AUSSIE ICON: Christine Anu.
AUSSIE ICON: Christine Anu. Karen Watson

What's on: Mid North Coast


AUSTRALIA'S iconic Indigenous entertainer, Christine Anu, is returning to stages nationwide to celebrate the life and legacy of legendary soul diva Aretha Franklin in her hugely successful show, REWIND - The Aretha Franklin Songbook playing the Jetty Theatre, Coffs Harbour, Saturday, November 3 - Jetty Theatre.


THIS October Grafton library (October 23 &24) invites you into the world of online travel as part of Get Online week with two specially developed workshops designed to give you confidence to plan, book and stay connected on your journey.

From passport applications, online bookings, insurance and travel guides to travel apps, itineraries, data roaming and keeping in touch while travelling, our workshops will have you up to speed and taking off in no time. For beginners to more experienced online adventurers of all ages! This is a free workshop provided by experienced library staff.

Reserve your place now online or by calling Grafton Library on 02 6641 0100. Workshop A: Travel Preparation from 10:30-12:30 on Wednesday October, 23, Workshop B: On The Road from 10.30-12.30pm on Thursday, October 24 Where: Grafton Library Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, Cost: Free & a lovely morning tea provided for all participants.

Book online or via the 'What's On' go to or phone Grafton Library on 02 6641 0100.


ON VIEW: Glasshouse Regional Gallery until November 24 the Obsessed: Compelled to make exhibition explores the mind of a maker What compels a maker to create? Why this technique or material? Why that concept? How does the mind of a maker work? Glasshouse Regional Gallery and Australian Design Centre presents its major touring exhibition Obsessed: Compelled to make. These are the stories of 14 Australian artists - stories that are at the same time unique and yet contain the frustrations and highpoints of a life of creative work that all of us can relate to, whether we are a professional artist, designer, craftsperson or hobbyist.


MODELLED on the famous 'Last Night at the Proms' held annually in the Royal Albert Hall UK, the Clarence Valley Orchestra and Chorus, with their Artistic Director and Conductor Dr Greg Butcher, takes listeners on a journey with 'Music from Around The World'.

This year's concert will feature our Compere, television Actor and Comedian, Mark Mitchell, listeners around the world with their international theme. 'An Afternoon at The Proms' has become one of the largest audience attractions during Grafton's famous Jacaranda Festival and will be held for one show only commencing at 2pm, with seats available on both upper and lower levels.

Tickets on sale at the Saraton Theatre, event is being held October 27.


EVERY year, the small coastal town of Yamba at the mouth of the Clarence River plays host to hot rod enthusiasts from up and down the Australian east coast. Some splendidly restored modern and vintage rods can be seen tootling around Yamba streets, adding an extra layer of colour to the sun and surf.

The event will be held 9am-noon, November 9 phone 02 6685 0107 for more information.


JUST Photos Photography Exhibition in River Street, Yamba will be opened by John Witzig on October 25, 5.30pm to 7pm, and is featuring films by Maax Visuals, along with the works of Duncan Fawkes, Graham Mackie, Grant Hunt and Jeremy Billett.

Phone 02 6646 1399 for more information.


NORMIE Rowe was the first King of Pop and Australia's most succesful pop idol during the explosion of pop music and fashion in the mid-60s. He produced a string of hits that are an important contribution to the soundtrack of the Baby Boomer generation.Que Sera Sera, Shakin' All Over, It Ain't Necessarily So, It's Not Easy and Ooh La La, among them, produced fan and media hysteria unseen before or since for an Australian artist.

He will appear at the Maclean Bowls Club, October 25, phone 02 6645 3711 for details.


STILL: National Still Life Award is a biennial, acquisitive award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums. The award is open to artists at all stages of their careers. It seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation and meaning of this enduring genre. This year's artworks include sculpture, painting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, installation and video.

The Still exhibition opened in September and runs through until November 30 at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.


TO CELEBRATE NSW Grandparents Day, Grandparents are invited to Preschooler Storytimes held at Toormina and Woolgoolga Libraries. No need to book - come along and join in for stories, songs and craft - and a refreshing morning tea. All Grandparents are welcome - you do not need to have your own Grandchild with you. Woolgoolga Library - Tuesday, October 22 and Toormina Library- Thursday, October 24.


MENTAL Health Month - Community Storytelling will be held at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library, Coffs Harbour on October 22 from 6pm to 8pm. Share the journeys of those living with or who have experienced mental health challenges.

The storytellers are an inspiring group who are willing to share their unique stories. Come along and support them on their brave journey.

Registration Essential, go to connectionworks


AFTER a brief hiatus last year, the much loved Port Macquarie Beer & Cider Festival will make its return in 2019 to its home on Westport Park, armed with some of Australia's best Beer and Cider makers. Set with the serene Hastings River as backdrop, the event will be held Saturday November 16, showcasing a spectacular and diverse range of brews.

More than fifty different beers and ciders are set to be represented, from a selection of the finest brewers both locally and Australian-wide.

This years festival will also see the return of the ever popular Mid North Coast Beer Keg Toss with the return of previous champions hoping to retain their titles.

The family event will feature the regions very best gourmet food market stalls, games and live music.

The games area will be bursting with activities to keep kids of all ages entertained with a jumping castle, Bocce set up, giant Jenga play, plus lots more.

A special bus timetable will ensure attendees can enjoy the afternoon of tastings without having to worry about driving home. The Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival will kick off at 1pm and go through until 7.30pm.

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