Community notices: What's happening in Toowoomba
THE Eternity Tree has raised another $5000 recently for the local charity. The solid bronze tree consists of 574 individually designed leaves in memory of a relative or friend that can be purchased for $195 each. After purchase, the leaves are inscribed (2 lines, with an additional 2 lines available at $30/line) and restored to the tree, where they will be preserved in the beautiful garden setting at TS Burstow Funerals.
At the 're-fertilising' Mr Jim Sampson from Toowoomba Garden City Rotary said it would be great to sell the remaining 219 leaves so the club can make another donation to the Hospice. Money raised from the Eternity Project has contributed to new floor coverings in the Hospice clinical area, as well as the repainting of the inside and outside of the entire building to give a fresh look. For details about the Eternity Tree Project call 46369600.
U3A IN Toowoomba Inc. have enjoyed a most interesting 2016 year. We now look forward to the future with great enthusiasm as there are many new classes as well as the majority carrying on into the New Year. If you are interested in meeting new friends, continue to learn without the hassle of exams then come and look around on the Open Days where you can meet and talk to the majority of tutors and committee members.
Open Morning is on January 23 from 9.30am to 11.30am at Philharmonic Complex, 7 Matthews Street, Toowoomba. The Pittsworth Open Morning is on January 24 from 9.30am to 11.30am at the Pioneer Village, Pittsworth. The Toowoomba Office will be open from January 11 to 13 and January 16 to 20 from 9am to midday each day to give those loyal members a chance to pay and get the early bird discount.
There will be committee members there to explain about U3A in Toowoomba and the different classes if you are new and interested in joining. There are approximately 160 classes held each week, so there is plenty of variety, days and venues to suit all interests. Details call 46877659.
LOCKYER LOVELIES RED HAT CHAPTER
WE HAD an outing to the Sundowner Saloon at Haigslea to farewell our vice Queen Susan. The ladies from Cabarlah and Coominya chapters joined us for a fun day, with everyone dressing to the theme. The Red Hat Society is a wonderful way for ladies over fifty to socialise and make friends.
The only rules being you wear purple clothes and a red hat unless a special outing, no men and no children allowed.
Every chapter has a Queen who does the organising of events. There are four chapters in the Toowoomba area and many thousands of members worldwide.
If ladies would like to find more information go to www.matildarose2.com
WANTED - Old Corflute Signs.
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. is seeking the community's support through the provision of old corflute signs that can be reused for their 2017 programs of events, projects and other activities.
So, if you have old promotional, advertising, event or election signs that you no longer need, please consider donating them to HOPE.
Please drop off the unwanted corflute signs to the HOPE office situated at 22 Vacy Street, Newtown, Toowoomba.
GARDEN CITY/TOOWOOMBA NATIONAL SENIORS
THE LAST activity of Garden City - Toowoomba National Seniors, for 2016, was their Christmas Party.
Over 110 members and visitors enjoyed each others company, the entertainment by Scott Tweedie and the lovely lunch served by the Drayton Bowls Club members.
The next meeting of our branch will be on Monday, January 16, commencing at 9.30am at Drayton Bowls Club. Cost $7. Visitors welcome.
For more information call Hazel on 46354519.
GATTON CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL
THE MAGIC that is Christmas will transform Gatton's main street into a festive wonderland for the annual Gatton Christmas Carnival.
Come along from 5.30pm on Friday, 16 December, to share the Christmas spirit with family and friends. With heaps of entertainment for young and old, Council's Mayor Tanya Milligan encouraged residents to join in the fun.
There will be everything from ham wheels to food stalls, free face painting and wrist bands for unlimited rides up for grabs for only $5. And of course, Santa will arrive at 5.30pm and be on stage at 8.25pm.
Add to the night the Lockyer Valley Celtic Pipe Band, fitness and dance performers, Lockyer Valley Highland Dancers and Starlite dancers and it really will be a wonderful night. There will be live music by country sensation Bridget O'Shannessy and local band "Island Vibes". Winners of the Gatton Christmas Carnival Colouring Competition will also be officially announced on the night. Top it all off with the final Town Proud draw and it's sure to be an evening not to miss!
Come along and join the community and spread the joy of Christmas across our region.
Visit www.luvyalockyer.com.au or call 54663426 for details.
TOOWOOMBA QUILTERS CLUB INC
AT THE recent morning tea and presentation of a prize quilt and monies from the Toowoomba Quilters Club Inc. Toowoomba resident, Yasmine Allan, received her prize quilt from the Toowoomba Quilters Club recently, while the proceeds of ticket sales were presented to Mark Munro for The Toowoomba Hospice at the same presentation.
Toowoomba Quilter's Exhibition Convener Ms Betty Fawcett said the magnificent prize quilt is a hand appliquéd design of Dianne Johnston's featuring hand dyed fabrics. "At least nine members of the Toowoomba Quilters Club with needle turn appliqué skills collaborated to produce all the blocks and sashings to make the large quilt.
The quilt was superbly custom quilted by Quilt Affair and bound by another keen member." The quilt took 18 months to complete and won 2nd prize in the Collaborative Quilt section of the 2016 Qld Quilt Show and was authentically valued at $3,720. Ms Fawcett said the club was delighted with the end result of $7,414.00 being raised The Hospice was chosen as Art Union recipient following their exceptional palliative care of one of our former members.
Toowoomba Hospice Administration and Fundraising Manager Mr Mark Munro Adopting a Room provides the Toowoomba Hospice with financial assistance to maintain client facilities and to continue to provide professional palliative care.
For more information on being part of the adopt a room campaign you can call the Hospice on 46598500.