What's on in and around Blacktown this week

BUNNINGS DIY: Bunnings Blacktown, Seven Hills and Marsden Park children and adult’s DIY workshops. Free hands-on workshops, every Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. This weekend is outdoor projects while children’s workshops are woodwork. Details: Blacktown, 8887 4100; Marsden Park, 9838 2200; and Seven Hills, 9679 3300.

RESIDENTS: Blacktown and District Environment Group will meet on Tuesday, September 26, 6pm-8pm at the Westpoint Community Room, Level 4, Patrick Street, Blacktown (near the gym). Members of the community are welcome to come along and raise any local environmental issues of concern to them. Details: blacktowndeg@hotmail.com.

FOSTER CARE: Information session. Learn about becoming a foster carer. MacKillop Family Services is holding a no-obligation session on Wednesday, September 27, from 6.30pm-8pm at Level 1, 38 Prince Street, Blacktown. Details: 1300 791 677.

GENTLE EXERCISE: With Kavleen Kaur at Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown every Monday, 10am-11.30am. 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. Details: Alex, 9621 8101 or doonsideanglican.org.au.

STANHOPE SCRIBES: An informal and supportive writers group for adults. Meetings 2pm-3.30pm on the second Saturday of each month at Dennis Johnson Library, Stanhope Gardens. Details:  Ruth, 9421 2670 or ruth.coulter@blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP: Blacktown Arts and Crafts Group, for children aged 8-18 on Mondays, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Cost is $10 plus supplies. Adults: 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.

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BUNNINGS DIY: Bunnings Blacktown, Seven Hills and Marsden Park children and adult’s DIY workshops every Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm.

BUNNINGS DIY: Bunnings Blacktown, Seven Hills and Marsden Park children and adult’s DIY workshops every Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm.

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.

STANHOPE SCRIBES: An informal writers' group for adults that meets from 2pm-3.30pm on the second Saturday of each month at Dennis Johnson Library.

STANHOPE SCRIBES: An informal writers' group for adults that meets from 2pm-3.30pm on the second Saturday of each month at Dennis Johnson Library.

BUILD RESILIENCE: Workshops presented by Blacktown Women's and Girls' Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown and facilitated by Relationships Australia. The group runs the first Tuesday of each month from 10am-12.30pm and aims to provide skills and support to help women achieve and maintain goals. Cost is $5 per session and bookings are essential on 9806 3299.

YOGA AND MEDITATION: Classes are held each Monday and Wednesday in Glenwood Community Hub, 72 Glenwood Road ,Glenwood and Blacktown Senior Citizens Centre, 21 Gribble Place, Blacktown, 7pm-8.30pm. Details: Dada, 0432 650 495 or email krsnapremananda@hotmail.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 .The club offers free coaching to men and women. For more information contact Colleen on 9622 0116 or Jan on 9671 1461.

ACTIVE RETIREES: Probus Club of Prospect welcomes retired or semi-retired residents who would like to keep active and meet a happy group of men and women, as well as join in day trips and coffee mornings. Meetings are held at Toongabbie Sports and Bowling Club, 12 Station Street, Toongabbie at 10am on the third Thursday of the month. There is usually a guest speaker. Details: Joan, 9631 4595 or email joanbirtles@bigpond.com

MIND AND BODY: Yoga classes are on offer every Wednesday at Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown. There are two sessions: a gentle yoga class at 10am-11am for beginners or those seeking a stress relieving class; and 11.30am-12.30pm for women seeking to enhance physical and mental wellbeing through medium to advanced yoga techniques. Each class is $7.50. Bookings and details: 9831 2070 or email info@womenandgirls.org.au

FOR WOMEN: Blacktown Women's and Girls' Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown, offers a range of services and activities for residents. As well as exercise groups every Monday and Thursday, the centre will hold regular health and nutrition talks on Tuesdays as well as 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. There is free legal advice every second Friday from the Women’s Legal Service of NSW and a women’s health clinic by appointment every Wednesday. For bookings and details phone 9831 2070 or email info@womensandgirls.org.au.

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.

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 ALL: 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 7pm-9pm. Cost is $12 per class. Details: 9622 7589 or 0418 210 145.

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.