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From arty events to all-ages theatre, “CityNews” has compiled the final word Christmas reward information for this vacation season.

From arty events to all-ages theatre, flight simulators to health vouchers, “CityNews” has compiled the final word Christmas reward information for this vacation season.

“Legacies”… at The Q, August 2-23

Sit down and share the reward of theatre

THE Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre – The Q – has simply launched its 2023 season, says advertising officer Joel Horwood, that includes a line-up of performs, musicals, comedy, stay music and leisure for the children.

Inventive director Jordan Greatest “has programmed an extremely various array of reveals for 2023”. 

“There shall be a present for each member of the household!,” he says.

“Whether or not it’s your eccentric aunt who loves risqué comedy, or your brother who considers himself a younger Quentin Tarantino, we’ve bought you coated.

“We now have pivoted away from subscriptions in direction of an thrilling new membership system,” says Joel. 

“Give the reward of theatre,” he says, “and buy a ‘Q Membership’ to your family members. 

“For simply $50, members profit from particular costs on our season reveals, reductions at our theatre bars, prize attracts, invites to particular occasions, and reductions from our pals within the neighbourhood. 

“After a number of years trapped at residence, it’s time to start out exploring the entire wonderful leisure choices in our area.”

“From literary classics reimagined, to quirky cabaret and terrifying acrobatic stunts, there has by no means been a greater time to return to the theatre and expertise the magic of stay efficiency at The Q.”

  • “Prima Facie”, April 19. 
  • “Puffs”, Might 11-20. 
  • “Legacies”, August 2-23.
  • “Coil”, August 8-9. 

The Q, 253 Crawford Avenue, Queanbeyan. Name 6285 6290 or go to

An inventive expertise

THE Artists Shed has a collection of presents and experiences for these trying to get in contact with their artistic aspect, says proprietor Margaret Hadfield, together with a variety of her personal and a variety from different artists.

“We now have an enormous number of lovely items on the market within the massive gallery from $50 for authentic artwork.”

A brand new take off is “Margie’s Arty Portray Get together”, offering “high quality paint, some brushes and a artistic area with knowledgeable artist to information you.”

Margaret says the “Arty Portray Get together” permits members to let their hair down and luxuriate in “a lighthearted and vibrant expertise”. 

As an award-winning artist, Margaret has a long time of expertise in “numerous mediums and may present you ways straightforward it’s to color!” 

The enterprise additionally sells reward vouchers redeemable for newbie to superior artwork lessons and merchandise.

One other speciality at The Artist’s Shed is Margaret’s hand-picked, high quality artwork hampers, which she says are good for individuals getting began in a variety of strategies.

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“As knowledgeable artist, I solely decide good-quality supplies that may assist rookies obtain the vibrancy they’re on the lookout for.”

Margaret has additionally been “delving into plein air portray” as “the marriage painter”. 

The Artists Shed, Unit 1-3, 88 Wollongong Avenue. Name 0418 237766 or go to

Fashionable and welcoming, with the deal with service

SAVE a Bob or Two is a second-hand retailer offering “a bit of little bit of all the things” from knick knacks to massive items, says proprietor Vic Seisun.

The shop shares family furnishings, glassware, collectibles, paintings, pottery, books, lamps, information and, this yr, Christmas decorations. 

All of Vic’s inventory is used, however in a superb situation.

Vic prides himself on offering the absolute best service, and protecting issues on schedule and accessible in order to keep away from inconveniencing prospects.

He says he’s trustworthy, his costs are low-cost and he can ship items for an additional value.

He highlights classic, old-English tea units and books as current greatest sellers for presents.

“However, all the things has been going,” he says. 

“Usually, we now have a few specific gadgets that go fast, however this time, all the things goes!” says Vic.

Vic says he’s bought a ardour for going above and past to assist fulfil buyer requests, and he completely loves what he does.

“We’re stylish and welcoming. The shop is thrilling and adventurous and we now have many various collections for all our prospects,” says Vic. 

Save a Bob or Two, Hawker Buying Centre. Name 0448 164315 or go to

‘Excellent’ presents for summer season days, says Gillian

City and Nation hat accessible at Colleen’s Lingerie and Swimwear

COLLEEN’S Lingerie and Swimwear has “the proper presents for summer season days,” says proprietor Gillian Horton.

“Many people spend our Christmas holidays on the seashore or splashing round in a pool.”

She sells an assortment of swimwear and cover-ups together with typical swimmers reminiscent of tankinis, one-pieces, swim attire and rash vests.

Gillian additionally says the store has extra specialised mastectomy and underwire merchandise.

To complete off a summer season outfit, they provide a variety of Most cancers Council hats. 

“Preserve your family members coated with our beautiful cover-ups and rash vests, each brief and lengthy sleeves,” Gillian says. 

“These make nice presents for gardeners, walkers and anybody discovering themselves out within the solar.”

Rash vests are additionally good, as an alternative of a jacket, for cruising on cool summer season nights, says Gillian.

Colleen’s Lingerie and Swimwear additionally affords bra fittings and a variety of lingerie.

“What girls don’t know is that anyone can are available in and be fitted,” she says.

Since opening greater than 20 years in the past,the store has expanded past its specialty post-breast surgical procedure bras with sizes and types which are onerous to search out. 

“We cater for giant cups, massive backs, small cups and front-closing bras,” Gillian says.

“We now have reward playing cards accessible in retailer and on-line.”

Colleen’s Lingerie and Swimwear, Store 6, 22 Garran Place, Garran. Name 6285 1311 or go to

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Matt Curtis, Crumple Vases and Glassworks Baubles. Photograph: Brenton McGeachie

Glasswork household making ‘lovely’ Christmas presents

GLASSWORK artist Matt Curtis began making “Crumple Vases” this yr, as a result of his youngest son Hugo began a traineeship at Canberra Glassworks.

“I needed to work alongside him and it has been a beautiful course of,” says Matt.

“Vases are mainly large, flat bubbles that can help you distort it simply, so every bit is particular person and it has been a beautiful, enjoyable course of with Hugo.

“It’s good to see the color transition too, from purple on the high to a light orange on the backside.

“Hugo is doing nicely now, he has Christmas baubles displayed within the Canberra Glassworks store, too.”

Matt is a visiting artist from Queanbeyan, and his spouse, Harriet can also be a glasswork artist.

“It’s good having a bit of glasswork household,” he says.

Matt says the glass on the Glassworks’ store is made regionally, and “you’ll be able to really feel the connection to the artists.”

“There are many expert artists at Canberra Glassworks, who produce lovely glass equipment,” he says.

“Glass presents are good as a result of they supply pretty color and motion to a house.”

The Glassworks Store has prolonged hours, 9am-5pm, between December 21 and December 23. Customary buying and selling hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Name 6260 7005, or go to

Bridget the wombat with guests at Taralga Wildlife Park

Getting close-up and private with animals

MORE hands-on than any zoo or park, Taralga Wildlife Park affords close-up and private animal experiences, making it the proper outing for the entire household, says proprietor John Stafford.

“Meet all our common guests’ favourites like Bridget the wombat,” he says.

“You’ll discover Bridget wandering the grounds simply ready for a pat and a few consideration. 

“Or get up-close to the friendship farm space that options rabbits, guinea pigs and sheep.”

The park additionally has quite a few species of kangaroos and wallabies, together with a spectacular white kangaroo, greater than 100 species of birds, together with macaws, curlews, parrots, finches and endangered freckled geese, in addition to free-ranging peacocks.

With greater than 50 reveals that includes animals reminiscent of dingoes, deer, antelope, camels, llamas and alpacas, John says there are many animals and birds to see and feed.

Guests could make a time out of the park, too, ending it off at its cafe, which John says serves nice espresso and cake or gentle lunch choices till 3pm.

He says there’s additionally a superb vary of cafes and motels within the space to get pleasure from a wide range of meals.

Taralga Wildlife Park is open 10am to 4pm, Thursday to Monday, and is open every single day throughout Christmas holidays.

Taralga Wildlife Park, 257 Bannaby Street, Taralga. Name 0419 014540 or search Taralga Wildlife Park on Fb.

Come fly with me, let’s fly right down to… wherever, actually

JET Flight Simulator Canberra has the proper Christmas reward for anybody who’s ever needed to fly, says proprietor Trevor Vickers.

“Guests get to function a full-size duplicate of a Boeing 737-800 cockpit and may select from 24,000 airports world wide to fly in or out of,” he says.

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“There’ll be an teacher who’s there to level out what all of the buttons and levers do and when to make use of them, but it surely’ll be you that’s doing the flying.

“Typically individuals need to fly over the place they’ve been on vacation, others need to do issues like fly underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge – it’s all potential.”

He encourages individuals to strive the brand new VR Paraglider which mixes an actual paraglider harness and controls linked to world-class skilled coaching software program. 

“Individuals can observe catching thermals, soar over coastal dunes, or enhance their accuracy at spot landings,” says Trevor.

Guests have the chance for a extra fast-paced, digital actuality expertise referred to as “ICAROS” which he describes as a “fully totally different option to fly”.

“The best way it really works is that you just lie on a body and shift your physique weight to steer within the digital world,” says Trevor.

“The feeling is extra like flying with a wingsuit or such as you’re Superman.”

Whether or not it’s flying a 737, hovering via a digital world, or each, Trevor says there’s a number of reserving choices and reward certificates.

Jet Flight Simulator Canberra, 4 Montford Crescent, Lyneham. Go to or name 0438 834026.

Studio Pilates workforce, from left, Tony, Tahni, Tammy-Jo and Holly.

Present playing cards for these with health objectives 

STUDIO Pilates is nicely outfitted to attain any fitness-oriented objectives, says co-owner Simon Hunter. 

Nevertheless, this Christmas season Studio Pilates may even assist gifters to attain their objectives with their new reward card.

Simon says the train program at Studio Pilates is the proper reward for individuals with any degree of health to get a kick begin on their New Yr’s resolutions.

Studio Pilates is providing a present card that may positively contribute to the well being and wellbeing of its receiver, he says.

At Studio Pilates there are a number of areas, together with Braddon, Gungahlin and the newly opened Manuka studio.

Simon says each he and his spouse and co-owner Tammy-Jo Hunter, who he describes because the “driving pressure behind all of it”, are enthusiastic about serving to individuals obtain their objectives.

“We now have an incredible workforce right here at Studio Pilates”, says Tammy-Jo, “outfitted with a mindset of progress”.

Combining modern video expertise that performs contained in the studio and the expertise of world-class instructors, Simon says: “We satisfaction ourselves on having the ability to tailor the classes for any particular person.”

“Studio Pilates is ideal for individuals with any degree of health,” he says, “Studio Pilates affords a variety of gifting choices from particular person lessons to a 50-pack of lessons.”

Studio Pilates. Go to

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