Around the Town With Nola - July 11

Local art: Collie Art Gallery. Photo: Supplied.

Local art: Collie Art Gallery. Photo: Supplied.

Holiday activities 

The first of two free film afternoons at the library starts at 2pm today.

Where the Wild Things will be screened. The second is ET next Thursday, July 18, from 2pm to 3.45pm. Both films are rated G, and free popcorn will be available. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

The railway station has its electric train set running, and its winter menu available.

It is open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 9.30am to 3pm, and Sundays, 8.30am to 3pm, with Sunday breakfast available from 8.30am to 11.30am.

Home-made soup is available on Thursdays and Fridays from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

Coalfields Museum is open every day, with children accompanied by a member or fee-paying adult admitted free.

Christmas in July 

A Christmas in July dinner and concert will be held in the Margaretta Wilson Centre on Saturday, July 27 at 6pm.

The event raises much needed funds for the Youth chaplaincy in Collie schools.

Tickets are very reasonably priced at $35 for a family, $10 for pensioners and $15 single. They can be obtained from Raewyn Jones or any local church ministers.

Raewyn's contact number is 0497172808. If there is no answer please leave a message.

The dinner and concert are supported by community members and the Youth Care Support Group.

Quiz night sold out

The Harry Potter Quiz night organised by the library for Wednesday, July 31, has been sold out. These events at the library are very popular, so it is wise to book early.

Local artists 

The exhibition by Fran Dorozenko and Merilyn Piavanini continues at the Collie Art Gallery.

Trails 

The outlook for Collie weather for the next week is for sunny days, so it's a good time to get out and about on the walking, cycling and mountain biking trails around Collie.

We are very lucky to have such variety right here on our doorstep.

You can check the trails out online, or go in to the Visitors' Centre and the friendly staff can help you out.

Friends of the River 

Thanks to the wonderful 16 people who planted trees and shrubs last Sunday in the ongoing re-vegetation of the Collie River and surrounds.

You're doing a great job keeping this rolling, Donna Davies.

The next effort will be on National Tree Day, Saturday July 27, from 9am to 11am.

Meet at the David-Hay Street end of Venn and Wittenoom Streets.

Everyone is welcome to join in to make our river beautiful again.

The Tour is on 

For football fans, last weekend was a "must see".

For cycling fans, the Tour de France is the "must see".

A number of Australians are involved in this year's Tour, and it is always good to watch their progress - or lack of it.

Let's hope there are no serious crashes this year, leaving us free to watch the beautiful countryside as the Tour winds its way around the countryside.

Tennis 

Wimbledon is the "must see" for tennis fans, and there is still a lot of court time left in the competition, but it is a pity that Ash Bartley has bowed out.

She is a great ambassador for the sport, with none of the tantrums and abuse shown by some of her countrymen.

Let's hope she gets another chance next year to take out the unofficial World title that is the Wimbledon tournament.

Women's soccer

Like many others, I was disappointed when the Australian women bowed out of the tournament, but proud of Sam Kerr's form.

I was shocked, though, to learn that the winning women's team in the World Cup received just seven per cent of the sum which goes to the men's winners.

Seriously?