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Events September 2014

Rescue Ball

Date: 19 September 2014 2014

Venue: Newcastle Entertainment Centre

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Frock up for the 22nd Annual Rescue Ball and help support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Enjoy champagne and hors d'oeuvres on arrival, a 3 course meal including beer, wine and soft drink and great live entertainment. TIME: 6:30pm - Midnight DRESS: Formal TICKETS: $155 per person (tables of ten available) To purchase tickets visit www.rescuehelicopter.com.au. There are premium tables and sponsorship opportunities exist. For further information call 4952 0000 or email justineo@rescuehelicopter.com.au

15 Year BHP Anniversary Reunion

Date: 20 September 2014

Venue: Newcastle District Tennis Club

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For more information contact Aubrey Brooks on 02 4984 5264 or email obisan@bigpond.com

In September 2014 it will be 15 years since the closure of the Front End in Newcastle. To keep in touch with the "Men and Women of Steel" we are holding the 15 year reunion on Saturday September 20 - 2014 at Newcastle District Tennis Club, Lambton & Curley Rd, BROADMEADOW, at 12:30pm - "Free Entry" Fifteen years ago the unthinkable happened. BHP steelworks closed its operations in Newcastle. The steelworks had been an integral part of Newcastle's life for 84 years, helping to shape a proud, working-class people. For many thousands, the steelworks offered good money and a chance to give their families a decent standard of living and a better future in life. Many feared what the future would hold. A future without BHP in Newcastle was hard to imagine.


Date: 20 September 2014

Venue: St Matthews Hall, 7 Wentworth St, Georgetown

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Inquiries and Bookings 0421 072 444 or email bookings@maureen.com.au

A delightful afternoon of live 20s-40s music with Maureen O'Brien ensemble and a variety of guest artists with a variety of entertainment offerings. Plus vintage games and competitions including a best-dress competition - so dress in your 20's+ clobber! Prizes to win Tickets just $15 per person and includes a delicious afternoon tea. Bookings required Saturday 20th September 2-4pm

Violin & Piano Recital at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle

Date: 21 September 2014, 2pm 2014

Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle

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Peta Dries (violin) and Lillian Camphausen (piano) present a wonderful program of classical and modern music at Christ Church Cathedral in Newcastle. Peta and Lillian are distinguished artists with a long career in classical music. Peta used to teach at the Newcastle University Conservatorium of Music and maintains a career as a solo recitalist. Lillian works as a busy accompanist, language coach for singers, and chamber musician in Sydney and Newcastle. Entry by Donation.

Night OWLS Exhibition

Date: 23 Sept - 3 Nov 2014

Venue: Newcastle Museum

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4974 2061 www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au

Night OWLS (Original Welcoming Lighting Solutions) is a competition for young people aged 15 ? 29, that aim?s to foster creativity and engage young people in delivery of community safety outcomes. Selected designs will be on exhibition at Newcastle Museum from 23 September to 3 November 2014. An Opening Night hosted by Newcastle Youth Council will be held at Newcastle Museum on Thursday 25th September 2014. Night OWLS is an initiative of Newcastle Youth Council, as a deliverable for their discussion paper, 'Newcastle at Night': Young People and Night Time Economy. The findings from this research highlighted that young people felt unsafe in the Newcastle city centre at night

Weaving at the Wetlands - School Holiday Fun

Date: 23 September 2014

Venue: Hunter Wetlands Centre

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Gather reeds, flowers & other natural materials and using the trees as frames, get weaving! Lets decorate the Wetlands and create and outdoor gallery. Cost: Programs are $20 $40 for Writing Workshop Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a wildlife sanctuary with a focus on education, conservation and tourism. Situated on 45 hectares, enjoy numerous activities from dip netting, feeding sessions, bird hides, walking trails, canoeing, bush tucker garden, cafe and much more. Over 250 wildlife species have been discovered on site including birds, ducks, tortoises and frogs.

Bush Skills Adventure - School Holiday Fun

Date: 24 September 2014

Venue: Hunter Wetlands Centre

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When: September/ October School Holidays 2014

Cost: Programs are $20

Have fun learning how to make a bush survival shelter, damper, knotting and other useful bush skills. For 8-12yrs.

The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a wildlife sanctuary with a focus on education, conservation and tourism. Situated on 45 hectares,enjoy numerous activities from dipnetting, feeding sessions, bird hides, walking trails, canoeing, bush tucker garden, caf? and much more. Over 250 wildlife species have been discovered on site including birds, ducks, tortoises and frogs.

New Professors Talk - Peter Davis

Date: Wednesday 24 September 2014

Venue: Newcastle Museum, Honeysuckle

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Please RSVP to external.relations@newcastle.edu.au by Monday 22 September. www.newcastle.edu.au

DE-CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT: How relationships can make the difference in the building game. The global construction industry can be an adversarial world. Accountability, probity and ultimately the financial bottom line drive many decisions in a commercial building process. What if the industry gave more weight to relationships and value for money? Could relationship-driven decisions in construction management deliver a better outcome for everyone involved? Professor Peter Davis is UON's Chair of Construction Management and a recognised authority on the role of relationship development and maintenance in procurement for construction and engineering projects. UON is proud to present its new professors through 'New Professors Talk', a series introducing you to the new people in our community and sharing the knowledge and expertise of these leading commentators and thinkers. Join us to welcome Professor Peter Davis.

Brad Sugars Uncensored

Date: 25 September 2014

Venue: Crowne Plaza -Merewether Street

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This is your chance to spend three hours with Brad Sugars as he shares with you the exact strategies he used to grow his company from a small garage in Brisbane to over 50 countries. You are invited to Brad Sugars Uncensored that can immediately give you REAL, PROVEN, BREAKTHROUGH strategies on how to grow your business GLOBALLY and build REAL wealth for yourself! It's a FREE Event - register now and get access to 4 FREE Bonus Gifts - just for registering!

Creative Writing Workshop with Jess Black - School Holiday Fun

Date: 25 September 2014

Venue: Hunter Wetlands Centre

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Creative Writing Workshop with Jess Black - popular author of the The Bindi Wildlife Series, RSPCA Animal Tales series and the upcoming The Kaboom Kid series. Kate will take you on a journey to create stories around her favourite subject animals and nature. Kids will discover how to inject humour, surprise, tension and loving characters into their own stories. Places are limited. Bookings for workshop close 19th September.

Time: 9.30 - 3.00pm Cost: $40/ child

The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a wildlife sanctuary with a focus on education, conservation and tourism. Situated on 45 hectares, enjoy numerous activities from dipnetting, feeding sessions, bird hides, walking trails, canoeing, bush tucker garden, caf? and much more. Over 250 wildlife species have been discovered on site including birds, ducks, tortoises and frogs.

Mattara Festival of Newcastle

Date: 27th Sept - 6th Oct 2014

Venue: Nobbys Rd, Newcastle East

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www.mattarafestival.org.au or Kim on 0431 214 905.

NEWCASTLE'S ONLY FREE FAMILY EVENT Some of the daily events and activities for the whole family include:-

  • Saturday 27th September- Kids Carnival Day
  • Sunday 28th September - Mattara MotoMania
  • Monday 29th September - Mad Hatters Monday
  • Tuesday 30th September - Enviroment & Greening Day
  • Wednesday 1st Oct - NBN Family Fun Day
  • Thursday 2nd Oct - KOFM Radio rocks Mattara
  • Friday 3rd Oct - interactive Sports and Supporters Day
  • Saturday 4th Oct - Fashion and creative undercovered @ Mattara
  • Sunday 5th Oct - Thats's Entertainment
  • Monday 6th Oct - Pets on the Park

EXPRESSO: Faith. Art. Music. Community.

Date: 28th September 2014

Venue: THE DUNGEON (underneath Adamstown Uniting Church)

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Adamstown Arts www.adamstownuca.com.au/cafe-church Ph: 49571887

Expresso: Faith, Art and Music Community meets on the 4th Sunday of each month at 6pm. Each month we hear the music and story of a musical artist and go on their journey with them. This month we feature local singer songwriter Adam Price. He will be showcasing a set of new songs and discussing his battle with "The Black a Dog". 6pm start. FREE ENTRY!

Events October 2014

2014 Hunter Runners Ball

Date: 4 October (long weekend) 2014

Venue: Newcastle Jockey Club

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For full details refer to: www.runnersball.com.au

The inaugural 2014 Hunter Runners' Ball will celebrate the strong running community in the Newcastle region and acknowledge athletes, mentors and volunteers. Guest of honour is Robert de Castella and our MC is Dave 'Robbo' Robinson. This non-profit event will also be raising money for the Indigenous Marathon Project which uses running to change lives by instilling a sense of personal accomplishment and with the hope of nurturing indigenous long distance running champions. Guests will see how their running stamina transfers to the dance floor with music by popular Newcastle band "Love that Hat" Tickets are $99 per head, including a 3 course meal (drinks can be purchased at the bar). Find out more on the Hunter Runners Ball website (www.runnersball.com.au) or Facebook page (Hunter Runners 2014 Ball) Tickets can be purchased online through Sticky Tickets: http://tix.yt/runnersball

Coastal Journeys Art Exhibition

Date: Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 October 2014 2014

Venue: Nobby's Lighthouse

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A walk up the gentle slope to Nobbys Lighthouse is always rewarding, but this October long weekend will see the historic venue host Hunter Arts Network's "Coastal Journeys' exhibition. Coastal Journeys is an exclusive Hunter Arts Network member's exhibition. Hunter Arts Network is well known for organising Art Bazaar, & is now holding their first members exhibition since 2009. Where: The iconic Cottages 1 & 2, Nobby's Lighthouse, Newcastle. A ten minute walk from Nobby's Beach, along the Breakwall. When: Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 October 2014 Time: 10am-4pm. Cost: Free. All welcome. Parking: The nearest parking is at Nobby's Beach. From there it's a ten minute walk along the Breakwall and up the path to the Lighthouse. Public transport: The nearest train station is Newcastle. The nearest buses stop on Scott St, near Newcastle train station. From there it's about a thirty minute walk. Access: The path between the Breakwall and the Lighthouse is rather steep. The Cottage is wheelchair accessible. There will also be more visitors to the city than usual as this will coincide with Octapod's This is Not Art (TiNA) Festival which will be held from Thursday 2 - Sunday 5 October 2014.

Margo Humphries Solo Art Exhibition

Date: Saturday 4 October 2014 2014

Venue: Finite Gallery

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Margo Humphries at margo@kasarndesigns.com

Finite Gallery's Featured Artist for October 2014 is local Lake Macquarie artist Margo Humphries. The exhibition will run from Saturday 4 October to Sunday 26 October 2014 & all of Margo's original paintings will be for sale. Born & raised in Taree Margo has been based in Newcastle since 2003. Margo began painting at a young age & won her first award when she was 12 years old in the Walkom-Manning Art Prize. Margo is passionate about art & displaying her colourful paintings & regularly exhibits at Art Bazaar. Her visual vocabulary has made her well known for her painterly style & vibrant canvases. In 2011 Margo was one of 10 artists selected for the Mattara Festival?s Outdoor Art Trail, she joined the Hunter Arts Network committee in 2012 & in 2013 Margo was one of the key participants in Free Art Friday - Newcastle Finite Gallery is located at 55 Caves Beach Rd, Caves Beach & is open Saturdays & Sundays from 10am ? 4pm & will also be open on Monday 6 October during this exhibition on the October long weekend. Leslie Duffin launched the gallery in April 2013 & features a selection of beautiful art from local artists and craftspeople. The gallery which is strategically located between Newcastle & Sydney, provides a welcome addition to galleries in beautiful Lake Macquarie & is a haven for fine art.

The Boys

Date: 4-18 October 2014

Venue: NTC Theatre 90 DeVitre St Lambton

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What: The Boys by Gordon Graham

When: October 4th to 18th 2014

Where: Newcastle Theatre Company, 88-90 de Vitre Street, Lambton, NSW 2299 Times Wednesday, Friday Saturday Nights at 8.00 p.m. and Sunday Matinee October 5th and Saturday Matinee October 11th at 2.00 p.m. Tickets $22 Concession and Full $28 Box Office (02 4952 4958) Mon to Fri 3pm to 6pm Online bookings: http://www.newcastletheatrecompany.com.au Internet newrep@bigpond.com

Mining & Engineering NSW

Date: 8-10 October 2014

Venue: Newcastle Entertainment Centre

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M&E NSW is where New South Wales mining industry buyers and specifiers come together to do business. Source new products, technologies, and services to maximise your mine's performance. M&E NSW will also showcase informative sessions and networking events throughout the 3 days, for more information and to register to attend please visit Attendance to M&E NSW is free for trade only!

Hunter Elvis Festival

Date: 17-19 October 2014

Venue: Club Macquarie, Argenton

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Elvis fans rejoice, dust off your 'Blue Suede Shoes' because the King is coming to Newcastle with the Hunter Elvis Festival promising to get you 'All Shook Up'. Lock the weekend of the 17th - 19th October into your diary as Club Macquarie turns into Graceland with a host of Australia's premier Elvis Tribute Artists converging on the Hunter to bring you an epic Elvis-filled weekend of fun, memories and of course, all the hits of the one and only Elvis Presley. Its not only Elvis fans being looked after - Newcastle's very own Lost in the 50's classic car museum will be presenting a "Show n Shine" featuring some of the finest cars in Australia on display.

Waratah Public School Celebrates 150 Years

Date: 17-18 October 2014

Venue: Waratah Public School

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Verity Currey on 0421 599 458 or email wps150celebration@gmail.com.

In 2014, Waratah Public School celebrates 150 years of providing an excellent education to the children of Waratah. To mark this special occasion, several events are being planned by the school and the P&C over the weekend of 17th - 18th October 2014. On Friday 17th October there will be a special Anniversary Assembly followed by an afternoon tea and tours of the school provided by current Year 5/6 students. We will be inducting an ex-student into the into the Hall of Fame as well as celebrating the oldest surviving ex-student who at this stage appears to be 97 year old Laura Graham (nee Ogle). A museum containing a display of past historical documents, old class photo sets and period furniture will also feature over the weekend. Plans are afoot for a special Commemorative Garden and memorial pavers can be ordered directly from the school by phoning 02 4968 2221 with your credit card details.

The P&C are excited to announce that a Spring Fete will also be held on Saturday 18th October from 10am to 2pm to commemorate this wonderful achievement. Tours of the old Boys School (currently the DALE site) will take place at 10.30am and 2.30pm. To involve our local community, the P&C will be opening the event up to external market-stall holders as well as running their own traditional rides, stalls and games. If you are interested in receiving an Market Stall Application Form, please email wps150celebration@gmail.com. The P&C are also planning and researching a 150 year commemorative book for release in early 2015. Three memory sharing events have already been held and many ex-students attended with old photographs and memorabilia. We hope many more photos will be brought to our celebrations so that they can be included in the book.

Holmesville's 1st Annual Billy Cart Derby

Date: 18 October 2014

Venue: Holmesville, 21 George Street

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49532905 or visit www.holmesvillehotel.net

The 1st Annual Holmesville Billy Cart Derby will take place on Saturday 18th October 2014. This will be an awesome day of racing and family fun with kid's activities, a Devonshire tea room, spring fair & craft stalls and delicious food from our major sponsor the Historic Holmesville Hotel. Scrutineering and registration starts at 7.30am with the first race commencing at 9am. Build a billy cart or come along and watch the action. Classifications, rules and registration forms are available on the website www.holmesvillehotel.net After the racing finishes popular rockabilly band The Flattrakkers will be playing some tunes. This will be a great family fun day!


Date: 18 October 2014

Venue: Newcastle Panthers

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Global Entertainment Group is thrilled to announce that one of the hardest partying DJs in the US, Lil Jon, is making his way to Australia in October for his first DJ set tour down under. He will hit seven cities in a whirlwind ten-day trip. After rising to prominence a decade ago as the face of the crunk movement, Lil Jon has been embraced by an entire new generation of fans as the EDM juggernaut rolls across the US. As a man who has consistently blurred the lines between rap and dance music, and one with a penchant for extreme partying, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he has been heralded as a legend amongst the relatively young EDM scene. His 2013 collaboration with DJ Snake, 'Turn Down for What', has grown to become an anthem in the global dance world and the phrase itself is now part of partying lexicon. It has sold almost 3,000,000 copies in the US alone. His new single, Bend Ova (feat. Tyga), was released this week and already sits inside the top 50 on the Australian iTunes chart. Lil Jon's DJ sets have become a staple in the massive EDM club circuit in the US, where he regularly headlines the larger-than-life super-clubs at the heart of the scene. He is a resident at two of the most iconic venues in the burgeoning culture, Vegas Surrender Nightclub and Miami's infamous LIV. A quick flick through his upcoming tour dates proves how in-demand Lil Jon is in 2014, playing in front of thousands of revellers almost every night of the week in a never-ending tour. As one might expect, his sets are renowned for being extremely loud and tremendously wild, spinning the world's biggest party jams littered with some trademark Lil Jon flare on the mic. Turn down for what!

Bach Mass in B Minor by The Song Company

Date: 23 October 2014

Venue: Christ Church Cathedral

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To buy tickets: http://www.songcompany.com.au or call (02) 8272 9500

In a rare soloistic performance, the singers of The Song Company and Ironwood Chamber Ensemble will combine to present Johann Sebastian Bach's magnificent Mass in B Minor featuring one voice per part vocal scoring. Widely regarded as the Mount Everest of vocal music, this work is usually performed with a mass choir ? The Song Company are taking it back to its original form of 10-part vocal harmony to showcase Bach's stylistic and technical brilliance. Thursday 23 October, 7.00pm | Christ Church Cathedral, Church Street, Newcastle www.songcompany.com.au

Blues Brothers Rebooted

Date: 25 October 2014

Venue: Lizotte's

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Ph: 4956 2066 http://newcastle.lizottes.com.au/live/index.asp

The "Blues Brothers Rebooted" show is a an exciting, hand clapping, toe tapping new production that pays tribute to both the unforgettable and infectious style of soul music and a faithful recreation of those 2 brothers who donned the Black hats ,dark shades and created what is now a musical institution "The Blues Brothers Rebooted" This High energy, fun and polished presentation firstly features an hour of the finest soul and rhythm and blues classics by such artists as "The Temptations The four tops and Wilson Pickett . The second half get ready to experience the original men in black when Shane Peters(Jake) and Chris Clackson (Elwood) take to the stage and recreate an authentic tribute to the Blues Brothers featuring all the songs, all the moves and all that energy and excitement that you will love and remember from that classic 1980 film which has cemented their music, look and legacy for over 30 years and the demand for this music will not fade anytime soon.

Love in the Vines: A Hunter Valley Wedding Festival

Date: Sunday 26th October 2014 2014

Venue: Lindeman?s McDonald?s Rd Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Contact Details: 

www.facebook.com/LoveintheVinesWeddingFestival; www.loveinthevines.com.au

Planning a wedding in The Hunter? Your Hunter Valley Wedding Planner is proud to announce the inaugural 'Love in the Vines - A Hunter Valley Wedding Festival' on Sunday 26th October 2014 at Lindeman's Estate Pokolbin. See Your Hunter Valley Wedding Planner Magazine come to life before your very eyes in a carnival style atmosphere at Lindeman's Estate in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Be greeted with a glass of Lindeman's finest and an amazing Goodie Bag on arrival and then relax and take your time wandering through the gorgeous display of wedding specialists who will inspire and assist you in creating the wedding of your dreams. Be pampered, enjoy a cafe or picnic style lunch, fashion parade, endless entertainment, tour the major wine country wedding venues and immerse yourself in the very best of what the Hunter Valley has on offer when it comes to weddings! Love in the Vines runs from 10.30am to 4pm on Sunday 26th October 2014. Follow us on Facebook for all the latest event updates including prizes, accommodation specials, workshop and seminar schedule, etc. www.facebook.com/LoveintheVinesWeddingFestival TICKETS: $17.50 available at www.loveinthevines.com.au

Wollombo Boots n Ballgowns

Date: Friday 31 October 2014

Venue: Wollombi village

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For a fantastic Aussie bush experience, visit the historic town of Wollombi in the lower Hunter Valley, only 90 minutes north of Sydney and 60 minutes south west of Newcastle on Friday 31st October for the inaugural Boots'n'Ballgowns dinner dance!! Enjoy the historical roots of this town and be immersed in country hospitality as this rural retreat comes alive with our bush heritage. Traditional dances will be called by none other than the icons of traditional Aussie bush music, the legendary Bushwackers who are guaranteed to get the whole place jumping! In true bushie style, dinner will be a 2-course spit roast affair featuring beef from the bullock spit, lamb on the spit and all the trimmings, plus good old fashioned country home-made desserts, tea and coffee. A well stocked bar will be in order selling beer, wine, sparkling and spirits (please note that this is an over 18's event only and ID will be required). Bar tickets can be purchased both online with your tickets, and on the night.

The dress code? Boots and Ballgowns of course!!!

ACCOMMODATION If you're planing to make a weekend out of it, there's free unpowered camp sites at Wollomb Tavern (with toilets but no shower facilities) and a range of Wollombi accommodation, from luxury guesthouses to bush retreats.

TRANSPORT Book the mini-bus so you don't have to worry about driving. Only $10 per person for a return transfer within 10kms of Wollombi village. The bus will pick you up before Boots'n'Ballgowns, and return you home safely at the end of the night. Transfers can be booked online with your tickets. Tickets are only $65 per head. BUY TICKETS ONLINE NOW!

Events November 2014

Wollombi Small Farms Fair

Date: 1 - 2 November 2014

Venue: Wollombi village

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A fun-filled family friendly weekend in the historic village of Wollombi, Hunter Valley. The Fair showcases many of the unique qualities of this friendly village, including: arts, crafts and local produce stalls; Small Farms Trade Show; Scarecrow Competition; Mower Mardi Gras; Lantern Parade, and the Endeavour Museum Open Day.

The Kransky Sisters - Piece Of Cake @ Lizotte's

Date: 9 November 2014

Venue: Lizotte's

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Ph: 4956 2066

Watch out! The Kransky Sisters are bringing their brand new-baked show to town! From Abba to Pink Floyd and Beyonce to AC/DC, these three eccentric sisters with their eclectic mix of instruments including musical saw, tuba, old reed keyboard, and kitchen pots, have cooked up a very special sweet and sour serving of well known songs gleaned from their old wireless at home. Add to this, a spicy lot of stories from the sister’s travels, and you have the icing on the cake. Hot out of the oven, these oddball Queensland sisters reminiscent of your old aunties, will leave you wanting seconds! The Kransky Sisters have won several major awards including The Age Critics Award 2004, the Melbourne Airport Best Newcomers Award 2004, a Greenroom Award for best Cabaret Ensemble, and a prestigious Australian Live Entertainment Mo Award 2005 for best comedy group. In 2006 they received an Edinburgh Festival’s Herald Angel Award for Excellence and in 2008 a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Cabaret Production.

Hank Pearce Golf & Quoits Charity Day

Date: 16 November 2014

Venue: Sugar Valley Golf Course & Holmesville Hotel

Contact Details: 

Contact Tracey on 0416 173 646

The Hank Pearce 4th Annual Golf & Quoits Charity Day is on again Sunday 16th November 2014. 7am tee off at Sugar Valley Golf Course, followed by quoits at Holmesville Hotel, from 12 noon. All welcome at both venues, gold coin BBQ lunch at the hotel with raffles and auctions to raise further funds in the afternoon. Cost is $20 each for golf or quoits or $30 for both activities. All proceeds from this event go to the Cancer Council and Mum's Cottage (Holmesville's local motherhood support network).

Casey Donovan LIVE

Date: 20 November 2014

Contact Details: 

31 Morehead St Lambton Ph: 4956 2066 www.lizottes.com.au

After a meteoric rise to fame at the tender age of 16, when she became the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol,Casey Donovan has gone on to make an indelible mark on the Australian theatre and music scenes. Donovan's Australian Idol success saw her make regular appearances on television, radio and in print media across Australia. She was also a star performer at many major events, including the Commonwealth Games, Woodfood Dreaming Festival and Foxtel's 10th Birthday. Fastforward to the present day and Donovan is a multi-award winner & nominee, including an ARIA No #1 Award for Listen With Your Heart and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Most Promising New Talent. She has not only re-established herself as a solo Independent artist with the release of an Independent EP Eye 2 Eye, but also cemented her position as one of Australia’s most promising Indigenous entertainers, with regular appearances on Vibe Alive Tours and a regular segment on Deadly Sounds with Rhoda Roberts.

In 2010 Donovan returned to the music arena with the release of her hotly anticipated single Big, Beautiful & Sexy. As a result of this inspirational song, she not only garnered new fans Australia-wide, but also became a poster girl for fuller-figured women. Her online Facebook support group Big, Beautiful & Sexy is now nearing 9,000 fans and Donovan herself is feeling healthier and more fabulous than ever. Donovan has taken her Big, Beautiful & Sexy ethos further by touring in her own show, which has seen the remarkable singer perform to sell out crowds at some of the country's most coveted venues and participate in events such as Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, The Rocks Festival of the Voice, Darwin Festival and Yabun Festival. In 2011, Donovan returned to the stage and, after winning critical acclaim for her performance as Mama Cass in the Melbourne production of new Australian musical Flowerchildren, went on to headline her own Mama Cass shows in Sydney and Canberra. In addition to headlining Vibe Alive tours across Australia and securing a residency at Sydney’s coveted venue StoneWall, Donovan also supported the legendary Cyndi Lauper on her Australian National Tour. When not wowing audiences with her powerhouse vocals, Donovan also hosted the 2011 Deadly Awards alongside Aaron Pederson and flexed her acting muscles in another Company B Belvoir production, this time as Audrey in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. 2012 is already gearing up to be yet another busy year, with the return of Casey’s acclaimed Big, Beautiful & Sexy show. The talented performer will also headline the Saltwater Freshwater Festival, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute’s Spirit Festival and perform part of several other festivals. Donovan will also continue to lend her name and support to a number of charitable and non-profit organisations in her roles as Ambassador for APRA/AMCOS, Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and as one of the founding members of the New South Wales Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.

Circus Avalon Presents - Up in the Air - A Zeus Tale

Date: 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th of November 2014

Venue: Broadmeadow PCYC Grounds

Contact Details: 

John Campbell john@circusavalon.com.au 0409 495 747 www.circusavalon.com.au

Circus Avalon Presents - Up in the Air - A Zeus Tale! This is a fantastic, fun, family friendly show that's happening this school holidays. The perfect morning or afternoon event to keep the kids (even the big ones!) entertained! Show times are 11am and 3pm each day on the 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th of September. Tickets are only $15 per person and kids 3 and under get in for free! Don't miss your chance to see Newcastle's own and only circus, Circus Avalon! Visit the website www.circusavalon.com.au for details or feel free to call John on 0409495747 or email at john@circusavalon.com.au.

ACO - Marwoods Serenade

Date: 27 November 2014


Contact Details: 

aco@aco.com.au or phone 1800 444 444

Acclaimed British violinist Anthony Marwood is loved by audiences, critics and players for his distinctive playing, golden sound and inspiring leadership.

An excellent opening for this showcase of string orchestra repertoire, Stravinsky’s balletic tribute to Tchaikovsky was recently recorded by Marwood in a performance hailed as “scintillating from start to finish” (BBC Music Magazine).

One of our favourite string works, Dvořák’s uplifting Serenade fills the hall with pure, unadulterated joy. A natural extension of the Dvořák and Tchaikovsky Serenades, late-Romantic composer Enescu’s gutsy piece is “a powerful work of genius…in concert, it would undoubtedly bring down the house” (Edition Silvertrust).

Tickets from $52 Direct bookings to www.aco.com.au or ph 1800 444 444

RUN Newcastle 2014

Date: 30 November 2014

Contact Details: 

http://runaustralia.com.au/about Ph: (03) 5261 5511 Email:runaustralia@rapidascent.com.au

Run Australia is working towards improving the health of young people in regional Australia. The Cotton On Foundation's mission is to empower youth and we achieve this through partnering with communities where there is a need for improved health facilities for young people.

How? It's easy!

We facilitate a fun event like no other, where people can run, walk or roll the streets of their town while raising money for a local health-related project. With 100% of every registration fee going straight to the cause, we make sure you see results. That's right, 100%! So whether it?s the Special Care Nursery in Geelong or the Adolescent Ward in Newcastle, we need you to get involved!

Why are we different? 100% of every registration fee goes directly to the cause. We run community events for local people of all abilities, providing them with the platform to raise money for local projects. Our events are run in regional centres with a population of 60,000+. Funds raised are directed to one local cause with a tangible 3-5 year outcome. Run Newcastle will raise funds for Redevelopment of the Adolescent Ward at John Hunter Children's Hospital.

Events December 2014

Interactive Entertainment 2014 - Fun and Games

Date: 2-3 December 2014

Venue: ICT Building, University of Newcastle

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Interactive Entertainment is Australasia's longest running games and digital entertainment conference. IE2014 is the 10th anniversary of this Conference and is being hosted by the University of Newcastle. IE2014 welcomes scientists, designers, artists, technicians, students, industry and academics from across the spectrum. Anyone interested in the myriad of technologies, approaches and issues that surround interactive entertainment and computer games are encouraged to come along and share their perspective on "Fun and Games". For more information please see: http://ieconference.org/ie2014/


Date: 11 December 2014

Venue: The Small Ballroom

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Tickets available from http://watsky.nwaevents.net/ and http://bit.ly/1r7Gjqg

Watsky is bringing his dynamic live show combining humour, rapid-fire rapping, storytelling and occasional spoken word poetry, along with his six-piece band to perform eight shows this December in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Bunbury, Rockingham and Perth in collaboration with New World Artists. Getting his start after winning San Francisco's National Youth Poetry Slam as a teenager in 2006, Watsky was subsequently featured on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and spent the next four years performing poetry at hundreds of Universities across the US. Thanks to a breakout viral success in 2011, Watsky has been a guest on Ellen (twice), Last Call with Carson Daly, in the latest season of Arrested Development(Episode 7, "Colony Collapse"), and has racked up over 200 million YouTube hits, sold over one hundred thousand albums, and performed at numerous festivals including Outside Lands, Wireless and the entire Van's Warped Tour 2014. All You Can Do is a 16-track reflection of WATSKY's journey to date, covering ground from his relationship with his parents, to dealing with a recent illness, to the fallout from a stage-stunt on tour in the UK last year. The video for lead single "Whoa Whoa Whoa" was released directly to Watsky's rabid fan base in mid-June and has since amassed over 2.4 million views.