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A Night or Day Out With The Girls in August

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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Published August 4th 2012
We all need a little girl time
A Night or Day Out With the Girls in August

We all love a little girl time - a day or evening out with the girls away from the cares of family, work and whatever ails you. The popular options usually involve chocolate, shopping, movies, food, fashion and bubbly. I say "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", so sticking to those themes here are some ideas for a night or day out with your BFF's in August.

Special Screening of The Sapphires

You and your friends can be among the first to see the new Australian movie, The Sapphires and meet the cast (Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy and Miranda Tapsell) and Director Wayne Blair at a special screening at Palace Barracks Cinema on Tuesday 7 August. You will also receive a complimentary tasting of Connoisseur Gourmet Ice Cream. The 6.45pm screening is already sold out but tickets are available for the 8pm session and cost only $20. You can book online here.

Event Cinemas Masters of Hollywood

Events Cinemas throughout south east Queensland are currently showing classics of the silver screen with Masters of Hollywood on selected Monday nights until the end of November. Here's what playing in August.

Browns Plains 6 August - Citizen Kane
Australia Fair 13 August - North West Frontier
Indooroopilly 13 August - The Band Wagon
Chermside 20 August - Lawrence of Arabia
Capalaba 27 August - Gone With The Wind

At Australia Fair, Browns Plains and Capalaba tickets cost $18 plus booking fee, and your ticket entitles you to popcorn, a drink and a choc top. It's a little more upmarket at Indooroopilly and Chermside where $28 gets you the movie, a drink and canapes. Arrive at 6pm and the films begin at 7pm.

You can download the flyer here and book online here.

Big Cake Bake

You can get the girls together for an old fashioned bake-off this August and raise some funds for the Australian Red Cross while you're at it. Invite them around for an afternoon tea or whip up some gourmet goodies and run a cake stall. You may unearth the next queen of the cake or mistress of the macaron, just like MasterChef's Julia or Kylie. The official date for the Big Cake Bake is 27 August but you can hold an event any time throughout August. You do need to register here and then you'll be sent a host kit with everything you need. BYO chefs hats, ingredients, aprons and of course, some bubbly to bring out the creative juices. Make sure you have something chocolate and you'll have all the bases covered.

Crazy Day Sale at Stockland Cleveland

If shopping is more your thing and the thought of braving the Ekka crowds is too much for you then head on out to Cleveland Shopping Centre for their Crazy Day Sale on Wednesday 15 August. Some stores are offering discounts of up to 50% and there will be entertainment too. I think the real highlight will be the free foot sauna you can have after all that bargain hunting.

Spanish High Tea and Film Screening

The Barracks Cinema is presenting a Spanish Té mañanero (morning tea), followed by a special screening of the popular, award-winning Spanish language Argentinian film "Chinese Take-Away" on Saturday 18 August. You can dress in your frilly finery and hair combs, and munch on some Spanish delicacies, then settle in for the funny but touching story of the relationship between an embittered Argentinian shop owner and a Chinese immigrant.
Tickets for the Spanish High Tea are $45 plus $3.48 booking fee and you can book online here. The Barracks Cinema is on Petrie Terrace Brisbane at the top of Caxton Street.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival

The very stylish Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival will be the fashionista's friend from Saturday 25 August to Friday 31 August. There are parties, fashion shows, tours of fashion designers' studios and high teas, and prices range from free to $65, so you're sure to find something that will suit your interests and your budget. You can download the program here. Bookings are available through QTIX here.

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Why? We all need a little girl time.
When: Various dates. See article for details.
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Cost: Ranges from Free to $65 per person. See article for details.
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