Community diary: what's on around the town this week and beyond

HANDS ON: Pottery classes are among the wide range of weekly offerings from Blacktown Arts and Crafts Group.

HANDS ON: Pottery classes are among the wide range of weekly offerings from Blacktown Arts and Crafts Group.

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CANCER SUPPORT: Nepean/Blue Mountains Prostate Cancer Support group will meet from 6.30pm on Monday, November 20 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, 254 High Street, Penrith. The meeting will feature presentations from Dr Alan Oloffs, senior staff specialist at the Nepean Cancer Care Centre, and Greg Millan on bowel cancer screening. The group is open to males and their partners who are seeking information on this cancer, and who live in the Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith areas. Come along and experience the caring and benefits offered by a support group whose motto is You Are Not Alone. Details: www.prostatesupport.org.au or phone David Wilkinson,1300 133 878.

CRAFT MARKET:  Our Lady Queen of Peace, 198 Old Prospect Road, Greystanes will hold its popular Craft Market on Saturday, November 25 from 8am-2pm. This is the 11th craft fair organised by the church volunteers and features more than 30 stalls selling quality Christmas decorations and gifts, baby wear, homemade décor, kitchen goods, edible treats, scarves and bags, jewellery, plants and much more. Profits from the market will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. In conjunction with the market St Pauls College will hold their annual car show on the same day. Details: craftmarketgreystanes@gmail.com or see the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CraftMarketGreystanes.

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 LESSONS: For adults are conducted by Blacktown Art and Crafts Group in the Trevor Toms Pavilion, Blacktown Showground off Kent Street, Blacktown, on Tuesdays. 7pm-9pm. Cost is $12 per class. Details: 9622 7589 or 0418 210 145.

HEALTH SURVEY: Are you from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community in the Nepean Blue Mountains region? Researchers from Western Sydney University are conducting research and are interested in how being from a culturally and linguistically diverse background may affect taking part in preventative health opportunities, like cancer screening. They are looking for participants who are female and over 18 and not suffering from any other serious health conditions. For more information contact Dr Kate McBride on 4620 3436 or email cancerscreening@westernsydney.edu.au.

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

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.

FOR WOMEN: Blacktown Women’s and Girls Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown, has a range of groups and activities starting this month. On Mondays from 9.30am-10.30am there is a gentle low impact exercise group for $6 per session. On Wednesdays, 10am-11am, there’s gentle yoga and stress relief for beginners and all ages at a cost of $7.50 per session while the medium-advanced yoga classes from 11.30am-12.30pm are aimed at enhancing physical and mental wellbeing. Then on Thursdays, 10am-11am, there’s a weekly core exercise group. Beginners welcome. Cost is $5 per session. The Building Resilience Group will discuss conflict resolution on December 5. Conducted by Relationships Australia these groups allow women to discuss and practice life-enhancing skills. Cost is $5 per session and bookings are essential on 9806 3299. On Tuesday, November 21, 10.30am-12.30pm there’s a free acupuncture health talk where women can learn more about pressure points and how acupuncture can benefit their health. For more details on any of these classes phone 9831 2070 or email info@womensandgirls.org.au.

PLAYERS WANTED: The Western Sydney Wheelchair Rugby League sevens competition is seeking more players. Each team is comprised of five new or development players and five experienced players. The competition venue is the Kingswood campus of Western Sydney University, and competition cost is $90. For more information contact Nathan on 0419 463 930.

TAI CHI: Free sessions in Tench Reserve, Tench Avenue, Penrith on Sundays at 9.30am-10am and 10am-10.30am. Enjoy the gentle exercise and explore Zen that brings peace, health to your mind, body and spirit. Details and bookings: Guan, SMS 0422 120 738 or email cctctea@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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

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. Details: Alex, 9621 8101 or doonsideanglican.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.

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.

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.