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This Week In The Can: Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team


Every Monday for nearly five years, we’ve published This Week in The Can – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through! That’s why we’re introducing our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss!

Tidbinbilla Extravaganza


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Tidbinbilla Extravaganza is a great day in the beautiful setting of Sheedys Picnic area with fun for the whole family. Talk to Tidbinbilla staff about the Endangered Species Breeding Program, participate in Indigenous activities, enjoy live entertainment, ride on a horse-drawn carriage, or talk to Pioneers.

Pack a picnic, have a barbeque or purchase food from stalls.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of Australian animals including kangaroos, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds and many other birds and reptiles.

Sunday 11 October from 10am-4pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Book your favourite people in now for a fun day out. For more information see the website.

Canberra Cares

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Celebrate Carers Week 2015 with this community festival! Live music (including Amber Nichols from The Voice), local entertainers, great food, jumping castle, face painting, wellbeing space, hand massages, Prime Possum, Victor the Viking, Constable Kenny, handmade markets, art gallery and much more!

Free entry! Everyone welcome!

Saturday 10 October, 10am – 3pm at Carers ACT, Holt.

Imaginarium Family Day

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Imagine the possibilities of libraries through stories, games and play. Explore 3D printing, 3D pens and fantastic Makey Makey interactive demonstrations. Watch as vocabulary skills are put to the test in the grand final of the ACT Scrabble competition. Plunge into the realm of riddles with David Astle, or sketch portraits using your own device. Meet children’s authors Pauline Deeves, Stephanie Owen Reeder and Tania McCartney. Release the perfect paper plane with the Paper Pilots, and plenty more.

In association with Libraries ACT and Scrabble ACT.

Sunday 11 October 1pm – 4pm at the National Library of Australia. Free entry. See website for more details.

Lawrence Mooney at Canberra Theatre Centre

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Lawrence Mooney is best known as the host of his own hilarious show, Dirty Laundry Live, on ABC TV. This edgy, irreverent, comedy panel show is in its third series and fast becoming a cult favourite.

Lawrence is of course, first and foremost one of this country’s most celebrated Stand Up comedians – nominated for The Barry Award at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015 and winner of Best Show at The Sydney Comedy Festival 2015.

Canberra Theatre Centre, Saturday 10 October from 8-10pm. Tickets available here.

Mozart’s Last Symphonies


The Australian Chamber Orchestra celebrates Richard Tognetti’s 25th year leading the Orchestra by revisiting his landmark program when he performed Mozart’s last three symphonies under the visionary baton of early music legend Frans Brüggen.

Mozart composed these symphonies in a surge of inspiration between June and August 1788. He wasn’t to know they would be his last. But from the sunny lyricism of the 39th, to the tragic cast of the 40th, to the inspired invention of the 41st, they form a mighty epitaph to the work of a musical genius.

Saturday 10 October at 8pm. Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music. Tickets available here.

Free Flower Pot Painting

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Children are invited to celebrate spring these school holidays by painting a flower pot to take home. Each child will receive their own garden pack which includes either basil, chives and coriander or a selection of mixed Californian Poppies and Livingstone Daisies. This activity is free and bookings are not required. On Saturday October 10 from 11am – 1pm at The Canberra Centre, Food Court near City Walk. 


Discovery of Korea 2015: K-Food : Hansik Festival

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Visit and explore variety of authentic Hansik – Korean cuisine from food and beverage stalls on sale. Taste the unique flavours of Korean food including Kimchi, Bulgoggi, and Japchae. There will be also stalls of other Korean food items, and food ingredients and many more.

Walk around and enjoy K-pop and Korean traditional dance and music performances on the garden stage. Join in and experience the Korean folk games and other activities.

Saturday 10 October, 10am-4pm at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Yarralumla. See website for more details.

Retro Depot at Old Bus Depot Markets


Canberra’s Old Bus Depot Markets show how everything old is new again, well back in fashion at the very least, at their popular Retro Depot in October event on Sunday 11 October.

 “If you love the bright colours of the 60s and 70s, mid-century furniture, funky retro clothing, and macramé, this is the markets day for you,” said Diane Hinds, Director of the Old Bus Depot Markets.

“Retro Depot in October is our last retro event for 2015, and market-goers can expect a celebration of all things retro cool. Find your groove browsing fashion, homewares, furniture, jewellery and accessories that evoke a sense of times gone by, and see just how great these things look in today’s world,” Diane continued.

Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. Saturday October 11 10am-4pm. See website for more information.

Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show

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The Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show will feature beautiful bonsai by CBS members, including some by local artists currently represented in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection at the National Arboretum, Canberra. See both traditional exotic plant species and Australian species.

In addition to the display, demonstration sessions and popular Bonsai Basics sessions will be presented daily, covering aspects of designing and maintaining bonsai including fundamental bonsai techniques such as wiring, repotting and root pruning, styling and bonsai maintenance.

Saturday and Sunday 10-11 October from 10am-5pm. At Canberra Grammar School, Red Hill. Admission costs: Adult: $5.00, Concession: $3.00 – Children 0-12 Free.

Adults/Kids Fitness Sessions at Floriade with Lee Campbell

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FREE fitness sessions are being offered at Floriade this weekend as part of the ACT Government’s Healthy Weight Initiative to help promote active living and a healthy community. Former Celebrity Overhaul trainer and founder of B.Firm Personal Training, Lee Campbell, will be running the sessions at the festival on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October.

The fitness sessions are open to all, with adult fitness classes and an exciting obstacle course for the kids giving parents the opportunity to participate while kids have something fun to do as well. Lee will be offering a range of aerobics and weight resistance training as well as some advice and coaching on getting fit, healthy and meeting your ideal fitness goals.

Visit the Floriade website for more information. On Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11 at 10am – 1pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, Floriade. 


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