Human Humpback: Sunday. Be among the crowd of more than 700 expected to gather on the western end of Shoal Bay Beach in Port Stephens on Sunday to form a 100-metre long shape of a humpback whale. Fine and sunny weather is forecast. A helicopter and chopper drone will capture the scene from the air. Free, 11am. Half-priced whale-watching cruises with Imagine Cruises, Moonshadow Cruises or Tamboi Queen Cruises from 1pm from d'Albora Marinas in Nelson Bay.
Bra Drive Sunday. Donate unused bras to support women in neighbouring Asian Pacific countries for the Uplift Project. 10am to 1pm, Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Broadmeadow. Further entry to women's preloved fashion event Raid My Wardrobe is $5. Details email@example.com.
Miss Porter's House Sunday. Arts and crafts exhibition by Florence Porter and her daughters Ella and Hazel including basketwork, embroidery and crochet and some fine fabric stencilwork. 1pm to 4pm, admission: $8 adults, $6 pensioners and children 5 and over. Free to National Trust Members and children under 5. 434 King Street, Newcastle West.
Utopia Sunday. An ecumenical service as part of Reconciliation Week, followed by a screening of Emmy and BAFTA winning film-maker and journalist John Pilger's feature documentary Utopia and a discussion by indigenous leader Graeme Mundine on the film. From 6pm, Christ Church Cathedral, corner Church and Wolfe Streets, Newcastle.
Stories at the Mosh Pit Saturday. Local authors including Margaret Jackson, Jessie Anson, Diana Threlfo, Maree Gallop and Karen Whitelaw read their works at the Mosh Pit Record Shop and Coffee Bar, 272 Main Road, Cardiff. 2pm to 4pm.
Lake Singers Sunday. To be joined by Celtic musicians Pumpkin Juice. 2pm, Belmont Uniting Church, Narla Road.
Writing for the Education Market Saturday. Kerri Lane leads this workshop that looks at the market and examines publisher requirements, deadlines, word counts, language level, suitable content and tone. $44 for Hunter Writers Centre members, $66 non-members. 10am to 2pm, Theatrette, City Library, Laman Street, Newcastle.
Open House Afternoon at Pinehurst. Sunday. Visit one of East Maitland's most magnificent and historic homes which boasts among its former owners renowned Australian artist Margaret Olley. 2pm to 4pm, cost is $20 including afternoon tea or $15 for National Trust members. Bookings: Lynn Morris, 4932 0518.
Maitland and Coalfields Orchid Display. Saturday and Sunday. Various orchid genera on display, orchid plants for sale and experienced orchid growers available to give free advice. 9am to 4pm, St James Church Hall, corner Tank and High streets, Morpeth.
Richmond Vale Railway Museum Sunday. The museum is located in the old Richmond Main Colliery site. First train of the day to Pelaw Main at 10.30am, last train leaves at 3pm. Tickets $16 adults, $11 concession, $7.50 children. Leggetts Drive, Richmond Vale.
Art Zone Saturday. Tutors encourage young participants to experiment with materials and learn skills in a fun environment. Students aged 9 to 12 years old from 10.30am to 12.30pm, students aged 12 to 16 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. $180 per student per term, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, First Street, Boolaroo.
En Plein Air Sunday. Learn under professional guidance about creating landscape drawings and paintings in the tradition of en plein air. The course of four weekly three-hour sessions is $100 per person. $30 for a casual attendance. 1pm to 4pm, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, First Street, Booragul.
Household Chemical Clean Out Saturday. Materials to be taken include solvents and cleaners; fluorescent globes and tubes; car batteries; old paints, pesticides, poisons, gas bottles, fire extinguishers and pool chemicals. Maximum container size of 20 kilograms or litres. Free, 9am to 3.30pm, Cessnock Council Depot, Old Maitland Road, Cessnock.
Grow Food in your garden or in a box Saturday. Learn how to save money and eat healthily by setting up a food garden, a box garden, a balcony garden or even a kitchen garden. Free, 10am to 1pm, Cessnock Men's Shed and Community Garden.
Tyrrells and Sprout Dining Wine Lunch Saturday. Six courses including roasted duck confit terrine with foie gras and pickled cherries and John Dory with brandade, truffle butter, peas and asparagus. Arrival 11.45am, $120 per person, 1/2 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, 4023 3565.
Savour The Flavour Saturday and Sunday. The small group tasting includes eight wines ranging from classic old vintage wines from the cellar contrasted with some more recent vintage cellar door exclusives, such as Shepherd's White Semillon. $47 per person, bookings essential 1800 677 366, 11am and 2pm, Wyndham Estate, 700 Dalwood Road, Branxton.
Wollombi Autumn Picnic Saturday. A luncheon in the beautiful Grays Inn garden for this inaugural event. Tickets are $60 per couple, includes live music from noon to 3.30pm, choice of two picnic hampers from Panino Restaurant and a glass of Noyce Brothers Wine on arrival. Bookings: Noyce Cellar Door on 4998 3483. 11.30am to 4.30pm, 2884 Wollombi Road, Wollombi.
Branxton Lions Club Markets Saturday. 10am to 3pm, Branxton Community Hall, 35 Bowen Street, Branxton.
Hunter Today Handmade and Homegrown Market Sunday. 9am to 1pm, 6 Keene Street, Cessnock.
Hamilton Clock Tower Markets Saturday. 8am to 2pm. James St Plaza, Hamilton.
Maitland Harvest Markets Saturday. 8am to 1pm. Maitland Showground, Maitland.
Rotary Markets New Lambton Saturday. 8.30am to 1.30pm. New Lambton South Public School.
Maitland Markets Sunday. 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground, Louth Park, Maitland.
Adamstown Markets Sunday. 7am to noon. Corner of Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.
Newcastle City Farmers Markets Sunday 8am to 1pm. Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Salt Water Markets Sunday. 9am to 2pm. Swansea Public School, Rawson Street, Swansea.
Art Systems Wickham. Life Connections by Stephen Berry, Jon Wilks and John Langley.
Back to Back Galleries Small : Believe In Magic. To June 15.
Cooks Hill Galleries The Autumn Collection, to June 2. Finite Gallery Kiss My Arts 2, an exhibition that will also be a fund-raising event for MS Australia. Caves Beach.
Hunter Valley Gallery. Works by Jenni Gander, Suzanne Monin and Penny Stuart.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery First Class 13, to June 1, Click: Schools In Focus, to June 1, Janet Laurence: A Case Study..
Maitland Regional Art Gallery The Three Os: Orban, Olsen and Ogburn. Artexpress. Dick Watkins: Love of Women. Nola Jones.
Maitland Gaol Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles All Tied Up, an exploration of ties and neckwear and the place they have played in social interaction and identity, to July 20.
Muswellbrook Arts Centre Annette Bezor: Iconic Works 1997-2013, The Kevin Tester Retrospective, Miniatures XVII. To June 15.
Newcastle Art Space. Handwise VII and Music and Drawing.
Newcastle Art Gallery Novocastria to July 13. Paperweight. New Acquisitions to August 10. The Tokyo Connection.
Newcastle Region Library Shaun Tan: The Lost Thing exhibition.
Timeless Textiles Akin by Meredith and Rae Woolnough, to June 15.
University Gallery Instantiating Ideas of Limitless Space by painter Lucila Nalvarte Maddox.
Watt Space. Mend; Invade the Space by Heidi Mainey, Amy Swan, Michelle Schmitzer, Kass Bangle; Innocence by Nadia Aurisch and Laura Jefferson; Works from Berlin by Skye Jacobson and What Birds Are These by Kate Burton. All to June 15.
Wollombi Cultural Centre. Ash To Ashes by Esther Neate. To June 2.
Mountain Bike Ride Saturday and Sunday. Riders in the open, masters and elite categories started racing on Thursday from Nelson Bay Marina and will ride through the Hunter Valley before finishing in Newcastle on Sunday. Starts at $110 for a one day ride, register at porttoportmtb.com.
Newcastle Herald Race Day Saturday. Gates open 11am, general admission $10. Broadmeadow Racecourse.
Newy parkrun Saturday. Starting at 8am at 1 Arnold Street, Carrington, it's a 5km run in the area near Throsby Creek. Register before first run (parkrun.com.au/newy).
Doris: Doris Day - So Much More Than The Girl Next Door Melinda Schneider looks through words and song at one of Hollywood's greatest musical stars. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday, at 8pm. 4929 1977.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Kim Churchill.
Civic Theatre Newcastle Saturday, Melinda Schneider as Doris Day. Sunday, James Blunt.
Grand Hotel Saturday, Hudson Arc, Corey Makin, Kenny Jewell.
Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Leah Flanagan.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Jack Daniels and Co Duo. Sunday, Troy Kemp.
Lass O'Gowrie Saturday, Delta Lions, The Punk Rock Hillbilly, The Cities. Sunday, King Shakey. Wednesday, White Walkers.
Lizotte's Newcastle Saturday, Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd.
Murray's Brewery Sunday, Aaron Hood.
Nag's Head Hotel Saturday, Moose Preservation.
Potter's Brewery Sunday, Harry Hookey.
The Pourhouse Saturday, Kazzi Waters.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Darren. Sunday, Hornet.
Prince of Wales Saturday, Tim Rossington. Sunday, Ben Travis.
The Small Ballroom Saturday, Arrester, Bigger Cages, The Processors.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Helen and Friends, Fish Fry. Sunday, Lennie Live, Ghost Road.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (MA15+) Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert.
Maleficent 3D (M) The untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty reveals the events that hardened Maleficent's heart and drove her to curse Aurora.
Last Paradise In the extraordinary wilderness of Australia and NZ, a bunch of daredevil kids experimented with something that would change the world of adventure travel.
Moms' Night Out (PG) All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun - a long-needed moms' night out. But they need their husbands to watch the kids.
The Fault In Our Stars (M) An extraordinary teenage love story based on the much-loved and best-selling novel by John Green.
Edge Of Tomorrow 3D (M) A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way.
Grace Of Monaco (PG) The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.
Bad Neighbours (MA 15+) Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of this comedy about a young couple who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their baby.
Belle (PG) The true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), who was the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral and a slave. Belle was a remarkable figure in 18th century society, being the first mixed-race woman to be raised as an aristocrat.
Chef (M) A delectable feast of drama and laughs with an all-star cast, including Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and Jon Favreau.
Dora Snow Princess and Paw Patrol (G) Dora the Explorer, Boots and the snowflake fairy are off to save Princess Sabrina and her snowy forest from a mean witch, who has locked the princess in the tower and stolen her magic snow crystal.
The Double (M) The world of shy office clerk Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) begins to unravel when he meets his double James Simon (also Eisenberg) - and his match.
Fading Gigalo (M) When a florist (John Turturro) decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend (Woody Allen), the comic duo quickly find themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.
The Finishers (PG) Wheelchair-bound teenager Julien (Fabien Héraud) is the apple of his mother's eye, but he yearns for the approval of his brooding father, Paul (Jacques Gamblin). Julien suggests that they join forces to compete in a triathlon in Nice.
Girl Rising The stories of nine girls who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices but who offer hope and inspiration by getting an education.
Godzilla 3D (M) The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threatens humanity.
The Great Beauty (MA15+) Picking up where Fellini's La Dolce Vita left off 53 years ago, this dazzlingly ambitious, beautifully filmed love letter to Rome tells the story of a jaded journalist who takes stock after his 65th birthday. (Regal Cinemas)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (M) The adventures of Gustave H., a concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
Healing (M) Viktor Kahdem is a man who has almost given up on life, sentenced to a low-security prison farm with a unique program to rehabilitate broken men through giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors.
Ida (M) In Poland, 1962, Anna is an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong.
The Invisible Woman (M) Ellen Ternan is a minimally talented actress who catches the eye of Charles Dickens.
Le Weekend (M) In this magically buoyant and bittersweet film set in Paris, Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan offer a sophisticated, well-acted portrait of late-life struggles and long-term marriage.
Lalaloopsy Ponies: The Big Show (G) The Lalaloopsy girls are preparing a party to welcome Peanut's pen pal to Lalaloopsy Land.
The Lego Movie (PG) An ordinary Lego minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to stop an evil Lego tyrant from glueing the universe together.
Muppets Most Wanted (G) Mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an crime caper headed by Constantine - the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit and his sidekick Dominic.
The Other Woman (M) After realising she is not her boyfriend's primary lover, a woman teams up with his wife and plots mutual revenge. Stars Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj.
Son of God (M) From the producers of the miniseries The Bible, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, comes the story of The New Testament.
My Sweet Pepperland Baran is a Kurdish independence war hero and sheriff who is stationed at the borders of Iran, Turkey and Iraq where illegal substances are trafficked. He refuses to back down to the corrupt tribal chief.
Sunshine on Leith (PG) Set in Leith, just outside Edinburgh, Rab (Peter Mullan) and Jean (Jane Horrocks) are busy planning their 25th wedding anniversary. Everything's going swimmingly, until a revelation from Rab's past threatens to tear the family apart.
Ticket to Ride The latest instalment of the film series takes ski and snowboard fans on a journey to exotic destinations, including Alaska's Tordrillo Mountains, Switzerland's Jungfrau, Montana's Big Sky Country, Iceland's Troll Peninsula and beyond.
Tracks (M) At 27, Robyn Davidson began a 3200km trek from Alice Springs to the West Australian coast accompanied by three adult camels, one baby camel and a dog named Diggity.
The Trip to Italy Rob Brydon has been commissioned by a newspaper to go on a driving tour of Italy from Liguria to Capri, following in the footsteps of the great Romantic poets. He asks his friend Steve Coogan to go with him.
X-Men: Days of Future Past 3D (PG) The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
The Wiggles: Wiggle House Join the fun of Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony and their 26 new songs including The Laughing Doctor, taste the delights of Pappadum, Do The Hawk with America's Lee Hawkins and Have a Good Day (Kia Pai to Rā) with New Zealand's Robert Rakete.
Last Paradise. Filmmaker Clive Neeson will answer questions after the screening of what has been billed as the world's greatest story of adventure and innovation. The film screens at 6.45pm, Thursday June 5, Tower Cinemas, Newcastle. Tickets from lastparadisefilm.com.
Get in Rio mode
All eyes will be on Brazil when the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 12.
The new Anchor Bay release Stars in Brazil celebrates 10 of the world's most talented players on the road to Rio de Janeiro.
From Cristiano Ronaldo's breathtaking skills to the brilliance of Wayne Rooney, the DVD offers player profiles, fantastic footage and exclusive interviews with football experts.
Weekender has five copies of the DVD worth $24.95 to give away, thanks to Anchor Bay.
To enter, send the word "Brazil" to firstname.lastname@example.org or text the word "Brazil" to 0427 369 610, including your name, address and phone number.
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