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Wednesday March 15, 2017

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Toora FoodWorks supports Toora Primary School


• Kathryn Ireland, Anish Singla - Toora FoodWorks, Robert Tinker - acting principal, and students Thomas and Tess

THE Toora Primary School community is extremely grateful to Anish and Suchi Singla and all at Toora FoodWorks for the very generous donation of $10,000 to install air-conditioning throughout Toora Primary School.
Toora PS will add an additional $5000 to have air conditioning/split systems installed.
Anish recognised the need for air conditioning after a bout of extremely hot weather and talking to his customers - many of whom are families/students/staff of Toora PS.
“How can children learn and give 100 per cent of their focus when they are hot and sweating?” Anish asked, adding that for learning to be optimal, the student and teachers need to be comfortable.
Stay tuned for the follow-up photo of Anish switching on the air-conditioning at the school.








Relay For Life this weekend

• Committee members Irene Gale and Claire Buckland read some of the messages of hope left at last year’s Relay.

THE stage is set for another successful Relay For Life event to be held next weekend at Terrill Park in Fish Creek.
Online registrations have now closed but participants can still register at the event next Saturday. Over 300 people have already signed up to walk so far and more than $30,000 has been raised for the Cancer Council.
Teams will be setting up their camps from 12pm with a market taking place between 2pm and 6pm. In addition to an array of food stalls, activities for kids and adults will include mini golf, a mechanical surfboard, giant slide, giant jenga as well as the standard face painting and balloon art.
The official opening of the Relay will be at 3pm as the Carers and Survivors of cancer walk the first lap before relayers take to the track for 18 hours of non-stop walking.
Entertainment will be provided until 11pm by local artists Janie Gordon, Amanda Bier, Geoff Sparkes, The McCrackens, Fabulous Goody Two Shoes, Millee McPhee and the Foster High School Band.
The Candlelight ceremony will start at 8pm as we pay tribute to those who have fought or are still fighting their battle with cancer. The placement of candle-bags around the walking track in honour of past and present sufferers is an inspiring tribute as the candles continue to burn throughout the night and light the way for those walkers doing the nightshift.
Walkers will be treated to a free breakfast before the Relay winds up at 9am.
This will be Fish Creek’s last Relay as it moves on to another town in South GIppsland for the next three years. Last year the local group raised more than $78,000 and received an award from the Cancer Council for its outstanding effort for a small country town.
In the South Gippsland Shire, nearly two hundred people are diagnosed with some form of cancer every year; the Relay is undertaken to provide funds for valuable research to lessen the incidence of this life-shortening disease.



Sandy Point Music Club donation


• Megan Bassed and David Iser from The Sandy Point Music Club proudly presenting a cheque for $2,500 to the Doran Family members of the the Murray to Moyne Cycling team raising money for South Gippsland Hospital, represented by CEO, Chris Trotman.

THE newly formed music club has now held two events at the Sandy Point Community Hall . These have both been a huge success with sell out crowds .
“The aim to provide live music to the people of Sandy Point and surrounds has certainly been embraced by the community” said David Iser.
As well as enhancing the local good will and spirit of Sandy Point the events are aimed at fund raising for groups with a local connection.
The next event on Saturday, March18 will feature Leslie Avril .
Leslie is a natural performer, whether she’s belting out raunchy rockabilly in a crowded honky-tonk or distilling her magic in intimate cabaret.
She’s sexy, bluesy & her stunning vocals electrify an audience with power, depth & aching honesty.
Over the years she has been invited to perform at all the major festivals throughout Australia .
A vivacious singer, she moves effortlessly from original compositions to French, Cajun, Country, Blues, Jazz, 50s Classics & Rockabilly, which all feature on her 5 CDs.
There are still tickets available for this show and can be purchased via or contacting David Iser.




THE Prom Coast is brimming with artistic talent and is serviced by an eclectic mix of local galleries, studios and workshops that are a drawcard for both locals and tourists alike.
This year’s Sea Change Festival brings with it the opportunity for you to become the artist and have your work exhibited in an exciting pop-up outdoor gallery. Innovative artist Mandy Gunn will teach you how to create ephemeral sculptures from naturally occurring materials such as stones and vegetation that blend into the environment.
Starting off with the Ephemeral Sculpture Workshop on Sunday 19 March, participants will be inspired to be creative, resourceful and inventive about using a range of materials to create beautiful art works. The Rail Trail Reserve in Foster will become the scene for an outdoor exhibition where participants will gather together to create their magnificent pieces of art for all to enjoy. Beginners through to experienced are welcome, contact Mandy Gunn 0411 257 045 to book a place at the workshop.
With just under ten days until the official opening of the 2017 Prom Coast Seachange Festival, many exhibitions listed on the program have already started.
“Even though the festival runs across the last week of March and the first weekend in April there is an array of exhibitions on the festival program that are already underway,” explained festival chairperson Deb Bray. “There are many quality exhibitions that will run throughout the festival and a number that extend into May.”
Currently exhibiting at the Fish Creek Hotel Artspaces is highly esteemed Mardan painter Julie Lundgren Coulter. Julie leaves aside the oils that have earned her many awards and prizes to continue her exploration of local earth pigments and charcoal in a series of stunning large-scale landscapes. Her New Directions: Irregularities and Abstractions exhibition will be on show until 30 May. For further information contact the curator 0408 871 379.
Mary Shaw will have Seascapes and More… on display at her Sandy Point Art Gallery until 17 April. Her exhibition features watercolour paintings of seascapes and landscapes of local and overseas scenes. The gallery is open daily and for further information contact (03) 5684 1094.
Recently, Kerry Spokes and Michael Lester celebrated the Gecko Studio Gallery’s 10th anniversary and their reputation for quality exhibitions continues throughout the festival. Collision, an exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Mark Reyment of Tarwin Lower, opens at the gallery in Fish Creek on Sunday 19 March. For further information contact Michael Lester on (03) 5683 2481.
An important exhibition during the festival, South Gippsland Sport through the Century, will be on show at the Foster Museum in Main Street. Presented by The Foster and District Historical Society Inc., large-scale prints of local sporting groups from days gone by have already generated a great deal of interest when they were displayed in shop windows recently.
Each year, the Great Southern Portrait Prize presents an intriguing collection of artwork portraying members of the South Gippsland community. The exhibition will be on display at the Stockyard Gallery from 30 March to 1 May with the presentation of awards at 11.00am on Saturday 1 April. Come along a see who it is you recognise up on the wall.
Back by popular demand, the Double-Take Shop Window Installation was hugely popular in 2015. Prom Coast Arts Council artists have been paired up with businesses in Foster to create fantastically decorated windows based on the type of business and the style of the artist. Exciting works of art will be created that utilise or depict elements particular to the hosting trade. Printed guides will be available during the festival to make your stroll around town even more insightful.
Other galleries of note to visit during the festival are the Toora Village Studio Gallery and, in Fish Creek, the Ceila Rosser Gallery, PeoplePlacesThings, Ride the Wild Goat Gallery, and Stefani Hilltop Gallery.
“With so many great events being on the program it’s impossible to list them all,” Deb Bray explained. “Keep checking the festival website and Facebook page for event updates and booking details.



It’s grouse being a woman, for most of the time!

It really is grouse being a woman, at least for most of the time.
And those readers who are not women already certainly do have something worthwhile to aspire towards in their next life.
This quintessential truth could not have been more apparent than in the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre on Thursday evening March 9 2017 at the opening performance of The Vagina Monologues by the American playwright and activist Eve Ensler, first staged to high acclaim in 1996.
Presented by the Foster Arts Music and Drama Association, The Vagina Monologues consists of a series of vignettes, situations and characters that describe, explain, define and exalt what being a female human is, can and should be like, as well as some moments when it’s not quite so marvellous.
Six women take turns to talk openly about matters that perhaps some women of a certain era may find a little confronting, which are not usually addressed in such a manner in public.
They use refreshingly deliberate, direct and colloquial language to cover the diversity of female anatomy, physiology, psychology and women’s life experiences, from childhood to old age and all points in between in a profoundly moving and often screamingly funny way.
These include, adolescence, self-examination, pubic hair, the menarche and menstruation, virginity and the loss thereof, seduction, sexual response, relationships, marriage, betrayal, pregnancy and childbirth, gynaecological procedures, clothing choices, and the scale and extent of violence directed at women and girls worldwide.
Throughout, too, is the full wonder and indeed the joy of being XX.
The piece opens with a comfortable lounge setting backed with voluptuous drapes and champagne and flutes standing ready.
The cast assembles one by one on the stage, from the wings and from the auditorium itself, a powerful way of illustrating that the players are seeking to represent and are representative of women everywhere.
Ensler originally spoke to hundreds of women about they thought and felt about their own bodies and her first one-woman productions of The Vagina Monologues were the result.
The Monologues have since been added to during the subsequent two decades as society and attitudes alter and evolve in order to accurately reflect what it is to be a woman now as well as how it has been in the past.
The title itself is explained; “let’s start with ‘vagina’”, the absolutely correct name for that uniquely female part of a woman, which seems to make some squirm for some reason.
It brings to mind that line from a song in Hair, another earlier in-your-face show; “why do these words sound so nasty?” when they are merely words.
Then comes a hilarious flurry of euphemisms and questioning what vaginas might choose to wear and to say if they could.
Without being pornographic in the slightest way but also without holding back the performers tell stories of making love for the first time, of being raped as a child by a parent’s friend, of first periods, of domination, of lesbianism, of male brutality, of sexual pleasure, of celebration, of suffering, of affection, of hope, and of self-worth and –awareness.
From time to time certain words that are considered to be rude, in fact swear words, are uttered, including that one thought to have been derived from the German word ficken, together with that horrid little one that refers to faeces
In fact there is a whole highly-amusing section devoted to what could be considered the repossession of the word deemed to be the most offensive in the English language, the crudest version of the central word in the production’s three-word title, the word that The Macquarie Dictionary defines as, “n. Colloq 1. the female pudendum” and also “3. (derog.) any person.”
The grand finale is a veritable chorus of femaleness and fun.
The audience laughed, gasped, cheered, teared up and pondered on the array of provocative issues brought up during the performance.
The Vagina Monologues gives insights into women’s lives and thoughts and views, and also their resilience and value to humankind.
There are six more evening and matinee performances of The Vagina Monologues between now and the season’s end on Friday March 24.
For performance dates and times and to make bookings please see FAMDA’s website
Tickets are also available from Main Street Revelations in Foster.



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