The NSW Seniors Festival is kicking off soon and the Mid Coast has a jam packed events program from April 12-26 to help celebrate the amazing contribution of older people to our communities.
The emphasis is on fun - whether you're into nature walks, dancing in the dark or more sedate activities such as art events, music performance or golden film screenings - there's truly something for everyone.
"MidCoast Libraries will roll out a series of workshops across the region to help seniors become tech-savvy during the Festival," said MidCoast Libraries manager, Chris Jones.
"These are a great way to connect with other like-minded people, and learn the basics to navigate your smartphone or tablet advice."
Sessions are free, but bookings essential and you need to bring your own device.
The libraries are also hosting a series of golden screenings from April 15-24 with films that will appeal to a wide range of audiences, with bonus free nibbles provided.
And Taree Library will host a special event when the Wingsong Choir performs on Thursday April 22 from 6pm.
If you're outdoorsy, why not book in for an open day tour of Cattai Wetlands on Wednesday April 21 and enjoy an easy - medium grade 2.5 kilometre loop walk with guest speakers Dr Peter Serov and Dr Stephanie Clark who will discuss the giant dragonfly, an endangered species. You'll also undertake macroinvertebrate studies to see what species are living in the wetlands.
For the creative types, participate in a global art project at a library near you between April 19-21. Manning Regional Art Gallery will coordinate workshops where you'll make a woven Manning River helmeted turtles. These will form a giant installation beside the Manning River to celebrate International Biodiversity Day.
Decoupage workshops in Forster and Nabiac will introduce you to the art of layering and gluing paper to create an eye catching notebook.
There are also opportunities to try out activities that may become regular items in your social diary.
On the first Thursday of every month, Dance Like Nobody's Watching offers a safe and inclusive space at Tuncurry Memorial Hall for everyone aged 16 to 106 to move and groove in your own way. Tickets are $11, or $5.50 concession, and bookings can be made online via Eventbrite.
The Manning Valley U3A, or University of the Third Age, provides low cost educational opportunities that can expand your horizons and take you places that you've never dreamt of! Enrol now for term two at www.manningvalley.u3anet.org.au.
For more details and to make sure you're booked in and don't miss out, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/seniors and download the 2021 Seniors Festival brochure.
See you at the Festival!