What's on: Toowoomba
CENTENARY OF FEDERAL POLICING
WARWICK Art Gallery has an exhibit with a difference, celebrating the centenary of Federal policing - and a couple of local characters. Apparently Warwick played an infamous part in the service being established after local brothers Pat and Bart Brosnan egged Prime Minster Billy Hughes, who was speaking in support of compulsory conscription at the local railway station. When local police refused to arrest them, Hughes announced formation of the Commonwealth Police Force, later to become the Australian Federal Police. The exhibit runs till January 5, 2018.
IF THE Melbourne Cup has whet your appetite for racing, head to Clifford Park on Saturday, November 18 to celebrate the spring racing carnival. The Toowoomba and Burat Basin Enterprise Race Day runs from 4-10pm. Grab your fascinator or shine your shoes. There will be live entertainment, gourmet canapes and a two-course plated meal and drinks in the grand marquee with funds going to Toowoomba Hospital. $135 per person for members $155 non-members.
THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND
THE Rhythms of Ireland, is on a worldwide 10-year anniversary tour. The stage spectacular blends the ancient traditions of Irish dance and music with innovative choreography, stunning costumes, lighting and sound. And it's all coming to Empire Theatres on Monday, November 20. Adults $69.90. Call 1300655299 or go to www.empiretheatre. com.au.
GREENMOUNT TWILIGHT MARKETS
CELEBRATE everything Greenmount at the Greenmount Twilight Markets on Friday, November 24 from 5-9pm, with all profits going to support the local memorial hall (where the markets are held) and the school. Just 20 minutes south of Toowoomba, you'll find live local music, coffee, dinner and bar, free rides for the kids, local arts and crafts and homemade goodies - including the highly contested Best Condiments competition. Gold coin donation. Call Leisa on 0418159149 for details or to hire a stall.
TAKING CARE OF CHRISTMAS
THIS is the festive version of the You're the Boss workshop series at Laidley Community Centre. It's on Friday, November 24 from 10am-midday and involves a relaxed two-hour workshop covering all you need to know about creating positive money habits, not getting down over debt, simple money tips and contacts, like where to seek assistance when in financial hardship and keeping Christmas costs down. Bookings are essential and morning tea is provided. Call 54651889 or go to www.ourcommunitycentre. org.au.
HAND MADE UNDER THE STARS
COBB+CO Museum is transformed into a twilight artisan market on Thursday, November 30 for Hand Made Under the Stars. Entry is free. There is live music to enjoy as you browse (potentially with a glass of wine in hand) and chat directly with the people who made the quality local products. With more than 50 artists involved, it runs from 4-8pm and there is delicious food and drinks for purchase, as well as wine, cheese and chocolate tastings. Doesn't sound bad, does it? Go to http://www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au or phone 46594900 for more.
HAPPY 21st birthday to Bush Christmas! It's on this year from November 30-December 9 at the Masonic Centre, 58 Neil St, Toowoomba. More than 100 artisans showcase their handmade and gourmet creations just in time for you to find those perfect and unique Christmas gifts. There's everything from art to jewellery, skincare to garden art, books and toys to homewares, textiles, leather and those always difficult gifts for guys.
HARD to believe it's the 15th year of this amazing community celebration which runs December 2-24. It's on again at Queens Park (entry via Lindsay and Campbell Sts). As well as all the magical Christmas decorations, there's roving entertainment, a barbecue each night and free ice-cream for the kids. If you can give some time to be one of the 40 volunteers needed each night, they'd love to hear from you, or just go along, or take the grandkids and enjoy the spectacle. Entry is gold coin donation. Go to www.christmaswonder land.com.au.
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
THE Christmas Tree Festival at Middle Ridge Uniting Church from December 6-15 is unique. Wander through the forest of decorated trees and find a gift at the craft stall, enjoy a free coffee and cake or buy a Devonshire tea. It's free for clubs or groups to participate by appropriately decorating a tree, just call 4636 3850 to register interest. Leave non-perishable food or gifts at the Empty Christmas Tree to be arranged into hampers to distribute to needy families. The theme is Music of the Nativity and doors are open 9am-9pm, with entertainment by local artists, choirs and bands at 10.30am and 7.30pm and a Rotary Club barbecue from 5-7.30pm. Entry is by gold coin donation. Go to http://www.mruc.com. au/.
A SWINGING CHRISTMAS SHOW
ENJOY the songs of some of the world's greatest performers, including Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Elvis, Dean Martin, Michael Bublé, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, for a budget price at Craig Martin's A Swingin' Christmas Show on Thursday, December 7 at Empire Theatres. Tickets are just $20 for this 11am show, which includes a complimentary morning tea from 10am.