Around Town

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Wednesday

■VIEW: Galston Club will meet at Dural Country Club at 11am for the election of officers. Details: Vivien, 9894 1189 or Jenny, 9652 1110.

Saturday

■PFLAG: Support Group for Parents/Family/Friends of Lesbian and Gay Children will meet 2pm at Wesley Lodge Motel, corner of Hawkesbury and Queens roads, Westmead. Details: Judy, 0439 466 125 or Narelle, 0401 699 298, or pflagaustralia.org.au.

Thursday

■Probus: Cherrybrook Men's Club meets 10am-noon at Mawarra Village, 3a Verney Drive, West Pennant Hills. Raymond Howes will speak about violin and harp making. Details: Russ, 0433 452 743.

■Bible Education Centre: Viewing and discussion of DVD, The Middle East and the Return of Jesus Christ. Details: 10.30am, morning tea from 10am, 245 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill. Details: David 9484 4162.

Friday

■Bible Education Centre: Illustrated address by the author of The Bible Magazine. Archaeological discoveries in Jerusalem that could revolutionise our beliefs. Details: 8pm, 245 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill. Details: David, 9484 4162.

■Family fair: Our Lady of the Rosary Kellyville School will hold their family fair from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. There will be rides, entertainment, a chocolate wheel, books, food stalls and a fireworks finale at 8.30pm.

Details: 8 Diana Avenue, Kellyville.

Sunday

■Zonta: The Zonta Club of Sydney Hills is holding a Pamperlicious day to support women in need. Get pampered with a day of shoes, bags, prizes and networking. Details: Wrights Road Community Centre, Kellyville from 11am to 3pm. All proceeds will fund programs by the club. Cost: $5. Details: Brenda Bradbury, 0414 641 408.

General

Hearing:  Better Hearing Australia is running its hearing loss and lip reading skills classes in Pennant Hills every Tuesday, 11am-12.30pm, from today. Details: Pennant Hills Community Centre, corner of Yarrara and Ramsay roads, 97440167.

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.

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. 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.Beginners’ line dancing: 0584.Life Church: Sundays, 10am, Friday fortnightly youth programs, 8pm, corner Kings and Showground roads, Castle Hill. Details: iLife.org.au or 9680 9144.

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