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Hosted by Lifeline Central West on Monday, March 29, this free two-hour workshop will discus common myths and statistics about mental health and suicide in Australia. How do you recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions? How do you respond when someone experiencing mental illness? To be held at CentrePoint from 6pm. The inaugural exhibition for the Platform Arts Hub – Textures of One – will open at the Blayney Railway Station on April 9 and run for four weeks, closing on April 30. The theme is “steam”, paying homage to the recently restored complex. Details of registration and opening night tickets not yet available. The Millthorpe Wine Collective, a collaboration between Angullong, Slow Wine Co and Tamburlaine Organic Wines have launched their first official event, a Mouthful of Millthorpe. Over three sessions on the last weekend of the Orange Food Festival, the Mouthful of Millthorpe is a moving feast through the village with sojourns at each cellar door for a gourmet food and wine pairing incorporating local produce. Bus pick up and drop off point is at the Orange Visitors Information Centre for the first two sessions, and Blayney Information Centre for the third session. April 18, Tickets eventbrite, cost $20-$90. After a stellar performance at last year’s Inland Sea of Sound festival, talented singer-songwriter Imogen Clark will return to Bathurst with a set of honest, pop-infused rock tunes. She’ll be at The Victoria Bathurst on Saturday, March 27. Doors to the event will open at 6pm. Tickets cost $15 and are available from www.thevictoriabathurst.com.au. It’s time to get the creative juices flowing with entries open for the annual Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. It’s the 30th anniversary of the short story or poetry competition that honours the great Aussie writer (and favourite son of Orange). The works must have Australian content. Entries can be emailed or posted in by 5pm on April 23. Entry forms from cwl.nsw.gov.au or on 6393 8120. Email entries to competition@cwl.nsw.go.au accompanied by an entry form. What will you spot this year when Sculptures by the Bush springs to life? A cartoon character, recycled metal animals … or funky mailboxes. It’s quite the sight to see, and there will be a digital map for you to follow. There are three categories – hay bale art, farm art and scarecrows. Which will be your favourite? School holidays, April 11-18. Various around Blayney Shire. Fancy putting in an entry? Entries close on Sunday 28 March with judging on Thursday April 1. Check with the council for details. Application forms can be found at https://forms.gle/gFzNXvZdHuRDw7a57 The market is held on the third Sunday of the month from 8.30am until 12.30on at Carrington Park. If the weather turns wet the venue will be shifted to the Blayney Shire Community Centre, so it’s on regardless of what mother nature throws down. Grab a coffee and have a browse. Orange’s F.O.O.D (Food of Orange District) week will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year (COVID willing). Australia’s longest running regional food festival is a 10-day community event celebrating Orange’s food and wine – from farmers to chefs and restaurants. Among this year’s signature events are Shining the Light on Local Producers, the Sampson Street Lunch, a 30th anniversary dinner, Taste Local on the Lawn and a Sunday producers market and brunch. Orange F.O.O.D, April 9-18. Various venues. Tickets available at orangefoodweek.com.au. Ongoing Last year the Beekeeper’s Inn was preparing run a series of regular busking gigs, until COVID hit. Fast forward a year and from 11.30am to 1pm each Saturday. The sessions will encompass an ‘unplugged’ theme, and are open to any creative looking to perform in front of an audience. For more information, visit the Beekeeper’s Inn Facebook page. If you like a bit of Irish music and dancing then this is the gig for you. ‘A Taste of Ireland’ is headed to Orange with its world-class dancing and folk music mash-ups. You’ll be able to travel through Ireland’s tumultuous history without leaving our fair shores. Orange Civic Centre, March 26, 7.30pm. Book tickets at premier.ticketek.com.au Families will be treated to a great day out when the much anticipated Bluey’s Big Play – The Stage Show comes to town. Featuring brilliantly created puppets, Bluey fans will get the chance to see the lovable character and the rest of her gang up close and personal. It will star the Heeler family, Bluey, Bingo, Bandit and Chilli, in their first live theatre show. April 15-16, Civic Theatre, Orange, 45 minutes, no interval. Tickets https://premier.ticketek.com.au/ The Orange Shop and Go Farmers’ Market is on the second Saturday of each month at Northcourt, on the corner of Peisley and March Streets. You’ll be able to pick up fruit, vegetables, preserves, fruit pies and homemade donuts. 8.30am to midday. The Orange Rotary Markets are held on the third Saturday of each month with local produce and crafts. Sick of listening to the same music streaming list on repeat? Here’s on your chance to get out and soak up the last of daylight savings sunshine with a relaxing afternoon of live music. Bring along a picnic and friends/family for the free events (COVID safe, of course). On March 27 Carrington Park, Blayney will be bopping to the sounds of Clancy Pye and The Hip Replacements while on March 28 the reserve next to the Corden Store, Cudal will host Momentum and Gabemusic. What happens when you put a harp and a saxophone together? You get a gig that will challenge every conceived notion you have of the capabilities of these two instruments which you don’t often see paired. Emily Granger will be wielding the harp, Niels Bijl the sax for the first time together in a concert from Night & Day. Part of the he Orange Chamber Music Festival. Tonic Gala Dinner, two course meal, April 11, book at https://www.orange360.com.au/Events/Orange-Chamber-Music-Festival. Thinking of hitting the road for a camping holiday this year? A lot of people are and there are some great locations in the Central West and (way) beyond. You can start in Dubbo with visits to the Farmers Markets, Taronga Western Plains Zoo and the city’s historic streets. Then hit the road heading west. Visit Silverton, Wilcannia and Walgett (try the thermal artesian bore baths), look at fish traps in Brewarrina and paddle boat in Bourke. The entire trail is 930km following the Darling River. Should take six days or so (depending on how much you linger longer). Don’t forget to back the mosquito repellent and the sunscreen. Check out https://www.visitnsw.com/things-to-do/drives-and-road-trips/central-to-outback-nsw Big events, big personalities, lives lived and experiences shared are all part of Orange Regional Museum’s newest long-term exhibition. Inherit: Old and New Histories takes a look at the region using more than 100 objects with stories that have shaped the area’s history. 151 Byng St, Orange. Runs until September 5, 2021. Have an event you’d like the community to know about? Send us your details using the form here

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Hosted by Lifeline Central West on Monday, March 29, this free two-hour workshop will discus common myths and statistics about mental health and suicide in Australia. How do you recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions? How do you respond when someone experiencing mental illness? To be held at CentrePoint from 6pm.

The inaugural exhibition for the Platform Arts Hub – Textures of One – will open at the Blayney Railway Station on April 9 and run for four weeks, closing on April 30. The theme is “steam”, paying homage to the recently restored complex. Details of registration and opening night tickets not yet available.

GOOD TASTE: Heidi Crossing, Phoenix Kamsteeg and Jen Baylis are the group behind the Millthorpe Wine Collective and the Millthorpe Mouthful.

GOOD TASTE: Heidi Crossing, Phoenix Kamsteeg and Jen Baylis are the group behind the Millthorpe Wine Collective and the Millthorpe Mouthful.

The Millthorpe Wine Collective, a collaboration between Angullong, Slow Wine Co and Tamburlaine Organic Wines have launched their first official event, a Mouthful of Millthorpe. Over three sessions on the last weekend of the Orange Food Festival, the Mouthful of Millthorpe is a moving feast through the village with sojourns at each cellar door for a gourmet food and wine pairing incorporating local produce. Bus pick up and drop off point is at the Orange Visitors Information Centre for the first two sessions, and Blayney Information Centre for the third session. April 18, Tickets eventbrite, cost $20-$90.

IMOGEN CLARK: Touring.

IMOGEN CLARK: Touring.

It’s time to get the creative juices flowing with entries open for the annual Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. It’s the 30th anniversary of the short story or poetry competition that honours the great Aussie writer (and favourite son of Orange). The works must have Australian content. Entries can be emailed or posted in by 5pm on April 23. Entry forms from cwl.nsw.gov.au or on 6393 8120. Email entries to competition@cwl.nsw.go.au accompanied by an entry form.

ROLL THEM OUT: Lachlan and William Ryan have come up with their own design for the Hay Bale Challenge that's based on a popular video game. Photo: Contributed.

ROLL THEM OUT: Lachlan and William Ryan have come up with their own design for the Hay Bale Challenge that’s based on a popular video game. Photo: Contributed.

What will you spot this year when Sculptures by the Bush springs to life? A cartoon character, recycled metal animals … or funky mailboxes. It’s quite the sight to see, and there will be a digital map for you to follow. There are three categories – hay bale art, farm art and scarecrows. Which will be your favourite? School holidays, April 11-18. Various around Blayney Shire. Fancy putting in an entry? Entries close on Sunday 28 March with judging on Thursday April 1. Check with the council for details. Application forms can be found at https://forms.gle/gFzNXvZdHuRDw7a57

The market is held on the third Sunday of the month from 8.30am until 12.30on at Carrington Park. If the weather turns wet the venue will be shifted to the Blayney Shire Community Centre, so it’s on regardless of what mother nature throws down. Grab a coffee and have a browse.

Orange’s F.O.O.D (Food of Orange District) week will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year (COVID willing). Australia’s longest running regional food festival is a 10-day community event celebrating Orange’s food and wine – from farmers to chefs and restaurants. Among this year’s signature events are Shining the Light on Local Producers, the Sampson Street Lunch, a 30th anniversary dinner, Taste Local on the Lawn and a Sunday producers market and brunch. Orange F.O.O.D, April 9-18. Various venues. Tickets available at orangefoodweek.com.au.

GARDEN OF SOUND: Beekeepers Inn manager Queenie Green and owner Mark Lockwood. Photo: SAM BOLT

GARDEN OF SOUND: Beekeepers Inn manager Queenie Green and owner Mark Lockwood. Photo: SAM BOLT

Last year the Beekeeper’s Inn was preparing run a series of regular busking gigs, until COVID hit. Fast forward a year and from 11.30am to 1pm each Saturday. The sessions will encompass an ‘unplugged’ theme, and are open to any creative looking to perform in front of an audience. For more information, visit the Beekeeper’s Inn Facebook page.

IRISH EYES: Are heading to Orange.

IRISH EYES: Are heading to Orange.

If you like a bit of Irish music and dancing then this is the gig for you. ‘A Taste of Ireland’ is headed to Orange with its world-class dancing and folk music mash-ups. You’ll be able to travel through Ireland’s tumultuous history without leaving our fair shores. Orange Civic Centre, March 26, 7.30pm. Book tickets at premier.ticketek.com.au

HEELER FAMILY AFFAIR: Bluey takes to the stage.

HEELER FAMILY AFFAIR: Bluey takes to the stage.

Families will be treated to a great day out when the much anticipated Bluey’s Big Play – The Stage Show comes to town. Featuring brilliantly created puppets, Bluey fans will get the chance to see the lovable character and the rest of her gang up close and personal. It will star the Heeler family, Bluey, Bingo, Bandit and Chilli, in their first live theatre show. April 15-16, Civic Theatre, Orange, 45 minutes, no interval. Tickets https://premier.ticketek.com.au/

FARMERS' MARKETS: Pick up some fresh produce.

FARMERS’ MARKETS: Pick up some fresh produce.

The Orange Shop and Go Farmers’ Market is on the second Saturday of each month at Northcourt, on the corner of Peisley and March Streets. You’ll be able to pick up fruit, vegetables, preserves, fruit pies and homemade donuts. 8.30am to midday. The Orange Rotary Markets are held on the third Saturday of each month with local produce and crafts.

Sick of listening to the same music streaming list on repeat? Here’s on your chance to get out and soak up the last of daylight savings sunshine with a relaxing afternoon of live music. Bring along a picnic and friends/family for the free events (COVID safe, of course). On March 27 Carrington Park, Blayney will be bopping to the sounds of Clancy Pye and The Hip Replacements while on March 28 the reserve next to the Corden Store, Cudal will host Momentum and Gabemusic.

What happens when you put a harp and a saxophone together? You get a gig that will challenge every conceived notion you have of the capabilities of these two instruments which you don’t often see paired. Emily Granger will be wielding the harp, Niels Bijl the sax for the first time together in a concert from Night & Day. Part of the he Orange Chamber Music Festival. Tonic Gala Dinner, two course meal, April 11, book at https://www.orange360.com.au/Events/Orange-Chamber-Music-Festival.

Thinking of hitting the road for a camping holiday this year? A lot of people are and there are some great locations in the Central West and (way) beyond. You can start in Dubbo with visits to the Farmers Markets, Taronga Western Plains Zoo and the city’s historic streets. Then hit the road heading west. Visit Silverton, Wilcannia and Walgett (try the thermal artesian bore baths), look at fish traps in Brewarrina and paddle boat in Bourke. The entire trail is 930km following the Darling River. Should take six days or so (depending on how much you linger longer). Don’t forget to back the mosquito repellent and the sunscreen. Check out https://www.visitnsw.com/things-to-do/drives-and-road-trips/central-to-outback-nsw

Big events, big personalities, lives lived and experiences shared are all part of Orange Regional Museum’s newest long-term exhibition. Inherit: Old and New Histories takes a look at the region using more than 100 objects with stories that have shaped the area’s history. 151 Byng St, Orange. Runs until September 5, 2021.

Have an event you’d like the community to know about? Send us your details using the form here