Cathie’s Column: Kelly’s Bush Walks and Talks

TO celebrate the Gai-mariagal Festival and local indigenous heritage, Hunters Hill Council has organised two FREE Walks in Kelly’s Bush in Weil Park Woolwich this Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 17.

Local indigenous resident Dave Bird will lead both walks and talks around Kelly’s Bush. Dave has an outstanding knowledge of the area which has a proud indigenous history.

This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about bushland plants and animals as well as the fascinating history of this amazing area. June 9 walk and talk will take place from 2pm to 3.30pm and June 17 event from 10.30am to 12 noon. Meet Dave outside Weil Park Hall. No bookings required. Enquiries Jane Tamasauskas 9879-9449 or email:

Open Weekend at historic Eryldene

Eryldene Historic House & Garden at 17 McIntosh Street Gordon will hold an Open Weekend this Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10 from 10am to 4pm. Take a tour of the house and hear the stories of the Waterhouse Family. Enjoy the Camellia sasanquas and early Camellia japonicas in bloom. Bring a picnic and enjoy the garden.

The Garden Cafe will also be open for light refreshments. Entry $12 adults; $10 concession; $5 children (6yrs-15yrs) or $30 family.

Eryldene Sunday Afternoon Teas from 1pm. Tea bookings essential.

Cost for Sunday Afternoon Teas (includes entry): non-members $37; child (6-12yrs) $17 or members $25. Bookings/enquiries 9498 2271.

 

Pests in the Garden talk

Eastwood Evening Garden Club meet next Tuesday June 12 in Dundas Baptist Church hall, 154 Marsden Road, Dundas at 7.30pm.

Members will talk about ‘Pests in my Garden’. Pick up bargains from the Bring and Buy table. Choose a plant from cutting table. Visitors welcome. Enquiries Ailsa 9874 2306.

 

Epping goes Vivid

St Alban’s Anglican Church Epping is lighting up for Vivid.

It may not be the Opera House but the crowds won’t stop you from seeing this suburban light show.

The changing colours in the tower and front of the Epping landmark are attracting passers-by who slow down to be stunned by the vibrancy of the stain glassed windows.

The lights go on at 6pm for the first commuter rush and continue until 10pm for late night walkers. A gift to the community from St Alban’s Anglican Church, installed and digitally programmed by Tony Moffatt, the lights will burn until Saturday June 16.

Enquiries Ross Nicholson 0407 916 603.

 

Midget Submarines in Sydney Harbour

Macquarie National Seniors meet on the second Wednesday each month at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club at 12 noon.

Speaker at the June 13 meeting is Gillian Lewis, who’ll talk on ‘Midget Submarines in Sydney Harbour’, a very intriguing subject we may all remember.

Opportunity for over-50s to meet and enjoy the company of people of a similar age group.

There are outings to interesting places plus an active walking group.

New members welcome. Enquiries Carolyn 9874 7129 or 0409 719 813.

 

Lane Cove Music Concert

Lane Cove Music will hold their next concert on Tuesday June 26 in Lane Cove-Mowbray Anglican Church, 19 Rosenthal Avenue, Lane Cove (behind Post Office) at 8pm.

Featured are the Petit Four Gliss Trio with Lisa Osmialowski (flute); Ella Brinch (viola) and Azumi Lehmann (harp) performing music by Ibert, Faur, Debussy, Bizet, Puccini and Satie.

Tickets $25 at door, children admitted FREE. Enquiries 9428 4287 or 9427 4651.

 

Computer Pals for Seniors

Computer Pals for Seniors West Ryde have organised a FREE introduction to computers session on Monday June 18 in St Columb’s Church hall, corner Dickson & Bellevue avenues, West Ryde at 10.30am.

Small classes (up to five students) with computers available for each member or bring along your own device.

You’ll receive lots of attention from very knowledgeable tutors in the one hour classes including Beginners, Beginners refresh, Internet, IPad, IPhone, Android, Organising photos/data/emails and Computer Security & Windows 10.

Term 3 commences July 23 until September 21. Fees $45 per nine week term plus $25 when joining for first time.

All welcome, bring your devices and enjoy a FREE morning tea.

Enquiries Margaret 9874 2645 or Warren 0417 221 603.

 

Pennant Hills VIEW lunch

Pennant Hills VIEW Club meets for lunch on the second Tuesday each month at Pennant Hills Golf Club at 11am.

Guest speaker at the June 12 meeting is John Ebbott from Careflight. Visitors and new members welcome. Bookings Margaret 9873 2402.

On June 26 the group will meet at a local cafe for an informal lunch.

 

World War 2 Child Evacuees

Family History Group of Ryde District Historical Society meet this Saturday June 9 at Willandra, 770 Victoria Road, Ryde at 10am.

Ann Howard will talk about World War 2 Child Evacuees. All welcome. Enquiries Christine 9809 7783.

The Historical Society meets next Tuesday June 12 at Willandra at 7pm.

Margaret Farlow will talk about “A Sister’s Legacy, The Story of Miss Mary Makinson.”

Visitors welcome. Enquiries Maureen 9817 4950.

 

Wildflower Walks

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: or leave a message for Alfred on 9879 6067.

 

Teachers required for English classes

Volunteer teachers and helpers are needed for English classes at Eastwood Uniting Church, corner Lakeside & Hillview roads, Eastwood – close to railway station.

The classes are for newcomers to the community who need assistance with understanding and speaking English and to offer them a welcoming place to meet others.

Greatest need is for classes held on Monday mornings from 9.30am to 11am.

They have large numbers of students of varying levels of English competence with several classes, each led by a team of teachers and helpers.

Classes are also held on Tuesday evenings, 7.30 to 9pm.

For further details contact Marion Gledhill 9874 2088 or 0423 355 759.

 

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