Otahuhu Historical Society Museum, now open every Wednesday, 10am-noon until November 25. If you have an interest in Otahuhu past or present the society welcomes new members to receive our monthly newsletter or join us at get-togethers, etc. For more information phone Mary 276 5109 or Ray 276 8225. Military Heritage Day, this Sunday. On February 8, 1942, the first United States soldiers were admitted to the US Army 39th General Hospital at Cornwall Park. Come along to the band rotunda and recall the World War II era with 1940s music from The Prohibition Big Band between 11am-12.30pm and the Sisters of Swing, 1pm-3pm. Join in with the swing dancing with Swing out Central and a demonstration of all things swing on the dance floor from 12.30pm-1pm. Dress up in 1940s style and come along. The World War II Historic Reenactment Society will have a display of Kiwi and United States military equipment and be encamped to recall the era when Cornwall Park was involved in Home Defence and home to the United States Army Hospital for the 24,000 American service men treated there during the war. If you were involved with the hospital or the later Cornwall Hospital, please join us and share you memories with us for the Park archives and information at our display tent. For more details phone 630 8485 or email email@example.com Scottish country dancing, beginner classes will be held every Monday in February at St Oswald’s Church Hall, 195 Campbell Rd, One Tree Hill, 7.30pm-10pm. Partners not required but soft soled shoes and a sense of humour are. Make friends and keep fit to toe tapping music. All ages welcome. Phone Jeanette 578 2400 or Dan 577 2322. Auckland Boys’ Choir, commences on February 9. The two choirs (7-10 years and 11-13 years) have vacancies. Both choirs meet on Mondays from 4.30pm at St George’s Church Hall, Ranfurly Rd, Epsom. For inquiries look at the choir website aucklandboyschoir.org.nz or phone 522 4227 for further information or to arrange an audition for either choir. The first performance for 2015 will be at 5.30pm at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, March 28. Mt Roskill Probus Club, meeting on February 9. Captain Hayden Smith will speak of his vast experience in the field of marine litter collection from the Waitemata Harbour and surrounding waters. The group provides fun, friendship, fellowship and interesting speakers for retired men and women. Meets at St John’s Presbyterian Church, 422 Mt Albert Rd, on the second Monday of the month at 10am preceded by morning tea at 9.30am. We welcome visitors and new members. Inquiries to Bill at 626 6925. Cap Money Course, simple money management and budgeting. At Life – Central, 95 Mt Eden Rd. On February 9, 16 and 23, 7.30pm9.15pm. No charge. Registration capmoney@lifenz. org or phone Doug 022 033 7940. Limited to 25 seats. Balmoral Op Shop, 258 Balmoral Rd, reopens on February 10. We are open every Tuesday and Thursday 10am-1pm and February 14, 8.30am-11.30am. Clothing Sale Fill a Bag $2 and lots of other bargains. Staff wanted on a rostered basis. Phone Liz 631 5255. Art demonstration, by the NZ Fellowship of Artists. At Gifford Gallery, 27a Poronui St, Mt Eden, February 11. A demonstration on creating unusual surfaces by artist Evan Woodruffe, 10am-noon, $10 for non-members including tea, coffee, refreshments. Epsom U3A, meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the Fickling Centre at 10am. We have a monthly speaker and interest groups. New members men and women are most welcome. Our first meeting for the year is on February 11. For further information phone Betty 626 6673 or Shirley 527 8983. Probus Club, of Eden-Epsom. It’s a new year and if you are aged over 55 and looking for a new venture then we invite you to come along. Probus is for active retirees and offers fun and fellowship with interesting speakers and trips. We meet monthly on the second Thursday in Grey Friars Church hall, 544 Mt Eden Rd. Our first meeting of 2015 is on February 12. For further information contact secretary Joan on 625 5656. English conversation classes, newcomers to New Zealand wanting to learn and improve their skill in speaking English are welcome to attend classes at the Blockhouse Bay Baptist Church, 504 Blockhouse Bay Rd, Thursdays 1pm-2.45pm. The lessons are based on topics of practical interest to newcomers to New Zealand with plenty of conversation practice. Term 1 classes begin February 12. To enrol or for further information contact Ann 626 5504 or the church office 626 6980. SeniorNet Auckland, monthly meeting on February 10 at 10am, Onehunga RSA, 57 Princes St. Featuring a presentation by Denise Verrall, HOP operations manager for Auckland Transport: ‘‘AT HOP – The Journey So Far’’. Visitors welcome. Phone 634 8341. The Epsom Herb Group, will meet on February 12, 10am at the Epsom Community Centre, 200 Gillies Ave, Epsom. Speaker is Pat Paton whose talk is "From your kitchen". She will discuss making your own cleaning products. Herb of the Month is Herb Robert, a very useful weed. Contact Jane 630 3076. Grab-a-Bag Sale, all proceeds go to Dress for Success Auckland. Pay $20 to fill a shopping bag with new and pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories, or upsize to a large bag for $60. February 13, 10am-4pm. Dress for Success, 4 Boston Rd, Mt Eden. EFTPOS or cash. No refunds. No prams/buggies within the showroom. See the Dress for Success Auckland Facebook page for more information. Free training, the Sport Auckland Green Prescription team is delivering free group training exercise sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7am in Sandringham. Our first session is February 13 at Mount Roskill Youth Zone, 740 Sandringham Rd Extension. Our sessions are designed for those just starting out with physical activity or those who need some motivation to start again. Contact us on 623 7900 to register or go online to sportauckland.co.nz to selfrefer to Green Prescription. Free English conversation lessons, Saturdays, 9.30am11.30 am, starting February 14. Eden Community Church, 72 View Rd, Mt Eden. Contact 631 5501. Introductory Zen Meditation Workshops, on February 14 and 28, 9am-12.30 pm, at the Auckland Zen Centre, 52 Princes St, Onehunga. The workshops include an introduction to Zen Buddhism, morning tea, and plenty of practical instruction on how to settle the mind and develop clarity and concentration. Bookings essential. Visit aucklandzen.org.nz to register. Auckland Carnation, Gerbera and Geranium Society, meets February 16 and the third Monday of ever month at AHC Hall, 990 Great North Rd, Western Springs, 10am. Good trading table, friendly and knowledgeable club. Ph Noeline 827 8118. Royal Oak Ladies Probus Club, for retired women. Next meeting February 16, 10am at St John’s Anglican Church, 6 Chandler Ave, Royal Oak. We have a guest speaker each month plus a monthly outing. Do come and join us for fun and friendship. For further details ph Pam Facer on 624 3499. Job search, Auckland Regional Migrant Services offers free job search workshops for new migrants. Upcoming workshops at ARMS Three Kings are February 17, March 3 and March 17. Registration essential, email reception@ arms-mrc.org.nz or phone 625 2440. Free for those who have been in New Zealand less than two years, with work visa or PR.
Phantom fantastic: Miniature Phantom locomotives will be steaming round the tracks in Centre Park this weekend.