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VNQ Presents

Volunteer Managers Network Meeting

April 16 - 9:30am-12:00noon
(morning tea will be provided)
VNQ Training Room
6/56 Charles Street - Aitkenvale



Management Committee Essentials
May 02 - 9:00am-12noon
Presenter: Gerard Byrne
VNQ Offices

For details or bookings contact:
Volunteering North Queensland Inc
Ph: 4725 5990 or
Email: vnq@volunteeringnthqld.org.au


VNQ's training program is run in partnership with the Townsville City Council.
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Townsville Civic Theatre

The Ten Tenors on Broadway
April 17 - 7:30pm
The Ten Tenors on tour.

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2015
April 20 - 7:00pm
World tour.

Ace Frehley
April 21 - 8:00pm
Stars Ace Frehley.
18+ event

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
April 23-24 - 8:30pm
Annual touring roadshow.

Morning Melodies
On A Humorous Note

April 28-29 - 11:00am
Stars Hilary Henshaw.

2015 NABBA/WFF NQ Championships
May 02 - 12noon

North Queensland Arts Awards
May 08 - 6:00pm (pre-show)
Dress: Evening Attire

May 16 - 7:00pm
May 17 - 12:30pm
The Queensland Ballet.

Morning Melodies

June 02-03 - 11:00am
Stars The Beggars.

Morning Melodies
That's Life - The Vegas Story

September 01-02 - 11:00am

Morning Melodies
Don't Shoot Me, I'm Still Only The Piano Player

October 13-14 - 11:00am
Stars David Sheel.

Morning Melodies
The Belles of Broadway

November 24-25 - 11:00am
Stars Gina Hogan.


For tickets contact:
TicketShop: 4727 9797 or
See more details & buy your tickets Online


Artists Markets
April 18

Monday Morning Art Group
Mondays from February 02
Riverway Arts Centre
For U3A members.

For more details contact:
Ph: 4724 3530
Email: u3atownsville@westnet.com.au

Dive-in Movie Night
Movie: 'Rio 2'
April 17 - 7:15pm
Riverway Lagoon
Lounge in the lagoon while watching a movie.

Festival of One-Act Plays (FOAP)
May 02 - 2:00pm & 7:00pm
May 03 - 2:00pm & 6:00pm
(different plays per session)
Riverway Arts Centre

Annual event featuring performances of one act plays.

Per session:
Adult $18; Conc $12; SSt/Child $10.
All sessions:
Adult $28; Conc $20; Child $15; Family 2A2C $59.

FOAP Workshop
May 03 - 11:00am
Riverway Arts Centre
Cost: $20 per person
With Kris Stewart.

The Africa Festival
May 09
Riverway Precinct

Ring Round the Moon
presented by the Townsville Grammar School
May 14-15 - 7:00pm
May 16 - 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Riverway Arts Centre

Tickets: Adult $45; Conc $35; Child/School St $20; Family (2A+2C) $120

The Long Road Walk
May 16 - 4:30pm start
Registration from 6:30am
Riverway Arts Centre Ampitheatre
Dress: PJs or Onesies
Walk Length: up to 8km

Annual fundraiser for The Pyjama Foundation.

Teams welcome. BBQ after the walk.

Full details on the website.


Deadly Families Fun Day
May 16 - 10:00am-2:00pm

For more details contact:
Email: debora.smith@thesmithfamily.com.au


For Riverway event tickets contact:
TicketShop: 4727 9797 or
See more details & buy your tickets Online

Yoga Beginners Class

April 15 - 5:15pm-6:15pm
Dance North Studio
cnr Stanley & Walker Sts - CBD
Cost: $10 per person
Bookings Essential
(limit 10 per class)

Learn basic yoga poses, techniques & meditation.

To book contact:
Mob: 0406 605 623 - Tatjana Good

Monthly Expo

Wholesome Goodness Living Monthly Expo
April 18 - 8:00am-4:00pm
Jezzine Barracks
Brigadier North Park (Lower)

Food, education, local produce, health products, entertainment & more.


Ride the River

April 19 - 7:00am
Sherriff Park
Love Lane - Mundingburra

Free guided cycling tours along Ross River.
5.5km, 10km & 16.5km rides available.

Registrations close April 12.
The first 100 people to register receive a free cycling pack.

Register on the website at:

Ricky Martin

One World Tour 2015
April 24-25
Townsville Entertainment Centre

Note: April 25 show is sold out.

Tickets: from $101.85


Pay it Forward Day

April 30

Based on a concept from a Catherine Ryan Hyde novel. Commit random acts of kindness & tell the recipients to 'pay it forward' & return the good deed to someone else.


Starlight Day

May 02

Main fundraising day for the Starlight Children's Foundation.

See the website for full details.


Arts & Craft Market

May 02 - 9:00am-12noon
Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village
Beck Dr North - Condon

Hand made items by the Village's residents.

Mother's Day

May 10

Celebrate mothers everywhere.

Qld Legal Walk

May 12 - 7:00am start
Starts Townsville Bulletin Square
Flinders St - CBD
Length: 4km

Annual walk to raise funds to help Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) to continue providing free legal assistance to those who need it.

Register online at:

Library Events

Library Events Calendar
Full details of all events & bookings.
Library Events Calendar

School Holiday Program
Imagine Play Create

All Libraries
April 07-19 - Library Hours
Activities in library creative spaces.
Ph: 4773 8811 for group bookings.
For all ages.

Fashion, Fairies & Fun
Aitkenvale Library
April 16 - 9:30am-11:00am
For youth aged 8-21yrs.
Make a fairy house & more.
Bookings Essential
Book Online

ABC Open Writing and Recording
Thuringowa Library
April 18 - 9:30am-12noon
Bookings Essential
Book Online
May 16 - 9:30am-12noon
Bookings Essential
Book Online

Pokemon Club
Thuringowa Library
April 18 - 10:00am-12noon
May 16 - 10:00am-12noon
For children aged 8yrs & over.

School Holiday Program - Origami
Aitkenvale Library
Japanese paper folding craft.
Bookings Essential
April 18 - 9:00am-10:00am
Book Online
April 18 - 10:30am-11:30am
Book Online

Raising Chickens
Thuringowa Library
April 18 - 10:30am-12:30pm
How to get started raising chickens.
Bookings Essential
Book Online

The Kennedy Men & the World War One
Thuringowa Library
April 21 - 9:00am-11:00am
Presentation on the Kennedy Regiment.
Presenter: Librarian Barbara DeBono
Bookings Essential
Book Online

Reading is Power
Aitkenvale Library
April 21 - 9:00am-12noon
Volunteer tutors wanted for Reading Links program.
Bookings Essential
Book Online

Loud Lounge - Easy As Art
Thuringowa Library
April 22 - 3:00pm-4:30pm
Create an original abstract artwork.
For ages 12-17yrs.

Film Night: Local People on Film
Thuringowa Library
April 29 - 7:00pm-9:00pm
Short, locally made films featuring Townsville residents.
Bookings Essential Book Online

Learn how to preserve your precious photographs, books and documents
Thuringowa Library
May 01 - 9:00am-1:00pm
With museum curator, May Abernethy.
Bookings Essential Book Online

Connections - Dementia Information Launch
All Libraries & Online
May 01
Booklet available at all libraries.

Qld Writers Centre: Show Don't Tell
Aitkenvale Library
May 03 - 9:30am-3:30pm
Workshop with Patrick Holland.
Bookings Essential Book online or contact:
Queensland Writers Centre
Ph: (07) 3842 9922 (not local) or
Email: qldwriters@qwc.asn.au

Free Guided Tour
Townsville RAAF museum
May 05 - 10:00am
Venue: RAAF Townsville Museum
RAAF Base - Ingham Rd - Garbutt

Community Network Meeting
Home Maintenance & Modification Programs

Aitkenvale Library
May 06 - 9:00am-10:30am
RSVP Essential to:
Email: CIC@townsville.qld.gov.au or
Ph: 4771 4230

Astronomy for Beginners
Session 1 - indoors
Thuringowa Library
May 07 - 6:30pm-8:30pm
With the Townsville Astronomy Group.
Cost: $10 for both sessions
Bookings Essential
Book Online

Open 2 Study: Try a MOOC
Thuringowa Library
May 09 - 10:00am
MOOC - Massive Open Online Course.
49 free online short courses available at www.open2study.
Bookings Essential
Book Online

Astronomy for Beginners
Session 2 - outdoors
Ross Dam Park
May 09 - 7:00pm-9:00pm
Use the Astronomy Group telescopes.
Cost: $10 for both sessions
Bookings Essential
Book Online

Local 'Yarning' Circle
Thuringowa Library
May 12 - 7:00pm-8:30pm
With Merwez Whaleboat.
Bookings Essential
Book Online

Loud Lounge
Manga Mayhem & Cosplay
Aitkenvale Library
May 14 - 3:30pm-4:30pm
For youth aged 12-17yrs.


To book contact:
Thuringowa Library
Ph: 4773 8811
City Library
Ph: 4727 9666
Aitkenvale Library
Ph: 4727 8310

The Venue

The Young Bily Joel
Every Friday night - 7:00pm
The Whiskey Bar
Free entry - meals available.

Jeff Martin
May 01 - 7:00pm
Tickets: $35
`Returning From the Ocean at the End` tour. With Special Guests.

Andrew Strong
May 16 - 7:00pm
Tickets: $56 + booking fees
`The Commitments Tour`with Special Guests Tim Griffin Blues & The Short Fall.
18+ event


The Venue Townsville
719 Flinders St - CBD
Ph: 4724 2800
Email: info@thevenuetownsville.com.au


Chair Yoga

April 16, 23, 30 - 2:30pm-3:30pm
St. James Retirement Village
260 Fulham Rd - Heatley
Cost: Drop-ins $5. First class FREE.

Yoga using a chair as a prop.

For more details contact:
Mob: 0406 605 623 - Tatjana Good

Family Fun Day

April 18 - 9:00am-2:00pm
Queensland Country Centre
333 Ross River Rd - Aitkenvale
(opposite Stockland Plaza)

Opening of the new Queensland Country Centre. Kids rides & activities, food, drinks, entertainment & more.

Short Season of Short Plays
presented by Townsville Little Theatre

April 22-24 - 7:30pm
St Margaret Mary's Theatre
Crowle St - Hyde Park

2 1 act plays + 3 10 minute plays.

Tickets: $20/$15/$10


Anzac Day

April 25

April 25, 2015 marks the 100 year anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli.

Townsville's main ANZAC ceremony will be held at ANZAC Park - The Strand, followed by a parade to Jezzine Barracks where 2 big screens have been set up with live telecast of the Gallipoli Dawn Service at 11:30am as well as other events during the day.

Commemorative Ceremonies

ANZAC Park - 5:30am
(live simulcast to Jezzine Barracks)

Magnetic Island
Alma Bay - 5:30am
(4am ferry service available)

Brolga Park Cenotaph - 5:30am

Thuringowa Cenotaph - 5:40am

RSL Memorial - Balgal Beach - 5:40am

Black River
Brabon Park Cenotaph - 5:45am

Townsville General Hospital
Paediatric Gardens - 5:50am

Alligator Creek
Recreation & Bowls Club - 6:00am

Other Services

RSL Pilgrimage & Service - 8:00am
War Cemetery - Belgian Gardens Cemetery

Mater Hospital Memorial Service - 8:00am

Palm Island Parade - 9:30am
Police Station

Giru Parade - 9:30am
Police Station to Cenotaph

Rollingstone Morning Service - 10:00am
RSL Memorial - Balgal Beach

Woodstock Memorial Service - 10:00am
Woodstock Church

Thuringowa RSL Parade - 10:00am
Rodeo Ground to RSL Sub-Branch

For more details on ANZAC Day Ferry times, contact Sealink Qld:
Ph: 4726 0800 or

Lest We Forget

Community Calendar

For up-to-date information on special events in the Townsville region, the Townsville Community Calendar is the place to look.

The calendar is brought to you by the wonderful volunteers at the Community Information Centre.


Townsville Community Calendar

Youth Fitness Program

Various Dates
1/31 Geaney Ln - Deeragun
Cost: $10 per class non-mem
Free for members of FixXpress.

A fitness mentoring program for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander youth aged 11-21yrs.

For more details contact:
Mob: 048 871 3929 - Zion

DV Women's Group

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Domestic Violence Women's Group
Wednesdays during 2015
Townsville West Community Centre
15 Lonnegan Street, Garbutt

Talk about domestic & family violence in a safe environment & get support & information.

For more details contact:
Mob: 0439 586 940 - Enid or
Mob: 0428 898 543 - Fay

JP Service Available

Wednesdays - 1:00pm-4:00pm
Community Information Centre
Level 1 Northtown
280 Flinders St - CBD

For more details contact the CIC on:
Ph: 4771 4230 or
Email: cic@townsville.qld.gov.au

Womens' Self Defence

Wednesdays 9:00am-10:00am
Townsville PCYC
With NQ Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy
Cost: FREE

For all fitness levels. Free child care.

Call to book.
Mob: 0427 537 771 - Pablo Cardenas

Current Grants

Australian Artists Grant
Closing Date: May 16 2015

Performer's Trust Foundation Grants
Closing Date: Ongoing

Register of Cultural Organisations
Closing Date: Ongoing

The JobAccess Employment Assistance Fund
Closing Date: Ongoing

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
Closing Date: Ongoing

Active in Parks - Local Champions Grants
Closing Date: Ongoing

Coopers Brewery Foundation Grants
Closing Date: Ongoing

Google Ad Grants
Closing Date: Ongoing

Commbank Cricket Club Sponsorship
Closing Date: August 9 2015

Veteran and Community Grants
Closing Date: Ongoing

Matana Foundation for Young People
Closing Date: Ongoing

Inger Rice Foundation Grants
Closing Date: Ongoing

Australian Communities Foundation Funding
Closing Date: Ongoing

Sunsuper's Dreams for a Better World Program
Closing Date: Ongoing

Sidney Myer Fund - Education Program
Closing Date: Ongoing

Saluting Their Service Commemorations Grants Program
Closing Date: Ongoing

Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program
Closing Date: Ongoing

The Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund
Closing Date: Ongoing

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants
Closing Date: Ongoing

Adopt a Greyhound Month

April 01-30

Where to Adopt a Greyhound

JCU CASE Seminar Series

James Cook University
Education Central Room 105

'Pandora's fox: Vixen B at Maralinga'
April 14 - 3:00pm-4:30pm
Talk by Dr Liz Tynan.

'Lifestyle migration and coastal gentrification: Some empirical notes'
April 28 - 3:00pm-4:30pm
Talk by Dr Nick Osbaldiston.

'I, robot: Work, life, design and art in the age of automated industralism, additive manufacturing and the self-driving automobile'
May 12 - 3:00pm-4:30pm
Talk by Professor Peter Murphy.

For more details contact:
James Cook University
Email: eduardo.delafuente@jcu.edu.au


Quiz Night

April 15, 22 & 29 - 6:30pm
Jupiters Townsville
Free Registration
Must be 18+ to participate

Win cash for charities & drinks vouchers with fun quiz nights.

To register contact:
Ph: 4722 2333 or
Email: TSV.Marketing@jupiterstownsville.com.au
(team name & number of people)


McDonald's Beach Party

April 17 - 2:00pm-6:00pm
Strand Park/Beach

Free beach activities, live entertainment & more.

A National Youth Week event hosted by McDonalds & Townsville City Council.

Community Art Workshops

Weave the Reef, Love the Reef
April 18 - 10:00am-1:00pm
Townsville Bulletin Square

With members of the Fibres & Fabrics Association Inc.

For more details contact:
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Ph: 4727 9011 or
Email: ptrg@townsville.qld.gov.au


Living with Voices
April 24 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
CQ University
524 Flinders St West
Speaker: Dr Rufas May
Cost: $99 (early bird to April 17)

A workshop for mental health professionals, consumers & carers.


NQ Expo

Transport, Trades & Mining
April 29-30
Reid Park
Boundary St - South Townsville

Products & services for all areas of NQ business, trade & industry.

To register, contact:
Freecall: 1800 671 588


Buddhist Workshops

Carville Seniors Hall
cnr Diprose & Albury Sts - Pimlico

With Tibetan Master Lama Choedak Rinpoche.

A Jewel Garland for Your Life
May 02 - 9:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $80; conc $70

Healing Relationship - How to Move Foward
May 02 - 7:00pm
Cost: $15; conc $10

Healing Herbal Goddess Parnashavari Meditation
May 03 - 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $80; conc $70

Full weekend: $160; conc $140

For more details contact:
Email: pheang@bigpond.net.au

National Volunteer Week

May 11-17
"Give Happy. Live Happy."

Celebrate Volunteers!

Full details & resources at:

RSPCA Million Paws Walk

May 17
Jezzine Barracks
The Strand
Registration Essential

Annual fundraiser for RSPCA Qld. Walk with a dog, or by yourself, to help raise funds for animals in need.

Cost: (online advanced prices) Adult $15; Child $10; Family (2a2c) $40; Conc $10. (on the day) Adult $20; Child $10; Family $45; Conc $10.

Register online at:

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