RYDE Lantern Club have organised a day trip to the Blue Mountains on Friday August 10 in a 53-seat luxury coach.

Members of Hornsby Lantern Club and Eastwood branch of Country Women’s Association will join the group for a fun day of sightseeing.

All welcome. Coach departs Asquith Bowling Club at approximately 7.30am and St Anne’s Ryde 8am en route to Windsor/Richmond where you can enjoy morning tea before touring through Kurrajong, Bilpin, Mt Victoria, Govetts Leap Lookout and Blackheath. Next destination is The New Ivanhoe Hotel at Blackheath where you’ll step back into the 1930s art deco era and enjoy roast lunch, dessert, tea and coffee in front of open log fires. After lunch relax while travelling to Katoomba, cliff drive, Leura and Wentworth Falls before returning to Ryde at approximately 4.30pm and Hornsby 5.15pm. Cost is $64 all inclusive. Cash/cheques made out to Ryde Lantern Club with payments required by Friday August 3. Enquiries Robert Anderson 9670-2743 or 0418 552 532.


Balmain’s Campbell Street Concerts return this Sunday July 22 with Winter Dreams – the ARCH trio offering music of wintery themes, dreams and a hint of spring.

ARCH Trio’s Winter Dreams

Balmain’s Campbell Street Concerts return this Sunday July 22 with Winter Dreams – the ARCH trio offering music of wintery themes, dreams and a hint of spring.

Soprano Christina Wilson and pianist Alan Hicks have recently returned from their performances in Villers-Bretonneux, France, commemorating the Great War. Joined by violist Robert Harris they’ll perform music from Vivaldi’s Winter, Schubert’s Winter’s Journey, Dream with Me from Bernstein’s Peter Pan and popular Classics by Brahms, Faure, Grieg, Vaughan Williams and other ‘greats’. The concert, starting at 3.30pm, complement the 150th anniversary year of Balmain’s Campbell Street Presbyterian Church.

Bookings are advised at trybooking.com (search Balmain) with cash sale tickets $30, $24, $10 available at door on the day of concert. FREE to children 12 years and under when accompanied by an adult.

Lane Cove Art Award Exhibition

55th annual Lane Cove Art Award opens on Friday August 10 with hundreds of spectacular artworks on display at Gallery Lane Cove, 164 Longueville Road from 6pm.

On show is a rich diversity of art, full of colour and variety from originals to artists’ prints, and styles from traditional to modern.

Entry fee for Opening Night is $5, which includes catalogue and refreshments with proceeds going to Rotary Club of Lane Cove to fund community projects. Exhibition is then open from Saturday August 11 to Saturday August 18 from 10am to 4.30pm daily with admission $2 for catalogue (early closing 2.30pm Saturday August 18). Total prizemoney this year is $9,250.

Lane Cove Art Award is organised by Lane Cove Council in conjunction with Lane Cove Art Society.

Deadline for entry to the 55th Lane Cove Art Award is looming, but thereÕs still time to enter your artwork. Lane Cove Art Society invites all artists to enter, not only members. Entry forms and fees by Monday July 23 to John Heffernan, 42 Richardson Street, Lane Cove 2066. Delivery of works: Tuesday July 31 from 11am to 3pm and Wednesday August 1 from 11am to 6.30pm to Gallery Lane Cove.

Enquiries Pat Wilson 9428 1134 or 0419 233 862; Lane Cove Art Society president Lyn Teal 0432 105 600 or vice president Julie Percy 0405 712 995.


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. Enquiries: Jacky 043 206 2862.


Family Fun Dayat North Ryde

North Ryde Christian Church has organised a FREE Fun Day this Saturday July 21 for families and the communityĘat 12 Pindari Street North Ryde from 11am to 3pm.

There’ll be an animal farm, climbing wall, jumping castles, face painting, morning tea, coffee and sausage sizzle.

Further details: 0466 083 828 or check website: www.northrydechurch.org


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


Chess Group for seniors

Hunters Hill Seniors Chess Group caters for those who wish to participate in social chess on a regular basis.

Expertise isn’t required for these informal and social sessions. Group meets each Wednesday afternoon at Ironwood Company Coffee House, 102 Woolwich Road, Woolwich – adjacent to the Woolwich Pier Hotel from 2pm to 5pm.

Anyone thinking of joining the chess group should contact Sydney Community Services’ reception on 9817-0101 or email: [email protected]


Sculpting Workshops

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 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


Golden A’s Social Group

Macquarie Golden A’s is a social group for seniors over 55.

They hold weekly meetings on Mondays between 9.30am and 11.30am at Macquarie Centre in the Events room at Events Cinemas. For just $5 a week, come along and enjoy a weekly catchup and chance to make new friends.

Each week they have entertainers and interesting guest speakers for an hour. They also hold a raffle and have a trading table with plenty of bric a brac and home-made goodies to help support the club.

They also have monthly outings. Enquiries: Anita 0415 815 141.


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 August 13. Enquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221.

GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting August 21. 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 August 1. Enquiries Secretary Alex Elliott 0438 774 323 or Vice President Paul Harcombe 0438 089 900.

RIVERSIDE BUSINESS CHAMBER: Next Business After Hours Monday August 6 hosted by Servcorp, Level 9 Avaya House, 123 Epping Road North Ryde from 5.30pm to 7pm. Enquiries Sabrina Ferguson 9952 8498.


Community Learning Programs

Enrolments now open for Christian Community Aid’s adult education programs for next semester.

At Community Learning, it’s your chance to learn something new, enjoy your existing hobbies and meet new friends in your local area. Classes just $6 per week. Technology for Seniors, Line Dancing, Watercolour Painting, Sewing and Patchwork, French, Ukulele, Bridge, Yoga, Drawing and Gentle Exercise are just some of the 35 plus classes on offer at Eastwood and West Ryde.

Enquiries Vanessa 9858 3222 or email [email protected]

Full class timetable and enrolment form at www.ccas.org.au/community-learning-english


PFLAG Support Group

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 July 28.

Off-street parking available. Enquiries Judy 0439 466 125; www.pflagaustralia.org.au or email: [email protected]