GIVIT donation of the week: toiletries
A support program for prisoners and their families requires donations of toiletries for men and women, including shampoo, soap, toothbrush, deodorant, etc. This program works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are vulnerable and have been marginalised. These toiletries are essential hygiene items that are often taken for granted by others. The recipients will be grateful for your donation. Items can be dropped off, posted or pick up can be arranged. To donate, visit givit.org.au/items-needed, search ‘toiletries’ and select requests located in ACT. After you pledge the item, you will be contacted by the relevant charity to arrange pick-up or drop-off. GIVIT supports over 250 charities across the Capital Region by matching your quality, pre-loved items with people who need them most.
Dog Christmas Party
The Rainbow Paws Program will host their first annual Dog Christmas Party to raise funds for their Snip Snip desexing program. The event is on Saturday 7 December 10am-12.30pm at the Lawns of Yarralumla Dog Park (corner Banks and Brown streets). There will be face painting, bake sale, doggy showbags, selfies with Santa for the doggos and more. Canberra Lost Pet Database, ACT Pet Crisis Fund, Pets In The Park Canberra, ACT Rescue & Foster and Labrador Rescue will also be there.
Christmas with the Salvos
The Salvation Army will host a free Christmas lunch on Christmas Day from 12.30pm at Belconnen. Bookings essential: call 6254 8901 to reserve a spot. A Christmas Day service will be held at Tuggeranong at 9.30am, with all welcome to attend. The Tuggeranong Salvation Army’s Carols in Town Park will be held at Tuggeranong Town Park on Sunday 15 December from 4pm. If you require assistance at Christmas with food and gifts, please call 6270 3107. If you need emergency assistance, call 1300 371 288 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday).
Dancing in the park
A series of free dances will be held on Monday evenings throughout December and January (except 30 December and 27 January) at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Dancing is from 6.45pm to dusk, to live music, and will be mostly bush dancing. All dances are taught and called, so no experience is needed, just a desire to have fun. More info: monarofolk.org.au
Anglicare Retail Queanbeyan (170 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan) will have a bake sale on Saturday 30 November 10.30am-2.30pm. All money raised will be used to support vulnerable families in the Queanbeyan community leading into the Christmas period. There will also be a half-price sale on all clothing.
The Fabulous Florey Community Fair is on Saturday 30 November 10am-2pm at Florey Primary School. Florey Neighbourhood Watch is collaborating with the school to provide a great day with the aim of promoting government, community, health and sporting services that can be utilised by residents of Florey and neighbouring suburbs. There will also be market stalls, food and drink available and free entertainment, jumping castle and face painting.
Hotel Kurrajong Canberra is partnering with the RSPCA to throw a purrfect garden party on Saturday 30 November 11am-1pm. Tickets are $25 and includes a Pimms cocktail (or mocktail), a donation to the RSPCA and plenty of puppy cuddles. Book via Trybooking.
Come and try dragon boating
Diamond Phoenix dragon boat club will hold a come and try day on Saturday 30 November 11am-1pm. Women from teenagers to 50+ are invited to join in for a paddle on Lake Burley Griffin. Check diamondphoenix.com.au for a map and information of what to wear. All paddle equipment is provided.
Dragons Abreast will hold a come and try day on Sunday 1 December from 9am at Lotus Bay, off Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla. The event is for people recovering from breast cancer who are looking for help and support in returning to an active life and would like to try out a fun activity. Free to attend. More info: email [email protected]
Philippine Christmas in Canberra
Enjoy a Philippine Christmas in Canberra on Sunday 1 December 10am-4pm at the Philippine Embassy Grounds, 1 Moonah Place, Yarralumla. There will be stalls offering Filipino food and other products, songs and dances, Santa Claus, Philippine lantern (Parol) making contest, a chance to win a return trip ticket to the Philippines and other great raffle prizes. Gold coin entry.
The Craft, Art, Produce Seasonal (CAPS) Market in Tarago will be held on Saturday 30 November 9am-2pm at the Tarago Town Hall, Wallace Street, Tarago NSW. Entry by gold coin donation. New stallholders always welcome. More info: contact Jenni on 0429 200 456 or [email protected]
Christmas food drive
OzHarvest and GIVIT have teamed up to host a Christmas Food Drive at the Handmade Market. Handmade shoppers are invited to bring along a non-perishable food item which will be passed onto one of the hundreds of charities OzHarvest and GIVIT support across the Capital Region. The Handmade Christmas Market is on at Exhibition Park 6-8 December; open Friday 5-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm. Charity door greeters will be Send Hope Not Flowers.
VIEW Club meetings
Weston Creek: The next meeting is a two-course Masked Luncheon for Christmas on Tuesday 3 December 11.30am at Southern Cross Club, Woden. Cost: $30. A Venetian fashion parade has been arranged by some of the members. RSVP to Barbara on 6286 4626 by 5pm today (28 November).
Belconnen Day: The next meeting and Christmas lunch will be held on Tuesday 10 December 12pm at Raiders Leagues Club, Holt. Cost: $30 for two-course lunch. Entertainment will be provided by the Seasoned Voices Choir. RSVP to Mary on 0414 529 563 or email [email protected] by 5 December.
Tuggeranong Day: The next meeting and Christmas lunch is on Tuesday 17 December 11.30am at Vikings Town Centre Club, Tuggeranong. Cost: $30 for two-course lunch. Lovely Christmas hampers to be won. RSVP to Jan on 0409 747 017 or email [email protected] by 13 December.
Convoy to Canberra
Communities across the Southern Basin are calling on all those who want politicians to recognise the problems of the Murray Darling Basin Plan and poor water management to join them in a Convoy to Canberra to Can the Plan on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 December. The convoy will meet in Yass at 11am on 2 December before rolling into Canberra and gathering at a Water Embassy in Federation Mall in front of Parliament House. More info: speakup4water.com or find the Convoy to Canberra event page on Speak Up 4 Water Facebook page.