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MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - WHAT'S ON -

LEARN THE CRAFT OF ORIGAMI

Learn how to cre­ate your own origami mas­ter­pieces in time for Christ­mas with a work­shop in Pen­rith. You will learn how to make unique pa­per flow­ers to use as dec­o­ra­tions for your tree and ta­ble for Christ­mas. Cost in­cludes all pa­per and ma­te­ri­als, and a take home, pre-folded do-it-your­self origami kit com­plete with in­struc­tions. It is suit­able for all ages. Where: The Cre­ative Fringe, Unit 6, 51 York Rd, Pen­rith Time: 7-9pm Cost: $30 De­tails: Visit the­cre­ative­fringe.com.au

MUL­TI­CUL­TURAL STO­RY­TIME

Study other cul­tures and learn some cool sto­ries with Mul­ti­cul­tural Sto­ry­time. Per­fect for preschool­ers, their par­ents and car­ers. There will be sto­ries and songs from dif­fer­ent coun­tries and craft ac­tiv­i­ties. Where: Mt Druitt Hub, Ayres Grove, Mt Druitt Time: 10.30-11.30am De­tails: 9839 6677 or visit li­braries.black­town.nsw.gov.au

NET­WORK WITH OTHER WOMEN

The Black­town and Dis­trict Older Women’s Net­work is the per­fect drop-in cen­tre if you’re look­ing for that lit­tle bit ex­tra to do this Wed­nes­day. There are a range of classes in­clud­ing gen­tle ex­er­cise, line danc­ing, Tai Chi, African drum­ming, med­i­ta­tion, hoy and bingo, board games and even a can­cer sup­port group. Where: Se­nior Cit­i­zens Cen­tre, 34A Rooty Hill Rd South, Rooty Hill Time: 9.30am De­tails: 9631 3289

JOIN WRAP WITH LOVE

New and ex­pe­ri­enced knit­ters are in­vited to knit squares for the or­gan­i­sa­tion Wrap With Love. Bring along your nee­dles and wool to help Wrap With Love dis­trib­ute wraps to peo­ple in need. Where: Max Web­ber Li­brary, cor­ner Flush­combe Rd and Al­pha St, Black­town Time: 1pm De­tails: 9839 6648

MUMS AND BUBS RHYME TIME

Help your baby de­velop its lan­guage skills with the Baby Rhyme Time pro­gram. Mums and bubs have fun singing, clap­ping and danc­ing with other par­ents and ba­bies. The ses­sion is suit­able for chil­dren aged 0-2. Where: Mt Druitt Hub, Ayres Grove Time: 10.30-11am De­tails: li­braries.black­town.nsw.gov.au

JEW­ELLERY-MAKING CLUB

Rooty Hill and Dis­trict Lap­idary Club’s jew­ellery cre­ation ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude cut­ting and pol­ish­ing of gem stones, sil­ver jew­ellery cast­ing, fab­ri­ca­tion and bead­ing. Where: Club rooms are at the rear of the Rooty Hill School of Arts, 32 Rooty Hill Rd South Time: 6.30-9pm De­tails: 9628 3279

TROY KEMP PER­FORMS LIVE

Coun­try mu­sic star and Golden Gui­tar win­ner Troy Kemp (pic­tured) will per­form songs from his al­bum Against the Grain at Rooty Hill RSL Club. Where: 55 Sher­brooke St, Cost: $25 for adults and $15 for chil­dren De­tails: Visit rooty­hillrsl.com.au

AN­NIVER­SARY CEL­E­BRA­TIONS

Head to Black­town Arts Cen­tre to help cel­e­brate the Black­town City Art Prize’s 20th an­niver­sary. The ex­hi­bi­tion will show­case the cre­ativ­ity of the re­gion’s artists. Where: 78 Flush­combe Rd, Black­town Time: 10am–5pm De­tails: 9839 6558 or visit arts­cen­tre.black­town.nsw.gov.au

FRI­DAY POETRY GROUP

Meet with like-minded peo­ple and enjoy poetry at its finest. The First Fri­day Poetry Group meet to share poetry, learn about is­sues of writ­ing poetry and the per­for­mance of poetry. Par­tic­i­pants will learn how to cri­tique a poem. Where: Max Web­ber Li­brary Time: 2-4pm De­tails: 9624 5254

Satur­day

FAM­ILY FUN DAY AT RIP­PLES

Get into the fes­tive spirit with a Christ­mas Fam­ily Fun Day at Pen­rith Rip­ples. There will be free pool en­try, stalls, fairy floss, pop­corn, amuse­ment rides, slushies, pool in­flat­a­bles, a bar­be­cue, a sausage siz­zle, face paint­ing, a jump­ing cas­tle and of course, plenty of swim­ming fun. Where: Sta­tion St, Pen­rith Time: 10am-4pm De­tails: 4721 3625

BRUSH UP ON DRAW­ING SKILLS

Head to the Atura Ho­tel for the last Sketch Club of the year. There will be a ros­ter of fan­tas­tic mod­els to brush up or ex­pand your draw­ing skills. This term is hosted out­doors in Atura’s retro-in­spired ho­tel spa­ces and fea­tures clothed mod­els. Where: 32 Crick­eters Arms Rd, Prospect Time: 1-4pm Cost: A sin­gle ses­sion is $15 and con­ces­sion is $12 De­tails: 9839 6558 or visit arts­cen­tre.black­town.nsw.gov.au

GET THE GOOD TIMES ROLLING

Planet X in Mt Druitt has some­thing for ev­ery­one this week­end. From a bright green roller­skat­ing rink, tram­po­lines, jump­ing cas­tles and ar­cade games, ev­ery­one is guar­an­teed an af­ter­noon of fun. The cen­tre also holds jump­ing and skat­ing-themed birth­day par­ties. Where: 1 Zoe Place, Mt Druitt Time: 10am-10pm Cost: Prices vary De­tails: 9625 9126

ENJOY A PIC­NIC IN THE PARK

Check out the pic­nic area at Dr Charles McKay Re­serve. The park sits high on top of a ridge, offering views west to the Blue Moun­tains and east to Black­town. Why not make a fam­ily day of it and take a pic­nic lunch. Where: Be­tween Ge­orge St and Ru­pertswood Rd, Mt Druitt Cost: En­try is free De­tails: Visit black­town.nsw.gov.au

Sun­day

THUN­DER V SIX­ERS

Head to Pen­rith’s How­ell Oval for some Big Bash ac­tion when the ladies Sydney Thun­der T20 cricket side takes on the Sydney Six­ers in a pre-sea­son match. The oval will host the first WBBL match on the east coast when the Thun­der take on their cross-town ri­vals. Where: How­ell Oval, Sta­tion St, Pen­rith Time: 2.30pm De­tails: 4732 7777

GO WILD WITH NA­TIVE SPECIES

Featherdale Wildlife Park boasts the largest col­lec­tion of na­tive species in Aus­tralia and al­lows visi­tors to get up close to more than 2200 an­i­mals from more than 320 species. Cud­dle a koala, hand­feed kan­ga­roos or get face-to-face with an emu. Cost: Prices vary Time: Daily from 9am to 5pm Where: 217 Kil­dare Rd, Doon­side De­tails: 9622 1644

GO BA­NANAS AT RUGBY CLUB

Let the kids go crazy at Go Ba­nanas at St Marys Rugby League Club. The largest pur­pose-built fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre in Aus­tralia caters for chil­dren up to 14 with a four-level three-lane rac­ing slide, mul­ti­ple play ar­eas, jump­ing cas­tles, tri­cy­cles and more. Where: In­side the St Marys Rugby League Club grounds, cor­ner Boro­nia and For­rester roads, St Marys Time: 9am-6pm Cost: Prices vary De­tails: 1300 226 262 With a ca­reer span­ning more than 40 decades, Glenn Shor­rock (pic­tured) is one of the veter­ans of Aus­tralian mu­sic. He be­gan singing in 1962 and hasn’t looked back, go­ing on to form the iconic Lit­tle River Band. Fans will hear plenty of old favourites when he per­forms at Pan­thers to­day from 8pm. Tick­ets are $36.60. De­tails: Visit pen­rith.pan­thers.com.au.

Mon­day

RE­LAX IN THE CHI­NESE GAR­DEN

Enjoy a cost-free, re­lax­ing stroll through Nur­rag­ingy Re­serve’s Chi­nese gar­den. The $3.5 mil­lion gar­den in­cludes a bridge, pav­il­ion and na­tive Chi­nese flow­ers. It was made with help from plan­ners from the coun­cil’s sis­ter city, Liaocheng, in China. Where: Nur­rag­ingy Re­serve, Knox Rd, Doon­side De­tails: 9839 6000

DANCE TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MU­SIC

Do you fancy your­self a good rock ‘n’ roll dancer? Put your skills to the test, have fun and get fit at the same time in St Marys. Where: St Marys Band Club, Great Western High­way, St Marys Time: 7-10pm Cost: $12 per per­son per les­son De­tails: 9623 6555

Tues­day

SHEILA’S CARDS AND CRAFTS

Graceades Cot­tage hosts Sheila’s Cards and Crafts for any­one that wants to un­leash their cre­ative side and learn how to make their own greet­ing cards. Where: The cot­tage is lo­cated in Rose Court, Bid­will Time: 10am-1pm Cost: The ses­sion is free, bring your own ma­te­ri­als De­tails: 9628 2045 or email gracecomm­cott@big­pond.com

GET FIT WITH LINE DANC­ING

Line danc­ing at St Marys Band Club on Tues­day is a fun, low-im­pact way to im­prove health and fit­ness to coun­try and non-coun­try mu­sic. Dancers of all ages are wel­come. No part­ner is needed and there is no join­ing cost. Where: Great Western High­way, St Marys Time: Be­gin­ners classes are from 6pm un­til 7.30pm; in­ter­me­di­ate classes are from 8-10pm. Cost: $10 De­tails: Kate on 0437 475 600 or south­ern­crosslinedancers.com

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