1. Cent auction
Where: Millwell Community Centre, Cnr Evans St and Millwell Rd, Maroochydore
When: Tonight, Friday, December 2, 6pm for a 7pm start
Cost: $5 entry; children free
THE cent auction entry includes a free cuppa and $1 worth of auction tickets. A sausage sizzle will operate and drinks and snacks are available to buy. Prizes to win include fruit trays, food hampers, vouchers, jewellery, toiletries, make-up, books, DVD and toys. The major mega-prize draw is a gift voucher for a ride of a lifetime over the Sunshine Coast with Blue Tongue Helicopter Services, valued at $395. All proceeds go to support Mater Little Miracles.
2. Sundale Carols By Candlelight
Where: Sundale in Doolan St, Nambour
When: Friday December 2, from 4pm
TAKE along your picnic rug or chairs and have a fun-filled family night, with free entertainment for the kids from 5.30pm. A sausage sizzle, Santa and fireworks are part of the program.
3. Twilight Markets
Where: Bulcock Beach, Caloundra
When: Fridays, December 2 to January 20, 5-9pm
JOIN in the summer season of The Twilight Markets - a family-friendly market featuring more than 150 stalls including street food, gourmet sweets, handmade artisan crafts, fashion, jewellery, live music, street performers and much more. A special visitor will be dropping by on December 16 and 23, so be sure to bring the kids along and don't forget your camera.
4. The Curiosity Experiment
Where: Noosa Museum
When: December 2 and 4 with two shows a night at 7pm and 9pm
Cost: $30 per person
Info: Book on 5485 1080 or email email@example.com
THE Curiosity Experiment - an interactive ghost story - is set to bring a supernatural experience to Noosa Museum for a limited season. This is a storytelling event with a dash of theatrical flair, old-fashioned radio-play elements and the participants' imagination. The audience spends the entire performance blindfolded, sitting around a table and listening to the ghost story, unable to see a thing unless they are game enough to peak beneath the blindfold. The Curiosity Experiment debuted in early 2016 at Brisbane's Anywhere Festival and was met withgreat success.
5. Festive Tree Lighting
Where: The Village Green, Main Street, Montville
When: Saturday, December 3, from 5pm
JOIN in the festivities as Montville lights up during the annual Festive Tree Lighting event. Take the whole family to this famil- friendly event, with a sausage sizzle and free activities for the kids including balloon art, face-painting and Christmas art activities. The All Stars Big Band will get everyone singing along from 5.30pm. Keep an eye out for a special visitor wearing his best red suit, loaded with free gifts for the children. Santa's Workshop, with timber hand-made gifts, will be open until 7.30pm.
6. Santa Paws
Where: Caloundra Garden and Pet Supplies
When: Saturday, December 3, 10am-2pm
Cost: Take your own photograph for $5 or have a professional photographer create a personalised Christmas card for $10 (bookings essential)
Info: Caloundra Garden and Pet Supplies on 5341 8001
THIS is a "selfie” event with a difference. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their pets along in their cutest or craziest pet outfits, for a photo with "the man in the red suit”. The event will raise funds for Queensland non-profit organisation Silver Lining Pet Rescue. Staff will provide free face painting and kids' activities. There will also be a vegan sausage sizzle, and a vet nurse on site to answer all your pet questions.
7. Christmas Crackers concert
Where: Kawana Community Hall, Nanyima St, Buddina
When: Sunday, December 4, at 2pm
Cost: $15 (includes afternoon tea). Children under 14 free
Bookings: Phone Val on 5443 9547
SUNSHINE Coast Concert Band presents the 2016 Christmas Crackers concert. A fabulous afternoon's entertainment by this 40-piece band will keep your feet tapping to your Christmas favourites, classical and swing numbers. Vocalists are Tanya McFadyen, Dave Stygal, Alan Winter and special guest and Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson.
8. Lights On The Lake
Where: Crummunda Park, Wurtulla
When: Sunday, December 4, 4-8pm
THE festive community event Lights on the Lake will take place on the shore of Lake Currimundi. Get a group of friends together and bring your families, a picnic blanket and hamper to set up on the grass to watch the fun on stage, or on the bank of the lake to watch the water parade of decorated and lit kayaks and canoes from dusk. Start decorating your kayak or canoe now. You can register in advance or on the day before 5.30pm.
9. Christmas Carols Concert
Where: Eudlo Hall, Rosebed St
When: Friday December 9, 7-9pm
Cost: Donation entry
Info: reserve your ticket online at www.cellodreaming.com.au
EXPERIENCE a family-friendly variety concert with music performed by Cello Dreaming students, young emerging talented musicians, community groups and special guest artists including Australian singer songwriter Harii Bandhu, solo classical cellist Louise King and award-winning Brisbane-based folk cellist and singer Monique Bartkowiak. Sing along with the audience carols with the Cello Dreaming Community Carols Orchestra, conducted by Louise King.
10. Young Innovators' Day
Where: Innovation Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast
When: Saturday, December 10. Sessions at 10am-12.30pm and 11.30am-2pm
Info: Spaces are limited. To confirm your place, visit: /www.eventbrite.com.au/e/young-innovators-day-tickets-28881584597
THIS expo is aimed at inspiring schoolchildren to become the next generation of technological innovators. Stockland and Code Club Australia are teaming up for the inaugural Young Innovators' Day. The free event will feature interactive activities and an immersive introduction to new technologies including robotics, virtual reality, coding workshops, gaming, Minecraft and an insight into the future of 3D printing. Hosted by Sunshine Coast tech entrepreneur Lili Scout, the expo is aimed at children aged eight to 15 and will include a special appearance by the friendly humanoid robot, Chip, which will be answering questions and posing for the almost obligatory selfies.
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