What's on: Toowoomba and Darling Downs
HOT CROSS HEAVEN
IF YOU'RE in the mood for a drive and some delicious Easter treats, head to the Old Fernvale Bakery on the Brisbane Valley Highway, which is again using its talents to raise money for the Children's Hospital Foundation.
Owners Bill and Lyn Rose donate $1 from every packet of hot cross buns to the cause, but they've also come up with some 'extreme' buns, the likes of which gourmet delights you aren't likely to find elsewhere, including their caramel and white chocolate hot cross buns. On Wednesdays they hold online auctions for their first-release buns such as February's Ferrero Rocher buns, which raised $250. The fun and fundraising goes on until Easter Monday. Oh, and, by all accounts, the pies are damn fine too. Phone 5426 7557.
ST PATRICK'S DAY
The day when everyone's a little bit Irish (or likes to think they are)... St Paddy's Day, Saturday, March 17, is almost upon us again, so grab your greenest gear and head on out to The Irish Club Hotel celebrations (always a good craic), or check out other local venues. Just don't miss your chance to celebrate.
CASH FOR OAKEY
Johnny Cash is one of the world's legendary performers, and Dave Reynolds and his six-piece rockabilly show band are set to do him justice in Oakey on Saturday, March 17.
The Johnny Cash Tribute will also pay homage to other classic music from the era when Cash was at his height, including Credence Clearwater, Patsy Cline, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, The Shadows and Roy Orbison. And if you don't hear a song you thought you would, there's even a time when the band will field requests. The concert is at Oakey Cultural Centre from 7.30pm with doors open from 6.45pm. Tickets, are $25, available at Oakey Newsagency, online at ticketebo or phone 0407 014 185.
The Heal Yourself Expo at Centenary Heights High School, Toowoomba on March 17 and 18 sets out to help people heal themselves by acknowledging that emotional and physical pain are linked, and providing spiritual guidance. If you are interested, go to healyourselfexpo.com or phone 0415 800 888. The expo runs 9.30am-4.30pm both days and entry is $5.
FRIDAY AT THE FLICKS
A DOCUMENTARY 22 years in the making is this month's Friday at the Flicks on March 16 at USQ Artsworx. When We Were Kings traces the lead-up and eventual fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali in 1974.
There's footage and interviews, including the questionable ethics around the fight's location, the relationship between Ali and locals, and the 'Black Woodstock' soul music festival that accompanied the fight. Everything got bogged down by legal issues and civil suits, so director Leon Gast couldn't release his film until 1996, when it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. As with all Fridays at the Flicks there's a post-movie discussion and a glass of champers. Phone the box office on 4631 1111.
RIDE THE RANGE
IF YOU haven't signed up yet, don't forget the Rotary Club of Toowoomba's Ride the Range event is on Sunday, March 25. This is the eighth charity event, which will this year help Toowoomba Hospice, the new Hope Horizons and RACQ Life Flight. There are four routes, so you don't have to be a professional to take part, but you definitely need a bit of puff. To find out more, go to www. ridetherange.org.au.
GRAND HOMES TOUR
FOR lovers of television's Grand Designs and the magazine Home Beautiful, the Zonta Club of Toowoomba Garden City has lined up something a little special for Sunday, March 25. It's your chance to see inside five stunning homes and gardens, including two recently built award-winning homes, a historic East Toowoomba residence, a cottage and an incredible garden with majestic views.
Tickets for the bus tour (leaving 9am) are $80 each, and $65 self-drive, including morning tea at the Empire Theatre. For more, go to Zonta Grand Homes Tour on Facebook, or phone the Empire on 1300 655 299.
EASTER VINTAGE FESTIVAL
HIGHFIELDS Pioneer Village is again celebrating Easter from March 31 to April 2. Now in its 21st year, there really is something for everyone at the festival, from great food including billy tea and damper, to live music, displays of traditional Aussie skills like whip-cracking and blacksmithing, to the Grand Parade, with vintage tractors, cars and trucks, and military vehicles on the Monday. Go to the website eastervintagefestival.com to find out more or phone 4696 6309.
AUSSIE rock legend Jimmy Barnes is bringing his Working Class Man: an Evening of Stories and Songs tour to the Empire Theatre on Friday, April 13. No point keeping news of this one until the next edition, because I'm taking bets it will be a sell-out. It's the sequel to his 2016 stage show, Working Class Boy, and begins where his troubled childhood left off, with tales of 40 years of rock stardom and addiction, starting from 1974. Tickets are $99. Phone 1300 655 299.
GARDEN CITY COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOC.
GARDEN City Country Music Association's next social is on Sunday, April 8, when their special guest artists will be Dennis and Kathy Sankey from Dalby. Dennis and Kathy are seasoned performers who give their all on stage and love entertaining crowds.
On the guest artist front Garden City Country Music Association are pleased to announce they will be holding a concert on Saturday, March 24 at the Oakey Cultural Centre as part of the 2018 Country Music Rush Festival from 7pm. Guest artists at this event will be veteran Keith Jamieson, the "Guitar Pickin' Chicken" Alisha Smith, Caitlyn Jamieson and our own local Bush Balladeer Jeff Brown. Entry is $15 per head if you turn up after 5pm or only $10 if you attend the Rush on the Saturday, making it $10 for the Rush and $10 for the concert. All enquiries regarding the club or the Rush give the secretary, Dell Lowien, a call on 4635 6429 a/h.