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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

CURIOUS Affection three-day workshop intensive in drama and performance for people with and without disability 15 years and older. Participants will explore a world where beauty is not ruled by notions of perfection by responding to Artspace Mackay’s current exhibition by acclaimed artist Patricia Piccinini. Costs $45 for the three sessions, 10am-1pm September 30 to October 2, Senior Citizens Hall, 58 Macalister St. To secure your spot, enrol online. Ph: Autumn Skuthorpe 4953 5122 or email: artisticassociate@crossroadarts.com.au

– VOYAGE of Botanical Discovery gallery exhibition hosted by artists from Mackay Botanical Art Interest Group, viewing until Sunday November 1 at Mackay Botanic Gardens, Lagoon St, Mackay. Opening hours are Wednesday to Friday 9am-2pm and weekends 8am-4pm.

CONVERSATIONS with Australian South Sea Islanders exhibition: 56 people from the community have contributed to the project that explores and defines identity and brings to light hardships, joy and strong sense of family connection. You can view the collection of portraits and conversations from 10am-5pm at Artspace Mackay until Wednesday, October 14.

– TIME OUT Tai Chi: free class hosted by Leanne Simpson. Take cool comfortable clothing, shoes suitable for walking and water bottle. 8-8.30am, Bluewater Quay, Mackay. Pre-registration is required at www.balanceminder.com.au/mackay

QCWA Sarina meet for social and craft on the first, second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 9am-noon plus hoy and mini cent sale on third Wednesday from 9.30am, 2 Brewers Rd, Sarina. Ph: 0473 242 123.

– YOUTH DROP-IN: Each Wednesday night from 6-8pm, youth aged 12-18 are invited to hang out at the PCYC, Schria St, North Mackay. Ph: 4942 3296.

– STORY TIME with Ros from Let the Children Play Toyshop, free, 9.30-10.30am, Shop 2/176 Victoria St, Mackay. See the Facebook event for more information.

– 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 with Smarty’s Fit Food and Fun activities. 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/

– 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.

– SUBSTANCE Abuse online sessions with Mackay Breakthrough for Families support facilitators Joyce and Bevan. Discussion topics include how to talk to someone with a substance use issue, how to set healthy boundaries and keep them, lapse and relapse, and more. Starts 2pm. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2AdufiH

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1

– WAKEHOUSE OPEN wakeboarding competition as part of Rumble on the Reef 2020: held over three days from Thursday October 1 to Saturday October 3. For more information, head to the Facebook event.

– BIG GIRLS Pajama Party at BCC Cinemas Mount Pleasant hosted by Soroptimist International Mackay to raise funds for community projects. Prizes for best dressed, lucky seat and raffles on the night, 7-9pm. Tickets $33pp. See Facebook event for more information.

– NDIS Mackay regional provider network meeting, free online event, focus on sharing information on NDIS related issues, 10am-noon, Register via Eventbrite.

– MACKAY Ukulele 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.

– ARMSTRONG BEACH Kidz playgroup meets fortnightly from 9-11am, cost $2 per family to cover tea, coffee, arts and crafts supplies, please take hat, water bottle and snacks for children as well as a share plate for morning tea, Llewellyn Hall (on the left as you enter Armstrong’s Beach), 252 Armstrong Beach Rd. For more information, see the group’s Facebook page.

– SOCIETY for Growing Australian Plants monthly meeting: usually, there is an interesting talk related to Australian native plants including identification, growing, field trips, wildflower journeys or botanic gardens. Also includes a show/tell and ask, samples, raffle and supper. 7.15-9pm, Mackay Art Society, Snow Wright Crt, Mackay. Ph: 4959 0556.

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.

– SOCIAL BADMINTON each Wednesday and Thursday night during school term, 7.30-10pm, PCYC, Schria St, North Mackay. Ph: 4942 3296.

– FAMILY History workshop presented by Mackay Family History Society, 5.30-7pm, Dudley Denny City Library, 134 Victoria St. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, limited spaces are available and bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite.

– MACKAY DRAGON Boat Club trains each Tuesday and Thursday from 5.15-6.30pm as well as Sunday 7-9am, meet at Great Northern Sports Club, Mackay Marina. Ph: Linda 0417 086 945.

– 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.

– 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.

– BUSHIKAI Karate: headed by black and brown belt accredited instructors. Juniors run each Monday and Thursday from 5-6pm and seniors each Monday from 6-7pm. Grading opportunities twice per year. PCYC, Schria St, North Mackay. Ph: 4942 3296.

– RED HAT Belles of Sarina: social group for over 50 meet first Thursday of every month for lunch and on the third Thursday for a birthday morning tea. For more information, head to their Facebook page.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

– HYDROFOIL Pro Tour Queensland Kitefoil Championships presented by Rumble on the Reef and Kiteboarding Australia. A fleet of Queensland’s fastest kite-hydrofoil races will battle it out at Lamberts Beach with speeds on the water up to 70km/hr. Race registration at Seabreeze Hotel, Slade Point from 5-7pm Friday October 2 and races from 9am-5pm Saturday October 3 through to Monday October 4. See the event website for more information.

– MACKAY MUSICAL Comedy Players present The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee: an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Recommended for ages 13+. Tickets $45 for adult, $30 for student, 8pm, MECC, Alfred St. Ph: 4961 9777.

– ART GALLERY exhibition opening for VOYAGE of Botanical Discovery: meet the artists behind the works, 10am-1pm, Mackay Botanic Gardens, Lagoon St, Mackay. Please RSVP for catering by Wednesday September 30 by phoning or texting Maya on 0436 331 009 or email: maya.in.nature@gmail.com

– 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.

– SCHOOL of Tai Chi adults class, costs $2, 7.30-8.30am, Habana Hall, Mackay Habana Rd, Habana.

– 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.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

– MINI MACH fun introductory mountain biking event for the whole family that includes riding, running and getting wet. Be prepared for dirt, water, stones, grass and possible mud. Categories include parent/child (aged 8-10) duo and solo (ages 11+). Briefing at 2.45pm for 3pm start. If you don’t have a bike, you can hire one at registration. Will need to take own helmet and running shoes. Cost $30pp (includes a MINI MACH T-shirt). Location is Pinnacle. See the website for more information.

– MACKAY MUSICAL Comedy Players present The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee: an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Recommended for ages 13+. Tickets $45 for adult, $30 for student, 2pm, MECC, Alfred St. Ph: 4961 9777.

– GREAT Barrier Reef Clean Up: open to all citizen scientists, schools, community groups, local governments and ocean lovers. The clean-up data you collect will help track litter to its source and prevent it from entering the waste stream, 8.30am-2pm, Harbour Beach (meet at Mulherin Park, near the Surf Club). To register, and for more information, see the Facebook event.

– MAKERSPACES Mackay Open Day: talk to members, see what projects they are working on, and check out the equipment including the 3D printer, electronics, soldering, cnc, laser cutting, programming and more. No initial costs, kids welcome under direct parent supervision. 1-4pm, Makerspaces Mackay, 221 Bedford Rd, Mackay.

– LIVE MUSIC with Mick Woodbridge at Seabreeze Hotel during Rumble on the Reef Kitefoil Championships, 1-4pm, no cost, 72 Pacific Esplanade, Slade Point.

– 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 .

MINI EAT STREET with hot waffles, giant games and fun music, 5-9pm, Mackay GP Superclinic, 1 Old Eimeo Rd, Eimeo.

– 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.

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

– COMMUNITY GARDENS: the public is welcome to the Mackay Community Gardens every Saturday from about 9am-1pm to take part and enjoy the herb and food growing area. Entrance off Sarah St, West Mackay or along the pathway next to the carpark at the end of Bridge Rd (hospital end). Ph: 0417 783 908.

– FRIENDLY Quilters group meets weekly, 10am-2pm, Habana Hall, Mackay Habana Rd, Habana.

– SOCIAL BASKETBALL at PCYC every Saturday from 2-5pm. Sight-impaired are welcome to participate with an attendant court. Schria St, North Mackay. Ph: 4942 3296.

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

– MACKAY MUSICAL Comedy Players present The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee: an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Recommended for ages 13+. Tickets $45 for adult, $30 for student, 8pm, MECC, Alfred St. Ph: 4961 9777.

– ZACH MACH Mackay Adventure Challenge: MTB the mountains, kayak with barra on Teemburra Dam run with butterflies in the rainforest at Cattle Creek and road ride past historic cane farms: categories include solo (ages 18+), pairs and relay teams of 2-4 competitors. Equipment hire available. Sign-on from 7am at 21 Child St, Pinnacle. See the website for more information including costs.

– LIVE MUSIC featuring Mick Woodbridge, Jezzie Morton and Will Blume at Seabreeze Hotel during Rumble on the Reef Kitefoil Championships, 1-4pm, no cost, 72 Pacific Esplanade, Slade Point.

– WHITSUNDAYS Artist Market: artists and creators from across the region will be selling their artworks and wares as well as hosting live demonstrations and interactive workshops throughout the day, 9am-3pm, Airlie Beach Esplanade.

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

– MACKAY DRAGON Boat Club trains each Tuesday and Thursday from 5.15-6.30pm as well as Sunday 7-9am, meet at Great Northern Sports Club, Mackay Marina. Ph: Linda 0417 086 945.

– ARCHERY for beginners aged six years and over, bows and arrows supplied. PCYC, Schria St, North Mackay. Ph: 4942 3296.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 5

– MACKAY WATER POLO Club weekly swimming sessions before the start of the 2020/2021 water polo season mid-October, 6.30pm, only cost is pool entry, Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex, 193 Boundary Rd, Ooralea. Email: mackaywaterpolo@gmail.com

– 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.

– BREAKFAST at the River BBQ, hosted every Monday morning from 9am by St Vincent de Paul Society and ATSICHS Mackay. If you are looking for options to address alcohol or drug problems, there may be questions you can ask to guide you. Bluewater Quay, BBQ facilities, River St, Mackay.

– 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.

– BUSHIKAI Karate: headed by black and brown belt accredited instructors. Juniors run each Monday and Thursday from 5-6pm and seniors each Monday from 6-7pm. Grading opportunities twice per year. PCYC, Schria St, North Mackay. Ph: 4942 3296.

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, OCTOBER 6

– 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.

– MACKAY DRAGON Boat Club trains each Tuesday and Thursday from 5.15-6.30pm as well as Sunday 7-9am, meet at Great Northern Sports Club, Mackay Marina. Ph: Linda 0417 086 945.

– 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.

– STORY TIME session featuring nursery rhymes, stories and songs for children aged two to five and a half 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.

– WORLD CAFE: free, culture-sharing group meets weekly from 10.30am-12.30pm, 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.

– 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.

– DIGITAL Accessiblity Program: go along to the two-week program where you will become comfortable learning how to access electronic books, audio books, newspapers, magazines, music and movies 24/7, 10-11am, Sarina Library. For more information, and how to register, visit 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.