Parkrun in the Warringal Parklands in Heidelberg launched last Saturday. The free weekly 5km timed run is held at 8am in various locations across the country and a number of people I know regularly volunteer and run at parkrun events including a kinder mum who has now run a couple of marathons.
Speaking of volunteers, nominations are now open for Banyule’s Volunteer Awards and as someone who works in the giving space; it’s hard to put a value on the time and talent given back to the community through the work of volunteers. I’ve been caught up the past couple of weeks helping my colleagues in Marketing recruit a number of people for the third iteration of La Trobe University’s branding campaign and a lot of the work comes down to building relationships and goodwill.
It’s been lovely with daylight savings doing more in the evenings and Mr Rosanna and I had dinner last week with the friends we holidayed in Greece with at Spanish restaurant Chato in Thornbury. It was buzzing in that particular section of High Street and we got dessert later from Icecream Social further down the street near the very cool looking and sounding pizza and bar Wolf and Swill, which was pumping out the music and feel good vibes.
Locally, The Pioneer Cafe in Rosanna is holding a Latin Asian fusion dinner (BYO drinks) on Saturday 29 March and the Alphington Farmers Market is launching its food and booze twilight events on three Thursday nights in March. As a non-drinker, I think you can definitely have a good time without alcohol and it’s interesting to see more venues and retailers now catering to customers who don’t drink and those who want more vegetarian and vegan options food-wise.
It’s been glorious today weather-wise and Mr R and I had a quick sticky at 54 Lucerne Crescent in Alphington (pictures further above) – the heritage-listed former home of Archibald Prize-winning artist W.B. McInnes located in a beautiful spot down near the river. The Desbrowe-Annear designed Arts and Crafts house itself is a renovator’s dream if you have a builder in your family as well as an artistic eye – without being updated, the house is full of character and charm – but in the right hands, it could be even more amazing. The mind boggles…