Seniors Festival 2020

The Hobsons Bay Seniors Festival is from Monday 5 October to Wednesday 28 October. All events are online and free. View the full program(PDF, 2MB)

Events include:

Self Care in Isolation 

Monday 5 October - 11am to 12.30pm

Wellness coach Maggie Flanagan returns with some great strategies to help and support you as you stay at home. Maggie shares her tips to look after your mind, body and soul to ensure you have a healthier, happier isolation experience. 

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Register via email: library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au A link will be sent to you a day before the event along with instructions on how to participate.

If you need any help contact us on 1300 462 542 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, via email at library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au, or via Instagram DM or Facebook Message.

The West Gate Bridge collapse: 50 years on

Tuesday 6 October - 6pm to 8pm

Join us in conversation with Tommy Watson and Danny Gardiner of the West Gate Bridge Memorial Committee to learn about that fateful day, their work on the bridge, and their ongoing battle for workplace safety. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Register via email: library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au 

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Register via email: library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au A link will be sent to you a day before the event along with instructions on how to participate.

If you need any help contact us on 1300 462 542 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, via email at library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au, or via Instagram DM or Facebook Message.

Let's talk books

Wednesday 7 October - Online, 10.30am to 11.30am

Let’s talk books has gone online so we can keep on talking about the books we love, we hate and challenge us. Pour yourself a coffee or a tea, make yourself comfortable and enjoy the pleasure of talking books and the stories, memories and ideas they bring to us.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Register via email: library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au A link will be sent to you a day before the event along with instructions on how to participate.

If you need any help contact us on 1300 462 542 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, via email at library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au, or via Instagram DM or Facebook Message.

Sand Talk: How Indigenous thinking can save the world

Wednesday 7 October - Online, 6.15pm to 7.15pm

Tyson Yunkaporta will be talking about some of the intractable and complex problems facing the world right now, and how Indigenous systems of governance, social organisation, economies and ways of thinking can provide models to find our way through the next few decades and beyond.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Register via email: library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au A link will be sent to you a day before the event along with instructions on how to participate.

If you need any help contact us on 1300 462 542 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, via email at library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au, or via Instagram DM or Facebook Message.

 Extended Family Storytime

Thursday 8 October - Online, 10.30am to 11am

 Join in the fun with stories and songs with special guest presenter, Claire Saxby. Invite members of your extended family to come along and go into the draw to win some great book prize packs!

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Register via email: library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au A link will be sent to you a day before the event along with instructions on how to participate.

If you need any help contact us on 1300 462 542 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, via email at library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au, or via Instagram DM or Facebook Message.

Conversations for the Curious Extended Family Storytime

Bird Detective – Top 10 Tips for spotting birds in Hobsons Bay Sand Talk: How Indigenous thinking can save the world Friday 9 October - Online 10am to 10.45am The Conversation topic will be about Viruses and Immunisation. The topic will be presented by a member of the Friday Conversation group. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: To book and for more detailed information please send a request with your phone number to: Jenni Mitchell – email: jbmitch@westnet.com.au

Peter & Julie Ultra Fox Duet

Monday 12 October - Online 11am to 12pm

Put on your swing while you jazz with Peter and Julie. Enjoy a live performance of classic jazz and swing tunes. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: To register please call Barbara Abreu on 9932 1597. Zoom link will be provided once registered.

Stay-at-home Movie Club

Tuesday 13 October - Online, 1.30pm to 4pm

We’re bringing our popular seniors movie club, “Altona Screentime” to your living room! Each month, the Stay-at-Home Movie Club will feature classic and award-winning films from our Beama film collection. After the movie, our discussion will be held online via video chat.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Register via email: library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au A link will be sent to you a day before the event along with instructions on how to participate.

If you need any help contact us on 1300 462 542 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, via email at library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au, or via Instagram DM or Facebook Message.

Bird Detective – Top 10 Tips for spotting birds in Hobsons Bay

Thursday 15 October - Online 10am to 11am

Join the Conservation Rangers for an interactive presentation on Shorebirds in Hobsons Bay. Find out where to go and pick up some top tips from our local experts on how to get the most out of your ‘Birding’ experience. Whether you are a novice or an expert there will be something in it for everyone. There will be plenty of time for questions and a chat with the rangers after the presentation.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: To register your interest please email the Conservation Ranger at ranger@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

Online Dating for Seniors

Thursday 15 October - Online, 10am to 11.30am

Older Australians are the fastest-growing demographic using online dating websites. The workshop will highlight reputable websites, show you how to stay safe and be aware of scams, give you tips and other useful information to help you safely connect with others.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Register via email: library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au A link will be sent to you a day before the event along with instructions on how to participate.

If you need any help contact us on 1300 462 542 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, via email at library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au, or via Instagram DM or Facebook Message.

Fiddle & Folk Newport Storytellers

Friday 16 October - Online, 7.30pm to 10pm

Newport Storytellers is an open-hearted space for people who want to learn to craft true tales, traditional stories, tall tales, yarns and stories for children; heart to heart and without notes. We welcome beginners and experienced folks.

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 894 5480 4989

100 years of the Williamstown Swimming & Lifesaving Club

Tuesday 20 October - Online 6.30pm to 7.30pm

The Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club is celebrating 100 years this year. The presentation will be an overview of the decades of the Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club with a PowerPoint of images taken from the book ‘100 years 100 stories’ to represent the 100 years.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Register via email: library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au A link will be sent to you a day before the event along with instructions on how to participate.

If you need any help contact us on 1300 462 542 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, via email at library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au, or via Instagram DM or Facebook Message.

Tuesday Blues

Tuesday 20 October - Online 7.30pm to 9.30pm

A mainly accoustic rehearsal for mellow classics and beltin’ blues, soul, roots etc. Get your blues harps, slides, basses and strings ready. Whatever you play, if you can turn it to blues, roots and soul, boogie on down! Led by Gaelle Horsley and Ric Peck.

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 861 6603 5950 Passcode: 358327

Newport Bush Orchestra

Monday 26 October - Online, 7.30pm

The Newport Bush Orchestra has been running since early 2006. Under the leadership of local musicians Greg O’Leary and Neil Jolly, the Orchestra has developed an impressive reportoire of Australian traditonal tunes. New members are always welcome.

Join the Zoom Meeting - or go to - Web: zoom.us Meeting ID: 916 126 8826 Passcode: 2020

Senior’s Tea & Talk at home with Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre

Wednesday 28 October - Online, 11am

Enjoy your morning tea with us via Zoom or if you prefer, we will phone you for a chat at your convenience.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: When you register, we’ll deliver to your address a morning tea in a box to register email us at admin@ljac.com.au or phone 9398 2511 with your name and address.

Events and activities on demand

Radio Reimagined

Online

Listen now until the end of the year a new radio program, presenting a new radio program in addition to the Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined. Featuring music and entertainment, radio play and a fantastic mix of spoken word No booking is necessary, listen anytime online 

In the groove

Online

Watch performances from the 2020 Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined until the end of the year. Enjoy, comment and share as new performances are added every week. No booking is necessary, watch anytime online.

Walking Trail - available at all times

Online

Hobsons Bay offers a surprising array of attractions that are sure to appeal to everyone. Due to the restrictions some facilities are currently closed. Click on the link below to view map - www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/walkingandcycling

A history walk around Spotswood available at all times

Online

Listen as you take a walk around Spotswood. Download the Museum Victoria app to learn about the sights in the local area.