The Hills community calendar

HELP THE EARTH: A session on think tanks will help you tune your brain to thoughts of saving the planet.
HELP THE EARTH: A session on think tanks will help you tune your brain to thoughts of saving the planet.

BOOK SALE: Friends of The Hills Library will hold a pop-up children’s book sale at Castle Hill Library on Saturday, May 20, 10am-3pm, in the Sonya Phillips Room at Castle Hill Library. Cash only. Details: 9761 4510.

FLY THE FLAG: A support group for parents of gay and lesbian children welcomes new members to its meetings.

FLY THE FLAG: A support group for parents of gay and lesbian children welcomes new members to its meetings.

BEGONIA SOCIETY: Members will hold their monthly meeting on Sunday, May 21 from 2pm at Bloomin’ Greenery Nursery, 226 Annangrove Road, Annangrove. This month’s speaker’s topic is “Caring for your Begonia”. Visitors welcome. Details: Ross, 9679 1386 or visit the website www.begoniansw.com.au.

GALSTON VIEW CLUB: Raises money to support The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program and members will hold their monthly luncheon meeting on Wednesday, May 24 from 11am at Dural Country Club. Guest speaker will be Merinda Air from the NSW Wildlife, Rescue and Education Service. Visitors are always welcome. Bookings: Vivian, 9894 1189.

BRAINS TRUST: How can we work together effectively to solve big challenges, such as the future of our planet? That’s the question which will be tackled at the Six Seconds’ EQ Café session at Restore Church, 47 Britannia Road, Castle Hill on Thursday, May 25, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Learn how your feelings about a challenge, like the state of the Earth, can help you engage in change and how your “brain style” works in collaboration with others. Free but bookings essential. Details: www.questcoaching.com.au.

FOR PARENTS: PFLAG, the support group for parents, family and friends of lesbian and gay children will meet on Saturday, May 27 from 2pm at Wesley Lodge Motel, 175 Hawkesbury Road. Westmead. Off-street parking is available. Details: Judy, 0439 466 125 or go to www.pflagaustralia.org.au.

PELVIC FLOOR HEALTH: A free talk packed with useful information to prevent, reverse or improve pelvic floor issues at Hills Yoga, Castle Hill on Saturday, May 27, 1pm-1.45pm. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Details: Kathi, 0406 501 509 or visit www.discreetyfit.com.

DURAL AND DISTRICTS: Senior Citizens’ Club members meet every Wednesday from 11am at Dural Country Club to enjoy good fellowship with other senior citizens. Some play indoor bowls while others play bingo and enjoy the prizes. Details: Carol, 8801 1395.

WALKING GROUP: The Hills Hikers, a Department of Sport and Recreation Walking for Pleasure group, meets the third Sunday of each month for walks, including bush, coastal and urban. New members welcome. Details: Jim, 9629 6550.

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DO IT YOURSELF: Roll up your sleeves and learn handy do-it-yourself skills this month at Bunnings Warehouse Castle Hill, Dural and Thornleigh‘s adult workshops. Held every Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, the free workshops focus on a wide range of projects and provide expert tips and tricks. They include windows and doors on May 20 and 21; and home organisation on May 27 and 28. Children can also join in the fun and learn a range of skills while creating their own projects at the free Kids D.I.Y. Workshops, held in-store every Saturday and Sunday. Details: 8846 4500 (Castle Hill), 9653 7500 (Dural) and 9479 9000 (Thornleigh) or visit the website bunnings.com.au.

FREE SEMINARS: Castle Hill Bible Education Centre is running two free seminars: improve your English and getting to know the Bible better. Runs every Tuesday during school term at 7.45pm-9pm. Details: 245 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill. Details: 0433 661 959 or enquiries@castlehillbec.org.au.

JOIN PROBUS: Active retirees and semi-retirees who would like to share friendship, fellowship and fun are welcome to join the Probus Men’s Club of Carlingford. The club meets from 9.45am on the first Tuesday of the month at Muirfield Golf Club. Activities include an impressive line-up of guest speakers and monthly outings with wives/partners. Guests and friends are welcome. Details: Colin, 9629 9634.

INNER WHEEL: Norwest club is looking for new members. The women’s group’s motto is “friendship with a purpose” and meetings include speakers and subjects of interest as well as fun activities and outings. The club has an outstanding record of personal service to the community. Members meet at Baulkham Hills Bowling Club on the first Wednesday of the month from 6pm. Cost is $20 which includes dinner and a drink. Details: Deborah, 0414 828 777.

GO BUSH: Wanderers Bushwalking and Outdoor Club meets every second Tuesday of the month from 8pm at Crestwood Community Centre, Crestwood Drive, Baulkham Hills.Details: www.bushwalkingnsw.org.au/wanderers or phone 9639 9738.

LEISURE AND LEARNING: A group for senior citizens meets on Friday mornings from 9.30am at the Uniting Church Pennant Hills, corner Boundary Road and Bellamy Street, Pennant Hills. Activities include art, Australian history, bridge, cards, carpet bowls, gentle exercise and music appreciation. Cost is $25 per school term with morning tea provided. Details: Arthur Baillie, 9484 4372.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Conservation Volunteers Australia needs your help to protect the critically endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland. Head to Plough and Harrow East in Western Sydney Parkland and learn about native flora and fauna, meet a great group of people and help the environment. Sessions are held every last Sunday of the month, 9.30am-2.30pm. Details: 4721 4625 or email westernsydney@cva.org.au

GREEN THUMBS: Pennant Hills Garden Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 10.15am at Pennant Hills Bowling Club, 52 Yarra Road, Pennant Hills. Guest speakers, trading table, garden visits and outings. Details: Louise, 9484 5008.

COMPUTER PALS: Are you reasonably literate in the daunting world of technology? Then Computer Pals for Seniors - The Hills, a non-profit organisation, invites you to become a member, not only to expand your knowledge, but to share  your expertise one day a week, for two or three hours. No teaching experience is necessary, and full training will be offered. The centre is in Castle Hill and membership fluctuates between 450 and 550. Details: 9899 9131 or www.users.tpg.com.au/cphills.

LEARN CROCHET: A tutored class for people who would like to learn or would like to meet others who crochet. Learn the different stitches of crochet and how to make squares, scarves and more. Every Friday, 9.30am-11.45am at Learning in the Hills, 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills. Details: 9639 7918.

THE HILLS TREFOIL GUILD: Part of Girl Guides Australia meets third Friday of each month,10am-12.30pm, at Castle Hill Guide Hall, Bounty Avenue, Castle Hill. All women who are prepared to make the Guide promise are welcome. Details: 9634 4987.

LIFE STORIES: Everyone has lived a unique life and everyone has a story to tell. Learn how to tell your life story, or the story of loved ones in an uncomplicated way using a series of worksheets and a personal assistant on Thursdays, 9.30am-11.45am, at Learning in the Hills, 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills. Details: 9639 7918.

SOCIAL KNITTING AND CRAFT: Enjoy the company of other knitters and craft-minded people or learn how to knit on Tuesdays, 12.15pm-2.15pm at Learning in the Hills, 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills. Details: 9639 9738.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: For English conversation class on Fridays, 9.30am-11.45am, at Learning in the Hills, Balcombe Heights Estate, Turner Building 4 & 5, 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills. For details call 9639 7918. Also homework help volunteers are sought by Hills Community Aid for students in years 5-12 on Mondays in the Vinegar Hill Memorial Library. Details: Mici, 0438 328 776 or Bron, 9639 8620.

DRESSMAKING: Tutored class for beginners to advanced. Learn the operation of a sewing machine and layout, cutting, construction and finishes to making garments. Monday to Saturday classes both morning and evening at Learning in the Hills, 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills. Details: 9639 7918.

EMBROIDERY: Join a tutored class and learn all facets of embroidery including ribbon, stumpwork and fine needlework. The class is suitable for beginners. It’s on Thursdays, 12.15pm-2.15pm, at Learning in the Hills, 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills. Details: 9639 7918.

IKEBANA: Create stunning floral works in the Japanese tradition. This class will introduce you to the philosophies and design concepts of Ikebana so you can develop your own technique and style. It’s on Thursdays, 12.15pm-2.15pm, at Learning in the Hills, 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills. Details: 9639 7918.

PLAY CARDS: Castle Hill Seniors invite card players to join their club for games of canasta hand and foot, bolivia and 500. Members meet Wednesdays and Sundays, 10am-3pm, at 2 McMullen Avenue, Castle Hill. Parking available. Details: Margaret, 0458 546 772 or 9871 8269.

STICK TO YOUR KNITTING: Knitting and crochet group meets every Tuesday 10am-1pm at Restore Church, 47 Britannia Road, Castle Hill. Knit, crochet, learn and share your craft in this friendly, comfortable atmosphere. Free off-street parking. Experienced craft speakers and workshops are organised throughout the year as well as outings to yarn stores and craft shows. Members also support charity organisations Wrapt with Love, Operation Christmas Child, Trauma Teddies and others. All welcome. Details: Janette, 0409 905 018 or email stykjm@gmail.com.

YARN ON A STICK: Knitting is the new yoga! Join a friendly, informal group and learn a new craft on Thursdays, 11.15am-1.15pm, at Baulkham Hills Library, 1 Railway Street, Baulkham Hills. It’s free but bring your own 4mm needles and wool. Details: 9761 5736.

PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME: Stories, songs, rhymes, fun and educational activities for children aged 2-5 and their parents at Baulkham Hills Library, 1 Railway Street, Baulkham Hills every Friday and Tuesday, 11am-11.30am, during school terms. The aim of storytime is to encourage a love of books and develop listening, language and social skills.

TRY TAI CHI: Free tai chi and qigong introductory class will be held in Castle Hill on Saturdays from 9am and in Baulkham Hills on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7pm. Details: Tai Chi Fitness Australia administrator Beatrice Gu, 9686 2282 or 0426 861 008.

TECH SAVVY SENIORS: Presented in Chinese (Mandarin) the training group aims to help senior citizens increase their skills and confidence using an iPad to access the internet and email. It’s on Mondays, 9am-11am, at Castle Hill Library, corner Castle and Pennant streets, Castle Hill. Free but bookings essential. Details: 9761 4510.