Mid North Coast

Creative Ageing Festival 2019

February 10th - 24th

A festival of Ideas Innovation Inspiration & Imagination

The Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival is an innovative annual event which acknowledges the valuable role that seniors play in our community and highlights the importance of engaging in the arts and creative activities to foster good health and wellbeing as people age. The Festival has been inspired by the creative ageing festivals in Ireland, Wales, and Scotland as well as the longstanding New South Wales Seniors Festival

The Festival offers opportunities for older people to participate in the arts through exhibitions, performances, film screenings, dance, workshops, discussion groups, networking and sharing of experiences and information.

We hope as many people get out and enjoy the Festival taking place across the region from rural and small communities to towns and our major centres and cultural attractions.

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New Inclusive Art Cultural Trail

From February Arts Mid North Coast will be launching a new feature online, An Inclusive Art Cultural Trail.

Inclusive tourism is about reducing uncertainty around what to expect from a destination or service. It’s about creating an environment where all people feel welcome and included, empowering them to enjoy new experiences. This Trail highlights our arts and cultural venues whose services distinguish them as inclusive. It is limited at this stage to three experiences: performance, galleries and museums.

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Why not Age Creatively 365 Days a Year?

Being or staying creative as you age is not just something for 2 weeks a year. Our Creative Ageing website provides information to assist those who wish to age creatively, whatever their interest, whatever time of the year. Check out over 150 clubs and opportunities.

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2019 Festival Program

Forster

February 13 to 23. Art of Ageing Digital Exhibition. Forster Library.

This very successful travelling exhibition celebrates the experience and contributions of older people in NSW, with thirty images and stories that challenge out-dated perceptions of ageing, including images from local photographer Julie Slavin.  Now being brought to a Mid Coast Council library screen near you.

February 18. Golden Screening - Going in Style @ Forster Library. 2pm

Sit back, relax and enjoy delicious nibbles and a film in the comfort of your library. Going In Style (Rated PG) Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.  Bookings essential. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seniors-festival-golden-screening-going-in-style-forster-library-tickets-54318642522 or 6592 5290

February 22. Robertson Brothers, '60's Variety Show’ Club Forster. 8pm

Were you a fan of The Every Brothers, Frankie Valli & Four Seasons, Bee Gees and The Hollies? Well don't miss THE ROBERTSON BROTHERS VARIETY SHOW featuring direct from Jersey Boys..... Simon Brook McLachlan. This amazing interactive live Variety TV style Show will have you singing, dancing, laughing and crying! All tickets $49. https://www.clubforster.com.au/show-bios/robertson-brothers

Gloucester

February 13 to 23. Art of Ageing Digital Exhibition. Gloucester Library.

This very successful travelling exhibition celebrates the experience and contributions of older people in NSW, with thirty images and stories that challenge out-dated perceptions of ageing, including images from local photographer Julie Slavin.  Now being brought to a Mid Coast Council library screen near you.

Halliday’s Point

February 15. A Journey Back in Time @ Halliday’s Point Library. 10.30am

Join the team from Manning Wallamba Family History Society and explore the importance of historic photographs and items. Bring along a historic local photograph (from the Manning Valley/Wallamba area) and/or a historic item that may be or become an heirloom. Light refreshments provided.  Bookings essential. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seniors-festival-a-journey-back-in-time-hallidays-point-library-tickets-54322910287 or 6592 5290

February 19. Golden Screening - The Hundred-Foot Journey. Halliday’s Point Library. 1.30pm

Sit back, relax and enjoy delicious nibbles and a film in the comfort of your library. The Hundred-Foot Journey (Rated PG) The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery. Bookings essential. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seniors-festival-golden-screening-the-hundred-foot-journey-hallidays-point-library-tickets-54319547228 or 6592 5290

Taree

February 10. Life Drawing Studio. Manning Regional Art Gallery. 1.30pm

Bring your own materials and easel, relaxed atmosphere, untutored group, newcomers welcome.

https://mrag.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Events-News-Listings/Gallery-Events/Life-Drawing-Studio-Manning-Regional-Art-Gallery

February 13 to 23. Art of Ageing Digital Exhibition. Taree Library.

This very successful travelling exhibition celebrates the experience and contributions of older people in NSW, with thirty images and stories that challenge out-dated perceptions of ageing, including images from local photographer Julie Slavin.  Now being brought to a Mid Coast Council library screen near you.

February 13. Golden Screening – The Book Club @ Taree Library 5.30pm

Sit back, relax and enjoy delicious nibbles and a film in the comfort of your library. The Book Club (Rated PG). Four life-long friends have their life forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club. Bookings Essential. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seniors-festival-golden-screening-book-club-taree-library-tickets-54277242694 or 6592 5290

February 14. A Journey Back in Time @ Taree Library. 10am

Join the team from Manning Wallamba Family History Society and explore the importance of historic photographs and items. Bring along a historic local photograph (from the Manning Valley/Wallamba area) and/or a historic item that may be or become an heirloom. Light refreshments provided.  Bookings essential. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seniors-festival-a-journey-back-in-time-taree-library-tickets-54322144998 or 6592 5290

February 15. The Kings of Country Rock - The Eagles Vs Creedence. Manning Entertainment Centre. 8pm.

The Kings of Country Rock Tour is much more than a concert; it’s the ultimate rock experience. The cast of multi-talented & internationally respected musicians bring to life a stage show unlike any other- complete with replica costumes and instruments. So get aboard Proud Mary, as we set sail down the dark desert highway of the 1970’s featuring the platinum hits of The Eagles and Creedence Clearwater Revival.https://mec.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/See-a-Show/The-Kings-of-Country-Rock-Eagles-VS-Creedence-Show

February 16. Music by the Book @ Taree Library. 3.00pm

Back by popular demand! An afternoon of music, dancing and delicious food! Enjoy ‘Shall We Dance” with Bob Berrigan and band. Plus dancing from Club Taree Rockers and afternoon tea by the CWA of Wingham. Bookings essential. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seniors-festival-music-by-the-book-taree-library-tickets-54321787930 or 6592 5290

February 19. A Journey Back in Time @ Taree Library. 1.30pm

Join the team from Manning Wallamba Family History Society and explore the importance of historic photographs and items. Bring along a historic local photograph (from the Manning Valley/Wallamba area) and/or a historic item that may be or become an heirloom. Light refreshments provided.  Bookings Essential. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seniors-festival-a-journey-back-in-time-taree-library-tickets-54322893236 or 6592 5290

Wingham

February 13 to 23. Art of Ageing Digital Exhibition. Wingham Library.

This very successful travelling exhibition celebrates the experience and contributions of older people in NSW, with thirty images and stories that challenge out-dated perceptions of ageing, including images from local photographer Julie Slavin.  Now being brought to a Mid Coast Council library screen near you.

February 21. Golden Screening - Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Wingham Library. 5.30pm

Sit back, relax and enjoy delicious nibbles and a film in the comfort of your library. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Rated PG) British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways. Bookings essential. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seniors-festival-golden-screening-best-exotic-marigold-hotel-wingham-library-tickets-54316816059 or 6592 5290

Port Macquarie

February 11 to 23. Open House for Seniors. Port Macquarie Museum.

Free entry for all seniors to our multi-award winning museum during NSW Seniors Festival from 11 to 23 February 2019 (please note we are closed on Sundays). Browse the exhibits, learn something new, reflect on the past and be entertained. Port Macquarie Museum, 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie. Enquiries. 6583 1108

February 10 to 24. Discovery Fe26. Artist Blacksmiths Association of NSW, Glasshouse Regional Gallery.

Once considered purely a utilitarian trade, modern day blacksmiths have forged an artistic reputation for the unique sculptural forms wrought using ancient forging techniques. This exhibition marking John Oxley crossing the Hastings River 200 years ago is a reflection of the immediate and ongoing positive and negative ramifications of the first encounters of Europeans and indigenous inhabitants, expressing those through sculptural works. Closed Mondays.

February 11 to 23. ‘Where we call home’ exhibition. Port Macquarie Museum.

‘Where we call home’ explores the concept of place, identity and belonging. Home connects us to physical spaces, environment, people and things that are important to us. Featuring creative artworks and photographs by Omnicare Alliance Creative Connection Program clients, Port Macquarie U3A textile and fibre artists and Port Macquarie U3A photography group. A 2019 NSW Seniors Festival event. Daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm except Sundays

Free entry for Seniors.

February 13 to 21. Hands on History. Port Macquarie Library.

An exhibition  of images  created  by local seniors who created and photographed a variety of re-enactments at local historic locations under the tutelage of TimeSlips facilitator and creative ageing practitioner Lisa Hort. Open  Monday to Friday, 9.30am-6pm and Saturday,9am-12noon.

February 15. Glasshouse Free Lunchtime Concert. 12.30pm

Every Friday you can enjoy an hour of music, and all for a donation with musicians ranging from 9 to 90, every week is different! Experience vocalists, pianists, instrumentalists, choirs and bands performing everything from classical to rock. All live and all local.

Friday February 15.Coastal Sun. Laurieton United Services Club. 6pm

Free Live Music - 60's, 70's and 80's Rock 'n' Roll from 6.00pm, Free Courtesy Bus within a 5km radius.  For further details contact Melissa at 6559 9110

February 17. Gordon Hendricks is Elvis. The Glasshouse. 4pm

In August 2017, on the Anniversary of Elvis' passing, Gordon Hendricks was crowned the ‘2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist’ on the Graceland stage in Memphis, making Gordon the official 'No. 1 Elvis tribute artist in the world’.

Gordon is bringing his sell-out show down under to Australia performing all your favourite Elvis songs, re-creating those magical moments in a stunning three hour show - backed by the Legends TCB band and The Memphis Belles singers. https://www.glasshouse.org.au/Whats-On/Gordon-Hendricks-is-Elvis-February-2019

February 18. Sensational Seniors Expo. Port Panthers. 9am to 2pm

Visit over 80 healthy, wealthy, wise and travel stalls all under one roof. Free Entry

February 19. Tommy Memphis as Elvis. Laurieton United Services Club. 10.30am

Free Show - Tommy has toured with "Oh What a Night" playing the biggest venues in Australia including "The Palms" at Melbourne Crown Casino. Tommy has also supported "The Platters" and "Gary Puckett and the Union Gap".  He has been variously compared to “a cross between Elvis and Monty Python" or "the Eveready Bunny on permanent fast forward". He simply doesn't stop. A great show filled with a little fun and entertainment and a whole lot of Elvis.  For further details contact Melissa at 6559 9110.

February 21, Leslie Williams Seniors Concert. Port Panthers. 10am

This Free Concert has become an annual event in Port Macquarie. Bookings at Panthers (02) 6580 2300

February 22. Glasshouse Free Lunchtime Concert. 12.30pm

Every Friday you can enjoy an hour of music, and all for a donation with musicians ranging from 9 to 90, every week is different! Experience vocalists, pianists, instrumentalists, choirs and bands performing everything from classical to rock. All live and all local.

February 23. Robertson Brothers '60's Variety Show'. The Glasshouse. 2pm & 8pm

Do you dream of reliving the good old days? Were you a fan of The Everly Brothers, Frankie Valli & Four Seasons, Bee Gees and The Hollies? Well don't miss THE ROBERTSON BROTHERS VARIETY SHOW featuring direct from Jersey Boys..... Simon Brook McLachlan.

This amazing interactive live Variety TV style Show will have you singing, dancing, laughing and crying! Take a trip down memory lane with The Robertson Brothers, Australia's own vocal dynamic duo! https://www.glasshouse.org.au/Whats-On/Robertson-Brothers-Feb-2019

February 24. Meet a Blacksmith. The Glasshouse. 10am

Ever wondered what is in a Blacksmith’s toolbox? Or just want to know more about the craft?  Join one of our blacksmith resident artists in the Gallery space, part of the Discovery Fe26 exhibition.  once considered purely a utilitarian trade, modern day blacksmiths have forged an artistic reputation for the unique sculptural forms wrought using ancient forging techniques. FREE

Kempsey

The Art of Ageing Exhibition, Nulla Nulla Gallery, Slim Dusty Centre, South Kempsey.

This photographic exhibition celebrates the value, experience and contribution older people bring, and challenges out-dated perceptions of ageing. The exhibition comprises of 30 images taken by five photographers from regional NSW. Each photograph is accompanied by a short story highlighting the subject’s experiences on ageing. FREE admission to exhibition. Contact: 6562 6533

February 14. Library Lovers Day. Kempsey Library, West Kempsey.

Come and visit the library and get a ‘book crush’! Everyone has their favourite book -share your passion with other library users on Library Lovers’ Day! 10am to 5pm.  FREE. Contact: Kempsey Library 6566 3210.

February 14. Senior’s Karaoke. Kempsey Macleay RSL. 6pm

Sing to your heart’s desire and be crowned Karaoke King or Queen! Every Thursday night, is Karaoke Night at the Kempsey Macleay RSL. It’s a great night out with friends and family and your chance to release your inner superstar! As part of the Seniors Festival celebrations, the RSL are chipping in some prizes for the best Seniors singer! FREE. Contact: RSL 6560 1111

February 15. Line Dancing & Morning Tea. Slim Dusty Centre. 10am

Get your boot scootin’ on and join in some fun line dancing at the Slim Dusty Centre. Line dancing is an easy, fun and social activity. It can benefit bone strength, increase stamina, flexibility and balance and provide cardiovascular conditioning. Plus with the added bonus of great country music! Cost of $10 includes morning tea. Contact 6562 6533

February 16. Seniors High Tea Boogie, Oddfellows Hall, West Kempsey. 2pm

Wednesday Morning Group is a collective of volunteers who love to dress up and sing and dance to raise people’s spirits. They primarily perform at nursing homes across the Macleay Valley, for which they charge no fees, and residents can’t wait to see them return for another hilarious show.

Named because Wednesday morning was the only available time for rehearsals at the South West Rocks Country Club, the group holds an annual concert at the club, which always sells out, to raise enough money to keep performing for another year.

Comprised mostly of sprightly seniors, the Wednesdays will delight young and old with their quirky takes on all-time favourite tunes, and their ever-popular and hilarious Fractured Fairy Tales.

Come along and watch the fun, and you never know, you might just want to join this group of active fun lovers! Only $5 entry. Contact Ian: 0403 074 525

February 18. Ukulele & Sing-a-long, Slim Dusty Centre. 10am.

Join the ukulele craze and come sing-along to your favourite tunes at the Slim Dusty Centre. The ukulele is a compact instrument that is fun and easy to learn. Dubbed as the “instrument of peace”, the humble ukulele has been enjoying a revival and there are many ukulele groups you can join in the community. Cost: $10 includes morning tea. Contact 6562 6533.

February 21. Art & Tie-dyeing. Community Gateway, Kempsey.

Expand your creativity with this free tie-dying and art workshop at Community Gateway. Have fun creating a unique item - no experience necessary but wear clothes that can get messy!

Community Gateway, cnr. Forth & Yaelwood Sts, Kempsey. Two sessions; 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm. FREE with morning & afternoon tea provided. Contact Fiona O’Brien 6524 2005

February 21. Senior’s Karaoke. Kempsey Macleay RSL. 6pm

Sing to your heart’s desire and be crowned Karaoke King or Queen! Every Thursday night, is Karaoke Night at the Kempsey Macleay RSL. It’s a great night out with friends and family and your chance to release your inner superstar! As part of the Seniors Festival celebrations, the RSL are chipping in some prizes for the best Seniors singer! FREE. Contact: RSL 6560 1111

February 22. Craft Demonstrations, CWA Rooms, Kempsey. 10am

The CWA is the largest women’s organisation in Australia. Its aims are to improve the conditions for country women and children and to try to make life better for women and their families. Meet your local Kempsey CWA Branch through their craft open day and find out more about their activities. CWA Rooms, cnr Verge & John Sts, Kempsey. FREE. Contact: Elaine 6562 5494 or Gail 0428 646 350. 5494

February 22. Storytime with Nan & Pop. Kempsey Library, West Kempsey. 10.30am

Celebrating the Seniors Festival, Kempsey Shire Library invites grandparents to come along to enjoy our preschool storytime. Our intergenerational storytime brings together three generations: seniors, children and their parents. Come along and enjoy the session, with stories, singing and craft. FREE. Morning tea provided. Contact: Kempsey Library 6566 3210

February 24. High Tea Boogie Feat. Oddfellows Hall. 2pm.

Wednesday Morning Group is a collective of volunteers who love to dress up and sing and dance to raise people’s spirits. They primarily perform at nursing homes across the Macleay Valley, for which they charge no fees, and residents can’t wait to see them return for another hilarious show.

Named because Wednesday morning was the only available time for rehearsals at the South West Rocks Country Club, the group holds an annual concert at the club, which always sells out, to raise enough money to keep performing for another year.

Comprised mostly of sprightly seniors, the Wednesdays will delight young and old with their quirky takes on all-time favourite tunes, and their ever-popular and hilarious Fractured Fairy Tales.

Come along and watch the fun, and you never know, you might just want to join this group of active fun lovers! Only $5 entry. Contact Ian: 0403 074 525

Stuarts Point

February 18. Stuarts Point Mini Seniors Festival. Stuarts Point Hall. 10.30am.

Start your morning with some hand drumming with facilitator Beris Derwent. Drumming is an excellent Seniors activity that helps improve joint mobility, posture and energy. Enjoy a special Indonesian dance demonstration by Suara Indonesia Dance - performing Indonesian traditional and contemporary choreography.

Stuarts Point/Eungai CWA group will be showcasing their crafts and catering morning tea for the event. Local aged care providers and services will also be sharing relevant senior’s information .e:  FREE at Stuarts Point Hall, Ocean Avenue, and Stuarts Point. Contact: 6566 3229

Mylestom

February 21. Senior’s Week Lunch. North Beach Bowling Club. 10.30am to 2pm

Coordinated by Bellingen Council this event  includes entertainment  and guest speakers including Arts Mid North Coast, Executive Director, Kevin Williams speaking on the value of “ageing creatively.”  No cost for Seniors.  Bookings essential by February 15. Anna Joy 6655 7300.

Coffs Harbour

The Tasma Theatre - Coffs Harbour's Jewel. Coffs Harbour Regional Museum

This exhibition looks at the history of the Tasma Theatre which opened in March 1937 on the corner of Castle Street and High Street, as Harbour Drive was then known. Come explore the exhibition and while in the comfort of the Tasma's original seats and our air conditioning you can see the original projector from the Tasma Theatre and get a front row viewing of Jack Gerard The Show Man.   The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturdays 10am to 4pm. (excluding public holidays) Enquiries 02 6648 4847.

Bananas to Beautizone. Coffs Changing Summers. Coffs Harbour Regional Museum

This exhibition explores how the experience of summer has changed in in the Coffs Coast region. In the first half of the 20th century, summer was a time of hard work for many residents of the Coffs Coast. Tropical fruit was one of the mainstays of the local economy and it ripened in the summer months.

After the Second World War however, the local business community recognised the potential of tourism. A Mid North Coast Tourist Authority formed in 1956 and the area was christened the “Pacific Beautizone”, the catchy title chosen as the winner from over 1400 entries in a competition to name the area from the Clarence to the Nambucca.  Museum is open Tuesday to Saturdays 10am to 4pm. (excluding public holidays) Enquiries 02 6648 4847.

February 14. Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Bunker Gallery. 7pm

The National Cartoon Gallery @The Bunker, Coffs Harbour is celebrating all things love with the exhibition, “Love is in the Air” from 8 February to 3 March. And what’s more appropriate than “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on 14 February? Come along and enjoy an iconic movie, light refreshments, and cash bar. $20 entry, pre-purchase at the Gallery or through https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/breakfast-at-tiffanys-tickets-55203221321

February 16. Cliff Richard & The Shadows, 60th Anniversary Tribute Concert. Jetty Theatre. 7.30pm

This show delivers a captivating live concert recreating the unforgettable sound of Cliff Richard & The Shadows. The group dominated British popular music in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the years before the Beatles. They had 69 UK charted singles from the 1950s to the 2000s, 35 credited to the Shadows and 34 to Cliff Richard and the Shadows. Come hear all your favourites. https://www.jettytheatre.com/cliff-richard-the-shadows-60th-anniversary-tribute-concert/

February 18. The King & I. C.ex Coffs. 2pm

Be entertained by this classic  Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical, The King and I, based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. FREE

 

February 18 to 22. The Marion Grove Seniors Festival, Marion Hall Recreation Hall.

All welcome.

Detailed information at www.scca.net.au/lifestyle/calendar-of-events

Festival includes:

The Art of Ageing Exhibition.

Marion Grove Recreation Hall.

All week, various opening times.

This very successful travelling exhibition celebrates the experience an contributions of older people in NSW, with thirty images and stories that challenge out-dated perceptions of ageing.

February 18.

SCCA Seniors Festival

Opening. 10 am to 12 noon.

The Festival’s Grand

Opening will include The Eleventh Hour Choir and the short film, Every Wednesday, by Lachlan Payne, which stars the residents of Marion Grove.

Marion Grove Ukulele Group Performance.

1.30pm to 2.30pm

Come along for this toe tapping, ukulele strumming concert.

February 22.

Final Day Seniors Festival, Marion Grove Recreation Hall

Events include: 10 am to 11.30 am, a Sing Along with Mei Wei and the Marion Grove Groovers and at 1 pm to 2 pm a demonstration of Dancing for Parkinson's.

February 20 & 21. Museum Guided Tour and Morning Tea. Coffs Harbour Regional Museum. 10am

Special guided tours for Seniors of the Museum and its exhibitions. FREE but bookings essential at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seniors-festival-museum-tours-tickets-54681186902?aff=ebdssbdestsearch Further information at 6648 4900.

February 24. Musical Afternoon in Coffs Botanical Gardens. 2.30pm

Coffs Orchestra and the Bellingen Big Band will entertain in the Gardens Shell from 2.30pm to just before 5pm. Come sit on the lawns and enjoy the music in the beautiful garden surrounds. Some seating provided, the Cafe will open or bring a folding chair and a picnic. Entry is free (donations welcome if you enjoy the music). A range of classics, movie music, jazz and big band music...something for everyone and children welcome.

Why not Age Creatively 365 Days a Year?

Art

Many of the Community based art groups and galleries on the Mid North Coast offer tuition as well as the opportunity to exhibit.

They are also a good place to volunteer if you have an interest in art.

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Craft

Crafts are simply activities involving skill in making things by hand. Many of these are seen as traditional pursuits but there is renewed interest in many of these. A range of groups and activities are available on the Mid North Coast.

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Dance

Put on your dancing shoes and have some fun. The health benefits of dancing for seniors range from improving your physical health to creating strong social connections that increase your sense of happiness and well-being

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Film

Interested in film then why not join your local Film Society or Club.

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Writting

The written word can be a powerful tool of art and creativity. There are a number of writing groups throughout the region where you can share your love of writing or seek to improve your skills. In addition an important resource is the extensive network of libraries throughout the region.

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Cultural Heritage

Did you know we have over 20 museums on the Mid North Coast and all depend on the passion and contribution of their volunteers? Joining a local family history group will give you lots of benefits for researching your family history

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Life Long Learning

As life expectancy increases, more attention is being given to the developmental needs of older people through creative engagement and life long learning.

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Music

Whether it be listening to the smooth, soft tones of Jazz or winding down with classical notes from the comfort of riser recliner chairs, music can improve the quality of our life and even more so if you play an instrument

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Voice

Everyone can sing. It’s inclusive and welcoming of everyone. It is about making happy connections with people from all walks of life and demographics within groups and through performances

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