Leeds today: supermarket, blood, museum, Handpicked, parking, maps, festival, sculpture & Hannah.

FRIDAYFRIDAYFRIDAYFRIDAY!

Today is World Blood Donor Day. I’m not going to lecture; I’m going to let Ewan Mitchell on South Leeds Life tell you a little story instead.

We’ll keep you up to date on news about the potential museum closures. Latest: the Chancellor is sent a letter by council leaders representing 11 local authorities.

In another long-running story, an update on the proposed closure of the children’s congenital heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

Leeds City Council has approved the introduction of charges for parking in the evenings and at weekends, despite public aversion. It rather makes you wonder why they bothered asking our opinion in the first place…

Handpicked Hall opens today in Grand Arcade, which runs between New Briggate and the upper part of Vicar Lane. Leeds List has an overview. Possibly a good source for Father’s Day cards and gifts (this Sunday).

There are slightly less welcome retail additions elsewhere in Leeds, however, with approval granted for a controversial Morrisons in Chapel Allerton (although I wouldn’t call Chapel A a village) and a chip shop in Alwoodley (someone had to use that pun).

Meanwhile, Jeremy Morton talks about neighbourhood planning on South Leeds Life. I spent an hour staring at the maps on display as part of ‘Your City. Your Say’ earlier this week, trying to work out what was where. The drop-in events continue, and you can also see the maps and information online.

Morley Lit Fest are after a Northern poet for a new project and to develop poetry in the festival. Think you fit the bill? Take a look!

So, what’s on this weekend? Well, the Grassington Festival, and the Hannah Festival continues, and Culture Vulture gives us ideas for taking the family along.

Personally, I’m heading out to Yorkshire Sculpture Park to see Roger Hiorns’s Seizure, opening tomorrow. Here’s hoping for some fine weather! Oh! and while we talk about art remember that the Northern Art Prize exhibition closes on Sunday – last chance to see.

If sculpture isn’t your thing Leeds Bike Week starts tomorrow with a short bike ride from Roundhay Park from 10:15. Again, let’s hope for good weather.

Coming up in the near future is Leeds University’s International Medieval Conference (IMC) which has a lot of public events on one side. There’s bound to be something interesting for everybody in there.

Finally today, we note that there’s a bit of a street food thing going on outside the Rose Bowl at lunchtime today. Worth popping along to see what they’ve got on offer.

Mike is now on holiday for a week (learning patisserie at School of Slow, doing some hiking, basically chilling out), so next week you’re in the hands of Kirsty & Alison. Have fun and don’t break anything. Cheerio!

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