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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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The Backyard Birdies have landed

Lisa Camilleri in action against New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in Dehi in 2010.

The Backyard Birdies have landed

Here at Village Buzz we heard through the grapevine that professional squash player Lisa Camilleri was retiring after a long career so we popped along to have a chat about that and her future plans.

An Everton Park local, Lisa achieved a top ranking of 28th in the world after winning 21 international titles, representing Australia on a number of occasions and following the squash circuit for 11 years after turning professional at the age of 18.

She recalls being around squash courts from a very early age after her mum Pauline, a keen tennis player, decided to take it up to get indoors and out of the Queensland heat. She had her first squash lessons at the age of eight when she also won the Queensland title in her age group – a feat she was to repeat every year from then until she turned 19.

In 2001 she earned a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport's Brisbane's squash unit where she lived in accommodation they provided and trained for more than four hours a day as well as receiving instruction in sports nutrition and even in how to cook.

In fact, she said, the AIS provided everything that an athlete could possibly need to attain their goal including access to a sports psychologist to refine and develop the mental capacity to compete and win at elite level in their chosen sports.

After turning professional she would enter between 15 and 17 tournaments every year on the Professional Squash Association Tour and travelled for 14 years all over the world, often living out of a suitcase but sometimes staying for a time in an area such as New York, New Zealand or Malaysia which was central to a number of tournaments she wanted to enter.

Backyard Birdies Lisa Camilleri and her partner Marcus Donnelly ready to take on the sporting apparel heavyweights.

She achieved her dream of representing Australia when she competed in the Woman's World Championships in 2008 and 2010 and the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014. She also won 21 PSA event titles in her career.

A foot injury in 2011 saw her return to Brisbane for surgery where she took a business course to pass the time during her recovery and this came in very handy later when launching her sporting apparel business.

After recovering she returned to training and also did a stint as a high-performance assistant with Squash Australia where she was responsible for, among other things, sourcing uniforms for the national team.

Decent green and gold uniforms proved unexpectedly difficult to obtain so the idea of designing and sourcing sporting apparel took hold in the minds of Lisa and her partner Marcus Donnelly and they began to offer custom-designed uniforms mainly to squash teams around the world.

Marcus Donnelly, left, and Lisa Camilleri, far right, with their flock of Backyard Birdies brand ambassadors.

Lisa kept in training with the aim of competing in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 but was not selected. She is open about the fact that the news was upsetting to hear but she took the positive view that the time had come to retire, put down her competition racquet, pick up a mobile phone and diary and devote all her energies to promoting the couple's business.

Called Backyard Birdies in honour of the numerous birdies who regularly visit their backyard, the business offers a variety of off-the-shelf and custom-designed apparel for sports teams and commercial/charity organisations through their online store as well as some health products.

Lisa is thankfully not lost to the world of squash and teaches a Monday session for children at Stafford Squash Centre in Kitchener Road. She is also available on request for adults’ one-on-one lessons at the centre.

 

Contact Lisa

 

T: 0420 943 887

E: backyardbirdies@hotmail.com

W: https://www.backyardbirdies.com/

 

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Arana Hills retains ‘village’ feel despite proximity to Brisbane CBD

 

SOME 10km from Brisbane’s CBD is a suburb possessing “village” warmth, where locals hope urban sprawl and greedy developers never taint their way of life.

Arana Hills, despite being a similar distance from the CBD as Upper Mt Gravatt and Chermside, has so far escaped being picked over by developers.

One reason may be because it sits beyond Brisbane City Council’s reach and under Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Local business owners and siblings Kristy and Stephen Soderholm said they hoped developers never invaded and destroyed the great community feel that defined the suburb.

“A lot of people like it here because there is still very much a village feel, and we are really worried about losing that because that is what makes the area,” Ms Soderholm said.

“You really do feel you are close to the City, but we have been able to maintain that village atmosphere, and that’s what we are worried about losing over the next five years.”

The Soderholms’ parents started the Arana Hills 7 Day Hardware Store, opposite the Arana Hills Plaza, in 1983, with the siblings since taking over.

Ms Soderholm said some of their customers spanned three generations of the one family, while lately there appeared to be a strong influx of Europeans.

“There are a lot of younger families in the area, and it definitely is becoming more multicultural, with a lot more Europeans and South Africans, but we also get a few Scandinavians dropping in,” she said.

“We are getting the children of customers coming in and even the grandchildren of our original customers.”

 


Salon operator Claire Mock is an overseas-born resident of Arana Hills. Picture: Darren Cartwright
According the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Arana Hills has a population of 6810.

The top five ancestry responses to the 2016 Census were English (29.8 per cent), Australian (27.1), Irish (10.8), Scottish (9.1) and German (5.1).

However Australia was the top country of birth, followed by England, New Zealand and South Africa.

Hair Unlimited salon owner Claire Mock, who emigrated from South Africa less than five years ago, originally opened her store in Ferny Hills before relocating to Arana Hills earlier this year.

She said many of her clients were aged 30 to 50 and were very down-to-earth.

“I moved here five months ago and it’s the best thing I could have done,” she said.

“It’s a better location business-wise and it’s a lovely suburb with down-to-earth, ordinary folk.”

Local real estate agent Simon Whitehead said Arana Hills may have escaped Brisbane City Council’s 2014 Urban Renewal Plan — which will transform areas around nearby Ferny Hills and Mitchelton train stations — but there would still be some changes.

The Moreton Bay Regional Council has approved pockets of development around Arana Hills Plaza under its Next Generation Neighbourhood Plan.

“The average-sized house block was 600sq m and pretty much the minimum until the changes to the town panning a couple of years ago,” he said.

“The area around Arana Hills Plaza has been rezoned, which entails more high-density, so you can subdivide or go to the townhouse unit option.

“There are some units and apartments in and around Arana Hills Plaza already, but about 95 per cent of the dwellings are houses.”

The median house price for Arana Hills is tracking at $537,500 after finishing at $525,750 in 2016 and $497,000 in 2015.
On average about two houses sell a week, and Mr Whitehead said there were a lot of interstate buyer’s agents sniffing around the suburb because of its proximity to the CBD.

“For properties up to $600,000 you are looking at about 40 per cent sold going to interstate investors and the rest would be first home buyers,” he said.

“The big selling point is the distance from CBD, and it provides the happy medium between strong, happy growth and higher rental return.”

Despite being known as a family friendly suburb, Arana Hills has no schools within its boundary.

The nearest education centres are Grovely State School, Ferny Hills State, Mitchelton State High and Primary Schools, St William’s Catholic, Patricks Road State School, St William’s Grovely Catholic Primary School and TAFE Queensland, Grovely.

The suburb also relies heavily on public buses, with the nearest train station, Grovely, about 1km from the plaza.

Mr Whitehead said the lack of local schools and a train station certainly hasn’t held the suburb back.

It sits at the foot of Bunya State Forest and the most expensive houses in Arana Hills, which were only built in the nineties, have sweeping views of the surrounding suburbs and parkland.

The record sale for Arana Hills was in Yarraman St million and it was once the home of a Broncos legend, said Mr Whitehead.

“Arlington Estate was built in the late 90s and Yarraman St has had the most expensive sale,” he said

“It’s the house Shane Webcke once lived and it sold for $1.080 million.

‘The houses back on to Bunya State Forest which has bike and walking tracks and picnic areas.”

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ANZ’s tighter lending rules in Brisbane, will hurt homeowners

Brisbane lending restrictions by madeleine hicks

The ANZ has told its brokers to tighten lending restrictions in 7 postcodes in Brisbane, where buyers will now need a 20 per cent deposit before they can borrow.

The bank said it would restrict owner-occupier and investment lending to a maximum of 80 per cent of the value of apartments in seven postcodes across Brisbane — including the trendy inner-city Spring Hill, Petrie Terrace and the CBD, where new apartment blocks have sprung up.

Other suburbs affected include Fortitude Valley, Bowen Hills, Newstead, Nudgee, Banyo, Virginia, Woolloongabba, Albion, and upmarket suburbs like Bulimba and Hawthorne.

ANZ has also released guidance to brokers on how best to accurately assess clients' financial situation, including keeping a record of their conversations.brisbane lending restrictions in place

An ANZ spokesman said the update was for a handful of Brisbane locations and was "part of our ongoing efforts to ensure we are lending responsibly and in consideration of all our regulatory responsibilities".

"We regularly look at a number of factors in relation to residential apartments to make sure we are meeting our responsibilities including, supply and demand, rental yield, vacancy rates and location," the spokesman said.

One of Brisbane's leading real estate agents, Madeleine Hicks said that "it is quite disturbing for people that are wanting to sell their homes if they are in those selected suburbs.  It has just got a whole lot harder."

"Potential purchasers will find it harder to get a loan in these suburbs, now meaning they may just by pass these areas"

"The suburbs that have had the restrictions put in place are those with a large number of unit developments going up.  It is important for council to balance the needs of developers and the existing residents when they consider new building applications." Hicks said.

List of suburbs affected
4000Brisbane CBD, Spring Hill, Petrie Terrace
4006Fortitude Valley, Bowen Hills, Herston, Newstead
4010Albion
4011Clayfield, Hendra
4014Banyo, Nudgee, Virginia
4102Dutton Park, Woolloongabba
4171Hawthorne, Bulimba, Balmoral
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“Don’t renovate before selling” warns leading local agent

Madeleine Hicks Says Renovation properties available in Stafford and Everton Park

THE demand for fixer-uppers in Brisbane is so strong, property experts are warning homeowners about the risk of renovating before they list.

Madeleine Hicks from Madeleine Hicks Real Estate at Everton Park said, "we are seeing buyers looking for homes that they can do up.  Especially the older style timber properties that we have in abundance in Stafford and Everton Park."

"Buyers are loving the larger blocks that we have as well as the great city views" Hicks said.

SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said too often people splash too much cash jazzing up their homes for a big sale.

“In a downturn, buyers will not value the renovations as much as the homeowner,” Mr Christopher said.

“We know the market will penalise over-capitalisation.”

Andrew Winter and Neale Whitaker.

Andrew Winter and Neale Whitaker. Picture: Mike Batterham

Star of Foxtel’s new show Love It or List It and design guru Neale Whitaker agrees, adding the decision to sell or renovate a property demanded thought and research.

“Be careful about overcapitalising,” Whitaker said.

“Have a look at similar properties that are unrenovated like yours in your area and see what they’re going for – and the type yours would be like after a renovation and what they’re going for.

“(Then) work out whether it’s worth doing because, let’s face it, even the most basic renovation is costly.

Even the most basic renovations are costly.

Even the most basic renovations are costly.

“But if you are torn, look at the potential resale value of the house as opposed to the property you would be thinking of buying and whether that’s a realistic transaction – and also the value that could be potentially added to your home.”

Whitaker said the majority of homeowners who decide to stay and renovate want to create more space.

“If they’ve been living somewhere for a long time, they stop realising the potential under their nose but with careful planning they can create the space they need,” he said.

“On the show we came across rooms that were completely redundant – one room was completely occupied by a cat – people get used to living a certain way.”

Renovations are booming in Brisbane’s inner-ring including Albion, Stafford, Alderley and Everton Park, with building renovations and carpentry the most popular, according to Australia’s largest network of trades professionals, hipages.com.au.

The data also showed bathroom and kitchen upgrades were a high priority with homeowners.

 

Mr Christopher said homeowners could renovate their property on a budget, sell it and upgrade to a better property for themselves.

“There are more buyers and freestanding houses in the marketplace,” he said.

“I don’t think we are in a market that is going to value one’s renovations all too well.”

Mr Christopher said Brisbane’s property market had improved however added “the pendulum is in the middle”.

“We are seeing more interstate migrations to Brisbane because of the price difference,” he said.

Love It Or List co-host Andrew Winter advised buyers to have realistic expectations when selling their property.

“Don’t expect to sell easily,” Winter said. “Never believe that your house will sell for more than market value, it can happen but generally it won’t.”

He said to avoid seller’s remorse it was important to hang on to your property if your financial situation allowed.

If you are thinking about making a move in property talk to the team at Madeleine Hicks Real Estate first.  They know the North West because it is their backyard.

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Riverfire is turning 20

Brisbane-Riverfire

Brisbane’s biggest fireworks display is returning to South Bank! On Saturday, 30 September, Sunsuper Riverfire will ignite the evening sky with a brilliant explosion of colour. There’ll also be free, family-friendly entertainment in the lead-up – read on to plan your day.


Tell us in the comments below where is your favourite location to watch the Riverfire from! 


Riverfire South Bank turning 20

 

What’s on

Anzac Centenary Commemorations

While you’re waiting for the main event, make sure you head to South Bank Piazza for a host of free Anzac commemorations. Live music and performances will run from 11am-4pm, and they include important stories such as what it was like for our soldiers one hundred years ago while they prepared for the Battles of Polygon Wood and Beersheba, and the tale of the Anzacs and Australian Light Horsemen.  From 10am-4pm, kids can enjoy badge-making, write a letter of peace to our current serving Australian men and women, pat a live horse and see a real Australian Light Armoured Vehicle.

Aerial display

The Australian Defence Force will conduct an aerial display in the afternoon:

3.30pm RAAF Roulettes Display
4.30pm ARMY Helicopter Display (4 x MRH 90)
5pm RAAF C-17A Globemaster fly over
5.15pm ARMY Helicopter Display (4 x MRH 90)
5.40pm RAAF EA18G Growler display
7.05pm RAAF EA18G Growler fly over to signal start of fireworksRiverfire South Bank turning 20

Fireworks

At 7pm the piece de resistance, the fireworks, begin. The fireworks run for more than 20 minutes and include a mix of rooftop and river-barge launching stations. This year also marks Riverfire’s 20th anniversary, so the soundtrack will be specially programmed to feature hits from 1998 and onwards.

Vantage points

Riverfire is famous for its array of vantage points, right across the city. If you’re heading to South Bank to see the fireworks, mark these areas on your hit list:

The Clem Jones Promenade

With prime river frontage, there is no better place to see the show than the Clem Jones Promenade. Anywhere along this pristine location will guarantee sweeping views, but it does fill up quickly (avid Riverfire fans stake out their spots during the morning and afternoon), so make sure you get there early to secure a good location. Please note that in the interests of crowd safety, erecting a sunshade tent or chairs on the Promenade is not permitted at any time of day.

Treasury Brisbane Arcadia – The Cultural Forecourt

As the hub of the Brisbane Festival with a mix of eateries and outdoor bars, Arcadia is a great place to stop and enjoy the fireworks. Just remember that due to its pop-up venues, this space will have standing room only.

Streets Beach and surrounds

It’s a pretty rare treat to be able to watch fireworks over the CBD from the water, but Streets Beach and the Boat Pool offer water babies just that! The perfect place to cool down on a warm spring day; it’s also a great way to keep the kids amused while they count down the minutes to the next plane, helicopter or fireworks. It’s also a short hop-skip-jump to the food vendors for lunch, dinner and a cool ice-cream for afternoon tea. For those who want a sit-down meal, South Bank Surf Club and Southbank Beer Garden are offering special dining packages, available for booking now.

River Quay

Easily one of South Bank’s most popular destinations, River Quay is the perfect spot for Riverfire viewing. Patrons can arrive early in the day and while the time away with a picnic, or you can book into one of the River Quay restaurants (Stokehouse Q, Popolo, River Quay Fish, Aquitaine and The Jetty South Bank) for an evening meal.

The Wheel of BrisbaneRiverfire South Bank turning 20

Our famous Wheel will keep turning on Riverfire night, offering you the chance to check out the show from within – private gondolas are available for hire for family and friends.

To see where all of the above locations are, check out the official South Bank map. 

Essential information

The art to enjoying a hassle-free experience involves schooling up on essential information before you attend. Read on for details on what not to bring, how to access the event and more.

Getting in and what not to bring

South Bank is open daily from 5am until midnight. On Riverfire day, the Parklands will be fenced off for safety reasons, with security conducting bag checks upon entry from 9am onwards. As part of these checks, security will be confiscating the following prohibited items: alcohol (the Parklands is entirely alcohol-free on the night, unless you’re in a designated restaurant or bar area); drink bottles with broken seals (including bottles of water or soft drink); scooters, bikes, pets, glass, marquees, and any large, portable structures. If you’re unsure about whether to bring something, call the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre on 07 3156 6366 or email them at vicsouthbank@brisbanemarketing.com.au.

Eat and drink

The restaurants mentioned above offer the best views of the fireworks, but if it’s a pre or post-show drink you’re after, check out your options on our Eat + Drink page. If you’re looking for simple grab-and-go fare (such as hot chips), head to South Bank’s Central Cafes or the pop-up food stalls at the Cultural Forecourt. Patrons are also welcome to bring their own picnic food, snacks and water (in sealed bottles only) on the day.

Parking and public transport

South Bank has several car parks – check out details and pricing in our parking page. You can also park in the city and walk over (South Bank is about a 20-minute walk from the CBD) or catch public transport. For a list of road closures on the day as well as information about aquatic flag applications, head to Brisbane Festival’s website. 

Accessibility

South Bank is proud to be an accessible venue – the Parklands has disabled car parks, a beach shower and changing room with a hoist and more to ensure that everyone can enjoy their visit. Head to our accessibility page for all of the details.

Eatons Hill Family Going to America for Life Changing Surgery

Every so often at Village Buzz we come across a story that really tugs at our heartstrings and the case of young James Meyer from Eatons Hill is definitely one of those.

He suffers from cerebral palsy and his parents Darren and Christine have launched an appeal to raise funds to take him to the United States for selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery. The surgery promises to remove spasticity in his muscles which will, in turn, relieve the pain and discomfort he endures. It will help him be more mobile and independent increasing his quality of life.

His birth in October 2013 (10 weeks premature) was traumatic and he was delivered by emergency Caesarean section. His twin sister Grace was born shortly afterwards and the medical team expected both children to recover fully in the course of time. By the age of 10 months, however, it became apparent that James wasn't hitting the same developmental milestones as his sister and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. This affects all sufferers differently and, in James's case, his cognitive function was luckily not impaired but he was in a state where the muscles in all four limbs are impacted by spasticity making his muscles tight and hard to move.

The condition is painful and threatened to reduce his mobility to the extent he might never be able to walk independently. The medical team launched an early intervention programme of treatment which included physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and speech therapy in an attempt to alleviate his symptoms.

He was classified as a 4 on the GMFCS scale which ranges from 1 to 5, with five being the most disabled. Doctors expected James would spend a lot of his life in a wheelchair but his mum Christine said he was so determined to walk that he is now able to use a hand-held walker and has been downgraded to a 3 on the GMFCS scale.

Determination, regular Botox injections and a self-funded programme of intensive therapy were responsible for this improvement. However, Christine told Village Buzz that these treatments are not long-term solutions because the effects of Botox only last a few months and intensive therapy costs between $3000-$5000 which is prohibitively expensive because it would have to be repeated three or four times every year.

The family began to hope again early in 2017 when Christine heard about SDR surgery from a mum whose child had successfully undergone the treatment and she and Darren began to investigate the possibility that it might benefit James too.

He was found to be a promising candidate but the surgery is not often performed in Australia meaning the family will have to travel to the St Louis Children's Hospital in the US where he can be operated on by leading specialist Dr Tae Sung Park.

The cost of travel, the surgery and intensive rehabilitation afterwards will cost $100,000 and so James's parents launched the Every Step Foundation to try to raise the necessary funds to relieve the pain their son suffers from and give him the best chance they can of living a normal life.

Christine explained that the SDR surgery will involve identifying the nerves rootlets leading out of James’s spine responsible for his muscle spasticity and cutting them. There will be plenty of physical therapy for him to undergo afterwards but his parents believe it will be worth it for the reduction in pain and discomfort and increased mobility it will bring.

Mum Christine believes the treatment will be successful and points out that the surgery has been performed thousands of times with many testifying to the positive effect it has had on their lives. James’ medical team are supportive of his parents’ decision to seek the treatment.

Without help from the community, however, it will be financially impossible for him to receive the treatment. The Every Step Foundation welcomes one-off or monthly donations at the link provided and will be holding events over the next few months to raise funds.

Donations are tax deductible. To donate, visit https://www.givenow.com.au/jamessdr

Ladies are invited for a fundraising lunch at Hillstone St Lucia in October. It will be a day of fun to support James on his journey to an independent and pain-free future. Follow Every Step Foundation on Facebook for updates on events and to see James’ progress.

We at Village Buzz wish the Meyer family every success with their fundraising efforts and will be holding thumbs for James when he goes through his life-changing surgery later in the year.

Every Step Foundation

Facebook: https://goo.gl/Hchq1Y

Website: http://www.everystepfoundation.org.au/

Donate: https://www.givenow.com.au/jamessdr

More information on SDR surgery

Website: http://www.stlouischildrens.org/our-services/center-cerebral-palsy-spasticity/about-selective-dorsal-rhizotomy-sdr

Brochure: http://www.stlouischildrens.org/sites/default/files/services/cerebral_spasticity/files/SDRbrochure_final.pdf

 

Fundraising Ladies Lunch

Date: 21 October 2017 at 11:00am

Location: Hillstone St Lucia, Carawa Street, St Lucia, QLD 4067.

Contact: Christine Meyer, 0422740304, info@everystepfoundation.org.au

Booking: https://www.trybooking.com/RKNH

Kevin Turner Interviews Allie Coutts from Madeleine Hicks Real Estate About the Tender Process

Kevin:Last weekend's show, we were talking about the benefits of an auction. I had an email during the week from Madeleine Hicks' office. Madeleine, of course, no stranger to our show, has been on with us from time to time talking about the tender process. I thought that might make an interesting comparison between auction and tender, so joining me to talk about that, Allie Coutts, who is with Madeleine Hicks, of course. Allie, you have just done some recent tenders, I understand.
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Allie Coutts:

Yes, we've been doing them for a few years now, since we've done a lot training on them. We've really seen the benefit to our vendors in following the tender process.
Kevin:Yeah, of course, tenders aren't all that common in residential, very common in commercial, of course. So what are the benefits as you see it for sellers in doing a tender, say over an auction?
Allie Coutts:

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Firstly for an auction, you need at least two bidders that are actively engaged, and the highest bidder only needs to pay a little bit above whatever the underbidder has sent. Even though they may have had more money in their pocket or had seen greater values to the property, so that can be a bit tense for vendors who are waiting and watching all that activity.
 

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With tender, it doesn't matter if there's only one interested party. That interested party, because they don't know what others are offering, must write down the figure that they are actually prepared to pay or where they really see value for the property.
Kevin:Do you find that buyers generally understand the tender process or do they have to be educated by you, because really they're going into a fairly blind situation, aren't they?` At least with an auction, the buyer can actually see how much interest there is there.
Allie Coutts:

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Yes, true. I guess the only indicator for the buyer is the attendance at the open home, but yes, we do spend a great deal of time with buyers and educating. We have information packs that we share with them very readily, and also talk through the process. It's in the buyers best interest, too. It's actually worked quite nicely with first time buyers because I give them the tender pack, which includes the contract and encourage them to sit with their nearest and dear one, and then convey it to lawyers or their advisors to complete the contract and include the figure that they are able to do. It's actually done in the privacy of their own home, usually. Then they just submit their tender into the box, and if it's them that's selected then it's happy days.
Kevin:Well and good.
Allie Coutts:Yeah.
Kevin:

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I guess there's another advantage with tender as well, that's one of the reasons why it's so popular with commercial properties or major development sites is that it doesn't have to be cash unconditional, which is what happens at an auction. It can actually have some conditions with it, can't it?
Allie Coutts:

 

 

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Correct. Correct. Certainly, we encourage the unconditional, but there again, that's in the hands of the buyer as to what conditions they require. Then in the calm environment of the sellers home, they open up the tenders on a given time and date. They look through and compare figures, offers, and conditions or non-conditions and then make their choice accordingly.
Kevin:What happens in that process when you're sitting down with the owner and you're opening up all those tenders, if there's one there that's almost at the point where the seller will take it, do you have the ability then to go back and renegotiate with one or more of those tenders?
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Allie Coutts:

 

Yes. It's actually ... We're working for the vendor, and so we will follow their instructions, but that is absolutely up to them. They don't have to accept any of them. They're under no pressure to do so. Usually they're on the market though because they're ready to move, so invariably, they will. In a couple of cases, the tenders that have been submitted were far below what the vendor was seeking, and so at that point, we just put a price on the property and continued to market it as normal.

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We also run our tenders shorter than a typical auction campaign of four weeks. We generally run them for three, and in some cases where there's been great interest or where we know there will be a great deal of interest, we've even brought it down to four weeks. Again, that's actually up to vendors. If there's a particular buyer that is very keen to submit their offer early and to know prior to the due date, then they can do so, but it's not ... They can't put in multiple attempts.
Kevin:No, of course not.
Allie Coutts:But that is also an option that tenders can close early.
Kevin:There's an interesting insight for you into the world of tender. Helping us there, Allie Coutts, from Madeleine Hicks Real Estate. Allie, thank you very much for your time.
Allie Coutts:It's a pleasure, Kevin. Thank you.
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Strong Growth Hidden In Brisbane’s Middle Ring: Everton Park Suburb Profile

Driven by a combination of land scarcity, population growth and a strong economic outlook, Brisbane’s housing market has shown no signs of slowing down – and it’s this positive outlook that is propelling investors and developers into Brisbane’s middle-ring.

As median house prices continue to soar upward of $600,000, both investors and developers alike are pursuing opportunities in Brisbane’s middle-ring suburbs in a move to deliver more affordable housing alternatives.

According to Paul Riga, Director at Urbis – whom has been actively tracking the performance of ‘blue chip’ suburbs particularly across the eastern seaboard – it appears some parallels can be drawn when comparing some of Sydney & Melbourne’s well known million dollar suburbs and a number of Brisbane’s quickly emerging middle-ring markets.

One particular suburb that closely compares to its Melbourne and Sydney counterparts is Everton Park, in Brisbane’s Northwest.

“Everton Park is characterised by a quickly developing local economy, increasing household incomes and disposable incomes, growth in property prices and relatively limited local retail and medical amenity,” Mr Riga said.

“If you look at Sydney and Melbourne suburbs located 8-9km from their respective CBD’s, a high proportion of these areas now have median house prices well in-excess of $1 Million. The drivers for these areas are the proximity to the CBD and connectivity to a wide range of amenity options – similar attributes to what Everton Park currently demonstrates”

“To those unacquainted with the area, Everton Park appears like many other suburbs across Brisbane however it is a rapidly growing and evolving locality, characterised by strong growth in new businesses, and a median house price that has grown by more than 20% over the past 5 years.”

A Quick Snapshot Of Everton Park’s Market

Some key insights into Everton Park are highlighted below:

  • Since 2013, the number of businesses in Everton Park has grown by approximately 8%
  • Median value for house sales is March quarter 2017 is $580,000
  • 5.7% average annual growth in median house sales (with land <1,000m2) – based on the period from March 2007 to March 2017.
  • The current median vacant land price (<1,000m2) is $433,750 for the March quarter 2017.
  • 7.5% average annual growth in median vacant land sales prices (<1,000m2) – based on the period from March 2007 to March 2017.

What This Means For Investors

Looking at Everton Park’s market metrics, it is clear that there is a trend toward growth as the market strengthens and cements its status as an aspirational and blue chip location.

Oliver Bagheri, Director at Rogerscorp, believes that while Everton Park presents as a great location, it is also imperative to identify the right project to invest in and develop – most importantly those that present an ability to be realised over the longer term in line with market forecasts.

“The best development opportunities in Everton Park will benefit from the capacity to deliver a range of end-uses which are likely to align with the expected growth in the area, which is something that developers and investors should bear in mind,” Mr Bagheri said.

“It is no secret the current market has its challenges, however taking a counter-cyclical perspective, Everton Park’s inevitable growth will play a big part in the successful development of opportunities that will be realised over the longer term.”

Opportunities In The Market

As Brisbane quickly matures as a city, it is becoming increasingly difficult to locate readily developable land which benefits from varied end-uses – let alone identifying land in emerging blue-chip locations.

One precinct that is perfectly positioned to benefit from the strengthening Everton Park market, is 768 Stafford Road – MONARC – a 10,000 square metre proposed mixed-use precinct in the heart of the suburb.

MONARC has been conceptualised drawing upon the successes of other destination precincts such as Emporium, Coorparoo Square, South-City Square and Nundah Village – and will fill a localised gap in the market for a mix of modern residential and service based medical, retail and commercial end-uses.

Marketing agents of MONARC, Chris O’Driscoll, and Darren Collins of CBRE believe that “MONARC represents Brisbane’s next destination precinct which at completion will represent a fully integrated hub of modern residential, retail, medical and commercial spaces poised to capture the longer term growth expected in Everton Park,” Mr O’Driscoll and Mr Collins said.

“The actual physical attributes of the precinct – its size, shape, servicing and accessibility – combine with its scale and varied uses to create immense strategic value if you also consider this alongside Everton Park’s attributes as well as the broader scarcity of these types of sites throughout Brisbane.”

“Since the precinct’s development timing isn’t to be fully realised in the current market, it doesn’t have to be developed immediately – meaning a longer term view can be taken of the site, allowing time to ensure the vision for the precinct can be properly realised over the long term”

Looking at the locational and market attributes of Everton Park, it is clear investors and developers should be turning toward this emerging suburb to secure long term mixed-use development opportunities.

“Rogerscorp is a privately owned & operated property development & advisory company which is currently developing in-excess of $150 million worth of residential, commercial & retail projects across South-East Queensland.”

 

Originally Published: https://www.theurbandeveloper.com/

Local woman could be the highest-ranked female karateka in the world!

Here at Village Buzz we were intrigued to hear that a local woman will soon be heading out to Japan where she stands a chance of becoming one of the highest-ranked female karateka in the world.

Malwina Martin is an instructor at the Ho Shin Do Karate Club in Wilston Road, Newmarket, and is hoping to achieve her 5th Dan black belt grading in the Go Ju Ryu style of karate. She and other members of the club, including her husband Roderick, will attend a training camp, be graded and compete in the Japanese Karate Federation (JKF) nationals in Wakayama in August.

Pictured: At a recent training session to prepare for the trip to Japan were, from left, Janine Boothroyd, Ollie Martin, Maia Martin, Rod Martin, Malwina Martin, Luke Morrison
and Mia Anderson.

The club organises an annual trip to Japan to participate in a two-week camp held by Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi who is a prominent member of the JKF and an 8th Dan karateka himself. Senior karateka from around the world attend the camp which provides an opportunity for learning and socialising.

"We always learn a great deal from the training camps run by Fujiwara Sensei during which we train for six hours a day for two weeks," said Rod, who is chief instructor at the club. "The experience is incredibly demanding physically and mentally and feels like the equivalent of running a marathon every day for the same amount of time!"

Those who will be heading to Japan on July 22 include Rod, Malwina, their daughter Maia, their son Ollie and club members Dr Janine Boothroyd and Mia Anderson. If successful, the touring party will achieve some major milestones during the trip.

As already mentioned, Malwina hopes to gain her 5th Dan and Rod, who has been training for the past 35 years, will attempt his 6th Dan in the All Japan Karatedo Federation Gojukai. This will make him only the fourth person in Australia graded at that level in Japan.

We chatted with club members before a recent training session and were fascinated to hear about their motivations for participating in such a demanding sport and to hear of Rod’s hopes and plans for his younger charges.

Everyone was in agreement that karate has been a major force for good in their lives and said it not only keeps them fit, but the total concentration it demands helps them to de-stress by emptying their minds of everything. They also agreed that the training helps to improve self-discipline and teaches etiquette and respect for others.

Rod said that karate had been through a dip in Australia in the past few decades but there has recently been a resurgence, especially now it has been reinstated as an Olympic sport for 2020 in Tokyo. He has high hopes that his young charges including Maia, Mia and Luke Morrison (who won't be going to Japan this year) will reach their peak as karateka by 2024 and make a serious impression in the Olympics that year.

We at Village Buzz wished the touring party all the best and said we hoped they would kick serious butt while in Japan. Ollie Martin replied it was more likely the tourists would have their own butts kicked, but that it would be a great learning experience anyway.

PROFILES

Rod and Malwina Martin: Rod currently is hoping to gain a 6th Dan Japanese grading while Malwina will go for her 5th Dan and both will compete in the JKF Nationals in Wakayama. The couple met in Australia, moved to London to teach karate, returned here and started the Ho Shin Do club in 2005. Rod now runs GO2 Health in South Pine Road at Everton Park.

Janine Boothroyd: Janine will be going for her 4th Dan while on tour. She is the current Australian Veteran Kata Champion in the JKF Australia and will be competing in the JKF Nationals in Wakayama.

Maia Martin: Maia will be going for her 2nd Dan. She is the current Australian Go Ju Kai Kata Champion and will be flying home early from Japan to join the Queensland team and compete in the Australian Karate Federation (AKF) Nationals in Sydney.**

Mia Anderson is hoping to gain her 1st Dan in Japan. She fights in the contact division, is a member of the Australian National team and will also compete in the JKF Nationals. Mia has a history of various championship wins in Australia and we wish her the best.

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** Ho Shin Do club member Luke Morrison who holds a 1st kyu Brown belt and fights in the points sparring division of kyu and Black belts, will be joining Maia in the Queensland team to do battle at the AKF Nationals in Sydney.