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Blacksmith Tool Show

The annual  Australian Blacksmithing Show  will be staged at historic Mont De Lancey Homestead, Wandin North, Sunday 9th October. For more details, visit:

Camping Checklist

Let's camp! The camping list may vary according to the type of camping and activities you have planned, the places you are going, the time of year and the length of your trip.  Pease use the checklist below to add or remove items to suit your individual needs.  Shelter __Tent __Ground cloth/tarp __Extra stakes __Shade tarp/poles/rope/stakes __Axe or hammer __Mat for tent entrance

Learning Ember.js and Ruby on Rails

​ RESTful API What is REST?​ JSON API   Ruby on Rails​   ​Ember.js​​ Try Ember​​ ​​ Tutorials and articles: ​​ ​Podcasts - Good for keeping up to date with Ember changes: ​ ​

School Zone for top schools in Victoria

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Pokemon Go Tips/Tricks Compilation

Since everyone is playing this game right now, I am playing on behave of my lovely daughter as well.  shhh.... The game itself seems so complex as it does not explain much when you join the game.  As a late comer, I have to google online to look for answers.  Unsurprisingly, there are tons of information on the web and it takes time to go through them all; lots of them are duplicate information anyway.  Here I compiled a list of good source for me to get all things that I need to know. Comprehesive Guide: Pokemon Moves (For experts): Lots of nice tips:  http://www.imore .com/Pokemon-go-tips-tricks-cheats That's all.   Gotta  catch  ' em all ! Updates: 2016-08-01  Pokemon Tools: Pokevision Pokemon Google Map Pokemon Stats 2016-08-03  Pokemon Fever is over? Is it over?  The number of people playing Pokemon Go dropped to dramatically.  I hardly see anyone pl

Festival of Offers at Lindt Chocolate Cafe (20 June 2016 - 28 August 2016)

Indulge this Winter at Lindt Chocolate Cafés. Let the Festival of Offers Continue! Each fortnight we will bring you a delicious and exciting new deal providing you with a season full of savings! All of our delicious offers are listed below: Monday 20th June- Sunday 3rd July 50% off Hot Chocolates Monday 4th July - Sunday 17th July $10 Waffle! Only available on Lindt Signature Chocolate Waffle Monday 18th July- Sunday 31st July 50% off Lava Cake  Monday 1st August- Sunday 14th August $20 Lindt Favourites Sharing Plate! Save $8! Monday 15th August - Sunday 28th August 50% off Hot Chocolate with any cake slice purchase!  Stay warm this winter with great savings at any Lindt Chocolate Cafe.

Free Toboggan Run at Mt Donna Buang

This is probably one of the best spot for toboggan runs in Victoria because it's free and it so close to Melbourne (less than 1.5 hours). The best place to find all information about Mt Donna Buang is  Mount Donna Buang Snow Report . Snow Update There is no snow cam here.  You can get updates from  Warburton Information Centre Facebook. Britannia Creek Weather Station How to get to Mt Donna Buang?

Southbank - Winter School Holidays (June 25 – July 17, 2016)

Visit Southbank these Winter School Holidays to visit Melbourne’s first real Ice Slide presented by Eureka Skydeck! From June 25 – July 17, a thrilling 40-metre long, four-metre high ice slide will be set up alongside Southbank’s waterfront for kids, parents and the whole of Melbourne to enjoy. You won’t go hungry after your experience on the Variety Ice Slide, with  The  Food Truck Park  setting up from 11am to offer hot, fresh and tasty food. Plus! Variety Ice Slide sponsor,  Fuze Tea , will provide a free Fuze Iced Tea to every slider!* OPENING HOURS-  Open daily from 10am until late PRICES-  $10 per person for three ice slides (children under 4 ride free on a paying adult’s lap) Also, River Rink in Fed Square and Eureka Skydeck have joined forces to offer you the opportunity to enjoy a great day out in Melbourne at some of the most iconic and unique attractions the city has to offer. Purchase a ticket to Eureka Skydeck and you will receive a 20% off admission voucher t

Giant Theremin (1 June - 19 July, 2016)

Play with a super-sized musical instrument standing more than seven metres tall! Controlled by movement rather than touch, the Giant Theremin can be played by up to eight people at once. The Theremin’s unique warble will be accompanied by an array of distinctive sounds, making it impossible to resist running, dancing, jumping and forming unusual shapes in the activation zone to create a symphony of movement. The Giant Theremin is a City of Melbourne initiative, created by renowned Melbourne-based artist, Robin Fox. WHERE St Paul's Court WHEN 1 June - 19 July | Weekdays | 2pm - 10pm | Weekends | 10am - 10pm Times may vary depending on Fed Square events program.

The Sonic Light Bubble by ENESS (11 June - 19 June, 2016)

See the world premiere of The Sonic Light Bubble, an inflatable installation created by Melbourne-based, award-winning art and design practice  ENESS . Containing over 200 LED lights and towering at 4.5 metres high, the bubble responds to human touch with mesmerising visuals and sounds. Stop by and interact with the visual delights of The Sonic Light Bubble. WHERE  The Square WHEN    11 June - 19 June | Daily | 5:30pm - late


This year  The Light in Winter  celebrates its tenth anniversary, marking a decade of warming up the heart of Melbourne at Fed Square through a combination of major light-art commissions with hearty community participation. The Light in Winter  rejoices in the acknowledgement of the contributions, made by communities of diverse cultural backgrounds, which have made Melbourne the great world city it is today. At the same time, the mid-winter festival is proud to have hosted unique installations by internationally recognised artists such as Rafael Lozano Hemmer, Asif Khan, Bruce Ramus, United Visual Arts, Luz Interruptus, Nathan Thompson and so many more; as well as the participation of local artists and lighting industry creatives. The Light in Winter  will open gently on 1 June with the annual  Kirra Illuminating Glass Award (KIGA)  in Kirra Galleries, and the announcement of the illuminated glass prize winner. On 2 June an opening ceremony will acknowledge the ten years of the

Story Island: an adventure in pictures (10th June – 23rd July 2016 Realm)

Story Island is a beautiful exhibition and reading experience for young children designed to promote early literacy skills, and the joy of children and parents reading together. “Story Island” draws from the world-renowned Scholastic Dromkeen Children’s Literature Collection held at the State Library of Victoria, and brings together works from some of Australia’s favourite children’s book authors and illustrators to create a visually striking and interactive exhibition. The exhibition features four custom-made pods which evoke stories of the bush, the city, bath and bed time and offer children a space for reading, imaginative sharing, learning and exploring stories and pictures together with their parents or carers. Join us at Realm for this wonderful exhibition! FREE.   Realm is located at Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood.

Escape to Pentridge Community Open Day (21 May 2016)

May 21 marks the official launch of our ambitious plan for the rebirth of Pentridge. Come and celebrate the transformation of this site into a vibrant community hub. Enjoy tasty bites from the Bearded Bakers of Knafeh Bakery, Sliders on Tyres, Grace Coffee and Cake Caravan, Pizza Wagon and much more! There will also be educational gardening workshops for the kids by The Sage Garden, creative installations by Bangin Hangin and live music by local Melbourne-based duo, Tamika Duo, in the central courtyard. You’ll also be able to join regular tours of Division B – where Chopper Read and other notorious Australian outlaws did their time. Also launching on the open day is ‘Pentridge Unlocked’, an exhibition held in the building known as the Annex. Featuring photography, an immersive soundscape installation and video performances, it offers a unique insight into the history of this Coburg landmark. If you’ve ever wanted a peek inside Pentridge, this is your chance. We’d love to mee

Kalorama Chestnut Festival (1 May 2016)

day of family fun on the mountain on the 1st May 2016. Savour the abundant chestnuts, gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, artisan beer and mulled wine. Explore the diverse range of stalls showcasing locally made handcrafts and produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space. 10am - 4pm Delicious roasted chestnuts Poffertjees Devonshire tea and home made cakes Sausage sizzle Local restaurant food stalls Artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and mulled wine Coffee, tea and chai Bungy jump trampolines

Chestnut Picking (April ~ May)

Location: Alpine Region Dandenong Ranges Preparation: Sunscreen Drinking water Buckets or bags Thick gloves or leather gloves Water-proof shoes or boots Hat or coat Food for picnic Fun Part – Picking: Best time is in the morning when it is not too hot. Chestnuts fall to the ground once they are ripe. The outer protective layer (the burr) is like a prickly tennis ball. This is why you need thick gloves.  This usually splits apart when it lands on the ground.  If not, use your feet to break them first. Choose the shiny ones which have no air between the nut and the shell. They should be hard to press. Discard any with worm holes or other signs of damage. Have a rest and picnic while you are there. Excitement – Eating: Clean them first. Make a cut on each chestnut Put them in a bucket of water with 1 tablespoon of sugar for 1 ~ 2 hours Roast them for 20 minutes in 180c. Enjoy.

The Northern Territory Pops ( 1 ~ 2 April 2016)

A FREE event to discover the Top End Experience a little piece of the Northern Territory right here in Melbourne, as Federation Square turns into a mock outback scene for two days at the start of April. The Territory comes down to Victoria, to immerse Melburnians into Top End culture. Enjoy a cold beer from The Waterhole; an outback inspired pub, all the while feasting on some of NT's well known pub grub cuisines. Discover the Territory's adventure-fuelled experiences, and become acquainted with the indie music scene. Cool off your outback experience with some refreshing Mango ice cream, or fill your bellies with some Northern Territory Barra and chips, Crocodile Poppers or Red Centre tarts for brekky. Food and drink aside, would you ever imagine you would get to meet some of the NT's well known creatures? In the Northern Territory pop up, you can familiarise yourselves with camels and baby crocs. Yes, right in the heart of Fed Square! Virtual reality also brings

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. 

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, sangr

Costco - Notification of termination of American Express Card Acceptance

Got the email from Costco: Notification of termination of American Express Card Acceptance Dear 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 Noone Managing Director Costco Wholesale Australia Seriously? Everyone is jumping Amex these days. Come on?!

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.

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.

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.

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. Bookings are essential, book now . 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.

Essential Baby and Toddler Show Melbourne (1-3 April 2016)

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back in Melbourne on 1-3 April 2016! And if you register for your ticket before 5pm AEST, 31 March, it’s FREE to attend! Enjoy a fantastic day out for the whole family at the Show. Shop from more than 100 local and international parenting brands. Head to the Advice Hub for personalised, one on one consultations with the Australian Breastfeeding Association, Parentline, Gidget Foundation and more on a range of parenting topics. Head to our Show Stage where adults can attend our seminars featuring experts such as Pinky McKay, whilst your little ones can enjoy live shows and meet & greets with Hi-5 and Animals Rock! We’re also excited to announce a limited series of First Aid courses by Child Revive, in addition to their free demonstrations at the Show. Get the free ticket here .

Boroondara harvest celebration (19 March 2016)

Come along to this free event to celebrate, share and taste food grown and produced in the local area. Coordinated by 3000acres, Boroondara's Harvest Celebration will include workshops, live music, face painting and a delicious picnic. This free picnic aims to be catered with donations of fresh produce from growers across Boroondara and prepared by top chefs from FareShare on the day. If you, or someone you know, grows fruit or veggies and is willing to donate produce, please contact . When:  Saturday 19 March, 12 noon to 2pm Where:  Beckett Park, Balwyn   More information:

Sidney Myer Free Concerts 2016

Summer Carnival Saturday 20 February Joshua Weilerstein  conductor Dale Barltrop  violin Dvořák   Carnival Barber  Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky  Symphony No.5 In his second Sidney Myer Free Concert, Joshua Weilerstein conducts more Dvořák and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5. These flank the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber, with soloist,  MSO  Concertmaster Dale Barltrop. Barber’s lyrical and (dare we say?) romantic concerto is embedded in the modern repertoire, but was not always thus. In 1940, as Barber was struggling with the score, renowned violin teacher Albert Meiff called it ‘far from the requirements of a modern violinist’ and that the score ‘required surgical operation by a specialist’, offering to wield the scalpel himself. Fortunately, Barber ignored this gratuitous offer.


Clayton Street Festival (14 Feb 2016)

Sunday 14 February 2016 12pm – 9pm Clayton Road, Clayton Clayton Street Festival 12pm – 5pm Hawkers Night Market 5pm – 9pm Clayton Road comes to life with the Clayton Street Festival, one of Council’s major events attracting over 15,000 people. Now in its 13th year, the festival will feature old favorites such as the Main Stage, Youth Zone, cultural workshops, roving entertainment, Kids Zone featuring free kids rides, Hawkers Night Market, community displays, market and trader stalls and come and try workshops and demonstrations. Parade at 4pm