GET YOUR BOOTS ON: Cyndi Lauper's fun and emotional Kinky Boots kicks off the Empire Theatre season from March 22-31 and tickets are on sale now.
GET YOUR BOOTS ON: Cyndi Lauper's fun and emotional Kinky Boots kicks off the Empire Theatre season from March 22-31 and tickets are on sale now.

What's On: Toowoomba

WEIGHT CHALLENGE

A COMMUNITY Weight Loss Challenge starts on February 11 from 5.30pm at Toowoomba Library. While there is a product range involved, the organiser has told Seniors News there is no pressure to buy it and many have lost weight simply by following the nutritional and healthy eating education involved. It's for everyone from 20-80. For details, phone 0418 489 847.

VALENTINE'S DAY

IT'S ALMOST here again already, so for those of you who need a little reminder to spoil the one you love, Valentine's Day this year is February 14. There are special lunches and dinners at various venues, but a picnic in the park is just as nice to avoid the crowds, and flowers, chocolates, jewellery, photos and wine are among the most popular presents, or just a card that lets someone know they are special.

OLD-TIME DANCE

IF YOU enjoy dancing the old-fashioned way, this one is for you. It's at Baker St, Darling Heights from 8pm to midnight every Saturday night, with live music thanks to five different bands on rotation. There's also a homemade supper supplied, lucky door prize, Monte Carlo, lucky spot and raffle. Cost is just $10. Phone 07 4634 3119 or email helenmstein@outlook.com.

OAKEY CELEBRATES

OAKEY Agricultural, Pastoral and Rodeo Society's Rural Ambassador and Miss Showgirl awards are being celebrated at Oakey Cultural Centre from 5.30pm on March 2. The Cool Nights Big Band will whip up the music for the jazz evening and a two-course dinner is served as part of the $40 ticket. There will be a happy hour and lots of raffle prizes. Phone 0407 115 709 and get your tickets by February 20.

CLEAN UP

IAN KIERNAN, who started Clean Up Australia Day, died last year, so it would be a fantastic tribute to him to get more people than ever out there picking up rubbish this year on March 3. His message was always "change starts with you", so check out what events there are in your area, or start your own. Toowoomba Regional Council supports the event by removing rubbish from registered sites. Go to cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or phone 1800 282 329 for site details.

HOT RODDERS

TOOWOOMBA'S Hot Rodders present High Altitude 2019 on March 8-10. There's a meet and greet at the club rooms on Friday night, a rock and roll dinner at the Down Under Bar at the showgrounds on Saturday, and then the big event, the Show n Shine behind Cobb+Co Museum from 9am-1pm Sunday, with music by the Zephyr Project, plenty of stalls, and fun for the grandkids. Phone 0481 094 921.

WOMEN'S DAY

INTERNATIONAL Women's Day is being marked by the Institute of Managers and Leaders at Fitzy's Toowoomba from 12-2pm on March 8, aiming to create more opportunities for women in leadership roles, with company policies like affirmative action, maternity leave and blind recruitment helping to combat the pay gap and the glass ceiling.

The theme this year is #Balanceforbetter. Keep an eye out for other events to get you inspired about what has been achieved and what is to come.

WOMEN'S HEALTH EXPO

DARLING Downs Women's Health expo is on at Highfields Cultural Centre on March 9, aiming to show women the support network available. Running from 10am-3pm, the expo will have a range of exhibitor stalls and guest speakers including endometriosis, nutrition, diet, cooking demonstrations and yoga classes. Phone 0431 015 441 or go to qendo.org.au/whe.

NANANGO MARKETS

THE NANANGO Country Markets are on the first Saturday of each month, and organisers reckon they are one of the biggest markets in rural south-east Queensland, averaging 380 stalls across the 35 acres at the showgrounds.

Here's what you can find from 6am-12pm: fresh fruit and vegetables, native and other plant stalls, hardware, clothing, knickknacks, smallgoods, sauces and cheese to the kitchen sink! Phone 0427 631 273, 07 4163 1273 or go to nanangoshowsociety.net.

NOT SO KINKY

KINKY Boots is the incredibly popular new musical with a score by Cyndi Lauper based around the true story of aspiring young businessman Charlie Price, who gives up his London life to save his late father's bankrupt shoe factory.

Headlining Empire Theatre's 2019 Season, director Alison Vallette wanted to assure audiences the play was about far more than a great pair of shoes, and that there was no deviant behaviour involved. "This story is about acceptance, tolerance, determination and love," she said ... with a whole lot of fun along the way. The show is on from March 22-31 so get your tickets. Phone 1300 655 299 or go to empiretheatre.com.au.

CHINESE NEW YEAR

Join in the free celebrations for the Year of the Pig on February 16 at the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, from 10am to 2pm. There will lots of activities to enjoy - a live Lion Dance, face-changing act, calligraphy, martial arts demonstartion, Chinese Games and an embroidery workshop, food and market stalls. Phone 07 4688 0700.