AUSSIE LEGEND: Dick Johnson on his Ford Falcon at Mt Panorama. He is among big-name guests at this year's Historic Leyburn Sprints, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Australian Grand Prix in Leyburn in 1949.
AUSSIE LEGEND: Dick Johnson on his Ford Falcon at Mt Panorama. He is among big-name guests at this year's Historic Leyburn Sprints, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Australian Grand Prix in Leyburn in 1949. Autopics.com.au

What's On: Toowoomba

CULTURE FESTIVAL

THE Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival brings dance, language and food from around the world to Queens Park on Sunday, August 11. Nepalese culture takes centre stage this year.

Toowoomba International Multicultural Society president and festival chair Gitie House said the festival united more than 100 community groups, service organisations, businesses and partners to support and encourage a sense of belonging and community harmony.

Everyone is encouraged to join the festivities. Gates open from 10am-4pm. Entry is $10 for adults, $5 concession, children free. Go to TLCFestival.com.au or phone 0422 867929.

CREAKING JOINTS?

A FREE Twilight Talk on creaking hips and knees from 6-7pm on Tuesday, August 13, presented by the Toowoomba Hospital, looks at osteoarthritis, prevention, treatment and if there is a cure.

Guest speaker is orthopaedic surgeon Dr Chris Wall. A light supper is provided and complimentary parking is available. It is at Unara Conference, adjacent to Pechey St at the Toowoomba Hospital. Phone 4616 5563.

LEYBURN SPRINTS

BATHURST winners Dick Johnson and Fred Gibson have joined a line-up of motor-racing legends set to attend the Historic Leyburn Sprints, this year celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Australian Grand Prix in Leyburn in 1949.

It's the 24th running of the Sprints and Johnson and Gibson, both in their 70s, will participate in a variety of meet-and-greet activities over the weekend of August 17-18.

They will join 1960s and '70s touring car contemporaries Colin Bond, John French, Kevin Bartlett, Bill Gates and others.

It is Gibson's first visit, but Johnson has been a Sprints regular in recent years on the 1km round-the-houses course. Original 1949 Grand Prix cars will be on show, and you can see historic and classic cars race the clock through the streets of Leyburn. There will be food stalls, markets and more than 15 vintage caravans on show. Go to historicleyburn sprints.com.au or phone 4695 0001.

BATTLES REMEMBERED

AS WELL as August 18 being Vietnam Veterans Day, this year it is also the date to mark the 1942 Battle of Milne Bay, in which Toowoomba troops played such a big part. On the south-east tip of Papua New Guinea, it was the first Allied defeat of the Japanese army on land in the Second World War. Harlaxton RSL Band will be pulling double duty, providing tributes at both events. The 25th Infantry Battalion (known as the Darling Downs Regiment as it was headquartered in Toowoomba) will mark the Battle of Milne Bay at the battalion memorial about 11am after a 7.30am service at St James's Church.

The Vietnam Veterans' Day ceremony is at 9am at the Vietnam memorial in Margaret St, near the Mothers Memorial. Harlaxton.

RSL members will also be raising funds selling memorabilia at Northpoint shopping centre in the days leading up to the anniversaries.

COMMUNITY WELLNESS

TOOWOOMBA Hospital Foundation is offering a couple of different wellness talks, starting with Balanced Meals & Cooking for One on Tuesday, August 20 from 10-11am.

Then on Tuesday, September 10, you can learn about Living Options in Your Senior Years, with information on retirement villages, aged care and manufactured homes. Both sessions are free and morning tea is provided.

Booking is required by the Friday prior on 4616 6166 or email stacey@toowoomba hospital foundation. org.au.

SENIORS EXPO

As part of Seniors Week, Garden City Toowoomba Branch of National Seniors is running a free Seniors Expo from 8.30am-4pm on Thursday, August 22. It's at the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker St, and will feature about 100 stalls covering health, finance, social activities, retirement living, travel and more.

The group meets on the third Monday of the month at 9.30am. Phone 4635 4519 or email hazken59@gmail.com.

FRIDAY AT THE FLICKS

JOHN Cleese's Clockwise is a film all late people can relate to... Cleese is obsessively punctual school headmaster, Brian Stimpson who sets out on what should be a simple journey to give an important speech at the annual headmasters' conference but faces a comedy of errors on the way. Friday at the Flicks is USQ Toowoomba's film club where you go and enjoy a significant film from cinematic history while sipping a glass of bubbles for just $15, or the full season for $40. There's also a post-show reception to compare notes. Phone 4631 1111.

Ceilidh

THE Toowoomba Caledonian Society is holding a Scottish Dance in the Drayton Hall on Saturday, August 31 with your favourite Scottish character as the theme. It starts at 7pm with the Pipe Band and lots of called country dancing. Cost is $10 for adults. Contact Marg 0429 700217 for details.

Show and Shine

YARRAMAN Show and Shine is on 8am-3pm on Saturday, September 7. For a gold coin donation, you can enjoy plenty of cars and markets. Organised by Yarraman Business Group, you can find details on Facebook or phone 0429 385432.


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