What's on: Central Coast
Hosted by Erina Community Baptist Social Justice and Erina Community Baptist Church on Thursday, June 28 is an event described as an "interactive refugee workshop" which will "explode the myths and explore the realities around refugees and asylum seekers and identify a biblical shaped way forward". The workshop is facilitated by Rev Scott Higgins from A Just Cause, which states it believes God wants every human being to flourish, free from exploitation, oppression and neglect. The event runs at the church from 7-9.30pm. Supper is provided and entry is free. Phone 0401 873 921 for details.
Wyong Neighbourhood Centre OpShop is celebrating its 7th birthday with a garage sale and sausage sizzle from 10am-2pm on Friday, June 29. It's on rain, hail or shine in Room 3 at the Old Primary School, cnr Alison Rd and Ranken Ct, with toys, books, games, jewellery, DVDs and CDs, kitchenware, shoes, suitcases, linen, handbags and more. Phone Sharyn on 4353 1750 for details.
Whale Dreamers Festival
The annual Whale Dreamers Festival is on again from 10am-2pm on Sunday, July 1. Held at Norah Head Lighthouse, the local organisers' aim is to bring the community together to raise awareness of the plight of whales and raise funds for conservation and research projects. There will be free whale talks, live music, guest speakers, marine conservation displays and food stalls. The lighthouse will also be open for tours, so grab your picnic gear and head over. Bus pick-ups are available. For more, go to www.whaledreamers.org.au or Phone Nikki on 0415 207 887.
A group of local artists have joined forces in Solstice to showcase their works for from Friday, July 6-Sunday, July 8 at Gosford Gallery. Works include painting, ceramics, photography, woodwork and glass art, all inspired by the Coast. The official opening is 2-5pm on July 7. Participating artists are Annette Heidrich, Fran Melrose, Jenny Knibb, Karen McPhee, Sandy Robinson, Meg McDonald, Sue Sullivan, Judy Barrett, John Chapman, Robyn Lowe, Murray Lowe and Thel Brown.
Winter in the Park
If you're babysitting these school holidays, why not make the best of winter, with Winter in the Park at Kibble Park from 10am-7pm from Wednesday July 11-18. There's an outdoor iceskating rink (from $12 per 45 minutes, sessions on the hour), snowman making, a show by DJ Jazzy, face-painting, arts and crafts, music, a Mad Hatter's Tea Party and a visit by The Smurfs. Go to www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/events.
Winter Blues and Jazz
This annual festival is another council freebie, so make the most of it from 10am-4pm on Sunday, July 15 at Memorial Park, The Entrance. As well as the main acts - yet to be finalised as we went to press - there will be buskers, food stalls, wine tasting and plenty of room to relax and enjoy the vibes. Go to www.theentrance.org.au/whats-on.
Wyong Drama Group presents the comedy musical Nunsense, a talent show by five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken Nunnery. The rest of their sisters have been poisoned by the cook and this is a fundraiser to raise money to bury the last four of the dearly departed. Nunsense is described as good old-fashioned comedy at its best "occasionally touching and totally wonderful". It's on from Friday July 20-Saturday, July 28. Tickets are $20-$35 at The Art House Wyong. Phone 4335 1485 or go to www.thearthousewyong.com.au.
Bays Art Show
The Bays Community Group is hosting its 2018 Art Show over the weekend of July 21-22. Again this year the six artists showcased are talented Central Coast professionals with varied styles and mediums from painting to sculpture. Sue Jokinen, Jannifer Jones, Leanne Livens, Garry Purchase, Naomi Veitch and Peter Waples will all be spending time in The Bays Community Hall over the weekend, interacting with visitors, so you can talk with them about their work first-hand. It's at 19 Woy Woy Bay Rd, Woy Woy Bay. Entry is via gold coin donation except opening night, Friday, July 20 at 7.30pm, to which tickets are $35 (book in advance). Phone 0409 302 102. Proceeds go back into the community, which comprises Horsfield, Phegans and Woy Woy bays.
My Fair Lady
Here's a perennial favourite - Gosford Musical Society is bringing My Fair Lady to Laycock Street Community Theatre from July 27-August 11. Based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, it's the classic story of flowergirl Eliza Doolittle's transformation to a lady, with hits like Wouldn't it be Loverly?, The Rain in Spain, With a Little Bit of Luck, On the Street Where You Live, and I Could Have Danced All Night. Tickets are adult $46. Phone 4323 3233.
Christmas in July
The Iris Foundation presents its Christmas in July celebration at The Beachcomber Hotel, Toukley on July 28, with all proceeds to Phoenix Youth Support Services and the prevention of suicide. The Iris Foundation, founded on the Coast in 2006, fosters resilience, hope and connections in our community as a means to reducing the risk of suicide. Tickets at $58.50 include all the Christmas trimmings, lucky door prizes, auctions and a feast of fun. Phone Sue on 0418 761461, or go to www.irisfoundation.org.au.