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VNQ Presents

Volunteer Managers Network Meeting

2014 Dates
September 18
November 20

VNQ's Offices
Unit 6/56 Charles St - Aitenvale

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



Management Committee Essentials
Trainer: Gerard Byrne
August 06 - 5:30pm-7:30pm
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

2 One Another
July 23 - 8:00pm
Sydney Dance Company on tour.
Warning: strobe lighting & smoke effects

Pimlico Presents
July 29-30 - 7:30pm
Pimlico State High School.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music
July 31-August 09 - various times
Annual event. Full details on website.

With a Song in my Heart
August 12-13 - 11:00am
Starring Simon Gallaher.

The Gruffalo
August 14 - 11:30am & 1:30pm
Starring Tall Stories.

The Ten Sopranos
August 16 - 8:00pm
The Ten Sopranos on tour.

Frank A Life in Song
August 23 - 7:30pm
Stars Tom Burlinson.


C2, Townsville Civic Theatre

Maggies' Festival of Performing Arts
August 22 - 7:00pm
St Margaret Mary's College.

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


Artists Markets
August 30

Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition
July 25-29 - 7:00pm
Riverway Performing Arts Centre

Annual competition.

Ticket prices vary for each section.
Tickets at front of house. Gala finals tickets from Ticketshop.

Schedule & prices on the website.


Theme and Variations Gala Concert
July 29 - 7:00pm
Riverway Arts Centre

Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition.

Tickets: Adult $32; Conc $28; Tert Student FT $28; Child/Student $20; AC&VC Member $26


Looking Through A Glass Onion
August 02 - 8:00pm
Riverway Arts Centre

John Waters on tour in a tribute to John Lennon.

Tickets: Adult $55; Conc $50; Child/Student $50; Group 8+ $50 each

Ocean Film Festival Australia
August 03 - 7:00pm-10:00pm
Riverway Arts Centre

Screening of ocean-related films.

$1 from each ticket is donated to Project Aware or the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

Tickets: Adult $30; Child $20


Spring Awakening
presented by Townsville Choral Society
Riverway Arts Centre
August 13-16 & 20-22 - 7:30pm
August 17 - 4:00pm
August 23 - 2:00pm & 7:30pm

The musical.

Contains adult themes & coarse language.
Not recommended for children -13 years.

Tickets: Adult $45; Conc $40; SS 13+ $30; Group 10+ $35 each

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

Beyond Townsville

Charters Towers Charity Markets
February 23 - November 15
Every 4th Sunday (except August & December)
Also 2nd Sunday in July
Centenary Park
Hackett Tce - Charters Towers
Ph: 4787 1794 for details

Commonwealth Games
July 23 - August 03
Glasgow - Scotland

Gold Fever Healthy Lifestyle Festival
August 09 - 9:00am-4:00pm
Lissner Park
Church Street - Charters Towers

Annual festival. Includes the Gold Fever Le Tour, the Gold Fever Fun Run, entertainment, market stalls, demos & more.


Gold Coast Conferences
Youth Conference
15-17 September
World Conference
17-20 September
Register at:

Chefs of the North Dinner

July 31 - 6:30pm
Jupiters Hotel/Casino

Tickets: $300pp or $2950 table of 10

5 course dinner, entertainment from Australian Festival of Chamber Music musicians.


Book Signing

August 01 - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Mary Who? Book Shop
414 Flinders St - CBD

'Riding this Road' book signing with Joy McKean.

Running Festival

McDonald`s Townsville Running Festival
August 03 - 5:30am start
The Strand

A day of marathons, runs & races with prizes.

Visit the site for full details & costs.


WWI 100th Anniversary

August 04 - 10:00am
Anzac Park

Remembrance Service to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the commencement of WWI.

If you wish to lay a wreath contact:
RSL Club
Ph: 4759 9500 - Val Clark


August 07 - 6:30pm
Townsville RSL Club
39 Charters Towers Rd - Hermit Park

Tickets: $50 per person
Tickets from TicketShop
Ph: 4727 9797

Normie Rowe

Dinner & Show
August 09 - 7:00pm
Jupiters Townsville

Tickets: $100pp


Seniors Week

August 16-24

Seniors Music Day on Maggie
August 17 - 12:30pm-3:30pm
Alma Bay - Magnetic Island

Special Seniors Week event for the senior citizens of Magnetic Island. Live entertainment & afternoon tea.

Celebrate Seniors Week at LifeTec
August 18 - 10:00am-12noon
Domain Central - Garbutt

Morning tea, speeches, performance by Seniors Creating Change & more.

RSVP to Judy or Barb on:
Ph: 4759 5600

Seniors Week Lifestyle Expo
August 20 - 10:00am-1:00pm
Townsville RSL Stadium
Murray Lyons Crst - Annandale

Free expo with many exhibits, hearing screenings & more.

Seniors Week Luncheon
August 22 - 10:30am-1:30pm
Reid Park

Catered lunch, entertainment & Senior of the Year Awards. For residents of Townsville aged over 60 yrs (younger carers excepted).

Free transport available for seniors aged 70+ years.

Register at the Ticketshop
Ph: 4727 9777

For more details contact:
Customer Service Centre
Ph: 1300 878 001

Daffodil Day

August 22

Purchase a Daffodil Day product at any stand to help support Cancer research.

Library Events

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

ABC Open Writing Workshop
Thuringowa Library
August 16 - 9:00am-3:00pm
Bookings Essential
Morning session writing, afternoon session photography.

Robogals Robotics Workshop
Thuringowa Library
July 23 - 4:30pm-6:30pm
Aitkenvale Library
July 24 - 4:30pm-6:30pm
Build, program & create robots.
Bookings Essential
For ages 9 year & over.

Qld Writers Centre Workshop
Understanding Story Structure

Thuringowa Library
July 26 - 9:00am-3:00pm
Bookings Essential
Cost: QWC mem Free; Non QWC mem $30
Presented by Laurel Cohn.

How to Connect & Celebrate a Lifestyle with your Dog
July 30 - 6:30pm-7:30pm
Thuringowa Library
Bookings Essential
With Michael Burling.

Smart TV Workshop
July 31 - 2:00pm-3:30pm
Aitkenvale Library
Bookings Essential

DVD Screening
July 31 - 9:30am-12:30pm
Aitkenvale Library
Screening of 'Lousy Little Sixpence' with Relationship Australia Indigenous Liaison Worker representative Faye Gee-Hoy.

Afternoon Tea with a Classic
Thuringowa Library
August 02 - 2:30pm
Cost: $5
Literary afternoon. Review the book 'Pride and Prejudice'.

National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children's Day
August 04 - 3:30pm-4:30pm
Thuringowa Library
Traditional board games & live music with Luke Thomas.

Parents & Bubs First Aid Awareness
August 09 - 10:00am-1:00pm
Thuringowa Library
Cost: $10
Bookings Essential
Non-accredited training. Basic first aid skills for parents, grandparents & carers of babies & young children.

Windows Movie Maker
August 12 - 9:00am
Thuringowa Library
Bookings Essential
Book at: Link

Loud Lounge - Comic Creations
Aitkenvale Library
August 14 - 3:30pm-5:00pm
Thuringowa Library
20 August - 3:00pm-4:30pm
Comics, manga & more.

The Reading Hour - Find Your Favourite
Thuringowa Library
August 19 - 11:00am-1:00pm
Book discussion for adults.

Deserted Towns
Thuringowa Library
August 19 - 7:00pm
Deserted towns of NQ.

Children's Book Week Parade
Thuringowa Library
20 August - 10:00am-11:00am
Come dressed as your favourite character.
For children 3-5 years.

Connections: Cancer Wellness
August 22
New online resource launch.


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

Lifetec Workshop

The Highs and Lows of Hoisting - An Advanced Level Practical Workshop
July 24 - Time TBA
Lifetec Queensland
Shop G-3A Domain Central
103 Duckworth St - Garbutt
Cost: $297

One day course.

For details or to register contact:
Lifetec Queensland Townsville Centre
Ph: 4759 5600 or
Email: mail@lifetec.org.au


Townsville PCYC Disco

July 25 - 6:00pm-8:30pm
Townsville PCYC
Wellington St - Aitkenvale
Cost: $5
For primary school age children.

For more details contact:
Townsville PCYC
Ph: 4781 9100

Fete & Open Day

Christmas in July Fete and Open Day
July 26 - 8:00am-11:00am
Ozcare Day Respite Centre
53 Mooney St - Gulliver

Free sausage sizzle, food, stalls, plant sale, tombola & more.

Purple Power Week

July 27 - August 02

Turn Townsville purple to support Cancer Council Queensland's 'Relay for Life'.

July 27
Cotters Markets Event

July29 - 7:30pm
'Letter P' Trivia Night
Riverway Tavern

July 30
'Mrs Brown's Boys - D'Movie'
Event Cinemas

July 31
Flash Mob
Stockland Townsville

August 02 - 3:30pm
Great Purple Walk
The Strand


Family Fun Night

July 28 - 6:00pm-8:00pm
Lollipop's Playland and Café
Shop C-16 Domain Central
Duckworth St - Garbutt
Cost: $10 per child

To celebrate Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week (July 27 - August 02). Raffles & fun.

For more details contact:
Cerebral Palsy League
Ph: 4799 9600
Email: lgreentree@cpl.org.au


Tai Chi for Health Programs

July 30 - 5:30pm-7:00pm
Sir George Kniepp Auditorium Bld 26 - JCU

Public seminar with Dr Paul Lam.


Journey to Recognition

Townsville to Rockhampton

Event hosts needed for when The Journey comes to town.

Full details on Recognise & the Journey to Recognition at the website.


Homelessness Expo

August 04 - 9:00am-1:00pm
Perfume Gardens
Stokes St - CBD

For people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness to learn of available services.

Free haircuts, donated clothes, sausage sizzle, entertainment & more.

Mental Health First Aid Course

August 05-06 - 9:00am-4:00pm
Arcardian Surf Life Saving Club
The Strand next to the Rock Pool
Cost: $100 per person

12 hour course.

To register contact:

Mental Illness Fellowship North Qld
Ph: 4725 3664
Email: admin@mifnq.org.au


Threefold:Webber/Hill/Huang Yi
presented by Dancenorth

August 07-August 09 - 7:30pm
August 10 - 6:00pm
School of Arts Theatre
Cnr Stanley & Walker Sts - CBD

Combined ensemble of six dancers from Tasdance & Dancenorth. 3 short pieces of contemporary dance. Premier performance with Australian tour to follow.

Tickets: $20-$35


Miss Muddy

August 10 - 8:00am-3:00pm
Cluden Park Racecourse
Cost: $70 + booking fee
18+ event

Womens-only 4km-6km obstacle course & mud festival.



August 16 - 10:00am
Jezzine Park
Kissing Point - Townsville

Free BBQ, games & more.

R U OK? Is a not-for-profit organisation inspiring Australians to have meaningful conversations to help people who might be struggling with life.

For more details contact:
Email: hello@ruokday.com.au


Annual Masonic Fete

August 23 - 8:00am-1:00pm
Masonic Village
Emerald St - Kirwan

Stalls, music, food, fresh produce & more.

Facebook Link

Legacy Charity Gala

2014 North Queensland Defence Legacy Charity Gala
August 23 - 6:30pm
Townsville Entertainment Centre
Dress: Black Tie or Mess

Annual opening event for Legacy Week & fundraiser for Townsville Legacy. 1 RAR Band, silent auction & more.

Tickets: $180 per person or $1700 table of 10

Purchase your tickets at:

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

Grants Open

Grant applications are open for priority weed projects within the Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM Region. Priority weeds include Siam weed, Bellyache bush & Prickly Acacia. Projects must be completed before July 01, 2015.

Applications close July 31.


Meeting & Focus Groups

Community Info Meeting & Focus Groups
Vincent Community Hall
Hodges Cres - Vincent

Several topics followed by a BBQ.
Interpreter present.

Arabic Speaking
August 01 - 10:00am

Swahili Speaking
July 18 - 10:00am
August 15 - 10:00am

Somali Speaking
July 25 - 10:00am
August 08 - 10:00am

For more details contact:
Ph: 4723 1470 - Latesha Tuck or
Email: ltuck@diversicare.com.au

Music in the City

Perfumed Gardens
cnr Stokes & Walker Sts - CBD

Live entertainment at lunchtime.

July 25 - Justin Manwaring
August 01 - Larry Thompson Duo
August 08 - Livewire (Duo)
August 15 - The Pianoman
August 22 - Wallace and Gromit

Tai Chi for Health

July 02-July 25 - 6:30am-7:30am
Wednesdays & Fridays
Flinders Square - CBD
Cost: $10 per week


City Art & Craft Exhibition

July 19 - August 08
Tuesdays - 10:00pm-2:00pm
Wednesdays - 8:00am-8:00pm
St James Cathedral
Cleveland Trc - CBD

Local arts & crafts & more.

Stardust Circus

July 24 - August 03
Townsville Showgrounds

Circus with performing animals, clowns, acrobats & more.

Wed-Fri - 7:00pm
Saturday - 2:00pm & 6:00pm
Sunday - 11:00am

Tickets: Adult $30-$45;
Child 3-15yrs $20-$35

Tickets from TicketShop:
Ph: 4727 9797

Sundalah Sunday

July 24 - 10:00am-5:00pm
August 24 - 10:00am-5:00pm
Castle Hill PCYC Entry: Adult $20-$25; Child $5

Classes, workshops, music, market stalls & more.

Proceeds to Yoga Tools For Townsville Schools Inc.


Citiheart After 5

July 24 - 5:15pm-6:45pm
Networking for Citiheart traders.
Shaw & Co
City Lane - Flinders St - CBD
Cost: $30 mem; $40 non-mem
Guest speaker: Sharyn Brown

For more details contact:
Email: admin@townsvillecitiheart.com


Company Conversations

July 25 - 7:00pm
School of Arts Theatre
cnr of Stanley & Walter Sts - CBD
Cost: $20

Meet the Creators of 'Threefold:Webber/Hill/Huany Yi'.


Cancer Council Forum

Cancer Council Qld Consumer Forum "Survivorship - A Changing Landscape"
July 26 - 9:00am-3:30pm
(registrations 8:30am)
Cancer Council Qld
24 Warburton St - North Ward

For people living with, through or beyond cancer.

Register online at:

Community Tree Planting

July 27 - 8:30am-11:00am
Ross River Riverbank
(behind the Murray Skate Park)
BYO gardening gloves

National Tree Day Community Tree Planting 2014.

Free event with native trees, sausage sizzle & kids activities.

For more details contact:
Integrated Sustainability Services
Ph: 1300 878 001


Northern Beaches Festival

Main Events

Paluma Arts & Crafts Expo
July 27 - August 02
10:00am-4:00pm - Sat-Sun
10:00am-2:00pm - Mon-Fri

North Shore Festival Of Fun
July 12 - 6:00am-1:00pm
Stockland North Shore

Bluewater 'Extravaganza de Engine' Car Show
August 10 - 9:00am-3:00pm
Bluewater Park

Rollingstone Pineapple Festival
September 13 - 9:30am start
Rollingstone Community Hall

Toomulla Beach Junior Fishing Competition
September 14 - 8:00am start
Toomulla Park
Entry Fee: $5


'I and a Bird'
presented by Full Throttle Theatre Company

July 31 - 7:00pm
Old Courthouse Theatre
cnr Stokes & Sturt Sts - CBD

Tickets: Adult $20; Conc $15
Tickets at the door.

Railway Ball

QRI Lifestyle Townsville Railway Ball
August 02 - 7:00pm-1:00am
Edmund Rice Hall
Ignatius Park College

Non-profit event. Portion of funds raised to go to Tobi's Gift to Townsville Onocology Kids.

Tickets: $110 per person
Incl. 3 course meal, drinks, lucky door prizes & music by Sultry Tones.

Tickets available at the QR Reception.
(Old Railway Building beside QR Travel Centre)

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'...and then there were none'
presented by Townsville Little Theatre

August 06-08 - 7:00pm
August 09 - 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Performing Arts Centre
Pimlico High School

A classic Agatha Christie mystery.

Tickets: Adult $20; Conc $15; TLT Member $10; HS Student $10

Tickets from TicketShop
Ph: 4727 9797

Red Cross Showcase

August 08 - 10:00am-2:00pm
Strand Park
The Strand - North Ward

Info on local community services offered by the Red Cross & BBQ.

PCYC Melodies

August 08 - 10:00am-12:30pm
Townsville PCYC
Wellingston St - Aitkenvale
Tickets: $10

With Trevor Mitchell's Guitar Magic.

Return pick up service for $4.
Contact the PCYC office for bookings.
Ph: 4781 9100

Careers Expo

August 11 - 10:00am-1:30pm
August 11 - 4:00pm-7:00pm
Townsville RSL Stadium
Murray Sporting Complex
Murray Lyons Cres - Annandale

Annual careers expo.


Annual Jazz Festival

The Great Tropical Jazz Party
Magnetic Island Jazz Festival

August 22 - 7:30pm-10:00pm
August 23 - 12noon-6:00pm
August 24 - 12noon-9:30pm
Arcadia Village Hotel
Magnetic Island

8 bands & 5 concerts over 3 days of Jazz. Australian and overseas musicians.

Weekend Pass $75; Day Concert $35; Evening Concert $25
Concessions available.

For more details contact:
Ph: 4778 5918 - Marilyn Sheather


Amateurs Race Day

August 23 - 11:00am start

Cluden Park Race Course
Tickets: Adult $25

Annual race day.

Includes Townsville Amateurs Cup & Fashions On The Field


General Events | Ongoing Events | Galleries & Exhibitions