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Harry’s Diner: An iconic Brisbane car and bike lovers meet up place says goodbye

Photo Credits: Biker Event Calendar

They say when one door closes another opens and on Saturday 18 August 2018 with all signage removed the doors at Harry’s Diner, Newmarket Road, Windsor closed officially for the last time.

For those who don’t know, for over 20 years Harry’s has been a well-known iconic car and bike lovers meeting place. With its unique 1950’s style, it has been famous for hosting car meets just as much as its wonderful milkshakes and burgers, 1950’s serving size too. So, in true Brisbane car lovers style, a Webby’s Old School Cruise Night was held to mark the last “official” cruise from there to Bunnings at Carseldine. As expected hundreds turned out for the cruise and to watch history in the making.

By the time the cruise reached Bunnings at Carseldine there were approximately 1000 cars in attendance, filling Bunnings, the Homemaker Centre and Aldi’s car park, mostly the classic cars which we’ve grown up with but with a few standouts. From an early 1900’s Chevy to the latest of muscle cars there were cars, trucks, bikes, and hot-rods of all makes and models. And as always for Webby’s Cruises, no one is left out and everyone is included. It’s hard not to notice the close “family” feel in this group even though this time it’s the largest I’ve ever seen outside of an organised car show. I must confess I’m a bit of a car buff and at these meets, I’m continually surprised by what turns up on the night.

There are many car groups in Brisbane and meets often held for car enthusiasts so there’s always somewhere to view the odd standouts or go for a cruise but this had to be the largest ever held in Brisbane. It should be noted also that the organisation is well oiled and those involved should be extremely proud of how everyone conducted themselves. Too often car meetups are given a bad rap but this group of whom most only know each other through going to the meets behaved exceptionally well and are always more than happy to talk about their pride and joys as well as learn from others.

If you’re looking to join a cruise or just check out the amazingly well restored and maintained vehicles the next Webby’s Old School Cruise Night is planned for 15 September. Check out the Facebook page for more details on where to meet etc. CLICK HERE.

All is not lost for Harry’s Diner and they are relocating and expect to reopen at a new location in late November. All is hush hush at the moment until the final plans are in place but bigger and better things are to come. Stay tuned.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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Street Libraries are quietly spreading and connecting neighbourhoods all over Brisbane

Street Libraries

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
“Dr. Seuss”

There are so much to read and learn about and so many inexpensive ways of doing it.

I have discovered a number of quirky neighbourhood street libraries that I’m keen to share them with you as well as a way of reading all the latest magazines for free.

Street Libraries are quietly spreading and connecting neighbourhoods all over Brisbane and we are fortunate enough to have some of them right on our doorstep. These community styled libraries are created by residents and come in all shapes and sizes from repurposed letterboxes to old fridges.

This works by the local community system of an honesty box where residents provide books and sometimes DVDs and children’s games and anyone can come along and borrow them. It works best when you swap one item for another one and if you want to you can donate those that you have preloved and read.

Locally we can find these wonderful libraries at Brookside Shopping Centre opposite Target, Brighton in Gynther Avenue, Bardon – near the corner of Jubilee Terrace and Fletcher Parade, Arana Hills in Hillenvale Avenue, and Dayboro outside Rendezvous Café 2/1 Williams Street. Apparently, there’s nearly 100 of these in Brisbane. Do you know of any others locally? We’d love for you to share them here.

At Samford, they have their very own Business Library with books for future business owners, employees and entrepreneurs it’s in the Blue Hut at 2204 Mt Samson Road and you can be a member for $5. You can borrow up to 5 books with no time limit on them. For everything customer, marketing, managerial support, and self-help. They are open Wednesday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 2pm – 5pm.

If you are an avid magazine reader and love to have them at your fingertips as soon as they are released the Brisbane City Council has a system that if you’re a member you can get them direct to your phone or iPad etc. to read as soon as they come out. No more old magazines hanging around and you can just screenshot what you want to keep for future reference or to read later. To be eligible for this contact your local library and they will help you through the process of downloading the app etc. then you can even set it up so each month you are notified as soon as a new one hits the stands, sometimes before!

This weekend from today until Sunday the Lifeline Bookfest is being held at the Ipswich Showgrounds. With books price from $1 and free entry, you’re bound to bag some bargain reading.

On Wednesday 5 September from 9am, Indigenous Literacy Day, Connected Incorporated at 4A/143 St Vincents Road, Virginia will hold their Great Book Swap, you can bring along one of your favourite books and swap it for another from their extensive library. All for the price of a gold coin donation (maximum of three books per person). All proceeds will go to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Happy Reading.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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Samford Valley Steiner School’s festiValley returns in August 2018

festiValley, Samford Valley Steiner School’s biennial fair, is returning on Saturday 4 August 2018.  Between 10.00am and 4.00pm, the school’s bushland grounds will be transformed into a vibrant marketplace of food, craft, and entertainment!

Activities cater for all ages. For younger children, there will gem fossicking, face painting and baby animals. Older children can enjoy silk painting, tie-dyeing, wooden sword making and candle-making.  For teens and adults, there’s henna tattoos, crate climbing, and a forging workshop. Activity tickets can be pre-purchased online at www.trybooking.com/UVDW.

This year a series of talks will be held in The Conversation Space ‘Yur imbar’. A selection of high school art will be auctioned and there will be something for everyone at our Second Chance Stall – quality clothing, books, and toys!

Local artisans and craftspeople will be selling their unique creations and local entertainers will be roving the fair. From puppet shows to storytellers and musicians, our festival has something for everyone. An ATM will be available onsite for your convenience.

Nutritious food is always a highlight of festiValley. As well as two school-run cafés and a Chai Tent in the main festival space, there will be a café in the kindergarten where parents and carers with small children can relax in an enclosed play space.  A large selection of home-baked sweet and savoury food, with organic, gluten-free and vegan options will be available, along with fair-trade coffee!

We are working towards a single-use plastic free and sustainable festival. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and coffee cups, and water will be freely available freely at a special stand.

This year there are two incredible Raffles with a fantastic array of prizes totaling over $10,000.  Tickets can be purchased on the day (full prize listing here - www.samfordsteiner.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/Raffle-Prize-Listing-updated.pdf ).
• Raffle 1 has 4 prizes, each valued at $2,000 which will be drawn in order of prizes.
• Raffle 2 is a Pamper Package valued at $2,030.

After the raffle draw at 4 pm, festiValley will draw to a close with a final musical performance from students and staff.

Samford Valley Steiner School an easy 35-minute drive from Brisbane, and just a few minutes from Samford Village, making festiValley the perfect day out for the whole family!

For more information, the program of events and festival highlights please visit us at www.facebook.com/festivalley or see our website https://www.samfordsteiner.qld.edu.au/news-events/festivalley/  

About Samford Valley Steiner School

Samford Valley Steiner School offers an inspiring and comprehensive education for children from Pre-Prep through to Year 12 and provides the only high school in the Samford area. The school is located on 20 acres of leafy, natural bushland in the semi-rural Samford Valley.

Samford Valley Steiner School, 5 Narrawa Drive, Wights Mountain.

SUMMARY

  • Activities & entertainment for all ages
  • Local artisan stalls
  • Second Chance Stall – quality toys, clothes and books
  • Nutritious food with organic, gluten free & vegan available
  • Sustainability – please bring your own water bottle and Keep Cup
  • ATM available onsite
  • Free entry, gold coin parking
  • festiValley is Family Friendly, Smoke-free and Pet-free Event!
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GROVELY STATE SCHOOL TRIVIA NIGHT

Please join us for a fun and exciting night of trivia to raise funds for the P&C.

This is a community event; friends, family, neighbours are all welcome to attend this adults-only night.

Grab a group of the best trivia minds and book a table of 8!

 

GROVELY STATE SCHOOL P&C – CURRENT FUNDRAISING GOAL

The rebuild and refit of our Tuckshop facilities.

Grovely Grub – Grovely State School’s Tuckshop – is dedicated to preparing high quality and fresh food at good prices. Over the last few years the student numbers have grown at Grovely State School and the facilities in the current Tuckshop are not adequate to maintain the level of service we aim to achieve. To help ensure our Tuckshop can continue to deliver delicious and nutritious food to the school community, the P&C has decided that its current fundraising goal is a full rebuild and refit of the Tuckshop facilities.

This is a big target and we appreciate all your support in helping us achieve it.

 

DATE: Friday 3rd August, 2018

TIME: Doors Open At 6.30pm, Trivia Starts At 7pm – 9.30pm

VENUE: GPAC – Grovely State School Hall
200 Dawson Parade, Keperra QLD 4054

TICKET SALES
$15 per person (Max 8 people per table)

HOST
Mitchell Bidner

ONLINE PAYMENT
Pay using the Qkr! App or online at http://grovelyschool.com.au/pay
(Non-members of the school community can create a guest account)

 

DIRECT DEPOSIT
Bank: Commonwealth
Account Name: GROVELY STATE SCHOOL P AND C ASSOCIATION
BSB: 06 4171
Account Number: 00901469
Reference: You must use your surname as the reference

 

REGISTER YOUR TEAM
Team registrations close Wednesday 1st August, 2018.
Team registration must accompany the purchase of a table ($120). Maximum 8 people per team.
To register your team, email info@grovelyschool.com.au with your Team Name and Table Captain.

 

INDIVIDUALS & SMALL GROUPS
Pay to play at $15 per person and be grouped on the night to form impromptu team tables of 8. What a wonderful way to meet new trivia minds!

 


NOTES

The school hall is wheelchair accessible.
EFTPOS will be a $10 minimum spend.
Please bring your ID with you.
Free tea, coffee and tap water will be available.

 Click here to visit our Facebook Page for details

 

 

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When life gets too busy and you feel like you’ve lost direction

When life is busy and you need a little help finding your direction I’ve found someone who can help.

Molly Brumm from Conscious Heart Kinesiology is like a personal stress GPS, finding the subconscious co-ordinates for where you store your stress habits and patterns and helping you clear them.

Kinesiology transformed Molly’s life and well-being as well as that of her family too! She has been a kinesiologist for over 15 years and has used kinesiology consistently to strengthen and support her health.

Molly is passionate about grounding people and restoring their energetic stability - basically getting you out of anxiety, depression and anything overwhelming you and putting you back in the driver’s seat again. Her mission, which she loves, is to connect or even reconnect you back with your Telos: your life’s purpose; something I love to ask most people I meet and as Molly’s puts it “it isn’t to pay taxes!”

Molly facilitates you to see the bigger picture of health/life issues and resolve negative patterns in your life. She is a busy and dedicated mum of 3 young adults. To Molly family is the most important work she has created in her life. She trained as an Actor through the Victorian College of the Arts and has worked directing 2-3 productions a year as a High School Drama/English teacher. Coaching adolescents to explore other parts of themselves through a role and in a bigger story brought her untold joy because they were getting a glimpse of who they could become, not limited by teenage anxieties and conformities.

Molly now works as a speaker and facilitator as well as conducting private one on one sessions to help her clients achieve their goals in life, health and love. She also teaches small groups about being energetically hygienic - from Chakra Meditation classes to Touch For Health Synthesis, and Chakra Energies for Business.

Molly loves the energy, enthusiasm and warmth in the people she has met through business networks like the NOW Business Group -Business Building Community, Brisbane Women Connecting, the Hills Chamber of Commerce and Moreton Bay Libraries.

Molly dedicates time by presenting free talks in Moreton Bay Libraries, she chairs the Women in Business Committee at the Hills Chamber, and helps out with Brisbane Women Connecting and she founded and runs the Brisbane Kinesiology Club.

She also supports research for kinesiology and specifically the science of Muscle Response Testing. Most recently she has organised and ran an event that raised awareness, increased knowledge and raised money to support a Qld kinesiologist pursue further research in Oxford at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine.

Molly’s vision for the future is to own and run an Energy School, where people can access ongoing weekly classes as well as workshops to experience their chakra energy and spirit anchored in the physical reality of their body. She’s keen to share her passion, educate and thus empower others.

Molly believes kinesiology offers sequence and structure to working with the mystery of our energy bodies so everyone can improve their health, mental stability and emotional resilience. Its approach shows you how to assess energy moving it from an intangible thing to something tangible and where you can experience visible changes in front of your own eyes!

Drawing on her inner child Molly said she would like to focus more on her curiosity and playtime.

Molly is fascinated by acupoints and the Traditional Chinese Medicine way of viewing humans and our development. By playing and exploring how she can create specific protocols through a kinesiology framework her inner child feels like she’s on an old- fashioned wooden seat swing that can really soar high!

She also wishes she’d been able to perform Juliet, Viola, Ophelia and Beatrice in an incredible English company like the Royal Shakespeare Company or the Bristol Theatre.
There are many classes that Molly holds including her monthly meditation class and a healing circle.

Some others are as follows: -
Chakra Meditation class, Keperra - 2nd Wed each month, next one August 8th, September 12th, October 10th, November 14th, December 12th
6.30pm - 7.45pm in Keperra $15 


Healing Circle, Redcliffe Library Thursday August 2nd, 13th September, 18th October, 22nd November 9.30am - 11.30am $36
https://www.trybooking.com/WOUW


Touch For Health Level 1: August 5th, 12th and 19th Touch For Health Level 2 - 4 - TBA
https://www.trybooking.com/WCPR

You can also book online at www.consciousheartkinesiology.com.au

Or Molly can be contacted on 0411 969 554 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 6.00pm and Saturday 11.00am-2.00pm

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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The end of an era as Everton Park’s Luv A Coffee closes

Pictured: Annette and Colin Thwaites behind the counter at Luv a Coffee where they have greeted customers over the years and prepared umpteen cups of coffee. Photo By Sheree Lenton

 

July 21, 2018, will mark the end of an era in Everton Park when Annette and Colin Thwaites open Luv a Coffee in Everton Park Plaza shopping centre for the very last time.

The Kiwi couple first opened their doors 12 years ago when there were few places in the neighbourhood to get a coffee and a meal. At Luv a Coffee’s peak Annette and Colin would serve 140 breakfasts on Saturday mornings and an average of 200 cups of coffee every day. 

The venue became one of the mainstays of the centre with shoppers and staff stopping by at all times of the day for to socialise over their favourite refreshments. It was particularly popular with people visiting the Australia Post shop to pay their bills, collect mail or post letters and parcels.

 

Colin Thwaites making coffees for Madeleine Hicks Real Estate's entire team!

 

Other longstanding regulars were mums with children at the dance school and the Everton Park Business Club which has been meeting there for breakfast first thing on Wednesday mornings for nearly 10 years.

Luv a Coffee’s business started to decline when Australia Post closed and, while it will be a relief to finally shut up shop, the couple do have mixed feelings about that. They have become a part of the community, seen customers’ children grow up around them and they will undoubtedly miss that community connection.

Annette and Colin were already coffee shop veterans when they arrived in Everton Park having started BB’s coffee shop in Brookside Centre twenty years ago. Colin reckons he’s made over a million-and-a-half cups of coffee since then and we’re sure they are going enjoy a rest before going on to something else.

Lovingly written by long-term coffee drinker - Allan Jackson, Allan Jackson Communications.

 

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Low Impact Exercises for Over 50’s that will keep you fit without causing strain on your body.

…"no single intervention has greater promise than exercise to reduce the risk of virtually all chronic diseases simultaneously…" Booth et al. Journal Applied Physiology 2000.

For the older population keeping fit is essential. However, so many forms of exercise can be hard on the bodies of older adults. Many have turned to Reformer Pilates sessions at a way to stay in shape while reducing the risk of injury that weight-bearing exercises may cause.

With its focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement-not quantity of repetitions-many Elle from any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology agrees that Reformer Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay healthy.

Reformer Pilates focuses on building a strong "core"–the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight-bearing. It also can positively affect postural positions.

Benefits of Regular Low Impact Reformer Pilates Sessions

  • Improved deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscle tone
  • Prevent and reduce low back and neck pain
  • Overall body toning
  • Improved posture and core stability
  • Firmer and flatter stomach muscles
  • Improved flexibility and balance
  • Reduce stress
  • Improves sporting performance
  • Safe form of exercise during and after pregnancy
  • Improves bone density (reduces the risk of osteoporosis)

About any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology

any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology is a boutique studio that caters to individuals that are new to Pilates.

All Reformer Pilates programs are individually designed after a musculoskeletal assessment has taken place with our Principle Business Owner and Exercise Physiologist Elle de Wet.

Many other Pilates classes are too often generic and don't cater to the person's specific goals being met.

Small group sessions at any.BODY Pilates Studio aims to improve patients posture, core strength and stability, flexibility, balance and breathing with a specific focus on learning control issues that may be contributing to pain or reduced function.

The studio is located 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Paddington, Rosalie, Auchenflower and Toowong with parking available for all any.BODY clients.

For more information please visit: https://www.anybody-studio.com.au/
or contact Elle directly on 0413 021 0369

Choice. Passion. Life – working to create sustainable employment opportunities for everyone

Here at Village Buzz we are always interested in people and organisations who are working to create sustainable employment opportunities for everyone in our community.

Tony Newman from CPL – Choice, Passion, Life, is just this kind of person. And CPL is just this kind of organisation. I met Tony at a networking function (NOW Business Network) that we both attend and was interested to learn that he is a Business Development Officer for CPL.

Pictured: Mylstones Solutions business development manager Tony Newman discusses a print job with hub worker Shelley Whelan.

CPL – Choice, Passion, Life (formerly known as the Cerebral Palsy League, which you might have known them as) support people with disabilities right across Queensland. And they’ve been doing so for 70 years – 2018 is their 70th year in fact.

CPL provide services from early intervention for people and families who may have just been diagnosed, to allied health therapies, support in homes or out in the community and of course employment and training.

Employment is, of course, a major part of most people's lives and CPL believes that people with disabilities deserve the same opportunities as anyone else. CPL supports people with disabilities to find work in a range of ways and they have a few different business models and pathway programs that help them to do this.

The first is Mylestones Employment – this is a Disability Employment Service that matches job seekers to employers. They work with jobseekers to find long term employment that matches their skills and career goals, while also working closely with local businesses to meet their recruitment needs. They’ve been around for over 20 years, kicking goals for local businesses and people with disabilities every day.

The second is Mylestones Solutions – it’s a social enterprise providing supported employment opportunities and that’s where Tony comes in.

Mylestones Solutions have work crews right across Queensland (Cairns, Townsville, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Toowoomba and Brisbane South), which provide professional garden maintenance and landscaping to businesses. Tony is responsible for finding and developing new business for Mylestones Solutions, so they can continue to grow and with the hope that they can start more crews in different areas.

Because more crews mean more jobs for people with disabilities.

I was astounded to learn that although 1 in 5 Australians have a disability, they only equate to 10% of the national workforce.

And while we’re on statistics – did you know that Australia's GDP would grow by $34.5 billion a year if people with a disability had the same workforce participation rates as the general population? Plus, $7.1 billion would be saved each year on disability support pensions.

Tony’s immediate goal is to win enough business for Mylestones Solutions to establish a crew in North Brisbane. The existing crews have been hugely successful already, winning tenders with different councils, body corporates and the Housing Commission.  

In addition to these gardening crews, Mylestones Solutions and Mylestones Printing also have a hub in Strathpine where they employ over 40 people with disabilities and offer a range of services to local businesses.

In short, the hub offers affordable print and mail options for businesses. It could range from mail preparation and direct mail, to digital printing, as well as binding and laminating and everything in between. And while you’re getting a quality and local service, you’re also supporting employment for people with disabilities too.

Here too, Tony plays a role by clueing business people into the efficiencies and cost savings they can achieve by using the hub to complete tasks which, although vital, might be time-consuming and distract them from their core business, whatever that might be.

The hub also has a coffee cart open to the public at the entrance, which provides employment and training for even more people with disabilities. They also offer barista training for anyone who would like to learn more about the art of coffee.

Pictured: One of Mylestones Solutions’ busy work crews

More information

T: 1800 275 753

W: www.myemployment.org.au

 

 

Written by Allan Jackson.

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We need your help to save Easter this year

Easter egg hunt

I know that we are still in January but Easter is at the end of March this year, and

We have a problem

Regular readers of the Village Buzz would know that Madeleine Hicks Real Estate, have for nearly 10 years now been holding an annual Easter Egg hunt in Teralba Park.

Easter Egg Hunt 2017

 

Last year over 5000 people enjoyed the festivities and certainly the kids were able to gather a lot of extra Easter Eggs.

When we started planning for this year we learned that Teralba Park is to undergo an upgrade and will be closed during the Easter period.  So that means we need to find another location to hold the Annual Easter Egg hunt.

So what we require from you is some suggestions about where this years Easter Egg hunt could be held.  Let us know your suggestions in the comments section below.

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12 Days and more of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

We all have so much happening leading up to Christmas so the plan here is to help you a little each day by sharing what to do, some helpful tips, recipes, craft, great discounts and most important ways of giving back to those less fortunate at Christmas time. We have a special Christmas competition so make sure you stay updated here to find out all the details.

For discounts, just like the post and mention that the Village Buzz sent you oh and it’s a time of sharing so don’t forget to share the love with your friends.

DAY 1

TODO:

1-17 December: Carols in the Reservoir at Spring Hill (www.undergroundopera.com.au). Christmas on North Road (facebook page)

3 pm - 5 pm: North Road, Brighton, Moonlight Markets (facebook page)

5 pm - 9 pm: Old Petrie Town, 901-907 Dayboro Road, Petrie. Free Outdoor Community Movie Night (facebook page)

6 pm: Bracken Ridge State School. Arthur Christmas

1-14 December - Write to Santa

RSVP Community Christmas Party
The Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal

TIPS

Is your tree up? I tend to put mine up on 1 December as it’s how I mark my Christmas season starting. Is today the day you start your advent calendar? Now’s the time to start those traditions you’ve been thinking about since last Christmas. Make today the day to write out your card list and if you don’t have them buy those cards.

RECIPES

Dessert on Christmas Day can be a challenge. Here are some dessert ideas. There’s cold ideas for a hot Christmas Day, traditional ideas for the purists and a must do a gingerbread house. If you’re making a pudding or cake now is the perfect time to get started. Tip for making cakes – soak your fruit at least 24 hours before baking, I tend to do mine 1-2 weeks before as I use Brandy and the flavour intensifies over this time. Store in airtight container in the fridge. If you’re making a pudding, make sure you line the cloth with flour before boiling (to stop sticking) and that you allow plenty of time for the pudding to fully drain before Christmas Day. I like to reboil mine a day or two before as it is easier to slice cold on the day and if you want it heated you can just pop it in the microwave. Make sure you keep a taste of the raw pudding or cake (heaven forbid!). Here are 10 of my favourites.

Christmas Pudding

Gingerbread House Cake

Christmas Trifle

Gingerbread Trifle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Ice-cream Cake

Inside-out Trifle

Mini Christmas Puddings

Gingerbread Cheesecake

Buche de Noel

Vanilla Raspberry Ice-cream Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRAFT IDEA

Try these cute button tree ornaments.

DISCOUNT

Today’s discount is 10% off of any Vegepod ordered and delivered before Christmas. This would make a wonderful present for the green thumb or not so green thumb as they are amazingly easy to grow in. Contact Sandi https://m.facebook.com/mynaturaljourneywithvegepod/

DONATE

Meals on Wheels Stafford are looking for donations of small Christmas Puddings, Chocolates etc. for their recipients who will be spending Christmas Day alone. Can you help? This is a small ask by a community group who help so many in need on a daily basis.

www.staffordmealsonwheels.org.au
Contact Jack Pool 3356 2382 or
0413 335847.


DAY 2

TODO:

9am-3pm: Handmade Samford (facebook page). Christmas Market

10.30am: Glazed Ham Demo with Blend Smoked Honey and ProQ. Low and Slow Meat Co (facebook page). 1/40 Container Street, Tingalpa

2 pm – 8 pm: Christmas market at the Cathedral (facebook page). Cathedral of St Stephen. 249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane

3 pm – 8 pm: Burpengary Christmas Spectacular (facebook page). Station Road, Burpengary

4 pm - 8 pm: Christmas Markets by the River (facebook page), Newstead House

4 pm – 8 pm: 2017 Hills Community Carols (facebook page). George Willmore Park, Bundar Crescent, Ferny Hills

5.40 pm – 9 pm: Christmas in the Creek (facebook page), Albany Creek Community Centre, Cnr Chapman Court and Ernie St, Albany Creek

1-14 December: Write to Santa

1-17 December: Carols in the Reservoir at Spring Hill

TIPS

Update your address book and start writing out cards, spread over 4-5 days to make it easier.

Make your gift list don’t forget secret Santas and a few extra things such as boxes of chocolates, just in case there is someone you’ve forgotten or an unexpected guest.

Work out your budget NOW for presents, food, decorations, wrapping, a mini break or a day out.

Check you wrapping paper supplies and buy more if needed.

Use the weekend to decorate your home.

Has your Elf on a Shelf arrived? Do you need some ideas? Here are some brilliant ideas for the entire month.

Click Here!

And for the ultimate Elf accessory, you have to get a Santa Cam. Santa Cam can keep an eye on things when Elf isn’t watching.

Click Here!

RECIPES

Thinking about your Christmas Day Menu here’s some great buffet ideas courtesy of Curtis Stone catering for 10-12 people.

CRAFT IDEA

How pretty are these 3D Snowflakes? And a great activity to do with the kids.

DISCOUNT

Today’s discount is 10% off all Gift Vouchers from Verve Massage purchased before Christmas. Contact Sam phone or text 0422 495 240 to arrange or https://vervemassage.com/price or pop into the store.

Invest in your loved ones' health this Christmas.

DONATE

Today is the LAST DAY to drop off Handbags to Share the Dignity to Bunnings Stafford or Carseldine, it’s worth having a quick look around and grabbing those handbags clogging up your wardrobe that are in good condition but you just don’t use or like anymore. Filling them with sanity items such as pads and tampons, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste will really help another woman desperately in need.


DAY 3

Don’t forget for discounts, just like the post and mention that the Village Buzz sent you oh and it’s a time of sharing so don’t forget to share the love with your friends.

TODO:

7 am – 1 pm: Sunday Market (facebook page) Old Petrie Town, 901-907 Dayboro Road, Whiteside

10 am – 1 pm: FREE Santa Photos (facebook page), Skygate (next to DFO), The Circuit Brisbane Airport Brisbane

10 am – 5 pm: Christmas Carols Family Show (facebook page), C3 Church, Bridgeman Downs

12Noon – 4 pm: Food Trucks on the Green (facebook page), Christmas Edition, Ferny Grove Bowls Club, 20 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove

3 pm – 8 pm: North Lakes Christmas Carols (facebook page), Little Burke Street, North Lakes

4 pm and 7 pm: Jetpack and Fireworks River Show. Eat Street Northshore

4 pm – 9 pm: Narangba Community Carols (facebook page), Narangba Community Hall, 229 Mackie Road Narangba

1-14 December: Write to Santa

1-17 December: Carols in the Reservoir at Spring Hill

TIPS

Don’t forget your car, book in for a service or a check over so you’re ready for Christmas Day or for a getaway in the New Year.

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Maybe it’s time to start some! Have you thought about popping up some Christmas lights like the rest of us crazy Christmas light people and don’t know where to start? Here’s a quick easy way on the cheap to get started and add to your festive spirit. These are ½ price at the moment and a bargain at $30. Extra tip – make sure you cover it with an ice cream container or the like with some venting to protect it from the weather (if you’re keen I can post a photo of what I mean from one of my experts in that area). Make sure you bring it in each night too.
https://www.lincraft.com.au/christmas-laser-light…

If you’d rather look at others displays here’s this year’s lights lists and they’re printable – time for a drive? Time to get that Christmas music happening in the car to get into the spirit. If you find some local lights that aren’t on here we’d love you to share them with us.
https://www.familiesmagazine.com.au/…/brisbane-christmas-l…/

Keep writing those cards!

Keep decorating at home, we really want to see your Christmas Trees we have a great competition that we’ll be drawing on 20 December. Show us your trees!!!

RECIPES

With lots of entertaining over the festive period, I find that often I’m taking something. This weekend it’s a cheese platter so here’s some great cheese platter ideas.

Cheese Platter Recipes

Here's more:

Don’t forget the amazing Wendy at The Cheeseboard and her great cheeses and accompaniments. Time to stock up. Wendy is offering our discount today so it’s worth having a look.

CRAFT IDEA

Little clay pots can be so versatile, here are some ideas:

DISCOUNT

The Cheeseboard is offering up until Christmas eve for all your party needs a buy 3 cheese platters for the price of 2. This is a huge saving and makes it so easy to just take to your next party, great also for office entertaining.

DONATE

Whilst Movember was run throughout November to raise awareness you can still donate. Here’s the Mobro I supported, Liam Culverhouse and his after. It’s always a good time to support Men’s health issues.


DAY 4

There’s still lots of discounts to come, all are valid until Christmas unless otherwise state. Don’t forget to like the post and mention that the Village Buzz sent you and share the love with your friends.

TODO:
5.30 pm – 8 pm: Everton Park State School Carols Night (facebook page) 21-29 Deakin Street, Everton Park

5.30 pm – 8.30 pm: Christmas Under the Stars (facebook page) Bracken Ridge State School, 1 Binburra Street, Bracken Ridge

7 pm – 8 pm: FREE, Full Moon Meditation (facebook page) Suttons Beach (In front of Suttons Beach Pavillion Marine Parade Redcliffe)

1-14 December: Write to Santa

1-17 December: Carols in the Reservoir at Spring Hill

TIPS

If you’re putting together some teachers present or hampers a great way of wrapping them is in a Christmas tea towel with a bow.

Have you thought about a reverse advent calendar? This is where you put non-perishable food items together then when Christmas is closer you take it to one of the Foodbank drop-offs. We’ll be letting you know where these are.

Start buying gifts and wrap as you go.

Keep writing those cards!

Keep decorating at home, we really want to see your Christmas Trees we have a great competition that we’ll be drawing on 20 December. Show us your trees!!!

RECIPES

Here are some links to great baking ideas that you can gift or stash away for unexpected visitors and have on Christmas day.

Easy Chocolate Truffles

Gourmet Fruit Mince

Macadamia Florentines

Classic Rum Balls

Christmas Raspberry Tarts

 

 

 

 

 

Salted Caramel Popcorn

Gluten-free Panforte Slice

Kris Kringle Slice

Chocolate, fruit and nut logs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spiced Honey Jumbles

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and for those of you with a magic Thermomix here’s some gifts you can make: CLICK HERE!

CRAFT IDEA

If the kids are looking to help with Christmas cards here’s some crafty cards that they can make to keep them busy

Snowman Christmas Card

Christmas Tree Pop up Card

Reindeer Christmas Card

Handprint Christmas Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISCOUNT

Toasted Café, 1/508 South Pine Road, Everton Park (cnr Griffith Street) is kindly offering our readers a 2 for 1 coffee offer as well as 10% off retail coffee beans and accessories including keep cups. Ashley also puts together great hampers that can be given as gifts.

DONATE

The Let’s make the kids smile fundraiser is raising funds to buy gifts for kids in the Gold Coast University Hospital over Christmas. It’s an annual Toy Run organised by the Brisbane Commodore Car Club. All gifts are purchased from a northside Brisbane supplier, The Toy Outlet in Brendale, and then delivered with an event planned on 17 December. If you wish to donate the account details are BCCC ANZ account, BSB 014215, account number 455046339, reference your surname and Toy Run. Help bring a smile to kids in the hospital over Christmas.


DAY 5

Great news, some of our local shopping centres have offered us some fabulous prizes for our Christmas Tree competition. More to come.....TODAY!!!!. Follow the Village Buzz for all the info. There’s still lots more discounts, all are valid until Christmas unless otherwise stated. Don’t forget to like the post and mention that the Village Buzz sent you and share the love with your friends.

TODO:

Reef “n” Beef night (Facebook page)
Gaythorne RSL
534 Samford Road
Mitchelton

5 pm – 6 pm: Christmas and holiday season savings tips (Live) (Facebook) Join ASIC’s Moneysmart team

1-14 December: Write to Santa

1-17 December: Carols in the Reservoir at Spring Hill

TIPS

Time for a haircut, colour or new style? Now is the time to get in before everyone else and Madonna’s Hair and Makeup has a great deal and a competition as well.

Finish writing those cards and post them!

How’s the decorating at home going, don’t forget we really want to see your Christmas Trees. We have a great competition that we’ll be drawing on 20 December. Show us your trees!!!

RECIPES

I’ve got to say I love Taste they have some great recipe collections featuring Curtis Stone, Delicious and Taste magazines to name a few. If you’re thinking about a casual Christmas, here’s some great recipes.

Christmas Barbecue Recipes

Christmas Salads

Summer Salad Recipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRAFT IDEA

I love this idea and you could recycle here if you wanted. Make your own Christmas Wreath for your front door, it’s easy and spectacular. Save $$$$

WATCH HERE!

DISCOUNT

Madonna’s Hair and Makeup are offering a 10% discount off for new customers, who are Village Buzz readers. She also has a great competition for every customer who comes in for a hair service in the month of December will have the chance to win their next hair service for free, drawn on 31/12/17.
0412 026 448

CLICK HERE!

DONATE

Hummingbird House is located at Chermside and is Queensland’s only children’s hospice providing 24/7 care for children affected by a life-limiting condition in a home away from home. They need all the support they can get as it costs over $3m each year to operate this as a free service for Queensland families. They rely on the generosity and kindness of others to continue their important work. Donations can be made through their Facebook page or via their website.


DAY 6

Brookside Shopping Centre has given us a $200 Gift Voucher and Stafford City Shopping Centre have given us 2 $100 Gift Hampers to the lucky winners of our Christmas Tree Competition. So get your entries in!!! Just post a photo or video of your Christmas Tree on the Village Buzz to be in it. Follow the Village Buzz for all the info. There’s still lots more discounts to come, all are valid until Christmas unless otherwise stated. Don’t forget to like the post and mention that the Village Buzz sent you and share the love with your friends.

TODO:
7 am – 11 am: Christmas Pop Up (facebook page), The Pullenvale Hall, 302 Grandview Road, Pullenvale

4.30 pm – 7.00 pm: Community Christmas Party, Madeleine Hicks Real Estate, 6 Trouts Road, Everton Park (Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal) Entry is a Toy or a Book - http://bit.ly/2hbecWp

1-14 December: Write to Santa

1-17 December (7.30 pm – 10 pm): Carols in the Reservoir at Spring Hill

24 December (9.30 am – 5 pm): Mini Gladiators Exhibition, Queensland Museum Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank Kids go FREE with paying adult - www.gladiators.qm.qld.gov.au

TIPS

Here’s some more Elf on the Shelf ideas.

Are you going away for Christmas or after? Have you thought about who’s looking after your pets? Time to book in now to make sure they have somewhere to stay and also make sure their vaccinations are up.

How’s the decorating at home going, don’t forget your Christmas Tree and our great competition that we’ll be drawing on 20 December? Show us your trees!!!

RECIPES

How good is this for a Healthy holiday wreath with Greek Tzatziki Sauce? Brought to you by today’s business offering discounts Cloud 9 Boutique Fitness at Sandgate. Kerry has so many recipe ideas for healthy eating you can’t help but love them. Check out her facebook page.

Vegan Christmas Recipes

Vegetarian Christmas Recipes

Lentil, roast pumpkin and ricotta open pies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRAFT IDEA

WATCH HERE!

DISCOUNT

Kerry from Cloud 9 Boutique Fitness Studio, 67 Brighton Road, Sandgate, has kindly offered 10% off of the following already discounted gift ideas, to all Village Buzz readers, as shown below. Some great ideas here for yourself or your loved family members. Fly with us Pack – access to 4 sessions of either Bungee Fit or Aerial Yoga $95; the Works Pack – access to any session – four per week for six weeks $295 or Try Bungee – the only location in Queensland to have this, amazing fun and a great workout with a difference $30.

DONATE

If you can’t get along to the Community Christmas Party today which is organised as part of the Smith Family Toy and Book appeal you can still donate so no child goes without something this Christmas.

http://bit.ly/2hbecWp


DAY 7

TODO:
5 pm – 8 pm: Carols by the Bay 2017 (facebook page), Einbunpin Lagoon, Brighton Road Sandgate

5 pm – 8 pm: FREE Santa Photos at Skygate (facebook page) The Circuit, Brisbane Airport, Brisbane

5.30 pm – 9 pm: December Trivia Night at Plum Tucker (facebook page) Shop 1, 5 Enoggera Terrace, Red Hill

6.30 pm – 8 pm: Create a Christmas Stocking for Your Cat, Cat Cuddle Café, 160 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill
contact@catcuddlecafebrisbane.com

6.30 pm – 8.30 pm: Vegan Christmas Lunch Cooking Class, 99 Racecourse Road, Hamilton - www.nutrihutt.com.au

1-14 December: Write to Santa

1-17 December (7.30pm – 10 pm) - Carols in the Reservoir at Spring Hill

24 December (9.30am – 5 pm): Mini Gladiators Exhibition, Queensland Museum, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, Kids go FREE with paying adult - www.gladiators.qm.qld.gov.au

TIPS

Ladies, are you looking at getting your nails done? Today’s deal is something really different in nail design called Jamberry. There’s a huge range to choose from too including Christmas designs.

Did you know that it is anticipated that Australians will spend $11 billion on Christmas presents this year? Are you buying presents or are you making gifts? This is a season for giving but also don’t forget the true meaning by making it solely about gifts and expensive ones. You’ll be regretting it when that credit card bill comes in January. Make a budget and stick to it. Find ways to reduce your overall costs but still enjoy the season. We all love innovative ideas so if you have any we’d love to hear them.

Here are some inexpensive ways of wrapping your presents.

and some inexpensive present ideas that you can make

RECIPES

Christmas party on a budget

 

CRAFT IDEA

How cute are these? Ideas for young and old.

Laminated Photo Snowglobe Ornaments

Wine Cork Christmas Trees

Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Carolers

DIY Wood Christmas Presents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISCOUNT

Fiona from Jamberry is offering all customers a free gift with every purchase. Check out her page for something really different in manicures for Christmas. https://jamnicenails.jamberry.com/au/en/shop/profile

DONATE

The Breakfast Club at Redcliffe provides free breakfasts three days a week and evening meals two days a week for the homeless and those in need on the Redcliffe Peninsula. They serve meals at The CWA Hall, 189 Redcliffe Parade. This Christmas they are appealing for small items that can help. www.thebreakfastclubredcliffe.weebly.com


DAY 8

TODO
5 pm – 8 pm: Carols by the Bay 2017 (facebook page), Einbunpin Lagoon, Brighton Road, Sandgate

5 pm – 8 pm: FREE Santa Photos at Skygate (facebook page) The Circuit, Brisbane Airport, Brisbane

5.30 pm – 9 pm: December Trivia Night at Plum Tucker (facebook page) Shop 1, 5 Enoggera Terrace, Red Hill

6.30 pm – 8 pm: Create a Christmas Stocking for Your Cat, Cat Cuddle Café, 160 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill
contact@catcuddlecafebrisbane.com

6.30 pm – 8.30 pm: Vegan Christmas Lunch Cooking Class, 99 Racecourse Road, Hamilton
www.nutrihutt.com.au

1-14 December: Write to Santa

1-17 December (7.30pm – 10 pm) - Carols in the Reservoir at Spring Hill

24 December (9.30am – 5 pm): Mini Gladiators Exhibition, Queensland Museum, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, Kids go FREE with paying adult - www.gladiators.qm.qld.gov.au

TIPS

Ladies, are you looking at getting your nails done? Today’s deal is something really different in nail design called Jamberry. There’s a huge range to choose from too including Christmas designs.

Did you know that it is anticipated that Australians will spend $11 billion on Christmas presents this year? Are you buying presents or are you making gifts? This is a season for giving but also don’t forget the true meaning by making it solely about gifts and expensive ones. You’ll be regretting it when that credit card bill comes in January. Make a budget and stick to it. Find ways to reduce your overall costs but still enjoy the season. We all love innovative ideas so if you have any we’d love to hear them.

Here are some inexpensive ways of wrapping your presents.
https://www.craftymorning.com/4-inexpensive-gift-wrapping-…/

and some inexpensive present ideas that you can make
https://www.iheartnaptime.net/handmade-christmas-gifts/

RECIPES

http://www.taste.com.au/men…/christmas-party-budget/hqglNLVW

CRAFT IDEA

How cute are these? Ideas for young and old.

DISCOUNT

Fiona from Jamberry is offering all customers a free gift with every purchase. Check out her page for something really different in manicures for Christmas.

https://jamnicenails.jamberry.com/au/en/shop/profile

DONATE

The Breakfast Club at Redcliffe provides free breakfasts three days a week and evening meals two days a week for the homeless and those in need on the Redcliffe Peninsula. They serve meals at The CWA Hall, 189 Redcliffe Parade. This Christmas they are appealing for small items that can help.

www.thebreakfastclubredcliffe.weebly.com


DAY 9

TODO:

My pick today is the spectacular second Technicolour Christmas Show. An open invitation is extended to all to join in the celebrations at 23 Foster Street, Newmarket from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm. More information can be found on Facebook pages:

7 am – 4.30 pm: Sirromet Wine Sale, 850-938 Mount Cotton Road, MOUNT COTTON

9 am – 10 am: Breakfast with Santa, Stafford City Shopping Centre, 400 Stafford Rd, STAFFORD. Bookings Essential via Facebook page

9 am – 12Noon: Lego Sale!, Strathpine Community Centre, 199 Gympie Rd cnr Mecklem St, STRATHPINE

9 am – 2 pm: Market Open Day, Serenity Succulents, 30 Climax Court WITHEREN (Canungra)

9 am – 3 pm: Christmas Market, King George Square, BRISBANE

24 December (9.30am – 5 pm): Mini Gladiators Exhibition, Queensland Museum, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, Kids go FREE with paying adult - www.gladiators.qm.qld.gov.au

10 am – 2 pm: Cheese, Wine and Music, Kenilworth Dairies, 45 Charles St, KENILWORTH

10 am: Christmas Wine Fair, The Wine Room, 161 Waterworks Road, ASHGROVE

1 pm – 3 pm:  Sewing Skills Workshop with Boomerang Bags, Reverse Garbage. 20 Burke St, WOOLLOONGABBA
Tickets: - Eventbrite

1 pm: Orchid on Gold Vine Workshop, Entangle, 38 Williams St. DAYBORO - Entangle-livingart.com

1 pm – 5 pm: Everyday Fermenting: A Workshop in Befriending Bacteria, 5/1314 Boundary Rd, WACOL www.trybooking.com

2 pm – 6 pm: Nexus Carols Show, 151 Flockton St, EVERTON PARK www.registernow.com.au

2 pm – 6 pm: The Society Summer Series. Eagle Farm Racecourse, 230 Lancaster Rd. EAGLE FARM
admin@brc.com.au

3 pm – 6 pm: Celtic Sessions at the Cardigan Bar, 198 Seymour St, SANDGATE

3 pm – 8 pm: Broadbeach Christmas Carols, Pratten Park, BROADBEACH

4 pm – 9.15 pm: Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols, Riverstage, 59 Gardens Point Road, BRISBANE

4 pm – 9 pm: Caboolture Christmas Twilight Market, Cnr Beerburrum Rd and Old Gympie Rd, CABOOLTURE

4 pm – 9 pm: Festive Twilight Markets, Frogs Hollow, Queens Park, TOOWOOMBA www.theoriginalmix.com

4.30pm – 8 pm: Carols at Cotton Tree, The Esplanade, COTTON TREE

4.30pm – 8.30pm: Christmas at Calvary, 212 Crosby Hill Rd, SUNSHINE COAST

4.30pm – 8.30pm: CANCELLED, Movies Under the Stars, Arthur Christmas, 945 Gold Coast Highway, PALM BEACH

5.00 pm – 8.15 pm: Christmas in the Grove, Ferny Grove Primary School, McGinn Rd, FERNY GROVE

5.30 pm – 9 pm: White Christmas 2017, Warner Brothers , Movie World, OXENFORD, www.whitechristmas.com.au

6 pm – 11 pm: Summer Twilight Dinners, Just Earth, 29 Vulture St, WEST END

6 pm – 11 pm: Toasted Café Christmas Dinner, 1/508 South Pine Rd, EVERTON PARK, 3355 1789

6.30 pm – 7.30 pm: Sandgate Christmas Lights Bike Ride, Einbunpin Lagoon, Brighton Rd, SANDGATE

6.30 pm – 8.30 pm: Big Battle of the Bands, The Triffid, 7-9 Stratton St, NEWSTEAD www.oztixspecialoffers.oztix.com.au

1 - 14 December: Write to Santa http://www.madeleinehicks.com.au/about-us/write-to-santa/

8 – 17 December (7 pm – 8.40 pm): Christmas Movies in the Park, Elf (1hr 37min), Roma St Parkland, 1 Parkland Boulevard, BRISBANE

(Parking is available at Secure Parking $5 all day deal – Brisbane Transit Centre, 151 Roma St). Visit www.secureparking.com.au and enter the promotion code XMAS17 when booking your parking online. A $1 booking fee applies

8 – 24 December (7.30 pm): The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights www.visitbrisbane.com.au/christmas

1-17 December (7.30 pm – 10 pm): Carols in the Reservoir at Spring Hill www.undergroundopera.com.au

TIPS
Damon Stokes from Everton Park Plus Fitness has shared the following great tips on how to avoid the dreaded bulge over Christmas.

The festive season is a great time of the year with Office Christmas Parties, Family Christmas Parties, catch-ups with friends and any other excuse for a get-together. The old saying “Eat, Drink and be Merry” is being strongly adhered to.

But how do we avoid that “Christmas Bulge” over the silly season? Here are 5 tips to keep your waistline in check so the Summer Body doesn’t end up busting that bikini or boardies.

  1. Portion Control: There are no ‘bad foods’, just ‘bad serving sizes’. Enjoy the Christmas buffet but control the quantity of what goes on the plate. Better still, choose a smaller plate. Fill a side plate instead of filling a dinner plate.
  2. Eat before you head to the party: Eating a healthy meal before partying means you’re less likely to fill up on high-calorie food when you get there.
  3. Continue to exercise: Even if you can’t get into the gym, the old saying “Something is better than nothing” still applies. Go for a walk, play outside with the kids or take them for a ride. If you overindulge, you’ll only compound the problem by letting the body’s metabolism slow down.
  4. Don’t Load the Pantry: We’re all guilty of overstocking the cupboards with an abundance of processed rubbish over the Christmas period (chips, choccy and lollies ringing any bells?). Talk about a recipe for disaster! Toss the temptation by purchasing only what you need and opt for healthier alternatives like berries, cherries, dark chocolate, nuts and good quality cheeses.
  5. Don’t be afraid of the scales: They might not be your best friend and your weight will fluctuate depending on your fluid levels on any given day but jumping on the scales on a regular basis over the Christmas period can help you understand if you’re overindulging or staying on track.

In summary, this is not the time of year to try and lose weight, but if you make a small effort, you can enjoy the Christmas cheer and head into the New Year no worse off. END

RECIPES

Here are some easy entertaining recipes if you’re entertaining and some great healthy options too.

CRAFT IDEA

GREAT SHOPPING VALUE

Have you checked out Brookside lately? With all the storms about it’s a great spot to shop and there’s NO cost for their undercover parking. There are great things happening and one is a Bonsai pop up shop outside Mathers. Starting at $20 this would make a great present.

DONATE

Now located in Newmarket, the Multicultural Community Centre was established in 1989 in Chinatown to meet the needs of Brisbane’s culturally and linguistically diverse community in Brisbane Chinatown (Fortitude Valley) and the wider Brisbane community. They were formally incorporated in 1996 and operate as a charitable organisation (a public benevolent institution), primarily assisting migrants, refugees, the disadvantaged, the poor and the elderly. Their focus is actively involved in combating any forms of racism and acts as an advocate and liaison body where government and non-government bodies are concerned. They also actively promote multiculturalism and cultural maintenance of traditions, language, and customs.

The Centre is the winner of the 2016 Queensland Multicultural Minister’s Award.

They provide accredited and non-accredited training; Australian qualifications that result in jobs with career pathways and Australian work experience.

Their vision for their charity is to assist those disadvantaged by poverty, sickness, unemployment, racial discrimination, and those who are recognizably in need of relief with practical services catering for the community’s language and cultural diversity; to feed and clothe the poor and needy and to car and provide assistance to the elderly and disabled.

Helping people is at the heart of what they do.
https://www.givenow.com.au/multiculturalcommunitycen…/donate
All donations are tax deductible.


DAY 10

Don’t forget to decorate your trees and post them on the Village Buzz. Make sure to like and share with your friends.

TODO:

7 am – 1 pm: Sunday Market, Old Petrie Town, 901-907 Dayboro Road, WHITESIDE

7 am – 2 pm: Tamborine Country Markets, Tamborine Mountain, 386 – 398 Main Western Road, MOUNT TAMBORINE

7.30 am – 10 am: Cars and Coffee Samford, Spokes, Shop 14, 19 Main St, SAMFORD VILLAGE

8.30 am – 12.30 pm: Sunshine Coast Collective Markets in December, Coolum Primary School, COOLUM BEACH

9 am – 3 pm: Brisbane Christmas Vegan Market, 56 Russell St, WEST END

24 December (9.30am – 5 pm): Mini Gladiators Exhibition, Queensland Museum, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, Kids go FREE with paying adult - www.gladiators.qm.qld.gov.au

10 am – 1 pm: FREE Santa Photos, Skygate, The Circuit, BRISBANE AIRPORT

12Noon – 4 pm: Christmas by the Bay, Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club, 34 Fairlead Crescent, MANLY

12Noon – 5 pm: Suitcase Rummage In Brisbane City Final for the year, Brisbane Square, 266 George St, BRISBANE www.suitcaserummage.com.au

2 pm – 6 pm: The Society Summer Series, Eagle Farm Racecourse, 230 Lancaster Rd, EAGLE FARM, admin@brc.com.au

2.30 pm – 4.00 pm: West End Christmas Picnic and Bunyapa Park Opening, Thomas St, WEST END

3 pm – 7 pm: Steven Jaymes Christmas BASH, Friday’s Riverside Christmas Party, 123 Eagle St, BRISBANE

3 pm -8 pm: Scarborough Christmas Carols, Scarborough Beach Park, Landsborough ave, SCARBOROUGH

3.00 pm – 9.00 pm: Under the Stars, Sirromet Wines, 850 – 938 Mount Cotton Road, MOUNT COTTON

3.30 pm: Carols in the Park, Boyd Park, NUNDAH

4.00 pm: Community Christmas Celebration, Salvation Army, North Brisbane Church, Cnr Handford and Roghan Roads, TAIGUM

4.30 pm: Bracken Ridge Christmas Carols, Norris Rd State School, Norris Road, BRACKEN RIDGE

5.30 pm – 9 pm: White Christmas 2017, Warner Brothers, Movie World, OXENFORD
https://whitechristmas.com.au/box-office/…/select-date.aspx…

1 - 14 December: Write to Santa

8 – 17 December (6 pm – 9 pm): Christmas Movies in the Park, Home Alone (PG) (1hr 55min), Roma St Parkland, 1 Parkland, Boulevard, BRISBANE

(Parking is available at Secure Parking $5 all day deal – Brisbane Transit Centre, 151 Roma St). Visit http://https//www.secureparking.com.au and enter the promotion code XMAS17 when booking your parking online. A $1 booking fee applies

6 pm – 9 pm: FREE Christmas Movie, The Polar Express, Sponsored by Cr Jared Cassidy
Zillmere Eagles Junior and Women’s Australian Football Club, O’Callaghan Park, 340 Zillmere Rd, ZILLMERE

6 pm: List and Maps or Christmas Lights www.familiesmagazine.com.au

8 – 24 December (7.30pm): The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights www.visitbrisbane.com.au/christmas

1-17 December (7.30pm – 10 pm): Carols in the Reservoir at Spring Hill www.undergroundopera.com.au

TIPS

Here are 40 great ways to decorate your trees and then photograph or video them for our competition.

RECIPES

Aprons on and ready? Here’s more great baking recipes.

Mini Rudolph Cups

Christmas Baking

Christmas baking & sweets

Christmas cookies & biscuit recipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRAFT IDEA

The BEST Christmas Tree Ideas for Kids

List of Easy Snowman Crafts For Kids to Make

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREAT SHOPPING VALUE

Recently I discovered a great shop at Stafford City Shopping Centre at the Big W end. The shop only sells books and they are all $7 each. There is such a wide variety you could easily buy for anyone and any age. Great value for a lasting gift.

DONATE

Givit is all about goods for good causes. Here you can donate items you no longer need to someone in need. Time to have a clean out and help out others.
www.givit.org.au


DAY 11

Well, the school holidays are here and there’s lots to keep the kids occupied if you are looking for anything. Plenty of us big people too so stay-tuned here.

TODO:

11 – 15 December: Kim Mancini Art has great classes for kids daytime and some night time classes too
Located at Sandgate (0402 473 083)
Enrolments essential
Classes include:- Gift Making, Wrapping paper, Enchanted Headdress, Teddy bear Christmas, Snowman sock decorations, Dreamcatchers, and more
https://www.facebook.com/pg/kimmanciniart/about/?ref=page_internal

Colour My Pot Located in Cleveland

10 am – 4 pm: (07 3134 2164) Bookings essential. Kids can paint and decorate their own presents and parents are encouraged to join in if they wish

Christmas Cooking for Kids
13 & 14 December: Toasted Café, 1/508 South Pine Road, EVERTON PARK https://www.facebook.com/events/1279077705571607/

Taigum Square has Christmas Workshops
Near Woolworths end
Every Wednesday and Thursday
FREE
www.taigumsquare.com.au/whats-on/christmas-workshops

Urban Xtreme Indoor Snow Sports and Adventure
4/370 Nudgee Rd
HENDRA
OPEN Tuesday – Sunday
https://www.urban-xtreme.com.au

24 December (9.30am – 5 pm): Mini Gladiators Exhibition, Queensland Museum, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, Kids go FREE with paying adult - www.gladiators.qm.qld.gov.au

5.30 pm – 9 pm: White Christmas 2017, Warner Brothers, Movie World, OXENFORD
https://whitechristmas.com.au/box-office/…/select-date.aspx…

1 - 14 December: Write to Santa

8 – 17 December (6 pm – 9 pm): Christmas Movies in the Park, Love Actually (M) (2hrs 16min), Roma St Parkland, 1 Parkland Boulevard, BRISBANE

(Parking is available at Secure Parking $5 all day deal – Brisbane Transit Centre, 151 Roma St). Visit http://https//www.secureparking.com.au and enter the promotion code XMAS17 when booking your parking online. A $1 booking fee applies

List and Maps or Christmas Lights in Brisbane
For all the lists and maps of Christmas Lights in Brisbane
www.familiesmagazine.com.au

The best lights on the Gold Coast
https://www.theurbanlist.com/…/best-christmas-lights-on-the…

8 – 24 December (7.30pm):  The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights www.visitbrisbane.com.au/christmas

1-17 December (7.30pm – 10pm): Carols in the Reservoir at Spring Hill www.undergroundopera.com.au

TIPS

Great ways to keep kids entertained over the holidays at home: CLICK HERE!

Are you planning a holiday or going away at any time over the break? Here are some great ideas to keep your home safe.

RECIPES

Planning a seafood Christmas? Time to put your orders in now. CLICK HERE!

or a buffet for sharing? TRY HERE!

CRAFT IDEA

GREAT SHOPPING VALUE

Gift Cards on Sale is a great site to follow for great deals on gift cards and this week there is 15% off of iTunes cards and 20% off of gift cards for a wide variety of retailers. See this site for specific information. All cards can be purchased from local retailers.
https://www.giftcardsonsale.com.au

DONATE

If you’re collecting your groceries for Foodbank great work and I’d encourage you to keep going. If however, you have overdue library books here’s a way to return them under Council’s Library Amnesty. For the month of December, bring canned food to your local Brisbane City Council library and Council will waive any outstanding fees on your library card. All donations will be sent to Foodbank Queensland Ltd to assist those in need.

https://bit.ly/2i2xAoC


DAY 12

Jess at Romano's

12 DAYS AND MORE OF CHRISTMASDay 12There’s still plenty happening so we’ve decided to go beyond 12 days. Still lots of great deals and specials and loads of Christmas joy to share. I’m going to take this opportunity for a roundup of the last 12 days and as a reminder that not everyone has a great time at Christmas.TO DO 10am – 5pmMao’s Last Dancer the exhibition: - A Portrait of Li CunxinMuseum of Brisbane157 Ann StreetBRISBANEwww.museumofbrisbane.com.au11 – 15 DecemberKim Mancini Art has great classes for kids daytime and some night time classes tooLocated at Sandgate0402 473 083Enrolments essentialClasses include:- Gift Making, Wrapping paper, Enchanted Headdress, Teddy bear Christmas, Snowman sock decorations, Dreamcatchers, and morehttps://www.facebook.com/pg/kimmanciniart/about/?ref=page_internal10am – 2pmFREELEGO Workshop WonderlandStafford City Shopping Centre400 Stafford RdSTAFFORDAlbert Street Christmas Picnic11.30am – 2.30pmAlbert StreetBRISBANEChristmas Cooking for Kids13 & 14 DecemberToasted Café1/508 South Pine RoadEVERTON PARKBookings essentialhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1279077705571607/Taigum Square has Christmas Workshops Near Woolworths endEvery Wednesday and Thursday FREEwww.taigumsquare.com.au/whats-on/christmas-workshopsUrban Xtreme Indoor Snow Sports and Adventure4/370 Nudgee RdHENDRAOPEN Tuesday – Sundayhttps://www.urban-xtreme.com.au-24 December9.30am – 5pmMini Gladiators ExhibitionQueensland MuseumCnr Grey and Melbourne StreetsSOUTH BANKKids go FREE with paying adultwww.gladiators.qm.qld.gov.au5.00pm – 8.00pmReef ‘n’ Beef nightGaythorne RSL534 Samford RdMITCHELTON5.30pm – 9pmWhite Christmas 2017Warner Brothers Movie WorldOXENFORDhttps://whitechristmas.com.au/box-office/admission/select-date.aspx?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvoKmje381wIVGyQrCh3iQwdUEAAYASAAEgI2CvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds6.45pm – 8.15pmHealthy Festive Season WorkshopThe Produce Wholefood Pantry and Café230 Waterworks RdASHGROVEBookings essentialwww.healyourgut.net1 - 14 DecemberWrite to Santahttp://www.madeleinehicks.com.au/about-us/write-to-santa/8 – 17 December6pm – 9pmChristmas Movies in the ParkThe Nativity Story (PG) (1hr 41min)Roma St Parkland1 Parkland BoulevardBRISBANE(Parking is available at Secure Parking $5 all day deal – Brisbane Transit Centre, 151 Roma St). Visit http://https//www.secureparking.com.au and enter the promotion code XMAS17 when booking your parking online. A $1 booking fee appliesList and Maps or Christmas Lights in BrisbaneFor all the lists and maps of Christmas Lights in Brisbanewww.familiesmagazine.com.auThe best lights on the Gold Coasthttps://www.theurbanlist.com/goldcoast/a-list/best-christmas-lights-on-the-gold-coast-17 December7pm – 8pmGovernor’s ResidenceFernberg RoadBARDON8 – 24 December7.30pm The Gold Lotto City Hall Lightswww.visitbrisbane.com.au/christmas1-17 December7.30pm – 10pmCarols in the Reservoir at Spring Hillwww.undergroundopera.com.auTIPSHere’s some more on home security if you’re going away. This is a great checklist.http://www.crimeprevention.nsw.gov.au/Documents/designing_crime_out_of_your_home_checklist_oct2014.pdfand some additional information from Queensland Policehttps://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/cscp/homeSecurity/default.htmThis is Bunnings how to guide for all things securityhttps://www.bunnings.com.au/diy-advice/home-improvement/safety-and-security?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1JPIucWB2AIVlxO9Ch0s6wpPEAMYASAAEgIIUvD_BwERECIPESHave you made your fruit cake?http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/fruit-cake-recipeshttp://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/christmas-cakes-puddingshttp://www.taste.com.au/recipes/gluten-free-steamed-pudding-spiced-pomegranate-syrup/jfIKPrrp?r=recipes/puddings&c=09626bf2-a635-4d36-94c4-cb602075783d/Puddingshttp://www.taste.com.au/recipes/cheats-mini-christmas-puddings/a9789f55-0299-4e0b-800b-756aba368355?r=recipes/christmasbakingsweets&c=eff07230-29ee-4245-8416-c920a0433593/Christmas%20baking%20%20sweetsCRAFT IDEAMore ideas to keep the kids busyhttps://www.craftymorning.com/noodle-popsicle-stick-christmas-tree-craft/https://www.craftymorning.com/christmas-popsicle-stick-crafts-for-kids-to-make/Craft with wine glasses????https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PULChHuksvwGREAT SHOPPING VALUEAs you can see from the video snap Jess was pleasantly surprised at what was in her gift box from Romano’s Jewellers at Stafford City. Romano’s have kindly offered a spend $200 or more and received $50 back. That’s a fantastic saving for a beautiful gift for your someone special in your life or for something for yourself. Just tell them the Village Buzz sent you to claim this. https://www.facebook.com/Romanos-Jewellers-498627156824299/WAYS OF GIVING BACK AND FEELING GRATEFULChristmas can be a difficult time for many and I’ve recently discovered a wonderful organisation called White Wreath. Many people suffering from depression, feeling suicidal or just needing someone to listen and mightn’t feel comfortable talking to someone. White Wreath offer a text service where you can text a crisis counsellor on 0410 526 562. It’s a free service. If we all work together by sharing this information we may just help someone in need, it could even save a life. Please remember this time of year isn’t always a joyous season for everyone. White Wreath isn’t government funded so all donations are received gratefully. Copy and Share this as you never know who needs to see this information. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. https://www.whitewreath.org.au#brooksideshopping#brooksidechristmas#staffordcityshopping#staffordchristmas#christmastree#christmastraditions#christmasdecorating#localbusiness#todobrisbane#eatanddobrisbane#mycitylife#christmas#donate#christmascraft#christmasfood#christmasrecipes#christmasinbrisbane#12daysofchristmas#villagebuzz#busyconnecting#brisbanecityhall#goldlotto#governmenthouse#romano’sjewellers#whitewreathDISCOUNT ROUND UP DAYS 1-1210% off of any Vegepod ordered and delivered before Christmas. This would make a wonderful present for the green thumb or not so green thumb as they are amazingly easy to grow in. Contact Sandi https://m.facebook.com/mynaturaljourneywithvegepod/10% off all Gift Vouchers from Verve Massage purchased before Christmas. Contact Sam 0422 495 240 to arrange or https://vervemassage.comThe Cheeseboard is offering up until Christmas eve for all your party needs a buy 3 cheese platters for the price of 2. This is a huge saving and makes it so easy to just take to your next party, great also for office entertaining. https://www.thecheeseboard.com.auToasted Café, 1/508 South Pine Road, Everton Park (cnr Griffith Street) is kindly offering our readers a 2 for 1 coffee offer as well as 10% off retail coffee beans and accessories including keep cups. Ashley also puts together great hampers that can be given as gifts.Madonna’s Hair and Makeup is offering a 10% discount off for new customers, who are Village Buzz readers. She also has a great competition for every customer who comes in for a hair service in the month of December has the chance to win their next hair service for free, drawn on 31/12/17. 0412 026 448 https://www.facebook.com/Madonna-Hair-and-Makeup-181993298811969/Kerry from Cloud 9 Boutique Fitness Studio, 67 Brighton Road, Sandgate, has kindly offered 10% off of the following already discounted gift ideas, to all Village Buzz readers, as shown below. Some great ideas here for yourself or your loved family members. Fly with us Pack – access to 4 sessions of either Bungee Fit or Aerial Yoga $95; the Works Pack – access to any session – four per week for six weeks $295 or Try Bungee – the only location in Queensland to have this, amazing fun and a great workout with a difference $30. https://www.facebook.com/cloud9weightlossgym/Fiona from Jamberry is offering all customers a free gift with every purchase. Check out her page for something really different in manicures for Christmas. https://jamnicenails.jamberry.com/au/en/shop/profileDeborah from Uniquely Deborah has offered readers 7.5% discount for all workshops or gift vouchers paid for prior to 16 December. See her Facebook site for the great gifts you can be making for Christmas or beautiful homewares to keep for yourself. Why not buy some gift vouchers for friends and family to use in the New Year! https://www.facebook.com/Uniquely-Deborah-1621533628123701/Recently I discovered a great shop at Stafford City Shopping Centre at the Big W end. The shop only sells books and they are all $7 each. There is such a wide variety you could easily buy for anyone and any age. Great value for a lasting gift.Have you checked out Brookside lately? With all the storms about it’s a great spot to shop and there’s NO cost for their undercover parking. There are great things happening and one is a Bonsai pop up shop outside Mathers. Starting at $20 this would make a great present.Gift Cards on Sale is a great site to follow for great deals on gift cards and this week there is 15% off of iTunes cards and 20% off of gift cards for a wide variety of retailers. See this site for specific information. All cards can be purchased from local retailers.https://www.giftcardsonsale.com.auWAYS OF GIVING BACK ROUND UP DAYS 1-12Meals on Wheels Stafford are looking for donations of small Christmas Puddings, Chocolates etc. for their recipients who will be spending Christmas Day alone. Can you help? This is a small ask by a community group who help so many in need on a daily basis. www.staffordmealsonwheels.org.au Contact Jack Poole 3356 2382 Whilst this year’s handbag campaign for Share the Dignity has finished financial donations can still be made to this worthwhile cause and they are tax deductible.https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/christmas-charity/Whilst Movember was run throughout November to raise awareness you can still donate. Here’s the Mobro I supported, Liam Culverhouse and his after. It’s always a good time to support Men’s health issues. https://au.movember.com/mospace/944320Hummingbird House is located at Chermside and is Queensland’s only children’s hospice providing 24/7 care for children affected by a life limiting condition in a home away from home. They need all the support they can get as it costs over $3m each year to operate this as a free service for Queensland families. They rely on the generosity and kindness of others to continue their important work. Donations can be made through their Facebook page or via their website. http://www.hummingbirdhouse.org.auThe collection for the Smith Family Toy and Book appeal is over but you can still donate so no child goes without something this Christmas. https://www.thesmithfamily.com.au/about-usThe Breakfast Club at Redcliffe provides free breakfasts three days a week and evening meals two days a week for the homeless and those in need on the Redcliffe Peninsula. They serve meals at The CWA Hall, 189 Redcliffe Parade. This Christmas they are appealing for small items that can help. www.thebreakfastclubredcliffe.weebly.com14 years ago the Morcombe family lost their much-loved Daniel. This is longer than they shared with him, his life was cut short at just 13 years and 353 days. Please join them and hug his memory because he deserved better and had much to offer. RIP Daniel. Australian children are safer because of Daniel’s ongoing legacy. You can help the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to continue spreading their message and their work to protect all children. Donations can be made at www.danielmorcombe.com.auNow located in Newmarket the Multicultural Community Centre was established in 1989 in Chinatown, to meet the needs of Brisbane’s culturally and linguistically diverse community in Brisbane Chinatown (Fortitude Valley) and the wider Brisbane community. They were formally incorporated in 1996 and operate as a charitable organisation (a public benevolent institution), primarily assisting migrants, refugees, the disadvantaged, the poor and the elderly. Their focus is actively involved in combating any forms of racism and acts as an advocate and liaison body where government and non-government bodies are concerned. Whilst also actively promoting multiculturalism and cultural maintenance of traditions, language, and customs. Helping people is at the heart of what they do. https://www.givenow.com.au/multiculturalcommunitycentre/donate. All donations are tax deductible.Givit is all about goods for good causes. Here you can donate items you no longer need to someone in need. Time to have a clean out and help out others. www.givit.org.auIf you’re collecting with your groceries for Foodbank great work and I’d encourage you to keep going. If, however, you have overdue library books here’s a way to return them under Council’s Library Amnesty. For the month of December, bring canned food to your local Brisbane City Council library and Council will waive any outstanding fees on your library card. All donations will be sent to Foodbank Queensland Ltd to assist those in need. https://bit.ly/2i2xAoC

Posted by Village Buzz on Monday, 11 December 2017

There’s still plenty happening so we’ve decided to go beyond 12 days. Still lots of great deals and specials and loads of Christmas joy to share. I’m going to take this opportunity for a roundup of the last 12 days and as a reminder that not everyone has a great time at Christmas.

TODO:
10 am – 5 pm: Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition: - A Portrait of Li Cunxin, Museum of Brisbane, 157 Ann Street, BRISBANE www.museumofbrisbane.com.au

11 – 15 December: Kim Mancini Art has great classes for kids daytime and some night time classes too Located at Sandgate (0402 473 083)
Enrolments essential
Classes include:- Gift Making, Wrapping paper, Enchanted Headdress, Teddy bear Christmas, Snowman sock decorations, Dreamcatchers, and more
https://www.facebook.com/pg/kimmanciniart/about/?ref=page_internal

10 am – 2 pm: FREE
LEGO Workshop Wonderland
Stafford City Shopping Centre
400 Stafford Rd
STAFFORD

Albert Street Christmas Picnic
11.30am – 2.30pm
Albert Street
BRISBANE

Christmas Cooking for Kids
13 & 14 December
Toasted Café
1/508 South Pine Road
EVERTON PARK
Bookings essential
https://www.facebook.com/events/1279077705571607/

Taigum Square has Christmas Workshops
Near Woolworths end
Every Wednesday and Thursday
FREE
www.taigumsquare.com.au/whats-on/christmas-workshops

Urban Xtreme Indoor Snow Sports and Adventure
4/370 Nudgee Rd
HENDRA
OPEN Tuesday – Sunday
https://www.urban-xtreme.com.au

24 December (9.30am – 5 pm): Mini Gladiators Exhibition, Queensland Museum, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, Kids go FREE with paying adult - www.gladiators.qm.qld.gov.au

5.00 pm – 8.00 pm: Reef ‘n’ Beef night, Gaythorne RSL, 534 Samford Rd, MITCHELTON

5.30 pm – 9 pm: White Christmas 2017, Warner Brothers, Movie World, OXENFORD
https://whitechristmas.com.au/box-office/…/select-date.aspx…

6.45pm – 8.15pm: Healthy Festive Season Workshop, The Produce Wholefood Pantry and Café, 230 Waterworks Rd ASHGROVE
Bookings essential
www.healyourgut.net

1 - 14 December: Write to Santa

8 – 17 December (6 pm – 9 pm): Christmas Movies in the Park, The Nativity Story (PG) (1hr 41min),Roma St Parkland, 1 Parkland Boulevard, BRISBANE

(Parking is available at Secure Parking $5 all day deal – Brisbane Transit Centre, 151 Roma St). Visit http://https//www.secureparking.com.au and enter the promotion code XMAS17 when booking your parking online. A $1 booking fee applies

List and Maps or Christmas Lights in Brisbane
For all the lists and maps of Christmas Lights in Brisbane
www.familiesmagazine.com.au

The best lights on the Gold Coast
https://www.theurbanlist.com/…/best-christmas-lights-on-the…

17 December (7 pm – 8 pm): Governor’s Residence, Fernberg Road, BARDON

8 – 24 December (7.30pm): The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights www.visitbrisbane.com.au/christmas

1-17 December (7.30 pm – 10 pm): Carols in the Reservoir at Spring Hill www.undergroundopera.com.au

TIPS

Here’s some more on home security if you’re going away. This is a great checklist.

and some additional information from Queensland Police. CLICK HERE!

This is Bunning's how-to guide for all things security. CLICK HERE!

RECIPES

Have you made your fruitcake?

Fruit Cake Recipes

Christmas cakes & puddings

Gluten-free steamed pudding with spiced pomegranate syrup

Cheat's mini Christmas puddings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRAFT IDEA

More ideas to keep the kids busy:

GREAT SHOPPING VALUE

As you can see from the video snap Jess was pleasantly surprised at what was in her gift box from Romano’s Jewellers at Stafford City. Romano’s have kindly offered a spend $200 or more and received $50 back. That’s a fantastic saving for a beautiful gift for your someone special in your life or for something for yourself. Just tell them the Village Buzz sent you to claim this.
https://www.facebook.com/Romanos-Jewellers-498627156824299/

WAYS OF GIVING BACK AND FEELING GRATEFUL

Christmas can be a difficult time for many and I’ve recently discovered a wonderful organisation called White Wreath. Many people suffering from depression, feeling suicidal or just needing someone to listen and mightn’t feel comfortable talking to someone. White Wreath offer a text service where you can text a crisis counsellor on 0410 526 562. It’s a free service. If we all work together by sharing this information we may just help someone in need, it could even save a life. Please remember this time of year isn’t always a joyous season for everyone. White Wreath isn’t government funded so all donations are received gratefully. Copy and Share this as you never know who needs to see this information. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
https://www.whitewreath.org.au


DAY 13

TODO: 
9 am: The Creative Collective Handmade Markets, 31A Hayward St, STAFFORD
info@ccreativecollectivebrisbane.com.au

10 am – 5 pm: Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition: - A Portrait of Li Cunxin, Museum of Brisbane, 157 Ann Street
BRISBANE www.museumofbrisbane.com.au

11 – 15 December: Kim Mancini Art has great classes for kids daytime and some night time classes too
Located at Sandgate

0402 473 083
Enrolments essential
Classes include:- Gift Making, Wrapping paper, Enchanted Headdress, Teddy bear Christmas, Snowman sock decorations, Dreamcatchers, and more
https://www.facebook.com/pg/kimmanciniart/about/?ref=page_internal

10 am – 2 pm: FREE, LEGO Workshop Wonderland, Stafford City Shopping Centre, 400 Stafford Rd
STAFFORD

Christmas Cooking for Kids
13 & 14 December
Toasted Café
1/508 South Pine Road
EVERTON PARK
Bookings essential
https://www.facebook.com/events/1279077705571607/

Urban Xtreme Indoor Snow Sports and Adventure
4/370 Nudgee Rd
HENDRA
OPEN Tuesday – Sunday
https://www.urban-xtreme.com.au

24 December (9.30am – 5 pm): Mini Gladiators Exhibition, Queensland Museum, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, Kids go FREE with paying adult - www.gladiators.qm.qld.gov.au

5.30 pm – 9 pm: White Christmas 2017, Warner Brothers, Movie World, OXENFORD
https://whitechristmas.com.au/box-office/…/select-date.aspx…

1 - 14 December: Write to Santa

8 – 17 December (6 pm – 9 pm): Christmas Movies in the Park, Deck the Halls (PG) (1hr 33min), Roma St Parkland, 1 Parkland Boulevard, BRISBANE

(Parking is available at Secure Parking $5 all day deal – Brisbane Transit Centre, 151 Roma St). Visit http://https//www.secureparking.com.au and enter the promotion code XMAS17 when booking your parking online. A $1 booking fee applies

List and Maps or Christmas Lights in Brisbane
For all the lists and maps of Christmas Lights in Brisbane
www.familiesmagazine.com.au

The best lights on the Gold Coast
https://www.theurbanlist.com/…/best-christmas-lights-on-the…

6.30 pm – 9 pm: Northside Christmas Spectacular, Ferny Grove Bowls Club, 20 Tramway St, FERNY GROVE

FREE
7 pm – 10 pm (weather permitting)
Brad’s Christmas Lights
Paladin Place
Bald Hills
http://www.bradsxmaslights.com

FREE – 17 December
7 pm – 8 pm
Government House Christmas Lights
Government House
168 Fernberg Road
Paddington
http://www.mustdobrisbane.com/…/christmas-lights-government…

8 – 24 December
7.30 pm
The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights
www.visitbrisbane.com.au/christmas

1-17 December
7.30 pm – 10 pm
Carols in the Reservoir at Spring Hill
www.undergroundopera.com.au

TIPS

Here are some great reasons to shop locally

and some great ideas to keep kids busy during the school holidays. CLICK HERE!

RECIPES

Looking for a hot cooked Christmas dinner? Try some of these
http://www.taste.com.au/recip…/collections/christmas-in-july

CRAFT IDEA

https://www.craftymorning.com/wine-cork-christmas-craft-id…/

GREAT SHOPPING VALUE

RACQ in the lead up to Christmas is offering discounts each day. Find out what they have for you each day.
https://www.racq.com.au/promotions/christmas-campaign

There are lots of ways to save on Movie tickets, here’s some
http://moneymag.com.au/full-price-movie-tickets/

WAYS OF GIVING BACK AND FEELING GRATEFUL

Lifeline is always there on 13 11 14, Mental Health Triage 13 14 65. You can also donate if you wish to help them support our community.www.lifeline.org.au