STITCHED UP: An amazing display of embroidery spanning 50 years by the Jacaranda Embroidery Group who are planning a special exhibition to coincide with the 2019 Jacaranda Festival.
STITCHED UP: An amazing display of embroidery spanning 50 years by the Jacaranda Embroidery Group who are planning a special exhibition to coincide with the 2019 Jacaranda Festival.

Group guide: Mid North Coast


BRING the family and enjoy a day at the on July 27. This event will be held at the Glenreagh Recreational Grounds, Bridge St, Glenreagh. Activities include: State Title Wood chopping, Show & Shine Car's, Vintage Tractors & Machinery, Steve's Reptile World, children activities, Market Stalls Galore and a range of different food vendors. Entry is $5 per adult, $2 per child aged 5-15, Under 5 is free. So much to see and do, we hope you keep the date saved and we look forward to seeing you there.


WE WELCOME new members to our weekly art group. Our activities include, art journals, altered books, printmaking, book-binding, collage, watercolour, acrylic, Chinese contemporary art and much more. Come and join us. Art grows when it is shared. We meet each Thursday from 9am-11.30am at the Toormina Guide Hall, Minorie Drive, Toormina (opp. Library & Aldi). Just $6 each week.

Phone Marion on 0419 660 283.


WE WILL be holding a one day seminar as part of National Family History Month. Guest presenter Kerry Farmer has been teaching family history since 1997. With degrees in both science and the arts, she is a member of the Education Committee of the Society of Australian Genealogists, and a regular speaker at conferences and other events. Kerry is also the Director of Australian Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Kerry will cover three topics: Convicts - from trial to freedom; Lesser known Scottish Resources; A case study using both DNA and traditional resources. On Saturday, August 17 at the CC Mac Adams Music Centre, Gordon St, Port Macquarie (parking at front with wheelchair access) from 9.30am to 3pm. Cost: Members $25 - Non-Members $30 (includes m/tea and light light). Registration by August, 14.

Bookings essential on 0475 132 804, go to or find us on Facebook.


NEW Linedancing beginners class on Friday's 9.30am-10.30am, starting August 2. Dancing in its many forms, including Linedancing New Vogue, Rock and Roll and Ballroom, continues to flourish at our facility at 43 Munster Street, Port Macquarie. Seniors interested in Linedancing are welcome to learn the basics. Gillian is an experienced and patient teacher and will introduce you to the basic moves and dance styles of Linedancing using a range of music genres including country, classic rock, pop and contemporary hits. Everyone is welcome, from absolute beginners to those who have recently joined or just need a refresher. Come for one, a few, or all 6 lessons. The beginners' class will give you the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence, from even the first lesson, to stay and enjoy the Improver's classes run by Liz are held on Wednesday's from 1pm-2.30pm and Fridays from 10am-12noon. This class, like many of the activities held at the centre, is just $2 for members (annual fee is $10 then $5 thereafter) or $5 for non-members, which includes a cuppa and biscuits. Wear comfortable clothes and stable shoes.

Phone Gillian on 0411 456 414 or the centre on 02 6583 7149.


WE WILL celebrate our 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee this year, and is currently planning a special exhibition to coincide with the 2019 Jacaranda Festival. The exhibition will be held at the Christchurch Cathedral Hall, Duke Street, Grafton from Saturday, October 26 to Saturday, November 2 from 10am to 5pm daily. The venue is opposite Grafton Shoppingworld and is wheelchair accessible. Entry cost is $4, with all proceeds going to local charities.

A feature of this exhibition will be a display of Goldwork Embroidery worked by our current members.

Efforts also are being made to contact former members with a view of including some of their work in the exhibition.

Convenor: Cindy Smythe, phone 02 6643 3124. Exhibition Co-ordinator: Val Hayward, phone 02 6642 3010.



Coffs City

WE ADVISE that our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 24, then on Wednesday, August 28 at the Cavanbah Centre Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour at 9.45am for 10am. The guest speaker will be Vince Carroll speaking on " Let's Give Parkinsons the Heave Ho ". Morning tea will follow the guest speaker. This club is a friendly mixed gender club and visitors and new members welcome.

Phone Brian on 0 25619 2484.


WE ARE inviting councils and local organisations across the state to apply for a 2020 NSW Seniors Festival Grant. The Grants Program has $200,000 in funding available for local events and activities that encourage people over 60 to remain active, healthy and engaged in their local communities during the festival.

Funding categories available: Category 1: Up to $1,000 for small-scale local community events and activities; Category 2: $1,001 - $5,000 for larger local community events and activities; Category 3: $5,001 - $10,000 for large scale community and regional events and activities. Available to local councils only.

The 2020 NSW Seniors Festival will run from Wednesday February 12 to Sunday, February 23. The NSW Seniors Festival Expo is an annual free event that attracts over 17,000 seniors across two action packed days.

For more, go to seniors

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