2024

Majura Women’s Group Program

Providing opportunities for friendship and creative outlet for women with young children. Come along on Wednesdays during school term from 9.30am to 12:30. We meet at the Downer Community Centre. Childcare for children 9 months+ provided for a gold coin donation. New members are always welcome.  Our activities are open to all mums with kids under 5 years of age. No bookings required, just show up!

Term 1 2024

Wednesdays

31st Jan

9:30am

Board Games
Welcome new mums joining us this year, and welcome back to everyone else!  Today we sit down and catch up over a range of board games and a cuppa.  Feel free to bring in your favourites to play with the group.

7th Feb

9:30am

Terrariums
Time to get our hands dirty as we make our own terrariums with the help of Sue from Bunnings. Learn how to layer materials to build a home where your little plants will thrive as you watch them grow. All mums of kids aged 0-5 welcome.

14th Feb

9.30am

Mixed Media Collage
Led by visual artist Michele England, create a mixed media still life using paint, print and paper. Participants will learn simple techniques based on relief printing, painting and collage to create their own artwork to take home. Michele is an artist whose work investigates issues regarding the environment in which we depend. Michele is intently interested in making works that engage your eyes, body and mind. Her artistic output is mostly paintings, textiles, printing or small sculpture. The paintings often use a collage aesthetic to combine imagery, painting techniques, pattern and forms. Michele also enjoys combining the practices of art and craft. This pursuit produces works that utilises craft techniques with everyday objects to make interesting metamorphoses and contextual changes to these objects. All mums of kids aged 0-5 welcome.

21st Feb

9.30am

Basic Home Maintenance
Can we fix it? Yes we can! Today we are being visited by the Mobile Women's Shed. Learn how to use basic trade skils to fix those little jobs around the house that drive you crazy. Dripping taps, wonky cupboard doors and holey fly screens will soon be but a distant memory. All mums of kids aged 0-5 welcome.

28th Feb

9.30am

Nia
It's comfy clothes this week as we experience Nia with Amanda. Nia is a unique movement practice that fuses the dance, martial and healing arts together to create a transformational experience. Feel free to bring a yoga mat if you have one, but this is not required. All mums of kids aged 0-5 welcome.

6th March

9.30am

Painting Eucalypts in Watercolour
A session not to be missed! We welcome back Julia from Nature Art Lab who will be leading us in watercolour painting as we learn to bring Eucalypt leaves and flowers to life. All mums of kids aged 0-5 welcome.

13th March

9.30am

Flower Arranging
Flower arranging has been a popular request over the last few months, and we are so excited to finally make it happen thanks to Lauren and the team at Floral heads! This week we will be making floral box arrangements as we learn some basic flower arranging skills from the professionals. Learn how to transform basic bunches of flowers or blooms freshly picked from your garden into beautiful arrangements that breathe life into your home.

20th March

9.30am

UnFinished Objects
UnFinished Objects! Bring along an activity from earlier in the year which you haven't finished, or anything crafty you are in the process of making at home that you want to work on. Don't have a project on the go? Help yourself to an activity from our cupboard. All mums of kids 0-5 welcome.

27th March

9.30am

Zentangle
With a few simple lines, the possibilities are endless! Join us today as we learn zentangle techniques with Janet. Janet is a certified zentangle teacher, and will lead us though making our own unique zentangle squares in this calming and satisfying pastime. All mums of kids 0-5 welcome.

3rd April

9.30am

Sleep Consultant
This is the week we've all been waiting for. Today we welcome Olivia Mae Sleep Consultant to save our sleep! Whether it be excessive night wakings, establishing bedtime routines, early wake ups, naptime settling, or any other sleep related issues you may be having with your babies or children, Olivia is here to help. All mums of kids aged 0-5 welcome.

10th April

9.30am

Papercraft
Get those creative juices flowing as Anne Patterson from Close to My Heart brings us her mobile craft studio for a morning of papercraft. All mums of kids 0-5 welcome.

Term 2 2024

Wednesdays

1st May

9:30am

Winter Mending
Mending clothes can seem a chore but it can be fun when shared with others - and by using creative approaches.
In this session, we will draw on the Japanese boro technique to revive torn clothing and brighten our wardrobes in a sustainable fashion.
Bring along torn clothing, patches of fabric and scissors, needles and threads, if you have them. I will also have a collection of scrap fabric with me, as well as needles, threads and scissors. Monica Andrew is a PhD candidate at the University of Canberra, researching how public repair spaces contribute to clothing and textile sustainability. She runs a Repair Café on campus, drawing on her lifelong experiences in sewing and textile arts to help others and share repair skills, as well as volunteering at other Repair Cafés in Canberra. In her textile art practice, Monica engages with our broken fashion industry, turning clothing and textile waste into items of lasting relevance and beauty.

8th May

9:30am

Basic Car Maintenance

If you’ve ever wondered how to change a tyre, a windshield wiper, or check the oil in your car, then join us today for a hands on sessions of basic car maintenance with Charlie from Charlie’s auto care. Save yourself hundreds of dollars in car maintenance AND feel confident driving around knowing your got the basics of car maintenance covered!

15th May

9.30am

Polymer Clay Pens
Local artist Lex Sorrentino has been teaching sculpting in Polymer & Air-Drying Clay for approximately 24 years. And this week she will be sharing her knowledge with us, as we learn how to make and bake beautiful polymer clay pens our own!. All mums of kids 0-5 welcome.

22nd May

9.30am

Book Binding
Led by visual artist Michele England, create a personalised journal using Japanese bookbinding techniques. Work with reclaimed papers, and your own personal memorabilia to create something truly special. All mums of kids aged 0-5 welcome. Michele is an artist whose work investigates issues regarding the environment in which we depend. Michele is intently interested in making works that engage your eyes, body and mind. Her artistic output is mostly paintings, textiles, printing or small sculpture. The paintings often use a collage aesthetic to combine imagery, painting techniques, pattern and forms. Michele also enjoys combining the practices of art and craft. This pursuit produces works that utilises craft techniques with everyday objects to make interesting metamorphoses and contextual changes to these objects.

29th May

9.30am

SwingTrain
Let's get this party started! Be sure to come prepared in your activewear as we get our hearts pumping and dance up a storm with Swingtrain, a dance fitness class which combines swing dancing and aerobics to incredible swing and pop music! All mums of kids aged 0-5 welcome.

5th June

9.30am

Knotted Cushions
If you enjoyed our knotted blankets last year, you will love this knotted cushion activity! Using the same technique, we will cut and knot fleece fabric around standard cushions to create our own "no-sew" soft and cuddly ones. All mums of kids aged 0-5 welcome.

12th June

9.30am

Papercraft
Get those creative juices flowing as Anne Patterson from Close to My Heart brings us her mobile craft studio for a morning of papercraft. All mums of kids 0-5 welcome.

19th June

9.30am

UnFinished Objects
UnFinished Objects! Bring along an activity from earlier in the year which you haven't finished, or anything crafty you are in the process of making at home that you want to work on. Don't have a project on the go? Help yourself to an activity from our cupboard. All mums of kids 0-5 welcome.

26th June

9.30am

Paint Along
It's time to paint, create and socialise! Today we will be painting our own piece of Paris to take home. Following step by step instructions, we will be guided through creating a masterpiece of our very own. All mums of kids ages 0-5 welcome.

3rd July

9.30am

Zero Waste Workshop
It's plastic free July! Today we are joined by Peter from the SEEchange waste-less group for an interactive discussion of ways we can reduce plastic waste in our everyday lives. We will also be running our quarterly kids item swap this session, so feel free to bring along any clothes, toys etc that your kids have outgrown, and swap them for something new-to-you! All mums of kids aged 0-5 welcome.