Scenic Rim Regional Council is getting into the spirit of the festive season with two cracking Christmas events early next month.

Christmas will come early at Boonah Cultural Centre with a singalong led by acclaimed cabaret artist and theatre actress, Nadia Sunde and her Yuletide Band on Friday 4December.

Featuring a beautifully designed set and stunning costumes, the concert offers the audience an opportunity to singalong to favourite Christmas carols and songs with Nadia Sunde, who has delighted Scenic Rim music lovers for years with her warmth and wit.

The four members of her Yuletide Band are all highly acclaimed musicians in their own right – Michael Fix on guitar, John Reeves on piano and accordion, Andrew Shaw on bass and Kym Ambrose on percussion.

Nadia Sunde and her Yuletide Band have been perennial favourites with audiences at Brisbane’s City Hall and now it’s Scenic Rim’s turn to enjoy their musical magic.

Showtime is 11am on Friday 4 December with ticket prices just $16 or $12.50 per person for groups of 10 or more.

After nine months of Council’s Arts Dinners online, the first Arts Dinner live since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions will be cause for celebration.

To be held at the Vonda Youngman Community Centre on Tamborine Mountain from 6pm on Tuesday 8 December, the evening features a review of the unprecedented year that was 2020 and a preview of arts programming for 2021.

Scenic Rim Regional Council is partnering with the Regional Arts Service Network for South West Queensland to deliver an exciting series of the newly-named Arts Dinners Live and Online, which will continue a more than 10-year tradition of encouraging skills development, networking and workshops.

The community is invited to join the celebration of the South West Queensland Cultural Champions and Regional Arts Development Fund in the free December Arts Dinner, which also features great food and entertainment by two of Tamborine Mountain’s best-loved bands, The Inadequates and the Haystack Mountain Hermits.

As numbers are limited, registration is essential.

For tickets for A Christmas Song and to register for the December Arts Dinner, visit www.liveatthecentre.com.au

Join in the celebration of BADCAP’s First Anniversary at their Open House weekend in December

Join in the celebration of BADCAP’s First Anniversary at their Open House weekend in December

It’s a year since BADCAP (Beaudesert and District Community Arts Projects) became the new co-lessee of the Stationmaster House at 100 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert. Members would like to invite everyone to join them in celebrating the occasion on Saturday & Sunday, 5 & 6 December. Their Christmas Makers’ Market will also be launched where Christmas gifts galore will be available to buy.

BADCAP, long-time organisers of Arts in the Olives festival and two major sculpture symposia, were more recently invited to manage the workshops and market stalls at Arts Ablaze at Kooralbyn.

With their new home at 100 Brisbane Street, they were invisaging more workshops, art exhibitions, artists-in-residencies, arts demonstrations … more often. Covid-19 halted many plans but now with restrictions easing, BADCAP would like to invite everyone to celebrate on the first weekend in December. Their members, who all have artistic passion are also pretty creative themselves, will have their individual skills on show.

Along with a variety of activities for all ages on Saturday and Sunday (such as Raku firing, candle making, Softie Sew-In, making Christmas decorations) there are two major workshops – Playing with Mono Prints with Sandra Pearce (Saturday 5th 9.30am-12.30pm $60) and Twined Basket with Therese Flynn-Clarke (Sunday 6th 9am-12pm $60). Both workshops require bookings.

The Christmas Makers’ Market proved very successful last year so it’s back with items for sale in time for Christmas. There will be paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, jewellery, basketry, string bags, retro clothing, along with Christmas gift wrapping to beautify any unique gifts purchased.

No-one will want to miss Alaine’s delicious Fruit Delights which will be available to purchase from midday on the Saturday nor the free drumming circle from 5.30pm to 7.00pm later in the day. Sunday sees Rotary serving up their delicious breakfasts with an essential coffee cart alongside.

More details of all the events and workshop bookings can be obtained on the BADCAP website: badcap.org


Desley Agnoletto


Botanic Gardens Hosts School Group

Botanic Gardens Hosts School Group

The volunteers at Tamborine Mountain Regional Botanic Gardens recently hosted a group of Year Five students from the Silkwood School at Nerang.

The students were split into three groups for a tour of the Gardens and quickly demonstrated a love for the natural environment.

They were eager to listen and learn as Gardens Curator Brian Davison took each group in turn on a tour. The other two groups explored the rainforest walk and Sooty Owl’s Creekside Trail as they waited their turn.

The tours took the students through the Japanese and perennial gardens and through the camellias where they were shown a variety from which tea is made. They listened to an explanation of leaf sizes, from one that is as long as an adult human arm to another which is so small it cannot be seen with the naked eye. They learned how insects are vital as pollinators in a garden.

They were also shown a bulging bottle tree and told that pineapples are a part of the bromeliad species of plants.

Mr Davison said the students demonstrated sound knowledge of nature and remained highly attentive throughout the 20-minute tour.

Wanda Williams, a teacher with the Silkwood School who organised the excursion, said the school emphasises the importance of nature in its day-to-day teaching.

“We truly appreciated the time and effort taken by the Botanic Gardens volunteers in providing an exciting educational experience for our students,” she said.  

Aiming For The Stars …. And For The Moon

Aiming For The Stars …. And For The Moon

“Two years ago I could not believe that I got up at 3 in the morning to look at the moon”, a mother of two told us during our weekly TM Universe session at the Visitors Information Centre (VIC). “There I was with my girls looking at the eclipse with hundreds and hundreds of other people. But I have to admit that it changed our interest in the night skies for ever. We’re very dedicated members of TM Universe.”

The eclipse was a great event indeed; and the good news it’s: it is going to happen again. Write in your diary now: Wednesday the 26 May 2021 a full lunar eclipse will be visible from the mountain between 7 and 12 pm. The Team of TM Universe will keep you informed closer to the event.

And if you can’t wait that long: On Monday the 30th of November a partial lunar eclipse will occur early in the evening, low over the North Eastern horizon. The moon will rise at 6.20 pm, reach the maximum cover as depicted in the figure at 7.42pm and will end around 9.45pm. A location with a view to the Northern Gold Coast should do the job (unless it’s cloudy of course!)

The girls coming with Mom to the VIC, were in between fully emerged in the Virtual Reality demonstration. So excited to see the stars, and the rockets, and….. so much more. Each Saturday between 11 and 12 members of TM Universe can enjoy the demonstration there. Our volunteers also give information about the project and have merchandise for sale: the T-shirts are selling well!

This exciting community driven project is rapidly gaining momentum. In the major fundraiser, “Buy a Block are less than 1/3 of the 200 blocks left. For $ 200 you can still become a Founding Member of TM Universe and get your name, your family name of business on one of blocks that will be used to rebuild the former TM Observatory, which will be home to the original TM Telescope (the biggest amateur telescope of the Southern Hemisphere at the time).

At the VIC session you can ask our staff all about the project. You give us your suggestions and ideas, donate some time or money for support, or express any concerns or questions. TM Universe is 100% transparent and always will be, given that it is a project by and for our community.

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