Fairfield Community Diary

Blokes: After their major charity poker tournament Mounties gave Men’s Shed Liverpool $6700 to help them continue their work with local blokes. Here are (front row): club manager Darren Marino, Men's Shed president Alvan Freeman, club vice-president John Dean and director Jenny McNevin and APL's Dave Newham.

Blokes: After their major charity poker tournament Mounties gave Men’s Shed Liverpool $6700 to help them continue their work with local blokes. Here are (front row): club manager Darren Marino, Men's Shed president Alvan Freeman, club vice-president John Dean and director Jenny McNevin and APL's Dave Newham.

Entries for this diary from community groups and non-profit organisations should reach us nine days before anticipated publication. Because of space restrictions there’s no guarantee entries will run. Email to: alison.adams@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

FOR KIDS

Not all events run during school holidays

Westside Youth project: An exciting new youth program that offers health and fitness, computer skills and cooking classes as well as homework and assignment help for 12 to 25 at Frank Oliveri Hall, 1 Tantangara Street, Heckenberg, Monday to Thursday, 3pm-5.30pm. Details: 9600 0600.

Active Girl: If you’re 15 to 25 and female you’re invited to join this free fitness program at Warwick Farm. No levels, no judgement, join any time. Each term there will be a different fitness activity. Mondays, 4pm-5.30pm, at 11 Gallop Street. Wear comfortable, flexible clothing and sports shoes. Bring bottle of water and a smile.

Kids corner: At Heckenberg Connections, Oliveri Hall, 1 Tantangara Street on Tuesdays 3.15pm-4.15pm for primary school children. Enjoy an afternoon of fun activities, including craft, reading, games, homework help. Free. Details: 9607 0077.

Kids Karate: At Sadleir Scouts Hall, corner Celebration and Dundee Streets, Tuesdays, 6pm-7pm, from age 5. Cost: $10 (session). Details: 0418 273 420.

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

Movie mornings: Enjoy free kids’ films on the big screen on Saturday mornings, 9.30am-11.30am, at Green Valley and Casula libraries. All welcome. Bookings not needed. Details: mylibrary.liverpool.nsw.gov.au.

Event Cinemas Liverpool: Winter school-holiday program, free kids craft events and screenings, Saturday, September 23 to Sunday, October 8. For 16 days of activities, events and films including The Lego Ninjago Movie, The Emoji Movie, Captain Underpants: The Epic First Movie and Aussie movie Rip Tide. Complementing these screenings are free arts and craft activities.

THURSDAY

Cecil Hills Playgroup: Cecil Hills Community Centre, Sandringham Drive, Thursdays, 10am-noon. Variety of toys, craft activities. Details: 9600 0600.

U3A Liverpool: Over 50 and bored? Try Liverpool University of the Third Age for fun classes. Annual membership: $35. Art and craft classes, computers, creative writing, Euchre, French, gadgets for seniors, history, meditation, Rummikub, Tai-Chi, Yogalates, walking. Office at corner of Bigge and Moore streets. Details: 9601 5574.

Liverpool Knitters: All welcome. Share knitting skills, learn new ones at Liverpool library on Thursdays (school terms), 10am-noon. Work on your own or community projects and experience the gentle art of knitting in a friendly and supportive group. Bring your own knitting supplies. Bookings not needed.

Tai-Chi: Improve general health and emotional wellbeing on Thursdays, 2pm-3pm, Core Community Services, 41 Peel Street, Canley Heights. Run by certified Tai-Chi Fitness Australia instructor. Cost: $36 (nine sessions). Details: Julie, 9728 4973.

Moorebank Happy Seniors: Meet Thursdays at Moorebank Community Centre, corner Maddecks Avenue and Lucas Avenue, 10am-2pm, for morning tea and games. Group welcomes senior residents to come along and meet new friends. Also monthly outings. Details: 9600 0600.

Supported playgroup: Fairfield Council offers a free playgroup to families with a young child with developmental delay or disability at Bonnyrigg Early Learning Centre, Thursdays, 10am-noon. Stay and play in a safe environment designed for your child. Sessions include specialist therapy supports targeted to your child. Details: 9724 7948.

Learn English: Lessons cater to beginners, intermediate and advanced students and include reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, listening, speaking skills. Volunteers run morning classes 10am-noon, evening classes 7.30pm-9pm at St Mark’s Anglican Church, corner Heckenberg Avenue and Spica Street, Sadleir. Details: 9607 7547.

Bike rides: Thursdays, 9.30am-noon, from the WSCN bike shed at the back of Fairfield showground, off Moonlight Road, Prairiewood. Up to 30 kilometres of easy, slow-paced social riding with coffee stop before return. Must have a roadworthy bike and obey all road rules. Under-18s to be with an adult. Free. Details: Bob Ward, 9724 1520.

Craft group: Run by Parks Community Network, 9.30am-11.30am, Thursdays at Prairiewood Youth and Community Centre. Cost: $5. Details: 9609 7400.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Group meets Thursdays, noon-1.30pm, 1 Dale Street, Fairfield. Organised by Oakdene House Foundation, which advocates abstinence as a path to recovery and supports the 12-step programs of addiction. Oakdene is smoke-free, drug-free, alcohol-free. Free entry. Details: Mark Henson, 0410 714 510.

FRIDAY

Casula Seniors: Meet on Fridays, 10.30am-1.30pm, at Casula Community Centre, 39 Ingham Drive. Bingo, trivia, guest speakers, planning days, monthly outings. Tea, coffee provided. All welcome. Details: 9600 0600.

Clothes Box: Heckenberg Connections, Oliveri Hall,1 Tantangara Street, on Fridays and Tuesdays, 9.30am-12.30pm. Used clothing for babies to adults available. Grab some bargains.

Crafties Social Group: At Westacott Cottage, 107 Railway Parade, Canley Vale. Bring your knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, spinning, weaving, patchwork, paper craft, scrapbooking or beading for company, chatter, fun, coffee and to share ideas and knowledge. The group meets every Friday, 9.30am-noon, and on the first Saturday of each month (except public holiday weekends), 9.30am-noon. Cost: $2. All welcome. Details: Nerida, 0403 270 213.

Senior walkers: Meet at the back of Fairfield Leisure Centre car park on Vine Street, Fridays at 9.30am for walks of 45 to 60 minutes. Details: Robert, 0422 933 612 or 9724 1520.

Latin dance: Learn a variety of styles of partner dancing including salsa, bachata, cha-cha on Fridays at Lansvale, 8.30pm-9.30pm. Cost: $15. Details: Derek Vuong, 0412 550 855.

Spanish book club: Club Literario en Espanol (Castellano) meets 11am-1pm on the first Friday of the month at Bonnyrigg library, Bonnyrigg Place, Bonnyrigg Avenue. For those who enjoy talking about books. All you need is a current library card. Free entry. Details: Maria Rosa Lopez, 9725 0339.

Yoga class: Fridays, Cecil Hills Community Centre, 5 Sandringham Drive, 10am-11am. Learn from a qualified and experienced instructor how to master yoga. Cost: $8 (class). Details: 9600 0600.

Active Seniors: At Moorebank Community Centre, corner Maddecks and Lucas avenues, Fridays, 9am-11am, social gatherings, activities, outings. Details: 0420 828 200.

SATURDAY

Tibetan Prayer Festival: Australian Kagyu Monlam is a diverse program of chants, prayers, meditation and blessing ceremony with film, relic display and multicultural performances for visitors. Saturday to Monday, September 23 to 25. Free entry. Details, registration: kdbm.eventbrite.com.au or /monlamaustralia.com.

Work it out: Total Body Bootcamp sessions on Saturday mornings, 9am-9.45am, at Grand Flaneur Beach, 1 Ascot Drive, Chipping Norton. Sessions cost $10 each. Details, bookings (essential): Denis, 0403 389 321 or Annabelle, 0430 000 969.

Language classes: Assyrian Australian Association classes have started this year at Assyrian Diqlat School. Saturdays, 10am-1pm, Fairfield High School, Horsley Drive and St John Park High School, Mimosa Road. For 5 to adult. Details: Khanna, 0417 555 002 or secretary@assyrianaustralian.org.au or assyrianaustralian.org.au.

Liverpool Historical Society: Local history events for members. For $12 annual membership members can attend a meeting and then tour a historic building or location. Details: Glen, 0403 107 496.

Ingleburn Social Tennis: Group want to hear from anyone interested in having a game on Saturdays, 2pm-5pm. Details: Marie, 4628 4947.

Meditation: Free sessions run by the Heartfulness Institute in the Silver Room at Liverpool library every Saturday, 10am-11am. Details: heartfulness.org.

Fairfield City Markets: Saturdays, 9am-4pm, Fairfield Showground in the covered area behind grandstands. More than 600 stalls, free entry and lots of parking. Goods range from clothing and toys to groceries and household items. Enter via Smithfield Road, Prairiewood. Details, stall availability: 9725 2333.

SUNDAY

Hoxton Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church market: The church’s international night market is on Sunday, October 1, at the church, 355 Hoxton Park Road. It starts 3pm and runs to late. Free health checks by health professionals, food stalls, music concert, lots of kids’ activities. Details: Ronald Piilua, ueli.piilua@gmail.com or 0416 197 884.

MONDAY

Riparian restoration: Cumberland Council section of Prospect Creek has been recognised as having a high conservation significance due to its value as a wildlife corridor. Volunteers are needed to help out with the enhancement and protection of the endangered River Flat Eucalypt Forest ecological community. Maintaining and planting native vegetation, identifying and removing weeds, surveying flora and fauna, building habitats, monitoring water. Sessions Mondays, Tuesday and one Saturday a month 8.30am-2.30pm. Morning tea provided, bring your own lunch. Details, registration: bookings.conservationvolunteers.org or westernsydney@conservationvolunteers.com.au or 4721 4625.

Stitch one, chat two: Calling crafty types. Take your needles, hooks, thread, wool, whatever it is you work with, and enjoy a social morning’s stitch and chat with other creative folk. All skill levels welcome. Sessions: Carnes Hill library Mondays 10am-noon; Miller library Tuesdays 10am-noon; Casula library Thursdays 10am-noon; Moorebank library Fridays 10am-noon; Green Valley library Saturdays 10am-11.45am. Details: mylibrary.liverpool.nsw.gov.au.

Hatha Yoga: Flow-style classes from beginners to intermediate are now running Monday and Thursday nights, 7pm-8pm, at Core Community Services, 41 Peel Street, Canley Heights. Great for increasing flexibility, improving breathing, relieving stress, calming the mind, improving your sleep and toning and strengthening your body. Cost: $5 (session). Bring own mat. Details: Jason, 0411 255 881.

English classes: Free conversational classes on Mondays, 11.15am-12.15pm, at Core Community Services, 41 Peel Street, Canley Heights. Details: Julie, 9728 4973.

Lurnea Roses: Meet Mondays, 4pm-6.30pm, George Bates Hall, corner Hill and Wonga roads. Join a group that assists you with weight loss. Weigh in and join in discussions about nutrition and tips on weight loss. Joining fee $8, then $4 week. Details: 9600 0600.

Right side of 50: At George Bates Hall, corner of Hill and Wonga Roads, Lurnea on Mondays, 10am-1.30pm. Enjoy games, Bingo, guest speakers and monthly outings. Cost: $4 (week). Details: 9600 0600.

Pilates: Classes Mondays, 7pm-8pm and Wednesdays, 9am-10am, Community Action Services Australia, Brian Wunsch Centre, 126 Avoca Road, Wakeley, next to Fairfield Council building. Cost: $10 (conditions apply). Details: Rossana, 0423 141 523.

Polish song’n’dance ensemble: Lajkonik invites children with Polish connections, aged 5-12, to take part in Polish folk singing and dancing at All Saints Parish Hall, George Street, Liverpool, on Mondays, 6.30pm-8pm. Qualified teachers ensure children love learning about their heritage and gain performance and language skills. Social and family atmosphere. First lesson free. Details: Ursula, 0418 265 271.

Cecil Hills Playgroup: For parents, carers and under 5s. Cecil Hills Community Centre, 162 Sandringham Drive, Mondays and Thursdays, 10am-noon for games, activities, craft, music. Cost: $3 family (week). Details: 9600 0600.

TUESDAY

Women’s group: Social activities, speakers and raising money for charity are on offer at Moorebank Evening VIEW Club, which meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6.30pm at Moorebank Hotel. Also lunches twice a month on Wednesdays at various cafes. Cost of dinner: $22. Details: Dianne, 9730 3344.

Art group: On Tuesdays, 10am-1pm at Canley Heights RSL, 26 Humphries Road, Wakeley. The group paints in oils, acrylics and water paints, and members bring their own canvas and paints. New members welcome. Cost: $2. Details: Joan, 0410 437 566.

Gentle exercise class: At Casula Community Centre, 39 Ingham Drive, Casula on Tuesdays, 12.30pm-1.15pm. Gentle exercise, learn from qualified instructor how to improve balance, co-ordination, general fitness. Suits men and women. Cost: $5 (class). Details: 9600 0600.

Bricks club: Help unleash your child’s creativity with Liverpool library’s Duplo Bricks Club. Free weekly program during school term provides all the Duplo your child will need to create and explore their own ideas. Special sessions on a particular theme, guided by staff. Bookings not needed. Carnes Hill library, Casula library, Green Valley library, Miller Library and Moorebank Library on Tuesdays, 10.30am-11.30am, and Liverpool library on Thursdays, 10.30am-11.30am.

Book chat: Read great books and make new friends when you join the book club which meets at Liverpool library on the third Tuesday of each month, 1.30pm-2.30pm. Enjoy a lively discussion with fellow book lovers in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The monthly schedule of books will include a mix of contemporary fiction, classics, biography, non-fiction.

Heckenberg Seniors: Meet every Tuesday, 11am-2pm, at Heckenberg Busby Community Centre, 30 Green Valley Road, Heckenberg. Have a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy meeting new friends as well as participating in a variety of interesting activities and monthly outings. Details: 9600 0600.

Lurnea Playgroup: Games, activities, craft and music on Tuesdays and Wednesday at George Bates Hall, corner Hill Road and Wonga roads, 9.30am-11.30am. For parents, carers and under-5s. Daily cost: $2 (child), $3 (family). Details: 9600 0600.

Women’s group: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Group at Bonnyrigg Community Centre, 1pm-3pm, the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. For women living in Fairfield. Activities include arts and craft and yarning. Free entry. Details: Cathy, 0414 336 785 or Wendy, 0414 964 657.

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. The focus is to raise awareness of conditions that affect the brain including dementia, discuss ways to maximise wellbeing and promote a healthy brain. It will also assist families and carers and is open to all members of the community. Morning tea will be provided. Details, bookings (essential): Angela Vojnovic, 9822 4899.

Make movies: SouthWest Video Club Sydney meets on the first and second Wednesdays of the month  7pm, St Joseph’s Parish Hall, 45 Nuwarra Road, Moorebank. For anyone interested in making videos. Find out about the latest technologies available for cameras and editing software, network with other video enthusiasts, improve skills. Details: southwestvideoclub.org.au.

Gentle exercise: Warwick Farm Neighbourhood Centre, 11 Gallop Street, Wednesdays, 8:30am-9:30am. Enjoy gentle exercise and learn from a qualified instructor how to improve your balance, co-ordination and general fitness. Suits men and women. Cost: $7 (class). Details: 9600 0600.

Fairfield Anxiety Disorder Support Group: On the fourth Wednesday of each month, 7pm at Fairfield Community Centre. For people with anxiety disorders and their friends and family. For over 18s, not suitable for people with schizophrenia or PTSD. Details: Rachel, 9339 6013 or supportgroups@wayahead.org.au

Heckenberg playgroup: On Wednesdays, 9.30am-11.30am, at Oliveri Hall, 1 Tantangara Street. Parents, carers, under-5s invited to attend to meet new friends and enjoy games, craft, music. Free. Details: 9600 0600.

Men’s Shed: New members are sought for this community-based non-profit organisation which aims to provide a safe, friendly environment for men to work on meaningful projects. Members are mostly retirees with time on their hands and a desire to do something to help the community. Activities include carpentry, wood turning, computer work, metal fabrication and welding as well as table games and other hobbies. The Shed is at 31 Shepherd Street, Liverpool and runs on Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am-1pm. Membership $50 year plus $2 day for tea, coffee. Details: Alvan Freeman, 0401 717 104 or John Jewel, 0404 466 060.

Yoga with Teresa: Improve your health and wellbeing and gain more energy at weekly yoga classes. Cost: $10. Classes Wednesdays 9.30am, Thursdays 7pm, Tuesdays 7pm at Cecil Hills Community Centre, Sandringham Drive. Bring mat, towel. Details: adcyoga.com.au or 0432 077 007 or Facebook (adcyogaforlife).

Fairfield City Camera Club: 7.30pm on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Share Care, 26 Green Valley Road, Heckenberg. Those interested in photography can join for regular lectures, competitions, workshops. Annual cost $50 (single), $60 (family). Details: Belinda, 0412 552 726 or fairfieldcitycameraclub.com.au.

Probus Prestons: Members meet at Mounties, Mount Pritchard on the third Wednesday of the month, 10am. For active retirees, singles and couples and offers formal meetings, guest speakers, outings, fellowship and fun. Meet like-minded people, enjoy social activities, morning tea, shows, low-cost outings. Lunch : $8 (optional). Details: Nolene, 9771 6130.

Tai-Chi: Wednesdays at Moorebank Community Centre, corner Nuwarra Road and Maddecks Avenue,11.30am-12.30pm. Enjoy gentle and relaxing exercise for any age. Qualified instructor. Cost: $7 (session). Details: 9600 0600.

Slim and Trim: Meets every Wednesday, 9am-10.30am, at Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 11 Gallop Street, Warwick Farm. Do you want to be healthier? Get nutritional advice, discus your weight-loss problems, weigh in, meet new friends. Cost: $2 (week). Details: 9600 0600.

COMMUNITY

Time-banking for volunteers: Are you community-minded and looking to be more involved in your area? Timebanking is a volunteering option. The community program allows the voluntary exchange of services between members. Details: Melissa, LVRCcommunity@gmail.com or timebanking.com.au or 9601 6825.

NSW Justices: Liverpool branch has six community desks, Liverpool Court House, Liverpool Moorebank Casula and Green Valley libraries and Carnes Hill Shopping Centre. JPs available at these sites for witnessing signatures and certifying documents. Times on NSWJA website, nswja.org.au or 0418 232 224. Liverpool branch meets at Liverpool Catholic Club, 7pm, on the third Thursday of the month (until November).

Maltese Language School: Invites students of all ages to learn the language, culture and history of the Maltese Islands. Lessons Saturday mornings, Monday afternoons and evenings, Wednesday afternoons and evenings. Details: malteselanguageschoolnsw@hotmail.com.

Casula Seniors Group: Bingo, trivia and monthly outings. Tea, coffee provided. Cost: $4 (week). Meet at Casula Community Centre, 10.30am-1pm at 39 Ingham Drive. Details: 9600 0600.

Women’s health: Appointments available for women’s health nurse at the Well Woman’s Clinic, 11 Gallop Street, Warwick Farm. Free confidential service includes PAP tests, breast checks, cardiovascular disease screening, pregnancy checks, postnatal checks, general women’s health information. Details: 9600 0600.

Volunteers needed: South-West Community Transport is a HACC funded program providing community transport to the frail aged, younger people with disabilities and their carers in the Fairfield, Liverpool, Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly areas. The service needs volunteers to join the team as drivers, carers or administration assistants. Full training provided, expenses reimbursed. Details: 9603 2106 or visit swct.com.au.

Family history: Liverpool Genealogy Society has a room at Liverpool Regional Museum, corner Hume Highway and Congressional Drive. Volunteers on hand to help residents start researching local, Australian and overseas family histories. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10.30am-3.30pm. Details: 9822 8360.

Women’s Health Centre: Liverpool Women’s Health Centre hosts a range of activities and groups, including Tai-Chi for health, laughter club, strategies for good health, self-care matters, and healthy heart workshop. Details: 9601 3555.

Volunteers sought: Karitane Linking Families is a volunteer service assisting local families a few hours a week through volunteer home visits. Training provided. Details: Teresa or Bobbi, 9754 2655.

Cancer support: Cancer Council South-West Community Office seeks volunteers to provide support and information to cancer patients. Interview, two days training. Details: Janice, 9354 2051.

Carer line: Free phone information and support service specifically for and about carers, providing access to information, emotional support and referrals to a range of services. Details: 1800 242 636 (weekdays, 9am-5pm).

Walking group: Stockland walking group meets from 8am in the food court at Stockland Wetherill Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 30-minute walks. Register your attendance: Stockland Wetherill Park Customer Care Centre or 9609 7766.

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