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Autumn. The frenzy of summer and daylight saving are coming to an end. But there are still plenty of things to do in the Bega Valley... 

In this issue you'll find activities for families as well as news from various service providers in the Bega Valley.

from the Bega Valley Child & Family Network



Four Winds presents Diary of a Wombat

Saturday 8th April, 2017
Four Winds Road Barraga Bay

Millions of young people have adored the award winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat.

Now this iconic story about Mothball, Australia’s naughtiest wombat is coming to the stage.

Monday Baa director, Eva De Cesare, and a team of revered artists including Alice Osborne (War Horse), use the magic of live music and puppetry to bring this exquisite story to life.

Tickets $12 – $52 available online

Candelo Village Festival

Friday 21st April, 2017 -
Sunday 23rd April, 2017

The Candelo Village Festival is a biennial celebration of the village culture and the Arts in Candelo.Candelo Village Festival celebrates art, culture and music.

In 2017 the festival takes a new shape with considerable changes to the format of the years gone by.

Music, Theatre, Local Forums and Literary events will be held in the town hall over the entire weekend

Fine food will be available throughout the park and village.

Camping will be available onsite this year and proceeds will go to supporting and maintaining the community park.

Plenty more announcements through March and April so be sure to stay posted on the website.

2017 Bega Valley
Showcase of Talent

Sunday 26th March, 2017

Presented by Bega Rotary. All proceeds to the Community Carers Accommodation Project.

4.00pm - 7.30pm Mumbulla School Hall, Bega

$20 per person, $45 per family

Youth Week

31st March — 9th April 2017

Get involved, be heard, make a difference!

Youth Week began as a NSW Government initiative in 1989, and has since grown to be a celebration of young people in every state and territory across the country.

It is organised by young people, for young people, in communities across NSW and Australia. Following the success of the NSW Youth Week program, Youth Week became a National event in 2000. National Youth Week is jointly supported by the Australian Government, State and Territory Governments and Local Governments.

Click here for the program of Youth Week events

Footprint Theatre is once again staging FILM SCHOOL in Pambula during the April school holidays from 8 to 13 April 2017.

Half and full day workshops available in Acting to Camera, Lighting, Film Making on an iPad, Making a Promo, Animation and more by industry professionals will be offered to budding filmmakers aged from 12 years to adult.

Subscribe to Footprint Theatre's newsletter to be the first to see the program!

A Day in the Park

Yet another fantastic free event was held in Eden on 25 February and was well attended and enjoyed by the majority of families in the area of Endeavour Park.

Various service providers participated and had the opportunity to showcase their services to young and old alike.

Playability had a hands-on activity called Natural Mandala Art, which is a circular symbol that represents the universe. You then add natural things you find like shells, grasses, flowers, gum nuts etc. to decorate your circle. 

Grand Pacific provided information on their Healthy for Life promotion and grab bags full of all sorts of goodies. 

University of Wollongong set up an information booth outlining their courses and what they are offering out of the Bega Campus for 2017.

Ability Links ran a hula hoop workshop to teach the art of hula hooping as well as information on their services.

Sarah from the Bega Valley Shire was gathering information from people to assist with the planning of the Fairy Garden that is in the pipeline for Endeavour Park.

Campbell Page was larger than life by providing four different activities: 
Temporary Tattooing, Face painting (we did over 100 faces), feeding everyone with the Bar B Q, fruit and drinks, and also the always popular Jumping Castle.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this day a great success.

Elizabeth Huggett
Campbell Page

We have child care spaces available in Eden, Bega and Millingandi with experienced family day care educators  Please contact the Co-ordination Unit on 6492 3788 or go to for more information.
Joanna Rideaux
Service Manager
Bega Valley Family Day Care
Tel (02) 6492 3788



SWELL - What is Arts and Health?

Arts and Health is the practice of using the arts to improve health and wellbeing, as well as enhancing health care experiences for patients and their support networks. The arts can play a significant role in promoting the health and wellbeing of patients, staff, clients and visitors to health services and within the broader community.

South East Arts has developed a regional strategy to guide our work in this important new area. Our vision is to build stronger, healthier and happier communities, supported by strong networks, resources and opportunities for participation and learning.

South East Arts (SE Arts) is the regional development organisation for arts and culture in the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla and Snowy Monaro. We actively assist the ongoing development of, and participation in, arts and culture throughout the South East region of New South Wales.

GET BEHIND THE WHEEL OF SWELL – The Art of Living Well – DONATE NOW to our regional Arts & Health Initiative – Find out More HERE


Simply click on the course title for more information and on-line registration.
Upcoming CCWT courses in the Southern Region include:
To discover all of the courses CCWT is offering the Southern Region please visit or contact Saul Nightingale. 
Thank you and we hope to welcome you to training.
Saul Nightingale
Learning & Development Project Manager (Southern Region)
Centre for Community Welfare Training
0438 649 299

A Guide to Drugs and Alcohol within our Community

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Service providers are encouraged to send us notices of events, grants, training, activities and other information of interest to other service providers or parents to put on our Facebook page, or in our quarterly online newsletter.

The newsletter is published at the beginning of each season in December, March, June and September.

We also welcome articles about successful events you have held.

Email with your contribution. Web or Facebook links, single page pdfs or jpg images are preferred.

Please note that not all articles/notices may be accepted for publication.
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