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There’s no reason to stay home when there are 10 km of new walking tracks to discover, swing bridges to cross, gardens to plant, shows to see and clothes to swap!

This month we bring you the very best that Ginninderry and its surrounding community has to offer.

Get active

Get Your Trail and Swing Bridge on

Ginninderry’s Conservation Trust has unveiled 10km of new walking tracks, and Canberra’s only swing bridges will be a drawcard for the entire region. Built by Canberra-based trail builders Iconic Trails, the walking tracks invite residents and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the Conservation Corridor and enjoy expansive landscapes along the Murrumbidgee River.

The new tracks offer everything to suit everybody, including a range of distances with options to suit various fitness levels. A definite highlight includes Canberra’s only swing bridges at 15m and 37m in length, which are likely to appeal to those who like their nature immersion with a little extra excitement!

Guided walks are available throughout the month. Go here for details.

OMJ Strength for women

Join this women-only 45-minute whole body strength and cardio group session with certified fitness coach Sara from Oh My Jog – a business dedicated to helping women improve their mental and physical fitness and wellbeing.

All fitness levels and body shapes are welcome – exercises are modified to suit everyone and help you improve each week as you grow stronger.

Numbers are limited, and registration at bookwhen.com/omjbookings is essential.

Every Wednesday, 6:15 am – 7 am | Jill Landsberg Terrace Fitness Park, Jill Landsberge Terrace, Strathnairn | More information here.

Fitness in The Park

Join local resident Vince as he takes you through a group fitness class in the fresh air at Paddys Park every Wednesday.

Designed for all levels of fitness for the whole community, find out how to join here.

Wednesdays 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm | Paddys Park, Asimus Avenue, Strathnairn |More information here.

Evening Taekwon-Do to wind down after a busy day

If you want gentle exercise, Patrick Steele is taking evening Taekwon-Do classes at The Link. The class is aimed at beginners of all ages from pre-school age and over—adults are also most welcome and are encouraged to join in with their children. Of course, anyone with TKD experience is also very welcome.

The class will accommodate fitness levels of all sorts, from those with a high degree of fitness and flexibility to those who don’t. After all, we all have to begin somewhere!

Mondays and Fridays between 6 pm – 7 pm | The Link, 1 McClymont Way, Strathnairn | More information here.

Tap into your zen with yoga classes

Get bendy during Thursday evenings at a yoga class! You don’t need any experience – just head along for the slow-flow class that will help melt away tension, build strength and mobility, and give you a chance to recharge. Take along a yoga mat, water bottle and comfy clothes.

Every Thursday, 6.45 pm – 7.45 pm | The Link, 1 McClymont Way, Strathnairn | More information here.

Zest Dance for Wellbeing

These weekly classes are designed for adults who want to experience the joy of dancing and keep their body and brain active and healthy, regardless of their mobility, skill or age. Please come and feed your body and spirit with music and movement, be physically and mentally inspired and stimulated, have fun, meet some new friends and feel good!

The classes are taught by two teaching artists, which means offering participants more seated and standing options. Tuesday’s class is suitable for people with Parkinson’s, while the Friday class has the capacity to move at a more energetic pace.

Tuesdays 1.15 pm – 2.30 pm | Dance for all 12 pm to 1pm Fridays | Belconnen Arts Centre | More information here.

Celebrate sustainability

Nature in the Suburbs Festival

Explore nature in the suburbs at this free community event at Flynn Community Hub, hosted by the Ginninderra Catchment Group. There will be a whole day of activities and talks for the family about how you can find and nurture nature in your backyard and surrounding suburbs.

These include a frog habitat workshop, a waterwatch demo to explain how to monitor water quality in local waterways, a waterbugs table, planting and propagation sessions and guided tours. Lunch and afternoon tea as well as native plants will be provided at no cost.

Saturday 8 June from 11 am – 3 pm |  Registrations preferred and more information here.

The Repair Café

Held on the first Sunday of every month, this is a fun opportunity to repair anything—from clothing to lamps, toasters, kettles, and even smartphones—make things and share a cuppa with your neighbours.

Don’t have anything to repair? Head along anyway to learn some new skills in a relaxing and social atmosphere that makes you feel good to be looking after your things. All are welcome, just drop in!

Sunday 2 June, 1 pm – 3:30 pm | The Link, 1 McClymont Way, Strathnairn | More information here.

Clothes, Shoes and Accessories Swap!

Give your clothes, shoes and accessories another chance at life, reduce waste and have fun at the same time!

Bring up to twenty items of good quality clothing, shoes or accessories that you no longer need/wear/fit into/care about to swap with other people and then partake of a light afternoon tea with lovely people.

Saturday 22 June, 2 pm – 4 pm | Canberra Environment Centre, Gungaderra Homestead, Harrison | Free event but register here.

Get Your Garden On

The Canberra Environment Centre is calling for willing gardeners or those who just want to get their hands dirty to help create a biodiverse garden in Harrison to feed the community, pollinators and spirits!

The plan is to establish a work farm and get a compost pile going to keep some planted seedlings thriving and to establish a garden. Free memberships of the CEC are given to those who get involved.

Saturday, 1 June, 10 am – 12 pm | Working Bee to establish a worm farm and get a compost pile going. Thursdays from 9:30 am – 11 am  will be general working bees | Gungaderra Homestead, Harrison | Register here

Appreciate and make

An Eclectic Exhibition

From the drama and whimsy of nature, through the vast expanse of panoramas to the confounding and comedy of modern life, the photographic work of gm frew is explored in his new exhibition Exhibition: Eclectic.

The Arts have always been a passion for gm – from experimental music to rock and roll as well as theatre, writing, performing and photography. All these disparate influences come together in this thought-provoking and sometimes hilarious photographic exhibit.

Exhibition runs until 7 July | The Link, Strathnairn | More information here.

Printing on Silk

Join artist Pinal of Idyll Ink to learn the basics of using plants to dye fabrics. The workshop will explore the alchemy of plants, water, heat, mordants and modifiers and participants will get to take home a silk scarf they have dyed with plant materials and kitchen scraps.

All materials are included in the $30 cost of the workshop. Participants can optionally bring leaves and kitchen scraps (such as onion skins and avocado pits) from home.

Wednesday 5 June from 6 pm – 8 pm | The Link, Strathnairn | Purchase tickets here. 

Drop in and Draw

Take a breath and relax in the Generator Gallery at the Belco Arts Centre where you can indulge your creative spirit and create your own artwork from our curated still-life set up.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials and any equipment needed. A limited range of drawing materials will be available for use should you arrive empty-handed.

Every Tuesday to Sunday between 10 am – 4 pm | Generator Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre | More information here.

Flamenco Guitar Performance

The virtuoso Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco Lara, who boasts of a distinguished career in Europe and Australia of more than 30 years, brings his magnificent album show “The Andalusian Guitar “ to Belconnen Arts Centre.

Audience members will be transported to Southern Spain captivated by the sound of Paco’s guitar, accompanied by flamenco dance and his musicians.

Saturday 15 June, 7 pm | Belconnen Arts Centre | Tickets available here.

Queer Art and Sport Performance

Halftime Show is the latest offering from Clubscore – Canberra’s premier queer art and sport collective. Led by Zev Aviv and Ketura Budd, Clubscore exists to give trans and gender diverse people a platform to shout from.

Featuring a suite of performance art made by queer artists, there will be six sensational performances in the Belco Arts Rehearsal Room, before the floor is open for dancing.

Friday 21 June, 6 pm – 9.30 pm | Rehearsal Room, Belconnen Arts Centre | Pay only what you can afford for tickets here.

Find balance

Stepping Stone Silent Book Club

Have you joined a book club like your New Year’s Resolution instructed you to? If you’re scared to take the plunge, this is a book club with a difference. There’s no assigned reading or discussion, just a peaceful space to read your book among fellow book lovers.

Silent Book Club is open to everyone, with no fees or age limits. Engage with others as much or as little as you like! So bring your current read, order your favourite beverage, and enjoy some uninterrupted reading time. Go on, you know you want to.

Sunday 16 June, 2 pm – 4 pm | Cafe Stepping Stone Canberra, Gullifer Street, Strathnairn | Free but book here.

Sunday Crafternoons at Café Stepping Stone

Whether you’re keen on knitting, scrapbooking, painting, or DIY decor, there’s something for everyone. Connect with fellow craft enthusiasts in a relaxed, inspiring environment every other Sunday. Share ideas, learn new techniques, or simply enjoy the company of like-minded individuals. It’s all about having fun and being creative!

Feel free to bring your own project that you’re working on or start something new. We’ll provide some basic materials, but we do encourage you to bring any additional or special materials you wish to use.

Sunday 9 and 23 June, 2 pm – 4 pm | Café Stepping Stone, Gullifer Street, Straithnairn | More information here.

Simply Meditate

Try a Buddhist Meditation classes with the Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso at the Belco Arts Centre. Be guided through two relaxing meditations, each 15 mins long. Receive a short teaching and practical meditation tips to build your confidence. Sit on a chair or a cushion.

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.”

Every Wednesday, 12.30 pm – 1.15 pm | Meeting Room, Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Banks, Belconnen | $12 per session (pay at the door), more information here.

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