Arts Out There looks at seniors, rangers and remembrance

Rangers represent: Esperance Tjaltjraak rangers teaching about the cultural significance of local plant species at Nulsen in November. Photo: Jane Mulcock.
Rangers represent: Esperance Tjaltjraak rangers teaching about the cultural significance of local plant species at Nulsen in November. Photo: Jane Mulcock.

November 10 to 17, 2019 is Seniors' Week.

Events and activities are held across WA during this week to acknowledge seniors in our communities and the many valuable contributions that they make.

Esperance Community Arts has partnered again this year with the Seniors Recreation Council, the Senior Citizens Centre, the Shire of Esperance, Esperance Public Library and the Esperance Drumming Group to help celebrate Seniors' Week in a variety of venues around the community.

As a warm-up to the week, Esperance Community Arts hosted a Craft and Technology Day on Thursday, November 7 at our community space on Dempster Street.

This featured displays by Esperance Embroiderers Group, Esperance Port Patchers, Esperance Spinners & Weavers, Tuesday Craft Group and the Esperance Crafty Critters.

Local artist Flora Yetman also ran a felting demonstration.

This was a great opportunity to meet with local craftspeople, see what they do and talk to them about the groups they represent.

This event also included two Be Connected sessions presented by Kim Maslin.

One of these was the first of three Tea & Technology gatherings, where people can bring along their phones, laptops, ipads and other devices and ask questions over morning tea.

The second was a digital art demonstration presented by the Esperance Public Library.

The Senior Citizens Centre will be hosting an exhibition of artwork by the Esperance Hobby Painters from Sat 10th - 17th Nov along with a range of other regular activities.

The Seniors Recreation Council is sponsoring a special $5 ticket deal with the Fenwick Cinema throughout Seniors Week.

Collect your concession voucher from Senior Citizens Centre and choose a film and time that suits you between 10th & 17th.

Other special events at the centre during the week are a soap-making workshop with Jenny Morcombe on Tuesday 12th 1.30pm and a workshop with Esperance Drumming Group on Saturday 16th at 10am.

The Seniors Preview of the new Esperance Theatre Guild's production Robin Hood is on at 2pm on Sunday 10th November.

The Remembrance Day Ceremony is 10.30am on Monday 11th at the War Memorial.

Morning Melodies runs from 11am on Thursday 14th at the Esperance Civic Centre - all up a great program of activities for the week.

The Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation (ETNTAC) Rangers have also been busy over the last week and a half running Act-Belong-Commit Kaddatji Nyungar Boodja Plant and Culture sessions for Nulsen Primary School, Esperance Senior High School, Castletown Primary School and for the wider community at the Nulsen in November Family Fun Day on Saturday. 'Kaddatji' is the local Nyungar word for learning or knowledge and 'boodja' is the word for country.

These educational sessions, developed for the Esperance Wildflower Festival, are an opportunity to learn about Nyungar country from the Rangers who help to care for it.

They are supported by Healthway through the Act-Belong-Commit program which acknowledges the value of standing strong together, sharing stories and culture, learning about language, respecting Elders, being connected to community and family, spending time in the bush and caring for country.

For more information on all these activities and events please contact Esperance Community Arts on 9072 1158.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram, email us (admin@esperancecommunityarts.org.au), or visit us at 67 Dempster street from 10am -2pm Tuesday - Friday.

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