by Christine Perkin
GC2018 BATON JOURNEY
THE eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Coffs Harbour on February 1 as the Baton journeys towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on April 4. We invite everyone to come down and welcome the Queen's Baton to Coffs Coast on Thursday, February 1, from 4pm. The opening ceremony will take place at the Jetty Foreshore where the first baton bearer will start the Coffs Harbour leg of the Queen's Baton journey. The Baton will be passed through 13 baton bearers until it reaches the closing ceremony in City Square. For details call 66484953 or email matthew.haines@chcc. nsw.gov.au or go to www.gc2018.com/qbr
COAST COMEDY PLAYERS
THE excited cast members are into dress rehearsals and firing up their thespian guns to bring some top-notch comedic acting to the Coffs Coast region. Companion Planting! follows the antics of a group of retirement village residents who have a TV production crew come for the weekend to do a garden makeover. Problems arise when the techies walk off the job. But the show must go on and Dallie Bates steps up to the plate - sadly with no filming expertise, but a love of her late husband Norm's poetry. The show opens on February 9 in Nambucca Heads and February 10 and 11 in both Woolgoolga and Bellingen, and with three shows at the Jetty Memorial Theatre on February 16 and 17. Call 0407396038 or visit The Coast Comedy Players Facebook page for all the details.
DORRIGO COMMUNITY MARKET
THIS is a small country market where locals, community organisations and regional marketeers get together to offer locals and visitors a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, plants, pre-loved goods, food, jams pickles and preserves, handmade jewellery, and all manner of other goodies. The market runs from 8.30am to around noon on the first Saturday of the month. Next is on February 3 at Hickory St. Details call 66571119.
LIBRARY LOVERS' DAY
COFFS Harbour Libraries are celebrating Library Lovers Day 2018 by asking library customers to share their library love this February 14. Visit Coffs Harbour, Toormina or Woolgoolga libraries to pick up a little red envelope. Use this to send us a love note. For those who are more digitally inclined, love the library social media #librarylove #coffslibrary. Located at Harry Bailey Memorial Library, Cnr Coff and Duke Sts. Details call 66484900 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org. gov.au. Hours 9.30am-6pm Coffs Harbour Branch; 9.30am-5pm Toormina and Woolgoolga Branches.
THE WAY I SEE IT
THIS is an exhibition of paintings by the well known local artist, Jim Tozer, showcasing his love of country in all its aspects. Opening night on Friday, February 2, at 6pm, by gold coin donation. Proudly supported by the Coffs Harbour Creative Arts Group and on display until February 28 at the Coffs Harbour Showground Gallery Open 10am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday. Free entry. Call the Gallery on 66522545 or email CHCAG@icloud.com or visit the Coffs Harbour Creative Arts Group Facebook page.
THE TASTE WOOLGOOLGA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
THIS showcase will celebrate the locally produced and available delights that the Woolgoolga and Coffs Coast region has to offer. There will be tasting plates, samples, wine, beer and cider. Cooking demonstrations to tempt your taste buds, music to keep you entertained on February 17 at 51 River Street, Seaview Tavern Woolgoolga. Details call 0400271739 or email sherry@tastewoolgoolga. com.au or go to tastewoolgoolga.com.au
LIVE MUSIC AT YAMBA
CONNECTING Souls are playing live at Yamba Golf and Country Club on Friday, February 16, from 7pm. Connecting Souls is a fun, energetic, popular cover band producing high quality music all around the East Coast of NSW. Located at River Street, Yamba. For details call 66462104.
CINEMA UNDER THE STARS
MEMORIAL Park Grafton will host Newcastle Permanent's free Cinema Under the Stars on Friday, February 2, from 5.30pm with The Secret Life of Pets, entertainment and Circus in Education and Coffs Harbour Showground will host Cinema Under the Stars on Saturday, February 3, from 5.30pm.