Join Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s summer reading club and get lost in a good book. Open to children aged 3-18, the club offers rewards for reading and runs until Thursday, January 31. The more you read, the more chances to win prizes.
Find Christmas cooking inspiration at Lalor library on Saturday, December 15, when multicultural groups gather to share their festive dishes. At 2a May Road, noon-1.30pm
■ 9465 2353
Christmas in the plaza
Head to Broadmeadows Civic Plaza on Friday, December 14 for Christmas in the Plaza, There will be loads of family fun, food trucks, stalls and performers. At 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, from 4.30pm.
Get into the festive spirit at the Whittlesea Carols by Candlelight on Friday, December 14, 7-10pm on the terrace lawns at the Civic Centre, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang. There will be performances by the Whittlesea Community Choir.
■ 9217 2174
Summer at the showgrounds
Enjoy an evening at the Whittlesea Showgrounds on Thursday, December 20, while enjoying the variety of food from food trucks and a performance by Gary Eastwood. There will also be a market stall, classic car show, face-painting and a visit from Santa. At McPhees Road, Whittlesea, 4-11pm
Parkinson’s exercise group
Punchin Parkos Victoria has launched a unique non-contact boxing exercise class designed for people living with Parkinson’s disease. New members welcome.
■ 0425 782 294
Home business drop-in session
Whittlesea council’s economic development team will be at Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre, 2 Snugburgh Way, Epping North on Wednesday, December 12, 10am-3pm to chat with home business owners about business needs, aspirations and challenges. No appointments required.
Walk Through Bethlehem
Take a walk through Bethlehem at St Peter’s Primary School’s live nativity from Friday, December 21-Saturday, December 23. It will be held from 7.30pm-midnight at 32 Wedge Street, Epping.
■ 0477 942 254
Finish your Christmas shopping and support local businesses at Hume Community Market on Saturday, December 15, 9am-3pm. A variety of stalls with handmade, new and bric-a-brac goodies. At 10 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn.
Sing along to all your favourite Christmas carols at the Doreen Local Churches’ community carols on Sunday, December 16, at Collingrove Park, Hazel Glen Drive, from 5pm. There will also be face-painting, a jumping castle and a visit from Santa.
Nannas Makers Market
Browse the stalls at the Nannas Makers Christmas Market on Saturday, December 15, 10am-1pm at the Uniting Church Hall, 105 Schotters Road, Mernda. There will be jewellery, cards, knitted and crocheted goods, children’s clothing and more.
The Merrifield Farmers Market is on Saturday, December 22, 9am-1.30pm with produce and local crafts. At the Merrifield Neighbourhood Park, corner Balmain Road and St Georges Boulevard, Mickleham.