What's on in and around St Marys-Mount Druitt

STORY TIME: Children aged 0-5, can join Rooby Roo from Paint Mt Druitt REaD for story time, music and other activities at Anglicare, 91a Kurrajong Avenue, Mt Druitt on Wednesday, August 16, 10am-11.30am. For more information or to book contact Hazel on 8805 0969.

CAREER EXPO: SkillsOne will educate and entertain job-seekers later this month.

CAREER EXPO: SkillsOne will educate and entertain job-seekers later this month.

KABBALAH HEALTH: A discussion on the practical application of kabbalah in terms of both physical and mental health, at Creative Spirit Centre, Shops 43/44, 40 Sterling Road, Minchinbury on Wednesday, August 16, 1pm-3pm. Free. Details: leon_fourteen@y7mail.com.

CANCER SUPPORT: Nepean/ Blue Mountains Prostate Cancer Support members will meet on Monday, August 21 from 6.30pm at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, 254 High Street, Penrith. Guest speaker will be Patrice Thomas who is an author, presenter, mentor and mindfulness trainer of Qi Gong. All meetings are available to males and their partners who live in the Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith areas. Details: www.prostatesupport.org.au or phone David Wilkinson on 1300 133 878.

GET HANDY: DIY skills for around the home are on offer at free workshops being held at Bunnings.

GET HANDY: DIY skills for around the home are on offer at free workshops being held at Bunnings.

HELP AT HAND: PFLAG, the support group for parents, family, friends of lesbian and gay children, will meet on Saturday, August 26 from 2pm at 175 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead. Off-street parking is available. Details: Judy, 0439 466 125, email info@pflagaustralia.org.au or visit the website www.pflagaustralia.org.au.

SKILLS AND THRILLS: Career showcase at Evans Theatre, Penrith Panthers, from 3.30pm on Tuesday, August 29. SkillsOne take careers advice out of the office and onto the stage, through an entertaining, informative and engaging showcase packed with live music, video and animation. Held in conjunction with the Western Sydney Apprenticeship and Traineeship Expo, the free show will help students and parents discover and understand the latest on jobs of the future and industry trends. Free. Details: www.eventbrite.com.au.

DO IT YOURSELF: Roll up your sleeves and learn to have fun with DIY this month as part of Bunnings Warehouse Minchinbury’s adult workshops. The free, hands-on workshops are held every Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, and will give you the confidence to tackle your own home and outdoor projects. Topics include Storage Solutions on August 19 and 20 and Spring DIY Project on August 26 and 27. Details: Bunnings.com.au/yourstore.

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MOVIE MORNING: As part of the National Family History Month Celebrations there will be a screening of Dad and Dave: On Our Selection at Penrith City Library, 601 High Street, Penrith on Friday, August 18 from 10am. The 1995 remake of the Chauvel classic stars Leo McKern, Dame Joan Sutherland and Geoffrey Rush. There will also be a short talk by information librarian Lorraine Stacker to introduce the movie. Light refreshments will be served. Free but bookings essential. Details: 4732 7891

GARDEN TIPS: Are you interested in planting and maintenance of your garden? Want to know how to grow vegetables. Anglicare, 91a Kurrajong Avenue, Mt Druitt will host a free course every Monday until September 18, 9.30am-11.30am and every Friday until September 22, 12.30pm-2.30pm. For more information or to make a booking contact Hazel on 8805 0969.

ALL SEWN UP: Anglicare, 91a Kurrajong Avenue, Mt Druitt will host an eight-week TAFE NSW course every Friday until September 22, 9.30am -1pm. It will take you from the basics of dressmaking through to making items and re-modelling clothes For more information or to make a booking contact Hazel on 8805 0969.

ONE STOP SHOP: Members of the community can access a number of agencies under one roof at the Anglicare Mt Druitt One Stop Shop. Services available include welfare rights, Legal Aid, family services, Fair Trading and Centrelink. It’s free service and open the first Thursday of each month at 91a Kurrajong Avenue, Mt Druitt. Details and bookings: Hazel, 8805 0969

JOIN SCOUTS: 1st Whalan Scout Group, 137 Belmore Avenue, Mount Druitt, has vacancies for cubs, scouts and venturers. Cubs are for boys and girls aged 7-10, Scouts are for those aged 11-15 and Venturers is for those aged 14-18. Cubs play games, learn codes and skills, help people and have adventures. Scouts are part of the biggest and most successful youth organisation in Australia – and the world – with thousands of boys and girls enjoying an almost unlimited range of activities. Venturers is a do-it-yourself mix of fun, adventure and personal challenge that will bring you together with other young people who feel the same way. You may find yourself exploring wilderness Australia or diving on coral reefs. Perhaps you’ll learn white water kayaking or ride your mountain bike on an expedition across real mountains. For more information about any of these groups contact Dee on 0402 232 705 or email d_daines@optusnet.com.au.

CHANCE TO SING: The Sunset Station Singers meet at St Marys RSL Club every Monday,  7.30pm-9.30pm. The group, which performs in nursing homes, hospitals and at local commemorative ceremonies, was started by Vietnam veterans and has grown to include wives, partners and friends. They welcome anyone who enjoys singing and there’s no pressure to read music or audition. Their motto is: “If you can talk, you can sing”. Details: Rick, 0425 223 113.

TRY SOMETHING NEW: The W.A.S.H House, Lot 5, Kelly Close, Mount Druitt has begun its new term program for women only. Groups include yoga, art, computers, sewing, folk art, belly dancing and Bollywood dancing, tai chi, stretch and tone, meditation, self defence and more. Details and bookings: 9677 1962.

DROP IN: Café de Warehouse at Anglicare, 91a Kurrajong Avenue, Mt Druitt invites you to enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee and food while making some new friends. The café is open 10am-noon each Friday during school terms. Free childcare is available for preschool children. Details: Hazel, 8805 0969.

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.

PLAYERS WANTED: The Western Sydney Wheelchair Rugby League sevens competition started earlier this month and more players are being sought to take part. 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.

COMPUTER CLASSES: Presented by the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia every Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am-noon, in the Train at St Marys RSL Club, corner Hall Street and Mamre Road, St Marys. Informal classes catering for beginners, more experienced and retired seniors wanting help with current software and using internet for research and emails. On Thursdays 9am-11am there will be a class on digital photo manipulation using Photoshop Elements 5. Bookings essential. For details call Keith on 9833 4700 Tuesday-Thursday or email vietvet@tpg.com.au.

SINGLES GROUP: Are you over 35, single and ready to dance the night away? Join the Social Meetup Group every Friday night from 8pm at Penrith RSL Club. You can meet and dance with other single, separated, divorced and widowed fun-loving mature singles from the Nepean region. Event details at: http://www.meetup.com/Penrith-Singles-35-to-55-Social-Meetup/ or phone Anton on 0418 254 229.

BALLROOM DANCING: Every Monday at Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, 19 Bringelly Road, Kingswood. Beginners 6pm-7.30pm, general 7.30pm-10pm. Details: Neil, 0458 528 001.

GENTLE EXERCISE: Classes are held every Wednesday during school terms, noon-1pm, at St Marys Community Centre Main Hall, Swanston Street, St Marys Corner. Cost is $6. Wear comfy clothes and joggers, bring water and a towel. Easy exercise catering for all fitness levels, ages and abilities. Details: St Marys Area Community Development Project Inc, phone 9673 2169.

HELP FOR VETERANS: Free, confidential help is available to veterans of all conflicts at the Veterans Welfare Centre, The Train, corner Mamre Road  and Hall Street, St Marys. Drop in for coffee and a chat about your needs or concerns, 9am-1pm, Monday to Friday. Trained consultants can assist with the confusing DVA application forms. For more details phone the pension officer on 9833 4700 or go the website: www.vvaastmarys.com.au.

SAVE THE BUSH: Conservation Volunteers Australia needs your help to protect the critically endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland. Head to Plough and Harrow East in Western Sydney Parkland and learn about native flora and fauna, meet a great group of people and help the environment. Sessions are held every last Sunday of the month, 9.30am-2.30pm. Details: 4721 4625 or email westernsydney@cva.org.au

TAI CHI AND ZEN STUDY: 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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Benevolent Society in Penrith needs volunteers from the St Marys area to help their senior clients with social outings, doctor’s appointments and transport. If you are interested contact Lorraine Donato on 4720 1000.

TEACH SAILING: Sailability Penrith Lakes seeks more volunteers to help with their sailing programs. You don’t have to know how to sail as they will teach you. Or you can the safety boat or help out in the shed or on the pontoon. The program is designed to offer everyone the chance to experience sailing regardless of their age or ability. If you are interested in more information contact John on 0413 231 837 or email john.smith@sailabilitypenrithlakes.org.au.

HELP AT HOSPITAL: Penrith Hospital Auxiliary needs new members to keep the organisation going and would like to hear from anyone who has a few hours to spare. Help raise funds for Nepean Hospital by baking cakes or making craft and manning the monthly stalls. Members meet on the third Tuesday of the month at St Stephen's Church Hall , 252 High Street, Penrith from 1.30pm. Details: Anne Furey, 4732 2090.

SUPPORT FOR PARENTS: Are you supporting a child with a disability or developmental delay? Do you find it hard to get time for yourself? Do other people find it hard to understand your situation? MyTime Penrith gives you a chance to meet other parents, share support information and give yourself a break. The play facilitator supports your child in a local play setting while you meet with other parents and carers. An obligation-free, weekly opportunity provided by SDN Children’s Services and Playgroups NSW. Details: Joanne, 4721 7557.

TUTORS SOUGHT: Community Junction Inc is a non-profit, community-based organisation which runs various groups and programs at North St Marys, St Clair, Colyton, Erskine Park, Werrington and surrounding areas at low cost, Their Learning Lounge program provides homework help to students from years 3-12 during school terms at no cost and seeks volunteer tutors to assist on Tuesdays during school terms from 3pm-6pm. Details: 9834 2708.

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 Monday from 11am at the Community Health Centre, corner Burran and Kelly Close, Mt Druitt and every Thursday from 10am at the Community Health Centre, Soper Place, Penrith. 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.

WARATAH SLIMMERS: Support group for people who are trying to lose weight meets every Tuesday from 9am in Kelly's Brasserie at Panthers. It’s $8 to join then $2 a week. A friendly and supportive environment. Details: Christine, 0419 286 172.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Nepean Valley RSL Day Club is a club for all seniors which meets every Friday from 10am-2pm at the senior citizens centre in Station Street, Penrith. It provides mental and physical stimulation by means of gentle, fun exercise, quizzes and activities on a themed basis, guest speakers and the occasional outing. Since their move numbers have increased and more helpers are needed. The club is fun and everyone goes home with a smile on their face. Details: Jan Eaton, 4704 8506.

BABY RHYME TIME: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10.30am, at Our Library @ The Mount Druitt Hub, Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt. 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: www.libraries.blacktown.nsw.gov.au or 8886 2000.

MULTICULTURAL STORYTIME: At Mount Druitt Hub, Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt. 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.

ENGLISH CLASSES: Friday mornings, 9.30am-noon, and Monday evenings, 6pm-8pm, at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, in small hall near car park. Entry via Fulton Street or 254 High Street, Penrith. All levels in small friendly helpful classes. Cost $2 donation. Details: 4721 2124 or www.penrithanglican.org.

SPIRITUAL CHURCH: Meets at Werrington Downs Neighbourhood Centre, Brookfield Avenue, Werrington Downs from 7.30pm every Friday. The service includes guest mediums, demonstrations and meditation. Free. Details: 4721 2211.

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