Around Town: March 25, 2014

In recognition of International Women's Day, Norwest Inner Wheel donated gifts to a women's refuge in Doonside. The funds will help women who leave violent homes with few possessions. Norwest Inner Wheel meets at 7pm on the first Wednesday of each month at Castle Hill RSL. Pictured is the club's president, Deborah Campbell.


Galston VIEW Club: Holds its 22nd birthday/meeting 11am at Dural Country Club. Theme is Black and White. Details: Vivien, 9894 1189.

Rotary Castle Hill: Meets 6.30pm-7pm, Castle Hill Country Club, Spurway Drive. Details: 9634 2499.


■Tai Chi: 7pm at Baulkham Hills. Details: 0421 282 833.


■Rotary: The Hills-Kellyville club meets at Castle Hill Tavern, 25 Victoria Avenue, at 6.15pm. Details: 0410 598 026.

■Rotary: Club of West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook meet 6.30pm at Springfield House, New Line Road, Dural. Details:

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■Probus: Castle Hill and District club meets 9.30am at Castle Hill Bowling Club first Tuesday of the month.


Elderly or disabled: Hills Community Care Group has social days for the elderly or disabled. Women’s mixed groups on Tuesdays and men’s on Wednesdays. Transport for guests. Hot lunch, games and talks. Details: 9761 7604.

English classes for migrants: Baulkham Hills Baptist Church English classes every Tuesday of school term, 9.30am-11.30am. Details: 96391981.

Social: Women’s Tuesday Club for those 55 and over, at Carlingford Court, 9.30am-11.15am, in third-floor meeting room, for morning tea, door prize, speakers, friendship. Details: Louise, 9875 3898 or 0418 609 401.

Playgroup: Koorana Playgroup, 10am, Tuesdays and Thursdays in school term. At Don Moore Reserve, Tiernan Avenue, North Rocks. For babies, children. Details: Tanya, 8812 3595.

Hearing: Better Hearing Australia runs hearing loss and lip reading skills classes in Pennant Hills every Tuesday, 11am-12.30pm. Details: Pennant Hills Community Centre, corner of Yarrara and Ramsay roads, 97440167.

Probus: Castle Hill and District club meets at Castle Hill Bowling Club first Tuesday of the month, 9.30am.

Sing: With The Rock ‘n’ Soul Choir every Tuesday, 8pm at The Baulkham Hills Community Centre. There is no audition and you don’t have to be a great. Details:, or call Susie, 0431 200 500.

Knitters’ Guild NSW Inc Castle Hill Group: meets Tuesday 10am to 1pm at 47 Britannia Road, Castle Hill (Castle Hill Community Church).  A not-for-profit organisation promoting and encouraging the skills of knitting and crochet among its members. Cost: $30 a year. Details: 0426 427 095 or

Playgroup: Tuesdays, 9.30am, for children up to six years old and their parents/grandparents/caregivers. Details: West Pennant Hills Community Church, Eaton Road. Details: 8812 2785.


Performance: Performers under 25 needed for musical theatre group with rehearsals on Wednesday, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Roles on stage and behind the scenes. Rehearsals, Thursdays, 7.30pm-10pm. Details: 0408 499 899.

Parents Without Partners: Tennis, Castle Hill, Wednesdays, 7.30pm, Fred Caterson Reserve. Details: Lillian, 9634 7502.

North Rocks Seniors: Meet Wednesdays, 9am, Seniors Hall, 2a Farnell Avenue, behind tennis courts. Carpet bowls, snooker, cards, bus trips, lunches. Details: Ruth Bray, 9980 6813.

Vision: Support group for people with changing vision meets at 10.30am at Castle Hill RSL, last Wednesday of the month. Details: Jack, 9680 2660 or Paul, 9614 5486.

Rotary Castle Hill: Meets on Wednesdays, 6.30pm-7pm, Castle Hill Country Club, Spurway Drive. Details: 9634 2499.

Ladies Probus of Baulkham Hills: Meets on third Wednesday, 10am at Baulkham Hills Sports Club. Details: 9899 5107.

Probus Club of the Hills: This men’s club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Wesley Uniting Church in Showground Road, at 9.30am. Details: Peter, 88503805.

Powertalk international: Meets 7.30pm, Baulkham Hills Sporting Club, Renown Road, every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Details: Christine Hardy, 0416111130.

Parramatta View Club: Meet at Parramatta RSL Club on the first Wednesday of each month, 11am for 11.30am meeting followed by lunch and a guest speaker. Details: Rosemary, 9683 2337 or Pamela, 9631 4149.

African drumming: Beginners. All levels welcome, Wednesdays during school term at 7pm. Details: Lorien Novalis School, 456 Old Northern Road, Dural. Cost: $25 a class. Bookings: Michele Marie, 0417 141 262,,

The Hills women’s group: For ages 50-65. Social get-togethers, first Wednesday of month, 10.30am, Victoria Avenue Cafe, shop 33, Home Hub Centre North, Victoria Avenue, Castle Hill. Call: Connie, 0425 253 474 or Teresa, 0419 300 264.


Yoga: Stretch and relax, Thursdays, 7pm, West Pennant Hills. Suitable for everyone. Bookings: 0405 934 302 or

Oakhill Community Toastmasters: Meets first and third Thursdays of the month at Castle Hill. Improve skills. Details: Trevor, 0418863685. The Hills District club meets every second Tuesday at Castle Hill RSL, 7pm. Details: or 0408 968 133.

Tai Chi: 7pm at Baulkham Hills. Details: 0421 282 833.

Let’s Moove’n’Groove: Rock’n’roll dance classes Thursdays at Castle Hill Bowling Club. Fundamentals, 7pm, Fundamentals II, 8pm, intermediate 8.30pm. Singles or couples with no experience welcome. Details: Amanda, or 8786 1220.


BNI Summit Meeting: Meets Fridays, 7am-8.30am at the Nexus Cafe, 4 Columbia Court, Norwest Business Park. RSVP: Jayson Jesus, or 0404 057 573.

Retirees: Sydney Hills District Branch of AIR welcomes new members to their monthly meetings every first Friday of the month, 10am, Pennant Hills Bowling Club, Yarrara Road, Pennant Hills. Details: or 9634 1186.

Life Church Youth Program: Fortnightly 8pm, corner Kings and Showground roads, Castle Hill. Details: 9680 9144,


JP services: Cherrybrook Shopping Village, 10am-noon. Details: Kay, 8812 2479.

Tutoring: Free year 12 HSC extension 2 maths tutorials on Saturdays, 9am-11am by experienced maths teachers at Grace Christian Church, 45/9 Salisbury Road, Castle Hill. Details: 9873 3708 or 0414 937 081.


Life Church Meeting: 10am, corner Kings and Showground roads, Castle Hill, includes kids program for 1 to 12 year-olds. A family church with contemporary worship, practical life messages and fun educational programs for children. Details: 96809144,


English Classes: Beginners to advanced. Morning tea and creche provided. Mondays during school term, 9.30am-noon, St Mark’s Anglican Church, Pennant Hills. Cost: $2 a week. Details: Amanda, 0429 465 950.

Music: Music classes for pre-schoolers at Balcombe Heights Estate, Baulkham Hills on Thursdays; Beaumont Hills Community Centre on Wednesdays; Castle Grand Community Centre, Castle Hill and Wrights Road Community Centre, Kellyville on Mondays. Details: 9688 7207 or

Castle Hill Lions: Meet second Mondays, 7.30pm at Castle Hill RSL.

Rotary: The Hills-Kellyville club meets at Castle Hill Tavern, 25 Victoria Avenue, at 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Details: 0410 598 026.

Rotary: Club of West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook meet 6.30pm at Springfield House, New Line Road, Dural. Details:

Yoga: Mondays, 11am, and Thursdays, 9.30am, at Don Moore Community Centre, North Rocks Road, Carlingford. Beginners welcome; child-minding. Details: Jenny, 9639 1938.

Bridge: Play bridge on Saturdays, 12.45pm, no partner required. Also Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, 12.45pm, need a partner at Barton Hall, Hopetoun Anglican Retirement Village, corner Old Northern and Castle Hill roads, Castle Hill. Mondays is played at Dover Hall in the village. Details: Kathleen, 9680 1580,


One to One Support Group: Provides volunteers to visit elderly and isolated people in their own home who need/or would like companionship. Details: Hills Community Aid, 9639 8620.

Youth: Calling all teens aged 17-20. New to Australia and finding it hard to settle and make new friends? Then join this social group. Details: 0409 210 593.

Model-helicopter flying: Join other beginners to help each other get electric helicopters off the ground. Details: Ken, 963 41736 (mention ‘‘flying’’ if leaving a message).

North Rocks Scouts: Join Joeys (age 6-8), Cubs (8-11), Scouts (11-15) or Venturers (5-17). Amenities include kitchen, outdoor area. Details: Cassie, 0408 293 077.

Dance: Geetanjali Dance School teaches Indian classical and Bollywood dances on weekends at Baulkham Hills. Details: 9899 4961 or 0414 925 527.

Dance: 7pm-8pm, Wrights Road Community Centre, corner Harrington Avenue and Wrights Road, Kellyville. Details: Terasa, 9686 9502.

U3A: University of the Third Age regular courses for retirees, including book and writing groups, history. Details: 9671 2284.

421 Fellowship Group: St Paul’s Anglican Church, Castle Hill. Monthly activities such as dining out, visiting interesting places, events, walks, picnics, concerts, theatre, parties. Details: 9872 1137.

Social: For single, working people, 50-60, who want to join in functions such as restaurant nights, live shows, movies, weekends away and Sunday outings. Details: 0413 022 773 after 7pm.

Canasta: Bolivian canasta, 1pm, Castle Hill RSL Club. New players welcome. Details: Elsie, 9629 9138.

Social: Dural and Districts Senior Citizens Club for people 50 and over.

Line dancing: Rouse Hill, Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm; Stanhope Gardens, Thursdays, 6pm-9pm; Glenwood, Wednesdays, 8pm-9.30pm, Thursdays, 1pm-2.30pm. Details: 547752. Also: Castle Hill RSL on Thursdays, 7.30pm-9pm; and Friday, 1pm-2.30pm. Details: Belinda, 0409 606 514.

Life Church: Sundays, 10am, Friday fortnightly youth programs, 8pm, corner Kings and Showground roads, Castle Hill. Details or 9680 9144.

Scrapbooking: Free daily classes at Dural. Details: 8004 1900.

Croquet: Thursday and Saturday mornings. All ages, all levels. Details: 9624 3129.

Art classes: Saturday kids’ art, room 3, Turner Buildings, Balcombe Heights, 9.30am, for primary  and secondary schoolers. Details: Bernadette, 0414 588 670.

Charity knitting, crocheting: Donate wool for items to raise funds for medical equipment at Westmead Hospital. Leave on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am-2pm, at red-brick Turner Buildings 4 and 5, Office of Learning in The Hills, Balcombe Heights Community Buildings, 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills. Details: Robin, 0422 157 957.

Parents Again: A support group for grandparents who have full-time care of their grandchildren,  at The Hills Club, Jenner Street, Baulkham Hills. Details: The Hills Community Aid and Information Service, 9639 8620.

Social: The Hills Motor Scooter Group is looking for riders  interested in joining an informal group for mid-week rides on a monthly basis. Details: Kerry, 9899 7383 or

Bingo: Electronic, paperless bingo sessions at West Pennant Hills Sports Club, Monday-Friday, 10.30am; Tuesday and Thursday, 7.30pm. Details: 9980 8500.

Seniors: Join Computer Pals for Seniors The Hills for cheap tuition. Details: 9899 9131 or

Spoken Word Church: Meets room 5, Rouse Hill Community Centre, Clower Avenue, 10.30am-1pm, Sundays. Details: 9629 5176 or 0407 744 288.

Tai Chi and qigong: Free introductory day or night class at Winston Hills, Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill. Details: 9686 2282. 

The Hills Motor Scooter Group: Join an informal group for mid-week rides every month. Details: Kerry, 8856 4794,

Yoga: For kids aged 7-12, Thursdays at Crestwood Guide Hall, Baulkham Hills. Adult classes on Fridays after  school drop-off. Beginners welcome. Details: 0403 320 257.

Fitness: Low impact, step, circuit, new body and yoga, Monday to Friday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Don Moore Community Centre, North Rocks Road, Carlingford. Call Jenny, 9639 1938 or 0418 418 074.

Women: Take a Break is a women’s ministry at the Castle Hill Baptist Church. Meets 9.30am-11am for: cooking demos; crafts, flower arranging, cake decorating; talks on social concerns; short Bible talk; morning tea. Details:

One to One Support Group: Provides volunteers to visit frail and isolated people needing companionship. Volunteers usually visit weekly for an hour. Details: 9639 8620.

Tax help: Trained ATO volunteers will assist people on low income with their tax return. Bookings: The Hills Community Aid and Information Service, 9639 8620. Also provides Northwest No Interest Loans. Scheme provides low-income applicants with no interest loans to buy essential items (fridges, furniture).

Cumberland Theatre Guild: Lessons in drama, music, dance productions and workshops in acting, stage management, set design and construction, lighting, directing. Details: John, 9639 4306 (after 8pm). 

Music: Harmonix Concert Band rehearses 7.30pm at Castle Hill Senior Citizens Centre, McMullen Avenue. Details: 9873 4386.

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