What's on: Toowoomba
TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS
AMONGST a host of organised events, you can choose to indulge in local organic food and wine, experience local culture with live music, tour the exhibiting gardens or appreciating classic cars. Each activity is set to enliven the event and add enjoyment for visitors time in the 'Garden City'. Arguably the highlight of the carnival is the Grand Central Floral Parade with the awe-inspiring floats and displays.
But the carnival also includes an awesome program of family-friendly entertainment with everything from amazing parades to kids rides, live entertainment, kids activities, celebrity chef dinners and much more held in multiple sites in Toowoomba. On September 21-30. To find out more about the 2018 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, including the full program of events, go to tcof.com.au.
THE BLOCK STARS TO BLOOM AT CARNIVAL
MULTI-award-winning landscaper David Franklin from The Block, along with Queensland contestants Norm and Jess join the line-up at this year's Carnival of Flowers.
Dave is a devoted landscape architect with more than 25 years of experience and will showcase his top landscaping tips and tricks at the Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine on Saturday, September 22 at the Toowoomba event.
Knockabout tradie Norm Hogan and his radio personality fiancé Jess Eva, representing Queensland on the current series of The Block, will also make an appearance among the petals on Saturday, September 22.
Held from September 21-30, the 2018 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will feature a program of more than 60 unique events and experiences, including beautiful garden tours, internationally acclaimed music acts, some of the region's best food and wine, and a multitude of cultural and natural adventures.
The real stars of the event are the 176,030 seedlings and bulbs that will bloom in the city's parks and public spaces to create the world- famous colour that is the 'Carnival'.
Watch The Block, 7pm Sunday and Monday to Wednesday at 7.30pm on Nine, or anytime on 9Now!
ART, ART, ART
TOOWOOMBA Art Society Members' Spring Exhibition continues until September 30. It's the group's major event of the year at its home in Culliford House, 1 Godsall Street. Normal gallery hours apply (Tuesday to Friday 9am-noon, Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm) until Carnival of Flowers week when it opens 10am-4pm daily. This is a selected exhibition where members submit up to three recent works which are judged for the top prize of the Fred and Anne Gardiner Award, the runner-up Nancy Culliford Prize and the Harry Hart Award for the best experimental work. Please phone (07) 4632 5725 or go to toowoombaartsociety.com.au.
ALSO now on and running until October 28 at the Toowoomba Regional Gallery is the Biennial Emerging Artist Award and Exhibition. This is a great chance to see the next generation of artists from throughout South-east Queensland, with Toowoomba Regional Council sponsoring up to $15,000 for acquisitions. The gallery at 531 Ruthven St is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm.
JAZZ AND BEYOND
OUT to Dinner's members blend their diverse talents and experience just for Toowoomba, playing everything from jazz to gypsy, French cafe, world music, Brazilian bossa nova to folk, country and blues. Each member (Kay, Peter, Bill, Glenn, Ian, Tony and Chris) plays/sings in other bands, orchestras and ensembles in venues around the world but on Friday, September 14 you can catch them at the home of Toowoomba Jazz Club, North Toowoomba Bowls Club from 7.45pm (Dinner 6-7.15pm). Admission is $20 for visitors and $15 for members. Call the club to book on (07) 4639 2338 or find out more about the jazz club, phone (07) 4635 5728 or email info@toowoomba jazz.com.
SCOPE THEATRE FESTIVAL
I FRANKLY have no idea what this is going to be like - except there is an adult themes and coarse language alert - but then, that's part of the adventure. The Scope Theatre Festival from 6pm on Sunday, September 16 is the brainchild of a USQ third-year student looking to open up more opportunities for emerging artists in Toowoomba.
It comprises a series of 10 x 10-minute theatre pieces by current and former locals. Tickets to the event at USQ Toowoomba Concert Hall are free but limited, so find them on Trybooking and give local theatre your support to potentially make this an ongoing event.
COUNTRY MUSIC STAMPEDE
THE Goomburra Country Music Stampede runs from September 14-16 at Clifton Showground. This is its ninth year and performers include Graham Rodger, Owen Blundell, Terry Gordon, Alice Benfer, Rosanna Ruddick, Sharon Smith, Suburban Country and more. The venue is indoors and the cost is low.
For details, phone Maggies Stokes on (07) 4666 6062 or 0434 531 768, or go to goomburracountry stampede.com. The event supports Rainbow FM 89.3 Community Radio, Mater Hospital oncology and The Oaks and Clifton Aged Care Facility.
TOOWOOMBA Bonsai Group's annual show is on Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23 at The Rose Cottage, corner of Holberton/Pottinger Streets, Newtown. Part of the Carnival of Flowers, the show will feature more than 60 trees from 2-50 years old. Young trees will show the starting points for successfully beginning a Bonsai while the older trees display the characteristic thick trunks, gnarled branches and extensive styling. If you want to get started, there will be starter trees, pots, wire, tools, etc for sale and lots of help and advice. Entry is $3 adults. Phone 0410 944 685 or go to toowoomba bonsai.com.
MOMENT OF PEACE
THE International Day of Peace (Peace Day) has been marked around the world each year on September 21 since 1981. This year it is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages. So join people throughout the world for a minute of silence - a moment of peace - at noon. As United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said "it is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognises the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race".
ANTIQUES AND RETRO
IF antiques and all things retro are your thing, then head to Toowoomba Showgrounds on September 22-23 for the Toowoomba Antique and Retro Fair. It runs 9am-4pm Saturday and 9am-2pm Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults. Phone 0427 465 407 for details.
ROGER GUARD HILLY HALF
ORGANISED by the Toowoomba Road Runners on Sunday, September 23, the Roger Guard Hilly Half honours the memory of the late Roger Guard, who was an active member of the Toowoomba running community before his death, with wife Jill in the MH17 air disaster. Described as "a beautiful undulating half marathon through the leafy roads of the garden city", starting at 6.30am at Middle Ridge Park, there are also 10km, 5km and a kids' 1km event from 7.30am.
Registration ($50) closes at 10am on Saturday, September 22 for the half, with the 10km $40, and 5km $20. Late registration from 5.30am on the day adds another $10. Go to trr.org.au.
THE second instalment of the Potters' Picnic is on Sunday, September 23 from 8am-4pm at the Darling Downs Potters Club, 145 West Street, Toowoomba. Entry is free and there will be works from local potters and those further afield. Food and drinks are available and there will be pottery throwing demonstrations on the wheel throughout the day. Go to email@example.com or phone (07) 4632 7021.
APPARENTLY there are a lot of Teys in this region, and the family, which started in Murrurundi, in the Upper Hunter region of NSW, is reuniting for the first time in 30 years to celebrate their 180th year in Australia. Organiser Narelle Palmer invites anyone connected with the family to contact her, dust off the memorabilia, and join the fun on Sunday, September 30 at Highfields Cultural Centre. There will be facilities for photocopying and scanning photos and information. Phone 0412 082 903 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GEHAM CRAFT AND GARDEN SHOW
THIS event is the annual fundraiser for the Geham State School P&C Association. Opening night September 21 from 6-8pm (bookings essential - no tickets at the door) $20 per person includes a light dinner and glass of wine/soft drink and bonus day pass for the weekend events. Main event is Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23. Adults $5, children under 12 yrs free. A huge variety of quality handmade stalls, locally grown plants and produce, arden décor and furniture, delicious food, coffee, live music, demonstrating artists and more.
Guests Speakers - Gardening and Poultry topics Amazing Raffle Prizes including a Sunshine Coast Family Holiday. $2 per ticket or $20 per book. All full book purchases go into a book buyers prize draw of a Ravensbourne Escape. Group discounts (more than 10 people). Entry $4 per person or $10/person including entry and Devonshire tea or light lunch. Bookings essential. Geham State School grounds, 9625 New England Highway. 20 minutes north of Toowoomba EPTPOS available. Wheelchair friendly and free parking. Phone 0429 941 250 or go to gehamcraftgarden show.com.au.