World Bee Day celebrations
The Capital Region Farmers Market will host a special World Bee Day celebration on Saturday 22 May 7-11.30am at Exhibition Park in Canberra. There will be bee-themed face painting, colouring-in and costume competitions, displays and exhibitions, food, information and more. More info: capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au
The Embassy of Sweden in Canberra welcomes the public to celebrate World Bee Day with them at a special event on Saturday 22 May 2-4pm – bee Swedish, enjoy a fika and join the conversation on sustainable food. Listen to the panel discussion and engage with the panelists – Professor Saul A Cunningham from ANU, Michael Claessens, CEO Regional Development Australia ACT, and Fiona Buining, owner Ainslie Urban Farm. Bee informed by Mellisa Hamilton from Ikea on the work they do around sustainability, and Julie Armstrong from ACT for Bees on the importance of bees. Register via beeswedish.eventbrite.com.au
Visit worldbeeday.org.au to find out more about bees.
Bricks @ Woden 2021
See the awesome displays by local Lego creators at the Bricks @ Woden show on Saturday 22 May 9am-4pm and Sunday 23 May 9am-3pm at The Woden School, 127 Denison Street, Deakin. Coordinated by the Canberra Lego User Group in conjunction with the Parents and Citizens Association of The Woden School, this show promises interesting and creative brick displays for all ages. Over 40 local and interstate exhibitors will be displaying Lego Technic, trains, a Great Ball Contraption, dozens of My Own Creations, plus a huge Hogwarts Castle and grounds. The funds raised from the brick show will be used for projects that directly benefit the students of The Woden School, which provides individual education programs for students in years 7 to 12 with an intellectual disability and/or autism. The P&C will also be running a barbecue, stalls and many other family friendly activities over the weekend. Entry: $5 child, $10 adult, $20 family. More info: clug.com.au or thewodens.act.edu.au
Move with Women exercise programs
Diabetes NSW & ACT will host Move with Women, a free group exercise program for women (18+) of all fitness levels and backgrounds. Two nine-week group programs will be held at Canberra City Health Network, 71-73 London Circuit; one starting on Tuesday 6 July at 10am and the second on Thursday 8 July at 7.30am. The program involves a one-hour group exercise session every week for nine weeks, with an additional 30-minute health education session every fortnight. Participants receive: 1:1 consultation and goal setting with an Exercise Physiologist; nine one-hour group exercise classes suitable to their fitness level; Move with Women participant booklet; resistance band; final assessment; and the opportunity to meet new people. This initiative is aimed at all women in the community – you do not need to be diagnosed with diabetes to join. To register, visit movewithwomen.com.au/classes or call 1800 328 951.
Special Olympics Australia
You can help support Special Olympics Australia athletes by shopping at IGA during May. IGA’s annual Community Chest fundraising campaign will directly benefit athletes in the Greater Canberra Club. Special Olympics provides opportunities for people with an intellectual disability to train and compete in a range of sports at local, national and international levels. New athletes and volunteers always warmly welcomed. More info: email [email protected]
Canberra Seniors Centre book club
Do you enjoy a good book, a friendly chat and afternoon tea? You can have all this at the Canberra Seniors Centre’s new book club. Share your favourite reads and learn about new authors and titles from other members. The group meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month, 1-3pm, and is open to anyone over 50, at Canberra Seniors Centre, 10 Watson Street, Turner. Cost: $7, including afternoon tea. More info: call Sonia on 0432 692 853 or Pat at the Centre on 6248 9509.
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
Cake Decorating Solutions will host an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraising event on Thursday 27 May 10am-12noon at its new premises, Shop 5, 13-15 Townsville Street, Fyshwick. Share a cuppa and cake and make a donation in support of The Cancer Council. There will be raffle prizes too. More info: call 6280 0137 or email [email protected]
Friends of the ANU Classics Museum
The Friends of the ANU Classics Museum will host a free public lecture by Associate Professor McComas Taylor of the ANU on India’s great national epic, the Mahabharata. On Thursday 27 May 6.30pm at Social Sciences Research Building Theatre, Ellery Crescent, ANU (opposite the Baldessin carpark).
Friendship through flowers
The Canberra Flower Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 10am at Downer Community Centre, near the Downer shops. Following a short meeting, enjoy morning tea followed by demonstrations, workshops or visiting speakers. All welcome, no experience needed. More info: Marilyn on 6254 6713.
Tuggeranong Evening: The next meeting is on Wednesday 26 May 6.30pm at the Town Centre Vikings Club, Tuggeranong. Cost: $27 includes two-course meal. RSVP: Janne 6293 3977.
Weston Creek: The next meeting is on Tuesday 1 June 11.30am at Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden. Celebrate the club’s 49th birthday. Guest speaker: Our national councillor. Cost: $35 includes two-course meal. RSVP: Barbara on 6286 4626 by Thursday 27 May 5pm.
Vinnies Winter Appeal
Vinnies have kicked off their 2021 Winter Appeal, calling for donations to support the rising numbers of Canberrans experiencing homelessness and financial hardship. Providing vital services for individuals and families, Vinnies is calling for contributions to help children experiencing homelessness sleep safe this winter. The money raised from the Winter Appeal will provide the emotional and financial assistance that struggling families need to hang on to their tenancies and maintain a secure environment for their children. To donate, visit vinnies.org.au/winterappeal or call 13 18 12.