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Tai chi classes at the Loxton CWA Hall from 11am
until noon and 2pm until 3pm. Gold coin donation.
For more information call 8584 7823.
Tai chi classes at the Loxton CWA Hall from 7pm
until 8pm. Gold coin donation. For more information
call 8584 7823.
Charity For All Bingo at the Loxton Club. Eyes down
at 7.30pm. For more info call 8584 7353.
Saturday, October 18
Riverland Ballroom Dancing at the Loxton
Peace Hall from 7.30pm until 11.30pm. For more
information call 8584 5945.
Wunkar Hall car boot sale fundraiser and Wunkar
CFS open day. 10am to 2.30pm. Call 0438 603
901 for more information.
Saturday, October 25
Kick Your Heels Up For The Kids at the Loxton Hotel.
The event is a fundraiser for the Loxton Pioneer
Playground and the Australian Spinal Research
Foundation. Tickets are $80. For more information,
call 8584 7011.
Friday, October 31
Combined cricket presentation and 30th anniversary
of Loxton Gum Tree at the Uniting Church Hall from
6pm. For more information, call 8584 7061.
Tuesday, November 4
The Loxton CWA will host a Melbourne Cup
luncheon at the Loxton Club from 11am. Sweeps,
raffles and a fashion parade. Prizes for best
dressed. Tickets are $22 for two-course lunch. Call
the club on 8584 7353.
Diary Dates is a free service and is not to be used
for advertising committee meetings or group agms
LOCAL man Adrian
Reimann, of Mallee
snapped this photo
of Wednesday night's
eclipse with a small
digital camera hand held
up against the eyepiece
of a 200mm newtonian
reflector telescope and a
magnification of 25x. Mr
Reimann said Wednesday
was "not the best seeing
in the eastern sky", with
cloud cover hampering
stargazers' efforts to get a
look at the phemonenon.
People can send their photographs -- along with their name and contact details -- via post to PO Box 352, Loxton 5333 or attach it in an email
(email@example.com). Alternatively, SD cards, USBs or printed photographs can be dropped into The Loxton News' East Terrace office.
Photos for site
Locals are being urged to send in their
snapshots of the district for use on the Loxton
Waikerie Council's new-look website.
The site, which acts as a "first impression" to the
region for many, will undergo a makeover and new
images are needed.
Council director of cor-
porate and community
services, Ruth Firstbrook,
said the website would
portray the district's com-
munity spirit as a "place
"Our current website
is not very user friendly,
clunky, difficult to navi-
gate and very text heavy,"
"And while we've done
a lot of work to 'clean' it
up, we need to present it
in a much more inviting
"We want a website
that is of our community,
for our community and
they've actively contrib-
uted to. It's a chance to
engage our whole com-
munity in developing
what our new site will
The new-look website featuring locals' photographs
will be redesigned to make it mobile, tablet and desk-
The submitted images will be used as directional
tools for the various 'areas' of the site, while a public
gallery will also be incorporated.
Mrs Firstbrook said the images could also be
utilised in other forms to promote the region; includ-
ing tourism and marketing material.
"We would like to promote our district as a place
with personality and that can shine through via the
pictures," she said.
"It's not just the two main towns, everywhere has a
personality. All of our district's towns and settlements
"It not only engages our community, but it also
demonstrates that council values the people of this
district and by having it constantly open for submis-
sions, it opens it up for people to send their seasonal
photographs... things like Light Up Day, the Mardi
Gras, winter on the river."
For more information, or to submit photographs,
visit the webpage (loxtonwaikerie.sa.gov.au/page.
Christmas event s bid for award
businesses -- along with
a premier Loxton event
-- will compete against
some of South Australia's
finest visitor offerings at
the 2014 South Australian
Tourism Awards next
The local finalists are
Banrock Station Wine and
Wetland Centre, BIG4
Renmark Riverfront Holiday
Park, Caudo Vineyard Cellar
Door, Loxton Christmas
Lights Festival, and The
South Australian Tourism
Industry Council chief execu-
tive Ward Tilbrook said the
"tourism night of nights" gala
dinner is being held at the
Adelaide Convention Centre
on Friday, November 14.
"These awards are essential
in the continuous develop-
ment of South Australia as a
tourism destination," he said.
"It is a whole of business
award with a comprehensive
criteria that showcases the
professionalism and achieve-
ments of our state's tourism
The awards attracted 125
entries this year across 30
Last year two Riverland
businesses were success-
ful in their respective cat-
egories with BIG4 Renmark
Riverfront Holiday Park
receiving a gold medal and
Loxton Christmas Lights a
Local blooms on show this weekend
Local gardens will be
showcased this weekend as they
open up to the public as part of
the Renmark Rose Festival.
Loxton residents will have the
opportunity to wander through six
local gardens, many of which only
open for the annual event.
Salmon Gum Estate will be open
this weekend and next weekend as
part of the 10-day annual festival and
owner Jacque Schulz said it was a
good opportunity for locals to visit
"I encourage people to come and
wander around and visit all the gar-
dens. It can be a lovely day out," Mrs
"Hopefully the roses will be out
at their best. Probably by the second
weekend they will be really in full
Mrs Schulz's garden features "a
mix of everything" with ornamental
trees, roses and geraniums and bulbs.
"It is a lovely, relaxing garden to
look over and wander through and it
is a nice view with the vineyards at
the moment," she said.
Salmon Gum Estate was opened
to the public for the rose festival last
year, with about 250 people wander-
Mrs Schulz said the Renmark Rose
Festival's open gardens were great
motivation and she encourages other
keen gardeners to open up theirs next
"It gives you something for strive
for and I enjoy it anyway," she said.
Chris and Raelene Schutz's gar-
den will also be open for the public
over the next two weekends, along
with The Pines, The Wine Group,
Loxton Memorial Gardens and
Loxton Community Conservation
and Heritage Park.
Andrew 'Cosi' Costello from South
Aussie with Cosi will officially
open the festival at Jarrett Memorial
Gardens on Saturday.
The Renmark Rose Festival runs
from October 17 to 26. For more
information or to view the full pro-
gram, visit the website (renmarkros-
Jacque Schulz will open up her garden, Salmon
Gum Estate, to the public over the next two
weekends as part of the Renmark Rose Festival.
Annual festival kicks off Gearing up for fundraiser
Locals are busy finalising preperations for
this year's Riverland Relay for Life.
This year's event will be held at the Berri oval on
October 25 and 26.
There are over 25 teams particpating, which will begin
their 19-hour fundraiser walk at 2pm on the Saturday and
will keep their team moving until 9am on Sunday.
For more information, visit the website (relayforlife.
should be on the
• Events and
• Family camping
• Agriculture and
fishing and 'out and
about' on the water.
• Sporting events
and outdoor fun.
• Shopping and
The annual Riverland
Food and Wine Festival
is only days away, with
locals gearing up for the
The festival will be held on
Saturday from 12pm to 7pm on
the riverbank at Berri, showcas-
ing local wine, craft beer, cider
Free buses are available from
local towns to the event, and
there will be plenty of entertain-
ment, food and drinks.
For more information, or to
buy tickets, visit the website
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