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10 things to do in Ipswich on the weekend

TO THE RESCUE: The interactive Rescue exhibition opens at the Ipswich Art Gallery.
TO THE RESCUE: The interactive Rescue exhibition opens at the Ipswich Art Gallery. Peter Bowdidge

1 Apocalyptic art

  • The SWICH Contemporary Art Space, 191 Brisbane St
  • Today and tomorrow, 9am-2pm

CELEBRATE local art at Size Matters III: The End is Nigh! The exhibition is made up of small prints and sculptures by 24 local artists, all themed to mark the end of the Mayan calendar - and the apparent end of the world - next month.

Works by well-known artists including Gary Abkin, Sharon McKenzie, Donna Davis, Charmaine Davis and Chenaya Bancroft-Davis, Glen Smith, Mieke Den Otter, Donna Dobbs, Andrea Baumert-Howard and Kylie Stevens will be featured.

All artworks will be available for purchase, and are priced at $200 maximum.

The End is Nigh will show until Friday, December 22.

Visit The SWICH's Facebook page or website to find out more.


2 Christmas carnival

  • Marburg Showgrounds, Queen St
  • Tonight, from 5pm.

KICK your heels up at this free community Christmas celebration.

The event will feature music, food, magic, dancing and a special visit from Santa.

Country music will be provided by Shane Hauschildt, and there will be a Christmas dance and a performance by Mal the Magician.

Children's entertainment will include mini bikes, an animal nursery, face-painting and a jumping castle. Santa will arrive at 7pm.

There will be a ham wheel, mega raffle and food and craft stalls.


3 Play - Searching for Doctor Branovic

  • Incinerator Theatre, Burley Griffin Dve, Ipswich
  • Today, from 8pm, tomorrow, from 2pm

SEARCHING for Doctor Branovic is a dark comedy about a mysterious death.

Presented by the Ipswich Little Theatre, the production follows Detective Munroe as he investigates the disappearance of an apparently dead man from a morgue.

Written by David Tristram, the funny and inventive script will delight audiences.

Tickets range in price from $14 to $24 and can be purchase online at the Ipswich Little Theatre website.


4 Christmas carols

  • Lobley Park, cnr Warwick and Lobb St, Churchill
  • Tonight, 5.30pm-9pm.

SING along to Christmas carols with local and school choirs and mark the beginning of the festive season. This free community event will kick off with a sausage sizzle from 5.30pm, and entertainment including carols will run from 6.30pm. The night will end with a fireworks finale at 8.30pm.


5 Puppy social

  • Ipswich Showgrounds, Warwick Rd, Ipswich
  • Tomorrow, 8.45am-9.15am

SOCIALISATION is an important aspect of puppy training and dog owners can take advantage of a free puppy social tomorrow morning. The free class will be held before Doggy Dogma's regular obedience class. Puppies need to have had their first

vaccination to attend. Free entry to the social class, bookings to 0466 965 364.

Visit doggydogma.com.au to find out more.


6 Indigenous art show

  • Old Ipswich Court House, cnr East and Roderick Sts, Ipswich
  • Today and tomorrow, 9am-3pm

Local Indigenous artist Robin 'Tallman' Wakkajinda presents his Dreaming Indigenous art exhibition.

The show is made up of both traditional and modern Indigenous art and Tallman will be there to discuss his artwork and stories. Entry by gold coin donation.

Phone 3282 7999 to find out more.


7 Rescue show

  • Ipswich Art Gallery, d'Arcy Doyle Pl, Nicholas St, Ipswich
  • Today and tomorrow, 10am-5pm

THE interactive Rescue exhibition will put children in charge of simulated land, sea and air rescues. Rescue features a full-size helicopter simulator, Jet Ski simulators and more realistic rescue situations.

Children will be able to learn about rescue-related medicine, search techniques, radio communication, supplies and equipment such as the Jaws of Life.

It's one of the Ipswich Art Gallery's largest exhibitions yet, and Ipswich will be the travelling show's only east coast stop before it heads overseas.

Queensland Police Service representatives will be on site between 10am and 1pm today with a police dog exhibit and Rhino patrol vehicle.

Free entry.

Watch the video at qt.com.au.


8 Springfield market

  • Robelle Domain Parklands, Education City Dbe, Springfield Central
  • Today, 7am-12pm

STOCK up on freshly-picked and home-made produce, fresh flowers, plants and more. Food stalls will sell breakfast and take-home items.

Children can enjoy face painting, and a masseuse will be on site to help relieve aches and pains.


9 Fire dancing

  • Queens Park, Ipswich
  • Tomorrow, 6pm-8.30pm

IPSWICH-BASED fire dancing troupe Anem Aed will perform solo and group routines.

Watch as the dancers twirl fiery poi, staffs and hula hoops.

The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket or chairs to make spectating more comfortable.


10 Country market

  • Fernvale State Primary School grounds, Brisbane Valley Hwy
  • Tomorrow, 6am-noon

RISE and shine early to find a bargain at the Fernvale Country Markets tomorrow.

Stalls at the country market will sell farm-fresh produce, antiques and second-hand items, plants and handmade soaps and gifts. The school grounds are located about half and hour from Ipswich.

Free entry, with on-street parking.

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