CARNIVAL COLOUR: IT’S been a warm winter, and that’s nothing but good news for Toowoomba’s blooms for the Carnival of Flowers from September 15-24.
CARNIVAL COLOUR: IT’S been a warm winter, and that’s nothing but good news for Toowoomba’s blooms for the Carnival of Flowers from September 15-24. mike curtain photography

What's on: Toowoomba

CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS

IT doesn't matter what age you are, a parade is a parade, so don't miss the annual Grand Central Floral Parade, which is a hallmark of the Carnival of Flowers from 3pm on Saturday, September 16. It's all part of an opening weekend which will also see some great Aussie voices old and new take the stage, including Daryl Braithwaite, The Angels and The Paper Kites. Gardening guru Sophie Thomson and chef Anna Gare are also presenting. For the full program go to www.tcof.com.au.

 

MORE FLOWER POWER

QUEENS Park has been planted with 40,000 annuals and 8000 bulbs, Laurel Bank Park with 68,000 annuals and 10,500 bulbs, Picnic Point with 26,000 annuals, the CBD with 6500 annuals and 1500 bulbs and Spring Bluff 8000 annuals, so there's plenty of colour to enjoy as you explore Toowoomba at Carnival time.

 

CARNIVAL COLOUR: IT’S been a warm winter, and that’s nothing but good news for Toowoomba’s blooms for the Carnival of Flowers from September 15-24.
CARNIVAL COLOUR: IT’S been a warm winter, and that’s nothing but good news for Toowoomba’s blooms for the Carnival of Flowers from September 15-24. mike curtain photography

There's also private gardens open for inspection, including garden competition winners and, on the weekends, historic Harrow Homestead. For something different, why not discover Laurel Park's secrets by night in a twilight tour from September 18-21. Go to www.tcof.com.au.

 

R U OK?

DRAYTON Villas is inviting everyone to an R U OK? morning tea from 10am on Thursday, September 14 to bring the community together. Held annually since 2009, R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to connecting with others and promoting relationships of kindness and hope. Call 46362555 to find out more.

 

YOU'RE THE BOSS

THIS is your chance to make sure you are on top of everything, with the free seniors You're the Boss workshop covering topics such as insurance, mobile phone and internet contracts, energy contracts, super, the no interest loans scheme and how to look out for scams. It's at Laidley Community Centre from 10am-12pm on Friday, September 15. Call 54651889 or email admin@ourcommunitycentre.org.au.

 

HEARTY EXERCISE

EAST Creek Community Centre's Older Person's Action Program (OPAP) has a couple of ways to help you feel healthy and help your heart. Firstly, there's a walking group each Tuesday from 8.45am - so it's not too chilly! They set a medium pace and pets are welcome. Alternatively, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday you can join Heartmoves at The Willows. Free for over-60s OPAP members. (OPAP is free to join.) Call Bea on 46392755.

 

THINK PEACE

SEPTEMBER 21 is International Day of Peace, and the theme this year is 'Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All'. With everything going on in the world today, it's a good time to find somewhere quiet, take a moment and think about that. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, "We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbours as 'the other'. Discrimination diminishes us all."

 

TAKE THE STAGE

CHECK out some of the local musical talent in Take the Stage, featuring the Toowoomba Philharmonic Society ensembles together with local music theatre artists in a sizzling display of song and dance paying homage to classic and modern musical theatre numbers. It's on the weekend of September 23-24 at the Armitage Centre. For tickets, call 1300 655 299 or go to www.empiretheatre.com.au. Adult tickets are $40.

 

WENDY MATTHEWS

THE Models and Absent Friends frontwoman, and successful soloist, Wendy Matthews has had 19 hit singles, claimed seven Arias and been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. In Little Village Sessions at USQ Arts Theatre, she will showcase her distinctive voice in an intimate setting, with contributions from some of Australia's leading musicians. It's on Wednesday, September 27 from 7.30-9.30pm. Adult tickets $42. Call 46311111.

 

ROAD RUNNERS

GET running this month with Toowoomba's Road Runners. One of the group's major events, the Toowoomba Marathon, is coming up on October 8. They are hoping for good numbers to sign up early after having to cancel July's King and Queen of the Range, held since 1984, due to registrations below 20%. Maybe you had a shot at September's half marathon events? The full marathon also encompasses three-quarter and half marathons and a 10km fairly flat track. For more, go to https://trr.org.au or see our full story on the Road Runners at www.seniorsnews.com.au.

 

GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA

MY dad loved Glenn Miller - can't tell you how many times I've seen the movie the Glenn Miller Story! So I can't go past sharing this one. Direct from the US, The Glenn Miller Orchestra is playing at the Empire Theatre from 7.30pm on October 12. Hailed as the greatest big band of the 1940s, it will showcase 24 musicians, singers and dancers, performing classics like Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood and Moonlight Serenade. Pensioner tickets $84.90. Go to empiretheatre.com.au or call 1300655299.


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