LOCAL PRIDE: Artist Craig Taylor with one of his works which will be on display at Café Abuzz until October 11.
LOCAL PRIDE: Artist Craig Taylor with one of his works which will be on display at Café Abuzz until October 11. contributed

What's on: Toowoomba

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK ART

LOCAL artist, Craig Taylor, partnering with Ability Enterprises, will have a pop-up art display at Cafe Abuzz, Baillie Henderson Hospital, during National Mental Health Week. The event aims to raise awareness of mental illness and reduce stigma. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Craig is self-taught and his artwork includes African wildlife and roses. He suffered severe injuries in an assault before moving to Australia in 2005 and has been diagnosed with mental illness. The exhibition is on until Friday, October 11. Ability Enterprises is also hosting a Take Time for Mental Health picnic in the grounds of Baillie Henderson Hospital on the Friday, with free live entertainment by Kerry Kennedy and Double Barrel.

Phone 07 4638 7465 or for a picnic order 0427 405 327 or go to the Facebook page.

COLOURS OF YARRAMAN

THE Colours of Yarraman Garden Festival is on from Thursday, October 10-Sunday, October 13, and includes a host of events including barefoot bowls on Thursday 6-9pm at the Yarraman Bowls Club, a movie night on Friday at Yarraman school hall, Yarraman markets on Saturday 7am-12pm and Tunes on the Track at Station Park from 1-5pm, with the garden competition high tea and announcements Sunday.

Phone 0459 638 282 or go to @YarramanProgress Association on Facebook.

PITTSWORTH CRAFT & FINE FOOD

The 15th annual Pittsworth Craft and Fine Food Spectacular is on from Friday, October 11-Sunday, October 13 at Pittsworth Town Hall. An initiative of St Andrew's Anglican Parish it is an important fundraiser for the church, and also brings loads of visitors to see the 50 exhibitors showcased and the spring gardens.

Go to pittsworthcraftandfinefood.com or phone 0437 672 472.

WALK TO REMEMBER

THERE will be a massed display of pinwheels at Newtown Park on Sunday, October 13, starting a new tradition for the Walk to Remember from 9.30am-12.30pm. Walks to Remember are special annual events around Australia that bring bereaved parents together with their families and friends to commemorate their babies who've died and to support each other. It includes a memorial service and short walk. There is no cost, but registrations are required through Stickytickets. Go to sands.org.au/.

CROWS NEST DAY

THE theme for this year's event is Crows Nest goes down Memory Lane. There will be an antique bottles and collectables fair, carnival rides, games and competitions, including gumboot throwing, whip cracking and crow calling, entertainment, procession and fireworks. It's from 7am-9pm on Saturday, October 19 at Centenary Park, Crows Nest. It's organised by Crows Nest & District Tourist & Progress Association Inc.

Gemfest

IN ITS 39th year, Gemfest is on the weekend of October 19-20, with crystal and mineral specimens from all over the world. Create original jewellery with stones and settings available on-site. It's at Centenary Heights State High School Hours from 8.30am-5pm Saturday and until 3pm Sunday. Cost is $5 for over-13s. Go to toowoomba lapidaryclub.org.

CLIFTON COUNTRY WEEK

FROM Friday, October 18 to Saturday, October 26 is Clifton Country Week, with the main events over the first weekend. The week starts with an art and photography exhibition in the library on Friday, with street markets, the Iris and Rose Show, steam train rides, car show and shine, model train displays, live music and kids' entertainment on Saturday and the Clifton Garage Sale Trail Sunday.

Hosted by Clifton & District Progress Association, phone 0418 790 083.

DISABILITY EXPO

THE Regional Disability Expo at Clive Berghofer Stadium showcases the products, services, education and employment options, sport and recreation available to people with disabilities, their families and carers in the Toowoomba region. It's on Friday, October 18 from 9.30am-4pm and includes over 40 businesses.

Phone 0402 836 213 or go to disabilityexposc.com.au.

DEMENTIA COURSES

DEMENTIA Australia is delivering two courses in Toowoomba for people living with dementia and their family members. The first course, Living with Dementia, is October 22-24 and provides an overview of dementia and how to proceed after a diagnosis. The second workshop, called Grief, Loss and Dementia, is on November 5-6 and gives an overview of caring for someone who has dementia. It focuses on practical tools to manage the emotions associated with change, including loss and grief. Both courses are free.

Phone 1800 588 699, email qld.booking@dementia.org.au or go to Eventbrite.


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