DIARY | Be involved in our community

HELLO NEIGHBOUR: Cold, rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the 600 people who attended Neighbour Day in Fairfield last month. The free event hosted by Community First Step included cultural activities and performances as well as fun for all ages.

HELLO NEIGHBOUR: Cold, rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the 600 people who attended Neighbour Day in Fairfield last month. The free event hosted by Community First Step included cultural activities and performances as well as fun for all ages.

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THURSDAY

Help homeless women: Share the Dignity have launched their annual Dignity Drive, which ensures homeless women have access to sanitary products. Until April 30 you can donate a pack of tampons, menstrual cups, incontinence pads, or specialist sanitary underwear at White Lady Funerals, 124-128 Elizabeth Drive, Liverpool from 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Sunday, and help ease the financial burden of a period for homeless women. Share the Dignity volunteers will collect donated products and distribute throughout May to domestic abuse shelters and drop-in centres.

Liverpool Knitters Group: Invites all members of the community to attend, share their knitting skills and learn new ones at Liverpool City Library every Thursday during school terms, 10am-noon. Participants can work on their own or community projects and experience the gentle art of knitting in a friendly and supportive group. Bring your own knitting supplies. No bookings required.

Tai-chi classes: Improve general health and emotional wellbeing on Thursdays, 2pm-3pm, at Core Community Services, 41 Peel Street, Canley Heights. Classes run by certified Tai-Chi Fitness Australia instructor. Cost: $36 (nine sessions). Details: Julie, 9728 4973.

Moorebank Happy Seniors: Meet Thursdays at Moorebank Community Centre, corner Maddecks Avenue and Lucas Avenue, 10am-2pm, for morning tea and games. Group welcomes senior residents to come along and meet new friends. Also monthly outings. Details: 9600 0600.

Supported playgroup: Fairfield Council offers a free playgroup to families with a young child with developmental delay or disability at Bonnyrigg Early Learning Centre, Thursdays, 10am-noon. Stay and play in a safe environment designed for your child. Sessions include specialist therapy supports targeted to your child. Details: 9724 7948.

Learn English: Lessons cater to beginners, intermediate and advanced students and include reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, listening and speaking skills. Volunteers run morning classes 10am-noon, evening classes 7.30pm-9pm at St Mark’s Anglican Church, corner Heckenberg Avenue and Spica Street, Sadleir. Details: 9607 7547.

Bike rides: Thursdays, 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 coffee stop before return. Must have a roadworthy bike and obey all road rules. Under-18s to be with an adult. Free. Details: Bob Ward, 9724 1520.

Craft group: Run by Parks Community Network, 9.30am-11.30am, Thursdays at Prairiewood Youth and Community Centre. Cost: $5. Details: 9609 7400.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Group meets Thursdays, noon-1.30pm, 1 Dale Street, Fairfield. Organised by Oakdene House Foundation, which advocates abstinence as a path to recovery and supports the 12-step programs of addiction. Oakdene is smoke-free, drug-free, alcohol-free. Free entry. Details: Mark Henson, 0410 714 510.

FRIDAY

​​Lest we forget: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Camden Valley Way, Leppington is hosting a special Anzac Day memorial service on Friday, April 21 from 10am. Details: forestlawn.com.au.

Early Days Program: Workshop for children on the autism spectrum on Friday, April 28, 10am-1pm at Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown. Get help to understand the critical building blocks for social interaction and communication and gain practical strategies that will encourage skill development in everyday activities. Free but registrations essential. Details: 8977 8353 or email edworkshops@autismspectrum.org.au.

Travelling exhibition: In collaboration with the National Australia Day Council and the National Museum of Australia, Liverpool City Library presents an exhibition celebrating the Australian of the Year Awards. It features objects, selected by each state and territory recipient, that have deep personal significance and tell us something about the recipient’s life, aspirations and experiences. It’s in the Heritage Exhibition Space until Thursday, May 25.

Clothes Box: At Heckenberg Connections, Oliveri Hall,1 Tantangara Street, Heckenberg every Friday and Tuesday, 9.30am-12.30pm. Second-hand clothing for babies to adults available. Grab some bargains.

Crafties Social Group: At Westacott Cottage, 107 Railway Parade, Canley Vale. Bring your knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, spinning, weaving, patchwork, paper craft, scrapbooking or beading for company, chatter, fun, coffee and to share ideas and knowledge. The group meets every Friday, 9.30am-noon, and on the first Saturday of each month (except public holiday weekends), 9.30am-noon. Cost: $2. All welcome. Details: Nerida, 0403 270 213.

Thrive Boys Group: Meets Fridays at Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 11 Gallop Street, Warwick Farm, 3pm-5.15pm. For boys aged 12-16 to enjoy sport activities, health and fitness, guest speakers, video games. Thrive aims to challenge, strengthen and grow young men. Details: 9600 0600.

Senior walkers: Meet at the back of Fairfield Leisure Centre car park in Vine Street Fridays at 9.30am for walks of 45 to 60 minutes. Details: Robert, 0422 933 612 or 9724 1520.

Latin dance: 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. Free entry. Details: Maria Rosa Lopez, 9725 0339.

Yoga class: Meets Fridays at Cecil Hills Community Centre, 5 Sandringham Drive, 10am-11am. Learn from a qualified and experienced instructor how to master the art of yoga. Cost: $8 (class). Details: 9600 0600.

Active seniors: Meets at Moorebank Community Centre, corner of Maddecks and Lucas Avenues, Moorebank, Fridays, 9am-11am, for social gatherings, activities and outings. Details:  0420 828 200.

SATURDAY

High tea: Presented by Quota International of Liverpool in the ballroom of The Warwick, Hume Highway, Warwick Farm on Saturday, April 29, 1.30pm-4.30pm. There will be entertainment by opera singers  The Abrakmanov Family and prizes for best dressed, best hat and many more. All proceeds go to Liverpool Hospital’s High Risk Foot Service. Tickets are $50. Bookings essential. Details: Robyn Weddes, 0438 460 746, email robyn.rainbow@gmail.com or Kerrie Oxlade, 0438 232 601, email livquota@yahoo.com.

Spirituality and Happiness: Free seminar at Prestons Christian Centre Hall, Kookaburra Road, Prestons, on Saturday, April 29 from 8pm. Speaker is Dr VS Athota of Notre Dame University. Dr Athota studied theology at Morling College, Sydney and the Talbot School of Theology in the USA. Details: Nadia, 0425 363 267 or email Sagar.athota@nd.edu.au

Assyrian language classes: At Assyrian Diqlat School. Saturdays, 10am-1pm, Fairfield High School, Horsley Drive and St John Park High School, Mimosa Road. For ages five to adult. Details: Khanna, 0417 555 002 or secretary@assyrianaustralian.org.au or assyrianaustralian.org.au.

Liverpool Historical Society: Local history events for members. For $12 annual membership members can attend a meeting and then tour a historic building or location. Details: Glen, 0403 107 496.

Ingleburn Social Tennis: Wants to hear from anyone interested in having a game on Saturdays, 2pm-5pm. Details: Marie, 4628 4947.

Meditation: Free sessions run by the Heartfulness Institute in the Silver Room at Liverpool library every Saturday, 10am-11am. Details: heartfulness.org.

Fairfield City Markets: Saturdays, 9am-4pm, 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. Enter via Smithfield Road, Prairiewood. Details, stall availability: 9725 2333.

MONDAY

Ingham family exhibition:  On display at Liverpool Regional Museum, 462 Hume Highway, until the end of June are significant items from the History Room of the Ingham Building which reflect the family’s long-standing contribution to the Liverpool community. They include the saddle belonging to the champion thoroughbred race horse Octagonal, and other items from the family’s personal collection. Details: 9602 0315.

Stitch one chat two: Calling all crafty types. Take your needles, hooks, thread, wool, whatever it is you work with, and enjoy a social morning’s stitch and chat with other creative folk. All skill levels are welcome. Sessions are at: Carnes Hill Library every Monday 10am-noon; Miller Library every Tuesday 10am-noon; Casula Library every Thursday 10am-noon; Moorebank Library every Friday 10am-noon; and Green Valley Library every Saturday 10am-11.45am. Details: http://mylibrary.liverpool.nsw.gov.au.

Active Girl: If you’re 15 to 25 and female you’re invited to join this free fitness program At Warwick Farm. There are no levels and no judgement and you can join any time. Every term there will be a different fitness activity. On Mondays, 4pm-5.30pm, at 11 Gallop Street. Wear comfortable and flexible clothing and sports shoes and bring a bottle of water and a smile.

Hatha Yoga: Flow-style classes from beginners to intermediate are now running Thursday and Monday nights, 7pm-8pm, Core Community Services, 41 Peel Street, Canley Heights. Yoga is great for increasing flexibility, improving breathing, relieving stress, calming the mind, improving your sleep and toning and strengthening your body. Cost: $5 (session). Bring your own mat. Details: Jason, 0411 255 881.

English classes: Free conversational classes begin on Monday, February 6, 11.15am-12.15pm, at Core Community Services, 41 Peel Street, Canley Heights. Details: Julie, 9728 4973.

Lurnea ROSES: Meet on Mondays, 4pm-6.30pm, at George Bates Hall, corner of Hill and Wonga Roads. Join a group that assists you with weight loss. Weigh in and join in discussions about nutrition and tips on weight loss. Joining fee $8, then $4 week. Details: 9600 0600.

Right side of 50 group: Meets at George Bates Hall, corner of Hill and Wonga Roads, Lurnea on Mondays, 10am-1.30pm. Enjoy games, bingo, guest speakers and monthly outings. Cost: $4 (week). Details: 9600 0600.

Westside Youth project: An exciting new youth program that offers health and fitness, computer skills and cooking classes as well as homework and assignment help for ages 12-25 at Frank Oliveri Hall, 1 Tantangara Street, Heckenberg, Monday to Thursday, 3pm-5.30pm. Details: 9600 0600.

Pilates: Classes Mondays, 7pm-8pm and Wednesdays, 9am-10am, Community Action Services Australia, Brian Wunsch Centre, 126 Avoca Road, Wakeley, next to Fairfield Council building. Cost: $10 (conditions apply). Details: Rossana, 0423 141 523.

Polish song’n’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 free. Details: Ursula, 0418 265 271.

Cecil Hills Playgroup: For parents, carers and under 5s. Cecil Hills Community Centre, 162 Sandringham Drive, Mondays and Thursdays, 10am-noon for games, activities, craft, music. Cost: $3 family (week). Details: 9600 0600.

TUESDAY

Kids Karate: At Sadleir Scouts Hall, corner Celebration and Dundee Streets, Tuesdays, 6pm-7pm, from age 5. Cost $10 (session). Details: 0418 273 420.

Gentle exercise: Class meets at Casula Community Centre, 39 Ingham Drive, Casula every Tuesday,12.30pm-1.15pm. Come and enjoy some gentle exercise and learn from a qualified instructor how to improve your balance, co-ordination and general fitness. This class is suitable for both men and women. Cost: $5 class. Details: 9600 0600.

Women’s group: Social activities, speakers and raising money for charity are on offer at Moorebank Evening VIEW Club, which meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6.30pm at Moorebank Hotel. Next meeting is March 21. They also enjoy lunches twice a month on Wednesdays at various cafes. Cost of dinner $22. Details: Dianne, 9730 3344.

Heckenberg Seniors: Meet every Tuesday, 11am-2pm, at Heckenberg Busby Community Centre, 30 Green Valley Road, Heckenberg. Have a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy meeting new friends as well as participating in a variety of interesting activities and monthly outings. 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. For parents, carers and children under 5. Cost $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. New artists welcome. Cost $2. Details: Peggy, 9609 2797.

Women’s group: 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. Free entry. Details: Cathy, 0414 336 785 or Wendy, 0414 964 657.

WEDNESDAY

Fairfield Anxiety Disorder: Support group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7pm at Fairfield Community Centre. The next meeting will be on April 26. The support group is open to people with anxiety disorders and their friends and family.  It’s for over 18s and is not suitable for people with schizophrenia or PTSD. Details: Rachel, 9339 6013 or email supportgroups@wayahead.org.au

Men’s Shed: New members are sought for this community-based non-profit organisation which aims to provide a safe, friendly environment for men to work on meaningful projects. Members are mostly retirees with time on their hands and a desire to do something to help the community. Activities include carpentry, wood turning, computer work, metal fabrication and welding as well as table games and other hobbies. The Shed is at 31 Shepherd Street, Liverpool and operates on Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am-1pm. Membership $50 year plus $2 day for tea/coffee. Details: Alvan Freeman, 0401 717 104 or John Jewel, 0404 466 060.

Yoga with Teresa: Improve your health and wellbeing and gain more energy at weekly yoga classes. Cost $10. Classes Wednesdays 9.30am, Thursdays 7pm, Tuesdays 7pm at Cecil Hills Community Centre, Sandringham Drive. Bring mat, towel. Details: adcyoga.com.au or 0432 077 007 or Facebook (adcyogaforlife).

Fairfield City Camera Club: Meets at 7.30pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month at Share Care, 26 Green Valley Road, Heckenberg. Those interested in photography can join for regular lectures, competitions and workshops. Cost $50 year for one or $60 year for family. Details: Belinda, 0412 552 726 or fairfieldcitycameraclub.com.au.

Probus Prestons: Members meet at Mounties, Mount Pritchard on the third Wednesday of the month, 10am. For active retirees, singles and couples and offers formal meetings, guest speakers, outings, fellowship and fun. Meet like-minded people, enjoy social activities, morning tea, shows, low-cost outings. Lunch : $8 (optional). Details: Nolene, 9771 6130.

Tai-chi: Every Wednesday at Moorebank Community Centre, corner Nuwarra Road and Maddecks Avenue, Moorebank, 11.30am-12.30pm. Enjoy gentle and relaxing exercise for any age. Qualified instructor. Cost: $7 (session). Details: 9600 0600.

Heckenberg playgroup: Meets every Wednesday, 9.30am-11.30am, at Oliveri Hall, 1 Tantangara Street. Parents, carers and children under 5 invited to attend to meet new friends and enjoy games, craft, music. Free. Details: 9600 0600.

Slim and Trim: Meets every Wednesday, 9am-10.30am, at Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 11 Gallop Street, Warwick Farm. Do you want to be healthier? Get nutritional advice, discus your weight-loss problems, weigh in and meet new friends. Cost: $2 (week). Details: 9600 0600.

COMMUNITY

NSW Justices: Liverpool branch has six community desks, Liverpool Court House, Liverpool Moorebank Casula and Green Valley libraries and Carnes Hill Shopping Centre. JPs available at these sites for witnessing signatures and certifying documents. Times available on the NSWJA website, nswja.org.au or 0418 232 224. Liverpool branch meets at Liverpool Catholic Club, 7pm, on the third Thursday of the month (February to November).

Maltese Language School: invites students of all ages to learn the language, culture and history of the Maltese Islands. Lessons are on Saturday morning, Monday afternoon and evening and Wednesday afternoon and evening. Details: malteselanguageschoolnsw@hotmail.com.

Casula Seniors Group: Bingo, trivia and monthly outings. Tea, coffee provided. Cost: $4 (week). Meet at Casula Community Centre, 10.30am-1pm at 39 Ingham Drive. Details: 9600 0600.

Women’s health: Appointments available for women’s health nurse at the Well Woman’s Clinic, 11 Gallop Street, Warwick Farm. Free confidential service includes PAP tests, breast checks, cardiovascular disease screening, pregnancy checks, postnatal checks, 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 Genealogy Society has a room at Liverpool Regional Museum, corner Hume Highway and Congressional Drive. Volunteers on hand to help residents start researching local, Australian and overseas family histories. 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, 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 provided. Details: Teresa or Bobbi, 9754 2655.

Cancer support: Cancer Council South-West Community Office seeks volunteers to provide support and information to cancer patients. Interview and two days training. Details: Janice, 9354 2051.

Carer line: Free phone information and support service specifically for and about carers, providing access to information, emotional support and referrals to a range of services. Details: 1800 242 636 (weekdays, 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. Register your attendance: Stockland Wetherill Park Customer Care Centre or 9609 7766.

University of the Third Age: Over 50 and bored? Try Liverpool U3A for fun classes. Annual membership: $35. Art and craft classes, computers, creative writing, Euchre, French, gadgets for seniors, history, meditation, Rummikub, Tai-Chi, Yogalates, walking. Office is at the corner of Bigge and Moore streets. Details: 9601 5574.

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