Community Diary

Family Tree

Yarra Glen’s living and learning centre is hosting a presentation on how to get started creating a family tree. Experienced archivist and historian, Cathy Dodson, will share some effective genealogical research techniques to find your ancestors and see how to build a reliable family tree from your discoveries. Inquiries:


HEWI are hosting a childrens’ waterbug workshop on Saturday 21 March, 10-12pm at Healesville Living and Learning Centre. Learn how to collect and identify local waterbugs. Some are platypus food and what they find can tell how healthy the waterway is. $10 per child, 5-16 yrs. BYO morning snack. Bookings: 5962 5115.

Alpha Healesville

Is there more to life than this? Discover the Alpha 10 week course starting on Monday 20 April, 7pm at 11 Symons Street, Healesville. Free coffee and cake. For more information visit

Family tennis

Healesville Tennis Club is hosting Hot Shots Community Play tennis for beginners every Thursday for February and March. Commencing on 27 February from 3.30pm. Inquiries: 5962 3639

EACH Healesville

Healesville’s EACH are hoping to connect with NDIS funded participants for arts and craft activities. The art group takes place on Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm, while the craft group operates on Wednesdays from 1pm to 3.30pm with no experience necessary. EACH is located at 1 Badger Creek Road, Healesville. Inquires: 5967 5800.

DV-alert training

Lifeline will be delivering the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander DV-Alert training in Healesville, on the 30-31 March at Healesville RSL at 9am-5pm. DV-Alert is a two day training opportunity for people working in frontline community services sector, education, health and allied health professionals that enables workers to recognise, respond and refer potential clients that may be going through domestic and family violence. Visit:


Healesville Badminton Club is on the lookout for new players to join their small and friendly club. The club plays social games at the Scouts Hall on Wednesdays 9-11am. Cost is $5 and all skill levels are welcome. Enquiries: 5962 2885

Open Court Sessions

Healesville Tennis Club is hosting Open Court Sessions – a new, fun, social format suitable for all skill levels with food and drink included. Book a session now at

Barefoot Bowls.

Enjoy an evening of barefoot bowls at Yarra Junction Bowling Club every Friday between 6.30-8.30pm. The bar will be open and there will be a sausage sizzle and music.The Club will supply all necessary sports equipment and green fees of $5 apply. Please wear flat shoes or bare feet and comfortable casual clothing.

HICCI dinner

HICCI are hosting a community dinner every Tuesday at 5.30pm, featuring a free two course meal at the Darron Honey Centre, rear of Healesville Uniting Church. Everyone is welcome.

Over 50’s friendship group

A new community group for older people in the Yarra Valley has been created with the purpose of enabling people to get together and develop new friendships. The Over 50’s Friendship Group is a place to share knowledge, enjoy card and board games and to have a chat. Group meets every Monday at the Yarraburn Senior Citizens Centre at 1.30pm.

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. Inquiries: 5962 1890.

Probus for men

The Men’s Probus Club of Healesville meet every Third Thursday of the month at 9.30am at St Brigid’s Church Hall. Enjoy fellowship and interesting guest speakers with like minded people. Inquiries: 0409 930 750.

Probus Mixed Club

The Probus Club of Upper Yarra meets every first Wednesday of the month at 9.30am in the Yarra Junction Bowling Club. They welcome both men and women who are either semi-retired or retired, and are looking for a stimulating start to each month. The club has many other regular activities such as cards, outings, and caravanning. Inquiries: 0417 000 945.

Girl Guides

Healesville Girl Guides now meet at the Healesville Scout Hall on Tuesday nights from 6pm. Girls aged 5+ are welcome.

Pathways for carers

The Pathways for Carers project offers carers of people with a disability or mental illness an opportunity to share walks together and to learn more about support and services available. The group meets every fourth Wednesday of every month at Beechworth Bakery. Inquiries: 5962 5982.

Badger community meeting

Badger Community Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm 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. Inquiries: 5962 3713.

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: 5962 1550.

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. Inquiries: 5962 3287.

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