What's On, 26 July - 25 September 2014

Steel Magnolias - Launceston Players
To Saturday, 2 August, Princess Theatre

Web www.theatrenorth.com.au
Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias is a beautiful, touching comedy exploring the bond a group of women share in the face of loss. As the title suggests, the women are both as delicate as a magnolia, but as tough as steel and it is only when they suffer a devastating loss that their strengths and vulnerabilities are seen. Superbly written, the audience is taken through a powerful journey through hilarious lines and comedic timing. Directed by Bec Reedman, starring Debbie Parish, Amanda Dawes, Tracy Ollington, Patsy Marshall, Ann Campo and Olivia French.


Major Eventss

Hawk Walk to Aurora
Sunday, 3 August, City Park

Contact Events Officer, ph 6323 3000, email events@launceston.tas.gov.au
Hawk Walk to Aurora

AFL - Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs
Sunday, 3 August, from 3:20pm, Aurora Stadium

Contact Aurora Stadium, ph ., email ., Web www.afl.com.au
AFL - Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs


Festivalss

Junction Arts Festival
Wednesday, 10 September - Sunday, 14 September, Civic Square

Web www.junctionartsfestival.com.au


Sporting Eventss

Launceston Park Run
On Saturdays, from 9am, Inveresk Precinct

Contact email launcestonhelpers@parkrun.com, Web http://www.parkrun.com.au
What is Launceston parkrun? It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock. When is it? Every Saturday at 9:00am. Where is it? It's run in Inveresk Precinct, Launceston, Tasmania. See website below for more details.


Art or Craft Exhibitionss

Connections to Place - QVMAG Royal Park
To Wednesday, 20 August, Royal Park, 2 Wellington Street, Launceston 7250

Contact QVMAG, ph 03 6323 3777, email ., Web www.qvmag.tas.gov.au
Connections to Place Tasmania's unique plants, wildlife and dramatic landscapes exert powerful influences on the development of forms, motifs and imagery applied to object-based design. Each artist in this exhibition presents a personal response to elements of Tasmania's past and present. Some artists deal with its turbulent histories and periods of civil protest; others reflect on the persecution of minority groups. Some express personal memories of place, others interpret the unique beauty of the landscape while others comment on the continuing impacts on the natural environment of introduced species and lament the irretrievable loss of this island's unique endemic species.

Portraits of You, Portraits of Me - QVMAG Royal Park
To Wednesday, 20 August, Royal Park, 2 Wellington Street, Launceston 7250

Contact QVMAG, ph 03 6323 3777, email ., Web www.qvmag.tas.gov.au
Portraits of You, Portraits of Me The ArtSparks! Family Art Space has been designed to engage children through observation and interactive interpretation of artworks and participation in creative art. The space features the Portraits of You, Portraits of Me exhibition. Young budding artists can enjoy activity stations with drawing materials and other activities for creative play and art-making. Children are encouraged to dress up and draw each other or use mirrors to draw self-portraits.

Guan Di Temple - QVMAG Royal Park
To Wednesday, 20 August, Royal Park, 2 Wellington Street, Launceston 7250

Contact QVMAG, ph 03 6323 3777, email ., Web www.qvmag.tas.gov.au
Guan Di Temple This temple holds the contents of a number of Chinese temples from north-eastern Tasmanian mining towns. As these temples closed their contents were kept, and eventually donated to the people of Launceston. It is still a working temple, and is a unique window on Chinese religious practice in Tasmania in the 1880s. The significant collection includes decorated plaques, incense burners and other ceremonial items.


Theatre/Musical Performancess

Elanee Ensemble - Bach & Beethoven
Saturday, 2 August, from 2:30pm

Contact ph 0432 504 712, email joandstuart@elaneeensemble.com, Web http://www.elaneeensemble.com
City Baptist Church - 11 Frederick Street, Launceston Viola and Double bass make for a marriage made in heaven, especially in the hands of Jo St Leon and Stuart Thomson. Stuart is the principal double bass in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Jo is a freelance violist and teacher. Playing with them is violinist Lucy Carrig-Jones, also from the TSO. Jo and Stuart are playing music by Bach, Beethoven, Dancla and Gibbons. They are excited about playing in the newly refurbished City Baptist Church. Jo and Stuart combine the highest degree of musical skill with wit and warmth. Don't miss them

Threefold
Thursday, 21 August - Saturday, 23 August, from 7:30pm, Earl Arts Centre

Contact ph 03 6323 3666, Web www.theatrenorth.com.au
Threefold, the first collaboration between Tasdance and Dancenorth, is an evening of inspirational contemporary dance by three celebrated choreographers. Spanning the breadth of the country, weaving international and Asian influences, these three short dance works articulate the gutsy physicality of Gavin Webber (AUS), the emotional power of Raewyn Hill (NZ), and the technical precision of Huang Yi (Taiwan).

Fusion 2014
Monday, 8 September, Earl Arts Centre

Web www.ableaustralia.org.au
Fusion 2014 is a gathering of clients from Able Australia, Alzheimers Tas, St Michaels, Brooks High School and streets alive talents providing a free concert. The concert comprises of Theatrical pieces, bands, comedians, poets dancing to name just a few. It is a "harmony day of talents" for all to enjoy.


Community Eventss

Tea and Tarot at Franklin House
Tuesday, 29 July, from 10am to 12pm, Franklin House

Contact ph 03 6344 7824, email franklin@nationaltrusttas.org.au
Morning (10.00am) or afternoon (3.30pm) tea served with a Tarot reading from Queenie. Bookings essential due to popularity and for catering purposes.

My Closet Market
Saturday, 9 August, from 12pm to 3pm, St Ailbe's Hall

Contact Naomi Pugh, ph 0498 363 926, email myclosetmarket1@yahoo.com.au, Web www.facebook.com
A community clothing market for Men and Womens pre-loved and new fashion

Active Blokes 2014
1 September, on Mondays, from 6pm to 7pm

Contact ph 03 6324 4027, Web www.activelaunceston.com.au
Active Blokes is designed for males who would like to get active and don’t know where to start. Active Blokes allows participants to try a range of fun activities and find out what best suits their needs in a non-intimidating group environment. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Father's Day BBQ
Sunday, 7 September, from 12pm to 2:30pm, Franklin House

Contact ph 03 6344 7824, email franklin@nationaltrusttas.org.au
Join us for a BBQ in the beautiful grounds and Franklin house

Tas Outdoor Boat & Caravan Show
Friday, 12 September - Sunday, 14 September, Silverdome

Web http://tasoutdoorshow.org.au
Tasmania's premier event for all caravanning, boating and outdoor activities.


Educational Eventss

The Convict Stain: Vice, Virtue & John West - QVMAG
To Wednesday, 20 August, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Inveresk, 2 Invermay Road, Launceston 7248

Contact QVMAG, ph 03 6323 3777, email ., Web www.qvmag.tas.gov.au
The Convict Stain: Vice, Virtue & John West Van Diemen’s Land, now Tasmania, was first colonised by Europeans in 1803. It began as a penal colony, however by 1853 the transportation of convicts had ended. This change was championed by the Australasian League, led by Launceston’s Reverend John West. The ideas of this movement led to Australian self-government and changed the way Tasmanians saw themselves and their history. This is the story of how, from small beginnings in Launceston, a movement grew that was to change Australia.

Replay >> Sporting Life in Tasmania - QVMAG
To Wednesday, 20 August, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Inveresk, 2 Invermay Road, Launceston 7248

Contact QVMAG, ph 03 6323 3777, email ., Web www.qvmag.tas.gov.au
Replay >> Sporting Life in Tasmania This exhibition explores the historical background of many sports in Tasmania and introduces some of the characters and events contributing to the growth of each sport. The exhibition uses individual stories and pictorial evidence of Tasmania’s sporting heritage to rediscover the human side of sport and its effect on communities and the qualities of citizenship.

Transforming the Island - QVMAG
To Wednesday, 20 August, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Inveresk, 2 Invermay Road, Launceston 7248

Contact QVMAG, ph 03 6323 3777, email ., Web www.qvmag.tas.gov.au
Transforming the Island This is the story of how the railways shaped Tasmania, changing the way we live and work. It recounts the important role played by the Railway Workshops at Inveresk, which formed the largest integrated engineering workshop site in the State. The exhibition features many items, large and small, from the QVMAG's extensive railway collection.

Heritage Trail - QVMAG
To Wednesday, 20 August, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Inveresk, 2 Invermay Road, Launceston 7248

Contact QVMAG, ph 03 6323 3777, email ., Web www.qvmag.tas.gov
Discover the QVMAG Inveresk site through the Heritage Trail which is a series of interpretation panels showing the buildings, previous uses and the experiences of the men who worked there. Thirty-seven interpretation points around the site will lead you to smaller exhibits including the Signal Box, the Weighbridge, the Railway Institute, the Compressor and Switch Rooms and the Signwriters Shop.

Southern Skies: Astronomy in Tasmania - QVMAG
To Monday, 8 September, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Inveresk, 2 Invermay Road, Launceston 7248

Contact QVMAG, ph 03 6323 3777, email ., Web www.qvmag.tas.gov.au
Southern Skies: Astronomy in Tasmania Situated in the QVMAG Planetarium foyer, the exhibition presents the story of Tasmanian astronomy, and feature many telescopes and other pieces of equipment (some quite unusual) that have been used for research in the State. The QVMAG has a fine collection of Tasmanian astronomical equipment from historical telescopes to detectors of cosmic rays, and even a rocket, which will be on display in the exhbition.


Competitionss

Tasmanian Open Dancesport Championships
Friday, 8 August - Saturday, 9 August, Silverdome

Contact Alison Jacob, ph 0419 307 874, email alisondoug1@bigpond.com, Web http://www.dancesport.org.au
DanceSport is what used to be referred to as competitive Ballroom Dancing, renamed to suit its modern image as a demanding sport. Characteristics consist of physical strength, agility, co-ordination, stamina, high level of fitness, discipline, teamwork, grace, style and musical interpretation. DanceSport is now recognised by the International Olympic Committee as a sport for eventual inclusion in the Olympic program. DanceSport provides opportunity for developing athletic discipline of body and mind as well as artistic creativity through musical interpretation, costume design and choreographic programming.


Fund Raising Eventss

Pregnancy Loss Australia - Walk
Saturday, 6 September, Heritage Forest

Contact Siam Walters, ph ., email sian@pregnancylossaustralia.org.au
Pregnancy Loss Australia - Walk

Big Red Walk
Sunday, 14 September, Royal Park

Contact Sarah Challenor, ph 6348 7533, email sarah.challenor@kidney.org.au
Big Red Walk


Marketss

Launceston Esk Market@Inveresk
On Sundays, from 9am to 2pm, Round House Pavilion, Inveresk 7248

Contact Launceston Show Society, ph 03 6331 6044, email royalltonshow@bigpond.com or royalltonshow@bigpond.com, Web http://launcestonshowground.com.au
Over 80 undercover stalls of bric-a-brac, books, antiques, crafts, wooden garden furniture and much more...

Harvest Launceston – Tasmania’s community farmers’ market
On Saturdays, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, Launceston CBD

Contact Tracey Tasker, ph 0417 352 780, email info@harvestmarket.org.au, Web www.harvestmarket.org.au
Harvest Launceston – Tasmania’s community farmers’ market

The Blacksmith Shop - QVMAG
To Wednesday, 20 August, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Inveresk

Contact QVMAG, ph 03 6323 3777, email ., Web www.qvmag.tas.gov.au
The Blacksmith Shop consists of a series of buildings built between 1909 and 1937. Blacksmiths and other tradesmen worked in this area, shaping heated metal with either hand tools of a variety of mechanical hammers. The items that were produced included tools, hooks and springs. Here amidst the array of forges, hammers, furnaces and the earthen floor, it becomes possible to comprehend the raw energy and forces of the Industrial Revolution. A walkway guides you through this unique experience with the voices of workers and sounds of machinery. The Blacksmith Shop remained in operation until the site closed in July 1994.

Lilydale Village Market (seasonal)
Every day

Contact Dee Alford, ph 03 6395 1561, email lilydalevillagemarket@gmail.com, Web www.lilydalevillagemarket.blogspot.com.au
Lilydale Village Market