WHAT'S ON

What's on around Cessnock and beyond: February 12-18, 2020

CONNECTIONS: Early Links will hold another intergenerational playgroup at RFBI Cessnock Masonic Village on Wednesday.
CONNECTIONS: Early Links will hold another intergenerational playgroup at RFBI Cessnock Masonic Village on Wednesday.

PLAYGROUP FOR YOUNG AND OLD

RFBI Cessnock Masonic Village, Wednesday, 9.30am-11am

Early Links' Big Yellow Bus will visit RFBI Cessnock Masonic Village on Wednesday for an intergenerational playgroup. Families with children aged zero to six years are welcome to attend and interact with the residents.

AUTHORS TALK

Kurri Kurri Library, Thursday 1.30pm-3pm, and Cessnock Library, Friday, 10.30am-12pm

The Heart of Stories Tour will visit Kurri Kurri and Cessnock this week. The panel discussion features authors Adele Parks, Fiona Lowe, Alexandra Joel and Vanessa McCausland. Topics include talking about the rise of women-centred fiction from historical, domestic noir to contemporary genres and their own works.

Bookings are essential; call 4993 4399 (Cessnock) or 4937 1638 (Kurri) or visit libraries.cessnock.nsw.gov.au to book your seat.

NIGHT MARKETS

Cessnock Showground, Friday and Saturday, 4pm-9.30pm

The Aussie Night Markets will return to Cessnock Showground this Friday and Saturday, with more than 30 food trucks and stalls, boutique local and regional retail vendors, kids' rides and live music. Gold coin entry.

TREATS: More than 30 food trucks will be at Cessnock Showground on Friday and Saturday for the Aussie Night Markets, including Red Chef Pastries Hungarian brioche chimney cakes (above). Picture: Aussie Night Markets

TREATS: More than 30 food trucks will be at Cessnock Showground on Friday and Saturday for the Aussie Night Markets, including Red Chef Pastries Hungarian brioche chimney cakes (above). Picture: Aussie Night Markets

MAKE A SPLASH

Cessnock Pool, Saturday, 9am-2pm

Cessnock City Council, in conjunction with the Samaritants, present The Grand Summer Splash - a free pool party for grandparents and their grandchildren - at Cessnock Pool on Saturday as part of the Cessnock City Seniors Festival. A BBQ lunch will be provided by Cessnock Lions Club. Bookings are essential on 4993 3400.

FUNDRAISER FOR MILLFIELD RFS

Paxton Bowling Club, Sunday 1pm

A fundraiser for the Millfield Rural Fire Brigade will be held at Paxton Bowling Club on Sunday afternoon, with raffles, an auction, barefoot bowls from 3pm and entertainment by Get What You're Given and Tim Usher from 4pm.

TOASTMASTERS

Cessnock Leagues Club, Monday, 7pm-9.15pm

Cessnock City Toastmasters Club will hold a demonstration meeting specially designed for visitors on Monday, February 17. If you want to try something new in 2020, the club welcomes you to come along and see how Toastmasters can help. For more information contact Anna on 4990 4093.

LOST DIGGERS OF WESTON

Kurri Kurri Library, Tuesday, 10.30am-12pm

Representatives of Towns With Heart and Coalfields Local History Association will give informative and interactive presentation about Alexander Galloway's Lost Diggers of Weston photographic exhibition. Call the library on 4937 1638 or visit libraries.cessnock.nsw.gov.au to book your seat.

CESSNOCK CITY SENIORS FESTIVAL

Multiple venues, February 12-26

The 2020 Cessnock City Seniors Festival boasts a jam-packed program, with more than 40 events covering arts and culture, health and well-being, history and heritage, learning and clubs and special interest. There's something for everyone! Read more here.

ACTIVE: The Cessnock City Seniors Festival program offers plenty of fun for active seniors, including the Grand Summer Splash at Cessnock Pool this Saturday.

ACTIVE: The Cessnock City Seniors Festival program offers plenty of fun for active seniors, including the Grand Summer Splash at Cessnock Pool this Saturday.

GIG GUIDE

Australia Hotel Friday, Ryan Daley.

Bellbird Workers Club Wednesday, country music club.

Brokenwood Wines Saturday, Kaylah Anne.

Cessnock Leagues Club Friday, Reggie Sinclair. Saturday, Kazzie Duo.

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre Friday, Roy Orbison Reborn ft. Dean Bourne (read more here). Tuesday, Cessnock Seniors Choir (read more here).

Christ Church Mount Vincent Sunday, Hayden Wiseman and the Thompson family (read more here).

Cypress Lakes Friday, Jess Knaus.

Dashville Friday, Tori Forsyth & Carl The Bartender.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Thursday, open mic night with Andrew G. Saturday, Paul Watters.

Harrigan's Pokolbin Friday, All Access 80s.

Hotel Cessnock Friday, Arcane.

Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Karen O'Shea.

Peden's Hotel Friday, Luke Davis. Saturday, The Core.

Potters Brewery Friday, Karen O'Shea.

Roche Estate Saturday, Red Hot Summer Tour ft. Hunters & Collectors, James Reyne, The Living End, The Angels, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera (read more here).

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Friday, Jarred Taylor. Saturday, Big Night Out.

Tattersalls Hotel Greta Saturday, Daniel Newberry.

Vincent Street Kitchen and Bar Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, Sari Jade and Spike.

Weston Workers Club Saturday, Pit Horse Statue fundraising concert ft.The Gunbarrel Highwaymen, Tracey Rowland, Greg Bain and Ken Smith (read more here).

VINEYARD GIG: Hunters & Collectors are headlining the Red Hot Summer Tour at Roche Estate this Saturday.

VINEYARD GIG: Hunters & Collectors are headlining the Red Hot Summer Tour at Roche Estate this Saturday.

SAVE THE DATE: STOMP FESTIVAL TRIVIA NIGHT

Cessnock Leagues Club, February 21

The 2020 Cessnock Stomp Festival will be launched with a trivia night at Cessnock Leagues Club on Friday, February 21. Funds raised will go to the Rural Fire Service brigades of the Cessnock LGA. Read more here.

SAVE THE DATE: CESSNOCK SHOW

Cessnock Showground, February 21-22

The annual Cessnock Show is on in just over a weeks' time, with fun for the whole family, including carnival rides, food stalls, a sideshow alley, horse competitions, a demolition derby, wrestling and much more.

SAVE THE DATE: MULLETFEST

Chelmsford Hotel Kurri Kurri, February 29

Kurri Kurri's third annual Mulletfest returns to the Chelmsford Hotel on Saturday, February 29. Read more here.

SAVE THE DATE: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY CHARITY DINNER

Cessnock Leagues Club, Thursday, March 5

Cessnock Leagues Club will host a charity dinner for International Women's Day on Thursday, March 5. Read more here.

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