What's on in Boroondara

Our arts and neighbourhood house teams have a full calendar of fresh events kicking off this winter.

What’s on at Boroondara Arts

A new batch of exhibitions comes to the Town Hall Gallery, including major exhibition Above the Canopy, celebrating the beauty of Australia’s natural environment. Parallel Visions explores 20th-century Italian art and design history, Borrowed by Carla Tucker pays homage to still life artworks, and The Cartoon Chronicles of Sandwich Bag Dad celebrates Dave Blumenthal’s lunch-bag artworks. On 22 July Art After Hours invites you to enjoy a Friday-night feast for the senses with after-hours access to Town Hall Gallery exhibitions, live music and the Arts Bar, with exhibition curators on hand.

To find out more, visit our Exhibitions and visual arts page.

Tap into your own creative side with workshops introducing botanical watercolours and botanical imprints, or take in Boroondara Creative Network’s Navigating Social Media workshop, where Boroondara Arts’ marketing guru will give insights into how best to promote your art through through social media.

You can learn more about these events on our Workshops and classes page.

Visit our Music and performance page for upcoming events including the Sedergreen Brothers Sextet, salsa 10-piece Quarter Street, singer, songwriter and comedian Jude Perl, and  a Bares and Emily Victoria double bill.

Looking up at a forest of dense trees and foliage that has a curved perspective around the viewing point, with birds and a cloudy sky in the centre
Image credit: Catherine Nelson, Gully, 2014, pigment print, edition of 3, 150 x 188cm, image courtesy of the artist and Gallerysmith, Melbourne.

What’s on at your neighbourhood house

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. Get in touch with your local neighbourhood house to find out what it is on offer.

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Get ahead with English

English classes are held each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. New students are welcome to join any time.

Where: Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning

Call: (03) 9885 9401

Cost: Contact the centre for more information

Tai chi

Wind down at week’s end with this gentle form of exercise, indoors – 1 pm to 2 pm, Fridays. Free trials and casual enrolment available.

Where: Ashburton Community Centre

Call: (03) 9885 7952

Cost: from $7.50 per class

Italian for travellers

A 5-week language course suitable for beginners. Learn key phrases, words, and top tips for your next overseas trip – 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Thursdays from 28 July.

Where: Balwyn Community Centre

Call: (03) 9836 7942

Cost: $110 (5 sessions)

Yoga classes

Improve your strength, flexibility and clarity of mind, and experience a greater sense of wellbeing – 6 pm to 7 pm, Thursdays from 14 July.

Where: Bowen Street Community Centre

Call: (03) 9889 0791

Cost: $175 (10 sessions)

Watercolour in winter

Settle into the cooler months with a watercolour class with Mike Kowalski – 1 pm, Wednesdays from 20 July.

Where: Camberwell Community Centre

Call: (03) 9882 2611

Cost: $195 (8 sessions)

Meet the bees workshop

Discover more about bees and the critical role they play. Taste honey varieties and handle beeswax – 10 am to 11:30 am, Saturday 27 August.

Where: Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre

Call: (03) 9830 4214

Cost: $25

Father’s Day woodwork workshop

Learn new woodwork skills with your child as you build a wooden classic car – 12 pm to 2 pm, Saturday 3 September. Suitable for adults and children aged 3 to 12. Materials
provided, and a sausage sizzle lunch.

Where: Craig Family Centre

Call: (03) 9885 7789

Cost: $15 per child ($10 members)

Carers walking group

A walk by carers, for carers, where participants can learn about news, services and support available to them. Includes morning tea – 10 am to 11 am, third Thursday of the month.

Where: Hawthorn Community House

Call: (03) 9819 2629

Coffee and conversation

Enjoy a coffee or tea from our cafe while practising your English in a small group led by a facilitator – 1 pm to 3 pm, Thursdays from 21 July.

Where: Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Call: (03) 9853 3126

Cost: $45 residents/$90 nonresidents (10 sessions)

Cake decorating workshop

Learn how to ice and decorate a cake using coloured fondants – 1 pm to 4 pm, Sunday 7 August.

Where: Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre

Call: (03) 9890 2467

Cost: $79, includes materials

Furniture restoration

Learn how to bring pre-loved furniture back to life. Introductory workshop shows the restoration stages and tools you will need – 7 pm to 9 pm, Thursday 25 August.

Where: Trentwood at the Hub

Call: (03) 9006 6590

Cost: $25

Download a copy of our new Live and Learn guide on our Neighbourhood houses and community centres page.