It can be disheartening watching the daily case figures rise and fall, waiting for the day that they are low enough so that we can all see each other again. It’s very easy to fall into a scrolling spiral and to become fixated on when we can leave our 5km. In times like these, we are all trying to find little things to redirect our focus and keep us sane. With that in mind, here are our top things to do this weekend.

 

1) Explore Lismore Castle Arts ARTIFICE Festival 2021

Artifice is an annual exhibition which presents works of art created by transition year students from across County Waterford. This year the theme is “Land Art” based upon Lismore Castle Arts’ main exhibition for 2021 by Nancy Holt with A.K. Burns, Matthew Day Jackson, Dennis McNulty, Charlotte Moth and Katie Paterson. In the exhibition, the students explore their relationship with the environment and express their experience of the lockdown, environmentalism and personal identity. The online exhibition is currently available on Lismore Castle Arts’ website and is really worth a look.

2) Pre Order Your Weekly Shop For Delivery Straight to Your House

Online food and grocery delivery company, whatsfordinner.ie, has announced that restaurants and grocery outlets using their app won’t pay any fees for click and collect orders nationwide. The fantastic initiative from this Galway based business is pledging to help restaurants and grocery retailers through these times by making it easier and cheaper for you to do your shop! 

3) Get Involved With Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

RISE programme from Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in partnership with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture has created a series of events to get children in Galway dancing, leaping and learning with local and international artists this spring. This March, children aged 8 to 13 years are taking on starring roles in two “RISE” projects, combining parkour, circus skills, performance art, sport and more. For more information visit https://www.baboro.ie/galway-2020.

4) Sign Up For an At-Home Cooking Class With Aniar Restaurant

Michelin Starred restaurant, Aniar have launched a Boutique Cookery School where you can sign up for either one-day workshops or six-week classes. Run by chef JP McMahon, the classes offer hands-on experience and a chance to learn how to cook delicious dishes from all over the world. There is a broad selection of courses available  including ‘Introductions to Japanese Cooking’ and ‘Italian Cooking At Home.  Visit https://www.aniarrestaurant.ie/online-cooking-classes for more information.

 

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5) Join a Virtual Viewing of the Sun

UCR Astronomy and UCLA EPSS (Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences) are co-hosting a virtual solar viewing event, tomorrow, March 27 from 7-8pm. During this online event, you will be observing the Sun through their telescopes and learning more about its properties and impact on our home Earth. If you’re a space enthusiast, this is definitely an event for you! Join the webinar to hear from experts in the field and learn about topics like the formation of the Sun, its surface features, solar activities and even tips on how to carry out your own solar viewing at home.

 

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