What’s On

APRIL

1st – Easter Sunday Services

Where: RAFT Anglican Church, 131 Taylors Lane, Rowville

  • 8:30am Easter Holy Communion Service
  • 10:30am Easter Family Celebration
  • 5:00pm Easter Contemporary Celebration

1st – Upwey Country Music Club Open Mic concert

Where: Guides Hall in Underwood Road, FTG
When: 12.30 to 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 accomodate
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.
Enquiries to Graham, 03 5964 8298

7th – 29th – Hut Gallery Exhibition

Where: The Hut Gallery, 157 Underwood Road, FTG

Come along and check out our exciting Oil, Acrylic, Pastel and Watercolour Exhibition. Works for sale, all welcome, free entry.

Official opening 2pm, Sunday 8th April.

8th – Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Where: St Thomas More Primary School, Reynolds Lane Belgrave
When: 9am – 2pm.

This craft, produce and art market is a great event for the whole family.

With great coffee, sourdough bread, artisans and craft producers, local musicians, a bouncy castle, playground and sand pit for the kids, you won’t be disappointed. It is even dog friendly.

21st – 22nd – Cancer Council’s Relay for Life

Where: Knox Athletics Track, Knoxfield
When: Official opening starts 4pm Saturday; Candlelight Ceremony 8pm; relay finishes Sunday at 10am

Join the thousands of Australians who take part in Relay For Life each year in the fight against cancer.

The relay is a fun and moving overnight experience (18hrs) that raises funds for Cancer Council’s vital work in cancer research, prevention, information and support. It’s also a chance for the Knox community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and carers, and to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer.

Relay for Life has been running in communities across Australia for 17 years and this will be the seventh anniversary of the Knox Relay for Life.

Alan Tudge, Federal MP for Aston, is a proud patron of the event, and asks for community support again this year.

Register a team from your community to participate in the event, join TeamTudge – or come along and show your support for a great and worthy cause.

Register online from Sunday 25th March to midnight Sunday 15th April, and then in person on event weekend: $25 per person

Find out more and how to register at Knox Relay for Life.

25th – ANZAC Day Services

Ferntree Gully community groups and residents will once again gather on 25 April for a service to mark 103 years since the Anzac Cove Landings.

Dawn Service

Where: Quarry Park, Quarry Road, Ferntree Gully.
When: Walks begin 5.30am. Service starts 6am.

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

The Service 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 their loved ones.

Please bring a torch or lantern.

Groups will assemble to walk from: St John the Baptist RC Parish car park, 17 Forest Rd / Ferntree Gully railway station, Station Street side. Follow guided walk to the site via Forest Road.

Refreshments after the service will be at St John the Baptist parish hall, Forest Road, with tea and coffee provided by St Vincent de Paul Society members.

Bring food to share. All welcome.

For more details contact Des Higginbotham at Ferntree Gully Newsagency, Station Street. Tel. 9758 5013.

ANZAC Service

Where: Tim Neville Arboretum, 98-106 Dorset Rd
When: 10am

The members of the Peace and Loyalty Masonic Lodge will again conduct an ANZAC ceremony at the Knox War Memorial.

The Knox War Memorial records the names of all service men and women from the Knox municipal area who paid the supreme sacrifice of giving their lives in the armed conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

Members of the public are warmly invited to attend this ANZAC service.
Floral tributes are welcome and may be laid.

30th – Boronia Rotary 50th Anniversary – Charity Golf Day

Where: Eastwood Golf Club in Liverpool Rd, Kilsyth
When: Starts 8am

This year the Rotary Club of Boronia will be holding its annual Charity Golf Day fundraising event in April as part of the Club’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Funds raised will benefit both local and international projects to assist those that are not as fortunate as ourselves.

The format of the golf played is Ambrose and the entry fee is $60 per player which includes golf, lunch and trophies.

With the support of many generous sponsors, about 100 players will tee off and enjoy a great fun day out. After the golf, a buffet lunch is enjoyed as the fun and fellowship continues in the clubhouse, with many players going home with trophies and prizes.

For more information on how to get involved, please contact either of the following golf day organisers:
Players – Ken Barrett ph 0408 682 244 or email barrek@bigpond.net.au
Sponsorships – John White ph 0409 964 232 or email whitehouse41@bigpond.com


MAY

6th – 27th – ‘Fantasy’ and ‘Miniatures’ Exhibition

Where: The Hut Gallery, 157 Underwood Road, FTG

Come and see an excellent collection of works. All welcome, free entry.

11th – Mothers’ Day Storytime

Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
When: From 11am

Join us for stories, songs and a family themed activity to celebrate Mother’s Day. Grandparents, mums, dads, carers and friends welcome!

Children aged 12 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Free event for all ages. Bookings essential.

13th – Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Where: St Thomas More Primary School, Reynolds Lane Belgrave
When: 9am – 2pm.

This craft, produce and art market is a great event for the whole family.

With great coffee, sourdough bread, artisans and craft producers, local musicians, a bouncy castle, playground and sand pit for the kids, you won’t be disappointed. It is even dog friendly.

24th – FTG Library Biggest Morning Tea

Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
When: 10am-12noon

Join us for our famous grand FTG Library Biggest Morning Tea.

Enjoy a cuppa, delicious morning tea, lots of great prizes, and live music and entertainment with Robert Stephens and friends providing lots of tunes, songs, and fun as in years past.

Gold coin donation, with all proceeds to Cancer Council Victoria for cancer research.

26th – National Sorry Day Ceremony

Where: Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
When: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

TR@K (Towards Reconciliation in Knox) is now planning for the Annual Knox Flag Raising Ceremony for National Sorry Day.

Sorry Day is an opportunity for all Australians to resolve to stand together in a spirit of appreciation, reconciliation, healing and respect.

The Flag Raising Ceremony is symbolic: it addresses our hopes for a more just and inclusive future. In the past the ceremony has introduced us to cultural experiences of Aboriginal dance and music and smoking ceremony. The official ‘Welcome to Country’ and guest speakers have given us important insights into present situations and ways we can all live together in harmony. Students from our local schools have also shared their studies of Aboriginal culture and history.

Each year we received many positive comments from those who attend the Ceremony. Last year an elderly man said with delight, ‘I have learnt more this morning about Aboriginal history and culture than in my life before today.’

We hope that this year you too can be part of the event.

For further queries contact Felicity Smith, Access and Inclusion Officer, 9298 8524

31st – Childhood Memories in Miniature

Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
When: 2:30pm

Come and learn about the world of miniatures and the fun of making tiny miniatures of our everyday lives. See the display of beautiful miniatures in the library.

Join us for a cuppa and chat afterwards. Bookings essential.


OPPORTUNITIES

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


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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