What's On: Central Coast
Op Shop It
IT'S National Op Shop Week from August 27 - September 2, so drop in to your favourite and find a treasure or leave some goods. Fairhaven Op Shop at Brisbane Water Dr, Point Clare, has to be one of the best, with all the expected clothing and collectable bargains, as well as the Vintage Fair Upcycle Shop and Old Schoolhouse second-hand books. Proceeds help Fairhaven support people with disabilities. Hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm. Call 43233566.
Yarramalong Spring Fest
HOW long since you last ventured into the beautiful Yarramalong Valley? The valley is on show from August 26-September 10 as part of the Yarramalong Valley Spring Festival, including its very popular scarecrow competition, art show, Spring Show including wood chop, classic cars, tractor display and live music, and the all-important Spring Bake. Go to www.yarramalongvalleyspringfestival.com.au.
Colour me Calm
THIS is an informal group that meets at Bateau Bay Library for an hour or two of relaxing colouring-in for adults. The library provides the designs and pencils, or you can bring your own. It's at 10.30am September 2 and the first Saturday of every month. Bookings are required. Call 43501581. A similar group runs the second and fourth Tuesdays at The Entrance. Call 43501550.
SUNDAY, September 3 is Father's Day, so don't forget to treat hubby/Dad to his favourite things. If he's a car guy, you can't go past Hoods Up for Father's Day at Gosford Classic Car Museum. Hoods are up and doors open so he gets a really good look around the most spectacular collection in the Southern Hemisphere. Adults $20, kids 4-13 years $12 and families $55.
Jade's still rockin'
EVEN Johnny Cash was a fan of Jade Hurley's showmanship. He gets the audience clapping their hands, stamping their feet, swaying, singing along and laughing from the first moment to the last. And he's back at the Laycock Street Community Theatre from 2pm on September 3. Adult tickets $39. Phone: 43233233.
BOOK-LOVERS, your thoughts are needed. Gosford Library Book Club is looking for new members to join in discussion of fascinating books old and new. This month's book is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. (If you haven't time to read it, watch the movie this time and join in the fun!) The group meets from 10-11am at the library and refreshments are provided. Call 4304 7500. Umina Library Book Club also meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.30am, and this time they are discussing Tim Winton's Dirt Music. Call 43047333.
IF YOU like André Rieu, Morning Melodies has the show for you from 11am on September 6 at Laycock Street Community Theatre - String Fever, starring Jacqui and Brenton Edgecombe. The husband and wife team bring a new aspect to strings, with Brenton on fiddle and Jacqui on cello taking you from Bluegrass, to the Beatles, to the Blue Danube, plus a dazzling tribute to Elton John. Morning tea is included from 10am with tickets from just $13.
Michael Jackson Legacy
THE closest thing you'll get to seeing Michael Jackson, William Hall brings the King of Pop to the stage direct from the United States in Legacy. There's a live band, dance, and the music that spans generations. It's from 8pm on September 6 at Laycock Street Community Theatre. Adult tickets $60. Phone: 43233233.
Grandma Moses Art
THE annual Grandma Moses art competition, open to residents over 50 across the Central Coast, this year offered $3000 in prizemoney, with the winner announced September 12. You can see what talents there are among us when all the paintings entered go on show at the Gosford 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre, 217 Albany St North, Gosford, from September 12-17. Opening times are 10am-4pm weekdays and till 2pm weekends.
IF you are new to the Coast, there's a Retirees' Meet and Greet at Erina Library from 10-11am on September 20. This is a great chance to get to know some new people with morning tea and a chat. Call 43047650 for details.