City opens activities for all ages

City opens activities for all ages

Deportment tips for Generation Smartphone and modern makeovers for seniors are among a mixed bag of activities designed to bring Sydneysiders together in the second half of 2014.

Exercise, educational, cultural and community programs will cater to people of all ages and interests – from sporty types to hobbyists – as part of the City of Sydney’s free “What’s on in your neighbourhood” program.

Open to the estimated million people in the city each workday, the program also includes weekend fixtures and adventures outside the city.

“During the colder months our tendency might be to stay inside, but Sydneysiders don’t need to be put off by colder weather,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Our staff have created plenty of opportunities for everyone to keep fit and enjoy a huge range of activities. Whether you’re two or 102 years old, there’s something for you.”

In one workshop, titled Nana Knows Best, smartphone-obsessed young people learn how to shake hands and make eye contact while folk of a finer vintage reinvent themselves.

In the Redfern class, 1950s era Miss NSW Pat Woodley, a deportment expert and former biology teacher, schools green and evergreen charges on how to boost their powers of attraction and converse confidently.

“It’s all about interaction,” says Ms Woodley.

“Youngsters are using their technology so much they’re losing the ability to communicate and maintain these important relationships. I teach them how to convey positive energy because we as humans draw so much from negative or positive energy.”

In other activities, the sports-minded can choose from boot camps, cross fit, basketball, Angolan capoeira, Pilates, City to Surf training, yoga, and all kinds of martial arts and dance modes.

Social chess, music lessons and choirs, Chinese opera and calligraphy are among the more sedate pursuits, while computer courses, fishing trips and friendships clubs are also be open to people of all ages.

Over-55s now represent 16 per cent of the City’s resident population, with the figure set to expand over the next decade, so this program provides many activities for seniors to enjoy.

What’s On in your neighbourhood’s activities have been catalogued in a single booklet that will be distributed to all residents and made available online. The line-up, covering weekends, includes:

Nanna knows best workshop

Tuesday, 15 and 29 July and 12 August from 6.30pm-8.30pm at the Ron Williams Community Centre, Redfern. – $20

 Angolan Capoeira

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 6.30pm-8.30pm at Redfern Community Centre

 Free Chinese calligraphy club

Wednesdays from 1.30pm-3pm at the Chinese Calligraphy Club at the Ron William Centre, Redfern (maximum of 10)

 Unicycling 101

Saturday, 19 July, 1pm-3pm at the Abraham Mott Activity Centre, Millers Point – $30


Monday 12.30pm – 1.15pm Monday, Noon – 12.30pm and 6pm-7pm Tuesday, 7am-8am and 1.15pm-2.15pm Wednesday, Noon-12.30pm Thursday, 7am-8am and 12.30pm – 1.15pm Friday and Noon-12.45pm Saturday at the King George V Recreation Centre, The Rocks.

Free fishing trips – North and South

Tuesday, 22 July, Tuesday, 29 July, Tuesday, 12 August, Tuesday, 19 August, Tuesday, 2 September, Tuesday, 16 September, Tuesday, 21 October, Tuesday, 28 October, Tuesday, 11 November and Tuesday, 25 November from 6am-1pm assembling at Ron Williams Community Centre, Redfern.

 Free healthy eating and cooking program

Each Friday from 3pm-7pm at the Joseph Sargeant Community Centre, Erskineville

 Free BBQ

Last Friday of each month from 6pm at Pyrmont Community Centre.

 Private piano lessons

All day Saturday at Pyrmont Community Centre 

 Christmas in July – lunch and entertainment

Monday, 21 July from midday at the Harry Jensen Community Centre, Millers Point Harry jensen

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For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin on
0477 310 149 or email