What's on in and around Blacktown this week

ON SALE: There is a wide range of pre-loved textbooks on offer at Blacktown TAFE until the end of June.

ON SALE: There is a wide range of pre-loved textbooks on offer at Blacktown TAFE until the end of June.

GREEN MATTERS: Blacktown and District Environment Group meets on Tuesday. June 27, 6pm-8pm at the Westpoint Community Room, Level 4, Patrick Street, Blacktown (near the gym). Members of the community are welcome to attend and raise any local environmental issues of concern to them. Details: email blacktowndeg@hotmail.com.

PUPPY PAL: Children will find plenty of fun for them and their furry friends at Woof-fest this weekend. Read more on pages 22 and 23.

PUPPY PAL: Children will find plenty of fun for them and their furry friends at Woof-fest this weekend. Read more on pages 22 and 23.

MEGA BOOK SALE: At Blacktown TAFE Library from now until the end of June. Lots of pre-loved textbooks for sale. Subjects include management, marketing, job seeking, IT and human resource management. Nothing is over $2. Details: 9208 1848.

MORNING TEA: At Riverstone Uniting Church, corner of Garfield Road and Oxford Street, Riverstone  on Tuesday, June  27 from 9.30 am. Guest speaker will be Vicki Case on  criminal profiling. Free. All welcome. Details: 4572 3271 or email bruce.mcalpine5@bigpond.com.

MEMBERS SOUGHT: Blacktown Workers Womens Bowling Club is looking for new members. Lawn bowls is a great activity for fitness, fun and friendship. Bowling days are Wednesday from 9.30am and there’s a mixed competition on Saturdays afternoons. Details: Colleen, 9622 0116 or Jan, 9671 1461.

WOOF-FEST: A free event for anyone who owns or loves dogs will be held at Western Sydney Parkland’s Warrigal Run, Bungarribee Park on Sunday, June 25 from 9am-1pm. Entertainment includes talks by experts, demonstrations, a fashion parade and more than 50 stalls. Details: www.westernsydneyparklands.com.au.

FOR WOMEN: Blacktown Women's and Girls' Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown, offers a full program of activities. There are exercise groups every Monday and Thursday, regular health and nutrition talks and a Building Resilience group every month. Yoga classes are on Wednesdays with a gentle class at 10am and one for more advanced techniques from 11.30am. Every Friday, Relationships Australia will conduct their popular Women Choice and Change group which supports women to leave domestic violence. For bookings and details phone 9831 2070 or email info@womensandgirls.org.au.

SIMPLY VOICES: A choir for senior citizens needs males in the tenor/bass range aged over 50. No audition required. The group practises Monday afternoons at Bowman Hall, Campbell Street, Blacktown. Friendly atmosphere and a top class musical directors. A chance to just enjoy singing. Details: Ken Freeman, 9624 5216.

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GENTLE EXERCISE: With Kavleen Kaur at Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown every Monday, 10am-11.3am. The group is especially beneficial for women who are pregnant, are beginners or who are older. Exercise helps improve breathing, reduces stress levels and increases health. Cost is $6 per session. Yoga mats are provided or bring your own. Details: 9831 2070, or email info@womenandgirls.org.au.

COMMUNITY PANTRY: St John’s Anglican Church, corner Hill End Road and Cameron Street, Doonside hosts a mobile pantry, 10am-11am, every second Monday which offers low cost groceries to those on a limited income. Take your pension, health care or immigration card and pay $10 and you can fill a bag with groceries of your choice from whatever is available on the day. Next dates for the pantry are July 3, 17 and 31. Details: Alex, 9621 8101 or doonsideanglican.org.au.

SIMPLY VOICES: A choir for senior citizens needs males in the tenor/bass range aged over 50. No audition required. The group practises Monday afternoons at Bowman Hall, Campbell Street, Blacktown. Friendly atmosphere and a top class musical directors. A chance to just enjoy singing. Details: Ken Freeman, 9624 5216.

COLOURING THERAPY: Counsellor Kerry Ellis presents a mindfulness-based adult colouring group every second Monday from 7pm at Breed Business Centre, Nirimba Education Precinct, Eastern Road, Quakers Hill. Members attend an informal yet safe, respectful and confidential setting where colouring sheets and utensils are provided. For many years, psychologists have been prescribing colouring to patients as an alternative to meditation. Sometimes group members have a chat and other times members stay silent. The cost is $5 per session which covers room hire, supply and use of materials in session and light refreshments. To find out more or book attendance contact Kerry on 0417 667 329..

BUSH REGENERATION: Conservation Volunteers Australia are busy restoring Prospect Creek. It’s a chance to learn about native flora and fauna, meet a great group of people and help the environment. Every Monday 8.30am-2:30pm. Details: 4721 4625 or westernsydney@cva.org.au.

DANCE CLASS: At the Lodge of Eternal Light, 1 Garfield Road West, Riverstone, 2pm-3pm, on Saturdays. Cost is $5. Also group music lessons for any instrument, 1pm-2pm on Saturdays. Cost is $5. Meetings are held 3.30pm-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays with free psychic readings with a different medium each week and tea/coffee for a freewill offering. Meditation is on Tuesdays, 10am-noon, at a cost of $5. Details: Anna, 0469 857 197.

STANHOPE SCRIBES: An informal and supportive writers group for adults which meets from 2pm-3.30pm on the second Saturday of each month at Dennis Johnson Library, Stanhope Gardens. Develop your skills, share your work in a supportive environment and meet like-minded people. Details:  Ruth, 9421 2670 or email ruth.coulter@blacktown.nsw.gov.au.                                       

TAI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS: The perfect introduction to anyone who has never tried it. Increase muscle strength and flexibility, learn to support and protect your joints, improve your posture and reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Free program at Max Webber Library children’s area, Blacktown. Two sessions - 2pm and 2.30pm. Details: Sam, 9829 6648.

KEEN GARDENERS: Are invited to join the Blacktown City Garden Club which meets the first Wednesday of the month at Blacktown Boys High School, Fifth Avenue, Blacktown from 7.30pm. There is a guest speaker every month and organised day trips. Details: 9622 1238.

HELP AT HAND: Grow Groups are small friendly groups formed to learn how to overcome anxiety, depression, and loneliness and improve mental health. A group meets every Wednesday from 6.30pm at St Patrick’s Parish Centre, 51-59 Allawah Street, Blacktown. Grow is anonymous, free and open to all.  Bring a support person if you like. Details: 1800 558 268 or our www.grow.org.au.

POTTERY CLASSES: Conducted by Blacktown Arts and Crafts Group in the pottery rooms of Blacktown Showground, off Kent Street, Blacktown. Adult classes are Tuesdays 7pm-9pm. Wednesdays 2pm-4pm and 4pm-6pm and Fridays, 10am-noon. Cost is $12. Details: 9624 4879 or 0410 667 508.

ART FOR KIDS: Children’s art classes in drawing, watercolours, oil painting, acrylics, folk art, pastels and craft are conducted by Blacktown Art and Crafts Group in the Trevor Toms Pavilion, Blacktown Showground off Kent Street, Blacktown, on Tuesdays 4pm-6pm, Wednesdays 4pm-6pm and 6pm-8pm. Adult art classes are held Tuesdays 1pm-3pm and 7pm-9pm. Phone 9654 0570 or 0402 922 659.

MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP: Presented by Blacktown Arts and Crafts Group for children aged 8-18 on Mondays, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Cost is $10 plus supplies. Adult workshops are held on Fridays, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Cost is $12 plus supplies. Classes are held in the pottery rooms, Blacktown Showground, off Kent Street, Blacktown. Details: Tania, 0434 723 700.

BABY RHYME TIME: Held every Tuesday and Thursday during school term at Dennis Johnson Branch Library, Stanhope Gardens. From 10.30am come and take part in an interactive, early literacy program developed for children aged 0-2. Talk, sing, rhyme, dance and read with your child over a story and make some new friends. Details: 9421 2670.

MULTICULTURAL STORYTIME: At the Mount Druitt Hub every Wednesday morning during school terms from 10.30am. A fun-filled hour will be held for preschoolers, their parents and carers. Each week a different country’s story will be told, songs from that country will be sung and craft related to that country will be made. Details: 8886 2000.

NIFTY KNITTERS: Novice and experienced knitters are welcome to meet each week to knit squares for the Wrap with Love charity. This charity distributes colourful wraps to communities in need around the world. The group meets at the lounge area on the ground floor of Max Webber Library, Blacktown from 1pm on Thursdays.

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