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Labour of Love: A story of generosity, hope and Surrogacy

Shannon Garner met and married the man of her dreams, had two gorgeous children and lived an idyllic life on the New South Wales coast. So why did she decide one day to pursue altruistic surrogacy? And what made her choose a gay male couple from Sydney?

Labour of Love is Shannon’s honest and engaging story – a rollercoaster of emotion set against the backdrop of a highly regulated ‘industry’. This is no account of heartache and conflict but an uplifting story of ‘a collective love’ – one that involves a handful of people from very different walks of life who end up being so much more than family.

You can find out more about Shannon & the book by visiting her website – www.shannongarner.com.au and Facebook page.

If you would like to win yourself a signed copy all you have to do is fill out this easy entry form.

Two winners will be announced 24/9/16.

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Baby Bella Grand Opening

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Disney Fairytale Film Festival

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See your favourite fairytales come to life on the big screen at BCC’s exclusive Disney Fairytale Film Festival from July 30 to August 28.

With a Disney live action story for all ages, this is sure to be a fun day out for the whole family!

Plus, be one of the first to see Pete’s Dragon, at the exclusive sneak previews on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August. Pete’s Dragon is a re-imagining of Disney’s cherished family film. It is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.

Tickets for the Fairytale Film Festival are just $10* each and can be purchased online or at the box office. Or purchase your Season Pass available only at the box office.

MOVIE SCREENING DATES (10.30am Saturday & Sunday)
Maleficent 30 – 31 July
Enchanted 6 – 7 August
Into the Woods 13 – 14 August
Cinderella 20 – 21 August

•    All tickets $10*
•    Season Pass (excludes Pete’s Dragon): $30* – 4 films for the price of 3. Films included are Maleficent, Enchanted, Into the Woods and Cinderella. Not available to purchase online, purchase at the box office.

Find out more by clicking here.

Download some great colouring in pages here:

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WIN 4 season passes to the festival by visiting our Facebook page.

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Enrolling Now Term 3, 2016

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Grasshopper Soccer – we are a community based Australian soccer organisation teaches children aged 2-12 years the basics of playing soccer in a fun, social and non-competitive environment. We provide a wide variety of programs that cater to children of all ages and abilities such as Mite (2-3yr olds), Pint Size (4-5yr olds), Intro to Micro (5-6yrs), Micro (6-8yrs) and Micro Plus (8-12yrs).  Term 1 starts 13th February in Coffs Harbour and 14th February in Woolgoolga.  Click here for more information and a Term 3 enrollment form. Free Trial for newbies! Fun for boys & girls aged 2-12yrs. Website: www.grasshoppersoccer.com.au/ Also on Facebook

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Kanga Kidz – Introduces children aged 2.5yrs – 5yrs to a variety of nine different sports in a structured, safe environment – Hockey, T-ball, Soccer, Tennis, Athletics, Cricket, Basketball, Football & Golf. Click here for more info.

Harbour Tennis Academy –  lessons include: Pre-School Hot Shots (3-5yrs), PeeWee Hot Shots (5-7yrs), Hot Shot Development Group (7-15yrs), Holiday Clinics (3-16yrs) and more. Click here for more info..

Mini GymbaROO Coffs Harbour – At GymbaROO you can enjoy quality time with your child while a trained teacher guides you through activities specific to your child’s stage of development from 8 weeks to 5 years. Our structured program, based on 30 years of neurological research offers movement, music, massage, rhythm, dance, and specialized equipment to enhance your child’s co-ordination and challenge their imagination. Classes run Wednesday & Friday at Botanical Gardens. Click here for more details.
Harbour Swim School – Enrolling now for learn to swim classes for Babies (from 6 months),  pre-schoolers and school age children.  We also offer 1 on 1 lessons for children with special needs or  learning disabilities. Stroke correction, squad classes, adult classes and aqua Zumba classes also available. All our staff are Austswim qualified and our swim school is  registered with Swim Australia.  The pool is an indoor heated pool open all year round! Contact 6652 7665 for more information. Located at Marcia St, Coffs Harbour.

Springloaded –  Our programs cater for ages 18mths – adults and help develop the fundamental skills and fitness associated with gymnastics and trampolining. School term programs include age appropriate Kinder Gym, Recreational and Beginner trampolining. Or if you just want to come in for a bounce you can! Click here for more information or call 6658 718.


Baylis Tennis Academy – Based in beautiful Sawtell, classes available from 3 years to Adults. All standards welcome. We offer group and private lessons, cardio tennis, squad groups, holiday clinics, Friday Night Tennis Comp and more. Coaching also available at Woolgoolga, Mylestom & Urunga. 
Contact Eli on 0407296685  or find them on Facebook.
Coffs Harbour Aquatic Centre –  25m indoor heated pool located. Swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and pre-school age children and adults. Stroke correction and training squads for children and adults/tri. Water aerobics/Metaqua classes available daily. Also one on one private lessons available. Our swim instructors are Austswim qualified and we are a registered swim school. Contact 66525700 or 0438525705  or click here for more information.
Ballare Development School – Children are encouraged to choose dance classes/styles that appeal most to them ensuring they fully experience the joy that dancing has to offer. Classes for children and teens aged 6 to 18yrs are available, as well as a specialised pre-schooler program for children 2-6yrs. Enquire for class fees and times. Classes are small as the focus is on one on one training. Private classes are also available. Affordable fees so dance can be accessible to all. Contact Miss Sarah – 0401332201 or click here for more info.

Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium – is now enrolling students for all courses in Term 3. We teach all types and styles of music including: Early Childhood Music classes 9 months-5 years of age, Tuesday to Friday mornings. Private or shared lessons for a variety of instruments; keyboard, piano, guitar, brass, strings, woodwind, voice and percussion. The Primary Choir for ages 7-13 rehearses on Tuesdays at the Conservatorium. Click here for more information – http://www.coffscon.org.au/ contact 6652 1592.

Carnivale Dance Co –  We all know children just love to dance and often join dance class purely to have fun, increase fitness levels and dance with friends.  But then there are those that live and breathe dance and all other facets of the performing arts.  We often hear parents’ say, “I can’t stop her dancing, she sings and performs all the time” or “he’s got great rhythm and loves hip hop”; well Carnivalé is the place for you.   The school’s teaching program centres on giving the children everything they need to make sure they achieve the best they can be. Carnivalé provides a perfect mix of the essential elements of technique, discipline and passion offering dance classes, private tuition and experience performing and dancing as a soloist and in a troupe for girls and boys 18mths to 9 years of age; their core specialties are Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop.  They also have an invitation only specific accelerated training program for students who demonstrate a high level of commitment, skill and dedication to their dance studies.  There are two convenient studio CBD locations. Enrolments are now open and filling fast, call/email today for the 2016 season, on 0407879708 or carnivaledanceco@gmail.com or visit www.carnivaledanceco.com.



Serendipity Learning – Serendipity Learning is accepting enrolments NOW in six of their quality educational programs:

  • Yoga Classes for Children
  • Science Discovery Club
  • Art Lessons
  • Innovative Early Childhood and Preparation for School Classes
  • Primary Tutoring 1:1
  • English High School Tutoring 1:1

Yoga Classes for Children:-

Small group Yoga classes of up to 8 children will commence in Term 3. This is an opportunity for your child to grow both physically and emotionally through development of balance, coordination, flexibility and relaxation skills.

Science Discovery Club:-

We are excited to announce that Serendipity Learning is offering a Science Discovery Club for students in Year 3 – Year 7, commencing in Term 3. Activities are run by a highly qualified and experienced Science teacher and will involve small group sessions of up to 8 students.

Art Lessons:-

Serendipity Learning are offering 2 Art classes each week during Term 3, 2016. These classes are taught by professional local artist and teacher Penelope Pratley. Classes are held on Wednesday 4:30pm – 5:30pm & Saturday 10:30am – 11:30am. (Limit of 6 students only). Please see our website for more information.

Innovative Early Childhood and Preparation for School (3-5 year olds):- 

Do you have a child starting school in 2017 or 2018? Do you think they have the foundation skills needed to make a positive and confident start to Kindy?

Serendipity Learning offer weekly 90 minute classes that include:

  • Immersion in oral language through quality literature
  • Building phonemic awareness skills.
  • Visual, auditory & kinaesthetic activities.
  • Activating the brain through movement.
  • Fine motor skill development.
  • Literacy & numeracy activities aligned with the Australian National Curriculum.

Benefits for your child…

~ A positive start to school ~ A love of learning ~ Happy, confident children ~ Socially aware of others 

Primary Tutoring 1:1:-

Serendipity Learning offers one to one tutoring for students from years

K – 6 in English, Mathematics and Enrichment for high achievers. These sessions are after school Monday to Thursday.

English High School Tutoring 1:1:-

Our English tutoring program for high school students offers quality individualised programs that cater for specific student needs. 50 minute sessions for years 7-9 and 60 minute sessions for years 10-12 are available.

For timetables and more information visit http://www.serendipitylearning.com.au/

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Lah-Lah Productions presents:  Sing It Loud!

Sing it Loud! Is the brand new live musical extravaganza from Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band. The Stars of ABC KIDS will be playing up a storm in 2016 as they travel all over Australia with their biggest musical show ever!

Celebrating the SONY Music release of the album Sing It Loud! This brand new show features some new never before performed Lah-Lah tunes as well as some very stripy favourites.

Meet Mister Saxophone, Squeezy Sneezy the piano accordion, Tom Tom on drums, Buzz the Bandleader, Lola the Dancing Double Bass and the ever loveable Lah-Lah as they share their love of making music and their wonderful musical instruments.

From clubs and town halls to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall and Melbourne Recital Centre, Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band delight audiences and get the whole family up singing and dancing.

Last year’s seasons sold out shows in record time. Now in 2016 Sing it Loud! is a spectacular fun musical live show that will have the whole family up singing and dancing to the fun-filled sounds of Lah-Lah and the Big Live Band.

Get ready to Sing It Loud! with Lah-Lah.


To celebrate Lah-Lah’s brand new show live at C.ex Coffs on 15th of July we are giving away the ultimate Lah-Lah prize pack! DVD, CD, Lah-Lah Stripy Socks and a family pass of 4 ticets to the show.
Total prize valued at $130.
To enter click here.
To Book tickets to see Lah-Lah live in Coffs Harbour go to http://www.lah-lah.com/live-shows/
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