Newsletter | #110 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #110 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #110 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for February 9 - February 15, 2009.

This week.. There's no end of special events to celebrate Valentine's Day for all the lucky lovebirds, while single folk and those who embrace all things platonic can find their own fun with some great music festivals including Sunday Sounds, a special day of performances to raise money for Kew's Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.

There's also the Homestead Blues Festival offering a day of some of the finest blues and jazz music, and you can also feast your eyes on the Writers at the Convent festival, celebrating our love of books with a wide range of special events.

Melbourne's newest music venue the Melbourne Recital Centre continue their weeklong program of concerts, while those who missed the Whittlesea Country Music Festival due to the tragic bushfires can make their way to Albury this weekend with all tickets available for use at the Kinross Country Muster.

Special Announcement

We'd like you to consider the first and most important mention in our newsletter about how you can show your support to those who have been affected by the tragic fires seen over the last weekend. You'll find information about how to donate to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal and also how to show your support in many other ways.

We here at OnlyMelbourne would also like to express our deep remorse for those who have suffered great losses in this tragedy and also our equally deep respect and awe for the overwhelming generosity that all Australians have shown to those less fortunate.

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In the wake of the devastating fires this weekend, the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund has been launched to support communities impacted by devastating fires which have ravaged many parts of Victoria. To donate to the fund through Red Cross visit or call 1800 811 700 toll free.


What's On this Week is an overview of the (too many to mention) events happening this week in Melbourne. To see everything that is happening on any given day this week, view our What's On MELBOURNE Calendar

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

Sunday Sounds at the Royal Talbot Sunday Sounds at the Royal Talbot is a fabulous day of live music held this Sunday to raise awareness and funds for the Creative Therapies Service at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Kew. The event is free with $2 donation parking, and there'll be performers including Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter and also kids' activities, a market stall and much more.

Writers at the Convent Writers at the Convent returns this year, celebrating Melbourne's love of reading, writing, books and ideas. Along with showcasing literature from many genres and for all ages, the festival also explores subjects as diverse as our iconic food culture, global politics, climate change, life-changing travel and more. It runs from Friday to Sunday at Abbotsford Convent.

The Homestead Blues Festival The Homestead Blues Festival, held Sunday at the historic Point Cook Homestead, features gourmet food, wine and free children's activities along with international and leading local blues acts that include Michael Charles, Jimi Hocking's Blues Machine and the Andrea Marr Band. Presented by the Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook, all proceeds go to charitable causes.

The Melbourne Recital Centre The Melbourne Recital Centre is celebrating its opening as Melbourne's most exciting, newest music venue with a week-long festival of concerts that runs until Saturday with two concerts nightly. There will also be an Open Day held on Sunday with family activities and a chance to explore the venue with events offering interaction between performers and the public.

The Whittlesea Country Music Festival IMPORTANT NOTE - The Whittlesea Country Music Festival was unfortunately cancelled due to the fires last Saturday and all campers were evacuated and are safe after committee members helped evacuated campers. Due to the cancellation of the festival you are entitled to use your tickets at the Kinross Country Muster held this weekend - MORE DETAILS BELOW...

The Kinross Country Muster The Kinross Country Muster, held this weekend from Friday to Sunday, sees some of Australia's most popular Country Music performers featuring in a huge line-up of stars at Albury-Wodonga's Kinross Woolshed Hotel. Beccy Cole again headlines the event along with other stars of Australian country including the iconic Chad Morgan. Kids under 18 are admitted free.

The Hot Sauce & Fiery Foods Festival The Hot Sauce & Fiery Foods Festival, held this weekend at the Redback Chilli Co farm in Jindivick, focuses on the Australian Chilli Culture in a stunning outdoors location in rural Victoria, just a stone's throw away from Melbourne. Now Australia's longest running Chilli festival, it also showcases Gourmet Food and Boutique Beers and offers live music and kids' activities.

Note: Due to the recent bushfires, this festival is still set to go ahead but the organisers request that all traffic come from the Warragul township and turn left on to the Jindivick/Neerim South Road as you come into Neerim South. Check Website for more details closer to event date at

Upcoming Events

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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice is a one-night only exhibition that will be held this Saturday at Gallery 696 in Brunswick. With not a snip, snail or puppy dog's tail in sight, the exhibition is a charming display of some sweet feminine art with works by artists Bec Winnel and Kate Lightfoot who share a passion to send a little love and beauty back into the world.

Cell Cell, by Fiona Dalwood, is her latest exhibition of digital art photography that follows her previous shows 'Bound' and 'Nasty' by continuing her exploration of tactile history, documenting prisons. Featuring images that include San Francisco's infamous Alcatraz and Ararat's historic J-Ward Asylum and Gaol, it opens Wednesday at 69 Smith Street Gallery.

Rainforest Rescue Rainforest Rescue will be holding an Art Auction this Saturday, with proceeds assisting the not for profit organisation in maintaining their protection and restoration programs. Held as part of the Caspar Brace exhibition, there will also be works from over 30 well-known and emerging artists on display and up for auction. Admission is $10 and the auction is open to all.

Explorations Explorations is the result of a collaborative project that sees the winners of Frankston's 2008 Six degrees competition have their work exhibited at Dandenong's Walker Street Gallery. Open until February 24, the show features the work of Carolyn Henry who explores human emotions through body language and Georgie Zuzak's explorations of urban and industrial themes.

Far to Here Far to Here, beginning Wednesday at Fortyfivedownstairs, is a photographic exhibition by Kabir Dhanji that documents the lives of Darfuri people in Sudan. Capturing the lives of Darfuri people who fled the conflict in Sudan, while Darfuri youth capture their day-to-day experiences in Australia on their own cameras, the resulting images span continents and generations.

Sketchel vs 696Sketchel vs 696 is an exhibition that celebrates the Launch of the second series of Sketchel, customised art satchels, which has teamed up with Brunswick's Gallery 696 to introduce over 50 new designs of the satchel bags. With designs by local, national and international artists such as Aida Sabic, the exhibition will run until next Wednesday.

The Chinese Museum The Chinese Museum will be celebrating the Chinese New Year in February with a special exhibition of a photo series that documents the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Domestic Torch Relay's impact on a nation of 1.3 billion Chinese. The photos by Katrina de Jersey, the only Australian to accompany the Flame to 112 cities in China, will be on display until February 27.

Minuscule/Massive/En Masse Minuscule/Massive/En Masse is an exhibition at Hand Held, a gallery in Bourke Street specialising in artist made books and items. Running all month, the exhibition is a playful display based on the experimental text 'Alley Cat Nomad', an unpublished novel by Adrian Lawson, using different formats, sizes and techniques to present the one book.

Lily Mae Martin Lily Mae Martin is currently showing her self-titled exhibition, held at the Fitzroy gallery, Unpretentiously Underground. Running throughout February, her exhibition explores the tension of personal relationships between families, friends and partners with portraits drawing inspiration from everything from cartoons and contemporary comics to pre-renaissance fine art.

Max Dupain on Assignment Max Dupain on Assignment is an exhibition that features many never seen before works by the late and legendary Australian photographer, Max Dupain, whose government work from the National Archives and Noel Butlin Archives Centre collections will be showcased with over 60 examples of Dupain's work. It runs until May at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne.

The Cunningham Dax Collection The Cunningham Dax Collection is currently showcasing two exhibitions, Beyond the Three Trees and Healing Childhood Trauma. With over 12,000 works by people who've experienced mental illness or psychological trauma, the Collection in Parkville is dedicated to the ethical exhibition of these works, using art to raise awareness of public mental health education.

Speaking for the Ordinary Man Speaking for the Ordinary Man, now showing at St Kilda's Jewish Museum of Australia, is an exhibition of sculptures by Charles Aisen, a tinsmith whose sculptures trace not only his own life journey but that of many Jews who settled in Australia. His touching works evoke the traditional world of pre-war Poland and the immigrant experience in Carlton.

The Water Hole The Water Hole is an exhibition by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger, who have created a stunning ecological fantasy-world in the main gallery of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Bringing together made and found objects to create extravagant, magical installations that are full of allegory and beauty, the exhibition will run until March 1st.

Launches & Seminars

Free Roses & Catwalk at Flinders Street Free Roses & Catwalk at Flinders Street - This Valentine's Day there will be 1,000 red roses given out free at Flinders Street Station. Perfect for anyone feeling left out this weekend, or even saddled with a blithe partner, the free giveaway is part of the launching event for Eternal Bridal Gowns & Accessories and it starts at 2pm with a catwalk session every hour until 7pm.

Celebrate Library Lover's Day Celebrate Library Lover's Day is a special Author Talk held at Doncaster Library this Valentine's Day on Saturday where you can come along to meet fantasy romance authors Narrelle Harris and Keri Arthur and find out what Libraries, Vampires and Valentine's Day have in common. The discussion takes place at 2:30pm and is free, however bookings are required.

DANCE101 DANCE101 will be launching their newest Salsa Night this Friday at the Docklands bar, Fix. The beginning of what will be a monthly event at the venue, the evening includes champagne on arrival, a two course dinner, live bands playing Latin music and a performance by some of Melbourne's finest dancers following your own warm up dance class.

Evolution - The Experience Evolution - The Experience is a special series of lectures, theatre, film and more that commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. Running until Friday the program explores Darwin's ongoing and far-reaching impact with events that use a broad range of media.

Performances & Theatre

Skin Skin, a performance taking place at St Kilda's Theatreworks, is a mix of contemporary and modern dance driven by 10 exceptional dancers, who bring to the show their own unique styles and talents. Directed and choreographed by Robert Sturrock, the show showcases the talents of the Melbourne contemporary dance community. It runs from Thursday to Saturday.

Burn This Burn This, playing from Thursday to Sunday at Chapel Off Chapel, is a play by Lanford Wilson explores the disruption and revelations that four people are left with in the wake of the accidental death of a man named Robbie. Set in the bohemian art world of downtown New York, the vivid and challenging drama will be running until March 1.

InHarmony InHarmony, presented by SLAMS Music Theatre, is a show inspired by some of the great ensemble numbers rarely performed in concert format, including music from Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Spring Awakening, The Lion King, and more. With tabled seating and with food and drink available, it runs until Saturday at Knox Community Arts Centre.

Zanna, Don't! Zanna, Don't! is the award-winning Off-Broadway musical set in a topsy-turvy world where everyone grows up gay. Dancing to a score full of catchy tunes, the show by Quirky Productions offers hearty dollops of humour and a dab of magic amidst a message of embracing diversity set to challenge the way you view love. It plays until this Sunday at Chapel Off Chapel.

Shakespeare in the Vines Shakespeare in the Vines, by Essential Theatre, is a theatre series that sees Shakespeare's classic plays brought to the outdoors with performances held at various wineries and estates across Victoria. Their theatrical tour this year presents the romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, with performances this Saturday and Sunday at Gapsted Wines.

Poor Boy Poor Boy, currently playing at Melbourne Theatre Company's Sumner Theatre in Southbank, is a play that features songs by Matt Cameron and Tim Finn. With an impressive cast that includes Guy Pearce, the thoughtful play tells the story of Jeremy Glass, a boy who on his seventh birthday announces that he is really a deceased man called Danny.

The 39 Steps The 39 Steps, playing at the Arts Centre's Playhouse until Sunday, is a theatrical comedy based on Alfred Hitchcock's classic spy thriller that has been brilliantly recreated for the stage. A smash hit on the West End and Broadway, The 39 Steps features four fearless actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.

Grace Grace, a collaboration between philosopher AC Grayling and theatre director Mick Gordon. Combining a powerful debate about faith with heartrending drama, the play sees scientist Grace Friedman become the country's most vocal advocate for atheism, while her own son becomes an Anglican priest. Performances are held at the Arts Centre until this Saturday.

The Taming of the Shrew The Taming of the Shrew is a fun night of Shakespeare Under The Stars with Glenn Elston's wildly entertaining production of the Bard's classic play. A story of a relationship that starts with fire and brimstone but leads to deep love and admiration, performances are being held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, with shows running each week from Tuesday to Saturday.

Billy Elliot the Musical Billy Elliot the Musical is now playing at Her Majesty's Theatre. Based on the cult film, the stage production features music by Elton John and follows the journey of a young boy in a small mining town who stumbles across a ballet class while on his way to a boxing lesson, and realises that his future lies not in the boxing ring, as his father hoped, but on stage as a dancer.

WickedWicked, based on Gregory Maguire's novel, is the hit musical that tells the untold story of the legendary witches from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. When Dorothy famously triumphed in Oz, we only ever heard one side of the story. Now playing at the Regent Theatre, the creative team that brings the story to life includes many of Broadway's most celebrated talent.

Classical Performances

Cry Baby Classical Concerts Cry Baby Classical Concerts, organised by 3MBS 103.5FM Classically Melbourne and the City of Yarra, offer parents and children the chance to enjoy classical music. With a performance held this Monday at Malvern Town Hall, entry is by Gold Coin donation. Music for children will be performed live on the day by a variety of local classical musicians.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Kate Vigo Kate Vigo will be returning to the popular venue, Manchester Lane this week for one night only when she performs this Thursday night. Performing the jazz tunes that have always captivated her audiences, she'll be supported by Rosaline Yuen and Lydia Phillips who'll be singing the sweet folk pop tunes that have earned her rave reviews. Performances start at 8.30pm.

Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen will be performing this Tuesday night at Rod Laver Arena with tickets still available but selling fast in the wake of his sell-out concert held last Thursday. Having seen last Thursday's show, I highly recommended it, with Cohen proving himself to be one of this generation's most amicable and generous performers, now at the seasoned age of 74.

The Good Vibrations Festival The Good Vibrations Festival, held this Sunday at The Nursery in Flemington Racecourse, brings together the finest beat-based party music from around the world with standout performers that include Fatboy Slim, The Presets and many others in an impressive line up. With an unforgettable party atmosphere the festival is one of the key Summer events.

The Fairfield Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series The Fairfield Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series, held this Sunday in Fairfield Park is a free event that will begin at 5pm. Held each Sunday in February, the concerts showcase musical performances from many backgrounds with Sunday's performance including the costumed dance of Mahindra Bali. The day is BYO but refreshments will also be on sale on the day.

Leticia Leticia will be performing every Thursday night throughout February at Bar Nancy in High Street, Northcote. Appearing along with special guests each week, Leticia's performances will include her new single 'Behind your smile' from her forthcoming album "Fallen Angels"a genre-defying collection that showcases her crystal-clear voice and songs that can inspire and uplift.

Donna & The Aspinauts Donna & The Aspinauts - Renowned Australian performer, Donna Williams, will perform with Victoria's first autism-spectrum band The Aspinauts this Saturday as part of the Upwey RSL's 90th anniversary on Valentines Day. With a vocal delivery reminiscent of Laurie Anderson, the band performs a blend of styles with video backdrops and gestural signing.

Melbourne Zoo Twilights Melbourne Zoo Twilights is a chance to enjoy music performed live at Melbourne Zoo. With performances held each Saturday and Sunday evening, the program runs until March 15, with this year's season boasting one of their best musical line-ups ever. Held on the zoo's concert lawn areas, each evening also includes selected species on display until 7.30pm.

Roar Sounds Roar Sounds is a series of live music events, held at Melbourne Zoo every Thursday evening in February. An event held for people of all ages, Roar Sounds takes place at the zoo's open-air arena and you're able to bring your own food and drink while you enjoy the cruisy summer sounds with this week's performance including the bands Wolf & Cub and Van She.

Valentine's Day Events

Naughty Night Out Naughty Night Out will be hosting a Valentine's Party this Saturday at Mirrors Lounge Bar in Fitzroy. A cocktail party for couples who want to have a fun and exciting night out, the evening includes sexy, sassy entertainment with burlesque shows, red hot Latin dance performers, lingerie fashion parades, a Naughty Trivia Competition and even a dancing lesson.

The Valentine's Eve Romantic Spectacular The Valentine's Eve Romantic Spectacular is a special Valentine's performance this Friday with entertainment provided by Los Angeles jazz singer Connie Lansberg and the Sisters of Sass, Australia's only professional all girl Big Band. Entry includes a free glass of champagne and it takes place at the Oakleigh RSL, just near the Women's Open for all you romantic golfers!

Mr & Ms Smith 2009 Mr & Ms Smith 2009, held this Saturday on Valentine's Day at The Camberwell Centre, is a first of its kind contest where a selected group of couples will compete to prove what makes their relationship special as part of the entry pilot for a TV show. With the audience invited to cheer loudest for the winning couple, the night will be hosted by the sassy CRySTAL BeLLe.

Fast Match Fast Match will celebrate Valentines Day this week by holding a special evening of Speed Dating this Tuesday at the Harbour View Room of FIX, located in Docklands. Entry includes a free drink on arrival, gourmet canapes all the evening, giveaways and prizes, and of course the chance to be struck by Cupid's arrow while enjoying Melbourne's most scenic views.


The St Kilda Openair Cinema The St Kilda Openair Cinema offers an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment provided by local and national artists. Held on the rooftop of St Kilda Sea Baths, the cinema will be running until February 19, and features a very diverse program that includes retro classics, family films, and even documentaries and the best shorts from selected film festivals.

The Rooftop Cinema The Rooftop Cinema flickers into action with film screenings held each week from Tuesday to Sunday. Screening everything from cult favourites to new releases and documentaries, it's the height of entertainment with screenings held on the rooftop of Curtin House, located in Swanston Street, offering night lights, classic cinema and the rooftop bar.

Moonlight Cinema Moonlight Cinema is back, held at the Royal Botanic Gardens. With screenings running until March 15th, the open air cinema features a program that includes latest releases, contemporary films and cult classic movies. A great way to spend a night out with friends and family, you can bring your own picnic or purchase dinner and drinks at the cinema.

Melbourne For Kids

Wicked Friday Night Fun Wicked Friday Night Fun - This week there'll be a special activities night held at Aqualink in Box Hill where you can shake off the recent heatwave and enjoy an evening of water games, activities, BBQ and fun for the whole family. With a special Valentine's Day theme, people are also invited to come along in their best themed outfit for Valentine's Day.

Street Science Aerosol Workshop Street Science Aerosol Workshop - Street Science is a free monthly workshop where kids and teens can learn the art of legal aerosol art with the Street Science team, some of the most talented, experienced and friendliest of the Australian hip-hop community. The aerosol art session takes place the 2nd Wednesday of each month at The Venue in Noble Park.

Hocus Pocus Hocus Pocus - Science and physics become mere playthings as the world of magic, with all its baroque, buoyant charm, comes to City Museum. Proving that magic is in Melbourne's blood, the exhibition shows how our city has radiated with wonder and possibility since its streets were first paved with gold, featuring souvenirs, tools, artworks and more dating back to the 1850s.

DinoStory | Sand Sculpting Exhibition DinoStory | Sand Sculpting Exhibition - Sand Sculpting Australia will again present a special display at the Frankston Waterfront with their newest theme, DinoStory. Featuring the work of sculptors from Australia and overseas, the sand carvings take the form of dinosaurs in stunning detail. The popular exhibition will be running until April 26.

Circus Shows

The Horseman From Snowy River The Horseman From Snowy River is a show that brings Australia's love of horses to life with live performances held in Burnley Oval. A production of international horse master, Rene Gasser, his new show features some of the most beautiful horses in the world offering a stunning showcase of animal talent that also includes sheep and dogs. Shows are held Friday to Sunday.

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The Melbourne Amazing Race The Melbourne Amazing Race will be returning to Melbourne for the 10th time on March 14th, and all Melburnians are invited to register now to enter and compete in the charity event that's inspired by the hit TV show of the same name. Raising funds for the Royal Children's Hospital, there will also be fantastic prizes up for grabs in the unique event.


Welcome to Melbourne Welcome to Melbourne, held as part of the Newcomers Network's events, is a free informal social event held on the Second Friday of every month. All people are welcome to attend, but in particular, the event encourages people who have moved to Melbourne from intrastate, interstate or overseas to make new friends. It's held at the Rendezvous Hotel on Flinders Street.

Beginning Your Family History Beginning Your Family History - The Genealogical Society of Victoria is holding a seminar this Tuesday about how to use the society's resources and the Internet to discover more about your family history. Covering births, deaths, shipping records and much more, it begins at 10am at their centre in Collins Street. Entry is $30 for members and $40 for non-members.

The Atheist Society The Atheist Society is an organisation for those who accept that there is no credible scientific or factually reliable evidence for the existence of a god, gods or the supernatural. The Atheist Society will be holding a free public lecture this Tuesday at East Melbourne's Unitarian Hall. Followed by questions and discussion, the event is free and will begin at 8pm.

The Princes Hill Women's Discussion Group The Princes Hill Women's Discussion Group is an informal discussion group where women can gain knowledge, swap interesting ideas and viewpoints on topical issues and also meet in a relaxed environment. Held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Princes Hill Community Centre, the monthly meetings offer an emphasis on fun and friendship for over 50's.

Yoga at the Park Yoga 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 with lessons held each Sunday morning at 10am in various public parks around Melbourne.

Speakers Forum | Soapbox Oratory Speakers Forum | Soapbox Oratory - Every Sunday afternoon, soapbox orators (that means you if you have something to say) take turns speaking on various topics from differing viewpoints on the State Library Lawns. Questions, comments, heckling and interjections are welcome from all, simply turn up on the day to participate or hear what others have to say.

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 or to benefit others. This week we ask you to consider the following..

Knitting Wool Appeal Knitting Wool Appeal - The Inner Wheel Club of Bundoora is currently appealing for donations of wool to help them supply nursing homes, hospitals and the needy in the Diamond Valley with knitted patchwork knee rugs. After a particularly bitter winter, their supply of rugs has completely gone, as has their wool to produce more. To find how you can help Visit Here

FebFast FebFast is a community awareness campaign held to help others and yourself by sacrificing alcohol intake in February. Sponsored by friends and family, you can help raise funds that can help to support young people struggling with substance use. You can even purchase a Time Out Certificate allowing you to drink on special occasions and raise more funds!

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

The Suzuki Night MarketThe Suzuki Night Market has returned to Queen Victoria Market, held weekly and running Wednesday nights through to February. Now a summer tradition, the Suzuki Night Market offers a great mix of unusual products, great food and atmosphere. The Suzuki Night Market offers a stunning mix of world food, eclectic wares, bars and even two stages showcasing the best live music!


View MARKETS on any day of the week to make the most of the rare sunny days (it's a coin toss lately, isn't it!) and head to one of Melbourne's many excellent markets, fetes and fairs for a bargain!

Markets, Fetes & FairsA growing number of food, produce and even wine markets are always popping up around the suburbs. And don't forget garage sales!

Dining & Drink

The Valentini Cocktail Party The Valentini Cocktail Party, hosted by Fast Impressions, is a 30 Plus event that offers a fun night for singles that includes a complimentary cocktail with entry and delicious gourmet canapes. But you don't want food, you want lurrrve! Luckily, the night also includes a round of Speed Dating, followed by a chance to mingle with other singles on the dancefloor.

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.

Special Dining Offers

La Francesca La Francesca in Surrey Hills is a family owned restaurant that serves Italian and Modern cuisine of the highest standard with specialties that include pasta, risotto, and seafood dishes. They'll be offering a Special Valentine's Day deal with dinner from a set menu that can include Two Courses for $30 per person or Three Courses for $40. Confirmed Reservation is essential.

Dining in Melbourne offers a splendid range of food styles to enjoy. Here are just a few classic food styles to choose from..


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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.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Valentine's Day is this Saturday, February 14... Get the jump on Cupid with our Valentine's Day Guide, with gifts, romantic dinners suggestions and more. Remind your loved one why you love them so much on that one special day when you can say, 'Thankyou, just for being you!' with a special gift, or even flowers to say, 'I'm sorry I ____ with your ___ and ____!'

Petals Network Petals Network - Valentines Day's the perfect time to spoil your loved one rotten and not get asked, "What's this for?"Stay in the good books and send flowers to your loved one, be they here or anywhere in the world - even that "woman"you've met in World of Warcraft! Petals Network offer quality flowers and gifts in over 70 countries, delivered fresh by a Local Florist.

Valentine's Day Restaurant Offers Valentine's Day Restaurant Offers - Valentine's Day is one of the busiest times for restaurants with food lovers, lovers of food, and also lovers with food at Melbourne's many fantastic and romantic restaurants. Avoid the last minute rush by making a booking today for you and your special pumpkin!

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Sporting Events


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Finals Series - Week 2
Melbourne Victory FC vs Adelaide United FC
Saturday 14 February - 8pm
Telstra Dome, Docklands


The Women's Australian Open The Women's Australian Open begins this week, showcasing our finest and emerging golfers with Australian legend Karrie Webb competing for what could be her fifth title.

12th to 15th February, 2009
The Metropolitan Golf Club - Golf Road, South Oakleigh

National Basketball League

Melbourne Tigers Home GameMelbourne Tigers Home Game

Go Karting

The 2009 Victorian Open Sprint Kart Championships The 2009 Victorian Open Sprint Kart Championships will take place this week at the club racing track of the Eastern Lions Kart Club, running from Friday to Sunday. The racing track of the Eastern Lions Kart Club is located at The Hume International Raceway on Tooborac Road in Puckapunyal, located approximately eight kilometres from Seymour.

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