10 THINGS TO DO
Celebrate the opening of the Australian Festival of Chamber
Music tonight at the Townsville Civic Theatre with the James Cook University Opening Night Concert — Transfigured Night. The show starts at 8pm. Music fans can also enjoy the Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 1 at C2, Townsville Civic Theatre tomorrow from 10am. For tickets and more information visit afcm. com. au
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music Families’ Concert — The Little
Sweep is showing at the Townsville Civic Theatre at 2.30pm on Saturday. The production is an opera for children by Benjamin Britten, it features Valda Wilson, Orava String Quartet, Benjamin Martin, David Selig and Eugene Ughetti. Tickets, adults $ 20, child $ 10. Call 4771 4144.
Strand Ephemera officially opens today, it will continue for the next 10 days until August 9. The festival completely transforms The Strand into a 2.2km exhibition space for amazing artworks, events, workshops and performances. Head down and walk along The Strand to see impressive art and sand sculptures. Visit www. townsville. qld. gov. au for more information.
Head down to Heatley Park, Fulham Road, Heatley from 1.30pm for the Canine Obedience Club of Townsville’s Agility and Obedience competition on Saturday. Enjoy watching dogs of all breeds and their handlers as they compete for placings and prizes. Entry is free. More details www.coct.com.au or Facebook Canine Obedience Club of Townsville Inc.
Show your support for the North Queensland Cowboys when they take on the Canberra Raiders at 1300 SMILES Stadium tomorrow night. The teams will be wearing the Marvel Superhero jerseys and it’s Thor ( Cowboys) Vs Hulk ( Raiders). Kick- off is at 5.30pm with the under- 20s game on at 3.15pm.
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Townsville City Council present an entertaining free concert in Queens Gardens for the Festival’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. The 1812 on Sunday at 3pm. It’s a free event.
Melville’s Farm in Alligator Creek will host the Hogs Breath Pig Day Out on Saturday. The day will feature pig racing as well as a ute muster, night bull ride, show jumping and mower racing. Country rockers Jade Holland and The Jay Seeney Band will kick off their combined album tour with music from 9pm. Gates open at 11am. Entry is $ 20 for adults, $ 15 for kids with all rides included, and free for children under 2. Camping is available, but you must book prior to the event at 07 4778 8388.
Experience a taste of Italy in the north for The Australian Italian Festival on in Ingham this weekend. The two- day festival over Saturday and Sunday and features traditional food, entertainment, cooking demonstrations, displays, competitions, rides, stalls and more. It kicks off at 10am on Saturday and runs until about 3pm on Sunday at the TYTO precinct in Ingham. For tickets visit townsvilletickets.com.au
Light on the Fringe, a new media project featuring multiple digital projections on the outside east wall of the Umbrella Studio building opens today. A variety of new media artists from JCU and Umbrella Studio members have joined forces to develop works coordinated by visual artist Aaron Ashley. The display runs until August 9.
Thousands of runners will join in the McDonald’s
Townsville Running Festival at Jezzine Barracks and along The Strand. The last chance to register is on Saturday at Jezzine Barracks from 11am- 4pm. Events include the marathon at 5.30am, half marathon 7.10am, 10k at 7.45am, the 2.5k hero run/ walk at 8.40am, the junior 5k fun run/ walk at 9.10am and adult 5k fun run/ walk and 5k corporate challenge at 9.15am. For more race information visit townsvillerunningfestival.com