Seniors Festival 2023

Seniors Festival is celebrating 41 years with live, local, and online events. This year’s theme – ‘Learn Love Live’ provides fun and good times with opportunities to participate in events and activities for free or low cost throughout October each year.

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Zumba

Monday 2 October

9.30am, Caulfield Recreation Centre

Perfect for every BODY and easy for everyone. Come for some zest, zip and lots of fun.

Leave with a spring in your step. Set to Latin rhythms, it’s totally exhilarating, and you’ll make new friends.

Bookings essential, call Glen Eira Leisure on 9575 7100.


Aqua Fitness

Tuesday 3 October

7.30am, Glen Eira Sports Aquatic Centre

Come and try the fun, energetic cardio launch workout in the indoor 25m pool.

Bookings essential, call Glen Eira Leisure on 9575 7100.


Basket Weaving Workshop

Tuesday 3 October

10.30am-12.30pm, Glen Eira Town Hall

We are delighted to have Our Songlines join us for this weaving workshop. Weaving is an ancient Aboriginal women’s technique that dates back thousands of years.

This Weave and Yarn workshop in small group aims to personalise the experience and ensure quality learnings.

Places are strictly limited. Register your interest to attend.


Tai Chi @ GESAC

Wednesday 4 October

8.30am, Glen Eira Sports Aquatic Centre

Come and try this gentle, movement meditation. These gentle exercises create mind and body harmony. Promotes mental acuity, improves balance, control, and overall well-being.

Bookings essential, call Glen Eira Leisure on 9575 7100.


Microsoft Word and Excel

Wednesday 4 October

10am, 11.30am and 12pm, Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre

Improve your digital abilities. Format, save and locate files. Navigate documents and shortcuts. Create and modify tables.

Phone: (03) 9578 8996

Email: info@gealc.org.au


Facebook 101

Wednesday 4 October

10.30am – 12pm, Carnegie Library and Community Centre

Facebook lets you communicate and share updates, photos, and videos with friends and family all over the world.

Learn the basics of Facebook and how to get the most out of this social networking platform.

Presented by Ready Tech Go. Tailored for adults.

Free event. Bookings essential. 


Activate Circuit

Thursday 5 October

10.35am, Glen Eira Sports Aquatic Centre

A strength and cardio workout for older adults of all body types and fitness levels.

Bookings essential, call Glen Eira Leisure on 9575 7100.


Singalong with GEALC Choir

Thursday 5, 12, 19 and 26 October

12.30pm–1.30pm, Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre

Whether you join in to improve your singing, give yourself a boost, meet new friends, or just for sheer joy, Singalong with GEALC Choir will rock your world.

Free event. Bookings essential.

Phone: 03 9578 8996

Email: info@gealc.org.au 


Croquet and High Tea in Elsternwick

5–28 October

Elsternwick Croquet Club, 27 Parkside Street Elsternwick

Something different every Thursday and Saturday during October, 11am–1pm.

Keep fit, laugh, make new friends, and learn the skills of Croquet. Hosted by Club members. Join us in the club house for high tea. Everyone welcome.

Cost $10 or donation.

Bring flat shoes and LEARN a new skill, LOVE being outdoors, and keep that brain and body moving to LIVE your best life.

To book email playcroquet3185@gmail.com or phone Sally 0423 222 918.


Sh’bam

Friday 6 October

10.30am, Caulfield Recreation Centre

Sh’Bam features simple dance moves, set to chart-topping popular dance hits.

It’s the ultimate fun and sociable way to exercise.

Bookings essential, call Glen Eira Leisure on 9575 7100.


Connections — A Warrawee Community Residents Exhibition

6–22 October, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm-5pm

Gallery Two, Glen Eira City Council Gallery

Artworks created by the residents of Warrawee Community during workshops facilitated by teacher Corrie Wild are featured in this exhibition. Themes of connection and expression through creativity have inspired this vibrant exhibition.

It is being presented during the Victorian Seniors Festival Month, an annual state-wide festival for and involving seniors.

For more information visit Exhibitions.


Not Strictly Ballroom

Monday 9 October

11am–1pm, Glen Eira Town Hall, Auditorium

Glen Eira Seniors Festival launch event. Showcasing ballroom and cultural dancers from Caulfield Over 50’s Dance Group and the Bentleigh Chinese Community Association.

This event is free, accessible, and open to the community to enjoy morning tea, a live concert band, and the incredible skills on display — all in the delightful surrounds of our historic Town Hall Auditorium.

Meet the dancers and maybe even put your best foot forward!

Bookings essential. 


Getting started with Microsoft Excel

Tuesday 10 October

10.30am–12pm, Carnegie Library and Community Centre

Microsoft Excel is a powerful spreadsheet program that can used for budgeting and so much more. In this workshop, you will learn how to create new spreadsheets, edit them, manage the toolbar, and even create some simple formulas.

Free event. Bookings essential. 


Stay safe from scams

Tuesday 10 October

12.30pm–1.30pm, Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre

Scammers try to steal your money or personal information- they are modern day fraudsters. Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages, and income levels across Australia.

All of us may be vulnerable to a scam at some time and Australians aged 65 and over report the highest losses.

Learn how to avoid different types of scams and stay safe online.

Phone: 03 9578 8996
Email: info@gealc.org.au


Free come and try sessions at Godfrey St Community House, Bentleigh

Tuesday 10 October

Grandparents Story Time 9.30am–10.30am

Story time paired with some indoor and outdoor play in our wonderful, child centred space.

Armchair Yoga 10.30am–11.30am

A class for relaxation and mindfulness, moving the body in a safe and effective way. No floor work.

Stretch, Strength and Balance 1pm–2pm and 2.30pm–3.30pm

Strengthening exercises are taught using hand weights and strengthening bands along with core muscle exercises and balance.

Bookings required.

Phone: 9557 9037

Email: admin@godfreystreet.org


Low waste parties

Wednesday 11 October

11am–12pm, ONLINE (Libraries)

Party season is not too far away. And while a celebration with family and friends feels great, seeing the waste it can create does not.

Join sustainability educator, Kirsty Bishop-Fox, as she shares some tips and tricks to reduce party waste and put on an eco-friendly celebration.

Suitable for ages 13 and up.

Free event. Bookings essential. 


Gentle yoga

Wednesday 11 October

7pm–8pm, Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre

Come and try a blend of yoga and Tai Chi to replenish your soul, restore your body, build strength, and body balance.

Free! Bookings essential.

Phone: 03 9578 8996

Email: info@gealc.org.au


Life stage planning: Power of Attorney and Medical Treatment Decision Maker

Thursday 12 October

10.30am–11.30am, Glen Eira Town Hall

Planning for your future, should a time arise when you are unable to make certain decisions, is it about your important right, to make your own decisions.

For this reason, only you can plan for your future decision-making. Office of Public Advocate joins us to discuss planning ahead and what we need to consider when appointing a Power of Attorney and medical treatment decision maker, followed by Q&A.

Bookings essential. 


Mandala Drawing

Thursday 12 October

11am–1pm, Caulfield South Community House

This drawing/meditation class is for everyone. No experience necessary, artistic skills are not required. Ernestine will guide you thoughtfully through the process.

You will be amazed with your mandala creation. Cost $5

Bookings required. 


Pop-In Week at Bentleigh U3A

Monday 16–Friday 20 October

10am–2.30pm, Bentleigh U3A, Moorleigh Community Village

Pop into Bentleigh U3A at Moorleigh Village to discover the exciting array of classes and programs.

No need to book. Have a chat with a member and cuppa.

For more information visit U3A Bentleigh.

Phone: 9570 3929


Be connected (IT session)

Monday 16 October

2pm–3.30pm, Caulfield South Community House

Use your device for overseas trips. This group tutorial will help you plan your next holiday online. Show you how to download Google Earth and learn how to jump all around the world with the click of a mouse.

You can also explore hotel and flight comparison websites with them. Understanding how to tap into data plans and data access.

Gold coin donation.

Bookings required. 


Afternoon Tea at Rippon Lea Estate

Tuesday 17 October

1pm, Rippon Lea Estate

Get in fast for one of our most sought-after activities. Fans and newcomers will be delighted by a special afternoon tea, a self-guided tour and, all in the glorious surrounds of our stunning historical treasure, Rippon Lea Estate.

Places are limited.

Register your interest to attend. 


Rummy (cards)

Tuesday 17 October

1pm-3pm, Caulfield South Community House

Join us for an afternoon of Rummy, accompanied by a delightful afternoon tea. A great opportunity for you to socialise while engaging in a fun and stimulating card game.

Friendly and knowledgeable program leaders who can instruct you and show you a trick or two. All levels welcome.

Gold coin donation


Getting started with Microsoft Word

Wednesday 18 October

10.30am–12pm, Carnegie Library and Community Centre​

Microsoft Word is a powerful word-processing program that can be used for many different purposes. In this workshop, learn how to create, save and edit new documents, manage your toolbars – and so much more. Tailored for adults.

Free event. Bookings essential. 


Super brain train

Friday 20 October

11am–1pm, Carnegie Library and Community Centre

Learn how to learn more, remember more, and boost your brain power with wellness coach, Maggie Flanagan.

In this two-hour interactive workshop, Maggie will cover brain awareness, stress reduction skills, movement, and how to feed your brain for optimum health. Tailored for adults.

Free event. Bookings essential. 


Antiques appraisal

Friday 20 October

12pm–3pm, Bentleigh U3A, Moorleigh Community Village

Auctioneer and antiques specialist David Freeman provides an engaging talk and then can appraise 2 small items you’re welcome to bring along.

Bookings essential. Visit U3A Bentleigh or call 9570 3929.


Friday fun with Bentleigh U3A

Friday 20 October

2–4pm ONLINE via ZOOM

Friday Fun is an online quiz, music video and information session for the whole family. Find us at https://u3abentleigh.org.au/

Bookings essential, phone 9570 3929.


Frankie Davis Jnr

Sunday 22 October

1pm, Bentleigh Senior Citizens Centre, Arthur St. Bentleigh

The King of Swing puts the Swoon in Croon. Come and singalong, tap your toes or get up on the dance floor.

Followed by the famous KG Putt Seniors Club scones with jam and cream.

Cost $5

Bookings essential by 18 October.

Mobile: 0423 305 619.


Glen Eira Seniors Table Tennis Fun Day

Monday 23 October

10am–2pm, Glen Eira Sports Aquatic Centre

Glen Eira’s furiously fit Senior Citizen Clubs that love Table Tennis are going to shake it up - mixing teams in a social event in the stadium at GESAC.

Come along and meet the clubs and watch the action. Its friendly, fun, and frighteningly skilful. Maybe you’ll be inspired to join one of our active seniors clubs.

To book, email seniorsfestival@gleneira.vic.gov.au


Managing photos on Apple Mac

Monday 23 October

10.30am–12pm, Carnegie Library and Community Centre

Time to organise those precious photos on Windows! These interactive workshops will cover best practice for managing, naming, and organising photos on your personal computer.

You will also take away some tips for creating slideshows and even sharing photos with friends and family. Tailored for adults.

Free event. Bookings essential. 


First Aid for Seniors

Tuesday 24 October

10am–12pm, Glen Eira Town Hall, Caulfield Cup Room

The session will provide seniors and their carers knowledge of identifying emergency early, accident prevention strategies, general AED knowledge and important contacts resources.

Facilitated by Community First Responders Australia.

Bookings essential. 


Rediscover the sounds you love with Hearing Australia

Wednesday 25 October

9am–3pm, CARPARK 90-92 Bignell Road East Bentleigh

The Hearing Australia Bus will be at Moorleigh Community Village for free hearing tests and information.

Bookings preferred.

To book your spot, call 03 9581 0300.


Growing tomatoes

Wednesday 25 October

9.30am–10.30am, Caulfield South Community House

Tomato planning and planting session. It is time to plant your tomato seedlings. Come and learn some very ‘sort after’ tips, tricks, and secrets about tomatoes and how they grow! Seeds, punnets, and potting mix is supplied.

Cost $5

Bookings required.


Forum: a question of ageism

Wednesday 25 October

7.15pm–9.30pm, Glen Eira Townhall, Theatrette

Ageism is a hidden bias that deeply affects residents, businesses, and our entire community.

Join our discussion with community and business leaders, alongside our expert panel to address the question of ageism.

Keynote speaker, Ro Allan, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Bring your questions, stories, and ideas to this informative, interactive, and inspiring event.

Bookings essential. 


Singing in the Rain, a cinema classic not to be missed

Thursday 26 October

10am, Classic Cinema, 9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick

Film critics constantly refer to SINGING IN THE RAIN as one of the greatest movies of all time.

There’s something for everyone as the stars light up the screen with some of the funniest, most skilful, and glorious song and dance routines ever filmed. Limited seats.

Register your interest to attend. 


Glen Eira U3A Open Day

Thursday 26 October

12.30pm–3.30pm, U3A Glen Eira, 1151 Glenhuntly Roadd

Speak with tutors and browse a diverse and exciting range of short or long courses ranging from dance and exercise to art, craft, discussion groups, technology, and languages.

Re-ignite a passion or come and try something new. And have a cuppa and light refreshments.

For more information visit, https://gleneirau3a.org.au or phone 03 9572 0571.


Floristry – Arrangement in a Box

Friday 27 October

10.30am–12pm, Caulfield South Community House

Flowers and foliage are arranged in a box with either wire or floral foam. Fresh seasonal flowers will be provided as well as all materials and use of tools.

Take home your own beautiful arrangement or gift to a friend.

Cost $30

Bookings essential. 


Community Variety Concert

Sunday 29 October

2pm–4pm, East Bentleigh Senior Citizens Centre, 1 Derry Street

Everyone is invited to attend a celebration of music and culture in the East Bentleigh Senior Citizens Centre concert hall.

Featuring the all-swinging DJ Coakley Club Band, THE DERRY AIRS, featuring songs from Bran Nue Day and all-time classics.

PLUS: special guests from the Sinhala Cultural & Community Services Foundation proudly presenting both classical and traditional performances. Not to be missed!

Bookings essential. 


Managing photos on Windows

Monday 30 October

10.30am–12pm, Carnegie Library and Community Centre

Time to organise those precious photos on Windows!

These interactive workshops will cover best practice for managing, naming, and organising photos on your personal computer.

You will also take away some tips for creating slideshows and even sharing photos with friends and family. Tailored for adults.

Free event. Bookings essential. 



Defibrillator and CPR Training

Tuesday 31 October

12.30pm–1.30pm, Caulfield South Community House

Did you know that CPR can double a person's chances of survival from a cardiac arrest? Learn the basics of CPR and how to use a defibrillator at this session.

Learning more about lifesaving skills will give you the confidence to act when it matters most. No previous training is necessary.

Facilitated by Bolton Clark.

Note: This is not accredited training, and no assessment will be required.

Bookings essential. 


 

8 days of free public transport

Sunday 1 October to Sunday 8 October

As a Victorian Seniors Card holder, you can get out and explore metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria with free travel from Sunday 1 October to Sunday 8 October.

How to travel during the free travel period

Remember to always carry your Seniors myki and Victorian Seniors Card with you on public transport. Touch on and off as usual, you won’t be charged. The system is set to automatically recognize Seniors myki cards so you can travel for free across this time. On regional services that don’t use myki, just show your Victorian Seniors Card to the conductor or bus driver.

Where you can go

You’ll be able to travel for free on all public transport in Victoria, including:

  • Melbourne trains, trams, and buses
  • Regional trains, coaches, and buses (including regional town bus services)

We recommend travelling during off-peak hours. You’ll be more likely to find a seat.