Cathie’s Column: Shrek the Musical at Riverside Theatres

Shrek the Musical

PROMINENT actor Jay Laga’aia stars in Packemin Productions’ new show Shrek the Musical now on stage at Riverside Theatres Parramatta. Everyone's favourite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash DreamWorks animation hit film. Shrek - played by Laga’aia - brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. Musical also features Luke Joslin as Lord Farquaad, Mikayla Williams as Princess Fiona and Nat Jobe as Donkey and is one for the whole family! Other performances are tonight Wednesday February 7 & 14, Thursday February 8 & 15 and Friday February 9 & 16 @ 7.30pm; Saturday February 10 & 17 @ 2pm and 7.30pm; Sunday February 11 @ 11am and 4pm. Tickets range from $35 to $55. On sale now from Riverside Theatres Parramatta:

Win tickets to supernatural horror film, Winchester

Ten TWT readers can win double passes to the new supernatural horror film Winchester to be released in cinemas on February 22 courtesy of independent film distributors Studio Canal. To find out more, head to our competitions page: 


Papunya Tjupi Arts Exhibition

RECENT works from the talented artists of Papunya Tjupi Arts in Central Australia are now showing at a special Exhibition at the Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby until Sunday February 25. The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Honey Art Gallery presents PTA’s latest masterpieces, showcasing sought after senior artists and introducing exciting new talent. 

Papunya Tjupi Arts is a 100 per cent Aboriginal owned and directed community. Further details: 

Biographical Database

Lane Cove Historical Society meet Tuesday February 27 in Lane Cove Library at 7pm. This month’s guest speaker is Malcom Sainty AM. Malcolm was instrumental in creating the online ‘Biographical Database Australia’(BDA). The BDA houses Australian historical records which are easily accessible from your home computer. Find out what it’s all about, how you can use it and why. For more information phone 0418 276 365 or check website:

Ryde Historical Society Family History Group of Ryde District Historical Society meet this February 10 at Willandra, 770 Victoria Road, Ryde at 10am. This will be a Members meeting - come prepared to speak for five minutes about your latest findings in your family history. Ryde District Historical Society will hold its AGM next Tuesday February 13 at Willandra at 7pm. Visitors welcome. Inquiries Christine 9809 7783.

Brush Park Bowling Club's Pink Day BRUSH Park Bowling Club hosted a Pink Day last weekend with all proceeds in aid of the McGrath  Foundation. Thirty men and women bowlers enjoyed a fun game then took part in an auction of donated items which raised $1,000 for the charity. Pictured is Joe Masafera, Marie Dewhirst and former Test cricket umpire Dick French.

Support group for parents

PFLAG (Support Group for Parents/Family/Friends of Lesbian & Gay Children) meet on the fourth Saturday each month at “175” (formerly Wesley Lodge Motel), 175 Hawkesbury Road Westmead at 2pm. Next meet February 24. Off-street parking available. For further information phone Judy 0439 466 125 or check website: 

Enhance your retirement Probus Club of Hunters Hill meets on the first Tuesday each month at the Hunters Hill Club, Madeleine Street, Hunters Hill at 9.30am. On March 6 come along and meet new friends and enjoy morning tea; April 3: Guest speaker 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. Inquiries 9817-5434. 

Nurturing succulents Eastwood Evening Garden Club meet next Tuesday February 13 in Dundas Baptist Church Hall, 154 Marsden Road, Dundas. Speaker is Vincent Leong of Precious Succulents who’ll talk about Growing and nurturing succulents. Choose a plant from cutting table. Visitors welcome. Inquiries Ailsa 9874 2306 

Pensioners & Superannuants Gladesville-Hunters Hill Ryde branch of NSW Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association will hold their first meeting for 2018 on Monday February 19 at Gladesville RSL Community Club at 10.30am. Speaker is Ryde Hunters Hill Community Transport manager Virginia Coy. All new members welcome. Inquiries Ron Gee 9809-3066. 

Sydney’s Eternity Man Macquarie branch of National Seniors meet on the third Wednesday each month at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club at 12 noon. At the February 21 meeting the speaker is Graham Sims who’ll talk about Sydney’s ‘Eternity’ Man. Macquarie offers the opportunity to over-50s of a place to meet and enjoy the company of people of a similar age group. An active walking group also offers interesting walks. New members always welcome. Inquiries Carolyn 9874 7129 or 0409 719 813.

Community Learning Program Christian Community Aid has two exciting new classes on offer this year 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

Taryn Malzard Art demonstration Friends Art Group Inc will hold a demonstration by artist Taryn Malzard this Friday February 9 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club at 10am. Visitors welcome - fee $5. Membership $40. The Group has 43 members and is seeking a few more. Phone Rosemary Keegan 98075382 

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 February 12 at Club Eastwood at 6.30pm. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221. 

GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting February 20 at the Hunters Hill Club, 12-20 Madeline Street, Hunters Hill at 6pm. Inquiries secretary Maria Zappia 0401 158 307 or email: 

RIVERSIDE BUSINESS: Meet first Monday each month. Inquiries Marcella Letteri 9952-8498. WEST 

RYDE: Enquiries President Nora Etmekdjian 0417 699 955. 

DRUMMOYNE: Meet first Wednesday each month. Next meeting February 7. Inquiries Secretary Alex Elliott 0438 774 323 or Vice President Paul Harcombe 0438 089 900.