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A guide to getting ready on the cheap

By 24 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I recently wrote an article on what it costs me to get ready for a special event such as a wedding. The comments I received back from readers were overwhelming (some positive, others not so much!)
Although I still stand by my choices, I will agree that I could have spent my money in other ways and [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Farmers Daughter, Yarralumla

By 23 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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You may have noticed recently that I haven’t commented on the coffee at cafes that I have been visiting. That’s because lately I haven’t had a really great one.
Whilst racking my brain for somewhere new and a good cup of coffee, I remembered Farmers Daughter at the Yarralumla shops. It was a freezing cold day [...]

A look around Canberra – Forrest

By 22 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A Look Around Canberra this week takes us to the south side of the bridge and a cruise around State Circle before stopping off at Forrest.
Forrest can pretty much be described as a ‘fancy pants’ suburb. It’s very quiet and very nice. Lots of trees, big huge immaculate houses, and lots of peace and quiet. [...]

Weekday breakfast in the city?

By 22 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A group of colleagues and I go out for breakfast before work once a fortnight. We meet at 7:30 and then usually have a quick breakkie, some coffee and catch up before heading to work around 8:30.
We try not to go to the same place too many times but we are running out of venues! [...]

Weekend garage sale guide (23rd and 24th May 2015)

By 22 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra garage sales this weekend in Queanbeyan, Spence, Campbell, Franklin, Hughes, Florey, Macquarie, O’Connor, Narrabundah, Mawson, Gordon, Hackett, Crace and Nicholls. Happy Friday!
Saturday 23 May
1 Rollins Place Gordon
7am to 2pm
Various household items from kids games to tools. Also have a Pongrass seamaster for sale. Moving house so all must go. Make an offer!!!
35 Millen Street Hughes
8am to [...]

Are you expecting twins, triplets or more?

By 21 May 2015
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[ 25 May 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

New and expectant parents of multiples are invited to attend a free information session to learn more about life with multiple birth children. The New and Expectant Parents Information Session is a service provided by the Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association and topics include the unique features of pregnancy, birth and feeding multiples.

The next session [...]

Why travel when you can have a Canberra staycation?

By 21 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My husband and I date every Wednesday. It’s my hot tip for staying happily married and it is probably the reason why we have so many kids (we have four).
Four isn’t an amazing amount of children. I have many friends with four or more, but it is at that “professional breeding” level where strangers look twice [...]

Food fans in for a feast

By 20 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 23 May 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

Foodies are in for a treat as Ainslie Parties at the Shops celebrates local produce, dines on international cuisine, and crowns Canberra’s best baker.

Ainslie Shops has long been home to some of Canberra’s finest and most popular pubs and restaurants, and on Saturday 23 May from 10am-4pm, the businesses of Ainslie will join forces for [...]

Public housing stigma continues

By 20 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was sorely disappointed to read the front page of The Canberra Times yesterday morning in which the people of Gungahlin were objecting to the presence of salt and peppered public housing in their suburbs.
My concern stemmed from a series of experiences and I so wish that they rethink their objections and become a welcoming society [...]

Cheap eats – Dream Cuisine (Fyshwick)

By 20 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Before one of my best friends moved to Canada (I’m not envious, I promise) we had a regular lunch date called Pie Thursday. On Pie Thursdays we’d buy pies from either Dream Cuisine or Flute Bakery and chocolate brownies from the health food shop at Griffith shops, and wolf them down while fighting off seagulls [...]

Aubergine makes AFR Top 100 Restaurant list

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A big congratulations to Aubergine in Griffith, the only Canberra restaurant to have made it into The Australian Financial Review’s list of top 100 restaurants for 2015.
With 23 Canberra restaurants – including Italian and Sons, Monster Kitchen and Bar, Lilotang and Malamay – making the initial top 500 list, we can’t help but feel there are plenty [...]

Best of Canberra – Coffee

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Someone once told me that Canberra has more cafes per capita than any other city in the world. I don’t know how true that is, but it is no lie that we are a city of coffee drinkers.
Canberra’s specialty coffee scene is booming, there are a few places now that roast their own coffee and [...]

Belconnen Arts Centre launches Pozible funding campaign

By 18 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Want to transform Belconnen Arts Centre into the creative hub of North West Canberra?
The Belconnen Arts Centre has received funding of $8000 from Creative Partnerships Australia, which is dependent on Belconnen Arts Centre separately raising $8000. Essentially every donation you make as part of this Pozible campaign will be doubled.
If you donate ten dollars – that [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Turkish

By 18 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In this week’s call out for Canberra’s best Turkish, votes came in for Turkish restaurants from across the Canberra region. Some notable mentions go out to Turkish Pide House in Woden, Little Istanbul in Tuggeranong and Fig & Olive in Chisholm who all got more than a few votes. 
However, the leaders of the pack this [...]

In pictures: FASHFEST 2015

By 17 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The FASHFEST runway shows are over for another year, and what a year it has been!
Starting with the model castings, the announcement of the two faces of FASHFEST and the change of venue, this has been a time of growth and experimentation for the annual event.
The convention centre welcomed us through the doors from Wednesday [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 17 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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.
SALES

Highest sale: $1,400,000
Lowest sale: $162,000
Average sale: $567,112 (- 7.65%)
2472 properties currently for sale
71 sales properties had price reductions
111 properties went under offer
132 properties SOLD!
158 properties have come onto the market
35 properties [...]

Canberra’s friendliest off-leash dog meeting places

By 17 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE

Did you know that most Canberra neighbourhood ovals and sports fields (areas that are irrigated), and lots of parks around our suburbs are designated dog off-leash areas?
Dog walkers in the know meet up in these areas, usually late afternoon, to chat while their dogs play together, chase balls, socialise and sniff.

These areas generally ‘self-select’ for [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Cream Cafe & Bar, Canberra City

By 16 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I have found myself spending a lot of time in the city trying to find food this week. It would seem that being a Fashfest model causes quite the appetite – who would have thought!
I stumbled across an old favourite, Cream Café & Bar. I used to go to Cream for dinner all the time [...]

Simon Corbell to address North Canberra Community Council

By 15 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 19 May 2015 at 8:15 pm; ] Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell will address the North Canberra Community Council on Tuesday 19 May 2015. 

Minister Corbell will discuss Canberra’s progress toward sustainability, including renewable energy policies, energy efficiency policies and the Capital Metro project.

The Community Council has asked the Deputy Chief Minister to respond to the following questions:

How does the Government plan to meet [...]

A look around Canberra – Kippax

By 15 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week we’re exploring a place, rather than a suburb, just to mix things up a bit.
Kippax is an area in the Belconnen region which is located within the suburb of Holt. Most of Kippax is a comprised of a shopping mall (yep, you guessed it, Kippax Fair), but the name was also taken on [...]

Weekend garage sale guide (16th and 17th May 2015)

By 15 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 16 May 2015 to 17 May 2015. ]
Canberra garage sales this weekend in Kambah, Kaleen, Banks, Belconnen, Isaacs, Franklin, Theodore, Jerrabomberra, Gordon, Hughes, Monash, Forde, Chisholm, Queanbeyan and Watson. Happy Friday!
Saturday 16 May
20 Mackay Crescent Kambah
7.30am to 11am
Kitchen ware, white goods, furniture, children’s furniture, exercise equipment, cook books, sports gear and more. View items.
14 Deacon Close Chisholm
7.30am to 12.30pm
Shelves, furniture, Lego, toys, [...]

Free workshops at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

By 14 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 16 May 2015 at 1:00 pm; 23 May 2015 at 1:00 pm; 30 May 2015 at 1:00 pm; 6 June 2015 at 1:00 pm; 13 June 2015 at 1:00 pm; 20 June 2015 at 1:00 pm; 27 June 2015 at 1:00 pm; ]

For the first time in its 15-year history, Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Messengers program is offering free Saturday workshops for young people (aged 13 to 18).

From Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s media release:

Artists Houl, Smalls, Polly and Sayan & Libby team up to present Bringing the Streets to Tuggeranong Arts Centre on Saturday afternoons in May and June.

The [...]

FASHFEST 2015 hits the Convention Centre

By 14 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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FASHFEST is back and bigger than ever, kicking off for its third year last night.
Unlike previous years where the four-night event was held at the Canberra International Airport, this year guests are being treated to an extravagant experience at the National Convention Centre. The foyer and catwalk space are decked out with gossamer curtains, multiple [...]

Wood-fired pizzas and tastings at Canberra District wineries

By 14 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you’re a fan of wineries, Murrumbateman is the place to go for a day trip or even just a half-day trip.
Looking for a relaxing lunch stop to make the most of a sunny autumn Sunday I headed out with a friend to Murrumbateman recently.
Murrumbateman is well known in Canberra circles and also interstate for [...]

Local leaders – Jackson Bursill (Neverest)

By 13 May 2015
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University student and Australian cross country skier Jackson Bursill will this month lead a gruelling 75km, 9000-vertical metre trek above Corin Dam to raise funds for Nepal’s earthquake recovery.
Jackson and friend Steven Mackay had planned to trek to Everest base camp this September. Instead, the pair now hope to raise $50,000 for the Australian Himalayan [...]

Cheap eats – Saigon Foodies (Kingston)

By 13 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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With the weather well and truly not getting any warmer, sometimes all we need is a big warm bowl of something to get us through the day. This week I investigated a cheap eats winter warmer at Saigon Foodies in Kingston.
I’d been to Saigon Foodies a few times before for banh mi so I was [...]

Future of Canberra’s Equestrian Park cross country course at risk

By 12 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Yarralumla Woolshed, which is located in the middle of Canberra’s Equestrian Park, has been provisionally heritage listed by the ACT Heritage Council. In principle, this is supported.
What is opposed is the inclusion into the listing of most of the surrounding cross country course, which forms part of the broader Equestrian Park grounds.
Canberra’s Equestrian Park [...]

Best of Canberra – Turkish

By 12 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I love trying different foods from around the world and, after the response to the call out for Canberra’s best Thai food a few weeks back, it seems I am not alone in this love affair. This week I am indulging all those global food lovers out there and looking for Canberra’s best Turkish restaurant.
Turkey is [...]

Converting ducted gas to electricity in Canberra

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Has anyone out there got any experience of having a ducted gas heating system converted to an electrically powered system?
I am thinking of doing this (because of the expectation of prices increases, the divestment movement, and the fracking issue) but am hopeful that it is possible to reuse the same ducts and vents, and just replace [...]

Behind the scenes of Fashfest 2015

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In February I shared my experience attending the 2015 Fashfest model casting. At the time, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be selected. To my surprise, I received an email two weeks later, congratulating me on being selected from over 300 hopefuls as a 2015 Fashfest model.
With Fashfest kicking off this week, here’s a [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Vanilla slice

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Like most baked goods, the best vanilla slices are homemade. I grew up eating French vanilla slices made by my Mum’s godfather, and while I’ve yet to taste a version that’s better, a good bakery or patisserie vanilla slice can come pretty close.
We put out the call out for Canberra’s best vanilla slice last week, [...]

Free Mother’s Day festival in the City this Sunday!

By 9 May 2015
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If a day of free beauty pampering, gourmet food tasting, live music, dance and cycling events plus entertainment for the kids sounds good, then we have a great event for you!
This Mother’s Day, Bunda Street is hosting a free event for the community!
Event: Mother’s Day on the shareway
Where: Bunda Street, from Genge Street  to Akuna [...]

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