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Gloucester Farmers Market, Billabong Park, Saturday March 9 from 8am. Johns River Country Market, Johns River Community Hall, Saturday March 9 from 8am. Forster Town Park Market, Sunday March 10 from 8am. Forster Farmers Market, Little Street, Saturday March 16 from 8am. The Hub Markets, Wingham Showground, Saturday March 16 from 8am. Great Lakes Museum Market, Sunday March 17 from 9am. Krambach Market, Krambach Hall, Sunday March 17 from 8.30am. Tuncurry Market, John Wright Park, Saturday, Mach 23 from 8am. Old Bar Markets, Old Bar Reserve, Sunday March 24 from 8am. Nabiac Farmers Market, Nabiac Showground, Saturday March 30 from 8am. Pacific Palms Market, Pacific Palms Community Centre, Sunday March 31 from 8am.
Mountain Maid Heritage Gold Mine Tour
Every Wednesday and Saturday
Copeland Tops State Conservation Area is a precinct of natural beauty and colonial heritage near Gloucester. You can uncover its treasures on a guided tour. You'll be guided through Mountain Maid gold mining precinct hidden in the rainforest near the village of Copeland. Time 10am-12pm. Bookings essential, online only at www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/guided-tours/mountain-maid-gold-mine-tour.
Located just off the Pacific Highway, 20 minutes north of Taree, Cattai Wetlands has been described as a 'hidden gem in our Valley'. Cattai is a beautiful coastal wetland that provides a sanctuary for over 180 different species of birds, kangaroos, wallabies and goannas. The wetlands are recognised as an international bird watching spot.
Caravan towing workshop
MidCoast Council, in conjunction with Transport for NSW will address an important range of caravanning questions at two upcoming workshops. Council is hosting the two workshops on safe caravan towing where you can ask questions and get the answers from the experts at Get About Training - Tow-Ed . The interactive two-hour workshops provide information and demonstrations to support the safe loading and towing of caravans and trailers. The free workshops will be held at council administration and customer service centre at Yalawanyi Ganya, Biripi Way Taree on Friday, March 8. The sessions start at 1pm and 5pm and seating numbers are limited so bookings are essential. Reserve your place at one of the two workshops by registering online at council's website and follow the links. If you would like any further information or do not have access to the online registration, please contact the road safety officer on 7955 7777.
International Women's Day morning tea
An invitation is extended to all interested persons to attend a morning team to celebrate International Women's Day hosted by Gloucester VIEW Club on Friday, March 8 at Gloucester Uniting Church Hall commencing at 10am. Cost $15pp (includes some delicious homemade goodies. Guest speaker Trudy Schultz, Upper Hunter Woman of the Year. The 2024 theme is "Count Her In". For catering purposes RSVP by March 5 to 0401 686 699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crowdy Head SLSC trivia night
Crowdy Head Surf Life Saving Club is holding a trivia night on Saturday, March 9, with a 6pm start. The cost is $20 per head, including dinner, and supporters can book a table by messaging Neolie on 0439 487 723 after 4pm or emailing email@example.com. Funds raised will assist with the cost of sending cadet members to Umina SLSC for training and education.
International Women's Day brunch
Taree Quota Club is celebrating International Women's Day with a brunch at Wingham Memorial Services Club starting 9am. The guest presenter is Megan Baker of Inner World Village who will lead the group in an immersive experience of the positive benefits of sound: Harmony in Rhythm Empowering Women through Sound. Tickets are $25 and are available until Monday, March 4 from Wingham Memorial Services Club, Margo's Fashions in Taree, and Ashlea Road Boutique in Wingham.
Wallamba District Agricultural and Horticultural Show is having it's 111th annual show from 8.30am to 9.30pm at Nabiac Showground. Includes whip cracking displays and workshops, mighty mini mower racing and demolition derby, along with all the much-loved show events. Fireworks at 8pm.
Bush Poetry at the Saleyards
Bush Poetry is back again at the Gloucester Cattle Saleyards from 6pm-10pm. This annual event is sponsored by Gloucester Rotary. A great evening of edgy yarns of truth and fiction from the best bush poets in the business.
Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Motorfest
Myall Park Sports Oval 8am-2pm. Present by the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Motor Club, on show si a huge display of veteran, vintage and classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles. Live music, food and drinks available.
Hannam Vale Autumn Market
Enjoy a scenic country drive for a fun family day at Hannam Vale Recreation Reserve browsing more than 60 market stalls selling quality goods including locally grown fresh produce, pork, chicken and beef, home decor, gifts, garden items, art, timber carvings, jewellery, clothing and much more. Classic cars will be on show and live entertainment with Ellis 'Leroy' Gerrard singing "a bit of country and a bit of rock and roll". Face painting for the kid. Enjoy a cuppa and tasty treats from the Bush Cafe and the barbecue will be cooking up a storm with bacon and egg rolls and sausage sandwiches.
NSW Seniors Festival
MidCoast Council has a jam-packed program of events for the largest celebration for seniors in the southern hemisphere. Learn creative pursuits such as photography on phones, creating with colour pencils, macrame, watercolour painting, tie-dyeing, koala felting, pottery and collage art. Get physical with introductions to ballroom or jazz dancing, walking and chair yoga. Learn about koalas, bees and their biology, permaculture and becoming a dementia friend. Discuss philosophy, play bingo, see a movie, or attend concerts. Most events are taking place at libraries across the Mid Coast. For more information and bookings visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/seniorsfest.
Seniors Festival at Ormsby House
Manning Valley Senior Citizens Association is inviting anyone over the age of 50 to visit them during Seniors Week to see what activities are on offer, have a chat and a cuppa. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10am and 2pm there is something happening Ormsby House on the corner of Commerce and Albert Streets, Taree. Carpet bowls and crafts, tai chi, games, square dancing, art and gentle exercise. For more information call 6552 3193 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wingham Showground. Gates open 6am daily. Enjoy the always popular country show events, displays, sideshows and rides. Includes Bulls and Broncs Rodeo on Saturday from 3pm, Demo Deby from 3pm on Sunday and three days of horse events.
Gloucester showground. for more information visit gloucestershow.weebly.com.
Art in the Vale
March 22, 23 and 24
Art exhibition at Hannam Vale Hall, 1205 Hannam Vale Road from 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Entry to exhibition by gold coin donation. Official opening on Friday, March 22, 6.30pm to 8.30pm with Packer's Prize awarded at 7.30pm. Cost for official opening $10pp, includes light refreshments. Viewer's Choice Award presented 4.30pm Sunday.
Forster Ocean Swim
Life savers, both local and visiting, will have additional duties on Sunday, March 24 in providing water safety for the annual ocean swim from Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club to Forster Surf Life Saving Club (FSLSC). Known as The Dorsal Club2Club, the event is registered with Australia's premier ocean swimming organisation - oceanswims.com - which, although not organising events, promotes them. Entries are open to all comers with 91 swimmers in total last year. The Dorsal Club2Club program consisted of three separate ocean swims - 250 metres for those 8 years of age and over (entry fee $10), a 500m swim for 10 years and older ($15), and the main event of 3.8 km for those 14 years and above ($45). Entries close at 2pm on Saturday, March 23, and can be made online through oceanswims.com
Big Heart Hike
The eighth edition of the Big Heart Hike will be held on Sunday, April 14. The cost of the walk is $50 for adults and $10 for children under 12. This includes a commemorative shirt for the first 100 people registered as well as all the food and drink for the walk. Of the $50 entry fee for adults, $40 will go directly to Forster Surf Life Saving Club to ensure they continue its outstanding work. Entry and more information on the course, can be accessed at https://bighearthike.com.au/
Lakes Trail Festival
Australia's freshest off road trail running event, traversing the Great Lakes, the Lakes Trail Festival, is back. The first weekend in July will see trail runners descend on the twin coastal towns of Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest to explore the regions tracks, trails and beaches. Runners can complete 100 kilometre, 70 kilometre, 50 kilometre, 30 kilometre or 12 kilometre. There also will be a one kilometre trail experience for the kids.