11th Nov – 9th Dec – Hut Gallery’s ‘After School Kids’ Exhibition

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

FTG Arts Society conducts Life Drawing, Still Life, Print, Portraiture, Artist workshops and a children’s afternoon art class. Private art courses are available as well.

Come along to see the works of our very talented young students.
An opportunity to purchase a special Christmas Present. All welcome. Free entry.

For more information, please visit the Hut Gallery website.

24th – Village Fair 2018

This year the Ferntree Gully Village Fair will be held on Saturday 24 November.

Supported by funding from Knox Council and Ferntree Community Bank, local community groups and the Village Traders are collaborating to make this another fun-filled and family friendly day.

Activities will focus around The Avenue with a CFA Open Day, an exhibition at the Uniting
Church, market stalls, music and dancing.

All community groups are invited to take part, to suggest further activities or showcase what they do.

Volunteer helpers will be needed especially in the run up to the event.

For more information contact the team at or call in to 8 The Avenue on Tuesdays.


1st Dec – Carols by Candlelight 2018

Where: Wally Tew Reserve, Ferntree Gully
When: Activities from 4pm; Pre-show 5:30pm; Main carols from 8pm, Fireworks 10pm

This year taking to the Carols stage is headline artist Karen Andrews, aka Miss Murphy (Finalist – The Voice). Karen adopted the stage name Miss Murphy to help her overcome some of her early year’s performance anxieties. Miss Murphy will be joined by the uplifting gospel choir that is Urban Praise.

All artists performing at Carols this year will be supported by the incredible musicians from the Royal Australian Navy Band.

For more information go to


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:

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


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.

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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:

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


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


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


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
Cost: Free
For more information contact The Basin Community House on 9761 0209.