Studio Francophone – Rififi – Friday 19 April

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rififi - 19 april 2013 Boujour tout le monde!

Our film for this month will be Rififi, a low-budget French film noir, directed by Jean Dassin who worked in France after being black-listed in Hollywood.  Apparently, many real-life gangsters have copied the tactics used in the film by the fictional robbers.  As usual, the film will have English subtitles.

We have had to move the film evening to 19 April this month, as the Community Hall is being used for a fashion parade.  The noise from this event would have impacted on our enjoyment of the film, and so we decided to change the date.

As usual, we will be providing a supper of sandwiches and soup after the film, with other goodies to have with drinks beforehand.

Tea and coffee will be available, but if you wish to BYO, please do so.  If you could bring your own glass it would help us with clearing up afterwards.

We are looking forward to seeing this film with the typical 1950s nail-biting suspense of its era!

Please do not forget to book by ringing the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre on 4787 7770, or Heather on 0405 043 135 – RSVP 18 April for catering purposes.


Hoping to see you next week,

Best regards

Studio Francophone Group

Blackheath Community Hall all better!

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Blackheath-Community-HallBoth Bates and Phillips Halls in the Community Centre are now ready to be used again! They have been sanded and sealed and look great. There was a hiccup with some borers which delayed the work, but all is now fixed. If you need to book either hall, call Blackheath Neighbourhood Centre on 4787 7770.


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Come and stretch your mind at the Blackheath Philosophy Forum.  Our 2013 season starts on Saturday 6th April. Then fortnightly till July 27th. From 4pm to 6pm

Leading philosophers & experts on Social Democracy; Is Philosophy Dead?; and Moral Psychology.

Full program at



Admission: $10 (includes afternoon tea or coffee)  No need to book


NEW venue: Blackheath Community Centre, cnr Gardiner Crescent & Great Western Highway, Blackheath


Hall is heated. Wheelchair access.  All welcome!



School Holiday Activities

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Come and be entertained during the next school holidays with KING PARROT SAMBA



Wednesday 17th April from 11am to 11.45am in Phillips Hall, Blackheath

Please note: Numbers are unlimited. Tickets can be bought at the door.

Costs $7 per child (then $10 for 2 and $12 for 3 or more FROM THE SAME FAMILY)

Parent/ carer needs to stay on site




Local artist Niki Martignago ago will be running a printmaking workshop

Wednesday 24th April between 10am and 12pm in Bates Hall, Blackheathprintmaking

Please note: Numbers are limited. You will need to book and pay for this group in advance.

Costs $7 per child

Parent/ carer needs to stay on site



Contact BANC on 4787 7770, or Jo on for more information.


Yoga Tales for Early Childhood

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‘Yoga Tales for Early Childhood’ will be starting next term at Katoomba Library on a Thursday morning, as well as the current Tuesday morning Springwood Library classes.

7185946The classes at both libraries are for children between 3 and 6yrs.

They will run for an initial 8 week term beginning on Tuesday 7th May at Springwood from 10.00am to 10.30am and Thursday the 9th May at Katoomba from 10.30 to 11.00am.

The new cost for the term is $50 per child or $8 per class.


Movie Magic! The Third Man

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If you love watching movies made in what was arguably the greatest era of movie making, then come along to the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre on the first and third Friday of each month and enjoy a morning of MOVIE MAGIC – THE GOLDEN YEARS

Friday 5 April 2013  “The Third Man”

A film noir classic starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles.

Time: 10:00 am

Place: Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre
Gardiners Crescent

FREE: Bookings are essential as numbers are strictly limited. To book
please phone BANC on 4787 7770

Please note: There will be no screening on April 19 owing to school holidays. Next screening will be May 3.

Blackheath Philosophy Forum for 2013

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The first of the 2013 Blackheath Philosophy Forums will be held in the Phillips Hall in the Blackheath Community Centre on Saturday 6 April at 4:00pm. In this election year, the Forum is starting off with a corker of a presentation by Rodney Cavalier entitled “The End of the Labor Project”.

Entry $10 which includes tea/coffee and snacks. There is wheelchair access and the hall is heated.

To join the Forum’s mailing list visit

Have your say – Let’s talk about TAFE!

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TAFE NSW is Australia’s leading provider of vocational education and training (VET) with more than half a million enrolments online, in workplaces and across 10 Institutes with 130 campuses. TAFE NSW provides education and training to people across NSW, in courses from Certificate to Degree level across all major industry sectors.tafe

The NSW Government is conducting a survey as part of its consultation about TAFE reforms.

It would be great if as many community members, employers, community partners of TAFE, and students/ TAFE graduates, could go to this link and answer the questions with their views of what is valuable and important about TAFE, and how it might change to best meet the needs of our communities and economy in the future.

It only takes about 5 – 10 minutes to complete and the survey closes on 12 April.



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Join Mark Horton weekday mornings 6-9am when he presents the ‘HORTO & FRIENDS BREAKFAST SHOW’ live from the EDGE CINEMA commencing on Monday 25th of March.

Mark returns to the breakfast time slot after an eight months break, whilst as President he went about rebuilding/rebranding Blue Mountains Community Radio.

89.1fm RBM had struggled for over 20 years to secure a successful & reliable host for the breakfast time slot. That changed in 2004 when Mark & his wife Sammi took up the challenge of getting up at 4:30am even in cold and wet winter mornings.

As the years went by, Mark & Sammi who both have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), found it increasingly difficult to access the Gang Gang Street Studio. With the possibility of The Breakfast Show coming to an end, the then President, Ken Quinnell, agreed to Mark’s request to find a more accessible venue for The Breakfast Show.  Sadly Sammi’s MS will not allow her to continue to co-host but she will carry on scheduling guests.

What will continue is the ecclectic & fun-filled line up of guests along with Road, Rail, Weather and Police Updates.

89.1fm RBM

                                            Your Voice, Your Community


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Phoenix is an SATB community choir. We sing a range of music including classical, ancient, modern, sacred and secular works – usually accompanied, sometimes a cappella. We perform several concerts each year and also hold occasional social and fund-raising events.

New members are always welcome.

Rehearsals: 7.00 – 9.30 pm on Tuesdays during school terms at Blackheath Uniting Church Hall, Govett’s Leap Rd.




Orpheus Strings

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Programme for Orpheus Quartet Concert on Sunday  March 10th 2013 at 3:00pm

Juan Crisostómo ARRIAGA (1806 – 1826): String Quartet No 1 in D minor

Swan HENNESSY (1866 – 1929): Suite Opus 46 String Quartet

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 – 1893): String Quartet No 1 in D major Opus 11

Programme for Orchestral Concert on Sunday  April 7th at 3:00pm

John IRELAND (1879 -1962): Elegy and Minuet

J.S. BACH (1685 – 1750):  Five Chorale Preludes

Paul HINDEMITH: (1895 – 1963): Trauermusik

J. Joachim RAFF (1822 – 1882): Octett Opus 176

Samuel BARBER  (1910 – 1981): Adagio for Strings Opus 11

The Orpheus Strings Orchestra and the Orpheus Quartet perform at the “Pat Heffernan Hall” of Katoomba Public School in Merriwa Street, Katoomba (Turn off Lurline Street at Katoomba RSL).



Welcome Home Lightning Stone

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A show for all Blue Mountains residents playing every weekend in March at spectacular outdoor venues.

Welcome Home Lightning Stone is an inspiring outdoor theatre show.

Three years in the making, created in the Blue Mountains, the show blends professional actors and music from a live band and will play every weekend in March across the Blue Mountains.

Welcome Home Lightning Stone presents a contemporary Koori story through drama, paintings, music, film and dance.

churchJust after sunset the performance starts when the venue (incl. historic Blue Mountains church’s) is illuminated by an amazing light show which beckons the actors on stage, and we follow the family drama of three Koori cousins as the moon rises and the ‘Welcome Home’ band gets down to work.

This show is a moving story of ‘coming home’ and an insight into the problems facing Aboriginal families today; those still struggling with the hurt of previous generation’s who had been removed from their families, and who are now finding that in NSW their kids are being taken in record numbers, in what some are calling a ‘New Stolen Generation.’

While developing the play the opportunity was seized to debunk some popular myths and let Kooris tell their own stories, their own way.858045_334781913290044_1952560370_o

So if you want to know the real story behind the Legend of the Three Sisters then throw away your Little Golden Book and hear the elders speak of the Seven Sisters.

Bring a picnic blanket, family and friends, to enjoy what has been an unprecedented collaboration amongst indigenous Blue Mountains artists, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and The Blue Mountains City Council.

TICKET BOOKINGS PH: 0468 424 000

Show dates & venues:

St Paul’s Catholic Church, Mount Victoria: Friday 8th & Saturday 9th March

Kindlehill Performance Space, Wentworth Falls: Friday 15th & Saturday 16th March

Megalong Valley Uniting Church, Megalong Valley: Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd March.

Redfern Community Centre: Thursday 28th March.

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FREE Zumba Gold class for Seniors Week

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Wednesday 20th March at 5pm

Blackheath Community Centre

Low impact Zumba class for Seniors

Zumba Gold® takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active Seniors, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle.

What stays the same are all the elements the Zumba Fitness-Party is known for: the zesty Latin music, like salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton; the exhilarating, easy-to-follow moves; and the invigorating, party-like atmosphere. We’ve also been known to throw in a few tangos and even a bit of Tina Turner ! If you want  camaraderie, excitement and fitness as a regular part of your weekly schedule,  Zumba Gold is the perfect fit.

It’s a very friendly dance-fitness class and most of all, its fun! For some reason, we have a lot more giggling in this class than any of the other classes!