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Australian Red Cross Blood Service Needs Your HELP!

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Winter can be a difficult time for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Red-Cross-needs-your-helpWe have a very loyal list of donors who donate whenever they are able, be it fortnightly for plasma or every three months for whole blood. Unfortunately, winter coughs, colds and flus impact our donors as much as anyone and in order to donate blood, you need to be feeling fit and well a week prior to your donation. This means that some of our regular donors aren’t able to donate as regularly as they usually do.

So, every winter, the Blood Service calls on people who have never donated before, or haven’t donated for a while, to make a donation. Because blood only has a short shelf life, we aren’t able to stockpile donations for when we have a downturn in donors. This means that there can be particular strain on stocks coming up to public holidays and over Winter, which is why it is so important for new donors to try their arm at donating blood. We need more than 25 000 donations every week to provide to patients in need.

Blood donation is a very simple process, and the donation itself only takes between five and ten minutes. It’s a great chance to relax and take some ‘me’ time, all the while helping patients in need.
We’ll also be setting up our Mobile Donor Centre on North Lakes Drive, outside the Good Guys, between Tuesday the 18th and Friday the 21st of June. There is also a permanent Donor Centre at Strathpine, only 15 minutes down the road from North Lakes. Located at 349 Gympie Road, Strathpine, it is open 6 days a week, with sessions available both early morning, late evening, and on weekends, so that everyone can find a time to donate that suits them.

If you are interested in donating, or would like more information, you can visit donateblood.com.au, or phone 13 14 95.

If you run a business, or would like to donate as part of a community or church group, the Blood Service runs a group donation program called Red25. For more information on Red25, please call Liam Richardson on 3624 0407, or email lrichardson@redcrossblood.org.au.

14/05/2019 |

2019 Flu Season

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Bartchall-Medical-flu-seaon-2019The 2019 flu season is well underway, with an increase in cases being reported in comparison to the previous year.

In fact, three times as many cases have been reported this year, with the majority of the cases coming from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Influenza is caused by influenza viruses, which are highly contagious via respiratory droplet transmission. Influenza type A and B cause the majority of disease in humans. Genetic changes to proteins on the viruses result in different strains each season, which is why influenza immunisation is recommended every year.

Australian studies have estimated vaccine effectiveness is between 38% and 86%. The variation depends on age, whether a person is immunocompromised and how good the match is between influenza strains in the vaccine and those circulating in the community. Protection was thought to persist up to one year, but recent evidence suggests protection may wane from three to four months after vaccination. May/June are the ideal months to have the vaccination, as the flu season extends to the end of August.

TIPS TO REMEMBER:
– The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely the flu will spread in the community
– If you get symptoms of influenza you will need to have a diagnosis confirmed via laboratory tests
– Don’t forget your cough etiquette
– Wash your hands regularly
– Staying at home can prevent transmission

Protect yourself and your family, book an appointment with Doctor Donna today on (07) 3886 5400

14/05/2019 |

2019 Federal Election: Meet the Candidates

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Election Day is fast approaching and whilst everyone loves a Democratic sausage, choosing which condiment to have on it is far easier than choosing which Candidates to give your preferences to.

If you would like the opportunity to meet the Candidates and ask questions, be sure to head down to the Mango Hill Community Centre on Wednesday, the 15th of May for a 7:00pm start. All Candidates will be in attendance and open to questions from Community members. Be sure to stay around afterwards for a supper and a cuppa! Proudly hosted by the Mango Hill Progress Association.

Luke-Howarth-LNPWe live in the most beautiful place in the world and, having grown up in Bracken Ridge and now living in Clontarf, I want to see our community thrive.
With your support, I’ve secured funding to upgrade the Bruce Highway, Gateway Motorway, Linkfield Rd Overpass, the old Rothwell Roundabout, Boundary Rd Overpass, Deception Bay Rd Overpass, On/Off ramps to the Bruce Highway from Griffin and the Mango Hill Train Station car park.
I want our children to have the sporting infrastructure they need to chase their dreams. So I’ve secured a new running track for Deception Bay, netball courts for the North Lakes Blues, field lighting for the North Lakes Eels and new women’s changerooms at the Dolphins. I’m also fighting to save the North Lakes Golf Course.
Unemployment was the top issue when I was elected in 2013 – so I started a Job Seeker Boot Camp to connect job seekers with local employers and employment agencies. The events have been a great success and Deception Bay is no longer among Australia’s top 20 regions with the highest youth unemployment.
Today, our community is economically stronger, our roads are safer and we’ve busted traffic hotspots. But there’s still more to do! With your support I’ll keep working hard to deliver results.

 

Corinne-Mulholland-ALPCorinne is a long-term resident in the area and understands the importance of a stable Government. Buying her first house locally when she was 21, Corinne lived and worked in the Moreton Bay region ever since.
Corrine is passionate in the region continuing to grow and thrive, she understands the pressure that the LNP chaos and cuts have placed on our local area. Corinne will always stand up against the LNP’s cuts to local schools and hospitals.
Corinne has significant experience working across Government and policy making. Working in a senior local government role, she has built a strong reputation by working with local community, sporting and business groups to deliver for Moreton Bay. Corinne will use this experience to fight for the roads, infrastructure and services we need in our growing community.
Corinne knows that Petrie needs an MP who has the energy and vision to help build a stronger future.

 

Jason-Kennedy-GreensI live in this community with my wife and daughters and have worked in the product sourcing industry for more than twenty years. Previously, I worked at Super Cheap and ran my own small business as an import broker. I’m an active participant in several community organisations, resident’s association and as a member of a number of local sustainability groups.
As your local representative, I will work with local business and community groups to build a strong and vibrant community that is innovative, sustainable and inclusive. I will fight for a universal health care system that includes dental and mental health, fairer funding of schools with free TAFE and university, an increase in the minimum wage and Newstart allowance, free childcare, affordable housing, and a public energy retailer that will bring down power bills.
We need the Greens to fight for a better future for all of us, and we need to keep the Greens in the Senate to hold the major parties to account.

 

Nikhil-Reddy-PHONI am a family man with government experience and I am passionate about community service, being heard and making a difference to everyday people. I was an international student, a skilled migrant and a proud Australian. I have worked in Education sector, Energy industry, State and Federal Governments and I have seen so many places where we can improve.
We built our first home in Fitzgibbon and I commute to work in the city and am aware of the problems that our electorate is currently facing. I am here to listen to the people on the issues that matter for them, fight and make sure our problems get addressed.
I am passionate about representing the community of Petrie, I would like to work for the best interest of all Australians and contribute towards making this country a safe place to live.

 

Troy-Hopkins-UAPAt 47 years young, Troy has lived on the north side of Brisbane his whole life, a true Queenslander through and through, he found residence just over 12 years ago in the Petrie electorate where he runs a small drafting business. He is a husband, a father, a stepfather, and recently a grandfather.
Troy is a life student of Aikido (Japanese martial arts) of which he has been involved in for 18 plus years. Public safety is high on his agenda. Troy is passionate about The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia 1901, common law and maritime law. He enjoys all things motoring, cars, 4WD’s, motor bikes and boating, and has been a long term advocate for national road rule reform to better reflect technology. Lets make Australia great, get Australia moving, and focus on what we can do rather than what we cannot.
His desire to enter politics stems from a need to bring working class people into the policy making arena.
Politicians need to stop fighting like school children, be respectful, responsible and accountable, they need to grow a back bone, stand up for the people and PUT AUSTRALIA FIRST.

 

Neville-Fowler-FACNPNo information available on candidate, Neville Fowler, for Fraser Anning Conservative National Party.

13/05/2019 |

Local Mother Raising Awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Local Mum Amanda has been impacted first hand and is on a mission to bring about conversations on this unspoken issue, in the hope that she may help others and raise awareness.

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) or Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) as it is now more commonly referred to, is more frequent in Australia than low speed run-overs, drownings and childhood cancers.

It is a widely under-reported and frequently misdiagnosed form of traumatic brain injury. Considered a form of child abuse, the number one reported trigger for SBS is frustration with a
baby’s crying.

As many as 1 in every 3 children that are the victims of Abusive Head Trauma will die as a result of their injuries. Of those who survive, as many as 2 in every 3 will live with profound and permanent disability.

The implications of this abuse are far reaching.

For local Mum Amanda, she knows this only too well. Her twin daughters were born prematurely, weighing a mere 2.5kg each at birth. After the horrific incident, Amanda was told her daughter, Sarah, would not survive. Her life support system was turned off, but proving herself to be an absolute fighter, Sarah continued to breathe on her own.
Sarah was left with permanent brain damage, she is blind, requires feeding via a tube, is unable to walk and has a myriad of other health issues.

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Amanda took her daughter home from hospital and through her hard work, dedication and determination, she has just celebrated her daughter’s sixth birthday. For the occasion, Amanda organised a very special meet and greet with Emma, Simon and Lachy from the Wiggles who sung Happy Birthday to both the girls!

Sarah continues to defy the odds and attends special school while Amanda works part-time. Amanda is an amazing Mother and leader, a true example of what real love and resilience looks like.

When funding for the purchase of a modified vehicle for her daughter did not eventuate, Amanda contemplated putting her daughter into permanent care after six years of caring for and supporting her girls, as the physical and mental repercussions had become very difficult to manage as a single parent.

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We are calling on the Community to help raise the funds needed for Amanda to buy a suitable modified vehicle for her daughter and to allow her to continue raising her twin girls at home together.

To donate, visit: https://bit.ly/2vfJRN7

Amanda has been a victim in this situation as well as her daughter Sarah. However, for legal reasons, the perpetrator will not be identified.
13/05/2019 |

Restaurant Dining Guide

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North Lakes is home to some of the best restaurants around! Check out our selections, where you’ll be sure to enjoy delicious food and drinks with great company. Don’t forget to book your table in advance for Mother’s Day, to make sure you don’t miss out!


 

Tempest Feature

Tempest offers three venue choices by the sea!

The restaurant offers a wide range of fresh seafood; as well as non-seafood options. The signature seafood platters are the most popular on the menu.

A buffet is held on the last Thursday of each month.

The Teppanyaki Japanese grill is a memorable and entertaining dining experience, where highly skilled chefs entertain and cook in front of you.

The beer garden offers casual dining and live entertainment Sundays 1-4pm.

Tempest is the perfect venue for an intimate dinner, a get together or celebration.


Scarborough Boat Harbour, Bird O’Passage Parade, Scarborough
Open 7 days lunch and dinner.
Call (07) 3203 5744

Facebook@tempestrestaurant


 

Hideway Bar & Galley Feature

Hidden away in the heart of North Lakes There’s a new place to be!

The Hideaway Bar & Galley serves a ranch of freshly made Tapas foods and wholesome burgers in a great atmosphere.

With live music, beautiful cocktails and great food, a great night out in North lakes is a night out at Hideaway Bar & Galley.

Why not create your own party night? The Hideaway Bar & Galley is happy to host for private events, with a personal chef to cater.


Unit 13/14-18 Discovery Drive, North Lakes
Open Daily 6pm to Late. Lunch Fri, Sat, Sun 11:30am to 2:30pm
Call 1800 335 080

Facebook@hideawaybarandgalley


 

Hogs Breath Feature

The team at Hog’s Breath North Lakes are open for lunch and dinner, serving up delicious meals, from the classic parmy and succulent fresh salad to their globally famous and mouth-watering 18hr slow cooked steak. Pair up one of these with a cocktail/mocktail, beer or wine and you are onto a winner.

Their heated outdoor area is perfect for all seasons. The large overheard fans ensure all guests are kept cool, even on the hottest of days! A brand new menu is being launched this month and we have been told that a few popular classics will be making a comeback.

 See you at Hoggies!


Mango Hill Market Place, Halpine Dr North Lakes, Queensland, Australia
Open Daily, 11:00am to 9:00pm
Call (07) 3491 7875

Facebook@hogsbreathnorthlakes


Beach House Feature

Beach House Bar & Grill is a centrally located steak and seafood house themed to Australian Beach culture and cuisine.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they offer customers a range of great steaks, seafood, burgers & salads and have a wide variety of daily and weekly specials.

Customers can enjoy a wide range of beer, wine, spirits & delicious cocktails from the bar.

Beach House Bar & Grill is a great casual dining experience in a relaxed family friendly environment.


The Laneway, Westfield Shopping Centre
North Lakes, Queensland, Australia
Open Sun to Wed, 8:00am to 9:00pm
Call (07) 3480 5292

Facebook@beachhousenorthlakes


Thai-Ginger-Restaurant

Thai Ginger Restaurant is a licenced, local family restaurant with inside and alfresco dining, friendly wait staff and delicious dishes that stay true to the traditional Thai recipe.

They really take pride in their dish preparation and presentation, offering a glorious combination of both taste and beauty.

Only the freshest ingredients are used, which the skilled traditional Thai chefs craft into a range of mouth-watering dishes that are individually cooked to your taste.

It’s no wonder Thai Ginger Restaurant has been a local favourite for over twelve years.

Enter the Mother’s Day competition here

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Night Owl Complex, 1 College Street, North Lakes
Open 7 Days
Call 1300 048 424

Facebook-Icon@thaigingerexpress

 


 

Boardwalk Restaurant Feature

Sitting right on the edge of Lake Eden, the Boardwalk Restaurant is a one-of-a-kind destination in North Lakes, located at the newly opened Best Western Plus North Lakes Hotel.

The 150-seat restaurant, with a stunning outdoor lakeside terrace, indoor kids play room and private dining area offers a beautiful atmosphere and is the perfect place to meet your friends & family at any time of day for some delicious food & drinks overlooking the lake.

With fantastic function spaces available they can also cater to any size or type of event!

22 Lakefield Drive, North Lakes 
Open Monday – Thurs 7am to 9pm
Friday & Saturday 7am to 9:30pm, 
Sunday 7am to 8:30pm
Call (07) 3180 2888

Facebook-Icon@boardwalknorthlakes


 

NLSC Feature

North Lakes Sports Club is Queensland’s newest club, featuring two fantastic dining options open 7 days a week: Banyan Restaurant & Deck and Crave Café & Bar.

Banyan Restaurant & Deck offers a full a-la-carte dining experience with modern Australian cuisine. The restaurant has recently introduced a new range of chef’s selections which change every fortnight, so there’s always something new and fresh to try.

Unfortunately, the North Lakes Sports Club’s Mother’s Day Buffet Breakfast is SOLD OUT, due to high demand. Please contact the Club to discuss alternative options.

36-42 Flinders Parade, North Lakes
Open 7 days, 10:00am till late
Call 1300 006 572

Facebook-Icon@northlakessports


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10/05/2019 |

Half of Guide Dog Handlers Refused Entry or Service

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According to a new national user survey, 1 in 2 Guide Dog handlers are still being refused access to businesses and transport services when accompanied by their Guide Dogs.

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Guide Dogs Queensland Chief Executive Officer Michael Kightley said public education and greater accountability by service providers to educate their staff is key to making a positive change.

“Some handlers continue to face barriers when going about their daily lives – it’s time-consuming, frustrating and embarrassing for the individual involved, especially when in company,” Mr Kightley said.

In Queensland, a Guide Dog in harness or in a recognised training coat is legally allowed to enter all publicly accessible places and transport services. It is an offence under the Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009 to deny or charge a fee for entry.

09/05/2019 |

Tartan Track a Go for Deception Bay

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Luke Howarth MP has announced $1.5M to build a tartan running track in Deception Bay.

The announcement comes after Luke Howarth MP, Deception Bay Little Athletics President Adam White and the local community rallied together to petition for the funding.

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Luke Howarth MP confirmed “this funding is not an election commitment – it’s locked in funding and a massive win for our community”.

“I’ve been working hard to make this happen for Deception Bay because there will be so many benefits.

“This is great news for local tourism, local schools, our rising and future sport stars from all around the region and of course the Deception Bay Little Athletics community.

“When built, this will be the only community-managed tartan track in our region, with the closest being about an hour’s drive away.”

Luke Howarth MP is calling on the State Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council to invest a further $1M into the project to pay for fencing, nets and other facilities to support
the track.

09/05/2019 |

What is a Trust?

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Once a decision is made to buy an asset or start up a business, the next common question is, will I acquire this asset in my individual name, or in a company or a trust?

Individual ownership is easy to understand. A company is also relatively well understood as a type of ownership that protects shareholders from personal bankruptcy if the company goes bust.

But what is a trust and why consider having one? For starters, a trust is not a legal entity of ownership at all. Only people and companies can own and trade in assets. A trust is an arrangement by which a person or a company holds the legal ownership of an asset but can only use that asset for the benefit of another. A trust therefore is not a form ownership but more like a job.

For the trust to be legal, the “arrangements” of ownership are, usually, clearly written down in a special type of document called a trust deed. This document is effectively a job description which tells the official legal owner (now called “the trustee”) for whose benefit the particular asset(s) must be held/used and the full spread of rights and responsibilities which the trustee must follow in the performance of that role. An interesting feature of a trust is that the so called job can be made to last as long as eighty years. A trust arrangement therefore can actually outlive its creators and extend into generations of people who may not have even been born when the trust is first set up.

As for the circumstances in which a trust might be preferred over the other two ownership options, the decision almost always comes down to a cost -v- benefit analysis. On the benefit/positive side, trusts can offer a level of protection from personal bankruptcy, which is arguably superior to companies. Trusts can also create opportunities to legally reduce the taxes that would normally attach to or flow from direct individual or corporate ownership.

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On the cost/negative side, setting up and thereafter maintaining a trust structure attracts legal and accounting fees and (ironically) in some circumstances, taxes that would not normally be payable if there was no trust in the first place.

Trusts certainly have their uses and are very much a legitimate third choice when it comes to deciding how your assets are to be owned and operated. That decision however should always be made in close consultation with a suitably qualified accountant and lawyer.


 

 

Zande-Law-logoMichael Zande is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist with over 25 years’ experience in the field. He is the principal at Zande Law Solicitors, Suite 7, Norwinn Centre, 15 Discovery Drive, North Lakes.  To contact Michael for advice, phone 3385 0999. 

The information in this article is merely a guide and is not a full explanation of the law. This firm cannot take responsibility for any action readers take based on this information. When making decisions that could affect your legal rights, please contact us for professional advice.
09/05/2019 |

Armed Robbery Charges Laid

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Police have charged a man after he allegedly threatened staff with a gun at a North Lakes convenience store on April 20.

It will be alleged at 9.40pm a man entered the College Street store and threatened staff with a rifle, demanding money.

The staff compiled, and police will further allege the man left the store with a sum of cash and cigarettes.

At 4.45pm yesterday, police attended a Marsden Road address at Kallangur and arrested a man.

A 33-year-old Kallangur man has been charged with one count each of armed robbery, enter premises with intent to commit an indictable offence, possession of dangerous drugs as well as three counts of unlawful possession of weapons.

He will appear in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on April 23.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

 

22/04/2019 |

Eternal Youth Australia Awarded ‘Best Business Australia’

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Best-business-Eternal-Youth-AustraliaThe Face + Body Conference have announced Eternal Youth Australia as “Best Business Australia” in their 2019 Face + Body Conference Awards.

The esteemed awards were introduced as a part of the inaugural Face + Body conference held on the Gold Coast in February to recognise and reward exceptional work and results achieved by industry trail blazers in an ever increasing competitive market.

More than ninety leading clinics were nominated for the category of “Best Business Australia” with our very own local North Lakes clinic Eternal Youth Australia taking out the coveted award.

Host of the awards, long time industry professional, Nikki L’Wren says the award was well deserved. “Salons come and go in this competitive industry and it is fabulous to see such great commitment and dedication from Leisa, Kelly and their talented team.”

Eternal Youth Australia are Queensland’s leading HIFU specialist treatment clinic and experts in rejuvenation. Their skilled team boast many years of experience delivering specialised anti-aging treatments and offer a selection of the most advanced rejuvenation treatments available in this country. Make an appointment to see their specialist clinicians today and start your rejuvenation journey with Eternal Youth Australia.

10/04/2019 |

Bon Voyage Ballet Boy

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At eleven years of age Cooper Tate knows what he wants, where he wants to go and what he wants to do…

Bon-Voyage-Ballet-Boy-Cooper-TateCooper’s unusual dream is to be a professional classical ballet dancer. Fortunately he has the talent and is already impressing the right people to make his dreams a reality.

Cooper (aka #ballet_boy_official) has been dancing since he was 5. His love and passion for his art has grown from the moment he slipped on his first pair of ballet slippers and stepped as the lone boy into a studio full of surprised girls.

Cooper has a very impressive dance history to date. He started his training at Five Star Dance Academy where Principal Astrid Chiochiu and her husband Anatoli fostered in him an obsession for the dance. Cooper then added Steps Dance Company to his ballet family last year for further training and polishing under the watchful eyes of Principals Julieann Turner and Jomel Purtill.

In addition to his regular training, Cooper was invited to join the Queensland Ballet Academy in 2018. Here he continues to train under the guidance of Mr Paul Boyd and Artistic Director Li Cunxin (Mao’s Last Dancer). As part of his experience with Queensland Ballet Cooper performed with the company in their 2018 productions of “Cinderella” and “The Nutcracker”, which only succeeded in convincing him that the stage was where he belonged.

The Australian Ballet School has also selected Cooper to participate in their Interstate Training Program for 2019, meaning numerous trips to Melbourne will be undertaken this year.
Cooper was also chosen last year to participate in choreographic workshops and performances of the ballet Ne:Roi; a new ballet currently being created by the illustrious Ken Ludden, Director of the Margot Fonteyn Ballet Academy, Arizona (USA). Mr Ludden was sufficiently impressed by Cooper’s talent and dedication and cast him in the role of the young Prince Uno in the ballet for the foreseeable future. All of these achievements are significant for a boy of only 11 years.

However, it is his future that is truly breathtaking and inspiring.

Cooper has been invited to attend a two week scholarship at the Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet (MFAB) in Arizona (USA) in mid-April 2019 where he will be privately instructed by Mr Ludden. An honour rarely extended to any student, anywhere in the world.

He has also received an invitation from Mr Ludden to visit Riga (Latvia) in late April and to perform in the Eventus Spring Concours International Youth competition, representing MFAB.

Here Cooper will also work with Fonteyn Fine Arts International (FFAI) and as a result be a foundation student of their first teacher certification program.

In addition to this, Mr Ludden has offered Cooper a full time scholarship for training at the MFAB when he turns 16.

Then, in mid May 2019, Cooper has been requested to attend celebrations and perform at the 100th Birthday Anniversary of Dame Margot Fonteyn, to be held at the new MFAB studios in Arizona and attended by ballet luminaries from around the world. Cooper will also receive his FFAI Level 1 Certification at these celebrations.

And because all of this is just not enough for our ballet boy, he is then heading to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York for their Summer Intensive Program in July 2019.

Behind the scenes is a proud and dedicated single mum of three, who is doing all she can to make her son’s dreams become reality. However, Tara is now at a point where she needs help, financial help, and a lot of it. These international invitations to dance do not come with any funding for travel, accommodation, meals, clothing or shoes. It is up to Tara to fund these once in a life time opportunities for Cooper.

Cooper and Tara both know that a life of ballet means he must excel in and uphold the values of a dancer: commitment, discipline, poise, quality and integrity. Even at his young age, Cooper is prepared and has already demonstrated these values.

Cooper has said to Tara, “I would happily spend my whole life in a ballet studio” and “I would give up everything, before I gave up ballet”.

Please donate to help Cooper fulfill his destiny, and live his best life through ballet at https://bit.ly/2VCMTWH

10/04/2019 |

Kids Easter Craft

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What better way to keep the kids occupied these School Holidays than with some Easter craft!

Grow-plants-in-eggshellsGrow Herbs in Eggshells

You will need:
1 dozen eggs
Thin towel
Organic planting mix
Tweezers
Seeds (any veggie or herb will work; check seed packet instructions)
Aluminum foil

To create:
Tap around the circumference of the small end of an egg with a spoon to crack it. Remove top and empty egg. Clean shells with hot water (no soap), air dry and place in egg carton. Repeat with the rest of the eggs. (Save the egg to make omelets later!) To reduce mess, cover egg carton beneath shells with thin towels while adding soil. Scoop planting mix into eggshells. A funnel made from a piece of scrap paper will neatly guide soil. When egg is nearly full of soil, use tweezers to gently place a seed or seeds in the center just below soil surface. When all seeds are “planted,” remove thin towel. Cover carton below shells with aluminum foil to protect it from watering mist. Place in a sunny, warm window and gently mist daily removing foil so it doesn’t overheat. Follow the seed packet’s guidelines for planting instructions and sprouting time. Tip: Don’t color the eggshells; dyes could harm seedlings. Paint the carton or add printed tags instead.

Fork-pom-pom-chicksFork Pom Pom Chicks

You will need:
Wool to make the fork pompoms
fork
scissors
fine comb
Googly eyes
paper or craft foam for the beaks, combs and feet
all purpose glue

To create:
Wrap the wool around the outer two prongs until it gets really thick. Cut the end of the wool. Using a new small piece of wool, bunch the looped wool together and tie it really tight to secure it. Do this in the middle of the pom pom in between the prongs to make sure it’s central. Take your wool off the fork and cut all the loops on either side. Be sure to get them all! Then trim all the extra long straggly bits so your pom pom is nice and round. Using a fine comb you can fluff the ends to make it appear softer. Cut out beaks, combs and feet. Glue googly eyes and cut out beaks, combs and feet.

10/04/2019 |
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