Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 15/7/2016

Calligraphy Afternoons with Pam Kemp

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of calligraphy. Begin or continue your calligraphic journey in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Roman Capitals and Foundational Hand will be explored and small projects along the way will include aspects of design, colour and layout.

Tuesdays– 1.30 to 3.30pm

Woden Seniors Club

Cost: $5 per session for members; $6 per session for visitors

Suitable for beginners and continuing students

For further information contact the office.

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

The Third BIG Book Fair is now only 4 weeks away and it is time to start letting friends, family and community organisations know about it.

Members can help get the word out by:

• Picking up some Book Fair bookmarks from the front counter and handing them out to people you know;

• Posting the information on your Facebook page if you have one;

• Providing the information to groups you belong to for inclusion in their newsletters.

The dates and times are:

Friday 12 August 11 am to 6 pm

Saturday 13 August 10 am to 4 pm

Sunday 14 August 10 am to 4 pm.

We are also looking for Volunteers to help or bake… A few words from Lutana, our resident poet:

“Dear Woden Seniors’ Friends,

Last year’s Big Book Fair was a sensational hit,

Thanks to all the generous folk who contributed their bit –

They cooked, they packed books, they gave us their time –

The willing efforts that they all made were utterly sublime!

The Hall was crammed with so many fascinating books,

The kitchen was monitored by several enthusiastic cooks,

The records, disks and story tapes were shelved in nooks and crannies

Just waiting to be discovered by grandpas and grannies.

This August’s Big Book Fair, with tables fully stacked,

Will be held on Friday 12th till Sunday 14th, to be exact,

Yet midst the browsing, wouldn’t a “ coffee-break” go down well?

Especially if there were contributions of luscious cakes to sell?

The Senior’s Club seeks folk who are happy to bake

Slices, muffins, tarts, buns or any fancy cake,

Teacakes, cupcakes, fruit loaves or even a rum ball…

(A date and walnut log is my favourite of all!)

Whichever generous contributions you may bring to the Hall,

We ‘re thrilled to accept your items on the Saturday’s Cake Stall;

And if you’d like to help out and join our cheery company

We’ll welcome you with open arms and share a cup of tea!

Please bring along your contributions for the Cake Stall on Saturday, 13th August, by about 9.30am – all items, be they experiments or a display of your forté, will be gratefully and enthusiastically accepted for sale.”

For more information check out the Woden Seniors website www.wodenseniors.org.au

Phoning Home from Overseas (or within Australia)

In my recent travels to Buenos Aires and Istanbul I have been struct by the number of ways I can phone home for free or at little cost. Gone are the days of massive mobile phone bills whilst travelling overseas. There are several free Apps available to phone or text home if you and the recipient have access to wifi. These include WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Viber, KakaoTalk and Line to start with. Generally you and the recipient must both have the same App installed on the smartphone that you are using to call or text from for the calls to be free.

And if the recipient doesn’t have wifi or that particular App installed you can use Skype, Line or similar Apps to dial a mobile or landline phone in Australia from anywhere in the world for just a few cents.

Want to know more? The Club’s computer/iPad courses cover the use of FaceTime. For the other Apps I suggest you get an IT competent family member or friend to set it up and show you how to use it.

Save the Date! Member Concert – 2pm Sunday 18 September

The Club will be holding a concert featuring members from various activities within the Club at 2pm on Sunday 18 September.

Members will be our star performers plus a couple of other small groups that regularly practice in the Club, the Chordsmen and a Brindabella Orchestra quartet.

Admission is free but guests may like to make a gold coin donation.

We will provide more information closer to the event.

2016 Battle for Australia Day National Commemorative Ceremony

The 2016 Battle for Australia Day National Commemorative Ceremony will be held in the Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard of the Australian War Memorial on Wednesday 7 September 2016 commencing at 11.00am.

Those attending should be seated by 10.45 am. Queries should be directed to the Battle for Australia National Ceremony Coordinator Colonel John Jackson (Ret’d) (02) 6288 3373 or john.jackson

or the Events and Ceremonies Office – Australian War Memorial

ceremony (Subject: Battle for Australia Ceremony)

SENIORSNeed free private and confidential information and advice on;

• Legal Issues & information

• Scams and fraud

• Advance care planning – if something happens & you are not able to make your own medical decisions

• Concern for a vulnerable elderly person

• Crime

• Property security

• Abuse

• Family conflict

• Undue pressure to give money

• Being safe in your own home

FREE private and confidential advice appointments available every month.

Call COTA ACT for an appointment 6282 3777 or email contact

COTA ACT in Hughes, Community Centre Wisdom.

Justice of the Peace

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

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