Get moving this Winter with a variety of local entertainment
GO west to Glenreagh for the 2017 Glenreagh Timber Festival on Saturday, July 29 from 8.30am-4.30pm, with State Title wood chopping, post splitting, wood working, blacksmithing, motorbikes and tractors, horse and carriage rides, live music, market stalls, food, Glenreagh Mountain Railway site open for inspection, Glenreagh Recreation Grounds, Bridge St, Glenreagh.
GRILLER IN THE ROOM
Head east on Saturday, July 29 for the Winter Taste Woolgoolga Bar and Grill Festival, with beer, wine, spirits and grilled, smoked and spit-roasted foods. See tastewoolgoolga.com
Bellingen Lions Club hosts its annual Fireworks Spectacular at Bellingen Showground at 6.30pm on Saturday, July 29. Gates open 4.30pm with Lions food available and glow sticks on sale. Take a chair or blanket.
PINK AND FROTHY
YOUNG actors from CHATS will bring the girls, guile and goodness of that famous female Harvard law student Legally Blonde Jr to the stage of the Jetty Memorial Theatre in the musical Legally Blonde Jr until July 30.
CANNES BY THE SEA
MOVIES are a perfect winter pleasures and Coffs Harbour's Jetty Theatre has a feast this month with Beyond the Known World on Thursday July 27; Kedi - described as the Citizen Kane of cat documentaries (Turkish with English subtitles) on Thursday August 3 and the Vive La France! film festival from August 23-27, with dramas, comedies, family films and documentaries and the 50th anniversary screening of the Catherine Deneuve classic Belle de Jour. The festival's Opening Night Gala will feature the new French comedy Lost in Paris and bookings are now open. Yamba Cinema also has a single screening of documentary The Road to Home on July 28.
GOLD CUP CARNIVAL
COFFS Harbour's racing event of the year, the 2017 Carlton Draught Coffs Harbour Gold Cup, takes over the town on Thursday, August 3 as all roads lead to Coffs Harbour Racing Club for this major carnival day. Fashions of the Field, special guests.
MUSIC is soul food and this month will see Coffs Harbour Music Society host its second Winter Concert, on Friday, August 4 at 8pm at Coffs Harbour Education Campus Lecture Theatre D. The performer will be 2016 Sydney International Piano competition winner, 29-year-old Russian musician Andrey Gugnin, described as a glorious ambassador and star pianist. Gugnin will play pieces by Bach; Schubert; Shostakovich; Stravinsky and Desyatnikov. www.coffsmusicsociety.com.au. Phone Jean on 0466 985 652.
HIGH energy blockbuster show with 25 performerss from 6 African countries at Grafton's Saraton Theatre at 7.30pm on Friday August 4. Music, dance, acrobatics and comedy. Colourful costumes, a show for all ages with no language barriers, www.saraton.com.au
SYDNEY Conservatorium musicians will perform at a concert at the Nambucca Valley Arts Council on August 6.
COFFS COAST CYCLE CHALLENGE
TWO wheels will be the preferred form of transport on Sunday August 6 for the 2017 C.exMcDonalds Cycle Challenge. There are courses for everyone, from hill climbs to the 10km family ride around bike paths and quiet road near the airport, 20km,40km, 60km and the main event, the 100km ride. The event is designed to include all ages and all abilities and is organised by Coffs Harbour City Rotary.
2017 ROTARY CARTOON AWARDS
COFFS Harbour's Bunker Cartoon Gallery will host the 29th Rotary Cartoon Awards from August 11-October 10. Opening night, always a gala event, will be held on August 12. Hundreds of entries are expected in this nationwide competition, which this year includes the special topic A Pain in the ANZUS.
HUNDREDS of bridge players from all over will lay their cards on the tables at Opal Cove Resort from August 8-13 for the Coffs Coast Gold Congress, a major bridge playing event hosted by Coffs Harbour Bridge Club.
MULTIMEDIA installations by John Bennett and Angela Tay mean art at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery is moving and talking as well as showing photographs and paintings until August 12 with three exhibitions - Bennett's Eos; Tay's Ebb Tide and Jenni Catt's Melting into the Sun. This will be followed from August 18 to September 22 by works from Jane Wilson and 2015 EMSLA Award winner Jonathan Crowther, plus gems from the gallery collection.
KNITTING nuts, crochet fiends and pom-pom power rangers are planning to wrap the trees in Coramba's main street in wool on Sunday August 13. Bring tools and wool and join in. Inquiries Sam Mihelffy on 0409543711.
12th LIVING WELL EXPO
RIDING the Change Wave is the theme of the 12th annual Living Well Expo at C.ex Coffs from 10am-2pm on Wednesday, August 16. This year's event will focus on people with a disability and their carers. Free tea and coffee.
ADAM Harvey and Beccy Cole with present The Great Country Songbook Vol II at Grafton's Saraton Theatre at 7.30pm on August 18.
QUOTA International of Coffs Harbour will host the 22ND Antique Fair at the Exhibition Hall, Coffs Harbour Showground on Saturday and Sunday August 26-27, with a gala preview evening with drinks and finger food from 6-8pm on Friday, August 25. There will be furniture, china, glassware, jewellery, linen, coins, military items, toys and tools.
GO west to Glenreagh for the 2017 Glenreagh Timber Festival on Saturday, July 29 or head east for the Winter Taste Woolgoolga Bar and Grill Festival on the same date, with beer, wine, spirits and grilled, smoked and spit-roasted foods. See tastewoolgoolga.com
ARTS IN THE GARDEN
POSTPONED from its earlier date, Arts in the Garden will now take place from 12-4pm on Sunday August 13 at the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum. Stories, music, poetry, art and history from the Solitary Islands Marine Park area. Free entry, bring a picnic rug or chairs, barbecue, drinks and afternoon tea available. Bookings phone 66484847. Music by band 60% Water; poetry by John Bennett.
WALKING a dog is fun and good exercise and can be a social event as well. Society Dog, a project of the Animal Protection Association of Australia, organises monthly walks at leash-free beaches around the Coffs Coast. This is a fun way to socialise your dog and make friends with other dog owners. For details of the next walk, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who like both dogs and coffee, visit Maggie's Dog Café at the back of Moonee Marketplace. This fun new café - 'dogs welcome, people tolerated' offers dog-friendly indoor and outdoor seating, doggy play areas, snacks -yes, even puppacinos, plus dog grooming.
CAMP OVEN FESTIVAL
CLARENCE Valley Camp Oven Festival will be held at Nymboida Camping and Canoeing from Friday August 18 to Sunday August 20. Music, camp oven cooking (open fires permitted) Saturday night bush dance, markets, dog trials, kids activities. Phone 66494155.
LOVING LIFE DAY
SATURDAY August 19 is Loving Life Day in Grafton from 10am, with free all-day stage entertainment, young talent quest, food vendors, market stalls. Special attraction free speedball radar camera tests, market square, cnr Prince and Pound Sts, Grafton, hosted by Grafton community radio station Loving Life FM 103.1.
TIM THE BREAM
TIM the Bream Fishing Classic for fishing the Clarence River from the Harwood Bridge to the river mouth will be held on August 19 and 20 with $30,000 worth of prizes for tagged fish. HQ, based in Ford Park, Yamba.
TEN pin bowling is a fun indoor sport suitable for just about every age. Club 300 Bowling & Bar in Coffs Harbour's newly refurbished Bowl Arcade offers 13 lane bowling, a licensed bar, pool tables and an in-house chef. Gather up a friend or two and go bowling.
OFFSHORE super boat racing will return to Coffs Harbour Jetty on Saturday and Sunday August 26 and 27 with the 2017 Offshore Powerboat Series. Coffs is deemed to be the best place in Australia to watch super boat racing, with the boats spraying up to 200ft rooster tails of water as they slam their way in and out of the harbour and around the course. Time trials from 1pm on Saturday and 11am and 1pm Sundays - boats will be near the fish co-op between races.
CLARENCE Valley Historic and Enthusiasts Motor Cycle Vintage, Veteran and Classic Rally, Grafton, August 25-27. Contact Terry on 66493382.