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Owairaka Ath­let­ics, pre­sea­son train­ing for chil­dren. Starts Au­gust 1, 6pm. Clu­b­rooms, San­dring­ham Road Ext, Mt Roskill. Con­tacts Syd Mor­row, 827 3680. Or email club@owa­iath­let­ics.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion. Bridge, ev­ery year The Mt Al­bert Bridge Club con­ducts be­gin­ner classes and im­prover classes for those wish­ing to learn bridge or to im­prove their stan­dard of play. The next learner classes com­mence on July 1, 7.30pm and con­tinue for 15 weeks and are held in our clu­b­room in the Mt Al­bert War Me­mo­rial Re­serve in 751 New North Road. A 15-week ses­sion for im­provers is also held at the same venue and at the same time. Ev­ery­one is most welcome. It doesn’t mat­ter if you haven’t played cards be­fore and it doesn’t mat­ter what age group you are in. Those in­ter­ested please con­tact Arch Jel­ley, archj@xtra.co.nz or 817 2069. The Se­cret of the Heart, Avatar Adi Da Sam­raj teach­ings on re­al­is­ing Re­al­ity It­self – our na­tive con­di­tion of tran­scen­den­tal and spir­i­tual hap­pi­ness. Join us for a guided med­i­ta­tion and a video in­tro­duc­tion. Check out http://adi­damauck­lan­de­vents. vp­web.co.nz/ . Free in­tro­duc­tion held on July 2 from 7.30-9pm, at Grey Lynn Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 510 Rich­mond Road, Auck­land. Register by email xtine@adi­dam.org or phone 838 9114. In­ter­na­tional choir con­cert, The Choir of Christ’s Col­lege Cam­bridge will present a con­cert in aid of ‘Sea­sons One­hunga’ Grief and Loss Sup­port Ser­vices, Auck­land at St Peter’s Angli­can Church, One­hunga on July 3 at 7.30pm. This is a chance to hear a world class choir. CDs will be on sale af­ter the con­cert. Price $20, chil­dren un­der 10 are free. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and to ob­tain tick­ets please con­tact: st.peters@ihug.co.nz or 636 6368. Free pre­sen­ta­tion, about glau­coma. Speaker, Dr He­len Danesh-Meyer, eye spe­cial­ist. July 4, 10am – 11.30am at Alexan­dra Park Func­tion Cen­tre, Green Lane West, Gate B, Hob­son Room, Level 3. Free ad­mis­sion. Friends and fam­ily welcome. Ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion. Singing, friend­ship and fun, if you en­joy singing or lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, if you play an in­stru­ment, can de­liver a mono­logue or re­cite a poem, then The Singers Club is for you. All welcome to come to an en­joy­able evening com­mem­o­rat­ing the US In­de­pen­dence Day. One­hunga Com­mu­nity House, 83 Sel­wyn Av­enue, July 5, 7.30pm – 930pm. Supper pro­vided. In­quiries phone Ash­ley 622 1737. Golf cro­quet, come to our open day at Mt Al­bert Cro­quet Club 50 Lloyd Av­enue on July 5 at 2pm or come any Satur­day at 10am or Wed­nes­day at 2pm and have a go at play­ing golf cro­quet. Morn­ing/af­ter­noon tea pro­vided and the first few vis­its are free. Ph Dianna 846 1980. Probus, the Com­bined Ep­som Probus Club will at St John’s Angli­can Church Hall, 6 Chan­dler Ave, Royal Oak at 10am on July 6. Our speaker this month will be Tony Kee­gan whose sub­ject will be Mind­ful­ness. New mem­bers, both men and women are al­ways welcome. Please tele­phone Eileen 634 4277. Art demon­stra­tion, by Jan Leonard, NZ Fel­low­ship of Artists. Head along to Gif­ford Gallery, 27a Poronui St, Mt Eden, on July 8, for a cal­lig­ra­phy demon­stra­tion by artist Jan Leonard. From 10 am to 12 noon. Cost $10 for non-mem­bers in­clud­ing tea, cof­fee,re­fresh­ments. At Gif­ford Gallery, 27A Poronui Street, Mt Eden. Auck­land Par­ents of Deaf Chil­dren, is a so­cial group for fam­i­lies with a deaf or hear­ing im­paired child. Join our school hol­i­day event at In­flat­able World, 911 Do­min­ion Rd, July 8 from 11 am – 1 pm. Chil­dren need to wear socks. Free en­try for fam­i­lies with a deaf or hear­ing-im­paired child. Con­tact us first by email apodc@or­con.net.nz or phone/text on 022 0842 244. Three Kings Toast­mas­ters, im­prove your con­fi­dence to speak and present in public. Join our warm fun friendly ex­cit­ing club and ex­pe­ri­ence the Toast­mas­ters world fa­mous meth­ods that will help you do so. We meet ev­ery sec­ond Thurs­day evening from 7pm to 9.30pm at the Fickling Cen­tre 546 Mt Al­bert Road, be­low the Li­brary build­ing. Lots of free park­ing and a com­pli­men­tary buf­fet for all. Our next meet­ings are July 9 and 23. Con­tact Kevin Prohl at 0274 933 186 or email kevin@speech­works.co.nz, or just pop along on the night. Mt Al­bert His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, July 11, 2pm, at the Mount Al­bert Bap­tist Church Lounge,732 New North Road, Mt Al­bert. Our speaker is Peter Cross­ley. Peter is a renowned spele­ol­o­gist whose pre­vi­ous talk to us on the caves of Auck­land was very well at­tended, so he’s back by pop­u­lar re­quest, specif­i­cally on the caves of Mt Al­bert. En­trance, $2, tea and cof­fee will be served. All welcome. Mt Roskill Probus Club, next meet­ing July 13. Our guest speaker will be Dr Winifred Mur­ray, telling us about restora­tive jus­tice – what it is and what it achieves. Our club 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 10 am pre­ceded by morn­ing tea at 9.30. Visi­tors and new mem­bers are al­ways welcome. In­quiries to Bill at 626 6925. Toast­mas­ters, would like to gain con­fi­dence and learn speak­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills while hav­ing fun. We can help. Why not give it a try, come and join us. Fort­nightly meet­ings. Next, July 14, 7.25pm to 9.30pm. Church Hall, 67 Vic­to­ria Street, One­hunga. For more in­for­ma­tion email lance­maxwell@xtra.co.nz or phone 0282 414 805. Se­niorNet Auck­land, monthly meet­ing at 10am on July 14, in the One­hunga RSA, 57 Princes Street. Ewart Barns­ley, public re­la­tions man­ager for the Water­view Con­nec­tion Pro­ject will give a pre­sen­ta­tion on the scope and progress of this ma­jor un­der­tak­ing. Visi­tors are welcome to at­tend. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call 634 8341. Mu­sic, po­etry, pip­ing and song. The Robert Burns As­so­ci­a­tion in­vite one and all to a friendly af­ter­noon, July 18, 2pm-4pm at the Ma­sonic Cen­tre, 59 Grey Street,One­hunga. In­quiries phone Janet, 376 4448. Or­gan Pi­ano and Key­board So­ci­ety of Auck­land Inc, (For­merly Or­gan So­ci­ety of NZ), meets ev­ery Wed­nes­day from 9.30am to 2.30pm at 98 Cap­tain Springs Rd, One­hunga. To en­cour­age new mem­ber­ship the So­ci­ety is now go­ing to ex­tend their meet­ing days to the third Sun­day of the month. The first meet­ing will be on July 19, 2pm-4pm. The so­ci­ety has a Rodgers Theatre Or­gan, Lowrey Or­gan, Yamaha Clavinova Pi­ano and Yamaha PSR 8000 key­board for mem­bers to play. The so­ci­ety is seek­ing new mem­bers, or come as a ca­sual visi­tor for a small ad­mis­sion charge of $5. The Fair, Block­house Bay’s an­tiques, col­lecta­bles and crafts fair. July 19, 9.30am-2pm at Block­house Bay Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 524 Block­house Bay Road, Block­house Bay. En­try is $2 per adult, chil­dren free. Pro­ceeds to up­keep of Ar­manasco House in Block­house Bay’s main street. Con­tact Sue on 445 1227 or hy­at­tfam@xtra.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion. Se­niorNet Eden-Roskill, will be hold­ing its monthly meet­ing on July 20 at the Se­nior Cit­i­zens Rooms, Mt Eden War Me­mo­rial Hall, 487 Do­min­ion Rd, Mt Roskill. This month’s speaker is Pad­mini from the Block­house Bay branch of the li­brary who will be ex­plain­ing the new e-books pro­gramme avail­able from all the Auck­land Li­braries. The meet­ing starts at 1.30pm and ad­mis­sion is free and open to all. English con­ver­sa­tion classes, for new­com­ers to NZ want­ing to learn and im­prove their skill in speak­ing English, at Block­house Bay Bap­tist Church, 504 Block­house Bay Rd, Thurs­day af­ter­noons, 1-2.45pm. The lessons are based on top­ics of prac­ti­cal in­ter­est to new­com­ers to NZ with plenty of con­ver­sa­tion prac­tice. Term classes com­mence July 23. To en­rol, or for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ann, 626 5504, or the church of­fice, 626 6980. Friends of Maun­gawhau Inc, will hold their AGM at Eden Gar­den on July 25. The AGM will be fol­lowed by a guided walk led by ge­ol­o­gist Dr Bruce Hayward, through Eden Gar­den and up to the sum­mit of Maun­gawhau. Meet at 1pm at the gar­den en­trance for free ad­mis­sion. For more in­for­ma­tion email info@maun­gawhau.co.nz or call April on 631 0057. Time out for you, be cre­ative from home. Ladies come and join us with Penny Shivas who has a pas­sion for be­ing cre­ative. She will be your cre­ative coach, give you fun pro­ject ideas with photos, flow­ers, gift wrap­ping and teach you about fan­tas­tic stamp­ing prod­ucts. July 25, 2-4pm, Bal­moral Bap­tist Church, cnr Do­min­ion Road and Queens Ave Bal­moral. Gold coin do­na­tion please. Register with Mar­garet, email redl­izzie@hot­mail.co.nz or phone 625 9262.

This list­ings col­umn is a free ser­vice for com­mu­nity groups in the cen­tral Auck­land area. Please email your no­tice to edeb@snl.co.nz at least two weeks in ad­vance of your event. In­clu­sion is at the editor’s dis­cre­tion. Pref­er­ence is given to free events, not-for-prof­its, com­mu­nity meet­ings and char­ity events.

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