Painting a picture

Sunder Bhatia enjoyed art as child, but as the years went by the Craigieburn resident found he no longer had time to pursue the creative outlet – until four years ago. A friend visited the Craigieburn Art Group’s annual exhibition and encouraged Mr Bhatia to join their art class. “I find the classes very encouraging,” Mr Bhatia said. He has since taken part in four of its annual exhibitions. The Craigieburn Art Group’s exhibition is at the Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, Craigieburn library, 75-95 Central Park Avenue from March 1-3.

 

Remembering Black Saturday

Works by local artists will feature at the Great Hall at the Whittlesea Civic Centre throughout February to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2009 bushfires. The exhibition, Reflections Looking Forward, Looking Back, includes a selection of poetry by local writers. At 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang, 10am-4pm.

www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au

 

Chinese cultural night

Celebrate Chinese culture at Mill Park library’s cultural night on Thursday, February 28, 7-9pm. There will be lion dancing, music and presentations. At 394 Plenty Road.

■ 9437 8189

 

Become a volunteer

Find out how to become a volunteer in your community at Broadmeadows library’s information night on Thursday, February 28, 6.30-8.30pm at 1093 Pascoe Vale Road. Hear from organisations on the many ways to give your time to help others.

■ 9356 6900

 

Thomastown market

Browse the stalls at Thomastown Neighbourhood House’s market on Saturday, March 2, 10am-1pm at 52 Main Street. There will also be a free kids show.

■ 8376 6939

 

Art exhibition

Malaysian-born local artist Rani Singh will showcase his artwork at Mill Park library throughout March. At 394 Plenty Road.

■ 9437 8189

 

Recycling day

Clear the clutter from your home during Hume council’s free hard rubbish recycling day on Saturday, March 2, 8am-4pm at the resource recovery centres in Campbellfield and Sunbury. Mattresses, couches, electronic goods, car tyres and white goods all accepted. Each household can dispose of 15 items for free. Bring along proof of Hume residency, such as rates notice or drivers licence. At 71 Bolinda Road, Campbellfield and 515 Riddell Road, Sunbury.

www.hume.vic.gov.au

 

Reduce your energy bills

Book a one-on-one session with the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s energy broker at Whittlesea library, Monday, March 4, and learn how to lower your energy bill. Bring a recent bill. At 57 Laurel Street. Bookings essential.

■ 9716 3028

 

Medicinal herbs workshop

Learn how to use medicinal herbs grown in your backyard at a workshop at Whittlesea Community Activity Centre, 57 Laurel Street, on Wednesday, February 27, 6.30-8pm. Bookings essential.

■ 9217 2042

 

Lalor community day

Celebrate the Lalor community at Lalor Community Connection Day, Saturday, March 2 at Lalor library. There will be cultural performances, hands-on science activities, stalls, roving entertainment and more. At 2a May Road, 11am-2pm.

■ 9465 2353

 

Greenvale residents

The Greenvale Residents Association will hold its first meeting for 2019 on Thursday, February 28 at the Greenvale Recreation Centre, Barrymore Road, 7pm.

■ 0403 327 483

 

Reduce your energy bills

Book a one-on-one session with the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s energy broker at Whittlesea library, Monday, March 4, and learn how to lower your energy bill. Bring a recent bill. At 57 Laurel Street. Bookings essential.

■ 9716 3028