Newsletter | #262 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #262 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #262 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday to Monday, January 10 to 16, 2012.

This week... Things get good and colourful in Melbourne with the rainbow flag held high as Midsumma Festival returns with an enormous program of queercentric arts, theatre, music and more. And now that we're all in the throes of summer - in theory at any rate - there's also the return of the Frankston Waterfront Festival with hijinks and fun by the seaside.

And for those who are patient enough to wait that half-hour before hitting the water, you'll also find some beach fun along with some tasty morsels at the Portarlington Mussel Festival.

Those with littluns to entertain might want to check out our School Holiday Guide with some new attractions added this week, with one such curious event being the Melbourne Mini Maker Faire, a celebration of ingenuity and tinkering. It's perfect for budding creative types looking to push the boundaries beyond the norm of hiding pointy toys in shoes.. or even adults wanting to divert some of their own creativity away from expletives.

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French Cooking Classes French Cooking Classes, presented by Chateau Cuisine, specialises in regional French cookery with classes held at Sandringham's Sandybeach Centre. With lessons in cooking macarons, souffles, pastry, regional dishes and more, they also offer children's classes during school holidays.
Holiday Classes: January 13 to 27

School Holiday Guides

School Holiday Guide Check out our School Holiday Guide for the latest on what to do with the kids during Summer Holidays. The holiday guide offers a great range of activities for the young and young at heart, with events, tours, workshops, concerts and holiday programs.. all in marvellous Melbourne!
School Holiday Guide - Dec 22 to Feb 1

Melbourne Playgrounds Melbourne Playgrounds is an online guide to thousands of Melbourne activities and playgrounds for the entire family. With extensive information about play centres, playgrounds, sports parks and more, you'll also find many free activities to entertain the kids over the holidays.
More about Melbourne Playgrounds

Major Events

Midsumma Festival Midsumma Festival celebrates Gay and Lesbian culture at various venues in Melbourne with queer-centric and queer friendly performances and entertainment including special performances, cabaret, art exhibitions, community events and much more in its extensive program.
When: January 15 to February 5
Midsumma Carnival: Sunday January 15
Pride March: Sunday February 5

Frankston Waterfront Festival Frankston Waterfront Festival lets you experience the beach like never before with a weekend of spectacular program of sporting competitions, free entertainment, live music, demonstrations and more along with carnival rides, food and stunning fireworks.
When: Saturday & Sunday, January 14 & 15

Bass Coast Agricultural Show Bass Coast Agricultural Show, held at Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve, offers great fun for people of all ages with a program of events, displays, rides and performances. With roving entertainment and music, there's also horse events held at the ◦Holden Equestrian arena.
When: Saturday January 14

Lavender Harvest Festival Lavender Harvest Festival, held at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm in Shepherds Flat, celebrates the crop harvest and the history of the scenic farm with special days of music and dancing with performances from Jack Oskar Larm, Morris Dancer Bran Dragon and other guests.
When: Sundays, January 8 & 15 - Midday to 4pm

Port Fairy Moyneyana Festival Port Fairy Moyneyana Festival, Victoria's longest running festival, is a community event for the whole family with daily entertainment that includes historic tours, concerts and film screenings, camel rides, workshops and more with many attractions and special events free.
When: December 24 to January 26

Music & Arts Festivals

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival Herring Island Summer Arts Festival offers exhibitions every weekend at the Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park in Toorak. Accessible by boat with a punt service, the arts festival includes special artists' demonstrations, talks, workshops, activities and more.
When: January 14 to April 1 - Weekends
Australia Day Activities: January 26

Sugar Mountain Festival Sugar Mountain Festival, held at Melbourne's Forum Theatre, brings together visual artists and musicians to celebrate creativity with a line-up of performers that includes Deerhoof, Tune-Yards and Julianna Barwick, with visual art from Kit Webster, Maya Hayuk and others.
When: Saturday January 14

Food & Wine Festivals

Portarlington Mussel Festival Portarlington Mussel Festival showcases local food and the coastal town's mussel farming with a range of events that include mussel farm tours, live music and many other activities for all the family such as muscle car displays, kids' activities, exhibitions and more.
When: Saturday January 14

Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Board Board, held at Melbourne's NGV Studio, features 1970's and 1980's skateboards and ephemera from the collections of former professional skateboarder, Tony Hallam, along with contemporary decks created for the exhibition that explore the evolution of board graphics and design.
When: Until February 5

Michael Shannon Michael Shannon, one of Australia's most under-regarded major artists, is being celebrated in a retrospective exhibition by the Art Gallery of Ballarat. A bold Romantic Realist, Shannon was one of the first post war artists to explore the urban landscape and the suburban sprawl.
When: Until February 12

URGE 2 URGE 2, held at Montsalvat in Eltham, is an exhibition of glass sculpture and photography works, which explore themes of birth and birthing. Examining a neglected theme in art, the works reveal the intensity of emotions and physicality in 'bringing into being' a baby or creative project.
When: Until January 30

Salad Days Salad Days, an exhibition held at the Stonehouse Gallery located in Warrandyte, showcases ceramic creations that cover everything for the table for summer entertaining with plates, bowls, places mats, bread boards, serving spoons and other uniquely designed utensils.
When: Until January 31

Double Vision Double Vision, held at Langwarrin's McClelland Gallery, explores contemporary art by charting its way through encounters of the unexpected, psychological and humorous with works created by Stephen Birch, Juan Ford, Petrina Hicks, Cherry Hood, Sam Jinks and others.
When: Until March 18 - Closed Mondays

Night Projection Window Night Projection Window, presented by Fitzroy's Centre for Contemporary Photography, features John Howland and Anna-Maria O'Keeffe's captivating video footage of fresh water wells and the setting and retrieval of eel traps in the ocean of the Pacific nation of Kiribati.
When: Until February 8 - Wednesdays to Sundays

Reg Livermore - Take a Bow Reg Livermore - Take a Bow celebrates the career of one of Australia's most recognised thespians with a free exhibition at the Arts Centre. With stage costumes worn by Livermore and material from his personal archive, the exhibition also showcases his ground breaking solo shows.
When: Until February 26

I Packed the Postcard in My Suitcase I Packed the Postcard in My Suitcase, held at the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art in Southbank, is an exhibition of Pipilotti Rist's vivid video environments. The first major survey of her works in Australia, her hedonistic worlds will delight, refresh and chillax you.
When: December 21 to March 4

The Godden Gift The Godden Gift, held at Wheelers Hill's Monash Gallery of Art, features works that celebrate the generous donation of 69 photographs by the photographer and curator Christine Godden, whose donation reflects her close association with 1970's Australian photographers.
When: Until March 11

Dog Dog, presented at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, is an exhibition of new drawings by Peter Aldrich. Referring to the Australian colloquial use of the word in describing any man who is untrustworthy and unlikeable, his works explore inappropriate and harmful masculine behaviour.
When: Until January 22

Picture This City Picture This City, held at Incinerator Gallery in Moonee Ponds, explores the history of Moonee Valley through images captured by local photographers over the past 150 years with artist Elizabeth Gertsakis revealing past lifestyles through photographic collages and multi-media.
When: Until February 26 - Closed Mondays

The Art of Star Wars The Art of Star Wars, held at Armadale's Silver K Gallery, is the largest Star Wars Exhibition ever presented in Australia. With works by some of the finest artists and illustrators, commissioned by Lucas Films, the exhibition recaptures classic scenes and themes from Star Wars
When: Until January 29 - Entry Applies

The Ecstasy of Infrastructure The Ecstasy of Infrastructure, held at TarraWarra Museum of Art in Healesville, is an exhibition by Sam Leach, whose works offer a recontextualisation of elements that have been drawn from selected paintings by Ralph Balson and Edwin Tanner from the TWMA collection.
When: Until March 4

Summer Salon Group Show Summer Salon Group Show brightens up the normally quiet gallery period with Collingwood Gallery, now eleven years old, presenting its first group show with artworks being sold 'off the wall' during the show with new works replacing sold pieces throughout the exhibition.
When: December 9 to January 22 - Closed Sundays

2112: Imagining the Future 2112: Imagining the Future, held at Melbourne's RMIT Gallery, explores what the world may look like 100 years from today. Featuring works by Philip Brophy, Debbie Symons, Sam Leach and others, International and Australian artists reveal both uncertainty and hope.
When: Until January 28 - Closed Sundays

Figures in Geometry Figures in Geometry is a photographic exhibition combining the works of Robert Young and Andrew Wurster, whose compositions with the camera are influenced by disciplines drawn from painting and drawing. The works are on display at Melbourne restaurant, Sotto e Sopra.
When: Until January 15

Tim Handfield Tim Handfield, who has been working at the forefront of new photographic printing processes since the late 70s, will exhibit at Wheelers Hill's Monash Gallery of Art with works that trace how his documentary practice has developed alongside changes in photographic printing.
When: Until January 22 - Closed Mondays

As Modern as Tomorrow As Modern as Tomorrow, presented at the State Library of Victoria, collects the works of photographers in postwar Melbourne. The exhibition offers a unique insight into the changing social fabric of Melbourne as captured on film with images taken between the 1930s and the 1960s.
When: Until February 5 - Open Daily

Made in Hollywood Made in Hollywood, presented by Bendigo Art Gallery, is an exhibition of photographs drawn from the archive of the John Kobal Foundation, the legacy of the film historian and collector. Over 90 images capture portraits of Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable and other greats.
When: December 3 to February 12

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Expos, Launches, Open Days & Lectures

Melbourne Mini Maker Faire Melbourne Mini Maker Faire, taking place at Hawthorn's Swinburne University of Technology, celebrates the exploits and talents of amateur inventors and designers with a showcase of works that include rockets and robots, DIY science, urban farming, crafts and much more.
When: Saturday January 14 - 10am to 4pm

Best of the Independent Games Festival Best of the Independent Games Festival, presented at ACMI Cinema in Federation Square, gives kids the chance to play brilliant new games by indie designers for free with a showcase of favourites from the Independent Games Festival, dubbed the 'Sundance of the game world'.
When: December 20 to March 25

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Performances & Theatre

Raton Laveur Raton Laveur, held at the Owl and Pussycat in Richmond, is the Toronto Fringe Festival Hit that's been described as a comedy with dark circle under its eyes. Presented by Fairly Lucid Productions, the play tells the story of a man's obsession with an unwelcome nest of raccoons.
When: January 11 to 22

37 Ways To Say I'm Gay 37 Ways To Say I'm Gay, held as part of Midsumma Festival, is the new play by prominent gay writer and director Wayne Tunks. Featuring 12 actors playing 92 Characters, the stories told span many times and continents. Performances are held at Downstairs At Alma's in Caulfield North.
When: January 15 to February 5 - Various Dates

Mother/SON Mother/SON, held at St Kilda's Theatre Works, is Jeffrey Solomon's award-winning solo play. Inspired by his mother's poignant, and often hilarious, journey out of the closet as the parent of a gay son, the story traces her evolution from grief stricken mother to proud supporter of gays.
When: January 11 to 21 - Various Dates & Times

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company at the Arts Centre, is Ray Lawler's classic Australian play that tells the story of Roo and Barney, whose tradition of spending their layoff from the cane-cutting season in Melbourne meets with unwanted change.
When: January 12 to February 18

Joey and Maria's Italian American Wedding Joey and Maria's Italian American Wedding, the newest and most exciting Theatre Restaurant experience, invites you to experience the wedding of a young Italian American couple and their wacky family as you join them in a hilarious wedding feast held at L'Unica on Parkville.
When: Friday January 13 - 7pm

Urban Display Suite Urban Display Suite, performed by Southbank's Melbourne Theatre Company, is a deliciously malicious musical satire on our national obsession with the property market. With acerbic wit and catchy tunes, the talented cast present a 'virtual' tour of the ideal display home.
When: December 28 to January 14

OZACT's Romeo & Juliet OZACT's Romeo & Juliet, presented by one of Australia's leading outdoor Shakespeare companies, brings the beloved play about star-crossed lovers and feuding families to unique and spectacular locations from garden to seaside and mountains to mansions across Victoria.
Mornington Peninsula: January 14 & 15 - 3pm
Geelong: January 21 & 22 - 4pm

Shakespeare Under The Stars Shakespeare Under The Stars presents Glenn Elston's brilliantly funny new adaptation, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Behind The Scenes. Held in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens, the hilarious production showcases Shakespeare's best known scenes with a special comic twist.
When: December 20 to March 10 - Various Dates

Songs for Nobodies Songs for Nobodies returns to Melbourne's Arts Centre with the hit show featuring songstress, Bernadette Robinson as she portrays five anonymous women whose brushes with fame had a profound effect on their lives, interleaved with the songs that gave them heart.
When: December 23 to January 29 - Various Dates

The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde's most enduring play, will be performed by Southbank's Melbourne Theatre Company. Regarded as one of the greatest comedies ever written, the tale of mistaken identities and stars the talented Geoffrey Rush as Lady Bracknell.
When: Until January 14

Spoken Word

The good bits The good bits, presented by Little Raven Publishing, is an evening of readings by Thomas Caldwell, Koraly Dimitriadis, Cherry Harwood and other authors of erotic fiction. Held at Polyester Books in Fitzroy, entry is free with all invited for drinks afterwards at a friendly met and greet.
When: Friday January 13 - 7.30pm

Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance

Top Marx Top Marx, held at the Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, is an unpredictable, zany and utterly hilarious production that presents a montage of the best and craziest routines by the Marx Brothers from their first classic cinematic debut 'The Cocoanuts' to 'A Day at the Races'.
When: January 12 to 15, 17 & 18

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Entertainment & Nightlife

Spicks and Speck-tacular: The Finale Spicks and Speck-tacular: The Finale, held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, brings to an end the ABC's smash hit musical quiz show when Adam Hills, Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough present a stage show full of laughs, live music, memories and appalling choreography.
When: Thursday & Friday, January 12 & 13

Vanessa Amorosi Vanessa Amorosi, one of Australia's most talented vocalists since 1998, will be appearing at the Trak Live Lounge Bar in Toorak. Performing songs from her extensive repertoire, she'll be joined on the night by support artist Bonnie Anderson with her impressive and captivating vocal range.
When: Friday January 13 - Doors Open 8:30pm

Jazz n Shiraz Jazz n Shiraz, featuring Connie Lansberg and held at Capitol Kitchen in Chadstone, offers a great evening show with a family friendly atmosphere as Connie Lansberg and her collection of great jazz musicians perform jazz and pop standards along with original tunes.
When: Friday January 13 - 6pm to 9pm

Shane O'Mara & Lisa Miller Shane O'Mara & Lisa Miller will perform at the Union Hotel in Brunswick, bringing together two seasoned performers for one marvellous night of music. With her distinct bittersweet voice, Miller's talents are complimented by O'Mara, one of Australia's most versatile musicians.
When: Saturday January 14 - 9pm

Fangs Fangs, a band that mixes the best parts of punk and sludgy rock to perfect effect, will be appearing at the Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood where they'll perform songs from their latest release "Monster". On the night they'll be performing alongside My Echo, Daybreak and Indian Mynah.
When: Saturday January 14 - Doors Open 8pm

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West Side Shorts West Side Shorts, presented by Angry Productions, is a monthly film night held at Williamstown's Customs House Hotel, offering the chance to see fantastic short films that are often made by local talent and also to network with local filmmakers and actors after the screenings.
When: Tuesday January 10 - Screenings at 8:30pm

The Shadow Electric The Shadow Electric, Melbourne's first large scale independent open-air cinema, is held within the beautiful grounds of the Abbotsford Convent. Along with screenings of quality films, the cinema also has a licensed bar with food, live music entertainment and a shorts film program.
When: Until April 29 - Thursdays to Sundays

Cendrillon Cendrillon, the first presentation in this year's season by Palace Opera & Ballet, brings to the big screen The Royal Opera's production of Cinderella by Laurent Pelly as told in Massenet's opera Cendrillon. Screenings are held at Palace Cinemas in Balwyn, Brighton and South Yarra.
When: January 6, 7, 8 & 11 - Various Times

Southgate Cinema Southgate Cinema presents films that include popular releases, art house films, documentaries and more right in the heart of Southgate. Free to attend, it provides an outdoor experience while remaining undercover inside the centre with screenings held under the open atrium.
When: Until February 29 - Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 7pm

Cameo Outdoor Cinema Cameo Outdoor Cinema in Belgrave features state-of-the-art sound, stylish deckchairs and a whopping great screen. With a program of arthouse and quality mainstream films, they'll be screening first release films, offering a fantastic cinematic experience throughout summer.
When: Until April 14 - Various Dates

Ford Focus Moonlight Cinema Ford Focus Moonlight Cinema, held at Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens, offers a program of latest releases, cult classics and contemporary films. A great way to spend a night out with friends and family, you can bring your own picnic or purchase food while there.
When: Until March 25 - Various Dates

Movies in the Vineyard Movies in the Vineyard, held at Rochford Wines just an hour drive from Melbourne, presents an all-weather, outdoor event. Screenings of diverse and outstanding quality films held beneath the stars and amidst the lush scenery of Yarra Valley make for a special night out.
When: Until February 14 - Various Dates

Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema Ben & Jerry's 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 features a diverse program of classics, family films, shorts from selected film festivals and more.
When: December 12 to February 9

Rooftop Cinema Rooftop Cinema flickers into action with film screenings of everything from cult favourites to new releases and documentaries, literally offering the height of entertainment with screenings held on the rooftop of Swanston Street's Curtin House along with the rooftop bar.
When: December 3 to January 31 - Tues to Sun

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Comedy & Magic

Comedy Night @ The Felix Bar Comedy Night @ The Felix Bar, held each week in St Kilda, presents the hottest comic talent from both Melbourne and afar. This week, the headline act will be TV and radio veteran, Lehmo, joined by a great support line-up featuring Adam Rozenbachs, Kate McLennan and European Man.
When: Wednesday January 11 - 8:30pm

Magic Adventures Magic Adventures is a special evening of fun and magic for the whole family, held to raise funds for Lee Cohen's upcoming adventure to volunteer at the College of Magic in South Africa. With a line-up of some of Melbourne's finest performers, it's held at Arrow on Swanston.
When: Friday January 13 - Doors Open 7pm

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Melbourne For Kids

The Real Story of Puss 'n' Boots The Real Story of Puss 'n' Boots, follows the adventures of Colin, whose stepbrother is mean to him, just as the sisters next door are to their stepsister, Cinderella. But could a crafty cat change his fortunes? Presented by The Hartwell Players, it's held at Ashwood Performing Arts Centre.
When: Until January 28 - Fridays to Sundays

Padel - Melbourne School Holiday Program Padel - Melbourne School Holiday Program teaches kids the amazing new racquet sport that's recently hit Australia. Described as 'Tennis with Walls' or 'Squash in the Sun', and a perfect introductory sport to get into the more traditional racquet sports, classes are held in Altona North.
When: Until January 31 - Tuesdays & Thursdays

Caribbean Pirates Caribbean Pirates brings a swashbuckling adventure to life on the Polly Woodside as four of history's most famous and colourful pirates of the Caribbean regale their life stories on the high seas, battling for booty from passing merchant ships and celebrating the pirate life to the full.
When: January 10 to 28 - Tuesdays to Saturdays

Circus Oz Summer Public Circus Classes Circus Oz Summer Public Circus Classes is a chance to spend the holidays with Fun and Fitness at Circus Oz. Classes for adults and kids offer the opportunity to try flying trapeze, hula hooping, juggling, unicycles and tumbling with special sessions for kids and teens to Come 'n' Try.
When: January 9 to 28 - Various Dates & Times

Fairies and Dragons in the Garden Fairies and Dragons in the Garden, held at Cook's Cottage in East Melbourne, offers magical holiday fun with children invited to explore the gardens, learn about fairies and dragons, choose their own fairy and dragon name and also make a wish in the special wishing well.
When: January 2 to 31

Summer Groove Kids Concerts Summer Groove Kids Concerts celebrate Melbourne Zoo's 150th anniversary with performances for children that include shows from Wild Aussies, Blinky Bill and Friends, Hey-Dee-Ho and many other special guests, offering a great chance to gather for lunch at the Zoo stage.
When: January 2 to February 26

Sharks of Shipwreck Cove Sharks of Shipwreck Cove, presented at Melbourne Aquarium, features a full-scale replica of a shipwreck looming from the darkness of the 2.2 million litre Oceanarium, creating the awesome feeling of being submerged at bottom of the ocean surrounded by shark infested waters!
When: December 26 to January 31


Silvers Grand Magic Circus Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be holding performances in Mornington and Nunawading. Established in 1976, the circus offers a great show for people of all ages with performers including everything from jugglers and clowns to acrobats, international performers and more.
Mornington: Dec 27 to Jan 22 - Various Dates

Stardust Circus Stardust Circus, Australia's largest circus with animals, will be performing in Rosebud and Hastings during the holidays. The performance features lions, monkeys, Liberty horses and trick ponies, acrobats, Aerialists, the sensational flying trapeze, clowns and more for the whole family.
Rosebud: December 29 to January 15

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Second-hand Book Fair and Vinyl Records Fair Second-hand Book Fair and Vinyl Records Fair, a major fundraiser held by St Mark's Anglican Church in Balnarring, is the chance to find some great bargains with a wide range of books and records from many genres offering a great opportunity for collectors to stock up their shelves.
When: Saturday January 14 - 8:30am to 4pm

Melbourne Market Guide

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

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Sporting Events


NBL Championship | Round 15 NBL Championship | Round 15

Melbourne Tigers vs Gold Coast Blaze
Sunday January 15 - 7:30pm
State Netball and Hockey Centre, Parkville


Hyundai A League | Week 15 Hyundai A League | Week 15
Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United
Friday January 13 - 8pm | AAMI Park, Melbourne
Melbourne Heart v Perth Glory
Sunday January 15 - 4pm | AAMI Park, Melbourne
Melbourne Heart v Central Coast Mariners
Wednesday January 18 - 12pm | AAMI Park, Melbourne


AAMI Classic AAMI Classic, the tennis season's most anticipated prelude to the Australian Open, returns to Victoria's famous Kooyong stadium. With Lleyton Hewitt last year laying claim as the current AAMI Classic champion, the 'round robin' based event draws some of the world's best tennis players.
When: Wednesday to Saturday, January 11 to 14

Australian Open Australian Open, held at Melbourne Park, plays host to the hottest event on the Tennis calendar. Running across two weeks, the Australian Open sees the world's finest tennis pros hit the courts with matches held at Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and the Margaret Court Arena.
When: January 16 to 29

Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open, presented by Disability Sport and Recreation and held at the Nottinghill Pinewood Tennis Club in Glen Waverley, will showcase an exciting display of wheelchair tennis action from some of the best and finest players in the world.
When: January 15 to 18


Australian Master of the Amateurs Australian Master of the Amateurs, now going into its 15th successful year, and ranked number one in Australia, is a 72-hole Championship considered by many to be the finest Amateur Golf Championship in the world. It takes place at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Black Rock.
When: Tuesday to Friday, January 10 to 13


Portsea Polo Portsea Polo combines thrilling 'A' class polo players and matches at the picturesque Point Nepean Quarantine Station. Raising money for the official charity of the event, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, the grand day out also features chic marquees and delicious food and wine.
When: Saturday January 14 - Gates Open 10:30am

Community Sports

Sorrento Bay Swim Sorrento Bay Swim is a chance to join one of Victoria's best bay swims along the picturesque coastline of the Mornington Peninsula. Offering a great day out, competitors of all ages can get involved with proceeds raised going towards the Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club.
When: Sunday January 15 - Registrations 8:30am

Horse Racing

Betfair Park Race Days Betfair Park Race Days

Midweek Meeting (Lakeside)
Wednesday January 11
Betfair Park, Sandown

Friday Night Racing Friday Night Racing sees the nights come alive at Moonee Valley in a world-class season, where the world's best thoroughbreds, trainers and jockeys compete.
Next Race: Friday January 13
Gates Open - 5:15pm

Kids Day Out at Kilmore Kids Day Out at Kilmore presents a day of excitement for the family with Kilmore Racing Club offering a great day of fun and entertainment, especially for the kids. Along with free rides and activities available, there'll also be all the usual excitement of horses on the track.
When: Sunday January 15

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