Full month of senior activities
By JUSTIN JENVEY
LOCAL seniors will have the chance to ‘get social’ over the coming weeks with a host of activities planned across the Alpine Shire and the state during October.
The Victoria Seniors Festival is an occasion for fun, to experience something new or different and catch up with old friends or make new ones.
Alpine Shire Council community development officer Jenny Corser said the theme of Victoria Seniors Festival is free or low-cost activities to encourage everyone to participate.
“It’s a really good way for older people to get out and about and even travel to another town for activities, afternoon teas and to catch up with other seniors,” she said.
“This is council’s fifth year promoting and coordinator a calendar of events, we work with community groups to get them to run something and again have a really good spread across all the towns in the shire.”
Morning teas, lunches and discounted movie screenings at Cloud9 Cinema in Bright are among the many activities.
There will also be things to do at Mt Buffalo including chalet tours and abseiling for the more adventurous.
“We’re really grateful that Adventure Guides Australia are providing some free abseiling at Mt Buffalo, that gets advertised across the state and was really popular last year,” Ms Corser said.
“It’s also great to have Parks Victoria come onboard to run some chalet tours over three different days.
“It’s the first time we’ve had that available spe- cifically for Seniors Festival and is only being promoted to local seniors.”
The first local activity to take place this Victorian Seniors Festival will be next Tuesday with a lunch at the Rose Garden Community Café in Mt Beauty from 12pm.
The following day Mt Beauty U3A and Mt Beauty Seniors Club will put on an afternoon tea and movie screening at the Senior Citizen’s Hall.
Grandparent’s Story Time at the Bright Library on Thursday, October 4 will be Bright’s first event, while on Monday, October 8 Myrtleford U3A will host a morning of Finska at the Myrtleford piazza.
Victorian Seniors Card holders can also get out and explore Melbourne and regional Victoria with free travel on V/Line services for one week from October 7-14.
Information on Victorian Seniors Festival activities in the Alpine Shire and across the state are available at the council offices, local libraries and neighbourhood centres.
You can also find event listings online at www. seniorsonline.gov.au.
ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS: Older Victorians will again have the chance to do some abseiling at Mt Buffalo during Victorian Seniors Month.