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City of Ballarat Community Magazine August 2009
Ballarat Seniors Festival
Residents over 60 years of age have the chance to participate in more than
60 events during next month's Ballarat Seniors Festival.
The month long event features a range of activities including gardening talks,
astronomy workshops, bus tours, musical performances, games days,
financial seminars, dancing, a picnic, cooking and mobile phone workshops.
Many of the events are free, while others require a gold coin donation or
charge a fee to participate. Bookings are required for some of the activities,
as many events have limited spaces available or catering requirements.
The Festival will be launched on Thursday 1 October at 11am at the Ballarat
Library. Grandparents are encouraged to bring their grandchildren, under the
age of seven years along to enjoy a story. Dancing, giveaways and other
activities will be on offer. The children can also dress up as their favourite
Another Festival highlight will be the performance by Frankie J Holden and
his wife Michelle Pettigrove. 'How sweet it is' will be held at the Wendouree
Centre for Performing Arts on Friday 9 October from 1.30pm. They sing and
dance to some of the greatest songs about love, marriage, children and all
the other facets about being a couple.
The Art Gallery of Ballarat has organised three musical performances as part
of the Festival. Seniors are also being given the chance to participate in a
behind the scenes tour of the Gallery.
Free bus transport is available for some events. For further information
phone Davis Bus Service on 5331 7777.
A 'Taste' of Ballarat
The flavours of Ballarat and Central Victoria will be on show at the Ballarat
Showgrounds on Sunday 13 September, the third year the 'Taste' event has
been held. It is a way for local food producers to promote their products.
'Taste' will boast all the traditional displays you have come to expect from
a food and wine event, but these will be complemented by tastings of new
produce from the region. Fine dressings, handmade chocolates, gourmet
biscuits and homemade muesli are just some of the products you will find
The event has been moved to the Ballarat Showgrounds this year to
enable a larger number of stallholders to participate. The new location
also has ample off street parking while still being close to the Central
A new feature of 'Taste' in 2009 will be a series of cooking demonstrations,
supported by Council. The demonstrations, which will be conducted by
exhibitors and local cooking enthusiasts who are willing to share their
secret tips and hints for success in the kitchen.
'Taste' will run from 10am until 4pm. For further information phone
0409 533 242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep your eye out for the Festival program. It will be available
later this month from a range of locations including The Phoenix,
25 Armstrong St Sth, Ballarat.
Below: John Harbour at
the 2008 'Taste' event
Above: Michelle Pettigrove and Frankie J Holden will perform during the Ballarat
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