Cathie’s Column: Wildflower Walks in Field of Mars

SPRING is the season we normally associate with new life and colour in the natural world, but wildflowers in the Field of Mars Reserve are usually at their spectacular best in July.

Ryde Hunters Hill Flora & Fauna Preservation Society have organised Wildflower walks on Saturday July 14. Meet at the Visitor Centre in the Reserve.

Walks depart hourly with first walk beginning 11am and last walk leaving 2pm. Barbecue lunch provided with donations welcome to cover costs. Prior registration is essential as numbers are limited to 12 for each walk. Children aged 5-12 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Bring water, closed shoes and a hat. Further information and registration: [email protected] or leave a message for Alfred on 9879 6067.

 

Sculpting Workshop

SYDNEY Pop Up Gallery feature sculptors and painters with varying styles, from traditional to contemporary. Located at Garibaldi Village Square at 37 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill, it will be open each Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm until August 17.

The Gallery will also run three hour workshops where you can try your hand at fundamental sculpting techniques. Class dates are Thursday July 5 from 10am to 1pm; Saturday July 7 from 10am to
1pm; Tuesday July 31 from 6pm to 9pm; Thursday August 2 from 10am to 1pm and Saturday August 4 from 10am to 1pm.

For more information visit sydneypopupgallery.com.au

 

Stepping on with confidence

North Rocks Evening VIEW Club will hold their next dinner meeting on Tuesday July 10 at Pennant Hills Golf Club, corner Copeland Road/Burns Road South, Beecroft at 7pm.

Guest speaker is Nadia Williams from Royal Rehab who’ll talk on the topic:”Stepping on with Confidence.”

Enquiries Toni 9871-1926 or 0411 693 076; Margaret 9872-1405.

 

Concord Craft Market bargains

Concord Craft Market will be held this Saturday July 7 at the Community Centre, corner Wellbank & Bent streets, Concord, from 9am to 1.30pm.

You’ll find beautiful handmade babies and children’s wear, plants, homemade cakes, biscuits, honey and jams, unique gifts, jewellery, greeting cards and more. Have a free morning tea with purchases of $10. The ladies look forward to welcoming all customers, both old and new. New stallholders welcome. For further information contact Josephine 9772 0034 or 0413 590716 or Adele on 0422 9268567

 

Blue Mountains Kids Camp

For over 50 years North Ryde Christian Church has run a Kids Holiday Camp.

An action-packed week is planned from Sunday July 8 to Friday July 13 in the Blue Mountains for Years 3-6 including sports, games, swimming, flying fox, craft, music and Bible stories. This is six days of 24/7 child care in the next school holidays.

Staying in modern accommodation with a great group of leaders, the kids will have a week to remember. For more information contact Sarah 0401 849 286 or see northrydechurch.org/kidscamp

 

Epping Probus seeks members

Epping & District Probus Club is a social club for retired or semi-retired men and are seeking persons interested in membership.

The Club meets on the second Monday each month in Epping Presbyterian Church hall from 10am to 12 noon and runs regular social activities including speakers, musical afternoons, movie attendances, outings, walks, coffee morning teas, theatre performances and tours.

Visitors are encouraged to attend a meeting and consider membership. Ladies are welcome to attend as visitors.

Enquiries president Colin Jones 9871-2933 or secretary Ross Beattie 9871-1838.

 

First Fleeters Fellowship

Fellowship of First Fleeters Eastern Farms Chapter meet this Saturday July 7 at Brush Farm House, 19 Lawson Street, Eastwood at 10am.

Guest speaker is Robin Shipton, who’ll talk about Antikythera – an ancient Greek analogue computer.

If you have an interest in history and adventure, join the group.

Enquiries Jennifer Follers 9799 1161.

 

Grace Ministries Plant Stall

Grace Ministries Overseas Aid sell quality plants on the first Saturday of each month (except January).

All proceeds go to support very poor children and families in the south of India regarding schools and an orphanage.

Next stall will be held this Saturday July 7 on Midson Road near Cavan Drive Eastwood from 8am to 4pm.

Enquiries Marion 9858-1431.

 

NAIDOC Week event

National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Australia’s First Nations people during the Gai Mariagal Festival’s NAIDOC Week (July 8-15) next Wednesday July 11 in Ryde Library from 6pm to 7.30pm.

The 2018 theme is ‘Because of Her We Can.’ Guest speakers are Aunty Clair Jackson, a Jagara Nation Ugarapul/Gidabal Clan, south east Queensland woman and Kerrie Kenton, a Watte Wanne Knowledge holder of the Darug and Dhunghutti Nations, who holds many commissions and public art works to her name across Sydney.

Bookings essential. Phone 9952-8352 or email: Cityofryde.eventbrite.com.au

 

Your Chamber of Commerce Meets

EPPING: Chamber enquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888.

EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting July 9. Enquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221.

GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting July 17. Enquiries secretary Maria Zappia o401 158 307 or email: [email protected]

WEST RYDE: Enquiries President Nora Etmekdjian 0417 699 955.

DRUMMOYNE: Meet first Wednesday each month. Next meeting July 4. Enquiries Secretary Alex Elliott 0438 774 323 or Vice President Paul Harcombe 0438 089 900.

RIVERSIDE BUSINESS CHAMBER: Achieve Australia host Business After Hours on Monday July 2 @ Araluen House, 2 Brigadoon Court, Epping from 5.30pm to 7pm. Enquiries Sabrina Ferguson 9952 8498.