Mackay artist Rose Ware with her favourite scroll saw piece at the Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair held at the Mackay Art Society, Beaconsfield, Sunday November 22, 2020. Picture: Heidi Petith
Mackay artist Rose Ware with her favourite scroll saw piece at the Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair held at the Mackay Art Society, Beaconsfield, Sunday November 22, 2020. Picture: Heidi Petith

COMMUNITY DIARY: 150+ events on in Mackay this week

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25

— END POLIO Cinema Night: The Sunrise Rotary Club of Mackay is hosting a screening of RAMS with funds going to End Polio Now. Starts 6pm, tickets $25. Email Roz at exclusivecakes4all@bigpond.com to confirm attendance.

— PAINTING GROUP, 9am-3pm and 5-9pm, costs $5 for members, $10 for non-members, includes use of easels, Mackay Art Society, Snow Wright Crt, Beaconsfield. Ph: 0409 474 291.

— CHARITY trivia night, $50 per table with six to eight people max, starts 6pm, Middlemount Golf and Country Club.

— DANCE WORKSHOP with professional dancer Patrick Thaiday. Workshop sponsored by Youth Justice to compliment the NAIDOC Youth Art Exhibition. Free event, noon-1pm, Jubilee Community Centre. Register via Eventbrite.

— TRUE Outreach Clinic: services include breast health, menopause advice, cervical screening, preconception planning, sexual health screen, contraception options and IUD insertion/removal, 8.30am to 4.30pm at Dysart Hospital. Bookings essential. Ph: 4941 1911. Fore more information, see Facebook event.

– MULTICULTURAL playgroup with a special visit from Berky the Turkey and Smarty’s Fit Food with fun activities. . Suited to children aged 0-5, 9.30-11.30am, costs $3. The Neighbourhood Hub, 43 Shakespeare St. . Ph: 4957 2626.

– GUIDED walks through the Mackay Botanical Gardens: Learn about local native plants on display and the development of the gardens. Free event, 4.30-5.30pm. Bookings essential. Book by phoning 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

— STEAM CLUB: Imagine, invent, discover and create with challenging and entertaining hands-on activities with sessions ranging from LEGO play to coding, science experiments to creative arts and much more. Suited for children in Years 3 to 6. It’s a free event, running from 3.30-4.30pm at Gordon White Library. Book via Eventbrite.

— BEACONSFIELD Road Men’s Shed: 8am-noon, Beaconsfield Rd. Ph: 4942 3321.

— PAMELA BERRIGAN: A Mackay artist’s exhibition inspired by her passion for animals, showing at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, 9 Lagoon St, until Sunday, November 29. Phone 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

— BLACKS BEACH Active X Training: Free weekly cross training sessions hosted by Move It NQ, 5.15-6pm, 89 Camilleri St, Dolphin Heads. Phone Mackay Regional Council’s sport and recreation team on 1300 622 529 or email sport@mackay.qld.gov.au

– TIME OUT Tai Chi: Free class hosted by Leanne Simpson. Take cool comfortable clothing, shoes suitable for walking and a water bottle. At 8-8.30am, Bluewater Quay, Mackay. Pre-registration is required at www.balanceminder.com.au/mackay

STORYTELLING for grown-ups: Time for adults to relax and have a story read out loud to them. Free event, go along and just listen or follow along with your own copy of the book, 11.30am-12.30pm, Dudley Denny City Library. Book via Eventbrite.

– FINCH HATTON Beautiful Minds playgroup: Weekly from 9.30-11am during school term at Finch Hatton State School. Visit the Facebook page for more information

QCWA Sarina meets for social and craft on the first, second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 9am-noon plus hoy and mini cent sale on third Wednesday from 9.30am, 2 Brewers Rd, Sarina. Phone 0473 242 123.

— NORTHERN BEACHES Table Tennis hosted by Mackay Table Tennis Association: Try your hand at the sport, 6.30-8.30pm, Community Hall, 24 Wallace St, Bucasia.

– SOCIAL BADMINTON: Each Wednesday and Thursday night during school term, 7.30-10pm, PCYC, Scriha St, North Mackay. Phone 4942 3296.

– YOUTH DROP-IN: Each Wednesday night from 6-8pm, youth aged 12-18 are invited to hang out at the PCYC, Scriha St, North Mackay. Phone 4942 3296.

– BASIC COMPUTER skills workshops: For older adults to participate in fun, free learning sessions to increase confidence, skills and knowledge to get online. Hosted by Mackay Libraries, 10-11.30am, Gordon White Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– STORY TIME: With Ros from Let the Children Play Toyshop, free, 9.30-10.30am, Shop 2/176 Victoria St, book via Eventbrite.

– STORY TIME: Session featuring nursery rhymes, stories and songs for children aged two and a half to five years, 9.30-10am at Sarina Library and at Gordon White Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– LAPIDARY: Learn the art of working with stones. First session free, $25 joining fee and $25 annual membership fee applies after. On from 9am-noon and 6.30-9pm, Mackay Gem and Craft Society, 3 Leisure Crt, South Mackay. Phone 4942 8541.

– MARKET: Greater Whitsunday’s Farmer’s Market offers fresh seasonal produce straight from farmers weekly from 7-11am, Bluewater Quay. For more details, visit the Facebook event.

— BINGO: 12.30pm and 7.30pm, Souths Leagues Club, Milton St. Phone 4957 2166.

– PRIZE BINGO: 20 games, books $3 each, doors open 8.45am for eyes down at 9.15am, Magpies Sporting Club, Glenella Rd. Phone 4965 6100.

— OPEN MIC NIGHT: stage open for comedians and musicians to show off their talent, from 8.30pm, Hush Bar, Airlie Beach.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26

— TRUE Outreach Clinic: services include breast health, menopause advice, cervical screening, preconception planning, sexual health screen, contraception options and IUD insertion/removal, 8.30am to 4.30pm at Dysart Hospital. Bookings essential. Ph: 4941 1911. Fore more information, see Facebook event.

— RESOURCE Centre of Excellence Open Day: learn about the outstanding research, development and training hub with a facility tour, product displays, demonstrations and more. Attendees will be able to view the underground mine training simulator. 7am-11am, 65 Crichtons Rd, Mackay. For more information, visit the Facebook event or email general manager Steven Boxall at gm@rcoe.com.au

— BREASTFEEDING and self care: discussion hosted by the Mackay Group Australian Breastfeeding Association on how birth experiences can affect breastfeeding, the hormones involved in breastfeeding and how these can affect mothers’ feelings and how motherhood responsibilities can affect life. Take a fellow mum and enjoy a cuppa. A qualified breastfeeding counsellor will be available for one-on-one support. 9-11am, Mackay Women’s Centre.
— MACKAY AUTISM Support Group Catch-Up: if you are a new family on the UAtism journey, the catch-up is a good place to meet others on a similar path, 9.15-10.45am, Harrup Park, Juliet St, Mackay.

— READY-SET-CONNECT networking event for disability providers: service providers meet with parents/carers, support co-ordinators, teachers and LACS in a fun and interactive speed-dating format, 10-12.30am, West Leagues Club, Walkerston. To register and for more information, see the Facebook event.

— BE SUICIDE ALERT this Christmas campaign and phone app launch: Grapevine Group will be joined by Mackay regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson for their Christmas campaign launch which calls on the community to check on loved ones and know where to find their local help, 10.30-11am, Jubilee Community Centre (foyer), Alfred St. See Facebook event for more information.

– FITZGERALD State School Playgroup: Hosted by teacher Paula Pierotti and teacher aide Lisa Ware. For bubs, toddlers and before school-aged children and their parents, grandparents or caregivers, no cost, meets weekly 1.30-2pm during school term, Fitzgerald State School, Norris Rd.

– SEW-AND-SEW craft group meets every second Thursday from 9.30am, costs $2, take a plate to share, Habana Hall, Mackay Habana Rd.

– NARCOTICS Anonymous Mackay. Meets 7pm, 16 Keats St, Mackay. Phone Rosco on 0428 992 762.

– TECH TALK: One-on-one 10-minute sessions hosted by Mackay Regional Council Libraries to help you learn how to use your phone, tablet or other device, 10-11am, Dudley Denny City Library. Phone 4961 9387.

– ARMSTRONG BEACH Kidz playgroup: Santa will be visiting and there will also be glitter tattoos, balloon animals, toys and activities. Please take a wrapped present for your child less than $20 for Santa to hand out.. Cost $2 per family to cover tea, coffee, arts and crafts supplies. Please take hat, water bottle and snacks for children as well as a share plate for morning tea. For more information, see the group’s Facebook page.

– UNO: Competition with DJs, prizes, pool and bragging rights. Free entry, registration from 7.30pm for 8.30pm start, limited to 100 entrants, McGuires Hotel, 17 Wood St, Mackay. Phone 4957 7464.

WITH ONE VOICE: Mackay and surrounds choir rehearsal, 6.30pm, Jubilee Community Centre, Alfred St, Mackay. Everyone is welcome, NDIS registration. Email withonevoice.mackay@gmail.com

– FITTER for Life, catering for all mobility abilities: Cost $6 per class plus $20 per annum insurance fee, 9-10am, Mackay Gymnastics, 5 Snow Wright Crt, Beaconsfield. Phone 4942 0032.

— PROSERPINE Scrapbooking Club: meets noon-4pm every Thursday, fantastic opportunity to make new friends and have fun, Proserpine Community Centre – Room M4. Ph: Chris on 0411 467 391.

— FREE Community Breath session: focused on enhancing mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing through mindfulness and relaxation. Take yoga mat if you have one and a cloth or mask for your eyes if you would like, 6pm, Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre.

– HOY card game: 9.30-11am weekly (excluding school holidays), $1 per board to play, please take tokens like glass beads to play with. There is also a cent sale at halftime for $1 per sheet and a raffle at one ticket for $5 or three for $10 with the chance to win fruit and veg trays and shopping vouchers. All proceeds go to Glenella State Primary School. Magpies Sporting Club, Glenella Rd. Phone 4965 6100.

– SOCIAL BADMINTON each Wednesday and Thursday night during school term, 7.30-10pm, PCYC, Scriha St, North Mackay. Phone 4942 3296.

– STORY TIME: Session featuring nursery rhymes, stories and songs for children aged two and a half to five years, 10.30-11am, Dudley Denny City Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– BABY BOUNCE: Session featuring nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs, 10.30-11am, Gordon White Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available. Bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– MACKAY DRAGON Boat Club: Trains each Tuesday and Thursday from 5.15-6.30pm as well as Sunday 7-9am, meet at Great Northern Sports Club, Mackay Marina. Phone Linda 0417 086 945.

– ENGLISH Conversation Circles program: To help language development in a relaxed and supportive environment hosted by The Neighbourhood Hub and Mackay Regional Council Libraries, 1-2.30pm, Dudley Denny City Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and so bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

— BETWEEN the Lines Book Club, 5.30-6.30pm, Gordon White Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– MAINLY MUSIC West Mackay: Hosted by Mother’s Union Mackay. Take the kids to dance, play and sing while you enjoy a cuppa and home-baked goodies. Children from birth to kindergarten-age. From 9.30am to 11am, cost $5 per family, St Charles Anglican Church on the corner of McGinn St and Nebo Rd. Phone Kristi Day on 0403 241 809.

— LEARN2RUN 5km: Free group running weekly from October 10 to December 19, starts 5.45am sharp at Bluewater Lagoon Cafe, River St.

– MACKAY and District Pipe Band: Learn to play the bagpipes or drums with free lessons, 6.30-7pm, St Paul’s Uniting Church meeting room, 21 Macalister St. Spots limited because of COVID-19 restrictions. Contact via Facebook for more information.

– SPANISH Playgroup: 10am-noon, The Neighbourhood Hub, 43 Shakespeare St. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are essential. Phone 4957 2626.

– BUSHIKAI Karate: Headed by black and brown belt accredited instructors. Juniors run each Monday and Thursday from 5-6pm and seniors each Monday from 6-7pm. Grading opportunities twice per year. PCYC, Scriha St, North Mackay. Phone 4942 3296.

— BLACKS BEACH Active X Training: Free weekly cross training sessions hosted by Move It NQ, 5.15-6pm, 89 Camilleri St, Dolphin Heads. Phone Mackay Regional Council’s sport and recreation team on 1300 622 529 or email sport@mackay.qld.gov.au

PCYC Playgroup: With bikes, obstacle courses, jumping castles and more, 9-11am, $9 per child for casual visits, $6 per child with $25 annual membership. Phone 4942 3296.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27

— CHRISTMAS BREAK-UP: Go along for a fun packed morning with a visit from Santa, Mr Poppa Balloons and Carlie’s Fascinating Facepainting — hosted by Not Another Playgroup. Costs $5 per family, 9-11am, Andergrove Community Centre.

— YOUNG PROFESSIONALS Christmas Drinks: go along to meet new faces and celebrate the year that was, free nibbles, starts 5pm, Moss on Wood, Wood St.

— GATHERING to remember: the Habana and District Progress Association invites the community along to pay their respects to Carol Ciantar, Dave Zunker, Reno Pace, Steve Ramke and Joe McNeil to name a few, in a relaxed get-together under the mango tree. Chairs, tables and BBQ facilities provided. Please BYO food and drinks. Starts 5pm, 1091 Mackay Habana Rd.

— LET’S JUMP XMAS FAIR: free entry with lucky door prize to win a bike, sideshow alley games, food trucks and $30 gets you unlimited rides. ATM available, COVID-safe event. 5-9pm, Marian Church grounds.

— FRIDAY Nights at the Bar: Train in the gym for free 5-7pm, hosted by FOCUS Training Centre, 6/70 Connors Rd, Paget.

SUNSET sessions with live acoustic music: From 5-10pm, free entry, WakeHouse Cable Park, Michigan Way, Mackay.

— THE CANCER FORUM: free online weekly meeting hosted by Kissun Clinics for those who know someone or have been diagnosed with cancer and are seeking information in safe space, 2-3pm. For more information, see Facebook.

– SENIOR Friendship Group: Meets every Friday, usually at The Neighbourhood Hub, 4 George St, Mackay, with range of activities from bingo to lunch. Transport is available via prior arrangement. Because of COVID-19, bookings are essential. Phone 4957 2626.

– SOCIAL table tennis: All ages welcome, equipment available, 9-11am at Mackay Table Tennis Centre, 76 Bridge Rd. First three sessions free, $5 after. Phone Coral on 4957 8474.

– SCHOOL of Tai Chi adults class: Costs $2, 7.30-8.30am, Habana Hall, Mackay Habana Rd, Habana.

– MAINLY MUSIC Sarina: Take the kids to dance, play and sing while you enjoy a cuppa and home-baked goodies. Children from birth to kindergarten-age. 9.30am – 11am, cost $5 per family, St Luke’s Hall, 60 Broad St, Sarina. While COVID-19 restrictions remain, bookings are essential because of limited hall space. Email gkmorphy@bigpond.com

– SOCIAL HOOPS: All abilities welcome, take your own basketball if possible, every Friday 7pm, PCYC Whitsunday, Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach. Phone Whitsundays Basketball on 0427 228 984.

— BINGO: $3 a book, $1.20 jackpots, $2 high aces jackpot, doors open 8.30am for eyes down 9.30am, Magpies Sporting Club, Glenella Rd.

— BAREFOOT BOWLS: $15 per person includes free pool, free sausage sizzle, great tunes, relaxed atmosphere, 2503 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach. Phone or text 0439 193 399.

— BLACKS BEACH Active X Training: Free weekly cross training sessions hosted by Move It NQ, 5.15-6pm, 89 Camilleri St, Dolphin Heads. Phone Mackay Regional Council’s sport and recreation team on 1300 622 529 or email sport@mackay.qld.gov.au

PCYC Playgroup: With bikes, obstacle courses, jumping castles and more. At 9-11am, $9 per child for casual visits, $6 per child with $25 annual membership. Phone 4942 3296.

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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28

– CRAFT and Conversation: Create and chatter with an imaginative group, 11am-2pm, Gordon White Library, 54 Phillip St, Mount Pleasant. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and so bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite .

— LET’S JUMP XMAS FAIR: free entry with lucky door prize to win a bike, sideshow alley games, food trucks and $30 gets you unlimited rides. ATM available, COVID-safe event. 5-9pm, Marian Church grounds.

— CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST hosted by LRC Running Clu: includes a run/walk prior, 5.30-9.30am, meet at Breakwater Bar and Restaurant, Mackay Harbour.

— FREE BOOT CAMP hosted by Muscle Garden Health and Fitness Centre: held on the last Saturday of each month, Take towel, water bottle and a smile, 5.45am, Mulherin Park, Mackay Marina.

— BIG AUSSIE BARBIE: hosted by Rotary Airlie Beach and Whitsunday Prostate Cancer Support Group to raise funds. While there, pick up brochures and information as to how the support group can help you or a loved one. 7am-1pm, Airlie Beach Lions Markets, The Esplanade Beachfront Park, Airlie Beach.

— BIG AUSSIE BARBIE: hosted by Jason and Sandy Moffatt with the Dysart Community Support Group in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, 8-11.30am, Java Joes Coffee House, Dysart.

— BLACKS BEACH bush regeneration: Hosted by CQ Conservation Volunteers Australia, go along to help make Blacks Beach beautiful including light weeding and seed collecting while learning about the unique area of coastal bushland, 8.30-10.30am. For more information, see the Facebook event.

— CHRISTMAS MINI MARKETS: live music, market stalls, raffles and food and drinks available — raffle funds go to Australian Street Aid Project, 10am-2pm, Chances Cafe, 172 Shakespeare St.

— CAT/KITTEN Adoption Day: hosted by Pound Rescue, 9am-1pm, PETStock, corner of Mackay Bucasia Rd and Holts Rd.

– WHO’S GOT TALENT in the Valley: A talent quest for all ages and any talent, hosted by The Valley Players, starts 9am, Pinnacle Playhouse.

— SWAP MEET: clean out your shed and get cash for your unwanted items or swap them for treasure including motorcycle parts, memorabilia, car parts, tools and vintage items. Live music to party the night away. Take swag to stay the night. 10am-11.30pm, Kickstart Saloon. For more information, see the Facebook event.

— SUGARBOWL Community Jam hosted by JC Action Sports: challenge your mates to a game of bike, scoot or skate, prizes and giveaways, table tennis, spike ball, basketball and free sausage sizzle. Supported by Corry Cycle and Rebel Sports. Starts 10am, Sugar Bowl Skatepark Mackay.

— DIRT RALLY racing: Two days of racing fun, spectators welcome though please maintain social distancing rules, starts 8am, Whitsunday Sporting Car Club. Ph: 0455 894 433.

– KARAOKE contest: Hosted by Souths Suburbans Bowls Club, $1000 prize on offer at end of 10-week contest, 7-11pm, 39 Wardrop St. Register by email via marketing@southsmackay.com.au or send a private message to Facebook page.

— SWING AWAY THE STIGMA Charity Golf Fun Day: 12pm sausage sizzle for gold coin donation followed by 1pm tee off of nine hole, four balls with presentation to follow. In support of Livin. Clermont Golf Club, Cheeseborough Rd. To register, email clermontgolfclub@bigpond.com Ph: Rhonda on 0438 195 790 or Kirstie on 0458 516 561.

— SHARKIES FISHING Classic: go along for the inaugural fun competition hosted by Souths United Hockey Club Mackay. Drop in a line, snag a fish and try win the prize for the biggest fish. Starts 2pm. RSVP via Facebook.

— CELTIC SPIRIT 2020: annual concert for Claddagh School of Irish Dance and Jump’n Jig Irish Dance Mackay and Marian, 3.30-5.30pm. See the Facebook event for more information.

— SUPER SATURDAY: live DJ, kids corner with activities and an inflatable obstacle course, free entry with $5 inflatable wristbands available to purchase on the day from Clermont Dolphins Swimming Club which will be cooking up a storm on the BBQ, from 4pm, Clermont Swimming Centre.

— CHRISTMAS CAROLS: Light of the World hosted by NewLife Northern Beaches. Free entry, stay afterwards for Food Truck Mania with different food and drinks on offer. Starts 5pm, Mackay Northern Beaches High School. Register your spot online.

– LAPIDARY: Learn the art of working with stones. First session free, $25 joining fee and $25 annual membership fee applies after. At 9am-noon and 1-4pm, Mackay Gem and Craft Society, 3 Leisure Crt, South Mackay. Phone 4942 8541.

– FALUN GONG meditation and relaxation: At 9-11am, Tropical Sun Garden Lawn (under mango tree), Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. Phone Catherine on 4952 2262.

– COMMUNITY GARDENS: The public is welcome to the Mackay Community Gardens every Saturday from about 9am-1pm to enjoy the herb and food growing area. Entrance off Sarah St, West Mackay or along the pathway next to the carpark at the end of Bridge Rd (hospital end). Phone 0417 783 908.

– FRIENDLY Quilters group: Meets weekly, 10am-2pm, Habana Hall, Mackay Habana Rd, Habana.

– SOCIAL BASKETBALL at PCYC: Every Saturday from 2-5pm. Sight-impaired are welcome to participate with an attendant court. Scriha St, North Mackay. Phone 4942 3296.

– SHOWGROUND Markets: 6.30-10am, Mackay Showgrounds, entrance off Milton St.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29

— SEAFORTH Markets: 9-11am, Palm Ave, Seaforth. Phone 0400 446 876.

— DECORATE the community Christmas tree: the Habana and District Progress Association in conjunction with Habana Carols Under the Stars are looking for families to help decorate the tree. There will be arts and crafts and painting so don’t wear good clothes. In return, you’ll get a free deluxe BBQ breakfast with bacon, eggs, hash browns, sausages, toast and watermelon, 7.30-9am, 1091 Mackay Habana Rd.

— JUNIOR SURF Lifesaving Tri-Series: second event in the Mackay Region Surf Lifesaving Tri Series, starts 8.30am, Eimeo Esplanade. For tickets, see the Facebook event.

— ART SALE, demonstration and meet and greet with artists Lyn Olsen and Mary Brown, 9am-3pm, Wellness Corner, 327 Anzac Ave, Marian. For more information on the artists, see the Facebook event.

— SUNDAY at Greenmount Homestead: On the last Sunday of every month, take a guide tour of the homestead, take along a picnic and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the stunning heritage-listed gardens, 9am-1pm, Greenmount Rd, Walkerston.

— HEARD WORDS: last spoken word of the year for all ages and abilities. Under 18 will need to come with a grown-up. Doors open 4.30pm for 5pm start, Taylors Hotel, Wood St. For more information, see the Facebook event.

— ADVENT MASS: beautiful friendly mass held outdoors under the community Christmas tree next the crib. After Mass, Fr Stephen will turn the tree lights on for the first time and there will be a shared supper in the shed. Book online or turn up on the night. Hosted by Habana and District Progress Association. 6-7pm, 1091 Mackay Habana Rd, Habana.

– MACKAY DRAGON Boat Club: Trains each Tuesday and Thursday from 5.15-6.30pm as well as Sunday 7-9am, meet at Great Northern Sports Club, Mackay Marina. Phone Linda 0417 086 945.

– ARCHERY: For beginners aged six years and over, bows and arrows supplied. PCYC, Scriha St, North Mackay. Phone 4942 3296.

FOOD TRUCK MANIA: With hot waffles, giant games and fun music, 5-9pm, Mackay GP Superclinic, 1 Old Eimeo Rd, Eimeo.

— BINGO: 7pm, Souths Leagues Club, Milton St. Phone 4957 2166.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30

— BEACONSFIELD Road Men’s Shed: 8am-noon, Beaconsfield Rd. Ph: 4942 3321.

– SILVERSMITHING: First session free, $25 joining fee and $25 annual membership fee applies after, 6.30-9pm, Mackay Gem and Craft Society, 3 Leisure Crt, South Mackay. Phone 4942 8541.

– BREAKFAST at the River barbecue: Hosted every Monday morning from 9am by St Vincent de Paul Society and ATSICHS Mackay. If you are looking for options to address alcohol or drug problems, there may be questions you can ask to guide you. Bluewater Quay, barbecue facilities, River St, Mackay.

– FITTER for Life, catering for all mobility abilities: Cost $6 per class plus $20 per annum insurance fee, 1.30-2.30pm, Mackay Gymnastics, 5 Snow Wright Crt, Beaconsfield. Phone 4942 0032.

– BABY BOUNCE: Session featuring nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs, 9.30-10am at Mirani Library and 11-11.30am at Dudley Denny City Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and so bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– BUSHIKAI Karate: Headed by black and brown belt accredited instructors. Juniors run each Monday and Thursday from 5-6pm and seniors each Monday from 6-7pm. Grading opportunities twice per year. PCYC, Scriha St, North Mackay. Phone 4942 3296.

PCYC Playgroup: With bikes, obstacle courses, jumping castles and more, 9-11am, $9 per child for casual visits, $6 per child with $25 annual membership. Phone 4942 3296.

— BINGO: $3 a book, $1.20 jackpots, $2 high aces jackpot, doors open 8.30am for eyes down 9.30am, Magpies Sporting Club, Glenella Rd.

— BLACKS BEACH Active X Training: Free weekly cross training sessions hosted by Move It NQ, 5.15-6pm, 89 Camilleri St, Dolphin Heads. Phone Mackay Regional Council’s sport and recreation team on 1300 622 529 or email sport@mackay.qld.gov.au

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— MACKAY READS Summer Challenge: a sizzling summer reading experience hosted by Mackay libraries exploring different authors and genres with a prize draw. Challenge ends Saturday February 20. To start the adventure, visit www.bit.ly/31qQcpi

— CHRISTMAS BREAK UP hosted by Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group: first in best dressed, walk and talk at Padaminka Nature Reserve followed by refreshments. 8am-noon. Register online.

— PAINTING GROUP, 9am-3pm, costs $5 for members, $10 for non-members, includes use of easels, Mackay Art Society, Snow Wright Crt, Beaconsfield. Ph: 0409 474 291.

— NATIONAL REDRESS Scheme Community Forum: Hosted by Bravehearts, go along to learn an overview of the scheme, free event, light refreshments provided, 10-11.30am, 25 Wellington St.

— OPEN MIC NIGHT: take your harp, have a strum or jump on the mic or just go along to enjoy the jam, from 8pm, KC’s Bar and Grill, Airlie Beach.

— CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND: Walk through Santa’s Wonderland of Christmas lights and decorations every Monday and Tuesday in December until Christmas from 6-9pm. All persons attending must register in advance, Harrup Park, Juliet St. See Facebook event for more information.

– ROCKIN’ KIDS Playgroup: 9-11am, cost $3 to cover tea, coffee and light morning tea, The Neighbourhood Hub, 43 Shakespeare St. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are essential. Phone 4957 2626.

— OLDER WOMEN’S Network: Meets weekly to offer mutual support and information relevant to older women in the community, 9.30am-noon, PCYC, Scriha St, North Mackay. Phone Helen 0400 424 649 or email helenlstanton@bigpond.com

– MACKAY DRAGON Boat Club: Trains each Tuesday and Thursday from 5.15-6.30pm as well as Sunday 7-9am, meet at Great Northern Sports Club, Mackay Marina. Phone Linda 0417 086 945.

– CRAFT and chat session hosted by Mother’s Union Mackay: 10.30am-2pm, all welcome, take along own craft project, 10.30am-2pm, St Ambrose Church, 28 Glenpark St, North Mackay. Phone Kristi Day on 0403 241 809.

— TECH TALK: go along to a free 10min one-on-one session to get help operating your phone, tablet or other device, 1-4pm, Gordon White Library, 54 Phillip St.

– $5 BOWLS NIGHT: First two nights free then $3 for two games, $1 for entry into raffle, $1 drinks available. Starts 6.30pm, Habana Farleigh Indoor Bowls Club, St Brigid’s Hall, Farleigh, 961 Bruce Hwy. Phone Palmina 0403 729 505.

– STORY TIME: Session featuring nursery rhymes, stories and songs for children aged two to five and a half years, 9.30-10am at Mirani Library and at Walkerston Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– WORLD CAFE: Free, culture-sharing group meets weekly from 10.30am-12.30pm, activities include cooking, arts and craft, conversational games, small projects, workshops, information sessions and local excursions. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are essential. Phone 4957 2626.

— TRIVIA: Register at 6pm for 7pm start, Andergrove Tavern. To book, phone 4955 5444.

– CROSSROAD Arts Performance in the Gallery: Drama workshop for people with and without disability, 18+. First workshop free then $15 per workshop, 9.30-10.30am, 55 Wood St. Phone 4953 5122 or email artisticassociate@crossroadarts.com.au

– CROSSROADS Arts Stretchy Pants: Movement and dance workshops for people with and without disability, 18+. First workshop free then $15 per workshop, 11am-12.30pm, 55 Wood St. Phone 4953 5122 or email artisticassociate@crossroadarts.com.au.

– BABY BOUNCE: Session featuring nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs, 9.30-10am at Sarina Library and 11-11.30am, Walkerston Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and so bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

— FAMILY and CARERS Support Group hosted by Lives Lived Well: Inclusive group for family members needing support around their loved one’s problematic drug/alcohol abuse, meets fortnightly 5.30-7.30pm. To confirm attendance, phone counsellor Kirsty Wetmore on 0417 866 809 or email kirsty.wetmore@liveslivedwell.org.au

— BLACKS BEACH Active X Training: Free weekly cross training sessions hosted by Move It NQ, 5.15-6pm, 89 Camilleri St, Dolphin Heads. Phone Mackay Regional Council’s sport and recreation team on 1300 622 529 or email sport@mackay.qld.gov.au

PCYC Playgroup: With bikes, obstacle courses, jumping castles and more, 9-11am, $9 per child for casual visits, $6 per child with $25 annual membership. Phone 4942 3296.