Scotland Island Kindy
CSIRO – EARLY LEARNER’S SCIENCE LAB!
Scotland Island Kindy are very excited to have the CSIRO coming for a
visit to run a hands on, eye opening, interactive science theatre. “Our
students will become scientists! Don’t miss this opportunity to witness
one of the most innovative and entertaining science programs available
to schools in NSW.”
This workshop is only available to children over the age of 3 (no
children below the age of 2 allowed)
When: Tuesday 9 March 2010
Time: 11am to 12pm
Where: Scotland Island Kindy(SIOCS), Catherine Park, Scotland Island
(Tennis Court Wharf)
If Tuesday is not your normal day you are welcome to attend as long as
there is parent supervision.
If you have any questions please call Scotland Island Kindy : 99797856
Michelle Wickens - Director
Tamie, Josh, Jilla
In regards to 'Junk or Treasure'
I arrived on the Island last year, and was absolutely delighted to
discover the wonderful practice of leaving treasures at the wharves.
I’m appalled that others find this offensive, and are being so
judgmental. Does this mean people are judging me,
when I rake through the goodies? Oh, how awful! In
the good old days before sad things happened to me I had a couple of
gold credit cards, and plenty of dollars in the bank. I could
buy whatever I liked, whenever I liked. But the
pleasure/excitement/enjoyment of an afternoon bashing the credit card
in David Jones doesn’t come anywhere near the unexpected delight of
finding a little trinket at Bells Wharf. Old is
better. Especially when it comes to kitchen ware, the jugs,
plates, appliances. They just don’t make them like they used
to. And the books! An unending supply of books to
chew through. How wonderful! My kids have bought home some
brilliant toys, some they’ve loved for just one day, some have been
welcomed into the family pile. That’s the thing with kids and
toys. You never know what strange item will take their
fancy. But what I love about the treasure pile is that my
children are getting pleasure out of something that doesn’t come
presented in a box direct from China.
It’s the NEW COOL. Rampant consumerism is out.
Recycling and Re-using is in. It’s the catch phrase of the
decade. Get with it.
You see, that’s the thing. OK, so circumstances have
conspired recently to introduce me to a lifestyle where I have to
scratch around in the bottom of my handbag to find coins for a
coffee. But even if I had all those lovely dollars in my bank
account again, I would still ferret through the little piles and
joyfully discover something (used) that I never knew that I just had to
I’m appalled that others are chucking it in the bin in some judgmental
“clean up”. Don’t chuck it until I’ve been through the pile
I’m sure the person who kindly put the treasures there in the first
place will come back in a day or two and deal to the remains.
This is a reminder that the Wine Tasting for our group, is to
be held on Sunday 21 March. The tasting will be held at Alan and Ruth
Gaines lovely boatshed (red boatshed at Eastern channel marker; 71
Florence Terrace). The tasting will be on rain or shine.
Please download, examine, savour and PRINT the tasting notes and price
list from HERE
And here is some more great news. You can now invite your friends and
neighbours who live offshore to attend our tastings!
They can sign up for an infrequent newsletter at http://www.wine.hostcell.net/
They can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of
every newsletter. And you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the
link at the base of any newsletter - of course we hope you don't!
Best Wishes - your wine syndicate committee (Pittwater chapter)
If you want further information, you could ring Greg Roberts
9979 5228, George Gaal 9979 9141, Julian Muir 9999 4449, Paul
Purvis 9979 9667, or Alan Gaines 9979 2070
BREASTSCREENING FOR WOMEN AGED 40 PLUS
The BreastScreen NSW mobile screening unit will be at Pittwater Rugby
Park, North Narrabeen Reserve, Warriewood from 16 March to 29 April
2010. Free appointments can be made from Mondays to Fridays
between 8.20am and 3.10pm each day by calling 13 20 50.
The breastscreening service is free for women over 40 years of age,
with women 50 to 69 years of age particularly encouraged to attend.
BreastScreen NSW has a proud history in supporting women within
Northern Sydney Central Coast area. More than 45,000 women
were screened during 2009.
Breast cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer among
Australian women. The Cancer Map of NSW indicates that breast cancer is
a significant health issue on Sydney’s North Shore.
Approximately one in nine women in NSW will be diagnosed with breast
cancer in their lifetime. The chances of getting
breast cancer increases as women get older, with over 75% of breast
cancers detected in women over 50.
Early detection of breast cancer while it is small and before it has a
chance to spread is the most important factor in determining the
survival and recovery of a woman from the disease. Regular
screening increases the likelihood that breast cancers are found as
early as possible. Women should also monitor their breasts regularly
and report any changes immediately to their family doctor.
There are appointments available in March and April. To book
your free screening mammogram at any of BreastScreen NSW fixed sites or
mobile units, call 13 20 50 today.
Apart from Pittwater Rugby Park, BreastScreen NSW will also be at the
Warringah Mall, Brookvale
Located behind HCF on Pittwater Road, enter via Dale Street)
Monday to Friday, 8.20am – 3.10pm Until Thursday 11 March
Free Parking – 3 hours Warringah Mall Car Park
BreastScreen Dee Why - Kingsway Medical & Dental Centre
1/F 729 Pittwater Road, Dee Why (enter via Pittwater Road or Kingsway)
Monday to Thursday, 8:30am – 3:30pm All the year round
Free Parking – Warringah Council Car Park
HELPING LEARNER DRIVERS BECOME SAFER
A free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers will be
held by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) in conjunction with
Pittwater Council at the Mona Vale Library on Wednesday 10 March 2010.
The course, ‘Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’, will offer
parents and supervisors hands-on advice on how to provide the most
effective driving practice for learner drivers.
Council’s Road Safety Officer, Michelle Carter said “the new rules for
learner drivers now mean there is a minimum of one year on ‘L’ plates
and an increase to 120 hours of supervised driving, including a
mandatory 20 hours of night-time driving.”
“A more rigorous driving test has also been introduced, focusing on
hazard perception and driver reactions.”
“These changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme are all about reducing
the crash rate for young drivers.”
“Parents and supervisors of novice drivers have a crucial role to play
in making our roads safer, and that is why the RTA has developed a
course to better support them.”
The course will cover topics such as:
new laws for learner and P-plate drivers
how to use the new Learner Driver Log Book
how to plan on-road driving sessions
“Parents and supervisors who have attended this course found it boosted
their confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed
them to share experiences with other parents and supervisors,” added Ms
Bookings for the Helping Learner Drivers Become Safe Drivers course are
essential and can be made by calling Michelle Carter from Pittwater
Council on 9970 1194 or by email at email@example.com.
WORKSHOP ON RARE PITTWATER BIRD
One of Pittwater’s most elusive birds, the endangered Bush Stone-Curlew,
is the subject of a free workshop on Tuesday 16 March at the Coastal
Environment Centre, North Narrabeen.
The Bush Stone-Curlew stands about 55 cm tall and is grey to light
brown in colour, with large, bright yellow eyes and a hunch-shouldered
stance on long legs. When disturbed it lies flat on the ground, with
its head and neck outstretched. Its call is a loud eerie wailing
‘wee-loo’, mostly heard at night.
The bird is found across Australia, but is an endangered species and
rarely seen in Pittwater, although it is known to migrate to and breed
in the area.
The Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority, the Coastal
Environment Centre and the Environmental Trust are hosting a workshop
for those with an interest in learning more about how to protect the
Stone Bush-Curlew and its breeding habitats.
Presenters Jan and Neville from the Nature Conservation Working Group
in the Murray Catchment will share their knowledge of the current
population numbers, personal experiences of how to manage nesting areas
and the captive breeding program which has seen an increase in the
bird’s numbers across the Murray-Darling Basin.
On display at the workshop will be a photo exhibition of the Bush
Stone-Curlew, plus taxidermy birds with their eggs.
The workshop will begin at 6.30pm until 9pm and attendees will be
treated to a free supper. Please RSVP to Rebecca Mooy on 4725
3055 or 0417 436 105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 12
March 2010. The Coastal Environment Centre is located off Pelican Path,
Lakeside Road, North Narrabeen.
Media contact: Karin Nippard, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1363
Author Talks at
Mona Vale Library
Lavender and Linen
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Long-time Francophile and French resident Henrietta Taylor is visiting
Pittwater and will discuss her latest book Lavender and Linen in
another of the Author Talks series at Mona Vale Library.
The talk begins at 6.30pm on Tuesday 16 March at the library at 1 Park
Street Mona Vale.
A former language teacher, Henrietta Taylor grew up in Sydney and met
her husband while they were both teaching there. However, after his
premature death she decided to leave Australia and settle in Provence,
France with her two young daughters.
Her first book Escaping, describes her early life and marriage and the
first few years of her new life in France.
Lavender and Linen continues the story of her life in Provence as the
owner of two holiday cottages. Henrietta paints an amusing picture of
the dramas of renovating in a foreign country and her struggle to
understand the correct etiquette of living as a foreigner in a small
Four years after she opened her cottages for holiday rentals, business
is booming and she now firmly calls France home.
Henrietta says she has fallen in love with the colours, tastes and slow
pace of life in Provence. The village in which she lives, Saignon, is
perched on a hill overlooking the Luberon Valley and in parts dates
back to the 10th century.
“Five kilometres away is the market town of Apt where you can buy the
freshest vegetables and produce from surrounding farms,” she says.
“On Saturday, the market comes to life and people pour in from all
parts of the Valley. There are wonderful cafes where you can sit and
while away many an hour under the shade of a plane tree.”
16 March 2010
Venue: Mona Vale Library
1 Park Street, Mona Vale
Cost: $7.50 Adults
$5.50 Concession / Pensioner or Friends of Mona Vale Library
(passes must be shown)
Phone: 9970 1600
Payment within 3 days of booking
Church Point Reserve Association Web
CPRA has its website up and running - check it at to see their
perspective on the Church Point Plan of Management (CP POM)
DIGITAL PHOTO WORKSHOP
26 – 28 MARCH
@ PITTWATER YHA
Join Sydney wildlife photographer, Ken Griffiths, for
photo walks and talks at the Pittwater YHA.
The course is aimed at beginner to intermediate
level of photography. The emphasis will be on digital
photography but those still using film who are ready
to take the dive into digital will benefit greatly from
Cost: YHA members $160 per person includes 2
nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, Saturday night
meal, workshops. Upgrade to a double is an additional $14pp.
(If not a YHA member, add $7 for the above weekend)
More information and bookings
Ph: 9999 5748 (8-11am, 5-8 pm)
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