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Celebrage Festival

Celebrate the young at heart!

Over the course of the festival (held in October each year) a range of events are planned aimed at promoting positive ageing within the community and active living. Many of the events are free or offered at an affordable price and are aimed at encouraging people to try a range of different activities.

Community involvement is the key focus for the Celebrage Festival and throughout the week there are an array of events for the whole family, including social activities, competitions, trips, tours, concerts, dances and movies.

"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional." – Chili Davis.

Contact

Warrnambool City Council
Phone: (03) 5559 4800
Fax: (03) 5559 4900
Email: wbool_city [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au

Welcome Concert – local duet Matthew and Sarah Lim

Sunday October 6, 1pm – 1.30pm

Matthew and Sarah Lim are talented local musicians who will perform some beautiful original music and covers of classics for your listening pleasure.

Venue: Archie Graham Community Centre
Cost: Free.
Bookings: at Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920

Launch: 2019 Victorian Seniors Festival – Warrnambool

Sunday October 6, 1.30 pm – 2.30pm

Local Indigenous Elder and 2018 Victorian Senior of the Year Award Winner, Uncle Rob Lowe will lead the Welcome to Country Ceremony. Local nominees for the 2019 Victorian Senior of the Year Award will be introduced and their community contributions will be acknowledged.
Janet Macdonald, President of the Warrnambool Historical Society, will share some stories about Warrnambool’s fascinating past and open the photographic exhibition that will be on display at ‘Archie’ for the month of October.
Gareth Colliton, from ‘The Ideas Place’ will inspire with his presentation: “Warrnambool, we’ve always been innovative.”
Local wine and cheese, tea and coffee will be provided.

Venue: Archie Graham Community Centre
Cost: Free.
Bookings: at Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920

Wellness Session: Moove and Groove

Monday 7, 14, 21, 28 October, 2pm - 2.45pm

This is movement to music silent disco style! You’ll wear headphones so you can groove to popular tunes and also hear Instructor, Michelle Steere’s voice to guide you all the way. Moove and Groove can be done standing or seated and is suitable for seniors with low levels of fitness or mobility. Carers/ family members are welcome too.

Venue: Archie Graham Community Centre
Cost: $6
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920

Historic Car Rally

Tuesday October 8, 10.15am-2.15pm

Tour in style thanks to the Warrnambool Historic Car Club. Meet at the WFNC for morning tea with your drivers and hear about the scenic trip planned to Port Fairy where we will stop for a light lunch. Guests will switch cars for the return trip to Warrnambool.

Venue: Warrnambool Football Netball Club (WFNC) Reid Oval, Cramer Street
Cost: $12.
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920. Payment required on booking.

The Sounds of Summer: A Beach Boys Tribute Concert

Wednesday October 9, 11.30am – 12.45pm

The Sounds of Summer, a Beach Boys tribute will have you singing inside and dancing in your seats to the classics including, Good Vibrations, Fun Fun Fun, California Girls, I Get Around and so many more. Book yourself a ticket and get ready for some fun.

Venue: Lighthouse Theatre
Cost: $10
Bookings: Lighthouse Theatre
Call: 5559 4999. Payment required on booking.

The Whalers Hotel Post - Concert Lunch

Wednesday October 9, 12.45pm onwards.

Gather for a post-concert lunch at the Whalers Hotel, a contemporary pub with classic pub-styled meals. Seniors meals available.

Venue: The Whalers, Liebig Street
Cost: Meal at own cost
Bookings: The Whalers
Call: 5562 8391

Pure - Hair, Beauty and Wellness Academy Pamper Morning

Thursday October 10, 9.30am – 12.30pm. Appointments run for 45 minutes.

A pampering session is sure to lead to feeling relaxed and indulged.
Choose from a manicure, a seated massage or a wash, blow dry or set and style hair treatment by the wonderful students from Pure - Hair, Beauty and Wellness Academy.

Venue: South West TAFE
Cost: $5 per treatment
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920. Payment required on booking.

Older, Wiser, Better - Healthy Ageing Forum with RACV

Friday October 11, midday-3pm

Join us for a brilliant information session about all the ways you can keep active, connected, and loving life.
This event will include a delicious lunch and the launch of Age-friendly Warrnambool’s Driving Safely for Longer program.

Venue: Archie Graham Community Centre
Cost: Free
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920.

Wellness Session: Let’s Stretch

Tuesday 15 October and Thursday 17 October 8.45-9.45am and 10am – 11am Wednesday 16 October and Friday 18 October 11.45am-12.45pm

Too often stretching is misunderstood and therefore it’s rushed or even skipped. Michelle Steere will introduce you to techniques to complement your strength workout to improve flexibility, posture and general mobility. Includes standing, barre and floor exercises to help activate muscles that may have become tight and weak.

Venue: Archie Graham Community Centre
Cost: $6
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920

Short Films: Mid-20th Century Warrnambool

Tuesday October 15, 2-3.30pm

View rare movies from the historical society’s recently digitised collection featuring local residents, street scenes, events and activities from 60 – 90 years ago. There will be an opportunity for follow-up discussion over light refreshments and a chance to view the photographic exhibition of “Warrnambool’s fascinating past” that will be on display at ‘Archie’ for the month of October.

Venue: Archie Graham Community Centre
Cost: $2
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920.

‘Faces Places’

Wednesday October 16, 1.30-3.30pm

F Project Cinema presents the award winning documentary “Faces and Places”,a documentary about Agnes Varda, a 90-year-old film director who goes on the road with young street artist JR to create remarkable, moving public portraits of the people they meet. The two artists share a passion for images and how they’re created, displayed and shared; exploring the villages and small towns of rural France and meeting its residents – while creating large-scale portraits plastered across unconventional locations.

A Cannes Film Festival award-winner and Academy Award nominee, Faces Places is a deeply charming and life-affirming look at not only the subtle power of community, but the inspiration that comes from the most cross-generational of friendships.

Venue: Mozart Hall, Gilles Street
Cost: $2
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920.

Come and Try Pétanque

Thursday October 17, 2-4pm

Curious about learning to play the game of Pétanque? Come along, we have boules available, no prior experience is necessary, and you will be partnered with experienced players to get you started. Afternoon tea provided.

Venue: Warrnambool Pétanque Piste, Pertobe Road, beside McGennan’s Carpark exit
Cost: Free
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920

Bus trip to Red Rock Lookout, Historic Coragulac House and lots more!

Friday October 18, 8.15am-4pm

Drive to the eastern point of Southwest Victoria’s Lakes and Crater Country to take in the view from the Red Rock Lookout before visiting Historic Coragulac House for morning tea and a guided tour of the residence. Coragulac House was constructed in 1873 and highlights include the majestic Entrance Hall, Billiard Room, Maids Quarters, Coach House and Stables. Lunch will be in Camperdown at the Community Court House where we will learn about natural features of the local area before taking the return trip home.

Venue: Depart Flagstaff Hill Carpark
Cost: $42
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920. Payment required on booking.

Wellness Session: Chair-based mindful movement

Friday October 18, 10.30am-11.15am

This session lead by Yoshi Inada-Lane,
Chiropractor and Yoga Instructor, is about improving mobility and vitality through mindful breathing coupled with gentle movement. Light refreshments provided.

Venue: Rec Hall at Archie Graham Community Centre
Cost: $6
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920.

Works of Wonder - Magic Show with Elio Simonetti

Wednesday October 23, 10am-11.30am

A vibrant blend of visual magic and cerebral illusion speckled with curious anecdotes and a selected history of mystery. Presented with a spirit of flair by artistic conjuror Elio Simonetti.
Parking: Take care due to construction work; some off-street parking available via Hopkins Road or Marfell Road entrances.

Venue: Lyndoch – Riverside Hostel Main Activity Room
Cost: Free
Bookings: Lyndoch patrons book with Stephen Grigson and all others via Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920.

Out to Lunch at Cafe69 on Raglan

Wednesday October 23; midday-1.30pm

Join us at Cafe69 on Raglan for lunch after the Magic Show. We purchase our own meals. Seniors Menu available

Venue: Gateway Motel, 69 Raglan Parade
Cost: We buy our own meal
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920.

Wellness Session: Be Well, Breathe Well

Thursday October 24, 2pm for a 2.15pm start until 3pm

Jacqui Eberbach, Osteopath and Acupuncturist will guide you through what it means to breathe well.
Learn some simple breathing techniques that benefit your lung function and assist in good posture. Light refreshments provided.

Venue: Archie Graham Community Centre
Cost: Free
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920.

Local History Walking Tour of Warrnambool’s CBD

Friday 25th October 10am-11.30am

Meet local Historical Society volunteers for a walking tour of CBD streets that are a rich archive of our local history. Walk is approximately 1hr and 1km. Please be prepared for the weather on the day (hat, sunscreen, coat, umbrella, water). The walk will be followed by morning tea and a chance to chat or view the “Warrnambool’s fascinating past” photographic exhibition that is on display at ‘Archie’.

Venue: Departs from Archie Graham Community Centre
Cost: Free
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920.

Wellness Session: Walk /Cycle for Wellness

Monday October 28, 10am-11.30am

Walkers meet on the beachside of the WSLSC and cyclists meet at the social cyclist bike shed in Shipwreck Bay Holiday Park. New walkers and cyclists are welcome. Light refreshments will be available from 10.45am on the beachside of the WSLSC. Demonstration of electric bikes from 11-11.30am

Venue: Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club (WSLSC), Pertobe Road.
Cost: Free
Bookings for catering purposes: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920.

Short Films: Mid-20th Century Warrnambool

Tuesday October 29, 2pm-3.30pm

View rare movies from historical society’s recently digitised collection featuring local residents, street scenes, events and activities from 60 – 90 years ago.” There will be an opportunity for follow-up discussion over light refreshments and another chance to view the photographic exhibition of “Warrnambool’s fascinating past” that will be on display at ‘Archie’ for the month of October

Venue: Archie Graham Community Centre
Cost: $2
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920.

Wellness Session: Sleep Easy

Thursday October 31, 2pm for a 2.15pm start until 3pm

Bridget Lane, Chiropractor and Meditation Teacher, will share skills that you can use to improve your sleep. Experience easy to learn techniques that can settle you in for a good night sleep. Light refreshments provided.

Venue: Archie Graham Community Centre
Cost: Free
Bookings: Archie Reception
Call: 5559 4920

Museum Tour with Devonshire Tea

10am daily (Monday7th – Friday11th October)

Enjoy a guided heritage tour with one of Flagstaff Hill’s knowledgeable guides in costume and character. Discover Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum’s rich collection of maritime artefacts, and explore the history of the 19th Century village. Conclude your visit with a Devonshire Tea.

Venue: Flagstaff Hill
Cost: $5 per Person
Bookings: 5559 4600

Meet the Maremmas

2pm daily (Monday 7th – Friday 11th October)

Learn about little penguins and the importance of protecting them. You will also learn how this world first project uses Maremma dogs to look after the penguins on Middle Island – made famous by the movie ‘Oddball’. You will be given the opportunity to pat and have a photo with a Maremma guardian dog before enjoying an afternoon coffee.

Venue: Flagstaff Hill
Cost: $5 per Person
Bookings: 5559 4600

Tales of the Shipwreck Coast – Sound & Light show

8.15pm nightly (Sunday 6th – Sunday 13th October)

Tales of the Shipwreck Coast takes you on a journey through the ages. Experience three epic true stories told through light projections onto a nine-metre water wall. From local creation stories of the Gunditjmara people, to our colourful whaling past, then to the most notorious Shipwreck on the Great Ocean Road, the wreck of the Loch Ard. Don’t just learn about the history, experience it.

Venue: Flagstaff Hill
Cost: $14 per Person
Bookings: 5559 4600

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