Hunter Valley Charity Ride Meet 10.30am at Metropolitan Hotel, Maitland. Ride starts at noon. $20 donation to register. All money raised goes to Friends of Palliative Care Inc.
Health Expo – Rethink Your Health Saturday and Sunday, 4pm to 7pm, Richardson Park, Hamilton North. Dr Emma Campbell will be sharing tips about how to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Maitland Riverlights Multicultural Festival 3pm to 9pm, The Levee. A diverse range of entertainment and activities, including world music, dance, free language classes, free food tasting, demonstrations, kid’s craft, lantern parade, traditional games and more. This event really shines at night, with the popular festival parade and magical lantern flotilla featured on the Hunter River.
Dog Rescue Newcastle Pet Picnic 10am to 3pm, Islington Park. Stalls, demonstrations, food, drinks, a jumping castle and more.
Maitland’s Biggest Garage Sale 6am to noon, 59 Mustang Drive, Rutherford. All equipment and supplies donated by Premier Fitness and Martial Arts staff and members. Proceeds to Maitland Hospital children’s ward.
The 3rd Annual Holmesville Billy Cart Derby 8am, Historic Holmesville Hotel. Billy cart registration starts at 7am, with the first race commencing at 9am. Entry is free. There will be a jumping castle, face painting, bungee run and a baby animal petting zoo to amuse the kids. Country rock band Ash Mountain will take to the stage about 3pm. Funds raised will be donated to support local community organisation, Mum’s Cottage, which offers counselling, mentoring, information and respite for families.
A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Knockout Competition 8am to 5pm, Pirtek Park, Dunolly Road, Singleton. First game kicks off 9am. Entry fee: $5 per adult, $2 per child. After the success of last year’s Charity Rugby League Knockout Competition, 300 local miners will be swapping their work boots for footy boots for another action-packed day of State of Origin-worthy football action to raise funds for the community’s own Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Apart from what is sure to be an entertaining day of football, there will be plenty of free entertainment off the field with jumping castles, amusement rides and face painting. Food stalls and bar facilities will be available on the day. Strictly no BYO.
Old Waste, New Art Competition 9am to 3pm, Holmesville Community Centre, George Street, Holmesville. West Wallsend District Sustainable Neighbourhood Group is once again sponsoring the Old Waste, New Art Competition, to run in conjunction with the Holmesville Billy Cart Derby. The competition is intended to show the usefulness and beauty of old broken or unwanted items. Turn your trash into treasure for your chance to win a cash prize. Entry is free.
Succulent, Cacti and All Plants Buy, Sell or Swap Day 8am to 11am, Cessnock Toyota Stadium, 101 Mount View Road, Cessnock.
SportsFest 10am to 4pm, Speers Point Park. Smash a baseball, climb a rock wall, ride a surfboard, kick a footy, hit a golf ball or take part in the fun run. A fun day for children and families to try their hand at sports they may be unfamiliar with, or test their skills at sports they already love. Athletics NSW, AFL NSW, Jack Newton Junior Golf and PGA Australia, Baseball SW, Softball NSW, Rugby NSW and Viva 7s, Triathlon NSW, NSA Lacrosse and many more will be on hand to give kids a go. In conjunction with SportsFest a 5km and 10km family fun run will be held beginning at 11am.
Stringtheory 5pm to 10pm, Belmont Hotel. Support young local talent Todd Hayward, Lachlan MacDonald, WSA and Patina Fender.
iTrail at Glenrock The Mark Hughes Foundation is supporting an event iTrail at Glenrock reserve on October 9th .There's a 6km and a 16km course to run through some of the best scenery in Newcastle. (am to 5pm.
Super Fun Picnic Day 10am to 2pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. Celebrate Mental Health Month by dressing up in something fun. You could win a prize. There will be a BBQ, popcorn, jumping castle, guest speakers, face painting, craft, egg and spoon races, meditation, an art and poetry exhibition and more.
Fraser Harley-Davidson Newcastle Open Day 10am to 2pm, 137 Lambton Road, Broadmeadow.
Blacksmiths 2 Breakwall Coast Walk Proceeds go to surf life-saving clubs in the Hunter, Ronald McDonald house, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Variety.
SAVE THE DATE
Tomago House Vintage Fair, 9.30am to 3pm, October 16. There will be market stalls, food and drinks, a kids’ corner, music and entertainment, historic house tours, Devonshire tea, a BBQ, puppet show, and local produce. Also, Warners Bay is hosting the Lake Mac Big Weekend on October 15 and 16. The Offshore Superboats Championships are coming to Lake Macquarie and there will be lots of activities to enjoy – markets, rides and music.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, corner Broke and Halls roads, opposite Hope Estate, Pokolbin.
Kurri Kurri Community Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Rotary Park, Lang Street, Kurri Kurri.
The Olive Tree Market “Special October” Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 8am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE. Parking at the Maitland Road car park.
Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.
Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 8am to noon, corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.
Hunter Street Organic Markets Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
The Impossible Bohemian Market Sunday, 4pm to 8pm, The Edwards Bar, Newcastle West.
Singleton Sunday Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, John Street, Singleton.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Beach & Bush. Until October 23.
Timeless Textiles Julie Ryder. Until October 9.
Acurx Art Gallery 123 GO. Until October 8.
Back to Back Galleries Barbie and Ken group exhibition. Until October 16.
Gallery 139 Merewether: A Transition, by Dino Consalvo. Until October 8.
Newcastle Art Space Taking the arts by the horns; Aeon. Until October 16.
Finite Gallery Caves Beach Junior Art Prize. Until October 9.
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Silvana Wirepa: Face’brook – a portrayal; Into The Mystic: Journeys into the artists of Warnarn; In The Round: Sculptures from the Max Watters Collection. Until October 30.
Newcastle Museum Come See Our Circle exhibition, featuring the art of Jeannie Baker, until October 30. A Newcastle Story; Fire and Earth, until December 31.
Newcastle Art School Front Room Gallery Momentum, an exhibition of work from Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts students. Until October 21.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
Art Systems Wickham Wabi Sabi. Works by Amy Gow, Bronwyn Lusted, Cathy Miers, Sally Reynolds, Jules Visser. Until October 16.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Frugal Forest, until October 9. From Matter to Manner: The Sculpture of Paul Selwood, until November 6. Silence Equals Consent, Variations on Theme of Strings, Elizabeth Maxwell; Robert Brain: an Autobiographical Tapestry, until November 20. Art Express, until October 16.
Curve Gallery Forest, Brett McMahon. Until October 8.
Cooks Hill Galleries Figure vs Landscape. Until October 17.
Bugsy Malone Amusing musical written for young performers showing the rivalry between two gangster mobs in the 1920s. Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday 2pm and 7pm, until November 5; plus 2pm Sunday on October 9 and 23.
Clegg Festival 2016: Week 2 – Upsize Two programs of 40-minute plays by Regional Institute of Performing Arts advanced diploma acting students, each with three works. Civic Playhouse. Program 1 –Wednesday and Friday, 7.30pm: Family Ties, by Jackson Vaughan; Lotto, by Jayden Gobbe-Bezzina; Confessions of a Domestic Goddess, by Leanne Sewell. The plays explore the sense of commitment that comes with belonging, by blood or bond. Program 2 – Thursday and Saturday, 7.30pm: Spy’s the Limit, by Joel Mews; Hung Up on Harrison, by Joel Mews; Propaganda, by Jackson Vaughan. Two comedies and a drama exploring identity and duty.
Flat Spin An out-of-work actress is pursued by mysterious people when she is mistaken for the woman whose flat she is minding; comedy-thriller by Alan Ayckbourn. Club 71, at St Peter’s Anglican Hall, Hamilton. Dinner and show 7pm Saturday, until October 29; Sunday, October 9 and 23; Friday, October 14 and 28.
Hecuba Reimagined Contemporary reworking by Carl Caulfield of Euripides’ classic Greek play shows nothing has changed in 2500 years regarding the impact of war on people; drama with dark comedy. Stray Dogs Theatre, Civic Playhouse, October 12 to 22, Wednesday and Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm and 8pm, plus 2pm on October 19 and 21.
Light Bites & Tasty Treats Nine bite-sized Aussie comedies staged at the Edinburgh Fringe which look at post-modern art, eating in fast food stores, and other topics. Straylight Australia, at Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin. Saturday at 8pm, plus Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm.
Oh My God, I’ve Been Kidnapped and I Hate What I’m Wearing A 1960s showgirl in Kings Cross finds herself pursued by police; premiere production of a comedy by Drew Fairley, which transfers from Sydney’s The Old 505 Theatre to Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin, as part of Hunter Valley Summer Theatre. Plays Thursday to Saturday, at 8pm, plus Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm, until October 23.
The Nerd A young architect is visited by a man he has never met but who saved his life in Vietnam, with the arrival of the inept nerd causing chaos; comedy by Larry Shue. DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Friday at 7.30pm, and Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm, until October 22, plus October 16 at 2pm.
Other Desert Cities A family Christmas get-together becomes increasingly more chaotic as more skeletons are revealed in Jon Robin Baitz’s comedy. Newcastle Theatre Company, Lambton. Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm, then Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 8pm, until October 22.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Shots Fired. Sunday, DJ Timmy Coffey.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Hot Property.
Australia Hotel Saturday, Whiskey Business Duo
Bar Petite Saturday, Truman Smith.
Bay Hotel Saturday, Project XI.
Bellbird Hotel Sunday, Kellie Cain.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Busta Thong, Matt Gaudry. Sunday. Phillip Crawshaw.
Belmont Bowling Club Sunday, Viagro.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, Duplexity.
Belmont Sporties Saturday, Silverhair.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Loko.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.
Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
The Bradford Saturday, Rock Oz.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, The Superjesus (Glass House), Deniz Tek (front bar), The Underminds, Suns Of Sand.
Cardiff RSL Saturday, Overload.
Carrington Bowling Club Sunday, Joab Eastley, Lachlan X. Morris, Shannon Elzer.
Catho Pub Saturday, Dean Dee. Sunday, Rock Oz.
Caves Beachside Hotel Sunday, Todd Schmoo.
Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Hayden Johns.
Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Ngariki.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Dr Zoom Duo.
Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Pistol Pete.
Civic Theatre Saturday, The History of Rock & Roll Part 1...according to Glenn Shorrock.
Club Kotara Saturday, Phase III.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Boney Rivers.
Colliery Inn Saturday, Pete & Kate Sneddon.
Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Secret Society. Sunday, Infusion.
Criterion Hotel Carrington Sunday, Jim Overend.
Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, The V Dubs.
Customs House Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Arley Black.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Emily Smith.
D'Albora Marina Sunday, Kylie Jane.
Denman Hotel Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Zane Penn Duo.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Easy Daze. Sunday, Norm Bakker.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Glamstars.
Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, The Way. Sunday, Michael Passfield.
Finnegans Saturday, Danny Simms, Kidd Kaos.
FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Tim Harding. Sunday, Trio Labuen.
Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Elvis and The All Stars Show.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Leeroys Duo.
George Tavern Saturday, Dos Eager.
Grain Store Saturday Rockordion, Sunday, Jerome.
Great Northern Teralba Saturday, Phil McKnight.
Greenroof Hotel Sunday, Howard Shearman.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Eightball Junkies. Sunday, Laura Mardon, Jamie Hay, Spencer Scott, Bofolk Ballico.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, The Steves. Sunday, Ben Travis.
Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Jayde, Usual Suspects. Sunday, Brendan Murphy.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Rocket. Sunday, Brien McVernon Duo, Marissa.
Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Beth Gleeson.
Hotel Delany Saturday, Loose Bazooka.
Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Misbehave.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Third Creek.
Kent Hotel Saturday, X&Y. Sunday, Catfish Soup.
The Junction Hotel Saturday, Ben Travis.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Kyro, Alex Preston.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, James Naldo.
Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Soundabout.
The Landing Saturday, Pete Hibbert. Sunday, Ty.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, dave, PALS, Josh Paul & The North Side, Briezers. Sunday, Katie Brianna, De'May, David Wells.
Lizotte’s Saturday, Killer Queen. Sunday, Montaigne.
Lucky Hotel Sunday, Lauren Arms.
Mark Hotel Saturday, Evergreen. Sunday, The Smarts.
Mary Ellen Saturday, Tommygun. Sunday, Roxy.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Ron Knight. Sunday, Mike Horbacz.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Dave Owen. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Meet Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Hornet. Sunday, Ron Knight.
Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Mick Boogaard.
Nags Head Hotel Saturday, Kristen Lane Duo.
Neath Hotel Saturday, Matt Semmens.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Counterpart. Sunday, Bobby C.
Newcastle Yacht Club Sunday, Zane Penn.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Alex Johnson.
Parry Street Garage Sunday, Jerome.
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, The Core.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Mike Horbacz Duo. Sunday, Ashley Knight.
The Pourhouse Saturday, James Naldo.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Mick Boogaard. Sunday, Loko.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Deuce. Sunday, Kylie Jane.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Mike Horbacz. Sunday, Max Jackson.
Racecourse Hotel Saturday, Kaylah Anne.
Rathmines Bowling Club Sunday, Ian Henry.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Kim.
Roche Estate Saturday, Opera In The Vineyards ft. Natalie Aroyan, Greta Bradman, David Hobson, Richard Troxell (USA).
Royal Hotel Denman Saturday, Defaced.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Zac And Ben.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Gen-X.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Garry Booth.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Roxy.
Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Holly Wilson.
Seven Seas Hotel Saturday, Kelly Hope.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Mansons, The Autumn Hearts, Flight to Dubai. Sunday, Nick Murray.
Star Hotel Saturday, Love That Hat. Sunday, Bruce Mathiske’s Guitar Lounge.
Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Rave On.
Swansea Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Infusion.
Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Rachel Summerell Duo.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Matt Scullion.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, David J Bull.
Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo. Sunday, Boney Rivers.
Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Michael Boogaard.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Murray Byfield. Sunday, Brooke Harvey.
Wangi Hotel Sunday, Jacinta.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Robbie Urquhart, Pistol Pete.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Cruzers.
Westfield Kotara Saturday, Holly Wilson.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Jungle Kings.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Mitchell Coombes, Iguana. Tuesday, Angamus.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Hot Yogi’s, Kings Of Kong. Sunday, Tim Rossington, Mark Wells Band.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Brooke Harvey.
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (CTC) It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman.
Bridget Jones’s Baby (M) Breaking up with Mark Darcy leaves Bridget Jones over 40 and single again. With her career and love life back from the dead with an American named Jack, things couldn't be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant.
Deepwater Horizon (M) On April 20, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.
Girl Asleep (M) The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning 15 she can't bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world. (Regal)
Hello, My Name is Doris (M) With help from her best friend's granddaughter, a smitten woman concocts schemes to get the attention of a younger co-worker. (Regal)
Hillsong: Let Hope Rise (PG) Chronicles the unlikely rise to prominence of the Australia-based Christian band, Hillsong United. (Event Kotara)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG) Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. (Regal)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (M) When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.
Pete’s Dragon (PG) For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods. To his daughter, Grace, these stories are little more than tall tales, until she meets Pete. (Lake Cinema)
Storks (G) Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.
Sully (M) On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (M) Based on the first part of The Fab Four’s career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard’s film explores how The Beatles became a phenomenon. (Lake Cinema)
The Carer (M) Sir Michael Gifford alienates everyone as he suffers from an incurable illness. When his daughter sets him up with a companion who is a refugee, surprising changes begin to occur. (Regal)
The Girl on the Train (MA) Devastated by her recent divorce, Rachel spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking and becomes entangled in a mystery.
The Hurt Business (MA) From the producers of Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Generation Iron comes The Hurt Business which examines the rise of mixed martial arts fighting through the eyes of today's top stars.
The Magnificent Seven (M) With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns.
The Secret Life of Pets (PG) Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favourite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke.
Young Frankenstein (PG) An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. The 1974 classic. (Regal)
The winners of the Rock Symphony tickets are: A.Audet, of Wickham; S.Larsen, of East Seaham; M.Olsson, of Thornton; T.Skelton, of Hamilton South; and E.Slowik, of Mayfield.