Sutherland2Surf 2015

The 44th Brooks PAYCE Sutherland2Surf 2015 Fun Run & Walk will be held on Sunday July 19 (race start at 8:00am). The race dates back to September 1972 when Wanda Surf Club decided to do a bit of fundraising. That year, 50 competitors took part. In 1997, for the 25th Jubilee race, 5000 entrants took part. Since, then the race has continued to grow in number and prestige as it attracts top level Australian and international competitors as a warm up to the City 2 Surf.

Runners are asked to assemble on the start line at Flora Street, Sutherland by 7.45am and ensure Bib Tags are attached on the front of shirts prior to entering the starting compound. For safety, walkers must start behind runners. If this is your first time in the race, it would be wise to stick to the side and towards the back of the line. The start will be very congested, so please keep a close eye on the competitors in front of you. If the pace is too fast, slowly make your way to the side of the road.

  • Showers and changing facilities are available for both genders in the Club House.
  • There are portaloos at the Start and Finish
  • There are no toilets provided along the course.
  • Stay Hydrated. Sydney Water will be providing water from their trailer and bottle refill units at the finish line. You can rehydrate by grabbing a cup of water or refilling your bottles. There will be also water stations along the course.

Online entries close at midnight Wednesday 15th July 2015 – entry fees and details here and here for categories and prizes.

Rydges Cronulla on The Kingsway is a great place for drink, meal or snack and, of course, for all your accommodation needs.

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Holiday Movies in Port Macquarie

There’s plenty to amuse the kids with school holiday movies in Port Macquarie at Majestic Cinemas. Inside Out is terrific on both the entertainment and ‘message’ levels and Minions is a lot of fun.

MinionsInside Out is a journey inside the mind of Riley. Riley is guided by her emotions and they are all characters that live in the control centre of her mind to advise her on how to handle life – there’s Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Sadness on hand to navigate through a time of turmoil in her life. This is Pixar at its best. Rated PG it runs 102 minutes.

Minions is also PG and runs 91 minutes. Minion Kevin has a plan and he ventures out into the world to find a new despicable boss for his brethren to follow, with the assistance of teenage rebel Minion, Stuart, and loveable little Minion, Bob…and find themselves facing the ultimate challenge – how to save all of Minionkind from annihilation.

Jurassic World and Terminator (both Rated M) will keep the teenagers happy and one movie rated M15+ that is NOT for the kiddies is Ted 2. It has the rating because loveable little Ted is a drug-taking, foul-mouthed, offensive, politically incorrect bear… as is his human mate, John (Mark Wahlberg). This is Seth McFarlane appealing to the lowest common denominator beautifully. Sadly, I laughed out loud a number of times.

If you are visiting Port Macquarie Rydges Port Macquarie and Sails Resort by Rydges can look after all your accommodation needs.

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ACO VIRTUAL in Gladstone

You can experience the amazing cutting edge audio-visual installation ACO VIRTUAL in Gladstone until August 8 at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery Museum.

Imagine standing on stage surrounded by the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s (ACO) virtuoso musicians, feeling the energy of Artistic Director Richard Tognetti playing his priceless Guarneri del Gesù violin or getting up close to Principal Violinist Satu Vänskä’s Stradivarius.

Fusing digital technologies with visual and sonic innovation, this ground-breaking interactive installation allows you to conduct and even play with the ACO.

  • See how fast the musician’s fingers move;
  • Hear the sounds of each instrument whirl around you;
  • Experience what the cellos sound like on their own, or the violas – or even just the double bass;
  • Follow along with the projected musical score;
  • Bring your own instrument and play along with the installation;
  • Take the helm of the ‘greatest chamber orchestra on earth’ and stand in for Richard Tognetti himself.

ACO VIRTUAL uses state-of-the-art technology and features projections of 13 of the ACO’s acclaimed musicians. Audiences are surrounded, with the sound of each musician coming from the direction of their individual projections. A touch-screen “music stand” allows you to spotlight and listen to one musician, a section of instruments or your desired selection of players. You step “inside” a concert and are immersed in a cinematic experience, surrounded by the musicians and manipulating what you hear and see.

The musical score can be turned on to stream along the bottom of the screen, meaning anyone who plays an instrument can play along with the ACO. A smartphone application further enriches the experience with information about the music, the ACO musicians and their instruments.

The work runs for 30 minutes and comprises carefully selected music by Bach, Grieg, Smalley and Piazzolla, designed to maximise the opportunity for audience participation. It delivers a unique and inspiring learning environment, giving you the opportunity to engage with – and learn from – world-class musicians you may not ordinarily have the chance to see performing on stage.

Don’t miss this extraordinary new way to experience music.

Rydges Gladstone can look after all your accommodation needs.

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ACO VIRTUAL was produced by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Mod Productions and is supported by Founding Partner the Commonwealth Bank; Associate Partner Aurizon; Screen NSW; the Australia Council; and the Queensland Government.

Photo: Jack Saltmiras

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Ballet Revolución in Brisbane

Ballet RevolucionJust a reminder – you can catch the sensational Ballet Revolución in Brisbane at the QPAC for some explosive, athletic, sensual dance, full of raw Cuban energy from July 9 to July 12. Here’s a link to QPAC.

Ballet Revolución is a dance spectacular featuring eighteen of the world’s finest classical and contemporary dancers on stage with an eight-strong live Cuban band performing the infectious rhythms of Latin-America, as well as hits by Sia, Lorde, Beyoncé, Jessie J, Bruno Mars, J Lo, Prince and Rihanna.

With breath-taking twists, daring jumps and sensual moves from ballet to street dance, Ballet Revolución has already thrilled audiences in sold-out shows from Singapore to Berlin, Vienna and London.

‘Their jumps are astounding, their control is as strong as steel and their free-spirited joy for dance is infectious’. – Sunday Herald Sun, Australia

‘Unbridled energy, passion, athleticism and infectious joy’. – The Daily Telegraph

Ballet RevolucionThe Ballet Revolución dancers were trained at one of the world’s most prestigious dance institutions in their home country, the Escuela Nacional de Arte, with its renowned faculty of modern dance, and at the famous Escuela Nacional de Ballet for classical dance. Dance training is strongly promoted in Cuba, as dance means more than art: on the Caribbean island, it means “life”.

Don’t miss this dance event that ‘delivers an endorphin high’ (The Guardian, UK) as the Ballet Revolución dancers switch effortlessly from ballet and contemporary dance to powerful street dance and hip hop.

If you are visiting Brisbane, Rydges South Bank can look after all your accommodation needs, or indeed a pre/post show drink, meal or snack just across the road from QPAC.

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The Laughing Samoans in Gladstone

Fans can catch The Laughing Samoans in Gladstone on Thursday, August 6 in their brand new show, Fink About It at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.

Laughing SamoansThe Laughing Samoans is one of New Zealand most successful live comedy acts. For over ten years the comedy duo of Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai have been touring NZ, Australia, the Pacific islands, the UK and the US with their unique brand of humour.

The first professional show Ete and Tofiga did together was called “Laughing With Samoans” which premiered in February 2003 at the New Zealand Fringe Festival. It was a huge hit and people started referring to going to “the Laughing with the Samoans guys” so they abbreviated and adopted and The Laughing Samoans were born.

Over the last decade the duo have written, produced and toured a new show every twelve months. Shows to date include A Small Samoan Wedding, Old School, Off Work, Crack Me Up, Prettyful Woman and Fresh Off Da Blane. Their fan base is now in the hundreds of thousands and Fink About It is certain to be another hit the whole family can enjoy.

If you are visiting Gladstone, Rydges Gladstone can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Holiday Movies in Townsville

There’s plenty to amuse the kids of all ages with school holiday movies in Townsville at Event Cinemas. Inside Out is terrific on both the entertainment and ‘message’ levels for the littlies, Jurassic World is great for those old enough not to get nightmares from an adventure fantasy and Ted 2 will please adolescents and adults who haven’t grown up.

Inside OutInside Out is a journey inside the mind of Riley. Riley is guided by her emotions and they are all characters that live in the control centre of her mind to advise her on how to handle life – there’s Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Sadness on hand to navigate through a time of turmoil in her life. This is Pixar at its best. Rated PG it runs 102 minutes.

Jurassic World is fine scary adventure rollercoaster of a movie for those old enough to enjoy a fine scary adventure rollercoaster. It is rated M so that is a parent call for suitability. One movie rated M15+ that is NOT for the kiddies is Ted 2. It has the rating because loveable little Ted is a drug-taking, foul-mouthed, offensive, politically incorrect bear… as is his human mate, John (Mark Wahlberg). This is Seth McFarlane appealing to the lowest common denominator beautifully. Sadly, I laughed out loud a number of times.

If you are visiting Townsville, Rydges Southbank can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Ballet Revolución in Adelaide

Ballet RevolucionYou can catch Ballet Revolución in Adelaide at the Adelaide Festival Centre for some explosive, athletic, sensual dance, full of raw Cuban energy from July 14 to July 19 at 7:30pm with 2:00pm matinees on July 18 and 19.

Ballet Revolución is a dance spectacular featuring eighteen of the world’s finest classical and contemporary dancers on stage with an eight-strong live Cuban band performing the infectious rhythms of Latin-America, as well as hits by Sia, Lorde, Beyoncé, Jessie J, Bruno Mars, J Lo, Prince and Rihanna.

With breath-taking twists, daring jumps and sensual moves from ballet to street dance, Ballet Revolución has already thrilled audiences in sold-out shows from Singapore to Berlin, Vienna and London.

‘Their jumps are astounding, their control is as strong as steel and their free-spirited joy for dance is infectious’. – Sunday Herald Sun, Australia

‘Unbridled energy, passion, athleticism and infectious joy’. – The Daily Telegraph 

The Ballet Revolución dancers were trained at one of the world’s most prestigious dance institutions in their home country, the Escuela Nacional de Arte, with its renowned faculty of modern dance, and at the famous Escuela Nacional de Ballet for classical dance. Dance training is strongly promoted in Cuba, as dance means more than art: on the Caribbean island, it means “life”.

Don’t miss this dance event that ‘delivers an endorphin high’ (The Guardian, UK) as the Ballet Revolución dancers switch effortlessly from ballet and contemporary dance to powerful street dance and hip hop.

If you are visiting Adelaide, Rydges South Park can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Bimblebox – arts – science – nature

You can see the Bimblebox – arts – science – nature exhibition at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum until Saturday, August 15.

The Bimblebox – art – science – nature exhibition showcases artists interpretations of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge which is currently under threat from coal mining.  Inspired by the unique ark of life found at the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, a group of artists camped on the reserve documenting, drawing and recording in order to capture the environmental, social and scientific significance of this unique landscape.

The artists have also drawn inspiration from scientific research and historical texts.   The exhibition includes paintings, installations, photographs, assemblages, artist books, digital media, soundscapes and printmaking.

Bimblebox: art – science – nature is a touring exhibition partnered by Museums & Galleries Queensland and Redland Art Gallery in association with Bimblebox Nature Refuge. The exhibition is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, the Gordon Darling Foundation and proudly sponsored by Artfully, Tangible Media, Planet Boab, Wotif.com, Platypus Graphics, Artisan and At a Glance.

Rydges Gladstone can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Image: Donna Davis, ‘REsearch’, 2013, mixed media installation: pigment print, timber, sand & animal tracks, 1800 x 1200 x 300mm. Image: Courtesy of the artist

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Holiday Movies in Kalgoorlie

There’s plenty to amuse the kids with school holiday movies in Kalgoorlie at Metro Cinemas. Inside Out is terrific on both the entertainment and ‘message’ levels and Minions is a lot of fun.

Inside OutInside Out is a journey inside the mind of Riley. Riley is guided by her emotions and they are all characters that live in the control centre of her mind to advise her on how to handle life – there’s Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Sadness on hand to navigate through a time of turmoil in her life. This is Pixar at its best. Rated PG it runs 102 minutes.

Minions is also PG and runs 91 minutes. Minion Kevin has a plan and he ventures out into the world to find a new despicable boss for his brethren to follow, with the assistance of teenage rebel Minion, Stuart, and loveable little Minion, Bob…and find themselves facing the ultimate challenge – how to save all of Minionkind from annihilation.

Jurassic World is fine scary adventure rollercoaster of a movie for those old enough to enjoy a fine scary adventure rollercoaster. Terminator will also do great business. Both are rated M so that is a parent call for suitability. One movie rated M15+ that is NOT for the kiddies is Ted 2. It has the rating because loveable little Ted is a drug-taking, foul-mouthed, offensive, politically incorrect bear… as is his human mate, John (Mark Wahlberg). This is Seth McFarlane appealing to the lowest common denominator beautifully. Sadly, I laughed out loud a number of times.

If you are visiting Kalgoorlie, Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort and Spa can look after all your accommodation needs.

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IKEA Store at Tempe

The IKEA store at Tempe, near Sydney Airport, is more than just a shop – it is an experience.  Of course they want to sell people stuff but they also offer food, activities, entertainment and ideas. There are also specials to celebrate 40 years of IKEA in Australia.

The IKEA restaurant and café serves up value meals, snacks and drinks all day and has free WiFi (in restaurant and throughout the store).  Current menu specials include salmon, roast beef, cannelloni, chicken meatballs and pork belly and mash. There is a play area in the restaurant for the kiddies.  And how’s this?  If you buy some IKEA furnishings that won’t fit in your car, they have vans that can be used to take your purchase home and then return the van and pick up your car (or a home delivery service). And if you have a fear of putting together boxed furniture, they also offer an assembly service.

The IKEA store at Tempe is open late (Monday to Friday 10:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 9:00pm, Sunday 9:00am to 7:00pm). There are 1775 convenient parking spots with wheelchair accessible lifts, bathrooms and parking spots.

For more info, here’s a link to IKEA Tempe. Rydges Sydney Airport is handy for all your accommodation needs.

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