May 20 - 26, 2018: Issue 360

At Palm Beach Golf club - May 26th - Tickets $30

This year's festival is once again taking place right on Sydney's iconic Collaroy Beach with venues on the beach and in the Beach & Surf Clubs.

Free entry to all venues!
Thanks to grants & sponsors this year's festival is once again a free event whilst still providing many performers with a modest fee!

Applications open 1st June
(Applications will close 31st July)

Permaculture Northern Beaches 2018 Events

Manly • Warringah • Pittwater | Sydney
Permaculture Northern Beaches (PNB) is an active local group based on Sydney's Northern Beaches.  Our parent body is  Permaculture Sydney North.

PNB hold monthly permaculture related events on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:15pm at the  Nelson Heather Community Centre,  Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Rd, Warriewood

Thursday, May 31, 2018: 7:15pm – 9:00pm
Nelson Heather Community Centre 
5 Jacksons Road, North Narrabeen
Jess Sinnott will talk about traditional bush plants and their uses as food and medicine. She will also bring along a few delicious dishes for us to sample that use traditional ingredients!

Jess is an owner and educator from the indigenous company Koori Kinnections which runs catering and educational programs for people of all ages: from bush food cooking classes to school incursions, guided bush walks, resource talks,  weaving workshops and much more. It is a 100% Aboriginal owned and employed company in Sydney's Northern Suburbs.

Jess Sinnott is a Yuin and Wailwan woman living in Sydney. She has a wealth of knowledge about Aboriginal culture, history, and heritage from her family, community and co-workers. Jess has also worked as an Aboriginal Education Officer and Tour Guide for a number of renowned tourist attractions and organisations.

The Guringai Festival celebrates and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture and is held on the Northern Beaches and Guringai area of Sydney. The Festival starts on Sorry Day, 26 May and runs through to the end of NAIDOC Week in July.

7:15 PM at Nelson Heather Centre, Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Road, North Narrabeen.  Entry is by donation, all welcome!!

We also have a swap table for any items from your garden or items to reuse for others.  There are also organic teas and coffees available, bring a plate of food to share.

Saturday, June 23, 2018 – Sunday, June 24, 2018: 9:30am

Introduction to Permaculture Certificate Course
This two-day course is a great overview of all aspects of permaculture - so as to enable you to take the next steps to incorporate this into your life. Over the weekend we will cover topics from organic gardening, sustainable housing, soil, site analysis for your garden/site, permaculture design, and zoning. You will receive an Introduction to Permaculture certificate and a copy of Bill Mollison's book " Introduction to Permaculture."  The course will be held at the Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) on Pelican Walk, Narrabeen Lagoon.  This will also allow for some practical exercises. You will learn how to include permaculture design in your own home and garden.

Teachers for the weekend include Margaret Mossakowska, biologist, and Moss House Sustainability founder and Michelle Sheather, international ecologist, Permaculture Northern Beaches Committee. Organised by Moss House, supported by Permaculture Northern Beaches.

The course will be from 09:30 - 4:30 pm on both days.

Cost:  $315 for Crop Swap, community garden and permaculture group members, $350 for non-members, concessions available for students, pensioners, unemployed.

BOOK NOW AS PLACE ARE LIMITED!  For bookings and information please contact - with the subject heading ITP June 2018.

CEC backs onto the Narrabeen caravan park and is next to Narrabeen lagoon and beach if you are looking for accommodation for a weekend educational break! There are also many B&Bs available nearby.  Buses stop at Pittwater Rd. Narrabeen High School and it is a short walk to CEC.

Thursday, June 28, 2018: 7:15pm – 8:15pm
Nelson Heather Community Centre 
5 Jacksons Road, North Narrabeen

Sometimes it can feel like the environmental, economic and social issues the world is currently facing are too big, too overwhelming, to be dealt with by individuals. Climate change, resource limits, economic downturn, social disconnection. Surely these issues can only be properly managed by our governments?

Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

Directors Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson have brought together stories from their travels around New Zealand, along with interviews with experts able to explain how we come to be where we are today. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to time-banking, Living the Change offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live.

Each and every one of us has the power to create change. Living the Change sets out to inspire us to do just that. There are so many exciting and important ideas and initiatives out there, so much hope and inspiration. We want to generate discussion as widely and deeply as possible about how each of us views the future and our part in it.

Watch the trailer here:

This is a fundraiser for PNB - hall hire is $120 for each of our monthly meetings. Entry is $7 non-members and $5 for members.  Soup is available on the night for $3 a bowl/cup.

Please bring crockery and cutlery on the night. All interested are very welcome to attend!!

Sunday, July 1, 2018: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Gather your seeds in winter for the coming spring.  Share and swap seeds grown organically and locally .  These seeds will be the best adapted you can find for the Northern Beaches climate and soils as many have been grown over generations.

This is an invaluable resource for the local community. Be part of the change - grow your own seeds and food.

For inquiries contact Siew at:

Thursday, July 26, 2018: 7:15pm – 9:00pm
Learn about the most common species growing in your garden, along the green belts, and in parks and reserves. Find out how these 'wild foods' have been used for food, craft and natural remedies. Discover ways to safely harvest from the urban 'wild' and enrich your diet with vitamins and minerals. This is the first time Diego will speak at one of our monthly meetings.  Later in the year we will arrange a sea foraging workshop with Diego.

7:15 PM at Nelson Heather Centre, Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Road, North Narrabeen.  Entry is by donation, all welcome!!

We also have a swap table for any items from your garden or items to reuse for others.  There are also organic teas and coffees available, bring a plate of food to share.

Saturday, July 21, 2018: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Native grasses can be made into beautiful and useful objects. 

Join Karleen Green at this workshop to create your own small coiled basket using lomandra grass. Learn about natural dying techniques that you can try at home.  Karleen shares the history of Aboriginal weaving traditions and how baskets, Dilly bags and other woven objects have been used throughout history in Aboriginal culture. 

Karleen is an Aboriginal woman who is passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills in traditional art, weaving and culture. Karleen teaches traditional basket weaving techniques with natural fibres and plant dyes. 

Bring a plate of food and/or drinks to share at the end of the workshop.

Bookings are essential please contact: get in early as this workshop may book out!

Cost is $25 or $20 for PNB members. The course will be held at the Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) on Pelican Walk, Narrabeen Lagoon.  

Debut performance by young cellist in Forestville

Sunday 3rd June at 4:00pm
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 9 Currie Rd, Forestville
It will be a family affair at Forestville’s OLGC Catholic Church on Sunday 3rd June at 4:00pm when the talented young Sydney cellist, Benett Tsai gives his debut performance for Wyvern Music Forestville with his father pianist Joshua Tsai. Benett has been learning the cello since the age of 5 with his uncle Thomas Tsai. 

The concert entitled Cello Showcase, presents well-known cello pieces performed by the 14-year old, including Pezzo Capriccioso by Tchaikovsky, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Prokofiev’s Cello Sonata.

Benett is currently a semi-finalist at the 2018 ABC Young Performers Awards In 2017 he was named the Grand Prize Winner at the ENKOR International Music Competition (String Section) and the Overall Winner at the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition. Other first prizes include the 2015 Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition (Young Performer) and Sydney Eisteddfod’s 2015 Alf & Pearl Pollard Award for Performance Excellence.

Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before the concert and include refreshment: Full:  $25 Concession: $20 Students: $15 Children under 16 Free

Pittwater Camera Club - 2018

Since 1966 

May 21 Presentation Whales, wildlife and nature David Jenkins

June 4 Competition Open
June 11 Queen’s Birthday
June 18 Workshop Essentials, curves, levels, brightness/contrast,
hue / saturation, exposure / vibrance /sharpening

July 2 Competition Photojournalism - Capture the truth, no filters,
minimal manipulation
July 16 Presentation Sports / Action Andrew Hall
July 30 Annual Dinner Pittwater RSL informal dinner in the restaurant Members & Guests

August 7 Pittwater vs Hornsby Heights Interclub Comp
Hornsby Heights hosting (Tuesday evening)
August 13 Presentation Seeing in 6’s critiquing
August 27 Competition Sports / Action / Movement Andrew Hall

September 10 Presentation Macro, stacking and museum archiving Ron Lovatt
September 24 Competition Open - First Edition

October 1 No Meeting Labour Day Holiday
October 8 Presentation
October 22 Competition Travel and McGrath Foundation fundraiser
“PINK”. Newport Travel Award

November 5 Presentation
November 19 AGM Annual General Meeting

December 3 Competition Images of the Year

Our meetings commence at 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start. To find out more, please visit our Website:

All Meetings are 7.45 for 8pm - 10pm- The Auditorium: Pittwater RSL Club,  Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale 2103 - Family, friends and visitors are all welcome. Proudly Sponsored by Pittwater RSL Club


Green Team Beach Cleans 2018!

Hosted by The Green Team
The Green Team is back for 2018! 

It has been estimated that we will have more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050...These beach cleans are aimed at reducing the vast amounts of plastic from entering our oceans before they harm marine life. 

Anyone and everyone is welcome! If you would like to come along, please bring a bucket, gloves and hat. Kids of all ages are also welcome! 

We will meet in front of the surf club. 
Hope to see you there!

The Green Team is a Youth-run, volunteer-based environment initiative from Avalon, Sydney. Keeping our area green and clean.

Newport Bowling Club Introduces Barefoot Bowling

Newport Bowling Club Breakfast Bowling.  
Sunday mornings 9.00 to 12.00.  
$10 includes an egg and bacon roll.

Beginners welcome, bowls are supplied.  Club is also available for barefoot and corporate bowls.
Palm Road, Newport.
For further information, call 9999 1661 or 0402 126 109

The Newport Bowling Club is situated on the beautiful Barrenjoey Peninsula, the most northerly point of the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, Australia. The Club is located on the corner of Barrenjoey and Palm Roads, Newport. Visitors are very welcome, whether local, from within the state, interstate or overseas.

Find out more by visiting:

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Tours

Every Sunday, throughout the day, from 11am to 3pm

Tours take approx 30 mins. Phone 9472 9300 on the day to check tours are going ahead. Meeting place: Meet at the top (steep and hard 20-minute walk on uneven ground) at the keeper's cottage. Cost: $5 adults, $2 children.

Sydney Northern Beaches Woodturners Inc

Sydney Northern Beaches Woodturners - Monthly Demonstration - Wood Turning Demonstration on the third Sunday of the month: 9am-2pm

The aim of our group is to bring together people who are interested in woodturning and to assist new members to participate in the craft of woodturning. At the same time we aim to socialise and have fun. We are active in supporting local community groups and charities. We make cash donations as well as donations of toys and equipment made by our members.  Come and see us at the Narrabeen RSL Club, Nareen Pde, North Narrabeen. Workshop Open every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday between 9 am and 12 noon. 

Cost: $5 for insurance & a cuppa (If you want to join there is a $25 yearly subscription fee). Contact: Jack Butler on 9999 4290 or email: . Website:


Free entry Tues-Sun 10am - 5pm Visit:

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Lachlan Karl Hamilton's new trio will be playing the lunchtime slot at Cafe Racer Co (formerly known as The Inch, Mona Vale) on Sunday 27th of May.

Lachlan will be joined by:
Harry Morrison - Double Bass
Peter Longhurst - Drums

Call 9999 4483 for reservations.

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities

Bush Regeneration - Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment  
This is a wonderful way to become connected to nature and contribute to the health of the environment.  Over the weeks and months you can see positive changes as you give native species a better chance to thrive.  Wildlife appreciate the improvement in their habitat.

Belrose area - Thursday mornings 
Belrose area - Weekend mornings by arrangement
Contact: Phone or text Conny Harris on 0432 643 295

Wheeler Creek - Wednesday mornings 9-11am
Contact: Phone or text Judith Bennett on 0402 974 105
Or email: Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment :

Walk to 'Moon Rock' 
Sat 2/6/18 12-2pm 
Visit 'Moon Rock' Aboriginal carvings and walk through endangered Duffys Forest Ecological Community. 
Grade 3. Bookings needed: Conny 0432 643 295

Cromer to Oxford Falls 
Sun 10/6/18 
Start 10am from Cromer Rd, allow 4 hrs and bring lunch to see great carvings near Red Hill, fantastic views over Narrabeen Lagoon and as typical for this catchment very different vegetation communities. Plant ID as we go. We will walk down to Oxford Falls and carpool back. Bookings needed: Conny Harris 0432 643 295 

Oxford Falls Triangle walk  
Sun 15/7/18 11am- 3pm
Bring lunch and gloves and screwdriver for 30 min weeding.
Grade 3. Bookings needed: Conny 0432 643 295

Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Transverse  
Sun 12/8/18 10am- 3pm  
Walk through stunning bushland identifying plants along the way. BYO lunch. Grade 3. Bookings needed: Conny 0432 643 295

Frankie Valli & The Beach Boys Tribute Show

Saturday June 9: 7.30 pm to 11pm
Pittwater RSL
All proceeds to go to Red Nose Day.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and Beach Boys tribute is a fantastic show that brings together two of the most exciting harmony bands in pop music history. It is performing at Pittwater RSL.

This is a musical production featuring a live band of musicians with 5 talented people delivering great vocals and harmonies. Sheer talent and choreographed routines promises to entertain their audience. The show has proven to be a great success drawing in large crowds wherever it plays.

The Frankie Valli segment will treat you to those great hits as recently showcased by the now World famous Jersey Boys, hits of Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons like Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Working My Way Back to you, Can’t Take My Eyes of You, Walk Like a Man, Let’s Hang On, Who Loves You, Grease and of course….Oh What a Night!

In the Beach Boys set you will those hits including Fun Fun Fun, California Girls, I Get Around, Help Me, Rhonda, Surfer girl, Surfin’ USA and many more.

Wetland Nightlife Walk

Hosted by Coastal Environment Centre
Saturday, May 26 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Our local wetlands are a unique environment supporting a great diversity of native animals. The wetlands are a wonder by night with many of our nocturnal creatures coming out to play. 

Come and join us after dark for an exciting evening looking for some of these nocturnal creatures. This spotlighting activity is suitable for children aged five and over.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL - ONLINE or Phone: 1300 000 232

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary 2018 Stalls

18th: Stall, Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                         9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books
2nd: Stall, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale                        9am to 3pm
Sewing, knitting, craft, books
9th: Bunnings, Narrabeen                                             8am to 3pm
Sausage Sizzle
15th: Stall,  Foyer Mona Vale Hospital                        9am to 3pm
Baking, knitting, sewing, books

Modus Operandi Brewing Co.

14 Harkeith Street
Mona Vale
Ph: 8407 9864

Northern Beaches Jive is a social dance group. Our Modern Jive classes are held every Wednesday at 7.30pm at Narrabeen RSL.

Modern Jive is an easy partner dance with an emphasis on having fun and is great for all ages. Our experienced teachers always make the lesson interesting and fun. 

You can come along to class any time as we cater for new beginners every week. You don't have to sign up for a course - just come along when it suits you. First timers are only $10 for the first two weeks in total!!  You can even just come and watch for free to see if you think you'll like it.

There’s no need to bring a partner as we rotate you around to different partners during the class.

We start with a beginner class at 7:30pm for 45 minutes, followed by social dancing. At 9pm we have an Intermediate /advanced class for 45 minutes, and a concurrent 'refresher' class for the beginners, then social dancing until 10:30pm.  That’s right beginners get 2 classes every night.

Casual entry is $15 per night.  Students and seniors are only $12 per night.  We also have discounted prices, for all groups, if you buy a 5 class pass.  Great value for learning and dancing up to 3 hours per night.

If you're keen and would like to go to a class more than once a week, or go to a dance party in the weekend then check out where you'll find more classes and weekly dance parties.

Click here ( to sign up for our weekly newsletter which will tell you who is teaching each week and any other venue news such as special events.

If you have any questions - email us at:

MWPHS - Manly Warringah Pittwater Historical Society - Established 1924 

One of the oldest suburban historical societies in Australia, the Manly, Warringah & Pittwater Historical Society has kept the only continuous record of northern beaches achievements, local historical mementoes, documents and research. Membership:  here


Avalon Active Seniors Group Invites experienced Mahjong players to join a new group. Thursdays 1-3pm: $2.00 per session at Avalon Recreation Centre. Phone Julie: 0403 820 261. 

Mona Vale Library

Storytime for preschoolers
Held every Wednesday morning at Avalon Library 10:30am - 11am

Avalon Library Storytime is held every Wednesday morning from 10.30am at the Library. Hear stories, listen to music and enjoy craft activities. Sessions run for between 30 and 40 minutes. Suitable for preschoolers, 3 to 5 years of age.
Venue:  59A Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon (above the Recreation Centre). Cost: Free however bookings are essential. Bookings: Phone:  9918 3013 or email

Storytime at Mona Vale Library 
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Mornings, 10- 10.45am

Mona Vale Library Storytime is held three mornings per week during school terms. Hear stories, sing songs and enjoy craft activities.  Sessions run for approximately 45 minutes. Suitable for preschoolers, 3 to 5 years of age. Venue:  Mona Vale Library, 1 Park St, Mona Vale. Cost:  Free. No bookings required 

Palm Beach Golf Club

Music in The Garden Bar
With the success of our opening afternoon in The Garden Bar we are pleased to continue Sunday entertainment.  

Free admission event every Sunday from 1.00pm to 4.00pm only in The Garden Bar.

Palm Beach Golf Club
2 Beach Road,
Palm Beach
Ph: 9974 4079

Avalon Computer Pals for Seniors

AVPALS is a volunteer organisation dedicated to helping seniors improve their computer skills. Started in 2000 it now has 20+ trainers and many hundreds of students. At a really low cost (about $30 a school term) they can provide one-to-one training on most matters connected with computing and related technologies like mobile phones and digital cameras. From the smallest problem (how to hold the mouse!) to much more serious matters, there is a trainer who can help.

The training rooms are under the Catholic Church in Avalon and training is conducted Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. For more information visit AVPALS web site or phone 02 8064 3574

Keep up to date on our Facebook page 

Club Palm Beach Social Golf Group

If you enjoy a relaxing round of golf and would like to meet some local characters and top it off with the best old school breakfast (kale free) and beverages come and join us 6 30 am Sunday - every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.