Viva Surfers Paradise – 8-17 July 2016
Take a step back in time as Viva Surfers Paradise pays tribute to the world's greatest music legends with ten days of free classic entertainment. There'll be all your favourite Viva fun including stellar performances by the best tribute artists, rock 'n' roll dancing, classic cars, and of course the ever-popular Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition, where the best Elvis artist gets sent to compete in Memphis, Tennessee!
For more details visit www.surfersparadise.com
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – July 15 – September 4
Step into Old Government House and enter the opulent 1920s world of the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher and her crime fighting associates. Based on the novels of Australian author Kerry Greenwood, the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries series has captured the imagination of Australia. The exhibition features fabulous Series 3 costumes and props by the award winning costume designer, Marion Boyce. See up close the outfits worn by Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) and her cohorts – including Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) and Aunt Prudence (Miriam Gargoyles).
For more information and to book visit: http://www.ogh.qut.edu.au/miss-fisher
Broadbeach Jazz Weekend – 20-21 August 2016
The Broadbeach Jazz Weekend incorporates an expanded entertainment offering and family friendly vibe, featuring outdoor stages and venues, and a host of roving street entertainment, markets and more. This free event will feature loads of entertainment including, Bustamento, Monica Trapaga, Hanlon Brothers, Chukale, Caxton Street Jazz Band, Hot Potato Band, and The Furbelows, along with an array of activities that are sure to entertain every member of the family.
For more details visit www.broadbeachjazz.com
Swell Sculpture Festival – September 9–18 2016
Experience a wondrous display of over 50 sculptures built by local, national and international artists at the 14th annual Swell Sculpture Festival along the beautiful Currumbin Beach. This free exhibition is open all hours with a selection of sculptures revealing a new verve as they are lit up under the southern sky. Over 10 days visitors can experience the sculptures, enjoy twilight walks, informative artist talks, discover new perspectives, wander through the Swell Smalls Gallery and participate in artist master classes and children’s workshops. Swell Sculpture Festival inspires, amuses, uplifts and captures the hearts and minds of all ages.
For more information visit http://www.swellsculpture.com.au
Zoo Run for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation - 11 September 2016
Get your running (or walking) shoes on and experience Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary like never before! Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation have again teamed up with the organisers of Zoo Run, to help raise funds and awareness for wildlife conservation as part of a series of events taking place on National Bilby Day.
Participants can join in a 5km fun run, or 2km fun walk throughout the beautiful grounds of the Sanctuary, and help raise much needed funds for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and the Save the Bilby Fund. A fantastic and super fun event for the entire family!
For more details visit http://www.zoorun.com.au
Kids Week Surfers Paradise – 17-23 September
Presented by Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Kids Week is a must-do on the September school holiday calendar with loads of free activities for kids of all ages, all week long. See the daily Paw Patrol show for free at 10am and 12:30pm, plus a meet & greet daily at 11am where you can get up close for a cuddle and a photo! There'll also be special appearances throughout the week from Blinky Bill, Dream Guards, Ronald McDonald & Friends and many more! It’s one jam-packed week of unbelievable kids fun, and best of all it's free!
For more information visit www.surfersparadise.com
Creature Keepers at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – 28 & 29 September
Take a walk on the wild side these school holidays! Creature Keepers is a real zoo experience and gives teenagers (12-17 years) exposure to working in a zoo environment. Interact with our amazing Aussie animals as you discover and learn about captive breeding, how Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary conserves endangered species, and how you can protect animals in your own backyard. Have a photo with one of the animals and tour the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital rehabilitation facilities to find out how the Hospital is helping 8,000+ wild animals each year.
For more information and to book visit http://www.cws.org.au/creature-keepers/
FAMILY IMAGE – Samantha Riley
In this edition we profile one of Australia’s greatest female swimmers, Olympic champion Samantha Riley. Growing up in Brisbane, and following a stellar career which includes three Olympic medals, two world championship gold medals, five Commonwealth Games medals, nine Pan Pacific Games medals, plus three world and two Commonwealth records, Sam and her family now call the Gold Coast home.
Who makes up your family?
My husband Tim and our three gorgeous boys, Isaac (13), Lucas (11), and Jesse (6).
What’s your favourite thing to do as a family, in the region?
Anything associated with the beach and water! The boys love to surf and participate in the nipper program through Surf Life Saving. They also love wakeboarding on the Tweed River, and Byron Bay is a favourite place of ours as well. We spend a really great week once a year down there when the kids finish school and we all just love it.
Do you have a family tradition from your childhood that you now share with your family?
I have great memories of going on a family holiday once a year and that is something that we have embraced as a family. Life is generally so crazy throughout the school term so it’s really nice to have some downtime with everyone at the end of the school year, and just enjoy being together.
What is your best parenting advice?
I guess I’ve got a fairly diverse age group in my family at the moment, having a teenager who just turned 13, to a 6 year old, so the parenting advice is quite different for each stage. I think the most important things are to stay positive, keep the communication open and try to encourage a sense of humour within the family.