Music In The Gardens, Albury Botanic Gardens, Sunday, October 18, 1pm to 3pm, free but bookings essential
Albury acoustic group Mia Grace and the Aviators will present the first of Albury Council's open air garden concerts in the coronavirus era. With no walk-in entry allowed on the day, patrons must pre-book to be allocated a pod for up to four people. Pack a picnic, drinks, chair or rug as there won't be anything for purchase or seating available. Only border bubble residents can book and people are asked to stay in their pod at all times where possible. But feel free to dance in your pod. Book via the Albury Council website.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Bush Fire Recovering, Art Partners Australia, 488 David Street, Albury, daily until Saturday, October 17, 10am to 5pm
Catch the final days of an exhibition by photographers David Taylor and Prue Barclay. Bush Fire Recovering is a series of 55 photographs that celebrates the beauty of the bush and documents its regrowth after the summer blazes. Proceeds from the event and 10 per of all sales will be donated to charity Meg's Children Nepal. Exhibition entry by gold coin donation.
Made By Me Market, Junction Square, Wodonga, Sunday, October 18, 9am to 1pm
After a successful return last month, this Border market will again offer handmade items for sale on Sunday morning. Organisers say the offerings include crafts, candles, jewellery, clothing, macrame, soaps and paintings as well as hot dogs, Chinese food and bubble soccer. COVID-safe measures will be implemented.
Retro Screenings, Regent Cinema Albury, Saturday, October 17, Sunday, October 18, various sessions
Have the time of your life this weekend when Dirty Dancing hits the big screen again 33 years after its release. Old favourites and cult classics are filling the void left by COVID-interrupted new blockbusters - after all, nobody puts Baby in a corner. Black Panther (2018) is also on offer, slightly newer but worth another look in light of the sad death recently of star Chadwick Boseman.
Toastmasters Speech Contest, via Zoom, Saturday, October 17, from 9.45am
Members from three North East Toastmasters clubs will demonstrate their verbal skills online in a district contest. Public speaking is something many fear, but few can avoid, be it in an interview, presentation or speech. Toastmasters trains people to improve their public speaking ability and helps them prepare for positions of leadership. All visitors are welcome, register to attend at d73.toastmasters.org.au/events/n29-area-contests-october-2020/.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 234 Olive Street, South Albury, Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, 7pm
Live theatre continues in Albury-Wodonga this weekend with two of six sold-out performances by Albury Wodonga Theatre Company. With limited seating and various COVID-safe measures, the show's season was extended when tickets sold quickly. The Tennessee Williams drama examines the relationships and growing tension within a southern US family.
Go Wild Art Competition, any garden, on now, entries close Friday, October 30
The Gardens 4 Wildlife children's art competition aims to get families talking about backyard wildlife. Create an A4 picture of an Australian native animal in a garden setting, using pencils, textas, paints or collage. Full details on the Gardens 4 Wildlife Albury-Wodonga Facebook page.
Kiewa Street Market, car park, 441 Kiewa Street, Albury, Sunday, October 18, 8.30am to noon
Whatever your interests. the Kiewa Street Market is likely to have a stall to match. A joint fundraising venture of the Rotary Clubs of Albury North and Belvoir Wodonga, the weekly market has raised several million dollars for local, national and international charities over the years.
Albury Wodonga Farmers' Market, Gateway Village, Wodonga, Saturday, October 17, 8am to noon
Berries, beef, tomatoes, eggs, bread, biscuits and more can be found at Saturday's Albury Wodonga Farmers' Market. Organisers remind NSW residents to bring their permit and face mask. The easiest way to access the market is to park in South Albury or Noreuil Park and walk across the bridge.
Supporting Border and North East businesses, any way you can, any time
The easing of restrictions in regional Victoria and a more flexible border resident permit, means there are more opportunities to go for a drive and sample what our region has to offer. While everyone needs to stay safe - maintain your distance, wash your hands, abide by the various public health orders - people now have more freedom to enjoy attractions of the Border and North East. Many smaller towns that rely on tourism have struggled during the pandemic and would love to welcome you along.