COMMUNITY DIARY | The festive season has arrived

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'Special time' of year

Fairfield residents can help make a difference this festive season by donating to the Christmas Giving Trees at any Fairfield City Open Libraries branch.

People can leave messages of support and Christmas cards and donate new toys, canned food items, clothing or other gifts as donations.

Fairfield Council will donate the gifts to both the Fairfield Uniting Church's Trolley Drive and the Parents Cafe who will distribute to families in need.

"By participating in the Christmas Giving Trees you are contributing to making Christmas a special time for people in our community who are in need," Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said.

"I encourage everyone to donate and play their part to make a real difference to another family's Christmas celebrations."

Mr Carbone said one thing that is very clear at this time of year is that Fairfield residents are "passionate" about Christmas.

"Christmas events are always popular and many homes across the city are decked out in wonderful lights and decorations," he said.

"Council is proud to be a part of this festive spirit, with events for all the family.

"We are also holding a fun Christmas lights competition for residents, and we will be getting in on the action with our ever-popular Christmas lights at roundabouts to bring joy to locals and commuters traveling in the evening."

  • The Christmas Giving Trees are available for donations at Bonnyrigg, Fairfield, Smithfield, Wetherill Park and Whitlam Libraries from November 25 to December 20.

THURSDAY

Christmas in Fairfield City Centre: Thursday, December 5 , 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Epoch Plaza, corner Nelson & Station streets, Fairfield. Our Lady of Mt Carmel Primary School will be performing carols, there will be a petting zoo, balloonist, a visit from Santa, special appearances by the Toy Soldier and Honey Bear and the lighting of the Christmas tree at 8pm.

Gyms in Parks: This free six week exercise program is led by qualified fitness instructors who will demonstrate how to use fitness equipment at Fairfield Park. They are able to adapt the program to your ability. Every Tuesday and Thursday until December 5 from 9.30am to 10.30am. Details/register: 9725 0222, eventbrite.com.au/e/gyms-in-parks-fairfield-park-tickets-76693256595

Free courses: Run by Cabramatta CORE Community Services in basic English, computers, community services certificate 2. Suhair, 0472 879 279.

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. 9724 7948.

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

Alcoholics Anonymous: Meet 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. Mark Henson, 0410 714 510.

Bike rides: Thursdays, 8am, 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. westernsydneycyclingnetwork.com.au or 0418954682

FRIDAY

Trolley drive: The Fairfield Christmas Trolley Drive enters its 16th year on Friday, December 6 starting at 10am. This year more than 210 trolleys are expected to make their way from Starr Partners Real Estate Fairfield down Ware Street to the Fairfield Uniting Church diner on Harris Street. The donated food helps stocks the shelves of the diner for the entire year. Each week they prepare on average 250 meals a week on Monday and Wednesday for those in need.

Santa visits Canley Vale Town Centre: Friday, December 6, noon to 2pm, Canley Vale Town Centre. Santa and a special helper will be handing out candy canes and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

Canley Heights Children's Christmas Party, Friday, December 6, 3pm to 7pm, Canley Heights Town Square. Enjoy amusement rides, activities, face painting and a visit from Santa.

New exhibition: The free Tokyo FRUiTS exhibition is on display at the Whitlam library until January 31. The photographic exhibition displays the visually vivid delights of Tokyo subculture fashion tracing the rise and fall of countless trends and influences.

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. Robert, 0422 933 612, 9724 1520.

Crafties Social Group: At Westacott Cottage, 107 Railway Parade, Canley Vale. Bring knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, spinning, weaving, patchwork, paper craft, scrapbooking, beading for company, chat, fun, coffee and share ideas and knowledge. Fridays, 9.30am-noon and first Saturday each month (not public-holiday weekends), 9.30am-noon. Cost: $2. All welcome. Nerida, 0403 270 213.

Spanish book club: Club Literario en Espanol (Castellano), 11am-1pm on the first Friday of the month at Bonnyrigg library, Bonnyrigg Place, Bonnyrigg Avenue. For those who enjoy talking about books. You need a current library card. Free entry. 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. Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

SATURDAY

Western Sydney Cycling Network bike clearance: Saturday, December 7, 9am-1pm, at Nalawala Hall at Fairfield Showground. Western Sydney Cycling Network is holding a second hand bike clearance just in time for Christmas and the school holidays. All kinds of bikes for all ages. Kids bikes about $20, most bikes about $40-$60. cash only, no eftpos. westernsydneycyclingnetwork.com.au.

Falalalalahhhh at Fairfield: A Christmas Sing-alon: Saturday, December 7, 6pm to 8pm, Fairfield City Museum & Gallery. Bring your picnic rugs, snacks and festive outfits and relax at the Fairfield City Museum & Gallery's annual family event. Sing along to all of your favourite Christmas Carols and get creative with Christmas-inspired activities and games.

Community market: Run by Abbotsbury Uniting Church on Saturday, December 7, at the corner of Stockdale Crescent and Cowpasture Road, 9am-2pm. Books, plants, Christmas gifts, china, glassware, knitted novelties, morning tea, sausage sizzle. Florence, 9826 1060.

Carols at Horsley Park: The Rotary Club of Wetherill Park's Carols at Horsley Park is on Saturday, December 14. Sponsored by St Johns Park Bowling Club, the free event starts at 4.40pm with range of entertainment and school acts and guest vocalists Makayla Mizzi, Elisa Vitagliani and Anna-Marie Cauchi. There is also a Foti Fireworks display at 8.45pm, photos with Santa, pony rides, face-painting, heaps of food choices, and gold coin donation off-street parking. The raffle is drawn at 9.15pm and has more that $6000 in prizes. Scheduled finish is 9.30pm. Details: Roy Hilton 0418 448544, email secretary@wetherillparkrotary.com.au or facebook.com/RotaryCarolsInThePark. Search 'Carols at Horsley Park' on Android or iPhone apps store to download the free App.

Santa visits Dutton Plaza: Saturday, December 14, 2pm to 4pm, Dutton Plaza, Cabramatta. Santa and a special helper will be handing out candy canes and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

Cabramatta Christmas Carols: Saturday, December 14, 9am to 1pm, Freedom Plaza. South-west churches combined will perform Christmas carols for the community while Santa and his special helper hand out candy canes and a face painter entertains children.

Lizard Log Markets: The markets runevery Saturday, from 8am to 2pm at Lizard Log, Western Sydney Parklands (The Horsley Drive and corner of Cowpasture Road). There's a wonderful selection of fashion, household items, homewares and handmade craft items. There is also farm fresh produce direct from the farmers of western Sydney. Details/book a store: lizardlogmarkets.com.

Assyrian language classes: Assyrian Australian Association classes at Assyrian Diqlat School. Saturdays, 10am-1pm, Fairfield High School, Horsley Drive and St Johns Park High School, Mimosa Road. For 5 to adult. Khanna, secretary@assyrianaustralian.org.au, assyrianaustralian.org.au, 0417 555 002.

Fairfield City Markets: Saturdays, 9am-4pm, Fairfield Showground 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. Stall availability: 9725 2333.

SUNDAY

Fairfield Better Together Runners Club: A free, weekly, a little over five-kilometre timed run or walk for all abilities. The course starts at the obstacle course at Fairfield Park and finishes at Honour Avenue, Vine Street. It starts at 8am and the run or walk should take less than an hour.

Ceroc modern jive partner dancing: Sundays at Mounties, 101 Meadows Road, Mount Pritchard on Sundays, 6.30pm-9pm. No partner required, no experience necessary, beginners welcome. Details: Nicky, Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company, ceroc.com.au.

Sydney Bazaar & Thrift Stall: Drop off unwanted items, collect your cash when sold. No commissions. Once sold come in and collect your cash or they EFT you the money. Sundays from 8am, 1895 Camden Valley Way, Horningsea Park (Prestons). sydneybazaar.com.

Community Bike Ride: First Sunday of the month, 9.30am-noon, free. Easy 25km ride along local bike paths. Meet at Western Sydney Cycling Network bike shed, Nalawala Hall, rear Fairfield showground (off Moonlight Road), Prairiewood. Must have roadworthy bike, obey all road rules, under-18s with an adult. A sausage sizzle follows the ride.westernsydneycyclingnetwork.com.au, 0418 954 682.

MONDAY

Social tennis for retirees: Mondays 9am-noon and Tuesdays 9am-11am at Club Marconi Tennis Centre. Stewart Whicker, head coach/program director, Marconi Tennis & Squash, swhicker@bigpond.net.au, 0412 571 963.

Kids' Yoga: Keep your kids active this season. Yoga classes each Monday, to December 9, 3.45pm-4.45pm, at CORE Community Services, 41 Peel Street, Canley Heights. Kids, please bring your own non-slippery mat. $3 donation per class. Details, bookings: 8707 0637.

Learn Spanish: Amistad Latina Spanish School offers classes every Monday for children aged 5-15 at Fairfield High School, The Horsley Drive, 3.50pm-5.50pm. Sponsored by Federation of Community Languages and Department of Education. Daniel Bernal, 0417 426 881.

Fill your pantry: Anglicare Sydney, with St Johns Park Anglican Church, has a Mobile Community Pantry. Once a fortnight (December 9) , a van drives to the church at 73 Edensor Park, St Johns Park, to distribute affordable fresh food to those who need to stretch their budget further. For a $10 contribution.

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

Wellness 4 Women: Free cancer support for women who've had cancer or have a friend or family affected. Mondays (school terms), 10.30am-12.30pm. Also free Yoga, nutritious lunch, education, programs, resources for Vietnamese-speaking women at Fairfield Women's Health Service, Arthur West Hall (behind PCYC), McBurney Road, Cabramatta. swslhd-FarfieldWomensHealthService@health.nsw.gov.au, 9755 0008.

TUESDAY

Social tennis for retirees: Mondays 9am-noon and Tuesdays 9am-11am at Club Marconi Tennis Centre. Stewart Whicker, head coach/program director, Marconi Tennis & Squash, swhicker@bigpond.net.au, 0412 571 963.

Free Active Woman Group: At Fairfield Women's Health Service on Tuesdays 11am-12.30pm (school terms), in Arthur West Memorial Hall, McBurney Road, Cabramatta (behind PCYC). Bookings (essential): swslhd-FarfieldWomensHealthService@health.nsw.gov.au, Fairfield Women's Health Service, 9755 0008.

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. Cathy, 0414 336 785, Wendy, 0414 964 657.

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

WEDNESDAY

Vietnamese Cultural Group: On Wednesdays, free support and information on women's health and wellbeing. Group activities for Vietnamese women in Fairfield. 10am-11.30am at Fairfield Women's Health Service, Arthur West Hall (behind PCYC), McBurney Road, Cabramatta. swslhd-FarfieldWomensHealthService@health.nsw.gov.au, 9755 0008.

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

Fairfield City Camera Club: 7.30pm, first, third Wednesdays each month at Share Care, 26 Green Valley Road, Heckenberg. Belinda, 0412 552 726, fairfieldcitycameraclub.com.au.

COMMUNITY

Free 2020 diary for seniors: Cabramatta MP Nick Lalich is encouraging local seniors to collect their free copy of the 2020 NSW Legal Aid Diary from his Arthur Street office. The diary, which is printed in large easy to read text, contains information that covers consumer issues, neighbour disputes, retirement, aged care facilities, elder abuse, home care and licences for older drivers.

2020 calendar: The 2020 Fairfield City Calendar is now available. Copies of the calendar are now available free of charge from Council's libraries, leisure centres and Administration Centre. Council staff will also hand out free copies at local shopping centres.

Library amnesty: Customers can return overdue library items such as books, DVDs and magazines until Christmas Eve and in lieu of the fine, a tinned item product can be donated. The amnesty applies to any of the 583 library items currently overdue.

Extra pick-up: Fairfield Council is giving residents an additional free recycling bin pick-up over the Christmas/ New Year period. Between December 23 and January 3, residents can take out both recycling and waste bins on your normal garbage pick-up day.

Pave the way: Time is running out to buy a commemorative paver at the Fairfield Showground's new playground for children of all abilities at Deerbush Park. The playground include a walking path around the park that will include pavers that can be engraved with family or business names. Orders for pavers close on December 20.The pavers cost $88 for a large paver and $55 for a small paver. The pavers will be laid when the path is completed in early 2020. Details: fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/showground-pavers.

Help needed: Foodbank NSW & ACT - the largest provider of food to charities around the state - is calling for new volunteers for their distribution centre at Glendenning. Volunteers work from 8am to 2pm, across Monday to Friday to help pack orders and process donations. Details: foodbanknsw.org.au, volunteer@foodbanknsw.org.au

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. The service needs volunteers to join the team as drivers, carers, administration assistants. Full training provided, expenses reimbursed. swct.com.au, 9603 2106.

Volunteers sought: Karitane Linking Families is a volunteer service assisting local families a few hours a week through volunteer home visits. Training provided. 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. 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. 1800 242 636 (weekdays, 9am-5pm).

Walking group: Stockland walking group meets 8am in Stockland Wetherill Park food court on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 30-minute walks. Registration: Stockland Wetherill Park customer-care centre, 9609 7766.

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