UK Artist at Elvis: International ElvisTM tribute artist Ben Thompson has been an- nounced as the 2018 feature artist for the 26th annual Parkes Elvis Festival from 10th to 14th January next year. In his first Australian performance ever, Ben is ready to celebrate 50 years since the ‘68 Come- back Special, the Festival’s 2018 theme. He will appear in four high-energy concerts at the Parkes Leagues Club.
Fire Station Open Day: Take the family tomorrow to the Open Day at the Parkes Fire Station at 1 Court Street from 10 am to 2pm to meet your local fire fighters. Chil- dren will be able to see the fire engines and fire fighting equipment up close and get into small fire uniforms for photos. Activities on offer include fire fighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safety pre- ventions. Advice on installing or replacing smoke alarms, and preparing a home fire escape plan will also be available, as well as a free sausage sizzle.
Code Club at Parkes Library: Kids around Australia are not only interacting with tech- nology, but also learning to code and how to create with technology. On Thursday, 25th May the very first Youth Code Club will begin at Parkes Library.
High school students are invited to register their interest in joining the Parkes Code Club. It will run for six weeks on Thursday afternoons from 4pm to 5pm from 25th May to 29th June. The Club is supported by Code Club Australia, with the projects designed to be flexible and encouraging high levels of thought and creativity. Places are limited. High School students are asked to bring a parent or guardian to Parkes Library to register. Call the Library on 6861 2309 for further information.
Crossing safely: Holy Family students welcomed safety upgrades at their school crossing last week. The improvements were made on the Albert Street entrance to the school, enhancing pedestrian and motorist safety around the busy student drop-off and pick-up point. Council worked with the Roads and Maritime Services on the project. The improved crossing now features two blisters in the centre of the road, two crossing bollards and handrails, and 60m of traffic separators. Councillor Bill Jayet officially opened the new crossing, which coincided with National Road Safety Week.