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CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS TWICE THIS YEAR

FANCY CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS TWICE THIS YEAR? WELL LUNA PARK WILL MAKE SNOWY DREAMS COME TRUE WITH A HO, HO, HO WHOLE LOT OF CHRISTMAS CHEER THESE JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAYS!  Santa is still guaranteed to be in the Luna Park’s house again this winter school holidays. So wrap-up warm and head to Luna Park from 29 June to 14 July  and enter the magical Christmas Wonderland.  Walk through iconic Mr Moon and feel the merriment all around with magical lights, festive decorations galore and of course our beautiful and gigantic Christmas tree. Play amongst the hourly snowfalls and feel that huge rush of excitement that only Christmas can bring, but so much sooner that you ever thought! Santa’s Elves are also coming over and will be very busy sharing yummy Christmas bells from Chocolatier with all the good boys and girls. At 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays, the elves will be gathering all the kids around for Santa’s special ‘Storytelling Sessions’ to hear what he gets up to when it’s not Christmas time! Also make sure …

THE EUROPEAN NIGHT MARKET RETURNS BIGGER THAN EVER WITH A NOD TO DISCO

 After welcoming more than 20,000 visitors in 2018, The European Night Market returns to Madame Brussels Lane every Friday night this July with a 30% bigger footprint, more stalls than ever before, and neon-drenched entertainment.  Running every Friday 5pm – 10pm, the Euro disco inspired market will stamp your culinary passport with bites from Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Turkey and Greece, as well as looping performances from Tanya George and retro beats by Fleiss. Dating back to 1853, the infamous Oddfellows Hotel will reopen its doors for four weeks only to peddle custom-made Hot Toddies and Mulled Wine.  Taste buds will be transported to Europe’s hotspots – a stop to Italy with Café Babbo’s Nutella-stuffed doughnuts, crisp pastries from Eat Cannoli, panzerotti from Il Panzerotto Taste of Puglia and delicious riffs on the classics from Tiramisu Lift Me Up. Sweet French favourites will be served up by Pop Up Crepe, The Brulee Cart, and Degani, while Frencheese will sling bowls of oozing, melted raclette. The Eurotrip continues with German sausages smothered in cheese, sauerkraut …

Halliday Sip Series

 After last year’s sold out Sip Series event, Halliday Wine Companion again invites wine lovers to join them for an evening of intimate wine tasting and education, with free-flowing canapés. The next installment in the Halliday Sip Series is ‘A Spotlight on Cellaring’ which will focus on how to create and curate a wine cellar and will be an unforgettable evening of wine tasting and more. Attendees will experience an array of wines featured in the upcoming Halliday mini mag, while also having one-on-one discussions with highlyrated winemakers. On the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to meet winemakers from highlyrated wineries, taste exceptional wines across vintages, and buy glasses, bottles or cases of any new favourites. All ticket holders have the opportunity to add on an exclusive masterclass, to extend wine knowledge and delve deeper into the wines tasted. All tickets include tastings, free-flowing canapes and grazing tables and goodie bags. WHEN:  Thursday June 13th from 6.30-9.30pm WHERE: Mercedes me Store, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne TICKETS:  $99.95 + booking fee Halliday Members save $20. Find out more about becoming a member at https://www.winecompanion.com.au/become-a-member BOOK NOW:  …

The Reading Nook takes over Highpoint Shopping Centre

Strengthening its position as the community’s heart in the west, Highpoint Shopping Centre will this month welcome The Reading Nook: its newest temporary pop-up space, devoted to free book exchange. Helping to promote the love of reading amongst little ones and locals, The Reading Nook will encourage customers to stop by, collect a book, and leave a pre-loved book of their own in its place. Forming as a mini library, The Reading Nook will be home to many gifted stories, providing customers the opportunity to read and unwind inside or take their discovered book to read in an oasis of their own. In addition to leisurely reading, The Reading Nook will host a program of activities throughout its time at Highpoint, including family-fun activities such as face painting, kid-friendly games and giveaways on launch day (Tuesday 23 April), weekly story-telling sessions in partnership with the Maribyrnong Library Service, and visits from local toy libraries. The Reading Nook will pop up at Highpoint’s IN: TRANSIT precinct: an outdoor retail and casual dining hub formed by three shipping containers, taking inspiration from food truck parks and capitalising on …

NEON PLAYGROUND – Light and Art for Wildlife Conservation

Lions and tigers and neon lights, oh my! For two weeks only this April, the city’s vibrant arts scene will come to life inside the lush grounds of Melbourne Zoo for its inaugural Neon Playground spectacular. Experience the zoo after dark as it is transformed by lights, projections, art installations and interactive performances. Large-scale projections will adorn the historic Melbourne Zoo mate gate façade, with the work of Kit Websterlighting up the art deco features. Journey through Awareness Alley along the historic Main Drive, where you will be engulfed in dynamic laser art by internationally renowned artist Robin Fox. Along the way, learn about Zoos Victoria’s fighting extinction species through the colourful neon artwork of Carla O’Brien. Transport yourself into the world of Graeme Base’s Waterhole, where giant illuminated puppets from the beloved book magically come to life. Explore the giant neon maze, inspired by the distinctive yellow and black pattern of the Southern Corroboree Frog, with 600 metres of LED neon suspended from the ground to create a labyrinth of light … and a …

Kids’ Hot Cross Bun Decorating Activity

Pran Central’s free hot cross bun workshop will be held in the centre’s food court on Tuesday, April 9 and Thursday, April 11 between 11am and 2pm. All budding little bakers will be shown how to mould their dough into a hot cross bun shape after choosing to fill their buns with a choice of Cadbury chocolate chips, smarties or sultanas. Once the outside has been decorated in either a cross shape or their initials, Bakers Delight will bake the buns in the oven, ready for them to take home. EVENT DETAILS: When: Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th April Where: Pran Central food court between 11am-2pm. Approx 20 minutes to bake.

TAKE YOUR MEDITATION PRACTICE UP A LEVEL THIS APRIL

Start your weekend the right way on Saturday 6 April with Moving Meditation , an unlikely pairing between King & Godfree’s Johnny’s Green Room and Universal Practice, the go-to Physiotherapy, Pilates and Yoga studio in Melbourne. Johnny’s Green Room, Melbourne’s hottest new sky-high bar will transform into its own rooftop yoga atelier for one morning, with guests treated to a 45-minute session at 8:30am. Universal Practice founder, Sammy Wilson, will lead Moving Mediation  which combines a blend of yoga and meditation, benefiting the body through movement and the mind through stillness. Throughout the morning, guests will give themselves a chance to relax and rejuvenate as Sammy brings her scientific and holistic knowledge approach to the practice. Johnny’s rooftop will be decked out with Lululemon mats, and following class attendees will be treated to a coffee of their choice. Founded in 2016, Universal Practice has become an integral part of the Melbourne wellness landscape, cementing its place as the go-to Physiotherapy, Pilates and yoga studio, with practices across Fitzroy, Richmond and soon-to-be Malvern which will open its doors in winter 2019. Whether it be a …