CONGRATULATIONS SHIRLEY: Long-time Garden City National Seniors member, Shirley Bliss (left), is congratulated on the occasion of her 90th birthday, by vice-president Pauline Hennessy.
CONGRATULATIONS SHIRLEY: Long-time Garden City National Seniors member, Shirley Bliss (left), is congratulated on the occasion of her 90th birthday, by vice-president Pauline Hennessy.

COMMUNITY NOTICES: What's on around Toowoomba


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ON APRIL 9 commencing at 2.30pm at the Somerset Civic Centre, Esk where the Esk Community Choir will be entertaining along with the Pacific Trio, incomparable musicians whose lists of credentials go beyond superlatives. Janet Brewer, Pianist, Julie-Anne O'Reilly, violinist and Robert Truman, cellist constitute this trio who have entertained audiences in majestic venues throughout Europe and Australia. Rare will be musical opportunities such as this for the whole family to enjoy extraordinary talent at such reasonable prices. Cost $15 for adults, $12 concession; $5 for students 14 years and under. Entry tickets along with raffle, lucky door and tickets for a delicious afternoon tea can be purchased at the door. Details call Kathleen on 0407659239.


BUY/sell and display March 18 at the Model Railway Museum & Display Building, Toowoomba Showgrounds. Sellers $20 per Table or $10 Half Table, Sellers set-up 8am till 10am, Buyers 10am till 1pm. BBQ Sausage Sizzle, Tea/Coffee/Cold Drinks available. For information email info-ddmrc@


ARTY BUNCH: Very talented Nubeena Retirement Living Residents at their morning art class.
ARTY BUNCH: Very talented Nubeena Retirement Living Residents at their morning art class.


THE Nubeena Art group formed in 2010 with humble beginnings of only a few members working from a garage space at the Nubeena Retirement Village. Over time the group expanded to include other interested artists who were non-residents of the village, and with the full support of management, they moved into the hall at the Nubeena Retirement Village. Each week the group meet in the hall to paint, laugh and share their skills with one another in order to continually improve their own practice and provide inspiration and encouragement to other members. The Nubeena Art group has participated in various art competitions within the Toowoomba Region and this exhibition proudly displays the work of five members including Bill van Mourik, Henny van Lonkhuyzen, Mal Armstrong, Jean Ahearn and the groups facilitator Tom Sharman. Join the gallery for the opening on Sunday March 19 starting at 1.30pm. This is a free event and all are welcome. RSVP to the gallery by Wednesday March 15, 2017. Exhibition on display from 18 March to 13 April 2017. This exhibition is part of the Cam Robertson Gallery exhibition program that showcases the work of local artists, curators and arts organisations in the Toowoomba Region.


WILL meet on Monday March 20 at Drayton Bowls Club, corner Gipps and Ball Streets, at 9.30am. As usual, for our March meeting, we will celebrate St Patrick's Day, even if a few days late. There will be competition for best dressed in green, some Irish jokes and entertainment from John Colville on accordion. Our next bus trip will be to the historic Boondooma Homestead in the Durong area on Wednesday March 29. This year our overnight trip leaves Toowoomba on June 5 for Glen Innes and Grafton returning on June 8. Details call Hazel on 46354519.


THE Combined Mission Committee of St Stephen's and Middle Ridge Uniting Church will hold a Car Boot Sale at 264 Stenner Street on Saturday March 18 from 7am to 11.30am, rain, hail or shine. Come and buy from a variety of goods or have your own site for $15. Details call Sandra on 46369814.


THE Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver are holding a garage sale at 71 Margaret Street, Toowoomba on Saturday March 11 from 7am until noon. All funds raised are donated to The Missions For further information contact Sr Mirian on 46321818.


WILL be held at Oakey Cultural Centre on March 25 and 26. This event is open to amateur country music competitors of all ages. Entry forms are now available by calling or texting Dell on 0417728182. Entries close on Friday March 10. Further information is available by visiting our website - www.gardencitycountry


ON FRIDAY May 12, St Barts are having a day trip to the Catholic Church Garden at Bell. After morning tea in Bell, we go to Kingaroy for a tour of the Endeavour workshop then to the Kingaroy RSL for Lunch. Bus will depart St Barts at 7.30am & arrive home at 5pm. Cost which includes entry, morning tea, lunch & seat on bus is $75 per person. There will be one multidraw raffle and a lucky door prize. All Proceeds to St Barts Building Fund. Details call Eunice 46358274.


The ABC is calling for tributes to the women who work the land - the contribution they make to their farm, their community and agriculture in general. These tributes will be featured on the ABC and will become part of the Invisible Farmer Project, which is the largest-ever study of Australian women on the land.

This ground breaking study launches today on International Women Day, March 8 and will run for three years. The Invisible Farmer Project will create new histories of rural Australia and reveal the hidden stories of women on the land and give insight into the diverse, innovative and vital role of women in agriculture. For more information go to explore?projectId=153.



TO HELP celebrate National Youth Week, Householder Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) will be hosting two Nature Journaling workshops in Toowoomba! What is Nature Journaling? It is the process of drawing, writing, or creating a poem or song in response to nature. You get a chance to slow down, take in your beautiful surroundings and create your very own creative nature journal and art piece.

Dr Paula Peters (PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) will be coming out to Redwood Park and running two workshops on Saturday April 8. Thanks to a funding from PCYC Qld, 30 secondary students will be able to take part in this activity for free. To be one of the lucky attendees simply answer in 25 words or less, why you love nature, and send through your contact details to Frank Ondrus via email at office@hopeaustralia.

An Open Day of Redwood Park, hosted by the Friends of the Escarpment Park, will run in conjunction with the Nature Journaling workshops and feature information about local nature-focused groups. There will be a free BBQ lunch and morning tea available to all participants of the open day. Call Frank at the HOPE office for details or to RSVP on 46392135 or email office@hopeaustralia.


Highfields Probus members Peter Smith and Mike Spooner cooking up a treat for the car rally teams.
Highfields Probus members Peter Smith and Mike Spooner cooking up a treat for the car rally teams.


FORTY-FOUR Highfields Probians headed off into the west for a car rally which ended in a sausage sizzle in Chapman Park, Hampton. Residents in Highfields, Meringandan and Goombungee were probably wondering why there was a line of cars stopping at road signs, street signs and even trying to find a microwave oven that was used as a post box. The car rally challenged the Probus members to answer questions along the way but with a bit of a twist, the questions could all be answered by the passenger without getting out of the car. It was all good sport and the teams ended up in Chapman Park for a sausage sizzle. Details call Rob Neary on 46155033.

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