The Parkes Leagues Club: was filled almost to capacity for Cinderella – A Night to Remember, as the students of
Twinkle Toes Dance Studio presented the story of Cinderella through dance on Sunday. Pictured are Cinderella (Gracey Denham-Jones) with her dog (Alana Finnegan) and mice Chelsea Hall, Charlotte Francis, Peggy Swift,
Calantha Knott, Mila Ballantyne and Eliza Davis.
Nine Lessons and Carols: In what has become an institution in Parkes, a service of Nine Lessons and carols will again take place at St George’s Anglican Church this Sunday at 7:30pm. Music from across the ages will accompany nine readings from the Bible. The congregation will join in with the singing of traditional carols, while the a capella
group Tapestry will perform a series of medieval carols and rearrangements of popular carols. Former Parkes resident, Richard Morgan, will delight with his playing of the organ. The evening will conclude with supper, and a retiring collection for the annual Christmas Bowl Appeal.
Gift a Book: The Parkes Shire community is invited to gift a book under the libraries Christmas trees. “Parkes Shire Library has partnered with the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation for this project because we believe every child should have books to read,” said Parkes Branch Librarian Andrea Lovell.
The process is simple: Purchase a book for a child between birth and 12 years, wrap the book in Christmas paper, put a tag on with the child’s age the book is suitable for, and take it to the library and put it under the Christmas tree.
Books will be accepted until Friday, 22nd December after which the library team will pack them up to send them to the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation. The books will be distributed to 200 schools in remote areas of northern Australia. “The books will go to parents and educators who are passionate about educating young people in their communities. An example is a one-teacher school that only has 16 books in the classroom. The aim is to provide 300 books to this classroom and to follow it up with a grant so a library can be developed,” said Andrea.
Random Acts Of Christmas Kindness (RACK): Have you joined our challenge on Facebook? We are posting a RACK every day for you to do. It is great fun and a real feel good activity. Go on give it a try, all you need is kindness. And please let us know of any results – if you’ve been on the receiving end of a RACK, or have performed a RACK!
Phil Donato: Attended presentation night at St Joseph’s Primary School in Peak Hill this week. “It was a privilege to meet current principal Dean Colmer (left), who is retiring next week after more than 40 years of teaching. Regina Goodridge (right) will be taking over in 2018 as principal.” Phil said he was impressed with the school, teachers and the students who put on a fantastic evening of awards, fun and entertainment.