Put your mini-golf skills to the test at Craigieburn’s new mini-golf course at the Stockland Highland display village. The course is open daily from 10am-5pm, with balls, putters and scorecards provided. To play, visit the Highlands sales pod on Whitfield Crescent or the land sales centre at 1 North Shore Drive.
Kids can kick-start their Australia Day celebrations with a story afternoon at Craigieburn library, 75-95 Central Park Avenue, on Wednesday, January 23, 2-3pm. The Australian-themed afternoon will include songs and craft activities. Bookings required.
■ 9356 6980
Epping Tennis Club is hosting free tennis sessions for women and girls aged eight-80 on Thursday, January 24, 10am-noon. Racquets and balls provided, or you can bring your own racquet. Be sure to wear rubber-soled shoes. At Epping Reserve, corner High and Park streets.
■ 0407 610 656
Country music festival
Enjoy a weekend of live music at the Whittlesea Country Music Festival, February 8-9, at Whittlesea Bowls Club and Walker Reserve, Whittlesea. There will be performances by Troy Cassar Daley, Tania Kernaghan and Jetty Road, as well as kids activities.
Check out the Merrifield Farmers’ Market on Saturday, January 26, for fresh local produce and keep the kids entertained with a range of activities. At the corner of Balmain Road and St Georges Boulevard, Mickleham, 9am-2.30pm.
Trivia buffs are invited to Broadmeadows library on Thursday, January 31, for a fun-filled trivia night. At 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, 7-10pm. Bookings required.
■ 9356 6900
Head to the Whittlesea Showgrounds on Monday, January 28, for the Whittlesea Monday Market, 8am-1pm. Browse stalls covering everything from fruit and vegetables to homewares. At 30 Yea Road.
Grab a picnic blanket and head to Highlands Lake Reserve, Craigieburn, for an outdoor movie night with the family on Saturday, February 9, from 7pm. The Highlands Community Residents Group and 1st Craigieburn Scout Group will be screening the family-friendly movie, Coco. The movie will start after sunset.
E-waste collection day
Get rid of small household electric items with a cord or battery at Whittlesea council’s free e-waste drop-off day on Wednesday, January, 23, 11am-1pm, at Duffy Street Recreation Reserve, Epping. Whitegoods, solar panels not be accepted.
■ 3217 2170
Explore West Lalor Tennis Club at its open day on Sunday, February 3, 11am-2pm at 11 Kingsway Drive, Lalor. Free coaching for all ages and abilities, free court use, cardio tennis and a barbecue lunch.
Watch the Australian Open
Watch all the action from the Australian Open on the big screen at Hume Tennis and Community Centre until Sunday, January 27. The centre will be screening matches from 11am-11pm daily. At 225 Marathon Boulevard, Craigieburn.
■ 1300 486 382
Learn more about becoming a foster carer at Anglicare Victoria’s information session on Tuesday, February 12 at Mill Park library, 394 Plenty Road, 6.30-7.30pm.
■ 9301 5200