There are so many things for you and your family to see and do in and around the picturesque Shire of Collie. Search for events that interest you by using the categories to filter the calendar, or navigate to the dates that suit you, or subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter, Whispers from the Valley, to get events delivered straight to your inbox. Email whispers@collierivervalley.com.au to find out how to promote your event.
Dec
16
Sat
2017
Collie Christmas Pageant and Markets @ Central Park
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Collie Christmas Pageant and Markets @ Central Park | Collie | Western Australia | Australia

Join in the fun and excitement of Christmas at the Collie Christmas Pageant.

This is a major event in the Collie social calendar, starting at 1pm with a variety of markets and street entertainment, bouncy castles, face painting, rides and sideshows, followed by the iconic Christmas Pageant Parade at 6-7pm.

There will be heaps of entertainment for all with Christmas Carols and busking during the afternoon and street pageant, Top of the Stairs Puppetry, Kite Kinetics, ladybird Fairies and Green Dragon, The Bizircus Flaming Idiots, and Super Beings Stilt Walkers, The Rad Rock stunt jump, climbing wall and ropes course.

Entertainment and markets continue until 9pm, followed by a community concert with group The Sibdividers in the Music Shell from 8pm – 10.30pm.

The Pageant themes celebrate old-time and family values. Santa is very much a part of the evening, participating in the Parade in his sleigh, and posing for photographs with children in his Grotto from 4pm.

The Collie Christmas Pageant is an alcohol-free event.

Dec
17
Sun
2017
Goods Shed Markets @ Goods Shed
Dec 17 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The “shed” was once the bustling heart of the town, where the steam trains of old pulled right in to unload their cargo. One of the features of the building are the massive jarrah beams of a size that are rarely seen today.

Browse around the many stalls of cakes, books, plants, crafts, fruit, cakes, sheep manure, etc.

View the railway interpretive display in the ticket office or enjoy morning tea in the “Coach Café”, a restored dining car.

 

Collie Swimming Pool Fun Day @ Collie Miner's Memorial Swimming Pool
Dec 17 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Collie Swimming Club are hosting a massive fun day and  will be serving up food throughout the day.

They will have a sausage sizzle for $2.00, Hotdogs for $4.00 and hot chips for $4.00 so go on down and enjoy the day with your family.

Dec
18
Mon
2017
Weekly Playgroups @ Child and Parent Centre
Dec 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for our weekly supported playgroups. They are a great way to meet other families in the community and to encourage your child to learn through play.

Please bring a water bottle and a piece of fruit to share for morning tea.

Monday’s playgroup:

Magical Moments playgroup is great for children, parents, grandparents and carers to play, learn and have fun together through an assortment of activities, and without the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

Tuesday’s playgroup:

Early Learning playgroup encourages learning through play, fun activities and encourages children to follow basic routines, getting them ready for school.

It also encourages parents and children to socialise with others in the community.

Friday’s playgroup:

Come and join Danielle to discover how to learn and grow with nature. There will be gardening, growing, harvesting, and wholesome cooking as well as lots of fun and learning. Don’t forget to bring a piece of fruit to share for morning tea.

For more information telephone 9734 3364 or visit childandparentcentres.wa.edu.au/collie-valley

Dec
19
Tue
2017
Weekly Playgroups @ Child and Parent Centre
Dec 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for our weekly supported playgroups. They are a great way to meet other families in the community and to encourage your child to learn through play.

Please bring a water bottle and a piece of fruit to share for morning tea.

Monday’s playgroup:

Magical Moments playgroup is great for children, parents, grandparents and carers to play, learn and have fun together through an assortment of activities, and without the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

Tuesday’s playgroup:

Early Learning playgroup encourages learning through play, fun activities and encourages children to follow basic routines, getting them ready for school.

It also encourages parents and children to socialise with others in the community.

Friday’s playgroup:

Come and join Danielle to discover how to learn and grow with nature. There will be gardening, growing, harvesting, and wholesome cooking as well as lots of fun and learning. Don’t forget to bring a piece of fruit to share for morning tea.

For more information telephone 9734 3364 or visit childandparentcentres.wa.edu.au/collie-valley

Dec
20
Wed
2017
Social Cycling @ Crank'n Cycles
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm

Whether you are experienced, semi-experienced or beginner there’s a variety of rides, with both road and mountain bike cyclists catered for. Join the groups departing from Crank’n Cycles store on Steere Street.

Road bikes leave at 7.00am for a 30km road ride on Saturday mornings.

GROUP MTB RIDE leaves at 3pm (suitable for “semi-experienced” beginners to fitter riders) Saturday afternoon and 6pm Wednesday evening.

Bikes must be in good working order and have a head lamp/light and riders must wear helmets.

Crank’n Cycles hire bikes if you would like to join one of the groups but don’t have a bike as yet. Contact the store directly for availability and prices.

Dec
22
Fri
2017
St Brigid’s Play Café @ St Brigid's Kindergarten
Dec 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Children and parents learn together at the weekly Play Café, held every Friday during school terms.

It’s a great way to help your pre-Kindy child prepare for Kindergarten.  All welcome!  Call 9734 1097 for further details.

Weekly Playgroups @ Child and Parent Centre
Dec 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for our weekly supported playgroups. They are a great way to meet other families in the community and to encourage your child to learn through play.

Please bring a water bottle and a piece of fruit to share for morning tea.

Monday’s playgroup:

Magical Moments playgroup is great for children, parents, grandparents and carers to play, learn and have fun together through an assortment of activities, and without the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

Tuesday’s playgroup:

Early Learning playgroup encourages learning through play, fun activities and encourages children to follow basic routines, getting them ready for school.

It also encourages parents and children to socialise with others in the community.

Friday’s playgroup:

Come and join Danielle to discover how to learn and grow with nature. There will be gardening, growing, harvesting, and wholesome cooking as well as lots of fun and learning. Don’t forget to bring a piece of fruit to share for morning tea.

For more information telephone 9734 3364 or visit childandparentcentres.wa.edu.au/collie-valley

Happy Spaces Support Group @ Collie PCYC
Dec 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Happy Spaces Support Group @ Collie PCYC | Collie | Western Australia | Australia

Would you like a little joy in your Friday?

Come and join Natalie Veal for Happy Spaces Support Group each week.

Nat focuses on fun arty projects with participants to learn new skills and calming past times to take home and brighten their homes, creating happy spaces.

Arty ideas can be shared with family, young and old, creating happy connections.

If you, or anyone you know, has suffered loss, trauma, an accident, are in recovery, or would just like to put a little happiness in your day, Happy Spaces is for you.

Join in the activities, or just share a cuppa and a smile.

For more information, contact Natalie Veal on 0457 286 247.

Removing the Traces Opening Night @ Collie Art Gallery
Dec 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Removing the Traces Opening Night @ Collie Art Gallery | Collie | Western Australia | Australia

Join us for the opening of a very special selection of works from the collection of Janet Holmes a Court.

This exhibition presents intriguing aspects of south-west landscape from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection. The works included individually demonstrate varying degrees and methods of abstraction e.g. ultra-simplification, gestural and expressive brushwork, flattening of the picture surface and saturated colour, whilst maintaining the formal principles of line, form, shape, value, movement and composition. The real subjects recede and the aesthetics become the dominant factors.

Within this abstract landscape of the exhibition, there are interjections of reality – ‘real’ trees and wildflowers. Important that these remain in the space as reminders because it seems to me that we are busy still doing our best to remove forests and flora as fast as industry and developers can manage it. Prudent to slow down and think about the reality we’ll be left with.

Also occurring occasionally in the exhibition are demonstrations of Aboriginal longstanding presence. Removing the traces of the reality of aboriginal presence and ownership of country was pretty easy to do under the legal mandate of terra nullius. This was followed up by forced dispossession, imprisonment, extermination, assimilation and suppression of truth. A deliberate and sustained abstraction of our history took place. We managed to remove all traces of a particular reality and maintained only the essentials of the history suited to our purposes. These days, ever so slowly, the reality of this history is being reconstituted.

The purpose of this exhibition is to share some significant and captivating abstract works from the collection, works representing the essence of land, forest and water. I hope I’ve created a calm and meditative space which gives room for reflection.

 

Sharon Tassicker

Collection and Exhibitions Manager

Janet Holmes a Court Collection