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Improving Relationships

So much of what we experience in our relationships with others goes unsaid, or comes out in ways that can be very damaging. We often struggle with indecision and a lack of clarity over what is happening with others. It may be reassuring to know that you are not alone in these experiences and things can change for the better, for your own well-being.

A one day workshop, Assertiveness and Improving Relationships, is being offered through Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday 26th June. The workshop will run from 10am through to 2.30pm and will be a donation-only arrangement. All proceeds will be donated to help support Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre.

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Krav Maga alive and kicking in the Illawarra

For the first time, Thirroul is being introduced to a different form of practical self-defence training from an unlikely source.

Shaun Hughston grew up in the Illawarra. He is a family man, a successful recruitment professional, and a Krav Maga self-defence instructor.

“It’s for regular people – you don’t have to be tough. I own a recruitment company, I wear glasses, you would never guess I am a Krav Maga instructor,” jokes Shaun.

The basis for Krav Maga was first devised in the 1930s to protect European Jews from fascist attacks. Later, it became mandatory in the Israeli army. Over time, it has been developed into a form of self-defence training for civilians, with simple moves that are taught in relation to real life situations.

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Silver Screen Supper ventures off the eaten track

A new, mysterious dining experience is set to take over the Illawarra. The ‘Silver Screen Supper’ combines local food, entertainment, mystery and intrigue to bring you a memorable dining experience, and all profits go to a local charity.

The mystery events are run by Covert Cuisine, fronted by Alison Perizi, aka Agent Edesia. Drawing inspiration from similar events in Newcastle, Alison is now introducing mysterious dining events to the Illawarra, with the premier event, Silver Screen Supper, in Wollongong on June 14th.

As a self confessed foodie, Alison wanted to combine her love of food, experience in events and passion for social justice to build something special.

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The Beatles get back to where they once belonged

Take the long & winding road to Beaches Hotel, Thirroul, this Queens Birthday long weekend to soak up some classic Beatles music, performed lovingly by a line-up very rarely seen on one stage together.

The Beatles Show returns to Thirroul for the fifth consecutive year. Held over two days, the show brings together 3 great things; Beatles music, talented local & international musicians, and beer.

Held on June 7th and 8th, it marks the day the Beatles recorded ‘You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)’ 47 years ago.

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2515 Plays the Hunger Game

Locals from the postcode area 2515, from Wombarra to Thirroul, are getting together and are asking for food to practically help and support families who need help.

At the end of June people will be door knocking and will be asking locals to extend their helping hand by donating tins of food (or money) for the emergency relief at Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre. Non-perishable food can also be dropped at IGA Thirroul, Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre and Austinmer Anglican Church.

“It is quite something to have people from different walks of life getting involved” Michael Lavilles of Thirroul and co-organiser of the Food Campaign @ 2515, said.

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Ukendooit in Thirroul

Ukendooit are holding a ukulele workshop on Tuesday April 15th from 10-11am at Thirroul Railway Hall. In this all-ages workshop Kaija and Ann will demonstrate and teach how simple & fun the uke can be!

The presenters: A Latvian cellist & songbird and a Norwegian mandolin, ukulele & guitar wielding Viking join forces to create Somesing Laik Zat duo, a joyous journey of sound to get your feet moving and put a smile on your face. Somesing Laik Zat charms people who are young and those young at heart, to connect through joyful music making.

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Soul Bird Lounge takes flight

Lana Patrin is one of the unsung heroes of the music scene in Wollongong, involved with many events that have fostered our blossoming arts culture - on Sunday 15th December she continues her "Soul Bird Lounge" sessions, with Bex Chilcott (Ruby Boots) and local fav, Kay Proudlove.

"I really want my own venue, that's been a dream of mine for a very long time, but I've got a really good backyard, you know, just chuck some couches out, some mats and cushions - it's really nice." said Lana.

"I'm kind of picky with who I have -  I'm a big fan of music and that's why I got into it because there's just so much talent out there. That's why I started at The Bowlo (Scarborough Wombarra Bowling Club), just to get bands to come and play - it was a bit of a selfish thing... these people are coming to play for me...  yeah,  I'll put it on."

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Share Affection, Not Infection

Watch out this summer for the return of the successful CaddyShack mobile Chlamydia screening program, a partnership program to improve the sexual health and well-being of young people in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Coordinated by Healthy Cities Illawarra, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service, the HIV & Related Programs Unit ISLHD and local youth services, the youth focused program is going on a ‘Summer Tour’ visiting beaches and parks down the Illawarra and Shoalhaven coast.

The program aims to raise awareness of sexual health, and offer free screening for Chlamydia - a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that’s on the rise in young people. There were over 82 000 notifications of Chlamydia infection in Australia in 2012, which David Wilson from the Kirby Institute suggests is just the tip of the iceberg. “It is likely there are 5 times as many more Australians with undiagnosed Chlamydia, who may be at increased risk of infertility and other reproductive health problems. We estimate that as many as one in 20 young Australians between the ages of 15 and 24 have Chlamydia.”

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Keep it real at Chrissy

Local creative enterprise Wild Rumpus have a bunch of fun classes coming up: DIY Handmade Christmas: Learn something new, give something from the heart, live a sustainable life.

"Wild Rumpus is all about DIY, sustainability and creativity" said Caitlin Marshall, "At Christmas there's a lot of fun to be had, there can be very stressful with all that shopping, and there is a real interest in people making stuff themselves and giving something that they've made. We wanted to make that easier, so we've put together some classes that are all about a DIY handmade Christmas."

From baking to natural soap-making, fun printing to sewing, Wild Rumpus has some classes which will help you to create beautiful things as gifts and save money, landfill and reduce consumption at the same time!

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Summer Sessions return to Beaches

The Beaches Hotel stage comes to life on Wednesday nights in Summer, presenting all manner of original, wonderful, weird and wild entertainment as part of Big Wednesday Summer Sessions.

This mid week gig helps to foster local talent by providing a great live venue with an opportunity to connect with other touring acts.

Big Wednesday kicks off in style on December 4th with the Rock'n'Soul sounds of Bottleneck, followed by Heriot-fest (featuring Rockin Russ, Alex and Rhiannon Heriot) on the 11th, Thirroul's Got Talent on the 18th, and returning fresh on new years day with Peter Northcote & Freinds.

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