THE GOOD LIFE: Linda Schmidt, Margaret Watson and Sheila Adams at Gunther Retirement Village's Garden Club.
THE GOOD LIFE: Linda Schmidt, Margaret Watson and Sheila Adams at Gunther Retirement Village's Garden Club. Contributed

Where to celebrate Seniors Week in the North Burnett

HOW often do we sit back and appreciate the accumulated wisdom and life experience of our older members of society?

Thankfully, there is a whole week devoted to them: Seniors Week, which runs from Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, August 25.

Gunther Retirement Village Gayndah lifestyle co-ordinator Jenny Thompson has been busily preparing for one of its biggest weeks of the year.

"The week aims to improve the community's relationship and attitudes towards the elderly and the ageing process,” she said.

On Monday, Gayndah State School students will be visiting for an intergenerational playgroup.

On Wednesday, Gunther Village and North Burnett Regional Council will be hosting an open day from 10am-noon, featuring a guest speaker from the Department of Human Services on how to register for a MyGov website, music by Bruce McGilvery, Gunther Gumnuts Playgroup and Knitters Club, Paro the Seal and friends, morning tea and lucky door prizes.

All are welcome.

Then, on Thursday, residents will be going on a bus trip to peruse the Maryborough Markets.

"Residents at Gunther Village enjoy a variety of activities and events including Jingo of a Tuesday, music, craft, bus outings, Men's Shed and school children visits,” Ms Thompson said.

"The residents also enjoy pet therapy with our very own silky hens, budgies and our robotic pets.”

Gunther Village has also formed a Garden Club.

The retirement home is also looking for new families to join its Gunther Gumnuts playgroup, every Wednesday morning from 9.30-11.30am.

A residents' coffee shop is also run during this time.

Other Seniors Week events across the region include:

Saturday: Country Music Night at Ridgehaven Retirement Complex. 6pm start, featuring a performance by Bruce Lavendar. $10. BYO drinks, supper provided.

Monday: Morning tea and 'Words in Words' game at Eidsvold Library, 10am, bring a dictionary.

Tuesday: Bring a grandparent or friend along to Children's Storytime at Biggenden, Eidsvold, Monto or Mundubbera libraries, 10am.

Wednesday: Morning tea and 'Words in Words' game at Biggenden and Mount Perry libraries, 10am bring a dictionary. Gunther Retirement Village Gayndah is hosting a public event, 10am-noon. Featuring music by Bruce McGilvery, the Knitters and Craft clubs and Gumnut Playgroup. Morning tea provided. Ph Sandra or Jenny on 4161 3699 for more information.

Thursday (August 22): Morning tea and 'Words in Words' game at Gayndah Library, 10.30am, bring a dictionary. Bring a grandparent or friend along to Children's Storytime at Mount Perry Library, 10am. North Burnett Community Service is hosting a luncheon at Mundubbera Community Hall from 10.30am. $5, RSVP by August 20 to 4165 4690. Transport available from Gayndah and Eidsvold by appointment. Biggenden QCWA is also holding an event in their rooms. 9am doors for 9.30am start. Morning tea, raffles, lucky door prizes and more. RSVP to Julia on 0428 271 255 or Narelle on 0488 145 540.

Friday (August 23): Morning tea and 'Words in Words' game at Monto Library, 10am, bring a dictionary. Bring a grandparent or friend along to Children's Storytime at Gayndah Library, 10am.



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