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Monday, August 29, 2016

Enjoy devotional music, art & ceremony during the SYDNEY SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL from 2nd to 18th of September 2016

Sacred Music Festival
The Sydney Sacred Music Festival showcases music, ceremony and art that aims to bring us closer to something real, something inside. It provides opportunities for the fantastic artists and traditions of our diverse communities and hopes to build its own community of open minded people who are interested in something larger than themselves.

In 2016, the Festival offers a diverse range of programs across Sydney suburbs, the CBD and even as far as the Blue Mountains. Some of the programs are free but some are ticketed. Just some of the programs include:

. The Gathering Ceremony at Marrong (Prospect Hill)

. Worlds Collide Concert & Art Installations (Parramatta)

. Sacred Roots Concert (Mosman)

. Sacred Films at Riverside (Parramatta)

. Sacred Harp Singing (Newtown)

. Australian Bahá’í Choral Festival (Ingleside)

. East Meets West Concert & Discussion (Sydney Olympic Park)


For a full list of the 2016 program, visit this link: http://www.sydneysacredmusicfestival.org/program2016/










Get to the BACKSTREET BLOCK PARTY on 1st & 2nd of September 2016 for some party fun!

Banner for North Sydney's Backstreet Block Party
Join the Backstreet Block Party on 1st & 2nd of September for two nights of party fun at on the doorstep of the Australian Catholic University (ACU)! Napier St will be transformed from a traditional laneway into a funky events space and the party will feature lights, DJ spun tunes, food trucks, live art, a pop-up bar, lawn, arcade games and an opportunity to get your dance on with a silent disco.

The ACU will also be holding a special exhibit called The Ripple Effect at the Gallery Space on Level 22, 8 Napier Street. The exhibit will contain entries from a recent Creative and Performing Arts Competition including 24 visual artworks, 11 short films and 16 photographs.

Backstreet Block Party is part of North Sydney Council's month of music, Sounds of September and is free to the public.

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DATE: Thursday & Friday, the 1st & 2nd of September 2016

TIME: 3pm to 9pm

VENUE: Napier St, North Sydney. North Sydney is a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, located 3 kilometres north of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: The best way to get there is to catch a train and alight at the North Sydney train station. The venue is within walking distance from the train station. For bus services, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on www.131500.com.au

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Call 9936 8100, email: commsevents@northsydney.nsw.gov.au or visit this link: http://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/Lists/Event_Listing/Backstreet_Block_Party


Banner credit: http://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/

Enjoy fun school hols programs at SPOT ON CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL from 27th September to 2nd of October 2016

Spot On Children's Festival 2016
The fifth annual Spot On Children’s Festival presented by Riverside Theatres has unveiled its epic September school holiday program where children will delve into magical worlds through live theatre, sensational storytelling, marvellous music and far-out films. From 27th September to 2nd October, Spot On will welcome thousands of children and their families to experience a sensational program of award-winning shows, relaxed performances, free activities, Sydney premieres and even a Helpmann-nominated production!

The school holidays program will include:

The Listies 6D – 10.30am on 27 & 28 Sep; 1pm on 28 Sep
Award-winning comedy duo, The Listies, is back with a new show all about the movies, 6D. Audiences can expect haunted backpacks, ninja nans, vomiting puppets and fully automatic toilet-paper guns. With the assistance of a GoPro camera, The Listies will create a movie at every performance which is sure to see the silver screen turn brown!

The Owl’s Apprentice – 10am & 12.30pm on 27 & 28 Sep. Relaxed performance at 12.30pm on 27 Sep
Little Wings Puppets will bring their incredible interactive show - 'The Owl’s Apprentice'. Set in the Australian bush, The Owl’s Apprentice combines shadow and hand puppetry with physical comedy to tell the story of a young owl who is learning to become wise.

Curious Jac – 10am & 12.30pm on 29 & 30 Sep. Relaxed performance 12.30pm on 29 Sep
Returning to the Festival due to popular demand is Curious Jac, a delightful musical story led by bilingual storyteller Lilli Pang. With insatiable curiosity, Jac will embark on a globe-trotting adventure to discover the answers to all her questions.

Play Along with Sam – 11am & 2pm on 29 Sep
Former Yellow Wiggle and ARIA Award winner, Sam Moran, will add a dash of star power with his show, Play Along with Sam. A colourful journey through the world of music, movement, word play and imaginative games, the show will include singing, dancing and hilarity for the whole family.

The Young King – 10.30 am & 1pm on 29 Sep to 1 Oct
The internationally acclaimed Slingsby Theatre Company will present their beautiful production of Oscar Wilde’s The Young King. Nominated for a Helpmann Award this year, the incredible show will take audiences on a journey to far away lands where a naïve boy, raised by goatherds, discovers he is heir to a kingdom.

Maya the Bee Movie – 2.15pm on 29 Sep
Blinky Bill the Movie – 2.15pm on 30 Sep
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition – 2.15pm on 1 Oct
Kubo and the Two Strings – 2.15pm on 2 Oct
With tickets at the bargain price of just $10, the Riverside Theatres’ cinema screen will delight audiences both young and old with two Australian films, Maya the Bee Movie and Blinky Bill the Movie, a stunning remastered version of The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, and the new film Kubo and the Two Strings featuring Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey.

In a Deep Dark Forest –12pm & 3pm on 30 Sep, 9:30am, 12pm & 3pm on 1 & 2 Oct
Step into the story in the exciting new adventure game, In A Deep Dark Forest by The Inhabitors. Set within a magical pop-up forest and played in the dark, participants are guided by the storyteller as they undertake a series of fun challenges to complete the quest and bring to life a classic storytelling adventure.

Projection: Test The Game - 9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am & 12:45pm on 1 Oct, 9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am & 12:45pm on 2 Oct
A shadow puppet adventure video game about light manipulation, curiosity and lost art. Explore the world of shadow puppet theatre from different cultures including Javanese, Chinese, Turkish and more in this visually stunning game.

Free Kids Activities - 10am to 2pm from 27 September to 2 October
Hang out between shows and movies and enjoy free courtyard activities where you can run, jump, crawl, draw, read and play games. Activities include balloon twisters, face-painting, craft activities, a play gym, book tent and more.

For more info on the programs plus online booking, visit this link: https://riversideparramatta.com.au/spoton16

* Shows & activities are recommended for Children aged 1-12 years

** During relaxed performances, the theatre lights will be kept on, children can meet the performers before the show and there are no rules on entering or leaving the theatre throughout the performance.

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DATE: 27th of September to 2nd of October 2016

TIME:
Various dates & time according to scheduled program

VENUE: Riverside Theatre, corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta. Parramatta is located 23 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: Best way to get there is to catch a train or a Rivercat ferry and alight at the Parramatta stop. For bus transport info, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on www.131500.com.au

ENTRY FEE: Activities range from free to $20 per person.

MORE INFO: Call Riverside Theatre on 02 8839 3399 or visit this link: https://riversideparramatta.com.au/spoton16


Image credit: http://www.riversideparramatta.com.au/

Experience the amazing colours & scents at the FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS from 1st to 30th of September 2016

Banner for Festival of Flowers at Hunter Valley Gardens
Come and visit the Festival of Flowers at Hunter Valley Gardens from 1st to 30th of September and be immersed in an amazing visual and sensory experience with over 100,000 annuals planted throughout the gardens.

During the festival, there will also be daily talks, children’s activities, topiaries, staff wheelbarrow competition and guided garden tours.


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DATE: 1st to 30th of September 2016

TIME: 9am to 5pm

VENUE: Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Road, Pokolbin. Cessnock is a city in the Hunter Region of NSW, located about 52 km by road west of Newcastle.

LOCATION MAP: Display map.

ENTRY FEE: Adult(16yrs+)|$28, Senior|$25, Child(4-15yrs)|$17, Child(3yrs & under):Free, Family Pass (2A+1C)|$63, Family Pass (2A+2C)|$80.  For the full listing of prices as well as to book online, go to this link: http://www.huntervalleygardens.com.au/Buy-General-Entry-Tickets/

MORE INFO: Call 02 4998 4000 or visit this link: http://www.huntervalleygardens.com.au/hvg/festival-of-flowers/


Banner credit: Hunter Valley Gardens

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Explore LIFE IN THE PARK at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday, 28th of August 2016

Come and join a series of short talks on urban ecology that will introduce you to a variety of wildlife that inhabits the Sydney Olympic Park.

It's free and is suitable for the whole family!





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DATE: Sunday, 28th of August 2016

TIME: 10am to 12pm

VENUE: Education Centre, Bicentennial Park, Australia Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park. Sydney Olympic Park is about 19km south-west of Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For public transport services, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on http://www.131500.com.au/. If driving, free parking is available on the roadside but do be aware that these do fill up quite quickly during the weekends.

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Call 02 9714 7888 (business hours), email: info@sopa.nsw.gov.au or visit this link: http://www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/.../life_in_the_park


Photo credit: http://www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/


Keep your costs down & shop at PITTER PATTER MARKET on Sunday, 28th of August 2016

The Pitter Patter Market is a Pre-Loved Goods Market selling products for babies, kids, pre-teens and maternity mums. There are over 50 stalls offering pre-loved items which may include baby/children's clothing, maternity or pregnancy related items, toys, books, DVDs, bikes, outdoor play equipment, prams/strollers, baby walkers, car seats, cots, nursery linen and much more. Shopping at Pitter Patter Market is a great way to keep your costs of living down especially when babies and toddlers outgrow their clothes and toys so quickly.

The market is located indoors, so it will go ahead rain or shine. Please bring cash for your shopping as there are no ATMs on-site and the market stalls often do not have EFTPOS facility.

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DATE: Sunday, 28th of August 2016

TIME: 9am to 12pm

VENUE: Camden Civic Centre, Oxley Street, Camden. Camden is a historic town of the Macarthur Region of Sydney, located 65 kilometres south-west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For public transport info, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on www.131500.com.au

ENTRY FEE: Adults $3, Kids Free

MORE INFO: Call Sharyn Wye on 0429 990 645, email: info@pitterpattermarkets.com.au or check their website: http://www.pitterpattermarkets.com.au/


Photo credit: http://pitterpattermarkets.com.au/

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Celebrate all our animal friends at the PETS' DAY OUT on Sunday, 28th of August 2016

Mosman Pet's Day OutAttention all pet lovers and owners - the annual Mosman Pet's Day Out is back this Sunday, 28th of August! It's a celebration of all of our furry, hairy, scaly, feathery and slithery friends and festivities for the day will include:

. Mosman Vet displays and activities for children

. Performances by Dancing Dogs R Us

. Bark Busters Walking Obedience Master Class

. DOGA – Yoga with your Dog by Rancan Sisters Fitness

. Australian Wildlife interactive display

. Community Zoomobile and Responsible Pet Care demonstration by Taronga Zoo

. Lots of stalls

. Many prizes to be won at competitions including Animal fancy dress, Egg and spoon race, Pet-owner look-a-like, Most unusual pet.

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DATE: Sunday, 28th of August 2016

TIME: 10am to 2pm

VENUE: Mosman Square & Village Green, Spit Junction. Mosman is part of Lower North Shore and is located 8 kilometres north-east of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For public transport info, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on www.131500.com.au

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Call the Events Team on 9978 4050, email: events@mosman.nsw.gov.au or visit this link: http://events.mosman.nsw.gov.au/.../pet-s-day-out-2016


Image credit: http://www.mosman.nsw.gov.au/

Get loads of free family fun at the WILDFLOWER, ART & GARDEN FESTIVAL on Sunday, 28th of August 2016

Banner for the Wildflower, Art & Garden Festival 2016
Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is a 123 hectares of Hawkesbury sandstone bushland located in the suburb of St Ives. The Garden has a number of bush walking tracks, picnic areas, children's playground, and a variety of wildflowers on display.

And this Sunday, 28th of August is a great time for the whole family to visit as Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden will also be hosting its annual Wildflower Art & Garden Festival. The event is packed with loads of fun activities for the whole family and is amazingly FREE to enter. Just some of the festival highlights include:

. Sculpture Walk with display of sculptures that incorporates an environmentally friendly theme of sustainability.

. Artisans Market & local business stalls

. Talks by horticultural experts

. Wildflower & Australian Wildlife Displays

. Native plants sale

. Guided bush walks

. Food and drink stalls

. Trackless train rides

. Pond dip netting

. Children's craft workshops & storytelling

. Music & dance entertainment


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DATE: Sunday, 28th of August 2016

TIME: 9am to 4pm

VENUE: The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives. St Ives is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney and is located 16 kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: If driving, limited parking is available on site. Traffic flow will be strictly one-way with entry from Richmond Avenue and exit via Council’s Nursery turning left onto Mona Vale Road. There will be no shuttle buses this year. A trackless train will take patrons from the Visitor Centre to Caley’s Pavilion all day. For bus services, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check out their website on http://www.131500.com.au/

ENTRY FEE: Free.

MORE INFO: Call 02 9424 0354, email kmc@kmc.nsw.gov.au or check this link: http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/Things_to_do/Events_activities/Major_events/Wildflower_Art_and_Garden_Festival


Photo credit: http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The PENRITH DISTRICT SHOW on 27th & 28th of August 2016 is a country show packed with whole day family entertainment!

This year's 173rd Penrith District Show will be held over 2 days on Saturday & Sunday, the 27th & 28th of August. The Show will be packed with entertainment from start to finish - some highlights include:

. Arts & Crafts on display

. Schools Agricultural Competition

. Live stage performances including Amber Lawrence

. Food & Wine Expo

. Ute Muster

. ShowMow Racing

. Working Dog & Sheep Shearing Demonstrations

. Dog High Jump Competition

. Animal Farm Nursery

. Woodchopping Competition

. Fireworks Spectacular

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DATE: Saturday & Sunday, 27th & 28th of August 2016

TIME: 9am to 7.30pm on Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday

VENUE: Penrith Showground, corner of Station & Ransley Streets, Penrith. Penrith is a suburb in western Sydney located 50 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: If driving, there's parking on-site. For public transport services there, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check out their website on http://www.131500.com.au/

ENTRY FEE: TBC. Adults $16, Children 5-16 years/Pensioners/Senior Citizens $9,
Family Tickets $45 (2 adults and maximum of 4 children).

MORE INFO: Call 02 4721 2375, email: penrithhrc@pnc.com.au or check this link: http://www.penrithshow.com/


Photo credit: http://www.penrithshow.com/

Enjoy RIVERFEST, a celebration of cultural diversity & environmental sustainability on Saturday, 27th of August 2016

Riverfest Stage Performance
The annual Riverfest is a festival which focuses on environmental sustainability and celebrates cultural diversity.

The festival is returning this year on Saturday, 27th of August with live performances from different cultural groups, delicious foods from around the world, recycled craft projects, interactive workshops, environmental tips from The Lorax and stalls.

Learning about our sustainable environment and celebrating our cultural differences has never been so much fun with something for everyone!

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DATE: Saturday, 27th of August 2016

TIME: 11am to 3pm

VENUE: Koshigaya Park, cnr of Camden Road & Hurley Street, Campbelltown. It is the largest and most popular park in Campbelltown and is named after Campbelltown's sister city in Japan. Campbelltown is a suburb in South-western Sydney and is located approximately 51 km south-west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: The best way to get there is to catch a train and alight at the Campbelltown train station. The venue is within walking distance from the station. For bus services to the park, call the Transport Infoline: 131 500 or check out their website: http://www.131500.com.au/.

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Call 02 4645 4515 or check this link: http://www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/Riverfest


Image credit: www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au