Community diary: what's on around the town

GOOD READ: Bag a bargain at the Friends of The Hills Library pop-up book sale.
GOOD READ: Bag a bargain at the Friends of The Hills Library pop-up book sale.
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​RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS: A free program for intellectually disabled women and girls over two weeks from Thursday, November 16 at Blacktown Women’s and Girl’s Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown. Session one will cover what respectful relationships and abusive relationships look like; session two will talk about what sexual abuse is and what to do if it’s happened to you; session three will cover abuse on social media and how to be safer; and session four will celebrate respectful relationships. Places are limited so bookings are essential by emailing info@womensandgirls.org.au.

EXERCISE GROUP: For seniors conducted by exercise physiologist Helen Ho on Mondays, 10am-11am, at Gracewood Retirement Village, 8 Free Settlers Drive, Kellyville. Cost is $8 per class, Contact Helen on 0410 626 189 to register.

POP-UP BOOK SALE: Friends of The Hills Library are looking for donations of good quality pre-loved popular fiction books for a charity sale. Collection day will be Saturday, November 18, 10am-3pm, in Study Rooms 1 and 2 at Castle Hill LIbrary. Sale days will be Friday to Sunday, November 24-26 in the Sonya Phillips Room of Castle Hill Library. Sales will be open 5pm-8pm on the Friday, 9.30am-5pm on the Saturday and 1pm-4pm on the Sunday. For further details call 9761 4510.

CANCER SUPPORT: Nepean/Blue Mountains Prostate Cancer Support group will meet from 6.30pm on Monday, November 20 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, 254 High Street, Penrith. The meeting will feature presentations from Dr Alan Oloffs, senior staff specialist at the Nepean Cancer Care Centre, and Greg Millan on bowel cancer screening. The group is open to males and their partners who are seeking information on this cancer, and who live in the Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith areas. Come along and experience the caring and benefits offered by a support group whose motto is You Are Not Alone. Details: www.prostatesupport.org.au or phone David Wilkinson,1300 133 878.

CRAFT MARKET: Our Lady Queen of Peace, 198 Old Prospect Road, Greystanes will hold its popular Craft Market on Saturday, November 25 from 8am-2pm. This is the 11th craft fair organised by the church volunteers and features more than 30 stalls selling quality Christmas decorations and gifts, baby wear, homemade décor, kitchen goods, edible treats, scarves and bags, jewellery, plants and much more. Profits from the market will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. In conjunction with the market St Pauls College will hold their annual car show on the same day. Details: craftmarketgreystanes@gmail.com or see the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CraftMarketGreystanes.

NEW SKILLS: Learning in the Hills, 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills, has begun its Term 4 program with classes from Monday to Saturday including Wednesday and Thursday nights. They include Qigong, tai chi, yoga and seated yoga, dressmaking, painting, patchwork and quilting, embroidery, soft furnishing, social craft, quilting, knitting, crochet, book club, English conversation, bus groups and more. For information about classes phone 9639 7918 or go go http://hca.org.au/learning-in-the-hills/

FRIENDSHIP FORCE: Is a worldwide non-profit organisation aimed at changing the way you see the world. The organisation arranges travel to other countries and includes homestays with people from those countries, promoting friendships. If you like travelling, meeting and entertaining people of many cultures then this could be the club for you. Details: email sydneyffpresident@gmail.com or visit www.friendshipforce-aussie.org.

FOR WOMEN: Blacktown Women’s and Girls Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown, has a range of groups and activities starting this month. On Mondays from 9.30am-10.30am there is a gentle low impact exercise group for $6 per session. On Wednesdays, 10am-11am, there’s gentle yoga and stress relief for beginners and all ages at a cost of $7.50 per session while the medium-advanced yoga classes from 11.30am-12.30pm are aimed at enhancing physical and mental wellbeing. Then on Thursdays, 10am-11am, there’s a weekly core exercise group. Beginners welcome. Cost is $5 per session. The Building Resilience Group will discuss conflict resolution on December 5. Conducted by Relationships Australia these groups allow women to discuss and practice life-enhancing skills. Cost is $5 per session and bookings are essential on 9806 3299. On Tuesday, November 21, 10.30am-12.30pm there’s a free acupuncture health talk where women can learn more about pressure points and how acupuncture can benefit their health. For more details on any of these classes phone 9831 2070 or email info@womensandgirls.org.au.

PLAYERS WANTED: The Western Sydney Wheelchair Rugby League sevens competition is seeking more players. Each team is comprised of five new or development players and five experienced players. The competition venue is the Kingswood campus of Western Sydney University, and competition cost is $90. For more information contact Nathan on 0419 463 930.

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.

YOGA AND MEDITATION: 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.

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.

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 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.

COLOUR 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.