She Spoke 2014 Festival to encourage more women to ride bikes. 1

She Spoke is a three-month program dedicated to promoting women’s participation in bike riding. The festival features 13 subsidised events aimed at encouraging as many women as possible to “get on their bikes”.

Events and workshops cover activities for beginner to experienced rideshespokers with topics ranging from confidence building tips for riding in traffic to “heels on wheels” advice for those cycling to work.

Girls and boys are welcome to join children’s and family activities including a bike decorating workshop and bike training.

She Spoke will be launched on Sunday 2 March at the annual Pushy Women South Speaking event.
Headed by comedy writer and stand-up comedian Catherine Deveny, Pushy Women features eight of Melbourne’s funniest, fittest and fiercest women sharing their experiences on two wheels. Pushy Women Tracy Harvey and Charlie Farren will also host fabulously funny bike riding excursions on Sunday 23 March and Sunday 6 April respectively.

She Spoke has been designed to celebrate, inspire, entertain and empower women. It’s about having fun, making connections with other women, learning new skills and trying something participants may not have tried before, or for a long time, in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment.

She Spoke will run from Sunday 2 March until Sunday 5 May.

For more information or bookings go to or

Pushy Women South: Speaking Event Hosted by Catherine Deveny
Sunday 2 March, 4-6pm
Gasworks Arts Park Theatre, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
Full $35, Conc. $25, book at
Featuring: Kate Miller Heidke, Chloe Shorten, Tracey Harvey, Monica Dux, Bev Killick, Sally Warhaft, Lally Katz, Nelly Thomas.

Pushy Women Excursion – A Mother Daughter Sisterhood Ride
Sunday 9 March, 2-4.30pm
Starting at Elwood Primary School Scott St, Elwood
$15, book at

Pushy Women Excursion with Tracy Harvey
Sunday 23 March, 2-4.30pm
Starting at Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
$15, book at

Pushy Women Excursion with Charlie Farren
Sunday 6 April, 2-4.30pm
Starting at Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
$15, book at

Good2Go Course for kids
Tuesday, 8 April, Wednesday 9 April, 9am-1pm
St Kilda Primary School (near basketball court), Brighton Road, St Kilda
Full $25, Conc. $5, book at
A two day course of fun bike training, teaching skills children need to be confident travellers.

National Ride2School Day
Wednesday, 14 March
Celebrated at schools across Port Phillip, more info
National Ride2School Day is about celebrating active travel within the school day and encouraging those who haven’t started to give it a go.

Cargo Bike Family Picnic
Sunday 27 April, 11am-2pm
Edwards Park, 219 Esplanade East, Port Melbourne
Free, turn up or book
Join us for a family picnic. Test some really practical cargo bikes and meet other cargo bike riders.

Wheelie Workshop for kids
Saturday 3 May, 9-11am
Bubup Nairm Family and Children’s Centre, 99B Carlisle Street, St Kilda
$5 per child, book at
Bike fun for kids with bicycle doctors, bike decorating workshop and a bike runway.

Rediscover Riding for Older Women

Saturday 22 March, 10am-12.30pm
Elwood Primary School Scott St, Elwood
Full $10 Conc. $5, book at
Hosted by Jacinta from Ladies Get Back on Your Bikes.

Bike Bella Basics

Sunday 30 March, 1-5pm
St Kilda Primary School (near basketball court), Brighton Road, St Kilda
Full $10, Conc. $5, book at
A beginner-friendly workshop to build your bike riding skills and confidence.

Assertive Riding for Women – Advanced Skills Session
Saturday 5 April, 8.30am-4.30pm
St Kilda Primary School (near basketball court), Brighton Road, St Kilda
Full $10 Conc. $5, book at Hosted by Steve from Wilcare Services at Cycling Safe
Take your bike skills to the next level and build your confidence riding in traffic.

Fix a Flat
Saturday 12 April, 10am-1pm
Back2Bikes@The B2B Garages, 525 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne
Full $10, Conc. free, book at
Hosted by Back2Bikes
Mechanics from Back2Bikes will teach you how to fix a flat tyre and maintain your chains and gears.

Heels on Wheels – Riding to Work Workshop

Sunday 4 May, 1-5pm
St Kilda Primary School (near basketball court), Brighton Road, St Kilda
$10, book at
A practical workshop to help with route planning, preparation, road rules and riding in heavy traffic.

Film festival – celebrating 30 years – with Australia’s top 100 films Reply

Thursday evening was the launch of the St Kilda Film Festival at the Palais Theatre. This is the first time I have had the pleasure to be involved in the festival and the opening night was spectacular. Over 3000 people attended the launch. The short films were varied and often unexpected. My favourite was “Julian” – so surprising and clever. The short films are available for viewing at the Palais and the Astor until 1st June. for what’s on

Port Melbourne – The Garden Party this Saturday Reply

garden partyThis carnival is an outdoor community event held at the Port Melbourne Neighbourhood House. It has been held for the last six years and it aims to bring the Port Melbourne community together. The Port Melbourne Neighbourhood House received $10,000 from the Local Festivals Fund for this event.
The event includes local musicians playing live and a number of free activities, including jumping castles, animal nursery, face painting and a parade. A highlight of the Community Carnival will be a series of creative workshops and a parade/display of the work created. The focus will be on community art principles, accessibility and art focused on themes of local community.
These workshops are facilitated by local artists and community/cultural organisations. This year the main event will be a Flower Pot Parade: with workshops facilitated by well-known local artist Elizabeth Milsom. The parade will involve themes for children and ‘the Port Melbourne ‘flower pot’ where participants create their vision of their neighbourhood.

Celebration on the Park – free community event Sunday 2nd December 1-4.30pm 1

2012PPflyerOn Sunday 2 December Port People Inc wish to invite you, your family and your friends again to ‘Celebration in the Park’, a community festival in Garden City Reserve, (Melways ref p. 56, K2). The festival will run from 1 pm to 4.30 pm.

The aims of this celebration are to:
• Celebrate the park and the community which helped to found and save it
• Have a Christmas picnic where you can meet your neighbours, have fun, try some new activities, meet your local MP, the new Mayor and Councillor, and representatives of various local groups and organisations.
The following activities are planned:
• Father Xmas on a fire or SES truck
• Zumba, Salsa and Morris dancing demos and classes
• Fun dog competitions (dog most like its owner, best-dressed, cutest trick, waggiest tail, most drool, with most Christmas spirit, cutest ears). Great prizes!
• Xmas carols and cool tunes from Cadence Choir
• Hip hop/reggae session with well-known Jamaican Australian, Ru. C.L.
• Dances with dogs demo and workshop
• Sports clinics by Colts and Soccer Club
• Face painting, dancing, games and other entertainment for children
• The Great Gizmo
• Meeting local MP Martin Foley; the new Mayor, Amanda Stevens; Deputy Mayor, Serge Thomann; our Councillor, Bernadine Voss; and Emerald Hill Councillor, Anita Horvath.
• Performance by The Stringlets
• Dog obedience demo by Hobsons Bay Dog Club
• Tai chi demo and workshop
• Displays by local groups (Historical Society, Beach Patrol, Hobson’s Bay Dog Club & others) and Council regarding local matters such as Murphy’s Reserve
• Music from local talents Ivan Pero and Ralph Poppenbeek
• How to communicate with your dog talk
• Sausage sizzle and other catering facilities
• 50% off dog washes

Bring a picnic, and your on-leash dog(s).

Prizes for the dog competitions consist of vouchers from Command Dog Training, Jim’s Dog Wash and hamper from Nature’s Gift.

If you have any queries, or concerns on the day, please contact the coordinator, Patsy Poppenbeek, on 0409026009.

There will be low volume amplified music.

This event has been funded by grants from the City of Port Phillip and Port of Melbourne Corporation.
Sponsors include Biggin Scott, Command Dog Training, Jim’s Dog Wash, Lagoon Sweets, Nature’s Gift, Page Avenue Design, and You Can Dance studio.

Gasworks Spring Music Festival Reply

Gasworks Park 18/11/12

Wow – I followed the music, this afternoon while walking my dog, and was completely surprised to find Jenny Morris, singing her old favourites in Gasworks Park.

As the photo shows, there were lots of locals sitting in the lovely sunshine, enjoying a picnic or a special Priscilla Jones hot dog.

This free festival at Gasworks goes for 3 weeks. Next week, 25th Nov, is the final show with ‘seminal Melbourne songstress Jen Cloher’ – 1.30 – 4pm. It is supported by CoPP Council through the Local Festivals Fund.