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Hackney Downs Food Assembly - launch party

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 18:30 - 23:30
Join us at The Hackney Downs Food Assembly launch party and meet our local farmers & producers, taste their products, meet & mingle with your neighbours! Join us at The Russet, 10/9/2014 at 6.30pm for an evening of tasting, mingling and learning!. Age group: All welcome. Free. The Russet, The Russet, Hackney Downs Studios,17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT. Disabled access: yes.

Hackney Heart Market

Saturday, 26 April 2014 - Saturday, 25 April 2015 10am - 5pm
Hackney Heart Market in Hackney Central opposite M&S on Mare St in the heart of Hackney. Saturdays 10am-5pm. Fresh fruit and vegetables, delicious cakes and bread and quality cheese, meat and fish from Hackney stallholders. Eat well. Shop local. Enjoy Hackney. www.hackneyheart.com facebook.com/hackneyheart @hackneyheart. Age group: All ages. Hackney Central, Mare Street, E8 1JB. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Jane Macintyre. Email: hello@hackneyheart.com Telephone: 07956934768. view website

The Wave Pictures

Friday, 05 September 2014 7:30pm - 11pm
The Wave Pictures headline the second of Scared To Dance's new gig nights at the Dalston Victoria. Support comes from Lust and Enderby's Room. Tickets are £10 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/285525. Age group: Over 18s. The Victoria, Queensbridge Road, Hackney, E8 3AS E8 3AS. Contact: Paul Richards. Email: paul@scaredtodance.co.uk Telephone: . view website

The Art of Recovery

Sunday, 07 September 2014 12.00pm - 4.00pm
A pop-up charity event showcasing the talents and skills of people in recovery. This will include an art exhibition, sound installation, health promotion stalls, street food, drama and Mosaic workshops and kids' activities. "Bridging the gap between the recovery and general communities". Donations accepted on the day. An alcohol-free event. Age group: All ages. Round Chapel Auditorium, Powerscroft Road, Lower Clapton, Hackney, E5 OPU. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Isla Matheson. Email: isla.matheson@lifeline.org.uk. view website

Glorious 12 - whisky and tapas pop-up

Thursday, 11 September 2014 - Saturday, 13 September 2014 6pm - 23.30pm
Flavour hunters invited to track down pop-up Glorious 12. Whiskey and game bar in London. 12 single cask whiskies matched with 12 dishes of Scottish game tapas at Glorious 12 pop-up as The Scotch Malt Whisky Society celebrates game season. The British game season is off with a bang and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has teamed up with The Wild Game Co. to pair seasonal wild game with its rare single cask whiskies at the Glorious 12 pop-up at Studio 2, New Inn Yard in Shoreditch, London in from 11-13 September. . Age group: 18+. Between £0 and £29. 31 New Inn Yard, Hackney, London, EC21 3EY EC2A 3EY. Disabled access: yes.

Rhythm Junction London

Saturday, 13 September 2014 2pm - 10.30pm
A one-day festival of live vintage swing music and dancing at the historic Round Chapel, Hackney. Come and enjoy the festival atmosphere and watch four of the best swing bands in the country perform in the heart of Hackney. Age group: 16+. Round Chapel Old School Rooms, Powerscroft Road, Hackney, E5 0LY. Contact: Mike Paul-Smith. Email: rhythmjunctionlondon@gmail.com Telephone: 07855 488462. view website

SuperHomes Hackney

Saturday, 13 September 2014 11am - 4pm
SuperHome Open Days let you get the inside story on some exceptional home improvement projects. SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and carbon savings of 60% or more! Entry is free. Book online at www.superhomes.org.uk/156. Age group: All ages. 74 Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1JH. Disabled access: no. Contact: Camille Ruddle. Email: Camille@superhomes.org.uk Telephone: 01908256918. view website

Free PACT Foraging Walk: fruits, with Gemma Harris

Sunday, 14 September 2014 2.00pm - 4.00pm
The area around the New River and Manor House has an absolute abundance of wildlife and plants and we want to teach you how to safely forage the tasty food that is available, if you know where to look. Age group: All ages. The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, Hackney, N4 2HA N4 2HA. Disabled access: no. Contact: Jo Homan. Email: manorhousepact@mhdt.org.uk Telephone: 07733330379.

FREE PACT Community Meal

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10.30am - 2.00pm
Love cooking? Enjoy great food? Come along to the next PACT Meal! We reduce food waste, collecting ingredients from local shops, which would normally be thrown away, instead using them to make delicious feasts for the community. Volunteer cooks wanted from 10:30am. Lunch served from 12:30pm. . Age group: All ages. Newnton Close, Hackney, N4 2RQ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Jo Homan. Email: manorhousepact@mhdt.org.uk Telephone: 07733330379.

Restart Party

Saturday, 20 September 2014 1pm - 4pm
Tired toaster? Poorly printer? Lazy laptop? Morbid mobile? Come and learn how to fix your stuff. Our volunteer repairers will be on site to help you fix your broken electricals and to pick up some repairing skills of your own. . Age group: All ages. Morningside Community Hall, Cresset Road, Hackney, E9 6SJ E9 6SJ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Hackney and Tower Hamlets Friends of the Earth. Email: athrepsiadi@gmail.com.

Spitalfields Farm Festival of Heat 2014

Sunday, 28 September 2014 12pm - 7pm
The festival of heat celebrates eating, cooking, growing chilli in a multicultural context, live music, food, demos, debates and cute animals. There will be a market with chilli products from around the UK and the world. Come and debate, taste food and chill out in East London's best kept secret. Age group: All. Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, E1 5AR. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Carole. Email: Carolita@thefestivalofheat.co.uk Telephone: 07794540433. view website

Free PACT Wildlife Walk: minibeasts with LWT

Sunday, 12 October 2014 2.00pm - 4.00pm
The area around the New River and Manor House has an absolute abundance of wildlife and plants and we want to teach you how to make the most of the wonderful green space that we have in our area. Age group: All ages. The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, Hackney, N4 2HA N4 2HA. Disabled access: no. Contact: Jo Homan. Email: manorhousepact@mhdt.org.uk Telephone: 07733330379.

Free PACT Community Meal

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10.30am - 2.00pm
Love cooking? Enjoy great food? Come along to the next PACT Meal! We reduce food waste, collecting ingredients from local shops, which would normally be thrown away, instead using them to make delicious feasts for the community. Volunteer cooks wanted from 10:30am. Lunch served from 12:30pm. Age group: All ages. Newnton Close, Hackney, N4 2RQ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Jo Homan. Email: manorhousepact@mhdt.org.uk Telephone: 07733330379.

African, Caribbean and cultural family fun day

Saturday, 25 October 2014 12pm - 5pm
This event is open to the community, to come together, learn and celebrate black history. There will be local businesses, organisations, charities designers and artist providing, community information, illustrative arts, crafts and decorative items. Also arts and crafts, products, raffle prizes and refreshments. Live entertainment from unsigned artists. . 103 Stoke Newington Road Hackney N16 8BX Disabled access: yes. Contact: Suzanne Asphall. Email: designsbysuzanne01@hotmail.com Telephone: 07956905730.

African Caribbean kidney disease charity dinner

Saturday, 01 November 2014 6pm - 12am
Prepared to be 'Enlightened & Entertained!'. Your host is Mr Geoff Schumann. A first class luxury Caribbean buffet. A great line up - Ex-Soul II Soul Singer, Melissa Bell, a top NHS Nephrologist teaching the fundamentals of kidney disease, comedian, Curtis Walker. Raffle, surprise reggae artist and more.. Age group: Over 18's. Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0JR. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Amma Rose. Email: aneveningwithckd@gmail.com Telephone: 07956 335 069. view website

Free PACT guided foraging walk (nuts, with Gemma Harris)

Sunday, 09 November 2014 2.00pm - 4.00pm
The area around the New River and Manor House has an absolute abundance of wildlife and plants and we want to teach you how to safely forage the tasty food that is available. As winter is setting in this month we look at foraging winter greens growing wild. Age group: All ages. The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, Hackney, N4 2HA N4 2HA. Disabled access: no. Contact: Jo Homan. Email: manorhousepact@mhdt.org.uk Telephone: 07733330379.

Free PACT Community Meal

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10.30am - 2.00pm
Love cooking? Enjoy great food? Come along to the next PACT Meal! We reduce food waste, collecting ingredients from local shops, which would normally be thrown away, instead using them to make delicious feasts for the community. Volunteer cooks wanted from 10:30am. Lunch served from 12:30pm. Age group: All ages. Newnton Close, Hackney, N4 2RQ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Jo Homan. Email: manorhousepact@mhdt.org.uk Telephone: 07733330379.

A Celebration for Christmas: gift day and craft fair

Saturday, 13 December 2014 2.30pm - 6.30pm
This is a free entry community event, to prepare for the coming of Christmas. There will be illustrative art work, decorative items, jewellery, toys and raffle prizes. Browse through the stalls to select perfect gifts, for yourself or someone special. . 103 Stoke Newington Road Hackney N16 8BX Disabled access: yes. Contact: Suzanne Asphall. Email: designsbysuzanne01@hotmail.com Telephone: 07956905730.

PACT foraging walk: food from foraging

Sunday, 14 December 2014 2.00pm - 4.00pm
The area around the New River and Manor House has an absolute abundance of wildlife and plants and we want to teach you how to safely forage the tasty food that is available. As winter is setting in this month we look at foraging winter greens growing wild. Age group: All ages. The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, Hackney, N4 2HA N4 2HA. Disabled access: no. Contact: Jo Homan. Email: manorhousepact@mhdt.org.uk Telephone: 07733330379.

Free PACT Community Meal

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10.30am - 2pm
Love cooking? Enjoy great food? Come along to the next PACT Meal! We reduce food waste, collecting ingredients from local shops, which would normally be thrown away, instead using them to make delicious feasts for the community. Volunteer cooks wanted from 10:30am. Lunch served from 12:30pm. . Age group: All ages. Newnton Close, Hackney, N4 2RQ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Jo Homan. Email: manorhousepact@mhdt.org.uk Telephone: 07733330379.