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A Celebration of the Sacred Music of Antonio Vivaldi.

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Music Ministry
Sunday 1 April 7.30pm
Wesley Music Ministry presents: A Celebration of the Sacred Music of Antonio Vivaldi. Program includes: the “Credo” (RV 591), the “Gloria” (RV 589), the acclaimed soprano solo “Nulla in mondo pax sincera” and Violin Concerto in G minor (soloist Jack Chenoweth). Performed by the Wesley Choir, soloists Louise Page, Erin Patrick and Abbey Mackay (sopranos), and Miriam Miley-Read (mezzo-soprano), chamber orchestra led by Gillian Bailey-Graham and performance conducted by Garth Mansfield, Director of Music at Welsey. No bookings required. Retiring offering for Music Ministry. Enquiries 6232 7248. Wesley Church, 20 National Circuit, Forrest

ACT Special Olympics Team Thanks the Fundraisers

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Sponsors and prize winners at the recent thank you to supporters of the ACT Special Olympics Team
Following great success in competing at the 2006 Special Olympics held on the Gold Coast in October 2006, the ACT Special Olympic Team took time out recently to reward the fund-raisers that helped get the ACT team to the Games.

In September 2006, the ACT Special Olympics Fundraising Calendar was launched to raise much needed funds to get the ACT team to the Games. The 2007 calendar features athletes in a range of beautiful and iconic places around Canberra. Super-imposed images of the Athletes playing bocce with the hot air balloons and swimming down Federation Mall make this a very special calendar.

150 athletes and carers from the ACT attended the 2006 games and funds raised through the sale of the calendar played a key role in ensuring their participation and the ACT team’s success – winning 113 medals and achieving 80 personal best performances!

One of the sponsors of the 2007 Calendar prizes, FCM Travel Brisbane visited Canberra on 5 March 2006 to present awards to two special supporters of the fundraising calendar.

Haylee Richards received a travel prize as the athlete who sold the most fundraising calendars – 93 in total. 22 year old, Haylee, has been a member of the ACT Special Olympics team for many years competing at both state and national levels, including competing in Ireland in 2003.

A second travel prize was also awarded to Darrell Burkey of the ANU.

Special Olympics ACT Region is a not-for-profit, self-funded organisation that is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of our community through sports training and competition. For the first time in the history of the games, the ACT will host the Special Olympics National Junior Games between 11 – 13 April 2008.

Attached photo:

Nikki Meyers (FCM Travel), Haylee Richards (SOACTR Athlete), Lisa Pearce (FCM Travel), Athol Dale (SOACTR Chairman),

Cricket makes 10 in the Special Olympic Program

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Special Olympic athletes having a go at cricket
ACT Cricket Chief Executive Officer Mark Vergano said he was delighted with news Special Olympics ACT Region had expanded its program of sports offered to local people with an intellectual disability to include cricket.

With a Come and Try Cricket day held last month, Special Olympics ACT Region have added a tenth sport to their program. With popular sports such as swimming, athletics and ten pin bowling already in the program, cricket has been included to fill a growing niche.

“Special Olympics has been a fantastic organisation in meeting the needs of the disabled community to encourage participation in a variety of sports which cricket is pleased to join

“ACT Cricket is pleased to be able to assist Special Olympics in progressing cricket for adults and children with an intellectual disability”, Mr Vergano said.

Special Olympics is a not for profit organisation that offers sports training and competition for adults and children with an intellectual disability. Children as young as 8 can be involved in the program. Discos and dinners are also held monthly which gives athletes and families a chance to socialise.

If you are interested in getting involved in Special Olympics or want more information, call 6230 1069 or email soactr@optusnet.com.au.

Successful waterless car wash expands in ACT and Queanbeyan

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Tim Hallahan with his Ecowash Mobile car
Successful waterless car wash expands in ACT and Queanbeyan
A Queanbeyan resident has seized an outstanding business opportunity with a waterless car washing franchise to help environmentally conscious car owners including his local council.
Timothy Hallahan owns and manages the North East ACT and Queanbeyan franchise of Ecowash Mobile – a waterless mobile car washing and detailing service which uses a 2-in-1 biodegradable wash and polish that lasts for four to six weeks.
Tim joined Ecowash Mobile in February this year, wanting a change in career with a fresh challenge that offered him the opportunity to build a business after being a financial planner.
“I wanted to be in control of my own destiny, work outdoors and meet people. Being my own boss allows me to do that,” Tim said.
Tim said the local response has been very positive so far and he has helped many car owners as well as both the local Mayor and Council employees save water.
“The local response has been so good because we are fully mobile – I can visit people at their workplace or anywhere else,” he said.
“My customers are amazed with the results of Ecowash – they have never seen anything that does as good a job as the Ecowash products.
“Most of my customers have now become monthly clients, it’s the quality and convenience that keeps them coming back,” Tim said.
Julie Matthews, Fleet Coordinator at Queanbeyan City Council, said the Ecowash Mobile service was a convenient alternative to traditional carwashes.
“The reasonable cost and mobile service made it a convenient car wash option,” she said.
“The waterless service also fits with Council’s awareness of conserving water and using eco-friendly products,” Julie said.
The 2-in-1 wash and polish compound is sprayed onto the car exterior, encapsulates surface dirt that is then removed with a soft cloth and provides a protective coating. The whole process is guaranteed not to scratch.
The complete range of products enables a full detail inside and out including leather treatment, bumper renovation and scratch removal. To ensure long lasting protection of your car, Ecowash Mobile has also just introduced new protection options for paint, fabric and carpet or leather.
A variety of services are on offer, from a basic waterless wash and polish right through to a full detail called an Extreme Ecowash, to suit individual car owners, through to car dealers, smash repairers and corporate fleets.
For more information call 1 800 ECOWASH (1 800 326 927) or visit www.ecowash.com.au.

Released for Ecowash Mobile by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)

For further information please call Teanne Ryan or Kim Larochelle on (02) 9413 4244.

ACT Primary School Swimming Carnival

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Victory!
The annual ACT Primary School swimming carnival will take place on Wednesday 4th April from 9am – 3pm at the AIS in Belconnen. This event is the culmination of the school and regional swimming carnivals which have taken place throughout the region in March.

All competitors have to qualify and meet specific qualify times defined by the sports governing body. This event provides insight into the future superstars of the sport.

More information can be gained by contacting your local primary school.

Varekai Show Review

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Vareki, one of nearly 10 continuously travelling shows from the team at Cirque de Soleil, opened in Canberra on March 15th.

Based on the journey of a man who falls into the magical world of Vareki it is both both absurd and extraordinary.

The word varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.

This production is extraordinary. After a slow start the action warms up with frequent breathtaking performances from an international cast. Crowd favourites include the kids from China and the amazing acrobatic finale.

The show runs until to April 8th 2007 before moving on to Melbourne (opening on April 19th). The circus is located opposite the National Library, Canberra.

Tickets are available from http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/CirqueDuSoleil/en/showstickets/varekai/Ticketsclub/Canberra_directions.htm

World Vision Child Sponsorship Campaign

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World Vision is Australia’s largest overseas aid and humanitarian organisation. With the support of around 400 000 Australians, World Vision helps over 12 million people every year. As well as providing relief in emergency situations, we work on long-term development projects with local communities to address the causes of poverty and help them move toward self-sufficiency.

As part of an Easter Campaign to help generate funds and increase public awareness about the work and impact of World Vision, information stands will be present in Westfield Woden between 16 and 22 April 2007. World Vision staff will be on hand to provide information, advice and resources to the public about World Vision and its programs, particularly Child Sponsorship. Come and seize the opportunity to sponsor a child living in poverty and help improve the long-term chances of an entire community.

For further information, please contact:

Catherine Wood
Relationship Assistant – New Supporters
PH: (02)9806 6307
FX: (02)9806 6301
Email: catherine.wood@worldvision.com.a

Yarralumla Uniting Church

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Yarralumla Uniting Church
The annual Yarralumla Uniting Church Winter Arts & Craft Show takes place from Friday 29th June – Sunday 1st July 2007. This popular event is once again being held at the Church on Denman Street in Yarralumla in Canberra.

Along with a wide display of oil, water and pastel paintings there are a strong displays of quilt and patchwork pieces.

More details can be found at www.yarrauniting.org.au or by calling 02 6281 2750

Lanyon Garden Festival

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Lanyon garden1
By Paul Webb
Saturday and Sunday
24 and 25 March 2007 10am – 4pm
Lanyon Tharwa Drive, Tharwa, ACT
Entry: $5 Adults $3 Concession $10 Family
Historic Lanyon will be at its best during the 5th Annual
Lanyon Garden Festival. Enjoy a wonderful array of garden
activities including specialist talks tours and demonstrations in the beautiful setting of Lanyon gardens.
With over 40 events, this year’s festival is sure to provide something for all ages. Visitors can join Jean Abbott as she imparts her secrets of making jams and preserves, or Judith Boden-Cummings in an informative demonstration of herbs for medicinal and culinary uses.
Graham Williams demonstrates how to prune your roses and fruit trees and Lyn Fisher uncovers the charming aspects of flower arrangements from the Victorian Period. Discover the ways of drying plants & how to use them with Judy Refshauge.
Specialist talks this year include, Establishing a new garden on rural land; Gardening at Highgrove House; From garden to table a culinary tour of the Lanyon vegetable garden, along with David Johnson’s tree tour.
Graham Williams talks on beekeeping and growing organic vegetables; Phil Spradbery runs an informative session on European Wasps and learn all you can from Geoff Price of the ACT Weeds Office.
Enjoy live music provided by Bunyip’n Bluegum, Tuggeranong Valley Band, and the Cantabile Choir. Children’s activities include badge making, coloring in, flower arranging and vase decoration, egg and spoon races and sack races. A variety of food will be available including lunch at the Lanyon Cafe (bookings required), a sausage sizzle along
with drinks and ice creams. A variety of stall holders will provide an array of garden related products for sale including Uncle Joe’s Chooks, Gray to Green, water recyclers and Environment ACT.
Discover or revisit the restored 1850s homestead and convict
outbuildings. Meet up with celebrity gardeners and visiting plant and garden societies or simply relax under the elm, listening to music played on the lawns and enjoying the atmosphere of the 5th Annual Lanyon Garden Festival.
Lanyon Garden Festival
Saturday 24 Sunday 25 March 2007
Enquiries. Lanyon Tel (02) 6235 5677
Lanyon, Tharwa Drive, Tharwa ACT

Distributors Wanted

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Earn between $200 – 300 per day as a distributor for The Word. We are looking for reliable people with their own vehicle to distribute batches of 10 – 100 papers to pubs, clubs, cafes, nursing homes, govt departments, business office blocks, high traffic shopping areas etc.
Work is availabe 2 days p/month.
Ring 02-62929061

Musica da Camera

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By Barbara Donaldson
Musica da Camera, a community string orchestra will be holding their next concerts on -Saturday 14 April, 3pm, Holy Covenant Anglican Church, Dexter Street, Cook;
Sunday 15 April, 3pm, “Mona” Braidwood.
A rich program of string music directed by Barbara Jane Gilby, including works by Mozart and Copland. Violin soloist is Alethea Coombe. Tickets at the door – $20 Adults, $15 concession and children under 12 free

007 Packs a punch!

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Boxing ACT
By Rob Barron, Boxing ACT PresidentBoxing ACT will begin another hectic year of boxing when it presents its first tournament for 2007 on Saturday March 3 at the Tradesmen’s Club Phillip.
This tournament will feature local aspiring boxers who will vie for selections to the World Championships later in this year in Russia.
Other major events coming up include the National Selections to the World Championships which are being held at the AIS between 23-25 March. This tournament will feature the best of Australia’s boxers from all states and territories over 3 jam-packed days.
A number of local tournaments throughout the year will enable both the novice boxer and more prominent representatives to gain invaluable experience and conditioning for other national tournaments like the Arafura Games (Darwin), Oceania Games (Samoa), World Championships (Russia) and National Championships (Gold Coast), as well as preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
This is indeed one of our busiest years and with so many chances to represent overseas, our boxers need lots of encouragement and financial support to be able to travel away from home and work.
Boxing ACT and individual boxers seek sponsorship and welcome enquires through their office on 02-61019901.or Secretary, Julia Felton on 0411030637.

Hosting the world mountain bike championships

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Mountain Bike ride
By Andrew Barr
I welcome the announcement that the 2009 World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships will be held in Canberra.
The event is expected to attract more than 750 of the world’s top mountain bike riders, as well as 30 000 visitors from up to 40 countries and will run from the 1-6 September 2009 at the new Stromlo Forest Park. That the 2009 World Championships will be held in Canberra is great news for the City and the country.
As more than 750 of the world’s top riders compete across the mountain bike disciplines of Cross Country, Downhill, Four Cross, and Observed Trials, the event will be broadcast to an expected television audience of over 25 million people across the world.
This will provide a major boost for tourism, business and the economy and is great recognition of the world class facilities we have to offer in the ACT.
The ACT Government will provide over $1 million to support the 2009 World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships.
Given the stature of this event in the world and the growing popularity of mountain biking in Australia, this is a major opportunity to promote Stromlo Forest Park and Canberra as the number one mountain biking destination in Australia and a hot spot for mountain biking in the world.
The ACT Government joined with Canberra Off-Road Cyclists (CORC) and their event partners Apis Consulting Group in their bid for Canberra to host and manage the 2009 World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships and we will invest over $1 million to support the event. This is in addition to the $7.5 million invested in the new facilities at Stromlo Forest Park, with a major component of these facilities focusing on mountain biking.
I look forward to the great sporting feats which will be achieved on the tracks at Stromlo and the recognition our great city will achieve during and in the lead up to the Championships.

IT teacher, publisher, webmaster, poet, songwriter and digital artist!

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Jennifer Kathleen Phillips
BY KIM WELLS
Jennifer Kathleen Phillips doesn’t do things by halves. Now a local, Jennifer Phillips graduated from Massey University, New Zealand, in the top 5% of students with a degree in education and has since taught all ages from preschool to adults in a variety of settings. She is presently an IT teacher at Lake Tuggeranong College and active on a number of committees including the Computer Education Group of the ACT, Australian Government Quality Teaching Program and the Council of ACT Education Associations. In her free time she is vice president of the ACT branch of the Australian Federation of University Women, having just served two terms as president. She has published 5 books and is a poet, webmaster and songwriter as well as an artist.
For Christmas 2003 her husband bought her a copy of Adobe Photoshop and about the same time she was asked if she would paint a picture for Easter. Jennifer says,
“As I had not been making many art works I thought I would do a concept sketch on the computer, so I took photos of a rose and barbed wire and manipulated them using software tools to sharpen the image, stretch and reshape it and add texture. I was so pleased with my work that I had it printed on canvas. The response from people was so positive that it encouraged me to make more digital art works. I discovered some online galleries and digital art communities and began exhibiting my work online as well as offline and have begun selling limited edition prints to a global market!”
Jennifer entered some digital images into the ARTOTEQUE, a real time global art competition held in February 2006 in London and was one of only four exhibitors from Australia awarded prizes.
Encouraged by this success Jennifer held a solo exhibition of works at Belconnen Gallery in August 2006, which was well received by nearly 1000 visitors.
She has since won The People’s Choice at Waniassa Art’s ‘Views in the Hills’ exhibition in 2006 for her image, Loved – never forgotten. Works are currently part of the “Wasteland’ Exhibitio, a project of the MV Network, a federation of regional arts facilities and presenters bonded by the M5 motorway, stretching from the Casula Powerhouse in Western Sydney through Campbelltown and the Southern Tablelands to Canberra and Queanbeyan. The Wasteland exhibition at Belconnen is the first stage in a multi phase project that will see each of the members interpret the Wasteland theme, culminating in a major exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse in 2007
Jennifer’s art will be part of the upcoming exhibition: ‘Affluence’ by the art group Multifocus at the HUW DAVIES GALLERY situated in the Manuka Arts Centre, corner of NSW Crescent and Manuka Circle, Griffith (presented by Photoaccess). The exhibition continues until 20 February. Gallery hours are 11am to 5pm (closed Monday). Phone 6295 7810.
Recently Jennifer has established an online sales site where her prints can be viewed and purchased at www.phillips-prints.com
Jennifer has created several educational aids including easy website development and animation and a series of reading activity packs that contain interactive computer reading games to help young children learn to read. Activity Pack 1 – which contains animated reading activities and printable worksheets to help a child develop early reading skills – is now available at www.phillips-prints.com
Jennifer is also working on a children’s storybook that will be illustrated with digital art.