February is a short month, but action-packed with Lunar New Year celebrations; an opportunity to get your treasured items valued; enjoy a local French film festival or Sunday Jazz afternoon; and volunteer to make a difference.

Happy Lunar New Year

Many U3A members celebrated Lunar New Year with special events. Cynthia Au (pictured above) hosted a cooking class, demonstrated, and shared the recipe for Baked Nian Gao. Nian Gao is a homonym for ‘higher year’ reflecting growth and prosperity for the New Year. The cake texture was silky smooth and chewy. The Line Dancing class also did a special routine to wish everyone a wonderful Year of the Dragon.

Antique Roadshow – What is it worth?

The Antique Roadshow will provide valuations by specialists on items such as fine art, tools, toys, stamps, coins, jewellery, vintage furniture, bric-a-brac, curiosities, and vinyl record collections. You can learn about the ‘value’ of your special items:

  • Wednesday 21 February
  • 10.30 am
  • Forest Hills Retirement Village, 264-272 Springvale Road, Nunawading.

Morning Tea will be provided.

French theme for local film festival

The 2024 Healesville Mini Film Festival presented by The Yarra Ranges Film Society will be held on Sunday 17 March at The Memo, 235 Maroondah Highway, Healesville. This unique film festival comprises three films shown on the one day with a connecting theme, and this year (the 10th edition), all the films are contemporary French productions and each features women as their main subject.

  • 10.15 am. Full Time: A film very much in the style of well-known British director, Ken Loach, which depicts the inequality of poorer people in our society. The end has elements of a thriller.
  • 1.10 pm. Driving Madeleine: A very simple plot involving a Paris taxi driver picking up Madeleine to take her to a nursing home. But nothing in this film is simple. You are sure to become involved.
  • 3.05 pm. Two Tickets to Greece: A wonderful comedy with some serious moments toward the end. You will be taken by the brilliant acting of Olivier Cote, Laure Calamy and Kristen Scott Thomas.

Tickets are $39 for three films or $15 per film and are available from The Memo, Healesville, the Art Centre Warburton, online at, or Ph: 1300 368 333. Depending on sales, tickets may be available at the venue on the day.

Jazz on Sunday

Enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment featuring the D.R. Big Band and Jazz Notes – Caught In The Act on Sunday 17 March from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm at Ringwood RSL, 16 Station Street, Ringwood.

A guest singer will join the 17-piece Big Band for some big band favourites, old and new, and Jazz Notes – Caught In The Act! will bring you some funky Latin music and more. The event will conclude with a jazz jam session open to singers and instrumentalists.

Bookings are advised. Tickets are $15 plus a 50c booking fee and can be purchased online at until the day prior to the event. For groups larger than six, Ph: 0412 063 603. This is a monthly event kindly sponsored by Maroondah Council and Bendigo Bank, so if you can’t go in March, check out forthcoming dates on the booking site.

Volunteers wanted for valued support

Uniting AgeWell, is a local not-for-profit organisation that connects volunteers to older people living in the community that might be experiencing some isolation and disconnect, and they are seeking more volunteers.

As a volunteer, you can provide meaningful support in a number of ways such as enjoying a conversation over a cuppa at someone’s home or over the phone, getting out and about in the community together, running a social activity at one of the Uniting AgeWell centres, or sharing hobbies, interests, and skills.

If you would like to make a difference in someone’s life, contact Uniting Agewell on 13 93 75, or email , or go to

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