22 October 2020

Eleven things to do in Canberra this week (23 - 29 October)

| Sharon Kelley
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Mountain biking

Start mountain biking for pleasure and exercise. Photo: Supplied.

Halloween’s just around the corner, so warm up your engines and lock your doors because there’s a great program of scary movies on offer from Mov’in Car drive-in this week.

Canberra’s public art biennial Contour 556 continues with a symposium at the Canberra Theatre on the legacy and future of making art in the public domain in Canberra on Thursday, and Thunderstone at the Dwelling on Springbank Island on Sunday.

Plant lovers have an opportunity on Saturday to swap plants with other gardeners in Molonglo as Communities @ Work hosts a Plant Swap, while on Sunday all the Thomas the Tank Engine fans can visit the Canberra Miniature Railway for a ride to the top of the hill on the five-inch gauge Yerrabi line through the tunnel.

Join Menslink for their annual Business Breakfast with guest speaker Georgeina Whelan live from the Region Media studio on Tuesday, and don’t miss Watch Your Wellness hosted by Woden Community Service on Friday as part of Mental Health Month.

Music lovers will welcome the return of the ANU Orchestra with musicians from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra at Llewellyn Hall on Wednesday.

If you love getting together with friends over a glass of wine, feel creative, and you’re a massive Harry Potter fan, head to Assembly on Monday for a social painting session where Hogwarts meets Van Gogh, and for those of you wanting to move your body, head out to Stromlo Forest Park on Tuesday and start learning the proper way to ride your mountain bike safely.

On Thursday, AustCyber will be holding the second national missing persons hackathon, with real cases to work on, in conjunction with the Australian Federal Police. No experience is necessary to join the hackathon, so get a team together and compete, and bring missing people home to their families.

Have a great week Canberra!

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Mov'in Cars Halloween

Scare yourself silly for Halloween with Mov’in Cars Halloween special event! Image: Supplied.

Mov’in Car Halloweek Drive-in Special Event

Where: Mov’in Car Drive-in Cinema, Questacon Carpark
When: 27 October to 1 November 2020, various times
$49.50 for a car of 1-2 people, $59.90 for a car of 2-5 people.

Warm-up your engines and lock your doors – it’s time to celebrate Halloween at Mov’In Car Canberra with a week of horror movies.

Enjoy the scariest movie line-up and bring your best Halloween outfit and win an all-inclusive night package!

From the 27th of October to the 1st of November, wear your most terrifying outfit at the drive-in and share your picture on Instagram using the hashtag #movincar. Each night, the best picture will be awarded another ticket for any other movie, two pizzas of your choice, and two beers from Capital Brewing Co.

And for a limited time, meet El Diablo, aka Canberra’s deadliest chilli pizza. The braves who will eat it to the very last slice will be rewarded with an Evil Eye Red IPA from Capital Brewing Co to cool you down!


Watch your wellness

Watch your wellness live stream. Image: Supplied.

Watch your Wellness as part of Mental Health Month

Where: Eddison Park and Online
When: 11:00 am
Cost: Free.

Watch Your Wellness aims to bring awareness to the lived experience of mental illness and encourage community members to learn strategies to increase their health and wellbeing. This digital event includes a variety of activities such as mindfulness, art, exercise, music and speakers sharing their lived experience of mental illness and recovery.


Molonglo Valley Plant Swap

Communities@Work is proudly supporting the Molonglo Valley Plant Swap. Image: Supplied.

Plant Swap

Where: Stromlo Cottage, Noffs Cres, Coombs
When: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
: Gold coin donation.

A plant swap is a great opportunity to connect with other passionate plant lovers, to have some fun and to obtain new plants for your collection. To attend, bring bare rooted or potted plants to swap (indoor or outdoor species), and please ensure all plants are pest-free.

Places are limited so register your attendance by email.

Communities@Work is proudly supporting the Molonglo Valley Plant Swap. This event is also supported by the Molonglo Valley Mingle Program.


Canberra Miniature Train

Canberra Miniature Train rides are on again! Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Miniature Railway Open Day

Where: Jerrabomberra Avenue, Symonston
When: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
$3 per ride, or $15 for an unlimited day pass.

Got a Thomas the Tank Engine fan? Bring them along to the Canberra Miniature Railway’s public running days!

They are offering rides on the Yerrabi Line to the top of the hill with their 5-inch gauge line taking you through the tunnel. Still only $3 a ride or try the best value (non-transferable) ticket at $15.00 for all-day unlimited trips.

If you need a venue for a birthday party they offer a $30.00 package which includes access to the barbeque, seating, an enclosed area, and one all-day pass for the birthday child.

If you would like to book, email the Canberra Miniature Railway or call 1300 731 954. Free parking, canteen facilities, and please wear enclosed footwear.

Thunderstone at the Dwelling

Thunderstone at the Dwelling, Springbank Island. Photo: Supplied.

Contour 556 – Thunderstone at the Dwelling

Where: Springbank Island via Ferry at west end of Lawson Crescent, Acton
When: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Free, Bookings through TryBooking.

Contour 556 presents Thunderstone at the Dwelling on Springbank Island, where you can hear the cultural history of Sullivan’s Creek, Black Mountain, and what lies below the surface of Lake Burley Griffin.

Meet at the ferry wharf at the west end of Lawson Crescent, Acton. Catch ‘The Gull’ ferry to Springbank Island and join Ngunnawal Elder Tyronne Bell to hear the cultural history of the area.

Spend time on the island viewing ‘The Dwelling’, by James Tylor and Samantha Rich, and also see ‘Y Love’, by New Zealand artist Glen Hayward.



Mischief will be managed and you will bring home a piece that everyone will be jealous of! Photo: Supplied.

A Starry Night at Hogwarts: Harry Potter meets Van Gogh

Where: Assembly, 11 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
When: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$60, tickets available through Humantix.

Mischief will be managed and you will bring home a piece that everyone will be jealous of!

While you’re sipping on your favourite wine, beer, or cocktail and enjoying the banter and atmosphere, our creative workshop leaders will guide you through an enjoyable and social painting session.

By the end of the evening, you and your friends will take home your very own masterpiece. Everyone is an artist at The Social Creative!


Mountain biking at Stromlo Forest Park. Photo: File.

Mountain Biking Fundamentals 5 Session

Where: Stromlo Forest Park, Opperman Avenue
When: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
$395 for Five Sessions of the Skills Program.

In so many sports participants start with lessons to get the basics, why should mountain biking be any different?

This five-session program is designed for beginner to intermediate riders who want to get the fundamentals right so they can build on a solid base.

The session covers body position, braking, corners, berms, riding obstacles, front and rear wheel lifts, pumping and even intros to jumps and drops.

Riders learn at their own pace and do not move onto more advanced tracks until they feel comfortable and demonstrate the required skills.

Georgeina Whelan

Georgeina Whelan is the guest speaker for this year’s Menslink Business Breakfast, on Tuesday 27 October. Photo: File.

Menslink Business Breakfast

Where: Online
When: 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Cost: Pay what you can afford.

The Menslink Business Breakfast is an annual fundraising event and brings together hundreds of business and community leaders from across Canberra to hear from inspiring speakers, network with other community-minded people, and support the great work of Menslink.

The Menslink Business Breakfast continues its tradition in 2020 of hosting important speakers on issues of critical importance to the Canberra Community. Join them as they take this event online to your workplace via a live broadcast from the Region Media studio.

All of the profits from the event go directly to support Menslink programs that have been supporting young men in Canberra since 2002.


The ANU Orchestra

The ANU Orchestra will be joined by members of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra at Llewellyn Hall. Image: Supplied.

ANU Orchestra at Llewellyn Hall

Where: Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University School of Music
When: 7:30 pm
School of Music Students free, Adults $20, Concession $15, Students $10 Tickets through Eventbrite.

Join the ANU Orchestra and musicians from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra as they return live to the Llewellyn Hall stage!

Conducted by Max McBride, the Orchestra will play a program of Brahms Academic Festival Overture op.80, Shostakovich – Piano Concerto no.2, Soloist: Ronan Apcar, Dvorak, Symphony no.8 op.88.

This is a COVID-safe event with reduced, allocated seating. Due to the social distancing requirements of the venue, seating is allocated in the back stalls of Llewellyn Hall.


Join this year's National Missing Person's Hackathon.

Join this year’s National Missing Person’s Hackathon. Image: Supplied.

National Missing Persons Hackathon

Where: Online
When: 10:00 am
$35, Register through Eventbrite.

For a second year running, AustCyber has partnered with the Australian Federal Police’s National Missing Persons Coordination Centre, and Canadian-based not-for-profit Trace Labs, to convene a missing persons ‘capture the flag’ (CTF) event during Australian Cyber Week.

Participants in teams of up to four or as individuals will set about discovering information publicly available on the internet (also known as open-source intelligence or OSINT), with the goal of aiding relevant State and Territory police in their investigations for the missing persons cases provided for the event.

No experience is necessary. If you can Google, have searched for people through social media, you can help! As a bonus, you’ll be automatically registered for an online self-paced OSINT Foundational program to give you the basics and help you understand your digital footprint.

If you see yourself as an ‘online investigator’, ‘cyber hacker’, or a ‘cyber sleuth’, then this is the event for YOU!

Contour 556 Symposium

Contour 556 Symposium will hear from a range of speakers. Image: Supplied.

Contour 556 Symposium: Making art in Canberra’s public domain: Legacies and Futures

Where: The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre
When: 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm
$20, bookings essential. Tickets available through Canberra Theatre Centre.

Session one: Canberra has a history of being the stage for the presentation of challenging contemporary art practice in the public domain. A panel of artists and curators review the legacy and significance of some of these projects including Australia’75 and the parallel program Sculpture 75, Acts I II III, a series of performance and public participatory art events instigated and organised by Ingo Kleinert and Diana Ashcroft Johnson from 1978 to 1982 and the National Sculpture Forums of 1995 and 1998.

Session two: The panel reflects on the challenges and importance of delivering a regional contemporary art festival, the new fashion for temporary pavilions as ‘architectural art’ and some of the considerations for artists on making their work and exhibiting in temporary art events. What have been the impacts on the growing climate of risk aversion and the uncertain culture of the pandemic changing what temporal art projects can say? Will ambitious temporal contemporary art events survive?

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