Top 10 Things to do in Canberra April 29 & 30

Renee and I are back on Mix106.3 tomorrow morning between 8am and 10am. We'll take a look at the Top 10 Things to do in Canberra. Good luck to Matt Millar and the team at Gold Creek. If you're on the north side, be sure to visit Gold Creek Country Club and give Golf a Go!

Then, if you're in the market for a new property, industry experts join us for the mix106.3 Real Estate Show thanks to realestate.com.au

Tonight I'm hosting the MBA's Builders Apprentice Awards at the Hellenic Club. Good luck to all nominees.

 

10 - Come & Try Golf Day at Gold Creek

Try golf for yourself and see how much fun it can be, while learning new skills at the same time! All age groups and skill levels are welcome. There’s also a sausage sizzle and golf equipment Swap Meet – find a bargain or a new home for those pre-loved clubs (raising funds for junior golf).

April 30 11am-1pm

Gold Creek Country Club, 50 Curran Dr, Nicholls

www.goldcreekgc.org

Cost: free!

 

9 - Insane Championship Wrestling: Capital Carnage

Insane Championship Wrestling returns to the Belconnen Community Centre to present Capital Carnage! Featuring champion Rob Mezzenger, Russell the Love Muscle, Crofty, Nyx Jade and many more. All ages are welcome – fun for the whole family!

April 29, doors open 5:30pm, show starts 6pm

Belconnen Community Centre, 26 Chandler St, Belconnen

https://www.facebook.com/ICWaustralia

Cost: Adults $10, Kids $5, Under 5’s free!

 

8 - Yass Show n Shine and Wheelie Day

A celebration of anything on wheels! The Show n Shine and Wheelie Day features cars, bikes, trucks, billy karts, race cars and more! All proceeds go to Yass Valley Branch Can Assist, supporting local cancer patients.

April 29 all day

15 Comur St, Yass, NSW

https://visitcanberra.com.au/events/58eadcdfbbfe093430bfeec7/yass-show-n-shine-and-wheelie-day

Cost: $20 per vehicle entry, spectators are a gold coin donation.

 

7 – Majura Valley Bush Festival

Visitors can enjoy wood chopping, shearing demonstrations, whip cracking and making, saddlery making, heritage engine and old tool displays, heritage horse drawn vehicles and hay rides, an animal nursery, merry-go-round, pony rides, heritage games and more! Take a picnic or buy some local lamb, beef or corn from one of the BBQs! Don’t forget the local beer and wine!

April 30 9:30am-4:30pm

701 Majura Road

https://www.majuravalley.com.au/

Cost: Tickets $5-$10

 

6 - Brumbies v Blues

The Brumbies welcome the Blues to Canberra for their only Sunday afternoon game of the year and they’ll be looking for revenge after suffering a big loss in Auckland last year. Themed as the Family Round, gates open at 1:45pm with plenty of fun activities like an obstacle course, face painting, petting zoo, photo booth, balloon hat making and more! Plus, kids get in for free with a paying adult or concession. An afternoon of Rugby not to be missed!

April 30, gates open at 1:45pm with main game at 4:05pm

GIO Stadium, Battye St, Bruce

www.brumbies.com.au

Cost: Tickets from $12.25

 

5 - MS Walk and Fun Run

Enjoy a great day out with family and friends while supporting Australians living with multiple sclerosis. Choose to walk or run 5 or 10km while taking in the views of Canberra’s spectacular landmarks. Dogs on leashes are welcome! You can register on the day from 7:45am.

April 30 from 9am

Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park

www.mswalk.org.au

Cost: Adult $50, Child (6-16) $30, Family $130, Children 0-5 free!

 

4 - Canberra International Music Festival

Check out dynamic musical performances from an impressive line-up of overseas and Australian musicians over 11 days at venues around Canberra, including the National Museum, National Gallery, National Library, National Portrait Gallery and the Fitter’s Workshop. Over 20 expertly curated concerts are based on this season’s theme “Revolution” – looking at great milestones in our history.

April 27 – May 7

Various Canberra venues

http://www.cimf.org.au/

Cost: Check website for particular event prices

 

3 - Bungendore Harvest Festival

The streets of Bungendore will come alive with stalls, talks, cooking demonstrations and other activities to showcase local food and farming. Try fresh local food and wines, as well as many other delights! You can also participate in farm and winery tours, wander through beautiful gardens, go chestnut picking and check out local cafes, restaurants and wineries.

April 29 & 30 from 10am each day

Bungendore, NSW

http://southernharvest.org.au/harvest-festival/

Cost: Check website for particular event prices

 

2 - Model Car Exhibition 2017

Head along to check out over 300 model cars, as well as boats, some LEGO, tanks, cranes, planes and more! All ages are welcome. There’ll be sausage sandwiches and drinks available.

April 29 9am-3pm

17 Rivett Place, Rivett

Cost: entry is free!

 

1 - Celebrate Gungahlin Festival

Celebrate all that is wonderful about this great part of Canberra! There’ll be stacks of entertainment, market stalls, information on local community groups and yummy food! Enjoy group yoga, Bollywood dancing, a performance by the Ginninderra Wind Orchestra and much more!

April 29 10am-3pm

Gungahlin Town Square, Corner of Hibberson and Gozzard streets

http://www.mygungahlin.com.au/event/celebrate-gungahlin-2017

Cost: free!


Top 10 Things to do in Canberra

Each Saturday morning on Mix106.3 between 8.00am and 9.00am Renee and I run through the Top 10 Things to do in Canberra for that weekend. Here's how things look for the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 22 & 23 April.

 

10 – Sri Lankan Food Fair

Taste the variety of delicious Sri Lankan foods including traditional rice and curries, hoppers, biriyani, roti, dosai and a range of sweets – all at reasonable prices. Enjoy the relaxed environment while supporting the community. FREE tea and coffee.

April 22 11am-2:30pm

30 Jenke Cct Kambah

SLBVC Home

Cost: free admission!

 

9 – Guided Walk of Bendora Arboretum

Reconnect with nature and take some time out to explore and appreciate Canberra’s stunning and sole surviving arboreta, the Bendora Arboretum. Many of the trees are over 75 years old! Enjoy the fresh air and the remote landscape while sharing a picnic with friends. You’ll find it hard to believe such diverse wilderness is located in Canberra’s backyard! Autumn is an ideal time to see it.

April 23 10:30-12:30pm

Namadgi National Park – Bendora Arboretum, Cotter River

http://www.environment.act.gov.au/parks-conservation/parks-and-reserves/explore/bendora-arboretum-guided-tour

Cost: free!

 

8 - Numerology Taster Seminar

Ever been tempted to dabble in numerology? Head along to this seminar to find out the answers to questions like: how accurate is a professional numerology reading? What will you learn about yourself and what can you do with that information? Does it really give people more clarity? Watch numerology readings in action and see how life changing they can be.

April 22 12pm-3pm

3 Shumack St, Weetangera

www.humanhappiness.com.au

Cost: $60

 

7 - Autumn Three Sixty Fashion Market

Recycled, up-cycled, repurposed, locally designed, handmade, ethically produced, retro, vintage and just plain awesome – it’s all there! The market is all about fun and fashion that’s beautiful and ethical. There’s also coffee and a live DJ!

April 23 10am-3pm

Canberra Fitters Workshop, Printers Way, Kingston

http://threesixtyfm.com/

Cost: free entry!

 

6 - Beerfest 501

A German party featuring accordionist Anton Wurzer and Sydney showband The Masters of Oompah! Enjoy traditional German street food and beverages, including fully imported German Beer.

April 22 6pm-11:30pm

Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/beerfest-501-tickets-31083991054

Cost: $15.93

 

5 - AMB 100 Mountain Bike Marathon

Join locals and mountain bikers from all over Australia to conquer the Stromlo trails and enjoy Canberra’s spectacular views! The AMB 100 Marathon is a lap-based event that features almost all the trails of Stromlo Forest Park on a giant monster circuit. It’s family-friendly with kids races and activities and yummy food. Choose your own challenge with options to ride 33km, 66km, 100km or 100 miles.

April 23, 100 milers start at 5am, other races 8am & kids race at 10am

Stromlo Forest Park, ACT

http://www.rockytrailentertainment.com/events/100-overview.html

Cost: Entry fees range from $33-$99

 

4 - Canberra & Region Heritage Festival

This year’s theme ‘Questions & Change’ looks at how far we’ve come 50 years on from the 1967 referendum where Indigenous Australians were counted in the census. With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more. The festival raises awareness about the need to conserve the region’s Aboriginal heritage.

April 18 – May 7

http://www.environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-and-the-community/heritage_festival

Check website for details

 

3 - Lego Immersion Zone at Westfield Belconnen

A great school holiday activity! The LEGO immersive zone has come to life at Westfield Belconnen. Kids have the opportunity to engage in live-build challenges with activities catering to all ages. Endless fun and creativity await!

April 22 11am-2pm

Centre Court near Myer, Westfield Belconnen

https://www.westfield.com.au/belconnen/events/lego-immersive-zone/39104

Cost: free!

 

2 - Sunwaves Indoor Street Fest

A Caribbean experience awaits! Cuban living statues, classic cars, vibrant vibes and artistry all ensure this indoor street fest if one of a kind for Canberra! Enjoy the music ranging from funk, electro, Caribbean beats and R&B. Top it off with some great local street food, beer and wine!

April 22 4pm-12am

The Former Transport Depot Centre, Old Bus Depot Building, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston

https://www.facebook.com/events/1826942987555305/

Cost: General admission $23.50

 

1 - ANZAC Day commemorations

With many Canberrans enjoying another long weekend, it’s the perfect time to start planning your Anzac Day events. Head to the War Memorial for the Dawn Service, National Ceremony and Last Post Ceremony. Avoid the hassle of trying to find a car park – get a FREE bus and register to ride. And why not head along to a local pub or club for a go at Two-up! Children can also make a paper poppy to plant in the Westfield Belconnen ANZAC Day garden on April 23 & 24 between 10am-2pm.

https://www.awm.gov.au/events/anzac-day-2016/

Check the War Memorial website for further details

 


Welcome

Welcome to my first venture in the world of Blog. To be straight up, I’m not expecting too many people to waste their precious time reading this, so I’ll just bang away on the key board and see if I can produce something that’s half interesting.

Most of my writings will be around presenting jobs I have worked on, or booked to be working on. I’ll also include some of the happenings on Mix106.3. On Friday 28 April I’m hosting the Master Builders Association’s Group Training Awards which I’m looking forward to. In the past I have hosted the MBA’s Kids Assist Program breakfast presentations.

Over the last couple weeks I have been busy at GIO Stadium with Raiders home matches. It’s been awesome to watch the 7 rounds come together so far. After a couple of close losses and a bit of a second half hiccup against the Sharks, we’ve now strung together 3 wins on the trot, as we lead into Friday night’s fixture against Manly.

There’s been plenty of highlights at GIO so far with the Viking Clap being an absolute standout. I loved watching Nic Cotric score his first try in the top grade, while Jarrod Crocker notched up his 100th. Sia Soliola is in career best form and away from the field is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He’s also pretty handy on the golf course too. Walking around speaking to some of the Raiders past legends on the big screen in the Forever Green round was also a privilege.

I hope you like the image I have used here. I had the opportunity to speak to the great Garry Belcher at a special Forever Green post-match function at the AIS.

In Round 8 the Raiders play Manly at GIO Stadium on Friday night. This is the NRL ANZAC round. Over the past few seasons I’ve been in the privileged position of hosting the pre-game ANZAC ceremony and commemorations. Being up close as the Catafalque Party enters the playing arena, the Ode is read, the Last Post is bugled and the Anthems sung is one of the most humbling and solemn experiences.

If you’re planning on being at the game on Friday, be sure to get there with plenty of time to spare. A big crowd is expected and you don’t want to be left lining up to get in as the ref blows time on. The main game kick off is at 6.00pm with the Federation Guard and Royal Military College Band part of the ANZAC commemorations.