HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY (WINDSOR) NEW ART CLASS PROGRAM FOR KIDS, 'DRAWN TO ART' The Drawn to Art Program is aimed at school aged children, ages 10 and over, who are already skilled in drawing and interested in learning new skills and techniques with materials they may not have previously used. Four Wednesdays of February, 4 - 5.30 pm (fee) 02 4560 - 4441

SYDNEY LIVING MUSEUMS -- ELIZABETH FARM EEL FESTIVAL , SUNDAY, 3 MARCH. (Parramatta) Music, food, stories of the Eel and the heritage of the first people and their dependence upon the river.  See Macarthur’s smokehouses and the various ways that colonial people enjoyed eels -- the many ways that the Darug people intermingled with the lives of colonial people.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! we encourage residents to put on their hiking boots or joggers and tackle the Heritage Trail Bushwalk in Baulkham Hills. Heritage Trail is 6.4 kilometres in length and should take approximately two to three hours to complete.  Along the way, you'll discover Places where colonial settlers established farms and beautiful waterways like Quarry and Toongabbie Creeks. Hop on over to ‘Bushwalks in The Hills’ for details about each of the 12 walks. Descriptions of the ease (or difficulty) of each walk! Great way to work off the holiday bulge

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY (WINDSOR) 'ART AFTER SCHOOL'  This popular program is designed to encourage creativity whilst building skills and developing confidence using various media.  Four Thursdays of February: Draw - Make - Paint - Sculpt  4-5.30pm  (fee) 02 4560 - 4441

ALERT RIVER ROAD (LOWER PORTLAND) CLOSURE BEGINNING 11 NOVEMBER. An 11-week embankment revitalisation is undertway. The road is open -- a single lane only controlled by signal lights near 1505 River Road, Lower Portland. For alternate routes, us Old Northern Road, Clifton Road and Wisemans Ferry Road.  Give yourself plenty of time, particularly on Sundays. For further details: more on River Road road closure

HAWKESBURY VISITOR CENTRE, CLARENDON  (02 4560 4620) Staff are a wealth of knowledge. Drop by for all Hawkesbury information. Books, maps, brochures and guides. 9-5pm Monday - Friday; Saturday & Sunday 9 - 4pm


HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY: ART AND DEMENTIA TOURS ON THIRD THUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 11AM. Bookings are essential. These workshops are designed for those living with Dementia and for their carers. Facilitated by gallery staff (specially trained by Alzheimer's Australia) the experience offers an enriching program. Bookings 02 4560 4418.