Community Diary

Secrets of prophecy

Free seminar series Secrets of Prophecy is starting on 3 August at 2pm at the Redwood Community Centre, 3505 Warburton Highway, Warburton, and continuing throughout August. Archeologist Gary Kent, speaker and director of The Incredible Journey, will be presenting live. The sessions will run on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Inquiries: 0424 002 551

Community spotlight walk

Guests can join HEWI members for an evening stroll in a local park to learn about nocturnal wildlife from 7pm to 9pm on Saturday 3 August at Donnelly’s Weir, Healesville. BYO torch. Participation is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Bookings are required: 5962 5115 or

Homeless Week 2019

Homeless Week 2019 is being launched on Monday 5 August at 10.30am at the David Wilkinson Pavilion, 33 Market Street, Lilydale. Housing Ends Homelessness will be the theme and there’ll be a guest speaker from the Council for Homeless People. Lunch will follow the launch.

Soup and speaker

Badger Creek Old School will host a community gathering with special guest speakers at 6pm on Tuesday 6 August. Kevin Mason will share some of the history of Badger Creek and Karen Garth will speak about the fauna in the area. RSVP: 0408 782 254 or

Yinga indigenous concert

The Yinga concert at The Memo on Sunday 11 August at 2pm will celebrate the International Year of First Nations’ Languages. Guests will hear songs from indigenous cultures performed by the new Yinga choir and local primary school choirs. Tickets: 1300 368 333

Bottling fruit

Len Rayner from Rayners Orchard will provide hints on the best techniques for fruit bottling and how participants can get the best out of their fruit crop at a class at 2pm on Monday 12 August at Yarra Junction Library. Bookings: 9800 6462

Volunteer drivers needed

Anglicare Victoria is looking for caring, dependable volunteers who can spare a few hours a month to provide assistance transporting children to and from school and other extra-curricular activities. Training, support and reimbursements provided. Prospective volunteers can learn more at the next Friends Volunteer Training Night on Tuesday 13 August, 6.30pm to 9.30pm at 47-51 Castella Street, Lilydale. Call 1300 889 335 to register.

Pop-up playground

Woori Yallock Preschool will be holding a ‘prepare for preschool’ event featuring pop-up playgrounds. Parents can bring their child to meet staff and join in free preschool activities including story time, sand play, block play, imaginary play, music, art and outdoor play at 2.30pm on 14 August. Inquiries:

HICCI trivia

HICCI is hosting a trivia night at Liberty Family Church on 17 August at 7.30pm. Entry is $15 with prizes on offer. All funds raised support the work of HICCI. Inquiries: 0411 625 426

Writers and rhythm

Heartfelt music, stories and supper will warm guests at the next Writers and Rhythm night on Friday 23 August at the Healesville Uniting Church at 7.30pm. The event will celebrate local writers and musicians, Ian Harris, SASS, Sandy Jeffs and the Robbie Greig Trio. Tickets at the door.

HICCI 30th birthday

HICCI is inviting the public to its 2019 annual general meeting at Healesville Uniting Church on Sunday 25 August at 6.30pm. The event coincides with HICCI’s 30th birthday. Inquiries: 5911 6000

Lunch with a VIEW

The next Yarra Valley VIEW Club lunch will take place at the Yering Meadows Golf Club at 12pm Tuesday 27 August. Inquiries: 0419 007 728

Lighthouse Grand Prix

The Lighthouse Grand Prix veterans race is coming up at 1pm on 31 August at the Liberty Family Church for past members of the Lighthouse Club and friends. Inquiries: 0419 506 200

Probus welcome

The Valley Ladies of Healesville Probus Club meets every third Monday of the month at 11am in the seniors club rooms at River Street, Healesville. Probus clubs are for semi or retired people looking to keep their minds active and expand their interests. Call 5962 1890 for more information.

Badger Community Meeting

Badger Community Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 4pm to 5.15pm at the Badger Creek Old School. Local people work together to make Badger Creek even better. All welcome.

Probus ladies

The Healesville Ladies Probus Club meets every third Friday of the month at 10am in the Senior Citizens Hall. Attendees can enjoy making new friends who will enrich their life in retirement. There’s no fund-raising involved and new members will be made very welcome. Call Nancy on 5962 3713.

Community choir

Those who love to sing can join the friendly locals singing their hearts out at the new Healesville Community Choir on the first and third weeks of the month at Healesville High School at 7pm. Call Monica on 0417 904 862 for dates and more information.

Bingo and social activities

Healesville Senior Citizens Club is seeking senior members of the public who would be interested in meeting new people to come along and join their activities. Bingo is held every Friday afternoon from 1pm to 3.30pm and general club meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, featuring lunch and entertainment. Inquiries: Ken 5962 1550.

Probus for men

Join the Men’s Probus Club of Healesville every third Thursday of the month at St Bridget’s Hall at 9.30am for morning tea and to hear a guest speaker. Inquiries: 0409 030 750.

Grieving parent support

In support with Compassionate Friends of Victoria, a social luncheon group meets in Healesville on the third Wednesday of each month for parents who have lost a child. Call Mary on 5962 3287 for more information.

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