20 things to do in 7 days: Getting out in Toowoomba

TO HELP plan the next seven days, here are 20 events happening across the Toowoomba region.


Travelling Film Festival Toowoomba

THE Toowoomba edition of Australia's longest running travelling film festival brings the latest and best of world cinema to Toowoomba, bringing nine feature films and three accompanying short films to the historic Strand Cinemas for three days in October.

Prices vary according to the number of films seen.

It runs until Sunday at the Strand Cinemas in Margaret St.

For tickets or a full listing of the films visit www.sff.org.au/toowoomba or the cinema box office.

The Travelling Film Festival returns to Toowoomba, featuring 9 feature films representing the best of international festivals and Australian cinema.
The Travelling Film Festival returns to Toowoomba, featuring 9 feature films representing the best of international festivals and Australian cinema.

Pittsworth Craft and Fine Food Spectacular

HEAD to the Pittsworth Craft and Fine Food Spectacular and browse many stalls featuring quality gifts, clothing, leather belts, handbags, gourmet delights, artwork, jewellery, wines, wood turning, pottery, toys, confectionery, natural skin products, plants and garden ornaments.

There will be a Champagne Gourmet Breakfast from 6.30am-8.30am on the Friday and the spectacular opens from 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am-3pm Sunday.

Devonshire teas and gourmet lunches will be available.

It will be held at the Pittsworth Town Hall auditorium in Yandilla St.

Toowoomba Spring Home Show and Camping and Leisure Expo

THIS event is a major shopping experience for Toowoomba and surrounding districts.

It will host an extensive range of quality home and lifestyle products including building, renovating, green living, home improvements, homewares, kitchenware, electrical, pools, spas, finance, gardening, solar energy and heating, and loads more.

The annual expo is a huge success and returns with a great range of products and services for getting outdoors and enjoying the warmer months ahead with family and friends.

View the latest caravans, camper trailers, auto and 4WD accessories, camping equipment and more.

It's on at the Toowoomba Showgrounds daily until 4pm Sunday.

Find all things home and outdoors at the Spring Home Show and Camping and Leisure Expo.
Find all things home and outdoors at the Spring Home Show and Camping and Leisure Expo.

Baby Rhyme Time

ENJOY a fun, 30 minute session where you and your baby can learn rhymes, action songs and finger plays to share together.

Your baby will develop a love of song, rhyme and rhythm which is important for their language and early literacy development.

Suitable for ages 0-2 years but all ages welcome.

It's on at the Wilsonton Shopping Centre from 9.30am-10am. It will be followed by story time at 10.15am.

Entry is free and no bookings are required.

Light the Night

LIGHT the Night is on from 5.30pm - 8pm at Queens Park.

Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foundation's annual fundraising walk to help more Australians beat blood cancer by improving survival rates and quality of life.

Find out more or register to walk via lightthenight.org.au/event/toowoomba.

Ultimate Women's Weekend Toowoomba

COME along to the Ultimate Women's Weekend at Toowoomba for three inspiring and jam-packed girly days.

Each stall has something interactive whether its a demonstration, pamper opportunity, or a chance to learn inspire or try.

There will be free demonstrations, seminars, classes and workshops, Big T from the X Factor will be singing live and there will be plenty of amazing inspirational speakers.

Keep the other half entertained in the Bloke's Retreat and kids busy in the Kids Zone while you relax and explore.

It runs from 10am-5pm daily at the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre at USQ.

Visit www.ultimatewomensweekend.com.au to find out more or pre-purchase tickets.

Friday at the Flicks

FRIDAY at the Flicks is a series that screens classic, significant and challenging films.

A five-minute pre-screening talk sets the context and then post-show drinks and nibbles allow for a post-show discussion with a community of film enthusiasts.

This week's film is 1994 Chinese film, Eat Drink Man Woman, a poignant and funny look at the inner lives of a Taiwanese family.

From acclaimed director Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain), Eat Drink Man Woman tells the story of a widowed Taiwanese chef (Sihung Lung) who lovingly prepares a feast for his three daughters (Chien-Lien Wu, Kuei-Mei Yang and Yu-Wen Wang) every Sunday.

A menu he doesn't have control over is that of the capricious desires of his daughters.

Entry includes post show drink and nibbles.

It's on at the USQ Arts theatre from 6pm. For tickets visit artsworx.usq.edu.au or call 3631 1111.


Stamp day

THE Toowoomba Stamp Club will host its annual stamp day in their new venue at the Toowoomba Indoor Bowls Hall in Annand St from 8.30am.

There will be four stamp dealers buying and selling stamps.

The club will also offer a free evaluation of stamp collections prior to the event.

For more information email secretary@toowoomba stampclub.org.

Get your toes ready to tap along to some old time tunes at the Maclagan Old-Time Squeeze-box Festival.
Get your toes ready to tap along to some old time tunes at the Maclagan Old-Time Squeeze-box Festival. Alasdair Young

Maclagan Old Time Squeeze-box Festival

THE annual Maclagan Squeeze Box Festival is on again. Come along for a day filled with fun and music and stay until late for an old-time dance.

The event kicks off at 9.30am with morning tea and runs through until dinner is served at 6pm.

The main concert is at 1pm.

After dinner you can hit the dance floor for a fun night.

There will be lucky door prizes and raffles as well as a licensed bar in the afternoon.

It's on at the Maclagan Memorial Hall from 9.30am-11pm.

For further information call Stella 4692 1225 or Cheryl 4692 1338.

Open Day at Crows Nest Museum and Historical Village

THIS is a day for locals and visitors to come and discover fabulous history at this lovely museum.

Collect your ticket at the gate for a Crows Nest soft drink, a catered lunch by Dingers and an ice cream.

Come along in period costume for a bit of extra fun.

There will be a free bus from Toowoomba through Highfields and return and entry to the museum is free.

For further information call the museum on 4698 1776.

Spring Championship Rose Show

COME along to the Darling Downs Rose Society 2016 Spring Championship Rose Show and see a spectacular display of all types of roses, including hybrid tea, floribunda, minis and heritage roses.

Friendly society members will be on hand to give expert advice.

The show is on at Holy Name Hall in Bridge St on Saturday from 10.30am-4pm and Sunday from 9am-3pm.

Toowoomba BMX Club Come and Try Day

DID you know BMX is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia?

There are many reasons why - it's fun and challenging, it's a great way to develop bicycle skills, plus it's a great activity to do with your friends or a way to meet new ones.

The whole family will love this come and try day, which runs from 2pm-4pm at Captain Cook Reserve, McGregor St, Wilsonton.

There will be a free sausage sizzle as well.

For more information get in touch by Facebook: www.facebook.com/Toowoomba.BMX.Club/ or by email: toowoombabmxclub@gmail.com.


Skateboarding workshop

THE Australian Skateboarding Community Initiative will be delivering a series of workshops around the region for young people of all skills levels.

These workshops will finish with a mini comp encouraging participants to show off their skills.

This workshop will be held at the Crows Nest Skate Park in Recreation Tce from 10am-noon.

Entry is free and no bookings are required.

Country music social

THE Garden City Country Music Association's last social event for 2016 will start at 1pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church Hall in Hume St.

Entry is $8 and all are welcome. The annual general meeting will also be held on November 17, at 7.30pm at the Rockville Scout Hall in Tor St.

Phone Dell on 4635 6429 for more details.


Hoy Party

THE Harlaxton RSL is holding a hoy party and mini cent sale.

Morning tea will be provided and admission is $2.

The event will be held on the corner of Lemnos and Elworthy Sts from 9.30am and all are welcome to come along for a nice morning out.

Phone Grace on 4615 4783 for details.


Ride2Work Community Breakfast

TOOWOOMBA locals are being urged to join commuters across Australia and jump on their bikes to celebrate Ride2Work Day.

Toowoomba Regional Council will host this years R2W Community Breakfast in the new Civic Square area (grassed area outside the Toowoomba Library) from 6.30am-8.30am.

Please RSVP to civic.precinct@tr.qld.gov.au by Monday.

Toilet and shower facilities will be available on the day at the Cycle Hub on level 1 of the library building.

Remember to register nationally on Bicycle Network's website by heading to ride2work.com.au. Each registration helps vote for better cycling facilities.

For further information call Abigail on 4688 6998.

Jump on your bicycle and head to the Ride2Work Community Breakfast.
Jump on your bicycle and head to the Ride2Work Community Breakfast.

Infant Massage Classes

RESEARCH shows that adults who provide massage to infants experience less anxiety, fewer depressive symptoms, improved mood, pulse decreases, cortisol levels decrease and improved self-esteem.

Infants can experience relaxation of skeletal muscle, pain relief, reduced sinus congestion, reduced crying, enhanced attachment and bonding and enhanced body awareness.

These classes will be held at Toowoomba Youth Service, 201 Hume St, from 10am-11am.

Entry is free. To register please contact Rachael on 4639 1333 or 0419 683 043.

AEIOU open day

FAMILIES and carers of children with autism have the opportunity to find out how AEIOU Foundation is creating brighter futures by attending an open day at the Toowoomba centre.

The event will provide insight into AEIOU's early intervention autism-specific program, and is the perfect chance to see the program in action, meet our qualified staff and ask questions.

The Toowoomba Open Day will be held at AEIOU Toowoomba, 7 Friend St, Harristown.

Phone centre manager Gemma Moore on 4636 3600 or email toowoomba@aeiou.org.au for details.

Pretty in Pink Day

TOOWOOMBA ladies will be pretty in pink when the Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland hosts its ninth annual Ladies Pink Day.

With a masquerade theme, the 2016 Ladies Pink Day will be held from 9am-2pm at the Toowoomba Showgrounds.

Thousands of Queenslanders will host a Girls' Night In or pink fundraiser to give hope to the one in six women diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer in their lifetime.

For more information visit girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 656 585.


Morning Melodies: Back to the Tivoli

ENJOY a beautifully nostalgic morning hosted by Wayne Cornell and featuring the Tivoli Band and Tivoli Showgirls and vocalist Mercedes, pianist Jon Darsk, comedian Al Showman and magician Jonas Jost.

There will be lucky door prizes and a free morning tea from 10am.

Morning Melodies will be on at the Empire Theatre from 10am.

For tickets or further information visit empiretheatre.com.au or call 1300 655 299.

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