Friday, 31 October 2014
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Activity Algarve Bike Rides

It was another good weekend for biking and we had some great rides on Saturday and Sunday. 

As I mentioned to a few people who were riding this weekend, I am away with clients on our Via Algarviana MTB tour this week and so am unable to offer any rides locally until next Wednesday , 5th November.

St Andrew's Ball - Nov 29thThe Saint Andrew’s Society of the Algarve will be having its annual St Andrew’s Ball on Saturday 29 November, a great opportunity for you to get out your glad rags, come along and literally have a ball!  

The Penina Hotel, which has looked after us so well for the past few years, will again be the venue for our event. Starting at 7pm, participants will be greeted by the skirl of the pipes played by our wonderful piper Malcolm MacGillivray as they make their way to a champagne reception.

Mediterranean Gardening Association Fair - Nov 1Autumn rains arrived early, so the gardening year is already well underway. We are promised good weather for the fair on Saturday, so a wonderful opportunity to see 18 nurseries altogether in one place, and many for the first time at this event.

The location of the fair this year is once again in the lower historic gardens of the Estoi Palace Pousada Hotel, but please note that all parking will be in the same place as the annual Horse Fair near the school, and just to the south of the town centre in Estoi. This means that we have use of the car park in the pousada gardens for all the plant nurseries and they will be together on one site. Signs will be out on the day so please look out for MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN FAIR.

Wine Academy at Conrad Algarve, begins Nov 13An exciting epicurean journey especially designed for those who truly savor the artistry of Portuguese Wines.
Unravel the mysteries behind the wine labels in exclusive 90 minute classes with some of the best winemakers in Portugal, like Dirk van der Niepoort or David Baverstock (Esporão).

A great way to dig into the world of wine and learn how to refine your palette, develop your senses and discover how to pair a certain dish in perfect harmony with a wine.

Christmas Market at Vale do Lobo - Dec 6Start the festive season with a day of shopping, fun and entertainment at the Vale do Lobo Christmas Market on Saturday, 6th December from 11:00am. Entrance is free.

Combine great Christmas shopping with enjoyment for the entire family without the worry of the weather spoiling the occasion, as the market takes place inside the warmth of the main Vale do Lobo Auditorium. Get into the spirit of the season during the 5th annual Vale do Lobo Charity Christmas Market, on Saturday, 6th December from 11:00h until 17:00h.

Open Afternoon and Dixie Kings at Bela Romão Croquet Club - Nov 8Whether you would like to know more about Bela Romão Croquet Club, or you would like to learn something about croquet you are welcome to visit the Club and grounds during the Open Afternoon from 3pm on Saturday 8th November, perhaps play some croquet (depending upon the weather) and/or listen to a short talk about the game, and sample some of Chef Sarah´s food specialities. Drinks will also be on sale. (Flat shoes only on the croquet lawn).

Following on from the Open Afternoon, starting at 5 pm on Saturday 8 November the 5 piece band Dixie Kings will be playing a mixture of Blues, Stomps, Ragtime, Spirituals and popular tunes from the 1920s, which guarantees the audience an evening of excitement and nostalgia.

The Algarveans are “Going Dutch”!The latest production from The Algarveans Experimental Theatre Group “Going Dutch” by John Godber promises to be one of the best.

Judging by the reaction in rehearsals and the amount of laughter we are having at the script I think this will be a very funny play,” said the play’s director Melanie Winstanley.

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Help re-unite lost and missing pets with their owners. The photo to the left is the most recently reported missing pet in the Algarve.