by Yvonne Gardiner
FSG EcoSpace is excited to be presenting its new monthly market days at Upper Coomera. An eclectic mix of hands-on workshops, interesting talks, pop-up market stalls, tasty fresh food, and relaxing music will take place on the second Saturday of every month, next event is April 14. We invite you to register for one of the workshops running in the morning as spaces are limited, or just drop by at your leisure for any of the other amazing things happening on the day. There is a cost for the workshops, but entry to the market stalls and entertainment is free. Market day from 9am to 3pm at 161 Kriedeman Rd. Phone Michelle on 5573 1576.
MEET the Aussie athletes doing us proud in the Commonwealth Games on Monday, April 16, between 9.30am and 11am at Surfers Paradise Beach. Come along in your green and gold and get an autograph, have your photo taken with your favourite athlete, or just say "G'day" and enjoy the live music and celebratory atmosphere. There is no parking available at the event and some roads within Surfers Paradise will be closed during this time. Stay tuned to the Facebook event page for closure times and details. Catch the G:link to Surfers Paradise or make your journey active and walk, ride, scoot or skate to the event.
AS THE signature annual multi-arts festival of the Gold Coast, Bleach* Festival current to April 15 will shine a light on unique creativity and culture by presenting the city in a new way, to new audiences, both locally and internationally as they host the 2018 Commonwealth Games and beyond. Quintessentially Gold Coast, Bleach* Festival celebrates the city's best artists, welcomes renowned Australian and international collaborators and engages a broad audience through a range of accessible events. Using the Gold Coast's world-famous natural landscapes as unconventional venues, Bleach* Festival is a platform for expression. Details: go to bleachfestival.com.au.
THE Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is being staged from April 4 to 15. It will be the first time the Games have been held in an Australian regional city and the fifth time Australia has staged the Commonwealth Games. GC2018 will be the largest sporting event held in Australia this decade, and the largest the Gold Coast has ever hosted.
More than 6500 athletes and team officials will take part over the 11 days of competition, with 71 nations and territories represented across 17 different sports and para-sports. Events will be hosted across 18 competition venues located on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane with preliminary basketball matches contested in Townsville and Cairns. Details: go to w: gc2018.com.
ENJOY 12 action-packed days of free culture taking over the Gold Coast from April 4 to 15 to celebrate the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Experience music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film from the Gold Coast, Australia and across the globe. The festival spans the length of the coast, from Coomera through to Coolangatta, with two festival sites in Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise operating day and night across the 12 days. Details: go to gc2018.com/ festival2018.
THE AUSTRALIAN School of Meditation and Yoga invites all veterans and active duty Australian Defence Force members to come to any class, any day, at no cost for the month of April. Yoga and meditation are time-tested, proven practices that help decrease stress, anxiety and depression, increase inner peace, overall well-being and clarity, and are simple yet powerful personal healing tools. Veteran and military communities around the world are successfully using the tools of yoga and meditation to help support their health. Please bring proof of veteran/military status to receive this discount. Phone Janina Stokes on 0466 811 234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE 2018 Gold Coast Film Festival will run April 17 to 29, and will screen about 40 feature films, 125 shorts, host more than 12 industry panels and 10 filmmaker Q and As and bring film to life through a dozen special film events that run across the Gold Coast. Be captivated by internationally acclaimed dramas, comedies and genre films, locally made indie gems, engaging documentaries and family features, anime and the scariest horror films. Special events include Women in Film screenings and events and SIPFest, the annual short film competition transforming Surfers Paradise beach into a vibrant and unique cinema featuring 12 cinematic masterpieces by emerging filmmakers from around Australia. Main venue is 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise. Details: go to gcfilmfestival.com/.
CITY Libraries hold regular book sales at libraries throughout the year. Choose from a variety of non-fiction and fiction pre-loved titles. Keep an eye on the webpage for information about upcoming book sale dates at your local library. On April 27, from 2pm to 6pm, head to Elanora Library to grab a bargain. Digital literacy and technology programs are offered regularly at all libraries, and cover basic computer skills for new computer users, through to more advanced classes on topics like blogging and creating your own website. Details: go to cityofgoldcoast.com.au.
THE Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra would like to invite you to warmly welcome back Conductor Nicholas Routley for their first concert this year 'Enchanting Cello' - with special guest soloist Cellist, Karol Kowalik. You will not want to miss this exciting pairing of fine musicians that the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra has brought together for the first concert of the 2018 season. The concert will be held at the Tweed Civic Centre, Brett Street on Sunday, April 22 at 2.30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at nrso.com.au, Murwillumbah Music (02) 6672 5404, Box office at Tweed Heads Civic Centre or inquiries phone 0478 012 324.
FOLLOW your favourite detectives, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, in this fast-paced Ken Ludwig comedy adaptation of Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles. The male heirs of the Baskerville lineage are being dispatched one by one and it's up to Holmes and Watson to brave the moors before the family curse dooms the Baskervilles forever. With a cast of five actors playing more than 40 different characters, Baskervilles is sure to be a murderously funny night at the theatre. At the Spotlight Basement Theatre, 185-187 Ashmore Rd, Benowa, from April 27 to May 13, from 7.30pm. Cost $32. Details w:spotlighttheatre.com.au, phone 55394255.
CELEBRATE the Gold Coast's heritage at the Mudgeeraba Street Party on Sunday, May 20. The city's friendly hinterland community will provide a day of free family entertainment and fun. Enjoy more than 100 displays from local businesses and community groups or sit back, relax and hear live musical performances on the Village Green from 10am. Don't miss the street parade through town which includes the Queensland Police Service, Motorcycle Enthusiasts Club, classic cars and Rural Fire Brigade. Swan Lane and Railway St will be closed from 9am to 3pm.