SHARING THE LOVE: Tony Ditcham (one of the Toukley and Districts Art Society Wednesday Academy Group's mentors) at back, with Sonja Fabian and other members. The society, which is holding its annual art and craft fair on November 18, also runs a Friday Drawing Club which is open to all levels. See their story at www.seniorsnews.com.au.
SHARING THE LOVE: Tony Ditcham (one of the Toukley and Districts Art Society Wednesday Academy Group's mentors) at back, with Sonja Fabian and other members. The society, which is holding its annual art and craft fair on November 18, also runs a Friday Drawing Club which is open to all levels. See their story at www.seniorsnews.com.au.

What's on: Central Coast

MAGIC FLUTE

FLAUTIST Jane Rutter has been an Australian and international favourite for decades, and she has now teamed with award-winning bass baritone singer Teddy Tahu Rhodes to present some of the world's greatest love songs. These stars of the classical world will present Italian opera to Handel, Mozart, Donizetti and Schubert, and from Celtic Canon to Cole Porter and Rogers and Hammerstein. It's on Thursday, October 26 at The Art House Wyong.

CHROMEFEST

THE annual celebration of all things classic American kicks off at The Entrance from October 27-29 with the usual exciting mix of classic cars, hotrods and rock 'n' roll. Beat the crowds and see the cars as they cruise from Oakland Ave to Avoca and back to Memorial Park for display from 12pm on the Friday. Or join the weekend buzz with three stages of entertainment, retro markets, dance exhibitions, vintage fashion, the crowning of Miss Pin-up Doll and, on Sunday, the full 500 cars on display. Go to www.chromefest.org.

SCOTTISH SPECTACULAR

GET your kilts out on Sunday, November 5 as the Central Coast Scots, in conjunction with City of Gosford Pipe Band, Pipe Bands NSW, Central Coast Highland Dancing Incorporated, and the Gosford Scottish Country Dancers present the inaugural Central Coast Scottish Spectacular. This Scottish Highland Gathering, including kaber and keg tossing, is at The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford and will feature the NSW Pipe Band State Championships, and the Central Coast Scottish National Dancing Titles. Find them on Facebook.

THE LAKES FESTIVAL

THE Lakes Festival, in its third year from November 10-19, offers over 20 free events. Celebrate the Coasts waterways with sporting, family, cultural, educational, art and live music events on and surrounding the water. Celebrations are spread across Memorial Park, The Entrance, Picnic Point, McKenzie Reserve at Budgewoi and the foreshores of Canton Beach at Toukley, Ettalong Beach, Gosford Waterfront and Long Jetty. So whether you want to try stand-up paddle yoga or help break a record of the largest number of artists painting outside in one spot, head along. Google The Lakes Festival for the program.

'ALLO 'ALLO

YOU loved it on TV, now 'Allo 'Allo is presented by Wyong Drama Group Fridays to Sundays November 17 -25. The production promises laughs aplenty with café owner Rene Artois and his tone-deaf chanteuse wife Edith, passionate waitresses Yvette Carte-Blanche and Mimi Labonq, smitten German officer Grüber, Herr Flick of the Gestapo and Police Officer Crabtree with his famous "good moaning!". It's co-directed by Howard Oxley and Duncan Mitchell, and stars Howard as René, so go along for a night of laughs.

ART AND CRAFT FAIR

TUCKED away in a truly beautiful spot, the Toukley and Districts Art Society's Art and Craft Fair by the Lake is on November 18 from 9am-2pm, at the Federation Gallery, 1 Wallarah Rd, Gorokan. It's the perfect time to buy a unique Christmas present from the locally made arts and crafts. The gallery has a collection of paintings in water colour, oil, acrylic and pastel, along with hand-painted porcelain and silk, craftworks, pottery, jewellery and hand-painted cards and souvenirs, and you can stop at the café afterwards. Go to www.toukleyartgallery.com.au or call 0243924666.

DOGS IN THE PARK

HOW can you go wrong with a festival that celebrates man's best friend? Dogs in the Park, at Memorial Park, The Entrance from 9am-4pm across November 18-19, includes the Central Coast DockDogs Club Competition, the Peggy's Promise Rescue Agility Race Course (which you can join in for a gold coin donation), dog demonstrations, prizes for best dressed pet, trick contests and more, including the chance to raise funds for animal welfare. Find them on Facebook.

STREET FESTIVAL

KASEY Chambers is headlining this year's Long Jetty Street Festival from 11am-6pm on Sunday, November 19. The final event of The Lakes Festival, and now in its third year, it will cater for 15,000-plus festival-goers, with more stalls, entertainment and services than ever. There's two stages of entertainment, as well as an art precinct, mural art, roving entertainment from circus troupes, swing dancers, Rollerfit, stilt walkers, and action aplenty on the skate ramp, as well as a Kidz Zone and plenty of food, drink and produce.

ARTASTIC ART

VIEW and purchase some wonderful local works by the 18 artists who make up The Artastic Art Group when they hold their open day at Waterfront Estate, 8 Carrak Rd, Kincumber on Saturday, November 25. There will be demonstrations in various media, a Dutch auction, bar from 1pm and the charity raffle includes a framed Piers Bateman landscape, valued at $2500 and a piece by local artist Helen Davies, valued at $800. Funds will go to Aussie Helpers farming charity. The exhibit runs 9am-5pm. Gates will be open, just follow the signs.

HALF MARATHON

YOU'VE got a month left to get in shape, because the Mingara One Central Coast Half Marathon and 10km Fun Run is on Sunday, November 26. Staged annually, both runs follow the cycle path from The Entrance along Tuggerah Lake. The course is said to be flat, fast and scenic - I'll be taking their word for that! Fundraise $250 for the Cancer Council NSW and run for free. Go to http://centralcoasthalfmarathon.com.


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