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* Ricochet - a Beyond Blue Fundraiser Read more
* Fairhaven Services; Point Clare Op Shop - Best little op shop on the Coast! Read More
* Notes from our Local Councils; STORM: New Tree Policy ... Free Mulch... Disaster Recovery Centre ... extended green waste drop off ... Read More
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* Coasties Business Networking Meets monthly
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* The Red Lime Café, Victoria Black Boutique & The Woy Woy School of Music Australias Biggest Morning Tea Thursday 28th May
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* Wyong Neighbourhood Centre Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Thursday 28th May
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* Coast Community Connections Peninsula Community Centre Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Thursday 28th May
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* Hoyts Erina - Girls’ Night Out Friday 29th May
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* TRIPLE BILL with three of Kocan’s One Act plays 28th to 30th May 2015
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* Avalokiteshvara Blessing Empowerment Saturday 30th May 2015
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* Begin Bright Erina Crazy Craft-a-thon Saturday 30th May 2015
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* Warren Millers No Turning Back Sunday 31st May 2015
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* Acting with Inga - Drama workshop at The Rhythm Hut 31st May 2015
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* The Central Coast Country Music Association launch of the Country Showcase at Breakers Sunday 31st May 2015
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* Fairhaven Services Annual Fete
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* The Wondermen & The Rhythm Hut raising money for Nepal 31st May 2015
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* All American Muscle Car Show
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* The Bogan Song Cycle Central Coast Tour 8th May 5th June 2015
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* Central Coast Conservatorium, with the support of Arts NSW, presents Gypsy Soul. Friday 5th June
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* SNEZ hits the road with HOUSE ON FOUR WHEELS Saturday 6th June
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* Pearl Beach June Long Weekend Classical Music Festival 6th and 7th June 2015
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* Beccy Cole Sweet Rebecca Tour 26th June 2015
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* Troubadour Folk Club Presents: Kerrie Garside 27th June 2015
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* The Entrance Winter Blues & Jazz Festival 2015 27th - 28th June 2015
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* Wes Carr presents ‘Here Comes The Sun’, a tribute to George Harrison 29th June 2015
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Whats On Central Coast Support Original Music image Whats On Central Coast Logo Button imageWHATS IN A NAME PART 2:
As a follow on from the first in the series of protecting your name; part 2 deals with the pitfalls within the industry itself to give adequate support to our original musicians nurturing their craft.

To run a household you need income; to run a business you need work to get income to keep the business going; obviously. So how can it be that original musicians have to resort to using different names or even worse NOT promoting cover gigs to fund their craft for fear of damaging their reputation – there is something really wrong with this picture!


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Fairhaven Services imageWhats On Logo button image POINT CLARE OP SHOP:
Customers entering Fairhaven’s Point Clare Op Shop at 209 Brisbane Water Drive, Point Clare constantly remark ‘I can’t believe the amount of goods you stock and how cheap everything is!’ It is therefore not surprising that the op shop has gained the reputation of being one of the best Op shops on the Central Coast and has expanded to meet demand.

Our motto is to offer customers ‘the cheapest prices’ and we aim to continually surprise customers with our low prices. As an example 99.9% of our clothes, shoes and handbags are $2 each and all kid’s clothing only $1 each. We have all our books for sale at 50c for the month of January (they are usually only $1 each).

We offer 5 buildings full to the brim – toys/games, clothing/accessories, jewelry, homewares, linen, new giftware, books & dvd/cds, new craft and makings for craft, furniture, decorator and collectable items, electrical, luggage, tools/hardware – something for everyone in the family. In addition we offer customers the opportunity to browse through Gallery 209 which displays the works of local artists as well as upcycled items proudly made by some of Fairhaven’s clients with disabilities.

All funds raised go directly to supporting Fairhaven’s supported employment, residential and day option programs for local people with disabilities.

The Op shop is open Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm and Saturdays 10am - 2pm and is located at 209 Brisbane Water Drive, Point Clare.

For more details please contact 43233566 or 0407757866

Whats On Logo button image COASTIES BUSINESS NETWORKING:
People who are in business or starting up a new business on the Central Coast are welcome to join Coasties Business Networking.

This is a great opportunity for everyone to get up and talk about their business and share their cards on the day.

The meetings are held on a monthly basis with a new permanent venue to be set next year.

There will be a $10 charge on the day providing tea, coffee & nibbles.

Please contact Vivienne to RSVP on 0434 375 128
or email viviennefharris@gmail.com for more information.


Laycock Street Dance imageWhats On Logo button image LAYCOCK STREET DANCE NEW VENUE:
Laycock St Dance Expands to Empire Bay

Central Coast Performing Arts School Laycock St Dance is expanding its faculty and classes to Empire Bay Progress Hall for Term 2.

Laycock St Dance is thrilled to expand after only being established for a little over a year, after a thriving 2014, they opened up a West Gosford facility his year housing five studios, increasing its genres and teaching faculty.

Laycock St Dance offer classes in Highland, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, RAD Ballet, POP 101, Glee, Cheer, Acro, Performance and Drama.
They offer classes for students of all ages, males and females, from pre-schoolers to adults.

They have a limited class number policy, with an appropriatecostume policy with age appropriate music and choreography, with a number of performance opportunities and an Annual Concert.

For more information please check out their website or visit the Facebook page

For further information call studio Director Douglas McFarland on 0437677166

Youth Arts Warehouse  imageWhats On Logo button image YOUTH ARTS WAREHOUSE:
Featured Programs

The Sound Lab- MUSIC Makers
This NEW fully supported Music program all-inclusive for 9 to 15 years of age it will be a place for creative expression, musical collaboration, exploration and learning. The program will provide first time musicians with disabilities together with young musicians, songwriters & performers a place to explore their love for fusing sounds and music together in a professional music & recording studio under the mentorship of professional recording artists.

Date: May 20th- June 24th
Time: 4-6pm
Age: 9-15yrs
Cost:
FREE
Application process essential
To register or inquire about any programs call Sharon 43 232374
email: arts@ryss.com.au


The Hub logo imageWhats On Logo button image THE HUB:
Bringing fashion to the Coast.

Opening Up Pathways (to runways)
If you have an interest in Fashion, the industry and everything you want to know about Fashion week.
Don't miss this opportunity to catch Paul share his knowledge and experiences

What: Talk and Q&A: Being an emerging designer and insights into working behind the scenes. Opening Up Pathways (to runways)
Who: Fashion Designer Paul Scott (Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Show, Sydney - Innovators runway)
When: Wednesday 13, May 2015 6-7pm
Where: The Hub Erina, Youth Entertainment Venue
Cost: Free
Additional Details:
Bookings not required
All welcome to attend

The Stylish Warrior Fashion Show
Showcasing trends that are seen on the streets of New York, Paris and London and festivals like Coachella.

The Stylish Warrior's Fashion Show will feature 2 fashion designers and local retailers.
Featuring designer Peter Dwyer, showcasing from his Avant-garde collections and emerging designer Hannah Labrum, setting the stage for selected ready-to-wear trends from retailers including Portman's, Designer Shoe Warehouse and Katie's.

The inaugural fashion show is a partnership between The Stylish Warrior and Gosford City Council's The Hub, Erina Youth Entertainment Venue; and aims to provide an experience for the audience and open up opportunities for those pursuing or looking to pursue a career in the Fashion industry, developing a series of events to align with fashion seasons.

Sponsors include Richard Hedger Photography and Icon School of Make Up.

The Stylish Warrior Fashion Show tickets - the perfect gift for the fashionista.

What: The Stylish Warrior Fashion Show
Who: The Stylish Warrior and Gosford City Council's The Hub, Erina Youth Entertainment Venue Featuring designer Peter Dwyer; Emerging designer Hannah Labrum; Retailers include Portman's, Designer Shoe Warehouse and Katie's.
When: Friday 22nd May 2015 7pm
Where: The Hub Erina, Youth Entertainment Venue
Cost: u/21 $10 General Admission $25 VIP $40 Tickets available from stickytickets.com.au Proceeds raised are going towards young people in the GenQ programme.

For further details:
jennifer.dias@gosford.nsw.gov.au
0434 328 248
http://www.thehuberina.com


Competitions:

SeaFM DISCOVERED are taking submissions for the 2015 series.

SeaFM DISCOVERED Background:
The DISCOVERED singer/songwriter programme which started in 2011 runs a monthly series of competitive events over a 9 month period (annually) at the Hub Erina, Youth Entertainment Venue.

Last year’s Grand Final was held on the 12th December hosted by young person SeaFM radio host Nic Kelly, with a guest performance from Kelly Griffith (2012 DISCOVERY). The night was well attended by over 200 community members and Council representatives who enjoyed performances of the 12 finalists, including 4 x young people aged 10 and 11 from the Kids DISCOVERED heat.

* Lily Lewis received the 2014 DISCOVERY ( $4,000 in Macron Music Money),
* Catherine Frohlich was awarded 2nd place ( $1,500 in Macron Music Money),
* Jordan Fleming was awarded 3rd place ( $750 in Macron Music Money),
* Danikka Vassallo was awarded as the KIDS DISCOVERY ( $500 in Macron Music Money),
* Ashley Burke received an Encouragement Award ( $200 in Macron Music Money),
* Olivia Andrews received the Gina Jeffreys Singing and Performance Scholarship.

The DISCOVERED programme is multi faceted, and concurrently facilitates The Let Me Entertain programme, that was developed in conjunction with the DISCOVERED series of events. This programme was implemented as a result of interest from Terrigal high school to provide an opportunity for their senior Entertainment Students.

2015 Sponsors include Gosford City Council, Youth Services, The Hub Erina, Macron Music Erina, SeaFm, Gina Jeffreys and the Music Cellar Studios Supported by Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD).

This year's local qualifying heats take place monthly from June.

Register: http://www.thehuberina.com
Enquires : e: Jennifer.dias@gosford.nsw.gov.au
ph: 4304 7071

Battle of the Bands are taking submissions for the 2015 series.

Last year's Battle of the Bands Grand Final saw five local bands battle it out for thousands of dollars worth of cash & prizes. Open to all school students of any skill level. The winners of the heats go forward to the Semi Finals as they battle there way for a place at the Grand Final in November 2015. Proudly supported by your local government and local businesses Finalists receiving music vouchers sponsored by Macron Music Erina and Gosford Council Youth Services.

This year's local qualifying heats take place monthly from June.

2015 Sponsors include Gosford City Council, Youth Services, The Hub Erina, Macron Music Erina, The Grove Studios Supported by Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD).

The Hub Erina are welcoming sponsorships from the music industry and media and are open to discuss differing levels of sponsorship.

Band Registrations: www.thehuberina.com<http://www.thehuberina.com>

Sponsorship Enquires:
e: Jennifer.dias@gosford.nsw.gov.au
Ph: 4304 7071



Girls Night Out poster imageWhats On Logo button image GIRLS NIGHT OUT - ALOHA:
Hoyts Erina have another Girls’ Night Out for “Aloha” starring Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone as part of a star studded cast.

Friday 29th May with a 6:30pm arrival for the 7pm session

Tickets are $28, which includes a Parcel of the latest beauty products valued at $50 and a free Who magazine..

Avalokiteshvara Blessing Empowerment poster imageWhats On Logo button image AVALOKITESHVARA BLESSING EMPOWERMENT:
Receive the Blessings of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion.

Avalokiteshvara is the manifestation of the mind of compassion. By making a special connection with him, we awaken our potential for universal love. As our love grows, our ability to benefit others increases.

In the afternoon learn a simple practice known as ‘Powa’, a beautiful meditation for guiding those who are dying or have died to a state of lasting peace and happiness.

Course fee & booking $50
Includes vegetarian lunch. Booking essential. Visit our website or call for information.

Event Title : Avalokiteshvara Blessing Empowerment
Date: Saturday 30th May
Time: 10am-4.30pm
Where; 165 Willoughby Rd, Wamberal, NSW 2260
Contact: info@centralcoastmeditation.org
Phone: 02 4385 2609
Cost: $50 • includes Vegetarian Lunch • Booking is essential!
Web: http://centralcoastmeditation.org/empowerment/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/955250537818986/

Central Coast Country Music Association imageWhats On Logo button image COUNTRY MUSIC SHOWCASE:
The Central Coast Country Music Association is launching its first Country Showcase at Breakers Country Club, Wamberal

Sunday 31st May 2015 2pm

Band: Roadhouse
Compere Liz Bond
Dancers: Maitland “Just For Kicks” Dancers
Guest Artist: MO Awards Best Solo Artist 2014 Snowy Robson.

With supporting artists:
Just Between Us, Tanya Johnson, Al & Julia, Margaret Brooks, Judy Sartori


American Muscle Car - Whatsoncentralcoast imageWhats On Logo button image ALL AMERICAN MUSCLE CAR SHOW:
All American Muscle Car Show – Featuring American Muscle Cars past & present.

Rescheduled event from the 3rd May

If you are car enthusiast come along & view the awesome line up of rides at the All American Muscle Car Show at The Entrance.
Open to all American Muscle Cars.

Show car entrants - $10 per vehicle with all monies raised going to The Glenvale Special School at North Entrance.

Live entertainment on Memorial Park Stage from 10am

Public free entry – Great family day out, held on the beautiful foreshore where you can take in many shops that are open on the day.
For more information call Rod Taylor 0404 471 154 or visit The Entrance Town Centre Website

All American Muscle Car Show
31st May 2015
10am-2.30pm
Memorial Park, The Entrance NSW

Tne Wondermen imageWhats On Logo button image FUNDRAISER FOR NEPAL:
The Wondermen & The Rhythm Hut raising money for Nepal

The 5 Lands Experience is held at the end of every month, at The Rhythm Hut in Gosford. The event is both family and dog friendly - and kicks off at 5pm with a FREE drum circle!
The Hut even provides drums and loads of percussion, though you’re more than welcome to bring your own!

At 6:30pm, The 5 Lands Band will start off the night with some funky improvised tunes. Get ready to groove, these smooth cats, always fill the dance floor, and get those feet tapping!

Special guest artist for May is The Wondermen. The Wondermen is a new project by Duane Marnell, it’s the back section from Rocwater with new lead player, Paul Eagle on harmonies. Their music genre is: new soul blues alternative rock.

** Fundraiser for Nepal **
The Rhythm Hut will be running this event as a fundraiser for Nepal following the devastating earthquake that shook Nepal on the 25th April 2015.

We will have a huge raffle with amazing prizes drawn on the night, as well as donation buckets going around throughout the night. All funds raised will go directly to Oxfam Australia's Nepal Earthquake appeal.

The Rhythm Hut is looking forward to uniting as a community to help our Nepalese friends in need.

What: The 5 Lands Band with special guests Wondermen + fundraiser for Nepal
Where: The Rhythm Hut- 135 Faunce Street, Gosford
When: Sunday 31st May 2015.
Drum circle at 5pm, music kicks off at 6.30pm

Acting With Inga imageWhats On Logo button image ACTING WITH INGA:
“All the world is a stage, lets play on!”l

This special one off workshop is designed for the adult thespians out there!

Inga is an international professional actress and teacher and has worked at various esteemed schools and universities such as ATYP, AIM, UON, BRENT STREET, MAD COW AND BELL SHAKESPEARE.

Her passion of joining therapeutic methods with acting and improvisation creates the perfect environment for all levels of acting experience.
Join us to explore the powerful transformation technique of acting.

Explore your creativity and if you have a particular topic/theme you would like to work on during the workshop don't hesitate to contact Inga on 0412 512 201 or visit www.actingwithinga.com

When: Sunday 31st May 3.00pm - 4.30pm
Where: The Rhythm Hut 135, Faunce St, Gosford
Cost: $30 adults $20 concession
Bookings essential:
Call Lou on 0420 682 582 or
Book online at www.therhythmhut.com.au


Warren Millers No Turning Back imageWhats On Logo button image WARREN MILLER'S NO TURNING BACK:
celebrates 65 years of mountain culture and adventure films

Warren Miller knows that as skiers and riders, there's no need to look back - instead, continuously drive to keep your edge & chase the snow, seeking mountain thrills for sheer delight.

Revel in winter's heritage as we push the boundaries in Niseko, Japan, the Swiss Alps, Montana, France and more.

See athletes Ingrid Backstrom, Seth Wescott, Sierra Quitiquit, Rob Kingwill and others carry on the legacy in winter sports storytelling.

Be here for your chance to win prizes including ski's, snowboards, lift tickets, gear and more.

It's not just a film—it's an experience!

Sunday 31st May at 5pm.
Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
Adults $31, Conc $28.50, Family of 4 (2 kids, 2 Ad) $88

Bogan Song Cycle imageWhats On Logo button image BOGAN SONG CYCLE TOUR 2015:
Musical Cabaret at its finest comes to the Coast

We are pleased to announce that from Tuesday 31st of March, tickets for the hilarious Bogan Song Cycle, musical comedy cabaret, are finally available. After their spectacular success at Sydney Fringe and the prestigious Adelaide Fringe’s Spiegel Tent, the boys bring their hit show home. With six locations to choose from around the NSW Central Coast, the tour travels from venues north to south.

The Bogan Song Cycle is the brainchild of Dorian Mode. A proud Coastie, when not holding up the bar of his local fishing club, Dorian is often found out and about the Coast fishing, teaching or gigging. Mode called on all these central coast lifestyle experiences when composing the music and lyrics of The Bogan Song Cycle. He’s also the first person in Australia to have a doctorate in Bogans!

Andrew Wilkie, (virtuoso vibraphonist and composer of Tap Dogs) and local chippie from Avoca Beach, accompanies Mode to perform sublimely smooth music with droll lyrics and descriptive storytelling unveiling bogan lifestyles.

Dorian Mode and Andrew Wilkie are The Bogan Song Cycle.

The Bogan Song Cycle is a successful recipient of ART CENTRAL funding 2015.

The tour dates are as follows:-
• 8pm Friday 8th May - The Peninsula Theatre Woy Woy
• 8pm Friday 15th May - Colongra Bay Lake Munmorah
*Tickets available at the door
• 8pm Friday 22nd May - The Entrance Gallery and Studio, The Entrance
*Tickets available at the door
• 7.30pm Friday 29th May - Avoca Beach Cinema, Avoca Beach
Bookings phone 4382 1777 or Tickets available at the door
• 8pm Friday 5 June - Don Craig Room Laycock Theatre Wyoming

For full details, prices and booking information please visit
Contact: Margaret Meehan, Producer Bogan Song Cycle
0414 740 231 or margaret.em.meehan@gmail.com

Central Coast Conservatorium imageWhats On Logo button image GYPSY SOUL:
Central Coast Conservatorium, with the support of Arts NSW, presents Gypsy Soul

Balkan Duo is a unique musical collaboration between Romanian Gypsy violinist Tinel Dragoi and Accordion player Leonid Beshley. Tinel Dragoi teaches violin at the Conservatorium and has over 20 years experience as a performer and teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) majoring in violin interpretation from the Conservatorium of Music in Bucharest, Romania and has performed with orchestras around the world. Tinel is very passionate about music and strives for excellence in both his playing and teaching. Leonid Beshley is part of the Eddie Bronson Trio, aficionados of traditional Klezmer music, and is an accomplished accordion and saxophone player. In this concert he will focus on the beautiful gypsy sounds of the accordion which marry so well with the violin.

The duo will play Hungarian, Romanian, and Russian Gypsy music, as well as Balkan folk music and some Gypsy swing jazz. The audience should expect a virtuosic performance coupled with a traditional feel not often heard but always resonating. This special concert will feature Gypsy music favourites and some of the most moving music ever conceived such as the classic Russian romantic ballad Dark Eyes and Gloomy Sunday (also known as The Hungarian Suicide Song) composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933. The original lyrics were about the despair caused by war, and the song ends in a quiet prayer. It became well-known throughout much of the English-speaking world after the release of a version by Billie Holiday in 1941.

Tickets start from $15 and are available from the Conservatorium on 4324 7477 or go to the website for more details on bookings.

For more information please phone Lisa Kelly; Operations Coordinator, Central Coast Conservatorium Inc.
Phone: 4324 7477 Fax: 4324 2440

Friday 5th June 7.30pm,
Robert Knox Hall, 45 Mann St Gosford


Snez imageWhats On Logo button image SNEZ - HOUSE ON FOUR WHEELS:
New album ‘House on Four Wheels’ out 5th June

Regal Records is pleased to announce the release of "House on Four Wheels," the highly anticipated third album by multi award winning singer/songwriter, Snez.

This enchanting songstress has a forte for describing the experiences of everyday life in a way that resonates with people, articulating moments of deep pain and pure joy. Coming from a Macedonian working-class family, where stories about hardship, romance, black magic, mysticism and work ethic have been passed down through generations, Snez subtly weaves these influences into her own stories and songs, and in the process creates tantalizingly personal and intimate performances on stage and in the studio.

Hailing from the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, with guitar in hand, SNEZ spent 6 years roaming remote and regional Australia, finding a willing audience around campfires, at cattle stations, on the side of highways and along pavements, at nursing homes, refugee camps, cafes, pubs, living rooms and indigenous communities; squeezing her world into a campervan, her ‘house on four wheels’, for months at a time with her fellow troubadour, co-writer, guitarist and vocalist Stewart Peters and Freddy, the super dog.
“I started writing ‘House on four wheels’ whilst on tour in the remote areas of the Northern Territory. The red dirt and open roads are so inspiring for writing songs, you only have to open your eyes and look at the beautiful landscapes Australia has to offer” Snez comments. SNEZ delivers pop/folk music with an equal slice of depth and quirkiness. Her lyrics are inventive and fresh.

The multi-award winning musical combo of Stewart Peters and SNEZ, has been a match made in heaven. A veteran in the music industry, Stewart cut his production teeth with the Australian rock producing legends Vanda & Young (AC/DC, Rose tattoo, Flash n the Pan, Choirboys, The Angels and of course The Easybeats) at Alberts Productions during the '80s. Stewart has since moved into a more comfortable (for him) acoustic/adult pop genre, and has had continuing success as a writer/producer with various artists.
"... we made a conscious decision while we were recording 'House on Four Wheels' to keep it closer to our live performances" Stewart adds "But we couldn't help adding a bit of drums, percussion and few tasty bits here and there, it gets addictive!"
Recorded in the beautiful Blue Mountains, and set for worldwide release on 5 June, House on four wheels is chock full of rootsy riffs and superb lyrics; makes you want to get out on the road yourself! Snez commences her Australian Tour in June 2015.

Saturday 6th June - Six String Brewery, Erina - 8 PM - Free entry.

Pearl Beach Classical Festival imageWhats On Logo button image ANNUAL CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Music You Know And Love …

Pearl Beach June Long Weekend Classical Music Festival

Proudly presented by the Pearl Beach Progress Association, the June Long Weekend Music Festival will carry the audience away on a magical journey. There are many ways of listening to music, but the live experience in the intimate atmosphere of the Pearl Beach Memorial Hall is a truly memorable one.

All four concerts will present ‘Music You Know And Love’. An additional bonus is that three of them will introduce some unusual instruments for you to discover and enjoy.

Opening the weekend on Saturday afternoon to delight the audience is the extraordinary (and lovely) ACACIA STRING QUARTET who play of the highest order. On Saturday evening, RACHEL SCOTT (cello) and ANTHONY SCHULZ (piano accordian) bring us a beautiful but unusual program entitled ‘Bach & Beyond’, with music by Bach, Bartok, De Falla, along with a few surprises.

Returning by popular demand, the ‘early music’ specialists THE SYDNEY CONSORT, present ‘Love Actually’ on Sunday afternoon.
This mix of baroque composition from different European countries will be played on period string instruments, oboe d’amore, recorder and harpsichord. The program has been specially chosen to give you a fresh and mesmerising experience.

Sunday evening, the finale concert of the weekend Tango guru MAGGIE FERGUSON (bandoneon), and her colleagues, Francis Carreon (piano), Isabella Brown (bass), Ziva Altman & Katrina Holland (violins) and Peter Garrity (viola) present ‘Taming the Tango’ playing some of the best loved tangos.

This concert will feature a broad history of the authentic Tango with Maggie introducing the pieces, giving a brief insight and history of each.

Where: Pearl Beach Memorial Hall, 9 Diamond Road, Pearl Beach
Dates:
Saturday 6th June; 2.30pm
– Acacia Quartet Ticket cost: $40; 7.30pm – Bach & Beyond Ticket cost: $35
Sunday 7th June 2.30pm – Sydney Consort Ticket cost: $40; 7.30pm – Taming the Tango Ticket cost: $40 vChild under 15 $20 per concert

Bookings are recommended : 4343 1455 Credit card booking fee additional $4 per transaction... Tickets selling fast – book now!!!

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June 2015

Beccy Cole imageWhats On Logo button image BECCY COLE - TOUR & NEW ALBUM:
‘Sweet Rebecca - PLUS, NEW BOOK! ‘POSTER GIRL,’ an autobiography.

Beccy Cole is still one of the most sought after female live acts in Australia.

Her stories, humour and explosive personality have kept audience members coming back year after year.

Beccy prides herself on constantly changing her exciting live show to ensure her loyal fans are entertained with fresh stories and songs whilst keeping the old favourites many have come to know and love.
Beccy’s 2015 show will see her ‘let it all hang out’ like never before!

‘SWEET REBECCA’ is the brand new solo offering from one of Australia’s country leading ladies, Beccy Cole, released on 10th April 2015 through ABC Music Universal.

Produced by acclaimed producer/musician Shane Nicholson and recorded at Soundhole Studios on the NSW Central Coast, ‘Sweet Rebecca’ is Beccy’s tenth studio album.

For the first time, Beccy has written on every one of the album’s twelve tracks, and has teamed up with some of Australia’s most prolific female writers including Sara Storer, Gina Jeffreys and Libby O’Donovan.

‘Sweet Rebecca’ is a mix of heart-on-sleeve acoustic ballads and memorable melodies, along with a dash of Beccy’s trademark humour.
It’s Beccy’s most daring and genuine album to date.

A 9 x Golden Guitar winner, Beccy Cole has been at the fore of the Australian country music landscape for the past twenty years.
She has achieved three Gold records, 14 Australian Country Chart #1 singles, 7 Songwriting Awards, and claimed two Entertainer of the Year awards. In 2012, Beccy earned her 4th ARIA Nomination for Best Country Album for her record ‘Songs and Pictures’.

‘Poster Girl’ is Beccy Cole’s much anticipated autobiography, revealing her triumphs, career highlights and very funny stories which will have some fellow Australian artists and musicians ducking for cover!

This extraordinary account of Beccy’s life will not only highlight her exceptional career, but also take the reader into the depths of her personal life.

There are chapters of ‘Poster Girl’ that read more like a thriller as Beccy reveals the sometimes rough and rocky path of her journey.

Down to earth, honest, brave and so very funny; Beccy Cole is the real deal. Don’t miss ‘The Poster Girl’ live in 2015.

The Entrance Leagues Club
26th June 2015 8pm $38


Kerrie Garside imageWhats On Logo button image TROUBADOUR - KERRIE GARSIDE:
Troubadour Folk Club Presents: Kerry Garside

Kerrie is a Central Coast performer who performs original tunes with a strong acoustic groove, a touch of country/jazz/ blues.

Currently on tour in the USA, having recently appeared at the Tamworth festival, she is a musician in demand.

Over the past year, a number of Troubadour members have asked for her to perform at the club.

If you’ve heard her, you’ll know why.
If not, this is your chance to hear what all the excitement is about.
$12/$10 includes light supper
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CWA Hall (Opposite Fisherman’s Wharf) Woy Woy
Saturday – 27th June - 7:00pm

The Entrance Winter Blues and Jazz Festival 2015 poster imageWhats On Logo button image THE ENTRANCE WINTER BLUES 2015:
The Entrance, Central Coast, Winter Blues & Jazz Festival 2015

Grab a chair or blanket and sit back and enjoy 2 days of FREE live Blues and Jazz entertainment from some of Australia’s best known musicians.

The atmosphere is easy to soak up and you can grab a bit of shopping from one of the market stalls or the yummy food stalls for the hungry, all in Memorial Park along the water’s edge at The Entrance.

The Winter Blues and Jazz Festival has a great line up of artists for 2015 including Backsliders, Galapagos Duck, Keith Hall & Pat Dow, Sydney Jazz Collective, Muma Jane, Big Band Obsession & The Australian Army Big Band.

So don’t miss some great family days out of free live entertainment in Memorial Park at The Entrance.

The Entrance Winter Blues & Jazz Festival 2015
Saturday 27th June from 11am-3.30pm
Sunday 28th June from 12pm-3.30pm

Wes Carr imageWhats On Logo button image HERE COMES THE SUN:
Wes Carr presents a live tribute to George Harrison

‘Here Comes The Sun’ showcases much loved Australian singer songwriter Wes Carr interpreting George Harrison’s songbook – taking on such chart topping classics as ‘My Sweet Lord’ and ‘What is Life’, and The Beatles classic ’Something’, a song which Frank Sinatra deemed 'the greatest love song ever written’.

‘Here Comes The Sun’ will see Wes share intimate tales and anecdotes from George Harrison himself, not only showcasing the depth of George’s music but looking ‘within and without’ on a spiritual journey, recounting conversations George started many years ago.

Storytelling is what Wes does best, and this is a truly unique story, celebrating the essence of an incredible artist from a musician’s perspective.

George Harrison wasn’t just the ‘quiet Beatle’ who played lead guitar for the most celebrated and influential band the world has ever seen.
George was an innovator, arguably more so than John Lennon and Paul, McCartney, questioning life and reality, always searching for something deeper and in doing so, introducing the culture and traditions of the east to the west.

Most famously, George Harrison collaborated with Ravi Shankar and embraced the practice of Transcendental Meditation, the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Wes Carr will celebrate George Harrison’s life and influence through the live show, HERE COMES THE SUN, from January 2015, playing at The Rhythm Hut, Gosford Friday 19th June.

What: Wes Carr presents ‘Here Comes The Sun’, a tribute to George Harrison
Where: The Rhythm Hut, 135 Faunce Street, Gosford
When: Friday 29th June 2015, 7pm
Cost: $25 on sale now through Moshtix or The Rhythm Hut


International Highland Dancing Festival imageWhats On Logo button image INTERNATIONAL HIGHLAND DANCE2015:
The 9th International Highland Dancing Festival To Be the Biggest Yet

Do you need a reason to dress up in your finest tartan attire? Do you enjoy the sound of bagpipes and Scottish tunes? Are you entertained by Scottish Highland Dancing? Would you like to hear the sound of a Scottish accent?

This year’s International Highland Dancing Festival is going to be one of the biggest yet with a record number of entries coming in from around the country.

Nine judge from Australia, Scotland, Canada will be judging single age groups during the weekend’s events which also include a new section a male only sword challenge.

This time of year the weather resembles that of Scotland, get in touch with your Scottish roots and attend the Scottish Fling Gala, the Grand Opening of the Official International Highland Dancing Festival.

On Friday 24th July, Central Coast Highland Dancing will host its renowned Scottish Fling Gala at the Central Coast Youth Club in Washington Avenue, Niagara Park. A night full of Scottish entertainment, music, song and dance featuring the International Highland Dancing Choreography Challenge Duos/Trios and Groups.

The 9th International Highland Dancing Festival runs from the 24th -27th July, attracting competitors from across the globe and judges from Australia, Canada, Scotland, South Africa and America.

This year there are cash and prizes awarded to the value of $20,000.

The International Highland Dancing Festival is one of the most talked about Festivals in Highland Dancing and is endorsed by its past and present competitors, judges, spectators and the local Central Coast community.

The President, Mrs Shendl Russell of the Official Scottish Board of Highland Dancing believes ‘The Internationals’ are firmly established as on of the elite events in the international highland dancingcalendar.
She believes the Choreography Challenge showcases the depth of creative talent across the Australian dancing community.
“So rarely do we get the chance to break free from the confines of the traditional kilt and rigorous competitive dances, that when we do, we embrace it wholeheartedly and the results are quite spectacular”, she said.
“The diversity of themes, costumes and music is breathtaking and a true testament to the passion with which Australia has embraced Highland Dancing culture and contributed to its evolution”, she added.

The Scottish Fling Gala is open to the general public, there are Corporate Tables available and full bar services, there is also a meal option available and tickets can be purchased through the Central Coast Youth Club.

The Internationals Highland Dancing Festival are still seeking sponsorship.

The Festival attracts hundreds of competitors and their families to the Central Coast, for their own little getaway. If you would like to contribute to the festival please get in touch with Central Coast Highland Dancing by emailing events@cchdi.org.au

To keep up to date with the Internationals Highland Dancing Festivalplease visit the Facebook page

The Scottish Fling Gala is a night not to be missed!

Gosford Caravan Camping and Outdoor living Show logo imageWhats On Logo button image CARAVAN CAMPING & OUTDOOR 2015:
On Track To Be A Winner With Outdoor Leisure And Pleasure Seekers

The Gosford Caravan Camping & Outdoor Living Show rolls into the Gosford Race Club from Friday 28 August through to Sunday 30 August 2015

A Central Coast extravaganza designed specifically for leisure and outdoor pleasure seekers, the 2015 show is being held at the Coast's premier event venue ensuring visitors a day to remember.

Showcasing the very latest in caravans, campers and camping paraphernalia, the show also shines a spotlight on outdoor leisure pleasures. Fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking and tourism destinations are high on the agenda.

Branded as a one stop outdoor living shop, the show is family friendly with free rides for the kids, entertainment, balloons and a feast of food to satisfy the most voracious appetites.

A major highlight will be the Yamaha Super Tank. The largest mobile fishing show in the Southern Hemisphere, at 15m long and 3m wide, it provides a fish-eye view of life under the water. The tank is filled with live barramundi, so novices through to the experienced angler can learn how to increase their strike rates. Casting demonstrations, the latest lures, boat safety, knife sharpening and fishing destinations are all part of the Super Tank rolling fishing shows.

The Gosford Caravan Camping & Outdoor Living Show, Gosford Race Club, Racecourse Road, Gosford West, Friday August 28 - Sunday August 30.
Gates open at 10am, adults $15, concession $12, kids under 17 free. Tickets at the gate.
Car parking complimentary.

For more information: Liz Sullivan at BossMan
Email: lizsullivanpr@hotmail.com.au
WEBSITE of Facebook Page

Tai Chi session imageWhats On Logo button image TAI CHI IN THE PARK 2015:
Free Tai Chi Park Lessons

Come and join us in the park and experience the wonderful art called Tai Chi, if you've never tried Tai Chi this is the ideal opportunity to experience this wonderful ancient art form, Tai Chi is a set of low impact exercises which are gentle on the body and is suitable for people of all ages.

With regular practise Tai Chi can help many health conditions such as Arthritis, Asthma, Blood Pressure, Obesity, Improve Bone Density, Circulatory System, Improve Balance and many more conditions. No need to book just come along and try it out


Sunday 16th August 2015 10.00am
Phyllis Bennett Park. Webb Street , East Gosford - Opposite the Japanese Gardens
Sunday 1st November 2015 10.00am
Phyllis Bennett Park. Webb Street , East Gosford - Opposite the Japanese Gardens.




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