These school holidays MarketPlace continues to put the fun into environmental education. From the 22nd of September to the 3rd of October MarketPlace Leichhardt will be hosting their annual Enviro Expo and this year promises to be the best yet. Running from 10am to 3pm every weekday the centre will be filled with activities designed to teach and entertain.
Centre Manager John McCallum is proud of MarketPlace Leichhardt’s environmental credentials and sees part of the Centre’s responsibility as ensuring the community is as educated and motivated as they can be, “Our Enviro Expo will provide the community with ideas and inspiration as to how we can tread more lightly on the Earth.” OzHarvest has partnered with MarketPlace Leichhardt for the Enviro Expo and will run a non-perishable food drive and the World League Protection of Animals will hold a cat food and cat litter drive.
Bring your kids along and they’ll enjoy highlights such as the Bike ‘n’ Blend, where they can watch their smoothies being blended by the power of their own legs. There will also be an educational talk from the World League for Protection of Animals, which will discuss the importance of protecting our native animals, or you can visit the cuddle cubby house to sneak a cuddle from a kitten or two!
MarketPlace Leichhardt: corner of Flood and Marion St, Leichhardt. Ph: 9560 4488 or www.marketplaceleichhardt.com.au
Doing it for the kids
Sydney Children’s Festival is an event that celebrates artistic excellence and innovation for and by children aged 5-12 years old.
Hosted at the Seymour Centre for the first time, this year’s SCF will be based around three high quality theatre works; the New York cabaret Still Awake Still!, an acrobatic superhero show KAPOW!, and Twinkle, an exploration of stars and galaxies through music, script and song. These performances are presented alongside inspiring workshops from Shaun Parker & Company and Australian Theatre for Young People plus collaborative visual arts projects, a silent disco, a touch of magic and a whole lot more.
The Seymour’s courtyard will be a hive of activity. The Kazador Circus Tent takes up residence under its leafy trees, and fans of up-close-and-personal theatrics can roll up and find a ringside seat to see daredevil jugglers, awesome acrobats and whipcracking hula hoop stars. It’s also the perfect spot for lunch, with food and drink available on site so families can picnic outdoors. The City of Sydney Lawn Library sets up shelves in the courtyard, offering a great spot to read or relax.
★ To go into the running to win a FREE family pass to Still Awake Still! 10.30am 23rd September, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of where you picked up Ciao.
Big Aussie Barbie
Currently there are over 120,000 men across Australia living with prostate cancer (and another 20,000 are diagnosed every year) but awareness and funding for this disease is incredibly low. For the past five years now, the Big Aussie Barbie has been working to combat this. They raised more than $1 million last year alone, with 850 barbies held across the nation. So come on, get a little ocker, buy some snags and Skippy steaks, crack open a Carlton and help do something positive for men’s health!
For more information or to learn how to host, visit www.bigaussiebarbie.com.au
Sunday 14th September
Big Bike Day
Big Bike Day is an annual event held in September for cyclists of all ages, interests and skill levels. Featuring plenty of great entertainment and activities, including free bike workshops, raffle prizes and a group bike ride around the bay at noon, this will be a lot of fun for the entire family! There will also be a free healthy lunch provided after the big bike ride, as well plenty of other activities to keep the kids interested such as face-painting booths and a rock-climbing wall. Whether you ride with two wheels, three wheels, or even just one, Big Bike Day is the perfect event for you!
War Memorial Park, Lilyfield, 10am-2:30pm
Sunday 14th September
Millers Point Spring Picnic
Millers Point is well known for it’s heritage-listed housing, specifically on and around Lower Fort Street, but recent forced evictions of long-term residents in this area has angered many locals. To protest this, the Millers Point Community Association is hosting a small festival that will highlight the culture and history of the area. Featuring walking tours and guest speakers, as well as plenty of market stalls and entertainment, this event seeks to save the community. So come on down, have some fun and show your support for one of the oldest and most beautiful suburbs of Sydney.
Where: Argyle Place via the Rocks, 10am-4pm. For more information visit www.facebook.com/millerspointpicnicday
Friday 19th September
The Rockabilly Women
If you say ‘1950s Rockabilly’, names like Elvis, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis spring to mind – but what about the ladies? Turns out there was a treasure trove of fantastic female rock’n’roll recorded by Sun Records, but was never promoted because it was deemed vulgar. “These women unknowingly became pioneers.” says event organiser and vocalist Narelle Evans, “They laid the foundations for the sexual revolution.” If you are interested in hearing the story of four, largely forgotten musicians with some great rockabilly tunes, make sure to come down to Django Bar. Tickets cost $20 at the door.
To make a booking, visit www.stickytickets.com.au/16611
Saturday 20th September
Back On Your Bike
They say that you never forget how to ride a bike, but if you haven’t cycled in 10 years then maybe you don’t want to leap straight to riding on main roads during peak hour traffic. Whether you’re just interested in a refresher course or you want to learn how to properly check that your bike is safe, this workshop, which is part of the Treading Lightly program aimed to reduce carbon emissions, will make sure that you are prepared for cycling around the Inner West. Spaces are limited so book now at: www.eventbrite.com.au
For more information, contact the Sustainability Team on 9716 1991
Sat 20th to Sun 21st September
The vegetable plot
Rozelle vocalist Elana Stone, known for her gig with Sydney country quartet All Our Exes Live in Texas, has turned a new leaf singing with local beets and roots band, the Vegetable Plot. The ensemble’s mission is to inspire kids to eat their greens, and Stone’s soulful groove could be just the gastronomic intervention your family needs.
Friday 26th September
Noches Latinas and Salsa Kingz
If you feel you have a bit of a Latin flair, the Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL is the place for you to be. Come join Christian Guerrero and the award-winning Salsa Kingz band for an outstanding evening of great Latino music and dance. It doesn’t even matter if you’re a novice; there is a complimentary salsa lesson for ticket holders from 8pm! Tickets are $20
To purchase tickets, phone (02) 9559 0000
Mon 1st to Thurs 18th October
Sondheim on Sondheim
Originally presented on Broadway in 2010, Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate look into the genius of Stephen Sondheim, aka the ‘Father of the Modern Musical’, behind such musicals as Sweeney Todd and West Side Story. This production by Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre beautifully weaves together video interviews of Sondheim with brilliant re-imaginings of some of his most acclaimed works.
For info and bookings visit www.seymourcentre.com or phone (02) 8065 7337