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15 things to do in Canberra this weekend (8 and 9 August 2015)

By Amy Birchall - 6 August 2015 1

This weekend is your last chance to view the Rothschild Prayer Book exhibition at the National Library. There’s also an innovation showcase, a CBR Brave double header and an opportunity to fit your number plates with tamper-proof screws.

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1. Picnic at Hanging Rock screening at the National Film and Sound Archive
The National Film and Sound Archive will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Peter Weir’s seminal film, Picnic at Hanging Rock, this Friday 7 August. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with actress Anne-Louise Lambert, who played Miranda in the film. More info.

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2. Project Safe Plate returns to Canberra’s south
Head to the corner of Matilda and Callam Streets in Phillip this Saturday between 10am and 4pm to have your number plates fitted with tamper-proof screws. This is a free initiative by ACT Policing. Constable Kenny and friends will be there to entertain the kids, and officers will also be handing out free ice scrapers. More info.

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3. Last chance to see the Rothschild Prayer Book in Canberra
This weekend is your final opportunity to see a truly unique exhibition featuring the most expensive book in the world, the Rothschild Prayer Book. The Revealing the Rothschild Prayer Book exhibition is on display at the National Library of Australia until Sunday 9 August 2015. More info.

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4. Stir showcase at CBR Innovation Network
Stir is an educational crowd-voted grants platform designed to inspire young Canberrans to pursue personal projects as viable career paths. Over 45 project were submitted in Stir’s first round, with $15,000 awarded to 15 creative Canberrans in just two months. Head to the CBR Innovation Network this Saturday between 5pm and 8pm for markets, demonstrations and performances by season one Stir participants. More info.

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5. Of Mice and Men at the Canberra Theatre Centre
Set in the desperation of the Great Depression, Of Mice and Men is one of the world’s most compelling tales of friendship and survival. Catch it at the Canberra Theatre Centre until Saturday 8 August 2015. More info. 

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6. Talking art with Vic McEwan at Monster Kitchen & Bar
Artist Vic McEwan is spending 2015 at the National Museum of Australia working in close collaboration with curator George Main. Head to Monster Kitchen & Bar on Sunday from 3pm to hear Vic and George discuss how their common interest in objects and place have inspired this collaboration.

7. Opening weekend of Internecine: The Vanished Musicians at Nishi Gallery
Internecine: The Vanished Musicians celebrates the silent contribution of the modern refugee through an investigation of hidden Australian Swing-era history. The official opening night is this Friday 7 August, and the exhibition runs until 23 August. More info.

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8. Lunch time Carillon concert
Enjoy a free lunchtime concert on Aspen Island, with the National Carillon performing every Sunday from 12.30pm. More info.

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9. Tuggeranong Bulldogs 40th anniversary gala dinner
Tuggeranong Bulldogs Junior AFL Club turns 40 this year and is hosting a gala dinner this Saturday evening at the Hellenic Club to celebrate. All past and present players, members, family and friends of the Bulldogs community are invited. More info.

10. Scottish Country Dancing Annual Ball Canberra
Join the Belconnen Scottish Country Dance Club for  a night of dancing, fun and live music by Strathmannan this Saturday night at Albert Hall. Dances include Maxwell’s Rant, Linnea’s Strathspey, The Wild Geese and Polharrow Burn. More info. 

canberra craft and quilt fair

11. Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair
Canberra craft enthusiasts, here’s an event you won’t want to miss. Head to EPIC between 10am and 4.30pm between Thursday 6 August and Sunday 9 August for all things craft and quilting. More info.

12. Health and inspirational wellness workshop at Gungahlin Library
This is a free workshop that aims to empower women to lead a healthy lifestyle via healthy eating and positive thinking. It’s on from 3.15pm to 5.15pm at Gungahlin Library. More info.

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13. Woden Seniors big book fair
Woden Seniors is hosting its second big book fair this weekend, with a huge range of collectables, children’s books, fiction and non-fiction going for cheap. There will also be storytelling sessions for children at 12pm and 2pm on Saturday, courtesy of the ACT Storytellers Guild. It runs from 11am Friday to 4pm Sunday at Woden Seniors Club. More info.

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14. CBR Brave double header
Canberra’s own semi-professional ice hockey team, CBR Brave, will take on Perth Thunder twice this weekend. The first game is at 5.30pm on Saturday, and the second starts at 5pm on Sunday. As always, get your tickets quickly as they often sell out. More info and tickets.

15. Brett Galt Smith at Beyond Q
Brett plays that sort of music that takes the hectic out of an overly indulgent Saturday night. He allows you to slowly come to grips with reality – that with a coffee and breakfast – what a way to start a recovery. See him – and down some hangover food – at Beyond Q this Sunday between 9am and 11am. Entry is free.

That’s a wrap from us this week. What are your weekend plans? 

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15 things to do in Canberra this weekend (8 and 9 August 2015)
farnarkler 4:51 pm 06 Aug 15

Tuggeranong Bulldogs 40th Anniversary. I remember my mother learnt to drive on the roads of Kambah in 1976 before there were any houses built. So from where did the Bulldogs originate?

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