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UNTIL APRIL LITTLE ANGEL THEATRE During its spring season, the "home of British puppetry", situated in Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, London N1, is staging Rapunzel, The Frog Prince and The Elves and the Shoemaker for children, and Bluebeard for adults (also touring the UK). It is also welcoming 15 visiting companies. Tickets: pound;4.50-pound;6 (20 per cent discount for groups of 10 or more). Details: 0171 226 1787.

UNTIL APRIL 11 LEADEN HEARTS: 19TH CENTURY CONVICT LOVE TOKENS The emotional anguish suffered by convicts about to be shipped off to Australia and their social life prior to deportation are revealed in this exhibition at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1. Free admission. Details: 0171 323 8511.

FEBRUARY 11-MARCH 27 TWISTED Motionhouse Dance Theatre premi res its tenth full-length production at Warwick Arts Centre and then takes it on tour to Exeter, Ormskirk, Newbury, High Wycombe, Telford, Cheltenham, Birmingham, Newport (Isle of Wight), Manchester, Leicester, Milton Keynes and Frome. Devised by the dancers, the piece begins with a news item about an airborne toxin released into the atmosphere which cannot be seen or smelt. Strange things start to happen leaving people confused and afraid. Details: 01926 887052.

FEBRUARY 15-19 ANIMAL MAGIC This half-term, children can have a go at producing animal sound effects, beastly mask-making, special effects animal face make-up, jungle and other backdrop film scenery design, and animation with an animal theme. These free drop-in workshops are being held daily, 10.30am-1pm, at the Museum of the Moving Image, South Bank, London SE1. Junior matinee films, such as 101 Dalmatians and Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey, are being shown at the National Film Theatre next door, priced pound;1 for children, pound;6 for adults. Details: 0171 401 2636.

FEBRUARY 22-MARCH 1 WHIZZ WEEK Children's charity Whizz-Kidz is running a fundraising week to raise awareness among children of the problems faced by disabled children and raise money for tailor-made wheelchairs, tricycles and walking frames. An accompanying poster explores mobility and equal opportunities as part of the personal, social and health education syllabus and suggests classroom-based activities and fundraising events for literacy hour, including a poster competition. Colourful Whizz Wigs are also available for pound;1. Details: 0171 233 6600.

FEBRUARY 24-MARCH 17 OPEN DAYS: PORTLAND PLACE SCHOOL Parents thinking of sending their children to Portland Place School, a co-educational, independent secondary school in London W1, are invited to book a place on one of these open days, which start at 10am. Visits and tours can also be arranged outside these times. Details: 0171 307 8700.

FEBRUARY 27 VOLUNTEERING WORLD Voluntary Service Overseas urgently needs more teacherteacher trainer volunteers to spend anything from one hour a week in their local high street to two years in a developing country. VSO and over 50 other organisations are featured at this event at Westminster Central Hall, London SW1, 10am-4.30pm. Free entry. Details: 0181 780 7200.

MARCH 13 THE COLLEGE OF TEACHERS: EAST MIDLANDS REGION Annual general meeting and sesquicentenary celebration lunch at the Lincolnshire Oak, East Road, Sleaford. Speaker: John Culpin, former education adviserinspector. Lunch cost: pound;17.50; pound;30 double ticket. Details: Val Early, 01992 812727 or Malcolm Robertson, 01623 622311 (telfax).

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