What's On: Gold Coast
KOALA Conversations is your opportunity to talk with a panel of external experts in wildlife rescue, wildlife health and koala ecology, as well as City of Gold Coast officers. The idea is to help work towards a sustainable future for the local koalas through collaboration between organisations and the community.
It's from 6-7.30pm on February 5 at Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre. Phone Joshua Bassett on 07 5582 8024.
IF YOU'RE a closet Eurovision fan, you are in for a treat, because for the first time Australia is deciding its Eurovision competitor with a competition on the Gold Coast, Eurovision - Australia Decides. It's at Gold Coast Convention Centre, hosted by Joel Creasey and everyone's favourite Myf Warhurst, and will feature artists including Mark Vincent, Ella Hooper and Kate Miller-Heidke performing original songs.
There are 3 shows, a Jury Preview, Matinee Preview and the Live TV Final, which will be shown on SBS. It's all on February 8 and 9, with tickets on Ticketek.
THE FAMOUS Lifeline Bookfest is back on the Gold Coast from February 8-10, with over 35 tonnes of books from as little as 50 cents. It's at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, and everyone is reminded to bring a bag for their bargains. It runs 8am-5pm. Phone 07 5504 4000.
COOLY SCHOOL 100
THE COOLANGATTA State School celebrates its 100th birthday on February 10, and former staff, students and families are invited to celebrate over the weekend of February 9-10. A fete will run at the at the Stapylton St school on Saturday from 2-7pm, including historical displays, roll call registration, official welcome at 4pm, open classrooms, a time capsule, cake-cutting, and more, including rides and fun for the grandkids. There will be memorabilia for sale on the day.
Then on Sunday at Kirra Hill, Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey AC will unveil a plaque commemorating the centenary and there will be more history from 2-4pm. Among the hundreds already registered to attend is a student from 1935. To find out more, search Coolangatta Centenary on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
YOU CAN celebrate with all the fun of Lion Dancing and more at Gold Coast Chinatown in Southport from 4pm on February 9.
It's the Year of the Pig and you can try delicious Asian street food markets and enjoy live music and cultural entertainment, a pop-up laneway bar and spectacular fireworks at 9pm. It's at Young and Davenport Sts, Southport, near the light rail station.
POETRY IN PARADISE
THIS is a monthly event, taking place on February 17 from 12-3.30pm, where local poets recite their own works and old favourites. The optional theme for this month is Australia's best-loved poets, so it's a great one to start you off.
It's at Southport Library and they are always happy to welcome newcomers, so phone Jeff on 0412 577 153 to find out more.
RUNAWAY Bay Sports Super Centre is playing host to the Ramsay Health Care Pink Triathlon and Fun Run on February 24. There's something for all ages and fitness levels starting at the Short Course (100m, 4km, 1km) to the Ultra (600m, 16km, 6km), relay triathlons to fun runs of 1, 3 and 6km. It runs from 6-11am.
To find out more, go to triathlonpink.com.au. It's all for fun and to raise funds and awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
GOLD Logie winner and veteran actor John Wood (Blue Heelers, Rafferty's Rules) and Max Gillies (The Gillies Report) join Play School icon Benita Collings, Kim Lewis (Sons and Daughters, The Restless Years) and Russell Newman in this comedy review with Midday Show Maestro Geoff Harvey on piano at HOTA.
It's a bit of fun about older folks and the young people they have to deal with, and includes songs and sketches. There are matinees and night performances from February 27 to March 2. Phone 07 5588 4000 or go to hota.com.au.
LINDA RONSTADT TRIBUTE
AUSTRALIAN singer-songwriter Bloom is celebrating 40 years since Linda Ronstadt first toured Australia with a tribute concert of her Songbook at Currumbin's Sound Lounge on March 1. Songs you'll remember include Blue Bayou, When Will I Be Loved, It's So Easy, and Just One Look.
Bloom recently did an Adele and Amy Winehouse Songbook tour. Doors open from 7.30pm. Tickets $35 online, or $40 at the door. Phone 07 5534 7999 or go to soundlounge.com.au.
CLEAN UP DAY
IAN KIERNAN, who started Clean Up Australia Day, died last year, so it would be a fantastic tribute to him to get more people than ever out there picking up rubbish this year on March 3. His message was always "change starts with you”, so check out events in your area or start your own. Over the past 26 years, volunteers have donated more than 31 million hours and removed more than 331,000 tonnes of rubbish from streets, beaches, parks, bushland and local waterways.
Go to cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or phone 1800 282 329 for site details. Also check out the days for BeachCare and BushCare in your area at goldcoast.qld.gov.au. For the North Burleigh clean-up on March 2, call James Gullison on 07 5552 8829.