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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

Oh Happy Day 


Oh Happy Day is the coming together of event planners, wedding specialists, caterers, florists, fashionistas and all things ‘party’. Hosted in one of Canberra’s most pristine venues, the award-winning National Portrait Gallery, the event will showcase everything you need to plan the perfect celebration.

This beautiful new event has been dreamed up by the seasoned event experts from the award winning Handmade Canberra and Hustle&Scout and promises to be a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in planning a stylish, sophisticated and on-trend gathering, from the ideal wedding or civil union, to styled birthday parties, baby showers and family reunions.

HerCanberra’s team will be there with a stall between

1-5pm, 24 October , National Portrait Gallery. Free entry.

Canberra Nara Candle Festival

nara candle festival feature

Lennox Gardens shimmers to life under the light of 2,000 candles as Japanese and Australian cultures unite at the annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival.

Enjoy an evening of free entertainment, delicious Japanese food and cultural activities in celebration of Canberra’s sister city relationship with Nara in Japan.

The event features stunning lighting throughout the park. Activities such as ikebana and drumming workshops, calligraphy, origami, lantern making, kite flying, martial arts and sumo wrestling demonstrations will keep the whole family entertained.

Saturday 24 October 4.30-9.30pm, Lennox Gardens, Canberra Nara Park. Free entry.

JitterBlast Fitness by Jumptown


JitterBlast is an intense total-body dance fitness workout that mixes kicking, plyometric movement, and core building exercises – which shape muscle and improve balance, flexibility, and daily energy levels.

The program utilizes interval-style training designed for burning calories and cardiovascular health. JitterBlast uses high-energy moves from Swing dances like Lindy Hop and Charleston, and vintage Jazz, with some classic Hollywood Film dance moves thrown in. Learning how to dance to high-energy swing music, making an intense workout more of a dance party than a chore.

Without knowing it, you will be a learning a foundation of technique in swing and jazz dance that will inspire even professionally trained dancers. No partner or experience necessary, just come along and join in the fun!

Saturday 24 October at 9:30am, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue Braddon. $15 per person. Click here for more information.

Spring Mt. Stromlo Observatory Site Tour

Image courtesy of rsaa.anu.edu.au/

Image courtesy of rsaa.anu.edu.au/

Take a walking tour of the Mount Stromlo Observatory and learn about one of Canberra’s oldest sites. Mount Stromlo Observatory has been carrying out astronomical observations for over 100 years and, prior to the 2003 firestorm, had grown from a small outpost of pioneering astronomers to one of the great observatories of the world.

Its history includes designing optical munitions during the Second World War, weathering two devastating bushfires and earning one Nobel Prize. Come along and learn about the history, the science and the future of Mount Stromlo Observatory.

Saturday 24 October, 10-11.30am.

Bookings essential via the website.

ACT Rural Fire Service (RFS) Open Day

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You’re invited to the ACT RFS 2015 Open Day! There’s free community activities and valuable information about how you can prepare to reduce your risk this bushfire season.

Watch the brigades battle it out – there’ll be lots of water, fire trucks and live fire. Kids’ free activities include photos in the fire truck, face painting, a petting zoo, reptile display and the flame game.

Free parking on site all day.

Sunday 25 October,  10am – 3pm at the Emergency Service Complex, David Warren Road (off Monaro Highway), Hume. Free entry.

Back To The Future 2015 with Flux Capacitor

Image courtesy of facebook.com/fluxcapacitorcanberra

Image courtesy of facebook.com/fluxcapacitorcanberra

Flux Capacitor present a ‘Back To The Future’ inspired night of live 80s music, movies, games and prizes at The Basement, Belconnen.

To celebrate the arrival of Doc, Marty and Jennifer to 2015 grab your best 80s or Back To The Future outfit and join us as we celebrate 30 years since Back to the Future and all things 80s. This is truly a once in a lifetime event so be sure to get your tickets soon!

Saturday 24 October at 8pm at The Basement, 2 Cohen Street Belconnen. Tickets are $12.50 per person, available here.

Canberra Glassworks Kids’ Glass Design Competition 2015


Join us for the launch of the the Canberra Glassworks Kids’ Glass Design Competition 2015, during ACT Children’s Week.

To celebrate the historic Kingston Power House’s 100th birthday year in 2015, the Canberra Glassworks is asking kids to design a glass work inspired by this iconic Canberra building.

Shortlisted winners in each age category will be invited to work with a professional artist in a special workshop session during DESIGN Canberra to further develop their designs.

Launch Date: Saturday 24 October
Time: 10am
RSVP: Please to [email protected] or phone 6260 7005.  Morning tea will be provided.

While at the launch book into one of our Make Your Own Tile sessions, where you will have the opportunity to make your own masterpiece inspired by the historic Kingston Power House. Each session will go for 20 minutes and cost $30.

To book please phone 6260 7005, or email [email protected].

National Capital Orchestra Concert: “Musical Tales”

Image courtesy of freewebs.com/ncorchestra

Image courtesy of freewebs.com/ncorchestra

The concert by “Canberra’s Other Symphony Orchestra” will feature “Romantic” works from the late nineteenth century by Rachmaninoff, Grieg and Dvorak.

At that time “romantic” had yet to obtain its current emphasis on interpersonal relationships! Instead, one of Romanticism’s key ideas and most enduring legacies was the assertion of nationalism. The movement focussed on development of national languages, folklore, and the importance of local customs and traditions.

Rachmaninoff’s “Prince Rostislav” revives an old legend from the Ukraine about the tragic demise of a warrior Prince;  Grieg’s “Per Gynt”is the dramatic incidental music to Ibsen’s verse drama based on figures from Norwegian legend; and Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” combines folk music influences from his Czech homeland, the songs of former American slaves and the music of native Americans.

The concert will also include a “fanfare” by Riedl, a Court Trumpeter.  This music has been preserved since 1680 because nuns. found the manuscript pinned to their Salzburg Convent door.

25 October at 3pm at Albert Hall. Tickets via the website.  Adult $30 Concession $25 Child/Student $15

Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Canberra Theatre Centre


Dark acts result in darker consequences. And there is little that’s darker and more complicated than the act of revenge.

Anguish, passion and desperation collide in this tragic telling of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark who is tormented by the impossibility of his dilemma, and who remains one of theatre’s most fascinating characters.

Damien Ryan, returning to Bell Shakespeare following the critically acclaimed Henry V in 2014, will deliver a new production of Hamlet, infused with the passion, contemplation and emotion that Shakespeare’s compelling poetry cries out for.

From 13 October 2015 to 24 October. Tuesdays to Sundays. Check website for details.

Plié for Pink at Xtend Barre

Image courtesy of instagram.com/xtendbarrecoogee/

Image courtesy of instagram.com/xtendbarrecoogee/

Xtend Barre Australia is teaming up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help raise funds for research to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Join the Xtend barre team for a 75 minute class with proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation wearing your favourite pink workout gear! Minimum donation of $35 – limited edition pink Xtend barre grip socks and tanks available for purchase on the day.

Saturday October 24 at 10am at Xtend Barre studios, first floor of 35-37 London Circuit, Civic. Book your place here.


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