1st North Rocks Scout Group attended a flag raising ceremony with Parramatta MP Dr Geoff Lee and Mitchell MP Alex Hawke on Australia Day. The North Rocks Scout Troop is the largest troop in the Parramatta District and one of the largest in the western Sydney.
Young people in scouting gain lay a solid foundation for the success of future Australian leaders and adults are given training and support to become a leader.
Details: Cassie, 0408293077 or northrocksscouts.org.
■Art: Castle Hill Art Society will meet at 7.30pm, Castle Glen Community Centre, 155-157 Ridgecrop Drive, Castle Hill. Artist Lea Kannar will demonstrate drawing and mixed media. Details: 9899 3179.
■Baby and Kids Markets: 9am-noon at Bernie Mullane Sports Complex, Marella Avenue, Kellyville. Stalls with quality pre-loved clothes, toys, books and more. Cost: $4; kids free. Details: 1300 554 476.
■VIEW: The Hills District club will hold a Friendship Day, 10.30am at Denise Balfour’s Kellyville home. Cost: $10. Bookings: Suzette, 9680 4257.
■VIEW: Pennant Hills club will meet at 11am at Pennant Hills Golf Club. Members will elect office bearers and hear Cindy Bell. Bookings: Jacqui, 9481 9124.
■VIEW: North Rocks Evening club meets at 7pm, Boronia Grove, Rawson Street, Epping. Details: 9876 6326.
General items - please check these meetings have started this year and/or still continuing
The Afternoon Shift: Free activities for children 5 to 12 and their family. Details: 3.30pm-5pm, Balcombe Heights Estate, 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills, 96398620.
Hearing: Better Hearing Australia runs hearing loss and lip reading skills classes in Pennant Hills every Tuesday, 11am-12.30pm. Details: Pennant Hills Community Centre, corner of Yarrara and Ramsay roads, 97440167.
Probus: Castle Hill and District club meets at Castle Hill Bowling Club first Tuesday of the month, 9.30am.
Sing: With The Rock ‘n’ Soul Choir every Tuesday, 8pm at The Baulkham Hills Community Centre. There is no audition and you don’t have to be a great. Details: rocknsoulchoir.com.au, or call Susie, 0431200500.
Knitters’ Guild NSW Inc Castle Hill Group: meets Tuesday 10am to 1pm at 47 Britannia Road, Castle Hill (Castle Hill Community Church). A not-for-profit organisation promoting and encouraging the skills of knitting and crochet among its members. Cost: $30 a year. Details: 0426427095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotary Castle Hill: Meets on Wednesdays, 6.30pm-7pm, Castle Hill Country Club, Spurway Drive. Details: 96342499.
Ladies Probus of Baulkham Hills: Meets on third Wednesday, 10am at Baulkham Hills Sports Club. Details: 98995107.
Probus Club of the Hills: This men’s club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Wesley Uniting Church in Showground Road, at 9.30am. Details: Peter, 88503805.
Powertalk international: Meets 7.30pm, Baulkham Hills Sporting Club, Renown Road, every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Details: Christine Hardy, 0416111130.
Tai Chi: 7pm at Baulkham Hills. Details: 0421282833.
BNI Summit Meeting: Meets Fridays, 7am-8.30am at the Nexus Cafe, 4 Columbia Court, Norwest Business Park. RSVP: Jayson Jesus, email@example.com or 0404057573.
Life Church Youth Program: Fortnightly 8pm, corner Kings and Showground roads, Castle Hill. Details: 96809144, www.iLife.org.au.
JP services: Cherrybrook Shopping Village, 10am-noon. Details: Kay, 88122479.
Life Church Meeting: 10am, corner Kings and Showground roads, Castle Hill, includes kids program for 1 to 12 year-olds. A family church with contemporary worship, practical life messages and fun educational programs for children. Details: 96809144, www.iLife.org.au.
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. Details: www.wphcrotary.org.
One to One Support Group: Provides volunteers to visit elderly and isolated people in their own home who need/or would like companionship. Details: Hills Community Aid, 96398620.
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: Beginners. All levels welcome, Wednesdays during school term at 7pm. Details: Lorien Novalis School, 456 Old Northern Road, Dural. Cost: $25 a class. Bookings: Michele Marie, 0417141262, Michele@drum4fun.com.au, www.drum4fun.com.au.
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 the month, 10.30am, Victoria Ave Cafe, shop 33, Home Hub Centre North, Victoria Avenue, Castle Hill. Details: 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 Castle Hill RSL, 7pm. Details: hillstoastmasters.org.au or 0408968133.
Retirees: Sydney Hills District Branch of AIR welcomes new members to their monthly meetings every first Friday of the month, 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.
Parramatta View Club: Meet at Parramatta RSL Club on the first Wednesday of each month, 11am for 11.30am meeting followed by lunch and a guest speaker.
Details: Rosemary, 96832337 or Pamela, 96314149.
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.
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: For 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.
Life Church: Sundays, 10am, Friday fortnightly youth programs, 8pm, corner Kings and Showground roads, Castle Hill. Details: iLife.org.au or 96809144.
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.
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, 92 Seven 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Meets 9.30am-11am for: 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: Play bridge on Saturdays, 12.45pm, no partner required. Also Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, 12.45pm, need a partner at Barton Hall, Hopetoun Anglican Retirement Village, corner Old Northern and Castle Hill roads, Castle Hill. Mondays is played at Dover Hall in the village. Details: Kathleen, 9680 1580, www.arv.bridge-club.org.
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, email@example.com or 87861220.
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).
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.