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Saturday 23 August, 2014

Events

Meet the makers at artisan

Head to artisan in Fortitude Valley this Saturday August 23 for a free Meet the Makers talk with local jewellery designers Bianca Mavrick and Elizabeth Shaw. Bianca combines handcrafted production with industrial fabrication processes to create bold, unique and playful pieces, drawing inspiration from the anti-design movement of the 1980s. Elizabeth is a contemporary jeweller and metalsmith, who approaches ethical and environmental concerns within her practice. Elizabeth’s work is currently featured in artisan’s Greensmith exhibition, and Bianca’s latest collection of jewellery and lighting objects, Brick Block is currently on display in the Ivory Street Window until September 28.

Events

Garage Sale Trail registrations open

If you’ve embarked on the innovative Garage Sale Trail in previous years, you’ll be counting down the days ‘til Saturday October 25, and if you haven’t – well, you’re in for one fine community-focused treat! Registrations are now open for the event, so if you want to take advantage of the thrifty shoppers stalking the streets for this fantastic event, hop online and add your sale to the trail now.

Green

Connect with nature at Parks Alive

Pack your picnic rug and head to Brisbane’s four premier parklands and gardens this weekend for Parks Alive. Roma Street Parklands, South Bank Parklands, the City Botanic Gardens and City Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha will come together to celebrate all things outdoors and gardening on Saturday August 23 and Sunday August 24, presenting an exciting program of free events and activities for families and gardening enthusiasts. Visit the new resident honeybees at Roma Street Parkland and enjoy a honey harvesting demonstration from Bee One Third, chat organic veggie gardening with author Annette McFarland, and learn about bush tucker, native plants and the importance of flowers in gardens. Stretch out on the lawn and soak up some acoustic tunes at the City Botanic Gardens, or stop by the Pop Up Cafe in the Albert Street Walkway for a bite to eat. Browse the full program here.

Food & Drink

Take a coast drive to Greenhouse Cafe

Our obsession with breakfast can often lead us to faraway locales, from Bayleaf in Byron Bay to BSKT on the Gold Coast, but this weekend we’re suggesting you head north to the Sunshine Coast and indulge in some divinely healthy repasts from Greenhouse Cafe. Tucked inside a laneway in Caloundra, this cutie dishes up organic, fairtrade coffee, nourishing smoothies and breakfast dishes ranging from vanilla crepes with fresh lemon, mulberry compote and rapadura sprinkle, to house-made baked beans with harissa yoghurt, a poached egg, fresh dill and a kale and lemon pesto.