Canberra Seniors

A Meeting Place for the Over 50s

This Month

Dear Friends

Welcome to 2024! I hope you are well and that the holiday season has been refreshing.

Most classes are now running at full steam! There are several new members and I know you will make them feel at home. As always, I hope you can encourage others to join the Centre!

Thank you to our volunteer tutors and instructors who prepare and lead our activities. Many have been generously donating their time for years to the Centre. At this time, I’d like to acknowledge the dedication and passion of Gloria Marks and Peter Cheah who have been the stalwarts of the Friday afternoon activity, New Vogue and Old Time Dancing. Gloria and Peter are renowned for their quality preparation, community building amongst the dancers and faithful attendance at the Friday classes. Due to patchy attendance in 2023, New Vogue and Old Time Dancing will no longer be offered at Canberra Seniors.

Other additions/changes to the timetable

  • Chair Yoga will be 45 minutes rather than 60 minutes
  • Trivia Afternoons will be held on Fridays (previously Thursdays).
  • Monday Table Tennis is losing it’s bounce! To save the Activity we need more people coming on a regular basis. I’ll adjust the starting time to allow for better parking opportunities. Start 1.00 pm Finish 3.00 pm.
  • Singing for Fun is definitely in the negotiation phase. It will be on the schedule soon. Warm up your vocal cords!
  • Tai Chi has resumed on Mondays at 11.30. Price for Members is $10 per class. A free 2-hour Tai Chi workshop will be offered 23 March. This is an opportunity to learn more about the health benefits of Tai Chi and to experience some of the exercises.

Kitchen News: Tania is trialling some new recipes. Please give feedback so that a tasty, healthy and popular menu can be developed. The menu for the coming month will be advertised so you can plan to come for meals when your favourites are on offer. (see the details for February in this newsletter)

With the birthday lunch coming up on the 8 February we will celebrate those with birthdays in January and February. This is a big group (see the list above)! The menu is sure to be popular with Roast Lamb and Roast Vegetables for main course and Custard Tart and Cream for dessert. The theme for lunch will be St Valentine’s Day so look out for romantic touches to the décor.

Three members of the Board, Raema Blake, Linda Shaw and Val Roots have planned several social events for 2024. Many are already listed on the calendar, for example, lunches, excursions, raffles. I’m looking forward to these events! Thank you Raema, Linda and Val for your work.

Just flagging that the date for the fete is Saturday 1 June. I’ll be looking for a committee soon to help with planning. If you are a gardener, please get going with potting, planting and striking. Visitors to the fete love to find seedlings of ornamental trees such as maples on sale. Do you have any that are self-seeding at your place? Please pot them up for sale 1 June.

Best wishes to all,

Andrea Dean



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