Jog for Mum

What are you doing this Mother’s Day? Don your joggers and run or walk to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the annual Mother’s Day Classic. A study estimates that this year 2700 women will lose their fight with breast cancer and 15,270 women will be diagnosed with the illness.

How to tell stories to children

Every child needs stories – storytelling helps vocabulary, knowledge of narrative structure, stimulates empathy and imagination, and grounds children in their culture. Build your confidence in the techniques and resources for good storytelling in group or family situations. With tutor Jo Henwood practise vocal techniques, use of props and participation, and learn about characterisation and creating stories. Sunday March 16, 10am–4pm, WEA House, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney. Entry $94 (Federation member concession $86), quote code 41WK160. (02) 9264 2781,

Forest climate action forum

Speakers at the 3rd Australian Forest Climate Action Forum at the Australian National University, February 22 will include Professor Lindenmayer, Professor Brendan Mackey and Dr Chris Taylor. Phone Mike Thompson 0417 217 130.

Environmental oration

The Mahla Pearlman Oration will be delivered by environmental lawyer Professor Rob Fowler on March 6. The oration and the Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year 2013 award presentation will be held in Federal Court 21A, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney, 5–7pm. Registration is free but bookings are essential. Contact the Law Council Secretariat on (02) 6246 3722 or email

Peace Convergence

How may we create an independent and peaceful Australia? How may we promote a foreign policy which builds peace and non-violent resolutions to conflict in our region and beyond. If these questions are close to your heart, a national convergence of peace advocates and activists will be held at the Silver Wattle Quaker Centre near Bungendore, April 21–26. Phone Annette Brownlie 0431 597 256.

Ku-ring-gai bushwalk

Enjoy a National Parks Association scenic, mostly shady bushwalk following the waterline from Berowra Station to Turramurra via Waratah Bay, Apple Tree Bay, Bobbin Head, Cockle Creek, Warrimoo track and the Sphinx memorial. The way is along well-established tracks which are steep in some places. Saturday February 22, 16km. Inquiries: Michael Henderson (02) 4389 4423.

Six Sydney suffragettes

Celebrate International Women’s Day by entering the lives of the six Sydney suffragettes, Louisa Lawson, Rose Scott, Maybanke Wolstoneholme, Annie Golding, Nellie Martel and Dora Montefiore. Discover how the Women’s College, the Women’s Club, the Teachers’ Union and the Kindergarten Union were formed out of the suffrage movement to improve women’s lives. Tutor Jennifer Strachan explains how women won the vote. Saturday March 8, 10am–noon, WEA House, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney. Entry: $40, quote code 41WK016. (02) 9264 2781,

From revolution to empire

Learn about the history of American empire-building from the Revolution and beyond. This one-day course examines the key events and the significant political players. Tutor Dr Douglas Golding’s talk includes readings from significant documents and personal letters. Saturday March 22, 10am–4pm, WEA House, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney. Tickets $94 (Federation member concession $86), code 41WK025. (02) 9264 2781,