What's on: Gold Coast
ENJOY free live music on Friday nights at the Summertime Sessions 2018-19 series, every Friday from 5.30-7.30pm until December 7 at Cuddihy Park, Mudgeeraba. November 16 features Maite Inae and Ben Goldstein, November 23 Micka Scene and Jade Soul, November 30 Luke Pauley and Phoebe Jacobs and December 7 Tiarni Hope and Sametime.
For details phone Linda Collyer on (07) 5581 7684.
THIS FRAGILE EARTH
THIS is your chance to take a walk through the Endangered Plant Trail and discover the interesting history of the Gold Coast's Botanic Gardens. It's on from 10-11am on Wednesday, November 14 at the gardens.
There are regular free guided walks to help you experience the gardens on the first and third Sunday and second and fourth Wednesday of the month from the Friends Centre. For more details, phone Shelly on 0423 075 144 or go to, friendsgcrbg.org.au/.
MEET Fiona McIntosh, best-selling author of The Tea Gardens, as she talks about her new blockbuster The Pearl Thief at Robina Library from 7-8pm on Wednesday, November 14. In the book, Severine Kassel is asked by the Louvre in 1963 to aid the British Museum with curating its antique jewellery, her specialty.
Her London colleagues find her distant and mysterious, her cool beauty the topic of conversations around its quiet halls. No one could imagine that she is a desperately damaged woman. Books will be available to buy for signing. Phone (07) 5581 6788.
TANGO IN THE PARK
TANGO in the Park is a free event at The Porch, Broadwater Parklands, Southport 3-6pm on Sunday, 18 November. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a 30-minute free lesson, followed by social dancing - and hopefully not too many trodden-on toes! It's free and you don't even need a partner. Phone Maria on 0413 595 275 for details.
SENIORS HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE EXPO
IF YOU are looking to find out more about retirement living options, in-home care, Seniors travel, insurance, financial planning, investment advice, free hearing and eyesight checks and more, the Seniors Health and Lifestyle Expo has it all in one place at Southport Community Centre.
It's all on from 9am-1pm on Thursday, November 22, including info from Centrelink, care and travel providers and more. Entry is free. Go to gcseniorsexpos.com.au or phone 0409 277 430.
FARM AID LUNCHEON
YOU can help farming families and hear award-winning Australian author, journalist and television presenter George Negus at this fundraising lunch in support of drought-stricken farmers, hosted by the Rotary Club of Nerang on Friday, November 23.
The event, Farm Aid - Help a Farmer's Family, will be held at the Nerang RSL Club from 12-2.30pm and will include an auction and raffle. Tickets to the lunch are $100 each and include a three-course meal and glass of wine. Phone 0402 633 872 or find farm-aid-tickets on Eventbrite.
WHITE RIBBON DAY
BOND University is hosting a special White Ribbon charity fundraising event on Sunday, November 25. There will be a fundraising auction with live music from The Voice singer and pianist Charne Louise, as well as a performance by the Gold Coast Tweed Pipes and Drums. MC will be White Ribbon Advocate Suzee Dearlove, who invites you to indulge in two hours of canapes. Cost is $55, with drinks available for purchase. Tickets on Eventbrite.
You can make a difference during Coast Care Week by going out to free community dune planting activities with BeachCare and caring for your local beach, removing invasive weeds and picking up litter. All equipment is supplied. Just bring a bottle of water, wear enclosed shoes and sun smart clothing.
You can go along to The Alley, Duringan St, Crurrumbin from 9-11am on Saturday, November 24 or the beach end of Toolona St, Tugun from 9-11am, Saturday, December 1. Phone 0438 146 422 or go to beachcare.com.au.
BROADBEACH CHRISTMAS CAROLS
IT'S A tradition ... getting to Pratten Park, Broadbeach, as early as possible to nab your spot for the annual Broadbeach Christmas Carols from 3pm on Saturday, December 8.
There's a host of children's activities and the carols themselves start from 6pm, with this year's guests including Martin Crewes and Danielle Everett, as well as, of course, Santa, and a spectacular fireworks display. Free parking is available at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre on the day. Phone (07) 5656 0100.
CHRISTMAS WITH A TWIST
GOLD Coast City Choir promises its Christmas concerts this year are full of beautiful and fun Christmas songs that have some surprises and interesting twists. They are the largest mixed-voice community choir in the region singing four-part harmony, so you are guaranteed a good listen and sing-along.
The first concert is 2-3.30pm at Twin Towns Uniting Church, Coolangatta, on Sunday, December 9.
This concert is $15 with afternoon tea included and all profits go to drought relief agencies. The second concert is 3-4.30pm on Sunday, December 16 at Robina Community Centre multipurpose room, and cost is $10. Phone Aileen on 0438 769 851 or go to goldcoastcitychoir.com.