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* Pete Murray - 'Yours Acoustically' 33 date National Tour 27th November
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* Troubadour Folk Club Presents: Margaret Walters and Enda Kenny 28th November
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* Lagwagon with Special Guests, The Flatliners and Mixtape for the Drive 29th November 2015
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* MusicPro Australia - Masterclass Workshops and Homegrown Music Competition November 2015
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* The 2015 Tuggerah Lakes Mardi Gras 28th - 29th Nov 2015
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* Call for entries to Gosford Art Prize 2015 and launch of the inaugural Gosford Ceramics Prize 26th Sept - 29th Nov
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* Central Coast Chorale presents an afternoon of beautiful songs Sunday 29th November
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* Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton intimate dinner show Thursday 3rd December
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* Central Coast Concert band - Concert Series 2015 12 July, 20th Sept, 6th Dec
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* Sandy Bigara Vocal Coaching at The Rhythm Hut for a limited time only 19th Oct -7th December
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Whats On Central Coast Support Original Music image Whats On Central Coast Logo Button imagenobody takes me seriously :
Are you a muso serious about your career?

How serious are you?

There is a lot of dissent in the ranks regarding the 'lack of work' and I hear it often, yet I re-list so many names regularly in the gig guides... I have found over all these years there are a few pitfalls that some tend to fall into.

Read the full blog on the Whats On Blog Page >>>

whatsoncentralcoast imageWhats On Logo button image ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY UPDATE:
Entertainment Industry update
The NSW Government enacted new laws to guide and regulate the entertainment industry, and particularly to assist performers and performer representatives (formerly called agents and managers). These laws came into effect on 1 March 2014, following extensive consultation with the industry and peak associations.

Over the last 18 months NSW IR has conducted an education campaign to assist performer representatives understand and comply with the new requirements.

The campaign comprised advisory letters, fact sheets, workshops and a recorded webinar for the entertainment industry.

NSW IR has now commenced a compliance audit of a number of randomly selected performer representatives.

The audit is being conducted in two main phases.

The first phase involves each selected performer representative providing a copy of their 'template' entertainment industry managerial agreement and copies of the last five managerial agreements that have been entered into with performers.
In addition each participant organisation was requested to provide a copy of their 'standard' representation agreement and copies of the last five 'standard' agreements entered into with performers.
These agreements will be reviewed to assess compliance with the Act, and at the completion of this phase of the audit NSW IR will provide feedback to each participant about their agreements.

The second phase of the audit will be to randomly select a number of performer representatives to participate further in reviewing records required to be maintained by performer representatives, including trust account records, financial statements, fees and commissions.
It is our intention to undertake this audit in a cooperative manner to assist the industry. At the end of the audit we expect to publish a de-identified report to further assist compliance in the entertainment industry.

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

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.

The Hub logo imageWhats On Logo button image THE HUB:

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.

7 x exclusive SeaFm DISCOVERED events in 2015.
4 x great evenings of undiscovered talent
(Jun 5, July 3, Aug 7, Sept 4).
2 x enjoyable evenings across the singer/songwriters and vocalists
(Oct 2, Nov 6) .
1 x amazing evening of awe inspiring artistry
(Dec 4).

SeaFm KIDS DISCOVERED (7-12yrs) heat results.
Congratulations to the 3 young contestants that made it through last Friday evening heat, continuing on to the semi finals in Oct and Nov.
Judges choice: Daniela Vassallo, Jamie Croft, Lily Roome.
Opportunities for wild cards and people choice places continue after the last heat in September.

What are you waiting for?
Join the audience - Tickets at the door
Join the series - Registrations online at The Hub Website
Register, Bump in, Sing...

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

Battle of the Bands 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

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

Fitness classes with Emily
Wednesday nights
The Hub Erina Youth Entertainment Venue
(Located on Nth Sth Rd, Erina Fair, between the Erina Centre and Central Coast Dance School For more details head to www.thehuberina.com

The NEW Jazzercise
New Classes include Dance Mix. Strike. Fusion. Strength. Core Mondays and Fridays 9:30am Child Minding Available (Located on Nth Sth Rd, Erina Fair, between the Erina Centre and Central Coast Dance School For more details head to www.thehuberina.com

Youth Arts Warehouse and Regional Youth Support Services logo imagesWhats On Logo button image YOUTH ARTS WAREHOUSE & RYSS:

A brand new event created by The Youth Arts Warehouse in partnership with Gosford Police and young up and coming DJ Standing Ovation will take place Friday 4th December from 6pm-10pm.

The goal? To deliver an awesome regular safe night where young people can come along,have great fun, meet friends, dance and listen to amazing local performers at The Youth Arts Warehouse, 123 Donnison Street Gosford.
• Supported & supervised by Gosford Police
• Prizes and giveaways
• Free hot dog + slushy included in entry price
• Vertical Bungee jump
• Great Music
The Youth Arts Warehouse PLAY WRITE program presents - A Town Of Sins

Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th December 7.00pm to 8:30pm
$10 at the door-Supper provided
The latest original play from the YAW Theatre Group is a sharp witted take on the stereo typical Wild West.

The group wrote the play that takes place in a saloon and brings the township together after the local church burns down.

You will enjoy a night of great play writing and brilliant performances from our 24 strong budding theatre makers.

The Youth Arts Warehouse, 123 Donnison Street Gosford
My Place My Pride
Engaging young people to learn about their culture by supporting them through the process of producing a digital story in video & photography.

Young Film Makers Course
FREE- (Limited places-so register soon!)
January: 20th and 27th 2016 - 11am-3.30pm
February: Wednesday 3rd,10th,17th 4.00pm-6.00pm

Workshop mentor Jason Van Genderen Pocket Film Academy, winner of Tropfest New York and Sundance London

Jason will work with you on camera technics showing you that you don't need expensive camera and sound equipment to shoot a fantastic short film. Understand story telling, using your iPhone/iPod to shoot video. Stability, Camera Modes, Lighting, Sound, Editing, Lenses and what makes a good story.

You will need to have access to a iPhone or iPod.

Pete Murray imageWhats On Logo button image PETE MURRAY TOUR:
Pete Murray announces the 'Yours Acoustically' 33 date National Tour from October to December 2015 with Special guest Garrett Kato

After the highly successful sold out ‘Feeler Anniversary’ tour with the Stone Masons in 2014, Pete Murray will hit the road this spring on an extensive national acoustic tour.
The ‘Yours Acoustically’ Tour will visit 33 locations including every State - from Northern QLD to Launceston to Alice Springs and everywhere in between

For the first time in Australia, fans will be treated to a very special evening with Pete playing hits acoustically, such as 'So Beautiful’, ‘Opportunity’, ‘Better Days’ and ‘Free’. Pete will also be showcasing several new tracks from his forthcoming album set for release in 2016.

“This is going to be a really fun tour and I’m looking forward to it, Jeremy Marou is coming on board as my guitar tech and will also join me on stage for a few songs, plus I’ll also be joined by Byron local Garrett Kato, who will be opening up on each show of the tour. I’ve done quite a few solo acoustic tours internationally over the years but never in Australia so this will be a first -for me this feels like I’m giving back to the fans that have supported me over the years’ said Pete

Pete’s musical beginning is an unlikely story... a rising Rugby football star gets so badly injured that he has to leave his sport behind. He picks up an acoustic guitar, teaches himself how to play it and records an indie CD that he sells after shows from the back of his Kombi Van.
More than ten years on, Pete reflects on his first major label album Feeler and following albums, See The Sun, Summer At Eureka and Blue Sky Blue with combined sales of over 1.3 Million records.

Friday 27th November
The Entrance Leagues Club – Bateau Bay 8pm - $40

MusicPro poster imageWhats On Logo button image ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPETITION:
MusicPro Australia Professional Recording & Music Services

The project (under the auspices of the Salvation Army, sponsored and endorsed by Wyong Council, McGrath Toukley, Hunter TAFE, Steve Forrest Music, Spaghetti Music Publishing, Paul-i Productions) involves 2 Main Parts;

The HOMEGROWN ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPETITION, with prizes valued at over $20,000.

Apply on-line.
Post a link to (or upload a video or audio) to the MUSICPRO AUSTRALIA Facebook page.

The top 4 posts with the most likes go into the Finals. The judges choose 3 other ‘Wildcard’s to enter the Finals (they may not have the highest number of likes, but the judges think they have something to put forward).

Winners get recorded on an compilation EP. Prizes include studio time, recordings with a producer, publishing deal offered, recording contract offered, promotion and distribution worldwide, radio-play promotion and radio-plugging.
Admin fee of $5 to Students, and $25 to others.

Finalist Auditions take place on November 28th, 6pm, at the Wyong Grove Theatre

The Finalist Auditions for the MusicPro HomeGrown Originals Competition are on at 6pm at the Wyong Grove Theatre. As well as the Final Contestants performing, this is a Free concert with Novakayn, Billy Field and The Shaykes performing - but also International Music Legend DAVID MOYSE from the Hit band AirSupply will be joining us as a judge (and performer) at the Finalist Auditions Concert to be held on November 28th!!!

David Moyse was recently inducted into the ACM Hall of Fame, and was a key part of the band AirSupply during its time of massive worldwide success.
With his guitar hooks and riffs being heard on hits like “All out of Love”, “Every Woman in the World” and “Lost In Love”, David comes with a wealth of industry experience and industry insight.

We are honoured to have him with us, and we look forward to his valuable input into this opportunity for emerging artists today. He’ll also be playing a set on the night.

Troubadour logo imageWhats On Logo button image TROUBADOUR PRESENTS:
A night with Enda Kenny!

Saturday 28th November 2015

Enda Kenny’s thoughtful, descriptive stories of his adoptive land have struck a chord with audiences all over Australia and his live performances are always memorable & spiced with plenty of humour,

CWA Hall (Opposite Fisherman’s Wharf) Woy Woy
Enquiries: 4341 4060
$12/$10 includes light supper

Lagwagon imageWhats On Logo button image LAGWAGON TOUR HITS THE COAST:
Having already toured their latest album, Hang across America and Europe, Santa Barbara punk rockers, Lagwagon are finally ready to set stages ablaze across Australia this November.

Bred from the long lineage of punk bands out of Southern California, Lagwagon always stood apart from their contemporaries. Injecting wit and intellectual lyrics into their stop and go, speedy skate punk. Vice describing their songs as “poppy enough to be catchy but had enough emotion to scream them at the top of your lungs”.

After a nine year lag, the band are back with the powerful and long-awaited album Hang. Featuring heavier riffs, crestfallen melodies and somewhat nihilistic lyrics, the overall sound of Hang is darker and more hard-charging than some of Lagwagon's best-known work. Itsalldead enthuse, “Hang is a lesson in expert craftsmanship and song writing by one of the best bands in the business”. Addressing themes including loss, betrayal, aging, the environment, and the plight of the common man. It's not a totally bleak picture, though: all that disconnectedness underscores the need to make emotional investments, ensuring that empathy doesn't in fact become obsolete. Slugmag claim that “every song stands out on this record”. Vocalist, Joey Cape lamenting that, “This is the first record we've made in the history of the band that we wholeheartedly agree that we want to play every single song on the record live,”

Don’t sleep on this one. Tickets will be flying out the door.

Lagwagon with Special Guests, The Flatliners and Mixtape for the Drive

Sunday 29th November – The Entrance Leagues, Central Coast
“…you don’t hear this kind of poetry from a band every day.” - Absolute Punk
“Hang kicks ass on all fronts.” -Sputnik Music

Tickets: http://kingdomsounds.oztix.com.au

Central Coast Chorale imageWhats On Logo button image CENTRAL COAST CHORALE:
Swoon to the worlds most beautiful songs

Central Coast Chorale presents an afternoon of beautiful songs at St Patrick's Church, East Gosford at 2.30pm Sunday 29th November 2015.

After their inspiring and sold-out performance of Mozart’s Requiem in August, the forty-voice Chorale led by music director, Christopher Bowen OAM will change the pace with a program inspired by ABC Classic FM’s Swoon segment.

Bowen says of the program, “Like the well-known radio program, we’ve selected sacred and popular songs that will provide our audience with ‘little parcels of rapture’.”

The first part of the program features sacred music including JS Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Howard Goodall’s Psalm 23 and John Rutter’s Clare Benediction.

Appealing to modern tastes, the second half of the program includes arrangements of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Love Changes Everything, Eleanor Rigby by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven and Franz Schubert’s Shepherd on a Rock featuring locals Diane Gardiner on clarinet and soprano, Elke Hook.

Australian composers are represented in the program. Bowen contributes two works, Two Trees and a setting of Thy Perfect Love. Shayne Leslie, Wyoming has written an arrangement of Australian singer, Nick Cave’s Into My Arms.

Local sopranos, Elke Hook and Jacqui Binetsky will perform The Flower Duet from Léo Delibes’ opera, Lakmé, well-known for its use in the 1989 British Airways advertisement, and Tiana Dimech will perform Fauré’s timeless Pie Jesu.

Bowen says, “Our program provides an opportunity to welcome new members, especially men, who are looking to improve their singing while enjoying the world’s most beautiful songs.”

Chorale members work hard to maintain their standing as the premier choir on the Central Coast, and has become an important developer of regional artistic talent. Members state that benefiting from Bowen’s impressive expertise and being a part of a learning musical community is what encourages them to continue to strive for excellence.

The Chorale rehearses Wednesday nights in West Gosford. Interested singers can contact Anne Darlington for more information on 02 4307 9355 or email anne@darlington.id.au.

Tickets are available online at www.centralcoastchorale.org or cash at the door. For group bookings, please call Nick on 1300 76 22 38

Darren Middleton imageWhats On Logo button image DARREN MIDDLETON DINNER SHOW:
Central Coast Concert band - Concert Series 2015

Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton will take to the stage for an intimate dinner show

Supported by local talent Dominique Morgan AND accompanied by a three course meal

It’s sure to be a sensational experience.

Tickets strictly limited – Book Now (02) 4382 2322.

Treetops Restaurant, Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort
326 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach, 2251

Thursday 3rd December, 2015, Doors Open 6PM

Book Direct through Treetops Restaurant, Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort
(02) 4382 2322
Ticket Price $98.90 – Numbers strictly limited

Support and Entree – 6:15 pm
Mains – 7pm
Show – 7:45pm

Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort
360 Avoca Dr, Avoca Beach

Rhythm Hut imageWhats On Logo button image THE RHYTHM HUT XMAS PARTY:
The Rhythm Hut will be celebrating Christmas in the only way we know how!
Good music, drumming, dancing and good vibes!

Featuring a huge line up of OKA, The Kava Kings, Dominique, plus DJs Fabila and Youngy, drum circle, food and bar, art space, chill out lounge and lots of goodies including lucky door prizes.

The Rhythm Hut's huge 2nd birthday sold out well before the event, and we expect this fantastic line up for our Christmas party will be a sell out too.

A celebration of all that it is to be alive and free in the world today, OKA draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country through music. Their signature sound is an irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, reggae-dub, Roots, Jazz and world music. A rhythm based sonic tapestry crossing cultural boundaries, embracing the future without losing sight of the past.
“Try to imagine Bob Marley meets Stevie Wonder via the chemical brothers, on acid, playing in a steaming rainforest with a didgeridoo and you are getting close”

Hailing from the South of Sydney, The Kava Kings bring a fresh new sound with their loose mash up of Gypsy, Rock, Reggae and Dub. Within two years, The Kava Kings have been headlining shows all over the country and their highly energetic performances have helped them earn a solid reputation. Amongst these shows they have played with many great International and Australian acts such as Mat McHugh and the Beautiful Girls, The Skatalites, Ash Grunwald, Bobby Alu and many more.

Dominique is a dynamic solo artist based on the Central Coast of NSW. Dominique creates a concoction of vibes using elements of Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul and pop providing a groovy dancing atmosphere for all who cannot resist tapping along to some creative sounds.

Playing at many venues across NSW Dominique has pleased and amazed many crowds of all ages performing at venues such as The Byron Bay Beach Hotel supporting US artist Dustin Thomas, Lizottes as well as local festivals such as Mountain Sounds 2014 and the annual 5 Lands-Walk on the Central Coast

A former student from Country Singer Gina Jeffreys Workshops, Dominique received the Gina Jefferies scholarship award in 2010 and is currently recording her first EP with Rod McCormack, due to be released December 2015. Recorded with a number of special guest musicians, including Beyonce's musical director and drummer, Gorden Campbell - her highly anticipated EP will highlight her profound vocals and educated voice.

WHAT: The Rhythm Hut Christmas Party
WHEN: Saturday 5th December, doors open 6.30pm
WHERE: The Rhythm Hut, 135 Faunce St, Gosford
TICKETS: $25 limited early bird/ $30 pre sale/ $40 door. Tickets through Moshtix or The Rhythm Hut

Central Coast Concert Band imageWhats On Logo button image CENTRAL COAST CONCERT BAND:
Central Coast Concert band - Concert Series 2015

Featuring the Central Coast Concert band, soloists, guests and great music.

Suitable for all ages.

Concert 1 : Sunday, 12th July, 2pm
Concert 2 : Sunday, 20th September, 2pm

Concert 3 : Sunday, 6th December, 2pm
Featuring the Central Coast Concert band, soloists, guests and great music.
Suitable for all ages.
Numbers include Cold Play medley, America - west side story, Mamma Mia selections, Marvin Hamlish Showcase, Seagate Overture and more

Gosford RSL Club, 26 Central Coast Highway, West Gosford NSW 2250

Tickets will be available at the door
Subscription price for all three concerts $50
Phone 4328 1951 or 0413 849 307 for further information

Sandy Bigara imageWhats On Logo button image SANDY BIGARA VOCAL COACHING:
Sandy Bigara (34) a performing artist newly moved to the Central Coast - has been an active vocal coach since 1999, she was the Artistic Director and Conductor of multiple choirs (High School, Senior Primary and Junior Primary, as well as being assistant Conductor for the KZN National Choir on their international tour in 1999) and was Music & Drama teacher at two schools in South Africa before launching her Arts company full time.

She was chosen as the Vivacious Voice singing coach for Durban (other centres were in Johannesburg and Capetown) and enjoyed success and good relationship with her singing students there.

Sandy incorporates stand up comedy and humour in her own musical performances, and so classes are usually filled with a lot of laughter and positive encouragement.

Sandy teaches the Bel Canto method of singing, which serves as a platform for multiple genres of performance. Sandy has trained Pop singers, Idols contestants, Jazz singers, Afro-Pop singers, a performer for The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul and the Phantom) as well as Starlight Express and South Africa’s “Troy” in the High School Musical national touring show.

Sandy has even trained a grunge rock singer with one working ear drum…

The method that is taught is a well-structured mash-up of lessons and courses that Sandy has experienced in her twenty year professional singing career.

Having trained and worked alongside some of the Southern Hemispheres greatest talents – 6 years performing under the baton of Gerard’d DuToit, musical ambassador to the Northern Hemisphere – World Choir Games, Operatic training with Marc Poupard (UKZN Music Coach) and Coleen Philp (UKZN Opera School) and master class with Emma Renzi, Sandy has many anecdotes and life experiences that make her classes both educational and interesting.

Classes start on the 19th October 2015, 6pm until 7:45pm until December 7th 2015, the Showcase will be on the 12th December.

Space is limited – to book your place there is a non-refundable deposit of $20, to book email sandybigara@gmail.com

You can hear Sandy perform at www.reverbnation.com/sandybigara or visit her website www.sandybigara.com for her full working history.

1st Avoca Beach Scouts logo imageWhats On Logo button image 60th ANNIVERSARY:
The 1st Avoca Beach Scout Group Invites You:
To a free fun filled family afternoon to celebrate our group’s 60th anniversary.

This event brings together Scouts young and old from all over the region to celebrate our shared Scouting experiences. The Big Day will include: Joey, Cub, Scout, Venturer and Rover scouting activities for all the family to enjoy

There will be 60 years’ worth of Scouting Memorabilia on display in the hall, speeches from Scouting Representatives and local dignitaries, sausage sizzle lunch and Birthday Cake will be provided.

We will also be providing entertainment for all the family and a variety of exciting activities available to try!

1st Avoca Beach Scout Group is inviting all past, present and future Scouts or anyone else who has an interest in 1st Avoca Beach Scout Group to join us in our celebrations on the day. This is very much a local community event and everyone is welcome.

Date: 13th December 2015
Time: 2pm- 6pm (official presentations and speeches 3:00pm)
Where: 1st Avoca Beach Scout Hall on the lagoon at 229 Avoca Drive
RSVP: Cara Taylor 0422 953 503, malibu1stavocabeachscouts@gmail.com

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Coast Academy Of Dance imageWhats On Logo button image END OF YEAR CONCERT:
The 2015 "Alice In Wonderland" end of Year Concert by Coast Academy Of Dance

The Wyong Grove Theatre, Wyong
Sunday 13th December

* Morning Concert 10am till 12.30pm
* Afternoon Concert 3pm til 5.30pm

0-2 years FREE
3-10 years $5 each per concert
11 years $10 each per concert

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Giirrakool Blues Festival imageWhats On Logo button image GIRRAKOOL BLUES FESTIVAL:
A new Blues Festival & BBQ set for March 2016, fills a much needed event hole for music lovers and families of the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle.

Girrakool Blues Festival is an annual event named after the nearby waterfalls, and quite befittingly is Aboriginal for “Place of still water” ie Muddy Water, will be held annually on the first weekend in March by Xabc Entertainment.

In a New Orleans styled theme, the Girrakool Blues Festival will offer the Central Coast, and it’s visitors, a wonderful day of quality, international, national and local blues and roots acts, in a family friendly, relaxed atmosphere, all at a reasonable price.

Located within the beautiful surrounds of Mt Penang Garden Parklands, Kariong, is situated conveniently between Sydney and Newcastle, and is only 2 minutes from the M1.

Festival Director and Xabc Entertainment owner, Bruce Johnson say’s “I feel the Central Coast is crying out for an event like this. And since it will be held in the stunning Garden Parklands it will be easily accessible and cater to everyone from all walks of life.”

Patrons can bring their rugs and chairs to enjoy the afternoon of world-class music, and soul food from our selectively picked stalls, including a unique American Southern style BBQ.
“Good music and good food is good for the soul,” says Bruce Johnson “ it’s what makes people feel good. This is why we’ve incorporated all the elements, music, food, great surrounds – it has all the positives and can only be enriching for the soul.”

Apart from the music it will have a strong Aboriginal content, with indigenous bands, Welcome to Country Ceremony, Women’s activities and with the potential of short tours to the Girrakool waterfalls and engravings.
“Central Coast is one of most indigenous rich areas of Australia. I think showing off our indigenous culture is vitally important to our community and provides another unique aspect to our festival.”

Girrakool will have a range of ticketing options available. Xabc Entertainment would like to make the festival a family fun event and will be providing Family Tickets at Early Bird prices. To further encourage this, children under 5 years can come to the event free of charge.

Registrations for Family and Adult Early Bird tickets are now taking place through our website: http://girrakoolblues.com.au/

Opera In The Arboretuml imageWhats On Logo button image OPERA IN THE ARBORETUM 2016:
It is with pleasure that the Rotary Club of Woy Woy presents their eleventh ‘Opera in the Arboretum’ to be held on the Saturday 19th March 2016 at Pearl Beach.

Topping the bill is Australia's superstar Bass-Baritone, Teddy Tahu Rhodes. This is our biggest coup since the inaugural Opera in the Arboretum in 2006!

Teddy Tahu Rhodes will be supported by Clarissa Spata - Soprano, James Egglestone - Tenor and Angela Brewer - Soprano. We again welcome back the Central Coast Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Patrick Brennan together with ever popular Jem Harding on the piano.

The main beneficiaries will be the Umina PCYC who bring young people together to develop their character and leadership skills.

As well as Shelterbox who provide worldwide humanitarian aid and relief in the form of a tent and equipment giving shelter and comfort to people displaced by natural or other disasters.

Tickets are available now!
Ticket prices:
Adult - $70 each.
Senior- $66 each.
Student - $36 each. (Primary Students. - FREE)
Group - $62 - each ticket purchased in a Block of Ten (10) tickets or more.
Accepted payment method by - Cheque or Credit Card (Credit Cards - Visa and Mastercard only)

Donations will also be made to Rotary Charities and other needy organizations.

Central Coast Baby Day Out imageWhats On Logo button image CENTRAL COAST BABY DAY OUT:
A community day consisting of information, education, activities local services and businesses available to our Central Coast parents

You are invited to be apart of our very first Central Coast “Baby Day Out” CCBDO an initiative of Central Coast Kids Day Out CCKDO on Saturday 9th April 2016 from 12pm – 5pm at Mingara Recreation Club Tumbi Umbi.

The day will consist of information, activities and the opportunity to promote services and local businesses available to our Central Coast parents with babies and toddlers under 3 years of age.

This family information day will highlight:
* Emphasis on the significance of the first 3 years of a child’s development
* Promote child friendly services, agencies and businesses available right here on the Central Coast
* Provide a family focused information day
* Educational and Informative Workshops and Seminars
* The importance of parenting

For further information regarding exhibiting, running a workshop or seminar, please do not hesitate to contact:
* Sharyn Burgess 0414 341 010 sharyn@wyongneighbourhoodcentre.org.au
* Nada Potter on 0438 237 158 themarkets@cckdo.org

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