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Rock stars: cemetery stonemasons in study spotlight

Cemetery stonemasons will be the focus of a special research project, as part of Sunshine Coast Council’s historian-in-residence program. They were among the most skilled More

Photo of the day: tree frame

Betty Hansen took this photo, framed by pandanus trees, looking towards Maroochydore. If you have a photo of the day offering, email photo@sunshinecoastnews.com.au. Photos must More

Fake psychologist fined after treating patients

For months, a Sunshine Coast woman treated clients including vulnerable patients and children at a Queensland psychology clinic. After concerns were raised, the woman was More

Sami Muirhead: dinner and movie? Or vice versa?

I think I have been doing something wrong my whole life. You see, I love the big screen. I always have since my grandmother More

Latest news: power outages; storms sweep through

Monday, December 3, 2.40pm: More than 550 Energex customers in Forest Glen were without power due to damage from severe weather. In total more More

Popular carols returning with stellar line-up

Preparations are in full swing for one the Coast’s most popular Christmas events, which last year attracted more than 3000 people. The Buderim Community Carols More

Daniel Muggleton

After sold-out shows at comedy festivals around Australia, Daniel Muggleton’s critically acclaimed, award-winning new show is How The Whitey Have Fallen, at Solbar in Maroochydore on Sunday, November 19. See why this tracksuit-wearing Aussie’s no-holds-barred stand-up and lightning-fast crowd work have made him one of the most in-demand live comedians in the world. For more info see Daniel Muggleton.

Monster Thrillmasters

The high-octane, action-packed, family-friendly and fun Monster Thrillmasters Spectacular is back at Sunshine Coast Stadium in Bokarina on Saturday, November 18. Monster trucks from all over Australia are coming to town to compete in the Grand Championships. If sky wheelies, nose wheelies, backflips, fireworks and monster trucks are your thing, grab your tickets for this first-ever Australian Monster Truck Championship. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of history, all while being entertained throughout an action-packed night out. For more info see Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Weber Bros is the largest touring circus in Australasia.

The Circus

The largest touring circus in Australasia, Weber Bros Entertainment has long held a strong commitment to bringing world-class, live circus entertainment to audiences. There’s hilarious comedians, daring FMX riders, captivating aerialists, the crowd favourite in the splitting Globe of Death and the absolute show-stopping Human Cannonball. Head along and enjoy great live family entertainment. This high-energy, two-hour performance is showcased in the all-new, state-of-the-art big top in Maroochydore until Sunday, November 26. For more see iTICKET.

Pre-loved clothes will be at the new markets. Picture: Shutterstock

Franco Twilight Markets

Franco presents the first twilight market in Warana on Saturday, November 18. Get ready for a picturesque night under the stars with all the good things to enjoy – pre-loved clothes, food trucks, live music, community vibes and the best of local artisans. Need to empty your wardrobe? Grab a rack seller ticket as the ideal way to clear out some space and to make some extra spending money to shop in a sustainable way. For more info see Facebook.

Learn how to observe and identify butterflies. Picture: Shutterstock

Big Butterfly Count

Adult butterflies and their caterpillars are food for many creatures such as birds. Butterflies also help to pollinate plants. Many caterpillars can only feed on specific native host plants. Because of this close relationship with plants, butterflies can be an indicator of the environmental health of an area. Butterfly observations will be made from the track network and forest edges. Wear sun-smart clothing and closed-toe shoes. Help build the understanding of which butterflies call the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve rainforest habitat home while building your observation and identification skills, on Friday, November 17. For more info see Eventbrite.

Cooroy Christmas Markets

Christmas market stalls, hosted by the Cooroy Future Group, will be held at the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre. There’ll be food trucks, live music, a pottery throwdown, market stalls, pop-up bar, artisan store and Eclectica exhibition. This event is free, family friendly and held in conjunction with Christmas in Cooroy, hosted by the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce, on Friday, December 8. For more info see Christmas in Cooroy.

In Conversation – with Peter Hudson

Curator Nina Shadforth will host a stimulating conversation with acclaimed Sunshine Coast-based artist Peter Hudson at the Caloundra Art Gallery on Monday, November 20. Hudson was the lead artist in the three-year project which culminated in the current dynamic Land Holds Memory exhibition. Complimentary tea and coffee will be provided for the audience. For more info see Eventbrite.

A Christmas Celebration

Get into the spirit and celebrate the Christmas season with an evening of much-loved seasonal pieces by Vivaldi, Handel, Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams, interspersed with modern popular Christmas classics. This concert will be the final performance in 2023 of the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra in its new home venue at The Events Centre, Caloundra, on Saturday, December 9. For more info see The Events Centre.

Weekend gig guide

Friday, November 17

  • DJ Mr Sparkle, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm
  • Felipe Baldomir, Solbar, 7pm
  • The Castaways, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Marco, Cooroy RSL, 6pm
  • Malia Sterling, Coolum Surf Club, 8.30pm
  • Rachel Ellen, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • The Agentz, Alex Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • Renny Field, Maroochy Surf Club, 7.30pm

Saturday, November 18

  • Beyond Sippy Creek, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm
  • Destinys Plan, Palmwoods Hotel, 8.30pm
  • The Angels, Kings Beach Hotel, 8pm
  • Jacob Lee, Solbar, 7pm
  • Sunshine Coast Choir, Caloundra RSL, 5pm
  • Dave Ritter Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Finding Stellar, Coolum Surf Club, 8.30pm
  • Treva Scobie, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Kimbal, Alex Surf Club, 4.30pm
  • Chris Ramsay, Maroochy Surf Club, 7.30pm

Sunday, November 19 

  • Chi Chi, Maroochy RSL, 6pm
  • Raw Ordio, Kings Beach Tavern, 4pm
  • Kenny Slide, Alex Surf Club, 1pm
  • Shane Wilkinson, Mooloolaba Surf Club, 2pm
  • Huriana, Maroochy Surf Club, 2.30pm

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