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The Gold Coast will join with the whole of Queensland on 8 October to remember those lost to leukaemia and the many survivors. Show your support by lighting a balloon on the night. ‘Light the Night’ will be held at Broadwater Parklands, Southport. See Una Wilkin Smiths story on Page 2



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Worried about your Memory? Take control and plan for your future Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) offers a FREE ‘Living with Memory Loss’ program At Nerang 16th, 17th & 18th September 2009 The program is designed for people with early symptoms of dementia and their carer or friend to meet others in a safe environment and receive information and support you can trust from people who understand. If you or a loved one has memory loss issues and/or have recently been diagnosed with Dementia, call Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) to receive a free ’Living with Memory Loss’ information kit, and find out how the program might suit you. Call Cathie or Shilpi National Dementia Helpline FREECALL 1800 100 500 Page 2 - Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors - September 2009

of helping leukaemia sufferers and their families. Let us hope that this year it will be just as good. ‘Light the Night’ is a wonderful opportunity for friends, survivors, supporters and people suffering from a blood disease to get together and share their experiences. To become a part of this activity you need to register by phone or going on the website. On arrival at the Broadwater Parklands, Southport, you will be given your choice of balloon color. To REMEMBER you will be given a gold balloon, as a supporter to GIVE HOPE – a blue one, a white balloon to CELEBRATE a survivor. A tiny battery operated

light will be inserted into the balloon before inflating it, and a lighting ceremony will be performed, and the participants with their specially lit balloons will take a 3 km walk, returning to the Broadwater Parklands. ‘The illuminated balloons create a beautiful sea of lights that represent a beacon of hope to those affected by these diseases. The Leukaemia Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that every day brings us closer to more effective treatment regimes and ultimately a cure.’ Gold Coast residents Keith Fulton (see photo) and his wife, Fonda, (past treasurer) lost their son at 20 years of age with leukaemia. They have been

By Una Wilkin Smith

Keith Fulton pictured with his gold balloon (Remembrance) at the 2008 inaugural ‘Light the Night’ event in Brisbane.

tireless workers for the Foundation for many years. Registered people and friends will assemble at the Broadwater Parklands, Southport, on Thursday 8th October, at

5.30 pm – the evening is expected to conclude around 8.30pm. For more information or to register for the event, please phone 1800 500 088, or visit the website : .

Cinema and Theatre Historical Society Inc. THE Cinema and Theatre Historical Society (CATHS) is looking for Australia’s lost theatre history. The society hopes to collect as much information as it can about theatres and cinemas across Australia. Almost every town had their own Picture Theatre or had the Picture Show Man travel through their town in the early days of cinema and CATHS would like to know more about them. CATHS was formed in 1989 by a group of people with a passion for cinema and theatre history, from the earliest local hall up to the modern multiplex as well as live theatres. We are a non-profit organisation run by dedicated volunteers. The Society produces a quarterly magazine called CinemaRecord which contains articles on cinema and theatre history and personalities as well as the technical side of the industry. The Society has established an extensive archive, located in Melbourne, of historical records relating to cinemas and theatres. Donations of photographs and other memorabilia, the loan of photographs for copying and any other items would be most welcome additions to the Society’s archives. Many people have worked in theatres and have knowledge of the theatre they could share, or have memories of attending their local as a child which is worth recording. Some people may even have photos that could be shared with CATHS. CATH’S Queensland Convenor, Steve Maggs says, “Often an older family member who may have worked in the industry passes away and leaves behind material that the family may not realise is important to us and it simply gets taken to the tip. This includes items such as cinema tickets, photos, admission records, details of the local cinema or hall, or advertising material.”

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SENIORS NEWS Transport Services offer a helping hand to homeless VOLUNTEERING Gold Coast’s Transport Services provided much needed transport for homeless people so that they could attend the annual Homeless Connect event which was held on 5 August at the Albert Waterways Community Centre in Mermaid Waters. Transport Services drivers such as John Dennett helped to drive homeless people from around the Gold Coast to and from the event as well as driving them to places which they needed to go. “It was a very rewarding experience to play a part in helping to transport these people through out the day and to see the smiles on their faces,” said Mr. Dennett. Mr. Dennett said, “They may seem to be invisible to the rest of our society so we forget that they have needs just like you and me. I’m really proud to say that I, along with many other volunteers,

have been able to attend to a portion of the needs to these people.” The number of volunteers involved in this year’s event nearly doubled from last year’s event with approximately 150 people volunteering to assist with various tasks. Volunteering Gold Coast’s Volunteer Services Coordinator Leticia Vargas believes that the volunteers are the key to enabling this event to run smoothly. “At Volunteering Gold Coast we believe that the volunteers made it possible for this annual event to be as successful as it was and it was due to these wonderful people who provided their time, skills and compassion to helping people less fortunate than themselves,” said Ms. Vargas. Ms. Vargas said, “A lot takes place within our community, and without volunteers we won’t find the richness and support systems which our communities currently have.”

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We now have a website! AT long last Gold Coast/ Tweed Seniors Newspaper has a website. Sorry it has taken so long, but we now have a website which not only allows you to read current and back issues of our three newspapers, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspapers, but allows you to interact with the site.

For example if you, a group or association you are a part of, wants to list an upcoming event or a community notice on the site, you will be able to do this easily, by clicking on SUBMIT CONTENT. Birthdays and anniversaries are special times no matter how young or old we are, or should I say feel. If you have a photo of a special occasion or a

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SENIORS NEWS Robina National Seniors ROBINA National Seniors Branch is very keen to attract more NSA members and non-members to the monthly meetings, so, come along to a meeting and enjoy the wide range of outings and interesting Guest Speakers. The Branch meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month in the Robina Community and

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SENIORS NEWS We’ll Meet Again … and again! DAME Vera Lynn has become the oldest living artist to reach the top 20 of Britain’s album charts. Dame Vera told how thrilled she was to be top of the pops once again. She said: “I am extremely excited and delighted to be back in the charts after all these years.” Music pundit Paul Gambaccini put her new success down to the enduring musical quality of the songs. He said: “A lot of people have fond memories of Vera Lynn and a learned

appreciation of her songs from hearing them later on. “We are observing the 70th anniversary of the declaration of World War Two, which must make Vera Lynn popular again.” Dame Vera, born in Essex, travelled across the world entertaining the armed forces in war zones like India and Burma giving outdoor concerts for the troops. Her songs of bittersweet partings and hopeful reunions touched a chord in many people’s lives in wartime

Britain and she went on to enjoy success in the post-war years. She was the first British artist to have a No 1 hit in America – 57 years ago. She was awarded an OBE in 1959 and became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1975. Widowed in 1999, she currently lives in Sussex. Her hit We’ll Meet Again – one of the most popular songs of the war – has since been sung by a number of artists including Johnny Cash and the Byrds.

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THE Australian Human Rights Commission is now calling for nominations for the 2009 Human Rights Medals and Awards, held annually to recognise the extraordinary contribution of individuals and organisations committed to human rights, social justice and equality. You can nominate yourself, or an individual or organisation for the 2009 Human Rights Medal, the Young People’s Human Right Medal or one of the seven award categories: Law, Community (organisation), Community (individual), Literature (non-fiction), Print Media, Television and Radio. Nominate online at hr_awards. Nominations close on 2 October 2009. Courtesy National Seniors Australia Connect

A NATIONAL Congress for grandparents and kin carers and those denied access is to be held at Bond University, Gold Coast, on 4, 5, and 5 November 2009. The Council of Grandparents is delighted that entertainer Debra Byrne will be patron. It is hoped that some consolidation regarding a national body for grandparents will be achieved at the Congress. Consultation has been going on for some time and is expected to broaden shortly. For more information, contact Tracey Douglas, Council of Grandparents, on 5506-5523, or email:

Pensioners welcome new cost of living index NATIONAL Seniors has welcomed the introduction of the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index. Chief executive Michael O’Neill said time would tell how effective the index was, but the theory behind it was sound. Responding to concerns that the new index was a waste of time, Mr O’Neill said recent analysis of historical data showed the PBLCI had tracked higher than CPI over the

longer term, and this was expected to continue in the future. “National Seniors pushed for the creation of a cost of living index which better reflected pensioners’ spending patterns.” He said that previously the higher out of the consumer price index (CPI) and 25 per cent of male average weekly earnings were used to index pensions. “By adding a third measure, it can only mean that


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pensions will be more likely to keep pace with the cost of living.” NSA welcomed the Government’s commitment to continually update the PBLCI to ensure it reflects pensioners’ changing expenditure patterns over time. Courtesy: National Seniors ‘Connect’

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SENIORS NEWS Aged care: the depressing reality UP to half of all people in residential aged care may have symptoms of depression, which is three times the estimated rate in elderly people living in the community. Research suggests as many as threequarters of the cases of depression in aged care homes may go unrecognised, as its symptoms are easily confused with other conditions such as dementia. When a resident becomes withdrawn or forgetful, for example, it is easy for busy nursing home staff to dismiss the signs as a normal part of ageing. The reasons for the high rates of depression in nursing home residents are complex, experts say. “Fear, isolation and a sense of numbing helplessness” are common emotions in new residents, says counsellor and aged care consultant Franceska Jordan. “The experience of entering a nursing home can be one of loss, followed by anger and depression.” People in residential care also have more health problems overall than elderly people living in the community and chronic health problems are known to increase the risk of depression, especially when these health problems make it hard to do everyday tasks.

About 80 per cent of nursing home residents also have dementia, which not only makes diagnosis harder but is also itself associated with increased risk of depression. Physical pain is another risk factor, says GP Professor Dimity Pond, who has a special interest in aged care. “Pain is not always particularly well managed in nursing homes, what with residents’ inability to communicate and staff being busy,” Pond says. On top of all these factors, the very nature of residential care can increase depression. Residents may feel a lack of autonomy or purpose and have to come to terms with the knowledge that this is the final phase of life. Those who are socially isolated, with few visitors, are at particular risk. “It can be a very deprived environment,” Pond says, citing one British researcher who described the social interactions in a nursing home as being on the level of those between people in a laundromat line. “A lot of residential aged care is really underfunded and staff do their best but they don’t have time. There are no animals, there’s very little touching and people miss out on just skin contact.”

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Paradise Point Hosts ‘102 Tips’ THE Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre held another successful ‘102 Tips You Should Know’ information session recently, this time at the Paradise Point Community Centre. Pictured is guest speaker, State Member for Broadwater Peta-Kaye Croft (left), with organiser Linda Walk. Ms Croft spoke on various issues, including government budget inclusions for Seniors; the Home and Community Care scheme (HACC); Home Assist Secure; social isolation, and the Golden Gurus program. The aim of Golden Gurus is to capitalise on the knowledge, skills and experience of older Australians who will act as mentors, volunteering with interested community organisations to provide advice, support and assistance with a range of business and training skills. Ms Croft’s office can be reached on 5529 6000 or via email: petakaye.croft@queensland Another speaker, Janice Ellson, Director of Elan Medical Supplies, dressed up in a shower cap and towelling bath robe before colourfully delivering many useful tips and tricks for living at home comfortably. Tim Hewlett spoke knowl-

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TRIVIA with Allan Blackburn 1. Who was the male star of the film flop “Water World”? 2. How many humps does a bactrian camel have? 3. What sea is the largest in area? 4. By what name is the Mausoleum of Aggra better known? 5. Which is larger dolphin or porpoise? 6. On what Shakespearean play was West Side Story based? 7. How many dice are used in backgammon? 8. By what technique do yachtsmen sail upwind? 9. By what name was Marion Morrison better known? 10. In what year were the Prince and Princess of York divorced? 11. What is the unit of mass used for precious stones? 12. Who is generally regarded as the patron saint of travellers? 13. Which group starred in The Magical Mystery Tour? Page 8 - Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors - September 2009

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Caged egg brands a no-no The RSPCA has welcomed Woolworths’ decision to decrease the number of cage egg brands on its shelves. It’s a positive message for consumers about hen welfare and the impact of their choices in the supermarket. Customer behaviour is changing as a result of increased awareness about battery cages and for a major retailer to signal a shift away from cage eggs is a big step towards improving layer hen welfare.

This shift is already occurring overseas with major retailers throughout the UK, including Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer, refusing to stock cage eggs at all. The RSPCA congratulated Woolworths for leading the way in Australia but would eventually like all cage eggs replaced with free-range and barn-laid eggs. The RSPCA is working to educate consumers about where their food comes

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from and increase demand for higher welfare products through its Humane Food programs, RSPCA Approved Farming and Choose Wisely. Consumers are driving this change. People want to know how their food is produced so they can decide for themselves, and increasingly they are finding battery cages unacceptable. There is overwhelming scientific evidence to support the RSPCA’s view that hens do not belong in cages. Frustrated from an inability to express natural behaviours as simple as scratching in the dirt or laying their eggs in a nest, caged hens suffer chronically throughout their short lives. 11.6 million chickens live like this in Australia today, existing in less space each than an A4 piece of paper. A properly managed barn or free-range system gives hens the freedom to

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Free Mudgeeraba Yoga Gold Coast Council’s Active & Healthy programme is alive and well in Mudgeeraba, where free weekly yoga and meditation classes take place in conjunction with the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga. Stretch and relax; improve flexibility and posture with a focus on relaxation; help free the body and calm the mind. Please bring a towel or yoga mat to the class, held Wednesdays, 9.15am, Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, Railway St. For further information, call the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga on 5554-5440 or, for details of other Active & Healthy activities, contact 5581-5233;;

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The Desert Song - that mountainous section of North Morocco that lies along the Mediterranean coast and that is known as Er Riff - and its story of spies and adventurers contribute to its glamour. The hauntingly beautiful music of Sigmund Romberg, book and lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein 2nd and Frank Mandel, will come

ARE you bored, lonely, or the club has an excursion, a seat on the bus, morn- tel. Annual membership is looking for a change in with the all-inclusive price ing refreshments, and a $5. Call 5526-9721 for lifestyle? The Broadbeach (currently $30) including hot meal in a club or ho- more information. Senior Citizens Club, located at 23 TE Peters Drive, is looking for new members. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 12.30pm, with a concert Whether your need is between 1pm-2pm, folimmediate or you’re simply lowed by light snacks and planning for the future, tea/coffee, and the raffle. The president then brings just call us. members up-to-date on We’ll know what to do. club news. All this for only $2. Then, on the fourth Thursday of each month,

“THE Desert Song Calling it’s voice enthralling will make you ....” (fill in the missing word of the song - four letters). Call Wendy on (07) 5536 2446 and answer the question to receive two free tickets to The Desert Song. The Desert Song is a robust survivor from the sensational years of the 1920s. The setting of the

alive again for a September 25, 26, 27, October 2, 3, 4, season at the Tweed Civic Centre Tweed Heads. Presented by Neptune Productions and directed by Wendy Fahey, this ambitious fully staged Operetta with a cast of 34 will be led by Casey Fegan as the Red Shadow, Liza Beamish as Margot and Charles Cooper as Captain Paul Fontaine. A 14 piece orchestra will complete this elaborate production. To Book for the 4 matinee and 4 evening performances ring 07 5536 2446.

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SENIORS NEWS Health for your feet SOLE Integrity is proud to offer the range of podiatrist designed orthaheel footwear and orthotics. More than 70% of the population tend to roll their feet over as they walk and over time, their arches gradually flatten. Much like a bad wheel alignment on a car, an incorrect alignment of the feet can cause problems to other parts of the body. Designed by Australian podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, Scholl Orthaheel footwear and orthotics help restore natural foot function and well-being with every step. This loss of our “footprint” has resulted in a variety of pain and injuries affecting not just the feet, but the entire body. Unnatural surfaces force our feet to pronate (roll over) to gain ground contact, which flattens the arches and can disrupt normal knee function and hip alignment and increase pressure on the lower back. Clinical and practical research has resulted in the unique Scholl Orthaheel orthotic design which incorporates the 4 degree rear foot control design. This helps “reclaim” your footprint

by realigning the lower limbs through restoring the foot to its neutral position, enabling the feet, ankles and legs to function as efficiently and dynamically as they were intended. Scholl Orthaheel’s unique orthotic is built-in to our collection of thongs, sandals and footwear, and it is also available as an orthotic insert for your own footwear. Podiatrist-designed, clinically proven orthotic support; Motion Control system for essential support and stability; Flexible and lightweight design; Supported by our Walk Pain Free 30 day Guarantee Scholl Orthaheel products are available in more than 25 countries worldwide, garnering customer acclaim since 1979. The collection offers orthotics, X-Trainers, thongs and sandals for men and women. So visit the trained staff at Sole Integrity to view the range of Orthaheel products along with International brands Ecco, Merrell, Rockport, Dr Comfort and Birkenstock. Sole Integrity can be found at Shop 37, Level One, Oasis Centre, Broadbeach (phone 5531 7491), and Shop 63, Showcase on the Beach, Coolangatta (phone 5599 4544) or email us on

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SENIORS NEWS Age no barrier for the adventurous at heart

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AT 89 and 90 years of age it’s hard to believe the kilometres that Allan and Merle Morris have clocked up over the past few years. Their bus tour adventures have taken them to all corners of the country, including camel riding in central Australia, croc-watching in Darwin and wine tours through the Hunter Valley. When they’re not travelling, the couple resides at The Gardens on Lindfield Retirement Resort on the Gold Coast, but even at home, they’re never far from adventure. “My son gave me a gift voucher for my 89th birthday. It was a one and a half hour Harley Davidson ride around the Gold Coast hinterland. It was fast and furious, I can tell you!” Allan Morris said. While many seniors settle for the quiet life in their retirement, Allan and Merle have not stopped. Over the past 20 years they’ve boarded about 60 different

organised bus tours – averaging three road trips a year! “Our last trip was a 24-day bus tour to Darwin and it was marvelous. There’s always interesting scenery to enjoy and we learn something new on each trip,” Allan said. Last year their bus tour to Tasmania took them via the Victorian seaside town of Queenscliff which happens to be quite a sentimental place for the couple who have been married for 63 years. “It was the town where we first met back in 1942. I was in the army at the time and I went along to a ball at the Grand Hotel in Queenscliff and Merle happened to be there that night,” he said. With trips planned every few months, these senior safari-goers are rarely home which, for many property owners, can raise concerns about security. “One of the great things about living at Gardens on Lindfield is that we never have to worry about our home – that’s the benefit of living in a retirement resort. We can travel for extended periods of time knowing our house and possessions are safe,” he said.

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SENIORS NEWS Seniors Week Celebrations The Broadbeach Croquet Club had a great response to the Seniors’ Week ‘Come & Try Golf Croquet’ day. More than 35 seniors attended to experience the fun of Croquet. With the assistance of our sponsor, GCCC, we provided refreshments including a lunch sausage sizzle for the visitors. Our sister Croquet Club, Southport, ran a similar event and also entertained many.




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1 - Jean McIntosh (Southport CC) discusses a croquet problem with Seniors Week visitors 2 - Brian & Mary Badcock enjoying the Mad Hatters Tea Party during Seniors Week at Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre. The morning was enjoyed by 95 members and guests who danced to the music of Patti Bond. 3 - The Gold Coast City Choir at the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra Centre in Ashmore entertaining seniors during Seniors Week 4 - The Gold Coast City Choir and seniors get up and kick up their heels 5 - Fiona Munroe’s Gold Coast Dancers Co entertaining seniors at The Robina Auditorium

SENIORS NEWS Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus AT the August meeting of the Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club members were entertained by guest speaker Val Williamson. Val spoke of her father’s diary written in Russia during the 1 st World War. He was only 16 at that time and was involved in many dangerous situations and witnessed injuries and killings that no young boy should see. After the war he joined the NSW Police Force where he remained until his retirement. The War Memorial in Canberra now have the diary, the only account of that commitment, so very special. On September 16th we will celebrate the club’s 22 nd birthday at Emerald Lakes Golf Club.

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A two course meal will be served with a complementary drink, entertainment will be provided. Ladies are asked to participate in

a black and white theme of dress if possible. The luncheon will be served at 12.30pm, members are asked to be at the Golf

Club at 12md. For enquiries about Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club, ph Barb on 5538 1475 or Vivien on 5520 2675.

Volunteers Supported in Div 5 DIVISION 5 Councillor Peter Young writes a monthly newsletter—in amongst a myriad of other jobs—for the information of all within his division. Cr Young has also said that he is happy to share items from his newsletters with readers of the Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors newspaper. Donations was one of the topics covered in his latest newsletter, where he wrote, “With Council’s consent I have increased the amount of Division 5 funds to be distributed through financial donations, with the pool lifted to $30,000 this year. On your (Div 5) behalf donations are being made to about 80 local organisations including Scouts, Guides, P&Cs, sports clubs, com-

munity organisations, seniors clubs, service organisations (Rotary, Lions, RSL sub branches, Country Women’s Associations, Red Cross), welfare groups, environmental groups and others. “These groups comprise volunteers who are putting in for the local community and they deserve every bit of support we can give them.” Cr Young’s contact details are: phone 5582-8400; fax: 582-8478; mobile 0414 180 118; email (only used for newsletter) And Cr Young ends on a reminder that the 24-hour contact number for urgent Council situations is 1800 637 000.

The future of aged care for baby boomers

NATIONAL Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill has spoken on the future aged care needs of baby boomers at the Catholic Health Australia National Conference in Hobart in late August. The key message was that baby boomers want choice. “Baby boomers are not a homogeneous group so choice will be an important factor,’’ O’Neill said. “Many baby boomers envisage a future where they will remain in their own home with formal care. With more older people living at home, and with fewer family members taking on carer roles, the need for formal in-home care is set to rise.” He said quality and timely care were also vital, with many baby boomers concerned about having to compromise on the care they will need. “Recipients of community care want to retain some independence, with 80 per cent of baby boomers stating they want to live independently for as long as possible.” Research indicates baby boomers will move into high care (i.e. nursing homes) at a later age than previous generations. Around half of baby boomers

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SENIORS NEWS Labrador Memorial Senior Citizens Assn. Inc. ONCE again I am writing to ask you to insert this notice in the next edition of your popular newspaper. The members from the Labrador Senior Citizens Centre enjoyed their visit to Russell Island last month and are looking forward to their tour around Toowoomba during the Carnival of Flowers this month. Next

month we are heading north to the Oceanview Estates. The membership fees are now due and are still only $7.00 a year and each activity is $2.00 which includes morning or afternoon tea. The classes that have teachers are a little dearer to cover their costs. We also have a hairdressing salon and a library for members as

well as our monthly coach trips. Many members are feeling the benefits from the two yoga classes held each week. Anna Levar takes the first yoga session on Mondays from 8.15am. The second class is taken by Tim Clark and commences at 8.30am on Wednesdays. A free tai chi class is held on Wednesdays from

10.30am. Tuition is available for new members wishing to learn the popular game of indoor bowls on Mondays from 10.00am. Social bowls are played on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12.20pm where a lot of fun is had by all who attend. Tuesday and Thursday mornings are set aside for the card players where 500, canasta, bolivia and rummy are played from 9.00am. The teachers are kept busy on Thursday mornings from 9.00am

during our craft and painting sessions. Our Friday morning concerts are an open day and everyone is welcome to attend. They commence at 9.15am and continue untill 11.30am, the cost is only $2.00 which includes morning tea. These mornings consist of many instrumental items by our big band, vocals, skits and guest artists which adds to an entertaining morning each week. For further information please phone Lyndsey on 55 371433.

Runaway Bay VIEW Club THE Runaway Bay VIEW Club meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at La Piazza Restaurant, 21 Bayview St Runaway Bay. Ladies, come along and enjoy a friendly welcome and a delicious lunch. This is a great opportunity for those ladies who are new to the coast to assimilate and meet new friends. Cost: $23.00 for a 2 course meal inc. tea & coffee. Bookings call Denise 5577 4787 or Evelyn 5574 5497. VIEW clubs support and are valued members of The Smith Family

Do you support Voluntary Euthanasia? Come and meet others of like mind at Exit International’s friendly, informal meetings held regularly on the Gold & Sunshine Coasts. Exit International was founded by Dr Philip Nitschke in 1997. About Exit International:

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Solace - Grief Support ‘SOLACE’ is an Australia-wide grief support organisation for those grieving over the death of their partner. Solace helps by offering support, ongoing love, acceptance, care and encouragement. The inaugural meeting of Solace was held in Adelaide in 1983, with Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, the ACT, and Tasmania joining in by 1989, and Queensland in 1994. A national organisation was born soon after. Solace is a Grief Support Group, where regular meetings focus on the aspects of loss and grief, and support and encouragement to those who grieve over the death of their partner. Confidentiality and privacy are assured. The freedom to be involved or not is an integral part of the meetings. Support workers, all of whom have experienced the death of their partners, are available at the meetings to assist the bereaved.

Telephone grief support is provided by trained support workers. Social programs are regularly organised for those who have reached a point where they wish to move on in a safe and secure atmosphere. Support meetings on the Gold Coast are held at the Community Room, Pacific Fair, Broadbeach, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. The first hour, 10.30-11.30am, is devoted to the needs of the newly bereaved and those who have a special need, such as anniversaries, etc. This is followed by the main meeting from 11.30am-1.30pm. For more information, including details of telephone grief support, contact Betty Mounser, President of Solace Queensland, on (07) 5580-7034; see http://, or email Solace Queensland:

SOUTHERN Gold Coast 60’s & Better Program Inc hosted a visit by public health master students from Griffith University, Brisbane, on 6th August. The issue of healthy ageing is an important part of their public health program and our program is a very good demonstration of a community approach to this issue. The group included students from China, Vietnam, Mongolia, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. 60’s & Better gave a presentation about our program and then had question time with plenty of questions asked followed by a very social afternoon tea with some of our members and committee. The students then presented us with gifts before departing to bus back to Brisbane.

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SENIORS NEWS A Humble Man of Distinction QUEENSLAND’S Gold Coast: blue skies, golden beaches and a rich mix of people who call it home.

Detlef Sulzer, a humble man of distinction, is one of those people. German-born Detlef (pic-

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tured) recently retired from the position of Executive Manager Technology Development for engineering company Thiess, in Brisbane, where he worked for 25 years. Detlef, however, still travels to the Queensland capital regularly, fulfilling another important commitment. In 2002, Detlef was appointed Honourary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany, responsible for Queensland’s

southern half. This position still keeps him busy. As Honourary Consul, Detlef performs various duties, from representing the Consul-General (located in Sydney) in Brisbane, to helping German citizens with passport, pension, legal and medical matters and assisting in times of emergencies, accidents, crime, etc. As well, he liaises and facilitates meetings between Queensland and German government and

industry representatives, promoting closer liaison and trade opportunities. Detlef graduated from Dublin’s Trinity College, completing a double degree in Economics and Civil Engineering, followed by a Master of Science in Computer Science and Application. His career started at Dungeness Nuclear Power Station in England. He later joined international construction firm HOCHTIEFAG’s Nuclear Division in Frankfurt. In 1975, Detlef met his future wife Carole. Daughters Nina and Daniela were born in Germany before the family came to Australia in 1983. The Sulzers moved to Gold Coast in year 2000. Detlef commuted daily to Brisbane. At Thiess, Detlef’s career moved away from nuclear power to other engineering areas, including design and construction of the tents over Expo 88. In 1989, Detlef became an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, a distinction comparable to an Order of Australia. Much later, he became Adjunct Professor at QUT’s Civil Engineering School for two years; was invited to become a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia in 2004. He is president of Lions Club Brisbane Central. In retirement, Detlef started Sulzer Consulting ( but says, “I want to enjoy the beauty of the Gold Coast.”

National Servicemen of Gold Coast North THE National Servicemen of Gold Coast North will hold their next general meeting on Tuesday 13trh October at 9.30am at the Mudgeeraba Light Horse and National Servicemen’s Precinct next to the Showgrounds. A complementary sausage sizzle lunch will be provided after the meeting. Partners are especially welcome. For more information please phone Brian on 5535 2455. Page 18 - Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors - September 2009

Assn of Independent Retirees WE all take the Gold Coast Theme Parks as part of the scenery. As we know there is a lot of work done behind scenes at all the Parks. We are fortunate in having Peter Doggett International Relationship Manager of the Warner Village Theme Parks, which comprise Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Sea World Resort, Wet’n’Wild Water World, Paradise Country and the Australian Outback Spectacular. These award winning parks will the theme of Peter’s presentation. I will be interested in this presentation and all Retires are welcome to attend his presentation. Where at the Life Education Centre 89 Sunshine Boulevard Broadbeach. When 9th October at 9.30 am with free coffee and biscuits to conclude the meeting. Also put in your diary a special Expo we will be running in partnership with Centrelink on the 13th November at the same location and time. The members are looking forward to the coach outing to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers on the 22nd September. For details phone Bill 5520 0019 or Graham 5526 9225

SENIORS NEWS Kirra Tugun Probus Club

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KIRRA-TUGUN Probus Club will hold it’s next meeting at the Currumbin RSL on Thursday 24th September at 10.00am. Their guest speaker will be Don Fenwick who will talk about legal matters which could affect the members, wills and power of attorney etc. Their next outing will be a five day coach trip to Buderim in September. Any prospective members from the surrounding areas will be most welcome. Call Margaret on 55247385. After their meeting they celebrated their 18th birthday. Two new members were inducted at the meeting.

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The Unit Owners Alliance will convene a special conference on Body Corporate Living, to be held in Gold Coast on 17 Sept. Introductory issues to be canvassed include providing owners with a checklist of measures each owner can adopt to ensure owners keep control of the finances of the body corporate, the advantages and disadvantages of voting for extensions to management contracts and related matters. The keynote speaker will then conduct a special panel discussion on the progress of Unfair Contracts Legislation currently passing through the Australian Parliament as part of the Trade Practices Act, which will affect every unit owner in Australia. The Unit Owners Alliance has played a leading role in defending the right of owners in bodies corporate to enjoy the same protection under the law from Unfair Contracts, as any other home owner. In this the Alliance has been opposed by the Property Council of Australia representing the big developers. The special meeting will be held at the Life Education Centre, Sunshine Boulevard, Broadbeach, 10 am, Thursday 17 September. All are welcome.

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SENIORS NEWS PALS Social Club PALS continues to enjoy many outings. A particular favourite was the game of mini golf followed by dinner at sizzlers. We are happy to welcome several new members and visitors. Hit n giggle tennis has also proven to be very popular. Our club is for singles / couples 50yrs plus, who would like to meet new friends and find company to go out with. We enjoy a variety of activities such as bbqs, dining out, theatre, trivia, barefoot bowls, fishing (we are always hopeful), clubs, plus much more. Come and join us and bring some fresh ideas. We meet each 2nd / 4th Wednesday evenings at The Seniors Citizens Hall, Broadbeach at 7.30pm for a coffee’n chat. Here we discuss planned events for the next month. For more info call Sylvia on 55 545 621 or Raymond on 55 221 946.



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SURFERS Paradise VIEW Club hold their meetings and lunch on the second Tuesday of the month in the Panorama Room at the Gold Coast Arts Centre at 11am. We would be delighted to welcome any interested ladies or visitors who would like to join us. We proudly support The Smith Family. Please advise our Secretary Liz on 0409 NERANG Branch of National Seniors meet 4th 664 590 by Sunday prior Wednesday of each month at All Sports Club, Leagues to the meeting if you Drive, Nerang 5.30pm. Enquiries 5578 4016 would like to attend.



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SENIORS NEWS Partners in Harmony BANORA Point residents, Mark and Lyn are regular players in the highly-acclaimed NRSO, a regional orchestra founded by Maestro Barry Singh in 1993. Both Mark and Lyn have musical histories going back many years. Mark, who enjoys violin, viola (a slightly larger, lowersounding, instrument

than the violin) and guitar, first started playing after hearing a violin concerto performed in the Sydney Town Hall in 1973. Later, while living on the Gold Coast, he studied in Brisbane with Byron Mengel, Chen Yang and master violinist Robert Menga, a former New York Philharmonic player, who made several

solo recordings with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in the 1980s. Mark has been a member of various orchestras, including the NRSO, the Gabrielli String Quartet (with Barry Singh), and is also dedicated to playing chamber music with the Avondale Players Wind and String ensemble, all located in The Tweed.

Lyn grew up in a musical family, where musical evenings around the piano with family and friends were a normal part of life. She gained her appreciation for violin from her father, “who played fiddle at the local dances”, and classical duets at concerts. During her early years, Lyn studied voice with

William Pringle, and later violin with Essie Hawken. Lyn’s talents also include some piano and guitar, useful in her “other life” as a Diversional Therapist in aged care at Byron Bay. Here she provides recreational and emotional support to elderly residents. Lyn is also an Enrolled Nurse, and has a bus licence to boot! A member of the NRSO since its commencement in 1993, Lyn has been Orchestra Manager for several years. She spends almost all her spare time between concerts oganising these musical occasions, plus taking care of many other orchestral details. The Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra

The happy picture of partners Mark Meekin and Lyn McBurney, dressed in elegant formal wear and holding their treasured violins, encapsulates the spirit of the well-respected Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra (NRSO), based in Tweed Heads. regularly plays between Bay. For more details, see Gold Coast and Byron

A five-star lifestyle without peer GRANDE Pacific Broadwater, Australia’s first high-rise retirement resort is having an open day on Saturday September 19 from 9am. The Southport resort will open its doors and no appointment is necessary, visitors can look over its amenities and its apartments, all with Broadwater views, including the new Broadwater Parklands. Guests will have the opportunity to chat with staff and residents and will be treated to morning tea at Grande Pacific Broadwater’s Pepper Tree cafe, which serves breakfasts, lunches and dinners and offers an in-

rooms dining service. You can also meet Warren from 4CRB who will be broadcasting on the day. The 25-level resort overlooks the Broadwater at 70 Marine Parade, Southport, and has 108 apartments and a fullfloor clubhouse. Manager Kath Lawrie said residents shared a real feeling of community and enjoyed trips and social events together as well as exercise and recreational activities. “Grande Pacific Broadwater offers an exciting and fulfilling fivestar lifestyle that is without peer,” she said. “With the property market showing signs of recovery, we feel the present is an excellent time to unveil what we have to offer – everything from studio apartments to prestige three-bedroom residences. “Apartments feature the finest in fixtures and fittings and, combined with extensive services and recreational facilities, pro-

vide an incomparable retirement lifestyle. “The open day gives people contemplating a retirement lifestyle and their families an opportunity to become acquainted with Grande Pacific Broadwater.” At ground level, along with The Pepper Tree cafe, there is a hair salon and rooms for visiting healthcare specialists. The resident’s club includes a piano lounge, bar, theatrette, billiards room, library, crafts room, gymnasium, heated pool and spa, and barbecue area. Residents enjoy 24hour at-call nursing care and multi-level security, round-the-clock pharmacy coverage and grocery delivery arrangements. The resort has security cameras, video intercom entry, and inhouse television to alert residents to tours, activities and events. For further information contact Kath Lawrie on 5591-2111

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SENIORS NEWS Ten Penners Magic Pictured at front is Marion Martineer; middle row, l-r: Lindy Standage, Kate Pepper and Jill Smith; back row, l-r: Yvette Coutts, Lorraine Blomberg, Jill Ford and Maria O’Donnell.

BURSTING with enthusiasm! That’s just one of the exciting characteristics of The Ten Penners writing group, along with flair, imagination, friendship, teamwork—and the wish to have a great time while creating fun and adventure for readers. A sub-group of the Gold Coast Writers’ Association (GCWA) Inc, The Ten Penners is a separate entity with regard to the publication of its printed works and for the presentation of school workshops. Ten writers made up the original Ten Penners when the first joint publication titled ‘Shock! Horror! Gasp!’ was published. Since then the group has seen some members move on to other projects, while new talents have been gathered along the way. In the latest Ten Penners book, an anthology called ‘Fan-Tas-Tic-Al Tales’,

eight of the group’s writers have delivered a book of which they are not only proud, but are certain will entertain a wide audience. ‘Fan-Tas-Tic-Al Tales’ is a collection of stories for children and adults who like to be children. It includes 34 poems, short stories and novellas. The ages of the authors vary, but four are grandmothers “with too many grandkiddies to count”. Would you like to know more about The Ten Penners? Just contact Marion Martineer: mobile 0416 027 016, or see the website:; email:, or find The Ten Penners on Facebook. ‘Fan-Tas-Tic-Al Tales’ is available on ebay and, soon,, and also at the quaint bookshop, Riverbend at Bulimba, just a short walk from Brisbane’s City Cat.

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SENIORS NEWS New services provided at Palm Lake Resort


clubs that organise trips away and events. Resorts are pet friendly. The Retirement Villages are assisted living. Residents are offered healthy cooked meals 7 days a week, along with room cleaning and linen change. There is a registered nurse during the week and caretakers who live on site. Residents wear a vital call buzzer. There is a resort bus that takes residents shopping

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WOULD YOU LIKE A JOB? EDUCATIONAL SALES PEOPLE W ANTED. If you enjoy talking and communicating with people, you will find this a very rewarding position. Perfect to pass a few hours in the day and will also give you a great sense of achievement and of course financial rewards. Retirement doesn’t always mean stopping altogether. Whether its 1 day or 6 days, we would love to hear from you. Our Company has been providing schools and families for over 7 years. We work on a national basis. Our team of staff work very closely together and help each other to achieve great results. You can supplement your income by a small or large amount, depending on how many hours you want to work. We are flexible. For more information contact

Virginia Martin on 0411 688 588 or 5575 3288. Or Shelley Montague on 0415 661 504 or 5527 7199 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 3pm).

Scott Elliott, The Hon Justine Elliott MP, Brett Raguse MP and Walter Elliott. AN expansion of the ser- Elliot MP, Minister for and security, all in a carvices currently provided Ageing, on Thursday 6th ing and nurturing enviby Palm Lake Resort has August 2009. ronment. been announced. This will Both Palm Lake Resort The focus is on a concept complete the vision of and the Minister agreed that health and wellness, service to senior Austra- that the government and home safety and security, lians by providing a facil- industry have a role to communication and enity comprising low and play in working together gagement, and learning high care including de- in providing services to and contribution are immentia care. the age care. portant for our residents Palm Lake Resort believes Palm Lake Resort’s ap- as a way of making them that the key to providing proach to aged care was feel younger through acsustainable solutions for recently endorsed by the tive participation. our ageing population is government with the allo- The over 50’s mature age by proactively engaging cation of an additional 25 living resorts have many all levels of government high and 59 low care beds, activities and facilities on in the provision of the full including special needs offer. Most including Tai spectrum of aged care dementia. Chi, gentle exercise, services. Palm Lake Palm Lake Resort bowls, gym, swimming Resort’s vision for aged achieves its vision by pools, art and craft, a care was endorsed by a giving residents a high workshop, plus a resort visit from The Hon Justine degree of certainty, safety bus. Many have social

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and on outings. In keeping with the company’s vision, our low and high care will be run with the theme of resort style. Palm Lake Resort does not see the elderly as a burden to be managed, but a vibrant, healthy and positive community who have earned the right to live in dignity in their senior years. For more information on Palm Lake Resort, Ph: 1800 028 428.

SENIORS NEWS Tweed Border Branch of National Seniors TWEED Border Branch of National Seniors meets at 10:00am DST on the fourth Wednesday in each month except December at South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Drive. Our branch likes to mix speakers with entertainment so don’t sit home, come along and join a really happy group of local senior folk. If you are NSA members and visiting our beautiful area you are more than welcome to come along and join us at our meetings or on our monthly tours. Our August coach tour to Ormiston House near Cleveland was a wonderful day out. Members and friends really appreciated the scrumptious devonshire tea on the verandah with views out over Moreton Bay, a tour of this lovely historical home (circa 1862) as well as the delicious lunch that followed at WynnumManly Leagues Club. As this newspaper goes to press 45 of our members and friends will be holidaying at Wombat Resort, Cres-

cent Head. Great food, day tours, entertainment and companionship are all on the agenda for this 6 day break. October 14 is the date for our next monthly coach tour visiting Brindabella Gardens at Highfields near Toowoomba. Brindabella is well known for its beautiful rhododendrons and roses. So if you’re a garden lover this day trip is for you. Our two course hot lunch will be at the Toowoomba Sports Club and we’re planning on checking out some of the winning gardens from the festival held mid-September. Tickets will be on sale at our 23 September meeting. Members: $35 non-members $40. Janet Garland, local RTA Driving Inspector will speak at our September 23 meeting, providing information to seniors as to changes in older driver licensing. So don’t stay at home and be lonely, call Julie on 5599 9339.

Ladies Bowls Southport THE ladies at Southport have been very busy again this month with the highlight on August 3rd. The winners of our Winter Triples was a team from Paradise Point skipped by B. Wesener, P. Daniels, J. O’Dearmatt. The runners up were a team from Mermaid Beach skipped by D. Drake, T. Testro, E. Birks. We also had a very happy day for out Friendship Day with mixed bowls and plenty of touchers donated by our members and lucky draws for gifts donated by Fosters Breweries. Ladies get your teams together for our Ham, Turkey, Plum Pudding Day on December 7th. Looking forward to seeing you again at Southport them.

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SENIORS NEWS “Actively Ageing Kit”

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THE “Actively Ageing Kit” is ideal for people over 55 who would like to exercise but lack motivation, or have difficulty going to a gym. The kit comprises an easy-to-read handbook on staying safe and healthy as you age, a DVD of two-home-based workouts for the fit and not-so-fit, and a workbook with simple exercises that offer a complete workout to improve strength, energy, coordination and balance. It offers an opportunity to follow a professionally-designed program of flexing and strengthening exercises in the privacy of home, or with a group of friends or a partner. Alison Ford, a clinical physiotherapist who has a clinic at Samford, designed the exercises so that people who had hip or knee replacements, heart surgery or a fairly major medical condition, could follow the exercises. The program allows for different abilities starting with the first sessions using a chair and proceeding to the second using the floor or mat. She has been a physiotherapist for 30 years, having trained

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in exercise therapy in the UK and Europe. The “Actively Ageing Kit” amalgamates that wealth of knowledge. It might never have been written had Alison not had an accident to her hip that kept her away from the clinic. “I had been teaching a class of about 30 ladies in a retirement village for seven years and at every Christmas break-up party one of the husbands made a video of me teaching the class,” Alison said. “I had the accident just after Christmas and couldn’t work but after three months I went back and watched from the background. “They didn’t know I was there and at the end they all clapped me on the DVD. ”I thought if I can help 30 people like this there must be hundreds more.” On the way home she decided to write a book. Now the “Actively Ageing Kit” is available through the post, or can be purchased over the internet or by phoning 3289 3953/0409 345 047. Alison has an EFTPOS machine for phone sales ensuring security. She is happy to be at the end of the phone to answer any query.

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In these difficult financial times it is pleasing to see a Gold Coast company still able to offer affordable service. Local company Newhaven Funerals and their Direct Cremation business have received an amazing response to an advertisement which has recently appeared in this newspaper. “The total cost of $990 for an unattended cremation has been well accepted and has created an alternative to those who wish not to have an

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elaborate funeral service” reports company director Tim Connolly. “We are a family working in a business so we understand from both points that times are tough at the moment and we are motivated to support our community by providing an affordable alternative. “A cremation of a loved one is one of those things that most of us never want to prepare for, however our company does offer a pre-payment option which will help people confidently prepare for

the inevitable,” says Mr Connolly. “By attending to this matter in advance there are numerous benefits such as saving the remaining family the difficult task when the time does arrive and in some cases can even allow for an increased pension payment by reducing assets. “Our family business began operations on the Gold Coast and has expanded to several Queensland towns since 1979.” Newhaven Funerals re-

cently received the Gold Coast Business Excellence Award for Family Business for August. The company also received this award in July 2000 which shows consistency in providing exceptional service and a long term commitment to the community. For those interested in learning all about funerals and the details required to pre-arrange, a visit to the company website is recommended www.newhavenfunerals. or telephone 3807 4444.

Lions search for young violinist THE Lions Club of Palm BeachCurrumbin announces a world wide search for an exceptional young violinist. In keeping with the International Lions objects “to foster an understanding amongst the people of the world”, our international president has announced a world wide competition to find a young person under 25 years who plays the violin to a world class standard. Entries are welcomed from such violinists who will undergo a competition playing selected musical pieces and the winner in Australia will be invited to the International Convention

to be held in Sydney in 2010 for final judging.Prizes total Australian $ 30,500.00. Each year the international music prize will be conducted on various instruments with this year violins are the chosen instrument and the contestants will be required to play one imposed piece plus two pieces selected by the candidates from a repertoire list.” At the Gold Coast Eisteddfod recently, young violinists were heard that had the required standard and we invite them to contact us at PO Box 137 Palm Beach 4221when we can give them all the details.

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SENIORS HEALTH & LIFESTYLE EXPO Seniors Health & Lifestyle Expo MANY seniors came to meet Dr James Wright who opened the Gold Coast Seniors Health & Lifestyle Expo held at Broadbeach in July. He certainly earns his nickname of The Merry Medic, a most genial and communicative host, and was happy to talk to anyone who approached him. We will certainly invite him back next year and all 66 exhibitors were happy

with the enquiries and response they received from the many visitors to the Expo. The next Gold Coast Seniors Health & Lifestyle Expo will be held at Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre on Saturday 10 October from 9am to 2pm. The Centre is next to Coolangatta Bowling Club in Gerrard Street, one block behind Griffith

Street. 60 exhibitors will show their products and services and entry is free. Exhibitors include residential aged care providers, audiologists, security services, pain relief specialists, funeral directors, pharmaceutical products, bus and rail tours, mobil-

ity products, cruise specialists, sanitary products, legal and financial advisers, and many home care services. There is a great demand for seniors to access free health and lifestyle information in one venue and the 2009 Expos at Run-

away Bay in April and Broadbeach in July were very popular. In 2010, two more locations will be added – Nerang and Southport – so that accessible information will be freely available to seniors in these areas.

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LAST December, in our Christmas newsletter, we forecast lower fares in and out of Australia—nothing of genius there. However, the discounting has been more marked than most believed. The good news is that fares aren’t ready to rise for a while yet. There are signs of recovery in the global economy although the quality of those trends is heavily debated. Air fares will rise, as will interest rates. And, the Aussie dollar has clawed back a large percentage of the value it lost last year, in spectacular fashion. All this means that now is a great time for overseas travel with many fares below 50% of what they were a year ago. Last December, fares began to ease but the AUD was also falling. Now, we have a strong dollar and cheaper air fares.

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down a deposit on a limited release north-facing prestige block, and with plans for their architectdesigned three bedroom home already well under way, they expect to move into Seachange early next year. “When we first visited Seachange the country club had not yet been built,” said Peter, a retired businessman in his mid50s. “But when we went back again we found the club finished and open and it was obvious the village now offered everything we could ever need. “We were so impressed by the size, facilities and quality of the country club, it more than lived up to the plans and the artist’s impressions we were shown on our first inspection of the village.” The couple said a few key issues prompted them to look at a change in lifestyle. “Number one Gold Coast was security,” said Peter. P.O. Box 1237 TWEED HEADS NSW 2485 “Travel is big on our agenda as we have five children, four scattered all Email: over Australia and Belgium. “It will be really good to just lock the front door and know we won’t need 2 Day Lismore Jan 6 $220 house sitters for the pool 2 Day Toowoomba Jan 8 $265 and garden and to keep 2 Day Suncoast Dec 21 $260 burglars at bay, every2 Day Grafton Dec 30 $270 thing will be taken care of. 3 Day Hervey Bay Jan 10 $450 Peter said Seachange Vil3 Day South Burnett Jan 12 $400 lage seemed to have 3 Day Goondiwindi Dec 30 $400 thought of everything, 3 Day Gympie Jan 5 $410 including its own U3A 4 Day Coffs Harbour Dec 28 $580 learning for pleasure cam4 Day Monto- Cania Jan 3 $600 pus. 4 Day Bundaberg Dec 27 $650 “I’m going to take up 5 Day Great South East Jan 10 $995 bowls and I’m also look5 Day Port Macquarie Dec 26 $795 ing forward to using the 5 Day Western Downs Dec 29 $850 25 metre heated lap pool


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Law, Finance & YOU Do you really need to plan for your retirement? MOST of us expect to retire one day, yet few of us really think about the impact of retirement on our financial security. This is surprising, considering that we could spend a third of our lives as retirees. Whether retirement is still several years away or

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longer you’ll spend outside of the workforce without your regular income. As a result, you’ll need to have more money put aside to support yourself throughout those additional years. So how do you make sure you’ll have enough money to fund your welldeserved retirement? Smart and timely planning! A sound financial plan can be your first step to a secure financial future. Among other things, a plan details how much you should put aside now in order to achieve your desired lifestyle in retirement. Your finances are then structured so that this level of saving is achievable. With a secure financial future, you’ll be able to have the kind of retirement lifestyle you’ve always wanted. There are many issues

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WITH National Stroke Awareness Week 14 Sept to 20 Sept, what better time to acknowledge the good work of the non-profit Gold Coast Stroke Support Group. The Gold Coast Stroke Support Group is an affiliate

member of both the National Stroke Foundation and the Stroke Association of Qld Inc. It was formed in 1997 when the need to formalise meetings of stroke survivors and their families was acknowledged. One of the main driving forces behind the Gold Coast Stroke Support Group has been chairman and coordinator Colin Oxenford. Colin experienced a major stroke in 1992 at age 51, just two months after his father had died from a stroke. Mr Oxenford Senior had suffered his stroke early one morning and passed away several hours later. Colin’s mother, Dorrie, now 94, also had a stroke several years ago, with Colin now her full-time carer. The Gold Coast Stroke Support Group, which has no government funding, meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the rear of Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, cnr Nerang and High Streets, Southport. Start time is 11am, with everyone (stroke survivors; carers; families; interested general public) welcome to come along. Knowledgeable guest speakers form a part of the meetings. Morning tea is available from 10.30am (gold coin donation appreciated) and socialising is encouraged. Two generous sponsors of the Gold Coast Stroke Support Group are Somerville Funerals, which provides finger-food luncheons after meetings, five times a year, and NORCO MILK. Gold Coast Stroke Support Group is an authorized recipient of NORCO MILK’s Community Cash Caps program, and NORCO MILK also donates raffle prizes to the Group. Colin Oxenford, who has been presented with several community awards for his work with the Gold Coast Stroke Support Group, is a firm believer in working toward a better quality of life for stroke survivors and that “your health is your wealth”. The National Stroke Foundation emphasises that “Stroke is a brain attack - prevention is the key”. Colin can be contacted on 5531-3254; mobile 0400 849 573; email:

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are present but go away within 24 hours, the term TIA is used. The causes and symptoms of a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) are similar to those of a stroke. TIA episodes usually last only a few minutes but may last for several hours. They generally disappear quickly and, unfortunately, are often ignored.

Just like a stroke, a TIA will require emergency treatment. About 1 in 5 people who have a TIA will have a major stroke within the next three months and a large part of the risk occurs in the first few days. TIA, therefore, should never be ignored. The new FAST campaign will be launched during

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Can KinKare Help You? KinKare is a not-for-profit community organisation that has been working since 2002 to assist relative carers, particularly grandparents, who find themselves with the responsibility of bringing up grandchildren. Based in south-east Queensland, its aims are to assist relatives and their loved ones to meet their everyday needs; to promote community awareness and government understanding of this new family phenomenon; raise issues of concern; seek solutions and keep abreast of legislation

and family assistance. KinKare is auspiced through Connect the Coast Association Inc. and has representation on the Council of Grandparents. Many relative carers keep informed through KinKare’s

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Gulf to Gulf - Trek of a Lifetime NO matter how you look at it, Jeff Johnson’s lone trek from Spencer Gulf in South Australia to the southern end of the Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland was an amazing feat (no pun intended). Jeff (pictured) was 66 and “fit as a mallee bull” when he started out from Port Augusta on 5 April 2007, after 12 months of research and planning. Some 2500 kilometres and 151 days later, Jeff arrived at the Gulf town of Karumba. You might be asking, “Why would someone walk 2500 kms when they could, well, fly?” Jeff Johnson is an affable Aussie bloke—”something of a hermit”—with a keen interest in all things technical, including navigation and communication, as well as the bush. The trek idea came to Jeff after he heard about a grandmother who, with friends, had cycled the same south/ north route Jeff then walked. Jeff figured that if a grandmother could cycle the route with backup vehicles, he could walk it, alone. Jeff had, after all, already ‘beachwalked’ six hundred kilometres from the NSW-Queensland border to Gladstone, camping in the dunes. But there was more than just the challenge of the trek behind Jeff’s adven-

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IN June and July next year, South Africa will be the centre of the world’s attention when it hosts soccer’s World Cup. Prices will inevitably rise and accommodation will be difficult to secure. However, Maverick Travel has been able to secure accommodation shortly after the World Cup finishes. But, more importantly, at prices similar to this year. This makes Maverick’s ‘African Experience’ personally escorted group tour the bargain tour of 2010. Not only will the tour cost be similar to the 2009 cost but, with virtually all of the sightseeing included in the base cost, there won’t be any need to buy expensive

‘optional’ tours along the way, as is the case with many other tours. But this 18 day “African Experience” tour is more than great value; it is unique, as it is also one of the most comprehensive tours of South Africa, visiting parts of the country largely ignored by the larger tour operators. This is the “real” South Africa that very few tourists ever get to see ! The tour is the perfect combination of game viewing, history, scenery and cultural experiences. Some of the more unusual areas visited include, the “Wild Coast”, The Drakensberg Mountains, the Zulu Battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana, as well as Ladysmith – site of one of the most famous sieges of the Boer War. However, the more frequently visited areas have not been ignored, as the tour also includes Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Zululand, Hluhluwe N. P., Swaziland, The Blyde River Canyon and Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. Whilst the tour is one of the most diverse tours available, Maverick Travel realises that most visitors to Africa want to see the animals and this is where they excel - all of

the 6 game drives are done in open-top Landrovers, not enclosed mini vans. This allows the participants to get much closer to the wildlife. In fact, 4 of the 6 game drives are done at the legendary Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park. Here the vehicles are allowed to traverse the vast expanse of land belonging to Sabi Sabi, not being restricted to roads and tracks. Such freedom allows the rangers to actually “track” the wild animals in their natural habitat – a truly unique experience that cannot be replicated in the National Parks. The 2010 tour departs on 05 August and, as with all Maverick Travel group tours, the total number of participants will be restricted to a maximum of 30. If you think that you may be interested in joining the tour, you will need to act quickly, as the increased interest in South Africa that will come with the World Cup will mean that this tour will sell very quickly. To reserve your place on the 2010 tour, please contact Maverick Travel now, on Ph: 07 3355 3700, or travel@maverick

Bali Bargains THE number of Australians visiting Bali is on the rise. The first half of 2009 saw an increase of 37 percent to 180,686 tourists visiting the favoured holiday destination. The Bali Bureau of Statistics advises that overall the number of foreign tourists visiting Bali increased by 10 percent in the first half of the year to 1.07 million over the same period of last year. Australian tourists numbered the most, followed by Japan with 154,071 tourists and China with 97,930. The sharp rise in visitors from Australia has been driven largely by low-cost carriers delivering extra capacity and budget-conscious travellers choosing the best value destinations to make their holiday dollars stretch as far as possible. Bali can be a wonderfully affordable place to visit but has the benefit of still offering holidaymakers a vast array of accommodation, dining and entertainment choices. The island has some 35,000 rooms ranging from low-budget motels to 5-star hotels and resorts scattered around major tourist areas. Private villas are an increasingly popular ac-

commodation option in Bali. Advantages include greater privacy, the opportunity to cater for oneself, a more homely feel, more space and better value for money for groups and families. Many villas are also equipped with private pools and offer a butler service. Bali villas are available throughout hot spots like Seminyak, Jimbaran, Ubud, Sanur, and Nusa Dua. Travellers Choice has

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Flying high at Coolum ONE of Australia’s largest kite festivals will see the skies over Coolum Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast transform into a kaleidoscope of colour. The 9th annual IGA Coolum Kite Festival, which is expected to attract over 40,000 people to its spectacular beach setting, will be held from October 3-4. The vibrant event, which has grown in popularity over the years, will attract some of the best national and international kite flyers who will showcase their impressive skills over the two days. Kites of all shapes and sizes will be on display including some massive character and theme-based kites and spectators will also have the opportunity to participate in a series of windsock, kite and lanternmaking workshops. There will be plenty of action in the water too, with a number of top quality kite surfing demonstrations on all weekend. The 2009 festival will feature 60 top kite

surfers battling the waves in one of Australia’s biggest downwind events, the ‘Off the Lip’ kite surfing challenge. The weekend festival is not just about kites, there will be plenty of fireworks, roving performers, food and market stalls, night-time skydiving and sand sculptures as well as a kids zone with loads of activities for children of all ages. IGA Coolum Kite Festival President, Gem Lewis says that the skies will be alive with the spectacular array of kites during the day and the evening program will provide a diverse range of entertainment by moonlight, including fantastic live bands.” We are really excited about the high calibre of international kite flyers at this year’s event and are confident that the festival will continue to attract the rave reviews it has received in the past from the thousands of visitors who make the pilgrimage down the beach to the

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lights with a series of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In Buenos Aires, you’ll find yourself swaying to sultry Latin rhythms in a traditional Tango House, and you’ll enjoy a fiesta of horse riding, dancing, singing and feasting with a friendly posse of Argentinean Gauchos at their estancia. In Peru, you’ll journey back to the Spanish colonial heydays of Cuzco and even further to the ancient Incan icon of Machu Picchu. Take a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines and view the magnificent wildlife of Ballestas Island. Travelling deep into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, one of the absolute highlights will undoubtedly be your threeday cruise on the historic MV Arapaima. Carrying only 40 passengers, Amazon experiences just don’t get any more authentic. While the facilities are relatively simple, all the essentials are in place – air-conditioning, private ensuites and plenty of deck chairs and hammocks where you can relax and observe Amazon villages and life on the

river. After the natural wonders of the Amazon, the hedonistic lifestyle of Rio de Janiero will come as something of a culture shock. Feeding on raw energy, Rio is an eclectic mix of beach culture, stunning scenery and pulsating samba rhythms. Finishing on a ‘natural high’, the last stop on this magical mystery tour is Iguassu Falls, where you’ll experience the awesome power of the worlds most spectacular waterfall from every possible angle. Travel Masters’ 28-day fully escorted tour de-

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Bungunyah Manor Resort (circa 1882) is set amongst 2 acres of lush gardens on the highest point of Tamborine Mountain. Enjoy warm hospitality and old-world charm, with spacious Victorian themed Saturday - 20 September suites with air-conditioning and&an OctoberThe 2008 open gas25fireplace. resort also has swimming pool, sauna and tennis court.

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21st—30th Sept 2009 Your opportunity to see some of Australia’s most beautiful gardens, as well as the Canberra Floriade Festival. Also: Australian Cotton Centre, Japanese Garden, the beautiful Blue Mountains, Bowral Tulip Festival, Australian War Memorial, & the Hunter Valley Gardens.

6th—8th November 2009 This world-renowned festival celebrates the hundreds of lilac-blossomed trees which grow in Grafton's broad tree lined avenues. Tour highlights include the Grand Parade, Squatters Rest Museum, Yamba and the Clarence River Visitor Centre. $595 p/p twin share

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Travel to Tamworth for the largest country music festival in the southern hemisphere, and see the 'who's who' of country music. With more than 2,000 events held in over 130 venues there is something for everyone!

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is returning to Sydney by popular demand. Themed “Celebrating 60 Years of Valour, Mateship & Glory” between the Australian and British Defence Forces, this spectacle with 1500 performers is not one to be missed. Book now!

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News from THE TWEED L-R: Velda Barnaart, John and Dawn Leigh, Norman Armstrong and Daphne Jones - all of Tweed Heads enjoying the free coffee ‘n’ biscuits at Twin Towns prior to the popular Morning Melodies concert. The friends enjoy the shows immensely and attend whenever possible.

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THE Murwillumbah branch of Richmond-Tweed Regional Library and Tweed Shire Council will host a light-hearted new project in October: the Tweed Shire’s first Living Library. Individuals in the local community will be invited to come forward and nominate themselves—to become book! The Living Books choose a title for themselves such as Tea Grower, Professional Athlete, Filipino Migrant, Indigenous Australian or Adoptee, then they tell their story to another person—called a Book ‘Borrower’—sharing their experiences in a safe environment in an informal one-on-one 30-minute session. The Books are simply asked to be themselves. The Living Library project was founded in Denmark by the Danish youth non-government organisation “Stop the Violence”, as a means to increasing understanding between cultural groups. It has been taken up around the world and Lismore launched the first of its kind in Australia in November 2006. The success of the Lismore Living Library project led to funding by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in 2007 to develop a National Living Library Strategy: Living Libraries Australia. For further information about Living Libraries visit Area Librarian Jo Carmody said the project’s goal was to strengthen community, democracy and social justice through celebrating and promoting diversity, encouraging understanding and respect, breaking down barriers and building bridges, and challenging stereotypes and prejudices. “We are hoping we may get some great living books as the Tweed is full of interesting people from all walks of life, with exciting and interesting stories to tell about their lives and experiences,” Ms Carmody said. To register your interest to volunteer as a Living Book please visit the library website at to download a form, or alternatively application forms will be available at the library or Council offices. If you would prefer a copy sent to you by mail, please contact Pamela Veness on (02) 6670-2674. If you know someone who has a good story to tell, please encourage them to become a Living Book.

‘THE Hair Shack’ offers cuts, colours, perms, facial waxing and tinting – and all for a price you can afford! Located on Machinery Drive, Tweed South, ‘The Hair Shack’ caters to all your beauty needs with three fully qualified staff. Liz, Jackie and Wendy will deliver the style you want with efficient, friendly service – and all for an affordable price! ‘The Hair Shack’ is offering discounted hair cuts and perms to seniors who come in on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – you pay only $15 for a cut and $53 for a perm! These special offers aren’t the only bargains available. ‘The Hair Shack’ is offering fantastic deals on all your hairy needs, from foils and cuts to facial waxing, eyelash tinting and facials! High-quality shampooing sets are also available for $22. Don’t miss out on these great specials! With easy parking, friendly service and a great location opposite Tweed City Shopping Centre, ‘The Hair Shack’ is open from 9am-5pm weekdays and 9am-3pm on Saturdays. Come in and see our friendly staff, or book an appointment by contacting ‘The Hair Shack’ on (07) 5524 6188 today!

News from THE TWEED Twin Towns Seniors Social Club

Twin Towns Euchre & 500 Club

THE Twin Towns Seniors Social Club meet on the 2nd Monday of the month in the Anzac Room, Twin Towns. We have 2 bus trips per month including morning tea & lunch. Doors open 9.00 am. New Members phone Ursula 07 5576 3785. 28th September, Toowoomba and Surrounds, Lunch at the City Golf Club. Depart Tweed City 7.00 am. Inc m/tea. Members $ 30.00. Non Members $ 45.00. 5th October, Strawberry Fields, Palmview. Lunch BYO BBQ plus Strawberries and Cream. Depart Tweed City 7.30 am Qld times, 8.30 am NSW time. Tickets are sold at the meeting. Surplus tickets, if any, are available to Non-members after the monthly meeting. $45.00 Phone Dot 07 5590 9301. October only the meeting will be on 3rd Monday, 19th October in the Anzac Room Twin Towns.

EUCHRE & 500 is played at Club Banora weekly. 500 is played on a Tuesday evening at 7pm and Euchre is played on a Thursday evening at 7pm. Visitors and new players are always welcome at our games. Come along and join in with our group of happy players. Monthly tournaments are organised, some are played on the Coast and others are played in Brisbane. If you would like further information please contact Pat Lesina on 5534 6188

Aged Care Facility Approval

IT has been reported in Tweed Shire Council’s Tweed Link that a 200-unit aged care facility has been approved on a 3.5 hectare site with frontage to Pearl and Kingscliff Streets in Kingscliff. The $61 million three-storey retirement village development will feature 171 two-bedroom units and 29 three-bedroom units. Four dwellings and an RSL hall PLAYING Cards can be a very enjoyable social activ- will be demolished to make way for the development, ity for people of all ages and particularly for retired which will be built in stages. seniors. New friendships may be formed, pleasant times shared and mental faculties enhanced. Daytime games of Five Hundred and Euchre are provided at the friendly Tweed Heads Bowls Club on the corner of Florence and Wharf Sts, Tweed Heads. On Mondays Euchre is played from 10 am to 12.15 pm and Five Hundred is played from1.30 pm to 4pm with players being asked to arrive 20 minutes earlier (NSW times). New players are most welcome. Come along and enjoy yourselves. For enquiries, phone Reception on 07 55363800 or Dennis Freeman on 07 55241117. TWEED ValleyMurwillumbah National Servicemens Association N.S.W. (inc) meet every month on the 3rd TuesFRIBROMYALGIA, M.E. and Chronic Fatigue Syn- day at 10-15am at the drome Support Group, Tweed Heads, meets at 10.45am Murwillumbah Services at South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Drive, Club. Tweed Heads South on the first Friday of every month. For more details phone For more infomation phone Peter Neumann on Bronwyn on 5593 9319 or Pamela on 5513 1126. Assisting People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 07 5590 5467 or 0421 247 Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia 085.

Not Just a House but a Home

Wommin Bay Village “It’s not just a house but a home” is a 70 bed facility comprising of low-care beds. As part of the 70 there is a ten bed dementia specific area and we age in place if able to meet residents needs adequately. We also provide three respite rooms for the community. Wommin Bay Village is set in spacious grounds near the beach in Kingscliff. There are 6 houses or residences. All houses vary in size from 8-15 rooms and have a communal kitchen, lounge and dining room in each house. All the rooms are single rooms with ensuites. Accommodation can be made for a married couple. Services include 24hr staff, choice of medical practitioner, visiting podiatrist, visiting physiotherapist, newspaper delivery, visiting hair dresser, personal care and help with medications as well as laundry and room servicing. Catering: All food is prepared fresh in our kitchen, this includes homely baked dinners and scrumptious scones with jam and cream. No precooked food. There is also a full time Activities Director who plans lots of outings and activities.

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IF you have a pet or would love a pet then October 9 is the ‘pawfect’ time to show your love for all things animal. Happy Tails Day is a celebration of the animals that make our lives better and this year the RSPCA has the perfect pin-up pooch to be the 2009 Happy Tails Day ambassador. Rusty (pictured) was purchased from a pet shop. He was kept outdoors, was rarely walked and his coat was very matted when he came to the RSPCA. He was surrendered because his owners were moving and pets weren’t allowed. It’s a sad and all too common tale. A clip, a wash and some TLC and it wasn’t long before the RSPCA was able to match Rusty with the perfect adoptive family. He is now living it up and getting all the love and care he deserves. Just look at him now! All money raised from Happy Tails Day helps the RSPCA care for animals just like Rusty. You can help by purchasing your Happy Tails Day merchandise during September and October either from the RSPCA or from one of their retail partners: BigW, newsXpress, Hill’s Vets, Bendigo Bank and Peter Alexander.

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Enjoy panoramic uninterrupted water and hinterland views from this completely rebuilt 2BR residence located in quiet park on northern end of Gold Coast. Features include new two-pac kit & appls, new bathroom, carpets, light fittings, 2 car spaces, verandah and garden shed. Ideal for retirement or holiday getaway. Photos available. Sorry, no dogs allowed. Cost: $130,000.00 Inspect by appointment Phone owner on 5528 9073 or 0417 723 564.

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Beautiful well presented 3 bedroom home overlooking Brisbane River , open plan dining & lounge plus much more, lots of facilities in this secure over 50’s Village close to transport and shop’s 1 hour from Gold Coast.

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THE Southport Embroiderers Guild will hold an Exhibition of Guild Members’ work called “Threads that Bind” from 29th October until 1st November at the Southport Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild of Queensland at Dr. John Corbett House, Owen Park Mick Veivers Way (off Queen St) Southport. There will be a special display of embroidery and patchwork with a sales table of embroidered/ handmade including Christmas items. Doors will be open from 10am-4pm daily and 10am-2pm Sunday and admission is free.


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and bake it for a few minutes. It can be a nuisance to clean hard-toget-to gaps, such as between the fridge and a wall. Try attaching a cardboard roll from aluminium foil or plastic wrap to the vacuum cleaner hose, then flatten the end of the roll enough to allow it to fit into the gap. This should clear the dust. To clean grouting, use a toothbrush or nail brush with dry bicarbonate of soda or a strong solution of Epsom salts. To treat tea stains, hold under running hot tap water to flush out the tea, if fabric permits. On carpets, gently sponge with warm water to which a tablespoon of borax has been added.

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TO freshen bedding that is difficult to wash, place it in a large, strong plastic bag. Insert the vacuum cleaner nozzle in the neck of the bag; gather the plastic tightly around the nozzle and turn the cleaner on. This helps get dust and mites out of pillows, wool underlays and sleeping bags. Placing an onion in the freezer for about 5 - 8 minutes before peeling and chopping it helps avoid teary eyes. Use less detergent when washing dishes by adding ½ cup white vinegar to the water. The vinegar also cuts grease. Unpleasant odours left behind by oven cleaner will disappear if you put some orange peel on an oven tray

Having trouble selling your house, unit, villa or relocatable home? If you are ... Consider this, one of our readers may very well want to buy it! You can now advertise your home in the Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspapers’ NEW Property Section. A one-off discounted outlay of $110.00 inc. GST gives you a (4cm x 6.5cm) sized advertisement - over 4 editions. Approximately 50 words. Post advertisements to Property Section, Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper, PO Box 1062, Tewantin. Qld. 4565 by the 26th of each month prior. Conditions apply: This discounted offer is only available to our ‘Senior readers’. Private adverts only. The $110.00 must be paid for by cheque, money order or by credit card prior to advertisements appearing. (No refunds given on this discounted rate.)

HOME & GARDEN Local Potters Exhibit Their Craft

THE Gold Coast Potters’ Association is currently running its Annual Members’ Exhibition at their gallery at Benowa. The official opening by Councillor Susie Douglas took place on Friday, September 4, followed by the presentation of prize winners by judge Suvira MacDonald. The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the end of the exhibition and visitors are encouraged to place their vote. Established in 1977, the Gold Coast Potters’ Association promotes pottery as a traditional craft and art form through teaching, demonstrations and exhibitions for students, hobbyists, professionals and the wider community, offering classes at their workshops at Benowa and Mudgeeraba. Classes are designed for the hobby enthusiast and offer an atmosphere of relaxation and fun, giving students the opportunity to escape from the out-

Judge Suvira MacDonald with Overall Winner Di Buckland and her entry Broadwater Sails

side world for a few hours. Learning how to handle clay by slab, coil and wheel, the emphasis is on teaching the student to make whatever they would like to, using the beauty and adaptability of clay as a medium. Exhibitions are held at The Potters Place, Benowa in the original Benowa Post Office building which was moved

to site in 1992. The Old Post Office Gallery (now Clay Art Benowa Gallery) opened in October 1997, exhibiting for sale works by current members. The gallery has been restored to provide a wonderful exhibition space for any and all interested art groups on or around the Gold

Coast. The 2009 Members’ Exhibition is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm until September 27, at the Clay Art Benowa Gallery, corner Ashmore Road and Carrara Street, Benowa. For further information phone 07 5539 2502 or see w w w.goldcoast

Succulent & Bromeliad Soc Inc. THE Gold Coast Succulent & Bromeliad Soc. Inc presents The Annual Show, display, competition and plant sales to be held at Helensvale Community Centre, 31 Discovery Drive, Helensvale (opposite the bowls club and adjoining the Baptist Church), on Saturday 24th from 8am to 2.30pm. Entry $2 (members and children free), refreshments included. For further information phone Secretary Narelle on 5546 1161.

Gold Coast City Jazz Club Inc

THE Gold Coast City Jazz Club presents The Wizard and Oz. Andrew Farrell The Wizard – on Piano and David McMillan- Oz on Guitar and Vocals. On Monday 5th October 2009 at 7pm at the Southport Yacht Club, Macarthur Parade, Main Beach. Bookings on (07) 5564 0426.

Editorial Deadline October edition deadline - Sept 30th, 2009

Gold Coast Machine Knitting Club

OUR knitting club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 9am at the Girl Guide Hut, Taliban St. Burleigh Heads. We are a friendly club with demonstrations on two of our club machines which are Passap, Brother or Singer machines which is both helpful to new knitters and experienced machine knitters. For more information please phone Joy RECENT surveys of home sellers and buyers 50 years to sell and move into accommodation that is more on 5535 4418.

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of age and older revealed some surprising insights. For instance, nearly half of surveyed seniors made the internet part of their home selling process, while more than two thirds of them used the internet in their home buying search. This clearly demonstrates that people born before the digital age are far more computer savvy than they’re sometimes given credit for. Even more surprising may be that the majority of seniors did not relocate to some distant destination, but instead kept close to home, with a quarter moving less than 25 klms away from their old neighbourhood and over half staying within 12 klms of it. As you plan for retirement or semi-retirement, what’s your next move? Is it in the same town or to another state? Is it in a country town or in a beachside community? Will it be a house or in an active over 55 community? There are so many choices available today! As Active Adults become less agile, many will have to engage in substantial home modification or be prepared

suitable for their future needs. House maintenance and costs can become an issue. Even though none of us has a crystal ball for what lies ahead it’s important to put some forward thinking in place to prepare for your future needs. As a Real Estate Agent on the Gold Coast, I have been helping my clients for many years in buying and selling their homes, and my success comes from my strong dedication to my clients. As part of our ongoing commitment we have just launched our new Seniors Real Estate Website where you will find many helpful and interesting articles as well as a useful Resource Centre. We invite you to visit our website at: If you are considering selling or buying a property, please feel free to call me at anytime. Real Estate Real Easy, Alexandra Hocking Mobile 0403 048 089 or Office 07 5522 5829.

Ah, those were the days SOMEONE asked the other day, ‘What was your favourite fast food when you were growing up?’ ‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’ I informed him. ‘All the food was slow.’ ‘C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?’ ‘It was a place called ‘at home,’’ I explained. ‘Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’ By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it. Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis , set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card. My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed (slow). We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 19. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went

off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people. I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line. Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was. All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers —my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. He had to get up at 6.00am every morning. Film stars kissed with their mouths shut.. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive. If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing! Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?

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Heat on for Poetry Slam!

THE competition is heating up for the Australian Poetry Slam, an exciting and electric live event where the audience is the judge. A number of slam heats and workshops have already taken place but will still happen on Friday, 11 Sept in Brisbane; Saturday, 19 Sept, Logan, and Tuesday, 22 Sept, Moreton Bay Region. Heat winners will move on to compete in state finals at the State Library of Queensland on Saturday 17 October. Queensland’s top two slam poets will then slug it out for the coveted title of Australian Slam Poet 2009 and $10,000 in cash and prizes at the National finals in Sydney. Slam originated in mid-80s Chicago when construction worker and poet Marc ‘So What’ Smith gathered poets in a jazz bar to perform his new creation. The slam scene in Queensland is now recognised as one of the most vibrant in the world. The first big slam was held by the Queensland Poetry Festival in 2006. It built on the monthly slams that had been happening in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast since 2005, hosted by Queensland’s premier performance poetry collective, ouTsideRs. Slam is open to all people and all forms of poetry including verse, comic, hip hop, spoken word monologues, beat and any other style imaginable. Each poet gets two minutes to read one of his/her own poems: the poet may not use props or musical instruments—just themselves, slamming their words to a live audience. For further information, please visit the State Library of Queensland website: or email: publicprograms

Mermaid Beach VIEW Club Luncheon MERMAID Beach View Club hold their monthly luncheon on the 4th.Monday of each month at the picturesque Southport Golf Club in Slatyer Avenue, Bundall, commencing at 11.00am. New Members and visitors are cordially invited to our next Luncheon Meeting on Monday, 28th September. We have a superb served, sit-down hot meal, fol-

lowed by sweets & tea/coffee. Our guest speaker for September is Leticia who will enlighten us with information on ‘Volunteering The Gold Coast’. Please phone bookings to Jillian on 0755 380 594. View Clubs are an important part of The Smith Family & Learning for Life.


FREE 4 SALE CLASSIFIEDS AB KING PRO exercise equipment $75.00 Ph 0411 350 104 AKAI PLAYER/ vcr tape player and recorder with auto tracking record programming timer and multi speed play. image pause and channel display. remote control.good condition $25. ph 5568 0540. AGED CARE CHAIR pressure reducing leather adjustable back & legs on wheels with brakes $100. Ph 5534 5896 or 0425 335265 BACK MASSAGER Dr Scholl’s 12v massager. Use in car while driving. Plugs into cigarette lighter. Has 2 different massage zones with a sliding control (from high to low). Also has a heat button. New condition. Only $25. Ph 5522 6940 BAR STOOLS 2 walnut coloured timber with black cushioned upholstery 71cm high (round seats) Robina Ph 5578 8983 BEAUTIFUL tree fern, trunk height about one metre, $50 - ph 5538 5218 BEDSPREAD double/queen, blue padded with floral pattern, frill around bottom, cost $600 sell$100.00 ph 0422 921 177 BED Double Ensemble posturepedic VGC hardly used $265 Ph: 5520 4317 after 7.30pm or 0417 628 461 BED Double divan, pillow top mattress as new ret $2,000+ AM Beard Supreme $500. Ph 5578 9419. BED COUCH perfect condition $500. Ph 5572 9083. BENCH with vice attached solid wood. 90cm x 196cm $250 Ph 5599 9948 BICYCLE Mens ‘Malvern Star’ 16gears, very good condition $75 (with free helmet) Robina Ph 5578 8983 BICYCLE ladies old style back pedal brake and mud guards ok condition with pump & helmet $45 Tweed heads Ph 5599 4698 BOAT TRAILER very good condition $250 Ph 5572 9083 BOOKS - Furniture and toy making. Perfect condition $60 Ph 5599 9948 BOSS BRAND Man’ suit, dark brown with pin stripes fit large to med, never worn $250 Ph 0449 889 233. B.B.Q 4 burner gas barbeque with gas bottle $100.00 Ph. 0411350104 BARBEQUE 6’ long table or for students’ desk, collapsible legs each end for foldaway great for garden party outside, $40. Ex real estate desk vinyl covered & 3 drawers. $69. Ph 5563 2595 BUFFET excellent condition, lattice doors, 4 drawers,$250 tel;

5577 1971 mobile;0416 609 376 CANON printer & scanner S200SPx printer & flatbed scanner. Both near-new condition. in original boxes. Includes manuals, disks, ink cartridges. $40 Ph 5522-6940 COMPUTER Lap Top just been reconditioned so is as good as new $400.00 Ph 0411 350 104 COUCH 3 seater Linen fabric feather cushions beigh colour Hand made specially VGC $255 Ph 55204 317 after 7.30pm or 0417 628 461 CANON BJC 1000SP printer, complete with all leads, manual & cartridges, as new condition. $35 Ph 5524 3223 CABINET Style Sony Stereogram excellent condition $250 Ph 5596 0785 COLOUR PRINTER Lexmark L511 new unused $50 Ph 5563 9948 COMPUTER DESK on wheels large multi level $50 Ph 5534 5896 or 0425 335265 CRAFT TOYS & CHRISTMAS GIFTS Various items from 50c to $25. Ph 5563 8019 or 0415 562 628 DESK 72cm x 162cm Perfect condition tradesmen built $80 Ph 5599 9948 DVD’s 193 assorted $100 the lot. Ph 5563 9948 DOUBLE STEEL frames adjustable ed, good order , new value $2,300 sell $500Ph 5524 1739 DRAM POT thermo/cooker or cooler non electrical great for caravans, camping, travelling, boating picnics, plus recipes used twice $100 Ph 5564 1160 DRIP COFFEE MACHINE Sunbeam 12 cup Dig, brand sew still in box $50 Ph 5593 9619 ELECTRIC LIFT CHAIR brown mat VGC $300 Ph 5599 3381. FLAT SCREEN MONITOR 19" Asus MM19TE Brand new RRP $489 Sell $200 Ph 0488 077 602 FLOOR LAMP. Lovely large unique cream coloured silk/ shantung scalloped shade with tassels. Timber pedestal. $55. Ph 5522-6940 FISH TANK, length 62cms, height 36cms, width 30cms, plus timber stand, filter and lighting, $200 Phone 07 5559 5803 FLOOR TILES 400 x 400mm Paris Queen colour 2 boxes $25 Ph 5593 9619 FRIDGE $100 single door ideal unit single person bar. 425 ltrs Ph 5591 5826 or 0437 125 308 FOOT SPA foot vibrator works well $20 Ph 5532 9491 GARDEN SHED mew (in box) spanbilt cream 3m x 1.2m x 1.8m cost $650 selling $450 Ph 0401 006 309

FREE for sale classifieds Please submit FREE classifieds only by post, fax or email to our office by 30th of each month. (No adverts will be accepted over the telephone.) Conditions apply: Free For Sale classifieds are for individual advertisers only. No business adverts accepted. Three adverts per household are allowed each month. Please print the first word of your classified in capitals, and the rest of the advert should be in lower case. All adverts must be accompanied by the name, address and phone number of the person placing the advertising. The Publisher reserves the right to decline, alter or amend any advertisement. Each advert is for one insertion, but the Publisher reserves the right to run the adverts for longer. POST your adverts to: ‘GCT Free 4 Sale,’ Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper, P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565. FAX adverts to: 5474 4975 EMAIL: free4sale@seniorsnews (All emailed adverts must be in lower case, except for the first word, which should be in capitals.)

GOLF clubs, bag all Taylor Made, top grade, graphite shafts, men’s senior, cost over $2000 excellent condition $500 Ph 5527 8363 GOLF CLUBS $40 Ph 5502 3036 GOLF CLUBS full set graphite shafts with bag $500 Ph 5572 9083 GREEN PLASTIC interlocking garden edging, 4 metres in each box. $10 per box. ph 5538 5218 HOPPER FRAME for individual with walking restrictions $15 Ph 5596 0785 IPOD brand new ex gift still in box Ipod Nando white $125. Ph 5591 5826 or 0437 125 308 IRONING TABLE with iron stand $10 Ph 5532 9491. JAP Foot Massager elec, various speeds on acupressure points with placement of feet. Top range , try before buy $399 now $250 Ph 5563 2595 JANOME fm725 felting machine new in box. first needle punch machine !! no thread. no bobbin. no limits. $299 or reasonable offer. ph 5591 8148 mob 0400 140 987 JASON RECLINER CHAIR Slightly worn on arms $150 .Ph 5593 9619 JOLLY JUMPER. for baby, as new $30.00 ph 0422 921 177 KARCHER K2 pressure cleaner, hardly used, excellent condition, all fittings intact $110. Burleigh Waters ph 5520 0792 KAYAK, bright yellow almost new used twice, 1 paddle, 1 set transporter wheels $450 the lot Ph 5599 5536 KEROSENE HEATER hardly used $15 Ph 5596 0785 KNEEBOARD Flashpoint. 3 fin 5ft9x2ft perfect for seniors, easy ride. Soft knee pads. EC ONO S130 Ph 0405 914 677. Burleigh KING SIZE BEDHEAD Versace style, fully upholstered grey damask. Absolutely beautiful. First to see will buy $180 Ph 0488 077 602 KROSNOW PUNCH BOWL set 8 cups, Ladle and lid ex cond $50 .Ph 5593 9619 LADIES BOWLS CLOTHING size 16 – 18 made in Australia Various items, various prices Ph 5524 2241 LOUNGE SUITE Bargain $75 2 seater Lounge + Recliner + Chair + Pouffe Excellent condition Ph 5520 4241 LINE TRIMMER 240v 350w with 2 bump feed spools as new $35Molendinar Ph LP RECORDS (50) perfect condition classical, pop, jazz etc $2.50 each or $60 the lot. Ph 5562 0886 MASSAGER breville, 2 speed 4 attachments, as new, instructions and original box. $30. ph 0422 921 177 MOBILE TELEPHONE motorola a seniors phone with case & new batt as new $25 Molendinar ph 55645558 MAESTRO Bowls 1 set size 2 Heavy, good condition $60. Ph: 5524 2241 MATRESS Queen size pillow top good condition $45. Ph 5534 9316 MONITOR (Screen) 16" for computer 2 speakers, keyboard, mouse $40 Ph 5530 2836. OUTDOOR TABLE & CHAIRS White Coalbrookdale cast iron round table + 2 chairs. Cost $399 Bargain sale $120 Ph 0488 077 602 or 5593 3930 OUTDOOR solid new cane lounge chair $45. Ph 5535 2416 PARMAKER Electric golf buggy had little use excellent condition $300 Ph 5576 2158 PARKER LOUNGE 3 seater 2 single chairs, excellent condition $375 ono. Ph 5500 3968 or 0409 538 031 PATIO SETTING 5 piece (round table1m) cream & apricot mesh upholstery on cream polycane, good condition $50 Robina Ph 5578 8983 QUEEN BED ensemble mahogany with mattress, bed head slat base, ex cond $450 Tweed Heads Ph 0449 889 233 RECLINER CHAIRS 2 x cotton fabric black/white and 1 x suede grey colour GC $55 each Ph 5520 4317 after 7.30pm or 0417 628 461 RECLINING ARM CHAIR

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heard, also performed will be several great orchestral works, including the Carnival Overture; the delightful Humoresque and Slavonic Dance Op 46 No 8 by Dvorak. To complete the program the orchestra will also perform The Moldau (the Tone Poem about the great Moldau River) by the great Czech composer Smetana. For those who feel they truly have the Bohemian spirit, the NRSO will also have you gasping as it performs The Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Concert 1 is at the Gold Coast Arts Centre on Saturday, 10 October, 7.30pm. For bookings phone (07) 5588-4000. Adults: $58.00; concession; $50; groups of ten: $50 each; students: $37.00. Concert 2 is at Seagulls Club, West Tweed Heads on Sunday, 11 October, 3.00pm (NSW); 2.00pm (Qld). Bookings phone (07) 5587-9033. Adults: $42; concession: $37; students: $25; primary students: $5. Friends, Gold and Silver supporters will receive a 10% discount at either venue.

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Free Army Band Concert

THE last Australian Army Band concert for the year will be held on Thursday 26 November at 11.30am, Robina Community Centre, Robina. Entry is free.

Spiritus Ball

Sept @ RQAS

main September exhibition at the Royal Queensland Art Society - Gold Coast until Sept 25, after which ‘Show Biz!’ will take centre stage from Sept 27. Also on show during September will be works by Innes McLeod’s students in the upper Peter Abraham Gallery, and Mal Hodges, Atsuko Shima

featured East Wall artists in the ground-level gallery. Free entry. Art in the Park is on the second Sunday of every month, starting at 8am. On Sunday Sept 27, from 2pm, is the October exhibition Opening and Awards Presentation for ‘Show Biz!’. Drinks and nibbles. Everyone wel-

TOSA THE Theatre Organ Society of Aust (Gold Coast Div) will hold their Musical Afternoon with featured artist David Judd at the Maher Hall, Matilda Street, Burleigh Heads on Sunday 20th September at 2pm. Admission is $8 including tea/coffee. Further details phone Rosa 5575 3295.

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FRIENDS of Opera will screen an Opera every second Sunday of the month. Coffee and biscuits provided plus a very comprehensive program. Bring a sandwich for lunch. Please ring Liz on 5563 2233.

JOIN us for a glamorous evening of fun, friendship and laughter at the Annual Spiritus Ball on Friday 9th October at 6pm at The Dome, Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Drive, Surfers Paradise. Tickets are $50 which includes a 2 course meal and entertainment. For bookings phone Noela or Alex on 5556 6700 by Thursday 1st October. ‘SPRING Fever’ is the and Peter Seaward will be come. Royal Queensland Spiritus – The Anglican Church caring.

Live Music

- 7pm 2nd & last Wednesdays monthly

Opera appreciation

‘Do Re Mi’ Surprise CLOSE to nine million viewers have already seen this March 2009 video clip on YouTube, and possibly double that on telly, but this YouTube novice and TV non-enthusiast has only just set eyes on it—and was gobsmacked! The setting in the clip is Central (train) Station in Antwerp, Belgium at busy 8am. Travellers are bustling to and fro when, out of nowhere, a recording of Julie Andrews singing ‘Do Re Mi’, from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘The Sound of Music’, fills the air. The surprised look on people’s faces is followed by a man, dressed in casual attire, joined by a schoolgirl with back-


- Weds 6.30 & Fridays 7.30p.m.

YOU are invited to attend a Musical Variety Concert by Rhapsody Music Club on Sunday, 27th September, 2009, commencing at 1.30pm in Guardian Angels Hall, Edmund Rice Drive, Ashmore. Our artists this month are:- Ken Fagg – Vocal, Laraine Keogh – Vocal, Carmel Finn – Variety plus. Admission: members $3, visitors $5, young folk to 14 years admitted free, includes light refreshments. A great afternoon of musical entertainment is assured. Enquiries to Barry on 5574 4314 or Roz on 0424 181 444. Artist’s names printed in this advertisement were correct at the time of printing. Changes may be made due to circumstances beyond our control – for this we do apologize.

MUSICIANS and percussionists from all areas are invited to join the Hinterland Community Band. Practise is in the Mudgeeraba Music Centre at 6pm Thursdays. For further enquiries or about hiring the Centre pack, enthusiastically erupting into contact 0435 308 269 or email dance. Before long, more than 200 danc-



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Membership Renewals 1 year $5 3 years $12


Every Friday at 6pm & 8pm Every Sunday - 2 Draws between 3pm - 6pm

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Art Society - Gold Coast, 25 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach. Open daily, Mon-Fri 11am-3pm; Sat/ Sun 9am-5pm. Ph 55920440; email rqasgc@rqas

Free Seniors Cinema

THE next free Seniors Cinema screening at Robina Community Centre, Robina, will be held on Thursday 8 October. Cr Jan Grew will advise the name of the film through her September Division 11 Newsletter.


Seniors Monthly Crossword

ACROSS 1 Make beer or ale 5 Infant 9 Call to mind 13 Droops

August Answers

20 Bone of the forearm 21 Republic in South America 23 Ribbon worm 25 The Lion 26 Nephrite 27 Tides that attain the least height 28 Mountain ridge 29 Solitary 30 Authenticating mark 31 Wood sorrel 32 Place for beehives 35 Honey insect 36 To endure 37 Eccentric shaft 40 Stinking 41 Intrepid 44 Festive occasion 45 Impressed 46 Female rabbits 47 Exclamation of surprise 48 A loom attachment 49 Outer edge 50 Small songbird 51 Statute 52 Teenage lout 53 Trouble 55 Bring civil action against 56 Weirder 59 Label 60 Tree of genus Quercus 61 June 6, 1944 62 To be unwell 64 Fragment 67 Resinous deposit 68 City in NW France 69 Look at amorously 70 11 th letter of the Hebrew

17 River in central Switzerland 18 Off-Broadway theater award 19 6th month of the Jewish calendar

1. Only A Rose (with Anne Ziegler) 2. Along The Road Of Dreams 3. Heavenly Night 4. A Paradise For Two (with Anne Ziegler) 5. In Old Madrid 6. A Brown Bird Singing 7. If You Were The Only Girl In The World (with Anne Ziegler) 8. Pale Moon 9. Serenata 10. The Second Minuet (with Anne Ziegler) 11. Strange Harmony Of Contrasts (Recondita Armonia) 12. Love’s Old Sweet Song (with Anne Ziegler) 13. The English Rose 14. Ideale (My Life’s Ideal) 15. I’ll See You Again (with Anne Ziegler) 16. Indian Summer 17. Star Of My Soul 18. Lover, Come Back To Me (with Anne Ziegler) 19. Song Of Songs 20. Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes 21. Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life (with Anne Ziegler) 22. The Bells Of St. Mary’s 23. Break Of Day 24. We’ll Gather Lilacs (with Anne Ziegler)

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alphabet 71 Reduction in price 73 Primp 74 Upper limb 75 Chatter 76 Hurried 77 Broken fragments 78 Castrated male cat 79 Second son of Adam and Eve 81 Metal 82 Governor in Mogul India 85 Vomit 86 Prejudice 87 Mineral spring 90 Not elegant 92 Massive 94 Fruit of the pine 95 Double curve 96 The villain in Othello 97 Land measure 98 Finishes 99 Small dabbling duck 100 Alcoholic drink 101 Greek goddess of the earth DOWN 1 False god 2 Admirable 3 Therefore 4 Very small 5 Plant science 6 Tolerate 7 Twining stem 8 Affirmative reply 9 Capital of Crete 10 Standard of perfection 11 Compact by pounding 12 Before 13 Collection of Hindu aphorisms 14 On sheltered side 15 Midge 16 Having a sound mind 22 Norse god of winds 24 Suggestive 27 Never 29 Put down 30 Oceans 31 Observation 32 From a distance 33 Lapwing 34 Units 35 Part of verb to be 36 Powdery residue 37 Taxicab 38 Long-sleeved linen vestment 39 Month 41 Enemies 42 Ornamental fabric 43 Consume 44 Desert in E Asia 46 Bit 48 Small boat 50 Enclose in paper 51 Diving bird 52 Bring forth young 54 State in the W. United States 55 Large bag 56 Paradise 57 Enthusiastic 58 Angered 60 Lever for rowing 61 Daybreak 63 Optical device 64 Jamaican popular music 65 Automobile 66 Rotational speed 67 Laboratory 68 Carbonized fuel 69 Toward the mouth 71 Fairy queen 72 Sketched 73 Facet 75 Deride 77 Privateer 78 Strong winds 79 Suspension of breathing 80 East Indian pepper plant 81 Language 82 Pleasing 83 Soon 84 Travel 85 Wise 86 Male swine 87 Caribbean dance music 88 Free from contamination 89 Seaward 91 Obtained 92 Hog 93 Worthless piece of cloth

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