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BOOK LAUNCH: A book cel­e­brat­ing Tas­ma­nian Women in Agri­cul­ture will be launched statewide. Fiona Stocker’s A

Place in the Stock­yard will be launched tonight from 6pm at the Scotts­dale Art Gallery Cafe. On De­cem­ber 2, the event is on at Pe­trarch’s Book­shop in Launce­s­ton from 6pm; on Deecm­ber 9 the venue is Fullers Book­shop in Ho­bart from 5.30pm and on De­cem­ber 16 the launch is at Not Just Books in Burnie from 6pm.

FUNDRAISER: An open day at Strath­more his­toric gar­dens at Evan­dale on Sun­day will raise funds for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice. The day runs from 10am to 5pm at 868 Nile Rd, Evan­dale. Cost: $10 for adults, gold coin for kids. De­tails: Sue Gil­lon 6398 6213.

GAR­DENS WEEK­END: Coun­try gar­dens are open to the public in Mole Creek Valley to­mor­row and Sun­day at Marakoopa, Black­wood Park, Wy­ch­wood and Old Wes­ley­dale. There are also live mu­sic and art on the pro­gram, with gar­dens open 10am to 4pm both days. Cost: $8 per gar­den.

FEEL THE PULL: The Delo­raine Trac­tor Pull event will be held from De­cem­ber 3-4 at Red Hills Me­mo­rial Park, Delo­raine. Mod­i­fied trac­tors from in­ter­state will be tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion. De­tails: Gary 0439 611 898.

OPEN GAR­DEN: Blen­heim Gallery and Gar­den at Long­ford is open un­til De­cem­ber 2, with the grounds abun­dant with roses, peren­nial plants and views to the Western Tiers. There is also an art ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing works by Stephen Lees, Philip Wolfha­gen, Luke Wag­ner and oth­ers. 733 Cressy Rd, Long­ford, daily from 10.30am to 4pm. Cost: $8. De­tails: 0419 584 667.

WOMEN MEET: Tas­ma­nian Women in Agri­cul­ture are seek­ing new mem­bers in the South. Those in­ter­ested in join­ing a group, find­ing out more about TWiA or in net­work­ing with other women pas­sion­ate about agri­cul­ture can en­joy a morn­ing tea on De­cem­ber 8 at the Ap­ple Shed, off Huon Hwy at Grove, from 10.30am. RSVP, de­tails: email hhansen@nrm­south.org.au.

DAIRY RE­SEARCH: The Tas­ma­nian In­sti­tute of Agri­cul­ture’s Dairy Re­search Fa­cil­ity cel­e­brat­ing 35 years of re­search on De­cem­ber 7. The dairy team will pro­vide up­dates on projects and guest speaker John Mul­vany will cover tac­tics for tight times.

The day runs on De­cem­ber 7 from 10.30am to 4pm at 124 Nunns Road, El­liott, and in­cludes free lunch. RSVP by De­cem­ber 5 to Les­ley Irvine on 0428 880 287 or email les­ley. irvine@utas.edu.au.

EX­PLORE HIS­TORY: An ex­hi­bi­tion sheds light on Jimmy Pos­sum, a Tas­ma­nian mys­tery with ex­pertly crafted chairs the only clues. The dis­play is at the Delo­raine and Dis­tricts Folk Museum, 98-100 Emu Bay Rd, Delo­raine. De­tails: 6362 5280.

PAS­TURE POINT­ERS: NRM South is sup­port­ing a work­shop by Ja­son Lynch from Mac­quarie Franklin look­ing at chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties from sea­sonal rain­fall vari­a­tion, ir­ri­ga­tion, live­stock mar­kets and sus­tain­ably manag­ing pas­tures. The work­shop is an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss pas­ture pro­duc­tion po­ten­tial and util­is­ing it in a vari­able cli­mate. De­tails: email hhansen@nrm­south.org.au.

CRAFTY GROUP: New mem­bers are wel­come to the Happy Hook­ers group which meets ev­ery Mon­day to cre­ate tex­tiles to­gether. The Bri­tish Ho­tel in Delo­raine, 10am to noon. Re­fresh­ments $2. De­tails: Joanne Wild 6368 1373.

SHEEP WORK­SHOP: Vac­ci­na­tion and drench­ing are the top­ics of a work­shop aimed at hobby farm­ers. The day will be held at Huonville on De­cem­ber 20 at Clifton Farm, 121 Wil­mot Rd, from 10am to 1pm. De­tails: email hhansen@ nrm­south.org.au.

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