THE monthly Dine Down Town Street Food Markets, in the St Luke's Church grounds, is a new place to meet and munch while raising funds for the upkeep of these heritage-listed buildings. For just a $2 entry from 5-8.30pm on Friday, July 14 you can pick from 20 food and beverage sellers featuring a mix of multicultural cuisines, sweet and savoury, and relax under the trees to music. But be warned, it's cash only. Go to http://theoriginalmix.com/ for details and further dates.
TOOWOOMBA Orchid Society's Winter Show is at St Paul's Church on the weekend of July 15-16 from 8.30am-4pm (3pm Sunday). Check out the displays and talk to members, who love to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for orchids, and provide you with growing tips. This group has been going since 1955, so they must be doing something right! Cost is just $4. Go to http://toowoombaorchidsociety.org.au/.
ENJOY some real country fun at the Gatton Show from Thursday, July 20 to Saturday, July 22. This year's theme is The Salad Bowl of the Lockyer. After rain dampened last year's 100th show, organisers are looking to make the 101st something special. The night-time program includes the Outback Riders tribute, stunt riders, and a smash-up derby. And by day there's local craft, cooking, produce, school art, as well as the usual favourites, showjumping, cattle, goat and sheep displays, poultry, sideshow alley and a fantastic fireworks display. Go to http://www.gattonshowsociety.com.au/.
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 Empire Theatre on Friday, July 21. 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. Go to www.empiretheatre.com.au or phone 1300 655 299.
WARWICK Spinners and Weavers Inc is running a pop-up shop from 9am-4pm from July 21-29 as part of Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz festival. This will include demonstrations and workshops twice daily at 10am and 2pm in the conference room at Cafe Jacqui's, corner Albion and Victoria Sts. Call 0402 420 460.
Show off at Plainland
YOU are invited to show off your car, bike or non-powered vehicle at a Friday Night Meet and Greet at Schulte's at Plainland on Friday, July 28. Southern Cross Charities holds the event on the fourth Friday of each month from 4-8pm. Market stalls cost $10. All money raised goes to Beautiful Gate Orphanage in Lesotho in southern Africa. Call Barbara Quinn on 0412 140 239.
Visitors on stage
TOOWOOMBA Repertory Theatre Group is bringing Visitors, by Brian Norris, to stage, with fundraising nights from July 12 and public nights July 22, 28 and 29. It's described as a heartwarming, gentle but relevant tale of "a family confronting aging with humor and fortitude". Doors open at 7pm, for performance at 7.30pm. Go to http://toowoombarepertorytheatre.com.au.
MILITARy historian and Toowoomba Historical Society vice-president Greg Lamerton presents The Battle of Milne Bay, 75 Years On as part of the monthly Curator Conversation series hosted by Queensland Museum curator Jeff Powell from 2-3pm on August 2 at the Cobb and Co Museum. The battle of Milne Bay (25 August-7 September 1942) was the first defeat suffered by Japanese land forces. Talks are free with admission, which is free to local residents on proof of address.
THE 2017 Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo and Queensland Hunting Expo is on at Toowoomba Showgrounds from August 4-6. More than 170 local and regional companies display thousands of products and services, including the latest in caravans, camper trailers, motor homes, vehicles and 4WDs, camping gear and accessories. It runs 9am-5pm (4pm Sunday). Adult tickets are $10. Go to http://adventureexpo.com.au/.
Ten Tenors turn 20
YOU just can't help smiling when the Ten Tenors perform, and now they are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a tour that includes the Empire Theatre on Saturday, August 12. With more than 2500 live shows to their credit and over 90 million people worldwide witnessing their vocal power, this classically based group has lost none of their fun. If you like the tenor voice, be it in rock, pop or classical repertoire, this show has it all. Adult tickets from $79.50. Go to www.empiretheatre.com.au or phone 1300 655 299.