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October 2014

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27 SepFar North Wilderness Bike Tour 2014

Starts: 27 Sep 2014 07:30 am
Ends: 04 Oct 2014 07:30 pm
Location:
Web: Wilderness Bike Tour
Email: info@fnqbiketour.org.au
Contact: 07 4032 1746

This unforgettable 8-day charity mountain bike tour takes riders over 500kms through the remote wilderness of Far North Queensland. This is a fully supported, self-paced ride where each day participants will travel through unique natural wonders, swim in spectacular water holes and bush camp in picturesque sites. This event presents a personal challenge for riders in a social atmosphere while supporting the conservation work of the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre.

Tour runs from 27 September to 4 October 2014.

4 SepLittle Taccas

Starts: 04 Sep 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 04 Oct 2014 12:00 pm
Location: Tank 3, Collins Ave, Edge Hill
Web:
Email:
Contact:

You're never too young to develop a green thumb!

The "Little Taccas" program, named after the tropical plant Tacca integrifolia, gives young children an appreciation for nature and gardening.

Aimed at children aged under five years, the fortnightly program features nature-based activities in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, including art and craft, storytelling, sing-alongs and garden discovery walks.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or care giver.

Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment by ringing Council on 4044 3044.

1 OctU25 Australian Baseball Championships

Starts: 01 Oct 2014 09:00 am
Ends: 01 Oct 2014 05:00 pm
Frequency: Every day, until 3rd Oct 2014
Location: Trinity Beach Baseball Grounds, Nautilus Street
Web: Baseball Australia Championships
Email: cassandra.sedgman@baseball.org.au
Contact: 07 55106800

Australian Championships for under 25 men. From this event Baseball Australia will select our team for this years World Championships in Taiwan.

1 OctReef Feast Palm Cove

Starts: 01 Oct 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 12 Oct 2014 05:00 pm
Location: Palm Cove
Web: Reef Feast
Email: jennifer@alistevents.com.au
Contact: 0427 320 379

Reef Feast Palm Cove is the definitive gourmet food event in TNQ. Held in Palm Cove from 1 - 12 October, Reef Feast caters for the most discerning foodie with 20 local chefs and three celebrity chefs showcasing their skills through Masterclasses, food tours, cooking demonstrations, exclusive dinners, lunches, beachside entertainment, signature food event and Market Growers fair. The TNQ Beer awards are also part of Reef Feast 2014.

1 OctDelirium by Amy Bell

Starts: 01 Oct 2014 06:30 pm
Ends: 01 Oct 2014 08:00 pm
Frequency: Every day, until 4th Oct 2014
Location: JUTE Theatre, 96 Abbott St
Web: JUTE Theatre
Email: samira@jute.com.au
Contact: 07 4050 9444

Amy Bell's comedy macabre makes for a deliciously gory night at the theatre. 

For the chill-seeking theatre-goer comes a series of gleefully twisted vignettes. Playwright Amy Bell combines a slightly depraved wit with a penchant for blood-spilling to bring you her latest celebration of theatrical horror. 

Visit www.jute.com.au for more info.

2 OctLittle Tacca

Starts: 02 Oct 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 02 Oct 2014 12:00 pm
Location: Tank 3, Collins Ave, Edge Hill
Web:
Email:
Contact:

You're never too young to develop a green thumb!

The "Little Taccas" program, named after the tropical plant Tacca integrifolia, gives young children an appreciation for nature and gardening.

Aimed at children aged under five years, the fortnightly program features nature-based activities in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, including art and craft, storytelling, sing-alongs and garden discovery walks.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or care giver.

Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment by ringing Council on 4044 3044.

4 OctCairns Esplanade Markets

Starts: 04 Oct 2014 08:00 am
Ends: 04 Oct 2014 04:00 pm
Frequency: Every week on Saturday, until further notice
Location: Cairns Esplanade by the lagoon
Web: Cairns Esplande Markets
Email:
Contact:

Every Saturday, between 8am and 4pm, the market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them. The quality stalls include jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and more.

4 OctThe Cairns Tennis International

Starts: 04 Oct 2014 09:00 am
Ends: 04 Oct 2014 05:00 pm
Frequency: Every day, until 11th Oct 2014
Location: Cairns International Tennis Centre, Cnr Sheridan & Lily St
Web:
Email: TDragojlo@Tennis.com.au
Contact: 0432 008 014

The Cairns Tennis International is back! As part of the Australian Pro Tour, this week long tournament showcases first class tennis to the Cairns region.

Running since 2010 the Pro Tour is a critical stepping stone for professional players, bridging the gap between Australian tournaments and grand slams – the pinnacle of international tennis.

With over $30,000 in prize money and twilight matches be entertained by some world class competition.

For more information and match times plesae visit www.tennis.com.au/protour

Entry is free

4 OctFree Entry Cairns Regional Gallery

Starts: 04 Oct 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 04 Oct 2014 05:00 pm
Location: Cairns Regional Gallery, Crn Abbott & Shields St
Web: Cairns Regional Gallery
Email: marketing@cairnsregionalgallery.com.au
Contact: 07 4046 4800

Discover the Cairns Regional Gallery with free entry on the first Saturday of every month.

9 OctCrash

Starts: 09 Oct 2014 07:00 pm
Ends: 10 Oct 2014 09:00 pm
Location: Crosswell Hall, Cairns High, Grafton St, Cairns
Web: Cairns State High School
Email: info@cairnsshs.eq.edu.au
Contact: 4050 3033

Cairns High presents Crash, a performance depicting how one stupid decision can become a fatal moment. Don't miss this thought provoking show devised completely by the students themselves. Tickets available at the door $10 for students and $15 for adults

10 OctStart Collecting Art! Closing Auction

Starts: 10 Oct 2014 06:00 pm
Ends: 10 Oct 2014 08:00 pm
Location: Cairns Regional Gallery, Crn Abbott & Shields St
Web: Cairns Regional Gallery
Email:
Contact: 07 4046 4800

The cornerstone of the Gallery's annual fundraising activities, Start Collecting Art! is a two-stage event: an exhibition of dynamic artworks and a fundraising auction. By purchasing artwork, supporters will be enabling the Gallery to continue to build its permanent collection; with 50% of the purchase price of each piece going back to the artist. 

Doors open at 6:00pm, final silent bids at 7:00pm and live auction at 7:30pm. 

RSVP 07 4046 4800

11 OctLetters to My Father: Rose Rigley

Starts: 11 Oct 2014 02:00 pm
Ends: 11 Oct 2014 04:00 pm
Location:
Web: Cairns Regional Gallery
Email:
Contact: 07 4046 4800

Letters to my father focuses on the fragility of memory, human mortality and the mundane moments that form the composite of our lives. Utilising personal symbolism, Rigley finds the quiet markers of life and investigates the memorials we create to those that we have lost in death. 

Opening Event: Saturday 11/10/2014, 2:00pm, with Sam Creyton, Artist and Arts Development Officer at Arts Queensland. RSVP: 07 4046 4800 / shop@cairnsregionalgallery.com.au

Exhibition runs from the 11/10/2014-16/11/2014

12 OctActive Cairns Free Community Bike Ride

Starts: 12 Oct 2014 07:15 am
Ends: 12 Oct 2014 10:00 am
Location: Tom Murray Park, Hardy Rd, Mount Sheridan
Web:
Email: s.gosling@cairns.qld.gov.au
Contact: 0459 999 082

Registration opens 7.15am, rides start 8am sharp.

Each ride has a leader and there will be routes to suit all ages and abilities up to 20km. Helmets must be worn and children under 12 years of age must ride with a parent/carer.  All routes are on paths or very quiet streets.

Limited adult bikes available: to book e-mail s.gosling@cairns.qld.gov.au or phone 0459 999 082.

12 OctHolloways Beach Markets

Starts: 12 Oct 2014 08:00 am
Ends: 12 Oct 2014 01:00 pm
Location: Along the foreshore of Casuarina Street
Web:
Email: m.emerton@cairns.qld.gov.au
Contact: Megan Emerton

The Holloways Beach Markets feature local crafts, fresh products, plants, second hand items, a scrumptious array of food stalls and much more. These community markets make a great family day in a beautiful spot, you can even stick around and use the free barbecues and patrolled swimming area for the afternoon.

15 Oct2014 Ride2Work Day

Starts: 15 Oct 2014 06:30 am
Ends: 15 Oct 2014 09:00 am
Location: Western Events Lawn, Esplanade, Cairns (lawn area west of lagoon)
Web:
Email: marketing@cairns.qld.gov.au
Contact: 07 4044 3044

Ride2Work encourages Australians to ditch their cars and start riding to work as a regular habit. 

With more than 50,000 registrations, Ride2Work is the largest national ride to work program of its kind. Ride2Work has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people choosing to ride to work, with an amazing 60 per cent of new riders registered in 2013 still riding to work when surveyed five months after Ride2Work Day.

This year, Ride2Work Day is on Wednesday 15 October. Register now and join the commuter revolution!

If you are a first-timer or need help determining the best route to take on your morning commute, there will be a number of meeting points from Gordonvale to the Northern Beaches. If you'd like to hook up with a group ride, simply be at one of the meeting points at least five minutes before the designated departure time. From there, an experienced cyclist will lead the group into the city at an easy pace...and on the Ride2Work festivities! 

Council will host its annual Ride2Work free brekky on the Cairns Esplanade (near the Lagoon) between 6.30am and 9am. Along with the free grub, you are welcome to enjoy free massage and bike servicing too!

For more information about the event or the group rides, please check out the Ride2Work Day map or contact Council on 4044 3044.

16 OctLittle Tacca

Starts: 16 Oct 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 16 Oct 2014 12:00 pm
Location: Tank 3, Collins Ave, Edge Hill
Web:
Email:
Contact:

You're never too young to develop a green thumb!

The "Little Taccas" program, named after the tropical plant Tacca integrifolia, gives young children an appreciation for nature and gardening.

Aimed at children aged under five years, the fortnightly program features nature-based activities in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, including art and craft, storytelling, sing-alongs and garden discovery walks.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or care giver.

Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment by ringing Council on 4044 3044.

17 OctExhibition Launch: Melting Pot 2014

Starts: 17 Oct 2014 06:00 pm
Ends: 17 Oct 2014 07:00 pm
Location: Cairns Regional Gallery, Crn Abbott & Shields Sts Cairns 4870
Web: Cairns Regional Gallery
Email:
Contact:

Melting Pot 2014 is the eleventh biennial National Ceramic Exhibition, presented by the Cairns Potters Club. The collection showcases current directions in Australian ceramics and diverse approaches to the medium. Admission is free.

RSVP: 07 4046 4800 / shop@cairnsregionalgallery.com.au

Exhibition runs from the 17/10/2014-16/11/2014

17 OctMuch Ado About Dragons

Starts: 17 Oct 2014 06:30 pm
Ends: 25 Oct 2014 09:00 pm
Location: TANK 3 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill
Web: Tanks Art Centre
Email: www.ticketlink.com.au
Contact: 4032 6600

Tropical Arts presents the 7th annual Shakespeare at the Tanks.  This year they reimagine Shakespeare's biting romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, in a world with Dragons. Read more

The silent dragon artwork auction will close 25 October 2014, with winners advised on 26 and 27 October 2014. Auslan interpreted shows: Friday 17 & Saturday 25 Matinee.

Evening shows: Fri 17, Sat 18, Thu 23, Fri 25 & Sat 25 October. Doors open at 6:30 pm for a 7 pm start. Tickets: $20 concession and $25 adult 

Matinee shows: Tues 21, Wed 22 & Sat 25 October. Doors open at 10:30 am for a 11 am start. Tickets: $12 concession and $15 Adult 

Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketlink.com.au

18 OctRecycling kitchen organic waste workshop

Starts: 18 Oct 2014 09:00 am
Ends: 18 Oct 2014 12:30 pm
Location:
Web: Permaculture Cairns workshops
Email: workshops@permaculturecairns.org.au
Contact:

This workshop - presented by Carol Laing - will cover various ways of using your kitchen scraps to create a nutrient rich organic fertilizer for your garden.

  • how additions of minerals and biochar benefit your compost
  • how to make your compost bin work correctly
  • using stationary compost bins and compost heaps
  • sheet composting, earthworms, worm farms and bokashi bins

Registration is essential - email workshops@permaculturecairns.org.au

Cost: $10 fee (includes morning tea). Fee can be paid on the day. Venue will be advised upon registration.

This workshop is made possible with support from the Flexible Learning Centre and Cairns Regional Council's Sustainability Grant Program.

18 OctSoil Mineral Balancing for Edible Gardens

Starts: 18 Oct 2014 09:30 am
Ends: 18 Oct 2014 12:00 pm
Location: Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre
Web: Cairns Botanic Gardens
Email: gardens@cairns.qld.gov.au
Contact: 4032 6650

Tegan McBride will be presenting - Soil Mineral Balancing for Edible Gardens. This Walk 'n' Talk tour is open to everyone! Tickets can be purchased at the gate, members are free and visitor tickets are $10.

18 OctCrocodile Trophy

Starts: 18 Oct 2014 12:00 pm
Ends: 26 Oct 2014 03:00 pm
Location: Cairns to Port Douglas
Web: Crocodile Trophy
Email: juliane@rockytrailentertainment.com
Contact: Juliane Wisata

The Crocodile Trophy is the most adventurous and one of the toughest mountain bike stage races in the world and in 2014 will take riders over nine days through the Australian Outback of Tropical Far North Queensland for the 20th time.

This year's nine-day stage plan will lead competitors from all over the world starting in Cairns through lush rainforests into the remote Australian Outback towards the new stage finish at Port Douglas via the spectacular tracks and trails in the Cairns and Atherton regions.

18 OctCairns High CAD Fashion Parade

Starts: 18 Oct 2014 06:30 pm
Ends: 18 Oct 2014 09:30 pm
Location: Crosswell Hall, Cairns State High School
Web: CAD Fashion Parade
Email: info@cairnsshs.eq.edu.au
Contact: 4050 3033

The infamous CAD fashion parade is on again! Join a host of talented Cairns High designers competing in an array of categories including Monochromatic Madness, Terra Australis, Moved by Art and Keen on Kinetics. Tickets can be purchased form the school's main office, $10 for students and $15 for adults. Past CAD Fashion Parade's can be viewed on YouTube.

19 OctBendigo Bank Run for the Reef Community Challenge

Starts: 19 Oct 2014 08:00 am
Ends: 19 Oct 2014 10:00 am
Location: Cairns Esplanade - Funship Playground
Web: Great Barrier Reef Marathon
Email:
Contact:

On Sunday 19 October Bendigo Bank is hosting the inaugural Bendigo Bank Run for the Reef Community Challenge on the Cairns Esplanade.

The 5km Fun Run is one of three Fun Runs held in the tropical north aiming to raise funds for the James Cook University Great Barrier Reef Research Fund, as well as the local schools within the Cairns region..

Participants are encouraged to not only sign up online but to become Reef Champions through Everyday Hero with great prizes for the highest fundraiser.  

Participants are also encouraged to keep it fun, dress in blue or wear something "reefy" as there are also prizes for the best outfit!

8:00am registration for a 9:00am start - $20 adults $10 for children 14 and under.

This event is for everyone - walkers, runners, mums, dads, dogs on leads – but no bikes sorry.

22 OctAustralian Early Development Census Response Forum

Starts: 22 Oct 2014 09:00 am
Ends: 22 Oct 2014 03:00 pm
Location: Cairns Rydges Esplanade Resort - Abbott St
Web: AEDCRF
Email: aedc@dete.qld.gov.au
Contact: 07 3328 6707

Registrations are still available to attend this free forum, which provides an opportunity for representatives from the early childhood education and schooling sectors, to share strategies for improving childhood outcomes and supporting successful transitions to full time schooling. For more information visit http://wired.ivvy.com/event/AEDCRF/

22 OctInternational Futsal Challenge

Starts: 22 Oct 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 22 Oct 2014 11:00 am
Location: Redlynch Central Sports Stadium
Web:
Email: tony@rcss.com.au
Contact: 07 4039 4378

Come along and enjoy the energy packed excitement of Futsal and witness some of the games best, playing one of the fastest growing sports in Australia. With National and International teams competing over 5 days, register your team now by visiting www.cairnsinternationalfutsal.com

Event runs from the 22/10/14-26/10/14

25 OctGraphite Saturday with Julie McEnerny

Starts: 25 Oct 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 25 Oct 2014 03:00 pm
Frequency: Every month on the last Saturday of the month, until 25th Jul 2015
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and outdoors
Web:
Email: gardens@cairns.qld.gov.au
Contact:

We sketch outdoors in the Botanic Gardens in the morning so remember to dress for the weather!  After lunch we reconvene in the Visitor Centre to refine our drawings and learn new skills.  

Bring your own materials for this workshop:  sketchbook/journal and pencils (eg 2H, HB, 2B).

Lunch can be purchased at either of the Garden's eateries or byo (fridge available).  Tea and coffee provided.

Last Saturday of every month.  Cost: $80

Bookings essential (small groups): gardens@cairns.qld.gov.au or phone 4032 6650.

25 OctAnnual Cent Sale

Starts: 25 Oct 2014 01:30 pm
Ends: 25 Oct 2014 04:00 pm
Location: RSL Hall, Gordonvale
Web:
Email: frantastic10@bigpond.com
Contact: 4036 2697

The Scope Club of Cairns presents the annual Cent Sale. With great prizes, raffles and lucky door competitions! Adults $3 and school age children $1. Entry includes afternoon tea, with all proceeds donated to local charities.

25 OctUMI Soundz concert

Starts: 25 Oct 2014 06:30 pm
Ends: 25 Oct 2014 10:00 pm
Location: Tank 5, Tanks Art Centre-46 Collins Avenue
Web:
Email: admin@umiarts.com.au
Contact: 07 4041 6152

Head on down to Tank 5, at the Tanks Arts Centre for the last UMI Soundz for 2014! This FREE concert showcases the best emerging and established Indigenous musicians from the region. Featuring Hopevale's Waarigan Band and local Cairns family Troy, Trevelyn and Dean Brady. Dean was a standout on last years Australia's Got Talent!

For more information visit the Tanks website

26 OctTanks Markets

Starts: 26 Oct 2014 09:00 am
Ends: 26 Oct 2014 02:00 pm
Location: Botanic Gardens Precinct, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill
Web: Tanks Markets
Email: m.emerton@cairns.qld.gov.au
Contact: Megan Emerton

Showcasing a blend of local art, craft, produce, vintage clothing, collectables and local natural health products and treatments, the markets are a relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning.

Market stalls line Tanks promenade on Collins Avenue, with live entertainment provided by local musicians. Get the kids involved in a workshop or wander through the art gallery – it's all free!

Stall holder applications are currently closed. They will re-open in November for the 2015 markets!

30 OctLittle Taccas

Starts: 30 Oct 2014 10:00 am
Ends: 30 Oct 2014 12:00 pm
Location: Tank 3, Collins Ave, Edge Hill
Web:
Email:
Contact:

You're never too young to develop a green thumb!

The "Little Taccas" program, named after the tropical plant Tacca integrifolia, gives young children an appreciation for nature and gardening.

Aimed at children aged under five years, the fortnightly program features nature-based activities in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, including art and craft, storytelling, sing-alongs and garden discovery walks.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or care giver.

Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment by ringing Council on 4044 3044.

30 OctCool Homes workshop

Starts: 30 Oct 2014 05:30 pm
Ends: 30 Oct 2014 08:00 pm
Location: Civic Reception Room, Cairns Regional Council, Spence Street, Cairns
Web:
Email: sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au
Contact: 4044 3312.

Want to learn more about sustainable home and building design for the tropics? Attend this fun, interactive FREE workshop where you'll have the chance to design your own cool home.  Read more...

Open to anyone interested in sustainable design or building, buying or renovating a home. 

A copy of Council's Cool Homes Guide and Plan Analysis tool will be provided to all participants.

A light supper will be provided.  Registration is essential for catering purposes.

To register please email sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au or phone 4044 3312.

30 OctExhibition Launch: Beyond Bravura Artist Q&A

Starts: 30 Oct 2014 06:00 pm
Ends: 30 Oct 2014 07:00 pm
Location: Cairns Regional Gallery, Crn Abbott & Shields St
Web: Cairns Regional Gallery
Email:
Contact: 07 4046 4800

Beyond Bravura features an extensive selection of works by Stephen Bowers, one of Australia's leading contemporary ceramic artists. Bowers work is rich in whimsical figurative ornamentation. Event features a Q&A with artists Stephen Bowers and Craig Hoy. Exhibition runs from the 17/10/2014-30/11/2014.

Admission is free

RSVP: 07 4046 4800 / shop@cairnsregionalgallery.com.au