Arana VIEW Club recently held a very successful sausage sizzle at Bunnings Keperra. The ladies are (left to right) Barbara, Beverley, Heather and Cath.
Arana VIEW Club recently held a very successful sausage sizzle at Bunnings Keperra. The ladies are (left to right) Barbara, Beverley, Heather and Cath.

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DOG owners will be able to take their furry friends to Cleveland Markets after council voted to amend its Local Law 2, Register of Animals in Public Places, removing the prohibition on dogs in Bloomfield Street between Queen Street and Middle Street, Cleveland from 6am-4pm on Sundays. The amendment follows a four week community consultation conducted via surveys online and at Cleveland Markets.


THIS enthusiastic group of seniors meet on the second Monday of each month from 10-11.30am. The meeting place is at the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre, Tingal Road, Wynnum. The aim of the group is fun and friendliness and all new comers are most welcome. For more information, phone Deidre on 07 3393 4240.

The enthusiastic Singing for Movement group of seniors meet on the second Monday of each month from 10-11.30am.
The enthusiastic Singing for Movement group of seniors meet on the second Monday of each month from 10-11.30am.


WE WILL be holding our next General Meeting on Tuesday, March 12 upstairs at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club 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 four weeks of two 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. Phone Lavina on 0411 806 154 or go to


THE Queensland Choir is currently conducting auditions for new members to join them in their 2019 season which will feature major works by Handel, Beethoven, Schubert and Verdi as well as shorter and lighter music by other composers performed in major venues such as the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Brisbane City Hall. However, research in recent years has also shown that it produces an amazing range of benefits to both physical and mental health.

Singing boosts the amount of oxygen in the blood, increases energy levels and gives a range of muscles in the upper body a good aerobic workout. It not only exercises the brain but is beneficial for improving breathing, posture and reducing muscle tension. In addition, feel-good hormones are released during singing which reduce stress and anxiety levels and lead to a more positive mental state.

Anyone interested in enjoying these benefits of singing in a choir can contact the Queensland Choir to audition to join them for their 2019 season. Full details go to, email or phone (07)38958188.


RETIREMENT is the perfect time to immerse yourself in researching your family history. Queensland Family History Society have the people and resources to assist in this very rewarding journey. We have special interest groups that meet regularly with the expertise to assist you in researching your Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Colonial India and the Far East or Central European. Membership to QFHS will give you online access from your own home to MyHeritage, one of the top genealogical websites for research and family trees.

Come and visit us at our library and resource centre, visit our website or follow us on Facebook. For more information, go to Are you interested in DNA? We also have a DNA group. Which DNA test is right for you? Presenter: Chris Schuetz: How can DNA help you find family? Are you planning to submit a DNA sample for testing to assist in your research? This session is a primer for those intending to take DNA testing, whatever their interest. On Friday, April 12 at 10-11.30am. Register online at


WE HAD our first meeting of the new year on February 12 with over 85 members present. The guest speaker for the day was from the Royal Life Saving Society and his theme was on Defibrillators for the type that they use and recommend for smaller groups and foot those who are on "Round Australia Tours”. This was very informative and well received by everyone. Our first coach trip for the year is 'Back to the Tivoli' on February 19. The March trip is to Crows Nest and hopefully we will have time to visit the winery. We have a very varied agenda planned for the year. We meet on second Tuesday of every month (except January and December) and coach tours are on fourth Tuesday.We average more than 80 at our monthly meetings and always welcome new members. We meet at Carina Bowls Club, Stanley Rd, Carina. Parking is available. Phone Maureen on 07 3398 4236.


INDOOR and Patio Plants is the topic of the guest speaker, Ann Blundell, at the meeting of the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club on April 4 at the Enoggera Memorial Hall in Trundle Street. The meeting commences immediately after morning tea which is served at 9.45am. Visitors and new members are most welcome. A couple of new members registered at the February meeting and vacancies exist for more. Join our group for a friendly and enjoyable morning, with a lucky door prize, continuous raffle, plant table, excellent guest speakers etc. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheelchair. Phone the president Pat on 07 3356 1256.


OUR first day outing for 2019 was to The Overflow Estate, between Boonah and Beaudesert, on the banks of Lake of Wyaralong. We 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 March 15 and April 12. For more information on the club and its activities, please contact Leonie (president) on 0427 846 057 or Les (activities officer) on 0466 377 618 to register your interest, email New members welcome.


FORMER students who attended Commerical High School, which closed in 1962, are invited to celebrate their 28th reunion lunch at Easts Leagues Club, Coorparoo on Tuesday, March 19. Phone Tricia Dakin on 07 3376 724 or email for further details.



THE Queensland Country Women's Association, Pine Rivers Branch, holds regular meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 9.30am with a morning tea. At the QCWA Hall, 1058 Anzac Avenue, Petrie. All welcome. Phone 0400 528 381.


BUDERIM Private Hospital will hold a Card and Games Day on Saturday, March 23 at Hibiscus Chancellor Park Community Centre, 52 University Way from 9.30am-2.30pm. Cost is $25 per person which includes morning tea and lunch. Please bring your own cards or games. Proceeds will go to Buderim Private Hospital. For more information, phone Robyn on (7 5476 7212 or Yolande 07 5446 6765.


Pine Rivers

OUR club is holding a fundraising lunch for International Women's Day at Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Chermside, on Sunday, March 10. Key speaker will be Dominique Rizzo, owner of Putia Pure Foods Kitchen & Cooking School. Dominique, once a guest chef on Ready Steady Cook, is an avid food advocate and has succeeded in a male-dominated industry. To find out more and book tickets, go to zontapinerivers.event We have fantastic raffles prizes on offer. All proceeds from the lunch will go towards the club's local projects which you can read about on our website. It is 100 years this year since Zonta International began so we will also celebrate this important occasion at the event.


FREE lessons for novice beginners. Learn to linedance for fun, relaxation and exercise. All ages, don't need a partner, phone 0403 225 313 or go to Monday: 6.30pm for beginners; 7.30pm for early interm progressing onto intermediate. Located at Progress Hall, Hall Rd/151 Barbarella Dve, Springwood/Slacks Creek. Tuesday: 9.30am for beginners; 10.30am for early Intermediate; 11.15am for Intermediate. Located at Finnish Hall, 62 Newnham Rd, Mt Gravatt East. Also available for functions, corporate/private, parties and demos.


Chelmer and District

WE MEET at the Croll Memorial Precinct, 2 Clewley St, Corinda (opposite Sherwood Services Club) on the fourth Tuesday of the month (except December) at 9.45am. We have our monthly meeting then 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. Phone Kathy on 0408 735 823.

Forest Lake

NINE guests attended our general meeting on Tuesday, February 12 at the Uniting Church Complex, 528 Waterford Road Ellen Grove. Looks like word has got around that our meetings are a lot of fun with great guest speakers and a scrumptious morning tea! Brisbane's renowned journalist and author Hugh Lunn will be a guest speaker at our April meeting on Tuesday, April 9 at 10am. If anyone is interested in joining the Forest Lake Probus Club phone Ellen on 07 3879 7784 or president Barb on 0422 817 924.

FRIENDSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP: Probus Wavell Club's Andrew Fyfe, Alan Dunn (past president), Val Dunn (wife of Alan) and Greg Hooper (guest speaker).
FRIENDSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP: Probus Wavell Club's Andrew Fyfe, Alan Dunn (past president), Val Dunn (wife of Alan) and Greg Hooper (guest speaker).


COME and join us, we welcome active retired and semi-retired singles or couples as new members who are interested in fun, friendship and fellowship. Monthly meetings with a guest speaker, local day tours, picnics and theatre outings are part of the club's activities. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 10am at Geebung RSL Club. Bus and rail transport are virtually at the door and there are adequate car parking facilities. Phone Bev Worthington on 07 3359 2056 or Kay Davidson 07 3263 8072.



PLEASE come along and bring friends on Monday, March 11 at 9.30am at the clubrooms for a high tea. There will be raffles, art and goods sales. Entertainment by Inder, who sing a varied program. Cost is $10 per person. 1 Edmond St, Carina. Bookings required on 07 3395 4636.

Slacks Creek

COME join us, we would love to welcome you to our Senior Citizens' Group every Tuesday from 9am-noon at the community centre, 19 Nerida St, Rochedale. Play indoor bowls or be entertained by a concert group on alternate Tuesdays. Morning tea provided. Lunch (bring a plate) is enjoyed after the concert. Phone Shirley on 07 3209 1682.


THE Autumn Show for 2019 will be held on March 30 and 31 at the Belmont Shooting Complex, 1485 Old Cleveland Road, Belmont. There will be a fantastic display of orchids from all over the world on show, with a huge array of both species and hybrid orchids for sale in the Plant Sales area. You will also be able to buy beautiful floral arrangements, as well as craft items. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice will be available all weekend for those needing some advice. Refreshments are available. Entry $4 for adults, children under 14 are free.



WE WILL meet on Wednesday, April 3 at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra from 10.30am for a 11am start. Cost is $30 for the two-course lunch with tea and coffee provided. This meeting is our 22nd birthday, and our theme is 'April Showers' and we have some exciting entertainment and fun planned for the day. We will have our usual raffles and lucky door prizes, the proceeds of which go to supporting our Smith Family Learning for Life students. We welcome new members and guests. Please phone Carol on 07 3355 5349 to book by noon on Monday, April 1.

Centenary Evening

VIEW offers women the opportunity to meet with other women from all walks of life, to share a meal and listen to guest speakers, to form friendships and, at the same time, to support disadvantaged children with the cost of education. We do the latter via The Smith Family's Learning for Life Program. If you become a VIEW Club member, you will never be short of something to do. We hold monthly coffee mornings at local cafes, regular lunches at restaurants further afield, movie outings, theatre evenings, "girls' nights”, and a wide variety of excursions. You choose how involved you want to be. We will hold our next dinner meeting at the McLeod Country Golf Club, 61 Gertrude McLeod Crescent, Middle Park on Monday, March 11, at 6.30pm for 7pm. The cost is $35 and bookings are essential. Phone Di on 0408 725 542 before noon on the Friday before the meeting or email us at

Chapel Hill

FORTUNE cookies and a touch of red for Chinese New Year set the atmosphere for a most enjoyable first luncheon for 2019. Members had plenty of time to catch up prior to lunch, the AGM and induction of a new committee by National Councillor Lyn Masters. Our book and trading tables were restocked and ready to go after being emptied out at the Christmas meeting. Join us on March 5 for lunch featuring guest speaker Dr James Lergessner, a most distinguished historian, biographer and memoir writer. His topic is "Queen of the Dancehalls: Cloudland Ballroom in Brisbane, 1939-82”. Come, chuckle and share your memories of Cloudland days. Chapel Hill VIEW Club caters for many interests, with a very active daytime Choir and monthly meetings of Bridge, Canasta and Mahjong groups. Lunchtime meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 10.45am for 11.30am start at Mt Ommaney Hotel and Apartments, Dandenong Road (off Centenary Highway) Mt Ommaney. Visitors welcome. Phone Denise on 0409 261 488 if you would like to attend or email the Club at

NEW TEAM: Chapel Hill VIEW Club committee members for 2019 are Robyn Frost, Vicki Fraser, Prue Malcolm, Ceri Takken, National Councillor Lyn Masters, Laurie Slaughter, Pat Needham, Denise Murphy and Liz Lange. Absent: Elizabeth Howes.
NEW TEAM: Chapel Hill VIEW Club committee members for 2019 are Robyn Frost, Vicki Fraser, Prue Malcolm, Ceri Takken, National Councillor Lyn Masters, Laurie Slaughter, Pat Needham, Denise Murphy and Liz Lange. Absent: Elizabeth Howes.


WE STARTED the year with a new Committee elected at the AGM in February. New faces are welcomed to the team as we plan the year's activities and guest speakers. The March Guest speaker will be Dr Julie Todhunter on the topic of rural women's health and her experiences: 'The Wonderful Wild Women of the West'. Our meetings are held at the Bellbowrie Tavern at 11.15am on the third Monday of the month, the next being on Monday, March 18. We welcome guests but bookings are essential. Phone Jean on 0409 268 646 by the Wednesday prior. A number of our members are attending the VIEW Area International Women's Day function being held at Rydges on the March 8. Our monthly Coffee & Chat will be held at Simon's Gourmet Deli, Moggill Road, Chapel Hill on Saturday, March 23 at 10am. Members will also be enjoying the Asia-Pacific Biennial Exhibition at GOMA on Thursday, March 28. More information on our club's activities is available from Jean per above contact number, or Marian on 0410 701 458.


WE ARE a small friendly club seeking community-minded women. VIEW members come from all walks of life and we would be delighted if you could join us in our mission to provide better educational opportunities for young Australians. We would welcome you as a visitor to our lunch meetings ($25 for a two-course lunch) and perhaps become a member. If you wish to know more, phone Estelle on 07) 3356 7598. Our lunchtime meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 10.30am for a 11am start at Gaythorne RSL Club.

Pine Rivers

THIS month 13 ladies got together for a wonderful morning tea at Living Gems Caboolture, the home of one of our members. This was one of the many fun outings we hold throughout the year. Each month we have a luncheon meeting usually with a guest speaker. For the month of March we are celebrating our 23rd birthday with a 'black and white' theme. Our guest speaker for March will be Deepa Calais, the Publisher of the "Australian Over 50s Living and Lifestyle Guide”. A very interesting read for people in their 50s, 60s 70s and "seniors”. We will also be having games and raffles. We would love for you to join our club. Our next meeting will be at the Murrumba Downs Tavern on March 20, 10.30am for an 11am start. For the price of lunch, come along and meet us and see if you would like to become a member. Phone Elizabeth on 07 3886 4937 or Lynnelle 0412 333 247.

Guest speaker Michelle McLean from the Office of Fair Trading receives a certificate of Appreciation from Pine Rivers VIEW Club member Elizabeth Hoffman.
Guest speaker Michelle McLean from the Office of Fair Trading receives a certificate of Appreciation from Pine Rivers VIEW Club member Elizabeth Hoffman.

Redcliffe Peninsula

WE ARE on the lookout for women who would like to improve their social life, make new friends, and give something back to their community. There are over 300 VIEW clubs throughout Australia. We hold monthly lunch meetings on the second Thursday of each month. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Redcliffe Peninsula VIEW club, phone Anna Green on 0400 557 082 or email

Sunnybank Evening

LOOKING for fun and friendship in 2019? Have you thought about joining the Sunnybank Evening VIEW Club? Our next meeting will be held on Monday, March 4 at 6.30pm for 7pm at the Glen Hotel, Logan Rd, Eight Mile Plains. Our guest speaker will be Julian Mather, an army sniper, a globe-trotting cameraman and a magician. He has been all three. If you would like to attend the next dinner meeting, phone Pam Smith on 07 3273 8419.


WE ARE a choral group consisting of female voices and have been performing for 46 years at retirement villages, weddings, community concerts and special events. We rehearse on Monday evenings at the Ashgrove West Uniting Church. Our music covers a broad repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary styles including musical comedy and jazz. We perform in unison as will as two, three and four part harmony. We are happy to welcome new members who share our love of choral singing. If you are interested in joining our choir, email jubileesingers73 or phone Bronwyn Grice on 07 3355 9002.

BLUE BELLES: The Jubilee Singers rehearse on Monday evenings at the Ashgrove West Uniting Church.
BLUE BELLES: The Jubilee Singers rehearse on Monday evenings at the Ashgrove West Uniting Church.


WE ARE planning a bus trip for April 3. We will be travelling to Nanango to visit Ringsfield House. This magnificent family home was established in 1908. It has wide verandas, historic interior and glorious gardens. Explore the museum and the picturesque grounds which house a replica coach house, cream shed, slab shepherd's hut and other out buildings. Bus trip cost is $55 per person which includes morning tea, tour and lunch. The bus departs at 8am from the Queen of Apostles Catholic Church on Appleby Rd, Stafford. Phone Julia on 0467 680 551 or Carolyn 07 3356 8223.


EACH Thursday morning you have the opportunity to enter a time machine with the potential to take you back to the early decades of the 19th century; to a time when life moved a little slower. Dominated by a large military presence that once helped neutralise an invasion threat, seven or eight generations, largely made up of migrants from across the world, have helped provide the infrastructure that has taken us from the former Enoggera Shire to the group of thriving suburbs that now stretch from Newmarket to Cedar Creek.

We invite you to our research centre in the Enoggera Memorial Hall in Trundle St to see for yourself what we have achieved. Phone Dave on 07 3366 3191 or email dlivett @optusnet. If you have photo albums or documents of historical value please pass them onto us.


THE association exists for the welfare and benefit of Australian 'nashos' who served in either of the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973 and the wives/widows thereof. Conscripts who served for countries other than Australia are welcome as associate members. To apply for both service medals to which Australian nashos are entitled; to locate a branch near you or to discover the benefits of membership, phone 07 3324 1277 or go to Brisbane North West branch meets on the third Sunday of each month. Our next meeting is on March 17 at Gaythorne RSL commencing at 10am. After the meeting join your fellow members in the Bistro Bar for lunch. Phone Dave on(07 3366 3191.

NB: Due to Easter, our April meeting will be on April 14.

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