Rainbow Beach Community Centre Update – May 2023

Funny Coast comedian Nicky Wilkinson

Funny Coast comedian Nicky Wilkinson

Funny Business in Rainbow

Let’s face it. We could all do with a good laugh, right? Well, there’ll be some seriously funny business going on at the Rainbow Beach Community Centre Hall on Tuesday 9 May.

Professional comedians Nicky Wilkinson and Mick Neven from Funny Coast Comedy will run a two-hour stand-up comedy workshop from 4pm to 6pm for ten lucky local people who have registered for this rare opportunity.

After doing their homework, they will bring their material to the workshop for feedback and development. They will be shown trade secrets and share these insiders’ knowledge of funny business.

Nicky and Mick are well known in the Australian comedy scene. You can find out more about them on their website www.funnycoastcomedy.com.au.

After a short break, the ten participants will perform their material in front of a very supportive audience from 7pm to 9pm. Nicky and Mick will host the open mic session too, so if you want to enjoy a good mid-week laugh, come along and join in the fun.

It’s all free except for the food and refreshments – they’re our fundraisers. But it’s a FREE workshop and FREE entry to be in the audience for the open mic night, thanks to our local Council. Everyone is welcome.

This project was made possible through Gympie Regional Council’s Community Grants Program. All enquiries to the CIRS office on 5486 3355.

Movie Magic!

Great news! We were successful with our grant application for our CoolaFlix film night project.

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) have granted us funds to cover the cost of a front and rear projection screen, a short throw projector, a popcorn machine, and ten film screening rights fees.

This equipment will be set up in the hall and ten lucky community groups will each be given the opportunity to host a free entry film night on market Saturday night (second Saturday of each month). They will choose the film, and CIRS will order and pay for it. Groups can make a cinema-style ad to show at their film night to promote their organisation and its activities.

Although there will be no entry fees, they can fundraise through selling refreshments (including free use of the kitchen and popcorn machine), running raffles, and gaining new memberships. CIRS can supply popcorn consumables and drinks, and groups then simply reimburse us at cost for whatever they sell.

If your group hasn’t registered yet, please contact us as soon as possible. We will be drawing up a roster soon.

If you are interested in being a CoolaFlix volunteer on film nights, or helping to create ads for the groups, please contact Fiona on 0423 344 316.

There will be one FREE film per month through the CoolaFlix project, but the AV equipment will also be available for hire in between monthly film nights. Bookings can be made through our office Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm.

The first film night will be on Saturday 8 July, with many thanks to FRRR for their support and to our AV expert volunteer Peter Hall for his great advice. Plus we have another fabulous volunteer coming on board to coordinate CoolaFlix. More details will follow in RBCN June newspaper.

Easter Raffles and Book Sales

Thank you to all the people who donated books for our Easter book sale and supported our Easter egg raffle. The lucky winner was John Bignell (but I’m sure Brooke, Mason, and Banjo might have benefitted as well).

The $100 board wasn’t drawn but the good news is that there are still a few empty squares so you’ve still got a chance to win. It will be drawn as soon as all the numbers are sold so next time you’re going past the CIRS office, pop in with your spare change and pick a number.

You have to be in it to win it. Pick up a bargain book while you’re there.

All proceeds go to maintaining and improving the hall facilities and our CIRS services.

Markets for May

Our monthly markets are held inside and outside the hall on the second Saturday of every month from 7am to 12pm. We have our treasured regular stallholders who have helped build the markets into the success that they are.

Every month we have new stallholders joining them and it’s always fun to have something new to add to our eclectic mix.

Last month we had our youngest yet – Miah from Bee Wise Seeds. Miah has collected, dried, and packaged seeds from bee-friendly plants to encourage people to plant bee-friendly gardens. Well done, Miah. Let’s hope your business builds and achieves your goal.

On 13 May, our market muso will be the very popular Andrew Copland so come along for some great music to go with your hot coffee, fabulous cakes, sourdough bread, farm fresh fruit and veges, face-painting, natural products, handmade clothes, recycled plastic earrings and so much more. Why not have your cards read by Mary? Don’t forget to bee-friendly.

May Music – Album Launch 

Talented singer songwriter Lucy Wise is back with a brand new album and she chose Rainbow Beach to launch it!

Do your ears a favour and get along to the hall on 14 May. To book your tickets, go to www.lucywise.com.au/shows


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