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It’s the first week of meteorological spring 2022, and the weather for the weekend looks dry enough to get out and about! So, why don’t you just switch off your television set and go and do something less boring instead? (The editor remembers that TV series from his childhood in the 1970s, it was ace!)

Community Spectacular to celebrate opening of new Catalyst building.
University celebrates new £43m building with free community events
Staffordshire University has been celebrating the opening of its flagship new building on its Leek Road campus this week. There has been a wide programme of public events all week. But this weekend you’re invited to the big event - a ‘Community Spectacular’ on Saturday 5th March.
“The day will feature performances from giant puppets, the chance to get personal poems on demand from The Poetry Takeaway, plus plenty of opportunities to get hands on with painting, crafts and making seed bombs.”
Staffs Bugs Fest.
Staffs Bugs Fest.
The Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair - Staffs Bugs Fest - is also running alongside the Catalyst celebrations on campus. We reported on it in our last bulletin, find that here. Plenty of hands-on activities with bugs and science stuff.
Insects need our help, this event will explain why, and what we can do. It’s a topic the editor be looking at in more detail in the near future.
Appetite are at the Community Spectacular too!
Community Spectacular at the Catalyst Building - Appetite
Appetite is the Arts Council’s creative people and places project for Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme. Their website page, linked above, gives more info about their creative input to the Catalyst Community Spectacular event.
One great activity to get involved with on Saturday is Kaleider’s Robot Selfie.
“Robot Selfie is a collaboration between audience, AI, artist, and robot. See the robot paint the faces of the selfies sent in by you on a large canvas! Strangers next to each other, simultaneously present, together, and yet apart.”
The editor came across Kaleider's arty bot in Hull a couple of years ago. OK, it aged him. lol.
The editor came across Kaleider's arty bot in Hull a couple of years ago. OK, it aged him. lol.
OK, let’s get off campus and find some other things to do this weekend.
Snowdrops in Stoke cemetery. Photo: Jerome Whittingham @photomoments.
Snowdrops in Stoke cemetery. Photo: Jerome Whittingham @photomoments.
Snowdrops are an uplifting sign that (maybe) the worst of the winter is behind us, and better weather is ahead. Take a walk through your local cemetery and you’ll see the feisty little flowers everywhere at the moment.
There’s also a fab ‘snowdrop walk’ at Rode Hall, Scholar Green, open to visitors Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm.
Heritage Canal Walk
Here’s another walk for you, on the flat too. A chance to learn more about “our historic waterways and the world-famous industry they helped create”. Tea and biscuits mentioned.
Potteries Heritage Society
Join us and our friends at @Middleport_ST6 for a guided Heritage Canal Walk this Saturday at 1:30pm. Book here:
Titanic: Honour and Glory
Always worth nipping in to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, let’s keep them busy. This exhibition isn’t a free one, but it’s a good one from what we’ve heard..
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Titanic Honour and Glory - late opening until 8pm this Friday. Tickets £5, Concessions £3, Friends and under 16’s free - please purchase tickets at our front desk on arrival.

#PoweringUpStoke @SOTCityCouncil @VisitStoke #MyStokeStory #SeeTheDifference #BackToMuseums
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