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We are prioritising critical services and some services may be reduced. This means there will be longer wait times for customers contacting us by phone. Many of our services are available online. Advice on which services can continue is changing rapidly. For regular updates, go to knox.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Knox Over 55s Zest4Life

The purpose of Knox Over 55s Zest4Life is to support seniors to remain active and socially connected within the Knox municipality. It is predominantly community driven and offers free and low cost events and activities. Our program has been modified to support COVID-19 restrictions and we are now offering our events and activities via Zoom or teleconference.

Knox Over 55s Zest4Life events, activities and workshops

Knox Over 55s Zest4Life aims to support people to remain active and socially connected within the Knox municipality by offering a mix of activities, training and events.

Here's a list of our current activities:

Beginners Oracle Cards - free


Hosted by Mountain District Learning Centre
Kerri is a clairvoyant who has trained with international spiritual teachers, and has attained years of experience in helping people find their answers through using Oracle, Tarot and messages from the spirit realm. Kerri has a deep passion for guiding people in finding their purpose in life by assisting them to recognise the signs and messages that are coming through to them from their own guides. Join Kerri for a beginners guide to Oracle card reading.
Date: Tuesday 26 May 2020
Time: 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm (via Zoom)

To book: register here or call 9758 7859 or email: office@mdlc.com.au

Talking café


Hosted by Living Our Best Life Project
A regular weekly chat session with community connector volunteers for people aged 65+ in the Knox area. We’ll talk you through how it all works.
• Find out what’s happening in Knox
• Meet interesting people from community groups
• Share a passion or interest with like-minded people

Date: every Wednesday (as of 27 May 2020)
Times: 10am to 11am (via Zoom)
2pm to 3pm (via Teleconference)
To book: email livingourbestlifeproject@gmail.com or text us: 0457 646 384

How to save energy (and money) while safe at home - free


Hosted by Australian Energy Foundation and Knox City Council
The Australian Energy Foundation shares easy and practical tips on how to save energy while keeping you and your family connected, comfortable, and entertained at home. Discover how to heat your home cost-effectively this winter, and use less energy when working or cooking.

Date: Wednesday 27 May 2020
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30 pm (via Zoom)
To book: register online

Australia's Biggest Virtual Morning Tea
Hosted by Eastern Regional Libraries
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is a community event to raise funds that will make a big difference to those impacted by cancer, especially as COVID-19 continues. This year the Eastern Regional Libraries will host a 'virtual' morning tea. It's an opportunity to socialise with your community, while raising money for a good cause.
Date: Thursday 28 May 2020
Time: 10.30 am to 11.30 am
Cost: Free event - donations welcomed

To book: Please call 1300 737 277 or go online: https://events.yourlibrary.com.au/event?id=21539

Men’s Mental Health session - free


Hosted by Knox City Council with Brian Mier
Mental health conditions don’t discriminate - they affect people of every age, at every stage of life. We all need to start talking about mental health and checking in with people we are concerned about. Men’s and women’s experiences may not be the same. Hear Brian’s personal journey of how he overcame Depression to go on to lead a happy and engaging life. It includes a range of practical, personal tips and resources such as Beyond Blue. This session aims to:
• Raise awareness about depression and anxiety
• Reduce associated stigma
• Reduce suicide intent and action
• Encourage people to seek help early
• Ensure you realise you are not alone

Date: Tuesday 2 June 2020
Times: 11am to 12pm (via Zoom)
2pm to 3pm (via Teleconference)
To book:
register here for Zoom
register here for Teleconference
Contact: Linda on 9298 8828 or linda.keenahan@knox.vic.gov.au

Crop Rotation in the Veggie Patch - free


Hosted by Gardens4Harvest
Crop rotation is done for several reasons but can get confusing if you've only got a small garden. Here we will look at one way of keeping on top of it all for healthier and more productive patches, which will mean that you need to keep a Garden Diary. And while we're still planting, we'll look at growing garlic and the conditions needed to get a great crop.
Date: Wednesday 3 June 2020
Time: 12.30 pm to 1:30 pm (via Zoom)
To book: register here

Soup and Singing - free


Hosted by Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
Make yourself a warm cup of soup and join us for a singalong via videoconference. Local musician Brendan Scott will be our entertainer for the day.
Date: Thursday 4 June 2020
Time: 1pm to 1.45pm (via Zoom)
To book: email judy.bowman@lca.org.au or call 0409 097 294

Winning government business - free


Hosted by Knox City Council
The Australian government sector spends billions annually procuring products and services. If you’re not putting your business forward, you’re missing out. This workshop will show you, step by step, how to maximise your chances of success.

Date: Wednesday 10 June 2020
Time: 9.30am to 1pm (via Zoom)
To book: go to: knoxbiz.com.au

Fast compost; Growing Asparagus - free


Hosted by Gardens4Harvest
As a gardener, you'd appreciate the value of compost for healthy soil. Making compost can take up to 6 months if you do it the usual way but can be sped up appreciably if you follow these tips. Now is a great time to be putting this in action. And if you're a lover of asparagus (and who isn't?), we'll go into the growing of this crop so that you can have asparagus year after year after only planting it once.

Date: Wednesday 10 June 2020
Time: 12.30 pm to 1:30 pm (via Zoom)
To book: register here RSVP by Monday 8 June

Encore – Resilience and living in the ‘now’ - free


Hosted by Knox City Council with Gary Cantwell
Back by popular demand. The social distancing restrictions have changed the way we live and engage with our community and are testing our resilience. Listen to Knox resident, Gary Cantwell, our 2020 Citizen of the Year recipient, present a talk on resilience and the importance of living in the now.

Date: Thursday 11 June 2020
Times: 11am to 12pm (via Zoom)
2pm to 3pm (via Teleconference)
To book:
register here for Zoom
register here for Teleconference
Contact: Linda on 9298 8828 or linda.keenahan@knox.vic.gov.au

Women’s Health understanding addiction - free


Hosted by Knox City Council with Lesley Thomas, BBRS Registered Practitioner, Dip Clinical Hypnotherapy, Adv Dip Mindenergetix, Dip CS (AOD & Mental Health)
Addiction comes in many forms: alcohol, drugs, cleaning, worry, shopping etc. Join this zoom session and hear how addiction can take many forms. Demystify stigma and learn how you may be able to support a friend or family member in need.

Date: Tuesday 16 June 2020
Time: 10.30 am to 11.30 am (via Zoom)
To book: register here or call Linda on 9298 8828
or email linda.keenahan@knox.vic.gov.au

Orana Cooking Class with Oddie - One Pot Wonder - free


Hosted by Orana Neighbourhood House
Oddie will show you how to create a delicious meal in one pot and then turn into 5 different meals that can be put in the freezer for quick meals.

Date: Tuesday 16 June 2020
Time: 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm (via Zoom)

To book: call Reception on 9801 1895 or email onh@netspace.net.au

Winter Pruning; Sharpening your Secateurs; Growing and Dividing Rhubarb - free


Hosted by Gardens4Harvest
It's coming to that time of the year when you're thinking that you need to go out and give your fruit trees a good haircut. Wait though until you've come to this session as you might find you're doing more harm than good for your trees. It might instead be a better time to do some tool maintenance, especially of your good secateurs. Our growing tips for this week include how to divide up your rhubarb patch and then replant (or gift) the root divisions for more rhubarb plants.
Date: Wednesday 17 June 2020
Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
RSVP by Monday 15 June (Details on how to connect to Zoom will be provided upon registration)
Register here

How to make a Simple Sock Puppet
Hosted by Marilyn Crossley
For those of you who like to get your craft on, join us for a fun afternoon where we will be making a simple sock puppet, which you can then share with your friends, family and grandchildren. You will need the following items:
• Sock (must be long or under trouser length)
• Buttons or ping pong balls for eyes
• Wool or string for hair
• Marking pen to draw “pupils” on eyes or stick on dots
• Glue or needle and thread
• Pom pom for nose (optional)

Date: Tuesday 23 June 2020
Time: 2pm to 3pm (via Zoom)
Contact: Linda on 9298 8828 or linda.keenahan@knox.vic.gov.au

To book: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/6DRT0


Propagating Tomato Plants from Seeds; Control of Peach Leaf Curl - free


Hosted by Gardens4Harvest
It's the dead of winter so your thoughts might not be of summer and tomatoes just yet. But to be a great gardener, good organisation is needed, especially when propagating from seed. It is something that you might start to do in the upcoming weeks before the busy-ness of spring. As well as that, we'll look at how to avoid your peach and nectarine trees succumbing to the defoliation that happens when the Leaf Curl fungus attacks. Being prepared is the focus of this session!
Date: Wednesday 24 June 2020
Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
RSVP by Monday 22 June (Details on how to connect to Zoom will be provided upon registration)
Register here

Like to host an event or activity?

If you would like to host an event, contact the Program Lead Inclusive Communities on 9298 8828 or email linda.keenahan@knox.vic.gov.au

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