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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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Our House is Not in Paris

Susan Cutsforth, award-winning Teacher- Librarian at Corrimal High School, has excelled herself with the print release of her memoir, Our House is Not in Paris. Her story of the trials, tribulations and rewarding times renovating an ancient farm house in France, was released as a digital e-book last year. It was so positively reviewed on Amazon that Melbourne Books decided to go to print.

Coupled with this success, Susan was also offered a two-book deal for the next instalments in her “Our House” series. The second memoir, Our House is Certainly Not in Paris will be published as an e-book this November. The last in the series, Our House is Definitely Not in Paris, will be published in December 2014.

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Belle’s Sunday Soiree

Belle Robinson, musician, music teacher, student nurse is about to embark on a trip of a lifetime with the help of inspired adventures and the UNHCR charity. Belle will be embarking on a trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro as part a a fundraising event for the emergency response program for the UNHCR refugee agency.

"When you go on a trip... or I know when I do... I always think 'yay awesome, a holiday', but take for granted the fact that you have a safe home environment, food and shelter waiting for you when you return.' said nursing student and professional musician, Belle Robinson, "Refugees don't have this luxury and this is why I feel so strongly about the work of UNHCR Refugee Agency."

Belle's Sunday Soiree is a gig at Ryan's Hotel, Thirroul on Sunday 10th November from 3-8pm featuring The Blue Salt Band + Stephen Goldrick & Friends + Pete Thomas and of course Belle Robinson. All money from the event goes to the Emergency Response program for the UNHCR Refugee Agency.

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Can we have Life after plastic bags?

Life after plastic bags is the theme of National Recycling Week from 11 November to 17 November 2013. This year Council’s Green Team is asking all community members to reconsider their use of plastic bags.

Manager Environment and Strategic Planning Renee Campbell said: “Plastic bags are harmful to both wildlife and our environment. In Australia we use more than six billion single-use plastic bags each year, with many of these ending up in our parks, waterways and oceans.

“Generally a single use plastic bag is used from the time it takes to get the groceries from the store to your home. When you consider plastic bags take up to 1,000 years to breakdown in the environment, there has to be a better option.”

As part of National Recycling Week, Council is conducting free workshops where you can meet local seabird rescuer, Kirsten Hort, as she shares stories of her work with pelicans, penguins and plastic entanglements. She’s joined by Council’s Green Team to explore how we can avoid plastic bags, use alternatives and protect our local wildlife.

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Halloween Regener8s Youth Services

Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre is hosting ‘Regener8’, a free Halloween dance and games festival promoting youth services in the Illawarra on Friday 8th November from 5-8pm. This youth directed event is open to all youth from ages 12-24.

The festival allows youth to discover services that can help them in the Illawarra, particularly mental health services. The information available will relate to all areas of health. However, unlike a standard expo, this information will be provided through a Halloween festival, directed by youth ideas. Creative food, music, and dress will pay homage to the Halloween theme. The decorations will be created by local youth. Plus, various games and activities will run throughout the night, including prizes to be won.

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