Theres plenty happening in our region this week. Check out our list for a few things to put in your diary.
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The Illumin8 festival is an annual celebration of peace, harmony, light and colour.
The three day event is inspired by Buddha's life at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion.
The event features different light installations, multicultural performances, food and market stalls, family entertainment and an animated light show on The Great Stupa.
There will also be fireworks in the evening on Saturday.
For more information, click here.
Where: The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Sandhurst Town Road, Myers Flat.
When: Until Saturday, May 18, 10am-9pm.
The Victorian Button Collectors Club is hosting a Button Festival, inviting all to come together to view and possibly purchase a huge range of buttons.
The buttons range in type from antiques, vintage and to the more modern type.
There will also be raffles, a display from the Bendigo Historical Society and creative children's activities.
Entry is $4 and payable at the door.
More information, click here or phone 03 9884 5675.
Where: St Andrew's Uniting Church, 26 Myers Street
When: Saturday, May 18, 9.30am-3.30pm.
BENDIGO CHAMBER CHOIR
Do you have a favourite piece of choral music?
Maybe you know a tune but don't know the name of it? Chances are the Bendigo Chamber Choir will be singing it this weekend.
This music featured at this concert has been chosen to complement the current Bendigo Art Gallery exhibition, Portraits from Tudors to Windsors.
With people around the globe having listened to the music at the royal weddings; the choir, along with the Bendigo Chamber Orchestra, will follow in the centuries-old tradition of special music for special occasions.
The pieces will include music from coronations dating between 1558 - 1952.
The performance features works from composers such as William Byrd, John Blow, Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel, with a special performance of Handel's Zadok the Priest.
$20 concession, $25 adults.
Where: Bendigo Town Hall, Hargreaves Street.
When: Sunday, May 19, from 3pm.
PLAISTOW HOMESTEAD BIGGEST MORNING TEA
Join in for a Biggest Morning Tea event with Lil and Peter Skilbeck, hosting the event at their heritage listed homestead for over 20 years.
The Skilbeck's first participated in the event in 1998 at the insistence of their eldest daughter, Tamara.
Whilst a lot of people think they started the event because of Tamara death from melanoma in 2001, it was actually started as Lil is a breast cancer survivor of 35 years.
The couple have continued the tradition in support of all those who have been touched by cancer.
The event brings in an excess of 100 people a year, coming together to enjoy a hot tea, fresh scones and most of all, to show support for the Cancer Council's mission.
In addition to the morning tea, there will also be a mini market with sauces, jams, knitted goods, plants and handcrafts. There will also be raffle prizes to be won, guest speaker from Cancer Council, Jane Auchettl and much more.
Entry cost is a donation.
Where: Plaistow Homestead, 324 Rodborough Road, Joyces Creek.
When: Thursday, May 23, from 10.30am.
Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre (BVRC) is hosting a fundraiser and celebrating National Volunteer Week.
The event has Gloria Bell Tea, coffee and cake served from 6pm prior to the film starting at 7pm.
There are lucky door prizes available.
$20 includes movie ticket, light snack and donation to BVRC.
Call the theatre to book your tickets on 5446 2025.
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Where: Star Cinema, Town Hall, Peg Leg Road, Eaglehawk.
When: Thursday, May 23, from 6pm.
The Bendigo Family History Group will be hosting their May general meeting this weekend.
An item on the agenda of this meeting will be problem solving, with a workshop on the Computer Data Base.
Learn how to use the information behind the database with over a million records to view.
Stay for a cup of tea and feel welcome to enjoy the meeting.
If you have a "brick wall" with your Bendigo based research then email firstname.lastname@example.org with your problem and we will try and fix it for you.
All interested persons are invited to attend.
Where: Activity Room 1, Bendigo Library, Hargreaves Street.
When: Saturday, May 18, 2pm.
Want to attend something a little different this weekend?
The Bendigo Chiko Rollers (Bendigo's first Roller Derby team) will take on The Rolling Matildas.
This action packed event is hosted by Dragon City Roller Derby and will feature all round 4 games, a low contact scrimmage, stalls and merchandise.
Entry by gold coin donation.
For more information on the event, click here.
Where: Bendigo Stadium, Inglis Street, Bendigo.
When: Saturday, May 18, from 8.30am.
The Australian Heritage Festival continues this weekend with an opening of a house and garden.
"Protecting heritage while making a home" is the theme of this opening.
The house is a miners cottage built in 1874 by William Goldsworthy who was a mine manager.
It has since been renovated by its owner, Marg Hogan, who has sourced second hand materials and undertaken a lot of the work herself.
Originally built on Crown Land under a Miner's Right, it was only changed to freehold in 1980.
The home has had only four owners and was built from solid timber construction.
Entry is by donation of $5 for adults.
Where: 9 Black Street, Long Gully.
When: Sunday, May 19, 10am-4pm.
Do you like to walk and make new friends?
Enjoy a brisk morning walk around scenic Maldon every Tuesday.
Meet new friends and enjoy some exercise.
Where: Maldon Neighbourhood Centre, Cnr Church and Edwards Street, Maldon.
When: Tuesday, May 21 and May 28, 7.30am-8.30am.
The Greater Bendigo Danceland Inc. continues to host New Vogue and Old Time dances.
The social dance nights are a great way to socialise, whilst getting in a bit of exercise.
The event features homemade suppers, lucky door prizes, raffles and much more.
Some of the dances included at the events are Swing Waltz, Emmerdale M/W, Charmaine Waltz and many more.
For more, please phone Sharon Tanner 5447 0775.
Where: St Andrew's Uniting Church Hall, Myers Street, Bendigo.
When: Saturday nights, May 18, 8pm-11pm.
SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE
Head along to the Spring Gully Hall for a great evening dance.
There will be great music by Adrian Holmes Trio Dance Band, a good program and delicious home cooked supper.
There will also be raffle and prizes.
Admission $9.00. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Keith on 5444 2953.
Where: Spring Gully Hall, Spring Gully Road, Bendigo.
When: Saturday, May 18, from 8pm.
PURSUITS OF PASSION AND PRINCIPLE
Buda Castlemaine will host an exhibition of Australian arts and crafts, jewellery and decorative art that will complement the existing collection in the house and garden, which belongs to the Leviny family.
The arts and crafts movement, started by William Morris in the 1800s, influenced the Leviny daughters who lived at Buda.
Their passion to decorate the home with items both useful and beautiful is still a feature of the house interior today.
Special admission prices are in place until Sunday, April 7, giving Castlemaine State Festival goers an extra week to view the exhibition.
Click here for more information and ticket prices.
Where: Buda Historic Home and Garden, Hunter Street, Castlemaine.
When: Until Sunday, May 19, 10am-5pm.
TUDORS TO WINDSOR
More than 150 British portraits of royalty are on display at the Bendigo Art Gallery.
The major exhibition - Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits - features works on loan from London's National Portrait Gallery with some never having been seen outside of the United Kingdom.
Tudors to Windsors highlights major events in British and world history from the 16th century to present day.
The portraits will allow the gallery visitors to study the royal family faces of the Tudors, the Stuarts, the Georgians, the Victorians and the Windsors.
Cost: Adult $25, Concession $22, Bendigo Art Gallery Member $20, PGAV Member $20.
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, View Street.
When: Until Sunday, July 14, 10am-5pm.
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