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What’s on in Newcastle for March 2021

See all the highlights of what’s on across Newcastle throughout March 2021, featuring exhibitions, events for kids and more.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: The Rutherford Telarah World Day of Prayer Committee invites you to celebrate with us the World Day of Prayer on Friday March 5 starting at 7.30pm at the Living Light Wesleyan Methodist Church (34 Dunkley Street, Rutherford). Telephone 4932 8627.  The theme this year, “Build on a Strong Foundation”, was written by the people of Vanuatu.

BOOK LAUNCH: In the lead-up to International Women’s Day (8 March), celebrate the life of an unknown Novocastrian and the launch of a new book: Matron Ida Greaves ‘a right daughter of Australia’. The author, Christine Bramble will be in conversation with Karen Crofts from the Hunter Writers Centre. Matron Greaves is one of the first two Australian women to receive the esteemed military nursing award the Royal Red Cross during the Great War. The book will launch on Friday 5 March from 3pm to 4pm at Newcastle Library (15 Laman Street, Newcastle). Cost: Free.

CHARITY GARAGE SALE: Church 4 Life clothing collectors’ monthly garage sale restarts on Saturday 6 March. All items $2. Clothing, linen, DVDs, CDs, books, toys, puzzles, games, bric a brac and more. Come along and grab a bargain. It will go from 8am to 12pm at 30 Sixth Street, Boolaroo.

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY: Community members, schools, local groups, clubs and businesses are invited to lend a hand to tidy up our environment for Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 7 March. Visit cleanup.org.au to find a site, organise a clean-up or register. 

CHARIOT FESTIVAL 2021: A walking street parade originating from the Indian sub-continent which will provide opportunity for diverse cultural participation in the parade and in showcasing via entertainment items from India, the Philippines, the African subcontinent, South America and Australia, just to name a few. This festival promotes, acknowledges, accepts and supports the wealth of arts and cultural expression of people irrespective of ethnicity, language, custom, belief, age, gender or sexuality. Sunday 7 March, from 10.30am at Newcastle Museum (6 Workshop Way, Newcastle).

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY BREAKFAST: Lake Macquarie City Council will mark this year’s International Women’s Day with a breakfast at the Museum of Art and Culture (1A First Street, Booragul) on Monday 8 March from 7.30am to 9am. Newly appointed arts producer Martina Mrongovius will host a tour of the current First Class 20 exhibition, showcasing some of the best works by 2020 HSC students from the Hunter Region. Cost: $20. Visit lakemac.com.au for more information.

FREE MINI ADVENTURE COURSE: Newcastle Orienteering Club has started its Urban Foot Orienteering (UFO) series on Wednesday afternoons in March and is offering a free mini course for juniors who are interested in giving the sport a go. You don’t need a compass! The series will be at Carrington Reserve (10 March), Caves Beach (17 March) and Newcastle Foreshore Park (24 March). Visit newcastleorienteering.asn.au for more information.

NEWCASTLE CITY CHOIR INC: With COVID-19 restrictions lifted for choirs, Newcastle City Choir Inc will resume weekly practice from 7pm on Wednesday 10 March at Mayfield Uniting Church (29 Highfield Street, Mayfield). New singers very welcome.

RED DUST HEALING WORKSHOP: The aim of Red Dust Healing is to give people an understanding of identity, to equip them with self-evaluation skills, to develop future role models and fathers, and to restore family relationships. Though designed from an Aboriginal perspective, the program is not just for indigenous people. Friday 12 March from 9am to 3pm at Yamuloong (71 Prospect Road, Garden Suburb). Bookings required. Contact Libby on 0476 808 686 for more information.

LAKE MAC AWARDS 2021: It’s time to recognise Lake Macquarie’s sporting greats, accomplished artists, environmental leaders, volunteers and ambassadors. A celebration to acknowledge the achievements of 48 finalists across 10 categories will take place on Saturday 13 March at Belmont 16s (The Parade, Belmont), 6.30pm for 7pm start. Go to lakemac.com.au for more information.

HUNTER WIND QUINTET: A wind quintet is both curious and elegant. In the hands of classical composers, the instruments of the quintet alternatively sing to or accompany each other while, in modern works, the instruments challenge each other’s virtuosity. Hear the classic, the dreamy and the boisterous at the Newcastle Fringe Festival, with performances on Thursday 18 March from 7.30pm at Adamstown Uniting Church (Brunker Road, Adamstown) and Sunday 21 March from 3pm at the Royal Exchange Theatre (34 Bolton Street, Newcastle). Go to newcastlefringe.com.au for more information.

MAX DUPAIN: ART AND WAR: See the Second World War through an artist’s eyes. Max Dupain recorded Australian wartime experiences with his photographs. He captured day to day life at military bases including RAAF Rathmines and Goodenough Island, Papua New Guinea. Saturday 20 March at Rathmines Theatre (Stilling Street, Rathmines). Gold coin entry. Phone 4921 0400 for more information.

THE BATH HOUSE GARDEN OPEN DAY: A private country garden just minutes from the centre of Maitland. The peaceful, rustic charm of this seasonal garden flows around a country home and small lake, with both ornamental and productive spaces. One Sunday a month, the gardens are open to the public. There is no need for a booking, just come when it suits and enjoy their beautiful, seasonal garden. The next event is on Sunday 21 March from 10am to 4pm at 2 Forest Hill Drive, Oakhampton Heights. From $10 adults, from $5 child.

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