Newsletter | #243 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #243 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #243 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday to Monday, August 30 to September 5.

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This week... Darebin Music Feast returns to celebrate the creative spark that shines brightly in Melbourne's North East with a great range of concerts and events, including the newly named festival day of High Noon - formally known as High Vibes. I'm not aware of the reasons behind the new title, but it could be due to connotations of dubious recreational habits that are no longer seen as fashionable.

And speaking of fashion, those wearing heels and a spring in their step might want to watch their footing as Melbourne Spring Fashion Week rears its fascinator and proudly steps forth with a range of events held across the city.

If you're not too picky about your attire, however, and don't mind the odd bit of dirt (the tasteful kind) you might want to head to the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival with its program of open gardens, exhibitions and more.

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Minsky's Market Minsky's Market, held at Fitzroy's House of Burlesque, is a unique market day filled with fashion, art and lingerie, which also supports local talent. With vintage style clothing and artist made fashions, the market includes items by includes Bonsai Kitten, Minsky Malone and art prints from Isobel Von Finklestein.
When: Sunday September 11 - 11am to 5pm

Chilean Latin American September Festival Chilean Latin American September Festival, held at Sandown Racecourse, is the most anticipated Latin event in Melbourne with the festival now expanded to include other Latin American countries such as Mexico, El Salvador and Colombia with food, music, dancing, crafts and more.
When: Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18

21st Century Financial Education Summit 21st Century Financial Education Summit features Sir Richard Branson, Tim Ferris, Eddie McGuire and others at Hisense Arena where you can discover what they didn't teach at school about excelling financially in the 21st Century from over a dozen of the world's most successful entrepreneurs.
When: Friday & Saturday, October 21 & 22

Manufacturing Resource Efficiency Manufacturing Resource Efficiency, presented by VECCI and Enterprise Connect, is a forum for small and medium manufacturers to learn how using resources more efficiently can lead to long term success. Headlined by efficiency expert Alan Pears, the free forum is held in Geelong.
When: Tuesday August 30 - Registration Required

Tease Tease, presented by Fitzroy's House of Burlesque, is a night of outrageously saucy fun with featuring 34 performers to tantalise the senses. Guests can also join in the fun with Hula Hoop Contests, Lovely Legs Competitions for both men and women, and best dressed awards with prize giveaways.
When: Friday September 2 - 7pm to 11pm

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Major Events

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, held at its festival hub of Melbourne Town hall and other venues, showcases all the hottest designers, labels, styles and retailers Melbourne offers with events that include fashion parades, films, workshops, parties, markets and exhibitions.
When: September 5 to 11

Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival is a celebration of Spring, offering fun for people of all ages with events including arts and photography exhibitions, concerts, open garden days featuring awards and garden tours and a grand parade day with plenty of fun at the town fair.
When: September 1 to 11
Also See: Kyneton Antique Fair | Friday to Sunday, September 2 to 4

Melbourne Writers Festival Melbourne Writers Festival, one of Australia's key literary events, offers a broad range of literary ideas and events with over 400 writers from around the world featured in a program of talks, debates, literary banquets, film screenings, concerts held at Federation Square and other venues.
When: August 25 to September 4

Melbourne Winter Festival Melbourne Winter Festival, held outside the Royal Exhibition Building, offers the joys of an authentic European winter with spectacular free ice skating performances held each weekend, a showcase of foods and drinks, a huge outdoor ice skating rink and many more attractions.
When: August 18 to September 5

Music & Arts Festivals

Darebin Music Feast Darebin Music Feast celebrates song writing and music in all its diverse forms with a huge program of events at more than 25 venues. Celebrating Darebin as one of Melbourne's most thriving music communities, many events are free including the High Noon street festival.
When: September 2 to 18
High Noon Festival: Sunday September 18

Craft Cubed Craft Cubed, presented by Craft Victoria, is a festival that showcases experimental, skilled and ideas-based craft and design. With this year's theme of HYBRID exploring fluidity of design experimentation, the program features exhibitions, workshops, seminars, markets and much more.
When: Until September 3 - Various Venues

Ballarat Foto Biennale Ballarat Foto Biennale, the southern hemisphere's largest photography event, offers a program that showcases the best photography from across Australia and the world with exhibitions of work by artists from China, Poland and other countries, displayed in many venues in Ballarat.
When: August 20 to September 18

Film Festivals

AICE Israeli Film Festival AICE Israeli Film Festival brings contemporary Israeli cinema to Melbourne's screens with featured films showing at Palace Cinema Como in South Yarra and Palace Brighton Bay with a program that features films and documentaries with many screening here for the first time.
When: Tuesday to Sunday, Aug 30 to Sept 4

Food & Wine Festivals

The Spring Graze The Spring Graze, held as part of Put Victoria on Your Table, a Victorian Government initiative that celebrates our greatest foods and wines, offers a tasty series of events celebrating the arrival of Spring with more than 60 events held at some of the best restaurants in Victoria.
When: September 1 to 30

Flavours of Greece Festival Flavours of Greece Festival, presented by the Bank of Cyprus, showcases the best in Greek cuisine, celebrating its relevance in Australia's food scene with ticketed events at various restaurants and the highlight of a free Greek Style Coffee Making Competition at Oakleigh's Eaton Mall.
When: Until September 28 - Various Dates & Venues
Greek Style Coffee Making Competition:
Saturday September 24

Competitions & Special Offers

Stokehouse Experience Stokehouse Experience, presented by bookarestaurant and Taste of Melbourne is a chance to WIN a $200 dining voucher at Stokehouse with a meet-and-greet with Stokehouse Head Chef Oliver Gould AND two VIP tickets to this year's premier food showcase, Taste of Melbourne.
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Competition Ends: Sunday September 4

Father's Day

Father's Day Gift Guide Father's Day Gift Guide - Father's Day is almost here, so don't be late and be sure to get a great gift for Dad! If you haven't bought a gift or planned something special yet then why not try some of our ideas to make it a perfect Father's Day this year to show how great he is.
Father's Day: Sunday September 4

Catalogue Central Catalogue Central presents a wide variety of Melbourne based catalogues highlighting wonderful offers and bargains with high profile retailers including Bunnings, Blockbuster, Kmart, Target and more, making shopping for Dad much easier for this year's Father's Day.
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Brewtopia Brewtopia can provide a unique by allowing you to easily design your own labels for a range of gifts including their award winning lager, wines, specially blended coffees and even bottled water, making it a great way to personalise gifts for this year's Father's Day.
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Fruit Only Fruit Only offers a wide selection of beautifully presented boxed gift hampers of Australian quality fruit, many with chocolates and wine. Delivering throughout Australia, they have the best fruit Australia has to offer - ideal for those long-distance surprise gifts for Father's Day!
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Break of Day Break of Day offers quality hampers and gift baskets with chocolate, tea & coffee, delicious biscuits and cakes. They also offer other great gifts like luxury bathrobes and even gardening gifts with something to suit men of all ages for a special gift on Father's Day.
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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Space Invaders Space Invaders, held at Melbourne's RMIT Gallery, draws entirely from the National Gallery of Australia's collection for an exhibition that surveys the past 10 years of Australian street art with more than 40 artists featured in displays of over 100 stencils, posters, paste-ups, zines and more.
When: September 2 to November 5
Exhibition Opening: Thursday September 1 - 6pm to 8pm
Curator's Talk: Friday September 2 - 11am to 12pm
Graffiti Wall Art Project: September 26 to 30
Street Art Seminar: September 26 - 12pm to 1pm
Free Seniors Festival Event: October 6 - 11am to 12pm

Print Matters at the Baillieu Print Matters at the Baillieu, held at Melbourne University, is a free One Day Symposium inspired by the Baillieu Library Print Collection, which includes some 8,000 prints, dating back as far as the 15th century. During the day, 20 minute presentations will be held with 10 minutes for questions.
When: Saturday September 3

Missing Lives Missing Lives, showing at Melbourne Multicultural Hub, is a photography exhibition by award-winning photographer Nick Danziger, who documented the stories of people seeking the truth of what happened to their loved ones in the wake of the wars that scarred the Balkans in the 1990s.
When: August 30 to September 9

For Art & Earth For Art & Earth, held at Fitzroy's Rue De Fleurus in, is a live art fundraising event presented by Surface Pop-Up Gallery and Traditional Healthcare. With live music and prizes, works produced on the night by the likes of Maccatron, Itch, CDH and Katie Houghton will also be available for sale.
When: Friday September 2 - $10 Entry

Dear Father Dear Father, held at Melbourne's Lord Coconut, is an exhibition of men's jewellery created by various artists. With the inspiration of postcards from Canada, France and other parts across the world, the works reflect the origins of the featured countries each jeweller was given.
When: August 30 to September 17 - Tues to Sat

Life in Glass Life in Glass, held at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran, is a new collaborative exhibition from 'The Glass Group', a pioneering team of emerging glass artists. Bringing the medium into a contemporary environment, the artists push the boundaries of glass art and its architectural applications.
When: August 30 to September 18

Shades of Light Shades of Light, held at Carlton's Steps Gallery, is the latest exhibition by artist and musician, Miriam Morris. With abstract artworks on canvas and paper, her works explore the quality of light and reflection through her use of metallic paint both applied and scraped back by palette knife.
When: Until September 7 Closed Mondays

The Art of Wildlife The Art of Wildlife showcases Australian flora and fauna, portrayed in both naturalistic and interpretive styles of 2 and 3-dimensional artworks. Presented by The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia, the exhibition at Bundoora Homestead, will aid Wildlife Rescuers in Melbourne's north.
When: September 1 to 18 - Wednesdays to Sundays

Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies, held at ACMI Cinema, celebrates the 25th anniversary of Margaret and David's partnership as two of Australia's most recognisable and respected film reviewers. Items displayed include Margaret's famous earrings and David's ASIO file.
When: Until December 4

Paintings of Poise and Passion Paintings of Poise and Passion, presented at TarraWarra Museum of Art in Healesville, is an exhibition of works by Sandra Leveson. A critically-acclaimed contributor to abstract painting during the 1970s, Leveson's paintings blend her unique style with misty and turbulent landscapes.
When: Until October 2 - Closed Mondays

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Expos, Launches, Open Days & Lectures

Glamour of the Gown Parade Glamour of the Gown Parade, held at Box Hill Town Hall, is a special presentation by CatholicCare with a stunning parade of After Five and Special Occasion Gowns dating back to the 1940's. All proceeds will be directed towards CatholicCare's Alcohol & Other Drug Family Service.
When: Thursday September 1 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Totipotent - National Youth Theatre Summit Totipotent - National Youth Theatre Summit held at St Martins Youth Arts Centre in South Yarra, is a chance for aspiring theatre makers to have input on the present environment of youth theatre, with the outcomes later taken to the Australian Theatre Forum in Brisbane.
When: Friday & Saturday, September 2 & 3

National 4X4, Fishing Show & Outdoors Expo National 4X4, Fishing Show & Outdoors Expo, held at Melbourne Showgrounds, offers an enormous showcase of everything that fans of touring, camping and fishing could want. The expo offers the latest innovations, product launches and seminars hosted by industry experts.
When: Friday to Sunday, September 2 to 4

Melbourne Tours

Melbourne's Underbelly Crime Tour Melbourne's Underbelly Crime Tour lets you discover the darker side of Melbourne as you walk in the footsteps of notorious criminals, exploring the scenes of some of the city's most infamous criminal events. The tour also includes 50% discount on entry to the Old Melbourne Gaol.
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Performances & Theatre

Grease The Musical Grease The Musical, performed by students of Sunbury College, captures the spirit of the film with the classic love story of Rydell High's Sandy, Danny and others featuring the iconic songs Such as 'You're The One That I Want' that made the movie the hit it still is today.
When: August 31 & September 1, 2, 7, 8, 9

Peter Pan & Wendy - The Musical Peter Pan & Wendy - The Musical is a new adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic tale, presented by International House Theatre Group. Held at the University of Melbourne's Union Theatre, the philosophical reworking features a modern score performed by a 22-piece orchestra.
When: Thursday to Saturday, September 1 to 3

Faulty Towers, The Dining Experience Faulty Towers, The Dining Experience, the very popular interactive comedy show, will be appearing in Rowville and Queenscliff. With a 3-course dinner, the evening captures the chaotic mayhem of a restaurant run by Basil Faulty, his wife Sybil and misguided waiter Manuel.
When: Thursday & Friday, September 1 & 2

Two Femmes and a Fatale Two Femmes and a Fatale, held at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran, is a film noir style thriller. The latest sensation from Full-skirted Productions, a woman seeks the help of a detective but when she encounters his secretary, the two femmes join together on a dangerous adventure.
When: August 24 to September 4 - Wednesdays to Sundays

Flowerchildren Flowerchildren, held at St Kilda's Theatre Works, is the musical production by Magnormos, which tells the story of The Mamas & The Papas. The exciting new Australian musical follows the turbulent private lives of the American vocal group from their rise to fame to their tragic demise.
When: August 26 to September 10

Once Upon A Showtime Once Upon A Showtime, held at the Whitehorse Centre in Nunawading, is the annual theatre presentation by the Guides and Scouts of Whitehorse and Maroondah Districts. The variety revue-style show is written, produced and performed by members, following months of careful rehearsal.
When: August 26 to September 2

Cafe Scheherazade Cafe Scheherazade, the popular hit play by Therese Radic, returns for another run at Melbourne's fortyfivedownstairs. Based on the best-selling novel by Arnold Zable, the play set around the St Kilda meeting place is a love story that resonates with Melbourne's culture and history.
When: August 20 to September 11

Circle Mirror Transformation Circle Mirror Transformation, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company in Southbank, is Annie Baker's touching and humorous play, which follows four adults and their teach who are brought together in unexpected ways at an under-subscribed acting class at community college.
When: August 17 to September 17 - Various Dates

Rising Water Rising Water, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company, stars John Howard in Tim Winton's play about a man whose plans to spend Australia Day getting morosely drunk on his yacht are upended by the arrival of an English backpacker called Dee who threatens to rock his boat.
When: August 5 to September 10

Hamlet Hamlet, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company in Southbank, sees Shakespeare's classic tale of revenge and tragedy given a fresh and contemporary interpretation in this reworking of one of the greatest plays by the same team that uniquely brought Richard III to life last year.
When: July 19 to August 31

Love Never Dies Love Never Dies brings the phenomenal musical hit to Melbourne with performances at the Regent Theatre. Continuing Andrew Lloyd Webber's greatest love story, The Phantom of the Opera, the musical extravaganza follows on ten years after the Phantom's disappearance and his new life in New York.
When: May 29 to November 17 | Book Now

ROCK OF AGES ROCK OF AGES, held at Melbourne's Comedy Theatre, is a hilarious, feel-good love story set in 1987 when a small-town girl meets a big-city dreamer in L.A.'s most legendary rock club. Told through music of the era, the comedy includes hits such as 'Don't Stop Believin', 'The Final Countdown' and other classics.
When: Until October 2 | Book Now

Classical, Choral & Recitals

Sir Andrew Davis Sir Andrew Davis, one of the world's great conductors, will present an exciting program of concerts held at Melbourne Town Hall featuring two Czech masterpieces, Dvorak's lyrical symphony and Janacek's rousing Rhapsody for Orchestra, based on the exploits of Slav hero Taras Bulba.
When: Thursday & Friday, September 1 & 2

Tract Tract, held at Southbank's Malthouse Theatre, combines traditional Aboriginal songs with Western instrumentation as members of the young Wńgilak Group from South East Arnhem Land join the Australian Art Orchestra and musicians of the Australian National Academy of Music.
When: Friday & Saturday, September 2 & 3

Preston Symphony Orchestra Preston Symphony Orchestra will be appearing at Northcote Town Hall where they'll present the Youth Concerto Competition. Conducted by Mark Dipnall, the concert will feature finalists aged 18 or under performing violin and piano playing concertos with the talented orchestra.
When: Sunday September 4 - 2:30pm to 5pm

Firebird Trio Firebird Trio, Melbourne's newest piano trio, will perform at Montsalvat in Eltham with their concert, Gems from the Danube. Part of their inaugural series, Wanderlust, the concert program includes Franz Liszt's 'Wenn die letzten Sterne bleichen' and works by Haydn and Schubert.
When: Sunday September 4 - 3pm

Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance

HEROES HEROES, part of Melbourne Dance Theatre exciting season this year, chronicles the poignant stories of everyday people who found themselves in the midst of September 11, one of the most horrific terrorist attack of recent times. Performances are held at Malthouse Theatre in Southbank.
When: Thursday to Saturday, September 1 to 3

More-Bang-For-No-Buck Burlesque Show! More-Bang-For-No-Buck Burlesque Show! is a night of free entertainment at Red Bennies in South Yarra with MC Madame Natalia and rotating burlesque stars each week. With sassy broads, fun and music, the end-of-weekend burlesque injection is a sure-fire cure for winter blues.
When: Sunday September 4 - 7pm

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Entertainment & Nightlife

Theophilus London Theophilus London, the groundbreaking performer who blends electro, rock, pop and Hip-Hop to craft his own style of music and storytelling, will be performing at Northcote Social Club. During his Australian shows, he'll be supported by Polo Club who'll be performing new material.
When: Thursday September 1 - 8:30pm

Mark Fitzgibbon Trio & Sonya Veronica Mark Fitzgibbon Trio & Sonya Veronica will perform at Dizzy's in Richmond where together they'll present well known to obscure jazz songs and chanson Franšaise . The performance will be Sonya's last gig before she takes a hiatus from appearing in Melbourne.
When: Thursday September 1 - 8pm to 10.30pm

Dance for the Devil Dance for the Devil, a fundraising gig held at Melbourne's Spice Market, features special guest DJ duo Alexandra Richards, daughter of Rolling Stone legend Keith Richards, and Nick Cohen. With Gold Coin Donations encouraged at the door, funds will go to Save the Tasmanian Devil.
When: Friday September 2 - 5pm to 2am

Killcouture Killcouture, held at the Royal Melbourne Hotel, reinvents and also challenges the traditional club night format to offer an exciting night that brings together art, music and culture for a creative, open-minded community to share their thoughts through different mediums.
When: Friday September 2 - 10pm to late

Threshold Fringe Threshold Fringe, held at St Kilda's Felix Bar, brings a night of entertainment with THRESHOLDtc presenting a pre-Fringe party to raise funds for their production of The Bald Soprano. With special guests, the night will feature acoustic sessions, cabaret, comedy, hip-hop and electro-pop.
When: Sunday September 4

Mistaken Identity Mistaken Identity, featuring the Sedergreen brothers with pianist Steve and self-taught multi-saxophonist Mal, Will be performing at Melbourne's Bennetts Lane Jazz Club. Their latest line-up includes senior jazz figure and drummer Ted Vining along with acoustic bassist Nick Haywood.
When: Sunday September 4 - 9pm till late

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Comedy & Magic

Checkpoint Charlie Comedy Checkpoint Charlie Comedy, one of Melbourne's newest comedy rooms located at Eurotrash Bar, warms you up with some of Melbourne's most exciting new up-and-comers before testing your continence with some of Australia's best known established comedians.
When: Wednesday August 31

An Evening with Martin Short An Evening with Martin Short, held in Melbourne for one night only at the Princess Theatre, brings to the stage the many talents of the award winning comedian, singer, actor and movie star as he draw on his life experiences to present a night of entertainment like no other.
When: Thursday September 1 - 8pm

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Melbourne For Kids

Kids Floral Art Workshop Kids Floral Art Workshop lets children celebrate the start of Spring with a fun class that teaches the basics of flower arranging and how to care for them. Held at the Harvest Workroom in Brunswick East, each child will design and create their own box arrangement to take home.
When: Saturday September 3 - 11am to 12pm

ArtPlay ArtPlay will be offering a day of workshops held especially as part of the Melbourne Writers' Festival with children having the chance to learn about writing from Chris Morphew creator of Zac Power, workshop with Gabrielle Wang and learn mystery writing with Deborah Abela.
When: Saturday September 3

Family Day at Collingwood Children's Farm Family Day at Collingwood Children's Farm is a special children's event held each month with each family day featuring a particular theme that matches activities provided for kids. Activities include hayrides, a BBQ and much more to make it a great day out for the kids and family.
When: Sunday September 4

Glee Club, Hip Hop & Acting Classes Glee Club, Hip Hop & Acting Classes, held at the Dunlop room of St Damien's Church in Bundoora, offer engaging and educational drama classes for children. Presented by West Grove Productions, the classes encourage self-confidence, creativity, co-ordination and plenty of fun.
When: Until September - Saturday & Mondays

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Eltham Toy Library's Toy & Baby Goods Market Eltham Toy Library's Toy & Baby Goods Market offers great bargains with over 50 stalls of new and second-hand baby and children items. Held undercover along with a sausage sizzle, the fundraiser allows the organisation to restock with new toys for members to use.
When: Saturday September 3 - Starts 9am - $2 Entry

Maribyrnong Orchid Society Maribyrnong Orchid Society will be holding their annual Spring Show at the Maribyrnong Community Centre. Displaying a wide range of orchids, the event will include demonstrations on how to re-pot orchids, along with other advice on orchid culture from many of the members.
When: Sunday & Monday, September 4 & 5

Footy Woolies Footy Woolies, presented by the Handweavers & Spinners Guild of Victoria at their meeting rooms in Carlton North, is a showcase of selected items displaying the football colours of AFL teams. With all items available for sale, all proceeds will go towards helping Parkinson's Victoria.
When: September 1 to 23

Melbourne Market Guide

View MARKETS calendar to make the most of the rare sunny days (it's a coin toss, isn't it!) and head to one of Melbourne's many excellent markets for a bargain!

Markets, Fetes & FairsA growing number of food, produce and even wine markets are springing up around the suburbs.

Wining & Dining

Grove & Vine Providore Grove & Vine Providore, a boutique wine and gourmet food specialist in South Yarra, will be holding a free wine tasting to showcase Spanish family run estates from organic vineyards. To accompany the tasting, the wine selector will also share some history and quirky winemaker tales.
When: Saturday September 3 - 2pm to 7pm is the easiest way to book a restaurant online. With the choice to search by cuisine and location, you can find great dining offers with some of Melbourne's finest restaurants. Bookings are free and can be made online at any time of the day.
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Sporting Events

AFL Premiership

AFL Premiership | Round 24 AFL Premiership | Round 24
Collingwood vs Geelong - Fri Sepr 2, 7:40pm - MCG
Bulldogs vs Fremantle - Sat Sep 3, 2:10pm - Marvel Stadium
Carlton vs St Kilda - Sat Sep 3, 7:10pm - MCG
Richmond vs Nth Melb - Sun Sep 4, 4:40pm - Marvel Stadium

Go Karting

Victorian Karting Championships Victorian Karting Championships, held at Geelong Kart Club, sees Kart racers from all across the country converge on the Todd Road circuit to compete across 16 categories based on age, weight and engine capacities. Admission is free for spectators during the event.
When: Friday to Sunday, September 2 to 4

Community Sports

Yarra Valley Grape Run Yarra Valley Grape Run is a Fun Run and Walk that lets you experience one of Victoria's most beautiful and best-known wine areas. With spectacularly scenic views of the valley and the Yarra Ranges, the community fitness event features a 13km run along with a 5km run/walk.
When: Saturday September 3

Stonnington FREE Active Living Program Stonnington FREE Active Living Program, held in Prahran and East Malvern is a new initiative designed to encourage more residents to get healthy, active and live a little, through a range of affordable and accessible activities with all classes facilitated by qualified instructors.
When: Until September 23 - Weekdays

Horse Racing

Sofitel Girls' Day Out Sofitel Girls' Day Out, featuring the Makybe Diva Stakes held at Flemington Racecourse, sees the welcome return of hats, heels and horses with a day of spring racing held as part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. Along with a fashion retail village, there will also be live entertainment.
When: Saturday September 3

Dad's Day Out at Cranbourne Turf Club Dad's Day Out at Cranbourne Turf Club, named Country Club of the Year, offers a magnificent day's racing in the lead up to the big TAB Cranbourne Cup held in October. During the day the bistro will be serving a host of meals including their famous Roast Lunch.
When: Sunday September 4 - Gates Open 10:30am

Country Racing Victoria Country Racing Victoria represents racing clubs in outer metropolitan areas and small clubs in rural areas with race programs that include special days with kids' entertainment.
Race Dates:
August 31 to September 5

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John Hennings, an immigrant from Bremmen in Germany, established a succesful career over 40 years as one of the finest theatrical artists, painting scenic stage sets for opera, drama and pantomime. It was this remarkable talent that made him the obvious choice for enlarging a panoramic sketch by Samuel Jackson, which shows a 360-degree view of Melbourne in the 1840s.

Commissioned in 1892 by the Victorian colonial government, Hennings painting took five months to complete and he was paid 500 guineas for the work. Measuring 100 feet, the panorama is one of the earliest known views of Melbourne, depicting the people, buildings and streets of the fledgling colony.

Hennings's cyclorama was displayed in the eastern annexe of the Exhibition Building for almost 30 years, but in 1918 the cyclorama was rolled up, stored and forgotten until March 1953 when it was damaged in a fire that destroyed a section of the Exhibition Building. Three years later, the Exhibition Trustees donated the painting to the State Library of Victoria where it remains today.

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