American River joins the Flourishing on the Fleurieu Festival

American River as seen from above. Photo: Mike Galea
American River as seen from above. Photo: Mike Galea

The American River community is joining in on the Flourishing on the Fleurieu Festival with a couple of fun events.

The Flourishing on the Fleurieu Festival is a biennial event that celebrates retirement and showcases how the region’s community flourishes.

The American River Progress Association is hosting a “Neil Diamond Day - Hot August Night” at  the Community Hall, Wattle Avenue at 3pm on Sunday, September 23.

It’s entry by gold coin but bookings are essential, so please phone Jen on 0409 350 564.  

Then from 1.30pm to 3pm on Sunday, September 29, there will be an AFL Grand Final party including a Weber roast, again at the Community Hall. Gold Coin donation. 

Social dancing, singing, croquet, aqua aerobics and coffee catch-ups – these are just a few events being held across the region as a part of the Flourishing on the Fleurieu Festival from September 23-29.

Organisers have introduced an exciting new format for the 2018 event, with 43 community groups and organisations hosting over 100 events during the festival week.

The Festival’s coordinator and Project Officer for the Southern Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Positive Ageing Taskforce, Michelle Fuller said there has been overwhelming support from community groups and organisations wishing to participate in this year’s Festival which will see local communities across the region come alive.

“The Flourishing on the Fleurieu Festival is about showing our retired community members that there are so many groups and organisations out there that they can be a part of,” Ms Fuller said.

“We want to encourage people to explore the possibilities available to them by trying out a new activity, reigniting an old passion or simply reading our program to find out more about what is happening in their community.

“While there are many great opportunities and community groups available, it is an unfortunate fact that many older people living in our communities still experience loneliness.”

“Addressing the challenge of loneliness requires a whole-of-community approach and each of us have a role to play.

“The Flourishing on the Fleurieu Festival is one way we can promote the great opportunities available to older people in our community, and inspire people to take the step to join new groups.”

The 2018 Flourishing on the Fleurieu Festival aligns with Active Ageing Week with events held in Victor Harbor, Alexandrina, Yankalilla and Kangaroo Island council areas.

The comprehensive event program is available online at www.victor.sa.gov.au/flourishing or can be collected from your local council office. 

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