GET BACK TO NATURE: Pure joy at The Planting Festival last year.
GET BACK TO NATURE: Pure joy at The Planting Festival last year. Luke Simmonds

Fun family weekend assured at The Planting festival

DON'T have plans for the long weekend yet?

Think about heading along to Woodfordia for the smaller, intimate festival that promotes a range of activities and conservation ideas, while also being a fun, safe environment for all members of your family or friends.

The Planting is held at the Woodfordia site each year, boasting workshops, discussions, music, camping and a children's festival among the highlights.

Here are some of the environmental workshops being presented this weekend. Some are free to attend, while others might require a small cost for materials.

* Creatures of the night, 7.30-8.30pm, tonight (May 4). Download the QuestaGame app to upload your photos to contribute to biodiversity research.

* Bird walk by Roy, from 7-8am, tomorrow (May 5). Join resident birdman Roy, who will take you on a walk to discover and rediscover some of Queensland's favourite birdlife.

* Bush foods with Veronica Cougan and Graeme White, 8.30-10.30am, tomorrow (May 5). Bush food plants are everywhere. Learn more of how indigenous Australians sustained themselves over the years. Learn how to create your own edible bush food garden.

* Cycads, palms and tree ferns, 8.30-10.30am, tomorrow (May 5). Hosted by Cathy and Graeme Jackson, this workshop will educate participants on the variances in these botanical species. Learn where and how to plant your own rainforest haven using these prehistoric plants.

* Native orchid workshop with David Ahrens, Celia Duffy and Bob Bell, 8.30-10.30am, tomorrow (May 5). Check out the orchids around Woodfordia and learn about their botanical features.

* Soil restoration project, 8.30-10.30am, tomorrow (May 5). Learn how to feed soil creatures to help restore topsoil. This workshop is presented by Sandra Tuszynska, Woodfordia's environmental projects officer.

Head along to the website for tickets at www.theplantingfestival.com

Coming up

NATIONAL Volunteer Week is coming up soon, kicking off on May 21 and continuing to May 27.

Everyone knows someone who volunteers their time to a range of causes, or perhaps you have volunteered yourself.

This week celebrates those efforts.

A range of activities will be available to celebrate and become involved.

For more information, go to www.volunteeringaustralia.org

* AN art workshop making button necklaces will be held at Kenilworth Library today, May 4, from 10.30am. Bring along as many buttons that you have and create your own colourful piece of jewellery. For more information, phone 5475 8989.

* THE 2018 Relay for Life is at the University of the Sunshine Coast this weekend, May 5-6.

Kicking off on Saturday at 2pm at the Sippy Downs campus, the overnight relay raises money for the Queensland Cancer Council.

* THE Quieten the Mind workshop is being held at Beerwah Library next Wednesday, May 9, from 1-2.30pm. Release your inner mind with meditation and yoga. Register at https://library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Whats-On/Health-and-Wellbeing/Quieten-the-Mind

* The Sunshine Coast Vegan Markets are on again this Sunday from 10am-4pm at C-Square in Currie St, Nambour.

The markets showcase a range of vegan food, plus lifestyle and fashion products.

Entry is free.

* OPEN Air Movies come to Sunshine Coast Turf Club, Caloundra, on Saturday, May 12. Gates open at 5pm for live music, with the feature film - the classic Dirty Dancing - from 7pm. Tickets start from $10.50.

Visit http://openairmovienights.com.au/movies/chick-flick-alert/



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