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Things to do in Murray Bridge: October 13–19, 2023
All you need to know about the Country by the River music festival, David Strassman's new show, round one of sprintcars at the Speedway and more.
This week promises a bumper crop of entertainment in Murray Bridge, with the second Country by the River music festival at Sturt Reserve on Saturday night, a new show by ventriloquist David Strassman, as well as several other musical shindigs.
Gates open for Country by the River at 11.30am, and the live music starts at 12.30pm, leading up to the popular Wolfe Brothers’ performance at 8.50pm.
And of course, you can buy drinks and food to accompany your musical pleasure.
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Friday ⛅ 23°
The Super Mario Bros Movie: 10am–12pm or 2pm–4pm at the Murray Bridge Library. Come along with the fam to this free PG-rated film. While working underground to fix a water main, Brooklyn plumbers and brothers Mario and Luigi get transported through a mysterious pipe to a magical new world. But when the brothers are separated, an epic adventure begins. For more information, contact the library on 9539 1175 or email email@example.com.
Friday Night Community Church: 6pm (for a meal before worship) at Murray Bridge Uniting Church, 1 Narooma Boulevard. Relax at the end of the week by enjoying the Friday Night Community Church Band sing songs old and new. For more information, contact Darren Lovell on 0466 411 784.
Adelaide Hills Rally: 5.45-8pm at the Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend. Super special stage on the go kart track; continues Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday ☁️ 22°
Adelaide Hills Rally: Various times and locations including 9.23am on Petwood Road, Petwood; 10.06am on Mills Road, Harrogate; 1.10pm on Bonython Road, Bugle Ranges; and 6-8pm on the stadium circuit at the Bend Motorsport Park; continues Sunday.
Country by the River music festival: From 11am at Sturt Reserve, 35 Sturt Reserve Road, Murray Bridge. Country by the River Music Festival returns to Sturt Reserve with a fantastic line-up of Australia’s best country music artists. The line-up includes the Wolfe Brothers, Travis Collins, Sunny Cowgirls, Jayne Denham, the Pleasures, Christie Lamb, Adam Ludewig, Ella and Sienna and Michal Ward. This family-friendly event is all about celebrating Australian country-styled musicians in a lovely setting. There’ll also be food trucks and a variety of beverages from award-winning local breweries. Onsite camping is available. For more information, visit regfest.com.au. Tickets: From $27.76 to $205.72 at eventpeople.iwannaticket.com.au.
Sprintcars, USC SA round one: 6pm at Murray Bridge Speedway, 21 Kennett Road, Murray Bridge East. Revheads, come to this all-ages event, with gates open at 5pm. Tickets: From $5 at tickets.speedwaytickets.com.au.
David Strassman in The Chocolate Diet: 7pm or 9.15pm at the Murray Bridge Performing Arts + Function Centre, 13–17 Bridge Street, Murray Bridge. David Strassman’s well-known comedy ventriloquism act has shocked and surprised audiences from New York to London. In Strassman’s newest show, “The Chocolate Diet”, the lovable Ted E. Bare reveals his health quest, and the evil Chuck Wood goes through an identity crisis. This performance is rated MA. Children from 12 to 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and no-one under 12 will be admitted. Tickets: $59 to $99 at events.ticketbooth.com.au. For more information, phone 8539 1430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday ☁️ 22°
Come ‘n’ try Little Athletics: 9.15am–1pm at the Murray Bridge High School. Murray Bridge Little Athletics welcomes you to come and try athletics. The high jump mats and big hurdles will be on show. Registration check-in, fundamental games and event-specific coaching starts at 9.15am. The meet starts with warm-up at 9.45am. Register on the day at the tent or via registration.resultshq.com.au.
Punjabi Virasat Cultural Mela: 11am-5pm at Murray Bridge Racing Club. Performances by Lovely Nirman and Parveen Bharta, free kitchen food, free jumping castles, bhangra, gidha, songs, quiz, volleyball shooting and smashing, spot prizes, tug of war, musical chairs.
La Hattam: Songs of Love and Laughter: 2pm–3pm at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, 27 Sixth Street, Murray Bridge. Comic soprano Janet Hattam and artist/pianist Nerissa Pearce will perform “art songs”, poems set to music, where the composer paints a picture of what the poet may have imagined. Sunday’s performance will feature songs from composers such as Debussy, Liszt, Benjamin Britten, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. It will also include music by comedians Dudley Moore, Hugh Laurie and Flanders and Swann. Tickets: $25 general admission; $20 concession; and $10 students at events.humantix.com. For more information, contact Janet Hattam on 0402 408 271 or email email@example.com.
Adelaide Hills Rally: From 4.30pm at the Bend Motorsport Park. Power stage.
Monday ⛅ 20°
Funeral service for John Ticknell: 10.30am at the Minge Chapel, Minge Funerals, 63 Swanport Road, Murray Bridge. For more information, visit mingefunerals.com or phone 8531 1111.
Tuesday ☀️ 24°
Creative writing: 10am–3pm for eight weeks at the Murray Bridge Community Centre, 2 South Terrace, Murray Bridge. This free course may support a pathway into further learning or employment. Topics covered include finding your unique voice as a writer; developing your writing practice through journal writing, stream-of-consciousness writing, fiction and poetry; gaining confidence in performing your work and in giving and receiving supportive feedback; and learning how to write a synopsis. To register, contact the Centre on 85311 799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hope Project, Tailem Bend: 1pm–4pm at the Tailem Bend Community Centre, 141 Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend. Do you have lived experience of mental health, addiction or suicide? Then you’re invited to come to a workshop called Exploring Hope through Words, and share your thoughts so that we can learn more about how hope affects recovery and how we can build hope as a community. Afternoon tea will be provided. For more information, contact iREACH Rural Health on 8531 1303.
Funeral service for Betty McLoughlin: 1pm at the Minge Chapel, Minge Funerals, 63 Swanport Road, Murray Bridge. For more information, visit mingefunerals.com or phone 8531 1111.
Wednesday ☀️ 29°
Digital skills: 10am–3pm on Wednesdays for eight weeks at the Murray Bridge Community Centre, 2 South Terrace, Murray Bridge. This free course may support a pathway into further learning or employment. The course develops participants’ basic digital skills through increasing a basic understanding of laptops/PCs/tablets; learning how to access, create, save and manage documents; and becoming familiar with current platforms/systems. To register, contact the Centre on 85311 799 or email email@example.com.
Design basics – Pottery: 10am–3pm on Wednesdays for eight weeks at the Murray Bridge Community Centre, 2 South Terrace, Murray Bridge. In this free course, learn basic pottery techniques to design your own project while covering safe work practices, workplace expectations and communication techniques. Mentor support is available if needed. Basic skills activity is required before commencement. To register, contact the Centre on 85311 799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easy moves for active ageing: 10am–10.45am in Term 4, from October 18 to December 6 at the Square, 2 South Terrace, Murray Bridge. If you’re an older person who’s keen to keep your mind active and your body moving, come to a light exercise class. Cost: Free. Bookings: visit murraybridgecommunitycentre.com.au or phone 0468 640 800.
Creative Kids Craft – Lolly Legs: 4pm–5pm at the Murray Bridge Library. If you’re aged between 5 and 12 years old, come to the library to make some craft and even make some friends. Bookings essential: Contact the library on 8539 1175 or email email@example.com.
Thursday ⛅ 25°
Women with Big Hits: 11am at the Murray Bridge Performing Arts + Function Centre, 13–17 Bridge Street, Murray Bridge. Relive the swinging sixties with Kat Caton and Jacqui Lim, who perform hits by Dusty Springfield, Lesley Gore, Nancy Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, the Chiffons and the Supremes. It’ll be near impossible to get through the show without singing and clapping along. Tickets: $20 at events.ticketbooth.com.au. For more information, phone 8539 1430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An evening with Léonie Kelsall: 6pm at the Murray Bridge Library. Hear what bestselling author Léonie Kelsall has to say. For bookings and for more information, contact the library on 8539 1175 or email email@example.com.
Yoga for health and wellbeing: 6pm at Murray Bridge Catholic Parish Hall, 17 Ind Street, Murray Bridge. This free session will allow you to experience the practice of yoga, incorporating gentle movement and a guided relaxation, suitable for both beginners and advanced. All participants can take home a free yoga mat and a set of yoga cards. Please wear comfortable clothes, bring a water bottle and a blanket and pillow (if you want), park in the designated parking area and arrive 10 minutes early. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.au.
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