COA Centre Activities The COA Centre has Changed Some of our activities will now be presented at the Burger Centre in Randwick, while the rest will remain at the COA Centre in Woollahra. The list below will tell you which groups will be held at which Centre from September 2023 onwards. COA Activities in Woollahra Although some activities will now move offsite this gives COA the space to create a different menu of options for engagement and creativity. Art Classes Offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 - 11.30 will continue at COA with our amazing art therapist Jennifer and her crew of dedicated artists. Some say they arrived unable to paint a straight line, and are now creating amazing works of art. If you ever wanted to explore the freedom and mind-fullness of making art this is an excellent way to try your hand at it. Lessons are paid for a month in advance and cost $10 per lesson per person. Bring your own canvas, brushes, and other art mediums (paper, charcoal, pencils, inks etc) but acrylic paint is provided by COA. Tai Chi Offered from 12.30-1.30 on Tuesdays and led by volunteer Monica Foltyn, this group comprises slow simple Tai Chi stretches suitable for all seniors, completed to relaxing background sounds. You do not have to be particularly fit to join, and these exercise will help with your core strength and balance, helping you age well and in good health. $5 for COA Members and $10 for Non-Members Knitting Group Led by COA volunteer Sandy Hotz, this group meet weekly to produce all manner of knitted items to benefit those in need or suffering from disasters such as flood and fire. The group has grown by leaps and bounds under Sandy's guidance and those who have never tried knitting before are very welcome to attend and learn how to knot from the experts! They also celebrate birthdays in the group and ensure that everyone gets afternoon tea and a chance to chat to others in the group. All donations of acrylic "wool" are very much appreciated Bridge If you are looking for an informal social game of Bridge, COA has you covered. Our group meets every Thursday from 1 -3pm led by COA volunteer Morris Rosenberg, the sessions are $5 per person to attend. This is a great place if you have not played bridge for some time and want to brush up your skills, or are still learning the game, as Morris is a very skilled player and can provide support for all your queries. U3A Sydney Eastern Region Weekly Meetings Sydney Eastern Region branch of the University if the 3rd Age meets at COA Centre every Friday from 10:30-12:00 during their term dates for lectures on a wide range of topics. COA members get a special deal as they do not need to become a U3A member to access this lecture series, and each person attending on a given day is asked to contribute a gold coin donation on entry. For their latest program of upcoming lectures click here to visit their website. The Supper Club Every two months we hold a light supper at the COA Centre with a featured speaker and an option for a Q&A with the speaker once they have delivered their address. We have had all sorts of people and groups represented at the Supper Club over the years, and try to fund people and topics which are of interest and will stimulate discussion. Past speakers have included local Rabbis, politicians, lawyers, doctors, community leaders, authors, artists, musicians and comedians. It is a great place to get together with your friends and enjoy an night of social connection and stimulating discourse over a delicious, fully kosher, supper. JNF Monthly Meetings Generally held the second Tuesday of the month from 10:30am - 12pm, this meeting is provided by JNF and features speakers on a range of topics of interest to Jewish Seniors. To find out more contact JNF direct on (02) 9389 5466. Special Events We will still be offering major events such as our annual Seniors Sydney Harbour Cruise and our Chanukah Party which always draw a crowd of 100 and more, and we are open to suggestions... What do you want to do at COA? We want to know what other activities over 60's are looking for in the local community. If you are an expert in a particular area - basket weaving, baking, chess, model building, choirs, dance - or have a brilliant idea for a group activity which is not currently available in our community, it could be presented as part of the COA Centre weekly program of activities! Or do you have a fantastic idea for a get together? Do you want to take the lead in organising a community event for retirees? We would love to hear from you, and give you every support to create your community event. Contact us on (02) 9389 0035 with all your ideas for the COA weekly program and special events and help us make them a reality as an active volunteer with COA!! COA Activities at the Burger Centre Some of our large group activities will be moving to the Burger Centre and you will now need to book for these with Burger Centre administration (02) 8345 9147. But your booking can be cancelled at any time up to 8:30am on the day of the event to avoid being charged by Burger. They will be control of the details of the program being offered and any queries about program content will need to be addressed by Burger Centre staff. Club COA Held Monday and Wednesday from 10am-2pm and featuring board games, coffee and chat, bingo, chair exercises, lunch in company, live music and dancing and more. COA Mystery Bus Outings Held Tuesday and Thursday with space for 10 participants. Join out outing to discover the most beautiful places in Sydney, take a walk and enjoy lunch in company. Sunday Movies A fortnightly movie with afternoon tea. Transport is available for up to 10 participants and should be requested it at time of booking. COA Transport COA buses and drivers will now be under the auspices of the Burger Centre. Pick up and delivery home will still be available for up to 20 people attending Club COA and for up to 10 people attending Sunday Movies. Transport must be booked in advance.