It’s nearly Spring and I’m feeling the need to start exercising more. I missed weight training at Cinch PT last week but Mr Rosanna was there for Super Heroes week! I didn’t get to see Nikki Ellis all dressed up as Wonder Woman but she’s always inspiring whether in costume or not. Mr Rosanna and I have been watching too much Netflix over the winter and have more recently got right into The Defenders about modern day super heroes Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist fighting crime in New York City.
Speaking of getting physical, we have both signed up for the Olivia Newton John Wellness Walk and Research Run which is being held at La Trobe University on Sunday 17 September. Despite currently having cancer treatment, Olivia is expected to make an appearance and was there last year, along with Bindi Irwin.
Melbourne Fashion Week also starts this Friday and tickets are now on sale for runway shows. I’ve booked in to one of the NGV Friday Nights where you can enjoy after hours access to the House of Dior fashion exhibition while listening to some funky beats from a number of Australian and international acts, DJ sets, dining and bars. The Kate Miller-Heidke gig is already sold out so best to book quickly if you see a show you like.
On a more local note, there’s a Speaking of Sustainability – Banyule Toastmasters event being held tomorrow night at Hatch Community Arts Space in Ivanhoe from 7.15 – 9.30 pm. They’ve just held their 33rd meeting and a number of members won Community Sustainability Awards at this year’s Banyule and Darebin Awards. It’s a topical subject and the ability to speak publicly is a very useful skill to have both in work and life, coming from someone who was quite shy as a child. You can’t shut me up now….
I’m ready for you Friday night! It’s been a long week back at work and my brain is still catching up…I’m hoping to feel less fuzzy next week now that I’m at least back up to speed with things.
NGV Friday Nights is currently on until 10 March and as part of the David Hockney: Current exhibition, La Trobe University is uniting art with the environment as the NGV’s Learning Partner. Inspired by Hockney’s landscapes, the Living Landscapes project invites you to create and contribute your own 3D plant to La Trobe University’s virtual landscape. In return, La Trobe University will plant one in reality at their Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is so close to my office that I’ve now seen the kangaroos and emu that live there….I’m just hoping not to see the snakes!I actually returned from leave to find a beautiful gift (above) from the University’s other partner, State Library Victoria, in the form of a Haigh’s chocolate and nut mix packaged in a book box – such a clever idea and so fitting. I’ll be holding four of my eight Bold Thinking Series lectures there this year.
Speaking of books, the Words and Windows Exhibition Launch and Family Event is being held on Saturday 21 January at the Eltham Library and will be launched by best-selling author and Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs. I was lucky enough to work with Leigh Hobbs when I was the publicist at The Light Factory Gallery and his illustrations are just as delightful.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, the Heide Makers Market is on this Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. January is still feeling relatively sleepy with people still being away on holiday. I’m looking forward to starting again with Chinese New Year later this month and I will have a fitting local profile up very soon.