The Cessnock City Seniors Festival is in full swing, and there is plenty of fun on the agenda over the next week, with more than 20 events still to come.
Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent says the festival is a great opportunity for local seniors to get out and try something new.
"If you are a senior and yet to be involved, view the program and make a plan to participate," he said.
"You will meet some lovely people and may even discover a new activity to enjoy all year round."
The Cessnock Seniors Choir will present a free concert at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday at 10am.
The production - titled Trav'lin Along, Singin' A Song - will take the audience on a journey around the world and back again in 24 songs.
Free tickets may be reserved by ringing Michael Griggs on 0415 890 784 or Cessnock Performing Arts Centre box office on 4993 4266. Groups of six or more, or those with special needs, should also contact the venue.
Also on Tuesday, a presentation about Alexander Galloway's Lost Diggers of Weston will be held at Kurri Kurri Library from 10.30am to 12pm. Call the library on 4937 1638 for bookings.
The Kurri Kurri Men's Shed will hold an open day on Wednesday from 9am to 1pm, with morning tea provided.
Cessnock CWA will host a fruitcake cooking class at 161 Vincent Street on Wednesday from 10am. Bookings are essential and can be made on 4990 9639.
A variety concert will be held at the Abermain Plaza Hall on Thursday from 10.30am. It promises to be a delightful morning of local entertainment, with morning tea provided. Call 4930 4444 for bookings.
Also on Thursday, Cessnock Library will host a workshop with Buddhist teacher, Kadam Mick Marcon, who will explain how to use ageing as a powerful reason to inspire positive inner change. The free workshop will run from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, and bookings can be made on 4993 4399.
Friday's chair pilates class at Kurri Kurri Library is booked out, as is the Edwardian High Tea at Northern Coalfields Community Centre on Saturday.
Two great events will be held at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Monday, February 24 - the Wine Country Music Association concert, encompassing the Cessnock Academy of STEM Excellence presentation. The fun kicks off at 10am.
Cr Pynsent said it's fantastic to see events like these on the program which encourage connections between young and old in our community.
"As a senior myself and former teacher, I always enjoy learning new things from the younger generation and we older residents have a wealth of knowledge to share too," he said.
"I strongly encourage people to get involved in these events and I hope to see more like this on the program next year."
Want to learn to play bridge? Come along to Vincent Street Kitchen and Bar on Tuesday, February 25 from 10am to 12pm. Bookings are essential on 4990 8421.
The festival concludes on February 26, with a presentation and screening by Fearless Films at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.
Fearless Films is a collection of inspirational short stories showcasing the surprisingly bold lives of Northern Rivers seniors over the age of 75.
Detective fantasy/family drama Sometimes, Always, Never, starring Bill Nighy, will also be screened as part of this event, which runs from 10am to 1pm. Bookings for this free event are essential by calling CPAC on 4993 4258.
And that's just some of the events that lie ahead - read the full Cessnock City Seniors Festival program at cessnock.nsw.gov.au.
Check out photos from some of the events so far in the gallery below (pictures courtesy of Cessnock City Council).
- The Advertiser is a media partner of the 2020 Cessnock City Seniors Festival. Read more here.