What's On: Gold Coast
THERE'S a new venue for City of Gold Coast's Active & Healthy Tai Chi at HOTA (Home of the Arts). It's at the outdoor stage for one hour from 10.30am each Wednesday until November 28. Senior Master Rod Ferguson guides participants through a series of movements to help promote harmony, improve mobility, suppleness, and mental alertness. Call 5572 8921. Classes are held throughout the Coast. To find the one closest to you, go to www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/community/active-healthy-tai-chi-31325.html.
SWING to the sounds of the 1940s-50s at this year's free annual Mayor's Seniors Week Concerts on Thursday, August 23. There's swing, jive and glamour with the music of Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, The Andrews Sisters and Frank Sinatra to big band sounds, with dazzling choreography and crooning vocals. Tickets are now available for the one-hour shows at 9.30am, 12pm and 2.30pm in the Paradise Showroom at HOTA. Call 5588 4000.
INTERNATIONAL meditation teacher Steve Weissman will lead Saturday afternoon meditation sessions at the Thai Monastery in Nerang. This is a regular meditation 'sitting group' to support each other towards mindfulness and more peace and balance in life, but no pressure to attend each session. Gatherings will be from 2-3.30pm from Saturday, August 25 to September 8 at Wat Sangharatanaram Thai Temple, 137 Beaudesert-Nerang Rd, Nerang. Call 0410 735 728 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK Club stars some of Hollywood's favourite Senior ladies and promises to be a little bit naughty. Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed, Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings, Sharon (Candice Bergen) is working through a decades-old divorce and Carol's (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. The four lifelong friends' lives are turned upside down when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey, discovering new romance, rekindling old flames and discussing the desire for intimate companionship in older adults. This comedy opens August 23 at HOTA and check for Special Seniors Screenings with morning tea at Event cinemas.
GOLD COAST SHOW
IT'S FREE! That's right, at its new venue at the Broadwater Parklands and Owen Park, Southport from August 31-September 2, entry to the 112th Gold Coast Show is now free, the equestrian program is back and there's a nightly entertainment lights spectacular called Luminosity. The Gold Coast Show is still the largest community event on the Coast, attracting about 60,000 people per year. There's all the usual art, flower, produce and cooking competitions, wood-chopping, dog and cattle shows, as well as demonstrations and live entertainment, and for the kids or young at heart, carnival games and rides. Go to www.goldcoastshow.com.au or call 5504 5587.
ON THE weekend of August 25-26, North Burleigh again hosts the annual BBQ Championships, featuring 50 of Australia's and the USA's best competition teams. Using low and slow cooking and barbecue techniques across five categories - chicken, lamb, pork ribs, beef and seafood - teams will present their plates to a panel of judges. The pit yard will be open to the public from 9am to 4pm Saturday and from 6am Sunday, there will be trade and market stalls, and you can eat your fill of barbecue from food vendors and enjoy live music. Call Greg on 0438 488 554, or go to http://www.burleighbbq.com. Entry is free but be early to get a park!
52 Strings pairs Camerata, Queensland's Chamber Orchestra, with talented Gold Coast string students and educators to create a mass ensemble of 52 strings on Saturday, September 8. The full orchestra will tackle one of the most well-loved works of the string orchestra, Vaughan-Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. It's at HOTA and costs $48 adults, $42 concession. Call 5588 4000.
YOU HAVE two chances to hear the Gold Coast City Choir sings its way through hits from your favourite movies. The largest mixed-voice community choir in the region singing four-part harmony, it will perform at Robina Community Centre multi-purpose room at 3pm on Saturday, September 8 and at St Peter's Anglican Church, Southport at 3pm on Sunday, September 9. Tickets are $10, available at the door. Call Aileen Sinclair on 0438 769 851 or go to http://goldcoastcitychoir.com to find out more.
IF PHOTOGRAPHY is your love, you won't want to miss the annual convention of the Australian Photographic Society (APSCON), with speakers from New Zealand and Australia covering photographic techniques including nature, conceptual art, architecture, travel and drone photography at HOTA from September 11-16. There will be an exhibitions and presentations for the community. Cost is $20-$30. Call 0428 730 564 or go to www.a-p-s.org.au/index.php.