Woden Seniors Inc

Over 45 years of providing Community Service to the over-50s of Canberra

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Fortnightly News 1/5/2015

Photos and Your iPad

A new two-day course focusing on using the iPad for photos will be offered on Wednesday 20 and 27 May from 10am to 12 noon. The course will cover:

· Using the camera – taking and minor editing of photos;

· Receiving, saving and sending photos by email;

· Using folders in Photos and moving photos into folders.

This is NOT a course for beginners. It will suit those who are competent with using their iPad including using email.

If you are interested please contact the office. There will be four places.

Woden Seniors Art Group

An exhibition of work by the Wednesday morning Water Colour Art Group is on display at the Hellenic Club in Phillip, from Monday 12 April to Sunday 3rd of May 2015.

Calligraphy

The Calligraphy class is taking a break, the first day back is on Tuesday 5 May.

Uni of 3rd Age/COTA Forums on Again

Each year the University of the 3rd Age and COTA (ACT) collaborate in organising a popular program of forums for older Canberrans, running from June to October. This year’s forums are on topics as diverse as mature-aged employment, climate change, the Iraq war and enjoyable ageing. Come along and hear from our expert, funny, engaging and thought-provoking speakers. You can find a link to the Program here.

Australia in the Great War

Australia in the Great War is the Australian War Memorial’s new exhibition in the First World War Galleries.

Discover one of the world’s great collections of material related to the First World War. The First World War Galleries integrate a wide variety of items from this collection, including dioramas, art works; uniforms; medals; technology such as artillery and firearms; photographs; film; and letters and diaries.

The Australian War Memorial presents the story of Australia in the First World War chronologically, covering all major theatres of operations: Gallipoli, the Western Front, Sinai and Palestine and the war at sea.

From 1 December 2014 to 1 January 2017
Daily: 10am – 5pm. Closed Christmas Day
Phone: 02 6243 4211
Web: www.awm.gov.au/visit/first-world-war-galleries/

SAFETY AND FRAUD AWARENESS

Beware of scam emails promising ATO refunds: Alert High Priority

Australians are reminded to be wary of scam emails that use the Australian Government and Australian Taxation Office logos to mislead the email recipient into thinking they are receiving a tax refund.

Clues that identify emails as scams include an incorrect sender address, poor grammar, inappropriate requests, a failure to address the recipient by name and the promise of money.

The ATO states that any message requesting more information before a refund can be released, is a hoax. If you receive a tax related scam message forward it toreportemailfraud and then delete it immediately from your system. For more information please visit Stay Smart Online:http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/your_identity/avoiding_scams_and_hoaxes

COTA ACT Project Seeking Views

COTA ACT has been funded by the ACT Government (under the Seniors’ Participation Grants Program) to undertake a project to ask older residents of Ainslie and Weston what they think would make the suburb more livable and connected, or ‘age friendly’. The project is being undertaken in the first half of 2015.

COTA ACT is collaborating on the project with a range of other organisations in the community, including business and church groups, to get as many people involved as possible. COTA ACT is also working with Roads ACT, which has allocated funding to improve physical infrastructure in Ainslie and Weston over the next two years.

After collecting residents’ feedback and ideas, COTA ACT aim to build a coalition of organisations which can work together and with government to try to ‘make it happen’.

If you’re a resident of any Canberra suburb and would like to give us your opinion about what makes your suburb age-friendly and what needs to be changed, we’d love to hear from you. You can provide your comments by email to jthomson, through the online survey, by calling us on 6282 3777, or by sending us a letter (COTA ACT, PO Box 5566, Hughes ACT 2605).

See more at: http://cotaact.org.au/policy/achieving-an-age-friendly-community-ainslie-and-weston/#sthash.PogrCevG.dpuf

Spiral Program through to 28 May

Spiral is now in its 46th year of supporting/ entertaining some of Canberra’s senior citizens. We are a group of approximately ten volunteers mainly in our 70s and 80s. A few of us are in our 60s. Our thirty ‘members’ are aged between 65 and 95. We meet at the St. James Uniting Church in Curtin each Thursday from 10.00 am till midday. Some of them get themselves there but we do offer a pick up (and deliver) service to people in inner south Canberra.

We offer morning tea/ coffee with homemade cakes/ biscuits/ sandwiches followed by some form of entertainment. Usually this is a guest speaker, sometimes a musical performance and occasionally we go for picnics.

7 May Dr Jana Stevenson

Jana runs the Curtin Veterinary Clinic, and will be bringing Snoopy with her.

14 May Canberra Roller Derby League

This will be a bit different from our usual fare. Hear about the Surly Griffins and the Brindabelters and the rough and tough world of roller-skating. The program is actually dedicated to promoting women’s health. Fun, fitness, safety, teamwork and positive body image are the highly regarded values of the CRDL.

21 May Karyn Wilkinson

Karyn, a Learning Facilitator at the National Portrait Gallery, will be returning to show us and discuss the 44 photographs that were shortlisted from a record 2500 entries in this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize.

28 May Amy Lay

Amy is another person we are pleased to welcome back. Amy is a curator at the National Archives. Her current exhibition is Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices.

For more information about the Spiral Program, please contact Gwenyth George on 6286 5004, Sue Murray on 6281 6974 or Brett Yeats on 6281 7684 or at yeatsb.

Justice of the Peace

You will find Maureen in the Anne Murray room on Tuesdays between 10.30am and 2pm for Justice of the Peace matters.

The Big Book Fair in 2015

Margaret Bourke still needs books and helpers. She is usually in the veranda on Monday and Friday mornings cleaning, sorting and pricing books so if you want to drop in for a chat and to lend a hand that would be greatly appreciated.