• 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]

  • Ghawazee Belly Dancers
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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!!

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.

2014 – A flourishing community celebration!

It was a beaut day! Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014 – a flourishing community celebration!

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Expressions of appreciation came from many unexpected quarters. I was particularly moved by the reflective comments made by seasoned festival attendees – some of whom were seeing the festival through seemingly new eyes. Their comments dwelt on the powerful way the Festival provides increasing numbers of people in our community with the opportunity to linger together and have a small glimpse of the joy of mingling, chatting, smiling and laughing together – enjoying the laughter of children, the talents of local performers, the flair of those who dress up, the atmosphere created by the stalls, presentations and activities…

From the community stage to inside the Community Centre…

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…people simply enjoyed being together!

Andy Griffiths the children’s author spoke to a standing room only crowd:

2014 Andy Griffiths crowd

And the hats were amazing – here are the junior and open winners:

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And a closeup of that hat!

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Thanks everybody! And plenty of plaudits to our sponsors: Yarra Ranges Council, Bendigo Bank, Lions Club, Living Today in Mooroolbark, The Professionals, Rokat Design, St Francis in the Fields, Goodlife Health Clubs… See you next year!

Randall Bourchier, Vice Chairperson

If you’d like to stay in touch please join our Facebook page, where we’ll be posting more photos and announcing competition winners over the next 2 weeks. We welcome your feedback there or write to admin@celebratemooroolbark.com or if you’d like to join the organising committee contact Barb at barbara@celebratemooroolbark.com or phone her on 0417 381 542.

CELEBRATE MOOROOLBARK 2014

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014 – a fantastic night and day of local culture.

The 2014 festival will open on Friday night 21 March with a 7.30pm Talent Quest in the Community Centre. Tickets will be $5, which includes supper.

The festivities continue on Saturday 22 March from 9.30am to 4pm, with a colourful street parade of local schools and community groups wearing costumes to reflect the Mad Hatters Tea Party theme of the 2014 festival. Follow the Street Parade along Brice Avenue, past Mooroolbark’s local shopping strip to the festival hub at Red Earth Park. There you will find an abundance of free and low cost activities for the whole family.

Every year a full stage program highlights local talent, with room for a picnic in front, there’s ample choice of delectable treats from the food stalls all around. You’ll also find community information and market stalls, rides, face painters, balloon animals, roving performers, story-telling, an animal farm, pony rides and more!

In 2014 the 40-strong Australian Youth Band will be performing on the main stage, as well as the Yarra Hills Secondary School ensemble. The FREEZA stage will host a number of local bands. The hugely popular Tubby the Robot will return with her baby to roam the Red Earth Park, along with Kofi the West African Drummer and the wonderful Ghawazee Belly Dancers. For more details go to our Program page.

Many competitions and prizes will also be available for schools groups and community members to get involved in.

Contact us to get involved or follow our Facebook page for all the latest updates!