Seniors Festival 2018

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Seniors Festival 2018

This years Seniors Festival will be held from Wednesday 4 April - Sunday 15 April 2018. The theme will be BetterTogether.

In 2018, the Seniors Festival marks its 60th year of bringing together people over 60. The festival celebrates the contribution that seniors make to our community.

Coffs Harbour City Council is proud to support the groups and community organisations that have collaborated to develop an exciting program for this year's Coffs Harbour's Seniors Festival.

These events will engage your mind, activate your body, indulge your senses and provide a chance to make new friends, or get together with old ones through a great series of free activities, workshops and events put on by your community.

Find out what's on and book your place:

  
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Join this panel of  some of the top brains of U3A as they put their ideas out for lively thoughtful discussion.

Jill Nash, Helen Squires, Jude Pearce, Judith Fleming and Chairperson; Phil King will present their views on two challenging, topical ideas including; ‘The Nanny State Hinders Society‘ and ‘We Have Too Much Stuff’.  Comments and opinions from the floor will be invited after the panellists’ presentation.

Bring a friend and take part in this challenging discussion on so- called “Dangerous Ideas for seniors”. Members and non-members welcome.

Date: Wednesday 4 April 2-4pm

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

Cost and Booking: This is a free event. Afternoon tea will be provided and bookings are not required.

More Info: Lesley Meredith of Coffs Harbour U3A 0410 083 502

Wheelchair Friendly: Yes

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​Coffs Harbour City Orchestra proudly presents a relaxed Sunday session in the soundshell, amidst lush tropical surrounds of our wonderful Botanic Gardens.  Enjoy popular classics and your favourite movie themes from the Orchestra and Bellingen Big Band.  

Bring a picnic blanket, rug, cushion or fold out chair so you can enjoy the music in comfort.

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​Let’s get outdoors and celebrate senior’s festival with a good old fashioned picnic in the Bongil Bongil National Park. Just a short scenic drive from Coffs Harbour – enjoy a relaxed old fashioned ‘picnic’, live entertainment, competitions and games. Lunch provided.

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​Coffs Central are hosting a series of ‘Better Together’ Seniors Workshops as part of Seniors Festival. 

Todays workshop theme is reuse and recycle from around the home!

Take on the challenge of ‘up cycling’ objects by repurposing them into something beautiful or practical for use around the home. Bring in old teakettles to turn into hand-painted flowerpots or photo frames to turn into wall art. Whatever the item you may have we will help you re-create it into something special!

Date: Monday 9 April at 10.30am

Location: Coffs Central Recharge Hub, Level One

Cost and Booking: This is a free event but bookings are required on 02 5622 8900 or via email.

Wheelchair Friendly: Yes

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​​Coffs Central are hosting a series of ‘Better Together’ Seniors Workshops as part of Seniors Festival. 

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

Date: Tuesday 10 April at 10.30am

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Join us for morning tea and a complimentary information session about navigating aged care. Industry professionals will help you understand everything you need to know about managing finances, applying for an ACAT assessment and our health and wellness programs. You don’t need to be ready for Residential Aged Care to come along – learn about how we can support you in the comfort of your own home.

Date: Tuesday 10 April 10am - 12pm

Location: St Augustine's Aged Care, 6-10 Bonville Street, Coffs Harbour

Cost and bookings: This is a free event but bookings are required by calling 1300 734 350 or online.

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Discover local history with Museum Curator Jo Besley and Collections Officer Terrie Beckhouse on a guided tour of the Museum which was originally built as the first courthouse and police station in Coffs Harbour.

Date: Tuesday 10 April 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Location: Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 215A Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour

Cost and Bookings: This is a free event but online bookings are required.

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Join Gallery Curator Jo Besley for a tour of the current exhibition at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.

The Journeywoman is an exhibition of artworks by highly regarded senior Australian Artist Suzanne Archerwhich explores physical travel, and then the unavoidable course of one's life journey as they intertwine, direct and inform each other.

Date: Tuesday 10 April 11.30am - 12.30pm

Location: Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coff Street, Coffs Harbour

Cost and Bookings: This is a free event but online bookings are required.

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​The event will be a cooking demonstration with free tastings. It will include how to’s of preparing meals, keeping food fresh, budget shopping tips, and easy to grow vegies and herbs. Where possible, ingredients will be sourced from the Community Gardens.

Date: Wednesday 11 April  at 9:30am - 11am, Woopi Community Gardens + 12:30pm - 2pm, Coffs Community Gardens

Woolgoolga Location: Woopi Community Gardens, Scarborough St., Woolgoolga

Coffs Harbour Location: Coffs Community Gardens, 53 Combine St., Coffs Harbour

Cost and Booking: These are both free events, book for the Woolgoolga event here and the Coffs Harbour event here.

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Curious about our free digital resources? Stuck at home and in need of a good book? Looking for a new author? Going on an adventure and are keen to try a talking book or e-audio book?

We look forward to seeing you there for a cuppa and a chat.

Date: Wednesday 11 April 10am - 11.30am

Location: Toormina Library, Minorie Drive, Toormina

Cost and Booking: This is a free event for seniors and their companions. Please make an online booking as light refreshments are served.

More Info: 02 6648 4900

Wheelchair Friendly: Yes

 

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​Coffs Central are hosting a series of ‘Better Together’ Seniors Workshops as part of Seniors Festival. 

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

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​Coffs Central are hosting a series of ‘Better Together’ Seniors Workshops as part of Seniors Festival. 

In our floral class you’ll have fun learning ways to create flower arrangements in a hands on way. You’ll be elbow deep in flowers before you know it. We start with tips and tricks on arranging flowers. We’ll talk colour and contrast along with how to build structure for your flower arrangements.

Date: Thursday 12 April 10.30am

Location: Coffs Central Recharge Hub, Level One

Cost and Booking: This is a free event but bookings are required on 02 5622 8900 or via email.

Wheelchair Friendly: Yes

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Come and join us for a morning tea to celebrate Seniors Festival and take a look at the museum's new exhibition, ‘Created from a Dream: A Gift of Calligraphy’.

Date: Thursday 12 April 10.30am -11.30am

Location: Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 215A Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour

Cost and Bookings: This is a free event but online bookings are required.

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​Coffs Central are hosting a series of ‘Better Together’ Seniors Workshops as part of Seniors Festival. 

Learn to use your smart phone, ipad or computer to Buy, Swap & Sell second hand goods in Facebook, Ebay and Gumtree. You will learn the ins and outs of setting up accounts, making connections online & learning to buy, swap and sell second hand goods! Wifi is available so bring along your smart phone, ipad or laptop!

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​Harbourside Markets will showcase energy, passion, freedom and creativity by offering free stalls to Seniors and Senior friendly clubs and community groups to showcase their passion, projects, products and produce.

A great day for Seniors to discover, get involved, get inspired and connect to their community. Along with our regular makers and growers stallholder markets this will be a great day out for the whole family.

Musical performances and onstage entertainment on the day will be tailored to appeal to and showcase seniors audience:
·         Coffs Harbour Big Boogie Band
·         Demonstrations & information from local seniors friendly  clubs & community groups
·         Marian Grove Ukulele Group performance
·         Live 2 Air FM broadcast from the festival
·         Free refreshments for Seniors served by local Girl Guides
·         Free Seniors Yoga & Movement Classes

Date: Sunday 15 April from 8am - 2pm

Location: Harbourside Markets, Jetty Foreshores, Coffs Harbour

Cost and Bookings: For more information or to book a free space in the Growing Young Seniors Showcase contact Kim on 0407 661 990 or email

Wheelchair Friendly: Yes

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