There's no doubt that Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club members, focus on the importance of friendship in retirement and how that makes all the difference.
There's no doubt that Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club members, focus on the importance of friendship in retirement and how that makes all the difference. RASHEEDA FLIGHT

What's on: Central Coast

GRANDMA MOSES

FEELING creative? Keep in mind entries for the Grandma Moses Art Competition and Exhibition are due in August (date to be finalised at time of print). There's more than $3000 in prizemoney up for grabs in the 37th annual event open to all Coast residents 50 and over. Sections are Open, Watercolour, Novice, 50+ Leisure and Learning Centres and Senior Citizens Centres Art Group Members, and Central Coast-inspired. Winning entries are displayed from Tuesday, September 10 at Gosford 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre, Albany St North, Gosford.

Phone 02 4304 7065 for details.

STRICTLY BALLROOM

GOSFORD Musical Society is presenting this Aussie classic, made famous by the Baz Luhman 1992 film, at Laycock Street Theatre from July 26-August 10. It's the story of Scott Hastings (Tyson Almond), ballroom dancer, future champion, and rebel. When his radical dance moves raise eyebrows with the Australian Federation, he and Fran (Felicity Calwell), a beginner with little training, defy convention and their families to go for victory.

Phone 02 4323 3233 for tickets ($46 adult).

TRIVIA NIGHT

THE Get Quizzical for Quolls Trivia Night (how could I not include something with this title?) is on Saturday, July 27 from 5-8.30pm at the Australian Reptile Park, Somersby. All proceeds go to Aussie Ark to help save our native wildlife from extinction. It's $80 per table (4-8 players) so grab some mates and enjoy exclusive access and up-close encounters with Australian Reptile Park residents from 5pm and, of course, trivia. Food and drink available for purchase.

Phone 02 4326 5333 or get tickets on Eventbrite.

AUTHOR EVENT

THE HarperCollins Home-grown Thriller Tour comes to Kincumber Library on Friday, August 2 from 6-7.30pm. Join authors Wendy James, Nicola Moriarty, Sarah Barrie and Anna Snoekstra as they discuss their crime novels. Wendy's newest book, The Accusation, a creepy psychological thriller about the abduction of an 18-year-old girl in a regional town, and Nicola's new book The Ex have both just been released. As places are limited, bookings are essential, but it is free.

Phone 02 4304 7641 or visit your local library.

KIKI DEE WITH CARMELO LUGGERI

LIKE me, you might not know that Kiki Dee is far more than "that song" with Elton John. Don't Go Breaking My Heart was just a small part of a 50-year music career in the UK, including I Got the Music in Me, and the wedding favourite True Love. Catch her with songwriter, producer and guitarist Carmelo Luggeri at The Art House Wyong on Friday, August 2 at 8pm. Adult tickets $63.

Phone 02 4335 1485.

CARNEVALE

SATURDAY, August 3 is the grand opening of this year's second annual Carnevale and Artisans' Market at The Art House Wyong. Presented by Tuggerah Lakes Art Society, this year's theme is Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder. Opening day is from 10am-2pm, with prize winners in the Mask Project and Creative Art Sections announced at 11am, and the exhibition continuing until August 29. All works are for sale. As well as the art talents, on opening day you can enjoy musical performances and at least 25 stalls filled with locally handmade items, including the wonderful cooking talents of the CWA (Tuggerah Lakes Branch).

Go to carnevale.org.au or email info@carnevale.org.au.

1979 - THE HITS

AS THE names suggests, this concert pays tribute to the music of 40 years ago. So why not take a journey back to ... school days, uni, raising the family? What were you doing in 1979 when Joe Jackson was asking Is She Really Going Out With Him, Kiss was Made for Loving You and Jo Jo Zep was in the Shape I'm In. The show stars, among others, Spencer Jones and Tim Moxey from The Voice, plus a six-piece band. It's at The Art House Wyong from 8pm on Saturday, August 3. Phone 02 4335 1485.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE

Toukley 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre in Hargraves St, holds an afternoon of social dancing each Friday afternoon from 2.30-5pm in the club auditorium. The Friday Afternoon Tea Dance costs just $10 per person including nibbles.

Phone Joan on 0419 599 236.