What’s On

FEBRUARY

4th – Upwey Country Music Concert

Where: Guides Hall in Underwood Road, Ferntree Gully
When: 12.30 – 5 pm

The Upwey Country Music Club is presenting a Walk Up – Open Mic concert. Artists perform songs in the Country, Bluegrass and Folk genres.

The hall can accommodate an audience of up to 100. All welcome.

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.

The club runs regular concerts on the first Sunday of each month at the Guides Hall.
Enquiries to Graham 03 5964 8298


12-16th – Sustainable Food Week

Where: Ferntree Gully Library & Community Arts Centre, 1010 Burwood Hwy, FTG
When: All week (No bookings required)

Ferntree Gully Library is joining with Knox City Council’s Gardens for Harvest as part of the National Sustainable Living Festival.

Be inspired to take part in this great week of displays and events at Ferntree Gully Library:

  • Knox Community Gardens will be showcasing their suburban patches of edible paradise. Gardeners will be on hand during the week for vegie growing tips and Q&A sessions.
  • Discover sustainable businesses and initiatives in your local area at one of our displays.
  • Borrow from the library’s extensive selection of books, magazines, DVDs and online resources.
  • Sow seeds and inspire your little ones at one of our Sustainable Storytimes Preschoolers at 11am Tuesday 13 February, Family Storytime at 11am Thursday 15 February.

MARCH

2nd – World Day of Prayer

Where: St Joseph’s and St. Bernadette’s Parish, Boronia Road, Boronia
When: 10.30am

Boronia, Wantirna and Ferntree Gully Churches are gathering together again this year in prayer with others from across the world.

This year we are honouring the Women of Suriname. The theme is ‘All God’s Creation is Very Good!’ The red and yellow heliconia plant is native to Suriname and the majestic kapok (ceipa) tree is a beautiful giant of their forest.

Come along. Join us in prayer and stay for morning tea afterwards.
For further information please contact Rosemary & Graham Gibson 97610094


3rd – Indian Fundraising Dinner

Where: Mumbai Grill, 42 Station Street, Ferntree Gully
When: 6pm

The annual dinner for the two Indian charities Prahbat Alloi and Learning & Ideas for Tibet. Supported by Gully people and their friends, this makes a huge contribution towards Prabhat Alloi Inc, or the House of a New Dawn, Australia, which supports impoverished villages in India.

This year we are proud to have contributed towards providing infrastructure, food, clean water and medicine for a leprosy village, and emergency support, education and training in the Prabhat Alloi villages of Dabar in West Bengal.

Writer Teresa Cannon has just returned from a visit to the other charity, Learning and Ideas for Tibet (LIT), which conducts English classes and skills training for Tibetan refugees. The school employs highly qualified English teachers who work in a voluntary capacity.

Bookings at tcannon@bigpond.net.au or 0415 414 820

3rd – 4th – Knox Festival

Where: Wally Tew Reserve, Ferntree Gully
Time: 10am-5:00pm

The Knox Festival is on again in 2018 and promises to be a lot of fun. This is a Community family festival, including twilight cinema.

As always there will be lots of activities for all ages including art and craft, music and live performances, community presentations, stallholder’s delights, kitchen cook ups and of course the fireworks display.

For more information: http://www.knox.vic.gov.au/knoxfestival


OPPORTUNITIES

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


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

 

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.

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