Around Town

Raising kids’ smiles:  Dr Atul Mehta and his team at Mehta Orthodontics raised over $600 for Redkite last month during its annual fund-raiser event at Sydney Ice Arena in Bella Vista.  Over 400 patients and their friends and families dressed up. Dr Mehta then matched the amount for the charity, which supports young children with cancer. Pictured is Lucy Koelmeyer and a friend.

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Wednesday

■Social: Women aged 50 to 65 are invited to coffee morning get-togethers with the Hills Local Ladies Group. Details: 10.30am, Victoria Ave Cafe, shop 33, Home Hub Centre North, Victoria Avenue, Castle Hill. Call: Connie, 0425 253 474.

■SOLACE: Grief support group for people who have lost a partner through death. Meets second and fourth Wednesday of month at Hills Community Health Centre, Castle Hill. Details: 9519 2820.

Friday

■The Sydney Hills Branch of the Association of Independent Retirees: Meets at Pennant Hills Bowling Club Yarrara Road, at 10am. Guest speaker is Stacy McGasker from Country Link. Details: hillsair.com or Lauris Rennie, 9634 1186.

Saturday

■Markets: Lorien Novalis School markets and open day, 10am to 4pm at 456 Old Northern Road, Dural. Enjoy delicious food, live music and meet local crafts people and growers. On rain or shine. Details: http:/lorienmarkets.wordpress.com.

Tuesday, December 11

■VIEW: Pennant HIlls VIEW Club meets for their final lunch for 2012 at Pennant Hills Golf Club at 11am. The meeting will have a Christmas theme. Bookings: Jacqui: 9481 9124.

 General

■Tutoring: Free year 12 HSC extension 2 maths tutorials on Saturdays, 9am-11am by experienced maths teachers at Grace Christian Church, 45/9 Salisbury Road, Castle Hill. Details: 9873 3708 or 0414 937 081.

■Social: The Hills Motor Scooter Group is looking for riders interested in joining an informal group for mid-week rides on a monthly basis. Details: Kerry, 9899 7383 or www.thehillsmotorscooter

group.org.

■Tai chi and qigong: Free introductory day or night class at Winston Hills, Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill. Details: 9686 2282.

■Bingo: Electronic, paperless bingo sessions at West Pennant Hills Sports Club, Monday-Friday, 10.30am; Tuesday and Thursday, 7.30pm. Details: 9980 8500.

■Parents Without Partners: Social tennis, Castle Hill, Wednesdays, 7.30pm, Fred Caterson Reserve. Details: Lillian, 9634 7502.

■Elderly or disabled: Hills Community Care Group has social days for the elderly or disabled. Women's mixed groups on Tuesdays and men's on Wednesdays. Transport for guests. Hot lunch, games and talks. Details: 9761 7604.

■Seniors: Join Computer Pals for Seniors The Hills for cheap tuition. Details: 9899 9131 or users.tpg.com.au/cphills.

■Performance: Performers under 25 needed for musical theatre group with rehearsals on Wednesday, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Roles on stage and behind the scenes. Rehearsals, Thursdays, 7.30pm-10pm. Details: 0408 499 899.

■English Classes: Beginners to advanced. Morning tea and creche provided. Mondays during school term, 9.30am-noon, St Mark's Anglican Church, Pennant Hills. Cost: $2 a week. Details: Amanda, 0429 465 950.

Bridge: Learn bridge or improve your game, Saturdays, 10am. Run by Ross Folkard. Cost: $10. Barton Hall, Hopetoun Anglican Retirement Village, corner Old Northern and Castle Hill roads. Details: Kathleen, 96801580.

Photography: Pennant Hills Photographic club meets on the first and third Monday of the month, 7.45pm in the Uniting Church Hall, corner of Boundary Road and Bellamy Street. Details: Vanessa, 96595817. 

Tax help:  Trained ATO volunteers will assist people on low income with their tax return. Bookings: The Hills Community Aid and Information Service, 96398620. Also provides Northwest No Interest Loans Scheme provides low-income applicants with no interest loans to buy essential items (fridges, furniture). 

Let’s Moove’n’Groove: Rock’n’roll dance classes Thursdays at Castle Hill Bowling Club. Fundamentals 7pm, Fundamentals II 8pm, Intermediate 8.30pm. Singles or couples with no experience welcome. Details: Amanda, info@letsmoovengroove .com.au or 87861220.

One to One Support Group: Provides volunteers to visit frail and isolated people needing companionship. Volunteers usually visit weekly for an hour to chat and keep people company. Details: The Hills Community Aid and Information Service, 96398620.

Music: Music classes for preschoolers at Balcombe Heights Estate, Baulkham Hills on Thursdays; Beaumont Hills Community Centre on Wednesdays; Castle Grand Community Centre, Castle Hill and Wrights Road Community Centre, Kellyville on Mondays. Details: 96887207 or little-learners.biz.

Cumberland Theatre Guild: Lessons in drama, music, dance productions and workshops in acting, stage management, set design and construction, lighting, directing. Details: John, 96394306 (after 8pm).

Hearing: Better Hearing Australia is holding hearing loss management and lip reading skills classes in Pennant Hills on Tuesdays, 11am-12.30pm. Details: Pennant Hills Community Centre, Yarrara and Ramsay roads. Details: 94846994.

Music: Harmonix Concert Band rehearses 7.30pm at Castle Hill Senior Citizens Centre, McMullen Avenue. Details: 98734386.

Rotary: The Hills-Kellyville branch meets Mondays, 6.30pm, at Castle Hill Tavern, 25 Victoria Avenue. Details: 0410598026.

Vision: Support group for people with changing vision meets at 10.30am at Castle Hill RSL, last Wednesday of the month. Details: Jack, 96802660 or Paul, 96145486.

ARV Bridge Club: At Anglican Retirement Villages Castle Hill. Monday 1pm, Dover Hall, Mowll Village, Castle Hill Road or Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays 1pm, Barton Hall, Hopetoun Village (off David Road). Details: Sue Fairjones, 98948008 or www.arv.bridge-club.org.

Youth: Calling all teens aged 17-20. New to Australia and finding it hard to settle and make new friends?  Then join this social group. Details: 0409210593.

Playgroup: For children aged 3-5, 10am-noon until March 20, at Mile End Community Church, Mile End Road, Rouse Hill. Cost: $30. Bookings: Carolina, 88057207.

BNI Summit Meeting: Meets Fridays, 7am-8.30am at the Nexus Cafe, 4Columbia Court, Norwest Business Park. Details, RSVP: Jayson Jesus, jaysonjesus@gmail.com or 0404057573.

Rotary Castle Hill: Meets Wednesdays, 6.30pm-7pm, Castle Hill Country Club, Spurway Drive. Details: 96342499.

African drumming: For ages 9-12, Tuesdays 4.30pm; adult classes second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 6.30pm, and first and third Thursdays, 8pm. Dural Memorial Hall, 604 Old Northern Road. Cost: $20. Details: drum4fun.com.au or Michele Marie, 0417141262.

Model-helicopter flying: Join other beginners to help each other get electric helicopters off the ground. Details: Ken, 96341736 (mention ‘‘flying’’ if leaving a message).

The Hills women’s group: For ages 50-65. Social get-togethers, first Wednesday of month, 10.30am, Victoria Ave Cafe, shop 33, Home Hub Centre North, Victoria Avenue, Castle Hill. Call: Connie, 0425253474.

Oakhill Community Toastmasters: Meets first and third Thursdays of the month at Castle Hill. Improve skills. Details: Trevor, 0418863685. The Hills District club meets every second Tuesday at the Castle Hill RSL at 7pm. Details: hillstoastmasters.org.au or 0408968133.

Retirees: Sydney Hills District Branch of AIR welcomes new members to their monthly meetings on first Friday of month, at 10am, Pennant Hills Bowling Club, Yarrara Road, Pennant Hills. Details: hillsair.com or 96341186.

Spoken Word Church: Meets room 5, Rouse Hill Community Centre, Clower Avenue, 10.30am-1pm, Sundays. Details: 96295176.or 0407744288.

North Rocks Scouts: Join Joeys (age 6-8), Cubs (8-11), Scouts (11-15) or Venturers (5-17). Amenities include kitchen, outdoor area. Details: Cassie, 0408293077.

Dance: Geetanjali Dance School teaches Indian classical and Bollywood dances on weekends at Baulkham Hills. Details: 98994961 or 0414925527.

Dance: 7pm-8pm, Wrights Road Community Centre, corner Harrington Avenue and Wrights Road, Kellyville. Details: Terasa, 96869502.

Rotary The Hills-Kellyville: Meets Mondays, 6.30pm, at Castle Hill Tavern, 25 Victoria Avenue. Details: 0410598026.

Business: Powertalk International Blacktown City ITC Club, which trains people in delivering a presentation confidently, meets every second and fourth Wednesday at 7.30pm in the community room at Stockland Mall Baulkham Hills. Details: Christine Hardy, 0416111130.

Playgroup: Tuesdays, 9.30am, for children up to six years old and their parents/grandparents/caregivers. Details: West Pennant Hills Community Church, Eaton Road. Details: 88122785.

Playgroup: Koorana Playgroup, 10am, Tuesdays and Thursdays in school term. At Don Moore Reserve, Tiernan Avenue, North Rocks. For babies, children. Details: Tanya, 88123595.

U3A: University of the Third Age regular courses for retirees, including book and writing groups, history. Details: 96712284.

Yoga: Mondays, 11am, and Thursdays, 9.30am, at Don Moore Community Centre, North Rocks Road, Carlingford. Beginners welcome; child-minding. Details: Jenny, 96391938.

Singing: Rock’n’Soul Choir meets Tuesdays at Baulkham Hills Community Centre, 8pm. Details: Susie, 0431200500 or rocknsoulchoir.com.au.

North Rocks Seniors: Meet Wednesdays, 9am, Seniors Hall, 2a Farnell Avenue, behind tennis courts. Carpet bowls, snooker, cards, bus trips, lunches. Details: Ruth Bray, 99806813.

421 Fellowship Group: St Paul’s Anglican Church, Castle Hill. Monthly activities such as dining out, visiting interesting places, events, walks, picnics, concerts, theatre, parties. Details: 98721137.

Social: Single, working people, 50-60, who want to join in functions such as restaurant nights, live shows, movies, weekends away and Sunday outings. Details: 0413022773 after 7pm.

Canasta: Bolivian canasta, 1pm, Castle Hill RSL Club. New players welcome. Details: Elsie, 96299138.

Social: Dural and Districts Senior Citizens Club for people 50 and over. Line dancing: Rouse Hill, Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm; Stanhope Gardens, Thursdays, 6pm-9pm; Glenwood, Wednesdays, 8pm-9.30pm, Thursdays, 1pm-2.30pm. Details: 547752. Also: Castle Hill RSL on Thursdays, 7.30pm-9pm; and Friday, 1pm-2.30pm. Details: Belinda, 0409606514.Beginners’ line dancing: 0584.Life Church: Sundays, 10am, Friday fortnightly youth programs, 8pm, corner Kings and Showground roads, Castle Hill. Details: iLife.org.au or 96809144.

Hearing:  Better Hearing Australia is running its hearing loss and lip reading skills classes in Pennant Hills every Tuesday, 11am-12.30pm, from today. Details: Pennant Hills Community Centre, corner of Yarrara and Ramsay roads, 97440167.

English classes for migrants: Baulkham Hills Baptist Church English classes every Tuesday of school term, 9.30am-11.30am. Details: 96391981.

Scrapbooking: Free daily classes at Dural. Details: 80041900. 

Social: Women’s Tuesday Club for those 55 and over, at Carlingford Court, 9.30am-11.15am, in third-floor meeting room, for morning tea, door prize, speakers, friendship. Details: Louise, 98753898 or 0418609401.

Croquet: Thursday and Saturday mornings. All ages, all levels. Details: 96243129.

96243129.

Scottish dancing: Mondays, 7.30pm, Reg Byrne Community Centre, corner Fyall Avenue and Darcy Road, Wentworthville. Cost: $8. Details: Dianne, 96368248.

Art classes: Saturday kids’ art, room3, Turner Buildings, Balcombe Heights, 9.30am, for primary  and secondary schoolers. Details: Bernadette, 0414588670.

Charity knitting, crocheting: Donate wool for items to raise funds for medical equipment at Westmead Hospital. Leave on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am-2pm, at red-brick Turner Buildings 4 and 5, Office of Learning in The Hills, Balcombe Heights Community Buildings, 92Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills. Details: Robin, 0422157957.

Parents Again: A support group for grandparents who have full-time care of their grandchildren,  at The Hills Club, Jenner Street, Baulkham Hills. Details: The Hills Community Aid and Information Service, 9639 8620.

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