Community diary: what's on around the town

READ ABOUT IT: Bag a book bargain at The Friends of The Hills Library bumper sale.
READ ABOUT IT: Bag a book bargain at The Friends of The Hills Library bumper sale.
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POP-UP BOOK SALE: Friends of The Hills Library are looking for donations of good quality pre-loved popular fiction books for a charity sale. Collection day will be Saturday, November 18, 10am-3pm, in Study Rooms 1 and 2 at Castle Hill LIbrary. Sale days will be Friday to Sunday, November 24-26 in the Sonya Phillips Room of Castle Hill Library. Sales will be open 5pm-8pm on the Friday, 9.30am-5pm on the Saturday and 1pm-4pm on the Sunday. For further details call 9761 4510.

PACK A PICNIC: Jazz at the Pines is on Sunday, November 19 from 11.30am at  Roughley House, 656 Old Northern Road, Dural. It will feature the Geoff Power Jazz Band and Castle Hill RSL Youth Jazz Band. Tickets are $20 adults and $15 concession. Book online at www.jazzatthepines.org.au. Tables can be booked for groups and individuals or simply turn up on the day with your chair, picnic rug and eskie.

GARDEN CLUB: The Hills Shire Garden Club will meet on Monday, November 20 from 1pm at Barton Hall, David Road, Castle Hill. Guest speaker will be Sonia Cameron. All welcome. Details: 9624 5034.

LEARNING SEMINAR: The Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW will host a literacy and learning difficulties seminar by Dr Samantha Hornery of Learning Links on Tuesday, November 21 from 10am-12.30pm at Castle Hill RSL Club’s Phoenix Room, 77 Castle Street, Castle Hill. Dr Hornery is a primary and special education teacher who has worked in school and community settings teaching, developing, and managing educational programs for students with learning difficulties. This practical workshop will provide participants with strategies to design and implement effective support for primary and secondary students with both reading and language disorders. Cost is $35 for members and $70 for non-members. Details and registration: www.ldc.org.au, phone 9806 9960 or email info@ldc.org.au.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT: Elouera Cottage Crafts’ annual Christmas “Show & Sell” will feature  a diverse range of quality, locally-produced handcrafts on display and for sale at affordable prices. Now in its 15th year, it’s in main hall at the Uniting Church, 134 New Line Road, Cherrybrook. Opening hours are Tuesday, November  21 to Thursday, November 23 from 10am-2pm and Friday, November 24 to Saturday, November 25 from 10am-4pm. The extensive range of handmade items for sale will also include a beautiful selection of Christmas decorations as well as an assortment of homemade cakes, slices, jams, pickles and Christmas fare. Details: 9899 7917.

GOOD GARDEN: The Hills Shire Council hosts walks and workshops with an emphasis on living sustainably. On Thursday, November 23 from 10am-noon you can learn about good garden design based on permaculture principles and how to make an edible garden more resilient in a changing climate. On Thursday, November 30 from 10am-noon you can make sure your garden not only survives, but thrives, through tough weather by using thoughtful design and water management. Bookings essential at: www.thehillsenvironment.eventbrite.com.au.

TRIVIA LUNCH: Pennant Hills VIEW Club members will meet for an informal lunch on November 28 at Dooleys Waterview Club. Details: Margaret, 9873 2402.

RETIREES MEET: Sydney Hills Branch of the Association of Independent Retirees will meet on Friday, December 1 from 10.45am at Beecroft Presbyterian Church Hall, Welham Street Beecroft.  Guest speaker will be Amanda Doring from Stepping On Falls prevention program. This will be the last meeting for the year. Branch members will hold their first 2018 meeting on Friday, February 1. They welcome recently retired citizens and baby boomers looking for new interests. Details: Lauris Rennie, 9634 1186.

NEW SKILLS: Learning in the Hills, 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills, has begun its Term 4 program with classes from Monday to Saturday including Wednesday and Thursday nights. They include Qigong, tai chi, yoga and seated yoga, dressmaking, painting, patchwork and quilting, embroidery, soft furnishing, social craft, quilting, knitting, crochet, book club, English conversation, bus groups and more. For information about classes phone 9639 7918 or go go http://hca.org.au/learning-in-the-hills/

HEARTMOVES: Is a gentle physical activity program suitable for anyone who hasn’t done any exercise in a while. Exercise at your own pace in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Heartmoves is open to everyone and is designed to be safe for people with stable health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or obesity. It is run by accredited exercise professionals specifically trained in managing safe, low to moderate intensity physical activity programs. Classes are limited in size to ensure maximum safety for participants. For class details on Fridays at West Pennant Hills contact Amanda Doring on 0412 611 727.

FRIENDSHIP FORCE: Is a worldwide non-profit organisation aimed at changing the way you see the world. The organisation arranges travel to other countries and includes homestays with people from those countries, promoting friendships. If you like travelling, meeting and entertaining people of many cultures then this could be the club for you. Details: email sydneyffpresident@gmail.com or visit www.friendshipforce-aussie.org.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.