Community Activities

The Tanks Arts Centre precinct welcomes community groups to host their workshop, activity or exhibition as part of the diverse program on offer. Some workshops and activities are held on a weekly basis and others may be a short course or a weekend intensive only.

LITTLE TACCAS

A nature based, fun activities program for kids up to 5 years, set in Botanic Gardens.

WHEN: Each fortnight on Thursdays: March 1, 15 & 29, April 12 & 26
TIME: 10.00am - noon 
VENUE: The Deck, near Tank 3
COST: Free
BOOKINGS: Please note that bookings can only be accepted via an online form. Bookings open for Program 1 on Monday 19 February 2018 at 6am and close as soon as places are exhausted. The online form will only be available at this time.


ANCIENT PLANTS WITH BARRY MUIR

This fascinating talk explores the evolution of plants from single-celled organisms and algae to more complex species and ultimately to the flowering plants.  The emphasis is on those plants that have persisted, virtually unchanged, since ancient times, many of which can be found today in the Cairns Botanic Gardens.

WHEN: Wednesday 14 March
TIME: 6pm - 8pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: Free


PLANTSCAPE: SPIRIT OF THE TROPICS

A display of contemporary floral designs reflecting the abundance of exciting plant material in the Cairns region.

WHEN: Monday 26 February - Monday 26 March 2018
TIME: 8:30am - 4pm weekdays, 8:30am - 1pm weekends
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: Free


FRESH FROM YOUR GARDEN WORKSHOP

Join members of FNQ Floral Art Designers for a workshop to make a contemporary design with plant material from your own garden.

WHEN: Saturday 17 March
TIME: 9am - 1pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $20
BOOKINGS: Angie Lewis 0407 162 863 btanica@bigpond.net.au or Irma Morzone 0417 193 183 irma@morzone.com.au


SALTWATER CREEK BASKETRY WORKSHOPS

Botanic Gardens Basketry

Join Saltwater Creek Basketry Group for a fun morning of basketry and other weaving craft using natural products from the Botanic Gardens. Suitable for all skill levels, free entry. Book early as spaces are limited!

WHEN: Saturdays 24 February & 24 March   
TIME: 9:30am -12:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: By donation
INFO & BOOKINGS: Pam Kusabs (07) 4032 5039


BOTANICAL DRAWING WORKSHOPS WITH JULIE MCENERNY

A relaxed and enjoyable day drawing botanical studies using watercolor pencils.

WHEN: First Saturday of the month   
TIME: 9:30am -3:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $85 (includes materials)
REQUIREMENTS: Basic drawing skills. 
INFO & BOOKINGS: Julie McEnerny 0407 556 189 art@juliemcenerny.com.au


WEAVE N ART WORKSHOPS

Learn the skill of weaving an item out of the coconut palm leaf, and the significance of this practice.

WHEN: Saturday 24 February (Tank 4), Wednesday 28 February and Saturday 10 March, Wednesday 28 March   
TIME: 9:30am -12:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
INFO & BOOKINGS: rosie@omundsen.com.au


REEF FRIENDS-REEF KIDS

Join us for a coastal systems reef education and sustainable living workshop. An opportunity for children and parents to learn about coastal processes, basic marine biology and marine stewardship. Includes a family craft origami activity.

WHEN: Sundays, 21 January, 18 February & 18 March   
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $6.50 (pre-payment required, non refundable). Receipt provided at workshop or via email.
INFO & BOOKINGS: Bookings essential. Chelsea Scanlan 0439 419 372 Facebook
PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


CUBAN SALSA CLASS

5 week Cuban Salsa dance class course.

WHEN: Monday nights   
TIME: Beginners: 6pm-7pm & Level 1: 7pm - 8pm 
VENUE: Tank 3
COST: $60 for 5 lessons or $15 per lesson
INFO & BOOKINGS: Bookings essential. Salsa Jo 0423 218 929


IS TOASTMASTERS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Do you want to become a confident communicator, strong leader and, if you want to, public speaker? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You’ll find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace.

WHEN: Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of the month
TIME: 6:30am - 9:00am
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST:
$10 per meeting. First meeting is free.
INFO: Katrin Costa 0408 954 980