Life & Style (4559 Stories)

Canberra’s Chloe Granger off to Miss Teen Galaxy national finals

By 27 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
chloe granger

Aspiring Canberra model Chloe Granger will travel to the Gold Coast at the end of next month to represent New South Wales at the national Miss Teen Galaxy Australia finals. The 18-year-old has her sights set on winning the pageant and competing in the Miss Teen Galaxy international finals to be held in the United [...]

Weekend garage sale guide (28th Feb & 1st March)

By 27 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

To include your listing in an upcoming allclassifieds Canberra weekend garage sale guide, upload your listing for free to
Saturday 28 February
13 Etheridge Street Page
7am to 12.30pm
Items include baby things (pumps, toys, carriers), household items, furniture and a printer with ink cartridges. More information.
Saturday 28 February
Queanbeyan West NSW (contact seller for exact location)
8am to 4pm
Around 60 years worth [...]

Canberra GP recommendations

By 26 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I was wondering if anyone can recommend a GP in Canberra who takes the time to listen and explain things to you, and preferably specialises in chronic disease?
Also, does anyone know of a chronic illness support group in the ACT?

The A.Baker Backyard Produce Dinner

By 26 February 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

The A.Baker Backyard Produce Dinner – what a wonderful concept!
The flyer read: Bring in a bunch, box or bag of your best produce, grown in your backyard and we’ll prepare the dinner. I loved the idea so much I booked a table for myself and three friends to share the experience. It’s a monthly event, [...]

Why is Canberra Australia’s fittest city?


According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data, almost three out of four Canberra residents participate in sport or some sort of physical activity – the highest rate out of anywhere in Australia.
It is pretty easy to see that Canberra is an active city. Everyone I know plays some sort of sport or regularly goes to [...]

Recommendations for good, reliable builder?

By 25 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I know there have been lots of comments regarding builders on the site (most advising that I should run to the hills in fear), but we have taken the plunge and we are building a house so I would love some feedback.
We are looking to build a sustainable, energy efficient, modern feel house and would like [...]

Safe Shelter for homeless men seeks volunteers

By 25 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Safe Shelter, which provides overnight shelter for homeless men during winter, is looking for volunteers to undergo training and to staff the shelters this coming winter.

Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old, have completed the two-night training course, hold a Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card, and be willing to spend a minimum of one night [...]

Cheap eats – L’Artista (Belconnen)

By 25 February 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
L'Artista sign

When Zeffirelli’s on Belconnen’s Chandler Street closed down last year, Alan Myburgh (who also owns Nutmeg Catering) opened Italian restaurant L’Artista in its place.
Like Zeffirelli’s, L’Artista specialises in reasonably priced homemade pizza, pasta, seafood and meat dishes, though I’d say L’Artista targets a slightly more upmarket clientele than Zeffirelli’s did. At any rate, it’s Italian food, and [...]

Advice for sick Kay Parris Magnolia plant?

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

 Hi, new to this forum and hoping someone can help!
Two weeks ago I planted a beautiful Kay Parris Magnolia in our front yard. Western facing, full sun, created a garden bed filled with lovely soil with the typical Canberra clay beneath it. It has now turned rather ill looking.

The bottom leaves are becoming dry and [...]

Dickson Woolworths – I hope you’re not in a rush!

By 24 February 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

We all hate having to navigate through a packed supermarket and we all hate waiting for a loooong time at the checkout, but surely copping both of these annoyances at once is pretty uncommon, right? Not if you shop at Dickson Woolworths.
I challenge anyone to go to Dickson Woolworths to buy a handful of groceries [...]

The reality of being homeless in Canberra

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Joe Bailei

The ACT, a jurisdiction that boasts the highest and most evenly distributed income in the nation, is experiencing a homelessness crisis.
According to Homelessness Australia, on any given night one in 200 people in Australia are homeless. A quarter of homeless Australians are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, and 30 per cent were born overseas.
The ACT’s homelessness rate [...]

Best of Canberra – Juice


Apple, orange or breakfast juice – growing up, my juice options were often limited to that sad trifecta. But juice has really lifted its game in recent times. These days I can slurp down a juice with just about any combination of fruit, vegetables or even herbs if I am so inclined.
This week I am [...]

Abode Hotels and Canberra Hospital Foundation join forces to help families

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell will attend a partnership event at Abode Woden today to celebrate the partnership between Abode Hotels and the Canberra Hospital Foundation that will ease the burdens placed on families of patients receiving care at nearby Canberra Hospital.
The Canberra Hospital Foundation supports families that find themselves [...]

Anzac centenary commemorated through the arts

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today announced over $80,000 in funding for two arts and culture projects as part of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program.
From the media release:
The ACT’s Centenary of Anzac commemorations received a boost today with Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announcing [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off - Hot chips


Well didn’t hot chips turn out to be a popular topic? This week, RiotACT readers got passionate about who serves up the best fried potato in Canberra.
Overwhelmingly, Kingsley’s Chicken was the favourite, getting more than twice the votes of any other places suggested by readers. The next most popular was Grill’d, with a special mention [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 22 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.

Highest Sale: $1,670,000
Lowest Price: $237,500
Average Sale Price: $594,759 (- 4.38%)
2645 properties currently for sale
52 sales properties had price reductions
112 properties went under offer
132 properties SOLD!
215 properties have come onto the market
57 [...]

Canberra clothing stores that stock small designers?

By 22 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Fang at Ainslie shops used to stock Melbourne alleyway fashion designers till it closed a year or so ago. Are there any other (current) boutiques that stock small/local and Melbourne designers?

Playground review – Chifley Play Space (Chifley)

Small equip

Whether you’d like to run, climb and explore or sit back and share a meal, Chifley Play Space is a great place for the whole family. My experienced play experts Artie (four years) and Clyde (two years) gave the equipment at Chifley a go this week and let me know their verdict!

Chifley Play Space has three key [...]

Know of a Canberra Protestant church run by the congregation?

By 21 February 2015

Anybody got a suggestion for a Protestant church in Canberra or surrounds run by the congregation? I.e. not the hierarchical Episcopal model, with a Bishop with sweeping powers, nor the Presbyterian model with elders elected by the congregation.

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Pialligo Estate


This Saturday’s weekend cafe hot spot strays a little from our usual format. Instead of reviewing a cafe for breakfast, Sophia headed to the new restaurant at Pialligo Estate, which opened its doors last Friday, for lunch. 
I recently went out to the Estate before its grand opening for a first look, and was so impressed that I [...]

Calling Canberra women with innovative ideas

By 20 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

YWCA Canberra is inviting Canberra women and girls to further their professional aspirations by applying for a Great Ydeas grant.
YWCA Canberra’s Great Ydeas small grants program provides grants of up to $2000 to local women and girls, so that they can pursue a professional development opportunity, pilot a project or business idea, or address a need [...]

What can I do about an overgrown hedge ?

By 20 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It’s not a nature strip issue. The hedge is growing in the neighbour’s yard, along the side fence.  It’s higher than a two-storey house and it blocks the light in the downstairs rooms.
I’ve pruned it back to the fence but the sheer height of the photinia still causes an issue for reaching the canopy.
There is apparently [...]

A Look Around Canberra: Fisher

fisher shops

Though Fisher is bordered by well-known suburbs like Waramanga, Chapman and Chifley, it’s so small and unassuming that even some long-term Canberrans haven’t heard of it. I grew up in Fisher (my parents and grandparents still live there), and I remember that as a kid it was easier to tell people I lived in Weston [...]

Cost of continuous flow hot water system?

By 19 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all,
Newbie here – please be kind Our electric tank hot water system has died, leaving us without hot water. Instead of paying to get it fixed we thought we may as well get a continuous flow hot water system (gas) installed, as we’ve been talking about it for a while, but have never [...]

The two fresh faces of FASHFEST


FASHFEST has announced that this year they will put forward not one, but two Faces of FASHFEST. In contrast to previous years, the organisers have chosen two young and relatively inexperienced models, 17-year-old Dickson College student Hannah Clare McKenzie and 21-year-old University of Canberra Student Ken Scruton.

The first Face of FASHFEST, Anneliese Seubert, was 39 [...]

Hazard reduction burn tonight at Guises Creek

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Rural Fire Service will conduct a hazard reduction burn tonight at Guises Creek.
An area of approximately four hectares of grass fuel will be removed during the burn.
The ACTRFS Guises Brigade will be in attendance with four units.
The burn is expected to start around 6pm.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to [...]

Cheap eats – Punjabi Hut (Manuka)

Punjabi Hut

Punjabi Hut is a hidden little gem in the heart of Manuka. It’s tucked away in the Style Arcade on Franklin Street (a few doors up from Public Bar) on the first floor. There’s a sign on the footpath that points you in the right direction as well as a couple of signs inside the [...]

“Scum” at the Dickson shops… really?

By 17 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Musician and local icon Sydney

In recent weeks there has been lots of community discussion about people busking, begging and generally loitering at the Dickson shops. Last week I was listening to a local radio station, and during this particular segment listeners called in to complain about being pestered by the local ‘riff-raff’.
Listeners complained of being harassed and even assaulted on their way to [...]

Best of Canberra – Hot chips


In my opinion, there isn’t much that beats sitting down to a big serve of hot chips. Sometimes they come wrapped in more than a few layers of butcher’s paper. Other times they arrive in a big bowl with some sort of fancy seasoning and secret sauce on the side. I even know of a [...]

Farrer Playschool still accepting enrolments for 2015

By 16 February 2015

Farrer Playschool is still accepting enrolments for 2015.
Farrer Playschool is a non-profit, community based educational facility for three-year-olds*. Our fully qualified teachers use a structured program to help the ‘Playschoolers’ develop the social skills and confidence that will be of value to them in their Preschool year and most importantly it is LOTS OF FUN!
Playschool sessions [...]

Corbell announces $570k program to fight childhood obesity

By 16 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new $571,000 program to get children eating healthier and being more active was announced today by Minister for Health Simon Corbell.
The ACT Medicare Local’s Connect Up 4 Kids Program gives advice to parents to help keep their children at a healthy weight.
“We know being overweight or obese is a serious health issue that can [...]

A day at the 2015 National Multicultural Festival


Every year I mark the National Multicultural Festival in my calendar, making sure I make no other social plans. Canberra’s Multicultural Festival sees most of the Canberra City streets blocked off and lined with stall after stall of food, drinks and information of every nationality you can think of; from Poland to Italy, Macedonia and [...]

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