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Events August 2014

YWCA Hunter Region Inc Children's Programs

Date: 12th Aug - 19th Sept 2014

Venue: YWCA Centre

Contact Details: 

Email - yncle@bigond.com Telephone - 02 4929 2954

YWCA Hunter Region Inc conducts kindergym and playgroup sessions for children under school age at the YWCA centre in Cooks Hill each week. Kindergym sessions are conducted on Monday and Tuesday mornings and playgroup operates each Thursday morning. For more information, inlcuding session times, visit our website at www.ywcahunterregion.org.au or telephone 4929 2954 during business hours.

Telling Tales, Hunter History, Simple Stories and Perfect Pictures Exhibition

Date: 15 Aug - 30 Sep 2014

Venue: Lovett Gallery

Contact Details: 

2nd Floor, Newcastle Regional Library, Laman Street, Newcastle

Visit facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dudley-Lewis/

Local Novocastrian and artist Dudley Lewis is hosting an art exhibition in conjunction with Newcastle University Archives at Lovett Gallery. The exhibition is titled ?Telling Tales? Hunter History, Simple Stories and Perfect Pictures?. The stories are illustrated in sketch by Dudley Lewis, himself and through pictures of the origins of the Hunter Region from the Newcastle University Archives. The exhibition will open on 15 August 2014 by Gionni Di Gravio, University Archivist and Chair of the Coal River Working Party and be on show until 30 September 2014. There will be activities for children including stories to educate and entertain, period costume dress-ups and drawing pencils and paper.

Opening - 15 August at 5.30pm to 7pm

Exhibition then open Monday to Wednesday 9.30am to 8pm Thursday, Friday 9.50am to 5pm and Saturday 9.30am to 2pm

Hairspray - the Broadway Musical

Date: 16-23 August 2014

Venue: Civic Theatre Newcastle

Contact Details: 

www.metropolitanplayers.com.au

Last year Metropolitan Players presented the hugely successful "The Phantom of the Opera" which won 7 CONDA Awards. This year we are presenting the bright, colourful and very funny musical "Hairspray". It's 1962 and change is in the air. Tracy Turnbald, a plus-size girl with big hair and big dreams, has only one passion in life - to dance on the 'Corny Collins Show' on TV. But with the show's scheming stage manager against her, trend-setting Tracy will need the help of her best friend Penny, her big-hearted mother Edna and sassy co-host Motormouth Maybelle to show the world that all it takes to make a dream come true is a toe-tappin' beat and a little HAIRSPRAY. There will be performances on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and matinees on Saturday 16 & 23 August at 2pm. Tickets cost $50 adults, $40 concession, $42 groups (8+) and are available from Ticketek on 4929 1977.

'Dimensions of Cardiology' Conference

Date: 23 August 2014

Venue: Harbourview Conference Centre, Newcastle

Contact Details: 

www.empowernurseeducation.com.au

Program Aim Boost your confidence and refresh your skills regarding all things cardiac. Update your 12 Lead ECG and interpretation ability. Grasp a better understanding of cardiac pathophysiology and cardiac arrhythmias. Differentiate between various complex arrhythmias. This course is ideal for beginners and experienced nurses and cardiac technicians. New graduate nurses will benefit from the course content stemming from basic to advanced practice. Your goals at the conclusion of this day, you will be able to: a) Refresh your skills and go back to basics of normal electrophysiology of the heart b) Distinguish the cause of basic and complex cardiac arrhythmias and recognise them on ECG traces c) dentify common pathophysiological elements in cardiac nursing d) Develop and implement a set of criteria used when interpreting normal sinus rhythm and patients whom complain of chest pain e) Discover current trends in monitoring in cardiac patients f) Describe effective methods and algorithms in recognising and managing cardiac arrest g) Explain contemporary surgical interventions for cardiac patients h) Acquire understanding of a cardiac patients experience.  This course earns attendees 5 CPD Hours

Trivia & Comedy Night

Date: 23rd August 2014

Venue: Raymond Terrace Bowling Club

Contact Details: 

To book a table contact Rachel on 0449 235 354

Fundraiser to help 5 hunter valley teenagers who have been selected to represent NSW travel to the 10th Annual Special Olympics National Games.100+ trivia questions plus 2 local comedians. Heaps of prizes! Table of 6 only $55 or $10 p/p.

EXPRESSO: Faith. Art. Music. Community.

Date: 24th August 2014

Venue: The Dungeon (Underneath Adamstown Uniting Church)

Contact Details: 

Adamstown Arts Ph: 49571887 Email: adamuca@bigpond.net.au www.adamstownuca.com.au/cafe-church

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 music legend Mark Wells. "Wells has been a popular and respected fixture on Newcastle's music scene since he was a rock'n'roll obsessed teenager, fronting high school band Revolver and then Supersonic, before "crossing over" into country and launching a solo career, which took him all the way to Nashville in 2008 as the winner of the Telstra Road to Tamworth Songwriters Award." (Rosemarie Milson, The Newcastle Herald) Mark was born with the "incurable genetic condition cystic fibrosis". He has dedicated his life to a compliance with treatments and medications and looked after his health endlessly, but more than that Mark has dedicated his life to choosing that in life that inspires and drives him. "If you strip away Wells' career, his talent, relationships and good looks, at his core is an acute awareness of how pre-cious life is. In spite of it all - the bouts of bleeding, the inability to simply eat a meal without a handful of tablets, thevulnerability, the exhaustion - his forward-thinking philosophy means that he is far more than the sum of his symp-toms." (Rosemarie Milsom, Newcastle Herald). An amazing song-writer and performer, with a story that will leave no heart untouched and no mind uninspired.

Memory walk and Jog Alzheimers Australia

Date: 24 august 2014

Venue: Speers Point Park

Contact Details: 

www.memorywalk.com.au

Come along and support again the Alzheimers Australia Annual Memory walk on Sunday the 24th of August at Speers Point Park. All funds raised will go to support the Hunter Dementia and Memory Resource Centre based in hamilton . On the day we will have lots of family fun and entertaintment . Please register you , your family and friends so that you can raise funds , there are great prizes to be won for the highest fundraiser for individuals , and groups.

Lake Macquarie International Children's Games School Torch Relay

Date: 28 August 2014

Venue: Speers Point Park

Contact Details: 

+61 2 4921 0020 icg@lakemac.nsw.gov.au http://icg-lakemacquarie2014.com/page.aspx?vid=19

Celebrate the 100 day countdown to the Lake Macquarie International Children's Games! Follow the torch relay from Warners Bay Lions Park, around Lake Macquarie, to Speers Point Park, where there will be an official ceremony to welcome the torch. There will also be free entertainment after the ceremony, so bring the whole family and enjoy the activities on offer! The torch relay starts at Warners Bay Lions Park at 10am on Thursday August 28th, finishing at Speers Point Park at 11am, with free entertainment from 11.30am.

Vocal Fireworks by The Song Company

Date: 28th August 2014

Venue: Newcastle Conservatorium

Contact Details: 

To buy tickets: http://www.songcompany.com.au/buy/tickets/vocal-fireworks/

Marking the final stage of a four year cycle based on the elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire, The Song Company celebrate the heat and raw passion of FIRE and the music that expresses it, in their latest program Vocal Fireworks. As part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations, Australia's leading vocal ensemble welcome Danish Guest Director and composer, Bo Holten in this first-time collaboration. Together, they will lead audiences in a fiery program of neck-breaking speeds, hair-raising leaps and awe-inspiring harmonies. The concert is on at the Newcastle Conservatorium on the 28th of August at 7pm.

Newcastle Health Harmony Soul

Date: 29-31 August 2014 2014

Venue: Newcastle Exhibition Centre

Contact Details: 

CTM Events 07 5538 7118 info@ctmevents.com.au

3 Sensational Days of Health, Wellbeing & Spirituality Friday 29th August 2014 - 10am-6pm Saturday 30th August 2014 - 10am-6pm Sunday 31st August 2014- 10am-5pm Newcastle Exhibition Centre Over 100 exhibitors and leaders + Popular Psychic Reader's room Free entertainment areas including: Main Stage Native American Tipi Cafe Chat Wellness Workshops Leaders and specialists in these fields come together at Health Harmony Soul to share their knowledge, products and services. Enjoy psychic readers, free seminars, performances, workshops and yoga/meditation classes over the three days to inspire yourself to live the life you love.

Newcastle Health Harmony Soul 2014

Date: 29 - 31 August 2014

Venue: Newcastle Entertainment Centre

Contact Details: 

https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/460896790676188/

3 Sensational Days of Health, Wellbeing & Spirituality

  • Friday 29th August 2014 - 10am-6pm
  • Saturday 30th August 2014 - 10am-6pm
  • Sunday 31st August 2014- 10am-5pm

Newcastle Exhibition Centre Over 100 exhibitors and leaders + Popular Psychic Reader's room Free entertainment areas including: Main Stage Native American Tipi Cafe Chat Wellness Workshops Leaders and specialists in these fields come together at Health Harmony Soul to share their knowledge, products and services. Enjoy psychic readers, free seminars, performances, workshops and yoga/meditation classes over the three days to inspire yourself to live the life you love.

Newcastle Jazz Festival

Date: 29-31 August 2014

Venue: Newcastle Jockey Club

Contact Details: 

www.newcastlejazz.com.au PO Box 2262 DANGAR NSW 2309 Judy - 02 4963 7237 Susan - 02 4942 2906

"Jazzin' at the Jockey Club". 200 musicians, 40 bands delivering 70 hours of different jazz styles in up to 5 rooms throughout the weekend. Showcasing Newcastle's multi talented musicians and top Australian performers. Bistro, food vans, bars opened all weekend. Secure FREE parking outside the venue. Public transport available to and from the Venue. Early Bird FULL weekend ticket (until 25/7)- $110 After 25/7 Weekend ticket will be $120 Sessions passes available

Art Bazaar Maitland

Date: Sunday 31 August 2014 2014

Venue: Maitland Regional Art Gallery, High St, Maitland

Contact Details: 

www.artbazaar.com.au publicity@hunterartsnetwork.org

Hunter Arts Networks (HAN) third annual Art Bazaar at Maitland will return to the grounds of Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) on Sunday 31 August 2014 from 10am - 3pm. The gallery, located at 230 High Street, Maitland, is a series of exhibition spaces, workshop spaces & retail spaces all dedicated to providing premier arts and cultural experiences for the general public. Now in it?s second decade & held three times every year, Art Bazaar has developed into a major art event for the region which now attracts many visitors from out of the area & is the Hunter's premier artisan & design marketplace. Art Bazaar is a great way to show families & visitors how wonderful our creative community is. HAN is a non-profit membership of Artists, Designers, Jewellers and craft people from the Hunter region & showcases original handcrafted goods from over 100 local HAN artists. Art Bazaar is free entry & there's also demonstrations, entertainment, a mobile ATM, food, & MRAG's Cafe Seraphine which is open for breakfast & lunch from 7:30am - 4:30pm Children of all ages and their families are welcome for free art activities at MRAG every Sunday from 11.00am - 1.00pm. Bookings not required & all materials are supplied. MRAG will be showing two exhibitions coinciding with Art Bazaar: Judy Henry: Reflections of life and landscape, & Greta Migrant Camp: Displaced / Assimilation and Stereoscopic Views: Vivienne Dadour and Gail Burrows Stallholders must be HAN members. Membership is $55 for individuals, $80 for groups of 3 or less, and $100 for groups & organisations of more than 3. The $60 stall fee includes public liability insurance

PULSE Amazing Race Around Newcastle

Date: 31 August 2014

Venue: Nesca Park, Nesca Pde The Hill

Contact Details: 

Janet Adams - janet.adams@hmri.com.au or 4042 0578 http://www.hmri.com.au/hmri-event/pulse-amazing-race-around-newcastle/

Get your team together to solve a range of mental and physical challenges in a race around Newcastle. Be the first to out-wit your competitors and cross the finish line while raising funds for the Hunter's early career researchers. Price: $160 per team of 4 includes BBQ at final destination

Steve Clisbys Winter Warm Up Show!

Date: 31 August 2014

Venue: Lizotte's

Contact Details: 

http://www.lizottes.com.au/ Ph: 4956 2066

Lizottes is proud to announce 3 special warm up shows - one show only in each Lizottes venue - with the incredible STEVE CLISBY ! 3 Little Lizottes... Last year Steve Clisby sold out 4 shows at Kincumber and 3 shows at Newcastle Lizottes. This will be the first time he has performed at Dee Why, Sydney. "Haven't toured with my band since last year and I'm working on a brand new concert set." Steve Clisby said today I can't wait to play live with these new songs that I have recorded plus some live favourites and a few surprise songs to mix it up. We had such a ball last year and wanted to warm up the new set with friends with a broader than jazz approach and have some fun. It'll be alright ! " Steve Clisby will be playing new songs from his forthcoming album LEAVE ME DREAMING (due out 5th September) and premiering his sensational new single WALKING THESE STREETS (released mid July) Be quick to book for this exclusive opportunity for the 3 STEVE CLISBY winter warm up shows. Plus guest support to be announced. Yes Steve - You Can !

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  

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.

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

ilgrifone2008@gmail.com

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

WE ARE NOT MASTER CHEFS... WE ARE FOOD LOVERS !!

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.

Patrick Roberts - Australia's Global Violin Sensation

Date: 18 September 2014

Venue: Lizottes, 31 Morehead St, Lambton NSW

Contact Details: 

http://lizottes.com.au/

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

Contact Details: 

http://www.rescuehelicopter.com.au/events/rescueball

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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/