What's on: Central Coast
TWO mums have come up with something different this Christmas in the Budgewoi Community Christmas Barbecue. The idea is a simple get-together for those who would otherwise be home alone. Bring a picnic blanket and get into the Christmas spirit with some locals, a free sausage sandwich and a Christmas carol or two. It is free from 11am-1pm at Mackenzie Reserve, Weemala Street, Budgewoi. Phone Kristal on 0405 165 295.
WEEKEND ON THE GREENS
EVERY weekend, launching Saturday, December 29 until March, the Weekend on the Greens will bring together food, drink music and fun from noon on the waterfront at Woy Woy. There will be food trucks, drinks and refreshments from local breweries and distilleries, music from local artists and a family fun area. It's at The Greens, North Burge Road, Woy Woy. Phone Sam Perry on 0427 857 238.
NEW YEAR'S EVE
YOU are invited to join in the festivities and celebrate the last sunset of 2018 at The Entrance with entertainment, activities and live music at Memorial Park. For all you children of the '80s, Pseudo Echo is performing live, there will be a food alley and fireworks display at 9pm. It all starts at 6pm, but be warned, there will be traffic diversions from 3pm and Marine Parade Carpark will be closed throughout December 31.
AUSSIE NIGHT MARKETS
THESE Gosford markets are on the first Friday of the month from 5pm on January 4. There's assorted food trucks from Spanish to pizza, pasta, burgers, skewers, dumplings, paella, curry and more, but don't forget to leave room for the dessert trucks, including churros to Dutch pancakes! There's entertainment and rides for the kids. It's at The Entertainment Grounds, Racecourse Road, Gosford.
RETIREES MEET & GREET
If you've recently moved into the area, or perhaps just haven't found your niche yet, the Retirees Meet & Greet is a great way to make new friends and find out what's happening in the area. It's as simple as going along to Bateau Bay Library for a cuppa and morning tea on Thursday, January 10 from 10.30-11.30am.
CHALK THE WALK
THIS is the first Chalk the Walk at Waterfront Plaza, The Entrance, having been postponed in October due to rain. Talented 3D artist Anton Pulvirenti will be among those turning the area into one giant canvas of artwork. The full program, including live entertainment and public viewing of pieces is available, go to centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/council/chalk-walk. On from January 17-20.
GOSFORD GOLD CUP
Thursday, January 17 is race day finale at The Entertainment Grounds (previously Gosford Race Club) with the final event of the Tooheys Central Coast Carnival and Summer Series. It features the Listed Gosford Gold Cup, Listed Takeover Target and Class Three Cusick Prelude. Gates open at 12pm for the first race at 12.30pm. There's also live music, food and more. Last race 4.55pm. Adults $10.
UMINA BEACH MARKETS
ON THE third Sunday of each month from 9am-2pm, including Sunday, January 20, aiming to give visitors and locals a lively market in which to come together and enjoy the beauty of Umina Beach. There is a large variety of plant-based and vegan options available. The market will be filled with unique and quirky stalls, visual arts, live buskers, delicious foods and more. It's at Peninsula Recreational Precinct near Umina Beach SLSC. Email Ricky at uminabeach email@example.com.
IF YOU, your family or group members are interested in learning something truly useful, Hand on Heart First Aid is offering classes to help you potentially make a difference in someone's life. Founded by two Emergency-trained nurses, it has moved into the Central Coast with trainer Scott, who will come to your home, club or workplace to teach you essential life-saving skills. Courses are tailored to the participants' needs and come from life experience, not just the text book. Phone 0411 735 000.