What's on in and around The Hills this week

FASHION SHOW: C3 Church Cherrybrook is having a Fashion Show on Friday at 7pm. The event has been organised to raise funds for the Hako Women’s Collective in Bougainville which is building safe, secure and just environments (especially for women escaping domestic violence) within their community. With gift bags for everyone, raffles, prizes, and supper, the $10 entry ticket is incredible value.  All funds raised will be going to the Hako Women’s Collective. Details: 9980 5333.

THE HILLS SHIRE GARDEN CLUB: Will meet 1pm, Monday, September 18 at Barton Hall, David Road, Castle Hill. Guest speaker Chris Stanfield. Details: 9624 5034.

THE HILLS SHIRE GARDEN CLUB: Will meet 1pm, Monday, September 18 at Barton Hall, David Road, Castle Hill. Guest speaker Chris Stanfield. Details: 9624 5034.

THE HILLS SHIRE GARDEN CLUB: Will meet 1pm, Monday, September 18 at Barton Hall, David Road, Castle Hill. Guest speaker Chris Stanfield. Details: 9624 5034.

BROMELIAD SHOW: The best place to see hundreds of bromeliads on display is at the Bromeliad Society of Australia’s Spring Show being held at the Federation Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground, Showground Road, Castle Hill. Purchase from many local, interstate growers and collectors of exquisite and rare bromeliads. The show includes two days of public sales on Saturday, September 23, 9am-4pm and Sunday, September 24, 10am-3pm.

Bromeliad show: Bromeliad grower Allan Beard of Glenorie. The most popular varieties are Aechmeas, Guzmanias, Vrieseas, Neoregelias and Tillandsias.

Bromeliad show: Bromeliad grower Allan Beard of Glenorie. The most popular varieties are Aechmeas, Guzmanias, Vrieseas, Neoregelias and Tillandsias.

DURAL GALSTON PROBUS CLUB: Meeting 10am on Thursday, September 21 at The Galston Club, 21-25 Arcadia Road, Galston. Probus is a mixed club for retired and         semi-retired people. Details: Anne, 9653 1004.

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.

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.

COMPUTER PALS: You’re invited to join Computer Pals for Seniors - The Hills, a non-profit organisation. 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 users.tpg.com.au/cphills.

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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.

DISCOUNT SHOPPING: Parramatta Community Care (PC Care) is the care arm of Parramatta Christian Church and operates by running a shop that provides groceries such as fresh fruit/vegetables, meat, bread, milk and pantry items at a low, affordable cost - some at no cost at all. The service is open at 18 Barney Street, North Parramatta, Thursdays from 6pm-8pm and Fridays, 10.30am-1pm. There is also a chemist on site providing heavily discounted prescriptions on Friday mornings (conditions apply). This service is available to Centrelink cardholders, Centrelink Newstart recipients, low income earners, asylum seekers/refugees, and students. Details: 9630 3892 or www.pcc.org.au/care.

CANCER SUPPORT: Nepean/ Blue Mountains Prostate Cancer Support members will meet from 6.30pm on Monday, September 18 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, 254 High Street, Penrith. Guest speaker will be Dr Sandra Turner with an update on prostate cancer research, especially those relating to radiation therapy. All meetings are available to males and their partners seeking information on this cancer who live in the Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith areas. Details: www.prostatesupport.org.au or David Wilkinson, 1300 133 878.

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.

STAY ACTIVE: A Heartmoves class is on offer at Wirreanda Baptist Care Retirement Village, West Pennant Hills. This low to moderate intensity exercise class is suitable for older adults with a range of conditions or for anyone who wants to stay healthy and active. The class is on Friday mornings at 9.15am. Details: Amanda, 0412 611 727.

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.

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.

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 The Hills Club in Baulkham Hills on the first Wednesday of the month from 6.30pm. Cost is $15 for dinner. 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.

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.

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.