Festival success

Festival success

Families travelled from Mollymook, Narrabeen, Camden and the Blue Mountains to celebrate Halloween in St Marys on Saturday, when Queen Street was taken over by hundreds of fairies, witches, Mad Hatters, pumpkins, cheeky devils, Transformer characters and wizards.

The festivities exceeded last year's inaugural success, said organiser Vanessa Campbell.

"We were blown away by the vibe and the effort everyone put into their costumes," she said.

"It was a good display of civic pride in St Marys. People were still sticking around after the event ended."

Ms Campbell said one of the cutest costumes was a newborn dressed up as Batgirl.

"It wasn't just kids who dressed up: mums and dads got involved as well," Ms Campbell said.

"The retailers and general public were very keen to take it on board again."

Creative Spirit Centre at Minchinbury opened for extended hours to celebrate Halloween last night.

There was a trick and treat trail, prizes for the best costumes, spooky photos, psychic readings and night markets.

Go to stmarysstar.com.au for more photos.

Macular screening

Staff from the Macular Degeneration Foundation will be presenting a free information session at Penrith RSL Club this month.

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss, affecting one in seven Australians over the age of 50.

Quantum RVL, Guide Dogs, Vision Australia and NSW Falls Prevention will have staff on hand to discuss their services and explain a range of low vision aids and technology.

The day is open to anyone who would like to attend but bookings are essential.

A free information kit will be provided which includes an Amsler grid that can be used to test symptoms.

Details: November 13, 10am-12.30pm, phone 1800 111 709.

Carers nominated

The Nepean Area Disability Organisation (NADO) has been nominated for the 2012 NSW Carers Awards for its support group of 10 carers who meet once a month at St Marys Leagues Club. CEO Denise Heath said carers are often on their own and the group offered a way to chat, laugh and share ideas.

Warning signs

Penrith Council is serious about protecting the next generation from passive smoking.

Since August the council has been installing signs at some school entrances reminding teachers, parents and visitors who wish to smoke that they should move at least 10 metres from the gates. The council has been putting up signs at 21 schools thanks to funding secured for World No Tobacco Day in 2012.

Children are more likely to suffer ill health from second-hand tobacco smoke, according to recent research.

Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide