There's plenty happening in our region this week. Check out our list for a few things to put in your diary.
SHEEP AND WOOL SHOW
For three days, Bendigo will become the place for all woollen fashion, foods and fibres.
The 142nd Australian Sheep and Wool Show showcases Australia's wool growers and lamb producers, attracting thousands of people every year.
The show will also once again feature the Women of Wool, which encourages women to learn more about wool and celebrate women in the industry.
There will be many woollen designs at the parades, wearable art and Woolcraft competitors.
The event also includes high teas, more than 250 stallholders, cooking classes, sheep breeders, shearers, competitions, sheepdogs and their trainers and much more.
Where: Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Holmes Road, Bendigo.
When: Friday-Sunday, July 19-21, from 9am to 5pm.
The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival is an annual three-day event held at the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine.
The festival features a world-class program showcasing the very best in non-fiction films.
Audiences can experience different worlds and cultures through film, bringing them face to face with real-life characters, stories and problems.
The event also includes local students who helped establish the School Strike for Climate Action group featuring in an environmental documentary, Youth Unstoppable.
There will also be film directors and key contributors live at the venue and live via Skype for Q&A sessions.
For more information on the event, click here.
Where: Theatre Royal, Hargraves Street, Castlemaine.
When: Until Sunday, July 21, 10.30am to 10.30pm.
WINTER BLUES FESTIVAL
The 20th annual Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival has established itself as the place to be for blues and roots music.
This musical event will feature more than 60 blues and roots performers from across the country, expecting to play to crowds of about 20,000.
The event is also set to delight not only adults, with children able to participate in a variety of free activities at the Kids Space at Hopwood Gardens.
Children can enjoy face painting, a jumping castle, fairy floss and craft activity zone, while parents can be entertained by performances from The Barren Spinsters, Copenhagen, and Ian Collard.
For more information and for a full program, click here.
Where: Various locations in the Echuca-Moama region.
When: Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28, various times.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Can't wait until Christmas to dance the evening away?
The Bush Dance and Music Club have you sorted with their Christmas in July themed dance, featuring music by the Emu Creek Bush Band.
The event has old time, bush dances and a Christmas theme, so you're welcome to come dressed in your Christmas best.
There will also be raffle and lucky door. Tickets $8 adults and under-16 free.
A plate of supper would be appreciated. For more information contact Mary on 5442 1153.
Where: Anglican Church Hall, Keck Street, Flora Hill.
When: Saturday, July 20, from 8pm.
Enjoy a night of dancing, a good program and a delicious home-cooked supper at the weekend with the Spring Gully Hall Committee.
The event will also include music by Adrian Holmes Trio dance band, raffles and prizes.
$9 tickets, all welcome.
For more information, phone Keith on 5444 2953.
Where: Spring Gully Hall, Spring Gully Road, Bendigo.
When: Saturday, July 20, from 8pm.
WINTER ART SHOW
Escape the winter chill and head indoors to see about 180 artworks displayed in heated facilities, at the 12th annual Winter Art Show.
All artworks are for sale and there is sure to be something to suit everyone.
The art show opens on Friday, July 26, at 7.30pm, with special guest MC and media personality, Graeme Turpie. The opening night will also include television, radio and voice-over artist - and special guest speaker, John Deeks.
Tickets for the opening night are $10 and available at the door (cash only).
The three-day show will include art prizes awarded in four categories, oil, acrylic, watercolour and other media. The pieces will be judged by artist Patrick Verdon, with the winner in each receiving $250.
There will also be a raffle featuring three great prizes, including an artwork by Patrick Verdon himself as first prize. Raffle tickets are $2 each and drawing will take place on Sunday, July 28.
Entry into the show is $3.
Where: Anglican Parish of St Mary's, High Street, Kangaroo Flat.
When: Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28, from 10am to 4pm.
Meet and catch up with your local community members at this lunch event.
See your old friends, mingle with new friends and find out what's going on in the Castlemaine region while enjoying a two-course vegetarian meal.
Tickets are $5 donation, children under 12 years free.
Where: Castlemaine Community House, 30 Templeton Street, Castlemaine.
When: Tuesday, July 23, from 12.30pm.
Come together with a group of friends to read aloud in a shared reading circle.
This community-based project invites attendees to read a different piece of text, chosen by the host, to read aloud and then to be discussed by the group.
This activity promotes wellbeing and connection and shifting thinking in various issues.
For more information, see To Turn A Page's Facebook here.
Where: Kyneton Community House, Mollison Street, Kyneton.
When: Monday, July 22, from 1.30pm.
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