Bark for Life walkers

Bark for life

31/08/2018 Guest Author

Cancer Council Victoria’s popular event, Bark For Life, is back at Jells Park this year and dog lovers of all ages in Victoria are encouraged to grab their pooch and get involved. Bark For Life is an event honouring the caring qualities of dogs during a human cancer experience and is an offshoot of the popular Relay For Life events. Next event on 28 October 2018 starts 9:50am at Jells Park.

Celtic Jam

Celtic Jam

31/08/2018 Guest Author

“How do the musicians know what to play”? This is the most common question asked by punters when they first experience a traditional Celtic music session, probably in an Irish pub. Unlike at other music events, there aren’t any music stands or sheet music in front of the players, just a roomful of musicians on acoustic instruments in sync together.

Yooralla

Yooralla – one hundred years

31/08/2018 Raine Biancalt

One hundred years ago, Evangeline Ireland (Sister Faith) found a young disabled girl left inside a chicken coop while her parents were at work. That incident led to her establishing Victoria’s first free kindergarten for crippled children: ‘Yooralla’ (an Aboriginal word meaning ‘place of love’).

Freda Miles

Freda Miles: Local Op Shop volunteer

31/08/2018 Raine Biancalt

Belated happy birthday greetings to local resident, Freda Miles (née Webb), who turned 101 years old on 22 August. Freda was born in Northamptonshire England, where she worked as a tailor. She and husband Reg married in 1938 just prior to World War II; she recalls that they were only bombed ‘a couple of times’!

Library under construction at a recent Street Library maker day;

Reading is freedom

02/06/2018 Guest Author

STREET Libraries are a beautiful home for books planted in your front yard. Accessible from the street, they are an invitation to share the joys of reading with your neighbours. If anyone has a book or two that they think others would enjoy, they just pop it into any Street Library they happen to be passing.

National Tree Day

National Tree Day

02/06/2018 Guest Author

PLANET Ark invites you to join the country’s biggest nature care initiative and community tree planting event on National Tree Day on Sunday 29 July.

Whitehorse Chevaliers

En Garde! with the Whitehorse Chevaliers

02/06/2018 Guest Author

FENCING is a sport that conjures images of swashbuckling pirates, duels at dawn, and the elegant chivalry of a bygone age. However it is also a modern Olympic sport, presenting both a physical and tactical challenge between opponents. Whitehorse Chevaliers provides all the necessary safety equipment for beginners to help ensure everyone can participate safely. Most fencers take up the sport by joining a junior age class, or signing up for a beginner course. These run during school terms and are designed to progress fencers from the basic positions through to competition-level fencing skills.

Volunteers working at Greenlink Box Hill

Greenlink – community plant nursery for biodiversity

02/06/2018 Guest Author

GREENLINK produces over 40 000 indigenous plants each year and sells to various organisations, local councils, schools and residents. We welcome visitors and have experienced and knowledgeable staff who are happy to discuss your planting needs. We have established a display garden in the Bushy Creek parklands surrounding the nursery where we’re growing many of the plants we sell so that you can see how they look when they have developed.

Image of statue

A preventable plague

16/03/2018 Abby McCarthy

Family is something we should all be able to depend as we grow older – for safety, care and good company. But for many Australians who experience elder abuse, this is not always the case.

Thuy and Long in their Surrey Hills milkshop

No milk today…

01/03/2018 Margaret Rockow

From 1987 Thuy and Long had milk bar businesses in South Melbourne, Blackburn North, Richmond and finally the Milk Bar/General Store in Surrey Hills in December 1995. In October 2017 they farewelled the neighbourhood they’d loved and felt a part of for 22 years: the school children who dropped by on their way home from school for a bag of lollies or an ice-cream; nearby residents who’d regularly buy milk, the newspaper, a greeting card, or a forgotten grocery item for that night’s dinner.