COOL IN WHITE: Caloundra Evening VIEW Club members Janice McLaughlan, Bev Walker, Ruth Honzatko and Claire Seddon.
COOL IN WHITE: Caloundra Evening VIEW Club members Janice McLaughlan, Bev Walker, Ruth Honzatko and Claire Seddon.

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(Voice Interests & Education of Women)

Glasshouse Country

OUR first get together of the year was to The Lookout Cafe at Glasshouse Mountains where we celebrated the life of our dear friend and secretary Maree Rau, who died on the December 22 last year. Moving tributes were given and good memories were shared by the large group that attended. Our next outing will be on the February 7, when we will have a guided walk in Maroochy Botanic Gardens. Anyone who would like to come along to one of our gatherings or join our club would be most welcome please phone either Trish on 54930026 or Lynda on 54947875.


Maroochydore VIEW Club's next luncheon will be held on Friday, February 23 at 11am at the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club. The cost for the two course meal is $30. Newcomers are always welcome and if you would like to attend a meeting please phone Sandi on 54794631. Guest speaker Dr Ken Wishaw has been a medical specialist on the Sunshine Coast for 25 years. Having recently retired from clinical work, he is now also pursuing his passion in astronomy. Ken is doing postgraduate studies in Astronomy at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba. Over the last year he has bought together the Brisbane Astronomical Society, the Maleny Golf Club and the Sunshine Coast Council to have regular stargazing nights at the golf club, with attendance often exceeding 100 people.

Caloundra Evening

THE Annual Friendship Dinner "A White Affair” was recently held at the Pelican Waters Golf Club and attended by many members who embraced the theme. This event is the forerunner of the monthly meetings of this VIEW Club which are held on the second Tuesday commencing at 6.45pm for 7pm start. Visitors and guests are most welcome and are invited to phone the secretary Val on 54926884.


IF YOU would like to join us for our monthly lunch and meeting, there is always an interesting guest speaker plus a social event. It is held on the third Wednesday of the month. Our next is on Wednesday, February 7 at 11am, for a 11.30am start at the Buderim Tavern. Do consider attending our club's events and help raise funds for educating students of underprivileged families. Cost $28. RSVP Pat Cooney on 54456329.


JOIN us Wednesday, February 7 for an Introductory night at the Buderim Uniting Church Hall, corner of Gloucester Road and King Street. This will be followed by a four week vocal training workshop with musical director Brian Martin and kick-start a joyous singing future. You will be surprised by how much your and other men's voices coming together can produce such wonderful ringing barbershop harmonies. Phone Graham on 0401261840 or Bob 0405119019 or visit our website www.sunshine


DO YOU love working with children and helping them to be the best they can be? We need volunteers to walk with and support our special children as they learn to ride. We provide all training and support in a friendly and fun filled environment. We would love to have you come to one of our training days at 2 Monak Road, North Arm, contact Jan via email


REST, relax, restore and create with YogArt Nidra every Sunday. Join Anna for a guided meditation (followed by watercolour painting, tea and homemade GF biscuits) in The Little Yellow Wooden Hall in Currimundi, corner of Ilya Street and Currimundi Road, Currimundi. Cost is $10 (which includes paints, paper and tea/biscuits). Just bring a yoga mat (or two) for supreme comfort, a pillow/cushion, and/or bolster if they need to support knees, extra cushioning and a light blanket/sheet to cover themselves. No charge for a teenager who comes along with a grandparent/carer. Please email to book at


JOIN in every Tuesday evening from 7-9.30pm, when 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 for more information or visit.


THE Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service will deliver a free workshop for people with type 2 diabetes or pre diabetes on February 28 from 9am-1pm at Maroochydore. Bookings are essential, phone 54799670. The session covers self- management, nutrition and well-being information.


LINE dancing is an fun activity for all ages keen to exercise the mind and body. Mondays and Thursdays Beginners - Intermediate 9am-noon. Newcomers at 12.15-2pm. Sport and Recreation Centre, corner of Currimundi Road and Ilya Street, Currimundi. Saturdays Beginners - Intermediate 9am-noon at Uniting Church Hall, Millwell Road, Maroochydore. Cost $10. Phone Ute Woods on 0412804499.


HERE is just a small selection of our group activities - Embroidery: every first and third Friday of the month, 9.30am-1pm. Ceramics: Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm. Boomerang Bags: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am-noon. Charity Quilts: every first Tuesday of the month, 1-3pm. Haiku Poetry Study Group: Wednesdays, 1-4pm. Beading: every first and third Thursday of the month, 1-4pm. A centre for creativity, learning and friendship. New members welcome. Visit our Gift Shop. Room Hire available. Disabled-friendly access. Phone 54741211, email create@noosaarts or visit noosaartsandcrafts.


THE Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society's Christmas was a happy occasion. Honoured guests were 98-year-old Ivy Johnson and her family. Ivy's mother was May Bennett. May's father was Bli Bli pioneer Amos Wickerson. Our patron Graeme Pettigrew cut the cake. Graeme is related to pioneer William Pettigrew, who owned the "Gneering” and the Tajorna Rajah”, and acquired much coastal land between the Maroochy and the Mooloolah rivers, and some on Buderim. We will hold the first meeting of 2018 in the Old Church, Willis Road, Bli Bli on Monday, February 5 at 9.30am. All welcome. Phone Betty on 54760596.


LEARN how to manage anxiety in your life over four weeks. Learn about the nature of worry/anxiety, managing the symptoms of anxiety, and planning for future life without overwhelming worry. This free course will be offered at Maroochydore Community Health Centre in February-March, commencing February 12. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Call to book your place on 54596901 (business hours; ask for Christine, Social Worker).


WOULD you like to go to church but have no time free on weekends? St Peter's Anglican Church, Maroochydore is a welcoming place and has a Wednesday morning service that is ideal for time poor people. Mothers with children are welcome and we have a children's play area in the church so your child will not get bored. After the service join us for a cuppa in St Peter's Cafe (our church hall). The Rector, Rev Tania Eichler, would like to welcome you to the service which starts at 9.30am Wednesday mornings from the February 7 and as it is shorter than the Sunday Service is good for people who are elderly or unwell. To find out more about St Peter's and any of our services go to our website: anglican, phone 54432133 or visit us on Facebook. St Peter's Anglican Church is on the corner of Church Street and Beach Road, Maroochydore.


Have you or has someone you know been diagnosed with Melanoma? If so, why not come along to our friendly meeting? We are a small group of people who have either survived melanoma or are currently having treatment for it. We try to help each other and any family or friends who contact us. Our meetings are on the third Friday of each month in RSL House, 106 Memorial Drive, Cottontree (next to the RSL parking building). The meeting starts at 10am.

There is no cost involved and new members are always welcome. If you have difficulty getting to a meeting, please phone Christine on 0412689546 or Daphne 0414911496.

The next meeting is on Friday, February 16 at 10am. For more, phone Christine on 0412689546 or visit our website melanoma


THE 2018 beginners classes start on Monday February 5 at 9am, Woombye Hall, Wednesday, February 7 at 9am, Nth Shore Community Centre Mudjimba, and Thursday February 8 at 8.45am, Yandina School of Arts. An evening class at Mudjimba will commence on Monday, February 5 at 7pm. Keep your mind active and body fit with dance. Fun fitness friendship and great music. Call Barbara on 0407733280 for more.


ALL are welcome at the first 2018 meeting of CICADA Queensland. You don't have to have a cochlear implant or a hearing loss. We announce as well that there will be an extra special guest - cochlear implant recipient Elliot Miller who will demonstrate the Brisbane invention of a new app 'Games4Hearoes' - an app that helps people learn to listen. We are excited also to announce that there will be real time captioning for the event at the Ship Inn, with morning tea set at $20pp including muffins - RSVP by Feb 12. Contact secretary for further information via email: secretary@cicada


OUR monthly meeting will be at the Buderim War Memorial Hall at 2pm on Friday, February 9. Guest speaker will be Bob, from Rare Plants in Nambour, and club member Monika Stinton will talk about "bunchy top” in bananas. Flower competition re-commences. Come early for plant stalls, raffle and seed bank.

Visitors welcome. For details, call John Lyon on 0448714561.


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. Call the Club Information Line on 54921005, visit the club website: and watch the introductory video, or email:


THE Country Women's Association Caloundra Branch resume their activities following the recess. Welcome back members and visitors. Come along on the first Wednesday of the month at 1pm in the hall at Kalinga St. Hear about our plans for the year and enjoy refreshments. Details call president Dorothy on 54918728.


THE start of 2018 brings a new beginning with Alan Marshall, a member of the Noosa Branch, taking over the demanding role of The Association of Independent Retirees (AIR) National President and Noosa member and past president Bernie Treston joining the National Board to represent Queensland. Alan, originally from WA, is currently director and CEO of Kairos Property Group, a company which is involved in the area of assisting people in downsizing and retirement issues.

With more than 45 years' experience in management, Alan's contacts and knowledge of government negotiations will be an advantage. He hopes to initiate fresh ideas into the Association of Independent Retirees. Bernie is the State President of the Queensland Division of AIR and will take up a new position on the National Board representing Queensland. Bernie is a retired solicitor who worked in the legal profession for many years in Cairns.

Call 54482985 for information or email: airnoosacommunications or


OUR speechcraft course for public speaking beginners, will be held in February, March and April at 9.15-11.30am. There will be six sessions in all, aimed at improving your speaking skills and developing confidence and personal growth. You will be provided with practical help and warm support.

Cost: $80 For more information go to: kawanawaters.toast speechcraft.html or call Fran Kay on 54932406 or 0416747622.


WE ARE pleased to announce that by popular demand, we will be bringing a steam train to the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, March 3. Sunshine Coast residents can enjoy a ride on the train from Palmwoods to Yandina and return. Depart: Palmwoods at 11.35am and arrive at Palmwoods at 12.50pm. Adults: $30; Children $15 5-15 yrs (under four years free on an adult fare paying passenger's lap). Bookings: Australian Railway Historical Society Qld on 32521767 (office hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am-3pm) or email: (sending an email does not guarantee reservations on the train without an email confirmation from the ARHS).


WE WILL next meet on Friday, February 9 starting 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. Women and men are welcome. Come along and bring a friend. For more information, contact: Melva 54435752 or Dorothy 54764190. Aglow is a world-wide non-denominational Christian organisation with branches in 172 nations on six continents.


OUR group Co-dependants Anonymous (CoDA) is a 12-step program for those who wish to develop healthy relationships. Meetings are held Mondays, 6pm at the coffee shop, cnr Ann-Maree Cl and Broadmeadows Rd, Maroochydore.

We are a non-for-profit organisation. For more information, visit: codependants


BEACH, Bush, Birds' Coast Care is seeking friendly volunteers to join our happy group. We look after the coastal greenbelt at Warana, weeding and planting out, then enjoy a free morning tea and even more of a chance to chat! It's environmentally friendly, healthy, outdoors and you meet people. What more could you ask for?

Meeting from 8.30-10.30am on the third Friday monthly. Check out our Facebook: beachbushbirdwaran/ or for more information text Vicki 0427181747 or email:


JOIN us under the shade of the Casuarina trees between 7.30-9.30am for our next dune care activity (planting natives and removing the weeds) on Tuesday, February 13 at Beach Access 202 on Pacific Blvd, Buddina (near La Balsa Park). 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 for additional event information: Buddinacoastcare/.


COME along to a Cent Sale at the Heritage Centre , 17 Emerald St, Cooroy on Saturday, March 3, doors open at 11am for a 1pm sale start. Cooroy-Noosa Family and Local History Group is raising funds for a storage shed. Tickets $1 per sheet, includes afternoon tea. Have a fun afternoon and win great prizes. A talk on quarantine and biosecurity will be given by Ian Wells at the next meeting of the group from 1pm on Saturday, February 10 at the centre. For details call 54425570 or visit:


WE ARE meeting at the Croquet Club, Syd Lingard Drive, Buderim at 7-9pm on Thursday, February 8, $4 donation. All welcome. Speakers are Paul and Anna Robb.

The Dharma and Dharmata paradox: There is a dimension in us that is timeless, blissful and ever present. This field can be discovered through "seeking” or at the actual point of death of the body in the dying experience. Inquiries: 0409065062.


THE next meeting will be our first monthly meeting for 2018 on Wednesday, February 14 at 10am at the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Club Coolum Beach.

Come and join us for a coffee and find out what we do. Visitors very welcome. Call Robyn on 0409124460 for more details.


WE ARE holding our annual Stamp Fair at the Kawana Community Centre on Sunday, March 18, and one of the innovations from previous years is to be continued this year. We invite Sunshine Coast residents to come along and have their stamps and stamp collections appraised and valued, free of charge, by some of our knowledgeable stamp club members.

Over past years this innovation has proved to be very successful with many residents bringing along their stamps to be valued, and other residents who were unable to come along on the day, phoning our club and we made arrangements for our members to appraise their collections at a later date. Two years ago, one particular collection was valued at between $15,000 and $30,000 depending on the type of watermarks on the stamps. This collection had a large number of 'Kangaroo on map of Australia', 'King George V', 'Sydney Harbour Views', and 'Robes”, and most of these classics were issued by the post office from 1913 to 1936.

These Australian stamps are the classics in the Australian stamp scene and regular auctions see these stamps being sold for very high prices.

The venue is the Kawana Community Centre, Namyima St, Buddina and the Stamp Fair will be open from 9am-4pm on that date with free entry.

Everyone is very welcome and further details can be obtained by calling 54486565.


Technology Help

HAVING problems using your digital device? Unsure of how to get the best out of your programs? Volunteers are available to work with you one-on-one in the library. Topics vary and may include Windows laptop (including 8 and 10), MacBook, iPad/iPhone, Android tablet, email, Facebook and Skype. Sessions are one hour long. You are welcome to bring your own device. Beginners welcome. Contact library staff to book and confirm your topic (not all volunteers cover all topics). Maroochydore Library: Every Monday at 10am-noon; every Wednesday, 2-5pm and every Thursday 9am-5.30pm. Maleny Library: Every Wednesday, 9am-noon and every Friday, 9am-5pm. Kawana Library: Every Wednesday, 2-5pm. Coolum Library: Every Monday, 9am-noon and Every Tuesday, 9am-noon. Caloundra Library: Every Monday, 9am-4pm, Every Wednesday, 9am-noon and Every Thursday, 9am-5.30pm. Beerwah Library: Every Thursday, 9am-noon and Every Tuesday, 9am-5pm. Nambour Library: Every Thursday, 9am-1pm. Free. Registration essential. Phone 54758989.

Library Lovers' Day

JOIN us for Library Lovers' Day at Noosaville, Cooroy and the Mobile Library. Discover a world of information and learning as we celebrate with cake and live music. Tracey O'Brien at Cooroy and Artistri at Noosaville. February 14 at 10.30-11am. Free. No bookings required.

CELEBRATE Library Lovers Day at Sunshine Coast Libraries with a fabulous morning or afternoon tea. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with delicious scones and cakes. Stay and join in the Heart Book Art sessions. February 14, 2.30-4pm. Kenilworth Library. Free. No registration required. Phone 54758989 for more information.

Tech Savvy Seniors

INTRO to Social Media, Cooroy Library - February 15 at 10-11.30am. Do you have a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account? Do you want to know more about what social media is out there and how to use it? Join us! Learn about the most popular social media platforms, who is using them, and how to join. BYO device and questions. Free. For bookings and inquiries phone 53296555 or go to: libraries.noosa.

CYBERSAFETY at Noosa Leisure Centre, Noosaville Library - February 16 at 3pm-4.30pm. Are you safe online? Do you know if you are accessing a malicious email or website? Join us and learn about cybersafety and how to keep yourself safe online. Find out about threats that can harm your devices and identity and ways you can protect yourself. Free.

For bookings and inquiries, phone 53296555 or go to: libraries.noosa.


LOOK at ways to build awareness in our lives. Join mindful practitioner, Corey Jackson, as he shows you simple techniques to strengthen your mind and remove obstacles that can affect your well-being. Explore ways to manage emotions, anxiety and anger. Learn how to improve balance in your life. Apply mindfulness methods and modern psychological understanding to take control of your own mental health. February 23, 10.30am-noon. Free. Kenilworth Library. Phone 54758989 to register.

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