Cathie’s Column: Fine art works at Epping Arts Fair

THE ANNUAL Epping Arts Fair will be hosted by Epping Boys High School in conjunction with Epping Rotary from this Friday March 23 to Sunday March 25 at 213 Vimiera Road Eastwood.

Event takes place in the school’s Edmund Barton Centre and there’ll be a major prize of $2,500 on offer as well as a People’s Choice award ($500) at the opening night VIP Gala Awards Cocktail Party this Friday from 6pm to 10pm.

A student art competition featuring works from many schools in the local community will be staged over the weekend as well as an Art Fair Viewing plus food and market stalls this Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Entry to VIP Cocktail Party is $25 or $20 early bird. Art viewing and pick up this Sunday. Funds raised will support the building of a new Community Lyric Theatre at Epping Boys High School. Inquiries 9869-2701.


60th birthday treat for Shamrock Bob

BALMAIN Junior League life member and Dundas Shamrocks stalwart Bob Siemsen celebrated his 60th birthday recently with a family dinner at Dundas Sports Club. The Ermington native – a proud family man – is pictured with wife Alex, daughter Christine and grandchildren Mia 7, Isla 4, Lucas 3, Hayley 15 months, one year old Nicholas and two week old Olivia. Bob and Alex were also joined by their two sons Mark and Steve and daughter-in-laws Amanda and Natalie. Mark and Natalie are the parents of Mia, Isla and Lucas while Nicholas is the son of Steve and Amanda. Christine and Jonathon Gilliver are the parents of Hayley and Olivia.

Enchantment of Music Concert

Five TWT readers have won double passes to this Sunday’s Ryde Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra concer in North Ryde School of Arts Community Hall, 201 Cox’s Road, North Ryde at 3pm.

Winners are: Noah Zillman, Denistone; Gwyneth Tonelli, Marsfield; Merryl Monteith, Ryde; Sheena Ellesmore, Drummoyne and Corey Westbrook of Lane Cove.

The Orchestra presents The Enchantment of Music with Principal Conductor Carlos Alvarado and Concertmaster Naomi Warr.

Repertoire includes Mozart Divertimento in D K 136; Mozart Serenade in K K 525 ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusic’; Daniel Rojas ‘A Little Suite’ for String Orchestra; Chaminade Op 107 Concertino for Flute and Orchestra and Mendelssohn – Symphony No 4 Italian.

Tickets $30 adults; $25 pensioners/seniors or $12 students.

Visit to purchase tickets or book online and receive 10 per cent off. Inquiries: [email protected]


Footprints & Voices Our Stories

Local writer Shereen Khor will launch her book “Footprints & Voices – Our Stories” at a special fundraiser this Saturday March 24 in the main hall of Eastwood Uniting Church, corner Lakeside & Hillview roads, Eastwood from 3pm to 5pm.

All welcome for an afternoon of entertainment, story-sharing, book launch, and afternoon tea.

This is an opportunity to support Shereen, also a volunteer teacher with the Church English classes, who wants to share real-life stories from local people.

All proceeds from book sales at the launch will assist with expenses of the English classes. A companion book also for sale is “From Distant shores – a migrant’s thoughts & tales”, an autobiographical memoir by Shereen, with socio-political essays. Inquiries 9858 5732.


CWA Craft Afternoon

Country Women’s Association Eastwood will hold their monthly Craft Afternoon this Friday March 23 in the tearooms, located behind Eastwood Library, from 12 noon.

This FREE event will feature a guest speaker and demonstration on Beading. After the beading, the group’s famous devonshire tea will be available for $4. Anyone interested in craft welcome.

Inquiries Vicki 9858 1358.

Monte Dwyer at Probus

Probus Club of Hunters Hill meets on the first Tuesday each month at the Hunters Hill Club, Madeleine Street, Hunters Hill at 9.30am.

Guest speaker at April 3 meeting is Monte Dwyer – former Today Show and ABC weatherman turned freelance  journalist, author, videographer, singer and songwriter now travelling the country in search of Australian stories.

May 1 speaker is retired Mounted Police Commissioner Don Eyb. Enquiries  9817-5434


Crochet and Craft Club

Ryde Crochet & Craft Group are seeking new members. Learn to crochet or bring your own craft.

For further details contact Wendy 0419 411 288.


Talks on Egyptology

Australian Centre for Egyptology present talks this Sunday March 25 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club at 12.30pm.

Do you want to know the latest information about what the Egyptologists from Macquarie University have been digging up in their last season in Egypt? These talks are beautifully illustrated and will be of interest to everyone. Bookings essential. Phone 9850-8848 Monday to Thursday (9am to 3pm) or email: [email protected]


Pre Easter Super Sale

All Saints Anglican Church in Ambrose Street Hunters Hill have organised a Pre Easter Super Sale this Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25.

Top bargains on amazing designer and pre loved clothes, shoes, handbags, jewellery, collectables, books plus babies and childrenÕs clothes. All day devonshire teas. Sale open Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm. Inquiries Deidre 9816-3729; Mary 9879-7183 or Margaret 9713-5143.


Eastwood Toastmasters

Eastwood Toastmasters meet on the second and fourth Saturday each month at the Training Centre, Brush Farm Academy, 19 Lawson Street Eastwood from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Inquiries Jacky 043 206 2862.


Land and Sea Fine Art Exhibition

Award winning Hunters Hill artist Ian Hansen is featured in the Collection One Land and Sea Fine Art of Australia Exhibition now showing at the Rochfort Gallery at 317 Pacific Highway North Sydney.

The exhibition will be open until Easter Monday April 2.

Other artists featured include Barbara Campbell-Allen, Martin Campbell, Susanna Chen Chow, Dana Dion, Joanne Duffy, Werner Filipich, Warrick Fuller, Pamela Honeyfield, Sheila Lyne, Paul McCarthy, David Preston, Gemma Rasdall, Mellissa Read-Devine, Debbie Mackinnon, Leah Thiessen, Marika Varady and Nat Ward.

Gallery is open Tuesday to Fridays from 9am to 5.30pm; Saturday, Sunday and piblic holidays from 10am to 4pm. For further details contact 0438 700 712 or email: [email protected]


Your Chamber of Commerce Meets

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

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

GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting March 20. Inquiries secretary Maria Zappia o401 158 307 or email: [email protected]

RIVERSIDE BUSINESS: Meet first Monday each month. After Hours April 9 hosted by Stryder (formerly Ryde-Hunters Hill Transport) at Huntleys Cove Clubhouse, corner Karrabee Avenue and Mortimer Lewis Drive, Huntleys Cove from 5.30pm to 7pm. Inquiries Marcella Letteri 9952-8498.

WEST RYDE: Inquiries President Nora Etmekdjian 0417 699 955.

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


Community Learning Program

Christian Community Aid has two exciting new classes on offer through its low cost Community Learning adult education program.

Technology for Seniors will help you conquer your iPad or smartphone with easy-paced small group lessons led by an experienced senior tutor.

Ukulele for Beginners will teach you the chords and strums so you can enjoy singing and playing a variety of lively tunes each week. Join the revival and enter the joyful world of ukulele music. Equipment provided for each class, or bring your own. Inquiries Vanessa 9858 3222 or [email protected]


Probus Club North Epping

Retired men in North Epping and surrounding districts will find many interesting activities within North Epping Probus Club.

The Club meets on the third Monday morning of most months at the Clubhouse of North Epping Bowling & Community Club.

Don’t let the idea of a waiting list worry you too much.

Most of the interests and adventures of the many sub-clubs are open to people on the waiting list, in the same manner as for members.

The Club covers a wide range of interests and activities, with 16 sub-clubs, which stimulate both the body and the mind.

For more details contact John McClintock 9808 6441.