5 April 2024

Nine things to do in the regions this week (5 - 11 April)

| Claire Sams
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Peter Lacey.

Peter Lacey will talk about South Coast history in one of many events happening this week. Photo: Supplied.

The regions are set to have a busy week, with musical productions, a wellbeing expo, a car show for the best of Italian motoring, a talk on local history and a dance workshop for youngsters just a few of the events on the cards.

Multiple days

Poster for Billy Elliot

Be inspired by the story of Billy, a young boy who finds a love for dance. Image: Free Rain Theatre Company.

Billy Elliot the Musical

When: 9 April to 5 May, shows at various times
Where: Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre (The Q), 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets cost between $55 and $75, and are available via the centre’s website.

Billy Elliot the Musical is a breathtaking production that tells the story of 11-year-old Billy, who finds his passion for dance in the midst of the 1984 miners’ strike in northern England and must prove the value of music. This adaption is coming to Queanbeyan – so get ready to dance!

Melissa De Jong, Marie-Nicole Meunier, Jennifer Lyddiard, Milena Rose and Stephanie Corkhill Hyles

Melissa De Jong (left) is the organiser of this event that will give you the knowledge of how to improve your wellbeing. Photo: Yass Valley Business Chamber.

Holistic Wellness Taster Expo

When: 6 April, from 5:30 pm (VIP experience); 7 April, from 9 am (the Taster Expo)
Where: Murrumbateman Primary School, 2 Fairley Street, Murrumbateman
Cost: Tickets can be purchased online.

Life is busy and we don’t always get to take care of ourselves as much as we should – this is where the Holistic Wellness Taster Expo comes in. The expo brings together a range of natural health and wellbeing practitioners, ready to have a chat about how they can help you relax and put yourself first. Attendees can buy their entry online.


A poster for the event

Bring the natural world into your daily life with this author talk. Photo: Yass Valley Council Facebook.

Author Talk with Andrew Skeoch

When: 5 April; attendees are asked to arrive at 12:45 pm for a 1 pm start
Where: Yass Valley Library, Comur Street, Yass
Cost: Free entry, though attendees are asked to register via eventbrite.

We all enjoy listening to bird sounds, but have you thought about the other sounds in nature? Andrew Skeoch will be sharing insights about his work listening to (and recording) natural sounds, from becoming aware of nature sounds to understanding and learning from what the sounds are.

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Member for South Coast Liza Butler with the author of Extraordinary Histories, Peter Lacey, who will discuss South Coast stories on Friday. Photo: Supplied.

Extraordinary Histories author talk with Peter Lacey

When: 5 April, 10:30 to 11:30 am
Where: Narooma Library, Field Street, Narooma
Cost: Free entry, though attendees are asked to register via eventbrite.

The history of the NSW South Coast – from Kiama across to the Victorian border – is a long and complex one. President of the South Coast History Society Peter Lacey has compiled the first-ever history of the region, covering its shipwrecks, bushrangers, the whaling industry, floods, gold rushes and much more. This Friday is a chance to hear Peter discuss the intriguing history of the South Coast in the first of three appearances at local libraries.


A poster for the event

This workshop is part of the wider Escape from Plastika tour for the young and young-at-heart. Photo: Australian Dance Party Facebook.

Escape From Plastika workshop

When: 6 April, noon to 2 pm
Where: Braidwood Servicemens Club, corner of Coronation Avenue and Victory Street, Braidwood
Cost: Free entry, though participants are asked to register via Humanitix.

Escape From Plastika is a fun and educational dance and theatre performance by award-winning dance company Australian Dance Party. It is set in the year 2109, when three heroes – Alpha, Delta and Pi – are joined by new recruits on the planet Plastika. Problem is, Plastika was formerly known as Earth, and the group have to pull off a makeover. This dance workshop in Braidwood is aimed at children 10 years or older and will be followed by a show and another workshop for infant and primary school aged kids later this month.

A man sitting at a piano

Joshua Hooke will delight the ear with this show in the heart of Braidwood. Photo: Yass Music Club/eventbrite.

Josh Hooke performance

When: 6 April, from 7:30 to 10 pm
Where: Yass Memorial Hall, 82-94 Comur Streeet, Yass
Cost: Tickets cost between $45 and $50 (plus booking fee) and are available via eventbrite.

Keen to listen to something beautiful after the long working week? In this concert, organised in association with Musica Viva, award-winning pianist Joshua Hooke will perform works from around the world. The program opens with Anne Boyd’s Kabarli Meditation, which will be followed by composers Robert Schumann, Berta Alves de Souza and Federico Mompou, and finish with Trois mouvements de Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky.

A poster for the event

Have you been looking to add a furry friend to the family? Photo: Pets Domain Cooma Facebook.

Adoption Day

When: 6 April, 9:30 am to 1 pm
Where: Pets Domain Cooma, 25 Bombala Street, Cooma
Cost: Free entry.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council has partnered with Pets Domain Cooma in this one-day event, set to unite dogs and cats with a forever home. There will also be free dog washes on the day – though these will be DIY.


People looking at tables of bric-a-brac

Crowds can once again browse tables of bric-a-brac at Goulburn Rotary Swap Meet this weekend. Photo: Bill Young.

Goulburn Rotary Swap Meet

When: 7 April, 7 am to 2 pm
Where: Goulburn Recreation Area, 47-131 Braidwood Road, Goulburn
Cost: Entry is $5 for adults (children aged 12 or under have free entry).

If you’re looking to pick up something unique for someone special in your life, check out the annual Goulburn Rotary Swap Meet this weekend. There’s set to be a range of items available, including bric-a-brac, with proceeds going to charity. There will also be coffee vans selling hot drinks, as well as food options being catered by Rotary. There will also be an ATM on site.

People looking at exotic cars

Car fans of all stripes will converge on Queanbeyan Park this weekend as Auto Italia makes its return. Photo: Auto Italia.

Auto Italia 2024

When: 7 April, from 10 am (spectator entry)
Where: Queanbeyan Park, Lowe Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free entry.

In 2024, the annual celebration of Italian automotive industry and design is returning to Queanbeyan. Hundreds of cars, motorbikes and scooters are set to park in Queanbeyan Park in an exploration (and celebration) of Italian motoring and its ongoing impact around the world. Maserati Australia is returning this year as the Gold Sponsor of Auto Italia, while the day will also see a range of Italian-made vehicles on display at Queanbeyan Park being judged to a concours standard. One lucky vehicle will take home the Best of Show title, so head down and see which one catches your eye to see if you select the winner!

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