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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 15th 2009
12 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 16, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au BRIEFLY Home visitors THE Benevolent Society offers a volunteer home-visiting service to support families with young children living in the Inner West once a week for two hours. Volunteers can help reduce social isolation, increase the confidence and self-esteem of parents, enhance parenting skills and encourage positive relationships. For more information call 9310 5885. Social butterflies THE Touched By Olivia Foundation's annual Butterfly Ball will be held on Saturday, May 2, at the Parkside ballroom, Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. All proceeds will go to the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. Tickets are $170 each or $1600 for a table of 10. www.touchedbyolivia.com.au. Click on parenting tips USEFUL tips for parents coping with the stresses and strains of daily family life are now available on an online website to help improve child-rearing skills. The new parenting magazines can be downloaded free of charge from the Department of Community Services' website. Caring for your baby, Living with toddlers and Parenting: the most important job in the world, offer helpful tips on raising children and how to manage crying, bed- wetting and teething. Visit www.community.nsw.gov.au. Call of the greens EVER wanted to try lawn bowls? Concord RSL Men's and Women's Bowling Clubs are holding three free open days this month at their club, Nirranda St, Concord West. The dress is casual clothes and soft flat-soled shoes. The open days will be held on April 19 and 26 and May 3 from 1pm to 4pm. For more information phone John on 8765 8050 or Eric on 9743 0121. Church history quest ST Ann's Anglican Church in Strathfield seeks early memorabilia to mark 125 years of Anglican worship in Strathfield on May 3, 2010. The original church was in Vernon St and subsequently worship was held at St Ann's Anglican Church, corner of Homebush Rd and Beresford Rd. The church would appreciate gifts, loans or the ability to scan any old photos, and undertakes to return them promptly. People sending items to the church should indicate clearly whether they should be returned or not. The church can collect items. Several functions are planned. Contact the church office on 9746 6349. Woollies grants close APPLICATIONS for Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Community Grants have closed. Successful applicants are expected to be told of their grant in August. Woolworths operations chief Marty Hamnett said community groups should contact their local store manager about other fundraising opportunities year-round. Grant requests included new sporting equipment, uniforms and healthy eating programs. Girls wild about visitors FIONA BRADY Young offenders at Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre got to grips with some Taronga Zoo inmates last week. Pictures: PHIL BLATCH YOUNG offenders at Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre, Lidcombe, had some very special visitors last week -- an echidna, a galah, a python and a ringtail possum. The animals were part of Taronga Zoo's Zoomobile. Taronga Zoo education officer Caroline Tibbitts said the Zoomobile offered a ''hands on'' wildlife experience for people who were unable to visit the zoo, like the girls at the centre. ''The Zoomobile is literally a miniature zoo on wheels that comes complete with a fantastic array of Australian native ani- mals,'' Ms Tibbitts said. ''Today's visit included a pres- entation from a Taronga Zoo edu- cation officer and the young of- fenders were able to get up close and personal with the zoo's feath- ered and furry friends.'' ''I felt scared to touch the ani- mals at first but then I was all right,'' one of the girls said. ''I hope they come back and visit soon.'' Minister for Juvenile Justice Graham West said the girls learned about the importance of wildlife conservation. ''The young people are encour- aged to respect both the environ- ment and the communities they live in,'' he said. The centre opened in 2005 and is Australia's only juvenile justice centre for girls. It accommodates up to 46 girls who are on control orders or remanded in custody. Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra. Advertisement ETR1M/9 The Australian Government's Education Tax Refund means you could get 50% back on a range of your children's education expenses. It's a refund of up to $375 for each primary school child and $750 for each secondary school child. You can claim expenses like textbooks, stationery, educational software and even computers, printers and the internet. If you receive Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A (or a government payment prevents you receiving FTB Part A) for a child at school, you will be eligible. You claim the refund on your tax return. If you don't need to lodge a tax return you can still claim, so be sure to keep your receipts. To fi nd out more visit australia.gov.au/educationtaxrefund orcall132861
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