Around Town: April 1, 2014

Wednesday

■Castle Hill Art Society: Guest artists will be Julie Simmons and Mellissa Read-Devine at 7.30pm. Get ideas for promoting and selling your artwork. Details: Castle Glen Community Centre, 155-157 Ridgecrop Drive, Castle Hill, 9899 3179, castlehillartsociety.org.au.

Friday

■Castle Hill Orchid Fair: Two days, 9am-4pm, at Castle Hill Showground, Doran Drive. Over 20 vendors. Details: parramattaorchidsociety.org.

April 8

■VIEW: Pennant Hills club will meet 11am at Pennant Hills Golf Club. Patricia Skehan will discuss 'The Walkers of Yaralla' and 'Lest I Forget'. Bookings: Cindy, 8094 1600.

■VIEW: The Hills District club's next social function is noon at Rosie's Cafe, 344 Galston Road, Galston. Cost: $25. Includes a set menu lunch with tea and coffee. Bookings: Suzette, 9680 4257.

■VIEW: North Rocks Evening VIEW Club, 7.30pm at Boronia Gardens, Rawson Street, Epping. Guest speaker is Kym Vercoe, a local actress, film star and producer. Details: Sandra, 96313694.

Tuesdays

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.

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

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.

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

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 kgnsw.ch@gmail.com.

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.

Wednesdays

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thursdays

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

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.

Tai Chi: 7pm at Baulkham Hills. Details: 0421282833.

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.

Fridays

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.

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.

Life Church Youth Program: Fortnightly 8pm, corner Kings and Showground roads, Castle Hill. Details: 96809144, www.iLife.org.au.

Saturdays

JP services: Cherrybrook Shopping Village, 10am-noon. Details: Kay, 88122479.

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.

Sundays

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.

Mondays

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

General

 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.

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).

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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