Hydroponic tips
PETER Funnell, president of the Hydroponic Gardening Society of Victoria, is giving a talk on how to grow vegetables and fruit in a backyard using hydroponics at 8pm on 10 April at the Emerald Garden Club. For more information, call 5968 4316.
Art sale
THE Emerald Arts Society is holding a sale and exhibition of affordable art as part of the PAVE festival on 12 and 13 April from 11am to 4pm at the EAS studio, corner of Anne and Church streets, Emerald. For more information, visit
Poetry explored
PENGUIN Club of Australia is holding an evening exploring ‘what is poetry’ with local writer and member Dorothy Williams on Wednesday 9 April at Wellington Cottage, Monbulk. No charge. For more information, call Alison on 9756 6385.
Funky cakes
Learn to make a funky handbag cake for Mother’s Day with Pam Archibald on Sunday 13 April at the Scout Hall, Turramurra Drive, Rowville, from 10am to 3pm. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. To book or inquire, call Velma on 9763 8646.
Art exhibition
THE pen and paint art exhibition is officially opening on Sunday 13 April at 2pm at the Hut Gallery, 157 Underwood Road, Ferntree Gully. For more details, call 9758 8955 or visit
Probus talk
DR JENNY McKimm-Breschkin from the CSIRO will give a talk called Dawn to Dusk for Monbulk Combined Probus at 10am on Monday 14 April at Monbulk Bowling Club. Visitors welcome. For more information, call 5968 8588.
Restaurant information
A HILLS Community Restaurant information session is on Sunday 27 April from noon at Belgrave Library. For more information, call Justine on 0418 531 716.
Auslan course
AUSLAN Beginners Course is running at St Martin’s Church, 78 Colby Drive, Belgrave Heights. Beginning Wednesday 30 April from 10am to 11am, the course will run for six weeks. To enrol, visit or call Tracey on 0404 091 772.
Craft day
MONBULK Girl Guides Support Group is hosting a Crop and Craft Fundraiser on Sunday 4 May from 9am to 6pm at Wellington Cottage, Moores Road, Monbulk. $10 entry, craft all day. For more information or to book, call 0447 213 948.
Holiday programs
THE Haby Goddess in Monbulk is running a school holiday program for kids of all ages. Prices start at $10 per child. For more details or to book, call 9752 1114 or visit
Holiday events
FUN and free school holiday events are running at Emerald Library for kids including shaving cream art, recycled book craft activity, teddy bear picnic and more. For more information or to book, call 5968 3925 or email
Free art
FREE art classes for beginners is offered in Monbulk at the Open Door Community Church Hall, corner David Hill and Moxhams roads, Monbulk) on Mondays from 2pm to 4pm. All welcome. For more information call Yvonne on 0400 857 166.
Winter weight
MAROONDAH Take Off Weight Naturally (TOWN) Club meets on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm at St Margaret’s Uniting Church, Hull Road, Mooroolbark. For more information, call Jodi on 0425 739 576.
Emerald activities
THE PAVE arts program has low cost activities for school holidays. For full list of activities, visit or call 5968 3881.
No fad
MONBULK Evening Take Off Weight Naturally (TOWN) Club is looking for new members. The club meets at the Open Door Church, corner Moxhams Road and Main Street, Monbulk, every Thursday evening from 6pm. For more information, call Conja on 9756 6287.
Drum fun
AFRICAN drumming classes for kids is available on Mondays from 4pm at the Tin Shed, Belgrave. All ages welcome. Children aged under six must be accompanied by a parent. $12 per session, free drum hire if required. Bookings essential, call 0421 150 255.
Volunteers needed
THE Lions club of Wantirna carries out several projects in the Knox community and members would like more volunteers to help in their community service. Those who are interested in volunteering and who would like to know more about being a member call Val on 9800 2113.
Pre-school vacancies
SASSAFRASS Pre-School has limited vacancies in both three and four year-old groups. Please contact Fleur Green on 0409 512 872 for more information or visit for session times.
Volunteers required
OLINDA Community House is looking for people who are interested in volunteering their time to help with an open day on Saturday 18 October. For more details and to express interest, call 9751 1264.
Gembrook singers
COME and join the Gembrook Singers with practice held most Thursday nights from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Gembrook Community Centre. Only enthusiasm is required. For information, call 5967 7000.
Working bees
Friends of Emerald Lake Park working bees are held on the first Saturday, second Sunday and third Thursday of each month. Meet at the Environment Centre from 9am to 11am. For more information, call 5968 4603.
New courses
OLINDA Community House is offering courses in blues harmonica, fabulous over 40 beauty makeover, Feldenkrais, aromatherapy, guitar, motoring for women and super food smoothies. Those who are interested in any of these courses can call Christine on 9751 1264.
Course guide
JAPARA Neighbourhood House term one course guide is out now. For a program or more information contact Japara Neighbourhood House on 9728 3587, email or visit
Drumming classes
AFRICAN drumming classes are held on Wednesday evenings at the Tin Shed in Belgrave. For pricelist, session times or more information, call 0421 150 255.
Childcare program
AN OCCASIONAL childcare program will be held at Selby Community House, Minak Reserve via Charles Street, Selby, on Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, times and cost, call 9754 2039.