QLD OPERA: Songs to Die For artists, Shaun Brown and Jessica Low.
QLD OPERA: Songs to Die For artists, Shaun Brown and Jessica Low.

What's On: Sunshine Coast

Noosa Open Studios 2019

NOOSA Open Studios provides a unique chance to visit artists in their private studios August 16-25. Visitors can learn about the artists' creative processes, see their work and even make an art investment to call their own. Discover the back roads and treasures of Noosa during this free event. Up to 75 galleries and painters, ceramicists, mixed media artists and other artisans reveal the hidden treasures during this free event. Info: noosaopenstudios. com.au.

Mary Valley Rattler DeguSTATION Train

GET ready to steam out of Amamoor Station on August 8 on the Mary Valley Rattler's unique culinary journey through the Mary Valley, with great food and wine on-board a heritage steam train. Matt Golinski will create the first course and be the on-board host, sharing stories of the region, local producers and all that the Mary Valley has to offer. The volunteer attendants will look after the guests with tales of the Mary Valley Rattler line, its people, and its history. This is degustation with a difference with courses served at the heritage stations standing and seated on the train. There will also be entertainment at each site. The five-hour return journey will be out of Gympie Station. Bookings are essential. Tickets are $195 per person and can be purchased at maryvalley rattler.com.au. Transfers are available at an additional cost from Mooloolaba and Maroochydore.

Frock up for charity

THE Bloomhill Race Day is on August 25 with proceeds from the day going towards the Bloomhill Cancer Care Wellness-Survivor Centre in Buderim. This day is always filled with fun, racing, food, champagne, auctions, winners and most importantly, is all about raising funds for the Sunshine Coast charity which supports people of all ages to live well with cancer.

A host of prizes will be up for grabs, this year the list includes jewellery, accommodation packages, experiences and so much more. The popular money boards, door prizes and auctions will also be back for the day, along with best-dressed male and female awards, so everyone has a chance to win. Individual tickets and tables sell quickly. The $110 ticket price includes a glass of champagne on arrival, plus a 3-course plated lunch and entry to the Champagne Gardens and Pavilion at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club. To book, go to bit.ly/2wc9ApY.

Retro Rocks

COME and see Retro Rocks special display highlighting the retro era '50s, '60s and '70s at the Nambour Museum, at Mitchell Street on August 31, from 10am-4pm. Entry cost is $5. Info: nambourmuseum.org.au.


FIND your recycled treasure or sell it. The annual Maleny's Recyclerama Antique and Collectable Fair and Monster Carboot Sale is on August 10 from 7.30am-3pm in the Maleny Showground. To book a spot to sell your treasures and for more information, go to recyclerama.com.au.

Buderim Artists walk through nature

THE Buderim Craft Cottage eye catching A Walk Through Nature exhibition featuring original art from over 40 of its Painting Group members is open August 15-18, from 9am-4pm.

On show will be vibrant oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings which the group hope will inspire others to take up paintbrush and palette. Entry is free and home-made refreshments will be available. Info: buderimcraftcottage.com.au.

Type 2 Diabetes workshop

THE free Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service workshops will provide information on T2D, self-management practice, healthy lifestyle behaviours, and how to access further support in the local community. On from 9am-1pm, at Maroochydore on August 7, Gympie August 29 and Caloundra September 4. Family members or carers are welcome. There will be lots of information and a great way to get motivated to stay on track. Bookings are essential. Phone 5479 670 or email SC_T2D_Education@ health.qld.gov.au.

Meet indigenous elder and actor Jack Charles

A MEMBER of the Stolen Generation, Jack Charles was taken from his family as a youngster and raised in a boys' home where he was abused. Now in his 70s, the treasured actor will share this and other heartbreaking stories, when he launches his memoir, Jack Charles: Born-Again Blakfella, at The J in Noosa on August 21. In his candid, heartbreaking and at times hilarious memoir, Charles reveals how assimilation robbed him of his Aboriginality and how loneliness and isolation saw him turn to drugs as a youngster. His own experience being incarcerated 22 times is something he now draws on in his quest to help keep Indigenous youth out of detention centres. Info: thej.com.au or phone 5329 6560.

Opera Qeensland

OPERA Queensland's Songs To Die For is a cheeky, celebratory and ultimately reverend look at opera's relationship with the art of dying. On at the The Events Centre Caloundra on August 4, it is directed by Opera Queensland artistic director Patrick Nolan and stars leading artists soprano Rebecca Cassidy, mezzo soprano Jessica Low, baritone Jason Barry-Smith with musicians Scott Saunders and Trevor Jones. Tickets are adult $49 and $45 for concession card holders. The VIP Meal & Show Package costs $70. To book, phone 5491 4240 or go to theevents centre.com.au.

Entries open Local Content Art Prize

THE PRIZED Caloundra Regional Gallery's Local Artists - Local Content 2020 Art Prize competition is open with individual submissions required to reflect the Sunshine Coast - lifestyle, environment, landscape, people, animals or anything that depicts our beautiful region. There is a prize pool of $13,500 including $5000 for the Best of Show winner. Up to 40 finalists will be included in an exhibition to be held at Caloundra Regional Gallery from January 16 - March 1, 2020. The winners will be announced on January 17, 2020 at Caloundra Regional Gallery. Entries close on October 4. Info: gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Art-Prizes/Local-Artists-Local-Content.

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