Woden Seniors Inc

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

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Fortnightly News 8/4/2016

Painting in the Club

We will be repainting Hall 1 and the Foyer commencing on Monday 11 April.

As a consequence there will be no Table Tennis in Hall 1 next week, and the Tai Chi group will be taking a break for two weeks returning on Thursday 28 April.

Calligraphy

Calligraphy Classes have restarted in Hall 2, Tuesdays from 1.30 to 3.30pm.

Keeping up with the Modern World

Those members who found Grahame Hellyer’s talks on digital stuff like phones useful, or attended his U3A classes and, of course, those who couldn’t attend them, may find his blog useful. The blog, a series of short articles on the internet, is designed to help seniors keep up with the changing times (not to suggest that you need lots of gadgets!) It also includes articles on Grahame’s hobby horses like keeping our brains active through things like music and learning languages.

The blog is at http://thedigitalaged.org/ . The blog has being going, sometimes intermittently, for two years, so, if reading the older entries, just bear in mind that technology is changing pretty quickly.

COTA ACT’s – Mature-Aged Jobseeker Support Program

can help you find a job….

· Group sessions on job-seeking, presentation, application/CV writing and interview skills

· One-on-one review session

· 6 months support from a mature trained mentor

· Opportunity to join Job Club for peer support

· Access to a mature-aged Jobs Board

· Free Guide to the 55+ Mature-Aged Working Journey

Program starts on 29 April 2016!

For information or to apply

contact or call 6282 3777.

The 3rd Big Book Fair: Friday 12 – Sunday 14 August 2016

Yes it is on again! Now accepting books (and games, DVDs, CDs, Vinyl records). We are especially interested in children’s books for the Kid’s corner at the fair.

Concert for MyHome in Canberra – Concert 11am Sat 30 April

Building a safe, supportive and caring home for people with mental illness

Morning Melodies Featuring:

· Ukulele Republic of Canberra

· Franklyn B Paverty

· Canberra City Salvation Army Band

Saturday 30 April 2016,

IRISH CLUB, 6 Parkinson St Weston

11.30am till 1:30pm: Tickets: $20

1. Tickets are available via the Woden Rotary Club website (home page) www.wodenrotary.org.au/

Donations are tax deductable

Spiral Program – 2016

THE SPIRAL STORY

Spiral is now in its 47th year of supporting/ entertaining some of Canberra’s senior citizens. Our ‘members’ range between about 60 and 95. We meet at the St. James Uniting Church in Curtin each Thursday from 10.00 am till midday. Some people get themselves there but we can sometimes offer a pick up (and deliver) service to people in inner south Canberra.

The Spiral Photo Album gives a good sense of who we are and what we do – true to the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words.

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 a picnic or a bus trip. The Church generously supports us by providing the hall at a nominal rental. We have no fees but we do charge 50 cents contribution to costs. We are non-denominational and we welcome people from a varied background of occupations and origins.

Location and time. The Uniting Church is the cream coloured hall opposite the Curtin shops (the other side of the pedestrian crossing). It is best approached from the car park off Gillies Street. We arrive at 10.00. Morning tea is served between 10.10 and 10.45. While the washing up is done we remove tables and reconfigure the venue for the guest speaker who starts at about 11.00. Our aim is to be finished by midday.

For more information contact Brett Yeats (committee member) on Phone: 02 6281 7684 or at yeatsb.

2016 Program

April 14 Bus trip to Calthorpes’ House

We have booked a bus to take us to this lovely old house/ museum on April 14. Jim Harris from ACT Museums and Galleries who spoke to us on 9 July 2015 will be our guide. Dawn Waterhouse will also join us. Departure at approx. 10.00 and return at approx. noon. Cost is $2 per person.

April 21 Jeff Brownrigg – Cultural Historian

I first heard this celebrated academic and storyteller at the National Portrait Gallery speaking about music-hall artist Florrie Forde. I vowed then that he was someone I wanted at Spiral one day. You may have heard Jeff on ABC 666 with Alex Sloan. He has written six entries in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, and books and articles about many interesting people such as Ada Castles and Tom Skeyhill.

April 28 Graeme Barrow – author

Graeme has joined us before to talk about his books The Prime Minister’s Lodge : Canberra’s unfinished business and “Magnificent” Lake George. His latest book is on the life and times of a fascinating man, God’s Architect Reverend Alberto Soares.

May 5 Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect is a 13 minute award-winning short story filmed entirely at St Andrews village in Hughes with an all Canberra cast. Writer/ producer Georgina Jenkins and leading actress Margie Sainsbury will introduce the film and then we can have a Q&A afterwards. It is a particularly moving and appropriate story for Spiral. Please note that the film will screen first and morning tea will follow.

May 12 URoC

The wonderful Ukulele Republic of Canberra will return to entertain us fresh from another successful run at the National Folk Festival. Again, morning tea will follow the performance which I hope will commence at about 10.15.

May 19 To be advised

May 26 RMC Band members and their Tattoo experience

Five members from Duntroon were among the 1200 people from all around the world who played in the Edinburgh Tattoo as it travelled around Australia in January. They will join us for a combination of music and conversation. Here are some photos from the performance that my mother and I attended.

Justice of the Peace

You will find Maureen in Club on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 10.30am and 2pm for Justice of the Peace matters.