Caloundra Evening VIEW members (from left) Clodagh Barwise-Smith, Linda Warner, May Thomas, Rosemary Loughran, Chris Keates and Di Townsend were excited to be reunited at the VIEW Club's 2019 Friendship Dinner at Pelican Waters Golf Club.
Caloundra Evening VIEW members (from left) Clodagh Barwise-Smith, Linda Warner, May Thomas, Rosemary Loughran, Chris Keates and Di Townsend were excited to be reunited at the VIEW Club's 2019 Friendship Dinner at Pelican Waters Golf Club.

Community group guide


OUR next general meeting of the year will be held on March 21. Our guest speaker will be one of our regulars Dr Ruth Kerr. She will be sharing her knowledge on mineral discoveries in Queensland, including the Gympie goldrush. Whether you are a beginner or have been researching your descendants for years, there is always something to learn and be amazed by the knowledge of the monthly guest speakers and the various small group outings to local museums and libraries that the group is associated with. Our rooms open Thursdays and Saturday mornings from 9am-12.30pm for people who want to use our resources (library, computers and on-site expert advice). Go to caloundrafamily or email us on or phone Cathy Meyer on 0411 881 745.


Eighty men and women bowlers from Caloundra, Maroochy, Headland, Mooloolaba, Mapleton, Palmwoods, Woombye, Pomona, Victoria Point and Caboolture Lakes attended the Friendship Day at Woombye Bowls Club.
Eighty men and women bowlers from Caloundra, Maroochy, Headland, Mooloolaba, Mapleton, Palmwoods, Woombye, Pomona, Victoria Point and Caboolture Lakes attended the Friendship Day at Woombye Bowls Club.


WOOMBYE Bowls Club excelled again recently with our mixed-optional Friendship Day which offers a game of social but competitive bowls with a focus on building friendships across bowling clubs. Eight winners are drawn out of the hat, so even losers can be winners at this event at Woombye. This year, we had 80 men and lady bowlers from clubs near and far - Caloundra, Maroochy, Headland, Mooloolaba, Mapleton, Palmwoods, Woombye, Pomona, Victoria Point and Caboolture Lakes. Many thanks to our Woombye bowlers, men and ladies, who played (or made themselves available if needed). Phone 07 5294 5245 for information.


WE ARE conducting our annual free, four-week, Voice coaching program, starting from May 1. The chorus meets every Wednesday at the Buderim Uniting Church Hall at 7.30pm for singing, fun and fellowship in the barbershop style. Led by music director Brian Martin, our 40 members come from all over the Coast and perform regularly at retirement villages, nursing homes, shopping centres (Christmas carols), Choral Fest, Australia Day events and most recently at the Sunshine Coast Regional Council's Citizenship Ceremony. New members are welcome. For details, phone Peter Hall on 0477 559 205 or go to


WE ARE off again on March 12 on one of our popular coach trips. This time we will be cruising on the Brisbane River on the MV Neptune enjoying the view and a delicious high tea, before we lunch at Broncos and visit Roma St parklands. A super day out for the all inclusive price of $75. Join us for fun, fellowship, food and adventure. For bookings, phone Gloria on 07 5492 3318. We will be leaving the Blue Care Centre in West Terrace Caloundra at 8am sharp.


OUR next meeting is on March 13 at 10.15am at Coolum Surf Life Saving Club, Coolum Beach. Come and join us for a coffee and find out what we do. Visitors very welcome. Phone Leonie on 0411 248 505 for more details.




ATTENDING our club's events will help raise funds for educating students of underprivileged families. Our club always has an interesting guest speaker at our monthly meetings, plus there is a social event held on the third Wednesday of the month. Our next lunch/meeting will be held on March 6 and then on April 3 from 11am for a 11.30am start at Buderim Tavern. Cost: $28. RSVP: Pat Cooney on 07 5445 6329 by previous Sunday.


SUNSHINE SMILES: Buderim VIEW Club's Adele Leigh thanks the guest speaker Marion Allan, who is the Sunshine Coast program co-ordinator for Learning for Life for The Smith Family charity.
SUNSHINE SMILES: Buderim VIEW Club's Adele Leigh thanks the guest speaker Marion Allan, who is the Sunshine Coast program co-ordinator for Learning for Life for The Smith Family charity.


Caloundra Evening

WE WERE off to a flying start with 62 ladies attending their Annual Friendship Dinner at the picturesque Pelican Waters Golf Club. Ladies dressed to the theme of 'Stylish Black and White' in a variety of eye-catching fashions. Happy chatter filled the evening making it obvious that members were glad to be returning to the company of friends and the club's activities. New members are made very welcome at our monthly dinners where arrangements are made for our regular morning teas, luncheons and the Sunday breakfasts and walk. If you are a local or new to the area and interested in finding out more, please phone Sue on 0403 504 408.


TOP TEAM: 2019 committee of the Buderim VIEW Club.
TOP TEAM: 2019 committee of the Buderim VIEW Club.



OUR next outing is on the March 6 to the Wildlife Park at The Big Pineapple. We will car pool from Beerwah Library car park at 9.30am and meet at the Big Pineapple car park at 10am BYO morning tea or alternatively there is a cafe for refreshments. Our lunch meeting will be at Glasshouse Sports Club on the March 20 at 11am when we will have a fun and games day. Anyone interested in joining us would be most welcome. Phone Trish on 07 5493 0026 or Janet on 0448 845 303.



OUR next luncheon will be held on March 22 at the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club. Guest speaker is Colin Dunkerley the iPad Man "The Future of Voice". The cost of the two-course meal is $30. Newcomers are always welcome and if you would like to attend a meeting, phone Sandi on 0429 022 033.


EVERY Tuesday evening from 7-9.30pm Pat and Norm Young organise a social evening at the Pomona Memorial School of Arts Hall. Cost is $5, which includes supper. It is a very enjoyable evening as Pat and Norm provide new-vogue as well as old-time dancing. Come and be a spectator and see if you will enjoy it. Everyone is welcome. Phone 07 5485 2007 for more information or come and visit.


COUNTRY Music Concerts at the Hall of Fame, 24 Steggalls Rd, Yandina on the second Saturday (traditional Country) and third Sunday (more upbeat and diverse) of every month 1-5pm. 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. 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. Phone Jim on 0437 191 004.


OUR next monthly meeting will be held on March 21 at Cooroy Memorial Hall, 23 Maple St, Cooroy (third Thursday of each month). Doors open at 5.30pm and with a guest speaker. Entry is a $5 donation for non-members. The meeting begins at 6.30pm and the night is complete with a "bring a plate" shared supper at or after 8.30pm. All welcome.


COME and try this unique, year round sport. It's great fun with gentle exercise for mind and body. At first it may look complicated, yet within a few weeks most people have grasped the basics and can play socially. The games can be fun and easy going with lots of interaction between players, or highly competitive and tactical with great mental stimuli. All welcome. Flat soled shoes required. Mallets provided. Free. Come along, we'd love to see you there on March 24 from 1.30-4pm at the Headland-Buderim Croquet Club, Syd Lingard Dr, Buderim. Phone 0423 534 909.


SING with one of these SATB A Cappella choirs in 2019 to have fun, meet new people, and create beautiful music. Choirs have now started singing again. St Andrew's Singers sing in Tewantin on Monday's at 10.15am popular songs. St Andrew's Dr. Air-conditioned. Good Vibrations sing in Cooroy on Monday's at 7pm. Popular songs. Anglican Church Hall, Miva St, Cooroy. Spiritsong Chamber Choir sing in Tewantin on Wednesdays at 7pm. Mostly classical sacred. Cathedral/Church anthems. Pass an audition, and you can sing no charge for four weeks. Uniting Church Hall, Poinciana Ave/Werin St, Tewantin. New year, new songs. Now is the time to join. Email Andrew, choir director and arranger of songs, or phone 07 5474 1498.


DO YOU like a challenge? Come along to the Nambour Croquet Club and try to put the croquet ball through the hoop using the mallet from a distance of 2m. Sound easy, it's not. So come and have a try out. The club meets Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am-noon. We are located on the Nambour Connection road adjacent to the Nambour Bowls Club. Mallets and balls are provided, just wear soft soled shoes. Croquet can be played by all age groups, male and female. We have players from 12 to 97 years old. If you have never played we will teach you. Morning tea is provided. We also play mah-jong on Monday mornings from 9am-noon. Cost $4 including morning tea. Once again if you haven't played before we will teach you. Phone Patrick on 07 5472 7287 or email


2019 is the Anglican Church's Year of Generous Hospitality and St Peter's Church would like to open our hearts and arms wide and welcome you. As well as our Sunday services at 7am and 9am we have a Wednesday service at 9.30am that is great for people who would like to come to church but are time poor or perhaps unwell and would like a shorter service. St Peter's Rector, Rev. Tania Eichler would like to welcome you to any services or groups and we would welcome you into St Peter's Cafe, (our Church hall) to join us for a "cuppa". To find out more about St Peter's our services and activities, go to anglican Phone 07 5443 2133. St Peter's Anglican Church is on the corner of Church St & Beach Rd, Maroochydore.


FREE digital workshop in the BE CONNECTED series being held at Bloomhill Cancer Care, 58 Ballinger Rd, Buderim. We will be holding our next Digital workshop on March 6 at 10am. New skills and experience are offered at every training session. If you are interested in participating please either email or phone 07 5445 5794 and speak to Beth to book.


RETIRED or about to retire? Confused about current regulations? Association of Independent Retirees (A.I.R. Limited) Noosa Branch (AIR) is the peak national not-for-profit organisation supporting self-funded retirees or those about to retire. Next meeting March 14 at 10am. Speaker: Professor Deborah Ralston, Chair, Alliance for a Fairer Retirement System. Venue: South Pacific Resort, 179 Weyba Rd, Noosaville. Cost: $6pp members, $10pp non-members includes morning tea. Phone 0411 211 566, email airnoosacommunications or

The Alliance for a Fairer Retirement System is a group formed to represent millions of senior Australians, shareholders, self-funded retirees and those planning a sustainable retirement, including over one million members of self-managed super funds. The Alliance was formed in response to Labor's proposal to disallow refunds of excess franking credits for a range of retirees and shareholders. The Alliance's focus is to explore options to fix problems with the existing superannuation taxation, Age Pension means testing and broader retirement income systems.


CLASSES are held at the North Shore Community Centre, Mudjimba on Monday evenings 7pm and Wednesdays 9am and at Woombye Hall on Mondays 9am. Keep your mind active and body fit with dance. Fun fitness friendship and great music. Phone Barbara on 0407 733 280.


ARE you finding life stressful at the moment? Come along to the workshop titled Less Stress & More Calm and learn practical ways to deal with these anxious feelings, as well as gain insight on how to bring more peace, joy and resilience into your life on a daily basis. Deb, an accredited Louise Hay Heal Your Life Coach will ensure a friendly and supportive atmosphere. This uplifting event for women is being held on March 23, 10.30am-1.15pm at Tait-Duke Community Cottage, Tewantin. Lunch is included. For bookings and inquires email blossomasyou or phone 0436 104 237.


THIS is a support group for people who have melanoma. We meet on the third Friday of each month in RSL House, 106 Memorial Dr, Cottontree (next to the RSL parking building). The meeting starts at 10am and the next meeting is on March 15 at 10am. If you have melanoma, we are there to help you. Friends and family are always welcome at our get-togethers. There is no cost so come along, and enjoy a cuppa with a group of friendly, happy people. Phone Christine on 0412 689 546 or go to melanoma


AGLOW - Sunshine Coast will meet on March 8 at 9.30am at Flame Tree Baptist Church hall, 27 Coes Creek Rd, Burnside. Entry $8 includes morning tea. Come along and enjoy worship and an inspirational message. Come along and bring a friend. Phone Melva on 07 5443 5752.


A NEW technology item or an updated program may be a problem. This is where the Sunshine Coast Computer Club can help. Come as a visitor to a weekly meeting at Buderim or Caloundra and have an introductory chat to our welcoming member and see what goes on at a meeting. Have a cup of tea or coffee with the club's friendly members as a start to getting to know your computer and technology devices. Phone the club information line on 07 5492 1005, go to and watch the introductory video or email the club at


SCRAN is hosting a special screening of Border Politics on March 6 at 5.30pm at the Majestic Cinema, Nambour. Border Politics follows Australian barrister, human rights and refugee advocate, and author Julian Burnside AO QC as he traverses the globe examining refugee policy. This contemporary story is about the threat to human rights, the loss of democratic values and our increasingly heartless treatment of 'the other'. Tickets $17 (+$2 booking fee), go to screenings.


FOR people over 50 we have a Latin dance class on Tuesdays 2.30pm. Beginners are welcome. Partner not needed. On other days we have tai chi exercises (all standing up) that are easy to do following the teacher. Also an excellent musical show, indoor bowls, bolivia, whist, 500, hoy and mah jong. Annual sub is $10. Entry for members $5 for each activity (visitors $6). Phone 5438 1403 for details. For a copy of the program with times please email raymoni@ the Uniting Church hall, 56C Queen St, Caloundra.


WE MEET weekly at the Kawana Library Community Hall every Thursday morning at 9.30am for friendship plus meeting new people. Each week we have an entertainer, play hoy and bingo and indoor bowls plus spin the wheel, lucky door fruit and meat tray raffles and gifts for hoy and bingo wins. A full and enjoyable morning is promised. Visitor inquiries may be made through president Selima Taylor on 07 5452 5979. All visitors are very welcome.


CONDUCTED in the Sunshine Coast Badminton Centre in Nambour every Monday morning from 9-11.30am. Top badminton is a very active sport but the seniors play to their level. Being an indoor sport badminton can be played in any weather. New players are always welcome and racquets are available, fees are low. Not only do the players get some gentle exercise it is an extremely social morning with much 'chatter' between games and many friendships made. Anyone wishing to try badminton should call into the hall any Monday morning after 9am, either to play or just check it out. Entrance to the hall is off Coronation Ave and between the Bli Bli traffic lights and the main entrance to the showgrounds. Email or go to badminton@


MINDFULNESS Meditation every Sunday 9.30-11.30am at Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre cnr Fifth Ave & Beach Pde, Cotton Tree (enter through rear door). This meditation is for people with chronic illness, chronic pain, arthritis, cancer, life threatening illness and carer issues. Free admittance and no donation. Presented by Barry Farrin 0407 114 761. Barry is university trained and has over 30 years experience conducting mindfulness meditation on the Sunshine Coast. He has experience in palliative care and psychotherapy.



Buderim MT

WE ARE a mixed club for active retirees which provides friendship, fun and social interaction with interesting speakers and enjoyable outings, dining out, coffee mornings, walks and more. Join us for morning tea and a chat with members. We meet on the second Monday of each month at Buderim Bowls Club, Elizabeth St, Buderim at 9.30am. For more information, phone Jan on 07 5345 9786.


Caloundra 86

OUR club holds a general meeting on the third Tuesday of the month at 9.30am at Pelican Waters Tavern with other activities throughout the month mainly on Tuesdays are a Walk, Talk and Coffee, lunch at a Sunshine Coast restaurant and a Thursday games afternoon plus a bi-monthly day outing with our first this month. The club would welcome new members to join this friendly group of retired and semi-retired men and women. Phone the membership officer Terry on 0418 749 042.


Coolum Beach Combined

OUR Club is for retired and semi-retired people looking for friendship and fun. Our next meeting is on March 5 at 9.15am at the Uniting Church, Elizabeth St, Coolum Beach. Visitors are welcome. A guest speaker entertains us each month. Organised lunches, bus or car trips each month. For more information phone 0429 516 788. After the meeting is closed, we meet at the Coolum Beach Hotel for lunch at own expense.


Probus Club of Currimundi Combined ladies enjoying lunch.
Probus Club of Currimundi Combined ladies enjoying lunch.


Currimundi Combined Inc.

WE STARTED our year off with Australia Day Celebrations consisting of a sausage sizzle and damper with lamingtons and watermelon (how Aussie is that). Activities for the day included thong throwing and egg on the plate races. A lot of good fun was had by all.


Kawana Waters

SIXTEEN years ago a dedicated family on the Sunshine Coast set about the task of rescuing and rehabilitating injured, sick, and displaced pelicans, seabirds, aquatic birds and native birds and other sea birds. Today, Paula and Bridgette Powers are well known for the work to which they have dedicated themselves throughout the region. The "Twinnies" perform regular public health checks on our foreshores, checking the local birdlife for injuries.

Their recently opened new rehabilitation centre at 2147 Steve Irwin Way at Landsborough is a facility at which some birds can be treated and released. Others do require further veterinary treatment and rehabilitation .This can vary in duration from a few days, up to a few months depending on the injuries severity. Their comprehensive facility has an intensive care unit, recovery unit,pre-release enclosures, a rehabilitation dam and a permanent care dam, all fully staffed to address the ongoing task of protecting and sustaining so much of our local avian wildlife.

The "Twinnies" were guest speakers recently at a meeting of the Probus Club of Kawana Waters where the members were given an insight into the valuable work of the facility and its staff, and were enthralled by anecdotes delivered by the girls recalling some of the many characters who have been patients before winging away restored to full health. So if you are in the area why not drop in for a visit and support this registered charity in the invaluable work they undertake.


WE HAVE launched our latest publication - Everything you need to know about cochlear implants. The publication will be an invaluable tool for cochlear implant clinics and people interested in an implant. The 42-page booklet takes you through the process in easy-to-read format.

The book is the brainchild of Sunshine Coast Rep Cochlear Implant Recipient of the Year Penny Phillips, with help from Josie McMahon and Shirley Edwards. CICADA Queensland is not charging for the booklet but would like a donation towards administration costs plus postage. Contact secretary@cicada for more information. Meet ups for the CICADA Queensland Sunshine Coast group commenced on February 26 at the Sunshine Castle Bli Bli from 10am-noon. All welcome. Email Penny at pennyphillips1 or SMS 0421 328 909.


Pictured at the presentation of the Blackall Range Woodcrafters' Guild sculpture are (left to right): Immediate Past President John Muller (standing in for President Rob Otto), Chaplain Ann Shepperson and Chaplain Glady Malligan.
Pictured at the presentation of the Blackall Range Woodcrafters' Guild sculpture are (left to right): Immediate Past President John Muller (standing in for President Rob Otto), Chaplain Ann Shepperson and Chaplain Glady Malligan.


THE Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild was among many participants who were on show at the Australia Day celebrations at the Maleny Showgrounds. Apart from the comprehensive display of articles crafted by members, there were also working displays of woodturning, scroll sawing, wood carving and pyrography (pictures etched into wood with a hot iron). A few people expressed an interest in joining the guild which operates from Monday to Saturday between 8-11.30am. The guild has two large sheds located on the Montville Sports Ground, approximately 3km south of Montville. The guild has a membership in excess of 150 men and women and has a wonderful assortment of hand tools and machinery. Most disciplines of woodwork are catered for.


ALLSORTS: A lovely group of lady bowlers that attended the Friendship Day at Woombye Bowls Club.
ALLSORTS: A lovely group of lady bowlers that attended the Friendship Day at Woombye Bowls Club.


THE Blackall Range Woodcrafters' Guild (BRWG) recently completed the outfitting of the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital Chapel. The Guild was asked to make several items of furniture for the new Chapel which was to represent all faiths. A lectern and several tables were made in Southern Silky Oak, all wood sourced from trees salvaged on the Blackall Range. The BRWG has facilities to mill logs , dry sawn wood in their own solar kiln, so the project really was from "chainsaw to fine furniture".

When delivering the furniture, Ann Shepperson, the Chaplain, spoke to one of the Woodies about a fitting sculpture in wood to be displayed on one of the tables. She wanted it to represent all faiths using the Chapel and to show a caring depiction of humanity. Philippa Friend, a Woodie and an artist was asked to design a sculpture to the specification. The design chosen was of an adult in a caring pose with a child. The wood chosen was Red Cedar (Toona australis), which was salvaged from the Atherton Tableland, stumps left behind by the early timbergetters. The carving was done by Tom Black, Kaz Depczynski, Dave Southern and John Muller.


HAVE you experienced the loss of a loved one? A Grief and Loss Program to help you work through your grief commences on March 5 from 10am-noon at the Buderim Uniting Church Hall, cnr Gloucester Rd and King St, Buderim. The program runs for two hours a week over eight weeks. This is a free Blue Care Program. For registration or more, phone Aurilea Augustine on 0439 768 394 or email aaugustine5


THE Sunshine Coast Stamp Club meets at 6.30pm for 7pm on the first Wednesday of each month February to November with a Christmas party in December. Meetings are held at the Red Cross Rooms, Price St, Nambour. We are affiliated with and a member of the Queensland Philatelic Council. Activities include stamp trading through club exchange books; show & tell; annual stamp fair - attended by regional visiting stamp clubs and is open to the public; annual Christmas party and more. Visitors are welcome to attend any club meeting. Go to or contact the club secretary on 07 5441 2238 or club publicity officer on 0417 720 581.


CIYA (Connections In Yandina Area). If you live in the Yandina area or surrounds and are looking to connect with others and enjoy great activities then check out CIYA. Wednesdays come alive with a coffee & chat, art, craft, from 9am, line dancing and movement 6.30-7.30pm and conversational English (for people with English as their second language) 4-5pm. Held on Wednesdays at Connections in Yandina, you can join any activities and chat with new and old friends over tea, coffee and snacks. Connections building, Low St, Yandina. For program and details, go to the website Gold coin donation.

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