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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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Enoggera Reservoir (have you visited yet?)

enoggera reservoir recreation

enoggera reservoir activitiesIn 1976, the concrete spillway was added and the embankment raised for flood mitigation. Enoggera has a two level spillway. The lower level has two rectangular culverts that tunnel under the concrete crest. When the full supply level is reached, water flows through the culverts and out of the dam. The upper spillway has a concrete ogee crest.During major floods, water will also flow over the upper spillway.

Although Enoggera Reservoir is not currently used for water supply in South East Queensland, it could supply drinking water during drought and is also a unique and much loved recreation destination in the heart of Brisbane.

It is an un-gated dam, meaning that when it reaches 100 per cent capacity, water flows over the spillway and safely out of the dam. If you would like to be notified when Enoggera Dam begins to spill, please sign up to our free dam release notification service.

Enoggera Reservoir celebrated its 150th year anniversary in 2016. Download a copy of A celebration of Enoggera Reservoir

For residents living downstream of Enoggera Dam, click here to read more about how the dam has been designed and constructed, what Seqwater does to manage the dam and how the dam performed during the heavy rainfall associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.

enoggera reservoirRecreation

Mountain biking is permitted at Enoggera Reservoir, with trails linking to the national park tracks. There are also walking tracks that link to the national park in the surrounding forest.

As a result of our Recreation Review, a designated swimming area and paddle craft launch point are available at the reservoir. The new facilities can be accessed via the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre at 60 Mount Nebo Road, The Gap.

Read the Enoggera Reservoir Recreation Guide* for more information.

 

Key facts

Name:Enoggera Dam
Watercourse:Enoggera Creek
Location:The Gap
Catchment area:33.0km 2
Length of dam wall:380.0m
Lake surface area:75.0ha
Year completed:1866. Upgraded in 1976.
Type of construction:Concrete & rock-face earth & rockfill dam
Full supply waterline:74.3mAHD (above sea level)
Fully supply capacity:4567ML
Current capacity:4,577 (100.2% full) at 16-01-2018 2:56am
Spillway level:80.4mAHD
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Warning! Fire Ants are in our Suburbs (What to Look For!)

Fire ant warning for brisbane north

Biosecurity Queensland is urging residents and businesses to check properties following the detection of fire ants at Bridgeman Downs.Fire Ants in Brisbane North warning

The red imported fire ants were found by a vigilant Brisbane City Council worker and confirmed on January 5.

Biosecurity Queensland officers destroyed the nest and baited the area to ensure all ants in the colony were destroyed.

Biosecurity Queensland urged all residents and business operators in Bridgeman Downs, Albany Creek, Carseldine, Aspley, McDowall, Brendale, Bracken Ridge, Fitzgibbon, Zillmere, Chermside, Chermside West, Stafford Heights, Everton Park, Everton Hills, Bunya and Eatons Hill to check their properties, gardens and work sites, and report any suspicious looking ants.

Fire ant nests look like mounds of loose soil with no visible entry or exit holes.

Labor MP for Aspley Bart Mellish said fire ants could be identified by their coppery-brown colour and darker-coloured abdomen.

“While small, 2—6mm in size, their sting is incredibly painful and in rare cases can lead to anaphylactic shock and death,” Mr Mellish said.

“Fire ants are one of the worst invasive species to reach Australia’s shores and can ruin our lifestyle, restricting everyday activities such as barbecues, picnics

and sporting events.

“Australia is the closest any country has come to eradicating fire ants, but we still have a lot of work to do to beat this serious invasive pest.”

Places fire ants are likely to be found are in and around logs and rocks, gardening materials such as pot plants, lawns, garden beds, taps and utility pits.

Identifying fire ants

Fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) are quite small (2-6mm) and come in an unusual variety of sizes within one nest. Their heads and bodies are coppery-brown and their abdomens are darker. They are aggressive, particularly near the nest, and can inflict painful stings.

It is vital that you are able to identify fire ants on your property. Watch the video for identification help.

 

Fire ant nests

Fire ant nests have no obvious entry or exit holes.

Nests often appear as dome-shaped mounds, but these mounds are not always easily identifiable. They can be up to 40cm high, but may also be flat and look like a small patch of disturbed soil. They are usually found in open areas such as lawns and pastures, and along roadsides and unused cropland.

Fire ant warning for brisbane northNests can also be found next to or under other objects on the ground, such as timber, logs, rocks, pavers or bricks. Look near pots or any areas of disturbed ground as well as:

  • in pot plants on the ground
  • in stores of topsoil, mulch and potting mixes
  • under landscape materials (e.g. logs, stones)
  • under timber or pallets on the ground
  • adjacent to buildings and other structures
  • in untidy or overgrown areas
  • near areas of permanent water (e.g. the banks of dams, rivers, ponds, aquaculture containers)
  • tufts of grass in open areas, where the soil is built up around the tufts.

If you are worried about possible Fire Ants visit daf.qld.gov.au/fireants or call 13 25 23.

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Madeleine Hicks Real Estate top 10 Property Features for 2017

Madeleine Hicks Real Estate top 10 Property Features for 2017

No.10 Best Backyard

25 Nicholas St, McDowall
sold by Madeleine for $805,000
25 Nicholas St, McDowall

 

No 9: Best use of Natural Resources

90 Barton St, Everton Park
Sold by Justin Hicks for $662,000

90 Barton St, Everton Park

No 8: Property with the Most Potential

586 Stafford Rd, Stafford
sold by Hayden Ownes (his first sale)

586 Stafford Road

No 7: Best Sale by Tender - Highest Price Achieved

3/35 Tullylease Pl  Chermside West
sold by Madeleine Hicks Team for $1,100,000

Madeleine Hicks real estate top 10 properties of 2017

No 6:  The best loft

8 Sommerville Place Chermside West
Sold by the Madeleine Hicks Team

madeleine hicks real estate chermside west

No 5: Just a Shell no interiors – no kitchen, bathroom etc

8 Nitawill St, Everton Park
Sold at tender with 8 offers by Justin Hicks for $480,000

8 Nitawill St, Everton Park

 

No 4: Best City Views

19 Warringah St, Everton Park
sold by Madeleine hicks for $662,000

best city views sold by Madeleine Hicks real estate

No 3: Best Back Desk

51 Rutherford St, Stafford Heights
sold by Justin Hicks for $535,000

51 Rutherfood St, Stafford Heights

 

No 2: The Most Loved Home

17 Constancia St, Mitchelton
sold by Mary Di Marco

17 constancia St, Mitchelton

 

No 1: Best Architecturally Designed Home

2 Kankool St, Stafford
Sold by Allie Coutts for $860,000

2 Kankool St, Stafford

If you have a property in Brisbane's Northern suburbs that you would like to discuss with one of the team members at Madeleine Hicks Real Estate, then please feel free to call our office at 07 3355 6845 or lodge a request for a “Property Appraisal” on our website.

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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

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Village Buzz Christmas Lights 2017

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Finding the best Christmas Lights in Brisbane all depends on where you live, how much time you have and often how old your kids are.  The kids are the best at finding them.

At Village Buzz we are trying to make it easy for you, simply download the map to your phone and you will be on your way

You can use the map at the bottom of the page to find lights near you or use the list below (the map is easier) – we have kept things fluid as we will be updating if you let us know about any other good ones.

 

 

9 Blackwood Ave Mitchelton
10 Longreef Ct Albany Creek
36 Sugarloaf St Wavell Heights
146 Maundrell Terrace Chermside West
123 Dorrington Dr Ashgrove
30 High St Ashgrove
115 Horn Rd Aspley
1/123 Samford Rd Enoggera
12 Bowers Rd S Everton Hills
7 Greenfern Pl Ferny Grove
48 Daisy St Grange
 19 & 16 Barokee St Stafford
27 Minimine St Stafford
7 Minimine St Stafford
34 Ashley Rd Chermside West
146 Maundrell Tce Chermside West
36 Sugarloaf St Wavell Heights
16 Kosta Pl Albany Creek
8 Calhoun St McDowall
6 Calhoun St, McDowall
2 Coleridge St, Stafford Heights
2 Pimelea St, Everton Hills
16 Kambala St, Everton Park
 Please let us know in the comments if you can find any that are not on this list.
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Come Along to Our Christmas Party

Community-Christmas-Party

The team at Madeleine Hicks Real Estate Would like to invite you to our 5th Annual Community Christmas Party.  Everyone is welcome, we only ask that you bring along a donation for the Smith Family's Toy & Book Appeal.

 

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What is The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal?

The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal is your opportunity to help bring a smile to a disadvantaged child’s face this Christmas. Sadly, thousands of Australian kids will go without receiving a gift this holiday season simply because their families can’t afford it. This year, with your help, The Smith Family aim to deliver over 60,000 new toys and 40,000 new books to children in need around Australia.

Community-Christmas-PartyOur Toy & Book appeal is part of our Christmas ‘Stocking Exchange’ which provides gifts to children in need, allowing them to feel a sense of belonging this Christmas. Your generous gifts will help them acquire the skills and knowledge they need to build a better future.

Thank you for your generosity. After all, it’s only Christmas when we share it.

The Smith Family has a long and proud association with Christmas. The organisation was founded in 1922 when five businessmen decided to deliver toys to orphans on Christmas Eve. Since then we have grown, developed and changed to meet the needs of an ever-changing society, but we still deliver toys and books to disadvantaged children at Christmas.

 

Donations most needed

Currently there is a significant shortage of gifts for children 9 - 12 years of age. Your donation to these age categories would be greatly appreciated.

 

Donations

Currently we accept new toys, books and educational items for 0 – 12 year olds.

  • All gifts received must not be wrapped
  • All toys should be no bigger than a school backpack
  • Please ensure batteries are included if they are required to operate the toy
  • Ensure you are able to deliver your donated toys and books during the specified timeframe. Toys cannot be accepted outside of these collection periods. Due to limited resources The Smith Family is unable to pick-up toys and books.

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Items we don’t accept

  • Large items i.e. bikes, hula-hoops, adult cricket bats, large doll houses, ride ons, tennis set
  • Second hand or handmade toys
  • Clothes and Manchester including costumes
  • Toiletries – perfume, make-up
  • Toys that replicate weapons i.e. guns, knives
  • Religious items i.e. books, figurines
  • Calendars & diaries
  • Candles and lamps
  • Adult games or videos
  • Items used for marketing a brand or company i.e.fast food items/toys
  • Breakable items i.e. porcelain dolls / tea sets
  • Items that contain liquid
  • Food
  • CD’s and video gamesCommunity-Christmas-Party
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What would you like to see from this election?

With the 2017 State election set down for November 25, we are already half way through the campaign.

So what does that mean for the local area.

Queensland is divided into 93 state electoral districts. In a state government election you are voting for a representative who will make decisions and choices about issues that affect all Queensland residents. Some would argue that the State governments are the most important in delivering the day to day services that we all need and enjoy. Some of the responsibilities of state government representatives include:

  • health, ambulance and hospital services
  • employment and education services
  • transport, planning and infrastructure
  • tourism, events and the arts
  • rural and regional development
  • family and community support and development services.

There are 3 electorates in our region Aspley, Everton  and Stafford

Tracey Davis is the sitting member for the LNP in Aspley, Tim Mander is the LNP member for Everton and Dr Anthony Lynham the Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural resources and Mines is the sitting member for the ALP in Stafford.Everton Park election

We have seen some promises being made with $10M being made available for the refurbishment and upgrade of the 30 year old Everton Park High School.  This is a welcome injection into a school at only a few years ago was set to be closed.

Whilst last week both major parties announced that $26m would be made available to ease congestion at the South Pine and Stafford Rd intersection.  The plan is to build a new link road from Stafford Rd to South Pine Rd just to the east of the old Masters building.  The land is already available so it just needs to be done.

For anyone that travels through this intersection you know only too well how slow it can be, so Village Buzz is pleased that finally something might be done here.

During an election campaign it seems that the politicians or want to be politicians start to listen to what the people are saying, so lets record all of your good ideas and see if we can get some common sense to prevail.

 

Tell us what you would like to see happen in our local areas.

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Movember – Help Us Help Aussie Blokes

Justin Hicks madeleine hicks real estate

madeleine hicks real estate movemberThe idea for Movember was born in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia. In the first-ever Movember challenge, a group of 30 Aussie friends (self-proclaimed “Mo Bros”) challenged each other to grow out their moustaches for an entire month, simply to see if they could bring the style back to popularity. Surprised by their bold moustaches’ ability to spark conversation, the founders decided to attach the challenge to a worthy yet overlooked cause: men’s health and The Movember Foundation was born.

Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.

That’s why we’re taking action.

The team at Madeleine Hicks Real Estate are joining in to raise money this year for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Donate today and we can be the difference. We can stop men dying too young.

You can donate here https://moteam.co/team-mhre?mc=1

With a target of $2000 an incentive has been put out to the local community where, Justin Hicks will shave his luscious beardJustin Hicks madeleine hicks real estate

An even larger challenge has been set with Patrick Hicks prepared to shave off his moustache if $5000 is raised.  This has been a beloved lifelong companion of Patrick and even though is starting to look a little faded is still a distinguishing mark of the man.

Remember you can donate here https://moteam.co/team-mhre?mc=1

Allie Coutts from madeleine hicks real estate movember

To kick off and celebrate the start of Movember, here are 15 fascinating facts about moustaches.

 

  1. The King of Hearts is the only king in a deck of cards without a mustache.

  2. The average man spends six months of his life shaving and moustache grooming (assuming he begins around 15 and lives to be around 75).

  3. In Eureka, Nevada, it is illegal for men with moustaches to kiss women.

  4. Mary Di Marco madeleine hicks real estate movemberPolice in India’s Madhya Pradesh state are sometimes paid bonuses to grow their mustaches, because they’re believed to command more respect.

  5. How’s this for moustache grooming? Noblemen in the Victorian era ate soup with special ‘moustache spoons’ equipped with small barriers to protect their moustaches, according to uselessdaily.com.

  6. In 1967, The Beatles included cardboard mustaches in their album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, because the band members were all sporting mustaches on the cover.

  7. The first historical artefact depicting a moustache dates back to 300 B.C. It shows an Iranian horseman with a thick, black moustache.

  8. A study by the University of Southern Queensland in Australia found that facial hair can protect skin and prevent skin cancer by deflecting 90 to 95 percent of harmful UV rays.

  9. Hayden Owens Madeleine hicks real estate movemberThere are between 10,000 and 20,000 hairs on a man’s face, and the average mustache has 600.

  10. According to Guinness World Records, Ram Singh Chauhan holds the record for longest moustache, spanning 14 feet long. He has been growing it since 1982, after a friend with a 7-foot-long moustache suggested it.

  11. Moustaches are capable of absorbing 20 percent of their own weight in liquid, which makes them very handy in the event of spillage.

  12. The average man will touch his ‘stache upwards of 750 times per day, averaging 31.25 times per hour.

  13. Alexander the Great made all his soldiers shave their mustaches before the battle of Ardela.

  14. The World Beard and Moustache Championships have taken place annually since 1990, and Anchorage, Alaska has sent a record number of entrants.

  15. Albert Einstein was not seen without his moustache for over 50 years.

Remember you can donate here https://moteam.co/team-mhre?mc=1

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Fighting the good fight against tooth decay

villagebuzz, Dental Pearls

Karuna Khatri, dental camp co-ordinator Bishnu Shrestha and Pascale Pocock at their hotel in Kathmandu before setting out on their trip.

Here at Village  Buzz we've been reporting on our community for a long time but are still constantly amazed at the interesting and valuable things that our people find to get up to.

We came across a case recently when we heard that Winsor local Pascale Pocock, a dental assistant, had just returned from Nepal. She and her employer Dr. Karuna Khatri had been on a trip to remote areas in the country to provide urgently-needed dental treatment to the villagers there.

Karuna, the owner of the Dental Pearls dental practice in Brisbane, has been traveling to underprivileged areas for the last 10 or 11 years to provide dental services to people who would otherwise have to live with the pain of a toothache.

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Karuna Khatri and Pascale Pocock hard at work on a Nepalese patient.

She initially worked in India but for the last three years has spent two weeks in Nepal every year. She was accompanied by her assistant Pascale for the first time last year and the intrepid pair repeated went again in September this year.

The trips are organized by the Rotary World Community Service in Sydney and are facilitated by a Nepalese NGO which provides transport, equipment, and a local dentist to accompany them. The NGO prepares the ground by visiting the area and negotiating with village heads to obtain permission to hold clinics in local schools or sheds.

Karuna and Pascale flew into Kathmandu on their recent trip where they were teamed up with Nepalese dentist Biplop Adhikari and set out for their first clinic at a remote village. Nepal is a mountainous country and Karuna, in a masterpiece of understatement, described the roads they encountered as 'interesting'.

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Pascale Pocock gives village school children dental hygiene hints.

On arrival at a scheduled stop, the dentists set up their portable equipment and began treating patients – some of whom had walked for two days from their home villages to attend the clinic. The two dentists routinely treated up to 80 patients a day and many of these would have a number of teeth needing filling or extraction.

A Western diet and sugary drinks, in particular, have done the Nepalese no favours, said Karuna, which means their teeth are often in an appalling condition exacerbated by the fact that many have never brushed their teeth.

For this reason, education on dental hygiene is very important with patients in the queue waiting for treatment being shown videos on how to care for their teeth. Some toothbrushes were handed out along the way but Karuna and Pascale were severely limited by the amount of equipment and other gear they could carry with them.

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A village school teacher assists Pascale Pocock in providing dental hygiene hints to the children.

Karuna reflects that she has been very fortunate in her own life and that her voluntary trips over the last 11 years were a way for her to pay back and assist people less fortunate. The satisfaction of going out and helping people to live pain-free lives is huge for her and enhanced by the welcoming people and the beautiful scenery of the country.

The trips are such an overwhelmingly positive experience that one tends to get hooked, she says, so there seems to be little doubt that she and Pascale will be back in Nepal next year fighting the good fight against tooth decay.

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Karuna Khatri hands over a curing light for fillings to be used by other dentists in the region.

Donations to Rotary to support the work in Nepal can be claimed as tax deductions and made at:https://donations.rawcs.com.au/Default.aspx?ProjectID=214

Thanks to Allan Jackson for another great story!