What's on in and around Rouse Hill and Blacktown

BROMELIAD SHOW: See hundreds of bromeliads on display at the Bromeliad Society of Australia’s Spring Show at the Federation Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground, Showground Road, Castle Hill. Buy rare bromeliads from local and interstate growers and collectors. The show includes two days of public sales on Saturday, September 23, 9am-4pm and Sunday, September 24, 10am-3pm.

Bromeliad show: Bromeliad grower Allan Beard of Glenorie. The most popular varieties of bromeliads for home gardens that most recognized are Aechmeas, Guzmanias, Vrieseas, Neoregelias and Tillandsias.

Bromeliad show: Bromeliad grower Allan Beard of Glenorie. The most popular varieties of bromeliads for home gardens that most recognized are Aechmeas, Guzmanias, Vrieseas, Neoregelias and Tillandsias.

FOSTER CARE: Learn about becoming a foster carer. MacKillop Family Services is holding a no-obligation session on Wednesday, September 27, from 6.30pm-8pm at Level 1, 38 Prince Street, Blacktown. Details: 1300 791 677.

BUNNINGS DIY: Bunnings Rouse Hill and Marsden Park’s adult and kid’s DIY workshops. Free hands-on workshops, Saturday and Sundays at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. This weekend is decking. Children’s workshops are water saving. Details: Marsden Park, 9838 2200; and Rouse Hill, 9679 4300.

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. Details: 8889 5200, 29 Main Street, Rouse Hill.

YOGA/MEDITATION: Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays 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.

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GARDEN CLUB: The Hills Shire Garden Club will meet on Monday, September 18, 1pm at Barton Hall, David Road, Castle Hill. Guest speaker Chris Stanfield. Details: 9624 5034.

DISCOUNT SHOPPING: Parramatta Community Care (PC Care) is the care arm of Parramatta Christian Church and operates by running a shop that provides groceries such as fresh fruit/vegetables, meat, bread, milk and pantry items at a low, affordable cost - some at no cost at all. The service is open at 18 Barney Street, North Parramatta, Thursdays from 6pm-8pm and Fridays, 10.30am-1pm. There is also a chemist on site providing heavily discounted prescriptions on Friday mornings (conditions apply). This service is available to Centrelink cardholders, Centrelink Newstart recipients, low income earners, asylum seekers/refugees, and students. Details: 9630 3892 or www.pcc.org.au/care.

SUSTAINABLE GARDEN DAY: Hornsby Council has been busy planning the garden frenzy event. The day is fun for the whole family, offering something for everyone. Along with the native plant giveaway there will be a variety of displays, information stalls and topical guest speakers. Children will be kept entertained with the craft activities and fabulous frog display. The day will be a great chance for the community to pick up new tips and tricks about gardening. Food garden designs will be on display, which are certain to inspire all visitors. Details: Fagan Park Eco Garden, Arcadia Road, Galston, on Saturday, September 23, 11am-2pm. Parking: $5 per vehicle. Details: hornsby.nsw.gov.au/events

BUILD RESILIENCE: Workshops presented by Blacktown Women's and Girls' Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown and facilitated by Relationships Australia. The group runs the first Tuesday of each month from 10am-12.30pm and aims to provide skills and support to help women achieve and maintain goals. Cost is $5 per session and bookings are essential on 9806 3299.

CANCER SUPPORT: Nepean/ Blue Mountains Prostate Cancer Support members will meet from 6.30pm on Monday, September 18 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, 254 High Street, Penrith. Guest speaker will be Dr Sandra Turner with an update on prostate cancer research, especially those relating to radiation therapy. All meetings are available to males and their partners seeking information on this cancer who live in the Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith areas. Details: www.prostatesupport.org.au or David Wilkinson, 1300 133 878.

MEMBERS SOUGHT: Blacktown Workers Womens Bowling Club is looking for new members. Lawn bowls is a great activity for fitness, fun and friendship. Bowling days are Wednesday from 9.30am and there’s a mixed competition on Saturdays afternoons .The club offers free coaching to men and women. For more information contact Colleen on 9622 0116 or Jan on 9671 1461.

MIND AND BODY: Yoga classes are on offer every Wednesday at Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown. There are two sessions: a gentle yoga class at 10am-11am for beginners or those seeking a stress relieving class; and 11.30am-12.30pm for women seeking to enhance physical and mental wellbeing through medium to advanced yoga techniques. Each class is $7.50. Bookings and details: 9831 2070 or email info@womenandgirls.org.au

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. Details: Joan, 9631 4595 or email joanbirtles@bigpond.com

FOR WOMEN: Blacktown Women's and Girls' Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown, offers a range of services and activities for residents. 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. There is free legal advice every second Friday from the Women’s Legal Service of NSW and a women’s health clinic by appointment every Wednesday. For bookings and details phone 9831 2070 or email info@womensandgirls.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. Places are limited so bookings are essential. Details: phone 9621 6633 or 9625 0455 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. Take your pension, healthcare or immigration card and pay $10 and you can fill a bag with groceries of your choice from whatever is available on the day. Details: Alex, 9621 8101 or doonsideanglican.org.au.

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.