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Bundaberg reveals Seniors Month events line-up

Bundaberg is gearing up for the third annual Queensland Seniors Month in October and it’s set to be a ‘Connect Fest’ with plenty of social activities on offer across the region.

Alongside Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland, Bundaberg Regional Council has brought together a variety of activities to encourage community connectedness and honour the contributions made by senior residents.  

Council Community Services portfolio spokesperson, Councillor Tracey McPhee said Seniors Month was a great opportunity for seniors to get out and engage with new people.

“The Seniors Month line up allows people to discover new skills, roles and services and also socialise and have a bit of fun,” Cr McPhee said.

“It also gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the value of the contributions made by our senior residents, whether it be serving as community leaders and volunteers or helping out at home as carers and grandparents, they play a crucial role in our community.”

Celebrations include Connect Fest in Bundaberg, the Making Connections Over 50s Expo in Childers and the Seniors Festival in Gin Gin where community members can connect, collaborate and create.

Here’s the full list of activities on Council’s Seniors Month calendar:

Connect Fest! Yarning Circle

World Café style forum – inclusive of seniors from diverse backgrounds to share a day of collaboration, sharing stories and challenging societal norms of the past.

Tea and coffee, morning tea and light lunch provided.

When: Wednesday 4 October 2023, 9.30 am

Where: Location Bundaberg Multiplex

Cost: Free, RSVP by Wednesday 20 September to comdev@bundaberg.qld.gov.au or 4130 4150

Find more information on Connect Fest here.

Guided Tour and Morning Tea at Hinkler Hall of Aviation

Enjoy a fun-filled morning learning about the life and legacy of Australia’s famous pioneer solo aviator followed by a delicious morning tea.

When: 6, 12, 19, 26 October, 9.30 – 11.30 am

Where: Hinkler Hall of Aviation

Cost: $9 for senior card holders only, book your tickets here.

Travelling Film Festival

The Travelling Film Festival is coming back to Bundaberg bringing the best films from Australia and around the world.

When: 6 October – 8 October

Where: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Cost: From $13 per film with a subscription/flexipass, book your tickets here.

Creating Wellness – Weaving Workshop

Join Lyn Barton from Fibre and Clay by Lyn to make some beautiful woven baskets using natural fibres like raffia.

When: 9 and 12 October, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Where: Childers Neighbourhood Centre

Cost: $10, bookings essential on 07 4130 4690 or cnc@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

The Big Sing – World Mental Health Day

Join the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre and Bridges Health & Community Care to mark World Mental Health Day by coming together in song under the leadership of Christie McLucas, no singing experience required!

When: 10 October 7 – 9 pm

Where: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Cost: $5, tickets available here.

Der Rosenkavalier: Met Opera

Live opera recordings from globally renowned opera house, the Metropolitan Opera.

When: 11 October, 1 – 5.45 pm

Where: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Cost: $24.00 (seniors), tickets available here.

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase 2023

Boasting a line-up of festival favourites and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment is bringing the best of the fest direct to you.

When: 14 October, 8 – 10 pm

Where: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Cost: $40, tickets available here.

Sleeping Beauty performed by The Royal Czech Ballet

Following their 2022 performances of Swan Lake, the Royal Czech Ballet return to Australia with their presentation of the classic masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty.

When: 15 October, 2 – 4 pm

Where: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Cost: $85 (seniors), tickets available here.

Cooking up a Storm: Men’s Cooking Classes

Mature men who have little or no experience in the kitchen can gather together to socialise and connect while learning new cooking skills for their health and wellbeing, hosted by Relationship Australia’s Andrew Penney.

When: 18, 25 October, 1, 8, 15 November, 5 pm to 7.30 pm

Where: Cultural Centre, Hughes Road Bargara

Cost: Free but spaces are limited so please RSVP on 4130 4150.

Find more information here.

King of the Swingers: Sinatra Through the Years

Enjoy the the most authentic sounding tribute concert to the unforgettable music of Old Blues Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.

When: 18 October, 11 am – 12.30 pm

Where: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Cost: $20, tickets available here.

Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band Concert: Scotland the Brave

Get ready for an unforgettable night of Scottish tradition and musical excellence with the Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band’s Annual Concert, “Scotland the Brave”.

When: 21 October, 7 – 9 pm

Where: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Cost: $38.50 (senior), tickets available here.

Free film screening: Seriously Red

The free screening of this rambunctious musical comedy takes place at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre as part of Seniors Month.

Follow the story of Red (Krew Boylan), a vivacious and misguided redhead who trades her 9 – 5 career in real estate to become a Dolly Parton impersonator.

The film was produced with the full support of Dolly Parton and Danny Nozell and features a catalogue of Dolly Parton’s greatest hits.

When: 25 October 2023, 10.30 am – 12.10 pm

Where: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Cost: Free but bookings are essential here.

Making Connections Over 50s Expo

Connect with a wealth of lifestyle and social opportunities available in the region at the Making Connections Over 50s Expo.

There will be a range of exhibitors, community groups and guest speakers showcasing their services and providing information to meet your curiosity and needs.

When: 25 October, 9.30 am – 12 pm

Where: Isis Cultural Centre

Cost/Booking: Free, RSVP by Monday 23 October to cnc@bundaberg.qld.gov.au or 4126 4690

Grandparent Day

When: 26 October, 9.30 am – 11.30 pm

Where: Child and Family Building, 14 Hinkler Street

Cost: Free, contact 4130 4690 or cnc@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

Seniors Festival Gin Gin

Afternoon Tea at Gin Gin Landcare

When: 3 October, 2.30 – 4.30 pm

Where: Gin Gin Landcare

Cost: Free, RSVP on 4130 4630 or ggnc@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

Mahjong

When: 4 October, 9 – 11 am

Where: Gin Gin Community Hub

Cost: Free, no bookings required

Cards ‘n All

When: 9 October, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Gin Gin Community Hub

Cost: Free, no bookings required

Bus Trip to Hervey Bay

When: 12 October, 9 am – 4 pm

Where: Gin Gin Community Hub

Cost: $15, RSVP by 6 October on 4130 4630

Craft ‘n Chat

When: 16 October, 9 – 11.30 am

Where: Gin Gin Community Hub

Cost: Free, no bookings required

Showcase Social Group – Thai Chi

When: 23 October, 9 – 11 am

Where: Gin Gin Youth Centre

Cost: Free, no bookings required

Showcase Social Group – Pilates

When: 25 October, 1.45 – 2.45 pm

Where: Gin Gin Youth Centre

Cost: Free, no bookings required

Morning Tea with Fashion Parade

When: 30 October, 9.30 – 11.30

Where: Gin Gin Community Hub

Cost: Free, RSVP on 4130 4630 by 26 October

Indoor Bowls

When: 31 October, 9 – 11 am

Where: Gin Gin Community Hub

Cost: Free, no bookings required.

Find more information on the Seniors Festival in Gin Gin here.

Other local organisations hosting Seniors Month activities include:

U3A Concert And Expo

Listen to some great music, enjoy a sing-along and join U3A in celebrating their 35th birthday.

When: 9 October, 9 – 11.30 am

Where: Avenell Heights Community Hall

Cost: Free, for more information click here.

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