What's On: Central Coast
THIS showcase highlights the cultural diversity of the Central Coast, featuring professional artists from diverse cultures including indigenous Australia, India, Egypt, China, the Philippines, South America, Africa, Thailand and Polynesia. It's at The Art House from 2.30pm on April 27.
Adult tickets $15. Phone 02 4335 1485 or go to thearthouse wyong.com.au.
CENTRAL COAST SHOW
THE regional show is on again from May 4-5, with horse events held early on April 28 and spectators welcome. Competition on the main days includes all the traditional rural competitions as well as art, lapidary, bees, baking, cake-decorating and other pavilion sections. Gates open Saturday from 9am-6.30pm and Sunday 9am-4pm. Don't forget the fireworks spectacular from 6pm Saturday. There's also antique farm machinery on display and over 200 hot rods, vintage and customised vehicles expected at the car show on Sunday. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 concession and children and $25 families, with kids under five free.
Go to centralcoastregional show.com.au.
GOSFORD HERITAGE PLANS
YOU can have your say on the draft Gosford Central Business District (CBD) Heritage Interpretation Strategy when Central Coast Council puts it on public exhibition in May for at least 28 days. The strategy aims to bring Gosford's heritage to life.
There are 64 potential locations identified. Residents can have their say, go to yourvoiceourcoast.com.
MUSIC OF THE NIGHT
SANDY Bigara and a 30-piece choir comprised of her Gosford and Wyong Community Choirs are guest artists at this special pre-Mother's Day show, Music of the Night. Starring international pianist and vocalist Joey Fimmano, it's a tribute to musicals, particularly those of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and also stars Dexter Villa and soprano Jessica Di Bartolo.
It's at 2pm at Laycock St Theatre on May 5. Tickets are $39.
BLUES ON THE MOUNTAIN
THIS non-profit event is back on May 11 at the historic Mangrove Mountain Hall. UK blues rock and soul phenomenon Z-Star Trinity headlines, with front woman Zee Gachette drawing comparisons to Prince, Nina Simone and Janis Joplin with her amazing vocals, musicianship, energy and stage presence. Tomcat Playground, featuring Dan Sullivan on lead vocals and harmonica, PJ O'Brien on guitar, Mike Rix on bass and Greg Clark on drums will also play. Tickets are $30 and doors open 5.30pm, continuing till late.
Phone Ryan Howard on 0405 416 289 or find them on Facebook @BluesontheMountain.
HITS OF THE CROONERS
HERE'S another one for the mums at Laycock St Theatre on the night before Mother's Day. The songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Jr and Michael Buble to name a few, presented by Australia's own Chris Lloyds. Songs include Fly Me to the Moon and You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You.
It's at 8pm May 11, with tickets $65 adults or $60 concession.
MOTHER'S DAY CLASSIC
REMEMBER, celebrate and honour those fighting, who have overcome or lost the battle with breast cancer at this year's Mother's Day Classic at Davistown. Whether you walk, run, fundraise or volunteer this May 12, you will be helping give hope to the 53 women diagnosed every day in Australia by raising funds for breast cancer research. It's the event's fifth year at Davistown, offering participants a 4km run (8.45am) or walk (9am). The course runs along Kincumber bike track, starting and ending at Davistown Memorial Park.
For details, phone Natalia Mudge on 0437 577 663. or find them at Mothers Day Classic Davistown on Facebook.
ON April 26 and every Friday from 4-9pm at Wyong, you can discover the Living Timbre Twilight Market. There's live music, "funky stalls", artists and artisans set up inside the Living Timbre nursery. There are games and activities for the grand-kids to enjoy while you relax on the lawn with the music, browse and grab some food. Entry is free at 370 Pacific Hwy Wyong.
Phone 02 4306 4837 or go to @livingtimbre on Facebook.
LAST year The Art House Wyong opened its doors for the Central Coast's first piece of immersive theatre. Across three sell-out shows, small groups discovered the theatre's hidden corners and corridors and encountered incredible acrobatics, dance and performance pieces in the most unlikely places. The same team is back this year presenting Le Freak: Forbidden Fruit, and turning The Art House into "an Eden of changing seasons, playful creatures and human iniquity" in which guests can choose their own path. It's a two-hour show on May 24 with matinee and night performances May 25.
Phone 02 4335 1485 or go to thearthouse wyong.com.au.
KNOWING the Central Coast's love for both koalas and cars, Port Macquarie's Hello Koalas Festival organisers are inviting owners and car club members to start planning to join them for the Cars for Koalas Show and Shine on Saturday, June 8 at Westport Park. About 3.5 hours from Gosford, it's the perfect distance to enjoy a road trip, show off your pride and joy and at the same time raise awareness of koala safety, and funds for the Koala Hospital. All marques and character cars are welcome. The festival atmosphere, shops, food tents, foreshore markets and Hello Koalas sculpture displays will make it a great day from 10am-4pm.
Phone Denis Mamo on 0419 991 627 or go to hellokoalas.com.