What's on: Central Coast
Under the Sun
GOSFORD Regional Gallery is showing an exhibition of works specially commissioned by the Australian Centre for Photography from artists responding to Australian photographer Max Dupain's iconic image of the Sunbaker. The exhibition explores views of our culture, our identity and our nationhood, with the artists chosen reflecting Australia's multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith landscape. The exhibit runs until May 20. Phone 4304 7550.
HOW'S your grey matter working? Hardy's Bay Club is hosting a fantastic trivia night with El Triviachi ... They reckon it's the best pub trivia night around, but it's also for a great cause, with all proceeds to the Gift of Life Foundation which raises awareness of the need for more organ donors in Australia. It's on Friday, April 27. Registrations at 6.30pm and trivia from 7pm. Phone 4360 1072 for more.
Breast cancer exercise
ENCORE is more than a free exercise and information program, it provides the chance for women to connect with other women who share a similar experience, restore body image, relieve stress and just have fun. It is delivered by YWCA to women who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their life. The next course is running in Erina on Thursday, April 26-June 14 from 11.30am-1.30pm. Go to ywcaencore.org.au or call 9285 6264.
Four Villages Walk
WHATEVER your age, there's something to be learnt and enjoyed at this year's 3.3km Four Villages Walk on Sunday, May 6. The walk is easy and flat and you'll learn about the days when Kincumber, Yattalunga, Saratoga and Davistown were the hub of shipbuilding. There are historical displays, entertainment and more. It all starts at 10am and you can do one section or the entire return walk. (Bus available for return transport.) Go to fourvillageswalk.com or phone 0403 193 330.
WHETHER you are new to family history, or just need some extra pointers as to how to make the best of your research, archivist, John Cann, is likely to have the answer at Kincumber Library as he speaks about the records held in the NSW State Archives collection. The talk is from 10.30am-12.30pm on Tuesday, May 8. Places are limited. Phone 4304 7641.
Backstage comes to life
LE FREAK is being hailed as the Central Coast's first piece of immersive theatre. With numbers strictly limited, 250 guests per show will enter The Art House, Wyong and take a step back in time to the Roaring '20s, discovering the theatre's hidden corners and corridors and encountering incredible acrobatics, dance and performance pieces in the most unlikely places. Tickets are $25-49. It's on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12. Phone 4335 1485 or go to thearthousewyong.com.au.
Toast a Brain Tumourist
OKAY, so that heading alone has to get your attention. This is a fundraising event for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. It's on Saturday, May 12 from 6.30pm for a 7pm start and running until 11pm. Tickets are $85/person or $800 table of 10 which includes canapes on arrival, two-course dinner, wine, beer and soft drink and entertainment by comedy hypnotist Andy Magee. It's at Mingara Recreation Club. Contact Brett Finneran on 0431 302 504.
Meet Jean Kittson
JEAN Kittson is one of the most famous comic female faces in Australia, and will be at Erina Library from 6-8pm on Wednesday, May 16. You are guaranteed a laugh as Jean shares stories from her career in the business, including The Big Gig and Good News Week and film credits like Hating Alison Ashley and The Nugget. Jean is the author of Tongue Lashing, published by Penguin, and the definitive book on menopause; You're Still Hot to Me: The Joys of Menopause. Phone 4304 7650 to book.
Million Paws Walk
IT'S THAT time again, when pooches and their owners take to the streets to raise money for the RSPCA. This year's walk is at Lyons Park, Gosford on Sunday, May 20, with registration (if you haven't registered online) from 8.30am and the walk starting at 10.15am. This is always a happy family event, and includes a sausage sizzle, games and giveaways, fancy dress competition, as well as stalls, vet advice and grooming services. For details, contact Debbie on 4372 2034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dolls, Bears, Collectables & Craft
NOW into its 22nd year, the annual Dolls, Bears, Collectables and Craft Show is on at Wyong Race Club on Sunday, May 27 from 9.30am-3pm. It costs just $6 for adults (or big kids) and $2 for little kids, and for that you will see a host of dolls, bears and their clothes, supplies and accessories, ribbon, lace, beads and buttons, quilts and crafts, Australian-made furniture and prams, craft demonstrations, and more. You can even find out just how much that precious doll or bear you've been keeping for sentimental value is worth with the doll and bear valuations. All donations to cancer care services. Phone Jannette on 6554 3305 or 0439 387 267.
Avoca Beachside markets
LET'S face it, the Coast loves markets, and this is one of the best, running 9am-2pm on the fourth Sunday of each month - hence May 27. It's at Heazlett Park foreshore, providing a great backdrop to the 120-plus stalls with everything from local art to recycled and upcycled goods, skincare, jewellery, homewares and international food, not to mention musicians. And of course, with Mum's Day just around the corner - phone 416 923 655 for details.