Preschool gets grant

Preschool gets grant

Mulgoa MP visited the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Nepean Preschool to meet children who will benefit from a $7200 grant for building improvements under the NSW Community Building Partnership Program.

The preschool caters for children with vision or hearing loss.

The funds will be used for a retractable awning adjoining a room used for teaching and therapy.

"This will allow staff to incorporate outdoor gross motor [activity] with language development," said institute chief executive Chris Rehn.

Details: ridbc.org.au.

Five days to better youth ways

The Department of Education and Communities Western Sydney Region has joined the Foundation for Young Australians, Penrith PCYC, Penrith Panthers, Penrith Council and Mul-T-Security Penrith to deliver Worlds of Work - WOW.

The five-day program aims to build skills young people need to make a successful shift to further education or the working world.

Penrith PCYC manager Karen Quinn has provided the club as the base for WOW. School careers advisers will run success-focused sessions.

Artists write with light

Two fine-arts graduates of the Nepean TAFE will bring Sydney's annual Head On Photo Festival to the Blue Mountains next month.

As part of the festival, artists Marcela Vilaplana and Lenore Gee will hold a joint exhibition titled Vestiges at Gallery Blackheath in June.

Between them, the Nepean TAFE graduates have exhibited in a number of photographic prizes and they hope that the prominent nature of the Head On festival will help to promote photographic art in the western Sydney region.

Details: headon.com.au.

See the transit of Venus

The University of Western Sydney invites residents to visit its Penrith campus observatory to witness one of the rarest observation events, the transit of Venus, on June 6, when the planet Venus passes directly between Earth and the the sun.

Miroslav Filipovic, director of the UWS Observatory, says the university's computerised telescopes will be fitted with special solar and prominence filters for the occasion.

"The transit is an extremely important event," Associate Professor Filipovic said.

The transits occur in pairs, in cycles of more than 100 years. James Cook arrived in Tahiti in 1769 to observe the second of a pair eight years apart. The next transits took place in 1874 and 1882.

Bookings are essential.

Details: 4736 0135 or email r.mccourt@uws.edu.au.

Great prizes for mums

Netball legend Liz Ellis is joining with Telstra to recognise and reward the unsung heroes of netball by awarding the Telstra NetMum title to one mum, who will win a seat at the 2012 ANZ Championship grand final.

Finalists will receive a $500 Westfield shopping spree, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G plus signed netball merchandise.

To enter, go to facebook.com/telstranetboys and tell us in 100 words or less why your mum is special and deserves to be rewarded.

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