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Entries taken for triathlon
The Fauldhouse Triathlon on Sunday 22 June, is billed as ideal for novices.
Starting from Fauldhouse Partnership Centre,it comprises a 750m swim, 14.5k cycle and a 5k run.
However, a limited number of places are available.
Visit grctri.wordpress.com for fuller information and details.
Local people are invited to an information day at the Scout Hall, Bankton Mains Park, from 12.30pm - 3pm on Saturday 15 March, to learn about and discuss ambitious proposals for improving open space in Livingston South for people and wildlife.
The project is named the Livingston South Blue Green Network (LSBGN) and is a partnership between West Lothian Council, Central Scotland Forest Trust and Woodland Trust Scotland, as well as three Community Groups in Livingston South; Bellsquarry Woodland Work Group (BWWG), Dedridge Environmental Ecology Project (DEEP) and Murieston Environment Group (MEG).
The LSBGN will seek to address issues such as poor path condition, water and environmental quality along two Livingston South river corridors; the Dedridge Burn Greenway and the Murieston Water Greenway.
Charity fashion show at West Calder
A glamorous event not to be missed is West Calder High School?s charity Prom Fashion Show, which takes place from 7pm on Thursday night, 13 March.
All models on the catwalk are current sixth year pupils from the school.
The girls will be wearing dresses supplied by Butterflies of Edinburgh Ltd. Tickets cost £4 for adults, or £2 for children and OAPs.
All money raised will go to the three chosen sixth year charities: Teenage Cancer Trust, Amigos and Cyrenians.
Tickets are available from pupils at the school, or they can be reserved by emailing: email@example.com
Rededication ceremony for Cenotaph
A ceremony is being held to rededicate the newly refurbished Cenotaph area in Whitburn on Friday 21 March.
The day will also see launch of the new 1st World War project, which pupils from Whitburn Academy are heavily involved in. The day will link two Soldiers from Whitburn whose names appear on the Memorial. These are Lt. Sir Gawaine Baillie, who is believed to be the first man to have lost his life in 1914, and Sapper Robert Thomson, who was the last person recorded on the Cenotaph in 2004.
A parade of serving soldiers and ex-service personnel will assemble and leave Whitburn Bowling Club, West Main Street, at 2pm, and parade to the Cenotaph for 2.30pm, then return to the bowling club for refreshments following the service.
Anyone interested in taking part in the parade should phone 01501 748708 to give the parade marshall and organisers an idea of numbers. Anyone wishing to honour the fallen and take part in the ceremony should be at the Cenotaph, Manse Road, Whitburn, before 2.30pm. All are welcome.
Free public speaking course
If you'd like to improve your public speaking and presentation skills, a free course offered by Livingston Speakers should help you do just that.
The course offers a short introduction to public speaking and presentation skills in a friendly and supportive environment.
Participants will learn to prepare and deliver speeches; to give constructive feedback; and to give impromptu speeches.
The first course will run between 2pm and 3.30pm from Friday 14 March to Friday 16 May at the Lanthorn Community Centre, Dedridge.
Enrolment takes place on Friday, 7 March, from 2pm - 3.30pm.
The course is open to anyone over the age of 18, but is limited to 10 participants. To apply for a place on the course CLICK HERE (new window) :
Money Day in Whitburn
Staff from key services including the Advice Shop and Community Regeneration will be out in Whitburn on Wednesday 12 March. Advisors will visit residents in target areas of Whitburn to raise awareness of services designed to help improve employability, income maximisation and housing issues.
As part of this community engagement day, visiting staff will be gathering opinions about financial issues from Whitburn residents as well as making referrals for anyone who wishes to relevant services.
Money Days have already taken place in 2013 in Blackburn, Addiewell and Bridgend and several more community engagement days are planned for 2014.
Fundraising day out for the girls
A fundraising girls' day out, in aid of Swim West Lothian, will take place at centrex, Livingston, from 1pm - 4pm on Sunday 16 March.
There will be more than 30 stalls on the day, including flowers, balloons, Chinese medicine, photoshoot, home baking, chocolate tombola, hairstyles, jams and many more.
Entry is £5 or £3 for OAPs, and includes a free glass of Prosecco, tea or coffee. Kids are admitted free of charge.
There will also be beauty treatment sessions, including facials, manicures, back massage and reflexology. To book an appointment at one of these, call 07922 770 306.
Volunteers wanted for online radio station
It's hoped to start up an online line community radio station based at the Regal Community Theatre, Bathgate.
And people are needed to join the committee, or help as volunteers.
Committee members would normally be expected to serve for a minimum of two years and be able to actively share in the interesting and diverse work of the committee.
The 'Regal Radio' team are particularly seeking those with current working experience and knowledge, and who have a solid appreciation of the needs and challenges of the radio industry.
If you are interested in becoming a committee member or volunteer, please contact the committee chairman and radio manager, Mark smith, for more information at email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or phone 07717 396 598.
Flog it at Hopetoun House
Flog It, the popular BBC One antiques series, is holding a valuation day at Hopetoun House, West Lothian, from 9.30am - 4pm on Thursday 20 March.
You can take along your antiques and collectables, and have them valued free of charge, by the Flog It team of experts.
And, if selected for filming, you could be in with a chance of making some money by selling your items at auction a few weeks later.
Help with heritage
The Heritage Lottery Fund is looking to help groups in West Lothian explore their local heritage.
For it's got money to give away to support local organisations to develop projects.
Grants start from £3,000, and projects could involve anything from exploring local archive collections to recording people's memories.
For fuller details, phone 0131 240 1586, and ask for Megan Braithwaite.
Kidzeco builds on its success
Building on its success over the last three years in Bathgate, Community Interest Company, Kidzeco, has now opened another store in Livingston, at the former Blockbuster unit at The Centre.
The shop has a host of pre-loved baby and children's goods and maternity wear, as well as an extensive family area.
A variety of kids classes will be starting up.
The shop is also looking for donations.
"We want to let people know that we're here," said managing director Tracy Murdoch, "and people are welcome to come in and see the selection of pre-loved goods that we have for sale.
"We will also shortly be starting up more classes for birth - five-year-olds."
Kidzeco is also looking for a sessional play worker for 10 hours a week.
Anyone interested in the role should contact Tracy at the shop number, 01506 238283, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also in the pipeline are a fund-raising bonnie baby competition and a maternity wear fashion show.
Grant available for community groups
Community organisations in West Lothian are being encouraged to apply for a springtime funding boost from ARISE.
Grants of up to £1,000 are available for groups based in West Lothian.
To request an application form, please email email@example.com
Last updated 10/03/2014