If you're heading out this week, please remember to abide by COVID-19 restrictions. Read the latest updates at nsw.gov.au/covid-19.
After some rain on Wednesday, a mostly fine week lies ahead in Cessnock, warming up to 29 degrees on Friday and Saturday, and cooling down to a top of 20 on Monday. Stay tuned to bom.gov.au for the up-to-date forecast.
GIN AND JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Hunter Valley Gin and Jazz Festival will run at Hope Estate this Saturday and Sunday. The festival will run from 10am to 5pm each day, with G&T tasting, gin masterclasses, wine tasting, craft beer, food, markets and live music. Limited tickets are on sale at hopeestate.com.au.
Cessnock's Youth Week program kicks off this Saturday with Youthfest Reimagined at Kurri Kurri Ambulance Hall. The free event will run from 2pm to 8pm, with performances by local bands and musicians including Egoism, Smacked Youth, Aenon, PSTCRDS, Everleigh, Billy Puntton and Trinity Woodhouse.
Abermain Bowling Club: Friday, karaoke.
Cessnock Leagues Club: Friday, Reggie Sinclair. Saturday, Dr Zoom.
East Cessnock Bowling Club: Saturday, Andrew G.
Harrigan's Irish Pub Hunter Valley: Friday, Redline. Saturday, Greg Bryce (1pm-4pm), Project X (9pm). Sunday, James Martens (1pm-4pm).
Huntlee Tavern: Friday, RNB night (DJ). Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Gian.
Kurri Kurri Bowling Club: Saturday, Karen O'Shea.
Paxton Bowling Club: Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Vincent Street Kitchen and Bar: Friday, Isabel Enks. Saturday, Sari Jade and Spike.
Hunter Valley Gardens' annual Mega Creatures gets under way this Saturday and runs until April 25. This year's show includes dinosaurs, dragons, Ice Age creatures, and the newly-added Night Safari, featuring never-before-seen animatronic animals and displays. Tickets are available at hvg.com.au.
The Cessnock branch of the Retired Mineworkers Association will meet at Cessnock Leagues Club this coming Monday (April 12) at 10am, with a guest speaker from the Cessnock District Rescue Squad.
The branch has planned a bus trip for July 21. Members are asked to put their names down at the meeting.
The Kurri branch will also meet on Monday at 10am, at the Kurri Senior Citizens Centre. The guest speaker will be Barbara Heaton, mining historian and author of Jim Comerford: Working Class Warrior.
CHAMBER NETWORKING EVENT
Cessnock Chamber of Commerce's April business networking event will be an evening function at The Mighty Hunter Valley (formerly Potters Brewery).
The event will be held next Tuesday (April 13) at 6pm, and tickets are $30 for chamber members and $35 for non-members, including a glass of wine or beer on arrival and a selection of canapes. Ticket sales close 5pm Friday at cessnockchamber.com.au.
Cessnock and Wine Country Toastmasters Club meets at Cessnock Leagues Club every Monday night at 7pm (except public holidays). For more information, contact Anna on 4990 4093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vincent Street Kitchen and Bar, Wednesday 7pm
Trivia is back at Vincent Street Kitchen and Bar on Wednesday nights. Maximum 10 people per team; free entry and great prizes to be won. Call 4005 6766 for bookings.
Cessnock Leagues Club, Tuesday 7pm
Trivia is on at Cessnock Leagues Club every Tuesday nights. Maximum 10 people per team. COVID-19 restrictions apply. Call 4993 2655 for more information.
April 13-24: Cessnock City Seniors Festival (various venues).
April 14: The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.
April 16-18: The Gum Ball at Dashville.
April 29-May 1: Chant du Vin concert series at Tatler, Krinklewood and Brokenwood vineyards.
April 30: The Little Mermaid at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.