Feb 23rd – March 23rd – Farmers Market
Where: 2 Francis Cres, Ferntree Gully Station
When: Saturday 9am – 2pm
Local sustainable produce and artisan foods, live music, arts, workshops, and food & seed swap. Come along and join the fun.
2nd – 3rd – Knox Festival
Where: Wally Tew Reserve, Brenock Park Drive FTG.
When: 10am – 5pm
Knox Festival is a free community festival, where you will find fun for all ages and abilities, from community and market stalls, delicious food trucks, all day stage entertainment, free children’s activities, thrilling rides and heaps of free interactive and creative fun for the
More information at the Knox Festival website.
16th – 17th – Knox Relay for Life
Where: Knox Athletics Track
When: 4pm Saturday to 10am Sunday
Knox Relay for Life is possibly the best community event in the year, involving hundreds of people who walk around the track to raise money for the Cancer Council.
For more information visit the Knox 2019 Relay for Life website.
23rd – 24th – The Basin Music Festival
Where: Mountain Highway & Forest Road
Great annual event showcasing local musical talent for the outer east of Melbourne. Now also running a summer concert series.
More information here at the website.
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: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.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
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.
When: Every second Friday
Where: Realm Library, Level 2. Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
For more information contact The Basin Community House on 9761 0209.