Top 10 things to do...

Published: 11 Mar 2020

1) Mission Songs Project by Jessie Lloyd

Thursday, March 12, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium

Mission Songs Project looks to explore the day to day life of the mission days, from cultural identity to love and loss. These unique songs consist of almost forgotten stories that can now shed light into the history of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait elders, families and communities. This musical journey of Indigenous Australian music as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st Century. Book your tickets at

2) Book Sale

Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 from 9am
Gordon White Library

Gordon White Library are holding their first book sale in four years with thousands of excess books on sale for a fraction of their retail price. There’s a great range on offer, with everything from bestsellers to books on gardening, craft and cooking and all for just $1 each. Book sales are a wonderful, sustainable way that we can offer readers a great deal while also having a clean-up of our collections. Bargain-hunters are asked to bring their own bags and cash. For more details visit

3) BMA Kidspace

Tuesday, March 17, 10am
Artspace Mackay

Join local artists and performers for creative art activities designed for toddlers and their adults! BMA Kidspace, Artspace Mackay’s ever popular toddler’s program, gives children under five a chance to explore and have fun with art in a climate of co-operative learning. The program includes free artist-run workshops from 10am to 2pm and live musical entertainment for kids from noon to 1pm. Bring your children along for a fun day of art-making, singing and dancing.

4) Multiples Chatterplay

Tuesday, March 17, 9.30am – 11am
Gordon White Library

Come along for an interactive play session incorporating songs and rhymes for multiple birth families. This program is designed for families with multiple birth children from birth to five years old. Book your place at

5) Pets are Part of the Community Too

Tuesday, March 17, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Gordon White Library
Did you receive a new pet recently? Are you looking at adopting a pet? Discover the tips and tricks to responsibly caring for your pet and learn about all our amazing resources available for you and your pet through this amazing workshop. More details at

6) Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, March 18, 7am – 11am
Bluewater Quay   

Join the fresh local produce revolution and support our farmers by buying seasonal local produce straight from the farmer. Want to know who will be selling at the markets each, head to their Facebook page every Tuesday, all the details of markets stall and produce will be listed. For more details visit

7) QLD - Mailchimp Marketing and Business

Wednesday, March 18, 8am – 10am
Jubilee Community Centre

How to generate sales via email marketing is presented by Clinton Begg. Attendees will require to have a laptop to participate in this workshop. Clinton Begg will be in contact with you directly to set up your Mailchimp account pre-workshop. You will start building your customer audience with Mailchimp by bringing all your contact data into Mailchimp, we can start to show you helpful insights about your audience. Clinton will help you find new ways to talk to people who love your brand—and new ways to reach new customers. (Tickets: $35.74) Book online at

8) JamFactory Icon Catherine Truman: No surface holds

Until June 7
FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay

Catherine Truman is one of South Australia’s most renowned artists and jewellers who works with a variety of diverse materials to create captivating and one-of-a-kind pieces. This JamFactory touring exhibition incorporates a mix of objects, installation, images, video and new works from her 20 years of research at the nexus of art and science. ‘Catherine Truman: No Surface Holds’ is the first time that Truman’s collaborative practice with artists and scientists is presented. Find out more at

9) Gardens Captured – Lagoons Gallery Exhibition

Until March 29
Lagoons Gallery at the Botanic Gardens Café

This exhibition is a first for the Photo Walkabout Group. It showcases a selection of fantastic images captured within the gardens by participants during the Walkabouts. Photo Walkabouts started in April 2019 and have continued to grow in popularity. Supported by the Friends of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and Mackay Camera Group. Participants range from beginners to advanced photographers using iPhone to DSLR cameras who are willing to share their knowledge or wanting to learn more in a practical, active and fun environment.

10) Get Active – Physical Activity programs

Until June, 2020
Various locations

There are plenty of ways to get Active in the City! From Zumba, tai chi, and aqua fitness to boxing, cross training, and yoga, our Active in the City program is a great way to get fit and meet new friends.

Active in the City

> Aqua Fitness with Sue
Until April 4, Saturdays, 9am - 10am
Bluewater Lagoon

> Elena’s Fitness Fusion (Zumba)
Until May 10, Sundays, 9am - 10am
Bluewater Quay

> Time Out Tai Chi (Balance Minder)
Until June 22, Mondays, 5.30pm - 6.15pm
Bluewater Quay

Live Life Get Active – City CentreThe Live Life Get Active program offers FREE weekly sessions in boxing, cross training and yoga. Register today for your free sessions.

Council Lawns, Civic Precinct, 6am - 6.45am> Cross-training - Mondays and Wednesdays
> Boxing - Tuesdays and Thursdays
> Yoga - FridaysLive Life Get Active – Northern Beaches and Sarina
To commence shortly. Register today for your free sessions.


Art collector’s talk with Ros Jones

Thursday, March 26, 6pm
Artspace Mackay

Join us for an enjoyable evening with Ros Jones & her collection! For local collector Ros Jones her lifelong love of collecting art began in her early 20s and today her collection fills every inch of wall space in her home. Art of Collection: Ros Jones, now on show at Artspace Mackay, presents an array of works from her personal art collection in a diverse range of media, exploring figurative, narrative and landscape themes through drawings, prints, paintings, ceramics and more. This is a free event exploring Ros Jones’ extraordinary collection over wine, nibbles and delightful conversation... it’s certainly a creative event not to be missed! Find out more at