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‘What did you do? My slippers have got teeth marks on them. Was that you?’ How can a dog look so appealing and so guilty at the same time? Labradors are one of the world’s most popular breeds, particularly where children are involved. Their placid and friendly temperament makes them ideal for the role of seeing eye/assistance dog, and if well treated, they’re your friends for life. (Photographer unknown)

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Coming up - lots of events for May 2019. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 2, 4 and 5 for more events.   

  • THE SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW, the most highly anticipated marine event in the southern hemisphere, will be held on the Gold Coast in May. Live the dream over four days at The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast, from Thursday, 23 May to Sunday, 26 May 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily.
  • Celebrate the best of local design as BNE DESIGN showcases an impressive array of bespoke homewares, fashion, ceramics, stationery, accessories and more, in Reddacliff Place, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD (at the Victoria Bridge end of Queen Street, next to the Brisbane Square Library) on Friday, 24 May 2019 from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
  • The SRI LANKAN VESAK FESTIVAL, to honour the life and enlightenment of Lord Buddha, will be held at the Acacia Ridge State School Hall, Nyngam Street, Acacia Ridge, on Saturday, 25 May 2019 from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
  • During BYB19, some 5,000 people will descend on McPherson Park in Bracken Ridge for the annual BACKYARD BONANZA. This year there will be NEW and FREE FUN ACTIVITIES for everyone, including some delicious munchies. Head for McPherson Park, 146 Denham Street, Bracken Ridge on Sunday, 26 May 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
  • Come along to the BOTANIC GARDENS OPEN DAY and enjoy a variety of activities, including ‘ask a gardener’ drop in sessions, growing your own food at home, as well as a free concert and themed guided walks, Take your green thumbs to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong, on Sunday, 26 May 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
  • Join volunteer guide, JILL DON on the 30 YEARS OF GUIDING CELEBRATION WALK – HEAL, KILL AND THRILL: HOW WE USE PLANTS, and learn more about the paradoxical nature of our relationship with plants. You do have to book for this one. Walks depart from the Visitor Information Centre at 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. on Sunday, 26 May 2019.
  • Enjoy a free family concert at THE MT COOT-THA SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL. The festival stage features six hours of non-stop original entertainment from South-East Queensland's finest blues, roots, folk, country and acoustic songwriters. Boot scoot up to The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong, on Sunday, 26 May 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

 

The Event: SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Date and time: Thursday, 23 May to Sunday, 26 May 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily.

Venue: Sanctuary Cove, The Marine Village, Hope Island, on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Ticket price: See the website at https://sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au for costs. If you’re an RACQ member, you can get 2 for 1 tickets – to purchase tickets call 1300 220 966 or visit https://www.racq.com.au/membership/what-you-get/discounts/Sanctuary-Cove-International-Boat-Show for conditions, limits and exclusions for each offer. Tickets must be pre-purchased from RACQ.

What’s happening: It’s a thrill-a-minute, every hour, over four fun-filled days at THE SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW on the Gold Coast, the most highly anticipated marine event in the southern hemisphere. The event showcases hundreds of boats and thousands of marine products. With over 300+ exhibitors and 500+ watercraft on display, you’ll be treated to best-in-class superyachts, fishing boats, trailers, watercraft and marine tech and much more.

In 2018 more than 45,000 visitors attended the four day event immersing themselves in 300+ marine and luxury marque exhibitors. Known as ‘where the marine business does business’ SCIBS also provides B2B networking opportunities to meet new customers and host key clients. We invite you to come aboard for the next wave.

 

The Event: BNE DESIGN

Date and time: Friday, 24 May 2019 from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Venue: Reddacliff Place, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD (at the Victoria Bridge end of Queen Street, next to the Brisbane Square Library).

Ticket price: FREE to attend.

What’s happening: Celebrate the best of local design as BNE DESIGN showcases an impressive array of bespoke homewares, fashion, ceramics, stationery, accessories and more. Presented by the Museum of Brisbane (MoB), the market brings together the eclectic talent and craftsmanship of independent designers and artisans from across the greater Brisbane region. There will also be food trucks and performances by gypsy jazz band, The Van Dijk

 

The Event: VESAK – A SRI LANKAN EXPERIENCE

Date and time: Saturday, 25 May 2019 from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Venue: Acacia Ridge State School Hall, Nyngam Street, Acacia Ridge.

Ticket price: FREE to attend and everyone is welcome.

What’s happening: The SRI LANKAN VESAK FESTIVAL signifies the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha, and therefore is of great importance to all Buddhists. This day is celebrated through an array of cultural performances featuring traditional dances, songs and plays depicting Buddha’s life, teachings and principles.

The festival begins with a presentation of crafted lanterns, offerings to Buddha (pooja) and a religious procession. A variety of delicious cultural dishes will be available from food stalls to allow those attending to experience fine Sri Lankan cuisine.

 

The Event: BACKYARD BONANZA

Date and time: Sunday, 26 May 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Venue: McPherson Park, 146 Denham Street, Bracken Ridge. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE to attend. Check out https://m.facebook.com/bybevent for any updates.

What’s happening: The Brisbane City Council proudly sponsors BYB (aka Backyard Bonanza), an annual celebration on the last Sunday in May for the Bracken Ridge and surrounding communities. During BYB19, some 5,000 people will descend on McPherson Park in Bracken Ridge to enjoy two stages of entertainment, including children’s character shows, professional bands, and community and school-based choirs, dance groups and instrumental ensembles.

This year there will be even more NEW and FREE FUN ACTIVITIES for everyone. The whole family will love the Bracken Ridge Lions Club’s miniature steam train rides, more kids’ and youth activities, delicious food trucks, community group stalls, local displays, and balloon twisting and face painting for the youngsters. 

 

The Event: BOTANIC GARDENS OPEN DAY

Date and time: Sunday, 26 May 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. 
View on Google Maps. Various locations around the gardens. On the day see the Visitor Information Centre for more information about what’s on and where.

Ticket price: FREE to attend and no bookings are required. For more information phone 07 3403 2535.

What’s happening: Botanic gardens across Australia and New Zealand are celebrating our passion for people and plants. Come along to the BOTANIC GARDENS OPEN DAY and enjoy a variety of activities, including ‘ask a gardener’ drop in sessions, composting and worm farming, attracting pollinators to your garden and growing your own food at home. There will be a free concert and themed guided walks, and you can also explore the outdoor sculpture trail or take a tour of the Seed Bank with Curator DALE ARVIDSSON.

 

The Event: 30 YEARS OF GUIDING CELEBRATION WALK – HEAL, KILL AND THRILL: HOW WE USE PLANTS

Date and time: Sunday, 26 May 2019 from 11.00 a.m.

Venue: Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. 
View on Google Maps. Walks depart from the Visitor Information Centre at 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are required to manage numbers as places are limited. For more information and to book call 07 3403 2535.

What’s happening: Plants are essential to our lives. Their perfumes and colours give us pleasure. We use them to capture animals for food, to kill, and to heal our ills. Industry relies on them for fuel and commodities. Join volunteer guide, JILL DON on the 30 YEARS OF GUIDING CELEBRATION WALK and learn more about the paradoxical nature of our relationship with plants.

 

The Event: MT COOT-THA SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL

Date and time: Sunday, 26 May 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. View on Google Maps.

Ticket price: FREE to attend. For updates, check out the Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/MtCootthaSongwriters.

What’s happening: Enjoy a free family-friendly concert at THE MT COOT-THA SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL. The festival stage features six hours of non-stop original entertainment from South-East Queensland's finest blues, roots, folk, country and acoustic songwriters set in the cool and lush Brisbane Botanic Gardens nestled in the hills at the base of Mt Coot-tha.

This is a drug and alcohol free event. There will be food trucks on site for those who get the munchies, or you can pack a picnic, slap on sunscreen, bring a hat, and just chill with your family and friends.

 

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Many people find it rewarding to foster a potential Seeing Eye or Assistance Dog. With guidance from the supervising organisation, they train the dog and socialise it so that as a human’s care-giving companion it’s ready for anything, even over-attentive children. If the idea appeals to you and you think your house and family would be suitable to look after such a dog, why not contact your local Guide Dog organisation and find out what’s involved? (Photo by L.J. May S/S)