Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 13 Nov 2019

There is plenty to do around the region this week… Come along to a free and enjoyable discussion about art at Artspace Mackay, join the libraries for a screening of the 1963 classic ‘Charade’ and talk to the experts about preparing for storm season at Cyclone Saturday.

1) Chatterplay for twins and triplets

Thursday, November 14, 11.30am – 12.30pm
Gordon White Library  

An interactive play session incorporating songs and rhymes for multiple birth families.  Designed for families with multiple birth children from birth to five years. More details at

2) Dietary changes for improved health

Thursday, November 14, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Dudley Denny City Library

Have you been trying to cut back on unhealthy foods? Are you eating better and moving more but find it hard to stick with the changes? Changing your habits is a process that involves several stages. Sometimes it takes a while before changes become new habits. Learn how to make dietary changes for your improved long-term health. More details at

3) Conversations with Art

Friday, November 15, 1pm – 2.15pm
Artspace Mackay

This is a free and enjoyable discussion led by Artspace Mackay staff as they look at images of traditional and contemporary artworks from gallery and museum collections from around the world. It’s not an art theory lesson, it’s simply a casual conversation to talk about the art and deconstructing the works. Considering themes, possible techniques used by the artist and creating links with our own personal experiences. Whether you’re an artist, an art and language lover, beginner or an expert, we’d love you to join us! It’s interesting, thought provoking and extremely enjoyable. RSVP to or Find out more at

4) Afternoon at the movies – Charade

Friday, November 15, noon – 2pm
Gordon White Library

Join the libraries for a screening of the 1963 classic ‘Charade’ with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. In this equally thrilling and romantic classic, Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) falls for the dashing Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) while on holiday in the French Alps. Her newfound romance is interrupted, however, upon her return home, when it is revealed that her husband has been murdered. Regina and Peter soon find themselves pursued by her husband’s World War II cronies, who are after the quarter of a million dollars the quartet stole while behind enemy lines. Register your interest at

5) The Pot Luck Artists

November 15 - 28
Sarina Art Gallery  

The Sarina Arts Council has a new exhibition opening on November 15 at the Sarina Art Gallery (located in the Sarina Fields of Dreams Parklands). Come along and check out some fantastic work by local artists and if you like any of the pieces on display, you can purchase them to add to your art collection. Featuring artists Joy Hold, Cheryl Zunker and Ailsa Hall. Find out more at

6) Cyclone Saturday

Saturday, November 16, 8am – 1pm
Caneland Central

Cyclone Saturday is the perfect opportunity for you to ensure you have all the information you need to be prepared for this storm season. Drop by and talk to the experts. There will be representatives from a range of different agencies in the one spot at the same time. Anyone who attends can also enter the draw to win a generator. More details at

7) How Mackay businesses can create Christmas sales on social media

Friday, November 22, 7am – 9am  
Jubilee Community Centre  

Jingle sales, jingle sales, jingle all the way right? Maybe not. As a business owner, are you prepared for the silly season online? If you answered no, then this workshop is for you!  Create, implement and set up a Christmas digital marketing plan and monitor your online sales. Register online at

8) November Photo Walkabout

Saturday, November 16, 9am – noon
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

The November Photo Walkabout will focus on creating a great photo from observation and a little preparation using close-up photography in the cooler areas of the Gardens. Bring a small water sprayer, a piece of black or other dark fabric and a torch or bright light if you have one.DSLR to phone cameras can be used. This is about technique, not the camera type. Participants will have the option to put photos in an exhibition in March and add photos into the Photo Walkabout Facebook Group. Book your place at

9) Abandoned vehicle auction

Tuesday, November 19, 9am
Ness Street Depot 

Council's second abandoned vehicle auction for the year will be held on Tuesday, November 19. The auction will start at 9am with gates opening at 8.30am for a viewing. It will be held at our Ness Street Depot with entrance through the Hume Street side gate. There will be a public viewing on Friday, November 15 between 3pm and 4pm. Attendees MUST wear enclosed footwear and sign in prior to auction commencement. Children under 16 years are not permitted into the compound. View the list of vehicles that have been impounded by Mackay Regional Council at

10) ‘Chasing the Light’ by Jeff Jones

Until November 24
Lagoons Gallery at the Botanic Gardens Café

Jeff Jones is a Mackay based photographer who is intent on preserving what’s left of our natural environment and all the creatures that it supports. Jeff is also a carpenter/builder and makes the old hardwood frames you see in his display. This type of framing does not often happen due to the considerable time involved and the scarcity of suitable timber. More details at


Artist’s talk: Vernon Ah Kee

Thursday, November 21, 6pm – 7.30pm  
Artspace Mackay  

This is a free Artspace event. Artists, students, teachers, and people of all ages are welcome! Vernon Ah Kee is a member of the Kuku Yalandji, Waanji Yidinji and Gugu Yimithirr peoples of Queensland. Born in Innisfail, now based in Brisbane, he is a contemporary artist whose drawings, conceptual text pieces, videos, and photographs form a critique of Australian culture from the perspective of the Aboriginal experience of contemporary life. Join us at Artspace Mackay to hear Vernon speak about his art practice, and his latest work Kick the Dust. Find out more at