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. Gladstone Central Carnival

GLADSTONE Central Carnival will provide a fun afternoon and evening for families on Saturday.

The event will feature carnival rides, jumping castles, face painting, build a bear stall, Japanese fighting fish and hermit crab stall, games with great prizes, live entertainment, market stalls, food and drinks.

Entertainment and activities for children aged up to five will be provided by GAPDL Communities for Children.

The carnival is Gladstone Central State School, 74 Auckland St, Gladstone, from 4-8pm. 

2. CQ Capras play at Miriam Vale

MIRIAM Vale's Gary Larson Oval will host the Intrust Super Queensland Cup Rugby League Carnival on Saturday.

Gates open at noon. Admission is $7 adults and $4 school aged kids.

There will be a junior coaching clinic from 12.15pm.

A licensed bar will operate, and there will be food and drinks available, a jumping castle and face painting for the kids, and live entertainment by a Brisbane band.

South Kolan Sharks will play Burnett Heads Cutters at 1pm, followed by Avondale Tigers vs Gin Gin Hawkes at 2.30pm, CQ Capras vs Souths Logan Magpies at 4pm and Miriam Vale Magpies vs Agnes Water Marlins at 6pm.

Buses will leave from Gladstone, Calliope, Tannum Sands, Turkey Beach, Bororen, Agnes Water, Rosedale and Lowmead. 

Phone Miriam Vale Information Centre on 4974 5428 to book a spot.

3. Monster cent sale

THE QCWA Ambrose Branch will host a Monster Cent Sale at its hall, 36 Gentle Annie Rd, Ambrose, on Saturday from 2pm.

Afternoon tea will be served and all patrons receive a token of thanks for coming along.

Hoy games will be played followed by the drawing of a large number of prizes, with extras of a special draw, lucky door prize and a raffle.

The doors open at 1pm for a 2pm start and everyone is welcome. For more details phone 4975 1132.

4. Old time dance

THE Mount Larcom and District Show Society will hold an old-time dance in the Mount Larcom Community Hall on Saturday.

The function is planned to revise the dances learned at the school last year in the lead-up to the show ball.

Dancing will be from 7.30-11.30pm. Admission is $10 adults and $2 students.

There will be a lucky door prize, a lucky spot and raffle and a light supper served.

For inquiries and bookings, phone 4972 2268. 

5. Shave for a Cure

HARBOUR City Harley Davidson is hosting a Shave for a Cure barbecue event at the dealership, 85 Hanson Rd, Gladstone, in conjunction with the local Hog Club, from 9am on Saturday.

There will be a ride afterwards to the Bororen Pub for anyone interested.

Inquiries to Oz on 4971 0800.

6. Sapphire gemstone seminar

GECKO Valley Winery is hosting a sapphire gemstone seminar on Saturday from 1-4pm with jewellery designer Miranda Manifold.

Gems and jewellery from the seminar are able to purchased at the seminar or over the weekend.

Miranda has complimentary appointments available to discuss having a piece of jewellery made remodelling existing jewellery.

Phone 4979 0400 for more details.

7. Dive-in movie night

BOYNE Tannum Swim Club is hosting a dive-in movie night at the Tannum Sands pool on Saturday from 6-9.30pm.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will play on the big screen while movie-goers lay back in the pool and relax.

Those who don't want to swim can take a chair or a rug and relax on the grass.

A barbecue dinner and refreshments will be available to purchase, and life guards will be on duty all night.

Entry costs $20 for 8-17-year-olds, which includes the movie, sausage in bread and an ice block.

Adults' admission is a gold coin donation, and entry for kids under seven is $1 per age.

Gates open at 6pm with the movie screening at 7pm.

8. One for the girls

MALE entertainment group Manpower is sure to get pulses racing at the Harvey Road Tavern on Sunday night.

The group will perform live on stage from 7.30pm. Tickets cost $30.

Head to the Harvey Road Tavern website to purchase tickets.

9. Library Square markets

HELD at Library Square in the heart of Gladstone's CBD on Saturday, residents and visitors can purchase fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts and much more.

When you're done at the markets, there are a number of restaurants and cafes in the CBD that will tempt your tastebuds.

The markets run on Goondoon St from 7am until noon. Phone 4978 1396 for more information.

10. Get outdoors

FOR those wanting to climb Mt Larcom, this weekend is your chance.

Clear skies are expected, so get out and enjoy it.

If you're keen for a surf, waves should peak at about one metre at Agnes Water this weekend.

The forecast looks good, with a light southerly breeze creating good conditions. 

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