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FOCUS ON DEMENTIA: Scalabrini Village chief executive Elaine Griffin talks with Sister Maria Elena Figueroa.

FOCUS ON DEMENTIA: Scalabrini Village chief executive Elaine Griffin talks with Sister Maria Elena Figueroa.

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THURSDAY

Free check-ups: The Big Aussie Hearing Check is a national drive in support of Hearing Awareness Week that calls on Australians to have a yearly check-up. More than 600 hearing check-points will be open until Saturday, August 26 including several in Liverpool and Fairfield. This year’s theme celebrates seniors’ enjoyment of sports and activities locally available. Bookings are essential. Details: www.bigaussiehearingcheck.com.au

FRIDAY

Thrive Boys Group: Meets Fridays at Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 11 Gallop Street, Warwick Farm, 3pm-5.15pm. For boys aged 12-16 to enjoy sport activities, health and fitness, guest speakers, video games. Thrive aims to challenge, strengthen and grow young men. Details: 9600 0600.

SATURDAY

Help at hand: PFLAG, the support group for parents, family, friends of lesbian and gay children, will meet on Saturday, August 26 from 2pm at 175 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead. Details: Judy, 0439 466 125 or visit the website www.pflagaustralia.org.au.

Black tie event: Liverpool City Council will host a charity ball on on Saturday, August 26 at Liverpool Catholic Club featuring ABC Radio’s Wendy Harmer as MC. The night includes a four-course meal and entertainment. Funds raised will build a healing garden at Liverpool Hospital. Tickets are $135. Email events@liverpool.nsw.gov.au or phone Jessica Bono on 9821 7771.

SUNDAY

Fijian feast: Labasans Australia Fiji Inc will be selling traditional food to raise funds for the needy on Sunday, August 27. Food such as marinated chicken, lamb shanks and taro are wrapped in foil, placed on hot stones and covered to cook under the ground in the traditional Lovo method. Tickets are $100 and food can be picked up or delivered to the local area. Details: Maroof, 0433 437 786.

MONDAY

Heart checks: HCF has partnered with The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute to offer free heart health checks for members with extras at HCF Liverpool from Monday to Wednesday, August 28-30. It includes three quick health tests - blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose - to help members understand and track these factors that can impact their heart health. For details phone 9602 7373 or go to the website hcf.com.au.

TUESDAY

Free workshops: Lost In Books, 2/40 Harris Street, Fairfield, is offering a series of free Textiles workshops you can learn how to hand-stitch a fabric hexagon, which can be turned into a quilt or rug. It’s on Tuesdays until September 19, 10.30am-12.30pm. Children are welcome, but women must be responsible for them during the workshop. Register online at lostinbooks.com.au or phone 9727 3928.

WEDNESDAY

Dementia workshop: Scalabrini Village, 199 Epson Road, Chipping Norton, will host a free community forum about dementia conducted by Alzheimer's Australia NSW on Wednesday, September 20, 10am-noon, as part of Dementia Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “You are not alone” and the forum will offer an opportunity to better understand normal ageing memory loss and dementia and assist families and carers. Open to all. Bookings essential to Angela Vojnovic on 9822 4899.

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