It’s NSW Seniors Festival 2018 from April 4 to 15 across the state. From a Seniors Festival Expo at the new International Convention Centre in Sydney’s CBD to gala concerts, comedy shows, workshops and classes, there’s hundreds of reasons to get involved. For more, go to https://seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au to find out what’s on and for registration.

Ku-ring-gai Council is holding its own festival from March 20 to April 12, coordinating more than three weeks of activities for Seniors over March and April. Many of the activities are being run in partnership with community organisations and businesses.

This year’s Festival will kick off with the Seniors’ Concert and Mayoral Awards on Tuesday 20 March at Turramurra Uniting Church Hall, with entertainment by Hummingsong Women’s Choir, followed by lunch in the Meals on Wheels Dining Room.

Also on the program will be opportunities to tune up your body and balance with ballet, and a seminar on tips and tricks for decluttering, repairing and styling your home for sale, which will be useful for those who may want to downsize. There will also be a forum on preventing falls in the elderly.

There is a combined Youth and Seniors photo competition for young people aged 12 to 21 at St Ives Shopping village called ‘A Moment in their Life’ with cash and gift card prizes.

There’s also a morning tea and tour of the Turramurra community garden, a picnic at Bobbin Head hosted by the Parkinson’s Support group and open days at the Community Shed and Computer Pals groups.

Throughout March and April, local organisations will offer around 40 activities for seniors.  You can learn about fermenting and flower arranging, local history and pottery painting. Conquer your electronic devices – with some classes specifically for Mandarin speaking Seniors. Try Tai Chi and ballet, or tell your life story. There will be a photographic competition for young people to exhibit photos of the Seniors in their life. Look for seminars and expos on home support services, interesting speakers and social gatherings. You could take a tour of the Community Garden at Turramurra, The Shed and the Baha’i Temple, and discover local clubs and community groups at a mini expo in St Ives. Details are available in the Ku-ring-gai Council Seniors Festival Booklet.

Each year Council presents the Mayoral Seniors Awards to individuals and community groups in recognition of their valuable contribution to the Ku-ring-gai community.  You’re invited to nominate a local senior who volunteers their time and effort to support local organisations, or a local group that provides innovative support to seniors in our community. If you’d like to acknowledge the efforts of an outstanding volunteer or group of volunteers, nominations are open now at: www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/SeniorsFestival<http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/SeniorsFestival until February 28.

The Awards will be presented by the Mayor Cr Jennifer Anderson at a Morning Tea and Concert to launch the Seniors Festival on Tuesday 20 March at the Turramurra Uniting Church.

To find out about all the events and to book, go to: www.kmc.nsw.gov.au. Here you’ll find a web version of the Seniors Festival booklet. Printed versions are available from libraries, Council’s customer service centre, St Ives Shopping Village, Gordon shops and Turramurra Seniors Centre.

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