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March @ the PBC

March is jam-packed here at the PBC!

Our first Readers event last month with Richard Fidler was a sellout and a wonderful evening overall. Jason, our treasurer, was kind enough to lend his camera skills and we will upload the whole thing onto our website soon for all to watch and listen back to.

Our March Readers has just gone on sale and we have the wonderful Ashley Kalagian Blunt joining us on the night to talk with Michaela about her new book "Dark Mode" which came out on Wednesday! More on that below...

Chippie, our beloved club cat, is being elusive and our efforts to get it to the vet and get it tagged have so far proved fruitless. It is a smart cat with very sharp claws so if anyone has any suggestions, please email me ( Hayley) at events@thepbc.org.au and let me know your tips.

Our greens have been thriving in the lush warm tropical weather and we have slowly been making improvements here and there so that it stays green all year round. Though, in the way that it always goes, our roof repairs have been slightly delayed because of this and we are patiently awaiting a little less rain so things can get underway.

Our bistro has a new name! The Fiddle Leaf Bistro as it is now known has been busy making some changes behind the scenes and they have a new page on our webiste and new branding, catering options and instagram!

Check it all out here..

Pokies, Policy & Possibilities - An Evening with Tim Costello & George Catsi.

Join us in conversation at the Petersham Bowling with Rev Tim Costello and our club President, George Catsi.

The Reverend Tim Costello is the chief advocate for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which advocates for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.

George Catsi is actively involved in our community. As President (volunteer) of our multiple award winning Petersham Bowling Club, it was he who led the team that turned around a failed club destined for the developers by removing poker machines and creating thriving art, music, and community hub, increasing turnover by over 700% in 10 years.

RSVP - https://events.humanitix.com/pokies-policy-and-possibilties-an-evening-with-tim-costello

Meet The Candidates - Newtown

The PBC is hosting a "Meet the Candidates" event for the upcoming state election at Midday on Sunday the 12th of March for the candidates or representatives running for the seat of Newtown.

It's an informal hour/ hour and half-forum, moderated by our club president George Catsi where the candidates or representatives will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and speak about why they are running and answer a few questions on issues that matter to the voters.

Candidates confirmed to attend are:
Greens - Jenny Leong
Labor - David Hetherington

Candidates invited:
Liberal - Fiona Douskou
Animal Justice Party - Representative
Small Business Party - Representative

READERS - Books and Conversations

Our monthly series presented by Petersham Bowling Club & hosted by Michaela Kalowski.

Celebrating books and readers, this is a new monthly series of in-depth and relaxed conversations with authors about their latest work, and their body of work, their writing process and the ideas that inspire them.

Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer, moderator and curator for writers and ideas festivals. Highlight interviews include Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Michelle de Kretser, Amos Oz, Stan Grant, Holly Ringland & Etgar Keret. She's the curator of ABC RN’s on-air writers festival, Big Weekend of Books, now in its 4th year. In 2022 she was curator of International Author events for Brisbane Writers Festival. Michaela has conducted radio interviews for ABC RN’s The Music Show, Big Ideas & The Bookshelf, ABC Classic and has presented programs across ABC radio.

February’s featured author: Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Ashley Kalagian Blunt is a writer, speaker and podcaster whose latest work Dark Mode, is a riveting psychological thriller drawn from true events that delve into the terrifying reality of the dark web, and the price we pay for surrendering our privacy one click at a time. It’s out 1 March in Australia through Ultimo Press.

Her previous books are How to Be Australian (2020), a memoir, and My Name Is Revenge (2019), a thriller novella and collected essays which was shortlisted for the 2019 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards and was a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award.
Her writing appears in the Sydney Morning Herald, Overland, Griffith Review, Sydney Review of Books, Australian Book Review, Kill Your Darlings and more.

Ashley teaches creative writing and co-hosts James and Ashley Stay at Home, a podcast about writing, creativity and health. Originally from Canada, she has lived and worked in South Korea, Peru and Mexico.

‘With Dark Mode, Ashley Kalagian Blunt has turned her love of true crime and passion for suspense fiction into a fierce wake-up call of a thriller, one that looks unflinchingly at the horrors of the dark web and sheds light on the unimaginable. Riveting, tense and supremely chilling, this is an eye-opening must-read for crime fiction fans everywhere.’ - Anna Downes, author of The Shadow House

Tickets are $10.00+bf via Humanitix with doors opening at 7 pm.

Petersham Bowling Club is honoured to present these events for our community and would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of this land we meet on and pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.

Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Special Olympics - Inner West Sydney Bocce!

Inner West Special Olympics launch Bocce @ Petersham

Thursday 9 March

5:15 pm Bocce lessons & games

6:30 pm Pizza dinner

Join Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne at the launch of our new weekly Bocce program at Petersham Bowling Club,

Register for our 9 March launch party and enjoy learning the game and a free pizza dinner.

We have spots for up to 30 eligible players.

To book a spot contact Tony Moore:
M: 0411 546 308
E: nsw.chair@specialolympics.com.au

What's poppin off in our veggie patch this month!

The fruits of our Gardening Australia labours have started to sprout!

Cherry Tomatoes

Anna's Eggplant's flower

Gigs & Events

Your rolling guide for the month of March.

Books books books!

This month's featured book, in honour of the upcoming election, is by P.J. O'Rourke.

Titled: "Don't vote, It just encourages the bastards"

"Given the complete dominance of politics by committee brain, the wonder is that anything gets done, and the horror is that it does. "A camel is a horse designed by a committee" is a saying that couldn't be more wrong. A camel is a seeing eye dog designed by a committee and available free with government grants to the halt and the lame."

"The free market is a bathroom scale. We may not like what we see when we step on the bathroom scale, but we can't pass a law making ourselves weigh ten stone. Leftists think we can."



Friday raffle - Meat tray, veg tray or a 6 pack of local brews.

Cash is King!

Scrounge up those goldies and join us every Friday afternoon from 4pm. The raffle will be drawn between 6:30 & 7pm. 

Gotta be in it to win it. 

Trivia Tuesdays

PBC Tuesday Trivia. 

  • Do you know the difference between a capybara and a caipirinha?
  • Can you tell your Reginald Dwight from your Declan McManus?
  • Can you name all the countries which use the imperial system rather than metric?
  • Do you know which literary character has been played by Elizabeth Taylor, Kirsten Dunst and Florence Pugh?

All this intellectual ephemera and more may or may not come in handy when Tuesday Night Trivia returns for 2023.

We said a sad farewell to our beloved host Graham last year but fear not, new host Iain promises to keep the questions coming thick and fast in 2023.

Fun with friends - and cash prizes. Don't forget your gold coins for the jackpot round.

Round up your team and book your table.

Bookings via events@thepbc.org.au or walk-in's welcome!

Life Drawing

Life Drawing Petersham recommences on Tuesday the 21st of February.

Two hours of life drawing with some of the best Sydney life drawing models. Suitable for beginners, experts and everyone in between. Materials are available for beginners.

Every Tuesday, Downstairs Green room 6:30-8:30 pm

Keep updated via https://www.facebook.com/LifeDrawingPetersham/

Inner West Tool Library

The Inner West Tool Library is looking for a new Volunteer Coordinator!

The mission of IWTL is simple: To provide the tools for all people to live low waste and sustainable lives. We are driven by our vision of a future where all people can access the tools they need to create, connect and thrive.
Check out how we achieve this in our Impact Report.

Got a couple DIY projects that you just don't seem to have the right tool for? Hit up the IWTL!

The tool library operates on annual memberships and if you become a member you can use the library as much or as little as you like. You can browse the library inventory and reserve the things you want to borrow online, then just go onto their site in Petersham to collect your goodies. You can use them for the weekend or the week and then return them so the rest of the community can enjoy them too.

Open Saturdays from 9am-12pm but you can browse the catalogue online HERE – don’t forget to become a member!

Wanna see more? Check out their Facebook & Instagram for all the action. 


Convene on the Green, Friday the 10th of March!

Your monthly family friendly get together and our last for the year!

This happens every 2nd Friday of the month. 

                                                *This month & every month, La Nina decides what happens so as always it will be rain depending. Keep an eye on the socials the day of or before for an update!

Liz and Craig at Sydney Jumping castle hire are the heroes of the Convene on the green and we couldn't do it without them.

Poets @ Petersham Bowling Club

Poetry @ The Petersham bowls

6:30 pm onwards, Every third Thursday of the month at the PBC.



Becoming a member @ The PBC!

Booking at the PBC for your next get together? If you live within a 5km radius supporting your club has never been easier. You can follow the prompts here to become a member and enjoy all the perks! "like never having to sign in again!" and generous drink and bowls discounts. 

Join us! 


We are currently still closed Mondays and Wednesdays, sorry for any inconvenience.