Mar 24, 2016

Melbourne Easter Show (25~27 March 2016)

On the 25-27th March 2016 , a special event will take place at Lawson Poole Reserve. This year’s event will feature musical entertainment, food truck, easter egg hunts, a twilight cinema, amusement rides and fireworks displays.
Due to your close proximity to Lawson Poole Reserve, the Melbourne Easter Show Committee would like to make you  aware of the event itself, and let you know that approval was granted by the City of Casey to allow this event to take place.
Event Operating Times
We will begin our operations at Lawson Poole Reserve from the 22 March, please be aware that noise from the reserve may increase.
Our event operating times are from 11:00am-9:00pm Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March 2016. Music will be presented from the main stage and Amusement rides will be operating during these times.

Good Friday Appeal - Kids Day Out (25 March 2016)

Be part of the Good Friday Appeal at the Kids Day Out! The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will be transformed into a wonderland for kids, with a giant roller-skating rink, sports clinics, the popular Teddy Bear Hospital, kids cooking classes, rides, music and dancing and so much more. Kids Day Out is brought to you by the City of Melbourne.

Friday 25 March 2016
10am - 6pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf 

Entry is FREE - You do not need to book or buy tickets. Participation in activities is by donation on the day.
Brought to you by the City of Melbourne. 

Mar 13, 2016

Lilydale Lakeside Community Festival 2016 (13/03/2016)

To celebrate the opening of Box Hill Institute Lilydale Lakeside, the Lilydale Lakeside Community Festival will be held on Sunday 13th March 2016.

This family-friendly event is FREE to attend and will feature an exciting program of live music, market stalls, children activities and much, much more!
Just a handful of the highlights include:

  • Live entertainment from Kate Ceberano and many more!
  • Local produce, market stalls and food trucks
  • Free children's activities – show by Hey Dee Ho Music, Shetland pony rides, face painting, jumping castles and balloon art
  • Free sausage sizzle
  • Interactive workshops and course taster sessions
  • Tours of our newly refurbished campus
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Lilydale Train Station

  • The fun kicks off at 10.30am, so come along on Labour Day long weekend and enjoy this great community event! Don't forget you picnic rug.

    Port Phillip Mussel Festival 2016 (12/03/2016 - 13/03/2016)

    On the weekend of the 12th and 13th March 2016 (Labour Day Long Weekend), you're invited to experience one of Melbourne's favourite foodie festivals - the Port Phillip Mussel Festival 2016.

    Hosted at South Melbourne Market, as part of this year's Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, this special annual event is perfect for all the family to enjoy.

    Opening at 12pm on both days, you'll be greeted with a vibrant celebration of seafood, accompanied by the sounds of Melbourne's hottest jazz. This is one seafood street party you don't want to miss!

    Entry is FREE and here's what you can look forward too! Expect a great mussel cook up from iconic Melbourne chefs, from mussel paella to wok cooked drunken mussels, as well as a delicious range of other seafood dishes!

    Participating traders include Dandelion, St Ali, The Grosvenor Hotel, Claypots Evening Star, Paco y Lola, Köy and Simply Spanish. There will also be a range of beautiful local wines, sangria and craft beers to enjoy, as well as ice-cream and fun activities for the kids.
    The live music line-up includes performances by Margie Lou Dyer, Paul Williamson's Hammond Combo, The Pearly Shells, Julie O'Hara Jazz Party, Horns of Leroy and a special appearance by The King himself, Elvis!

    Costco - Notification of termination of American Express Card Acceptance

    Got the email from Costco:


    Notification of termination ofAmerican Express Card AcceptanceDear Member,
    From April 30 this year, Costco Wholesale Australia will cease to accept payment by American Express card at Australian locations, as our existing credit card agreement expires. As part of our continuing commitment to provide our members with the best value possible, we will no longer process these transactions from May 1, 2016.
    We continue to accept cash, debit, Visa and Mastercard. There is also an ATM in each warehouse for your convenience.
    We value your business and your choice to be a Costco member, and we are confident that we will continue to offer you the quality and value we are known for.
    If you have any further questions or concerns, please visit the membership counter at the warehouse and we will be happy to assist you.
    Yours sincerely,
    Patrick NooneManaging Director
    Costco Wholesale Australia
    Seriously? Everyone is jumping Amex these days. Come on?!

    Mar 6, 2016

    Moomba Festival (11~14 March 2016)

    A celebrated part of the Melbourne events calendar for 60 years, Moomba will be back with an exciting program of events and family entertainment, making Melbourne the ideal place to be for the Labour Day long weekend.

    Held over four days, the festival attracts more than one million visitors to the sun-soaked banks of the Yarra to share in the vibrancy and spirit of our much loved city.

    On the Friday night programming will expand in 2016, with the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands Grand Final kicking off on the Main Stage from 5:00pm, followed by headliners Alpine at 8:30pm.


    11 - 14 March 2016

    Moomba’s Main Arena will play host to headline acts including iconic Melbourne bands Alpine, British India and Tim Rogers & The Bamboos, plus an array of incredible Australian music talent.

    Birdman Rally


    Noon, Sunday, 13th March 2016
    Yarra River, Birrarung Marr 

    Yarra Valley Chocolaterie - Free Chocolate Egg Hunt (25~27 March 2016)

    THE POPULAR EASTER HUNTS RETURN!


    A free family fun to the Easter weekend.
    The popular Easter Hunts will take place four times a day on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm (no bookings required) in the Chocolaterie’s picturesque grounds, where Easter Bunnies will help kids aged 12 and under search for a golden token to then claim their complimentary Easter egg.
    For the grown ups, the Chocolaterie’s Café overlooking sweeping valley views will be offering Easter inspired cakes and tarts, as well as the usual all day menu using ingredients from its own kitchen garden. And for chocolate lovers of all ages, our showroom will be choc-filled with thousands of Easter inspired chocolate creations handcrafted by the European chocolatiers and there’s always delicious house-made ice creams to enjoy.

    Whitehorse Global Fiesta (20 March 2016)

    Sunday 20 March 2016

    12pm-5pm
    Box Hill Gardens

    Global Fiesta is Council’s national Harmony Day event and is a celebration of our wonderful, culturally diverse community.

    Fill the day with free family fun and enjoy mouth-watering cultural cuisine, dance to music from across the globe, and check out the fun local community stalls. There will be cultural games, an Aussie animal farm, and a selection of kids rides. There will be a very special visit from the worldwide favourite cat, Hello Kitty!

    The festivities will commence with a Smoking Ceremony performed by members of the Wurundjeri Tribe at midday.

    Mar 5, 2016

    Bendigo Easter Festival (25 ~ 28 March 2016)

    The 2016 Hazeldene's Bendigo Easter Festival will be held Friday March 25 - Monday March 28, 2016. With plenty of exciting entertainment and activities planned, there is sure to be something for the whole family! Visit our new, mobile friendly Bendigo Easter Festival website for more information.

    Mar 3, 2016

    Bridge Road Gathering (March 6, 2016)

    Stroll down Bridge Road, nibble on a tasting plate from one of the many cafes, be entertained by roving musicians, or simply soak up the vibes of our amazing community.

    Travel around the world without ever leaving the neighbourhood.
    Locals and visitors are invited to take a leisurely stroll down Bridge Road Richmond, a diverse and multicultural precinct offering varied experiences in one location.
    Discover the tastes of South America, Vietnam, Greece and others as you meet roving entertainers and listen to live music along the way. With over forty traders to choose from, and tasting plates from $5.00, come for an hour – or five!
    And if all this walking makes you tired, simply jump on the free shuttle bus to get to your next stop.

    Mar 2, 2016

    Kids' Garden Dance Plant (Mar. 5, 2016)

    Saturday 05 March 2016, 9.30 am to 10.30 am
    Spend a morning planting vegetables and herb seedlings, mulching, watering and of course having fun to music. We will discuss what has been planted and how the garden grows. Children will also take home their own veggie plant in a  decorated pot.
    This is a free event, suitable for children of all ages. Places are limited to 15 children.
    In the event of a Total Fire Ban or Code Red Fire Danger Day, this event will not go ahead.
    This event is part of the Summer in the MC² Community Garden series.