What's on: April 2, 2013

Wednesday

The Castle Hill Art Society will have Alan Slade as guest artist at its meeting at 7.30pm. Details: Castle Glen Community Centre, 155-157 Ridgecrop Drive, Castle Hill, 98993179. 

■ Parramatta Lantern Club meets at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, North Rocks. Details: Joan, 98716128.

■ Probus Club: of The Hills, is a men’s club and will meet 9.30am at Wesley Uniting Church, Showground Road, Castle Hill. Guest speaker is Harry Kimble. Details: Peter, 88503805.

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

Thursday

■ Tai Chi, 7pm at Baulkham Hills. Details: 0421 282 833.

Friday

The Sydney Hills branch of the Association of Independent Retirees will meet 10am at Pennant Hills Bowling Club, Yarrara Road. Details: hillsair.com or Lauris Rennie, 96341186.

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

Sunday

The Australian Koi Association’s Large Koi Show is on at Cumberland State Forest, Castle Hill Road, from 9am-3pm. Free. 

Monday

Baulkham Hills Art Society will meet 7.30pm at Crestwood Community Centre, Crestwood Drive, Baulkham Hills. Guest is watercolour artist Leanne Jones. Details: Lorraine, 96741240.

■ Castle Hill Lions: Meet second Mondays, 7.30pm at Castle Hill RSL.

■ Rotary: The Hills-Kellyville club meets at Castle Hill Tavern, 25 Victoria Avenue, at 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Details: 0410598026.

■ Rotary: Club of West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook meet 6.30pm at Springfield House, New Line Road, Dural.

Tuesday, April 9

The Hills District VIEW Club's next social function is barefoot bowls at Living Choice Retirement Village, 11-15 Old Glenhaven Road, Glenhaven at 10.30am. A light lunch is included and an optional tour of the display villas, all for a $5 donation to VIEW. Parking is available behind the office. Bookings essential: Suzette, 9680 4257 

■ North Rocks Evening VIEW Club will meet 7.30pm at Boronia Gardens, Rawson Street, Epping.    After dinner speaker will be Bruce Walton from the Rural Fire Service.  Details: Sandra, 96313694. 

■ Pennant Hills VIEW Club meets for lunch at Pennant Hills Golf Club at 11am. Guest speaker will be from the physiotherapy association. Bookings: Jacqui, 9481  9124.

General

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.

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.

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, 96398620.

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: 98733708 or 0414937081.

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, 98997383 or www.thehillsmotorscooter

group.org.

Bingo: Electronic, paperless bingo sessions at West Pennant Hills Sports Club, Monday-Friday, 10.30am; Tuesday and Thursday, 7.30pm. Details: 99808500.

Seniors: Join Computer Pals for Seniors The Hills for cheap tuition. Details: 98999131 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: 0408499899.

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, 0429465950.

Spoken Word Church: Meets room 5, Rouse Hill Community Centre, Clower Avenue, 10.30am-1pm, Sundays. Details: 9629 5176 or 0407744288.

Tai Chi and qigong: Free introductory day or night class at Winston Hills, Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill. Details: 96862282. 

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

 Teresa, 0419300264.

The Hills Motor Scooter Group: Join an informal group for mid-week rides every month. Details: Kerry, 88564794, thehillsmotorscootergroup.org/.

Yoga: For kids aged 7-12, Thursdays at Crestwood Guide Hall, Baulkham Hills. Adult classes on Fridays after  school drop-off. Beginners welcome. Details: 0403320257.

Women: Take a Break  is a new women’s ministry at the Castle Hill Baptist Church and meets 9.30am-11am. The mornings will include: cooking demos; crafts, flower arranging, cake decorating;  talks on social concerns;  short Bible talk; morning tea.  Details: www.castlehillbaptist.com.au.

Powertalk international: Will meet 7.30pm, Baulkham Hills Sporting Club, Renown Road on the 2nd and 4th wednesday of each month. Details: Christine Hardy, 0416111130.

Parents Without Partners: Tennis, Castle Hill, Wednesdays, 7.30pm, Fred Caterson Reserve. Details: Lillian, 96347502.

Yoga: Stretch and relax, Thursdays, 7pm, West Pennant Hills. Suitable for everyone. Bookings: 0405934302 or yogaformums@mail.com. 

Fitness: Low impact, step, circuit, new body and yoga, Monday to Friday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Don Moore Community Centre, North Rocks Road, Carlingford. Call Jenny, 96391938 or 0418418074.

Women: Take a Break  is a women’s ministry at the Castle Hill Baptist Church that  meets 9.30am-11am. Activities include: cooking demos; crafts, flower arranging, cake decorating;  talks on social concerns;  short Bible talk; morning tea.  Details: castlehillbaptist .com.au.

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: 97617604.

One to One Support Group: Provides volunteers to visit frail and isolated people needing companionship. Volunteers usually visit weekly for an hour.  Details:  96398620.

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, 9680 1580.

Tax help: Trained ATO volunteers will assist people on low income with their tax return. Bookings: The Hills Community Aid and Information Service, 9639 8620. Also provides Northwest No Interest Loans 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 8786 1220.

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).

Scheme provides low-income applicants with no interest loans to buy essential items (fridges, furniture).

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.

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