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SEEM­INGLY within the blink of an eye, school hol­i­days have once again rolled around.

For mum-of-two Christie Hoff­mann, there is no short­age for ac­tiv­i­ties to keep her chil­dren en­ter­tained, such as the netball clinic which her son Jake, 4, en­joyed.

“There’s plenty of things on of­fer for the kids if you want to utilise hem,” she said.

“Jake hasn’t played netball be­fore but his sis­ter does. He usu­ally has to watch so it’s good for him to get in­volved.”

Fel­low par­tic­i­pant Jessica Cook, also 4, started play­ing netball this year.

“It’s a lot of fun and I can do it with my sis­ter. I’m in kindy and I re­ally like hol­i­days.” Sis­ter Is­abel, who’s just fin­ished her first term of grade one, said she al­ways looked for­ward to school hol­i­days.

“I get to spend time with my sis­ter and do some fun things I can’t do when I’m at school,” she said.

“I don’t know what we’re do­ing all hol­i­days yet but it will be fun.”

Once again, the Mara­noa Re­gional Coun­cil has done their bit to help out par­ents find enough ac­tiv­i­ties to fill the next two weeks. Here’s what’s on in your town.


A BARE­FOOT bowls and bar­be­cue will be held to­mor­row af­ter­noon from 3.30-5.30pm, with great prizes on of­fer. Don’t for­get your adult.

Un­leash your in­ner war­rior with an ac­tion-packed night of adren­a­line-fu­elled fun at Wed­nes­day’s laser skir­mish chal­lenge at the P-10 State School Grounds. 10-17 year olds, Be there at 5.30pm with $10 to play. Don’t for­get to wear closed in shoes and long pants.

Whether you’re a bud­ding shooter or just want to try some­thing new, Julie Gray will be host­ing a netball clinic on Thurs­day from 2-4pm at the school grounds for those aged 5 and over. Don’t for­get your hat, sun­screen and wa­ter.

Ever won­dered what mag­i­cal pow­ers your cat might have? Find out about spe­cial cats all over the world at a spe­cial Story Time with a Mu­si­cal Twist at In­june Li­brary next Mon­day from 10am. My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes by Eve Sut­ton is part of the First 5 For­ever tour.

A spe­cial Gold Coast skate­boarder will be run­ning work­shops for five-and-ups next Thurs­day from 10am at the In­june Skate Park. Jay Hether­ing­ton will bring 15 skate­boards with him if you don’t have your own. Don’t for­get your hel­met.


THERE will be a chance for Mitchell laser war­riors to do bat­tle tonight when the laser skir­mish comes to town. Book­ings are es­sen­tial, be­fore you meet at 5.30pm at the Mitchell RSL & Com­bined Sports Com­plex for a night of ac­tion. Make sure you have long pants and en­closed shoes.

Mitchell Li­brary next Mon­day will host a Three Cats De­sign Art Work­shop from 10-11am, where you can learn to make your air-dried clay fauna cre­ations. Book­ings are es­sen­tial, make sure you call Keryn 0401 443 373.

As part of NAIDOC week next week, there will be a spe­cial morn­ing tea at the Yumba, which all are in­vited to at­tend. Head on down to the Yumba Set­tle­ment from 9.30 am on Fri­day.


ALL week, Clin­ton and his team from Storm Co Kids Club will be of­fer­ing an af­ter­noon of sports, games, singing, arts and crafts from 2-4pm un­til Fri­day at the Roma PCYC. Ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer will change daily, so your chil­dren will never get bored! There will be some­thing for every­one. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact 0409 946 626.

Games, face paint­ing, dance and mu­sic will all cel­e­brate NAIDOC Cul­tural Day. Catholic Care and Ori­gin will be sup­ply­ing break­fast from 8am be­fore ac­tiv­i­ties be­gin at 9. There will be a lunch break at 12pm be­fore the day wraps up at 2pm. Meet at the grassed area near he Mara­noa PCYC, 38-44 Ge­orge St, Roma. Don’t for­get your hat, sun­screen, wa­ter bot­tle and en­closed shoes.

For three days, Kathryn Wight­man will be run­ning a day­camp, where chil­dren will par­tic­i­pate in ori­en­teer­ing, archery, crafts, drum­ming and more. This is open to chil­dren in years 1-7, and costs $60 per child to keep them busy from 8am to 4pm from next Tues­day to Thurs­day.

The skate­board­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of Jay Hether­ing­ton will be com­ing to Roma next Wed­nes­day. Make sure you reg­is­ter your in­ter­est quick, there are lim­ited spots. Don’t for­get your hel­met and wear en­closed shoes.


HAVE you ever won­dered about what you can’t see with just your eyes? The Su­rat Li­brary wants to help you dis­cover a whole new world of mi­crobeasts through a dig­i­tal mi­cro­scope, right from an iPad! Head down to the li­brary to­mor­row morn­ing from 10am.

Stor­mCo Ac­tiv­i­ties will be run­ning all week. At 7pm tonight there will be a movie at the YouthZone. To­mor­row and Fri­day from 3-5pm, head to the Re­cre­ation Oval (with your hat, sun­screen, wa­ter and en­closed shoes) for some out­door fun. From 6pm on Thurs­day, there will be a bar­be­cue and games night. On Satur­day, there will be a scav­enger hunt and pic­nic lunch at the River­side Park­lands from 12pm.

Laser Skir­mish heads to Su­rat next Thurs­day.

10-17 year olds are in­vited to the War­roo Sport­ing Com­plex with their $10 at 5.45pm.


THIS week, Three Cats De­sign are run­ning art work­shops mak­ing col­lages around forests and it’s an­i­mals. They’ll be run­ning in Wal­lum­billa on Wed­nes­day from 2-3pm, and in Yuleba on Thurs­day. Book­ings are es­sen­tial, so make sure you call Keryn on 0401 443 373 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Noonga Hall will host a games day next Mon­day. Don’t for­get to bring some morn­ing tea to share, a chair or blan­ket for the movie, and a wa­ter bot­tle.


HOL­I­DAY TIME: Is­abel Cook, 6, Jake Hoff­mann, 4, and Jessica Cook, 4, at Mara­noa Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion's hol­i­day netball clinic.


HOL­I­DAYS: Is­abel, 6, and sis­ter Jessica Cook, 4, at Mara­noa Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion's hol­i­day netball clinic.

Is­abel Cook, 6, Jake Hoff­mann, 4, and Jessica Cook, 4.

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