Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Need to Get a Life, Mum? Delight in Being without Children; Unleash a New Woman on the Wide World. Janine Hill Reports

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Need to Get a Life, Mum? Delight in Being without Children; Unleash a New Woman on the Wide World. Janine Hill Reports

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THE kids have gone back to school, you have got the house in order again, had your haircut, waxed the lawn that has grown on your legs over summer, run a couple of errands for your ageing parents, been shopping with the girls, and watched enough Oprah to give you an American accent.

What next?

The Desperate Housewives of Wisteria Lane might look to the well-built pool boy for their thrills, but real life on the Sunshine Coast does not throw up the same pretty distractions as television.

Life should start, not stop, for stay-at-home mums when the kids are no longer in the house. Kickstart a new hobby or even a career with some of these ideas.

Where art thou?

BRING out the artist in you at art classes or workshops. Go Arty at Maroochydore offers the opportunity to paint under the guidance of an experienced artist. Choose a canvas to paint from one of the samples, or come up with your own design.

Prices vary from $30 to $500, according to the size of the finished work, and you paint at your own pace. Book in to finish one in a day, or over a series of sessions. Life drawing classes also run on Monday nights at $180 for six weeks.

Phone 5451 1445 or go to www.goarty.com.au

Serve it up

THE Noosa Springs Tennis Club is offering a new Desperate Housewives Club to get women into tennis, whether it be for the first time or a return to glory. The program started on February 15 with free sessions from 9am to 10.30am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for three weeks at the Noosa Springs Tennis Centre.

Women are encouraged to bring nibbles or fruit platters to share and socialise after their sessions. After the free trial, players have the option of paying $88 for the remaining four weekly sessions or $27 a session. Child minding is available at $5 a child.

Phone John Gould on 0450 922 336 or email tennis@noosasprings.com."u

Time to roar

WANT to meet new people and do something meaningful?

The Buderim Lionesses are in need of some new members.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Oasis Village on Power Road, Buderim.

The Lionesses offer some friendly female companionship and the opportunity to contribute to the community.

Afternoon tea is provided at the monthly meetings and guest speakers often visit.

Phone Sandra Bartley on 54763079.

School belles

IF you miss the children while they are at school, then go along.

Schools often need parent volunteers to help children with their reading and writing, cover library books, help in the tuckshop, or chip in with P&C initiatives and fundraisers.

Call or drop in to your local school.

Pen to paper

THEY say everyone has one book in them. Join a writing group and start working on getting it out.

The Yandina Writing Group meets on Wednesday from 10. …

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