What's on: Central Coast
BIODIVERSITY ON SHOW
IF YOU have thoughts about conserving the Coast's unique flora and fauna for future generations, then you need to get along to see Central Coast Council's draft Biodiversity Strategy. It is now on public exhibition at the Gosford and Wyong council offices until November 11, with a community drop-in information session at Wyong from 4-7pm tomorrow (Tuesday, September 24). It's described as "the first single strategy that combines the progress of the two former councils in conservation planning and presents a scientifically-robust roadmap for the future".
Residents can also have their say online until November 11, go to yourvoiceourcoast.com/greeningcentralcoast.
PLANT LOVERS FAIR
IF YOU are looking for something special for your garden, the Plant Lovers Fair at Kariong Mountains High School on the weekend of September 28-29 is the place to go. The annual event caters for experienced gardeners and amateurs, with loads of advice available.
There is a vast array of unusual and rare plants, as well as a spread of decorative garden features. Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC's Gardening Australia will be there on Sunday as the fair's ambassador. On Saturday, garden travel guru Linda Ross, from The Garden Clinic and Radio 2GB, is guest at the Speakers Corner. The fair runs Saturday 8am-4pm and Sunday 9am-3pm.
Go to plantloversfair.com.au.
COMEDY FOR A CAUSE
COMEDY for a Cause is hosted by The Outpost Central Coast and Long Jetty Hotel from 7pm on Saturday, September 28. The Outpost aims to permanently break the cycle of domestic violence though raising awareness of intergenerational Domestic and Family Violence and funds for the Fearless Warrior Project. And while that's nothing to laugh about, the future possibilities are definitely something to bring a smile to everyone's face.
Go to theoutpost.org.au or phone Annabelle on 0422 904 972.
ETTALONG FOOD FAIR
AS PART of the Galleria's 40th anniversary, Sunday, September 29 is foodies' day from 10am to 4pm at Ettalong Beach. It's promoted as a family-friendly day with international cuisine, live music and entertainment. There will be gourmet food stalls, delicious desserts and a pop-up bar.
ART WITH A TWIST
THE Through My Eyes art exhibition runs throughout October and comprises artworks by members of the blind, low vision and sighted community to celebrate International White Cane Day, October 15. This exhibition features works that represent "the journey" of life and each artist's unique perspective. Also on display are tactile artworks from the sighted community which allow those with vision issues to engage with the artwork through touch. It is an initiative of Vision Australia in partnership with Gosford Regional Gallery, and is on at Erina Library.
SILENT CINEMA UNDER THE STARS
DAVISTOWN RSL is screening Paddington 2 at 6pm on Saturday, October 5, in an event with a difference - it's silent. Well, that is except for the headphones, which are $10 to hire. You are invited to bring your own rug and kick back under the stars with the grandchildren, whose teddy bears could win the best dressed prize. Organisers recommend arriving by 5pm to collect your headphones and get set up, with food and drink available, and the children can "silent disco" before the movie starts.
Phone reception on 02 4363 0199 for details.
JAZZ IN THE ARBORETUM
JOHN Morrison's All Stars has an exciting new jazz line-up being presented by Pearl Beach Progress Association at Crommelin Native Arboretum from 2.30pm on Sunday, October 6. The troupe is John on drums, Steve Smillie trumpet, Kath Morrison guitar, Jackie Cooper vocals, Bill Risby piano and Natalie Morrison on bass. The Australian Institute of Music's Studio Youth Orchestra will also perform. So grab a picnic, rug, chairs and your friends, but no dogs. Tickets are $45.
Phone Alison Phillips on 0487 444 537 for details.
GARAGE SALE TRAIL
THE ninth annual Garage Sale Trail is on the weekend of October 19 and 20. This year's sustainability event is expected to involve more Australians than ever before. There were 300 registered sales across the Central Coast last year, with more than $10,000 raised for charities and community groups across the region.
Find out more at garagesaletrail.com.au/centralcoast.
THIS IS MY BRAVE AUSTRALIA
THE first Central Coast This is My Brave Australia show is on at the Grove Theatre Wyong during Mental Health Week on Sunday, October 20. Through storytelling, poetry, song, dance and creative expression live on stage, local people will tell their lived experience of the traumas and challenges they have faced and how they have overcome mental health problems. They include stories from war veterans, stories of childhood abuse and bipolar and depression diagnoses. According to organiser Men Care Too's Greg Smith, it is a really uplifting mix with the focus on the positive.
To find out more, go to mencaretoo.org/greg or phone 0400 604 231.