CELEBRATING HOPE: Mayor Paul Antonio (left) and Cr Geoff McDonald (right) with Hope Horizons committee members Peter Turnbull, Anna Barrett and Jo Capp.
CELEBRATING HOPE: Mayor Paul Antonio (left) and Cr Geoff McDonald (right) with Hope Horizons committee members Peter Turnbull, Anna Barrett and Jo Capp.

Community Notices: Toowoomba and Darling Downs

TO ALLOW for readers' requests for the publication of more neighbourhood news, please keep notices short and to the point (100 word maximum). If you would like to submit a photo please ensure it is at least 180dpi or 500kb to 1mb in size and of faces, in a nice bright setting. The deadline for the April issue is March 27.

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CHOIRS OF TOOWOOMBA

THE Choirs of the Toowoomba Choral Society are off to represent the Garden City on the Easter long weekend at the Queensland Eisteddfod in Ipswich. Please support our choirs and enjoy a preview of some of our competition pieces at Saturday, March 24 at 5pm, in the TACAPS Millennium Centre Hall, corner of Wirra Wirra and Dudley Streets, Toowoomba. Tickets are available at the door. Adult $20, secondary student $10, primary $5, under 5s free.

EASTER CONCERT

ARTS Cantorum presents Eastertide Story on Friday, March 23 at 6.30pm at St James Anglican Church, corner of Russell and Mort Streets, Toowoomba. The concert will feature verse and sacred music telling the story from Palm Sunday to Easter and beyond. The program includes extracts from Stainer's Crucifixion, Maunder's Olivet to Calvary and features other composers including Mendelssohn, Bizet, John Goss and S. S. Wesley. Tickets are available at the door. Adults $20, concession and uni' students $15, accompanied school age children $10. The concert will be followed by "cheese and wine" for audience and performers in the adjacent Parish Centre.

FREE LEGAL TALKS

SOUTHERN Downs/Scenic Rim - Free community legal educations sessions - Retirement Living Options. Caxton Street Legal Centre will be presenting free talks to provide legal information about retirement living options, with a focus on common issues with retirement villages and manufactured home parks. Topics that attendees will learn about include: documents and contracts, fees and charges, maintenance responsibilities and questions to ask before signing on the dotted line. Our talks are on Monday, March 19 from 10.30am-noon at Beaudesert Library and Monday, March 19 from 1.30-3pm at Boonah Library. Phone Michelle at Caxton on 3214 6333to reserve a place.

GARDEN CITY NATIONAL SENIORS

WE MEET on the third Monday of each month at Drayton Bowls Club, corner Ball and Gipps Streets at 9.30am. Our next meeting will be celebrating St Patrick's Day, albeit a few days late, on Monday, March 19. John Colville on accordion will entertain with some Irish music and there will be a competition for best dressed in green. A donation will be made to the Toowoomba Hospice during the morning. Visitors welcome. Cost $7. March 28 the Bus Trip is to Law dogs at the Summit. Phone Hazel on 4635 4519.

MORNING TEA

OUR Saviour's Lutheran Women's Guild is holding a morning tea on Tuesday, March 20 at 10am, at the church hall, corner West and Alderley Streets. Entry is $6 and there will be a trading table and guest speaker. All proceeds to go to Fresh Hope. For information and RSVP for catering, phone Shirl on 4630 1104.

SHAKESPEARIAN QUESTION

EVENT title:' Shakespeare - an Identity Issue? Purpose of the meeting: To acquaint and discuss who might have actually written 'Shakespeare', Meeting is Community meeting rooms, level 3, City Library, 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba on Wednesday, March 14 from 10am-12pm. Contact Julie Kemp via email: jk2211@bigpond.com or call 4659 5120. I am keen to explore this tantalising and vexing issue with others who have more than just a literary interest in 'Shakespeare'.

TOOWOOMBA NATIONAL SENIORS

WE HAVE a morning tea at All Seasons Function Centre, corner of North and Tor Streets, Wilsonton from 9.30am on April 5. The guest entertainer will be John Miners. Phone Desma on 4613 6750 or Yvonne 4638 5252. If attending our morning teas, please call the Monday before the date for catering purposes.

WEIGHT REDUCTION CLUB

WE ARE a small group at the moment, would love to reach out to more people who need to be better educated about weight loss and all different aspects of losing weight ie, moods, size of portion, society pressure different foods that help. We motivate and guide them with lots of support. We meet every Tuesday night and charge $30 a year to join and then $6 a night to cover rent and expenses. New members are given a welcome pack with weight card to present every time they weigh in. The people who do come are losing weight, one or two ladies a lot of weight up to 27 kgs. We meet from 5.30-7.30pm at 625 Ruthven Street, across the road from Bob Jane T-Marts. For more information, phone Sue Waters on 0415 279 026.

YELLOWBRIDGE GRANT

THE not-for-profit organisation, YellowBridge QLD, has received a $450,000 grant towards a purpose-built unit that will provide supported accommodation for people with a disability on the Darling Downs. The funds, generously donated by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, will allow the construction of a three-bedroom unit, which will accommodate two people with disabilities and a carer. The unit is one of four fully-customised units being built with local construction firm Enabled Living which will meet individual needs, include assistive technology, and help residents to lead more independent lives. YellowBridge CEO Penny Hamilton said the accommodation was very much needed especially for people with ageing parents who can no longer look after them and have no-where else to go. Guests of Hand Heart Pocket, Toowoomba an District Masonic Council and YellowBridge QLD celebrated the official announcement at YellowBridge's social enterprise and boutique op shop, Collectables, which provides work and training opportunities for people with a disability.

HOPE HORIZONS

RAIN wasn't what organisers of Toowoomba's Hope Horizons open day had wished for last month, but about 60 people braved the damp to celebrate the opening and learn more about the new cancer wellness centre on Drayton Road. The centre is a hub for services from psychology and counse- lling to physiotherapy, oncology massage, art therapy to yoga, dietary advice, financial help, support and education for patients going through cancer treatments, in remission and their family and carers - all with no out-of-pocket expenses. Phone 4636 6108 or go to hopehorizons.com.au.