NEW INTERESTS: Seniors will have a variety of activities to explore at the 2018 North Coast Seniors Expo.
NEW INTERESTS: Seniors will have a variety of activities to explore at the 2018 North Coast Seniors Expo. Angel Nieto

Calendar of events for Northern NSW

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4

CapTel Telephone Demonstration

10am-2pm

Do you have trouble hearing on the phone? Come and learn about a captioned telephone that can help.

Venue: Casino Library

Cost: Free

Contact: 66600250

Tweed Landcare and Dunecare - Catch Up Over a Cuppa Morning

10-11.30am

Hospital Hill Landcare Group Site tour (Qld quarry site, Karramul Street, Murwillumbah). Guided tour of HHLG restoration site by group co-ordinator Nola Firth followed by a question session. Followed by morning teas.

Venue: Picnic area at Lions Lookout, Karramul Street, Murwillumbah

Cost: Free

Contact: Amalia Pahlow/Heidi Fletcher (02)66702199

Stitch in Time - Needlework/Craft group

9.30am-noon

Come along and enjoy this friendly group of ladies. Share ideas, learn new skills, have a coffee and chat about all your needlework questions.

Venue: Banora Point Community Centre

Cost: $1

Contact: (07)55232030

Smart Hearts Exercise Group - Discounted Seniors Rate

2-3pm

The group conducts an exercise class to promote function, fitness, strength. Everyone is welcome. Comfortable clothing, footwear and a sense of fun is all that is needed.

Venue: Tugun Progress Hall

Cost: $5

Contact: Louise Valois 0432182909

Nia Dance Classes - Seniors discount classes

9-10am

Fun fitness for all ages and body types. This is a fun dance class that will introduce you to the joy of movement. It draws from dance and martial arts and yoga. It doesn't matter what you look like. Move your body and feet better in your whole being. Great for cardiovascular health, mobility, flexibility, strength and stability. No experience needed.

Venue: 433 Golden Four Drive, Tugun Progress Hall

Cost: $5

Contact: Taryn Pallister 0410964806

Welcome to Kyogle

10-11.30am

Meet 'n' Greet for new residents. Bring along a treat to share for morning tea.

Venue: Kyogle Library

Cost: Free

Contact: 66321134

Readers' Group

10-11.30am

Come along to share your love of reading and discuss everything book-related over morning tea.

Venue: Kyogle Library

Cost: Free

Contact: 66321134

Go Bananas for Hearing

Wednesday 4, Friday 6, Monday 9 to Friday 13

Appointments are available throughout the Seniors Festival. Eat your way to better hearing - free banana with every hearing checking.

Venue: Shop 3, Banora Village Shopping Centre

Cost: Free

Contact: Louise Warner (07)55247712

RELAX AND ENJOY: Seniors enjoy the benefits of active ageing.
RELAX AND ENJOY: Seniors enjoy the benefits of active ageing.

THURSDAY, APRIL 5

Hearing Checks

10.30am-2pm

Hearing checks by Bay Audio.

Venue: Kyogle Library

Cost: Free

Contact: 66321134

Book Discussion Group

4-5pm

Come along to share your love of reading and discuss everything book-related over afternoon tea.

Venue: Coraki Library

Cost: Free

Contact: RSVP by April 3, to 66600250

Senior Citizens Technology help

9.05-11.05am and 11.35am-1.35pm

Students from Wollumbin High School will assist senior Citizens with any technology help they may need to make to make better use of their own devices.

Venue: North Arm Road, Murwillumbah

Cost: Free (bookings essential)

Contact: Nicole Thornton to (02)66725121

Geography of the Tweed

Thursday 5, Friday 6, Thursday 12 and Friday, April 13

10-11am

Using the Green Cauldron as a backdrop, Tweed book author and artist Andy Reimanis will provide insights into the fascinating geography and natural history of the Tweed region. Learn more about how our landscape has been and is being, shaped by the forces of nature going back to epoch of the Shield Volcano.

Venue: Green Cauldron Panorama Room, Level 1/60 Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah

Cost: Free

Contact: Andy Reimanis 0499009888

Regain flexibility with yoga classes.
Regain flexibility with yoga classes. Contributed

FRIDAY, APRIL 6

U3A Ballina/Byron Inc.

9am-1pm

A showcase of U3A Ballina/Byron educational, recreational, well-being and creative classes for senior citizens. The expo will also showcase services providers to Seniors from the Ballina area. There will be an official opening at 10am followed by demonstrations by our dance groups.

Venue: The Richmond Room, 11 Regatta Avenue, Ballina.

Cost: Free.

Contact: Gerti Krebs or Warren Hastings Harris on 66807350 or 66287303

Tweed Coast U3A Fashion Parade

2pm

THE famous Tweed Coast U3A Fashion Parade is back by popular demand. Featuring all new seasons garments by a popular boutique in Kingscliff. This is always lots of fun and this year features a "make over” and our famous afternoon tea. Celebrate all the great things about being a senior. As always our First Friday Forums are open for everyone.

Venue: Uniting Church Hall, 24A Kingscliff Street, Kingscliff

Cost: We welcome a $2 donation

Contact: Lorraine on 0457936202

Curator's Tour and Morning Tea

10-11am

Join museum staff for a free guided tour of the museum's current exhibition: Wish you were here: tokens of travel, then stay and relax over morning tea in the museum courtyard. Featuring souvenirs from the 1900s to the present, the exhibition explore the allure of travel, holidays, surf and sun from a local perspective.

Venue: 2 Queensland Road, Murwillumbah

Cost: Free

Contact: Kirsty Andrew (02)66702493

Nia Dance Classes - Seniors discount classes

9-10am

Fun fitness for all ages and body types. This is a fun dance class that will you to the joy of movement. It draws from dance and martial arts and yoga. It doesn't matter what you look like. Move your body and feet better, and feel better. Great for cardiovascular health, mobility, flexibility, strength and stability. No experience necessary.

Venue: Kingscliff SLSC, Marine Pde

Cost: $5

Contact: Taryn Pallister 0410964806

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

North Coast Seniors Expo

9am-2pm

The North Coast Seniors Expo aims to bring the senior community together with local services and businesses in a positive and interactive environment. It offers the resources and opportunities to help inform choices and access appropriate services and community groups through a series of information booths and presentation/workshop style activities.

Venue: Lismore Workers Club, 231 Keen Street, Lismore

Cost: Free

Contact: Jasmine Knight-Smith on 0411732270

ALL TOGETHER: Sharing fun in the kitchen.
ALL TOGETHER: Sharing fun in the kitchen. NSW Seniors Festival

SUNDAY, APRIL 8

Tweed Coast U3A

9.30am

We are also taking part in the council's Free Seniors Festival Opening Concert and Awards Day. We will have an exciting item by our choir and a Tai Chi demonstration and information about our classes. Not to be missed.

Venue: St Ambrose Catholic School Pottsville

Cost: Free

Contact: Lorraine on 0457936202

Live Minature Steam Trains with Bonus Farm Tour

9-10am or 10-11am

Step back in time and revisit the world of coal-driven steam trains. See live steaming demonstrations and ride on carriages driven by replica steam powered locmotives. You will also enjoy a guided tour of Tropical Fruit World - a local fruit plantation that grows hundreds of different fruits from around the world.

Venue: Tropical Fruit World, 29 Duranbah Road, Duranbah

Cost: $10

Contact: Lorraine on 0457936202

MONDAY, APRIL 9

Twin Towns & District Garden Club

8.30am

Our Guest Speaker will be Juliana Frances, a rose grower and author of Romancing the Rose. Our experts, Jon Bennett and Gordon Bennett, will also be available to answer your questions on rose growing. The hall opens at 8.30am for entry and benching. Cuttings and Trading Tables will start selling at 8.45am, so come along and snap up a bargain. Morning tea is available and the general meeting from 10am. Raffles, lucky door prizes and much more. Hope to see you there, bring a friend.

Venue: South Tweed Sports Club, Minjungbal Drive, South Tweed in the downstairs auditorium

Cost: $3 entry fee paid at the door

Contact: Monika Ross on 0412638373

Bush Poetry

10am for morning tea followed by recital at 10.30-11.30am

Australian bush poetry recital by local enthusiast and performer Don Macqueen.

Venue: Casino Library

Cost: Free

Contact: RSVP by March 29, to 66600250

Nia Dance Classes - Seniors discount classes

9-10am

Fun fitness for all ages and body types. This is a fun dance class that will you to the joy of movement. It draws from dance and martial arts and yoga. It doesn't matter what you look like. Move your body and feet better. Great for cardiovascular health, mobility, flexibility, strength and stability. No experience necessary.

Venue: Kingscliff SLSC, Marine Parade

Cost: $5

Contact: Taryn Pallister 0410964806

New Vogue Ballroom Dancing Exhibition

11.30am

Twin Town Friends will have a light luncheon provided by Fresh Style Catering with a demonstration of New Vogue Ballroom dancing presented by Carol Smith.

Venue: Tweed Heads, Civic Centre, Brett Street, Tweed Heads

Cost: $10

Contact: Doreen Welsh (07)55241841, 0409720130

TUESDAY, APRIL 10

U3A Twin Towns Connecting Seniors to Lifelong Learning

9.30am-3.30pm

Art exhibition by student - 9.30am-3.30am with Alex Kordela and Miche'al Cowrie (Tutors) 9.30am Light Exercise with Mary Ludwig; 10.30am Yoga with Mary Ludwig; 11.30am Qi Gong with Isa Eyre; 1.30pm Literature with June Carson; 2.15-3.30pm Music Appreciation with Gerti Krebs Information on many classes including art, craft, card making, physical activities, games music, languages, computer and technology, photography, topical issues and discussions, book club, random reading and tea and talk, will be available at St Cuthbert's Church Hall, Tweed Heads (behind Tweed Bowling Club).

Venue: St Cuthbert's Church Hall, 13 Powell Street, Tweed Heads

Cost: Free

Contact: Ruth Voss on 0409632420

Living Library

10am for morning tea followed by recital at 10.30-11.30am.

Casino Library's Book Discussion Group presents a 'living library'. Come along to hear the fascinating life stories of some local residents.

Venue: Casino Library

Cost: Free

Contact: RSVP by April 6, to 66600250

Create Make Share Workshop

10.30am

Get creative as we explore the world of paper crafting. Includes morning tea.

Venue: Kyogle Library

Cost: Free

Contact: RSVP by April 6, to 66321134

Mahjong Group

1-3.30pm

Our regular Mahjong group welcomes you to join in the fun.

Venue: Kyogle Library

Cost: Free

Contact: 66321134

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11

Memory Lane Morning Tea

10am-noon

Join the Australian Red Cross support staff and volunteers for morning tea and a chance to share the story of your life with students from local schools and colleges. Bring your story to life with photos and mementoes from your past.

Venue: South Tweed Community Hall, 18 Heffron Street (corner of Minjungbal Drive)

Cost: Free

Contact: Jane Wells (07)55245799

Tweed Heads Historical Open Day

10am-noon

Come along to the newly redeveloped Tweed Heads branch of the museum to meet the members of the Tweed Heads Historical Society and discover what's in our treasure trove of local history archives. Chat to us over a cuppa as you explore the history of Tweed Heads and surrounds and the colourful characters that have helped make what it is today.

Venue: Tweed Regional Museum, Pioneers Park, 230 Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads West

Cost: Free

Contact: Daphne Mellor (07)55693148

Understanding your Pension

9-10am

Understanding of income and assets tests, concessions.

Venue: Centrelink, Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah

Cost: Free

Contact: Sandra Dowling 136357

Downsizer Contributions to Super

10-11am

New initiative to commence on July 1 for anyone selling their home after this date.

Venue: Centrelink, Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah

Contact: Sandra Dowling 136357

Aged Care fees and charges

11am-1pm

Understanding the fees and charges payable to enter an aged care facility, also home care charges.

Venue: Centrelink, Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah

Contact: Sandra Dowling 136357

MyGov Workshop

2-3pm

Short talk, tips then assistance to help set up MyGov Laptop, iPad, phone apps.

Venue: Centrelink, Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah

Cost: Free

Contact: Sandra Dowling 136357

Northern Breeze Bus Tour, Evans Head Air Museum

8am pick up

Bus tour to Evans Head Air Museum, New Italy, Evans Head RSL for lunch and morning tea at Woodburn.

Venue: Pick-up from Tweed Heads Library Car Park

Cost: $50 (bookings essential)

Contact: Rob Courtney 0417248205

Silver Surfers - Byron Bay

9.30-10.30am

Learn to surf with the professional team at Let's Go Surfing in a supportive and relaxed vibe. We will teach you beach safety and the basics of surfing in very small groups with lots of hands on help. Don't want to surf? No worries, we can take you body boarding or for a guided relaxing swim. Let's Go Surfing are the beach specialists and will ensure you have some fun in the sand this Seniors Festival.

Venue: Lets Go Surfing, The Wreck Surf Shop, 6/4 Jonson Street, Byron Bay

Cost: Free. Bookings essential

Contact: Lisa on 93651800

Tweed Hospital Auxiliary Trivia Night

6.30pm for a 7pm start

Great fun and prizes to be had. Maximum number in team is six. Don't worry if you don't have a team - come along and we'll find a place for you. All proceeds go to Tweed Hospital Auxiliary to purchase equipment for our local hospital.

Venue: South Tweed Community Centre, corner of Heffron Street and Minjungbal Drive, South Tweed

Cost: $10 per person. BYO drinks, nibbles and glasses. Tea, coffee and biscuits available

Contact: Space is limited so phone 55999029 to book your table or seat

Film - Then the Wind Changed

10am for morning tea followed by film at 10.30-11.30am

On February 7, 2009, Australia suffered its worst natural disaster in recorded history. A firestorm of cyclonic fury swept across Victoria and 173 lives were lost. An intimate observation of ordinary people responding to an extraordinary event, Then the Wind Changed offers a tender insight into humans' amazing potential to manage adversity and rise from despair.

Venue: Casino Library

Cost: Free

Contact: RSVP by April 6, to 66600250

Create Make Share Workshop

11am

Get creative as we explore the world of paper crafting. Includes morning tea.

Venue: Evans Head Library

Cost: Free

Contact: RSVP by April 6, to 66600374

CapTel Telephone Demonstration

10am-2pm

Do you have trouble hearing on the phone? Come and learn about a captioned telephone that can help.

Venue: Kyogle Library

Cost: Free

Contact: 66321134

Tech Savvy

11am-noon

Learn how to scan photos and save on your USB.

Venue: Kyogle Library

Cost: Free

Contact: 66321134

Macrame

10-11.30am

Come along to our macramé workshop with morning tea provided.

Venue: Kyogle Library

Cost: Free

Contact: 66321134

THURSDAY, APRIL 12

Colouring-In for Grown-Ups

10am for morning tea followed by colouring-in at 10.30-11.30am

Experience the therapeutic benefits of colouring-in for adults. The library will feature a display of work from group members.

Venue: Casino Library

Cost: Free

Contact: RSVP by April 9, to 66600250

Understanding your Pension

9-10am

Understanding of income and assets tests, concessions.

Venue: Centrelink, 100 Blundell Blvd, Tweed Heads

Cost: Free

Contact: Sandra Dowling 136357

Downsizer Contributions to Super

10-11am

New initiative to commence on July 1, 2018 for anyone selling their home after this date.

Venue: Centrelink, 100 Blundell Blvd, Tweed Heads

Contact: Sandra Dowling 136357

Aged Care fees and charges

11am-1pm

Understanding the fees and charges payable to enter an aged care facility, also home care charges.

Venue: Centrelink, 100 Blundell Blvd, Tweed Heads

Contact: Sandra Dowling 136357

MyGov Workshop

2-3pm

Short talk, tips then assistance to help set up MyGov Laptop, iPad, phone apps.

Venue: Centrelink, 100 Blundell Blvd, Tweed Heads.

Cost: Free

Contact: Sandra Dowling 136357

Seniors enjoy the benefits of Aqua fitness classes.
Seniors enjoy the benefits of Aqua fitness classes. Contributed

FRIDAY, APRIL 13

Colouring-In for Grown-Ups

10.30-11.30am

Experience the therapeutic benefits of colouring-in for adults. Includes morning tea.

Venue: Kyogle Library

Cost: Free

Contact: RSVP by April 10, to 66321134

Create Make Share Workshop

9.30am or 12.30pm

Get creative as we explore the world of paper crafting. Includes morning/afternoon tea.

Venue: Casino Library

Cost: Free

Contact: RSVP by April 10, to 66600250

Country Music Concert

7-10pm

A friendly evening with modern and old-time country music, poetry, sing-along, raffle, luck door prizes. Supper will be provided.

Venue: 16 Tumblegum Road, Murwillumbah

Cost: Free

Contact: Noela Gresham (02)66722262

SUNDAY, APRIL 15

Afternoon Delight Lismore

2-5pm

Celebrating 10 years, Afternoon Delight is a movie matinee and relaxed social afternoon for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex seniors and their friends. Enjoy the feature film Political Animals, and selection of short films followed by a delicious afternoon tea, networking and access to local health information. Presented by ACON and proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Queer Screen.

Venue: Birch Carroll & Coyle, corner of Keen Street & Zodac Streets, Lismore

Cost: Free. Bookings essential

Contact: Sioux Harrison on 66221555

Seniors Festival Opening Concert and Awards Day

9.30am-2.30pm

Free event to include music, dancing, stalls, food and Seniors of the Year presentation.

Venue: St Ambrose Catholic School, Pottsville

Cost: Free

Senior Citizens Day

3.30-4.30pm

Afternoon tea provided for seniors. Come along for an old fashioned 'sing-along',with local musician Chris.

Venue: Burringbar District Sports Club, 4th Avenue, Burringbar

Cost: Free

Contact: Janelle Wade (02)66771188


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