Peter Gosper selling fruit and veges at troppo markets. Photo: Tony Martin
Peter Gosper selling fruit and veges at troppo markets. Photo: Tony Martin

EVENT BONANZA: 85+ things on in Mackay this week

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

- V8 Brick Run Swim kicks off at 5.15am with 30-minute run and then into the ocean for an open water swim, wear tri-suit or running gear, goggles and swim cap are mandatory, costs $15. For more information, head to the Facebook event.

- 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 3-6, free event, 3.30-4.30pm, Gordon White Library. Book via Eventbrite.

- 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.

- DIGITAL Creative Workshop series: master digital storytelling including story structure, digital platforms, identifying your audience, publishing, copyright, media consent and basic interview skills, $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.

- TIME OUT Tai Chi: free class hosted by Leanne Simpson. Take cool comfortable clothing, shoes suitable for walking and water bottle. 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. Ph: 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. Ph: 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. Ph: 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, 9am-noon and 6.30-9pm, Mackay Gem and Craft Society, 3 Leisure Crt, South Mackay. Ph: 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. Ph: 4957 2626.

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

- PRIZE BINGO, 20 games, books $2 each, doors open 8.45am for eyes down at 9.15am, Magpies Sporting Club, Glenella Rd. Ph: 4965 6100.

 

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5

- FIRST THINGS FIRST: A comedy by Derek Benfield hosted by Kucom Theatre. "Pete and George are old friends. In fact, such good old friends that George has been Pete's best man at both of his weddings. Pete, now happily married to Sarah, is appalled when George arrives with the news that his first wife Jessica was not killed in a climbing accident as they had thought, but is alive and well and keen to resume her life with Pete!" 7.30-10pm, Kucom Theatre, 1 Snow Wright Crt, Beaconsfield. Tickets $36 via the MECC. Ph: 4961 9777. Also showing each day from November 6 to November 14.

- 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. Ph: 4957 7464.

- 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.

- CREATIVE PEN Writer's Corner for adults aged 18+: explore writing through using special techniques, develop new skills to organise your ideas and give your story the professional touch through group collaboration. Free event, 5.30-6.30pm, Gordon White Library. Book via Eventbrite.

- NARCOTICS Anonymous Mackay, meets 7pm, 16 Keats St, Mackay. Ph: Rosco on 0428 992 762.

- ARMSTRONG BEACH Kidz playgroup meets fortnightly from 9-11am, 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, Llewellyn Hall (on the left as you enter Armstrong's Beach), 252 Armstrong Beach Rd. For more information, see the group's Facebook page.

- 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. Ph: 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. Ph: 4965 6100.

- SOCIAL BADMINTON each Wednesday and Thursday night during school term, 7.30-10pm, PCYC, Scriha St, North Mackay. Ph: 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. Ph: 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.

- 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. 9.30am - 11am, Cost $5 per family, St Charles Anglican Church on the corner of McGinn St and Nebo Rd. Ph: Kristi Day on 0403 241 809.

- 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. Ph: 4957 2626.

- SPEED DATE the Collection: 'meet' artists' books from the 2020 Libris Awards collection, 5.30-7pm, Artspace Mackay. Free event, book online to reserve your spot. Ph: 4961 9722.

- 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. Ph: 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. Ph: 4942 3296.

 

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

- FRIDAY FROCKS hosted by The Just Saying Project: a fashionable networking event with style and heart held once a month with speakers, performers, fashion and nibbles, 6-8.30pm, ticket $45, Laffos Bar and Pizzeria, Caneland Central. Book online.

- RESOURCE Industry Network industry briefing: AGM, ports and industry shipping insights, 6.45-9.15am, Souths Leagues Club, tickets $45 members, $60 non-members. Book online.

- STENCIL ART workshop with local artist Lian Meaney hosted by the CALD Women's Club: a free social group for culturally and linguistically diverse women of Mackay to connect, support each other, build confidence and learn new skills. Wear old clothes you can get dirty in, 10am-noon, Art Studio (opposite Jamaica Blue), Caneland Central. Spaces are limited because of COVID-19 RSVP by emailing vale@tnhub.org.au or text 0400 788 218.

- THE Stories and Songs of Billy Joel: chronological journey of his life performed by a live band of fine musicians, tickets $50 adult, $45 concession, $35 student/child, 7.30pm, MECC Auditorium. Book online.

- SUNSET sessions with live acoustic music from 6-9pm, 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 morning to lunch. Transport is available via prior arrangement. Because of COVID-19, bookings are essential. Ph: 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. Ph: Coral 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. Ph: Whitsundays Basketball 0427 228 984.

- 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. Ph: 4942 3296.

 

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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7

- WORLDWIDE Taekwon-Do Queensland State Titles: events include sparring, tulls, power breaking, specialty techniques, little dragon events (1-6 year olds) and Challenge Cup. Register by Friday November 6. Doors open 7.45am for 8.30am opening address. MECC, Alfred St. For more information, see Facebook event.

- 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 .

- MAKERSPACES Mackay Open Day: talk to members, see what projects they are working on, and check out the equipment including the 3D printer, electronics, soldering, cnc, laser cutting, programming and more. No initial costs, kids welcome under direct parent supervision. 1-4pm, Makerspaces Mackay, 221 Bedford Rd, Mackay.

- SUGAR CITY BURNOUTS Test & Turn hosted by Palmyra Drag Racing Club: burnouts only, entrants $80, spectators $20. See the website for more information.

- 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: 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, 9am-noon and 1-4pm, Mackay Gem and Craft Society, 3 Leisure Crt, South Mackay. Ph: 4942 8541.

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

- COMMUNITY GARDENS: the public is welcome to the Mackay Community Gardens every Saturday from about 9am-1pm toenjoy 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). Ph: 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. Ph: 4942 3296.

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

 

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8

- OBSTACLE HELL: more than 45 obstacles from mild to totally wild including jumping, climbing, crawling, rolling and diving over a course full of mud pits, music, mayhem and more. Compete as a team or individually, open to everyone over 12. Rowallan Park, Glendaragh Rd, Farleigh. See the website for more information.

- NTH QLD BABIES and Kids Markets, 8.30am-12.30pm, Mackay Showgrounds.

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

- TROPPO Markets, 7.30am, Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre. $2 entry.

- MACKAY WOMEN: Lunch with Fallon Drewett - founder of The Just Saying Project, tickets $37.50, 11.30am-2pm, Ocean International. Book online.

- V8 MINI TRIATHLON, 7-8.30am, The Surf Club, East Point Drive. See Facebook event for more information.

- 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. Ph: Linda 0417 086 945.

- ARCHERY for beginners aged six years and over, bows and arrows supplied. PCYC, Scriha St, North Mackay. Ph: 4942 3296.

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

- EUNGELLA Community Market, second Sunday of the month, wheelchair accessible, volunteer-run canteen open for breakfast and morning tea, 9am-1pm, Eungella Community Development Association, North St, Eungella.

 

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9

- 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. Ph: 4942 8541.

- BREAKFAST at the River BBQ, 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, BBQ 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. Ph: 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. Ph: 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. Ph: 4942 3296.

 

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

- FORUM about addressing vulnerabilities and reducing disaster risk hosted by Mackay Reigonal Council Emergency Management Team: suited to emergency services and disaster managers, people with support needs, carers, family and friends, community services and healthcare providers, government agencies and people who have completed the Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness training and those who want to learn more, free event, 8.45am-2pm, MECC. Book via Eventbrite.

- STUDENT ONE visits Mackay: Brisbane's smartest student accommodation service is visiting to chat with parents, students and educators, free event, 4-6pm, The Dispensary, Wood St. Register via Eventbrite.

- 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. Ph: 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. Ph: Helen 0400 424 649 or email helenlstanton@bigpond.com

- safeTALK free suicide prevention training hosted by Grapevine Group Mackay. Learn to identify and talk to someone at risk of suicide and help guide them to resources. Maximum class size is 30 people, bookings essential, 6-9pm, Ocean International. To book, head to www.grapevinegroup.org.au/bookings/

- 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. Ph: 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.

- $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. Ph: 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. Ph: 4957 2626.

- 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. Ph 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. Ph: 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.

- 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. Ph: 4942 3296.