HISTORY SEARCH: Learn to trace your family tree.
HISTORY SEARCH: Learn to trace your family tree.

COMMUNITY NOTICES: What's on around Brisbane


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FAMILY history can be an expensive and time consuming hobby, but there are ways to save both time and money. Queensland Family History Society is holding a seminar on Saturday, March 4 to assist family history researchers to make this pursuit less expensive. Come along to hear the three sessions dealing with economical ways of researching. The first session is 'Looking at home sources': birth, death, and marriage certificates and alternative sources, genealogy societies and family history societies. This will be followed with a session on websites to make the most of Google, the internet, and social media. The final session is 'Making the most of libraries and archives' covering both Australian and overseas repositories.

Our presenter is Shauna Hicks, a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society. She was awarded a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Australian Society of Archivists and, in 2009, Shauna received the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations award for Meritorious Services to Family History. She has been tracing her own family history since 1977. Shauna is the author of a number of research books published by Unlock the Past, including Family history on the cheap, now in its 2nd edition.

The seminar commences at 9am at the Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne. Bookings are essential and there is a small cost. You may book online at www.qfhs.org.au/events/qfhs-seminars.For enquiries, email secretary@qfhs.org.au.


LOCATED at 18 Prospect Road, Enoggera (across Samford Rd from Gaythorne RSL Club). We have Modern Facilities With Old World Charm and Atmosphere. FREE Learn to Bowl sessions for Over 50's, under lights in the cool of the evenings Every Wednesday night in March 2017 from 6pm to 8pm, bookings not required. Put this on your 2017 calendar, not to be missed. This activity is part of the Brisbane City Council's Active and Healthy GOLD Program for over 50's. If your younger, no problem there are plenty of rinks for you to also take part in learning the basics of this game). Copies of the Brisbane City Council's Booklet Active and Healthy GOLD Program (January 2017 to June 2017) will be available at all Brisbane City Council Libraries or on the Brisbane City Council's website from late January 2017.


COME along and learn the game of bowls with others in the community. It is a low impact and a therapeutic form of exercise that offers weekly activity for a group of all ages, shapes and sizes. Improve your health and wellbeing while enjoying this fun sport. Most persons with a disability can play. Interact with others and take part in regular social events. Free coaching is offered for you, family and friends at Northern Suburbs Bowls Club, Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights. Details call in or call on 33592142, email bowls@nsbc.com.au.


RECOMMENCES on Tuesday February 7. This is a women's friendship group which meet every tuesday from 1pm to 2.30pm at Mt. Gravatt community centre 1693 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt. Details call the centre on 33439833 or Lorna 32195504. All women welcome to enjoy a variety of programs with fun, afternoon tea and a chat.

MERRY OLD TIME: Stafford Garden Club's Christmas lunch was well attended by its members..
MERRY OLD TIME: Stafford Garden Club's Christmas lunch was well attended by its members..


WE ARE looking forward to an interesting year of meetings and outings in 2017. We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas breakup luncheon at Chatters and our January morning tea at Kedron Wavell. In February, our year begins in earnest. Our guest speaker is Shirley Morris, a member of the Qld Council of Garden Clubs' Committee and a gardener of many years' experience. Our first meeting for 2017 will be held on Thursday, February 16, at the OES Hall cnr Kitchener and Bohland St, Kedron. The ladies will have their usual trade table. Come at 9.30 am for a cup of tea and a chat before the meeting. Visitors are always welcome. The meeting starts at 10am. Details: call Gloria on 33554703 or Kaye on 33577660.

FLOURISHING FLOWERS: Begonia Society Show will stage its annual show on March 4.
FLOURISHING FLOWERS: Begonia Society Show will stage its annual show on March 4.


A BURST of colour the 2017 Annual Show by the Queensland Begonia Society to be held in the Auditorium at the Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens on Saturday March 4 from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission $ 4. This is the largest and only show of Begonias in Queensland with many outstanding hybrids created by keen begonia growers from Queensland, other Australian States and International enthusiasts. There will be a demonstration workshop by the President a very experienced grower, Mrs. Carmel Browne, at 11.30am. Sale Plants and Refreshments will be available. Meetings are held in the Uniting Church Hall, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 1 pm. Details contact Shevanti Seneviratne email rohan1@aapt.net.au or Show Secretary: Philip Adam, call 33531131 email phil.dulcie@bigpond.com.au



WE MEET on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra 10.30am for 11am. Cost is $25 for a 2-course lunch. There are lucky door and raffles prizes and monies raised are donated to the Smith Family's Learning for Life program supporting disadvantaged Australian children. March meeting guest speaker will be Diane Loneran, the author of the popular children's book, "Mavis The Amazing Tugboat.” New members and visitors are always welcome. This year we celebrate out 20th Birthday and we have an exciting party planned for our April Meeting. Booking: Heather 33003733 by 4pm Monday February 27.

NEW POSITIONS: Pine Rivers VIEW outgoing president Carol and new 2017 president Mary.
NEW POSITIONS: Pine Rivers VIEW outgoing president Carol and new 2017 president Mary.


NEW TO our area ? Newly retired? Come to our club to make new friends, have fun and raise money for The Smith Family foundation's " Learning for Life " program. of the month and always have an interesting speaker. In January, Kira from 'Australian Hearing' gave us a very interesting and informative talk, from which we all gained some insight to being 'hard of hearing'. Our next meeting is on Wednesday February 15 at the Murrumba Downs Tavern on Dohles Rock Road. Our guest speaker will be from 'Alzheimers Australia' and will talking on the difference between aging  and dementia and risk reduction. For details call Elizabeth 38864937 or Sandra 34522738. We always welcome visitors and new members. 


THE FIRST dinner meeting for 2017 will be on Monday 13 February at the McLeod Country Golf Club, 61 Gertrude McLeod Cres, Middle Park, 6.30pm for 7pm. Cost is $35 and bookings are essential. This meeting will also be the AGM when members will be reminded of all that occurred in the club over the past year. The speaker will be National Councillor Lyn Masters who will present the National Councillor's address. Committee members are busy planning activities for the year and preparing a list of possible guest speakers, who make meetings so interesting and enjoyable. Details email centenaryeveview@gmail.com or ring Di 32029759 before noon Friday 10 February.


LYN MASTERS, National Councillor for VIEW clubs invites interested women to an International Women's Day event on Saturday 11 March 2017 at 10.30am for an 11am start. The venue is Easts Leagues Club, Langlands Park, 40 Main Avenue, Coorparoo. Cost of $55 includes a three course lunch, a panel of guest speakers and a Learning for Life student. Please RSVP to Lyn Masters by March 1, at masters47@bigpond.com. Payment can be made by direct debit at a Bank of Queensland branch, BSB 124029 a/c 22123240 VIEW Clubs of Australia. Please use your name as the reference.



PROBUS Club meet in the Bowls Club at Hall Avenue in Corinda on the fourth Tuesday of the month (except December) at 9.45am. We have our monthly meeting with a friendly chat over morning tea and followed by a guest speaker covering a wide and interesting range of topics. Members also get together for regular outings, a garden group, a walking group, theatre visits, a book swap and other activities. We always welcome retired men and women from Chelmer to Oxley and all surrounding suburbs who wish to join in the fun, friendship and fellowship of Probus and meet for club meetings and outings with other active, like-minded retirees. Details call Coral on 33797540.

GOOD MATES: North Lakes Probus Club members celebrate Australia Day.
GOOD MATES: North Lakes Probus Club members celebrate Australia Day.


OUR members started off the year with an early Australia Day celebration after a brief business meeting. Members were encouraged to dress in "AUSSIE” clothes and many did. Prizes were given for Best Lady's and Best Gent's Outfit. There was also a competition for best decorated table and one with a miniature cricket match displayed won. All the tables had gum leaves and gum nuts adorning them. No-one could get a tune out of the gum leaves. We had two written competitions, one Aussie anagrams and one on Aussie trivia which groups at tables eagerly tried to answer. There was a guest poet to entertain us and a lavish morning tea which included mini pies and sausage rolls , Vegemite sandwiches, lamingtons, Anzac biscuits and other tasty morsels. A very enjoyable morning was had by all and a great start to the year.


THE SOCIETY has resumed its Thursday morning open house and is available to visitors researchers and new members every week between 9.30 and 1pm. The research centre is situated in Enoggera Memorial Hall on the corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera. Visits on any other day than Thursday can be arranged. To arrange a visit, become a member or to purchase our publications, call Dave on 33663191 or email ehs.secretary@gmail.com


NSAA's Brisbane North West Branch has commenced monthly meetings for 2017. Meetings are held at Gaythorne RSL on the 3rd Sunday of each month commencing 10.15 hours. The next meeting will be held on February 19. Visitors and new members are welcome. After the meeting there is the opportunity to lunch in the pleasant surrounds of the RSL bistro bar. Membership of the association is open to all former nashos who served in the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973 and wives and widows thereof. Conscripts who served with countries other than Australia are welcome as associate members. Detailson the benefits of joining the association or to apply for either of the two medals available to Australian nashos, call 33241277, email officeadmin@nashoqld.org.au or write to Box 7014 Holland Park East Qld 4121. Details about Brisbane North West branch, call Dave on 33663191.


WILL MEET on Monday 13 February at 9.30am in the Community Meeting Room in the Garden City Library. Any visually impaired person and carers are welcome to join us for a chat and coffee. The Group meet on the 2nd Monday of each month. Details call Peter 33457421.


The Grange NSA has moved their meeting venue due to the closing of the Stafford Bowls Club, our monthly meeting will now be held in the meeting room at Chatters on the 1st Monday of the month. Chatters is part of the Uniting Church on Gympie Road, Chermside. Our meetings include guest speakers and a morning tea, we are a social group and everyone is welcome to enjoy lunch at a nearby venue after the meeting. Monthly morning teas are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at various Venues in nearby suburbs. For details call Brenda 33577043


THE COMMITTEE wishes a Happy New Year to all our members and friends. Plans are already underway for interesting Guest Speakers and Bus Tours for 2017. The first tour will be to Port of Brisbane on March 14 and May 9 tour to Albert River Wines, Tamborine. New members are welcome to join our branch meetings at 10.30am on 4th Monday of each month at Southern Cross Sports Club, Klumpp Road Mt Gravatt. Tea/Coffee is available beforehand. For information on meetings and tours, call Jill 32728210 or Bev 33414170.


INVITES you to a Tea Party and Mini Cent Auction Saturday February 11, from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Located at    Kruger Hall, 23 Ann Street, Kallangur. Cost $20 per person, bookings essential. RSVP by February 1, Sylvia    54955151 or email sylvia@ajrmail.com or Irene 0439515474 or acsparky36@yahoo.com.au Cold drink on arrival, Sumptuous spread, let us know your special dietary needs, Baking Competition on the day. Inquire for details if you wish to enter to Sylvia. Proceeds to go towards completing the QCWA Pine Rivers Kitchen Project.


IS A LOCAL community based organisation that was formed over 23 years ago for people in the over 50 age group living in Forest Lake and surrounding suburbs. The club offers an avenue for members to make new friends and become part of an active group of like minded people who enjoy their leisure time. We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month (February, March & April only) at the Lions Richlands Club, Pine Road, Richlands at 10.30am. New members are most welcome. Details on the Club and its activities, call Les (Activities Officer) on 32799449 or mob 0466377618 to register your interest, email fl50plusc@gmail.com Date claimer for the next meeting is Thursday February 16.


WOULD you like make a short movie of your video and photos you have taken with your camera adding background music, your own voice announcements? To use as gifts, Christmas, birthday and so on. I use Linux and Windows. My group, JDs 50 Plus Cinematographers holds two meetings per month, the first and fourth Tuesdays, 9.30 am to about 12.30pm at the 50 Plus Centre in the Brisbane City Hall which is quite central. $2 per day. Code AA. Contact Mr. John D'Alton 'weekdays but *not* between 12noon and 2pm call 33713707 or email jcdalton@paradox.com.au


IS PROUD to celebrate this year's International Women's Day with a delightful Morning Tea event on Saturday March 4 at The Victoria Park Golf Complex from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Join us in celebrating women in our community and their many achievements as we support this year's global theme "Be Bold For Change”. Be sure to expect lots fashion, courtesy of Petrol Boutique, prizes, delicious treats and an entertaining day out with our hosts for the day, Damien Anthony Rossi (Ch 7's The Great South East) and the lovely Naomi Price (The Voice Australia). To purchase your ticket (cost $65) or to book a table contact Co.As.It. Community Services on 32625755.


WILL BE holding their monthly Social and Information Day on Friday February 17 at Bray Hall, Cnr Cooke & O'Loane Streets Petrie, gathering at 9.30am for a 10am start, finishing at 12noon. Two guest speakers will be present. John Ackfield, Inventor and Owner of Quoll Digital Medical Pendants who will explain how the Quoll system works and Ursula White, a Doctoral Student at QUT, Kelvin Grove. Ursula's Thesis is on "Falls in the Vision Impaired” and she will talk about vision and vision problems in later life. Free admission, members and visitors are most welcome.  Morning tea is available for a gold coin donation and there is always a raffle. Details call Kallangur Centre on 3880 6677 or call in at 1480 Anzac Avenue, Kallangur during opening hours 9 to 12 noon. Seniors can enquire about membership at the meeting.


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