Chinese new year

Chinese new year

Blacktown Council will celebrate Chinese New Year this Friday (January 31) with a festival at Nurragingy Reserve's Chang Lai Chinese Garden, 6-9pm.

Everyone is invited to this free, family friendly event.

There will be live entertainment, roving shows, magic show, solo dancers, fortune teller, fruit carvers, Tai Chi performances, Chinese food stalls, lion dancing and a fireworks at 9pm.

The inaugural event will be hosted within the Chang Lai Chinese Garden built to commemorate the Sister City bond between Blacktown and the Liaocheng Municipal Government in China.

Chang Lai Chinese Garden is located in Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside.

Pre-natal exercise

Expectant mothers can keep healthy during their pregnancy through the aqua natal program at Blacktown Leisure Centre, Stanhope Gardens.

The eight-week, water-based exercise program is designed for expectant mothers through to new mums from six weeks postnatal.

It's led by a fitness leader trained to manage pre and post-natal exercises.

Industry professionals will discuss infant first aid, nutrition, pelvic floor exercises and baby massage.

Program benefits include improved fitness posture and relief from back strain, increased muscular strength and stamina.

Morning classes start next Monday (February 3) at 10.30am.

Evening classes start next Tuesday (February 4) at 6pm.

Classes run concurrently with the school term.

Details: 9421 2600 or go to

This story Chinese new year first appeared on St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.