Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 15/8/2014

The Big Book Fair
The Big Book Fair, what a triumph! It was wonderful to see the Club set up for the Book Fair. So many Club members volunteered to help out over the week-end: on the welcome committee at the front door to the tea/coffee and cake purveyors in the kitchen/dining area and those restocking tables in Halls 1 and 2, and the cake stall. There was a steady stream of keen book buyers and we managed to meet our target of raising $10,000.

So many people contributed to making this a successful event that it is difficult to acknowledge everyone. Some that do deserve a special mention are the Cumpston family, in particular Rohan, Anne and Sarah who worked all week-end; Margaret Bourke who has driven this initiative and her team who have been cleaning, sorting and pricing books for nearly twelve months and Judy Henderson for her communication strategy that achieved such good coverage in the local media.

Thursday mornings from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm each week.

Annual General Meeting
It is that time of the year again, the Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held at 12 noon on Monday 22 September 2014 in Hall 1.

Justice of the Peace
You will find Maureen in the Anne Murray room on Tuesdays between 11.30am and 2pm for Justice of the Peace matters.

Gardening in the Capital with Rodney Toll
Local horticulture expert Rodney Toll will share his secrets and answer your questions. Founded in 1974, Rodney’s Plants Plus in Pialligo is a landmark nursery in the ACT.

Tuesday 19 August 2014
12.30 pm – 1.30 pm
Woden Library, Corinna St, Woden

RSVP:Judith.Bates@wcs.org.au or 02 6234 6860

Presented by Woden Community Services in partnership with the Woden Library. This event is an ACT Government funded initiative.

Open Days at the John Curtin School of Medical Research
The John Curtain School of Medical Research will host two Open Days in 2014, Friday 29 August and Saturday 30 August from 10am – 3pm. On Saturday 30 August, researchers will describe and demonstrate their work in fields including cancer, diabetes, autoimmunity, obesity, high blood pressure, vision and many other areas of heath and disease. There is no charge to attend an Open Day.

Goodwin Aged Care Services
Goodwin has Home and Community Care hours for domestic assistance, personal care, social and transport. Contact Michelle Preston on 6178 7272 or email mpreston@goodwin.org.au if you require assistance.

Silver Screenings at the National Film and Sound Archive
Movies coming up at the National Film and Sound Archive include:

2pm Friday 22 August – A Simple Life (2011) Dir: Ann Hui, Hong Kong/China, 99mins, 35mm

Although not related by blood, Ah Tao and Roger Leung represent something central, traditional – and rapidly vanishing – in Hong Kong middle-class family life. Ah Tao is an ‘amah’, the last of a long line of Chinese nannies who’ve worked for the Leung family. Film producer Roger is in a way the last of his line as well. But it’s only when a stroke paralyses Ah Tao that Roger realises he is more her adopted son than her master.

2pm Friday 29 August – Night and the City (1950, PG) Dir: Jules Dassin, UK/USA, 94mins, originally 35mm

For his Silver Screen Moment, former ABC 666 radio and current host of ABC-RN’s Rare Collections, David Kilby picks a classic – but unusual – film noir, set in London and directed by Jules Dassin, who first worked in Hollywood but made most of his great movies in Europe.
Richard Widmark is Harry Fabian, one of those American GIs who hung around London after the war, because they couldn’t really go home. Now, for reasons he can’t figure, the London underworld has a price on his head and Fabian is friendless and on the run.

The Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children’s Literature invites you to ‘Meet’ Pixie O’Harris through
A Celebration of her Art and Legacy

Pixie O’Harris (1903-1991) was one of the most loved authors and illustrators of fantasy in Australia in the early part of the twentieth century. She illustrated more than 40 fairy books, which sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Her woodland and sea creatures and her fairies captivated and stirred the imaginations of generations of children. Especially enjoyed were those she created as murals on the walls of children’s hospitals.

Every year she is remembered through the Pixie O’Harris Award given by the Australian Publishers Association in recognition of her distinguished and dedicated service to the development and reputation of children’s books.

The Lu Rees Archives holds a large collection of her books as well as the original illustrations for Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, published by Rigby Publishers in 1985.

This celebration will feature a selection of her books and illustrations from The Wind in the Willows as well as paintings in private hands. It will also include talks about her artwork, its preservation and the recollections of someone to whom, as a child, she was a loved Auntie Pix.

Date: Wednesday 17th September 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Where: ALIA House, 9-11 Napier Close Deakin 2600. Free off-street parking is available to the rear of ALIA House, accessed via the driveway to the left of the building.
Cost: $20 – includes refreshments – payment at the door
RSVP: By Monday 15th September 2014 to trishmilne@gmail.com