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No stoppin’ this senior Photo and story by Donna Mroz Turcic

IT was a September weekend overflowing with festivities as Broadbeach Kindergarten on Armrick Avenue celebrated its 60th anniversary while its neighbour across the park, the Royal Queensland Art Society and Gallery, marked its 50th year on the Gold Coast. Bringing the two celebrations together through a combination of art and entertainment were creative friends and real-life artists Ursula Kelly and Ilia Chidzey. Both Ursula - the colourful clown shown pictured and a dynamic senior to boot - and Ilia, the friendly feline aka ‘Cuddly Cat’, gave the appearance of having been magically lifted from the pages of a children’s storybook and transported on fairy dust to the Royal Queensland Art Society where a steady stream of kiddies, accompanied by proud parents, eagerly made their way across the grassy park from Broadbeach Kindergarten to have their faces painted by the good-natured duo. It will be another decade before she is eligible for even a Seniors Discount Card but Sydney-born Ilia’s interest in art is something that is sure to stay with her forever. Ilia spent her formative years in the ACT, graduating from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Industrial Design. Mural painting was her initial focus; later concentrating her professional energies on graphic design - a path she still vigorously pursues - after her son’s birth in 1995. Ilia says she has “drawn, illustrated, painted and designed her way through life” and hopes to continue doing so for a long time yet. See http:// for more.

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Colourful clown Ursula and friendly feline Ilia continue to burst with energy during a break from face painting at the Royal Queensland Art Society and Gallery at Broadbeach

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LIGHTNING sometimes shocks people because it just doesn’t know how to conduct itself. A rule of grammar: double negatives are a nono. Sleeping comes so naturally to me, I could do it with my eyes closed. It’s raining cats and dogs. Well, as long as it doesn’t reindeer. I relish the fact that you’ve mustard the strength to ketchup to me. My new theory on inertia doesn’t seem to be gaining momentum. What did the grape say when it got stepped on? Nothing - but it let out a little whine. If you don’t pay your exorcist you get repossessed. She got fired from the hot dog stand for putting her hair in a bun. The dead batteries were given out free of charge. Pencils could be made with erasers at both ends, but what would be the point? I was arrested after my therapist suggested I take something for my kleptomania.

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No stoppin’ this senior Continued from Page 1 Belgianborn and Germaneducated Ursula, coy about her age though admitting to having a Seniors Discount Card, lives by the philosophies of not taking herself too seriously and looking at life from both the fun and funny sides, something that may explain her love of costumes (which she whips up on a whim; the clown ensemble an example); theatrics, including cabaret; dance, and art and more art. An industrial chemist by profession (her father didn’t see a future in art), Ursula’s shift to art took her to various European countries and to South Africa before she settled in Australia. Today Ursula multitasks in commercial and fine art; teaching, judging, court case life drawing, theme designing, and exhibiting, including an installation at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. A number of murals around the Gold Coast also carry Ursula’s name. In her ‘spare’ time, Ursula swims, canoes (hubby Barry was a canoeing Bronze Medallist in the 1984 LA Summer Olympics, pairing with Grant Kenny), does yoga, walks and, not long ago, bicycled 900km through the Loire Valley in France. An unstoppable senior? That’s Ursula Kelly, whose other life philosophy is “Never be scared; always go forward.” See http:// to be amazed even more.

SENIORS NEWS Southport Day VIEW Club

The ladies of the club enjoyed a delightful lunch and fashion parade on the 20th September at The Watergarden Café Restaurant at Ross Evan’s Nursery at Coombabah. They were also entertained with a fashion parade by Casbah Fashion of Arundel and Biggera Waters. The beautiful clothing and accessories were modelled by members of the club.

THE Southport Day VIEW Club is holiday its monthly luncheon at the Southport Yacht Club and invites new members to join us. Ladies, come along, meet new friends and enjoy a delightful luncheon overlooking the water. This month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday 16th October from 11.30am for 12noon.

Our guest speaker will be Roberta Cava from Crime Stoppers, which is a partnership between the community volunteer or organisation and the Queensland Police. Cost is $30 and includes a 2 course lunch with yea or coffee. Inquiries & bookings please phone Robin on 5537 4593.

New initiative for a ready and resilient Qld QUEENSLAND will become Australia’s most resilient state through an initiative aimed at not only preparing for disasters, but ensuring life gets back to normal as quickly as possible. Announcing a new Get Ready Queensland campaign, Premier Campbell Newman said the initiative will harness the skills, knowledge and tenacity of individuals, businesses, councils, not-for-profit organisations and community groups, ensuring the whole community plays their part in preparing for disasters. “Queensland is a great state with a great climate and lifestyle but we all know that part of living in

Queensland means from time to time we have to deal with floods, cyclones, severe storms and bushfires,” Mr Newman said. “We have responded to past disasters with a high level of resilience but our traditional response needs to evolve. “We need to stop spending billions of dollars rebuilding everything after a disaster and adopt a more proactive approach that ensures we are not only well prepared for severe weather events, but that we take steps to minimise their effects so we can bounce back quickly.” “Being disaster resilient means different things to


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different communities. This is about knowing your own local risks, anticipating what sorts of things could happen in your local area, and making a plan for what you and your family will do if it happens.” Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey said the initiative would include a new communications campaign aimed at encouraging people to build their own resilience ‘step-bystep’, as well as a funding program to help councils deliver local resiliencebuilding events during a statewide week of activities from October 14 to 20, 2013. “We’ll be encouraging everyone to get involved in October and do something to get themselves, their families, neighbours, businesses, clubs or community groups, prepared and ready for the summer wet season,” Mr Dempsey said. “This will include $2 million in funding for local councils to run their own community events promoting the Get Ready message. “This is just the first step in a multi-year initiative that will see us become the most disaster resilient state in Australia. “It will take a collective effort from all of us to make that happen, but teamwork, tenacity and toughness are hallmarks of the Queensland character and I’m confident we can do it.”

Ageing loses its own Minister AGED and Community Services Australia (ACSA) is disappointed there is not a separate Minister for Ageing, following the new ministry announcement by the Prime Minister Tony Abbott. ACSA chief executive, Adjunct Professor John Kelly AM, said: “We would have seen it as a sign of leadership to give the ageing portfolio its own minister with that position being in Cabinet, particularly in view of community expectations of increased residential and community based aged care services in the near and long term future.” Professor Kelly added the decision does not recognise the tremendous challenges ahead or the government’s responsibilities for the changes in the community regarding the increasing ageing population. One in 4 people will be aged 65 and over by 2056 and yet we have no minister for ageing at a time when Australia’s policy approach to longevity and ageing needs to be front and centre of any government’s agend. If we don’t reconfigure our social structures to adapt to an ageing society with increased longevity, we risk an irretriev-

able loss to our quality of life. In 2010 Treasury released its Intergenerational Report, Australia to 2050. The re-

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and environmental consequences’. Ageing and aged care are now part of the ‘Social Services’ portfolio.

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SENIORS NEWS The Robina VIEW Club MEMBERS of the Robina VIEW Club along with 750 members from all over Australia attended the National Convention at Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino. The food and service were excellent. Entertainment was provided by the Gold Coast Blenders. Also the Spotlight Theatrical Company presented excerpts from “The Phantom of the Opera”. Robina VIEW Club actively supports The Smith Family Learning for Life programme and meet on

Robina VIEW Club members. L to R - Prue, Sheila, Carol and Barbra.

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a guest speaker. Friend- and guests. For further ship days include trips to information please call interesting places. We 5562 5074. welcome new members

Training aged care staff to deal with depression

OLDER people who require a high level of support to continue living in their own homes are twice as likely to experience depression compared to older people who need less support. In addition, the rate of depression among older people living in residential care is believed to be much higher than that of the general population – around 35 per cent, or one in three residents. The rate of anxiety in these groups is unconfirmed, but believed to be even higher than depression. It was these statistics, coupled with the limited training, which led beyondblue to develop the Professional Education to Aged Care (PEAC) Program for aged care staff. beyondblue has developed two workshops that make up the Professional Education to Aged Care (PEAC) Program. The first workshop is for staff working within residential care settings, including direct care staff and registered staff. This workshop has been developed, piloted and finalised. The community care workshop is for the broad range of staff employed by community care agencies that

provide in-home care, including direct care staff, supervisors and care managers. The overall objective of these workshops is to increase detection and improve management of depression and anxiety in older people in both residential and community aged care settings. beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said case managers and community care staff who visit older people in their homes have a big impact on the mental health of those for whom they care. “There are effective treatments available for depression and anxiety, regardless of a person’s age. Someone just has to be on the ball enough to pick up on the signs to get older people the help they need.” The training program, Understanding Depression and Anxiety in Older People in the Community, is researchbased and modelled on beyondblue’s successful Professional Education to Aged Care (PEAC) program which was released last year for aged care staff working in residential facilities. For more information contact beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.

National Seniors welcomes new federal ministers NATIONAL Seniors Australia has welcomed the appointment of Kevin Andrews as Minister for Social Services with responsibility for several aspects of ageing and Senator Mitch Fifield as Assistant Minister with responsibility for both age care and NDIS. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said he welcomed the appointment of Andrews and Fifield to what would be a challenging role, particularly with seniors comprising a rapidly growing percentage of the population. “As a minister in the inner Cabinet, Mr Andrews will oversee a huge and increasingly important portfolio and we wish him every success in his endeavours,” O’Neill said. Health Minister Peter Dutton would also be a key appointment, according to O’Neill. “Health, health costs, health insurance, PBS and so forth are all

critical issues to the over 50s and we look forward to providing input from a consumer perspective.” O’Neill said the future would be challenging and it was likely the new government would look long and hard at policy issues and entitlements of all kinds

including those involving older Australians. “We need to ensure that all considerations have regard to a consumer perspective and that more generally, there is an understanding among ministers of the challenge that is ageing.”

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Burleigh/Palm Beach VIEW Club OUR October meeting will be held at Treetops Tavern, West Burleigh on Tuesday 15th October. Time 10.00 for 10.30 am. New members are very welcome. We proudly support The Smith Family. Phone Judy 55277 212 or Winsome 5576 0779.

Robina National Seniors NATIONAL Seniors Robina Branch meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Robina Community Centre, Town Centre Drive Robina at 10.00 am Sharp. Good topic Guest Speakers, Morning Tea, monthly outings and discussions on matters relating to those over 50 plus are always on the agenda. Visitors are always made very welcome. For information ring Darmar on 5559 2717.

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Trivia with Allan Blackburn 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Which Australian state or territory observes Foundation Day? At what local time does the Melbourne Cup commence? What side of a coin is the obverse? In the company abbreviation, IBM, what does the “B” stand for? If a person is “in the arms of Morpheus”, what are they doing? In what city are the Spanish Steps? In which year did Steve Irwin die? Which is the only country whose English spelling begins with a “Y”? What does “celerity” mean? Who was US President when Apollo 11 landed on the moon? Who is generally credited with making the first controlled aeroplaneflight in Australia? In what year did Australia become a founding member of the United Nations? What were the given names of the cricketing Waugh twins? What large animal is a pachyderm? Which UK band had a number 1 hit in 1963 called “Sweets for my sweet”? What nationality is golfer Ernie Els? Who was the author of “Tropic of Capricorn”? Where are British monarchs traditionally crowned? What are the leaves of ferns usually called? What is the art of beautiful handwriting? Answers on page 8

SENIORS NEWS Calling for our “unsung heroes”

THE quiet achievers of the Gold Coast could soon be recognised with nominations now open for the annual Australia Day awards. Acting Mayor Councillor Donna Gates said it was important to celebrate our “unsung heroes” and recognise their efforts. “If you know someone locally that inspires others through sport, has a passion for the environment, builds community spirit, or fosters our creative culture, I urge you to nominate them,” she said. “The types of people who win these awards don’t often seek the limelight; they just get on with it, all the more reason for others to nominate them and give them the recognition they have earned. “Nominating someone is even easier this year as details can be completed on the City of Gold Coast website.” The awards are offered in six categories and recognise individuals and groups that have made outstanding contributions to the community, and exceptional achievement in sporting, environmental or cultural endeavours. Specifically, Gold Coast Citizen of the Year recognizes outstanding members of the community for their personal endeavours, achievements and community input; Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year acknowledges young citizens for their personal endeavours, achievements and community input; the Gold FM Community Service Award is for individuals or groups who have provided outstanding service to the community; the Sports Achievement Award honours the committed sportsperson, coach, administrator or official whose actions inspire others and enrich the community through sport; the Environmental Achievement Award recognises individuals or groups who demonstrate genuine passion for the environment and strive to improve it through conservation, preservation, protection, replenishment and education; the Cultural Achievement Award acknowledges individuals or groups involved in the city’s rich cultural and arts community. Nominations are open until 15 November 2013. For more information on the nomination criteria or to apply online, visit: australiadayawards. Forms are also available from any City office or library. Ph (07) 5581 5272 for further info.

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SENIORS NEWS Cultural Diversity Unites the Gold Coast at the 2013 Multicultural Festival The Tourism Confucius University was proud to Gold Coast Multicultural 2013. The Festival proInstitute (TCI) at Griffith participate in the annual Festival on September 8, vides a venue to celebrate and showcase the skills and talents of our city’s diverse cultural communities through a variety of exciting and educational multicultural activities culminating in the main Festival Day. The annual Festival has been running since 2008 and this year an estimated 37,000 people flocked to the Evandale Parklands to celebrate over 60 cultures that make up Australia’s sixth largest city. The Tourism Confucius Institute carefully prepared various activities to demonstrate the unique Chinese culture, including Chinese paper-cut-

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ting, an introductory experience with Chinese characters, a chopsticks contest and a Wing Chun martial arts demonstration. A Gold Coast citizen wowed the audience with his superb chopsticks skills while other guests demonstrated great interest in learning traditional Chinese paper cutting. The TCI also promoted its Chinese language and culture courses, the Hanban Summer Camp and community cultural activities such as the Chinese National Day celebration at the Robina liLearning Chinese paper cutting brary. This event not only provided a unique opportu- mote the Chinese culture, links between China and nity for the TCI to pro- but also to build tourism the Gold Coast.

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10. Richard Nixon 11. Harry Houdini, in 1910 12. 1945 13. Mark and Stephen (Steve) 14. Elephant, rhino or hippo 15. The Searchers 16. South African 17. Henry Miller

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18. Westminster Abbey 19. Fronds 20. Calligraphy Disclaimer for Trivia quiz Answers are correct to the best knowledge of our quizmaster Allan Blackburn. Sometimes people may have different views and some an-

swers considered correct by Allan may be considered incorrect by others. While all care and attention is taken with these answers, mistakes can happen. If you find one, please live with it! No correspondence will be entered into regarding Trivia Quiz answers.

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Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club members admiring the cake at the birthday celebration held at The Garlic Clove, Emerald Lades. L to R Jocelyn Bowden, Di Clements, Pat Pritchard, Joan Cross & Val Fordham.

IN September, members of the Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club celebrated their 26th birthday at a black and white luncheon held at The Garlic Clove restaurant overlooking picturesque Emerald Lakes. The event was well attended by members old and new, all attired in fashions complying with the black and white theme. Ten, twenty and twenty five year memberships were acknowledged and Audrey Chapman who at-

tended was presented with her 10 year membership pin. The cake was cut by our oldest member Stella Phillip. The club meets at 10.30am on the third Wednesday of the month at the Burleigh Heads SLSC, Gold Coast Highway, with a guest speaker and lunch. On the fourth Wednesday we have an organised outing/coach trip. Visitors welcome. Call Carol on 5534 5430 or Pat on 5576 8332.

Broadbeach Ladies Probus Club BROADBEACH Ladies Probus Club Inc. meet on the second Tuesday of the month at Kurrawa Surf Club, Broadbeach. The meeting commences at 9.30 am, morning tea is provided, then followed by a guest speaker. Visitors and prospective members are most welcome. Come along and join us, or phone our Secretary Wendy on 5538 8831 for more information.

Southport Girl Guides celebrating 90 years SOUTHPORT Girl Guides will be celebrating its 90th birthday at the Guide Hut, 4 Margaret Street, Southport, on Saturday, November 9, from 1pm to 5pm. The first Southport Girl Guide Company was formed at St Hilda’s School for Girls in February, 1922 with Miss Armstrong as Captain. A second company, 1st Southport, was formed in March 1922 with Miss Purnell as warranted leader. In April 1922, St Hilda’s and 1st Southport Companies joined together, with Miss Purcell as Captain and Miss Armstrong as Brown Owl. The Company has run almost continuously since then. Meetings were held in the Army Hut and then in the supper room of the Memorial Hall on the corner of Lawson and Scarborough Streets, Southport. Current District Leader and Trefoil Guild President, Bev ‘Bahloo’ Lloyd (nee Smith), became a member and Guide leader in 1978. Bev has lived in Southport most of her life and remembers family names of the original Guides: Napper, Lippien,

Bailey, Reilly, Spendelove, Woodroffe, McKenzie and Willoughby. Bev went to school with some of the 1950s Guides with the familiar Southport names Gardner, Mitchell, Ward, Mills, Ellis, Auld, McChesney-Clark,

vited to go along on November 9 and have a cuppa; reminisce and remember the good times, as well as watch a tent race and billy-boiling competition among three generations of Guides. For more information, contact ‘Bahloo’ (07) 5564 8866.

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SENIORS NEWS Link between type 2 diabetes and reduced brain function Australian scientists have discovered a direct link between type 2 diabetes and reduced brain function in the elderly. The Sydney Memory and Ageing study found older people who develop type 2 diabetes experience a greater decline in brain performance than those who live without the condition. However, the research found that good management of blood glucose levels reduces the risk of the decline in brain performance. The study also issues a warning to those living with pre-diabetes, encouraging them to do everything in their power to prevent developing type 2 diabetes as it could halt the cognitive decline. The study was led by Professor Katherine Samaras, Research Fellow

and Head of the Diabetes and Obesity Clinical Studies, Diabetes and Obesity Research Program at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Professor Samaras said it is a breakthrough. “It’s not necessarily related to a duration effect of diabetes,” said Professor Samaras. “Even if you’ve reached your mid 70s or early 80s and you haven’t got diabetes, if you have pre diabetes, you probably should be doing everything to prevent getting diabetes because we think that that may actually halt that cognitive decline that we are seeing.” Go to for information on how to prevent diabetes taking a hold on your body. World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on November 14th.

Kingscliff Mixed Probus Club Kingscliff Mixed Probus Club holds its meetings In the Uniting Church Hall, Kingscliff on the first Wednesday of the month at 10 am and outings on the third Wednesday of the each month. The next meeting will be on 2nd October and our guest speaker will be Graham Rankin, a physiotherapist. Our

outing will be to Twin Towns to see Back to the Tivoli. New members, both male and female, are always welcome so why not come along to our next meeting. It is a good way to meet people and make new friends. We look forward to seeing you. Call Norma 02 6676 3360.

Machine Knitters

A GROUP of ladies and gentlemen who enjoy machine knitting meet at The Franklin Craft Centre, Mudgeeraba usually on the second Monday of the month, commencing 9am. Our next

meeting will be Monday 11th November. All makes of machine are catered for and interested people are always very welcome at our meetings. For further information phone 5537 1436.

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SENIORS NEWS 800 attend VIEW Convention CHRISTADELPHIANS of SOUTHPORT meet at 82 Falconer Street to preach the Gospel Sunday 20 October at 2.00 pm Subject


John 6:70, 71 Jesus answered them, “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” He spoke of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve. Is it true that there is only one devil, Judas Iscariot? May there be others with the same purpose in mind, namely to slander Jesus and bring his name into disrepute. The Bible has some interesting things to say about satan too. This illustrated talk will help you get the Bible perspective on this subject and remove the superstition attached to it. You will find: 1 A much more satisfying explanation of the origins of the world’s troubles. 2 Who is really in control of life and death in the world. 3 God’s solution for you.

YOU WILL BE WELCOME TO HEAR THIS ADDRESS An 8-week free Seminar “THE STORY OF THE BIBLE” commences on the 19 October and continues at 9.30 to 11.30 each Saturday. Telephone 5571 6709 or e-mail to enroll.

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COOLANGATTA Tweed View Club was well represented at the VIEW Clubs of Australia Annual Convention held recently on the Gold Coast. The Convention attracted 800 VIEW members from all states of Australia and comprised two Conference Days; a choice of social functions; a gala dinner and a grand celebration. On day one, the Women of Inspiration spoke on an array of subjects that inspired and excited; stimulated and amused. On day two, the Voice of View, the George Forbes Oration, was delivered by the Governor of Queensland Ms Penelope Wensley, and speakers from The Smith Family and from VIEW Clubs of Australia gave details of services

Pictured at the VIEW Clubs of Australia Annual Convention Gala Dinner are (l-r) Dawn Beard, Jill Bowen, Penny Thorpe and Christine Dunn.

provided and successes achieved. Resolutions were debated and the Learning for Life student and her mother expressed their gratitude for the opportunities

provided for them over many years and their belief that education has the power to transform lives, not just minds. At the event’s conclusion, it was announced

that the next Convention would be held in the City of Wollongong in 2015. For more information, please visit

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in lunch and dinner sizes. There are mains, side dishes, soups and desserts. The “Gourmet Meals” are prepared by professional chefs, using the finest and freshest ingredients. Gourmet Meals taste like real home style cooking and are simple to prepare. Gluten Free is our specialty!! The meals are oven proof and microwave safe, are easy to open, and, because the trays are made of cardboard, the packaging is mostly recyclable. Gourmet Meals have a range of fat reduced, salt reduced, high fiber, high protein meals, dairy free, and specializes in gluten free! Please call us on 1300 112 112 for more information regarding the delivery of meals and ordering procedures or visit our website on

Royal Historical Society of Queensland THE next At Home for the Royal Historical Society of Queensland will be held on Saturday 19th October at the Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William Street, Brisbane, commencing at 10.15am until 3pm. Events on the day will include the Launch of restored panoramas of early Brisbane by the Hon. Ian Walker, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts. The Launch of new ASSI 150th Commemoration Exhibition by Professor Clive Moore

CSI who will also give the keynote address. Other speakers on the day will be Kathy Frankland, and Jean Stewart on “George Raff of Morayfield and his sugar plantation”. Cost will be $10 - adults; $8 – concession. Children under 12 free. For more information please phone 3221 4198 during business hours or visit the website

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SENIORS NEWS What do RSPCA foster carers do? THE foster program is an important part of the RSPCA. Our wonderful foster carers provide temporary care for a wide range of animals in need. Many of these animals are simply too young for desexing and adoption. Others may be injured, sick or have a behavioural issue that needs addressing. Some need care outside of adoption centre opening hours and others have come through our Pet Legacy or Pets in Crisis Programs. Each year, fabulous foster carers from across Queensland care for more than 5000 cats, kittens, puppies, poultry, livestock, horses and pocket pets. These generous people take in foster animals, for anywhere from a few days to many

Pippy & Barkley with carer Lindy

months. Whatever the reason, the same applies to all; a home environment is far more desirable than a concrete pen or wire cage. A home environment and loving foster family allow the animals to grow, thrive and recover in a much more stress-free and caring

Pumpkin with carer


situation. Who can be a foster carer? We are looking for people who are advocates for animal welfare; people who want to open their hearts and homes to an animal in need of short or long term care. You will need to: Be over 18 years of age; Have a safe and

secure environment for housing animals; Give time and attention to your foster animals; Ensure your own animals are fully vaccinated and compatible with other animals; Have your own reliable transport; Obtain permission from your landlord if renting. Is it difficult to give them back? Saying goodbye to your foster animals can be sad but most foster carers will tell you that the rewards of giving animals another chance in life far outweigh the pain of parting. There are always plenty of animals waiting for a caring temporary home and your role in preparing these animals for their future is a very im-

portant one. What is provided? RSPCA Qld provides carers with food, health treatments, veterinary care and equipment (e.g. carry crate, bedding, leads and collars). Carers usually supply kitty litter and anything that we may be running short of. How do I join the foster care team? If you would like to become an RSPCA Qld Foster Carer, email to request an information package and expression of interest form (alternately, you can contact the State Foster Care Coordinator on 07 3426 9997 to provide your mailing address). You will be invited to Basic Foster Care Training and lined up for a property check.

Palm Beach Happy Group

THE Group have been enjoying increasing numbers of members attending the meetings with the warmer weather now arriving. Also the trip to Harrigan’s Drift Inn at Jacobs Well was a great success on August 30th with forty two members enjoying the beautiful meal provided. Most members chose the Guinness Pie and Vegetables followed by a luscious Cheese Cake and bottomless tea and coffee. Fish and Chips and Salad and Chicken and Chips and Salad was also on the menu.

The cost of our trips are subsidized by the Group and members pay only a small donation of $20 to cover Coach and Meals. Our Coach stopped for morning tea at Cabbage Tree Point and Jo’s cooking was also enjoyed by all at that venue. With another interruption on the way home at the Strawberry Farm most members managed to put away one of the very popular Ice Creams on sale there. During the last few weeks the entertainment at the Share-n-Care Hall on a Friday has been excellent with many

popular groups performing. The Scallywags, The Golden Girls, Lorraine-Brian and Barry and also the Entertainers are always very welcome and enjoyed. Thank you to all these Groups for the great shows. If you are interested in learning more about the Happy Group you may ring Lorraine on 5576 3747 or June on 5534 4660. Transport is available from various volunteer groups now and the small busses will pick you up at your door and bring you to the Share-n-Care and bring you home at the

end of the morning for a very reasonable charge You can be assured of an entertaining morning and meeting new friends at this friendly group. The next outing will be at the end of

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harsh sun for millions of years in shallow waters. They have discovered what they call new UV filters that are resistant to UVA and UVB rays and have added these coral properties in a cream emulsion. CSIRO scientist Dr Mark York says a safe and effective sunscreen for human use has been developed. ‘The filters are clear in colour, virtually odourless and very stable, which makes them easy to be incorporated into any emulsion,’ he said. The sunscreen is expected to be on the global market within five years. The research builds on work by scientists at the Australian Institute of Marine Science who were the first to discover the natural sun screening ability of the reef’s corals. October 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 13

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SENIORS NEWS VIEW 2013 Convention

Gem testing at Gemfest

Faceted Gemstones (Photograph by Frank Dalgity).

WHO do you go to, to find out the identification of a gemstone? When a gemstone is faceted, how do you know if it is natural, synthetic or a simulation? Well, you can go to a jeweller, or you can come to Toowoomba Gemfest. For several years now, Rod Brightman has offered his services free of charge. Rod’s qualifications are impressive. For seven years, he held the position of Chair of the Board of Studies and Examinations for the Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA). Rod’s passion to educate people about minerals and gems, which he has done since 1977, includes providing educaNational Manager Maryanne Maher and National President Lorraine tional classes at Toowoomba’s U3A (University of Montgomery the Third Age). While testing your gemstone, Rod will demonstrate FROM the 13th to the And integral part of Spotlight Theatres the use of a refractometer, microscope and spectro15th September VIEW VIEW is the debating latest production scope to optically identify gem material. Clubs of Australia held of Resolutions, which “Phantom of the Rod will be available for testing gemstones on their annual gives the members Opera”. Saturday 10am – 3pm and Sunday 10am – 2pm. convention on the Voice. More that 19.600 VIEW Come to Gemfest – all items are for sale. You’ll find Gold Coast. Over 800 Once the resolutions members in 353 local jewellery of all shapes, sizes and price ranges: women from across have been passed communities gemstones in the rough or cut, bead supplies, Australia attended. members will ensure contribute significant crystals and mineral specimens, fossils, opals, VIEW stands for Voice, these issues are fundraising and pearls, carvings and ornaments – all perfect gifts Interests & Education conveyed throughout volunteering support for that special occasion. Create your own unique in Women and the their communities. to help Australian piece of jewellery – find a setting, select a precious content of all events Evenings were children in need to gemstone and have it set while you wait. reflected this. devoted to fun and create better futures First-time visitors to Gemfest are always blown On Day 1: The CEO of entertainment with for themselves and away when they enter the assembly hall. Children’s The Smith Family Dr. Friday night’s funceyes just widen with surprise. Bring the whole break the cycle of family. There are three fabulous jewellery raffle Lisa O’Brien thanked tions varying from disadvantage. prizes to be won as well as hourly lucky door the VIEW members for “Happy Days in the The next Convention prizes. their support and the Old School Yard” to will be in 2015 in Gemfest details: VEW National “In The Mood”. Wollongong. President, Lorraine Saturday evening saw One popular local club Centenary HeightsHigh School, Ramsay Street entrance, Toowoomba Montgomery said that the Gala Dinner with is Twin Towns Day Saturday, 26 October from 9am to 5pm. VIEW Clubs support entertainment from which meets on the 1035 Learning for Life “The Blenders” first Thursday of every Sunday, 27 October from 9am to 3pm. Adults (13 and over): $4.00. Children under 13 are Students and are the followed by a month, further free. largest single presentation from enquiries to: Freda on Contact: David on 0417 611 820

supporter of The Smith some of the cast from Familys Learning for Life Program. Day: 2 saw the Governor of Queensland, Penelope Wensley received a standing ovation for her delivery of the George Forbes Oration. The Chairman of The Smith Family, James Miller A.M. spoke about the need to give people HOPE – especially children. He said that when one is hopeless, imagination dies. 600,000 children live in a home where no one works, which is why the assistance in educating the less fortunate in our community is important. We have to think about the child then the adult that they will become.

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SENIORS NEWS Open House at Villa Serena YOU’RE invited to come and see why Villa Serena is everything Aged Care Living Should Be at our Open House Weekend on the 26th and 27th of October 2013. Villa Serena is a boutique “Extra Service” aged care community situated at Robina on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with a well-established reputation for quality care, services and lifestyle programs that assist residents to maintain maximum independence, freedom

Villa Serena Courtyard

and choices. This unique home exudes warmth, character and understated style, with classically elegant building architecture, furnishings and finishes, and Tuscan-style courtyard gardens reminiscent of the grand villas of Europe. So if you are looking for yourself, a family member or a friend, now or in the future, come along and have a free coffee and cake in our central café at a time which suits you. Villa Serena is accredited by the Commonwealth Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency. It is home to 107 Gold Coast residents offering low, high, dementia and respite (short term) care. Villa Serena is centrally located in Robina, with easy access from the M1 Motorway, and close proximity to the Robina Town Centre and medical services at the Robina Hospital. RSVP to make an appointment for a tour and relax with a coffee and cake by calling (07) 5575 7622. Villa Serena, 2 Easthill Drive, Robina QLD 4226. p: (07) 5575 7622, e:

Lewani Palms Resort - Open Home Weekend THE first thing that might capture your attention about Lewani Palms Resort is the catchy address 6 Goldmine Road, Ormeau but there’s much more to this quality complex to interest the over-50s, and on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October, you can see for yourself as Lewani Palms hosts its Open House Weekend. Located in a handy position near the M1 and close to amenities, securitygated Lewani Palms offers residents a lifestyle that’s the best of all worlds. On your doorstep within the Resort are lots of recreational activities that can make life a permanent holiday, either full of action or quiet and peaceful or a bit of both! The choice is yours. Included are two swimming pools: one a heated lap pool and the other lagoonstyle; a croquet green; bowling and putting green; sports hall with snooker tables; walking tracks and a gym. The gazebo with bbq is a great spot to relax,

and the workshop adds that extra touch of ‘home’. Secure caravan and boat storage are also available. As well, many residents will enjoy the library and computer room, or socialising around the licensed bar. Stage shows, party nights, line dancing and organised outings add to the friendly atmosphere and offer something for everyone. Ormeau is a pleasant-sized community, with the area’s main retail centre, catering to most of the residents’ needs, located there. The surrounding rolling and leafy countryside is just a short drive away.. Pet-friendly Lewani Palms Resort, with bus stop at the front door and train station not far away, is located at the corner of Goldmine Road and Pacific Hwy, Ormeau. For more information on the Open Home weekend phone 1800 467 500. Your call will be welcomed.

Over-50s Real Estate Solutions – Making Life Easier

APTED Property Group managing director Jeremy Apted is applying his valuation and real estate skills, developed over the last 30 years, to assist the over-50s in their transition to residential resort living. Well qualified, Jeremy has been an Assistant Member on the Valuers’ Registration Board of Queensland for the past six years and previously was President of the Australian Property Institute (Qld). A Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Jeremy has also held senior positions within major Valuation and Consulting firms. Jeremy and his wife Glenys have recently downsized their own home while several of their friends have moved into residential resorts. Common concerns for those downsizing can be the selection of an estate agent; the most-appropriate approach towards marketing, and attaining a good financial outcome. Jeremy and Glenys understand the emotional ties that owners have towards their homes and appreciate the often stressful situations brought about by the sale of the family home and the transition to residential resort living. “Our aim is to work with those people who are selling family homes and wanting to buy into residential villages and resorts,” says Jeremy. “We assist with the sale of their homes in a timely manner through local agents, while attaining good value. “This all happens before the move into the village, with no additional estate agent costs. We will also keep in contact with the relevant village and resort to assist clients not only with their moves but also with settling in.” For more information, please call Jeremy on 0419 745 277 or email: Jeremy@aptedpropertygroup.

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SENIORS NEWS Yellow and red helps the vision impaired

IT’S a friendly spot and well worth a look-in by anyone (particularly the over-45s) who enjoys indoor lawn bowls; socialising, and delicious afternoon teas. Every Tuesday and Sunday from 12.30pm, the Runaway Bay and District Seniors Indoor Bowls Club rolls out the mats and puts the yellow and red bowling balls in place. Then the fun begins. This active Club is the only Gold Coast indoor bowls club that uses the imported-from-Scotland yellow and red bowling balls, colours that make playing easier for vision impaired participants. With Club membership only $2 per year (that’s right, only $2 per year), plus $3 per person per playing session (and that includes homemade afternoon tea), the turnout is always good. Other activities run by the Club (and well-subsidised by membership fees) are bus trips (such as to Australia Some 60 or more indoor bowlers (though a few were camera shy) were Zoo and Ipswich) and the (oh-so-tasty and oh-sopresent on a Tuesday in early October when this photo was taken. merry) Christmas lunch. Spectators are welcome anytime (and only pay $2 for tea or coffee), even to the upcoming November 9 competition. For more information, please contact John (Jack) Cunningham on 5571 7318, or Club president of 12 years, Rex Paton on 0423 084 837. The Runaway Bay and District Seniors Indoor Bowls Club, sponsored by the Biggera Waters/ Helensvale branch of the Bendigo Bank, calls the Runaway Bay Seniors Citizens Hall on Lae Drive, next to the library, home. Why not pop in and say “hello”? You will be warmly welcomed.

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Queensland light vehicle registration label use ending

THE Queensland Government has decided to end the use of registration stickers for light vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes from 1 October 2014. The decision will bring Queensland into line with most other Australian states which have already abandoned stickers. Registration labels were first introduced in Queensland in 1932. Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said advances in technology meant the detection of unregistered vehicles could be done using number plate recognition, rather than citing a sticker on the front windscreen. “The key issue in making this decision was to be satisfied that there will not be an increase in the number of unregistered vehicles in Queensland,” he said. “Once the labels are no longer required, the public will be able to check the registration status of their vehicle online or by calling the TMR call centre.”

U3A North Gold Coast ARE you new to the Gold Coast, over 50, recently retired and would like to meet new friends? U3A Gold Coast North offers over 50 courses and are taking membership applications now ! Call in to our newly refurbished premises at Labrador Community Hub, 57 Billington St, Labrador or phone 5529 0583 9.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday. Learning for the Joy of Learning For more information on our courses and timetable go to

“Very comfortable with “Very high clinical clinical standards standards .. .. .” .” high Lions Haven for the Aged has operated its facility, with 61 beds since the opening in 1992. We have experienced a growing demand for quality, comfortable and secure Aged Care in the North Gold Coast area. Lions Haven is an approved & accredited Aged Care Facility with ageing in place. We are a 67-bed facility providing High and Low Care, which includes a 20 bed Secure Unit. Located on the Northern End of the Gold Coast (next to Sanctuary Cove), Lions Haven is a single storey complex where each resident enjoys their own room, which comes complete with en-suite and outside patio area. Our modern facility offers a safe and comfortable environment to ensure quality of life, safety and welfare of our residents, staff and visitors. Residents have the freedom to enjoy life in a homelike atmosphere where families and friends are most welcome.

U3A Broadbeach TERM 4 classes have now commenced. The Coach trip to the Tweed River Art Gallery, via a lovely drive through the Numinbah Valley with lunch at Tyalgum was hailed as a great success. Plans for a November trip are being made. Much more information is now available on the website or please phone 5572 9212.

Brain Fodder Name three sporting events that are won by moving backwards. Answer: rowing, tug of war, backstroke

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SENIORS NEWS Coolangatta Senior Citizens

Stroke Awareness Week marked on Gold Coast

THE Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre is for “50 & Over Seniors” and welcomes all Gold Coast & Tweed Heads residents & visitors. The Centre has a large range of activities including, Bingo, Ballroom Dancing (New Vogue & Modern inc. lessons) Broadband for Seniors with free Computer Lessons, Card Games, Choir Group, Indoor Bowls, Knit, Natter, Craft & Chatter, Light Exercises, Mah Jong, Qigong, Rock & Roll (inc. lessons), Swing or Sway, Snooker & Eight Ball, Social Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Monthly Bus Trips, Free Monthly Variety Concerts, Library, Hairdresser Pictured at the Gold Coast launch of the 2013 Stroke Awareness Week & Beautician. Free Wii are head table guests (l-r) Ava-May Morgan, Ron Morgan, Cr Dawn Interactive Sports on the Crichlow, Colin Oxenford and Verity Barton MP. Big Screen. At our last Coast Stroke Support Group manned free monthly concert we THE Gold Coast launch of the 2013 had the Dixie Traditional National Stroke Awareness Week was an information stand at Australia Fair Shopping Centre in Southport where Jazz Band and they were held at Southport Bowls Club on sensational with their September 9, with 45 guests attending free blood pressure tests were offered wonderful rendition of to members of the public. the bbq luncheon event. great songs played in A total of 223 tests were given over Speakers were introduced by Colin Trad/Jazz Style and we three days with the highest reading Oxenford, Chairman and Co-ordinator taken being 220/102. of the Gold Coast Stroke Support As well, volunteers from GCSSG Group (GCSSG) and included Avahanded out approximately 250 May Morgan, former National Development Manager of the National information packs containing various Stroke Foundation; Verity Barton MP, National Stroke Foundation broState Member for Broadmeadows, and chures and other stroke-related literature. The display area also Division 6 Councillor Dawn Crichlow featured numerous ‘FAST’ and ‘1 IN OAM who officially launched Stroke THE Ladies Probus Club SIX’ posters. Awareness Week on the Gold Coast. of Miami Inc wishes to For more information, please contact Dr. Alex Douglas MP, State Member invite ladies who would Colin Oxenford on 5531 3254 or 0400 for Gaven, was also in attendance. like to meet new people 849 573 or email: During National Stroke Awareness to join our club. If you Week members and friends of the Gold enjoy listening to entertaining guest speakers, eating delicious morning teas & participating in THE Runaway Bay Probus Club meets to various places, our next trip is to social activities, you will on the 3rd Monday of each month at Kyogle, these trips are always fun and enjoy being a part of our the Paradise Point Bowls Club, after a a great day out with friends. Wives or club. We meet on the short meeting commencing at 10am we Partners are always welcome at our second Thursday of the have a Guest Speaker to give an inter- meetings and outings. month, 10am, at the esting talk on various subjects i.e. We also hold a luncheon at the Club on Broadbeach Bowls Club. Men’s Shed, Gold Coast Library, the 4th Tuesday each month commenc- Please phone Ann 5570 Careflight etc. morning tea is included, ing at 12noon. Contact: Ian on 5537 1226 or Aileen 5575 8092 in addition we also have day bus trips 9914. for more information.

also had the Cake Walk- Coolangatta. We look for- come at Coolangatta Seing Babies parading with ward to making you wel- nior Citizens Centre. their fancy umbrellas which was quite colorful, and the audience were absolutely thrilled by the brilliant entertainment Our next free monthly concert is on Monday 28th October @ 1-00pm Qld. time and will feature the colourful, glamorous and very talented “Susie Jay” accompanied by COMPUTER REPAIRS AT YOUR PLACE “Joe Ace”. At last a trustworthy, honest computer person With her great voice and who really cares about giving older people colourful costumes Susie affordable reliable service with all their brings to life many fa- computer needs in their homes. Call Tony Friend mous female performers of today! He goes the extra mile but doesn’t our time. We are pleased charge an arm and a leg! to be presenting another • Laptop repairs • Older machines “Top Class” show so we revitalised • Virus removal & internet security hope to see you there • Custom built systems once again for another great afternoon of entertainment. BYO lunch/ nibbles, tea/coffee available $1-50 per bottomless cup. For enquiries or Ask for events brochure and conyour cert bookings (essential) Seniors WE COME TO YOU! phone 07 5536 4050 or call Discount PH 0411 327 477 into the Centre at 2 Gerrard Street,

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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-the-counter 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”. “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 for more information. For enquires about Magnus Shield, call 1300 760 627.

Brain Fodder Temperatures in degrees Celsius and Fahrenheit are usually quite different. However, there is one temperature that has the same reading on both scales. What is it? Answer: -400 Page 20 - Gold Coast Seniors - October 2013

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U3A Twin Towns acknowledges a special person

Mary Ludwig (left) outgoing “Senior of the Year” to Francis Garland the new “Senior of the Year” 2013

EACH year, U3A Twin Towns acknowledge a special person as their “Senior of the Year”, this year the honour went to popular member and tutor Francis Garland. We have been blessed to have Francis as a member for the past 17 years and nothing is too much trouble. She organises the kitchen at our every function, has raised more than $5,000.00 for Cancer research holding “Big Morning Tea” for 11years, taught Scripture and became a Special Minister for her Church, visits sick and housebound people, attends about 10

classes at U3A Twin Towns, teaches Tai Chi and Tai Chi for Arthritis at our Boyd Street premises. She raised 5 children and has 12 grandchildren and a new great grandchild due early next year. Truly a worthy “Senior for the Year”. We are celebrating Melbourne Cup with a luncheon at “Cazzy’s Restaurant and this year there is a new exciting menu! There will be Sweeps and prizes for Best Hat, Best Dressed,Raffle, lots of fun and only $25.00 for two courses. Book early for this popular event 55347333

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the future – while staying close to their loved ones and friends, in the one community.” RSL Care celebrates 75 years of caring for the community this year, and is proud to offer a range of retirement accommodation options to all members of the community, along with ex-servicemen and women. Most of RSL Care’s retirement communities feature both independent units and aged care accommodation on the same site, which for many couples, allows them to stay together, despite one partner requiring more intensive support. At RSL Care, residents enjoy a warm and friendly community with the comfort of security and support. RSL Care’s HomeCare services can also provide residents with cleaning and medical assistance, transportation and much more. To find out more about RSL Care’s range of retirement options, visit or call one of their consultants on 1300 558 648 to start making the most of your future today.

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Joan Cooper, Margaret Alcock & Shirley Hanlon with their handiwork

THE Helensvale Probus Club meet on the second Friday of the month, at the Seniors Citizens Hall, Helensvale Community Centre. Marie is only to pleased to take a call of interest on 5573 0401. Last month’s meeting saw members and guests celebrate Joan Kear’s 80th birthday and also heard from guest speaker Margaret Alcock from the Gold Coast Hospital. Margaret specialises in the area of premature babies and went on to show members various articles that are made by many groups on the

Gold Coast and Hinterland, and more importantly the need for such items. Our own team of ladies lead by Shirley Hanlon, had on display, their wonderful handiwork, our ladies are just so clever in more ways than one, the “Trauma Teddies” and other items will be handed over to Margaret for the Premy Trauma Centre, our ladies are to be congratulated on their effort throughout the year, proving it is not just meetings, but the many interests behind the scene that make our club tick.

No invitations required for Currumbin RSL’s Spring Racing Carnival ‘Birdcage’

A ticket to the Birdcage during the Spring Racing Carnival is a highly coveted trophy, reserved for models, socialites, Australia’s racing elite and skilful gatecrashers but for those who don’t make the VIP list, Currumbin RSL has created their own ‘Birdcage’, right in the middle of the Club! Guests will feel like high flyers in theBirdcage Lounge, which swings into action for the Spring Racing Carnival from 19 October to 10 November. Currumbin RSL will be showing all the live racing action, not trackside but waterside where you the mood is relaxed and patrons are invited to dress in their finest racing attire and soak up the next best thing to a ticket to Flemington’s Birdcage. Currumbin RSL will ooze atmosphere and charm, witha huge custommade butterfly filled with flowers and all the elements that make the Spring Racing Carnival such an important event on the Australian racing calendar. As well as special tapas menu, Mumm Champagne and Cocktail specials available from 12pm daily,

there will be free live entertainment on all Spring Racing Carnival race days between 4-6pm in the Birdcage Lounge. The launch of the Spring Carnival will start on Caulfield Cup race day, Saturday 19 October and continue on Saturday 26 October for the Cox Plate. On 2 November the Club will celebrateAAMI Victoria Derby Dayin the Birdcage Loungewhere the International Brand Manager for Mumm Champagne will attend the event from 2-4pm and demonstrate the Sabrage traditional opening of Champagne with a sword.Guests will be able to mingle with Hamish, direct from Champagne in France and possibly test some Mumm Champagne. In true Derby Day tradition, patrons are invited to dress to impress in black and white. On Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday 5 November, the race party continues throughout the Club.To cater for the influx of punters, the Club’s TAB will open at 8am on Cup Day. A seafood buffet lunch will be held in the Waterside

Events Room with live music from 11.30am, competitions, sweeps and prizes. Alleys Restaurant is also holding a Melbourne Cup Luncheon, with competitions,loads of fun and games and sweeps. Plasma screens will be positioned throughout the restaurant to watch the race. Afterwards, whether it’s celebrations or commiserations, party onat the Club with live music from 2.30pm. The Carnival continues on 7 November forCrown Oaks Ladies

Dayin the Birdcage Lounge from 11.30am. Ladies are invited to come decked in their best couture to win prizes. On Saturday 9 November, Emirates Stakes Daywill be a huge Family Fun Day at Currumbin RSL from 11am with jumping castle, face painting and a family BBQ. Everyone is welcome to join in Currumbin RSL’s celebrations of the Spring Racing Carnival. For more information, go to or phone the Club for details on 07 5534 7999.

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SENIORS NEWS New $2 coin commemorates Queen’s coronation in 1953 LOOK out for this one in your change - the Royal Australian Mint recently unveiled a new circulating commemorative $2 coin with a splash of purple colour. The coin celebrates the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. The coin is the second colourful coin the RAM has issued for circulation. The first was a $2 coin with a red poppy released in October 2012. Two million Coronation $2 coins are being released, quadruple the amount of the Poppy $2 coin. The $2 coin, in both standard and colorful versions, is composed of a copper-nickel, aluminum and nickel alloy

Three years of Community Care THREE years ago the Never Alone Friendship Centre opened its doors to meet the social needs of those in the community who are lonely and isolated in the community. Every Wednesday a group of dedicated volunteers set out to offer support, friendship and a varied and fun program including a regular weekly morning tea, well more like a high tea in the morning, with a variety of delicacies. The guests then break up into groups and enjoy a variety of card and tables games, indoor bowls, darts, join a knitting circle, learn to make gift cards cards or just sit and read a book from the free lending library. Over the past year they have had a visit to government house and met the Governor, had a visit from a children’s choir and many entertainers, laughed through an Easter Bonnet fun day, Bingo and had BBQ’s and many guests speakers. Auctions and raffles help to raise funds to keep the Centre functioning. Recently the Centre was successful in applying for a

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Left to right: Shirley Etherington, Pat Chamberlain, Ruby Land, Lorraine Corby, Gwen Olsen, AlisonHamlin, Jo Cook and Lois Higgins

CURRUMBIN/Elanora VIEW Club continues to grow with 8 more members joining this month, taking total membership to 91. Guest speaker in September was naturopath Elaine Stoeckel speaking about

the obesity problems in the community. Next meeting at Currumbin R.S L is at 10am on the 22nd October which will have a Melbourne Cup Theme, with prizes for the best hat and best

dressed . The guest speaker will be Dr Glenda Powell AM with a very entertaining talk about good health and wellbeing. Visitors are welcome phone Carlene 5590 8247 or Dorothy 0429 636 566.

grant, $4280 from the Federal Government to assist in the supply of equipment and the training of the 25 volunteers who give their valuable time each week. Over the past 3 Christmases the volunteers assisted by many from the community have catered for over 200 people with a Christmas Day lunch. They are awaiting the result of a grant application to Gold Coast City Council divisional grants scheme to ensure this years lunch. The Never Alone Friendship Centre operates as an out reach program from the Burleigh Heads Uniting Church each Wednesday from 9 am till noon and a brochure and information can be obtained by calling Neville or Dulcie on 5562 2993 or Carole on 5576 2298 There is no joining fee or weekly cost but guests are asked to make a gold coin donation on the day The Centre is located at the church hall on the corner of Burleigh Street and West Burleigh Road Burleigh Heads.

8 th October marked the start of Term 4 for our U3A, and following the many enquiries we received at the Seniors’ Expo we expect our numbers to swell in this final term of 2013. Our membership fee until the end of 2013 is just $20 and there is no further cost to attend one (or more) of our many courses. Every member of our U3A is aware of the benefits of belonging to an organisation like ours which encourages a healthy outlook on life mentally, physically and emotionally. We know that our cryptic crosswords, Scrabble and learning one of the four foreign languages we offer, stimulate the grey matter. We are all aware of the physical advantages of taking part in our beach or pavement walking groups and the value of participating in our yoga or social tennis sessions. We also tick all the boxes when it comes to our emotional wellbeing, for it’s impossible to feel dejected after spending 1½

hrs. at our Singing for Pleasure group. Art, poetry and gardening are other uplifting activities. Our course timetable is filled with many other op-

tions including embroidery, tech-talk, Australian history and writing. To receive our Term 4 Course Timetable, please email us at: Alternatively call Lynda at home on (07) 5513 1047. We can assure you of a warm welcome at U3A Tweed Coast Inc.

Shuffleboard – a fun game IF you have never played shuffleboard, or have been looking for a spot to play this fun game, come along to the courts at Elanora or Coolangatta, where an experienced player will teach you the rules of play. Suitable for all ages, the whole family can enjoy shuffleboard. Elanora and Coolangatta welcomes visitors, it’s only $4 for non members (with the first morning free), $3 for members to play each day. At Elanora, games are on Mon, Wed and Sat. 9.30am-12 noon. At Coolangatta on Thur 9.30am-12 noon. Cost includes morning tea and the use of all equipment, such as cues and discs. No special clothing is required apart from enclosed footwear. The Elanora courts are located at the end of Pines Lane, exit 92 from either north or south on the M1 [UBD ref map 70,L2 - just west of the M1]. The Coolangatta club is located on the third floor of “Showcase on the Beach”, Griffith Street. For more information contact Fay 5575 9203.

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dom and the introduction of technology. It’s time for revenge. History shows the kids of the ‘50s and ‘60s created a new era in music, fashion and fun despite parental disapproval. Baby boomers enjoyed and endured fast food, fad diets, formidable fashion and a whole lot more but they are now ready to enjoy the time of their lives. According to author and researcher Gail Sheehy freedom comes twice in life. Sheehy says the first time is usually in the late teens with the coming of first pay packet, your own place, a car and perhaps the opportunity to travel. As most of us know, the fun soon ends with marriage, a mortgage, kids and a career ladder. Sheehy says the second phase of freedom comes when the kids leave home, the mortgage is paid off and the boss is bid farewell. She says this is the new age, a time to celebrate life and enjoy the future.

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The Department of Health and Aging researchers say the best place to do this is in an active lifestyle resort designed for people aged 50 plus who choose to continue to work or opt for retirement. There are plenty of over 50s resorts to choose from but Master Builder’s Award judges chose Living Gems Resorts as the best in the region. Living Gems Resorts are positioned throughout South East Queensland in tranquil areas near city amenities. Brand new architect designed homes are priced from $270,000. The profits from the sale of an average house can help fund an investment portfolio or an exciting lifestyle. Living Gems Resorts residents says the five star facilities rival any upmarket holiday resort. Take the next step to a fantastic future by visiting www.livinggems. searchers say smart and arranging a people choose to sell up, site tour. There is nothing downsize and start living to lose and everything to gain. the life they deserve.

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KIRRA-TUGUN Probus Club Mixed held a special picnic to say goodbye to two of our long standing members. Eric & Gloria Wadsworth. After 18 years of service to our club they are retiring to the Sunshine Coast, we wish them every happiness in their new home. They will be missed! Our meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at Currumbin RSL at 10:00 am. We will hold a special meeting for 28th November inviting couples to join us with the pleasure of entertainer Jim Richmond, Musician &


Storyteller. Please come along and join in the fun. Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at Currumbin RSL. Morning tea and

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CONNECTING, Sharing & Caring Showing God’s love through reaching out to the seniors in our Church and the community. We have monthly activities on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 12 midday to 4pm, Level 1, Surfcity Centre, Cnr Surfers Paradise Bldv & Clifford Street, Surfers Paradise. For more information phone Sue Norton on 5576 8446 or Gayle Poirier on 0402 834 478.




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“Portraits” More Musical Magic by the Gold Coast Philharmonic THE Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra will present a unique concert that will combine music with photography, art and video on Saturday 16 November at 7.30pm and Sunday 17 November at 2.30pm at The Queensland Academies Theatre, Edmund Rice Drive, Southport. Titled “Portraits”, the program will feature Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Grand March from Aida, Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition, Grieg’s Morning from Peer Gynt Suite and the colourful Somewhere over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz, Shostakovich’s Tea for Two, made famous in the musical No No Nanette and more. Conductor, Mark Turpin, says that “The Queensland Academies Theatre which includes an Art Gallery is part of the Qld Academy for Health Sciences and is the perfect setting to view the photography of Yuichiro Yanome and the art of Children’s book author and illustrator John Harrison and an exhibition and live painting by members of the Royal Queensland Arts Society. The concert featuring our own 50 piece symphony orchestra, will blend video and art with the wonderful orchestral music. I am very excited about this program which will not only present our usual high quality orchestral repertoire to the Gold Coast audiences and showcase our wonderful local musicians but also to continue the tradition we have of working with and supporting our fellow local community organisations. Tickets are available on line at or can be reserved by leaving a message on 5539 6076. Adults $25. Concession $22 and children under 12 free. Wine and cheese will be complimentary on Saturday evening and refreshments at interval will be provided for guests at both concerts.

RUNAWAY Bay VIEW Club has now connections with local Coombabah Primary School and we are now supporting a newly launched Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Project which has been developed by The Smith Family. We were invited to morning tea with other community groups who are supporting this project. We are supporting this initiative by collecting jars and seeds donated by our Members and by making aprons for the children. The children in Grade 4 are taught horticulture by planting and growing from seed their vegetables and herbs and then using their produce to cook in the kitchen. This is a practical way of showing the children how they can learn, and develop their culinary skills for life. Our Club meets every second Wednesday of the month at La Piazza Restaurant, Runaway Bay with lunch and a Guest Speaker. We welcome new members. Please call Ann 0416 161 246 for more information. VIEW Club Coolangatta/ Tweed invites new members to attend our monthly luncheons at the South Tweed Sports Club. THE annual guiding get together luncheon is to be This month’s meeting will held at the home of Anne Biddulph, Laura Street, be held on Thursday the Banora Point on Wednesday 23rd of October com- 17th October at 11.00am for mencing at 10.30am NSW time. All persons who have 11.30am start. Guest been associated with guiding at any time either past Speaker Julian Mostert or present, local or interstate are invited to come along Principal at Bilambil Public and enjoy a great day. Parents of girls in the move- School. Enquiries and ment are most welcome. Enquiries or RSVP to Anne bookings phone Diana on on 07 5524 1454 or Pat on 02 6674 4622 by 10th of 5576 7674 before 5pm October. Monday the 14th October.

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A PERFECT blend of lifestyle, location and security is just the ticket for De Paul Manor Estate residents Merv and Denise Mitchell who love life at the award winning retirement community in Ashmore on the Gold Coast. The fun loving couple both enjoy Aqua Aerobics and are regulars at the weekly classes that are run in the heated pool within the community by popular instructor Julie from GC personal training. “Lifestyle and security were most important to us when making the decision to move in,” said Denise. “We are very happy in our apartment, we love the activities here and are delighted that we can go away travelling knowing that fellow residents and staff are keeping an eye on things for us”. Speaking of fun activities, there are also light exercise classes and two weekly Tai Chi classes. Then, it’s line dancing on a Wednesday afternoon or Yoga class on Friday, so there are always plenty of options to keep fit and trim. De Paul Manor also has a modern fully equipped gym for residents who prefer to do their own individual workouts. As for location, residents of De Paul Manor Estate have more reasons to

smile with construction powering ahead on the light rail project and the completion of the new Gold Coast Hospital in Parkwood.This means that the boutique retirement community with its central Ashmore locationis ideally situated to conveniently access both of these world-class amenities. Designed with low maintenance in mind, the independent living ‘Manor’ apartments feature high ceilings, a private balcony, quality appointments and fittings such as split system air-conditioning, stone bench tops, glass splashbacks and 24-hour emergency alert service as standard features. Residents of the award winning community enjoy a range of resort style facilities, 24-hour security, a dedicated on-site management team, pay no stamp duty and have the peace of mind of priority access to the De Paul Villa Aged Care facility located next-door. With apartment stock running low, now is the perfect time to take a look at what De Paul Manor Estate has to offer. Come along to our Open Day on Saturday 26 October from 10am until 1pm or phone Sue on 1300 732 306 to organise a private inspection Monday to Friday or weekends by appointment.

Gold Coast City Jazz Club JOINING Dave will be Colin Atkinson – bass, Randal Scheerle – drums, Willy Qua – sax and Malcolm Wood sitting in on trumpet. Dave will be presenting a mix of originals and standards offering the audience a pleasurable experience with a degree of spontaneity. Making her debut appearance at the Gold Coast City Jazz Club we are delighted to present Kacey Patrick. Kacey is a unique and formidable vocalist who has evolved her energetic sound over a variety of styles including Jazz,

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SENIORS NEWS A letter from New Caledonia

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by Phil Hawkes “Dear Mum, at 7 o’clock this I arrived in Nouméa trip took 6 hours. morning. The plane mpy flight and I We had a really bu host family met nearly got sick. My l day to their vilme and we drove al ere there is a big lage called Thio wh nickel mine. way. We just had I slept most of the s and salad. Now dinner of steak, chip I’m going to bed. Love, Phillip.”

That letter [or something like it] was written by me nearly 58 years ago. I had just arrived in New Caledonia on a student exchange programme and plunged straight into family life with people who spoke no English, so my high school French was suddenly put to a searching test. After 2 months, I could certainly say more than “bonjour” and as a bonus, had learned a few choice expletives which stood me in good stead in France in later years. Since then I’ve been back to Nouméa a few times and on a recent visit I started wondering why more Australians don’t go there. For a start, today’s flights take only 2 hours from Brisbane…about the same as flying to Melbourne. Then there’s the stimulating prospect

attraction is the JeanMarie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, a showcase for Indigenous Kanak culture, history and customs including performance arts. Following an international design competition which was won by world famous architect Renzo Piano, the Centre opened in 1998 and has become a symbol of Kanak identity. It’s a must-see for any visitor to Nouméa, with its conical pavilions reflecting the

some frustrations if you speak no French at all. But you’ll always find someone willing to help. More so than in Paris, I’d venture to say. The main complaint by Australians does concern cost. New Caledonia is certainly no cheap destination…it is, after all, France and the local currency is pegged to the euro. A good meal in a top French restaurant could set you back $60-70 per head with wine. However, it isn’t necessary to spend

that amount every night and if you alternate with self-catering, it’s manageable. Unlike Bali, or even Thailand, the French cuisine here is the real thing. Finally there’s a complete range of accommodation in Nouméa, from B&Bs to luxury resorts like Le Méridien and the superbly renovated Château Royal at Anse Vata Beach. My first stay there was at its opening in 1966 when Toni Lamond was the star attraction! It’s a beautiful property, right on the beach and there’s an amazing new spa feature called Aquatonic where you can get pummelled by water jets…a complete nohands body massage! If you’ve been all over the world, and somehow missed New Caledonia, it’s time to say “bonjour” to Nouméa

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traditional Kanak Grand Hut. It’s dedicated to the memory of Jean-Marie Tjibaou, leader of the independence movement who was assassinated in 1989 and whose spirit totally pervades this iconic structure. Much like Sydney’s Opera House this is a place that should define the city, with its convergence of Melanesian culture and modern engineering techniques. These days most Australians arrive in Nouméa on cruise ships. This is a pity because by definition, these visits are brief and don’t allow you to get under the city’s skin. If you’re there for a few days, you get into “South Pacific mode”, learn to relax and go with the flow despite October 2013 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 27

SENIORS NEWS A quip for a cold

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AS I wondered aloud about what remedies I should do all the recommended things, your cold will get take to fight an annoying cold, my friend offered better in about 14 days. If you do nothing, it will the following advice. “If you take great care and get better in 2 weeks.”

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VIEW Clubs throughout Australia have been celebrating “Back to School” Events during September. This was to honour The Smith Family’s initiative of providing education to Australia’s less fortunate children. September also saw the VIEW Clubs of Australia Convention which this year was held on the

Gold Coast at Jupiter’s Casino and other venues. Around 1200 women Australia wide attended. Twin Towns Day VIEW Club meets on the first Thursday of every month and visitors can be assured of a very warm welcome. Anyone interested please phone Freda on - 07 5524 1357.

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Lorraine Pascoe

AMONG the many talented members of Banora Point Probus is children’s author Lorraine Pascoe. Visitors can meet Lorraine and other members at the next meeting of the club on Monday 28th October at 10 am at South Tweed Sports Club. Guest speaker will be Paul Sykes, a Vietnam veteran. This is to tie in with Remembrance Day when members will display memorabilia for all to peruse.

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PROBUS Club Of Hastings Point meets next on Tuesday 15th October at 10.00 am at the Tri Care Retirement Community, 87/89 Tweed Coast Road , Hastings Point. New members welcome, enquires to Steve 02 6676 4641 or web At this meeting Lynne Porter from Tweed Shire Council will speak on “Community Support within the Tweed Shire”.

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Let’s Get Local Kindy celebrates 60 years THE weather was wonderful and the ambiance amazing as Broadbeach Kindergarten (Armrick Avenue near Broadbeach Boulevard) celebrated its 60th birthday in September. Broadbeach Kindergarten is the oldest such facility on the Gold Coast. Hundreds of adults and children took the opportunity to enjoy day-long celebrations, which included a feastof-fun that spilled over into the park next door, as well as into the Royal Queensland Art Society (across the park, and celebrating its 50th anniversary the same weekend) where a colourful clown and her friendly feline friend were having fun face painting. Meg Phillips who, in 1954, became the first teacher at the Kindergarten, travelled


Earle Haven Craft Group THE Craft Group at Earle Haven Retirement Village is holding a Quilt & Craft Show on Wednesday 30th October from 10am to 3pm in the Auditorium, Earle Haven Retirement Village, 62 Lawrence Drive, Nerang. Entry $3.00 includes free Morning Tea. There will also be home made cakes and sandwiches for sale at $2.00 per plate. Some beautiful hand made Quilts and Craft items made by local Quilters and residents of the village will be on dis-

play and for sale at reasonable prices. With Christmas just around the corner, this will be a great opportunity to pick up some unique gifts. All funds raised from this event are used for worthwhile causes within the village, such as the residents library and Diversional Therapy items for the Aged Care Facilities. Please show your support for a very worthy cause and attend this Quilt & Craft Show.

First teacher at Broadbeach Kindergarten Meg Phillips (second from left) is surrounded by her niece Wendy Wood and her sister Althia McKavanagh. On right of photo (l-r) are current-day Kindergarten director Libby Power; administrator Danielle Sorensen, and teacher Kathryne Powell.

from Victoria Point near Brisbane to take part in the special occasion.

Meg was joined by her sister Althia McKavanagh of Nerang

and Althia’s daughter Wendy Wood of Numinbah Valley.

Dogs and cats taking toll on wildlife!

Succulent & Bromeliad Society on Coast

PET dogs and cats are decimating our native wildlife. Over 4,000 native animals a year are being brought into RSPCA Qld’s Wildlife Hospital. “We’ve had over 100 in the last three weeks alone,” said Wildlife Veterinarian Tania Bishop. “We urge people to please make certain their pets are contained, particularly at night. This time of year is the worst with animals, birds and reptiles all giving birth. Their young are particularly susceptible to attacks.” The exotic Cocos Palms are also adding to the problem with flying foxes venturing onto the ground to feed on the fruit. “The seeds can also be poisonous if eaten green so we’d urge people to at least pick up any fruit that drops to the ground or better still get rid of these palms altogether.” Koalas, possums, gliders, flying foxes, bearded dragons, water dragons and a myriad of bird species are among the animals brought into the hospital after being attacked.””Responsible pet ownership extends to protecting out native animals,” said Dr Bishop.

THE Gold Coast Succulent & Bromeliad Society Inc has been serving hobbyists of the Gold Coast area since 1978. General meetings are held at Carrara Community Hall, Nielsens Road, Carrara (M1 Exit #73) on the fourth Saturday of each month except December. Plant sales commence at 12 noon and meetings commence at 1pm. Times are Queensland time. The Gold Coast Succulent & Bromeliad Society is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion, education and encouragement of learning about succulent and bromeliad plants. Further promoted is ‘friendship with knowledge’ by teaching and educating enthusiasts in the growing and caring of succulents and bromeliads. For more information, please contact president Shane Weston on 0408 247 208; visit:

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about beekeeping on the Gold Coast, visit the Gold Coast Amateur Beekeeper Society website: or

email contact details to: membership, or have a chat with a Society member at the Field Day.

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HELPFUL HAND in general photography, digital cameras, Photoshop, etc. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1-3.30pm at the Pines Meeting Room, 33 Guineas Creek Road, Elanora. Phone 5525 6466 for more information. This is a friendly volunteering non profit group.

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WE meet each month on the first Tuesday of the month. We have demonstrations and notes for all. We welcome any machine knitter to join our happy productive group. We have The Passap machine, the Brother and Singer knitting machine which are used for all demonstrations. Our time and place at 9am at the Girl Guides Hut, Tabilban, Burleigh Heads. More information please ring Joy 5535 4418.

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ANYONE interested in bees, including beekeepers, want-to-be beekeepers and keen gardeners, is encouraged to attend the Gold Coast Amateur Beekeeper Society 2013 Field Day on Sunday October 27. Starting at 9am, talks, displays and stalls will be the buzz for all to enjoy. Location of the event is Currumbin Community Special School at 5 Hammersford Drive, Currumbin Waters. For more information

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It’s all ON THE TWEED Aiming to bring back the butterflies

FOOD plants for two locally threatened butterfly species were planted at Bruce Chick Park near Stotts Island (close to Tweed Heads) to commemorate this year’s National Threatened Species Day. National Threatened Species Day 7th September commemorates the day in 1936 that the last known living Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) died in captivity at Hobart Zoo. Over 100 specimens of the Arrowhead Violet, the only food plant of the endangered Australian Fritillary butterfly, were planted. “The Australian Fritillary reproduces by laying eggs on the Arrowhead Violet, which was last recorded in the Tweed at Condong in January 1982. A recent search failed to find the plant in

Getting their hands dirty to help the Australian Fritillary and Richmond Birdwing butterflies were representatives from Earth Learning Inc; Murwillumbah Community Garden, and Tweed Shire Council

this locality,” Council’s Bushland Officer John Turnbull said. “The Australian Fritillary is endangered in NSW and there is some thought that it

may be extinct in the wild. It was last collected near Port Macquarie in 2001, with an additional sighting from Bribie Island in south-east Queensland

Home Expo offers solutions to rising bills

TWEED Heads Civic Centre will be transformed into a Home Expo on Saturday November 16, 11am – 2pm NSW time, offering people a one-stopshop to help make homes more economical, energy-efficient and selfsufficient. As many Tweed households struggle with rising energy bills, the Living for the Future Home Expo and Community Summit will bring together a range of local product and service providers with solutions to cut water and power bills; make homes more environmentally sustainable, and more liveable for

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around the same time. The group also planted 20 Pararistolochia praevenosa vines, a feed species for the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, which is vulnerable in Queensland.

people of all ages. “Trade stalls will make it easy for people to see all the options available to cut power bills, design a new home or retrofit an existing house,” Council’s Sustainability Program Leader Deb Firestone said. “At the same time, experts on many issues of sustainability such as home design, energy and water efficiency devices, recycling, growing food and healthy communities will participate in a series of discussion panels.” For further information, contact Debbie Firestone on (02) 6670 2400.

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It’s all ON THE TWEED Terranora Tavern – something for everyone TERRANORA Tavern, in the Tweed suburb of Terranora, is a great venue in a great spot with great views. Located at the top of Henry Lawson Drive in Terranora Shopping Village, the three-level wheel-chair friendly Terranora Tavern is open daily; catering for all age groups and every occasion for up to 200 people, with affordable function packages available as well. The Bistro is the perfect spot to catchup over a tasty meal, any day and every day. On Tuesday evenings, enjoy Chicken Parmigana by the Time, meaning your parmigana will cost the same as the time you order. For instance, arrive at the 6:30pm start time and your meal will only cost $6.30. If you like TBone steak, then you’ll like Wednesdays because, for only $10, you’ll be able to buy a T-Bone with sauce and salad. Besides the spacious open-plan alfresco dining area, Terranora Tavern

facilities include a large heated playroom for the kiddies. Pool tables and Foxtel on Big Screen LED TVs ensure no one is left out and a Sports Bar is open to the public on Friday nights Just a quick turn off Terranora Road and you’re at the Terranora Tavern’s Drive Thru Bottle Shop. Unbelievable beer specials happen on the last Friday of every month. And on and on it goes. Terranora Tavern has popular weekend entertainment; terrific prices on all food and alcohol; a new cocktail barman; Happy Hour all day, every day; weekly raffles; friendly staff, and loads of parking What more could anyone want? For more details, why not drop in to Terranora Tavern on Henry Lawson Drive, NSW or phone (07) 5590 5417; email:; visit: http://www.terranoratavern You’re sure to be glad that you did.

Tweed Area Computer Club THERE has been a great response to the new courses and these will continue for the rest of the year. Tutors are always needed, so if you have any expertise or would just like to help out please contact the club. The PhotoArtsClub is holding an exhibition of members work on the first floor this month and a few who attended the Photoshop course will be showcasing their work. The computer club is located in the South Tweed Sports Club 4 Minjungbal Drive, South Tweed. As-

sistance is offered to people wishing to obtain their first computer with courses from absolute beginners to the more advanced. The tutors work on a voluntary basis to help others using the PC’s and Apple Mac Minis. People can join at any time but if they require more direct information they can attend the next “sign on” day on Friday 25 October 2013 at 11:30pm. For further information visit http:// or contact Jenny on 07 5524 3057.

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$10 Lunches And other Great Specials A group of aged care residents from Tall Trees Caboolture and Tall Trees Tanah Merah travelled down to the Gold Coast on Friday for a thrilling jetboat ride. The ten residents ranging from 76 to 96 years old had no fear as they climbed aboard and took off for the ride of a lifetime. Jetboat Extreme Owner Christine Gilmore says while they took a couple of the wild 360-degree turns out of the mix for the Tall Trees ride, they were still impressed to see the fearlessness from the residents during the ride.

“It was certainly very different for us with a number of the residents in their nineties – but they loved every minute of it and it was great to see seniors their age willing to go on a ride like ours,” Ms Gilmore says. “We have three boats that hold up to 46 people and we can do up to eight runs per boat a day. “Of all the different types of passengers we see come and go each day, Tall Trees residents are definitely the oldest and bravest group that we’ve seen to date.” Tall Trees Tanah Merah

Lifestyle Coordinator Kay Colenso says their residents continue to prove that they are never to old to try new things and that they are all still young at heart. “At Tall Trees we know that age is not a barrier when it comes to our residents, as they continue to maintain their control, dignity and independence,” Ms Colenso says. “We’re merely here to provide that sense of security when it comes to their health and care needs, other than that, they’re off on new adventures all the time whether it’s enjoying

small outings for morning tea, taking a joy ride on a Harley or hopping on an extreme boat ride for the ultimate thrill.” Tall Trees are part of the new guard of aged care, with a model where seniors purchase an apartment in one of their communities and receive whatever level of medical and personal care they require in the comfort and privacy of their own home. For more information please visit

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Garry Anderson is pictured standing with a small group of regular chair yoga participants

CHAIR yoga is seated stretch-and-relax for beginners and seniors. Instructor Garry Anderson reports that

“seated yoga is safe and natural and provides no-impact low-intensity exercise. Suitable for seniors

and anybody with restricted mobility, carers are welcome to join in. No matter what someone’s current level

Australian Diabetes Council Tweed Heads Support Group WE invite all people with diabetes, their families, carers and friends to attend the meetings of the Tweed Heads Support Group of Australian Diabetes Council. The aim of the meetings is to understand diabetes, receive the latest information and learn about Australian Diabetes Council services and events. Our meetings are relaxed, friendly and

informative with a variety of guest speakers in attendance. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month (February to November) in the Community Room, Tweed City Shopping Centre, 54 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads at 9.30am. Janet Commens, Convenor on 07 5576 2328 for further information.

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Sccleroderma Support Group THE Scleroderma, Raynauds and Sjogrens Social Support Group, will hold their Christmas lunch on Monday 2nd December at noon in the Tallebudgera Surf Club. All welcome. For enquiries please phone Pati on 5520 2295.

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apply for stays of 3 weeks and longer. Xmas – Europe of course is the home of the traditional White Xmas. The more altitude and latitude you have, the better your chances for a fluffy flurry. In ZellMosel, the Castle ruin becomes a giant ‘lit’ candle by night and there are often snow falls around Xmas. Christkindlesmarkt – Many cities and towns set up glittering outdoor Christmas markets in the town squares for the month leading to Xmas. Handicrafts, wooden toys and regional treats are a plenty. Enjoy live music, freshly baked pretzels, roasted chestnuts and warm mulled wine. Some famous markets along the Mosel and Rhine Rivers are at Trier, Bernkastel, Cochem, Koblenz, Mainz and Cologne which boasts about 5 markets, including one in front of the famed

Cathedral. Carnival – For a week (27 Feb to 5 Mar 2014), Germany is in the throes of Carnival, a very silly time of public parties, masquerade balls, pantomime acts, street parades, gluttony, boozing, loquaciousness and general revelry. Popular in Catholic regions, it is followed by the austere 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter. Cologne’s is the biggest event and claims the first Carnival Parade in the world in 1823. Commemorating the following year’s revolt by washer-women , Thursday is Womens’ Day when the ladies kick off the Carnival by storming city halls, snipping men’s ties and any man that passes is in risk of a kiss! Bruges Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival – Belgium’s delightful Medieval canal city of Bruges is often called the ‘Venice of the North’. From 22 November to 5

January 2014 a palace made of ice is to be filled with ice sculptures and host a cool ice bar. Inside is -6C so dress warmly! Bruges is easy to reach from Rhineland by rail via Trier, Luxembourg and Brussels. Stay at least a night and visit the Xmas Market too. Getting There – Book return flights from Brisbane to Frankfurt International, Paris or Amsterdam. Alternatively, check Scoot and Air Asia deals to Singapore and KL that you can match with flights onward to Europe (many airlines). In this case, plan for SE Asia stopovers in case any flights are delayed or cancelled. What to take – You don’t need to load up too much for the journey. Warm winter gear can be found economically in the Globus centre near ZellMosel. My Europe Base


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HOLIDAY & Leisure All Aboard, the New Qld Train has arrived – Spirit of Queensland THE new Queensland Rail Train the Spirit of Queensland has arrived and we are very excited to announce that Great Value Holidays are going to have a group travelling to Cairns on the inaugural journey on the 28 th October. We have the new Rail

beds available for our guests and also the Premium Economy Seats as well. There are still spaces available, so come and be the first to travel on the new train, and have something special to tell your family and friends about. We will also have tours to: the


Whitsundays departing on the 1 st November; Townsville and Magnetic Island on the 8th November, and an additional departure date to Cairns, as we know it will be very popular on the 4th November. We want to ensure that everyone has a chance to experience this exciting new train and spring is such a beautiful time to travel up the Queensland coast, these tours will fill quickly so book early to save disappointment. Great Value Holidays can be contacted on 1300 722 661 for more information and you can also read our advertisement below with information on our great tours available to you. We look forward to your call.

Saturday 19th October GLASSHOUSE COUNTRY FESTIVAL Steam train to Glasshouse Mtns & Mooloolah

Queensland Seniors card holders visiting New Zealand LOOK for the “SuperGold Cards Welcome” sticker in New Zealand businesses and ask if they also accept Queensland Seniors Card, Seniors +go and Seniors Business Discount Cards. Queensland and New Zealand governments signed a reciprocal agreement for seniors’ discounts in 2012. Seniors Card, Seniors Card +go and Seniors Business Discount Card holders can now receive discounts and special offers on goods and services from businesses participating in the card program. Access to government concessions is not included. Search the SuperGold online discount directory at look for the “SuperGold Cards Welcome” stickers when travelling in New Zealand, and ask the salesperson if they also accept the Queensland Seniors Card, Seniors +go or Seniors Business Discount Card. If a business does not offer discounts for Australian seniors, this will be noted on their website under ‘exclusions’. The SuperGold Card site has the most up-to-date information about the New Zealand SuperGold Card discount scheme.

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Saturday 7th December SANTA’S SUBURBAN STEAMER Steam around the suburbs with the jolly old fellow. 27th December - 3rd January NSW WANDERER Xmas – New Year Tour to the Lachlan River Region by coach with Xplorer Train to Broken Hill “Book early as seats are limited”

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range of activities, day tours and extended touring options available all over Indonesia and a convenient office located in Bali, Garuda Orient Holidays has the local support to ensure your holiday is of the

highest standard. Experience a true taste of Bali in vibrant Kuta with great shopping centres, hundreds of markets, restaurants, bars and nightlife to keep you busy. Walk along the beachfront, enjoy the delicious local cuisine or join in on a glass bottom boat ride to Turtle Island and see

the incredible marine life in relaxing Nusa Dua. Escape the hustle and bustle of Kuta to Tuban and enjoy all the boutique shopping and entertainment that you desire. The beaches are great for swimming and there is a large variety of restaurants to tantalise your tastebuds. Peaceful

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Warbirds Airshow

Take a tour to New Zealand with Grand Pacific Tours and experience three days of thrilling entertainment at the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow. Held over Easter 2014, watch as Lake Wanaka becomes centre stage to an extravaganza of aerial action. Grand Pacific Tours is offering two tour options to take you to this exciting event – choose from either the 13 Day South Island Getaway or the 8 Day South Island Escape. Each tour includes a 3 Day Gold Pass which includes the best seats at the airshow in a grandstand situated directly in front of the runway, exclusive marquee access with CCTV, a souvenir Gold Cap and Badge, airshow programme, an opportunity to walk the flight line and entry to the Warbirds & Wheels Museum. The first day of the airshow is a practice day for Warbird, Civil and

Military aircraft. A special World War I centenary celebration will be held on the Wanaka lakefront, to help educate new generations about the role aircraft and New Zealand pilots played in the Great War 100 years ago. The next two days of the airshow feature some extraordinary flying acts, with famous military fighter aircraft throughout the last 100 years through to modern jets of today. The show culminates in a huge mock air battle complete with stunning pyrotechnics. The Royal New Zealand Airforce has confirmed its attendance, with all available resources attending, as operations permit. This may include Hercules, P-3K Orion, NH-90 helicopters, Boeing 757-200 and Seasprite helicopters. When you’re not looking skyward there’s a lot to see and do on the ground. Check out the sport aircraft, warhorses, vintage

machinery and vintage tractors, regional wines, market and food stalls, home-built aircraft workshops, aircraft for sale and aviation trade stands. As well as the three days of airshow action, both the 13 Day South Island Getaway and the 8 Day South Island Escape take travellers to see some of New Zealand’s most popular attractions. Take a ride on the world famous TranzAlpine Rail Journey, one of the world’s great scenic train trips. Travel through the dramatic contrast of dry beech forests and tussock land on one side of the Alps and lush green landscapes on the other. Visit Plains Vintage Railway, which features three operational steam locomotives and the New Zealand Rail Speed Record holding Vulcan Railcar. See a K88 locomotive at work and view some informative displays. Spend four nights in thrilling Queenstown, one of New Zealand’s most popular visitor destinations. The lake and mountain landscape make Queenstown suited to all kinds of adventure or simple relaxation. For those wanting to take more time exploring New Zealand, the 13 Day South Island Getaway takes you to even more popular attractions. Visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only Castle, where you will see beautifully manicured gardens and gain insight into Victorian living. Take a cruise on the breathtaking Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. Sample the pro-

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“FIRE & ICE” Cruise 41 Days - Departs 13 April 2014 Sydney, Noumea, Lifou, Mystery Island, Vila, Luganville, Lautoka, Suva, Dravuni Island, Pago Pago, Hawaii, Seattle & Vancouver (3 nights Holiday Inn) Inside Passage, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Vancouver, fly home. Fares from: $6,995 includes all meals & entertainment on cruise. Bed & Breakfast in Vancouver with ½ day City tour & full day tour to Victoria & Butchart Gardens. Flight to Vancouver to Australia. Optional Extensions to the above Cruise/Tour. 1. 12 days Rockies Tour or 17 days East & West Canada - AUD $2,200 2. 14 day National Parks - AUD $2,000 + extra air & accommodation if required 3. 64 day Grand Cruise Tour as above but add Niagara Falls, New York, Las Vegas, Nashville & Memphis- Gold Passes to CMA Fan Fair Nashville - AUD $7,000 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 20 days Nashville, Memphis, Graceland, New Orleans, San Antonio, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon & Las Vegas. Includes; 4 star accom, sightseeing, breakfasts & some dinners, coach travel & return air fares Departs: 16 October 2014. Fares from AUD $6,995 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 29 days Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Montreal, Autumn Leaves, Boston, New York, Washington, Orlando, Nashville, Memphis, Graceland & New Orleans. Includes: 4 star Accom. Breakfasts & some dinners Sightseeing, coach travel & return air fares. Departs: 27 September 2014. Fares from AUD $7,995 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 32 days New York to Los Angeles - visiting Washington, Williamsburg, Savannah, Orlando, Kennedy Space Centre, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, San Antonia. MonumentValley, Grand Canyon & Las Vegas. Includes: 4 star accom. Sightseeing breakfast & some dinners coach travel & return air fares. Departs: 03 October 2014. Fares from AUD $8,995 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 32 days National Parks of Canada & USA - visiting San Francisco , Yosemites, Giant Redwoods, Victoria, Vancouver, Rockies, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon & Las Vegas. Includes: 4 star accom. Sightseeing, breakfasts & some dinners, coach travel & return air fares. Departs: 09 September 2014. Fares from AUD $8,395 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 36 days Los Angeles to New York - visiting, Universal Studios, Yosemite, Victoria, Vancouver, Rockies, Mt Rushmore, Deadwood, Chicago, Ottawa, Montreal, Boston. Includes: 4 star accom. Sightseeing, breakfasts & some dinners, coach travel & return air fares. Departs: 03 September 2014. Fares from AUD $9,995


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HOLIDAY & Leisure Fire and Ice cruise

CRUISE from the Land Down Under to the Land of the Midnight Sun; from the Exotic Islands of the South Pacific – the Volcanoes of Hawaii to the Glaciers of Alaska Join our 41 day South Pacific Crossing and journey to the Glaciers of Alaska and experience the excellence of Holland America with more than 130 years of cruising experience. The cruise departs Sydney on 13 April 2014. MS Oosterdam was officially christened by Her Dutch Royal Highness , Princess Magreit of The Netherlands and is a 5 star cruise ship that carries over 1800 passengers and 800 crew & will operate the 29 day Trans Pacific Crossing to Vancouver. MS Volendam was dedicated by tennis star Chris Evert in November 1999 and features a garden theme reflected in the artful floral motif featured throughout the ship. It carries 1432 passengers and 615 crew. Volendam will operate the 7 day Round Trip Inside Passage & Alaska Cruise from Vancouver. Sail through the exotic ports of the South Pacific, the setting for James A Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific”. Our ship will take us to Suva – “Crossroads of the Pacific” and American Samoa and then on to the magical Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park established in 1916 is a USA National Park located on the island of Hawaii. It encompasses 2 active volcanoes “Kilauea,” one of the world’s most active, & “Mauna Loa” the world’s 2nd most massive volcano. The park covers 223,431 acres “Kilauea” & its caldera were traditionally considered the sacred home of the volcano God-

dess “Pele”. Dock at Seattle “ The Emerald City” & see, in the distance, the 14,400ft peak of Mt Rainier, the tallest volcanic peak in the “lower 48” sates of USA. Then journey on to the glaciers of Alaska. Cruise the Inside Passage through Tracy Arm and Juneau, Capital of Alaska, accessible only by sea or air. Relive the Klondike Gold Rush days as we stop in Skagway , on the Alaska Panhandle. Skagway is the setting for Jack London’s book “Call of the Wild”. Call at Glacier Bay, a National Park, designated in 1980 by US Congress. Last stop Ketchikan “Salmon Capital of the World” & first city in Alaska. Vancouver is a vibrant, exciting city situated on English Bay in a spectacular natural setting. Our stopover in Vancouver includes accommodation, breakfast, ½ day city tour & full day tour to Victoria & Butchart Gardens. Enjoy the experience of “Crossing the Equator” and all the ceremony that accompanies it. Cross the International Dateline and lose a day! The package includes: 34 nights cruising the Pacific Ocean & up to Alaska All meals & entertainment on board ship 3 nights Hotel accommodation 3 Hotel breakfasts Sightseeing in Vancouver & Victoria Transfers For more information or to request a colour brochure please call Val or Geoff on FREE CALL 1 800 645 055 or visit our website on www.worlddiscovery email:tours@world discovery Please refer to our advertisement in this issue.

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All aboard the Spring Time Express 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. Like the sound of the above ? The Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) is in its 56th year of operating rail tours. Over 960 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 Glasshouse Country Festival takes place on 19th October and there is no better way to see the scenic Sunshine Coast Hinterland than from the window of your heritage carriage as the train steams along. This excursion will stop for short breaks at the Glasshouse Mountains, Mooloolah and Landsborough townships along the way for you to hop off and explore the festivities.

Christmas is not that far ahead – Santa has already booked his seat aboard the Suburban Steamer on Saturday 7th December – be sure to book your seat early for this very popular trip, bookings are now open. Looking for a New Year escape to somewhere different? Join us for a coach and rail tour to the Lachlan River Region of NSW visiting some interesting little towns - Lake Cargelligo, Naradhan, Burcher and Rankins Springs. Historic Gulgong and Grenfell are also included in the itinerary as well as the train trip to Broken Hill aboard the Xplorer. To book or order a brochure phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times. Ray Edser (Tour Manager)

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Dublin Docks an all-round winner... and you could be too! IT’S all happening at Dublin Docks Tavern, conveniently located within the Harbourtown Shopping Centre, Biggera Waters. Friendly atmosphere, comfortable surrounds, delicious meals at even better prices (including seniors’ specials)— that’s Dublin Docks Tavern. To top it off, lots of opportunities are on offer to win a fabulous new car. It’s no secret that ‘you

have to be in it to win it’. For your chance in Win a Car!, Dublin Docks has made things easy. With every $40 spent on food and every $50 payout on the pokies, you’ll receive a Win a Car! entry. As an added extra, bonus entries are awarded every day, seven-days a week, between 11am and 12 noon; 3pm to 4pm; 7pm to 8pm, and 10pm to 11pm so you can stack

up those entries before the car is drawn on Friday November 29 at 7pm. (Winner must be present at the drawing held in Dublin Docks Tavern.) But what about the allimportant Dublin Docks menu? Seniors will be glad to know that a great-value lunch deal of corned silverside, mash and vegetables, plus soup or dessert, is available until the end of October (so still a couple of weeks to go) at the special seniors price of $10 per person (or just $12 for soup, main and dessert). A separate Seniors Menu available daily includes four choices for only

$12.90 each. And there’s more. Present your Seniors Card any day of the week and get 10% off all main meals not already discounted. (Further conditions may apply.) Visit for other terrific deals. If you enjoy fancy dress parties why not go along to Dublin Docks Tavern’s 13th birthday celebrations on Friday November 1 from 6pm. Fantastic food and drink discounts will be available on the night. Or book for a fun, and delectable, Melbourne Cup Luncheon by calling 5563-9433.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Roasted grasshoppers, anyone?

The Great Rotary Duck Race

A FUN and colourful annual event raising funds to support local community charities, hosted by the Rotary Club of Kingscliff. The stand-up paddleboard and kayaking race will be followed by the famous rubber ducky races with thousands of the bright yellow toys bobbing to the finishing line. There’ll also be BBQs and loads of entertainment for the kids. On Sunday 20th October at the Ed Parker Rotary Park, Cudgen Creek, Kingscliff from 9am. For more information

Koala Beach Community Day

THIS family-friendly event will focus on the history and diverse human and wildlife communities on the Koala Beach estate, through a fun activity program including short talks, a guided walk and planting of koala food trees. On Sunday 20th October at Koala Beach Estate, Pottsville. For more information phone Caresse on 0410 082 632.

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AS the human population continues to inch closer to 8 billion people, feeding all those hungry mouths will become increasingly difficult. A growing number of experts claim that people will soon have no choice but to consume insects. As if to underscore that claim, a group of students from McGill University in Montreal has won the 2013 Hult Prize, for producing a protein-rich flour made from insects. The prize gives the students $1 million in seed money to begin creating what they call Power Flour. “We will be starting with grasshoppers,” team captain Mohammed

Ashoursaid. Earlier this year, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) released a report titled, “Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security.” The document details the health and environmental benefits derived from a diet supplemented by insects, a diet also known as “entomophagy.” Gleaned from the FAO document and other sources, here are seven edible insects you may soon find on your dinner plate – mopane worms, grasshoppers, witchetty grubs, termites, palm weevils, stink bugs and mealworms.

The collection of collectives continues... A WATCH of nightingales and a superfluity of nuns—thus continues the collection of collectives, with this the third of four instalments.

‘Whooo’ would have thought of a parliament of owls (politicians, perhaps?), though sometimes owls are known collectively as a drove.

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BULLSHOT CRUMMOND A comedy by Ron House, Diz White, Alan Shearman, John Neville Andrews and Derek Cunningham Directed by: Nathan Schulz 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 November at 7.30pm [QLD time]. Matinees on Saturday the 16 and 23 November at 2.00pm [QLD time]. Opening Night Complimentary Wine/Cheese/Supper

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Yoke and team both describe a group of oxen, with parrots a pandemonium and partridges a covey or a muster. Peacocks, not surprisingly, can be referred to as an ostentation or a pride (like lions), while pelicans can be found in bouquets, pods or heads. Nest, nide and nye can all apply to pheasants; drifts to pigs (and quails, who also can be grouped in bevies and coveys); poverty to pipers (poor things); kit or congregation to pigeons and stand or wing to plovers. A gaze of raccoons might sound odd but unkindness is the seemingly unkind collective for ravens. Then there’s a crash of rhinoceroses; a building or parliament (as in owls) of rooks; a bind, draught or run of salmon; a fling of sandpipers; a herd, pod or rookery of seals. Sheep come with more collective choices than most, with flock, down, herd, hurtle, meinie, mob, parcel and trip some examples. Lastly in this instalment is a dopping of Sheldrake, with Sheldrake a type of duck and dopping a reference to a flock.

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NCRCA staff and volunteers are pictured on a beautiful Gold Coast winter’s day, in a perfect setting with Day Respite clients

IT was a beautiful Gold Coast winter’s day in every way. The sun was warm and shining bright; yachts bobbed gently on the sparkling water at veranda’s edge; happy chatter and laughter rose from two tables embraced by local seniors out for a special lunch. The perfect location was Southport Yacht Club and the lucky seniors were Nerang Community Respite Care Association clients enjoying the first of five Seniors Week lunches organised for those who take part in weekly Day Respite activities.

Day Respite has been especially designed for those who are older and frail and socially isolated and includes adults with physical disabilities—plus there’s a ‘men only’ group too! An extensive range of programs and services is offered by the not-forprofit organisation NCRCA, including In Home Support. Nerang Community Respite Care Association Inc is located at 31 Martin Street, Nerang. For further information, including volunteering, please phone: (07) 5578 1668; email: or visit:

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KIRRA Kite Festival is a celebration of kite culture, music, multicultural arts, gourmet food and street performance. Featuring an impressive collection of character kites from both Australia and abroad, the festival has grown in 2013 to an extended program featuring an outdoor beachside Film Festival on Friday 15th November; an expansion of the ‘Flavours of Kirra’ gourmet food and wine event on Saturday 16th November featuring night kite flying, fire

shows and in-venue entertainment; and the main event in Roughton Park, Kirra on Sunday 17th November featuring live entertainment, kids’ activities and workshops, delicious multicultural cuisine, markets, rides and colourful character kites filling the sky. An entire weekend program of entertainment perfect for families, foodies, and lovers of arts culture at its finest. The venue is Musgrave Park, Kirra Beach.

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Ray Martin to be guest speaker at Literary Luncheon

POPULAR television journalist Ray Martin will be guest speaker at the Gold Coast Writers’ Association 2013 Literary Luncheon to be held on Saturday October 26 in Robina. Martin’s lifetime in journalism began as an ABC cadet in Sydney in 1965. After working in Perth and Canberra, he was posted to New York for a decade as the ABC’s North America correspondent. In 1978 he switched to Channel 9 where, together with George Negus and Ian Leslie, he helped

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SENIORS NEWS Seniors Twospeed Crossword Straight Clues ACROSS 6 Removal 9 Against 10 Small trucks (abb) 11 Reach 12 Net weight 13 Totals up 15 Minus 17 Rodents 18 Insight 19 Circle parts 20 Grows old 22 Covered the sofa DOWN 1 Diminished 2 Commit an offence 3 Rural district

11 Turn up in a clear river 12 Cargo-less weight from Taree, endlessly 13 Supplements commercials, one might say 15 Not so much as the overseas sideshows 17 Three blind creatures from Iceland 18 A copper joins fellows having mental acuteness 19 Bow-shaped things from beat-up cars 20 Edges along and ends ties over long periods of time 22 Fixed the lounge up with a pistol case acquired lately

4 Purify 5 Bullocks 7 Survives 8 Widespread birds 13 Counting device 14 Of flour and water 15 Hire out 16 Holy 17 Repasts 21 And so on

Cryptic Clues ACROSS 6 The stamping out of suppression 9 Opposed to a party in the meantime 10 Some of the minutest handy vehicles

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“The Phantom Of The Opera” coming to the Spotlight Directed by Tony Alcock, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Charles Hart Based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 Novel. The story of Christine, a young singer who performs at the Paris Opera House A disfigured musical genius masquerading as The Phantom Raoul the childhood sweetheart of Christine Christine’s talent quickly develops with tuition from The Phantom Christine is then elevated to instant success, replacing the prima donna Carlotta. I’ll say no more, make sure you order and pay

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now before the season is sold out. Come, join me for the first time at Spotlight Theatre on the Gold Coast ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ Thursday 31st October at 7:30pm; Sunday 3rd November at 2:00pm;

Friday 8th November at 7:30pm; Sunday 17th November at 2:00pm. Tickets $24.00pp (usually $30.00). Spotlight Theatre, 185187 Ashmore Road, Benowa. Call or e-mail me on 566 88 625 or taurus28@virginbroadband.

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Facts and oddities of the English language The longest English word that does not contain the letter ‘e’ is floccinaucinihilipilification at 29 letters.

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DOWN 1 A cricket club outside England, tapered off 2 To go astray is a crime 3 Somehow more bashful in a British county 4 Free from impurities to become more elegant 5 Drives cattle 7 Endures cobblers’ models 8 The leading actor fishes for common introduced birds

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SENIORS NEWS Opportunity of a lifetime for Sandra Paul SANDRA Paul was thrilled at the chance of sitting in the orchestra pit with musicians during the Gold Coast Philharmonic’s Seniors Week Open Rehearsal but the opportunity of a lifetime was yet to come for this Carrara resident. The Open Rehearsal meant guest seniors could get the feel of being part of an orchestra even without instruments to play. It took them out of the audience and into the heart of the musical occasion, a rare opportunity. Conductor Mark Turpin good naturedly put the orchestra through its paces during the rehearsal as more than 30 guest seniors watched on

from within the orchestra. The rehearsal was in preparation for The Teddy Bears Picnic program, held in September at the new Helensvale Auditorium. Towards the end of the Open Rehearsal, Mark asked if any of the guest seniors wanted to take a turn conducting the orchestra. Initially, the silence was deafening, as the offer came out of the blue, but then a single voice from the strings section boldly offered: “I’ll do it.” That voice belonged to Sandra Paul. Confidently, Sandra took the podium and after Mark explained a few basic baton moves, Sandra became ‘Maestro

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Sandra Paul is pictured at left as she makes her surprise debut as conductor of the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra. Mark Turpin (standing at centre) watches on in approval

for the Moment’, leading the orchestra through The Radetzky March by Johann Strauss Snr with

a gusto that even surprised her. Later Sandra cheerfully described herself as “a

former piano player who now only plays the pianola”, adding that this was the first time she had

challenging and inspiring” according to director Natasha Edwards, enticed visitors to the 11th

Penny Somerfield (left) from Banora Point and Janese Donough, Tweed Heads South, are pictured at Swell next to an eye-catching clay sculpture by Queensland artist Monte Lupo, the work called Mermaid. Penny and Janese look forward to the Festival each year

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conducted. As it turns out though, Sandra’s niece Suzanne Hodge is about to retire after 28 years as Musical Director of the Blue Mountains (NSW) Orchestra. Perhaps a talent for conducting does run in the family. Sandra’s conducting debut was met not only with approving smiles from the surrounding audience as well as from her ‘fellow musicians’, but with much genuine applause from all who witnessed the event at the Youth Orchestra Centre in Ashmore. What next for Sandra?

even more enjoying the 2013 outdoor display, which was spread along hundreds of metres of idyllic waterfront. “The most impressive aspect to the Swell Sculpture Festival”, said Mayor Tom Tate, “is that it ensures art and culture are accessible to everyone—locals and visitors alike—and in turn helps to promote our city’s unique cultural identity.”

Centrelink: Retirement 132 300 Disability, Sickness & Carers 132 717 Employment Services 132 850 Retirement Village Association of Australia 1800 240 080 Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500 Department of Veteran Affairs 133 254 Veteran Affairs Network 1300 551 918 National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) 1800 020 110 National Aged Care Information 1800 200 422

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