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COMING EVENTS

Balgownie Women’s Expo, Sun April 29th, 10am–2pm, Balgownie Village Community Centre 113 Balgownie Rd. Stalls, info, health & wellbeing, demos, entertainment, kids free jumping castle.

Bulli High School Reunion 1st form (year 7) 1968 are invited to join fellow students in celebrating our 50 year reunion, Thirroul Bowling Club, June 8th, 3pm. Partners & teachers also welcome.

Fundraiser: to Support the Advocacy Work of Asian Aid against Human Trafficking. "Supper and Song" at Wollongong SDA Church Cnr Young & Victoria Sts. April 28th, 6pm. Adults/young adults $10. Pensioners/children 5-15 years $7.50. Family $30, 2 adults/2 children. (Under 5 free)  RSVP by April 21st, Pam Grootemaat.email pamg@uow.edu.au  txt: 0401 263 742

Illawarra Choral Society will perform A Modern Requiem by John Rutter & other works, Wollongong's Church on the Mall, 2pm Sat May 5th. Meryl Jackson-Kew music director with soloists and Heather Moen Boyd, organ. Tickets $30/25 from www.trybooking.com/UEMN or from members.

llawarra Grevillea Park is celebrating 25 years. Open Days  Sat May 5th, Sun May 6th & Sat May 12th, Sun May 13th, 10am-4pm. Entry $5 adults Children Free. Rear of Bulli Showground. Large range of native plants & books for sale, BBQ and picnic facilities, display gardens, rainforest walk & bushwalking tracks 

Portraits of WOW circus show, celebrating 18 years of Circus WOW women in Wollongong. Aerials, Acrobalance, Hoops, Performance, live music by Cabbage Tree Combo. Sat April 21st, 7pm, Sun April 22nd, 12 noon tickets and details see Circus WOW Facebook page.

Woonona-Bulli RSL Sub Branch will be holding an Anzac Day march and Dawn Service, April 25th, 5.45am. at the WBRSL club 455 Princes Hwy Woonona.

​CHILDREN’S GROUPS

2518 Playgroups: Ages 0-6. Tues-Fri, 2 hour playgroups in Corrimal, Bellambi, East Corrimal.  0458 205 002

Balgownie Village Community Centre playgroup: Mon 9.30am for two hours. 4285 3225.

BaptistCare playgroups: Mon, Wed 9.30 to 11.30 at Centre Hill St Warilla. Thu 9-11 at Mt Warrigal PS. Free. 0411 659 698.

CareWays Koonawarra Playgroup: Wed 9.30-11.30am (not school hols). Open to all carers & children 0-6yrs. Gold Coin Donation. Morning Tea provided. 36 Fowlers Road Koonawarra. Ph: 42618426 or email: melaniej@careways.org.au

Corrimal Playgroup: Tues 10am-noon, Corrimal Anglican Church, 121 Princes Hwy. 0401 647 942.

Corrimal Uniting Play: Mon 9.45-11.30am, children under 5 and their parents/carers,  Corrimal Region Uniting Church. 0488 428 360.

Cooinda/ Budda Jitji playgroups: for Koori families. Bellambi, Mt Warrigal, Koonawarra and Port Kembla. 2hr playgroups from 10am.  4275 8575.

Dapto Ribbonwood centre playgroup, 0 to 5 years, Monday, 10am to 12pm. Contact ribbonwood@wollongong.nsw.gov.au or Phone: 4227 8877 or just come and join the fun.

Figtree/Unanderra Playgroup NSW: Tues 9.30-11.30am. 0-6 age. Presbyterian Church Hall, Unanderra

God’s Grommets: Albion Park Uniting Church, Fri 4-6pm, 5-12yr olds. 0423 521 767.

Horsley Community Centre Playgroup: Wed 10am-noon (not school hols) $4 per session/family. 82 Bong Bong Road Horsley. Email Carly at carlyp@careways.org.au

Illawarra Toy Library:  Over 4000 educational toys for newborns to age 7. Tues to Thurs 10am-4pm.  Friday by appointment.  Suite 10A, 102 Princes Hwy, Unanderra. Inquiries 4271 8509 or 0408 979 396.

Kids Time playgroups: Bellambi, Warrawong and Berkeley, 2hr playgroups, 10am. 4275 8575

Little Swallows Playgroup: every Friday from 10am to 12pm,  Corrimal St, Wollongong.  4228 1609.

My Time Carer Support Group & Playgroup: A carer support group & playgroup for families who have a child with a disability & their siblings (0-16 years). Thursdays  10am-12pm (excluding school holidays) Horsley Community Centre. 82 Bong Bong Road Horsley. Details Sherrin 0413 462 557

Play Connect Playgroup. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder & their siblings, Mon 9:30am-11:30am (excluding school hols). Horsley Community Centre meeting room, 82 Bong Bong Road Horsley. Email  Kylie kylie72@gmail.com, Ph 1800171882

Play Ranger Dapto: Park-based playgroup. Tuesday, 2hrs from 10am. 4275 8575

Stanwell Park playgroup: Weds 10-noon, Stanwell Park Children’s Centre, Stanwell Ave. 0-5yrs old, $4. 0406 404916

Warrawong Playgroup Wed 9.15-11.15am (school terms) at Warrawong Public School. Ages 0-6. 0423 791 430.

COMMUNITY CENTRES

Albion Park Youth and Community Care: activities for women, seniors, quilters, Tai Chi, walking, men’s group, heart & soul fitness, computer lessons for seniors. Parkinson’s support & community garden. Information & referral as well as EAPA vouchers for people on low incomes experiencing difficulty paying gas & electricity bills. Youth worker runs activity programs & assists young people. Outreach services provides hearing tests, Weight Watchers, playgroup, child & family counselling, Council Youth Services & Activities.  Details: 4257 3342

Albion Park Rail Community Centre: Monday Women’s Craft & Social Group & monthly Women’s Health Clinic; Tues: Overeaters Anonymous; Wed: Play Session; Thurs: Heart & Soul Fitness & fortnightly Legal Aid - Civil Law;  Sat: Al-anon; Youth programs; daily JP services, help with electricity & Sydney Water bills, information, support & referral by appointment Ph.: 42564404

Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre: Art Classes, Monday night 6.30 til 9.00. 4284 3586.

CareWays: Leisure Activities & Skills, Dapto Neighbourhood Centre. Community Breakfast, Scrapbooking, Patchwork & Quilting, Free Legal Aid, Creative Craft, Knit and Knatter, Computers for Beginners, Switched on Seniors computer help, help with your tax return. 4262 1918 

Corrimal Community Centre: Zumba class Wed, 6.30-7.30pm. First Class Free, $10/pp thereafter. Beginnings welcome. Details: 0411099857.

Dapto Neighbourhood Centre: cardmaking & papercraft, Mon, 9.30-1pm, 16yrs & over for people with a passion for papercraft. Cost: $10 yearly CareWays fee plus $8 per week.

Horsley Community Centre: Book Exchange - bring a book to take a book; Garden Group; Playgroup: Every Wed, 10am-12pm (Email Sandy at sandee013@icloud.com). 82 Bong Bong Road Horsley., Details: carlyp@careways.org.au

Koonawarra Community Centre CareWays: Free Breakfast Tues & Weds, Playgroup Weds, Youth Drop In Tues, Seniors Gentle Exercise Weds, Painting Group Tues, and Community Garden coming soon!

Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre: Activities, games, quilting, social groups for a fee of $2 a week, $20 membership. Free community lunch, community pantry, work and development orders to help pay fines. Op Shop. Northern Illawarra Youth Project. Details: 4267 2500.

Unanderra Community Centre: info & referrals Mon-Thurs, 9-2.30pm, hall hire, food parcels, transport vouchers for the disadvantaged, computer classes, mental health recovery discovery group, senior activity group, gardening group, combined pensioners, cyber club, Women and Mens 50+ Fitness, financial counselling, youth projects, Manna van, free meal Tues 530-6.30pm Seeking volunteers for management committee. Ph: 4271 2213.

Warilla Neighbourhood Centre Inc, Mon: Financial Counselling, Craft 2nd Mon, Tues: Line Dancing  Weds: Financial Counselling, Youth drop-in, Older women’s craft network. Thurs: Legal Aid, Family Law..Exercise by Dance, Youth drop-in. Fri:  Womens Craft.  JP Daily by appointment.  Daily Information & Referral. Assistance with Telstra & Sydney Water bills. Call for date of the next Intro to Computers. Ph: 42963433

Warilla North Community Centre  2-6 Hill Street Warilla Playgroups Mon & Wed 9.30-11.30 Women’s Supported Housing Program & DV assistance. NILS Loans & StepUp Loans by appointment, EAPA vouchers assistance with gas & electricity bills for people on low incomes. School breakfasts Mt Warrigal PS  Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri, Opshop, Hall Hire, Computer classes for Seniors  Phone: 42987200

DANCE

Sequence dancing: 25 venues around Illawarra each month. Day & evening dances. Couples & singles welcome. Details loutiz.net or email illawarradancing@gmail.com.

Silver Belles Dance Group: Dance classes for senior women wishing to learn tap & jazz ballet. St Stephen's Anglican Church, cnr Church St & Military Rd, Port Kembla. Call 4227 4961 or email info@thesilverbelles.org. 

Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club: Wed, 8pm, Wongawilli Community Hall, West Dapto. $4. 4296 7780.

GROUPS

Albion Park Evening View Club: 3rd Tuesday of the month, Oak Flats Bowling Club 7pm. Inquiries paulinecurry37@gmail.com

Albion Park Garden Club: 1st Tuesday of the mth, Uniting Church Hall, Albion Park. 9.30am. 42971830

Albion Park/Oak Flats Probus Club, is seeking new members. Meet new friends and enjoy outings and company. Ph Secretary Margaret Reed 42957156.

Alumni Bookshop UOW. Used academic & general  at very cheap prices,10.30 - 2.30 Sat, Nissen Hut north end of the Innovation Campus Fairy Meadow.

Australian Air League Albion Park: meets 6.30pm-8.30pm. Tue, Tullimbar Public School, ages 8 and up. 0412077304.

Australian Sewing Guild: meets 1st Tue of the month, Corrimal Community Centre, 10am-3pm. Details: 4272 6762.

Apia Steppin Out Walking Group: Thursdays, 7.45am, from Apia branch Stockland Shellharbour.

Art Classes: Red Point Artists Workshop 10, 100 Wentworth St, Port Kembla. Drop-in art for all, 2 sessions Mon. Life classes Tues & Wed. Painting and Drawing classes Tues & Thurs. En Plein Air (outdoors) class Fri 1-4pm. Info: redpointart.org.au or call 0418 644 342.

Balgownie Heritage School Museum: Open 2nd Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm. 4283 4070.

Beachside Ladies Probus Club: 1st Mon of mth, Gainsborough Community Centre, 9.45am-noon. 4237 7714.

Black Diamond Heritage Centre Museum Bulli Railway Station East. Exhibition: Did You Ever Go to Sherbrooke? Open Sundays 1-4pm. Entry $3-$12. Groups midweek by appointment -bdhcbulli@gmail.com or phone 02 42 836429.

Book club – Ladies book club looking for new members, enjoy a lively discussion in a social setting.  3rd Mon each mth in Wollongong @ 6.30pm. email- carmacdonald@hotmail.com or ph 0417436012.

Bridge lessons: Free bridge lessons, Illawarra Master Builders Club, friendly atmosphere, Saturdays 1pm. Competition bridge play: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10am. Details: 0403 966 750.

Bulli Corner Quilters: Meet 4th Wed of each mth, Northern Illawarra Uniting Church, Cnr Point St and Princes H'way, Bulli at 9.30am. Contact Bev on 4231 4097.

Bulli Connecting Threads Sewing Group: Meet every Wed, 9.30am, Northern Illawarra Uniting Church, Cnr Point St and Princes H'way, Bulli.  4231 4097.

Centrelink problem? Illawarra Legal Centre can provide free help & legal advice to people who are facing problems with Centrelink. Ph: 4276 1939

Child Support? Illawarra Legal Centre provides free legal advice to carer parents who want to apply for child support or who want to change the amount of child support they are paid. Ph: 4276 1939

Compeer Program: volunteersneeded to support people with a diagnosed mental illness through friendship and social interaction. Phone: Megan 4276 4229 for information.

Computer Help Sessions for seniors free 1-on-1.  Lessons held at Unanderra, Innovation Campus, Warilla, Shell Cove, Coniston. Bring along your own device or try ours. No booking necessary  (check our Website livingconnected.org.au or ring Living Connected 0409753808 for any changes to times and places).

Corrimal Garden Club: 2nd Tue of the month, Uniting Church Hall, Corrimal. 10am. 4271 4565.

Court Lane Craft Shop next to Wesley Church on the Mall has jams & chutneys  and a huge range of baby wear & accessories.  All hand made.  Follow us on Facebook.  42292117

CrossRoads Christian Community Cafe Market – cnr Princes Hwy/Jardine St, Fairy Meadow; 2nd Sat of the mth; 8:30-11am, bacon & egg rolls, homemade cakes, pickles, jams etc, pre-loved toys, books, clothes, bric-a-brac, plants, morning tea – coffee/tea/cake. 

Dapto Daytime Toastmasters, Dapto Leagues Club, 10am-12noon  2nd & 4th Tues of each mth. Improve your speaking & listening skills while having fun at the same time. 

Dapto Garden Club: 4th Wed monthly, 10am, Uniting Church Hall. 4262 5229.

Dapto Junior Girl Guides: Girls 5-10yrs. Monday's 4:30-6. Unit for 10-15yo, Monday's 6:30-8. 0422 074 205.

Dapto VIEW Club: 3rd Thursday of the mth, Dapto Leagues Club, 10am. 4261 1622.

DENNY Foundation Boost Market Days, 8-12pm,  May 12th, June 9th, July 14th, 2 Commerce Drive, Warilla, fresh fruit, vegs, meat and more, no eftpos

Dragons Abreast Lake Illawarra: Women or men getting over treatment for Breast Cancer & their family/carers. Wed evenings, Sat & Sun mornings. Contact Helen 0403844880.

English Classes: Free, beginners to advanced. Thurs, 12.45pm-2.45pm during school terms, Corrimal Region Uniting Church Hall, Russell St. Details: 4284 4033.

Enz Meet Cafe: Grow in friendship over free lunch, coffee, live music, Wed, 11-1pm, Corrimal Region Uniting Church Hall. 4284 3605.

etc…:  support group for families affected by suicide. 1st Tues mthly, 6pm-8pm, Salvation Army, level 3, 11–13 Burelli St, Wollongong. 4229 1079.

Fairness in Child Support (F.I.C.S.) Thurs May 3rd, 7.30pm, Coniston Community Hall, Coniston. Please contact John Flanagan on 0415 899 574 for further details.

Fairy Meadow Evening View Club: meets 2nd Tues. of mth, Fraternity Club, Fairy Meadow  7pm. fairymeadowviewclub@gmail .com

Farmborough Heights Community Tennis Club, newcomers welcome for social nights. 271 Farmborough Road, Tuesdays 7.30-9pm. Ages range from 25-75 years. Cost $5. 

Figtree Evening VIEW Club: meets 3rd Wed each mth, Wollongong Golf Club 6.30pm. Contact figtreeeveningviewclub@gmail.com

Illawarra Legal Centre Free Legal Advice to the public by telephone & at our centre (by appointment) covering a range of general law matters e.g. discrimination, unlawful dismissal,  child support problems with Centrelink & credit & debt issues. Ph: 4276 1939

Gwen Booker Centre for the Visually Impaired.: Tues, Corrimal Community Centre. Friendship & a happy environment for mature aged people. Entertainers, guest speakers, outings, sing-a-longs, bingo, gentle exercises, games, trivia, & indoor bowls. Morning tea, 2 course lunch & cuppa for $5.00. Transport can be arranged. Contact: Manuel Caruana 0431 152 530 or Dirk Demaagd 0418 682 558

Horsley Community Centre Garden Group: Fortnightly Thurs 10-12pm (excluding school hols). All welcome. 82 Bong Bong Rd,  Horsley. Details: Email Carly at carlyp@careways.org.au

Illawarra Bird Observers Club, 2nd Mon of the mth. Fairy Meadow Community Hall, 7.30pm. 4284 8230.

Illawarra Breakfast Poets: Wed, 7am-9am, Coniston Community Hall. 0411 107 000.

Illawarra Bridge Association: Figtree/Thirroul, sessions weekdays & Sat.  Regular lessons. 4285 1971. Lighthearted bridge tutorials, Thurs mornings, clubroom in Figtree Park, 9.30, cost $5.  0438 538 393.

Illawarra Bromeliad Society: 1st Sat of the mth, noon, Ribbonwood Centre, Dapto. 4272 4110.

Illawarra Cancer Carers Crafters: meet Fridays, Dapto Showground 9am. 4261 4130.

Illawarra Country Women's Association: (CWA) Info on your nearest branch 42562142.

Illawarra Dragon Boat Club: Wed, 5.30pm, Sat/Sun 8am. Details: 0409 910 947.

Illawarra Family History Group: Free family history research sessions, Wed, Fri, 9.30am-noon, Wollongong Library. Details: illawarrafhg.blogspot.com.au

Illawarra Lace Makers: Fri, 10am-2pm (not school hols), Horsley Community Centre, $8. Details: illawarralace2530@gmail.com.

Illawarra Outdoor Club: caters for singles, couples and people new to the Illawarra. 4297 4177.

Illawarra OWN Wellness Centre for women over 45. Coniston Community Hall, Bridge St, returning April 30th, Mon/Tues (school terms only), Tai Chi, International Folk Dancing, Gentle Exercise, Fitness Training, and Drumming. on Mon, Thai Yoga/Ukulele, Tues. Ph: Barbara 0406627493 or Janice 0437721353.

Illawarra Philatelic Society: Stamp Sales & various topics displayed/discussed, 3rd Wed each mth, 7pm, room 2 (Lower Floor) Master Builders Club Church Street Wollongong. Info: Ph 42561471 OR 0412834985.

Illawarra PC User Group. Meets 4th Sat, 1pm of each month (Feb to Nov), in the small hall at the back of the Unanderra Community Hall, all welcome. www.illawarrapcug.org.au or 4229 6558. 

Illawarra Quilters Inc. 2nd Wed each mth, 7pm, Sewing groups meet 1st & 3rd Weds 9:30-2:30 pm; Sats 10am-2pm. Corrimal Community Church, Augusta St, Corrimal.  Details: illawarraquiltersinc@gmail.com

Illawarra Ramblers Club: Bushwalking, bike riding and kayaking activities most days. Details: Illawarraramblers.com.au

Illawarra Toastmasters meets Berkeley Sports & Social Club, Upstairs, Robert Jenkins Room, 2nd & 4th Thurs of each mth, 7.15pm for a 7.30 start until 9.30. All welcome. Ph:  Louise 0419 866 440

Illawarra VIEW Club: Murphy’s Bar and Grill, Unanderra, 1st Tue of mth, 11am. 4295 4799.

Keira Toastmasters Old Courthouse, cnr Harbour St/Cliff Rd Wollongong, fortnightly, Mon, 7.30pm. Improve your Public Speaking & Leadership skills  Ph: Tony  0414 426 367.

Kiama–Shellharbour Camera Club: Meets 7:30pm, 1st & 3rd Wed of mth, Warilla Recreation & Bowling Club, Barrack Heights. www.kscameraclub.org

Kiama Toastmasters invite Shellharbour residents to come along and learn how to conquer your fear of public speaking in a friendly and supportive group. 1st & 3rd Tues, 7pm,  Kiama Leaques Club. Ph: Noelene 4232 2573. 

Manna from Heaven: Thu, 5pm, Figtree Anglican Church. Providing food, friendship, hope. Bus picks up at Unanderra station at 5pm. Details: 4272 1322.

Multicultural Meals on Wheels: 4229 7566. Roster details: Kiama, 4232 3735; Port Kembla, 4274 8230; Wollongong, 4226 5869; Northern Illawarra, 4285 6126.

New Steps: Support group for divorced, separated and single again meets first & third Mon of mth, Southern Life Care, Albion Park, 7pm-8.30pm. 4256 8898

NSW Justices’ Association: 7pm, 2nd Tues of the mth, 92 Church St, Wollongong Band Hall. Wollongong Library 1st Sat of the mth, Thirroul Library 1st Thurs of the mth. Dapto Mall 2nd Sat of the mth and 3rd Wed of the mth, 4261 7333.

Nth Illawarra Ladies Probus Club: is seeking new members for outings & friendship. 2nd Mon of each mth, Woonona Bulli RSL, 10:00. Call Carmel 0433308780.

Parameadows Ex-Students Group: Volunteers needed. Fortnightly. Wed, 7pm-9pm. Social night for adults with disabilities. 0417 651 862.

PFLAG  (Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gay), 0410147435 pflagillawarra.southern@gmail.com

Pilates Yoga Fitness Classes: Mon, 9:30am & 6:15pm, Wed 9:30am & 5:30pm, Friday 9:30am at Fairy Meadow Surf Club. Tues: 6:15pm & 7:30pm at Balgownie Community Centre. Ph 0421482770 to book.

Port Kembla Men’s Group: Wed, 9am-3pm, Community Project Hall, Port Kembla. Projects, gardening and courses. 0416 549 558.

Quota Leisure Coast: A women’s service group focusing on the needs of disadvantaged women & children, speech and hearing & the hearing impaired.  Meets 7pm, 2nd Tue of mth, Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 179 Princes Hwy, Unanderra. 0438 817 320.

Radio Operators, Marine Rescue: seeks volunteers to train in rescue work. Induction meetings last Wed of the mth, 6pm, Marine Rescues boat base, Foreshore Road, Port Kembla. Bring ID. 4274 4455.

Red Cross Dapto Branch: meets 2nd Mon each mth, RSL Hall, Dapto, 11:00. All welcome. Enquiries 0433 228 559.

Rental property problems? Free advice & assistance from the Illawarra & South Coast Tenants Service, Illawarra Legal Centre. We service Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Wingecarribee, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, & Bega Valley areas. Info, advice & advocacy to new & existing clients, help with applications & hearings in the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal. Ph: 4274 3475 or 1800 807 225

Shared Sentence: Support for families with a loved one in jail or on parole. First Mon of mth, 5-6.30pm, Salvation Army, Burelli St, Wollongong. 4229 1079.

Shellharbour residents, learn new skills, gain confidence with speaking in public.  Come along to Kiama Toastmasters & learn with a friendly & supportive group,  7pm on 1st & 3rd Tues, Kiama Leagues Club.  Details Noelene 4232 2573.

Shellharbour VIEW Club: Warilla Bowling Club, 11am every  2nd Thurs of mth. Ph: 0409 561 160.

Shellharbour Woodcarvers/Pyrographers 1st Mon & 3rd Sat of each mth, 2 Wilga Close, Albion Park Rail. Ph: 4283 3124

Social Scrabble players wanted! Thirroul  Library Mondays 1pm - 4.30pm, details contact: Cheryl 4284 3027

South Coast Vegans: Midday, 1st Sun each mth. 0400 083 886.

South Coast Writers Centre's 'Word Salad', Wed, 6.30pm, Janes Cafe, 40 Flinders St, Nth Wollongong. First Wed: Open Mic, 2nd, Poetry crit, 3rd, Book Club, 4th, 5th, Feature Authors, Book Launches. $5 entry. Free for SCWC members. Garry McDougall 0411525086

Southern Youth Group: Fun for high schoolers. Friday 7-9pm, Southern Life Care, Albion Park. $3. 0448 877 610.

Street by Street Project: seeks people to turn streets into communities through social activities. 0413 706 233 or www.streetbystreet.org.au

Sudu Dragon Boat Club trains Tues, Thurs, Sats & Sun from Lake Illawarra, for both competitive & social paddlers. Stay fit & make new friends. All ages welcome. Call Lisa on 0414724274 or sududragons@gmail.com

Tennis – men: New members welcome any Wed 1.00pm or Sat 12.30pm at Oak Flats Tennis Courts, Kingston St. Standard is competitive, cost to members is only $2. Contact Vic 42376983.

Thirroul Happy Wanderers: Meet alternate Tuesday’s Thirroul Community Centre. Monthly day trips, holiday trips. 4267 4413.

Thirroul Men’s Shed: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, from 9am. Men meet in a friendly social atmosphere for Woodwork, photography and community service. Learn more Peter 42671137 0412935023

Thirroul Toastmasters: Woonona Bulli RSL Club, 1st and 3rd Tue of the month, 7.30pm. 4283 3951

Transport Authority Retired Employees: Meets 3rd Mon of month, Thirroul Bowling Club. 4284 5597.

Very Important Families support group for parents & relatives with family members on the destructive path of substance abuse. Last Tues of the mth, 7pm-9.30pm, Salvation Army, 11–13 Burelli St, Wollongong 4229 1079.

Wesley Tea Shoppe is seeking new volunteers to join our team at 116 Crown Street Wollongong. Enq: contact Rose 0433 430 634 / 4229 2117

Widow and Divorcees (WIDOO, pronounced WE DO) social club for widows, widowers & divorced. Sat 10.00-11.30am, Oak Flats Neighbourhood Centre, Fisher St, Oak Flats. It is a social connect group (no counselling). Have a cup of tea, a conversation & connect. Contact Tina: 0431096301.

​​Wollongong 500 Club now meets at the Balgownie Collegians Club for cards each Monday from 12.50 to 4pm. New members welcome.

Wollongong Camera Club:  Photography Group 7.30pm, 2nd & 4th Tues of each mth. Movie Makers 7.30pm 1st & 3rd Tues of each mth.   Figtree Heights Primary School. Details:  wollongong.myphotoclub.com.au or secretary@wollongongcameraclub.com  

Wollongong Daytime Toastmasters: Wollongong Tennis Club, 37 Foley Road, Gwynneville, Tuesdays 10.00 am to 12 noon.  All welcome. Ph: 42 833 951

Wollongong Traditional Arts Society: Meets Old Court House, 2nd Wed of month, 10am.

Wollongong WEA Film Society: Screens films of critical appeal from silent classics onward. 7.15pm, Wednesdays. 4229 6716.

HEALTH

ACON Regional outreach: Here for LGBTI health. 0437 891 397.

Albion Park Al-Anon Support Group: Meet Sat, 2.30pm, Albion Park Rail Community Centre.

Al-Anon  12-step program for families & friends of drinkers: Monday 7pm, Berkeley Neighbourhood Centre Winnima Way, Berkeley. 0411 524 539.

Alcoholics Anonymous: 4285 6788.

Art Therapy for Cancer Patients: Mon 9am-12noon, Scribbly Gum Room, Ribbonwood Centre, Dapto. Exp. guidance & instructors, morning tea provided.  Therapy & respite for Cancer Patients during & after treatment.   Phone Rob 42617716 to register.

Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW Wollongong branch meets second Tues of each mth (Feb-Nov), 10am-12.30pm, St Mark’s Anglican Church, Crown St, West Wollongong.

BK Meditation: All Welcome.Thurs, April 19th. Meditation & topic 7pm to 8.30pm. Easing our burdens. Interactive with Warren Carey, 41 Brentwood Ave, Figtree. Ph 42272241

​​​​​​​​​​Cancer Patient Support Group Illawarra Inc, 10am, 1st Tue of the mth, Acacia Room, Ribbonwood Centre, Dapto. Guest Speakers & Morning Tea provided. Carers, family and friends welcome.  Phone Irma. 42843742 or Dorothy 42287823.

Citylife Community Initiatives ADHD support Group meetings. Dapto: 2nd Thurs of the mth, Dapto Leagues Club, 10am near the children's playground. Fairy Meadow: Last Fri of the mth, Citylife, 129 Jardine St Fairy Meadow. Info:  Amy  +61402642770.

Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis: Illawarra Support Group.1800 138 029 or info@crohnsandcolitis.com.au

CVIP Inc: Information and activities for the blind or vision impaired. Diggers 10.30 1st Wednesday of each month. Ph 4271 2050.

Dapto Anxiety Disorder Support Group: 6pm, 2nd Mon of the mth, Dapto Ribbonwood Community Centre. Details: 9339 6013 or supportgroups@wayahead.org.au.

DTEXT: Diabetes text messaging. Free research project to improve the health of people with type 2 diabetes. Visit DTEXT.com.au or call 4221 6723 to register.

Friends of Wollongong Hospital: seeks volunteers to provide services to patients. 4222 5696.

Healing Rooms Albion Park: Fri 11am-2pm, 87 Terry St. Receive prayer for healing. 0407 961 622.

Hepatitis C assessment, treatment, support and information. Dr Simon Marlton GP 75 Cygnet Ave Shellharbour 42970037 Free service.

HIV test: To find you nearest sexual health service, NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.  

Illawarra Breast Cancer Support Group  2nd Tues of each mth. St Peter & Paul Catholic Church Hall, Manning Street, Kiama, 10am to 12 noon. Info: Moira 0429340324 or Helen 0403844880.

Lymphoedema Support Clinic: Illawarra Cancer Carers help cancer patients manage lymphoedema, free clinic, second Fri, Feb-Nov, Dapto Ribbonwood Centre. 4256 5019.

North Illawarra Stroke Recovery Support Group: 1st Thur, 10.30am, (Feb-Nov) Woonona Bulli RSL: Bus outing 2nd Thurs. 4284 5668

Overeaters Anonymous: Tue 6.30-7.30pm, Albion Park Rail Community Centre. A 12-step recovery group.   4295 7473.

Parkinson's Support Group - North Illawarra Meets 2nd Wed mthly, 10:30am and 4th Wed mthly at 11:30am, Corrimal RSL Club. Details 0437376220 or 4284 6447

Port Kembla Hospital Auxiliary,  11am, Gloria Halbart room, 1st Thurs of the mth. Volunteers needed. Stalls: 13th & 27th April, 9am -3.30pm Info: 4261-3520 and 4274-4323

Shellharbour Hospital Auxiliary meets, 1pm, 4th Tues of each mth, Warilla Senior Citizens Hall, Benard Crescent   Warilla. New members welcome.  Contact Chris  42965696  

Soul Recovery: For people suffering from drug, alcohol, gambling, food and sex addictions. Friday. 7:30pm, Corrimal Community Church, 9 Augusta St East Corrimal. 0412 174 181.

Southern Illawarra Stroke Support Group: 2nd Tue mthly, 10.30am, Albion Park Bowling Club. Outing, 4th Tue each month. 4271 3807.

STROKE North Illawarra Recovery Support Group, 1st Thurs, 10.30am,(Feb-Nov) Woonona Bulli RSL. Bus outing 2nd Thurs. 4284 5668 & 4228 7517   

Vision Australia Wollongong: for people who are blind or have low vision. No cost, no wait list, home visits available and lots of equipment for sale. 4220 4300

Wollongong Anxiety Support Group: 1st Tues of the mth, Wollongong Tennis Club, Beaton Park. Come and share, all welcome. Ph: Carol Foord 42612601 or 0430856410

Wollongong Dementia Carer Support Group, Tues April 24th, 10.30 to 12pm, St Marks’ Anglican Church, 429 Crown Street, West Wollongong (parking at rear of church). Ph: Paula on 4297 1011

 Wollongong Polio Support Group  Illawarra Yacht Club,  Northcliffe Drive, 12 noon, Friday the 9th of Feb. New members welcome. Ph: 0427 296 221

Women’s Counselling & Info Line, Illawarra & Shoalhaven areas. Mon-Thurs 10-2pm school hols hours, Thurs 12.30pm-8.30pm. Free counselling & referral service, confidential, qualified counsellor (BSW) 1800 TALK HI, 1800 825544.

Women’s Health Service, free Well Women’s Clinics providing free pap smears, health advice and information about women’s health issues. Call 1300 792 755 to book appointment. To speak with a Women’s Health Nurse in the Illawarra 0477 723 421.

MUSIC

Arcadians Lamplighters Male Choir continues to offer men interested in learning more about group singing an opportunity to do just that! Come and sit  in on any of our Mon morning practice sessions, 9.30-11.45am, Miners Lamp Theatre, Princes Highway, Corrimal. Info:  Barry Swan on: 4284 2763.

Dapto Seniors Concert Group: meets every Monday, 12.30pm, Heininger Hall, Ribbonwood Centre. 4274 4182.

Illawarra Choral Society performs in mixed four part harmony, Mon, 7pm-9.30pm, University of Wollongong. New singers are always welcome! Contact Diane on 0420243404 or illawarrachoralsociety@hotmail.com

Illawarra Festival Chorus Inc: Practice every Mon, 7pm-9pm, OES Hall, Denison Street, Wollongong.  4285 0573

Illawarra Recorder Association. 3rd Sat of each mth (March 17) 1pm - 4pm, 4227 5637 or illawarrarecorderassociation@gmail.com

Illawarra Union Singers: Thu 6-8pm, Diggers Club, Wollongong. 0448 429 623.

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre: Has drumming, ukulele, musical moments groups. 4255 6800.

Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Assoc runs a variety of musical groups including string orchestra, mixed chamber group of mandolins/strings/woodwind, bluegrass group and a folk group. All groups play fortnightly either Wednesday or Thursday at 6:30pm at Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace, 11 Wyalla Rd, Jamberoo. If interested, email KJcommunitymusic@bigpond.com or call 0488 549 838.

Love your UKE? Come and join J.U.G.S - our happy group at Jetty's by the lake, Windang. Practice each Monday 6.30pm til 8.30pm and join us for regular local gigs. Call Arthur 0424 768 684 for details 

SilvertO.W.N.s Ladies Choir: Rehearsals every Fri, Woonona School of Arts, 12.30-2.30pm. Details Roma 4267 3753 or Margaret 4283 3135.

SingGongGo: Anyone wanting to sing: old pop, new pop, folk, other cultures. MP3s of songs to help you along. Males particularly welcome! Tues 7-9pm, ParaMeadows School Hall, Porter St, North ‘Gong. 0403 008 570

South Coast Country Music Association: have-a-go-night every Wed. Music workshop 6pm, followed by Have-A-Go  from 6.45pm. www.sccma.asn.au or 4272 1029.

ATT ALL SINGERS. Wollongong Barbershop Chorus We sing all sorts of songs & offer free Singing lessons to those in need. Practice Wed, 7:30 to 9:30pm, Baptist Church, 330 Keira St, Wollongong. Ph:John on 0418611773 or Maureen on 0408245466 or if you would like to come along to watch, Listen or SING

Wollongong Harmony Chorus: Thurs, 7.30pm-10pm, The Ribbonwood Centre, Dapto. 4228 0982.

Wollongong Welsh Choir welcomes new members, young or old, who really love to sing in 4-part harmony,  must be able to hold a tune or part in key. Practice every Tuesday 7.30pm – 9.30pm, University of Wollongong, Creative Arts, Building 25 Room 128.

OP SHOPS

Berkeley Life Centre Op Shop: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4.30pm, cnr Parkway Ave/Winnima Way, Berkeley. 0411 357 460.

Corrimal Uniting Church Op Shop: 165 Princes Highway. Mon-Fri. 10-4. Tel 42845356.

Dapto Anglican Church Op Shop: Dandaloo Shopping Centre, Brownsville Ave, Brownsville 10am 4pm Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 2.30pm Sat. Ph: 426L4435

Dapto Uniting Church Op-Shop: Mon-Fri 9am-3.30pm, Sat 9am-noon. Adjacent to the car park off Osbourne Street behind the Dapto Hotel.

Oak Care Op-shop, 69 Wentworth St Port Kembla, Wed to Friday & Sat Mornings. Clothes, Shoes,Home-wear & Toys. Help with Gas, Electric & Water bills  Fridays 9.30am.11.30am www.oakcare.org

Port Kembla Baptist Church pre-loved clothes. Every Wednesday and Thursday (except school holidays) 9.00am-12.30pm, Cnr Illawarra & Cowper Street. Port Kembla.

SENIORS

Berkeley Seniors Group: Weekly card game, Berkeley Neighbourhood centre, 9.30-12pm. 4272 2840.

CPSA Corrimal: Corrimal Library craft classes, learn to knit or crochet (Mon 9am to noon); Indoor bowls (Tue 9am to noon); fortnightly meetings (Thu 10.30am - noon). 4284 9250.

Dapto William Beach Seniors Club: Meet Fridays, Dapto Ribbonwood Centre, 9.30am till 1.30pm. 0421 907 333.

Living Connected Free 1-on-1 Computer Help Sessions for seniors  Tues &  Thurs, 9:30-11:30am  iAccelerate, Innovation Campus.  Bring along your own device or try ours. No booking necessary  (Ph: 0409753808) Also at Unanderra CC 2pm Mon & Vinnies, Coniston, on Wed mornings

​​​Northern Illawarra U3A. Wed 9:30-12 noon, Thirroul Community Centre (Library). For information www.northernillawarra.u3anet.org.au​ or phone Moira 0415 673124.

Oak Flats Seniors Citizens Club meet the first Monday of the month at 1.30pm. Contact paulinecurry37@gmail.com

Off Our Rockers: is for grandparents and other relatives raising children. 1st Tue monthly (over 50s) and 3rd Tue monthly 10.30am-12.30pm, Salvation Army, Burelli St, Wollongong. 4229 1079.

Older Women’s Network: 1st and 3rd Thurs, 10.30am-12.30pm, Corrimal Community Centre.  Ph: Jeune 4284 8120

Probus Club, Port Kembla, Warrawong: Warrawong Community Centre, 9 Greene St, Warrawong, 10am, Fri March 23rd. Register: Ph: 1300630488  Email:  joshs@probussouthpacific.org

Probus Club, Figtree: Figtree Community Hall, 11 Princes Hwy, Figtree,  11.30am Weds March 28th. Ph: 1300630488O        Email:  joshs@probussouthpacific.org

Probus Club, Corrimal: Corrimal Community Centre, 15 Short St, 10am, Thurs March 29th. Register: Ph 1300630488        Email:  joshs@probussouthpacific.org

Seniors computer classes and carpet bowls: Computer classes Tue, Wed, Thurs. Carpet bowls, Tue morn, Bulli Senior Citizens Hall. 4285 0136.

Shellharbour City U3A: Meets Tue, 2pm, cnr Bradman Ave/King St, Lake Illawarra (old Catholic Church). Courses available for all tastes. 42954830

Stanwell Park U3A: Mon, 9.30am, Hillcrest House, Stanwell Park. 4294 3475.

Warilla Senior Citizens Club, 69 Benaud Cres, Warilla. Meetings held 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10am, followed by a bus trip. All welcome.

Warilla branch of the Combined Pensioners and Supperannuants Association  Girl Guides Hall, cnr King and Queen sts, Warilla. 1st Wed of each mth. Contact Janelle Jarman 0432 072 779.

Wollongong U3A: Mon 9.30am-1pm & Thurs with a Topical talk 9.30am-10.30am & 11am to 12noon, classic/vintage movies 1pm-4pm, Salvation Army Centre, Burelli St. 42628429, 0422068627, Wollongong.u3anet.org.au.

Young @ Heart: (over 50s) for morning tea 1st Tue mthly, 10am-noon. Salvation Army, Burelli St, Wollongong. 4227 2994.

SERVICE CLUBS

Corrimal Lions Club Meets 2nd & 4th Thurs of each mth,  Corrimal RSL Club. 6:30 for 7:00 pm. Details 0488186305

Dapto RSL Sub Branch: Meets first Monday of the month, RSL Memorial Hall, Bong Bong Road, Dapto at 7.30pm.

Lions Club Wollongong: Alternate Thurs, Collegians, Balgownie. Details: jmcgowan7@bigpond.com

Rotary Club of Corrimal: meets Weds, 6pm upstairs, Fraternity Club, Fairy Meadow. Details: www.corrimalrotary.org.au

Rotary Club of Fairy Meadow 1st & 3rd Mondays of each mth, Collegians Balgownie, 126 Balgownie Rd, Balgownie at 6:30 p.m. Details email secretary@fairymeadowrotary.org.au

Rotary Club of Wollongong – meets every 2nd Wednesday  7 to 8am  – Details 0412 120 314.

Shellharbour City Rotary Club: Meets every Wednesday at 6:30pm at Warilla Bowling Club - Details 0431 975 345

West Wollongong Rotary Club meets Centro CBD, Wollongong, Wed 6-8pm.  Details: 0419 403 699.

Woonona Lions Club: Meets every 2nd Monday 6.30pm at Woonona Bulli RSL. Details: 4261 4130.

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