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Things to do: Blayney and beyond

Mega raffle

Fund-raiser

Neville Public School P&C will be drawing its End of Year Mega Raffle this morning (Thursday, December 16). You have until 11am to buy tickets. Visit www.raffletix.com.au/?ref=yxyf2 for your last chance to enter.

Dynamic Dancing: The students from Dance Dynamic Studios Blayney.

Dynamic Dancing: The students from Dance Dynamic Studios Blayney.

Dynamic dancing

Concert

Dance Dynamic Studios Blayney will hold its first concert after being COVID delayed. At Last, We Dance will see students take to the stage to show off their skills. Saturday, December 18. 10.30am (doors open 10am). Community Centre, Blayney. Tickets available on the day or phone Chontelle on 0435 867 736.

Christmas lights: Celebrate Christmas by lighting up and voting.

Christmas lights: Celebrate Christmas by lighting up and voting.

Christmas lights​

Annual competition

Blayney Shire Council will host the annual Bright Lights of Blayney Shire Christmas decorations, but this year with a twist - the community is being asked to help with the judging. This will be done online with entrants submitting photos when registering. Entries are now closed, but voting will be open online until December 20. First, second and third prizes will be determined by the number of votes. A map of entries has been published and is being updated in the lead up to Christmas.

Craft Cuppa 'n' Chat: Getting together for fun.

Craft Cuppa 'n' Chat: Getting together for fun.

Craft Cuppa 'n' Chat

Friendly gathering

The Craft Cuppa 'n' Chat group welcomes regular and new participants. Bring along anything you've finished during lockdown to show others - there might even be a craft "catwalk" to show off the talent. Every Tuesday from 10am to 1pm ... except on the first Tuesday of each month. 10am to 1pm. Millthorpe CWA Hall, 21 Pym Street. $2.50. Contact Gwen on 0409 711 244 for further enquiries.

Planning ahead

Australia Day

We haven't reached Christmas yet, but you can look ahead and get ready for Australia Day now, if you like. The annual Blayney Shire Council Australia Day barbecue and awards ceremony, featuring the shire's Australia Day Ambassador and deserving award winners, will be held at Heritage Park in January 26 from 8am. This is a placeholder event. More details will be provided closer to the day.

Drawn art

Exhibition

The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery will host two exhibitions highlighting the artistry in drawing. Brett Whitely: Drawing in Everything explores the central place drawing played in the renowned artists practice. Until February 6. Anastasia Parmson: I Drew A Line & Called It Home creates site-specific installations that extends drawing beyond a conventional 2D format. The galleries ceramic gallery has been transformed into a fictional (drawn) living room.

READY TO ROCK N ROLL: Michael McCormack, Ken Keith, Dusty Powter, Sam Farraway and Paul Toole at Cooke Park. Photo: KRISTY WILLIAMS

READY TO ROCK N ROLL: Michael McCormack, Ken Keith, Dusty Powter, Sam Farraway and Paul Toole at Cooke Park. Photo: KRISTY WILLIAMS

2022 Elvis Festival

Road trippin'

The 2022 Elvis Festival in Parkes has been launched. Moved from its usual January time due to COVID, the festival returns April 20 to 24 and is jam-packed with a king-sized program of more than 200 events in a rock 'n' roll and Speedway theme (after the 1968 film of the same name), including free entertainment on the stage at Cooke Park. For information visit parkeselvisfestival.com.au.

GOING GREEN: Lime Cordiale will play Orange in April. Photo: Tim Swallow.

GOING GREEN: Lime Cordiale will play Orange in April. Photo: Tim Swallow.

Green cordiale

Live music

A second Day on the Green concert has been announced for Orange in 2022. ARIA award-winning pop rock outfit Lime Cordiale will bring their The Squeeze Freshtival 2022 tour, with Thelma Plum, Client Liaison and The VANNS in support, to Heifer Station Wines on April 24.

Wildlfowers Festival: Missy Higgins.

Wildlfowers Festival: Missy Higgins.

Wildflowers Festival

Get prepared

Ok, it may not be held until October 29, 2022, but general admission tickets are now on sale for the anticipated Wildflowers Festival in Mudgee. The festival will feature a who's who of Australian female musical talent. One stop on a wider tour kicking off in March, the Mudgee event at Craigmoor Wines features Missy Higgins, Kasey Chambers, Kate Miller-Heidke, Sarah Blasko, Deborah Conway, Alice Skye and Georgia June. Tickets from wildflowerfestivalaustralia.com.au.