What's on in and around The Hills this week

Fun for kids at Woof-fest.

Fun for kids at Woof-fest.

DOGGIE DAY: Woof-fest will be held at Western Sydney Parkland’s Warrigal Run, Bungarribee Park on Sunday, June 25 from 9am-1pm. It’s a fun, free community event for anyone who owns or loves dogs. There will be talks by experts, demonstrations and a wide range of stalls. Warrigal Run is within Western Sydney Parklands. Entry is via the intersection of Holbeche and Doonside Roads, Bungarribee. Details: www.westernsydneyparklands.com.au

HANDY HINTS: Learn how to DIY with the help of expert team members this month at Bunnings Warehouse Castle Hill, Dural and Thornleigh’s workshops. Held every Saturday and Sunday at at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Topics to be covered include indoor projects on June 24 and 25. Children can also take part in the free Kids Workshops every Saturday and Sunday. Details: bunnings.com.au.

STATE SECRETS: Galston VIEW Club will hold its monthly luncheon meeting on Wednesday, June 28 from 11am at Dural Country Club. Guest speaker will be Gary Cook from The State Library of NSW which has a history dating back to 1826 and is renowned for its historical and contemporary collections. Visitors are always welcome. VIEW Clubs raise money to support The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. Details: Vivien, 9894 1189.

ART DEMO: Baulkham Hills Art Society will hold their monthly demonstration at Crestwood Community Centre, Crestwood Drive, Baulkham Hills on Monday, July 3 from 7.30pm. The artist is Greg Hansell, a pastelist, who will be painting a still life of corn cobs. Mr Hansell is head teacher at the Royal Art School of NSW and has taught pastel painting and conducted workshops for 18 years.  He works in the realist style and currently has an exhibition at Mosman Art Gallery. Members and visitors welcome. Details: Lorraine, 9674 1240.

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.

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BETTER ENGLISH: Classes to help English language learners develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are being held on Thursdays, 7pm-9pm, during school terms at Lower Hall, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, corner Windsor Road and Cook Street, Baulkham Hills. Details: Arthur, 0408 605 795 or email arthurashley@bigpond.com.

RETIREES MEET: The Sydney Hills Branch of the Association of Independent Retirees will meet on Friday, July 7 at Beecroft Presbyterian Church Hall, Welham Street, Beecroft from 10.45 am. Guest speaker will be Dr Roza Sage on Diabetes Awareness. The organisation welcomes recently retired citizens and baby boomers looking for new interests. Keep abreast of the changes which are likely to affect you and your income in the future. Details: Lauris Rennie, 9634 1186.

FOR MUMS: A multicultural support group for mothers meets every Thursday, 10am-noon, at Wesley Uniting Church, 32 Showground Road, Castle Hill. Be part of a diverse community,  bring your friends and enjoy a Mums and Bubs dance and movement class, free morning tea and a session on women’s and family health. Childcare is available. Places are limited so bookings are essential. Details: phone  9621 6633 or 9625 0455 or email Corinne.Desira@sydwestms.org.au.

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. Stay for lunch. 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 or Margaret, 8801 1024.

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.

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.

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