• 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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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. 

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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

It’s time to make bunting together

Help to decorate The Terrace this Friday!

We’re giving the recycled sculpture competition more room to move this year, with a display in The Terrace shopping centre from Tuesday 11th – Sunday 26th March. So Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship are helping us to make it look nice and we’d love you to come along.

When: 10am – 2pm Friday 10th March

Where: The Terrace, 66 – 74 Brice Ave, Mooroolbark

Beautiful home-made bunting with recycled material, hanging in front of trees and a blue sky.

If you have the following, please bring them:

  • Pieces of bright colourful fabric; old sheets, pillowcases, shirts, etc. can be cut up and used. No smaller than an A4 piece of paper.
  • Scissors (clearly labelled with your name).
  • A sewing machine if you’re a competent sewer and would like to use your own.
  • Any thread, tape or wide bias binding that you would like to donate.
  • A plate to share for nibbles?

How:

  • Mary and Veronica will be there to show you how you can help, they will also be the main “sewing” people on the day.
  • If you don’t have sewing skills but can iron, cut out, use a hot glue gun, make cups of tea (we hope to have access to a kettle!), donate fabric or yummy treats, or hang bunting once complete, then we would still love you to come along for a chat and join in the fun.

The Aim:

  • To produce enough bunting to decorate some of the interior of The Terrace corridors.

Please RSVP to Mary Bourchier at mary.bourchier@optusnet.com.au or just come along on the day.

Writers, this is for you!!

[EDIT: The deadline for entries has been extended to Friday 17th March, 2017]

Writers, this is for you!!

Celebrate Mooroolbark is running a Writing Competition for students, sponsored by Victoria’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino MP! Winners will be awarded cash prizes by Mr Merlino himself, on the main stage of the festival between 11:40am and 12 noon.

Explore the ways we can individually and collectively sustain, preserve and beautify our world and its resources, or write an imaginative piece around the theme of environmental sustainability. You might like to consider the following questions to get you started:

  • What concerns you most about the environment – locally/nationally/globally?  
  • Why/How is it easy to “be green”?
  • Why is “being green” important now and in the future?
  • Imagine a world/city/town where everyone lived sustainably, what would it look like?
  • Can you imagine the future and how people’s lives might be different to ours if environmental sustainability is/is not adopted by people today?

Entry is a Gold Coin and entries should be submitted to the Mooroolbark Community Centre no later than Friday, March 17.

Head over to our Writing Competition page for more details on how to enter.

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.

Street Parade Road Closure

Don’t Forget!!

At 10am the most spectacular Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade will go cruising down Brice Avenue, from Station Street to the festival site at Red Earth Park. So get there early to find a prime viewing spot! Here’s what’ll happen…

9.30 – 10.30am : Station Street (where the library and Hookey Park are located) will be closed to traffic for the parade participants to assemble and depart safely.

10am – 11am : Brice Avenue from Station Street to Hull Road (including car parks) will be closed to traffic to allow the Street Parade to occur safely.

So  consider walking, cycling or catching public transport to avoid road closure hassles and parking woes. More info on your options are over here: https://celebratemooroolbark.com/getting-there/

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Look out for all these wonderful folk in the parade!

  • 1st Mooroolbark Scouts
  • Alizara Belly Dance Troupe
  • ARK Theatre Group
  • Australian Youth Band
  • Eastern Raptors Rugby League
  • Gray Court Pre School
  • Gymbaroo Mooroolbark
  • Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
  • Historical Commercial Vehicle Club
  • Lilydale SES
  • MECEC Kindergarten
  • Mooroolbark Fire Brigade
  • Mooroolbark Girl Guides
  • Mooroolbark History Group
  • Mooroolbark Star Wars Fan Group 501st
  • Numerous Classic & Movie Replica Cars
  • Pembroke Primary School
  • Vermont Secondary College Band
  • Yarra Ranges Special Development School
Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Pembroke Primary School in the Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2014

Pembroke Primary School at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

MOVIE MAYHEM!

Come dressed as your favourite character or movie star on Saturday 19th March (you might even win a prize for your efforts). We have some exciting ideas for bringing this theme into the festival, if you’d like to contribute some more, comment below or send us a message. We’d love to hear yours!

Celebrate Mooroolbark's theme this year is Movie Mayhem

Movies abound at the 2016 Celebrate Mooroolbark. Come along dressed as your favourite character or actor!