Full month of se­nior ac­tiv­i­ties

Alpine Observer - - What's On -

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.

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