Tanilba Bay Markets
June 19: President Wilson Walk, Tanilba Bay. Time: 9am-12pm
Tribute to Neil Diamond
June 19: Soldiers Point Bowling Club. Time: 7.30pm-10pm. Cost: $39
Newcastle musician Ty Penshorn and his eight-piece band will bring Neil Diamond's huge catalogue of hits spanning five decades to life at Soldiers Point Bowling Club on Saturday, June 19. Tickets, available now from the Soldiers Point club, cost $39. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. The show will wrap up about 10pm. Click here for more details.
Raymond Terrace Markets
June 20: Boomerang Park, Raymond Terrace. Time: 8am-1pm
Tanilba House Traditional High Tea
June 20: Tanilba House, Tanilba Bay. Time: 10.30am and 1.30pm. Cost: $65
Tea will be served in the historical house's conservatory and on the verandah's overlooking the gardens. Tea, coffee and a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies from Amanda Douglass will be presented using fine bone china the old fashioned way. The event includes a history talk and a self guided tour of the house and grounds. For more details or to book click here.
Nelson Bay Legacy Markets
June 20: Neil Carroll Park, Nelson Bay. Time: 9am-3pm
Business Port Stephens breakfast
June 24: Whitesands, Shoal Bay Country Club. Time: 7am for 7.30am. Cost: $29 for BPS members, $39 for non-members
The key speaker of this business breakfast is Charlotte Thaarup, director of The Mindfulness Clinic and one of the pioneers of mindfulness within Australia. Whether your business is struggling through COVID or breezing through it, you might still be experiencing the challenge of mental health issues, personally or with your staff. This session is about tools and ways for finding calm in the chaos and clarity in the blur of consistently too much to do. Click here to purchase tickets.
June 27: Neil Carroll Park, Nelson Bay. Time: 8.30am-1pm
Whale Tales - free whale watching talks
June 26: Iluka Reserve, Boat Harbour. Time:10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Cost: Free
Whale Tales is a series of free talks presented by local marine conservationist Jeannie Lawson, supported by Port Stephens Council. Attend a free headland whale watching talk to learn about the annual whale migration and where to spot them in Port Stephens. Talks will be held at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm. The Boat Harbour talks will be held at the rock cairn off Illuka Reserve, Kingsley Drive on June 26 and at the whale watching platform in Barry Park, Fingal Bay on July 3. To get the the Boat Harbour talk, follow the whale signs to the Cairn from the amenities block near Boat Harbour beach. No bookings required.
Learning to let go - the healing power of meditation
June 26: Raymond Terrace Library. Time: 10am-11.15am. Cost: $10-$12
Learning to Let Go - The Healing Power of Meditation with Mick Marcon from the Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddist Centre. Learn simple, yet profound meditations to transform the simple act of breathing into a powerful healing practice. Bookings are essential. Phone Raymond Terrace Library on 4988 0111.
PCYC Nations of Origin 2021
June 29-July 2: Salamander Bay and Nelson Bay
Nations of Origin is a multifaceted sport, cultural, education and leadership program for youths aged 13 to 16. The tournament has been designed to promote reconciliation within communities and engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through the games of Rugby League 7's, Football 5's, Basketball, Netball and for the first time this year, Gymnastics. The 2019 tournament saw more than 1400young people from across NSW participate. This year, the rugby league tournament will be held at Salamander Bay Sports Complex on June 29 and 30 from 8.30am to 4.30pm and the netball tournament at the Nelson Bay Netball Courts on June 30 from 8.30am to 4pm. Football 5's will be held in Lake Macquarie, the basketball in Broadmeadow and gymnastics in Maitland.
Winter school holiday teen retreat
June 29-30, July 8: Urban Connection Life Skills, Eagleton. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: $149
Youth programs are suitable for ages 11-18. A unique learning experience facilitated by an EAL certified instructor and qualified Horticulturist. Participants work in teams to complete a variety of tasks designed to be fun, interactive and develop core life skills. Participants have the opportunity to: build strong, healthy relationships based on trust, respect and integrity, develop communication and leadership skills, grow their sense of self-confidence and self-awareness. Click here for further information.
Mambo Wetlands working bee
June 30: Port Stephens Drive, near the bus stop at the intersection of Muller Street. 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: (02) 4988 0326.
Retro games and pizza
July 1: Raymond Terrace Library. Time: 10am-4pm. Cost: Free
Drop in any time between 10am and 4pm for games. RSVP is required if you would like to join in on the pizza at 12pm. A gold coin donation to help cover the cost of pizza is appreciated. Suitable for ages 5-12.
Family movie at Tomaree Library - Justin and the Knights of Valour
July 2: Tomaree Library and Community Centre, Salamander Bay. Time: 4pm-5.30pm. Cost: Free but bookings required.
In his quest to become a knight, Justin, a young boy, must overcome all odds including opposition from his father Reginald, who wants him to become a lawyer. Bookings are essential - phone 4988 0670.
Candidate information session
July 6: Port Stephens Council administration building, Raymond Terrace. Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm. Cost: Free but registrations required.
Anyone thinking of standing in the September 4 local government election in Port Stephens is being encouraged to attend an information night next month to learn more about what's involved in representing the community. Port Stephens Council will host a candidate information session at its administration building in Raymond Terrace on Tuesday, July 6 to help prospective candidates find out what it's like to serve on the council. Register here: eventbrite.com/e/port-stephens-council-candidates-information-session-tickets-158043914603
Free fitness program
July 7: Kinetic Energy, Salamander Bay. Time: 11am
Diabetes NSW & ACT is once again offering Port Stephens women aged 18 plus an opportunity to take part in its free group exercise program. The program, designed for women of all fitness levels and backgrounds, will return to Kinetic Energy in Salamander Bay from 11am starting on Wednesday, July 7. Participants take part in a one-hour group exercise session every week for nine weeks and a 30 minute health education session every fortnight. Registering for the program by visiting movewithwomen.com.au/classes or call 1800 328 951.
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. Click here for more details.
Whale watching season has arrived
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.