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Healthy Souls help the Paw

A community dog walk has been organised for Sunday 22nd June along McCauley's off-leash Beach to raise money for Wollongong Animal Rescue Network (WARN), in association with Paw Trails, The Dog Project, and Bang Bang & Fluff.

"The aim is to raise money for WARN with a gold coin donation for each dog attending the walk. WARN will also hopefully be in attendance with dogs currently in their foster care, which will be a great way to showcase them to assist find their forever home."

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Nillawarran artists get fired up

“Feeling the heat” often implies uncomfortable pressure or warmth, or it can be a desirable state. Whether environmental, physical, emotional or political, there is plenty of room for interpretation. This has proven to be a popular theme for the inaugural winter exhibition at the Clifton School of Arts which opens in early June.

Nineteen local artists have explored and interpreted this theme, and will be represented in a diverse show of evocative paintings, sculptures, photography and drawings, showing from 6-15 June.

Ruth Harvey and Vyvian Wilson, who are members of the Clifton School of Arts (CSA) Management Committee, dreamed up the exhibition in order to ‘warm up’ and invigorate a unique cultural space, and to provide an opportunity for more artists to experience and enjoy the venue.

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Kids Biz 2014 is coming!

Following on from the enormous success of last years school holidays science bonanza comes Kids Biz Create Studio 2014, a day of cartooning fun for children in Kindy to Year 6 at school. There will be drama, cartooning, clay animation and multimedia workshops.

Exploring the theme of “Who is the greatest of all creators?, cost is $15 per child, morning tea and lunch included. At Austinmer Anglican 49 Moore Street, Friday 4th of July from 9am to 3pm!

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Massive winter plant sale this Saturday

With a long weekend coming up, residents are encouraged to drop down to the massive winter plant sale at the Botanic Garden this Saturday.

The winter plant sale at the garden’s Greenplan Nursery will offer more than 13,000 native trees, shrubs, ground covers and grasses, plus a number of exotic species.

Qualified horticulturists and Friends of Wollongong Botanic Garden volunteers will be on hand to give advice on plant selection.

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Improving Relationships

So much of what we experience in our relationships with others goes unsaid, or comes out in ways that can be very damaging. We often struggle with indecision and a lack of clarity over what is happening with others. It may be reassuring to know that you are not alone in these experiences and things can change for the better, for your own well-being.

A one day workshop, Assertiveness and Improving Relationships, is being offered through Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday 26th June. The workshop will run from 10am through to 2.30pm and will be a donation-only arrangement. All proceeds will be donated to help support Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre.

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Krav Maga alive and kicking in the Illawarra

For the first time, Thirroul is being introduced to a different form of practical self-defence training from an unlikely source.

Shaun Hughston grew up in the Illawarra. He is a family man, a successful recruitment professional, and a Krav Maga self-defence instructor.

“It’s for regular people – you don’t have to be tough. I own a recruitment company, I wear glasses, you would never guess I am a Krav Maga instructor,” jokes Shaun.

The basis for Krav Maga was first devised in the 1930s to protect European Jews from fascist attacks. Later, it became mandatory in the Israeli army. Over time, it has been developed into a form of self-defence training for civilians, with simple moves that are taught in relation to real life situations.

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Summer dubbing finale at Bombie Bar


The Bombie Bar nine month Summer comes to a close with a bang (or a dub) this weekend after witnessing amazing talent over an incredible season of entertainment including Declan Kelly and the Rising Sun, The Kava Kings, Darren Middleton, Big Erle, The Blue Ruins, Genevieve Chadwick, Caravana Sun, Ray Beadle, Heavyset Dub, The Underskore Orkestra, Swing Booty, Beatmeisters, The Tracks, Ian Giddey, D’Luna, Garfish, Rebecca Moore and Nicole Brophy plus many more.

This Sunday promises to usher in Winter in style with Sunshine Coast Electro/Dub outfit Dubarray, bringing their unique ambient sounds to Coalcliff.

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Silver Screen Supper ventures off the eaten track

A new, mysterious dining experience is set to take over the Illawarra. The ‘Silver Screen Supper’ combines local food, entertainment, mystery and intrigue to bring you a memorable dining experience, and all profits go to a local charity.

The mystery events are run by Covert Cuisine, fronted by Alison Perizi, aka Agent Edesia. Drawing inspiration from similar events in Newcastle, Alison is now introducing mysterious dining events to the Illawarra, with the premier event, Silver Screen Supper, in Wollongong on June 14th.

As a self confessed foodie, Alison wanted to combine her love of food, experience in events and passion for social justice to build something special.

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The Beatles get back to where they once belonged

Take the long & winding road to Beaches Hotel, Thirroul, this Queens Birthday long weekend to soak up some classic Beatles music, performed lovingly by a line-up very rarely seen on one stage together.

The Beatles Show returns to Thirroul for the fifth consecutive year. Held over two days, the show brings together 3 great things; Beatles music, talented local & international musicians, and beer.

Held on June 7th and 8th, it marks the day the Beatles recorded ‘You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)’ 47 years ago.

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