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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 info@corn­wall­ 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 auck­land­ 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 sportauck­ 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 auck­ 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@ or phone 625 2440. Free for those who have been in New Zealand less than two years, with work visa or PR.

This list­ings col­umn is a free ser­vice for com­mu­nity groups in the cen­tral Auck­land area. Please email your no­tice to at least two weeks in ad­vance of your event. In­clu­sion is at the ed­i­tor’s dis­cre­tion. Pref­er­ence is given to free events,

Phan­tom fan­tas­tic: Minia­ture Phan­tom lo­co­mo­tives will be steam­ing round the tracks in Cen­tre Park this week­end.

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