• 2019 FESTIVAL… 23rd 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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Don’t like to read? Then sit back and relax and listen to Vice Chairperson, Ash Millar tell you what’s happening at Celebrate Mooroolbark festival on Yarra Ranges TV.

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We Blinked!

I’m sure you all did it too, blinked. And suddenly 2017 has gone!!

Next, it’ll be Celebrate Mooroolbark already! (March 23/24 in case you missed it)

This coming year we are building the festival around the theme of…

No Barriers – Future Possibilities… 

We will be placing a strong focus on advancements in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and the way they have developed and interrelate with our lives to open up future possibilities and break down barriers faced.

Tubby the Robot

Tubby the Robot in Celebrate Mooroolbark’s Street Parade.

Mooroolbark is a diverse community of people of different ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic positions, needs and capabilities. In 2018, we will be working towards accessibility to the festival for all members of our community.

For children and teens, we are highlighting the fun in learning with robotics, coding, engineering and animation.

The world as we know it is changing to make it easier for people to overcome the barriers that limit them…what is the future going to look like?

2018 Stall applications are NOW OPEN.

In particular this year, we are seeking groups that care for differently abled individuals or minority groups to come on board to educate and assist us to discover better ways to practice inclusion and encourage involvement.

As always, we encourage those local to Mooroolbark to apply! More information and the application form can be found here.

 

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.

 

Open the doors to a ‘Good Life’

Good Life Health Club in Mooroolbark have kindly donated a 3 month membership worth over $300.

File_000We have decided to run an auction with the proceeds going back to help pay for festival running costs.
The auction has started! And will end Saturday March 11th at 5.00pm (AEST).

For your bid to be valid you must place it on the original post on the event page
A massive thank-you to Jason and his dedicated team at GoodLife Mooroolbark.

Click here to head straight to our Facebook event. 

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.