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THE Vic­to­rian Se­niors Fes­ti­val runs through­out Oc­to­ber and there will be a range of ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer through­out the Strath­bo­gie Shire, which has a vi­brant se­niors com­mu­nity.

Euroa Third Age Club is a big part of that and it has or­gan­ised a free con­cert to fin­ish off the fes­ti­val on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31 at the Third Age Club Hall from 1.30pm.

Look­ing for­ward to a busy month are (from left) Pam Vaughan, Pat Frewen, Ann Ni­cholls, An­nette Dif­fey, Mavis Bri­er­ley, Ma­rina Van Maa­nen­berg, Judy Wil­liamson, Joan Os­bourne and Ch­eryl Smith.

THE Vic­to­rian Se­niors Fes­ti­val runs through­out Oc­to­ber and there will be plenty to do in Strath­bo­gie Shire.

The fes­ti­val kicks off with a free screen­ing of An­dre Rieu: Amore Trib­ute to Love at the Euroa Com­mu­nity Cinema to­day at 10am.

If you’re more of a wa­ter per­son, then the Nagam­bie Fish­ing Bowl com­pe­ti­tion might be for you.

The event will be hosted by the Nagam­bie Se­nior Cit­i­zens on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 16 from 10am to 2pm, which is also a free event with ex­cel­lent prizes on of­fer, as well as a bar­be­cue lunch.

Nagam­bie Se­nior Cit­i­zens pres­i­dent Lind­say Moore said the group en­cour­ages all se­niors to gather at the Black Caviar Statue for a great day out.

“Nagam­bie is a great town; we’ve got a lovely lake and we wanted to pro­mote our town,” Mr Moore said.

“It is go­ing to be a re­ally so­cial event, with old time rock and roll mu­sic.”

Euroa Third Age Club will fin­ish the month off on a high with a free con­cert hap­pen­ing on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31 at the Third Age Club Hall from 1.30pm.

The con­cert will in­clude live per­for­mances from Jimmy David­son and Gayle Fitzger­ald, as well as a raf­fle with some great prizes.

Please get in con­tact with the Euroa Third Age Club to re­serve a seat, due to lim­ited seat­ing for the con­cert and those at­tend­ing are also en­cour­aged to bring along a plate to share.

Other lo­cal se­niors groups will be host­ing a num­ber of lun­cheons and ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the Se­niors Fes­ti­val.

Avid se­nior cit­i­zen groups op­er­at­ing around the Strath­bo­gie Shire in­clude Avenel Se­nior Cit­i­zens, Nagam­bie Se­nior Cit­i­zens, Long­wood Se­nior Cit­i­zens, Euroa Third Age Club and Vi­o­let Town Se­nior Cit­i­zens.

Strath­bo­gie Shire Mayor Amanda Mc­Claren said it is great to be able to sup­port lo­cal se­niors with some fan­tas­tic events and ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer.

“Over 30 per cent of Strath­bo­gie Shire’s pop­ula- tion is made up of peo­ple aged 60 or over and we are the sec­ond most de­sir­able re­tire­ment des­ti­na­tion in Vic­to­ria, so it is great to be able to cel­e­brate our se­niors dur­ing the 2018 Se­niors Fes­ti­val,” Cr Mc­Claren said.

“We have fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity groups and very ac­tive se­niors who have reg­u­lar lun­cheons, bingo, dances, bus trips and hol­i­days through­out the year, and we re­ally en­cour­age any se­niors liv­ing in the Strath­bo­gie Shire to con­tact your clos­est se­nior cit­i­zen group to get in­volved.

“This year is all about get- ting so­cial and get­ting out and about in the com­mu­nity.”

Se­niors will also get the priv­i­lege of free pub­lic trans­port to ex­plore Mel­bourne and re­gional Vic­to­ria from Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 7 to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14.

If car­ry­ing your Se­niors Myki and Vic­to­rian Se­niors Card with you on pub­lic trans­port, se­niors are able to touch on and touch off as usual, with­out be­ing charged dur­ing the eight days.

The free travel ap­plies to Mel­bourne’s trains, trams and buses and re­gional V/Line trains, coaches and buses.

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