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M.A.D.E for Movies – London The Mondern Babylon

When: 14 September 2013 02:00 PM - 14 September 2014 02:00 PM
@ Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 102 Stawell St Sth, Ballarat

Sunday 14 September The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will be screening London-The Modern Babylon. Bookings recommended. Cost: Adult: $10.00, Concession $7.00. Bookings essential. For further information contact 1800 287 113.

Ballarat Lyric Theatre Auditions For Legally Blonde Musical

When: 19 July 2014 07:00 PM - 22 August 2014 10:00 PM
@ Ballarat and Clarendon College, Wanliss St, Ballarat

Tuesday 19 and Friday 22 August Ballarat Lyric Theatre Inc will present Legally Blonde is 2015. Actors aged 16+ who can sing and dance have the opportunity to audition for roles in this production. Cost: Free. For further information contact Fay on 03 5334 6561 from Monday 4 August or via email: wpw@netconnect.com.au.

Realistic Drawing with Shane Boland

When: 28 July 2014 04:00 PM - 15 September 2014 05:15 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Mondays from 28 July to 15 September Suitable for 10 to 16 years. This program will run for 8 weeks. Learn skills in drawing and illustration focusing on layout, composition, light and shade, texture and perspective. Students will use the Gallery building and collection-paintings, furniture and sculpture-as inspiration for a series of realistic drawings. Cost: $85.00, Member: $75.00. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Who Am I? with Melinda Muscat

When: 29 July 2014 04:00 PM - 16 September 2014 05:15 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Tuesdays from 29 July to 16 September Suitable for 7 to 12 years. This program will run for 8 weeks. What are your favourite colours? What clothes do you wear? Who are your favourite people, pets and toys? If you were a superhero, what would your super powers be? Explore the special things that make you who you are in a series of large scale drawings. Cost: $85.00, Member: $75.00. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Discover Mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock printmaking) with Terry McKenna

When: 30 July 2014 04:00 PM - 17 September 2014 05:15 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Wednesdays from 30 July to 17 September Suitable for 10 to 16 years. This program will run for 8 weeks. Learn the amazing and flexible water-based Japanese woodblock printing technique, transferring your own image, carve and print using traditional Japanese tools. Easy and ecofriendly, you will produce a one or more colour print under the guidance of a certified teacher. Learn how the masters do it! Cost: $85.00, Member: $75.00. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Bohemians in the Bush with Carla Maxwell

When: 31 July 2014 04:00 PM - 18 September 2014 05:15 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Thursdays from 31 July to 18 September Suitable for all ages. This program will run for 8 weeks. Explore the artwork of key Australian Impressionists Tom Roberts, Charles Conder, Fred McCubbin and Arthur Streeton and other artists in the Collection. Create your own 9" x 5" paintings to exhibit in the Lydiard Street Window. Cost: $85.00, Member: $75.00. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Royal South Street Society Competitions

When: 01 August 2014 - 02 November 2014
@ Various locations around Ballarat

Friday 1 August to Sunday 2 November A well established Australian cultural event, the RSSC hosts 40,000 onstage appearances. Competitors will showcase theatrical disciplines including voice, music, and movement, with competitors vying to win over $85,000 in prizes. Cost: Various. For further information contact 03 5332 1054.

Royal South Street Herald Sun Aria

When: 22 August 2014 - 23 August 2014
@ Her Majesty’s Theatre, 17 Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat

Friday 22 to Saturday 23 August The world renowned Herald Sun Aria heats and semifinal will again take place as part of the Royal South Street Competitions. The winner will receive a $22,000 scholarship for overseas tuition and travel. Cost: Various.

Small Business Festival Mindshop excellence program Workshop

When: 22 August 2014 03:00 PM - 22 August 2014 04:30 PM
@ Ballarat Group Training, 14 Hill St, Ballarat

Friday 22 August A interactive work experience program for Year 10 secondary students. Students spend one week in industry to work on a solution. At the end of the one week program they present their findings back to the senior management team. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5331 7688.

Ballarat Mechanics Institute Twilight Talk: Andrew Miller

When: 22 August 2014 05:00 PM - 22 August 2014 06:30 PM
@ Ballarat Mechanics Institute, 117 Sturt St, Ballarat

Friday 22 August Andrew Miller, Board member of the BMI, has been a passionate advocate for the people living in Timor Leste. His topic is on Ballarat’s Youth Arts Partnership with Ainaro, Timor Leste. Ballarat recently marked the 10th anniversary of its friendship with Ainaro in Timore Leste. During these ten years many projects have been shared across education, health, midwifery, traditional music, theatre and sport. A youth arts partnership has recently developed strong foundations leading to a better understanding of the challenges young people face in Ainaro in Timore Leste. Cost: Members: $6.00 or Non-members: $10.00 which includes refreshments. For further information contact 03 5331 3042.

Small Business Festival Build business with supplier collaboration Workshop

When: 22 August 2014 05:00 PM - 22 August 2014 09:00 PM
@ Federation University College, Building S, Grant St, Ballarat

Friday 22 August Learn how to increase business profitability by being ethical, sustainable and connected. Presented by Timber Merchants Association CEO Eric Siegers and Good Business Matters CEO Cliff Moss. Network with friends and local business and discover the resources available from local merchants, associations and suppliers to improve customer service and build relationships. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 9875 5000.

Melbourne Writers' Festival at M.A.D.E

When: 23 August 2014 - 24 August 2014
@ Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 102 Stawell St Sth, Ballarat

Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 August The weekend program brings together leading writers, historians and campaigners and builds upon M.A.D.E’s exhibitions and collections. Come and spend a thinking, fun weekend at M.A.D.E. Let Bob Brown inspire you about optimism. Think about the future with Ross Garnaut and Doug Hendrie. Explore new perspectives on our past with historians Clare Wright and Tony Moore, while comedian & historian David Hunt takes a more comic look at our history. Participate in two workshops with Gabrielle Wang and Nicolas Brasch that will help you write your own book. Hear prolific and celebrated author Jackie French tell Australian Stories. Find out about some fabulous women in remote Australia with Anne Crawford. Learn about grassroots activism with Garry Muratore from Tecoma. Know what's it like to be an aid worker with Tom Bamforth and Mark Isaacs. Tickets: Various. For further information please click on the below link or contact 1800 287 113.
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The Dalwhinnie Long lunch

When: 23 August 2014 12:30 PM -
@ Dalwhinnie Vineyard, 448 Taltarni Rd, Moonambel

Saturday 23 August Join us for a slow food lunch in the winery with guest chef Brigitte Hafner from Gertrude Street Enoteca. Winemaker David Jones will select a range of old and new vintage Dalwhinnie wines from the cellar to compliment the stunning food presented. Don’t miss out places are limited! Cost: $160.00. For further information contact 03 5467 2388.

The New Mama Wellness Expo

When: 23 August 2014 01:30 PM -
@ The Mining Exchange, 8 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Saturday 23 August The New Mama Wellness Expo is the #1 event for Ballarat's new mothers and mothers to be. Discover ways to be supported during your postnatal period so you can be the best mum you can be and enjoy one of the most special times of your life to the fullest. We have an amazing line up of local experts ready to impart their wisdom on you. After each speaker presents you will have to opportunity to meet then one on one, ask questions and get involved in demonstrations. Cost: $7.50 from Her Majesty's Theatre.

‘Cursed’ Zombie Outbreak

When: 23 August 2014 07:00 PM -
@ Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek

Saturday 23 August Luanda the witch has cast a spell over Kryal Castle deeming all inhabitants to suffer from starvation. Yet those who fall stay cold for only a short while rise again with a hunger of flesh. Search the Castle and solve riddles to make the antidote. Stay clear of the cursed as they will infect any and all survivors who dwell too long. The flesh is their favour so save your own skin. Are you brave enough? We recommend ages 16 and up. Patrons 15 and under must bring a guardian. Cost: $79.00. For further information contact 03 5334 7388.

Royal South Street City of Ballarat Choral Contest

When: 24 August 2014 - 26 August 2014
@ Her Majesty’s Theatre, 17 Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat

Sunday 24 to Tuesday 26 August Primary and Secondary school students display their vocal talents on stage during the City of Ballarat Choral Contest. Enjoy a variety of different choral sections including small choral groups, choral standard section and the very popular show performance choirs inspired by the hit TV series ‘Glee’. Cost: Various.

Ballarat Writers August Readings: Wendy J Dunn

When: 24 August 2014 02:00 PM - 24 August 2014 04:00 PM
@ Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 102 Stawell St Sth, Ballarat

Sunday 24 August Wendy will read and discuss her historical fiction book Dear Heart, How Like You This?. A woman who sees her destiny as England‘s Queen… A King who destroys what he no longer wants… A poet’s brave and enduring love… Wendy J Dunn is a writer obsessed by Tudor history and Medieval Castile. Wendy is currently working on her PhD in writing. Cost: Member: $5.00, Non-member: $7.00. non-members For further information contact via email: info@ballaratwriters.com.

Small business big future

When: 25 August 2014 09:00 AM - 31 August 2014 05:30 PM
@ Stockland Wendouree, Cnr Norman & Gillies Sts, Wendouree

Monday 25 to Sunday 31 August This exhibition features 10 successful small businesses who have leveraged Victorian government initiatives, products or services to grow their business. Cost: Free. For further information contact 13 22 15.

Small Business Festival Sending business back to school Workshop

When: 25 August 2014 09:30 AM - 25 August 2014 12:30 PM
@ Phoenix P-12 Community College, Hertford St, Sebastopol

Monday 25 August Participants will interact with current students, experience VET classes in Building & Construction, Event Management and Hairdressing, and use current in-school ICT Weebly and edmodo. A Q&A session for students and participants will wrap up the day. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5336 5020.

Small Business Festival One-stop small business support Workshop

When: 26 August 2014 07:30 AM - 26 August 2014 09:00 AM
@ Oscars Hotel and Bar, 18 Doveton St Sth, Ballarat

Tuesday 26 August Advice on starting a business, business relationships, retail leases, trading fairly, consumer guarantees, product safety, complaint management and more. Advice, tips and a general overview of the services provided by Business Victoria, the Small Business Mentoring Service, Consumer Affairs Victoria and the Victorian Small Business Commissioner (VSBC). Cost: Free. For further information contact 13 87 22.

Small Business Festival Cloud accounting + Financial literacy Workshop

When: 26 August 2014 09:30 AM - 26 August 2014 12:30 PM
@ Crowe Horwath Boardroom, 21 Armstrong Nth St, Ballarat

Tuesday 26 August You are in business to make money and every dollar counts! This interactive workshop will provide you with a better understanding of your businesses financial statements and increase your overall financial literacy. You will learn the benefits of using the Cloud, the main options available and how easy it is to migrate and use. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5304 5700.

Springfest Harness Racing Night

When: 26 August 2014 06:00 PM -
@ Bray Raceway, Bell St, Redan

Tuesday 26 August This is the first activity in the Springfest Season of Events. Includes entry race book and a delicious 3 course meal. So grab your friends and family and enjoy a great night of racing. Cost: $35.00. For further information contact 0448 366 037.

The Hundred Foot Journey Film Screening

When: 26 August 2014 06:30 PM -
@ Regent Cinemas, 49 Lydiard Street Nth, Ballarat

Tuesday 26 August The Ballarat Rural Australian for Refugees (formely known as Ballarat ARA Circle of Friends) are holding a film screening of "The Hundred Foot Journey". Cost: $20.00. You can purchase your tickets from The Bean Barn, 217 Sturt Street, Ballarat. For further information contact Kath on 03 5332 3414 or via email: kathmorton@aussiebroadband.com.au or Doreen on 0417 117 382.

Art Insight Morning Talk: Bernard Catrice

When: 27 August 2014 10:30 AM - 27 August 2014 11:30 AM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Wednesday 27 August Gallery Guide Bernard Catrice will speak about French-born Melbourne artist Mirka Mora, known for her work in painting, sculpute and mosaics. He explores her fascinating life story and looks at her work and her influence on Melbourne's art scene. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Arts Academy, Federation University Art Insight Talk: Georgia MacGuire

When: 27 August 2014 12:30 PM - 27 August 2014 01:30 PM
@ Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Old Law Courts Building, Camp St, Ballarat

Wednesday 27 August Georgia MacGuire is a finalist in the 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. Her multi-disciplinary practice is derivative of a postcolonial feminist perspective, and is driven by a desire to communicate her experiences of the human condition. More specifically Georgia’s work currently focuses on exploring the ownership of the identity of contemporary Aboriginal women and how the male colonial gaze impacts on the Indigenous female sense of self. She has a preference for the figurative and the incorporation of natural fibres, which are indicative of her cultural heritage. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5327 8605.

Great Moscow Circus

When: 27 August 2014 07:30 PM - 07 September 2014 04:00 PM
@ Ballarat Showgrounds, Cnr Howitt St & Creswick Rd, Ballarat

Wednesday 27 August to Sunday 7 September With its rich tradition and enviable reputation. The Great Moscow Circus remains the standard by which others are judged. We are privileged to bring you this Exciting ALL NEW experience. The totally all new show emphasizes the brilliance of Russian Circus, with an explosive array of acts like never before, featuring extraordinary skills and ability. Cost: VIP Ringside: Adult: $62.00, Child: $42.00, Ringside: Adult: $52.00, Child: $32.00, A Reserve: Adult: $45.00, Child: $30.00, B Reserve: Adult: $25.00, Child: $16.00, Family: $130.00 (2 Adults 2 Children available only in 'A' Reserve) For further information contact 0429 667 269 or 1300 798 550.

Victoria At War 1914-1918 Book Talk With Michael McKernan

When: 28 August 2014 02:00 PM - 28 August 2014 03:00 PM
@ Ballarat Library, 178 Doveton St Nth, Ballarat

Thursday 28 August Join bestselling author, historian and radio commentator Michael McKernan to hear stories from the home front and battlefront from his new illustrated book, Victoria at War 1914-1918. These moving personal stories commemorate the generosity, devotion, sacrifice and spirit of communities throughout Victoria during World War 1. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5338 6850.

Ballarat Business Excellence Awards gala dinner

When: 28 August 2014 06:00 PM - 28 August 2014 10:00 PM
@ Ballarat Lodge & Convention Centre, Main Rd, Ballarat

Thursday 28 August Join us for dinner to celebrate business in Ballarat with the announcement of winners in the 2014 Business Excellence Awards. Cost: $140.00. For further information contact 03 5333 3233.

Ballarat Mechanics Institute Twilight Talk: Dr. Anne Beggs-Sunter

When: 29 August 2014 05:00 PM - 29 August 2014 06:30 PM
@ Ballarat Mechanics Institute, 117 Sturt St, Ballarat

Friday 29 August Dr. Anne Beggs-Sunter BA Dip. Ed. MA. PhD, Lecturer in History & Heritage at Federation University has a prodigious knowledge of local history, from Eureka to the heritage conservation of Ballarat. In From Alfred Hall to Coliseum to Civic Hall, and where to next? Ms Beggs-Sunter examines how our community halls have been constructed, used and perceived by the Ballarat community. Cost: Members: $6.00 or Non-members: $10.00 which includes refreshments. For further information contact 03 5331 3042.

The Beer Experience

When: 29 August 2014 07:00 PM -
@ Jacksons & Co, Cnr Mair & Lydiard Sts, Ballarat

Friday 29 August The night includes a 4 course meal featuring canapés, entrée, main & dessert each matched to beers from Three Troupers, Little Creature and more. Cost: $65.00. For further information contact 03 5338 8101.

Royal South Street Freemasons Victoria Festival of Bands

When: 30 August 2014 - 06 September 2014
@ Her Majesty's Theatre, 17 Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat

Saturday 30 August to Saturday 6 September The Freemasons Victoria Festival of Bands will showcase the amazing talents of over 3000 Secondary school students from across Victoria. The final two nights promise to deliver amazing musical performances for audiences of all ages to enjoy. Cost: Various. For further information contact 03 5333 5888.

Timeline Festival

When: 30 August 2014 10:00 AM - 31 August 2014 04:30 PM
@ Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek

Saturday 30 to Sunday 31 August This year’s Timeline Festival features a range of activities for everyone to enjoy including; full contact combat demonstrations, combat archery, black powder musket volleys, multi-period living history displays, military encampments, period merchants, and of course, the magnificent Kryal Jousting Team. Cost: Adult: $31.00, Child: $19.00, Concession: $25.00, Family: (2 Adult + 3 Children) $89.00. For further information contact 0434 256 976.

Catfish Cooking Class

When: 30 August 2014 10:30 AM - 30 August 2014 01:30 PM
@ Catfish, 42-44 Main Rd, Ballarat

Saturday 30 August Catfish’s cooking classes with head chef and owner Damien Jones offers participants a hands on cooking class like no other. Participants will learn the best way to make either coconut soups and spicy salads or classic thai dishes with demonstrations and recipes provided. To finish off the class, participants are invited to relax afterwards and feast on their own creations with matching wine. Bookings essential. Cost: $130.00. For further information contact 03 5331 5248.

Ballarat Special Olympics Trivia Night

When: 30 August 2014 07:00 PM -
@ Ballarat City Oval, 1321 Mair St, Ballarat

Saturday 31 August Raffles and auctions to be held during the evening. BYO Nibbles. Light supper supplied. Drinks at bar prices. Cost: $15.00 per person. Bookings necessary. For bookings and further information contact Tracey on 0422 435 882 or via email: footballumpire2000@yahoo.com.au.

Rock N Roll 60's Night

When: 30 August 2014 07:30 PM -
@ Victoria Bowling Club, 231 Victoria St, Ballarat

Saturday 30 August Ballarat Travellers Social Club Inc is holding their Annual Supper Dance Fundraiser to help raise much needed funds for Uniting Care Ballarat "Emergency Relief Program". Theme and dress code (optional) will be Rock N' Roll 60's Night. Music by Mantel. BYO Supper. Raffles, Silent Auction, Door and Spot Prizes to be win. Cost: $25.00. For further information contact Cherie on 03 5335 6588 or 0429 193 415 or Judy or 03 5335 7458 or 0408 034 775.

The Great Gatsby Ball

When: 30 August 2014 07:30 PM -
@ Ballarat & District Trotting Club, Cnr Bell & Sutton Sts, Redan

Saturday 30 August Annual Fundraiser for the Ballarat Ontrack Soupbus in Ballarat providing support for the homeless. Music by The Black Cat. Canapes, 2 course meal, beer, wine, champagne and soft drink, auction, raffles and prizes. Tickets: $100.00. Please book at the below link. For further information contact Kellie on 0438 344 726 or via email: mkcm1@bigpond.com.au
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Murder Mystery Nights – ‘A Night To Die For’

When: 30 August 2014 07:45 PM -
@ Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek

Saturday 30 August Journey throughout the Kryal Castle walls to question suspects, discover clues and assist the High Inquisitor and solve the murder before the evidence runs cold. Murder Mystery Nights includes a 3-course dinner & glass of mead on arrival. Cost: $79.00. For further information contact 03 5334 7388.

Murder Mystery Nights – ‘A Night To Die For’

When: 30 August 2014 07:45 PM -
@ Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek

Saturday 30 August Journey throughout the Kryal Castle walls to question suspects, discover clues and assist the High Inquisitor and solve the murder before the evidence runs cold. Murder Mystery Nights includes a 3-course dinner & glass of mead on arrival. Cost: $79.00. For further information contact

Percy and the Blue Tailed Butterfly Book Launch

When: 31 August 2014 11:30 AM - 31 August 2014 03:00 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Sunday 31 August Ballarat artist and school teacher Alan Brisbane created Percy the Bravest Dragon in the 1960s for his children. Almost forty years after his death, daughter Lucy Brisbane, who rediscovered the manuscripts of the Percy stories and some of his original illustrations, has completed his work as a co-illustrator and has published this first book in the Percy series to honour her father’s creativity. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

The Big Irish Hooley

When: 31 August 2014 06:00 PM - 31 August 2014 09:00 PM
@ The Church Retro Café, 135c Albert St, Ballarat

Sunday 31 August Join us for a good old fashioned Hooley with a live Irish music “session” and enough Guinness for all. Beautiful homemade Irish fare, including Irish stew and steak and Guinness pie. Come along and enjoy some excellent Craic! Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5338 4611.

Pyrenees Movie Club

When: 02 September 2014 07:30 PM -
@ Beaufort Community Resource Centre, Neill St, Beaufort

Tuesday 2 September Passionate about movies? Do you like to watch and talk about movies with like-minded people? Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5349 1183.

Charity Art Auction

When: 04 September 2014 06:00 PM -
@ Black Box Theatre, Camp St, Ballarat

Thursday 4 September Please join the Art Society in raising money for our emerging artists. All proceeds from the auction go towards a group exhibition for our graduating fine art students. Viewing of the artworks from 6.00pm, auction to start at 7.00pm. Finger food provided. Drinks at bar prices. A great opportunity to purchase some fantastic artwork. Cost: Free. For further information contact via email: arekanb@live.com.

BRMC Life's Journey Bishops Talk

When: 04 September 2014 07:00 PM -
@ Mr Rede, 203 Dana St, Ballarat

Thursday 4 September Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council presents an interesting evening with two Ballarat Bishops share their thoughts and experiences throughout life. Bishops Garry Wetherill and Bishop Paul Bird will be discussing their "Life's Journey". Lucky Draw. Complimentary drink and nibbles on arrival. Cost: $25.00 which includes supper. Entrance by ticket only. RSVP by Monday 25 August. For bookings and further information contact Georgia on 03 5335 7937 or 0408 109 471.

Ballarat Mechanics Institute Twilight Talk: Danny Spooner

When: 05 September 2014 05:00 PM - 05 September 2014 06:30 PM
@ Ballarat Mechanics Institute, 117 Sturt St, Ballarat

Friday 5 September A rousing finale to the second season of Twilight Talks with Danny Spooner delighting us with Gorgeous Game Girls. Songs of some Feisty Girls through History! Not to be missed. Cost: Members: $6.00 or Non-members: $10.00 which includes refreshments. For further information contact 03 5331 3042.

Ballarat Italian Film Festival

When: 05 September 2014 06:00 PM - 06 September 2014 11:00 PM
@ Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Stawell St, Ballarat

Friday 5 to Saturday 6 September The annual Ballarat Italian Film Festival (B.I.F.F.) hosted by the Ballarat Italian Association will be held over two days. The films include La Citta' Ideale (The Ideal City), Pazze Di Me (Women Drive Me Crazy), Viva Lítalia (Viva Italy). Tickets: Three films: Full: $33.00, Ballarat Italian Association or Pensioner: $27.00. 2 films: Full: $24.00, Ballarat Italian Association or Pensioner: $20.00. 1 film: Full: $12.00, Ballarat Italian Association or Pensioner: $10.00. Saturday evening food and wine: $15.00. Prepaid booking for films is preferred and essential for catering. For further information contact Carla on 0417 108 559 or via email: carlabrian209@gmail.com.

mechanica car & bike show

When: 06 September 2014 09:00 AM - 07 September 2014 04:00 PM
@ Ballarat Exhibition Centre, 501 Dowling St, Wendouree

Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 September Mechanica is an indoor car & bike show, held across the Father's Day weekend. It is open to any vehicle of interest. Club cars include hot rods, muscle cars, street machines, motorcycles and restored vehicles. Cost: $10.00, Children under 16: Free. For further information contact 0457 870 222.

Feed the Alpacas

When: 06 September 2014 11:00 AM - 21 September 2014 04:00 PM
@ Creswick Woollen Mills, Railway Pde, Creswick

Saturday 6 to Sunday 21 September Feeding times: 11.00am and 2.00pm Our alpacas have built up a fluffy fleece all year long! Visit these lovable creatures and see them before they are shorn in October. Learn all about these fascinating animals as well as feed and photograph the Alpacas. See all the beautiful Alpaca products that are made in Creswick at Australia’s last coloured spinning Mill. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5345 2202.

Concert in Oz for a Cause

When: 06 September 2014 07:00 PM - 06 September 2014 09:30 PM
@ one2one Church of Christ, 121 Gillies St Sth, Ballarat

Saturday 6 September Ballarat Covenant Community Fellowship in partnership with the Filipino/Australian Association of Ballarat Inc and one2one Church of Christ present Concert in Oz for a Cause, a musical event for the Typhoon Haiyan Survivors. Tickets: $20.00. For further information contact 0405 115 536 or 0412 715 121.

Father’s Day at Jackson’s & Co

When: 07 September 2014 11:30 AM -
@ Jacksons & Co, Cnr Mair & Lydiard Sts, Ballarat

Sunday 7 September Book your Father's Day lunch or dinner at Jackson's & Co and Dad receives a Regent Cinema movie ticket and a complimentary pot of beer! Dad will also go into the draw to win a BBQ! Menu will feature Father's Day specials. Bookings are essential. Cost: Various. For further information contact 03 5338 8101.

Clunes Booktown Sunday Selection: Phillip Taylor

When: 07 September 2014 02:00 PM -
@ The Warehouse, Collins Place, Fraser St, Clunes

Sunday 7 September Phillip Taylor will chat about High on Hawthorn: the road to the 2013 premiership. Phillip Taylor has supported Hawthorn for 45 years, picking the brown-and-gold jumper out of a line-up at a sports store in 1969 – a decision that not only attests to his heightened sense of fashion, but also proved somewhat prescient. He was at the MCG in 1971 when the Hawks won the premiership, and has now seen Hawthorn compete in 15 Grand Finals, winning 10 of them. From the public bar to the members’ pocket at the MCG, High on Hawthorn is the definitive record of Hawthorn’s 2013 premiership campaign, celebrating the AFL’s latest (brown and) golden era. Cost: Free. For further information contact 0447 915 576.

Some Shorter Than Others Book Launch

When: 07 September 2014 02:00 PM - 07 September 2014 03:00 PM
@ Ballarat Library, 178 Doveton St Nth, Ballarat

Sunday 7 September Neville Hiatt new book "Some Shorter Than Others" will be celebrating its launch. It's a collection of 12 short stories for the young and young at heart. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5338 6800.

Father’s Day Hangi

When: 07 September 2014 04:30 PM - 07 September 2014 09:00 PM
@ Yuulong Lavender Estate, 58 Sharrocks Rd, Mt Egerton

Sunday 7 September Traditional Maori Hangi being put down on Father’s Day ready to be pulled up around 6.00pm. Live local music plus licensed bar. Limited tickets available so bookings are essential. Cost: $40.00. For further information contact 03 5368 9453.

Let's Talk Poetry with Barry Breen

When: 09 September 2014 12:30 PM - 09 September 2014 01:30 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Tuesday 9 September Ballarat actor and poet Barry Breen reads and leads discussion on some of his favourite poems. Today with Unusual forms: The Villanelle and the Pantoum, Barry takes another look at some fascinating poetic forms, with poets including Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth Bishop, Donald Justice and Stuart Dischell. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Royal South Street Contemporary Vocal and Country Music Competition

When: 11 September 2014 -
@ Her Majesty's Theatre, 17 Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat

Thursday 11 September The energetic Contemporary Vocal and Country Music section of the competition has grown in popularity over the last couple of years with many vocalists choosing to sing in a more contemporary style. Cost: Various refer to website. For further information contact 03 5333 5888.

The Designer Craft Market @ Buninyong

When: 13 September 2014 09:00 AM - 13 September 2014 02:00 PM
@ Buninyong Town Hall, Learmonth St, Buninyong

Saturday 13 September The Designer Craft Market @ Buninyong is an exciting new Market offering high-quality handcrafted items for sale to the Buninyong community by talented local and regional designers and artists. You are sure to find something delightful, full of that handmade goodness, bringing a family friendly shopping experience to lovers of beautifully unique treats and gifts. Cost: Gold coin donation for local organisation Support4Cancer are appreciated. For further information contact 0427 131 499.

Cooking Class - Vegetarian Dinner Party

When: 13 September 2014 10:30 AM - 13 September 2014 01:30 PM
@ Catfish, 42-44 Main Rd, Ballarat

Saturday 13 September Catfish’s cooking classes with head chef and owner Damien Jones offers participants a hands on cooking class like no other. Participants will learn the best way to make either coconut soups and spicy salads or classic thai dishes with demonstrations and recipes provided. To finish off the class, participants are invited to relax afterwards and feast on their own creations with matching wine. Bookings essential. Cost: $130.00. For further information contact 03 5331 5248.

Barry Breen poetry book Book Launch

When: 13 September 2014 03:00 PM - 13 September 2014 05:00 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Saturday 13 September Ballarat-based writer Barry Breen has undertaken a residency at the Gallery since the start of 2013, writing poems that respond to works in the collection and to visitors travelling through the Gallery. Help us celebrate the culmination of this project with the launch of this illustrated book of poems titled Outside the frame Poems from the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Guest speaker: Dr Frank Hurley with music by Sarah Breen Williams and Carl Williams, violins from the Australian Pops Orchestra. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Medieval Knights Royal Feast Dinner & Show

When: 13 September 2014 06:00 PM -
@ Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek

Saturday 13 September Come one, come all and join us in an evening of unrivalled hilarity, as Queen Beatrix of Molvania and King Arlen of Kryal competes to see who shall be Monarch of the Castle. There will be toasts, boasts, duels, jewels, crowns and much interplay between liege, lords and ladies. The Medieval Knights Royal Feast and Show includes a 3 course dinner and glass of mead on arrival. Cost: $79.00. For further information contact 03 5334 7388.

Meet the Ombudsmen – Ensuring Fairness Law Seminar

When: 17 September 2014 10:30 AM - 17 September 2014 12:00 PM

Wednesday 17 September The mission of the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice is to enhance access to improved justice systems and services for rural and regional Australians through research, education, engagement and advocacy. The Centre for Rural and Regional Law and Justice (CRRLJ) is a unique centre of the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University which draws on cross disciplinary knowledge and expertise, and provides an opportunity to engage meaningfully with regional communities, services, industry and government. Cost: Free. Please book at the below link. For further information contact 03 9246 8221.
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Ballarat Regional Tourism Annual General Meeting

When: 17 September 2014 02:00 PM -
@ Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 102 Stawell St Sth, Ballarat

Wednesday 17 September The Ballarat Regional Tourism Annual will be hold their General Meeting. Ballarat Regional Tourism drives activities to attract visitors to Ballarat and the surrounding region. It works to grow the region's profile on the domestic and international fronts. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5337 4300.

Darn-Garrabeel: The White Swan with Deanne Gilson

When: 22 September 2014 10:00 AM - 22 September 2014 03:00 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Monday 22 September Workshop times: 10.00am to 12.00pm or 1.00pm to 3.00pm Suitable for ages 5 to 9. Learn how the white swan became white and how the black swans learnt to accept her being different. Make a 3D white swan from paper then paint and decorate her. Includes a tour of the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards exhibition in which Deanne is a finalist. Cost: Single session: $15.00 per person, Gallery Member: $10.00 or Two-day session: $65.00, Gallery Member: $45.00. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Make a Wall Hanging with Melinda Muscat

When: 23 September 2014 10:00 AM - 23 September 2014 03:00 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Tuesday 23 September Workshop times: 10.00am to 12.00pm or 1.00pm to 3.00pm Suitable for ages 7 to 12. Make your very own zany coloured artwork based on photos of animals, landscapes and birds, adding sticks, handmade beads, macramé and more. Hang it on the wall at home or give it to your friends or family. Cost: Single session: $15.00 per person, Gallery Member: $10.00 or Two-day session: $65.00, Gallery Member: $45.00. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Spring Mystery Box with Pauline O'Shannessy-Dowling

When: 24 September 2014 10:00 AM - 24 September 2014 03:00 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Wednesday 24 September Workshop times: 10.00am to 12.00pm or 1.00pm to 3.00pm Suitable for ages 5 to 9. Make your own artwork using a mystery box of ingredients. The contents will guide the creative process-the rest is only limited by your imagination. Cost: Single session: $15.00 per person, Gallery Member: $10.00 or Two-day session: $65.00, Gallery Member: $45.00. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Faces and Shapes with Kellie Maddaford and Finola Kennedy

When: 25 September 2014 10:00 AM - 25 September 2014 03:00 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Thursday 25 September Workshop times: 10.00am to 12.00pm or 1.00pm to 3.00pm Suitable for ages 3 to 5. Introduce your pre-schoolers to the Gallery's collection in a fun and friendly way. Children will explore the different galleries through colour recognition, group discussion and drawing activities, experiments with collage and colour matching. Cost: Single session: $15.00 per person, Gallery Member: $10.00 or Two-day session: $65.00, Gallery Member: $45.00. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Ballarat Writers September Readings: Eugenia Jenny Williams

When: 28 September 2014 02:00 PM - 28 September 2014 04:00 PM
@ Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 102 Stawell St Sth, Ballarat

Sunday 28 September Hear Eugenia Jenny Williams discuss her book Chessboard of Destiny. “Murderer! Murderer!” a woman screams… The accused old man denies but she insists he was a concentration camp commandant. Is he who she thinks he is? Can she prove his identity? Is it too late for him to be prosecuted? The memories of a young girl form the basis of this carefully plotted story of intrigue, love, deprivation and suffering… a chessboard of destiny! Cost: Member: $5.00, Non-member: $7.00. non-members For further information contact via email: info@ballaratwriters.com.

The Power of Culture with Carla Maxwell

When: 29 September 2014 10:00 AM - 29 September 2014 03:00 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Monday 29 September Workshop times: 10.00am to 12.00pm or 1.00pm to 3.00pm Suitable for ages 7 to 12. Create a flying angel puppet that flaps its wings, inspired by Flying Angels 2006 by Indonesian artist Heri Dono's, an installation of nine angels with elaborate headdresses, impish faces, broad wings and red boots. Cost: Single session: $15.00 per person, Gallery Member: $10.00 or Two-day session: $65.00, Gallery Member: $45.00. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Multi-storey Tree Houses with Mark Maxwell

When: 30 September 2014 10:00 AM - 30 September 2014 03:00 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Tuesday 30 September Workshop times: 10.00am to 12.00pm or 1.00pm to 3.00pm Suitable for ages 7 to 12. Have you read the Magic Faraway Treeor Andy Griffin's13-Storey Tree House? Build your own miniature tree house including pulleys , lifts and a catapult! Will you pass the earth-tremor test? Cost: Single session: $15.00 per person, Gallery Member: $10.00 or Two-day session: $65.00, Gallery Member: $45.00. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Secret Kids' Business with Chris Ellis

When: 01 October 2014 10:00 AM - 01 October 2014 03:00 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Wednesday 1 October Workshop times: 10.00am to 12.00pm or 1.00pm to 3.00pm Suitable for ages 5 to 9. Create secret artwork that appears from nowhere and that only you know how to do! Learn the magic of pastel scratch drawings, magic texta art and mysterious invisible pictures. Cost: Single session: $15.00 per person, Gallery Member: $10.00 or Two-day session: $65.00, Gallery Member: $45.00. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Make your own Mokuhanga (Woodblock Print) with Terry McKenna (Two-day workshop)

When: 02 October 2014 10:00 AM - 03 October 2014 03:00 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Thursday 2 to Friday 3 October Suitable for ages 10 to 16. Learn the amazing water-based Japanese woodblock printing technique, using simple, traditional Japanese tools and methods, based on your own image. You will produce one or two prints in this two day workshop. (BYO lunch, no nuts please). Cost: Single session: $15.00 per person, Gallery Member: $10.00 or Two-day session: $65.00, Gallery Member: $45.00. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Black Tie Gala Ball

When: 04 October 2014 07:00 PM -
@ Princess Room, Craigs Royal Hotel, 10 Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat

Saturday 4 October Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council presents a Black Tie Gala Ball. Dress is strictly black tie and long or cocktail dress. MC will be Doug Sarah and dance to the music of Barry Currie and Friends. Lucky Draws and entrance prize. Complimentary drink and savouries on arrival, two course meal and complimentary bottle of red and white wine per table. Drinks at bar prices. Cost: $80.00 per person. RSVP by Monday 29 September. For bookings and further information contact Georgina on 03 5335 7937 or 0408 109 471.

Mt Xavier Golf & Bowls Market Day

When: 05 October 2014 10:00 AM - 05 October 2014 02:00 PM
@ Mt Xavier Golf & Bowls Club, 118 Fortune St, Ballarat

Sunday 5 October A fundraiser for Mt Xavier Golf & Bowls Club. Hot Dogs, flowers, cards, books, bric a brac and lots more. Any one wanting a stall $10.00. For further information contact Maureen on 0402 863 031.

Clunes Booktown Sunday Selection: Craig Sherborne

When: 05 October 2014 02:00 PM -
@ The Warehouse, Collins Place, Fraser St, Clunes

Sunday 5 October Craig Sherborne will chat about Tree Palace. Released in March, 2014, Craig Sherborne’s second novel is a revelation—an affecting story of family and rural life. Craig Sherborne’s memoir Hoi Polloi (2005) was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The follow-up, Muck (2007), won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Non-fiction. Craig’s first novel, The Amateur Science of Love, won the Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Best Writing Award, and was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Craig has also written two volumes of poetry, Bullion (1995) and Necessary Evil (2005), and a verse drama, Look at Everything Twice for Me (1999). His writing has appeared in most of Australia’s literary journals and anthologies. Cost: Free. For further information contact 0447 915 576.

Let's Talk Poetry with Barry Breen

When: 14 October 2014 12:30 PM - 14 October 2014 01:30 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Tuesday 14 October Ballarat actor and poet Barry Breen reads and leads discussion on some of his favourite poems. Today with The Modern Ballad Barry looks at ballads by W. H. Auden, John Betjeman, Ogden Nash, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Ballarat Hospice Charity Golf Day

When: 26 October 2014 07:00 AM - 26 October 2014 04:00 PM
@ Midlands Golf Course, Heinz Lne, Ballarat

Sunday 26 October Volunteers are raising money for Ballarat Hospice Care Inc at their annual golf day. Drinks and BBQ available on course all day. Charity auction to be held after presentations. Cost: $100.00 per team of 4. Tee Off: 7.30am or 12.30pm. Entries close Wednesday 22 October. For further information contact Les on 0427 942 400 or the Ballarat Hospice Care Inc office on 03 5333 1118.

Buninyong Good Life Festival

When: 26 October 2014 09:00 AM - 26 October 2014 04:00 PM
@ Uniting Church Grounds, Midland Hwy, Buninyong

Sunday 26 October The Buninyong Good Life Festival is a community focused annual celebration of ideas, interests and what it means to live The Good Life! It aims to promote awareness of DonateLife Victoria while encouraging and supporting other local causes. With a focus on health, the 2014 festival will once again be organising The King Of The Mountain Fun Run/Walk as well as incorporating a Health Hub and other interactive activities. The festival is a free family fun day full of entertainment, market stalls, children’s precinct with pantomime performances and craft activities and much, much more - something for everyone! Cost: Free. For further information contact 0408 116 202.

Ballarat Writers October Readings: Paddy O’Reilly

When: 26 October 2014 02:00 PM - 26 October 2014 04:00 PM
@ Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 102 Stawell St Sth, Ballarat

Sunday 26 October Join us as we welcome popular author of The Fine Colour of Rust, The End of the World and The Factory Paddy O’Reilly as she offers insights on writing and talks about her latest novel, The Wonders. ColourOfRustPaddy O’Reilly’s novel The Fine Colour of Rust was released in 2012 in Australia, the UK and the USA and was shortlisted for the ASAL Gold Medal. Her short story collection The End of the World (UQP) was published to critical acclaim and won a number of national and international story awards including ‘The Age’, the ‘Judah Waten’, ‘Zoetrope All-Story’ (USA) and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation (UK). The End of the World was chosen as one of the year’s best books in various publications from Australian Book Review to The Financial Review. It was shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Paddy’s debut novel, The Factory, was also in the best books of the year lists in Australian Book Review and the Sydney Morning Herald and was Highly Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award for Fiction. It was broadcast in fifteen episodes as the ABC Radio National Book Reading during July 2009. Cost: Member: $5.00, Non-member: $7.00. non-members For further information contact via email: info@ballaratwriters.com.

Making a Difference Gala Ball

When: 01 November 2014 06:00 PM -
@ Ballarat Lodge & Convention Centre, Main Rd, Ballarat

Saturday 1 November The event will be a formal evening consisting of red carpet arrivals between from 6:00pm with canapés and drinks followed by dinner and drinks. entertaining live band After Five, 'Picture This’ photo booth, fast paced live auction conducted by Ballarat Real Estate, a silent auction, mystery balloon sales and an event gift bag for every guest. Funds raised supporting the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation. Tickets: $110.00 per person. Please book at the below link. For further information contact Alicia on 0407 808 713.
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St Michael's Primary School Fete

When: 02 November 2014 09:30 AM - 02 November 2014 03:00 PM
@ St Michael's Primary School, 29 Smith St, Daylesford

Sunday 2 November This year's Theme is Good 'Ol Country ('n Western) Fair. Grab your cowboy boots and hat... and come along for a bootscooting fun day! FOR KIDS: Pony rides, Petting zoo, jumping castle, bucking bull ride, side show alley, face painting, bootscooting, lucky dip, potato sack races and so much more! FOR GROWN-UPS: Great stalls (cakes and produce, plants, books, quality 2nd hand clothes, trash and treasure), BBQ, real coffee, Country band, great prizes (silent auction, spinning wheel, pony pat lotto), farming displays and a bucking bull ride. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5348 1261.

Let's Talk Poetry with Barry Breen

When: 11 November 2014 12:30 PM - 11 November 2014 01:30 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Tuesday 11 November Ballarat actor and poet Barry Breen reads and leads discussion on some of his favourite poems. Today with By popular demand, Barry revisits some favourites from previous talks, including poems by Judith Wright, Dylan Thomas, Emily Dickinson and Andrew Marvell. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Buddha Bubbles Trivia Night

When: 15 November 2014 07:00 PM -
@ Brown Hill Hall, Humffray St North, Ballarat

Saturday 15 November The Buddha Bubbles Relay for Life team are holding a Trivia with a Twist night to raise money for Relay for Life. BYO drinks and nibbles. Cost: $15.00 per head. Discount: Book a full table for $100.00, save $20.00. For bookings and further information contact Faye on 0419 343 279.

Vincent St Makers Market

When: 16 November 2014 10:00 AM -
@ Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent St, Daylesford

Sunday 16 November Daylesford's newest Handmade Boutique Makers Market. The Market is located inside Daylesford Town Hall in the main street of the beautiful township of Daylesford. Showcasing high quality unique and boutique handmade products by talented local and regional designers and artists. Cost: Free. For further information contact 0427 325 810.

Diabetes Australia Ballarat Family Support Group

When: 19 November 2014 04:30 PM - 19 November 2014 06:30 PM
@ Lederman Hall, Ballarat Health Services, Queen Elizabeth Centre, 102 Ascot St Sth, Ballarat

Wednesday 19 November The Ballarat Family Support Group provides support for families with children living with Type 1 diabetes. They get together to share experiences, make new friends and learn from health professionals in the Ballarat area. Tea, coffee and snacks provided. Cost: Free. For further information contact Joanne or Shona on 03 5320 6979 or 0408 129 276 or via email: diabeteseducator@bhs.org.au.

Clunes Booktown Sunday Selection: Clare Wright

When: 07 December 2014 02:00 PM -
@ The Warehouse, Collins Place, Fraser St, Clunes

Sunday 7 December Clare Wright will chat about The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. Clare Wright is an historian who has worked as a political speechwriter, university lecturer, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster. Her first book, Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans, garnered both critical and popular acclaim. She researched, wrote and presented the ABC television documentary Utopia Girls and is currently writing a four-part series to commemorate the centenary of WWI for ABC1. Groundbreaking, absorbing, crucially important — The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is the uncut story of the day the Australian people found their voice. It reveals the role the women of Ballarat played in the rebellion. Cost: Free. For further information contact 0447 915 576.

Let's Talk Poetry with Barry Breen

When: 09 December 2014 12:30 PM - 09 December 2014 01:30 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Tuesday 9 December Ballarat actor and poet Barry Breen reads and leads discussion on some of his favourite poems. Today with My Favourites, Barry looks at some of his favourite poems, from W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney to Theodore Roethke and maybe a couple of his own most recent poems. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Mantel

When: 31 December 2014 07:30 PM -
@ Victoria Bowling Club, 231 Victoria St, Ballarat

Wednesday 31 December Come along and support a fundraiser for the community radio station Voice FM featuring Mantel. Featuring Rock & Roll and Country. BYO Nibbles. Tea and coffee supplied. Drinks at the bar prices. Cost: $20.00 per person. For further information contact on 03 5331 1201 or 0438 393 580.