BLACK SWANS IN LOVE: Francisco Pacheco explores the use of imagination and colour to change our view of reality in his exhibition at the Art House Wyong from October 17- November 11.
BLACK SWANS IN LOVE: Francisco Pacheco explores the use of imagination and colour to change our view of reality in his exhibition at the Art House Wyong from October 17- November 11. MARC CHARETTE

What's on: Central Coast

Rock 'n' Roll

You are bound to see some familiar and other long-forgotten faces in the Central Coast Council's display of photographs by the late Les Allen of 1960s and '70s performing legends. Talks on the subject by history librarian Geoffrey Potter sold out, but you can still see the photos of early Bee Gees, Dinah Lee, Johnny O'Keefe, Little Pattie and Sandy Scott among others. It's been such a hit, the display has moved from Tuggerah Library to Gosford Library until Friday, October 13.

Jazz in the Arboretum

Jazz in the Arboretum, on October 1, features the pianist often referred to by critics and his peers as one of the finest artists in the world, Simon Tedeschi, and multi-instrumentalist George Washingmachine. The event is run by Pearl Beach Progress Association, and tickets ($45 adults, $25 children) let you enjoy a unique experience with world-class artists in a native bushland setting. Don't miss out on your tickets and then grab your rug and a picnic and head along. Go to http://www.pearlbeach progress.org.au.

Twice the theatre

The Art House Wyong is presenting acclaimed playwright Alana Valentine's coming-of-age piece, Grounded, set in Newcastle. It captures the contrasts of an industrial city re-inventing itself in a new century, and looks at the way life can take us to places we don't expect. It is paired with Children of the Black Skirt, in which children discover the ruins of an orphanage and the history of its inhabitants, in a two-show package October 7, 13 and 14. Go to www.thearthouse wyong.com.au.

Royal Hotel spectacular

The Royal Hotel is getting you up close and personal with leading ladies and gentlemen of musical theatre, cabaret and comedy to hear showbiz gossip as well as some great songs in what is billed as "an unforgettable night of old fashioned, quality entertainment". And since their last two shows sold out, you have to think they are getting it right. It's on Saturday, October 14 from 8pm and is cabaret-style seating. Call 43521012.

Gems and treasures

The Gem and Treasure Show is a great event to share with the grandkids - or just enjoy it yourself. It's free and there's an auditorium full of treasures to explore on the weekend of October 14-15 thanks to Central Coast Lapidary Club Inc. There will be dealers from all over Australia bringing tools, minerals, gemstones and jewellery with plenty of stones in the rough, polished, carved or set in jewellery. It's at the Events Centre, Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi.

Art and wellness

Francisco Pacheco's Art and Wellness exhibition is on at the Art House Wyong from October 17- November 11 showcasing oils, acrylics, watercolours and ink pieces that explore the use of imagination and colour to change or enhance what we would otherwise call reality. Now living locally, Francisco has been painting for 40 years, 29 in Australia, and will also run free workshops on 'Drawing with Imagination' in which attendees can explore different ways of increasing their mental activity while drawing and producing beautiful artwork.

Gosford Rotary Gala Concert

Whatever your musical tastes, you should be covered at the Rotary Gala Concert on October 21, with a host of local musicians and singers including Central Coast Brass, the Central Coast Concert Band, Central Coast Philharmonia and the Youth Orchestra. It's at Central Coast Leagues Club from 2pm. Adults $35. Call 43247477.

Sevens action

Okay, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself here, but if you've ever been to a Sevens tournament, you will know why. The UON Central Coast Sevens, from October 27-29, is Australia's premier rugby Sevens event outside the world series. It's described as "explosive, end-to-end, heart-racing action, with big collisions, electrifying speed and skill, featuring some of the strongest international sevens teams and sevens action in the world". I'd say that's just sporting superlatives and clichés, but, when it comes to Sevens, it usually isn't! So check it out on www.central coastsevens.com.au.

Golf with a view

What's that old saying about a good walk spoilt? Well, if you don't mind spoiling your walk with a little golf, you might want to try your hand - or your handicap - somewhere different, like Mangrove Mountain Memorial Golf Club. It's about 20 minutes from Gosford or Wyong, opened in 1974, and provides some great views from the hinterland to the ocean. Call 43731129 or go to mmmclub.com.au.

Community Garden

If you like to garden but have maybe moved into an apartment, or haven't got the space for the vegie's you'd love to grow, Wyong Neighbourhood Centre has a Community Garden working bee each Wednesday from 12-2.30pm. It's a chance to get your hands dirty and meet like-minded community members. Call 43531750.

Spring Retirement Festival

THIS is a celebration of fun, friendship and community. This is your chance to kick back and relax, have a laugh, make new friends, learn new skills and indulge in a day of unbridled entertainment.

With a smile that could light up the Sydney Opera House and a voice that's as big, bold and colourful as Uluru, Rhonda Burchmore has endeared herself to many Australians. In her one woman show, Rhonda performs songs from shows she's starred in over the decades. A sizzling show, not to be missed! On 6 October, 10am to 12pm at Henry Kendall Gardens, 150 Maidens Brush Road, Wyoming. To book go to https://events.spring retirementfestival. com.au/dc/reg/ HENRY-KENDALL- GARDENS-SRF2017


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