Weekend planner, December 7 to 9, 2018.

Christmas spirit: Abby McKeough, Ivy Veale and Jacob Clark at the 2017 Carols in the Park in Taree. The community event is on again this Sunday, December 9. Photo: Scott Calvin.
Christmas spirit: Abby McKeough, Ivy Veale and Jacob Clark at the 2017 Carols in the Park in Taree. The community event is on again this Sunday, December 9. Photo: Scott Calvin.

What’s on in the Manning, Great Lakes and Gloucester.

All weekend

  • State Interbranch Surf Life Saving Championships at Black Head, Saturday and Sunday – 8.30am to 4pm Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm Sunday.
  • Art exhibitions, The Art of Ageing and A Bug's Life, at the Manning Regional Art Gallery, Macquarie Street, Taree. Gallery hours 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Saturday and 1pm to 4pm Sunday.

Friday

  • Tinonee Christmas Carols will be held at Bob Collier Oval, Tinonee Recreation Ground. Gates open 5pm with the official program starting 6.30pm. Free entry.
  • Gloucester Community Christmas Carnival 2018, 5pm to 8pm, in Church Street, Gloucester. Bring a wrapped gift for the Giving Tree with all donated gifts going to those in need within the community.
  • TOTs Tours at Manning Regional Art Gallery, 11.15am to noon at Manning Regional Art Gallery, art engagement for under 5s. 
  • Storytime at Hallidays Point Library, 10.30am to 11.30am. For preschool children.
  • Tiny Turtles, 10.30am to 11.30am at Forster Library. Stories, rhymes and craft for 0-2 year olds.
  • Book launch, Shadows around the Buccan Buccan by Griselda Browne, 5.30pm at Gloucester Bookshop. Explores the customs and law that governed the Birripai and Worimi tribes.
  • Rudi's Market, 8am to 2pm, corner of Bushland and Kanangra Drives in Taree.

Saturday

  • Wingham Community Markets, 8am to noon, at Wingham Skate Park, Dennes Street, Wingham.
  • Gloucester Farmers Market, 8am to noon, Billabong Park, Denison Street, Gloucester.
  • Johns River Community Markets, 8am to 12.30pm, at Johns River Community Hall, Johns River Road, Johns River.
  • Three Brothers Farm Produce, 8am to noon, at Johns River Community Hall.
  • Dance Elite concerts at the Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree. Junior concert "Enchanted" at 12.30pm and senior concert Welcome to the Jungle at 3.30pm at the Manning Entertainment Centre.
  • Christmas at the Flicks, 1.30pm at Wards River Hall, Wards River. It’s A Wonderful Life is the film, admission free, afternoon tea $6.
  • Taree parkrun, 8am start from Endeavour Place.

Sunday

  • Taree’s Carols in the Park, 6.30pm to 9pm, Fotheringham Park, Taree.
  • Forster Town Markets, 8am to 2pm, at Town Park, Forster.
  • Carols by the Lake, 6.30pm at the Sundowner Tiona conference centre, The Lakesway, Pacific Palms.
  • Burrell Creek Markets, 9am to 12.30pm at Burrell Creek Hall, The Bucketts Way, Burrell Creek.
  • Gloucester Carols in the Park, from 6pm at Bert Gallagher Oval, Gloucester.
  • Life Drawing Studio, 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Manning Regional Art Gallery, Macquarie Street, Taree.