Christmas in Cooroy
THIS year's Christmas in Cooroy celebrations are set to be the best yet.
Event manager Danielle Taylor said she had received a huge response to the theme, and several floats for the parade were already in production.
"We really encourage businesses and community groups to get involved, as it is a great way to get exposure for your organisation and, of course, it's heaps of fun. One of the main reasons this event is so popular is because everything is free - even the rides, the face painting and the Santa visits," she added.
Such a grand event doesn't come cheap, as Endora, mistress of all grand event planning, knows. It costs almost $50,000 to stage, and locals are grateful for the support from business sponsorships and Sunshine Coast Council.
"About 100 volunteers donate hundreds of hours of their time, which is amazing," Danielle said.
"They are the Christmas elves that really bring Cooroy's Christmas spirit alive."
Seniors' movie morning
ROUND up your friends and enjoy a seniors' morning tea at Noosa 5 Cinemas on October 31.
For only $10, you can enjoy a morning at the movies, plus tea or coffee and a special treat before, during, or after your movie.
The movie showing is The Intouchables.
Arrive at 9.30am for your coffee and treat and get into the cinema for the start of
the movie at 10am.
Endora is a senior (albeit a sprightly one who looks a good three decades younger than her true age) and she would love to join in this fun morning if she didn't have such a full-time job penning this column.
The Intouchables is a French film about an aristocrat who becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident and hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker.
Winning six international awards, this film is a must-see.
Boots for Bali
EILEEN and David Walder of Eerwah Vale have just returned from a three-week visit to Bali, where they provide support, equipment and money for the Samuh/Bugbug Village kindergarten, soccer teams and several Balinese families through their Boots for Bali project.
Eileen said it was heartwarming to see just how much had been achieved at the kindergarten since their last visit.
Following the Walders' donations of uniforms and equipment for five village teams, the Balinese government has now given a grant to encourage the continuation of soccer and futsal.
David and Eileen raise money through donations, sausage sizzles, golf days and raffles.
Poverty is still a huge problem, especially in rural areas, and all education must be paid for, so many children are denied education as there is no social security or income for far too many people.
"The Balinese are such beautiful, friendly and gentle people," Eileen said.
"Our reward is seeing the joy on their faces when they see what we have for them."
Thirty years of Probus
WOMEN were part of this month's celebrations for the 30th anniversary of Noosa 2010 Combined Probus Club.
But that wasn't the case when the club formed on October 7, 1982.
Back then it was a men's only club.
"It was rebirthed on February 8, 2010, and became a combined club," president Lorraine Roberts said.
The history, good memories and camaraderie were recalled at a recent celebratory lunch at Blue Ginger Bistro attended by 75 people, including Rotary Noosa president Tess Alexandroff.
The anniversary cake was cut by life members and past presidents, Keith Venn and John Pawsey.
Probus Association of Queensland president Neil Wagstaff presented a 30-year certificate.
The Chain of Office featuring the badges of 30 past presidents was framed and presented to past presidents.
A new ribbon and chain of office with the names of the presidents of the combined club was presented to president, Lorraine Robe.
Endora sends her happy anniversary wishes to the club.
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