• 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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Start filming and win

You’re all taking videos on your phones already, so why not win some cash for your next one?

Theme: Environmental Sustainability
Eg. Do you grow vegies? Recycle? Walk or cycle to school? Buy local? Turn off the lights at home? Take short showers? Then you are an expert already! Be silly and have some fun.

We’ll even extend the Monday 5pm deadline, all you have to do is ask. Message us now to let us know you’re working on it! (Either via Facebook message or to alex@celebratemooroolbark.com)

More info here.

If you can’t see Bianca’s gorgeous little video below then please click on the link to view it. She made it just for you!

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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

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.