Cathie’s Column: Australia Day Concert at North Ryde Common

ALL roads lead to North Ryde Common this Friday January 26 for City of Ryde's Australia Day Concert celebrations from 5pm to 9pm. This is a good opportunity to bring your own picnic rug or deck chair, wave the flag and enjoy the concert with family and friends. Show your support for the Battle of the Bands that include finalists The Vinyl Press, A Big Mistake and Supahoney - come and watch them perform and vote for your favourite band for the People's Choice Award. Concert will feature Spencer Jones from The Voice and Jay Parrino and The Rockers of Oz alongside this year's Battle Of The Bands guest judge Isabella Manfredi. There'll also be rides, sports, food trucks and a great line up of entertainment, ending with a spectacular firework display. Activities for children include amusement rides, mini tennis, volleyball, soccer, cricket, scoop ball, frisbee throwing, and face painting. For full details go to Bush Music Club Dance Ryebuck Bush Band (pictured above) feature in Bush Music Club's first 2018 dance on Saturday February 3 in Beecroft Community Centre on Beecroft Road from 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Dances 'walked' and 'called'. Various bands play monthly with a light supper and local business spot prizes provided. Singles-couples-families, inexperienced all welcomed. Join BMC at door. Parking near shops and railway station. Inquiries Sigrid 9980 7077 or Wilma 9489 5594. A Monday night two hour dance workshop is held in the lower Pennant Hills Library/Community Centre, Yarrara Road from 7.30pm. Cost $7 - first timers FREE. Inquiries Felicity 9456 2860. Kim's 20 years sterling service at Ryan Wilks CONGRATULATIONS to Kim Sparkes on her 20 years of service at Ryan Wilks Pty Ltd at Silverwater. She is pictured with Managing Director and General Manager Ron Ryan of Tennyson Point. Kim started with us on January 5, 1998 as a young mum getting back into the work force and working three short days a week,Ó said Ron. She now heads up the administration and procedural side of our business and that's just to name a few of the many tasks she carries out in our organisation. It's been a pleasure for all of us here at Ryan Wilks to work alongside such an accomplished member of our team, he added. 

Computer Pals at West Ryde Computer Pals for Seniors West Ryde still have a few places in the iPad beginners Class, Internet plus a three-week Computer Security course available. Term 1 starts on Monday February 5. Classes held Monday to Friday during nine week school term, in an air conditioned room at St Columb's Church, corner Dickson & Bellevue avenues, West Ryde. Helped by excellent tutors for one hour with only four students per class. Fees $45 per 9 - week term plus $25 when joining for the first time. Computer security costs $20 for three weeks only. Enquiries Margaret 9874 2645 or Warren 0417 221 603. 

Epping Eastwood CWA meeting Eastwood-Epping branch of Country Women's Association will hold their first 2018 meeting on Tuesday February 6 in Eastwood Baptist Church hall, First Avenue, Eastwood at 9.45am. Visitors and new members always welcome. Enquiries Jan 9871-2702. 

Dru Yoga at Nirvana School of Yoga The Nirvana school of Yoga prides itself on teaching various types of safe yoga styles for men and women. Classes resume Monday January 29. The Seniors class which started last term is growing all the time and is priced low to accommodate pensioners and is held on Thursday mornings at 11am. Dru yoga is essentially a yoga of the Heart as it combines postures and sequences which activate the heart centre and is enormously popular with dedicated yogis and beginners alike. An open, healthy heart is imperative for a happy and fulfilled life. This class will be conducted by a professional certificated Dru Yoga teacher on Thursday nights at 6.45pm starting Thursday February 1. The Studio is at 40 Hancott Street Ryde and is air conditioned for summer and winter. For times of other day and evening classes contact Vi on 9809-5618 or email

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. Enquiries president Neil McDonald 9872-5524 or secretary John Peters 9869 1957. 

Try lawn bowls at North Ryde Ladies can come and try lawn bowls at North Ryde RSL Women's Bowling Club. Free coaching. Inquiries Elaine 9888 7175.

Writers Fellowship Moocooboola branch of Fellowship of Australian Writers meet on the third Thursday each month in the Meeting Room of Gladesville Library, Pittwater Road, Gladesville at 1.30pm. Writers from everywhere and of all kinds are invited to read, or just listen, and discuss their work in a convivial and supportive atmosphere. Inquiries John Egan 9799-3077; email: or Brian Rutter 9817-5508.