Holiday Visits

As you seek your “fun in the sun” this Christmas holiday you, your children or your friends may consider taking an eye opening detour past one of the many aboriginal communities doted around WA to get an idea of living conditions in these communities. Or find out where there are drop-in centres, or community services for the homeless etc.

In northeastern Perth, at  Cullacabardee,  you can visit a small Noongar Aboriginal community, based on Baal Street, a drug rehabilitation retreat, located off Gnangara Road in the suburb’s northeast. You could also visit such places at Gnangara, Badjaling, Ninga Mia Village(Kalgoorlie), Iragul, (Norseman). For maps and places to visit see the links below.

WA map: http://www.dia.wa.gov.au/Documents/Maps/maps%20sept09/WAComsA4.pdf

Goldfields: http://www.dia.wa.gov.au/Documents/Maps/maps%20sept09/GFComs_A4.pdf

Perth/Wheatbelt: http://www.dia.wa.gov.au/Documents/Maps/maps%20sept09/MWComs_A4.pdf

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Indigenous Work

Youth Challenge Australia (YCA) is looking for volunteers aged 21 to 35 to work in Indigenous schools and youth centres in the Northern Territory. There are opportunities to support teachers and youth workers in the Northern Territory communities of Yuendumu, Docker River, Imanpa, Finke and Mutitjulu. Volunteers are not required to have a teaching or youth work degree, just an open mind and a willingness to learn.

YCA volunteers have the opportunity to learn more about Indigenous culture and communities, while making a valuable contribution to improving the education of Indigenous children in remote communities.

YCA is recruiting for programs until January 2010.

For further information on YCA’s program, contact YCA on yca@uts.edu.au or 02) 9514 5512 or visit: http://www.youthchallenge.org.au/

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Christmas Lunch

Christmas Lunch in the Park is being held by Mission Australia @ Wellington Square Park, East Perth, Dec 25, 11.30am-2pm. It’s FREE! No RSVP required, just come along on the day.

For more: http://officialmissionaustralia.blogspot.com/2009/12/perths-christmas-lunch-in-park-is-all.html

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Youth Survey

The Commissioner for Children and Young People has a MyVoice survey for young people aged 10-17 to find out what they like about life and what would make it better. To find out more about the research project and take the survey visit: http://www.childrenandyouth.wa.gov.au/template.asp?CID=434

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Youth Camp

Edmund Rice Camps for Kids (WA) is running 4 camps in January 2010 for at risk children.

Date: 3-January-2010 to 21-January-2010

Age Group: 12-17 years

Cost: $20-$50

Venue: Moore River

Disability Access: Yes

For more information contact: Kellie Pickford 9365 2817

Visit: www.edmundricecampswa.com.au

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Movie Roundup

In addition to the other reviews posted here, we’ve included links to some reviews of other movies that we urge you to look at when considering what movies to watch over the holiday period.

9

http://www.youngmedia.org.au/mediachildren/07_04/07_04_502_9.htm

Planet 51

http://www.movieguide.org/box-office/6/10051/planet-51
http://www.youngmedia.org.au/mediachildren/07_04/07_04_503_planet-51.htm

Where the Wild Things Are

http://www.youngmedia.org.au/mediachildren/07_04/07_04_500_where-wild-things-are.htm

2012

http://www.movieguide.org/movie-channels?cid=27

In addition, refer to the earlier post for a review of The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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A Christmas Carol

From movieguide.org: Staring Jim Carrey the new animated DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL from Walt Disney Pictures is a magnificent masterpiece, an instant Christmas classic. It may be the best, most Christ-centered version of this classic tale from Charles Dickens ever made.  Very strong Christian, moral, born-again, redemptive worldview with overt references to Jesus Christ, God, meaningful and theologically powerful Christmas carols, the Bible, church. Even so, please note that DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL is too frightening for young children and susceptible adults. It shows the very frightening demonic aspects of the wages of the sin, especially avarice, to convict even the most self-centered viewer so they will understand the power of repentance and new life in the Spirit of Christmas.

For more: http://www.movieguide.org/box-office/6/10032/a-christmas-carol

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Avatar

From Movieguide.org:  Everything about the production works to manipulate audiences to cheer for the survival of the Na’vi and an end to the brutality of the greedy humans destroying the planet.

People need to carefully consider the messages in the movie and weigh them against reality. It’s politically popular to be critical of Capitalism. Michael Moore recently tried to make a few more million documenting the evil of capitalism.

The truth is that Capitalism is only as evil and the person practicing it.

The problem with life on earth is not Capitalism it is the wickedness of human nature. The cure for this is not found in hugging a tree. The cure is to repent of sin and accept that Jesus Christ paid the price for your forgiveness AND TRANSFORMATION. Movies are fiction.

Fiction can inspire good or evil. During World War II Hitler, Stalin and the United States used movies to inspire their people. German screenwriters made Hitler look like a god who’d come to lead the master race.

When you watch a movie like AVATAR know that the filmmaker is playing with your mind and emotions. Every frame is carefully planned to lure you to come to the conclusion the filmmaker wants you to accept. By the time the final scene comes, you don’t just want the bad guy killed; you want him to die some spectacular death. The filmmaker picks the bad guy. James Cameron could have made you hate the Na’vi and love the Colonel. Michael Moore could interview people that make Capitalism look glorious. Al Gore could go shoot a movie about global cooling.

If you want the truth, read the Bible.

For full article: “Capitalism, Christianity, Avatar” see: http://www.movieguide.org/articles/1/574/capitalism-christianity-and-avatar-by-david-outten

For another review from Young Media Australia: http://www.youngmedia.org.au/mediachildren/07_04/07_04_504_avatar.htm

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