What to see and do around Penrith this week.

BIG DOG: Gulliver the world's largest guide dog, will be on display when Dogs on Show visits Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs at Orchard Hills on Saturday. The event will showcase a wide range of dog activities and organisations. Details: guidedogs.com.au.
BIG DOG: Gulliver the world's largest guide dog, will be on display when Dogs on Show visits Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs at Orchard Hills on Saturday. The event will showcase a wide range of dog activities and organisations. Details: guidedogs.com.au.
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Fashion parade: Nepean Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual fashion parade of the Illawarra Knitters on Thursday, June 22 from 10am at St Stephen’s Anglican Church hall, High Street, Penrith. Entry is $10, and there will be a huge range of beautiful garments on display on the day as well as a raffle and lucky door prize. All proceeds go to the hospital. Please bring cash as there are no card facilities on the day. Details: June, 4721 2237.

Dance classes: Love Modern Jive is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers which allows people to meet, learn the skill of modern partner dancing and socialise in a healthy way. Lessons are for anyone over 18 and are held at the Castlereagh Hall, 1158 Castlereagh Road, Castlereagh every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.45pm. Cost is $10 for members or $15 casual per session. There is a special eight-week beginner’s course at $60 for singles and $100 for couples. Details: group president John Bates, 0414 531 273 (after 5pm only) or visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lovemodernjive.

Stamp Club: The Penrith and District Philatelic Society now meet at room 1, The Old School of Arts, 3, Castlereagh, Street, Penrith from 8.30pm on the first Thursday of the month. Visitors welcome. Details: 4733 3062.

Help at hand: Grow are small friendly groups formed to learn how to overcome anxiety, depression, and loneliness and improve mental health. A group meets every Thursday from 10am at the Community Health Centre, Soper Place, Penrith. 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.

Chance to learn: Classes are offered at the Adult Leisure Learning Centre, Penrith Uniting Church, 15 Evan Street, Penrith every Thursday, 9.30am-noon. Cost $2 plus items at various costs. Morning tea provided. Fun and friendship. Details: Valerie, 0421 324 158 or Pamela, 0417 041 842.

Volunteers sought: Interested in volunteering in your local community but not sure where to start? There are opportunities to connect with local non-profit organisations including aged care services, museums, driving, food services and more. Contact the Volunteer Referral Service Co-ordinator at Nepean Volunteer Services on 4731 6523.


Leonay Probus Club: Meets on the third Friday of every month at Emu Plains Golf Club from 9.30am. Members meet for fun, friendship and fellowship. There are guest speakers and an outing once a month. Details: 4735 5157.

Nepean Valley RSL Day Club: For all seniors meets every Friday, 10am-2pm, at the Senior Citizens Centre, Station Street, Penrith. It provides mental and physical stimulation by means of gentle, fun exercise, quizzes and activities on a themed basis, guest speakers and the occasional outing. The club is run by volunteers and more are always needed. The club is fun and everyone goes home with a smile on their face. Details: Jan Eaton, 4704 8506.

Singles group: Are you over 35, single and ready to dance the night away? Join the Social Meetup Group every Friday night from 8pm at Penrith RSL Club. You can meet and dance with other single, separated, divorced and widowed fun-loving mature singles from the Nepean region. Event details at: http://www.meetup.com/Penrith-Singles-35-to-55-Social-Meetup/ or phone Anton on 0418 254 229.

Volunteers needed: The Benevolent Society in Penrith needs volunteers to help their senior clients with social outings, doctor’s appointments and transport. If you are interested contact Lorraine Donato on 4720 1000.

Werrington Spiritual Church: Meets at Werrington Downs Neighbourhood Centre, Brookfield Avenue, Werrington Downs from 7.30pm every Friday. The service includes guest mediums, demonstrations and meditation. Free. Details: 4721 2211.

English classes: Friday mornings, 9.30am-noon, and Monday evenings, 6pm-8pm, at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, in small hall near car park. Entry via Fulton Street or 254 High Street, Penrith. All levels in small friendly helpful classes. Cost $2 donation. Details: 4721 2124 or www.penrithanglican.org.

Formation dancing: Here’s a chance to check out the modern form of square dancing, a combination of different formations to a wide variety of music which provides people of all ages with moderate physical activity combined with mental stimulation in a friendly social atmosphere. For details phone David, 0411 888 515 about the Blaxland East classes and Ralph on 0419 471944 for Glenmore Park.


Cosmic Collisions: A public astronomy night on Saturday, June 17, 7pm-9pm, at Penrith Observatory (Building AO), Western Sydney University, Werrington North campus, Great Western Highway, Werrington. In the lead-up to Asteroid Day on June 30 you can hear about asteroids, comets and meteors. What are they and what happens when they hit Earth? The event  includes the presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome area and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting). Booking essential. Details: www.westernsydney.edu.au/observatorypenrith/penrith_observatory/whats_on or phone 4736 0135.

Handy hints: Learn how to DIY with the help of expert team members this month at Bunnings Warehouse Penrith’s workshops. Held every Saturday and Sunday at at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, the free workshops will give you the skills, inspiration, and confidence to tackle projects in your own home and garden. Topics to be covered include: basic DIY skills on June 17 and 18; and indoor projects on June 24 and 25. Children can also take part in the free Kids D.I.Y. Workshops, held in-store every Saturday and Sunday, and create something special to take home. Details: bunnings.com.au.

Players wanted: The Western Sydney Wheelchair Rugby League sevens competition started earlier this month and more players are being sought to take part. Each team is comprised of five new or development players and five experienced players. The competition venue is the Kingswood campus of Western Sydney University, and competition cost is $90. For more information contact Nathan on 0419 463 930.

Sailability Penrith Lakes: Seeks more volunteers to help with their sailing programs. You don’t have to know how to sail as they will teach you. Or you can the safety boat or help out in the shed or on the pontoon. The program is designed to offer everyone the chance to experience sailing regardless of their age or ability. If you are interested in more information contact John on 0413 231 837 or email john.smith@sailabilitypenrithlakes.org.au.


Nashos meet: Penrith National Servicemen's Association meets on Sunday, June 18 from 10.30am at Penrith RSL Club with free morning tea. New members welcome. Christmas in July $50 payment is due at this meeting. Details: Maureen, 0448 983 399.

Fight for Dillon: A fundraiser for Dillon Barnett who has been diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer. It will be held on Sunday, June 18, 10am until late, at Shop 18/51 York Road, Jamisontown. There will be a 9am fitness session at Jamison Park netball courts, walk-up flash tattoos, donation boxes, a bake sale, barbecue and refreshments and live music as well as a charity auction. Dillon's background in social work has inspired him to donate funds towards a support program for local and international patients with the same diagnosis at St George Hospital. He will also donate a significant proportion of the funds to research. Details: https://www.gofundme.com/fight-for-dillon.

Doggie day: Woof-fest will be held at Western Sydney Parkland’s Warrigal Run, Bungarribee Park on Sunday, June 25 from 9am-1pm. It’s a fun, free community event for anyone who owns or loves dogs. The entertainment line-up includes talks by expert veterinarian Dr Peter Higgins, dog behaviourist Laura Vissaritis, trainers Farmer Dave Graham and Ryan Tate and pet nutritionist Naoko Okamoto. There will be demonstrations by the Sydney Psychos Fly-Ball champions and the Siberian Express All Breeds Sled Dog Club NSW as well as a fashion parade. You can also pamper your pooch with more than 50 stalls offering the latest doggie treats, toys, accessories and pet services as well as information stalls from Guide Dogs and the RSPCA. Warrigal Run is within Western Sydney Parklands. Entry is via the intersection of Holbeche and Doonside Roads, Bungarribee. Details: www.westernsydneyparklands.com.au

Tai chi and zen study: Free sessions in Tench Reserve, Tench Avenue, Penrith on Sundays at 9.30am-10am and 10am-10.30am. Enjoy the gentle exercise and explore Zen that brings peace, health to your mind, body and spirit. Details and bookings: Guan, SMS 0422 120 738 or email cctctea@gmail.com.

Save the bush: Conservation Volunteers Australia needs your help to protect the critically endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland. Head to Plough and Harrow East in Western Sydney Parkland and learn about native flora and fauna, meet a great group of people and help the environment. Sessions are held every last Sunday of the month, 9.30am-2.30pm. Details: 4721 4625 or email westernsydney@cva.org.au


Cancer support: Nepean/ Blue Mountains Prostate Cancer Support group will meet from 6.30pm on Monday, June 19 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, 254 High Street, Penrith. Guest speaker will be Michelle Eisenhuth, Senior Oncology Dietitian at the Nepean Cancer Care Clinic. All meetings are available to males and their partners who are seeking information on this cancer, and who live in the Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith areas. Details: www.prostatesupport.org.au or  David Wilkinson, 1300 133 878.

Guest speaker: Nepean Evening VIEW Club are holding their dinner meeting at Panthers Penrith on Monday, June 19 from 7pm. Cost is $28 which includes a three-course meal. Guest speaker is a representative of Past Times Tours on the Women's Factory at Parramatta - Australia's earliest female convict site. Women of VIEW support disadvantaged Australian children through the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. New members and visitors welcome. Bookings essential. Details: Colleen, 4735 4982.

Chance to sing: The Sunset Station Singers meet at St Marys RSL Club every Monday,  7.30pm-9.30pm. The group, which performs in nursing homes, hospitals and at local commemorative ceremonies, was started by Vietnam veterans and has grown to include wives, partners and friends. They welcome anyone who enjoys singing and there’s no pressure to read music or audition. Their motto is: “If you can talk, you can sing”. Details: Rick, 0425 223 113.

Penrith RSL Travel Club: Meets on the second Monday of the month at Penrith RSL Club from 7.20pm. New members welcome. Trips are held the fourth Sunday of each month. Cost includes morning tea, venue, lunch and coach. Details: Irene, 0405 332 464.

Ballroom skills: Every Monday at Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, 19 Bringelly Road, Kingswood. Beginners 6pm-7.30pm, general 7.30pm-10pm. Details: Neil, 0458 528 001.


Community garden: Join a team of volunteers who are beginning a community garden in Cranebrook, supported by Penrith Council. The garden aims to provide fun, friendship and healthy food for the neighborhood. Meetings are on Tuesdays, 10am-1pm. Join the Facebook page or contact Trish on 0435 291 425 for more information.

Penrith Hospital Auxiliary: Needs new members to keep the organisation going and would like to hear from anyone who has a few hours to spare. Help raise funds for Nepean Hospital by baking cakes or making craft and manning the monthly stalls. Members meet on the third Tuesday of the month at St Stephen's Church Hall , 252 High Street, Penrith from 1.30pm. Details: Helen, 4572 5244.

Tutors sought: Community Junction Inc is a non-profit organisation who work closely with the community to run groups and programs from various locations at North St Marys, St Clair, Colyton, Erskine Park, Werrington and surrounding areas at a low cost. Their Learning Lounge program provides free homework help to students from years 3-12 and they seek volunteer tutors to help out on Tuesdays during school terms from 3pm-6pm. Details: 9834 2708.

Waratah Slimmers: Support group for people who are trying to lose weight meets every Tuesday from 9am in Kelly's Brasserie at Panthers. It’s $8 to join then $2 a week. A friendly and supportive environment. Details: Christine, 0419 286 172.


Nepean Retired Men’s Club: Members meet on Wednesday, June 21 from 10am in the John Lees Centre, Evans Street, Penrith. There is morning tea and a guest speaker each meeting as well as regular bus trips and a week away each year. Partners are welcome on all trips. New members welcome. The club meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Details: Don Bate, 4732 2367.

Gentle exercise: Classes are held every Wednesday during school terms, noon-1pm, at St Marys Community Centre Main Hall, Swanston Street, St Marys Corner. Cost is $6. Wear comfy clothes and joggers, bring water and a towel. Easy exercise catering for all fitness levels, ages and abilities. Details: St Marys Area Community Development Project Inc, phone 9673 2169.

Raise your voice: River Valley Singers meet every Wednesday, 7pm-9pm, at Penrith Paceway, 141-147 Station Street, Penrith. Cost $10. All welcome. Details: 4735 1675.