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Card Games

Solo
This popular card game does not differ greatly from the game of Bridge. Solo is played with a 32 card pack consisting of the A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7 in each suit. There are four players, each ultimately playing for themselves, though temporary partnerships can be created by the bidding. However, depending on the way you bid, considering the cards you have been dealt, you may be left ‘solo’ for the remainder of a hand. It is not considered as intense as Bridge, however, it is slightly more challenging than the game of 500. Beginners as well as seasoned card sharps are all welcome.
Bridge
Duplicate Bridge games are held at the Club for intermediate to advanced players. This is a great opportunity for you and a partner to improve your Bridge playing skills in a friendly environment.

Carpet Bowls
Carpet Bowls involves playing an adapted game of traditional lawn bowls, only inside in a more casual and comfortable setting. The game is played with eight colour-coded Bowls and a Jack.

Choir
The Woden Senior Singers is a group that meets once a week to rehearse. The Choir performs a wide repertoire on special occasions for the Woden Senior Citizens Club and also entertains at nursing homes and hostels across Canberra. There is no audition process, all you need is a love of music and a desire to sing.

Computing
We offer a program of small group computer and iPad courses specially designed for seniors and conducted by professionally trained and experienced volunteer teachers. Click here for details.

Craft
The craft group provides a wonderful opportunity to get together with others to explore and swap crafting skills and create something unique.The group crochet and knit a variety of items for charity organisations. They also make very special Trauma Teddies for distribution to Children’s wards, police and emergency services trauma units.

New Vogue Modern Sequence Dancing
Similar in style to ballroom dancing, this instructed activity involves ballroom steps danced in a sequence. The members dance to specific songs that each have their own set of dance moves.
The dance moves are taught in what is known as ‘Santo’s Dance Group’. When the moves have been mastered, members then move on to join the ‘Moonspinners’ group, which is the new vogue modern sequence dance group that practice full dances at the Club.

Folk Dancing
Folk Dancing is an instructed social activity where group members get together weekly to learn the steps of traditional folk dances from all over the world. Demonstrations of the steps are provided at the beginning of each class after which members are able to participate in as many dances as they wish.

Exercise Classes
Two levels of exercise classes are available both with YMCA trained instructors.

Gentle exercise class
Gentle exercise classes are specifically designed to improve mobility, strength, balance, coordination and agility. This is a fun, low-impact activity.

Ever Active class
This class is for people living independently and physically able and active. It is fairly energetic starting with a warm up of aerobic activities for about 20 minutes, followed by strength exercises, balance and coordination activities, stretching, and mat work to improve flexibility

Isabella Social Dance
Isabella dance group is an instructed dance class and is a great opportunity for members to get together and dance modern sequence dance steps.

Mah-jong
Mah-jong is an authentic Chinese game for four people played with tiles (similar in size and shape to dominoes). The aim of the game is to “go out” by completing a hand composed of four sets of three tiles each plus a pair. The first person to achieve this goal wins the game. It is similar to the card game of rummy. Fun for everyone.

Painting and Drawing
Painting and drawing is run by The University of the Third Age (U3A) and allows painters and sketchers to advance techniques and expertise. Members can gain inspiration and helpful tips from the instructor and other artists of the group.

Play Reading
The play-reading group is run by The University of the Third Age (U3A) and is for anyone with an interest in plays, the performing arts and theatre. The group reads scripts and acts out plays written by a wide range of authors

Recorder
The U3A Recorder Orchestra and classes are for musicians of all skill levels, who enjoy playing the recorder. Optional one hour group lessons are held for additional tuition, prior to meeting with the Recorder Orchestra. The recorder orchestra often perform in nursing homes and retirement villages across Canberra.

Table Tennis
Friendly games of table tennis are the perfect way to build strength and improve reflexes and fitness. The group currently meets twice a week, on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Anyone can play, no matter their skill level.

Tai Chi
This gentle and relaxing martial art encompasses multiple physical benefits as well as inner healing. Members work to their own capacity to improve balance, muscle tone and breathing patterns. There are two forms of Tai Chi, Yang and Sun, offered at the club. Sun Tai Chi was developed by a medical practitioner to assist with mobility, arthritis and circulation.

Watercolour Painting
This self-help watercolour group is run by the University of the Third Age (U3A) and is a great opportunity to get together with fellow artists to improve painting techniques and skills. There are books available from the Woden Senior Citizens Club Library to assist in paint application method and to provide inspiration for creating the ultimate masterpiece.