ART OF GIVING: At the cheque presentation by Central Coast Potters Society to Coast Shelter are Charles Boyton, Jemma Wilson, Charo Sparkes, Carole Saint, Rachel Willis, Ingrid Tristram and Joanne Christie. Now CCPS is gearing up for its Sale of Ceramics - Christmas 2019.
ART OF GIVING: At the cheque presentation by Central Coast Potters Society to Coast Shelter are Charles Boyton, Jemma Wilson, Charo Sparkes, Carole Saint, Rachel Willis, Ingrid Tristram and Joanne Christie. Now CCPS is gearing up for its Sale of Ceramics - Christmas 2019. PHOTO: RIM LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

What's On: Central Coast

Community group business

Every three months on a Tuesday, Community Compass runs free mentoring sessions for not-for-profit groups, providing advice on governance processes and community bookkeeping, thanks to Central Coast Council. Sessions must be booked in advance, with dates on November 19 and February 18 from 9-3pm. For treasurers, board or committee members it includes understanding financial reports, accounting software, finance options, seeking legal assistance, identifying problem areas etc. Email info@communitycompass.org.au or call 0406 414 123 or 4353 9806.

Arty Crafty Christmas

From Thursday, November 21 to Sunday, November 24, The Art and Craft Market presents the Arty Crafty Christmas 2019 exhibition and sale. You will find unique handcrafted goods made by local artists. It's at The Community Gallery, with your gold coin donation proceeds going to Outback Farmers. For information, phone 4341 9034.

Aged Care Centrelink Talk

At Tuggerah Library from 2.30-5pm on Friday, November 22, this free talk covers aged care fees and charges. Topics include entry into different levels of care, options for your home and pension issues. Bookings are essential. Phone 4350 1560 or visit your local branch.

Christmas in Kibble Park

Christmas in Kibble Park is a free outdoor event on Saturday, November 23 from 4-8.30pm that will see the whole community come together for a fun-filled night of live music, Christmas carols, boutique market stalls, free Santa photos, craft and food stalls and more! Plus, Santa will light the 9m-high Christmas tree - bring the grandkids!

Christmas Ceramics

Central Coast Potters Society presents Sale of Ceramics - Christmas 2019 from Tuesday, November 26 to Sunday, December 8. Beautiful locally handcrafted ceramics are for exhibition and sale, with practical and decorative items making perfect Christmas gifts. It's at the Community Gallery, Webb St, E. Gosford. The group's Celebrate book project culminated with two cheques donated to Coast Shelter totalling $4500. For more information visit www.ccpotters.org.

Recipe Club

This is a social club for foodies, and next meets from 10-11am on Wednesday, November 27. If you love food and cooking, they reckon then this club is for you. Beginner and expert chefs are welcome. You don't have to bring food, just a recipe to share with the group, and the theme for November is Festive Foods - well timed! Phone 4304 7650.

Lighting the Christmas tree

On Friday, November 29 from 5-9pm, it's time for Toukley to light up its Christmas tree again, kicking off the annual celebrations on the Village Green. It promises to be a fun-filled evening with live entertainment, free children's craft activities, food stalls, a visit from Santa Claus and, if that wasn't enough excitement, a fireworks display. Watch out for road closures!

Luminous Christmas

From Saturday, November 30 to Tuesday, December 31 it's a Luminous Christmas at The Entrance. It's a free, fun celebration of the festive season for 30 days, with an amazing LED light and sound display spanning 38m long x 7m wide x 8m high. It's presented by Central Coast Council, with the launch on Saturday including live bands, roving entertainment, Santa and more. The annual Carols in the Park is on Christmas Eve at The Entrance in Memorial Park, including a fireworks display to cap off the night.

Lapidary Sale Day

Also on Saturday, November 30, from 9am-2pm, Central Coast Lapidary holds its members' sale. There will be rocks, rough and polished, specimen rocks, minerals, jewellery in silver, brass and copper. It's at the Central Coast Lapidary Club Rooms at 10 Ourimbah Ck Rd, Ourimbah. Phone 4362 2246.

A cappella concert

On Sunday, December 1, enjoy a free Goldies & Oldies concert by Jubila Singers from 2.30-3.30pm. This world music choir sings vibrant music from different cultures and in different languages primarily in a cappella. They say their new songs are the Goldies, while their favourites from past years are the Oldies. The choir comprises 40 voices and will enjoy the acoustics of the St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Woy Woy. Phone 0422 005 901.

Tuggerah Markets

Tuggerah Local Markets run on the first and third Saturday of every month, so you can catch them again just in time for Christmas on December 7 from 8am-2pm. It is an opportunity to discover the beautiful crafts and food of local producers and enjoy the community atmosphere and live music. It's at 11 Bryant Dr, Tuggerah. Go to tuggerahmarkets.com.au