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A Photo Around Every Corner

Next time you pop in to Cronulla Central you may notice that something has changed…

The photographs of the Spring Festival have been replaced with a brand new photographic exhibition by local amateur photographer Peter Sparks. Around Every Corner is an exciting new exhibition showcasing the Sutherland Shire’s natural beauty and stunning scenery from rivers and beaches to sea and gardens.

Peter Sparks, a Sutherland Shire resident since 1959, became interested in photography as a teenager.  His interest developed into a passion as he learnt through courses, workshops, books and by studying other photographers and their approach to work.  “The aim is to communicate my vision with others, for the photo to impact the viewer and that they will feel what I felt when photographing.  Creating an emotive response in the viewer brings me as much pleasure as the photographer.  Then I have achieved my aim – the photo is successful” Peter said.

The exhibition will be in the Cronulla Central Gallery near Cronulla Library from 1 December 2012 to 28 February 2013.  The works of art are displayed in frames along the wall and on TV’s screens, it is free to visit and photographs are available for purchase.  The Gallery is open 7am to 9pm daily.

The Cronulla Central Gallery is an exhibition space for amateur and professional photographers, new media artists, community groups and commercial exhibitors.  For information about exhibiting in the gallery please contact Karyn Loughnan at Cronulla Beach CBD Management on 9527 2100 or email kloughnan@ssc.nsw.gov.au.

For more information about the Around Every Corner exhibition visit the Cronulla Beach CBD website or call 9527 2100 or like us on Facebook.

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Christmas shopping without the stress!

Why shouldn’t every visit to Cronulla be fun for kids and easy for parents? In the weeks leading up to Christmas Cronulla Beach CBD will be offering an exciting new crèche service, giving grown-ups the opportunity to make the most of Cronulla’s fantastic shopping and dining options.  I’m sure many parents will be enjoying a relaxed shopping experience, an overdue catch up with friends, a quiet coffee or even a much needed pampering whilst their children play.

Children will have plenty of fun activities to keep them busy and make new friends.  The Cronulla Beach CBD crèche operates in the Cronulla Central building just near Cronulla Library and will be open on selected weekdays between 3 and 21 December 2012.  Visits of up to 1½ hours are available and cost just a bit more than a freshly brewed latte at only $5 per child.  The crèche is suitable for children aged 2 to 10 years old which is unfortunate for me.

Everyone knows that children prefer to play than shop and the Cronulla Creche is able to fill this gap and give parents the chance to have some much needed time off in the hectic weeks leading up to Christmas.

For dates and times visit Cronulla Beach CBD’s website. Pre booking is essential so please call 9527 2100 to make a booking and get a break from the kids.

As per my previous entry, be sure to get a photograph with Santa while you’re in Cronulla, even pets are welcome!  The kids won’t want to miss Santa’s arrival by beach buggy on Saturday 24 November at 10am.  They can also visit him any day up until Christmas Eve.  Photos are available on the spot, Merry Christmas!

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Spotlight on local business: Jiving Juniors

Every now and then we like to shine light on a local business around the Shire and this week we’ve targeted Jiving Juniors at Cronulla!

Jiving Juniors is an energetic and educational music and movement class for children aged one to five years. We provide stimulating props such as musical instruments, silk scarves, balls, animal figurines and parachute play. With creative music and a variety of activities Jiving juniors is a joyful way for children to explore movement through music, develop gross-motor skills, channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote creativity.

Classes:
Tues: 9:30-10:20am
Wed: 9:30-10:20am
Thurs 9:30-10:20am
Fri:    9:30-10:20am

Jiving Juniors are located in Cronulla Central across from Cronulla Library with parking available in the Croydon St car park. Visit their website here or their Facebook page for more details!

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The Mall Report – Cronulla Renovations

This week I start just off the Mall at Surf Road to see how the old Cronulla library renos are going. Does anyone know if this is going to be a wine bar or wine bar and shops?

New wine bar? Yes please!

I turn onto Cronulla St and I notice Vintage Bar & Restaurant is now a newspaper collage with signs that they are closed for renovations too! Vintage has had a few makeovers and personalities I wonder what the next one will be.

Renovations at Vintage

The old Gibson Partners Real estate is still sitting empty with no new buyers; you’ve got to be a tough competitor to survive on the main strip of the mall.

A little further up Cronulla Real Estate renovations are now complete and I love the new screen in the window.

Hot Dollar is also closed for renovations!

New look at Hot Dollar

Next up I wander past Pacific Meats where last week ambulance and fire brigade were out the front and I have just been told the young female butcher had her hand stuck in the meat grinder, thank goodness she only has fractures.

Bakers Delight – still closed. Does anyone know what is going on there? How does a franchise like this just close?

Til next week!

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The New Cronulla Library

Although not officially new (it’s been open since late October 2009), Beach & Bay Realty staff have only just paid our first visit to Cronulla Library. And can I just say, we were very impressed! The new library in the Cronulla Central development (enter from Cronulla Mall or Croydon St) is 4 times as big as the old space and much more modern, fresh and colourful!

Kylie Emans had a quick chat to a staff member at the library this week and found out that the Sutherland Shire Council spent $130,000 establishing new collections for the library. There is a wide range of books – fiction & non-fiction, magazines, school resources and the 2nd largest audio & visual collection in the Sutherland Shire. In addition to this – there is a much bigger and brighter kids corner, a play station for gamers, several computers with internet and a wireless network which can be connected to via a $2 card. There are also lots of lounge chairs and tables and soon to be areas where the public can eat sandwiches and drink coffee (thanks to the café next door).

During the last 4 months there has been a much higher usage of the library with an increase in the number of registrations and loans – if you haven’t been down there yet, please go check it out! For more photos see here.

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9.30am – 8pm
Wednesday, Friday: 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 12pm

External Book Return Chute available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

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