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Friday

- Life Church: Women over 16 are invited to ARISE Women's Conference at Life Church, corner Kings and Showground roads, Castle Hill. Speakers are Peggy Yow and Ruth Chong from Faith Community Church, Perth, and Esabel Jeyachandran, lead pastor of Life Church. Registration: $30, includes meals. Childcare $10 a child. Register: 9680 9144.

- Girl Guides: The Hills Trefoil Guild will meet, 10am, in the Guide Hall, Bounty Avenue, Castle Hill. Any women prepared to make the Guide promise can attend. Details: Helen, 9654 3790.

Monday, June 18

- Hills Historical Society: Guest speaker night, 7.30pm, at Hopetoun Leisure Centre, Anglican Retirement Villages, Castle Hill. Sal Russo will focus on the Hills Italian community. Details: Pam Wilson, 9634 2670.

- Library: Pyjama Storytime, 5pm-5.45pm for children 4-8. Wear your PJs, bring a toy and enjoy bedtime stories. Free. Bookings essential: Baulkham Hills Library, thehillsshirelibraryservice.

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General

- 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, 0408 293 077.

- Dance: Geetanjali Dance School teaches Indian classical and Bollywood dances on weekends at Baulkham Hills. Details: 9899 4961 or 0414 925 527.

-Dance: 7pm-8pm, Wrights Road Community Centre, corner Harrington Avenue and Wrights Road, Kellyville. Details: Terasa, 9686 9502.

- Rotary The Hills-Kellyville: Meets Mondays, 6.30pm, at Castle Hill Tavern, 25 Victoria Avenue. Details: 0410 598 026.

General

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.

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.

Life Church: Sundays, 10am, Friday fortnightly youth programs, 8pm, corner Kings and Showground roads, Castle Hill. Details: iLife.org.au or 96809144.

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 people, 50-60, still working 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 aged 50 and over. Bingo, mahjong and indoor bowls at Dural Country Club, Wednesdays, 9.30am. Details: Helen, 96543790.

Line dancing: Rouse Hill, Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm; Stanhope Gardens, Thursdays, 6pm-9pm; Glenwood, Wednesdays, 8pm-9.30pm, Thursdays, 1pm-2.30pm. Details: 0430547752. Also: Castle Hill RSL on Thursdays, 7.30pm-9pm; and Friday, 1pm-2.30pm. Details: Belinda, 0409606514.

Beginners’ line dancing: 12.30pm, Don Moore Community Centre, Farnell Street and North Rocks Road. Intermediate lessons, Tuesdays, 1.30pm. Details: Julie, 95600584.

English classes for migrants: Baulkham Hills Baptist Church holds English classes every Tuesday of the school term, 9.30am-11.30am. Beginners to advanced level. 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, guest speakers, friendship. Details: Louise, 98753898 or 0418609401.

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

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 classes, room 3, Turner Buildings, Balcombe Heights, 9.30am, for schoolchildren. Details: Bernadette, 0414588670.

Charity knitting group: Donations of wool are needed to create items to raise funds for medical equipment at Westmead Hospital. Leave donations 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.

Better Hearing Australia: Hearing loss management classes in Pennant Hills at Small Hall, lower level, Pennant Hills Community Centre, corner Yarrara and Ramsay roads, Tuesdays, 11am-12.30pm. Details, bookings: 97440167.

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 Multicultural Ladies Social Group (women over 35 only) meets at Castle Hill Library at 10.15am. Women new to the country or area welcome. Details: Levine, 0425219386 or sophisoc@gmail.com.

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 in the Hills interested in joining an informal group for mid-week rides on a monthly basis. Details: Kerry, 98997383 or www.thehillsmotorscooter

group.org.

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

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

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

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.

Seniors: Join Computer Pals for Seniors The Hills for cheap tuition. Details: 98999131 or users.tpg.com.au/cphills.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: 95192820.

Performance: Calling for performers in under 25 musical theatre group with rehearsals on Wednesday, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Also, volunteers needed for musical theatre groups for roles on stage and behind the scenes. No experience necessary. Rehearsals, Thursdays, 7.30pm-10pm. Details: 0408499899.

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.

Aid: Northwest No Interest Loans Scheme provides low-income applicants with no interest loans to buy essential items (fridges, furniture). Details: The Hills Community Aid and Information Service, 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, 96801580.

Self-help: People with anxiety disorders or phobias can join a new group, Wednesdays, Baulkham Hills. Free. Part of Facing Anxiety program developed by Mental Health Association NSW. Runs for 12 weeks. Teaches you how to overcome fears, anxieties. Details: Linda, 93396093.

Songbirds: Volunteers needed for musical-theatre groups for roles on stage and behind the scenes. No experience necessary. Rehearsals Thursdays, 7.30pm-10pm. Details: thesong birds@bigpond.com or 0408499899.

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: The next Summit Meeting is at 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, D’café, shop28, Home Hub Hills (north), corner Showground Road and 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 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.Business: BNI summit meetings, Fridays, 7am, in Nexus Cafe, 4Columbia Court, Norwest Business Park. Details, RSVP: Jayson Jesus, 0404057573.

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

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