Boroondara bee series
Honey bees and Australia’s native bees play a critical role in our environment. They pollinate many of the crops we eat and without them, we can grow less food. Life is getting harder for our bees, with climate change, loss of natural habitat, intensive farming practices, chemical use, parasites and diseases all impacting on global bee numbers.
Fortunately there are things we can do to help. Attending one or more of our three August bee workshops could be a great way for you to start. This series will take you into the fascinating world of bees. Learn about the importance of bees, how to identify different species, the needs of different types of bees, how to create habitat for them in your own backyard, and how to set up and manage your own honeybee hive and produce your own honey.
Invite family and friends and book into one, two, or all three workshops.
NAIDOC Week 2021
Celebrated from 4 to 11 July, this year’s NAIDOC Week theme – Heal Country! – encourages everyone to embrace First Nations cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage, and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.
To mark the occasion, we have rescheduled a special, sold-out community event which was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions in early-June to be celebrated this NAIDOC Week.
If there’s an interest or a passion you’d like to pursue, your local Neighbourhood House has a range of courses, classes and workshops to explore.
Nurture a creative talent, learn a language, develop your skills or join a social group. We have options for children and teens through to the senior members of our community. Contact your local house and find out what’s on offer or download a copy of the full Short Course Guide.
Playgroups (ages 0-5)
Help your child develop socially, and connect with other children, parents and families. Playgroups
include music, craft, yoga and more. Various times and fees.
Craig Family Centre
Call: 9885 7789
A classic game of strategy and skill. New players welcome – Fridays, 10am to 12pm. Contact centre for details.
Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
Call: 9830 4214
Cost: $5 per session
Futuresteading: Live like tomorrow matters with Jade Miles
Grow, store, eat, preserve and share food that deepens the connections you have with your household and those around you. Includes a copy of Futuresteading and vegetable garden tour – 12pm-3:30pm, Saturday 12 September.
Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Call: 9890 2467
Experience yoga at a faster pace with dynamic, fluid movements. Each posture links back to the breath, creating a flowing, moving meditation. Suitable for all levels – 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Tuesdays from 13 July.
Camberwell Community Centre
Call: 9882 2611
Cost: $150 (10 sessions)
Chinese brush painting
Learn how to create beautiful paintings on traditional xuan paper with award-winning artist Echo Wu – 10am to 12pm, Wednesdays from 14 July.
Ashburton Community Centre
Call: 9885 7952
Cost: $250 (10 sessions)
Converse with others in French, Italian or Spanish. Thursdays from 15 July.
Bowen Street Community Centre
Call: 9889 0791
Cost: $20 (10 sessions)
An introduction to the world of floristry – 7pm to 9pm, Thursdays from 15 July.
Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Call: 9853 3126
Cost: $350 (seven sessions)
Meditation and mindfulness
Are you new to meditation and mindfulness? Join us in a relaxing workshop – 2pm to 5pm, Sunday 18 July.
Hawthorn Community House
Call: 9819 5758
Find a job or change your career: pathways to employment
For people looking for work or wanting to get back into employment or study – 9:30am to 2:30pm, Tuesdays from 27 July.
Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre
Call: 9885 9401
Cost: $85 (five weeks)
French cooking workshop
Join Marie-Emilie from Le Pot de Moutarde for a French cuisine workshop – 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Tuesday 17 August.
Trentwood at the Hub
Call: 9006 6590
Personal training sessions
Learn how to use the outdoor gym equipment at Balwyn Community Centre with a qualified personal trainer – 10:30am to 11:30am, Wednesdays from 18 August.
Balwyn Community Centre
Call: 9836 7942
Cost: $80 (two sessions)