Community Corner

Community Corner

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


Legends and Lore Land and Sea


Tuesday to Saturday until 13 May 2017, 11:00am-5:00pm

Artitja Fine Art’s Legends and Lore Land and Sea provides a rare glimpse into Yolngu life, supported by a program of specialist talks throughout its duration. The small Aboriginal community of Yirrkala lies 4,560km north-east of Perth in Arnhem Land on the Gulf of Carpenteria. The local Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre is home to a powerhouse of internationally-recognised artists whose Yolngu (language) and culture stems from their deep connection to land and sea. This exhibition features intricate ancestral stories of creation painted with ochre and earth pigments using human-hair brushes onto cured and prepared bark. The resulting pattern of layers of individual strokes is readable to those with knowledge of place and moiety. Spanning the two Engine Rooms at Turner Galleries, the exhibition will also feature paintings of desert flora themes by Selina Teece Pwerl and Bernadine Johnson Kemarre from the eastern central desert, accompanied by a selection of exquisite weaves by Noongar bush sculptor Janine McAullay Bott.

Where: Turner Galleries, 470 William Street Northbridge.

Cost: free.

More information: visit here , email or call Anna on 0418 900 954.


English Conversation Clubs and Classes


Various days and times; see below

If you’re interested in practicing your English in a supportive environment, consider joining one of these clubs or classes. The sessions are free and welcome anyone from any background or level of English. There are no prerequisites to attend. Go along, practice your English and make some new friends.


English Conversation Classes - Mandurah


Every Monday, 4:00pm-5:00pm

English Conversation Classes Mandurah; a different topic will be covered each week in this free, friendly program with a lesson-style format.

Where: Mandurah Library, 331 Pinjarra Road Mandurah.

Cost: free.

More information: visit here or call 9550 3650.


Social English Club – Ballajura Library


Every Thursday until 20 April 2017, 10:00am-11:30am

Social English Club at Ballajura Library; practice English with friends by talking about a wide range of topics and enjoying tea or coffee and cake.

Where: Ballajura Public Library, corner Kingfisher Avenue and Illawarra Crescent Ballajura.

Cost: free.

More information: visit here , email or call 9207 8686.


Social English Club - Altone Park Library


Every second Friday from 28 April to 9 June 2017, 10:00am-11:30am

Social English Club at Altone Park Library; practice English with friends by talking about a wide range of topics and enjoying tea or coffee and cake.

Where: Altone Park Public Library, 332 Benara Road Beechboro.

Cost: free.

More information: visit here , email or call 9207 8585.


Social English Club - Midland


Every Friday until 9 June 2017, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Social English Club at Midland; practice English with friends by talking about a wide range of topics and enjoying tea or coffee and cake.

Where: Midland Public Library, 45 Helena Street Midland.

Cost: free.

More information: visit here , email or call 9267 9020.


Refugee Speakers


Friday 28 April 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm

The Amnesty International WA Scarborough Group will be holding a refugee rights speakers event focused on the personal experiences of refugees, both before and since their moves to Perth. The event will feature three guest speakers: Ali Khan and Wahida Samim, who both arrived in Australia as refugees from Afghanistan, and Veronica Ribbons, who will be speaking about her experiences visiting a United Nations Human Rights Commission refugee camp in Kenya. The event will be hosted by the wonderful Perth local comedian Cameron McClaren.

Where: Wembley Downs Uniting Church, 130 Calais Road Wembley Downs.

Cost: suggested donation $5.

More information: email or call 0434 921 701.


Australian Dance Week 2017: Dance Day


Saturday 29 April 2017, 3:00pm-9:00pm

Presented by Ausdance WA, Act-Belong-Commit and MRA and supported by The City of Perth, Dance Day is the official launch event to celebrate Australian Dance Week in WA. For the first time in 2017, Ausdance WA will combine two of their largest annual events to present one huge day of dance. The curated stage performance from 3-5pm will feature more than 15 performance groups as well offering a workshop during the interval and a live drumming finale for all to join in and celebrate! In the evening, the focus will shift off stage for Trigger, an outdoor dance-karaoke jam. Trigger lets you nominate the playlist and uses interactive software to project your grooving body live onto the LED screen in a variety of animated forms. Also featuring live flash-mob performances from Perth’s urban dance community, Dance Day encourages trained and untrained bodies to get up and dance to their favourite tunes under the stars.

Where: James Street Amphitheatre, Perth Cultural Centre, 47 James Street Mall Perth.

Cost: free.

More information: visit Facebook here or call 9322 6101.


Get To Know Your Libraries and Community Centres


Various days and times; see below

Check out just a few of the recurring events happening at some of the libraries and community centers around WA. Don’t forget to keep an eye on your own local library’s or city council’s website for more.


Hour of Code - Mandurah


Every Sunday until 25 June 2017, 11:00am-2:00pm

Hour of Code in the Digital Hub at Mandurah Library; are you interested in learning how to code? Do you want to make your own Star Wars game or build your own Minecraft world?

Pop into the Digital Hub and you can learn how! During a one-hour tutorial, learn the coding skills to create your own games. The tutorials will walk you through coding step-by-step with some hints and tips from expert Disney engineers and designers or other computer coding whizzes. Open to all ages.

Where: Mandurah Library, 331 Pinjarra Road Mandurah.

Cost: free.

More information: visit here , email or call 9550 3650.


Games Afternoon - Forresfield


Every Monday, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Games afternoons at Forrestfield Library; includes Scrabble, Cards, Upwords, Yahtzee, Dominoes and many more, and is welcoming for all ages.

Where: Forrestfield Library, 3 Salix Way Forrestfield.

Cost: free.

More information: visit here , email  or call 9257 9975.


Knit ‘n’ Yarn Group - Forrestfield


Every Tuesday, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Knit 'n' Yarn Group at Forrestfield Library; work on your own knitting or crocheting projects as well as meet others with similar interests. Hooks and yarn will also be on hand for those who wish to make beanies for the homeless and cancer patients. All skill levels welcome.

Where: Forrestfield Library, 3 Salix Way Forrestfield.

Cost: free.

More information: visit here , email or call 9257 9975.


Crafternoons – Osborne Park


Every Tuesday, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Crafternoons at Osborne Park Community Centre; gives senior ‘crafters’ a chance to socialise while engaging in their favourite craft. You’ll meet lots of friendly people who are keen to craft away with knitting, crochet, sewing, drawing and more while enjoying a chat.

Where: Osborne Park Community Centre, 11 Royal Street Osborne Park.

Cost: gold coin donation; suitable for seniors.

More information: visit here or call 9205 7940.


Make it Yourself – Clarkson Library


Every Wednesday, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Make It Yourself Sessions at Clarkson Library; adults are invited to this open make session. Bring along your own arts and crafts projects to create on the day. Everything from paper crafts to needlework is possible. Get inspired by learning new skills from other local community members.

Where: Clarkson Library, corner Ebb Way and Ocean Keys Boulevard Clarkson.

Cost: free; bookings essential.

More information: visit here or call 9407 1600.


Book Chat – Fremantle Library


Third Saturday of every month, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Weekend Book Chat at Fremantle Library; head along and join the weekend book chat and discuss what you've been reading with other eager adult readers.

Where: Fremantle Library, 8 William Street Fremantle.

Cost: free.

More information: visit here , email or call 9432 9766.


Social Meet-Up For Game Lovers


Every Sunday, 3:00pm-5:00pm

This weekly meet-up at The Nostalgia Box is for anyone who wants to meet new people and enjoys playing old-school video games. The Nostalgia Box is an interactive gaming museum located in Northbridge. The social group will run one Sunday afternoon of each month and is open to anyone. If you're interested in having someone to share a game with and perhaps meet some like-minded people, go and join in!

Where: The Nostalgia Box, Shop 3/16 Aberdeen Street Perth.

Cost: adult $15; concession $13; under 15 years $10.

More information: visit here , email or call 9227 7377.


Meditation WA Classes


Various days and times; see below

Meditation WA, the West Australian branch of the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga, is a non-sectarian, non-profit community based organisation dedicated to spreading meditative practices around WA. All of the teachers volunteer their time. Classes are free - although donations are always welcome - and open to all. 


Kirtan Meditation Class - Karawara


Every Sunday, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Kirtan Meditation Class; beautiful, heartfelt singing of Sacred Yoga Meditation sounds accompanied by harmonium and guitar will transport you to a place of peace and harmony, relieving your stress and helping you attain inner peace. It’s best to wear comfortable clothing and in winter something warm is a good idea.

Where: George Burnett Leisure Centre Meeting Room 4, Manning Road Karawara.

Cost: free.

More information: visit here , email or call 1800 770 378.


Meditation and Relaxation Classes - Karawara


Every Thursday, 7:30pm-8:30pm

Meditation and Relaxation Classes; Learn meditation and relaxation techniques from Tai Chi and Yoga to relieve stress and create inner harmony. There will be some class techniques but most techniques you can practice at home for added benefit. It's best to wear comfortable shoes and clothing; something that you would do light exercise in. There are mats and blankets to use but you can bring your own exercise mat and blanket or pillow if preferred.

Where: George Burnett Leisure Centre Meeting Room 4, Manning Road Karawara.

Cost: free.

More information: visit here , email or call 1800 770 378.


Kalamunda Village Market


First Saturday of every month, 8:00am-2:00pm

The Kalamunda Village Market is one of Perth's premium markets with over 150 stalls of makers and growers. The markets have been running for over 15 years and are right in the middle of the beautiful Kalamunda township and the Kalamunda hills. It is run by the Rotary club of Kalamunda and all money raised is donated to local and international projects.

Where: Kalamunda Town Square, Central Road Kalamunda.

Cost: free.

More information: visit here or call 0408 953 496.


Writers Bloc: Write Here Monthly Event


First Saturday of every month, 11:00am-2:00pm

Are you ready to kick writing's butt? Or do you want to catch up with literary folk in a place with good coffee? Well, you can do both at #WriteHere. Write Here is an opportunity to get some writing done. It's not a critique group but we'll happily discuss your ideas at the end of the session. If you're interested in getting some feedback on your work, is a great place to get it.

Where: Centre for Stories, 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge.

Cost: donations welcomed on the day.

More information: visit here, book your spot , email or call 9328 1443.


Binding Red Cross Clothing Sale


Saturday 20 May 2017, 9:00am-3:00pm

The Red Cross Clothing Sale is a huge sale of new and gently pre-loved designer labels, vintage treasures, fabulous jumble and stunning accessories for men, women and children. All money raised goes to support local Red Cross services.

  • The sale is divided into three sections:
  • Op shop where good quality clothing can be found for under $15
  • Emporium which stocks vintage treasures and an eclectic collection of accessories
  • Boutique which sells designer labels and top quality clothing

Where: Claremont Showgrounds, 1 Graylands Road Claremont.

Cost: free entry to op shop and emporium; $2 entry to boutique.

More information: visit here , email or call 9225 1966.


Wundowie Iron Festival


Sunday 21 May 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm

Wundowie was the birthplace of WA’s iron ore industry and this unique event celebrates the heritage of the area. During the Wundowie Iron Festival, Wundowie Oval comes to life with iron sculptures, paintings and photography, as well as kids activities, stalls and much more!

Where: Wundowie Oval, Boronia Avenue Wundowie.

Cost: free.

More information: visit here.


Mental Health Careers Seminar


Tuesday 23 May 2017, 4:30pm-7:30pm

Mental health is a growing sector in Australia. With one in five Australians experiencing a mental illness every year, organisations look for skilled, compassionate and recovery-oriented staff to undertake a diverse number of support roles. This event is suitable for all existing and potential mental health workers interested in exploring career opportunities, asking questions of employers and learning about new roles.This event includes:

  • Panel of employers, ready to take your questions
  • Presentations by sector workers and consumers
  • Opportunity to participate in discussions on career topics
  • Overview of training and education opportunities
  • Tips for finding mental health job opportunities
  • Networking with sector professionals
  • Light refreshments and take-away information

Where: 1 Nash Street, Perth 6000.

Cost: 2017 WAAMH Cert IV students free; WAAMH members $5; non-members $15; registration essential.

More information: visit here or email


2017 Perth International Jazz Festival


Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May 2017; times vary according to act

The Perth International Jazz Festival makes its much anticipated return to the city for its fifth consecutive year. Presented by Brookfield, over 40 incredible jazz performances will take place across various venues throughout Perth and York. The three-day festival will feature a blend of ticketed and free community events by a host of celebrated local, national and international jazz artists.

Where: various locations throughout Perth and York.

Cost: varies according to act.

More information: visit website here or Facebook page here.


Human Rights Arts and Film Festival - Australian Shorts


Thursday 1 June 2017, 6:30pm-8:20pm

The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) is a not-for-profit arts organisation that explores diverse and inspiring human stories through the mediums of film, art, music and forums. HRAFF inspires and engages audiences with social justice and human rights issues via an annual festival and year-round through our CineSeeds program, our online networks and partners. HRAFF is an independent organisation which is not aligned or affiliated with any political party or religious group. Australian Shorts is a collection of sophisticated, sensitive and surprising cinematic gems from Australia’s finest short-filmmakers.

Where: Luna on SX, 13 Essex Street Fremantle.

Cost: $20.

More information: visit here , email or call (03) 9629 9944.

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