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Have you heard? Ants on Black Mountain ramble

Ants on Black Mountain ramble

Friends of Black Mountain will host an Ants on Black Mountain ramble on Saturday 20 February 4-6pm. Join expert Dr Ajay Narendra to see which species of ants are active at this time of day as predators and scavengers, and hear about their amazing navigation skills. Generally easy ramble with some steep sections. Meet at Belconnen Way entry to Black Mountain (look out for banners). Bring: magnifying glass, friends and family and snacks if you wish, water, suggested $5 donation to Friends of Black Mountain. Wear sturdy walking gear, including hat and stout shoes. Bookings essential: email your name and phone number to [email protected] or phone Linda 0437 298 711.

GIVIT donation of the week: sporting equipment

Imagine losing everything in the Black Summer bushfires only to have everything lost once again. Unfortunately, this is reality for one teenage boy, part of a family of six with a widowed mother who lost their home and all possessions in the 2019/2020 fires. Through the recovery process the family received a pod for the mother and younger children to live while the teenage boy was living in a cabin on the bush block. To keep warm in a cold snap (and this location gets very cold) he had a small fire going near his cabin. He went to the pod to do his washing, and while doing this, the fire got out of control and burnt down the cabin, despite his efforts to extinguish it. He and his family were just getting back on their feet. The black summer bushfires caused severe psychological harm to all of them, but to him in particular. He had been donated some fitness equipment, all of which was lost in the cabin fire, as well as all his belongings and beloved bicycle. To receive replacement gym equipment would mean the world to him. The organisation supporting this family is asking for donations of any safe, good quality equipment such as a home gym, boxing equipment, bench press and or a 28” bicycle. Donations can be delivered or posted to the organisation. To donate, visit: givit.org.au/donate-items, search by category “Sports Equipment”, ACT, 100km+ range. After you pledge the item, you will be contacted by the relevant organisation to arrange pick-up, post or drop-off.

SPARK JobTrainer Industry Explorer Program

The Ginninderry SPARK Training & Employment Initiative in partnership with Skills Canberra, Canberra Institute of Technology and Uniting Care Kippax have announced a brand-new program for young people (17-24) in 2021. The SPARK JobTrainer Industry Explorer Program has been designed to give young people an opportunity to explore a variety of potential career paths and gain a range of licenses to help them decide where they want to go next. Eligibility criteria apply and places are limited. An information/enrolment session for the first program will be held on Wednesday 10 February 11am-12.30pm at the CIT Library at CIT Bruce Campus. To reserve your place at this session or to check your eligibility, contact Shayla at Ginninderry on 1800 316 900 or [email protected]

Pandora’s Op Shop

The best little boutique in O’Connor promoting sustainable fashion and accessories. Open on Saturdays 10am-1pm with recycled clothing, bags, shoes jewellery, etc., at St Philip’s Church, 24 McPherson Street, O’Connor. More info: like Pandora’s Op Shop on Facebook.

Playtime restarts for term one

Playtime is a fun time of playing, stories, singing and morning tea for children aged 0-5 years and their carers. The group meets each Monday 9.30-11.30am during term time at the Christ Church Hawker Ministry Centre, corner of Belconnen Way and Beetaloo Street. Cost: $2/week; please BYO morning tea for little ones (COVID-safe refreshments are provided for adults). More info: facebook.com/groups/playtimecch

Seniors line dancing classes

Well-known line dancing instructor, June Tamment, will be conducting classes at Canberra Seniors Centre on Thursdays 10-11.30am from 11 February. No dancing experience or partner is required. No need to sign up, just pay $10 per class attended. At 10 Watson Street, Turner. More info: Pat on 6248 9509

Spotlight on HeartKids on Sweetheart Day

14 February is HeartKids Sweetheart Day, a national event held each year to raise awareness of congenital heart disease (CHD), which affects eight babies born in Australia every day. During February, national health charity HeartKids is encouraging individuals to purchase a special $5 heart beads bracelet to help support families impacted by CHD. All proceeds go directly to helping HeartKids support children affected by congenital heart disease and their families. You can make a donation or purchase heart beads from fundraising stalls and online at sweetheartday.org.au during February.

Hearing loss support sessions

Better Hearing Australia – Canberra (BHAC), a not-for-profit volunteer community organisation, offer hearing loss support sessions to help people better cope with their hearing loss. Sessions cover communication strategies and tactics, as well as lip reading. Sessions run during ACT school terms; $20 per term + BHAC annual membership fee ($20).  Evening sessions are held at Hellenic Club, Matilda St, Phillip (contact Linda on 0417 696 583, [email protected]); and afternoon sessions at Grant Cameron Community Centre, 27 Mulley St, Holder (Carol 0410 463 761[email protected]).  


Gungahlin: A new VIEW Club will be starting in the Gungahlin area soon. If you’re interested, you’re invited to attend a meet and greet at Eastlakes Gungahlin this month and next. More info: email June before 15 February via [email protected]

Autoimmune Resource & Research Centre Café Conversations

The Autoimmune Resource & Research Centre Café Conversations group will meet at the Raiders Club, 1 Liardet St, Weston on Thursday 18 February 1pm. Attendees can purchase lunch/ coffee and take into the meeting room. RSVP is essential. Optional 12pm lunch at own expense – please RSVP Kate ASAP for table booking. Please SMS Kate on 0404 774 144.

LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club now monthly

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, in partnership with All The Queens Men and Meridan (formerly ACT Aids Action Council), will present a monthly Canberra edition of the LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club on Sunday 14 February 1-3pm (then every second Sunday of the month) at Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Braddon. It offers a fun event for the Queer community to show love to each other, their families, friends, and allies. No dance experience necessary, and all dances can be adapted to any level of ability in a COVID safe environment. Free event; RSVP via Humanitix

Gift of Life launches 2021 DonateLife Walk

Gift of Life’s annual DonateLife Walk raises awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation and registration. While the Walk has been held as a mass-participation event around Lake Burley Griffin for the past 15 years, the 2021 event will be virtual. Gift of Life is asking participants to sign up online and walk up to 5km anytime, anywhere during the week of 22-28 February. Participants are encouraged to gather a small group and share their Walk photos and videos on social media. Sign up for the Walk at giftoflife.asn.au or to register as an Organ Donor, visit donatelife.gov.au

How to list with Have You Heard

If you’re part of a charity, community or not-for-profit organisation or hosting an event/fundraiser for one, you’re welcome to list your organisation/event on our Have You Heard community announcements page. Please email [email protected] with HYH in the subject field and be sure to include all relevant, correct details – who, what, where, when (date and time), contact details and booking information (if required). Print deadline for publication in Canberra Weekly magazine is 10 days prior to the Thursday edition date you would like to appear in. Please note: This is a free community service and CW does not guarantee that all submissions will be published due to space restrictions.

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