COMMUNITY DIARY | Exhibitions provide a 'unique insight'

Entries for this diary from community groups and non-profit organisations should reach us nine days before anticipated publication. Due to limited space there's no guarantee entries will run. Email items to Chris Boulous, cboulous@fairfieldchampion.com.au.com.au. Complete listing online.

Two exciting new exhibitions are opening at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery on Saturday. Eight Aboriginal Australian artists use the power of art to create empathy, emotional engagement and cultural understanding to motivate meaningful change as part of SOLASTALGIA: Mawa Ngurra. Kuli is a collection of photography and woven articles showcasing Oceanic cultural practices. The exhibition will feature woven articles created by curator Emele Ugavule's grandmother. The official opening for both exhibitions, which run until July, is at 2pm on March 14.

THURSDAY

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

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

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 a 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

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, 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. Next dates: March 16 and 30.

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

Free Healthy Lifestyle Group: At Fairfield Women's Health Service on Tuesdays 9.45am-11.15am (school terms), in Arthur West Memorial Hall, McBurney Road, Cabramatta (behind PCYC). Health education by accredited dietitian and includes a 30-minute group personal training session. 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

Business: Fairfield City Open Libraries' Workary is providing free, invaluable advice and support for residents who have a business idea, have just started their business or are looking to start a business. Expert multilingual advisors can help with business plans, business legal structures and the next steps to see business succeed. The service is available in four languages - Arabic (first Tuesday of the month), Cantonese and Mandarin (every Friday), English (every Wednesday) and Vietnamese (every Thursday). The Workary is located on the first floor of Whitlam Library, 165 Railway Parade, Cabramatta. The initial Business Connect one-to-one session is free. Bookings are essential. Email theworkary@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au or call 9725 0323.

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

Care grants: Stockland is inviting local not-for-profit and community groups to apply for their annual CARE Grants program. Parks Occasional Care, Big Heart Big Vision, HammondCare, HammondCare Braeside Hospital and St John's Park OHSC were among the grant recipients across the region last year. Entries close on March 20. Details: stockland.com.au/caregrants.

Volunteers needed: Health Promotion Service for Older People (HPSOP) needs volunteers who can speak, read and write English and/or other languages. The volunteers will deliver education sessions to groups of seniors in south-west Sydney. Training will be provided on the various health topics which will be delivered to the communities. No previous training or experiences is necessary and all training will be provided at no cost. Details: Habib/Estelle: 8836 2146, 8836 2147 or 1800 451 488. Email: health@cpsa.org.au. Applications close: May 4

Liverpool U3A for fun classes: Membership $45, $80 (couples). Many classes in art and craft, Auslan, computers, creative writing, Euchre, French, Spanish, enjoy reading, smart phones and tablets, history, meditation, Rummikub, Tai-Chi, trivia, Yogalates, walking. Office open Monday to Friday, 10am-noon, at Dr Pirie Centre, corner Bigge and Moore streets, Liverpool. 9601 5574.

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 seeks volunteers at the Liverpool Hospital Cancer Council Information Service to provide support and information to cancer patients. For further information please contact Rebecca Cannell on 9354 2004 or email rebecca.cannell@nswcc.org.au

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.