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.
1. A musical five years in the making
DON'T miss the spectacular, locally created The Chrysalides Musical, at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre on Saturday.
Written, produced and directed by a talented group of locals, led by Michael Lunan, with all new music, choreography and story, the musical will be a unique experience.
There will be a matinee at 2pm and an evening show at 7pm.
Tickets cost $30 adults, $15 pensioner/senior for the matinee, $25 pensioner/senior for the evenig show, and $25 children aged one to eight.
2. Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards open
THE 39th Annual Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards will be officially launched on Saturday.
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum is hosting the event, which draws entries from artists all over Australia, with a prize pool of $34,500.
Judge Marian Drew will give a talk at 11.30am.
This will be followed by the Artists' Lunch, by gold coin donation, and an illustrated lecture at 2pm.
The festivities from 6pm will feature artists, sponsors and supporters coming together for the official launch and awards presentation.
The evening event will include entertainment by performing artist Nathan Bedford.
To RSVP for the opening day or for further information, phone 4976 6766.
3. Bevy of buff bods in two-hour show
A SIX-Pack Sensation Extravaganza is on offer for the women of Gladstone on Saturday night.
The popular Sydney Hotshot male strippers are back, with a show at the Grand Hotel from 8.30pm.
There will be freebies, personal interaction with the men and on-stage audience opportunities.
Tickets are $28. Phone 4972 2422.
4. November Maim roller derby bout
GLADSTONE's hard-hitting Hustlers return to Gladstone PCYC for the final roller derby stand for 2014.
In a stadium spectacular showdown, the Gladstone girls will take on United Brisbane Roller Derby.
As well as the huge derby bout, there will be a live band, cheerleaders, a licensed bar for 18+, hot food, a bake sale and market stalls.
Doors open 5.30pm and the bout starts at 6.30pm.
Tickets cost $15 adults and $10 children, and are available at the door.
5. Speedway returns to Gladstone
SPEEDWAY has been missing from Gladstone's Showgrounds for two years, and will re-appear on Saturday with a massive crowd expected for the return of the sport.
With five categories racing from 6pm, the return promises to be some of the best action possible to showcase the sport for a permanent return.
Gates open at 3pm, and racing will run from 6-10pm.
Categories include AMCA Nationals, Go Karts, Formula 500s, Super Stocker and Solo.
6. PCYC Gladstone markets
THE PCYC Gladstone Markets are getting bigger and better every month.
Head down between 8am and noon on Sunday and browse the various local stalls including craft, fresh produce, gardening, baby goods and much much more.
The indoor area has been fully booked, and the outdoor sites are close to being booked out.
7. Library Square Markets
HELD in the heart of Gladstone's Central Business District at Library Square, Gladstone residents and visitors can purchase fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts and much more at the Library Square Markets on Saturday.
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.
8. Discovery Coast Markets
THE Discovery Coast Markets are held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the SES Grounds located between Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy.
Come and browse the arts and crafts, bric-a-brac and fresh produce available to purchase between 8am and noon.
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.
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.