It will be another busy weekend in Collie this weekend, with a number of events offering a range of things to do and places to go. The Country Markets will be on at the Wallsend Ground from 8am to 12 noon, with a photo competition, a free recycling workshop for kids, and all the usual stalls, food and drink. You can complete your Show entry forms while you are there, too.
At the Italian Club from 10am to 2pm, an Italian Fiera will be on with market stalls, car boot sales, homemade Italian cuisine and food demonstrations.
Giant book sale
The Giant Book Sale is on at the Noyes Hall this Saturday, November 4, from 8am to 12 noon. A wide variety of books will be available, and there is sure to be something to suit you. Proceeds go to help Youth Care in our town, so it's a really good cause.
Our Community Garden is holding an open day on Saturday, from 1.30pm to 4pm.
You can find out how to grow your own delicious vegetables, buy some plants, look around at the Noongar plant trail, and have some afternoon tea.
There will be live entertainment, with singer Jo Foster, a former Collie resident well known for her lovely voice, performing.
If you haven't been there yet, or you have seen it but not recently, drop in to see what this friendly and energetic group is up to.
They have transformed what was a rather bare patch of open space into productive garden beds, plus an informative walk trail highlighting the native trees and shrubs which are there. Have a chat to the members about what they do, and see if this is an activity which you would enjoy.
The Collie TAFE Campus is holding a market day on Wednesday, November 15, from 10am to 1pm, at the TAFE building.
Sites are $10 each.
Collie Lions are holding a Trash and Treasure on Saturday, November 25, at the Old Ewington School, from 8 am to 12 noon.
They are seeking donations of items which can be dropped off at the old school on Saturday, November 11 and Saturday, November 18, between 8am and 10am.
If you would like items collected, contact Greg on 0498 481 138.
Back to Worsley
The annual Back to Worsley day is on again on Sunday, November 12.
Morning tea provided by the Friends of Worsley at 10.30am, church service and mass in St David's at 11.30am.
Bring your own picnic lunch.
Each year, the Council honours its Senior Citizens with a free lunch at the Margaretta Wilson Centre.
Because of a number of factors, the day of the week has changed this year to a Wednesday, November 22. Everything else stays the same as previous years, with a delicious lunch and entertainment, all free.
If you are a senior, whether you were born and bred here, have lived here for years, or recently moved here, everyone is welcome to come along.
Make your way to the Margaretta Wilson Centre at around 11.45am on Wednesday, November 22 for a lovely celebration.
Australia Day awards
Although this may seem early, now is the time to put your thinking caps on for the 2018 Shire of Collie Australia Day awards.
Look around and see who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in our town in the categories of Citizen of the Year (over 25 years), Young Citizen of the Year (under 25), Group or Event of the Year, and Environment Award. You may need some time to check out details of the person you think should be honoured - like Federal members of Parliament, they must be Australian citizens, and you will need contact details and details of the contribution.
Nomination forms are available from the Council office, the library or online, and close on November 27.
Rotary Quiz Night
Collie Rotary Club is planning a quiz night at the Club Hotel on Saturday, November 25. I will give you more information about this as the date draws nearer, but mark it on your calendars now.
Two hard working local sports identities were honoured on the weekend. Rosanne Pimm received an award from Racing and Wagering for services to country races.
Rosanne and her late husband, Bob, were mainstays of the Collie Race Club for many years, working hard to make the club the success it is today.
Congratulations, Rosanne, for the recognition of your years of hard work.
Marty Wallace was inducted into the Blackwood Marathon Hall of Fame for his contribution to this major sporting event over many years. Well done, Marty.
The deadline for entries to the Industry Alliance's Road Safety Calendar is getting closer. Artwork with a road safety theme, from adults or children, will be accepted up to November 30. It should be landscape in shape, and no more than 1mb in size.
Post your entry to Box 21, Collie or email to email@example.com. Winners will collect prizes between $100 and $500.
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