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Issue 83, December 2016

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INAUGURAL DESIGN PRIZE AWARDED AT WERRIBEE PARK Melissa Longo Premium Australian woodcare brand, Intergrain, along with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), acknowledged their inaugural national design competition winner, Nicholas Camerer.

The Intergrain Urban Timber Project was intended to challenge the new generation of Australian landscape and design professionals to design a functional piece of urban furniture for the community garden in Werribee Park, Victoria. continued page 3

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FROM THE EDITOR Merry Christmas to you and yours and if Christmas is not your thing, then Happy Holidays!

but I just get so excited to see the look on people’s faces, as they receive the perfect gift!

I am a big Christmas person! In fact, I don’t think I know anyone as crazy about Christmas as I am.

I hope you’ll enjoy this month’s special Christmas edition of the paper – we have tried to cram as much in as possible.

I can hardly wait for November to kick in, before I am pleading to put my tree up. Did I say tree, as in singular? My mistake – I actually have three…. for now! ;)

Tips and tricks for how to survive the silly season. Be kind to each other and be generous with not just your presents, but your presence as well…. See what I did there?

I can’t help it; I just feel as though everything is a little better at this time of year. There is more sparkle, more kindness, more music and more food – these are all of my favourite things. I try not to get too wrapped up in the consumerism of things, but if I am being honest, I think I like giving presents more than receiving them. Don’t get me wrong…. I love to open presents too,

Have fun and see you around, Melissa Longo editorhoppers@ gmail.com

PUDDLING WITH THE PUBLISHER At this time of the year, it is important to thank our readers for their support and excellent comments regarding the quality of articles published in our papers. This year two awards have been made, both for innovation and quality. The first is for the most innovative Kid’s Pages from Kane, an eleven year old school boy. He is creative and works hard each month, to bring us this brilliant content – well done! At the other end of life’s scale, now in his early eighties and a close personal friend, Jack Nystrom, has added the role of commentator to his page.

It is with great pleasure and pride we close the book on 2016, by giving you the present we hope will bring you joy…. In January, the Around Series of community newspapers will commence publishing all available pictures in full colour, free of charge. Simply email your editor, and your copy will arrive on the first of the month. Bill McPherson

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Will: 0449 834 359 Louise: 0403 191 084 Email: ml.goegan@gmail.com

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rangers. Guests were served an Asian-style lunch, created primarily from the fresh vegetables out of the garden, which was grown and prepared by the Karen refugees. Nicholas Camerer was thrilled to see his winning design in such beautiful surroundings, “My design has been brought to life and used in the fantastic community garden at Werribee Park, where the growth of the users, occurs alongside the growth of the plants,” On Tuesday November 8th, Werribee Park hosted the presentation in the newly refurbished Community Gardens. Camerer’s versatile timber bench, titled “Hatch”, works seamlessly into the communal space, with simple design features that effortlessly reflect the overall feel of the garden. Karen Refugees from Burma, Parks Victoria and Werribee Park, in partnership with AMES (Adult Multicultural Education Services) have created an inspirational garden program. Through the rebuilding of the historical kitchen garden at Werribee Park, the refugees are able to participate in a community enriching environment, where English is learnt and Australian cultural diversity is practiced, by working alongside park

With the park visited by 250,000 people annually, the award-winning design will be utilised by many, as well as offering so much to the Karen Refugees who have really made the space their own. Photo credit – Sean McDonald

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ANDY GRIFFITHS LWF16: THE ART OF STORY TELLING Their latest, “The 78 Storey Treehouse,” released in August this year became the fastest-selling Australian book. Listening to Andy in conversation with Sherryl Clark at the “Grown Up Talk! Rotunda in the West” session, it was abundantly clear that Andy’s driving force is to ensure the magical world of reading is reached by as many young people as possible.

One of the highlights of the 2016 WLF was the appearance of popular children’s writer local , Andy Griffiths. Andy, with illustrator Terry Denton, creates books with one very special ingredient: their books make kids want to read.

He said, “I want kids who don’t normally read to take something and go”, and how, as an English teacher, he saw so many kids flick through a book and then put it aside if the writing was too small. After being introduced to Terry, by a publisher who thought Terry’s drawings would suit Andy’s story, they would meet in Williamstown weekly. Terry drew flick pictures along the edges of Andy’s books, “Creating a whole book in the margins” said Andy, and “the Illustrators randomness enriches the story.” They published their first book (Just Tricking) in 1997. Andy went on to explain another method he uses to encourage young readers - “I tell the stories in first person to make the reader forget there is a character, like being in the front seat of a roller coaster.” He also said he used ‘underpants humour’, and he makes sure females do brave things. “It’s the mixture of horror from old fairy tales and humour that guides me when writing,” Andy replied to one question, then went on to talk about Hansel and Gretel with its content, including abandonment and murder; it was so popular for so many years because it shows two very resourceful kids. In an interview with SMH in 2013, he noted the overthe-top violence in many of his books is scarcely a new phenomenon in children's literature, but rather a tradition that stretches back to the Brothers Grimm and beyond. "Hansel and Gretel is a story I came back to many times, because it's got parental abandonment, cannibalism, an old lady being pushed into the fire.

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in his books i.e. rambunctiousness and he believes “Comedy is watching somebody, watching somebody doing something funny”. None of Andy’s books took off overseas until Treehouse , it released my gentler side , he then decided to use a bit out of all of his books. “Treehouse books are emotionally true; I lived in a 3 level townhouse in Williamstown, and worked on the second level which felt like actually being in a treehouse”.

These are real, scary things and that is why in my books, there will be moments where it looks pretty grim. But that allows the kids to enter into a dark space in the safety of a reading context and put names to some of those fears. "I take the edge off those things by pushing them a little bit too far so, as you move through fear, you end up with laughter." While Andy uses Brothers Grimm as a guide for the not so pleasant parts of his book, his guide for the humour, comes in part from the 1982 TV series, the Young Ones, saying he wanted to catch that spirit

When Andy writes he goes back to his 10 year old self, but he takes into account adults will be reading the books, so he makes chapters shorter, “I want the adult involved, because they’ll do a better job”. Andy Griffiths is doing everything in his power to encourage children to read, to the extent that he sat in the main area of Williamstown Town Hall for three hours, non-stop, until everyone waiting had their book signed by him. This Christmas help Andy in his efforts to encourage our kids to read, by buying one of his books. Jenny Bates

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HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS FOR PETS playing with them. If swallowed, decorations can lead to vomiting, dehydration and gastrointestinal obstruction. Lights can also cause burns to the mouth and oesophagus. Make sure to always keep ornaments and Christmas lights out of reach from your pets. It is a big time of year for fireworks displays, these can cause an increase in distress and anxiety in our pets and many try to escape their homes, especially on New Year’s Eve. Make sure to keep pets indoors during these times if possible, to help reduce stress and anxiety. Christmas and New Year are just around the corner, the time of year where family get together, celebrate and overindulge on food. During these festivities, it is always important to remember the safety of our pets, and be aware of potential harmful foods, treats and hazards. Christmas trees and decorations are a big part of the holiday season. Be cautious with decorations, tinsel and lights, as cats and dogs love chewing and

Before the festivities, consider taking your dog for a walk to help them feel calmer and relaxed. Also, allow your pets to have a quiet spot to themselves, just in case they experience any stress or anxiety. With all the delicious food about, it can be very tempting to give some to your pets however, there are some foods to be cautious with as they can be toxic. Foods to be aware of include chocolate, nuts and sweets, which can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures and heart abnormalities. Grapes, raisins and damage, depression, appetite and kidney spicy and fatty foods, and pancreatitis.

sultanas can lead to kidney vomiting, diarrhoea, reduced failure. Bones, onions, garlic, can also lead to stomach upset

If you are worried your pet has ingested any foods or other items that they shouldn’t have, be sure to contact a veterinarian immediately for treatment. Christmas is a time for celebration with family and friends, just make sure to always keep an eye on your furry friends and family. If they are making you feel guilty with their sad eyes when you are eating all the Christmas goodies, consider having some treats specifically for them so they also feel included in the festivities. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Cindy Bremner Natural Pawfection- Animal Naturopath 0421-446-764

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ENJOY CHRISTMAS! IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. It’s December. The countdown is on. Excitement is building. The pace is quickening. Life is getting hectic. There’s end-of-school activities, office parties, Christmas break-ups, and holiday plans to make; not to mention, shopping, gift wrapping, mailing items, putting up the decorations, cooking and preparing for the all-important family Christmas dinner. With so much to do - especially for Mums, it can take the shine off this happy festive season. Yet it’s possible to maintain the sparkle of joyous anticipation, remain stress-free, and really enjoy Christmas. What’s more it’s good for your health.

Stay calm. Relax. “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan? So if you cannot do such a small thing, why do you worry about the rest?” - Bible, Luke 12:25, and 26. - Give thanks for the good gifts of life you have at hand - a loving family, kind friends, a safe home, peace. STAY BALANCED The Christmas season isn’t solely about festivities, or the shop-‘til-you-drop rush for gifts or toys. It’s also about love, peace and “good will to men”. Everyone yearns for that tender expression of heart-felt love which Christmas often inspires in people. Such love is more than words on a card. It’s the active, caring kind that can ultimately lead to a love-filled, enjoyable Christmas. TIP:

KISS: KEEP IT SWEET’N SIMPLE Often the race to an enjoyable Christmas - one that’s filled with pleasure, is thought to be secured by the amount of time, energy and money devoted to it. This isn’t necessarily true. A happy occasion can be achieved equally as well with thoughtful, humble effort and modest expense. TIP: - Don’t get caught up in the “I need to do it all” mindset. Whatever you need to do, keep it sweet and simple. Your peace of mind is what matters on the day. - Enjoy your loved ones. Look forward to spending a joyous time together. Count your blessings. - Don’t stress-out over having everything “just right”.

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- This year place love at the top of your Christmas wish-list - to give and receive. - Keep in mind that “The basis of Christmas is love loving its enemies, returning good for evil, love that “suffereth long, and is kind”.” - Mary Baker Eddy. Miscellany p.260 - Show others you care. Spend extra time with your kids. Do something thoughtful for those you love. - Be an unhurried friend, unharried shopper, unruffled neighbour, and an unflustered family member. - Remember, enjoy Christmas! You’ll find it’s good for your health. Beverly Goldsmith is a health blogger and a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing. www.spiritualityandhealthconnect.com


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Diverse-CITY

2016 ArtAbilityÂŽ Exhibition An exhibition celebrating artists from all ages, living with a disability or caring for someone with a disability, from cultural diverse backgrounds across Victoria.

Federation Square (Atrium)

Cnr Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne

13th of Dec to 21st Dec 2016 Times: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Contact: Clare Dillon, ArtAbility Coordinator, 03 9480 7000, artability@adec.org.au

Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC) - 175 Plenty Road, Preston VIC 3072 - www.adec.org.au - 9480 7000

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THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE GIFT BOX… Christmas is upon us and just like that, you can kiss your money goodbye! The Retail World is in overdrive, trying to get you to part with your hard earned, and chances are, you are giving in. Even the most prepared among us will find themselves out and about, as Christmas Eve draws near and the chaos that will greet you at the shopping centres cannot be rivalled. So what can we do to avoid some of this festive folly? I have some tips to help you think outside the gift box, because Christmas is not just about buying presents…. Support Local – Check out what’s on locally – there are festivities all about town between now and Christmas. Most events, such as Christmas at the Lakes, on the 3rd December and the Williamstown Christmas Night Market, on the 9th December offer local vendors an opportunity to sell some of their craftier creations. Anybody can go to the shops and buy a mass produced candle, but there is something much lovelier about the notion of supporting local traders and their hand-crafted goods.

cheer all around. Adjust it to suit your environment, but it really is a brilliant initiative and a fantastic way to get your kindness on. Get Creative – I am a crafty person – I love to make things and bake things and show it all off on Instagram. Pinterest is a non-stop inspiration zone and there are projects of varying degrees of difficulty just waiting for me to try them. If you also like to get your craft on, Christmas is the perfect time for it, because nothing says ‘I love you’, like a home-made gift. Most of all just take some time out to breathe, because this really is the most wonderful time of the year – you don’t want to waste it being frazzled. Merry Christmas! Melissa Longo

Be Charitable – Christmas is a time to think about those less fortunate than ourselves. There are loads of charities that you can support, but take it one step further and donate your time if you can. Organisations, such as The Salvation Army and The Smith Family have collection drives at this time of year and are always looking for volunteers. Another option is the good old fashioned Kmart Wishing Tree. Teach your kids to think of others, by involving them in the process. Have them select a gift, wrap it and place it under the tree – you are never too young to show kindness to strangers. Be Random – Last year, I stumbled upon a ‘Random Acts of Christmas Kindness’ Advent Calendar. If you pop onto the internet, and check out a blog called ‘Coffee Cups and CRAYONS’, there is a free download option to print out and keep on your fridge. With options like buying coffee for a stranger and baking cookies for your neighbour, there is no way to avoid spreading 13


WHEN YOU DON’T PRAY definition of prayer itself. Professor David Tacey, a recognised expert on spirituality and psychoanalysis, said Australia on the whole is not so religious, with only seven per cent attending places of worship, while seventy-two per cent say they believe in God or a higher power. He suggested the Australian style, of not talking too much about religion, shouldn’t be seen as a lack of religious feeling. “I’m often surprised by how many atheists are interested in God,” Tacey said. “The atheists are the most religious people, because they argue with God every day!” At a time of year when we are surrounded by Christmas carols and discussions of faith, I’m reminded of a great topic covered at the Williamstown Literary Festival this year. The book in discussion was Prayers of a Secular World, and the conversation between publisher Donna Ward, authors Arnold Zable, Leah Kaminsky, David Tacey and the audience, brought into light the

Doctor and author Leah Kaminski suggests in a secular world, the arts often replace religion. “Poetry is a language that says the unsayable,” she said. “A poet’s role and a doctor’s role is to bring language to what we are feeling. My training provides me with preformed tools. They read a bit like a poem: ‘Where is your pain? How long have you had the pain?... Where the hell are words to describe ‘hell’?” Storyteller, human rights advocate and author of recently published biography, The Fighter, Arnold Zable, said poems, writing, art and theatre are all prayers of a secular world. “Poetry, art, performance - it all counts,” he said. “It can save a life. It can pick you up from despair. “What comes first is being present and being alert…the indigenous way is being connected to earth and present in it. Words come and art comes… a sense of something comes.” To find the ‘something,’ Zable says it takes some effort, whether you meditate or just head out for a walk. “You have to make the effort. The beautiful thing about Islam, is that they pray five times a day… I’m in awe of that devotion.” Prayers of a Secular World, edited by Jordie Albiston and Kevin Brophy, is available through Inkerman and Blunt, a worthwhile read, as we reflect on the year gone by. Petronella Boonen

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FIRED A word from the Editor: I love receiving stories from our talented youth! It encourages me, because despite our technology-obsessed society, there are still some that enjoy the simple art of reading and writing! Bianca is only 9, but her story is well thought out and timely – enjoy!

One day there lived a person named Maddie. She was a meteorologist. She worked at News News News. She was Australia's best meteorologist and always got the weather forecast right. One day something bad happened - this is how it started.

Maddie went to work early in the morning and studied the satellite photographs. As she looked at them, Bob the traffic reporter came came to talk to her. He was always finding a reason to talk to her. “Maddie, I brought you a cappuccino with extra sugar - not that you need extra sugar, because you’re sweet enough.” “Oh thanks I guess?” replied Maddie. Bob’s hands trembled and the cappuccino spilled into the pictures. That night, Maddie’s weather forecast was all wrong. She predicted cool weather and no wind, but the next day the opposite happened. Families flocked to Victoria’s Bushlands to make the most of the good weather that was forecast by Maddie. No one knew that it would be a hot, windy day. Out of nowhere a huge bushfire started and everyone began to panic - they had to get out of there! It took the firefighters three days to put the fire out. They were caught by surprise, because of Maddie’s bad forecast. Everyone blamed Maddie for getting the weather forecast wrong. News News News fired her. Maddie couldn't understand just how she got the weather so wrong. Bushfires are bushes on fire. They can get really out of control and people and animals can get really injured. Bushfires start when it's a very hot and windy day. The wind and sun get really intense. Sometimes they start by lightning; other times they 16

start when campfires get out of control. That is why the government tells people that there is a Total Fire Ban on days when a bushfire may start. Bushfires spread by wind picking up, spreading the fire from bush to bush to bush. Bushfires can last for days, weeks or months - they go out by themselves, or have to be put out by firefighters. Remember to stay away from bushfires and also never light a bush on fire. by Bianca (aged nine)


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5 WAYS TO A SCRUMPTIOUSLY STRESS-FREE CHRISTMAS The festive season is a wonderful time of year. Yet it can also be the most stressful. Try out these 5 ideas to enjoy a calm, fun, and joyful Christmas this year….

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Visualise calm

Remember that last relaxing holiday? You know the one, where the busiest you got was putting on sunscreen and relaxing on the deck chair by the beachfront with a pina colada in hand? Close your eyes and return to that blissful moment, whenever you feel the stress coming on. 2.

Shop smart

Ditch the frenzied parking sharks at shopping centres. Avoid the hoards of stampeding last minute Christmas shopppers. Shop during the year. Shop online (until around 15th December to get your order in time). Set a date to stop shopping. 3. Don’t shop Go against the norm. Get creative. Give a ritual as a gift. Treat your mum to high tea. Take your kids out to a water park. Enjoy a chocolate crawl with your bestie. Spend precious time with your loved ones and give the best gift of all: your time.

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4. Cook smart So you’re used to buttery home-made traditional shortbread and succulent roast turkey with all the trimmings. Try something different this year. Pot luck. Buy pre-made and add your own touches. Think simple, tasty finger foods guests can help themselves to, instead of a fancy sit down dinner. 5. Say no Everyone needs it done before Christmas. Your to do list is growing instead of shrinking. Your anxiety levels are shooting fireworks off the roof. You’re cranky. And tired. So try this: instead of saying yes to everything, start saying no. The world won’t fall off it’s orbit. And you might actually enjoy the lead up to Christmas. Keep calm and have a blissfully Merry Christmas! Cynthia Marinakos


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The Altona, Laverton and Point Cook Community BankÂŽ branches of Bendigo Bank are thrilled to announce our latest round of Community Partnership Program The Altona, Laverton and Point Cook Community BankÂŽ branches of Bendigo Bank Funding

are thrilled to announce our latest round of Community Partnership Program Community Partner Project Name Value Funding

Altona City Rotary Club Altona North Cricket Club Altona Village Traders Association Altona City Rotary Club Christmas By the Lakes Altona North Cricket Club Coleraine Flood Appeal Altona Village Traders Association EJ Whitten Foundation Christmas By Chess the Lakes Hobsons Bay Club Hobsons Bay Sport Game & Fishing Club Coleraine Flood Appeal Inc EJ Whitten Foundation Hobsons Bay Toy Library Inc Hobsons Bay Chess Club Jamieson Way Community Centre

Community Partner

Hobsons Bay Sport Game & Fishing Club Laverton Community Garden Inc. Inc Laverton Community Integrated Hobsons Bay Toy Library Inc Services Inc. T/A Laverton Community Education Jamieson Centre Way Community Centre Laverton Community Festival Garden Inc. Lions ClubCommunity of Altona Inc Laverton Integrated Services Newport Baseball Community Club Inc. Education Inc. T/A Laverton Centre Point Cook Football Club St Mary's Festival Primary School Laverton William Scout Group-Inc formally 2nd Lions Club of Altona Laverton Scout Group Newport Baseball Club Inc. Williamstown Newport Anglers Club Point Cook Football Club Wyndham Lacrosse Club Inc St Mary's Primary School

Charity Golf Day Redevelopment of Training Facilities Australia Day at Altona Beach 2017 Charity Golf Day Festival Sponsor Redevelopment of Training Facilities Relief for those affected by floods Australia Day at Altona Beach 2017 Mens Health Festival Sponsor Best in the West Chess Tournament

$ $ $ $ $ $$ $$ $$

Keep the Wheels Turning - Jamieson Way Community Bus

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Relief for those affected by floods Melbourne Mens HealthCup Snapper Challenge Securing the sustainability of the Hobson's Bay Toy Library Best in the West Chess Tournament

$ $$ $ $

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500.00 1,500.00 3,000.00 500.00 500.00 2,500.00

She'll be Apples - Upcycled Raised Garden Beds Melbourne Cup Snapper Challenge Securing the sustainability of the Hobson's Bay Toy Library Keep the Wheels Turning - Jamieson Way Community Bus Stackable and Usable

$ $ $$

1,000.00 1,500.00 500.00 2,500.00 1,000.00

Festival She'll beSponsor Apples - Upcycled Raised Garden Beds

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Soup Van Camping Cover Newport Under Rams Club Sponsor Purchase of Defibrilator Club Sponsorship - year 2 Line Marker Walk-a-thon

$ $$ $ $ $ $

2,000.00 1,000.00 500.00 1,000.00 3,500.00 1,000.00 500.00

Soup Van Newport Rams Club Sponsor Stackable and Usable Club Sponsorship - year 2 Walk-a-thon Festival Sponsor

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William Scout Group- formally 2nd Laverton Scout Group Camping Under Cover $ 1,000.00 next of funding opens up on 1 March 2017 $ Williamstown NewportOur Anglers ClubroundPurchase of Defibrilator 1,000.00 Wyndham Lacrosse Club Lineapply Markeronline, visit our facebook page $ 1,000.00 ForIncdetails and to TOTAL $ 31,500.00 www.facebook.com/AltonaLavertonPointCookCommunityBankBranches

or speak to our friendly team at your local branch

Our next round of funding opens up on 1 March 2017 For details and to apply online, visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/AltonaLavertonPointCookCommunityBankBranches or speak to our friendly team at your local branch 20


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Community Board Point Cook Community Baptist Church

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Primary Meets 10am Sundays, at Seabrook School, Point Cook Road, Seabrook. 3 796 630 Pastor: Rev Julian Holdsworth: 043 Church Secretary: Michael Cheung: 0417 392 726 mail.com Church Email: pointcookbaptist@g Church Phone: 03 9017 7888

Gardening Swap Point Cook 4th Sunday of the month at 10.30am - 11.30am Jamieson Way Community Centre, Jamieson Way Point Cook

VIEW VIEW (Voice, Interests, Education for Women) provides a low cost social outlet for women. Meets first Wed of every month 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start. Featherbrook Community Centre, 3335 Windorah Drive Point Cook. Light supper provided. New members always welcome. Come and make new friends and enjoy social outings. Contact Catherine on 0407726852 for details or just come along.

LAVERTON COMMUNITY CHOIR

The Laverton Community Choir invites you to attend a rehearsal as a guest before you decide if you would like to join. Experienced conductor, different and fun musical arrangements. No experience is necessary just a love of singing. The choir rehearses every Thursday 7pm – 9pm at P-12 College, Bladin Street, Laverton. Contact Ann on 0401 411 297 or Caroline 0449 507 873

Featherbrook Walking Group

HELP THE LIONS CLUB OF POINT COOK

Make new friends and improve your fitness by joining the Featherbrook Walking Group for a 45 SUPPLY HAMPERS AT minute stroll every Wednesday at 10am. Meet at STMAS TIME WITH OUR Featherbrook Community Centre, 33-35 Windorah CHRI “15 CAN CHALLENGE” Drive Point Cook. It’s free to join in and mums with prams are welcome. For more information call the CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE FOR community centre on 8353 4000. MORE

For more information phone Wyndham City’s Healthy Communities Team on 9742 0777, visit acebook. www.wyndham.vic.gov.au or like our Healthy and DETAILS https://www.f 92830/ 1513 6671 ts/25 even com/ Active in Wyndham page on Facebook.

LEARN MALTESE The Maltese Lang uage Teachers Associations of Vi Maltese languagectoria are organising levels in Werrib classes at different Mill Park. Intere ee, Sydenham and Terms 3 & 4 adul sted? Registrations for Hurry, limited set classes are now open. at information emais available. For more gmail.com or ca l learnmaltesevic@ ll Mark on 040030 7945

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Hobsons Bay Me Shed Gen Y Supp ns ort Group

wish to contact G en Y persons seeking employm ent without success with a vi ew to assisting reducing the curr ent high level of 25.2% - email billmcpherson@ optusnet.com.au with ‘Gen Y interest’ in the su bject line for deta ils

Become an AMESer Australia Volunte Tutor ee requires AMES Australia Werriburs a week to ho 2 to 1 volunteers for rn English. Free help new arrivals lea provided. ram og pr training erine Contact details: Kath ) or email: Fri & s ur 8744 0011(Tues,Th es.net.au coccolik@am

SALTWATER CRAFT GROUP Share ideas, techniques, knowledge, conversation and friendship. All skill levels welcome Wednesdays 9am – 12noon Saltwater Community Centre, 153 Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook Call 8376 5500 for info


Community Board

CHINESE

POINT COOK TOASTMASTERS CLUB

IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS IN A MUTUALLY SUPPORTIVE AND FUN ENVIRONMENT EVERY 1ST AND 3RD THURSDAY @ 7.30pm ****New Venue!!!**** Laverton Community Hub 95-105 Railway Ave, Laverton Email: toastmasterspointcook@ gmail.com for more info

Werribee and Cancer SupportDistricts Group We are a positi ve, uplifting, su

pportive group for all cancer pa tie friends. All welco nts, carers, family and m the 3rd Tuesday e for a cuppa and chat on of every month at Way House, 106 Dunc ans Road, Werrib aperri Monthly meetin ee. gs occasionally include guest speakers, or are held over Creative and th di erapeutic activiti nner. es can be arranged upon interest show Contact Steve M arburg (Conveno n. r) on 0418 587 086 or by em ai smarbie@bigpon l on d.com or by post at PO Box 4405 Hopp ers Crossin or you can cont g 3029 act Kay on 9369 1843.

community Help support you local mber at group and join as a me group.org.au www.pointcookaction

LIGHTPOINT CHURCH A contemporary Christian Church Meets Sundays 9:00 & 11:00 am Point Cook Senior Secondary School Cnr Boardwalk Blvd & Bergamot Drive, Point Cook Youth Group meets Fridays during term 7-9:15pm at the same venue More info call 0425 722 868 www.lightpointchurch.com

The VVAA Melb West Sub Branch has moved. We now oper ate from "The Lodge" Altona RSL on Mondays and Tuesdays. For pensions and welfare enquiries call 9398 2865 or leave a message at Werribee/Altona RSL

Not just Scones Come and join us on the 3rd Thu rsday of each month at 7pm, at D'Olive, Point Cook Road. Open to all women. Our main aims are friendship, social issues and community service. We have some great gue st speakers and involve ourselves in the loca l and wider communities. We do also make our famed sco nes, jams, cakes, and all sorts of crafts, tha t we normally sell to fundraise for worthy charitie s. Please ring: Chris 0424014757 Karen 0411035217

Point Cook Adv Community Chentist urch

Point Cook Co mmunity Cent re 1-21 Cheetham Street, Point Co ok. An inter-genera tional and mul cultural comm tiunity church. Ev eryone is welcome! Worship Servic e every Saturd ay at 3:30 pm. Pastors Nick & Danijela Trajko 83619070 http: v– //pointcooksda .wix.com/ begin

Soroptimist International

Ex Service men/women

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For all ages interested in Saturday Chinese (Mandarin) classes at Suzanne Cory High School conducted by Victorian School of Languages (governm ent funded), express your interest contact Marjory Palmer 03-5277 9833/email marjoryp@ vsl.vic.edu.au

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SEABROOK COMMUNITY CENTRE – WHAT’S NEW? • Tax Help is back- free tax support with ATO volunteer, at Seabrook Community Centre. Appointments available on Wednesdays to low Income earners. Call to check your eligibility. • Little Star Soccer- sessions on Wednesday mornings for preschoolers. Enhances your child’s motor skills coordination and relationships with others. Phone 9932 3010 or see www.seabrookcc.com.au

Seniors – Point Cook

Are you interested in: • Meeting People • Crafts ( Thursdays 1-3pm) • Playing Cards or Board Games (Mondays 1-4pm) • Train Trips Join the Point Cook Social Seniors Group at Janieson Way Community Centre, 59 Jamieson Way, Point Cook (Mondays 1-4pm) Contacts: Bev: 9395 1953 or 0417 324 489 Maree: 9395 4120 or 0408 526 897

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SURVIVE THE SILLY SEASON Christmas is almost upon us. Leading Naturopath, Caterina Morrison shares 6 tips and shows how with a little preparation, you can stay healthier this Christmas.

Avoid dehydration Alcohol causes dehydration via loss of fluid and electrolytes, like magnesium and potassium.

Eat first

To combat hangover symptoms, drink plenty of water when out and have an electrolyte drink (coconut water) before bed.

Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach.

Vitamins & antioxidants

Eating something first, preferably protein, will slow down the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream. Pace yourself

Alcohol depletes the body of important nutrients, such as vitamins B & C, magnesium and zinc, and our eating may be less balanced during the festive season.

Drink no more than one alcoholic drink an hour, to give your liver time to process the alcohol, preventing a build-up in your blood.

Taking a good-quality Vitamin B & multivitamin daily is a good way to help protect your general health and improve elimination of alcohol.

Drink water in between.

Vitamin C, a powerful anti oxidant, is found in citrus fruits, guava, parsley, berries, rosehip tea, green and white tea, red and orange fruits and vegetables. Chill out Low stress levels keeps your digestion happy. Stress hormones serve as chemical mediators and signal your blood to focus on your extremities, like arms and legs (not digestion) in case a quick getaway is needed. Low stress = better digestion. Taking a probiotic supplement daily will help boost good intestinal bacteria too. St Mary’s thistle & Chlorella Removing toxins (alcohol) from your body, will help your liver and help reduce hangovers. Take St Mary’s thistle tablets daily over the party season and try the super sea algae, chlorella. Take about 5 grams before heading out.

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CHRISTMAS AT THE LAKES Psst - I hear Santa’s in town and he’s been visiting here for the last 11 years! For the eleventh year in a row, Sanctuary Lakes plays host to another Christmas by the Lakes event. Sanctuary Lakes resort develop this community based occasion during the Christmas season, to come together and rejoice! Since the beginning of the estate’s development, the community has worked together to produce an experience for the locals to interact and celebrate. With so many different options of entertainment available, for all different kinds of people, there is nobody who could feel left out. Not only is it filled with amusement, it is a celebration of excellence and achievement within the Point Cook area. Local school groups and children show off their talents to their neighbours, allowing them to be recognised

and confident in their learning experiences. Small business owners bring their services, enabling themselves to meet the public and grow as industries. The sponsorship provided from the local stores and the constant support to create the day, is something we should cherish in our community. Breezewater Reserve has become an identified home, bringing laughter and enjoyment to those in its presence. For a voluntary based occasion to be continuously going for over a decade now, represents what kind of community Point Cook has become. We should all be proud to say we live in this all-encompassing area that is rising as a communal, inclusive group of people. Come down and celebrate with your community after all Santa doesn’t reveal himself to just anyone. Sarah Ramantanis

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KICK UP YOUR HEELS – IT’S PARTY TIME!! Squeezing into your sexy summer stiletto sandals, standing for hours, are bound to give your feet a battering. It's hard to imagine, but in a lifetime your feet will clock up around 128,000 kilometres. That's more than three times around the world, so it's important to always take care of your feet. DRY SKIN Apply moisturiser generously in the morning after a shower. Keep your feet properly moisturised to prevent dry, flaky skin that can build up into hard skin, corns and bunions.

help prevent blisters. If you do get one, dab on a drop of lavender oil to make the wound recover faster. INGROWN TOENAILS Cutting your nails, the wrong way, together with tight shoes can lead to ingrown toenails. Cut nails straight across and not too short, and do it after a bath or a shower when they are softer. CALLOUSES These are areas of hard, yellow, dry skin, which can form if you stand for long periods of time. Gently smooth them down with an emery board and keep your feet moisturised to avoid skin cracking. Wear comfortable lower shoes during the day, if you're in for a big night.

BLISTERS Wear in new shoes for a couple of hours at a time, before you go partying in them. A thin layer of Vaseline will decrease friction and

CORNS Painful corns are usually found on the ball and top of the toes and are caused by friction and pressure from shoes and hard surfaces. Corn removal pads are the best treatment and can be bought at your local pharmacy. ROUGH SKIN To keep your feet in tip top condition exfoliate them once a week. Add the juice of a lemon and a cup of oatmeal to a basin of warm water. Soak your feet for ten minutes, rub on the oatmeal, then rinse them with warm water. STIFFNESS Wiggle your toes while sitting at your desk and do some foot flexibility exercises and stretches. Stand facing a wall about two feet away. Place one foot against the wall, about an inch from the floor, keeping your heel on the floor. Gently move your knee towards the wall until you feel a slight stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat five times on each side. To stretch your heels, stand with your back to the wall with your feet shoulder-width apart. Take a step forward and bend the front leg, keeping the back one straight. Repeat five times each side. DISCOLOURED NAILS Give your nails a breather and go without nail polish whenever you can. This will help avoid fungal infections.

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ATHLETE'S FOOT

BUNIONS

This fungus infection is commonly picked up in swimming pools and gyms. Make sure you dry your feet properly especially between your toes.

Shoes that are too narrow often cause bunions, painful enlargements at the joint of the big toe. Bunions can be disabling and severe cases may even require surgery. Make sure your shoes fit properly and try wearing toe spacers, to align your toes properly and take pressure off the affected area.

BLISTERS Reduce the risk of blisters - especially if you have new shoes - by using a ballet dancer's trick - massaging your feet with surgical spirit, to toughen the skin without hardening it. SMELLY FEET There are 250,000 sweat glands in the feet, which excrete up to a quarter of a litre of moisture a day. To avoid foot odour which comes from bacteria feeding off the fatty deposits in perspiration, wear different shoes every day. You can also buy special insoles to neutralise the smell. SWELLING If you have been standing all day, your feet and ankles may retain fluid and become puffy and sore. Tight shoes don't help either. Sitting with feet higher than your hips for about 15 minutes, can help drain the fluid and reduce swelling. Support socks and tights can also help.

BAD POSTURE Wearing high heels puts pressure on the front of the foot and can cause you to unnaturally arch your back. Use gel cushions to prevent the foot from slipping forward. HEEL PAIN Plantar fasciitis - an inflammation of the ligament attaching the heel to the front of the foot, which helps to balance the foot as you walk, is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Avoid this by choosing padded footwear, if you spend a lot of time standing on hard surfaces, and buying moulded insoles if you have high arches or flat feet. Yours in Good Health, Cherie de Haas

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So I asked our writers to send in photos of how they spend their Christmas and boy did we get some great shots! Dee Simpson sent in some blasts from the past, while Cynthia Marinakos made me jealous of her fantastic Carols by Candlelight shot – I have always wanted to go! I decided to share some pics of our Christmas party from last year, which was a fantastic opportunity for us to let down our hair and stuff ourselves silly! Our Kid’s Page Writer, Kane Brooks is looking festive with his mama and of course my little ones had to make the cut! I hope you all enjoy your festive season however you spend it!

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The Book Nook

THE BOOK NOOK - GOODREADS

As the weather warms up and Christmas approaches there is no doubt that December is a busy time of year. At the end of each year, I like to look back on the books I have read and make a mental note of the ones I'd like to read for the next year. If you're a bookworm like me, you will understand how difficult it can sometimes be to keep track of your books, especially if you have too many to keep track of!

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At the end of 2015 a friend introduced me to Goodreads, a website (and app) which can be described as being Facebook for book lovers. Goodreads allows you to keep track of what books you've read and create lists of books you would like to read in the future. It also allows you to rate and review books, as well as have discussions with other readers about books and all things book related. One feature I love about Goodreads is the Reading Challenge section, which allows you to set a reading goal for the year and keep track of your progress.


This is great for anyone in a reading slump who is looking for motivation, as well as anyone who just wants to challenge themselves. December is a better time than ever to get your reading goals into motion and have a crack at a reading challenge for the new year. As the year draws to a close I want to thank you for reading my reviews over the past few months and I look forward to writing many more for you next year. I have read so many good books over the past year and I really hope that you have a wonderfully merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I hope you take some time over the break to rest, relax, do what you love and, hopefully, indulge in a book or two. Melissa Haber

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A WORD FROM THE HON. JILL HENNESSY It feels like 2016 has just rushed by in a whirlwind.

Reading Challenge.

With the festive season practically upon us, I’d like to take a moment to thank you all for being such a wonderful community to represent in the State Parliament.

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge is about encouraging our students to get out there and get reading.

It brings me great joy to speak in Parliament about the wonderful projects and events going on in the Point Cook District, and the people that make such things possible. Seabrook Primary Late last month, Seabrook Primary School, a truly loved school that has been educating students since 1997, secured State Government funding to rebuild its boundary fence. This project is really vital in protecting the safety of the students from busy Point Cook road and ensuring security for staff and parents alike. I wish to commend Seabrook Primary School for its self-advocacy on this issue and for putting its student’s safety first. Premiers’ Reading Challenge I was very lucky to get to visit Seabrook Primary, Carranballac College and Alamanda College recently to hand out certificates to the very smart and dedicated students who had completed the Premiers’

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Reading is an invaluable tool in education; it can teach us new concepts, new words, phrases and ideas. To all of the participants; well done. I’d like to thank Principals Susan Lee, Brendan O’Brien and Lynne Jobson and the wider school communities for having me along for such wonderful events. Best Wishes for the Festive Season To all, I wish you a happy, healthy, safe and joyous festive season and New Year!


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THE ART OF CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATING…. I have often marveled at the overwhelming beauty of the Christmas tree. I know there is a lot of negativity associated with the timing of Myer’s first festive displays, but when their gorgeously decorated trees hit the shelves, my heart skips a beat. I have no issue with an October flurry of Christmas, because for me, the longer this particular season gets to shine, the better. My friends do not share my enthusiasm for all things Yuletide, particularly those with birthdays in November, but each year my decorations appear earlier and earlier and I make no apologies for this. The way I see it, Christmas is the prettiest, most joyful time of the year and I wish to revel in it for as long as possible. As you may or may not be aware, I am the proud owner of three Christmas trees – people think me

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a little whacky because of this, but I would counter that I am merely passionate about glitter and what is more glittery than a Christmas tree. Are all Christmas trees created equal? I am afraid not. There is a certain level of care that is required to create the perfect Christmas tree and I have fashioned a step by step guide, to help you enjoy the same level of gorgeousness that I have achieved, each and every year…. 1.

FLUFF AND FAN

Perhaps the most annoying step, but by far, the most important. No matter the size of your tree, the biggest mistake that most people make, is not taking the care right at the start, to fan out each and every branch. For a wonderfully full and almost fluffy looking tree, you need to set aside a good half hour for this task. Once you are done, take a step back and examine from all sides – there should be no holes – fullness is the key. 2.

CHECK YOUR LIGHTS

There is nothing worse than wrapping your lights all around your tree, decorating to your hearts content and then flicking the switch, only to find your lights are not working. The lights must be the first thing on your tree, but definitely plug them in first and test to see them glow. Once they are on the tree, do another test lighting, to ensure even distribution of sparkle. 3.

TO TINSEL, OR NOT?

I am a big fan of tinsel, but I understand people not loving it. It can look cheap and ratty, so select carefully. Whether you are using tinsel, or beads, they need to go on after the lights and before anything else.

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GAPFILLERS

Place all of your secondary, (or B Grade) decorations in the gaps. Take this time to cull any trimmings you are no longer happy with. Nothing lasts forever and unless there is some sentimental reason to keep something, ditch anything you no longer feel is up to standard. 6.

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT BALLS….

I always place the balls on last – not because I like them least, but because they are the perfect decoration to fill a space, whilst not detracting from what is already on the tree. They are like the spice of the Christmas tree – they simply enhance what is already there. 7.

GO OUT ON TOP

For the piece de resistance, place your star, angel or whatever else you deem appropriate on top of your glorious tree. Balance is key, so make sure your choice is right, in terms of size and colour. Remember, your tree is going to be in your house for at least 25 days if you are a traditionalist and for possibly 2 months if you are as passionate about glitter as me. Either way, you need to be happy to look at it and if anything, it should inspire joy upon viewing, so take the time this Christmas to do it right – you will not regret it. Melissa Longo

I like to start from the top and work around the tree with a natural, flowing decline. You do not need to go overboard – remember, less is more. 4.

SHOWSTOPPERS

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CHRISTMAS KIN WHAT? Now, I'm not really what you'd call a foodie. I'm the first to admit I don't cook like a chef, I'm not that adventurous when it comes to trying new things, and honestly, if our slow cooker was to give up the ghost, I'm pretty sure our family may just starve to death. Because between Maggi's Slow Cooker Recipe Bases and 90 second rice, I reckon I have all the food groups covered. I can poach a mean egg, but that’s as exciting as it gets. A while back I tried watching those cooking shows on television for inspiration, but it just ended in confusion. And guilt. I realised that to be a "home cook" no longer means you just have to cook stuff in your own home - apparently it means you need to get creative and actually cook stuff that's fancy. Gone are the Women’s Weekly Cookbooks. Now Curtis Stone has it covered in the Coles Food Magazine. And YouTube. For instance, it took me ages to work out what exactly quinoa is and how you even pronounce it. I couldn't

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even spell the word in order to Google it, which drove me completely bonkers. I have never cooked it, although I did taste it once - in a salad. And quite frankly I'm not a fan. It seems to be a cross between rice and grapes, with a slightly irregular texture that’s not too palatable with my testy gag reflex. I enjoy rice. I don't mind couscous, but you can keep quinoa. I don't care whether the recipe says to put it with pumpkin, pine nuts or kale. None of those things are going to make any difference. Kale tastes like lawn clippings anyway. Surely we can do better than that. My verdict? This Christmas stick to what you know. Because quinoa is hard enough to spell, and even worse to eat xx Dee Simpson

You can also find me at http://comejoindee.com/


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AN IRISH CHRISTMAS It is a cliché, but nonetheless true, that Christmas is a time for children and they are the same everywhere. One of my Christmas childhood-memories in the wilds of Kerry, is the daily wait for the postman. He always reached our house late in the evening and was given a little something to top up the portions he had been offered all day to keep out the cold. He would leave letters and cards and occasionally a parcel from America, with exotic-smelling clothes for us children. And of course there was Santa. I cannot remember when exactly that penny dropped with me, but I’m sure I was older than today’s worldly-wise seven year olds.

ride was cramped and uncomfortable, but the choice of this mode of travel in preference to the train, had less to do with economy than with dislike of the oafs who would mix their insides with the condensation on the carriage floor. Because you had to be home for Christmas night. Christmas night. This is a source of some confusion in my household. Christmas night is the night of December 24th. No dear, not the 25th: that is Christmas Day night. The 24th is the night in the Sigerson Clifford poem: Don't blow the tall white candle out.

In later years, Christmas meant trying to get a lift from Dublin, with someone who worked in the police or the civil service. The Ford Prefect or Morris 1000 allowed wind through a dozen rusty crevices. The

But leave it burning bright. So that They know They’re welcome here This holy Christmas Night. There was an Irish tradition that Mary and Joseph and the Child still wandered the byways of the world on Christmas night. And if they showed preference for the roads of Ireland, that made good sense to a people for whom geography took second place to piety. Past tense, sadly. It’s a long way from the cold and damp, to the gathering for a backyard barbeque. It is at least comforting that the religious events of the period are largely unchanged. And if your local church has more bodies than it normally fits on a Sunday, that is a custom too. And on St Stephen’s Day – what you may call Boxing Day – on one side of the world there will be cricket at the MCG, while on the other there will be racing over jumps at Leopardstown. The ready answer bared a fact no bishop ever knew: It's the day before the races out at Tangmalangaloo. You can read more of Frank’s writing at www.tintean.org.au

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Flick Chic Reviews….

THE POLAR EXPRESS capture animation, to bring the Van Allsburg story to life and despite the slightly stiff looking movement of the animation, visually this film is rather beautiful. What it lacks in fluid motion of characters, it more than makes up for in the surrounding scenery. The real star of the show is Tom Hanks and his masterful ability to inhabit several characters at a time. His voice work is perfection, never lacking in enthusiasm for the story he is helping to deliver. So what is the story? Christmas Eve is afoot and as a young boy settles down for the night, it is clear that he has lost a little of the magic so rightly associated with this time of year. With his beliefs fading fast, he awakes from his slumber to discover a locomotive in his front yard. The Polar Express has come to whisk him away to the North Pole and not a moment too soon. A mad cap adventure unfolds, with new friends in the mix and lessons to be learned. The music in this film soars and I never cease to be moved by the beauty of this story. The silver bell from Santa’s sleigh still rings for me.

Once December kicks in, you can be sure to find me on the couch doing two things – snuggling my kidlets and watching Christmas movies. One movie that has made it into our regular rotation is the 2004 instant classic, The Polar Express. Robert Zemeckis uses the much maligned motion

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Magic is wherever you choose to see it and I see it every time I watch The Polar Express.

Melissa Longo


WHAT’S ON AROUND TOWN… There is always plenty to do in this wonderful suburb of ours, but December is a particularly good time to head out into your local area and really enjoy life. Synott St. in Werribee is planning on really turning up the Christmas Cheer, with visits from Santa every Friday between now and Christmas. There will be face-painting, live music and workshops for the kids! It is all free, so definitely check it out. Sanctuary Lakes is hosting its 11th Carols by the Lakes on Saturday, December 3rd – this event is always a standout, with rides, fireworks and of course carols. Werribee Mansion will, as always, be the perfect backdrop to the Wyndham Carols by Candlelight, on Saturday, December 10th. The depiction of the nativity is always a big hit with kids – the camels and donkey never missing their marks Werribee Park is also the place to be on Friday, December 16th. Polo is the new horse racing, and with music, DJ’s and plenty of entertainment on offer, the games are just an added bonus.

Having said that, if Horse Racing is still your favourite use of horses, the Werribee Cup is enjoying much success in December. After many date changes over the past few years, it has finally landed in the festive season, enjoying the larger crowds it was once famous for. Head down to Werribee Racecourse on Sunday, December 11th and take in all the frivolity of a day at the races. On Saturday, December 17th Featherbrook Oval will take its turn hosting Carols for the community. With an animal farm, jumping castle, face painting, roving entertainment, gift bags for kids, food trucks and more - this is an event not to be missed. Head down to Windorah Drive at 7pm for a fantastic and free local event. All this makes for a very exciting time to be a local in Wyndham – for more information on any of these events and more, head to https://www.wyndham.vic. gov.au/whats-on Stay safe this Holiday Season. Melissa Longo

Laugh Out Loud What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney? Claustrophobia!

Why did Santa's helper see the doctor? Because he had a low "elf" esteem!

What kind of motorbike does Santa ride? A Holly Davidson!

Who delivers presents to cats? Santa Paws!

What do you call a dog who works for Santa? Santa Paws!

What says Oh Oh Oh? Santa walking backwards!

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Jack’s Corner

JERUSALEM – a History. Jerusalem, ancient city, sacred to three faiths, has been conquered many times. Today it is claimed by both Israel and the Palestinian State as their capital. As we approach Christmas, it is time to reflect, not only on its significance to Christians, but also on its part in Australian history. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem - in present day Palestine. But it was in Jerusalem that He was crucified. The city has many sites sacred to Christians - the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one. There are also sites of great significance to Jews and Muslims. Jews have their Wailing Wall, (what’s left of the Second Temple destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE.) Muslims have the Temple Mount, (Dome of the Rock,) where Mohammed’s night journey and ascension to Heaven took place. During the 2000 years of the Common Era, Jerusalem has been ruled by Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Turks, Franks, Ottomans and British. Blood of many thousands of Jews, Muslims and Christians has stained its streets. A Christian kingdom established in 1099, fell to Saladin in 1187. In 1517 it became part of the Ottoman Empire. It remained so for 400 years. Over the centuries, Jerusalem was never far from Christian thoughts. The cry of “Hierolysoma est Perdita,” (‘Jerusalem is lost’) echoed throughout Christendom. Like their forebears of the Babylonian Diaspora (Psalm 137), exiled Jews yearned for Zion (Jerusalem). Ottoman rule ended in December 1917, when the British army captured the Holy City. After WWI, there was a British mandate. That ended in 1948, with partition of Palestine and creation of the Jewish state of Israel. Seven decades of bloody conflict that followed, is yet to be resolved. The role of the Australian Light Horse, under General Sir Harry Chauvel, in the defeat of the Turks in Palestine and in rolling the Ottoman Empire back to the Anatolian Peninsula, is largely forgotten. It was Chauvel’s brilliant action at Beersheba on 31 October, 1917 and the later capture of Gaza, that opened the way to Jerusalem, Damascus and beyond. The 4th Light Horse Brigade’s charge against the guns at Beersheba, capturing the wells and town, was a proud moment in Australian history. What is Jerusalem’s future? Let’s hope it is where not only three great faiths come together, but also where there is a meeting of minds of those dedicated to peace on Earth and goodwill towards men. That is the message of Christmas. Jack NYSTROM

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FAT SANTA Santa Claus, a jolly old bloke, Has a very high B M I: He’s well overweight - that’s no joke; It could be he’s too fond of pie. But each of Santa’s little elves Looks so skinny and underfed. Don’t they take good care of themselves? Or does Santa eat all the bread? I reckon this old man in red, Looks fatter with each passing year. What if one day he should drop dead? Stuck in someone’s chimney I fear. ‘Twould be hard for the Coroner To examine his corpse in situ; And to get his body out of there, Would be a tricky task, I tell you. He’ll have to go on a diet And shed lots of that excess fat, For his passing we’d all regret; And nobody wants to see that. Kids would be so disappointed, With no presents on Christmas morn. With celebrations disjointed, Folk would stand round feeling forlorn. It must be hard on those reindeer, Young Rudolph and the other eight. In our hearts we hold them most dear: They shouldn’t be lugging all that weight. So what if one of them should die, Through overwork and exhaustion? “It’s Santa’s fault!” would be the cry, A clamour of condemnation. So get the kids to write to him: “Dear Santa, We’re worried about you. “You should lose some weight and get slim. “We love you Santa - your reindeer too.” Jack Nystrom


Point Cook Kids Hello readers, This is our special Christmas edition and the last one for 2016. I have a special recipe for some very tasty Christmas cookies. I wish you all a Merry Christmas with your family and friends. Enjoy the break and Happy New Year!

the shapes and then place on trays. (Make sure they are not touching or they will rise and all stick together and turn into a big cookie.) Don't forget to add your cachous to make your cookies look and taste even better. 5, Cook for ten minutes until light golden and then leave to rest on a tray and then repeat with remaining dough, before you leave to rest and cool on a wire rack.

Tasty Christmas Cookies And that's how you make delicious Christmas cookies either for you to give to Santa, or eat them yourself!

Notes: •

Children should be supervised by an adult

• Cookie cutters are useful for cutting the correct shapes •

Makes 24

Ingredients: •

125g butter

½ cup of caster sugar

¼ cup of milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 ½ cups of self raising flour

½ cup of custard powder

Cachous to decorate

Things to do this Christmas • Gingerbread Demolition, have a go at a gingerbread house and eat what you smash. And don't forget, you are having fun and helping a good cause. All proceeds go to the Children's Cancer Foundation. Price: $52.00 Where: 1000 Pound Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale street Date: 7pm- late

Method: 1, Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line appropriate sized baking trays with non stick baking paper. 2, Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy, then beat in the milk and vanilla extract and fold in the flour and custard powder. 3, Press the dough into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and leave to rest for 30 minutes. 4, Divide the dough into manageable portions and then roll flat and use the cookie cutters to cut out

• Drop your wish list or letter to Santa at Santa's post box open all day and free. You might even meet Santa, but don't forget to put a stamp on your letter to make sure it goes to Santa. At 44-66 Swanston Street. • Don't forget there are way more things to do this Christmas and you can find out more at http:// www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/Christmas/ Pages/christmas.aspx Thank you and have a Merry Christmas. Kane Brooks

Calling on Point Cook Schools and Parents to share photos, art, stories, writing for this page. Email your contributions to editorpointcook@gmail.com or post to the PO Box 1145 Altona Meadows 3028

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A word from our CEO, Justin Giddings

2016 has been a wonderful year for Avalon Airport. From March direct flights to Hobart and Adelaide took off and have taken off. Travellers are getting their fill of MONA and the Barossa, Dark Mofo and Fringe, AFL and the cricket. Families love the simplicity of accessing each others’ cities and the two new destinations work in beautiful concert with the existing flights to the Gold Coast and Sydney. We’re pleased that the numbers of Melbourne passengers using Avalon are growing as travellers embrace the ease of experience here. This year we celebrated twelve years of Jetstar flights from Avalon at a time when we still celebrate their ten year commitment to our airport.

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Bipartisan Federal support assisted us to become part of the Regional Package meaning we're better positioned to become an international airport in the future. Over winter we carried out a runway overlay, replacing and enhancing the existing runway, making our airport futureready. Our new industrial precinct was launched by the Victorian Government and Linfox, and shortly after Cotton On was announced as our anchor tenant. This opens opportunities for further development and job growth in the region, and signifies the on-going support of the region by Linfox. We were pleased to sponsor many groups again this year, including the inaugural Wyndham Learning Festival as well as many sporting clubs in the Geelong and Wyndham regions. We look forward to the Australian International Airshow in March at Avalon, from which Fly for the Kids will be launched, raising much-needed money for the Royal Children’s Hospital. We’re thrilled that so many people from the Wyndham region have recognised how close and easy Avalon Airport is. We want to thank you all for your on-going support and look forward to seeing you on your next journey. Justin Giddings CEO, Avalon Airport Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up to date news and offers.

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