lifestyle courses

Belly Dance Summer School

Arabic Rhythms In Action (on your body!)
Join trainer Amina/Sally – experience and investigate wonderful Arabic music, and put together some moves. Click here to book.

Over one afternoon in an air-conditioned hall, you will listen to some gorgeous Arabic music, analyse and dissect the rhythms of the percussion, then as a group begin to understand the moves that fit the music. And try them out!

A real percussionist will be joining in on tabla for some of the class (TBC). And after the class we’ll dig into some bubbles and Turkish Delight in the late afternoon summer.

Sally O’Loughlin (Amina) is Dungog’s popular belly dancing instructor. Amina has taught and performed for over 20 years, and brings a wealth of experience and fun to her classes. Age is no barrier.

This class is for women only – you can expect a nurturing, no-fear environment.

When: 2.00-5.30pm, Wednesday 24 January 2018

Where: Anglican Hall, 51 Dowling St, Dungog.

Cost: $80 full price, $65 concession.

What to wear: Skirt, loose clothing, scarf around your hips , no shoes during the class. If you have a veil bring one along!

Who this is for: This will especially suit anyone who’s already been doing belly dance with Amina. You can be a near novice or a seasoned performer. If you’ve done a few classes with Sally, or if you can rustle up figures 8s (downward, forward, backward), shimmy, hip lifts, hip flicks and snake arms – the basics in other words – you’ll be fine.

If you’re brand new to belly dance, next term starts on 8 Feb 2018

Click here to book.

Belly Dance

with Sally O’Loughlin – aka Amina

No need to book – just turn up on the night.

From Thursday 8 February, 8 week term.

Exotic, flowing, graceful, belly dance is one of the oldest forms of dance. It’s also a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is suitable for all ages, with a whole range of benefits for health (see just a few listed below). Above all, belly dance is fun, and a great way to meet others and express your inner self!

Over the 8 weeks of the class, beginners will learn the classic moves, hip flicks, hip turns, figure of 8s – and how to shimmy. Beyond beginner students will move to the next layer and delve into veil work. Both groups will learn a short choreographed piece to perform for family and friends!

Sally O’Loughlin (Amina is her stage name) has been dancing for 23 years and teaching for 21. Amina spent three years as part of a troupe and has taught in her own private studio. She brings a wealth of experience and a sense of fun to her classes – and a commitment to making belly dancing a rich and rewarding experience for everybody. Amina has taught students aged 4 to 84 – age is no barrier.

This course is for women only – you can expect a nurturing, no-fear environment.

When & where: 5.45-7.00pm, Thursdays from 8 February to 29 March 2018 at the Anglican Hall, Dungog.

Cost: $15 per class payable on the night, or pay for all eight classes only $105.

What to wear: Skirt, loose clothing, scarf around your hips , no shoes during the class. If you have a veil bring one along!

Benefits: Belly dance is a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is thus suitable for all ages. It is a good exercise for the prevention of osteoporosis in older people. Many of the moves involve isolations, which improves flexibility of the torso. Belly dance moves are beneficial to the spine, as the full-body moves lengthens (decompress) and strengthens the entire column of spinal and abdominal muscles in a gentle way. Belly dancing is natural to a woman’s bone and muscle structure with movements emanating from the torso rather than in the legs and feet. The dance often focuses upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns, weaving together the entire feminine form.

No need to book, just turn up on the night.

If you want to pay for the full course at the discount rate of $105, you can either do so on the night (cash or cheque) or you can pre-book and pay by clicking here.

Bee-Keeping: A Taster

with Michael Netherton

at the Fosterton Biodynamic Farm

This course is likely to be popular. If you miss out and want to go on the waiting list, click here to contact us, citing Bee-Keeping in your comment.

Honey-bees are wondrous creatures that you can easily keep in your own backyard.  Your garden will love them being there, plus you’ll get some honey that tastes fantastic.

This practical, hands-on course will cover:

  • working safely with bees
  • how a bee-colony survives, and how to help them live at your place
  • what’s inside a bee-hive: we’ll open some living hives and look around inside
  • bee diseases and pests, and how to deal with them
  • how to extract your own honey, and
  • useful bee books & bee equipment, and where to get them.

This is what you’ll get:

  • confidence that you can easily look after your own hive (or two)
  • a basic understanding of how to keep bees safely
  • some honey that you’ve extracted yourself
  • the ability to contact Michael and ask as many bee-questions as you like.
To book, click here.

When: Sunday 19 November 2017, 9.30am-1.00pm.

Where:  Fosterton Biodynamic Farm, 792 Fosterton Rd Dungog (a few km out of town).

Cost:  $125.

Limited numbers. Booking essential. Morning tea included.

Rating: just the course to do if you’re considering getting into bees!

What to bring, what to wear:

• Long sleeve shirt and trousers (a pair of overalls with a zip‐front and elastic hems is perfect – basically, you’ll need to make sure that a bee can’t crawl under, through or around your clothes and then sting you).
• Fully enclosed and high footwear (gumboots under overalls work really well).
• A bee veil (only if you have one already: we have a few spare).
• Long gloves (only if you have some already, we’ll have a few spare pairs).
• A broad brim hat & sunscreen.
• A fold‐up chair.

What we provide:

• Bee veils to share (we have 3 spare veils of different types).
• Long gloves to share (we have 2 spare pairs).
• Hive tools and other bee-keeping gear for you to look at and use.

Michael Netherton is a registered apiarist who produces and sells honey from his own hives on a small scale. As an active member of the Hunter Biodynamic Group he has different views regarding “normal” beekeeping. But in this workshop he will focus on what it is you need to know (and do) if you wish to keep bees using common equipment and procedures.

To book, click here.

Build A Wood-fired Pizza Oven

…on a rammed earth base.

Get that pizza in (it was a McCain's pizza from the local supermarket, just to test it).

Learn the secrets of building a wood-fired oven just perfect for pizzas, bread and even roasts. You’ll be working with trainers Shane Hannan and Clare Tilyard. Get your hands dirty and get your brain firing with great ideas for your own oven.

To Book, Click Here.

Back in July, our Rammed Earth Works class put in a rammed earth base.

Now on Saturday 7 October you’ll form the mould, build the oven and set the door. And on Sunday 8 October you’ll put in the insulating blanket and do the first layer of render.

You’ll also find all about rendering, decorating, providing finishing touches, and firing it up.

Rating: Wood-fired pizzas – what can we say? – hours of cooking fun for your whole household …

When: Saturday 7 October 2017, 9am-12.30pm and Sunday 8 October 9am-12.30pm.

Where: Location in Dungog town – you’ll be given details when you book.

Cost: $125, concession $105.

To Book, Click Here.

 

Rammed Earth Works

THIS COURSE IS FINISHED.

220-RammedEarthLearn by doing! Build a foundation and then use formwork to build a low, walled structure. For a pizza oven!

Rammed earth is an old building technique made new again. It offers strength, thermal mass, beauty. In this workshop with local building designer Tom Chen and builder Shane Hannan you’ll get your hands literally dirty.

Discover how to peg out to your dimensions, install formwork, process clay, mix your materials (cement is used in this version), and ram the mix. Then do the same thing for a more complex 3-walled base (for a pizza oven). Put in a “services” box eg for power or water.

Finally the next steps will be explained, including how to seal the surfaces when they’re ready, known issues and your own situation. Rammed earth is brilliant for retaining walls, a feature wall, garden wall and so much more.

(Then comes the pizza oven. A week later, we’ll be having a workshop in “how to build a wood-fired pizza oven” over two half days, 8-9 July. Participants in the rammed earth course will receive a significant discount in the pizza oven course. Click here for more on the Pizza Oven course.)

To book for rammed earth works, click here.

When: Saturday 1 July 2017, 8.30am-3.00pm TBC

Where: Location in Dungog town – you’ll be given details when you book.

Cost: $125, concession $105. Optional lunch $15 per person.

Cost for BOTH Rammed Earth Works & Build A Wood-fired Pizza Oven:
$220.

To book click here.

Belly Dance

with Sally O’Loughlin – aka Amina

No need to book – just turn up on the night. Or get the whole term discount by clicking here.

(Notice – there is a 3 hour Summer School coming on 24 January 2018 – Arabic Rhythms In Action. Click here to learn more.)

Term 1: Thursdays 8 February to 29 March 2018 at the Anglican Hall.
Exotic, flowing, graceful, belly dance is one of the oldest forms of dance. It’s also a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is suitable for all ages, with a whole range of benefits for health (see just a few listed below). Above all, belly dance is fun, and a great way to meet others and express your inner self!

Over the 8 weeks of the class, beginners will learn the classic moves, hip flicks, hip turns, figure of 8s – and how to shimmy. Beyond beginner students will move to the next layer and delve into veil work. Both groups will learn a short choreographed piece to perform for family and friends!

Sally O’Loughlin (Amina is her stage name) has been dancing for 23 years and teaching for 21. Amina spent three years as part of a troupe and has taught in her own private studio. She brings a wealth of experience and a sense of fun to her classes – and a commitment to making belly dancing a rich and rewarding experience for everybody. Amina has taught students aged 4 to 84 – age is no barrier.

This course is for women onlyyou can expect a nurturing, no-fear environment.

When & where: 5.45-7.00pm, Thursdays from 8 Feb to 29 March 2018 at the Anglican Hall, 51 Dowling St Dungog.

Cost: $15 per class payable on the night, or pay for all eight classes only $105.

What to wear: Skirt, loose clothing, scarf around your hips , no shoes during the class. If you have a veil bring one along!

Benefits: Belly dance is a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is thus suitable for all ages. It is a good exercise for the prevention of osteoporosis in older people. Many of the moves involve isolations, which improves flexibility of the torso. Belly dance moves are beneficial to the spine, as the full-body moves lengthens (decompress) and strengthens the entire column of spinal and abdominal muscles in a gentle way. Belly dancing is natural to a woman’s bone and muscle structure with movements emanating from the torso rather than in the legs and feet. The dance often focuses upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns, weaving together the entire feminine form.

No need to book, just turn up on the night. Or pay in advance and get the discount by clicking here.

Barista – Coffee For Cafes

Barista accredited course

Over 4 hours you will learn the core aspects of espresso creation and how to put them together to make fine coffee.

To book, click here.

The trainer is former cafe-owner and coffee lover John Ellis.

This non-accredited class includes a useful workbook to take home and some information on staying hygienic in a hospitality setting. Although there’s no qualification, you will receive a Certificate Of Attendance for your participation.

It’s all about the coffee. Whether you’re after a job in a cafe or simply searching for espresso excellence, this course is for you. John Ellis is passionate about the quality of the coffee you make.

When: Saturday 11 March 2017, 9.30am-1.30pm.

Where: Dungog Festival Lounge, 224 Dowling St, Dungog.

Cost: Adults: $135. Youth (still at school or under 18) through Dungog Shire Community Centre – $50. We will need to pass your details to the Youth Service Facilitator after you’ve booked your spot.

What to wear: Wear comfortable clothes and closed-in shoes. There’s a practical segment to the course.

Breaks and food: There will also be a short break with tea, coffee and biscuits supplied.

Note: Places are limited. Email us (Contact Us, above) citing Barista to get put on the waiting list if the course is full.

Big Science – Big Fun

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This great ‘science sampler’ was developed as a way of introducing science to the greater community. It’s a 60 minute tour of some fun, in-your-face science, and will suit adults or families. See gigantic bubbles, flying toilet paper, hair-raising electricity, bubbling liquid nitrogen, levitating beach balls, volunteers on a nail chair, a giant gyroscope, coloured shadows, a flame equalizer and much more!

It’s Science, It’s Fun and It’s Free!

Who it’s for: Everyone.

When/Where:
Saturday 29 October, 12.45 pm at Dungog Uniting Church Hall, 246 Dowling St, Dungog. This is a free event running as part of the Dungog Festival.

Booking: No booking is required.

Cost: Free 

Be Bird Alert – talk and event

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BE BIRD ALERT is a multi-part event to make it easy to participate in Australia’s biggest Citizen Science event – The Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Whether you’re a novice or a committed twitcher, you’ll enjoy this free event.

COME ALONG at 6.30 on Friday 14 October to the Dungog RSL for an introduction to the bird count. We will also have a short talk by Ingrid Berthold about Citizen Science and local photographer & Birdlife Australia member, Dick Jenkin, will talk about the practical aspects of local bird spotting.

ON SATURDAY MORNING, 15 October, you can join a group to do some bird spotting under the guidance of a bird mentor. This will be a great way for novice bird spotters to get some practical tips and experience out in the field.

ON SATURDAY MORNING, 15 October, finish off at a BIRD BRUNCH at the Dungog Community Garden to compare notes and experiences.

OVER THE NEXT WEEK, 17-23 October, join in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count and record the birds you see on the phone app or on the Aussie Bird Count website.

Who it’s for: Both novice and experienced bird observers.

When/Where:
Introduction and talk – Friday 14 October, 6.30pm at Dungog RSL, 100 Lord St, Dungog.
Mentored bird spotting – Saturday 15 October, AM – time and locations around Dungog will be announced at the Friday night talk.
Bird Breakfast – Saturday 15 October, AM (gold coin donation) – Monday 17–Sunday 23 October.

Booking: No booking is required, however you must attend the Friday night introduction if you want to be part of the bird mentor activity on Saturday morning.

Bird Count Registration: You can register as a counter for the 2016 bird count at the Aussie Backyard Bird Count website. The website also has information about downloading the phone app and field guides and other resources. Click here to check it out.

Cost: Free Friday evening and bird mentor event on Saturday morning (limited places). Saturday brunch is gold coin donation. 

Basic Barista

Barista accredited course

Discover coffee-making with an espresso machine taught by our coffee guru John Ellis. Over 6 hours you will learn the core aspects of espresso creation and how to put them together to make fine coffee.

We are just finalising dates for this newly revamped course.

It’s all about the coffee. Whether you’re after a job in a cafe or simply searching for espresso excellence, this course is for you. We have developed this course to not only tick the boxes required to get the qualification – trainer John Ellis is also passionate about the quality of the coffee you make.

Accreditation: This is not an accredited course. It’s informative and fun, with some real skills being taught, and you will receive a certificate of attendance on completion. If you do want an accredited course, please get in touch with us and we’re happy to advise on possible training places.

When: No class yet. Hours 9.30am-3.30pm .

Where: Dungog Festival Lounge, 224 Dowling St, Dungog.

Cost: Adults $120, youth (still at school or under 18) $105.

What to wear: Wear comfortable clothes and closed-in shoes. There’s a practical segment to the course.

Breaks and food: please bring your own light lunch. There will also be a short break with tea, coffee and biscuits supplied.

Note: Places are limited for this course. Email us (Contact Us, above) citing Barista to get put on the waiting list.

BOOMERANG BAGS Dungog Launch

Boomerang bags LAUNCH

Boomerang Bags is a community driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level.

Dedicated community groups, schools, businesses and volunteers get together to make reusable ‘Boomerang Bags’.

It will be an evening filled with fun including special presentations from 3 fabulous young entrepreneur scientists, inspiring short films,  displays and a Q & A.

Nibblies and drinks will be provided on the night.

When: Wednesday 17th August 5-7 pm

Where: The James Theatre, Brown St Dungog.

Cost: NIL

Bring all the family and enjoy a GREAT night out.

 

 

 

Boomerang Bags Launch

Paterson Allyn Williams Science HubJoin us to celebrate this
grassroots community initiative
to rid our environment of
polluting plastics.

Special Guests Presentation, Screenings,
Displays, Q&A followed by drinks and nibblies.

Find out much much more here.

Where: James Theatre, Brown St, Dungog.

When: 5-7pm, Wed 17 August 2016.

Cost: free!

With special thanks to Tzu Chi Foundation.

 

Best of SCINEMA (M)

World's Best Science Short FilmsPaterson Allyn Williams Science Hub is proud to present

THE BEST OF SCINEMA

2 hours of the most amazing films from the 2016 International Science Film Festival showcasing the diversity of science films from across the globe.

When: 7pm, Wednesday 24 July 2016.

Where: James Theatre, Brown St, Dungog.

Rated M.

Cost: GOLD COIN DONATION, please.

PROGRAM:
Robot Koch – Eclipse (ft Julien Marchal) (Germany) A musical journey through the cosmos created entirely by images from Hubble, NASA, ESA, ESO or Google Earth. Music from Robot Koch’s “Eclipse”.
Living Close – Parasitism (Australia) Relationships are complicated. She’s an emerald wasp just trying to find the right guy to start a family. He’s a cockroach that has left it all behind for a cross-species parasitic relationship.
Corpus (France) A complex chain reaction brings human organs to life. But can this creation be produced by a machine?
The Amazing Life Cycle of the European Eel (UK) The Romans kept European eels as pets and adorned them with jewelry. Today, they continue to travel over 12,000 km back and forth from the Sargasso Sea to complete their life cycles.
Metamorphosis of plants (Poland) This unique film is the result of two years spent watching and analysing the movements and metamorphoses of plants.
Update (Germany) In the near future, apps and gadgets are seamlessly incorporated into day-to-day activities. Laura is comfortable with this life but her attitude to data has consequences.
Maratus (Australia) A garbage collector takes a photo of a tiny colourful spider that will change his life.
HILLEMAN: A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children (USA) An American scientist succeeds in developing more than half of the vaccines children receive today, saving 8 million lives every year since the mid-1960s, and yet few know his name.

That NBN Thing: Questions & Answers

That NBN Thing: questions & answers on 22 JulyA talk and public discussion about the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Alun Davies will help to demystify the NBN and explain why it matters for both individuals and businesses in regional Australia.

Davies will delve into the science and technology – and more. Topics will include: the NBN explained – FTTP, FTTN, fixed wireless and Sky Muster Satellite; cloud computing, 3D printers and robotics; building a digital economy and what regional areas can do to take advantage of digital disruption technologies.

The discussion will include plenty of time to answer your questions. (Which can be anything from “what exactly are digital disruption technologies” to “why do I get good internet and my neighbour doesn’t”.)

When: 7pm, Friday 22 July 2016. The event should go for about 90 minutes.

Where: James Theatre, Brown St Dungog.

Entry by gold coin donation.

Davies headed the successful NBN Lobby Group for New England, was a member of the Regional Telecommunication Review Committee and is Chair and Co-ordinator of the Armidale Digital Economy Implementation Group. His work has helped Armidale receive international recognition by being named in the top 21 Smart Communities for 2016.

The Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub is a group of local organisations that are partnering with Inspiring Australia to produce local events and engage the community with science issues and activities.

Future events this year will include helping launch the local ‘boomerang bags’ initiative and soft plastics recycling scheme for Dungog Shire, a film program from the SCINEMA International Science Film Festival to screen at the James Theatre Dungog during science week in August, and a family-friendly citizen science project during National Bird Week in October.

For information and updates check the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/PatersonAllynWilliamsScienceHub/

If you or your group would like to partner with the Science Hub, please contact Dungog Community College at: education@dscc.net.au

Belly Dance

with Sally O’Loughlin

For beginners and old hands, on Wednesdays 19 & 26 Oct, then Thursdays 3, 10, 17, 24 Nov.

Click here to book.

Exotic, flowing, graceful, belly dance is one of the oldest forms of dance. It’s also a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is suitable for all ages, with a whole range of benefits for health (see just a few listed below). Above all, belly dance is fun, and a great way to meet others and express your inner self!

Over the 6 weeks of the class, beginners will learn the classic moves, hip flicks, hip turns, figure of 8s – and how to shimmy. Beyond beginner students will move to the next layer and delve into veil work. Both groups will learn a short choreographed piece to perform for family and friends!

Sally O’Loughlin has been dancing for 22 years and teaching for 20. Dancing under the name Amina, she spent three years as part of a troupe and has taught in her own private studio. She brings a wealth of experience and a sense of fun to her classes – and a commitment to making belly dancing a rich and rewarding experience for everybody. Sally has taught students aged 4 to 84 – age is no barrier.

This course is for women onlyyou can expect a nurturing, no-fear environment.

When & where: 5.30-7.00pm, Wed 19 & 26 October & Thu 3 Nov 2016 at CWA Hall, Thu 10, 17, 24 November at Anglican Hall.

Cost: $120, concessions $105. Cost covers all six classes.

What to wear: Skirt, loose clothing, scarf around your hips , no shoes during the class. If you have a veil bring one along!

Benefits: Belly dance is a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is thus suitable for all ages. It is a good exercise for the prevention of osteoporosis in older people. Many of the moves involve isolations, which improves flexibility of the torso. Belly dance moves are beneficial to the spine, as the full-body moves lengthens (decompress) and strengthens the entire column of spinal and abdominal muscles in a gentle way. Belly dancing is natural to a woman’s bone and muscle structure with movements emanating from the torso rather than in the legs and feet. The dance often focuses upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns, weaving together the entire feminine form.

To book click here or… give us a call and we’ll put you on the list.

French For Travellers

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This course is postponed till mid Feb next year. Please contact us if you wish to get on the list.

Whether you’re travelling overseas soon or just want to learn the language, French For Travellers could be just the ticket.

Over 6 fun, fresh lessons, Jillian Ford will get you conversing: Getting Around, Asking For Help, Meeting People, Taking The Metro, Booking A Hotel or Restaurant, Appointments at Doctors or Hairdressers, Shopping In Boutiques, Dining Out & more. There’ll be a good dose of vocabulary & a little grammar, but mostly it’ll be about conversation, in a light-hearted non-judging atmosphere. Plus much on the culture & “French ways” of doing things.

Who it’s for: beginners who are travelling soon – or just want to learn a language. It will also suit students who took this class earlier this year. Expect extra activities to extend your learning.

When: 6 two-hour classes, 3-5pm, selected Fridays from 14 October (probably 14 & 21 October, 4, 18, 25 November, 2 December). Postponed till mid Feb 2017.

Where: Dungog venue TBA.

Cost: $150 (reduced from $180 due to clerical error…) Limited places!

Beauty From Natural Ingredients

With Herbalist Pat Collins

Renowned herbalist, naturopath and teacher Pat Collins has agreed to combine two of her most popular courses in one full-day workshop, just for Dungog Community College.

To book, click here.

First you will learn how to create a natural cosmetic range. Understand more about the ingredients that are in common cosmetics and how you can replace them. Discover the oils, herbs, butters and so much more that will nourish and revitalise your skin type.

Learn how to make: Clays; Scrub; Cleanser; Toner; Aloe and comfrey moisturising cream; Body butter; Cream for sensitive skin; Nourishing oil; Hydrating lotion

Then in Soaps, shampoos and washing gel you’ll make your own soap from a basic recipe. Learn to create a great variety of soaps using various herbs, clays, natural colours, base oils, honey, essential oils and milk. Look at the ingredients in commercial bath products and learn how they affect our health. Create your own shampoo, hair conditioner and lots more.

Learn how to make: Six soaps; Nettle hair conditioner; Shampoo; Washing gel; Soap balls; Liquid soap; Castille soap.

They make perfect Christmas presents.

When: Saturday 15 November, 9.30-4.

Venue: CWA Hall, Dowling St Dungog.

Cost: $95.

To book, click here.

Traditional Bread Baking

with Simon Brownbridge from Fosterton Farm Bakery

These classes fill up very quickly. And both of the August 2017 classes are now full!. Best idea is to get on our shortlist. Click on Contact Us above and send us a message and we’ll put you on the list for the next one.

In this practical hands-on course, you will discover how to turn a few simple ingredients – wheat, water, salt and some yeast or sourdough “ferment” – into delicious bread.

This course will cover:

– how flour is milled and the importance of fresh-milled flour
– how to establish and maintain a “sweet” sourdough starter
– mixing and developing dough by hand
– kneading and shaping techniques on the table
– methods for using wholegrain and lighter flours
– rising procedures and baking techniques, tricks and tips, especially for the home oven
– plus a little history – grains and their significance in the development of human civilisation.

Each participant will make 3 loaves of bread to take home:  a traditional wholemeal loaf, a freestanding cob and a baguette or French stick. We will use wheat, rye and spelt flour from Fosterton Farm’s own famous mill.

Click here to book.

When: Sunday 20 August or Sunday 27 August 2017. 9.30am-1.00pm.

Where:  Fosterton Farm Bakery, 792 Fosterton Rd Dungog (a few km out of town).

Cost:  $125.00

Number of participants:  10 only. Booking essential.

Rating: the course you knead to give your breadmaking a rise!

Fosterton Farm Bakery’s focus is on providing nutritious, tasty breads and other products based on traditional baking techniques. The Bakery’s small stoneground milling operation stands beside the bakery producing the freshest flour from grain purchased from biodynamic and organic farmers.

Owner/baker Simon Brownbridge, has 30 years experience in natural baking techniques, working for commercial operations and setting up his own businesses. Simon is a passionate advocate for good bread being available in the community. For him, nutrition is the foundation of good health.

Traditional Bread Baking

with Simon Brownbridge from Fosterton Farm Bakery

At the Dungog Festival 2014

This course is now full but we are taking names for a re-run. The class has proved so popular, we are hoping to run it again. Click here to contact us, citing Bread Baking in your comment.

In this practical hands-on course, you will discover how to turn a few simple ingredients – wheat, water, salt and some yeast or sourdough “ferment” – into delicious bread.

This course will cover:

– how flour is milled and the importance of fresh-milled flour
– how to establish and maintain a “sweet” sourdough starter
– mixing and developing dough by hand
– kneading and shaping techniques on the table
– methods for using wholegrain and lighter flours.
– rising procedures and baking techniques, tricks and tips, especially for the home oven
– plus a little history – grains and their significance in the development of human civilisation.

Each participant will make 3 loaves of bread to take home:  a traditional wholemeal loaf, a freestanding cob and a baguette or French stick. We will use wheat, rye and spelt flour from Fosterton Farm’s own famous mill.

Part of the Dungog Festival 2014!

When: Friday 29 August 2014, 10am-1.30pm.

Where:  Fosterton Farm Bakery, 792 Fosterton Rd Dungog (a few km out of town).

Cost:  $95.00

Number of participants:  10 only. Booking essential.

Rating: the course you knead to give your breadmaking a rise!

Fosterton Farm Bakery’s focus is on providing nutritious, tasty breads and other products based on traditional baking techniques. The Bakery’s small stoneground milling operation stands beside the bakery producing the freshest flour from grain purchased from biodynamic and organic farmers.

Owner/baker Simon Brownbridge, has 27 years experience in natural baking techniques, working for commercial operations and setting up his own businesses. Simon is a passionate advocate for good bread being available in the community. For him, nutrition is the foundation of good health.

 

Social Media 4 Business

Social Media 4 Business 13 & 20 September 2014presented by Norris I.T.

This course is postponed till next year. Please contact us citing Social Media Course if you want to be on the list when we know the dates and times.

Are you making the best use of social media in your business? Do you use social media at all but don’t want to be left behind?

With Racheal and Tim Norris you will learn how you can benefit from these increasingly important ways of communicating with customers. The major focus is on Facebook. Discover how to set up and maintain a page for yourself and your business. Attract followers. Keep your page active and relevant. Run a campaign or one-off event. Get loads of tips and tricks – but also find out about some of the traps and privacy no-nos.

Get the know-how and find out when Facebook works best – and when it doesn’t.

The course will also feature a general introduction to other social media, including Twitter, Linked In, Google Plus, Instagram, and blogs and web pages – and how to integrate the ones that suit you. Find out which one does what and which audience they really work for.

At the end of the second day you will have a draft Social Media Plan, a strategy and a new understanding of Facebook and other social media.

When: two three-hour classes on consecutive Tuesdays, 16 & 23 September 2014, 6-9pm.

Where: TBA.

Cost: $90. Dungog District Chamber of Commerce members $85. Two people from the same business $155.

What to bring: A laptop, iPad or tablet so you can set up a page and work with it: if you don’t have one, either borrow one or let us know and we can try to organise something. Try to eat something beforehand or bring something to munch on. Tea, coffee and bickies will be provided.

If you don’t have a Facebook presence already: please contact us to make arrangements – we want you to set up the right sort of FB account! If you’re so concerned about FB that you don’t want to risk it, call and we can talk over the issues and find an alternative way.

Give Mountain Biking A Go

Mountain Bikingwith Wolf Skafte-Zauss

This course has been postponed till next year. Click here to put your name down to be contacted, citing Mountain Biking in your comment. Wolf does organise classes privately; you can contact him via his website, http://pedalon.com.au/.

 

Spend a great morning enjoying this healthy, enlivening activity. With its low hills and scenery, Dungog Shire is a marvellous place to mountain-bike, and Dungog Common is a great place to try it out.

Over the morning the class will learn

–  basic riding techniques

–  ways to ride safely, ways to conserve energy, picking the right path, dealing with obstacles

– gearing, keeping your bike running,

–  building health and condition for the future

–  where to next – mountain-biking is becoming very popular round here lately

–  what that funny smell is (hint: it’s fresh air).

Aerobic, muscle-building, bone-building, endorphin-pumping, the health benefits of mountain biking are well known. And there are few risks if you take a sensible approach: such as doing this course.

Bikes and safety gear are provided, but you can bring your own. Morning tea is included.

When: Saturday 23 August, 9.30-1.00.

Where: The Dungog Common, end of Common Road, Dungog.

Cost: $65. Youth (13-18) $49.

Italian Cooking

with Marisa Groves

Back by popular demand.

Italian Cooking 20 September (bookings open soon)

Nowadays Italian is practically Australia’s national cuisine. Aromatic, healthy, and relatively easy, it’s also a crowd pleaser. This course will be mostly about some straightforward classics – and a couple of more challenging ones.

The menu is still being shaped, but you can expect to be making and trying:

– a couple of entrees, such as arancini rice balls, stuffed peppers, dumplings or carpaccio

– two pasta courses (gnocchi with basil and burnt butter, tagliatelle)

– a classic main

– a user-friendly vegetarian side dish, such as eggplant parmigiana

– and a couple of desserts, such as tira misu, semifreddo, Sardinian biscuits or cassata.

Chefs will arrive at 2.30pm, review the recipes, learn something about the ingredients, and prepare and cook up ‘una tempesta’. Diners will arrive later, engage in a couple of educational activities, and then Everyone eats. Chefs take home recipes and leftovers if there are any!

Marisa Groves has also taught our Cooking With Roses class, and catered for our Masked Ball. She is of Sardinian extraction and has travelled extensively through the region.

When: Saturday 22 November 2014, starting 2.30pm (for chefs) or 6.45pm (for diners).

Where: the kitchen under the grandstand at the Dungog Showground.

Cost: $89 for cooks, $39 for diners.

Dietary requirements: allergic or vegetarian, please inform us. If paying on-line, you can provide any information under “dietary requirements” in the questions section of the checkout page.

Click here to book your place.

The Style & Fit Course

Discover & sew your perfect look

Investigate elements of clothing style, learn how to accentuate your best features.

On day 1 trainer Barbara Sherlock will help you assess your figure for proportion, size and type and give you some great tips on how to gather a wardrobe that really suits. On days 2 and 3 you will be learning how to adjust a pattern so a blouse will fit just right. You’ll tissue-fit the pattern to your measurements, sew a toile, make some fine adjustments and create the final garment. Pattern adjustments on this basic pattern can be used on many others.

Knowing your style helps you feel good. Avoiding expensive purchasing ‘mistakes’ is great for the budget too. And knowing how to sew it yourself is even better.

Barbara Sherlock has a long term passion for sewing and upcycling and a background in teaching. We will be treated to her huge amount of experience and knowledge gained over the past 10 years as a member of the Australian Sewing Guild.

When: over 3 Saturdays: 29 March 12.30-4.00pm; 5 April 9.30am-2.30pm; 12 April 9.30am-2.30pm.

Where: CWA Hall, 199 Dowling St, Dungog.

Cost: full price $125, concession $115. Day 1 only: $50.

Click here to book.

Take A Swing At Golf

Take the mystery out of golf.

Get to grips with the game, from how to hold the club and hit the ball cleanly (and in the right direction) in this two part clinic with Rick McLean.

Golf – it’s all about the grip, the stance, the swing and getting the fundamentals right, the very best way to start.

Your coach Rick McLean has taught countless people to play golf at Sandgate’s driving range. See below for Rick’s good-looking credentials. And don’t forget you’ll be doing it on both of our shire’s fine golf courses, at Paterson and Dungog.

For golf newbies or people who’ve been taught by relatives.

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** After a private clinic? Rick is available after class to give clinics at any standard. Contact him directly on 49 51 2692 and tell him you’d like to do a private class after the Dungog Community College clinic. Remember the first one is at Dungog, the second at Paterson.

When: Over two Wednesdays, 16th & 23rd April, 9.30-10.30am. This is during the Easter school holidays.

Where: Session 1 at Dungog Golf Club, Hanleys Creek Rd Dungog. Session 2 at Paterson Golf Club, lot 21 Webbers Creek Rd Paterson.

Cost: Adults $90, kids $59. NB anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum 10 students.

Take the day off work and get yourself hooked on the sport that lasts a lifetime.

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About Rick

Rick has been a Member of the Professional Golfers Association of Australia (PGA) since 1982. He started his golf as a junior at Wyong Golf Club, aged 12, then Belmont Golf Club where he then went onto do his golf professional traineeship under the well respected Paul Robertson.

In 1982, at age 20, Rick was appointed Head Golf Professional at Beresfield Golf Course. In 2007 he moved to Newcastle Golf Practice Centre full time to focus more on his coaching.  He attends seminars on a regular basis to keep up to speed on what’s developing in the golf industry.

Rick estimates that in his 30+ years of teaching golf he has seen over 750,000 golf shots hit by his students.

Get Started With Computers

Unlock the mysteries of email, internet, files, Windows, documents, and even turning the thing on and off. Discover the essentials on real PCs, with plenty of time to try things for yourself.

This course will suit novices and near-novices of any age. Trainers Tim Norris and Tony Skimmings have re-built the course from the ground up this year.

Come to grips with the jargon, move around by keyboard or mouse. Explore the world over the internet, send and receive email. Open, edit and save a document. Deal with difficulties. Find out about security. Discover what your “next step in tech” might be.

The perfect gift for that non-connected loved one. To book, click here.

When: over 4 evenings: Tuesday 11 March, Wednesday 12 March 2014, Tuesday 18 March, Wednesday 19 March, 6-8pm.

Where: Dungog High School computer lab, Dungog High School, Eloiza St Dungog.

Cost: $85, concessions $70. (This course is GST free.)

To book, click here.

Ceramics

with Clare Tilyard

This 7-week ceramics course is designed to encourage experimenting with basic hand-forming techniques including pinching, coiling, slab building, using moulds, developing design concepts, and learning decorative techniques to get your creativity flowing in a fun and accessible way.

Clay is one of the most ancient creative materials on the planet and making ceramic art is an absorbing and inspiring personal experience. Get in touch with your creativity with local potter and postie Clare Tilyard. This fun and supportive course is designed to give participants a sound basis to explore the qualities and possibilities of working with clay. It’s incredibly hands-on.

Bring along your ideas and design concepts – and Clare will help you realise your ceramic potential. Or come with your mind a blank sheet and be inspired as the class progresses. In our final week you can try out a potter’s wheel. Clare can help you explore decorative finishes and options, and your work will be fired at the high school at a time to be arranged.

Tools, materials and glazes are provided at cost. Your starter block of clay will cost approximately $25, payable to the trainer, price to be confirmed.  For many students this will be enough for the whole course (some may need more).

Join us on Monday evenings from 5.45 and set free your inner potter! To book, click here.

When: over 7 weeks from Monday 3rd March until 14th April 2014, 5.45-7.45pm.

Where: Behind the Dungog Art Society building, 96-102 Dowling St Dungog.

What to wear: not your Sunday best! Comfortable clothing, covered shoes. Maybe an apron.

What to bring: a large plastic container with a lid, for your clay and your tools if you have any. Alternatively, a bucket.

Cost: $170. Students $145. Initial block of clay is $25 (TBC) payable to the trainer on the night.

To book, click here.

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This is now required for any accredited course in Australia.

This is now required for any accredited course in Australia.

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