This week's events column with Naomi Christensen

Just when you thought the Halloween Celebrations were over, tomorrow night the Inaugural Esperance Pride Halloween Ball is giving us another reason to dress up and get freaky.

This 18+ event held at the Cannery Arts Centre includes drag performances, short film performances, the Esperance Big Gay Disco, amateur drag prizes and big gay wood-fired pizzas. Tickets are available online through Trybooking.

There is also a tonne of fun on Saturday for families at the Nulsen in November Family Fun Day at Nulsen Primary School.

 Activities include a dunking tank, Esperance’s own Ninja Warrior Challenge, a kids water slide, talent quest, drum beat and a fairy party for under 5s. The Growers and Community Markets are still on as well and there will be plenty of food, as well as a chance to find out more about local community agencies.

It’s all happening tomorrow, Saturday 4 November from 8.30am-1pm.

The Esperance RSL is opening the doors to the RSL Hall from 5-7 November for an exceptional portrait exhibition that has been travelling the country.

Operation Pilgrimage Group are bringing The Victoria Cross Portrait Exhibition to Esperance, a series of portraits of Australians who deserve to be called “Heroes” including a portrait of our own VC recipient, Private Leslie “Tom” Starcevich.

The Victoria Cross is the highest decoration for gallantry “in the face of the enemy” that can be awarded to members of British and Commonwealth armed forces.  This is an exhibition not to be missed.

The achievements of 20 nominated finalists will be highlighted at the Horizon Power Sports Star of the Year Awards at the Civic Centre next Saturday, November 11.

The Awards recognise volunteers that have been going above and beyond in our community.

This year the Esperance Districts Recreation Association will be inducting the 11th EDRA Hall of Fame recipient during the evening. The night includes a sports quiz, door prize, the chance to bid for some auction items and special guest big wave surfer Shanan Worall.

Tickets are still available from Rigney and Associates, and include a three-course meal for $75, with a $40 option for children.

And the penultimate show is on at the Esperance Civic Centre on 12 November celebrating Geraldine Turner’s 4 decades of life on stage and marking her first cabaret performance in more than ten years. Tickets available from the Shire, Library, Visitor Centre and online at the Shire website.

Christmas is so close now it’s scary! There are still lots of events between now and then but registrations for the annual Esperance Community Christmas Pageant are now open.

If you or your business or community group would like to be a part of the annual street parade please head to the Shire of Esperance website and complete a registration form.