BLUE MOUNTAINS BOTANIC GARDEN MOUNT TOMAH 18 AUGUST:, 'Gondwana Garden Family Day'. 9.30am. Reptile and dinasaur shows, furry animals, frogs & tadpoles and a virtual reality hunt for dinosaurs and megafauna, (Free) Parking is limited. Checkout the Garden Facebook page before you come:  Three two-hour sessions will run throughout the day! Don't miss this event!

CLOUD 9 HOT-AIR BALLOONS makes gift giving so easy with special prices for weekday flights... $249 per person. Sure it's a bit chilly until those burners are fired up, but then it's a sweet ride. If you want to go 'all out' for your sweetie, charter a private flight for $999. These are August-Only offers, so don't wait! Phone: 1300 555 711 for more details

PURPLE NOON GALLERY OPENS NEW EXHIBITION 11 AUGUST, 'Ways of seeing landscape - I. Two artists portray environments, intracasies of trees and the fascinating play of light. 606 Terrace Road, Freemans Reach.

STARGAZIING@ROUSE HILL HOUSE & FARM, 18 AUGUST, 6pm - 8.30pm. Observe (weather permitting) four naked-eye planets - Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Kirsten Banks (astrophysicist and a Wiradjuri woman will revel the wonders of the night sky through Aboriginal and scientific perspectives -- old and new stories. Bring a picnic blanket and rug up -- sit back and gaze at the marvels of the night skies... complementary and appropriate music supplied by the Highly Irregular Orbits -- live band!. Light refreshments available for purchase. (fee, but free parking).

HERO UNCOVERED AND HONORED WITH WORDS. New biography published by Hawkesbury historian, Alan Leek.. the story of Frederick Whirlpool VC who is buried in a Windsor unmarked grave. 

FERRY ARTISTS GALLERY, WISEMANS FERRY NEW EXHIBITION OPENS in August: Gallery hours Thursday - Monday 10-4pm. 02 4566 4385. New Exhibition open. 

THE HILLS 'ORANGE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL' COMING UP -- SEPTEMBER 1 - 30. Check out the schedule and the fun!  Plan Ahead for the Orange Blossom Festival

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.