GET FIRE READY: Bunnings in Carlingford is teaming up with the NSW Rural Fire Service for the annual Get Ready Weekend. Residents can go to free bushfire preparedness DIY workshops this weekend, Saturday and Sunday at 12.30pm. The workshops will offer advice and tips on how you can prepare your home to be bushfire ready. Details: 295 Pennant Hills Road, 8843 6100.
GEMS SHINE: Parramatta-Holroyd Lapidary Club at 73 Fullagar Road, Wentworthville will host its 57th annual exhibition this weekend from Friday to Sunday (September 18-20), 9am-4pm each day. The exhibition will include mineral and lapidary displays; demonstrations of lapidary techniques and stalls selling minerals, jewellery and other lapidary items. Free. Details: freewebs.com/parraholroydlapidaryclub/
KNITTERS: The NSW Machine Knitters Association is hosting an open day and fashion parade on September 30. There will be demonstrations as well as items for sale and swapping. Details: 10am-2pm, Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Dence Park, mkansw.org.au.
DISCOUNT SHOPPING: Parramatta Community Care (PC Care) is the care arm of Parramatta Christian Church and runs a shop that provides groceries for free or at a low, affordable cost. 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 pcc.org.au/care.
GET CREATIVE: Holroyd Art and Craft Society holds classes in the community centre, Miller Street, Merrylands, including pottery, jewellery, china painting and painting with watercolour, acrylics and oils. Fees are $22 for memebership and $5 per lesson. Details: Shirley, 9636 3743, email@example.com or holroydartncraft.com.
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VIEW CLUB: Parramatta branch meets the first Wednesday of each month at Parramatta RSL Club from 10.30am. There is lunch and a guest speaker. Details: Judy, 9635 4191 or Rosemary 8897 4934.
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 email@example.com.
GUEST SPEAKER: Pennant Hills VIEW Club meets for lunch on the second Tuesday of the month from 11am at Pennant Hills Golf Club. Guest speaker for the September 12 meeting will be Cheryl Landon-Jones, a team leader at Days for Girls, Castle Hill. Days for Girls is a non-profit project run by women worldwide to provide feminine hygiene products for school girls. Bookings to Ruth on 9629 2713. On Tuesday, September 26 the group will hold a fashion parade with clothes from Golden Girl Fashions.
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.
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.
COTTAGE TOURS: One of Australia's oldest colonial sites is now open to the public with Parramatta Park Trust launching monthly guided tours of the Dairy and Rangers Cottages on the second Saturday of each month at 11am and noon. The next one is August 12. The tours offer a glimpse into the nation’s oldest buildings, the newly conserved Dairy and Rangers Cottages. Built in 1796, the Dairy Cottage was home to George Salter, an ex-convict turned cattleman. It was later converted into a Government Dairy by Governor Macquarie in the early 1800s. Its sunken milk-processing room can still be seen today under the adjacent Ranger's Cottage. Highlights of the tour include: interpretive displays recreating the life of dairy workers in the 1800s; audio visual history of Parramatta Park and the Dairy precinct; artefact exhibits; and newly restored 19th century cottage gardens and soundscapes. Tours cost $8 and are available to purchase through Eventbrite. Details: www.parrapark.com.au
BUSH MUSIC CLUB: Holds folk social dances on the first Saturday of the month, 7.30pm-11.30pm, at Beecroft Community Hall, near the railway station. Dances are relaxing and affordable and ‘called’ with various bands. Families are welcome. Light supper and surprises provided. Details: www.bushmusic.org.au or phone Sigrid, 9980 7077 or Wilma, 9489 5594.
RECYCLE, REPAIR: The Bower’s Repair Cafe is now open at 1/10 Hunter Street, Parramatta. The Bower has a range of experts on hand to help you repair broken items such as computers, bikes, electric appliances or furniture. Tools and materials are provided and all that is required is your participation and a small donation. The Repair Cafe operates the last Saturday of each month from 10am-noon. The Bower also takes the Repair Café on the road to community centres and halls, working in conjunction with local councils as a free service for residents. The Bower is an environmental charity committed to reducing waste going to landfill. The shopfronts sell furniture, appliances, household goods, salvaged building materials, bikes, books and more. Details: 9568 6280 or www.bower.org.au.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 TAI CHI: Try a free introductory class at Merrylands or Baulkham Hills. Bookings essential. Details: 9686 2282 or 0421 282 833.