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Ask RiotACT: What happened to Kingston Grind?

By 31 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Rioters,
Does anyone know what has happened to the Kingston Grind cafe? It shut around early September. There was a sign up saying it was closed for renovations. This sign has since been removed. There hasn’t been any activity on their facebook page since the end of June. I’m assuming it has closed / gone [...]

Haunted House Raising Money for Charity

By 30 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 31 October 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

IT’S HALLOWEEN TIME!

Canberra’s Haunted House where zombies, ghosts, clowns, and many more creepy characters. Please join us for a spooky fun filled Halloween with all proceeds going to local Canberra charity Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation.

There will be sausage sizzle and drinks available for purchase on the night.

Please note it is a gold coin donation [...]

Tea with JT – Tania McCartney

By 29 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Hello and welcome to another episode of Tea with JT. This week I got to catch up with an old friend. This woman is so warm and creative and I could sip tea with her ALL day {and we almost did!}. Tania McCartney is an amazing writer who fills my mind with inspiration every time [...]

Take a hike: The Big Hole (be prepared to get your feet wet)

By 29 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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While housesitting for a friend in Bungendore recently, I did a quick Google search to see what hikes I could find nearby.
I was intrigued when I came across “The Big Hole” hike not far from Braidwood, which is the site of a large sinkhole within the Deua National Park. I’d never heard of it before [...]

Our first look – XO

By 29 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s no easy feat to open up a restaurant, especially in Canberra. With what seems like more eateries than residents, Canberrans expect nothing less than the best from the newcomers. XO did not disappoint. Residing in the leafy suburb of Narrabundah, XO pays tribute to the South-East Asian cuisine that two of the four owners [...]

Cheap Eats – Benjamin Espresso (Belconnen)

By 28 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I recently realised that the majority of Cheap Eats reviews I do are at Civic establishments so I was keen to branch out – not everyone works in Civic! I heard about a place in Belconnen called Benjamin Espresso and set off there in my lunch break last week.
It was a little difficult to find, [...]

Best of Canberra yoga-off: Yoga Classes

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When the call went out last week for the best yoga classes, some readers suggested the best way to do yoga was self-practice. I can appreciate that yoga classes are expensive and it’s not always easy to attend classes at the time they are scheduled, but unfortunately I don’t have the discipline to be at [...]

CELL BLOCK 69 – From the 80′s to the ANU. A multi-storey of Corey !

By 24 October 2015

[ 19 December 2015 at 8:00 pm; ] The nine Corey’s of power return to the ANU Bar and Stadium on Saturday Dec 19th Dec and will excite you with infinitely enhanced Rock action moves, and daring Corey-ography.

Not since the sold out performance of Two Thousand and Nineteen 80 Fourteen have the Canberrian Rock (and to a smaller extent but not to be [...]

The Brunch Run: Poppy’s

By 24 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I love the wide, elegant front courtyard at Poppy’s café at the Australian War Memorial. It seems almost too grand for a weekend breakfast outing on approach, but once you’re seated is a relaxing spot for a coffee and bite.
We were there for a post-Mt Ainslie climb brunch, partially inspired by Lisa Martin’s post describing [...]

A look around Canberra – Holt

By 23 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Belconnen suburb of Holt is one of the further west suburbs in the region, in amongst Latham, Higgins, and Macgregor. The suburb was named after former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt who was taken by a Chinese submarine presumed drowned at a Victorian beach after he went for a swim and disappeared. His body was never [...]

NewActon continues to impress

By 22 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Planning Institute of Australia has awarded its Great Place Award to the NewActon precinct as part of the ACT 2015 Awards for Planning Excellence.
The institute’s judges praised NewActon’s strong sense of identity in what was once a disconnected development.
Speaking at the awards on Wednesday night, the institute’s ACT President, Michael Jollon said “NewActon is [...]

14 things to do this weekend in Canberra (24 and 25 October)

By 22 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you’re up for yet more excitement after the big day at the Prime Minister’s XI cricket match at Manuka Oval on Friday, our weekend picks include the Lifecycle lakeside cycling event and Canberra Nara Candle Festival on Saturday and the ACT Rural Fire Service Open and Field Day on Sunday.
ALL WEEKEND

David Voigt – Return [...]

Tea with JT – Jane Brown

By 22 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Hello and welcome to another episode of Tea with JT.  This week I sipped skinny-flat-white with the absolutely fabulous Jane Brown. I could talk to this woman all day long because she is so interesting and has this absolutely contagious laugh. We met at Double Shot Deakin and talked everything from an horrific car accident [...]

No. 1 hiking tip: Be prepared

By 22 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In the land-locked ACT, getting out to enjoy the warmer weather may mean hiking or mountain biking in Canberra bushland.
But in many of these areas, including parts of the Tidbinbilla and Namadgi reserves, there is no mobile phone reception.
If you’re a solo hiker as I am most of the time, there are a few steps you should take before heading [...]

Best of Canberra – Yoga classes

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I like to keep active and busy. The idea of having to sit still and calmly for a yoga class and doing stretches that I had limited flexibility for, was torture to me not long ago. Funnily enough, doing yoga has taught me to be more patient and I have really come to really enjoy [...]

IKEA in the ACT – the countdown is on

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In four weeks, on November 16, IKEA will throw open the doors to its much awaited Canberra store. I personally have been excited for this for quite some time and am in desperate need of a new lounge so I can’t wait.
I wrote about IKEA’s opening in Canberra a little over a year ago and discussed [...]

Best of Canberra swing-off: Golf driving ranges

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The thought of a having to play a whole game of golf is absolute agony to me. Attending a driving range is much more appealing.
When the call went out last week, a few suggestions came through to simply visit the local oval and have a hit. However, not having my own clubs nor the desire [...]

Canberra Op Shop Guide – Halloween Edition for Women

By 19 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Halloween (aka the best day of the year) is fast approaching and you only have two weeks left to plan your outfits! If you’re stuck for ideas, try one of our fool-proof thrifted costumes below for a stress-free spooky season.
WEDNESDAY ADAMS

Black jumper – $5 Salvos Mitchell
White shirt – $7 Vinnies Belconnen
Black skirt – $7 [...]

Weekend Hot Spot Review: Lazy May’s Tuggeranong

By 17 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Lazy May’s is the newest cafe on the Tuggeranong scene. In fact, it is the only bar in the Tuggeranong area (No, PJ’s does not count as a bar, it’s a pub!).
I’ve been eagerly following the Lazy May’s Facebook page since it opened. Without having even been there I knew that they were open for [...]

Five to try: Canberra ice creameries this summer

By 16 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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With summer on the horizon and 30 degree days already well and truly here, ice cream weather has arrived and I couldn’t be more excited.
To celebrate, here are 5 places to grab a sneaky ice cream while you’re out and about enjoying the warmer weather this season. 
5. Gelatissimo
With three locations in Canberra (Civic, Manuka and [...]

Mt Ainslie, my favourite capital hike

By 15 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When was the last time you walked up Mt Ainslie? Even though it’s so close to the city and I see it every day on my way to and from work, it’s been a while.
When I first moved to Canberra and started working on improving my fitness, I was heading up Mt Ainslie most weekends and often [...]

Best of Canberra: Golf driving ranges

By 14 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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We know all there is to know about golf. We have watched Happy Gilmore. Just tap it in right? Just taaaaaaap it in. Oh, and there was that work Christmas party at a driving range one time – that was fun.
Turns out, it is time to get a bit more into it. Or for those [...]

It’s time to reclaim our School of Music

By 13 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Earlier this year, my business partner and I attempted to produce a small opera in Canberra. Having been buoyed by a successful seasons in Hong Kong, we thought we’d bring it to the place we love and call home.
It was impossible. The lack of suitable venues, coupled with an inflexible attitude from government-funded arts bureaucrats, [...]

Best of Canberra swim-off – rivers and lakes

By 12 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I have been in Canberra for four years now and am ashamed to admit that I have not explored the area as much as I should have in that time. Actually, at all. So with the Best of Canberra moving away from food to the best things to do around here more generally, I am [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Parlour, New Acton

By 10 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I purposely avoid reviewing cafes where someone has asked me to come in to write a weekend hot spot. What makes my Weekend Hot Spot articles a good read (well what I think at least), is my honesty. I never eat at a cafe and then write an amazing review, if it wasn’t amazing. I [...]

A Look around Canberra: Barton

By 9 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
A Look Around Canberra: Barton

The suburb of Barton in Canberra’s inner south has one of the smallest suburb populations, if not the smallest, in Canberra. However, according to ABS data, Barton was once the most socio-economic advantaged suburb in Australia. Much of this can be put down to the fact that the majority of residents are likely to be [...]

Five garage sales to visit this weekend (10 and 11 October)

By 9 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 10 October 2015 to 11 October 2015. ]

The early bird gets the worm, as they say, and this weekend you’ll want to be that early bird. Rise and shine on Saturday to grab a bargain with a broad selection of garage sales to choose from. We’ve listed five sales going on around the capital below, but there are a bunch more across [...]

15 things to do in Canberra this weekend (10 and 11 October 2015)

By 8 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There is so much on this weekend we had to make some tough calls to put this list together. You could spend a day of beautiful garden wandering at The Tuliptop Gardens Festival, learn about bonsai-keeping with the Canberra Bonsai Society, or kick back to Mental As Anything at the Gundaroo Music Festival. Other top [...]

Our first look: Boffins Restaurant new menu

By 8 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Boffins Restaurant: Piano

With all the hype and commotion about all the new cafes and restaurants opening around Canberra, it’s easy to forget about the original establishments that have stood the test of time. One such treasure is Boffins Restaurant, nestled in the elegant surrounds of University House. For over 25 years, the team at Boffins has been [...]

Ask RiotACT: Sourcing a pinata

By 8 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My dear hive mind of rioters,
My little astromonkey is having a birthday party this Sunday [11/10] and now desperately wants a pinata.  I’ve seen a few places do on-line sales but don’t want to risk non-delivery in time for this event. The party shop line rings out and other [insert search engine of choice] aren’t much [...]

Parties at the Shops comes to Erindale

By 8 October 2015

[ 11 October 2015 at 11:00 am; ] You may visit your local shops regularly, but how well do you know your local community?

This Sunday, PCYC Erindale, Christine’s Place, Erindale Neighbourhood Garden, Tuggeranong Action Group and Parties at the Shops are teaming up to present a fantastic event at the Erindale shops, Discover Erindale, to showcase Tuggeranong’s community spirit and encourage residents to [...]

Beer Week returns to Canberra this November

By 8 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 5 November 2015 to 11 November 2015. ]

Canberra Beer Week was launched last night at Bentspoke Brewery in Braddon. The week-long celebration of beer will take place form 5 – 11 November.

Representing the ACT Government, Minister Mike Gentleman officially launched Canberra Beer Week.

“Canberra is well renowned for our outstanding wines, and there are a number of events on the calendar each year [...]

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