65+ community events on in Mackay this week – Daily Mercury

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26

– PLASMA Power Week hosted by Australian Red Cross Lifeblood: whether you’re new to the scene or a plasma pro, join the Red Cross for a special week dedicated to all things plasma. Book via https://www.donateblood.com.au/page/plasma-power-week

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10,080 Minutes digital exhibition of photos and videos from April 12-19, 2020 submitted by more than 70 people form Mackay and beyond that depict one week or 10,080 minutes in lockdown during COVID-19. Shows onto Crossroad Arts shopfront windows from 6-10pm every day until September 7, 55 Wood St, Mackay.

– FINCH HATTON Beautiful Minds playgroup, weekly from 9.30-11am during school term at Finch Hatton State School. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

– SELFLESS Senior’s Exhibition hosted by Mackay Regional Council, August 17 to 26 at Jubilee Community Centre, Alfred St as well as digitally at Sarina Neighbourhood Centre, Awal Medical Centre, the Mackay Region Visitor Information Centre and Goodes Butchers.

– POETRY SLAM Masterclass hosted by Heard Words, Queensland Poetry Festival and Australian Poetry Slam with wise wordsmith Angela Peita from Ruckus Slam, free event delivered via Zoom, 6-7.30pm. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

– BASIC COMPUTER Skills Workshops for older adults to participate in fun, free learning sessions to increase confidence, skills and knowledge to get online, hosted by Mackay Libraries, 10-11.30am, Gordon White Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– STORY TIME with Ros from Let the Children Play Toyshop, free, 9.30-10.30am, Shop 2/176 Victoria St, Mackay. Spaces limited to 10 children because of COVID-19 restrictions. Book via Eventbrite.

– STORY TIME session featuring nursery rhymes, stories and songs for children aged two and a half to five years, 9.30-10am at Sarina Library and at Gordon White Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– LAPIDARY: learn the art of working with stones, first session free, $25 joining fee and $25 annual membership fee applies after, 9am-noon and 6.30-9pm, Mackay Gem and Craft Society, 3 Leisure Ct, South Mackay. Ph: 4942 8541.

– MULTICULTURAL playgroup. Each week celebrates different culture through craft activity, suited to children aged 0-5, 9.30-11.30am, costs $3. The Neighbourhood Hub, 43 Shakespeare St. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are essential. Ph: 4957 2626.

– MARKET: Greater Whitsunday’s Farmer’s Market, fresh seasonal produce straight from farmers, weekly from 7-11am, Bluewater Quay. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/events/1244348139090003/

– REEF Catchments is giving away copies of its fantastic publication called Provenance Magazine featuring more than 50 farmers, local food retailers and cafes from Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac. They will be down at the Greater Whitsunday’s Farmer’s Markets from 9am at the Bluewater Quay.

– PRIZE BINGO, 20 games, books $2 each, doors open 8.45am for eyes down at 9.15am, Magpies Sporting Club, Glenella Rd. Ph: 4965 6100.

PCYC Playgroup with bikes, obstacle courses, jumping castles and more, 9-11am, $9 per child for casual visits, $6 per child with $25 annual membership. Ph: 4942 3296.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 27

– FITZGERALD State School Playgroup hosted by teacher Paula Pierotti and teacher aide Lisa Ware, for bubs, toddlers and before school-aged children and their parents, grandparents or caregivers, no cost, meets weekly 1.30-2pm during school term, Fitzgerald State School, Norris Rd.

– MACKAY Ukelele Group meet every fortnight, beginners welcome, take own instrument, social dinner at a pub usually follows, small donation is appreciated, 5.30-7pm, MyneSight Training building, cnr Tennyson and River St. Ph: Julie 0413 316 973.

– NARCOTICS Anonymous Mackay, meets 7pm, 16 Keats St, Mackay. Ph: Rosco on 0428 992 762.

FUSSY BABIES discussion covering fussy periods and wonder weeks including mothers’ diet, baby intolerances, gas, reflux, colic, milk supply and more, hosted by the Australian Breastfeeding Association Mackay group, 9-11am, Mackay Women’s Centre, 418 Shakespeare St, Mackay. Ph: 0427 249 995.

– TECH TALK: one-on-one 10-minute sessions hosted by Mackay Regional Council Libraries to help you learn how to use your phone, tablet or other device, 10-11am. Ph: 4961 9387.

– COFFEE with a Cop, chance for community members to ask questions and learn about police work, 10-11am, Dudley Denny City Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and so bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

WITH ONE VOICE Mackay and surrounds choir rehearsal, 6.30pm, Jubilee Community Centre, Alfred St, Mackay. Everyone is welcome, NDIS registration. Email: withonevoice.mackay@gmail.com

– FITTER for Life, catering for all mobility abilities: cost $6 per class plus $20 per annum insurance fee, 9-10am, Mackay Gymnastics, 5 Snow Wright Ct, Beaconsfield. Ph: 4942 0032.

– HOY card game, 9.30-11am weekly (excluding school holidays), $1 per board to play, please take tokens like glass beads to play with. There is also a cent sale at halftime for $1 per sheet and a raffle at one ticket for $5 or three for $10 with the chance to win fruit and veg trays and shopping vouchers. All proceeds go to Glenella State Primary School. Magpies Sporting Club, Glenella Rd. Ph: 4965 6100.

– STORY TIME session featuring nursery rhymes, stories and songs for children aged two and a half to five years, 10.30-11am, Dudley Denny City Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– BABY BOUNCE session featuring nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs, 10.30-11am, Gordon White Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and so bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– ENGLISH Conversation Circles program to help language development in a relaxed and supportive environment hosted by The Neighbourhood Hub and Mackay Regional Council Libraries, 1-2.30pm, Dudley Denny City Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and so bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– BETWEEN the Lines Book Club, 5.30-6.30pm, Gordon White Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and so bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– MAINLY MUSIC West Mackay hosted by Mother’s Union Mackay: Take the kids to dance, play and sing while you enjoy a cuppa and home baked goodies. Children from birth to kindergarten-age. 9.30am – 11am, Cost $5 per family, St Charles Anglican Church on the corner of McGinn St and Nebo Rd. Ph: Kristi Day on 0403 241 809.

BABYWEARING meet: all are welcome to go along to learn about babywearing or simply chat with other parents who babywear. The group will have the testing kit with them including Tula, Manduca, Ergobaby and more, 10am-noon, Illuka Park.

SPEED Date the Collection: This is your last chance to explore and ‘meet’ the works in Artspace’s current exhibition, 2020 Libris Awards: The Australian artists’ book prize, in an informal, fun way and in a social context, 5.30-9pm, Artspace, 61 Gordon St, Mackay. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and so bookings are essential. Ph: 4961 9722.

– MACKAY and District Pipe Band: learn to play the bagpipes or drums with free lessons, 6.30-7pm, St Paul’s Uniting Church meeting room, 21 Macalister St. Spots limited because of COVID-19 Restrictions. Contact via Facebook for more information.

– SPANISH Playgroup: 10am-noon, The Neighbourhood Hub, 43 Shakespeare St. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are essential. Ph: 4957 2626.

PCYC Playgroup with bikes, obstacle courses, jumping castles and more, 9-11am, $9 per child for casual visits, $6 per child with $25 annual membership. Ph: 4942 3296.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 28

– FASHION in the Fields for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea: all proceeds go to ICON Mackay and Cancer Council, light refreshments, games and interactive activities for all ages, 9.30am-noon, Concise Equestrian Centre, 160 Bells Rd, Walkerston. Tickets $19.98 via Eventbrite. For more information, see the Facebook event.

– CHINESE calligraphy workshop hosted by the CALD Women’s Club: a free social group for culturally and linguistically diverse women of Mackay to connect, support each other, build confidence and learn new skills. Please bring plate of food to share. 10am-noon, Mackay Women’s Centre, 418 Shakespeare St, Mackay. Register via tonims@tnhub.org.au or text 0400 788 218. For more information, see the Facebook event.

– GUIDED walks through the Mackay Botanical Gardens. Learn about local native plants on display and the development of the gardens. Free event, 10-11am. Bookings essential. Book by phoning 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

– SENIOR Friendship Group, meets every Friday, usually at The Neighbourhood Hub, 4 George St, Mackay, with range of activities from bingo to morning to lunch. Transport is available via prior arrangement. Because of COVID-19, bookings are essential. Ph: 4957 2626.

– SOCIAL table tennis. All ages welcome, equipment available, 9-11.30am at Mackay Table Tennis Centre, 76 Bridge Rd. First day free entry, $5 after. Ph: Coral 4957 8474.

– MAINLY MUSIC Sarina: Take the kids to dance, play and sing while you enjoy a cuppa and home baked goodies. Children from birth to kindergarten-age. 9.30am – 11am, Cost $5 per family, St Luke’s Hall, 60 Broad St, Sarina. While COVID-19 restrictions remain, bookings are essential due to limited hall space. Email gkmorphy@bigpond.com

– SOCIAL HOOPS, all abilities welcome, take your own basketball if possible, every Friday 7pm, PCYC Whitsunday, Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach. Ph: Whitsundays Basketball 0427 228 984.

– STORY TIME session featuring nursery rhymes, stories and songs for children aged two and a half to five years, 9.30-10am, Gordon White Library, 54 Phillip St, Mt Pleasant. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

PCYC Playgroup with bikes, obstacle courses, jumping castles and more, 9-11am, $9 per child for casual visits, $6 per child with $25 annual membership. Ph: 4942 3296.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 29

MACKAY Festival Sessions: featuring Mackay musicians 2019 Queensland Album of the Year winner Tia Gostelow who will take to the stage alongside singing teacher Tommy Contor. Also performing in the finale are four-piece funk/soul/rock outfit The Base Coats. Livestream from home. For more information, head to https://www.facebook.com/events/339928053680526

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– CRAFT and Conversation: create and chatter with an imaginative group, 11am-2pm, Gordon White Library, 54 Phillip St, Mount Pleasant. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and so bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– LAPIDARY: learn the art of working with stones, first session free, $25 joining fee and $25 annual membership fee applies after, 9am-noon and 1-4pm, Mackay Gem and Craft Society, 3 Leisure Ct, South Mackay. Ph: 4942 8541.

FEMNASIUM farewell/open day: walk through the doors for the last time as Femnasium before the gym changes to Athletica. Free classes, taste testing from Mass and HSNJ, 6.30am to noon, 3/118 Wood St, Mackay. Ph: 4944 0420.

GREENTHUMB Seedlings open day: take a box or bag to carry your plants in, 7am to 2pm, 20 Burgess St, North Mackay.

– FALUN GONG meditation and relaxation, 9-11am, Tropical Sun Garden Lawn (under mango tree), Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. Ph: Catherine 4952 2262.

– MACKAY Writers meet last Saturday of every month at 1pm, all welcome, take along writing materials, Jubilee Community Centre meeting rooms, Alfred St, Mackay. Ph: Paul Vanderloos 0432 541 812.

– SHOWGROUND Markets, 6.30-10am, Mackay Showgrounds, entrance off Milton St

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30

– SEAFORTH Markets, 9-11am, Palm Ave, Seaforth. Ph: 0400 446 876.

– AUSTRALIAN Poetry Slam – Central Queensland heat: The largest poetry performance competition in Australia; all you need is an original poem and two minutes on the mic. Presented by Heard Words and Queensland Poetry Festival. 5-7pm, The Metropolitan Hotel, 17 Gordon St, Mackay. Tickets from $11.64 via Eventbrite.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 31

TRIVIA night: free to play, go along with your mates or join a team. Each team can have between two and seven players. Registration from 6.30pm for 7pm start, Centro Restaurant, Magpies Sporting Club, Glenella Rd, Glenella. Book by phoning 4965 6100.

CRAFTY Women session hosted by The Neighbourhood Hub: take morning tea to share and a gold coin donation for a morning of friendship and making 3D paper Christmas ornaments and fabric Christmas wreaths, 9-11am, 4 George St, Mackay. Spots limited. Book via Facebook.

– SILVERSMITHING: first session free, $25 joining fee and $25 annual membership fee applies after, 6.30-9pm, Mackay Gem and Craft Society, 3 Leisure Ct, South Mackay. Ph: 4942 8541.

– FITTER for Life, catering for all mobility abilities: cost $6 per class plus $20 per annum insurance fee, 1.30-2.30pm, Mackay Gymnastics, 5 Snow Wright Ct, Beaconsfield. Ph: 4942 0032.

– BABY BOUNCE session featuring nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs, 9.30-10am at Mirani Library and 11-11.30am at Dudley Denny City Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and so bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

PCYC Playgroup with bikes, obstacle courses, jumping castles and more, 9-11am, $9 per child for casual visits, $6 per child with $25 annual membership. Ph: 4942 3296.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

AGFORCE Roadshow: an interactive 90min with Queensland’s peak broadacre grower representative and advocate. Hear from the CEO, cane president and other members across the cane, cattle, grains, sheep and wool commodities, starts 7pm, Souths Leagues Club, 177-189 Milton St, Mackay. Book via Eventbrite.

– ROCKIN’ KIDS Playgroup: 9-11am, cost $3 to cover tea, coffee and light morning tea, The Neighbourhood Hub, 43 Shakespeare St. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are essential. Ph: 4957 2626.

– SARINA mums and bubs fortnightly catch up: dads, guardians and grandparents also welcome, bring own food, water and meet like-minded people from the community, starts 10.15am, Apex Park, Sichter St, Sarina.

HOW TO APPLY for an exhibition at Artspace information session with director Tracey Heathwood: for local artists and curators with an innovative exhibition idea or wanting to learn more about proposal submissions and the selection process. Free event also includes tour of newly renamed Foundation Gallery and time for discussion, 5.30-6.30pm. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are essential. Ph: 4961 9722.

– CRAFT and chat session hosted by Mother’s Union Mackay, 10.30am-2pm, all welcome, take along own craft project, 10.30am-2pm, St Ambrose Church, 28 Glenpark St, North Mackay. Phone Kristi Day on 0403 241 809.

– $5 BOWLS NIGHT: first two nights free then $3 for two games, $1 for entry into raffle, $1 drinks available, starts 6.30pm, Habana Farleigh Indoor Bowls Club, St Brigid’s Hall, Farleigh, 961 Bruce Hwy. Ph: Palmina 0403 729 505.

– WORLD CAFE: free, culture-sharing group meets weekly from 10.30am-noon, activities include cooking, arts and craft, conversational games, small projects, workshops, information sessions and local excursions. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are essential. Ph: 4957 2626.

– CROSSROAD Arts Performance in the Gallery: drama workshop for people with and without disability, 18+, first workshop free then $15 per workshop, 9.30-10.30am, 55 Wood St. Ph 4953 5122 or email: artisticassociate@crossroadarts.com.au

– CROSSROADS Arts Stretchy Pants: movement and dance workshops for people with and without disability, 18+, first workshop free then $15 per workshop, 11am-noon, 55 Wood St. Ph: 4953 5122 or email: artisticassociate@crossroadarts.com.au.

– BABY BOUNCE session featuring nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs, 9.30-10am at Sarina Library and 11-11.30am, Walkerston Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and so bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– STORY TIME session featuring nursery rhymes, stories and songs for children aged two and a half to five years, 9.30-10am at Mirani Library and at Walkerston Library. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

PCYC Playgroup with bikes, obstacle courses, jumping castles and more, 9-11am, $9 per child for casual visits, $6 per child with $25 annual membership. Ph: 4942 3296.