Leeds Street, Footscray. Friday 8 Sep 4pm-11pm. Food and merchandise, live music, karaoke, street performances. Contact Hai Pham 0403 542 254 or Wing La 0411 184 804 or visit www.faba.org.au.
Hainan Association Gala Dinner
Happy Receptions, 201 Union Road, Ascot Vale, Sat 9 Sep 6pm-10.30pm. The Victorian Hainanese community of Chinese Australians sharing their heritage with the Hainan Province of China, celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Australia Hainan Association of Victoria (AHAV). The dinner event includes Hainanese folk dances, the famous Jin Han Dancing Art School, musical performances by leading Chinese singers and choirs, Qipao catwalk, and a special appearance by the famous singer Mai Eng. Tickets $39 Adult, $19 Children (3-12), Children under 3 free. Contact Janine Guo on 0488 121 345 or janinequo (WeChat).
Asian Street Food Tour
Saturday 9 Sep 3-6 pm. Cost: $59. Meeting Point: Swanson Street, CBD. Guided tour around a variety of venues, each with their own delicious samples to share. Book at foodi.com.au/book/17741 or phone 1300 39 40 41 by Thursday 7 Sep.
Springvale Rotary Sunday Market
Springvale Railway Station, Springvale Road, Springvale. Sunday 10 Sep 8am-2pm. Entry by gold coin donation. Trash & treasure, plants, clothes, tools and lots more. For more information contact the Rotary Club of Springvale, Loc Lam on 0425 806 006 or Bob Graham on 0438 303 939.
KooWee Community Market
Koo Wee Rup Community Centre, Rossiter Road, Koo Wee Rup. Sunday 10 Sep 9am-2.30pm. Toys, fresh local produce, handmade and artisan items. New stallholders welcome. Website: www.kooweemarket.com.au
Maroondah Handicrafts Makers Market
Ringwood East Seniors, Laurence Grove, Ringwood East. Sun 10 Sep 10am-3pm. Indoor craft market selling locally handcrafted items, including homewares, gifts, cards, jewellery and much more. Phone 9870 4722.
Bollygum Community Market
Bollygum Park, 40 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake, Sunday 10 Sep 10am to 2pm. Jewellery, handmade carry bags, baby and children's wares, home décor, candles and soaps, and unique gift ideas. Food stalls and adventure playground. See www.facebook.com/Bollygum-Community-Market-565568340147314.
Fitzroy Primary School, 319 George Street, Fitzroy. Sat 16 Sep 10am-3pm. Craft, art, jewellery, books, CD's, records and household items, plants and seedlings and much more. Entry by gold coin donation. Website link www.fitzroymarket.com
Treasures and Tastes Market at Trinity
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Cnr Union Road & Montrose Street, Surrey Hills. Sat 16 Sep 9am-1pm. Over 40 stalls, all indoors, free entry. Arts and crafts, food and produce, much more.
Bulla Hill Railway
15 Green Street, Bulla, Sun 17 Sep 12 noon to 4pm. Miniature train rides on 7 ¼” gauge steam or diesel locomotives. Rides cost $3.00, entry to park free. More info at www.bullahillrailway.org.au.
Altona Miniature Railway
1 Blenheim Road, Altona North, Sun 17 Sep 11am-4pm. Cost: $3 a ride. Facilities include picnic tables under cover and shade, toilets, BBQ. Coffee van on run days serving coffee, cold drinks and snacks. Birthdays and private events welcomed. BYO food. Website: altonaminiaturerailway.com.au
Box Hill Miniature Railway
649 Elgar Rd, Mont Albert North. Sun 17 Sep 11am-4pm. Delightful little 1.25km railway track. Rides $3 per person, or $50 for 20 ride pass. Phone 9898 2671 or visit www.bhmsrs.org.au
Gardening with native plants
Monash Seminar and Training Centre, 1A Atherton Road, Oakleigh. Sun 10 Sep 2pm to 4pm. Tips on how to create a garden with native plants to provide habitat for local wildlife. Find out how you can receive a voucher for FREE native seedlings. Book at monash.vic.gov.au/Leisure/Upcoming-Events or phone Monash Council 9518 3555.
Mirusia - From The Heart
Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading. Fri 15 Sep and Sat 16 Sep 8pm. Australian soprano Mirusia presents her new concert. Beautiful music from celebrated musicals, classical melodies, and her own compositions. Tickets $68 or $65 Concession. Phone the Box Office on 9262 6555 or visit whitehorsecentre.com.au
Rhythm of the Islands
Clayton Hall, 264 Clayton Rd, Sun 17 Sep 2pm-4pm. The “Move on up” choir joins the Nuholani Polynesian Dance Group and Cook Island Dancers to present an authentic South Pacific culture music experience. Bookings essential, four per caller. Contact Monash Council 9518 3636
Dandenong Library, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong. Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm, public holidays 2pm-5pm. Free. Interactive and informative community-led display of migrant families' personal stories, the many journeys that have made Greater Dandenong what it is today. For further information phone the libraries on 1300 630 920.
Brimbank Community Market
614 Ballarat Road, Ardeer. Sat & Sun from 8.30am to 4pm. Many stall holders with a large variety of items. Hot foods and refreshments, entertainments, kids' activities. Phone 0411 757 335 or 0421 675 150
Cheltenham Trash & Treasure, Craft & Car Boot Sale
Cheltenham Shopping Centre car park, cnr Charman & Station Roads, Cheltenham. Every Sunday 8am-1pm. Household items, plants, toys, tools and books. Food available and fully sheltered. See www.cheltenhamrotary.org.au/market/ for more information.
Dandenong Trash & Treasure Market
Cnr Sth Gippsland Hwy & Hallam Valley Rd, Dandenong South. Every Sunday 8am-4pm. Entry $1, children under 15 free. Phone 9791 2992
Thomastown Trash and Treasure
Cnr Wood Street & Settlement Road, Thomastown. Each Sunday 8am-4pm. Small entry fee.
Young Street Car Park, Frankston. Every Sunday from 8am-1pm. Admission $1.00 for adults. Over 100 stalls selling arts and crafts, new and old goods, household goods, bric-a-brac, clothing and food. Enquires phone 9462 1520.
Computer & IT Market
Caribbean Park, Cnr Ferntree Gully Rd & Stud Rd. Every Sunday 8.30am-4.30pm. PC's laptops, mobiles devices, software, hardware, accessories, repairs and more.
Tai Chi in Monash
Central Reserve, Glen Waverley. Every Wednesday 10am-11am. Free of charge. No need to book, just turn up. If there is wet weather, please check if the activity is going ahead by calling 9518 3527 or visit Twitter account @monashcouncil.
Morning Tai Chi
Springvale Neighbourhood House, 46-50 Queens Avenue, Springvale. Every Thursday 8.30am-9am. Free activity, no bookings required. Open to all fitness, no special equipment. Meet in the court yard just outside the Neighbourhood House. For more information phone 9548 3972.
Meet our friendly group and improve your English skills over a cuppa!
Dandenong Library, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong. Practising English in a friendly, relaxed and safe environment and make new friends. Beginner to Intermediate every Thursday, 6pm-7.30pm. Advanced levels every Tuesday, 6pm-7.30pm. Free. Only during School terms. For bookings and more information phone 1300 630 920 or see library staff.
English for Migrants - Spoken and Written
Waverley Community Learning Centre, 5 Fleet St, Mount Waverley. Every Friday 9.30am to 12 noon. Info from 9807 6011 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Migrant English Group
Heathmont Uniting Church, 89 Canterbury Road, Heathmont. Every Monday 7.30pm-8.30pm and Thursday 11am-12 noon. Suitable for migrants and refugees. This is a chance to improve your spoken and written English. Contact John Rolfe, 0437 758 281, or email email@example.com.