Newsletter | #052 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #052 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #052 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for December 31 - January 6, 2008.

This week kicks off with the BIGGEST night of the year as we farewell 2007! La Befana sees a festive day on Sunday, Le Tan celebrates 30 years with a huge Beach Party, and Port Fairy continues a massive month of events with the Moyneyana Festival! The School Holidays also continue with plenty of action for the kids and new events in the School Holiday Guide!

There are sport details, special dining offers and info on upcoming events and highlights in beautiful Melbourne, so read on and enjoy!

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Major Events Guide

La BefanaLa Befana is the good Italian witch who, in Italian culture, flies on her broomstick to visit children and leaves presents in their stockings on the eve of the Epiphany. Held on January 6th at Piazza Italia between 12.00pm-9.30pm, La Befana includes Italian music and opera. In the neighbouring Argyle Square Gardens, childrens activities include circus workshops, face painting, The Connies and more!

Le Tan Summer Beach PartyLe Tan Summer Beach Party - To celebrate its 30 birthday, Le Tan, which is proudly Aussie made and owned, is holding a series of fun beach parties on Saturday the 5th of January.

Head on down to Frankston Beach for a bbq, music, face painting, free sunscreen and a fun day in the sun! The Beach Party runs from 10am to 3pm.

Port Fairy's Moyneyana FestivalPort Fairy's Moyneyana Festival celebrates 60 years this year with a huge range of events and activities. Beginning on December 24, 2007, the Moyneyana Festival runs till January, 31, 2008. During the festival the Village Green comes alive with an Emergency Services Day, plus Art on the Green. There will also be a Giant 60th Birthday Party on the Village Green on Australia Day, with cake, games, and fun for all!

School Holiday Guide

School Holiday GuideCheck out our School Holiday Guide for a head start on things to do with the kids during the school holidays in January, 2008.

Updated Weekly with all the Latest Events!!

The guide is updated weekly to highlight the best things to do over the holiday period for the young and young at heart, to help you find perfect ways to enjoy the holidays with events, tours and holiday care programs.. all in marvellous Melbourne!

The Teenage Rampage Holiday ProgramThe Teenage Rampage Holiday Program, held by the City of Stonnington returns in the Summer school holidays from January 7th to 18th. Suitable for young people in years six to nine, activities include bowling, arcade games, movies, horse riding, and more!

For More Great Activities Visit School Holiday Guide

New Year's Eve in Melbourne

New Years Eve GuideNew Year's Eve - Everyone get outs for Melbourne's biggest night of the year, so here is our guide how to count down the New Year into 2008..

Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Great Wall of BooksThe Great Wall of Books is a public display of the biggest book ever bound! Free to the public, it is a large-scale sculpture, interactive installation, outdoor performance, exhibition space and more! It will be on display from January 5th to 10th at Fed Square.

Clothes for Modern LoversClothes for Modern Lovers showcases the work of Katie Pye, whose experimental and highly unorthodox fashions constantly challenged the conventional limitations of fashionable dress. This exhibition at NGV charts Pye's work from the late 1970s to 1990.

People, Places, AnimalsPeople, Places, Animals is a major survey of work by acclaimed British artist , whose real-life photos of his family became a notorious part of the 1997 Saatchi exhibition Sensation. It begins December 20 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Power and Beauty - Indigenous Art NowPower and Beauty - Indigenous Art Now, is showing at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. With works from contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in all areas of Australia, the exhibits attest to the artists' resilience in holding on to their culture.

Arts & Theatre

Disney's High School MusicalDisney's High School Musical is the worldwide smash hit that comes live to stage at the Frankston Arts Centre this Summer! Come along and see what the excitement of Disney's High School Musical - On Stage from 31 December to 6 January!

The Wind in the WillowsThe Wind in the Willows - Pack a picnic, pack the kids... and enjoy a day out in Melbourne's beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens with Rat, Mole, Badger, and, of course, Mr Toad! A must for the holidays, there will be performances running until January 26.

Monty Python's SPAMALOTMonty Python's SPAMALOT, the smash hit Broadway and West End musical, has finally hit Melbourne, playing at Her Majesty's Theatre. Directed by Mike Nichols, the play is based on one of the Pythons' best-loved films, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Priscilla Queen of the DesertPriscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the popular Oscar-winning film, the play is fun, daring, over-the-top and unforgettable! Experience the beauty of the outback on stage with over 20 full-scale production numbers that will take your breath away!

Entertainment & Nightlife

Last Stand at Bar AltitudeEnd of An Era Party - On January 1st, Bar Altitude will close its historic doors for the last time as one of Melbourne's longest standing nightclubs. To celebrate, Altitude will see the night out with 20 of its DJ's. Doors open 8pm and close whenever the party winds down!

Spensers LiveSpensers Live presents superb entertainment and quality food in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Every Tuesday night you'll find Jazz with the Michael Jordan Trio, featuring Steve Magnussen.

Nissan Moonlight CinemaNissan Moonlight Cinema is Australia's favourite summer outdoor cinema screening latest release, classic and contemporary films in the Royal Botanic Gardens' stunning parklands! This Sunday the Russian cult horror, Daywatch screens.

Rooftop CinemaThe Rooftop Cinema at Curtin House flickers into action during Summer, with films screening Tuesday to Sunday. Enjoy the night lights, classic cinema and the rooftop bar! This week's program includes John Water's cult film Cry Baby, screening Thursday.


Southern Star Observation Wheel CompetitionBe the first to ride the Wheel - a ride to remember!
Win a ride to remember on Waterfront City's stunning 120m high Southern Star Observation Wheel.

Scheduled for completion in late 2008, the winners will also recieve two guided tours throughout 2008 to see the construction progress, a commemorative gift and invitations to the official VIP launch!

$12,000 Cash Bonanza$12,000 Cash Bonanza! Here's your chance to share in a $12,000 CASH BONANZA, courtesy of Financial Services Online! Apply free online for any comparative quote & you automatically qualify for free entry into their monthly prize draw of $1,000!

Dining & Drink

Special New Year's Dining Offers

DiningMenulog is the easiest way to avoid the New Year's Rush & book a table at one of Melbourne's many splendid restaurants! There are many Melbourne restaurants that are currently offering special deals for New Year's Eve so you can save money and have a great night out in Melbourne! Restaurants found at Menulog offer everything from New Year's special menus, a la carte banquets, and more!

Visit here for BOOKING DETAILS @ Menulog

Wining sell premium Australian wines direct to the public at up to 50% off retail prices, offering Free Home Delivery and a 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Perfect for all lovers of wine, their impressive range of wines and service were recommended on Channel 7's Today Tonight and Channel 9's A Current Affair.


Saganaki Greek Cuisine & GrillSaganaki Greek Cuisine & Grill offer sensational cuisine, and a perfect atmosphere set amidst quality design with floor to ceiling windows displaying the Docklands' water views. The Modern Greek cuisine is prepared using only the very best local produce.

Special Dining Offer

Melbourne offers a splendid range of food styles to enjoy. Here are just a few classic food styles to choose from..
DiningFor more restaurants...
Check out onlyMelbourne's Restaurant Directory
Or you can View & Book a Table @ MenuLog

Dining In

Menulog Home Delivery is a great chance to eat fine cuisine at home! With over 300 of the best restaurants on offer, you're sure to find something to suit any taste or occasion. To find fast and easy delivery in your area, Visit Here.

Sporting Events


29th Australian Blind Cricket ChampionshipsThe 29th Australian Blind Cricket Championships brings together the cream of Australia's blind and vision-impaired cricketers. The Blind Cricket Championships will see teams from across Australia play each other twice in a round-robin format, culminating in a Grand final on Friday January 11th. The Championships will be held at the rear of Vision Australia building, Glenferrie Road in Kooyong.

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Ocean Grove Tranquillity FairThe Ocean Grove Tranquility Fair will be held on Saturday at Ocean Grove Park from 10am to 5pm. The Fair is a festival of music and food with over 100 stalls including alternative lifestyles, crafts, natural therapies, massage, readers and jewellery stalls!

Markets, Fetes & FairsMelbourne Market Guide - 1st Week of this Month
Make the most of the sunny days and hop along to one of Melbourne's many excellent markets, fetes and fairs this weekend for a bargain! An increasing number of food and produce markets including wine are always popping up around the suburbs. And don't forget garage sales!

The Suzuki Night MarketThe Suzuki Night Market has returned for summer at Queen Victoria Market, running Wednesday nights weekly through to February. Now a summer tradition, the Suzuki Night Market offers a great mix of unusual products, great food and atmosphere!

Queen Victoria Market this week:

Melbourne For Kids

Lost Island - Curse of the MaskLost Island: Curse of the Mask is Melbourne Aquarium's spectacular new exhibit, full of adventure and fun for people of all ages. These school holidays Melbourne Aquarium will take visitors on an amazing adventure into the heart of the Lost Island, a wild jungle with extraordinary aquatic animals, beautiful waterfalls and spooky caves. The special event runs from December 26, 2007 to January 26, 2008.

Masks of ChinaMasks of China at the Immigration Museum features handmade masks from China, some which are over 200 years old. With free entry for children the exhibition includes fun kids activity trail with the chance to sketch and colour-in their own mask!

Independent Games Festival ExhibitionThe Independent Games Festival Exhibition is an interactive showcase of selected winners and nominees of the Independent Games Festival. The exhibition features a stunning selection of work such as Samarost 2 (pictured).

Circus Shows

Circus ShowsCircus Royale is a totally professional traditional circus staged in a luxury tent featuring International circus stars, high wire walkers, swing trapeze, clowns, acrobats, drummers, jugglers and more!

Family Tours

Puffing BillyPuffing Billy Tour - take a tour the whole family can enjoy with a ride on Puffing Billy, Australia's best-loved steam train! Winding its way through lush ferns and towering timbers, this fantastic tour offers may treats, including wine tasting for the adults and also a trip to Healesville Sanctuary that kids will love!

What's On for December


Come & Try Rowing DayCome & Try Rowing Day - The Y Rowing Centre, located in beautiful Albert Park Lake, invites you to try your hand at rowing. Held on the first Sunday of each month, these sessions are open to participants of all ages. Just turn up and have fun!

Yoga at the ParkYoga at the Park is an initiative of The Health and Yoga Council of Australia, presenting Yoga classes in some of Victoria's most beautiful parks and gardens. Set in a relaxed environment, classes are designed to suit many age groups and levels of experience.

You Can Help

There are many social causes that are relevant to people from all walks of life, many of which rely on public support to better the community or assist those who are less fortunate. This week we ask you to consider the following..

Kids Help LineKids Help Line is Australia's only free, confidential and anonymous, 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for young people aged between 5 and 25. Dealing with issues ranging from bullying to sexual abuse, homelessness, suicidal thoughts, and drug and alcohol usage. Counsellors respond to more than 10,000 calls each week. However, due to lack of funding, thousands more continue to go unanswered..

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Melbourne Trivia

A Mephistopheles Or Two..

A ghost walks Melbourne's splendid Princess Theatre. Singer, Federici, died as he descended from the stage through the trap in March 1888 after playing Mephistopheles in the opera Faust

The night after, the cast claimed that two Mephistopheles stepped forward to take their bows. Federici's replacement, Ernest St Clair swore that every time he stepped forward to take his bow invisible hands pushed him backwards.

Since then there have been many sightings and it is regarded as good luck to have seen the ghost. It's said that the Princess leaves a seat for Federici in the balcony on opening nights.

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