CITY Libraries Tech Savvy Seniors program provides fun, small group technology training just for seniors. Whether you want to learn how to get online, use a tablet or send an email, Tech Savvy Seniors courses can help you, or a senior you know. In this workshop you will be introduced to social media, including Facebook and how to share photographs. Contact your local library for more information on our range of programs. Free activity from 11am to 1pm on Thursday, February 15, at Broadbeach library. Details www.cityofgoldcoast .com.au/libraryevents.
THERE is no better way to spend February than at the Sand Safari Arts Festival at one of Australia's most iconic beaches, Surfers Paradise. Over 17 days from February 9, the sands and streets of Surfers Paradise will come alive in a celebration of sand, sea and sport-inspired art. The popular free event features the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships, drawing thousands of spectators to admire some of the world's most talented sculptors. Sea creatures will return again in the form of gigantic inflatable art scattered throughout the precinct. Details www.queensland.com /en-au/event/sand- safari-arts-festival.
CELEBRATE Chinese New Year of the Dog in vibrant colour at Links Hope Island's inaugural Community Street Festival on February 16. Authentic Chinese entertainers including string quartet, singers, traditional mask dancers, tai chi sword dance, Chinese massage, cultural activities and a delicious array of Chinese street food. There will be plenty for the kids to do at the Little Wonderland with a chopstick competition, calligraphy, lantern-decorating and dumpling-making classes. Free entry at Springfield Drive, Hope Island. Details www.queensland.com/ en-au/event/chinese- new-year-street-party -hope-island.
THE countdown to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is on, but what does this mean for the competing athletes? Retired professional athlete and Olympic gold medallist and recent inductee into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame, Duncan Free, will explore the life of an elite athlete two months out from a major competition. Griffith University School of Engineering professor David Thiel will offer an insight into the science and engineering behind the process of monitoring an athlete's progress in their preparations to compete. Free activity at Robina Library and Community Centre, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive, on Wednesday, February 21, 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Details www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2018-inside-scoop-gc2018-life-as-an-elite-athlete.
THE Arts Centre Gold Coast presents OUR Land People Stories by Bangarra Dance Theatre which brings you three personal and profound dance works, showcasing the infinite stories of Australia's cultural heritage on February 23 and 24. The stunning paintings of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu are brought to life in Nyapanyapa, Wiradjuri family and kinship is explored in Miyagan, and the two sides of Sydney's Governor Macquarie are uncovered in Macq. Forged from more than 40,000 years of culture, Bangarra's striking dance language is internationally acclaimed, together with its immersive soundscapes and exquisite design. Starts at 7.30pm. Book with theartscentregc.com.au.
IT'S time for the most vibrant, joyous beach festival of the year. Enjoy relaxing guided meditations and soulful sacred music as the full moon rises over the breathtaking Burleigh Heads beach. The Golden Moon Festival is the perfect way to shake off the stresses of the week and welcome the weekend, bask in the all-satisfying glow of kirtan. Join us for an incredible night of sacred sounds, moonlight, bhajans, community and spiritual bliss at Justin's Park, 1698 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, on Friday, March 2, from 6pm to 9pm. Details www.eventbrite.com.au/e/golden-moon-festival-tickets.
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LANDSCAPES, nature, portraits, close-ups, still life ... there'll be plenty of photographs that grab your attention in the Photo Arts Club Tweed (PACT) exhibition of members' works from March 2-11 at the Kirra Hill Community Art Centre, 1 Garrick St, Kirra. Opening hours from 9.30am-4.30pm daily and entry is free. An eclectic selection of more than 50 print images will be on display and available for purchase. PACT members will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. For details, call the president, David Lucas, on 0412328347.
AT THE Gold Coast Seniors Health and Lifestyle Expo learn about retirement living options, in-home care, seniors travel, seniors' insurance, financial planning, investment advice, free hearing and eyesight checks, and mobility aids. Information is available from Centrelink, City of Gold Coast and more. Find it all at one location and on the same day from 9am to 1pm, and enjoy free entry. More than 80 exhibitors including residential aged care providers, travel agents, vision aids, funeral services, and in-home care providers. From 9am to 1pm on Thursday, March 15, The Palm Beach Share N Care Centre, 10th Ave, Palm Beach. Details on the website.
EVER wanted to be involved in a murder and solve the case yourself, or even be a murderer? At the Fox & Hounds, 7 Elevation Dve, Wongawallan, they have four murder themes in 2018 - Games of Crowns, Murder at the Grand Gatsby, Factions (Vampires, Sorcerers and Werewolves) and Witches (too many spoil the brew). Choose a theme, they will send you your unique character and that becomes you for the evening. You will find how to dress and how you fitted into society. Then just turn up on the evening in theme and you are given tasks to complete. A minimum of 12 guests is required. A cost of $85 includes a three-course meal. Details www.foxandhounds.net.au/.
THE iconic Beachfront Markets have been adorning the foreshore of the popular tourist precinct of Surfers Paradise since 1995, catering year-round to holiday-makers and locals alike. Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening, from 4pm to 9pm, thousands of visitors make their way to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets to enjoy some relaxed retail therapy by the world-famous beach. The markets held at the corner of Cavill Ave and The Esplanade feature a colourful variety of stalls offering arts and crafts, fashion, jewellery, natural health and beauty products and homewares. They're also home to fortune tellers, magicians, wildlife shows and local buskers. Visit the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets Facebook page for updates.
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