Group guide: Gold Coast
Burleigh Palm Beach
MEMBERS of our club enjoyed a pre-Christmas lunch at Tallai Golf Club after an enjoyable and successful year of fund raising for the Smith Family and of many opportunities to share fun and friendship.
We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at Treetops Tavern, West Burleigh at 10am. The first meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, February 19. New members are always welcome at this friendly club. For more information, phone Ros on 0431 442 030.
WE ARE again proud to present International Women's Day for 2019 and look forward to welcoming women from other VIEW clubs, Service organisations and the general public to this very important event on Friday, March 8. It will be held at South Tweed Sports Club, Minjungbal Drive, South Tweed Heads commencing with morning tea at 10am DST.
It will feature an excellent program of influential and inspiring women including a previous Learning for Life student. She owes her success in the academic field to the assistance she was given by The Smith Family. Another speaker is the facilitator of the Gold Coast Post Polio Network providing information, support and the opportunity to share experiences and the third speaker is the Orchestra Manager of the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra who will provide a short musical interlude to accompany her address.
The MC will be Maggie-Anne Leybourne, of BAM Corporate Events a highly regarded events organiser. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the above and a trading table will be available. The cost for the event is $16 and bookings may be made by contacting Penelope Thorpe, President on 07 5534 3931 prior to March 1.
OUR friendly ladies get together twice a month to have fun and support the Smith Family's "Learning for Life" program for the education of children in disadvantaged situations. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month for morning tea with a guest speaker, from 9.30am for 10am start at the Robina Bowls Club, Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina and a varied social activity later in the month. New members and guests are welcome. For more details phone Lorraine on 0417 262 627.
GOLD COAST FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY
WE ARE holding a mini seminar on Saturday, February 23, about DNA. The session will be conducted by Kerry Farmer, a well known speaker on this subject, her talks will be: "I've done my DNA test, what's next?" and "Combining DNA with traditional genealogy research".
The talks will be held at the Bicentennial Community Centre Nerang commencing at 1pm. Come along and find out more about how DNA can help you with your family history research. Registration is essential, for more details, go to goldcoastfhs.org.au.
FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH
HAVE you ever watched the TV series, Who Do You Think You Are? and wondered where your family came from? Gold Coast Family History Society Inc can help you. We will be holding an Introduction to Family History Research Class at 9am on Friday, March 1, where you can learn how to start your family research.
The class will be held at our Library, Room 3 in the Nerang Bicentennial Centre, Nerang-Southport Road, Nerang. Come along and find out how enjoyable family history research can be. Booking essential. To book, phone Pam on 07 5594 0610.
UNIVERSITY of the Third Age, welcomes new members who are over 50 and looking to continue their learning in a fun and social group setting. Take a look at our website, go to, U3ABroadbeach.com to get a flavour of our broad range of courses, activities and excursions and advice on how to join us or phone 0436 449 139. We offer the opportunity to make new friends and develop interests.
We are a thriving organisation with nearly 200 members locally. Our activities are centred on Merrimac State High School and we offer a wide range of learning opportunities including languages, history and memoirs, mah jong, yoga, art, choral singing, lunches and excursions. We welcome new members and would be particularly delighted to have volunteers to tutor new courses.
WE ARE for people who retire to live, laugh and learn. Enrol in Walk and Discover, Australian History, Art History, Line Dancing, Book Clubs, Practical Psychology for Relationships, Qi Gong, Yoga, Art, Pen & Ink, iPad, Phone and PC, Languages, Ukulele, Social Events and many more. Classes are held at Tugun, Coolangatta, Palm Beach & Tweed Heads, Retire from work not life. Phone 07 5534 7333.
HEALTH WEALTH & LIFESTYLE EXPO FOR THE OVER 50'S
WELCOME to the inaugural Health Wealth & Lifestyle Expo for the over 50s to be held at the South Tweed Sports Club on Thursday, February 7, from 9am-1pm. Entry is free. This and future events will cater for baby-boomers and seniors with expos also to be held in Bribie Island and Northern NSW areas on an annual basis. The types of exhibitors present will be offering you information on services such as hearing and eyesight checks, specialists in senior's travel, funeral services, financial planners, legal advice, residential aged care providers, in-home care providers, mobility aids, senior's insurance and much more.
The expos are run by One Purpose One Solution Foundation which is a private not-for-profit organisation and, as such, costs will be kept to a minimum for exhibitors. Make a day of it and have a delicious morning tea or lunch upstairs in the bistro. For more information or to book a site please call Adrian on 0419 709 661.
FRIENDSHIP AND TRAVEL CLUB
FRIENDSHIP Force International is a home hosting and travel club with over 360 clubs worldwide. Travel is with a group of club members who live for one week with members of a club somewhere different and interesting. If you love travelling and meeting new friends, come along to our first meeting for 2019: Sunday, March 17, at Bavia House, 18/12 Kalimna Drive, Broadbeach Waters. New members and visitors very welcome. 2019 journeys planned for GC club: to Winnipeg and Saskatoon, Canada and Chicago, USA - from Alabama, USA. Australian trips from Salisbury, SA, to Sydney, NSW. Go to FriendshipForce GoldCoast.org.au, email friendshipforcegoldcoast @gmail.com or phone John on 07 5562 2644.
OVER 50S EXERCISE TO MUSIC
SENIORS fitness and strength class to improve cardio health, balance, coordination, strength and general wellbeing. Suitable for all fitness levels. Great music, meet people - Monday 9.30am at the Aveo Retirement Community Hall, Glenside Dve, Robina, on Tuesday at 9am Casey Hall, Fairways Drive Clear Island Waters; Thursday at 9am Robina Community Centre Cost $7. For further information, phone Rochelle on 0438 333 308.
SCLERODERMA, RAYNAUDS AND SJOGRENS GOLD COAST SUPPORT GROUP
WE WILL hold our meeting on the following Monday, February 11, from 10.30am at Tallebudgera Surf Club. Phone Carole 0422 060 090.
WE ARE an organisation for people grieving the loss of a partner. We meet every second and fourth Wednesday at 10.30am at Broadbeach Senior Citizens Centre, TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach. For more information, phone Betty on 07 5580 7034.
NATIONAL SERVICEMEN'S ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA QLD)
Gold Coast South - Twin Towns Branch NSW
OUR general meetings are held bi-monthly at 10am QLD Time. Venue: RSL Twin-Towns, Anzac Room, Tweed Heads. Our next GM will be held Friday, February 15. This meeting only has moved a month due to the Christmas Holidays (veterans who served in any Forces of the Commonwealth "between" 1951 -1972). Why not join us and re kindle the camaraderie you experienced during your service? New members are always welcome to attend. Phone Tom Hughes Public officer on 07 5513 0665.
NEW to the Tweed Area? Retired or semi-retired? Join us at Probus. We meet on the fourth Monday of each month at the South Tweed Sports Club at 10am. We are a mixed club, and have interesting speakers, as well as an outing each month. Phone Annette or Ron on 0755234016.
Burleigh Heads Ladies
WE MEET meets on the third Wednesday of the month at Burleigh Heads Surf Lifesaving Club. Morning tea is enjoyed at 10am, followed by a meeting at 10.30am, which includes an interesting speaker. Lunch can be ordered. A coach trip or social activity is held on the fourth Wednesday. Visitors welcome. Phone Helga on 07 5520 2426 or Glenda 07 5576 0303.
MEMBERS started the year with a pleasant lunch at Currumbin RSL, and at our meeting "The Hurricane Chef" Nate Quinelle showed us how a blind and deaf chef operates, and four new members were also inducted. Retired or semi-retired men are invited to join us at club meetings, 10am, on the third Monday of each month at Burleigh Waters Community Centre, 131 Christine Ave. Burleigh Waters. Nominally a men's club, but wives are very welcome to share the club's fellowship, friendship and fun at all club meetings and outings. Phone Brian on 07 5520 6332 or John 07 5520 6661.
WE MEET at the Paradise Point Bowls Club on the third Monday of each month at 10am. Next meeting is on February 18. A guest speaker and morning tea is enjoyed with friends. Luncheon held on the fourth Tuesday of each month meeting at 11.30am at the same venue. Bus trips and social events also organised. New members welcome. Phone Marilyn on 0407 758 854.
THINKING ABOUT RETIREMENT LIVING?
COME along to a free "Retirement Living Options" session, which will be presented by lawyers from Caxton Legal Centre on the Gold Coast in April. Each session will give an overview of different legal issues in retirement villages, manufactured home parks and other types of accommodation, with a focus on what you need to know before making the big decision about where to live in retirement. We will be visiting Palm Beach Library on April 5 at 10am-11.30am and Nerang Library on April 26 from Noon-1.30pm. Places are limited, to RSVP phone Michelle on 07 3214 6333 to RSVP.
END OF LIFE CHOICES
EXIT International is a voluntary euthanasia group that meets quarterly. Meetings are held at the Robina Community Centre. Attendees must be Exit Members. The next meeting is on February 7. Further information visit our website, go to exitinternational.net or phone local coordinator Elaine on 07 5580 8215 or 0421 796 713.
GOLD COAST BRIDGE CLUB
WE ARE located on the highway in Surfers Paradise and can show you how to brush up your bridge skills or learn new ones from our experienced teachers. We provide beginners classes and coaching at all levels and conduct bridge sessions six days and two nights a week. Join "the friendly club" and meet interesting people from all walks of life. Take part in our many social occasions. For more information phone Lynley on 07 5538 3112 or 0418 984 856.
FITNESS CLASSES FOR SENIORS
GROUP Fitness classes to improve fitness, strength and balance. Suitable for men and women, over 50s and fitness levels. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9am. Cost $5. Maher Hall, Burleigh Heads Senior Citizens, 42 Matilda Street, Burleigh Heads. Phone Caroline on 0402 812 227.
TWIN TOWNS & DISTRICT GARDEN CLUB
OUR next meeting will be on Monday, February 11. Venue will be South Tweed Sports Club, Minjungbal Drive, South Tweed in the downstairs auditorium. Guest speaker for February will be Jacqui Strudwick from Country Women's Association Kingscliff branch and another surprise speaker. The hall opens at 8.30am (NSW time) or entry and benching.
Cuttings and trading tables will commence selling at 8.45am, so come along and snap up a bargain. Morning tea is available with the general meeting commencing at 10am. Cost: $4 entry fee paid at the door. Raffles, lucky door prizes and much more. Hope to see you there, bring a friend and a coffee mug to help save the planet. Phone Monika Ross, 0412 638 373. Go to twintowns gardenclub.com.
HERE we are again the start of another year of classes for the tact computer club a variety of classes are held Monday to Thursday for further enquiries phone 07 5524 9212 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to tact.org.au. We have volunteer tutors who enjoy their students gaining the knowledge they require for the necessity of coping with the internet world.
TWEED HEADS LIBRARY
TRIVIA Night: To celebrate Library Lovers Day, join us for a fun night of literary themed trivia, prizes and more. Come on your own or make a team of four and pit your wits against teams in Tweed, Ballina, Byron and Lismore. Go in the lucky door prize draw to win a tablet device. Bookings essential. Please phone 07 5569 3150. Tweed Heads library on Thursday, February 14 at 5.15pm (for a 5:30pm start).
AOOB TWIN TOWNS
THE monthly meetings of the AOOB Twin Towns Branch are held on the first Friday of each month at 2pm NSW time in the Secret Garden Room at South Tweed Sports Club. We have a guest speaker as well as fun and friendship, plus bus trips. We also raise money for Tweed Palliative Care, Story Dogs, the Children's and Women's Units at The Tweed Hospital and local children's charities. New members welcome. Phone Twenette on 07 5523 2939.
NSW Seniors Festival events:
Laughter Yoga demonstration: Laughter Yoga is a new twist on an ancient practice. Not only does it increase happiness, but it also strengthens the immune system, reduces pain and lowers stress. Join us for a demonstration, kindly presented by U3A Twin Towns. Bookings essential, please phone 07 5569 3150. Tweed Heads library on Friday, February 15 at 11am.
Paper craft: Join us to create something unique and beautiful. Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Please phone 07 5569 3150. Tweed Heads library on Saturday, February 16 at 9.30am.
Vision Australia: A representative from Vision Australia will discuss the services they provide, tips and tricks for people who have blindness or low vision and more. Bookings essential. Phone 07 5569 3150. Tweed Heads library -on Tuesday, February 19 at 11am.
Have you planned ahead?: Interested in preparing a will, making a Power of Attorney or appointing an Enduring Guardian? A representative from the NSW Trustee and Guardian will cover these topics and answer your questions. Bookings essential. Please phone 07 5569 3150. Tweed Heads library on Thursday, February 21 at 10.30am.
REDUCING COSTS AND SAFE DRIVING FOR SENIORS
ON MONDAY, March 18 at 11am Qld, Service NSW will host two consecutive free presentations in the Bay Room, level 3 at Twin Towns, where seniors living in NSW can learn important and useful information about reducing their living costs, as well as requirements for older driver licensing. Many NSW seniors are unaware of the savings they can access to help cut household costs, including energy, gas, water and low-income rebates, appliance replacement schemes and energy blackout compensation.
The second part of the presentation includes information about the older driver licensing system in NSW, licensing options, the practical driving assessment and medical examination required once drivers reach 75 years of age. The older driver licensing system is designed to balance the safety of road users and the general community with the continuing independence and mobility of older drivers. The presentations will take place immediately after the Seniors Social Club meeting. Registration not required.