Community Corner - June 2017

Community Corner - June 2017

Community Corner

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

Scholastic Children's Book Sale

Friday 23 June 2017, 8:00am-5:00pm

A pop-up book shop is coming to Hilton for one day only! Take a massive 50-90% off all children's books. A large selection of fantastic children’s books will be on sale including paperback novels, picture books, activity items and much more. Don’t miss this opportunity to restock your bookshelves and classrooms - everyone is welcome!

Where: Fremantle PCYC, 34 Paget Street Hilton

Cost: free

More information: visit their Facebook page


Fête de la Musique

Sunday 25 June 2017, 2:00pm-6:00pm

The Alliance Française de Perth, in collaboration with Novotel, is organising La Fête de la Musique 2017, with live bands, singers and musicians providing free entertainment throughout the afternoon. It’s based on the Fête de la Musique (or World Music Day) held in France each year, which is a popular music festival celebrated in a cheerful and festive atmosphere by both amateur and professional musicians who often perform in the streets, squares, gardens or courtyards. 

Where: Novotel Perth Langley, 221 Adelaide Terrace Perth 

Cost: free

More information: visit their website, email or call 9386 7921


Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Monday 26 June 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm

Gather, share, give. Join with the local community to enjoy a delicious morning tea and help to raise funds to fight cancer. One in every two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. One dollar at a time, you can make a real difference helping to fund Cancer Council's vital work. 

Where: Kenwick Public Library, 82 Kenwick Road Kenwick

Cost: by donation; all funds raised will go to the Cancer Council

More information: visit website, email or call 9397 3099


Support a Mate

Tuesday 27 June 2017, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Many of us don’t know what to say or do when a friend is facing a tough time. Join the Beat the Winter Blues series where you will be taught how to reach out and offer support when a mate is doing it tough and be offered some communication tools and tips. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Where: Hovea Room, Wellard Community Centre, corner Runnymede Gate and The Strand Wellard

Cost: free; registration essential

More information: visit website , email  or call 9439 0226


Discovery Session - Bibbulmun Track for Beginners

Wednesday 28 June 2017, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Everything you need to know to get you started on our world class walking track - the Bibbulmun Track - will be covered in this session. Steve Sertis, events manager and lead guide for the Bibbulmun Track Foundation, has completed six end-to-end journeys, taken hundreds of children and adults on Bibbulmun Track events and has been a track maintenance volunteer since 1997. Steve has a wealth of bushwalking experience and a profound knowledge of the Bibbulmun Track. Refreshments will be provided. 

Where: Duncraig Library, corner Warwick Road and Marmion Avenue Duncraig

Cost: $4

More information: visit website or call 9400 4751


Shed Your Winter Coat Appeal

Every day until 2 July 2017, times vary according to Karrinyup Shopping Centre opening times.

The Salvation Army and Karrinyup Shopping Centre are calling on the people of Perth to donate a piece of warm clothing - including coats, jackets, jumpers, baby and children’s clothing or new blankets and doonas - as a part of the eighth annual ‘Shed Your Winter Coat Appeal’. The donated items will assist individuals and families experiencing financial difficulties, unemployment and homelessness in Western Australia. By simply donating one warm item to the ‘Shed Your Winter Coat Appeal’, you will be making a big difference to those in desperate need during the winter months. All donated items must be in good condition, laundered and clean. The collection bin will be located at Karrinyup Shopping Centre in the centre court. The first 20 people to donate an item each day will receive a free coffee voucher, redeemable at selected café outlets in the centre.

Where: Karrinyup Shopping Centre, 200 Karrinyup Road Karrinyup

Cost: donations of clothing/bedding

More information: visit website , or to volunteer to collect donated items email Volunteer Coordinator Katrina Perera at or on 9260 9509 or 0407 552 017



Various days and times; see below

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July and is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. It’s an opportunity to recognize the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. Here are just a few of the various celebrations and activities that will take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week.

More information: check out their website


Flag Raising Ceremony

Monday 3 July 2017, 11:00am-1:00pm

All community members are invited to the City of Gosnells’ annual flag raising ceremony to formally celebrate the opening of NAIDOC Week across the city. This free event includes cultural performances, traditional food, special guest appearances, live music and the official raising of the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian flags.

Where: City of Gosnells Civic Centre, 2120 Albany Highway Gosnells

Cost: free; bookings essential

More information: visit website, email  or call 9397 3124


Children's Arts and Crafts

Monday 3 July and Wednesday 5 July 2017, 9:00am-11:00am

Take the children along to these free craft workshops and celebrate the rich and vibrant indigenous culture. The 2017 NAIDOC Week theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasize and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rights, through story and song.

Where: South Perth Public Library (Monday), corner South Terrace and Sandgate Street South Perth

Manning Library (Wednesday), 2 Conochie Crescent Manning

Cost: free

More information: for South Perth, visit website , email  or call 9474 0800

For Manning, visit website , email  or call 9474 0822


Traditional Dot Painting Workshop

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Get creative at an adult dot painting workshop presented by contemporary Aboriginal artist Jade Dolman Penangke. Learn about the history of Aboriginal symbols and create your own personal designs that can be applied to a canvas, stone, boomerang or foliage.

Where: Thornlie Public Library, 1 Culross Avenue Thornlie

Cost: free; bookings essential

More information: visit website , email  or call 9251 8750


Aboriginal Storytelling

Tuesday 4 July and Wednesday 5 July 2017, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Meet local Aboriginal Elder Elizabeth Hayden and listen to her stories, learnings and knowledge about Noongar country in the City of Gosnells Libraries as part of the NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Where: Amherst Village Public Library (Tuesday), 2 Holmes Street Southern River

Gosnells Knowledge Centre (Wednesday), 2232 Albany Highway Gosnells

Cost: free

More information: for Southern River, visit website , email or call 9498 9498

For Gosnells, visit website  , email  or call 9391 6000


Indigenous Culture and Craft

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 10:30am-11:30am

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with this free children’s event. Learn about Indigenous culture with local Leonard Thorn before making a boomerang or tapping sticks to take home.

Where: Coolbellup Public Library, 90 Cordelia Avenue Coolbellup

Cost: free

More information: book tickets here  or call 9411 3830



NAIDOC Family Day

Thursday 6 July 2017, 10:30am-3:00pm

NAIDOC Family Day is one of the best and largest NAIDOC Week events in Perth. Presented in partnership by Town of Bassendean and Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Inc., the event celebrates Aboriginal culture and shares knowledge, skills and resources that will benefit the Aboriginal community in regards to health, employment, arts and culture, sport and recreation and community services. NAIDOC Family Day promotes family and community, bringing together people from all ages and backgrounds and promoting recognition of the contribution of Aboriginal Australians in a variety of fields.

Where: Ashfield Reserve, Guildford Road Bayswater

Cost: free

More information: visit website  or email 


Song Workshop with J.D. Penangke

Friday 7 July 2017, 10:00am-11:00am

The theme of NAIDOC Week 2017 is ‘Our Languages Matter’ and to celebrate, Nyoongar artist J.D. Penangke will join the City of Vincent for a song workshop. In this cultural workshop, J.D. teaches Nyoongar culture through song and participants will learn about traditional gender roles, language, native animals and the traditional way of life.

Where: City of Vincent Library, 99 Loftus Street Leederville

Cost: free

More information: visit website , email  or call 9273 6090


Geocaching Community Workshop

Saturday 8 July 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm

Wheatbelt Science Hub presents this hands-on geocaching community workshop. Get outdoors and join the fun of geocaching - the worldwide treasure hunt!

  • Learn more about geocaching
  • See some exciting geocache designs
  • Take the challenge - try to find a cache
  • Build a geocache for the Wheatbelt Science Trail and have your name included in this exciting project launching soon
  • Giveaways
  • Nature Play WA passport challenge (limited number of passports available)
  • Food and refreshments included!

Where: Northam PCYC, 133 Wellington Street East Northam

Cost: children $3.50; adults $5.50; family (up to two adults and four children) $11

More information: visit website , book tickets , email  or call 9467 7871


Barn Babes

Monday 10 July 2017, 10:00am-10:30am

See, touch and interact with a variety of friendly baby animals from Barn Babes mobile animal farm! Suitable for all the family. Places are limited and bookings are essential.

Where: Seville Grove Library, 78 Champion Drive Seville Grove

Cost: free; bookings essential

More information: visit website , book tickets  or call 9394 5800


Lose Waste - Getting Started With Zero Waste Living

Wednesday 12 July 2017, 6:00pm-7:00pm

What is zero waste, and what does it mean to not produce any landfill? Lindsay Miles is a writer and speaker with years of experience living plastic free. Lindsay will share her no-waste journey and discuss options in Perth to reduce waste by refusing and reusing. Lindsay will talk about simple swaps, the process of change and how to set yourself up for quick wins and building momentum. At the end of the session you'll set a goal to implement in the coming weeks to create lasting change. Bring your own cup for a zero waste tea or coffee.

Where: City of Armadale Administration Centre, 7 Orchard Avenue Armadale

Cost: free

More information: visit website , email  or call 9394 5874


Bindoon Open Mic Nights

Saturday 15 July, 19 August, 23 September, 28 October, 18 November and 16 December 2017, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Throughout 2017, the Bindoon Hall will play host to a series of talented local performers. Head along and be wowed by the community talent.

Where: Bindoon Town Hall, Great Northern Highway Bindoon

Cost: free

More information: visit website , email  or call 0419 96 909


Belmont Interest Group (B.I.G.): Rapsodie - Music From The 1950s And 1960s

Monday 17 July 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Julie from the group Rapsodie will regale you with tunes from the 1950s and 1960s - the golden era of song. Light refreshments will be provided after the show.

Where: Ruth Faulkner Public Library, 215 Wright Street Cloverdale

Cost: free

More information: visit website , email  or call 9477 7150


Get Ready to Connect to the NBN

Wednesday 19 July 2017, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Switching to the NBN is not automatic. Come along to this one-on-one drop in session and get your questions answered. No bookings required, simply drop in.

Where: North Fremantle Community Hall, 2 Thompson Road North Fremantle

Cost: free

More information: visit website  or call 9432 9702


National Tree Day

Sunday 30 July 2017, 8:00am-12:00pm

Take part in the country's largest community tree planting and nature care event. Help plant over 5,000 native tube stock species up the eastern bank of Les Lilleyman Reserve and transform an unused area of the reserve. Head down with the kids and the dogs to meet some locals, grab a sausage sizzle and help green Vincent! Planet Ark's National Tree Day provides all Australians with an opportunity to do something positive for the environment and reconnect with nature.

Where: Les Lilleyman Reserve, Gill Street North Perth

Cost: free

More information: visit website , email  or call 9273 6589


Avon Descent

Friday 4 to Sunday 6 August 2017; times vary

The Avon Descent is one of Western Australia’s oldest and greatest sporting events and attracts competitors and spectators from throughout Australia and the world. It was first held in 1973 with just 49 competitors, no rules, no officials, no checkpoints and very few spectators. In the years since, over 35,000 people have competed, from novices and families to World Champions and Olympic competitors. The Descent kicks off on the Friday with the Avon River Festival, featuring rides, food vans, roving entertainment, concerts and more. Avon Descenters will then challenge the Avon and Swan rivers in a variety of paddle and power craft in an exciting two-day time trial over 124 grueling kilometers.

Where: Bernard Park, Northam (festival and start location) to Riverside Gardens (finish location)

Cost: spectators/festival-goers free (parking fees may apply); fees apply to compete in the race and/or to camp overnight

More information: visit website  or call 9622 2100 or 0447 199 851


Native Gardening with Lisa Mazzella

Wednesday 23 August 2017, 10:00am-11:00am

How many of you are aware that Perth is right in the middle of one of the world's top 25 internationally recognised biodiversity hotspots? That means we have a huge diversity of native plant species - about half of south-west WA's plant species are found nowhere else on earth - but lots of our natural habitat has been cleared. Celebrate the amazing diversity in our local native plant species by growing natives in your own garden. Reasons to love native gardens:

  • They provide habitat, food and shelter for local birds, native bees, butterflies and other wildlife.
  • They are adapted to the local soil types and climate, including drought conditions. 
  • They require minimal watering, saving water and money. 
  • They look great!

Where: City of Vincent Library, 99 Loftus Street Leederville

Cost: free

More information: visit website , email  or call 9273 6090


Children's Book Week - Author Visits

Wednesday 23 August to Friday 25 August 2017, 4:15pm-5:15pm

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with various authors’ visits at libraries throughout the City of Stirling.

Wednesday @ Karrinyup: Mike Lefroy has a passion for history, in particular the history of Western Australia and his hometown of Fremantle. Mike's interest in history and education has drawn him to writing; he particularly enjoys the challenge of making the past come alive for children. Mike's publications for children include picture books, junior novels, non-fiction titles, education kits and web based education activities. Mike's most recent children's picture book ‘Howzat!’, illustrated by Liz Anelli and published in 2014, is about children playing a game of cricket around the world.

Thursday @ Osborne: Briony Stewart is the author and illustrator of several award-winning books for children, including the ‘Kumiko and the Dragon’ trilogy and ‘Here in The Garden’. Briony lectures in children’s literature at university and conducts talks and workshops with children across Australia. She loves live drawing challenges, day dreaming and discussing dragons, bunnies and how to tame lions!

Friday @ Inglewood: Meg Caddy has a BA with Honours in English Literature cognate History from the University of Western Australia. Meg was the 2013 Young Writer-in-Residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre, and has been mentored by fantasy author Juliet Marillier. Her debut novel ‘Waer' was shortlisted for the 2013 Text Prize, and released by Text Publishing in 2016.

Friday @ Mirrabooka: Amran Abdi is a Somali-born Kiwi and childcare educator, mother by day and aspiring entrepreneur and author by night. When she’s not glued to her computer, Amran loves a good book and to blog about life as a young Muslim living in Australia. Amran also likes to practice the art of henna when not planning her next extreme sport adventure. Amran’s book ‘The Rainbow Hijab’ tells the tale of a young girl who loses her favourite hijab. Will things ever be the same without her colourful companion? Discover what the hijab is, and its importance, first-hand from a Muslim women. This book aims to bridge the gap of misunderstanding of Islamic ideologies through creative story-telling and to help develop an understanding of one of the most misunderstood pieces of clothing.

Where: Karrinyup Library (Wednesday), Davenport Street Karrinyup

Osborne Library (Thursday), 9 Royal Street Tuart Hill

Inglewood Library (Friday), 895 Beaufort Street Inglewood

Mirrabooka Library (Friday), 21 Sudbury Road Mirrabooka

Cost: free, bookings essential

More information: visit website , book tickets  or email 

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