What's on in the Illawarra this weekend

THIS WEEKEND’S PICK

THE VAULT 

Saturday

The Illawarra’s best-kept secret and now in its 10th year, the Vault cabaret happens only four times a year and is never predictable but always astonishing.

Venue owner Lou Belancic says: ‘‘Every Vault cabaret is a snowflake. It’s a beautiful thing. It falls from the sky. It disappears. That’s it.’’

Tickets go on sale at The Vault, 72 Military Lane, Port Kembla, from 6.30pm. Doors open: 7.45pm. Tickets: $20.

Attractions for this show include the outrageous Drew Fairley, the beautiful Glamma Rays (pictured) and the precocious Jack Druce. Details: merrigong.com.au.

FUND-RAISERS

CHARITY FUN RUN

Sunday March 3

As part of the Shellharbour City Festival of Sport, get in training for a five-kilometre or nine-kilometre walk or run through Shell Cove. The route is easy. Proceeds to the Cancer Council and Shellharbour Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. Details: shellharbourcity festivalofsport.com.au.

MEGA SWIM

Saturday March 2 to Sunday March 3

Create or join a team for this event at the University of Wollongong pool and help raise $45,000 for multiple sclerosis relief. Entry: $40 (adult), $30 (under 15). Details: megaswim.com.

RELAY FOR LIFE

Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10

Relay For Life is a fun, outdoor overnight fund-raising event that brings communities together to celebrate and remember the lives of those who have battled cancer. Venue: Albion Park Showground. Cost: $20. Details: relayforlife.com.au.

PERFORMANCE

BUDDY HOLLY

Saturday

A Buddy Holly tribute starring Scot Robin (pictured).  Venue: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra. Time: 7.30pm. Price: $54. Details: shoalhavenentertainment.com.au.

SHOUT!

From Friday

The Roo Theatre in Shellharbour presents a tribute to Johnny O’Keefe and Australian rock ’n’ roll. He died aged 43 but all the acts that followed Johnny owe him a debt of gratitude. Until March 9. Details: roo-theatre.com.au.

COMEDY

Friday

Support the best up-and-coming comedians in the Illawarra at Australia’s biggest, most prestigious open mic comedy competition. $22, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. merrigong.com.au.

OUT & ABOUT

KANGAROO VALLEY

Saturday

Enjoy a traditional show in beautiful surroundings. The Kangaroo Valley Show opens at 8.30am and includes  all the expected events – pavilion, cattle, wood-chopping, dog high jump and rodeo. Price: $12 or $30 for family. Details: kangaroovalley.nsw.au.

MARKET

Saturday

 Raise money for an orphanage in Africa. Household items, furniture, second-hand clothing and toys  and more. Venue: Albion Park Uniting Church,  Terry and Russell streets. Time: 8am-1pm.

STOMPING THE GRAPES

All weekend

Get your feet sticky at the Stomping the Grapes Festival this weekend and next at Crooked River Wines, Princes Highway, Gerringong. Stomping is $10 per person with proceeds to Westmead Children’s Hospital. Details: crookedriverwines.com.

SPORT

HAWKS

Sunday

Wollongong NRE Hawks play the Townsville Crocodiles at WIN Entertainment Centre. Tip-off: 4pm. Tickets: $15 to $130. Details: premier.ticketek.com.au.

KEMBLA GRANGE

Saturday

Spend the afternoon at the Kembla Grange races. Gates open 11am, adults $10, pensioners $3, children under 18 free (accompanied). Kembla Grange Racecourse, Princes Highway, Kembla Grange. Phone: 42617211.

RUGBY

Next Saturday

The Kiama Sevens is a 48-team seven-a-side knockout competition with a total of $20,000 in prizemoney. The first game will be at 8.30am and the final at 6.30pm. This year a women’s competition is also being held. Venue: Kiama Showground. Details: 0439640896.

FOR THE DIARY

CARAVAN AND CAMPING

Next weekend

A vast display of everything camping-related at Kembla Grange Racecourse. Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 9am to 4pm. Adults $15/$11, children free.

CLEAN UP

Sunday March 3

Now is the time to organise yourself for Clean Up Australia Day. Sites around the Illawarra. Details: cleanup.org.au.

JAZZ AND BLUES

Friday March 8 to Sunday March 10

A  full weekend of red-hot jazz and blues for everyone.

Performances and gigs will be held at many venues around Kiama, including restaurants, clubs and Hindmarsh Park. Free entry. Details: kiamajazz.com.

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