Chelmer Probus member showing her latest quilt to members of the garden group.
Chelmer Probus member showing her latest quilt to members of the garden group.

COMMUNITY NOTICES: What's on around Brisbane


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The deadline for the March issue is March 23. Email Nicky or Chris at


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 12.30 pm at the 50 Plus Centre in the Brisbane City Hall which is quite central. $2 per day. Code BB. Contact Mr. John D'Alton 'phone weekdays but *not* between 12 noon and 2pm call 33713707 or email


CONGRATULATIONS Nyreee Mannion winner of our Australia Day Award who has given much of her time to the community including assisting Asher House with care for Acquired Brain Injured young people. Her latest project is making it home safely driver safe program for the less advantaged young people. For details about our club call Merie O'Neill om 33960149 or write to PO Box 184 Wynnum Central Q 4179.

IHELP AND LEARN: Pine Rivers VIEW Club member Elizabeth thanking our speaker Barbara from Alzheimer's Australia when she came to talk about ageing and dementia recently.
IHELP AND LEARN: Pine Rivers VIEW Club member Elizabeth thanking our speaker Barbara from Alzheimer's Australia when she came to talk about ageing and dementia recently.


HAVE two important dates during the month of March to mark on the calendar: Friday March 10- U3A Kallangur Centre will be holding a wonderful Drop-in Day for members and friends from 9am to 12pm. Enjoy a free tea/coffee, talk to welcoming committee, browse the book exchange and participate in Friday's activities in you desire. Weights for Mates and History of Popular Music. Information on all events available, arts and crafts displays to enjoy. Everyone welcome. Friday March 17, monthly Social and Information Day and AGM at Bray Hall, Cnr Cooke & O'Loane Sts Petrie gathering at 9.30am for a 10am start, finishing at 12pm. Guest speaker will be Everald Compton, AO (Founding Director of National Seniors Australia) discussing The Search for Nation Builders. 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 the Kallangur Centre on 38806677 or call in at 1480 Anzac Avenue, Kallangur during opening hours 9 to 12 noon. Seniors can enquire about membership at the meeting.


FROM, and including March 27, there will be a change of venues for our monthly meetings. All future meetings will be held on 4th Monday of each month in the function room of the Newnham Hotel, Newnham Road, Mt Gravatt, commencing at the usual time of 10.30am with morning tea from 10am. A special Senior's Lunch is also available for those wishing to stay longer. Details regarding our Branch activities, call Bev 33414170 or Jill 32728210.


AFTER many good times with Christmas Celebrations. we are off again with our 1st meeting for the year on Valentines Day A great line up of entertainment, guest speakers, and coach trips are ahead of us for the year. Our first entertainer was Steve Redford, a great guitarist and singer, and on February 28 we had our first Coach trip to Twin Towns to see the Beach Boys Tribute Show, followed by lunch at North Burleigh Surf Club. Eight of our Seniors will be travelling to Longreach and Winton in May. It will be great to see how the country has recovered following the rainfall they have had. All are welcome to join are friendly group on the second of each month for a cuppa at 10am followed by the meeting at 10.30am at the Greenbank RSL. Our coach trips are usually held on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Details call Ron or Bev on 38090697 or 0402094887.


Last month, members gathered for our first trip of the year to the Beenleigh District. On the way, we picked up our local guide, Mr. James Hesbst who provided an excellent commentary on the history of the entire Beenleigh district. Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club meet on the third Thursday of the month, for March & April while renovations are in progress, at the Lions Richlands Club, Pine Road, Richlands at 10.30am. Date claimers for the next two meetings are Thursday March 16 (AGM) and Thursday April 20. Details call Leonie (President) on 0427846057 or Les (Activities Officer) on 32799449 or mob 0466377

618 to register your interest, email New members are always welcome.


WYNNUM Region Organised Computing Club for Seniors Inc. will be holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday March 14 at the Wynnum RSL at 10.30am. The club is for anyone who would like to know more about their computers, laptops, tablets and phones and is run by volunteers. You can join the club, on the day, for an annual membership fee of $10. We offer classes that can be up to 4 weeks of 2 hours per week or some of lesser duration. We are continuing with our popular "one on one" sessions, where a member has one on one learning with a specific coach for an hour, who happens to teach a subject selected by the member. Irrespective of the type or duration of a class they only cost $10. Our classes can commence from a very basic level so don't be afraid to make a start. Details call Lavina on 0411806154 or go to

NSAA (Qld)

MEETINGS of Brisbane North West branch of NSAA (Qld) Inc are held at Gaythorne RSL on the third Sunday of each month commencing 10.15hours. The next meeting will be held on 19 March. Visitors and new members are welcome. After the meeting take the opportunity to lunch in the pleasant surrounds of the RSL bistro bar. Please note that owing to the third Sunday in April being Easter Sunday, that month's meeting will be held on 9 April. 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 countries other than Australia are welcome as associate members. Details on the benefits of joining the association or to apply for the two medals available to Australian nashos, call 33241277, email or write to Box 7014 Holland Park East Qld 4121. Details about Brisbane North West branch, call Dave on 33663191.


TO ACKNOWLEDGE the 60,000 Australian Defence Force men and women who served during the Vietnam War Conflict from 1965 to 1975, we will proudly host an exhibition from February to June 2017, situated in Victoria Barracks Petrie Terrace. Brisbane's Victoria Barracks was an important administrative centre for much of the jungle training conducted in Queensland and the communications hub during the war. A visit to the Exhibition will include a tour of Victoria Barracks and Devonshire Tea in the historic Officers Mess. Bookings are essential. Tours are conducted on Wednesday mornings. Other days only by arrangement. Call 0412868224 or email or


LOCATED in Enoggera Memorial Hall on the corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets (refidex 139 A10), entry via Trundle Street. Our research facility and photographic collection is open every Thursday from 9.30am until 1pm. Visits at any other time can be arranged, using contact details below. Visitors, either as individuals or in small groups are very welcome as are new members. To arrange a visit, to become a member or to purchase our publications, call Dave on 33663191 or email Throughout the year we will continue to commemorate the centenary of World War I. All are welcome to take part in our Anzac Day afternoon service and wreath laying commencing 1.30pm on 25 April; whereby we will acknowledge the 1917 battles at Passchaendale and Beersheba. Anyone with family connections to those events is welcome to attend the service and share their story. On Sunday March 26 the society will hold its AGM and will be open to visitors. Doors will open at 1.30pm.


ON SOME Fridays of every month, the Queensland Family History Society holds mini-seminars on an aspect of family history research. These short and economical sessions highlight some of the lesser known aspects of research or showcase some of the facilities available at QFHS. We know that there is a wealth of family history information available on the internet, but learning how to sort through the data and understand it, is of critical importance. Friday March 10, our session will be Research in Victoria. March, Dr Kerry Raymond will conduct a workshop titled Contribute to Wikipedia: what and how with a focus on family history. This is an hands-on computer course on Friday March 24 beginning 10am to 12pm, at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre at 58 Bellevue Avenue, Gaythorne. There is a small cost to attend and bookings are essential. Book online at or go to For details email


WOULD you like to play indoor bowls? We would love to teach you. Already play, you would be most welcome to join us. Every Wednesday at 12-30pm at the Community Hall, Ewart street Deception Bay. Call Jean on 32049576 or 0438531787.


WILL hold a mini cent auction to raise money to assist the community, Thursday March 16 from 9am to 1pm, at the CWA hall, corner Victoria Ave and Georgina Sts. Woody Point. Tickets available from Bernadette on 0424474959. Entry $5, includes morning tea and a free sheet of tickets.


A COLLECTION of Vintage Wedding gowns and accessories will be displayed along with displays of the fine work by Brisbane Enthusiasts Assoc. Displays too of dolls and bears in competition, as well as fine porcelain figurines. Traders will be dealing in anything for doll/bear making as well as collecting. Our venue this year has been changed to accommodate all visitors comfort in the air conditioned Strathpine Community Centre,199 Gympie Rd, Strathpine with free parking on site. Our Club proudly supports Q.C.W.A. Rural Crisis Fund and also LinC. Winner of Champion Porcelain Doll. $100, Winner of Cloth Doll $50, Winner of Champion Bear $50. Date Sunday March 12, admission $10 under 15 Free, enquiries call Thelma 38631430.


WE WILL be holding three markets this year in March, July and November, so come along and support the independent residents of Moonah Park Retirement Village and the local small businesses who will have stalls selling some wonderful handmade items. You will find us in the air-conditioned Community Centre on 28 Blaker Road, Mitchelton between 8am and 12pm March 25. For more details call Valmai Ryan on 0419701249 or email Katrina Axtell on


Come along any Tuesday between 9am and 12 noon to the Community Centre, 19 Nerida St, Rochedale. Members of a Senior Citizens Club play Indoor Bowls or are entertained with a concert on alternate Tuesdays. Tuition provided for new players and new members are most welcome. Details call Shirley on 32091682.

WELL DONE: The Floral Art Society of Queensland QCGC Award Winners Daphne Muhling left and Margaret Ferris right.
WELL DONE: The Floral Art Society of Queensland QCGC Award Winners Daphne Muhling left and Margaret Ferris right.


WE WOULD like to congratulate members Margaret Ferris and Daphne Muhling on their recent awards received at the Queensland Council of Garden Clubs awards presentation. Margaret won the award for "Most Contribution to the Community", and Daphne received a Certified of Recognition for the "Most Contribution to the Club". Congratulations to these two very deserving winners! The next meeting of the Floral Art Society of Queensland will be Monday March 27, 9.30am at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha. Meetings include a Floral Design demonstration or workshop as well as bench work displays of Floral Art designs exhibited by members. Visitors and new members are welcome. Monthly meeting admission of $7 is payable at the door and includes tea or coffee before the meeting and a lucky door ticket. If you are interested call Heather Prior on 0412735483 or go to or visit our Facebook Page: FASQ - Floral Art Society of Qld.

Northern Districts Horticultural Society Inc long time senior member Maureen Brown getting her flowers ready for the show.
Northern Districts Horticultural Society Inc long time senior member Maureen Brown getting her flowers ready for the show.


THE 21st Colour on Parade Annual Open Show will feature dahlias as well as floral art, roses, pot plants, cut flowers, and orchids. There will be competitive entries for all those sections, which will attract local exhibitors as well as exhibitors from Ipswich, Stanthorpe, Byron Bay, Caboolture, etc The show usually attracts in excess of 600 entries, including some two hundred dahlia blooms, with varieties ranging from the giant decorative to the miniature pompom types. This, together with the other horticultural exhibits and floral art displays will create a floral spectacular in the hall. Tea, coffee and snacks are available for visitors. From Saturday March 11, 12pm to 3:30pm to Sunday March 12, 9am to 3:30pm. Located at Wavell Heights Community Hall, Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights. 

OUT AND ABOUT: Stafford Garden club was visiting Jonica Gardens on a bus trip.
OUT AND ABOUT: Stafford Garden club was visiting Jonica Gardens on a bus trip.


IN FEBRUARY, we acknowledged the great effort our members put in to bring plants for display throughout 2016. Our Champion Gardener for 2016 was Sue Colquhoun, who consistently brings beautiful plants for us to admire. The efforts of one of our newer members, Coralie Kettels were also rewarded. Our speaker for March is Colin Johnson, from Earthlife Garden Care. Next meeting Thursday, March 16, 10am 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. Details call Gloria on 33554703 or Kaye on 33577660.


ON APRIL 6 we will meet at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets. Enoggera, the speaker will be Ann Barton, a valuable member of the club. Ann will be talking about Gardening Hints, and with her wealth of knowledge and expertise, she has a lot to share with those present. By following her hints, gardening expenses could be minimised, water usage reduced, and the life of household packaging extended through other practical uses. We meet on the 1st Thursday of the month, commencing with morning tea at 9.45am. Visitors and new members are most welcome. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheel chair. Details call Pat, the president on 33561256.


YES LOTS laughs and bubbly are on again. We meet on the 3rd Friday of most months at the Community Hall at Wavell Heights in Edinburgh Castle Road up from the Bowls Club going east .Our aim is to help all members to get through these trying years of eroding funds and have a nice time whilst doing same. Our meetings start at 9am and finish roughly at noon, stopping for coffee/tea and bickies. Membership fees are low and we only donate a gold coin for our tucker. We have regular social outings via bus trips during the year and also have a Financial Group that meets separately elsewhere for members only ,whilst visitors are welcome at the Monthly Meetings. Details call 33811820 or 33514126 during daytime hours on email

Pumicestone Passage Probus Induction of Merryl and Kevin.
Pumicestone Passage Probus Induction of Merryl and Kevin.


Pumicestone Passage

WE ARE a vibrant group of men and women from diverse backgrounds, all intent on sharing the Probus mantra - fun and friendship. The club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Bribie RSL 9.15am. Morning tea is served and interesting speakers keep members well informed. Monthly events include dinners at local restaurants, coffee and walk group (for the modestly energetic) and Captain Ahab's fishing group where some stories are taller than the Empire State Building. In truth though, the biggest catch of the day is generally the snag from the Barbie. Upcoming events planned for 2017 are "Guess who's coming to lunch?" of March 23 when groups of six people dine at members' homes: One couple being the host and the other two couples providing either the entrée or dessert. The hosts have no idea who they will be entertaining, and the guests are only supplied with the address of the event at the eleventh hour. It's a great way of getting to know members. An Italian night is planned for April 27 followed by Christmas in July (25th) at Tewantin - transport provided, a "murder" party on August 29, fishing group/BBQ boats on September 26, mystery car tour on October 17, Halloween dinner party on October 31, Melbourne cup lunch on November 7, Lord Mayor's Christmas party in December ending the year on December 12 with Christmas lunch. We welcome new members and visitors from other clubs. Details call club secretary Gerry 54976580.

Chelmer and Districts

MEET in the Bowls Club at Hall Avenue in Corinda on the 4th Tuesday of the month (except December) at 9.45am. We have our monthly meeting with a friendly chat over morning tea, 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 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. 


VIEW stands for the Voice,Interests and Education of Women and was established by The Smith Family children's charity as a service to women and the community. The Smith Family supports over 34,000 disadvantaged children across the nation through its " Learning for Life" sponsorship program.

The ladies from the Logan VIEW club enjoying a meal for Thanksgiving last year.
The ladies from the Logan VIEW club enjoying a meal for Thanksgiving last year.


OUR ladies are urging the local community to support disadvantaged children and young people with their education by joining the club which sponsors three school children. We ladies meet at 11am on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Rec Club, Alba Lane (off Jacaranda Avenue), Kingston. Cost of $22 includes lunch and a guest speaker. Proceeds from the day go to The Smith Family's Learning for Life program. Call Maureen on 38051378 for details.

Pine Rivers

AT OUR last meeting Mary presented Noelene with her 20 year badge and a small gift. Barbara from Alzheimer's Australia, spoke to us about the differences between ageing and dementia and risk reduction. We all enjoyed her very informative and interesting talk. Our March meeting will be held at the Murrumba Downs Tavern on Dohles Rock Road starting at 11am. It promises to be a day full of fun and laughter as it is our 21st Birthday. It is a Masquerade Party and everyone is asked to wear a mask! We shall also have a talk by Russell Young who is a landscape gardener . We are a friendly club and always welcome visitors and new members. For details call Elizabeth 38864937 or Sandra 34252738.

Centenary Evening

MONDAY March 13 is the date of our next dinner meeting. Meetings are held at the McLeod Country Golf Club, 61 Gertrude McLeod Cres. Middle Park, 6.30pm for 7pm, cost is $35 and bookings are essential. The theme of this meeting is International Women's Day and there will be a very interesting guest speaker. Kathleen Noonan is a journalist who writes a weekly column "Last Word" in Saturday's Courier Mail. A tucker table will be set up at this meeting where foodstuffs will be on sale in small packages selling for $2 to $3. All money raised goes towards the sponsorship of The Smith Family's Learning for Life students. If you would like to attend or more information, email or call Di 32029759 before noon Friday March 10.


MEETS on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra. Our April meeting on April 5 celebrates our 20th Birthday and we have a fun filled celebration planned, as we sail away on the good ship Arana. We ask that members and Guests arrive by 10.30am so we are ready to "sail" promptly with the tide at 11am. The cost for this "cruise" Is $30, as a special menu is planned, and we will be entertained by Vocalist Diana Davies. Don't forget some extra spending money for the planned activities. New members and guests are always welcome and the funds raised from our "cruise "will go towards the Smith Family's Learning for Life program, supporting the education of disadvantaged Australian children. Bookings call Heather 33003733 by 4pm Monday April 3.

GRABBING A BARGAIN: Chapel Hill VIEW Trading table is a regular feature at our meetings.
GRABBING A BARGAIN: Chapel Hill VIEW Trading table is a regular feature at our meetings.

Chapel Hill

ON 7 February, with a new committee and lunch for more than 50 members at Mt Ommaney Hotel/Apartments. Zone Councillor, Lerlene, inducted an enthusiastic group with plans for an exciting year that include supporting seven Learning for Life Students. Monthly meetings of Interest Groups, such as Bridge, Chit Chat Crafter's and Mah-jong will continue and a new group for Canasta players is being planned. The first social outing of 2017 is a visit to Royal Sri Tai Restaurant for a banquet lunch on the 29 March. Visits to the training session of the Mounted Police Unit followed by lunch at Bellbowrie Tavern and a guided tour of the Anthropology Museum at the University of Queensland are also being planned. And we have been asked to get ready for a HOEDOWN! More information on that later. At our lunch meeting March 7, members will wear purple to celebrate International Women's Day. Guest Speaker is Sue Ford, a successful Brisbane silk painter and clothing designer. Visitors are always welcome. Call Bev on 32792819 if you would like to attend or email

Kenmore Evening

WE BEGAN the year with our AGM on Wednesday February 15. Our guest speaker, Lois Greste, mother of journalist Peter was able to share their family's story with us. The new Committee was installed. We are eager to enjoy a fun filled year of activities while we raise money for The Smith Family and the Learning for Life Programs. March highlights include a visit to GOMA, Anne's afternoon tea and International Women's Day celebrations, as well as our regular monthly dinner meeting and coffee morning. The guest speaker for the March meeting will be Karen Spiller, Principal of St Aidan's Corinda. Karen will speak on the topic of empowering women. Look out for us at Bunnings, Oxley on Saturday April 1 as we cook the sausages to raise funds for to support our Learning for Life students. Details call Marian on 0410701458.

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