by Alison Houston
Farewell Skate City
Here's one for the nostalgic. Skate City, which opened in May 2001, is set to disappear from Sunday, February 25 due to sale of the building. For those of you with longer memories, you might recall the original skate park was known as Skate Haven. So this is your last chance to have a skate or take the grandkids down for one and relive some old memories.
Appropriately just after Valentine's Day, Toowoomba's Shoebox Theatre Company is presenting First Date. The Broadway musical, first staged in 2013, is on at the Empire Theatre and tells the story of Casey and Aaron's blind date and all the fun discomfort that goes along with it. Adult tickets from $35, concession $30. First Date is on from February 15-17. Call 1300655299.
Head to Clive Berghofer Stadium on Saturday, February 17 to see the Titans take on the Broncos looking for first blood in a great pre-season clash from 6.30-9.30pm. Adult tickets are $17 ($15 Concession) -$45 grandstand. Call Toowoomba Rugby League on 0400 799 807 or buy online at toowoombatickets .com.au. And don't forget the Titans will be back taking on St George Illawara in Round 3 on Sunday, March 25 in Toowoomba's historic first actual NRL fixture.
Dalby Chamber of Commerce and Industry is hosting a progressive dinner on Wednesday, February 21, taking in the Russell Tavern, Dees Vintage Thai and Katty Cakes. The night will also include networking and presentations, including what the Chamber has in store for this year. Members: $45, non-members $60. Bookings via dalbytickets.com.au or call 46624050 by February 14.
Friday at the Flicks
This month's presentation on February 23 at USQ Artsworx is The Big Sleep, featuring murder, conspiracy and blackmail ... not to mention wine and cheese. How can you go wrong with Bogie and Bacall? Tickets $15. Call 46311111.
Chinese New Year
It's the Year of the Dog, and you can celebrate at Civic Square from 10am-2pm on Sunday, February 25. Entry is free so you can enjoy a little Chinese culture with market and food stalls, activities for young and old, mahjong and a live Lion Dance team from Brisbane. There will even be a special shaded seats area for Seniors to ensure this is a real family occasion and bring good luck for the year ahead. For more, call 131 872 or visit www.tr.qld.gov.au.
Dr Noel Kentish presents Eagle and Lamb: The Story of the Only Australian Captured by Japanese Forces in Australia - a World War Two Tragedy at Cobb+Co Museum's Curator Conversation on Wednesday, March 7 at 2pm. It follows the life of Noel's father Len (1907-1943), a civilian coastwatcher and missionary, who was travelling on a naval supply vessel in North Australia in January 1943 when it was bombed by a Japanese floatplane, he was taken prisoner and tortured and starved before being executed without trial on February 5.
Nat King Cole Tribute
A lifelong fan of Nat King Cole, Dorian Mode has researched his catalogue to put together 20 iconic original trio arrangements to track the jazz legend's life. The show, which has sold out in Sydney and the Gold Coast, includes classic favourites like Unforgettable, Route 66, and Paper Moon. It's on at USQ Arts Theatre on March 17, with tickets $25. Call 46311111.
We are just about at the halfway mark for this exhibit at Cobb+Co Museum, which runs until July 21. See these fragments of rock or iron which have survived the passage through the atmosphere from outer space to impact the Earth's surface. Cost is included with museum entry and is free to Toowoomba residents. Visit www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au or call 46594900.