Over 40 years of providing Community Service to the over-50s of Canberra

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Fortnightly News 6/3/2020

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Members will know from the public information available that the likelihood of the virus spreading into the community is becoming more likely. As many of our members already have underlying health issues and thus increased vulnerability, we would emphasize that anyone who is feeling unwell should, in the interests of everyone, refrain from attending activities at the Club until recovered.

Advance Care Planning

On Friday 27 March at 11.00am, members of the ACT Advance Care Planning Program team will be at the Club. They will talk to us about what is meant by Advance Care Planning – the steps you can take to plan for your future health care. Setting up a formal Advance Care Plan gives you an opportunity to think about, discuss and record ahead of time your choices for treatment if you should become unable to do so in the future. The team will guide those in attendance through the ways and legal documents required to set up your Advance Care Plan, and can make individual appointments to guide you through the process if desired. Light refreshments will be available.

Please let Polly know if you would like to attend so we can set up appropriate seating and catering.

Bridge Classes

Classes for improving bridge players will be held on Mondays at 1.30 pm. Any interested beginners should contact Cathie Padovan on 62313334.

Woden Seniors Website

For full details of all that is offered at Woden Seniors such as the list of activities and the timetable check out the Club’s website at www.wodenseniors.org.au.

Also if if you are wanting to go back and check on something in a previous issue the Fortnightly News can be found on the Internet site.

Seniors Week in the ACT is nearly here. It will be held from 23 to 29 March 2020.

Details of two of the popular events are below.

Chief Minister’s concert

Join in the fun at the Chief Minster’s Concert on Tuesday 24 March at either 11 am or 1 pm.

The Band of the Royal Military College will be putting on an unforgettable show.

It will be held at the historic Albert Hall on Commonwealth Avenue .

Numbers are limited. Reservations can be made by contacting COTA ACT on 6282 3777 or online www.concert20.eventbrite.com.au

Please note: no catering (including tea/coffee) is available at the venue

ACT Seniors Week Expo

The 2020 ACT Seniors Week Expo will be held on Thursday 26 March from 10am-3pm at Exhibition Park. The Expo brings together more than 120 exhibitors to inspire, inform and connect older Canberrans to the groups, activities and organisations available to them.

The Expo is designed to showcase businesses and organisations, giving Canberra seniors information on:

· lifestyle options

· retirement and aged care advice and options

· travel opportunities

· investment ideas

· government services

· community links

· social and leisure activities

· health and fitness

· and more!

For more information about Seniors Week go to https://www.cotaact.org.au/events/

2020 Seniors Week Forum

The Public Trustee and Guardian will present two Forums during Seniors Week on the importance of having a valid and up-to-date Will and Enduring Power of Attorney. The Public Trustee and Guardian offer a free professionally drafted Will for anybody aged 60 years and older.

Date: Tuesday 24th March 2020

Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Venue: Dickson Tradesman Union Club (The Tradies)

Address: 2 Badham Street, Dickson

Date: Wednesday 25th March 2020

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Venue: Town Centre Vikings

Address: Cnr Athllon Dr & Rowland Rees Crescent, Greenway

• • Lucky door prizes

• • Free PTG Will voucher for all attendees up to 60 years of age.

• • Light refreshment provided

Bookings essential Call 62079800 or ptg_marketing

We will also be at the Senior Week Expo at Exhibition Park on Thursday 26th March from 10:00am – 3:00pm on Site 16.

SPIRAL PROGRAM – meets at the Uniting Church, Curtin at 10am on Thursdays

Our good start to the year continues. Lots of new faces, lots of treats in store for you.

One of our new members is Anne Meade JP. Anne has offered her services to anyone in need of a Justice of the Peace. She lives in Kambah and attends Spiral most weeks. If you want to know more, if you want to contact Anne I have her email address and phone number. (Thanks, Anne).

One small request – please try to be at Curtin by 10am so that we can get the speaker started on time. Here is the latest news.

March 5 Bruce Chapman AM “The Economic Value of Don Bradman and Reflections of a Lifetime Bradman Tragic”.

Bruce is an ANU economist and academic known for being the architect of the HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) loan system. In 2001, he became a Member of the Order of Australia “for service to the development of Australian economic, labour market and social policy”. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying Bruce’s economic lectures which are very entertaining, I can’t wait to see how he addresses this subject.

March 12 Dame Annette King New Zealand High Commissioner

Here is a first – we’ve never been joined by a Dame before. This Dame has taken on a new challenge. Dame Annette is NZ’s longest serving female MP. Following more than 30 years in parliament, she has thrown herself into her new life as High Commissioner in Canberra with energy and enthusiasm.

March 19 Penny Grist National Photographic Portrait Prize and Darling Portrait Prize

Penny is Curator Exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery and was one of the three judges who had to select 48 finalists from over 2500 entries for the thirteenth year of the prestigious National Photographic Portrait Prize. She will also discuss the inaugural year of the Darling Portrait Prize. Come along and see some of the images from both exhibitions and hear about the selection processes and the stories behind the portraits. You can see both exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery until May 10.

March 26 Simeran Maxwell Matisse & Picasso

Sim, Curator of International Art and Sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia, will talk about the current exhibition which looks at the 50-year relationship between two of Modern art’s most pivotal artists. The exhibition, which ends on 13 April, includes over 60 international loans and showcases the National Gallery’s own superb collection.

April 2 Louise Mayo AM Palliative Care ACT

We would all like to think we’re immortal, but statistically none of us are. Louise Mayo AM is the Board President of Palliative Care ACT (PCACT) which has been operating in Canberra for 35 years. PCACT aims to influence, foster and promote the delivery of quality care at end of life and to offer compassion and support to those with a life limiting illness, their carers and families. Come and hear about the wonderful work this organisation does in the ACT and surrounding region – including its volunteer services, the Life Stories Program and The Hub project.

April 9 No meeting

April 16 Gordon Ramsay Member for Ginninderra

Gordon is a Minister in our ACT Government. He is the Attorney General and is also responsible for Arts, for Seniors and for Veterans amongst other areas. Before politics, Gordon was a lawyer and a Uniting Church Minister. Learn more at his website, but come along and meet him. I’ve met Gordon and I like his energy and commitment. Bring your questions, this is your chance to talk to your local government.

April 23 To be advised

April 30 Bernadette Hince The Antarctic Dictionary and other interesting ‘stuff’

Snotsicle, turdicle and wyzza are words I’ve never heard (or read) but Dr Bernadette Hince, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National Dictionary Centre, has defined them in her book The Antarctic Dictionary. She is now adding the words of the Arctic, making a new dictionary of both polar regions. Bernadette has degrees in English, science and history from the ANU. Her PhD is on the environmental history of French, Australian and New Zealand subantarctic islands. Bernadette wrote the natural history definitions for the Australian National Dictionary.

May 7 The Heartbeats

I don’t know how much longer Margaret, Jim, David and Robin can keep this show on the road. The Heartbeats have been performing all around this town for more than 20 years, regularly changing their repertoire. Jim, now 91 years old, has almost finished his memoirs. Nostalgia and fun are guaranteed.

And forward planning, put this in your diary.

July 16 The TiN MuGs

We welcome back the Tuesday Night Music Group, a branch of the Monaro Folk Society. What a treat! A large variety of instruments playing Irish, Scottish, German, English and Australian folk tunes – jigs and reels, polkas and mazurkas, waltzes and some songs. Don’t miss this one!

Spiral is a community group which has been meeting for morning teas in Curtin almost fifty years. We aren’t incorporated, we don’t have committees or membership forms or joining fees. You can come to any meeting that interests you and you don’t need to pre-book. We don’t even have a website! We meet in the hall at the St James Uniting Church at 40 Gillies Street, Curtin between 10.00 am and noon every Thursday. There is no religious nature to our meetings and our members come from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. We are mostly retired, aged from our 60s to our 90s but we won’t turn you away if you are younger or older. We do ask that you make a gold coin donation when you attend. We ask you to arrive by 10.00 am so that we can start our ‘entertainment’ as soon as possible after that. The entertainment is either a guest speaker, sometimes in a conversation format, or a musical performance. We aim to serve a fresh, mainly home-made, morning tea at 11.00 (sometimes a little earlier, sometimes a little later) and we aim to finish at midday.

We welcome new faces and I ask you to share this newsletter with anyone you think might be interested. If you want to know more about us you can contact me, Brett Yeats at yeatsb or on 0406 37 9119 or 6281 7684. Or you could contact Angelika Dunker at angelika.dunker or on 0491 120 556 or 6281 4023.