For the August markets, organisers Elaine & Karen have put on their thinking caps and created a HUGE market day for you!
First off there is a Car Boot Sale happening in conjunction with the usual Arts & Crafts market stalls. With spring just around the corner, now is the best time to start thinking about decluttering and having a clear out of all your unwanted items. And what better way then to sell them and earn some cash along the way!
As well as the Car Boot Sale, there is also a Craft De-Stash for those of us who possess overflowing sewing cabinets and a few too many scrapbook papers! For stall holders the Car Boot Sale & Craft De-Stash are a great way to sell their wares, but for the shoppers it provides a fantastic array of goodies for sale and you are sure to pick up a bargain or 3!
For information on the Carlyle Arts & Crafts markets or to book your market stall, please contact Elaine on 4773 1195. To keep up to date with what is happening each month then be sure to give the Facebook page a thumbs up!
Written by Adam Niesler
Have you bumped into anyone walking around the streets looking at their phone lately?
Maybe you have seen some locals wandering the strand taking in the beautiful views of Magnetic Island through their iPhone. Or possibly you might have noticed the ‘gamers’ venturing outside their bedroom walls and wandering, seemingly aimlessly, around the shopping centres, parks, Ross River, Castle Hill... all the places that you would not typically find a gamer.
Hmmm… I know you are thinking about it now. There is a reason for all of these people leaving their computer desks and venturing into the great outdoors. Pokemon Go!
Pokemon Go? What the heck is that?
Wasn’t that a kids TV show from back in the 90’s? Kind of.
Isn’t that a kids card game? Its part of the franchise.
Well to tell you how it all came about I have to go back a few decades...
Back in the 1990’s Nintendo released its first Pokemon video game on the Gameboy. Every 4-5 years since they have release a new version of the game. The latest Nintendo 3DS Pokemon game sold over 25 million copies. Last week Pokemon GO was released onto the iOS and Android platforms, but this time it is slightly different.
Pokemon Go has already topped the charts as the No.1 free app on the US iTunes App Store and it being downloaded and played across the world. In fact Niantic (the game’s developer) are having a lot of trouble with their internet servers hosting the game due to the extremely underestimated uptake of Pokemon Go. Many people are getting frustrated at not being able to play the game because it keeps crashing due to the servers not being able to handle all the traffic.
Another fun Fact, Pokemon is short for “Pocket Monster”. So it is a very apt that they finally have made their way into many peoples pockets through their mobile phone.
Anyway back to the point of this article. Pokemon Go is not like most video games.
It uses an augmented reality system which integrates with your phone GPS and camera to display footage of the world where you are on your phone and digitally placing pokemon around you. The idea of the game is to ‘Catch ‘em All’. How do you play? Well, you get off your butt and go outside. Then you walk around the block, go to the park, shopping centres, landmarks around your area, venture far and wide to find as many Pokemon as you can. This is why so many gamers are out and about these days.
So the next time you see someone walking around the park taking in the scenery through their smart phone take a moment to ask, "Have you found Pikachu yet?"
Maybe they can point you in the right direction and you can start your own Pokeman Go journey!
Review by Bec Anderson
These school holidays we had some very special visitors coming for a few days. Being I have a Miss 2 and Mr 7 already, I was wondering when a Mr 5 is also added to the clan what do we do and where do we go that is suitable for all 3 ages. Somewhere I know they are safe, having fun, learning and getting a workout, that doesn't cost an arm and a leg!
I had seen an ad getting around on Facebook for a FREE exercise program for kids during the holidays. The Bfitt free exercising program for children 4-5yrs was advertised but I thought I would contact them and ask if they had anything suitable for the ages 2-7yrs.
The staff were very helpful and a pleasure to deal with. The program is based on the 4-5 age group but they said bring along the almost 3yr old and the 7yr old along and see how they go.
I thought well it's free so if they don't like it we will just leave...Ha!
When the children were first called in and sat in a group they could not see any activities set up. Miss 2 started calling out that she wanted to play in the crèche area (obviously for mum workout sessions) in the corner. Ben (Bfitt director) said "that is for babies" so Miss 2 said "I am a baby". Ben replied "you are not a baby, you are a big girl!". Miss 2 was not having it, it was the only interesting thing she could see so she was determined she was a baby and a little girl. So the staff got on with it saying "What time is it?......IT'S PLAY TIME!"
The parents were told to go, relax and to enjoy an hour of peace. If we were needed they would call us.
Don't need to tell me twice!
I walked out and away for 10 minutes or so and then walked back. The room had large open doors we could look through and even talk to the kids if needed. I had a little spy through to see what was happening and all 3 of my clan were having a blast! All of the kids were participating (with help) in a group activity so I kept walking to the cafe and had a lovely smoothie.
Towards the end of the hour I had another spy in and all of the kids were having a great time all doing their own thing with swinging ropes and balls and markers for stepping etc. The smiles showed the fun and the red faces showed they had been active. This session was one of their story based sessions where a story was read and there was lots of music and songs which created a connection between the story and the activities.
There was a video posted to the Bfitt Facebook page recently showing the fun that kids have during the Mooves sessions. Check it out here.
If you have not got anything planned for tomorrow (Friday 8th July) phone Ben and book the kids in! You will be glad you did!
Bfitt are rolling out their kids programs in daycare centres this term, and with enough registered interest will run more sessions at the centre itself on Woolcock street. They also plan to run more programs next holidays so keep an eye out for session times.
If you had your kids attend the Zumba session or any other one, let Townsville Women know what you thought by leaving a comment below!
Phone Ben on 1300 223 488 for further information on the Bfitt Mooves Kids Program
Find them online at http://www.bfitt.com.au/mooves or on Facebook
NB: The above review is based on Bec's personal experience and is not a paid advertisement.
Images used are from the Bfitt Facebook Page. For further information on the program mentioned in this article please contact Bfitt directly.
Not a day goes by where we don't hear about some form of violence in the world.
Do you sometimes feel unsafe or intimidated by certain situations or people?
A self defence class can do wonders for your self confidence and self awareness by teaching you the simple and effective tools to better prepare and cope with an uncomfortable situation.
North Queensland Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy is offering FREE Self Defence Classes that will help us become more confident, assertive and secure within ourselves. Rather than just giving you a few safety tips on what to do in a threatening situation, this course works on a preventative approach to avoid the situation to start with!
This unique seminar focuses on actions we can all take to prevent conflicts and altercations from happening in the first place, rather than just teaching you physical defence solutions"
You will receive high quality self defence training from qualified instructors and considering there is no cost, there's no reason why every woman in Townsville shouldn't get involved.
Classes are held Wednesdays from 9am til 10am, and Mondays from 6.30pm til 7.30pm.
To register simply text your name and email to the Academy on 0427 537 771. For further information on the self defence classes or any other programs offered by the North Queensland Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy, contact Pablo on 0427 537 771, visit the website or find the Free Self Defence for Women Townsville page on Facebook.
Information above provided by event organiser and correct at time of publication. Details may be subject to change. For further information on the Self Defence Classes please contact the organisers directly on 0427 537 771 or visit http://www.nq-wingchunkungfu.com.au/
Living in a coastal city we are spoilt for choice when it comes to choices for a beachside picnic and a play in the salt water. Townsville also has a nice selection of beachside suburbs within close driving distance from the city.
Bushland Beach is approximately 20 minutes north of the city. The main thoroughfare, Mt Low Parkway, takes you right from the Bruce Highway to where the suburb meets the shore.
A few weekends ago we loaded everyone into the bus and headed out to the park at the end of the parkway.
All Aboard!! Even though Bushland Beach isn't even outside of Townsville, it still feels like a mini roadtrip when you load the kids and the dogs in the bus and hit the ring road!
Upon entry to the park you are greeted with a quick history of the area, but the kids were quick to drag us away from the 'boring reading stuff' in favour of the playground!
There are lots of eating areas with picnic tables, bbq's for public use and the large grassy area behind the Bushland Beach Tavern is perfect to lay out a picnic blanket which is what we chose.
We had a takeaway lunch from the close by "Pink Shop", otherwise known as Bushland Beach Convenience & Take-Away, and the Tavern also offers a family friendly menu for lunch. Bushland Beach has an IGA supermarket for your convenience as well.
Most Sunday mornings there are market stalls set up behind the Tavern.
After lunch and a play in the park, we ventured out to the beach, which are more like mudflats with shallow water pools and mud, lots of mud! As well as giving the kids a giggle when their feet sunk, it provided a fun place to take a stroll and search for tiny crabs and snails or interesting shaped shells.
The scenery off our beautiful coast line is stunning with views across to Magnetic Island or a far off horizon depending which way you look.
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