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National Servicemen

The next meeting of the National Servicemens Association Southern Highlands sub-branch will be held on October 11. It will begin at 10:30am at the Mittagong RSL Club. Visitors and new members are welcome. Details: 4861 7396.

Fashion parade

The Moss Vale Hospital Auxiliary will hold a Millers’ Fashion Parade on October 9 at the Moss Vale Seniors Centre in Queen Street, Moss Vale. The fun will get underway at 1.30pm and all are wecome to take a closer look at the latest outfits available at Milliers’ Store in Bowral. Afternoon tea is available. Entry is $8 and there will be a lucky door prize and a raffle conducted during the afternoon. First prize is a Millers’ voucher. All funds raised will go towards ongoing support of Bowral and District Hospital. Details: Jenny on 4868 1424.

Mittagong Garden Club

Mittagong Garden Club will be holding future monthly meetings  at the Mittagong Senior Citizens/Community Centre in Queen Street, behind the Mittagong Public Library.  New members are welcome. The Mittagong Garden Club meets on the first Friday of the month except when in recess in January, and visits various garden properties in the area on the second Friday of the month from February to November. Details from president, Nancy Wood on 4872 1448 or email  iandnwood@westnet.com.au

Bushwalk adventure

Southern Highlands Bushwalkers Inc will head to Mermaid Pools at Bargo for their next trek on October 15. This is a moderate walk covering about 11km and will follow a path along the river to Mermaid Pools, through the gorge and up to some surronding tracks. There are some areas with short steep sections and parts of the walk will be rough underfoot with possible wet, slippery rocks in the gorge. Details: Brett on 4872 2182 or 0428 961 470.

National Tree Day

A National Tree Day event will be held on Saturday, October 21 on the bank of the Wingecarribee River at Burradoo, just upstream of the Werrington St causeway and adjacent to the Bong Bong walking and cycle track.  The focus will be on planting native sedges, rushes, grasses and shrubs with a scattering of trees to link up with the remnant vegetation to provide riverbank stability and improve both habitat values and the amenity for the many people who use the Bong Bong track. The event starts at 8.30am and runs until 12.30pm with a free barbecue lunch for volunteers. Also featured will be before andafter photo displays, bird spotting tours by Birdlife Southern Highlands, native plant giveaways by Greening Australia and a launch of the Wall to Wollondilly project.  Details: Paul Marshall 0418 424 524.

Garage Sale

The Southern Highlands Evening branch of the CWA will hold a garage sale on Saturday, November 4. There will be toys, tools, books and DVDs among the items for sale. It will be held at the CWA rooms on Main Street, Mittagong from 8am until 12pm. Light refreshments will be available.

Rose society

A Miniature Rose Show (including Floral Design) is planned for November. This is a unique show as it is the first to be held in Australia specific to Miniature and Miniflora Roses.  Mini workshops on breeding roses; growing miniature roses in pots and propagating miniature roses from cuttings will be conducted.  Activities will be held on November 18 from 12.00pm-5.00pm and November 19 from10.00am – 4.00pm.  Further details are available from Ralph Parsons on 4871 0091 or ralphros@bigpond.com.au

Bible lessons

Casual, flexible and free seminars on learning to read the Bible effectively are available at the Loseby Park community hall each Sunday from 9.15am to 10.15am. The Highlands Christadelphians currently offer a continuous series of seminars designed to help people learn how to understand the Bible for themselves. No attempt is made to teach doctrines. This is more like a "How To" guide with hints on how to allow the Bible to interpret itself. The small group currently attending includes people from 18 to about 50 years of age. It is informal, and participants are invited to contribute their questions, or simply listen to the others. All are welcome. No bookings are necessary. Come and go as you wish. Come every Sunday if you wish, or just once to find out how it works. The seminars are not held during school holidays. Details: 0490 839 141

Melbourne Cup fun

Fashion, food and horse racing will be the order of the day at the next special fundraising event to be held by the Moss Vale branch of Red Cross. The branch will hold a Melbourne Cup luncheon at the Moss Vale Golf Club from midday on November 7. A raffle and sweeps will be run on the day with funds raised going toward ongoing projects supported by the branch. Tickets are $35 per person. Details: Tricia O’Keefe on 0414 672 267.

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