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.
If you are a local, you can book a Chifley or Imperial Cave tour (which includes the Diamond Branch) for only $1, plus one Dine & Discover voucher. To qualify as a "local" you must live in the 2787, 2790, 2795, 2845 or 2847 postcodes. Great opportunity to support the local tourism attractions, use your vouchers and explore your own backyard.
Will be held in the Robey Centre at 1.30pm on Friday, August 20. Discussion will be undertaken re the proposed visit by the companion dogs and their trainers in September. A warm welcome will be extended to any new members.
Catch the legendary songwriter and 'voice of the Stolen Generations' on his final national tour. Archie Roach's brilliant "Tell Me Why" celebrates his eponymous memoir and latest album. The five-piece band includes pianist Paul Grabowsky and guest vocalist Emma Donovan. Tuesday, August 17. 7.30pm. Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. $65. Tickets at www.bmec.com.au/archie-roach-2021.
Bathurst Harness Racing Club will be holding a four-race meeting. Why not drop by and see the action from the heated clubhouse? Wednesday, August 18. Gates open 5pm. Bathurst Gold Crown Paceway, 169 College Road. Visit www.goldcrowncarnival.com.au.
Mother's Little Helpers
Lismore-based Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens collaborates with Bruce Pascoe as part of a project called An Artist, A Farmer & A Scientist Walk into a Bar. The work that Dickens and Pascoe produced focused on the urgent need to protect and conserve the land and to cease the many destructive practices that are threatening our environment. Until September 18. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.
For the diary
Mark Lizotte, aka Diesel, has had a stellar 30-year solo career, following his arrival on the Australian music scene in 1986 with Johnny Diesel and the Injectors. Dozens of singles, 16 albums, ARIAs and millions in recoord sales make him a stalwart. Diesel will be playing in Bathurst in next month on his Greatest Hits & Alone With The Blues tour, showcasing his unique blending of rock, soul, R&B and blues. Friday, September 17. 8pm. Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. $70. Tickets at www.bmec.com.au/diesel-greatest-hits.
Mara! Big Band
The Mara! Quintet has been developing a new genre of contemporary Australian music, exploring the intersection between jazz and world music. Now they've expanded into the Mara! Big Band, a 12-piece ensemble straddling Eastern European Gypsy brass band, Balkan wedding band and jazz big band traditions. Expect some massive textures, wild improvisations and riveting vocals. Friday, September 24. 8pm. Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. $25 to $42. Tickets through www.bmec.com.au/mara-big-band.
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.
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
The Adult Survivors of Child Abuse - Cowra Support Group that usually meets the first Friday of each month have been postponed until further notice due to the unavailability of the facilitator. However resources are still available at recover.itmatters.com.au.