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Friday, February 6
A Kingdom Women event, 'step out of your
comfort zone' with Mary Hutton, will be held at
7.30pm at Living Waters Christian Community
Centre. Cost is $5 to go towards Mary's work in
Colombia. For more information, call 8584 5044.
Tuesday, February 10
The Loxton branch of Alcoholics Anonymous
will mark their seventh anniversary with a din-
ner for members and interested public from
7pm at Loxcare with a meeting at 8pm. All
welcome.Sunday, February 15
A gospel concert will be held at the Loxton
Uniting Church from 2pm to 4pm. Afternoon tea
included, admission by donation. For more infor-
mation call 8584 7622.
Friday, February 27
Loxton Quilters will present a display in the
Uniting Church Hall from 10.30am to 4pm. Gold
Saturday, February 28
Loxton Quilters will present a display in the
Uniting Church Hall from 9am to 4pm (closed
during the Mardi Gras procession). Gold coin
Loxton's annual Mardi Gras will be held in East
Terrace. Highlights include a pageant of floats,
bands and the crowning of ambassadors. For
more information, visit the website (loxtonmar-
Nippy's Loxton Gift will be held at the Loxton
oval. The event will take place from 5pm to
10pm. Saturday, March 7
Woodleigh Loxton District Children's Centre will
be holding a garage sale from 8am to 12.30pm
at 11 Tobruk Terrace. A sausage sizzle will be
available. For more information, or to organise a
stall, call 8584 6501.
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Mon, Feb 9: L. Rogers
Tues, Feb 10: H. Drake
Wed, Feb 11: R. Collins
Thurs, Feb 12: J. Phillips
Fri, Feb 13: E. Wachtel
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JENNY Winn captured this stellar photograph of a rainbow bee eater bird at the Loxton riverfront
Milestone for Loxton's
Loxton's Alcoholics Anonymous group
will celebrate its seventh anniversary next
The Loxton branch has helped a number of locals
with addictions, including gambling and drugs.
The group will celebrate its seventh birthday with
a dinner at Loxcare next Tuesday from 7pm, where
members meet on a weekly basis.
Interested members of the community are also wel-
come to head along.
"We welcome people who are recovering from
alcohol and other addictions and who are seeking
help," a spokesperson said.
"Once we recognise that our lives have become
unmanageable, we still need to accept the fact we
"By sharing our experiences we can deal better
with dramas and trauma that may lead us back to self
In addition to the Tuesday night gatherings, there
are four other meetings across the Riverland weekly.
Berri holds meetings at the Anglican Church Hall
on Wednesdays at 8pm, while meetings are held in
the Uniting Church, Loxton 12.30pm on Thursdays.
Meetings are held at 2pm on Sundays in the
Kingston-on-Murray Hall and at 8pm on Mondays in
the Community Health Centre, Renmark.
Loxton residents are urged to fly a red
balloon from their mailbox, fence or
workplace next month to show their support
for local firefighters.
The National Red Balloon Day will take place
on February 28, following the success of last year's
inaugural event, which saw over 6000 Australians
hang a red balloon from their mailbox or fence.
To purchase 'thank you fireys' red balloons and
merchandise, visit the website (nationalredballoon-
Balloons fly for firies Volunteers sign 'milestone' agreement
by Emma Walter
The Loxton Community
Men's Shed marked a
last month, signing an
agreement with the Loxton
Waikerie Council to
undertake volunteer works
within the town.
The official document will
"guide the volunteer effort of
routine and agreed tasks by regis-
tered members of the men's shed
in return for an annual financial
Shed committee members
attended last month's council
meeting for the signing, giving
councillors an update on the
organisation's progress since its
beginnings three years ago.
Council chief executive offi-
cer Peter Ackland described the
memorandum of understanding
(MOU) signing as a "milestone"
for the two organisations.
He said the partnership could
serve as a "model" for other
groups in the future.
"This will publicly formalise
what we've already been work-
ing on for a while," he said.
"There have already been a
number of projects undertaken
by the men's shed, quite success-
fully in my opinion.
"This relationship between the
two organisations can only go
Loxton Men's Shed chairper-
son Dean Kerley said the organi-
sation had a current membership
of 35 with hopes that once head-
quarter upgrade works are fin-
ished, numbers could be boosted
"We've already put in 200-odd
hours with tree watering, helping
out with the Pioneer Playground,
restoring and repairing seats at
the Lions Park and in other areas
around town," he said.
"It has been a good working
liaison and hopefully it will con-
"At the same time, it's not just
the work involvement, it's wider
than that... (the men's shed) is a
Loxton Waikerie Mayor Leon
Stasinowsky described the men's
shed as an "asset", praising the
work of volunteers.
"It stands good for Loxton, the
wider district and the people of
this area," he said.
"You are all to be commend-
Loxton Waikerie Mayor Leon Stasinowsky (front, left) with
Loxton Community Men's Shed members (clockwise from
back, left) Des Schliebs, Ian Mason and Dean Kerley
signing the memorandum of understanding last month.
Sale for sails
District Children's Centre
will hold a 'massive garage
sale' next month.
The major fundraiser will be
held on March 7, with proceeds
going towards two shade sails for
the outdoor area of the children's
There will be a sausage sizzle
and many items for sale.
Locals can set up their own
stall at the garage sale or alterna-
tively, donations of goods can be
dropped off at the centre.
The garage sale will take place
at 11 Tobruk Terrace on March 7,
from 8am to 12.30pm. For more
information, call 8584 6501.
Mary speaks on ministry life
Women are invited to
head along to hear former
local Mary Hutton talk on
her work with children
and families in Colombia.
'Step out of your com-
fort zone' will take place at
the Living Waters Christian
Community Centre this Friday
night, with the event kicking off
In 2005, Ms Hutton left
Australia to work with street
children in Bogota, Colombia,
which is home to about 60,000
residents, where there are few
schools and no running water.
Her ministry in Cazuca reach-
es hundreds of children, moth-
ers and families in the area.
Cazuca is in southern Bogota
and has been a refugee commu-
nity since 1970, with a constant
threat of violence and major
Ms Hutton is originally from
Loxton and has three children
and ten grandchildren.
Locals are encouraged to
bring along a friend who may be
interested in Ms Hutton's story.
Cost of the talk is $5, which
will go towards Ms Hutton's
work in Colombia.
Living Waters has held fund-
raisers to support Ms Hutton's
by Brittany Dupree
The capital of Colombia has been home
for Mary Hutton for three years.
The retired local woman with a heart full of gold,
said her lifestyle is extremely different to her life in
"I cannot compare it. It's just so hard to describe
because there's millions of people there, and the
traffic, and the rich, and the poor, and it's all mixed
together, and it's a very modern city, but at the same
time there are a lot of people that are poor too," she
In 1996, Ms Hutton said she had a very strong call
to work with children.
Then in 1999 she received more calls from God to
go to the street children.
After joining an international youth commission,
whi works a lot with young children he soon
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