Community Corner - August 2017

Community Corner - August 2017

Community Corner

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


Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Tax Help Centre

Sunday 27 August to Tuesday 31 October 2017, 9:00am-5:00pm

The Town of Victoria Park’s Digital Hub is partnering with the ATO to run the Tax Help program. Tax Help is a network of trained volunteers who help people prepare their returns at tax time each year. Volunteers are recruited from the general community and the ATO oversees the recruitment, training, accreditation and support. The program is designed to help people on low incomes with basic individual tax returns. Tax Help volunteers can assist eligible taxpayers in the following areas:

  • Completing straightforward personal tax returns using myTax.
  • Completing applications for refund of imputation credits.
  • Completing a non-lodgment advice for those who do not need to submit a tax return.

Where: Town of Victoria Park Digital Hub, 1 Harper Street Victoria Park

Cost: contact organiser for details

More information: visit website, email or call 9329 4238


MiLi's Made-It Market at Whiteman Park

Sunday 27 August 2017, 10:00am-3:00pm

A new family market has arrived from the trusted MiLi Markets Team, featuring quality handmade only stalls and tasty food vendors. Come and view WA's best in artisan crafts and foods. With free activities for kids and live music, this market makes a great addition to your family day out. Whiteman Park won't disappoint with a huge playground, train rides, water playground, cafe, walk trails and more!

Where: Whiteman Park, Lot 99A Lord Street Whiteman

Cost: free

More information: visit Facebook page, email or call 0420 939 783


Isomalt Demo

Tuesday 29 August 2017, 11:30am-12:15pm

Isomalt is a sugar substitute used to create beautiful glass-like decorations, perfect for decorating cakes and other sweet treats. Come along to a demonstration of how to prepare and create with Isomalt.

Where: Bake Boss Jandakot, 14/233 Berrigan Drive Jandakot

Cost: $5

More information: visit website or call 6555 2969


Finding Your Family

Monday 28 August 2017, 9:00am-3:00pm

Family history research volunteers from our Birtwistle Local Studies Library will be available to help you get started on your family research, or possibly assist you with your ‘road block’, in this special 60 minute session. Bring along any information you have that might provide clues for making your discoveries. These include details such as the names and relationships of relatives and marriage or birth certificates. 

Where: Seville Grove Library, 78 Champion Drive Seville Grove

Cost: free; bookings essential

More information: visit website or call 9394 5800


Urban Forest Canopy Plan Community Forum

Thursday 31 August 2017, 5:30pm-7:00pm

Where have the trees gone? What does the City plan to do? What can you do? The next step to growing the City of Belmont's urban forest is to develop an operation plan called the Canopy Plan. Join us at the City's Urban Forest Canopy Plan Community Forum this month, hosted by ABC TV's Josh Byrne. Light refreshments provided.

Where: City of Belmont Civic Centre, 215 Wright Street Cloverdale

Cost: free

More information: visit website or call 9477 7257


The Reclink Community Cup

Sunday 3 September 2017, gates open 12:00pm

The annual Perth Reclink Community Cup, a much loved Aussie Rules charity match that pits musicians against media, is back for its third year in WA, this year taking place on the hollowed grounds of Fremantle Oval. With humble beginnings that steadily grew to a highly successful regular event on Melbourne’s annual calendar, the Community Cup’s achievements are now being replicated around the country with community radio stations and local media in each state joining together to go head to head with local musicians in what is a family friendly, entertaining day of grassroots football and live music.

Where: Fremantle Oval, Fairbarn Street Fremantle

Cost: $15 plus booking fee; children under 15 free

More information: visit website or book tickets


Money Matters - Managing your Money

Tuesday 5 September 2017, 6:00pm-7:30pm

This session provides information on:

  • Personal financial planning 
  • Setting goals for the future 
  • Long term needs 
  • Reducing debt 
  • Protecting assets

Where: Armadale Library, Armadale Central Shopping Centre, 64/10 Orchard Avenue Armadale

Cost: free; bookings essential

More information: visit website or call 9394 5125


The Love Junkies at The Bird

Friday 8 September 2017, 8:00pm start

Following on from launches in Perth and Melbourne, Gosnells locals The Love Junkies continue their ‘Cough and Splutter’EP tour in Northbridge small bar The Bird, with special guests Childsaint and New Nausea.

Where: The Bird, 181 William Street Northbridge

Cost: $10

More information: visit website, the Facebook page, email or call 6142 3513


Defence Against the Digital Dark Arts - CryptoParty

Tuesday 12 September 2017, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Learn how to protect your privacy online in a relaxed, friendly environment. This CryptoParty will look at basic encryption, TOR and VPNs. Bring your devices and learn about privacy and protecting yourself online. Refreshment will be provided.

Where: Armadale Library, Armadale Central Shopping Centre, 64/10 Orchard Avenue Armadale

Cost: free

More information: visit website


Yokayi Waarbiny Wer Malayin Djin-djin - Celebrate Art And Cultural Spirit

Thursday 14 September to Saturday 7 October 2017, 10:00am-4:00pm

Following on from the very successful inaugural exhibition in 2016, The City of Wanneroo, in collaboration with Edith Cowan University and Girrawheen Senior High School, are proud to present Yokayi Waarbiny Wer Malayin Djin-Djin (Celebrate Art and Cultural Spirit). The exhibition will feature new works from Aboriginal girls from Years 7 to 11 and will include textiles, sculpture, eco dying, painting and photography. The girls will again be mentored and taught by both upcoming and leading art professionals including Jess Hart, Curtis Taylor and longtime Tracey Moffatt collaborator, Gary Hillberg. The program aims to improve the education, discipline and self-esteem of young Aboriginal women through art and has provided many different and wonderful learning opportunities for the students.

Where: Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way Wanneroo

Cost: free

More information: visit website or call 9405 5940


Raw: Radiant

Thursday 14 September 2017, 6:30pm-10:00pm

RAW is an indie arts organisation for artists, by artists. They focus on spotlighting indie underground talent for the public. Every second month they hand-select and showcase 40+ Perth artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, hair and make up for a one-night creative explosion!

Where: Rosemount Hotel, 459 Fitzgerald Street North Perth

Cost: $20 plus booking fee

More information: visit websiteemail or call 9328 7062


What Bird is That?

Saturday 16 September 2017, 8:00am-9:30am

Ever wondered which bird makes that particular cackling call or chirping chorus when you're out in nature? Well here is your chance to find out! Join the experts from Birdlife WA for a chance to spot and hear a raucous array of native birds that call Bold Park home and learn more about this precious piece of natural bushland. During the walk, you will also learn about the special links between birds and plants and how they rely on each other to survive. Don’t forget your binoculars, or borrow some for a gold coin donation.

Where: WA Ecology Centre, 165 Perry Lakes Drive City Beach

Cost: free

More information: visit website, email or call 9480 3600


Hensman Street Kindy 40th Anniversary

Sunday 17 September, 9:00am-12:00pm

Join Hensman Street Kindy in celebrating their anniversary with face painting, a bouncy castle, craft activities and baby animals. There will be a special memorabilia area for those who have been a part of the school over the years. Tea, coffee and breakfast rolls will be available.

Where: Hensman Street Kindergarten, 46 Hensman Street South Perth

Cost: free

More information: visit website or email


Seed Saving Workshop

Tuesday 19 September 2017, 5:15pm-7:15pm

Presented by Charles Otway of Terra Perma Design, a Chemical Engineer who has turned his brain and passions towards teaching sustainable gardening, this workshop will teach you all the basics of seed saving and potentially contribute to the overall health and variety of our food crops. In this workshop participants will learn what seeds to buy, how plants make more seeds, and how to save those seeds. We will discuss terms like open pollinated, heirloom, and hybrid and learn which seeds to save, harvesting, processing, and storing/labelling them for future use and sharing. Participants are encouraged to bring along some seeds to process at the workshop, but this is not compulsory.

Where: Ballajura Public Library, Corner Kingfisher Avenue and Illawarra Crescent Ballajura

Cost: free; bookings essential

More information: visit website, email or call 9207 8686


Computer Coding Sessions for Kids

Thursday 21 September 2017, 3:30pm-5:00pm

These sessions are for beginners who are interested in learning how to use The Scratch Program to create stories, animations and games. Bring your own laptop (not an iPad or Tablet) with WiFi connectivity and charging cables and enjoy Stirling's free WiFi to create stories, animations and games at your own pace. Parental supervision is required for the duration of the event and parents are welcome to get involved.

Where: Osborne Library, 9 Royal Street Tuart Hill

Cost: free; bookings essential

More information: book tickets or call 9205 7900


Mosaic Capture Day

Saturday 23 September 2017, all day

Propel Youth Arts WA invites all residents of WA to capture a photo over a 24-hour period on Saturday 23 September. Now in its fifth year, MOSAIC is an all-inclusive and entirely community driven photography project that explores the collective memory of Western Australians over the course of a day. Beach days, breakfast dates, football games, weddings, dog walks, sunsets and storms; Propel wants to know what a day in WA looks like from your perspective.

Here’s how to get involved:

1) REGISTER | 8th August - 22nd September

Register your interest in the project via the website. You can opt in to receive a free text message reminder about the photo day.

2) CAPTURE | Saturday 23 September

Capture a highlight from your day on your camera, smart phone, tablet or any other photography device. You can also use the hashtag #mosaicprojectwa to share your photo through social media.

3) SUBMIT | September 23 - 30 September

Propel will email you a link to the submission page as well as release the link on their web page.

4) ATTEND THE EXHIBITION | 29 October - 7 November

Every single image submitted will be displayed in a breathtaking free public exhibition. That's right: your image will be displayed in a professional exhibition for everyone to see, so make sure to bring your friends and family!

Where: all over Western Australia

Cost: free

More information: visit website, email or call 9329 5855


140 Thursday - Thriller Edition

Thursday 28 September 2017, 11:30am-2:30pm

As part of the 140 Thursday series, a thrilling outbreak of zombies will take over the streets and laneways of the 140 precinct. These upcoming school holidays will be filled with free popcorn, free zombie face painting and all things ‘Michael Jackson’ for kids and adults alike! The crew from The Dance Collective will be holding free Thriller and Moonwalk dance classes at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm at Postal Place (located between Brotzeit and Bam Bam Boo). DJ Yon Jovi will round out the day by taking to the decks to play all your fave Michael Jackson classics. A wide variety of retailers within the 140 precinct will also offer up $5 food and drink specials from individual food carts within the laneways. Visitors can expect lunchtime treats from East Village, Nandos, Ribs & Burgers, Brotzeit, Roll’d, Bam Bam Boo and Jamie’s Italian. Finish off the day with a sweet treat from MOP Donuts, Max & Sons or Koko Black or even grab a fresh coconut or cold pressed juice from Beehive and browse through 140’s retail stores like Forever New and Cotton On. The 140 Thriller Thursday is a great opportunity to bring the kids into the city for a cost effective, fun day out, or perhaps you just want to let your inner child run free for a few hours!

Where: 140 Perth, 140 William Street Perth

Cost: free

More information: visit website


AWESOME Festival

Saturday 30 September to Monday 9 October 2017, 10:00am-4:00pm

Incite your curiosity, inspire creativity and intensify your connectivity with the world at the 2017 AWESOME Festival. The Perth Cultural Centre will come alive this October school holidays as the AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things brings the best in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, visual arts and more from around the world right to your doorstep. It’s ideal for children aged 0-12.

Where: Perth Cultural Centre, 47 James Street Mall Perth

Cost: free and ticketed events; see website below

More information: visit website, email or call 9328 9666


Golf Month

Sunday 1 to Tuesday 31 October 2017, 9:00am-6:00pm

Throughout the month of October, golf clubs and facilities across the country will throw open their doors and welcome people to take part in a Golf Month activity. Golf Month is a nationwide celebration of golf, so whether you’re new to the game, returning from a break or playing occasionally, there’s something for everyone. A range of activities for all ages and abilities will be on offer, including come-and-try clinics, women’s programs, open days, family days, MyGolf junior programs and more. You can participate in Golf Month by heading to a driving range or a nine-hole facility, giving Swing Fit a go or trying fun different formats of the game such as footgolf, speedgolf, pitch and putt, urban golf and disc golf. If you’re a passionate golfer you may be able to win some awesome prizes in our Golf Month competition simply by sharing the golf bug with friends and family.

Where: various venues around Perth

Cost: free; bookings required

More information: visit website, email or call (03) 9626 5050


Primal Connection Artist Talk

Thursday 19 October 2017, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Spend an intriguing evening with local artist Trev Blyth as he shares his long time interest in tribal cultures and their associated symbolism and mythology. View and discuss his latest works, join in a question and answer segment and stay for coffee and cake.

Where: Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM), 63 Ormsby Terrace Mandurah

Cost: contact organiser for details

More information: visit website or call 9550 3989


Garage Sale Trail

Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 October 2017, 8:00am-4:00pm

Garage Sale Trail is a free festival of over 10,000 garage sales that happens annually in communities across Australia. It’s fast becoming a national movement of reuse-loving, community minded individuals who come together on one weekend to clear out their pre-loved stuff, find treasure, meet the neighbours and have some fun. Garage Sale Trail is powered by 150+ local councils, like-minded partners and over 350,000 Australians. Whether you’re looking to declutter or make some money, love the search for a unique bargain or just want to take part in a fun community event, get involved.

Where: all over Western Australia; check the website closer to the date

Cost: free

More information: visit website


Etnia Latina, Festival - Culture, Dance and Tradition

Sunday 22 October 2017, 11:00am-6:00pm

Immerse yourself in the food, music and culture of Latin America at the Etnia Latina Festival. There’ll be plenty for all the family to enjoy, including a traditional costume competition, performances, live music and mouth-watering food from Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Argentine, Mexico and Caribbean Islands. The event celebrates the diversity of Latin American communities.

Where: Curtin University, Kent Street Bentley 

Cost: $10 pre-booked, $15 at the door

More information: visit website, email or call 0487 641 034

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