The 'Croc Drop' giant inflatable that will be at the Mackay ARC this Sunday. Picture: Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex
The 'Croc Drop' giant inflatable that will be at the Mackay ARC this Sunday. Picture: Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex

EVENT BONANZA: 125+ things on in Mackay this week

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

SAFETY CIRCUS playgroup excursion: Written by Hannah Barn with music by Dr Judith Brown, the award-winning 40min circus gives children strategies on how to deal with bullying and bystander behaviour, riding safely on non-motorised vehicles, protective behaviours and listening to your body’s early warning signs. Meet at Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQU campus) at 9am for the 9.30am show. Register with your full name, your child’s full name, your address and contact details via clairec@tnhub.org.au

— MANDALA ART: Relax, unwind and rebalance with a session provided by Selectability Services and the Mental Health Hub. Ages 18+, light refreshments available, 1-2.30pm, Dudley Denny City Library. Book via Eventbrite.

— 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.

— 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

— SENSORY PLAY: For children aged 6 months to 5 years, $8, fruit platter and babycino included, Third Ground Coffee House Backyard, 28 Central St, Sarina. Book via Eventbrite.

— MOBILE videographer/photographer workshop series: Learn about your phone (settings, how to), creative angles, framing and composition/exporting, compression, storage/accessories you need to optimise audio visual quality/practical experience, $40 per person, 9am-noon, Split Spaces, Level 2, Building 4, CQUniversity, Sydney St. For more information and to book tickets, see the Facebook event.

— REGIONAL ADVANTAGE disability and local networking event: Ross Gee will present to employers and community groups about the many benefits of hiring people with a disability. It’s a free event, includes light breakfast and refreshments, 9-9am, Chances Cafe, 172 Shakespeare St. Book via Eventbrite.

– 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.

– MULTICULTURAL playgroup with Smarty’s Fit Food and fun activities. Each week celebrates different culture through craft activity, suited to children aged 0-5, 9.30-11.30am, costs $3. The Neighbourhood Hub, 43 Shakespeare St. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are essential. Phone 4957 2626.

– 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.

State of Origin:

Game 3 of the State of Origin is showing at the following venues:

— On the big screen in the garden bar, Harrup Park Country Club, Juliet St

— On the big screens in the sports bar, Magpies Sporting Club, Glenella Rd

— On two big screens with free pizza during the game, The Gallery Lounge and Bar, Cnr of Victoria and Wood St

— The Grove, Andergrove Rd

— The Metropolitan Hotel, 17 Gordon St

— Taylor’s Hotel, 126 Wood St

— The Kooyong Hotel, 1 Harbour Rd

— Boomerang Hotel, 307 Nebo Rd. Bookings are a must. Phone 3558 3301.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19

— REGIONAL Social Development Coalition AGM: Refreshments provided, noon-2pm, Jubilee Community Centre, Alfred St. RSVPs essential. Email admin@rsdc.org.au

— MACKAY CYCLING Club 2021 road season planning meeting: 6-8pm, Shamrock Hotel, Nebo Rd. RSVP via Facebook.

— VIKING DRIVE Grand Opening: Go and see the new “state-of-the-art” facility capable of taking care of your 4x4 or off-road vehicle’s suspension upgrades and vehicle accessories fit-outs. Includes refreshments and pizza, special promotions and deals, 4-7pm, 16 Peel St.

— INTERNATIONAL MEN’S Day celebratory breakfast: Sponsored by DGH Engineering with proceeds given to Grapevine Group’s suicide prevention program, tickets $50 per person, starts 7.30am. For more information, click here: Mackay men’s breakfast to promote gender roles in society

– 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.

– 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: Meets fortnightly from 9-11am, please take hat, water bottle and snacks for children as well as a share plate for morning tea. At Bluewater Lagoon, 32 River St. 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.

– 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.

– WEST END Readers: Monthly book club, 5-6pm, Walkerston Library. Book via Eventbrite.

– ANIME Manga club: For young adults aged 12-18 to share their favourite or most despised story ideas, drawings and all things Japanese, 5.30-7pm, Gordon White Library. 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 20

— WEAVING workshop: With local Aboriginal and Torres Strait weavers Felicity Chapman and Rosaline Bourne to compliment the NAIDOC Youth Art Exhibition, free event, noon-1pm, Jubilee Community Centre, Alfred St. Book via Eventbrite.

— FREE SEMINAR: On managing discipline and dismissal presented by McKays’ solicitors Tamara Hage and Scott McSwan. Subjects covered include understanding the employment law system, fair dismissal law, general protections law, legal protections law, legal protections for injured workers, best practice and practical tips, 8-9am, McKays Solicitors, 34 Wood St. Book via Eventbrite.

— BIRTH Info Night: For expectant parents to discover how to achieve a ‘positive birth’ and capture the experience to remember forever. Hosted by Mackay childbirth education practitioner and birth photographer, tickets $10, 5.30-6.30pm, Quest Apartments, 38 Macalister St. Book via Eventbrite.

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

— GREATER WHITSUNDAY Food Network annual general meeting: Free event, 10.30am-12.30pm, Mantra Mackay, Mulherin Dve, Mackay Harbour. Register via Eventbrite.

— FASTKARTS outdoor hire go karting: $25 per session, closed-in shoes required, must be about 140cm or taller to ride, all safety equipment provided. Also on Saturday and Sunday. Email secretary@mackaykartclub.com

CONVERSATIONS over a cuppa: Go along to reflect on the year, share ideas for the next one and connect with others over a cup of tea or coffee. 10am to noon, Mackay Women’s Centre, 418 Shakespeare St. Transport can be arranged by prior arrangement. To register, email vale@tnhub.org.au or send a text to 0400 788 218.

— ROTARY Charity Wine Dinner: To support women and children of domestic violence via Samaritan House, 7pm, Harrup Park. Tickets are $125 per person via Eventbrite. For more information, see: Under the stars champers, wine and beer for charity

– CONVERSATIONS WITH ART: Free thought-provoking discussion led by Artspace staff looking at traditional and contemporary artworks from gallery and museum collections from around the world. At 1-2.30pm at Artspace Mackay, Gordon St. Bookings required. Phone 4961 9722.

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

– GUIDED walks through the Mackay Botanical Gardens: Learn about local native plants on display and the development of the gardens. Free event, 10-11am. Bookings essential. Book by phoning 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

– 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.

— 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
– ASH SMITH. Playing live from 9pm, free entry at Moss on Wood, Wood St.

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 21

— FAMILY FUN DAY: Hosted by Mackay Women’s Service in awareness of domestic violence. Free event including jumping castles, children’s face painting, petting zoo, balloon making, sausage sizzle, information/education stalls, local entertainment and guest speaker. Also have market stalls, food stalls, coffee van and Mr Skippy for small cost. Please take picnic blanket for seating. From 10am-2pm, Queens Park, Goldsmith St. Phone 4953 1788.
— CHRISTMAS ARTS and Craft Fair: Original art for sale, craft stalls and demonstrations by the potters, wood turners, Men’s Shed, jewellery makers and other crafters. $3 entry, 9am-4pm, Mackay Art Society Inc, Snow Wright Crt, Beaconsfield. Phone Sue Gee 0408 887 904 or email mackayartsociety@gmail.com

— CYCLONE SATURDAY: Hosted by Mackay Regional Council, SES, Star 101.9 and getready Queensland. Learn how you can prepare for cyclone disaster season and fill out a survey for the chance to win a generator. From 8am-1pm, outside Peter Alexander, Caneland Central, Cnr Mangrove Rd and Victoria St.

— FIJI ASSOCIATION post-Diwali festival celebration: From 6pm, Beaconsfield State School. Phone 0414 753 991 or email fijiansmackayregion@gmail.com

— 15TH century-replica caravel ship Notorious will be docked at Mackay Harbour: all little (and not so litte) pirates welcome to explore, COVID-safe, tickets are $3 for 2 years to 14 yeras and $5 for 15+, 9am-3pm each day until Tuesday, November 24.

— CUT/SEWATHON hosted by Soroptimist International of Mackay Inc: Advanced, beginner and non-sewers welcome to take part in creating a variety of simple sewing projects for the local community. Take own sewing machine and/or overlocker if you have it. Also need people who can cut and iron. Light refreshments available, free event, 1-4pm, Mackay North State High School. Phone 0402 340 042. Email simackay@siswp.org

– OUTLAW SHOOTOUT and Chicago Shootout: Gates open at 8am, scruit shed open from 10am, racing from 2pm, finals about 8pm, spectator entry $20, kids 15 and under free, Palmyra Drag Racing Club, Bells Rd. For more information, see the Facebook event.

— ROSIE KATE and Gabe Ruth ft. Clovr: Playing live 7pm-2am at McGuires Hotel, Wood St. See the Facebook event for more information.

— MACKAY LIONS presentation night 2020: Tickets cost $50, 6-11pm, Mackay Golf Club, Bucasia Rd. For more information, see the Facebook event.

— BREAK UP Day for Sarina Demons Junior AFL Club: Includes trophy presentation, giant water slides, plenty of fun and games. All welcome, take own chairs, 10am-4.30pm, Brewers Park, Sarina.

– 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 .

– 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.

– 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.
— SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Playing live from 8pm at Moss on Wood, free entry, 64 Wood St.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22

— INFLATABLE Family Fun Day: Go along for a fun afternoon full of inflatables including new ‘Croc Drop’ giant inflatable in the 50m pool and mini individual inflatables for other pools. The $10 entry fee includes unlimited use of inflatables, Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex, Boundary Rd, Ooralea

— NTH QLD Babies and Kids Markets: Last market of the year with all things Christmas in mind. Lucky door prizes, free bounty bags and gifts at the door, kids activities include jumping castle, face painting, treasure hunts, kids zone and more. Tea, coffee and cold drinks, mother’s feeding area and baby change facilities available, $2 per adult entry, 8.30am-12.30pm, Emerald Showgrounds.

— 15TH century-replica caravel ship Notorious will be docked at Mackay Harbour: all little (and not so litte) pirates welcome to explore, COVID-safe, tickets are $3 for 2 years to 14 yeras and $5 for 15+, 9am-3pm each day until Tuesday, November 24.

— CHRISTMAS ARTS and Craft Fair: Original art for sale, craft stalls and demonstrations by the potters, wood turners, Men’s Shed, jewellery makers and other crafters. $3 entry, 9am-4pm, Mackay Art Society Inc, Snow Wright Crt, Beaconsfield. Phone Sue Gee 0408 887 904 or email mackayartsociety@gmail.com

– STEM Innovation Program Workshop for youth aged 8-15: Learn about 3D design and coding to design a space station and use augmented reality as an evaluation and collaboration tool. Split Spaces member tickets $12.64, non-members $22, 9am-noon, Split Spaces, Building 4, Level 2, CQU City Campus, 92 Sydney St. Book via Eventbrite.

— JESSIE MORTON: Playing live from 2-5pm, free entry, Seabreeze Hotel, 72 Pacific Esplanade, Slade Point. Phone 4955 1644.

DANCE EXPRESS Mackay presents ‘2020: Out With a Bang’: Tickets $35, 10am-2pm, Mackay Northern Beaches High School Performing Arts Centre. Phone 0407 675 990. Email info@danceexpressmackay.com.au

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

– 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 23

— OPTUS Digital Thumbprint: Partnering with Mackay State High School to offer parents and caregivers a free seminar about cyber safety, 7-8pm, 123 Milton St. Register via Eventbrite.

– 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.

— 15TH century-replica caravel ship Notorious will be docked at Mackay Harbour: all little (and not so litte) pirates welcome to explore, COVID-safe, tickets are $3 for 2 years to 14 yeras and $5 for 15+, 9am-3pm each day until Tuesday, November 24.

– 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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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24

— FAMILY LAW information session: Hosted by McKays Family Law to help you understand processes after relationship breakdowns including what assets will be included in the asset pool, what happens if you own a business and more. Free event, 5.30-6.30pm, 34 Wood St. Book via Eventbrite.

— 15TH century-replica caravel ship Notorious will be docked at Mackay Harbour: all little (and not so litte) pirates welcome to explore, COVID-safe, tickets are $3 for 2 years to 14 yeras and $5 for 15+, 9am-3pm each day until Tuesday, November 24.`

– 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.

— RESUME RESCUE: Learn the key components of a great resume and cover letter, how to build your personal documents and effectively promote your skills and experience, free event, 11am-noon, Dudley Denny City Library. Book via Eventbrite.

TAEKWONDO open day: Hosted by South Pacific Taekwondo Federation. Free intro session for the Mackay Beaconsfield Kids Class for ages 5+. Wear comfortable clothes you can move around in, 5.30pm, Nadina St. Phone 4724 1000 or email admin@southpacifictkd.com.au

– 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.