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Community Events

Ballan Farmers Market

When: 06 January 2014 09:00 AM - 13 December 2014 01:00 PM
@ Mill Cottage, 96 Inglis St, Ballan

Second Saturday of each month Ballan is a picturesque regional town set in volcanic plains between Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat. Proud local produce. For further information contact Michelle on 0498 361 291.


When: 23 April 2014 01:00 PM - 25 April 2014 05:00 PM
@ Her Majesty's Theatre, 17 Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat

Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 April Workshops: 23 April - 1.00pm, 24 April - 11.00am, 25 April - 3.00pm Ages 10 to 40 years. Cost: $10.00 per participant, max 20 per workshop Wear comfortable, loose clothing, NO shoes. The workshop will consist of a physical warm up or game, a head to toe stretch, basic controlled falls which are the premise of the show, acro balance, and a large group human pyramid. The workshops are designed with fun, exercise, balance, team work, and achievement in mind. For further information contact 03 5333 5888.

2014 Girls Night Out

When: 24 April 2014 06:30 PM -
@ Ballarat & District Trotting Club, Cnr Bell & Sutton Sts, Redan

Thursday 24 April Ballarat and District Trotting Club Inc presents Girls Night Out. Complimentary gift bag. Giveaways galore including jewellery and cash. Proudly supporting Support 4 Cancer. Cost: $35.00 per person includes 3 course meal, admission, tea & coffee and a racebook. For bookings and further information contact 03 5335 9041 or via email

City of Ballarat Anzac Day Dawn Service

When: 25 April 2014 06:00 AM -
@ The Cenotaph, Sturt St (near Dawson St), Ballarat

Friday 25 April Pay your respects at the dawn service on Anzac Day. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5320 5500.

Anzac Day @The George

When: 25 April 2014 07:00 AM -
@ The George Hotel, 27 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Friday 25 April Head to The George, Home of the Ballarat RSL, to commemorate this national day of significance. Licensed from early, be there to join the crowd with all the festivities including ‘two up’ in The Lounge. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5327 2745.

Jeff McMillan Perpetual Anzac Day Cup

When: 26 April 2014 08:00 AM -
@ Novotel Forest Resort, 1500 Midland Hwy, Creswick

Saturday 26 April A Single Stableford event honouring Jeff McMillan, one of the first Vietnam Veterans to be President of an RSL in Australia will be held on Saturday 26th April 2014 at The Forest Resort, Creswick. The event is open to all RSL and RSA Members in Australia and New Zealand. It is to be run as a fundraiser for Creswick-Smeaton RSL, Legacy, Red Cross and the Creswick Lighthorse Brigade. Cost: Spectators Free. For further information contact 0438 643 998.

Research WW1 Veterans

When: 26 April 2014 01:00 PM - 26 April 2014 05:00 PM
@ FedUni, SMB Campus, E.J.T Tippett Library, Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat

Saturday 26 April Learn how to research WW1 veterans their longevity with quality reproduction services available. Bring a memory stick. Cost: Free.

Leonard's Hill 41st annual Baby Show

When: 26 April 2014 02:00 PM - 26 April 2014 04:30 PM
@ Leonard's Hill Hall, Daylesford-Ballan Rd, Leonards Hill

Saturday 26 April Help us celebrate our 41st annual Baby Show. Great community event with sections available for children from birth to 5 years of age. Prizes are awarded to the winners of each section. Section entry costs vary. Novelty sections include: happiest baby, curliest hair, rosiest cheeks and youngest baby. Miss and Master Tiny Tot (2-5 years). Champion baby and more. Cost: Adult: $5.00 includes afternoon tea. Children free, excluding section costs. For further information about sections and section entry prices etc contact Dot on 03 5348 3351 or Elsie on 03 5348 6568.

Digging in the Dark

When: 27 April 2014 09:15 AM - 27 April 2014 12:29 PM
@ Jackson’s and Co, 201 Mair St, Ballarat

Sunday 27 April An opportunity to hear 3 outstanding WW1 military historians speak about Australian Army tunnellers and others who served on the Western Front in Belgium and France. Advanced bookings preferred. Cost: Adult: $20.00, Concession: $15.00.

Art Sparks

When: 27 April 2014 01:00 PM - 27 April 2014 06:00 PM
@ Mitchell Harris Wine Bar, 38 Doveton St Nth, Ballarat

Sunday 27 April Ballarat Arts Alive teams up with Ballarat Arts Foundation to present a special professional development session with Adam Simmons (musician, artist and director of the Ballarat Slow Music Festival) sharing some of this successes and challenges. Other artists include Strobe Driver (classical guitar), Christine Tammer & Al Wunder (in2it improvised music performance), Damien Orris (live video art). There will be a screening of a short film by Ballarat Arts Foundation alumni Tarquin Netherway. Cost: $8.00, Ballarat Arts Alive members: $5.00. All are welcome, please RSVP via email: or at Ballarat Arts Alive Facebook page.

Beneath Hill 60 Film Screening

When: 27 April 2014 02:00 PM -
@ Regent Cinema, 49 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Sunday 27 April Come and see the exciting Australian movie ‘Beneath Hill 60’ on the big screen. Session will be introduced by the movie’s executive producer Ross Thomas. Cost: Adult: $20.00, Concession $15.00.

Creswick Brass Band Salute to the ANZACS

When: 27 April 2014 02:00 PM - 27 April 2014 04:00 PM
@ Creswick Town Hall, 70-72 Albert St, Creswick

An afternoon of music old and new. Creswick brass band, along with some very special guests, are holding a salute to the ANZACS concert. In what has become an annual tradition, the band will be playing tunes that the original ANZACS would have played and sung, as well as more modern pieces. The band is overjoyed to welcome three special guest performers to entertain at the concert - Guiliana D'Appio from the Melbourne Opera, Creswick's own Tim Gulbis, and piano from Dylan Quintan-Baskett. The afternoon promises to be full of fine music. Cost: $10.00 and includes afternoon tea. For bookings and further information contact Roger on 0417 815 160.

Last Sunday in April Concert - Sing Australia

When: 27 April 2014 02:30 PM - 27 April 2014 03:30 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Sunday 27 April To celebrate the exhibition For Auld Lang Syne, the Sing Australia Choir will present ‘Scots Wha’ Hae’, a program of Scottish favourites. Conductor Marilyn Kent, accompanist and arranger Deirdre Foyster. Tickets: Gold coin donation. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Workshop

When: 28 April 2014 09:00 AM - 28 April 2014 04:00 PM
@ Mt William Room, Pyrenees House, Girdlestone St, Ararat

Monday 28 April Suicide devastates many rural communities each year but the community in Ararat is working towards prevention. After a successful community meeting on suicide prevention on 5 December 2013, Wesley LifeForce began a community suicide prevention network in Ararat. The network has been encouraging community members to develop local strategies to address the issue. To build upon the community’s resilience and expertise, Wesley LifeForce will be hosting a workshop to teach the skills of suicide prevention in Ararat. Every day in Australia, an average of six people die from suicide. It is the largest cause of death for men under 44 and women under 34. Workshop participants will learn about the issues surrounding suicide and be equipped with the skills to identify and support people at risk. They will also learn how to access professional assistance and support. Wesley Mission’s LifeForce program has trained more than 20,000 Australians in suicide prevention.Cost: Free. Please book at the below link. For further information call Wesley LifeForce on 1800 100 024.
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Painting Class

When: 30 April 2014 06:00 PM - 28 May 2014 08:00 PM
@ Federation University, Arts Academy, Camp Street, Ballarat

Wednesday 30 April to Wednesday 28 May Classes will cover an introduction to Oil, Acrylic and Watercolour painting. Please bring the following items with you to each class: Sketchbook, Pens/pencils and Apron. Cost: $200.00 per person. For further information contact 03 5327 8605.

Administrative Professionals Breakfast

When: 02 May 2014 06:45 AM -
@ Ballarat Golf Club, 1800 Sturt St, Ballarat

Friday 2 May This year’s Administrative Professionals Breakfast allows employers from all over Ballarat and our region to say THANK YOU to the men and women who are the backbones of their businesses; giving their administration staff the chance to be pampered, inspired and indulged.invite 2014 The event will see guests treated to a champagne breakfast in the beautiful surroundings of the Ballarat Golf Club where they will have the opportunity to be entertained and educated by both MC Kathy Bedford and guest speaker Hon. Heidi Victoria MP. Heidi is the Victorian Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women’s Affairs and Minister for Consumer Affairs. Heidi has been involved in community work for over 30 years. Even with her busy life which includes being a mum to an active daughter, our guest speaker is passionate about community involvement, leadership and finding balance. Cost: $40.00 per person. For further information contact 03 5331 5555.

Clunes Booktown Festival

When: 03 May 2014 - 04 May 2014
@ Clunes Town Centre in various locations

Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 May What better way to celebrate books than to browse more than 50 book shops and stalls that transform the township of Clunes over the Festival weekend. The concentration of books – new, second-hand, collectable and out-of-print across all genres – surpasses any capital city in Australia. Nowhere else can you find so many book traders within a square kilometer than over the Clunes Booktown Festival weekend. Cost: Various refer to website.

A Plus Market

When: 03 May 2014 10:00 AM - 03 May 2014 03:00 PM
@ Saint Patricks Church Hall, Cnr Dawson and Sturt Sts, Ballarat

Saturday 3 May A Plus Market is full of local designer and pre-loved 'plus size' fashion, jewellery, shoes, handbags and more. A Plus Market not only showcases local small business, designers and makers who celebrate 'plus size' women but also offers an eclectic mix of stalls; jewellery, shoes, handbags, crafts, cosmetics and treats are hosted alongside local ladies selling either their gently loved fashion and accessories. All stalls are indoor and there are lucky door prizes. No matter your size you are sure to bag a bargain or that special something whilst enjoying the welcoming community atmosphere. Cost: $2.00 entry for adults. For information contact 0402 506 963.

Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally

When: 03 May 2014 10:00 AM - 04 May 2014 04:00 PM
@ Lake Goldsmith, Carngham - Lake Goldsmith Rd, Lake Goldsmith

Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 May 103rd Lake Goldsmith Steam rally is on once again. The rally never fails to impress with the collection of home and visitor exhibits. Lake Goldsmith is unique on the Australian Rally scene in that is has permanent sheds owned by club members which house their magnificent toys. There is a large collection of restored steam engines, traction engines, steam rollers, internal combustion engines, farm tractors and a restored farm cottage displaying old wares. Cost: Adult: $15>00, Child: (5 to 16 years): $5.00, Under 5 free. For further information contact 0407 539 041.

Ballarat Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Walk 2014

When: 03 May 2014 10:30 AM - 03 May 2014 01:30 PM
@ Commencing at the Rotunda beside Pipers by the Lake

Saturday 3 May Come along to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis and help support a wonderful cause. Professor George Jelinek and his team at Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis have given hope to hundreds and thousands of people with Multiple Sclerosis across Australia and around the world. As the host of the event and also a young person with Multiple Sclerosis, I am passionate about sharing this positive message, so join me in walking the lake for a wonderful organization. All are welcome. Sausage sizzle and coffee on site, so bring along some gold coins. For more information or details on how you can donate either call me or find us on facebook under "Ballarat Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Walk 2014".

Autism Awareness Expo

When: 03 May 2014 10:30 AM - 03 May 2014 04:00 PM
@ The Mining Exchange, 12 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Saturday 3 May Over 30 Information exhibits include Disability agencies, Autism therapies, autism resources, books for sale, cartoon workshop, lego display, local artists exhibitions, Dogs for autism, information for early intervention, school age and post school options, social skills programs, autism merchandise, visual aides and many more! Presentations throughout the day, individual consults with behaviour therapist available. Cost: Gold coin donation. For further information contact via email: or

Loop City

When: 03 May 2014 07:30 PM - 03 May 2014 09:00 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Saturday 3 May Two poets and a violinist try to figure out why they live where they do, suggesting ways to find a unique path through your own city. This serious, bitter sweet and funny poetry and music event got rave reviews at Fed Square - it is a collaboration between Melbourne poets Amanda Anastasi and Steve Smart, contemporary classical composer Yvette Audain and Melbourne Symphony violinist Sarah Curro. Tickets: $15.00. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

BAD Ride

When: 04 May 2014 09:00 AM -
@ Pleasant St Primary School, Pleasant St, Ballarat

Sunday 4 May The Ballarat Autumn Day Ride for is an annual event highly anticipated among the Ballarat and beyond cycling community. The event includes a 50km and 100m ride starting at Pleasant St Primary School and a 25km ride starting regionally. The popularity of the ride has grown over the years with approximately 800-1000 riders now taking part. The event encourages participants of all ages and biking backgrounds to come along and enjoy the sport of cycling. Cost: Adult: $30.00, Child: $20.00, Family: $50.00. For further information contact 0487 284 736.

Arts Academy, Federation University Art Insight Talk: Martin King

When: 07 May 2014 12:30 PM - 07 May 2014 01:30 PM
@ Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Old Law Courts Building, Camp St, Ballarat

Wednesday 7 May Martin King is a Melbourne based artist and printmaker who has worked and taught in many parts of the world and with various communities. He is the senior printer at the Australian Print Workshop and is represented by James Makin Gallery and King Street Gallery. His recent work explores the relationship between the landscape and its inhabitants through print and animation. Martin King is represented in major Australian galleries and many international collections. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5327 8605.

Malcolm Fraser

When: 08 May 2014 06:15 PM - 08 May 2014 07:15 PM
@ Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 102 Stawell St Sth, Ballarat

Thursday 8 May The Wheeler Centre in partnership with M.A.D.E presents Malcolm Fraser. Since he resigned from federal politics, former prime minister Malcolm Fraser has capped a long and distinguished career by focusing on human rights and international relations. In this captivating dual edition of The Fifth Estate, host Sally Warhaft sits down with the legendary figure in Melbourne and Ballarat to reflect on his political life and talk about his latest book, Dangerous Allies. Australia has always been largely dependent on powerful distant empires for its security and for direction in how we should shape our foreign policy. In Dangerous Allies, Malcolm Fraser looks back over our dependence on Britain and the United States and examines how our status as an independent Pacific nation has altered this balance of power. Sally Warhaft and Malcolm Fraser will discuss the ideas in Dangerous Allies and tackle the current state of Australian politics in this broad-ranging series of revealing interviews. Cost: Free. Bookings are essential because places are limited. Please book at the below link. For further information contact 03 9094 7800.
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When: 09 May 2014 07:30 PM -
@ St Andrew's Hall, Cnr Sturt & Dawson Sts, Ballarat

Friday 9 May An event for Ballarat Heritage Weekend. Whether you fancy kicking up your heels and dancing or sitting back with a drink, come along for an evening of vintage style. Amie Brûlée will be singing fabulous songs from the 1920s to the 1950s backed by her sizzling 4-piece band. There’s no obligation to dance, you can just listen to the fine music, admire the couture and mix with an interesting crowd. Find your most stylish frock or suit and polish your shoes for some good, old-fashioned fun. Bar will be open for drinks & you're welcome to BYO food. And of course, you can bring the kids - under 18s are welcome (but you'll have to stick to lemonade!) Tickets $20.00 available online or $25.00 cash at the door. Please book at the below link. For further information contact 0408 350 932.
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St John's Lutheran Church Fete & Garage Sale

When: 10 May 2014 08:00 AM - 12 May 2014 05:00 PM
@ St John's Lutheran Church, 204a Doveton St Sth, Ballarat

Saturday 10 to Monday 12 May St John's Lutheran Church will be holding a fete and garage sale. Some of the items available will be pre-loved goods, book sale, clothes, linen, bake sale, jams, preserves, sausage sizzle and cafe. Cost: Free. For further information contact Amander on 0458 495 049.

Dementia and Driving Community Information Session

When: 13 May 2014 10:00 AM - 13 May 2014 12:15 PM
@ Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council, 102 English St, Golden Point

Tuesday 13 May The experience of giving up driving for a person living with dementia can be very difficult and the sense of grief and loss can be ongoing. Alzheimer's Australia Vic in partnership with RACV will be hosting FREE community information sessions on dementia and driving for family and friends of a person diagnosed with dementia in nine locations across Victoria between March 2014 and March 2015. This interactive information session is specifically designed to help family members, carers and friends support a person living with dementia to balance independence and safety and stay active, mobile and socially connected in the transition to non-driving. Topics include: recognising driving warning signs; responding to changes in driving ability; legal and licensing requirements for drivers; starting conversations about driving; working with health professionals; what to do when safety is an immediate concern, and how to stay mobile, active and connected. Cost: Free. Please book at the below link. For further information contact 03 9815 7822.
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Arts Academy, Federation University Art Insight Talk: Nicholas Jones

When: 14 May 2014 12:30 PM - 14 May 2014 01:30 PM
@ Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Old Law Courts Building, Camp St, Ballarat

Wednesday 14 May Nicholas Jones is a book sculptor whose work is held in many public and private collections in Australia. He was recently a Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria and will be working on a project with the Arts Academy as part of the 2014 Clunes Booktown Festival. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5327 8605.

Million Paws Walk

When: 18 May 2014 09:00 AM - 18 May 2014 01:00 PM
@ Victoria Park, Sturt St, Ballarat

Sunday 18 May Come and participate in this year Million Paws Walk. Ballarat's 5 kilometre walk is a flat gravel path so it is suitable for people of all ages, including those with pushers. So grab your lead, attach your pooch and come along. In addition to the walk, this exciting event also includes food and refreshments, dog demonstrations and competitions. Funds raised through Walk registrations, merchandise sales and online fundraising will go towards RSPCA programs, adoption, veterinarian services, campaigns and our Inspectorate. Cost: Adult: $15.00, Concession: $8.00, Child under 16: $8.00, Family (2 adults, 2 children): $25.00. For further information about the Million Paws Walk click on the below link below.
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Piano for Pleasure May Concert

When: 18 May 2014 02:30 PM - 18 May 2014 03:30 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Sunday 18 May Students of local teacher Bron Sozanski. Tickets: Gold coin donation. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Arts Academy, Federation University Art Insight Talk: Stephen Banham

When: 21 May 2014 12:30 PM - 21 May 2014 01:30 PM
@ Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Old Law Courts Building, Camp St, Ballarat

Wednesday 21 May Stephen Banham examines the relationship between typography and geography and has written and lectured on this topic for a number of years. His book titled ‘Characters: Revealing cultural stories through typography’ was published by Thames and Hudson in 2011 and examines the cultural significance of typography and signage with a focus on Melbourne. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5327 8605.

Arts Academy, Federation University Art Insight Talk: Penny Byrne

When: 28 May 2014 12:30 PM - 28 May 2014 01:30 PM
@ Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Old Law Courts Building, Camp St, Ballarat

Wednesday 28 May Penny Byrne is a visual artist who uses vintage porcelain figurines and other found objects to create artworks that wield a powerful political message. These manipulated, mutilated and painted figurines explore issues concerning the environment, pop culture and global politics. Byrne’s reputation as a respected ceramics conservator informs her practice, rendering her works as meticulous and studied subversions of her craft. In 2010, Byrne was featured as the subject of a documentary for the ABC TV program Artscape. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5327 8605.

Wala Animal Sanctuary shopping trip

When: 31 May 2014 07:00 AM - 31 May 2014 07:00 PM
@ Gold Bus Depot, Martin Dve, Delacombe

Saturday 31 May The annual Wala Animal Sanctuary shopping trip!! Save the date and save your pennies for this fun day of retail therapy complete with the famous and popular 'Vince's mystery prize'. Pick ups can be arranged along the Western Freeway. Cost: $30.00. For further information contact Karen 0409 137 323 or via email:

Suicide Prevention Workshop

When: 17 June 2014 09:00 AM - 17 June 2014 01:00 PM
@ Craig’s Royal Hotel, 10 Lydiard St Sth, Ballara

Tuesday 17 June The program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them. If you know of any individuals or groups who may be interested in attending this workshop. The training is open to community members aged over 18 years. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance as well as support materials. Morning Tea will be provided. Please book at the below link. For further information contact 1800 100 024.
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When: 28 June 2014 07:30 PM - 28 June 2014 11:30 PM
@ Webbcona Bowling Club, Grevillea Rd, Wendouree

Saturday 28 June Come and support your local community radio station Voice FM. Enjoy the music of Kinta. Door and Raffle Prizes. BYO Supper, Tea and Coffee provided. Drinks at bar prices. Cost: $15.00. For further information contact 03 5335 7096 or 0438 393 580.