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"Kid I Am" Launceston's largest family event

"Bellamy's Organic Kid I Am" is an action-packed event filled with fun and inspiring activities for families of Northern Tasmania. Bringing all the local activity operators under the one roof for one day will provide the ultimate opportunity for kids to try a wide range of physically and mentally stimulating activities they didn’t know existed or never thought possible. The venue is organised into various zones that kids can move between. In the Performance Zone there will be singing, dancing, music and drama; in the Active Zone kids can kick a soccer ball and shoot a netball; in the Craft Zone kids can test their artistic ability on a huge art wall; and more. Being held at the Silverdome, this world class venue will provide the perfect platform for children to experience a fun day of new exciting activities in a safe and nurturing environment.

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2017 MacMurray Insurance Brokers Pink Cup

This annual thoroughbred race day luncheon, turning ten this year, has a wonderful history as a successful grass roots community fundraising event, run entirely by volunteers, and is the largest charity race day held in Tasmania, having run in both Hobart and Launceston, with the cup race itself having been run across race tracks in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport. In Australia, 48 women a day are diagnosed with breast cancer, and approx 140 men a year. There are over 65,000 people living with breast cancer in Australia today, with 8 women dying each day. The aspirational goal of the National Breast Cancer Foundation is to see this figure reduced to ZERO deaths from breast cancer by 2030. This can only be achieved through research, which costs money. In the years since inception, this Tasmanian race day has raised over $234,000 net profit for the charity, which has enormous benefit to the research that the National Breast Cancer Foundation funds. Funds raised locally at this race day have assisted fund the Endowed Chairs program, ensuring two leading lights working on research into breast cancer can continue their vital ground breaking work, feeding into the global knowledge about breast cancer.

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2018 Jewellery Gem and Mineral Fair

Come and see beautiful and amazing pieces of jewellery, plus gems and minerals from Tasmania, mainland Australia and around the world. The pieces are showcased to admire as well as purchase. Lapidary supplies and equipment etc., will be available for sale. Throughout the two days of the fair there will be faceting and cabochon demonstrations, plus children's gem sieving and gem/gold panning. Delicious food and refreshments available on-site, all weekend. Entry fee - Adults $5 Children under 16 free. 9am to 4pm both days.

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A Day on the Beach

With loads of sporting activities, live music, a sand sculpture competition, two big Aussie barbecues, double decker buses, and swimming races against the pristine backdrop of Kingston Beach, A Day on the Beach is a celebration of the beach, family fun and the Australian lifestyle. All activities are provided free of charge.

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AFL 2017 - Hawthorn v North Melbourne

There is nothing as exciting as a live game of football played at the top level, with superb athletes battling it out for the ultimate prize of the right to play in the AFL Grand Final. In Round 21 Hawthorn will face North Melbourne. Organise your tickets and arrange a fun weekend in Launceston with friends and family. Tasmania's football fans will have four AFL match to enjoy at UTAS Stadium this season. Game starts at 3.20pm

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AFL 2017 - North Melbourne v Melbourne

There is nothing as exciting as a live game of football played at the top level, with superb athletes battling it out for the ultimate prize of the right to play in the AFL Grand Final. In Round 19, North Melbourne meets Melbourne at Blundstone Arena, Bellerive, Hobart. The game starts at 1.45pm. Organise your tickets and arrange a fun weekend in Hobart with friends and family. Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketek or by purchasing tickets at one of three retail locations: Theatre Royal - 29 Campbell Street Hobart Bellerive Oval / Blundstone Arena - 15 Derwent Street, Bellerive CD Centre, Shop 32 Meadow Mews, Kings Meadows

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ANZAC Day Citizens Commemorative Service

Every year, residents and visitors alike standing side by side around the Latrobe Cenotaph are drawn to the roadside as the National award winning Latrobe Federal Band lead the march or returned veterans and community groups to the site. The atmosphere is electric as honour is paid to those that have contributed to their country in a variety of ways. Come and join this important commemoration on Australia's calendar.

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Around the World in 80 Days

PRESENTED BY THE THEATRE ROYAL, ELLIS PRODUCTIONS AND ALEKSANDAR VASS. STARRING IAN STENLAKE, PIA MIRANDA AND GRANT PIRO. 3 Actors, 39 Characters, 7 Countries. One Extraordinary Experience! Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant Passepartout as they set out to win an outrageous wager by circling the globe in 80 days. Hot on their heels, convinced Fogg has committed a bank robbery to fund his travels, is Inspector Fix of Scotland yard who is seeking to capture and jail the intrepid travellers. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show - one of the great adventures of all time! Adapted by: Toby Hulse Based on the novel by: Jules Verne Director: Terence O'Connell Set Designer: Merinda Backway Costume Designer: Lucy Wilkins Sound Designer: David Ellis Lighting Designer: Jason Bovaird

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Art Farm Birchs Bay - Sculpture Trail

Art Farm Birchs Bay is a not-for-profit association established to foster engagement between community, artists, art and the landscape. Situated at Five Bob Farm, a unique coastal farm, a visit to the Art Farm includes meandering through fields of native pepper (Tasmannia lanceolata), irises, fruit orchards and an extensive kitchen garden, supplying the farm cafe, Pepperberries Garden Cafe. The Sculpture Trail The Trail is open every day, 8:30am - 5:30pm. Between Easter and July 23 you can view the temporary sculpture exhibition. Currently, the Trail exhibits approximately 12 permanent sculptures acquired by the Farm; a sculpture is acquired annually from the current exhibition. Each year, from Easter to mid-July, visitors can view the current sculpture exhibition throughout the landscape. The Trail leads visitors through pear orchards, up winding bush trails, across open fields with views of Bruny Island and the D’Entreacastaux Channel and down into a picturesque orchards and vegie gardens. Allow one-hour for the walk, wearing suitable footwear for bush tracks. The track is steep and uneven in parts and is not suited to prams. The trail is open 365 days of the year and welcomes dogs on leads.

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Australian Masters Games

Regarded as one of the premier and largest participation sporting events on the Australian sporting landscape. In 2017 the 16th edition of the Games will be hosted in Tasmania from Saturday 21st to Saturday 28th October. It is expected over 6,000 participants will compete across over 50 different sports. The event is open to anyone. The only criteria to compete in the Australian Masters Games is that you must meet the minimum age requirement, which in most sports is 30+ years. It does not impose qualifying standards and welcomes participants from all over the world. This variety of sports on offer provides the opportunity for participants to try a new sport, compete in multiple sports during the week and register as an individual or in a team. The Australian Masters Games will also comprise a variety of social events throughout the week, providing a festival atmosphere for both competitors and visitors to Tasmania. The announcements regarding the entertainment are highly anticipated with the Games’ reputation for its social calendar equal to its reputation for producing a fantastic sporting program. The Opening Ceremony will be held in Devonport, Closing Ceremony in Burnie and Accreditation Centre in Ulverstone.

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