U3A OPEN DAY
THE University of the Third Age (U3A) Sunshine Coast will hold its next Open Day on Saturday, January 13 from 9am to noon in the University's Innovation Centre at Sippy Downs. With some 200 courses and activities on offer, this is your chance to meet many of the tutors and register for membership. Morning tea will be provided, so come along for a morning of friendship, and join us for another year of life-long learning. Parking is free. Find us at u3asunshine.org.au or call 54301123 between 9am-noon, Monday-Friday.
CALOUNDRA EVENING VIEW CLUB
LONG will the ladies of our club remember Christmas 2017. We were wonderfully entertained by duo entertainers who serenaded us with music old and new throughout the evening while we enjoyed a luscious dinner. There were smiles all around as many of our members went home with raffle prizes from our multi-draw.
CALOUNDRA SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB
WE RE-OPEN January 22 at CCSA Hall Nutley Street, Caloundra. On Mondays we have gentle exercise, indoor bowls, 500, Bolivia and Whist. On Wednesdays we have musical entertainment, indoor bowls, hoy, mah jong and 500, starting January 24. Membership for 2018: $10. All activities cost no more than $4 and include a cuppa. Details phone Mary on 0407920785 or Ray on 54381403 or email raymoni@optusnet. com.au.
COOLUM LIONESS CLUB
THE club again organised Friday Twilight Markets in Tickle Park Coolum Beach during December and January.
All money raised goes towards LifeFlight rescue helicopter, Lions In Place Emergency Accommodation, high school chaplaincy, Lions Youth In Search for youth at risk, Coolum State Emergency Service and others.
HEADLAND- BUDERIM CROQUET CLUB
OUR club now looks forward to 2018. The Christmas party awards night showcased our wonderful club with big turnout of club members and friends attending. We were entertained by a group of ukulele players who learnt through U3A. The three croquet discipline codes played at our club are Golf, Association and Ricochet. Age and gender no barrier. Long gone is the myth of only little old ladies playing. The game caters for the social, and the competitive player with competition at club, region, state, national or world level. The club welcomes you to come and have a go. Experienced coaches always available. It's great fun and gentle exercise for mind and body. Located: Syd Lingard Drive, Buderim. Phone 0423534909, email headland-buderim@ croquetqld.org or visit us on Facebook.
BEGINNERS classes starting Monday 9am on February 5 at Woombye Hall, Wednesday, February 7 at North Shore Community Centre Mudjimba (9am), and Thursday, February 8 at Yandina School of Arts (8.45am). An evening class at Mudjimba will commence on Monday, February 5 at 7pm. Keep your mind active and body fit with dance. Fun, fitness, friendship and great music. Call Barbara on 0407733280.
IS AN activity for all ages keen to exercise the mind and body. All 9am-noon classes are for beginner, improver and intermediate levels. Classes are Mondays and Thursdays 9am-noon and 12.15-2pm for Newcomers at Sport and Recreation Centre, corner of Currimundi Road and Ilya Street, Currimundi. Tuesdays 9am-noon at CWA Hall, Memorial Avenue, Maroochydore. Saturdays 9am-noon at Uniting Church Hall, Millwell Road, Maroochydore. Cost $12. Details call Ute Woods on 0412804499.
CLASSES in meditation for all concerned at Golden Beach. These classes are held at sharks park end of Gregory Street, Golden Beach next to primary school on Tuesday mornings from 9.30am suitable to those wishing to find relaxation in their daily lives. Also teachings on Buddhist Philosophy from 9.30am Wednesdays, at the same place. These premises are suitable for any disable person plenty of parking and under cover chairs available.
Details phone Venerable Thabke on 0403024573.
THE Cooroy-Noosa Genealogical & Historical Research Group Inc. Heritage Centre at 17 Emerald Street, Cooroy is attracting many visitors, Geoffrey Le Page from the UK will give a talk on the Social History of the Isle of Man on Monday, January 15 from 9-11.30am. Cooroy-Noosa Family and Local History Group will host the talk and visitors are welcome. The centre opens for research from 9.30am-1pm. details go to www. genealogy-noosa. org.au or call 54425570.
CALOUNDRA ARTS CENTRE ASSOC.
OUR Friday Art group is pleased to present their 3rd "Unite, Inspire, Paint" Art Exhibition from January 6-10. It is open 10am-4pm at 5 North Street, Caloundra.
This is a biennial exhibition which enables the artists to accumulate fresh, original and exciting works of art. Visitors can expect to view approximately 200 paintings in all mediums, from at least 45 local artists. Visitors will be invited to participate in People's Choice awards. Based on the value of paintings, four gift vouchers of $50 each are to be presented to the four winning artists. These gift vouchers are provided by four sponsors. There are five daily "Lucky Door Prizes" over the five days of exhibition, with vouchers worth $100 each. Vouchers are non-redeemable in cash, and are to be applied towards a painting of the winner's choice.
The raffle consists of two paintings to the value of $400 each. These have been selected by three independent judges within the association. Tickets are $2 and prizes will be drawn on the final day, January 10 at 4pm. Winners will be notified.
Support your local community and don't miss this amazing art exhibition. The Gift Gallery, with a fabulous range of handmade items, is open as usual during the exhibition. Details go to: caloundraartsandcrafts. org.au. Entry to the exhibition is free.
YMCA AT CALOUNDRA
THE 'Pryme Movers' program now has two classes a week. Pryme Strength at 10.30am on Thursdays and Pryme Circuit at 10.30am on Tuesdays. Both classes include a warm up, strength training, gentle exercises, balance and co ordination work, a cool down and a cuppa after the class. Recent research indicates that strength training with free weights is beneficial for all aspects of healthy ageing. Details including costs, call 54380944 or 0408373861.
SOCIAL BALLROOM DANCING
EVERY Tuesday evening from 7pm-9.30pm, Pat and Norm Young organise a social evening at the Pomona Memorial School of Arts Hall. The cost is $4, which includes supper. It is a very enjoyable evening with New Vogue and Old Time dancing. Come and be a spectator and see if you will enjoy it. All welcome. Call 54852007.
AUSTRALIAN Decorative and Fine Arts Society is a not-for-profit organisation providing superbly illustrated monthly presentations on diverse topics within the arts and related disciplines. Our goal on the Sunshine Coast is to enable members and guests to learn more about the arts in a friendly, welcoming environment - plus to enjoy meeting like-minded people - and chat over supper. Our monthly raffles raise funds to support local young art projects.
The lecturers are recognised specialists in their fields drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds. The next ADFAS presentation will be on Monday, February 19 from 6.30pm for 6.45pm start at the Drama Theatre Matthew Flinders College, Stringybark Road, Buderim. Paul Atterbury is a familiar face on the BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow, having been on this program for over 25 years. Come and meet Paul Atterbury - and listen to our first of many wonderful lectures for 2018. Bookings call Janine on 54526643. Visitors cost is $25. Bookings essential. Full annual memberships are available. Email sunshinecoast@ adfas.org.au or www.adfas.org.au/ societies/queensland/ sunshine-coast/.
POMONA RAILWAY STATION ART GALLERY
AFTER many years as volunteer Manager of the Old Pomona Railway Station Gallery, Wendy Catlin will be stepping down from her role at the end of this year. Volunteers, artists and friends of the gallery gathered on Friday, December 1 to thank Wendy for her dedicated service and to celebrate her achievements. Under Wendy's enthusiastic and unflagging leadership, the gallery has gone from strength to strength. It is a much loved part of the Pomona and Noosa hinterland community. The gallery supports more than 100 artists and craftspeople to display and promote their works in its wonderful heritage setting, delighting some 8000 visitors who come through its gates each year. Over the years, Wendy has encouraged and co-ordinated hundreds of volunteers, with more than 40 active vollies currently dedicating their time and talents to ensure the smooth running of this great community asset. A well-regarded artist in her own right, Wendy plans to spend more time in her studio, pursing her passions for art, photography and the environment.
MANAGING ANXIETY WORKSHOPS
LEARN how to manage anxiety in your life. Over four weeks learn about why we worry, what causes our anxiety to increase, ways to manage symptoms of anxiety, and plan for future life without overwhelming worry. This free course will be held at Noosa Community Health starting Thursday, February 22. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Phone to book your place on 54495944.
THE Caloundra family History Research Inc. final meeting for 2017 had a Remembrance Day theme, which concentrated on the medals likely to feature in family research. Sometimes referred to disparagingly as "those little bits of tin" with their "little scraps of ribbon", they can have great historical and emotional significance to those who wear them and to family and friends. CFHR member Ian Ewardson gave a very enlightening presentation on this topic. There has been recognition for bravery and loyalty since the caveman. The Egyptians recognised outstanding bravery with plaques of brass and copper, while the Norman followers of William the Conqueror were given whole sections of England. The first British medals were struck by Elizabeth I in 1588 after the defeat of the Spanish Armada. In 1975, the Australian Gallantry and Service Medals, such as the Cross of Gallantry were introduced. However, the VC and George Cross remain at the top of the list of Australian gallantry awards. At any Dawn Service, whether at a country memorial or a grand cenotaph, it's the gentle tinkling of medals that represents generations of service and duty, bravery and mateship, loss and survival.
NOOSA ARTS & CRAFTS
JANUARY Artastic Sale on Saturday and Sunday, January 13 and 14 from 9.30am-3.30 pm. Refreshments available. We are a centre for creativity, learning and friendship. New members welcome. Visit our Gift Shop. Room Hire available. Disabled-friendly access. Call 54741211, email: create@noosaartsand crafts.org.au or go to: noosaartsand crafts.org.au.
SPIRITSONG CHAMBER CHOIR
ARE You A Singer? Do you like to sing?...Join one of these singing groups in 2018 to have fun, and create beautiful music. St Andrews Singers start Monday, February 19 at 10.15am in Tewantin. "Popular" songs. Please email or phone for location. Good Vibrations will be singing again from Monday evening February 19 at 7pm. "Popular" songs. Anglican Church Hall, Miva Street, Cooroy. sing again from Wednesday, February 21. Mostly Classical Sacred. Some experience very useful. Uniting Church Hall, Poinciana Ave/Werin St, Tewantin. First week, no charge. Please let me know if you will be attending. New year, new songs. Now is the time to join. Email andrewjemmet @gmail.com or call 54741498.
STANDS for Cochlear Implant Club and Advisory Association and is a volunteer organisation helping people back into the world of sound following Cochlear Implantation. We provide advice, support and accurate information about cochlear implants to enquirers, members and their family and friends, and to assist cochlear implant candidates and recipients in their journey back to the world of sound. if you or a friend/family member is struggling to hear with hearing aids and are considering a Cochlear Implant and would like to talk to someone who has had that journey, or would just like more information about Cochlear Implants email pennyphillips1@bigpond. com or SMS only 0421328909. Meet ups commence on February 27 and every last Tuesday of the month from 10am to 12pm at the Sunshine Castle Bli Bli. Dr Tegan Keogh Audiologist from Hear Check will be joining us in February and will be happy to answer any queries about hearing loss and in particular Cochlear Implants, don't miss this opportunity.