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Introducing Hot Potato Band’s Bangers and Mash, the show that will have you dancing and singing along to your favourite songs in a way you’ve never heard them before. Known best for their original music, HPB also has a knack for covering great songs in their own brassy way. They have spent the last year building Bangers and Mash with a unique vision in mind – to pair their brass covers with the finest independent breweries around. The result is a show with great music and great beer.

When: Saturday, July 29, 7.30pm.

Where: Imperial Hotel Eumundi, 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi.

Entry: $38.80 via Oztix.

Gin, gin and more gin

Indulge your senses and embark on a gastronomic journey at Sunshine and Sons Distillery, where the worlds of spirits and artisanal food collide. Prepare to tantalise your taste buds with limited edition offerings crafted by the esteemed Woombye Cheese Co and Silver Tongue Foods. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in a symphony of tastes.

When: Saturday, July 29, 10am to 5pm.

Where: Sunshine and Sons, 104 Nambour Connection Road, Woombye.

Entry: $50 via Humanitix.

Weaving therapy

Expressive Art Group is an inclusive adult art group that interweaves visual arts education and art therapy principles. The adult artists who attend the group spent two weeks to create circle weavings out of recycled materials that will be sent to Reclaim the Void in Western Australia and contribute to a collective weaving from artists all over Australia. The work is on display before it goes to WA.

When: Now until September 2.

Where: Maroochydore Library, 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree.

Entry: Free exhibition. More information and registration at Sunshine Coast Libraries.

Tracy Wooton

A stunning collection of paintings in oils and objects made from nature-harvested grasses, raffia and found objects. Inspired by the beach landscape, Tracy’s work brings awareness to the natural beauty of the beaches, and the importance of preserving the natural habitat.

When: Tuesday, August 1, to Thursday, August 31, 9am to 5pm.

Where: Maleny Library, 5 Coral Street, Maleny.

Entry: Free exhibition. More information and registration at Sunshine Coast Libraries.

Ross Noble

Jibber Jabber Jamboree is Ross Noble’s 21st solo stand-up tour. To celebrate this milestone, he invites you to join him for an evening of the sort of inspired nonsense that has cemented his place as the supreme master of stream-of-conscious freewheeling stand-up. This is a chance to see Noble live on stage in his natural habitat. What’s it about? How will it change the world? Who knows? Grab a ticket and enjoy the ride!

When: Saturday, August 12, 8pm.

Where: The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Steet, Caloundra.

Entry: $54.90 via Events Centre.

Healing power of plants

Are you sick of feeling tired and anxious? Do you have tummy troubles and low energy? Explore food as medicine and find out how you can integrate them into your daily routine. Experiment with the healing foods and herbs. Learn how to make infused olive oil and natural beauty products. Find out how to create home recipes to manage day-to-day ailments with Cassandra Cook from the Sustainable Health and Wellness Clinic.

When: Opening event on Wednesday, August 2, 10am to 11.30am. Other events in days to follow.

Where: Opening event at Maleny Library, 5 Coral Street, Maleny. Other events at other venues.

Entry: Free events. Registration essential and for more information see Sunshine Coast Libraries. 

The Dock – Long Lunch

Are you looking for a dining experience that combines fresh, local ingredients with a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere? Look no further than The Dock Mooloolaba, with a setting that captures the essence of coastal living. Gather your family and friends for a five-course long lunch that showcases the best of the region’s seasonal produce, local craft beers and hand-crafted cocktails using locally distilled spirits.

When: Sunday, July 30, 11.45am to 3pm.

Where: The Dock Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.

Entry: $110 via Humanitix.

Taste Native Australia Dinner

This is a rare culinary journey into “The Dreaming” where special guest and Kabi Kabi Elder Udjeee Tais will tell stories of myths and legends surrounding the Sunshine Coast. Hatted chef Tye from Pickled Paradise will serve a decadent flow of hors d’oeuvres followed by a four-course meal celebrating native Australian ingredients with hand-picked bush-tucker garnishes from the wild Sunshine Coast hinterland. Enjoy a fully licensed bar serving tasty Australian cocktail specials with local First Nations Jarrah Boy beer.

When: Wednesday, August 2, 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

Where: The Mantra, 7 Venning Street, Mooloolaba.

Entry: $185 via Humanitix.

Charity rock opera

Brace yourself for blast off. A Journey into Time is set to premiere at The J, Noosa, for a one-night-only rock music journey into time, space and within yourself. The 24-song soft rock opera was influenced by the music of Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens and Leonard Cohen. This event will raise funds for The Salvation Army and Katie Rose Cottage Hospice. The fundraiser has a $20,000 target and guests will be able to make contributions at donor desks in the foyer of The J. Tickets are selling fast, so secure seats online and support local charities.

When: Thursday, August 10, 7.30pm.

Where: The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction.

Entry: $39 via The J.

Beneath the Southern Cross

Oriana Choir presents a celebration of Australian music from across the decades with songs from classical to pop. Conducted by renowned musical director Paul Holley and accompanied by Annabelle Clucas and the Oriana Band, Beneath the Southern Cross will have toes tapping and hearts singing.

When: Sunday, August 20, 2pm to 4.30pm.

Where: Stella Maris Catholic Primary School, 5 Stella Way, Maroochydore.

Entry: Adults $39, students $15, concession $35 via TryBooking.

Weekend gig guide

Friday, July 28 

  • Radioactive, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Rockwits, Caloundra RSL, 9pm
  • Lucid Safari, Sol Bar, 7pm
  • Shannon B, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • Daryl James, Mooloolaba Surf Club, 4pm
  • Esteban, Cooroy RSL, 6pm

Saturday, July 29 

  • Luke Dickens Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Liam Griffin, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Hot Potato Band, Imperial Hotel Eumundi, 7.30pm
  • Whiskey Highway, Alex Surf Club, 7.30pm

Sunday, July 30 

  • Poco Loco Duo, Maroochy RSL, 6pm
  • Harrison Storm, Sol Bar, 6pm
  • Wildkatz, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • Colin Dodds, Mooloolaba Surf Club, 2pm

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