Ten things to do in Canberra this week (25 June to 2 July)

Sharon Kelley 26 June 2020
Don't miss out on New York-style pizza at the Mov'in Car Outdoor Cinema at Questacon carpark.

Don’t miss out on New York-style pizza at the Mov’in Car Outdoor Cinema at Questacon car park. Photos: Supplied.

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, venues are slowly but surely re-opening, including cellar door wine tasting and charcuterie at Lake George Winery or, my personal favourite, the Westering Restaurant and Chef Davis’ cooking class.

Chef Davis isn’t presenting your normal cooking class. For a start, they send a stretch limo to pick up your group of 10 to learn how to make gnocchi with a delicious ragu while sampling wine to match the menu (details below).

There’s another new drive-in at the Questacon car park from 1 July until 19 July. Take the whole family along and try out a Nutella dessert pizza or one of their classic New York-style range.

If you’re desperately missing motor racing, the Canberra Model Car Racing Club at Kambah is having a model car race meeting this weekend where you can try racing firsthand with a hired model car.

Music lovers have a feast of online performances on Friday and Saturday night via the RISE Canberra menu of terrific local events, and on Monday be sure to check out Mother Tongue poetry featuring Melanie Munungurr and Alexandra C Steffan.

For the creative types, learn how to grow micro-greens, take part in a digital art class with an exhibition featuring your own work, or hang out with Harry Eason, creator of the Human Simulator and find out how to be a successful entrepreneur.

All weekend

Wine tasting and charcuterie at Lake George Winery

Wine tasting at the Lake George Winery.

Lake George Winery – Wine Tasting and Charcuterie

Where: Cellar Door, Lake George Winery, Federal Hwy, Lake George, NSW
When: Thursday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: $40 per couple

Cleanse those taste buds and get ready for an afternoon of wine tasting and a charcuterie board at Lake George Winery among the grapevines!

The family-owned Lake George Winery Cellar Door is now open for wine tasting and sales, so go and check out one of our favourite destinations and try some award-winning cool-climate wines. All their grapes are hand-picked, follow sustainable practices and their wine is vegan friendly and made with love. The Lake George Winery Cellar door is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with delicious wine and charcuterie for you and a friend to enjoy.

Bookings are recommended, call 4848 0182.

Live in Ya Lounge

Live in Ya Lounge is back for another packed weekend of talented local musicians such as Muddy Wolfe, Kim Yang and MAXO.

Live in Ya Lounge

Where: Online
When: Friday, 26 June and Saturday, 27 June, 7:30 pm
Cost: Free live streaming, donations welcome

Wind down your week with a night of live music from the comfort of your own home, selected from RISE Canberra’s rich local offering

On Friday night, you will be joined by Muddy Wolfe, playing songs from their new EP with Kim Yang, bringing her blend of folk, pop and blues tunes. They’ll be joined by The Tipsy Scholars (formerly known as The Gypsy Scholars), an Australian indie-folk band playing their tales of travel, love and life.

Saturday night’s performance will be presented by Hollie Col, well known for ‘Hazel’ and other great tunes. Joining her is well-loved local Canberra boy and 2019 International Songwriting Competition finalist, MAXO. He’ll bring his band for a huge energetic set which will have you up and dancing in your lounge room.

For more information, visit RISE Canberra.

Friday

Musician and artist Cathy Diver will perform as part of the Canberra Theatre At Home series.

Musician and artist Cathy Diver will perform as part of the Canberra Theatre At Home series.

CTC@Home – Cathy Diver Live Performance

Where: Online
When: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

Continuing Canberra Theatre Centre’s CTC@Home series is a live performance by Cathy Diver. Cathy is a Canberra-based alt-country and folk artist. Her songs stitch together as tender vignettes, shifting and sunburnt. For more information and to find out how to attend, visit the RISE Canberra website.

Sunday

Racing model cars is fun for everybody, bring the kids and see who can beat dad!

Racing model cars is fun for everybody, bring the kids and see who can beat mum and dad!

ACT Model Car Racing Club Race Meet

Where: Kambah Model Car Racetrack, in the middle of the sporting fields near Kett Street
When: 9:00 am
Cost: Free for first-timers, fees apply for members

Missing your motorsport? Here’s the next best thing – get down to the ACT Model Car Club and enter for the Sunday Race Meeting at their purpose-built racing track in the middle of the sporting fields near Kett Street in Kambah, and don’t worry if you don’t have a car, you can hire one on the day. For more information and to register your place, visit their website.

Join Chef Davis for an experience like no other at the cooking masterclass.

Join Chef Davis for an experience like no other at the cooking masterclass.

Cooking Masterclass with Chef Davis at Westering Restaurant

Where: Westering Restaurant
When: 3:00 pm
Cost: Two options available – $89 per person or $150 per person

Grab your friends and make up a group of 10, and catch the chauffeured stretch limo out to the Westering Restaurant for a Cooking Masterclass (and some wine) with Chef Davis! You’ll learn to cook gnocchi and ragu, and have a great time sampling wine and cooking with one of the best chefs in town.

Bookings are essential, call 0478 597 986 or email westering@createconsultants.com.au to reserve your place.

Monday

Mother Tongue Zoom: Melanie Munungurr & Alexandra C Steffan

Mother Tongue Zoom: Melanie Munungurr & Alexandra C Steffan.

Mother Tongue Zoom: Melanie Munungurr & Alexandra C Steffan

Where: Online via Zoom
When: 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

Mother Tongue is a multilingual poetry open mic session via RISE Canberra celebrating cultures, history and identities from around the globe. This coming Monday, Mother Tongue will be featuring Alexandra C Steffan, a bilingual poet who grew up in northern Germany and is now based in Darwin, and Djapu woman and 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion Melanie Mununggurr.

Alexandra will share poetry in German and English, and Melanie Mununggurr will perform in Dhuwal (a Yolngu Matha dialect) and English. There will also be a multilingual open mic!

Sign up to share a poem in a language other than English. Poets have four minutes, plus any introduction or translation into English (mixed-language poetry is encouraged!) All styles welcome, read your original poem, or a piece by someone else.

For more information and attendance, visit RISE Canberra.

Tuesday

Learn how to grow microgreens at home.

Learn how to grow microgreens at home.

Growing Microgreens at Home

Where: Online
When: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Cost: Entry by donation ($10 suggested, but it’s up to attendees)

Learn everything you need to get started growing microgreens at home. Microgreens are delicious tiny versions of salad greens. Join The Canberra Environment Centre and Fiona Buining from Ainslie Urban Farm as they take us through the practical steps involved in growing microgreens at home. For more information and to register, visit RISE Canberra.

Harry Eason and his journey to create a human simulator

Harry Eason and his journey to create a human simulator.

My journey into building a Human Simulator with Harry Eason

Where: Online
When: 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Cost: Free

Join the live and exciting online series with the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)’s alumni and discover their career journey.

This Tuesday you can hang out with Harry Eason, creator of the Human Simulator. Discover his career journey since graduation and ask him to spill his secret into landing a dream job! Plus, find out the various pathways that await you in the industry. For more information and to register, visit RISE Canberra.

The drive in is back at Questacon carpark!

The drive-in is back at Questacon car park!

Mov’in Car – Outdoor Car Cinema at Questacon

Where: Canberra – Questacon Car Park – Parkes ACT
When: Opening night on 1 July, sessions running until 19 July
Cost: $49.90 per car for two people – $59.90 per car for three to five people

Enjoy a classic movie comfortably seated in your vehicle. Turn on your radio and you’ve got the perfect night at the cinema while the 4k projector blows your mind. Re-discover Titanic, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born or Toy Story, and if you feel like singing in your car with your mates, you may want to have a look at The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Mov’in Car is bringing a selection of New York-style pizzas, including the iconic margarita, pepperoni, Hawaiian and more to your car. Bookings are essential, buy your tickets here.

Thursday

Tony Curran

Join the Digital Drawing & Painting workshop with Tony Curran. Artwork: (detail) Tony Curran. Surprise, Surprise!! #puppysurprise, 2018.

Digital Drawing & Painting – Workshops & Exhibition

Where: Workshop 1 Online via Zoom
When: 6:00 pm

and

Where: Workshop 2 In-person at Tuggeranong Arts Centre
When: Saturday, 11 July 1:00 pm

Outdoor Exhibition – 1st to 15th August
Cost: $20 per person, includes both workshops and artwork printing for the exhibition.

Artist Tony Curran is hosting two digital drawing and painting workshops. There will be an opportunity to have your artwork included in an outdoor exhibition on Tuggeranong Lakefront. This workshop is suitable for beginners and artists of all levels, 16 years and older. For more information and to register your place, visit RISE Canberra.


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