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Confident Living for Seniors
Topics include the media, home safety, driver safety, scams, elder abuse and mental health. Presented by Leading Senior Constable Derek Jenkins. Tuesday, August 16. 10am to 12 noon. Altona Meadows Community Center – 28-36 Trafalgar Avenue, Altona Meadows. Free.
■ Altona Meadows Community Center on 9315 8244 Hobsons Bay council’s Community Support team on 9932 1530.
For the first time ever, Museums Victoria is hosting an adults-only, after-dark walking tour of the Spotswood Pumping Station to explore its shadowy spaces and hidden history. With just a torch to light your way, see the darkest nooks and crannies of the heritage-listed pumping station brought to life, as expert guides recount scary, tragic and inspiring tales from the past. Friday, August 5 – 9pm and 9.15pm. Friday, August 12 – 7.30pm, 7.45pm, 9pm and 9.15pm. Friday, August 19 – 7.30pm, 7.45pm, 9pm and 9.15pm. Friday, August 26 – 7.30pm, 7.45pm, 9pm and 9.15pm.
Cherry Lake Market
Altona Lions Club Cherry Lake Market is held on the first Sunday of the month. Set between Millers Road and the stunning Cherry Lake in Altona, this market has something for everyone. The market hosts more than 60 stalls selling plants, bric-a-brac, handcrafts, hot jam donuts, tools, clothing and much more. There is live music every month from the Cherry Lake Cultural Series, showcasing local musicians from across Hobsons Bay. From 9am to 1pm. Cherry Lake, Millers Road, Altona.
■ www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Community/Whats-On/Altona Lions Club Cherry Lake Market or [email protected]
Folk Beginners Welcome
After a COVID interrupted year, The Newport Folk and Fiddle Group has started up its beginner play along sessions again. If you are an absolute beginner or have decided to pick up that dusty or unused instrument or have some experience and want to try a new instrument in a safe, casual and welcoming environment, then come down and have some fun, share a cuppa and maybe even learn something new. All instruments and levels of expertise are welcomed where the main aim is to enjoy music and have fun. Saturday, August 20. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 2nd Newport Scouts – 6 Market Street, Newport 3015.
Cobber Club provides exercises suitable for seniors, including chair exercises. Exercise sessions are on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 10am (excluding public holidays). New members welcome. 63 Sargood Street, Altona.
■ Eveline Bennett, 0400 639 852
williamstown book sale
Friends of Williamstown Library holds a book goes out every second Saturday of each month, 10am-12.30pm. The book sale is held at Williamstown library in the Friends room, which can be accessed through the front desk. The event is cash only.
Drop in chess, cards and Scrabble
If you love playing chess, cards or a game of Scrabble in an informal and fun setting, visit Braybrook Community Center on Tuesdays, from noon-2.30pm.
Carers’ Walk and Talk
Pathways for Carers is running free walking events in Laverton. The state government funded project which is supported by Interchange Outer East meets once a month for a walk followed by complimentary morning tea with a guest speaker who provides informal information about services relevant to carers and the local community. Carers who participate in the groups are defined as unpaid and caring for a loved one with a disability, mental illness or an elderly person. The goal of each group is to provide carers with peer-based support, information, services and resources, opportunities to be active and connect with other carers, connect with nature and connect with their local community. Second Tuesday of each month, with the next meeting on August 9. Meet at 9.45am for a 10am start, at Favor and Grace cafe, 87 Railway Avenue, Laverton.
■ [email protected] or www.pathwaysforcarers.com.au
Aimed at all levels of ability in the ancient and international craft of woodcarving. Women are welcome. Bring your own tools and projects if possible. Or do you have Grandpa’s old gouges to donate? Tuesdays, 9.30am to 12 noon. 280 Queen Street, Altona.
Job Seeker Assistance
Hobsons Bay Libraries have partnered with Jobs Victoria and a Community Employment Connector (CALD focus) who base themselves at Hobsons Bay Libraries at regular times to provide support and assistance to job seekers, with referrals and resume-job interview help. Community Employment Connector – Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre, Wednesdays noon-2pm, during school terms. Jobs Victoria Advocate – Altona North Library Community Library, Thursdays 10-11am.
Regular meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous are held at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Williamstown, Wednesday at 7pm and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Newport, Thursday 6.30pm and Saturday 8.30am. All welcome including friends and family of people with drinking problems.
■ 1300 22 22 22 or www.aatimes.org.au
Enjoy a leisurely walk around historic Williamstown and nearby suburbs with guide John. Walks start at 9.20 am each Tuesday outside the Visitor Information Centre, Nelson Place.
■ John, 0418 377336
Wednesday Walking Group
The Williamstown Community Center offers a regular Wednesday walking group that walks the local area, 10.15-11am. New members are warmly welcome. This activity is free and includes morning tea.
■ 9397 6168
All Aboard Club
The All Aboard Club has been going for 85 years. It is a social club which works for charities, with speakers, theater and trips. It meets in the chambers at Williamstown Town Hall at 1.30pm on the first and third Tuesday of the month. New members welcome.
■Wendy, 0421 747 040
AeroSpeakers Toastmasters Club
Would you like to develop confidence in communicating, competence with language and clarity in writing? AeroSpeakers Toastmasters Club would like to invite any and all residents to join them on the first and third Thursday of every month to help develop public speaking, communication and leadership skills. The group meets at the Laverton Community Hub, 95-105 Railway Avenue, Laverton from 7.00-9.30pm.
■ Vince Camilleri, 0413 734 707
Altona Book Sale
Friends of Altona Library hold a monthly book sale on the first Tuesday, Friday and Saturday of each month at the rear of Altona Library 123 Queen Street Altona, access via Coles carpark, 10am-1pm
Willin Wimmin choir welcomes new members. It meets every Wednesday in term time from 7.30-9.30 pm at Church of Christ Hall in Douglas Parade, Williamstown. There are no auditions and members don’t need to be able to read music.
Altona Meadows and Newport residents are invited to take part in a Heart Foundation walking group that meets on Wednesdays and Fridays. The group walks for 60 minutes, and is a great way to socialize and get active at the same time. Members are required to register with the Heart Foundation to join.
■ Ian Watson, 0411 566 862 or www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Community/Whats-On/Altona-Meadows-and-Newport-Heart-Foundation-Walking-Groups
Williamstown Craft Market
Commonwealth Reserve comes alive on the third Sunday of the month for the Williamstown Craft Market. The market boasts more than 50 stalls showing everything from handmade craft, homegrown produce and food vendors. There will also be live music. From 10am to 4pm.
Diabetes Support Group
The Westgate diabetes support group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Altona Bowling Club at 10am.
■Elaine, 0415 030 996
Do you play trumpet, flute or lower brass instruments? The Hobsons Bay City Band is seeking musicians to join its community band. Rehearsals are held Mondays from 7.30pm at the Newport Lakes Primary School, Elizabeth Street, Newport.
■ Roger Lewis, [email protected], or www.hbcb.org.au
Altona North Combined Probus
The Altona North combined probus club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Altona Sports Club. Includes a speaker, organized trips and outings, and a friendly atmosphere.
■Lesley, 0414 481 442
Point Gellibrand Rotary Club
Rotary Club of Point Gellibrand meets at Customs House Hotel, 161 Nelson Place, Williamstown, on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 6pm for a 6.30pm dinner meeting. The club has some great speakers and need new, energetic, enthusiastic members who want to make a difference in their community. Visit our website to find out more about our projects and community work via www.rotarypointgellibrand.com.au.
■ Pam, 0418 347 691 or [email protected]
Mouth Organ Band
The Yarraville Mouth Organ Band meets Friday evenings at 203 Williamstown Road, Yarraville. Great music, friendly atmosphere. New members welcome.
■ Heather, 9399 2190 or [email protected]
Altona Day View (Voice Interest and Education of Women) Club meets at 11am on the third Wednesday of the month at Altona RSL. The club is always open to new members, and anyone interested is encouraged to get in touch today and see what it’s all about.
■ Janet 9394 6522 or 0412 010 176