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Bayside Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Bayside City Council proudly presents the 17th year of the Bayside Seniors Festival. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this year’s festival will be coming live to your living room with a program full of especially curated content.

Find out about:

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We encourage you to take part in many of the online performances, guest speakers, health and wellbeing sessions, storytelling and much more that are on offer during the month of October.

Booking events

Most events require advanced bookings. Please read booking information carefully as booking processes vary dependent on the organiser.

Booking links are listed below each event. These will open in new windows for you to complete your booking and then you can return to this page for further bookings.

If you are struggling with booking an event you can call us on 03 9599 4776.

Joining Zoom events

The majority of events will be presented over Zoom. To access Zoom you will need a computer, tablet or smartphone and internet connection.

  • To join a Zoom event, click on the link in the email that was provided to you by the event organiser. Each event will have its own unique zoom link.
  • It is good practice to join the event 5–10 minutes prior to the event starting to allow time should you have difficulties connecting.

We thank the various community groups who have opened their ‘online’ doors to welcome seniors to join in their activities.

The festival aims to acknowledge and celebrate older residents and the valuable contribution they make to Bayside. We want people to have fun whilst connecting to their community.

We hope you enjoy the 2020 Bayside Seniors Festival!

    Get yourself festival ready

    Bayside Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020. Get festival really with zoom training events.

    Events will be available for booking via this page closer to the event. In the meantime, please take advantage of our free Zoom training events...

    Many of the events will be presented online via Zoom. We understand that some people are unfamiliar with Zoom so we are providing five FREE training sessions which are tailored to provide Bayside seniors with the know-how and confidence for getting online and participating in the Senior Festival events.  

    All training session will be run by Jo Lambie from Stay in Touch who has over 11 years’ experience in getting seniors digitally connected. All you will need is a device that is connected to the internet. 

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    Stay in Touch will also open the meeting one hour prior to training to assist anyone that needs help joining. Jo and her team will be there to help and guide you all the way.

    Zoom training session details

    Bookings are essential. To register simply click on one of the links below and fill in the registration form. Links to access the event will be emailed to you prior to start.

    Zoom and WhatsApp (suitable for all devices)

    Date: Friday 25 September

    Time:10.30am (IT support available from: 9.30am)

    Register for 25 Sept

    Date Friday 2 October

    Time: 10.30am (IT support available from: 9.30am)

    Register for 2 Oct

    Date Thursday 8 October

    Time: 10.30am (IT support available from: 9.30am)

    Register for 8 Oct

    Zoom and Facetime (suitable for Apple users – those with an iPad and/or iPhone)

    Date Thursday 1 October

    Time: 10.30am (IT support available from: 9.30am)

    Register for 1 Oct

    Date: Tuesday 6 October

    Time: 10.30am (IT support available from: 9.30am)

    Register for 6 Oct

    If you have any questions or require assistance bookings [at] stayintouch.net.au (email Stay in Touch) or call on 9596 4547.

    Bayside Seniors Festival events

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    Arts and crafts

    Food and cooking

    Health and fitness

    History

    Music

    Reading, writing and language

    Sports and recreation

    Technology

    Wellbeing

    Guest speakers

    Festival program by date

    Poetry competition

    Calling all ‘Senior’ Bayside poets! Enter your latest poems in the Bayside Library Poetry Competition. Open to seniors who are Bayside residents or Bayside Library members. Enter an unpublished poem of no more than 25 lines to libraryevents [at] bayside.vic.gov.au or pop it in the post and mail to: Bayside Library Poetry Competition, Brighton Library, 14 Wilson St Brighton, 3186. Entries close Sunday 25 October. Please include your name and contact number on your entry. Join us for the announcement and reading of the winning entry on Thursday 29 October at 2pm.

    Organiser: Bayside Libraries

    Date/time: 1-25 October

    Winner announcement booking

    Seniors Classes - moving your body (chair based)

    Join Sports Therapist, Tim Webber for some seated chair based gentle exercises. Tim will have you stretching and moving for 20 minutes - all from the comfort of your home. This session requires a solid, stable chair and a broom to complete the exercises.

    Organiser: Highett Youth Club 

    Date/time: Fri, 2-Oct, 9am-9:20am

    highettyouthclub [at] bigpond.com (Email to book Seniors Classes (sitting))

    Seniors classes - moving your body (standing)

    Join Sports Therapist, Tim Webber for some gentle stretching and moving exercises. Whilst most of the class will involve standing, a chair and a broom is also required.

    Organiser: Highett Youth Club 

    Date/time: Fri 2-Oct, 9:30am- 9:50am

    highettyouthclub [at] bigpond.com (Email to book Seniors Classes (standing))

    Introduction to Cryptic Crosswords

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    Bayside U3A’s Introduction to Cryptic Crosswords are for everyone. Join us as we explain ways to read and analyse a set of cryptic clues and discover the range of word games commonly used. Through this you will also gain insights into the history and structure of many of the words we used. From there you will be able to construct your own clues to challenge others at a later date.

    Organiser: Bayside U3A

    Date/time: Fri, 2-Oct, 10.30am-11.30am

    baysideu3a [at] gmail.com (Email to book Cryptic Crosswords)

    Tech Coach - Zoom

    If you are feeling like you need a confidence boost in attending Zoom events then come along to this tech coaching session with Library staff and test out some of the functions in Zoom that will have you attending all the great Seniors Festival events.

    Organiser: Bayside Libraries

    Date/time: Mon, 5 Oct, 11am-12noon

    Contact number: 9261 7840

    Tech Coach - Zoom bookings

    Introduction to Calming, Relaxing, Living Course (CARELIV)

    Meditation and yoga practitioner Stephen Le Page will conduct a daily CARELIV /meditation session for the week of 5-9 October. These classes will consist of tuition and practicing the techniques of breathing, relaxing and meditation. The sessions are designed specifically to calm and relax ourselves which is important for good mental health and well-being.

    Organiser: Highett Seniors Club

    Date/time: 5, 6, 7, 8 , 9 Oct, 9am-10am

    lepageco [at] ozemail.com.au (Email to book CARELIV)

    Fit & Fabulous exercise class

    Join us for the exciting launch of our online exercise class - Fit & Fabulous. This class is suitable for all fitness levels and will allow you to work at your own pace and ability. Move to music while you build strength, improve your balance and tone your muscles. Don’t have any gym equipment at home? Never fear, you can use household items like cans of beans instead of weights.

    Organiser: Sandybeach Centre

    Date/time: Tue, 6-Oct
    9.15am
    10.15am

    Booking options:
    Visit Sandybeach website
    admin [at] sandybeach.org.au (Email Sandybeach Centre)
    Call: 9598 2155

    Poetry by phone

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    Enjoy listening to your favorite poem every Tuesday and Thursday over the phone and chat about the poem after the reading. Call Heather from the Bayside Library team on 9261 7840 to register and arrange a time for the reading.

    Organiser: Bayside Libraries

    Date/time: 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 Oct

    Bookings: call 9261 7840

    Introduction to Spanish

    Have you ever wanted to learn Spanish but have never found the time? We are offering Introduction to Spanish Classes to give you a taste of the beginners course. There will be a 45 minute class each Wednesday for four weeks with Claudia. We can help set you up if you have not used Zoom before.

    Organiser: Hampton Community Centre & Highett Neighbourhood Community House

    Date/time: 7, 14, 21 & 28 Oct, 3.15pm-4pm

    Introduction to Spanish bookings

    Poetry that delights

    Relax during your coffee break and listen to Heather each Wednesday as she reads poetry that delights. Streamed online and live via Bayside Library’s Facebook page. Feel free to comment and interact throughout the poetry reading!

    Organiser: Bayside Libraries

    Date/time: 7, 14, 21 & 28 Oct, 11am

    Contact number: 9261 7840

    No booking required. Simply visit the Bayside Library Facebook page at the the date and time.  

    Visit Bayside Library Facebook page

    Learn about the game of croquet

    Join us for a virtual afternoon tea and find out about the fascinating game of croquet. We will show you some short videos abut the game and answer your questions about the game and the club.

    Organiser: Brighton Croquet Club

    Date/time: Thu, 8-Oct, 2pm-3pm

    brightoncroquetclub [at] gmail.com (Email Brighton Croquet Club to book)

    Thriving in a COVID-19 world

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    Join Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention as he reflects on how he has adapted his personal and professional journey through the COVID-19 pandemic. He will talk about the attributes of ageing well and share some insight into his soon to be released report on ageing well in a changing world. He will be joined by three Bayside residents to chat about how they have responded to COVID-19 restrictions and what they are doing to keeping active, busy and connected.

    Organiser: Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians

    Date/time: Fri, 9-Oct, 10am to11.15 am

    Thriving in a COVID-19 world bookings

    Music Event - Young Hearts Happy Show

    An uplifting event for all ages brought to you by Andrea Lees and her team of talented performers. Sing along to your old favourites, tap your toes to new tunes and stretch your brains with our music quiz! This show marks the launch of Sandybeach’s brand new Intergenerational Program - bringing together music lovers across the generations and supported by a Bayside City Council Inclusive Grant. So whether you are three or 103, grab a cuppa, tune in and join us for a fabulous fun morning of musical entertainment. The show will be delivered online and also on DVD by request. More details upon registration.

    Organiser: Sandybeach Centre

    Date/time: Fri, 9-Oct, 10.30am-11.30am

    Booking options:
    Visit Sandybeach website
    admin [at] sandybeach.org.au (Email Sandybeach Centre)
    Call: 9598 2155

    Flexibility: Learn ways to keep active and supple

    This session is designed to introduce you to ways to improve muscle strength, mobility, flexibility of joints, balance, posture and reduce the potential to fall. Follow a series of simple exercises in flexibility and mobility including a balance exercise component, stretching of all muscle groups and relaxation. Participants should wear well-supporting shoes and non-constricting clothes.

    Organiser: Bayside U3A

    Date/time: Fri, 9-Oct
    10.30am
    11.30am

    baysideu3a [at] gmail.com (Email Bayside U3A to book)

    Tech Coach - Zoom

    If you are feeling like you need a confidence boost in attending Zoom events then come along to this tech coaching session with Library staff and test out some of the functions in Zoom that will have you attending all the great Seniors Festival events.

    Organiser: Bayside Libraries

    Date/time: Fri, 9-Oct, 11am-12noon

    Contact number: 9261 7840

    Tech Coach - Zoom bookings

    Dumpling making masterclass

    At this special event you will learn to make delicious homemade dumplings. Learn the secret to our healthy coloured wrappers and immune boosting ingredients. See how cooking connects cultures!

    Organiser: Culture Connect Chinese Australia Brighton Beach Inc.

    Date/time: Fri, 9-Oct, 12noon-2pm

    Dumpling making masterclass bookings

    A night on the town

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    We may all be stuck inside for the time being, but for this talk, Brighton Historical Society invites you to join them on a virtual night on the town. There are dazzling ball gowns to be discovered, old picture theatres to be explored, and even some cheeky under-the-counter wine lists! We’ll share with you some of the artefacts and stories from our collection that capture the colourful evenings of Brighton’s past.

    Organiser: Brighton Historical Society

    Date/time: Fri, 9-Oct, 2pm-3pm

    A night on the town bookings

    Gentle Exercise

    Join Kaye in a Gentle Exercise class to get you moving! All abilities are catered for and no equipment required. We can help set you up if you have not used Zoom before.

    Organiser: Hampton Community Centre & Highett Neighbourhood Community House

    Date/time: Mon, 12-Oct, 9.30am-10.30am

    Gentle Exercise bookings

    Modern grandparenting and children’s nutrition

    Are you a grandparent looking after a grandchild or children and interested in some tips on healthy eating? Listen to Jodie McGough, Dietitian, from Connect Health & Community as she discusses infant and children’s nutrition and clarifies the many myths around children’s nutrition. There will be plenty of time to ask questions.

    Organiser: Connect Health and Community

    Date/time: Mon, 12-Oct, 11am-11.45am

    Modern grandparenting and children’s nutrition bookings

    Yoga

    Join Ellen in a yoga Class. All abilities are catered for and no equipment necessary. We can help set you up if you have not used Zoom before.

    Organiser: Hampton Community Centre & Highett Neighbourhood Community House

    Date/time: Tue, 13-Oct, 9.15am-10.30am

    Yoga bookings

    Strength & Balance

    Exercise is one of the best things you can do to counter the ageing process. These classes are specifically designed with the older adult in mind to improve strength, balance and mobility. Our fitness instructor Nikki Licheri is a fully qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer. Nikki’s classes are friendly, functional and welcoming of all abilities.

    Organiser: Castlefield Community Centre

    Date/time: Tue, 13-Oct, 10.30am-11.15am

    castlefieldadmin [at] bayciss.org.au (Email Castlefield to book)

    Sandybeach Centre Carers Online Workshop

    Do you care for a loved one? If YES, then don’t miss this session. Presented during National Carers Week (11–17 October), this free workshop co-hosted with Carers Victoria is designed to enhance carers wellbeing. It will explore why your health and wellbeing is important as well as address barriers and share strategies to help you care for yourself.

    Organiser: Sandybeach Centre

    Date/time: Tue, 13-Oct, 10.30am-11.30am

    Booking options:
    Visit Sandybeach website
    admin [at] sandybeach.org.au (Email Sandybeach Centre)
    Call: 9598 2155

    Trivia - The Golden Age of Hollywood

    Do you know the name of the Academy award winning movie set in the Civil War made in 1939 that starred Clark Gable? Then this is the quiz for you! Join the wonderful Library team of Sue and Fiona presenting a fun filled trivia quiz on the Golden Age of Hollywood. Feel free to dress up, have a drink and nibbles while in the comfort of your own home and get your thinking caps on. There will be at least 3 rounds of 10 questions.

    Organiser: Bayside Libraries

    Date/time: Tue, 13-Oct, 3pm-4pm

    Contact number: 9261 7840

    Trivia bookings

    Strength Training

    Join Sara in her Strength Training class. All abilities are catered for. Use items around your house for weights, like a milk container filled with water! We can help set you up if you have not used Zoom before.

    Organiser: Hampton Community Centre & Highett Neighbourhood Community House

    Date/time: Wed, 14-Oct, 9.30am-10.30am

    Strength Training bookings

    Introduction to drawing

    Join Bernadette in an Introduction to Drawing class. All abilities are catered for. No specific equipment is necessary. We can help set you up if you have not used Zoom before.

    Organiser: Hampton Community Centre & Highett Neighbourhood Community House

    Date/time: Wed, 14-Oct, 10.45am-12pm

    Intro to drawing bookings

    Treasured recipes

    Everybody has a treasured recipe that has been handed down and evokes precious memories. Bring along your most treasured recipe and share the story behind it.

    Organiser: Bayside Libraries

    Date/time: Wed, 14-Oct, 11am-12noon

    Contact number: 9261 7840

    Treasured recipes bookings

    An afternoon with Rod Quantock

    The many faces of comedian Rod Quantock include a caring conservationist, larrikin Melbourne mystery bus tour guide, university architecture student, the red night-capped sock wearing Captain Snooze, a political activist, star of ABC-TVs Australia You’re Standing In It, pioneer of stand up comedy and OAM recipient. Delight in Quantock’s sharp wit and vivid descriptive storytelling as he shares his life’s journey.

    Organiser: Rod Quantock

    Date/time: Wed, 14-Oct, 4pm-4.30pm

    Rod Quantock talk bookings

    Movement to music

    Join Terry in a Movement to Music class to get you moving! All abilities are catered for and no equipment necessary. We can help set you up if you have not used Zoom before.

    Organiser: Hampton Community Centre & Highett Neighbourhood Community House

    Date/time: Thu, 15-Oct, 9.30am-10.30am

    Movement to music bookings

    Sandybeach Centre Online Arty Party!

    Join us from the comfort of your own home for a relaxed creative art session learning to draw the splendid Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, native to our Bayside area. Our friendly & experienced art tutor Tina, will guide you step by step as you create your artwork with plenty of tips and techniques along the way. A few simple materials is all that is required (pencils & paper). More details will be provided on registration.

    Organiser: Sandybeach Centre

    Date/time: Thu, 15-Oct, 4pm-6pm

    Booking options:
    Visit Sandybeach website
    admin [at] sandybeach.org.au (Email Sandybeach Centre)
    Call: 9598 2155

    iPad, tablet and smartphone advice

    Need some help using iPads, tablets and smartphones? Have questions or issues you need answers to? Our friendly and experienced tutors can assist. We will also show you some interesting apps and fun things to do on them too.

    Organiser: Bayside U3A

    Date/time: Fri, 16-Oct, 10.30am-11.30am

    baysideu3a [at] gmail.com (Email Bayside U3A to book)

    Eating well with home delivered meals

    With the range of delivered cooked meals or meal kits available to you now, Angela Minnis, Dietitian from Connect Health & Community will explore the pros and cons in choosing what’s best for you. There will be time for Q&A.

    Organiser: Connect Health and Community

    Date/time: Mon, 19-Oct, 11am-11.45am

    Eating well bookings

    Life and Other Catastrophes – Life interrupted

    Join us for a conversation with Professor Jane Fisher AO, Finkel Professor of Global and Women’s Health at Monash University and guest presenter on ABC Melbourne’s Life and other Catastrophes as we chat about life’s lessons, personal stories and silver linings as we journey through the COVID-19 road map. There will be plenty of time allocated for questions and answers and we welcome you to submit your questions/topics of interest or share your short story at the time of registering for this event.

    Organiser: Professor Jane Fisher AO

    Date/time: Tue, 20-Oct, 2pm-2.45pm

    Life interrupted bookings

    Armchair Travel – The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

    You may not be able to hop on a plane but you can still visit Switzerland. Enjoy travelling on panoramic trains through countryside filled with twists and turns along rivers and mountainsides usually only seen by rail travellers. Experience all the highlights and sights of beautiful Switzerland.

    Organiser: Bayside U3A

    Date/time: Thu, 22-Oct, 10.30am-11.30am

    baysideu3a [at] gmail.com (Email Bayside U3A to book)

    Curators Tour of Greenworld

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    Join us for an exclusive behind the scenes tour with Bayside Gallery Curator Joanna Bosse as we explore the newest exhibition, Greenworld. In Greenworld, painting, photography, collage and sculptural works by renowned artists provide moments of reflection on nature as a restorative force in our lives. Artists share their connection to the earth, the sky, nature’s lush foliage, its crystallised minerals and its medicinal provisions; celebrating the natural world’s capacity to nurture both physically and spiritually.

    Organiser: Bayside Gallery

    Date/time: Thu, 22-Oct, 2pm

    Curators Tour of Greenworld bookings

    Chair Based Yoga – Taster Class

    Want to try yoga but think it isn’t accessible for you as you don’t feel flexible, coordinated or fit enough? One of the best places to start yoga as a beginner is feeling fully supported whilst sitting upright in a chair. This free ‘taster’ class will include breathe awareness, gentle movement practice and a mini meditation to slowly introduce you to this wonderful world of mind-body wellness.

    Organiser: Sandybeach Centre

    Date/time: Thu, 22-Oct, 2pm-2:45pm

    Booking options:
    Visit Sandybeach website
    admin [at] sandybeach.org.au (Email Sandybeach Centre)
    Call: 9598 2155

    Who lived in my house? Uncover your home’s past

    Join Bayside Library’s history librarians to learn how to research your home’s past. A quick guide to get you started in your research.

    Organiser: Bayside Libraries

    Date/time: Thu, 22-Oct, 2pm-3pm

    Contact number: 9261 7840

    Who Lived in my house bookings

    The Boyds in Bayside

    Australia's pre-eminent artistic dynasty, the Boyds, have a deep connection to Bayside and surrounds since the 1890's. In 1913 the purchase of property they called Open Country, in nearby Murrumbeena, coalesced a multi-generational and multi-disciplined artistic odyssey. Whilst Murrumbeena became famed for its pottery studio, cousins Arthur (a painter) and Robin (an architect), left further indelible marks on Bayside with their acclaimed works. Jamie Paterson, of the Robin Boyd Foundation and Beaumaris Modern, presents a pictorial celebration of this artistic and architectural legacy

    Organiser: Bayside Libraries, Beaumaris Modern and the Robin Boyd Foundation

    Date/time: Thu, 22-Oct, 4pm-5pm

    The Boyds in Bayside bookings

    Storytime with your grandchild

    Join your grandchild in one of Bayside Library’s Storytime sessions during Children’s Week (24–30 Oct). The sessions are pre-recorded so you can listen to them at a time mutually convenient for you and your grandchildren.

    Organiser: Bayside Libraries

    Date/time: 24 - 30 Oct

    No booking required. Simply visit the Bayside Library Facebook page after 24 October to view.  

    Visit Bayside Library Facebook page

    A morning coffee with award winning actor, John Wood

    Listen to Gold Logie Award-winning Australian actor and scriptwriter John Wood, best known for his roles as Magistrate Michael Rafferty in the legal drama Rafferty’s Rules and as Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon in the long running police drama Blue Heelers. John is sure to delight you as he shares his life journey including his early years as a bricklayer and railway clerk to 50 years in show business. We may even learn the real reason behind Channel 7 axing of Blue Heelers!

    Organiser: John Wood

    Date/time: Tue, 27-Oct, 10.30am-11.15am

    John Wood bookings

    Grandparent and Grandchild workshop with Cat Rabbit

    Come together online with your grandchild and celebrate Seniors Month, Children’s Week, and our upcoming exhibition - The Soft Library by Cat Rabbit at Bayside Gallery. In this workshop you and a special child in your life will work with Cat, a textile artist and designer, to make a unique bear hug brooch for you each. Cost: $30 includes all materials for two participants and postage to two separate locations.

    Organiser: Bayside Gallery

    Cost: $30

    Date/time: Tue, 27-Oct, 3.30pm

    Cat Rabbit workshop bookings

    Introduction to the sport of Lawn Bowls

    Join Rob Coulson, an international bowls umpire and Commonwealth Games official as he introduces you to the community sport of lawn bowls and sweeps away some common misconceptions about the sport.

    Organiser: Hampton Bowls Club

    Date/time: Wed, 28-Oct, 10am-10.30am

    rob [at] hamptonbowlsclub.com.au (subject: Online%20bowls) (Email Hampton Bowls to book)

    An Artists Exploration of Bayside Bird Habitats

    Join Billilla Artist in Residence, Debbie Symons for an exploration of her work investigating endangered bird species. This will be followed by a talk from an expert in the local flora and fauna in the Bayside area.

    Organiser: Bayside Gallery

    Date/time: Thu, 29-Oct, 10:30am

    Artists Exploration bookings

    Book Chat

    Reading books has many benefits including strengthening our brains and alleviating stress. Join us while we share and discuss our favourite books from classics to more recent publications. Accept the challenge to read books you might otherwise avoid and discover new worlds.

    Organiser: Bayside U3A

    Date/time: Fri, 30-Oct, 10.30am-11.30am

    baysideu3a [at] gmail.com (Email for Book Chat bookings)

    Black Rock House - A trip down memory lane

    Join Carolyn Brown, OAM as she provides you with a virtual tour of the Black Rock House. Learn about the 164 year old history of the house and its inhabitants. A Q&A session will conclude the tour.

    Organiser: Friends of Black Rock House

    Date/time: Fri, 30-Oct, 3pm-3.30pm

    friendsofblackrockhouse [at] gmail.com (Email for Black Rock House bookings)