What's on in and around Rouse Hill and Blacktown

JUST SING: Senior citizens who would like to join a choir are welcome at Simply Voices, which meets in Blacktown.

JUST SING: Senior citizens who would like to join a choir are welcome at Simply Voices, which meets in Blacktown.

ACTIVE RETIREES: Probus Club of Prospect welcomes retired or semi-retired residents who would like to keep active and meet a happy group of men and women, as well as join in day trips and coffee mornings. Meetings are held at Toongabbie Sports and Bowling Club, 12 Station Street, Toongabbie at 10am on the third Thursday of the month. There is usually a guest speaker. Next meeting is May 18. Details: Joan, 9631 4595 or email joanbirtles@bigpond.com

BUDGET BAG: Residents on a low income can take their pick at the Community Pantry.

BUDGET BAG: Residents on a low income can take their pick at the Community Pantry.

YOGA CLASSES: Are held each Monday and Wednesday in Glenwood Community Hub, 72 Glenwood Road ,Glenwood and Blacktown Senior Citizens Centre, 21 Gribble Place, Blacktown, 7pm-8.30pm. Details: Dada, 0432 650 495 or email krsnapremananda@hotmail.com.

ANNULMENT SEMINAR: Annual seminar on Annulments in the Catholic Church will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 7pm-9pm, at Blacktown. The cost is $7 and registration is essential. Details: Rita, 8822 2222 or email soloparentservices@ccss.org.au.

GENTLE EXERCISE: With Kavleen Kaur at Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown every Monday, 10am-11.3am. The group is especially beneficial for women who are pregnant, are beginners or who are older. Exercise helps improve breathing, reduces stress levels and increases health. Cost is $6 per session. Yoga mats are provided or bring your own. Details: 9831 2070, or email info@womenandgirls.org.au.

FOR MUMS: A multicultural support group for mothers meets every Thursday, 10am-noon, at Wesley Uniting Church, 32 Showground Road, Castle Hill. Be part of a diverse community,  bring your friends and enjoy a Mums and Bubs dance and movement class, free morning tea and a session on women’s and family health. Childcare is available. Details: 9621 6633 or email Corinne.Desira@sydwestms.org.au.

COMMUNITY PANTRY: St John’s Anglican Church, corner Hill End Road and Cameron Street, Doonside hosts a mobile pantry, 10am-11am, every second Monday which offers low cost groceries to those on a limited income. Pay $10 and fill a bag with whatever is available on the day. Next date is May 22. Details: Alex, 9621 8101 or doonsideanglican.org.au.

SIMPLY VOICES: A choir for senior citizens needs males in the tenor/bass range aged over 50. No audition required. The group practises Monday afternoons at Bowman Hall, Campbell Street, Blacktown. A chance to just enjoy singing. Details: Ken Freeman, 9624 5216.

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SUPPORT FOR PARENTS: PFLAG, the support group for parents, family and friends of lesbian and gay children will meet on Saturday, May 27 from 2pm at Wesley Lodge Motel, 175 Hawkesbury Road. Westmead. Off-street parking is available. Details: Judy, 0439 466 125 or go to www.pflagaustralia.org.au.

FOR WOMEN: Blacktown Women's and Girls' Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown, offers a full program. As well as exercise groups every Monday and Thursday, the centre will hold regular health and nutrition talks on Tuesdays as well as a Building Resilience group every month. Yoga classes are on Wednesdays with a gentle class at 10am and one for more advanced techniques from 11.30am. Every Friday, Relationships Australia will conduct their popular Women Choice and Change group which supports women to leave domestic violence. All women are welcome to participate. For bookings and details phone 9831 2070 or email info@womensandgirls.org.au.

DO IT YOURSELF: Roll up your sleeves and learn handy do-it-yourself skills this month at Bunnings Warehouse McGraths Hill and Rouse Hill‘s adult workshops. Held every Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, the free workshops focus on a wide range of projects and provide expert tips and tricks. They include windows and doors on May 20 and 21; and home organisation on May 27 and 28. Children can also join in the fun and learn a range of skills while creating their own projects at the free Kids D.I.Y. Workshops, held in-store every Saturday and Sunday. Details: 4587 6700 (McGraths Hill, 264-272 Windsor Road) or 9679 4300 (Rouse Hill, 352 Annangrove Road) or visit the website bunnings.com.au.

COMMUNITY PANTRY: St John’s Anglican Church, corner Hill End Road and Cameron Street, Doonside hosts a mobile pantry, 10am-11am, every second Monday which offers low cost groceries to those on a limited income. Take your pension, health care or immigration card and pay $10 and you can fill a bag with groceries of your choice from whatever is available on the day. Next dates for the pantry are May 22, June 5 and 19 and July 3, 17 and 31. Details: Alex, 9621 8101 or doonsideanglican.org.au.

SIMPLY VOICES: A choir for senior citizens needs males in the tenor/bass range aged over 50. No audition required. The group practises Monday afternoons at Bowman Hall, Campbell Street, Blacktown. Friendly atmosphere and a top class musical directors. A chance to just enjoy singing. Details: Ken Freeman, 9624 5216.

INNER WHEEL: Norwest club is looking for new members. The women’s group’s motto is “friendship with a purpose” and meetings include speakers and subjects of interest as well as fun activities and outings. The club has an outstanding record of personal service to the community. Members meet at Baulkham Hills Bowling Club on the first Wednesday of the month from 6pm. Cost is $20 which includes dinner and a drink. Details: Deborah, 0414 828 777.

COLOURING THERAPY: Counsellor Kerry Ellis presents a mindfulness-based adult colouring group every second Monday from 7pm at Breed Business Centre, Nirimba Education Precinct, Eastern Road, Quakers Hill. Members attend an informal yet safe, respectful and confidential setting where colouring sheets and utensils are provided. For many years, psychologists have been prescribing colouring to patients as an alternative to meditation. Sometimes group members have a chat and other times members stay silent. The cost is $5 per session which covers room hire, supply and use of materials in session and light refreshments. To find out more or book attendance contact Kerry on 0417 667 329..

DURAL AND DISTRICTS: Senior Citizens’ Club members meet every Wednesday from 11am at Dural Country Club to enjoy good fellowship with other senior citizens. Some play indoor bowls while others play bingo and enjoy the prizes. Stay for lunch. Details: Carol, 8801 1395.

BUSH REGENERATION: Conservation Volunteers Australia are busy restoring Prospect Creek. It’s a chance to learn about native flora and fauna, meet a great group of people and help the environment. Every Monday 8.30am-2:30pm. Details: 4721 4625 or westernsydney@cva.org.au.

DANCE CLASS: At the Lodge of Eternal Light, 1 Garfield Road West, Riverstone, 2pm-3pm, on Saturdays. Cost is $5. Meetings are held 3.30pm-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays with free psychic readings with a different medium each week and tea/coffee for a freewill offering. Meditation is on Tuesdays, 10am-noon, at a cost of $5. Details: Anna, 0469 857 197.

LIFE STORIES: Everyone has lived a unique life and everyone has a story to tell.  Learn how to tell your life story, or the story of loved ones in an uncomplicated way using a series of worksheets and a personal assistant on Thursdays, 9.30am-11.45am, at Learning in the Hills, 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills. Details: 9639 7918.

MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP: Presented by Blacktown Arts and Crafts Group for children aged 8-18 on Mondays, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Cost is $10 plus supplies. Adult workshops are held on Fridays, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Cost is $12 plus supplies. Classes are held in the pottery rooms, Blacktown Showground, off Kent Street, Blacktown. Details: Tania, 0434 723 700.

STANHOPE SCRIBES: An informal and supportive writers group for adults which meets from 2pm-3.30pm on the second Saturday of each month at Dennis Johnson Library, Stanhope Gardens. Develop your skills, share your work in a supportive environment and meet like-minded people. Details:  Ruth, 9421 2670 or email ruth.coulter@blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

DRESSMAKING: Tutored class for beginners to advanced. Learn the operation of a sewing machine and layout, cutting, construction and finishes to making garments. Monday to Saturday classes both morning and evening at Learning in the Hills, 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills. Details: 9639 7918.

LEARN TAI CHI: Try a free introductory class at Baulkham Hills or Castle Hill. Bookings essential. Details: 9686 2282 or 0421 282 833.

KEEN GARDENERS: Are invited to join the Blacktown City Garden Club which meets the first Wednesday of the month at Blacktown Boys High School, Fifth Avenue, Blacktown from 7.30pm. There is a guest speaker every month and organised day trips. Details: 9622 1238.

HELP AT HAND: Grow Groups are small friendly groups formed to learn how to overcome anxiety, depression, and loneliness and improve mental health. A group meets every Wednesday from 6.30pm at St Patrick’s Parish Centre, 51-59 Allawah Street, Blacktown. Grow is anonymous, free and open to all.  Bring a support person if you like. Details: 1800 558 268 or our www.grow.org.au.

STICK TO YOUR KNITTING: Knitting and crochet group meets every Tuesday 10am-1pm at Restore Church, 47 Britannia Road, Castle Hill. Knit, crochet, learn and share your craft in this friendly, comfortable atmosphere. Free off-street parking. Experienced craft speakers and workshops are organised throughout the year as well as outings to yarn stores and craft shows. Members also support charity organisations Wrapt with Love, Operation Christmas Child, Trauma Teddies and others. All welcome. Details: Janette, 0409 905 018 or email stykjm@gmail.com.

BABY RHYME TIME: Fun for babies today at Dennis Johnson Branch Library in Stanhope Gardens. From 10.30am take part in an interactive, early literacy program developed for children aged 0-2. Talk, sing, rhyme, dance, read and more with your child over a story and make some new friends. Details: 9421 2670.

NIFTY KNITTERS: Knit into Blacktown for love each week at the Max Webber Library, Blacktown. Novice and experienced knitters are welcome to meet each week to knit squares for Wrap with Love. This charity distributes colourful wraps to communities in need around the world. The group meets at the Lounge Area on the Ground Floor of Max Webber Library from 1pm on Thursdays.

TAI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS: The perfect introduction to anyone who has never tried it. Increase muscle strength and flexibility, learn to support and protect your joints, improve your posture and reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Free program at Max Webber Library childrens area, Blacktown. Two sessions - 2pm and 2.30pm. Details: Sam, 9829 6648.

GET CRAFTY: At the Vinegar Hill Library from 10.30am on the third Friday of the month during school term. If you're interested in anything craft related, beginner or expert, come and meet people with similar interests. Details: 8889 5200, 29 Main Street, Rouse Hill.

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