Freelancer and aspiring journalist from Adelaide. Visual Arts graduate & current journalism student. Fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, art & food. I also write for The Adelaidian // theadelaidian.net/author/georgina-tselekidis
Published April 27th 2016
I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious
Are you an avid learner who's keen to try something new? You may be bored, retired, wanting to pick up a new skill, enjoy a challenge or meet new people. Regardless of your motivation you'll be spoilt for choice with many groups to join and activities and hobbies to begin. I personally enjoy learning, and have participated in many endeavors, which have ultimately helped my confidence in the process.
Seeing as many of us are WeekendNotes writers or studying related fields such as journalism, professional writing, creative writing, English, or media and communications, you may be interested in Campbelltown's Writers Group, which is held on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00pm - 8pm at the Council library building. The Campbelltown Writers Group consists of everyday writers who are passionate about the craft or perhaps have begun their writing journey. Stories, poetry, memoirs, non-fiction and all genres are encouraged. Ranging from beginners to accomplished writers, guests are welcome to share and listen to each other's work, offer feedback and support, partake in writing challenges, and of course, have fun. A gold coin donation is asked to cover ongoing costs; tea, coffee and Tim Tams are provided.
Photo Courtesy of Campbelltown City Council Website
If you're a creative soul who has a knack for art and specifically drawing, Pepper Street Arts Centre hosts a sketch group comprising a group of artists and guests who are interested in learning more about sketching. Meet people who share an equal interest in the arts, whilst showcasing your talent, and offering support to developing and established artists. Classes are held every Thursday at 1.30pm - 3.30pm at Pepper Street Arts Centre, and entry is $4.00.
Photo Courtesy of Pepper Street Arts Centre Facebook
If you're looking to meet new people, or have recently moved to Adelaide, and happen to be vegetarian or vegan, Adelaide Social Vegetarians is a way to meet like-minded people of all ages. Members regularly catch up for dinners or lunches at various cafes and restaurants around Adelaide that specifically cater for vegans and vegetarians. Finally you'll no longer have to sit around a table of meat eaters when dining out with your carnivorous mates. Forget the hassles of ringing in advance to ensure the eatery has vegetarian friendly options. By joining Adelaide Social Vegetarians you can enjoy a stress-free dining experience. Additionally, the group gets together for various other events like walks, bowling and more. Anyone is welcome, including those who are not yet vegetarian but would like to adopt the lifestyle. You can view more on Adelaide Social Vegetarians, which also lists upcoming meetups in Adelaide.
Vegan Lasagne at Ayla's Cafe - The Next Adelaide Social Vegetarians Meetup
Film buffs, there's always room for you guys. The Adelaide Film Club is a social group that aims to bring people together over quality films that provoke discussion and insight. The group enjoys a selection of various genres such as mainstream films, art house, indie, foreign (subtitled), and science fiction, with at least two scheduled events organised each month. Following the film, members usually get together for a coffee or meal to discuss the movie in depth. Most events are held at Palace Nova cinemas, but at times they are scheduled at other locations like Marion, Piccadilly or wherever is convenient for some members.Visit Adelaide Film Club and join online to attend an array of upcoming meetups.
Photo Courtesy of Latidofilms.com - Adelaide Film Clubs Next Scheduled Film Meetup
If you enjoy spending your weekends outdoors, usually participating in fitness events, theTorrens Parkrun is a free gathering that welcomes runners and fitness enthusiasts for a 5km run along the Torrens Lake Weir near North Adelaide. Held every Saturday at 8.00am, the Torrens Parkrun can help you train for a bigger run or marathon, encourage you to reach and ultimately beat your personal best time, or simply come along and participate to meet people who are similarly health and fitness conscious. Contact the organisers by email to register before your first run — firstname.lastname@example.org — and bring along a printed copy of your given barcode.
As you can see, there are many activities and hobbies to begin and social groups to join that cater to a range of unique interests. Meetup.com provides a large selection of groups to join, as well as your local council website that usually lists free or cheap classes or seminars for anyone to attend. At times it can be quite daunting meeting new people or attempting to come out of your comfort zone, but by joining a social group that focuses on something you enjoy, this transition and experience is easier.