OPERATIC DELIGHT: You don't have to go to Sydney to hear world-class opera, with the central coast's own company, Coast Opera Australia, in its debut concert on Saturday, September 1, featuring four internationally acclaimed singers and a full 40-piece orchestra.
OPERATIC DELIGHT: You don't have to go to Sydney to hear world-class opera, with the central coast's own company, Coast Opera Australia, in its debut concert on Saturday, September 1, featuring four internationally acclaimed singers and a full 40-piece orchestra.

What's On: Central Coast

KNITTERS UNITE

IF YOU'RE a knitter, the Coast's libraries have you covered. It no longer has to be a solitary pursuit. Depending on where you live and your time available, you could choose Knitwits Knitting Group which meets monthly 9-10am on the first Friday of the month at Tuggerah Library. Phone (02) 4350 1560. Or there's Umina Library Knitters, who meet every Monday and Thursday 10-11am and morning tea is provided. Phone (02) 4304 7333. And if you're in the Lake Haven area, head along to Wild Woolies Knitting Group every second Saturday from 10-11am. Phone (02) 4350 1570.

COAST OPERA

THE Coast's professional opera company, Coast Opera Australia, is making its historic debut on Saturday, September 1. Artistic director Angela Brewer said the special event would feature four internationally acclaimed opera singers, and a full 40-piece orchestra. An Exquisite Night of Musical Brilliance will be hosted by ABC's Linda Mottram and headlined by baritone Jose Carbo, who debuted at La Scala in 2009 and just toured with Sumi-Jo and Guy Noble. It also stars mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell, who is returning from European performances, as well as two top emerging stars. The principal ensemble will be composed of local emerging artists. It starts at Central Coast Leagues Club's Parkview Room at 7.30pm for the concert at 8pm. Tickets from $75. Phone (02) 4325 9888 or go to trybooking.com.

COMEDY

WOMEN Like Us is the creation of comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs - middle-aged women, mothers and country girls, telling it like it is. They are bringing their show to Davistown RSL on Friday, September 7 and Mingara Recreation Club on Saturday, September 8. Their stories of motherhood, marriage, break-ups and breakdowns, getting older, the beauty industry and various obsessions, are the stuff of real life and totally relatable for women who are overworked, overtired and just over it. Go to womenlikeus.com.au or phone the venues. Tickets cost $35.

IAN MOSS

IAN Moss promises to get "solo, acoustic and intimate" with us at the Art House Wyong on Friday, September 7. The former Cold Chisel guitarist is respected in his own right as a musician and has this year released his sixth album, a self-titled studio recording. Tickets cost $60. Go to thearthouse wyong.com.au or phone (02) 4335 1485.

MICHAEL JACKSON

THE Legacy Tour tribute to Michael Jackson comes to Ettalong Diggers on Saturday, September 8 and the Art House Wyong on October 12. The show was produced and endorsed by previous members of Michael Jackson's crew and takes you through his artistic life. The dance moves, live band and light show stars William Hall and has toured the world. Tickets range from $54-$65. Phone Diggers on (02) 4343 0111 or the Art House on (02) 4335 1485.

ADVENTUROUS WOMEN

WHETHER you are adventurous yourself, or just like seeing what others can do, the Women's Adventure Film Tour Volume 2 celebrates the extraordinary things women are doing in the name of adventure. It's a new set of short films focusing on adventure, the environment and heart-warming stories and is coming to the Majestic Cinemas, The Entrance on Wednesday, September 12. Cost is $25. Phone the cinema on (02) 4332 6566 or go to womensadventure filmtour.com.

PLANT FAIR

THE annual Plant Lovers Fair is returning to Kariong Mountains High School on the weekend of September 22 and 23, and promises to be "brimming with wonderful, hard-to-find, rare and unusual plants, not generally available in nurseries or garden centres". The fair features more than 40 exhibitors with everything you need from ornamental to food gardens, trees, shrubs and ground covers, succulents, perennials, natives to herbs and bulbs, plus quality garden products, talks and workshops. ABC's Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis is again ambassador, so look out for him in the main marquee as well as chatting around the venue. Entry is $14 adults ($12 online). It will be held from 8am-4pm Saturday and 9am-3pm Sunday. Go to plantloversfair.com.au.

RICHARD FIDLER

RICHARD Fidler's Conversations has become one of Australia's most-loved radio programs and you can hear him talking about his work with fellow ABC host James Valentine at The Art House, Wyong on Saturday, September 22. Fidler has interviewed prime ministers, astronauts, writers and scientists, as well as remarkable people you may not otherwise have heard of, always presenting an inside look at that person. Tickets are $39. Phone (02) 4335 1485 or go to thearthousewyong.com. au.

TOUKLEY MARKETS

IT SEEMS we can never get enough markets in the hunt for a bargain, so find out what Toukley has to offer every Sunday from 7am-1pm. There are more than 70 different stalls including fashion, food, craft, pet treats, plants and tools. The markets been running for more than 30 years and are held in the Coles carpark. To find out more go to greatertoukley.org.au or phone (02) 4397 1711.


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