Sutherland Shire’s Seniors Festival is for the young at heart

Having a yarn: Student Talia Ferchow gets a fresh perspective on active ageing as shire senior Anne Perry gets into the spirit of Sutherland Shire Council's Seniors Festival at the Cooper Street Reserve, Engadine skate park. Picture: Chris Lane
Having a yarn: Student Talia Ferchow gets a fresh perspective on active ageing as shire senior Anne Perry gets into the spirit of Sutherland Shire Council's Seniors Festival at the Cooper Street Reserve, Engadine skate park. Picture: Chris Lane

Fun for the young at heart is the theme of Sutherland Shire Council’s Seniors Festival 2017.

Sutherland Shire mayor Carmelo Pesce has promised the biggest and best celebration of senior citizens in the shire to date.

And this is backed up by a month-long program of events that includes the popular annual seniors luncheon and concert, nature walks in the Royal National Park, free health checks, origami workshop, theatre, bushcare breakfast, arts and crafts expo, bake-off, a torchlight tour after dark of the Royal National Park to spotlight wildlife, kayaking, computer classes, guided coastal walk, family history research day, short film festival and an older women’s wellness day.

The celebrations start with the Aged Care Expo on Tuesday, February 28, a free inter-agency information expo for older residents about local in-home and community services, to be held at the Engadine Community Centre from 9.30am.

Sutherland Shire Leisure Centres will hold Get Active on Friday March 3 to Sunday March 12 with free health screenings and assessments with  exercise physiologists.

Bookings are essential by calling  8536 9777 for details and health screen times.

Seniors can learn to make origami models at a free workshop at Sutherland LIbrary on Saturday, March 4.

Sutherland Entertainment Centre presents Shirley Valentine on Saturday, March 4 at 8pm, the classic play about a middle-aged housewife who leaves home and travels to Greece on a package holiday to rediscover herself. Bookings phone 9521 8888.

The popular Birds ‘n’ Breakfast with Bushcare events returns on Monday, March 6 at 8am at Taren Point. Bookings call 9524 5672.

Sutherland Shire Council’s Homemade Expo showcases local seniors' talents and crafts and Sutherland Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, March 8 from 10am to 2pm.

The free event will include woodworking, pottery, painting, crochet, knitting, quilt-making, card-making, calligraphy, singing and dance groups.

People are encouraged to bring homemade baked treats to the Homemade Expo Bake Off on the day. Visitors will vote for their favourites. Categories include  cakes, biscuits, multicultural. Provide a list of ingredients. Entries limited. Bookings essential. Awards ceremony at 1pm. The event is free but books are essential on 9710 0333.

Seniors can go Spotlighting in the Royal National Park with Bushcare on Wednesday, March 8 from  7.30pm to 9pm.

To be held at Audley, participants can spot the wildlife by torchlight that come out after dark. This free tour is popular and people are urged to book early on 9524 5672.

A free guided kayaking river tour will be held on Thursday, March 9 from 9am to 1pm going from Woronora to The Needles.  All participants must be physically fit and able to paddle about 5km, and be confident swimmers to participate in this event. Call, 9524 5672.

Taming Technology: Cloud Computing is the subject of a free class to be held at Sutherland Library on Thursday, March 9 from 10.30am.

Particpants can find out about Dropbox, iCloud, Gmail and how to reap the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of cloud computing. Light refreshments will be served. Call 9710 0351.

BeConnected Community Services will celebrate 'Inclusive Communities' for Seniors Week 2017 by hosting a Seniors’ Luncheon and Concert at Club Kirrawee, 101 Oak Road North,Kirrawee on Thursday, March 9, 11.30am to 3pm.

The cost is $20 to $25 for lunch and includes a two-course lunch and musical entertainment from local school children and local music group 'Musical Memories', raffles, and lucky door prizes.

Contact, Dianne Townsend, Jannali Branch Managerjannali@beconnected.org.au or call 9528 6299

A Cronulla Coast Walk will be held by Bushcare on Friday, March 10 from 9am to 12noon.

This free guided walk around the spectacular Cronulla Peninsula coastline is graded as easy with a little walking on sand. Call Sutherland Shire Council Bushcare on 9524 5672

The Botany Bay Family History Society Open Day will be held at the research centre, 184 Gannons Road (South), Caringbah on Friday, March 10, from 10am to 2pm.

Experts will be available to assist in using the world-wide resources available to trace family heritage. The event is free and there is no need to book.

Sutherland Shire Council’s Annual Seniors Luncheon will be held at Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Tuesday, March 14 from 11.30am to 1.30pm. The free event includes lunch and entertainment while celebrating the shire’s Centenarians. Bookings, 9521 8888.

Your Wellbeing, Your Plan is an interactive session including discussion around wellbeing, staying well, identifying goals and getting the most out of services to be held at the Orana Women's Health Centre, 346A Kingsway, Caringbah on Wednesday, March 15, 10am to 11.30am. Bookings, call Bernadette Hoy 9525 2058

Free health checks for men and women at HeatlhOne, Sutherland Hospital and Kareena Road, Caringbah, Wednesday, March 15, 10am to 2pm.

This will include information and advice about Type 2 Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes, pap smears, menopause and post menopause, as well as healthy cooking demonstrations and many other things. Light refreshments provided. HealthOne contact, Sharon.Greentree@health.nsw.gov.au or Emily.Potter1@health.nsw.gov.au or Call: 9540 818

The annual Sutherland Shire Council Seniors Concert will be held at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Thursday, March 16, 1.30pm to 3pm. The free tribute concert features live performances of music by Johnny O'Keefe, Neil Diamond and Elvis. Bookings on 9521 8888.

The Orana Adult Learning Open Day will be held at the Stapleton Avenue Community Centre, 3A Stapleton Avenue, Sutherland on Monday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 22, 9am to 3pm.

The open day is a chance to discover the variety of courses that are held at the centre. The activities include art, craft, exercise, discussion groups, French language lessons, card games, ukulele and computer classes. Call, 9521 8280.

Small Works, Big Impact is the title of an exhibition by Bundeena Maianbar Art Trail Artists at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Gymea from Saturday, March 25 to Tuesday, April 4, open daily, 10am to 5pm

Neighbour Day is Sunday, March 26 where people can make a date to meet or spend time with their neighbours, whether over a cup of tea, a picnic in the park, or a message of support.

Phone 9710 0333 for details or email cue@ssc.nsw.gov.au Sutherland Shire Council,

An Adult Learning Demonstration with Orana NSW will be held at Peace Park, next to Sutherland Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, March 29, 10.30am to 1.30am.

This will include a  demonstration of adult social groups including tai chi, ukulele, line dancing. Orana NSW Inc. Call Elizabeth O'Neill 9521 8280

The Shire International Short Film Festival will be held at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Wednesday, March 29.

The Shire's own annual short film festival returns for its eighth season, with a program of never-before-seen short films from around the world, curated by Cinewest Artistic Director Vahid Vahed and selected by Shire seniors.

Lunch plus movie at 11am is $11 Concession.  Dinner plus movie at 6pm is $30. Movie only at 7.30pm $8. Bookings, call 9521 8888.

The Older Women's Network NSW presents a free community event, Connecting Well, the Older Women’s Wellness Expo to promote the wellbeing of older women, increase community connections and motivate positive ageing, at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Thursday, March 30, 9.30am to 1.30pm.