HERE'S CHEERS: Xanthia Blundell and Lucy Balfour at last year's Sunshine Coast Stadium for the Craft Beer and Cider Festival. The popular event is on again.
HERE'S CHEERS: Xanthia Blundell and Lucy Balfour at last year's Sunshine Coast Stadium for the Craft Beer and Cider Festival. The popular event is on again. John McCutcheon

10 Things To Do to put more zing into your life

1. Maleny Arts and Crafts Christmas Fair

WHERE:

Friday, November 23, to Sunday, November 25

WHEN:

Maleny Community Centre

THIS is your opportunity to relish a hand-made Christmas and a more sustainable, thoughtful and creative approach to gift-giving. Choose from a range of locally handcrafted items, from wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery, quilts and porcelain to fine art, embroidery and woodcrafting. Items are produced by members of the Maleny Arts and Crafts Group.

2. Sunshine Coast Italian Film Festival

WHERE:

Big Screen Cinemas in Caloundra

WHEN:

November 20-28

INFO:

www.caloundrafilmfestival.com

IF YOU'VE always dreamed about travelling to Italy, head to the Big Screen Cinemas in Caloundra for the next best thing: the Sunshine Coast Italian Film Festival. The festival boasts a great range of Italian films - from comedies to dramas and everything in between.

3. The Greatest Show presented by Footworks Dance

WHERE:

Venue 114, Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina

WHEN:

Saturday, November 24, 11am and 5pm

COST:

$35 adult, $25 concession (aged pensioner), $25 student, $20 child (up to 12 years). Under 5s on the knee are free

FOOTWORKS Dance will present The Greatest Show. This performance features music from popular movies, musicals and TV series through the years. The Greatest Show showcases all students from the youngest (two years) to seniors, with appearances from the talented teaching staff.

4. Caloundra Country Music and Blues Club Concert

WHERE

: Masonic Hall in Third Ave, Caloundra

WHEN:

Sunday, November 25, 1pm

COST:

$5 members, $6 non-members

INFO:

5492 4191

ENJOY country music and blues, with afternoon tea included. There will also be lucky door prizes and raffles throughout the afternoon.

5. Just 8's Car Club Show and Shine

WHERE:

Currimundi Hotel

WHEN:

Sunday, November 25, from 9am

COST:

Car entries (from 8am) are $10 per car. Public entry (from 9am) is by gold-coin donation.

SUNDAY will be "Take 2” for the Just 8's Car Club Sunshine Coast annual Show and Shine event, raising funds for charity. The previous attempt in September was rained out. But the longer preparation time is expected to make this event bigger and better than ever. The 8th annual event is open to any street-registered V8 and more than 150 cars are expected on the day. Trade stalls will be on site for motoring enthusiasts, and there'll be a jumping castle. A coffee van, slushies stall, sausage sizzle and drinks will provide refreshments for sale.

6. eARTh Elements Exhibition

WHERE:

Wan'din'in Arts Space, at the rear of Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre in Memorial Drive, Eumundi

WHEN:

Official opening is on Friday, November 30, at 5.30pm. The exhibition runs until January 4

INFO:

www.discovereumundi.com/arts-space/calendar

SUNSHINE Coast artists Helen Lawson, Annie McDonald, Mel Zaninni and Sandra Robertson engage their environmental values with the four physical elements of fire, air, water and earth directly into glass, pottery and paintings. eARTh Elements is a play of words that connect the four artists through its fifth element "spirit” as they illustrate the surroundings in which their community lives: the environment.

7. A Night at the Proms

WHERE

: Venue 114, Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina

WHEN:

Saturday, December 1, 7pm

COST:

Adult/concession/student $30, children under 16 free. Tickets at the door are $35

JOIN the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra for an evening of traditional, classical and fun music. Sing along with a medley of old favourites such as Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Auld Lang Syne, Waltzing Matilda and the Elgarian Pomp and Circumstance. Take your flags, streamers and whistles, let your hair down and recall the traditions of the "old country”. The program, based on the British Proms concerts at the Albert Hall in London (but with an Australian flavour), will include works by Elgar, Coates, Handel, Parry and Henry Wood.

8. Craft Beer and Cider Festival Sunshine Coast

WHEN:

Saturday, December 1, from 1-9pm

WHERE:

Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina

COST:

Tickets are $27-$39 at cbsc.iwannaticket.com.au

THE Craft Beer and Cider Festival Sunshine Coast is now in its second year, boasting the best drops from Australian brewers to tempt the tastebuds.

9. The Lost Jewel

WHERE:

The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction

WHEN:

Saturday, December 1, at 11am and 6pm

COST:

$35 adult, $28 pensioner, senior, student, child under 16. Child under 3 free on the knee

INFO:

www.thej.com.au, box office or call 5329 6560

JOIN the 100-strong cast of Coast Academy of Song and Dance as they transport you to a magical world in The Lost Jewel where the characters you've read about in books and watched in movies are real. This is an original musical children will love, packed with classic hits that will have the family clapping along and singing.

10. The Caxton Street Jazz Band

WHERE:

Caloundra Power Boat Club

WHEN:

Sunday, December 2, at 2pm

COST:

Tickets are $25 non-members and $22.50 seniors. Contact Carlyn on 0427 782960

INFO:

Call Julie on 0412 789 957 or email suncoastjazz2@gmail.com

THE Sunshine Coast Jazz Club welcomes back The Caxton Street Jazz Band for a Christmas special. Members of the band include some of Australia's leading jazz players as well as instrumentalists who are vocalists. While their roots are firmly planted in the hot jazz of the early 1900s, many other influences are represented including big-band swing, mainstream jazz, folk, country, rhythm and blues and popular tunes from the 1930-'50s. The Line-up includes John Braben (trumpet), Paul Williams (clarinet and tenor sax), Tom Nicolson (trombone and vocal), Bernice Haydock (piano and vocal), Andrew Shaw (bass) and Dave McCallum (drums).



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