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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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Boys Will Be Boys

Boys Will Be Boys

Selling your soul never looked so stylish. Enter the world of currency trading, Dior suits and cocaine. Astrid is a ruthless trader at the top of her game, raking it in with the best of them. To stay on top, she’s had to tough it out with the men that dominate her industry. She hasn’t broken the glass ceiling, she’s re-modelled the entire building.

When the young and ambitious Priya applies for a junior position on the trading floor, Astrid decides to play mentor. But, in the self-serving world of the trade floor, every favour has a price.

Award-winning playwright Melissa Bubnic won the STC’s Patrick White Award in 2010 and, since then, has been carving out a distinctive writing style that is smart, risqué and very funny. In Boys Will Be Boys  she has written a no-holds-barred, biting satire on what it takes to get ahead in the world of finance. With an all-woman cast, in-your-face dialogue, filthy jokes and heartbreaking songs, Boys Will Be Boys is a merciless and unapologetic look at power.

Warning: contains frequent strong language, partial nudity, and strong adult themes including sexual violence.

Happening Friday 27 & Saturday 28 October from 8pm  at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Boogong: A Creepy Carnival

ROLL UP, ROLL UP!

This year Googong’s free annual Halloween event is a seriously scary, twisted-circus-celebration!

Halloween fancy dress is what the event is all about, so dress up in something terrifying and bring the whole family along for an evening of monster, zombie and people watching, as well as food and entertainment. Plus, there’ll be a best fancy-dressed competition happening on Instagram and Facebook – on the day, upload and tag your picture #boogong2017 to enter and you could win one of five prize packs.

This year’s event is happening at a new location in Googong: in the paddock next to the abandoned-and-almost-certainly-haunted Googong Woolsheds. Follow the signs when you arrive in town.

There’ll be a Spooky Big Top, live music, food vendors, roaming performers (including Crank the Clown), and fireworks show at 9pm.

Remember: Googong is only 30 minutes from Civic, so get your scary on and join us for this bone-chillingly brilliant boo-nanza!

Happening Saturday 28 October from 5-9pm at the Abandoned Googong Wool Sheds.

Boogong is a free event!

Visit googong.net for more information.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Happening from 20 October until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

Where’s Miranda? 50 Years at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay was first published in 1967 and is widely considered to be one of the most important Australian novels of all time. It was popularised globally in 1975 when the movie, directed by Peter Weir, was released to immediate critical and commercial success.  All these years later, the haunting music from the film score is still instantly recognisable to anyone who has seen the film, and debate still rages about what really happened to the missing girls that day.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, join us for a special once-only event to examine the creation of Picnic at Hanging Rock and the legacy it has left for future generations. Much-loved Canberra journalist Genevieve Jacobs will MC the event, alongside dramatised readings from popular Australian actors, reminding us why this book remains a cult classic. Tickets are $20 and includes an English-themed afternoon tea.

Happening Saturday 28 October from 1.30-5.30pm at the National Library of Australia.

More information and bookings at nla.gov.au.

Pink Lady luncheon 2017

Quentin Bryce is coming to Canberra to be the special guest speaker at Breast Cancer Network Australia’s annual Pink Lady luncheon on Wednesday 25 October at the National Gallery of Australia.

This year more than 17,500 women and 144 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia. Breast Cancer Network Australia works to create a better cancer journey for people with breast cancer.

Happening Wednesday 20 October from 12-2.30pm at the National Gallery of Australia.

Tickets are $175.00 each or $1,750 for a table of 10 for a fine dining experience and gift bag brimming with wonderful items to take home.

For more information and to buy tickets visit bcna.org.au.

CANBERRA NARA CANDLE FESTIVAL

Enjoy the spectacular visual of 2,000 shimmering candles at the 15th annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival, as we celebrate the 24th year of the Sister City relationship shared between Canberra and Nara, Japan.

Visitors will be mesmerised by the sounds of Japanese music and enchanting lighting that highlights the features of the beautiful Peace Park. The festival brings a wide variety of Japanese and Australian culture with arts and crafts such as calligraphy, lantern making, origami, ikebana and kite flying.

The festival features Japanese cuisine, markets and stalls with visitors able to take part in various activities.

Happening Saturday 28 October from 4:30pm to 9:00pm at Canberra Nara Peace Park & Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla, Australian Capital.

See website for more information.

CBR FAIR DAY 2017

The AIDS Action Council is proud to present CBR Fair Day 2017, Canberra’s biggest LGBTIQ community fair! Come and celebrate Canberra’s wonderful and diverse LGBTIQ communities by enjoying a fabulous day of music and performances. You can participate in activities and workshops, have a chat at the friendly stalls and indulge your taste buds with delicious food. Watch the beloved Rainbow Pet Parade from the grassy lawns and meet some new friends. And why not bring your dog along and register for the parade?

Fair Day has launched SpringOut every year since the first SpringOut Pride Festival in 1999. Bring your friends, partners, family and puppies – there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy!

Entry is Free!

Happening Saturday 28 October from 11:00am to 4:00pm at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

French-Australian Preschool Fête

Method Coffee van, musical entertainment, jumping castle, face painting, sand pit games, second hand stall, floppy frog, international food, Le forum books on wheels, handmade stall and more.

10am to 2pm this Saturday at the French-Australian Preschool, Astrolabe Street, Red Hill.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

Find out more here.

PLAN AHEAD FOR…

Melbourne Cup at Highball Express

Fun, frivolity and first-class service will be overflowing at The Highball Express this Melbourne Cup Day.

With a fun tropical feel and big, breezy balcony, Highball Express have the perfect backdrop to celebrate the race that stops the nation! Enjoy a glass of Moët on arrival before taking advantage of the roving punch station, delicious street food canapés and, of course, their amazing entertainment!

There’ll be sweepstakes for those looking to have a punt, as well as best dressed competitions so make sure you frock up for your chance to win. You’ll have exclusive use of the venue until 3:30 pm when they open up to the general public.After the dust settles and the race is run, stick around and continue the party with their incredible live entertainment and samba dancers who will get you up and moving.

Tickets are only $75 per passenger and include:

• Glass of Moët on arrival
• Two-hour food and beverage package
• Roving canapés & punch station
• Live entertainment and samba dancers
• Sweepstakes
• Prizes for best dressed
• Exclusive use of venue from 1 pm until 3:30 pm
• Open to public from 3:30 pm

Book now and fasten your seatbelt in preparation for a fabulous Melbourne Cup.

GET AN EXCLUSIVE HERCANBERRA DISCOUNT

At the checkout, use the code “HerHighball” to access $10 off tickets until 5pm Tuesday 24 October. 

Happening Tuesday 7 November from 1pm onwards at Highball Express, 82 Alinga Street, City (entry via Odgers Lane).

Purchase your tickets now via Eventbrite.

FOOD & DRINK

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GIRLS NIGHT OUT COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS

The weather is warm, the sun is out and we have the perfect excuse to lock in a catch up with your girls – Highball’s Girls Night Out cocktail class!

Master the art of mixing the perfect cocktail from their award-winning team of bartenders and learn the tricks of the trade as you take part in the creation of some unique Highball cocktails and one of their fabulously fruity punch bowls. After the class, head to a booth or out to the balcony to continue the fun with their Wednesday night special, Bottomless Mimosas!

Tickets cost $40.00 and Bookings are essential!

Happening Wednesday 25 October from 5:30pm at the Highball Express, 82 Alinga Street, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

BASQUE DINNE – CAFÉ REGION AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE CANBERRA 

Join the famous Café Région! Share an exquisite dinner while exploring the culture and traditions of the Basque Country.

Booking essential by 19 October.

Happening from Thursday 26 October at Alliance Française de Canberra, 66 McCaughey Street, Turner, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Why wait for summer? Spring into action, gather your friends and head to Old Parliament House for Friday Night Drinks. This weekly event is back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match.

The season kicks on Friday 22 September 22 and runs until Friday 15 December. Each week will see a different themed event brought to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think Salsa and Sangria, Aperol Sunset Sessions and a Pimms Garden Party.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend.

For more information and a full list of weekly themes click here.

Happening on Friday afternoons until 15 December, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

This week the masterclasses on offer include Italian KitchenMini Masters Pies and Pastries for the kids.

Find out more here.

OCROWBERFEST

The craft beer craze has spread to the Riverina. ThirstyCrow Brewing Co. is Wagga’s first microbrewery, producing nine year-round beers and more than 30 seasonal brews.

This cheekily-named twist on the German beer festival is Thirsty Crow’s annual Oktoberfest celebration—complete with special brews, steins, German cuisine, Oom-Pah Band and German frivolities. It’s a family-friendly event to keep you entertained throughout the day.

Happening Sunday 29 October from 12-8pm at the Thirsty Crow Brewery in Wagga Wagga.

For more information check out visitwagga.com.

WOLLUNDRY GROVE OLIVES: FREE TOUR AND TASTINGS

If you’re fascinated by these delicious little morsels, this is the event for you.

Enjoy a leisurely day wandering the grove in a free personalised tour, followed by tasting the products grown and processed on-site.

Happening various dates across October at Wollundry Grove Olives, Wagga.

Bookings essential. More information from visitwagga.com.

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

Highball are freeing the mimosa from being a brunch-only drink and taking them for a night out, Cuban style! Head in on Wednesdays for some fresh and fruity bottomless mimosas and share a charcuterie platter.

– Flight Details –
•  $45 per passenger (4 pax minimum)
•  1.5 hours of service
•  Charcuterie platter to share
•  Wednesdays from 4pm

They’re also letting their mimosas out on the weekends so you can catch them 4-7pm on Saturdays and from 2pm on Sundays.

On every Wednesday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is $45pp, min 4 people. Visit the website for more information.

TIKI THURSDAYS

Start your weekend early at Tiki Thursdays – Highball’s newest weekly social event! Think flaming torches, exotic tropical drinks for only $15 and a sexy Cuban vibe to top it off.

Sip on a Fidel’s Downfall with summer lovin’ peach infused rum, pineapple & mint, or a Highball twist on a Mai Tai. Whatever your flavour, they’ll have the Tiki vibes cruising and the cocktails flowing!

Grab your friends and head to the balcony or a booth with a few $15 tiki cocktails every Thursday from 4pm at Highball, winner ACT Bar of the Year 2017.

On every Thursday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

Taste Riverina Festival

The Taste Riverina Festival is a month-long menu of events throughout October each year, bringing together the Riverina’s finest producers, growers, and chef to showcase all the region has to offer.

Now in its sixth year, Taste Riverina will offer a diverse line-up of events, held right across the region, providing a complete paddock to plate experience.
Long lunches and degustation dinners, farmers markets, cooking with local and celebrity chefs, cultural and farm tours, regional dishes and wine and beer matching are all set to feature.

The diversity of the Taste Riverina events provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to hear the stories, taste the produce and experience the region. Spectacular scenery, food, wine, art and legendary country hospitality awaits you this October.

The Festival has partnered with Temora Travel to create self-drive Taste Riverina Travel Packages that allow you to explore each October weekend in style and comfort for a truly memorable Riverina experience.

Events will be held in Ariah Park, Barellan, Griffith, Grong Grong, Leeton, Lockhart, and Narrandera right through to Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba and Wagga Wagga from late September until the end of October.

Ticket prices vary to each of the events and tickets can be booked directly with individual event operators.

For more information, travel packages and a full list of events visit www.tasteriverina.com.au.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

Friday Soirée at Buvette

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch…but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

TWILIGHT RIDE 

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night. Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee seeing the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by Smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines. 5:00pm Arrival for a 5:30pm – 7:30pm Ride.

Happening until 16 December at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, Nanima. Find more information here.

Spring Tea in the Garden

This exclusive outdoor dining event allows visitors to celebrate the season with a spring tea in one of the charming private gardens of Parliament House.

Daily until 15 October. More information and bookings from aph.gov.au.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at 5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

MUSIC & STAGE

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X VOICE IDOL (IMPROVISED COMEDY)

Inspired by the hugely popular Australian Idol, The Voice and The X Factor comes X Voice Idol. All songs are inspired by you, performed for you and only you get to decide who will be the winner of X Voice Idol 2017 at Polit Bar on 26 October.

The show draws on cast from Canberra’s many local talented improvisers. Vocal and musical talent includes: Evan Buckley (The Burley Griffin); Benjamin Crowley (BnC Theatre); Catherine Crowley (Sparrow-Folk); Lou Maconachie (Lightbulb Improv); Frances McNair (MILF Camp); Juliet Moody (Sparrow-Folk) and Helen Way (Lightbulb Improv). The X Voice Idol set will come alive with improvisers Katherine Berry, Byron Fay, Ruth Pieloor and Michael Ubrihien as host and judges.

Produced by Lightbulb Improv and BnC Theatre. Best book online as will sell out!

Happening Thursday 26 October from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Upstairs Polit Bar – More Than Cocktails, 8 Franklin St, Manuka Act 2603, Griffith Act 2603, Australia.

See website for more information.

MIDNIGHT OIL – THE GREAT CIRCLE 2017

The time has come … for Midnight Oil. Experiencing Midnight Oil in full flight is to experience the transcendent power of live rock & roll. Their music makes you feel, their lyrics make you think, and the combined impact live onstage makes you want to get involved.

The Great Circle 2017 World Tour will be Midnight Oil’s first tour in 15 years and their biggest tour since classic 80’s and early 90’s albums like 10-1, Diesel & Dust and Blue Sky Mining sold over 10 million copies world-wide.

Tickets on sale February 27 from Ticketek.

Support act: Something For Kate

Happening Tuesday 24 October from 7:00pm at Australian Institute of Sport Arena, Leverrier Crescent, Bruce, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

Boys Will Be Boys

Selling your soul never looked so stylish. Enter the world of currency trading, Dior suits and cocaine. Astrid is a ruthless trader at the top of her game, raking it in with the best of them. To stay on top, she’s had to tough it out with the men that dominate her industry. She hasn’t broken the glass ceiling, she’s re-modelled the entire building.

When the young and ambitious Priya applies for a junior position on the trading floor, Astrid decides to play mentor. But, in the self-serving world of the trade floor, every favour has a price.

Award-winning playwright Melissa Bubnic won the STC’s Patrick White Award in 2010 and, since then, has been carving out a distinctive writing style that is smart, risqué and very funny. In Boys Will Be Boys  she has written a no-holds-barred, biting satire on what it takes to get ahead in the world of finance. With an all-woman cast, in-your-face dialogue, filthy jokes and heartbreaking songs, Boys Will Be Boys is a merciless and unapologetic look at power.

Warning: contains frequent strong language, partial nudity, and strong adult themes including sexual violence.

Happening Friday 27 & Saturday 28 October from 8pm  at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

MIDNIGHT OIL – THE GREAT CIRCLE 2017

The time has come … for Midnight Oil. Experiencing Midnight Oil in full flight is to experience the transcendent power of live rock & roll. Their music makes you feel, their lyrics make you think, and the combined impact live onstage makes you want to get involved.

The Great Circle 2017 World Tour will be Midnight Oil’s first tour in 15 years and their biggest tour since classic 80’s and early 90’s albums like 10-1, Diesel & Dust and Blue Sky Mining sold over 10 million copies world-wide.

Tickets on sale February 27 from Ticketek.

Support act: Something For Kate

Happening Tuesday 24 October from 7:00pm at Australian Institute of Sport Arena, Leverrier Crescent, Bruce, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

WOGS AT WORK

Wogs At Work is the hilarious new show from Aussie comedy legend Nick Giannopoulos.Nick Giannopoulos is best known for creating and staring in shows such as: Wogs Out Of Work, Acropolis Now, The Wog Boy and The Kings of Mykonos.

Teaming up with Nick live on stage will be comedy group sensation Sooshi Mango; well known online with over 25 million views online of their hilarious videos.

Book your tickets now so you don’t miss out !!!

COSTS:

$74.90
Transaction fee per transaction $4.95

Happening Saturday 28 from 8:00pm and Sunday 29 October from 4:30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

JAZZ AT THE HOUSE

Enjoy an evening of hot food, cool jazz and great wine with Jazz at University House on the last Friday of every month. Music starts at 8 pm. Share plates and drinks available for purchase from 7 pm.

Friday 27 October In2deep + 2 – Mike Dooley/Rachel Thorne + 2

Friday 24 November Miroslav Bukovsky/Tom Fell Quartet – Tribute to Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan

Happening at the Common Room, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton.

See website for more information. 

FILM

A THOR-RIFIC NIGHT AT THE CINEMAS

Come and join us for the exciting movie premiere of Thor: Ragnarok!

A Thor-riffic Night at the Cinemas is a student-hosted premiere held to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Canberra. This movie night is to not only raise money for Ronald McDonald House Canberra but also bring a better awareness of the charity to the people of Canberra, specifically the work of the Canberra House.

Ronald McDonald House Canberra works to provide a home away from home for seriously sick children and their families being treated at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. The proceeds for this event will be going directly to ensuring Ronald McDonald House Canberra can continue to operate.

We will be having a raffle drawn before the viewing, with tickets sold on the night. Raffle tickets are 1 ticket for $5 or 3 tickets for $10.

50% parking for all their Thor-riffic guests just ask for your ticket to be validated at the Registration Desk.

Arrival time will be 6:30pm for a 7:15pm viewing. Tickets are $30 and will be available on the Facebook event. Tickets include movie admission, small popcorn, choc top and drink. 

Happening Thursday 26 October From 6:30pm To 9:30pm At Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law Street, Canberra.

See website for more information.

PULP FICTION SCREENINGS AT DENDY

Dendy Cinemas across all locations are gearing up to host a series of retro screenings themed to feature food, drink and moments reminiscent of those in the movies.

Dendy Cinema Canberra is set to host a screening of the iconic movie Pulp Fiction starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson.

Dendy Cinema-goers can attend an evening session and dine Jack Rabbit slim style with $5 fries served on the night.

Booking has never been easier, as Patrons can now book online to secure their seats, skip the queues and never pay Booking Fees again. There’s more to love at Dendy.

Costs Between $15.00 and $18.00 and $15 for Club Dendy

Happening Monday 23 October from 6:30pm at Dendy Cinemas, 148 Bunda Street, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

See website for more information.

2017 CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The 2017 program is an exciting blend of retrospective and contemporary programming, offering some of the world’s best cinema, past and present, emphasising new works from Australia and Asia, and providing a proud national platform for Canberra’s own filmmakers.

CIFF has always had a retrospective component, but this year, it is greatly expanded and fills over half of the Festival’s sessions.

CIFF will continue to serve as a platform for the work of Canberra’s filmmakers, but in 2017 we have the added strategy of looking at past as well as present achievements.

This year’s Festival program has been curated by two local film experts – Andrew Pike (aka Mr Electric Shadows) and Alice Taylor (2016 CIFF director).

This is an exciting and eclectic collection of films showing this year at Canberra’s very own Arc Cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive.

 

Happening Thursday 26 to Sunday 5 November at Arc Cinema – National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

FESTIVALS

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CANBERRA NARA CANDLE FESTIVAL

Enjoy the spectacular visual of 2,000 shimmering candles at the 15th annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival, as we celebrate the 24th year of the Sister City relationship shared between Canberra and Nara, Japan.

Visitors will be mesmerised by the sounds of Japanese music and enchanting lighting that highlights the features of the beautiful Peace Park. The festival brings a wide variety of Japanese and Australian culture with arts and crafts such as calligraphy, lantern making, origami, ikebana and kite flying.

The festival features Japanese cuisine, markets and stalls with visitors able to take part in various activities.

Happening Saturday 28 October from 4:30pm to 9:00pm at Canberra Nara Peace Park & Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla, Australian Capital.

See website for more information.

CBR FAIR DAY 2017

The AIDS Action Council is proud to present CBR Fair Day 2017, Canberra’s biggest LGBTIQ community fair! Come and celebrate Canberra’s wonderful and diverse LGBTIQ communities by enjoying a fabulous day of music and performances. You can participate in activities and workshops, have a chat at the friendly stalls and indulge your taste buds with delicious food. Watch the beloved Rainbow Pet Parade from the grassy lawns and meet some new friends. And why not bring your dog along and register for the parade?

Fair Day has launched SpringOut every year since the first SpringOut Pride Festival in 1999. Bring your friends, partners, family and puppies – there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy!

Entry is Free!

Happening Saturday 28 October from 11:00am to 4:00pm at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

BOSSOM BUDDIES SPRING FLING

It’s that time of the year again – time to book your tickets for the Annual Australian Breast Cancer Day Celebration.

Music, dancing, good food and great entertainment. The venue has changed this year – we’re going to the Marquee at the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club Yarralumla, a beautiful spot for their event.

Download the invitation from their website, it has all the information you need about the night and how to book your tickets. Please share with your family and friends.

Bosom Buddies has a lot to celebrate this year and a few new things to launch during the evening – you don’t want to miss it. Join us for a lovely relaxed evening by the water.

Please call 0406 376 500 or see website for more information.

EMMAUS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CANBERRA- TWIGHLIGHT FETE

There will be plenty of fun, food and entertainment. Attractions: Navy, Army, Fire Brigade, Black Box Gaming, Bubble Soccer, Nerf Wars, Jumping Castle, Reptile Zoo and much more. Battle of the bands will take the stage. Prizes & Silent Auctions.

For more information about this event, call 0262477151

Happening Friday 27 October from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at 73 Davenport St, Dickson Act 2602, Australia.

ST ANTHONY’S FAMILY TWILIGHT NIGHT

Due to having to cancel their fete in May 2017, St Anthony’s are hosting a family twilight night which will include an open-air movie screening (keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for the movie that will be screened) plus fun activities such as bubble soccer, nerf gun arena, netball and basketball comps plus lots of stalls.

Happening Friday 27 October from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at St Anthony’s Primary School, Wheeler Crescent, Wanniassa.

See website for more information.

ST MICHAEL’S HARMONY FAIR

St Michael’s Harmony Fair is the main fundraising activity for St Michael’s Primary School and Parish, Kaleen.

This year’s theme is ‘Sustainability’ and there will be show rides, a silent auction, craft stalls and a petting zoo.

Happening Friday 27 October from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Tyrrell Circuit, Kaleen.

See website for more information.

Boogong: A Creepy Carnival

ROLL UP, ROLL UP!

This year Googong’s free annual Halloween event is a seriously scary, twisted-circus-celebration!

Halloween fancy dress is what the event is all about, so dress up in something terrifying and bring the whole family along for an evening of monster, zombie and people watching, as well as food and entertainment. Plus, there’ll be a best fancy-dressed competition happening on Instagram and Facebook – on the day, upload and tag your picture #boogong2017 to enter and you could win one of five prize packs.

This year’s event is happening at a new location in Googong: in the paddock next to the abandoned-and-almost-certainly-haunted Googong Woolsheds. Follow the signs when you arrive in town.

There’ll be a Spooky Big Top, live music, food vendors, roaming performers (including Crank the Clown), and fireworks show at 9pm.

Remember: Googong is only 30 minutes from Civic, so get your scary on and join us for this bone-chillingly brilliant boo-nanza!

Happening Saturday 28 October from 5-9pm at the Abandoned Googong Wool Sheds.

Boogong is a free event!

Visit googong.net for more information.

Taste Riverina Festival

The Taste Riverina Festival is a month-long menu of events throughout October each year, bringing together the Riverina’s finest producers, growers, and chef to showcase all the region has to offer.

Now in its sixth year, Taste Riverina will offer a diverse line-up of events, held right across the region, providing a complete paddock to plate experience.
Long lunches and degustation dinners, farmers markets, cooking with local and celebrity chefs, cultural and farm tours, regional dishes and wine and beer matching are all set to feature.

The diversity of the Taste Riverina events provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to hear the stories, taste the produce and experience the region. Spectacular scenery, food, wine, art and legendary country hospitality awaits you this October.

The Festival has partnered with Temora Travel to create self-drive Taste Riverina Travel Packages that allow you to explore each October weekend in style and comfort for a truly memorable Riverina experience.

Events will be held in Ariah Park, Barellan, Griffith, Grong Grong, Leeton, Lockhart, and Narrandera right through to Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba and Wagga Wagga from late September until the end of October.

Ticket prices vary to each of the events and tickets can be booked directly with individual event operators.

For more information, travel packages and a full list of events visit www.tasteriverina.com.au.

MARKETS

Some of the produce you'll find at Southside Farmers Market ever Sunday.

Some of the produce you’ll find at Southside Farmers Market ever Sunday.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MURRUMBATEMAN VILLAGE MARKET

Murrumbateman Village Market is a friendly market close to Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway, specialising in local fresh food and crafts.

The market sells a wide range of local crafts, pottery and handmade goods, as well as organic vegetables, local produce from local gardens, plus breads, cakes, pastries, jams, honey, sauces, chillies, a range of meats, olives and olive oil, native plants, local winemakers and more.

Experience a great ambience at the Village Green, Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening each week until 9 December 2017 at Murrumbateman Village Market, Barton Highway.

Find more information on the website.

CAPTAINS FLAT COUNTRY MARKETS

The Captains Flat Country Markets are friendly, relaxed markets held the first Saturday of each month (except January and this April when Easter Saturday falls on the same date) selling craft, homemade jewellery, local produce, handcrafted timber goods, plants, homemade cakes, slices biscuits, pre-loved goods, and much more.

The Markets’ Cafe provides fresh tea and real coffee and various community groups provide a barbecue. The Captains Flat Country Markets are run by the Captains Flat Community Association (CFCA – a not-for-profit organisation), for the benefit of the local community. Funds raised go towards supporting a variety of community initiatives.

Don’t forget to talk to the Community Association representatives on their regular stall to find out more about local events and activities, including local businesses and services.

Happening until Saturday 2 December 2017 at Captains Flat Community Hall. Open from 10am – 2pm.

Find more information on the website.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out.

Wynlen House is a small urban micro farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Do your weekly shop, grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! The Kingston Friday Night Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

YASS FARMERS MARKETS

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Farmers Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

The Yass Farmer’s Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

On until 7 October 2017 every first and third Saturday of the month from 10am- 1pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church.

Find more information on the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

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Where’s Miranda? 50 Years at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay was first published in 1967 and is widely considered to be one of the most important Australian novels of all time. It was popularised globally in 1975 when the movie, directed by Peter Weir, was released to immediate critical and commercial success.  All these years later, the haunting music from the film score is still instantly recognisable to anyone who has seen the film, and debate still rages about what really happened to the missing girls that day.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, join us for a special once-only event to examine the creation of Picnic at Hanging Rock and the legacy it has left for future generations. Much-loved Canberra journalist Genevieve Jacobs will MC the event, alongside dramatised readings from popular Australian actors, reminding us why this book remains a cult classic. Tickets are $20 and includes an English-themed afternoon tea.

Happening Saturday 28 October from 1.30-5.30pm at the National Library of Australia.

More information and bookings at nla.gov.au.

ALPACA MAGIC OPEN DAY

The Alpaca Magic biannual Open Day and Reduction Sale is coming up again on the last Sunday of October! If you’re after a fun day out for the family, looking to find out a bit more about the events we run, or thinking of investing in llamas/alpacas as pets or livestock guardians, please come along to meet the lovely animals (who will be wandering amongst their human guests) and have a chat with the staff.

There’ll be several staff available on the day to answer all the questions you have, coach any nervous children through interacting with the llamas/alpacas for the first time, and point out the animals that are up for sale – at reduced prices throughout this Reduction Sale period.

No bookings required, however there is a Facebook event set up for you to invite your friends. 

Happening Sunday 30 October from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, New South Wales, Australia.

See website for more information.

ANIMALS IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

As part of ACT Children’s Week, Dr. Stephanie Owen Reeder joins us for a special edition of their Literary Lounge series, Animals in Children’s Literature.

Reeder is the author and illustrator of 10 children’s books, including the acclaimed Lennie the Legend, part of her Heritage Heroes series of historical novels for children.

In conversation with author and editor Irma Gold, Reeder will discuss the educational importance of children’s literature and of bringing Australian history to life for a young audience as well as the central role that animals (especially horses) play her children’s books.

Entry is free!

Happening Thursday 26 October at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

RECLAIM THE NIGHT MARCH

Reclaim the Night is a global event that provides a public platform for women and their supporters to take a stand against sexual violence. The first march took place around 44 years ago to protest the police response to the Yorkshire Ripper murders in England, where women were told by police to stay indoors at night.

This year we will hear from the Federal Member for Canberra, Ms Gai Brodtmann MP, and Virginia Haussegger AM, the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre’s patron and passionate women’s advocate and communication specialist. She is also an award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years.

There will be performances from Matilda Rose, 2017’s Junior Australian National Busking Champion, Ghawazee Moon Bellydance and the Women’s African drumming group.

The message of Reclaim the Night is as relevant now as it was 44yrs ago. Sexual Assault affects one in three girls before the age of 18 and one in six women will be assaulted in a lifetime. Reclaim the Night is the first event and launches The Summer of Respect campaign. This campaign focuses on community awareness of sexual violence and respectful behaviour.

Happening Friday 27 October from 6:00pm at Garema Place, Garema Place, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

See website for more information.

CANBERRA HOME & LEISURE SHOW

Be inspired to live the life you choose at the Canberra Home & Leisure Show. This annual show is bigger and better than ever in 2017 with new precincts, a Fine Food Hall, family entertainment and more sites to visit!

Whether you’re in the market for a caravan so you can explore more of Australia, a new kitchen, 4WD gear or some delicious gourmet treats, you’ll find it here.

Happening from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October from 9:00 am to 5:00pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Flemington Road, Mitchell, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

COMMUNITY SERVICES #1 OPEN DAY

Community Services #1 (CS#1) invites you to attend their free Open Day on Saturday 28 October 2017. This is a great opportunity to come along, meet the team and find out more about the services we offer in the community. It is a family event so we’d love for you to bring along your children and friends.

The day will include lots of fun activities, including:

Face Painting
Sausage Sizzle
Cake Stall
Photo Booth
Food & Drink and more!

There will be plenty of information, displays and presentations on the day. See you there!

Happening Saturday 28 October from 10:00M to 2:00pm at Griffith Neighbourhood Centre, Stuart Street, Griffith.

See website for more information.

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

Find out more here.

Meet The Gardener Tour of Parliament House

One of Parliament House’s gardeners will lead this exclusive in-depth tour through the gardens and courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how the team manages the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Take the opportunity to ask gardening questions and gain a few tips from the best. You will finish with morning/afternoon tea at the Queen’s Terrace Café.

More information and bookings at aph.gov.au.

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP

Bindaree Bee Supplies and Wins Creek Meadery are offering the new and unique two-day Art and Science of Beekeeping course.

The course covers bee genetics, biology and disease control (the science) and actual hands on experience working with these animals and constructing the frames and hives that they live in (the art).

Four-course dates are offered with a limit of 10 people per course. Course attendees get priority bookings for honey bee colonies to start their new adventure.

Happening until Sunday 3 December 2017 from 10am-4pm at Win’s Creek Meadery, 18 East Street, NSW. Cost is $290pp for two days.

See the website for more information.

CANBERRA TIMBER & WORKING WITH WOOD SHOW

The Canberra Timber & Working With Wood Show is Australia’s premier event for woodworking. From the weekend hobbyist and home DIY’er through to the most experienced enthusiasts, this is a show you cannot miss.

See the best in the industry, share their expertise, have fun trying new techniques and tools – and experience some of the world’s finest timbers, all at the one new location!

Happening Friday 27 to Sunday 29 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Canberra Racing Club, Randwick Road, Lyneham, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information. 

CHARM STUDIO GLASS BY NICK WIRDNAM

Nick Wirdnam is a highly regarded glass artist who incorporates into his work a language of recurring symbols and motifs on which we often project a special meaning.

The work in this exhibition explores the idea of the charm and Nick has exquisitely sculpted everyday objects that have an “historical association of good fortune, hope and consolation as amulets or lucky charms. These charms are symbols that offer hope and protection.”

Nick’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, National Art Glass Collection at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Nijima Glass Art Museum (Japan).

Opening hours are:
Tue to Fri 10am-5pm
Sat and Sun 9am-5pm

Happening Thursday 12 October to Sunday 29 October at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

PUBLIC TALK: SUICIDE PREVENTION IN SOCIETY – CANBERRA

Learn about how Buddhism can shed light on the sadness of suicide. How can we prevent suicide through Buddhist insight? In this public talk, Lama Choedak Rinpoche will use Buddhist teachings to explain the nature of suffering and how to relate to suffering without becoming overwhelmed.

Suicide is a prominent public health concern, with almost 2% of deaths in Australia attributed to suicide. This is an average of 8.3 people each day. Combined with problems of substance abuse and mental disorders, the risk of self-harm becomes alarmingly high and difficult to solve. How can Buddhism in everyday life help heal depression and prevent suicide?

Happening Monday 23 October form 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Function Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City, 2601
ACT, Australia.

See website for more information. 

ART AT WILBUR’S CAFÉ. AN EXHIBITION OF LOCAL ART

Using Acrylic, Mixed Media and Lithography in her series of “Creature Comforts” the Artist felt inspired when learning to understand why learning for her son is so hard for him. “In my art I am creating a “dictionary of dreams”, images from myth for meditation and healing. I believe the images can speak when we have no words. And maybe I can reach my son, and others, inspire them, and remind them that some struggles are part of a bigger picture. It’s about Affirmation, Inspiration and remembering to Dream-on.”  

Happening Thursday 26 October from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Hackett Pl, Hackett Act 2602, Australia.

See website for more information.

LLAMA EXPERIENCE: TAKE A LLAMA FOR A WALK

Come along for a Llama Stroll through sprawling, picturesque countryside with these incredibly rare and exotic animals. This is a unique opportunity to learn about and experience these very rare and exotic animals up close and personal, in a small group with an experienced guide.

Happening until on selected dates until Saturday 16 December 2017 at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, NSW. Cost is $30pp for children and $70pp for adults. Note: only adults are allowed to lead llamas.

See the website for further information.

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: TWILIGHT RIDE

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night.

Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee through the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines.

Happening until 16 December 2017 from 5.30pm-7.30pm at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, NSW. Cost is $130pp.

See the website for more information.

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence.

The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend. 

Complete the online contact form to register.

SPORT & RECREATION

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Yoga in the Monaro Mall

Yoga is the perfect morning workout for the mind, body and soul. It can help increase energy levels, improve your mental clarity, circulation and posture, and tone your muscles.

The best way to get started is in a group class where an experienced instructor can help you learn the basics, or hone your existing knowledge.

Every Thursday from 7.15am–8am, in the event space opposite Endota Spa, Lululemon will be hosting complimentary yoga classes. Led by local yoga instructor Alex Ball, the classes will focus on Vinyasa flow yoga and is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Yoga mats will be provided for all attendees— just bring your own towel, water bottle and zen spirit!As the class is outside regular Centre trading hours, the entry point into Canberra Centre will be off Petrie Plaza.

Happening every Thursday from 7.15am–8am opposite Endota Spa in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

LEAGUE OF GIANTS

The world’s best are coming to Australia for the Rugby League World Cup and they’ve got some awesome new team-mates.

Fourteen larger than life giant rugby league players are coming to a place near you! From Samoa to the USA, Lebanon to Wales, France to New Zealand, each of these massive units will represent one of the fourteen participating nations in the Cup.

We’re talking HUGE. Each “player” stands three metres tall and weighs 400 kilograms, glowing with internal LED lighting – you can’t miss them day or night!

Throughout the tournament, the League of Giants will make a huge impact on fans as you get up close and personal with these legends in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.

This is a mighty celebration of the courage, honour and strength of the players – get amongst ‘em!

Happening Monday 30 October to Thursday 2 November at Garema Place, Garema Place, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP 2017 – FRANCE VS LEBANON

In 2017, the best players and teams from around the world will descend on Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea for the Rugby League World Cup. The tournament will see 14 teams play 28 games over five weeks – all hoping to be crowned world cup winners, in what is the pinnacle event in international Rugby League. The action will kick off in round 1 of pool matches with France taking on Lebanon.

Canberra Stadium, the home of the Canberra Raiders will host three pool matches over three weekends, in what is set to be the biggest sporting event in Australia during 2017.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be at the Rugby League World Cup in Canberra.

Tickets from Ticketek. Transaction & booking fees may apply.
Prices are subject to change at RLWC discretion.

October 29: France v Lebanon

November 3: Australia v France

November 10: Fiji v Euro

Happening Sunday 29 October from 4:00pm at Canberra Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

APIS CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL

Watch world class tennis, right here in Canberra!

Part of the Australian Pro Tour, the Apis Canberra International, a $75,000 ATP Challenger and $60,000 ITF Women’s Futures event is the perfect lead up to the Australian Summer of Tennis.

One hundred of the world’s top ranked male and female professional tennis players with ATP/WTA rankings between 50-300 will aim to improve their rankings ahead of the 2018 Australian Open.

In 2016, fifth seed, James Duckworth (NSW) defeated top seed Jordan Thompson (NSW) in the semi-finals before claiming the title in straight sets against Marc Polmans (VIC) in the men’s event. In the women’s event, top seed and world number 103 Risa Ozaki (JPN) defeated Italian qualifier Georgia Brescia in the final. In doubles, Luke Saville (SA) and doubles partner Jordan Thompson were the 2016 men’s champions, alongside Jessica Moore (WA) and doubles partner Storm Sanders (QLD).

This event includes a Kids Day with on court activities, face painting, a jumping castle and more!

Kids Day : Saturday 4 November, 9:00am – 11:00am

Free Entry!

Happening Saturday 28 October to Thursday 5 November at Canberra Tennis Centre, 3 Riggall Place, Lyneham, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

 

Live footy screenings at Ostani

Watch the AFL, NRL and Super Rugby live from Ostani’s big screens. Don’t miss a match on the two big screens, plus enjoy Happy Hour every Friday from 5pm-7pm.

Happening at Ostani Lounge Bar and Restaurant, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

TRAVEL

Thirsty Crow Brewery. Facebook @thirstycrowbrewery

Thirsty Crow Brewery. Facebook @thirstycrowbrewery

OCROWBERFEST

The craft beer craze has spread to the Riverina. ThirstyCrow Brewing Co. is Wagga’s first microbrewery, producing nine year-round beers and more than 30 seasonal brews.

This cheekily-named twist on the German beer festival is Thirsty Crow’s annual Oktoberfest celebration—complete with special brews, steins, German cuisine, Oom-Pah Band and German frivolities. It’s a family-friendly event to keep you entertained throughout the day.

Happening Sunday 29 October from 12-8pm at the Thirsty Crow Brewery in Wagga Wagga.

For more information check out visitwagga.com.

WOLLUNDRY GROVE OLIVES: FREE TOUR AND TASTINGS

If you’re fascinated by these delicious little morsels, this is the event for you.

Enjoy a leisurely day wandering the grove in a free personalised tour, followed by tasting the products grown and processed on-site.

Happening various dates across October at Wollundry Grove Olives, Wagga.

Bookings essential. More information from visitwagga.com.

DEGUSTATION AT THE ROUNDABOUT

If this dessert isn’t enough to get you excited, imagine nine other courses just as gorgeous. Take your tastebuds on a tour of the region’s best cuisine in The Roundabout Restaurant’s delicious 10-course spring degustation. Who says you only find five-star fare in the city?

Happening Friday 27 October from 6pm at The Roundabout Restaurant, Wagga Wagga.

Price TBC. For more information check out visitwagga.com.

Taste Riverina Festival

The Taste Riverina Festival is a month-long menu of events throughout October each year, bringing together the Riverina’s finest producers, growers, and chef to showcase all the region has to offer.

Now in its sixth year, Taste Riverina will offer a diverse line-up of events, held right across the region, providing a complete paddock to plate experience.
Long lunches and degustation dinners, farmers markets, cooking with local and celebrity chefs, cultural and farm tours, regional dishes and wine and beer matching are all set to feature.

The diversity of the Taste Riverina events provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to hear the stories, taste the produce and experience the region. Spectacular scenery, food, wine, art and legendary country hospitality awaits you this October.

The Festival has partnered with Temora Travel to create self-drive Taste Riverina Travel Packages that allow you to explore each October weekend in style and comfort for a truly memorable Riverina experience.

Events will be held in Ariah Park, Barellan, Griffith, Grong Grong, Leeton, Lockhart, and Narrandera right through to Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba and Wagga Wagga from late September until the end of October.

Ticket prices vary to each of the events and tickets can be booked directly with individual event operators.

For more information, travel packages and a full list of events visit www.tasteriverina.com.au.

Cork & Fork Fest

Hosted by Borambola Wines, Cork & Fork Fest is a twilight food festival held outdoors at Wagga Beach—it’s all about food, wine and good times with friends and family.

Take along a picnic blanket or chair and enjoy live music and a glass of Borambola Wine, Tuckerbox hoppy lager beer or apple cider.

As for the ‘fork’ part? You’ll enjoy locally-made Modern Australian, Malaysian, confectionery, Syrian, pizza and more!

Happening from 5:30pm to 9:30pm every Friday in October. More information at visitwagga.com.

OUTDOORS

DEMOCRACY IN FLOWER AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Spring has sprung in Canberra, and Parliament House is once again opening its courtyards and gardens to the public.

The Australian Parliament House 2017 Spring Program features two events, coinciding with two of Canberra’s most anticipated festivals.

Democracy in Flower, coinciding with Floriade, is a celebration of all things floral around Parliament House. The event features tours of Parliament House’s private courtyards and gardens, run by their brilliant tour guides.

Meet the Gardener tours are a great opportunity to ask questions to some of Australia’s best gardeners, and finish with morning or afternoon tea at the Queen’s Terrace Café.

Finally, Democracy in Flower features the return of the much-loved Spring Tea in the Garden – an exclusive opportunity to enjoy sweet and savoury treats in the gardens of Parliament House.

The Democracy in Design event, timed to complement the DESIGN Canberra Festival, will feature a new building tour focusing on design and architecture, as well as the launch of a new art installation featuring new artworks incorporating leather-bound volumes of Hansard.

For more information about the 2017 Spring Program, or to book tickets, visit aph.gov.au/Spring.

KIDS

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Boogong: A Creepy Carnival

ROLL UP, ROLL UP!

This year Googong’s free annual Halloween event is a seriously scary, twisted-circus-celebration!

Halloween fancy dress is what the event is all about, so dress up in something terrifying and bring the whole family along for an evening of monster, zombie and people watching, as well as food and entertainment. Plus, there’ll be a best fancy-dressed competition happening on Instagram and Facebook – on the day, upload and tag your picture #boogong2017 to enter and you could win one of five prize packs.

This year’s event is happening at a new location in Googong: in the paddock next to the abandoned-and-almost-certainly-haunted Googong Woolsheds. Follow the signs when you arrive in town.

There’ll be a Spooky Big Top, live music, food vendors, roaming performers (including Crank the Clown), and fireworks show at 9pm.

Remember: Googong is only 30 minutes from Civic, so get your scary on and join us for this bone-chillingly brilliant boo-nanza!

Happening Saturday 28 October from 5-9pm at the Abandoned Googong Wool Sheds.

Boogong is a free event!

Visit googong.net for more information.

BOO AT THE ZOO

Feeling a little beastly this Halloween? Come and join the creatures, critters and creepy crawlies at the Zoo for plenty of tricks and treats this Halloween. Bring a picnic or purchase some tasty snacks on the night  With animal feeds, games, competitions and sweets, the night promises to be devilishly fun.

Proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis ACT and the NZACT Conservation Fund.

Boo at the Zoo is a family Halloween fundraising night aimed at families with children between 4 and 12 years old – although younger and older kids are welcome to come too! – and has been created as an opportunity for families and children to enjoy Halloween games and Trick or Treating in a safe environment.

Boo at the Zoo is being held on Saturday 28th of October in the new area of the zoo. Gates will open at 5:30pm with the evening concluding with a round up and prizes handed out at 7.30pm. 

Happening from Saturday 28 October from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at National Zoo & Aquarium, Lady Denman Drive, Yarralumla.

See website for more information.

FAMILY FUN DAY – CELEBRATING 90 YEARS OF GIRL GUIDES IN THE ACT

Come and celebrate with Girl Guides as we celebrate their 90th Birthday. The day will be jam packed with Guide Activities and lots of fun. Mobile Rock Climbing Wall, Face Painting, Sausage Sizzle & drinks, Campfire fun, cupcakes, Jumping Castle, Tent Displays, Guide Biscuits and most importantly……..Birthday Cake!

Bring your family and friends. This is a public event, so all are welcome to come and see what Girl Guides get up to in the ACT.

Happening Saturday 28 October from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Kings Park, Lake Burley Griffin, Wendouree Drive, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER HALLOWEEN: MONSTER FACE BREAD MAKING CLASS FOR KIDS

Bring your kids in to learn about making bread with a scary twist… monster faces! While the parents relax in the restaurant, the class will be held in the scary dungeon (wine cellar), each participant gets to decorate their own bread loaf to look like a scary monster face. They then take the bread to the oven and cook it for the kids to then eat with some delicious pumpkin soup, followed by a scoop of pumpkin ice cream.

Book through [email protected].

Costs:

All kids $30.00

Parents dine upstairs with normal menu

Happening Sunday 29 October at Contentious Character Vineyard, Winery, Cellar Door & Kitchen, 810 Norton Road, New South Wales, Australia.

See website for more information.

CHILDREN’S WEEK PLAYGROUP GARDENING

We are planning to have a ‘gardening’ playgroup!! We will arrange 2 garden beds in the nursing home garden so children, parents and nursing home residents can plant some veggies and flowers in there. Also decorate the garden beds with painted stones by all. Residents and children who come to the every Monday playgroup can maintain those 2 garden beds with love and care. We would love to promote ‘the sustainable living’ to all generations through this play.

Happening Monday 23 October from 11:30pm at Mirinjani Retirement Village, 11 Namatjira Drive, Weston Act 2611, Australia.

See website for more information.

ACT PLAYGROUP PLAYFEST

17th Annual Playfest event to celebrate Children’s Week. For parents, carers, grandparents and children under 6. Lots of free, fun, exciting play based activities and entertainment for children and stalls by community organisations, sporting groups and local businesses with parenting information and resources.

Happening Tuesday 24 October from 10:00am to 1:00pm at Cook Community Hub, Templeton Street, Cook.

See website for more information.

LAUNCH OF ACT CHILDREN’S WEEK

See, hear and celebrate the inspirational stories of some of the 2017 ACT Children’s Week Awardees – adults, children, business groups and community groups who have generously made a difference in the lives of others.

For more information about this event, call 02 6254 4209

Happening Wednesday 25 October from 11:00am to 12:30pm at National Museum Of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See website for more information.

MAKE YOUR OWN STORY BOOK PRESENTATION

A celebration for children who are finalists in the Make Your Own Storybook competition. The event will take place on Universal Children’s Day – 25 October. Author Jackie French will present the prizes.

For more information about this event, call 02 6255 5716

Happening from 25 October from 2:00pm to 3:00pm at Belconnen Library, Chandler Street, Belconnen.

See website for more information.

CHILDREN’S WEEK KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATION

To celebrate Children’s Week, the Kindergarten students will take to the stage, in front of their family and members of the school community, to showcase some of the highlights of their first year of school. After their performance they will enjoy a picnic lunch with their family and school friends.

Happening Friday 27 October From 12:30am To 1:30pm At Rosary Primary School, Fleming Street, Watson. 

See website for more information. 

LLAMAS IN THE MIST  

On a misty morning watch the mist rise revealing a tranquil vista of paddocks and rolling hills, with dozens of alpacas and llamas peacefully grazing… or on a frosty morning watch the frost on their whiskers and fleece become steam rising from their bodies as they amble up the paddock for their breakfast. 

This is a rare opportunity and one not to be missed – meet over 200 alpacas and llamas, learn about them, and take wonderful “selfies” with them. 

Happening until Saturday 11 November from 8:30am – 10am at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, New South Wales. 

For bookings and more information visit the website.  

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Search for Koalas in the Canopy and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear the ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy.

Arrive an hour early and see the pelicans being fed at Pond 4 at 1.30pm. Hear insights about pelicans and the other remarkable inhabitants of the wetlands from a Tidbinbilla ranger.

Saturdays 2.30pm – 3pm until Sunday 12 May 2018 at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find more information on the website.

PLAY UP

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head.

The exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun.

Open from 9am to 5pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Take your little ones along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for some fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

First Friday of the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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Pink Lady luncheon 2017

Quentin Bryce is coming to Canberra to be the special guest speaker at Breast Cancer Network Australia’s annual Pink Lady luncheon on Wednesday 25 October at the National Gallery of Australia.

This year more than 17,500 women and 144 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia. Breast Cancer Network Australia works to create a better cancer journey for people with breast cancer.

Happening Wednesday 20 October from 12-2.30pm at the National Gallery of Australia.

Tickets are $175.00 each or $1,750 for a table of 10 for a fine dining experience and gift bag brimming with wonderful items to take home.

For more information and to buy tickets visit bcna.org.au.

RECLAIM THE NIGHT MARCH

Reclaim the Night is a global event that provides a public platform for women and their supporters to take a stand against sexual violence. The first march took place around 44 years ago to protest the police response to the Yorkshire Ripper murders in England, where women were told by police to stay indoors at night.

This year we will hear from the Federal Member for Canberra, Ms Gai Brodtmann MP, and Virginia Haussegger AM, the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre’s patron and passionate women’s advocate and communication specialist. She is also an award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years.

There will be performances from Matilda Rose, 2017’s Junior Australian National Busking Champion, Ghawazee Moon Bellydance and the Women’s African drumming group.

The message of Reclaim the Night is as relevant now as it was 44yrs ago. Sexual Assault affects one in three girls before the age of 18 and one in six women will be assaulted in a lifetime. Reclaim the Night is the first event and launches The Summer of Respect campaign. This campaign focuses on community awareness of sexual violence and respectful behaviour.

Happening Friday 27 October from 6:00pm at Garema Place, Garema Place, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

See website for more information.

CBR FAIR DAY 2017

The AIDS Action Council is proud to present CBR Fair Day 2017, Canberra’s biggest LGBTIQ community fair! Come and celebrate Canberra’s wonderful and diverse LGBTIQ communities by enjoying a fabulous day of music and performances. You can participate in activities and workshops, have a chat at the friendly stalls and indulge your taste buds with delicious food. Watch the beloved Rainbow Pet Parade from the grassy lawns and meet some new friends. And why not bring your dog along and register for the parade?

Fair Day has launched SpringOut every year since the first SpringOut Pride Festival in 1999. Bring your friends, partners, family and puppies – there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy!

Entry is Free!

Happening Saturday 28 October from 11:00am to 4:00pm at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

BOSSOM BUDDIES SPRING FLING

It’s that time of the year again – time to book your tickets for the Annual Australian Breast Cancer Day Celebration.

Music, dancing, good food and great entertainment. The venue has changed this year – we’re going to the Marquee at the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club Yarralumla, a beautiful spot for their event.

Download the invitation from their website, it has all the information you need about the night and how to book your tickets. Please share with your family and friends.

Bosom Buddies has a lot to celebrate this year and a few new things to launch during the evening – you don’t want to miss it. Join us for a lovely relaxed evening by the water.

Please call 0406 376 500 or see website for more information.

EMMAUS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CANBERRA- TWIGHLIGHT FETE

There will be plenty of fun, food and entertainment. Attractions: Navy, Army, Fire Brigade, Black Box Gaming, Bubble Soccer, Nerf Wars, Jumping Castle, Reptile Zoo and much more. Battle of the bands will take the stage. Prizes & Silent Auctions.

For more information about this event, call 0262477151

Happening Friday 27 October from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at 73 Davenport St, Dickson Act 2602, Australia.

ST ANTHONY’S FAMILY TWILIGHT NIGHT

Due to having to cancel their fete in May 2017, St Anthony’s are hosting a family twilight night which will include an open-air movie screening (keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for the movie that will be screened) plus fun activities such as bubble soccer, nerf gun arena, netball and basketball comps plus lots of stalls.

Happening Friday 27 October from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at St Anthony’s Primary School, Wheeler Crescent, Wanniassa.

See website for more information.

ST MICHAEL’S HARMONY FAIR

St Michael’s Harmony Fair is the main fundraising activity for St Michael’s Primary School and Parish, Kaleen.

This year’s theme is ‘Sustainability’ and there will be show rides, a silent auction, craft stalls and a petting zoo.

Happening Friday 27 October from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Tyrrell Circuit, Kaleen.

See website for more information.

ABUNDANT WATER TRIVIA NIGHT

Come along to the Abundant Water Trivia Night to help us raise funds for their valuable work bringing clean water to rural communities in developing countries.

Abundant Water empowers individuals and communities to secure their own sustainable access to safe water. Working in remote and rural areas, we train local potters and vendors to launch water filter micro-businesses as part of their social business model, ensuring their communities have a supply of clean water into the future.

For less than the cost of two trivia tickets you can help provide a family with clean, safe water and ensure a local filter vendor has a livelihood in the process.

All proceeds raised will go towards funding AW programs. Can’t come on the night? No probems you can still make a donation below!

Check back here to find updates on some of the awesome prizes and auction items we will have available on the night.

Happening Friday 27 October from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Eastlake Football Club, Oxley Street, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

HALLOWEEN BINGO – FUNDRAISER WITH GREAT PRIZES!

Please join the Canberra Sundowners Satellite Rotary Club for Halloween Bingo on Friday 27 October!

The event commences from 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start at the Hellenic Club in the City (13 Moore Street).

Funds raised will go towards the Hands On Project providing prosthetic hands for amputees in third world and war torn countries throughout the world.

For a fun night out with a chance to win a great prize purchase tickets at TryBooking.

Happening Friday 27 from 6:30pm to 11:00pm At Hellenic Club In The City, Moore Street, Canberra.

CANBERRA LION DANCE 10TH BIRTHDAY CHARITY TRIVIA

Canberra Lion Dance is celebrating 10 years! Join the troupe, supporters and friends at Gungalin Lakes Golf Club for an evening of trivia, with all profits donated to local organisation PANDSI.

Featuring a good luck blessing and performance by Canberra Lion Dance.

TICKETS 

We are selling tables of 10, half tables and individual tickets (we’ll allocate a table to you!). Tickets include hot finger food and remember, all profits will be donated to PANDSI!
Drinks and other food can be purchased separately.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite (plus booking fee) or via bank transfer (no booking fee) to Canberra Lion Dance – please email us at [email protected] for information.

**LIMITED EARLY BIRD TABLES**

Purchase by Thursday 31 August
$475 (+ waived booking fee) for a table of 10

Happening Friday 27 October from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club, Gundaroo Drive, Nicholls.

See website for more information. 

TEAM ALEX FUNDRAISING TRIVIA NIGHT  

Gather your friends, family and colleagues for the Team Alex Trivia Night fundraiser to be held at the Belconnen Raiders Club!

•Tables of 10 players (if you don’t have a full table of 10 you will be placed on a table)

•Food and full bar services available for purchase on the evening

•Doors open at 6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm start

•There will be silent auctions, raffles, spot prizes and fun games to keep you entertained across the evening

All proceeds raised will be directed to Alex and go towards the comforts she requires to give her the best possible chance of winning this battle.

A great opportunity to enjoy a night of fun and raise money for an important cause, all while testing your knowledge on a great line up of entertaining and challenging topics.

Tickets to be purchased via Eventbrite.

Happening Friday 27 October from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at 155 Hardwick Crescent, Holt.

ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES APPRAISAL DAY

Post-operative discomfort is an issue, that hampers recovery, for women who have undergone breast surgery. Fortunately, this discomfort can be alleviated with a breast care cushion. Cushions are made by the members of Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast, and provided free of charge to women in Canberra, Wagga and the NSW South Coast.

To facilitate this Breast Cancer Awareness Month project, Zonta is holding an Antique and Collectibles Appraisal day. Bring your teddy, bring Nanna¹s tea set (the one supposedly given to her by Queen Victoria), bring your diamond jewellery and the painting you bought in a Parisian flee market. Nine of Canberra¹s professional appraisers will be on hand to tell you about your treasures. Which items are valuable?… Teddy is priceless!

Tickets/entry: free entry, $5 per item appraised. More information on [email protected] 

Happening Saturday 28 October from 10:00am to 3:00pm at ATSI Centre, 245 Lady Denman Drive, Yamundi Reach.

WALK 4 BABIES QUEANBEYAN

Walk 4 Babies is a 5km walk at Queanbeyan Park on Saturday 28 October that raises funds to help purchase much needed equipment for the maternity ward in the Queanbeyan Hospital. In addition to the walk, we have organised a range of family activities on the day. These include a jumping castle, face painting, raffles, a barbeque and lots more. 

Happening Saturday 28 October from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Brad Haddin Oval (Town Park), Campbell Street, Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia.

See website for more information.

WODEN VIEW CLUB LUNCHEON

Woden View Club Luncheon: delicious 2 course luncheon. Their guest, Elizabeth Burness is from Tuggeranong School House and Museum. This is an activity to support The Smith Family and its Learning for Life Program, which helps children in need with their education.

Cost: $27.00

RSVP. October 18. Ph. 0427383343

Happening Tuesday 24 October from 11:30am at Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip Act 2606, Australia. 

See website for more information.

KANGAROOS WATERS FETE

A fun day out for all ages. Treasures, Toys, Jams, Preserves & Cakes, CDs & DVDs, Books Galore, Pots & Plants, White Elephant Stall, Paper Craft &Cards. Then there’s Face Painting, Balloons, Sausage Sizzle & Dutch Pancakes. Come and enjoy their relaxed lakeside atmosphere.

Happening Saturday 28 October from 9:00am to 2:00pm at 2 Joy Cummings Place, Belconnen.

For more information about this event, call 0417 688 711.

EXHIBITIONS

From the shadows: Australia’s special forces 

Highly trained, motivated, and experienced, Special Forces can be inserted into any environment undetected, by land, sea, or air. They have been continuously deployed at home and abroad for nearly two decades, winning honours in Afghanistan, fighting in Iraq, helping establish security in East Timor, performing counter-terrorist roles in Australia, and supporting domestic security agencies.

Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) granted the Memorial unprecedented access and support in the development of this exhibition, which covers the history of Australian Special Forces from the Second World War to Afghanistan. Senior Historian and exhibition curator Dr Karl James said that working with material which has never before been displayed publicly was an extraordinary privilege. 

From the shadows, which will run for 12 months, features more than 660 objects including uniforms, equipment and gallantry awards from Australia’s elite and secretive regiments: the Special Air Service Regiment, the 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments and the Special Operations Engineer Regiment. 

The exhibition also includes more than 25 interviews produced by award-winning broadcasters Chris Masters and Max Uechtritz, which give thrilling first-hand accounts of the perilous environment operators enter into, with rare, compelling insights from family members on the difficulty of being at home while Special Forces are deployed in secrecy. Members of SOCOMD have received more than 150 battlefield awards in that time, including three Victoria Crosses, Australia’s highest award for bravery.

Happening from Wednesday 18 October for 12 months at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell. 

Find more information on the website.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Happening from 20 October until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

WAVING THE RED FLAG: CHINESE POSTERS 1949-1976

What did it mean to be a citizen in the new People’s Republic of China? Waving The Red Flag is a mini exhibition of bright, colourful propaganda posters that shows us how the Chinese government communicated its officially sanctioned ideals for the lives of its people in this brave new world.

Showing until 2 February 2018 from 10am-5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Entry is free.

See the website for further information.

WHITE, RED, BLACK – WORKS ON PAPER BY CHRIS DENTON

Chris Denton’s prints and drawings are intricate, minutely observed and exquisitely rendered. Chris continues to use the dahlia motif as he explores the idea of the material object in space, restricting his colour palette to “white, red, black – a universal narrative.”

All of his works combine a love of intellectual enquiry with objects of great beauty – an aesthetic fusing of science, nature, spirituality and philosophy. Chris’ work is represented in many collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House, Association Musee d’Art Contemporain (Chamalieres, France) and Tama Art University (Japan).

Opening hours:
Tue to Fri 10am-5pm
Sat and Sun 9am-5pm]

Showing until Sunday 29 October at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

 

CHARM – STUDIO GLASS BY NICK WIRDNAM

Nick Wirdnam is a highly regarded glass artist who incorporates into his work a language of recurring symbols and motifs on which we often project a special meaning. The work in Charm – Studio Glass, explores the idea of the charm and Nick has exquisitely sculpted everyday objects that have an “historical association of good fortune, hope and consolation as amulets or lucky charms.

These charms are symbols that offer hope and protection. Nick’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, National Art Glass Collection at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Nijima Glass Art Museum (Japan).

Happening 12 – 29 October from 10am-5pm at Beaver Galleries, Deakin. Free Entry.

THE PRICE OF GOLD EXHIBITION BY STUART WHITELAW

The Belconnen Art Centre presents, The Price of Gold by Stuart Whitelaw. This exhibition is an exploration and celebration of the landscape of the Deua River. The Deua flows through wilderness and National Park providing coastal communities of Eurobodalla with water for households and for growing food. Gold mining has had a profound effect on the river since the mid nineteenth century. The Deua is slowly healing from the erosion and siltation but will the toxic legacy of a new mine reveal the true price of gold?

Showing until 12 November from 10am-4pm, Exhibition opening Friday 20 October from 5.30pm at Belconnen Arts Centre Belconnen. Free Entry.

UNEARTHED EXHIBITION BY MIRABEL FITZGERALD

The Belconnen Art Centre presents Unearthed, an exhibition by Mirabel Fitzgerald. The works are a response to living and working by the sea in the spotted gum forest of the South Coast. The images originate in descriptions of the environment although they frequently become abstracted in the studio process. A fascination with the textures that recur through the markings on trees, rocks and beach detritus, translate into various works on paper; prints. rubbings, and drawings.

Showing until 12 November from 10am-4pm, Exhibition opening Friday 20 October from 5.30pm at Belconnen Arts Centre Belconnen. Free Entry.

CRAFT ACT: CRAFT AND DESIGN CENTRE ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION

The Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Annual Members Exhibition demonstrates the trends in contemporary craft and design in Australia by accredited practitioners from the ACT and surrounding region.

This exhibition represents the work of Accredited Professional Members and Associate Members working across all mediums of craft and Design.

Free Entry.

Showing until Saturday 4 November from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Craft ACT, Level 1 North Building/180 London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

Inspired by the 1964 civil rights song of the same name, A Change Is Gonna Come invites visitors to consider the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision within the context of their time, through events that led to and followed these significant moments. Has change truly come, or is it coming still?

Showing until 30 January 2018 daily from 9am-5pm only at the National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra. Entry is free.

Check the website for more information.

TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters and take a journey into the heart of Australia. Intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land. See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre hub where artists create works you can take home.

Don’t miss out—this exhibition is a journey like no other.

Showing until 25 February 2018 from 9am – 5pm daily at the National Museum of Australia. Visit nma.gov.au/songlines for details and booking costs.

FINDERS KEEPERS: COLLECTORS AND THEIR STORIES

Peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. Diverse, rich and often surprising, these collections are brimming with stories. From cherished mementoes of political careers, to well-worn protest T-shirts, each collection takes us on a journey through Australia’s democratic history.

Finders Keepers asks why do people collect, why do museums collect and what do our collections say about us? With 269 objects on display, the most in the history of the museum, Finders Keepers unveils the collector in us all and invites you to share your own collection story.

Families can explore the exhibition and discover what makes collectors tick with the Museum’s fun, hands-on Finders Keepers Collector Kits.

Showing daily till Sunday 24 December 2017 from 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Find more information on the website.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition. Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum explores the journey of Australia’s most successful referendum campaign and asks what this far-reaching change means today. 

This is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily.

For more information visit the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333 for more information.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

See forty-nine of the year’s best photographic portraits at the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize. An annual prize open to both aspiring and professional photographers, the NPPP celebrates contemporary photographic portraiture from across the country, with the winner awarded $25,000.

Now in its tenth year, the prize continues to present surprising perspectives on contemporary photographic portraiture, with the images remaining an evolving kaleidoscope of the nation’s preoccupations and identity.

Happening daily at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

Old Parliament House was once brand new. What was it like to be a spectator at the opening ceremony? 

This new exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Old Parliament House and tells an important story in Australia’s democratic history from the perspective of onlookers in the crowd. Follow The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 around the corridors and discover the pomp and pageantry, humour and tragedy of this historic day.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily. For more information visit: moadoph.gov.au

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers, a contemporary art exhibition.

See intense patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the changing political hues of individuals and governments. Through the portraits Alder gives us a sense of Australia’s history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

Showing until 24 February 2018 daily from 9am to 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

BEHIND THE LINES 2016: THE YEAR’S BEST POLITICAL CARTOONS

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Explore the unpredictable events of 2016 that shaped our political destiny – from Australia’s own double-dissolution, to Brexit and the shock Trump victory – through the sharpened wit and pencils of Australia’s best cartoonists.

There’s more than cartoons. Dress up in a crown and velvety red cape in the exhibition programming space, discover your political destiny with a game of political tarot or challenge your friends and family in political head.

Showing until 8 December 2017 from 9am- 5pm at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

PEACE, LOVE AND WAR: THE DENMANS, EMPIRE AND AUSTRALIA, 1910-1917 

Lord Thomas Denman was Australia’s fifth Governor-General. He and his wife, the irrepressible Lady Gertrude Denman, resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. This exhibition examines the political, cultural and Imperial interests of this imposing power couple – and those they influenced – in the context of rapidly evolving social values, against a backdrop of a Europe on the brink of World War.

Happening weekdays from 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information: www.cmag.com.a

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

This exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world. First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. This exhibition explores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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Sometimes a story is bigger than one person...that's when the HerCanberra Team puts its collective head together to come up with the goods. Enjoy! More about the Author

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