THIS event isn't on until June 22-July 15, but bookings for skating sessions are already open. The idea is Toowoomba's civic precinct will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a skating rink, nightly outdoor Christmas-themed movies, carols, food and entertainment and beautiful lights. The ice rink will open on the grassed area behind the library (cnr Herries and Victoria Sts) with 11 skating sessions per day at up to 160 skaters per session. To find out more, go to the events page at www.tr.qld.gov.au.
Ladies' Golf Day
NOW this sounds like the sort of golf I can handle. The Toowoomba Hospital Foundation is hosting its first Ladies Golf Day with a twist at the City Golf Club. Enjoy a day out with friends and colleagues - no golfing experience required! Each team will play half a round of golf (9 holes) with each hole boasting activities and freebies like a neck massage, yoga class, pop-up bar and cupcake decorating. It's on Friday, May 18 from 11am at a cost of $75 per person. Phone 46166166.
Relay for Life
RELAY for Life is a chance for the Toowoomba community to celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives. It's on from 2pm Saturday, May 19 to 8am Sunday, May 20, with the Candlelight Ceremony at 5.45pm on Saturday. Last year's relay broke records with more than 1410 community members in 150 teams raising over $124,000. The aim in 2018 is to raise $152,000. Registration on the day is $40 and you can either come as part of a team or join one when you get there, or just be a supporter in person or by donating online. To find out more, there's an information night from 5.30-6.30pm at Toowoomba City Library, 155 Herries St, on May 16, find them on Facebook or phone Jillian Huth on 0457384961.
High tea and fashion
THE Salvation Army Individual Lifestyle Support Service is holding a High Tea and Fashion Parade to raise money for the Red Shield Appeal. The Service provides support to people with a disability and the fashion parade will showcase some of these amazing people on Saturday, May 19 from 10am-12.30pm at the Salvation Army Church, cnr Russell and West Sts, Toowoomba. Cost is $50 per person. Phone 4639 4026.
Million Paws Walk
GET your walking shoes on and your best mate in tow for the annual Million Paws Walk on Sunday, May 20 from 8.30am-1pm at Queens Park. There will be market stalls, live music and entertainment, and food for walkers and their pooches. There's prizes for the best dressed dog and the one with the waggiest tail, and you can choose to walk 1.2km, 3.5km or 4.5km. The walk itself starts at 11am. Adult cost is $21.25 online or $25 on the day. Visit millionpawswalk.com.au/locations/qld/toowoomba for more information or to register.
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is inviting applications from South-east Queensland artists for the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award and Exhibition. Entries close 5pm Thursday, May 24. This is an acquisitive award and touring exhibition which has been going since 2000, with Toowoomba Regional Council providing up to $15,000 for acquisitions. For details, go to galleries at www.tr.qld.gov.au.
ON SATURDAY, May 26 you can enjoy a night of Scottish entertainment courtesy of the Toowoomba Caledonian Society & Pipe Band at Drayton Hall. Listen to the music, watch Highland dancing displays and join in Scottish country dancing. No experience is required as all dances are called. Cost of the evening is $10, with under-13s free and over-13s $5. Call Margaret Bond on 0429700217.
Jazz in the Gardens
IF YOU'RE up for a drive in the country on Sunday, June 3, you're invited to swing into winter with an afternoon of jazz in the Meadowbank Gardens, Irvingdale from 12-3pm. The annual Dalby Regional Arts Council's Jazz in the Gardens offers "a relaxing afternoon in tranquil surrounds" with music made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett Harry Connick Jnr, Diana Krall and Michael Buble and performed by the Alison Tryant Quintet. You can enjoy the music with a picnic lunch and stroll through Meadowbank, a 4ha country garden on the banks of the picturesque Myall Creek. Cost is $25 non-members, with under-18s free and proceeds going to the Life Flight Foundation.
Fiddler on the Roof
ALWAYS a favourite, Fiddler on the Roof is being presented by Toowoomba Choral Society from June 7-10 at Empire Theatre. Cost is $34 for Adults. Go to www.empiretheatre.com.au or phone 1300655299.
World Environment Day
TOOWOOMBA World Environment Day Committee is again planning a special celebration to mark the United Nations' international awareness day on Sunday, June 3. Started in 1976, it's a free annual event which has been attracting crowds of up to 3000 for over 40 years with its mix of environmental, peace, social justice, and cultural messages and stalls, international food and entertainment, international and indigenous dance and music, demonstrations and children's activities. It runs from 10am-4pm at Lake Annand Park, cnr Mackenzie and Long Sts. Phone 46347693 for details.
Warwick Artists' Group
WARWICK Artists' Group is welcoming back Kiwi artist, Maxine Thompson, by popular demand to the Willi St Studio on the June 9-10 weekend. The workshop is called Pastels with Maxine Thompson - Still Life, Landscapes and Seascapes. You are promised individual attention, which means the course is suitable for beginners or advanced artists. Check out her website at www.maxinethompsonartist.com. Cost is $265 non-members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.