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Events September 2014

Rolling Thunder Vietnam

Date: 3 September 2014

Venue: Civic Theatre

Contact Details: 

Ticketek 4929 1977

Rolling Thunder Vietnam Songs That Defined A Generation Tickets On Sale Monday 19 May The powerful new Australian concert drama Rolling Thunder Vietnam will world premiere in Brisbane on 14 August 2014 prior to a national tour. Set in the Vietnam War era, the evocative and stirring production showcases some of the greatest rock songs ever produced performed by some of Australia's greatest singer-actors and musicians. The show features the music of Steppenwolf, Joe Cocker, Buffalo Springfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Gladys Knight, Billy Thorpe, The Rolling Stones and Curtis Mayfield just to name a few. Rolling Thunder Vietnam brings to the stage a new generation of young musical talent under the esteemed music direction of Chong Lim (Dancing With The Stars, John Farnham Band). The outstanding line-up of singer-actors comprises WES CARR KIMBERLEY HODGSON TOM OLIVER MATT PEARCE VANESSA KRUMMENACHER WILL EWING Conscription, combat, protest and homecoming, Rolling Thunder Vietnam - Songs that Defined A Generation unites personal stories of young Vietnam War soldiers with classic songs of the era. This dynamic theatrical concert draws audiences inside the lives of men on the battlefront and their family and loved ones at home. The Vietnam War was the world's first televised war. More than any other conflict it produced some of the most popular and enduring songs of the 20th century. With stunning projected images and historic footage, Rolling Thunder Vietnam is a rich and emotional experience written by Bryce Hallett (Freeway - The Chet Baker Journey) and directed by David Berthold (Holding the Man, Cosi). Based on extensive research, actual letters and first-hand interviews with Vietnam War veterans, the stories reveal strained and loving relationships, the danger of combat, the rise of the anti-war protest movement in the late '60s and a bittersweet homecoming.  "The deeply personal stories have largely sprung from face-to-face interviews with Australian soldiers who lived in this era" said Bryce Hallett, Writer. "I wanted the monologues between songs to be truthful and spare. Most of the songs in the show are essentially anti-war protest songs that brilliantly convey the rhythm, spirit and mood of the times. Many are epic in nature and the directness of the storytelling serves to bring a raw intimacy to the music." David Berthold, Director said "This is music that sings out to every generation that believes in justice, equality, freedom and peace. We've shaped four very personal stories, inspired by real life experiences, into what I think is a musical event that will reach into the heart." The 'songs that defined a generation' include Magic Carpet Ride, Fortunate Son, All Along the Watchtower, Help Me Make It Through The Night, Run Through the Jungle, Paint It Black, The Real Thing, Letter, People Get Ready, and Killing Me Softly With His Song. Music in the '60s meant liberation, not only for battle-weary young soldiers, but for a generation of artists whose timely yet enduring songs held a mirror up to the chaos, and expressed themes of love, betrayal and loss. Chong Lim, Musical Director said "The Vietnam War gave rise to gutsy rock rhythms and emotion-charged guitar riffs that evoked something of the wild energy of the conflict itself. The era of Woodstock, of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, also produced many sensitive and poignant songs which have become classics because they remain relevant. The irony is that out of the ugliness of war came songs of pure beauty." Be among the first to see the exciting theatrical concert Rolling Thunder Vietnam in its Australian premiere season. Rolling Thunder Vietnam is presented by Blake Entertainment in association with QPAC. www.rollingthundervietnam.com  

Get Flawless! With Napoleon Perdis @ Charlestown Square

Date: 4 September 2014

Venue: The Style Centre @ Charlestown Square

Contact Details: 

For more information, contact the Customer Service Desk @ Charlestown Square on 02 49 444 333

Experience Flawless! By Napoleon Perdis Thursday 4th September 6.30pm In the Style Centre @ Charlestown Square BOOK NOW at Napoleon Perdis @ Charlestown Square, Level 2, Near Myer or on 02 4920 9511. $50 deposit required upon booking. Price: $99 which includes: - $99 worth of redeemable Napoleon Perdis product of your choice at the store after the event - PLUS a FREE gift valued at $230 which includes: - A full sized quad eyeshadow - Full sized mascara - Full sized lipgloss - Nail Polish - Gift bag and mirror - Sample facial wipes; PLUS - Champagne and Fifi le femme cupcakes on arrival - Entry into the lucky door prize for a free makeover - 5 hours free parking pass Napoleon says 'MAKEUP RULES'. Because it's all about complexion perfection! Learn the latest skintelligent tips and tricks from leading makeup stylist Nathan Kake and gain insight on all the hottest beauty trends and what all the celebs are wearing and how to make them work for you!

Body of Work art exhibition

Date: 6 - 27 September 2014

Venue: Cstudios Art Gallery

Contact Details: 

Cstudio Art Gallery (Bank Corner) 738 Hunter Street, Newcastle Ph 4023 8927

An exhibition of paintings, drawings, mixed media and textiles by Ellen Howell and Emilie Tseronis. With inspiration drawn from Newcastle coastline, Redhead Beach and the environs of the Karuah River. You are invited to the opening at 4.30pm on Sat 6 September or for viewing during gallery hours.

Father's Day Games

Date: Sunday 7th September 2014

Venue: Birdwood Park

Contact Details: 

tim@newcastlenow.org.au 02 4929 4644 0435 799 579

Newcastle West End Father's Day Games - A daddy decathlon - Side show Alley - Jumping castle - Stalls and food vans - Amusement rides - Events for the family Tickets - $10 for a 4 person team

Uniting in Song Hymnfest

Date: September 7 2014

Venue: Adamstown Uniting Church

Contact Details: 

For more information visit www.adamstownuca.com.au or ph. Jenny Barnes on 4961 5955

Newcastle City Choir, directed by Callum Close, and Adamstown Uniting Singers, directed by Jennifer Barnes, invite everyone to join in singing the great songs of praise at the Uniting in Song Hymnfest at Adamstown Uniting Church, on the corner of Glebe and Brunker Rds, at 2pm, Sunday, 7th September. Entry is $15, with proceeds to new church lighting.

HMB Endeavour - Sydney to Newcastle voyage

Date: 8-12 September 2014

Venue: On board the HMB Endeavour

Contact Details: 

Endeavour Voyage Coordinator Email: hmbendeavour@anmm.gov.au Phone: 02 9298 3627 endeavourvoyages.com.au

The stunning HMB Endeavour will be sailing into Newcastle Harbour for the first time since 2008 and you can be a part of the adventure! The Australian National Maritime Museum is seeking a crew of 40 enthusiastic people, known onboard as voyage crew, to sail its replica of James Cooks Endeavour on one of the voyage from Sydney to Newcastle via Pittwater. The ship is regarded as one of the most accurate historical replica vessels in the world and offers voyage crew a truly authentic experience of life as 18th century pioneering sailors. The voyage from Sydney to Newcastle will feature two botanists from the Royal Botanical Gardens and voyage crew will be able to go ashore in Pittwater to learn something of coastal flora and gather native seeds for the Gardens seed bank. Sailing under a spread of canvas, you will have the opportunity to see some the most picturesque coastlines along the east-coast of Australia. The ship is often visited by playful dolphins and you might even spot a whale or two. These voyages offer a truly authentic and unique ocean experience unlike anything else you have done. Voyage crew berth: $275 per day, $1,375 (Early bird: $1237.50) As a voyage crew member you will sleep in a hammock and stand watch, set and take in sail, helm the ship and help keep her clean. Voyage crew must be able to climb aloft (39 metres in a harness). Supernumerary berth: $495 per day, $2,475 (Early bird: $2227.50) Supernumerary berths are ideal for those who prefer not to do the sailing activities or who do not meet all the physical requirements for going aloft. You may choose your level of involvement, but will be encouraged to help crew the ship where possible. You will occupy single cabins and relax in the Great Cabin, just as Cook himself would have done.

World Suicide Prevention Day

Date: Wednesday 10 September 2014

Venue: Fort Scratchley, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

RSVP by 5 September 49402003 or robyn@lifelinehunter.org.au

Join with Ukastle Ukestra to celebrate suicide prevention coming out of the shadows and into the light. Show your support for the work that we do at Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter in the prevention of suicide by attending. Includes Free morning Tea.


Date: 11-14 September 2014


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One of the nation's most loved travelling craft shows, The Stitches & Craft Show, is heading to Newcastle for a huge event complete with inspiring exhibitors, hands-on workshops, fashion parades, textile exhibitions, the latest products, DIY ideas and much more. Debuting in Newcastle for the first time at the show will be an international textile exhibition featuring 50 incredible art quilts. Made using a wide variety of styles, techniques and fibres, the quilts have been created by renowned quilters such as Diane Firth (Aust), Hsin-Chen Lin (Taiwan), Alicia Merrett (England) and Cynthia St Charles (USA). After receiving critical acclaim during its recent tour of France, The Sentinelles Exhibition: A Display of Embroidered Textile Art will feature at the event and showcase stunning embroidered textile panels by highly talented quilters and textile artists from France, England, the USA and Australia. Joining the show as the special guest artist is Janelle Wind who has been a pattern designer in the patchwork industry for over 15 years, a teacher and author of the book, Pieces of Me. Janelle will be showcasing her latest works, sharing her designs through paper patterns and signing copies of her book. The Stitches & Craft Show will also feature the 5000 Poppies Project in which handcrafted poppies are being created and combined into a 'field' for Federation Square on Anzac Day 2015. This phenomenal project, which was started by Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight, has already seen over 26,000 poppies created to date. Show attendees will have the opportunity to take part by bringing along their poppies for inclusion on a wall at the show, before being collected by the Hunter Group of the Knitters Guild of NSW and put towards the Project. Throughout each day of the show, activities sure to draw a crowd will be the spring fashion parades with designer Monica Poole, live demonstrations by the Western Sydney Woodturners Association and a modern quilt display by the Central Coast Modern Quilt Guild. The Stitches & Craft Show also offers many fantastic opportunities to learn from the experts at tutorials and hands-on workshops. Classes include beaded jewellery, quilt making, hand dyeing, scrapbooking, card making, embroidery and much more. With something for every craft lover, The Stitches & Craft Show will be sure to delight and inspire audiences both young and old!

Bach to the Bush Solo Cello Tour

Date: 12 September 2014

Venue: 48 Watt Street, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

Tickets available at the door or via http://www.trybooking.com/FSSX

Novocastrian cellist Anthony Albrecht, 'bach' from New York City as a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, performs on his 'Bach to the Bush' tour of NSW. A selection of J.S. Bach's suites for solo cello will be interspersed with other short early works for the instrument. Adults $25, Students $10, Children Free (U10)

Growing Older

Date: 12 September 2014

Venue: Newcastle Jockey Club

Contact Details: 

To register go to www.chpartners.com.au/events/ www.stickytickets.com.au/18621 or contact Catherine Henry Partners at 02 4929 3995

Catherine Henry Partners is hosting the 'Growing Older' expo/symposium in Newcastle on Sept 12 from 9am to 3pm at the Newcastle Jockey Club in Broadmeadow. This ground-breaking event features high-profile speakers including Maggie Beer AO. Speakers will explore many of the hurdles facing ageing Australians. An expo/symposium exploring the issues we face in our 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond Our senior years can be rewarding years, so long as we meet the many challenges that growing older also present. In this ground-breaking event, our high profile speakers discuss many of the common hurdles older Australians face and reveal how you can have the life you want - both when you retire and beyond. Topics include: - What is a retirement planner and when should you engage one? - What can you do when your family disagrees about the best way forward? - How can you manage chronic pain at home? - What can you do when someone you love suffers from dementia - and is there an upside? - Is there a right time for your elderly parents to move? - What should you consider when buying into residential aged care? Also, hear about the effect of humour therapy on people wit dementia; end-of-life planning; changes to aged care policy introduced by the Living Longer Living Better initiatives; preparing your finances for retirement, wills and estate planning and more.

Lifeline Bookfest

Date: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014 2014

Venue: Newcastle Basketball Stadium

Contact Details: 

Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter 49402000 www.lifelinehunter.org.au

Attention, Book Lovers of all ages. Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter's annual Bookfest will be held at the Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September 9am-3pm. 1000s of books will be on offer from $3-$4 each, along with a HUGE Kids section priced from 50c. As always, there will also be a selection of collectible books that will be priced accordingly. Bookfest is major event on Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter's fundraising calendar with all profits directly supporting local telephone and face to face counselling services.

Be a chef for one night!

Date: 14 September 2014

Venue: Ristorante Il Grifone, Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

4929 2008


Ristorante Il Grifone are looking for competitive teams to generate an authentic Italisn dinner consisting of traditional and contemporary dishes.

ELIGIBILITY - Anyone with general cooking ability. This is not open to any qualified chefs.

REGISTRATION - Teams of 2, entry is free. Please contact Roberto at Ristorante Il Grifone. For details phone 4929 2008 or email ilgrifone2008@gmail.com.

VOTING - Diners and judges will be voting for each course.

WINNERS - Highest score based on above voting plus points for number of diner invited by each participant.

PRIZES  - 1ST - $400 food voucher to be spent at Il Grifone. 2ND - Three course dinner from the a'la carte menu, (no restrictions) for 4 people at Il Grifone. 3RD - One case of Il Grifone wines

DINNER - $60per person, 3 courses, tickets sold at Il Grifone


Let's Talk - Life Beyond Fear with Mark Mathews

Date: 16 September 2014 2014

Venue: Watt Street Arc

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Let's Talk Watt Street Arc presents... Life Beyond Fear with Mark Mathews This is an inspirational presentation delivered by one of the world's premier big wave surfers and in-demand public speakers. Life Beyond Fear is a compelling mix of spectacular video footage, Mark's personal stories and audience interaction. Mark shares his techniques on how to manage change and adversity, encouraging you to embrace vulnerability and take control. Join Mark for an insightful session, covering topics including: - understanding fear and its impact on performance - Techniques for creating sustainable success - Importance of leveraging a team to increase and maintain performance levels MARK MATHEWS In the last 10 years Mark has taken himself from a penniless want-to-be surfer, to an international brand name, part time philosopher, story teller, big wave surfing legend and all round good guy. His story is one of commitment, leadership, hard work, innovation, struggle and maximizing available talent. He has also learned a lot about sustaining peak performance over an extended period. Winner of an unprecedented 3 back to back Oakley Big Wave Awards Mark has cemented himself as one of the best big wave surfers in the world. His passion is motivating people to step outside there comfort zones so they can access there true potential. He uses a compelling mix of spectacular video footage and personal stories to engage and inspire audiences around the world. Join the conversation on Twitter: #LetsTalkFightingFear This event is proudly supported by Bacino Bar & Hunter Business Boardriders Registration 7.00am - 7.15am for a 7.30am start

HMB Endeavour - Newcastle to Sydney voyage

Date: 17-21 September 2014

Venue: HMB Endeavour, Newcastle Harbour

Contact Details: 

Endeavour Voyage Coordinator Email: hmbendeavour@anmm.gov.au Phone: 02 9298 3627 www.endeavourvoyages.com.au

The stunning HMB Endeavour will be sailing into Newcastle Harbour for the first time since 2008 and you can be a part of the adventure! The Australian National Maritime Museum is seeking a crew of 40 enthusiastic people, known onboard as voyage crew, to sail its replica of James Cooks Endeavour on one of the voyage from Newcastle to Sydney (17-21 September). The ship is regarded as one of the most accurate historical replica vessels in the world and offers voyage crew a truly authentic experience of life as 18th century pioneering sailors. Sailing from Newcastle to Sydney there will be a focus on astronomy with special guest Dr Fred Watson, Astronomer in Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory. After leaving Newcastle and stopping overnight at Port Stephens, the ship will sail along the coast to Pittwater where voyage crew will learn the fundamentals of taking a noon sight of the sun. On the last night, the ship will anchor in Pittwater where the renowned astronomer Dr Watson will join the ship, give a talk on the galaxy and help voyage crew search the heavens by telescope. Sailing under a spread of canvas, you will have the opportunity to see some the most picturesque coastlines along the east-coast of Australia. The ship is often visited by playful dolphins and you might even spot a whale or two. These voyages offer a truly authentic and unique ocean experience unlike anything else you have done. Voyage crew berth: $275 per day, $1,375 (Early bird: $1237.50) As a voyage crew member you will sleep in a hammock and stand watch, set and take in sail, helm the ship and help keep her clean. Voyage crew must be able to climb aloft (39 metres in a harness). Supernumerary berth: $495 per day, $2,475 (Early bird: $2227.50) Supernumerary berths are ideal for those who prefer not to do the sailing activities or who do not meet all the physical requirements for going aloft. You may choose your level of involvement, but will be encouraged to help crew the ship where possible. You will occupy single cabins and relax in the Great Cabin, just as Cook himself would have done.

Light the Night Newcastle

Date: 17 September 2014

Venue: Foreshore Park

Contact Details: 

Learn more at www.lightthenight.org.au or 1800 500 088.

More than 60,000 Australians are living with blood cancer and related blood disorders, and every day, another 31 are diagnosed. Sadly, not everyone will survive. You can help to create a brighter future by supporting the Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night walk. Gather with family and friends at twilight to shine a beautiful lantern of hope; gold to remember someone, white for your own journey or blue to support others. It's a beautiful way to raise funds for research in the hope that one day, everyone with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma can be cured.

Spring Racing Carnival

Date: 17 - 18 September 2014

Venue: Newcastle Jockey Club

Contact Details: 

Address: Darling St Broadmeadow NSW 2292 Phone: 02 4961 1573 Email: reception@njc.com.au

Newcastle Spring Racing Carnival 17 and 18 September At beautiful Broadmeadow. The highlight of the racing calendar. Two days of glorious horseracing and fabulous style.

Patrick Roberts - Australia's Global Violin Sensation

Date: 18 September 2014

Venue: Lizottes, 31 Morehead St, Lambton NSW

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Australia's Global Violin Sensation, Patrick Roberts, will be performing live in Newcastle this September with an energetic fusion of crossover and popular music bound to delight his legions of fans. Recently returning to Australia from an international tour, Patrick has broken the mould of classical music with a high octane crossover approach and a cutting edge new genre on violin. Known for his remarkable performances on The Good Friday Appeal (Network 7), Carols By Candlelight (Nine Network) and live concerts around the globe, this dynamic and commanding artist will showcase an array of lively and heartfelt songs of The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Josh Groban, along with a collection of great musical masterpieces including 'Habanera' from the opera Carmen, Les Miserables' 'I Dreamed a Dream', and Joaquin Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez' from his latest album Vision (all proceeds benefit Vision Australia). Patrick will also be debuting his newly released single One World. This brand new song is an original recreation of the legendary New World Symphony by Dvorak and was produced by award-winning UK producer Gareth Cousins (Vanessa Mae, Bond). One World marks the turning point in Patrick's new musical direction and encompasses all the recent crossover elements coupled with his own unique brand of expression and musical emotion. From a young age I was always attracted to the violin, says Patrick. The mystique and mystery of how such a complex yet beautiful instrument worked always hypnotised me. The violin will always mesmerise me not just in its beautiful angelic tone, but in its majestic design as well. Prior to taking the stage as a performer, Patrick taught music (violin & viola) in his hometown of Melbourne for over a decade at various private schools, including roles as Head of Strings and Guest Lecturer at the Conservatorium of Music. Learning music is vitally important for children of all ages, says Patrick. It has been scientifically proven to enhance intellectual levels and activates many areas of the brain. It is also a beautiful thing to introduce music to children to show them what life is all about. Music is life and life is music. Patrick Roberts can't wait to hit the stage in his limited season NSW tour and deliver a spectacular evening of live music not to be missed. Dinner & Show $87.00 6pm-8pm / Show Only $45.00 9pm

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

Contact Details: 

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

Contact Details: 

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

Night OWLS Exhibition

Date: 23 Sept - 3 Nov 2014

Venue: Newcastle Museum

Contact Details: 

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, caf? 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.

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

Contact Details: 

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

Events October 2014

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.

Hunter Elvis Festival

Date: 17-19 October 2014

Venue: Club Macquarie, Argenton

Contact Details: 


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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.