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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.

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.

intro to manual photography workshop

When: 20 September 2014 09:00 AM - 20 September 2014 12:00 PM
@ Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, 19-21 Victoria St, Creswick

Saturday 20 September ABC Open Ballarat producer Larissa Romensky will give you an introduction to manual photography. You will learn how to manually move your focus point/s and understand what aperture is to help you take better pictures. Then you will learn how to upload them to ABC Open's monthly Snapped project. The theme for September is landscape. Please register at the below link. Cost: Free. For bookings and further information contact Creswick Neighbourhood Centre on 03 5345 2356 or via email: info@creswicknc.org.au
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Car Boot Sale & Fair

When: 20 September 2014 09:00 AM - 20 September 2014 02:00 PM
@ The Salvation Army Ballarat Community Church, 102 Eureka St, Ballarat

Saturday 20 September Cost: $10.00 for carboot space. Please book at reception on Eureka Street or phone 03 5337 0600.

Vintage-A-Fair

When: 20 September 2014 10:00 AM - 20 September 2014 03:30 PM
@ Brown Hill Hall, Humffray St Nth, Ballarat

Saturday 20 September Retro, vintage, designer clothes and accessories. Refreshments available, supporting child and family services and the Ballarat RSPCA. Cost: $2.00. For further information contact 0408 072 995.

The Clans of Kryal

When: 20 September 2014 10:00 AM - 05 October 2014 04:00 PM
@ Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek

Saturday 20 September to Sunday 5 October This school holidays the new Kryal Castle will open daily giving budding adventurers even more opportunities to embark to the medieval fortress and meet The Clans of Kryal! The King, Queen, Knights, Maidens, the She-Dragon Ushnagh, even the Wizard - are all anxiously awaiting the end of Term 3 to welcome buccaneers young and old to the castle. Cost: Adult: $31.00, Child: $19.00, Family: $89.00.

Inside The Brick – Lego Experience

When: 20 September 2014 10:00 AM - 21 September 2014 05:00 PM
@ Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 102 Stawell St Sth, Ballarat

Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 September Come inside the giant Lego brick and build the Eureka Flag and a replica of the Eureka Stockade in Lego. Bookings are essential. Cost: Free. (30 minute pre-booked sessions). For further information contact 1800 287 113.

Feed The Alpacas

When: 20 September 2014 11:00 AM - 05 October 2014 04:00 PM
@ Creswick Woollen Mills, Railway Pde, Creswick

Saturday 20 September to Sunday 5 October Feeding times: 11.00am & 2.00pm Get up close to the very friendly Alpacas and feel their luxurious fleece. See all the beautiful Alpaca products made at Australia’s last coloured spinning mill. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5345 2202.

Creative Spark with Karen Sparnon

When: 20 September 2014 11:30 AM - 20 September 2014 04:00 PM
@ Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 102 Stawell St Sth, Ballarat

Saturday 20 September Where do stories come from? Why do we want them? Why do we keep on writing them? We might have a brilliant idea, but all too often it remains just that – a brilliant idea. You’ve all heard the saying that everyone has one novel in them. Okay, where are all these unwritten novels? How do we bridge the yawning chasm between an idea and its possibilities? The term “writing flow” is common enough, but how many writers nurture an environment that allows them the dreaming time necessary to become hard copy? This workshop is designed to determine how to best access creative energy – and see its potential as the source for writing. This class consists of writing exercises to kick-start ideas, and class workshops to begin to develop these further. You will learn how best to respect your creativity and make space in your lives to write. You will explore what inspires you – which for each writer is different. Suitable for all genres. Cost: Ballarat Writers Member: $60.00, Non-member: $80.00. For further information contact 0419 178 152.

500 words writing workshop

When: 20 September 2014 01:00 PM - 20 September 2014 03:00 PM
@ Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, 19-21 Victoria St, Creswick

Saturday 20 September Each month ABC Open have a monthly writing project called 500 Words. The theme changes each month. For the month of September - I broke it. Your ABC Open Producer Larissa Romensky takes this 2 hour workshop that will show you how to write for an online medium. You are some of the things you will learn: How to develop an idea into a story, Narrative structure, How to grab the attention of the reader with a heading, teaser and image, How to download an image from Flickr Creative Commons, How to upload and share your story on ABC Open for everyone to see. Cost: Free. For bookings and further information contact Creswick Neighbourhood Centre on 03 5345 2356 or via email: info@creswicknc.org.au.
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Salsa And Tanga Classes

When: 20 September 2014 05:30 PM -
@ Eastwood Leisure Complex, 20 Eastwood St, Ballarat

Saturday 20 September Come and learn salsa and tanga from experienced teacher Thomas Melgarejo. Not essential to bring a dance partner. Cost: $15.00 for one class, $25.00 for two classes. For further information contact Pilkinton Productions on 0438 871 503 or via email: shiree@pilkintoproductions.com.

Discovery Cycle Tour Yarrowee Trail

When: 21 September 2014 10:00 AM - 21 September 2014 12:30 PM
@ Eastern Oval, Cnr Peel St Nth & Ebden St, Ballarat

Sunday 21 September Come and experience the best of the Yarrowee River on this interpretive bike ride of the Yarrowee River Trail. The tour will take you 8 kilometres north to Gong Gong Reservoir with discussions along the way. Please bring your own bike, helmet & water, appropriate clothing for weather conditions, moderate fitness required and mountain bike recommended. Cost: Free. To RSVP and for further information contact Kate at Leigh Catchment Group on 0409 585 998 or via email: katelcg@iinet.net.au.

Pranzo Primavera – Spring Lunch

When: 21 September 2014 12:30 PM -
@ Italian Club Hall, Recreation Rd, Mount Clear

Sunday 21 September Ballarat Italian Association Inc are holding their annual spring lunch. The menu includes chicken cacciatore, ricotta cannoli. Cost: Member: $15.00, Non-member: $20.00, Children: Free. For further information contact 03 5341 3571 or 0400 990 542.

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.

School Holiday Minecraft

When: 22 September 2014 10:00 AM - 03 October 2014 05:00 PM
@ Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 102 Stawell St Sth, Ballarat

Monday 22 September to Friday 3 October Learn how to play Minecraft and discover facts about Eureka at the same time. Cost: Adult: $12.00, Concession: $8.00, Child: $8.00. For further information contact 1800 287 113.

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.

Art Gallery of Ballarat Art Insight Talk: Jenny Crompton

When: 24 September 2014 12:30 PM - 24 September 2014 01:30 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Wednesday 23 September Jenny Crompton’s art practice was inspired originally by the decorative arts of South East Asia, spending time in Indonesia researching traditional arts, which framed her thinking and art practice. Her discovery of her Aboriginal ancestry five years ago has focused her themes on her own culture and the echoes of the culture of the land that she lives on, Victoria’s Surf Coast. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Art Gallery of Ballarat Art Insight Twilight Talk: Jenny Crompton

When: 24 September 2014 05:30 PM - 24 September 2014 06:30 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Wednesday 24 September Jenny Crompton’s art practice was inspired originally by the decorative arts of South East Asia, spending time in Indonesia researching traditional arts, which framed her thinking and art practice. Her discovery of her Aboriginal ancestry five years ago has focused her themes on her own culture and the echoes of the culture of the land that she lives on, Victoria’s Surf Coast. Wine and cheese provided. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Ballarat Writers September Readings: Paddy O’Reilly

When: 24 September 2014 07:00 PM -
@ Irish Murphy’s, 36 Sturt St, Ballarat

Wednesday 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. For further information contact 0419 178 152.

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.

A Taste Of Africa

When: 27 September 2014 06:00 PM -
@ G Place, 102 English St, Ballarat

Saturday 27 September Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council and Share Africa present A Taste of Africa by Nyanchar Deng. The evening will feature Authentic African cuisine including meal and dessert, Aftrican arts and craft, music by Nobody's Hero. Please inform of any dietary requirements beforehand. Cost: $40.00, Children: $5.00. For bookings and further information contact 03 5332 5941.

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.

Greek Cultural Briefing

When: 29 September 2014 11:00 AM - 29 September 2014 01:00 PM
@ Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council, GPLACE, 102 English St, Golden Point

Monday 29 September Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council would like to invite staff and volunteers who support or are likely to support clients from Greek background. This briefing aims to raise cultural awareness of aged and health care workers in delivering services to people from Greek background. The briefing will be facilitated by Adonis Maglis from the Australian Greek Welfare Society. The briefing will inform about about local demographics, customs, beliefs, health issues, attitudes towards older people and aged care, barriers in accessing services and tips on working effectively with clients from Greek background. The provision of briefings on culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Ballarat with significant aged care needs is a vital part of our “Promoting Healthy and Active Ageing in the CALD community of Ballarat” (HAA) program at BRMC. The aim of this program and the briefings in particular is to support service providers in the region in the delivery of culturally appropriate care. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5332 5941.

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.

ASPREE study update

When: 30 September 2014 01:00 PM -
@ eoffrey Blainey Auditorium, Mt Helen Campus, Federation University, University Dve, Mt Helen

Tuesday 30 September Progress of a world-first clinical trial which involves almost 700 older local residents will be outlined in Ballarat. The Ballarat and district participants aged 70 plus, are taking part in the international study investigating whether aspirin prolongs good health in older people. The trial, ASPREE (Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) is a public-funded study led by Monash University in Australia. This event is an opportunity to bring local participants up to date on trial’s progress and to share a cuppa with other local recruits, their guests and researchers. The landmark ASPREE study is investigating whether a daily low dose of aspirin can potentially delay or prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke), dementia and certain cancers, in healthy people aged 70 and over. It will, for the first time, determine the overall balance of benefit versus risk in healthy older people. So far, more than 15,500 participants across Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, Southern NSW, Wollongong and SA have volunteered to be in this largest primary prevention aspirin trial ever undertaken in Australia. Cost: Free. Seats are limited. Presenter will be Associate Professor Robyn Woods, Executive Officer of ASPREE, Monash University. To RSVP and further information contact ASPREE on 1800 728 745.

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.

Ballarat Clothes Swap

When: 05 October 2014 02:00 PM - 05 October 2014 05:00 PM
@ B1 Art Space, 14 Camp St, Ballarat

Sunday 5 October Refresh your wardrobe at our Spring clothes swap! Bring up to 6 quality items from your warm season wardrobe that you no longer desire and exchange them for quality pieces with others. Say no to unethical sweat shop practices and say yes to fun, socially responsible fashion choices! Don't miss your chance to enjoy an afternoon of fashion frivolity, sweet treats, and be in the running to win some fantastic prizes by booking your ticket today. All profits from this event will be donated to the Greens campaign in Western Victoria. Tickets: General Admission: $25.00, Concession: $20.00. Price includes delectable refreshments. Pre-booking is essential. Please book at the below link. For further information contact Sarah via email: ballaratclothesswap@gmail.com.
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Ceremony of Remembrance

When: 09 October 2014 06:00 PM -
@ OCA Pavilion, St Patrick's College, 1431 Sturt St, Ballarat

Thursday 9 October Remembering the person, honoring the memories Cost: Gold coin donation. For further information contact .

Ballarat Light the Night

When: 10 October 2014 05:00 PM - 10 October 2014 09:30 PM
@ Eureka Hall, 119 Stawell St, Ballarat

Friday 10 October Join the Ballarat community for the annual Light the Night twilight walk for Leukaemia Foundation. It raise funds for blood cancer research to improve treatments and find cures. The Ballarat event will be a great night of stalls, auction and raffle, face painting and entertainment from the Ballarat Brass Band. For further information contact 0408 170 041.

Famous Last Words

When: 10 October 2014 07:30 PM - 10 October 2014 09:30 PM
@ Uniting Church, Cnr Neil & Macarthur Sts, Ballarat

Friday 10 October What does an executive director, children’s author, former police superintendent, fashion designer, disability advocate & local singer/comedian have in common? These accomplished people will give the final speech of their life at an event you will be dying to see! Our six guest speakers, will each deliver a 10-15 minute speech as if it were their last. With no rules about delivery style, no topics to write to. It is set to be an entertaining and thought-provoking night to remember. A UnitingCare Ballarat event raising money for our BreezeWay - Meals for Homeless People program. Tickets: Adult: $19.00, Concession: $16.00 at Majestix and limited tickets will be available at door. For further information 03 5337 2725.

Diwali – Festival of Lights

When: 11 October 2014 03:00 PM - 11 October 2014 09:00 PM
@ Ballarat Lodge & Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat

Saturday 11 October The Ballarat Indian Association Inc. and Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council present Diwali. This year's event will feature: Bollywood Dance, Cultural performances, Multicultural food stalls, Display of Rangoli Art, Henna painting, Face painting, Indian Art and Cultural Display Cost: $5.00. Children: Free. For further information contact 0411 237 363.

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.

Men "Affected By cancer too?"

When: 15 October 2014 07:00 PM - 15 October 2014 09:00 PM
@ Oscars Hotel and Bar, 18 Doveton St Sth, Ballarat

Wednesday 15 October Are you a male partner or carer of a woman affected by breast cancer? Come and join other men and share your experience and knowledge. What issues you have experienced at this time? How these affected your health, both physical and emotional? How we can work with you to improve support, connection and information? Support4Cancer, Mc Grath Breast Care Nurses and GICS are interested in finding out from you. Cost: Free. For further information contact Colleen on 0409 049 157.

Creswick Theatre Company Movie Night

When: 17 October 2014 07:30 PM -
@ Creswick Courthouse Theatre, Raglan St, Creswick

Friday 17 October Creswick Theatre Company host a classic film night each month. This month's feature is Aussie film, The Man Who Sued God starring Billy Connolly. Tea and coffee provided. BYO supper if desired. Cost: Gold coin donation. For further information contact 03 5345 2444.

Salsa And Tanga Classes

When: 18 October 2014 06:00 PM -
@ Eastwood Leisure Complex, 20 Eastwood St, Ballarat

Saturday 18 October Come and learn salsa and tanga from experienced teacher Thomas Melgarejo. Not essential to bring a dance partner. Cost: $15.00 for one class, $25.00 for two classes. For further information contact Pilkinton Productions on 0438 871 503 or via email: shiree@pilkintoproductions.com.

Craft Afternoon Fundraiser

When: 19 October 2014 12:00 PM - 19 October 2014 05:00 PM
@ Haddon Community House, Sago Hill Rd, Haddon

Sunday 19 October Come to the Craft Afternoon Fundraiser in Haddon. Proceeds to Wala animal sanctuary, a not for profit organisation, is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of Australia's unique wildlife. Cost: $25.00 includes lunch and materials. For further information contact Karen on 0409 137 323 or via email: mickeykaz@hotmail.com.

words writing workshop

When: 23 October 2014 06:00 PM - 23 October 2014 08:00 PM
@ Ballan and District Commmunity House, Mechanics' Institute Hall, 76 Steiglitz St, Ballan

Thursday 23 October Each month ABC Open have a monthly writing project called 500 Words. The theme changes each month. For the month of October - Bully. Your ABC Open Producer Larissa Romensky takes this 2 hour workshop that will show you how to write for an online medium. You are some of the things you will learn: How to develop an idea into a story, Narrative structure, How to grab the attention of the reader with a heading, teaser and image, How to download an image from Flickr Creative Commons, How to upload and share your story on ABC Open for everyone to see. Cost: Free. For bookings and further information contact Ballan & District Community House 03 5368 1934 or via email: support@bchvic.org.

basic video making info session

When: 23 October 2014 06:00 PM - 23 October 2014 08:00 PM
@ Ballan and District Commmunity House, Mechanics' Institute Hall, 76 Steiglitz St, Ballan

Thursday 23 October Come along and find out what you need to know to sign up for a video workshop with ABC Open. You ABC Open Producer Larissa Romensky will introduce you to the various stages in film making: Planning - Then idea and the research, Equipment, Interviewing, Shot list & Story boarding, Filming, Editing What to bring? Bring your video camera or tablet. Something to take notes on. For bookings and further information contact Ballan & District Community House 03 5368 1934 or via email: support@bchvic.org.

AMAZING RACE 2014

When: 24 October 2014 06:00 PM -
@ 4U Health & Fitness, 12 Gregory St West, Lake Gardens

Friday 24 October Team up with friends and family to participate in this 1 hour (short course) or 2 hour (long course) orienteering/treasure hunt event. You can have teams of 2,3 4 there is no advantage to having more or less in a team. this year we are having family section that kids can take part in. Cost: Early Bird: $38.00 before October, $50.00. For further information contact 0427 541 163.

Purple Hope Ball

When: 25 October 2014 07:30 PM -
@ Oscars Hotel & Cafe Bar, 18 Doveton St Sth, Ballarat

Saturday 25 October The annual Purple Hope Ball is to raise money for Relay For Life. Live entertainment by DJ Adam J. Door prize and raffle throughout the night. A chance to celebrate the great work we all do for cancer research. Semi formal dress with a touch of purple. Drinks at bar prices. Tickets: $40.00 per head includes finger food and entertainment. For bookings and further information contact Kylie on 0417 709 155.

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.

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.

Belmont Historical Gardens Open Garden Day

When: 02 November 2014 10:00 AM - 02 November 2014 05:00 PM
@ Belmont Historical Gardens, 643 Main Rd, Raglan

Sunday 2 November The extensive gardens which were opened to the public as pleasure gardens in the 1860's, retain the characteristic garden elements including the ornamental lake, orchard, flower beds, vegetable gardens, garden buildings and substantial outbuildings including a pigsty, buggy sheed and brick stables. Belmont is of architectural and aesthetic significance as the external detailing of the homestead is unusual with various configurations of the rising sun motif being repeated in different parts of the building. Refreshments available for purchase. Cost: $5.00. For further information contact Karen on 03 5333 1118.

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 With A Twist

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. All money raised goes directly to the Cancer Council Victoria. BYO drinks and nibbles. Door prize. Cost: $15.00 per head. Discount: Book a full table for $100.00, save $20.00. For bookings and further information contact Ang on 0437 293 556 or Jacinta on 0439 469 534.

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.

Creswick Theatre Company Movie Night

When: 21 November 2014 07:30 PM -
@ Creswick Courthouse Theatre, Raglan St, Creswick

Friday 21 November Creswick Theatre Company host a classic film night each month. This month's feature is Aussie comedy Bad Eggs. Tea and coffee provided. BYO supper if desired. Cost: Gold coin donation. For further information contact 03 5345 2444.

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.

Creswick Theatre Company Movie Night

When: 19 December 2014 07:30 PM -
@ Creswick Courthouse Theatre, Raglan St, Creswick

Friday 19 December Creswick Theatre Company host a classic film night each month. This month's feature is A Christmas Story. A 1983 Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, based on his book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, with some elements derived from Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories. Tea and coffee provided. BYO supper if desired. Cost: Gold coin donation. For further information contact 03 5345 2444.

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.