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Celebrage 2016

2016 Celebrage Festival

News Article Date: 
Monday, 26 September 2016
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Encouraging people aged 60 and over to get out and about, to try new things and to make the most of their retirement are the aims of the Warrnambool City Council-run Celebrage Festival.

The fortnight-long celebration, which gets under way on September 28, features 27 free or low-cost events and activities for all seniors.

Archie Graham Community Centre Coordinator Mary McLeod said that the festival is designed to provide new opportunities for seniors, both physically and socially.

“When you have a festival aimed at people aged from 60 to over 90, we really make an effort to schedule a broad program of events which cater for as many people as possible,” she said.

“Lots of clubs and organisations are holding come and try events, so if attendees have a good time then they can continue to be involved in that activity on a regular basis.

“Often when people’s circumstances change, they can be at risk of becoming isolated. 

“Celebrage offers a wide range of activities to get involved in and make new connections or rekindle old ones.

“I’d encourage all seniors to have a look at the program, choose a few events to attend and then join in. There’s nothing to lose and there’s a very good chance you’ll enjoy yourself and meet some friendly faces.”

Highlights include a men’s shed open day, an exhibition of historic western district fashion, a street art walk, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s string octet and a pop-up activity hub on the Civic Green.

Attendees can also try their hand at tennis, croquet, poetry, knitting, golf, bowls and more.

Sessions about maintaining independence, road safety and making the most of the library’s e-resources will also be held.

“Our bus trips are always popular and we have two running this year. The first is to the Colac Botanical Gardens and the Farmers Arms Hotel with its vintage car display, while the second will take in beautiful gardens in the Allansford and Terang districts with lunch at the Noorat Hotel,” Ms McLeod said.

Celebrage is part of the Victorian Senior’s Festival.

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