NSW Seniors Festival: Calendar of Events

CELEBRATION TIME: It's Festival Week.
CELEBRATION TIME: It's Festival Week. mediaphotos

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4

On the Road - 65 Plus

10.30am-12.30pm

Advice and safety tips to help people aged 65 or over to make safer choices when driving, riding walking or using a mobility scooter. This free two-hour workshop will teach you about changes to licensing rules and other matters that will help you safely stay on the roads for as long as possible. Topics covered include: how vision impairment and dementia can affects abilities as road users, developing safer driver habits, pedestrian safety, driver licensing at 75 and 85 years, mobility scooters.

Venue: Kempsey Macleay RSL Club, Kempsey Macleay RSL Club Kempsey, Kempsey

Cost: Free. Bookings recommended

Contact: Marilyn Breen on 65663282

Community Tour and Welcome Lunch

11am-1.30pm

Join us for a free community tour and home style two-course lunch. Meet our friendly residents and have our Village Manager answer all of your questions about seniors rental living.

Venue: Ingenia Gardens Coffs Harbour, 94 Taloumbi Road, Coffs Harbour.

Cost: Free. Bookings essential

Contact: Sandra Luke (Village Manager) on 66500982

Postcard Connections Exhibition

9.30am-4.30pm

A specially curated collaborative exhibition featuring creative works from two diverse community groups; postcard artworks by dementia clients of local aged care facilities and respite care, and artworks by Port Macquarie U3A textile artists together with objects from the Port Macquarie Museum's heritage collections used as inspiration for the exhibition. This exhibition showcases the creativity and imagination of seniors in our community and demonstrates that creativity can take many shapes and forms, can be expressed in many ways and that age is no barrier to creativity. Be inspired and see for yourself that creativity does not rely on the constraints of memory but rather on the freedom of imagination. This exhibition has been supported by a NSW Seniors Festival Grant.

Venue: Port Macquarie Museum, 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie

Cost: Free

Contact: Debbie Sommers on 65831108

Dangerous Ideas for Seniors

2-4pm

Join this panel of some of the top brains of U3A as they put their ideas out for lively thoughtful discussion on challenging, topical ideas including 'the nanny state hinders society' and 'we have too much stuff'. Comments and opinions from the floor will be invited after the panellists' presentation. Bring a friend.

Venue: Cavanbah Centre Rooms A&B (at rear of building), 191 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour

Cost: Free. Afternoon tea provided and bookings not required

Contact: Lesley Meredith on 0410083502

THURSDAY. APRIL 5

Elders and Seniors Karaoke

6-11pm

Terry brings his karaoke fun to the Kempsey RSL every Thursday night! Come sing your heart out and enjoy a night of fine dinging, great entertainment and lots of laughter.

Venue: Kempsey Macleay RSL, 1 York Lane, Kempsey

Cost: Free

Contact: Events co-ordinator Kempsey Macleay RSL on 65601111

Official Opening of Seniors Festival and Author Talk with Anna Featherstone

10.30-11.30am

Anna Featherstone, author of Honey Farm Dreaming and co-author of Small Farm Success comes to Kempsey Library on Thursday, April 5 at 10.30am to discuss both books. Small Farm Success Australia is of interest to people already farming, as well as those thinking about a tree or career change. It covers a wealth of information from how to value-add produce to how to market it. Farmers from across Australia and the Mid North Coast tell their stories within the book.

Venue: Kempsey Shire Library, 22 Tozer Street, West Kempsey

Cost: Free. Bookings recommended

Contact: Mary Williams on 65663210

Community Tour and Welcome Lunch

11am-1.30pm

Join us for a free community tour and home style two-course lunch.

Venue: Ingenia Gardens Coffs Harbour, 94 Taloumbi Road, Coffs Harbour

Cost: Free. Bookings essential

Contact: Sandra Luke (Village Manager) on 66500982

Postcard Connections Exhibition

9.30am-4.30pm

A specially curated collaborative exhibition featuring creative works from two diverse community groups.

Venue: Port Macquarie Museum, 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie

Cost: Free

Contact: Debbie Sommers on 65831108

Re-gaining flexibility with yoga classes.
Re-gaining flexibility with yoga classes. Contributed

FRIDAY, APRIL 6

Woolgoolga Croquet Club

8.30-11am

We invite all to join us for croquet and morning tea on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 8.30am. Coaching available or just a fun try of the game.

Venue: Woolgoolga Croquet Club, Ganderton Street (behind the Woolgoolga Library), Woolgoolga

Cost: Free

Contact: Jenny Burgess on 0407940294

Community Tour and Welcome Lunch

11am-1.30pm

Join us for a free community tour and home style two-course lunch.

Venue: Ingenia Gardens Coffs Harbour, 94 Taloumbi Road, Coffs Harbour

Cost: Free. Bookings essential

Contact: Sandra Luke (Village Manager) on 66500982

Postcard Connections Exhibition

9.30am-4.30pm

A specially curated collaborative exhibition featuring creative works from two diverse community groups.

Venue: Port Macquarie Museum, 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie

Cost: Free

Contact: Debbie Sommers on 65831108

Art Therapy Workshop with Kim Staples

10am-noon

Art therapy is an expressive therapy that uses art and creativity to help people cope with emotional, mental, physical and/or developmental needs and disorders.

Venue: Community Gateway, corner of Forth and Yaelwood Streets, Kempsey

Cost: Free. Bookings recommended

Contact: Richard Holloway on 65245009

Beginner Art Workshop with Kim Staples

1.30-3.30pm

Kim has worked with people from many backgrounds including links to learning youth, the disabled and more recently, the mature community. She facilitates classes in a wide range of art disciplines. In her classes you will have a fun day experimenting in colour, mixed media and tapping into your artistic intuition. Bring a photo or image you would like to work with. No experience, but basic skills necessary. Bookings essential. Limit of 10 participants.

Cost: Free. Bookings essential

Venue: Community Gateway, corner of Yaelwood and Forth Streets, Kempsey

Contact: Richard Holloway on 65245009

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

Woolgoolga Croquet Club

8.30-11am

We invite all to join us for croquet and morning tea on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 0830. Coaching available or just a fun try of the game.

Venue: Woolgoolga Croquet Club, Ganderton Street (behind the Woolgoolga Library), Woolgoolga

Cost: Free

Contact: Jenny Burgess on 0407940294

Postcard Connections Exhibition

9.30am-4.30pm

A specially curated collaborative exhibition featuring creative works from two diverse community groups.

Venue: Port Macquarie Museum, 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie

Cost: Free

Contact: Debbie Sommers on 65831108

SUNDAY, APRIL 8

Musical Morning in the Gardens

10am-noon

Coffs Harbour City Orchestra presents a relaxed session in the soundshell, amidst lush tropical surrounds of our wonderful Botanic Gardens. Enjoy popular classics and your favourite movie themes from the Orchestra and Bellingen Big Band. Bring a picnic blanket, rug, cushion or fold out chair so you can enjoy the music in comfort. In the event of significant rain the performance will have to be cancelled.

Venue: North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, corner of Hardacre and Coffs Streets, Coffs Harbour

Cost: Free. No bookings are required

Contact: Pamela on 0401022951

NEW INTERESTS: Seniors will have a variety of activities to explore at the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival.
NEW INTERESTS: Seniors will have a variety of activities to explore at the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival. Angel Nieto

MONDAY, APRIL 9

Community Tour and Welcome Lunch

11am-1.30pm

Join us for a free community tour and home style two-course lunch.

Venue: Ingenia Gardens Coffs Harbour, 94 Taloumbi Road, Coffs Harbour

Cost: Free. Bookings essential

Contact: Sandra Luke (Village Manager) on 66500982

Postcard Connections Exhibition

9.30am-4.30pm

A specially curated collaborative exhibition featuring creative works from two diverse community groups.

Venue: Port Macquarie Museum, 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie

Cost: Free

Contact: Debbie Sommers on 65831108

Yoga

11am-noon

If you have ever felt it was a skill you would like to learn, now is the time. You will require a yoga mat or similar (such as a towel). A cushion and a small blanket may also be help. Wear comfortable, loose clothing. This is a gentle yoga class via a DVD. Come along and give it a go.

Venue: Anglican Youth Centre, 25 Marsh Street, West Kempsey

Cost: Free. Bookings recommended

Contact: Maree Taylor on 0428317121

Sensational Seniors Expo

9am-2pm

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council invites you to visit 80 healthy, wealthy, wise and travel stalls. Discover an extensive range of seniors' services and information under one roof.

Venue: Panthers Port Macquarie (Settlement City), Bay Street, Port Macquarie

Cost: Free

Contact: Julie Priest on 65818111

Guyra Seniors Aussie Extravaganza

10am-2pm

The Guyra Seniors Aussie Extravaganza is an interactive entertainment day to celebrate our beautiful country and our local community. This year's event will be bigger, brighter and better than ever with a multitude of entertainment options, the chance to win prizes, an Australian themed morning tea and hot lunch and the opportunity to mingle with seniors and volunteers from around the district.

Venue: Guyra Community Hall, Dutton Parade, Guyra

Cost: $10pp, includes subsidised hot lunch, morning tea and entertainment throughout the day. Bookings essential

Contact: Sally Burey on 67707127

Canoeing

9am-noon

Canoeing will continue as an ideal pastime for mature people to enjoy the beautiful Macleay waterways in good company not only on Mondays, but with a second class on Wednesdays. Please check with your doctor before undertaking canoeing (you can be over an hour away from medical help). You will need a canoe, buoyancy vest, paddle or paddles (depending on the boat). Unfortunately, there is no perfect canoe for all purposes, so it is best to try before you buy and get good advice before purchasing.

Venue: Eden Street Boat Ramp, Eden Street, Kempsey

Cost: Free. Bookings recommended

Contact: Kevin Prescott & John Cruikshanks on 65660468 or 65624486

Balance N Bones

9-10am

This program on DVD has been developed by U3A for mature aged participants at all levels of fitness. It includes warm up, balance, stretch, cool down and relaxation - all in 50 minutes!

Venue: Anglican Youth Centre, 25 Marsh Street, West Kempsey

Cost: Free. Bookings recommended

Contact: Robyn Forrest/Tien Officer on 65627180 or 65992017

Lark in the Park

10.30am-2pm

'Lark in the Park' at Bongil Bongil National Park Lets get outdoors and enjoy an old fashioned picnic! Focused especially in engaging more isolated seniors from nursing homes and retirement villages and local community seniors who have difficulty with transport. Co-ordinated by Avachat Seniors Group & Boambee East Community Centre. There is plenty of shade area and adequate wheel chair accessible toilets. We will have trained first aid people in attendance and provide sunscreen and insect repellent.

Venue: Bongil Bongil National Park, Pine Creek Road, Bonville

Cost: Free

Contact: Margaret Bridgman on 66587380

Spanish classes

1-3pm

Continuing classes for students who have started Spanish language study. The textbook ELE Actual is used as well as other audio resources. A knowledge of Spanish pronunciation is required. Students who have learnt Spanish elsewhere are very welcome.

Venue: Uniting Church Hall, Wide Street, West Kempsey

Cost: Free. Bookings recommended

Contact: Richard Mackay on 65625996

Cards, pegs and tiles

1-4pm

Each afternoon class members can decide for themselves which of our games they wish to play. So if you would like to participate and share a relaxing afternoon, you will be able to decide to play Cribbage, Canasta, Samba, Bolivia, 500, Hand and Foot or Rummy King. This often means on any afternoon, each table of four players will be playing a different game

Venue: U3A, 46A Tozer Street, West Kempsey

Cost: free. Bookings recommended

Contact: Judy Nisbet 65625996 or Bob Birrer 04199393870

Reuse and Recycle Workshop

10.30am

Coffs Central is hosting a series of 'Better Together' workshops as part of Seniors Week. Take on the challenge of 'up cycling' objects by repurposing them into something beautiful or practical for use around the home. Bring in old teakettles to turn into hand-painted flowerpots or photo frames to turn into wall art. Whatever the item you may have we will help you re-create it into something special.

Venue: Coffs Central Recharge Hub, Level One

Cost: Free. Bookings are required on 56228900

ENJOYMENT: Line dancing is fun and fitness for all ages.
ENJOYMENT: Line dancing is fun and fitness for all ages. Steve Debenport

TUESDAY, APRIL 10

Community Tour and Welcome Lunch

11am-1.30pm

Join us for a free community tour and home style two-course lunch. Meet our friendly residents and have our Village Manager answer all of your questions about seniors rental living.

Venue: Ingenia Gardens Coffs Harbour, 94 Taloumbi Road, Coffs Harbour

Cost: Free. Bookings essential

Contact: Sandra Luke (Village Manager) on 66500982

Postcard Connections Exhibition

9.30am-4.30pm

Venue: Port Macquarie Museum, 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie

Cost: Free

Contact: Debbie Sommers on 65831108

Aboriginal Painting with Elwyn Toby

10am-2pm

For Boorongen Djagun Aged Care residents and family.

Venue: Boorongen Djagun, 337-351 River Street, Greenhill

Cost: Free

Contact: Olivia Parker on 65663229

Tuesday Tappers

9-11am

For fun, laughter and good company come to Sherwood Hall, Tuesday, 9-11am. No experience necessary, just a love to dance. Fitness is a bonus. Please wear comfortable clothes and don't forget your water.

Venue: Sherwood Hall, 632 Sherwood Road, Sherwood

Cost: Free. Bookings recommended

Contact: Gloria Markovina on 65617340

Bridge

1.30-4.30pm

Class Leader Margaret has been playing bridge for about 30 years, loves it and wants to teach others to play. She has never played at a club and has no wish to do so. Margaret is purely a social player.

Venue: All Saints Catholic Parish Hall, corner of Kemp and March Streets, West Kempsey, Kempsey

Cost: Free. Bookings recommended

Contact: Margaret Corley on 65624330

Travel the World in a Cup of Tea

10.30am

Coffs Central are hosting Alison from Red Sparrow Tea. She will take you on a tea journey around the world where you will not only learn about different sorts of teas from around the world and their health benefits, you will get to try them as well. From traditional favourites like English breakfast all the way to 'red tea' from South America, experience old favourites and discover some new exotic blends as well.

Venue: Coffs Central Recharge Hub, Level One

Cost: Free. Bookings are required on 56228900

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11

Community Tour and Welcome Lunch

11am-1.30pm

Join us for a free community tour and home style two-course lunch.

Venue: Ingenia Gardens Coffs Harbour, 94 Taloumbi Road, Coffs Harbour

Cost: Free. Bookings essential

Contact: Sandra Luke (Village Manager) on 66500982

Postcard Connections Exhibition

9.30am-4.30pm

Venue: Port Macquarie Museum, 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie

Cost: Free.

Contact: Debbie Sommers on 65831108

Wyong District Museum & Historical Society

10am-noon

Morning Tea At Alison Homestead - Delicious devonshire tea in a relaxing country atmosphere. View a selection of historical DVDs depicting the early days of Wyong and surrounds. From 11am, special guest speaker, local historian Phillip Morley, will chat about the history of the Homestead and the families who owned it.

Venue: 1 Cape Road, Wyong

Cost: $5pp which includes a Museum tour after morning tea. Bookings essential

Contact: 43521886 or email info@alison homestead.com.au

Old Bar Health Expo

10am-1pm

Health Expo Old Bar Men's Shed is delighted to announce that in partnership with other parties it will be hosting a Health Expo in conjunction with Seniors Festival at Club Old Bar. The Expo will be opened by our local Federal Member Hon Dr David Gillespie MP at 10am.

Venue: Club Old Bar, 1 Belford Street, Old Bar

Cost: Free

Contact: John Macartney on 0427787296

Eat Well on a Budget

10.30am

Coffs Central are hosting cooking demonstration aimed at helping seniors cook healthy, easy to prepare meals on a limited budget. Many seniors are unsure how to prepare nutritious meals that perhaps their loved ones once cooked. Chef Dave will give step-by-step instructions on how to create the most nutritious meals on a senior pension.

Venue: Coffs Central Recharge Hub

Cost: Free. Bookings on 56228900

Healthy Cooking for Seniors

9.30-11am

Venue: Woopi Community Gardens, Scarborough Street, Woolgoolga

12.30-2pm

Venue: Coffs Community Gardens, 53 Combine Street, Coffs Harbour

Cost: Both events are free. To book Woolgoolga, stickytickets.com.au/ 65851/healthy_cooking_ for_seniors.aspx. To book Coffs Harbour, stickytickets. com.au/66114/healthy_ cooking_for_seniors.aspx.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12

Elders and Seniors Karaoke

6-11pm

Terry brings his karaoke fun to the Kempsey RSL every Thursday night! Come sing your heart out and enjoy a night of fine dinging, great entertainment and lots of laughter.

Venue: Kempsey Macleay RSL, 1 York Lane, Kempsey

Cost: Free

Contact: Kempsey Macleay RSL on 65601111

Celebrating our Elders

11am - 2.30pm

Sit down exercise Have your say in Positive Ageing Strategy Join us in art therapy and add to our Tree of Life Share a wholesome lunch with mixed refreshments Hear the haunting sounds of bag pipes.

Venue: East Coast Accessibility Experts, Unit 12 Lot 5 Druitt Court, Coffs Harbour

Cost: Free. Bookings essential

Contact: Michelle or Alison on 66512143

A Dose of Good Cheer

9.30am-1pm

An inter-generational event to provide a 'dose of good cheer'services.

Venue: Macksville Ex-services Club, Cooper Street, Macksville

Cost: Free. Bookings essential

Contact: Coral Hutchinson - Nambucca Shire Council on 65680239

Flower Arranging

10.30am

Coffs Central are hosting a floral class where you'll have fun learning ways to create flower arrangements in a hands on way.

You'll be elbow deep in flowers before you know it. We start with tips and tricks on arranging flowers.

We'll talk colour and contrast along with how to build structure for your flower arrangements.

Venue: Coffs Central Recharge Hub, Level One.

Cost: Free. Bookings on 56228900.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13

Community Tour and Welcome Lunch

11am-1.30pm

Join us for a free community tour and home style two-course lunch. Meet our friendly residents and have our Village Manager answer all of your questions about seniors rental living.

Venue: Ingenia Gardens Coffs Harbour, 94 Taloumbi Road, Coffs Harbour

Cost: Free. Bookings essential

Contact: Sandra Luke (Village Manager) on 66500982

Social Seniors Sports Day

9.30-11.30am

Come and enjoy a social environment of sporting and recreational activities at the Tamworth Sports Dome with a game of Badminton, Table Tennis or Bocce.

Morning tea and refreshments will be available from the courtside cafe throughout the morning.

Venue: Tamworth Sports Dome, 7 Jack Smyth Drive, Hillvue

Cost: Free. bookings recommended

Contact: Tamworth Sports Dome - Tamworth Sports Dome on 67622631

Seniors Rights Service Info Session

11am-noon

Join our special guest from Seniors Rights Services and get to know all about legal, advocacy and education services available to you.

Venue: MidCoast Libraries - Harrington, Caledonia Street, Harrington

Cost: Free

Contact: Yasmine English - MidCoast Libraries on 65561652

Connecting Seniors Online

10.30am

Coffs Central are hosting a series of 'Better Together' Seniors Workshops as part of Seniors Week.

Venue: Coffs Central Recharge Hub, Level One

Cost: Free. Bookings on 56228900

SATURDAY, APRIL 14

Postcard Connections Exhibition

9.30am 4.30pm

A specially curated collaborative exhibition featuring creative works from two diverse community groups; postcard artworks by dementia clients of local aged care facilities and respite care, and artworks by Port Macquarie U3A textile artists together with objects from the Port Macquarie Museum's heritage collections used as inspiration for the exhibition. This exhibition showcases the creativity and imagination of seniors in our community and demonstrates that creativity can take many shapes and forms, can be expressed in many ways and that age is no barrier to creativity. Be inspired and see for yourself that creativity does not rely on the constraints of memory but rather on the freedom of imagination. This exhibition has been supported by a NSW Seniors Festival Grant.

Venue: Port Macquarie Museum, 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie

Cost: Free

Contact: Debbie Sommers on 65831108

SUNDAY, APRIL 15

Harbourside Markets

8am-2pm

Harbourside Markets is an established local weekly makers and growers market situated alongside historic Coffs Harbour jetty.

Venue: Harbourside Markets, Jetty Foreshore, Coffs Harbour

Cost: Offering free stalls to Seniors

Contact: Kim Towner 0407661990

Growing Young Seniors Spectacular

8am-2pm

Harbourside Markets will showcase energy, passion, freedom and creativity by offering free stalls to Seniors and Senior friendly clubs and community groups to showcase their passion, projects, products and produce. A great day for seniors to discover, get involved, get inspired and connect to their community. Along with our regular makers and growers stallholder markets this will be a great day out for the whole family. On-stage entertainment on the day will be tailored to appeal to and showcase seniors audience - Coffs Harbour Big Boogie Band, demonstrations and information from local seniors friendly clubs and community groups, Marian Grove Ukulele Group performance, live-to-air FM broadcast from the festival, free refreshments for Seniors served by local Girl Guides, free seniors yoga and movement classes

Venue: Harbourside Markets, Jetty Foreshores, Coffs Harbour

Cost: To book a free space in the Growing Young Seniors Showcase contact Kim Towner on 0407661990 or email kimtowner@gmail.com


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