School Holiday Program Science works.

To kick-start the April school holidays, the Committee decided to give our members and their children free entry, including the Planetarium and Lightning shows, to Scienceworks in Spotswood.  This was a huge success, with both the children, ranging from the ages of 2 to 12, their parents and grandparents who attended.

The Lightning show featured high-voltage demonstrations, with awesome sparks and noise, and showed how storm clouds are affected when lightning strikes. It also demonstrated where one would be safe (or not) in a lightning strike.

The Planetarium show was also very informative and relaxing, where we all sat in reclining seats in order to see the stars and planets in our universe. To make it interesting and fun for the young ones, this show demonstrated how our seasons evolve, in a story involving two animated characters (Annie and Max).

The children had fun participating in a lot of activities, including the Neon Nature exhibit, using neon straws to make branches found in plants and trees, challenging themselves in all sporting activities and lots more. 

Scienceworksis a fascinating experience for young and old, with hands-on exhibits, where everyone can participate and have fun, learning about our planet and the science behind our every-day life.  A fantastic day was had by all.

We have more school-holiday activities planned for the next school holidays.  Keep a look-out about these in our upcoming newsletters.   

We look forward to seeing you all then.

Tour of Marysville

On the 5th March, a busload of members and friends left for a 3 day tour of beautiful Marysville and surrounds.  This historic little town was wiped out in the Black Saturday fires on 7th February 2009, with only 7 dwellings standing after this ferocious fire tore through the town.  It is wonderful to see how, with the help of local and international volunteers, the town has been rebuilt.

Our first stop on the way from Melbourne was the Healesville Sanctuary, with all its fauna exhibitions eg. Kangaroos, koalas, wombats and other Australian animals.  We searched for the elusive Tasmanian Devil, with no luck.  It must have been siesta time for the animals.

We continued on our way to our destination, The Vibe Hotel in Marysville.  This beautiful hotel was built with the help of the Victorian Government and was opened on 21st April 2015 – in order to help bring tourism back to Marysville.

The next day we visited Steavenson’s Falls, just on the outskirts of town with its cascading waterfalls.  The falls are a site to be seen during the day, but at night, when the falls are all lit up, they look magnificent.  We also visited the Crystal Gardens shop with its display of gem stones and crystals, and Peter’s Tractor Museum.  Peter was a wealth of information about the day of the big fire and the history of Marysville.  He showed us meltedtractor parts, and the remains of tractors when the fire reached in excess of 1,500degrees C, melting everything in its way.

The most interesting exhibition was Bruno’s Sculptures, a gallery and garden filled with amazing and humorous sculptures, in tree-tops and throughout the garden.  Bruno’s house and garden were destroyed in the fire and he has rebuilt his house and all the sculptures, all made of steel, terracotta and cement.  Everyone was amazed at the beauty of the artwork and the imagination required to create this incredible display.  Bruno’s garden has been voted in the top 5 tourist exhibits in Victoria.

It was recommended that we have our dinners at the Buxton Hotel, which we did.  This quaint historic hotel was built in the late 1800s and serves a very good meal. 

We also visited Lake Eildon and the Eildon Dam, an incredible body of water. All in all, a very enjoyable day, with everyone on the bus laughing at jokes and singing along to Greek songs.

On Tuesday morning, after breakfast we had our group photo taken and we were on our way to the Yarra Valley Chocolateria and Ice Creamery factory, to sample some delicious chocolates and ice cream, before having lunch at the Village Green.  This was a most enjoyable trip, with everyone making new friends and catching up with old ones. 

We thank all our members and friends for making the trip so pleasant and thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks to Helen Valsamis for organising everything.

Στης 5 Μαρτίου 2017 οργανοθυκε εκρδρομη με Μελοι και φύλους, μήναμε 3 ημέρες και 2 νύχτες στο ηστορικο Marysville, αυτή η μικρή πολη είχε καταστράφη τελιος με της φωτιές , που ονομαστικε μαύρο Σάββατο. Ειτανε θαυμάσιο που με την βοιθεια τον ντοπιον και εθέλοντες απο το εξωτερικό , η πολη ξανα χτυστικε. Η πρώτη στάση ήτανε στο Healesville Santuary, με πολλα ζώα Κανκουρο , γομπατς , Κόαλας και το διαβολάκι της Τασμανίας κρυβοτανε και δεν το είδαμε.

Συνεχίσαμε τον δρόμο για το Vibe Hotel στο Marysville , auto to ξενοδοχείο ξανα χτυστικε με την βοιθεια της Βικοριανης κυβέρνησης. Άνοιξε 21 Απρίλιο 2015 για να μπορεί να ξανα φέρει τον τουρισμό στο Marysville. Την επομενει  ημέρα πυγαμε στους  Stevensons καταρχτες λίγο έξω απο την πολυ, η καταραχτες ειναι πανέμορφοι την ημέρα αλλα και το βράδυ πιο ωρεα γιατη ειναι φωτισμένοι 

Επισις πυγαμε σε μια μικρή επιχείριση που στεγάζεται σε ένα δωμάτιο απο ένα μεγάλο σπίτι που γλυτοσε απο της φωτιές. Εκεί πουλάγανε κρύσταλλα και διάφορες πολύτιμες πέτρες.  Μέσα αυτή την φάρμα μας μίλησε ο Peter ο οποίος ειναι ηδιοκτιτης της φάρμας . Μας είπε για της μεγάλες φωτιές που αρχίσανε , και πως μπόρεσε και γλυτοσι το σπίτι , συνάμα ειτανε πολλυ ενημερωτικός με απυστευτες πληροφορίες. Μας εδείξε λιωμένα  τρακτέρ και εξαρτήματα που ειτανε σχεδόν αγνώριστα γιατι η θερμοκρασία της φωτιάς έφτασε 1,500 βαθμούς λιωνοντας ότι υπειρχε μπροστα της. Η πιο ενδιαφέρουσα έκθεση ειταν του Bruno Sculptures. Με πίνακες ,αγάλματα στους όμορφους κήπους σκαλισμένα σε κάποια δέντρα γύρο γύρο στον Κύπο , το σπίτι και ο Κύπος του Bruno καταστροφικέ τελιος , τα ξανα φιαξανε  με την βοιθεια απο καπιους Ροσους εθελοντές που ακούσανε για τον Bruno και ειρθανε να τον βοιθισουνε . Ολοι θαυμάσαμε την ομορφιά και την καλή τεχνική φαντασία που έχει. Ο Κύπος του Bruno ψηφίστηκε πεμπτος εκθεσιακός χορός στην Βικτόρια. 

Μας συστήσανε να δειπνισουμε στο Buxton Hotel, πράγμα που έγινε , άυτο το ηστορικο Χοτελ εχτιστικε προς το τέλος του 1800 και μας σέρβιρε ώρεο φαγητό. Επίσης επισκεφτήκαμε την λίμνη Ειλντον η οποία ειναι τεράστια, τελικά περάσαμε πολλυ ωρεα, με τα αστεία, γέλια και τραγούδια στο λεωφορείο , την Τρίτη πρωί μετα απο το προινο βγάλαμε φωτογραφία ολοι μαζι και ξεκινήσαμε για το Yarra Valley Chocolateriaand ice creamery factory, να δοκιμάσουμε της σοκολάτες και παγωτό και μετα ξεκινήσαμε για μεσημεριανό φαγητό στο Village Green.  

Αυτο ειτανε πολλυ ευχάριστο ταξίδι, κάναμε γνωριμίες καινούργιες , και να περάσουμε ευχάριστα  με τους παλιους μας φύλους. 

Τέλος τα συνχαρειτειρια μας στη Ελένη Βαλσάμης που οργάνωσε τετια ωρεα εκδρομή 

A Night at The Risk

A great turn out for a Wednesday night. Members who braved the cold and came along to our night at the Risk were not disappointed.  Nestled in the heart of Oakleigh’s Eaton Mall, Risk Bar offers amodern, stylish setting with a great atmosphere for a relaxing get together. Laki, Spiro and Yanni played their latest music even getting into some Greek dancing as the night progressed.  A selection of delicious mezzedes were served by head chef Harry and the bar was kept busy all night. 

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Christmas Party 2015

Members young and not so young attended our Christmas Party and family day that was held on Sunday the 6th of December at our hall. This was once again a huge success with members gathering from all over bringing together three and four generations of families. The children took part in various activities, games and even a dancing competition with lots of prizes. After lunch Father Christmas arrived and distributed the gifts to all the children. All the children, one by one in turn sat on Santa’s lap and received their Christmas present with the proud parents and grand parents looking on and taking photos. It is always a delight to see the joy on the children’s faces when they meet Santa and receive their present. It was also pleasing to see so many members, young and not so young enjoy a pleasurable afternoon at the hall. 

Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year.

More photos on our facebook page.

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Annual Dinner Dance

Once a year Samians all over the world celebrate the valiant defeat of the Ottoman naval invasion of 1824. We celebrated this historic event on Saturday the 8th of August in memory of the brave heroes of Samos.  A fantastic night of celebrations with good food great music, lots of Greek dancing and great παρέα. Και το χρόνο να μαστε καλα