Things to see and do in Penrith

EXOTIC BEAUTY: Orchids of every kind will be on show at the Blue Mountains and Penrith Districts Orchid Society's winter show this weekend.

EXOTIC BEAUTY: Orchids of every kind will be on show at the Blue Mountains and Penrith Districts Orchid Society's winter show this weekend.

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THURSDAY

Quilt Show: The women of Penrith Presbyterian Church will present the Pattern 4 Life Quilt Show from Thursday, July 6 to Saturday, July 8, 10am-4pm, at the church hall, 9 Doonmore Street, Penrith. Funds raised from the show will go towards the Allowah Presbyterian Children’s Hospital and Penrith Evening Presbyterian Women’s Association.

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.

FRIDAY

Amateur radio: Enthusiasts are welcome to join the Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club which meets on the first Friday of each month at the old Glenbrook Scout Hall, 4 Moore Street, Glenbrook. The club was established in 1958 and provides a focal point for the amateur radio community in the region. Members share information about the many diverse fields encompassed by the hobby including competitions, construction, education, satellite and using radio to talk to the world. Visitors are welcome to attend a meeting before joining. Details: www.bmarc.org or Ron, 0408 483 269.

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.

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.

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.

SATURDAY

Orchid show: It might feel like winter but the colour and perfume will feel like spring for the Winter Orchid Show of the Blue Mountains and Penrith Districts Orchid Society on Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9 at the Guide Hall, corner of the Great Western Highway and Nepean Street, Emu Plains. Rare and exotic orchids will be displayed alongside Australian natives. Talk to the growers and maybe treat yourself to a plant at the sales table. The show is open 9am-5pm Saturday and 10am-3pm Sunday and entry is $2. Details: Neil, 4739 0806 or go to the website www.bmpdos.org.au.

Emu Markets: Will be held on Saturday, July 8 at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, 115 Great Western Highway, Emu Plains. Stall-holders sell products that are generally not available in shops with special emphasis on goods and crafts that have been made locally. The market supports Barnardos’ Western Auxiliary and the school. It’s free and there is wheelchair access and picnic facilities as well as a jumping castle for the children. Interested stall-holders can contact Dott on 0414 395 614.

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.

SUNDAY

Cooking classes: Being vegetarian shouldn’t mean you miss out on delicious food. Learn how to cook vegetarian Asian food at fortnightly classes being held on Sundays in Penrith from 10.30am. Cost of the class is a gold coin donation. For venue details and more information email vidavegecooking@gmail.com or phone Sophie on 0426 217 180.

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

MONDAY

Cancer support: The next meeting of the Nepean/ Blue Mountains Prostate Cancer Support group will be held on Monday, July 17 from 6.30pm at the St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, 254 High Street, Penrith. It will be an Open Forum with a difference. 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 phone David Wilkinson on 1300 133 878.

Dinner meeting: Nepean Evening VIEW Club (Voice, Interests and Education of Women) will hold their dinner meeting on Monday, July 17 from 7pm at Panthers. There will be a three-course meal for $28. Bookings are essential. Women of VIEW support disadvantaged Australian children through the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. New members and visitors welcome.  Details and bookings: 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.

TUESDAY

Junior clinic: Young golfers can improve their skills while having fun at a holiday golf clinic on offer at Emu Sports Club, 1 Leonay Parade, Leonay on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 11 and 12 from 9am-11am for those under 12 and from 11.30am-3pm for those over 12. Cost is $25 per day for a professional lesson, equipment and lunch and there will be competitions and prizes. Bookings essential as places are limited. Details: 4735 5300.

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.

WEDNESDAY

Nepean Retired Men’s Club: Meets on the third Wednesday of each month 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. 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.