Opera for Ava: Highlight 8th April 2017 in your new 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 has been treated for leukemia this year (see story on page 11). 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.
Havannah House Christmas lunch: The lunch will start on Christmas Day at noon in the Forbes Town Hall. For further information or bookings contact Havannah House on 6852 1366.
Nominate a young person: Nominations for the NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards close on 15th December! Why not nominate a young person you know who is achieving great results or who is actively involved in your community. If you know someone up to 29 years of age who is making their mark or a valuable community contribution in one of the six categories, why not show your appreciation by nominating them. Nominations are being sought for:
• The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
• First National Real Estate Leadership Award
• Freemasons of NSW/ACT Community Service Award
• Aboriginal Education Council Aboriginal Education Award
• WHO Printing Environment Award
• Awards Australia Small Business Achiever Award
Nomination are made online at www.bit.ly/nswactyaa
Christmas Market: The Forbes Handicraft Centre Christmas Market Day on Saturday, 17th December in front of the shop in Lachlan Street from 9am to 1pm will be the last one for the year. This is a perfect opportunity to get organised for Christmas: there will be cakes, plum puddings, slices and other treats; fresh farm produce, in season fruit and vegetables, fresh farm eggs and a huge variety of plants; and presents ideas from the new supply of handmade and handcrafted goods. For the hot summer days there will be homemade milk ice blocks in six different flavours, and a new line of homemade ice cream in four different flavours for sale. The Super Christmas Raffle with three prizes: First prize a wheelbarrow filled with Christmas hamper goodies; 2nd prize a $50 Voucher from IGA; 3rd prize an ice bucket filled with Christmas goodies. Contact the shop to find out the winners of the Hundred Club results for draws 2, 3, and 4. Forbes Handicraft Centre would like to thank the community for its support throughout the year and would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.
Carols by the Creek: If you missed Sunday night’s carols in Forbes, you can go to Carols by the Creek at Apex Park in Eugowra this Sunday with a special performance by local singer/songwriter Kerry Hodge. He is a true Aussie bushman and busker and has performed with Gordon Parsons, Lee Kernaghan, The Wolverines, and also on the Footy Show and the Kerri-Anne Kennerley Show. He and his family won Best group performance at the Tamworth Country Music Festival with their version of Amazing Grace. The Lion’s Club barbecue will start at 6:30 and the singing at 7pm. The jolly man in red will fly in for the end of the evening.