With the COVID lockdown covering all of the state to varying degrees, restrictions may be in place relating to identified hot spots. Check with NSW Health for current information before travelling or attending events in the community. COVID-safe rules will apply. Please check with organisers if your desired events are still going ahead.
Walk 'n' Talk for Life
The group will meet at the Oberon Showground on Saturday, July 10 for the regular walk and chat for mental health and to prevent suicide. You'll be able to grab hot soup, bread rolls, tea and coffee to fortify you if the weather's on the chilly side.
The Bathurst Winter Festival will finish this weekend. There are COVID protocols in place and enforcement of current rules. Highlights of the festival include the ice rink, ferris wheel and carousel, as well as illuminations and light shows, food drink and music aplenty. Until July 11. For full details of events visit www.bathurstwinterfestival.com.au.
Orange Farmers Markets
The Orange Region Farmers Market showcases produce strictly from the region, with over 60 stalls featuring flowers and plants, fruit and vegetables, artisan bread, cheeses, meats, olives and olive oil, gourmet preserves, free-range eggs and more. Saturday, July 10. 10am to noon. Naylor Pavilion, Orange Showground.
O'Connell Recreation Ground
Community members are invited to attend one of the O'Connell Recreation Ground community pre-consultative sessions, to be held by Oberon Council. The session will be facilitated by council and landscape architect, Catriona Glanville from Outscape. Thursday, July 15. 1.30pm and 6pm. O'Connell rural fire shed.
The next meeting will be the annual general meeting on July 16. The meeting at the Oberon Multi Purpose Service in North Street will be preceded by lunch, commencing at 12.30pm.
Lior has a beautiful voice that is used to great effect with Tinalley String Quartet. 'Through Nature to Eternity' is a musical narrative of love, loss and compassion, using modern and classical pieces that are incisive and thoughtful, coming together as a whole performance that will leave you spell-bound. One night only. Saturday, July 17. 6.30pm to 8pm. Orange Regional Conservatorium. Tickets from www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lior-tinalley-string-quartet-tickets-140726658223.
Christmas in July
A festive winter spectacle is poised to fill Keystone 1889 next month. For two evenings (Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17), audiences will be treated to a Christmas in July feast, accompanied by pantomime and cabaret entertainment. Book them at www.ctsbathurst.com.au.
The Oberon Men's Shed meets every week at the Oberon Showground. It is open to all local blokes who would like to enjoy some company, a chat and a cuppa. Tuesdays. 9.30am to 2.30pm. Phone David McMurray on 6336 5331 for information.
In the diary
The 2021 Debutante Ball hosted by Masonic Lodge Oberon 355 will be held at the Oberon RSL Club on Friday, September 17. Contact Terry Boyce on 0400 204 082 or Boycert1@bigpond.net.au.
Sydney Film Festival
Save the date
A regional tour of the Sydney Film Festival will hit Orange for the first time in July. The Travelling Film Festival will bring a curated line-up of titles to the city, including acclaimed feature flicks and documentaries from this year's major film festivals; most notably the Oscars, Cannes and Sundance. July 23 to 25. Odeon 5 Cinemas.
Dance Makers Collective have discovered a secret underworld of Dad dancing. They have created a new show based around their own fathers. We won't see them busting a move on stage, but will hear them in interviews and their musical preferences form the soundtrack to the show. Tuesday, July 27. 7.30pm. $18 to $42. Tickets from www.bmec.com.au/dads.html.
Orange Readers and Writers Festival
The Orange Readers and Writers and Writers Festival returns after a COVID-induced break in 2020. The program will feature inspiring fiction and non-fiction authors, including former minister Robert Tickner, crime author Petronella McGovern; ABC journalist Michael Brissenden; Photography curator Helen Ennis and high-profile tree-changer Todd Alexander. July 30 and 31. Hotel Canobolas. $95 per person. Tickets available through Eventbrite or Orange City Library on 6393 8132.
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
The Adult Survivors of Child Abuse - Cowra Support Group meets the first Friday of each month at 12.30pm (COVID restrictions apply - names and contact details recorded privately by the facilitator for contact tracing if required). Please confirm attendance by Thursday evening before; phone Pascale on 0458 698 460. recover.itmatters.com.au.