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. Author chat at Gladstone Library

GLADSTONE City library will host an author chat from 12.30pm on Saturday, featuring suspense queen Sandy Curtis, fantasy novelist Cheryse Durrant, author/illustrator Jacqueline Read, Benaraby writer Sue-Ellen Pashley and Rockhampton writer Shelley Nolan.

They will speak about books and all things literary.

Sandy's first five novels, published by Pan Macmillan Australia, were nominees in the Ned Kelly Crime Awards, and two were finalists in the mainstream section of the Romantic Book of the Year Award. 

The event is free. Phone 4976 6400 for more details.

Children enjoying the music and festivities at the Beach Arts Music festival at Tannum Sands.
Children enjoying the music and festivities at the Beach Arts Music festival at Tannum Sands. Luka Kauzlaric

2. Beach Arts Music markets

BEACH Arts Music is a free community event held on the first Saturday of every month from 2pm-7pm at Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands.

It features food stalls, live entertainment, arts and creation stalls, making this event a great family-friendly outing.

Those attending are advised to take their own chairs and eskies, and settle in to enjoy the entertainment.

Jaime Holzberger and Betty Burns.
Jaime Holzberger and Betty Burns. Mike Richards

3. Last chance to see art exhibitions

SATURDAY is the last chance to see a number of exhibitions on show at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery.

Our Priceless Past; Traversing Antarctica - the Australian experience; and Town Hall Turns 80 all finish this weekend.

Our Priceless past features the stories of local seniors, presented by Chanel College students.

Traversing Antarctica shows how Australia's connection with the frozen continent has developed for over 100 years since the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson. 

Town Hall Turns 80 celebrates the art gallery's home as it celebrates its 80th year.

The gallery, at the corner of Goondoon and Bramstons Sts, is open from 10am to 5pm.

Admission is free.

Monster Guitars duo Mark Easton and Adam Hole.
Monster Guitars duo Mark Easton and Adam Hole. Contributed

4. Live music with Monster Guitars

MONSTER Guitars will play at the Rocky Glen Hotel on Saturday from 8pm.

Mark Easton and Adam Hole make up the duo, playing blues rock from the sixties to the eighties, and cover songs from bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Black Betty.

5. 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.

MASTER MIXER: Nick Partridge creating at Lightbox Espresso and Wine Bar on Goondoon St.
MASTER MIXER: Nick Partridge creating at Lightbox Espresso and Wine Bar on Goondoon St. Luka Kauzlaric

6. Chill out at Sunday session

LIGHTBOX Espresso and Wine Bar is the hottest place to be in Gladstone at the moment and Sunday is where you can try it out.

Take your friends along to the bar in Goondoon St, next to the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, for a cocktail.

The Sunday sessions are a chilled way of wrapping up a weekend while listening to some live acoustic music.

You can order tapas and sit at one of the booths from 2pm onwards. 

7. Take a drive to check out markets

IF you feel like getting out of town, the Wowan Quarterly Markets are happening on Saturday.

The markets are held at the Wowan Museum from 8am to 1pm, with plenty on offer from cakes, jams and relishes, fruit and veg to multi draw raffles, sausage sizzle and souvenirs.

The museum, in Don St, Wowan, will also be open to visitors.

Phone 4937 1669 for more details.

8. Sunday session at Yachties

GLADSTONE Yacht Club hosts a weekly afternoon of live music and drink specials every Sunday.

The Sunday Session runs from 2.30pm-6.30pm.

Nat Bromhead

9. Get ready for lawn mowing races

A LAWN mowing race test and tune day will be held at 79 Moore Rd, Calliope on Sunday.

All are welcome to attend. Kidgs aged 13 or over need parental permission.

Gates open at 7.30am with racing from 9am and a barbecue from 11.30am.

Phone Mal 0438 529 505 for more details.
 



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