied. Call John Mudd on 790912 INVERNESS WINE APPRECIATION SOCIETY Bringing together people with an interest in wine and to develop their interest by holding tastings, usually led by a member of the wine trade and accompanied by suitable food, tel: 221535 MEDITATION CLASSES Mondays 6.30pm at RNI Chapel, Ness Walk, Inverness. £5 (£4 conc.). All welcome. Visit www.meditateinglasgow.org or call 0141 334 1334

PINK CASTLE PHILOSOPHY CLUB 2nd Tuesday of the month. Fun & sociable chat with meaning for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender community. Visit the website www.pinkcastle.eu or tel: 07745 930383 PLANEFIELD BOWLING CLUB Open to visitors Mon - Sat from 2pm - 5pm. Members can play from 11am onwards most days of the week. Contact Mrs Gillian Farquhar 07752 300367

MERKINCH MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB Regular monthly trips, ages 12 to adult. Call 07879 443979 or email: ewanharper@yahoo.co.uk

RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING HIGHLAND Confidential relationship counselling service in Inverness for anyone experiencing problems in their intimate, personal relationship. Call 712888, or email viewplaceapts@yahoo.co.uk www.counsellinghighland.org

MINI-NESS DOLLS HOUSE CLUB 2nd Wednesday each month. Promotes the hobby of dolls houses and miniature making. tel: 223590 or visit the website www.magpieminiatures.co.uk

SALVATION ARMY TEA & CHAT Tuesdays 10am -12noon. Salvation Army Hall, Tomnahurich Street, Inverness. All welcome. No charge. Tel: 225276

MORNING CALL FREE daily telephone call to be made to any person who needs the reassurance of such a call. Made between 8.30am & 10am. Call Alan Michael on 790410

STARLIGHT MUSICAL THEATRE New amateur musical theatre group. For more information e-mail starlightmusicaltheatre@ live.co.uk with your details.

INVERNESS HOSPITAL RADIO Email requests to be played for someone in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness to: requests@inver nesshospitalradio.co.uk. We are looking for ward visitors and technical team members. Email: enquiry@invernesshospitalradio.co.uk Contact Mr Atholl Menzies tel: 704500/704501 INVERNESS LOCAL HISTORY FORUM Contact George Christie tel: 235448 or 07887 858224

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Pastoral letter and Church Meetings The changing scenes of life! As I write this letter at the end of March I find myself looking forward to Easter. By the time this letter is published the event will have come and gone for another year. Perhaps for many different reasons, most of us will be looking forward to Easter, some to take a well earned break after the winter, some rejoicing in the resurrection of Jesus, while others will be itching to get on with the gardening. Whatever the reason, it will come and go. For some, expectancies will be surpassed, for others it will be just as expected, while others might be disappointed, but one thing is certain the bible text ‘and it came to pass’ will be fulfilled. It strikes me that that is how life is. At the moment I am looking forward to a water baptismal service, to our summer break to be spending time with my wife, and to a wedding in July for two members of our church family. Similarly, at the end of this week the planned visit to the dentist

is looming high on the horizon, but each event will come and go. Perhaps that’s why Jesus tended to point peoples gaze to heaven, in the realisation that this life is passing but heaven will be permanent. ‘The Kingdom of God is near you’ he said to one, while to the thief who was dying on the adjacent cross he declared ‘Today you will be in paradise.’ To his Disciples in a time of trouble he reported to them that ‘in his Father’s house were many mansions and that he was going to prepare a place for them’. What of his words to Nicodemus, recorded in John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his One and Only Son, that whosoever believes in him, shall not perish but have eternal life.’ The truth is, that Easter may have come and gone, but the message of Easter remains - that the death of Jesus and His resurrection on the third day, has opened heavens door for us. Across the life of every human being, God writes the words ‘not good enough!’

Inverness Crown Church, C of S 3 Midmills Road, tel: 230537 Inverness East Church, C of S Academy Street, Rev. Professor ATB McGowan tel: 236695 www.invernesseast.com Inverness Greyfriars Stratherrick Free Church, Greyfriars at Balloan Road, Inverness and Stratherrick at Errogie, Stratherrick, tel: 714085 www.greyfriarschurch.org Inverness Methodist Church Huntly Street, Inverness, tel: 231170 www.churchesinverness.com Kiltarlity Church of Scotland, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire. Sunday service at 12noon. Contact Rev. Dr Kobus Smit tel: 831662 www.kiltarlityandkirkhill.org.uk Kiltarlity Free Church of Scotland Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire, tel: 741729 email: jfraser@gmail.com Kings Fellowship meets at Smithton Industrial Estate, Culloden tel: 792700 email: info@thekingsfactory.com Kingsview Christian Centre Balnafettack Road, Inverness IV3 8TF tel: 716843, Services: Sunday - 11.30am/6pm; Wednesday - 7.30pm Kinmylies C of S, Kinmylies Way, Inverness. Sunday morning 10.30am, tel: 714035 www.kinmylies.co.uk

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While some think that they may be better than others, in God’s sight we have all missed the mark, however, at the Cross, Jesus took all our wrong doing. 1 Peter 2:24 puts it like this, ‘He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree.’ It gives us the great news today that the past has been dealt with and through a simple act of repentance and faith in Jesus, heaven becomes a living reality. Heaven, where a new day will dawn but the sun will never set. Where God Himself will wipe away the last tears and pains of earth, and where we will be with him and with all those that love Jesus, forever. In the passing scenes of life can I encourage you to spare the Easter message a thought-- the alternative is unthinkable!

David Williams Inverness Christian Fellowship

Kirkhill (Wardlaw) Church of Scotland Sunday service at 10.30am Rev. Dr. Kobus Smit - tel: 831662 www.kiltarlityandkirkhill.org.uk Knockbain Free Church, Ferry Brae, North Kessock, tel:731368 email nwmacleod@talktalk.net Maryburgh & Killearnan Free Church, Seaforth Place, Maryburgh, tel: 01349 863367 and Killearnan Manse, Bogroy, Tore, tel: 731369 email: cswan@ctlconnect.co.uk Ness Bank C of S, Inverness. Sunday Service 11am. Tel: 243165 or visit www.nessbank.net North Kessock, C of S Main Street, North Kessock tel: 731712 www.churchofscotland.org.uk Old High St Stephen's, C of S, 1. Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness tel: 250802; 2 Southside Road at Old Edinburgh Road, Inverness tel: 250802 www.oldhighststephens.com This is listed alphabetically from K to O and will regularly be rotated. If you are a member of a church not listed here please email us with details and we may print this in future issues.

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ONLY ONE CLASS OF PEOPLE CAN EVER BE SAVED namely sinners, or those who are lost. The supreme purpose for which Jesus Christ came into the world is that He might save sinners. He came to save you.. Jesus Himself declared, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” Matthew 9.13. All men by nature and practice are sinners, but multitudes do not own nor confess that they are. For such there is no hope of salvation. Only those who own and confess themselves lost sinners before God can be saved. In practically everything, save Christianity, there is a great variety. Christianity is unique in every respect. There is only one Christianity and it stands alone and apart from all the religions of the world. It cannot be compared with these religions, because it has nothing in common with them. It is the only and it is supreme, just as Jesus Christ is the only and is supreme. Only one Being in all the universe has the right and power to save the lost: Jesus Christ alone can save sinners. He came into the world to save sinners; He died on the Cross to save sinners; He was raised from the dead and exalted at God’s right hand to save sinners; He is appointed to save sinners; He is proclaimed in Scripture as the Saviour of sinners; and He does save all who receive Him by faith as their own personal Saviour. He alone can save you from the power of sin, the penalty of sin and make you a new creation with a new nature and new desires. Only one way has been provided whereby sinners may be saved. That way is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31. “To him that worketh not, but believeth... his faith is counted for righteousness” Romans 4:5. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8. It is alone by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that sinners are saved. Good works, morality, baptism, joining a church, observing the Lord’s Supper and any similar things do not save you. These things are all good and right in their place but they are not a means to salvation. Salvation is not something the sinner must work out or merit, but it is provided by Christ’s redeeming work and the free gift of God to all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. The sinner cannot earn or merit salvation, he must receive it as a free gift from God. Only one thing remains for the sinner to do in order to be saved. He must turn from his sin and come to Christ, believing on Him and receiving Him to be saved. And he may freely come to Christ, since he is invited to come. Dear reader, come to the Lord Jesus, for though you have nothing to commend you to God, yet you are called, and He says, “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” John 6:37. Therefore, come as you are, and do not delay.

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for 2011/2012 (all dates inclusive) May Day Holiday Monday 7th May 2012 Summer Term Starts Tuesday 17th April 2012 for 2012/2013 (all dates inclusive) Regional Closure Monday 13th August 2012 Autumn Term Starts Tuesday 14th August 2012 Autumn Term Ends Friday 5th October 2012 Regional Closure Monday 22nd October 2012 Winter Term Starts Tuesday 23rd October 2012

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* substitute, as this holiday falls on a weekend or other bank holiday Winter Term Ends Thursday 20th December 2012 Spring Term Starts Monday 7th January 2013 Holiday Closure Monday 11th February 2013 Holiday Closure Tuesday 12th February 2013 Regional Closure Wed. 13th February 2013 Regional Closure Thursday 14th February 2013 Regional Closure Friday 15th February 2013 Spring Term Ends Thursday 28th March 2013 Good Friday Holiday Friday 29th March 2013

Useful Numbers Police Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08456 005703 Bus Station, Inverness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 239292 Citizens Advice Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08444 994111 Dalcross Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01667 464000 Highland Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01349 886606 National Rail Enquires. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08457 484950 SCHOOLS Aldourie Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 751272 Ardersier Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01667 462344 Auldearn Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01667 452118 Balloch Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 790287 Balnain Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01456 476262 Beauly Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 782576 Bishop Eden’s Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 237103 Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 725980 Cannich Bridge Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01456 415304 Cauldeen Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 235905 Cawdor Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01667 402460 Central Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 233906 Charleston Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 234324 Cradlehall Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 791195 Crown Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 233879 Croy Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01667 493356 Culloden Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 790851 Dalneigh Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 232636 Daviot Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 772226 Dochgarroch Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 861240 Drakies Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 236032 Drummond School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 701050 page 10 - May 2012

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Parliament Blog & Tides “Parliament Blog ” Various news reports of misbehaviour in the Parliament bars might lead some to believe that we MPs do nothing more than spend our weeknights in the bars around Parliament. Unfortunately, for most of us this is untrue. But when the opportunity arose for a quick half pint in the name of work, who was I to pass it up? When I was told that Stephen Crossland from the Loch Ness Brewery was in Parliament to visit his ale and I had been invited to join him for a half pint, I didn’t need to be asked twice. I was delighted that a real ale from my constituency had been chosen to go on tap in the Parliament Strangers bar. The Loch Ness Brewery is a small 2barrel plant that produces 6 regular beers a year using the finest of malts, hops and highland water. What better way to demonstrate what the Highlands have to offer? And it seems the aptly named Ness Minister beer proved a big hit amongst the MPs. By the time we arrived on Wednesday afternoon, three of the five kegs that had been sent down were already empty.

Over the Easter recess, I am looking forward to a visit to the USA and Canada in connection with Scotland week. It will be my first major visit of this type as Scotland’s man in energy, enterprise and tourism. It will include a visit to some of the oil and gas companies which have a strong presence in Aberdeen, but which are mostly headquartered in Texas. I am sure that some Spotlight readers are old enough to recall the first series of the USA TV show Dallas. It was eventually closed, of course, and has now restarted, or so i have read. I am looking forward to telling them that unlike in Dallas Texas, in Scotland the Ewing’s never really went away! Seriously though, there is a great chance now in oil and gas and also in renewables to see Scotland continue to succeed. We have seen over the past couple of weeks major wins - in Nigg global energy new skills academy - in Edinburgh the Green Investment Bank and Gamesa the offshore wind turbine manufacturer to create 800 jobs. None of this happens by accident and I pay tribute to the people who work in HIE, Scottish Enterprise and SDI who do the boiler room work to make all this happen. In fact one of the top people in the enterprise network told me that on the day the Gamesa decision was to be delivered - by phone - as to whether they chose Scotland or England - he was so nervous that he could not sit at his desk - but paced around the block. All of that and the sunshine is shining a spotlight on us too. There is a divinity looking out for us.

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Rolling Event April 23 - May 5

inverness college uhi open evening 5:30 - 7:30pm, longman campus refectory. for people interested in joining courses in aug & sept 2012. call 01463 273000 or email info@inverness.uhi.ac.uk for info.

26 thursday admiral fallow @ ironworks 7:30pm. 14+. tickets or info call 08717894173 / www.ironworksvenue.com

women in moray - art exhibition mon - fri 10am-5pm sat 11am-4pm, elgin museum. ‘promoting women’s history’. £1.00 entrance fee (free for moray society members and conference ticket holders)

April 23 - May 19 ‘john gordon and son – celebrating 150 years’ 10am - 4:40pm mon-fri & 10am - 1pm sat, nairn museum. the 150 year history of one of the most successful businesses in the highlands told in paintings, photographs, stories and artefacts. an exhibition not to be missed! www.nairnmuseum.co.uk

April 24 - onwards interactive exhibition of modern automata & kinetic art 10am - 5pm, tuesday - saturday at the house of automata, kinloss (next to petrol station). free entry. call 01309 691212 for information or visit our website www.thehouseofautomata.com

5 May - 30 May ‘discarded thoughts’ at inchmore gallery an exhibition of painted sculptures and sculpted paintings by local artist mark lomax, along side "craft month". visit www.inchmoregallery.co.uk

5 May - 26 May ‘notes on birds and other beasts’ @ castle gallery open monday - saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm. jenny mclaren & fiona watson exhibit collage, paintings and original prints. free admission. for info & images contact denise collins on 01463 729512, email info@ castlegallery.co.uk or visit www.castlegallery.co.uk

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27 friday the syndicate presents ‘found on the floor, filthpact & the obscenities’ 8pm, flanagans bar, elgin. a night of punk, metal & catchy choruses. for more info email thesyndicate2008@btinternet.com or visit www.facebook.com/thesyndicate2008 dividing the silence @ the loft 8pm, the loft, east grange farm, kinloss, forres, IV36 2UD. tickets £5. visit www.eastgrange.co.uk or call 01343 850 111

28 saturday annual spring flower show plants, stalls and coffee morning. 10.30am. scottish rock garden national show opens at midday (approx.). nairn community centre, king street. tel: 01320 366246 inverness choral society perform verdi’s requiem 7:30pm, eden court theatre. an inspiring & uplifting work variety evening with fish & chip supper by the red poppy 7.00pm, strathpeffer community centre. for strathpeffer spa railway assoc. & strathpeffer victorian day. BYOB. tickets £12 (£8 under 10s) from aladdin’s cave, sports & model shop, dingwall & strathpeffer community centre. call 01997 423209 pritchard vs dainton @ ironworks 8pm, 18+. tickets or info call 08717894173 / www.ironworksvenue.com the house of automata and obscura day 5pm at house of automata, kinloss (next to petrol station), forres. enter a magical world where rare mechanical entertainers come to life. 40 minute show £5, book at www.atlasobscura.com. contact 01309 691212 inverness ramblers corryhabbie hill. 7.5miles. meet 0830hrs highland council car park. contact 01463 236204 for further information.

28 saturday - 29 sunday

miles kane @ ironworks 7pm. 14+. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com SpotLight on Inverness and District

25 wednesday

great glen walking club weekend away. details to follow. contact 01463 236204 for further information.

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MAY 2012 1 tuesday cawdor castle and gardens open for the season 7 days a week 10am - 5pm. enquiries and ticket info call 01667 404401, email info@cawdorcastle.com or visit www.cawdorcastle.com

4 friday groam house museum annual academic lecture 7:30pm, fortrose community theatre. “spaces & places in the pictish landscape” – illustrated talk by stratford halliday (of the royal commission on ancient & historic monuments). £4 / members £2 call 01381 621252 for details.

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scottish themed market from 10am and enjoy the traditional scottish music & dance. activities held around the city centre and st giles centre. visit www.elginbid.com for info.

6 sunday buddha day festival 9:45am - 5pm, eden court. meditation classes, talk, children’s storytelling & craft activities, bookstall & related film screenings in the evening. www.bigmind.org.uk for more information inverness ramblers slattadale to loch tollaidh, wester ross. 10 miles. meet 0900hrs highland council car park. contact 01463 236204 for further information.

8 tuesday inverness gardening club 7:30pm, mackenzie centre, inverness. a practical demo by john owen, askival alpines. “buy one get one free” alpine propagation. new members welcome. call graeme 01463 224445 or email graememunro99@hotmail.com for more details. ‘class’ with the pink castle philosophy club 7.30pm, riverside lounge, glen mhor hotel, inverness. open to all, friendly towards gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. visit www.pinkcastle.eu for more info.

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Nairn Community & Arts Centre

Your local venu Your venue for films, shows, concerts and parties. Wide range of activities for all ages.

MAY MA AY EVENTS Friday 111th 1th - June Field ...................... Evening of Mediumship Friday 25th - Cinema Nairn ................... “Michael Clayton” 2007 (15) Another chance to see TTilda ilda Swinton’ Swinton’ss Oscar winningg performance thi legal l l thriller th ill . with George Clooney ooney in this thriller. Sunday 27th - Music Nairn presents ....... “Anthony Hewitt” on Piano

sacred music of russian orthodox church and russian songs 7:30pm, daviot church, inverness. includes works by handel, rossini, tchaikovski & rachamaninov. tickets from rev. reg campbell, the manse, daviot - 772242 or email campbell578 @talktalk.net. suggested donation £5 per ticket to go to the russian choir & daviot church.

11 friday dodgy @ ironworks 7:30pm. tickets or info call 08717894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com evening of mediumship with june field at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 or email info@nairncc.co.uk for tickets and more information.

Coming up on Friday 1st June Highland Hospice Cabaret Evening and Fashion show

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inverness ramblers sgurr na h-eanchainne & druim na sgriodain, ardgour. 9 miles. meet 0800 hrs / cawdor to nairn by river nairn.10 miles. meet 0900hrs highland council car park. contact 01463 236204 for further information. coast @ ironworks 7:30pm. tickets or info tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

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Cinema Nairn Friday 25th May, 7.30pm Michael Clayton 2007 (15) Visit cinemanairn.blogspot.com or contact Nairn Community Centre on 01667 453476 for details

Cinema Listings May 2012 Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Throughout May

Bel Ami (15) Into The Abyss (12a) In Darkness (15) The Kid With A Bike (12a) Visit www.eden-court.co.uk or call 01463 234234 for details

Vue Cinema, Inverness From Wed 2nd May American Pie: Reunion (tbc) Beauty and the Beast 3D (U) Men in Black 3 (tbc)

Moray Playhouse, Elgin

New Screenings begin on Fridays Call 01343 542680 or visit www.morayplayhouse.co.uk

The Dictator (tbc) Dark Shadows (tbc) How I Spent My Summer Vacation Jeff Who Lives at Home (15) Safe (15)

Highland Spiritual Cinema

Monthly screenings of uplifting and inspiring films that inform, enlighten and entertain. For further details please visit www.highlandspiritualcinema.net or telephone 01463 237452

KidsAM Every Saturday & Sunday at 10.15am Tickets £1.25 / VIP Tickets £2.75 Senior Screenings Every Tuesday afternoon Tickets £3.05 / VIP Tickets £4.55 Includes tea/coffee & biscuits

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Regular films including Saturday matinees. For further details email: portessiepublichall@hotmail.co.uk

Universal Hall, Findhorn

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16 wednesday - 17 thursday

MAY 2012 continued

13 sunday buckie classic car show at linzee gordon park, buckie (next to tesco) no admission charge for the public or for classic vehicles. call 07831 263915 for enquiries or visit www.buckieclassiccarshow.org discovering ‘the seer within’ 10.30am - 4.30pm, blacksmiths, inverness. workshop open to all levels & abilities. for details visit www.myinnerpeace.co.uk or email jo@myinnerpeace.co.uk

HIGHLAND SOIL BIODIVERSITY WEEK 19-27 MAY 2012 Why does soil matter? What does it do for us? How can we improve it? The Highland Biodiversity Partnership has organised a series of illustrated talks, field visits and guided walks across Highland to answer these and other questions, and raise awareness of the importance of soils for nature and wildlife. Please visit our website for further information

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15 tuesday highland seer - barbara mieklejohn-free doors open 7pm for 7:30pm, chieftain hotel, inverness. a demonstration of seership. tickets £10 & fund raising raffle. for tickets email jo@myinnerpeace.co.uk or esoteric earth stall in eastgate shopping centre, chieftain hotel & blacksmiths.

strathpeffer pavilion food & craft fair 10am - 5pm. a variety of stalls selling local products & produce. call frances on 01997 421344 to book a stall.

17 thursday the pigeon detectives @ ironworks 7:30pm. tickets or info 0871 789 4173 or www.ironworksvenue.com

19 saturday plant sale 10am - 12pm at st andrew’s cathedral, inverness. ‘time for tease’ burlesque night @ ironworks 9pm. 18+. standing. tickets or info call 08717894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com by the seat of your pants @ universal hall 4pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £7 / £6 concessions / £5 u16s available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or at www.wegottickets.com highland escapes show 10am - 5pm, smithton culloden free church & conference centre, inverness tickets £3 adults, children under 12 free. only independent holiday, travel & ‘days out’ show in scottish highlands. visit http://highlandescapesshow.co.uk more info.

19 saturday - 27 sunday highland soil biodiversity festival 9 days of illustrated talks, field visits & guided walks to raise awareness of the importance of soils for nature & wildlife. events throughout the highlands. for further info visit www.highlandbiodiversity.com .

20 sunday gordon castle highland games and country fair 11am - 5pm, fochabers. for details & tickets at a special on-line discount visit our website www.gordoncastle.co.uk /highland-games inverness ramblers beinn enaiglair, near braemore junction.10 miles. meet 0900 hours / brahan estate. 8 miles. meet 1000 hours highland council car park. contact 01463 236204 for further information. stand up and be kilted for moray with fred macauly & friends 7:30pm for 8pm start, mansfield hotel, elgin. an evening of fun & comedy. another opportunity to wear a kilt or touch of tartan to raise the profile of moray. tickets £20 can be reserved at info@moraychamber.co.uk.

23 wednesday - 28 monday happyness - inverness play host to an exciting new

16 wednesday roddy woomble @ ironworks 7:30pm. unreserved cabaret seating . for tickets or more information tel: 0871 789 4173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

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comedy festival. world renowned comedy stars as well as newcomers, break-through acts & gaelic talent. includes ardal o’hanlon, bill bailey, dylan moran and scotland’s own fred macaulay. visit www.happy-ness.co.uk

25 friday bhajan sandhya @ universal hall 8pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £10 / £8 concessions / £6 u16s available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or at www.wegottickets.com we were promised jetpacks @ ironworks 7:30pm. call 0871 789 4173 or www.ironworksvenue.com jj gilmour @ the loft 8pm, the loft, east grange farm, kinloss, forres, IV36 2UD. call 01343 850111 or visit www.eastgrange.co.uk

26 saturday showaddywaddy 8pm. strathpeffer pavilion. tickets £17.50 / £16.50 / £6 from ticketweb 24-hour 08444 771000, june’s card shop, dingwall & pavilion 01997 420124 (open 9-6 mon-fri) www.showaddywaddy.net abc boxing tournament returns to ironworks 7pm. 16+. unreserved seating. tickets or info call 08717894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com cake walk meet 9.30am, scottish natural heritage car

JUNE 2012 in brief 1 friday cal - ‘turning the tide’ tour 8pm. strathpeffer pavilion. tickets £12 from ticketweb, 24-hour 08444 771000, www.wegottickets.com. www.cal-band.com highland hospice cabaret evening & fashion show at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 or email info@nairncc.co.uk for tickets and more info 1 friday - 3 sunday northern roots festival held on bogbain farm, a short hop from inverness city centre, offering an enticing mix of folk, roots and country acts including blazin’ fiddles and the groanbox boys. for more info visit www.northernrootsfestival.co.uk 2 saturday swri arts & crafts show 11am - 3pm, elgin town hall. stalls & raffle, tea/coffee and home baking available. 2 saturday - 3 sunday cawdor castle garden tours 11am & 2pm. included in normal gardens ticket. enquiries & ticket info call 01667 404401 or visit www.cawdorcastle.com 8 friday - 10 sunday rock ness on the very shores of loch ness. features headline performances from ed sheeran and indie folk favourites mumford and sons and noah and the whale, alongside scotland’s own biffy clyro. visit www.rockness.co.uk for more info.

park iv3 8nw. walk from altsigh (invermoriston) to dalcataig on the great glen way (5.5 miles). call guy & jocelyn for info on 07724 992790.

27 sunday music nairn presents anthony hewitt (piano) 7:30pm, nairn community & arts centre. playing schumann, schubert, chopin & more. tickets £18, members £14, students £2. for info call 01667 453476 or visit www.olympianist.com.

30 wednesday inverness college uhi open evening from 5:30pm 7:30pm, longman campus refectory. for people interested in joining courses in aug & sept 2012. for info call 01463 273000 or email info@inverness.uhi.ac.uk police sport uk national track & field and tug o' war championships 2012 11am - 5pm at queens park stadium, inverness. forces represented from across the uk. hosted by the northern constabulary sports & athletics club on behalf of psuk. no cost to spectate. tannahill weavers @ universal hall 7:30pm. findhorn foundation, the park, findhorn. tickets £10 / £8 concessions / £6 u16s available at the phoenix stores 01309 690110 or at www.wegottickets.com 9 saturday strathpeffer victorian day - live music, street stalls, a climbing wall, pony rides, bouncy castle, flea circus, dog display & much more. treasured vehicles show: to register contact 07736463762. free entry to the museum of childhood. finally an evening ceilidh in the pavilion. fun for all the family, with free park and ride from castle leod (shinty field) to all events. 12 tuesday ‘fundamentalism’ with the pink castle philosophy club 7.30pm, riverside lounge, glen mhor hotel, inverness. open to all, friendly towards gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. visit www.pinkcastle.eu for more info. 16 saturday absolute elvis for ironworks 7pm. seated. tickets or info tel: 08717894173 / www.ironworksvenue.com 20 wednesday inverness college uhi open day 12noon - 6pm, longman campus refectory. for people interested in joining courses in aug & sept 2012. for info call 01463 273000 or email info@inverness.uhi.ac.uk 21 thursday celtic dream 8pm at strathpeffer pavilion. call 01997 420124 or visit www.strathpefferpavilion.org bbc antiques roadshow 9:30am - 4:30pm in the grounds of cawdor castle. enquiries and ticket info call 01667 404401 or visit www.cawdorcastle.com

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recipe

Chef’s Confidential The North of Scotland and the Highlands in particular are noted for our wild salmon. Fisherman come from all over the world to enjoy the fishing in some of the rivers that we often just treat as local rivers. This month's recipe pays homage to this wonderfully tasting local fish and whilst it always possible to catch it yourself for this recipe we would recommend sourcing the fillets from a local producer or even your local supermarket. Many of our local supermarkets have a buy local ethos and you may be able to bag yourself a local salmon! Either way - have a go at this recipe and please enjoy!

Salmon Fillet on a bed of Hot Potato & Tomato Salad with a Pesto Dressing Serves 6 25ml Olive Oil 6 x 6oz Salmon Fillets (skin off) 600g New Potatoes 36 Cherry Tomatoes 100ml Pesto Salt & Pepper to season Method 1. Place New Potatoes in a pan of salted water and simmer until cooked (approx 15 minutes). 2. Heat a frying pan with the oil. 3. Place the Cherry Tomatoes on a tray and drizzle 50ml of Pesto over them and put in oven to warm through. 4. Place the Salmon in pan and season lightly with Salt & Pepper. 5. After 3 minutes turn the Salmon over. After 3 minutes place in hot oven (200°c) for 5 minutes to finish off. 6. Once Potatoes are cooked, drain and cut in half. Place cut side down on a dinner plate. 7. Place cooked Salmon on top. Arrange Cherry Tomatoes on each plate (6 per person) and drizzle with remaining Pesto.

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Time can be limited in our busy lives today but taking a few days away can sometimes be all we need to recharge our batteries! For some a City Break may be the answer. There are a few good choices from Scottish Airports one of the most convenient being the flight from Inverness to Amsterdam. A wonderful choice of Galleries, museums and colourful nightlife all a relatively short hop from home! Paris is another destination that never loses its appeal. The Champs Eysees, Arc de Triomphe and of course the Eiffel Tower are the obvious tourist stops but a wander through the Latin Quarter, St Germain and Montmarte gives you a real flavour of this beautiful city. This year is the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris so a wee side trip there will no doubt please the younger (and younger at heart) members of the family! Athens is now within reach with direct flights from Edinburgh. The Acropolis, Temple of Athena & the National Archaeological Museum are all in the city and a trip to The Sacred Site of Delphi to see the Temple of Apollo would provide enough knowledge to get a Gold Star in any school project on Ancient Greece! The Plaka area of Athens with it's maze of narrow streets is perfect for browsing stalls selling pottery, jewellery and marble. Eating out here is mainly outdoors in the Tavernas specialising in Souvlaki (kebab), spanakopita (spinach pie) & Meze (greek tapas) all washed down with some surprisingly good local wine! A short break doesn't need to be just a city however. More frequent flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow mean you can have a few days in the sun. Fly to Palma in Majorca - a wonderful city often overlooked - and you can combine a city and beach. Faro Airport makes the beaches of the Portugese Algarve easily accessable and Faro itself is not to be missed with some lovely churches and an old walled town overlooking the sea. The amazing nesting Storks all over the town are worth a visit alone! A bit longer onboard a plane will get you to Dubai which is perfect for a short break. A stay in some of the world's most elaborate hotels could be the ideal way to celebrate a special anniversary or birthday. Take a very fast lift ride up to the observation deck on the 124th floor of the world's highest building for remarkable views, shop in fabulous high end boutiques and the spice and gold souks or take a Dhow (boat) ride across the Creek - you can even Ski!

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The superb weather in March really caught everyone on the hop. On lawns all round the Firth, we soon began to see the grass start growing, far too early, and of course it soon needed a cut ! I may be too late of course, but the first cuts should always be just a trim. Indeed, my mission this season is to persuade as many amateur green keepers as possible to resist the urge to scalp the lawn. I have to say, it seems to be a “man-thing”. It is truly the worst thing you can do to a piece of lawn turf. A domestic lawn is a completely different beast to the putting green at the golf club, different base, different grass and a different treatment regime. Scalping a lawn takes the leaf off the grass plant, removes the colour, and inhibits strength and growth. Weak grass on a lawn provides less resistance to the competition, and in our part of the world, that means MOSS. We all have enough trouble keeping it at bay, without actually encouraging it to flourish ! If you haven’t done so already, now is when you need to give your lawn a spring fertiliser, and perhaps make a start at weed killing. We started our customers’ lawns in March (usually an early spring start for those living along the milder “banana belt”, from Nairn to Fochabers), and in April we tend to get going in Inverness and the surrounding area. Crucial in spreading lawn fertiliser is an accurate application. It’s easy for us as we have calibrated rotary spreaders, and I know some of you have little “trolley” spreaders. You have to be careful though as it’s all too easy to end up with “tiger stripes” of burnt lawn ! Lawn weeds are also up and running now and it is a good idea to get on top of them while they are young, and before they seed. With the mower coming out of the shed now, it is a good time to check the blade, and if it is blunt or pitted, get it sharpened. A blunt blade chews the grass rather than cutting it, and will leave a ragged cut on the grass leaf causing bruising and brown tips, and making the plant more susceptible to disease. Also check the cutter height is not set too low, we recommend a cut of not less than 1” as it leaves a decent amount of leaf on the plant, allowing good photosynthesis to occur and a green and healthy plant. The most common problems we see are scalped, weak lawns with poor colour and the resultant bad moss. Now is a good time to aerate and scarify the lawn, especially if you didn’t get it done last Autumn. We tend not to scarify once new grass starts growing as we find it often takes too much of a hammering from a vigorous scarifying machine such as ours. We use a professional blade scarifier which cuts through thatch build up (the perfect habitat for moss to

flourish). This is a more rigorous process than simply raking out existing moss (which just grows back) as it actually removes the main cause of moss growth.

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The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry eased away from the terminal at Lochboisdale, South Uist, on a warm, still, late June afternoon. Bound for Oban. Many of the passengers were on deck. the usual mixture of local people, delivery drivers and tourists, taking advantage of the warm sun and the views. A couple were close to me at the rail. They had been on the Uists for two weeks, walking and looking at wild life and, although they had seen a lot of birds, their one regret was that they had not been able see to an otter during their stay. The Highlands and Islands are rightly famous for containing some of the last true wild areas in Europe and a rich variety of wildlife. Hardly a week goes by without close up images of Red squirrels or fishing Ospreys on the television and other media. So why had the couple on the rail not been able to realise their ambition of seeing a wild otter? After all, the Uists’ are one of the best places in Europe to see these animals. The answer is, of course, that the Scottish wilderness is a tough place to live, food can be scarce and the weather makes survival demanding. So wildlife can be thin on the ground and in addition wild birds and animals avoid or hide from the people trying to watch them – very annoying!

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Back at the rail of the Cal Mac ferry, 50 metres away, an otter was swimming silently and low in the water, leaving a faint wake behind. I pointed it out to the couple and tried to show them, but by the time they had found their binoculars the otter had disappeared. Seemingly dissolving into the dark water as the ferry picked up speed. Over the coming months I will share with you my experiences of spending time with wildlife and help you realise your ambitions, be they watching a wild otter fishing or just being able to see more and identify the birds around you on a weekend walk.

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Mike Rae is a communication coach and has travelled the world watching and photographing wildlife. He returns regularly to the Highlands and Islands to continue his obsession of watching wildlife, especially otters!

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