What’s on in Green Square

Library play group

Flower workshop: Beginners

Saturday 26 January 2019

Learn how to make beautiful floral arrangements using best seasonal blooms. We’ll share the secret to creating gorgeous floral designs.

Master the art of flower arranging that you can adapt to home styling, weddings or a gift. Be creative, get new skills and take your creations home. It is the best way to spend time with like-minded fellow workshoppers in a fun and friendly atmosphere. No experience needed. You will leave blooming with inspirations.

You’ll learn:

  • where and when to get the very best seasonal flowers
  • how to care and condition flowers to maximize flower longevity
  • how to build a hand tied bouquet or make a vase arrangement
  • how to integrate blooms in different colours and textures.

What you will get:

  • 1 floral arrangement (hand-tied bouquet or vase arrangement)
  • a handout showing flower names and basic information about the class
  • all materials.

What to bring: a smile and a positive attitude.

Event details

1/574 Botany Rd, Alexandria

Saturday 26 January 2019 from 11am to 1pm
Saturday 22 June 2019 from 11am to 1pm
Saturday 20 July 2019 from 11am to 1pm
Saturday 17 August 2019 from 11am to 1pm
Saturday 21 September 2019 from 11am to 1pm
Saturday 19 October 2019 from 11am to 1pm
Saturday 23 November 2019 from 11am to 1pm

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Art of Africa

Sunday 21 July 2019

Art of Africa is a group show of various artists who have, over the years, travelled to the continent. They share their best photos, taking you to unseen corners of Africa.

“Africa has so many magnificent sites and spectacular features. It’s such an incredible continent and I can’t wait to share it with everyone,” said The Space Gallery owner and curator, Pascale Rajek.

Event details

61 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery

Every day, 10am to 3pm

Thursday 18 July to Sunday 28 July 2019

Charlotte Bakker at MAY SPACE

Sunday 21 July 2019

Resonant Forms presents a body of sculptural work that considers the synchronicities between sculptural composition and musical improvisation.

Drawing on the enduring connection between the fields of music and sculpture, these works are responsive to musical rhythm and movement.

The steel and timber forms seek to articulate the lyricism inherent to musical composition, presenting a harmonious sequence of visual elements that explore implied and constructed sculptural space.

Through an improvisational process driven by intuition, Bakker’s practice is informed by the legacy of steel sculpture, the practice of drawing in space and the rhythmic forms in classical and instrumental music.

An extension of the practice of drawing in space allows for an investigation of linearity beyond the limitations of the flat surface, engaging with the three-dimensional through line, form and spatial tension.

Utilisation of steel as a primary material exploits the connotation of its industrial uses, uncovering its unexpected expressive and poetic possibilities.

Event details

May Space
409b George Street, Waterloo

Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm
Sundays, 12pm to 4pm

Wednesday 17 July to Sunday 4 August 2019

Robert Boynes at MAY SPACE

Sunday 21 July 2019

“We often make nonverbal observations and judgements about people, situations and even random objects as they pass before us.

“Some of these images may be burned into our memory and reappear as tropes that we recognise and repeat. They may be a pattern of habits or even personal taste – as in my case. I search for the drama of that moment or the stillness of another, which I find compelling in my ordinary life.

Some of these works focus on the private and domestic, a reflection on internal thoughts and local matters. Others are more global in nature, portraying large scale social and environmental events. The pairing of these two positions place the works into a global context. These paintings stay with us as flashes of memory, like rapid bursts of light that resonate after our eyes are closed.
Mysteries remain.”

Robert Boynes is a celebrated Australian artist whose career spans more than 50 years. Boynes has had a long and successful relationship with MAY SPACE, beginning in 1996.

He has works in every major art collection and public gallery across Australia, a number of international institutions, corporate bodies, private collections, and Australian Regional Galleries.

Event details

May Space
409b George Street, Waterloo

Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm
Sundays, 12pm to 4pm

Wednesday 17 July to Sunday 4 August 2019

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Bilingual storytime @ Green Square

Monday 22 July 2019

Come along to our bilingual storytime. It’s a fun session of storytelling, rhymes, music, singing and craft activities for preschoolers. Stories are read aloud in both English and Mandarin to support literacy development, foster a love of reading and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited to 50 participants per session.

Please arrive early to ensure your place.

There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

Parents or guardians are required to stay during the session

Event details

Green Square Library
355 Botany Road, Zetland

Mondays, 11.30am to 12.15pm

Monday 4 February to Monday 16 December 2019

Except Monday 15 April, Monday 29 April, Monday 8 July, Monday 15 July, Monday 30 September and Monday 14 October

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Computer, laptop and mobile class

Monday 22 July 2019

Are you going mad with your digital device? Come and get help from someone who knows.

David is a highly experienced IT expert who will sit down with you and nut out your IT problems.

Stop fuming and come and get help.

Event details

Cliff Noble Community Centre
Corner Renwick and Suttor Streets, Alexandria

Mondays and Fridays, 10am to 12pm

Monday 21 January to Friday 13 December 2019

Mandarin rhymetime @ Green Square

Monday 22 July 2019

Come along to our animated sing-a-long session for babies and toddlers.

Songs and rhymes are sung in Mandarin to support literacy development, nurture language and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

For 0 to 2 year olds.

Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited to 50 participants so be sure to arrive early to secure your place.

No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

Event details

Green Square Library
355 Botany Road, Zetland

Mondays, 10.30am to 11am

Monday 4 February to Monday 16 December 2019

Except Monday 15 April, Monday 29 April, Monday 8 July, Monday 15 July, Monday 30 September and Monday 14 October

Gentle exercise in Alexandria

Tuesday 23 July 2019

Gentle exercise is a great way to improve physical flexibility and strength in a small group environment.

The program is especially designed to suit older people and people with mobility and balance issues. It is run by a qualified teacher who is sensitive to your needs and level of physical ability.

The class is relaxed and friendly. We welcome newcomers.

Event details

Cliff Noble Community Centre
Corner Renwick and Suttor Streets, Alexandria

Tuesdays and Fridays, 11am to 12pm

Tuesday 30 January 2018 to Friday 13 December 2019

Fun flower crown workshop

Tuesday 23 July 2019

Flower crown workshop is on trend. If you are searching for a unique and creative activity for your special day, it is the perfect choice. Making a flower crown is fun and easy. We love doing parties! Celebrate your hen party/bridal shower, baby shower, birthdays in style by making stunning floral headpieces with your dearest friends and bridesmaids at the flower crown workshop. Our flower experts ensure you have loads of fun and walk out of the door wearing gorgeous fresh blooms in your hair. Add a flower power to your big weekend. Flower Lane and Co offers customised and private floral crown workshops to suit your needs. We’d love to chat with you and host a special party for you.

What you will get
We understand planning a hen’s party can be a little stressful. We ensure the whole process goes smooth and easy to save you a headache. Flower Lane and Co has hosted hundreds of flower crown making workshops over the couple of years and gained a wealth of experience from the past workshops. You will get an easy guide throughout the session. Meet your flower expert and create gorgeous floral crowns with us.

Minimum numbers 8. Discounts for 10+ and 15+.

Event details

574 Botany Rd, Alexandria

Tuesdays and Fridays, 3pm to 5pm

Friday 18 January to Tuesday 31 December 2019

Runs weekly until Friday 31 May.

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Youth Games Day

Tuesday 23 July 2019

Calling all young people aged 8 to 14 years living in Green Square and surrounding areas.

Are you bored after school, want somewhere safe to hang out?

Come over to the Tote building and get involved in some fun activities.

Snacks provided.

Event details

100 Joynton Ave, Zetland

Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm

Tuesday 23 July to Tuesday 10 September 2019

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Try a musical instrument

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Join this free drop-in session to explore the Green Square Library Music Room.

Try out the baby grand piano or acoustic or electric guitars and find out how our digital mixing and recording equipment works.

Instruments available to play:

  • Baby grand piano
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Classical guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Electric bass
  • Synthesiser
  • Ukelele
  • Digital mixer and recording unit

No bookings required. Drop in anytime over the 2 hour session.

The Music Room is also available to hire for students, individuals, and community and commercial organisations. Green Square Library’s musical instrument collection is available for use during hire of the music room or during weekly drop-in music sessions on Wednesday evenings.

Event details

Green Square Library
355 Botany Road, Zetland

Wednesdays, 4pm to 6pm

Wednesday 6 March to Wednesday 31 July 2019

Little People: Big Ideas

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Little People: Big Ideas is the perfect location for your next play date. Designed to engage babies and toddlers in an interactive world of imagination and exploration, this free pop-up gives children the opportunity to develop language and fine and gross motor skills in a safe, community environment.

Each play area is filled with colourful, high-quality wooden play resources and equipment, perfect for counting games, make-believe and building skills.

The activity’s organiser, CuriosityWorks, is passionate about inter-generational, collaborative play-based learning with a focus on STEM concepts and innovation nation goals. STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is designed to empower children, and adults, with skills that can adapt to our changing world.

Parents are encouraged to get involved and enjoy the experience with their kids. There are two CuriosityWorks team leaders on the premises at all times. However, parental supervision for all children is required.

There will also be some fantastic promotions running alongside this event with each child eating free with an adult at Stanton & Co. and a free coffee with meal at Welcome Dose Specialty Coffee.

Event details

61 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am to 1pm

Wednesday 22 May to Wednesday 31 July 2019

Wild Winter Wednesdays at Three Blue Ducks in Rosebery

Wednesday 24 July 2019

The menu, inspired by ‘wild’ ingredients, such as foraged pine mushrooms and venison, was created by Three Blue Ducks chefs Andy Allen, Mark La Brooy and Darren Robertson – and the pizzas will be cooked in Rosebery’s statement woodfire oven.

But instead of a yeast base, The Ducks’ pizzas will be natural ferment. “For us, the taste and texture of a natural ferment pizza base is the ultimate,” says Allen. “After all, the evening is called Wild Wednesday… With a natural wine list, a few wild fermented cocktails, something definitely wild from the Young Henrys boys, we thought a natural ferment pizza base was the way to go.”

The chefs in the Rosebery kitchen will also get the chance to show off their skills with a contest to see who can come up with the tastiest slice – with the winning creation going on the Wild Winter Wednesdays menu. All the inventive toppings, as well as plenty of pizza-making tips and tricks, will be shared Instagram @threeblueducks.

Kicking off from Wednesday 5th June from 5.45pm, Wild Winter Wednesdays will continue every Wednesday night for a limited run during winter.

Event details

1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery

Wednesdays, 5.45pm to 9.30pm

Wednesday 5 June to Wednesday 24 July 2019

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Bower Electrical Repair Cafe: Green Square

Wednesday 24 July 2019

You can bring your broken items and we’ll put you on the path to fixing them. This is a free advice service, not a guaranteed repair. Come along, have a cuppa and our skilled repairers will do their best to help. Repair Cafes originated in Europe, and The Bower was the first to bring this concept to Australia.

Generally we are only able to look at 1 item per person.

Event details

Green Square Community Hall
3 Joynton Avenue, Zetland

Wednesdays, 1pm to 4pm

Wednesday 26 June to Wednesday 25 December 2019

Rhymetime @ Green Square

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets. The sessions aim to develop early literacy skills.

For 0 to 2 year olds.

Three sessions available:

Wednesdays:
10.30am – 11.00am
11.30am – 12.00pm

Fridays:
10.30am – 11.00am

Each session is limited to 50 participants. Please arrive early to ensure your place. Parents or caregivers must accompany children for the duration of the session.

No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

Event details

Green Square Library
355 Botany Road, Zetland

Wednesdays and Fridays, 10.30am to 12pm

Wednesday 30 January to Friday 20 December 2019

Except Wednesday 17 April, Good Friday , Wednesday 24 April, Friday 26 April, Wednesday 10 July, Friday 12 July, Wednesday 17 July, Friday 19 July, Wednesday 2 October, Friday 4 October, Wednesday 9 October and Friday 11 October

During school terms only.

Healthy cooking and vertical gardening program

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Come along to learn how to prepare meals like butter chicken, apple crumble, pie, stir fry and fresh pasta.

We’ll grow our own fruit and vegetables on our vertical garden

Learn how to cook and grow herbs, fruit and vegetables.

Event details

24 Suttor St, Alexandria

Wednesdays, 3pm to 6pm

Wednesday 17 July to Wednesday 11 September 2019

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Art class in Alexandria

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Ignite your passion for painting and drawing and take your art to the next level.

The teacher, Vanessa Owens, is an experienced artist who guides you to express your visual creativity.

The class uses a range of media including water and acrylic paints, and techniques such as drawing.

Vanessa runs a relaxed session and guides people gently and skillfully.

Event details

Cliff Noble Community Centre
Corner Renwick and Suttor Streets, Alexandria

Wednesdays, 1pm to 3pm

Wednesday 31 January 2018 to Wednesday 11 December 2019

Zumba Gold for older adults

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Zumba Gold is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto ‘Beto’ Perez during the 1990s.

The class uses Latin music and simple movement to improve flexibility, strength and balance.

It is suited for all ages and is a fun way to socialise and stay young.

Event details

Cliff Noble Community Centre
Corner Renwick and Suttor Streets, Alexandria

Wednesdays, 1pm to 2pm

Wednesday 31 January 2018 to Wednesday 11 December 2019

Storytime @ Waterloo

Thursday 25 July 2019

Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers. The session fosters an early love of reading and social interaction in readiness for school.

Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

Bookings are not required but session numbers are limited so please ensure you arrive early to secure your place.

Parents or caregivers must accompany children for the duration of the session.

There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

Event details

Waterloo Library
770 Elizabeth Street, Waterloo

Thursdays, 11am to 11.45am

Thursday 31 January to Thursday 19 December 2019

Except Thursday 18 April, Anzac Day , Thursday 2 May, Thursday 11 July, Thursday 18 July, Thursday 3 October and Thursday 10 October

Rhymetime @ Waterloo

Thursday 25 July 2019

Rhymetime is a lap-sit program for babies. The session combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

For 0 to 2 year-olds.

Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

Parents or caregivers must accompany children for the duration of the session.
No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

Event details

Waterloo Library
770 Elizabeth Street, Waterloo

Thursdays, 10am to 10.30am

Thursday 31 January to Thursday 19 December 2019

Except Thursday 18 April, Anzac Day , Thursday 11 July, Thursday 18 July, Thursday 3 October and Thursday 10 October

Tjungu Palyangku art exhibition

Thursday 25 July 2019

Artbank has launched its latest exhibition, bringing together a large body of visual and digital work by 12 Indigenous artists from the Nyapari community in South Australia.

2 years in the making, the community-led exhibition tells Tjukurpa (sacred stories) in a unique and innovative way using painting, ink drawing and performance video. The exhibition is particularly important during the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Some of the videos on display include the native language of the artists. There is supporting material available with translations and essays explaining the work.

Event details

Artbank Sydney
1/198-222 Young Street, Waterloo

Thursdays and Fridays, 9am to 5pm

Thursday 18 July to Friday 8 November 2019

Storytime @ Green Square

Friday 26 July 2019

Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers that fosters an early love of reading and develops literacy skills and social interaction in readiness for school.

Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

Bookings are not required but session numbers are limited so please ensure you arrive early to secure your place.

Parents or caregivers must accompany children for the duration of the session.

There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

Event details

Green Square Library
355 Botany Road, Zetland

Fridays, 1pm to 1.45pm

Friday 1 February to Friday 20 December 2019

Except Good Friday , Friday 26 April, Friday 12 July, Friday 19 July, Friday 4 October and Friday 11 October

Chair yoga in Alexandria

Friday 26 July 2019

Chair yoga is a gentle way to improve strength, flexibility and mindfulness.

The class combines yoga whilst sitting on a chair with guided meditation.

The teacher is highly experienced and has trained in New York with leading practitioners.

The class is suitable for all ages and levels of physical ability, including those with limited mobility and balance.

Event details

Cliff Noble Community Centre
Corner Renwick and Suttor Streets, Alexandria

Fridays, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Friday 2 February 2018 to Friday 13 December 2019

Bike care and maintenance course

Saturday 27 July 2019

Come along and learn more about how to maintain your bike.

The course covers:

  • tooling up – what do you need?
  • cleaning and lubrication the easy way
  • wheels off / wheels on and tyres off / tyres on
  • introduction to cable systems
  • brakes and gear adjustments (where time allows).

What to bring:

  • Your bike.
  • Clean rag.

Event details

Sydney Park Cycling Centre
410-416 Sydney Park Road, Alexandria

Saturday 27 July 2019 from 10am to 1pm
Saturday 17 August 2019 from 10am to 1pm

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Balance bike clinics

Saturday 27 July 2019

Clinics run every Saturday from 9am to 11am.

No need to book, just turn up and register with the instructors at the Sydney Park Cycling Centre.

This is an interactive class designed to get parents involved in their children’s learning. Bikes and helmets are provided, or you can bring your own.

Event details

Sydney Park Cycling Centre
410-416 Sydney Park Road, Alexandria

Saturdays, 9am to 11am

Saturday 20 July to Saturday 14 September 2019

Compost and worm farm basics talk

Saturday 27 July 2019

Did you know that more than a third of waste in household red bins is food waste?

Worm farms and composting are a great way to deal with kitchen, household and garden waste while reducing your eco-footprint.

Better yet, they allow you to create fantastic organic soil conditioner to use in pots or garden beds to grow super-healthy plants.

You’ll learn:

  • the difference between worm farming and composting
  • how to select the best type of system for you, and where to put it
  • how to set up a worm farm including feeding worms and harvesting fertiliser
  • compost ingredients, proportions and layering techniques
  • how to maintain healthy systems and avoid common problems
  • tips for setting up communal systems.

Suitable for beginners.

Talk includes:

  • lecture-style talk and demonstration
  • links and notes on email
  • opportunity for questions.

Bring along:

  • paper and pen
  • water bottle.

Bookings essential.

Event details

Sydney Park Pavilion
Euston Road, Alexandria

Saturday 27 July 2019 from 1pm to 2.30pm

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Terrarium indoor garden workshop

Saturday 27 July 2019

Bring some lush greenery indoors! A terrarium is the sustainable, low-maintenance indoor garden. It’s a beautiful addition to office desks, kitchen tables, or other well-lit spots indoors.

During this workshop, you will learn how to create your own terrarium and take home your unique eco-friendly glass garden. The workshop will be run by leading florist Nicole.

What you will learn:

How to look after succulents and cactii.
How to express your creativity through gardening and getting your hands dirty.
Step by step instructions about how to create and decorate your terrariums.
Where to purchase materials and plants.

What you will get:
1 large glass bowl terrarium. All materials will be provided including aprons, glass containers, rocks, pebbles, succulents, and potting mix.

What to bring:
A smile and a positive attitude. The workshop involves getting a little messy – don’t wear your best clothes just in case!

Event details

1/574 Botany Rd, Alexandria

Saturday 20 April 2019 from 11am to 1pm
Saturday 27 July 2019 from 11am to 1pm

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Bicycle Garden Open Hours

Thursday 1 August 2019

Visit this drop-in open workshop at Bicycle Garden every Thursday night and learn to fix your own bicycle!

This community workshop has the tools, used parts, a some new parts along with helpful volunteers to walk you through your repair. Feel free to contact us through face book to ask any questions before you arrive.

Suggested donation is $5/hour + parts or pay-what-you-can. Donations are used to sustain our organisation (e.g. purchasing oil and cables).

Bicycle Garden is a volunteer run, not-for-profit and an inclusive environment. All welcome!

Please book tickets as we often are very busy.

Event details

Sydney Park Cycling Centre
410-416 Sydney Park Road, Alexandria

Thursdays, 6pm to 9pm

Thursday 1 August to Thursday 19 December 2019

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Blues & Mulled Wine

Thursday 1 August 2019

The Grounds Blues and Mulled Wine Night returns for its second night. This is set to be one of the biggest yet with Karen Lee Andrews taking to The Grounds stage. The Garden will be staying open late to bring you an evening of soulful music. With the heaters on and the mulled wine hot, there’s no need to worry about the cold.

To accompany your night of live music, The Garden Bar will open for drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), while the barbecue will provide a select menu by executive head chef Paul McGrath.

The Garden is a family friendly space and all children and 4 legged friends are welcome.

Karen Lee Andrews has reconnected with her guitar and produced a sound which can only be described as Oceanic Blues. This commanding Polynesian woman of soul is back! Her sound is a distinctive blend of American blues and soul. Gritty guitar, lush tremolo, deep reverb in a fluid Oceanic expression.

After singing on stage at the 2019 Logie Awards, Karen return to Sydney to perform at the Grounds. Often described as “one of the greatest blues artists in Australia” she’s one not to be missed.

Kane Muir is a “one-man blues band” from Sydney. A multi-instrumentalist that merges the blues, jazz, folk and soul with a sound that has developed from years performing around the world.

He sits atop an old suitcase doubling as a kick drum, stomping syncopated rhythms. His guitar playing is unique in that he plays both the bass line and guitar parts simultaneously, all this while singing with husky soul and blowing harmonica.

Event details

The Grounds of Alexandria
7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria

Thursday 1 August 2019 from 6pm to 10pm

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Growing Food in Small Spaces talk

Saturday 10 August 2019

Want to grow food at home but limited by the size of your patch?

This introductory talk is designed to help urban residents expand their capacity to grow food on balconies, window sills and in courtyards.

Discover the basics of gardening productively in containers. From maximising light and using vertical spaces, to selecting potting mix and seasonal plant varieties.

Places are limited and bookings are essential.

Suitable for ages 14 years and over.

Event details

Sydney Park Pavilion
Euston Road, Alexandria

Saturday 10 August 2019 from 10am to 11.30am

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Cycling in the City course: Sydney Park

Sunday 11 August 2019

Get the skills and confidence to ride on Sydney streets.

Learn the art of gracious cycling, simple positioning techniques and route planning to make riding from A to B more enjoyable.

Course outline:

  • Classroom – rights and responsibilities, route planning, traffic and positioning theory.
  • Off-street – control skills and practice.
  • Group riding – cycling in regular traffic establishes sensible (effective and considerate) positioning and showcases the benefits of good route selection.
  • On-street – typical scenarios faced by bike riders.

What to bring:

  • A bike in good working order. Instructors will assess your bike. You may be excluded if your bike is unsafe.
  • A helmet.
  • Water.
  • Sunscreen.

Event details

Sydney Park Cycling Centre
410-416 Sydney Park Road, Alexandria

Sunday 11 August 2019 from 9am to 1pm

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Introduction to calligraphy

Tuesday 20 August 2019

In this workshop, Alena will teach you the key skills you need to be confident with hand lettering. This course is suitable for beginners although all skill levels are welcome!

The course will begin with the warm-up drills you need to practice before any lettering project, these drills introduce you to the pressures and strokes for the brush pen.

After the warm-up is over, you will develop your practice into the alphabet – both upper and lowercase. Each letter will be deconstructed into strokes to help you understand the letter structure.

You will leave this workshop with confidence, the key-skills of lettering, a set of brush pens and a worksheet.

Tickets includes calligraphy masterclass, a glass of wine on arrival and a light bite to eat.

You will receive:

10 pack of Artline Stix Brush Pens
Workbook with workshop content
Practice paper.

Event details

The Grounds of Alexandria
7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria

Tuesday 16 July 2019 from 6pm to 8.30pm
Tuesday 20 August 2019 from 6pm to 8.30pm

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Household Chemical CleanOut

Saturday 24 August 2019

Any leftover chemicals you have at home, including paints, solvents, pesticides and even cleaning products, should not be put in your household bins. Pouring substances down the drain means they can end up in Sydney Harbour. Help protect our precious marine life by disposing of them correctly and safely.

The safest approach is to take them to one of the severalHousehold Chemical CleanOut events in Sydney, run by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority.

Many chemicals collected on the day are re-used or recycled. Items such as unwanted paints can be used as an alternative fuel for cement kilns and residual gas removed from gas bottles for industrial use. Other chemicals need to be disposed of correctly and safely because toxic elements such as mercury, cadmium and lead could leach into the environment.

What to expect

When you pull up, our team will greet you and our waste experts will collect your items while you wait in your vehicle.

The Bourke Street area can be busy over the weekend. Arrive early to avoid traffic and follow the signs.

We can accept:

  • solvents and household cleaners
  • paints and thinners
  • pesticides and herbicides
  • poisons
  • aerosols
  • pool chemicals
  • motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • acids and alkalis
  • car batteries
  • household batteries/light globes (These can also be recycled at the City’s Customer Service Centres or libraries at any time)
  • hobby chemicals such as photographic chemicals
  • gas bottles
  • fire extinguishers
  • fluorescent lamps
  • smoke alarms
  • cosmetics and skincare.

Only household (not commercial) quantities are accepted. The maximum container size is 20kg or 20L.

We can’t accept: computers, mobile phones, cameras and other electronic goods. Recycle them at the next e-waste drop-off day or book a pick-up.

Household batteries, mobiles and light bulbs can be recycled at the City’s Customer Service Centres or libraries at any time.

Event details

Alexandra Canal Depot
67C Bourke Road, Alexandria

Saturday 24 August 2019 from 9am to 3.30pm

Edible gardens for renters workshop

Saturday 24 August 2019

Kick start your edible garden with guidance and practical tips from an expert horticulturist. This 2 ½ hour workshop is perfect for balcony, courtyard and small space growing.

You’ll learn:

  • about soils and potting mix fundamentals
  • seasonal plant selection
  • when to water and fertilise
  • basic plant care
  • thrifty gardening tips – sourcing budget-conscious materials
  • vertical garden ideas.

Suitable for adults, beginners to intermediate.

Workshop includes:

  • morning tea – fresh fruit, local baked goods and organic tea and coffee
  • detailed notes
  • 6 small seasonal plants to get you started.

Bring along:

  • paper and pen
  • water bottle

Bookings essential.

Event details

Sydney Park Pavilion
Euston Road, Alexandria

Saturday 24 August 2019 from 10am to 12.30pm

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Cycling in the City course: Green Square

Sunday 25 August 2019

Get the skills and confidence to ride on Sydney streets.

Lean the art of ‘gracious cycling’, simple positioning techniques and route planning to make riding from A to B more enjoyable.

Topics covered:

  • Classroom: rights and responsibilities, route planning, traffic and positioning theory.
  • Off-street: control skills and practice.
  • Group riding: cycling in regular traffic between drill sites establishes sensible (effective and considerate) positioning as well as showcasing the benefits of good route selection.
  • On-street: individual drills of typical scenarios faced by bike riders.

What to bring:

  • A bike in good working order (instructors will assess your bike’s road-worthiness and may exclude you from the course if they feel your bike is unsafe).
  • A helmet.
  • Water.
  • Sun screen.

This course is supported by Mirvac and Landcom.

Event details

30 Ebsworth Street, Zetland NSW, Australia

Sunday 25 August 2019 from 9am to 1pm

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Brushes and Booze

Wednesday 28 August 2019

Enjoy an evening in the magical Atrium at the Grounds of Alexandria. You’ll sip on wine, graze on cheese platters, and paint flowers with our favourite medium: watercolour! Sounds pretty dreamy, huh?

You don’t need any prior experience for this workshop, it’s for everyone: the complete novice or those who just want to explore a new medium in a laid-back environment (with great company).

During this workshop, you will be guided through the fundamentals of watercolours, practice painting techniques to get you started and learn about implementing the principles of design to create your very own masterpiece. On the day you’ll have the opportunity to work with botanical stencils provided by us or create your own artwork using real-life flowers as your subject.

We will take you through all of the equipment that you will need for creating your own watercolours at home, how to prep your materials, mix and build your colours and the joy of developing your own unique painting style.

Event details

The Grounds of Alexandria
7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria

Wednesday 17 July 2019 from 6.30pm to 8pm
Wednesday 28 August 2019 from 6.30pm to 8pm

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Pedal Power: Building Bikes for Asylum Seekers

Tuesday 3 September 2019

Bicycle build night in the Bicycle Garden workshop!

Pedal Power is a Bicycle Garden program where volunteers work together to overhaul and repair donated bikes that are rehomed with Asylum Seekers through the Asylum Seeker Center.

Every level of experience is welcome, even if you have never held a wrench before. Knowledgeable, friendly Bicycle Gardeners provide instructions and plenty of encouragement. Each bicycle is worked on in small groups with mixed levels of experience to encourage skill building and safe bike building.

Participation in this event is by donation. Donations are used to purchase helmets, locks and lights to accompany the bicycles.

We kindly ask that no work be done on your own bikes during these hours.

Event details

Sydney Park Cycling Centre
410-416 Sydney Park Road, Alexandria

Tuesday 3 September 2019 from 6pm to 9pm
Tuesday 1 October 2019 from 6pm to 9pm
Tuesday 5 November 2019 from 6pm to 9pm

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Byron Harvest: A foraged feast

Friday 6 September 2019

Three Blue Ducks and Brookies Gin will bring a taste of Byron Bay to Rosebery for 1 night only.

Byron Harvest is a foraged feast, raising money for Big Scrub to assist in rainforest regeneration.

The evening will be inspired by beverage suppliers and producers of the Northern Rivers. Names include Brookies Gin, Stone & Wood, Jilly Wines, Brookfarm, pigs that have been raised in the Byron region, garlic and leafy greens from The Farm, and seafood from The Bay Seafood Market in Byron Bay.

Tickets include a 4-course dinner, live music, gin, beer and wine and good vibes.

Event details

1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery

Friday 6 September 2019 from 6.30pm to 11pm

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Edible green walls talk

Saturday 7 September 2019

In this classroom-based talk, we’ll take you through the steps for setting up a vertical garden in your home. You’ll learn the types of DIY and off the shelf options available, what will work best for you and things to keep in mind. We’ll also explore edible plant selection, growing media and watering systems.

What you’ll learn:

  • Selecting a vertical system for your place
  • Positioning your vertical garden
  • Soil mixes, watering and plant choice.

What you’ll receive:

  • Lecture-style presentation
  • Post-talk email of interesting links.

Bookings essential.

Event details

Sydney Park Pavilion
Euston Road, Alexandria

Saturday 7 September 2019 from 10am to 11.30am

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Cycling in the City: Rusty Riders course

Sunday 8 September 2019

A version of our Cycling in the City tailored for those with lower confidence and fitness levels.

Learn the art of gracious cycling, simple positioning techniques and route planning to make riding from A to B more enjoyable.

Course outline:

  • Classroom – rights and responsibilities, route planning, traffic and positioning theory.
  • Off-street – control skills and practice based at the Sydney Park Cycling Centre

What to bring:

  • A bike in good working order. Instructors will assess your bike. You may be excluded if your bike is unsafe.
  • A helmet.
  • Water.
  • Sunscreen.

Event details

Sydney Park Cycling Centre
410-416 Sydney Park Road, Alexandria

Sunday 8 September 2019 from 9am to 1pm

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Chain Lynx workshop

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Chain Lynx is a monthly Bicycle Garden program. The event celebrates and encourages women, transgender and non-binary folks (small and accompanied children are also welcome) to learn bicycle mechanics in a collaborative and fun environment.

The goal of this program is to address the difficulties many woman, trans and non-binary people encounter when trying to access cycling. The program creates as safe a space as possible for learning, socialising, and empowering ourselves and each other.

This community workshop has the tools and spare parts along with helpful volunteers to walk you through your repairs. Feel free to contact us through our Facebook page to ask any questions before you arrive.

Donations are used to sustain our organisation.

Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Event details

Sydney Park Cycling Centre
410-416 Sydney Park Road, Alexandria

Tuesday 10 September 2019 from 6pm to 9pm
Tuesday 12 November 2019 from 6pm to 9pm
Tuesday 10 December 2019 from 6pm to 9pm

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E-waste drop-off day

Saturday 14 September 2019

Australians generate more than 650,000 tonnes of electronic waste (e-waste) each year and most of it ends up in landfill. As well as putting more pressure on limited landfill capacity, e-waste can be hazardous as it contains toxic materials.

To keep recyclable e-waste out of landfill, the City of Sydney offers free quarterly drop-off days.

What to expect

Our team will greet you when you pull up – we can even remove your items while you wait in your vehicle.

What to bring

Televisions
Computers – desktops, monitors, laptops and printers
Home office equipment – photocopiers, fax machines, scanners, servers, projectors, DVD players and video recorders
Computer peripherals such as joysticks
Electronic games, CDs, DVDs, tapes and cameras
Electronic components
Phones – mobiles and landlines
Small kitchen appliances
Power tools – drills, circular saws and power boards, electric lawnmowers, electric trimmers, electric leaf blowers (and no gas-powered items, please).

Items we can’t accept

White goods
Hazardous waste – chemicals, paints and pesticides
Car batteries
Smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.

Household batteries, fluorescent tubes and energy saving light globes (CFLs) can be dropped off at our libraries and customer service centres at any time.

Event details

Alexandra Canal Depot
67C Bourke Road, Alexandria

Saturday 14 September 2019 from 9am to 3pm

DIY Reflective Bicycle Accessory Craft Workshop

Tuesday 17 September 2019

A special Sydney Rides workshop brought to you by the bright folks at Bicycle Garden and MonkeeSee.

Using all kinds of multi-media reflective and high vis materials including donated materials from MonekeeSee’s studio, we will help you to create reflective and fluro accessories for your bike and/or you to wear.

A great workshop if you plan to attend Light the City or just increase your visibility on the street.

Expect this one to book up quickly!

Event details

Sydney Park Cycling Centre
410-416 Sydney Park Road, Alexandria

Tuesday 17 September 2019 from 6pm to 9pm

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Australian Poetry Slam: Green Square heat for high school students

Thursday 19 September 2019

Join the audience or take to the stage at Word Travel’s spoken word heat just for high school students. This fun event at Green Square Library will be hosted by talented spoken word poet, Isabella Luna.

Sign up at 5pm to perform in the Australian Poetry Slam heat starting at 5.30pm.

Writers and performers are given a mic and 2 minutes to share their original piece and impress the judges chosen from the live audience. 2 writers from the slam heat will go on to perform at the Australian Poetry Slam Sydney Final.

To participate or watch the slam, make sure to book a seat in the audience.

Presented with Word Travels.

About Isabella Luna

Isabella Luna is a queer writer and performing artist living on Dharawal land in Wollongong, Australia. She holds a BCA (Hons) in Writing with Minors in French and Theatre from the University of Wollongong.

Event details

Green Square Library
355 Botany Road, Zetland

Thursday 19 September 2019 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm

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