Until Saturday, April 7
The sixth annual Goolwa Art & Photographic Exhibition at Signal Point Gallery by the Goolwa Wharf. The event is extremely well presented by theb Rotary Club of Goolwa. There are 20 individual cash awards totalling $17,250 including the Alexandrina Art Prize, a $5000 acquisitive award, and $2000 for the best photograph. The exhibition is open 9.30am-4.30pm and entry is $5 including a catalogue (under15 free).
The Encounter Celebration Festival commemorating the encounter between captains Flinders and Baudin in 1802. Live entertainment, market stalls and a display of classic French and British car from 11am ending with a flag raising ceremony and re-enactment of the historical meeting at 4pm. Visitors also invited to the flag lowering ceremony following day at 8am.
Sunday, April 15
The South Coast Chamber Orchestra will celebrate 20 magnificent years with a special performance at the Uniting Church, Collingwood St, Goolwa from 2.30pm. And it’s for a great cause – raising funds for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation Beach House project at Victor Harbor. Conducted by Wendy Dyson, with Emily Down as leader, the orchestra performs some wonderful classical music and has a great following. To help meet costs, pay at the door: adults $10, concession $7.50 and children U12 free. T: 0407 673 334.
April 17, 19-20, 24, 26-27
The SA Whale Centre is holding a Humpback Highway activity during the school holidays over six days 2-3pm. It’s a closer look at humpback whales, especially their behaviours. There is an experiment, craft activities, fun games and some astonishing whale facts along the way. Bookings essential.
The Sponge Kids Arts Hub, The Red Hen, Station Masters Art Gallery, South Tce, Strathalbyn at 11am-12.30pm and 1.30-3pm. Be inspired by the current exhibition at the gallery and make your own work to take home. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Free; no bookings required. Bring a smock and your imagination. Contact 8555 7000.
Circus Elements at Strathalbyn Town Hall, High St, Strathalbyn at 10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm. Starts with an introduction to circus skills and juggling performances. Children will then be given step-by-step instruction on how to use circus props; juggling flower sticks, plate spinning and more. Limit of 25 children per workshop. Cost $5 per child + transaction fee. Must be min. 8 years old and under 10, and must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings essential: 1300 466 592.
Thursday, April 19
The Asbestos Victims Association (AVA) is holding a free information meeting at the Hub, Goolwa from 1.30pm. After a slide show they will answer any of your questions about how to live safely with asbestos, how to handle and dispose of it, the precautions you should take if you know you have asbestos in your home, and who to contact.
The Royal Australian Navy Band South Australia, Centenary Hall, Cadell St, Goolwa from 2pm. A diverse array of talent performing traditional march music, precision military drumming as well as jazz, swing and rock hits. Adults $30, concession $25, group 6+ $25 p.p. plus booking fee. Bookings essential: 1300 466 592.
Great Gazania Grab at Goolwa Beach carpark, Beach Rd. Join a day of family fun at the official launch of the Gazania Free Goolwa campaign. There will be games, competitions, prizes, food, music, and of course, the “Gazania Grab”, where we begin to remove gazanias from a badly affected part of the bushland on the dunes. Free entry, 10am-noon followed by a sausage sizzle.
Dogs Day Out on the Fleurieu at Lakala Reserve, Young St, Port Elliot 10am-3pm. A dog themed family fun event featuring a unique art show and dog-themed activities. Dogs on a lead are welcome. Art show entries close April 13. Contact 0407 075 216. Entry by gold coin donation.