What’s on in July in the Toowoomba region

Play Reading Club - Toowoomba Repertory Theatre

Open to theatre, literature and drama enthusiasts of all ages, the Play Reading Club offers a venue for like-minded individuals.

The next play to be discussed on Saturday, July 4, is August Osage Country, by Tracy Letts.

Based upon an American, Midwestern family, the play explores the fallout caused when a family member disappears and long-held secrets are revealed.

Thee reading starts at 7.30pm and tickets are $10. There will be a complimentary cheese and fruit plate. Additional information available at projects@empiretheatre.com.au or by phoning The Empire Theatre 07 46989900

Markets in the Mountains - Stanthorpe Civic Centre

With the slogan, "Make it, Bake it, Sew it or Grow it", you know these markets have something for everyone. Showcasing everything from local produce through to arts and crafts, leather and wood work and gourmet food and wine, the markets offer a very pleasant, Winter-friendly way to fill in a morning. The next market is Sunday July 12 at the Stanthorpe Civic Centre (1 Marsh St), 8am-12 noon. Disabled access and facilities. 0417 760 529

info@marketinthemountains.org

Piano at Twilight- Toowoomba

USQ Artworx plays host to London-based pianist, Piers Lane for a one-night performance on 15 July. Born in Australia and educated at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Mr Lane has enjoyed an impressive international career, performing alongside the American Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the ABC and BBC orchestras, as well as being a five time soloist at the BBC Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall.

For his Toowoomba performance, he will perform a collection of classical works.

Tickets are $25 and additional information can be obtained via 4631 1111

Gatton Show

This year's Gatton Show (16-18 July) promises three bumper days of ring events, cattle displays, goats, sheep, poultry, dogs, sideshow rides and nightly entertainment.

The always- popular pavilion displays showcasing the skills of local residents will again be present. A special '100 Years of ANZAC' ANZAC biscuit category in the cookery section is a highlight this year.

Entry for pensioners is $6. For more information Gatton Show Society on 0754622577, www.gattonshowsociety.com.au

Jumpers and Jazz in July - Warwick

From 16-26 July, Warwick will burst into a quirky and colourful sight when its street trees don their own woolly jumpers as part of the annual Jumpers and Jazz festival. Embracing the cooler Winter temperatures, the city goes all out to celebrate everything that is wonderful about the Winter season in a celebration of wool, fine food and great music.

Come and learn more about 'Yarn bombing' (wool graffiti for the uninitiated), kick back and relax to the sounds of over 15 featured musical artists or take part in one of the various workshops, including tips on making warm winter slippers. A full festival program is available at

http://jumpersandjazz.com. The event is coordinated by Warwick Tourism and Events (4661 9073) and Warwick Art Gallery (07 4661 0434).

Christmas in July Progressive Lunch Ride - Stanthorpe

An event that enables you to indulge your love of fine food with the added bonus of being able to exercise off the additional calories!! Departing the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre (Leslie Parade) on Saturday, 25 July, 10am, this social ride enables riders to enjoy appetisers, a Christmas-inspired lunch, desert and wine tasting whilst taking in the beautiful scenery of the Granite Belt.

The total distance cycled is 38 kms (or only the parts you choose), with support vehicles available. $120 per person, including bike hire. info@granitebeltbicycles.com.au 0405 604 926 Limited places.

Athol Guy : The Seekers Story - Warwick and Toowoomba

Bassist and founding member of The Seekers, Athol Guy, presents the story of one of Australia's most successful musical acts. Supported by the talented Rod Hulls (keyboards and vocal), Jenny Blake (vocals) and Michael Cristiano (guitar and vocals), Athol guides the audience through his musical beginnings and performs some of the groups greatest hits. The live show also features historical footage of The Seekers.

Warwick RSL - Sat July 25, 8pm (4661 1229); Toowoomba City Golf Club - Sun 26 July, 3pm (4636 9000 www.citygolf.com.au)

Opera @ Jimbour - Dalby Area

Heritage-listed Jimbour House (86 Jimbour Station Road) provides a fabulous backdrop for an afternoon of opera.

This year, Johann Strauss's Fledermaus is the featured operetta, performed by Opera Q's soloists, Opera Queensland Toowoomba Community Chorus and the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. Organisers of the event, Queensland Music Festival (QMF), are offering audience members a unique opportunity to be part of the performance by inviting them to waltz during the famous ballroom scene. If this is not enough, luscious food and market stalls will be on the sidelines and celebrity chef, Alastair McLeod, will be cooking up a treat prior to the commencement of the opera. The performance starts a 2pm with market stalls open from 10am. For more information, please contact Queensland Music Festival on 0730106600 or via email at info@qmf.org.au


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