HOT, HOT, HOT: With the temperature expected to reach 43 degrees in Parkes today, it is going to be a day to take care and drink lots of water. You might even have to get rid of the Elvis suit for the day as wearing breathable clothing is the best on such hot days. See our tips on page 8 for staying cool this weekend!
Correction: In the last issue of 2016 on 23rd December on page 13, Abigael Webb was incorrectly named Abbey Smith in the photo of the Twinkle Toes Dance Studio.
Competition winner: Alex Blunden was the lucky winner of Phoenix competition for the $100 gift vouchers from La Bella and 141 On Main. Congratulations!
Tullamore Irish Festival: The Festival has launched its new and improved event format for this year with a music concert focus. The event kicks off on Good Friday on 14th April with Peter Byrne returning as Friday’s headliner with band, Celtic Beat. Saturday’s entertainment will be capped off with Irish favourite, Damien Leith supported by the outstanding Seltic Sirens. This is Damien’s third time to Tullamore, having performed at the festival in 2016 and 2013. “Aside from the fantastic music, there’ll be plenty to see and do including market stalls, food, face painting, rides, and unique Irish games to keep everyone entertained. The entertainment is free for kids all day on the Saturday,” said Festival President, Paul Stanbrook. For information visit www.tullamore.org.au.
Kite Festival: The Reach for the Sky Australia Day Kite Festival will be on again on 26th January. Bring your kite to the Northparkes Oval from 8 to 11am. You can decorate your kite with Australian imagery, or even shape a kite like the Parkes Dish! The festival is open to all ages.
Opera for Ava: Highlight 8th April in your diary. Mezzo Soprano Dominica Matthews, senior principal artist with Opera Australia, will be in Forbes on this day to perform at a fundraiser for Ava Garland at the Red Bend College main hall from 3 to 5pm. Ava is three years old and was diagnosed with leukemia last year. Apart from her full time opera work, Dominica recently completed a tour of Australia with the cast of the Sound of Music as Sister Berthe. Two more performers will be confirmed for the concert. Ticket prices to be confirmed.