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Community Events

Combined Charities Christmas Card Shop

When: 01 October 2014 09:30 AM - 24 December 2014 04:30 PM
@ Combined Charities Christmas Card Shop, 1a Eyre St, Ballarat

Tuesday 1 October to Tuesday 24 December The Combined Charities Christmas Card Shop is open again, near Armstrong Street South intersection, just two blocks south of Central Square. Cards are Australian-made, environmentally friendly cards from many different charities at very reasonable prices. For further information contact 0413 190 547.

The ReFashion Show - Call For Entries

When: 03 October 2014 09:00 AM - 01 December 2014 05:00 PM
@ Backspace Gallery, Huyghue House, 15 Camp Street @ Alfred Deakin Pce & Police Lne, Ballarat

Friday 3 October to Monday 1 December Applicants are invited to submit design ideas with sketches and notes about materials & construction by Monday, 1 December. Approximately 20 designs will be selected by the project organiser and Backspace Gallery curator to be developed for The ReFashion Show by the submitting artist(s). Artists will be notified of the curators’ decision by Monday 15 December. Because the works will be paraded in association with the Ballarat Backyard Tasters, it is imperative that durability and wearability be a consideration in developing those designs. Artists chosen to fabricate work from their designs will be awarded $100.00 toward material costs. Contact Deborah Klein for further information & application materials via email:

Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios

When: 29 October 2014 09:30 AM - 29 November 2014 01:00 PM
@ Function Room, 1311 Gregory St, Wendouree

Saturday 1 to Sunday 16 November Saturday and Sunday for the following three weekends Thirty artists from the have been selected to participate in the Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios program which this year extends to take place over three weekends in November. The Open Studios program is designed to showcase the extraordinary artists working in the beautiful Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region in central Victoria. Each of the 30 participating artists will open their studio doors for six days, giving the public an opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ of the creative process, meet the artists in their creative spaces and learn about their work and inspiration. Participating artists include sculptor and print maker, Tim Jones, whose work is in the British Museum collection; metal sculptor Russell Petherbridge; textile artist Colleen Weste; whimsical printmaker Lawrence Finn; handcraft photographer Ellie Young Gold Street Studios; renowned sculptors Brigit Heller and Matthew Harding; painter Catherine Abel; and creative duo Padma & Ashika Ostapkowicz, Embrace Art Studio. Cost: Free. For further information contact 0430 517 722.

Good Food Ballarat

When: 01 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
@ Various locations around Ballarat

Saturday 1 to Sunday 30 November November in Ballarat celebrates the best food and wine venues, menus, chefs and producers that have changed the landscape of Ballarat’s food culture. Collect your program of events from the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre. Cost: Various. For further information contact 03 5320 1291.

Eureka Day

When: 03 November 2014 06:00 AM - 03 December 2014 05:00 PM
@ Eureka Stockade Memorial Pak, cnr Stawell St Sth & Eureka St, Ballarat

Wednesday 3 December To commemorate Eureka Day all listed events and admission to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka is Free. 6:00am – WELCOME TO COUNTRY & SMOKING CEREMONY. Led by Wathaurung elder, Uncle Bryon Powell, a welcome to country and smoking ceremony. 6:20am – RAISING OF THE RECREATED EUREKA FLAG. Hand-stitched flag by Eureka Stockade descendants and the Ballarat community to be raised on a recreated Eureka flagpole. 6:30am – MEMORIAL SERVICE. Eureka memorial service to commemorate the day, including one minute of silence to acknowledge those who died. 7:00am – PIKEMAN’S DOG MEMORIAL. The unveiling of the reimagined Pikeman’s Dog Memorial. Cost: Free. For further information contact 1800 287 113.

Eureka Rebellion Annual Dinner

When: 03 November 2014 07:00 PM - 03 December 2014 10:00 PM
@ Eureka Stockade Hotel, 152 Eureka St, Ballarat

Wednesday 3 December With the topic “The Southern Cross and The Morning Star, brothers and sisters in the struggle for democracy, liberty and equality”. Join our guest speakers Jacob Rumbiak and Dr Joseph Toscano as well as entertainment by the Black Orchids String Band. Cost: Admission Free, food and drinks at own expense. For further information contact 0439 395 489.

Ballarat Pop-Up Shop

When: 21 November 2014 10:00 AM - 30 November 2014 04:00 PM
@ Backspace Gallery, Huyghue House, Alfred Deakin Place, Camp St, Ballarat

Friday 21 to Sunday 30 November Opened Friday to Sunday the Ballarat Pop-Up Shop is a carefully curated selection of exciting vendors with goods that are guaranteed to give you Santa envy. Over 20 lovely makers are offering delights from handmade books to handcrafted jewellery, original prints and drawings to natural beauty products, home decorations to bespoke stationery, handkerchiefs and scarves to children’s toys, letterpress cards to fine boutique sweets. The Ballarat Pop-Up Shop brought the pop-up concept to town, with the first of what has become a hands-down favourite retail experience amongst fans of quality designer-made goods. Now all grown up at three years old, the Pop-Up Shop is still not your average craft market. Offering a sophisticated take on ‘handmade’, Ballarat Pop-Up Shop products suit those embracing a more contemporary urban sensibility. But upscale doesn’t necessarily mean up-pricing: the Pop-Up Shop features goods at every price point, from simple stocking stuffers to very special gift-giving. Open 6 days only. Friday night shopping until 9.00pm. The Ballarat Pop-Up Shop is a very exclusive shopping event – and one with something for everyone, whether they’ve been naughty or nice! Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5320 5643 or via email:

Ballarat Mechanics Institute Twilight Talk: Elizabeth Denny

When: 28 November 2014 05:00 PM - 28 November 2014 06:30 PM
@ Ballarat Mechanics Institute, 117 Sturt St, Ballarat

Friday 28 November Elizabeth Denny, undertaking post-graduate studies at Federation University. She works part-time for the Victorian State Archives at the Ballarat Archives Centre. Liz will speak on “From the Goldrush to Federation - Chinese settlers in Ballarat who were very much a part of the colonial Ballarat Community”. Their lives in Ballarat encompassed more than mining and market gardening. The archives and collections throughout Victoria hold a wonderful collection of documents in both English and Chinese, from and about the Chinese residents of colonial Ballarat. Cost: Members: $6.00 or Non-members: $10.00 which includes refreshments. For further information contact 03 5331 3042.

The Family Hawkers Market

When: 28 November 2014 05:00 PM - 28 November 2014 10:00 PM
@ Ballarat Mining Exchange, Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Friday 28 November November in Ballarat celebrates the best food and wine venues, menus, chefs and producers that have changed the landscape of Ballarat’s food culture. Join us for this wonderful Hawkers Market where you can purchase delicious tasting size portions from a great selection of Ballarat venues. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5320 1291.

Christmas Charity Carnival Spectacular

When: 28 November 2014 05:00 PM -
@ Bray Raceway, Cnr Bell & Sutton Sts, Redan

Friday 28 November Bring the family and friends to an enormous charity event at Bray Raceway. Events that are included for the night are dodgem cars, mini Ferris wheel and a full night of exciting harness racing: All funds raised will be going to the 3BA Christmas Appeal. Cost: Adult: $8.00, Concession: $4.00, Children under 18: Free. For further information contact 03 5335 9041.

Celebrating Timor-Leste’s Independence

When: 28 November 2014 05:00 PM - 28 November 2014 06:30 PM
@ Ballarat Library, 178 Doveton St Nth, Ballarat

Friday 28 November The Ballarat East Timor Association Inc. will host a celebration of the country’s Proclamation of Independence Day. Their Government website tells the story of their country history from a Portuguese colony since the 16th century, the prevalence of Catholicism and their development separate to other Indonesian influences. With the dissolution of Portuguese colonial rule in 1975. Ballarat’s Mayor will welcome guests from a range of interest groups that support Ballarat’s Friendship with the District of Ainaro, a formal agreement with the City of Ballarat since 2003. These include the Ballarat Friends of Ainaro Community Committee, the Ballarat Ainaro Health Group, the Ballarat Ainaro Art Group, Teachers For Timor, the Ballarat Ainaro Community Development Organisation and other interested people, such as a Walking group who visited the country and walked the beautiful mountains of Ainaro District. The genuine friendliness of the Timorese people and an opportunity to make a difference to our close neighbour whose recent Independence has cost them so dearly keeps us going back to further develop our friendship and support them in developing their new country. The District of Ainaro was involved in supporting Australia’s Sparrow Force during the Second World War resulting in reprisals by the Japanese. Numerous books recognise the ‘Debt of Honour’ Australia owes our near neighbours in Timor-Leste. ost: Free. For further information contact 0403 709 549.

Medieval Knights Royal Feast Dinner And Show

When: 28 November 2014 06:00 PM -
@ Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek

Friday 28 November “Welcome esteemed guests to the wedding of Prince Oliver and Princess Daffodil! It’s the event of a decade, the handsome Prince has wed his beautiful bride and the kingdoms rejoice! But things aren’t going completely to plan… watch on as an awkward family event evolves into an inevitable train wreck. An outright circus of disaster awaits you, and the sound track seems to be by a bad DJ from the 80’s”. Enjoy a beautiful 3 course medieval style feast while the events unfold on stage, but be warned, you may find yourself in the thick of it! Cost: Adult: $79.00. For further information contact 03 5334 7388.


When: 28 November 2014 08:30 PM - 29 November 2014 08:30 PM
@ The Lee Medlyn Home of Bottles, 70 Bailey St, Clunes

Friday 28 to Saturday 29 November Grasslands, a new outdoor site-specific performance, is about one small corner of what was once a vast ecosystem - the grasslands of the Victorian Volcanic Plains. Centered around interactions with one site in Clunes, GRASSLANDS digs into the history of one place which has been grasslands, a school, knitting mills and a Bottle Museum. Cost: Free. For further information contact 0409 359 525.

Brim Brim Gardens Open Day

When: 29 November 2014 10:00 AM - 30 November 2014 04:30 PM
@ 901 Lal Lal St, Buninyong

Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 November Brim Brim Gardens invites you to their open day. A work of art which has been 150 years in the making, these grand gardens provide a leafy oasis with stunning views and sweeping lawns. The centrepiece is the Victorian mansion and its outbuildings, all linked by a series of hedged rooms, with carefully integrated plantings including a magnificent rose garden. A lake with an adjacent bog garden is a highlight Cost: Adult: $8.00, Children under 18: Free. For further information contact 03 5341 3096.

Kryal Castle 40th birthday

When: 29 November 2014 10:00 AM - 30 November 2014 04:00 PM
@ Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November Kryal Castle a land of myth, magic and medieval adventure – just outside Ballarat – will celebrate its 40th birthday on November 29, 2014 and you as our guests will receive the birthday gift! The landmark Victorian tourist attraction was the dream of Keith Ryall. Kryal Castle is the only medieval theme park in Australia. Visit Kryal Castle on during its birthday weekend (29 & 30 November) and receive a free upgrade to a membership equal to the ticket purchase. On 29 November come and enjoy the cutting and eating of the Kryal Castle Birthday Cake. Cost: Adult: $31.00, Concession: $25.00, Children (4 to 16 years): $19.00, Children under 4: Free, Family: $89.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children). For further information contact 03 5334 7388.

Weeds Network Field Day

When: 29 November 2014 10:00 AM - 29 November 2014 03:30 PM
@ The Fix Farm, 211 Wheelers Hill Rd, Mus

Saturday 29 November The field day will involve a presentation by Charles Merfield of the BHU Farming Centre, followed by a demonstration of farming implements designed to improve soils and manage weeds mechanically at reduced costs by Mike Fix of Fix Engineering. For further information contact 03 5348 2150 or 0418 508 579.

Sheep Dog Demonstration

When: 29 November 2014 11:30 AM -
@ Creswick Woollen Mills, Railway Pde, Creswick

Saturday 29 November Head down to the Creswick Woollen Mills to see how these skillful dogs operate. Merrylyn will also bring her puppies in store to explain how she trains them. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 9818 5055.

The Big Irish Hooley

When: 29 November 2014 06:00 PM - 29 November 2014 09:00 PM
@ The Church Retro Café, 135c Albert St, Ballarat

Saturday 29 November 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.

A Taste Of Ballarat Degustation Dinner

When: 29 November 2014 07:00 PM -
@ Ballarat Mining Exchange, Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Saturday 29 November November in Ballarat celebrates the best food and wine venues, menus, chefs and producers that have changed the landscape of Ballarat’s food culture. Special guest Stefano de Pieri and some of Ballarat top chefs will produce a range of dishes matched with Pyrenees wines and boutique local beers that will make the mouth water. Cost: $170.00. For further information contact 03 5320 1291.

Miss Muddy

When: 30 November 2014 08:00 AM - 30 November 2014 05:00 PM
@ ovotel Forest Resort, 1500 Midland Hwy, Creswick

Sunday 30 November Miss Muddy is a women’s only 5 kilometre obstacle race that puts the fun back in to fun run. We’re all about celebrating women and searching for the little miss in all of us. We’re not just about fitness or motivation; it’s all about women supporting women in a fun non-threatening environment. No physical fitness level is required, you are encouraged to come as you are and let your hair down with your favourite fillies. And the best thing is, it’s all for a great cause, a portion of proceeds benefits women for charities. Cost: $85.50 to compete, Spectators free.

147th Kingston Agricultural Show

When: 30 November 2014 08:45 AM - 30 November 2014 04:00 PM
@ Kingston Showgrounds, Church Pde, Kingston

Sunday 30 November The annual Kingston show is happening again. Kingston is 10 minutes north-west of Creswick. This year's theme is Farming Families. It is a friendly country show set in picturesque grounds. Come and watch the horse ring events from the Victorian Heritage Listed Grandstand or inspect the entries in the flower, dairy goat, photography and art competitions. Some of the activities include Prof. Wallace’s Puppet Theatre amie and Kim’s mobile ‘Australian wildlife zoo, Jumping castle and slide, Face painting, Pigeon display and learn about ‘Pigeons at War’, Get up close and personal with ‘Maverick the Clydesdale’, miniature donkeys & alpacas, Watch a demonstration by working Clydesdales, Lucky dip, showbags, food & wine stalls. At approx 3.00 pm watch the grand parade of competitors and classic cars from the heritage listed. grandstand! From 3.30pm there will also be live music courtesy of The Decades. There will be BBQ from 6.00pm at the cost of $10.00. For catering purposes contact John on 0423 169 146. The horse events commence at 8.45am. There will be refreshments available all day. There are amenities for disabled persons. Cost: Adult: $10.00, Concession: $5.00 Children under 15: Free. For further information contact Christine on 0400 268 737.
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Woodworking Skills Day

When: 30 November 2014 10:00 AM - 30 November 2014 04:00 PM
@ Building & Construction Department, Federation University, Grant St, Ballarat

Sunday 30 November Ballarat Woodworkers Guild hosts expert wood craftspeople from around Victoria to demonstrate a range of wood working skills including turning, furniture making, musical instrument making, carving, pyrography, box making, veneering and toy making. We are joined by apprentices from the building and construction department of the University who will display their carpentry and building skills. Children will be able to build their own wooden toy on the day. Cost: Gold coin donation. For further information contact 1800 333 864.

Discover Sailing

When: 30 November 2014 10:00 AM - 30 November 2014 04:00 PM
@ Ballaarat Yacht Club, Wendouree Pde, Lake Wendouree

Sunday 30 November Discover Sailing day is your chance to visit a club and get out on the water. Come along and see how much fun sailing can be. All boats and safety equipment are provided, all you need to bring is clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, sunscreen, a hat, and loads of enthusiasm! Cost: Free. For further information contact 0414 337 626.

Italian Club Christmas Party

When: 30 November 2014 11:30 AM -
@ GPlace, 102 English St, Golden Point

Sunday 30 November The Ballarat Italian Association is holding their annual Christmas lunch. A must attend day for all the family with great food, drinks and jumping castle. Cost: Free for members. Non members: $10.00. For further information contact Evie on 03 5341 3571 or 0438 290 751

Ballarat Irish Club

When: 30 November 2014 02:00 PM -
@ The Lane, The George Hotel, 27 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Sunday 30 November Come and enjoy an afternoon of tunes of the Irish to be sure, to be sure!! Tickets: $10.00, George Hotel Members: $5.00.

Handmade Bookbinding Workshop

When: 03 December 2014 10:00 AM - 03 December 2014 03:00 PM
@ Ballarat Library, 178 Doveton St Nth, Ballarat

Wednesday 3 December Make a handmade, bound book with local artist Barry Wemyss. Your handmade book would make a great present for someone special this Christmas! BYO lunch. Bookings are essential. Cost: $60.00 and includes all material. Fee must be paid on the day. For further information contact 03 5338 6850.

Maggie Jackson Book Launch

When: 03 December 2014 11:30 AM - 03 December 2014 01:00 PM
@ Collins Booksellers on Sturt, 222 Sturt St, Ballarat

Wednesday 3 December The story is about the courage in the 1950's of my young parents from Dublin, myself and five others travelling with our mother alone on a ship for six weeks. My mother joined her husband and came to a mining village in the Latrobe Valley, reared a family of thirteen, and gave all of us a chance to do well by instilling a love of music. writing and giving us a belief that all was possible if we just believed and worked hard. My father was an Irish tenor, his name was Paddy O'Dowd. It was his great warmth and generosity that brought the community, all emigrants together, starting dances, concerts, street parades. They came to a place where there was nothing and brought a sense of culture, and hope in a new life. We became The O'Dowd Family Showband, playing all over Australia. This is a poignant story of a mother's love and a father's determination to fight against the odds o ensure a future beyond expectation. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5331 7411.

Flexible Learning Forum

When: 04 December 2014 09:00 AM - 04 December 2014 04:00 PM
@ Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw St, Ballarat

Thursday 4 December The Highlands LLEN is proud to have organised the 2014 Flexible Learning Forum with the support of School Focused Youth Service. We have created an agenda full of tips and tricks which focuses on three core themes: reflection of what Flexible Learning Programs mean to students and families, research of hundreds of similar programs around the country, refinement of your own program to make sure it is well attended, inclusive and healthy. Cost: $65.00 + booking fee. For further information contact 0400 564 839.

Ted Payne Author Talk

When: 05 December 2014 02:30 PM - 05 December 2014 03:30 PM
@ Ballarat Library, 178 Doveton St Nth, Ballarat

Friday 5 December Ted Payne is coming to Ballarat Library to promote his limited edition book, Vantage Point. A book of extraordinary photographs of the last days of steam operations on Victoria's Railways. Bookings required. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5338 6850.

Christmas Concert & Dinner Celebration

When: 05 December 2014 06:30 PM -
@ Cooinda Community Centre, 10 Learmonth Rd, Wendouree

Friday 5 December Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council Inc. fundraising sub-committee cordially invites you to come and enjoy a Christmas concert. Cost: Adult: $25.00, Children under 12: $10.00. For bookings and further information contact Georgina on 03 5335 7937 or 0408 109 471.

Speed Dating For Over 30's

When: 05 December 2014 07:30 PM -
@ Black Hill Hotel 502 Peel Street Nth, Ballarat

Friday 5 December Come along to Speed Dating for over 30's. Cost: $30.00 which includes a drink on arrival, canapes and live entertainment. For further information contact 0413 498 077.

Eureka Saturday

When: 06 December 2014 10:00 AM - 06 December 2014 10:00 PM
@ Various locations around Ballarat

Saturday 6 December 11:00am – CLARE WRIGHT IN CONVERSATION. Talk about contemporary democracy with Eureka expert Clare Wright. M.A.D.E theatre. 12:00 noon – M.A.D.E TO EXPLORE HISTORICAL WALK. Explore nearby locations that are significant to the Eureka story. Walk commences and concludes at M.A.D.E 12:00 noon - 5:00PM – FAMILY FUN FAIR. Fun family activities with food, arts and craft. Live music throughout the afternoon. M.A.D.E grounds - Eureka Stockade Memorial Park 12:00 noon – GRAVES CEREMONY. A ceremony at the Ballaarat Old Cemetery, with diggers and soldiers, to commemorate the 160th Anniversary. Ballaarat Old Cemetery, Macarthur St, Ballarat. 2:00pm – DEMANDING DEMOCRACY (with Eureka’s Children). Explore the democratic processes in the lead up to the Eureka Stockade and the aftermath in Melbourne with the subsequent trials. Anne Beggs-Sunter as the narrator. M.A.D.E grounds - Eureka Stockade Memorial Park 3:30pm – SPEAKER SERIES. Three thought-leaders debate issues surrounding the impact of the Eureka Stockade and contemporary democracy. M.A.D.E grounds - Eureka Stockade Memorial Park 5:20pm - 7:00pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT. Adam Simmons premieres the piece of music especially created for 160th Anniversary, and the Howard siblings Damian, Marcia and Shane perform live. M.A.D.E grounds - Eureka Stockade Memorial Park 7:00pm - 10:00pm – INDOOR SCREENING. A screening of the 1949 movie, ‘Eureka Stockade’ G (103mins) starring Chips Rafferty, and ABC television episode, ‘Australia on Trial: Eureka 13.’ M (55mins). Includes 10 minute interval. M.A.D.E theatre. Cost: Free. For further information contact 1800 287 113.

free slices of Christmas Cake

When: 06 December 2014 10:00 AM - 06 December 2014 04:00 PM
@ Bridge Mall Shopping Centre, Bridge Mall, Ballarat

Saturday 6 December The Lions Club of Ballarat will handing out free slices of Christmas Cake.

Delacombe Community Christmas Party

When: 06 December 2014 06:00 PM - 06 December 2014 07:30 PM
@ Doug Dean Recreation Reserve, Nandiriog Dve, Delacombe

Saturday 6 December Children in Delacombe will be thrilled as the big Sebastopol Fire Brigade truck brings Santa for an exciting culmination to this year’s Delacombe Community Christmas Party. School choirs from Lumen Christi and Delacombe Primary Schools and Phoenix P-12 Community College will perform during the evening, along with the Phoenix P-12 Community College Band. Other activities over the evening will include the YMCA ‘games for kids’, back yard cricket, face painting, Christmas art activities and a free community BBQ hosted by The Salvation Army. All choirs and the band will sing and play together to encourage Santa to ‘arrive’ with his helpers from the Sebastopol Fire Bridge. All groups will assist Santa in the finale of We Wish You a Merry Christmas before Santa and his CFA helpers chat to participants and give a small Christmas treat bag of lollies. The Phoenix College Band will also entertain the community and herald the arrival of Santa at about 7.00pm. The event is being hosted by the organizations from the Delacombe Chairs Forum which includes the Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre, Delacombe Salvation Army, YMCA Ballarat, Ballarat South Uniting Church, Friends of Doug Dean Recreation Reserve, Lumen Christi and Delacombe Primary Schools, Phoenix Community College and the VRI Cricket Club. Cost: Free. For further information contact Kate on 0428 775 945.

Eureka Sunday

When: 07 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
@ Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 102 Stawell St Sth, Ballarat

Sunday 7 December 11:00am – PETER TOBIN ORATION. An oration about the Eureka ideals and their contemporary relevance. Presented by the Hon. Rob Knowles AO. 1:00pm – TALES OF THE FORGOTTEN EUREKA STORIES. Find out from the three filmmakers the great characters and tales they uncovered as they created Digital Stories for M.A.D.E’s exhibition. 2:00pm – INDOOR SCREENINGS. Screening new digital stories about the Eureka Stockade created for the 160th Anniversary and the ABC television episode ‘Australia on Trial: Eureka 13'. Cost: Free upon admission to Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. For further information contact 1800 287 113.

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.

Christmas Papermaking Workshop with Tim Spencer

When: 09 December 2014 11:00 AM - 09 December 2014 01:00 PM
@ Ballarat Library, 178 Doveton St Nth, Ballarat

Tuesday 9 December Join Tim Spencer at Ballarat Library to learn how to create Christmas stationery from recycled paper. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5338 6850.

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.

Lorraine McGuigan Poetry Launch

When: 13 December 2014 02:30 PM - 13 December 2014 04:00 PM
@ Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat

Saturday 13 December Lorraine McGuigan’s poems have won numerous awards and appeared in journals and anthologies here and overseas. She is Managing Editor of Poetry Monash and has been a featured reader at numerous festivals around Victoria. Her latest volume, Blood Plums, published by Walleah Press, will be launch by Ross Gillett, with readings of her work by guest readers. Cost: Free. For further information contact 03 5320 5858.

Yuulong Lavender Harvest Festival

When: 14 December 2014 10:00 AM - 14 December 2014 05:00 PM
@ Yuulong Lavender Estate, 58 Sharrocks Rd, Mt Egerton

Sunday 14 December Come and celebrates the beginning of the new season and watch demonstrations of harvesting and hanging lavender. Enjoy splendid food and wine and quality art and craft stalls, while listening to fantastic musicians among fields of lavender. Cost: Adult: $4.00, Child $2.00. For further information contact 03 5368 9453.

Ceremony of Remembrance

When: 15 December 2014 05:30 PM -
@ Ballarat General Cemetery, Cnr Lydiard & Norman Sts, Ballarat

Monday 15 December A ceremony of remembrance for families and friends of a child of any age, who has died through any circumstances. Reflections and releasing of helium balloons. Decorations will be available for the trees provided, but you are welcome to bring your own decorations. You are also welcome to bring a picnic basket to share with your family, before or after the ceremony. BYO chairs and blankets. Cost: Gold coin donation. For further information contact Liz on 03 5333 1118.

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.

intro to manual photography workshop

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

Saturday 20 December 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:
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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.