MONEY SIZZLER: During December the volunteers of the Coolum and District Red Cross Branch held a sausage sizzle at the Maroochydore Bunnings and raised more than $1000.
MONEY SIZZLER: During December the volunteers of the Coolum and District Red Cross Branch held a sausage sizzle at the Maroochydore Bunnings and raised more than $1000.

Group guide: Sunshine Coast

BUDERIM CONTRACT BRIDGE CLUB

WE ARE conducting Bridge classes for beginners starting February 6-April 10. $30 fee includes 10 lessons from 9am to 11.30am, textbook, handouts, morning tea, six weeks of supervised bridge and membership fees. Contact Jean Thompson by phone 07 5445 4618 or email jeanthompson1 @tpg.com.au. Education Centre, Hibiscus Resort. Lakehead Drive, Chancellor Park.

COOROY-NOOSA GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL RESEARCH GROUP INC.

SOME Australians are pleased to discover a convict ancestor who was maybe a bit of a rebel, strong willed and who resisted authority. Faye Patrick presented her convict ancestor at a family reunion, explaining his life experiences in Van Diemen's Land. Using documents from convict Basic Conduct Records held by the Tasmanian Archives Office, Faye compiled a record of the grim life convicts led in the penal colony.

A film has been produced, All for a Hat and a Handkerchief which is a graphic account of British Government policies towards convicts and the dark history of convict life. Her film covering five generations, will be presented from 1pm on Saturday, February 9 to Cooroy-Noosa Family and Local History Group at the Heritage Centre, 17 Emerald St, Cooroy.

For more, go to genealogy-noosa.org.au or phone 07 3129 0356.

THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY SUNSHINE COAST

WE MEET every Thursday from 7pm at the Croquet Club, Syd Lingard Drive, Buderim. Donation $4 to cover hall hire. Join us on February 14 with a "bring a plate of vegan food” to share. Dinner at 6pm for the launch of the weekly 2019 program of inspirational talks, study and sharing to explore in a non-sectarian inclusive way, the mysteries and meaning of life according to the ancient wisdom, alive still today. Tim Boyd's 2018/19 International Convention address follows. February 21 is "The Impact of Compassion”. Then on February 28 members brainstorm for programming wishes for this year.

THE PALMWOODS SINGERS THEATRICAL SOCIETY

WE ARE entering our 35th year as a community choir, and this year will be particularly exciting with renovations happening at the Palmwoods Memorial Hall including the final revealing of the beautiful Poppies in Flanders Fields window overlooking Piccabeen Green.

This year the singers are planning to launch the Little Village Choir, which will focus on the many physical and emotional benefits of singing in a group. A wonderful voice is not a requirement, but for anyone who is seeking fun, companionship and good health, come along and enjoy the benefits of singing as a group.

The Little Village Choir will meet on Monday afternoons at the Palmwoods Hall.

Pone Pat Atkinson on 0404 980 222.

SUNCOASTERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB INC.

NOW that we are into a new year, it is fun to enter into some new activities. Square dancing is a fun activity that keeps us active and fit and we dancers all enjoy it very much. Suncoasters Square Dance Club is situated at 260 Dixon Road, Buderim.

Tuesday, February 19 at 7pm is the time for new dancers to come and start this great new activity. Please come along with a friend or friends and I am sure you will enjoy yourself.

Ken Wishaw will share his experiences of
Ken Wishaw will share his experiences of "Rescue and retrieval medicine, how it all started,” at the Maroochydore VIEW Club on Friday, February 22.

AGLOW INTERNATIONAL

AGLOW -Sunshine Coast will meet on Friday, February 8 commencing at 9.30am at Flame Tree Baptist Church hall, 27 Coes Creek Road, Burnside. Entry $8 includes morning tea. Come along and enjoy worship and an inspirational message. Guest speaker: Tony McLennon - Australia for Jesus. Women and men are welcome. Come along and bring a friend.

For more information, contact: Melva 07 5443 5752 or Dorothy 07 5476 4190. Aglow is a world-wide non-denominational Christian organisation with Branches in 172 Nations on 6 Continents.

CALOUNDRA FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH INC.

OUR next General Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 21 at 1.30pm The guest speaker will be one of our very active and knowledgeable members Kerry McGrath, who will be presenting "Australia and the Oscars”.

Whether you are a beginner or have been researching your descendants for years, there is always something to learn and be amazed by the knowledge of the monthly guest speakers and the various small group outings to local museums and libraries with which the group is associated. Our rooms are open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am- 12.30pm for people who want to use our resources (library, computers and onsite expert advice). We welcome new members and visitors.

For more, go to caloundrafamily history.org.au, email us on hello@caloundrafamily history.org.au or phone Cathy Meyer on 0411 881 745.

SOCIAL BALLROOM DANCING AT POMONA

EVERY Tuesday evening from 7-9.30pm Pat and Norm Young organise a social evening at the Pomona Memorial School of Arts Hall. Cost is $5, which includes supper.

It is a very enjoyable evening as Pat and Norm provide New Vogue as well as Old Time Dancing. Come and be a spectator, and see if you will enjoy it. Everyone is welcome. Phone 07 5485 2007 for more or come and visit.

PERMACULTURE NOOSA

MONTHLY meetings are held at Cooroy Memorial Hall, 23 Maple St, Cooroy on the third Thursday of each month. Doors open at 6pm.

A market takes place where we share surplus home grown produce and plants by giving, exchanging or selling. Entry is a $5 donation for non-members. The meeting starts at 6.30pm and the night is complete with a "bring a plate” shared supper at 8pm.

At our January meeting, keynote speaker Tom Kendall's presentation is titled "My Permaculture Journey” and will outline international permaculture work he has been involved in. Our second speaker, Wayne Oldham's presentation will be about medicinal herbs.

BUDDINA COAST CARE

JOIN us under the shade of the Casuarina trees anytime between 8am to 10am for our dune care activities (planting natives and removing weeds) on Tuesday, February 12 and Tuesday, March 12 at Beach Access 201 on Pacific Blvd, Buddina (opposite La Balsa Park).

All provisions, tools, plants, conversation and morning tea are provided. Buddina Coast Care is a small community volunteer group and new volunteers and visitors are welcome. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month.

Follow us on Facebook facebook.com/Buddina coastcare/.

ART OFF THE SHELF

IT'S art, it's under $80 and it's going to fly off the shelf. As we get into the new year, artists at the Buderim Craft Cottage are selling off last year's work to make way for this year's creations.

They're taking their original pieces off the shelf and out of the studio and offering them at great sale prices -for three days only. The buyer will be the winner with a huge variety of work including landscapes, abstracts, portraits and still life. Whether you're looking for something that will spice up a special corner, or something to remind you of a special holiday, chances are you'll find it at the right price.

The mixed and multi media group artists at the Buderim Craft Cottage work in many different styles and materials, so there will be no shortage of variety. There will also be artists on hand to talk about the works.

A commission from each piece sold will go to the Craft Cottage to fund ongoing improvements and towards supporting original artists in the area. Buderim Craft Cottage, 5 Main St, Buderim from 10am-2pm on February 22-24. Everything under $80. Refreshments for sale. Go to buderimcraft cottage.com.au or phone 07 5450 1714.

RAAF

THE Royal Australian Air Force Assoc. Kawana branch is currently seeking membership for both male and female ex members of the RAFF. The aim is to promote and maintain welfare and benefits of serving members.

Ex members of the RAAF and Her Majesty's Air Forces and their dependants. The branch also conducts monthly subsidised lunches. Membership is $25 per calendar year. Bus tours of an interesting nature and many other types of social activities. The branch meets every second Saturday of each month at the Kawana Waters Life Saving club house at Pacific Blvd, Buddina at 10am.

If you are an Ex Air Force person living in our community, phone the secretary on 07 5443 2775 for more.

ATTENTION SINGERS

SING with one of these SATB A Cappella choirs this year to have fun, meet new people, and create beautiful music. Starting again this year around mid February. St Andrews Singers sing in Tewantin on Mondays at 10.15am popular songs. St Andrews Drive. Air-conditioned.

Good Vibrations sing in Cooroy on Mondays at 7pm. Popular songs. Anglican Church Hall, Miva Street, Cooroy. Spiritsong Chamber Choir sings in Tewantin on Wednesdays at 7pm. Mostly classical sacred. Some experience very useful. Uniting Church Hall, Poinciana Ave/Werin Street, Tewantin. New year, new songs.

Now is the time to join. Email Andrew, choir director and arranger of songs at andrewjemmet @gmail.com or phone 07 5474 1498.

LINE DANCING CLASS

NEWCOMERS/Absolute beginners with little or no experience. A fun activity and exercise for mind and body. Mondays 12.15pm Sport and Recreation Centre, Cnr Currimundi Rd and Ilya St. Currimundi. Saturdays 9am Uniting Church Hall, 6 Milwell St Maroochydore. Cost $10. Contact Ute Woods on 0412 804 499.

BEGINNERS LINEDANCING

AT NORTH Shore Community Centre Mudjimba on Mondays 7pm and Wednesdays 9am. At Woombye Hall on Mondays 9am. Keep your mind active and body fit with dance. Fun fitness, friendship and great music. Phone Barbara on 0407 733 280. Classes for this year start February 4.

Jan Trewhella from the Headland-Buderim Croquet club about to hit off.
Jan Trewhella from the Headland-Buderim Croquet club about to hit off.

HEADLAND- BUDERIM CROQUET CLUB

COME and try sessions are now available free, every Friday 2.30pm. Phone 07 5476 5527. For other times phone 07 5443 3339. Follow-up coaching is available. Caters for competitive and social play all year round.

Offers gentle exercise with great mental stimuli plus it's great fun. We're a very friendly club and would love to have you come along.

SUNSHINE COAST RIDING FOR THE DISABLED (RDA)

WE ARE a fast growing, fast moving volunteer organisation and we are looking for motivated and reliable people to assist. There are so many opportunities in a variety of areas for people to help.

You don't have to have horse experience or even like horses. After the school's return, we are offering orientation and induction for new volunteers. Come along between Tuesday, February 5 to Friday, February 8 and meet our team, see our growing centre and decide if this is a perfect fit for you. All welcome from 9am-noon. Wear sun-smart clothing, sensible closed-in footwear and your big smile. Morning tea will be provided. RSVP to admin@scrda.org.au See you at 2 Monak Rd, North Arm. Go to scrda.org.au or phone 07 5472 7280.

VIEW CLUBS

Buderim

WE ARE currently inviting interested women to join the club that raises funds for the Smith Family learning for life program. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the Buderim tavern for lunch and a guest speaker.

A social function is held on the third Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, February 6 at 11am for a 11.30am start. Cost: $28. RSVP: Pat Cooney on 07 5445 6329 by previous Sunday.

Caloundra

OUR members meet regularly to share their passion and experience, build lasting friendships and make a tremendous difference in the lives of the young students we support. We welcome women from all walks of life to join us and make a difference now.

Sixteen new members joined the club last year and are now enjoying the welcoming atmosphere at our many social events. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at the Caloundra Power Boat Club at 6.15pm for 6.45pm commencing with the AGM Dinner on February 12. Visitors and guests are welcome and anyone interested in attending the club, phone Sue on 0403 504 408.

Some of the sixteen new Caloundra Evening VIEW Club Members for 2018 pictured here enjoying new friendships, while helping to raise funds for disadvantaged students through the Smith Family Learning for Life Program.
NEW FRIENDSHIPS: Some of the sixteen new Caloundra Evening VIEW Club Members for 2018 pictured here enjoying new friendships, while helping to raise funds for disadvantaged students through the Smith Family Learning for Life Program.

Glasshouse Country

WE WILL be enjoying morning tea and games at Skippy Park Landsborough on February 6 at 10am. In the event of wet weather the venue will be the Coffee Club in Beerwah.

Our lunch meeting will be at Glasshouse Sports Club on the February 20 next at 11am when our guest speaker will be Vanda from the Koala Action Group who will talk to us about koala rescue and helping them to survive in the wild. Anyone interested in joining us would be most welcome and for more information about our club, phone Trish on 07 5493 0026 or Lynda on 07 5494 7875.

Maroochydore

OUR next luncheon will be held on Friday, February 22 at the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club.

The cost of the two-course meal is $30. Newcomers are always welcome and if you would like to attend a meeting, phone Sandi on 0429 022 033. Guest Speaker is Ken Wishaw who will share his experiences of rescue and retrieval medicine, how it all started.

Riding the wire, swimming through shark infested waters and undertaking a rescue in the path of a bush fire - for Ken Wishaw this action and adventure was all part of his work as Australia's first full-time helicopter doctor. For more than 14 years Ken performed an integral role in breathtaking life-or-death rescue missions. He worked with helicopter crews, in often extreme conditions to make a very real contribution to the quality of treatment and the continuance of so many lives.Ken will share his experiences of rescue and retrieval medicine, how it all started.

CALOUNDRA SENIOR CITIZENS' CLUB

OUR Monday program has started with Tai Chi exercises (all standing up) that are easy to do following the teacher. Also Indoor bowls, Bolivia, Whist, and 500.

Tuesdays Latin dance class 2.30pm. Beginners welcome. Partner not needed. Wednesdays music show, Hoy, Indoor bowls, Mah Jong, 500. Thursdays a second Tai Chi exercise class. Annual sub $10. Entry for members $5 for each activity (visitors $6). Phone 07 5438 1403 for details, or for a copy of the program with times, email raymoni @optusnet.com.au. Uniting Church hall 56C Queen Street Caloundra.

AUSTRALIAN DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY

ADFAS is a not-for-profit organisation providing superbly illustrated monthly presentations on diverse topics within the arts and related disciplines.

The goal of ADFAS 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. Next Lecture: The Importance of Being Oscar- The Life and Works of Oscar Wilde. The first ADFAS presentation for 2019 will be on Monday, February 25 at 6.30pm for 6.45pm start at the Drama Theatre Matthew Flinders College, Stringybark Road, Buderim. Susannah Fullarton discusses Oscar Wilde's extraordinary life, his fall from grace and the creation of his great works of literature.

We welcome you to our first lecture of 2019. For bookings, phone Brian on 07 5445 4439. Visitors cost is $25. Bookings essential. Full annual memberships are available. Email sunshinecoast@adfas.org.au or go to adfas.org.au/societies/queensland/sunshine -coast/.

TYPE 2 DIABETES WORKSHOP

THE workshop will be covering information on T2D, self-management practice, healthy lifestyle behaviours, and how to access further support in the local community.

The workshop is free and runs from 9am-1pm at Gympie Thursday, February 21, Maroochydore Wednesday, February 27 or Caloundra Wednesday, March 6. Carers and family members are welcome to attend. Loads of information and a great way to get motivated. Bookings are essential phone 07 5479 9670.

Coolum and District Red Cross Branch

DURING December, the volunteers of the Coolum and District Red Cross Branch held a sausage sizzle at the Maroochydore Bunnings and raised over $1000. Fund raising is an important aspect of our Branch activities and we thank the public who supported us.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, February 13 at 10.15am at Coolum Surf Lifesaving Club, Coolum Beach. Come and join us for a coffee and find out what we do. Visitors very welcome. Phone Leonie on 0411 248 505 for more.

PROBUS CLUBS

Caloundra 86

ACTIVITIES have started for 2019 and the club would welcome new members. Our General Meeting is on the third Tuesday of the month at 9.30am at Pelican Waters Tavern, next is the 19th February. Other activities throughout the month mainly on Tuesdays are a Walk, Talk and Coffee, lunch at a Sunshine Coast restaurant and a games afternoon plus a bi-monthly day outing.

To join this friendly group of retired and semi-retired men and women, contact the Membership Officer Terry on 0418 749 042 for more information.

Combined Coolum Beach

THE next meeting is on March 5 at the Uniting Church, Elizabeth Street, Coolum Beach, from 9.15am. Visitors and Guest are Welcome.

Tewantin Noosa

OUR club is all about friendship and mental stimulation for retirees. There are weekly outings such as coffee mornings, lunches, dinners, theatre nights and visits to nearby places of interest. Meetings are on the fourth Monday of the month commencing at 9.45am at Tewantin Noosa RSL.

Visitors welcome. Morning tea is $5. Our February meeting is on Monday, Febraury 25. Guest Speaker will be Carol Raye, a director of Katie Rose Cottage hospice charity which provides free 24/7 end of life care for guests with a terminal illness. For further information, please phone Geoff Bailue on 0418 145 034.