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¦Probus: The Probus Club of the Hills, a men's club, meets at 9.30am at Wesley Uniting Church. Guest speaker is Steven Carruthers who served in the RAN as an antisubmarine specialist. Details: Peter, 8850 3805.

¦Art: Castle Hill Art Society meeting, 7.30pm at Castle Glen Community Centre, 155 Ridgecrop Drive, Castle Hill. Award-winning artist Jody Graham will be guest artist. Details: 9899 3179.

¦Lantern Club: Parramatta club meets at 1pm at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, North Rocks Road, North Rocks. Join a small, friendly group who raise funds for the institute. Details: Joan, 9871 6128.


¦Bushwalk: Enjoy a spring wildflower guided walk. Meet at 10am, at Community Environment Centre, Annangrove. Free. Bring hat, sunscreen, water and suitable shoes. Bookings essential: 9843 0533.


¦Babies: The Australian Breastfeeding Association Hills Group will meet at 10am to discuss "Baby Makes Three — reconnecting with your partner". Details: 4 McMullen Avenue, Castle Hill. Details: Bec, 0413 849 008 or

¦Retirees: The Sydney Hills Branch of the Association of Independent Retirees will meet at 10am at Pennant Hills Bowling Club, Yarrara Road. Guest speaker is Grahame Rees from the Australian Taxation Office. Details: or Lauris Rennie, 9634 1186.


¦Rotary: The Hills-Kellyville club meets at 6.30pm weekly at Castle Hill Tavern, 25 Victoria Avenue. Details: 0410 598 026.

September 11

¦VIEW: The Hills District club's next social function is at the Galston Club with a fashion parade presented by Rainbow Fashions, at 10am. Cost: $25, includes morning tea and lunch. Bookings: Robin, 9680 2690.

¦Sustainable house design: Run by Kalene Cassie, update your ideas about sustainable house design, building principles, environmental efficiency, BASIX obligations and more. Details: 6pm- 7.30pm at Castle Hill Library, Castle Grand, 9843 0533.

¦VIEW: Pennant Hills club meets for lunch at 11am at Pennant Hills Golf Club. Guest speaker will be short story writer Neil Durrant. Bookings: Jacqui, 9481 9124.

¦VIEW: North Rocks Evening club will meet at 7.30pm at Boronia Gardens, Rawson Street, Epping. Guest speaker is Tom Sweeney from Macquarie Park. Details: Joan, 9638 0094.


¦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: 9688 7207 or

¦Cumberland Theatre Guild: Lessons in drama, music, dance productions and workshops in acting, stage management, set design and construction, lighting, directing. Details: John, 9639 4306 (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: 9484 6994.

¦Music: Harmonix Concert Band rehearses at 7.30pm at Castle Hill Senior Citizens Centre, McMullen Avenue. Details: 9873 4386.

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

¦Vision: Support group for people with changing vision meets at 10.30am at Castle Hill RSL, last Wednesday of the month. Details: Jack, 9680 2660 or Paul, 9614 5486.

¦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, 9894 8008 or

¦Youth: Calling all teens aged 17-20. New to Australia and finding it hard to settle and make friends? Then join this social group. Details: 0409 210 593.

¦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, 8805 7207.

¦BNI Summit Meeting: Meets Fridays, 7am-8.30am, Nexus Cafe, 4 Columbia Court, Norwest Business Park. Details, RSVP: Jayson Jesus, or 0404 057 573.

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: 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: 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: 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.

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

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

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

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

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: Performers under 25 needed for musical theatre group with rehearsals on Wednesday, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Volunteers needed for musical theatre groups for roles on stage and behind the scenes. No experience necessary. 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 per week. Details: Amanda, 0429465950.

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 or 87861220.

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

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