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Events October 2014

Free Tours of Australia's Newest Medical Ship

Date: 29 September - 12 October 2014

Venue: Western Finger, Queen's Wharf, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

For more information, please visit our website: http://overcomeimpossible.com or call: 0423 951 970

Australia's newest medical ship is in Newcastle! YWAM MSA is a not-for-profit organisation that is able to reach some of the most remote communities in Papua New Guinea through medical ships with healthcare and training; places where there are no roads, very few airstrips, and very limited infrastructure. YWAM MSA are able to help overcome the challenges in PNG by transporting medical specialists, supplies, health services, and mentoring local health workers in some of the nation's most remote communities. YWAM MSA's newest vessel, the MV Ammari, is now in Newcastle, and all are welcome onboard for a free tour of the vessel, an opportunity to experience Pacific Island culture, hear the vision for the onboard refit, and be inspired by Papua New Guineans who are overcoming impossible odds every day. The MV Ammari will be open during School Holidays 10am-4pm all week, and every weekend (Saturdays 10am-4pm, Sundays 1-4pm) until the 12th of October.

2014 Hunter Runners Ball

Date: 4 October (long weekend) 2014

Venue: Newcastle Jockey Club

Contact Details: 

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

Contact Details: 

publicity@hunterartsnetwork.org

http://hunterartsnetwork.org/coastal-journeys-call-for-exhibition-artists-open-to-hunter-arts-network-members-only/9825/

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

Contact Details: 

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

Contact Details: 

www.newcastletheatrecompany.com.au

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

Contact Details: 

www.mensw.com.au

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!

2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes

Date: Sunday 12 October 2014 2014

Venue: Camp Shortland, Nobbys Beach Reserve, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

walksupport@jdrf.org.au or call 1300 363 126

Join your community at the Newcastle Walk to Cure Diabetes from 9am on Sunday 12 October 2014 at Camp Shortland, Nobbys Beach Reserve for a really fun family day out. 5km Walk along the Newcastle Foreshore, BBQ lunch, Arts and craft corner, Jumping Castle, Raffle , Live entertainment, Kids activities, Coffee Cart, Face painting, Find out about the latest JDRF research. Dogs on leashes are welcome. The Walk to Cure Diabetes is the world's largest event raising funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Since we began walking together over 20 years ago we have raised nearly $30 million for vital research, but there's more work to do. JDRF is the only global organisation with a strategic research plan to end T1D. We want to keep people healthy and safe today until we reach our ultimate goal of a future without T1D. Take steps to help create a future without type 1 diabetes and one day you will be able to say that you helped turn Type One into Type None. There is no fee to register for the Walk to Cure Diabetes however we do ask Walkers to fundraise or make a donation so we can raise money for medical research and help create a future without type 1 diabetes. Register today at www.jdrf.org.au/walk or call 1300 363 126.

Hunter Elvis Festival

Date: 17-19 October 2014

Venue: Club Macquarie, Argenton

Contact Details: 

www.hunterelvisfestival.com.au

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

Contact Details: 

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

Contact Details: 

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!

LIL JON - 2014 AUSTRALIAN DJ SET TOUR

Date: 18 October 2014

Venue: Newcastle Panthers

Contact Details: 

www.moshtix.com.au

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!

Orchestral Magic Sunday Interlude

Date: 19 October 2014

Venue: Adamstown Uniting Church

Contact Details: 

www.adamstownuca.com.au

The next concert in the 10th Anniversary Sunday Interlude series at Adamstown Uniting Church is Orchestral Magic, presented by soloists and ensembles from Newcastle Youth Orchestra. This orchestra motivates emerging young performers, age 14-25, through a diverse and challenging repertoire of orchestral music, providing the highest quality orchestral training in a stimulating and rewarding environment. As well as their full orchestral programs, the players are encouraged to perform in chamber ensembles. It is exciting to enjoy these young musicians in a variety of musical arrangements. Morning tea is served at 10.30am, with the concert starting at 11. Tickets are adult $12, concession $10, child $5, with proceeds to Lifeline and the church?s music ministry. For more information, please visit www.adamstownuca.com.au or phone Jennifer Barnes 4961 5955.

Bach Mass in B Minor by The Song Company

Date: 23 October 2014

Venue: Christ Church Cathedral

Contact Details: 

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

BIKEFEST

Date: 25 & 26 October 2014

Venue: Honeysuckle

Contact Details: 

http://bikefest.net.au/

Bikefest is an award winning lifestyle event designed to encourage Novocastrians to enjoy a weekend of bike rides, races, expos and entertainment at locations along our city's beautiful foreshore and scenic cycleways. Bikefest offers something for everyone from elite athletes to families, commuters, recreational cyclists, new and experienced riders. It encourages people of all ages and interests to make riding a bike part of their everyday lives, helping build a healthier, more liveable city, good for our people, economy and our environment. Bikefest brings together a host of organisations and activities to present the biggest cycling event in our region.

It builds on outstanding successes of previous years including winning the cycling industry’s national and state awards for best event.

Bikefest will offer attractions to new and experienced cyclists and will provide a unique opportunity for businesses and organisations to showcase their community awareness, corporate responsibility, products and services to a rapidly growing cycling community.

For the latest updates visit facebook: www.facebook.com/bikefestnewcastle

Blues Brothers Rebooted

Date: 25 October 2014

Venue: Lizotte's

Contact Details: 

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.

Stockton Hospital Annual Fete

Date: Saturday 25th October 2014

Venue: Stockton Centre, Norfolk Drive, Stockton

Contact Details: 

www.facebook.com/StocktonFete

Bigger and better for 2014 is the Stockton Hospital Fete. Held on the Owen Partridge Oval at the Stockton Centre residential community, the fete will be full of activities for the whole family. Harley rides, a variety of food and drinks, marching bands, clowns, kids rides, market stalls, cakes and slices, BBQ, and live music. New this year is the 'Bikes with Bling' competition for children up to 13 years of age. Bring your decorated bike along to win some great prizes. www.facebook.com/StocktonFete. Join this great day out for the entire family to raise funds for people with profound disabilities.

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

Contact Details: 

www.wollombibootsnballgowns.com.au

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

Contact Details: 

www.wollombismallfarmsfair.com.au

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.

Real Film Festival

Date: Friday 7 - Sunday 9 November 2014 2014

Venue: Tower Cinemas, King St, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

info@screenhuntercentralcoast.com.au

The Real Film Festival is a three-day community, arts and industry event. During the festival will be showcasing documentaries, independent short and feature films based on true stories. The Program comprises of film screenings, Industry workshops, film Q&A, networking events and film competitions for filmmakers of all ages and experience. Festival Point of Difference The Real Film Festival differs from other film festivals in several ways 1. The films must be based on true stories 2. Independent film focused 3. The Festival's Watch, Learn, Create philosophy Festival Philosophy The RFF has been created around three key themes designed to inspire, entertain and educate the audience: Watch = Screenings Learn = Workshops, Talks and Networking Events Create = Short Film Competitions Festival Program The Festival will be held in Newcastle, NSW from November 7-9, 2014 across a number of venues within the CBD, including the Civic Theatre, Tower Cinemas, Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle Museum, Civic Park and other venues. The Festival Program includes a variety of entertainment including the Opening Night Gala held at Civic Theatre with a party to follow at one of Newcastle's unique venues The Lockup. The Festival will also deliver an Open Air Cinema in Civic Park, film screenings at Tower Cinema and short film screenings at Newcastle Museum and a variety of other locations as well as a number of networking events. The festival will also screen a series of short films throughout the weekend as a part of the City Evolutions projections program. The educational component of the Real Film Festival will see innovate Film Industry development workshops and talks held at Newcastle City Hall, Crown Plaza and other locations across the weekend. On Friday 7th November we will be holding 8 Industry Development workshops aimed at emerging film makers followed up on the Saturday with 2 further industry workshops, talks, Q&A's and industry panel discussion. Through networking events the Festival will continue to connect inbound and local filmmakers with the established arts community and businesses based in the region.

The Kransky Sisters - Piece Of Cake @ Lizotte's

Date: 9 November 2014

Venue: Lizotte's

Contact Details: 

http://newcastle.lizottes.com.au/live/index.asp

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.

Radical Reels Tour 2014 - Newcastle

Date: Thursday, 13 November 2014 2014

Venue: Tower Cinemas, 183-185 King Street, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

jemima@adventurereels.com.au   www.radicalreels.com.au

Catch the steepest and deepest in high-adrenalin outdoor sport films when the 2014 Radical Reels Tour comes to Newcastle this November. Hurtle down steep untouched powder, feel the cold spray of stomach-dropping kayak first descents, fly high with the world?s wildest wingsuiters, and much more in extreme mountain sports. The 2014 Radical Reels Australian tour features 8 films and has something for every kind of adrenalin junkie. Not Bad will have you on the edge of your seat as world class mountain bikers negotiate epic rocky paths and steep drop offs while Poor Man's Heli showcases gravity defying freeriding. Ski bums will get their fix with a combination of high energy big mountain skiing, mind-blowing snowboard stunts and steep lines in Supervention . Nine Queen will have you hurtling off massive table top jumps while Sufferfest will entertain you with a quest to climb all 15 of California's 14,000 foot peaks using only bikes, hiking and climbing for transport. Adrenalin enthusiasts will feed their addiction, as they watch Wingsuiter Jeb Corliss pioneer human flight within the narrowest of margins in Heaven's Gate . Grab your tickets and hang on to your seats as we present the world?s best action films on the big screen. Visit http://radicalreels.com.au for more details and to buy tickets Cost: Adult $30.00 Group 20+ $25.50 Child $20.50

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: 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.

World's Biggest Car Boot Sale

Date: Sunday 23rd November 2014 2014

Venue: Hunter Stadium carpark

Contact Details: 

Hunter Life Education on 4958 6766 or www.carbootsale.org.au

The World's Biggest Car Boot Sale is a huge community market and garage sale that raises valuable funds for Hunter Life Education. Shop until you drop & grab a bargain just in time for Christmas. From toys to tools, books, games, knick knacks, craft, everything! There will be plenty of great food on offer too. Hunter Life education is hosting a fundraising BBQ and there will be other food vans selling a variety of hot and cold food, sno cones, ice cream, gourmet coffee and more! Healthy Harold and Big Dog will be there! So, head down to Hunter Stadium car park on Sunday 23rd November and support Hunter Life Education. Gold Coin donation on entry. For more information head to www.carbootsale.org.au or call 1300 554 246

ACO - Marwoods Serenade

Date: 27 November 2014

Venue: NEWCASTLE CITY HALL

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

Dream On Dreamer

Date: 30th November 2014

Venue: Small Ballroom, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

http://dreamondreamer.oztix.com.au

Dream On Dreamer (DOD) are pleased to announce the ...And The Light Pulled Me Back Tour. After dropping the new single 'Darkness Brought Me Here' to the delight of their fans, the band are pleased to follow up the huge demand with a run of 18+ and All Ages shows along the East Coast. 2014 has been a turbulent year for the band with drummer Aaron Fiocca fighting cancer and a member change with the addition of Chris Shaw (ex House Vs Hurricane) on bass. This would be too much to handle for most bands but DOD are stronger than ever and are currently busy writing their third album scheduled for release in 2015. Aaron is now fighting fit and smashing the drums with huge beats and as a whole the band are really excited for the future. DOD can't wait to test some new material live, plus also play all the fan favorites. Dream On Dreamer will be joined by local special guests for each show, don't miss catching DOD live in your town!

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

Contact Details: 

ieconference2014@gmail.com

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/

WATSKY - ALL YOU CAN DO TOUR HITS NEWCASTLE!

Date: 11 December 2014

Venue: The Small Ballroom

Contact Details: 

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.