Community diary: what's on around the town

HELPING HAND: Parramatta Community Care offers cheap groceries for those on a low income.
HELPING HAND: Parramatta Community Care offers cheap groceries for those on a low income.
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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.

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.

STEPPING ON: Program for older residents at Community Wheels Inc, 3E/6 Boundary Road, Northmead. The seven week-course will be held weekly, 10am-noon, until Monday, December 11. It provides participants with information and practical help to maintain their balance and strength so they can avoid falls and remain independent. Cost is $14 which includes transport and morning tea or $5 if you have your own transport. Bookings essential on 8868 1400.

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.

WRITE STUFF: The Parramatta branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers meets on the first Saturday of the month in the Raffles Building, next to Parramatta Library, in Room A, Level 2, 1 Fitzwilliam Street, Parramatta. All welcome to exchange ideas and workshop stories and poems or just meet people who enjoy the craft of writing. Details: Lyn 9639 8394.

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.

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.

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 joanbirtles@bigpond.com.

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 per year for society membership and $5 per lesson. Details: Shirley, 9636 3743 or email holroydartncraft@optusnet.com.au or visit the website holroydartncraft.com.

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 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.

LEARN TAI CHI: Try a free introductory class at Merrylands or Baulkham Hills. Bookings essential. Details: 9686 2282 or 0421 282 833.