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April 2014

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1 AprSentinel Chickens

Starts: 01 Apr 2014 06:30 pm
Ends: 01 Apr 2014 08:00 pm
Location: JUTE Theatre - 96 Abbott Street, Cairns
Web: JUTE Theatre
Email: info@jute.com.au
Contact: Samira Montgomery - info@jute.com.au

Our first line of defence… Be at ease citizens!

Playing with the idea of sentinel chickens; the Australian government practice of placing chickens in cages at points along our Northern borders where they act as an early warning device for foreign diseases entering the country, and more often than not warn of an outbreak of disease within,

Robertson creates his own sentinel chicken in the form of wincingly funny main character; 'Dave'.

JUTE invites you to a conversation with the Sentinel Chickens creative team following the performance on 1 April.

We look forward to the conversation!|

2 AprBotanical Drawing at the Gardens

Starts: 02 Apr 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 02 Apr 2014 12:00 pm
Frequency: Every week on Wednesday, until 30th Apr 2014
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Collins Ave, Edge Hill
Web:
Email: gardens@cairns.qld.gov.au
Contact: 4032 6650

A two-hour class held on four consecutive Wednesdays where you will create a set of small, botanical drawings of rainforest fruit, seed pods and leaves. 

Bookings are essential. Cost is $140 for the course.

View the poster

2 AprFlower Roadshow and Floristry Demo

Starts: 02 Apr 2014 06:00 pm
Ends: 02 Apr 2014 08:00 pm
Location: Cairns City Library
Web: Flowers Queensland
Email: faqi@flowersqueensland.asn.au
Contact: Andrea Caldecourt

See a floristry demo, find suppliers and customers, talk to growers, meet and mingle, have a cuppa, try out new products.  Trade only - florists, growers, wholesalers, allied traders. 

 Organised by Flower Association of QLD.  Contact phone -  07 3821 3350. 

Free to book!

5 AprNurtured on the Nard

Starts: 05 Apr 2014 08:30 am
Ends: 05 Apr 2014 11:00 am
Location: Pirate Ship Playground Parkland, northern end of Esplanade
Web: Nurtured on the Nard
Email: philippabowman@gmail.com
Contact: Philippa Bowman - ph: 0414 452 332

Join us for a health, fitness and social morning to raise funds for the Special Care Baby Unit. 

8.30am - baby wearing demo.
9am - Kangatraining Class - Mums n Bubs
9.30am - Infant Massage demo
10am - Mango Music class and baby wearing demo
10.30am - raffle drawn 

Roving health professionals all specialising in pre/post natal and baby needs.

$5 donation from families to participate

5 AprBotanical Drawing (advanced) Workshop

Starts: 05 Apr 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 05 Apr 2014 04:00 pm
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Collins Ave, Edge Hill
Web:
Email: gardens@cairns.qld.gov.au
Contact: 4032 6650

In addition to the regular Saturday class, artist Julie McEnerny is now offering an optional 4-hour Sunday continuation for participants wishing to expand their skills.  

It's not possible to only attend the "advanced" class. Participants must also attend the regular Saturday class as well (see more details).

View the poster

6 AprAustralia Japan Society Film Night

Starts: 06 Apr 2014 05:00 pm
Ends: 06 Apr 2014 07:00 pm
Location: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Web: Australia Japan Society FNQ
Email: rsvp@ajsfnq.org.au
Contact: Marisa ph: 0405 144 533

Movie title: Chushingura 1/47 (Japanese Version of 47 Ronin).  Japanese with English subtitle classification PG>
 
Cost: Cash payment only AJS & JSC Members - $10.00 per person, General public - $12.00, child under 12 - $5.00 and child under 3 - free.

Limited Finger Food included & cash bar.   No BYO Food & Drink.

Bookings essential.   Please RSVP to rsvp@ajsfnq.org.au

Scholarship Program Fundraising event by Australia Japan Society Far North Queensland.

7 AprFNQ Heat Easter Holiday Fun!

Starts: 07 Apr 2014 09:00 am
Ends: 10 Apr 2014 12:00 pm
Location: Cairns - Mareeba - Innisfail - Port Douglas
Web: FNQ Football Club
Email: community@fnqfc.com.au
Contact: Justine Goldfinch

Our highly praised football heat clinics are expanding!

There are four planned locations for our Easter program – Cairns, Mareeba, Innisfail and Port Douglas. 

Our Cairns clinic will also feature a Girls Only and Squirts program. Be quick as places are limited and are filling up fast.

7 AprMental Health Carers Support Group

Starts: 07 Apr 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 07 Apr 2014 11:00 am
Location: Cairns City Library
Web:
Email: carersforcarerscairns@gmail.com
Contact:

Mental health carers peer support group participants have the opportunity to share their feelings,offer comfort and support to each other, share helpful coping skills. Light refreshments are supplied.

7 AprZita's art classes for children

Starts: 07 Apr 2014 03:00 pm
Ends: 16 Apr 2014 05:00 pm
Location: Cominos House, Greenslope Street, Edge Hill
Web:
Email: lone@tpg.com.au
Contact: Lone White

Art classes for children over the Easter school holidays where they can enjoy the creative educational development skills in drawing, painting and composition.

8 AprFINtastic Craft

Starts: 08 Apr 2014 10:30 am
Ends: 08 Apr 2014 11:30 am
Location: City Library
Web:
Email:
Contact: 07 4044 3720

Free school holiday fun @ Cairns Libraries.

Sea craft and sand art for ages 6 and up.  Make sure you book a space.

10 AprFree family emergency preparation workshop

Starts: 10 Apr 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 10 Apr 2014 12:00 pm
Location: The main stage, Pier Shopping Centre, Cairns
Web:
Email: reuseandrecyclecairns@yahoo.com.au
Contact: Sioux Campbell 4044 3571

Join the local disaster management unit and Reuse and Recycle Cairns to learn how to plan and be ready for emergencies and disasters. Fun, useful family activities will be held and there is the chance to win a household emergency kit.

10 AprPaper Suncatchers @ Cairns Libraries

Starts: 10 Apr 2014 10:30 am
Ends: 10 Apr 2014 11:30 am
Location: Manunda Library
Web:
Email:
Contact: 07 4044 3779

Free school holiday fun @ Cairns Libraries.

 Come along and create your paper suncatchers at Manunda Library.  Suits age 6 and up.

Bookings are essential - book in person at branch or phone 4044 3779.

11 AprFree community activities and workshops (JCU Symposium and Market Fair)

Starts: 11 Apr 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 11 Apr 2014 03:00 pm
Location: Cairns Institute on James Cook University Campus - 14 - 88 McGregor Road, Smithfield
Web: JCU Sustainability Fair
Email: sustainability@jcu.edu.au
Contact:

Join us for JCU's second Annual Sustainability Symposium & Fair!  

This year local and international speakers will look at issues of consumerism and consumption in a series of short talks and a panel discussion.

You'll also have the opportunity to get involved with practical, hands on workshops presented by The Junk Wave, a recycled craft business that uses household waste to create amazing hand crafted goods, or relax in a guided meditation session with Diamond Way Buddhism.

The fair will also feature clothes mending workshops, The Saltwater Creek Basketry Group, home-made wraps, chai, iced tea and more! There will also be roving entertainment from Plasticus Fantasticus, and live acoustic musician Tamlyn Magee; and of course, something for the kids!

11 AprCalico Bag Art

Starts: 11 Apr 2014 10:30 am
Ends: 11 Apr 2014 11:30 am
Location: Gordonvale Library
Web: Cairns Libraries
Email:
Contact: 07 4056 1365

Free school holiday fun @ Cairns Libraries!

Calico bag art workshop for age 6 and up.  Contact Gordonvale Library on 4056 1365 for more information and to book a space.

12 AprUmbrella Ball

Starts: 12 Apr 2014 07:00 pm
Ends: 12 Apr 2014 11:59 pm
Location: Babinda RSL Hall, School St Babinda
Web:
Email: renee.cremen@health.qld.gov.au
Contact:

The Umbrella Ball is fundraising for an ultrasound machine for Babinda Hospital. The event will be held at the RSL Memorial Hall in Babinda. Tickets are available from the Babinda Pharmacy on Munro St, Babinda for just $40 per person.  This includes a light supper.  A full bar will be open on the night for purchase of drinks.

12 AprSentinel Chickens

Starts: 12 Apr 2014 07:30 pm
Ends: 12 Apr 2014 09:00 pm
Location: JUTE Theatre, 96 Abbott St, Cairns
Web: JUTE
Email: info@jute.com.au
Contact: 07 4050 9444

Sentinel chickens; Australian government practice of placing chickens in cages at points along Northern borders. They act as warning devices for foreign diseases entering the country. Patriot Dave would like to turn back time - men were diggers and people knew their place. His role as Supervisor of security 'serious', an attitude he strives to teach Jeremy a young security officer. 'Bucket heads' (bicycle couriers) are the bane of Dave's existence. Dave is determined to 'stop the bikes' and make these 'bucket head bastards' enter his building properly. Trudy - youthful efficiency, and Dave's carefully structured world starts to slip.

Season dates:

29 March, 7.30pm
1 April, 6.30pm
2 April, 6.30pm
3 April, 11am
3 April, 7.30pm
4 April, 7.30pm
5 April, 7.30pm
8 April, 6.30pm
9 April, 7.30pm
10 April, 7.30pm
11 April, 7.30pm
12 April, 7.30pm

13 AprLanguage Exchange Social Afternoon

Starts: 13 Apr 2014 03:00 pm
Ends: 13 Apr 2014 05:00 pm
Location: City Library - 151 Abbott Street, Cairns
Web: Australia Japan Society
Email: rsvp@ajsfnq.org.au
Contact: Marisa

The next Australia Japan Society Language Exchange Social Afternoon will be held on Sunday 13 April 2014 from 3pm – 5pm @ the City Library - 151 Abbott St Cairns (front side door).

A gold coin donation would be appreciated to assist the Student Scholarship Program.

RSVP : rsvp@ajsfnq.org.au or ph: 0405 144 533

15 AprEaster Play Dough

Starts: 15 Apr 2014 10:30 am
Ends: 15 Apr 2014 11:30 am
Location: Smithfield Library
Web: Cairns Libraries
Email:
Contact: 07 4044 3711

Free school holiday fun @ Cairns Libraries.

Easter play dough workshop @ Smithfield Library.  Contact Smithfield LIbrary on ph: 4044 3711 for further information and to make a booking.

15 AprPushing for Mates Trivia Night

Starts: 15 Apr 2014 06:00 pm
Ends: 15 Apr 2014 09:00 pm
Location: Salthouse Cairns Marina
Web:
Email: sarah_miller@live.com.au
Contact: Sarah Miller - ph: 0410 707 979

Team Pushing for Mates will hold a casual and fun Trivia Night as we continue towards our target of $10,000 for the organisation Soldier On - Helping Our Wounded Warriors. 

We will have raffle prizes and loads of laughs on the night. Tables of four people are a donation of $50 and singles/couples are $15 each. 

Please contact Ian Chill to make a reservation chilledout5@bigpond.com 

It would be preferred if tables book and pay in advance by direct deposit into BSB:124001
Acc: 20524372.

16 AprRecycle Crafts

Starts: 16 Apr 2014 10:30 am
Ends: 16 Apr 2014 11:30 am
Location: Earlville Library
Web: Cairns Libraries
Email:
Contact: 07 4044 3766

Free school holiday fun @ Cairns Libraries.

Recycle crafts workshop @ Earlville Library.  Contact branch on ph: 4044 3766 for further information and to make a booking.

17 AprDelta Classroom Canines

Starts: 17 Apr 2014 01:00 pm
Ends: 17 Apr 2014 02:00 pm
Location: Cairns Regional Gallery, Abbott Street, Cairns
Web: Cairns Regional Gallery
Email: programs@cairnsregionalgallery.com.au
Contact: 07 4046 4888

Children are invited to visit the Gallery and be assisted in their reading by our specially trained volunteer Leisa and her incredibly attentive dog Charlotte. This wonderful program is designed to assist children improve their confidence in reading and is run by the Delta Society. This program is free, and suitable for all ages. Please RSVP on 4046 4888 programs@cairnsregionalgallery.com.au

23 Apre-Commerce (Cairns) - by Dive into Digital

Starts: 23 Apr 2014 05:30 pm
Ends: 23 Apr 2014 07:30 pm
Location: Arc Disabilities Services, 92 Little Street, Manunda
Web: Bookings
Email: info@diveintodigital.com.au
Contact: 0422 902 664

The session will be held in Cairns at the ARC Disability Services Building in Manunda and light refreshments will be served. The sessions are being offered free of charge to small/medium businesses and community groups through the Australian Government's Digital Enterprise Program (DEP). This free information session for small to medium businesses and not-for-profit/community groups will talk about tools to help you sell products and services and collect donations online.

e-Commerce, or electronic commerce, refers to transactions completed online, often via a website or a mobile app. If you want to sell goods and services or collect donations online, there is a range of e-commerce software and services available.

Local IT guru Rob Rutten will offer his expertise freely to local businesses and community organisations. Places are limited.

23 AprGetting online and social (Babinda) - by Dive into Digital

Starts: 23 Apr 2014 05:30 pm
Ends: 23 Apr 2014 07:30 pm
Location: Babinda State Hotel 73 Munro St Babinda
Web: Bookings
Email: info@diveintodigital.com.au
Contact: 0422 902 664

Participants at this session may then be eligible for up to 4 hours free one-on-one follow-up mentoring sessions at their place of work/organisation. This information session is designed to help you find out how to start the process of going online. It addresses questions like 'Why do organisations choose to go online?', 'What online options do I have within my budget?' and 'What is an online business plan and why should I write one?'

We will also review some of the popular online tools (like Facebook) that you can use to promote your organisation, how you can make personal and informal contact with your supporters and volunteers using social media, and tips for managing online feedback to engage your community. This information session is presented in conjunction with Babinda Community Bank but open to all small-medium businesses and not-for-profit/community groups with an interest in getting online and social media.

The information session is presented in conjunction with Babinda Community Bank® branch of Bendigo Bank but open to all small-medium businesses and not-for-profit/community groups with an interest in social media. Places are limited.

24 AprScales, Tales and the Tropics

Starts: 24 Apr 2014 07:30 pm
Ends: 24 Apr 2014 09:30 pm
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
Web:
Email:
Contact:

Cape York Herpetological Society and Cairns Botanic Gardens present Scales, Tales and the Tropics: an evening with the Reptile Doctor, Dr Shane Simpson.

$10 entry includes light supper.

25 AprUCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Starts: 25 Apr 2014
Ends: 27 Apr 2014
Location: Smithfield Conservation Park, Cairns
Web: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup website
Email:
Contact:

Cairns is official host city of Round 2 of the 2014 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Mountain Bike (MTB) World Cup: Rumble in the Rainforest.

An official event of Cycling Australia, the high-energy tournament will be held at Smithfield Conservation Park over three days - 25, 26 and 27 April 2014.

The 2014 MTB World Cup includes an exciting new world-class, purpose built double-black diamond downhill trail.

Tickets for the MTB World Cup are now on sale. Buy your tickets before 1 April 2014 to go into the draw to win 4 VIP passes and a jersey signed by all the #Cairns2014 winners.

Visit the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup website for full event details, travel packages, ticket sales and broadcast information.

25 Apr99th ANZAC Day Commemorations

Starts: 25 Apr 2014 12:00 am
Ends: 25 Apr 2014 12:00 pm
Location:
Web:
Email:
Contact: Please contact local your RSL

This year marks the 99th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troupes at Gallipoli. But ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

To mark the 99th anniversary of the landing, the following services will be held across the Cairns region:

Cairns
3:50am Martyn St Cemetery march and service (meet at Martyn St Cemetery gates – Anderson St entrance)

5:30am Dawn parade and wreath laying (assemble at RSL Esplanade)

9:15am Commemoration Parade (from Fogarty Park along the Esplanade)

9:30am Observance Ceremony (Munro Martin Park)

Babinda
4:00am Dawn parade (assemble at RSL Hall)

9:50am Morning service (assemble at Memorial Hall)

Edmonton
5:15am Dawn parade at cenotaph

7:45am March commences with Commemorative Service following at cenotaph

Gordonvale
3:30am Dawn parade (Gordonvale Cenotaph)

9:00am Commemorative Service (Norman Park)

Stratford
6:50am Parade (from Stratford Post Office to Stratford Cenotaph)

Trinity Beach
6:00am Dawn service (Cenotaph)

6:30am Parade (along Vasey Esplanade)

Yorkeys Knob
8:30am Memorial Service at the Boat Club Marina

25 AprPaws on the Path

Starts: 25 Apr 2014 04:00 pm
Ends: 25 Apr 2014 06:00 pm
Location: The Rocks picnic area, The Rocks Road, Redlynch Valley
Web: Registration - Paws on the Path
Email: lorraine@dynamicrunning.com.au
Contact: Lorraine Lawson - ph: 0417 798 444

On ANZAC afternoon, the inaugural Paws on the Path fun run/walk is set to take over The Rocks picnic area in Redlynch Valley.  The run/walk is over a flat, shaded course on the footpath adjacent to Freshwater Creek.  You can turn around at any time and run/walk from 1km to 10km.

Registration opens at 3.00pm and set off at 4.00pm.  

Collect your goodies bag filled with gifts and discounts for you and your dog at registration.

26 AprFree green waste disposal

Starts: 26 Apr 2014
Ends: 04 May 2014
Location: Council's waste transfer stations, see below
Web:
Email:
Contact: 4044 3044

The wet season is almost over – is your garden overgrown?

Now's the time to clean up and dispose of your domestic green waste (tree clippings, palm fronds, grass cuttings etc) for FREE at Council's Transfer Stations.

Where and when:

  • Portsmith Transfer Station, open Monday-Sunday 8.30am to 5.15pm
  • Smithfield Transfer Station, open Monday-Saturday 7am to 5.15pm, Sunday 9am to 5.15pm
  • Gordonvale Transfer Station, open Monday-Sunday 8.30am to 5.15pm
  • Babinda Transfer Station, open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 8.30am to 4.30pm

Exclusions:

Please note: this offer is only for domestic cars, utes and/or trailers and light trucks (vehicle weight to GVM 4 tonnes).

Normal rates apply for disposal of any other waste during this period, including green waste from garden maintenance contractors on behalf of residents.

For enquiries regarding Electric or Crazy Ant quarantine details, please contact the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) on 13 25 23

Remember, illegal dumping can incur a fine: it affects the environment, its flora and fauna and may affect the safety of individuals. Please report any illegal dumping to 4044 3044.

27 AprTreeforce - Post Flooding Clean Up &amp; 'Tree Talk'

Starts: 27 Apr 2014 07:00 am
Ends: 27 Apr 2014 09:30 am
Location: Redlynch, access via St. Andrews Catholic College
Web: Treeforce
Email: info@treeforce.org.au
Contact: 0435 016 906

A clean up of our trees flooded during cyclone Ita followed by 'Tree Talk' - 'Native trees for your suburban garden'

27 AprDutch Oranje Dag

Starts: 27 Apr 2014 10:30 am
Ends: 27 Apr 2014 03:00 pm
Location: 14 Coconut Street, Holloways Beach
Web:
Email: vankruistum@iinet.net.au
Contact: 07 4036 1049

Cairns Dutch Club celebrates Orange Day, Kings Day, with a share lunch (bring a plate), traditional games and a raffle. Prize for best dressed in orange and/or red, white and blue.

30 AprQueensland Wartime Romances

Starts: 30 Apr 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 30 Apr 2014 06:00 pm
Location: Cairns City Library
Web: Cairns Regional Council Library
Email: k.best@cairns.qld.gov.au
Contact: 4044 3717

Cairns Libraries is proud to host the State Library of Queensland Exhibition: Queensland Wartime Romances. View Queensland wedding photographs from the WWI and WWII eras along with reproductions of assorted documents, images and letters from the John Oxley Library.

The exhibition will be on show from Tuesday 8 April until Wednesday 30 April.