Don’s mid-winter calendar

As usual there is plenty going on to get you out of the house!

This month Don’s list begins with a different kind of calendar item. Safe Shelter ACT provides homeless men with a bed for the night, in St Columba’s church hall in Braddon. Ainslie All Saints church is setting up its hall for the same purpose, and is calling for donations to pay for smoke detectors to be installed.

They are also offering training for volunteers. The next (and possibly final) training course for 2016 will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, 2nd and 3rd of August 2016.

To volunteer or to donate, contact, or see their Facebook page,


July to November: Canberra Museum & Art Gallery, Dr Who Exhibition.

Saturday 23 July: 2 p.m., National Gallery of Australia,
Film: “The Wolf in Australian Art

Sunday 24 July: 1:30 p.m., Australian War Memorial,
Free film: “The Dawn Patrol” (1938). Set in World War I, stars Errol Flynn.

Sunday 24 July: 10 3 p.m., Queanbeyan Showground,
Christmas in July Market Day Fair, free entry.

Sunday 24 July: 2 p.m., National Library,
Harriet Elvin, “Women who have influenced me”. $15

Tuesday 26 July: 5 p.m., University House, ANU,
Frank Bongiorno will launch The Art of Time Travel: Historians & their craft, by Tom Griffiths. RSVP very soon to or 03 9486 0288

Wednesday 27 July: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Hughes Community Centre,
Public meeting hosted by the Lake Burley Griffin Guardians: “Save our Lakeside Parks”

Wednesday 27 July: 10:30 a.m., Weston Creek Labor Club, Teesdale Close, Stirling,
National Seniors Association, South Branch monthly meeting, features guest speaker Alex Reynolds talking about Gertrude Bell and modern Iraq.

Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 July: 7 p.m., plus a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Canberra Theatre Centre,
Quantum Leap youth dance ensemble presents “Connected”.

Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 July: 7:30 p.m. (Thur. & Fri.); 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (Sat.), Canberra Theatre Centre,
Bangarra Dance Theatre, “OUR Land People Stories”.

Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 July: 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.); 6:30 p.m. (Sun.), Street Theatre,
Julian Hobba’s “The Slip Lane“. A play set in Gungahlin. Tickets $38 or $32, 6247-1223.

Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 July: Palace Electric Cinema,
Stronger than Fiction: Documentary Film Festival.

Friday 29 July: 7 p.m., Tuggeranong Arts Centre,
“Footprints on our Land”. Free film on Aunty Agnes Shea, Ngunnawal Elder. RSVP 6293-1443.

Saturday 30 July: 6 p.m., Canberra Girls’ Grammar School Chapel, Melbourne Ave, Deakin,
John Tavener’s Ikon of Light; Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna…, the Llewellyn Choir conducted by Rowan Harvey-Martin.



Tuesday 2 August: 12:30 p.m. Hughes Community Centre,
Discussion on the US election. $2

Wednesday 3 August: **Sorry, this event has been cancelled.**
8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., National Library,
Australia and the 1916 Irish Uprising. $50. RSVP 0466 402 415.

Thursday 4 August: 6 p.m., National Film & Sound Archive, Arc cinema,
Beyond Cronulla“: documentary Cronulla Riots: The Day that Shocked the Nation with Paul Daley in conversation.

Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August: National Film & Sound Archive, Arc cinema,
Arab Film Festival

Sunday 7 August: 2 p.m., National Film & Sound Archive, Arc cinema,
The Birth of White Australia” (1928), with Peter FitzSimons.

Sunday 7 August: 2 p.m., National Library,
“Letters to Lindy”, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton in discussion. The NLA holds a huge collection of letters written to Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton. $15. RSVP 6262 1111.

Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 August: Canberra Theatre,
Letters to Lindy“, play by Alana Valentine.

Tuesday 9 August: 12:30, Hughes Community Centre,
Housing for the Aged. $2

Friday 12 to Sunday 14 August: Fri 11 – 6; Sat. & Sun.: 10 – 4. Woden Seniors Club, 12 Corinna St, Woden,
Woden Seniors Big Book Fair

Sunday 14 August: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Kingston Bus Depot,
Portobello Road Market, collectables and antiques.

Sunday 14 August: 2 to 4 p.m., Great Hall, Parliament House,
Arias from The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Australia production showing at the Canberra Theatre Centre, 25-27 August).

Tuesday 16 August: 7:30 p.m., Canberra Theatre Centre,
Soweto Gospel Choir from Johannesburg.


LAST OF ALL, a September performance for your diary:

13 to 24 September: at the Canberra Theatre Centre,
The Sydney Theatre Company’s The Wharf Revue: Back to Bite You. Q&A on Thurs. 15 September after the 8pm performance.