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Christmas pageants and parades

If you are hosting Christmas events and want to publicise them to the wider community, please list them on one or more of the free community events websites listed below. This will help people using web search engines to find out about them.

We are compiling a list of  pageants and other Christmas events. This will be expanded on SAcommunity as more events come to our notice. Please pass on relevant details to us and check SAcommunity for updates.

Saturday 20 November 2010

Murray Bridge Murray Valley Standard Christmas Pageant
5.30pm , Standen Street to Sturt Reserve, followed by Riverfront Festival and fireworks

Port Adelaide Enfield Twilight Christmas Parade
6pm Commercial Road, Port Adelaide. After party from 7pm, tel. 8405 6560 or email

Sunday 21 November 2010

Beachouse Glenelg Christmas Pageant
10am – 11.30am Rose Street, along Jetty Road to Colley Terrace
Tel. 0416 041 091

Saturday 27 November 2010

City of Onkaparinga Christmas Pageant
10am Beach Road, Christies Beach

Saturday 27 November 2010

Norwood Christmas Pageant
10am The Parade, Norwood 5067

OneSteel Christmas Pageant
5.30pm, tel. 0408 239 504

Friday 3 December 2010

Port Augusta Christmas Pageant
6.30 Commercial Rd, Port Augusta and Mayoral Party, 7.30 - 10pm, Gladstone Square. Contact Sean Holden 0428 101 990 (pageant) and Brooke Mundy 8641 9199 (Mayoral Party)

Blackwood Christmas Pageant
6.30pm, Contact Blackwood Lions Club, tel. 8270 1090

Saturday 4 December 2010

Mount Barker Christmas Pageant

Mannum Christmas Pageant
6pm Randall St Mannum followed by fireworks at 9pm

Sunday 5 December 2010

Saturday 18 December 2010

If you are hosting an event we suggest that you list it on one or more of the following free community events websites:

Local government elections

Ballot papers for SA local council elections have now been mailed to every elector.  If you haven't received yours call the Electoral Commission of South Australia on 1300 655 232. To make your vote valid, number each box, one, two, three etc, at least for the number of candidates to be elected.  Remember to return your ballot papers in the envelope provided by Friday 12 November. If you need a reminder the Electoral Commission can send you an SMS.  Register at

News from the SA Community sector

New aged care services are now operating in SA. The Society of St Hilarion Inc. has closed 2 residential aged care facilities at Findon and Lockleys and opened a new one, House of St Hilarion,  at 7 Kelly Ave, Seaton 5023.  Resthaven Riverland Community Services is located at 60 East Tce Loxton 5333, tel. 8584 7385

Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc. has moved to Level 1, 12 Pirie St, Adelaide 5000, tel. 8231 4169

Community Voices Program, a program from the Office for Volunteers, provides an opportunity for community groups to work with Flinders University Screen Studies students to promote their organisation. For details of eligibility and how to apply visit the website

A counselling service is now available for Australians who have experieced violence. 1800 RESPECT is a confidential service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over the phone. Australians can access the line by calling 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). The service gives callers access to qualified and specialist counsellors who will provide counselling, information, advice, and referrals, free of charge.

Wetland Australia National Art & Photography Competition 2011

To celebrate World Wetlands Day 2011, WetlandCare Australia is again launching an Australia-wide Art and Photography competition offering categories for children and adults.  WetlandCare Australia are seeking artworks exploring the theme of Forested Wetlands: their importance and wise use. Entries close December 3 2010.  Entry forms are available at

Help us to keep your details up-to-date

SAcommunity is Connecting Up Australia’s comprehensive South Australian community services database that helps people find information about services and opportunities to participate in the community. 

Please help us to keep your details current – visit and check your organisation’s information. If any changes are needed please email us –

Thanks to Julie Johinke, Public Relations Manager for Resthaven Inc. who responded to our request.

Resthaven is an aged care community service agency of the Uniting Church in Australia that supports over 7000 older people and their carers across South Australia. Resthaven’s support services include early intervention, health education and information, therapy and allied health services, home care, personal care, community nursing, residential aged care and independent living accommodation and volunteer program.
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SAcommunity kitchen

This month’s recipe is from Maxine, Community Foodie at  Noarlunga Health Services.
If you would like to submit a recipe for a future edition of SAcommunity news please send it to

Chicken &  Chickpea Curry - serves 4 people

1 BBQ chicken (you will need 1 cup of  meat without skin - use the remaining chicken for another meal)
1 can chickpeas
1 can tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
1 capsicum, sliced into strips
1 can light coconut milk
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp grated ginger
1 cup coriander, chopped
1 tsp turmeric
1 Tbs oil

Cook garlic and onion together in oil until clear. Add all other ingredients and cook for 15 minutes. Serve with basmati rice

Community Foodies is a South Australian nutrition program that aims to build the capacity of communities to make healthier food choices by training and supporting volunteer community members (Foodies) to act as agents for change.

From the www - improving the urban landscape one stitch at a time -  farming meets social networks -  more health and less stress, more time and less stuff, more joy and less obligation - meet the 2011 Ted Prize winner -  assisting young South Australians make a successful transition into a career

What's on

6-7 November 2010
South Australian Children's Ballet Company
present a 25 Year Anniversary Silver Gala Performance. Bookings essential

7 November 2010
7th Annual Whitmore Square Arts Fair 11am-4pm - free family event, art, craft, workshops, music, food, wine

7 November 2010
Resthaven Mitcham 75th Anniversary Fete, 12 noon – 3pm. 48 Smith-Dorrien Street, Mitcham. Tel. 8271 0639

7 November 2010
Amy's Ride, a recreational mass participation road ride from Adelaide to McLaren Vale in support of the Amy Gillett Foundation.  Register with Bicycle SA

11-13 November 2010
Adult Learning Australia National Conference, Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide. Celebrating 50 years of adult learning in Australia

13 November 2010
Polymer clay workshop with mosaic artist Luna Parrish,  Gallery One, 1 Torrens St Mitcham 5062. Bookings essential, tel. 8272 4504

3-5 December 2010
Celtica Festival, wharf at the end of Mundy St, Port Adelaide, plus participating pubs, cafes and galleries


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