BY PETER STEVENSON
ACT Contingent Leader
Calwell & Wanniassa Bendigo branches recently provided great financial support to ACT Scouts to assist some of its youth members attend the most recent Australian Scout Jamboree, 2007. Held in January in northern Victoria, and attended by 12,000 Scouts from Australia and overseas, 335 young people and approximately 85 adults from the ACT attended this huge 12 day event.
Scouts at the Jamboree participated in various activities, including flying, a giant water slide, adventurous pursuits, exploring and relaxing in Bendigo and on the Murray River, watching big arena acts, having a market day, and much more. It was a rewarding and busy time for young and old.
Bendigo Bank supported a number of families with the costs of sending their children to the event and their donation is greatly appreciated.
BY PETER STEVENSON
Are you going to put yourself in the running to travel to the Cannes Film Festival?
The ACT Filmmakers’ Network will be running a preliminary workshop to support those wishing to participate in an upcoming film pitching competition to be run in Canberra to potenitally see a participant to travel to the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.
Viisit our website for more details about this event:
The ACT Filmmakers’ Netwoirk is supported by the ACT Government through ARTSACT and the Australian Film Commission.
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Vignerons Jenny & Terry O’Donnell would like to invite you to the Mundoonen vineyard and winery. Mundoonen is a fully equipped, small Canberra District winery, making wine exclusively from hand-picked Canberra District premium wine grapes. All their wine is hand-made in their winery with state-of-the-art wine equipment. Their first wine, the 2002 Riesling, won the Gold Medal and Trophy for the best Riesling at the Canberra Regional Wine Show 2004. They make a range of different styles of wine using Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc using premium Canberra District Wine grapes.
The winery and vineyard are located beside the Yass River behind one of the oldest (C.1858) settlers’ cottages in the beautiful Yass River Valley and the Cool Climate Canberra Wine District. They are open on Sundays and public holidays between 11am and 5.30 pm.
If you would like to visit and inspect the winery, picnic, sit by the river, or walk the high ridge track above the vines and river valley, you are most welcome. Call in advance to arrange.
Address ‘Mundoonen Wines’
1457 Yass River Road
Yass, NSW, 2582
Phone (02) 6227 1353
Mobile 0417 66 88 10
Fax (02) 6227 1453
Check out Picture Yourself, a photo manipulation service provided to both internet users and, for that face-to-face touch, Canberra locals.
Customers provide a high resolution photo of themselves in digital or hard copy format which we then integrate into one of a catalogue of famous copyright-free images. In addition, we can apply a range of special effects, create photo mosaics, or convert photos into pencil sketches or cartoons. See the sample gallery for ideas and examples. Whether you want to embellish a special photo, make yourself part of a famous scene, or create a unique and humorous present for a friend, we can make it happen. We welcome all requests and will do all we can to meet them.
On Sunday, 20 May 2007, the Evan Hourigan Memorial Walk will take place. The walk has been organized by Evan’s friends and work colleagues to celebrate his life that was so tragically cut short.
Evan was a proud and popular Canberran, participating in many sporting and social events in Canberra and the surrounding region. Evan was an accomplished sportsman, playing Australian Rules football from an early age for the Belconnen Magpies and represented the ACT in a number of junior representatives sides. He also represented the ACT in junior basketball over a number of years.
Most recently Evan was a member of the Bilbys triathlon club and the Team QUON cycle group. He was a keen and competitive triathlete, and it was whilst competing in one of these events that he died. He was 34 years old and was married with a young son Kai, who is now 15 months and is expecting his second child in July this year.
Evan touched so many lives in so many different ways, and in honor of his life a Memorial Walk from Commonwealth Park of approximately 5.5 kilometers – commencing at the end of Anzac Parade at 10.30am – crossing both Commonwealth and Kings Avenues bridges is to be held.
At the completion of the walk there will be a free BBQ, activities for the kids and lucky door prizes. To participate in the day please register at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on how to make a donation or obtain further information can be found at www.richardson-orourke.com. All proceeds from the day will assist Evan’s young children with their development and educational needs in the future.
When: Sunday, 20 May 2007
Where: Commonwealth Park – at the end of Anzac Parade
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WHAT IS REBIRTHING?
Rebirthing is a powerful, safe and gentle breathing technique which reduces stress, increases energy, and brings ease and pleasure to your life and relationships.
During the session, a professionally trained Rebirther will guide your breath to increase the level of energy in your body, this energy stimulates the body’s natural ability to cleanse and purify itself of limiting thought patterns. By learning to breathe consciously and fully, you discover and release the negative issues held within your mind and emotions.
HOW WILL REBIRTHING BENEFIT ME?
Rebirthing is a specific breathing technique that utilises the breath as a means to expel negative emotions and thought patterns (both conscious and subconscious) that are inhibiting an individual from experiencing life and love.
During the experience you are taught to inhale all that is positive; love, life and health and exhale the negative; hate, disease and death.
Rebirthing can be compared to a glass of water with a layer of dirt settled at the bottom (the dirt being our negative unconscious decisions). The breathing techniques allow clean water to be poured into the glass which stirs up all the dirt, pushing it over the top and out. By continuing to pour in clean water, the dirt is slowly filtered until the glass of water is crystal clear.
By committing to at least 10 rebirthing experiences we are giving ourselves the opportunity to omit all subconscious garbage, although there are initial benefits to a one off experience, eventually all the dirt goes back to the bottom of the glass. By making a long term commitment you will reap the specific benefits of a complete ’emotional makeover’ that will last a lifetime.
WHY IS IT CALLED REBIRTHING?
Rebirthing means change. While rebirthing you may remember things about your birth. During your sessions you may learn how decisions made at birth and early in your childhood have affected your life and relationships. You will receive tremendous value from discovering how current issues originated from these early decisions.
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Looking for a fantastic day out? Look no further than one of the special excursions organised by the Canberra Historic Railway Society. Upcoming events include the Showtime Express which includes a trip to Sydney to see the irrepressible Dame Edna (aka Barry Humphries) or Priscilla! This weekend spectacular takes place on Sat/Sun 19/20th May. Pick-ups are made at Canberra / Queanbeyan and Bungendore.
If that sounds too long for you how about riding a Classic vintage train to the Bungendore Market Day on Sunday 20th May. The trip includes a ride on a veteran steam engine, scenic travel and onboard light refreshments.
If a great night out is what you are looking for sign up for the Christmas in July dinner/ dance trip to Tarago. A rollicking good time is guaranteed! Train departs Canberra @ 6pm on Sunday 7th July 2007.
For more details on all of the above excursion visit www.arhsact.org.au or call 02-6284-2790
Directing his attention on Canberra –
Pick a major Australian Theatre Company and you won’t have to look far to find the name David Berthold. Berthold will be in Canberra to explore the developmental and creative processes involved in producing new works within theatre companies. “I’m a great believer in companies, in the opportunities they can create for artists to be at their best and for returning audiences to share in the joy and insight artists offer.”
David Berthold’s roles have included: Artistic Associate of the Queensland Theatre Company (1991-93), Associate Director of Sydney Theatre Company (1994-99), Artistic Director of the Australian Theatre for Young People (1999-2003) where his four years as Artistic Director turned that company from crisis to a national leader, and as Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company (2003-2006). He has served on many panels and committees as an arts advocate and advisor, including at the Australia Council, NIDA, the Australian Musical Foundation, and several universities. He has also directed work for Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin, Auckland Theatre Company, La Boite, NIDA, Black Swan, Melbourne Theatre Company, Opera Queensland and Playbox Theatre.
As a part of The Street Theatre / Canberra Youth Theatre collaboration and a part of the Master it Series 2007, this is a rare opportunity for local Directors to work with and tap into the vast experience of this highly acclaimed director. End.
Directing Company Work and Directing New Writing – M4 – David Berthold
Places available: 10
When: 18 – 22 May (Fri 18 May 6 – 8.30pm; 19 & 20 May 10 – 4pm; Mon 21 May 7 – 10pm Tues 22 May 10 – 4pm)
Where: The Street Theatre
Bookings – 02 6247 1223
The Street Theatre
Tel: 02 6247 1519
Mobile: 0431 985 369
Jigsaw Theatre Company in association with The Street Theatre present Emma’s Dynasty
By William Yang
Like a modern-day Alice in Wonderland, Emma is transported in another world. Through her Grandmother’s tales, she finds herself in Ancient China discovering intriguing artefacts, opinionated dragons and life in the Imperial Court. This is a story of travel, flight from danger, re-invention and identity. Will knowing she is part of the royal lineage of the Imperial Court change Emma?
Inspired by Ah Xian’s sculptures and works in the Asian Collection at the National Gallery of Australia, director Kate Shearer commissioned the award-winning William Yang to write Emma’s Dynasty. Together they have created an enchanting work for all ages which speaks of discovery and travel to inner worlds not yet charted.
Suitable for 8 – 12 year olds and everyone who wants to be that age again.
Location Street 1
Writer: William Yang
Director: Kate Shearer
Multi-Media Artist: Kim O’Connell
Designer: Imogen Keen
Music & Sound Design: Sandy & Gary France
Cast includes: Justine Campbell
OPENING NIGHT Thurs 28 June
Season Dates 28 June – 14 July
Public Performances 28 – 30 June
Meet The Makers 29 June @ 6.30pm
School Performances 2 – 6 July
Holiday Performances 6 – 14 July
World premiere Street Independent
Aberrant Theatre in association with The Street Theatre presents Without Prejudice, two works by Christos Tsiolkas directed by Catherine Langman
A middle-aged man paces a police lockup. A young boy faces interrogation. Who gets to decide what really happened between them?
An ordinary family of Aussie battlers eagerly await the arrival of their new son, a war-orphan ordered over the Internet. But little Mohammed/Brad turns out to be not quite what they ordered!
Without Prejudice is a double bill of one-act plays, Carburettor and The Trauma Report, by acclaimed Australian writer Christos Tsiolkas (Loaded, The Jesus Man, Dead Europe). Carburettor, first seen in the 2005 hit show Six Pack, is Tsiolkas’ searing portrayal of a taboo relationship and its aftermath. In the surreal, comic carnage of his new work The Trauma Report, Tsiolkas turns the microscope on the terrorist in all of us.
By turns bitingly funny, menacing and tender, Without Prejudice brings an electrifying, no-holds-barred night of theatre to The Street.
WRITER Christos Tsiolkas
DIRECTOR Catherine Langman
Location Street 2
Preview Wed May 30
OPENING NIGHT Thurs May 31
Season Dates 31 May – 16 June
Meet The Makers Tues 5 June @ 6pm
The Street Theatre and ANU Drama Department present
By Mark Taylor
It starts with kids in combat fatigues, crew-cuts, boots, belts, buckles and lots of spare time. One night the morals officer appears. Someone has taken their problems to the outside. The whistleblower, a rogue cadet, must be found. And everyone at school kicks downwards.
ACT Writer Mark Taylor visits The Street for the first time wrestling with the human motivations and power relationships at the heart of bastardization in military training in our Defence Force.
Kabu Okai-Davies directs this confronting production probing the ‘accelerated deconstruction’ of officer cadets, ritualised dehumanization in military training, and the power of the pack. Welcome to John Foster’s story. It’ll rip your guts.
Writer Mark Taylor
Director Kabu Okai-Davies
Lighting Design Jan Wawrzynczak
Preview Wed 23 May
OPENING NIGHT Thurs 24 May
Season Dates 24 – 27 May
The WORD on the Weather .
by Darren Giles
Gungahlin Weather Centre
Gungahlin’s weather is now guaranteed!
The Gungahlin Weather Centre has been providing Gungahlin residents with a unique local weather service since it began operating from Ngunnawal, back in January 1998.
Over the years, the Weather Centre has grown to keep pace with the ever increasing population of Gungahlin (now nudging the 30,000 mark), and now provides live weather updates every 5 minutes via the Gungahlin Weather Centre web site (www.gungahlinweather.com).
The Weather Centre web site, which records all major weather elements including; temperature, rainfall, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed and so on, also provides locals with a unique daily weather forecast, specifically for Gungahlin.
Gungahlin Weather Centre operator, Darren Giles, started the centre out of frustration of the lack of weather information available for Gunaghlin residents in the Canberra press.
The web site is visited by thousands of locals and visitors each month, and now there’s another good reason to log on and check it out – the Gungahlin weather comes with a guarantee!
Each day, the forecast temperature range for Gungahlin is posted on the web site. There’s a monthly prize on offer if the weather guarantee is broken. This occurs if the actual recorded minimum and maximum temperatures (when combined) differ from the forecast by more than 5.0°c on that day.
The monthly competition is open to everyone (not just Gungahlin residents). To join in the fun, register for the Gungahlin ‘Weather Guarantee’ today. Simply click on the ‘weather guarantee’ logo on the home page.
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