BLACKDOG RIDE: Raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.
BLACKDOG RIDE: Raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention. Shanelle Clark

Top tips for things to do around Coffs & Clarence

LATE summer is prime outdoor time on the Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley as the heat and humidity abates but the warmth remains, so open your front door and step out and about.


TAKE to the water in a canoe or kayak on the Clarence River or one of its scenic tributaries like the Mann or the Nymboida, using the new map kit just published for the Clarence Canoe and Kayak Trail, or just mess about in your boat on the water.


LADIES beginners golf workshops are being offered by Coffs Harbour Golf Club every Tuesday morning. The club's head professional Matt Allan is conducting these friendly group lessons, so try your hand at swinging a club and decide if this popular outdoor activity is one you would like to pursue. 8.30-10am; 10.30am-12pm Tuesdays. Phone 66523266 or coffsharbourgolfclub.


VISIT The Kirk at Yamba Museum from March 8-25 to see The Bridges: The First Year, an exhibition of artworks by seven regional artists created n response to the projected four new bridges to be built in the Clarence Valley - three over the Clarence River at at Grafton, Harwood and Tabulam and the fourth over Sportsmans Creek at Lawrence. Two of the four older bridges featured are slated for demolition.


LUNCH with an Italian flavour and cultural benefits at Grafton's regional gallery in historic Prentice House. Rosearia Italian Cafe Restaurant offers alfresco lunches in the courtyard 11am-2pm from Tuesday to Saturday and you can enjoy the art on display as well. What a Life! Rock Photography by Tony Mott and Chris Hazell: Cynosure and Disconnections curated by Cinnamon Jarrett will be on show until March 25. Collection: Portraits will be on show until March 4. In Focus Photo Competition winners will be announced and the exhibition opened on March 31. Call the Gallery 66423177 or Rosearia 66424888.


COFFS Harbour's Jetty Theatre is hosting a busy program of events this month, with the Kings of Country Rock stage spectacular on March 3; a live streamed discussion on women and the media on March 5; the Flickerfest travelling short film festival on March 10 and 11; touring show Shirley Valentine on March 17 and CHATS Productions Wyrd Sisters from March 16-26.


BELLINGEN'S 25th Autumn Plant Fair will be held at Bellingen's Market Park from 8am-2pm on March 11. More than 70 plant nursery stalls, information stalls, hourly workshops and activities, undercover seating, food, music.


PLUNGE Art and Culture Festival will envelop the Clarence Valley from March 31 to April 30. Phone 66450015.


THE Lower Clarence Relay for Life event will be held in Yamba on March 18. Contact Abby Wallace 0438 688 005.


INTERNATIONAL Women's Day Breakfast on March 8 at C.ex Coffs, keynote speaker Shivani Gopal, founder of The Remarkable Woman. Hosted by Zonta, BWN and BPW Coffs Coast. Bookings www.sticky


THE winner of the Kendall Violin Concert, Zoe Freisberg, will play a concert in Nambucca hosted by the Nambucca Arts Council on March 25.


AN EXHIBITION by artist Susan O'Doherty, Pinned to the Wall, will open at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery on March 3, as will Ten Years of EMSLA, a celebration of the first decade of the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award. Showcasing winners and acquisitions. Both exhibitions will remain on show until April 22.


HELD at Bowraville Racecourse on March 4, hosted by the Nambucca River Jockey Club; there will be a Top 50 Race Day at Coffs Harbour Racing Club on March 21 and the Clarence River Jockey Club will hold TAB race days in Grafton on March 7 and 16. Listen to and meet one of the great cricketers of all time, Sir Viv Richards, at Coffs Harbour Racing Club, March 18, 6-9.30pm. Buffet dinner, interview by veteran MC Comic JK, meet and greet, Q&A.


PAY an evening visit to the bustling wedge-tailed shearwater rookery on Coffs Harbour's Muttonbird Island on March 14 with NPWS Discovery Ranger and Elder Uncle Mark Flanders, who will also explain the island's cultural importance to the Gumbaynggirr people. Bookings phone 1300072757 or NPWS website.


VISIT Coffs Harbour's Greenhouse Tavern Rainforest Bar on Friday nights from 8.30pm and enjoy the music of the tavern's baby grand piano, played by well known piano man and songwriter Mick Buckley with sing-along, requests, dancing and cocktails.


JOIN Coffs Coast Ulysses Motorcycle Club (motto: grow old disgracefully) president Margaret Fairlie and others on a Black Dog Ride from Coffs Harbour to Maclean on March 19 to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention. Donations via www.blackdogride.


BOOK for a new two-hour cultural experience at the Bruxner Park Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout near Coffs Harbour. Developed by the Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Corporation, the experience combines 360-degree views, song, dance, bush tucker, Dreamtime stories, language learning, artwork and a guided walk, March 11, April 8, May 13.


BUNKER Cartoon Gallery at Coffs Harbour will close its exhibition of Swamp Cartoons by Gary Clark on March 5 to make room for The Phantom Show, a major exhibition featuring 80 years of ' the ghost who walks' interpreted by 30 different artists. Opening March 10. Opening night guest Dare Jennings, then on show until May 14. bunker


CELEBRATE common ground with fellow citizens at the 11th Harmony Festival in the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden in Coffs Harbour from 10am-3pm on March 26. Cultural performances, world music, special guests, cross-cultural barbecue cook-off; authentic cultural cuisine; global village. Gold coin donation.


SIR Earle Page Library in Grafton will host Seniors Intro to Computers on Monday March 6 from 10am-noon (bookings essential) and a Seniors Morning Tea with bush poet Bill Kearns on Friday, March 10, 10-11.30am as part of Seniors Week.

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