Shire seniors to celebrate

Narrandera Shire seniors will have a host of activities to choose from to celebrate Seniors Week throughout the town and district next week.

Festivities will start with a Monday Morning Movie at the Narrandera Shire Library of April 9 between 10.30am and noon. It will feature “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and popcorn will be supplied.

The movie is a great and previously untold story of Jan and Antonina Zabinska, Polish husband and wife zookeepers, owners of the Warsaw Zoo, who opened their zoo to Jewish refugees after the September 1939 German invasion of Poland and continued to “host” people throughout the occupation, smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto, hiding them in animal cages and basement tunnels leading from the house to the zoo.

Only two of the 300 Jewish “guests” (as they referred to them) hidden in the zoo were captured by the Nazis and murdered. The rest survived.

Tuesday April 10 will be a morning tea and free Parkside Museum entry from 10am to 11.30am. The museum houses a collection of items of national and local significance so there will be plenty to look at.

A Seniors Over 50s Club lunch will be held in the Grong Grong Hall from 11.45am to 2pm on Wednesday April 11. Lunch will be catered by the Grong Grong Earth Park Committee and activities will include table and card games such as Skipbo (like Uno) and Phase 10 (like Rummy).

On Thursday April 12 there will be an introduction to family history resources at the Narrandera Library for seniors interested in accessing Births, Deaths and Marriages online, the Ryerson Index, Riverina cemeteries Database, Trove and Ancestry for Libraries. Bookings are essential as spaces are limited so phone the Library on 69595585 if you are keen to attend.

Seniors Bingo will be played at thje Narrandera senior Citizens Club from 1pm to 3pm on Thursday April 12 and prizes include $20 Coles gift cards.

Friday April 13 and the celebrations move from Narrandera to Leeton’s Roxy Theatre for morning tea and screening of the movie “Finding Your Feet”. The bus will leave the Narrandera Visitor Information Centre at 10am. The event is free but bookings are needed as there are only 40 places available. Contact the Narrandera Library on 69595585.

On the same day there will be a Seniors Friday the Thirteenth morning tea at the Barellan CWA Rooms from 10am to 11am catered for by the Barellan Aged Care Support Committee and it is free of charge.

To round off an exciting week a Seniors Monday will be celebrated on Monday April 16 at Morundah, where seniors will be treated to a theatre tea and lunch at Morundah Pub.

A bus departs the Narrandera Visitor Information Centre at 11am and the event is free. Bookings are essential, so again any interested seniors should contact the Narrandera Library.

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