Around Town

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Wednesday

■Art: Castle Hill Art Society will meet 7.30pm Castle Glen Community Centre, 155 Ridgecrop Drive, Castle Hill. Guest artists Frank Hodgert will share tips in painting figures in oils. Details: 9899 3179.

Friday

■Parkinson's: Friday Features at Hornsby Library, 10.30am. Free discussion with Judy Recher about the impact of Parkinson's disease on patients, carers and families. Carol Bartlett, an exercise instructor, will show how exercise can benefit everyone. Bookings: 9847 6614 or library@hornsby.nsw.gov.au. Details: Hornsby Central Library, 28-44 George Street.

■Retirees: 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, 9634 1186.

Saturday

■Gardening: Setting up a garden workshop, Community Environment Centre at Annangrove, 10am-noon. Bring hat, sunscreen, water and suitable shoes. Find out about what, where and how to establish a flourishing kitchen garden, including a no-dig garden. Bookings essential: 9843 0533 or gnolan@thehills.nsw.gov.au.

Monday

■Art: Baulkham Hills Art Society will meet 7.30pm at Crestwood Community Centre, Crestwood Drive, Baulkham Hills. Portrait artist Cristina Aura will demonstrate how to create portraits from photographs using graphite. Details: Lorraine Bermingham, 9674 1240.

October 9

■VIEW: Pennant Hills Club meets for lunch at Pennant Hills Golf Club at 11am. Celebrate the club's birthday with Flowers in Springtime. Entertainment by Bruce and Robyn Pollock. Bookings: Jacqui, 9481 9124.

■VIEW: The Hills District club's next social function is at St Benedict's Centre, Pennant Hills at 10.15am. Cost: $20 will cover morning tea, tour and presentation. Bookings: Robin, 9680 2690.

■VIEW: North Rocks Evening VIEW Club meets 7.30pm at Boronia Gardens, Rawson Street, Epping. Speaker is Leonie Dixon from community radio. RSVP:  Joan, 9638 0094.

General

■Dinner dance: The St Bernadette's Primary School dinner dance is Friday, October 19 at the Hills Lodge from 7pm. A night of good food and dancing. Cost: $65. Bookings: Jo Porte, 0402 359 274 or jo_porte@hotmail.com.

■Line dancing: Rouse Hill, Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm; Stanhope Gardens, Thursdays, 6pm-9pm; Glenwood, Wednesdays, 8pm-9.30pm, Thursdays, 1pm-2.30pm. Details: 0430 547 752. Also: Castle Hill RSL on Thursdays, 7.30pm-9pm; and Friday, 1pm-2.30pm. Details: Belinda, 0409 606 514.

■Beginners' line dancing: 12.30pm, Don Moore Community Centre, Farnell Street and North Rocks Road. Intermediate lessons, Tuesdays, 1.30pm. Details: Julie, 9560 0584.

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

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: 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 .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: Meets Fridays, 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.

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.

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. Bingo, mahjong and indoor bowls at Dural Country Club, Wednesdays.

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