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DAFFODIL DAY: Secretary of Maclean Patchwork and Quilters, Robyn Plater, with granddaughter Ashley Luland, wraps up preparations for an annual Daffodil Day morning tea.
DAFFODIL DAY: Secretary of Maclean Patchwork and Quilters, Robyn Plater, with granddaughter Ashley Luland, wraps up preparations for an annual Daffodil Day morning tea. Adam Hourigan

ENJOY what the Gold Coast Coast is offering in August and September with all sorts of entertainment, outings, food, wine and more on offer.

MEET YOUR LOCAL POLICE

August 17: Come and meet your local senior police and find out what's happening with law and order in your community. Guest speaker Acting Senior Sgt Mitch Gray, Gold Coast Water Police, will speak about reporting unlawful activity on waterways and the operations of Gold Coast water police. Meeting starts at 6pm at the Currumbin RSL.

The combined Burleigh, Palm Beach and Elanora (Police) Community Consultative Committee was established to develop a partnership between the police and the community and meets every three months in an open forum. Details chairman Ian Grace on 0424 143 140.

JOIN IN BEACHCARE

August 19: BeachCare is a community group facilitated by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management in partnership with the City of Gold Coast. Take part in activities such as planting native dune species, removing invasive weeds and collecting and auditing beach litter work towards stabilising the dunes, providing habitat for native species and protecting the coastline. BeachCare welcomes everyone to their events. No experience necessary. It is compulsory to wear enclosed footwear. Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen and wear sun-smart clothing. All equipment and refreshments supplied. Meet at The Alley, Duringan St, Currumbin, 9am to 11am. Details phone 5552 8829.

KOKODA BEACH CLASSIC

August 20: The Rotary Kokoda Beach Classic is run on the beach over 5km, 10km, 15km and half marathon between the Southport and Broadbeach surf life saving clubs. There is also a 5km community walk. Event runs 7am to 11am. An initiative of the Rotary Club of Broadwater Southport, the event focuses attention on those who sacrificed so much on the Kokoda Track in 1942 while it raises money for Legacy, Soldier On, and the Nippers of the Gold Coast. The classic is held the Sunday after Kokoda Day from Southport Surf Life Saving Club, Macarthur Parade, Main Beach, and replaces the former Rotary Kokoda Memorial Walk that was held from 2005 to 2012. Entry prices are between $10 and $45 depending on category. More details on website www.kokodaclassic.com.

U3A QLD WEEK CELEBRATION

August 23 & 25: U3A Twin Towns is celebrating Queensland Seniors Week with an open day on August 23 from 10am to 12.30pm at 4 Boyd Street, Tugun, including free morning tea. On August 25, a free concert will be held at Coolangatta Scout Hall, 2 Scott St, Coolangatta, at 1pm, including free afternoon tea. All welcome to the Swinging Seniors Sensational Show with tap, jazz, ukulele, line and belly dancing, and more. Bookings essential on 07 5534 7333. 

TAKE UP DANCING

August 23: Modelled after the Dance for PD program developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, these dance classes are appropriate for anyone with Parkinson's Disease, no matter how advanced. No dance experience is required. In chairs, supported, or standing, you will explore elements of dance in a stimulating, enjoyable, non-pressured, social environment. These community classes are open to partners, family members, carers and community members and will be taught by Dance for Parkinson's Australia program co-ordinator Erica Rose Jeffrey. Held 11am to 1pm at Paradise Showroom, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise. Cost free. Details email boxoffice@theartscentregc.com.au. 

DAFFODIL DAY

August 25: Every year, thousands of wonderful Cancer Council volunteers hit the streets, shopping centres and train stations across the country on Daffodil Day to raise vital funds for cancer research, education programs and support for the 1.1 million Australians who've been impacted by cancer. By getting involved and volunteering your time this Daffodil Day, you'll bring us one step closer to a cancer-free future. Put on your finest yellow clothes and your biggest smile. Yellow hats and feather boas are very welcome. To find out more, call 1300 656 585. 

CLASSIC MUSIC

August 26: Join Queensland Symphony Orchestra music director Alondra de la Parra for an evening of Beethoven and Mozart. In this special program, QSO presents the Australian debut tour of internationally acclaimed pianist Jan Lisiecki. Widely regarded as an "aristocrat of piano", see him perform one of Mozart's most popular piano concertos.

Conductor Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances. She holds the distinction of being the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York City. Concert starts at 7.30pm at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise. Adult $56, pensioner and senior $48. Details email boxoffice@theartscentregc.com.au.

GARDENING SPECTACLE

September 3: The Botanical Bazaar, supported by Tropical Fruit World, is a fully interactive Gold Coast gardening event aimed to educate and inspire all ages and lovers of nature. The expo brings urban gardening, creative ideas and sustainable living to garden enthusiasts. Come and learn how to  grow your own food, attract butterflies and birds to your backyard or make your own cheese. See locally made vertical, aquaponics and hydroponic gardens. View botanical homewares and art, learn about composting or how to maintain native/European bees. 9am to 5pm at Country Paradise Parklands, 74 Billabirra Crescent, Nerang. Early bird online tickets adults $11, children free. Standard cost adult $15, children $5. Details www.botanicalbazaar.com.au.

SCULPTURE FESTIVAL

September 8 to 17: At the Swell Sculpture Festival, come face-to-face with awe-inspiring sculptures by local, national and international artists. Stay a little longer and discover a range of unique experiences - guided twilight walks and artist talks, salute to sculpture yoga, artist-led workshops, delicious food on The Green and live music at Swell Sounds. Cost free. Venue Currumbin Beach, Pacific Parade. Details www.swellsculpture.com.au/.

FABULOUS ORCHIDS SHOW

September 15 and 16: The Gold Coast District Orchid Society will hold its 2017 Spring Show at the Albert Waterways Community Centre, cnr Hooker and Sunshine Boulevard, Mermaid Waters. Friday from 8am to 4.30pm and Saturday from 8am to 3.30pm. The venue is wheelchair-friendly with plenty of parking for buses and cars. Admission is $4 for adults and children aged under 12 years are free. This is a judged orchid and foliage show. Ten traders will be selling orchids, bromeliads, cactus, succulents and growing needs. There will be a members' plant sale table and potting demonstrations. Details phone Peter Emerton on 0417 504 838.

 

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