What’s On

APRIL

6th – 28th – Exhibitions at The Hut Gallery – ‘The Four Mediums’

Where: The Hut Gallery, 157 Underwood Road FTG
When: Weekends 11am – 4pm

Come along to see the latest works of art. All welcome.
Free entry. Closed Easter.

5th – 14th – Knox Youth Film Festival Green Foot Flicks

Where: The Hut Gallery, 157 Underwood Road FTG
When: Weekends 11am – 4pm

Held as part of National Youth Week. Further details: knox.vic.gov.au

7th – Upwey Country Music Club – Open Mic

Where: Guides Hall in Underwood Road, FTG
When: 12.15 – 5 pm

The Upwey Country Music Club is presenting its regular Walk Up – Open Mic concert.

Artists perform songs in the Country, Bluegrass and Folk genres. New singers, musicians, and bands are always welcome. A band or musician is available to back singers, if required. Just bring your music along.

There is a small entrance charge of $7 ($5 for members) to help cover costs. Enquiries to Graham 03 5964 8298.

13th – Captain Stomp Record Store Day. Page 27

Where: 46 Forest Rd, Ferntree Gully
When: 9am – 5 pm

Captain Stomp are celebrating Record Store Day with a range of limited edition vinyl records. Come along – join the fun, grab a bargain and unearth a treasure!

More information at captainstomp.com

13th & 14th – U3A Quilt and Craft Exhibition

Where: Fairhills High School, Performing Arts Centre
When: Saturday 9am – 2pm

Local sustainable produce and artisan foods, live music, arts, workshops, and food & seed swap. Come along and join the fun.

14th – Boronia RSL Commemorative Day Service

Where: Meet at corner of Chandler and Dorset Roads, Boronia
When: Start 1:45pm

Boronia RSL holds a Commemorative Day Service the Sunday prior to Anzac Day each year. This year we are holding our Commemorative Day Service on Sunday 14 April because the Sunday prior to Anzac Day is Easter Sunday.

People attending are required to meet on the corner of Chandler and Dorset Roads Boronia at 1.45pm and will march from there to the Boronia RSL, 198 Dorset Road Boronia where the service will be held.

Everyone is welcome to attend and commemorate those who have given us the freedom we enjoy. Also please join us after the service for afternoon tea.

17th – Literary Cooking at MDLC: The Lion, The Witch & The
Wardrobe

Where: Mountain District Learning Centre, 13-15 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully.
When: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Theme: Turkish Delight from The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, C.S Lewis

Come and join us to cook up a scrumptious afternoon tea on a literary theme. Chef and caterer of 25 years, Sophie Polites will guide you through the steps with lots of opportunities to chat and share cooking tips. Recipes and ingredients provided.

Fee: Gold coin donation

Please contact Mountain District Learning Centre to enrol in this courses that we are offering or look at our website for further details – www.mdlc.com.au

23rd – Literary Cooking at MDLC: The One Day of the Year

Where: Mountain District Learning Centre, 13-15 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully.
When: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Theme: Anzac Biscuits from The One Day of the Year, Alan Symour

Come and join us to cook up a scrumptious afternoon tea on a literary theme. Chef and caterer of 25 years, Sophie Polites will guide you through the steps with lots of opportunities to chat and share cooking tips. Recipes and ingredients provided.

Fee: Gold coin donation

Please contact Mountain District Learning Centre to enrol in this courses that we are offering or look at our website for further details – www.mdlc.com.au

25th – Anzac Day Dawn Service – Quarry Park

Where: Quarry Park, Quarry Road, Ferntree Gully.
When: Walks begin 5.30am. Please bring a torch. Service begins 6.00am.

Ferntree Gully community groups and residents will once again gather at dawn on Thursday 25 April for a service to mark the anniversary of the Anzac Cove Landings.

The reflection will remember especially Sergeant James Head from Ferntree Gully, who landed on the beach in the first wave. He died later that day.

The gathering will also honour all those who have died in battle since then, and call to mind the grief of those who have lost loved ones.

Options for parking: there is minimal parking at the site but ample parking in and around Ferntree Gully Village.

Groups will assemble to walk from:

  • St John the Baptist Parish car park, 17 Forest Road.
  • Ferntree Gully railway station, Station Street side. Follow guided walk to the site via Forest Road.

Refreshments after the service will be held at  St John the Baptist parish hall, Forest Road. Tea and coffee provided by St Vincent de Paul Society members. Bring food to share. All welcome.

27th – 28th – Knox Environment Society ‘Time to plant’ Fair

Where: KES nursery, Ferntree Library car park at 1010 Burwood Highway.
When: 10am to 1pm

Celebrate Autumn with local native plants.

Best time to plant new season’s stock: bird and butterfly attracting, drought tolerant, low
maintenance trees, shrubs, grasses, wildflowers, ferns and orchids.


MAY

5th – 26th – Exhibitions at The Hut Gallery – ‘Black & White and a Touch of Colour’

Where: The Hut Gallery, 157 Underwood Road FTG
When: Weekends 11am – 4pm

Come along to see the latest works of art. All welcome.
Free entry. Closed Mothers Day.

5th – Upwey Country Music Club – Open Mic

Where: Guides Hall in Underwood Road, FTG
When: 12.15 – 5 pm

The Upwey Country Music Club is presenting its regular Walk Up – Open Mic concert.

Artists perform songs in the Country, Bluegrass and Folk genres. New singers, musicians, and bands are always welcome. A band or musician is available to back singers, if required. Just bring your music along.

There is a small entrance charge of $7 ($5 for members) to help cover costs. Enquiries to Graham 03 5964 8298.

8th – Grant Program @ Knox

Where: Knox City Council, Function Room 4, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
When: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Knox City Council has several grant programs that may be able to assist your organisation, group or club.

Council staff will present the aims, guidelines and criteria of Council’s current programs, followed by a more in-depth look at the Community Development Fund grants.

This is an opportunity for Council staff and other community organisations to share their knowledge, experience and ideas about grant projects and Council’s application processes, which may be of assistance to your organisation’s planning.

Applications for the 2019-20 Community Development Fund will open in mid-May 2019. Bookings essential. Free event.

For more information go to www.knox.vic.gov.au/cdf


JULY

3rd – Literary Cooking at MDLC: Winnie the Pooh

Where: Mountain District Learning Centre, 13-15 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully.
When: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Theme: Hunny and Rosemary Cakes from Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne

Come and join us to cook up a scrumptious afternoon tea on a literary theme. Chef and caterer of 25 years, Sophie Polites will guide you through the steps with lots of opportunities to chat and share cooking tips. Recipes and ingredients provided.

Fee: Gold coin donation

Please contact Mountain District Learning Centre to enrol in this courses that we are offering or look at our website for further details – www.mdlc.com.au


OCTOBER

2nd – Literary Cooking at MDLC: Little Women

Where: Mountain District Learning Centre, 13-15 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully.
When: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Theme: Tea Cake Cookies from Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Come and join us to cook up a scrumptious afternoon tea on a literary theme. Chef and caterer of 25 years, Sophie Polites will guide you through the steps with lots of opportunities to chat and share cooking tips. Recipes and ingredients provided.

Fee: Gold coin donation

Please contact Mountain District Learning Centre to enrol in this courses that we are offering or look at our website for further details – www.mdlc.com.au


OPPORTUNITIES

Ferntree Gully Film Society

When: Fourth Monday of the month at 7:00pm
Where: Cinema Europa, Village Cinemas Knox

Cost: Annual subscription $85 for 11 sessions. Seniors Card not applicable, concession rate $80 for pensioners and students, discount coffee at Cinema Europa Bar for subscribers

Enquiries: 8756 4286

Improve your public speaking at Toastmasters

When: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7.15pm
Where: Sherbrooke Family and Children’s Centre, 1443 Burwood Highway, Upwey.

Dandenong Ranges Toastmasters club meets at the Upwey Community Centre. This popular organisation now has over 16,400 clubs across many countries.

Toastmasters started in 1924 at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, as a way of helping young men to improve public speaking and leadership skills.

Now worldwide and inclusive (though you must be over 17), the Toastmasters program continues to offer training in speaking in a fun and supportive environment.

Contact: Malcolm Brown 0437 966 717

The Knox Craft Collective

The Knox Craft Collective is a growing network of craft artists and businesses from the eastern suburbs.

It is free to join and offers many benefits for members including: ongoing networking opportunities; regular newsletter; monthly meet-ups; workshops; participation at festivals and major events; free promotion of your craft business or practice through Knox Craft Collective publications and networks.

To be part of this network please email: knoxcraft@knox.vic.gov.au.

Women who love to dance

Organisations or individuals looking to stage a lively event can book a free performance with All Abilities Superstar Dancers.
Contact: Linda at Interchange Outer East: 0402 011 062

Coonara Community House – Volunteer Training Program

The reception area at Coonara is staffed by volunteers, who work in conjunction with the co-ordinators to attend to the many essential tasks.

Through the volunteer training program, volunteers can develop skills and learn to use a range of office systems and equipment.

Areas covered include: telephone skills, taking enrolments, receipting of payments, filing,
word processing, data entry with a variety of computer programs, sending and receiving email, using fax machine, answering machine, binder and guillotine.

Volunteers are rostered either on a morning shift 9:30am to 12:30pm or afternoon 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

If you think you would like to join the team of volunteers, speak to one of the co-ordinators
at Coonara House on 0429 968 822 or email office@volunteerforknox.com.au


SPORTS

Sherbrooke Little Athletics in Ferntree Gully

Sherbrooke Little Athletics is a fun, family friendly environment for 5 to 15 year olds. Children compete in up to 7 events each week, try and beat their own personal best.

Family, fun and fitness. Season starts 10th October 2015.

Where: Kings Park Upper Ferntree Gully
When: Saturdays 8:45am – 11:45am.

For more information check out www.sherbrookelac.org.au
Contact Greg for enquiries on 0418 567 768

St John’s Netball Club

St John’s Netball Club welcome any new players who are interested in taking up netball, or may be coming back after having a break. The club has six teams, ranging from Under 11s to Open.

Where: Mountain District Netball Association, Ferntree Gully

Contact us: stjohnsnetballftg@gmail.com

Ferntree Gully Cricket Club – All Abilities Team

Where: Wally Tew Reserve
When: Wednesday evenings

As planning for the 2016-17 cricket season gets underway, the Ferntree Gully CC All Abilities is looking to recruit new players. All welcome!

For more information on how to become involved, contact anyone of the following:

  • Frank McGowan – 0433 363 127
  • Mal McLean – 0407 532 316
  • Kevin O’Byrne – 0407 326 954

REGULARS

Scrabble – Bayswater Library

When: 2nd Monday of each month
Where: Bayswater Library, Mountain High shopping centre, 7/13 High Street, Bayswater
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Contact: 9800 6498

Bayswater Library hosts a fun scrabble afternoon on the 2nd Monday of each month. Come along and play scrabble. If you have a scrabble board bring it along.

Bushwalking with Life

When: Every Thursday starting at 8.30am.
Where: We choose a different area every week.
Contact: Rhoda 9758 3679

The Life Activities Club Knox Bush Walking Group is a small group of keen walkers. We walk every Thursday starting at 8.30am. We catch public transport to our selected start location. Our walks are typically 8 – 10km along footpaths and tracks.

The areas we walk include the Dandenong Ranges, Warburton, Warrandyte, Yarra Valley and occasionally some of the bushy areas around the River Yarra and metropolitan Melbourne.

If you would like to come along, please phone Rhoda to find out where we are going over the next few weeks. Wear stout boots and bring lunch.
New walkers are always welcome.

 

Conversation Café

When: Every second Friday
Where: Realm Library, Level 2. Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm
Cost: Free

Is English your second language? Come along to the Conversation Café, meet a friendly group of people and improve your English skills over a cuppa!

For more information call: 9800 6430.

 

Families Anonymous

If you are struggling with the heartbreak of trying to cope with an alcohol or drug abuser, you are not alone.

Many families share your pain. Families Anonymous have created a safe haven where these families can share their problems with others who understand.
Though each story is different, the initial heartbreak of confronting this painful situation is common to all.

Families Anonymous welcomes anyone willing to share anguish and concern over a loved one involved with drugs and/or alcohol. Participants are only known by their first names. There is no cost associated with this service.

Where: Community Centre – St Jude’s Catholic Church – 49 George St, Scoresby
When: Thursdays 7pm
Tel: 0435758095
Email: famanon1693@yahoo.com

 

Ferntree Gully Lions Club

The Ferntree Gully Lions Club meets on the first Tuesday (7.30pm) and 3rd Saturday (10.30am) of the month.

Where: Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Glenfern Road, Ferntree Gully

Membership of Lions is from age 18.

Contact: President, Ian 0406 526 592 or Alan 9850 6999 – Email alan.r.f@bigpond.com

 

Ferntree Gully View Club

The Ferntree Gully View Club meets on the 4th Monday of each month (except December) and includes a 2 course lunch, tea/coffee at a cost of $25.

They have a meeting then a speaker or entertainment.

The Ferntree Gully View Club supports the Smith Family to raise money through luncheons and in-house functions. They support a refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence as well as supporting five students through the ‘Learning for Life’ program with the Smith family.

 

The Gully TOWN (Take Off Weight Naturally) Club

Lose Weight with the Gully TOWN Club. A low cost community support group with fantastic community support. Offers weekly weigh-ins, menu ideas and no points to count. Costs less than $6.00 per week.

When: Tuesday nights 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Where: Elderly Citizens Club, Underwood Rd Ferntree Gully. Enter from Railway car park.

For more information, phone John 9754 1151 or Lesley 9762 1534

 

SaturDads

A Saturday morning playgroup for children up to age 7 years and their dads/male carers.

Come along with your children and be part of the fun. Meet other dads/male carers. Friendly relaxed atmosphere. Learn new games and activities to share with your children. Healthy morning tea supplied.
Mum, grandparents or other carers are also welcome to join in for the first couple of sessions.

When: Every Saturday morning, 9:00am to 11:30am
Where: Maroondah Social and Community Health Centre, rear 75 Patterson Street, Ringwood East. (Enter through St. Stephens’s church car park, Freeman Street)
Cost: Free. For more information call 9837 3999

 

Upwey Country Music Club – Open Mic Concert

Where: Guides’ Hall in Underwood Road, Ferntree Gully,
When: 12.30pm to 5.00 pm. Doors open at 12 noon.

The Upwey Country Music Club presents a Walk Up – Open Mic concert, on the first Sunday of each month.

New singers, musicians, and bands are always welcome. A band or musician is available to back singers, if required. Just bring your music along.

The hall can accomodate an audience of up to 100. Artists perform songs in the Country, Bluegrass and Folk genres.

Small entrance charge of $7 ($5 for members) to help cover costs.

Enquiries to Graham 03 5964 8298.

 

Writing for Hope

Writing for Hope is a creative writing course workshop for survivors of family violence in which participants journey from telling their stories to crafting them into the short story form as an empowerment tool.

The course includes: telling the stories and writing down the bones, the elements of short story, creating a writer’s toolbox, finding your voice, exploring writing styles, self-critique and engaging with feedback. Outcomes of the course include a production of an anthology of short stories in manuscript form for publication by Odyssey Books.

Participants reclaim dignity in being a survivor. Both the stories and the process of writing
have the potential to empower. The skills gained include sketch-boarding, drafting copy, structural and copy editing, language development skills and self-review – all employable skills.

Where: Boronia Progress Hall – 134 Boronia Road, Boronia
When: Thursdays 12pm – 3pm
Cost: Free
For more information contact The Basin Community House on 9761 0209.