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Thursday, October 22, 2020
Canberra Nara Festival
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Have you heard? GIVIT donation: Seeds

GIVIT donation of the week: Seeds

Almost a year on from the Black Summer bushfires, communities are working together to rebuild and create a new future for those who lost everything from homes, livelihoods and loved ones. A key part of this rebuilding process is to re-plant vegetable gardens on properties which were destroyed by the fires. This is especially needed this year as it is expected that COVID-19 will impact distribution of fruit and vegetables to regional areas. Not only does the practice of growing produce create self-sustainability, it is also important for the mental health of those who have been affected. A support organisation managing the rebuilding process will be distributing the seeds through community centres who work with bushfire victims directly. The organisation is looking for roughly 300 seeds for a large variety of standard herbs, fruits and vegetables which are suitable for growing in the south coast NSW region. Donations can be delivered or posted to the organisation. To donate, visit givit.org.au/donate-items, search by category “Seeds” to view requests located in your area. After you pledge the item, you will be contacted by the relevant organisation to arrange pick-up, post or drop-off. GIVIT supports more than 350 charities and community groups across the Capital Region by matching your items with people who need them most.

VIEW Club

Tuggeranong Day VIEW Club will celebrate its 27th birthday and VIEW Club’s 60th (diamond) anniversary on Tuesday 20 October 11am-2pm at Town Centre Vikings, Tuggeranong. Cost: $30 for two-course lunch; entertainment by Bryan Butler. Theme: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Bring a decorated face mask for the mask parade with a prize for the most glamorous and glitzy creation. Covid restrictions apply. RSVP by 9 October to Jan on 0409 747 017 or email maleyjan@yahoo.com.

Spring forward

Daylight Saving Time starts in the ACT on Sunday 4 October at 2am when clocks are turned forward one hour to 3am. It will end on Sunday 4 April 2021. A handy mnemonic for remembering which way to turn the clock is: Spring forward, fall back.

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Canberra Jung Society

Canberra Jung Society presents Rev Dr Sarah Agnew, a storyteller, poet and ordained minister speaking on ‘Tells Stories’, the research of her PhD. Sarah was the keynote speaker for the 2020 International gathering of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. Meet at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham or join in on Zoom. Friday 2 October from 7.30pm for supper, music, library and chat; speaker at 8pm, finish by 10pm. Cost $15; concession $10; members free. More info: canberrajungsociety.org.au

Coffee/Op Shop

The next Coffee/Op Shop at Christ Church Hawker, Cnr Beetaloo Street and Belconnen Way, Hawker is on Saturday 3 October 9am-12 noon. Books, pre-loved clothes, trash & treasure and a cake stall; tea/coffee and biscuits will be served. More info: Jenny 0428 266 658.

Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show

The 2020 Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show will be held on the weekend of 10-11 October at Canberra High School, Macquarie. Open: Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-4pm. The display will again feature high quality bonsai from the collections of CBS members, including some created by local artists currently represented in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia at the National Arboretum Canberra. Demonstration sessions will be held at 11am, covering aspects of designing and maintaining bonsai, and bonsai basics sessions will be held at 2pm daily. Admission: Adult $5, Concession $3, accompanied children under 12 free. More info: email cbsshow@cbs.org.au

Women Return to Work Program

SPARK, in partnership with ACT Government Office for Women, Uniting Care Kippax and The Community Studio (Canberra) will be delivering a range of workshops to assist women who wish to re-enter the paid workforce. Three workshops are offered: Southside – Friday 16, 23 and 30 October; Northside – Tuesday 10, 17 and 24 November. Targeting women living across Canberra, these workshops will include: creating professional resumes and cover letters; applying for jobs; online and government job applications; job interview preparation; exploring your career options; maintaining personal presentation and dressing for the workplace; specialised workshops and guest speakers targeting – time management, stress management, goal setting, yoga and movement; up to two hours of individualised career development coaching from The Community Studio (Canberra); ongoing one-on-one support from SPARK mentors. Eligibility criteria apply. To find out more information or book a place, please contact Ashleigh at Ginninderry on 1800 316 900 or email ashleigh@ginninderry.com

Free health seminar: Looking after my feet

Health Care Consumers’ Association of the ACT will host a free health seminar on ‘Looking after my feet’ presented by Ricky Lee, podiatrist from The Walking Clinic, via zoom on Thursday 22 October 7-8.30pm. Instructions on using zoom will be provided. Find out: why your feet are so important to health; what happens as we get older; ways to reduce pain; tips to help your feet stay well and you to remain upright!  RSVP to reps@hcca.org.au by Wednesday 21 October so the links can be sent to you. For more information on this or other free health seminars, email reps@hcca.org.au or call 6230 7800

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Ian Cubitts
Ian Cubitts