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Community Corner

Community Corner

The best events and activities in the south-west over the coming months.

Trolls Craft Village

Friday 23 December 2016, 9:00am-12:00pm

Meet two characters from Dreamworks’ new Trolls movie - Poppy and Branch - while take part in Poppy's favorite pass time: scrapbooking! Children will be given everything that they need to design, decorate and create their very own scrapbook picture frame. When their masterpieces are complete they will be able to take them home with a photo of Poppy inside! Get there early to secure your place in the line as it may get busy.

Where: Karrinyup Shopping Centre near Australian Geographic, 200 Karrinyup Road Karrinyup

Cost: free

More information visit the Karrinyup Centre website, email or call 9445 1122

Carols in the Park

Saturday 24 December 2016, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Pack your best singing voice and head down to Rutter Park for an evening of music and carols. This community event is all about bringing neighbours together and will include free food, a photo booth and live nativity, all accompanied by a three-piece acoustic band and four-person choir.

Where: Rutter Park, 183-186 Jersey Street Wembley

Cost: free

More information click here, email or call 0403 931 612

Elf at Northbridge Piazza

Saturday 24 December 2016, 5:30pm-7:15pm

Head down to Northbridge Piazza for a free screening of the popular holiday flick Elf, starring Will Ferrell as the loveable goof brought up by Santa’s elves, who goes in search of his biological family while spreading a healthy dose of Christmas cheer.

Where: Northbridge Piazza, 142 James Street Northbridge

Cost: free

More information click here, email or call 9461 3368

Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 24 December 2016, 6:30pm-9:30pm

In the time-honoured tradition of carols by candlelight, head along to Darlington Oval to take part in some festive cheer. There will be face painting for the kids and Father Christmas and his elf will also be there. Candles, glow products and ice cream will be available for purchase. Bring along a blanket and/or low chair. Carols commence at 7:30pm.

Where: Darlington Oval, Owen Road Darlington

Cost: free

More information click here or call Pauline on 0402 236 917

Christmas Lunch in the Park

Sunday 25 December 2016, 11:00am-2:00pm

Join Mission Australia for Christmas lunch in Wellington Square Park. They’ll be offering a delicious lunch, entertainment throughout the day, a donated gift and lots of community spirit.

Where: Wellington Square Park, 141 Wellington Street East Perth

Cost: free; donations welcome

More information click here or call 9225 0400

Boxing Day BBQ for the Homeless and Those in Crisis

Monday 26 December 2016, 12:00pm-6:00pm

Brothers & Sister Perth proudly presents Boxing Day BBQ for the homeless and those in crisis. On the day you will enjoy great company and free goods and services while being in a safe, secure and peaceful environment. The goods and services available include live music, hair services, beauty, medical care, shower facilities, clothing, shoes, underwear and socks, toiletries, books, food and drinks. Help spread the word to those who need assistance this festive season. Donations are very welcome in the lead up to the event (see the link to the Facebook post below).

Where: J-Shed, Fleet Street Fremantle

Cost: free

More information click here , facebook,  email, or call 9432 9999

Drop-In Improv Class

Every Tuesday until 31 January 2017 (excluding 27 December 2016), 6:00pm-9:00pm

Has an improvised show inspired you to have a go? Intrigued to find out more about the world of improv? Want to develop your confidence and presenting skills? Head along to the drop-in improv classes. No experience is required and your first class is free.

Where: Fly By Night Club, 179 High Street Fremantle

Cost: $15; first class free

More information click here , email or call 0424 421 243

New Year’s Eve Bush Dance

Thursday 31 December 2016, 6:00pm-9:00pm

This family friendly event will feature music from the Black Chook and Friends. There will be a sausage sizzle and tea and coffee will also be available. The New Year’s Eve countdown will be at 9:00pm to coincide with midnight in Sydney.

Where: Stirk Park, 18 Kalamunda Road Kalamunda

Cost: adults $15 (or $25 for a double pass); children under 12 free

More information click here, email or call Celia Cheffins on 9291 3092

New Year's Eve Celebrations - Rockingham

Thursday 31 December 2016, 5:00pm-9:00pm

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Rockingham Foreshore with artists Jason Singh (Taxiride), Mark Gable (The Choirboys) and Reece Mastin, supported by Peace, Love & All that Stuff and Livewire. Live entertainment, rides and attractions start from 5:00pm, with two firework shows at 9:00pm and midnight to herald the new year. Join more than 15,000 Rockingham residents at this family-friendly, smoke and alcohol-free event.

Where: Churchill Park, Rockingham Beach Road Rockingham

Cost: free

More information click here , email or call 9528 0333

New Year's Eve Celebrations - Mandurah

Thursday 31 December 2016, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Join the New Year's Eve celebrations in Mandurah for live music - including Bon Jovi Tribute show, Danny Bau, Jasmine Atkins, Wicked Dance Works, A Day for Mae and Nate Lansdell - and two fireworks shows at 9:00pm and midnight to welcome in 2017. Amusement rides and activities will line the foreshore, as well as the Sector-X Youth Zone filled with free activities for 11-18 year olds (think a photobooth, gaming zone, laser tag, wipeout, in-tents dance party and chill out area). A free shuttle bus service will be running from the Mandurah Visitors Centre to the Mandurah Transit Station every 20 minutes between 6:00pm-1:00am and a wheelchair accessible bus every 40 minutes. In addition, temporary additional ACROD parking will be located and managed by volunteers at the Mewburn Centre car park off Church Street. Join more than 15,000 Rockingham residents at this family-friendly, smoke and alcohol-free event.

Where: Eastern foreshore, Mandurah Terrace Mandurah

Cost: free

More information click here, email or call 9550 3777

City of Bayswater January School Holiday Program

Tuesday 3 January to Wednesday 25 January 2017, times vary

Throughout the month of January, Morley, the City of Bayswater will host a range of events to keep the young ones entertained throughout the school holidays. Craft up a dreamcatcher or eco-terrarium, get up close with Australian wildlife or learn the basics of robotics. All activities are free and are suitable for children 6 years and over.

Where: Morley Public Library, 240 Walter Road West Morley

Bayswater Public Library, 25 King William Street Bayswater

Maylands Public Library, The RISE, 28 Eighth Avenue Maylands

Cost: free; registration essential

More information click here , to register click here and simply click on your desired or call each library directly on 9272 0980 (Morley), 9271 2340 (Bayswater) or 9208 2450 (Maylands)

Home Grown Fruit and Veg Swap

Saturday 7 January 2017, 10:30am-11:30am

The swap is informal and simple. You can swap home grown or home made (preferably organic) produce. It is a process of sharing rather than trading; no money changes hands.

Where: Coolbellup Public Library, 90 Cordelia Avenue Coolbellup

Cost: free

More information click here  or email

Blessing of the River

Sunday 15 January 2017, 9:00am-1:00pm

The City of Canning, together with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, bring to you a sustainability and eco-conservation event, drawing attention to the beauty and fragility of the Swan Canning River Park. This free, family friendly event offers eco stalls, community groups, workshops, entertainers and healthy food choices. Jump in the water and have a go at kayaking, canoeing or stand up paddle boarding or watch a traditional Dragon Boat Race. There will be a bike valet service and water station so ride down to the event and please bring your own water bottle.

Where: Shelley Beach Foreshore Park, Riverton Drive Shelley

Cost: free

More information click here , email or call Kelsie Koontz on 9231 0748

Vincent’s Summer Concerts

Various Sundays 22 January to 26 February 2017, times vary

Vincent's Summer Concerts are back in January and February, bringing you the hottest in local talent over four twilight events! To kick things off on the 22 January, Nicky Sandover and Riley Pearce will be bringing their chilled and upbeat vibes to help you unwind. On the 5 February, a screening of the City of Vincent’s Film Project winners will be followed by acclaimed hip hop outfit The Brow, bringing a combination of hip-hop, electronic and soul to your evening in the park. On the 19 February Salt Tree will be bringing you summer vibes all the way from Margaret River with a range from laid back acoustic to upbeat folk, extending to an exciting new project combining electro samples, acoustic guitar and harmonies. Last but certainly not least on the 26 February is Grace Barbe with her “Afro-Kreol” style, a colourful and energetic fusion of tropical island rhythms with African percussion, reggae, pop, rock and latin flavours. There will also be food trucks and free children’s entertainment throughout the concert season.

Where: 22 January - Braithwaite Park, 197 Scarborough Beach Road Mount Hawthorn (5:30pm-7:30pm)

5 February - Hyde Park, corner Vincent and William Street Mt Lawley (7:00pm-10:00pm)

19 February - Banks Reserve, 60 Joel Terrace Mt Lawley (5:30pm-7:30pm)

26 February - Hyde Park, corner Vincent and William Street Mt Lawley (5:30pm-7:30pm)

Cost: free

More information click here, email or call 9273 6000

City Of Perth’s Opera In The Park 50th Gala Concert

Saturday 4 February 2017, 8:00pm-10:20pm

Celebrate West Australian Opera’s 50th Anniversary in a free gala concert of operatic hits, in the beautiful setting of the Supreme Court Gardens. A thrilling program of highlights from the operatic treasury is presented by Australian artists, with the West Australian Opera Chorus and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Brad Cohen. For over two decades, the City of Perth has presented Opera in the Park as an annual gift to the residents and visitors of Perth and to connect people in regional centres through a live simulcast. You are invited to dress up to celebrate this milestone. You are encouraged to wear evening dress, black tie, a costume or your favourite outfit.

Where: Supreme Court Gardens, corner St Georges Terrace and Riverside Drive Perth

Cost: free

More information click here waopera.asn.au/2017-season/opera-in-the-park

Great Gardens Workshop: Inspiring Your Beautiful Garden

Thursday 23 February 2017, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Great Gardens is a multi-award winning program delivered by The Forever Project which directly addresses a major popular cultural shift of the last decade: sustainable living. These award-winning workshops are perfectly designed for those new to, or having an interest in growing a beautiful productive garden. Great Gardens is managed and presented by a team of recognised specialists and gardening celebrities who have established a reputation of excellence in delivering adult education programs.

Where: City of South Perth Civic Centre Community Hall, corner Sandgate Street and South Terrace South Perth

Cost: free; registration required

More information click here , email or call 9474 0777

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