2015 cairns & region community events and professional development diary every effort is made to supply accurate information, but no responsibility is accepted by the compiler for errors

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Every effort is made to supply accurate information, but no responsibility is accepted by the compiler for errors. Compiled by Mike Friganiotis. Send event/course inclusion information to mfriganiotis@raq.org.au - likewise if interested in joining, or wishing to unsubscribe from, the mailing list.
THIS DIARY IS ALSO POSTED AND UPDATED ON THE FAMILY LAW PATHWAYS WEBSITE, FNQ SECTION – http://www.qldfamilylawnet.org.au/networks/far-north-queensland/activities


On Now

Till 25 Apr Quartet by Ronald Harwood • Directed by John Hughes, ‘The comedy that inspired the movie of the same name.’ Rondo Theatre, 46 Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill, 7.30pm, more info and booking call 1300 855 835

Till 26 Apr Artists of the North – a snapshot of life in the north with more than 100 local artists exhibiting paintings, glass, mosaics, photography, sculptures and textiles around the theme Faces of the North, Tanks Arts Centre.
Till 30 Apr Tinny Appeal in Support of Street Level Youth Care. Feel free to donate a tin of canned food. More details at www.mtsheridanplaza.com.au
Till 2 May From The Waters – Roland Nancarrow’s wall sculptures based around alternative notions on evolution plus celebrating Cairns in December with flowering poincianas and the visitation of the pied imperial pigeon, KickArts.
Till 5 May BreastScreen Queensland Mobile service – Mossman, Front car park at Mossman Hospital, Johnston Road, to book an appointment call 13 20 50
Till 10 May STRING THEORY: FOCUS ON CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN ART - string theory is an imaginative exhibition that explores innovative approaches to the ways in which fibre and art come together in a contemporary context and across a range of media, including sculpture, photography, painting and video. Curated by Glenn Barkley, from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the exhibition brings together works by over 30 Aboriginal artists and artists groups from across Australia. Together the works explore the inter-connectedness of histories and stories that transcend traditional textile and craft-based practices. Many of the works on display use handmade string produced from plant fibres. String theory also explores the way in which people come together and communicate. The works have been developed through or evolved out of conversations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, family members and arts workers. For the artists, string becomes a physical material as well as a metaphorical fibre that binds their ideas and cultures together. As with conversations, it can be tangled and it can be tidy, strong and delicate, complex and simple. At 6.00pm on Friday 13 March join visiting MCA Assistant Curator, Megan Robson, at the Cairns Regional Gallery for an insightful discussion about works in the exhibition and the artists and art groups that have created them. RSVP essential, 4046 4800. String theory is a national touring exhibition, organized and managed by the Museum of Contemporary Art with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Till 11 May Butterfly Rainforest: preparing for flight – Deanna Gabiga, American fibre artist and metalsmith based in Tokyo, has created a large butterfly rainforest environment, inspired by her travels in Australia, designed specifically for species native to FNQ, Botanic Garden Visitors Centre
Till 17 May EVER PRESENT - PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY COLLECTION 1850-1975, Ever Present is a fascinating history of the development of photography as a modern art form. Drawn from the international collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, the exhibition includes works by unknown nineteenth century photographers alongside iconic images of some of the twentieth century's most renowned photographers including Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Max Dupain and Helen Levitt. Cairns Regional Gallery, Cnr Abbott & Shields Street
Till 24 May SUSAN DOHERTY: INTUIT - A constant theme in Susan Doherty's work is drawing our attention to the rubbish we discard, and transforming it from the meaningless into the meaningful. In so doing, Doherty's works create a commentary on our consumer-driven world. Cairns Regional Gallery, Cnr. Abbott & Shields Street
Till 30 May Get ready for a new style of entertainment and dining with Cairns Dinner Theatre’s debut performance of ‘Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding’—Dinner and a show, but not the way you'd think! Enjoy an evening of entertainment combined with a gourmet, three course meal. This interactive comedy has the audience acting as guests to the most outrageous wedding in the world, watch and take part in the show as the personalities of the feuding families clash right in front of you. No matter how wacky the wedding of your sibling, cousin, friend or coworker was, it still won’t hold a candle to the chaos of the Vitale/Nunzio nuptials. This love-struck bride and groom, who should each be wearing an ‘I’m With Crazy’ T-shirt, tie the knot every Friday & Saturday starting March 13th at Cairns Dinner Theatre located inside The Hilton Hotel. ‘Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding’ will make you appreciate your own family, despite their shortcomings. And even though the Vitales and Nunzios are certifiably mad, they do know how to have a good time. Whether it’s flirting or fighting, there’s something happening in every corner of the room. A unique blend of a conventional wedding ceremony and interactive dinner theatre, ‘Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding’ is guaranteed to fill you up with good food, fun and, perhaps, even love. The Hilton Hotel, 6.30pm, VIP $99 VIP seating, glass of champagne upon arrival and gift at the table, Adult $79, Youth (3-13yrs) $59, Group (10+) $67, more info & booking call 1300 855 835

Apr 2015
22 Apr Earth Day 2015 - Do something special on this day as your contribution to healing Mother Earth and to celebrate Earth Day in a tangible and practical way. Plant a native tree (habitat), or plant a fruit tree (local organic food security). https://www.facebook.com/events/327883710751172/
22 Apr Dive Into Digital – Free seminar “Creating a Website” (Repeat), 17:30 – 19:30hrs, Arc Disabilities Service, 92 Little St, Manunda. This free information session for small to medium businesses and not-for-profit/community groups gives you practical tips for getting your organization online. It will look at your website building options including costs and how to build and maintain a free website. Participants at this session are then eligible for up to 4 hours free one-on-one follow-up mentoring sessions at their place of work/organization. (A regional consortium led by Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Straight (RDAFNQTS) received federal funding to manage the Digital Enterprise Program in the region. The group includes Advance Cairns, FNQ Regional Organization of Councils (FNQROC), Gulf Savannah Development, Cape York Sustainable Futures, Cairns Chamber of Commerce, Digital Economy Cairns and advice provided by TNQ Institute of TAFE). Registration - http://www.diveintodigital.com.au/events
22 Apr Politics in the Pub – Activism: Views from Canada, 18:00hrs – Green Ant Cantina, 183 Bunda St, Cairns. Fred Jones and Emily Drysdale, who are visiting Cairns, are activists in Montreal, a city in the largely French-speaking province of Quebec, in Canada. They are members of Quebec Solidaire, which is the only party in the province fighting austerity and oil pipelines. The latest public opinion survey gives QS 16% of the vote (18% of French speakers). Fred and Emily want to discuss their experiences including solidarity work with the revolutionary movements in South and Central America, participation in the Palestine Boycott, Disinvestment, Sanction (BDS) movement, and political and union organizing in local and Quebec politics, including supporting a six-month long student strike that stopped extra hikes in tuition fees. They also hope to hear about Australian activists’ experiences.
22 Apr Kuranda CSG Free meeting - 16:30hrs Original Kuranda Rainforest Market, 7 Therwine St, Kuranda. It's that time of the month again when we gather to discuss positive & peaceful actions towards spreading awareness about the deadly CSG industry. All welcome!
22 Apr – 27 May 6 Week Beginners Mindfulness Meditation Course starts today - This Course is designed for complete beginners to more experienced meditators. Julie has been teaching meditation for 7 years and over the 6 weeks you will learn different meditation techniques which you will be encouraged to practice at home. You will be given notes each week and a notepad. Every Wednesday evening, 7 - 8.15pm, Cairns Spiritual Centre, 99 for 6 weeks, Contact Julie for bookings on 0438537365 or email julie@rainforestreiki.com.au
23 Apr Women’s Health Clinic (available to Medicare eligible clients) – conducted by an Advanced Practise Mobile Women’s health Nurse (employed by QLD Health) – services offered include:- pap smears, sexual health screening, education/information on menopause, breast health, nutrition, contraception, bowel health, health lifestyle etc. Women of all ages are welcome and appointments can be made by ringing the phone number listed. Today’s clinic: Mareeba Hospital, call 4092 9311
23 Apr Eliminate discrimination & sexual harassment complaints. Don’t put your business at risk! Train your staff in the law - EEO, Equity or Contact Officer Refresher Training, 9am - 1pm $177pp. Training packages delivered by the Cairns office - Anti-Discrimination Commission QLD, limited spaces, venue to be announced, ask us for a quote to deliver training for up to 25 people at your desired location. TO REGISTER Ph: 1300 130 670 or 4037 2100 or visit our website at www.adcq.qld.gov.au and click on “Training” and “Training calendar”
23 Apr You are invited to join StandBy Response Service “Pathways to Care” Suicide Bereavement Workshop Understanding and supporting those impacted by suicide. To develop the capacity of communities to respond to acute and previous suicide experience. “Pathways to Care" The Collaborative Effect (How the client benefits from collective service engagement, 10.00am - 12.30pm, Topics Covered:

 Showcase the StandBy Response Service model.

 Understanding suicide via the contributions of our regions first responders: Meet Police, Ambulance & Funeral Directors.

 To create a pathways document with attendees’ to be used as a local response plan in providing early intervention and ongoing support to families, friends & associates.

“Crossing The River “Understanding Impact 1.15pm - 3.00pm, Topics Covered:

 Information on shock, trauma, & differentials of suicide loss.

 The suicide bereavement condition

 Suicide crisis intervention approaches

 Risk review & harm minimization

 Bereavement Care

 Managing the effect on care givers and supporters

 Strategies for self-care and awareness of vicarious traumatization

10.00am-3.00pm, Mossman Community Centre, Facilitators: Melissa Andrews & Angela Campbell, RSVP: Friday 17th April, 2015, Free Registration; Morning Tea provided on arrival at 9.30am & Lunch Included served between 12.30-1.15pm. For further information or workshop registration by phone Please call: Melissa Andrews Mobile: 0459 299 147 or Angela Campbell angela.campbell@uccommunity.org.au
23 Apr Designed in Cairns – Indigenous Ecology and Landscape Design, 17:30 – 19:30hrs. Seminar 5 at the Cairns Institute The fifth seminar in the series presents the design philosophy of Abriculture. Abriculture philosophy is about Re-establishing the ancient art of knowing ones environment by understanding the natural wisdoms and respecting traditional relationships between people, land and ecosystems. When the land is strong and healthy, its people are dynamic and resilient. Main lecture theatre, RM-054 (map - http://www.jcu.edu.au/maps/cairns/interactive/?location=D3 Register here: https://alumni.jcu.edu.au/TCIEvents

23 Apr Malanda Community Garden Gathering. Want to learn more about the proposed plan? Want to have access to a space to grow? Would like to donate some valuable time & be a part of a valuable community enterprise? Bookings currently essential. Contact Maria 0406971567 to arrange a date for orientation & obtain address details. This is a Malanda Community Garden event, everyone is welcome to participate.

23 Apr Square dancing classes at 3UA, 129 Mulgrave Road, 1 – 3pm, live caller, no partner required, afternoon tea, $3, more info call Graham 4054 4885
23 Apr Cairns Stroke Survivors Support group for survivors & carers, Masonic Centre, 120 McManus Street, Whitfield, 9.30am, $2, more info call jean 4033 1479 or Maris 4032 5363
23 Apr Cairns Bicycle User Group meeting, 7pm, 17 Gordon Street, Earlville, more info call 4054 1756
23 Apr – 7 May Atherton Learning Centre - Basic Computer Skills Workshop Series, commencing today and then each Thursday for a total of 3 sessions, 10am – 1pm. Who can attend? No prior computer knowledge is required. A series of short sessions designed to provide hands-on basic computer skills for those technologically terrified beginners. Offered in small student groups in a relaxed and supportive environment and will appeal to anyone new to computers or wanting a refresher…

• Personalize Desktop and Desktop Shortcuts

• Windows functions and basic file management

• Introduction to Microsoft Word and formatting text

• Key Internet skills –Google and YouTube

• Email competence

Full cost for the series of 3 sessions and manual is $197.50. Contact: PAMELA CAFARELLA, Atherton Learning Centre, Ph: 40914432 M: 0499 591617, 5D Comet Avenue Atherton, Email: athertonlearning@gmail.com
24 Apr Tara Tiba (Iran), Praised as one of Iran's most exciting new talents, Tara Tiba will mesmerize you with her soulful voice and an extraordinary vocal technique. Following successful shows at the Perth International Jazz Festival and Fairbridge Folkworld Festival, Tara Tiba has launched her debut album, a Persian Dream, which features improvisations of centuries-old Persian poetry, original compositions and jazz with a Persian flavour. Tara studied voice in the classical Persian system, but was prohibited from performing in public as a female singer in her native Iran. Since moving to Australia in 2012, Tara has been able to share her music and the deep cultural traditions of Iran with international audiences, including WOMADelaide in 2015. Be transported to ancient Persia, as interpreted by this talented young woman. $30/25, Tanks Arts Centre, more info and booking call 1300 855 835
24 Apr Red Rose Rally - Cairns Collective Impact on Domestic and Family Violence - To remember Julie Hutchinson, aged 48 from Townsville, Aaron Stewart, aged 34 from Spring Hill and Bruce Mognahan, aged 50 from Delaneys Creek. All D&FV related homicides by men. Red Rose Rally will be held at 12 noon, on the corner of Lake and Shields Street, Cairns. Wear black and bring a red rose
24 Apr Relaxation & Wellness group for people affected by cancer, incl. family & friends, Cancer Council, 169 Aumuller street, 9.30am, free, no booking required, more info call Kerry 4226 7817
24 Apr Gordonvale Bowls Club community barefoot bowls and BBQ, 6 – 8.30pm, cnr. Mill & Swan Streets, come by yourself or in a group, bowls provided, more info call 4056 1050
24 Apr Cairns City Squares Dance Club at Band hall, cnr. Sheridan & Charles Streets, 7.30 – 10pm, $5, all welcome, more info call 4045 1737
24 Apr Indoor bowls at Good Shepherd Church Hall, Mayers Street, Edge Hill, from 12.30pm, new players & visitors welcome, more info call 4053 5629
24 Apr Narcotics Anonymous meeting, 8pm, CWA Hall, Jack Street, Atherton, more info call 0432 485 802
24 Apr Cairns Mulgrave Rotary Club meeting, 1pm, Cairns Sheridan Hotel, Cairns north, more info call 4031 6500
24 Apr Koalas Playgroup for birth to 5 years old kids, 9.30 – 11.30am, tennis clubhouse, Henley Street, Earlville, more info call Sharon 4054 5752
25 Apr ANZAC Day Holiday
25 Apr 100th Anniversary of the Landing at Gallipoli

3:50am Dawn parade (assemble at Martyn St Cemetery gates at the Anderson St. entrance)

5:30am The Centenary of ANZAC Dawn Service will commence at the Cenotaph on the Esplanade

Ex-service and serving personnel/spectators are requested to be at the Cenotaph by 5:00 am. The Dawn Service will include the mounting of the Catafalque Party, an ANZAC prayer; official wreath laying; Ataturk's letter to Australian Mothers; the playing of the Last Post; the Ode to the Fallen; a Minutes Silence; the playing of the Rouse; the hymn The Recessional; an address by Lieutenant Colonel Ben Toyne, Commanding Officer, 51st Battalion, the Far North Queensland Regiment; handing over of the Torch; the Benediction; singing of the Australian and New Zealand National Anthems by the combined Choirs of St Monica's & St Augustine's colleges; and the dismounting of the Catafalque Party.

7:30am ANZAC breakfast and performance of The Soldiers Wife, Fogarty Park

8.15 am Ecumenical Church Service - The Centenary of ANZAC Cairns Ecumenical Service will be held in St Monica's Cathedral commencing at 8.15am. The service will include a choir and ensemble of students from Freshwater Christian College and Trinity Anglican School; a recital of the poem ANZAC Day and the Ode to the Fallen by two Cairns High School students and a solo piece (Abide With Me) by Patrice Hogan accompanied on the Cathedral organ by Toni Dunstan. Members of the Australian Cadet Corps will mount a Catafalque Party prior to the playing of the Last Post by Rachael Evans. Bob Manning, the Mayor of Cairns will provide the Closing Remarks.

10am Commemoration Parade - The Centenary of ANZAC March will assemble at Munro Martin Park at 9.30 am and step off at 10.00 am. The March route will be along the Esplanade arriving at Fogarty Park for a community service concluding about 11.00 am.

10.20am Commemoration Service, Fogarty Park, followed by the Snake Gully Band.
25 Apr ANZAC Day - Edmonton

5:15am Dawn parade at Fuller Park (cenotaph) followed by service/wreath laying

7:45am Commemorative march (assemble outside Hambledon House) with service/ wreath laying to follow at Fuller Park (cenotaph)
25 Apr ANZAC Day – Gordonvale

5:30am Dawn parade at Norman Park (cenotaph), followed by service/ wreath laying

6:30am Breakfast at RSL Hall

9:30am Commemorative march from Gordonvale school to Norman Park (cenotaph) followed by service/ wreath laying

25 Apr ANZAC Day - Trinity Beach

5:30am Dawn parade (assembly adjacent to memorial) followed by service, wreath laying and commemorative march (along Vasey Esplanade)

25 Apr ANZAC Day - Stratford

6:50am Parade assembles at Stratford Post Office

7:00am Commemorative march to Stratford Cenotaph, followed by service/ wreath laying
25 Apr ANZAC Day - Yorkeys Knob

8:30am Commemorative service at the Boat Club Marina

25 Apr Graphite Saturday with Julie McEnerny - We sketch outdoors in the Botanic Gardens in the morning so remember to dress for the weather! After lunch we reconvene in the Visitor Centre to refine our drawings and learn new skills. Bring your own materials for this workshop: sketchbook/journal and pencils (e.g. 2H, HB, 2B). Lunch can be purchased at either of the Garden's eateries or byo (fridge available). Tea and coffee provided. Last Saturday of every month. Cost: $80 Bookings essential (small groups): gardens@cairns.qld.gov.au or phone 4032 6650. 10am – 3pm, Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and outdoors
25 Apr Yungaburra LETS Trade Afternoon - 12:00hrs – 14:00hrs at that retro cafe, Shop 2/20 Eacham Rd (in between Miss Megs and My Habitat) cafe Drinks from the blackboard are available for 100% Bartles, Bring $ for lunch, cakes or drinks from the display fridge, a table or blanket to display your wares. Children most welcome. This event is directly after the Yungaburra Markets. Event host: Melitta – 4095 2340.
25 – 26 Apr Cairns Civic Theatre brings a selection of superstars from Australia's biggest comedy festival again in 2015. Every year audiences are wowed by the incredible line-ups, and this year will be no exception. With a mix of local heroes and international stars as well as the hottest newcomer discoveries of the Festival, we've got all your comedy bases covered. Performers will be announced closer to the event date. Warning: Performances may contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older. Cairns Civic Theatre, Cnr Sheridan and Florence Streets, Cairns, 25 April, 6.30pm & 9.30pm, 26 April, 6.30pm, more info & booking call 1300 855 835
26 Apr South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canberra Raiders, Barlow Park, 4pm, tickets from www.ticketscairns.com.au Brothers leagues Club reception, or call 4053 8333
26 Apr Cairns Bushwalkers Club – Sunday bushwalk. Meet 07:30hrs For more information

https://www.facebook.com/groups/552222434845237/ http://www.cairnsbushwalkers.org.au Mob: 0451 056 294 Email: cairnsbushwalkers@iig.com.au
26 Apr Lucia Light Workshop – experience more peace, harmony, clarity, love, light & healing in your life. Learn about the Lucia Light, the benefits of awakening & activating your pineal gland and how this affects your everyday life, 10am – 2pm, Well Being Hub, 14 Minnie Street, Cairns, $50, more info & booking call Deb 0400 050 309
26 Apr AGM - Arts Nexus Annual General Meeting, 2pm - 4pm, Canopy Art Centre, 124 Grafton Street, Cairns.

The AGM will be followed by a number of presentations including;

• Welcome from guest speakers Rob Pyne MP and Billy Lee Long, the President of CARMA and Cairns Community Radio

• Launch of the Vision Forward for Arts Nexus

• Announcing a number of initiatives and partnerships

• Showing video documentation of “Significant Rites” project

Refreshments will be served. Please bring donations to contribute. Please RSVP for meeting (including apologies), Email: admin@artsnexus.com.au, Phone enquiries: 0412 570 701
26 Apr “Go Blue Sensory Movie Screening” In conjunction with Cairns Autism Spectrum Group, Autism Queensland and Event Cinemas the first Sensory Movie Screening for 2015 is dedicated to “Go Blue for Autism”. To show your support please come dressed in something blue and come say ‘Hi’ to the friendly Autism Queensland staff who will have an information stall in the foyer from 10am prior to the screening. Big Hero 6, 10:30 am City Cinemas, Grafton Street, Cairns Cost: $7.00 Tickets can be purchased at the Candy Bar.
26 Apr Kuranda - Sprouts Seedsavers meeting - Blake and Tonielle’s place, 8 Barron St, Koah, 10:00 – 16:00hrs Mob 0422 068 885. Includes talk on permaculturising our gardens and our communities with ease and joy.
26 Apr Treeforce - Tree Planting the new Goomboora Park to the Rocks bike path. 07:00hrs on most Sunday mornings. Ring Lisa to make sure it is happening and where to meet. First planting along the new Goomboora Park to the Rocks bike path, starting Goomboora Park end! This Sunday we are very lucky to be planting right on the banks of a really beautiful part of Freshwater Creek this Sunday, April 26, 7.30-9.30am. Picture this….plant a tree….have a swim…plant another...quiet…cool…refreshing….even morning tea supplied right by the creek. In all our years of tree planting it has not been as good as this! And you will see that the banks of Freshwater Creek along the new Bike Path really need our love and attention in this area. Access by bike or walking from Goomboora Park over the new bridge, or, park and walk from Rices Gully on Redlynch Intake Rd. BYO sun smart gear, gloves, water….See you there! Treeforce Cairns https://www.facebook.com/treeforcecairns , Lisa O’Mara Mob: 0458 245 128 Email info@treeforce.org.au
27 Apr Digital marketing masterclass – Xtend your digital marketing knowledge. In 2 hours you will learn how to make smarter decisions about digital marketing for your business. The masterclass will help you to

  • Target your customers through data and technology

  • Be found by customers looking for you online

  • Harness digital to convert leads into customers

Digital experts, including Kenzie Jones (Adtaxi) and Jo Chick (Google) will explain how to harness display, search and social strategies that will ultimately help you find your customers online. 9am, Grand ballroom, Hilton, 34 Esplanade, Cairns, register now at https://www.newsxtend.com.au/masterclass-qld/
27 Apr DR. RUFUS MAY - LIVING WITH VOICES…UNDERSTANDING VOICE HEARING AND PROMOTING RECOVERY - A workshop for mental health professionals, consumers and carers. About Rufus May…Dr. Rufus May works as a consultant clinical psychologist in UK’s mental health services. Rufus provides training in holistic approaches to mental health recovery including hearing voices, unusual beliefs and extreme mood states. Rufus organizes self-help groups and public education meetings about different approaches to emotional wellbeing. His passion for this area is rooted in his own experiences of mental break-down, psychiatric treatment and recovery in his late teens. Rufus’s work was featured in the channel 4 (UK) documentary, “The Doctor who Hears Voices”, which achieved acclaim and also debate about his creative approaches to supporting recovery. Workshop modules include:

 Hearing Voices

 Hearing voices research

 Recovery narratives

 Collaboratively developing an under-standing of the issues voices represent.

 Ways to help voice hearers strengthen their sense of self and awareness.

 How to assist people to change their relationship with their voices.

 Voice dialogue, thinking and techniques.

Please Note: Places are LIMITED so register ASAP. James Cook University, D3.054 Theatre in The Cairns Institute, 9.00am – 4.00pm, Lunch and light refreshments provided. For information on Hearing Voices Qld.: Website: www.hearingvoicesqld.org Phone: 0417 104 488

 Full Registration $ 140.00 Early Bird —- $99.00 plus GST Closes 3rd March, 2015

 unwaged - $75 special offer Early Bird—$60 plus GST Closes 3rd March, 2015

Final Registrations close 20th April 2015.

27 Apr Lucia Light Workshop – experience more peace, harmony, clarity, love, light & healing in your life. Learn about the Lucia Light, the benefits of awakening & activating your pineal gland and how this affects your everyday life, 9am – 5pm, Trinity Beach, $75, more info & booking call Deb 0400 050 309
27 Apr Women’s Health Clinic (available to Medicare eligible clients) – conducted by an Advanced Practise Mobile Women’s health Nurse (employed by QLD Health) – services offered include:- pap smears, sexual health screening, education/information on menopause, breast health, nutrition, contraception, bowel health, health lifestyle etc. Women of all ages are welcome and appointments can be made by ringing the phone number listed. Today’s clinic: Edmonton, call 4226 4900
27 Apr First birthday celebration of Mums On The Go, Salthouse, 12.30pm, $10, more info & booking email info@motgcairns.org
27 Apr – 1 Jun POPPERS - 6 WEEK CHILDREN’S GROUP for 6 - 9 YEAR OLDS experiencing parental separation. POPPERS aims to support young people in their experience of parental separation, conflict and change in their family situation. Activities include:

Reading story books

Making treasure boxes

Making friends

Art and craft

Sharing afternoon tea

Sharing good ideas

Learning new stuff

Having fun

3:30-5:00 p.m. (Afternoon tea provided), Relationships Australia FNQ, 125 Grafton Street, Cairns, Free of charge, To REGISTER please PHONE 1300 364 277 and ask to be put through to Relationships Australia-FNQ Venue

27 Apr – 1 Jun POPSTARS - 6 WEEK CHILDREN’S GROUP for 10 - 13 YEAR OLDS experiencing parental separation. POPSTARS aims to support young people in their experience of parental separation, conflict and change in their family situation. Activities include:

Role playing

Making treasure boxes


Art and craft

Sharing afternoon tea

Sharing good ideas

Learning new stuff

Having fun

3:30-5:00 p.m. (Afternoon tea provided), PLACE: Relationships Australia FNQ, 125 Grafton Street, Cairns, Free of charge, To REGISTER please PHONE 1300 364 277 and ask to be put through to Relationships Australia-FNQ Venue

28 Apr Women’s Health Clinic (available to Medicare eligible clients) – conducted by an Advanced Practise Mobile Women’s health Nurse (employed by QLD Health) – services offered include:- pap smears, sexual health screening, education/information on menopause, breast health, nutrition, contraception, bowel health, health lifestyle etc. Women of all ages are welcome and appointments can be made by ringing the phone number listed. Today’s clinic: Cairns North, call 4226 4333, and Jams Cook Uni, call 4226 4812
28 Apr Survival Tools for Self-Harm & Suicidal Thoughts - One Day Workshop - Limited participants to 20 per workshop. This workshop caters to: Professionals, carers, workers who work with people who are struggling with self-harming behaviours and suicidal thoughts and actions. For those who struggle to manage their emotional worlds, or to alter old familiar ways of thinking and behaving, there is often an underlying trauma impact to explore. People develop “survivor behaviours” as a way of coping which doesn’t always serve them well lifelong. These behaviours may involve various forms of self-harm and/or suicidal thoughts. This workshop will provide the participants with:

 Simple Definitions to use when talking about Self Harm and Suicidal Thoughts

 Consideration of the Cycle of Change and the importance of relapse as rehearsal

 Understanding of the Drivers of Despair, both internal and external

 Understanding of the Role of Stress in our lives, positive, negative , chronic and compound impacts

 Exploration of Circuit Breaking Techniques, to alter familiar patterns of feeling, thinking and behaviour

 Ideas about Tracking thoughts, feelings and behaviours in preparation for change

 Experience in developing individual Keep Safe Plans

The tools provided are as follows:

 Stress Management Tool - which offers insight and understanding relative to the challenge of approaching change in our lives

 A Circuit Breaking Tool - which enable peoples to identify their triggers, feelings and the choices available to them when seeking to alter patterns of behaviour

 A Keep Safe Plan- which can be individually developed with people to allow them some power over their own choices in staying safe. Contact Judith Shapland 0459240033, Judithmshapland@bigpond.com www.significantimpact.com.au $295 pp. If your agency is booking 4 staff the cost will reduce to $200 pp. Book early as places are limited to 20 people. Registrations close Thursday 23rd April 2015. Please note your place is not secure until a $50 non-refundable deposit or payment in full is received. Cairns Library – Lunch & Refreshments provided, 8:45 Registration, 9AM – 4PM

28 – 29 Apr Worried about your memory? Take control and plan for your future – Alzheimer’s Australia offers a FREE ‘Living with memory loss’ program in Cairns. This program is designed for people with early symptoms of dementia and their friend or carer to meet others in a safe environment and receive information and support you can trust from people who understand, bookings essential, call 1800 100 500
28 Apr – 12 May Bringing up great kids – overcome some of the obstacles that are getting in the way of being the kind of parent you would like to be! This workshop promotes positive and nurturing parent-child relationships. We use mindfulness and reflection to support you to review and enhance parental communication, promote respectful interactions and encourage the development of your children’s positive self-identity, every Tuesday for 3 weeks, 9.30am – 12 noon, Uniting Care Community, 188 Aumuller Street, Bungalow, free, more info & bookings 4050 4955.
28 Apr – 16 Jun Learn Sign Language with Auslan! (Australian Sign Language courses). Deaf Services Queensland have been providing Auslan courses since 1985 and have a wonderful team of qualified teachers. Our Auslan courses are designed for people with no previous sign language skills or knowledge. You will learn basic skills to communicate with Deaf people in Auslan on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. You can move on to next level to build on the skills and knowledge learnt in the previous course. 6pm to 8pm, Deaf Services Queensland, 37 Pease St, Manoora, $185 or $165 Concession/Full time student. For more information please visit the Deaf Services Queensland Website at www.deafservicesqld.org.au , email auslan@deafsq.org.au or call (07) 3892 8540 and we will send you class and enrolment information.
29 Apr EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA - Expressive Therapies Introduction: Working with Child Trauma Therapeutically - A practical workshop to introduce the methods and frameworks of Expressive Therapies and provide hands-on experience, theory, some research and case stories of counselling with Expressive Therapies. There will be a focus on the care needed in supporting those with long-term emotional problems or who are affected by trauma, prolonged duress stress disorder or post-traumatic stress disorders. Some topics covered: expressive activities for young clients; use of symbol work, emotional release, art and role play, building bridges between explicit and implicit memory, matching treatment to types of trauma victims, the value of a client-centred activities-based approach. ONE-DAY TRAINING SERIES AVAILABLE IN CAIRNS for counsellors, social workers, psychologists, therapists, guidance officers, teachers, family support workers, welfare officers, youth workers and chaplains, 9am to 4.30pm, Approved for Professional Development requirements by ACA and CAPA, All materials supplied, extensive manuals, full catering, Statements of Attendance issued. BRING: All materials supplied. Wear comfortable casual clothes. Bring note book and art pad. FEES: For workshops conducted by Expressive Therapies Institute: $250 per day, Inc GST. The fees include: all materials, tuition, manual, lunch, and morning and afternoon teas. More info & registration contact Keran on: 4039 0004 or email birdwingtherapies@bigpond.com
29 Apr The hyperwomen - Fearing the death of his wife, an old man requests that his nephew perform the Jamurikumala, the main women's ritual of the Indigenous peoples of the Upper Xingu so that she may sing one last time. D3.054 (Lecture Theatre), Cairns Institute, Cairns, 9am.
29 Apr Non-spatial setting in Eibela - Non-spatial setting in Eibela. LCRC global workshop by Grant Aiton. D3.150 Cairns Institute, Cairns, 4pm.
29 Apr A NHWQ Palm Cove Group Social Function, Trivia Night No. 9 will be held at 7pm at our Corporate Supporter The Palm Cove Tavern, Veivers Road, Palm Cove. It is a professionally organized event run by experienced local people. You are cordially invited to attend this social function. The Tavern management will be providing finger food and drinks are purchased at bar prices. Make up a table or join someone else's. Valuable raffle prizes to be drawn at the end of the evening, tickets on sale on the night. Trivia winners prizes for the winning and second placed tables provided by NHWQ Palm Cove Group. The cost is a paltry $10 a person to play payable on the night. You may purchase a meal at a special price at the Tavern if you wish. All funds raised are returned to the local community and used to fund various community “safety and security” projects within the village. Please indicate to Mark at ellwood@bigpond.net.au if you are attending for logistical purposes. Come along and have some fun and support your local community group.
29 – 30 Apr Cairns State High School parent-teacher interviews, 3.30 – 7pm both days, Crosswell hall (entry via Grafton Street). Parents will need to advance book 5 minute appointments with their child’s teachers through SessionKeeper, the online booking system – a newsflash email with a link to the system will be forwarded to parents prior to the interviews.
29 Apr – 17 Jun Come join Play-Connect-Grow – a supported playgroup where children can play and learn together AND PARENTS CAN JOIN IN OR MEET OTHER PARENTS. Everyone welcome. In the garden, 98 Birch Street, Manunda (opposite Raintrees), Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.30am, for children 0 – 5 years with their parents or guardian, no cost (gold coin donation appreciated), reserve a place by calling 4032 6800
30 Apr Malanda Community Garden Gathering. Want to learn more about the proposed plan? Want to have access to a space to grow? Would like to donate some valuable time & be a part of a valuable community enterprise? Bookings currently essential. Contact Maria 0406971567 to arrange a date for orientation & obtain address details. This is a Malanda Community Garden event, everyone is welcome to participate.


30 Apr – 2 May Tesla - An electric one man play set during the race of the industrial revolution. From an intimate room at The Hotel New Yorker, the audience is taken on a journey through the extraordinary mind of Nikola Tesla, a scientist with over 700 technical patents granted, laying the foundation on which the modern world stands. This heartfelt stage production details the scientific, spiritual and emotional aspects of a physicist, engineer and inventor dedicating his life to the betterment of mankind with the revolutionary harnessing of alternating current, polyphase motors and his ultimate world system of wireless power. Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott Street, Cairns. Thurs, 30th Apr - 7.30pm, Fri, 1st May -11am, Fri, 1st May - 7.30pm, Sat, 2nd May - 7.30pm. This event is being performed in 'The Space', which is general admission. Seating cannot be reserved. Select your own seating on arrival. For special access requirements, please make your booking by phone on 1300 855 835. Adult $24, Government Benefit Card Holder $19, Senior Card Holder $19, Full Time Student (with ID) $15, Children 3-15yrs $12

30 Apr – 4 Jun Thrive – an introduction to mental well-being. These workshops are for people who experience emotional distress or mental ill-health. Thursday, 10 – 11.30am, The Cottage, 20 Mill Street, Mossman, to reserve your place call 4051 9622

Session 1 – Identifying your emotions

Session 2 – The basics of growing

Session 3 – Changing mental attitudes

Session 4 – Relaxation & stress

Session 5 – Triggers, thoughts, tantrums, troubles

Session 6 – where to from here?
30 Apr – 4 Jun Bringing up great kids - A reflective parenting course that uses ideas of mindfulness and self-reflection to support parents to review and enhance patterns of communication with their children, to promote more respectful interactions and encourage the development of children’s positive self-identity

Group 1: 30th April 2015

Group 2: 7th May 2015

Group 3: 14th May 2015

Group 4: 21st May 2015

Group 5: 28th May 2015

Group 6: 4th June 2015

Times for all sessions are Thursday evenings 6pm to 8pm, Places are limited, so please ensure you RSVP by 29.04.15 to reserve your place! RSVP to Kristy Bennett via 4046 3611 or Kristy@arcinc.org.au Limited childcare places available to attend the session, please enquire. A program for parents of children with a disability 0-10 years

30 Apr – 4 Jun Community Services Tablelands – Alcohol or Drug Relapse Prevention Group Therapy – a fun and interactive group of peers supporting each other – weekly sessions till 4th. June, 38 Mabel Street, Atherton. Did you quit? Do you need help to stay strong and to stay sober? We challenge you to take that step. More info call Sergio 0418 664 446 or Community Services Tablelands on 4091 3850

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