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Outstanding press images from 1995 (180 selected from 29,000 entries) are on display in the Royal Festival Hall Gallery, South Bank Centre, London SE1. Providing a historical record of the year, images include: a swimming elephant in the Bay of Bengal, a capsizing military truck in Java, portrayals of daily life in Dagestan and Cuba, oil wrestling in Turkey and an elderly woman from Srebrenica sobbing outside a refugee shelter in Tuzla, which won David Turnley the WPP Children's Award. Free admission. Details: 0171 921 0600.

FROM JUNE 21 UNDER THE VOLCANO: LIFE AND DRESS IN SANTA MARIA DE JESUS AND SAN ANTONIO AGUAS CALIENTES New exhibition at Maya, the Guatemalan Indian Centre, London SW6, which runs an accompanying programme of films and lectures. The centre is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Free admission, lectures Pounds 1.50. Details: 0171 371 5291 (telfax).

UNTIL SEPTEMBER 29 THE MYTHICAL QUEST: IN SEARCH OF ADVENTURE, ROMANCE AND ENLIGHTENMENT Visitors to this British Library exhibition in Great Russell Street, WC1, can embark on a quest through the magical worlds of Ancient Greece, Persia, India and China to search for monsters, heroes and the like. During weekends and holidays, an accompanying programme of storytelling and art workshops is available for 6-14-year-olds. The display examines seven stories (the voyages of Sinbad the Sailor, for example) which have been expressed in literature, art, song and dance. Details: 0171 412 7760.

JUNE 24-JULY 14 THE SIKH WAY OF LIFE An exhibition organised by Ealing's education service at the Elthorne Education Centre, Westlea Road, Hanwell. Details: Roger Butler, 0181 840 4050.

JUNE 25-JULY 14 CITY OF LONDON FESTIVAL The Square Mile will come alive with rare opera (Handel's Orlando), world premieres, recital debuts, a jazz programme headed by Oscar Peterson, open air events, literary events with authors such as Julian Barnes, Hilary Mantel, Joan Bakewell and James Buchan, and silent films celebrating the centenary of cinema. The Festival has commissioned a world premi re of the medieval Mystery Plays, and there will be international stars from Austria, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Portugal, the former Soviet Union and the United States. Details: 0171 377 0540.

JUNE 30 FAMILY RAMBLING DAY Young "couch potatoes" and their parents are invited to join one of more than 200 walks (of three to six miles) organised nationwide by the Ramblers' Association. Many will include picnics, games and wildlife spotting. Afterwards, by sending in a map of their walk (or of a favourite real or imaginary walk), young participants in three age categories could win a week in a Countrywide Holidays guesthouse for their family, plus rucksacks and camping equipment. Closing date: August 12. For walk details send A4 SAE to: Make-a-Map Competition, The Ramblers' Association, 1-5 Wandsworth Road, London SW8.

JUNE 30 CURB THE CAR DAY As part of Friends of the Earth's Fuming Mad Campaign, young people will be slapping stickers on gas-guzzlers, giving away bottles of fresh air, getting people to leave their vehicles at home for the day, and joining in numerous activities. The Newcastle region is marking the day with a universal cheap bus and underground ticket. Details: 0171 490 1555; e-mail: info@foe,; URL: http:www.foe, JULY 3 MIDLANDS SCHOOLS CHALLENGE FINAL Six finalists are competing for the MSC trophy at the Royal Show, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. They will be making presentations about their projects - all "real" problems set by companies connected with food, farming and the countryside. Details: 01203 696969.

JULY 4 A-LEVEL COMPUTING APPEAL The Independent Appeals Authority for School Examinations will hear the appeal at Newcombe House, 45 Notting Hill Gate, London W11, 10 am. Open to the public. Details: 0171 243 9245.

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