• 2018 FESTIVAL… 24th March

    SATURDAY FESTIVITIES
    10am - 4pm
    Red Earth Park &
    Mooroolbark Community Centre
    FREE ENTRY

    STREET PARADE
    Departs 10am
    From Station St, along Brice Ave to
    Red Earth Park

    [Below Image: Ghawazee Belly Dancers at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2010]

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Jim Penman at Celebrate Mooroolbark

Did you miss Jim Penman at Celebrate Mooroolbark this year? Thanks to yarraranges.tv for capturing Mr Penman speaking about the beginnings of Jim’s Mowing, you can hear it now!

If that’s not enough, you can also view an interview with Jim on the yarraranges.tv website.

Did you take photos at the festival? We love to see them. You can post them onto our Facebook page or send them to news@celebratemooroolbark.com

Our biggest program to date

Without a doubt, this is the biggest and broadest program we’ve put together yet for Celebrate Mooroolbark festival. So we thought we’d share with you some personal picks on how some of our team members would spend their day at the festival.

From Ash, Active Living Hub Coordinator and part of the Publicity Team:

I would absolutely get down and practice your handballing with Mooroolbark Auskick at 11am and be wowed by the talented Yarra Heights Dance Academyat 1:45 at the Active Living Hub! The Active Living Hub is a new addition this year and a fantastic way to get involved with the local sporting and fitness groups in our wonderful community.

After that I’m going to head down to the Youth Stage and see all the amazing talent that our community has to offer. In sticking with our sustainable theme, the Youth Stage is being powered by biodegradable fuel generators from Green Power Solutions!

For more details on all the wonderful programs on offer tomorrow, check out our program page here. Many stalls will also run free activities, not to mention the Scout Bridge on the ridge!

See you all tomorrow!!

Would you? Could you?

Would you like to be part of the festival team on the day?

Volunteers are needed on Saturday 25th March in the following areas.

Volunteers from Mooroolbark College ready to sell ride tickets at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2016. Photo by Cathy Grbac.

Volunteers from Mooroolbark College ready to sell ride tickets at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2016. Photo by Cathy Grbac.

 

  • Supervisory roles (Age 20+) at the Lucky Straws and Ride Ticket stalls, money handling required.
  • Youth Stage helpers required.
  • Parade marshals.

Minimum 2 hours shifts required. Please let us know your availability and abilities.

It’s a lot of fun and you’ll have time off to enjoy the festival as well.

If you’re interested please contact:

Barbara Austin
barbara@celebratemooroolbark.com
0417 381 542

Volunteers at the Lucky Straws stalls, Celebrate Mooroolbark 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Volunteers at the Lucky Straws stalls, Celebrate Mooroolbark 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

 

New to Celebrate Mooroolbark

It’s time for something new!

As you walk around this year, you’ll find yourself in groups of stalls of certain types or different interest groups – we’re calling them “hubs”. Here’s a little bit of information on each one and the site map below, so that you can begin to plan your day.

Jim’s TradeNet Local Business Hub

Here you’ll find a selection of Mooroolbark businesses from new services such as The Speech Tree to local produce like Benny’s Berries, unique shopping opportunities and delicious temptations from Manna Lane. You’ll also find Mooroolbark Traders and Community Group here, with the blender bikes being run by Ripple Kindness!

At the Jim’s TradeNet stall, you’ll find a program of demonstrations and talks throughout the day, including Manna Lane’s pickling and preserving demonstration at 11am and Jim Penman himself at 2pm. The full program will be published here next week.

Getting to know our local businesses better, especially those home or online based ones, helps to support our local economy, our local community and to reduce transportation of goods to our households. So get behind the businesses of these local people!

Food Hubs

Food and drinks will mostly be in two hubs, one nearest Brice Avenue and the other near the Youth Stage. This will make it easier for you to peruse the variety of cuisines and make your choices. Some tables and chairs will be provided nearby, but it’s a good idea to bring a picnic rug if you can!

Schools Hub

Mooroolbark’s local pre-schools, primary schools and secondary colleges hold stalls, many with free activities, items for sale to fundraise for their school and, of course, information about their school. This is a great chance for new parents to meet people from the local schools to see what’s on offer or for families to enjoy the free activities.

Community Hub

What’s happening in Mooroolbark? A lot! Volunteers get together frequently to make things happen. The Community Hub is the place to go to find out what they are doing, what changes they’d like to bring about in Mooroolbark and to support their endeavours. Often you’ll find free activities at these stalls as well.

Green Hub

It’s Easy Being Green! These stalls are there to teach us how. The Green Hub will be a mix of “green” community organisations, social enterprises and businesses. Some will hold sustainability talks/demonstrations on the day. We’l publish a program of those here shortly, otherwise look out for signs at their stalls on the day.

Active Living Hub

Are you thinking about joining a sports club, gym or fitness class?  Perhaps Zumba? Or Tai Chi? Head down to the oval to see demonstrations from the variety of active living options in Mooroolbark and try them out. The 3rd program to be announced next week! It’s all very exciting.

Marketplace

As always, we have a huge marketplace of locally-made products so bring your shopping bags and stock up on gifts, pantry items, plants, you name it. There’ll also be a few trash-n-treasure stalls! (We love recycling…)

And here’s your sneak peak of the festival site plan… (also to be found in our flyers being delivered to a letterbox near you – on 100% recycled paper mind you!)

Site map of 2017 festival

Meet Jim Penman!

Yes, we are talking about THE Jim of Jim’s Mowing and all of the Jim’s Group franchises.

Hear him speak 16939241_1367665283296274_8822433373637671915_n.jpgat 2pm in the Jim’s TradeNet Local Business Hub and you may even land yourself a free signed copy of his latest book.

This is a real treat, particularly for small, home and online business owners or those thinking of starting their own business. Jim will be sharing some of his own success strategies and introducing one of his latest ventures, Jim’s TradeNet.

Jim’s TradeNet became a sponsor of your community festival this year and they’ve been amazingly supportive!

Supporting local businesses is part of the Celebrate Mooroolbark ethos, and now also part of our new (in-the-pipeline) sustainability policy about reducing the miles between supplier and buyer. Jim’s TradeNet is essentially a business trade exchange system, available to any business big and small. It could also be a great way for local businesses to support each other.

My Favourite Storybook

Celebrate Mooroolbark is an annual autumn festival at Red Earth Park and Mooroolbark Community Centre.

In 2015 the theme of the festival is “My Favourite Storybook” and all those participating or visiting are encouraged to dress up, decorate and/or act up to the theme!

The Friday night Talent Quest kicks of the festivities at 7.30pm on 20th March in the Community Centre. This is a great family-friendly event and at $5 entry it’s a great night out, with a yummy supper provided by the Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship! Those itching to get on stage can enter the Quest for free via the online entry form at https://celebratemooroolbark.com/competitions/

Festivities continue 10am – 4pm Saturday 21st March with an abundance of free and low cost entertainment for everyone.

Watch the morning street parade, enjoy live local talent, browse the marketplace of over 80 stalls and take in the sights and sounds of the carnival atmosphere. Choose from a huge assortment of delicious food available and find a spot for your picnic rug on the grass in front of the main stage.

Young children can enjoy craft activities, storytelling, Gymbaroo’s obstacle course for 0 – 5 year olds, having their faces painted, rides, interacting with roving performers, dancing and drumming along with stage entertainers and more.

For the rest of us the FREEZA stage hosts a number of local bands, amongst the Red Earth Gallery inside the Mooroolbark Community Centre. Outside there are remote control cars, temporary tattoos and rides, food and drinks and more.

Involving local schools, businesses, community groups and individuals the festival is a great place to get to know your community. Participate in workshops, chat to your local politicians, find information on local community groups and have a dance with your neighbour.

Numerous competitions are available each year for school groups and community members to try their luck, with fantastic prizes offered by local businesses.

This is just a sample of the attractions to delight in. As the festival draws nearer go to the Celebrate Mooroolbark website or Facebook Page for the latest updates.

Transport is easy – just take the train to Mooroolbark or check the bus schedule on http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/ If travelling by car then you can approach Brice Avenue from Hull, Lincoln, Manchester or Cambridge Roads. Please note that Brice Avenue and Station Streets are closed for approximately 1 hour to allow for the street parade to take place on the Saturday morning. Road closure details are advertised 2 weeks prior to the festival each year.

Winning Entries – 2014 Writing Competition

Winning Entries – 2014 Writing Competition

“Once there were 2 purple crazy cats and their names were Levi and Isla. They loved to smile all day long. But one day they had a problem they lost their smiles when they were playing in a ball pit…”
What happened next?! This is an excerpt from story by Levi D from Pembroke Primary School – Mooroolbark Vic. Levi’s story won Second Prize in the Prep-Grade 2 division at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014 and you can read the rest of this story and more at http://www.mooroolbark.org.au/
The fantastic drawings that accompany Levi’s stories are by Cameron B from Warranwood Primary School.
More stories from the festival will be uploaded in the coming days.
 

Detail of drawing by Cameron B, Warranwood Primary School.

Detail of drawing by Cameron B, Warranwood Primary School.