Top 10 things to do around the region…

Keep the kids creative with Artspace Mackay’s Kids Art Club, Graeme Connors is in concert at the MECC for a fantastic two-hour show or come along and view “Mackay in Focus… Our Journey” a new photographic exhibition at the Botanic Gardens Café.

1) Convict Connections

Thursday, August 2, 10am at Gordon White Library
Thursday, August 2, 5.30pm at Dudley Denny City Library

Special workshops being offered by members of the Genealogical Society of Queensland. Convict Connections will explore the lives of convicts and help residents learn how they can find out about their own convict ancestors.

2) The Australian Ballet’s Regional Tour - 'Ella' Documentary Screening

Thursday, August 2, 6pm
MECC North Foyer

Ella is a documentary following the journey of Australian Ballet dancer Ella Havelka, who in 2012 became the first Indigenous dancer to join the company in its 50-year history. This is a feature-length documentary that premiered in 2016 at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Join us for this free screening in the foyer of the MECC. https://bit.ly/2AtEDm5

3) The Australian Ballet’s Regional Tour presents Coppélia

Friday, August 3, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium

Swanilda and Franz are in love…until a beautiful stranger, the daughter of the magician Dr Coppelius, appears in town. This sparkling tale of magic and mischief, with its irresistible melodies and ‘living dolls’, is amusing fun for the whole family. Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s stories, Coppélia features exquisite costumes by master designer Kristian Fredrikson. Laughter and love, lively dancing and vivid colour – treat the family to Coppélia. https://bit.ly/2Mats3q

4) Queensland Veterans Cricket Winter Carnival Mackay

Saturday, August 4, 9am – 5pm
Harrup Park, Juliet Street

The Mackay Winter Cricket Carnival will feature 12 over 60s cricket teams. It is the second year that the carnival has been stage, the first was held last year on the Sunshine Coast. The winter carnival is all about player participation and it provides an opportunity for cricketers of all standards, despite their advancing years, to continue to participate in a sport they all love. It is a great social opportunity to meet up with like-minded acquaintances, new and old, play a game of cricket and catch up socially after the match. https://bit.ly/2Ozf4mz

5) Graeme Connors in Concert – ‘From the Backcountry’

Saturday, August 4, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium

Recognised as one of Australia’s most eclectic country singer/songwriters, Graeme has received numerous awards during his more than 40-year career for his contribution to country music. During his highly-anticipated two-hour show, fans will enjoy the hits that made him a household name, favourites from his 19-album catalogue and special debut performances from his upcoming 2018 album. https://bit.ly/2LD2hBQ

6) Kids Art Club

Starts August 4 until September 8
Artspace Mackay

Kids Art Club starts this Saturday! Have you booked a spot? It’s a fun, creative art program run by Artspace Mackay. Fabulous local artist Rosemary Payne will be teaching the six- week program of creative art for kids in two age groups. Each week they explore and respond to the exhibitions on show at Artspace Mackay through fun-filled art activities. The fee is $150 per child for six weeks and includes art materials each week. Call Artspace Mackay to book and pay over the phone > 4961 9722.

7) 2018 Wakakirri

Monday, August 6, 7pm
MECC Auditorium
Does your school have a story to tell? A remarkable story can change the way people think about the world around them. Wakakirri is a performing arts festival where schools aim to do just that. Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect student’s thoughts, ideas and aspirations. These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official ‘Wakakirri Panel’ who are searching for ‘Story of the Year’. https://bit.ly/2vlN4dy

8) MakerSpaces Mackay 17+

Tuesday, August 6, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
36 Wellington Street, Mackay

If you are 17 years or older come along for a look at our gadgets, cool tools and gizmos, and see what inspires you. If you have skill, or an interest in a skill, come along to an open night. You might be surprised who else in our community shares your interest. https://bit.ly/2xLFLjB



9) “Mackay in Focus… Our Journey” by three photographers - Lenore Hansen, Kathleen Brand and Heather Atkinson

Open until Sunday, September 16
Lagoons Gallery at the Botanic Gardens Cafe

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens has just launched a new exhibition. This photographic exhibition will display stunning landscapes and colourful flora showcasing the beauty of the Mackay region from three local photographers. It’s one not to be missed!

10) Greater Whitsunday Famers’ Market

Wednesday, August 8, 7am to 11am
Bluewater Quay, River Street, Mackay

Join the fresh local produce revolution and support our farmers by buying local, seasonal produce straight from the farmer. The market showcases our regions amazing produce giving farmers and value adders an opportunity to help grow our local food culture. https://bit.ly/2wHHbLN

Reminders:

Mechanos – Wings and Wheels Mackay 2018

Saturday, August 11, 9am
The Old Terminal Building, Mackay Regional Airport

See, hear, feel and experience something different with jaw dropping aerobatics from Paul Bennet in his Wolf Pitts Pro. You will not want to miss one minute of Paul’s heart stopping aerial antics! There’s even more extreme Aerobatic stunt planes, unique cars and motorbikes, kid’s rides, roving entertainment, mechanical technologies, hot rod alley, skydive displays, planes, boats, go-karts, RC’s, Drones, custom engines and much more. Purchase tickets > www.mechanos.com.au/tickets

Friday River Street Twilight Market

Friday, August 10 from 4pm – 8pm
Bluewater Quay, River Street

A community market for all to enjoy and meet local producers, value adders, creators and bakers along with many support business operators from our region. Local farmers will have an abundance of fresh produce, there will be entertainment and food vendors, so bring a picnic rug and enjoy a family fun evening under the stars! https://bit.ly/2ArIy34