The Illawarra weekend guide

March 29-30

Our pick

Splash 'N' Dash, all weekend

Keen athletes can test themselves at the aquathon along Wollongong Harbour this weekend.

The Splash ’n’ Dash Festival is on again with an event to suit every age and fitness level. Die-hard athletes, push yourself to the limit in the  Aquathon (650-metre swim/five-kilometre run). If you prefer to stay dry and enjoy the scenery, the Kidz and Family 2.5-kilometre fun run is the event for you. The event supports Cancer Council NSW. Details: call 0413 862 676.

Music

Jazz Orchestra, Saturday

Acronym Orchestra are a seven-piece ensemble of Sydney-based, jazz-trained musicians who perform original repertoire with a focus on groove and improvisation. At  The Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Auditorium. Time: 7pm. Details here.

Blues band, Saturday

Bluesman Frank Sultana and his band, the Sinister Kids at Rad Wollongong. Supported by Manfred Moore. 8pm.  $10 + booking fee here (18+ event). 

Tim Rogers, Sunday

Legendary Aussie rocker Tim Rogers comes to the Heritage Hotel, Bulli, to support his latest release Rogers Sings Rogerstein, accompanied by friend and musical companion Shane O’Mara. Time: 5pm. Tickets $34 from here.

Out and about

Vintage Bazaar, Saturday

The National Trust Vintage Bazaar is on at the Old Court House, Harbour Street, Wollongong. Browse the vintage clothes and accessories, jewellery, antiques and collectables, lovely laces and trims, books, old  linens and much more. All welcome. Time: 10am-4pm.

Quilt and Craft Expo, Saturday

Quilt and craft displays, photography, woodwork, artwork, candles, scrapbooking, knitting, soaps and much more. Lunch, morning/afternoon teas and supper available. Prizes for best quilt by popular vote, children’s quilting competition and guessing competition. Venue: Centenary Hall, Albion Park. Time: Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Entry is $5 per day.

Earth Hour Fundraiser, Saturday 

Fund-raiser for the Steve March Benefit Fund at Stuart Park, North Wollongong. Supporting Earth Hour, it includes yoga and meditation from 5pm, with Earth Hour starting at 8.30pm. Kids are welcome and the event is free.  

Fencing Demonstration, Saturday

A small informal club, Bulli Swords is where you can learn fencing basics. Demonstration at the Uniting Church hall in Corrimal, just off Underwood Street. Start at 7.30pm, first session free; gear is there to borrow.

Performance

Dirty Damn Roses, all weekend

Award-winning choreographer Eva Crainean exposes the behind-closed-doors experience of codependent relationships. Dirty Damn Roses delves into themes of power games, addictions, and neediness; probing each issue with audacity and sparkling wit. For two nights only at Gordon Theatre, IPAC. Times: Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets $37.50 + booking fee here.

Comic Trevor Crook, Saturday 

‘‘Deadpan almost to the point of comatose’’, is how comedian Trevor Crook has been described. Crook has performed extensively in the UK, Europe and Australia. He comes to the Builder’s Basement this Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

The deadline for this free service is noon, Thursday, two weeks before publication. Fax details to 42212338; post to POBox 1215, Wollongong, 2500; or email whatson@illawarramercury.com.au.

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