What's on around Boroondara

Read with an astronaut

Each year during National Simultaneous Storytime, children come together to enjoy an outstanding Australian picture book. The chosen book is read at exactly the same time in libraries, schools, homes and many other places in Australia and New Zealand and around the world. Now in its 21st year, this wonderful initiative promotes children’s reading and literacy.

This year, more than one million children will be joined by astronauts on the International Space Station to read 'Give me some space' by Philip
Bunting. That’s right, while we read the book as part of Preschool Storytime at Kew Library, this engaging story of one girl’s mission to find life in space will also be read aloud by an astronaut!

When: 11am Wednesday 19 May
Location: Kew Library

For more information visit Give me some space! National Simultaneous Storytime 2021.

Celebrate National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration recognising the many positive contributions volunteers make to our community. With more than a quarter of Boroondara residents generously give their time through voluntary work, we say thank you to everyone making a positive local impact.

Held from 17 to 23 May, current and prospective volunteers are invited to get involved in to mark the occasion.

For more information visit Volunteering events.

Celebrating National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is held annually from 27 May to 3 June and is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

To mark this important week, we invite you to join us at a special community event to celebrate the rich history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Experience a smoking ceremony performed by a Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Elder and a live didgeridoo and storytelling performance by world-renowned Top End Larrakia artist, Ash Dargan. His performances have been described as capturing the sound and soul of the Australian landscape and reflecting a deep connection to Aboriginal culture.

Enjoy a light snack inspired by seasonal native Australian flavours prepared by Charcoal Lane, a Mission Australia social enterprise restaurant providing leadership and mentoring to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Date: Wednesday 2 June
Time: 4:30pm to 6pm
Location: Greythorn Community Hub, Balwyn North

For more information call 9278 4444.

Larrakia artist Ash Dargan, playing the didgeridoo.

What’s on at your neighbourhood house

If there is 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. Get in contact with your local house and find out what we have on offer.

Download a copy of the full Short Course Guide at Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres.

Tai-Chi with Kheng

Lower your stress levels, increase your energy and build muscle strength.

Mondays. Contact centre for session times.

Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
Call: 9830 4214
Cost: $20 per session

Pop-up playgroup

Join us for exciting indoor and outdoor activities including music,story-time and morning tea.

9am to 11am, Thursday 13 May.

Bowen Street Community Centre
Call: 9889 0791
Cost: free

Dumpling workshop

Learn how to make delicious Chinese dumplings from scratch.

10am to 12:30pm, Friday 14 May.

Balwyn Community Centre
Call: 9836 7942
Cost: $90 (one session)

Book group

Our book group meets on the last Thursday of each month. Please contact Jan for current book details at [email protected]

All welcome.

Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Call: 9853 3126
Cost: gold coin donation

Guided drawing

Unlock your creativity. Suitable for beginners and those who want to practise their skills.

Mondays 9:30am to 11:30am from 17 May.

Trentwood at the Hub
Call: 9006 6590
Cost: $90 (five weeks)

Pathways to employment

Wanting to find a job or change career? Discover pathways to get back into employment or study.

Tuesdays 9:30am to 2:30pm from 18 May.

Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre
Call: 9885 9401
Cost: $55 (five weeks)

Family yoga workshop

Create a special space for you and your child (ages 5+). Connect with your emotions, your breath, and one another.

9:30am to 11am, Saturday 22 May. Refreshments included.

Craig Family Centre
Call: 9885 7789
Cost: $30 ($25 members)

Yoga for families

A lovely, gentle yoga class for parents and their baby or toddler (0-5 years)

Fridays 9:15am to 10am.

Ashburton Community Centre
Call: 9885 7952
Cost: free trials available

Spanish conversation meet-ups

Meet up weekly to improve your Spanish conversational skills with like-minded people. Strictly no textbooks.

Saturdays 1pm to 3pm from 22 May.

Camberwell Community Centre
Call: 9882 2611
Cost: $45 (five sessions)

Mosaic garden wall plaque

Make a beautiful mosaic garden wall plaque over two sessions.

6pm to 9pm, Friday 18 and 25 June.

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Call: 9890 2467
Cost: $150 ($140 members)

Simple sourdough making

Learn why sourdough is simply the best bread, get yourself a sourdough starter and bake perfect loaves.

2pm to 5pm, Sunday 20 June.

Hawthorn Community House
Call: 9819 2629
Cost: $55. Register your place.