This weekend’s highlights include the launch of National Science Week, a Raiders home game and Dylan Moran (of Black Books fame) at the Canberra Theatre Centre.
1. Prehistoric garden trail at the Australian National Botanic Gardens
Experience a pre-historic discovery trail exploring the world of dinosaurs. Discover life-sized dinosaurs amongst the flora and landscapes they once inhabited – but only between 15 and 23 August. More info.
2. In conversation with BBC producer Paul Olding
One of my National Science Week picks is a talk by BBC producer Paul Olding (he produced Brain Cox’s Wonders of the Universe series), this Saturday at 5pm at the National Film and Sound Archive. More info.
3. Bio-Bounce, the biggest and bounciest plant cell
Bio-Bounce is a giant, inflated cell that has been enlarged one million times so that you can explore where photosynthesis occurs and DNA is stored. It’s also a Science Week event (can you tell?). Participate in hands-on activities and find out why scientists find biology so fascinating. Bio-Bounce is at Science in ACTion until 4.30pm Saturday (21 Wentworth Avenue Kingston). More info.
4. Portobello Road at the Old Bus Depot Markets
Browse aisles of collectables and small antiques at the third and final Portobello Road event for the year at the Old Bus Depot Markets. It’s on from 10am to 4pm this Sunday 16 August. More info.
5. Dylan Moran at the Canberra Theatre Centre
Star and creator of Black Books, Dylan Moran, is back in Australia with a brand new show, Off the Hook. Catch it for one night only (Friday 14 August) at the Canberra Theatre Centre. More info.
6. Raiders versus Sea Eagles at GIO Stadium
The the Raiders beat the Sea Eagles 29-16 during their last encounter. Let’s see if they can do the same thing this Sunday afternoon at 2pm. Dress warm – winter isn’t over yet. More info.
7. Book launch – Sausages: History, Mystery and Mastery
If you think you could make better sausages than the professionals, local butcher David Peddle’s new book is for you. Launching this Saturday at 11am at Belconnen Fresh Food Markets, Sausages: History, Mystery and Mastery includes classic sausage recipes, as well as some more unusual flavours (vegemite and cheese, anyone?). There will be tastings available at the launch too. More info.
8. Learn how to build a simple hothouse at the Canberra Environment Centre
Canberra permaculturist Martyn Noakes will demonstrate how to build a simple hothouse to keep your plants alive through winter this Saturday at the Canberra Environment Centre. Starting at 10am, you’ll also learn how to use your hothouse once it is built. More info.
9. Gold Creek Markets at The Abbey
The Gold Creek Markets are on again this Sunday from 10am to 3pm at The Abbey. There will be mulled wine and cheese, face painting, a jumping castle and stallholders. More info.
10. Canberra Baby and Beyond Expo
This expo is a two-day extravaganza that gives Canberra families the chance to browse, try and buy direct from manufacturers, as well as retailers never before seen in Canberra. Find out about pregnancy and birth support right through to playgroups and health services. Chat to midwives, doulas, sleep and breastfeeding experts, and keep the kids happy in a dedicated children’s play space. The Canberra Baby and Beyond Expo runs all weekend at the AIS. More info.
11. Round 4 of the Canberra Roller Derby League’s home season
The Black ‘n’ Blue Belles take on the Surly Griffins at Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium this Saturday from 6pm. Each team has welcomed new skaters, so we’re sure to see exciting things from both teams.
That’s a wrap from us this week. What are your plans?