We are seemingly racing towards the end of 2023.

Can you believe that we are more than halfway through the year? Christmas is only 145 days away!

Each month there has been a myriad of activities and events in and around the Wellington Shire, and August is no exception.

From workshops and classes to car shows and art exhibitions, to live music and parties, with so much to do this month, keeping us busier than ever, the next thing we know, we’ll blink and it will be September.

Headline Acts at Jacks

Leeroy

When: From 9pm, Friday, August 4.

Where: Jack Ryan’s Irish Bar, 154 Raymond St, Sale.

Orkestrated

When: From 9pm, Saturday, August 5.

Where: Jack Ryan’s Irish Bar, 154 Raymond St, Sale.

Justin Rebbechi

When: From 9pm, Friday, August 11.

Where: Jack Ryan’s Irish Bar, 154 Raymond St, Sale.

Rollertoaster

When: From 9pm, Saturday, August 12.

Where: Jack Ryan’s Irish Bar, 154 Raymond St, Sale.

Mat-Peter Fry

When: From 9pm, Friday, August 18.

Where: Jack Ryan’s Irish Bar, 154 Raymond St, Sale.

Spitting Swallows

When: From 9pm, Saturday, August 19.

Where: Jack Ryan’s Irish Bar, 154 Raymond St, Sale.

Matt ‘Tezmo’ Howlett

When: From 9pm, Friday, August 25.

Where: Jack Ryan’s Irish Bar, 154 Raymond St, Sale.

Gecko

When: From 9pm, Saturday, August 26.

Where: Jack Ryan’s Irish Bar, 154 Raymond St, Sale.

DGmusic Live at the Cri

When: From 7.30pm, Saturday, August 5, Saturday, August 12 and Friday, August 25.

Where: Criterion Hotel Sale, 90 McAlister Street, Sale.

Disco in the Bistro

Dance the night away!

Fancy Disco plays all the greatest throwback hits from Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, and Queen to Tina Turner, Britney Spears, and Fatboy Slim at the Star Hotel’s Disco in the Bistro.

There’s guaranteed to be something for everyone, so rally the crew and put on your dancing shoes for the Star Hotel’s Disco in the Bistro.

When: 9pm until 12am, Saturday, August 12.

Where: Star Hotel Sale, 173 Raymond Street, Sale.

Kick Start Your Career

Heyfield Community Resource Centre is facilitating a five-week program to link local job seekers with local businesses.

Throughout the course, learners will meet a range of business owners, take tours of local workplaces and improve their job-ready skills – applying for a job, sitting a job interview and digital skills. Kick Start Your Career will be hosted on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am until 3pm, beginning Wednesday, August 16 and concluding on Thursday, September 21.

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 5148 2100 or emailing coordinator@heyfield.net

Price: $20 per person

When: 9.30am, Wednesday, August 16, until 3pm, Thursday, September 21.

Where: Heyfield Community Resource Centre, 5 George St, Heyfield.

Together We Read

Book lovers are invited to join Australia’s biggest annual online book club, Together We Read, from Wednesday, August 16 to Wednesday, August 30.

This year the chosen book is local author Kirsty Manning’s The Paris Mystery, an intriguing mystery set in pre-WW2 Paris. All you need to take part is a library card and the Libby app for digital borrowing.

The Together We Read digital book club connects readers through Australian public libraries with a featured title for two weeks each year.

During the program, readers can participate in online discussions about the title as well as an online event with the author.

Together We Read is free and is facilitated by OverDrive, creator of the award-winning Libby app and a leading digital reading platform in Australia for ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers.

To take part in Australia’s biggest annual online book club, you will need:

A local library membership – join for free.

The free Libby App on your device, which you can download here: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/libby-by-overdrive/id1076402606

Download The Paris Mystery by Kirsty Manning as an ebook or audiobook free of charge, with no holds or waiting, and get reading.

Join the author and readers across Australia for an online discussion throughout the two weeks. Contribute to the discussion here: https://togetherweread.com/au/

Join OverDrive’s live online event with Kirsty Manning on Tuesday, August 29, from 7.30pm AEST to meet the author, ask questions, and enjoy a well-rounded bookish discussion. Register your spot here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/together-we-read-featuring-kirsty-manning-tickets-652438269427.

When: Wednesday, August 16, until Wednesday, August 30.

Where: Online

Sale Psychic & Wellbeing Expo

VICTORIA’S longest-running psychic expo will be in Sale on Sunday, August 20, at the Sale Memorial Hall from 10am until 4pm.

Enjoy an inspiring and relaxing day with stallholders offering a range of services and products to indulge your senses, including readings, psychic mediumship, tarot, intuitive, palmistry and numerology and healings, reiki, and energy balancing.

Shop a wide range of crystals, inspirational giftware, books, natural healing products, handcrafted products, jewellery, witchy wares, and soy candles.

Free workshops will be hosted throughout the day, including mediumship demonstrations and free giveaways.

It is important to note that this venue does not have an ATM, and while some exhibitors have card facilities, some are cash only.

You can pre-book your ticket here, https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sale-psychic-wellbeing-expo-tickets-675031917637, or pay at the door on the day.

Price: $5 (Free for children under 12)

When: 10am until 4pm, Sunday, August 20.

Where: Sale Memorial Hall, 88 McAlister Street, Sale.

Gippsland Cars & Coffee

Delux Detailing and Prostreet Media are hosting their third Gippsland event in Sale from 10am until 1pm on Sunday, August 20.

All cars and bikes are welcome to join the event at 27 Union Street, Sale.

Whether you are a motor enthusiast or just want something new to do, head to Union St in Sale this Sunday, grab yourself a coffee and check out the cars on display.

When: 10am, Sunday, August 20.

Where: 27 Union Street, Sale.

Public Meeting – The Middle of Everywhere Christmas Parade

Meet The Middle of Everywhere Christmas Parade Committee and discover how you, your community group, business, school or sporting club can be a part of the great event bringing Christmas fun to Sale.

When: From 5.30pm, Thursday, August 17

Where: Star Hotel Sale, 173 Raymond Street, Sale.

Things of Stone and Wood Live at the Bundy

In its ninth year, Live at the Bundy continues bringing the finest Australian entertainment to our doorstep.

After having July music-free, Live at the Bundy is back in action on Saturday, August 19, headlining Things of Stone and Wood and Mick Harrington.

In their more than three-decade-long career, Things of Stone and Wood have had two Top 10 albums in Australia, a Top 10 single and five Top 50 hits.

The band has won an ARIA Award, and singer Greg Arnold was named Songwriter of the Year at the APRA Awards.

Things of Stone and Wood has proven to be an apt name for a resilient band built to last.

Support from the region’s very own local celebrity, Mick Harrington, ensures this to be a night for the ages.

Things of Stone and Wood prepare to impress this month when they headline at Live at the Bundy.

From 6pm, Live at the Bundy will host a community barbecue (bring your cash as it is cash only), with doors opening at 7pm.

Mick Harrington starts things off at 7.30pm, with Things of Stone and Wood taking the stage at 8.30pm.

This event is bring your own.

To purchase your tickets, go to https://www.trybooking.com/CILBK.

Price: $46

When: From 6pm, Saturday, August 19.

Where: Bundy Hall, 795 Maffra-Sale Rd, Bundalaguah.

Sale Girl Guides 100th Anniversary

Join the Sale Girl Guides on Sunday, August 27, at the Sale Guide Hall on Market Street as they celebrate their 100-year anniversary.

From 1pm until 4pm, Sale Girl Guides will host afternoon tea, historical displays and conduct official proceedings as part of the organisation’s 100th anniversary.

All are welcome to join the Sale Girl Guides’ 100th-anniversary celebrations.

When: 1pm until 4pm, Sunday, August 27.

Where: Sale Guide Hall, 118-120 Market Street, Sale.

Tough Guy Book Club – Sale Chapter

Join the Tough Guy Book Club Sale Chapter from 7pm until 10.30pm on Wednesday, August 2, at the Gippsland Hotel.

You can find out this month’s book here: https://toughguybookclub.com/books

Try to pick up the book and read a couple of pages before the night. If you haven’t, go anyway, no one gives a damn. They’re not your boss.

Make sure to bring down your copy of the books if you have one; it’ll help you talk about bits of it.

It is suggested that you underline things that stick out to you as important.

Like all months, Tough Guy Book Club will announce next month’s book at the meeting and hand it out to those wise enough to pre-order last month.

Want to know more about Tough Guy Book Club? Go to http://toughguybookclub.com/about-us

When: From 7pm until 10.30pm, Wednesday, August 2.

Where: Gippsland Hotel, 153 York Street, Sale.

Watch it at the Wedge

Animal Farm

Price: $19-$37

When: 12.00pm, Thursday, August 3 and 7.30pm, Thursday, August 3.

Where: The Wedge Performing Arts Centre, 100 Foster Street, Sale.

The Black Sorrows

Price: $69

When: 8pm, Saturday, August 5.

Where: The Wedge Performing Arts Centre, 100 Foster Street, Sale.

The Godmother – Sale Film Society

Price: $30-$50 (membership subscription)

When: 7.30pm, Wednesday, August 9.

Where: The Wedge Performing Arts Centre, 100 Foster Street, Sale.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Price: $25-$125

When: 8pm, Friday, August 18, 8pm, Saturday, August 19, 2pm, Sunday, August 20, 8pm, Thursday, August 24, 8pm, Friday, August 25, 2pm, Saturday, August 26 and 8pm, Saturday, August 26.

Where: The Wedge Performing Arts Centre, 100 Foster Street, Sale.

Australian String Quartet

Price: $19-$47

When: 4pm, Sunday, August 27.

Where: The Wedge Performing Arts Centre, 100 Foster Street, Sale.

Get involved

Have an event coming up in September that you’d like to publicise?

To be featured in the Gippsland Times’ next ‘What’s on this month’, send details of your upcoming event to news@gippslandtimes.com.au with the subject line ‘What’s on this month – September’.