Leeds today: mayor musings, mayor mayhem, local elections, learn-for-leisure workshops, bluebells, Turner Prize shortlist and oodles more.

Good morning, people of Leeds. It’s Sophie here. Hope this finds you well on this decidedly dull morning and that you’re all fired up and ready for your news round-up (who needs sunshine when you’ve got this to read?!)

First off, a gentle reminder from our friends at South Leeds Life to VOTE TOMORROW in the local elections. You need to register by 5pm today and polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on tomorrow. A referendum will also take place to decide whether Leeds should replace the current system and have an elected mayor. Decisions, decisions…

The Guardian’s Northener blog have a piece on Bradford version of the same issue. Ratna Lachman, director of JUST West Yorkshire, debates whether the whole elected mayor shebang is a case of best option or least worse alternative.

If, like me, you are still a tad baffled by this mayor business, have a look at Phil Kirby’s blog over on The Culture Vulture. His words may not sway you one way or t’other but it makes for an entertaining read.

This is the last mayor-related link, promise… The BBC’s little vid on the pro’s and con’s of the potential mayoral system might be more useful if you’re looking to find out about the niggly bits from YESers and NOers.

South Leeds Life are looking ahead to bigger and better things and are holding a meeting to discuss possible plans for the future. Exciting stuff! If you’d like to know more, get to their meeting on Tuesday 15th May and have your say.

The Leeds Forum have brought Leeds Uni’s ‘Spring into Summer’ programme to BGL’s attention. The programme of learning-for-leisure workshops takes place in late June. Topics include film, creative writing, music and science, plus there’s a free evening seminar on the Arab Spring. Worth a click!

The city council have announced details of their ‘Looking at Leeds 2012’ photo competition. They want your pics of people, places, culture and communities and you’ve got until the end of July to submit them. Some pretty fab prizes are up for grabs too, so get snap happy!

More arty fart stuff – the BBC report that Bradford’s very own Elizabeth Price, video artist extraordinaire, has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize. See the shortlisted artistes’ creations and the full story here.

Friends of Middleton Park extend a warm invitation to us all to join us for their bluebell walks on Sunday and Monday to mark the start of their summer programme. Let’s hope our long-lost pal, Mr Sunshine also received the memo – he can find it here at South Leeds Life.

Looking for ways to entertain the younger generation, or indeed yourselves this weekend? Gayle Mill in Wensleydale (not just a cheese, but an actual place!) is holding an open morning this Saturday which involves all sorts of farmy, arty and crafty activities.

That’s all from me today. There’s ANOTHER RUDDY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND just around the corner – enjoy! In the meantime, don’t forget to vote. Over and out.

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