Mildura Weekly : Friday October 31 2014 Vol 8 No 52
NEWS 21 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU ARTS Mildura, in part- nership with the Mildura River City Jazz Club, will host the 35th annual Mil- dura Jazz, Food and Wine Festival this weekend, with the four-day event to get underway today. The line-up for the 2014 program includes The Cope Street Parade, Origami, Peter Hooper Quartet, Maryborough Traditional Jazz Ensem- ble, Double A Jazz, Don Mayne Trio, DJ Tim Bos, Grab Ya Cat and Nicola Milan, plus school bands Mildura Stage Band, Red Cliffs Secondary College Jazz Ensemble and Splash Jazz (St Joseph’s College Jazz Ensemble). Founded in 1979, the Mildura Jazz, Food and Wine Festival is considered a pioneer amongst Austra- lian Jazz Festivals, and is one of the longest contin- uous running jazz festivals in the country. The Mildura Jazz Food and Wine Festival is unique in merging jazz, quality food and wine from more than 20 win- eries scattered throughout the Murray Darling region. Arts Mildura director Paul Lambeth said the Mildura festival provided an opportunity for locals and visitors to enjoy the best of what the Sunraysia region had to offer. “The line-up of bands has been selected to cater to traditional and con- temporary jazz fans, with the combination of mu- sic, food and wine and the warmth of weather and people setting the scene for friends and family to come together and enjoy a quality weekend,” he said. “Program highlights include opening night at The Setts, an outdoor barbecue performance at Gallery 25, Reuben’s River- boat Ramble aboard the PS Melbourne on Saturday af- ternoon, and the Jazz Jam featuring dinner and four bands on Sunday evening. “The PRIMED for Jazz Street Party – a free event in Langtree Mall with al- fresco dining, wine tasting and a mix of traditional and contemporary Jazz – will also take place on Sat- urday evening.” Program information is available online at www. artsmildura.com.au, with tickets available from indi- vidual venues. Mildura all set for jazz, food and wine • JAZZMEN: The Maryborough Traditional Jazz Ensemble, pictured here at last year’s PRIMED for Jazz Street Party, will make a return to Mildura for the 2014 Mildura Jazz Food and Wine Festival, which kicks off today. Photo: Danielle Hanifin. TWO big Texas Hold ‘Em Poker events - one old, one new, have caught the attention of card sharps from across Sunraysia and be- yond. The first is the Poker Showdown, to be held at the Gol Gol Hotel on Sunday, No- vember 9, with around 80 players from three states going head to head for a share of the $40,000 total prize pool. The winner will walk away with a guaranteed $15,000. For those who haven’t qualified at a se- ries of satellite events during the year, the buy-in will be a whopping $550. Every player will start the game with a 80,000 chip stack. The second feature event to end the ‘majors’ of 2014 will be the AK Memorial, a game to honour the memory of two late stalwarts of local poker, Larry Argiro and Wally Knights, who passed away within weeks of each other earlier this year. The game will be held at 27 Deakin Mil- dura from 10.30am on Sunday, November 30, for a $100 buy-in, with part proceeds go- ing to the Sunraysia Cancer Resources trans- port fund. Larry ‘The Chaser’ Argiro and Wally Knights were two of the biggest supporters of Texas Hold ‘Em in Sunraysia, often at- tending multiple games each week at local venues. Both suffered serious health problems in recent years, but regular card games, friendly faces and peer support from fellow players kept both players going, and each picked up their fair share of tournament wins along the way. Poker enthusiasts will be competing for a slice of the proceeds, plus the prestigious Argiro-Knights Memorial trophy. It will be the first time that 27 Deakin has hosted a major poker tournament, with most of the lucrative events hosted at Gol Gol. The largest was in July this year, when almost 100 players from across Australia - some paying $1000 each – competed for regional Austra- lia’s biggest poker purse - just over $90,000. The field included several poker profes- sionals, and Sunday week’s event at Gol Gol is predicted to again be a major drawcard to players trying to make a living from the game, at live games and online. More information on the poker games are available by contacting co-or- ganiser David Miles on 0410691792, the Gol Gol Hotel poker facebook page, or the Poker Co-operative Facebook page. – ALAN ERSKINE Two poker greats to be honoured MEMBERS of the Red Cliffs Lawn Tennis Club had plenty of reasons to smile this week, with the club celebrating the official opening of its new and improved kitchen facili- ties. Renovations – which in- cluded installing the new kitchen, and improvements to plumbing and electrical works – were undertaken thanks in part to a $6000 Recreation Facilities Upgrade Grant from Mildura Rural City Council. Part of $75,000 in fund- ing handed out by Council to sporting groups and clubs in 2014, Red Cliffs Lawn Ten- nis Club vice president Karen Sharp said upgrades were vital for the club’s ongoing financial sustainability, espe- cially after it was discovered the kitchen no longer met food safety standards. “Our old kitchen was run down and simply not up to scratch, and we had been in discussions with Council for quite a while about it not meeting health and safety standards,” she said. “We were finally in a fi- nancial position to look at upgrading our facilities this year, and immediately jumped at Council funding available.” Under the Recreation Facilities Upgrade Grant Scheme, volunteers and com- mittee members of the ten- nis club worked hard to raise close to $5000, which was then matched by Council on a 2:1 basis. Upgrades took close to six weeks to complete, with Simon McCarthy from Macu Kitchens the man behind the improvements. Karen said the new kitch- en facilities would enable the club to host more social events, and potentially in- crease membership. “As a sporting club you want to be in a position to offer first-class facilities to members across the board, and this kitchen is certainly first-class,” she said. “Hopefully it will go a long way in attracting more people to the club, and we are certainly looking at increas- ing the number of events we host. “There is also the poten- tial to host more regional, State and maybe even nation- al events.” Mildura Rural City Coun- cil Deputy Mayor, John Ar- nold – who was on hand to help open the new facilities this week – said the Recre- ation Facilities Upgrade Grant was vital in helping sporting groups maintain up-to-date facilities. “A number of these clubs wouldn’t be able to upgrade their facilities without access to these funds,” he said. “Successful sporting clubs are vital in our community, as they promote healthy liv- ing and help bring people together.” More information about Council’s Recreation Facili- ties Upgrade Grant Scheme is available by contacting 5018 8100, or by visiting www.mil- dura.vic.gov.au. More information about the Red Cliffs Lawn Tennis Club is available by contact- ing 5024 3466. New kitchen welcomed • COOKING UPA STORM: Tennis club vice- president Karen Sharp, left, and secretary Donna Milne with council’s Deputy Mayor Cr John Arnold.
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