15 February 2024

Nine things to do in the Illawarra this week (16 - 22 February)

| Dione David
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People at Seeker Brewing

Stop by Seeker Brewing this Friday or Saturday to check out the brews resulting from this year’s “Collabruary”. Photo: Seeker Brewing Facebook.

From vintage cars to arts and crafts and the ultimate Led Zeppelin tribute show, this week is packed with all sorts of fun and games.

Seeker Brewing is launching a whopping 10 collaborative brews, and the Kevin Hunt Trio brings the smooth sounds of jazz to a free concert in Thirroul.

History buff Peter Lacey will talk about his book exploring tales of the NSW South Coast and Illawarra filmmaker David Roach will lead a screening and discussion of his film about the late great Ian Gentle: Gentle at Clifton.

Here are our top nine picks for the week.

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Banner for Stoic Brewing event Collabuary

Live music, pizza and beer: Grab your mates and come along to Seeker Brewing this Friday or Saturday. Image: Seeker Brewing.

Collabruary 2024

When: Friday 16 February, noon and Saturday 17 February, 10 pm
Where: Seeker Brewing, 1 Industrial Road, Unanderra
Cost: Free entry.

For this year’s “Collabruary” Seeker has brewed a whopping 10 collab beers to be released at the Seeker taproom for an exclusive first taste this weekend. Taste beers brewed in collaboration with Deeds, Kicks, Stoic, Seven Mile, Bodriggy, Frenchies, Reub Goldberg, Bracket, Philter and Barrel Shepherd.

Amazing live acts Georgie Lyons & Jack Willis (on Friday) and Daniel Aaron and Jules Bourne (on Saturday) will set the mood, and delicious wood-fired pizza will be available all weekend.


Black vintage car at Gerringong Lions Club Motor Fest

Calling all car enthusiasts. Photo: Lions Club of Gerringong.

Gerringong Lions Club Motor Fest

When: Saturday 17 February, 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Cronin Oval, 22-42 Blackwood Street, Gerringong
Cost: Adults $5, children under 12 free, payable upon entry.

This Saturday the Lions Club of Gerringong’s Motor Fest Car Show will showcase more than 300 cars, ranging from classics to vintage, sports cars to hot rods. Car enthusiasts will not be disappointed. A variety of food and drinks will be available, and entry will be free for children under 12. All proceeds from the day will benefit the Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation.

Musician Kevin Hunt at the piano

Doors open at 6 pm for a 6:30 pm start to this unmissable, free jazz concert. Photo: Wollongong City Council.

Kevin Hunt Trio

When: Saturday 17 February, 6 to 8 pm
Where: Thirroul Library, 352-358 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul
Cost: Free, book here.

Spots are booking out fast for the chance to experience the silky smooth stylings of the Kevin Hunt Trio live at Thirroul Library. Kevin Hunt (piano), Karl Dunnicliff (bass), and Dave Goodman (drums) will deliver an evening of jazz, rhythm and harmony. Kevin is a seasoned jazz pianist-composer who has performed regularly in the Sydney jazz scene since 1979.

A girl works on a jewellery in the workshop

No experience is required for this fantastic jewellery making workshop. Photo: Envato/simbiothy.

Spoonfuls of Style: Upcycled Jewellery at The Tinkerage Shellharbour

When: Saturday 17 February, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: The Tinkerage Shellharbour, 44 Buckleys Road, Dunmore
Cost: Shellharbour City Council residents free, non-Shellharbour City Council residents $40, payable upon entry.

Tinkerage facilitator and upcycling maestro Bonnie Herft will guide you to unleash your artistic side and delve into the world of transforming salvaged silver-plated cutlery into stunning, personalised jewellery pieces. Bring your own sentimental silverware or choose from the provided ones, and create one-of-a-kind jewellery that reflects your style and imagination.

The Tinkerage is a safe and fun learning environment focusing on reuse and repair skills. For safety reasons, The Tinkerage workshops are for 16 years and over or over 13 years if accompanied by an adult, and all participants must wear enclosed shoes. Bring your own silver-plated utensils, lunch, a drink and a mug for a cuppa.

President of the South Coast History Society Peter Lacey holds up his book Extraordinary Histories

This special talk by history buff and author Peter Lacey is followed by afternoon tea. Photo: South Coast History Society.

Peter Lacey – Extraordinary Histories book talk at the Kiama Library

When: Saturday 17 February, 2 pm
Where: Auditorium, Kiama Library, 7 Railway Parade, Kiama
Cost: Member $3, non-member $5, payable upon entry.

Join South Coast History Society president Peter Lacey as he discusses the history of the entire South Coast captured in his book Extraordinary Histories. Retelling forgotten stories of bushrangers, shipwrecks and mysterious disappearances from Kiama to the Victorian border, the book lives up to its name. Also included are stories of gold rushes, floods, fires, droughts, whaling, dairying, lighthouses built in the wrong places, fascinating entrepreneurs, pioneers and more.


Illawarra artist Ian Gentle

This event is in conjunction with The Gentle Project exhibitions, celebrating a great artist of our region. Photo: Wollongong City Council.

Film Screening and Talk: Gentle at Clifton

When: Sunday 18 February, 1:30 to 3 pm
Where: Wollongong City Gallery, 46 Burelli Street, Wollongong
Cost: Free.

Join us at the gallery for a screening of Gentle at Clifton, a film about the late, great Illawarra artist Ian Gentle. David Roach (director and producer) will attend to discuss the film, and the publication Ian Gentle: The Found Line will be available for purchase. This is a free event, presented in conjunction with The Gentle Project exhibitions. All are welcome.


Group of kids playing tug of war

At a loose end of a Wednesday afternoon with the kids? Photo: Envato/gpointstudio.

Games with Friends

When: Wednesday 21 February, 2:30 pm
Where: Albion Park Library, 8D Russell St, Albion Park
Cost: Free.

This fun afternoon of free games at Albion Park Library, held every Wednesday during the school term, is the perfect way to get young’uns out and about and making new friends. Through games from Jenga to Connect 4 and lots more, any and all are welcome to connect over some friendly competition. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, water and a snack.


Zeppelin Unledded – The Page & Plant Years

When: Thursday 22 February, 8 pm
Where: Anita’s Theatre, 264-270 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul
Cost: From $69.90 to $79.90, book here.

Featuring a Middle Eastern trio and string ensemble, Zeppelin Unledded performs an unforgettable Zeppelin collection, from rare gems and hypnotic jams to thunderous Bonzo beats. Bringing the magic of the Jimmy Page and Robert Plant No Quarter live album to the Australian stage, this show is more than a tribute, it’s a captivating experience that transcends time and showcases the enduring brilliance of Led Zeppelin’s legacy.

Hand sketches a self-portrait in colours

Take home your own self-portrait – and a range of new art skills. Photo: Envato/Alisa_Rodnova.

Art For Therapy: Self-portraits

When: Thursday 22 February, 4:30 pm
Where: Shellharbour City Library, Shellharbour Civic Centre, 76 Cygnet Avenue, Shellharbour
Cost: $25, book here.

In this workshop, experienced local artist Naz Meharg will teach techniques to help you use proportion, line and tone using various grades of graphite pencil to create a portrait drawing on sketching paper. These skills are important to have in life drawing and portraiture and very useful in general art making and can continually be developed in your artistic journey.

The workshop is most suited for ages 16 and above, and all materials and sample images will be provided.

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