Celebrate central Victoria during the warmer months at these great events.
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Dragons Abreast Bendigo Inc. is a team of breast cancer survivors and their supporters who paddle a dragon boat for fun, fitness and friendship.
The team are dusting down their boat to get back out on the water and are inviting anyone who has experienced breast cancer to join in the fun.
Any level of fitness and any age is welcome.
Find the team at the lake, they will be dressed in pink.
Champagne and nibbles provided.
Any queries please contact Donna Harrison 0409 926 386, Diane Davidson 0407 839 677 or Jenny Curran 0407 423 770.
Where: Lake Weeroona, Bendigo.
When: Wednesday, February 12 and February 26, from 5pm.
The Intensive Care Auxiliary Bendigo Health is hosting a friendly morning coffee.
The auxiliary provides additional equipment for intensive and critical care and assists in funding critical care nursing scholarships.
There will be a tasty morning tea with bottomless tea and coffee. Entry is $8.
This morning tea will include a raffle and some lucky seat prizes and all are welcome to this event and to their fundraising activities.
If you would like more information, please contact Beth on 0429 011 447.
Where: The Rising Sun Hotel, Barnard Street, Bendigo.
When: Monday, February 10, from 10am.
Gather your family and friends and join in to celebrate Chinese New Year.
This festive event will welcome in the Year of the Rat with a traditional Lantern Festival.
The year of the rat is considered to symbolise new beginnings and renewals.
The event will include performances by the Bendigo Chinese Association's Lion team, Plum Blossom dancers, tea tastings and Joss House Temple tours.
The event also includes Chinese calligraphy available.
Children from Dr Harry Little Preschool have decorated lanterns which will be on display at the temple.
Gold coin donations appreciated.
For more information about the Lantern Festival, please contact the Bendigo Joss House Temple on 5442 1685 or click here.
Where: Bendigo Joss House Temple, Emu Point Finn Street, Bendigo.
When: Sunday, February 9, gates open 6.30pm, festivities from 7pm.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES WORKSHOP
Head along to this free workshop, aiming to help all live their lives a little more sustainably.
Professional gardener and author, Simon Rickard, introduces the wonderful world of heritage fruit and vegetables, and celebrates their beauty, diversity and history with tips on how to grow.
Simon Rickard is author of Heirloom Vegetables: A guide to their history and varieties.
Bookings required, click here.
Where: Bendigo Library, Hargreaves Street, Bendigo.
When: Tuesday, February 11, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
Head along to the Spring Gully Hall and enjoy music by Family Rhythm Dance Band at this fun, dancing event.
This dance will include a good program and a delicious home cooked supper.
There will also be a raffle and prizes.
All welcome, admission $9.
For more information contact Keith on 5444 2953.
Where: Spring Gully Hall, Spring Gully Road, Bendigo.
When: Saturday, February 8, from 8pm.
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Bendigo will celebrate the sounds of music with the inaugural Bendigo Chamber Music Festival.
A new addition to the Bendigo arts calendar, this festival will bring chamber musicians from all over the world to Bendigo for 15 memorable concerts.
There will be numerous performers throughout the festival, including one of the world's leading orchestras, Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
The event will also include the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Covent Garden, BBC Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Sophie Rowell, SSO principal viola Tobias Breider, tenor Andrew Goodwin and many more.
The program will present masterworks such as Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, Beethoven's Second Symphony, and Schubert's "Trout" piano quintet.
There are also free events to be enjoyed by the whole community.
To purchase tickets for the event click here or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, phone 5434 6100.
Where: Various locations in Bendigo.
When: Until Sunday, February 9, various times.
Bendigo Pottery's Centre for Learning and Design Gallery is a space dedicated to the exhibition and sale of contemporary ceramics.
CLAD Gallery aims to showcase the work of ceramic artists with a program of exhibitions, workshops, floor talks and masterclasses.
Three internationally acclaimed ceramic artists, living and working in central Victoria, show refined technique in their cermaics at this exhibition.
Artists are, Garry Bish, Su Hanna and Prue Venables.
Where: CLAD Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, Bendigo Pottery, Midland Highway, Epsom.
When: Until Sunday, March 22.
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.
International photographer, Mike Rutherford, will be exhibiting more than 30 images portraying the local area in ways that move beyond usual tourist images into something darker.
Still Scapes is a free photographic exhibition that tackles everything from climate change to the erosion of rural life.
Mike Rutherford's images are from the local region and recent trips to remote India.
Mike is a former advertising photographer who has lived in Trentham for about 15 years.
Last year, Mike travelled to India twice for photography and many of those images are featured in the exhibition.
Mike will be exhibiting his works in Dehli and Mumbai in the coming years.
For more information, click here or phone 5424 1516.
Where: Cosmopolitan Hotel, High Street, Trentham.
When: Until Tuesday, March 31.
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: email@example.com or phone 1800 813 153.
Where: Living Arts Space, Pall Mall, Bendigo.
When: Until Saturday, February 29, 9am to 5pm.
RIVERBOATS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Musicians Bernard Fanning and Kate Millder-Heidke will be the headline acts for Echuca's 2020 Riverboats Music Festival.
Held over three days in the Echuca-Moama region, the annual music festival will also feature Troy Cassar-Daley, Something for Kate, Archie Roach, the Go Betweens' Robert Forster, Dyson Stringer Cloher, Bob Evans, Ainslie Wills, Horns of Leroy featuring Thando, Matt Joe Gow, Jess Locke and Rockwiz's Brian Nankervis taking the reins as the festival MC.
Held aboard the historic Pride of the Murray paddlesteamer, this festival is the only music festival in Australia providing attendees the opportunity to experience a one-hour live performance whilst cruising down Australia's longest river.
For more information and tickets, click here.
Where: Echuca-Moama region.
When: Friday, February 14 to Sunday, February 16, various times.
GIGGLE AND HOOT
Giggle and Hoot Live in Concert, will return to stages with a national tour this March and April.
Jimmy Giggle (played by Jimmy Rees) and his Owl Pals Hoot and Hootabelle are thrilled to be bringing their live show, taking themselves on the road to share joy with pre-schoolers everywhere.
Set off on a pirate adventure to find Mini Hoot and witness the self-proclaimed 'World's Greatest Magician' - Magician Jimmy Giggle-ini.
The show will also feature the Giggle Galaxy and plenty of good times along the way.
Tickets on sale now.
For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au
Where: Capital Theatre, View Street, Bendigo.
When: Tuesday, March 31. Click here for more information.
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