Things to see and do around Penrith this week and beyond

HAVE A PAT: An animal nursery will be among the many children's activities on offer at the Western Sydney Parklands Food Festival this weekend.

HAVE A PAT: An animal nursery will be among the many children's activities on offer at the Western Sydney Parklands Food Festival this weekend.

THURSDAY

Open day: Ripples Leisure and Hydrotherapy Centre, Creek Road, St Marys is hostings an NDIS Open Day on Thursday, September 7 from 12.30pm-2.30pm. The free event is an opportunity for the specialist team to showcase their programs and services and show how they can assist NDIS-funded clients with their health and life skills. Ripples Hydrotherapy Centre is the only public hydrotherapy pool in the Western Sydney area. Their special needs swimming classes cater for students with mild to severe disabilities of all ages and swimming abilities. Staff will be available to answer questions and there will be interactive workshops, games, demonstrations and a complimentary afternoon tea. Details: 9833 3075.

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.

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.

SATURDAY

Emu Markets: Will be held on Saturday, September 9 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.

Orchid show: Blue Mountains and Penrith Districts Orchid Society will present their Spring Show on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10 from 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am-4pm Sunday at Melrose Hall, corner of the Great Western Highway and Park Street, Emu Plains. There will be a wide range of exotic orchids from the very tiny to the larger varieties. There will also be a sales table and members will be on hand to any questions. Entry is $2. Details: Neil Minter, 4739 0806 or bmpdos.org.au.

Food festival: Top Sydney chef, Dan Hong is set to delight audiences at Parklands Food Fest 2017, a free community event, which celebrates the best of Western Sydney’s food and drinks businesses at Lizard Log Amphitheatre, Abbotsbury on Saturday, September 9 from 10am- 4pm. Parklands Food Fest highlights include more than 50 food stalls, the Parklands’ own fresh farm produce, live music, cooking demonstrations by leading food personalities, gardening workshops, a huge range of kids’ entertainment, the microbrewery marquee and the Sweet Spot which will be serving a selection of glorious desserts. For more information visit www.westernsydneyparklands.com.au or phone 9895 7500.

Care for the bush: Glenbrook Bushcare groups are welcoming new volunteers. Help protect the local bushland and environment and have fun meeting others at the same time. Groups meet the second Saturday of the month for three hours. Details: Helen, 0414 238 141 or email glenaslow@hotmail.com.

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

Members sought: Western Sydney Service and Ex-Service Women's Association is keen to welcome new members to their regular meeting at Penrith RSL Club, Tindale Street, Penrith. For further information contact Maureen on 0448 983 399.

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

Birthday dinner: Nepean Evening VIEW Club will hold their 49th Birthday Dinner at Panthers, Penrith on Monday, September 11 from 7pm. Theme for the night is Back to the 60s with live musical entertainment by John Kirk. Cost of the three course meal is $28. Bookings 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.

Cancer support: Nepean/Blue Mountains Prostate Cancer Support members will meet from 6.30pm on Monday, September 18 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, 254 High Street, Penrith. Guest speaker will be Dr Sandra Turner with an update on prostate cancer research, especially those relating to radiation therapy. All meetings are available to males and their partners seeking information on this cancer who live in the Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith areas. Details: www.prostatesupport.org.au or David Wilkinson, 1300 133 878.

Barbershop boys: Penrith Harmony is a men’s barbershop chorus that sings in four-part harmony and has been entertaining locals for more than 25 years. In September they will represent the Penrith district in the Barbershop Harmony Pan Pacific Convention. The group is always looking for new members. They practise at the John Lees Centre, 17 Evans Street, Penrith on Monday nights and perform regularly at the Penrith Homemaker Centre, nursing homes, private functions, Christmas events and for charitable causes. Details: penrithharmony.com or phone Richard on 4754 1397.

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

Gentle exercise: Every Tuesday morning, 9am-10am at Thornton Community Centre, 61 Lord Sheffield Circuit, Penrith. The centre is an easy walk from Penrith station. Cost $5. All welcome.

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

Leonay Golf Club: Leonay Ladies would like to invite both men and women to the 8th Annual Breast Cancer Charity Day on September 20. Proudly sponsored by Wideline Windows and Doors, cost is $20 and format is an Olympic Scramble with four-person teams. Great prizes and raffles to be won with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Institute of Australia. Dress up in your best pink outfit so you don’t stand out! Book through the pro shop (47355529) for this great day.

River Valley Singers: A group for anyone interested in singing meets every Wednesday, 7pm-9pm, at Penrith Paceway, Penrith Paceway, 141-147 Station Street, Penrith. All welcome. Cost $10. Details: 4735 1675.

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.

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