What’s on

History talk

The Cape Town Family History Society will meet in St John’s Church Hall, St John’s Road, Wynberg, on Saturday February 16, from 2.15pm. David Hilton-Barber will speak on Robert Hart, whom he calls the first English-speaking settler in South Africa, who arrived in 1795, long before the 1820 settlers. Entry for non-members is R20, including tea. Contact David Slingsby at 072 782 3597 or 021 715 5104, davidslingsby@telkomsa.net for details. Visit www.family-history.co.za for a map and information.

Take a hike

Peninsula Ramblers are hiking in Silvermine west on Saturday February 16. Meet at 8am at dam parking. Contact Elizabeth at 021 782 6999, or 079 888 6073.

On Sunday February 17 they have a strenuous hike up the Three Firs route above Camp’s bay. Meet at 8am at Theresa Avenue or contact Urs at 084 713 5545.

Entry is R20 for guests. Visit www.ramblers.org.za

Meridian Hiking Club is walking along Capricorn beach on Saturday February 16. Socialised dogs welcome. No charge for non-members. Meet at at 10.30am at Elaine’s Uppercrust restaurant, Nautilus Centre or call Samantha at 073 739 2130.

On Sunday February 17 they are hiking along the Pipe Track, overlooking Camps Bay. Well socialised dogs with poop bags welcome. Meet at 9am at Kloof Nek carpark. Guests pay R20 cash. No need to book. Enquiries to James by email at james@ristarcape.com

Entry is R20 or R40 for guests. Visit www.meridian-hiking.org.za/calendar/

Cape Union Mart Hiking Club, CUMHike, has a social getaway weekend at Rondevlei from Friday February 15 to Sunday February 17. Book with Ella at elladuplessis21@gmail.com, or at 073 469 1149.

On Sunday February 17 they have a strenuous hike with rock scrambling up India Venster on Table Mountain. Descend via Platteklip or the cablecar. Book with Graeme at graeme.hope@gmail.com, or at 072 267 0116.

Visit www.cumhike.co.za

Show

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) is hosting a community gala concert, under the direction of Brandon Phillips, on Sunday February 17 at the Artscape Opera, at 6pm. Tickets cost from R100 to R160. Book through Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.

Support group

Lifeline runs the Stop Gender Violence Helpline, 0800 150 150, a toll-free service for anyone wanting to talk about domestic or sexual abuse, including victims, perpetrators, men, women and children. It is open on weekends and public holidays.

Alzheimer’s South Africa can help with resources and support for families and caregivers dealing with this devastating disease. Contact Jill Robson on 021 979 2724 or managerwc@alzheimers.org.za

Visit www.alzheimers.org.za and the national helpline number is 0860 102 681.

Legal Aid

Legal Aid SA can help you if you are: facing eviction; having problems with your employer; part of a family dispute; accused of a crime; dealing with a contractual issue; or a community that needs legal help. It provides legal representation and advice to those who cannot afford it. All nine provinces are serviced by its 64 justice centres and 64 satellite offices, offering walk-in legal services. There is also a toll-free advice line (0800 110 110), available weekdays, from 7am to 7pm. Calls from cellphones to this line are not free, but you can call Legal Aid SA’s Please Call Me service at 079 835 7179 and a call centre agent will return your call. Visit www.legal-aid.co.za or follow the organisation on Twitter and Facebook: @LegalAidSA1