The skills of man's best friend will be put to the test with the Ulmarra Dog Trials on June 24-25.
The skills of man's best friend will be put to the test with the Ulmarra Dog Trials on June 24-25. Eliza Goetze

Working dogs put on a show at Ulmarra

JUNE brings us the vivid autumnal colours of liquidambars, closely followed by the June long weekend holiday, falling leaves, wood smoke and frosts, but there is plenty happening to keep us warm.

BUFFALO BIODYNAMICS

EUNGAI Creek Buffalo Farm will be the venue for an Introduction to Biodynamics workshop on May 29. learn about biodynamic farming, pasture, soil and livestock management with Biodynamic Agriculture Australia Ltd and see an unusual agricultural enterprise.

THE COUNTRY DOCTOR (FILM)

A heart-warming, engaging and hugely successful French film about a much-loved medico in a French rural town, June 1, 10.30am; 1.30pm. 6pm. Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour.

COMICS ON THE RUN

CAMP Quality Comics on the Run at Sawtell RSL at 8pm on Saturday June 3 will see a line-up of amusing performers, including Barry McLeod, Tommy Dean, Sarah Levett and Brett Nichols. Billed as the funniest night of the year on the Mid North Coast, ticket sales will help create a better life for kids affected by cancer. Tix Sawtell RSL, group bookings Camp Quality office 66514486.

MAL EASTICK

VINTAGE Australian guitarist Mal Eastick now runs his own gig, Mal's Blues Bar, on the last Sunday of every month at Yamba Golf Club, featuring guest vocalists. On Sunday June 4 he will be playing at the Hoey Moey's Sunday Sesh in Coffs Harbour.

EISTEDDFODS

SCHOOLS days at the 63rd annual Grafton Eisteddfod will be held on June 6-7 at South Grafton High School hall. The 6th annual Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod will be held at Maclean Civic Hall on June 17-24, concluding on June 24 with an afternoon celebration concert. The 45th Coffs Harbour and District Eisteddfod will continue through June, with a dance gala concert at Jetty Memorial Theatre on June 24 and a piano section fund raising night at Moonee Beach Tavern also on June 24. 

CAMPDRAFTING, DOG TRIALS

APPRECIATE the skills of horse and rider in this most Australian of horse sports with the Maclean Campdraft on June3-4; the Ulmarra Campdraft on June 10-11 and the Coutts Crossing Campdraft on July 1, plus the skills of man's best friend in working mode with the Ulmarra Dog Trials on June 24-25.

LINE DANCING

BEGINNERS line dancing class 1-4pm Thursday at Sawtell RSL (free class). Line dancing classes ranging from easy fun to advanced are held weekly at Coffs Harbour, Boambee, Sawtell, Urunga and Nambucca. Inexpensive, suitable for all ages, no partners required. Inquiries Robyn 65687232.

COLOURING FOR GROWNUPS

EXPRESS your creativity at Grafton Library on June 9 and every second Friday of the month from 10.30am to noon with a favourite childhood pastime which is now a go-to trend. Bring optional colouring materials.

POETRY SLAM

BELLINGEN Readers and Writers Festival's popular Poetry Slam will be held at the Bellingen Memorial Hall from 7pm on Friday June 9. See word smiths compete or take part yourself. See bellingenwritersfestival.com.au

TRUCK SHOW

Big wheels will rumble through Grafton on Saturday June 10 for the40th Grafton Truck Show.

The parade down the main street will be followed by an afternoon of big rigs, displays, judging, kids activities, horse racing and sky divers at Clarence River Jockey Club. Country music legend Adam Eckersley is returning to his home town for an evening concert at Grafton racecourse.

QUASQUICENTENARY at Karangi.

On Saturday June 10, Karangi Public School will celebrate 125years since its foundation in 1892 with a big gathering at the school of past pupils, teachers and community members. The day begins at 10am and everyone is invited to bring a picnic basket lunch and be prepared for old-fashioned games.

ORARA VALLEY FAIR

The 40th Orara Valley Fair will take over Upper Orara Recreation Reserve on Monday June 12, the Queens Birthday holiday. Live music, dance and entertainment with Tallowood Bush Band, balladeer Errol Gray, wood chopping, farm animals, vintage machinery, hay rides, pony rides, magician, free circus workshops, food, stalls, displays, activities, children's races, games and rides. More info http://www.oraravalleyfair.com.au

FAMILY HISTORY HELP

NEED help researching your family history? From 10am-noon and 1-30m on June 14 (or by appointment) you can talk to a helpful volunteer at Grafton Library. localstudies@clarence.nsw.gov.au or www.crl.nsw.gov.au

4WD CARAVAN ABD CAMPING SHOW

COFFS Coast's 14th 4WD caravan and camping show will take over Coffs Harbour Racecourse on Saturday and Sunday June 17-18 from 10am to 4pm. As well as all the exhibitors you would expect, there will be working sheepdogs, a kidzone, a bush balladeer and a reptile show. http://www.grimmopromotions.com.au/

STARTUP COFFS COAST

STAY at the forefront of everything. The Mid North Coast's start-up and innovation festival will be held on Saturday June 17 at C.ex Coffs in Vernon St from 9am to 5pm.Keynote speakers; start-up alley; pitch competition, innovation lab. More details www.startupcoffscoast.com

BOWRAVILLE RACES

NAMBUCCA River Jockey Club is racing at Bowraville Racecourse in Rodeo Dr on June 24. Experience a true bush race meeting run by an all-voluntary committee, but with all facilities for on-course punting. Refreshments, food outlets, family and picnic areas.

BALD ARCHY

SPOOFING the Archibald Prize for portraiture, the annual Bald Archy Prize exhibition gives free rein to caricaturists and cartoonists to sharpen their pens and pencils on the great and the good, the bad and the ugly side of fame. See the results at Coffs Harbour's Bunker Cartoon Gallery until June 11. From June 16 until August 6 the gallery will host a retrospective exhibition drawn from 28 years of the Rotary Cartoon Awards.

NOT SO SOLITARY

VISIT Coffs Harbour's lovely little museum at 215 Harbour Dr, surrounded by an award-winning garden, to admire historical photographs, poetry, music, lino cuts and artefacts exploring the rich heritage of the waters off the Coffs Coast in the Not So Solitary exhibition, on show until June 24.

It was 247 years ago this month that Lieutenant James Cook and the Endeavour sailed through what is now the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Cook gave the islands their name on June 15,1770.

EAST COAST ENCOUNTER

RE-IMAGINING the arrival of Lt James Cook from an Aboriginal perspective is the aim of this major touring multi-arts exhibition, part of the Australian National Maritime Museum collection, on show at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery until June 17.

MUSIC THROUGH ART

SAWTELL Art Group will present a new Open exhibition, Music Through Art, opening at Sawtell Art Gallery at 6.30pm on June16. www.sawtellartgroup.com.au

WILD AND WOMEN

WILD Australia, on show at Grafton Regional Gallery until June 10 shows Aboriginal people who were taken on a Wild West type show tour in the 1890s plus indigenous artworks from the gallery. On a Walk shows work from Nicola Moss and Sue Harris. From June 16 to July 29 the gallery will show ARTEXPRESS and Women's Racing in the Clarence.

KITTY FLANAGAN

SMASHING is the title of comedian Kitty Flanagan's show, which is coming to Grafton's Saraton Theatre at 7.30pm on June 24. Recommended for mature audiences, Kitty smashes love songs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns, psychics and other bumps in the 21st century roadmap.

YAMBA RIVER MARKET

FORD Park, on the banks of the Clarence River is the location for the monthly Yamba River Market, held on the fourth Sunday of the month (June 25). Free live music featuring emerging local talent and touring bands is a feature of this market, which also has all the usual fruit and veg, food, books, clothing, jewellery arts and crafts.

THEATRE OPEN DAY

JETTY Memorial Theatre will hold a social Open Day and fund raiser at the theatre from 9.30am on Sunday June 25. Films, live performances, theatre tours, meet performers, dress up, book, DVD and costume stalls, sausage sizzle, refreshments.

KITCHEN GARDEN TIPS

GROWING your own food is easy, especially when you get a few simple things right from the start. ABC local gardening guru Steve McGrane will share the secrets of soil, plants, pests and the movement of nutrients in a biological system in The Achievable Kitchen Garden Part I from 10.30am-12.30pm on Sunday 25 June, at the Coffs Regional Community Garden in Combine St


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