ORANGE Regional Conservatorium will hold an open day to encourage the public to check out the centre. The musical family day out starts at 10am and features buskers, music workshops, performances from choirs, Morris Dancers and the Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary School band, market stalls and the Orange Youth Orchestra. The day wraps up around 3pm. For more information contact the conservatorium on 6361 7974.
IT’S the time of the year when the little village of Neville puts on its big country show. Neville Showground will become a bustling hive of activity from 10am as the community gets involved in the livestock, pet, cooking, craft and photography sections, as well as the ute show, vintage tractors, and grand parade. Drinks and refreshments will be available, with entrance to the show $5 for adults and $2 for children.
ORANGE Region Farmers Market will be held at the Orange City Library North Court. Pick up fresh produce from the region’s farmers, along with shrubs, seedlings and natives for the garden. Live entertainment will be provided by the Essence Tribal Fusion Belly Dance group. The market begins at 8.30am and finishes around 12.30pm. If raining, the market will be moved to the Orange Showground.
HOLY Trinity Anglican Church’s annual Spring Fair opens at 8.30am. Stalls will sell homemade cakes and jams, plants, arts and crafts, and pre-loved items. Paul Wethersten will provide live music and belltower tours will be conducted at 9am and 10.30am. For more information, contact Lynne Middleton on 6362 0141.
RIDES, a petting zoo, face painting, stalls, food and a raffle will all be part of Manildra Public School’s fete. The school’s gates will be open from 10am until 4pm, with a gold coin donation for entry. The school is on Packham Drive on the outskirts of the village.
TAKE a ride around Matthews Park on a miniature train. The public running day for the Orange Society of Model Engineers will be held from 1pm to 5pm at the park, on the corner of Anson and Moulder Streets. Each ride costs $1 and enclosed shoes must be worn to ride.
CUMNOCK Public School will host a trivia night at the Cumnock Bowling Club. Tables of eight to 10 are welcome, as well as smaller groups. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 6367 7207 or 6367 7663
SUMMER Hill Creekcare will host a riverside walk and wine sampling afternoon from 4pm to 6pm. The gentle ramble through the bush, beginning from Summer Hill Creek Fourth Crossing, will give residents a chance to learn about the environment, with nibbles and wine provided by Charles Sturt University’s winery to follow.
Families are welcome and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. For more information, contact Cilla Kinross on 6365 8221.
TAKE a guided tour through Emmaville Cottage, the rumoured birthplace of Banjo Paterson. The cottage, which stands near the Adventure Playground, is open to visitors every day, but tomorrow volunteers from the Rotary Club of Orange will give personalised tours from 11am until 1pm. For more information contact John Templeman on 0401 701 272.
MOLONG’S Jayes Gallery will host master of the flute Jane Rutter. The concert, which also features musicians from the Orange Regional Conservatorium, will take place within the gallery, but seats are limited, so those interested are advised to book. Tickets cost $80, and can be purchased by calling the gallery on 6366 9093.
WADE Park will become a dog lover’s paradise this weekend when the annual Orange and District Kennel and Obedience Club’s Championship Dog Show takes place.Four hundred dogs are expected to compete each day of the show, which begins at 9am on Saturday and 8.30am on Sunday, and finishes around 3pm on both days. Talk to breeders and dog owners about different breeds. Entry for the public is free.
THE Central West Group of the Country Women’s Association will show floral art in any medium at Colour City Creatives’ barracks. The exhibition has been re-established in conjunction with the artists’ group after a long break. Around 40 floral art pieces will be displayed at 2B Peisley Street, open from 10am to 3pm.