Markets and events keep hinterland humming along
YANDINA Markets are held every Saturday morning, with plenty of stalls to check out.
Stalls range from local fresh produce supplied by local farmers and including organic varieties, to food and drinks, retro fashion, homewares, plants and more.
As well as the markets for visitors and residents to wander around, the chill town of Yandina livens up with quaint cafes and boutiques open for business to ensure an interesting morning out and about.
While in Yandina, The Ginger Factory is just around the corner in Pioneer Rd. For the school holidays, the attraction has daily shows for the smaller kids to enjoy, and lunch and chocolate treats for the big kids.
FOR people living with diabetes, a Type 2 workshop will be held from 9am to 1pm at Maroochydore RSL sub-branch on Wednesday, September 27.
Contact the RSL on 5443 2211 for further information.
THE hinterland is seeing plenty of roadworks in various locations at the moment.
It is important to stick to the allocated speed signs to ensure you and your passengers stay safe, as well as those working on these improvements.
With the school holidays, keep these ideas in mind:
* More visitors are here so please be mindful they may be unfamiliar with roads and conditions.
* Rest and survive the drive on long journeys.
* Don't use your phone device when driving.
* Make alternative arrangements if heading out to socialise and drink. Use a cab or Uber transport or ring a mate to pick you up.
LEARN2Swim Week is being held from tomorrow, September 23, to October 2.
The goal of the program is to give every child under five the opportunity to experience the water and learn to swim.
Hundreds of swim schools across Australia are participating in a bid to highlight vital water-safety skills that could save a life.
Hinterland folk may not step out to the beach on a daily basis but there are plenty of waterholes around to keep cool over the warmer months.
Our precious little ones familiarise themselves very quickly with dams, creeks and rivers in our local areas.
Not only these but other not-so-obvious risks such as water tanks can pose serious threats to our kids, especially with residents having to fetch water or buy water externally.
Make sure ladders and anything that assists you to climb on to the water tank are secured well away from curious little eyes.
It is also well worth a thorough check around surrounding pools and fences to ensure the same.
Open and unlocked gates are the major problem for toddlers.
Make sure your pool gate is secured and unable to be climbed over. Shutting the gate is not sufficient enough to stop all risk.
Laurie Lawrence, founder of Kids Alive Do the Five, says parental supervision cannot be beaten. It is a must.
For more useful tips or to find out which swim schools in our area are participating, check out www.kidsalive.com.au
Prevent Plastic Pollution
PREVENT Plastic Pollution is a free, two-day, family- friendly event, hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast Environment Collective, which will be held at Alex Surf Club. It will kick off today, September 22, from 6.30-8.30pm with a screening of From the Waste Up film plus presentations from the Surfrider Foundation and the Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign.
Tomorrow, September 23, from 2.30-4.30pm, workshops will be held for all ages to upcycle and repurpose plastic waste and reduce the need to buy new plastics.
Tomorrow, from 6.30-8.30pm, a trivia night will test your knowledge of plastic pollution. Reusable prize packs for groups and individuals are up for grabs. Vegetarian and vegan refreshments will be provided. This is an alcohol-free event.
Book online at www.usceco.com or via Facebook/USCECO
In addition, the Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign's Sunshine Coast clean-up is on Sunday, September 24, from 9-11am at La Balsa Park on Harbour Pde, Buddina.
Festival of Small Halls
THE Festival of Small Halls team is gathering this Saturday morning to create colourful bunting for the upcoming touring project.
The team is creating bunting to decorate the halls that will be used to showcase musicians around the Coast.
If you'd like to join in, the team is looking for skilled sewers who can bring their own sewing machines from about 10.30am tomorrow, September 23.
Participants are welcome to go along on Saturday morning and camp overnight. An RSVP is essential to email@example.com
THE Kenilworth ArtsFest Exhibition is on from September 29 to October 2.
The event is an annual competitive art exhibition showcasing paintings, sculpture, ceramics and poetry by artists from the hinterland area and wider Sunshine Coast areas.
All artworks are for sale. The exhibition has a $5 entry fee at Kenilworth Hall.
The event is open from 10am-4pm on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Monday opening hours are 10am to 1pm.
THE Sunshine Brewery Oktoberfest is coming up at 28 Fishermans Rd, Kuluin, on Sunday, October 22, from noon.