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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Awoonga barramundi tournament

A BARRA tournament hosted by Australian Barra and Basstasstic is being held at Awoonga Dam on Saturday and Sunday.

The tournament is a great chance for families to enjoy fishing together.

Nominations are being taken all day Saturday. Session one runs from 10am on Saturday and session two begins at 11am.

The sessions finish at 10am and 11am on Sunday.

The tournament is a catch and photo and release event.

More details are available at www.barrabasstasstic.com.

Craig Griffiths with a big barra.
Craig Griffiths with a big barra. Contributed

Friends of RSPCA pet adoption day

MORE than 120 dogs and cats are craving a family to love them this month.

The RSPCA is holding a pet adoption day on Sunday for all who want to add a member to their family.

About 70 cats and 50 dogs are being cared for at present. 

A cat adoption session will be held at 17 Pams Court, Beecher on Sunday from 10am-1pm.

Dog adoption will be held at the adoption centre opposite the power house from 9am-noon on Sunday.

For more information call Judy Whicker on 0417 065 394.

Gymnastics sign-on

GLADSTONE Gymnastics Club is holding its annual sign-on day on Saturday from 10am to noon.

Head along to check out the facility, speak to the friendly and knowledgeable staff, and sign on for 2015.

The club has classes for all ages and abilities.

Ella Stevens, 13, during a training day at the Gladstone Gymnastics Club.
Ella Stevens, 13, during a training day at the Gladstone Gymnastics Club. Luka Kauzlaric

Get your skates on

THE ice skating rink at Kirkwood Road Shopping Centre, Gladstone is heading into its last days after extending its time here by a week.

The rink will now close on January 24, instead of this Sunday.

Six-session passes cost $65. Single sessions cost $15. Each session goes for one hour.

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

Phone 0412 344 941 for more details.

Everyone enjoyed ice skating in Gladstone.
Everyone enjoyed ice skating in Gladstone. Mike Richards

Discovery Coast Markets

THE Discovery Coast Markets are running every Sunday during the school holidays, 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.

Fresh produce is available at local markets.
Fresh produce is available at local markets. Mike Richards

Rotary Kmart Markets

THE Rotary Club of Gladstone Midday Markets are held on the third Sunday of each month in the Kmart car park on Phillip St, Gladstone.

There is a wide range of goods on offer including food, coffee, cakes, jewellery, hand-made soaps, plants, toys, clothes and bric-a-brac.

There also is entertainment from local artists. The markets run from 6am to 1.30pm.

Kmart Markets in Gladstone.
Kmart Markets in Gladstone.

Friends of Bindaree garage sale

THE Friends of Bindaree Garage Sale is a popular market event at Boyne Island, run monthly by Bindaree Lodge Aged Care Facility.

There will be lots of bargains on second hand clothing, manchester, books, footwear, toys, furniture and much more.

The garage sale is on Saturday from 7am to noon.

Check out all on offer from clothes, manchester, books and furniture.
Check out all on offer from clothes, manchester, books and furniture.

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.

Miriam Vale Markets, Lions Park.
Miriam Vale Markets, Lions Park.

Build fitness with weekly run

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

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.

Art gallery exhibitions

GLADSTONE Regional Art Gallery Museum's summer season exhibitions have been officially launched, including Rosemary Anderson's We'll Be Ready For It Next Time, Costumes by Anastasia La Fey, Saiki City Children's Art and Visioning Industry.

Taking a light-hearted look at local flooding in 2012, the We'll Be Ready For It Next Time installation by local artist Rosemary Anderson features bamboo rafts packed with the essentials, where even Jack the dog and the chooks have individual rafts and shelters ready to go.

The Children's Creation Zone provides a chance for all to create flood-proof sculptures from recycled materials and gain timely storm safety information.

The gallery also is hosting the works of costumier and couturie Anastasia La Fey, whose costumers are featured in The Magic Toyshop, being performed in Gladstone next weekend.

Artworks created by young children from Saiki City in Japan are on display until February 21.

And examining ever-evolving local industry, Visioning Industry features artworks and artefacts from the gallery and Museum permanent collection.

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



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