Top 10 things to do around the Central Coast
1/ Doug Moran National Portrait Prize: For the past 28 years, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize has encouraged the best from portrait artists. You can catch this great exhibition until April 2, at the Gosford Regional Gallery.
2/ Mariners v Melbourne City: If you love your sport, you can't go past the Mariners playing Melbourne City at Central Coast Stadium Gosford in round 22 of soccer's A League on Sunday, March 5. Kick-off is 5pm.
3/ Morning Melodies: Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, Shirley Bassey and Cilla Black were the Women of the '60s whose music, along with other artists of the era, the talented Gina Hogan will bring back to the stage in Morning Melodies at the Laycock St Community Theatre on Wednesday, March 8. Complimentary morning tea at 10am with performance from 11am. Call 4323 3233. Tickets start from $13.
4/ Garden Summer Sounds: Grab your picnic rug for your last chance to enjoy Garden Summer Sounds on Sunday, March 19 from 4-7pm at the Japanese Gardens, East Gosford. There's live music, craft beers and plenty of delicious food.
5/ Johnny Cash: The Concert: Let's face it there's only one Johnny Cash ... or is there. After an 18-month layoff following their fourth national tour in November 2015 to rave reviews, Daniel Thompson and Stuie French's Johnny Cash: The Concert comes to the Art House at Wyong on Saturday, March 11. It's $65 for tickets to see the Man in Black. Call 4335 1485.
6/ Wadalba Markets: If you remember the fun of a real community fair, head to Wadalba Community School grounds for the P&C's second annual Wadalba Markets on March 12 from 10am-2.30pm. There will be over 65 stalls, showbags and rides, a petting farm, local student performers, arts, crafts, food and fairy floss. All funds raised go to the school for equipment, resources and capital projects. Entry is free.
7/ Skillion at Terrigal: When's the last time you just got out and enjoyed a good walk? Try the Skillion at Terrigal. Make it up the hill to enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding coastline. But it is a bit of a workout, so if you're not that fit, walk around the Haven instead.
8/ Ocean Film Festival 2017: Calling all ocean-lovers. The Ocean Film Festival 2017 is on at Avoca Beach Picture Theatre on Friday, March 24 from 7-10pm. This awe-inspiring selection of short films features footage taken both above and below the water, and celebrates the ocean and the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who spend their days in it. Adult tickets are $30.50. Go to www.avocabeachpicturetheatre.com.au.
9/ John MacNally: It's a week late for St Patrick's Day, but get your Irish spirit going at the Laycock St Community Theatre on March 24 with Dublin-born John MacNally, an Australian favourite for decades. Adult tickets cost $65. Call Call 4343 0111.
10/ Milko Foucault-Larche: Who doesn't remember Engelbert Humperdinck, if only for his name? He sold over 150 million albums over 50 years. On Tuesday, March 28 award-winning entertainer Milko Foucault-Larche will bring the songs of "the King of Romance" to life at the Ettalong Diggers in Englebert ... The Way it Used to Be. Tickets start from $8 for members.