Chapel Hill VIEW club trading table convenors, Judy Dickie and Zillah Venn.
Chapel Hill VIEW club trading table convenors, Judy Dickie and Zillah Venn.

Group guide: Brisbane


Pine Rivers

The Kallangur Centre is currently closed and reopens on Monday, January 13. We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Our first social and information morning for the new year will be on Friday, January 17, at Kallangur Memorial Bowls Club.



The Joint Movement Program is a 12-week group exercise program made especially for people 65 and over with arthritis-related symptoms. The program is available in either a land-based setting (e.g. in health centres or gyms) or in a warm-water-based environment. The availability of each program type varies by location. The Joint Movement is run by trained fitness professionals, so you can be sure that you are exercising safely, correctly and for the most benefit. Cost is $120 for the 12 weeks, with pre-payment required. This equals just $10 a class. Register online by going to or phone 1800 011 041.



Lotus Vana proudly facilitates a seniors' social group on Monday and Friday mornings in Logan Village. With engaging activities including art and craft, music, games, informative presentations and delicious food, we believe in uniting our community through restoring connections and social inclusion.

We warmly welcome new attendees in addition to people who wish to volunteer their time and make a positive contribution on a local level. Please feel free to contact us on 0431 152 547 or 0432 562 181. We look forward to hearing from you.



Why not make good on one of those new year resolutions to get fit and active, by joining the local walking group?

The Heart Foundation walking group at the Forest Lake Shopping Centre is known as the Forest Lake Mob. In 2007, the Heart Foundation and the Forest Lake Shopping Centre formed the walking group and the Forest Lake Mob was created.

Want to get fit by joining in a walk where it's all free? Come along and join the Heart Foundation Walking Group's Forest Lake Mob at the Forest Lake Shopping Centre on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We meet at Wendy's and walk from 6.45-8am. Visit or phone Les on 07 3279 9449 or 0466 377 618.



Join creative, empowering and fun workshops nurturing the wild woman within. They're on the first Wednesday of the month from 7-8.30pm and on the third Wednesday of the month from 1-2.30pm at Wynnum Manly Community Centre, Room 1.02, 105 Florence Street. Cost is $20 ($10 concession). For more details, phone social worker Dr Kate Costigan on 0400 000 968.



We are a not-for-profit organisation that helps seniors and over 50s become confident and tech savvy using volunteer mentors (tutors). New learners and mentors are always welcome in the Greater Brisbane area. The service is offered normally in the learner's own home on their own device. An affordable annual membership fee is payable by learners who, as a guide, receive about 12 one-hour home lessons and then ongoing support for the rest of the year. With reduction in shopfront services and the need to do more online, assistance with this is offered and learners are taught the basics or just on topics that they require assistance with, including identification of scams. Contact Brisbane Seniors Online on 07 3393 2225 (Tuesday-Friday 10am to 3pm), leave message or go to



Looking for an activity to help you stay young in body and mind? Taoist tai chi is specifically designed for health, balance, strength and circulation. The Taoist Tai Chi Society has been running in Brisbane for more than 20 years. The organisation is celebrating 50 years worldwide in 2020. A free introductory tai chi class is being offered on Saturday, February 1,at Level 1, 566 Lutwyche Rd, Lutwyche, from 10.30am to noon. There will be demonstrations, instruction in the first few moves of Taoist tai chi and morning tea. Regular weekly classes start the week following.



Have you thought about researching your family history? Queensland Family History Society can help you with our buddy program, beginners' classes and special-interest groups. There is just no excuse for you to delay any longer. This year the program of seminars, talks and workshops is shaping up to be one of the best QFHS has presented and non-members are always welcome to join us for any of our events.

A great place to start your research is the free sites of the National Archives of Australia and the National Library of Australia and the Trove websites. Trove has Australian digitised newspapers that are a wealth of information for the family history researcher.

Come along to the seminar Australian Treasures: the National Archives of Australia and Trove. Presenters: Cara Downes from the National Archives and Sue Reid, a tutor from the QFHS. It's on Saturday, February 1, from 9am-12.30pm at the Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne. Cost: $25 members (QFHS and GSQ) and $40 non-members (includes morning tea). To register online, go to



Our December activity was our Christmas Party, held at The Lion, Richlands.

The Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club meets 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 17 and February 21.

For more information on the club and its activities, please contact Leonie, our president on 0427 846 057 or Les, activities officer, on 0466 377 618 to register your interest. Or email New members are always welcome.



Chapel Hill

It is January already! Time to reflect on last year's events and plan for 2020. Members and their guests enjoyed very interesting speakers ranging across topics such as local history, travelling in the Arctic and Antarctic, seniors' and retiree law, stories "behind the photos'' of a journalist photographer, adventures in house renovations in West End, what was found "under the lino'' and a very moving presentation about international charity The Rosie May Foundation. As one of many VIEW clubs across Australia, our club's major purpose is fundraising to sponsor eight students participating in The Smith Family's Learning For Life Program. We achieve this through generous support from members and guests for our trading tables, book stalls and raffles and lucky door prizes. In return we enjoy a monthly two-course lunch in a convivial atmosphere with the opportunity to meet and make new friends. VIEW clubs of Australia are gearing up for a big year in 2020. Nationally we will celebrate 60 years supporting The Smith Family, with major events planned across the country. Locally, Chapel Hill VIEW will turn 30 in August. As well as featuring birthday celebrations our year promises interesting speakers including former Learning for Life student Kathryn Lyons, Nerilee Sowter (Destiny Rescue), Susan Gilmartin (Upbeat Arts), Dr Nikky Isbel (renal transplant research) and Trish Jackson (thalidomide survivor, Footsie Photos).

We are a friendly club that welcomes visitors and new members. From February 2020 plan a date for lunch with us to learn more about VIEW clubs' important and successful role supporting the education needs of disadvantaged Australian children. Lunchtime meetings are at 10.45am for an 11.30am start on the first Tuesday of each month at Mt Ommaney Hotel and Apartments, Dandenong Road (off Centenary Highway), Mt Ommaney. Visitors are always made very welcome. Phone Denise on 0409 261 488 if you would like to attend, or email the club at


OUR year ended with the November Christmas lunch, which had a "Christmas Cooks'' theme. Guest speaker, QCWA state president Christine King, judged the Christmas apron and any other category apron competition as well as providing an informative talk about the work of QCWA. A display of vintage aprons was well received. Lucky door and raffle prizes added to the fun and friendship, which was enjoyed by all. On Monday, January 20, there will be a casual lunch at the Kenmore Hotel, starting at noon. Bookings are essential with Robyn on 0434 015 102 by Friday, January 17. The new VIEW year begins in February with our AGM and monthly lunch meeting to be held on Monday, February 17. Further details in the February issue of The Local Bulletin. We welcome new members to any of our activities, which support the work of The Smith Family. Inquiries at contact number below. Go to our Facebook page:, email or phone 0418 878 129.



Love bats? Join Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and Bats QLD for our vet talk on bats and how they are treated at the hospital. We invite our Friends of the Hospital to come along to our quarterly talks with senior vet Dr Micheal Pyne, as well as to experience the hospital and go behind the scenes to meet some furry patients. To become a Friend of the Hospital for a $50, $250 or $500 donation, visit our website or call us at 07 5534 0882. The talk is on January 17 at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, 27 Millers Drive, Currumbin.


Grants for groups

More than $2 million is now available to community organisations, social enterprises, faith and cultural community groups, sporting and interest clubs and local councils as part of the Queensland Government's Thriving Cohesive Communities grants program.

Minister for Communities Coralee O'Rourke said: "These grants provide funding towards projects that strengthen social connections and promote opportunities for economic inclusion to create a sense of belonging for all Queenslanders." Applications for the second tranche of the grants close on February 14. Apply at www.communities.qld


NURSE LINE BOOSTS Epilepsy support

An Australian-first telephone and email service to support people living with epilepsy and their families has been launched by Epilepsy Action Australia. The Epilepsy Nurse Line is available from 9am-5pm seven days a week. People with epilepsy can speak with a qualified epilepsy nurse by calling 1300 EPILEPSY (37 45 37) or emailing epilepsy@epilepsy

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