QUICKLY, QUICKLY TICKETS FOR ST ALBANS WRITERS' FESTIVAL are on sale and going quickly! This 3-day event offers rare opportunities to hear and mingle with some of Australia's finest authors! St Albans Writers' Festival

HAWKESBURY ARTIST AND ARTISANS TRAIL, the next Open Studio -- August: 26th & 27th, 10am - 4pm. On the trail, you can visit the studios of all this talent.Exquisite timbre art by designer/creator, Darren Oats and original table art and paintingsby Penelope Oats are a must stop on the trail, Have lunch in Kurrajong Village, Richmond or Windsors -- make a day of it!

CLOUD 9 -- MY BEAUTIFUL BALLOON. Colours, colours, colours with a new balloon. Feet off the ground in the early morning hours -- only in Sydney's Hawkesbury Valley. $40 off gift vouchers until Father's Day 3/9. For bookings and details:1300 555 711

CAREY & CO. 70 Old Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong Village: SALE, SALE 50% SALE for women's winter clothing & shoes. elk, MESOP and Alembika among other great brands. Don't delay! Sale on now!

HAWKESBURY CENTRAL LIBRARY, 300 George St. Windsor. Kurrajong resident, Minnie Biggs, will be speaking Friday 25 August, 6-7.30pm about her latest novel, Shards of Ice. Bookings essential, (02) 4560 4460.

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL MUSEUM in partnership with the St Albans Writers' Festival will host a Getting Published workshop for all you aspiring authors. Saturday 26 August 10am - Noon. For details: 02 4560 4460. (fee)

ROUSE HILL HOUSE & FARM School Holidays Fun! LEGO interactive exhibition -- build your Rouse Hill House & Farm. No need to be grumpy about the cold weather -- this interactive exhibition is a life-size exhibition in LEGO bricks. We previewed the interactive exhibition last week and  no matter the age this is a fun outing,  a delight even for littlies (3 - 5 yrs) Older kids (6 - 12 yrars) will be challenged to think ahead, plan and create their own little farm and house. Exhibition on through 16 August 10:am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm (fee)  LEGO'ing Fun

HAWKESBURY VISITOR CENTRE, CLARENDON  (02 4560 4620) Staff are a wealth of knowledge. Drop by for all Hawkesbury information. Books, maps, brochures and guides. 9-5pm Monday - Friday; Saturday & Sunday 9 - 4pm


HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY: ART AND DEMENTIA TOURS ON THIRD THUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 11AM. Bookings are essential. These workshops are designed for those living with Dementia and for their carers. Facilitated by gallery staff (specially trained by Alzheimer's Australia) the experience offers an enriching program. Bookings 02 4560 4418.