What's on: Toowoomba
LOOKING for a game to exercise your brain as well as your body? West Toowoomba Croquet Club is hosting free Try Croquet evenings to introduce more people to the game. All equipment is provided. All you have to do is wear flat shoes. It's on October 10 and 14 from 6-7.30pm at the club at 147a Taylor St. For more, phone (07) 4633 0911. Senior memberships start from less than $5 per week, with social players $10 per visit ($12 for night play). Phone (07) 4633 0911.
WRITE AROUND TOOWOOMBA
This is a free showcase of writers from around the Toowoomba region. Seven writers will share insights into their writing and the publishing process from 10am-5pm, Wednesday, October 10, at Toowoomba City Library. Authors include children's, teen and adult fiction writers, non-fiction, and self-published. Bookings are essential despite it being free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (07) 4688 6670 for more details.
PITTSWORTH ON SHOW
The 14th annual Pittsworth Craft and Fine Food Spectacular is on October 12-14 in Pittsworth Town Hall. Entry is free, with doors open 9am-5pm Friday and Saturday, closing at 1pm on Sunday. There will be about 50 exhibitors showcasing quality home-made Australian items, and you can enjoy the quilt display, prize-winning gardens and Devonshire teas, as well as live entertainment and activities for the grandkids in Centenary Park on Saturday. Phone 0437672472 or go to pittsworthcraftandfinefood.com.au.
DROUGHT RELIEF BARBECUE
Ma Ma Creek State School P&C is running a sausage sizzle and food and drink stall, with all proceeds going to the Farmers' Drought Relief Fund. It's at Ma Ma Creek Community Centre, Gatton-Clifton Rd, on Saturday, October 13, November 10 and December 8. It's part of the country market, at which you will also find fresh fruit and vegies (some organic), honey, plants, woodwork products, quilting and craft supplies, cakes, slices and biscuits, cards, books and bric-a-brac.
It's three days of lifestyle extravaganza when the Toowoomba Expo comes to the showgrounds again from 8.30am October 19 - 4pm October 21 combining spring home show and caravan and leisure expo. There's building, renovating, green living, home improvements, homewares, kitchenware, electrical, pools, spas, gardening, solar energy and heating, and for those more interested in the outdoors, there's the latest caravans, camper trailers, 4WD accessories, camping equipment and more. Go to australianevents.com.au for more.
CLIFTON COUNTRY WEEK
Clifton Country Week runs from Friday, October 19-Saturday, October 27, and includes the iconic Iris and Rose Show, now in its 23rd year at the Senior Citizens Centre on Saturday, October 20, as well as the chance to enjoy a ride the historic C17 locomotive from Warwick to Clifton. Throughout the week there's also the Ute and Boot Markets, quilt and art displays, crafts, night bowls and a garage sale trail. It all culminates with Clifton Race Day on the final Saturday, with entry $10 adults and $5 pensioners. For all the details, go to cliftonpa.org.
FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra and brother Elwood play the Festival of Small Halls tour this spring at 20 community halls across rural Queensland and New South Wales. The tour kicks off at Rocky Creek Hall, Millmerran on October 24, includes Peranga on October 28, and finishes in Felton on November 18. Madison Violet have been creating harmonies for 15 years, playing folk to pop to electronic to Americana. To find out more about the singers and the history of the halls go to festivalofsmallhalls.com or phone (07) 5496 1066.
Once a year Helidon closes down its main street for the Annual Celtic Festival of Queensland. Entertainment includes street parades, Celtic dancing, Celtic music, massed pipe bands, children's entertainment, haggis throwing competitions, dancing, poet's corner, market stalls and more. This year it's on October 28 from 10am-3pm at Railway St, Helidon. Phone 0408 889 841 or find them on Facebook.
This year the race that stops the nation is on November 6, and you can enjoy all the atmosphere and fashions of the track at Clifford Park from 10am-5pm. There's live local racing and entertainment, as well as of course live coverage from Flemington on the big screen. Go to cliffordpark.com.au or phone (07) 4634 6066. Toowoomba Hospice also holds a Melbourne Cup lunch at Café Valetta. For details phone (07) 4659 8500.
LIVVY & PETE
From their humble beginnings to taking on the world in sequins and jumpsuits, revisit the songbooks of Aussie icons Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen. They are presented by Helpmann Award-winner Michael Griffiths and cabaret songstress Amelia Ryan at the Empire Theatre at 11am on November 8, with complimentary morning tea from 10am. Tickets are $20. Phone 1300 655 299 or go to empiretheatre.com.au.