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Support Ruby During Her Double Lung Transplant 

Help parents Mel and Robbie support their daughter Ruby through this difficult time. Ruby was diagnosed in August 2009 with a rare condition called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension at the age of 8. About 1% of people globally have this. Ruby has suffered a difficult road since being diagnosed, and now must undergo a double lung transplant when lungs become available. The costs associated will be significant. Go FundMePage for Ruby: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-ruby-following-her-double-lung-transplant?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer.

Call out for Volunteers - 2023 Variety XMAS Party Newcastle 

Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT is calling out to the community to help spread joy and magical memories for Newcastle kids and families this festive season. This year’s Variety Kids Xmas Party is at McDonald Jones Stadium on December 7th. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities including Gift Bump – In Volunteer, Event Bump In and Décor Volunteer and Activities Volunteer. For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.variety.org.au/nsw/newcastle-xmas-volunteer-registration/

LIVEfree Project

LIVEfree Project, a Newcastle-based non-profit organization, is reaching out to you for urgent support. We need your assistance to sustain our life-saving initiative, the Brighter Beginnings Bus Program, and to find dedicated volunteer bus drivers who can help us make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children. Your support will enable us to continue providing this simple yet life-saving service to children who are dealing with trauma, home instability, and food scarcity. We are currently seeking volunteer bus drivers for the Brighter Beginnings Bus Program. To learn more about LIVEfree Project and how you can support our mission, please visit livefreeproject.org.au. 

Fire and Rescue NSW - On Call Firefighter Ranks 

Fire and Rescue NSW is calling for community minded peoples to consider joining the on – call fire fighter ranks at Wangi Wangi, Minmi, and Swansea fire stations. For more information, visit: https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=11.

Free Art Sunday at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Free art Sunday activities for kids of all ages, as a family you can join and get creative! Each activity takes around half an hour to complete. Staffed by Art tutors. All materials are generously provided by Clever Patch. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Art Sunday is made possible with the support of MRAG members. Bookings through Eventbrite.

Arts in the Yard

When: Every Saturday Morning! (10am - 10:45am OR 11am - 11:45am)

Where: The Lockup, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle 

A FREE public program aimed at introducing children of all ages to contemporary arts practices in an entertaining way. Each week a new activity is developed in response to works featured from the most current exhibition. To book a spot, visit: https://events.humanitix.com/arts-in-the-yard-gb7etjrd

Santa Selfies and Pawtraits at Wheeler Place

When: 1st – 9th December

Where: Wheeler Place

Santa Claus is making his way to Wheeler Place for free Santa photos. Pets are also invited to come along and get in the photos too.

Terrace Central Christmas Community Day 2023 

When: Saturday 9th December (10am – 2pm)

Where: Terrace Central, Raymond Terrace

Terrace Central is holding a community day to raise money for the Port Stephens RFS. There will be market stalls, a Santa Claus parade and photos, sausage sizzle and so much more.

Lake Mac Carols 

When: Sunday 10th December

Where: Speers Point Park

A spectacular evening of entertainment to count down to Christmas. There will be kids’ activities, food trucks, roving entertainment, a packed main stage program and a visit from Santa!

Carols by the Beach 

When: Sunday 17th December (5:00pm – 9:30pm)

Where: Empire Park

A free community event to celebrate Christmas. There will be face painting, food trucks, entertainment, carols, and a fireworks display. For more information, visit: https://www.carolsbythebeach.com.au/event-info

Lambton Park Carols 

When: Sunday 17th December (5pm – 9:30pm)

Where: Lambton Park

Lambton Park Carols is an annual, family friendly community celebration. Enjoy a host of local food trucks, activities, and amusements (including rides, jumping castles and a fire truck), all your favourite carols and a fireworks finale. For more information, visit: https://www.hunterbiblechurch.org/events-list/lambton-park-carols-2023

Carols by the Lake

When: Sunday 17th December (6:00pm – 9:00pm)

Where: Thomas H. Halton Park, Croudace Bay

A family – friendly event to celebrate Christmas. There will be local community stalls, free kid’s activities, a sausage sizzle, food trucks, child – friendly entertainment and so much more.

NYE 2023 Maitland

When: Sunday 31st December (from 5pm)

Where: The Levee, Maitland

Head to Maitland Riverbank, Riverside Car Park and RH Taylor Reserve Lorn for News Years Eve. From 5:00pm, enjoy free amusements, face painting, live music, activities, and a disco playing all the top hits from 2023. There will be loads of food, beverage, and desert stalls, as well as fireworks display at 9:00pm. For more information, visit: https://www.maitlandevents.com.au/events/new-years-eve/.

Summer Artspace Free Family Artmaking

When: Every Sunday starting 14th January (10am – 10:45am and 11am – 11:45am)

Where: Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie

Creative summer holiday fun for the whole family. Simple art activities guided by art museum educators. For more information, visit: https://www.lakemac.com.au/Events-directory/Eventbrite/Summer-ARTSPACE-free-family-artmaking-Auslan-guided

 School Holidays: Paper Rockets - Newcastle Library 

When: Monday 22nd January (9:30am – 10:20am & 10:30am – 11:20am)

Where: A fun school holiday activities for ages 8-14. Learn about rock design and then make your own paper rockets. Test them to see what makes them fly further. Free but bookings are essential. Tickets available one week before each session, here: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1151338


My Kids Market Newcastle

When: Sunday 3rd December (9am-12pm)

Where: Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow

A market to buy sell and recycle preloved and new baby and kids’ items. Items that can be bought include toys, books, rams, bikes, cots, highchairs, car seat and nursery items. Families can also host a store to sell items their children have outgrown. For more information, visit: https://mykidsmarket.com.au/

Adamstown Lions Markets

Adamstown Lions Markets are on every Sunday 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Adamstown Uniting Church, you will find a bargain there, books, clothing, crafts & much more!

To book a stall please call 0473817328

Newcastle City Farmers Markets

Newcastle City Farmers Markets are on every Sunday from 7:00 am -1:00 pm at the Newcastle Showground, a showcase of the best and freshest produce and gourmet delights from local farmers and makers.

Speers Point Park Homegrown Markets 

Homegrown markets at Speers Point Park every first and third Sunday of the month with street food, live music stalls Sunday fun and community vibes!

Lakeside Markets

Lakeside Markets are on 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at Speers Point Park see link below for more details.


Islington Markets

A new and used market, hosted by and in support of Newcastle and Hunter Region Vietnam Veterans. 6am to 1pm on the last Sunday of each month. 


Submit your live gig or local event details below for it to be included in Hit106.9's Community Switch.

All You'll need to include is what is happening, when and where and anything else that will help us to advertise this for you !

Then, each week we'll select some of the events happening in Newy and feature them on-air.

Hit106.9's Community Switch will inform our locals about what's on in Newcastle!

4 December 2023

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