Parramatta Bus Trip - Rumsey Rose Garden
Nov
13
10:00 AM10:00

Parramatta Bus Trip - Rumsey Rose Garden

In spring, the roses at the Rumsey Rose Garden in Parramatta Park are at their peak. As a result, we wanted to be able to take residents on a bus trip to see this blooming marvel. Roses, and maybe a tour of some of the parks and buildings in Parramatta, followed by lunch, will make up the day’s happenings. The bus will leave from outside the Astra at 10am sharp.

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Qi Gong
Nov
14
9:30 AM09:30

Qi Gong

Resident Noni has been running free sessions of Qi Gong at the Astra for some time. Noni has been studying Qi Gong in Australia and China for many years and is an experienced teacher. Qi Gong is a form of Tai Chi; a gentle form of exercise, with slow movements that are geared for people with injuries, chronic conditions, and reduced flexibility. It can improve mobility, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation, improve digestion, increase cardiovascular strength and reduce stress levels. Come along in some comfortable clothes on a Thursday morning to join in. Free for Astra residents, by donation for friends.

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Qi Gong
Nov
21
9:30 AM09:30

Qi Gong

Resident Noni has been running free sessions of Qi Gong at the Astra for some time. Noni has been studying Qi Gong in Australia and China for many years and is an experienced teacher. Qi Gong is a form of Tai Chi; a gentle form of exercise, with slow movements that are geared for people with injuries, chronic conditions, and reduced flexibility. It can improve mobility, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation, improve digestion, increase cardiovascular strength and reduce stress levels. Come along in some comfortable clothes on a Thursday morning to join in. Free for Astra residents, by donation for friends.

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Technology Workshop - Postponed
Nov
26
11:00 AM11:00

Technology Workshop - Postponed

Due to our Village AGM taking place on our usual tech workshop day, we will be postponing it for a week. Other than a different date, the format will be the same as usual - morning tea followed by a presentation and Q&A, an then we will break in time for lunch.

As always, anyone is welcome, and if you wish to get familiar with how you can use specific apps please bring your devices down with you.

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Afternoon Tea - WITH TALK FROM PRESTIGE HOME CARE
Nov
26
2:30 PM14:30

Afternoon Tea - WITH TALK FROM PRESTIGE HOME CARE

Twice a week at the Astra, residents gather together in the lounge for afternoon tea and a chat. Come along for a cuppa of your choice and a slice of cake - friends and guests welcome at any time.

This week we will be welcoming Amanda from Prestige In-home Care to chat with us about the different options available to you. Whether it’s self-funded in-home support, information on Government Funded Home Care Packages, or guidance navigating My Aged Care, Amanda will be able to answer your questions.

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Qi Gong
Nov
28
9:30 AM09:30

Qi Gong

Resident Noni has been running free sessions of Qi Gong at the Astra for some time. Noni has been studying Qi Gong in Australia and China for many years and is an experienced teacher. Qi Gong is a form of Tai Chi; a gentle form of exercise, with slow movements that are geared for people with injuries, chronic conditions, and reduced flexibility. It can improve mobility, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation, improve digestion, increase cardiovascular strength and reduce stress levels. Come along in some comfortable clothes on a Thursday morning to join in. Free for Astra residents, by donation for friends.

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Bake a Cake Day
Nov
28
10:00 AM10:00

Bake a Cake Day

Join us for an interactive cake baking session in celebration of ‘Bake a Cake Day’! Bring down your favourite recipes, share tips for baking the perfect cake, and generally have fun while we engage in a little culinary therapy. Even if you don’t love baking, feel free to come and enjoy the fruits of our labours as we share our cake with a cuppa and good friends. Not to be missed!

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Make a Gift Day
Dec
3
10:00 AM10:00

Make a Gift Day

Why not join us and make a gift in time for Christmas? Make a Gift Day is celebrated on 3rd December, and gives you the opportunity to start thinking about that dreaded present list. Hand-made gifts are always well appreciated, especially by the person in your life who seems to have everything! We will be talking about interesting and unique ideas for gift-making in this session, as well as having hands-on practical activities throughout. Please come along and bring your friends - the more the merrier.

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Christmas Party
Dec
5
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Party

Please join us for our annual Christmas event, where we have a lovely dinner followed by plenty of desserts, drinks and dancing. We will meet in the lounge at 5pm to have a pre-dinner drink, and then head to the Bondi Tratt for a beautiful Christmas meal of turkey and ham with all the trimmings. After dinner we will be joined by a musician who will serenade us through dessert, the raffle and beyond. Put on your dancing shoes and prepare for a touch of Christmas sparkle in 2019…

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Bowling Day
Dec
10
10:30 AM10:30

Bowling Day

We had to reschedule our Bowling Day trip, so here it is at last! We will head over to Moore Park for a couple of games of 10 pin bowling in the Entertainment Quarter. Family and friends are very welcome to join us. The cost for the bowling will be $20, and we will have lunch afterwards in the area.

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Technology Workshop
Dec
17
11:00 AM11:00

Technology Workshop

Welcome to a new year of technology workshops! This year we will be revisiting some of the more popular topics from last year, as well as investigating new and interesting ones. Keep your eyes peeled for information on what the topic is each month…

We will have our usual morning cup of tea before the session gets underway, and then we will break in time for lunch. As always, anyone is welcome, and if you wish to get familiar with how you can use specific apps please bring your devices down with you.

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Hat Day
Jan
15
10:00 AM10:00

Hat Day

It’s Hat Day! Yes, you heard us correctly…there is a day dedicated to all things hat-related. Today, we will be embracing the wacky, colourful world of hats - wearing hats, swapping hats and talking about hats over a cuppa. Come along to make the Astra’s inaugural hat day a brim full of success!

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Technology Workshop
Jan
21
11:00 AM11:00

Technology Workshop

2020 brings us another year of technology workshops. Keep your eyes peeled for information on what the topic is each month…

We will have our usual morning cup of tea before the session gets underway, and then we will break in time for lunch. As always, anyone is welcome, and if you wish to get familiar with how you can use specific apps please bring your devices down with you.

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Puzzle Day
Jan
29
10:00 AM10:00

Puzzle Day

  • Bondi Beach Astra Lounge and Foyer (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It’s Puzzle Day again!! In keeping with this theme we will have puzzle stations set up in the common areas for all residents and guests to enjoy all through the day. Come along and watch or puzzle it out on your own or with friends. Snacks will be provided.

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Feel Good February
Feb
1
12:00 PM12:00

Feel Good February

It’s “Feel Good February”! How good is that? A whole month dedicated to making you and those around you feel good. Why not do something nice for someone this month in this spirit of positivity? You never know, you may find someone else has the same idea and does something nice for you!

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World Radio Day
Feb
13
2:00 PM14:00

World Radio Day

It’s World Radio Day today, and since most of us grew up with the radio we thought it might be nice to have a celebratory afternoon tea. News and weather, soap operas, talk radio, music shows, radio drama, morning shows and so much more - the radio has been a significant part of many peoples’s lives for many years. More details about exactly what we will be getting up to to follow.

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Technology Workshop
Feb
18
11:00 AM11:00

Technology Workshop

2020 brings us another year of technology workshops. Keep your eyes peeled for information on what the topic is each month…

We will have our usual morning cup of tea before the session gets underway, and then we will break in time for lunch. As always, anyone is welcome, and if you wish to get familiar with how you can use specific apps please bring your devices down with you.

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World Book Day
Mar
5
2:30 PM14:30

World Book Day

Today is World Book Day, and as we are a community that likes to read we thought we would get together to have a fun literary-themed afternoon tea. Curl up with a book and read, discuss your favourite authors, or test yourselves with a literary general knowledge quiz.

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Technology Workshop
Mar
17
11:00 AM11:00

Technology Workshop

2020 brings us another year of technology workshops. Keep your eyes peeled for information on what the topic is each month…

We will have our usual morning cup of tea before the session gets underway, and then we will break in time for lunch. As always, anyone is welcome, and if you wish to get familiar with how you can use specific apps please bring your devices down with you.

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Technology Workshop
Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

Technology Workshop

2020 brings us another year of technology workshops. Keep your eyes peeled for information on what the topic is each month…

Today is World Creativity and Innovation Day! And to celebrate this we will have a session dedicated to as many creative and innovative technological advances as we can fit in!

We will have our usual morning cup of tea before the session gets underway, and then we will break in time for lunch. As always, anyone is welcome, and if you wish to get familiar with how you can use specific apps please bring your devices down with you.

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International Star Wars Day!
May
4
2:00 PM14:00

International Star Wars Day!

May the fourth be with you…! Today is the exciting event that is International Star Wars Day, due exclusively to that excellent pun. We decided we would have an afternoon dedicated to all things Star Wars, including watching the movie that started all the fuss; A New Hope. Come along to learn if you are strong with the force, meet Han, Luke and Leia, and feel the thrill of hearing that lightsaber turn on for the very first time!

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Miniature Golf Bus Trip
May
14
11:00 AM11:00

Miniature Golf Bus Trip

Over the weekend we celebrated Miniature Golf Day, so bearing this in mind we will hop on a bus and take a trip to a local mini golf centre. This is one fun game - crazy themed holes, unexpected twists at every turn, and my personal favourite…no actual golfing ability necessary! Join us for an afternoon of silliness that is perfect for any age.

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Qi Gong
Nov
7
9:30 AM09:30

Qi Gong

Resident Noni has been running free sessions of Qi Gong at the Astra for some time. Noni has been studying Qi Gong in Australia and China for many years and is an experienced teacher. Qi Gong is a form of Tai Chi; a gentle form of exercise, with slow movements that are geared for people with injuries, chronic conditions, and reduced flexibility. It can improve mobility, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation, improve digestion, increase cardiovascular strength and reduce stress levels. Come along in some comfortable clothes on a Thursday morning to join in. Free for Astra residents, by donation for friends.

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Melbourne Cup 2019
Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Cup 2019

It’s that time of year again folks and we are off to the races…figuratively, at least. We will have our annual Melbourne Cup lunch, with sweeps and lots of race-day excitement, followed by a viewing of the race itself. So get out your poshest frocks and dust down your hats and fascinators and be prepared for a whole lot of fun.

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Qi Gong
Oct
31
9:30 AM09:30

Qi Gong

Resident Noni has been running free sessions of Qi Gong at the Astra for some time. Noni has been studying Qi Gong in Australia and China for many years and is an experienced teacher. Qi Gong is a form of Tai Chi; a gentle form of exercise, with slow movements that are geared for people with injuries, chronic conditions, and reduced flexibility. It can improve mobility, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation, improve digestion, increase cardiovascular strength and reduce stress levels. Come along in some comfortable clothes on a Thursday morning to join in. Free for Astra residents, by donation for friends.

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Qi Gong
Oct
24
9:30 AM09:30

Qi Gong

Resident Noni has been running free sessions of Qi Gong at the Astra for some time. Noni has been studying Qi Gong in Australia and China for many years and is an experienced teacher. Qi Gong is a form of Tai Chi; a gentle form of exercise, with slow movements that are geared for people with injuries, chronic conditions, and reduced flexibility. It can improve mobility, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation, improve digestion, increase cardiovascular strength and reduce stress levels. Come along in some comfortable clothes on a Thursday morning to join in. Free for Astra residents, by donation for friends.

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Qi Gong
Oct
17
9:30 AM09:30

Qi Gong

Resident Noni has been running free sessions of Qi Gong at the Astra for some time. Noni has been studying Qi Gong in Australia and China for many years and is an experienced teacher. Qi Gong is a form of Tai Chi; a gentle form of exercise, with slow movements that are geared for people with injuries, chronic conditions, and reduced flexibility. It can improve mobility, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation, improve digestion, increase cardiovascular strength and reduce stress levels. Come along in some comfortable clothes on a Thursday morning to join in. Free for Astra residents, by donation for friends.

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Technology Workshop
Oct
15
11:00 AM11:00

Technology Workshop

It is “Get Online Week” this week, and our technology partners across NSW are holding events to try and encourage more older Australians to use technology in their daily lives. This workshop will be an extended session on The Wonders of the World Wide Web, and in addition to our usual morning cup of tea, we will have a BBQ lunch afterwards.

As always, anyone is welcome, and if you wish to get familiar with how you can use specific apps please bring your devices down with you. Over lunch Aaron and Anna will be available to answer any questions you have and to help you with your devices.

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Train Your Brain Day
Oct
11
2:00 PM14:00

Train Your Brain Day

This Sunday is a day dedicated to all things brainy, and it’s all the more relevant for us over 55 year olds. It’s so important for us to keep our brains healthy, so in recognition of this we will have an afternoon tea with brain teasers, puzzles, memory games and a selection of other games and jigsaws. We will also be demonstrating some iPad apps to help train your brain that you can then download on your own device…and use everyday!

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Qi Gong
Oct
10
9:30 AM09:30

Qi Gong

Resident Noni has been running free sessions of Qi Gong at the Astra for some time. Noni has been studying Qi Gong in Australia and China for many years and is an experienced teacher. Qi Gong is a form of Tai Chi; a gentle form of exercise, with slow movements that are geared for people with injuries, chronic conditions, and reduced flexibility. It can improve mobility, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation, improve digestion, increase cardiovascular strength and reduce stress levels. Come along in some comfortable clothes on a Thursday morning to join in. Free for Astra residents, by donation for friends.

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Photography Day, Rescheduled
Oct
9
1:00 PM13:00

Photography Day, Rescheduled

We will be holding our rescheduled photography workshop this month, led by professional photographer Guy Wilkinson. Guy will talk about his many years as a photographer, and guide us through his best hints and tips for taking photos. Bring along your camera or phone so you can join in with the practical element of the day.

We will have an afternoon tea with some cakes and fruit alongside the workshop. It will be free for residents and friends so please take this opportunity to join us for what promises to be a fun and informative event.

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Qi Gong
Oct
3
9:30 AM09:30

Qi Gong

Resident Noni has been running free sessions of Qi Gong at the Astra for some time. Noni has been studying Qi Gong in Australia and China for many years and is an experienced teacher. Qi Gong is a form of Tai Chi; a gentle form of exercise, with slow movements that are geared for people with injuries, chronic conditions, and reduced flexibility. It can improve mobility, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation, improve digestion, increase cardiovascular strength and reduce stress levels. Come along in some comfortable clothes on a Thursday morning to join in. Free for Astra residents, by donation for friends.

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Oktoberfest
Sep
25
12:00 PM12:00

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest has become an international cause for celebrating with beer, friends and family. So we thought we’d do the same with a lunch for residents, friends and family…and sample some beers while we’re at it. Come along to celebrate with us - prizes for the best Bavarian costumes on the day!

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Technology Workshop
Sep
17
11:00 AM11:00

Technology Workshop

This month we will be looking at exercise trackers like Fitbit and also at step counter apps for your phone. October is ‘Walktober’ - Australia’s walking month - so after this session we will be well prepared to increase our activity and get out and about!

We will have our usual morning cup of tea before the session gets underway, and then we will break in time for lunch. As always, anyone is welcome, and if you wish to get familiar with how you can use specific apps please bring your devices down with you.

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