Eleven things to do in Canberra this week (16 – 22 October)

Sharon Kelley 15 October 2020
Kyle Perkins

Watch Kyle Perkins as he takes to the baseball field this Sunday, for a Celebrity Allstars Baseball Game down at MIT Ballpark in Narrabundah. Photo: Joe Vella.

Contour 556, Canberra’s public art biennial continues this week, with the Drill Hall Gallery hosting Katy Mutton’s PANOPTICON on Friday, and more art events scheduled around Canberra. Tickets for an extra show from Ash Grunwald at the Harmonie German Club Sunday are selling fast, while baseball fans can enjoy a Celebrity Allstars Baseball Game being held at the Narrabundah Ballpark on Sunday.

Mental Health Month activities continue with a Meditative Stitching workshop with Belco Arts on Saturday. An early morning men’s walk with The Black Lab on Cooleman Ridge will help lift the spirits, and the National Live Music Awards 2020 will be screened at Sideway on Tuesday.

If you’re willing to lend a hand and you love gardening or learning about our parklands and nature, volunteer with the Friends of Mount Majura to help improve the endangered Yellow Box-Red Gum Grassy Woodland at Watson on Monday.

The students of Canberra College will be holding a photographic exhibition, the Art of Health from Tuesday to Friday in the College’s Performing Arts Centre Gallery, while children aged one to five years will enjoy Jerrabomberra Wetlands’ storytime rangers Mel, Dom and Teagan who will take them on a discovery trail around the wetlands, share some Australian picture books, and explore the nature linked to the stories through hands-on activities.

For house hunters, don’t miss the grand opening of the Pomegranate Display Home on Saturday. It’s well worth investigating if you’re in the market for a new home. And head out to Queanbeyan on Sunday for a fast and furious game at the City v Country Wheelchair Rugby match at the Queanbeyan Indoor Sports Centre.

Have a great week, Canberra!

Friday

Katy Mutton exhibition at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery.

Katy Mutton exhibition at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery. Image: Supplied.

PANOPTICON by Katy Mutton

Where: ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley St, Acton
When: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Cost
: Free, tickets via Eventbrite.

On behalf of Contour 556, The Drill Hall Gallery is pleased to host a live happening: PANOPTICON by Katy Mutton.

Katy Mutton is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work exploits the manipulation of perception and employs diverse materiality. Mutton’s work frequently explores the machinations of politics and the dichotomies of technology in popular culture.

Saturday

The Pomegranate Display Home will be open all weekend.

The Pomegranate Display Home will be open all weekend. Image: Supplied.

Grand opening of Pomegranate display home

Where: 10 Barramundi St, Throsby
When: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: Free.

MIJOC Corporation is excited to announce the grand opening of its brand new display home in Throsby. Pomegranate is an exceptional example of MIJOC’s famous build times – just 72 days (there’s a build guarantee of 120 days, subject to weather, design and materials, excluding weekends and public holidays). Complete with incredible finishes and exceptional quality, Pomegranate showcases what’s possible for your future home.

Come down, meet the master, ask questions and view this beautiful display home.

Join Gungahlin Arts for some slow sewing.

Join Gungahlin Arts for some slow sewing. Photo: Supplied.

Mental Health Month Event: Meditative Stitching

Where: Forde Community Centre and Online
When: Online workshop at 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, in-person workshop at 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: Free.

In a friendly environment, you’ll learn from local artists and use hand sewing and fabric collage techniques to explore ways of being in the moment. The techniques in this workshop are easy to learn. No sewing experience is required and all skill levels welcome.

Sunday

Ash Grunwald

Ash Grunwald is performing at the Harmonie German Club. Image: Supplied.

Ash Grunwald

Where: Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah
When: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Cost
: $49, tickets through Eventbrite

Ash Grunwald, loved for his crowd-frenzied shows and blistering guitar playing, has critics and fans raving about his unique blend of roots. His first show sold out, so don’t miss this second performance at the Harmonie German Club!

Come and watch the Celebrity Allstars live, enjoy the stadium food, and all in celebration of the ACT Mental Health Month.

Come and watch the Celebrity Allstars live, enjoy the stadium food, and all in celebration of ACT Mental Health Month. Photo: Supplied.

Celebrity Allstars Charity Baseball Game

Where: Narrabundah Ballpark main field
When: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Cost: By donation – tickets available through Eventbrite.

See the stars of radio, television and sport join together to raise money for mental health peer work and recognising lived experience. Come out and watch the game, grab some stadium food, and help raise money for the cause.

Players include Hannah Mouncey, VWFL star and advocate for mental health; Kira-Lea Dargin, the first Indigenous woman to play gridiron; league legend Preston Campbell; Brian Grening, Canberra Cavalry Hall of Famer; Richie Allan from the Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation; Kyle Perkins, the captain of Canberra Cavalry, and many more.

Wheelchair rugby

Head out and support our wheelchair rugby teams at Queanbeyan this weekend. Image: Supplied.

City v Country Wheelchair Rugby Match

Where: Queanbeyan Indoor Sports Centre, Yass Road, Queanbeyan
When: Gates open 1:00 pm
Cost
: Free, bookings essential through Eventbrite.

NSW Wheelchair Rugby League is bringing their annual Country v City event to Queanbeyan on Sunday, 18 October.

Part of the NSWWRL representative program, the Country v City match has been played for the past five years. The honours are evenly split, with last year’s match a draw.

There are 10 players on each side, and each team has a mix of wheelchair users, able-bodied players and juniors. Current Australian and State of Origin wheelchair representatives will take part in each team. It’s a fast and furious game, so head out and cheer them on!

Monday

Mt Majura

Join the Friends of Mt Majura and help improve the endangered Yellow Box-Red Gum Grassy Woodland. Photo: Supplied.

Friends of Mt Majura Monday at the Fair

Where: Nature park access Tay Street, The Fair, North Watson
When: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cost
: Free.

Friends of Mount Majura (FoMM) is a volunteer Park Care Group working to protect and enhance the natural environment in the Mount Majura Nature Reserve.

If you’re free on a Monday morning, why not join them and help improve the endangered Yellow Box-Red Gum Grassy Woodland at the nature park access Tay Street, The Fair, North Watson.

Please bring sun protection, appropriate clothing (long sleeves and pants) and sturdy shoes.

Coolemon Ridge.

Walking the Black Lab will be holding an early morning walk at CoolemAn Ridge. Photo: Supplied.

Walking the Black Lab

Where: Horse agistment gate, Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve, Sulwood Drive, Kambah
When: 5:00 am – 6:00 am
Cost
: Free.

Walking the Black Lab is a men’s social group for walking the trails in and around Canberra. If you enjoy getting out and walking and could do with some company/motivation, come join in and leave some black dogs on the trails!

Start the day on a high note with a walk and a debrief around the base of Mount Arrawang and Cooleman Ridge.

Tuesday

ACT Mental Health Month

The exhibition aims to provide awareness around mental health and is apart of the ACT’s Mental Health Month. Photo: Supplied.

A Photographic Exhibition: The Art of Health

Where: Canberra College Performing Arts Centre Gallery Foyer, Canberra College
When: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday 20 October to Friday 23 October
Cost: Free.

A photography exhibition to bring mental health into the light and celebrate creativity, provide greater awareness of mental health, and celebrate the skills and abilities of Canberra College Photography students.

The 5th Annual National Live Music Awards are set to be broadcast around the country and the world on October 20th

The 5th Annual National Live Music Awards are set to be broadcast around the country and the world on 20 October. Image: Supplied.

The 5th Annual National Live Music Awards

Where: Sideway, 21 East Row, Canberra City
When: 6:30 pm
Cost
: $6.36, tickets via Eventbrite.

Despite what has been an incredibly difficult and tumultuous year for live music, the 5th Annual National Live Music Awards are holding special digital awards, set to be broadcast around the country and the world on 20 October.

To celebrate the awards and the resilience of Australia’s live music culture, LocalnLive and VCC are providing an opportunity to come and watch the awards at a special unofficial NLMAs event. You’ll get to see the presentation of the award for Best Live Act in the ACT in person, and enjoy live performances from local talents and nominees Hope Wilkins and Kirklandd.

Wednesday

Storytime Rangers

Come and join the fantastic Storytime Rangers Mel, Dom and Teagan for an unforgettable outdoor adventure! Image: Supplied.

Tales & Trails: Storytime adventures

Where: Jerrabomberra Wetlands, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick
When:
10:00 am
Cost
: $15 per child, $125 per term ticket (10 sessions). Bookings essential, tickets available through the website.

Jerrabomberra Wetlands is Canberra’s home to abundant birdlife, including the remarkable Latham’s Snipe. It is a unique conservation area of just over 200 hectares, adjacent to Lake Burley Griffin.

The Jerrabomberra Wetlands’ storytime rangers Mel, Dom and Teagan will take you on a discovery trail around the wetlands, share some Australian picture books, and explore nature linked to the stories through hands-on activities. They do messy arts and crafts so wear paint-friendly clothes and bring a change of clothes as well!

It’s perfect for children aged one to five years. Every session covers a different story, craft and theme.


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