Have you heard? Paintbrushes required


GIVIT donation of the week: paintbrushes

A local charitable organisation that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT and surrounding area are in need of paintbrushes to help facilitate their therapeutic offerings. The organisation runs a variety of programs including: on Country work, holistic healing sessions and art workshops all tailored to support local Indigenous people caught up in the justice system. The paintbrushes will allow more participants to join in programs to gain skills for their ongoing healing and personal development. Items can be dropped off or picked up by the charity. To donate, visit givit.org.au/items-needed, search ‘paintbrushes’ 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 300 charities across the Capital Region by matching your quality, pre-loved items with people who need them most.

Study participants required

University of Canberra researchers will investigate why many sufferers of Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS) – previously called ‘bursitis’ – aren’t recovering as fast as expected and whether there is a connection to a lack of balance and control. Researchers are looking for study participants over the age of 18 currently living with GTPS. For more information or to sign up, email [email protected]

OXJAM Canberra

Part of a worldwide party against global poverty, OXJAM Canberra will be held at Smith’s Alternative on Saturday 29 February 3-6pm featuring local artists, raffles and fundraising. Tickets $20. Book online at Smith’s Alternative.

Market In Tarago

The Craft, Art, Produce Seasonal (CAPS) Market in Tarago will be held on Saturday 29 February 9am-2pm at Tarago Town Hall, Wallace Street, Tarago NSW. This market is held quarterly, on the fifth Saturday. Entry is by gold coin donation, this month going to the Boro Mt Fairy RFS. New stallholders welcome. More info: email [email protected]

ACT Stamp Artists

ACT Stamp Artists will hold their monthly meeting on Saturday 29 February 12.30pm at Canberra Seniors Club, Turner. Come along and meet paper crafters who are friendly and willing to share ideas and techniques. There will be two demonstrations of techniques and equipment as well as afternoon tea. First attendance is free. More info: email [email protected]

Italian fiesta

Immerse yourself in Italian culture and traditions at the 5th Festa Italiana in the gardens of the Embassy of Italy (78 National Circuit, Deakin) on Sunday 1 March 10.30am-4pm. Enjoy performances by Sbandieratori (flag throwers), live music, food, beverages and more. Entry by gold coin donation to bushfire recovery.

NPA ACT turns 60

The National Parks Association of the ACT (NPA ACT) will celebrate its 60th anniversary on 2 March with a special function for friends and supporters. NPA ACT was established in 1960 to lobby politicians for ‘a national park for the National Capital’. It took another 24 years before Namadgi was officially proclaimed a national park, in 1984. NPA ACT also has other activities planned this year. More info: npaact.org.au

Free financial information seminar

A free financial information seminar on the age pension and your choices is being presented by the Department of Human Services on Tuesday 3 March 7-9pm at Garratt St Centre, 23 Garratt Street, Wanniassa. Topics covered: income and assets tests; deeming investments; concession issues and tax issues; and your retirement choices. Register via Eventbrite, email [email protected] or ring Robert on 0402 007 551.

World Day of Prayer

Australian Church Women ACT invite attendance at the World Day of Prayer service at the Church of St Andrew, 1 State Circle, Forrest on Friday 6 March 11am. The service this year focuses on Zimbabwe. Guest speaker will be Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, wife of the Governor General. More info: worlddayofprayeraustralia.org

Coffee / Op Shop

Christ Church Hawker’s next coffee / op shop is on Saturday 7 March 9am-12pm at Christ Church Hawker (corner of Beetaloo Street and Belconnen Way). There will be trash and treasure, books, pre-loved clothes and a cake stall. Enquiries: 6254 2782.

Southside Women’s Day

The Southside Women’s Group and Diversity ACT invite same sex attracted women from the Canberra community to a free International Women’s Day event on Sunday 8 March 10am-3pm at the Diversity ACT Community Hub, 8 Laidlaw Place, Kambah. RSVP by 1 March 2020 to [email protected] or book your free ticket via Eventbrite

Volunteers wanted

The School Volunteer Program of the ACT is recruiting volunteers to go into schools to assist students who are struggling. A Mentor Orientation Seminar is taking place on Tuesday 10 March 10am-12.30pm. To book a place to learn more about the program, contact Nola on 0434 537 555.

VIEW Club meeting

Belconnen Day: The next meeting is Tuesday 10 March 12pm at Raiders Club (Hardwick Crescent, Holt). Cost: $30 for two-course lunch. Guest speaker will be author Karen Viggers. RSVP to Barbara on 6241 2567 or email [email protected] by Thursday 5 March.

Active Playgroup

Looking for a different kind of playgroup where you can be outdoors and active alongside your child? Meet & Move is a free program which combines the social and play elements of a playgroup with movement for mums. Fitness for you, play for your child – everyone wins! Four sessions are held each week across Canberra from Monday to Thursday starting at 10am. More info: go to facebook.com/groups/MeetandMove and check out the Events.

Burgmann Fair

Enjoy a family-friendly evening at the Burgmann Fair on the grounds of the Forde campus on Friday 13 March 3.30pm-7pm. The fair features a central community area and main stage surrounded by an array of food, drinks and entertainment. More info: call 6255 7700 or visit burgmann.act.edu.au

Play AFL

The Belconnen Cats Junior Australian Football Club is a community focused club aimed at providing a safe and encouraging environment for children of all ages to learn and enjoy the spirit of sport and the skills of AFL. Registrations are now open for age groups 5-17 years to play with the Belconnen Cats in 2020. A gala day is being held on Sunday 15 March 10am-12pm at Aranda Oval, Banambila Street. More info: belconnencatsafl.com.au

Bushlarks choir

The Bushlarks is a singing group for people in the ACT and region living with Parkinson’s Disease, together with their carers and supporters. Local musician Chrissie Shaw and Parkinson’s ACT (PACT) provide the opportunity to have fun singing with others in a friendly and encouraging environment. Choir sessions are on Mondays 10am-12pm at St Simon’s Anglican Church, Georgina Crescent, Kaleen. Cost: $10 per session. If you have a carer, please bring them along. No charge for carers. For more: contact Chrissie Shaw on 0407 079 748 or email ch[email protected]

Walk, run, ride for peace

The Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin invites you to join the fourth Walk, Run, Ride for Peace on 22 March 8am. This is a major fundraiser for Rotary peace projects, drought relief and bushfire relief. Walkers and runners start from the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell and travel bridge to bridge around the lake and back to the Peace Bell. Riders choose from three rides: bridge to bridge wetlands, bridge to bridge Scrivener Dam, or Peace Bell to Arboretum. Donation: $30 adults, $5 children, $60 family of four. All participants will receive an event T-shirt and a drink and sausage sizzle after the ride. Entries via rccbg.org

PEERS bootcamp

The Program for Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) will run in a bootcamp format in 2020. Participants learn and practise evidence-based social skills in a supportive environment. The first bootcamp program will be ‘Meeting and Maintaining Friendships’, which will be covered in four sessions starting on 21 March 1-7pm in Turner. Bootcamp programs are open for all ages from 13 years up. To register or for further information, contact Moira on 0447 248 797 or [email protected]; or Amanda on 0419 250 922 or [email protected]

Five Peaks Cycling Challenge

Organised by Woden Rotary, the Five Peaks Challenge is a non-competitive cycling event to be held in Canberra on Sunday 26 April. All money raised will go toward Canberra Sleepbus and Australian Rotary Health. Early bird registration available until 29 March. Details and registration online at rotaryrides.org.au

Mother’s Day Classic

Registrations are now open for the 2020 Mother’s Day Classic walk and fun run. The annual event raises awareness and funds for life-changing breast cancer research and is held in up to 100 locations across Australia on Mother’s Day, this year on Sunday 10 May. More info: mothersdayclassic.com.au