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 email@example.com.
FOR PARENTS: PFLAG, the support group for parents, family and friends of lesbian and gay children will meet on Saturday, May 27 from 2pm at Wesley Lodge Motel, 175 Hawkesbury Road. Westmead. Off-street parking is available. Details: Judy, 0439 466 125 or go to www.pflagaustralia.org.au.
ANNULMENT SEMINAR: Annual seminar on annulments in the Catholic Church will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 7pm-9pm, at Blacktown. The cost is $7 and registration is essential. Details: Rita, 8822 2222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEAVE A STAR: Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown host a ‘Star Weave Jam’ group on Mondays at 1.30pm. Learn how to create beautiful stars, which will be used in a ‘Million Stars against Domestic Violence’ installation at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Bookings and details: 9831 2070 or email email@example.com.
DO IT YOURSELF: Roll up your sleeves and learn handy do-it-yourself skills this month at Bunnings Warehouse Blacktown, Marsden Park and Seven Hills adult workshops. Held every Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, the free workshops focus on a wide range of projects and provide expert tips and tricks. They include home organisation on May 27 and 28. Children can also join in the fun at the free Kids D.I.Y. Workshops, held in-store every Saturday and Sunday. Details: 8887 4100 (Blacktown), 9838 2200 (Marsden Park) and 9679 3300 (Seven Hills) or visit the website bunnings.com.au.
SIMPLY VOICES: A choir for senior citizens needs males in the tenor/bass range aged over 50. No audition required. The group practises Monday afternoons at Bowman Hall, Campbell Street, Blacktown. Friendly atmosphere and a top class musical directors. A chance to just enjoy singing. Details: Ken Freeman, 9624 5216.
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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. Next dates for the pantry are June 5 and 19 and July 3, 17 and 31. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 FOR KIDS: Children’s art classes in drawing, watercolours, oil painting, acrylics, folk art, pastels and craft are conducted by Blacktown Art and Crafts Group in the Trevor Toms Pavilion, Blacktown Showground off Kent Street, Blacktown, on Tuesdays 4pm-6pm, Wednesdays 4pm-6pm and 6pm-8pm. Adult art classes are held Tuesdays 1pm-3pm and 7pm-9pm. Phone 9654 0570 or 0402 922 659.
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.
BLACKTOWN KNITTERS NEED YOU: Knit into Blacktown for love each week at the Max Webber Library. 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 from 1pm on Thursdays.