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Local libraries are celebrating 100 years of cinema with drama and video workshops, special effects make-up, storytimes, and craft sessions; Croydon Clocktower will be hopping with a different dance every day, August 5-9; there will be daily shows given by professional entertainers for 3 to 10-year-olds; and sports courses for children aged five-plus including basketball, tennis, swimming, trampolining, sailing and orienteering, fee Pounds 2. Details in Mega, Croydon Council's magazine, available in libraries and leisure centres.

UNTIL SEPTEMBER 11 CHOICE SAMPLE The London Institute's summer exhibition at the Davies Street Gallery, W1, features work from students at Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, and Chelsea College of Art and Design. Free admission. Details: 0171 514 6000.

UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30 SPEAKING LIKENESS Archival recordings allow visitors to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, to both see and hear the great personalities of modern Scotland who are portrayed in this exhibition. Meanwhile, fresh from London, "David Livingstone and the Victorian encounter with Africa", runs at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, together with "George Rodger: the African photographs", until October 6. Details: 0131 556 8921.

UNTIL MID-OCTOBER PERTH MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY Current exhibitions include: "Light and dark", a look at artists' response to and treatment of light and dark, and "The painted word", which celebrates the bicentary of Robert Burns' death with paintings and prints inspired by literature and poetry. Details: 01738 632488.

JULY 3031 I CAN MAKE AN ICONTILE MOSAIC Workshops for children aged 8 upwards and adults at Blackburn Museum, 9.30am-noon, Pounds 5. In the first, participants will transform their own photo using Russian and Greek icon-makers' techniques, and in the second, master the basics of handling glass and ceramic tiles creatively to produce a picture frame. Details: 01254 667130.

JULY 30-AUGUST 22 (TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS) WORLD IN A BOX Children and adults visiting the Tate Gallery, Millbank, London SW1, will be able to explore works of art and make mini worlds from a variety of familiar and unfamiliar materials. Free but booking essential. Details: 0171 887 8765.

JULY 30-AUGUST 29 (TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS) DESIGN A MINIATURE CHAIR While children aged five and above are designing a miniature chair, their parentscarers are free to spend an hour exploring the exhibition, "100 masterpieces: furniture that made the 20th century", 2-3 pm. Materials provided. Family trails also available. No extra charge but booking essential.Details: Lesley Butterworth, 0171 403 6933.

AUGUST 2-9 HAMMER AT THE BARBICAN A flesh-creeping, spine-chilling celebration at the Barbican Centre, London EC2, of the work of British production company, Hammer Films, including: The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll and The Plague of the Zombies. The season also includes productions in other genres such as Joseph Losey's The Damned and Raquel Welch in One Million Years BC. Details: 0171 638 8891.

AUGUST 5-11 NATIONAL CONDOM WEEK A British Safety Council report and, Johnny Condom, a Spitting Image single featuring Ruby Wax, launch the week. The single is released by the Frank Foundation, an HIVAids awareness charity (0171 837 6398) and the BSC report is available from 0181 741 1231.

AUGUST 7 PLAYDAY 96 Activities linked to this year's theme, "Play around the world", include: games and storytelling from around the world and processional puppet and flag making. A theme pack of ideas and advice on publicising local events is available from the Children's Play Council, 0171 843 6016.

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