FRENCH FUN: Noosa Croquet Club President, Niven Gugich, explaining the basics to Cooroy Probus Club members on Bastille Day.
FRENCH FUN: Noosa Croquet Club President, Niven Gugich, explaining the basics to Cooroy Probus Club members on Bastille Day.

Community group guide: Sunshine Coast


SUNSHINE Coast Concert band with music director Ken Chadwick will be performing in the Kawana hall, Nanyima St, Buddina on Saturday, August 18 at 2pm. Afternoon tea is provided and all proceeds go to the Cittamani Hospice Service, a community-based organisation that provides professional and compassionate in-home palliative care on the Sunshine Coast. For more information contact Toni on 0404193912 or email sunshinecoaster49


STOCKAND'S Birtinya Retirement Village is hosting another series of free healthy eating workshops in our brand new clubhouse. Run by a local qualified nutritionist and dietitian, each one-hour session will include a cooking demonstration and tasting to show participants simple ways to create healthy dishes.

August 21 - Learn about the Mediterranean Diet; September 18 - Eating for Heart Health; October 23 - Bone Health; November 27 - How to eat well during the festive season. All sessions start at 10am and will be held in the Birtinya Retirement Village clubhouse at 3 Reflection Cres, Birtinya. Registration is essential. Go to and go to the Events page.


AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST BRANCH: Sandy Bolton MP with some of the AIR Noosa Branch committee members at their recent AGM.
AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST BRANCH: Sandy Bolton MP with some of the AIR Noosa Branch committee members at their recent AGM.


THE Buderim Craft Cottage is thrilled to open an eye-catching exhibition featuring original art from over 40 of its Painting Group members on Thursday, August 9. The exhibition will be on view daily until Sunday, August 12, between 9am and 4pm. Home made refreshments will be available. This highly regarded group look forward to sharing their vibrant oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings with the local community and hope to inspire others to take up paintbrush and palette. The Art Expo theme this year is "Light and Life" with Group members drawing inspiration from the beautiful light of Queensland and their varied life experiences.

The Cottage has now been established for over 50 years and President Elaine Bienholz is delighted by the creative talent and effort cottage members continue to put into their work.

The exhibition will be held at Buderim Craft Cottage, 5 Main St Buderim. Entry is free and all work will be available for sale. For more information, go to buderimcraft or Facebook buderimcraftcottage.


THE Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service provides free workshops for people diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes or pre Diabetes. Family members and carers are welcome to attend also. The group education session covers information about Type 2 Diabetes self-management, communication with health professionals, lifestyle change, healthy eating and emotional wellbeing. The next sessions are August 16 at Caloundra and September 26 at Maroochydore. Bookings are essential. Phone 54504747.


THE Association of Independent Retirees Ltd. (Noosa branch) is now Australia's largest AIR Branch. We recently held our 26th annual general meeting. AIR is the only national not-for-profit organisation fighting for the rights of independent retirees. It is the peak body representing the views of self-funded retirees to government at federal, state and local levels, while remaining independent of any political party. Guest Speaker, local member, Sandy Bolton MP, covered a range of topics of interest to the audience and answered all questions posed from transport to the environment, franking credits to electricity prices. Retiring President, John Paine stated: "A.I.R. Noosa has had a strong and constructive year and we are now the biggest branch in Australia." John welcomed incoming President, Margaret Mourik, and wished the Committee success for the future. If you want to be more proactive about your retirement and have a better understanding of superannuation it's never too early to join AIR - even if you are still working. Noosa branch meets on the second Thursday of each month 10am at South Pacific Resort, Noosaville. We also hold monthly Investment Discussion Group meetings. We seek a fair outcome for retirees. Phone 54482985 or email airnoosacommunications or go to


WE MEET every Thursday, 7pm, at the Croquet Club, Syd Lingard Dr, Buderim. Donation $4. Join us, in a non-sectarian inclusive way, to be inspired, to explore the mysteries and meaning of life according to the ancient wisdom, alive still today. On the first, third and fourth Thursday of this month respectively we have three talks: The Ultimate Game: Lars Novakavitch; Who, What Where - Serenity: Kevin Thompson; and Be Here Now: David Long. Join us every second Thursday for our group meditation evening. Beginners and long time meditators will all benefit. Every third Thursday is library night with a speaker. All meetings are open to the public except for the members-only study group last Thursday of the month.


ALTHOUGH some people have used a computer in their workplace, they find on leaving work that their computer knowledge needs to be refreshed for use outside the workplace. There is also the desire to keep active and learn something new. Come as a visitor to a weekly club meeting at Buderim on a Thursday afternoon or Caloundra on a Saturday morning and have an introductory chat to our welcoming members and see what goes on at meetings if you are looking for to help with your technology equipment. Phone 54921005 or go to



WANT to lose weight? Join TOPIC every Thursday morning at the CWA Hall Maroochydore. Phone Liz on 0427366852 or Barbara 53292296 for more details.


OUR Country music spans a wide area - audience members and walk-up artists come from as far as Gympie, Noosa, Coolum, Caboolture and from other clubs closer to Brisbane. We are a not-for-profit organisation and the proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the Hall of Fame at 24 Steggalls Rd, Yandina. Held on the second Saturday and third Sunday of every month 1pm to 5pm. Toe-tapping music with a great band, local artists and a guest artist. Walk-ups welcome. Raffle and door prizes, canteen open, free afternoon tea. Entry $8. Concession $6. Inquiries with Shirley on 0408582386.


WINTER Theatre Festival will be held on Saturday, August 18 at 7.15pm at the Maleny Community Centre. Which Way Home is the opening show for the Maleny Arts Council Winter Theatre Festival. It is the story of an Aboriginal girl, her much-loved ageing dad and her determination to take him back to country. It is described as a road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making. Discounted season tickets are available as there are two other shows: Rovers on August 26 and Death by Soprano on September 16. Go to for more information and to buy tickets or visit the Maleny Information Centre.


YOU are invited to come and join us at our concert for an afternoon of relaxed entertainment and a cuppa with the Caloundra Chorale Singers on Sunday, September 2. We will take you on a trip down memory lane featuring the music and songs of another era. The melodies of your past will have you tapping your feet and singing along. CCSA Hall Nutley St Caloundra. No need to book just arrive around 1.30pm for a 2pm start. General Admission at the door $10, chorale members $5, includes afternoon tea. Proceeds in support of the Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Company - Inquiries with Ann on 54372719.


WHAT'S more important than planning for your future? Sadly, many people wait until it's too late and then the unthinkable happens. Planning, persevering and preventing is what Safeguarding your Future, Piano Forte aims to deliver in an empowering way. Suncoast Community Legal Service (SCLS) and Relationships Australia QLD (RAQ) will be a hosting three free public screening of 'Piano Forte' at Maroochydore RSL, Nambour RSL and Caloundra RSL in August. The project is kindly supported by the Sunshine Coast Counil Community Grants and has been developed by Suncoast Community Legal. The subject matter is wills, estates and Powers of Attorney - presented with dramatic flair, and will be followed by a Q&A session conducted by SCLS Principal Solicitor Julian Porter, Elder Abuse Prevention Service, Advanced Care Planning and Family Counsellors from Relationships Australia QLD. 'Piano Forte' is a fictional drama and is a cautionary tale for seniors.

Developed by Suncoast Community Legal Service and a creative team of theatre professionals. It is a great morning out and we are sure you will leave feeling more empowered. The play is a powerful demonstration of what can happen when a family's ambitions suddenly collide with the law. There's a Power of Attorney under pressure, a baby on the way, and a much-loved family matriarch for whom life will never be the same. Elder Abuse Prevention Support and Service provides a multi-disciplinary service model that includes case management, information, support and referrals to improve health, well-being, social connection and safety. The service also addresses the legal aspect of elder abuse, and has partnered with Individuals who are concerned about themselves, or family members, friends, neighbours, and professionals who are concerned about someone they know, are encouraged to contact the dedicated EAPSS phone number on 1300063232. The free public screening, Piano Forte - a play to move minds - Safeguarding Your Future is on Thursday, August 16 at the Caloundra RSL and Wednesday, August 22 at the Nambour RSL from 10am- noon. Bookings are required. To book, email maroochydoreadmin or phone Relationships Australia Qld on 54796730.


Members from The Probus Club of Currimundi Combined Inc enjoyed lunch at the Compass Institute Farm and  Restaurant.
Members from The Probus Club of Currimundi Combined Inc enjoyed lunch at the Compass Institute Farm and Restaurant.


SUNSHINE Coast will meet on Friday, August 10 at 9.30am at Flame Tree Baptist Church hall, 27 Coes Creek Rd, Burnside. Entry $8 includes morning tea. Come along, bring a friend and enjoy worship and an inspirational message. Men and women are welcome. Aglow is a world-wide, non-denominational Christian organisation with branches in over 170 nations on six continents. Phone Melva on 54435752 or Dorothy 54764190.


THROUGHOUT August Noosa Library and Cooroy-Noosa Family and Local History Group will hold events to celebrate National Family History Month and Seniors Week at the Heritage Centre, 17 Emerald St, Cooroy. Bookings online at Noosa Library website. The workshops will include Social Media for Family Historians, Twitter and Facebook can be used to enrich your research; How to get the most out of The Genealogist, this website is an option to Ancestry and Find My Past; Researching Your South African Family History will demonstrate sources and strategies to use to find your family. Beginners classes will also be held during August. To find out more go to


WORKING bees are held at Cooroy Community Gardens every Sunday, 9-11.30am when we stop for morning tea and a chat. A wide choice of tools is available and there is plenty to do. Bring along a hat, sunscreen, gloves, protective footwear and a cold drink. Quite a lot has been achieved since Permaculture Noosa assumed responsibility for the gardens, with lots more in the pipeline. Come along to see what has been done and what is planned. 20 Emerald St, Cooroy (next to the Badminton Hall, opposite the SES shed).


ON SATURDAY, September 1 at 9am there will be a nationwide fundraiser in the Kawana Girl Guides Hall, Iluka Ave, Buddina (just behind Kawana Shopping Centre and up from the roundabout near Buddina Primary School). The event is a nationwide fundraiser for Yoga4Dignity (Share The Dignity)...a women's charity yoga event to raise funds for homeless women in Australia.On Saturday, September 1, $20 is paid directly to the Share the Dignity site. Bookings at the website, go to


SING-ALONG: Join the ladies at the Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Company for a pleasant afternoon on Sunday, September 2.
SING-ALONG: Join the ladies at the Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Company for a pleasant afternoon on Sunday, September 2.


MARJIE'S Welcome to Walking for Fitness, Fun and Friendship combines Riverside walks with exercise interludes at your own pace (along the south bank of the Maroochy River). Meet at the Cod Hole boat ramp car park on Bradman Ave (upstream of the Motorway Bridge). From 9am on Mondays and Tuesdays. Exercise makes you feel good. Marjie Andrews - qualified fitness leader. Phone 54484229.


EVERY second and fourth Saturday of the month at Pomona. Markets 7am-noon; silent film at noon, tickets at the door. Have a big day out in Pomona - visit the museum and art gallery and walking trails while you're there. For more information phone 54852330.


EVERY Tuesday evening from 7pm to 9.30 pm, Pat and Norm Young organise a social evening at the Pomona Memorial School of Arts Hall. The cost is $4, which includes supper. It is a very enjoyable evening as Pat and Norm provide New Vogue and Old Time dancing. Come and be a spectator and see if you will enjoy it. Everyone is welcome. Phone 54852007.


CHRISTMAS IN JULY: Penny Chidlow, Kath Barker, Elaine Hitchcock, Pat Porter, Janette Cambridge and Beryl Moye enjoy the Caloundra Evening VIEW club dinner.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY: Penny Chidlow, Kath Barker, Elaine Hitchcock, Pat Porter, Janette Cambridge and Beryl Moye enjoy the Caloundra Evening VIEW club dinner.


THE David Bentley Quintet brings a cool groove to the Sunshine Coast Jazz Club's afternoon session on August 19 from 2pm. This swinging and spirited and multi-faceted line-up delivers original songs, gospels, romps, revitalised jazz standards, cool blues and New Orleans grooves. Phone Julie on 0412789957 and tickets, phone Carlyn on 0427782960 for $22.50 Seniors and $25 non members.


COME along on Saturday, September 8 from 8am-1pm. $10 a stall. For more information or to book a stall, phone Kim on 54763269 or John 54411588. Homemade arts, crafts, jams, pot plants and plenty more. Sausage sizzle and morning tea/coffee and cake available. At Plantation Retirement Resort, 96 Petrie Creek Rd, Rosemount.



WE ARE urging the local community to help thousands of disadvantaged Australian children break the cycle of poverty by supporting The Smith Family's 2018 Winter Appeal.

Anyone wishing to donate to The Smith Family's Winter Appeal can phone 1800024069 or go to thesmith

Caloundra Evening

WHEN celebrating Christmas in July at the Caloundra Power Boat Club, members created a festive Christmas atmosphere. Ladies gathered around the Christmas tree wearing a variety of Christmas colours and jewellery. The delicious dinner featured roast pork with trimmings and golden treacle pudding which complemented the Christmas theme. New member Janice Dobbins was welcomed and presented with her membership badge by club president Clodagh Barwise-Smith. Our guest speaker for the evening was Sandie Johnson from Caloundra Resource Education Council. The club meets on the second Tuesday evening each month. For more information phone Sue on 0403504408.


LADIES LUNCH: The Glasshouse Country VIEW club ladies gathered for a sausage sizzle at their July outing. Their next luncheon meeting is on August 15.
LADIES LUNCH: The Glasshouse Country VIEW club ladies gathered for a sausage sizzle at their July outing. Their next luncheon meeting is on August 15.

Glasshouse Country

ON AUGUST 15 our luncheon meeting will take place at 11am at Glasshouse Sports Club when our guest speaker will be Ian Malcolm, who is a representative of Woombye Light Horse. Anyone who would like to join us would be most welcome. Phone Trish on 54930026 or Lynda on 54947875.


IT MAY not be the Greek theatre, it may still be officially winter but this should not stop you from having a HOT time while you join us to celebrate our 17th birthday as we reminisce to the music of Neil Diamond. Preformed by professional entertainer Paul Kenna. Maroochydore Surf Club on Friday August 24 at 11am for a 11.30am start. Cost $35 (two course meal). Phone Sandi on 0429022033.


JOIN in at North Shore Community Centre at Mudjimba on Monday evenings 7pm and Wednesdays 9am. At Woombye Hall on Mondays 9am and Thursdays 8.45am at Yandina Hall. Keep your mind active and body fit with dance. Fun, fitness, friendship and great music. Phone Barbara on 0407733280.



CROQUET is a unique, year-round sport for all age groups and a great family sport. Everyone, male or female, young or not so young, plays on equal terms. The games can be fun and easy going with lots of interaction between players, or highly competitive and tactical with great mental stimuli. You can take an opportunity to try croquet for free at the Headland-Buderim Croquet Club on Syd Lingard Dr at Buderim on Sunday, August 26 from 2-4pm. All welcome and all you need are flat shoes. Mallets will be provided for this session. Phone 0423534909 or see details on our Facebook.


STOCKAND'S Birtinya Retirement Village is hosting another series of free healthy eating workshops in our brand new clubhouse. Run by a local qualified nutritionist and dietitian, each one-hour session will include a cooking demonstration and tasting to show participants simple ways to create healthy dishes. Topics include: August 21, Learn about the Mediterranean Diet and September 18, Eating for Heart Health.All sessions commence at 10am and will be held in the Birtinya Retirement Village clubhouse at 3 Reflection Cres, Birtinya. Registration is essential. To register go to and go to the Events page.


NESTLED amongst the gum trees, like a hidden jewel, this award-winning garden showcases the exotic colour and rich beauty one of the most highly coveted and intriguing of all flowering plants - the orchid. Created with love by owners Chris and Angel O'Dempsey, Orchid Grove shows just what can be done on a fairly standard block of land with a bit of imagination, a lot of passion and plenty of hard work. Open 9.30am-4.30pm on Saturday September 15, Sunday September 16 and Monday September 17 at 17 Barkston Court, Buderim. $7 (under 15 free) special entry prizes drawn last afternoon. Special: $10 entry and morning tea for groups of 10 or more group. Confirm approximate time of arrival on 0418246888 or 54769444.


NEXT LECTURE: Indians, Buffalo and Storms - The American West in 19th Century Art

ADFAS is a not-for-profit organisation providing superbly illustrated monthly presentations on diverse topics within the arts and related disciplines, The next ADFAS presentation will be on Monday, August 27 at 6.30pm for 6.45pm start at the Drama Theatre Matthew Flinders College, Stringybark Rd, Buderim. For bookings phone Janine on 54526643. Visitors cost is $25. Bookings essential. Go to /queensland/sunshine- coast/.


THE new solo exhibition, Diversity by Clare Riddington Jones is an intriguing mix of flow art, palette knife, and soft blended acrylics. The work covers bold, colourful seascapes, abstract floral work, misty mountains and splendid birds in flight. Painting for over 20 years, Clare has exhibited in both Australia and New Zealand. Her art is in the hands of many international collectors and she has had numerous group exhibitions and solo exhibitions. Clare asks you to throw away your pre-conceived ideas about art and to enjoy some new expressions of art which convey the beauty of colour, the wonder of nature and the intriguing results of brush, palette knife and poured paint. Clare's work is influenced by the beauty of the Sunshine Coast, the wonder of the Outback, her love of flowers and birds and her enthusiasm for experimenting with the different processes of applying paint to canvas. The exhibition will be held in the Carriage at 10 Railway Street, Pomona from Saturday 4 August until 6 September. The official opening event will be held at 11:30am. For more go to


JOIN us under the shade of the casuarina trees anytime between 8am and 10am for our next dune care activity (planting natives and removing weeds) on Tuesday, August 14 at beach access 203 on Pacific Bvd, Buddina (between La Balsa Park and Pt Cartwright Dr). All provisions, tools, plants, conversation and morning tea are provided. Buddina Coast Care is a small community volunteer group and new volunteers and visitors are welcome. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month. Follow us on Facebook coastcare/.


WE WILL be holding our next information session at the CWA Hall opposite the Maroochy RSL on Wednesday, August 15 at 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Refreshments are provided and all are most welcome. Our organisation believes that all adult Australians should have choice in their end of life decisions, which is why we lobby politicians to change the law in Queensland to allow residents suffering intolerably to receive assistance to die peacefully and painlessly. We do ask for a $5 donation for the hall hire, if you are able. Phone Denise on 54775569.


NEWCOMERS with little or no dance experience. A fun activity for all ages keen to exercise the mind and body. Mondays 12.15-2pm. Sport and Recreation Centre, cnr Currimundi Rd and Ilya St Currimundi. Cost $10. Phone Ute Woods on 0412804499.


JOIN one of these singing groups to have serious fun and create beautiful music. St Andrews Singers sing on Monday mornings in St Andrews Dr, Tewantin. 10.15am Popular songs. Good Vibrations sing on Monday evenings in Cooroy. 7pm Popular songs. Anglican Church Hall, Miva S, Cooroy. Spiritsong Chamber Choir sing on Wednesday evenings in Tewantin. 7pm Mostly classical sacred. Some experience very useful. Uniting Church Hall, Poinciana Ave/Werin St, Tewantin. Classes are priced about the same as yoga classes. Choirs are a cappella. Most songs are SATB[4 parts]. Please email for more information to andrewjemmet or phone 54741498.


OUR next meeting is on Wednesday, August 22 at 10am, Coolum Surf Lifesaving Club, Coolum Beach. Come and join us for a coffee and find out what we do. Visitors very welcome. Phone Leonie on 0411248505 for more details.


THE Fellowship and Craft Group at St Peter's Maroochydore is holding a Trivia Quiz on Friday, August 10 starting at 9.30am and finishing at noon. The entry fee is $5 and includes a tasty morning tea of home made cakes and slices. Come and have an entertaining morning with friendly people. Why not bring a friend to share the fun. St Peter's is on the corner of Church St and Beach Rd Maroochydore. Phone Anne on 54442791. All proceeds will go to St Peter's Redevelopment Fund.


Caloundra 86

THE members invite residents of Caloundra and surrounding areas to attend their meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at 9am for a 9.30am start at Pelican Waters Tavern. A friendly group of retired or semi-retired men and women enjoy fellowship and friendship at a monthly meeting with a guest speaker, monthly lunch at a local eatery and a Walk and Talk (with a stop for coffee and chat). Other fun activities are being formulated for the year. If you are interested in attending or for more information, phone membership officer Terry on 0418749042.


WE CELEBRATED Bastille Day at the Noosa Croquet Club. A short lesson given by the local members was interrupted by a delicious morning tea of macarons, profiteroles and almond bread.Many thanks to president Niven and his club members for hosting our Cooroy Probus Club. Anyone interested in trying their hand at croquet is invited to visit the Noosa Croquet Club in Seashell Place, Noosaville, on the first Sunday of each month. Be ready to start by 10am. Inquiries to Niven Gugich on 0428799987.

Currimundi Combined Inc.

WE VISITED the Compass Institute Farm and Restaurant where we were pleasantly surprised to find a group of young people with intellectual and-or physical disabilities learning to work on the farm and in the restaurant. Compass began in 1992 providing alternative education programs to more than 7000 at-risk youths through local schools.

We loved the interaction as we were welcomed into their world and admired the skills they have learnt, especially the wonderful jams they made from the fruit of the farm, which can be purchased on site. We later visited their restaurant in Nambour for lunch which they served with friendliness and dexterity. By the way, it was delicious. For more information about our club, contact our secretary Marilyn Schiffer on 0438925294.


WE CELEBRATED our 49th birthday on July 11 at the Uniting Church hall in Queen St, Caloundra. The cake was cut by Jess Parker who reached the age of 100 in April. We enjoyed musical entertainment followed by a two course meal. A tai chi class for beginners starts on Tuesday, August 7. For details phone Maribel on 54922805. Our weekly program includes tai chi exercises, mah jong gentle exercise, indoor bowls, bolivia, whist, hoy and 500. Phone 54381403 for details or email raymoni@


ARIOSO Chamber Ensemble brings their stylish performance of Baroque music to the historic Majestic Theatre at Pomona on Sunday, August 19 at 2pm. Unbeknownst to movie goers Baroque music is often heard in movie sound tracks such as Master and Commander, Thor: Ragnarok and Truly, Madly, Deeply to name a very few. This program will include excerpts from Pergolesi's comic opera La Serva Padrona, Handel's Nine German Arias, Corelli's La Folia and of course the true master of Baroque, J S Bach. The four ladies love bringing Baroque music live to their audiences. All four members have had international performing experience. A licensed bar will be open. Tickets are $28 adults, $25 concessions, $7 school students. Book online, go to themajestic or phone 54852330 to reserve your seat. Tickets are available at the door.

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