What's on: Toowoomba
SISTER CITY PHOTOGRAPY
TOOWOOMBA Regional Art Gallery will celebrate the city's Sister City relationship with Takatsuki by hosting a joint photographic exhibition until March 31. There will be 24 works displayed; 12 from Takatsuki and 12 from Toowoomba. Mayor Paul Antonio said the exhibition shows the diversity and unique perspectives of the artists, highlighting a wide range of photographic styles and content.
THE 111th annual Oakey Show is on March 16. It's a chance for the whole community to celebrate by showcasing livestock, produce, cookery, handcrafts and enjoying the entertainment day and night. Here's a little of what you can enjoy: horses, cattle, goats, poultry, caged girds, dog championships and jumping, chainsaw events, farm produce and field crops, fruit and beg, floriculture, woodwork, home cookery, handicraft, art, fashion and the ute muster. To find out more, go to oakeyshow.com.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
IF YOU are coping with cancer or its affects and need friendship and support, the Cancer Support Group meets from 2pm on the third Tuesday each month (including March 19) at 2pm at Toowoomba's Engine Room Cafe. The group is for current and previous cancer patients, family and friends. To find out more, phone Georgina Hart on 0437 383 380.
FROM Australia to the World: The Lost Apollo Moments is on at the Empire Church Theatre from 7- 8.30pm on March 22. You will learn the untold story of Australia's early contributions to the space race and hear firsthand from the unsung Aussies who worked tirelessly to transmit the first signals from the moon to the world. Cost is adults $15, concession $10. Go to worldsciencefestival.com.au.
WHILE you are thinking about space, how about a little stargazing on Saturday, March 23 at Cobb + Co Museum? Go along for a free night under the stars, and explore Toowoomba's beautiful night sky, with Toowoomba Astronomy Group providing telescopes and helping you to identify the stars. To book, go to worldsciencefestival.com.au.
FRIDAY AT THE FLICKS
FRIDAY at the Flicks is back, giving classic movie-lovers the chance to see and dissect film history while sipping on bubbles at USQ Toowoomba. Become a Friday at the Flicks club member and enjoy the full season of 2019 films for just $40. First up is The Day of the Jackal, starring Edward Fox. It's a political thriller, based on the best-selling book of the same name, set in early 1960s France and a plot to kill French President Charles de Gaulle. It's on March 29 from 6.30pm at USQ Artsworx Arts Theatre. Phone 07 4631 1111.
RIDE THE RANGE
OVER eight years, more than 2500 have taken the challenge to Ride the Range, raising over $200,000 for charity. This year it's on March 31 with four rides for different ages and abilities. They are the 100 Mile (164km) Challenge, with over 1825 metres of climbing and an expected lead pace of 30-plus kph; the Classic 112k, with 1500m climbing and an expected pace of 25-30kph; the 85 Climb the Range or the 79 Without the Climb (plus or minus the climb back up to Picnic Point), and the Nifty Fifty (59km), in which you ride the downhill and enjoy the backroads before a bus picks you up from Helidon State School to take you back to the top without the muscle strain. Go to ridetherange.org.au.
ALWAYS wanted to be able to make your animal or bird pictures seem more lifelike? Alex Stalling , from Tinker, is teaching how to draw any animal from a photograph and finish it off with traditional and modern watercolour techniques from 6-9pm on April 5. Places are limited and $70 per session includes three hours guidance with an artist, quality art supplies and refreshments. Email email@example.com or phone 0407 000 808.
DAY ON THE PLAIN
HERE'S one to mark on your calendar and get tickets for now, with the Big Skies festival running April 27-May 5 and incorporating everything from foodie feasts to tours, outdoor movies and the Dalby Picnic Races to the Day on the Plain rock concert. This year it features a host of favourites from the 1970s-'90s, including Jon Stevens, John Paul Young, Ross Wilson, Deni Hines and Pseudo Echo at Jimbour Station. To find out more, go to bigskiesevents.com.au.