What's On: Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley
THIS month is so full of events and activities you will have to plan your calendar. But with jasmine scenting warm air and spring winds blowing winter away, don't feel guilty if you prefer a sandwich in the garden or a stroll on the sand.
INTERNET BASICS II
EMAIL, scanning and attachments are the topics of this free workshop open to all at Coffs Harbour's Harry Bailey Memorial Library at 2-4pm on August 28. Inquiries and bookings, visit library or ph 66484900.
MOZART and Brahms is the title the Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective has given to the performance which will fill Bellingen Memorial Hall with soaring music at 7.30pm on September 2. Conductor for the 17-piece string ensemble is Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Tix Waterfall Way Visitors Centre or acobellingen. www.eventbrite.com.au.
START at the showground and head along the scenic Coffs Creek Walkway if you want to take part in the seventh annual Coffs Harbour Running Festival on Sunday, September 3. You don't have to be a runner, or even a runner at all - there is a 3km family fun run/walk option, so every generation can take part. www.villagesports. com.au.
2017 ROTARY CARTOON AWARDS
VISIT Coffs Harbour's Bunker Cartoon Gallery this month to enjoy the latest laughs from the nation's top cartoonists on show at the 29th Rotary Cartoon Awards exhibition. Open seven days 10am-4pm until October 1.
HORNS AND HOOFS
FOUR-FOOTED entertainment comes to Grafton with Rural Weekly Pro Bull Riding event at Grafton Showground on September 2, with top riders and ranked bulls plus live music, while the Coutts Crossing Cup will be run at the Clarence River Jockey Club, also on September 2. The Grafton Horse Driving Trials at South Grafton's Hawthorne Park Equestrian Facility from September 8-10 sees horses, carriages and drivers battle a challenging course and spectators are welcome.
TAKE part in the Antidote festival of ideas, art and action at the Sydney Opera House with live streaming to Jetty Memorial Theatre. 11am-2.15pm. www.jettytheatre.com.
LOVE URUNGA FATHER'S DAY
DADS and granddads will enjoy Love Urunga Father's Day Picnic, incorporating Sculpture in the Park from 10am-3pm on Sunday, September 3 at Morgo St Reserve.
Live music, coffee and food. Bring a rug, a picnic, family and friends.
Free entry. wwww.urunga.com.au.
HEAD to Macksville Showground for the 2017 Rusty Iron Rally on September 2-3.
Run by the Mid North Coast Machinery Restoration Club Inc, the two-day Rally on the Father's Day weekend always brings together a great collection of characters as well as tractors, trucks, cars, bikes, engines, machinery and implements from far and wide.
DAUNT: Four Score Years is the title of a solo exhibition of Nicolas Daunt's signature large colourful abstracts at The Art Factory until Saturday, September 9.
The Coffs Coast based artist is celebrating his 80th birthday. The Art Factory Coffs Harbour, 2/151 Orlando St.
SANDRA TAYLOR CERAMICS
CERAMICS by a significant Australian artist on show in Sandra Taylor: True Stories at Grafton Regional Gallery until September 9. Also see Contemporary Identity - works examining the identity of 21st century indigenous artists from the Clarence; Imagining the Margin: Journeys, Borders and Living on the Edge - work by Natalie Hartog-Gautier and Penelope Lee on refugees, plus figurative work from the gallery's collection.
CHUCKLE your way through the highlights of the 13th annual Sydney Comedy Festival with the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase 2017 at C.ex Coffs at 8pm on Thursday, September 14.
CHECK OUT THE YOUNG'UNS
SELECTED short films which are winners and finalists in the 2017 REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival will be screened at C.ex Coffs Harbour on Friday September 8 and Bellingen Memorial Hall on Friday September 15, 6pm for 6.30pm. About 75 minutes. Free. Register with Eventbrite.
ARTWORKS from the collection of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and new work by Jonathan Crowther and Jane Wilson will be on show at the gallery until September 23. Jane Wilson explores the figurative and emotions and Jonathan Crowther the relation between painting and the digital image.
SPRING PLANT FAIR
SEVENTY nurseries offering plant, bulbs, trees, seedlings, garden supplies, expert information and hourly workshops- soil health, composting, permaculture, chemical-free pest control, native habitat establishment plus fine food, coffee and musicians. You will find it all at Bellingen's 28th annual Spring Plant Fair at Bellingen Market Park from 8am-2pm on Saturday, September 9. Plastic bag free.
MADZAR & ALTSTAEDT
BOOK tickets now for a night of international harmony with cellist Nicholas Altstaedt and pianist Aleksandar Madzar on Tuesday, September 12, at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus lecture theatre. Bookings online: coffsmusicsociety.com.au Inquiries: phone Jean on 0466985652.
CERTAIN WOMEN (film)
CERTAIN Women explores three connected stories of independent Montana women trying to understand and shape the world around them. Stars Michelle Williams, Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart at Jetty Memorial Theatre on Thursday, September 14, 10.30am, 1.30pm, 6pm. jettytheatre.com.
MEET AUSSIE THRILLER AUTHOR
FANS of thrillers and romantic comedy can meet and greet the author of seven books in these genres at Grafton's Sir Earle Page Library and Education Centre from at 1-2pm on Friday, September 15. Australian author Janette Paul will talk about her new novel Amber and Alice, an outback road trip comedy mystery which has been described as Bridget Jones meets Thelma and Louise. Janette Paul is the pen name of best-selling Australian suspense novelist Jaye Ford. BYO lunch, tea and coffee provided. To book a space phone 66410100.
For further details: www.crl.nsw.gov.au.
MELINDA DOES DORIS
MELINDA Schneider in a tribute to Doris Day. The six-times Golden Guitar winner sings Que Sera, Sera; Perhaps, Perhaps; Sentimental Journey; Deadwood Stage; Secret Love and other classic ballads at C.ex Coffs on Saturday, September 16. www.cexcoffs.com.au and at Grafton's Saraton Theatre at 2pm on Sunday, September 17 www.saraton.com.
PRIZED GARDENS, OPEN GARDENS
WINNING gardens in Coffs Harbour's 2017 Spring Garden Competition will be awarded their trophies at a function from 7-9pm at the Cavanbah Centre on Friday, September 15, hosted by Coffs Harbour Garden Club. All welcome, Supper included. Winning residential gardens are open for inspection Saturday-Sunday, September 16-17. Details posted on the website www.coffsgardenclub.com after trophies awarded.
SAWTELL ART GALLERY HITS 30
SAWTELL Art Gallery Inc. will hold the opening of its 30th Annual Exhibition and Community Celebration at the gallery on the corner of Lyons and Bayldon Rds from 2-4pm on Saturday, September 16. $10 entry includes drinks and nibbles.
GO YOUR OWN WAY
GO YOUR Own Way is the story of Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac's most famous songwriter. The schoolteacher who picked up a guitar, began to sing the blues and made rock history is brought to the stage of the Jetty Theatre by Catherine Alcorn at 8pm on Wednesday, September 20. www.jettytheatre.com.
SCHOOL holidays for NSW are September 23 to October 8, so brace yourselves for grandchildren and friends.
SCENES OF WATERFALL WAY
WATERFALL Way Gallery in Dorrigo is celebrating its name with an exhibition of landscapes of the region by local artists including Ray Rixon, Chris Hundt, Chris Lofqvist and Matthew Begg. On show until Wednesday, September 27.
OLD and new classical music from cultures around the globe will delight the ears during the Bellingen Fine Music Festival from Thursday to Sunday, September 21-24. Performers include pianists Elena Kats-Chernin and Tamara-Anna Cislowska; edgy new classical duo Joe Chindamo and Zoe Black; saxophonist Nick Russionelle and classical guitarist Murilo Tanouye. Website: bellingenmusic festival.com.
ART IN NAMBUCCA
NAMBUCCA Valley Arts Council Biennial Arts and Crafts exhibition 2017, featuring the work of local and interstate artists, will be officially opened at 7pm on Saturday, September 23 and will remain on show daily at the Nambucca Arts and Community Centre until October 1, when it closes at 1pm.
HARD WOODS TO SOFT COTTONS
COFFS Harbour Regional Museum has on show photographs and objects from the district's early timber industry. The exhibition shows the different experiences of work for men and women in the early days of settlement. On show until Saturday, October 21.
CELEBRATE Punjabi culture and feast Indian style at Woolgoolga from 9am-5pm on September 23, with curry, food and market stalls, street performers, Indian Babas Band; Bhangra and Giddha dance competitions, cooking demonstrations by Curryfest cooking ambassador Nidhi Mahajan and Australian chef Christine Mansfield; Kids Zone and other activities. Woolgoolga Beach Reserve, Beach St. Plus Eat Street 5-10pm September 30. www.curryfest.com.
HOT RODS IN NAMBUCCA
HOT rod heaven comes to Nambucca Heads in September with the sparkling cars of the Drag-ens Hot Rod Club in display in Bowra St, Nambucca Heads from 9am-12pm on September 30.
This is the culmination of the 41st annual Valla Rod Run, September 24-30, which includes the Bowraville Billycart Derby, a Shoebox Swap Meet and Bel and Belt Sander Racing (yes, it's a thing, look it up on YouTube). Further information: www.drag-ens.com.
JUMP aboard your trusty treadlie and explore the Coffs Coast on two wheels. Download the free cycling guide at: ourlivingcoast.com.au.
BUSKERS AND COMEDY FESTIVAL
STREET performers will add colour and charm, music and manic activity to the streets, clubs and pubs of Coffs Harbour from September 23 to October 1. September 23 Moonee Tavern; September 24 Harbourside Markets, Seaview Tavern; September 26 Kids Day at Coffs Harbour Racing Club, Adult Comedy at Pier Hotel; 27-28 City Centre, Toormina Gardens, Pier Hotel; September 29, City Centre, Toormina Gardens, Botanic Garden, Seaview Tavern; September 30 City Centre, Moonee Tavern; October 1 at the Harbourside Markets. coffsharbourbuskers.com.
YAMBA STREET FOOD FESTIVAL
TRY something different at the Yamba Gourmet Street Food Festival, with top mobile food chefs at the Yamba Golf and Country Club from 11am-9pm on Sunday, September 24. Local produce, custom menus, plus live music, kids' fun, vintage and handmade stalls. Free entry.
MACLEAN SWAP MEET
Grafton Vintage Motor Vehicle Club is hosting the Swap Meet at Maclean Showground on September 24. Camping and catering available Saturday night and from 6am Sunday. Buy, swap or sell.
FREE FINANCIAL SEMINARS
UNDERSTAND your pension and/or learn about estate planning for older people at two free financial information seminars conducted by the Australian government's Department of Human Services on September 27. Pension 3.30-5pm; estate planning 5.30-7pm. Bookings essential 136357 or email: email@example.com.
LAND OF MINE (film)
THIS gripping story of redemption and forgiveness in the aftermath of WWII, directed by Martin Zandvliet, is based on extraordinary true events. It follows a group of very young German soldiers captured in Denmark and sent to find and disarm Hitler's munitions by an embittered Danish sergeant. Subtitles. Jetty Theatre, 10.30am, 1.30pm, 6pm September 28.
MACKSVILLE Showground will host a Garden Gala and Market Day on Saturday, September 30. This is a family day with a variety of plants and produce stalls, arts and crafts, gifts, rides and activities for children, live music, creative workshops food and refreshments.