There is so much going on around South Australia - and each week we will bring you an array of news, faces and features which will highlight some of the most interesting characters and events we have in our communities.
From a lack of rain to a lack of funding - two of this week's articles put a spotlight on the continual hardships we face throughout life. Highlighting the drought conditions in the west of the state to the financial uncertainty that affects the people who are most vulnerable, the world is everchanging.
There is also a story on the Clare Valley becoming a finalist in the Festival of Wot? competition (if you want to know more you will have to check it out) as well as the recollections of a man who has a multitude of uses for a bicycle.
And don't forget to find out what's happening around South Australia over the next couple of weeks.
Enjoy the read.
Rachel McDonald - Eyre Peninsula Tribune
Some farmers in the State's western regions are having to cut crops for hay as a lack of rain and warm, windy weather has hampered plant development. Even salvaging cereal crops for seed may not have the desired effect as yields are predicted to be extremely low. Read more here.
Pedalling first aid
Stuart Taverner - Naracoorte Herald
There is a lot to be said about how many ways a bicycle can be used. When you're a kid its all about independence, adventures and racing, but going back almost 70 years it was more than just a mode of transport. Learn how one man used it in a variety of weird and wonderful ways.
Wheat, Wool, & Wine and Wotif
Chelsea Ashmeade - Northern Argus
The Clare Valley has made it to the final of the Festival of Wot? competition, going up against three other areas from Queensland and New South Wales for the chance to host its own unique event. If the region wins the event it will create an opportunity to highlight produce, lifestyle and more, but it does need a public vote to get it over the line.
Fighting for funds
Michelle O'Reilly - Barossa Herald
For more than 11 years people in need have reached out to Kapunda UnitingCare in times of hardship - now the charity is going through its own difficulties and faces possible closure. Like a lot of South Australian towns, charities have been the lifeblood in hard times and with funding opportunities decreasing it is hard to continue to provide services. Read more here.
WHAT'S ON AROUND SA
SEPTEMBER 21 & 22
Australian International Pedal Prix - Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge 24-hour race around a 2-km course with more than 200 teams. Details click here
Yorke Peninsula Field Days - Copper Coast Hwy, Paskeville, 9am-5pm. Trade stalls, parades, guest speakers, activities, crafts and more. For information click here.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
SA Spring Garden Festival - Melrose St, Mount Pleasant, 8am-3pm, plants and wares, guest speakers, workshops, stalls, food and entertainment. Details here
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Quorn Show - Quorn Community Oval, official opening at 12noon. 100th celebrations to include kids entertainment, displays, arts and crafts, horses in action and more
Lyssa Liebelt Show 'n' Shine Memorial Trophy - Strathalbyn Oval, gates open 10am, free event, eight classes to be judged - Holdens, Fords, Chryslers, British cars, European cars, American cars, open, and bikes.
SEPTEMBER 28 & 29
Murray Bridge Show - Old Princes Hwy, various times, stalls, displays, sheaf tossing, woodchopping, sideshows and more. For details click here
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Balaklava & Dalkey Show - Action begins from 8.30am, arts and crafts, display, showperson titles, kids entertainment and more, various entry fees. Details here
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Balaklava Show Ute Muster - Balaklava Oval, registration by 12noon, judging from 1pm. Various categories, food and drink available, various entry fees - more details here
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Bay to Birdwood - Round from West Beach to Birdwood, from 6am-5pm, historic vehicles on show. For details and route click here