Community diary: What's on in Port Stephens

REGISTER: Zero-waste spokesperson Lindsay Miles will share her journey to going plastic-free through an online workshop on July 21.
REGISTER: Zero-waste spokesperson Lindsay Miles will share her journey to going plastic-free through an online workshop on July 21.

Lunchtime acoustics

July 15, 22, 29: Apex Park, Nelson Bay. Time: 12pm-2pm. Cost: Free

As part of Port Stephens Council's It's on! series of events being trialed in the Nelson Bay CBD from July to December, enjoy some live music in Apex Park at the same time, 12pm to 2pm, each Thursday throughout the month of July.

Rubbish drop off

July 17: Salamander Bay Waste Transfer Station. Time: 8am-12pm. Cost: Free

Mattresses and tyres drop off day. Free to Port Stephens residents and ratepayers. Four mattresses and/or four tyres per vehicle including tyres on rims can be dropped off in one load. Tyres are not to exceed 1m in diameter and must be clean, free of soil and other contaminates.

Tanilba Bay Markets

July 17: Kooindah Plaza, Tanilba Bay. Time: 9am-12pm.

Held the third Saturday of every month at the President Wilson Walk shopping plaza.

Saturday Sessions

July 17, 24, 28: Apex Park, Nelson Bay. Time: 1pm-3pm. Cost: Free

Live music in Apex Park as part of the It's on! series of events. Same time and place each Saturday throughout July.

Nelson Bay Legacy Markets

July 18: Neil Carroll Park, Nelson Bay. Time: 8.30am-1pm

Began as an art and craft market 35 years ago and now also includes a wide range of products - from second-hand tools and clothes to arthritis cream, candle oils, handicrafts, local produce, art, pottery, plants and cakes. Held the first, third and fifth Sunday of the month.

Bootcamp in the Bay

July 13, 20, 27: Apex Park, Nelson Bay. Time: 7am. Cost: Free but bookings essential

As part of the It's on! series, throughout July a free bootcamp will be held in the park each Tuesday at 7am by Our Gym Nelson Bay's trainers. To book in phone Tim 0422 271 109 or Trudi 0413 311 460.

JOIN IN: A range of free activities from yoga, bootcamp and live entertainment is available in Apex Park, Nelson Bay throughout July.

JOIN IN: A range of free activities from yoga, bootcamp and live entertainment is available in Apex Park, Nelson Bay throughout July.

Living plastic-free online workshop

July 21: Web seminar (online). Time: 5.30pm-7pm. Cost: Free but bookings essential

Zero-waste and plastic-free living spokesperson Lindsay Miles will share her journey to going plastic-free through an online workshop. She'll talk about the challenges, choices you can all make to reduce plastic consumption every day and share practical tips. Book via Port Stephens Council's website.

Yoga in the park

July 14, 21, 28: Apex Park, Nelson Bay. Time: 11am. Cost: Free

De-stress and stretch out with some yoga. Held as part of the It's on! series, free yoga is on offer in the Nelson Bay park each Wednesday in July at 11am.

Stand up poetry workshop

July 24: Tomaree Library and Community Centre. Time: 9.30am-11am. Cost: Free but bookings essential

Play with words, have some fun and learn a new skill at the 'Stand Up for Poetry Workshop' with local poet Wendy Seddon. The workshops will be covering three styles of poetry: traditional rhyming verse, Cinquain and free/contemporary verse. Click here to book a spot.

Recycling 101

July 24: Raymond Terrace Library. Time: 10.30am-11.30am. Cost: Free but bookings required

Join Rebecca, Port Stephens Council's Waste Education Officer, for a talk about all things recycling. A Q&A session will follow. Participants can collect a free Beeswax Wrap Kit (limited supplies - one per family). To book contact Raymond Terrace Library on 4988 011.

Tomaree Markets

July 25: Neil Carroll Park, Nelson Bay. Time: 8am-2pm

Held the second and fourth Sunday of the month. An outdoor market with a variety of stalls.

Library heroes outdoors

July 28: Yacaaba Street extension, Nelson Bay. Time: 10am. Cost: Free

Story time and music for pre-school aged children. Will be held on the grassy section of the Yacaaba Street extension in the Nelson Bay CBD as part of the It's on! series of events.

Mambo Wetlands working bee

July 28: Sandy Point Road off Worimi Drive near Purser Street, Salamander Bay. Time: 8.30am to 10.30am. Cost: Free

Head along to the working bee to be involved in the protection and enhancement of Mambo Wetlands. On the day you will work alongside volunteers and qualified bush regenerators, learn about local flora and fauna, and make a real connection to the local environment and community. Wear long pants and sleeves, enclosed footwear and a hat. Take your own drinking water, hot drink and snack. For more information phone (02) 4988 0326.

Seed Library Workshop

July 29: Raymond Terrace Library. Time: 10am-12pm. Cost: Free but bookings required

The workshop is an introduction to permaculture, seed saving and growing from seeds and is presented by Tree Frog Permaculture. Contact Raymond Terrace Library on 4988 0111.

Plant and vegetable seller Rin Patane at her stall at the Legacy Markets in Nelson Bay on Sunday, July 4. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Plant and vegetable seller Rin Patane at her stall at the Legacy Markets in Nelson Bay on Sunday, July 4. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Nelson Bay Legacy Markets

August 1: Neil Carroll Park, Nelson Bay. Time: 8.30am-1pm

Began as an art and craft market 35 years ago and now also includes a wide range of products - from second-hand tools and clothes to arthritis cream, candle oils, handicrafts, local produce, art, pottery, plants and cakes. Held the first, third and fifth Sunday of the month.

Tomaree Markets

August 8: Neil Carroll Park, Nelson Bay. Time: 8am-2pm

Held the second and fourth Sunday of the month. An outdoor market with a variety of stalls.

Meet the candidates

August 9: Karuah RSL. Time: 6pm

Karuah Working Together and Karuah Progress Association will host a meet the candidates forum on August 9 to give the community an opportunity to meet the central ward and mayoral candidates they will vote for on September 9.

Meet the candidates

August 16: Nelson Bay Bowling Club. Time: 7pm

The Tomaree Residents & Ratepayers Association will be offering all 2021 local government election candidates an opportunity to inform the community of their platforms and promises at an event to be held on Monday, August 16, from 7pm at Nelson Bay Bowling Club. Residents head to the polls on September 4.

It's officially whale watching season in Port Stephens.

It's officially whale watching season in Port Stephens.

Whale watching season has arrived

May-November

Humpback whales first migrate north to their calving ground in the South Pacific region. The southern migration takes place from August to mid-November when mothers and newborn calves make their way back down to the feeding grounds in Antarctica. An estimated 35,000 whales are expected to pass along the Port's coast during the migration. There are plenty of land-based vantage points to spy whales as they pass the Port's coast, but people can also jump on a whale watching tour with companies such as Imagine Cruises and Moonshadow-TQC Cruises. Click here to find the best land-based whale watching spots in Port Stephens.

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