Your local community calendar

THURSDAY 

  • Supported playgroup: Fairfield City Council offers a free playgroup to families who have a young child with a developmental delay or disability at Bonnyrigg Early Learning Centre on Thursdays, 10am-noon. Stay and play in a safe environment designed for your child. Sessions include specialist therapy supports that are targeted to your child’s development. Details: 9724 7948. 
  • Seniors welcome: Moorebank Happy Seniors meet every Thursday at Moorebank Community Centre, corner Maddecks Avenue and Lucas Avenue, 10am-2pm, for morning tea and games. The group welcomes senior residents to come along and meet new friends, and also offers monthly outings. Details: 9600 0600 
  • Learn English: Residents can attend an English language class at Sadleir on Thursdays. Lessons cater to beginners, intermediate and advanced students and include reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, listening and speaking skills. A team of volunteers run morning classes from 10am-noon and evening classes from 7.30pm-9pm at St Mark’s Anglican Church, corner of Heckenberg Avenue and Spica Street Sadleir. Details: 9607 7547. 
  • Bike rides: Held every Thursday, 9.30am-noon, from the WSCN bike shed at the back of Fairfield showground, off Moonlight Road, Prairiewood. Up to 30 kilometres of easy, slow paced social riding with a coffee stop before return. Must have a roadworthy bike and obey all road rules. Under 18s accompanied by an adult. Free. Details: Bob Ward, 9724 1520. 
  • Craft group: Organised by The Parks Community Network Inc, 9.30am-11.30am, every Thursday at Prairiewood Youth And Community Centre. Cost $5. Details: 9609 7400. Alcoholics anonymous: Group meets every Thursday, noon-1.30pm, at 1 Dale Street, Fairfield. Organised by the Oakdene House Foundation, which advocates abstinence as a path to recovery and supports the 12 step programs of addiction. OHF is a smoke-free, drug free and alcohol free work environment. Admission is free. Details: Mark Henson, 0410 714 510. 

FRIDAY 

  • Call for artwork: The Benevolent Society’s transformative See Me Hear Me Fairfield art exhibition is being held at Club Marconi from March 22 to April 8. Anyone living with mental illness in the local area is eligible to submit artwork which can include drawings, paintings, small sculptures, poetry and photography. Works must be submitted by Friday, March 4. Space is limited so don’t miss out. Details: Michelle Brown, 0439 501 225 or email: Michelle.Brown@benevolent.org.au. 
  • Seniors Walking Group: Meets at the back of Fairfield Leisure Centre car park in Vine Street every Friday at 9.30am for walks of 45 to 60 minutes. Details: Robert, 0422 933 612 or 9724 1520. 
  • Latin dance class:Learn a variety of styles of partner dancing including salsa, bachata and cha cha. every Friday in Lansvale, 8.30pm-9.30pm. Cost $15. Details: Derek Vuong, 0412 550 855. 
  • Spanish book club: Club Literario en Espanol (Castellano) meets 11am-1pm on the first Friday of the month at Bonnyrigg Library, Bonnyrigg Place, Bonnyrigg Avenue. Group is ideal for those who enjoy talking about books. All you need is a current library card. Entry is free. Details: Maria Rosa Lopez, 9725 0339. 
  • Yoga class: Meets every Friday at Cecil Hills Community Centre, 5 Sandringham Drive, Cecil Hills, 10am-11am. Learn from a qualified and experienced instructor how to master the art of yoga. Cost is $8 per class. Details: 9600 0600. 

SATURDAY 

  • Fairfield City Markets: Every Saturday, 9am-4pm at Fairfield Showground in the covered area behind the grandstands. More than 600 stalls, free entry and lots of parking. Goods range from clothing and toys to groceries and household items. Entry via Smithfield Road, Prairiewood. To find out about stall availability call 9725 2333. 
  • Support group: PFLAG (Support Group for Parents/Family/Friends of Lesbian and Gay Children) will hold their monthly family meeting on Saturday, February 27, 2pm, at Wesley Lodge Motel, 175 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead. The group is open to anyone from the south-west and western suburbs of Sydney. Off-street parking available. Details: Judy, 0439 466 125 or www.pflagaustralia.org.au. 

MONDAY 

  • Pilates classes: Every Monday, 7pm-8pm, and Wednesday, 9am-10am, at Community Action Services Australia, Brian Wunsch Centre, 126 Avoca Road, Wakeley, next to the Fairfield Council building. Cost $10 (conditions apply). Details: Rossana, 0423 141 523. 
  • Polish song and dance ensemble: Lajkonik invites children with Polish connections, aged 5-12, to take part in Polish folk singing and dancing at All Saints Parish Hall, George Street, Liverpool, on Mondays, 6.30pm-8pm. Qualified teachers ensure children love learning about their heritage and gain performance and language skills. Social and family atmosphere. First lesson is free. Details: Ursula, 0418 265 271. 
  • Social group: The Lurnea right side 50s group meets each Monday for morning tea, bingo and cards. They meet at George Banks Hall, corner of Hill and Wonga roads Lurnea 10am-2pm. Cost: $2 on activity days and $4 on meeting days. Details: 9600 0600. 
  • Playgroup fun: Parents, carers and children under five years of age are invited to join Cecil Hills Playgroup at Cecil Hills Community Centre, 162 Sandringham Drive on Mondays and Thursdays, 10am-noon for games, activities, craft and music. Cost: $3 a family per week. Details: 9600 0600. 

TUESDAY 

  • Get fit: Fairfield Council is offering free outdoor training sessions with qualified instructors at Fairfield Park, off Vine Street from Tuesday, March 1, every Tuesday and Thursday for six weeks, 9.15am-10.30am. until 7 April (six weeks). You can also receive a free fitness assessment before and after the program. People of all fitness levels are welcome. Details: 9725 0271 or 131 450 for an interpreter and quote 9725 0271. 
  • Gentle exercise: Class meets at Casula Community Centre, 39 Ingham Drive, Casula every Tuesday,12.30pm-1.15pm. Learn from a qualified instructor how to improve your balance, coordination and general fitness. This class is suitable for both men and women. Cost is $5 per class. Details: 9600 0600. 
  • Lurnea Playgroup: Games, activities, craft and music on Tuesdays and Wednesday at George Bates Hall, corner Hill Road and Wonga roads, 9.30am-11.30am. Parents, carers and children under five years old are invited to attend. Cost is $2 per child or $3 per family each day. Details: 9600 0600. 
  • Art group: Meets every Tuesday, 10am-1pm at Canley Heights RSL Club, 26 Humphries Road, Wakeley. The group paints in oils, acrylics and water paints, and members bring their own canvas and paints. Cost $2. Details: Peggy, 9609 2797. 
  • Women’s group: An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Group will run at Bonnyrigg Community Centre, 1pm-3pm, the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. It is open to women living within the Fairfield local government area. Activities will include arts and craft and yarning. Entry is free. Details: Cathy, 0414 336 785 or Wendy, 0414 964 657

REGULAR EVENTS

  • For seniors: Local seniors can enjoy bingo, trivia and monthly outings  with the Casula Seniors Group. Tea and coffee is provided. Cost: $4 a week. The group will meet at Casula Community Centre from 10.30am to 1pm at 39 Ingham Drive, Casula. Details: 9600 0600.
  • Women’s health: Appointments are available for the Women’s Health Nurse at the Well Woman’s Clinic, 11 Gallop Street, Warwick Farm. The free confidential service includes PAP tests, breast checks, cardiovascular disease screening, pregnancy checks, postnatal checks and general women’s health information. Details: 9600 0600.
  • Volunteers needed: South West Community Transport is a HACC funded program providing community transport to the frail aged, younger people with disabilities and their carers in the Fairfield, Liverpool, Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly areas. The service needs volunteers to join the team as drivers, carers or administration assistants. Full training is provided and expenses are reimbursed. Details: 9603 2106 or visit swct.com.au.
  • Family history: Liverpool Geneology Society has a room at Liverpool Regional Museum, corner of the Hume Highway and Congressional Drive. Volunteers are on hand to help residents start researching local, Australian and overseas family histories. It is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am-3.30pm. Details: 9822 8360.
  • Women’s Health Centre: The Liverpool Women’s Health Centre hosts a range of activities and groups, including tai chi for health, a laughter club, strategies for good health, self care matters, and healthy heart workshop. Details: 9601 3555.
  • Volunteers sought: Karitane Linking Families is a volunteer service assisting local families a few hours a week through volunteer home visits. Training is provided. Details: Teresa or Bobbi, 9754 2655.
  • Liverpool U3A: Ideal for over 50s looking for an interesting way to spend their time. Courses and groups available in arts and craft, computers, creative writing, euchre, French, gardening, history, meditation, numerology, tai chi, brain sharpening, understanding gadgets, yoga and walking. Annual membership is $35. Meets at Dr Pirie Centre, corner of Bigge and Moore streets, Liverpool. Details: 9601 5574.
  • Cancer support: The Cancer Council South West Community Office seeks volunteers to provide support and information to cancer patients.  Interview and two days training involved. Details: Janice, 9354 2051.
  • Carer line: A free telephone information and support service specifically for and about carers, providing access to information, emotional support and referrals to a range of services. Call 1800 242 636, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
  • Walking group: Stockland walking group meets from 8am in the food court at Stockland Wetherill Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 30-minute walks. To register your attendance, visit the Stockland Wetherill Park Customer Care Centre or call 9609 7766.

PLEASE NOTE: Entries for this diary from community groups and non-profit organisations need to reach us nine days before anticipated publication. Because of space restrictions, there is no guarantee that entries will run. Email to alison.adams@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

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