Ten things to do in Gladstone this weekend

IF you're looking for something to do in the Gladstone region this weekend, here are 10 suggestions to get you started.

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1. Movie night under the stars

CQ Starlight Cinema will host a movie night under the stars at Gladstone Showgrounds on Saturday.

Arthur Christmas (G) will be shown from 7pm.

Gates open at 6pm, with access off Tank St. Entry is by gold coin donation.

2. Gladstone Old School Car Show

GLADSTONE Old School Car Shows will have its final show and shine for the year on Saturday at the Gladstone Valley car park from 5pm.

Funds raised at last weekend's show and shine will be presented to Roseberry House representatives.

Trophies and car hampers will be up for grabs at what organisers promise will be a great family night out.

3. Freestyle BMX event

A CHRISTMAS Jam freestyle BMX event is being held at the Gladstone Skate Park.

It will run on Saturday from 11am to 3pm, and everyone is welcome to participate.

Those attending are encouraged to dress up in a Christmas theme.

There will be three competition categories on the day, with a host of prizes for each.

In addition to the 6-10, 11-15 and 16-plus age groups, there is also a prize for someone who has wowed the judges.

4. Get your skates on

AN ice skating rink is operating at Kirkwood Road Shopping Centre, Gladstone over the school holidays.

The rink will remain in place until January 18.

Season passes are available for $100 per person, and six-session passes cost $65.

Single sessions cost $15. Each session goes for one hour.

The rink is open from 9am to 9pm Friday, 9am to 7.30pm Monday to Thursday and Saturday, and at 10.30am and 3pm on Sunday.

Phone 0412 344 941 for more details.

5. Carols night

ST Peter's annual carols night will be held on Sunday starting with a free sausage sizzle at 6pm. Carols start at 7pm.

During the evening there will be an impromptu nativity play where all children will be invited to participate.

St Peter's is located at 50 J. Hickey Dr.

6. Light-hearted look at 2012 floods

WE'LL Be Ready For It Next Time is an exhibition by local artist Rosemary Anderson, providing a light-hearted look at the 2012 floods that affected the Boyne Valley, Baffle Cree, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands areas.

Bamboo rafts are packed and even the dogs and chooks have rafts and shelters ready to go.

The exhibition has just opened at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery, on the corner of Bramston and Goondoon Sts, Gladstone.

The gallery is open on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

7. Discovery Coast Markets

THE Discovery Coast Markets are held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the SES Grounds on Captain Cook Drive between Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy.

Browse the arts and crafts, bric-a-brac and fresh produce available to purchase between 8am and noon.

During school holidays, the markets are held every Sunday.

8. Theatre production costumes on show

COSTUME designer Anastasia La Fey has a particular interest in costumes for dance.

She was commissioned as costume designer for the Young Dancers' presentation of The Magic Toyshop.

She has been invited to display her costumes, fashion designs and other works from the ballet's production at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum.

The exhibition has just opened. The gallery is open on Saturday from 10am to 5pm, on the corner of Bramston and Goondoon Sts, Gladstone.

9. Miriam Vale Markets in the Park

THE Miriam Vale Lions Club hosts markets on the third Saturday of the month.

Those attending can stroll through a cool and shady park to view a variety of stalls, or tempt their tastebuds with a sizzling fillet steak, sausage or bacon burger.

The markets are held in Blomfield St, Miriam Vale from 7am to noon. Phone 4974 5428 for more details.

10. Time to get running

IF you're looking for a way to build fitness, consider joining Parkrun on Saturdays at 7am.

The Gladstone Parkrun will have its last run before Christmas, providing a great way to get ahead before a big festive lunch.

Held every week at Lions Park, Parkrun is a free 5km course that is timed by volunteers.

It's part of a nationwide initiative run in various parks across Australia.

Anyone can attend, regardless of their experience or fitness level.

People can register by visiting www.parkrun.com.au/gladstoneqld/ before their first run.





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