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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.
Event: -
Get out and enjoy the final winter days
Adventures to make you warm from the inside out....

VOKDA. Check. Orange juice. Check. Spectacular sunrises? Check. Check. And Check. So don't let the drop in temperature see you trade your nights on the town or days of adventure for a comfy spot on the couch to watch tired TV. There's plenty of mischief/excitement/fun to be had as I share with you the best reasons to see the sun rise this month on the Sunshine Coast!


NIK'S PIK
IN TRAINING: Hubby Stix takes me off the beaten path for his training in this month's once in a lifetime physical challenge - Tough Mudder.
- SO it's the month that marks the peak of six months of anticipation, semi-lack-lustre preparation and serious stone-cold fear. It's Tough Mudder Time! That's 20 kilometres of mud and more than 20 obstacles including an iced water-filled dumpster, a real life glacier and a muddy-watered low-crawl pit where just centimetres overhead live wires are still and patient - awaiting their next victims. It's said to be the most extreme sports challenge on the planet, with more than 700,000 people from across the world having taken part. That's right check that sentence again "take part" - not "finish". Because the British Special Forces - who created said torture - say about a quarter of participants don't make it to the end. I'm sorry - please explain. Is it an overwhelming desire for the powder room? Cramps? Or do the beaten and bone-weary corpses just sink dramatically into the mud pits never to be seen again? I'll let you know - because I'll be sitting in the stands for at least part of the race cheering on my long-suffering husband, Stixy. (Work commitments prevented me from registering this week. Who says employers don't take requests?) And as one of my less-flattering enjoyments in life is watching others subject themselves to crazy physical encounters and the hilarity that ensues, I have a feeling I'm going to enjoy myself. What can I say - guilty as charged. Maybe the tables will turn and I'll trip up the grandstand stairs landing smack bang on my smug face?[/I]

Friday, AUGUST 2

* "Greenzone Disco - Dance" - JUST because it's back to school doesn't mean that Mum and Dad are the only ones who should be having all the fun. 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. ☪ ♋ ☾ ♫ ✔

* "Not Fade Away - School (primary) production" - The story of much-loved rocker Buddy Holly and the Crickets is brought to the stage by Nambour's St Joseph's Primary School. Join the children in their historical trip down music's memory lane. Tickets $15, 10.30am show. Nambour Civic Centre, Top Level Centenary Square, Currie St, NAMBOUR. ღ ♛ ✎

* "The Friday Workers Club - The Velo Project" - IT'S one of two hot new Sunshine Coast spots whose word of mouth alone has locals busting their hop to get down too. This addition to their weekly schedule is an after works drink club which provides the old English style grub and eclectic live music (if you get an early mark) - YOU provide the BYO drinks. Every Friday. The Velo Project, 19 Careela St, MOOLOOLABA. ☾ ♫ ◈

* "The Vagina Monologues - Theatre fundraiser" - WHO else but 'Wild Women Productions' are behind bringing this incredible production to the hinterland in aid of preventing domestic violence. Playwright and activist Eve Ensler interviewed over 200 women for this world famed controversial recount of real women's stories. White ribbons and other merchandise will be sold at performances. Tickets $25, 7pm Start. Maleny Community Centre, Maple St, MALENY. Ⓐ ♛ ☾ ♫ ✎ ✌

Saturday, AUGUST 3

* "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" - 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 7am to 2pm, Memorial Drv, EUMUNDI. FREE ღ ❥ ♒ ♋ ♫

* "Book Sale on the Deck" - YOU can usually find me with my head buried in a book in the very little spare time I have. So get reading with this Woombye Community Library monthly fundraiser with quality books at bargain prices. 8.30am start. Woombye School of Arts Hall, Cnr of Hill and Blackall Sts, WOOMBYE. ✎ ✌ FREE

* "A Taste of Ireland - Theatre" - Their speed, their leaps, their agility - the love affair with Irish dancing continues with this one night only special event at Noosa. It's the quintessential Irish tale of unimaginable choreography and bitter sweet ballads. Tickets $39.90, 8pm start. The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drv, NOOSA JUNCTION. ღ ♋ ♛ ☾ ♫

Sunday, AUGUST 4

* "Mount Coolum Junior Open" - THE 18 hole qualifying event for the Greg Norman Junior Masters is on again, with an invitation to junior male and females under the age of 18. Generous prizes for gross and net division winners, as well as 'nearest the pin' and 'longest drive prizes'. Registrations from 8am. $15pp. Mt Coolum Golf Club, 17 Lumeah Drv, MOUNT COOLUM. ☪ ✔ ☼

* "Billy Cart Grand Prix" - WHAT could be a better day out for the family than building your own billy cart and putting it to the test against the competition? Noosa Christian College in Cooroy has organised this fun packed day with side show alley, hot foot, face painting, petting zoo, all kinds of rides, book sale and garage sale. Billy cart registration $25 per team. Gates open 8am. Noosa Christian College, 20 Cooroy Belli Ck Rd, COOROY. 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! 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. 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 ❥ ♒ ♋ ♫

Monday, AUGUST 5

* "African Drumming Classes - Maleny" - ADD some rhythm to your week by joining an African Drumming class every Monday night at Maleny. Classes are designed for all ages including families (Ages 8 ) 6.15pm, $20 per class. Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, Bicentennial Lane, MALENY. ღ ☾

* "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 ✔ ☼

* "Beerwah Neighbourhood Watch AGM" GET involved and have a say in the safety of your neighbourhood by rocking up to tonight's meeting. All Beerwah residents are members unless they have nominated otherwise. Beerwah Library, 25 Peachester Rd, BEERWAH. ღ ✎

Tuesday, AUGUST 6

* "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" - ADD some rhythm to your week by joining an African Drumming class tonight at Maleny. Classes are designed for all ages including families (Ages 8 ) 6.30pm, $20 per class. Palmwoods Memorial Hall, Main St, PALMWOODS. ღ ☾

Wednesday, AUGUST 7

* "HOP Under 5's Disco - Noosa" - THE little ones will be jumping with joy at this special disco dedicated entirely to them and their favourite tunes! And of course, there's the post-disco advantages of worn-out kiddiwinks in a few hours of extended nap-time of their own choice. Tickets $5, parents free. Ages 0-5yoa, 10am start. The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drv, NOOSA JUNCTION. ☪ ♋ ♫ ✔

* "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, AUGUST 8

* "HOP Under 5's Disco - Nambour" - THE little ones will be jumping with joy at this special disco dedicated entirely to them and their favourite tunes! And of course, there's the post-disco advantages of worn-out kiddiwinks in a few hours of extended nap-time of their own choice. Tickets $5, parents free. Ages 0-5yoa, 10am start. Nambour Civic Centre, Top Level Centenary Square, Currie St, NAMBOUR. ☪ ♋ ♫ ✔

* "Noosa Biosphere Reserve - Art Exhibit" - DISCOVER the beauty that is our unique and rich environment brought to life in magnificent original art works unveiled tonight at the Noosa Library. 6.30pm start, $8 pp. Bookings req. Noosa Library, Wallace Drv, NOOSAVILLE. ღ ♒ ☾ ♫ ℉

Friday, AUGUST 9

* "HOP Under 5's Disco - Kawana" - THE little ones will be jumping with joy at this special disco dedicated entirely to them and their favourite tunes! And of course, there's the post-disco advantages of worn-out kiddiwinks in a few hours of extended nap-time of their own choice. Tickets $5, parents free. Ages 0-5yoa, 10am start. Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Pde, BOKARINA. ☪ ♋ ♫ ✔

* "Social Media Success" - IT is the phenomenon that has become a crucial factor in generating a successful business - so is your online profile the best it can be? The Creative Collective's Zoe Wyatt shows you what networks exist, where the opportunities are and how to get started or improve what you are already doing. 2pm. Coolum Library, Park Street, COOLUM BEACH. ✎ FREE

* "Love Gone Wild - School (secondary) production" - The best works of brilliant but controversial gifted poet and playwright Oscar Wilde are brought to the stage by St John's College in this one-off remastered look at the cream of Wilde's productions. Tickets $20 pp. Nambour Civic Centre, Top Level Centenary Square, Currie St, NAMBOUR. ღ ♛ ✎

* "Seussical Jr - Theatre Show" - WE all fell in love with Dr Seuss's characters over the years, but it's time to recapture that feeling with this "fantastical" magical musical extravaganza of all your favourites like Horton, The Cat, Gertrude, Mayzie and of course Jojo. Tickets $25, 7pm start. The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton St, CALOUNDRA. ღ ♛ ☾ ♫

* "Harley Breen 'I Heart Bunnings' - Comedian" - SUNDAY mornings in our house definitely involve a trip down to the local franchise for a browse and Lions' sausage. If it's the same in your house then you're bound to get a kick out of this LOL performance from Australia's latest comedic sensation. Tickets $29, 7.30pm start. The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drv, NOOSA JUNCTION. Ⓐ ♛ ☾

* "The Friday Workers Club - The Velo Project" - IT'S one of two hot new Sunshine Coast spots whose word of mouth alone has locals busting their hop to get down too. This addition to their weekly schedule is an after works drink club which provides the old English style grub and eclectic live music (if you get an early mark) - YOU provide the BYO drinks. Every Friday. The Velo Project, 19 Careela St, MOOLOOLABA. ☾ ♫ ◈

Saturday, AUGUST 10

* "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 ♒ ♫ ☼

* "Caloundra Family History Open Day" - ITS Seniors Week and what better way to celebrate than getting to know your family history at this special open day. The Caloundra Family History Research Group are inviting seniors to come along and receive advise on how to research ancestors inc healthy tips on how to research on computers, books and journals. Primary school students will also pay homage to their heritage with individual essays on what makes their grandparents special. 9.30am start. The Guide Hut, Arthur St, CALOUNDRA. ღ ♒ ♫ ✎ ℉ FREE

* "Love Gone Wild - School (secondary) production" - The best works of brilliant but controversial gifted poet and playwright Oscar Wilde are brought to the stage by St John's College in this one-off remastered look at the cream of Wilde's productions. Tickets $20 pp. Nambour Civic Centre, Top Level Centenary Square, Currie St, NAMBOUR. ღ ♛ ✎

* "The Vagina Monologues - Theatre fundraiser" - WHO else but 'Wild Women Productions' are behind bringing this incredible production to the hinterland in aid of preventing domestic violence. Playwright and activist Eve Ensler interviewed over 200 women for this world famed controversial recount of real women's stories. White ribbons and other merchandise will be sold at performances. Tickets $25, 7pm Start. Maleny Community Centre, Maple St, MALENY. Ⓐ ♛ ☾ ♫ ✎ ✌

* "Seussical Jr - Theatre Show" - WE all fell in love with Dr Seuss's characters over the years, but it's time to recapture that feeling with this "fantastical" magical musical extravaganza of all your favourites like Horton, The Cat, Gertrude, Mayzie and of course Jojo. Tickets $25, 7pm start. The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton St, CALOUNDRA. ღ ♛ ☾ ♫

Sunday, AUGUST 11

* "2013 Total Performance Car Show" - EVERY year my Ford-fan husband drags me along to this true blue Ford showcase of Australian, European and American performance vehicles. (Hey - it's put him in a good mood to mow the lawn later!) 9am to 3pm. Pacific Ford and FPV, 122 - 124 Sugar Road, MAROOCHYDORE.

* "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! 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. 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 ❥ ♒ ♋ ♫

Monday, AUGUST 12

* "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 ✔ ☼

* "Learn to Golf - Mt Coolum" IF I was to ever pick up a club, I would definitely need some of these. The Mt Coolum Golf Club offers a beginners group to teaching or revisiting the etiquette and rules of golf over 9 holes. $14 pp, 7.30am. Mount Coolum Golf Club, 17 Lumeah Drive, MOUNT COOLUM. Ⓐ ✎ ✔ ☼

* "Weekend to End Women's Cancers - Maroochydore Orientation" JOIN thousands from across the State in celebrating the lives of loved ones lost to breast or gynaecologic cancer by getting in training for this October 2-day 60 kilometre walk through Brisbane. Meet walkers in your area, register, have all your questions answered and help create hope for every woman's future in this Queensland Institute of Medical Research and the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. 12.30pm - 1.30pm. Maroochydore Library Support Building, 44 Sixth Ave, COTTON TREE. ღ ✔ ✌ ☼

Tuesday, AUGUST 13

* "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 Noosa Springs' 2013 Ladies Day Golf Series" - A 3-day extravaganza of fun, fashion and golf. The individual stableford competition is followed by a sit-down gourmet champagne lunch and dazzling fashion parade featuring the latest in golf and leisure wear. Tickets $99. Noosa Springs Golf Club, Links Drv, NOOSA HEADS. Ⓐ ❥ ♒ ♫ ✔ ℉ ☼


Wednesday, AUGUST 14

* "Easy Home Harvest Workshop" - ONE I've locked in my calendar is this workshop where I can learn how to grow my own vegetables in just 10 minutes a week! Michelle Sternberg gives practical and achieveable tips on how you can take a natural, chemical free approach to gardening in your own backyard. Bookings essential, 10am - 11.30am. Nambour Library, Cnr of Currie and Bury Sts, NAMBOUR. ✎ ✿ FREE

* "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, AUGUST 15

* "Easy Home Harvest Workshop" - ONE I've locked in my calendar is this workshop where I can learn how to grow my own vegetables in just 10 minutes a week! Michelle Sternberg gives practical and achieveable tips on how you can take a natural, chemical free approach to gardening. 6pm, Caloundra Library, 8 Omrah Av, CALOUNDRA. ✎ ✿ FREE

Friday, AUGUST 16

* "The Friday Workers Club - The Velo Project" - IT'S one of two hot new Sunshine Coast spots whose word of mouth alone has locals busting their hop to get down too. This addition to their weekly schedule is an after works drink club which provides the old English style grub and eclectic live music (if you get an early mark) - YOU provide the BYO drinks. Every Friday. The Velo Project, 19 Careela St, MOOLOOLABA. ☾ ♫ ◈

Saturday, AUGUST 17

* "Tough Mudder - 20km World Famous Obstacle Event" - AS mentioned above, hubby has been in training for this event for the last six months or so, so this infamous British Special Forces world renowned obstacle course hitting the coast this weekend has definitely been a countdown in our house. So if you're like me and will attend in "spectator status only" you can sit back and enjoy your loved ones endure 25 obstacles like the Arctic Enema, Everest, the Fire Walker and the reputably feared "Electroshock Therapy." Tickets $20 pre show or $40 at the gate. Caloundra Downs, Pierce Avenue, CALOUNDRA. ღ ♒ ♫ ☼

* "Family Community Fun Day - Katie Rose Hospice" - YOU can always count on the Katie Rose Hospice to put on a great day of fun. Entertainment, food, raffles and market stalls will all be around to enjoy on their very first Family Fun Day which was rescheduled due to rain last month. There will be a sausage sizzle and devonshire teas along with a variety of stalls and other entertainment like a jumping castle, face painting and balloon modelling. 12noon start. Katie Rose Hospice, 855 Eumundi-Noosa Road, DOONAN. 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 ♒ ♫ ☼

* "Seniors Week 2013 Free Grey Medallion® Course Day 1 of 2" - GET your feet wet with this 2-day water safety and lifesaving course for older adults. No need to swim or get into the water to complete this program, but walk away with an understanding of the dangers of aquatic locations, safe practices and responsibilities, knowledge and skills in basic resuscitation and emergency care, and a range of personal survival and basic lifesaving skills to equip yourself to deal with an aquatic emergency scenario. 9am to 4pm. LifeSavers Clubhouse, The Esplanade, Bulcock Beach, CALOUNDRA. Ⓐ ✎ FREE

* "Easy Home Harvest Workshop" - ONE I've locked in my calendar is this workshop where I can learn how to grow my own vegetables in just 10 minutes a week! Michelle Sternberg gives practical and achieveable tips on how you can take a natural, chemical free approach to gardening in your own backyard. Bookings essential, 10am - 11.30am. Maroochydore Library, 44 Sixth Av, MAROOCHYDORE. ✎ ✿ FREE

Sunday, AUGUST 18

* "Tough Mudder - 20km World Famous Obstacle Event" - AS mentioned above, hubby has been in training for this event for the last six months or so, so this infamous British Special Forces world renowned obstacle course hitting the coast this weekend has definitely been a countdown in our house. So if you're like me and will attend in "spectator status only" you can sit back and enjoy your loved ones endure 25 obstacles like the Arctic Enema, Everest, the Fire Walker and the reputably feared "Electroshock Therapy." Tickets $20 pre show or $40 at the gate. Caloundra Downs, Pierce Avenue, CALOUNDRA. ღ ♒ ♫ ☼

* "Seniors Week 2013 Free Grey Medallion® Course Day 2 of 2" - GET your feet wet with this 2-day water safety and lifesaving course for older adults. No need to swim or get into the water to complete this program, but walk away with an understanding of the dangers of aquatic locations, safe practices and responsibilities, knowledge and skills in basic resuscitation and emergency care, and a range of personal survival and basic lifesaving skills to equip yourself to deal with an aquatic emergency scenario. 9am to 4pm. LifeSavers Clubhouse, The Esplanade, Bulcock Beach, CALOUNDRA. Ⓐ ✎ FREE

* "Easy Home Harvest Workshop" - ONE I've locked in my calendar is this workshop where I can learn how to grow my own vegetables in just 10 minutes a week! Michelle Sternberg gives practical and achieveable tips on how you can take a natural, chemical free approach to gardening in your own backyard. Bookings essential, 10.30am - 11.30am. Noosa Library, 54 Eumundi Rd, NOOSAVILLE. ✎ ✿ FREE

* "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! 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. 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 ❥ ♒ ♋ ♫

Monday, AUGUST 19

* "Cupcake Day RSPCA" - IF you're like me, you would take every animal needing care in but physically it's just impossible. So why not bake instead? Funds raised from Cupcake Day go back to help the shelters, clinics, Inspectors and animals in your home state. Like minded pet champions have already raised $50,000 this year in the lead up to this year's event so add your efforts to the cause in your own kitchen! Get everyone involved - the fun and education factor is up to you! Your place, When you want. All Day. ღ ♒ ♫ ✎ ✌ ℉

* "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, AUGUST 20

* "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

* "David Goldthorpe 'Chet Barker tribute' - Jazz concert" - Trumpet extraordinaire Chet Barker captivated audiences with his unforgettable and haunting performances while off stage he battled drug addiction and brushes with the law. Enjoy this two part show of a live trio followed by a full jazz set. Tickets $61, 8pm show. The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton St, CALOUNDRA. ☾ ☄

Wednesday, AUGUST 21

* "Easy Home Harvest Workshop" - ONE I've locked in my calendar is this workshop where I can learn how to grow my own vegetables in just 10 minutes a week! Michelle Sternberg gives practical and achieveable tips on how you can take a natural, chemical free approach to gardening in your own backyard. Bookings essential, 10am - 11.30am. Cooroy Library, 9 Maple St, COOROY. ✎ ✿ FREE

* "Showstoppers of London's West End" - The ultimate tribute to London's West End musicals hits the Sunshine Coast. Australia's own Phillip Gould joins Tenterfield Saddler star Michelle Fitzmaurice with hits and highlights from broadway shows inc Les Miserables, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and more. Tickets $16, 10am start inc morning tea. The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton St, CALOUNDRA. ♛ ☄ ℉

* "Keith Royal Park Wildflowers Tour - Marcoola" DISCOVER the wildflowers of this special conservation park set aside in late 2011 specifically to restore the naturally growing wildflowers. It's less than 2 years and already 40 varieties have been identified so join the festivities of the 2013 Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival with this tour. 10am - Bookings essential. Keith Royal Park, Keith Royal Drv, MARCOOLA. ღ ✎ ✿ ✔ ☼ FREE

* "The Baby Whisperer - Sleep Solutions Seminar" HEAVEN help anyone I encounter with less than six hours sleep. Yet to have the blessing of children, those out there missing out on their dose because of their little ones should not miss the woman dubbed Brisbane's 'baby whisperer'. Sleep solutions expert Katie Forsyth is on the Sunshine Coast for a special seminar for parents or industry professionals. Seminar covers the ages of birth to 5 years. 12.30pm, $159 pp. North Shore Community Centre, 128 Mudjimba Beach Rd, MUDJIMBA. Ⓐ ✎

* "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, AUGUST 22

* "Smithy - School Musical" Noosa Christian College presents this riotous parody of the annual nightmare through the eyes of a green drama teacher and a school villain called Smithy. Tickets $15, 7pm start. The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drv, NOOSA JUNCTION. ღ ♛ ☾

Friday, AUGUST 23

* "Smithy - School Musical" Noosa Christian College presents this riotous parody of the annual nightmare through the eyes of a green drama teacher and a school villain called Smithy. Tickets $15, 11am start. The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drv, NOOSA JUNCTION. ღ ♛

* "The Friday Workers Club - The Velo Project" - IT'S one of two hot new Sunshine Coast spots whose word of mouth alone has locals busting their hop to get down too. This addition to their weekly schedule is an after works drink club which provides the old English style grub and eclectic live music (if you get an early mark) - YOU provide the BYO drinks. Every Friday. The Velo Project, 19 Careela St, MOOLOOLABA. ☾ ♫ ◈

Saturday, AUGUST 24

* "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 ♒ ♫ ☼

* "Don McLean - In Concert" - The Sunshine Coast is treated to an incredible invitation to witness legendary songwriter Don McLean live in concert. Generation after generation have discovered McLean's incredible gift of storytelling combined with his talent for unforgettable melodies and deep emotive lyrics. Don't skip this once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of the world's greats right here on the Sunshine Coast. Tickets $85, 8pm show. The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton St, CALOUNDRA. ☾ ☄

Sunday, AUGUST 25

* "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! 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. 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 ❥ ♒ ♋ ♫

Monday, AUGUST 26

* "Learn to Golf - Mt Coolum" IF I was to ever pick up a club, I would definitely need some of these. The Mt Coolum Golf Club offers a beginners group to teaching or revisiting the etiquette and rules of golf over 9 holes. $14 pp, 7.30am. Mount Coolum Golf Club, 17 Lumeah Drive, MOUNT COOLUM. Ⓐ ✎ ✔ ☼

* "Possum Magic: The Final Farewell Tour - Theatre Show" - FOR 30 YEARS children across the world have grown up with Grandma Poss and Baby Hush, before passing this internationally acclaimed spellbinding tale by Aussie author Mem Fox onto the next generation of fans. Seven years after it was first published, 'Possum Magic - The Musical" arrived to sell-out audiences before it even graced the stage going on to become the most successful musical for children and families EVER. In 2013, the show is touring for a bitter sweet farewell that you and your family do not want to miss. Tickets $16, 6pm show. The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton St, CALOUNDRA. ღ ♛

* "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, AUGUST 27

* "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

* "Possum Magic: The Final Farewell Tour - Theatre Show" - FOR 30 YEARS children across the world have grown up with Grandma Poss and Baby Hush, before passing this internationally acclaimed spellbinding tale by Aussie author Mem Fox onto the next generation of fans. Seven years after it was first published, 'Possum Magic - The Musical" arrived to sell-out audiences before it even graced the stage going on to become the most successful musical for children and families EVER. In 2013, the show is touring for a bitter sweet farewell that you and your family do not want to miss. Tickets $16, 2 shows - 10.30am and 1pm. The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton St, CALOUNDRA. ღ ♛

Wednesday, AUGUST 28

* "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

* "Rhythm of the Dance - Irish Dance" - IRELAND's National Dance Company is an eye-popping production combining the Green Isle's rich history and the art of its internationally renowned dance. A team of 30 dancers join a traditional Irish band and the very presentable Young Irish Tenors for what is one of the most popular and successful tours of its kind to come out of Ireland, performing in front of over 4.8 million people in 59 countries. Tickets $69, 8pm show. ღ ♛ ☾

Thursday, AUGUST 29

* "African Children's Choir Workshop" - SINGING and dancing is a joy that unites people from across all cultures and all countries, and will again in this rare creative workshop opportunity. Orphaned and vulnerable children from Uganda will perform before the Sunshine Coast in this one-off program, hosted by Coolum's Cool Harmonies. $15pp, 10am. Coolum Civic Centre, Park St, COOLUM BEACH. ღ ♋ ☄ ♫ ☼

* "Easy Home Harvest Workshop" - ONE I've locked in my calendar is this workshop where I can learn how to grow my own vegetables in just 10 minutes a week! Michelle Sternberg gives practical and achieveable tips on how you can take a natural, chemical free approach to gardening in your own backyard. Bookings essential, 10am - 11.30am. Kawana Library, 30 Nanyima St, KAWANA. ✎ ✿ FREE

* "The 2013 Noosa Jazz Festival" - ORGANISERS are boasting this year's program is set to be one of the biggest in its 22 year history. Scheduled performers include Elixir feat Katie Noonan, The Idea of North and - personal favs - The Bearded Gypsy Band in this four-day extravaganza which draws musics lovers from across the country. Season or sessional tickets avail for the event which hits the stage from today. Various locations throughout the event. NOOSA HEADS. ღ ❥ ♒ ♋ = DANCE ☾ ☄ ♫ ☼

* "Josh Pyke - LIVE" HE is one of Australia's most popular singer/songwriters of this generation and the brilliant Mr Pyke stops off at the Sunshien Coast to share with you his new LP, his fourth studio album 'The Beginning and the End of Everything". 18 , Tickets $44.90. Kings Beach Tavern, 43 Burgess Street, CALOUNDRA.

Friday, AUGUST 30

* "The 2013 Noosa Jazz Festival" - GET yourself down to this incredible jazz festival on day two of this incredible local festival. Scheduled performers include Elixir feat Katie Noonan, The Idea of North and - personal favs - The Bearded Gypsy Band in this four-day extravaganza which draws musics lovers from across the country. Season or sessional tickets avail for the event which hits the stage from today. Various locations throughout the event. NOOSA HEADS. ღ ❥ ♒ ♋ = DANCE ☾ ☄ ♫ ☼

* "The Friday Workers Club - The Velo Project" - IT'S one of two hot new Sunshine Coast spots whose word of mouth alone has locals busting their hop to get down too. This addition to their weekly schedule is an after works drink club which provides the old English style grub and eclectic live music (if you get an early mark) - YOU provide the BYO drinks. Every Friday. The Velo Project, 19 Careela St, MOOLOOLABA. ☾ ♫ ◈

Saturday, AUGUST 31

* "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 ♒ ♫ ☼

* "Adopt-a-Digger" AS an Army brat, this not-for-profit project touches a very personal chord. Invitations are open to anyone interested in local history, military history and would like to learn more about researching the 2500 men and women from the region who enlisted to serve in WW1. Those in attendance will have a hands on role from the very beginning with plans for a 2015 Anzac Centenary Exhibition. 9.30am. Yandina School of Arts Hall, Cnr Stevens & Farrell Sts, YANDINA. ღ ✎ ◈ FREE

* "Quilt Show" - WHAT better time of year to score yourself that perfect quilt? Sunshine Linus Inc is a group of volunteer women who have been providing quilts and other comforts to the needy community on the Sunshine Coast for the past three years. Hundreds of quilts will be on display on the very first Sunshine Linus Open Day, together with a show and tell, demonstrations and more. $5 entry, 9.30am. Uniting Church Hall, 37 Coronation Avenue, NAMBOUR. ღ ♒ ℉

* "The 2013 Noosa Jazz Festival" - IT'S day three of the festival, so melt your blues away at Noosa today. Scheduled performers over the weekend include Elixir feat Katie Noonan, The Idea of North and - personal favs - The Bearded Gypsy Band in this four-day extravaganza which draws musics lovers from across the country. Season or sessional tickets avail for the event which hits the stage from today. Various locations throughout the event. NOOSA HEADS. ღ ❥ ♒ ♋ = DANCE ☾ ☄ ♫ ☼

* "Australian Motocross Championships 2013 Final Round - Coolum"
- AS an old country girl from way back, there is truly nothing that sends the pulses racing than cracking open a can of Wild Turkey to the tunes of "braaaaaaaap!". The Monster Energy MX Nationals is back for the 10th and final round in two days of dirt and dust. The battle couldn't be closer on the Monster MX1 ladder with just two points between last round winner Motorex KTM's Todd Waters and series leader Matt Moss ensuring today's encounter is sure to be a fight to the finish. Suncoast Junior Motorcycle Club, Quanda Road, COOLUM. ღ ♒ ♫ ☼

* "African Children's Choir Workshop" - SINGING and dancing is a joy that unites people from across all cultures and all countries, and will again in this rare creative workshop opportunity. Orphaned and vulnerable children from Uganda will perform before the Sunshine Coast in this one-off program, hosted by Coolum's Cool Harmonies. $20pp, 5pm. Coolum Civic Centre, Park St, COOLUM BEACH. ღ ♋ ☄ ♫ ☼

KEY ღ =FAMILY, Ⓐ = ADULTS, ☪=KIDS, ☃ - XMAS EVENT, ❥= LICENSED, ♒ = MULTIPLE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES, ♋ = DANCE ♛ = THEATRE, ✤ = FILM ☾ - NIGHT OUT, ☄ = CONCERT, ♫ = ENTERTAINMENT, ✎ = EDUCATIONAL, ✿ =ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY, ✔ = EXERCISE ✌ = FUNDRAISER, ℉ = MEAL/SNACK INC, B=BEGINNERS, A=ADVANCED, ☼ =OUTDOORS, ◈ = GOLD COIN DONATION, ☺= SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN, ✘ - ALCOHOL FREE
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