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COOL days and even colder nights may have made us hibernate lately, but it’s time to break out of that cocoon and enjoy the many delights of Seniors Week throughout South East Queensland. Each year, there seem to be more activities on offer – most of them free or very low-cost-and you’ll find your local program inserted in this issue of the newspaper on pages 29-35. Whether your interests are with challenging physical pursuits, the desire to learn more about a topic or indoor activities there really is something for everyone. The theme for Seniors Week 2011 is once again ‘Positively Ageless’ which reinforces the belief that
a positive attitude is not age-specific. Get yourself along to a free lunch or concert, find out more about the mysteries of modern technology, try a new outdoor sport, delve into arts & craft or take yourself to a Seniors Expo. What’s so great about ageing? Good question - our society prizes youth and beauty above all. Messages about ageing tend to emphasise the negative aspects. But, like fine wine, we get better as we age. A wise American (Thoreau) once said, “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” So get to it in Seniors Week – grab the opportunities with both hands, try something new, laugh a little and share yourself around.
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SENIORS NEWS Tax Time 2011 is here WITH the end of the financial year here, Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo has reminded Australia’s 12.6 million taxpayers that tax time has begun. “Now is the time for people who prepare their own tax returns to start getting their tax affairs in order so that they can lodge by the 31 October deadline. “The quickest and easiest way to lodge is online using e-tax, the ATO’s free lodgement service.” “E-tax is available to download free of charge from our website at www.ato.gov.au and is the popular choice for nearly 2.5 million people each year.” “As well as built-in checks, calculators and guides, e-tax gives you the option to pre-fill your return with information provided to the ATO by third parties including payment summaries, government payments such as pensions and allowances, bank interest and
private health insurance details. Government and third party information to pre-fill your return is now available to download. You can also lodge your tax return using TaxPack 2011, available from most newsagencies, online through the publication ordering system on the ATO website or by calling 1300 720 092. If you have simple tax affairs you may be eligible to lodge your tax return over the phone. Simply complete the Short tax return 2011 and then lodge it by calling 13 28 65. If you are using a registered tax agent for the first time or using a different tax agent from last year you need to contact them by 31 October 2011. Visit www.tpb.gov.au or call the Tax Practitioners Board on 1300 362 829 to check your tax agent is registered.
Will the carbon tax affect aged care residents & providers?
EVERY aged care resident and provider will receive financial assistance to ensure they are no worse off after the carbon tax takes effect on 1 July next year, according to the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler. “No resident of an aged care facility will be any worse off and the providers will not be worse off either,” he told the Australian Ageing Agenda. “Every single pensioner, whether they’re on a full or part-pension, will get assistance equal to 100 per cent or more of the price-impact to them.” Part of the government’s Household Assistance Package, the Clean and memories for your Energy Supplement, will see maximum favourite tea cups and tea stories to contribute pension rates increase by 1.7 per cent, amounting to an annual increase to Tea & Me. of $338 for singles and $510 for All stories shared will be couples. added to State Library’s With pensioners making up around 90 Tea & Me collection, per cent of the total nursing home and a selection of tea population, the maximum fee that cups will be displayed approved providers can charge them on the State Library’s will also increase, by “roughly one iconic Queensland per cent”, to ensure that around half Terrace, and online. of the 1.7 per cent pension increase Funded through the goes to the provider. Queensland Library “The vast bulk of the price-impact Foundation and will be through power and gas and supported by Cancer that cost is obviously paid [to the Council’s Australia’s power company] by the aged care Biggest Morning Tea. facility,” Mr Butler said. Submissions close 31 “So that works for the 90 per cent of August, 2011. Visit: aged care residents who are on www.facebook.com/ pensions.” teaandme Mr Butler explained Treasury
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modelling had predicted the carbon tax would increase prices by 0.7 per cent overall, but that for pensioners living at home, their living expenses would rise by closer to 1.1 per cent, due to a larger-than-average share of those expenses going on electricity bills. He also confirmed that the Seniors Supplement would mean Seniors Health Card holders would receive the exact same level of assistance as pensioners, and also benefit significantly from tax cuts and changes to the Senior Australians tax offset, which he said would be “rolled into one” with the Pensioners tax offset. The upshot of this, he explained, was that “effectively, a single person over 65 won’t pay tax until they earn over $32,000", when these measures take effect, at the same time as the general tax-free threshold is increased to $18,200. A further $126.8 million in supplements will support existing arrangements between aged care providers and residents who pay fees directly. “That is for those residents who don’t receive either the pension increase or the Seniors Supplement,” Mr Butler said. “That’s less than 5 per cent of the nursing home population or thereabouts – so we will be paying facilities directly to compensate for the price-impact for those residents, so those residents aren’t worse off either.”
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HELP brighten the lives of those touched by cancer and order a box of Daffodil Day merchandise or some fresh daffodils to sell this Daffodil Day, Friday August 26. Selling Daffodil Day mechanise and fresh flowers to your friends, family, neighbours or customers is a great way to support our fight against cancer and raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland research and patient services. Katie Field, National Events Manager at Cancer Council Queensland, said supporting Daffodil Day is easy and everyone across the community can get involved. “Daffodil Day celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year and over that time we have relied on the support of generous volunteers to sell our merchandise and flowers, and are calling out for their help once again,” Ms Field said.
“The Queensland community can support Daffodil Day by ordering a free prepacked box of merchandise or flowers to support Queenslanders affected by cancer. “A splash of yellow can brighten up the whole office or home or be a great present for someone special. “Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise $1.9 million from Daffodil Day this year and we need everyone’s help to achieve this goal,” she said. The 2011 Daffodil Day merchandise range includes many new and brightly coloured items: Pack of Office Clips $6; Pens $5; Dougal Bear $10; Football $7; Key ring $7; Yellow Enamel Pin $5; Diamante Brooch $10. Fresh daffodils cost only $7 per bunch. To support Daffodil Day and order your merchandise, please visit www.daffodilday.com.au, or call Cancer Council Queensland on 1300 65 65 85.
SENIORS NEWS Whatever happened to Susan Hayward
I THINK the first film that I saw starring Susan Hayward must have been With a Song in my Heart when she played the role of American singer Jane Froman. I thought she was absolutely marvellous as I watched her on the silver-screen from my seat in the front stalls of our local picture theatre. Susan Hayward always played a tough “no nonsense” lady – you never really wanted to get on the wrong side of her. Edythe Marrenner was born in 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. When Edythe grew into a beautiful teenager she began working as a model in New York before
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going to Hollywood to try her luck in the films. Apparently she was given the stage name of Susan Hayward because it sounded a bit like Rita Hayworth, who was already a big star at that time in 1937. Susan auditioned for the role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind without success. She began playing bit parts and gradually the roles got bigger until eventually she was playing opposite some of Hollywood’s leading men. During her career she starred in three films with John Wayne and two with Gregory Peck. Susan received four Academy Award nominations in the early 1950’s before winning the Best Actress Oscar for her outstanding performance as the murderess Barbara Graham in I Want to Live. During a radio interview with Peter Breck, from the television series The Big Valley, Peter told me that he played a small role in I Want to Live and he thought Susan was the kindest, caring and most giving actress he had ever worked with. Her film roles included, Beau Geste, Reap the Wild Wind, I’d Climb the Highest Mountain, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Conquers and The Marriage-GoRound. We heard her real singing voice onscreen for the first time in I’ll Cry Tomorrow which was a popular film based on the life of Lillian Roth. In 1967 Susan Hayward replaced Judy Garland in the film, The Valley of the Dolls - it was to be Susan’s last feature film. Susan Hayward had married Jess Barker in 1944 and had twin sons. They divorced in 1954 and three years later she married Eaton Chalkley. In 1964 they were both baptised into the Catholic Church. Susan was grief stricken when Eaton passed away suddenly in 1966. In the early 1970’s she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Susan Hayward put up a long and brave fight but died in 1975. Susan Hayward with her flaming red hair and fiery temper gave us some great moments on the screen. I remain a big fan of her work. Hope you can tune into Walter Williams and I on 4BC for our weekly segments The Time Tunnel - Thursday at 10.00 pm and Memories Are Made of This - Mondays at 10.00 pm.
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH Princess Anne, 1970
QUEENSLAND State Archives has opened a new exhibition, The British royals: a Queensland story. The exhibition located in the foyer of Queensland State Archives’ Runcorn facility, looks at visits to Queensland by the British Royal family and contains a fascinating collection of photo-
graphs, records and memorabilia dating back to the early 1900s. 2011 has been an eventful year for the monarchy with two milestone birthdays and a wedding. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 85th birthday on 21 April; the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on 29 April and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh turned 90 on 10 June. These events provided the inspiration behind the Queensland State Archives exhibition. The exhibition will be of interest to those who follow the British royal family and also to anyone who simply appreciates Queensland history. Janet Prowse, Executive Director and State Archivist, Queensland State Archives said, “the exhibition is a great example of what delightful gems can be found in State’s vast archival collection.” Queensland State Archives is custodian of the State’s largest and most significant collection of government records and is an invaluable research facility for those researching their family tree, local history or other area of special interest. Queensland State Archives is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm as well as the second Saturday of each month. Visitors can also access the collection online at www.archives.qld.gov.au.
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THE 2011 Older People Speak Out (OPSO) People’s Choice Media Awards, reward You for nominating any media item, good or bad, which features Seniors and for saying in no more than 50 words why you think this item deserves an award. Media stories on seniors, whether print, electronic or photographic, whether political, business, social or intergenerational help to inform the public and break down negative stereotypes about older people. Equally important, such stories and photos are changing the way we seniors regard ourselves and are bringing to many a new self-image. Significantly, they emphasise the realisation that there never really is a
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OUR July bus trip to Boonah for Christmas in July was a great day. We had morning tea at Beaudesert and a browse in the Arts & Crafts Shop. We arrived early at Boonah, which allowed our driver to give us a tour of the area before visiting Boonah Bowls Club for lunch. On our journey home, we called at Moogerah Dam. It was good to see so much water there now. Our next bus trip on 9 August is a guided tour of Gatton, visiting historical places of interest. Second weekly Concert is ‘Exhibition Wednesday’ on 17 August at which we will be entertained by ‘Touch of Sparkle’. This will also be our Seniors Week celebration, even though it is a week early to enable members to be able to participate in other Seniors Week activities. Our Concert Entertainers on 31 August will be ‘Shades of Dawn’ and our Club’s Birthday is 14 September with ‘Glads Swing Group’ to help us celebrate. Old Time/New Vogue Dances to recorded music are held at the Centre every Monday and Friday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. The Centre’s facilities and floor make this an ideal venue for Ballroom Dancing, which provides our members and visitors with the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of dancing to music of their era in a friendly companionable atmosphere at a very reasonable cost. Afternoon tea is provided and ample free off-street parking is available in our large on-site parking area. We are also easily accessible by bus with a stop at our driveway. Other activities are Indoor Bowls - Monday and Friday 10am; 500 Cards - Tuesday and off Wednesday 9am; Bingo - Thursday at 10am and Saturday 7.30pm; Pool/Snooker - Thursday from 9am. All enquiries regarding bus trips, activities or Conference Room/Hall hire at a very reasonable cost are always welcome. For enquiries phone 3275 3218. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-3pm. Come and join us, open for people 50 years and over at 87A Cripps Street, Salisbury.
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SENIORS NEWS Ipswich Town Crier wins National Championship IPSWICH’S own Town Crier of 22 years, Mark Overell has won the 2011 Australian National Town Criers’ Championship held in Maryborough early July. Mayor Paul Pisasale said he was proud the Ipswich spruiker could take out the highest title of his calling in Australia. “Mark has been a tremendous asset to the City of Ipswich since he first won the distinction of being crowned the city’s official Town Crier at the first birthday celebrations of the Ipswich City Mall in
1989. “Mark helped organise the first Australian National Town Crier’s Championship to be held in Ipswich that year and has represented Ipswich at the National Championships ever since. “He has also competed at a World Town Crier’s Championship in Canada and made a successful bid for Ipswich to hold the Australian National competition in this city on four occasions 1989, 1990, 2000 and 2010. “Last year the April competition provided a
wonderful spectacle for Ipswich and was held as part of our Ipswich 150 celebrations attracting not just national competitors but criers from as far afield as England and New Zealand.” Cr Pisasale said Mark was a regular leader of The Ipswich Festival Parade and has been a vital part of many of the city’s celebrations. “At all times Mark will perform at no cost to the city because he just loves to do it. “After taking out a series of other competition categories at most
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THE Seniors Week 2011 theme is a repeat of last year Positively Ageless and so the Sandgate Historical Museum has invited well know identity and our “Veteran Cap-
tain” Albert Jeays back again this year to present a talk and photo display on building his yacht in the back yard of the family home at Brighton. Albert joined the Army in
World War 11 and was sent to Thursday Island as part of the Australian Army Water Transport Division. After being discharged from duty in 1946 he decided to build a sail-
ing boat. The boat was named Octavia 11 as a reminder of the first Octavia which Albert’s dad and uncles had purchased in 1905 for a cost of twenty sovereigns. Albert talks about only using hand tools and how he managed to launch Octavia 11 in Cabbage Tree Creek. Albert visited the Museum for the photo for the Seniors Newspaper and mentioned he had been doing a bit of a tidy up after having installed some solar panels to help work a compressor on his yacht “Wotama” that he has had since 1975. He remarked that he was hoping the blustery wind would drop as he was thinking of taking “Wotama” for a sail. At aged ninety one he calls this his stimulation and exercise ‘his occupational therapy’. Visitors are welcome so come and join Albert at 1.45pm on Sunday 28th
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SENIORS NEWS Seniors Week 2011 will be celebrated from 20–28 August SENIORS Week is an opportunity for Queenslanders of all ages and backgrounds to join together and celebrate the valuable contributions of seniors. The theme for Seniors Week 2011 is once again Positively Ageless which reinforces the countless benefits of a positive attitude to life at any age. Seniors Week aims improve community attitudes towards older people and ageing; facilitate community participation and activity by older people, including those from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and enhance community connections and inter-generational relationships. Each year, the Department of Communities supports community groups across Queensland to celebrate Seniors Week by staging their own events. In 2011, community groups will hold more than 50 Seniors Week events across the state.
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See liftout Calendar of Seniors’ Week Events Page 29 – 35.
Senior Australian of the year 2012 nominations called for
ALL Australians are encouraged to nominate an older person who has given generously and made a significant contribution to society for the 2012 Senior Australian of the Year Award. “This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise someone aged 60 years or over who has made a significant contribution to the welfare of our community,” Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler said. Nominations for the Senior Australian of the Year close at the end of August 2011, with the state and territory finalists to be announced during November. The Senior Australian of the Year for 2012 will be announced in a national ceremony in Canberra on the day before Australia Day. The Senior Australian of the Year Award is a highly prestigious achievement that showcases and celebrates the contributions of older Australians and recognises that many of Australia’s oldest citizens continue to make valuable contributions to our community. The 2011 winner, equal rights campaigner, Professor Ron McCallum AO, fervently pursued equal rights across the country and was widely regarded for his leadership in the disabled community. For nomination forms and more information about the Senior Australian of the Year, see www.australianof theyear.gov.au.
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SENIOR computer training run by volunteer seniors - for seniors at a low cost. Membership...$10. Own a computer and need to learn the Basics or want to learn more advanced subjects. Come see us at WROCCS. Learn at your own pace. Wynnum Region Organised Computing Club for Seniors Inc. Friendly atmosphere. Modern club room in Wynnum. Monthly meetings are held at Wynnum R.S.L.Club. “Pandanus Room” 174 Tingal Rd, Wynnum on the second Tuesday each month. Next meeting: Tuesday 9th August 10.30am. Guest Speaker: Rob Carlyle Presenting “The Digital Future.” Classes available: Computer Basics, Using Windows, Microsoft Word Basic & Advanced, Excel-Spreadsheets, Internet Basic & Advanced, Photography, Family History, PowerPoint Basic & Advanced, Computer Maintenance, eBay, plus Workshops. All seniors welcome. Contact- Mobile: 0411-806-154 Email: email@example.com Website:http://wroccs.org.au
QUEENSLAND Country Women’s Association (QCWA) Oxley Branch will hold a Cent Auction at Oxley Seniors Club, 86 Oxley Station Road, Oxley on Wednesday, 17 August commencing at 10.30am. Cost is $6 which includes lunch, lucky door prize and one sheet of tickets. All welcome. For further information contact Jean on 3372 5965.
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SENIORS NEWS Malaya Borneo Veterans’ Assn Day to be held in SE Queensland by Dick Bennett
A MALAYA & Borneo Veterans’ Assn Day event will be held nationally on Wed 31 August 2011. Queensland will hold an inaugural ceremony to remember those who fell and those who have served in the Malayan Emergency. The Malaya Emergency was declared on 18 June 1948 after three estate managers were killed by guerrillas of the Malayan Communist Party. As the threat from the Malayan Communist Party grew, Australia became involved in 1950 with the arrival of RAAF aircraft and personnel in Singapore. Dakota aircraft from 38 Squadron were deployed on cargo runs, troop movements, paratroops and leaflet drops in Malaya, whilst six Lincoln bombers of 1 Squadron provided the backbone of aerial operations. Of the 7000 Australian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel that served during the Emergency, 39 were killed and 27 were wounded. It wasn’t until 31 July 1960 that the Malayan government officially declared the Emergency over as the threat continued to dissipate. The Malaya Emergency was the longest continuous military commitment in Australia’s history. The local Queensland Branch of National Malaya & Borneo Veterans’ Assn Australia in conjunction with the Banyo RSL sub branch are organising a special ceremony to be held at 11am on Wed 31 August 2011 at the Memorial Walk, Enoggera Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane. Light refreshments will be available afterwards. For more information contact the Malaya Borneo Veterans’ Assn Australia Queensland Branch President Allen Edwards on 3396 6705 or the RSL sub branch President Ron Virgen on 3267 0249. The National Malaya & Borneo Veterans’ Assn Australia website is www.nmbvaa.org.au
Older Women’s Network
OUR new OWN Morningside group is now up and going with two activities to be planned for each month. So, if you would like to meet with a small happy group of women please ring 3358 2301 for information and contact details. On Thursday 18 August Brisbane Friendship group plans to visit the Mercy Heritage Centre at All Hallows Convent in Ann St, Brisbane city to celebrate the 150th anniversary with a guided tour and morning tea. Cost $9. RSVP contact 3356 3209. Annerley OWN would be pleased to hear from you if you’d like to join them on August 8 for their monthly activity. Ladypause’s session on 22 August in the Community Room at the city BCC Library will discuss memory, ageing with Alzheimer’s Qld Assoc. Logan OWN has varied events each week. On 10th August Mitchelton OWN will have a morning tea at Samford village. On 30 August Tara’s OWN visits the State Library. Come along and listen to our speaker on pain management on 13 August or join us for Zillmere’s outing on 27 August. For other details and Convenor contact numbers please phone 07 3358 2301.
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SENIORS NEWS Annerley/Moorooka Senior Citizens
Caboolture VIEW Club THE next monthly luncheon for the Caboolture VIEW Club (Voice, Interests and Education of Women) will be held on Thursday 18 August at the Caboolture RSL Club at 10.30am for an 11.15am start. Lunch consists of a two course meal plus there are bargains galore on our trading table and you may be lucky and win the lucky door prize or raffle. Our guest speaker will be Miriam Dwyer, CEO of the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation, which is a boutique research facility achieving some amazing The results in various areas of cancer and liver disease. Caboolture VIEW Club plays an active role in the Smith Family Learning for Life Program by sponsoring a Learning for Life student and providing stationery packs to disadvantaged children annually. Ladies if you would like to contribute to supporting disadvantaged children while having fun, social interaction and forming new friendships we invite you to join us for our next monthly luncheon and/or social day. Please contact Di Morgan on 0438 283 619 for more information.
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THE last couple of months have been quite busy. In June we enjoyed concerts and an extra special birthday. Annerley/Moorooka Senior Citizens celebrated their 51st Birthday. That’s quite a long time serving the community. A long standing member, Len Abbott, had the honour of cutting the beautifully decorated Birthday Cake. Some of the more energetic members took part in the Conga, Hokey Pokey and of course the Chicken Dance. Others enjoyed the more traditional dances. All in all a great day. The last couple of trips have been to The Strawberry Field at Palmwoods and a visit to the Maleny Dairy Farm. Each of these outings included very tasty lunches. The next bus trip will be to the Cleveland Museum on the 9th August. If you would like to come along please phone our President Colin Butler on (07) 3848 6371 and he will be able to give you full details. Concerts and Indoor Bowls are held at the Club at the Cnr of Clifton and Fleur Streets. We are always on the lookout for new members and you can be assured of a very warm welcome.
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SENIORS NEWS Rochedale/Springwood National Seniors
Committee members L-R: Maggie Clark, Valmay Tink, Noel Tink, Pauline Howlett, Charles Achilles, Loretta Muenchberger, Robin Grayson, Victor Emmett, Mark Ganter, Cecilia Ward & Alan Breakwell
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OVER seventy members and guests attended the Annual General Meeting of Rochedale/ Springwood National Seniors Branch on Wednesday July 20th. Outgoing President Charles Achilles reported on the strong growth of the branch and the very busy schedule enjoyed during the 2010/2011 year of operations. Many worthwhile charities have been supported and the newly elected committee has vowed to carry on the same strong leadership during their tenure. Ms Marjorie Green Zone 101 chairman and Ms Leanne Mousley General Manager of National Seniors Travel attended as special guests of the branch. An apology was received from Ms Barbara Stone MP State Member for Springwood who was unable to attend. Charles Achilles was re-elected as President with Loretta Muenchberger Vicepresident, Robin Grayson Secretary and Victor Emmett Treasurer. July’s tour will commence with a trip to Roma Street Parklands followed by a visit to the Queen Street Markets before enjoying lunch at Broncos
Leagues Club. A run to Mount Cootha to view the city sights will cap off a good day of touring.
Members are reminded that bookings for the extended tour October 5th to 7 th are almost complete
and anyone wishing to take advantage of this exciting tour should contact Loretta on 33418323.
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OUR members at Browns Plains National Seniors Assoc are cruising along nicely and enjoying our monthly meetings and coach trips. Our June trip to Broncos was very enjoyable with good entertainment and raffles. The July trip was to Redcliffe Dolphins Leagues Club. The monthly meeting for July was a ‘Christmas in July’ theme, which was arranged by Tina, and her group called T.L.C. Training Solutions. What a wonderful day we had with the five young ladies who gave us a fabulous time with a real Christmas atmosphere (lots of fun and games and excellent gifts) and even a sparkling Christmas
tree and a visit from a very large Red Santa. Our Recipe Book will be released for sale at our Annual General Meeting on 9 August and will only cost $5.00. Copies can be purchased from Bev by phoning 3809 0697 or Dianna on 3800 6027. All proceeds will go to a charity by the choice of Branch members. A very warm welcome is extended to visitors and intending members. We meet at Green-Bank R.S.L. in the Southern Cross Room on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10.00am. For further information, you can contact Bev (Publicity Officer) on 3809 0697.
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OUR July bus trip to Boonah was a very enjoyable day. We stoped at Moogerah Lake and then headed off to Boonah Bowls Club. At our meeting on 31st August we will be having a guest speaker from Queensland Rail Travel section. Our next bus trip on 28th September will be to Toowoomba for the Carnival of Flow-
ers; morning tea will be at Apex Park Gatton lunch at City Golf Club. All welcome. Our club welcomes seniors to join us for our get togethers, every second Wednesday. On alternative Wednesdays we have Indoor Bowls. For further information contact Julia 3352 4541 or Carolyn 3356 8223.
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ON Wednesday the 29 of June Redcliffe Mixed Probus Club left Redcliffe for the Gold Coast. We had a wet and windy morning tea stop at Nerang but, as usual, it did not dampen our spirits or the quality of the morning tea. We arrived at Twin Towns Services Club in time to settle into our back rows of seats for the Back to Tivoli Show. Our Tour Director was disappointed with the seating but we all enjoyed the show very much. We had a lovely Lunch and some people even won a few dollars before heading home.
A stop at the Yatala Pie Shop gave us the option to have the obligatory ice cream or pick up a pie or two for the freezer. A great day was joyed by all and our thanks must go to our Tour Director once again for all the hard work. The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 9-15am for 9-45 start at the Redcliffe Red Cross Centre Portwood street Redcliffe for further information please phone Secretary Rosemary on 0459 332 219 or write to PO Box 342Redcliffe 4020.
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SENIORS NEWS Owen Gene Autry, alias ‘Gene Autry’ - An extraordinary life
SCENE: Country town Gatton, early Queensland style, childhood picture theatre School of Arts, with weekly Saturday matinee: blinds drawn, tucked up in deep, lieback canvas seats, fantales and bucket of Peter’s ice-cream poised to go..... curtains across, Movietone News, “Flash Gordon” or “Phantom”, then Gene Autry in black and white film, rode across the silver screen on his Spanish quarter-horse “Champion”, the first of succeeding twenty-two “Champions” throughout his life. With his side-kick Smiley (‘Frog’) Burnette, he began a successful film career at 27 in “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” after being well received in a ‘bit’ part in “Old Santa Fe”. Born a cowboy (son of a whittler) Tioga Texas 1907, he led a semi-fatherless life, poor, but skilled early in rural life, hardening his resolve to succeed well. He worked many jobs to help sustain his musical mother and three siblings, also purchasing a guitar which his mother taught him to play, performing
‘around the ridges’. His talent was recognised on night shift as a railroad, telegraphic morse-code operator. With little schooling, his Mother dying young, he headed off to the ‘big smoke’ to make his name in a sound recording studio, accidentally being liked by singing “That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine”, heard by its composer; recorded and sold millions of copies. He married his young accompanist, song-writer and launched his “Melody Ranch” radio show at his ranch outside Los Angeles, shunning a Hollywood lifestyle. Launched, on his way up, he acted in 93 films from 1935-1954; a clean image, wholesome and immaculately dressed, a BaptistMason, role model to many generations of youngsters. He ‘rescued’ many a leading lady (including Rita Hayworth) thinking himself a ‘wooden’ actor, an average singer-guitarist, but remarked, “People like me - that’s all that matters!”. He wrote, co-wrote 650 songs, keeping up with hit parade favourites. He
unwillingly, at his wife’s request, recorded “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” which became a top seller, loved by children everywhere. He had no children, leaving $450 million, giving $250 million to charity. Despite time out in the U.S. Air Forces’ Burma Campaign as supply pilot on dangerous missions over China and India, WWII, even with Roy Rogers temporarily usurping his position with Republic Pictures, he returned to his personal personae after the conflict, his identity, authenticity intact. Entering corporate business post movie making, he owned Record companies, motels, airports, golf courses, a basketball team, ranches, a televi-
sion network, buying up his old films to adapt. He was consequently widowed, very wealthy at 71 and lonely. He married his long-time trusted banker, 35 years his junior, now 70. On his death at 91 years, Jackie Autry continued her late husband’s famous interests, including fondly displaying his successful life in films, outfits/memorabilia from rodeos, personal stints etc. Recording his Royal Family Buckingham Palace ‘fan’ visit on tour to Britain-Ireland. All this and more are collected/displayed for posterity in Gene Autry’s enormous famous U.S. Western, Cowboy Heritage Museum. He was made an honorary citizen of Mexico for his work in the Latin-American Industry and honoured as a much loved, admired self-made actor with business success at the American Academy Awards, prior to his death in 1998. A legend, he inspired, entertained millions, as a ‘romantic’ prairie-riding “goodie”, respectfully wooing ladies (on the rebound after
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MEMBERS of Acacia 50 & Better and the general public are invited to display their crafts, art, needlework, quilts, photography, jewellery, sculptures, etc. at Acacia Ridge on Tuesday 23 August at noon. The price of admission is simply to bring along something lovely to share for lunch. The show is a joint effort between Acacia 50 & Better and ARTIC Library at will be held at 29 Chardean Street, Acacia Ridge. It is
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SENIORS NEWS Probus Club of Redcliffe Inc. PROBUS Club of Redcliffe Inc. recently held our Changeover Dinner in April, with the election of our new President Maureen Mehlert. Maureen has also been our Tour Director for the last 2 years and has taken us on various bus tours, such as Stradbroke Island, Neola’s Garden, Telstra Museum, Old Government House and The Bronco’s Club, just to name a few. Our members also enjoy our barbecues and morning teas, which are held every month. Our Club contin-
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ues to grow in numbers, with another 2 new members being inducted in July.
We are all looking forward to celebrating our up coming 30th Anniversary in 2012.
U3A Open Day
SOME of the U3A authors inspect University of the third Age, Brisbane (U3A) will be conducting an Open Day on Saturday 13th August at their new premises – Ground floor, 97 Creek Street, Brisbane commencing at 10am and running to 1pm to highlight all the exciting classes and activities that this vibrant organisation conducts for the seniors and mature adults of the Greater Brisbane community. If you wish to either improve your knowledge of a particular subject or are just looking for social interaction then come along and see what is on offer. U3A will educate, enlighten & entertain you with over 90 subjects to choose from at a convenient location right in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. The official launch of these new premises will be conducted by Sallyanne Atkinson AO, a past Lord Mayor of Brisbane and the patron of U3A. Sallyanne Atkinson will also officiate at the launch of a book from the U3A Writers Group called “Jitterbugging at City Hall”. A collection of wartime stories of survival, endurance and having fun in the dark days of World War 2. Many of the authors of these stories will be on hand on the day so why not join the launch of this peek into our history at 11am. Look for the display on your arrival and copies of this unique book will be available for sale at $19.95 on the day but hurry, many copies have been pre-sold. Of course, once you see how exciting U3A is, you will want to be part of this great group of people so, why not join on the day? Membership for a year is only $40 and classes in the City are only $4 per session so you can see how this could be one of the best investments you have ever made in the rest of your life. For further information, please ring 3236 3055 or visit: u3abrisbane.org .au.
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WE wish to welcome all members and those wishing to join to next meeting at Bray Hall @ Cnr. O’Loan St (opp. the Ambulance) and Cooke St, Petrie at 10.00am on Friday the 19th August. This month our guest speaker are some of our Tutors doing talks on their course subjects .Morning tea/ coffee and bickies are provided. Please phone 3321 0681 for further details.
Probus Club of Jindalee
THE next monthly meeting of the Probus Club of Jindalee will be on Tuesday 9th August. Meetings are held at the Jindalee Golf Club following morning tea at 10.05 am. Newly retired or semi–retired men and women are welcome to attend. The guest speaker will be Dr. John Cadden giving an informative talk about his experience in Antarctica. For more information or if you would like to attend please ring Annette on 3376 1888.
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Clifford House Care Centre is getting ready to celebrate 20 years at its current location in Wooloowin, while commemorating a history that extends beyond 60 years. The care facility was the founding program of a not-for profit organisation, now known as Queensland Baptist Care, with its first three residents moving into the house on 15 August 1949. Conceived by a group of people who had a desire to provide care that respected the dignity and value of an aging population, the organisation welcomed these residents into Clifford House at its original location at Alderley. Named after Dr John Clifford, a great Baptist defender of social rights in England, Clifford House was the foundation upon which dedicated staff and volunteers organically grew a social service to include the broader community within the state of Queensland. By 1955, the social service had grown exponentially and Clifford House relocated to a larger facility. Over the years, the Clifford House Committee’s name was changed several times including The Department of Community Services, then Baptist Community Services and, eventually, Queensland Baptist Care. From three residents in 1949, Clifford House is now an 81 bed care centre, offering low and high care as well as
dementia specific care. The facility also provides a range of activities for residents and has a production kitchen in which all catering is done on site. Residents at Clifford House enjoy an active lifestyle, and according to Jonathan Clarke, Care Manager, everyone is very excited about the birthday celebration, which is being held on the 5th of August. “All the residents and staff love the location at which Clifford House has been situated for the past 20 years and we feel it is something worth celebrating,” said Mr Clarke. “The birthday celebrations will include various activities such as, the resident choir performing the same song from the official opening, trivia games and a concert. “Residents love any excuse to get together and have some fun so there is a lot of excitement in the air about our party,” added Mr Clarke. In addition to increasing its aged care facilities across Queensland, the organisation has also expanded its services to include its offering of compassion, care and hope to the lonely, the disadvantaged, those with a disability, the homeless, the ill, those facing hardship, families needing support, the jobless and those struggling with mental illness. For further information or media enquiries, please contact Ph: 3550 3773.
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SENIORS NEWS Mt Gravatt Men shedders nail significant grants
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ON 4 July, the Mt Gravatt Men’s shed met for the July meeting and to accept cheques for a number of significant grants. Along with other important announcements to be made later, this was great news for the members and committee of the Men’s Shed. Progress since the first formal meeting in May last year has been incredible. The group currently
boasts a financial membership of 117 members so far and growing. The shedders have been recognised in the local community by undertaking many projects in the area. For the July meeting, the hall was set up with displays from members with some of their work including word carving, boat building and leather work. Another popular attrac-
tion was the 1946 British Woodies Alvis Shooting Brake (vintage car) that was bought along by Dale Hanley from the Vintage Car Club. Phil Reeves, local member for Mansfield and Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Sport attended and presented the Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed President Brian Wheeler with a cheque for $200,000 to go towards the cost of building a new shed on the Showgrounds property. This was made available from a special allocation from the State 2011/12 budget. In addition Cr Krista Adams, Councillor for Wishart, presented a $20,000 cheque on behalf of the Brisbane City Council. Further good news conveyed by Cr Adams was that the development and building approval had just been granted to commence construction of the new shed. Graeme Smith, Vice President of the Rotary Club of Mt Gravatt then presented a $4,000 cheque on behalf of the local Rotary
club. President Brian Wheeler thanked all the donors for their contributions and outlined some of the benefits of a men’s shed which have been significantly demonstrated by the members of the Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed. These included keenness to learn new skills, help others, help the community and improve self esteem. He also outlined some of the 17 community projects planned to be undertaken by the shedders in the immediate future. Thanks to the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds Trust, a 75 sq metre building has been made available as a temporary shed. The shedders will occupy this building after the Mt Gravatt Show is over. The plan is to operate a number of mornings a week with hand skills sessions as well as portable machinery operation sessions on other days. Other activities will continue on a regular basis. Committee member Bob Pope outlined the design
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of the proposed new shed. It is to be 12 x 36 metres and be built of besser block (as required for noise suppression) and it will have a meeting room, office, kitchen and 2 verandas. Brian also indicated that the group had been offered a new solar power for the roof at no cost. He said that ‘this may allow for the shed to be totally self sufficient as far as power is concerned.’ Members continue to be involved in a considerable number of community activities. Six members made themselves available for the Lion’s Circus MacGregor while three more were involved with the Wishart Rotary Bookfest. The Mt Gravatt Show is on the 23rd and 24th July and the Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed will assist with this event in helping set up before the Show, selling tickets at the gate and with cleaning up after the Show. Other major projects planned include refurbishment of a flood-affected house in Fernvale
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to the habitable stage. Tradesmen and labourers will be provided by the Shed. An addition project is the painting of the Chaplain’s Office at Bulimba State School. It is not all hard work. Mixed social events are also held throughout the year and the next one planned is the Xmas in July lunch to be held on
Mon 25 July at COTAH, Southbank Institute of Technology, South Brisbane. Meetings are currently held monthly at the Community Hall at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds on the first Monday of the month. Contact Brian Wheeler on 3343 2090 or mobile 0435 699 693 or see website www.mtgravatt mensshed.org.au
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SENIORS NEWS The 2011 Community Investment Grant Program now open KEDRON-Wavell Ser- well known community community involvement ning our Community Invices Club is one of Clubs, with a long, exten- and contributions. vestment Grant Program Queensland’s largest and sive and proud history of For the second year run- is open to provide financial, in kind and fundraising opportunities to local community organisations. Recipients can be either local or regional individuals or community organisations, but they must demonstrate that they strengthen the communities in which they operate by making a valuable and a long term sustainable contribution. Total annual funding for 2011 will be $100,000 and will be allocated by way of 54 individual grants. They will compose of 4 x
$5000 grants, 20 x $2500 grants, 30 x $1000 grants. ‘We’ve developed this new program to ensure the Club’s annual community donations are spread more evenly among deserving local organisations who are doing good work within the community’ said Mar-
keting Manager, Terri Hewerdine. If you have a big idea to help the community, apply now. Or if you know a friend or Community Group that might be interested in our Community Grants Program, refer them today! Applications close 31st
August 2011, with successful applicants being notified within 60 days. For more information about the Community Grants Program download the Community Grants Information Booklet from the Clubs website at www.kedronwavell.com.au.
Carindale National Seniors CARINDALE National Seniors had 45 members travel to Talgum for a wonderful day out. After passing through Nerang we had morning tea at Chillingham and then on to a tour of the Caldera where we all enjoyed Mt Warning (in Cloud!), Mt Burra and the Pinnacles. All enjoyed the 2 minute silence and the magnificent scenery. We were entertained by Dennis Scanlan on the history of the area- he is very well informed and we all enjoyed his narration and poems. A most enjoyable lunch was had by all at Flutterbies cottage, all food was home cooked and all agreed it was a very good day out. There was much fun trying to find the dinosaurs at a farm on the way home. The July meeting was well attended with 109 present,
7 apologies and 5 prospective new members. This was our 11th Birthday meeting so we all had a special morning tea and birthday cake. The guest entertainer for the day was a bush poet - John Major. We were hilariously entertained by his poems and tall tales. The guest speaker for the August meeting will be Geoff Cooper - a guitarist- so it should be very enjoyable. The 9th of August meeting will be the A.G.M. and then the normal general meeting. Carindale national seniors meets and Clem Jones Sports Centre- Stanley Rd, Carina on the second Tuesday of each month (except JAN.) And bus trips are on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except JAN and DEC). For further information phone Eddie 3395 3337 or Maureen on 33984236.
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SENIORS NEWS Affordable living at River Glen AFTER more than 19 years in operation, River Glen has the experience to successfully serve seniors. Sales person Andrea Wright said the planned community at Waterford west, 35 minutes north of Surfers Paradise, provided quality homes for people 50 years and over and currently had 289 homes in a peaceful village atmosphere. Ms Wright said because the village was well established all of the services and facilities necessary to make residents‘ lives comfortable and enjoyable were already in place. “We have two swimming pools, two community halls, barbecue area, a village bus for shopping expeditions, a resident manager, craft cottage, men’s workshop, visitor parking, public bus stop at the front gate and rooms for a visiting hairdresser and doctor,” said Ms Wright. “The homes themselves are very spacious and have a carport that in many cases can be made large enough to contain an outdoor living area. “There is room for a small garden and, best of all; you don’t have to bring a lawn mower as mowing will be taken care of by the resident manager and
staff.” Ms Wright said ownership of a River Glen home existed on a two-tier basis.” First, the house that you select and buy is yours, you are the absolute owner,” she said. “Second, you acquire a licence to occupy the site on which the house stands. This is not a freehold interest but rather like a lease. “ This system of ‘ownership’ this enables us and you to keep cost down, the park is perfectly secure for you as the rights of the resident are strictly protected by statute and by an approved form of licence between the parties. If you decide to sell there are no entrance or exit fees and you keep the market value. This is a method widely employed by the 1300 or similar villages operating in Australia.” Ms Wright said residents were also welcome to bring a small pet. She said the best way for seniors to decide whether River Glen was right for them was to inspect the village themselves. She said the sales office was open five days a week between 10 am and 4pm. Prices start at $2215.000. For more information please phone Ms Wright 1800 656025.
Kelvin Grove Newmarket Senior Citizens Club WE meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Enoggera Memorial Hall, 349 Wardell Street, and Enoggera. It is handy to many Bus Routes and to Enoggera Railway Station. Parking and wheelchair access are available via Trundle Street. We have a full program organised for the 2nd Thursday and have also planned a few bus trips on Thursday of some months. Our next club meeting will be on 11th August 2011 and we will be having a Concert by the “Red Hot Mamas” We start at 10 o’clock, but you are invited to come at 9.30 and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, biscuit or bun, before we start the day’s program. If you would like to get out of the house and meet some like aged people and are over 50, you are more than welcome. Come and visit us and see if it’s the club you would like to join. We have many say we are a very friendly group, so come and check us out. Please phone Valmai on 3856 4275 or Doris on 3366 6182 for further information.
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ROBERT Satchell carries his wife Laraine over the threshold of their brand new home at Pacific Palms Village in Burpengary. Pacific Palms offers affordable resort lifestyle and security for over 50’s and is conveniently located close to shops, public transport, fishing and is adjacent to Freshwater National Park with a lovely tree lined outlook. Village life includes clubhouse, licensed bar, bowling green, pool, bushland areas or activities such as indoor bowls, Robert Satchell carries his wife, Laraine, over the threshold. tai-chi, aerobics, line dancing, bus trips, more. Residents enjoy rity and carefree lifestyle. joyed by residents with snooker and so much making new friends, secu- Living at Pacific Palms Vil- no entry or exit costs to lage is so very affordable pay should residents dewith site fees a low cide to sell. $104.00 to $117.00 per For more information ring week with many eligible Sue on 3888 4500 or 0411 for government rebates. 687 843 or visit us at the Full capital growth is en- village sales office.
Women’s Creative Group at Greenslopes Shopping Mall GREENSLOPES Shopping Mall on Logan Road attracts visitors from far and wide having built a reputation for friendliness, convenience and an exceptionally wide variety of shops. Whether you are shopping for food, babies, books, electronics, health care and cosmetics, toys or women’s fashion, you will be spoilt for choice with the 32 speciality shops, Crazy Clarks, a Coles supermarket and plenty of places to relax with refreshments. There are many facilities including undercover parking, toilets and baby change places, the Department of Transport and Australia Post. Also, in the complex is The Women’s Creative Centre that was established in International Women’s Year in 1975. This non-profit organization has no paid workers and all management and training is provided by volunteers. The Centre supports the Queensland Cancer Fund with a monthly donation from its collection box. The Creative Centre provides a place for women of all ages and backgrounds to meet in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where they can practise their craft skills. The Centre then provides an outlet where these women can sell their craft on a commission basis. There are opportunities for the study of, and tuition and training in, a large range of arts and crafts. In the course of all this, women develop self-confidence and increase their self-awareness. Not surprisingly, the Creative Centre has become very well known for beautifully handcrafted work including embroidery, knitting, fancy work, crochet, smocking, motifs, doilies, scarves, fabric art and decorative painting. Lessons are held weekly and include morning or afternoon tea. On August 24 the Centre will hold an Open Day from10 a.m. to 3.30pm as part of Seniors Week activities. Ladies can bring their own craft work to do and extra wool, needles and crochet hooks will be available. For details call Margaret on (07) 3345 7154. If you want to solve all your Christmas gift problems in comfort make a note that the last two weeks of August will see a huge sale of winter clothing and gifts at the Creative Centre. Opening hours on weekdays are from 8.30am to 5pm and 8.30am to 4pm on Saturdays. New members are always welcome and the Womens Creative Centre can be contacted by phone on (07) 3397 7758 or email : email@example.com.
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Open Home Weekend 10am – 3pm Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August 2011 Featuring live music performed by the Ipswich RSL Youth Band, a variety of stalls, food and drink plus lots more entertainment on the day.
Whilst at Lewani Palms join in the fun and meet the residents at the Annual Lewani Palms Fair Sunday 21 August, 11am – 3pm.
Enjoy the over 50’s lifestyle with freedom, community spirit and security at Lewani Palms Resort.
HOUSE 22 BY OFFER
This unique home is located on the perimeter of the resort and features a lush green backdrop, with an additional internal living room, study, 2 toilets and an extra large bathroom… This will not disappoint.
Nestled in private and spacious surroundings is this wonderful, light and bright north facing home, featuring a lovely lakeside outlook and extended decked patio… A real must see.
Situated within metres of the resorts facilities, this corner block home doesn’t need a dollar spent, and is priced to run out the door… Be quick.
HOUSE 26 $249,000
HOUSE 38 BY OFFER
HOUSE 50 $259,000
With a subtle renovation, get ready to fall in love with this gorgeous home. Featuring a new kitchen, bathroom, outdoor entertaining area and timber ﬂoor boards… You will never want to leave home.
This beautifully appointed home has a cleverly planned internal living area ﬂowing onto an additional study/ sunroom with a tropical outlook… A real ﬁnd.
Offering so much for so little, this cute north facing home boasts an additional patio/sunroom and is all located within metres of the resorts facilities, visitors parking and bus stop… Wont be around for long.
HOUSE 68 $259,000
HOUSE 74 $259,000
HOUSE 81 $249,000
This home is truly immaculate, and offers a wonderful sunny courtyard with a lovely northerly aspect, not to mention the money you will save from the solar panels… This one will be hard to turn down.
With loads on offer for your dollar, this home offers a sensational internal layout with timber ﬂoors, a unique front, rear and side patio/ courtyard, an extra toilet and solar panels to save you even more money… Unbelievable.
This home has been meticulously well kept, featuring an open plan living area, a huge bathroom, 2 toilets, a lovely long outdoor patio with a ramp, plus a low maintenance rear garden to relax in the sun...You will be amazed.
HOUSE 179 $249,000
HOUSE 191 $259,000
HOUSE 216 $269,000
This home is for the true entertainer and is located on the perimeter of the resort. Featuring a long, tiled internal living area, an undercover room for a spa/workshop/study and a huge decked rear patio. Quick, call the friends over…
This private and peaceful home is located on the perimeter with a wonderful northerly aspect, an internal study, tiled living and dining area, 2-3 car accommodation and a decked rear patio for all those mornings having breakfast in sun…
Located close to the resort facilities, this stunning home boasts a huge additional living/rumpus room for all those looking for some extra space. And if you’re into bowls, all you need to do is jump the back fence… You certainly can’t beat this location.
HOUSE 248 $275,000
HOUSE 249 $269,000
HOUSE 255 $275,000
Want to downsize but still need space? Located on the perimeter and featuring a beautiful rear backdrop, this home is like brand new and offers a separate study, new carpet, solar hot water, and a huge low maintenance rear garden…
This stunning home is located on the perimeter of the resort facing a lush green nature reserve, and features solar hot water, a large rear outdoor entertaining area and rear backyard. So if you’re looking for outdoor space, this is deﬁnitely the one.
Perched on a cute elevated position, and with sensational street appeal, this terriﬁc home has a rare internal layout, featuring a spacious open plan living, additional living/rumpus room, a study and solar hot water. This is a tough one to beat.
HOUSE 263 $275,000
HOUSE 269 $249,000
HOUSE 292 $259,000
Situated in an elevated and airy location, featuring a unique interior with black imported tiles and a living area that ﬂows out onto your own front patio with a private outlook. Also includes solar hot water… Simply superb.
This entry level priced home located in the latest stage of the resort is vacant and ready to go. Situated within metres of the resorts facilities, the home includes a well appointed sunny kitchen, front and rear patio, plus solar hot water. Be quick.
This delightfully presented home has a large well appointed east facing living area allowing for loads of natural light. Featuring extra large bedrooms, a private rear courtyard, a breakfast bar and an extra large front patio… Remarkable for the price.
HOUSE 293 $269,000
HOUSE 321 $275,000
HOUSE 331 $285,000
This immaculate home offers high raked ceilings, modern easy care kitchen, open plan dining and lounge, plus large entertaining/games/dining room.The home also has separate laundry and single lock up garage. Every day is a holiday here.
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This elegant home was one of the last to be built and is situated in a private location on the perimeter. Offering a unique internal design, 2 toilets, solar hot water and a large low maintenance rear and side courtyard.You may just fall in love.
This remarkable home located on the perimeter features an amazing backyard that is truly a tropical oasis, and a tastefully decorated contemporary interior, plus an extra wide garage, and solar hot water. Simply outstanding.
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SENIORS NEWS Keperra Sanctuary - a city haven IT’S called a sanctuary for good reason: a bushland haven hidden away from the hustle yet only ten kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD. Keperra Sanctuary Retirement Village celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is hosting an open day in August to give
visitors a sneak peek at their wonderful homes. On Sunday morning 14 August everyone is invited to take a first-hand look at the facilities and homes at Keperra Sanctuary and perhaps take a stroll along the tree-lined streets of this established and well-loved retirement
village. “People are often surprised about what they find here,” says Tanis O’Brien of Keperra Sanctuary. “It’s such a contrast to the busyness outside it’s like entering another world. “Really, there’s no time like the present to make
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Keperra Sanctuary, but within the setting a beautiful bushland setting with a friendly community.” On open day, visitors will be welcomed with morning tea and invited to tour facilities such as the com-
munity centre, swimming pool, spa and bowling green. Four homes will be open to inspect, each with something a little different to offer in terms of size and style. Open day: 10am –
12.30pm, Sunday 14 August. Keperra Sanctuary Retirement Resort, 998 Samford Road, Keperra. For information please call Tanis or Linda on 1800 670 144. Proudly managed by Lend Lease. www.primelife.com.au.
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will be hold an Open Day on Friday 12 th August. This will be an ideal opportunity for those interested to tour the latest stage, view display homes & join friendly residents for refreshments. What’s more, from the 1st August 2011, purchases of new homes can receive a whopping $20,000 of savings and bonuses. With new freehold retirement homes starting at only $329,950 this is exciting news! Pebble Beach Freehold retirement community is unique because its ownership structure means residents have all the rights of freehold home owners but still get to enjoy the security and community atmosphere of a retirement community. “In this way Pebble Beach has been designed to
bridge the gap between full service retirement living and owning your own home,” says Sales Manager Mac Jackson And whilst Pebble Beach might not provide all the bells and whistles of some other options, that is exactly what the developer intended and is just how the residents like it. “Pebble Beach doesn’t boast a swimming pool, restaurant, bowls club or any on-site care however the community’s proximity to an abundance of services, clubs and facilities allows residents to pick and choose those they want, without being burdened by ongoing costs and service fees associated with on-site facilities they may not even use.” Plus, those purchasing a new home from 1st Au-
gust can receive OVER $20,000 of Bonuses and Savings! Made up of: Qld Govt $10,000 Building Boost Grant (new homes only); $10,000 Developers Lifestyle Bonus; Developer pays any stamp duty increase;Not Exit Fees, Freehold, Low Body Corporate Pebble Beach Community is at 210 Bestmann Road East, Sandstone Point – just across the bridge from Bribie Island. It offers quality brand new 2 and 3 bedroom freehold retirement homes with prices starting from $329,950. You can visit Pebble Beach online at: www.pebblebeach.com.au . The sales office is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am-4pm and the Open Day will be held onsite Friday 12th August
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IF you are looking for somewhere really special to visit or want to give overseas friends or family visitors a treat they will always remember, then make a note of Parrots in Paradise in the Glasshouse Mountains. This privately owned bird park is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of birds through education and entertainment. They have a breeding program specialising in Alexandrine and Eclectus parrots, offer advice on any bird problems, provide boarding facilities and have conducted tours. There is even a Bird shop offering a variety of useful products and hand painted pictures by their own artist, Phoebe, which make unique gifts. Aside from a lovely setting and really beautiful birds, the highlight of your memorable visit will be the two hour show in which the birds dress up, perform remarkable tricks, sing songs, play games, ride mini amazing toys and really demonstrate abilities that would have seemed incredible if you had not seen them for yourself. This unique venue was created by bird lover Dail Malins and her husband Mark. Dail’s love of parrots began with her first parrot when she was five years old. It was an African Grey and went everywhere with her even when she was riding her bike. Very soon Dail realised that animals had excellent learning abilities but it was not until she was 21 and started work hand rearing birds for a big parrot breeder that she fully appreciated the depth of their understanding. “I soon realised that one of my parrots understood every word I was saying,” Dail said. “ The birds don’t work to hand signals – everything is verbal. If I change my mind and alter the pattern of their tricks, they understand and follow my voice. Their intelligence is way out there!” Dail and Mark started years ago doing bird tricks at Caboolture markets and four years ago opened Parrots in Paradise in Barrs Road near the Glasshouse Mountains. Since then, they have entertained a constant stream of visitors including tour groups who cannot believe the bizarre and amazing tricks and funny chatter of the birds in their fascinating show. Visitors relax with coffee and cake in the delightful garden and often encounter friendly geese, swans and chickens as they wander around. Two deer named Flora and Fauna are particularly popular. The property is a wooded block with a collection of bird cages for scores of parrots, cockatoos, galahs and budgerigars. Dail knows every one of them by name and often has nicknames as well. In addition to an excellent diet and plenty of toys to play with, frequent cuddles are part of the agenda! The love is everywhere! For further details of this unique bird park, dates of shows, spit roast lunches and conducted tours visit www.parrotsinparadise.net or call 5438 7719.
Book your taxi thru iPhone THE Yellow Cab Company is delighted to announce that the longawaited iPhone app for booking taxis is now available for download from the AppStore. The app is available in Brisbane including Redcliffe, Ipswich, Logan and Caboolture as well as those in Toowoomba,Warwick and Hobart. After downloading the app, customers can easily register and start bookings straight away. The system uses the existing Web Booker
Online System database which means that anyone already registered as a Web Booker customer does not need to re-register in order to use the iPhone app. Customers can book a taxi using the iHail function which uses the iPhone built-in GPS to locate their pick-up point. If necessary, customers can further fine tune the map pin location by using the map presented location on screen. The app also enables customers to enter their
full pick up and drop off address for their booking, including special instructions and their vehicle preference. They can also get a fare estimation and, once the vehicle has been dispatched, can track its progress to the pick up point live on their iPhone handset. There is also a number of automatic “on approach” notification options. Customers can also create a list of their Favourite Locations in the app which can
further speed up the booking process. These Favourite Locations are reflected in the app and in the customer’s online Web Booker account for reference when booking via the Yellow Cabs website. The system also features a useful “Find a Rank” function whereby users can easily find their nearest taxi rank location. Past jobs that were created using any of the Web Booker services are listed in the app so people can review their booking
history from their iPhone. Yellow Cabs management say that preliminary testing and customer surveys have shown the app to be very user friendly and believe it is sure to become a “must have” for iPhone taxi users. To download the app go to the AppStore and search on YELLOWCABS followed by the city version you wish to download i.e Brisbane, Hobart, Toowoomba or Warwick Happy Travelling!
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SENIORS NEWS Newmarket VIEW Club (VOICE, Interests and Education of Women) Newmarket VIEW Club meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Gaythorne R.S.L. Club, 534 Samford Rd., Mitchelton, 10.30 a.m. for 11.00 a.m. start We have a guest speaker at most meetings, raffles, lucky door prize and a book-swap. Two course luncheon with tea/coffee is $22. We are a small club and welcome new members and visitors with a warm, friendly atmosphere which encourages social interaction. In addition to our meetings we have monthly social outings – coffee mornings, movie days and luncheons. During July our members enjoyed a delightful morning tea at the Homestead Restaurant at Samford. It’s all about fun and friendship so do come along, make new friends, be better informed and enjoy yourself while helping our club make a worthwhile contribution to the Smith Family through the Learning for Life program which assists disadvantaged Australian children with their schooling. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, August 23rd when our guest speaker will be from the Office of Fair Trading. For further information please contact Estelle 3356 7598 or Andrea 3356 1149.
Kenmore Evening VIEW Club
VIEW is a National, self- governed women’s organization with 21,000 members in 400 communities and is a valued part of the Smith Family. VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women. Our club meets on the third Wednesday of each month for Dinner at 6:30pm. We welcome new members and visitors to our meetings, which are held at the Indooroopilly Golf Club. Our speaker for August is Psychotherapist Judith Shearer. She will speak to us on the topic of: ‘The Core Strengths of Women’ Other activities are organised each month such as Gallery visits, morning / afternoon teas, theatre visits etc. We also have special interest groups which include Books, Movies, Mahjong, Bi-Monthly Lunches and Walking. Kenmore VIEW Club, through our fund raising initiatives and activities are supporting a number of Learning for Life students through their school years. These children live in financially disadvantaged households and this sponsorship ensures they have educational support through The Smith Family. If you would like to join us as a guest or to become a member please contact: Lin – Ph: 3715 8233 or Nan – Ph: 3878 7448.
Centenary Evening VIEW Club
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(VOICE, Interests and Education of Women) A valued part of The Smith Family If you are interested in making new friends, come along to a meeting of the Centenary Evening VIEW Club. Our next meeting is on Monday, 8 August, at 6:30pm for 7:00pm at the Mount Ommaney Hotel/ Apartments. As well as providing support for The Smith Family, we have lots of social activities which enable members to enjoy one another’s company. This year we have had theatre evenings, movie outings, coffee mornings, breakfasts, casual dinners, wine and cheese functions and craft activities (and we are only halfway through the year). There are other exciting events planned for the second part of the year. Bookings for the dinner meeting are essential and must be made before midday on Friday, 5 August, by telephoning Sue (3376 0710) or Helen (3279 4016). The cost for the dinner is $32.
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Redcliffe VIEW Club
LADIES, are you looking for a friendly group to join, try VIEW (Voice, Interests and Education of Women)? Redcliffe Peninsula VIEW Club meets at the Redcliffe Leagues Club on the corner of Klingner and Ashmole Roads, Redcliffe, on the second Thursday of each month at 11.30am for a two course lunch and an interesting speaker or entertainment. The Club offers friendship, fun and great outings each month. VIEW Clubs support the Smith Family’s “Learning for Life” education program helping disadvantaged students to maximise their potential within the education system. To join us at our next meeting or to find out more please contact Robyn on 3293 6003 a week prior to the meeting to enable us to organise catering.
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THE Chapel Hill VIEW Club meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at Mt Ommaney Hotel/Apartments at 11am for 11:30am. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd August. Our Club will be celebrating our 21st Anniversary Year. We warmly invite new members and guests to join us for our 21st Birthday, to enjoy fun, friendship, the voices of the Chapel Hill Choir and to listen to a talk by our National VIEW Councillor. The Club is also celebrating 21 years of supporting students throughout their schooling years. VIEW women, as a part of The Smith Family, are committed to providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged children during their school years through the “Learning for Life” program. For further information or to book for the next meeting, please phone Bev on 3279 2819 by 6pm on the Friday before the lunch.
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CELEBRATING SENIORS WEEK 2011 Australian Armed Services THE Ladies of the Brisbane Nth District RSL Council of Womenâ€™s Auxiliaries was delighted to receive the lovely framed certificate of appreciation from the â€˜Mentoring Task Force 1â€™ [Feb-Oct] 2010. The Ladies received a grant from The RSL Brisbane North District Community Grants, to purchase goods for â€˜Care Parcelsâ€™ for the troops. The Deception Bay Womenâ€™s Auxiliary set to, and swiftly put together these wonderful packages, and had much enjoyment in doing so! Included in the parcels were such goods as Lollies, biscuits hand-cream, sunblock shaving cream after shave lotion deodorant cross-word puzzle books, jam, vegemite, razorblades, noodles, potato chips and etc. The Ladies look forward to a further grant to enable them to repeat the process this year.
Moreton Bay VIEW Club WOULD you like to join Australiaâ€™s most progressive Womenâ€™s Organisation, VIEW. You can meet new women build strong friendships, become better informed and support â€œThe Smith Familyâ€? and their learning for life students. Our next luncheon we are celebrating our 14th Birthday and the theme is Red and Black and â€œAll That Jazzâ€?. There will be entertainment and a prize for the best 20â€™s outfit, lucky door prize and raffle. Meet at the Redlands Sporting Club, Anson Rd, Wellington Point on Thursday 11th August 11am for 11:30am. Cost is $24. Please phone Joan on 3207 4079 by 6pm Sunday prior to the luncheon for catering purposes. So ladies get out your boas and beads and come along for some fun. Visitors most welcome.
Pine Rivers VIEW Club OUR next monthly luncheon meeting will be held on Wednesday 24th August at Kallangur Bowls Club, Anzac Ave, Kallangur. The guest speaker will be Kate Watson, Volunteer Coordinator at Australia Zoo. The club supports The Smith Family and â€œLearning for Lifeâ€? program. Ladies come and meet new friends. Visitors most welcome. For more details and bookings for lunch - Phone Rowena 3204 4410.
Wellington Point Seniors THE Bonny Moore Competition was played between clubs in the Redlands on the 20 April, 2011. Team 1 of Wellington Point won and will hold the shield for 12 months. Members send their condolences to the family of late club member Bob Peet. He will be sadly missed. We extend a get well message to all members who may be in poor health. Social Bowls are played in the Community Hall, Birkdale Road, Wellington Point Saturdays at 9am and Tuesdays 12.45pm. For more details please phone Edith on 3390 3196 or Madge on 3284 6160.
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CELEBRATING SENIORS WEEK 2011 Pro-active aging for Logan’s Seniors
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IT’S that time again for Logan’s senior citizens to step out and celebrate Seniors Week at the Seniors Get Active Expo on Monday 22 August. Logan senior citizens are encouraged to get out and get active during the annual Seniors Week festivities being held from Saturday 20 August to Sunday 22 August. Customer Service, Marketing and Parks Committee Chairperson, Councillor Lynne Clarke (Division 7) said Council had organised a host of exciting events for Seniors Week. “I don’t believe getting older is an excuse for doing less, it just means it sometimes takes us longer to do things,” she said. “I’m probably busier now than I’ve ever been and I’m certainly not letting my age get in my way of having fun.” “The Seniors Expo is not only an opportunity for residents join in on the celebrations but also, reduces isolation within Logan’s senior community. The Seniors Get Active Expo will kick off Seniors Week celebrations on Monday 22 August at the Logan Entertainment Centre, Logan Central. Cr Clarke said the expo was an opportunity for seniors to find out about some of the activities on offer in Logan that week. “Who knows, they might find a new activity they enjoy doing or even make some new friends,” she said. The event will include Master of Ceremonies Ian Maurice who is set to host the fun filled day with Craig Martin and his swing band set to light up the stage to close the expo. Free tickets for the Seniors Expo at the Logan Entertainment Centre are available now. To book your free tickets now please call 3412 5626. THE 2011 Dickson Seniors’ Expo will be held at the Strathpine Community Centre, Mecklem Street, Strathpine on 29th and 30th August. Brisbane The Expo is a great opportunity for retired, or about to retire seniors, to access information on activities/services available in the community. More than 50 businesses and not-for-profit Only $36.30 for 1 years (11 copies) organisations are represented. ABN 26 089 559 697 subscription - includes GST & postage Exhibits include: Theo’s Nursery; Retirement anywhere in Australia. Call 1300 880 265 to Subscriptions Villages; Seniors Social Clubs, hobbies and Brisbane Seniors Newspaper pay by Credit Card or send this form with fitness; Travel opportunities; Federal, State and your cheque/money order to: P.O. Box 1062 Tewantin Q. 4565 Local Governments Services and advice on YES! Send me my monthly copy of Brisbane Seniors Newspaper numerous health issues plus the RACQ electric Name: .......................................................................................... car for the motor enthusiasts. Address: ...................................................................................... Entry is free, lucky door prizes to be won, interesting and informative speakers on a variety ...................................................... P/Code: ................................ of subjects and a fashion parade by Fashions on Phone: .........................................................................................
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the Go and Lowes Menswear will be held on both days. Guest speakers include, The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Federal Member for Dickson, Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing and Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Shadow Minister for Ageing. Other presenters include Detective Superintendent Brian Hay from the Queensland Police Service Fraud and Corporate Crime Group and David Terry from RACQ. Entertainment by Chris Doyle – a seasoned entertainer who can play something for everyone, so bring along your dancing shoes! Complimentary sample bags, lucky door prizes and much more! This year a free Shuttle Bus will be running to and from the Expo every half hour from Westfield Strathpine bus stop area. Refreshments are available and off street parking available. Monday 29th 9.00am to 2.30 pm and Tuesday 30th 8.30am to 2.00pm. Further information available by phoning Don Peverill on 3351 6651 or Cath Tonks 0402 782 460. Find us on Facebook for more updates This event is an initiative of the Dickson Seniors’ Council and proudly sponsored since 2004 by the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Federal Member for Dickson.
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Celebrate Seniors Week at LifeTec Join the FREE fun at the Active Living Seniors Expo and Morning Tea WEDNESDAY 24TH AUGUST 2011
9am to 1pm (Registration from 8:30am)
VENUE: LifeTec Queensland Level One Reading Newmarket Shopping Centre, Cnr Newmarket and Enoggera Roads, Newmarket (ample parking and lift access available in the lower east underground car park)
RSVP: Friday 19th August 2011 PHONE: 07 3552 9000 VISIT: www.lifetec.org.au
ATURE: E F L L I W THE DAY Free morning tea Fabulous entertainment and informative guest speakers from a variety of service providers Information stalls Lucky door prizes Art Exhibition
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Free tour of LifeTec’s display of the latest assistive technology and the Queensland Smart Home
JOIN the free fun at the ‘Active Living’ Seniors Expo, Morning Tea and Art Exhibition. Seniors Week 2011 promises to be even more fun and informative with the addition of the ‘Active Living’ Seniors Expo being held at LifeTec, Newmarket. Everyone is invited to attend the expo on Wednesday 24th August 2011. Event coordinator Scott Green said that the event promises to be very informative, interesting and a lot of fun. “The program for the expo includes a variety of information stalls and presentations from numerous organisations including Senior Enquiry Line, Arthritis Queensland, Commonwealth Carelink Centre, Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy Service and many more. It is a great opportunity for the whole community to enjoy the fabulous entertainment and be informed about the range of community resources available to seniors,” Mr Green said. Attendees will be well catered for with a free scrumptious morning tea. This year’s Seniors Week theme is ‘Positively Ageless’ to reinforce the benefits of a positive attitude to life. The event is supported by the Queensland Government through the Department of Communities. The expo starts at 9am and concludes at 1pm. An art exhibition of works created by seniors will be on display at LifeTec from the 22nd to the 16th August. Entry is free. LifeTec is proud to be hosting the expo at their display centre that also features 1000s of items of assistive technology equipment. LifeTec staff will be available at the expo to conduct tours of the display and the Queensland Smart Home Demonstrator. LifeTec Queensland has been helping people to remain independent for 30 years by providing free professional advice on assistive technology. For more information about the ‘Active Living’ Seniors Expo and LifeTec visit www.lifetec.org.au or phone 07 3552 9000 to RSVP by 19th August.
Seniors Week in Moreton Bay Region INFORMATIVE expos covering health, cooking, entertainment and fashion are on the menu for Seniors Week across the Moreton Bay Region. The Moreton Bay Healthy Ageing Expo kicks off at Clontarf on the Redcliffe Peninsula on Thursday August 25, with the Bribie Island Seniors Expo on the following day and a two-day Dickson Seniors Expo at Strathpine from Monday August 29. Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor, Allan Sutherland, said all three expos would cover a range of issues relevant to seniors as well as host of entertainment, informative talks and cooking classes. “A lot of thought and planning has gone into the Seniors Week expos and they have been organised to ensure nobody needs to travel too far to find out about the latest innovations and programs for seniors in our region,” the Mayor said. The Clontarf expo will be held from 10am to 2pm at the Clontarf Beach Baptist Church, corner of Elizabeth Avenue and Alice St. Bribie Island expo is on from 10am to 3pm at the Bribie Island RSL, 99 Toorbul St, Bongaree. The Dixon Seniors Expo will be held at the Strathpine Community Centre, Mecklem St, Strathpine from 9am to 2.30pm on Monday August 29, and from 8.30am to 2pm on August 30. Entry to all three is free.
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SENIORS DAYS AT EKKA Thursday 11 August, and Thursday 18 August Once again, Queensland’s beloved Ekka is expected to attract record crowds to RNA Showgrounds from August 11-20. Whether you are interested in the thrill rides, the baby animals, the showbags, or something more sophisticated, there is so much to do at Ekka this year! With so many exciting things to see and do, it is important to plan. A day at Ekka is incredible value. More than 70 per cent of Ekka is dedicated to free events and activities. Seniors Days Eligible Seniors Cardholders can purchase a discounted Ekka ticket for $15.00 at the gate on Thursday 11 and Thursday 18 August 2011. Please note this ticket cannot be purchased online. Check accepted concession cards. You must present your Seniors Card on purchase. Go to http://www.ekka.com.au/what’s-on.aspx for full information.
20-28 August 10am-5pm STRAIT HOME Come and visit Strait Home at the State Library of Queensland, where you will hear, and experience and share stories from the Torres Strait Islands. We hold some of the most unique and significant Torres Strait Islander documentary material in Australia. The treasures in our collection have inspired Strait Home, a program of interactive exhibitions, conversations, installations and performances, creating opportunities to learn about the people, history and culture of the Torres Strait Islands. Saturday 27 August 11am Curator’s Tour: Explore the collections and hear about the stories behind the Strait Homehttp://www.slq.qld.gov.au/ whats-on/events/straithome works with the exhibition curators in each of our three gallery spaces
Tuesday 16 August 12noon TROPICAL DANCE QUINTET Take a musical round trip from Paris to Rio to New Orleans with a delightful concert showcasing some of the biggest names in jazz including Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Django Reinhardt and Tom Jovin. Venue: Albert Street Uniting Church, 319 Albert Street, Brisbane City. Free event.
Sunday 21 August to Tuesday 23 August AUSTRALIAN MEN’S SHED ASSOCIATION 4TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE This is the 4th National Conference of the Australian Men’s Shed Association. It is ideal for shed members and those community members who would like to establish a shed in their area to network with people with similar objectives and attend workshops on shed development and the promotion of men’s health. Event held at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane. Cost: Full Registration, Non Member $400.00 - Member $350.00. Phone: (07) 3273 3356 or visit: http:// www.dcconferences.com.au/mensshed/
Thursday 18 August INSIDE GOLD YEARS 10.30am-12.30pm Inside Golden Years event will promote active ageing and intergenerational relationships, held at Golden Years Seniors’ Centre, 15 Jenner Street, Nundah during Seniors Week in August 2011. Golden Years will showcase the contribution local seniors make to society, demonstrate their active involvement in community activities and help to forge strong inter-generational and multicultural bonds by involving younger people and people from various cultural groups in joint activities with the seniors. Phone 3266 4500 for further information or bookings. This is a free event. Thursday 18 August 9.30am-11.30am COMPOST MAKING Learn how you can use your garden waste, newspapers and vegetable scraps to make your own compost. Walking tour of the farm included. Cost: $4 Beelarong Community Farm Morningside. Friday, 19 August 10am-1pm CAMIRA/SPRINGFIELD COMBINED EVENT Council will partner with Progressive Seniors, Camira Friends & Neighbours, Oasis Over 50s and National Seniors for an exciting day of bush dancing, live entertainment, giveaway and a free lunch. Venue: The Camira Springfield Community Centre, 389 Old Logan Road, Camira. Friday 19 August 6:30–10:30 pm JAZZ & SWING NIGHT You are invited to dance the night away to music provided by the Cleveland Past Masters Big Band at Seniors Enquiry Line’s free annual seniors Jazz & Swing Night. Enjoy dancing displays, a light supper & lucky door prizes. Phone bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Venue: Oxlade Drive, New Farm. This is a free event. Saturday 20 August 9am-12noon FREE WALKER CHECK Come along for a free check of your walker to Elan Medical Supplies, 6/63 George Street, Beenleigh. Ph: 3807 0551
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Sunday 21 August 2pm SLiQ FLICKS – LOGAN’S RUN (PG 1976) In the year 2274 mankind leads an idyllic life… with the one drawback - life ends at age 30. Free films held at the State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 2 on Level 2. Sunday 21 August 2-3pm HITS OF THE 60s & 70s Yellow Cabs Bayside Brass conducted by Major Ivan Cocking performs pop hits of the 60s and 70s, from The Beatles to Abba and everything in between. White’s Hill Reserve, Boundary Road, Camp Hill Sunday 21 August 2-3pm POLISHED BRASS Brisbane City Temple Salvation Army Band conducted by Stuart Lang play a concert of polished brass excellence. Venue: Newstead House, Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead. Monday 22 August – Friday 26 August 6.30am (various times) “HAVE A GO” BURNIE BRAE CENTRE – CHERMSIDE Burnie Brae Centre at Chermside is offering the perfect opportunity for over 50’s to put the spring back in their step. The Centre is holding a “Have a Go” program during Seniors Week and is encouraging all Northside Seniors to come and get active. This free event is open to all over 50s’ and will showcase a range of fun fitness activities on offer at the Centre. The program which will run from 22nd to 26th August will have a variety of activities to choose from and will also include a social and healthy eating focus with free breakfasts and morning teas provided on some of the days. Each of the free activities will be conducted by qualified instructors and supervised to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants. Refer page 37 for full information or visit the Burnie Brae website www.burniebrae.org.au. Pre-booking of all activities is essential and interested seniors should address all enquiries to Jenny Vernez (phone 3624 2103).
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Logan seniors get active at 2010 Expo Monday 22 August 9.00am-2.00pm SENIORS GET ACTIVE EXPO 2011 Come along and be part of the Seniors - Get Active Expo at Logan City Council. Entertainment, information sessions and a variety of activities to try are all part of the expo and if you are a senior, we’d love to see you there. Get Active Expo at 170 Wembley Road, Logan Central. Free event.
Tuesday 23 August 9.45am–11.30 am FREE SENIORS’ DEVONSHIRE TEA A free Devonshire morning tea for local seniors is provided by the Hertford Street Baptist Church to acknowledge the seniors in our community. Tea, coffee and scones with jam and cream provided. Some light entertainment will also be present. Cnr Hertford St and Dupre St, Upper Mt Gravatt. Free event.
Monday 22 August 9.30am-10.30am ZUMBA GOLD CLASS Move it Fitness offers a Zumba Gold low impact exercise class for active older adults. Latin inspired rhythms and easy to follow moves. The event will be held at Logan Entertainment Centre. Free event. Phone 0413 398 622 for further information.
Tuesday 23 August 10.00am-11.30am SENIORS’ MORNING TEA See a demonstration of Tai Chi, learn about the health and relaxation benefits, and try a few moves. Visit: Level 1, 566 Lutwyche Road, Lutwyche. Event free.
Monday, 22 August 9.30am-12pm CRAFT & COFFEE Busy Beat Café will host morning tea and art and craft workshops including felt making, floral art, basket weaving and jewellery making. Venue: Busy Beat Café, 117 Brisbane Street, Ipswich. Monday 22 August 10.30am INACCORD BAND CONCERT – REDLANDS DISTRICT Inaccord is a senior ensemble of 5 to 8 players who are all members of the Redland City Band will perform a concert at Victoria Point Shopping Centre (near K Mart). Do not miss this free entertainment. Monday 22nd August 11.30am - 1pm HIDDEN GEMS MULTI-CULTURAL COOKING CLASS Venue: Spear it catering. 78 Taylor St, Bulimba. Maximum number: 25. Cost: $5.00. How to book: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Matt on 0408 447 851. Tuesday 23 August 9am-12noon BIG MORNING TEA Older Women’s Network at Loganlea are holding a big morning tea. They are a very friendly, social group and cater for all women in Logan from 40-80. Join this welcoming group over a cuppa and meet new seniors. Big Morning Tea will be held at Guide Hall, 117 Station Road, Loganlea.
Tuesday 23 August 10.30am INACCORD BAND CONCERT – REDLANDS DISTRICT Inaccord is a senior ensemble of 5 to 8 players who are all members of the Redland City Band will perform a concert at Capalaba Central Shopping Centre (near Food Court). Do not miss this free entertainment. Tuesday 23 August 8.30pm QUT FASHION AFTER HOURS Join us for a night of sparkling conversation with some of Brisbane’s most interesting fashionistas as we explore all things local, sustainable and ethical. Presented in partnership with Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival. Industry & Autonomy: what is sustainable fashion? Does the term ‘sustainable fashion’ mean anything, or is it a paradox? How does the fashion industry, from celebrity designers to mass market retailers, start to adopt environmentally friendly fashion practices? In an industry notorious for its wastefulness, and in a world where the designer label is king, how do we shift the paradigm? Join us as we discuss the problems and possibilities in sustainable approaches to fashion, followed by an exclusive Pop-Up Vintage Market event. Cost: $35 ($20 concession). Bookings: qtix.com.au 136 246 or The Library Shop. Tuesday 23 August 3pm-5pm CANOEING INDOOROOPILLY Canoeing Indooroopilly idyll Pick up some local history and see the Indooroopilly bridges from a different perspective. You need to be a competent swimmer and reasonably fit. Cost $5.50. Indooroopilly Canoe Club.
Tuesday, 23 August 9.30am LIFE’S JOURNEY SEMINAR Guest speakers from Donate Life, Westpac Bank and more will offer practical advice for seniors on important life matters and making sure things go as planned. Venue: Humanities Building, 56 South Street, Ipswich
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Wednesday 24 August 9am NATIVE GARDEN BUS TOUR Rochedale/Springwood National Seniors Assoc. invites seniors to join them for a beautiful natural bushwalk through the native gardens at Indigiscapes Native Gardens, Capalaba. Lunch at the Cleveland Sands Hotel and a tour of Cleveland Point... Cost: $35 including lunch.
Wednesday 24 August 9am-1pm ACTIVE LIVING SENIORS EXPO – NEWMARKET LifeTec Qld. facilitates a Seniors Expo which includes information stalls, presentations on assistive technology and an art exhibition and will be held at Level 1, Reading Newmarket Shopping Centre, Cnr. Newmarket and Enogerra Rds. LifeTec will work collaboratively with a range of key organizations e.g. Arthritis & Osteoporosis Qld, Qld Aged Disability & Advocacy (QADA), St John’s Ambulance Community Services and University of the Third Age (U3A) to develop and conduct an informative and entertaining senior’s forum and expo. Morning tea will be provided. Phone 3552 9000 for further information.
Wednesday 24 August 9.30am-2.30pm SCULPTURE IN THE PARK Spend a pleasant day learning basic sculpting techniques and make an art piece to take home. Cost $12 Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre, Sherwood.
Wednesday 24 August 10am-1pm REFUGEE SUPPORT BY GUEST SPEAKER AUDREY LEDWICH OAM Mrs. Audrey Ledwich, a senior citizen, recently received an OAM for her long service to the community through the Ecumenical Refugee Support Group. She will share her experiences and facilitate reflection on issues pertaining to refugees. St Peter Chanel Parish Hall, Chaprowe Street, The Gap 4061. This is a free event.
Wednesday 24th August 11.30am - 1pm HIDDEN GEMS MULTI-CULTURAL COOKING CLASS Venue: Australian Pensioners and Superannuants League (APSL). 174 Boundary St, West End Maximum number: 25. Cost: $5.00 How to book: email email@example.com or phone Matt on 0408 447 851.
Wednesday 24 August 12.30pm OUT OF THE PORT - NEW PERSPECTIVES ON QUEENSLAND HISTORY Presented by State Library of Queensland’s John Oxley Library and the Department of Environmental and Resources Management. BEATING HEART - EXPLORING THE ROLE OF THE MAIN STREET IN THE LIFE OF A REGIONAL QUEENSLAND CITY. Before ‘suburban sprawl’ threatened to choke its existence, Flinders Street was the focus of social, political and economic growth in Townsville for over a century. Join historian Trish Fielding as she explores how people once lived, worked, shopped, socialised, celebrated and protested in Townsville’s main street, sharing the photographs and community memories that illustrate a story of struggle, strife and spirit. Held at State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 2, level 2.Free, no bookings required. Wednesday 24 August 2pm– 3.30pm FELTING WORKSHOP Bobbin lace making demonstration and talk with Chris Tasker. Banyo Library, 284 Vincents Road, Banyo. Free. Bookings required. Phone: 3403 8888.
Wednesday 24 August 6pm–8pm RE-TELLING: STRAIT HOME Strait Home: Welcome home to Torres Strait The extensive collections of Torres Strait Islander photographs, audio, books, papers and artworks in the John Oxley Library provide a rich resource. A collective of Torres Strait Islander artists will bring them alive through performance, song, dance and music — creating an interactive cultural exploration of the Torres Strait Islands. Held at State Library of Queensland Gallery, Level 2, State Library of Queensland Free event. Bookings phone 3842 9061. Wednesday 24 August 8.30pm QUT FASHION AFTER HOURS Join us for a night of sparkling conversation with some of Brisbane’s most interesting fashionistas as we explore all things local, sustainable and ethical. Presented in partnership with Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival. Brisbane Women in Fashion: clothing, community and culture Fashion and women go hand-in-hand. Throughout the ages, women have used clothing as a way of connecting with one another and as a method for expressing social and cultural identities. In Brisbane, there is a wealth of wonderful women working in fashion, from designers and retailers to academics and social welfare workers. Join some of these women for a panel discussion that addresses fashion’s role in our community, culture and identity followed by an exclusive Fabric Swap event by QUT Creative Industries & The Stitchery Collective. Held at the Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library of Queensland. Cost: $35 ($20 concession). Bookings: qtix.com.au 136 246 or The Library Shop. Thursday 25 August 9.30am-12noon BITS AND BOBS CRAFT GROUP A new craft and quilting group meeting on the fourth Thursday of every month. New members welcome. Sunnybank Hills Library, Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown, Cnr Compton & Calam Rds Sunnybank Hills. Thursday 25 August COMMUNITY LUNCHEON 9.30 am–2.00 pm Activities include Greek dancing, singing, music and an art exhibition on display. Free tea, coffee and cake. Lunch at 12noon for $6 which includes a choice of 2 main meals and dessert. Venue: 174 Boundary St, West End. Cost: $6.00. Thursday 25 August 9.30am-2pm SENIORS MUSIC CONCERT AND LUNCH AT CABOOLTURE Caboolture Senior Citizens Centre and Club Inc promote information sharing to improve connections among the local Senior Citizen groups to reduce social isolation of seniors in the community. The Caboolture Senior Citizens Club is co-coordinating a social morning tea, catered lunch with a music concert and lunch at 24 Hasking St, Caboolture. The event will include visitors from the Commonwealth Care and Respite Centre from Sunnymeade Nursing Home and St. Paul’s Homes. For cost or further information contact 5495 2898. Thursday, 25 August 10am FREE CINEMA DAY Seniors will be treated to a free day at the movies, plus free snacks and drinks, sponsored by council and Reading Cinemas Redbank. Venue: Reading Cinemas, Redbank Plaza, 1 Collingwood Drive, Redbank.
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Thursday 25 August 10am-2pm HEALTHYAGEING EXPO 2011 - MORETON BAY Come and find out what services and activities are available to Moreton Bay Seniors. Healthy Ageing Expo 2011 will be held at Clontarf Beach Baptist Church, Cnr. Elizabeth Ave and Alice Street, Clontarf. Free healthy food and cooking demonstrations; free presentations by engaging guest speakers; free transport to and from the Expo; free information displays; free multicultural food, dance and entertainment; free health screening; free ‘come and try sessions’ including Tai Chi and Heart Foundation walking; free morning tea and lunch and free entertainment. Enquiries and bookings contact Jacqui Pedersen on (07) 3283 0285 or email: Jacqueline.Pederson@moretonbay.qld.gov.au. Thursday 25 August 10am-2pm SENIORS WORKOUT AND PLAY – DECEPTION BAY North Coast Active 60 and Better Inc. are holding a seniors event ‘Seniors Workout and Play’ to promote active ageing and intergenerational relationships by providing a broad range of activities to attendees including tai chi, yoga, water aerobics, aerobics, circuit and walking exclusively for seniors in the community. The local primary school will also participate in the activities and demonstrate some of the physical activities. Any seniors welcome to attend – bookings essential. Morning tea and light lunch provided. This is a free event held behind the Deception Bay Library. Phone 3204 2552 for further information or to book. Thursday 25 August 10.30am INACCORD BAND CONCERT – REDLANDS DISTRICT Inaccord is a senior ensemble of 5 to 8 players who are all members of the Redland City Band will perform a concert at Lakeside Shopping Centre, Victoria Point (near Aldi). Do not miss this free entertainment. Thursday 25 August 5-9pm GAMES NIGHT Meet new people over a friendly and fun game of scrabble, chess or Connect Four. King George Square, 100 Adelaide Street, Brisbane Friday 26 August BBQ LUNCH @ CRESTMEAD 40+ Crestmead Club is holding a barbecue lunch with a Hawaiian theme. Entertainment and bookings are essential. Venue: Crestmead Community Centre, Gimlet Street, Crestmead. Phone Robin on 3388 4442. Friday 26 August 9.30am-1.30pm AGEING AND DISCRIMINATION - “I FEEL INVISIBLE” COTA Queensland will mark Seniors Week 2011 by facilitating an Ageing and Discrimination Forum “I feel invisible” at the State Library of Queensland on Friday 26 August. The Forum is being organised in response to rising concerns amongst older people that age discrimination is being imbedded in today’s society. The Forum will include speakers, panel discussion and group work held at Studio, State Library of Queensland - Stanley Street, South Brisbane. Event free. Friday 26 August 9.45am-12 noon REDLAND CITY INSPIRING SENIORS 2011 Morning tea held to honour Inspiring Seniors from the 10 Redland City divisions. The seniors will enjoy a high tea with their friends and family and will be honoured by specially chosen songs by a Redland City performer. They will be presented with an engraved framed photo and gift bag by the Mayor and their Divisional councillor. Venue at Renaissance Retirement Village, Bunker Road, Victoria Point. Free event.
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Friday 26 August 10am SOCIABLE SENIOR’S BOOK CLUB Join Indooroopilly Library’s sociable senior’s book club for good reading tips, suggestions and book discussions. Indooroopilly Library, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Level 4, 322 Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly Friday 26 August 10am-12 noon ASHGROVE SENIOR’S CELEBRATION The Ashgrove Senior’s Celebration facilitates dialogue and awareness with service providers in the health, lifestyle and recreation fields. A Sing-along, Art display and Health Presentation are accompanied by a generous High Tea. Venue: 7 Firhill Street, Ashgrove. This is a free event.
Friday 26 August 10am-2pm SENIORS WEEK VARIETY DAY – IPSWICH Ipswich City Council will host the Seniors Week Variety Day during Seniors Week in the South West region to showcase the achievements and contributions of seniors and provide interactive activities, entertainment and information stalls. The Seniors Week Variety Day aims to support the concepts of social harmony, inclusion, healthy ageing and wellbeing with an emphasis on engaging older Indigenous residents, those from CALD backgrounds and seniors at risk of isolation. The event will highlight the contributions and achievements of seniors with a range of interactive displays and activities including craft, scrapbooking, exhibitions of antiques, classic and vintage cars, stalls, multicultural displays, physical activities, entertainment by Indigenous dance troupes, entertainers, local school choirs and other popular seniors performers.
Friday 26 August 10am-3pm BRIBIE ISLAND EXPO Bribie Island Expo will be held at the Bribie Island RSL, 99 Toorbul St, Bongaree. Friday 26 August 10.30am INACCORD BAND CONCERT – REDLANDS DISTRICT Inaccord is a senior ensemble of 5 to 8 players who are all members of the Redland City Band will perform a concert at Stockland Shopping Centre, Cleveland (near Coles). Do not miss this free entertainment.
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CELEBRATING SENIORS WEEK 2011 Saturday, 27 August 9am-2pm GAILES FAMILY BBQ Following overwhelming success in 2010, Gailes Community House will once again host a free breakfast barbecue, family entertainment and a group exercise class. Venue: Lowry Park, 9 Connell Street, Gailes. Saturday 27 August 9.45am-2pm INTERGENERATIONAL AND MULTICULTURAL HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE EXPO The Expo will bring together children, families, seniors and diverse communities providing activities, resources & workshops including: Tai Chi and Craft for all ages/ abilities; ‘Reading Tent’ for seniors and children promoting literacy and intergenerational activities; Court-yard Cafe; BBQ; Face-painting; and, Barnyard-babies. There will also be a Men’s Health Pit Stop; Women’s Health, Oral Health, ‘Cooking for One/Two’, Internet/Social Media, and Safety workshops. Expo at 177 Meakin Road, Slacks Creek. This is a free event. Saturday 27 August 4.00pm start DANCING WITH THE SENIOR STARS South East Fellowship Property Ltd, Thornlands will hold a ‘Dancing with the Senior Stars’ event during Seniors Week. The event will enhance community connections for older people. Seniors Supper Dance will be held at Redlands City Church. It will be organized by seniors for seniors and will include an evening of entertainment, dancing and food to celebrate and honour seniors during Seniors Week. For further information phone 3207 9154. Sunday 28 August 11am-12noon TRAIN DAY Featuring Brisbane Brass 2 conducted by Josh McKechie. Treat the kids to a ride on a real steam train organised by the Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club from 10am-3pm. McPherson Park, Denham Rd, Bracken Ridge.
Sunday 28th August 11.30am - 1pm HIDDEN GEMS - TRADITIONAL ITALIAN CUISINE WITH CARLO ZINCONE Venue: Spear it catering. 78 Taylor St, Bulimba. Maximum number: 25. Cost: $5.00. How to book: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Matt on 0408 447 851. Sunday 28 August 1.45–3.45 pm ALBERT JEAYS PRESENTS TALK OF BUILDING HIS OWN BOAT Sandgate Historical Museum has invited well know identity, Albert Jeays, back again this year to present a talk and photo display on building his yacht in the back yard of the family home at Brighton. Venue: 150 Rainbow Street, Sandgate. Cost: gold coin donation requested. Sunday 28 August 1-2pm AROUND THE WORLD Sunnybank Brass conducted by Louisa Smith take you on a music journey around the world with tunes from South America to Scotland. Venue: Bulimba Memorial Park, Oxford Street, Bulimba. Sunday 28 August 1.00pm REDLAND CITY BANDS INC PROUDLY PRESENTS ‘BAND SPECTACULAR’ Redland City Bands will present their annual concert to conclude Seniors Week celebrations in the Redlands on Sunday 28th August in the Cleveland Assembly Hall, Smith Street, Cleveland. Ample off street parking is available. This concert features our Concert Band and ‘Mandolins in Brisbane’ who are our guests for the afternoon. Concert commences at 1:30 pm; doors open at 1:00 pm. Admission is free but a gold coin donation would be greatly appreciated. Seats can be booked by contacting Glen on 3829 0234. We look forward to seeing you then!
Sunday, 28 August 1.30pm SENIOR SUPERSTAR 2011 GRAND FINAL Come along and be dazzled as the Grand Finalists from Australia’s most established talent contest for over 55s. Senior Superstar Brisbane take to the stage in what guarantees to be an afternoon of high pitched fun, laughs and a nail-biting series finale. The Grand Final will close the curtain on Brisbane City Council’s 2011 Senior Superstar series where around 12 finalists have made it through auditions, heats and semifinals to make this special event. The stellar line-up of special guests and judges include names such as JohnMichael “Hollywood” Howson, Mary Schneider and Damien Anthony Rossi. Venue: QPAC Concert Hall, South Bank. Tickets: FREE but bookings essential from QTIX (from 1 August), telephone 136 246. Sunday 28 August 2pm-5pm INDIAN SENIORS CELEBRATE SENIORS WEEK Indian Seniors Celebration free event will be held at Runcorn Heights State School Hall, Nemies Road, Runcorn during Seniors Week. This event will promote healthy lifestyles and encourage community participation including seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This event will attract seniors from various ethnic groups from around Brisbane. Activities such as traditional singing, dancing and Tai-Chi and Yoga will be demonstrated in order to promote a healthy lifestyle. Bookings essential. Phone Bir Sahai on 3344 4715 or 0411 739 045 for any further information. Sunday 28 August 2pm SLiQ FLICKS – SOLARIS (M, 2002) In deepest space, terrified crewmembers are experiencing the resurrection of ghosts from their pasts. Free films held at the State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 2, Level 2. Sunday 28 August 2pm VARIETY CONCERT - QLD ACCORDION ORCHESTRA Queensland Accordion Orchestra in Association with the Queensland Accordion Ensemble will hold a Variety Concert at Queen Alexandra Home, 347 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo upstairs in the Alexandra Conference Room. Doors open 1.30pm. Light refreshments available. Free parking. Phone Mary 3359 4896 for further information.
POST SENIORS WEEK EVENTS DIXON SENIORS EXPO Monday, 29 August 8.30am-2pm Tuesday 30 August 8.30am-2pm Dixon Seniors Expo will be held at the Strathpine Community Centre, Mecklem Street, Strathpine. Entry free.
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Tuesday 30 August 12 noon HOTTER THAN BRASS MONKEYS Brass players from Queensland Symphony Orchestra join forces with more of Brisbane’s best brass players in a concert of music that is sure to be bold, beautiful and brassy. Venue: Albert Street Uniting Church, 319 Albert Street, Brisbane City. Free event.
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SENIORS WEEK IN THE REDLANDS 2011 THURSDAY AUGUST 18 The Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club members will be taking the Moreton Shores ILU residents on a scenic drive through the Redlands in their historic vehicles. Club members and residents will have morning tea at Thompson’s Beach, Victoria Point. For further details contact the run organiser Cheryl on 33415619.
SATURDAY AUGUST 20 7.45am departure Donald Simpson Centre “Out with a Difference” Bus trip to Country Valleys – Somerset and Lockyer – Stop at Wivenhoe Dam then across country to Gatton. Lunch at Staging Post Café Restaurant. Afternoon tour of Queensland’s Transport Museum. Bookings essential minimum numbers apply. Phone 38211089 .Members rates. Coach pickups from Redland Bay, Victoria Point Bus Depot, Thornlands Wellington Point, Birkdale and Capalaba.
10am – 3pm Golden Oldies vs the Juniors 12-a-side Handicap Challenge Snooker Competition: RSL Snooker Club, Passage Street, Cleveland. The juniors seem to win each year maybe this year will be different. No entry fee. Everyone invited. Enquiries Contact Scott Clifford 0433030177 Email:email@example.com 1.00pm Inter Village Croquet Tournament hosted by Wellington Manor, 269 Birkdale Road, Birkdale. 34 Retirement Villages participating for the MRL Shield. No Cost Contact Dallas Yates 32074531
2.00pm Redlands Arts Council Free Concert featuring the Alexandra Chorale . At St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Cross Street Cleveland. ‘Baroque Around the Clock’ with the Chamber Choir Alexandra Chorale conducted by Nathan Aspinall. A very special treat presented by the Redlands Arts Council. Afternoon tea provided by the Church Ladies Guild. All welcome.
7.00pm Love That Great Big Band Sound? Dance till late. Doors Open 7.30pm Redlands Memorial Hall, 44 Smith Street, Cleveland. Well you can dance the night away with 2 Big Bands “Urban Swing Band” and “Mango Jam” Admission $15. Lucky Door prizes, raffles and loads of fun. Great listening to music from the 1930’s to now. Wine, beer, soft drinks, tea & coffee available to purchase. Tickets available by ringing 38214268 or 0407670656. Tickets also available at door.
SUNDAY AUGUST 21 6.30 – 9.30am It’s On Again !! Redland City Council Seniors Walk – Promoting Physical Activity Among Seniors. Mayor Melva Hobson will officially open Seniors Week and Redlands Senior Citizen of 2010 Pam Tranter will start the walk. Organised by U3A, Donald Simpson Centre and RDCOTA. The walk commences at the Donald Simpson Park and meets up with the Eddie Santagiuliana Way and finishes in Donald Simpson Park. Participants can walk at their own pace and can choose to walk 3km, 5km, 7.5km and, for the fittest, 10km. Marshals, water stops and toilets on the way. Registration fee is $4 which entitles walkers to a sample bag provided by Commonwealth Care Link containing a quality t-shirt and cap, a detailed map of the walk, and some promotional material. Once more with generous support from the Great Southern Garden of Remembrance a light breakfast of fruit, juice, tea coffee and muffin will be served on completion and all registered walkers will be eligible for the lucky prize draws. Interested participants can register and collect their merchandise at RDCOTA office, 57 Wynyard Street, Cleveland (9.30-2.30 Mon-Fri) Phone 34880680 or at the Donald Simpson Centre, Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. Bayfm Radio will be present with their outside broadcast van.
What do you know about Probus? Are you interested in finding out who can join and what Probus is all about?. Come and meet with members of the Probus Club of Toondah at their stall in the Donald Simpson Park on Sunday morning August 21.
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CELEBRATING SENIORS WEEK 2011 MONDAY AUGUST 22 7.45am Departure Donald Simpson Centre “Out With a Difference” Journey to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, includes Birds of Prey Show (new). Morning tea at Canungra – may be do the Tree Top Walk. Hot Lunch. Bookings essential. Contact 38211089 minimum numbers apply. Members rates. Coach pickups as per Saturday’s trip. 8.00am – 1.30p.m. Shotgun Start Redland City Council Perpetual Shield Veterans Golf Tournament. Redland Bay Golf Club, North Street, Redland Bay. Single Stableford 18 Hole event open to all persons 50 years and older. Cost $25 which includes lunch. Perpetual Shield Presentation will by made by Mayor Melva Hobson during lunch. For bookings contact John Clarke 32067011 or 0437336693 (After 8 August)
9.00 - Noon Cleveland Meals on Wheels at Stockland Shopping Centre (southside) A static display with information and brochures in the southern end (Woolworths) until 23 August Also we will have dessert samples to taste test.
9.30am-11.00am at the Donald Simpson Leisure Centre. U3A Annual Forum with Members and Senior Students from Cleveland High who will in turn contribute ideas to the question “How can young people and older folk support each other”? No cost Contact John Butters Phone 32070847
10.30am Mandalay Retreat 144 Bay Street Cnr. Wellington Street, Cleveland. Join residents for “Musical Memories” an hour of musical performance. No cost. Contact Catherine 32866879
10.30am Victoria Point Shopping Centre (outside Kmart). The very popular Redland City Bands group “In Accord” will entertain shoppers with their instrumental and vocal concert of Old Time Pop music. A pleasant way to shop and be entertained. No Cost
11.00am - 1.00pm Redlands Sporting Club (Main Lounge) Anson Road, Wellington Point. Monday Melodies. Enjoy a singalong with Steve Hill in the main lounge of the club. Free tea and coffee available throughout the show. No bookings required and no seating reserved. For more information contact reception on with 32071133. 12.30 - 4.00pm Victoria Point Seniors Citizens Club Inc. “Fun and Friendship” Play bowls, canasta 5 and have afternoon tea . No Cost. All welcome to Community Hall Cnr. Link Road and Colburn Ave., Victoria Point. Contact Gwen Philp on 32078291 TUESDAY AUGUST 23 8.00 Departure Donald Simpson Centre “Out With a Difference” For a fun day join the coach for a trip to the Neil Diamond Super Hits Show at Twin Towns Services Club. Relax and enjoy award winning Steve Cummins regarded by the president of the Neil Diamond fan club in Australia as the only performer to have mastered his music, as he performs this brilliant tribute. Alternatively, enjoy a day out at the Tweed (NSW) with coach only option. Bookings essential Phone 38211089 members rates. Coach pickup as per Saturday’s trip.
9.00am Redland City Council Perpetual Shield Indoor Bowls Tournament – Hosted by the Redlands Bayside Indoor bowls Association, at the Donald Simpson Centre. All retirement villages and Seniors Clubs are welcome. Please advise secretary Betty Sutton on 33419333 before 2 August if you are interested. Mayor Melva Hobson will present the shield.
9.00 - Noon Cleveland Meals on Wheels at Stockland Shopping Centre (southside). A static display with information and brochures in the southern end (Woolworths). Taste samples of desserts provided.
9.30am- 11.30am Australian Hearing Shop 6/165 Bloomfield St., Cleveland Australian Hearing will provide free hearing screening tests during Seniors Week. The customer sits down with a staff member and briefly discusses hearing concerns then a quick and easy hearing check is conducted. This service is free and takes approximately 15 minutes. For bookings contact Kate Thomae on 32868400.
9.30am-11.00am Redland City Council Redlands Libraries at Capalaba Library Silver Surfer Computer Classes (Mouse Skills) This introductory session will get you started on your computer. Join with other seniors to learn and practice your mouse skills. Bookings Phone 38438012 10.00-11.30am Cleveland Library Silver Surfer Computer Classes (Internet Getting Started) Meet other seniors and discover how the Web can play a great part in helping you stay in touch with friends and family. Bookings Phone 38298576 10.30 -12 noon Capalaba Central Shopping Centre (Food Court) Redlands City Bands Inc. present “In Accord” Enjoy your shopping even more with this great local jazz band who sing and play all the easy listening favourites 10.30- 1.30p.m. Redlands Sporting Club “Terrific Tuesday” in the main lounge. Anson Road, Wellington Point. Enjoy the fun, frivolity, singalongs, cash, games and prizes of Terrific Tuesday with Deana Peher and friends. Buy $5 worth of raffle tickets and you will receive complimentary morning tea to go with the free tea and coffee on offer. No bookings required and no seating reserved . For more information contact reception on 32071133. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24
11.00am Departure Donald Simpson Centre “Out With a Difference” Enjoy the play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams, made famous by Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. Buy your lunch at Southbank or bring your own. Bookings essential. Members rates. Phone 38211089 Coach pickups as per Saturday,Monday & Tuesday. 2.30pm – 6.00pm. Grange Wellington Point Open Day 25 MacGregor Drive, Birkdale. Regis Grange Wellington Point is opening its doors so you can see first hand how age care is changing. Please join us for a tour of our extra service facility followed by some refreshments. No cost For more information contact Seamus Joly 32075666 4.00pm – 6.00pm Cleveland District State High School presents a “Twilight Concert” at the Performance Space, Cnr. Haggup & Russell Sts.,Cleveland The Premier Music Ensemble at Cleveland High is “The Decemsextet”. Come and hear them play, under the baton of Mr Shane Purnell. Entry Free. Refreshments are available to purchase. For further information contact Grant Mitchell 32849226
8.30am – 10.00am U3A Open Garden and Heritage Open Garden. Tour the garden and talk to the U3A gardeners. No cost Location Dept. Primary Industries Grounds, Delancey Street, Cleveland. All welcome More information contact Freda Charles 32078474
THURSDAY AUGUST 25
9.00 Indoor Bowls Competition hosted by Tranquil Waters Retirement Village, 31 Thomson St, Victoria Point, supported by Mater Private Hospital Redlands. A competition between Redlands Retirement Villages. Morning tea, light refreshments for lunch. No cost. For more information call Phil Elliss on 32070324
9.30-11.30 Australian Hearing Free Hearing Screenings Shop 6/165 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. Free hearing screening tests for seniors week. Customer sits down with staff member and briefly discusses any hearing concerns. A quick and easy hearing check is conducted. It takes as little as 15 mins. Contact Kate Thomae 38268400
9.00am-11.00am Redlands Aero Model Soarers Inc. at Ziegenfusz Park, Fitzroy Street, Cleveland. A display of Remote Control Model Aeroplanes. Interested persons will be able to fly a plane with an instructor. No cost. For more information contact Jim Grant 38211246 or John Tranter 32060757 9.30am-11.00am Redland City Council Redland Libraries Silver Surfer Computer Classes Victoria Point Library (Internet Getting Started) Meet other seniors and discover how the Web can play a great part in helping you stay in touch with friends and family. Bookings 38844000 also Capalaba Library (Red-ecat) Learn how to find items in the library, request items and much more using the library catalogue. Phone Bookings 38438012 10.00am-11.00am Redland City Council Redlands Libraries present: A Local History Talk by Tracy Ryan at Cleveland Library. How much do you know about the history of the Redlands? Be informed and learn more about past events and stories of the Redlands. Phone RDCOTA 34880680 for more information. 10.00 - Noon Donald Simpson Ballroom Dancing Have fun and exercise at the Donald Simpson Leisure Centre with a morning of New Vogue and Old Time Sequence Dancing. Morning tea provided Cost $6. For more information phone Joan 32078192 . Tickets at the door. 10.00 North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum 15-17 Welsby Street,Dunwich present a Seniors Morning Tea with Dr.Lergessner – a talk on “Oystering on Moreton Bay”. Morning tea will be served for our island seniors and any museum visitors can join in as part of their museum admission fee. For more information contact Barbara Smith or Lisa Jackson Phone 34099699 10.00 Redland Museum “Tea and Tales”. 60 Smith Street,Cleveland A morning of bush poetry with a seniors theme by poet Anita Reid outside the blacksmith’s shop Morning tea provided. Gold coin admission. For bookings phone Rick Thomason 32863494
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10.30am-2.00pm Scooters and Mobility – Mobility Scooter Day Out Mobility Scooters invited guests meet at Donald Simpson Centre and scoot along footpaths to RSL Club. Lunch provided. Lucky door prize.
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9.30am – 2.00pm U3A Information Display Stocklands Shopping Centre,Middle Street, Cleveland. See what U3A is all about. New Members most welcome.
10.00-2.00pm Carers Queensland Brisbane South Information Display at Capalaba Central Shopping Centre. Providing information about the services of Carers Queensland and its role in addressing the needs of carers and care recipients. The stall will be staffed by experienced officers from Carers Queensland Brisbane South Region. For more information phone Malcolm Lindridge 37235001 or 0427482041 10.00am-11.00am Redland City Council Redland Libraries Capalaba Library Morning Tea and Memories Join us for a morning tea, recital of Australian poetry and yarning. Bookings call 38298761 10.30am-11.30am Victoria Point Lakeside Shopping Centre (outside Aldi) Redlands City Band popular group “In Accord” will perform and entertain shoppers with their unique presentation of jazz and popular music. 10.30am – 12 noon Redlands Indgiscapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba. Stop for a Cuppa. Learn about bush tucker and the wisdom of the local indigenous people while exploring the wild herb garden. Enjoy a fabulous morning tea sampling many of our bush flavours. Normally $36 Cost just $10. Bookings essential book by phone or email 38201107 or firstname.lastname@example.org 11.00am-2.00pm Redlands Sporting Club Main Lounge Anson Road, Wellington Point. Sentimenal Journey with Alan Beard and Kim Durant bringing you the music made famous by the legends such as Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Vera Lynn, Jim Reeves and Doris Day. Tea and coffee is available throughout the show. No bookings required and no seating reserved. For more information contact reception 3207 1133 1.30p.m. Mandalay Retreat 144 Bay Street Cnr, Wellington Street, Cleveland. Enjoy with the residents a musical performance by “In Accord” band and singers. No cost
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9.00am- 11.00am FREE RDCOTA Seminar at the Donald Simpson Centre, Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. “Age Doesn’t Have to be A Grey Area”: A Seminar on the Financial Implications of Moving Into Residential/Aged Care Facilities Ageing can be a complicated business, especially when it comes to your finances. This is not made any easier with Australia’s variety of aged care accommodation, a particularly grey area, so to speak.When faced with a choice about future accommodation there are many rules to comprehend and decisions to make. It is hard to be sure you achieve the best outcome for ongoing care and the right financial outcomes for you and your family.
Whether you have recently joined the growing ranks of seniors, or you have been there for a while, you’re sure to benefit from this seminar about aged care.
Brisbane-based financial adviser Debra Christofis of Outlook Financial Solutions works with many clients faced with the same decisions. Together with fellow presenter, solicitor Joanne Bennett, Debra will cover the key aged care issues you should be thinking about at this time. These include: • Finding suitable accommodation • Assessment for nursing homes • What does it cost? Ensuring care is affordable for you • Making the most of Government support • What happens to the family home • Protecting and maximising your Estate Whether you are contemplating future accommodation arrangements, or you know someone who is thinking about aged care, it is important to plan ahead. Seeking some affordable financial advice can also save you and your family considerable time and money. Morning tea will be provided.
9.00 – 3.00pm Aveo Live Well Village Cleveland Art & Craft Show and Art Competition 148 Smith Street, Cleveland. Art competition (original work of artist) open to all artists and school students in Redlands. Entry fee $15 per artist (maximum 3 pieces). Judging will be completed on Friday evening 26 August. There will be an opportunity to sell your paintings. Prizes: Adult Prize $1000 : Junior School Art Award $250: Secondary School Art Award $250. Entries close Friday 12 August. Entry forms available from RDCOTA, 57 Wynyard Street, Cleveland ,The Donald Simpson Centre, Bloomfield Street, Cleveland and Aveo Cleveland. This is a fund raising event and part of the proceeds will go to RDCOTA and the Donald Simpson Centre.
9.30am – 2.00p.m. Stockland Shopping Centre U3A Information Display See what U3A is all about. New members most welcome. 9.30am- 1.30p.m. Redland City Council Redlands Libraries Russell Island Library Do you live on the Islands and would like to access the Redland Libraries data bases or see what Google has to offer? We’ll show Online databases and Google Docs, Maps, News and more. Please call 3829 8761 to book.
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CELEBRATING SENIORS WEEK 2011 9.30am Progress Hall, Macleay Island Bay Island Bloomers (Seniors Group) “Bloomers” Morning Tea. Come along and join the “Bloomers” for their monthly morning tea with entertainment provided (musicians, singers) and raffles. All at no cost Contact Conchita Maulguet 34095743 for more information 9.45am-1.00pm Redlands Over 50’s Social Darts Club Redlands Multi-Sports Club, Judy Holt Reserve, Randall Road, Birkdale. Senior Citizens Perpetual Shield Competition. You do not have to be a dart player to participate. All non-dart players will be partnered with dart players. Pot luck doubles. Come along and have fun. If you need to borrow darts we will have some available. Lunch available from the café. Cost $2 (includes morning tea, lucky door prize and prizes for winners and runners up, highest score and peg- outs. Contact Pat 38242121 or Teresa 0438756098 for more information.
10.00am- 3.00pm Tranquil Waters Retirement Village Festival of Entertainment 31 Thompson Street, Victoria Point. Music provided by Lutheran School Band Binary Music Group, Tranquil Tone Singers and Redland City Bands and from Noon, In Accord). Sausage sizzle lunch at 1.00pm For more information contact Phil Elliss 32070324
10.00 AMF Capalaba Tenpin Bowling Seniors Tenpin Bowl Morning Tea 9 Currumbin Court, Capalaba. AMF Capalaba will be hosting a friendly and fun morning session of seniors tenpin bowling. Price includes one game of bowling, shoe hire and morning tea. Cost $6 Call 32455666 to book your spot.
10.00am – Noon Blue Care Redland Community Care Redland City Inspiring Seniors 2011. Invitation only Residents of Redland City are asked to nominate inspiring seniors from the 10 Council Divisions. The seniors are honoured at a morning tea
and presented with a framed photograph. Bookmarks are printed with their photos and words of wisdom. Bookmarks available at Redland Libraries. For more information please contact Susan Denne 38244555 or email email@example.com
charge-sit down finger fork food high tea and join in ballroom dancing “sing-a-long”. Lucky door and Lucky Spot prizes. No cost Bookings please phone 32079154
11.00am- 2.00pm Redlands Sporting Club (main lounge) Anson Road, Wellington Point. Enjoy the songs of Ronnie Christie as he entertains with a variety of music to bring a smile to your face. Free tea and coffee available throughout the show. No bookings required and no seats reserved. Contact reception on 32071133 for more information. No cost
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SATURDAY AUGUST 27 9.00am- 3.00pm Aveo Live Well Cleveland Art and Craft Show 2011 148 Smith Street, Cleveland. Crafts, Hobbies, Trash and Treasure and Art Works for sale. Don’t forget to enter the art competition. Judging completed on Friday 26 August. Entry forms available from RDCOTA and the Donald Simpson Centre. Part of the proceeds of this Art and Craft Show will be donated to RDCOTA and the Donald Simpson Centre. 10.00am First Day of Two-Day Senior Citizens Handicap Snooker. Hosted by Redlands RSL Snooker Club, 8 Passage Street, Cleveland. Open to all snooker players who are 50 years as at 30 June 2011. Handicaps set in conjunction with the QBSA based on the QBSA ELO rankings. Players without a ranking will be assessed and a handicap assigned. Competition is the best of three frames up to and including the semi-finals. The finals will be the best of five frames. Players compete on Saturday and Sunday for prize money and the competition is restricted to 32 entries. Supported by the RSL Cleveland. Cost $30 for bookings contact Scott Clifford on 0433030177 4.00pm Redlands City Church Ballroom Movers 29 Beveridge Road, Thornlands Dancing with Senior Stars High Tea. To celebrate Seniors Week in the Redlands the Ballroom Movers of Redlands City Church invite Seniors for a no
8.00am Registration 7.30am Redland City Council Perpetual Shield Seniors Mixed Doubles Round Robin Tournament. Hosted by Redland Lawn Tennis Association at the RLTA Courts Long Street Cleveland. Cost $8. The event will be played as a mixed doubles round robin and is open to players over 50 years. Players’ names will be drawn at random prior to the tournament to form the pairs of lady and gent. Registration 7.30am or contact Bruce Maclean 38209967 mob. 0408834498 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org Redland City Mayor Melva Hobson will present the shield. 11.00 Departure from Donald Simpson Centre Coach to Senior Superstar Finals 2011 at QPAC Concert Hall 1.30p.m. Move over Idol, it’s time for the Superstars. Singers, musicians, dancers, magicians, comedians, poets, ventriloquists even contortionists are welcome as long as you are aged 55 and over. Senior Superstar is a talent quest all about discovering the diverse range of talent and creativity people have to offer. Cost $18 (covers coach only, concert tickets are free) Finals finish 4.00pm, expect to be home around 5.15pm Limited to 40 persons. Contact the Donald Simpson Centre to obtain a ticket. Phone 38211089 Redland Bay-Northbound coach pickup applies. 1.30p.m. Redland City Bands Inc. “Band Spectacular” at Cleveland Assembly Hall, Smith Street, Cleveland. Redland City Bands Inc. proudly presents an afternoon of music to mark the end of Seniors Week. The concert band together with this years guests ‘Mandolins in Brisbane’ will provide the excellent entertainment that we all enjoy so much. Cost a gold coin donation only. Seats can be booked by contacting Glen on 38290234
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8.00am U3A Breakfast with special guest speaker Leneen Forde AC, Chancellor, Griffith University at the Donald Simpson Centre, Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. Join U3A Members for a continental breakfast and a talk by former Governor of Queensland Leneen Forde AC Cost $15 per person. Tickets available from U3A Office 3821 3888 10.00am – 3.00pm Renaissance Victoria Point Retirement Village – National Seniors Open Day Guest Speaker – Representative from National Seniors. Lucky Door prizes sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank. Scrumptious Morning Tea and Spit Roast with salads and dessert supplied. Bar open 11.30am-1.30pm. Come and enjoy a relaxed social day and view the Community Leisure Centre, Display Villas and Workshop. RSVP by 22 August Phone 32070348 WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31 10.00am-3.30pm Redland City Council Redland Libraries Dunwich Library Online Data Bases and Google Products Do you live on the Islands and would like to access the Redland Libraries data bases or see what Google has to offrer? We’ll show you Databases, Google Docs, Maps, News and more Please call 38298761 to book.
These events were up to date at time of publication. For later inclusions check out the Department of Communities website at www.communities.qld.gov.au/seniors/ events/seniorsweek.
SENIORS EXPO 2011 Strathpine Community Centre, Mecklem Street Strathpine Easy access and Parking available Be entertained by Craig Martin and his Swing Band
Monday, 29th August 9.00am - 2.30pm
Tuesday, 30th August 8.30am - 2.00pm
GUEST SPEAKERS: • The Hon Peter Dutton MP Federal Member for Dickson Shadow Minister for Health & Ageing • Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells Shadow Minister for Ageing ENTERTAINMENT and PRESENTERS INCLUDE: • Detective Superintendent Brian Hay from the Queensland Police Service Fraud & Corporate Crime Group • David Terry from RACQ • RACQ Electric Car - for motoring enthusiasts • Fashion Parades by Lowes & Fashions on the Go • Chris Doyle will entertain - so please bring along your dancing shoes! • Russell from Theo’s Nursery
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Discover BRISBANE Explore Brisbane River with River City Cruises
Are you a bowler?
Come and visit Fred Fern Bowls Centre
• For all your Lawn Bowls requirements • New & secondhand bowls • Bowls clothing, shoes & accessories • Umpire equipment • Greens equipment • Bowling aids • Bowls testing (licensed)
Free off street parking in front of shop
All this and well informed friendly advice from John & Sue Finlayson
Unit 2, 16 Nile Street, Woolloongabba Phone 3391 5222
Fine dining at great prices, open for lunch and dinner. Enjoy a warm welcome, ﬁve-star food and attentive service courtesy of our apprentice chefs and hospitality students. ...................................................................................................... ★GLASS OF SPARKLING WINE and CANAPÉ on arrival for all groups 12+. Must quote “Brisbane Seniors Newspaper” when booking*. ......................................................................................... Special events and gala dinners throughout the year. Southbank Institute of Technology Restaurant Level 2, C-Block 66 Ernest St, South Brisbane. Easy access via bus, train and CityCat.
*Wine offer not valid at special events. Restaurant CRICOS No. 03020E open Mon-Fri, closed during semester breaks.
Bookings essential (07) 3244 5988
RIVER City Cruises offers a cost effective, relaxing and informative perspective of Brisbane’s distinctive river scene for both locals and visitors with its yearround cruises. Enjoy the pale blue skies of a sub-tropical Winter, the flowering gardens of the River City in Spring, the embracing warmth and brilliant sunshine of Summer and the Autumn tones of the tree lined river banks with River City Cruises. Owned by a local family which has been plying the river for more than 10 years, the company prides itself on its knowledge of the city and its surrounds, its legends, its history, its triumphs and its tragedies. The river is central to the story of Brisbane and there is no better way to gain a feeling for this dynamic metropolis and its unique, relaxed lifestyle than to travel its river and sit back and watch the city and its people at work and play. River City Cruises will transport you beneath the Captain Cook Bridge, following the curve of the river as it rounds the Botanical Gardens and glides past the glass and steel towers of the CBD where prestige
Queensland Model Hobbies Expo QMHE is a non-profit event allowing modellers to display their works, thanks to the support of sponsors, traders and participating clubs. The QMHE committee and the clubs who support the event would like to thank the modellers, traders, and public who have visited past exhibitions. We had a wonderful event in 2010 and look forward to 2011. Where else can you see so many specialist traders, dedicated club stands and the best modelling competition Brisbane offers for the year? The event runs for two days, with competition entries accepted from Friday, 19 August. The Queensland Model Hobbies Expo (QMHE) is the premier scale modelling hobby event in Queensland. Our aim, each year, is to provide our visitors with a vibrant showcase of all things
Scale Modelling. What will you see: The Queensland Scale Modelling Championships, the competitive aspect of the event; Club displays from the scale modelling clubs of South East Queensland and Northern NSW; Vendors from the scale modelling fraternity; Interactive displays and regular workshops, showing you just how its done. There is something for everyone at the QMHE. Come along and have a look, we look forward to seeing you there. Expo Times: Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm; Sunday 9.00am to 4.00pm. Canteen facilities provided. Admission Prices: $7 Adults, $5 Children 12 & Under; $18 Families - 2 Adults & 2 Children. Brisbane Table Tennis Centre, 86 Green Terrace, Downey Park (Windsor). Phone 0417 757 864 for information.
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ON Sunday 28 August at 2pm the Queensland Accordion Orchestra in Association with the Queensland Accordion Ensemble will hold a Variety Concert at Queen Alexandra Home, 347 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo upstairs in the Alexandra Conference Room. The concert will feature Tony Russo (Solo Accordionist), Marlene Faisal (Multicultural Dancer), Ayesha Hettiarachchi (young solo Accordionist) and Mary Martyn (Vocalist). Doors open 1.30pm. Light refreshments available. Free parking. Phone Mary on 3359 4896 for further information.
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BRISBANE will be in full festive swing as acclaimed international and Australian artists burst across the theatres, parks and public spaces. Brisbane Festival 2011 will intrigue, delight and inspire with a program embracing dance, theatre, opera, classical music, circus and contemporary music. The festival caters for an amazingly broad audience and is easily accessible with an extensive range of both free and ticketed events. For information on the various venues visit: www.brisbanefestival.com.au. The festival is running from Saturday 3 - Saturday 24 September.
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High Tea ● Light Lunches ● Coffee & Devonshire Tea ● Giftware ● Old Wares ● Ladies Fashion & Accessories ● Group Bookings (10 or more) by arrangement Tues & Weds ● BYO ●
offices and multi-million dollar apartments occupy some of the most sought after river front sites in the city. Traveling beneath the city’s landmark Story Bridge, the cruise rounds Kangaroo Point, known for its small, white sandy beach, great pub and the site of an infamous colonial murder. Here guests have the choice of disembarking and using a hop-on/hop-off cruise option, visiting Newstead House, the city’s oldest surviving residence. That done, a short stroll over the Breakfast Creek Bridge will find them in the beer garden of The Breakfast Creek Hotel, built in 1889, one of the city’s defining watering holes and famed for its beer and steaks. (Newstead House is open Monday to Thursday and lunch at the iconic Breakfast Creek Hotel is available for guests on the 10.30am cruise only). Throughout the cruise, our staff will provide an informative commentary while serving a delightful High Tea. Phone River City Cruises on 0428 278 473 for more information or visit www.rivercitycruises.com.au
ON 13 August 1875 a group of colonists met at the Brisbane Town Hall to form the National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland. The association’s charter, with Governor Sir William Cairns as its president, was to promote and encourage the agricultural and industrial development of Queensland; as well as provide a unique opportunity for country and urban residents to come together in a celebration of Queensland lifestyle. Bowen Park was chosen in January 1876 as the site for the first Show. The park covered 6.8 hectares bordered by Bowen Bridge Road, Gregory Terrace and a creek which ran through the middle of what is now Main Arena. The ‘Intercolonial Exhibition of 1876’ was held from 22 - 26 August. A public holiday was declared and on opening day 17,000 people attended - a colossal success, given that the total population of Brisbane at the time was only 22,000. Men attended in their suits and ladies in their finest garments. Food was served on long tables and the first showbag - a bag of coal - was free for all visitors. The first ‘Royal’ Show was held in 1921, when the Association was granted the prefix under warrant from His Majesty
King George V. Since then, the shortened name “Ekka” has replaced “Exhibition” in the Queensland vernacular, indicating locals’ affection for the Show. Ekka has since been held every year with only two exceptions. In 1919, Brisbane suffered a Spanish influenza epidemic, and in 1942 during wartime the Showgrounds were used as a staging depot for troops moving north. Today, Ekka runs for ten days and attracts about half a million visitors every August. Ekka is famous for its mix of entertainment, agriculture and education. From Champion Rooster of Show to the glamorous fashion parades, Ekka has always celebrated the rural and the urban; the traditional and the innovative, and it’s for this reason the event holds a special place in the hearts of Queenslanders - as it has for generations. Seniors Days Eligible Seniors Card holders can purchase a discounted Ekka ticket for $15.00 at the gate on Thursday 11 and Thursday 18 August 2011. Please note this ticket cannot be purchased online. You must present your Seniors Card on purchase. Ekka is on from 11 to 20 August. For more information go to www.ekka.com.au or phone 3852 1831.
Discover BRISBANE Kelvin Grove Wind Orchestra
FOLLOWING on from the last two sell-out concerts, this will be the Kelvin Grove Wind Orchestra’s biggest concert ever at a new venue with a lot more seating and plenty of parking. Come along for a very entertaining night, and spread the word to support this Brisbane based orchestra!! Thrill to the mystery and magic of the music of the night, elegant, powerful and just a little bit spooky! Program includes: Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Night on Bald Mountain, Ghost Train, Danse Macabre, The Devel Went Down to Georgia, The Infernal Dance and Finale, and, or course, the Music of the Night. For one night only! Saturday 6 August 2011, 7:30pm at the Cannon Hill Anglican College, Corner Junction and Krupp Rds, Cannon Hill. Tickets: $20 ($15 Concession, $8 Children) and includes a supper
provided by the KGWO. Get to meet and mingle with the players during supper! More details from www.kgwo.org.au The Kelvin Grove Wind Orchestra is a community based orchestra of more than 60 musicians, of all ages and from all walks of life. The KGWO formed in 1997 as an Adult Starters concert band and incorporated in 1998. Half of the players are foundation members. The KGWO sound includes brass, woodwind and percussion instruments, and the orchestra plays a variety of musical styles including serious symphonic band repertoire, well known classical and contemporary works and popular pieces. The KGWO goal is high quality musical performance, at an accessible price. Concerts are always entertaining, and this will be the most exciting program to date. Don’t miss it!
“Have a Go”
SENIORS Week at Burnie Brae Centre. 6.30am-3pm: Burnie Brae Centre at Chermside is offering the perfect opportunity for over 50’s to put the spring back in their step. The Centre is holding a “Have a Go” program during Seniors Week and are encouraging all Northside Seniors to come and get active. This free event is open to all over 50s’ and will showcase a range of fun fitness activities on offer at the Centre. Mr. Kevin Rouse, CEO of Burnie Brae Centre said, “We have been successfully running Seniors activities focused on building and maintaining strength and flexibility for the past 27 years. The aim of the Have a Go program is to challenge Seniors who may not currently be engaging in any physical activity to start moving and feel the benefits.” The program which will run from 22nd to 26th August, will have a variety of activities to choose from
and will also include a social and healthy eating focus with free breakfasts and morning teas provided on some of the days. Each of the free activities will be conducted by qualified instructors and supervised to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants. The week of free healthy activities is being sponsored by the Department of Communities and Healthy Connections Gymnasium which Burnie Brae is developing with support from the Department of Sport and Recreation. The Gymnasium is due to open early October 2011. Full Details of the event is available by visiting the Burnie Brae website www.burniebrae.org.au. Pre-booking of all activities is essential and interested Seniors should address all enquiries to Jenny Vernez (phone 3624 2103)
WHAT better way to meet new people than over a friendly fun game of Scrabble, chess or Connect Four? Once a month, King George Square in Brisbane becomes the place to learn some new games and bond over your old favourites. Bring your own game or join with someone else. For those who want an audience large scale versions of classic games are on offer. Join us on Thursday 25 August and/or Thursday 29 September from 5-9pm. This is a free event. For further information view: games nightkgs.weebly.com.
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Improvements to Aged Care Support Services MORE older Australians will receive the support they need to remain independent in their own homes with 700 new Consumer Directed Care packages to be rolled out nationwide. More than $15 million in funding is being provided by the Gillard Government for support services for 700 older Australians, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler announced recently. “Consumer Directed Care is a new and innovative model of care which provides older Australians and their carers with a greater say in the types of care services they access and the delivery of those services, including who will deliver the services,” Mr Butler said. “The expansion of this program means that an extra 700 older Australians can access a range of services to assist with day to day living including low care services such as domestic assistance and meal preparation or high care services such as personal care, nursing, and in-home respite. “Each care package is personally tailored and flexible, designed by the care recipient or their carers to meet their specific needs. The 700 packages include 500 low care, high care and dementia packages and 200 consumer-directed respite care packages. These will be delivered via local aged care providers and Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres. For more information, contact Mr Butler’s office 02 6277 7280.
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ONE in 3 men over 50 have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) commonly known as an enlarged prostate, this number rises to nearly 80% of men when they reach 70. While BPH is not fatal like prostate cancer, it can cause a lot of pain and inconveniences. Common symptoms are frequent and painful urination, and for some cases sexual performance is affected. It is no wonder that we have reached epidemic proportions, yet so few men talk openly about it. For those who have approached their doctors for advice, more often than not, an effective treatment is quickly and conveniently made available. Surgery is usually the last-resort due to the unpleasant nature of the side-effects such as incontinence and impotence. Most cases can be adequately treated with orally taken over-thecounter medication such as the popular Magnus Shield, developed and distributed by Graminex Australia. According to Mr. Indra, spokesperson for Graminex Australia, men in general do tend to be tight-lipped about their current condition. “Its normal for men to feel uncomfortable talking about their prostate and their symptoms (of BPH), that’s okay, we understand, “says Indra, who
does his best to personally answer questions from individual callers. He has spoken to many concerned wives whose husbands are reluctant to acknowledge the issue. The key to this problem, he believes is to slowly encourage a culture where men should not feel ashamed to talk about their medical condition, especially if it concerns their “personal equipment”. For the men who are willing to seek help to fight for their health and wellbeing, Magnus Shield has proven to be a very effective solution. Bill was suffering from the symptoms in silence on a daily basis and at first believed that it was part of the normal aging process all men go through. That was until he spoke to a close personal friend who suggested that he get some medical advice. This led to him being prescribed some Magnus Shield by his family doctor and the results have been positive thus far. According to Bill, “Since taking MAGNUS SHIELD tablets for the past 3 months, I have noticed an improvement. Previously I would go to the loo 5-6 times a night, and now I only go 2-3 times, even less sometimes. Another long-time sufferer Paul, did not depend wait around for help and instead actively sought it out. One day Paul
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“Eventually we hope to get more men to come forward and share about their prostate issues. This is our way of showing our support for this common condition”, says Indra. Trevor Cottle, who is in charge of running the regular meetings with his prostate support group in Box Hill, Victoria, underwent prostate surgery 8 years ago and lost his brother to prostate cancer, feels the same. He added, “ the prostate support groups have been formed by men, for men, who are interested in prostate health issues and want to do something about.” For enquiries about joining a prostate support group, visit www.magnusprime.com for more information. For enquires about Magnus Shield, call 1300 760 627.
Introducing Dr Paul Martin
DR Martin who has recently joined The Lakes Family Medical Centre Practice of Drs Terry and Sui Jameson. Doc Paul has always been a country boy, growing up in NZ in a small rural town 30 miles out of Wellington and aside the years demanding of city life for hospital training and gaining wide experience he has sought rural life until now. Why the move to the big city – well after delivering the babies of the babies he had formerly delivered he reckoned that meant he was supposed to be getting old, but other truths lay in the desire to be nearer family and to ease up on the nights and weekends that have been a constant throughout his working life. There is a brother in Burpengary, a sister and mother on the south side and the in laws in Toowoomba. Besides 1985 was a year at the Mater in Brisbane and 1986 was very busy year here as Senior O&G registrar at the Redcliffe hospital, so there is a sense of coming to be nearer ‘home’. He has had earlier hospital training experience in Wellington and Napier in NZ, the children’s hospital in Perth, Durban and Pietermaritzburg in South Africa, and rural general practice in Whangamata in NZ, Deniliquin in NSW, Pyramid Hill and Boort in Victoria, and the most recent 25 years in Ayr in North Queensland initially as the Med Super running the hospital for 10 yrs and latterly in solo private practice where he has been the towns general, emergency, obstetric, and gynaecological surgeon for the community. With the overwhelming incidence of skin cancer in the rural population outside the southeast corner of Qld managing skin cancer has become his favoured recreation at work these days. A family man, married with three grand kids already, an old Rodeo ute and now settled in Morayfield. Dr Paul Martin MBChB, Dip O&G, Dip Anaes, FACRRM. See advertisement on page 39.
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IT is always a pleasure to hear good news - and this week we heard from a lady who feels her life has been transformed thanks to a new, all-natural herbal drink! Beverly Haack still cannot really believe that such a simple remedy has worked so well and so fast. Four years ago Beverley had such high sugar levels that her quality of life suffered in most respects due to extreme tiredness all the time. “Doctors told me I had to lose weight even though I exercised a lot,” Beverly said. “I had sore feet and my arms used to be cold and aching. Doctors said I was on the verge of needing to take insulin.” At that point, Beverly heard about the DG BioCare Group’s natural herbal products and started to take their D’Care each day. “My sugar levels came down almost immediately. Where they had been 8s and 9s, they came down to 6s and have stayed that way. I have more energy than I have had for a long time, my feet no longer get sore and those cold, aching arms are a
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HealthBeyond to showcase new innovations HEALTHBEYOND will launch from the 1st - 4th of August in Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 10am-5pm daily. The free exhibition will showcase how technologies and innovations will revolutionise the way we as Australian’s experience healthcare. Walk through the interactive settings such as a futuristic GP clinic, a hospital, an aged care facility and see the devices and gadgets soon to be implemented making the way we experience healthcare change forever! The exhibition is aimed to inform, educate and empower Australian’s. The launch is the first of things to come for HealthBeyond as we plan to take the show on the road nationally in 2012 to over 26 cities and towns! Be the first to experience the change at HealthBeyond: The Interactive E-Health Experience, free group tours are available by contacting Amanda on 03 9326 3311 and visit www.healthbeyond.org.au for more info. HealthBeyond has a huge emphasis on aged care facilities and independent living technologies that are and will soon be implemented into health care settings. HealthBeyond will provide the opportunity for seniors to witness what a visit to a GP clinic and Hospital will entail in the future. It’s also really is a great opportunity and great day out for seniors!
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A WOUND-healing invention developed at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has produced remarkable results in an international human trial. The multi-centre study of VitroGro® found 92 per cent of the patients taking part in the trial were partially or completely healed in 12 weeks. The average treatment time that patients’ venous ulcers had not responded to expert care before VitroGro® treatment was 37 months. VitroGro® is a liquid that is applied using a needle-less syringe and is dribbled over the wound. The protein in the liquid is extremely sticky and so very quickly adheres to the wound bed, offering a revolutionary new treatment. The invention could prove to be a massive boost for sufferers of chronic wounds - many of them diabetic - who often have limbs amputated as a result of wounds that won’t heal. The clinical trial - led by the world-renowned Cardiff University Wound Healing Clinic in conjunction with the QUT Wound Clinic in Brisbane - evaluated VitroGro® in the treatment of venous leg ulcer patients who had not responded to compression therapy, which is the current standard of care. Out of a total of 53 patients recruited for the study, 24 patients have been evaluated so far. Eight patients’ ulcers have completely healed and two have achieved more than 98 per cent healing. The average reduction in wound size was 65 per cent, with no adverse events related to VitroGro® reported. “We’re very excited by these results as it’s a new formulation, which is going to be extremely cost effective to the consumer,” said Professor Zee Upton from QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation who is also the technical founder and consulting Chief Scientific Officer for Tissue Therapies Limited - a biotechnology company developing VitroGro®.
“There’s nothing else like it in the market in terms of approach, outcome or cost effectiveness. For conditions like venous ulcers where the biology of healing is aberrant, VitroGro® provides critical adhesion for cells by forming a scaffold they can attach to and migrate upon. It creates a favourable environment for healing and this is something that has been missing from conventional wound care.” The preliminary data confirms the results of earlier Australian and Canadian human trials by showing VitroGro® restarts or accelerates healing of chronic venous ulcers that don’t respond to expert care, reducing the ulcer size as well as improving wound characteristics and reducing pain. “Patients have also reported that their pain has improved, which is important as these wounds are often quite painful and people in the trials have been living with them for years - in one case, 30 years,” Professor Upton said. “Nurses have also been impressed by the visible and consistent performance of VitroGro®, particularly the visible and quick improvement seen in challenging cases combined with ease of use and pain reduction. Chronic wounds affect hundreds of thousands of Australians, particularly older Australians and people in Indigenous communities. These wounds are painful and debilitating, resulting in extreme reductions in the quality-of-life of sufferers across months, years and potentially decades. For many patients living with chronic non-healing wounds, amputation of an affected limb is the only option.” Professor Upton said VitroGro® was biologically inspired and was developed to emulate the way nature repaired wounds. The results position VitroGro® well for approval and planned first sales in Australia and Europe in the second quarter of 2012. Trials are also expected to commence in the United States early next year.
Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week CEREBRAL Palsy Awareness Week 2011 is being held from Sunday 31 July to 6 August 2011. Through CP Week, Member Organisations work to make our community more inclusive, more accessible and more welcoming for people living with Cerebral Palsy. CP Week is celebrated annually to recognise the achievements of people with cerebral palsy and to create greater awareness, understanding and acceptance. Support is seen through-
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“National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week highlights that with the right support people with Cerebral Palsy can and do reach their potential, despite the economic, physical and attitudinal barriers often faced,” said Diana Heggie, President,
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LAST month the Australian Olive Association (AOA) announced new standards for all domestic and imported olive oils were to be implemented. Standards Australia has approved the new standard that aims to bolster consumer protection. Australian Olive Association (AOA) president Paul Miller said the new standard had been designed to increase consumer confidence and declared it a significant step forward for both the industry and consumers. “Ultimately consumers will win because they will be able to purchase a product that is exactly what it claims to be. “The standard promotes and protects authentic products and makes it easier to make informed choices. For example, when you see olive oil on the shelf you will know by its labelling if it is Extra Virgin or Refined,” Mr Miller said. “Retailers will also benefit because by demonstrating that they are providing a clearly labelled product, they are doing the best for their customers. Regulators also now have a new effective tool when things go wrong,” Colin Blair, CEO of Standards Australia, said the new standard for olive oil quality, which had been reached through a rigorous process with input from everywhere, would result in better quality products for everyday consumers and ensure they got what they pay for. The new standard will clearly outline
different grades of oil, define Extra Virgin Olive Oil, crack down on misuse of words like premium, super, pure, light/lite and extra light/lite and require substantiation of processing methods. The benefits of olive oil have been known for centuries but modern technology has explained some of the reasons why it is so good for us. This oil from the fruit of the olive tree was originally imported from Europe where it has always been an integral part of the diet. Today we have a thriving olive oil industry in Australia with its own Asssociation formed in 1995 to encourage research and dissemination of information as well as the sustained development of a national olive industry. Health benefits derive from the facts that it is high in monounsaturated fatty acids and has a high content of antioxidant substances. Studies have shown that it reduces bad levels of cholesterol (LDL) while raising good levels (HDL). Its protective benefits mean it is beneficial for ulcer and gastritis as it activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones more naturally than prescribed drugs. Consequently, it lowers the incidence of gallstone formation. For more information on the new standard visit www.australianolives.com.au
SMOKERS around Australia have chosen to kick the habit with 100,000 scripts for subsidised nicotine patches being filled since they became available on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) in February. “To reach the milestone of 100,000 is great news and goes to show that Australians are trying to butt out in droves,” Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said. “Placing patches onto the PBS has clearly helped to make them affordable for tens of thousands of Australians who want to quit – and has the added benefit of proper support and guidance from a medical professional. Using patches as part of a smoking cessation program increases the likelihood of success.” Nicotine replacement therapy products can assist highly dependent smokers who are motivated to quit. They are designed to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms while the person quitting concentrates on breaking the habit. A twelve-week course of nicotine patches can cost over $480 without PBS
subsidies. The listing of patches on the PBS means that a 12-week course can be as low as $16.80 for pensioners or $102.60 for other Australians. “Every cigarette brings cancer closer, which is why the Gillard Government launched a hard hitting $61 million national ad-
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Ireland and the UK. The main attraction is Isola di San Giulio, a picturesque island in the lake facing the township itself. Boats ply back and forth to the island where it is said St Julius cast out dragons and serpents 1600 years ago. Now the island is known as the Island of Silence and is dominated by 12th century Bascilico di San Giulio. From the Church there is a footpath known as La Via del Silenzio (The Way of Silence) that encircles the tiny island. As we strolled along the walk we are reminded to Listen to the silence, In the silence you accept and understand, Silence is truth and prayer, In the silence you breath God. And so we are
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given a deeper understanding of meditation. The Basilica is a very beautiful church and seemed to complete the spiritual feeling of The Way of Silence. Tourists come all the day long and yet as beautiful as the island is from the shore, apart from the walk and the Church, there is nothing else to do there. There are houses with boat ramps as well as the church and the Mater Ecclesiae Convent where the Benedictine nuns study and translate texts,as well as researching and restoring ancient fabrics. I think the fascination of the island is seeing it from the shore. It is so very beautiful and seeing it from a distance is almost enough. Above the town is the Sacre Monte, The Holy Mount (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Set in a wooded park there are twenty chapels housing life-size terra cotta statues showing the story of the life of Saint Francis. The work on the chapels started in 1590 and continued for more than a century. I walked to the Holy Mount twice and
wandered around reading the inscriptions beside each chapel. Being high above the lake there is a beautiful view of the island adding to the spiritual journey one feels there. The town itself is quite tiny. The Piazza Motta has three streets leading away from the Square. One goes up many steps to the church and further on to the Sacre Monte. The other two lead each way following the line of the Lake. The town is almost car free, except for Wednesdays when the market comes to town as it has done each week since 1220. Iâ€™m sorry to say it wasnâ€™t much of a market. I presume with modern transport, residents can take themselves further afield for their shopping. Many of the evenings we went to the Hotel Restaurant of the Leon dâ€™Ora. We were made to feel very welcome at a table overlooking the lake with a pergola on which grape vines grew. The food was superb and we were impressed when on our second night there, the waiter asked if we would like the same wine as the
night before and indicated that they had kept a table for us, even though we hadnâ€™t booked. Gian Mario,the waiter, spoke excellent English having had experience in Switzerland and London. He had been born in Orta and we thought that perhaps the hotel may have been a family business although he didnâ€™t say so. This was quite a large and busy restaurant attached to the hotel and so we were delighted when, on our last night, we were given a complimentary antipasti and a liquor as well. It was time to say good bye kiss kiss and we will see you next year. Along via Olina is the tourist office and behind it a small park overlooking the lake. One more place to sit and reflect as we did each day in the Piazza Motta. After dinner on that last evening we sat by the lake reluctant to leave, this beautiful village Orta is a tiny place with not very much to do, it had become one of my favourite places, I will always treasure the time we had by this lake.
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THE skyline is the story in Shanghai. Wonder-ofthe-world soaring and awe-inspiring architecture sets the benchmark for the 21st century. At first we were puzzled about getting around this city of 23 million people. Brochures in Shanghai are almost non-existent. Those available are all in Chinese. Eventually we found one in ‘Chinglish’, that invited us to enjoy the ‘dazzleness’ of Shanghai, and see the sights with an ‘unprecedented spirit convulsion’. Our hotel concierge, booked us on a limousine tour with English-speaking guide at $AUS65 each. Our spirits certainly soared at our first stop – the Jin Mao Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world, situated in the financial area of Pudong. Across the river from Shanghai, Pudong was farmland 10 years ago, but is now one of the most crowded places on earth. The Tower Elevator took only 43 seconds to the Observation deck on the 88th floor. A clear day gives a panoramic view of city and river from here, but a thick brown smog of pollution enveloped the city on our visit and reduced visibility. Tucked into the upper section of Jin Mao Tower is the Grand Hyatt Hotel, the highest hotel in the world. Look into the centre of the Tower to see the Hotel’s foyer spiraling down from the 88th floor. The neighbouring Oriental Pearl Tower, completed in 1994, has 15 spheres designed to look like ‘large and small pearls dropping onto a plate.’ In the glass and chrome beauty of the nearby Shanghai World Financial Centre, the observation corridor on the 100th floor is the highest sightseeing facility in the world. Here you can walk on a glass floor and see the world at your feet. Our next stop was the Jade Buddhist Temple, where the Buddha figures are carved in white jade. These figures were brought back here from Burma by Monk Huigen in 1882, and the Temple was built to enshrine them. In the courtyard devotees were burning joss sticks and offering prayers for the three blessings of health, happiness and fortune. The neo-classical facades of the Bund buildings are a reminder of the history of the city. When the British gained trade concessions in the city after the Opium Wars of the Mid19th century, the Bund was built as the banking insurance and trade centre of the city. To-day after decades of neglect, the Bund has been restored as a fi-
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eat with delicate precision, parents often still handfeeding their teenage children. China’s One-Child policy is much in evidence, with a huge preponderance of boys, being tended by helicopter parents and grandparents. Don’t under any circumstances, drink the water. Use only bottled water during your stay, even for teeth cleaning. If you have
time, also visit The Shanghai Urban Planning Centre showing the overall city plan and the hi-tech construction techniques used, see the Art Galleries and Theatres or the old colonial buildings of the French Concession. There is also the Huangpu River Cruise, or a visit to the Water Villages of historic China. Every sight will lift your spirits.
Traditional figure guards Jewellery Store in Old Town. Shanghai World Financial Centre towers over city Photos by Bernie Shannon
nancial centre. On a raised walkway along the Bund, the myriad races of Asia promenade. The language barrier precludes communication, but smile and a wave wins you many friends. English is almost non-existent in Shanghai. Fortunately, street signs are in a mixture of Chinese and English. A card with your hotel’s address will give direction in Chinese and English for your taxi driver, so you just point to an instruction e.g. please take me to the Museum. Taxis are everywhere, cheap and the best way to get around. Walking around will give you the feel of the city, but there are plenty of stairs to climb. From overpasses over the main highways you will experience the unremitting cacophony of dense traffic. You’ll find the more ancient history of the city in the Shanghai Museum. Various floors display the development of pottery, porcelain and jade from sites 7000 years ago to the present day. You can see Chinese calligraphy, beginning 200BC with pictograms on oracle bones, through the scrolls and cursive scripts of succeeding centuries. The history of money displays the earliest development of coins and later the Chinese invention of paper money printed with wooden and copper plates. The coins of medieval centuries also depict the heads of kings and tribal leaders along the Silk Road providing a history of the route. Most interesting is the display of the jewellery-bedecked ceremonial costumes of the ethnic minorities. We loved Nanjing Road – Shanghai’s pedestrian shopping mall. Here are all
the products of China, but at prices surprisingly similar to Australia. At 5pm suddenly glorious music seemed to cascade over us from the sky. Then out onto an upstairs balcony stepped a saxophonist who played popular music for an hour. Shanghai residents waltzed in the street to his music. In the Mall you will see the youth and beauty of China, all drawn to Shanghai seeking a slice of the action in this city of fabulous commercial success. The girls dress beautifully – delicate fabrics, all feminine frills and furbelows, colour and sparkles, all poised atop 5-inch heels. We found the Chinese universally courteous, kindly people, conciliatory to a fault, in keeping with their Buddhist heritage on non-confrontation and peace. To find a bargain, you will need to go to the Yuyuan Gardens where in the local market, you will see delightful souvenirs – postcards, bags, hats, and Pashmina shawls. The adjacent Old Town preserves the historic street style of old Chinese towns where the upward-sweeping roofs ward off evil spirits. The Old Town was an area for theatre productions. At its centre is Shanghai’s most famous teahouse – the Mid Lake Pavilion built in 1784. The bridge over the lake to the teahouse has 9 curves designed again to ward off evil spirits. There are good Chinese restaurants nearby for lunch. Menus are presented with photos of the dishes and the names in English. It is difficult to find western food in Shanghai. The Chinese
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HOLIDAY & Leisure Experience New Zealand your way! ATTENTION ALL COACH TRAVELLERS OUTBACK QLD EXPLORER LONGREACH - WINTON - EMERALD - CHARLEVILLE BARCALDINE - ROMA - BILOELA $1,799 – 9 DAYS – 29TH AUGUST – 6TH SEPTEMBER Fare Includes: Good Motels – Breakfast & Dinners, Admissions Longreach Hall of Fame, Qantas Museum, Dinner Cruise Thompson River, Waltzing Matilda Centre, Quantilda Museum, Australian Workers Heritage Centre Home pick up & return Brisbane, Redcliffe, Redlands Area, Gold Coast & Tweed Area.
CANBERRA FLORIADE FESTIVAL SNOWY MOUNTAINS - BOWRAL - HUNTER VALLEY, PORT MACQUARIE, SKI TUBE TRAIN $1,399 - 8 DAYS 19TH – 26TH SEPTEMBER Fare includes: good motels, breakfast & dinners, admissions & touring. Floriade, Parliament House, Royal Mint, Cockington Green, Snowy Mountains Cooma Hydro Electric Info Centre, Jindabyne, Ski Tube Train, Bowral - morning tea & entry Corbett Park Tulip Gardens. Hunter Valley tour winery.
NEW Zealand offers its visitors a truly unique experience as they witness a land of undeniable and breathtaking beauty. The country is a fusion of history, tradition and culture complemented with a modern infrastructure. Grand Pacific Tours, the Luxury Coach Holiday Specialist provides tours to New Zealand which suits absolutely every taste, including a number of special interest tours enabling you to combine your favourite activities with a spectacular holiday in New Zealand. As a New Zealand Specialist, they have the choice of over 190 departures per season on their Luxury Coach and Rail Holidays, The Luxury Coach Holidays range involves traditional touring itineraries varying in length from 10-19 days which provides travellers with both variety and choice. Each of these tours provide the comfort of a modern luxury two door coach, visiting iconic attractions and experiencing the unique Maori culture. They also offer a unique style of holiday: Ultimate Small Group Touring,
where travellers have the opportunity to indulge in the spectacular beauty that New Zealand is known for onboard the deluxe Ultimate Coach. Purpose built for Grand Pacific Tours, the Ultimate Coach is in a class of its own. Fitted with just 20 deluxe extra-wide leather seats, deluxe wood grain finishes; a galley; state of the art entertainment system and panoramic windows for excellent viewing plus much more. Choose from 10 – 19 Day Tours all tailored for the discerning traveller who expects the highest level of luxury, service and attention to detail. As a New Zealand specialist, Grand Pacific Tours combine coach touring with special interest itineraries. This includes a dedicated Single Travellers Tour, especially designed for the senior single traveller wanting to tour with like-minded individuals and make a network of new friends. Included in this itinerary is a special introductory dinner and drink giving travellers the opportunity to get to know their fellow travelling companions before setting off on
See the Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow
their journey. Other special interest tours include a Lawn Bowls Tour, which combines a fantastic 18 day tour of New Zealand with four friendly games of bowls at established clubs in Christchurch, Queenstown, Rotorua and Auckland, whilst being accompanied by a Grand Pacific Tours Bowls Co-ordinator. Warbirds Over Wanaka Tours incorporate New Zealand’s spectacular South Island including a 3 day entry into the Gold Pass Enclosure at the Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow, which features some of the most famous warbirds and classic aircraft of yesteryear. Grand Pacific Tours also offer South Island Tours over the Festive Season, travelling through spectacular scenery. Enjoy Christmas and New Year festivities as you celebrate in true kiwi style including a superb Christmas feast and New Years Eve dinner. Furthermore Grand Pacific Tours have combined a range of Steam Train experiences to offer Rail buffs a once in a lifetime opportunity. Witness some of the world’s most spectacular scenery as you travel on a number of different steam and diesel locomotives and enjoy the romance and excitement of the bygone steam era. This exclusive Steam Train Tour that will include the 100th anniversary of the TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown’s iconic vintage steamship. Grand Pacific Tours have something to suit every taste and budget all ensuring you will see the
best New Zealand has to offer with everything taken care of! For more information on these tours of New Zealand contact Grand Pacific Tours on 1800 622 768 or visit www.grand pacifictours.com.
Home pick-up & return Brisbane, Gold Coast & Tweed area Will mail Itinerary on all tours, Please Phone
Brisbane: 3343 6722 Gold Coast: 5520 1499
Coastal Variety Tours
Want MORE travel
for your dollar? 11 Day SPRINGTIME GARDEN TOUR 26 September - 6 October 2011 « Western
Plains Zoo, Dubbo Gardens, Cowra « Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens « Bowral, including Corbett Gardens « Canberra Floriade Festival « Japanese
$3 699pp Twin Share $700 s/sup
6 Day FORSTER FESTIVITIES & Port Macquarie « Sea Acres Rainforest « Cassegrain Winery « Wallis Lakes Cruise « 3 Nights in Forster
6 - 16 November 2011 « Coffs
Harbour Lakes Cruise « MV Wallamba Cruise « Sydney Harbour Weekend Cruise « Blue Mountains « Great
$3 295pp Twin Share $695 s/sup
19 Day TEMPTING TASSIE CHRISTMAS
22 - 27 December 2011 « Ballina
11 Day GREAT WATERWAYS ADVENTURE
15 December - 2 January 2012
$1 999pp Twin Share $185 s/sup
5 Day TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 25 - 29 January 2012
Coach Travel to Tamworth Accommodation $795pp « See the “Who’s Who” in Australian Twin Share Country Music $150 s/sup « Travel Only Option Available
« All the
best Tassie attractions inc. & Cradle Mountain $7 299pp Twin Share « Xmas Day Gordon River Cruise « New Year’s in Sydney $1 160 s/sup « Optional King Island Side Tour « Port Arthur
16 Day CLASSIC NEW ZEALAND 10 - 25 April 2012
« Bay of
Islands Cruise Rotorua $4 680pp « Tranz-Alpine Train Journey Twin Share « Queenstown, Auckland, Wellington $1 220 s/sup « Christchurch, Dunedin & more
Call 1800 072 322 or visit www.polleys.com.au The Tour Specialists Prices and dates correct as at 20 July 2011 and are subject to change. Tour prices based on twin share accommodation. Polleys Travel - Licence Number - TAG1306
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Mark this off your ‘Bucket List’ See one of natures true wonders... Usually only once in a decade the dry Lake Eyre transforms into a water life oasis. Join natures Eyre force as life returns to the desert with Travel West.
LAKE EYRE an amazing experience...
Lake Eyre commentary with Graham Reid
• 1 Day Flight ex Brisbane • As seen on ‘Queensland Weekender’ • Visit the iconic Birdsville Hotel • Interesting & informative commentary by Graham • $1699 pp includes breakfast, lunch & light dinner
1& &8 8 October October 1
Phone 1800 654 541 or 4654 3155 www.travelwest.com.au
Just breathtaking viewing over the magnificent Lake Eyre
12 – 20 MAY 2012 This is going to be a trip of a lifetime!
Join Graham & Deb on this 9 day-8 night journey from Brisbane to The Kimberley, with overnight motel accommodation in Longreach, Birdsville, Coober Pedy, Ayers Rock Resort & Alice Springs and 3 nights at Kununurra. Graham will entertain you all the way with history, geography and stories about driving road trains & carting cattle in the Kimberley and the Territory. Fly nice and low over points of interest and learn about the rivers & deserts and much more. See icons like the Birdsville Hotel, Lake Eyre, Ayers Rock & the Olgas, Lake Argyle, Bungle Bungles, Broome & the Horizontal Waterfalls. $9870.00 per person twin share Page 50 - Brisbane Seniors - August 2011
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HOLIDAY & Leisure Explore beautiful Queensland anywhere on the map. You’ll relax in the utmost comfort aboard our traditional and modern trains, with friendly staff taking care of your every need. You’ll feast your eyes on
the breathtaking sights and wake up to a spectacular sunrise. So take a trip on one of Queensland Rail Travel’s memorable train journeys – a holiday that will stay with you forever.
RACQ travel has award winning consultants ready to help you plan your Queensland Rail trip. For more information contact RACQ Travel in Maroochydore on 07 5443
3306 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, as an added bonus, if you book through RACQ Travel you will not be charged fees for using your credit cards.
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state like Queensland Rail Travel. The railway has been Queensland’s magic carpet for over 145 years, helping to open up the treasures of the state’s regions and connecting some of the world’s most unique locations. Weave your way gently along the Queensland coast onboard The Sunlander, on one of the World’s Top 25 Rail Journeys® between Brisbane and Cairns. Revel in the award-winning comfort and luxury of Queenslander Class, exclusive to The Sunlander.
Engineered for high speed, built for comfort, the Tilt Train operates between Brisbane and Cairns, Brisbane and Rockhampton, and Brisbane and Bundaberg. Go west on Spirit of the Outback, through everchanging colour and scenery from Brisbane to iconic Longreach, then further into a region of epic histories. From the tropical north to the wide western skies, following the stunning coastline and waltzing through matilda country, our tracks run far and wide. In fact, Queensland Rail Travel can take you almost
some of the prize winning gardens is included. For those unable to travel on Saturday a repeat tour takes place on Sunday 18th. A special mid week tour also operates by Silver Bullet Rail Motor on Wednesday 21st and as an additional bonus a stop is made at beautiful Spring Bluff to inspect the range side gardens. On all Carnival of Flowers tours an optional lunch is available at the Historic Platform 9 Restaurant. Relive the days of the overnight country mail trains by coming the Rough It Overnight Express on Friday 30th September. This week end tour features and choice of overnight travel in comfortable 1st class berths or for those really wanting to rough it there will be “sleeping bag class” in the bench seat carriages. Dinner in the Sunshine Express Dining Car is included as we depart Brisbane and head of to the Southern Downs and Granite Belt. A coach tour from Wallangarra to Tenterfield, Girraween National Park, and a winery is also offered. Motel accommodation is included on the second night with daylight travel from Stanthorpe back to Brisbane on Sunday to see the scenery that was missed on the overnight run up to the Granite Belt. Sunshine Express Rail Tours look forward to welcoming you aboard, phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays for a brochure. 48781
THERE’S nothing in the world to compare with the absolute beauty and contrasts of Queensland. A no-one else in the world can help book your Queensland Rail adventure like the friendly, award winning consultants at RACQ Travel. Whatever adventure you wish for – discovering the underwater wonder of the Great Barrier Reef and the timeless peace of the Daintree Rainforest, unravelling mystery and history in pioneer towns, lazing on secluded islands and palm-fringed beaches – nobody knows or covers our vast
THE Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) has entered its 54th year of operating rail tours. Over 900 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Queensland have been run by the Society since 1957, of course the steam hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic tour in travel of a bygone era – travelling in style in the heritage carriages. The excitement of a day out by steam train commences at Roma St as you go walk along the platform to find your carriage with a reserved seat. It is then a quick walk to the head of the train to inspect the great “Iron Horse” which is simmering away quietly waiting for the grand departure. Final boarding announcements are made , the guard blows his whistle and waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing to signal departure and steams out of the platform heading for the day’ destination. Forget the cold weather because Spring is just around the corner – that means the flowers will be blooming just in time for our September Steam Tour Programme. On September 10th we steam to Laidley for the colourful street procession and displays of flowers by various community organisations. On Saturday September 17th the steam train climbs the Toowoomba Range to arrive just in time for the Carnival of Flowers street parade. A coach tour of
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July and August 2011 21st October 2011
CANBERRA FLORIADE – BOWRAL TULIP FESTIV AL FESTIVAL st
9 Day floral extravaganza! – Departs 21 September Tour highlights include: ** The famous Hunter Valley Gardens ** Leura Floral Gardens ** Blue Mtns Botanical Gardens ** Mittagong Tulip Gardens ** Bowral Tulip Festival (featuring 100,000 tulips & 25,000 annuals) ** Canberra Floriade – “A Feast for the Senses” 2011 theme ** The spectacular Tulip Top Gardens ** City Gardens of Orange & Bathurst. An unforgettable colourful experience. Ring Byways to receive the full Tour Itinerary.
Forward journey by tilt train Return by Sunlander train Accommodation at Whitsundays, Cairns, Cape Tribulation Day Tours to: Airlie Beach Long Island Daydream Island Cairns & Tablelands Kuranda Sky Rail Port Douglas Mossman Gorge Daintree- Cape Tribulation
July to November 2011 September to November 2011 Train by Tilt or Sunlander Accommodation at Cairns and Cape Tribulation Resort Day tours to: Cairns City Tablelands Kuranda Sky Rail Port Douglas Mossman George Daintree Cruise Cape Tribulation Green Island
July to November 2011 September to November 2011 Tilt Train Accommodation at Long Island Resort, Club Crocodile Airlie Beach Day Tours: Long Island Daydream Island Eco River Cruise & Wildlife Safari Airlie Beach Proserpine
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GRAND PACIFIC TOURS LUXURY COACH HOLIDAY SPECIALISTS
New Zealand Luxury Coach Holidays
CHOOSE FROM OVER
16 DAY HIGHLIGHTS OF NEW ZEALAND TOUR
Grand Paciﬁc Tours has over 190 departures per season on their New Zealand Luxury Coach Holidays. You will travel on a 48 seater, two door ﬁve star vehicle enjoying either Quality or Deluxe hotel accommodation. All tours include airfares, taxes, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. One recent passenger comments: “I don’t think we could have done the same trip ourselves staying at the same type of accommodation, eating the same high quality food and going to all the included excursions for the price we paid. Excellent value!”
48 SEAT COACH
Over $650 pre paid activities & attractions Offering quality touring at an affordable price, this tour includes 21 of the iconic attractions of the North and South Islands combined with quality accommodation, four 2 night stays and 30 superb meals with breakfast daily plus pre paid activities such as the spectacular Milford Sound Cruise, the world famous TranzAlpine rail journey and much more.
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PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE
19 DAY GRAND NEW ZEALAND TOUR Over $750 pre paid activities & attractions Discover the best of New Zealand’s North and South Islands on this comprehensive but well paced tour. Visit 24 of New Zealand’s iconic attractions and also experience some of the lesser known regions such as Napier & the Wairarapa. Enjoy deluxe accommodation including four 2 night stays and 38 superb meals with breakfast daily.
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PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE
19 DAY RAIL, CRUISE & COACH HOLIDAY Over $1050 pre paid activities & attractions
Discover the breathtaking scenery of New Zealand by rail, sea and road! This fully escorted tour offers deluxe accommodation, six 2 night stays, 41 superb meals including breakfast daily & 4 specialty dinners, the variety of 5 spectacular rail journeys; an array of scenic cruises including an EXCLUSIVE overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands.
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PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE
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