Art, Craft and Other Things to Keep You Busy

DIY Gradient Planter Pot

Display your indoor plants in style or make a unique handmade gift.

This article from Frankie Magazine shows you how to turn an inexpensive terracotta pot into centrepiece using just two acrylic paints colours and some chalk.


Handmade Christmas Ornaments

This week we've selected a range of small, easy to make ornaments that are perfect for the Christmas tree.





[untitled]: Literary Festival

Stonnington Council's Untitled literary festival is being held online this year with a big selection of free or low-cost talks, conversations, discussions and workshops by writers exploring the theme of 'Humanity'.

The festival runs November 18 to 22 via Zoom.


Sky View App

If you are interested in star gazing, but not always sure what it is you are looking at, the Sky View Lite App is for you. 

Download the app onto your phone and point your camera at the sky, the app will identify any star, planet, or constellation you can see. It will also identify satellites. 


Bloom Festival

Explore Bendigo and Heathcote from home this spring! This year's Bloom festival has a range of virtual activities including weekly exhibitions, sessions looking at the area's heritage, Spring-inspired art activities for the kids and virtual cooking classes. Also check out the videos from Bendigo Art Gallery.



Seniors Tea & Talk 

Register for our Senior's Tea & Talk and we'll deliver a morning/afternoon tea in a box to your address. Enjoy your morning tea with us virtually by zoom or if you'd prefer,  we'll phone you for a chat sometime during the day.

Wednesday 28 October at 11am 

To register email us at or phone 9398 2511 with your name and address. 


Damper Making Class 

In celebration of NAIDOC Week, join Meriam chef, Nornie Bero to find out how to make a variety of dampers in Torres Strait Islander style - wrapped in banana leaves and baked with pumpkin, wattle seed and saltbush. She'll share tips on how to get the perfect damper softness, and where to source ingredients. Supported by LendLease.

Tue 10th Nov, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 


Koorie Heritage Trust

Oral History is the oldest form of sharing knowledge and culture. Aboriginal people of Australia have been sharing their stories orally for 60,000 years or more.

Started in 1987, the Koorie Heritage Trust's collection of oral and visual stories contains the oral histories of the Aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia and ensures the cultural knowledge is preserved for future generations. 


Australian Music History

Altona-Laverton Historical Society

This year celebrates a little bit of Australian rock and roll history for one of our famous bands AC/DC. It was in February 1975, 45 years ago, that the band released their first studio album High Voltage that contained the classic ‘Baby, Please Don’t Go’. In that same year AC/DC also released their second album ‘TNT’ that included the famous It's a Long Way to the Top, T.N.T. and High Voltage.

2020 also celebrates the 45th anniversary of their hit Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and the 40th anniversary of the release of Back in Black with the song of the same name, as well as You Shook Me All Night Long and Hells Bells. The album was to become their biggest-selling album. Upon its release on 25 June 1980, Back In Black immediately made waves. It became a No. 1 album in France, the UK, Canada and here in Australia. The album hit No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 in December and spent 420 weeks on that chart over time. The title track and You Shook Me All Night Long both became Top 40 tracks on the Billboard Hot 100.

1980 also saw the band lose its lead singer Bon Scott just before they started recording. He was replaced by Brian Johnson a singer Bon had noticed sometime prior and had recommended to band member Angus Young. It was Brian that became the vocalist on the album Back in Black.

It is said that the band's name came from Angus Young’s sister who asked what the initials AC/DC stood for on her sewing machine. The legendary group defined a sound that others have tried to replicate but have never equaled in terms of its intensity. When you hear an AC/DC album or song, you instantly know it’s them. AC/DC unleashed riffs and melodies that have transcended time and have remained stuck in our consciousness and that is a mark of real greatness.

Stuff to Keep the Kids Busy

Fix it! - The Enviro-friendly Clown

Discover fun, interactive and very silly ways to connect with your inner clown and the environment around you.

This four-part online series includes games, nature-inspired challenges, talking bins, underwater escapades, singing compost and more. All episodes are available to watch now.


Poorneet (Tadpole) Season

Abbotsford Convent's Sapling School has produced a digital resource for kids aged 3-5 and their adults. Learn about about Poorneet (Tadpole) Season in the Kulin Nation’s calendar, how to plant seeds and more!

There's a video together with a printable activity resource to help you explore your local creek or parkland.


The Wing Thing

Take a trip to the Mallee, the beach or woodland with these fun kids magazines and activity books from Bird Life Australia. Learn about the Swift Parrot, Mallee Emu-wren, Hooded Plover and others.

The Wing Thing – Shorebirds

The Wing Thing – Woodland Birds

The Wing Thing – Beach Nesting Birds

The Wing Thing – Threatened Mallee Birds

More Nice Smelling Things for Christmas...

Pomanders are a thing of the past – I remember my Mum making them and I loved helping her.  The aroma of oranges and cloves in the summer warmth around Christmas was very special.
When I tried to make them as an adult, I got confused about how long they needed to dry for and where I would get ‘orris root’ powder – the powder that helped dry the orange out. It turns out that you can buy it from many Australian online stores and you can also buy cloves in bulk – a huge saving on buying the small packets in supermarkets. There is also a bit more of a relaxed approach to making them – they don’t need to last for years (we did make things to last though), they can just be for Christmas and then composted away.
So what is all the fuss about with these pomanders? It is the smell of oranges and cloves – added to  the smell of cinnamon and all Christmas spices – they are the smells of my childhood, they evoke warm and happy memories for me. And they are so much fun to make. We have included how to make them from a web search and we are planning to offer this as a workshop before Christmas – and depending on what restrictions are in place, we can run a number of workshops in small groups or we can box up the ingredients and run the workshops online. Let us know if you are interested – if no one responds, then I'll be making them on my own!

Kim Reilly

What Are Pomanders

Originally used in medieval times as a way of masking bad smells (your own or those around you), early pomanders were wooden, metal or porcelain balls filled with herbs, spices, and ambergris (an aged substance from the bile duct of a sperm whale). These were ground up and placed inside the ball or a pouch to be 'worn' or placed in a room to perfume the air.

During the Black Plague, which was thought to be caused by bad air, pomanders were used in the hope that they would keep the wearer safe from illness. In the early 20th Century, a similar tactic was used to ward off the Spanish Flu, with some people wearing pouches of camphor around their necks.

Today's version of a pomander is much simpler, consisting of an orange studded with cloves and dusted with other spices. 

Orange & Clove Pomander Balls

Making a pomander can be as simple as taking a firm orange and studding it with whole cloves. As the orange dries, it will release a lovely spicy fragrance.

For a stronger aroma, cover the orange with cloves, and cover in a mixture of spices and 1/4 cup of oris root and leave it for a week, turning it daily. Good spices to use are ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg and allspice. 

For a decorative effect, arrange the cloves in a striking pattern, and then enjoy!

Garden Gurus Tips

Climate Action Through Gardening

Join My Smart Garden for this session looking at how to act on climate change with simple actions such as recycling organic waste, maintaining a productive garden, re-purposing materials and supporting biodiversity and indigenous wildlife.

Tuesday 24 November, 7pm - 8.30pm


Sustainable Food Systems & Summer Gardens

A free workshop presented by Darren Tinker from CERES looking at backyard gardening and urban food production. Create or maintain a thriving veggie garden this summer, take a tour of CERES and learn about the the benefits of urban food production in creating sustainable food systems.

Saturday 14 November, 2pm-3pm


Wellbeing & Selfcare

Arts for Wellbeing Zine

This printable arts zine from UK organisation Art At Work contains lots of fun art activities that promote wellbeing including art challenges, and art and poetry prompts. 
Each activity is linked to one of 'five ways to wellbeing': take notice; connect; give; be active; and keep learning. 


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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