Marvellous Machines: a Love Science workshop. For ages 5-12. 3-4pm, Corstorphine Library, 12 Kirk Loan. Booking essential: call 0131 529 5506. Free.
Visually impaired tour and workshop – American Impressionism: A New Vision. A free visually-descriptive tour and practical workshop for the visually impaired. 10am-3.30pm, Scottish Gallery of Modern Art TWO (meet at the back door of the gallery), Belford Road. Free but booking required: contact the Information Desk on 0131 624 6560.
Guided Tour of the National Library: tour of the building and introduction to the Library’s collections and history. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Numbers are limited so booking is essential. Please inform the Library if you have any special access requirements. 10.30am, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge. Free but booking required: click here or call 0131 623 3734.
Lunchtime Concert: students from Edinburgh Napier University. 12.15pm, St Giles’ Cathedral, High Street. Free.
The Brutal Logic of Climate Change: Dr Aaron Thierry (Global Change Research Insititute, University of Edinburgh) gives an overview of the latest science of climate change, making explicit the connections between physical and ecological changes already taking place and their impacts on human welfare. Followed by Q & A session and discussion. 7-9pm, Room G.05, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh. Organised by Friends of the Earth as part of Edinburgh World Justice Festival.
Contact Point Open Day: A Day In The Life? An exciting day of art, music, poetry and film. Visit the unique visual exhibition before joining political singer/songwriter Penny Stone in a ‘protest song’ music workshop. Finish the day by listening to original poetry and watching the short film, A Day in the Life of Contact Point. 12-4pm, (workshop 1pm, performance 2.30pm, film 3.30pm) Contact Point, 101 High Riggs, Tollcross. Free: donations welcome. More information from Angie on 0845 140 7777 or firstname.lastname@example.org Part of Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2014
U3A Open Meeting: Edinburgh’s University of the Third Age’s monthly meeting will be open to the public as part of Luminate. Visiting speaker James McVeigh will take you Behind the Scenes at the Edinburgh Festivals and there will be exhibitions of work by the Art and Craft Groups and a display of photography by U3A members. 2-4pm, St Cuthbert’s Church, Lothian Road.
Gaelic Workshop: a free, very informal language class/workshop for total beginners. 2.30-3.30pm, Forest Cafe, Lauriston Place.
Leith Art Club: friendly group working with different art styles – portrait and landscape, experimental works with mixed media, ink and wash, collage, decoupage, making cards and painting local scenes. 6.30-9.15pm, Leith Community Education Centre, 12a New Kirkgate. For more information call the Centre on 0131 554 4750 or just go along on the night.