6 May 2021

Nine things to do in the region this week (7-13 May)

| Lottie Twyford
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Watercolour artwork

Learn the art of watercolours at the Visual Arts Society of Yass this weekend. Image: Stephanie Goss.

Although it will be a wet week for some of the region, hopefully you can still get out and about for Mother’s Day.

In Yass and Jindabyne, there are plenty of great arty activities going on from watercolour classes to flower crown making.

Fancy riding a dirt bike or seeing some monster trucks and stunts? Cooma and Queanbeyan has you covered.

Heading coastal, author Mark McKenna will be in Tura to talk about his new book; there’s live music in Bermagui; surfing in Merimbula; and a climate conference in Batemans Bay.

The markets will also be in full swing in Binalong.

Have a great week, everyone.

All weekend

Artworks Reconnect: Watercolour Weekend – Winter fruit and vegetables

When: Saturday, 8 May, and Sunday, 9 May from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Visual Arts Society of Yass, 1428 Yass Valley Way
Cost: $190 members, $220 non-members – tickets available at Visual Arts Society of Yass.

Are you looking to expand your painting skills while also exploring the wonderful produce of the upcoming winter season? Join artist and master of botanical watercolours Stephanie Goss as she teaches you to create a realistic painting with your choice of seasonal produce.

Monster truck and fireworks

Thrillmasters Live is bringing monster trucks to Queanbeyan. Photo: Action Events Management.


Thrillmasters Live

When: Saturday, 8 May from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showgrounds
Cost: From $32 to $194 – book tickets online.

Thrillmasters Live is about to blast into Queanbeyan Showgrounds. The event is great family entertainment that includes various acts such as stunts, monster trucks, freestyle motocross, and the return of the legend, Outback Thunda.

The show will conclude with a fireworks spectacular.

Promo for bands Great Aunt and The Weeping Willows

Great Aunt and The Weeping Willows will perform in Tanja on 8 May. Image: Navigate Arts.

Great Aunt and the Weeping Willows

When: Saturday, 8 May at 7:00 pm
Where: Old Tanja Church, 1140 Tathra-Bermagui Road, Tanja
Cost: $30 – tickets available online.

There’s a buzz about Great Aunt and their joyous and eclectic approach to making sometimes sorrowful music.

Join them at Navigate Arts as the duo launch their new single, What’s a Girl to Do Now? and preview new music from their much-anticipated debut album.

They’re joined by The Weeping Willows, celebrating the release of their new single, Black Crow.

Warm fires and nourishing soups will be available for cash purchase. The show is BYO, and is free for children aged under 16.

Man falling off surfboard

The 2021 Merimbula Sailboard Club Malibu Surf Event hits the NSW South Coast. Photo: Jules Imagery.

Merimbula Sailboard Club Malibu Surf Event

When: Saturday, 8 May 2021 at 7:00 am
Where: Main Beach, Merimbula
Cost: Free.

This fun one-day event attracts Malibu surfers from up and down Australia’s east coast, plus keen local surfers of all ages.

It is also a great day for spectators to see exciting Malibu surfing.

Entries are accepted until Friday, 7 May, at 5:30 pm.

See Facebook for more information.

South Coast beach

Eurobodalla residents are coming together to find climate solutions for everyone. Photo: Kim Treasure.

Climate Solutions 4 Eurobodalla

When: Saturday, 8 May from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Batemans Bay Community Centre
Cost: Free – registrations essential.

In the face of climate-fuelled drought, bushfires, storms and floods, this community-led forum aims to address:

  • Passionate, effective solutions the Eurobodalla Shire can enact to mitigate climate change risks.
  • Priority actions for candidates in upcoming council elections to support.

Online booking is required due to COVID-19 requirements.

Stalls at Binalong Community Markets

Why not make a day trip to Binalong Community Markets for Mothers Day? Photo: Visit Yass Valley.


Binalong Community Markets

When: Sunday, 9 May from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Cafe on Queen, 13 Queen Street, Binalong
Cost: Free entry. For more information, visit the Yass Valley events page.

If you haven’t been to Binalong for a while, stop by and check out the beautiful town, near Yass, and the unique markets held every second Sunday of the month. Perfect for Mother’s Day.

Group of dirt bike riders on track

Come and have a ride in the dirt in Cooma. Photo: Cooma Off-Road Club.

Ride Park Day

When: Sunday, 9 May from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Amcross Track at Ti-Tree, Monaro Highway, Cooma
Cost: From $30 to $50, see Facebook for more details.

Let your friends know there’s a great opportunity to have a go at dirt bike riding without having to be licensed.

Don’t forget to bring your self-scrutineers form signed by yourself or a parent or guardian if you are aged under 18.

You can register on the day if you are having difficulty doing so online. There are EFTPOS facilities and a canteen onsite.

Promo for Mother's Day Flower Crown Workshop

Flowers and Mother’s Day are the perfect pair. Image: Banjo Paterson Inn.

Mothers Day Flower Crown Workshop

When: Sunday, 9 May at 2:00 pm
Where: Banjo Paterson Inn, Jindabyne
Cost: $50 – call 02 6456 2372 to book.

What better way to celebrate your mum this Mother’s Day than with an afternoon of wine and craft with Thorn & Snow at Banjo Paterson Inn. All materials are included in the price.
Call now to reserve your seats – spots are limited.
Promo for Mark McKenna talk at Tura

Listen to Mark McKenna speak about his latest book, Return to Uluru. Image: Tura Marrang Library and Community Centre.


When: Wednesday, 12 May, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Tura Marrang Library and Community Centre, Tura
Cost: $18 – book online.

Come hear leading historian and author Mark McKenna speak about his latest book, Return to Uluru, which brings a cold case to life. It speaks directly to the Black Lives Matter movement, but is completely Australian. At the centre of it all is Uluru, the sacred site where paths fatefully converged.

Your ticket includes a light refreshment.

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