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SSC Newspaper : July 2010
JULY EVENTS CALENDAR Food, glorious food and fun TEACHING children about healthy nutrition can be a struggle, but a new program called Kids in the Kitchen is being launched at the Sydney Olympic Park to teach kids how to prepare healthy food. Dietician Tanya Wigg will be running the classes and is determined to get across the message in a fun and educational way. "My goal has always been to empower people with practical valid education, so that they can make their own informed decisions about their health and lifestyle," she says. "Children have such a huge role in the home pantry and family food intake and they also grow up in a challenging environment, trying to avoid obesity and poor health." e program will cover a wide range of topics from rolling wraps to the preparation of hot food. Younger children will be learning about mixing foods like yoghurt and fruit, while older children be learning recipes for easy dinners. "I hope the children are encouraged to get an interest for healthy food," says Wigg. "I don't want to create a generation of kids who are obsessed with MasterChef. I want kids to take more responsibility for the food they eat. We need to increase their interest in healthy foods and volumes, then give them some basics skills for helping out in the kitchen." As part of the program, children will be encouraged to eat fresh, local produce and to make eating fun and healthy at the same time. "I am a village shopper and prefer organic where possible," she says. "I try to avoid packaged food as much as possible as I believe heavily in sustainable and ethical eating." is is the rst year Kids in the Kitchen will be o ered at Sydney Olympic Park but Wigg has been running the classes in the Illawarra for several years. If successful, she hopes to run the classes on a more regular basis at Sydney Olympic Park -- about 30 children have registered for the event to date. But is it really possible to make healthy eating fun? "Healthy food tastes good," she says. "It just needs to be seen in a more positive light and to be associated with fun." At Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre at Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park, July 16. Cost: $40 for 3-12 years with supervising parents free, $60 for 13-17. Contact Tanya on 0404 881 532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. BOLLYWOOD AT THE TOWN HALL THE Bollywood dance craze that has swept the world in the wake of the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire has made its way into Strath eld, with many locals keen to learn the elaborate dance routines. To meet this growing demand Indian dance teacher Maxine Simmons is now running dance classes at the Town Hall on Mondays in a empt to close the gap between Bollywood and Strath eld. So what exactly is Bollywood dancing? "It's a combination of hundreds and hundreds of movements that are all based on the lyrics of Bollywood music," says Ms Simmons. Bollywood song and dance is based on traditional Indian dancing and singing, but given a contemporarily twist. "People were too bored with classical [dance], which is more like meditation and yoga," she says. e Monday lunchtime classes are proving especially popular with the local Indian community, but are also a racting dancers from beyond their ranks. "We've had a few Australians," says Simmons. Bollywood dance classes are held at the Town Hall every Monday (from 12.30pm-1.30pm), until late July -- when Ms Simmons is taking some of her star pupils to Mumbai to audition for a major Bollywood production. Now that's something to dance about. ■ TUESDAY 13TH JULY READY TO PARTY Jump on board the Strath eld party bus, with its own dance oor and music, for a trip to Luna Park. Aged 14-17. e bus leaves Oxford Road (opposite Strath eld Girls High School). 12pm-4:30pm. Bookings: 9748 9999. ■ WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY HSC INFORMATION SESSION Strath eld Library, 65-67 Rochester Street Homebush, 3pm-6 pm. Phone: 9748 9999. ■ WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY LIVING WITH LESS CHEMICALS High Street Community Library, Strath eld, 6pm-8:30pm. Phone: 9748 9999. ■ THURSDAY 15TH JULY -- SATURDAY 31ST JULY MACQUARIE Alex Buzo's Macquarie is a dynamic play about the visionary Governor Lachlan Macquarie and his ght to turn the colony of New South Wales into a prosperous society. Riverside eatres, Parrama a. www.riversideparrama a.com.au ■ FRIDAY 16TH JULY KIDS IN THE KITCHEN Kids in the Kitchen gives children the opportunity to learn about making fresh and healthy snacks. Education Centre Tower, Bicentennial Park. Sessions: 9:30am, 11:30am, 3:30pm. www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au ■ SATURDAY 17TH JULY THE WRITING WORKSHOP: POETRY OF THE SPHERES Vogel-award winning author, Bernard Cohen presents a workshop for children to create vivid and interesting poetry. Education Centre Tower, Bicentennial Park, 1:30pm-4:30pm. www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au ■ SUNDAY 18TH JULY COOKS RIVER FUN RUN Open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Starting and nishing in Ford Park, Strath eld South, 7am-11am. Phone: 9748 9999. ■ WEDNESDAY 21ST JULY LINE DANCING FOR OVER 50S Term three commences today. Afunandeasywaytoget tand make new friends. 10.30am to 12-noon. Phone: 9748 9999. Strathfeld Scene 19 I hope the children are encouraged to get an interest for healthy food. Tanya Wigg, dietitian WHAT'S ON www.ourstrathfeld.com.au ■ SUNDAY 25TH JULY CINEWEST CINEMATIQUE Cinewest in partnership with Sydney Olympic Park presents retrospectives by Federico Fellini's Roma. Newington Armory. www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au ■ THURSDAY 29TH JULY -- FRIDAY 30TH JULY WINTER DISCONTENT A one-man show starring acclaimed actor William Zappa. Riverside eatres, Parrama a. www.riversideparrama a.com.au ■ THURSDAY 29TH JULY -- FRIDAY 30TH JULY TING TINGS Enmore eatre, Enmore Road Enmore, 7:30pm. www.enmoretheatre.com.au ■ THURSDAY 29TH JULY BAND OF HORSES Enmore eatre, Enmore Road Enmore, 7:30pm www.enmoretheatre.com.au ■ SATURDAY 31ST JULY RICHARD ASHCROFT AND THE UNITED NATIONS OF SOUND Enmore eatre, Enmore Road Enmore, 8pm www.enmoretheatre.com.au ■ THURSDAY 22ND JULY FITNESS CLASSES FOR OVER 50S 'Fi er and stronger' exercise classes for the over 50s. Strath eld Town Hall, 10.15am to 11.15am. Phone: 9748 9999. ■ SATURDAY 17TH JULY THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS Enmore eatre, Enmore Road, Enmore, 7pm. www.enmoretheatre.com.au ■ SUNDAY 25TH JULY SOUNDS OF LIGHT Human Appeal International Australia presents presents a concert of Islamic music and song. 3:30pm. Acer Arena, Sydney Olympic Park. www.acerarena.com.au ■ SUNDAY 25TH JULY GRIZZLY BEAR Enmore eatre, Enmore Road Enmore, 8pm www.enmoretheatre.com.au ■ WEDNESDAY 28TH JULY WINTERBEATZ 2010 Ne-Yo, T-Pain, Big Boi, Fatman Scoop and more. Acer Arena, 6:30pm www.acerarena.com.au ■ WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY -- MONDAY 19TH JULY DISNEY ON ICE: DISNEYLAND ADVENTURE Acer Arena, Sydney Olympic Park. www.acerarena.com.au iStock