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Supporting & connecting our community

For younger residents Artfest & Art in the Park

A helping hand Northside Community Connect

With this year’s theme ‘My Space’, Artfest is for pre-schoolers to senior students and is open for entries until early September, culminating in an exhibition at Avalon Recreation Centre between 26 September and 1 October 2008. Another festival highlight is the Art in the Park experience, where young artists can work alongside professional artists to create artworks in Dunbar Park, Avalon on 27 September. Visit www. pittwaterartfest.com.au for more info.

The local coordinators for meals on wheels, assistance with gardening for housebound residents and other community services, Northside Community Connect also recruit volunteers. For more info phone 9931 7777 or email victoriam@ northsideconnect.com.au

24/7 Film Festival

The Festival is designed for those aged 12-24 years to unleash their creative talents through the art of film. The festival is made up of film workshops throughout August each year, and then a fast-paced team or individual entry competition where entrants are given the challenge of making a film of up to 7 minutes in just 24 hours. The Festival concludes with showings at various cinemas on the northern beaches and in Mosman throughout September. Visit www.myspace. com/247youthfilmfestival for full details.


More than 20 Bushcare volunteer groups help transform areas of Pittwater by pulling out weeds and replanting natives. Each group usually meets monthly and even just an hour’s help is welcomed. Visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/ environment to find out where the nearest group is to you or phone 9970 1111.

know-how – as well as donated toys. Donations can be left at libraries in Pittwater or at Kimbriki waste facility. For more info contact John Seaton on 9918 0424.

For dog lovers Dog Day by the Bay

The ultimate event for dog owners and dog lovers held every September at Rowland Reserve, Bayview. There are obedience and agility demonstrations, product and info stalls, talks by dog experts and competitions with generous prizes.

Stall holder bookings are now open for this year’s event on 28 September 2008; visit www. pittwater.nsw.gov.au to book online, or phone 9970 1194.



Scotland Island Dog Race

Peninsula Toy Factory

Do you have toys your kids have outgrown? Every Wednesday morning at Ingleside volunteers take old and broken toys and renew them for disadvantaged children. The ‘toy factory’ is currently looking for an extra volunteer with electrical

This quirky event is held every year on Christmas Eve and had its beginnings in the early 70s, when the dogs of two offshore residents raced each other for a bottle of beer and a can of dog food across a 500 metre stretch of water between Scotland Island and Church Point. Nowadays the event attracts nearly 30 dogs and more than 2000 spectators. For more info email paul@paulpurvis.net

For everyone Narrabeen Car Boot Sale

Open to anyone with a car or small trailer, the car boot sale is in the grounds of Narrabeen Sports High off Pittwater Road. Food and drinks on sale, plus everything you can fit in the back of a car! On between 7.30am and 3.30pm on the last Sunday of February, May, August and November each year. Selling space costs $35 for a car and $40 for a trailer; for bookings and info contact 0434 928 028.

Australia Day at Newport Beach

Pittwater’s celebration of Australia Day is on 26 January every year between 7am and 10.30am at Newport Beach. Share in a traditional BBQ breakfast, citizenship ceremony, Australia Day award presentation and activities including thong-throwing, face-painting and a bush band. Visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au for more info from November onwards.

What’s on in Pittwater

24 – Annual Pub-to-Pub Fun Run from Dee Why Beach to the Newport Arms from 8am. Please note no entries on the day; pre-register at www.pub2pub.com.au

19 – Art demonstration hosted by North Shore Art Society at Nelson Heather Centre, cnr Jacksons Road Narrabeen from 10am. Enjoy morning tea while you watch an artist at work. Enquiries: 9979 2453

25 – Free workshop for parents/guardians of learner drivers, 6.30-8.30pm at Mona Vale. Learn how to plan driving lessons, deal with problems on the road and give feedback. Bookings essential: 9970 1194

28 – Dog Day by the Bay, Rowland Reserve, Bayview 10am-3pm. Events, stalls, competitions and activities for dog-owners and their pets, plus heaps of prizes! Enquiries: 9970 1226 (insert pic)

29-31 – Lifeline Giant Book Sale at the Ted Blackwood Centre, cnr Jacksons & Boondah Roads, Warriewood. Thousands of books to choose from! Enquiries: 9949 5522

26 – Artfest begins with the opening of exhibited entries at Avalon Recreation Centre, 59A Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon. Plus Art in the Park on 27 September. Visit www.pittwaterartfest.com.au for full details

31 – Citizenship ceremony at Mona Vale Memorial Hall from 6pm. Enquiries: Dept of Immigration 131 800


5 – Line dancing at Nelson Heather Centre 7-9pm. Enquiries: 9981 1212

14 – Animal Liberation meeting at North Narrabeen Community Centre, 2-10 Woorarra Avenue, North Narrabeen from 7pm. Enquiries: 9262 3221

24 – Avalon Buddhist Group meditates at Avalon Recreation Centre between 3pm and 4pm. Enquiries: 0427 569 974


12 – Deadline for entries to the annual Artfest competition for children from pre- school to 18 years. This year’s theme is ‘My Space’. Enquiries: 9973 2345 or visit www.pittwaterartfest.com.au

13 - Free child restraint checking day by an RTA approved fitter. Bookings are essential: phone 9970 1194.

14 – Sustainable House Day. See how you can transform where you live by visiting some sustainable homes. For locations of open homes on the northern beaches visit www.solarhouseday.com


18 &19 – Elanora Players presents the comedy Love Begins at Fifty, Elanora Community Centre, 49A Kalang Road, Elanora. Bookings: 9982 7364 or elanora. bookings@bigpond.com

21 – Aboriginal support group meeting from 7.30pm at Nelson Heather Centre, cnr Jacksons Road North Narrabeen. Enquiries: 9913 7940

21 – Pittwater Camera Club photography competition at 1842 Pittwater Road, Bayview. New members and visitors welcome. Enquiries: 9918 8220 or sueklev@yahoo.com.au

26 – Rugby at Pittwater Park between Warringah and Penrith. Kick-off at 3pm

27 – Bird watching between 9.30- 11.30am at Red Hill, home of quails, finches and honeyeaters. Enquiries: 9970 6905

Coming up – sustainable living workshops

Want to do your bit for the environment but don’t know where to start? Free workshops on sustainable living are being held later this year. Choose from:

1 Oct – Composting & worm farming Bring the whole family for this fun hands-on workshop.

19 Nov – Natural cleaning Practical help on how to reduce chemical use when cleaning your home.

23 Oct – eco-gardening Plenty of tips on low maintenance gardening and saving water.

3 Dec – Recycling Learn how to reduce your impact on the environment at home and at work.

Bookings are essential for all workshops: Phone 9970 1194 or book online at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/environment

Photography by Tanya Carmont, Mia Dalby-Ball, Steve Lawler, Jan Hawthorn and Sharon Kinnison, Kylie Llewellyn, Choi Ropiha Architects and members of the Pittwater Camera Club


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