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Drawing class: Join author Remy Lai via video link and learn about graphic novels.
Drawing class: Join author Remy Lai via video link and learn about graphic novels.

Drawing class

Online event

Do you want to know more about graphic novels and how to tell stories visually? Meet the talented author of Pawcasso, Remy Lai, via video link in your own home or in a small group at Blayney library. Those taking part in a similar event at at Orange City Library discovered what it's like to be a graphic novel author/artist and the process involved, and learned easy cartooning techniques. Friday, January 21 at 12.30pm. Free event. Register at www.cwl.nsw.gov.au. Call Blayney library for details on 6368 2581.

Youth Textures of One: The art competition is now seeking entries.

Youth Textures of One: The art competition is now seeking entries.

Youth Textures of One

Calling for entries

Platform Arts Hub Blayney's annual small art prize for young artists is seeking entries. The competition is open to in schools within a 100km radius of Blayney. The theme, "Light and Shade", is open to interpretation through all art mediums. $10 entry fee per artwork, limit of two artworks per applicants. There are three age categories and an encouragement award, with prizes ranging from $50 to $500 (for first prize in the high school section).

Celebration: Everyone should enjoy Australia Day as a time to come together as a nation.

Celebration: Everyone should enjoy Australia Day as a time to come together as a nation.

Celebration

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.

MAMMA MIA!: Cast members Peita Mages, Sean Grabham and Charlie Parker.

MAMMA MIA!: Cast members Peita Mages, Sean Grabham and Charlie Parker.

Mamma Mia!

Musical Theatre

An Orange Theatre Company production of a musical that is beloved the world over and inspired by the songs of ABBA. On the eve of her wedding, Sophie is determined discover the identity of her father brings together three men from her mother's past. January 20 to 23 and 27 to 30. 8pm, plus 2pm matinee on Saturdays. Orange Civic Theatre. $30 to $49. Tickets through Ticketek.

Orchestral performance

Simply symphonic

The Sydney Symphony is in town for one special night, performing Tchaikovsky. The evening will carry listeners down Vienna's cobbled streets as the orchestra brings to life music from the city's past, before launching into the composers famous Fifth Symphony. Thursday, February 3. Orange Civic Theatre. $30 to $75. Tickets through Ticketek.

Rock on: The Rock Show Oz Edition is back on the road.

Rock on: The Rock Show Oz Edition is back on the road.

Rock on

Musical tribute

The Rock Show Oz Edition is the last in a long line of rock shows put together by the late Jon English and Coralea Cameron. It features the Trilogy of Rock Band performing a huge repertoire of classic Aussie rock covers from the 60s, 70s and 80s, as well as being a tribute to the late entertainer. Saturday, February 5. 8pm. Orange Civic Theatre. $55 to $59.90. Tickets through Ticketek.

Harness racing: Blayney will host two meetings in February.

Harness racing: Blayney will host two meetings in February.

Harness racing

Coming up

Blayney Harness Racing Club will next month have two meetings on the calendar. Come down for action-packed racing and a good day out. Sundays, February 6 and 13. From noon. Blayney Showground, 12 Lawson Street.

Platform Arts Hub

New year ahead

The Platform Arts Hub is closed until January 19, but that doesn't mean there aren't events in the pipeline for 2022. Already locked in is a rotating exhibition, showcasing artworks by local artists throughout January, while Textures of One returns in March with a theme of "Light and Shade".

Living legend: Archie Roach

Living legend: Archie Roach

Living legend

Live music

Archie Roach is one of Australia's finest singer songwriters. Tell Me Why is the title of his award winning memoir and companion album, as well as this tour. It is an intimate, moving and often confronting account of his resilience and strength of spirit, and also of a great love story. It's an extraordinary odyssey of love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal - and the healing power of music. Tuesday, February 8. 7.30pm. BMEC. $65.

Bike Show: The Bathurst Street and Custom Motorcycle Show is back in 2022. Photo: BRETT POZZA

Bike Show: The Bathurst Street and Custom Motorcycle Show is back in 2022. Photo: BRETT POZZA

Bike show

Next month

After being cancelled last year due to COVID, the Bathurst Street and Custom Motorcycle Show is back for 2022. See some of the best bike from across the region on show (but don't touch!). To display your bike, just turn up on the day and pay the $10 entry fee. Saturday, February 12. 10am to 2pm. Russell Street, along Kings Parade, Bathurst. Visit www.bathurstbikeshow.com.

Rotary Markets: Get your fill of fresh produce from next month

Rotary Markets: Get your fill of fresh produce from next month

Rotary Markets

Starting soon

For those hanging out for fresh produce, the first Blayney Rotary Market for 2022 will be held in February. Stalls will feature seasonal fruit, veggies, fresh organic meats, cheeses, eggs and much more from local producers, as well as plants, clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, crafts, preloved goods and more. February 20. 8.30am to noon. From 8.30am. CentrePoint.

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.

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, including free entertainment on the stage at Cooke Park. For information visit parkeselvisfestival.com.au.