A spectrum of fun

Epping’s Reading Cinemas will turn down the volume, turn up the lights and ditch the ads in one of its movie theatres for a special sensory screening next month.

Cinema manager Tim Saw has partnered with local support group Wings Victoria to offer the screening for children with autism and their families.

The screening will mark World Autism Acceptance Month.

Wings Victoria co-founder Kara Gandolfo, whose daughter Charlotte, 8, has autism, said sensory screenings were important because going to the cinema could be difficult for people on the spectrum.

The screening of Smurfs: The Lost Village will be on Saturday, April 8, from 9.30am.

There will be children’s activities including face-painting and a jumping castle before the movie.

To buy tickets, visit readingcinemas.com.au/comingsoon


Glide right in

Celebrate National Youth Week at Mill Park library with the Geelong Glider Club. The club’s glider simulator will give you the chance to experience gliding through the air. The event is open to those aged 12 to 24. On Tuesday, April 4, 11am-5pm, at 394 Plenty Road.

■ 9437 8189


Harmony Day

Celebrate Harmony Day with a storytime at Craigieburn library, 75-95 Central Park Avenue, on Thursday, March 23, 1-2pm. Come dressed in traditional costumes and share cultural stories, music and craft.

■ 9356 6980


Easter chocolate making

Learn to make Easter chocolates at Thomastown library, 52 Main Street, on Monday, March 27, 10.30am-noon. Representatives from the Victorian Cake Decorating Society will be on hand to show you how to make a chicken in a rocky road nest. Numbers are limited.

■ 9464 1864


Yoga with kids

Tullamarine library will run a parent and child yoga class on Thursday, March 23, 5.30-6.30pm. Learn simple and fun postures, breathing techniques and meditation to incorporate into your family life. Bring a mat for yourself and your child. At 58 Spring Street.

■ 9356 6966


Assyrian New Year

Visit The Age Library, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows on Thursday, March 30, to celebrate Assyrian New Year. There will be singing and cultural activities. From 1-2pm.

■ 9356 6900


Learn to read tarot cards

Learn about tarot cards and palm reading at Whittlesea library, 57 Laurel Street, Whittlesea, on Friday, March 24, 2-3pm. The Tarot Guild of Australia will be on hand to discuss the symbols of the tarot and the major elements of palmistry, as well as giving sample readings.

■ 9716 3028


Broadmeadows Street Festival

Broadmeadows’ Tanderrum Way will come alive with food trucks, music and entertainment for the annual Broadmeadows Street Festival on Sunday, April 9, from 1pm. There will be entertainment for all ages, carnival rides, a car show and a spectacular fireworks display.



Local Market

Support Hume businesses at the Out of the Woods Boutique Market at Greenvale’s Sherwood Receptions on Sunday, April 2, 10am-2pm.