Dads in Distress: peer support group that helps men who are going through separation, grief and related issues. The Penrith group meets at the Family Relationship Centre, 27 Lawson Street, on Tuesdays at 7pm.
Details: 1300853437 or www.dadsindistress.asn.au
Prostate Cancer Support Group: meets third Monday of each month, Lecture Room 1, Learning and Development Unit, Nepean Hospital, 6.30pm. Guest speakers and open forums.
Contact: Alan Moran, 47303122.
Gateway: Parent groups being run this term include 123 Magic, Managing Anger, Step By Step and Magnifying Hope.
Details: Gateway, 47395963.
Bereavement support: For those widowed. Tuesdays fortnightly, 10-11.30. Catholic Church Parish Centre, Penrith.
Contact Eileen: 99330205
Embroidery/Dressmaking Classes: Springwood Community Arts Centre, Thursdays 10am–12.30pm, 1.30pm–4pm, Wednesdays 6.30-9pm. 22 Ferguson Rd, Springwood
Knitting group: Penrith Library, 9.30am-noon, first Monday of the month. Learn to knit and crochet and help Wrap With Love and other charities. Come for a knit and chat. Morning tea provided, bring your own mug.
Details: Library, 47327891, or Jillian, 96235037 (local contact).
Probus Club: meet at Glenmore Park Community Centre, Luttrell Street, every third Wednesday, 10am. Morning tea. All retirees welcome.
Contact: Gwen Head, 47338745, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Play Group: ages 0-5 with disabilities or developmental delay or at risk of a delay. Tuesdays 10-12 during school terms, St Marys. Gold coin donation.
Details: Lifestart Nepean, 96232100.
Orchid Club: Blue Mountains and Penrith District, meets fourth Friday of each month, 7.30pm, The Melrose Hall, Corner Great Western Highway and Park Street, Emu Plains
Details: 4739 3502
Red Cross: Meetings second Thursday of each month, 10am, CWA Rooms.
Details: Diane, 96239789.
Arthritis NSW: Meetings second Wednesday of each month, CWA Rooms, Tindale Street, February 13, 10am. Coffee from 9.30am. Next meeting: March 13
Details: Dianne, 96239789.
The Learning Lounge: Free service that provides homework help and educational support for young people in years 7-12. Tuesday afternoons throughout the school term, 3.15-5.15, St Clair Youth Centre, 97A Cook Parade.
Details: Jessica, 98372708 or email@example.com
Penrith Women’s Health Centre: Zumba Gold classes for women. Low impact dance-fitness class for people beginning their fitness journey. Mondays 9.30-10.15am. $5 a class during school terms.
Penrith Garden Club: Meets third Monday of each month, 7.30pm, Jamison Room, Nepean Shores, Tench Avenue, Penrith. All welcome.
Details: Heather, 0408365002.
Knit in: Penrith Library, 9.30am-noon, first Monday of the month. Learn to knit and crochet and help Wrap With Love and other charities. Come for a knit and chat. Morning tea provided, bring your own mug. Details: Library 47327891, Jillian 96235037
Free exercise program: Penrith Women’s Health Centre and St Clair Youth and Neighbourhood Team. Nine-week program on Fridays, to help migrant and refugee women have access to physical exercise. Yoga and zumba. Autumnleaf Neighbourhood Centre, Corner Timesweep Drive and Autumnleaf Parade, St Clair, 10am-noon.
Details: Belinda, 98342708 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Zen: Free study, 9.30am Saturday, 10.30am Sunday, Tench Reserve.
Contact: Guan email@example.com or 0407522886.
Country Women’s Association: Meets last Monday of every month, CWA room, 1 Tindale Street, Penrith. Free morning tea 9.30am, meeting 10am. CWA Friendship Group also meets every other Monday, 9.30am, CWA rooms.
Details: Maureen, 0414713310.
The Nepean Retired Men’s Club: Meets third Wednesday of each month, 10am, John Lees Christian Centre, 15 Evan Street, Penrith. Speakers each month and outings throughout the year. All men welcome.
Details: Don, 47215889.
Penrith City National Servicemen’s Association: Meets third Sunday of each month, 10.30am, Penrith RSL Club. Details: John Taylor, 98646967.
St Marys Area Community Development Project: Women’s Purse Group open to all women looking for social activities. St Marys Corner, Arts and Crafts Studio. Entrance via Swanston Street, St Marys. Meet Mondays during school term 10am-noon. Cost is $3 per week.
Details: Lisa, 96732169.
HPSOP: The Health Promotion Service for Older People is looking for volunteers 50 years and older from any languages to talk about health issues to groups of older people.
Details: Habib or Barbara, 92813588, 1800451488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Springwood Acoustic Club: Self-expression through singing, poetry or just telling a yarn, fourth Friday of the month, Springwood Neighbourhood Centre, Macquarie Street, Springwood, 8pm. Cost: $7 or $5 concession.
Details: Mark, 47214230 or email@example.com.
Family Life Choice and Change: For parents whose children are not in their care. Cost is based on income. Uniting Church, Meeting Room, 70 Old Bathurst Road, Blaxland East.
Play and Chat Playgroup: Craft, games, stories, music and parent information. For 0-school age. Thursday mornings during school term, 9.15am–11.15am, Blaxland Public School, Baden Place, Blaxland.
Al-Anon Meeting: Al-Anon groups provide support and understanding for families affected by alcoholism. Community Connection 114-116, Henry Street, first floor, Mondays, noon.
Solo A Circle Of Friends: For 55s and over who enjoy social interaction through monthly meetings and outings.
Details: Send self-addressed envelope to Secretary PO Box 7557 South Penrith 2750.
Ladies’ Friendship Group: If you enjoy quilting, embroidery, knitting, handicraft or just want some laughs, come along to North St Marys Neighbourhood Centre, North St Marys, Wednesdays, 10am-2pm.
Details: Pauline, 98356894 or Gaye, 96257645.
Tai Chi: 9.30am on Sunday, Tench Reserve, Penrith.
Details: Guan, 0407522886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors’ Train Travellers: Group for 55s and over. Enjoy social interaction, guest speakers and outings.
Details: Please send stamped self-addressed envelope to Group Leader, PO Box 7521 South Penrith, NSW 2750. Include name, address and telephone number.
Penrith and District Philatelic Society: Meets first Thursday of each month, 8pm, CWA Rooms, Tindale Street, Penrith.
Solace Grief Support: Meets second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2pm, Community Connections building, 114 Henry Street, Penrith. Solace is a not-for-proft volunteer organisation offering support for those grieving over the death of their partner.
Details: Leola, 98331449.
Foster Carers: Wesley Dalmar is looking to recruit foster carers.
Details: Sarah Chapple or Katherine Leonard, 47239288.
GROW: Are you living with depression, anxiety, loneliness or low self esteem? Try GROW’S 12 Step Program. Meet Tuesdays, 7pm and Thursdays, 10am, at the Community Health Centre, Soper Place, Penrith.
Details: 96331800 or 1800 558 268.
St Clair Youth and Neighbourhood Team: Patchwork Mondays, 1pm-3.30pm $10 per class, heartmoves exercises for over 40s, Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-noon, $4 per class, Fab 40s women’s social group every second Tuesday, $2 per week.
Details: 9834 2708.
Learning Lounge: homework help centre for ages 8-18. Volunteer tutors available at St Clair Youth Centre, 97A Cook Parade, St Clair, each Tuesday for ages 12-18 and every Friday for ages 8-12 in school terms, 3.15pm-5.15pm, free. The Learning Lounge offers internet access, a Maths Power program and computers.
Saturday Nights: Karaoke Wannabes, Kemps Creek Sporting 7 Bowling Club, 8.30pm-12.30am (weekly giveaways).
Museum of Printing: Visit the print shop from years gone by. In the grounds of Penrith Paceway, corner Mulgoa Road and Ransley Street. Open every Saturday, 10am-2pm. $3 entry. Group tours can be arranged.
Details: Neville James, 47392640 or email@example.com.
Kidz Arcade: Thursdays in school terms for years 3-6, 3.30pm-5pm. Craft, cooking, games, pool, table tennis. $3 per week. St Clair Youth Centre, 97A Cook Parade, St Clair.
Details: 9834 2708.
Shandilo Pony Club: Accepting new members and riders for 2012, aged between six and 25. Bring your horse or pony and have a great time learning new things and making new friends. New instructors also welcome. Club meets on first and third Sunday of the month, Shanes Park Reserve, corner of South Creek and Whites roads, Shanes Park.
Details: 0413 032 816.
Sing Australia Penrith: for those who love to sing, everything from Abba and the Beatles to folk songs and songs from musicals. No auditions or experience needed and visitors and new members are always welcome. Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm, Senior Citizens Centre, 86 Station Street, Penrith.
Details: Doreen 4721 2841.
Penrith City Nashos: Meets third Sunday of each month, Penrith RSL Club, 10.30am. Morning tea provided.
Details: Colin, 0400 729 006.
Learn To Dance: 1950s rock’n’roll every Monday, Penrith RSL Club, 7pm. New courses every five weeks for beginners. Singles and couples welcome.
Details: 87861220 or www.letsmoovengroove.com.au.
Old Time Dancing: Llandillo Hall, Seventh Avenue, Llandilo. Third Saturday of each month, 8pm. Next one February 16.
Details: 4732 8104.
Tai Chi: Weekly, Kingswood Park, near corner First Street and Santley Crescent. Free, every Saturday, 4pm.
Details: Guan, 0407 522 886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meditation: Westclub every Wednesday, 1.30pm. Next door to St Stephens Church, High Street, Penrith. All welcome.
Details: Mark, 4721 4230.
Depression: Are you living with depression, anxiety, loneliness or low self-esteem? Try GROW for 12-Step Program. Tuesdays, 7pm and Thursdays 10am, Community Health Centre, Soper Place, Penrith. Details: 9633 1800 or 1800 558 268 (freecall).
Cranebrook Bush Group: Meets first Sunday of each month. Tools, gloves and training provided.
Details: Geoff, 0431 222 602 or 47293546 or email@example.com.
Yoga: U3A Yoga class for over 50s.
Details: 4722 3405.
Mytime Playgroups: Early intervention support for children with a disability or chronic medical condition and their families. Mondays, 10am-noon. Emu Plains Community Centre, Lawson Street, Emu Plains.
Details: 1800 171 882 or www.playgroupnsw.com.au.
Puffers and Wheezers: Meets second Wednesday of each month, Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, Bringelly Road, Kingswood, 10.30am.
Details: Gloria, 47338926.
National Seniors’ Australia: Penrith Branch, 86 Station Street. Meets first Tuesday of each month, Penrith Valley Seniors Centre, 7.30pm. $5 room hire and refreshments provided.
Details: Peter Horsfield, 47326 805, or www.nsapenrith.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Meditation Classes: Fridays, 10am, Blaxland Community Centre, 33 Hope Street. Simple ways to bring balance and peace of mind into your life.
Details: 4759 3691.