This Sunday is my wonderful husband's birthday. We will be celebrating all things Gareth, which includes Mexican food, Gold Class movie, Indian food, brunch, cake ... yep, most of our celebrating will be about food! But the main goal is to just spend the time together before Gareth gets into his new job on Monday (yay!).
If it's not your partner's (or family member's / friend's) birthday this weekend, maybe you can think about doing one of these if you're in Melbourne this weekend.
Sustainable Living Festival
The Sustainable Living Festival is into its 16th year, with the aim being to empower, inspire, inform and educate. The Festival's 3 week program kicks off on Saturday and includes interactive workshops, talks, demonstrations, artworks, exhibits, film, live performances and more. It takes hundreds of organisations and individuals to put together Australia's largest event as individuals and communities across Victoria host and promote their own events that together make up the festival. To figure out which sustainable initiatives and events you may be interested in learning more about, check out the events page, and plan your next few weeks.
St Jerome's Laneway Festival
Enjoy leading new and revered seminal music at St Jerome's Laneway Festival. Being held in Footscray at the River's Edge, the event showcases what's new, fresh and often with the potential to make it big. It is also supported by some big name bands. It's supposed to be really warm weather tomorrow, and I've been told that it can get pretty crowded, so make sure you take lots of water, and are prepared to take on the crowds. Note: this is an 18 and over only event. It might be sold out before it kicks off, so get in fast if you want to be able to go.
2015 Tennis World Open Day
Last week I mentioned the 2015 Tennis World Open Day, but this week it is being held at Melbourne Park - the national tennis stadium. I have played there quite a few times! It is also where the Australian Open is played. If you missed last week's event, and want another chance to get into the tennis action, head to Melbourne Park from 10am,where your kids can receive free coaching, and you can try Cardio Tennis, or get in some workouts, book camps, or social hits. When you get hungry there will be a bbq lunch on site. You need to book for this event too, so get in fast!
Carlton Classic Marathon
The Carlton Classic Marathon & Half Marathon is being held at Princes Park on Sunday. I used to live right next door to this park, and it gorgeous - lots of tree lined path, water fountains and picnic areas. If you are interested in this race, you'll run a 4.22 km loop a number of times - 10 for the marathon, and 5 for the half. As the event is taking place during the summer period, the cut-off time is pretty relaxed. It's supposed to be a little cooler on Sunday, but the 8am start means you will still have to be a bit mindful of the heat. You can also do a 4.22 km Mini Marathon Family Fun Run if you think anything else is a bit insane in the middle of summer. Not that I'm saying that it is.
NGV Summer Sundays
If you feel like something a bit more low key for your Sunday, you could check out the NGV Summer Sunday Session. It is being held in the Grollo Equiset Garden of the National Gallery of Victoria, on St Kilda Road. It's a free event held every Sunday in February, and this Sunday's talent includes festival favourites World's End Press; Melbourne duo Slum Sociable (whose work is described as 'low fi, washed out jazz hop); and I Oh You DJs. If you want a bite, you can be kept fully fuelled with burgers from Huxtaburger and drinks from a range of microbreweries.
What sustainable initiatives are you more interested in learning about? What is your ideal Sunday session?