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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East Shores redevelopment, the Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct.
East Shores redevelopment, the Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct. Mike Richards GLA071114ESHR

1. Easts Shores official opening

THE community is invited to celebrate the official opening of the East Shores - Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct on Sunday. 

The entertainment and activities start at 1pm and include live music, Hubbub Sound Playground, magician and balloon artist, CQ Football for Children, roving entertainment including stilt walkers and hula hoop performers, and face painting.

A selection of food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon including ice creams, coffee, cold drinks, hot chips and a free sausage sizzle from 1pm.

The community is reminded that this is an alcohol free event.

The 2013 Country Music Campout at the Ubobo Discovery Centre.
The 2013 Country Music Campout at the Ubobo Discovery Centre. Tom Huntley

2. Elders Country Music Campout

THE Boyne Valley comes alive for a weekend of campfire jamming, canoeing, sightseeing, relaxing, good company and live music.

Head down for the day or take your van, tent or swag and camp out.

Saturday's festivities include an open mic day and night concert.

The campout will finish on Sunday with a bush poets breakfast.

Market stalls will be operating, plus food, drinks, coffee and ice creams.

There will be no bar facilities at the event, but BYO is permitted at the family event.

Tickets cost $10, or $40 for a family.

The event is on the corner of Jawke and McDonald Sts at Ubobo. Phone 4974 1368 or 0429 648 515 for more details.

Creative Gladstone’s new premises.
Creative Gladstone’s new premises. Contributed

3. Christmas fun day fundraiser

CREATIVE Gladstone is hosting a Christmas fun day fundraiser on Saturday from 1pm. 

If you have any ideas or are in need of some inspiration, head along to 97 Auckland St for the fun day, to put some Christmas decorations together for fundraising at BAM and at the Creative Christmas Open Day on December 13.

Some materials will be provided, but some are still needed, including old canvases, stencils, stuffing for fabric toys, thick brown paper or card, and brown paper bags.

Phone Di 0412 922 372 for more details. 

4. Biloela Christmas Festival

BILOELA Christmas Festival is community event being held at Lion's Park, Gladstone Rd, Biloela from 5-10pm on Saturday.

There will be market stalls and food stalls, rides and entertainment for children and live entertainment.

Santa will attend and photographs will be taken for a small donation to Anglicare for the Support a Family Christmas Appeal.

Lighting of the Christmas tree is also planned.

Artwork by Phoebe Huttunen will be part of an exhibition at Gallery 67 in Gladstone.
Artwork by Phoebe Huttunen will be part of an exhibition at Gallery 67 in Gladstone.

5. Art exhibition at Gallery 67

AN art exhibition titled A Colour Story has opened at Gallery 67, featuring works from local artists Zoe Davey and Phoebe Huttunen.

The exhibition, at the gallery at 67 Goondoon St, Gladstone, presents portraits of local indigenous people, spiritual portraits as well as works from an indigenous artist showing spiritual awakening and a connection with the land.

The gallery will be open from 9am to 1pm on Saturday.

Artworks are for sale. The exhibition runs until December 12.

6. Gladstone Bowls Club cent sale

THE Gladstone Bowls Club will host a cent sale on Saturday. Doors open at 11am for a 1pm start.

Admission is $1 adults and 50 cents children.

There will be great prizes, raffles, a cake walk, children's prizes and a multi-draw.

Bookings can be made by phoning 4972 1191.

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7. Buy or swap organic produce

THE Port Curtis Organic Growers Garden Club's next meeting is on Saturday from 1.30-4pm.

Those attending should take a chair and coffee mug (tea and coffee provided by host) and any produce, fresh or preserved, you wish to sell, swap or give away.

The also should take something to share for afternoon tea.

Phone Anna Fordyce for more details on 0439 393 765.

8. Free yoga session

YOGA enthusiasts can enjoy a free lesson on Sunday as part of Riverstone Rise's  Festival of Fun.

Enjoy a relaxing and spiritual yoga session by the water with Toni's Bodyworx Yoga at Corimba Park.

Toni is a qualified yoga instructor and is passionate about yoga.

Take a yoga mat, towel, water bottle and sun protection. Sessions are from 7-8am.

Register by phoning 13 13 63.

9. 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

10. 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.



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