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What’s On (with a difference)?

Welcome to your June edition of ‘What’s On (with a difference)?’ in the local Berwick community. 

After a brief hiatus last month, we are back to shed some light on the exciting initiatives and events which are designed to keep the whole family entertained as we start to take our first steps back to normality.

While some restrictions are beginning to be lifted across Victoria, it appears we will still be practicing various levels of self-isolation throughout June. So instead of events happening in your neighbourhood, we are providing you with some new online activities for you to enjoy, all from the safety and comfort of your home. 

We hope this special edition helps keep you entertained and busy as we begin to emerge from this unusual time.

So, sit back on your couch and enjoy your monthly ‘What’s On (with a difference)’.

From everyone at Alira, we hope you are all safe and well.

Happy Fri-YAY Free Kids Digital Disco

When: Friday nights, 4pm

Kids Disco Parties is a Melbourne based group of teacher/DJ entertainers who usually host discos for kids’ birthday parties, schools and corporate events. Due to social distancing requirements they can’t rock it out in real life but are inviting you to rock it out with them online every Friday at 4pm.

Make sure to register for free here. Be sure to log on from 3:45pm to enjoy some warm-up tracks! 

CHIPS’ Art Challenge

CHIPS’ Art Challenge is asking kids to draw or paint a picture which either reminds them of Christmas, or shows kindness, care, hope or compassion. These drawings, on A3 or A4 paper, can then be sent to CHIPS where the best 12 artworks from each group (Grades 1&2, Grades 3&4, Grades 5&6) will be turned into greeting cards, and sold to raise money to help kids and families in crisis.

Entries must be received at CHIPS by Friday, 26 June 2020. All details can be found on this poster.

Virtual Cinémathèque

When: Wednesday nights, 6.30pm

Presented by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Virtual Cinémathèque is bringing classic and contemporary films, on specific directors, performers or a thematic, direct to your living room every Wednesday night.

ACMI does its best to choose from freely available and accessible platforms – and for those who want to recreate the communal experience of watching with your friends – there is a free program called Metastream which allows you to watch at the same time, from your respective homes.

For more information, visit ACMI’s Melbourne Cinémathèque website.

Live-streaming of Zoos Victoria 

Zoo’s Victoria are live-streaming its enclosures so you can enjoy #AnimalsAtHome for free. You can watch the snow leopard cubs feeding with their mothers, the penguins swimming, and even Australian native animals such as wombats and echidnas scavenging together. 

To start watching visit the Zoo’s Victoria website.

Friday Night @ Home – Music live in your loungeroom

When: Friday nights, 7pm

Anyone missed the weekends in Melbourne where venues were bursting with amazing local talent. This talent is now sitting at home like the rest of us, so let’s get them back to work! Each Friday night at 7pm jump onto Facebook where a local artist will go live playing a gig for your entertainment.

Each week, the artist will set up a Trybooking event for the price of $2.50 (incl. booking fee) per person. This money will go directly to the artist to keep them going through these tough times – win-win for everyone!

Join the Facebook group to stay on top of all the latest updates from Friday Night @ Home.

Taking Care of Mental Health – Online Seminars

When: Saturdays, 10am-11am

Hosted by the City of Casey, join Andrea Donato from the ‘Y’ share her free online seminars for tips on self-care, managing anxiety and mindfulness strategies.

More information can be found at the Facebook events page.

Online libraries and eBooks

Although public libraries will re-open on 1 June, only 20 people will be permitted to gather in a single area. Thankfully, the State Library of Victoria has the best parts of its physical collection online!

The Library’s digital collection has over 19,000 eBooks, magazines, journals, songs and videos for you to access anywhere and everywhere. Membership is free and available to all Victorians through their website.

To sign up and get reading, visit the State Library’s website.

Register your interest