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    May 2019

    Extempore: Improvisation, Serendipity, spontaneity

    May 15 @ 12:00 pm - May 26 @ 4:00 pm
    Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free

    This exhibition explores how different artists accommodate or even encourage the unanticipated or the unexpected in their work. Extempore encourages and investigates the creative process of a group of artists for whom improvisation, serendipity, and spontaneity are vital to their practice: Pam Andrews, Alexandra Bell, Mason Chamberlin, Len Hyatt, Jack Morph, Pauline O’Shannessy-Dowling and Dawn Whitehand. Curated by Kiri Smart.

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    Buninyong Film Festival

    May 24 - May 26
    Buninyong Town Hall, 309A Learmonth Street
    Buninyong, Victoria 3357 Australia
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    The Buninyong Film Festival Committee is pleased to present it’s 27th Film Festival in the heart of Buninyong Village. This year’s Festival is bigger than ever before with now 3 days and 9 films being presented! The annual Buninyong Film Festival will be held over the weekend of 24-26 May 2019 and will once again showcase another sparkling array of arthouse films – from Spain, Lebanon, Italy and the USA, in addition to our favourite Australian documentaries and short films.…

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    Friday Karaoke Night

    May 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Friday, repeating until 26 January 2020

    Robin Hood Hotel, 33 Peel Street North
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free
    Ballarat Events - Karaoke Night

    Karaoke in the Urban Bar every Friday Night! $6 IRON JACK SCHOONERS $5 HOUSE WINES $10 COCKTAILS

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    Swap-It (Creswick Produce Swap)

    May 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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    An event every month that begins at 9:30 am on day Fourth of the month, repeating indefinitely

    Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, 19-21 Victoria Street
    Creswick, Vic 3363 Australia
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    Free
    creswick events - produce swap - ballarat produce swap

    Homemade &​ Homegrown Food, Produce, Seeds & Skills to Swap & Share. No money changes hands. Bring your figs and take home some jam, swap your worm juice for a pumpkin, an hour of mowing for some sewing…. Norm's world famous wood fired pizza will be on offer & tea/ coffee by donation. A great social morning. All welcome at rear Creswick Neighbourhood Centre – co-hosted with Creswick Community Garden. If you don't have something to swap, just bring an…

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    Frolic at Ballarat Heritage Weekend queer history exhibit & tours

    May 25 @ 10:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm
    Ballarat Town Hall, 225 Sturt Street
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free

    Ballarat Frolic Festival (BFF) is proud to be part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend in 2019 bringing you an exhibit and two tours. You will find a queer history exhibit in Town Hall from 10am to 5pm each day. Come and have a chat about Ballarat's fascinating suppressed history. We’ll also be running two ticketed Queer History Tours at 2:30pm each day, leaving from just outside Town Hall. You will be guided through central Ballarat and given a glimpse of what…

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    Daylesford Sunday Market @ the Station

    May 26 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Sunday, repeating until 28 February 2021

    Daylesford Railway Station, 18 Raglan Street
    Daylesford, Victoria 3460 Australia
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    Free
    Ballarat Events - Daylesford Sunday Market

    Rain, hail or shine, the Daylesford Sunday Market operates every Sunday from 8.00 am until 3.00pm or 4.00pm at Daylesford Station. You’ll find stalls with everything from books to spare parts for the car, fresh local produce, clothing and collectables. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Plenty of free parking.

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    Avoca Riverside Market

    May 26 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day Fourth of the month, repeating until 27 June 2021

    Avoca River, Cambridge Street
    Avoca, Victoria 3467 Australia
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    Ballarat Events - Avoca Riverside Market

    The Avoca Riverside Market is held along the banks of the Avoca River and in Cambridge St. The tranquility of the venue adds to the enjoyment of meandering around the market. Between 50 and 70 stallholders provide a varied range of goods, including wine, crafts, fresh food, soaps, candles, plants, garden art, clothing, jewellery, lollies and more. Local community groups are encouraged to run the BBQ each month to raise funds for their organisation. The day starts with a bacon…

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    Write Club

    May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 14 July 2019

    Racers Bar and Cafe Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia + Google Map
    Free

    Ballarat Writers hosts Write Club – a chance to get out of the house and devote an afternoon to your writing, with great coffee and industrious company. There is time for chatting between writing sessions, but the emphasis is on getting words down. Bring your favourite writing implements – check that the laptop is fully charged (there are limited powerpoints) and don't forget the spare pens/pencils!

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    Gnarrwirring Ngitj Lecture

    May 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw St
    Golden Point, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free

    Join us for this annual National Sorry Day event held at Sovereign Hill to celebrate the Ballarat region's Aboriginal history and living culture. This year's lecture entitled "Yarning; Traditional ways of fire and water through a Wadawurrung cultural lens" will be presented by Wadawurrung traditional owners Tammy Gilson and Melinda Kennedy. They will offer teachings through the eye of their Ancestors, and lead you on a journey. While this is a free community event, please ensure you reserve your seat…

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    Quiz Night at Irish Murphy’s

    May 27 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Monday, repeating indefinitely

    Irish Murphy’s, 36 Sturt Street
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free
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    Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens – Guiding Friends

    May 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Fourth of the month, repeating indefinitely

    George Longley Building, Gillies Street Nth
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens - history and heritage events

    The Guiding Friends  are interested in learning and sharing their knowledge of these heritage gardens.  The guides pride themselves on their friendly and informative tours. Informal meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10 am in the George Longley Building. The meetings are more like workshops and a range of activities takes place – guest speakers, garden tours, excursions, preparing brochures and AV presentations to enhance visitors' experience of the gardens and opportunities to research topics…

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    Faraway Storytelling

    May 28 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
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    An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until 17 December 2019

    Collins on Lydiard, 22 Lydiard Street Nth
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free
    Ballarat Events - Faraway storytelling

    Step into the magical world of children’s adventures with Faraway Storytelling where you will travel from a world of dinosaurs to a toadstool village for fairies and all the places in between. Faraway Storytelling at Collins Booksellers will be held every Tuesday at 10am. It is ideal for children aged 3 - 5 years and for parents who want to relax for a moment while their children listen to a story for half an hour. The heritage-listed location of ‘Collins…

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    Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens – Growing Friends

    May 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating indefinitely

    An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating indefinitely

    Robert Clark Horticultural Centre, Gillies Street Nth
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Ballarat gardening group - Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens

    Growing Friends is an enthusiastic group of gardeners who are considerably knowledgeable about plants, especially those that thrive in the Ballarat environment. The group is friendly, relaxed and welcoming of new members wanting to share in the love of gardening. The Growing Friends meet in the Friends Nursery located behind the Robert Clark Centre, every Tuesday and every second Sunday of the month 1-4pm, no matter what the weather. Growing Friends ensures that a selection of plants is always available…

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    Ballarat Craft Meet Up

    May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until 10 December 2019

    An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until 26 November 2019

    Lakeview Hotel, Wendouree Parade
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free

    A few hours of crafting with other crafty folk. All crafts welcome. We will be in the champagne room ready for a catch up.

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    Ballarat Genealogical Society monthly meeting

    May 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating indefinitely

    Ballarat Library, 178 Doveton Street North
    Ballarat, VIC 3353 Australia
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    ballarat and district genealogical society meetings

    4th Tuesday of each month (except Dec & Jan) 7:30pm, Meeting Room, Ballarat Central Library 178 Doveton Street North, Ballarat This exciting program of subjects of interest to the genealogist has been arranged. Come along to the meetings and listen to those many and varied guest speakers, ask questions and find some answers to those hard to solve problems.

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    Ballarat Arts Alive Members’ Social Evening

    May 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 6:00 pm on day Last of the month, repeating indefinitely

    The Lost Ones Basement Bar, 14 Camp Street
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free
    ballarat events - ballarat arts alive members social event

    Get your USB sticks loaded with your latest project and come along to the Lost Ones Basement Bar on last Wednesday of the month.  If you’re not a Ballarat Arts Alive member yet, you can join on the night and use the card at the bar to get 10% off drinks! OR you can join and pay online right here!

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    Ballarat Writers – Members Night

    May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Last of the month, repeating indefinitely

    Bunch of Grapes Hotel, 401 Pleasant Street South
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free
    Ballarat writers events

    Our Members’ Nights are held on the last Wednesday of each month (except December). They are held at The Bunch of Grapes Hotel, at 401 Pleasant St South, which has a private room that is easily accessible – no stairs! Come along at 7pm or enjoy dinner beforehand – the kitchen is open from 5.30pm.

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    Trivia Night at the Mallow

    May 29 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

    The Mallow Hotel, 20 Skipton Street
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free

    Free Trivia. 7:30pm start. $18 burgers and $15 jugs of beer. Prizes and booze to be won.

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    Startup Governance & Founder Resilience: Why & How to build a Startup Advisory Board?

    May 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Platypus Coworking, Level 2, 51 Lydiard St Sth
    Ballarat, 3350
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    Free

    Led by two seasoned entrepreneurs and experienced board directors, this Founder led experiential and active learning workshop will teach Founders about setting up the best support structures for Founder resilience and how to best build an advisory board, governance board. The economic benefits of an Advisory Board can include: 1. Strategy, risk and governance 2. How to sell to enterprise B2B/B2G; 3. Scaling into new markets, to go global; 4. How to get investment ready; and 5. Opening up networks…

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    Friday Karaoke Night

    May 31 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Friday, repeating until 26 January 2020

    Robin Hood Hotel, 33 Peel Street North
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free
    Ballarat Events - Karaoke Night

    Karaoke in the Urban Bar every Friday Night! $6 IRON JACK SCHOONERS $5 HOUSE WINES $10 COCKTAILS

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