Former Illawarra businesswoman Lana Jackson returned to Wollongong last week as an entertainer in an Australia-first event.
Ms Jackson was one of two celebrities asked to perform at the first psychic dinner at Seacliff Function Centre.
She and fellow presenter Christine Rose believe their dinner show may never have been done before.
The whole concept was the brainchild of Seacliff marketing manager Jonni Nicolaou, who said she was always trying to bring new things to Wollongong to give people variety and choice.
It generated so much interest that Mrs Nicolaou is planning another one on April 4, 2014.
She has already taken bookings from some of those who enjoyed the first night.
The success of the psychic dinner follows that of two comedy dinner shows at Seacliff featuring Fiona O'Loughlin and other comedians.
Tomorrow, Mrs Nicolaou continues adding to Wollongong's diversity with a Halloween Party including costumes and some spooktacular games.
The Illawarra chapter of the Property Council of NSW is hosting an investment tour on November 7.
The tour will take in the University of Wollongong Innovation Campus, Wollongong CBD retail, commercial and industrial area, The Waterfront, Shell Cove marina, commercial and retail development, West Dapto, Shell Cove and Calderwood residential areas and the Port Kembla Port.
It will be preceded by a lunch with speakers such as Lend Lease Communities regional development manager Paul Thompson, Australand Property Group development director Glenn Colquhoun, University of Wollongong chief administrative officer Melva Crouch, Wollongong City Council general manager David Farmer and GPT Group retail development manager Steven Turner.
Wired for sound
Did you know there is a fully operational recording studio and theatre in Coniston?
The facilities are located at Illawarra ITeC and were designed to offer a highly interactive learning environment for entertainment and technical production students.
Aria award-winning sound engineer Al Wright said Illawarra ITeC was taking expressions of interest for its Vocational Education Training (VET) in schools program - Certificate III in technical production.
Mr Wright said it was endorsed by the Board of Education.
The course offers year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to gain an accredited qualification from the sound engineer who worked on some of Australia's most successful albums from some of the country's most popular artists.
Film funds sought
A Pozible crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the production of a documentary about Pig Iron Bob has passed the first milestone.
Sandra Pires, of WHY Documentaries, said businesses who helped fund the film would get their logo in the credits.
She said the first level of sponsorship, $4000, was reached last week.
That means all money donated goes straight to the production of the film commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Dalfram Dispute, where 200 men and their families stopped loading pig iron to Japan prior to World War II on moral grounds. Ms Pires said the hope was to raise $10,000.
She is also looking for extras for a re-enactment to be filmed at Port Kembla on November 15. Further information at www.pigironbob.com.au.
Horizon joins in
Horizon Credit Union members joined others around the world to celebrate International Credit Union Day recently. Credit unions are not-for-profit financial co-operatives that provide a viable alternative to for-profit financial institutions for more than 200 million members in 101 countries worldwide.
Proud mum Leah Monks is asking for support to help her son Shane Monks get to Newcastle in December after being selected for the Australian basketball team in the Asian Pacific Games.
Mrs Monks also thanked everyone who bought chocolates to help the Illawarra Special Olympics and those who were helping make her son's dream come true. More details at specialolympics.com.au.
Boot camp big help
Woonona residents involved in a fund-raising boot camp on the weekend to help feed local families raised over $1100 for Need A Feed.
The event was run by personal and motivational trainer Tiv Nightingale who said with the support of the community, Step Into Life Woonona raised enough to help feed 35 families.
Laneway a go-go
The inaugural Globe Laneway Festival is a free event set down for this Saturday in Globe Lane, Wollongong.
It is designed to be a funky coming together of live music, dancing, art, markets, food, cafes, creative people who are creating a space, and a time for everyone to enjoy an awesome afternoon and evening of fun, dancing, food and handmade creative arts.