Australian Red Cross members from the Trauma Teddies Team are Judith Weston, Sue Lawrence and June Hay.
Australian Red Cross members from the Trauma Teddies Team are Judith Weston, Sue Lawrence and June Hay.

Group guide: Brisbane


THE Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia, a volunteer, non-profit and charitable organisation, promotes the health and well being benefits of tai chi and offers it to all. At this free Open House at Level 1, 566 Lutwyche Road, Lutwyche on February 2, 2019 from 1-2.30pm, you will see a demonstration of taoist tai chi and be given the opportunity to "have a go". You will also receive information about how to become a member of the society and new beginner classes starting from February 4, 2019. Afternoon tea will be provided.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Plant Trees Please Team are looking for volunteers to help distribute flyers into more locations throughout Brisbane.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Plant Trees Please Team are looking for volunteers to help distribute flyers into more locations throughout Brisbane.


WE ARE an environmental education and support organisation that encourages and educates people about planting trees. By planting trees we can all change our world for the better and improve air quality, provide natural habitats, increase rainfall and provide a secure and healthy world for our children to grow up in.

Our engaging Plant Trees Please flyers are in cafes and eateries throughout the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

We are looking for volunteers to help us distribute flyers into more locations throughout Brisbane and southeast Queensland. This would be as simple as just to maintain the supply of flyers in their own local areas. We already have the flyers. If you are interested in being a part of this wonderful movement, please email or go to our Facebook page and send us a message.


MEMBERS of the Western Suburbs Branch will come together in early December over lunch at Women's College to celebrate a successful year. A number of fundraising activities in 2018 resulted in over $9000 being distributed to support projects in Australia and overseas, including drought relief in Queensland. The branch is also involved in helping others in a number of ways. The Trauma Teddies Project, co-ordinated by Sue Lawrence, sees each month on average 100 handmade teddy bears delivered to a number of centres including the Queensland Children's Hospital.

No fundraising at the Christmas lunch, however, just a friendly time, sharing plans for Christmas and another successful year in 2019. Join us on February 4 at our first meeting for the year at the Kenmore Village Library from 9.30am for morning tea followed by the meeting. There is no need to book. Turn up on the day and you will be most welcome.


THE date for our next meeting is February 7, 2019. Some 2018 memories have been good, some sad. A valued member passed away in January. The oldest member aged 92 suffered a stroke, and the treasurer had a fall, resulting in a broken arm and her resignation after more than twelve years' service. On the bright side there have been new members, many visitors and wonderful guest speakers. Despite adverse climatic conditions members' exhibits always produced an attractive show bench with judges commenting on the number of entries from such a low membership. This club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar month, except January. There are vacancies for new members. Seasons greetings to all. Phone (07) 3356 1256.



Pine Rivers

WE HAVE two vibrant choral groups The Concordia Choir and Kumbartcho Singers. The groups are combining to present an afternoon of popular songs and Christmas carols. This concert will be held on Saturday, December 8 at 2pm at the Rivers Baptist Church, 70 Francis Road, Lawnton. Entry is by a gold coin donation.


THANK you the people of Enoggera and surrounding districts for the support you gave our society during 2018; the interest shown in our displays when we 'go public' is very encouraging. We really enjoyed being part of the Mitchelton Railway Station Centenary on November 4. Our last Thursday opening at Enoggera Memorial Hall will be on December 13. We will resume on January 17, to begin celebrating our silver anniversary year. In the meantime our 2019 calendar will be on sale at Brookside Shopping Centre and available at our library up to and including December 13. With the passing of Remembrance Day we completed four years commemoration of the centenary of World War I. We know that peoples suffering continued for longer. Before the war concluded and into the early 20s, a 'Spanish Flu' pandemic ravaged the world over, causing hundreds of thousands, if not millions of fatalities. Australia too was affected. The pandemic was perhaps comparable with the Black Death that wiped out up to 25 per cent of the known world's population in the 14th century. The flu may have affected families of those who were young children at the time. The society wishes you the compliments of the festive season and implores all of you, in whatever way you celebrate to be safe. Phone Dave on (07) 3366 3191.


CHRISTMAS Festival of Trees Webb Hall, Redcliffe Showgrounds on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 from 9am-3pm. Vote for your choice of the best tree displayed by local businesses, community organisations and schools. Purchase hand-made Christmas gifts from craft stalls. Free children's christmas decoration workshop on Sunday, sausage sizzle, sandwiches and Devonshire teas available. Entry $5 per adult (includes six voting tickets), children are free. Supporting Drought Relief Queensland. For more, email rsvpqi


CINEMATOGRAPHERS are people who can make a short movie of your video and photos you have taken with your camera adding background music, your own voice announcements? Come to my meetings and learn how to do it. I use Linux and Windows. My group, JDs 50 Plus Cinematographers holds two meetings per month, the first and fourth Tuesdays, 9.30am to about 12.30pm at the 50 Plus Centre in the Brisbane City Hall which is quite central. $2 per day. Code KK. Contact John D'Alton, phone weekdays (but NOT between 12-2pm). Phone (07) 3371 3707 or email jcdalton


GET your feet moving again and keep your body fit. We welcome you at 50 Plus Centre held in the Brisbane City Hall, every Thursday morning from 10am-12.30pm for the small sum of $2. That includes morning tea at 11am. We dance old-time, new vogue dances to well known bands played on CDs. Code KK. Contact Marie D'Alton on (07) 3371 3707 for more.


NEED a Christmas present idea? We have single or double memberships that provide 24/7 access to MyHeritage a worldwide genealogy database from your own home PC. Are you interested in researching your family? For only $84 for a single membership or $119 for a dual membership you can access My Heritage Library edition: access to over eight billion worldwide records; access to UK and USA censuses with images; directories, guides, biographies, wills and probate records; government, land and court records; access to subscription journals, QFHS publications and more. Go to join-qfhs-or-renew- membership.


ACT II - Drama for Film, new class now commenced at DSC. All ages welcome. Every Wednesday from 2-4pm. Guitar class every Tuesday from 3-4pm at DSC. Yoga classes now running evening classes on Thursday 5.30-6.45pm at DSC. Held at Donald Simpson Community Centre, 172 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. Phone (07) 3821 1089.



Forest Lake

ON NOVEMBER 9, members attended the Morning Melodies and Morning Tea at the Logan Entertainment Centre for an Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen tribute show which was very well done. It is that time of the year when clubs are planning their Christmas parties. Forest Lake Probus Club is celebrating theirs at The Lion, Richlands on December 11 and, from all the hard work our activities officer Lyn is putting into this event, it should be a very enjoyable day. As there is no meeting in December, our club will not meet again until the January 8, 2019. We welcome visitors to our meetings which are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Uniting Church Complex, 528 Waterford Road, Ellen Grove. Phone Ellen on (07) 3879 7784 or Barbara on 0422 817 924 if interested.


Redcliffe City Mixed Probus club members (left to right): Susan Hearfield, Ed May, Darryl Webb, Max Barton, OAM Jenny Russo and Rosemary Levack.
Redcliffe City Mixed Probus club members (left to right): Susan Hearfield, Ed May, Darryl Webb, Max Barton, OAM Jenny Russo and Rosemary Levack.


Redcliffe City Mixed

WE CELEBRATED our 20th anniversary and book launch on November 24. It was a gala dress up occasion with 102 members, friends and guests including Councillor Koliana Winchester who on behalf of Moreton Bay Regional Council contributed substantially to the cost of the producing the book. Presidents from three neighbouring Probus clubs were also in attendance. Emcee Rosemary Levack opened the event by a loyal toast then continued to entertain us during the evening with her banter and good humour while introducing the various speakers. President Jenny Russo welcomed everybody highlighting invited guests and making special mention of our six foundation members and past presidents in attendance. Susan Hearfield, the driving force behind the five-member team who wrote the book, presented Councillor Koliana Winchester with a bouquet and a copy of the book in appreciation.



Centenary Evening

OUR final dinner meeting for 2018 will be held on Monday, December 10. This will be at the McLeod Country Golf Club, 61 Gertrude McLeod Cres, Middle Park. Guests should arrive between 6.30-7pm. The cost is $35 and bookings are essential. The theme for the evening will be Christmas and there will be fun and entertainment for all. Among the raffle and lucky door prizes will be stacks of Christmas hampers loaded with Christmas treats. There will also be a bring and buy table again with a Christmas flavour. All funds raised go to The Smith Family's Learning for Life Program which helps Australian children with educational expenses. Email centenaryeveview@ or phone Rita before noon Friday, December 7 on 0413 138 967.



Chapel Hill

WE CELEBRATED the first Tuesday in November - Melbourne Cup Day Lunch, not at Flemington but at Mt Ommaney Hotel/Apartments. Smart hats and fascinators, frocks and outfits rivalled those on display at the home of the Big Race! Members and their guests thoroughly enjoyed the day. There were raffles, several Melbourne Cup sweeps and, of course, a fashion parade. Judges given the task of picking most elegant hat, best novelty hat and most elegant outfit had a difficult time. In December, on the first Tuesday, the highlight of the lunch will be Christmas favourites sung by the Chapel Hill VIEW Choir.

Visitors welcome. Phone Denise on 0409 261 488 if you would like to attend our Christmas function or email the club at chapel



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 meet at 11am on the second Wednesday of the month at the Rec Club, Alba Lane (off Jacaranda Avenue), Kingston. Cost of $25 includes a two course lunch and a guest speaker.

Proceeds from the day go to The Smith Family's Learning for Life program. Phone Pat on (07) 3804 6931.


TIME TO CELEBRATE: Helen Przybysz and Alan Le May from The Smith Family cut the cake at the Logan VIEW Club's 10th birthday celebration.
TIME TO CELEBRATE: Helen Przybysz and Alan Le May from The Smith Family cut the cake at the Logan VIEW Club's 10th birthday celebration.


Pine Rivers

WE WOULD love for you to join our club. VIEW is the only national women's organisation solely focused on supporting and advocating for the education of young disadvantaged Australians. It is a non-religious and non-political organisation.

Next luncheon at the Murrumba Downs Tavern on the December 12 at 10.30am for an 11am start.

This is a Christmas luncheon and there will be no formal meeting in December. Our regular meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at the Murrumba Downs Tavern. For the price of lunch, come along and meet us and become a member. Phone Elizabeth (07) 3886 4937 or Sandra 0448 862 518.


SPECIAL OFFER - Eight beginner hour sessons for $70 (conditions apply). Also early, intermediate, advanced, two parties/month. Phone 0403 225 313, email or


WILDLIFE OUTING: The Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club's November Day trip was to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast.
WILDLIFE OUTING: The Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club's November Day trip was to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast.


OUR November Day trip was to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club meet on the third Friday of the month at The Lion, Pine Road, Richlands at 10.30am. Date claimers for the next two meetings are January 18 and our AGM on February 15, 2019. Phone Leonie (president) on 0427 846 057 or Les (activities officer) on 0466 377 618 to register your interest.

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