It is fabulous to see Melbourne returning to life as restrictions begin to lift. We are currently not yet able to open to the community, but we are looking forward to being able to welcome small groups of people back into the Centre soon. Once we can, we will be running morning tea sessions most week days; we can take small groups around our garden to show you what we have been doing and what plans we have; you will be able to drop off the recycling not taken in our Hobsons Bay recycling bins (Recycling List); we will run a series of BBQ's for small groups to enjoy; and you can drop non-perishable food items and toys off for the Christmas food drive.

We will continue with our weekly newsletter, you can always call us for a chat and we will finalise our program soon that will start February, 2021.

Hobsons Bay Festive Food and Toy Drive

In the lead up to Christmas, Hobsons Bay Libraries and the Community has Heart initiative are teaming up with support services across the municipality to run a super-sized Relief Drive to support people impacted by the pandemic over the festive season. During the drive, they are seeking donations of non-perishable food items, as well as toys for children of all age groups.

You can drop donations off at Louis Joel on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 2pm. The festive drive is running from Wednesday 4 November to Sunday 13 December.

Reverse Advent Calendar

This 'calendar' can be used as a guide in putting together a hamper if you are able to support others in the community this festive season.  The idea is to collect an item each day in the lead up to Christmas, make up a hamper, and then donate to a local charity to provide food for a family over Christmas.

Art, Craft and Other Things to Keep You Busy

Crochet Pyjama Eater Pillow

This week's crochet is a fun pyjama case that may see you have success in getting your kids to put their pyjamas away.

Following the same basic pattern there are five different styles to choose from – shark, dinosaur, panda, cat or bear. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see all the patterns.


MCC Learning Directory

Melton City Council's YouTube channel has a diverse range of online classes covering subjects such as art & craft, dog grooming and plant propagation.

Check out the session from local Melton Aboriginal woman Jo who demonstrates the traditional process of creating indigenous rock art – the oldest form of art in the world. 


Is Your Home Summer Ready? 

Learn how to keep your home cool without a huge energy bill with Energy efficiency expert, Arky Elston of Sapien Group. Session will look at the best cooling systems, improving air quality, and passive cooling measures such as draught proofing and using plants for shade.

Tuesday 17 November, 12pm - 1pm


DIY Terracotta Clay Ornaments

This post from Paper & Stitch demonstrates a simple technique for making pretty handmade gifts or home decorations for anytime of the year. 

Super easy and affordable all you need is some air dry terracotta clay, nailpolish and some cookie cutters.


TIWI: Always Was, Always Will Be

As part of NAIDOC Week, the NGV is presenting an illustrated lecture ahead of the opening of TIWI, an exhibition celebrating the unique art and culture of the Tiwi people of Melville and Bathurst Islands.

Thu 12 Nov, 11am–12pm (To receive a reminder, register via the link).


Around the World in 80 Days

Altona-Laverton Historical Society

In 1873 Jules Verne wrote the novel 'Around the World in Eighty Days' which for the times sounded fanciful and impossible. Moving forward sixteen years and New York reporter Nellie Bly decided to put Verne's theory to the test. In 1889 Nellie was working for the New York World and her editor was Joseph Pulitzer. Initially he resisted sending her saying that her gender would make the trip impossible. "No one but a man can do this," he told her. "Very well," she replied, "Start the man, and I'll start the same day for some other newspaper and beat him." He eventually conceded.

Her journey began on the "Augusta Victoria," a steamship heading from Hoboken, New Jersey to London, England. Bly's record of her trip is as lively as the quip to her boss. Her observations during her travels were very astute and frequently humorous. Making use of transport ranging from camels to Chinese junks, she completed the trip in a record 72 days, six hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds. Bly was a journalism pioneer, not just for women, but for all reporters. At the conclusion of her journey, on January 25, 1890, Bly was greeted at a New Jersey train station by a crowd of cheering supporters and her editor Joseph Pulitzer. Today, his name is best known for the Pulitzer Prizes, which were established in 1917 as a result of his endowment to Columbia University. The prizes are given annually to recognize and reward excellence in American journalism, photography, literature, history, poetry, music and drama. 

Business Workshops

Business Victoria Workshops

Business Planning Essentials: How to build a road map to success
Fast track your business towards success at this two-hour workshop that will show you how build your own business plan that will guide your way forward, minimise the risks ahead and prepare you to make the most of your business opportunities and long-term goals.
Monday 9 November at 9.30am

Starting your small business: How to make it happen
Learn how to plan and be fully prepared to start your business on the right path in this practical 3.5 hour workshop led by an experienced small business operator with real-life know-how and lots of insight to share. If you have a great business idea, or are already in the early stages of starting a business, this workshop will ensure you have all the basics covered from the word go.
Saturday 14 November at 1pm
Finance Fundamentals: How to keep your cash flowing 
If you are making a profit but still struggling to pay the bills during tough times, then this two-hour workshop provides tips for improving your cash flow. Learn how to identify the key drivers of cash flow and focus on improving the performance of those drivers, manage stock, suppliers and debtors, and how to prepare a cash flow forecast.
Monday 16 November at 6.30pm

Start, Now

This new program from the team behind the Cultivating Capacity program is designed to support  participants through the process of finding a business idea and then developing and scaling that idea into a sustainable model. It is delivered in partnership with seven Councils including Hobsons Bay City Council.

For more info see the PROGRAM or follow the link below


Garden Gurus Tips

Kitchen Garden Remedies

Join Hobsons Bay Libraries and naturopath Sonya Byron to learn about the types of kitchen garden remedy plants you can grow in your garden and how, when and where to use them. The session will also cover hygiene and safety considerations, as well as what remedies are suitable for children and the elderly.

Thursday 19 November, 6.15pm


Summer proof your garden

Another great webinar from My Smart Garden looking at garden preparation for the summer. Learn how to heat-proof your garden through keeping your soil healthy, watering efficiently and caring for heat-stressed plants. 

Thursday 19 November, 12.30pm to 1.30pm


Christmas Chutney

Some things get better with age and chutney is one of those things – it's always better after a few weeks to allow flavours to mellow and develop.

Christmas Chutney (but REALLY, it’s all year round chutney)

Ingredients - Makes: 9 x 250ml / 1-cup sealable jars
  • 750 grams cooking apples (peeled, cored and chopped small)
  • 1 medium onion (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 500 grams dried cranberries (Craisins)
  • 250 grams soft pitted dates (roughly chopped)
  • 2 oranges – zested and juiced
  • 400 grams sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 500mls white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt

You will need 9 x 250ml / 1-cup sealable jars, with vinegar-proof lid (if using metal lids, put a piece of baking paper on the jar before putting the lid back on. Vinegar will rust metal lids.
Sterilize your jars by washing them well in soapy water, then rinse them and let them dry in a warm (about 140ºC) oven.
  1. Put the cooking apples, onion, cranberries and dates into a large pan.
  2. Zest the oranges over the top, then squeeze in the juice and scrape in the pulp.
  3. Add the sugar, ground cloves, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne pepper, then pour the vinegar over and sprinkle in the salt.
  4. Now all you have to do is give a good stir, turn on the heat, bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and let it bubble cheerfully, uncovered, for about an hour or until you have a pulpy mass.
  5. Spoon into your warm, prepared jars and seal. Put a nice label on and leave these to mature for Christmas – they taste better after four weeks of storing in a cool, dark cupboard.
If you are gifting your chutney, check out these free printable labels from Lia Griffith, they can be personalised with the name of whatever yummy goody you have produced.


Stuff to Keep the Kids Busy

Devilish Desserts

If you have a young chef in the house, this cooking class is a great option for celebrating the ghoulish and spooky this Halloween.

Kids will learn how to make two devilish desserts: Spider Cupcakes and some creepy Eyeball Cake Pops. Both recipes are nut-free.

Sat 31 October, 10am to 11.30am


Virtual Y Online Youth Hub


This online resource for young people has heaps of resources to help young people keep fit, learn about nutrition and look after their wellbeing. 

There's also a range of life skills resources designed to help young people with things such as resumes, budgeting and skills such as time management. 


Lions Christmas Cakes and Puddings

Lions Christmas Cakes and Puddings are an important fundraising project of Lions Clubs in Australia. Funds raised are donated to projects that benefit the community locally, nationally, or internationally. Altona Lions are about to place an order for cakes and puddings but need to know how many to order!

Order yours now to get your cakes and puddings in plenty of time for Christmas. They are not only delicious; they make excellent gifts. And you could always dress one up like our Manager Kim did last year (pictured above).

Email the club at or we can pass the message on if you email –just tell us how many large cakes, small cakes and puddings you would like.
  • Lions Christmas Cake 1.5kg $17.00
  • Lions Christmas Cake 1kg $13.00
  • Lions Christmas Pudding 900gm $13.00
You will be able to collect them from the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre when the order arrives – or from several locations across Hobsons Bay.

Fruitcake is also a great base for creating small gifts ahead of Christmas; one idea is to make rum balls, see the recipe link below:


Wellbeing & Selfcare

Zoom into Wellbeing: Managing Anxiety in Uncertain Times

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed at times, join psychologist Anita Tesoriero for this free session hosted by Brimbank Libraries to learn strategies for managing anxiety to enhance wellbeing and resilience.

Friday 20 November at 12pm


Support Services Hobsons Bay and Surrounding Suburbs

If you, or someone you know, has been impacted financially by the pandemic or is facing issues to do with housing or family violence, there is a list of organisations that can provide support on our website.


Hobsons Bay City Council is also providing a range of support for individuals and community groups experiencing financial hardship. There is also a range of emergency relif and support available through Hobsons Bay Has Heart. See this flyer for details.



The Extreme Hardship Support Program is providing support to Victorians who:
  • are unable to access Commonwealth income support (including JobKeeper and JobSeeker) or the International Student Emergency Relief Fund
  • have very limited income, savings or community support.
  • and are a temporary or provisional visa holder, or undocumented migrant

Financial Counselling is a free service that can people assist in dealing with a range of financial issues including debts and fines, early release of superannuation, No Interest Loans, emergency relief and Utility Relief Grants. 


If you need support with something not covered in here, please get in touch with us and we can refer you to the appropriate service.
We acknowledge that we are on traditional lands of the Kulin Nation and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and, through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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