Doug Parkinson presents the ultimate tribute to Joe Cocker.
Doug Parkinson presents the ultimate tribute to Joe Cocker. .

What's on in the Central Coast

Lighthouse 2 Skillion

GET your walking shoes on and take the challenging hike from Norah Head Lighthouse to The Skillion at Terrigal on Sunday, July 30. It's the event's second year, raising money for Surf Life Saving Central Coast, clubs along the route, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and Coast Shelter. The full walk is 27.5km, but this year there's also a 16km 'half walk', starting from Memorial Park at The Entrance. Go to http://lighthouse2skillioncoastwalk.com.au.

The Music of the Carpenters

MORNING Melodies presents We've Only Just Begun, starring Wicked performer Angela Lumicisi from 11am on Wednesday, August 9 at the Laycock St Community Theatre. Angela said Karen Carpenter's vocals inspired her as a girl growing up in Melbourne, and she believes the music continues to speak to people. Adult tickets from $13. Call 43233233.

Country Music Festival

HEADLINERS at this year's Central Coast Country Music Festival on the weekend of August 12-13 are Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey. Others taking the stage alongside a host of local performers include the Wolverines, Tori Darke and Hurricane Fall. It's all free, with entertainment throughout town and at The Waterfront Plaza on the Saturday and on Sunday at Memorial Park. Call 43335377 or go to www.theentrance.org.au and click on what's on.

Parkinson honours Joe Cocker

ARGUABLY Australia's greatest soul voice, Doug Parkinson presents the ultimate tribute to Joe Cocker with an eight-piece band at the Laycock St Community Theatre on Saturday, August 19. Cocker is most famous for what he did with other people's songs, including Delta Lady, You Can Leave Your Hat On and You Are So Beautiful. And Parkinson will include a few of his own hits as well. Adult tickets $69.90. Call 43233233.

Crossroads Festival Chamber Music

CROSSROADS Festival is in its 10th year this August 19-20 at Greenway Memorial Chapel, Green Point. This year's festival is dedicated to the memory of Richard Goldner, a refugee from Hitler's Vienna who founded Musica Viva in 1945. The festival will present four concerts, celebrating youth, the Musica Viva Ensemble, chamber music by Brahms and Mendelssohn and a new work by Hindson plus works by Schubert and Beethoven. Concerts are $35 adults or $105 for four. Go to http://centralcoastconservatorium.com.au.

Cirque Africa

COMPLETELY unique, Cirque Africa features 25 performers, including acrobats, dancers, percussionists, musicians and contortionists from six African nations in what promises to be an awe-inspiring show with stunning costumes. It's at 7pm on Sunday, August 20 at the Laycock St Community Theatre. Call 43233233.

Gosford Community Precinct Open Day

IT'S Open Day for Gosford Community Precinct on Saturday, August 19 from 9am-3pm. There will demonstrations by potters, spinners and weavers, printmakers, as well as a family history stall. It's all yours at 8-10 Russell Drysdale St, East Gosford.

John Williamson

YOU don't get much more of an Aussie music icon than John Williamson, with a career spanning more than 40 years and hits such as Old Man Emu, True Blue and Cootamundra Wattle. Now 71, he released his Favourite Collection last year and he's playing at The Art House Wyong on Friday, August 25. Adults $54. Go to www.thearthousewyong.com.au.

Free tai chi

IF you've always been interested, but never tried tai chi, this is your chance to do so for free on Sunday, August 27 from 10-11.30am at Thompson St, Long Jetty. Tai chi is a low-impact exercise which helps to relieve the body of aches and pains, improves flexibility, stability, corrects posture and calms the mind. Call David on 0410050080 for details.

Brewing magic

IF YOU are into your beers, and haven't found the Six String Brewing Company at Erina yet, it's time to pay a visit. The Central Coast's first 100% homegrown microbrewery has a range of ales, all free of additives, preservatives and unpasteurised. The taproom is open for tastings, brewery tours are each Saturday at 11am, there's a Cajun restaurant and local musicians Friday night and weekends. Call 0243654536.


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