As the nights become even colder, there are many activities this month in the Hunter, Mid North Coast and Central Coast regions to warm you up and chase away those winter blues.

Trouble in Paradise is hosting another spectacular dance at the Aero Club in Coffs Harbour on Saturday 16 August. Entry is $25 at the door. Visit www.troubleinparadise.com.au for more info.

Coastal Castaways’ annual fundraiser for prostate cancer is Saturday 30 August at the Pacific Palms Recreation Club. Tickets are $20 at the door and include a light supper. Doors open at 7.30pm. Special guest DJ Sandi Hotrod from Arq will keep you dancing until 2am, with other live entertainment, a charity auction and raffles. For more info call Mark 0401 880 352.

Further north on Saturday 30 August the Sparkle Dance Party will be held at Coffs Harbour Golf Club. The theme is Almost Priscilla with best costume and lucky door prizes. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets are $10 from Coffs Harbour Antiques or $15 at the door. For more details, email sparklegroup@hotmail.com.

Positive Outcomes Symposium is an educational and social support forum for HIV-positive guys on the Mid North Coast. The next Port Macquarie meeting is Tuesday 19 August. The group is also calling for any interested guys who would like to attend the inaugural Coffs Harbour meeting to contact Glenn on 0427 658878 for more details.

ACON Hunter is hosting a community launch for the You Just Don’t Know campaign at The Gateway Hotel in Islington on Saturday 13 September, with entertainment from Glamour Inc., lucky door prizes and other giveaways. Entry is free.

The Central Coast community group, Coastal Connections, is holding its last ever GLBT Ball. The Grande Finale Ball is Saturday 27 September in the main ballroom at Mingara Recreation Club in Tumbi Umbi. Tickets are $45 members, $85 non-members. For more details contact Lesley on 0414 410 759.

For more information about groups, services, organisations or community events taking place in the Hunter, New England, MNC or Central Coast, contact ACON Hunter/MNC on 4927 6808 or email hunter@acon.org.au.

Sean O’Rourke is the Education and Community Development Officer at ACON’s Hunter/MNC Branch.

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