Diary: Mark this on your calendar

Building resilience

A free one-day workshop on Building Resilience will be held at the Quest for Life Centre at 13-33 Ellsmore Road, Bundanoon, on December 16. The workshop is open to parents and carers. You will leave knowing how to build resilience in the face of challenging circumstances, incorporate self-care into daily life, manage your emotions and recognise symptoms of burnout and what helps. Morning tea and lunch will be included. Bookings are essential. Call Candice on 1300 941 488.

JP desks

Justice of the Peace services at various JP desks across the Highlands will take a break over the Christmas and New Year period. The last days the desks will be open in 2017 are: Hill Top General Store – December 12; Springetts Arcade Bowral - December 13; Moss Vale Super IGA - December 14; Highlands Marketplace Mittagong - December 15 and 16. 

The desks will re-open in the January 2018: Springetts Arcade Bowral – January 17; Moss Vale Super IGA – January 18; Highlands Marketplace Mittagong - January 19 and 20; Colo Vale Markets – February 3; Hill Top General Store February 13.

Journey through Bethlehem

On Friday and Saturday, December 15 and 16, the Mittagong Anglican Church will recreate first century Bethlehem to remind the community of the meaning of the first Christmas.

Visitors can journey through Bethlehem’s recreated streets, meeting villagers, Roman legionaries, wise men, shepherds who watch over their animals, and Mary, Joseph and Jesus (played by a real baby). This is a free event that includes refreshments and will run from 4 to 7pm. 

First Fleeters

The Fellowship Ship First Fleeter Southern Highlands Chapter will hold its 13th Anniversary Christmas Lunch on december 13 from 11.45am in the Alexander Room at the Mittagong RSL. Ever-popular Guest Speaker Robert Griffin will this year speak about ‘Millers Point: from windmills and wharves to heritage and gentrification’. This is a topical subject with meaningful connections to the First Fleet ancestors. So many Colonial buildings survive and now change is occurring in this area which is so significant to indigenous and modern Australian history, culture and heritage. 

Miniature railway

Highlands Miniature Railway will be set up at the Moss Vale showground on December 16 from 9.30am to 2.30pm (weather permitting) at the far eastern corner of Moss Vale Showground. The Miniature railway group welcomes new members. Working bees are usually held on Tuesdays and people can be trained in track laying, carriage maintenance, grounds improvement, trainee driving and guards. Details: Laurie Kent on 0408 419 768.