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by Nikkii Joyce (subscribe)
I'm a Sunshine Coast journalist who jumped out of a lengthy mainstream media career 18 months ago to do some hearty work for the soul. A pescatarian sharing with you her secrets on our little piece of coast paradise.
Published July 6th 2013
Activities to get you warm from the inside out
HAS the drop in temperature got you trading your nights on the town or days of exploring for a comfy spot on the couch to watch tired TV? Well, don't let the winter chills keep you inside and away from the OJ (or the tequila should you choose) and all the incredible adventures that await you as I share with you the best reasons to see the sun rise this month on the Sunshine Coast!



NIK'S PIK -THERE is an avalanche of events and activities to keep you from standing still in the chill that is our July.
But in keeping with my Nik's Pik responsibilities, my highlight for the month that you need to stick on your calendar (no matter what!?) are the varied live music scene lineup on offer this month.
The set list includes multiple Aria award winners Bernard Fanning, Paul Kelly and even Altiyan Childs. That's not to mention the young up and comers like Sheppard and The Hi Boys - whose energy and infectious charm several girlfriends and I were privileged to witness last month at the Solbar (see right).
So do yourself a favour and get out amongst the live music scene this July.






Monday, JULY 1

* "Coolum Craft in the Park - Lost in Space" LET the budding artist in your kids bloom in the most spectacular paradise the Sunshine Coast has to offer - at Coolum of course!!! Today's theme is "Lost in Space" where they will discover the solar system and create some fun characters. 10am to 12noon. Tickle Park, 1790 David Low Way, COOLUM BEACH. ☪ ✎ ☼ ◈ ☺

* "BMX Racing - Training Night!" Racing for all ages at the Sunshine Coast BMX Club's Race Night. Ages 4 and up. From 5.30pm. Sunshine Coast BMX Club, Yandina Sports Complex, Yandina Coolooabin Road, YANDINA. ღ ✔ ☼

Tuesday, JULY 2

* "Natureweaving for the Heart of the Forest" - WANT to encourage your children to discover the magic of recycling in creating something new out of something old? This Sunshine Coast Council workshop explores the concept of giving back through narrative and created woven art pieces recycled from the forest itself. Cost $8 inc materials. Ages 6 to 10 years. 9am - 11am. Maroochy Arts and Ecology Centre, 33 Palm Creek Road, TANAWHA. ☪ ✎ ✿ ☺

* "Community Day - Centre for Growing Sustainability" JOIN the worldwide phenomenon that is creating sustainable gardens. CGS Community Days involve an educational and entertaining schedule of activities to bring the grounds and living classrooms to life including mulching, pruning, planting, propagating and compositing. Meet new friends and discover tips and techniques to practice at home. Benefits include fresh-shared produce to take home and free product from sponsors as a personal thank you. 9am to 3pm, The Nut Factory at The Big Pineapple, 76 Nambour Connection Rd, WOOMBYE. ღ ✎ ✿ ☼ FREE

* "The Fig Tree High Tea Fundraiser" - JOIN in a morning of fun and great company while raising money for the Katie Rose Hospice at this high tea fundraiser. Enjoy delicious food, pampering courtesy of The Body Shop, gift ideas and demonstrations. Tickets $30pp, 10.30am start, Bookings essential. The Fig Tree @ Eumundi, 86 Memorial Drv, EUMUNDI. ♒ ♫ ✌ ℉

* "Natureweaving A Story Stick" - WATCH your kids discover the magic of the forest as they cut, sand, wax, polish and decorate their own walking stick. Ages 6 to 10, Cost $8, 1pm - 3pm, Maroochy Arts and Ecology Centre, 33 Palm Creek Road, TANAWHA. ☪ ✎ ✿ ☺

* "IPAD Movie Maker Workshops" - DO you have a budding Steven Spielberg in your midst? With nothing more than an iPad and his or her imagination, your son or daughter will learn to make a film in this Sunshine Coast Council workshop - and EVERYTHING is provided including iPads, props and costumes. Ages 5 to 12 yo, $25 each. 10am or 1pm. Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Pde, BOKARINA. ☪ ♫ ✎ ☺

* "Art Workshops for Kids" - FOSTER the budding artist developing under your very nose by registering them in this Sunshine Coast Council workshop which teaches a range of art techniques. Students will have specific focus of dinosaur and circus themes in this winter holiday program. Ages 5 to 10 yo, $25 ea, 10am or 1pm. Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Pde, BOKARINA. ☪ ♫ ✎ ☺

Wednesday, JULY 3

* "Eumundi Markets" - MAGIC is definitely in the air at these world famous markets with the special school holiday workshop "Blue Sky Science" today. Interactive activities will keep the kids entertained while providing them with the spark of inspiration needed to get them interested in the world outside. The program includes "The Colourful Kids Craft'" workshops which helps young visitors tell stories through colour and give them a memorable souvenir of their Eumundi experience. The Eumundi markets are open from 8am to 1.30pm at Memorial Drv, EUMUNDI. FREE ღ ❥ ♒ ♋ ♫ ☺

* "Who's Who in the Maroochy Bushland?" THESE holidays your children can put their detective skills to work as they tip-toe through the forest in an attempt to catch wildlife unaware! Who is hiding out under the leaf litter? Who is that peeping out from the cover of a leafy branch? This winter's break your children will discover all this and more in this Sunshine Coast Council workshop where they will then collate all their investigative efforts into a special vision board display used to educate visitors about all those who hide, forage and sleep in the bushland habitat. 6 to 12 yo, $5 ea. 10am. Supervising or guardian req to attend at no additional cost. Maroochy Arts and Ecology Centre, 33 Palm Creek Road, TANAWHA. ☪ ✎ ✿ ☼ ☺

* "BMX Racing - Race Night!" Racing for all ages at the Sunshine Coast BMX Club's Race Night. Ages 4 and up. From 6pm. Sunshine Coast BMX Club, Yandina Sports Complex, Yandina Coolooabin Road, YANDINA. ღ ✔ ☼

* "SOLBAR Open Mic Night" - GOT some musical talents you want to share? Or are you looking to discover some of the region's future superstars? See for yourself why the Solbar has become the coast's most popular live music venues for every possible musical genre you can imagine! BYO instrument, lead, strap etc. Every Wednesday in the lounge bar from 6pm until late. Solbar, 19 Ocean St, MAROOCHYDORE. Ⓐ ❥ ♋ ☾ ☄ ♫ FREE

Thursday, JULY 4

* "Trees have Funny Arms and Legs" - Children will find themselves right up close to nature with this assignment of tree portraits and rubbings - looking closely at trees, their funny shapes and distinct personalities. Ages 5 to 8. 10am, $5 pp. Maroochy Arts and Ecology Centre, 33 Palm Creek Road, TANAWHA. ☪ ✎ ✿ ☼ ☺

* "Cinderella at the Disco! LIVE THEATRE" - THE classic fairytale comes to life in this school holidays pantomime with a modern day twist where our heroine is grounded and can't attend the local disco! Kids can get up close and meet the characters in this local production, which features a heavy theme of "stranger danger" in line with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. Tickets $13, Ages 4 to 10yoa, 11am start. The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drv, NOOSA JUNCTION. ღ ♛ ♫ ☺

* "Warren Miller's 'Flow State' - Movie Screening"[/I] - THE ultimate extreme snow sports movie of 2013 is screening at Noosa these school holidays, with host Jonny Moseley and world-class athletes such as Colby West, Jess McMillan and David Wise electric on the big screen in some of the most impressive snow-peak action ever captured on film - at places like Japan, Norway, Australia and further afield. Buckle up. Tickets $27 pp, 6.30pm doors open. No unaccompanied minors. The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drv, NOOSA JUNCTION. ღ ❥ ✤ ☾ ☺

Friday, JULY 5

* "Natureweavers Winter Program" THE BUZZ on the street is the humble bumble bee at this school holiday program. Kids will discover the importance of the Australian native bee in local wildspaces and across the planet as they watch and learn, create and make. This Sunshine Coast Council winter program will take your children into the heart of the serene winter forest, build a fire and even cook some fire bread with lashings of sweet produce from this program's guest of honour!!! Ages 6 to 12yo, 9am to 2pm, $70 per child. The Natureweavers Place, Buckby Rd, COOLOOLABIN. ☪ ✎ ✿ ☼ ☺

* "Qld Garden Expo" - DON'T miss this "must see" three-day event on the coast calendar, with Qld's premier gardening event bringing 30,000 visitors from across the country right smack bang to the heart of Nambour. There will be over 55 nurseries and over 360 exhibitors in the expo, with each day boasting a full program of free lectures and demonstrations on eight "live" stages. There will be handy advice at your fingertips, be inspired by incredible floral arrangements and discover all you need to know about totally organic produce from the fully sustainable on-site garden. 8am to 4pm. Adults $16 with a free shuttle bus from 9am daily to meet and drop off visitors at Nambour station. Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Av, NAMBOUR. ღ ♒ ✎ ☼


* "Coolum Craft in the Park - Amazing Animals" LET the budding artist in your kids bloom in the most spectacular paradise the Sunshine Coast has to offer - at Coolum of course!!! Today's theme is "Amazing Animals Chicks in Eggs" where kids will create egg carton animals, alphabet snakes and Paper Mache pets. 10am to 12noon. Tickle Park, 1790 David Low Way, COOLUM BEACH. ☪ ✎ ☼ ◈ ☺

* "REV Sunday - LIVE" - JOIN the "revolution" that is this incredible home-grown trio. Since the release of the EP "For a Limited Time Lonely" the uber-talented boys have become regular on Triple J's playlist and are back on the coast to promote their new EP release "For a Limited Time" feature the whimsical and whisky talents of Sahara Beck. Think Angus & Julia Stone.... Tickets $10pp. Special guests Alla Spina Pilots. Solbar, 19 Ocean St, MAROOCHYDORE. Ⓐ ❥ ☾ ☄ ♫

* "Greenzone Disco - Dance" - THE FIRST official winter Greenzone for 2013 is on the calendar. Extremely popular and always welcomed back, Greenzone's popularity with young and old is a reflection of the fun and enthusiasm of the youngsters who attend and the management of security such as no pass outs and a strict age regulation of 8 to 12 you for the event. Tickets $6pp, 6pm to 8pm. No pass outs allowed. The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drv, NOOSA JUNCTION. ☪ ♋ ☾ ♫

Saturday, JULY 6

* "Roving Restorers - The Book Farm" BE the teacher to your child these school holidays and teach them the importance of taking care of the environment by being a part of the work of this worthwhile action group. Join the group in the weeding project while enjoying the incredible surrounds of the Obi Creek headwaters and catch a sneak peak at the protected angle-headed dragon and other incredible wildlife in this local rainforest. Morning tea provided. 8.30am - 12noon. Bring gloves, water, lunch, boots, long-sleeved shirt and trousers, hat, sunscreen and insect repellant. The Book Farm. Details provided on registration. ✎ ✿ ℉ ☼ FREE

* "Foliage and Clay Children's Workshop" LET the kids get their hands dirty (literally!) in this Sunshine Coast Council school holiday workshop. Children will record forest textures into clay, creating permanent impressions of nature and follow it up with a plate and cup decorated with patterns of the gardens. 8 to 12 yo, $15pp. 10am start. Maroochy Arts & Ecology Centre, 33 Palm Creek Rd, TANAWHA. ☪ ✎ ✿ ☺

* "Foliage and Clay Adult's Workshop" DON'T let the kids be the only ones to get their hands dirty! Now it's your turn to record forest textures into clay, creating permanent impressions of nature and follow it up with a plate and cup decorated with patterns of the gardens. $15pp. 1pm start. Maroochy Arts & Ecology Centre, 33 Palm Creek Rd, TANAWHA. Ⓐ ✎ ✿

* "Qld Garden Expo" - DON'T miss this "must see" three-day event on the coast calendar, with Qld's premier gardening event bringing 30,000 visitors from across the country right smack bang to the heart of Nambour. There will be over 55 nurseries and over 360 exhibitors in the expo, with each day boasting a full program of free lectures and demonstrations on eight "live" stages. There will be handy advice at your fingertips, be inspired by incredible floral arrangements and discover all you need to know about totally organic produce from the fully sustainable on-site garden. 8am to 4pm. Adults $16 with a free shuttle bus from 9am daily to meet and drop off visitors at Nambour station. Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Av, NAMBOUR. ღ ♒ ✎ ☼

* "The Big Pineapple Markets" Discover the sweet sensation that's on everybody's lips every Saturday, with these all-weather markets at the revitalised Sunshine Coast tourist icon that is the Big Pineapple. Growers stalls and food products, alternative therapies, roving performers, children's activities, train ride plantation tours, reinforces walks and White Ridge Animal Farm. Most importantly don't forget a trip to the famed Parfait Cafe for a classic pineapple sundae. 6.30am - 1pm, The Big Pineapple, 76 Nambour Connection Rd, WOOMBYE. FREE ღ ♒ ♫ ☼

* "Kawana Waters Farmers Market" - Indulge the senses, relax, taste, listen to the live music, let the kids go wild on the jumping castle, wander and unwind as you discover an array of sumptuous and flavoursome organic fruits and vegetables, gourmet condiments and exquisite fruity jams amongst some of the most beautifully hand crafted products you will find. 7am - 12noon. Kawana State College, 119 Sportsman Pde, BOKARINA. FREE ღ ♒ ♫ ☼

* "The Sunshine Coast Bazaar Saturday Markets" - The Bazaar showcases regional small businesses bursting with fresh produce, delicious snacks, clever crafts, original fashion and loads more. 7am to 1pm. Corbould Park Racecourse, Pierce Avenue, CALOUNDRA. FREE ღ ♒ ♫ ☼

* "Eumundi Markets" - Magic is definitely in the air for the final days of the school holidays at the Eumundi Markets. Rain, hail or shine, even locals can't get enough of the world famous Eumundi Markets whose ethos "we make it, bake it, grow it, sew it" has had visitors flocking back for decades. And today, kids can join an audience of more than half a million children who have witnessed a live show by one of Australia's leading children's entertainers, TV's Nickleby the Magician perform - FREE today at 10.30am and 1pm at the Eumundi Amphitheatre, adjacent to the Eumundi Markets and will be joined on stage by some fabulous friends including Ralph, the 6ft dancing rabbit. The world famous markets are open from 7am to 2pm at Memorial Drv, EUMUNDI. FREE ღ ❥ ♒ ♋ ♫ ☺

* "Puss in Boots - Coolum Theatre" THE classic tale of THAT charmingly vocal cat in THOSE unforgettable boots hits this stage just in time for school holidays. The local production is sure to be a hit with the entire family, with free pre-show face painting, Magic Mitch and a kids colouring-in competition offering fabulous prizes inc family passes in support of local organisation Sunshine Butterflies. Family tickets $40, Shows 10am and 2pm, Coolum Civic Centre, Park St, COOLUM. ღ ♛ ♫ ☺

* "Hand Shadow artist - Raymond Crowe" NOT since Sesame Street have I been so enchanted by the talent that is hand dexterity and shadows! World renowned artist Raymond Crowe returns to the coast with his new show entitled "Curiousity" revealing an incredible catalogue of skills and artistry rare seen. Tickets 39.90, 7pm start. The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drv, NOOSA JUNCTION.
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Sunday, JULY 7

* "Qld Garden Expo" - DON'T skip this "must see" three-day event on the coast calendar, with Qld's premier gardening event bringing 30,000 visitors from across the country right smack bang to the heart of Nambour. There will be over 55 nurseries and over 360 exhibitors in the expo, with each day boasting a full program of free lectures and demonstrations on eight "live" stages. There will be handy advice at your fingertips, be inspired by incredible floral arrangements and discover all you need to know about totally organic produce from the fully sustainable on-site garden. 8am to 4pm. Adults $16 with a free shuttle bus from 9am daily to meet and drop off visitors at Nambour station. Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Av, NAMBOUR. ღ ♒ ✎ ☼

* "Fishermans Road Markets" - WITH over 128 stalls at your fingertips and an unimaginable display of fresh food, new and pre-loved clothes, pet treats, hand tools, books, home made toys, plants and seedlings and furniture - not to mention the coffee and massages! These markets are managed by the Lions Club of Mooloolaba - meaning the friendly faces are all volunteers whose sole incentive is to bring a smile to your face in order to ensure the viability of their regular Lions Club community projects. There is face painting, a jumping castle and merry-go-round for the kids making these markets a choice for the entire family. 6am - 12noon, Fishermans Road Markets, car David Low Way and Fishermans Road, MAROOCHYDORE. FREE ღ ❥ ♒ ♋ ♫

* "Muscle on the Mountain Show and Shine Day" - IF you like your cars strong and loud, then Maleny Showgrounds is the place to be today! Come on down to this incredible display of all your favourite muscle cars from Holden HSV, Ford FPV, streets machines and all those other favourites inc both vintage and and classic motorcycles. Fun for the entire family with all proceeds going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. 9.30am to 2pm. Maleny Showgrounds, Stanley River Road, MALENY. ღ ♒ ♫ ☼ ◈

* "King of the Mountain Poker Run" THE Sunshine Coast's annual 200km ride returns in 2013 for journey number 8 raising money for the Pomona King of the Mountain Festival. The incredible journey takes in some of the best scenery on offer through the hinterland at Pomona, Cooran, Imbil, Kenilworth, Mapleton, Montville, Maleny and Conondale. Costs cover morning tea and a sausage sizzle. Tickets $15 per hand (per bike) ,registration commencing 8am. Stan Topper Park, Memorial Av, POMONA. ✌ ☼

* "Cotton Tree Street Markets" - See why, after 20 years, locals and tourists can't get enough of these markets famed for works from local artisans, designers and inventors in a precinct designed for the most selective of market dwellers. Your patronage at these markets also helps support people living with cancer - the popular fair managed by the team at Bloonhill Cancer Help. Bloomhill is a not-for profit charitable organisation which offers a safe haven for people with cancer and their loved ones. 7am - 12noon. King Street, COTTON TREE. FREE ღ ♒ ♫ ☼

* "Caloundra Bulcock Street Markets" - Held right in the heart of Caloundra, these markets feature unique arts and crafts, family entertainment, fresh produce, flowers, plus local cafes, boutiques and over 50 specialty shops. 8am - 1pm. Bulcock St, CALOUNDRA. ღ ♒ ♫ ☼

* "Noosa Marina Markets" - IT'S for good reason that the locals boast that there are no better markets than right here on the Noosa Marina. The idyllic deck setting overlooking the Noosa River is just a stone's throw from the CBD, yet it's an experience that has an energy all its own with its electric atmosphere of music, entertainment and aromas. Set your own pace with a casual stroll through the seemingly endless lines of stalls, following it up with a relaxing ride on the Noosa Ferry. 8am to 2pm. Noosa Marina, 2 Parkyn Crt, TEWANTIN. FREE ღ ❥ ♒ ♋ ♫

* "Puss in Boots - Coolum Theatre" THE classic tale of THAT charmingly vocal cat in THOSE unforgettable boots hits this stage just in time for school holidays. The local production is sure to be a hit with the entire family, with free pre-show face painting, Magic Mitch and kids colouring-in competition offering fabulous prizes inc family passes in support of local organisation Sunshine Butterflies. Family tickets $40, Shows 10am and 2pm, Coolum Civic Centre, Park St, COOLUM. ღ ♛ ♫ ☺

* "Masketta Fall" - THESE Melbourne pop rockers are the latest overnight sensation thanks to their latest single "DO YOU WANNA DANCE" grabbing international fame.Known for their melody driven and explosive live shows, don't miss the chance to catch the band playing near you. 3pm, All Ages Concert. $15 pp. Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Pde, BOKARINA. ♋ ☄ ♫ ☺

Monday, JULY 8

* "Nadia & the Blue Flamingo " IT'S mayhem, music, puppetry and comedy all combined in an interactive audience production that teaches the merits of true friendship. Ages 3 to 8, Tickets $15. 5.30pm start. The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drv, NOOSA JUNCTION. ღ ♫ ☺

* "NAIDOC Week July 7-14 - Official week opening ceremony" - EVERYBODY is invited to the 2013 NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony today at Nambour. The Sunshine Coast joins nationwide celebrations in recognition of the history, culture and achievement of our native Australians and their Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters in a year which pays homage to the very first federal petitions "The Yirrkala Bark Petitions" which laid the groundwork for the eventual- though much overdue - recognition of Indigenous rights in Commonwealth Law. 10am - 11am. Bookings necessary. Nambour Library Courtyard, Cnr Bury and Currie Streets, NAMBOUR. ღ ✎ ℉ FREE

* "BMX Racing - Training Night!" Racing for all ages at the Sunshine Coast BMX Club's Race Night. Ages 4 and up. From 5.30pm. Sunshine Coast BMX Club, Yandina Sports Complex, Yandina Coolooabin Road, YANDINA. ღ ✔ ☼

* "African Drumming Classes @ Maleny" FEEL the rhythm, feel the ride, get on up - it's Djembe time! A new term of African Drumming classes start today and continues every Monday until September. Come casually per class ($20 per visit) or book a term at $165 for 10 classes. 6.15pm, Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, Bicentennial Lane, MALENY. ♋ ☄ ✎ ✿

* "Ballet Revolucion" - MIX contemporary dance with ballet, street and hip hop and you get this explosive, intense, sensual and breathtaking raw energy direct from Cuba that is Ballet Revolucion. Their 2011 Australian tour garnered critical acclaim which was followed by sellout seasons in London, Paris, Zurich, Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna in 2012. And now 20 of the finest dancers you could ever hope to witness perform will take to the Sunshine Coast stage to once again leave us gasping for more. wTickets $79.90 pp show only. Pre Show Dining extra $28. Show starts 8pm (Dinner 6pm). The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton St, CALOUNDRA. ღ ♋ ♛ ☾ ♫

Tuesday, JULY 9

* "Community Day - Centre for Growing Sustainability" JOIN the worldwide phenomenon that is creating sustainable gardens. CGS Community Days involve an educational and entertaining schedule of activities to bring the grounds and living classrooms to life including mulching, pruning, planting, propagating and compositing. Meet new friends and discover tips and techniques to practice at home. Benefits include fresh shared produce to take home and free product from sponsors as a personal thank you. 9am to 3pm, The Nut Factory at The Big Pineapple, 76 Nambour Connection Rd, WOOMBYE. ღ ✎ ✿ ☼ FREE

* "African Drumming Classes @ Palmwoods" FEEL the rhythm, feel the ride, get on up - it's Djembe time! A new term of African Drumming classes start today and continues every Tuesday until September. Come casually per class ($20 per visit) or book a term at $165 for 10 classes. 6.15pm, Palmwoods Memorial Hall, Main St, PALMWOODS. ♋ ☄ ✎ ✿

* "LIVE - The Australian Girls Choir" AN incredible one night only performance from some incredible young women, bringing to life some classic Australiana songs, show tunes, contemporary and folk songs. Their combination of choreography, energetic staging and captivating voices will make this Sunshine Coast visit in what is their 16th National Tour one you must be sure not to miss. Nambour Civic Centre, Top Level Centenary Square, Currie St, NAMBOUR. ღ ☾ ☄ ♫ FREE

Wednesday, JULY 10

* "Eumundi Markets" - Rain, hail or shine, even locals can't get enough of the world famous Eumundi Markets whose ethos "we make it, bake it, grow it, sew it" has had visitors flocking back for decades. These world famous markets are open from 8.30am to 1pm, Memorial Drv, EUMUNDI. FREE ღ ❥ ♒ ♋ ♫

* "BMX Racing - Race Night!" Racing for all ages at the Sunshine Coast BMX Club's Race Night. Ages 4 and up. From 6pm. Sunshine Coast BMX Club, Yandina Sports Complex, Yandina Coolooabin Road, YANDINA. ღ ✔ ☼M,.M,M be seen to be believed - are lighting up the stage in venues across Qld's east coast. Do not miss it. Solbar, 19 Ocean St, MAROOCHYDORE. Ⓐ ❥ ♋ ☾ ☄ ♫

Thursday, JULY 11

Friday, JULY 12

* "International Rally of Qld - Day 1" THE world's quickest drivers on four wheels will converge on the Sunshine Coast for this 3 day international racing carnival. Competitors from Malaysia, India, New Caledonia, China, Japan, New Zealand and Australia will tackle rounds of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship, Australian Classic Rally Series and other categories. Tonight a new super special stage course tonight at the Nambour Showgrounds. There will be car displays, fireworks, market stalls, children's rides, food and drink outlets in what is anticipated to be a night full of thrills and spills for the entire family. Gates Open at 5pm with fireworks at 8.30pm. Tickets $25. Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Av, NAMBOUR. ღ ♒ ☾ ♫ ☼

* "LIVE - Bassidi Kone Malian World Music Tour" EXPERIENCE the magic that is this Master African drummer, Bassidi Kone. Be blown away by this special one off event at Cafe Le Monde. 6pm to 10pm. Cafe Le Monde, 52 Hastings Street, NOOSA. ♋ ☾ ☄ ♫ FREE

Saturday, JULY 13

* "The Big Pineapple Markets" Discover the sweet sensation that's on everybody's lips every Saturday, with these all-weather markets at the revitalised Sunshine Coast tourist icon that is the Big Pineapple. Growers stalls and food products, alternative therapies, roving performers, children's activities, train ride plantation tours, reinforces walks and White Ridge Animal Farm. Most importantly don't forget a trip to the famed Parfait Cafe for a classic pineapple sundae. 6.30am - 1pm, The Big Pineapple, 76 Nambour Connection Rd, WOOMBYE. FREE ღ ♒ ♫ ☼ FREE

* "Kawana Waters Farmers Market" - Indulge the senses, relax, taste, listen to the live music, let the kids go wild on the jumping castle, wander and unwind as you discover an array of sumptuous and flavorsome organic fruits and vegetables, gourmet condiments and exquisite fruity jams amongst some of the most beautifully hand crafted products you will find. 7am - 12noon. Kawana State College, 119 Sportsman Pde, BOKARINA. FREE ღ ♒ ♫ ☼

* "The Sunshine Coast Bazaar Saturday Markets" - The Bazaar showcases regional small businesses bursting with fresh produce, delicious snacks, clever crafts, original fashion and loads more. 7am to 1pm. Corbould Park Racecourse, Pierce Avenue, CALOUNDRA. FREE ღ ♒ ♫ ☼

* "Eumundi Markets" - Magic is definitely in the air for the final days of the school holidays at the Eumundi Markets. Rain, hail or shine, even locals can't get enough of the world famous Eumundi Markets whose ethos "we make it, bake it, grow it, sew it" has had visitors flocking back for decades. And today, kids can join an audience of more than half a million children who have witnessed a live show by one of Australia's leading children's entertainers, TV's Nickleby the Magician perform - FREE today at 10.30am and 1pm at the Eumundi Amphitheatre, adjacent to the Eumundi Markets and will be joined on stage by some fabulous friends including Ralph, the 6ft dancing rabbit. The world famous markets are open from 7am to 2pm at Memorial Drv, EUMUNDI. FREE ღ ❥ ♒ ♋ ♫ ☺

* "International Rally of Qld - Day 2" THE world's quickest drivers on four wheels have converged on the Sunshine Coast for this 3 day international racing carnival. It's an early start today with the classics commencing racing at the Kenilworth Showgrounds at 6.25 am, followed by progressive race starts for each of the other categories. Imbil is the hub for the rest of the day for special stages from 7.20am or head to Pomona for the Pomona Dash and the best rally action from 11.45am
Those further south on the Sunshine Coast need not fear they will miss out. Aussie World at Palmview will host a stopover from 6.10pm. Tickets $20, Various locations across the Sunshine Coast. ღ ♒ ☾ ♫ ☼

* "Bassidi Kone's 'RHYTHMS OF MALI' Drumming Workshop" World class master drummer Bassidi Kone returns to the Sunshine Coast from Mali with an exciting African Drumming workshop for all levels. Learn traditional djembe and dundan parts for rhythms of MALI. $30 pp, 10am to 11.30pm. Palmwoods Memorial Hall, Main Street, PALMWOODS. ☄ ♫ ✎

* "LIVE Sheppard" THIS six-piece good times band became a breakout star this year setting the airwaves alight across the country with "Let Me Down Easy". Now siblings Amy, George and Emma Sheppard join friends Jay, Michael and Dean on a tour that is set to only further cement their rise on the charts. Entry $10pp. Solbar, 19 Ocean St, MAROOCHYDORE. Ⓐ ☾ ☄ ♫

Sunday, JULY 14

* "International Rally of Qld - Day 3" THE world's quickest drivers will hit the road for the final day of racing from 6.25 am at Kenilworth again. Progressive race starts for each of the other categories. Imbil is the hub for the rest of the day for special stages from 7.20am. The finishing ceremony and podium presentation will be held at the Imbil Showgrounds from 2.30pm. Tickets $20, Various locations across the Sunshine Coast. ღ ♒ ☾ ♫ ☼

* "Fishermans Road Markets" - WITH over 128 stalls at your fingertips and an unimaginable display of fresh food, new and pre-loved clothes, pet treats, hand tools, books, home made toys, plants and seedlings and furniture - not to mention the coffee and massages! These markets are managed by the Lions Club of Mooloolaba - meaning the friendly faces are all volunteers whose sole incentive is to bring a smile to your face in order to ensure the viability of their regular Lions Club community projects. There is face painting, a jumping castle and merry-go-round for the kids making these markets a choice for the entire family. 6am - 12noon, Fishermans Road Markets, car David Low Way and Fishermans Road, MAROOCHYDORE. FREE ღ ❥ ♒ ♋ ♫

* "Cotton Tree Street Markets" - See why, after 20 years, locals and tourists can't get enough of these markets famed for works from local artisans, designers and inventors in a precinct designed for the most selective of market dwellers. Your patronage at these markets also helps support people living with cancer - the popular fair managed by the team at Bloonhill Cancer Help. Bloomhill is a not-for profit charitable organisation, which offers a safe haven for people with cancer and their loved ones. 7am - 12noon. King Street, COTTON TREE. FREE ღ ♒ ♫ ☼

* "Caloundra Bulcock Street Markets" - Held right in the heart of Caloundra, these markets feature unique arts and crafts, family entertainment, fresh produce, flowers, plus local cafes, boutiques and over 50 speciality shops. 8am - 1pm. Bulcock St, CALOUNDRA. ღ ♒ ♫ ☼ FREE

* "Noosa Marina Markets" - IT'S for good reason that the locals boast that there are no better markets than right here on the Noosa Marina. The idyllic deck setting overlooking the Noosa River is just a stone's throw from the CBD, yet it's an experience that has an energy all its own with its electric atmosphere of music, entertainment and aromas. Set your own pace with a casual stroll through the seemingly endless lines of stalls, following it up with a relaxing ride on the Noosa Ferry. 8am to 2pm. Noosa Marina, 2 Parkyn Crt, TEWANTIN. FREE ღ ❥ ♒ ♋ ♫

* "NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day" WEEK long celebrations honouring our native Australians and their Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters culminates in today's community day at Cotton Tree Park. Events include the 'So You Think You Can Didge' comp, the Murri Idol competition, Indigenous Fashion parade, live music, art stalls and kids rides.10am to 6pm. Cotton Tree Park, The Esplanade, MAROOCHYDORE. ღ ♒ ♋ ☄ ♫ ✎ ☼ ✘ FREE

* "Brewbake & Ukelele Masters" IT'S the official opening of the Big Pineapple's latest event additions - Brewbake. The Pineapple team claim it to some of the finest brewed beer the coast has to offer, so come on and sample it for yourself while enjoying the tunes of the Sunshine Coast Ukelele Club. 1pm to 4pm. The Big Pineapple, 76 Nambour Connection Rd, WOOMBYE. ღ ♒ ♫ ☼ FREE

* "LIVE Bernard Fanning" THE country's other favourite son Bernard Fanning is back on stage to the delight of his fans across the country promoting his new album "Departures." It's been three years since Australia's sad official farewell to Powderfinger, but we're more than happy to welcome back Bernard. The multiple Aria Award winner brings special guests Big Scary and Vance Joy along for the performance. Adults only, Tickets $69.90, 7.30pm start. Nambour Civic Centre, Top Level Centenary Square, Currie St , NAMBOUR. Ⓐ ☾ ☄ ♫

Monday, JULY 15

* "BMX Racing - Training Night!" Racing for all ages at the Sunshine Coast BMX Club's Race Night. Ages 4 and up. From 5.30pm. Sunshine Coast BMX Club, Yandina Sports Complex, Yandina Coolooabin Road, YANDINA. ღ ✔ ☼

* "African Drumming Classes @ Maleny" FEEL the rhythm, feel the ride, get on up - it's Djembe time! A new term of African Drumming classes start today and continues every Monday until September. Come casually per class ($20 per visit) or book a term at $165 for 10 classes. 6.15pm, Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, Bicentennial Lane, MALENY. ♋ ☄ ✎ ✿

Tuesday, JULY 16

* "Community Day - Centre for Growing Sustainability" JOIN the worldwide phenomenon that is creating sustainable gardens. CGS Community Days involve an educational and entertaining schedule of activities to bring the grounds and living classrooms to life including mulching, pruning, planting, propagating and compositing. Meet new friends and discover tips and techniques to practice at home. Benefits include fresh shared produce to take home and free product from sponsors as a personal thank you. 9am to 3pm, The Nut Factory at The Big Pineapple, 76 Nambour Connection Rd, WOOMBYE. ღ ✎ ✿ ☼ FREE

* "African Drumming Classes @ Palmwoods" FEEL the rhythm, feel the ride, get on up - it's Djembe time! A new term of African Drumming classes start today and continues every Tuesday until September. Come casually per class ($20 per visit) or book a term at $165 for 10 classes. 6.15pm, Palmwoods Memorial Hall, Main St, PALMWOODS. ♋ ☄ ✎ ✿

* "360 Allstars Workshop" TWO time World Champion Peter Sore heads this incredible workshop given budding bikes first-hand lessons and experience from the best in the business. Students will learn basic spinning, balancing and rolling tricks, and maybe even get a try on Pete's own bike. Students must bring their own bikes for the workshop. Ages 10 , 4pm start, Bookings required. Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsman Pde, BOKARINA. ☪ ♫ ✔

* "Breakdancing Workshop with the 360 Bboys" - IF YOU have ever wanted to learn how to "cipher" or "jam" this is your chance with students at this exclusive workshop learning a variety of breakdancing moves broken down step by step from the incredible teachers at 360 BBoys. Ages 10 , 4pm start, bookings required. Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsman Pde, BOKARINA. ☪ ♋ ♫ ✎ ✔

* "360 Allstars - The Circus" FORGET those old school lame clowns - there's a whole new breed of circus performers set to give you - the parents - nightmares. The 360 Allstars will turn your interpretation of circus on its head, literally, with their modern phenomenal theatrical performances exploring all forms of rotation. The cast includes world champion athletes, dancers and world renowned musicians combing "street" with "elite" into one unforgettable circus. Tickets $30 pp, 7pm to 9pm, Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsman Pde, BOKARINA. ღ ♒ ☾ ♫

Make sure you check out 'Part II' for more great events in July.
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