Celebrate central Victoria during the warmer months at these great events.
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SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
School holiday electronics workshops for children are being offered by members of Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club.
These workshops have been running for over 10 years and aim at providing skills and enthusiasm to the next generation of engineers.
The workshops are all-day sessions which will include soldering techniques, revision and completing a project that the child can take home.
Cost for the workshop is $65.
Spaces are limited. Phone Mike Tobin on 5447 9359, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Castlemaine, phone for further information.
When: Thursday, January 23.
There is fun for the whole family at the Port of Echuca Discovery centre these holidays.
The team at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre has been working hard to transform the Cargo Shed on the Echuca Wharf into a child-friendly space.
This space will include various games, toys, costumes, activities and more.
The centre also has a school holiday program which features two sessions each week until Friday, January 24 of 'Kids Torchlight Tours' and 'Art Classes with Murray Ross'.
For more information, contact the centre on 1300 942 737 or email@example.com
Where: Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, 74 Murray Esplanade, Echuca.
When: Until Friday, January 24, various times.
BACK TO SCHOOL CRAFTS
Get your child's school year off on the right foot with back-to-school activities, crafts and games.
These games and craft activities are designed to help children learn skills such as, talking about themselves and.
This is a fun, free event.
Where: Kennington Village Shopping Centre, 150 Condon Street, Kennington.
When: Friday, January 24, noon to 3pm.
CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR
OUTDOOR TAI CHI
Enjoy a serene start to the Chinese New Year with a session of gentle exercise for the mind and body.
For all ages and abilities.
This event will be held on the grassed area between the Bendigo Library and the Town Hall.
No bookings required.
Where: Bendigo Library Gardens, Bendigo.
When: Thursday, January 23, 6pm to 7pm.
DOUBLE MOVIE RATATHON
Celebrate Chinese New Year, the year of the rat with these two family-friendly movies.
The movies, Mulan and Ratatouille, will be shown on a big screen and will let the whole family escape into a world of fun.
No bookings required.
Where: Bendigo Library, Hargreaves Street, Bendigo.
When: Friday, January 24, Mulan - 10.30am to noon, Ratatouille - 12.30pm to 2pm.
SUMMER IN THE PARKS
HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS
Learn more about Bendigo's history with a walking tour through this old gold mining town.
Children can attend the walk for free.
For more information and tickets, phone 5442 6763 or 5441 3443.
Where: Meet at Bendigo Visitor Centre, Pall Mall, Bendigo.
When: Sunday, January 19, 10am to 11am.
Take part in a dance workshop with ZFit Studios.
As part of the Summer in the Parks program, the studio is offering free (or by donation - monies to Relay for Life) workshops for various dance classes.
For more information, phone 0401 978 607.
Where: Bendigo Civic Gardens, Hargreaves Street.
When: Thursday, January 23, 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Head along to the Spring Gully Hall and enjoy great music by Rod McKenzie at this family-friendly dance.
The dance includes a good program and delicious home cooked supper.
There will also be a raffle and prizes.
Admission $9, all welcome. For more information contact Keith on 5444 2953.
Where: Spring Gully Hall, Spring Gully Road, Bendigo.
When: Saturday, January 18, 8pm to midnight.
Heartbeat Bendigo Support Group are hosting another great meeting.
The meeting supports activities and fundraising events in the Bendigo region.
All welcome. For further details, Nola 0419 531 923.
Where: Uniting Church Hall, 68 Chum Street, Golden Square.
When: Sunday, January 19, from 2pm.
CENTRE STATE SWAP MEET
Now in its 28th year, the Centre State Swap Meet is expected to bring in about 200 attendees for all the usual swap meet action.
Organised by Centre State Rodders, this event will raise money for the club and various charities.
The swap meet will include 300 stalls selling everything from tools, bric-a-brac and much more; along with the ever popular Show 'n' Shine.
Entry is $8 and people under 15 get in for free.
Where: Bendigo Jockey Club, Heinz Street, White Hills.
When: Sunday, January 19, gates open 7am.
The sun is shining and that means it is the perfect weather to visit an open garden this weekend.
River Gardens in Axedale features perfumed roses, salvias, lavender and granny bonnets adorning the terraced gardens.
The gardens overlook the Campaspe river and include water features, seating under trees and much more.
There will also be the chance to mix and match garden plants for compatible planting combinations.
Entry $8, children free to attend. Devonshire tea, coffee and scones available for additional fee.
No dogs allowed.
Where: 91 Brownes Lane, Axedale.
When: Saturday and Sundays, January 18 and 19, 25 and 26, 10am to 4pm.
PERFORMANCES AND EXHIBITIONS
THE PAUL GUEST COLLECTION
Former Olympic rower and family court Judge, Paul Guest, has gifted his $2 million collection of artwork to a local gallery.
Featuring more than 200 works, Mr Guest's collection of modern and contemporary Australian paintings and sculptures and focuses on abstraction and conceptualism.
The decision to gift his collection to the Bendigo Art Gallery came from his love of the gallery.
The collection started in the late 1960s after Paul Guest met artist Andrew Sibley.
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, View Street, Bendigo.
When: Until Sunday, March 1.
JOSH MUIR: WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND?
Experience augmented reality at the Josh Muir: What's on your mind? exhibition.
The exhibition features works with hidden meanings behind them, which is accessible through the use of an iPad.
This is a free exhibition with limited availability.
Phone the art gallery on 5434 6088 and please see gallery reception to organise your experience.
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo.
When: Until Sunday, March 1.
This exhibition will appeal to both adults and children, showcasing a playful atmosphere in a gallery space, with works from local artists.
The exhibition features Bendigo LEGO User Group's iconic landmarks from our region, jewellery, textile animals, needle felting, ceramics, pop art paintings and much more.
Free exhibition. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1800 813 153.
Where: Living Arts Space, Pall Mall, Bendigo.
When: Until Saturday, February 29, 9am to 5pm.
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