by Alison Houston
KEN DUNCAN EXHIBIT
Until January 31, Ken Duncan is presenting his largest-ever release of new images, Joys of the Journey. The collection includes a diversity of images from wildlife to landscape from around Australia (including a stunning rainbow over Terrigal beach and sunrise at The Skillion) and the world (including touching images of elephants). Entry is free and the gallery is at 414 The Entrance Rd, Erina Heights. Call 43676701 or go to https://kenduncan.com. The gallery is open 10am-5pm daily except Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year's Days.
If you're alone on Christmas Day, don't be! St Patrick's Catholic Parish Gosford invites you to join them for Christmas lunch, starting at 11.30am at St Patrick's Hall, 76 York St, East Gosford. All you have to bring is yourself, with all the food and fun laid on. On the other hand, if parishioners are able to make a donation towards catering, it's very welcome. Call 43251042 to book or to help.
Coast Community Centre is open every day of the year, including Christmas lunch! It helps bring community and those experiencing tougher times together for a day of food, festivity and joy. You can help support the Christmas lunch by donating food to 346 Mann St, North Gosford, or through the Everyday Hero Christmas account. Call 43253540.
Calling all Abba fans. Bjorn Again, the world's leading ABBA tribute show, is on a tour commemorating the 40th Anniversary of ABBA's Australian Tour of 1977, and it hits Mingara Recreation Club on Friday, December 29. Tickets $48.25. Go to www.mingara.com.au or call 43497799.
Why not kick out the old year and hopefully celebrate the new when the Central Coast Mariners take on Wellington Phoenix at Central Coast Stadium from 7pm on Sunday, December 31? Gates open 6pm. Tickets from $15 at Ticketek. Go to www.ccmariners.com.au .
NEW YEAR'S EVE
Join the New Year's Eve fun at The Entrance on Sunday, December 31 with entertainment, activities, a wishing well and live music on stage from 6pm, starting with Little Quirks, followed by Bravo Victor and then Sarah Mcleod. There will be a food truck alley and, of course, fireworks for all ages at 9pm. But be warned, Marine Pde will be closed from 3-10.30pm. For other details go to www.theentrance.org.au.
New Year's Eve on the Gosford Waterfront includes gourmet stalls, markets, rides and entertainment on the main stage, featuring Soul Shakedown and Taj Frarrant. Gates open at 5pm with fireworks at 9.15pm. Go to www.gosfordcity.com.au.
For those who want an earlier celebration, there's also Central Coast Council Family Race Day at the Entertainment Grounds from noon, with the first race at 1.30pm, and music and kids' entertainment. Adults $15, Concession $10 and kids under 17 free. Go to www.theentertainmentgrounds.com.au/events
There's a host of New Year's Eve events across the Coast. For a pretty complete listing go to www.whatsoncentralcoast.com.au. One celebration that caught my eye was the Tom Burlinson dinner show at Ettalong Diggers, with Tom playing everything from Sinatra to Tom Jones in a two-hour show starting at 9.30pm. Doors open at 7pm with support act Shane Edwards from 8.30pm. It's not cheap at $135 non-members, but it is New Year's Eve! And if you're out for fun without the pricetag, there's also Crowded Enz, a tribute to, you guessed it Crowded House and Split Enz, in Rileys from 8.30pm. Go to www.ettalongdiggers.com for details, or call 43430111.
CINEMA UNDER THE STARS
There's something special about watching a movie outside with the grandkids, and Newcastle Permanent's Cinema under the Stars is Australia's largest free regional outdoor cinema program. The animation Sing is on Saturday, 20 January. Before the sun sets kids can have a kick around the inflatable football pitch hosted by the Central Coast Mariners or try their hand at circus workshops. For the adults, it's a case of sit back and enjoy the pre-movie musical entertainment. It's free and starts at 5.30pm at Central Coast Stadium.