Community calendar

COLOUR AND MOVEMENT: The streets of Liverpool will come alive on Saturday when the Festival of Chariots rolls through.
COLOUR AND MOVEMENT: The streets of Liverpool will come alive on Saturday when the Festival of Chariots rolls through.
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THURSDAY

Free test: Cervical screening is available to ensure women in the area as part of a new service run by Family Planning NSW. Up to half of women living in the Liverpool area are overdue for their regular cervical screening. The service also provides information and support for STI testing, breast awareness, contraception, post-natal checks, access to social work services and a general health check-up. Details: 8752 4322 or email outreach@fpnsw.org.au.

FRIDAY

Go ice skating: Fairfield Council are transforming the Aquatopia water park into a New York-style Central Park ice-skating rink for the July school holidays. Icetopia will feature a 250-square-metre outdoor ice skating rink complete with the winter magic of lights and entertainment between July 7 and 22. It will be open from 11am to 8.30pm, with six daily 60-minute skating sessions available every day of the school holidays. Tickets: http://www.fairfieldcityleisurecentres.com.au/icetopia-at-prairiewood/

SATURDAY

Festival of Chariots: The streets will be filled with vibrant colours and sounds on Saturday, July 14 when the Festival of Chariots rolls through Liverpool. There will be a walking procession, cultural performance and feast. A group of performers will lead a procession of jubilant festival goers, who will help to pull the chariot of the lord of universe, Lord Jagannath. Devotees believe that if they pull the ropes of the chariot, they will be closer to their release from the material world and entrance to the spiritual realm. The festival starts at Bigge Park, near Bigge Street at 10am, before a street parade through Liverpool’s main through fares. The event ends back at the park, where cultural performances will continue and a free vegetarian meal will be served. Admission is free.

MONDAY

Indigenous culture: Westfield Liverpool will mark NAIDOC Week from July 8-15 with traditional community experiences in the centre. In the craft zone on level two children will have the opportunity to make boomerang sand art, wooden pendant necklaces and woollen rainbow snakes from 11am-2pm daily. To commemorate NAIDOC Week, there will also be a traditional digeridoo performance on Thursday, July 12, along with an exhibition of artwork completed by local students from Liverpool Girls High School, titled the NAIDOC Empowering Women Art Display.

TUESDAY

Holiday fun: PCYC Liverpool are running holiday clinics and an open day during the school holidays. Activities on offer include NRL, AFL, soccer and FIFA competitions, Bunnings workshops, multisport and more. The emphasis is on fun and meeting new friends. To register call the club on 9608 6999 or visit 100 Cartwright Avenue, Miller.

WEDNESDAY

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. Details: Alvan Freeman, 0401 717 104 or John Jewel, 0404 466 060.

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