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COMING EVENTS

Art Exhibition: Hire-a-Wall returns! until 3rd Mar. Original art by established and emerging local artists. Paintings, sculpture and other artworks for sale. @ Project Contemporary Artspace, 255 Keira St, Wollongong. Open Wed to Fri 11am-5pm & Sat, Sun 12-4pm.

Bags & Bitz fund-raiser for Dapto Red Cross, March 6th, 9:30am, Dapto Citizens Bowling Club, 102-104 Fowlers Road, Dapto. Entry $6. Proceeds to Australian Red Cross.

Bric-a-brac and Plant Stall: Friday, Feb 22nd, 9am to 1pm with a BBQ lunch available, Wollongong Congregational Church, 33 Market Street, All welcome

Illawarra Lapidary Club Rock Swap, Sunday February 24, Stuart Park, North Wollongong, 8am-2pm. Stalls selling mineral, fossils, jewellery, equipment and books. Kids’ rock scramble, 12 noon.

Open day at Oak Flats Seniors Club Sat Feb 23rd, for Seniors Week, 9-11am. Sausage sizzle, Tai Chi 10am Line dance demo 10.30am & craft display, 43-45 Griffith St, Oak Flats. 

Port Kembla Baptist Church Mini-Fete Sat March 2nd, 8.00am-12.30pm. Enjoy a sausage sizzle, Devonshire tea, cake stall, plants, crafts, pre-loved clothes, white elephant, books and toys and much more … come and browse around and find a bargain or two. Crn Illawarra & Cowper Street.Port Kembla.

Woonona-Bulli RSL sub-branch AGM, Sun Feb 24th, 10am, members must be financial for 2019. P. Williams hon. sec.

Annual General Meeting of the  Woonona-Bulli RSL sub Branch Sun Feb 24th, 10am. Members must be financial for 2019. P.Williams hon. sec.

​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. Free 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 9.30am-11.30am (not school hols) $4 per session/family. 82 Bong Bong Rd 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: Mon 9:30-noon, Stanwell Park Children’s Centre, Stanwell Ave. 0-5yrs old, $4. 0434 434481

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 offers free activities for Women on Mondays 10am – 12pm; Women’s Pop-Up Health Clinics; Tuesday Overeaters Anonymous; Thursday Heart & Soul Fitness 10am – 11am; Free Legal Aid for Civil Law matters; Saturday social group for mature Widows and Divorcees 10am; Saturday Alanon 2.30pm; JP services, information support and referrals; EAPA vouchers for those on low incomes experiencing difficulty paying electricity or gas and Sydney Water bills; Phone 42564404 for details and appointments.

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

Berkeley Community Centre: Ph: 4271 1661. Mon: Seniors group 9.30am-1pm, Craft 11.30am-1.30pm, free tax help 10am-1.30pm. Tue: Basic Computer Course 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm. Aunty Jean Program 9:30am-2:30pm, Multicultural Group 10am-1pm, Garden  Group 11am-1:30pm (1st Tue of the mth) Wed: Carer's /Support Group 2nd Wed of the mth, Meditation Group  10am, payment by donation, Barnardos Play Group 10am-12pm (Tel: 4275 8575), Thur: Mental Health Group, Fitness for over 50  9.30am-10.30am ($7 per session Tel :  0407 008 297), Coffee Club  10.30am-12pm, Women Inspired, last Thurs of the mth, 10.30am-12:30pm. Fri: Songbirds (Choir) 9:00am-11am. Mon to Fri, FREE Coffee, Chill and Chat 10am-12pm, FREE Internet to assist your needs when staff /volunteers are available Mon, Wed, Thu 10am - 3:30pm, Fri 9am-12pm. 

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 

CareWays Community Sensory Room Horsley Community Centre, 82 Bong Bong Rd, Horsley. Available for whole community 7am-12am 7 days/week, $16.50 half hour/$33 full hour. Requires a 30 min induction before booking your session. Details: email Carly carlyp@careways.org.au to book your induction www.careways.org.au

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.

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 Baptist Care Community Centre: 2-6 Hill Street Warilla. Playgroup Wed & Thur 10-12pm, NILS & StepUp loans, Assistance with Utilities- EAPA (Electricity), Breakfast at Mt Warrigal PS, DVAS Supported accommodation, Hall Hire and Community Events. Ph: 4298 7204

DANCE

Marshall Mount old time dance: Marshall Mount Hall every fortnight.  $10 adults $2 children supper provided ph 0425235552.

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

Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club: Wed, 7.30pm, Wongawilli Community Hall, West Dapto. $4. Ph: 0475 565 443.

GROUPS

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

Albion Park Garden Club: 1st Tues 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. Ph Margaret Reed 4295 7156.

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

Art classes/workshops to suit everyone at Red Point Artists: two drop-in sessions and two life classes every week, plus painting, drawing, sketching and outdoor workshops. Details redpointart.org.au or call 0418 644 342

Art for Healing uses the creative process – drawing, painting, collage, sculpture – to explore and express emotions, thoughts, memories and ideas.  Fri, 10-11.30am, $5 session. Salvation Army, Level 3, 11-13 Burelli St, Wollongong 4229 1079.

Association of Independent Retirees meet 10am, Fri Feb 15th, Builders Club, Wollongong. Guest speaker Dr Barry McMurtrie's topic is "Barbarians to Bureaucrats". Visitors welcome. Contact Brian 4229 6083.

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

Australian Sewing Guild: meets 1st Tues of the mth, Corrimal Community Church Hall, 9 Augusta St, Corrimal East, 10am-3pm. Details: 4272 6762.

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

Balgownie Heritage School Museum: Open 2nd Sun of the mth, 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 - NSW Seniors Festival Exhibition 2019 : My Place - Our Places in the Black Diamond Districts. Open Sundays 1-4pm. Entry $3-$12. Groups midweek by appointment -bdhcbulli@gmail.com or 42761488 / 0408115099

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. ph 0417 436 012.

Bulli Walkie Talkies meet Tue mornings for exercise & social interaction. Easy grade, we provide an extension for those who want a greater challenge, between 1 to 3 hrs with a coffee stop. Cont: Anne 42832272 or Marlene 42835270.

Bridge lessons: Free bridge lessons, Illawarra Master Builders Club, Sat 1pm. Competition play: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10am. Details: 0403 966 750.

Bulli Corner Quilters: Meet 4th Wed of each mth, Northern Illawarra Uniting Church, Bulli at 9.30am. 4231 4097.

Bulli Connecting Threads Sewing Group: Meet every Wed, 9.30am, Northern Illawarra Uniting Church, Bulli. 4231 4097.

Bulli Hospital Reunion: Celebration dinner of 125 years of wonderful service from Bulli hospital, Woonona Bulli RSL, 7pm, March 30. If you worked at the hospital, volunteered or you were a patient or born at Bulli Hospital, you are invited. Tickets $60 a head. Contact John Andrews on 0410 735 056. 

Bulli Vista Social Club: Free weekly meet-up for blokes. Fri beers, The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, 7.30pm. Sun, morning coffee, Ruby's Cafe, Bulli. 8-9am.

Centrelink problem? Illawarra Legal Centre can provide free help & legal advice. Ph: 4276 1939

Child Support? Illawarra Legal Centre provides free legal advice to carer parents who want to apply for child support or 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.

Corrimal Garden Club: 2nd Tues of the mth, Uniting Church Hall Corrimal. 10am. Interesting guest speakers, morning tea, plant sales, trips and visits to local gardens, website and newsletter, monthly raffle and wish book. For further details phone: 0409532081.

Corrimal Knitting and Craft group: Meet Corrimal library each Fri, 10 to 12noon. Enquiries 42278179

Court Lane Craft Shop next to Wesley Church on the Mall has handmade gifts and a large range of baby wear.  Come in or see us on Facebook.  42292117

Craft, Conversation & Coffee enjoy the fellowship & support of others, Thurs 10-12 noon, $5 session.  Salvation Army, Level 3, 11-13 Burelli St, Wollongong 4229 1079.

Dapto Daytime Toastmasters, Dapto Leagues Club, 10am-12 noon  2nd & 4th Tues of each mth. Improve your speaking, listening skills  confidence in public speaking. Info: Lesley Brennan: lesley888@outlook.com (0402 903 188)

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 Red Cross meets 2nd Mon of the mth, 10am in RSL Hall, Bong Bong Road, Dapto. All welcome. 

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

Daytime Toastmasters Wollongong: meets at Fraternity Club, Fairy Meadow, every Tuesday 10am for a 10.15 start. Phone 0428 428 978

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

English Classes: Free English conversation classes for intermediate to advanced level students, Conversation Cafe, Wollongong Baptist Church, 330 Keira Street, Wollongong. Every Wed (Feb 13th) during school terms, 12:30 to 2:30pm. Everyone welcome. Ph. 0433 827 431

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

Fairy Meadow Anglican Church Cafe Market: cnr Princes Hwy/Jardine St, Fairy Meadow; 2nd Sat of the mth; 8:30-11am.

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

Fairy Meadow/Wollongong Branch of the Red Cross Wed Feb 20th, 9.30am, Congregational Church hall Carters Lane Towradgi.   At 10.30am a guest speaker will give a talk on healthy skin.  All welcome. Further details 42844376.

Family Member Serving Time? – ‘Shared Sentence’ is a support group for those with a loved one in gaol or on parole. First Mon of mth, 5-6.30pm, Salvation Army, Level 3, 11-13 Burelli St, Wollongong. 4229 1079.

Family Support – ‘Very Important Families’ is for people whose loved ones are on the destructive path of substance abuse. Last Tues of the mth, 6pm-8pm, Salvation Army, Level 3, 11–13 Burelli St, Wollongong 4229 1079.

Farmborough Heights Community Tennis Club, newcomers welcome for social nights. 271 Farmborough Road, Tuesdays 7.30-9pm.

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

Garden & Grow – ‘GrOw4h’ provides the opportunity to get together for mutual support.  Tues & Fri, 4-5.30pm, Salvation Army, Level 3, 11-13 Burelli St, Wollongong 4229 1079.

Grandparents Raising Children – ‘Off Our Rockers’ is for relatives raising children. 3rd Tue monthly 10.30am-12.30pm, Salvation Army, Level 3, 11-13 Burelli St, Wollongong. 4229 1079.

Gwen Booker Centre for the Visually Impaired.: Tues, Corrimal Community Centre. Friendship & a happy environment for mature aged people.  Contact: Manuel Caruana 0431 152 530.

Gwynneville Girl Guides has vacancies for girls aged 7-13 years. For more info 0490769871  or www.girlguides-nswact.org.au.

Horsley 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 Art Society meets 1st Sat of each mth, Tarrawanna Community Hall for a paint day. Beginners welcome. Details 42851986

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

Illawarra Breakfast Poets, meet Wednesday 7am to 9am at Marco Polo Aged Facility, Watergum Way, Woonona.   Contact Ken Potter on 0417 707 879.

Illawarra Bridge Association: Figtree/Thirroul, sessions weekdays & Sat. Regular lessons. 4285 1971. Lighthearted bridge tutorials, Thurs mornings, clubroom in Figtree Park, 9.30.  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, $5. Details: illawarralace2530@gmail.com.

Illawarra Legal Centre Free Legal Advice to the public by telephone & at our centre (by appointment). Ph: 4276 1939.

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

Illawarra OWN Wellness Centre for women over 50. Coniston Community Hall, Bridge St.  Monday: Tai Chi, International Dancing, Gentle Exercise, Fitness Training, Drumming. Tuesday: Thai Yoga, Ukulele. Thursday: Thai Yoga. Ph: Barbara 0406 627 493.

Illawarra Philatelic Society: Stamp Sales & various topics displayed/discussed, 3rd Wed each mth, 7pm, room 2 Master Builders Club. Info: Ph 4256 1471.

Illawarra PC User Group. Meets 4th Sat, 1pm of each mth (Feb to Nov), in the small hall at the back of the Unanderra Community Hall.  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.  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. 0419 866 440

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

Justices of the Peace: Current Justices of the Peace or if you want to become one then join us at the Wollongong Branch of the NSW Justice Association, Sat 30th March, 10am, Dapto RSL Memorial Hall. Free info & training session. Contact 0419293524

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

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

Leisure Coast Ladies Probus Club Inc meetings 3rd Mon of each mth, Fraternity Club, 10am for friendship and morning tea

Manna from Heaven: Thu, 5pm, Figtree Anglican Church. Providing food, friendship, hope. 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.

Music Teachers’ Association of NSW Illawarra Branch AGM, Sun Feb 24th, Cedars Christian College, Waples Road, Farmborough Heights, 2 p.m. Afternoon tea provided.  All members welcome. Executive Positions will be declared vacant  and attendance is required for a full Committee for 2019. Full financial members to vote/hold position on the Executive for 2019.  Email: illawarra@musicnsw.com.au OR Mobile: 0438 098 347

​Nebo Reunion. Feb 23rd, 12pm, Mt Kembla Bowling Club. Free BBQ. Buy your own drinks. Contact Greg 0400 751 504 RSVP 16th February

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, 10am. Call 0433 308 780.

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 & 7pm, Wed 9:30am & 5:30pm, Friday 9:30am at Fairy Meadow Surf Club. Other times available via booking. Ph 0421 482 770

Poetry: Thirroul Library Poets, 352-358 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul, 3rd Tue of mth, 5.30-6.30pm. Free group for anyone interested in sharing their poetry and contributing to group feedback to help each other develop our poetry. 0400 619 868.  

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

Quota International of the Leisure Coast  is a women’s service group focusing on the needs of disadvantaged women & children, speech & those with hearing difficulties. Meets 7pm, 2nd Tue of mth, Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 179 Princes Hwy, Unanderra. Details:quota.leisurecoast@gmail.com or 0438 817 320.

Radio Operators, Marine Rescue: seeks volunteers to train in rescue work.  4274 4455.

Red Cross Dapto Branch: meets 2nd Mon each mth, RSL Hall, Dapto, 10am. Enquiries 0433 228 559.

Red Cross Kiama Girl Guide Cottage, Collins Lane, Kiama (adjacent to Hindmarsh Park), 1st Fri of the mth, 1.30pm. call Gill Divers on 4263 3178.

Rental property problems? Free advice & assistance from the Illawarra & South Coast Tenants Service, Illawarra Legal Centre.  Ph: 4274 3475 or 1800 807 225

​Repair Café wants you!  Enjoy fixing things, like to help other people & want to learn new skills, 3 Station St, Wollongong. Friday, 10am & 1pm. Details  https://www.facebook.com/repaircafewollongong/ 

Shellharbour Probus Club meet Warillia Bowling Club, 2nd Mon of the mth, 9.30am. Ph: Ann 0414 358 678

Shellharbour residents;  learn how to speak confidently with a friendly and supportive group at Kiama Toastmasters  Ring Noelene on 4232 2573.

Shellharbour VIEW Club: Meets at Warilla, 11am every 2nd Thurs of mth.  Phone:  0481 481 379.

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. 4284 3027.

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

South Coast Writers Centre's 'Philanthropy Tribe', Wed, 6.30pm, 151 Crown St, Wollongong (in the mall). $5 entry. Free for SCWC members. 0411 525 086.

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

SPAT Photography Club: Northern Suburbs, for all skill levels, casual, fun, monthly theme with an excursion and a get together. Contact Deb at spartstheatre@gmail.com or 0429 921562.

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 & Sun from Lake Illawarra, all ages welcome. Call Jean 0409 910 947.

Suicide Bereavement Support Group ‘etc…’ is for people affected by suicide. 1st Tues mthly, 6pm-8pm, Salvation Army, Level 3, 11–13 Burelli St, Wollongong. 4229 1079.

Tennis – men: New members welcome any Wed 1pm or Sat 12.30pm at Oak Flats Tennis Courts, Kingston St. Contact Vic 4237 6983.

Tennis players welcome for social mixed doubles at Guest Park, Fairy Meadow; 9:00 am to 11:30 am Mon & Wed. Greg 0424 959 879

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. 4267 1137.

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

Tongarra Tukka - Southern Illawarra Church of Christ free weekly community meals, Albion Park. Tongarra Tukka is a place to share a conversation over good food, 5.30pm, Thurs during school term. Info or a lift from Albion Park Rail station, call Jeannie  0418 223 049

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

Triple P Parenting provides practical answers to everyday parenting issues. 10am - 12pm, until Oct 26th.  Salvation Army, Level 3,11-13 Burelli St, Wollongong. Bookings essential 4229 1079.

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

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

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. wollongong.myphotoclub.com.au 

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.

Zonta Club of Wollongong Inc. A global organisation which aims to empower women worldwide through service & advocacy. We fundraise & pack Birthing Kits for developing countries, support local women by providing toiletry packs & clothing to the Illawarra women's refuge & provide study grants & awards to encourage and support women in education and business.  Meets 6:30pm, 3rd Wed of month, Murphy’s Bar and Grill, Princes Hwy, Unanderra. Visitors welcome. Details: wollongong@zontadistrict24.org or Facebook

HEALTH

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

Albion Park Rail ALANON – support group for family and friends of alcoholics meets every Saturday, Albion Park Rail Community Centre, 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Info 42564404

Al-Anon  12-step program for families & friends of drinkers: Weds, 7pm to 8.30pm, Sth Coast Private Hospital, (room near entrance, 112 Burelli St, Wollongong. Ph: 0411 524 539.

Alanon group St Marks Church, 7 Menangle St, Picton, Thursdays 11am. 

Alcoholics Anonymous: 4285 6788.

Art Therapy for Cancer Patients: Mon 9am-12 noon, Scribbly Gum Room, Ribbonwood Centre, Dapto. Exp. guidance & instructors, morning tea provided. Phone Rob 4261 7716.

​​​​​​​​​​​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.

Carer Information Sessions  at Wollongong Hospital: Care for someone with disability, chronic illness, mental illness, dementia or who is frail aged. A one hour info session will be held on Tues Feb 19th, 10am to 11am.  Learn about services and supports for carers.  Free. Level 5, Block C, Allied Health, Wollongong Hospital. No need to book. Ph: 4253 4501 for details.

Carer Education Program  at Shellharbour: Care for someone with disability, chronic illness, mental illness, dementia or who is frail aged. A free three day education program will be held on Mondays 25 Feb, 4 Mar and 11 Mar, 9.30am-2.30pm.  Learn about services and supports for carers.  Lunch provided. To register Ph: 4253 4501

​​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.. Info:  Amy 0402 642 770.

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, 10.30am, 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.

Dragons Abreast Lake Illawarra: Women or men getting over treatment for Breast Cancer & their family/carers. Wed evenings, Sat & Sun mornings. Contact Helen 0403 844 880.

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 4297 0037 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.

Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Illawarra Support Groups:  Walking group, 1st & 3rd Sat of the mth. Coffee Mornings for carers supporting someone with mental health conditions 1st Wed & 3rd Thurs of the mth. General support  group, includes guest speakers on Thurs, 6.30pm, 17 Princes Hway, Fairy Meadow. My Sanctuary Support Group is for carers & family members who provide support to someone living with Borderline Personality Disorder or traits of this disorder, 1st Tues of the mth, 5.30pm, 17 Princes Hway, Fairy Meadow. Please call to register for any of these groups or to get more information 4283 3993 or email mhc.arafmiillawarra@gmail.com

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 0437 376 220.

Port Kembla Hospital Auxiliary,  All  Meetings on 1st Thurs of the mth, 11am. Stalls: 8th & 22nd Feb. Contact.   4261-3520 or 4274-4323

Serenity: A new 12-step group for those who want freedom from drugs, alcohol, smoking, overeating, gambling etc. We meet weekly on Sat 5pm at Albion Park Community Centre.

Shellharbour Hospital Auxiliary meets, 1pm, 4th Tues of each mth, Warilla Senior Citizens Hall, Benard Crescent. Contact Chris 4296 5696.  

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.

Stepping On Falls Prevention: program to help reduce falls in older people commencing at Albion Park Rail Community Centre. Participants must be able to walk by themselves or with a walking stick. Bookings 4267 0164.

STROKE. North Illawarra Recovery Support Group,  meets 1st Thurs of month, 10.30am, (Feb-Nov) Woonona Bulli RSL. Bus outing 2nd Thurs. Phone 1300 650 594.   

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  0430 856 410.

Women’s Counselling & Info Line, Illawarra & Shoalhaven areas. Mon-Thurs 10-2pm school hols hours, Thurs 12.30pm-8.30pm. Free counselling 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 extends an invitation to men interested in learning more about male choirs to “sit-in” on our Mon morning practice sessions, 9.30 to 11.45am, Miners Lamp Theatre, Princes Hway, Corrimal. Info: Barry Swan, 4284 2763  email  marbar@dodo.com.au.

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 welcome. Call Diane on 0420 243 404.

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

Illawarra Pipe Band Get free tuition as drummers or playing bagpipes. Contact Susie 0438 377 292

Illawarra Recorder Association.  3rd Sat of each mth,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 fortnightly either Wed or Thur, 6:30pm, Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace, 11 Wyalla Rd. 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. Call 0424 768 684. 

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

Sing Australia Kiama meets Wed @ 7.30pm. Fun packed and harmonious. Phone Rick: 0439453107

Sing Australia Wollongong Have fun singing. No auditions and no experience needed. Wed 7:30 pm, St Therese School Hall, enter from Powell St West Wollongong. Details Sue 0421 316 296.

SingGongGo: Anyone wanting to sing: old pop, new pop, folk, other cultures. Tues 7-9pm, ParaMeadows School Hall, Porter St, North ‘Gong. 0403 008 570.

Songbirds at Berkeley. A small group of people who like singing, Fridays (Feb 1st), 9.15am, Berkeley Community Centre for an hour's enjoyment. Cost is $25 for a school term and you are very welcome to come and join us. 

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

Wollongong Men's Barbershop Chorus (WMBC) are welcoming all visitors & new members interested in Barbershop Acapella style Singing. Training can be provided to those in need.  Singers or non singers always welcome.  Pop in at 330 Keira St, Wed Night, 7:30pm.  Contact John 0418 611 773, or Claudio 0407 012 721  

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. Come along and see what we do. Practice every Thurs 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the 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, homewares & toys. Help with gas, electric & water bills  Fridays 9.30am.11.30am www.oakcare.org.

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

​SENIORS

Albion Park Macquarie Day Seniors Club: Mon, Albion Park RSL Club , 9.30am till 1.30pm 4257 6670.

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 10am - noon). 4284 9250.

Dapto Seniors Meets every fortnight, Heininger Hall, Ribbonwood Centre, Dapto. The club has interesting activities every day  of the week including craft, card playing, carpet bowls, Concert Group and more. New members are always made welcome, ph 4274 4182.

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

Just Dance Illawarra for Fun and Fitness: Figtree Scout Hall. Mon & Wed. Senior women's dance group offering tap & jazz classes. Beginners & experienced dancers welcome. Enquiries: 0403043579.

Leisure Coast Ladies Probus Club Inc: We would like you to join us at our meetings held on the 3rd Monday of each month at Fraternity Club at 10.00 am for friendship and morning tea.

Living Connected FREE 1-on-1 Computer Help Sessions for seniors.  Tues &  Thurs 9:30-11:30am  iAccelerate,  Innovation Campus; Mon 1:30 Unanderra Community Centre, 10am Wed Vinnies Coniston, 3pm Thurs Woonona Bulli RSL  Bring along your own device or try ours. Info & to book  home visits phone 0409753808

​​​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 1st Mon of the mth at 1.30pm. Contact paulinecurry37@gmail.com

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

Over 60 connect with like-minded people in your community, join My Club Connect for free today. For more info or to register your group: 1800 927 744  www.myclubconnect.com.au

Probus Club, Corrimal: Corrimal Community Centre, 15 Short St, 10am, last Thurs of the month. Call secretary Helen: Ph 0402 615 343.        

PC Computer Lessons for Seniors: Seniors who are beginners or want to refresh their skills with their PC. Learn word processing, working with photos and internet skills. Classes Tuesday and Thursday 1.00 – 2.30 at the Bulli Seniors Hall in Hospital Rd Bulli. Contact: Peter McInnes 0432330093 or 42850136.

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.

Sublime Point RSL day club meet every Wed, 10am till 2pm for seniors. Lunch and morning tea for $10. We have community bus to pick you up. We are in Moore St, Austinmer. Contact Jill 0413 924 609.

Warilla Senior Citizens Club, 69 Benaud Cres, Warilla. Meetings held 3rd Wed of the mth at 10am, followed by a bus trip.

Warilla branch of the Combined Pensioners and Supperannuants Association  10A Commerce Drive, Warilla. 1st Wed of each mth. Contact Janelle Jarman 0432 072 779.

Wollongong U3A: Meetings 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. 0422 068 627, Wollongong.u3anet.org.au.

SERVICE CLUBS

Corrimal Lions Club Meets 2nd & 4th Thurs of each mth,  Corrimal RSL Club. 6:30 for 7:00 pm. Details 0488 186 305.

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, at 6:30pm. 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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