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With Chinese New Year officially beginning on Monday 23 January 2012, the Chinese Cultural Centre NSW and Willoughby City Council will welcome the Year of the Dragon with a spectacular program of events and activities throughout January and early February.
In an effort to provide greater flexibility in future master planning, Willoughby City Council has purchased two blocks of land from Castle Cove Country Club Ltd, Lots 183 and 184 DP200636, adjacent to the Castle Cove Golf Course on Deepwater Road, Castle Cove.
Join Willoughby Symphony on a magnificent journey of music with the spectacular 2012 concert series, Symphonic Odyssey, held at the world class Concert Hall on The Concourse, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood. The 2012 season will build on from the sold-out performances by Willoughby Symphony at The Concourse in 2011.
Chatswood Library on The Concourse has received more than 150 thousand visitors and 4000 new members since opening its doors to the public in September 2011. A state of the art information centre and resource hub for the entire Willoughby community and beyond, the library receives an average of 10 thousand patrons each week.
Willoughby residents are invited to celebrate Australia Day on The Concourse from 9.30am, Thursday 26 January, The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
Former Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Leader of the House in New South Wales Parliament, Andrew Tink will introduce his latest book, Lord Sydney: The Life and Times of Tommy Townshend at Willoughby City Library’s Talks@Willoughby at 12.30pm, Thursday 2 February at Chatswood Library, Lower Ground, The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
In an extraordinary showcase of more than 30 works that transform our everyday experience of paper, Paper Now will open at Willoughby’s Incinerator Art Space on Saturday 28 January.
Willoughby Symphony will launch its 2012 Symphonic Odyssey concert series with the passionate and exhilarating Enigma Variations, 8pm, Friday 9 March and 2pm, Sunday 11 March at the world-class Concert Hall on The Concourse, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council welcomes one and all to attend the 2012 bush poetry reading, 6pm to 8pm, Sunday 12 February at the Henry Lawson Cave in Bicentennial Reserve, Willoughby.
Willoughby District Historical Society will host its first meeting of the year from 2pm – 4pm, Saturday 11 February, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse. Open to the public, the meeting will include the annual election, local history discussions, and afternoon tea.
Do you dream of becoming a bestselling romance author? In celebration of the National Year of Reading 2012, Willoughby City Library Service will host a Romance Writing Workshop at 1.30pm, Tuesday 14 February in the Willoughby Room at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Chatswood Mall Market returns on Thursday 2 February, bringing a range of fun and eclectic market stalls to one of Sydney’s most popular shopping destinations. The Market will run from 11am to 9pm every Thursday and Friday in Chatswood Mall, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
To celebrate the National Year of Reading 2012, Willoughby Mayor, Pat Reilly and Willoughby City Library Service will host an official launch from 12.30pm, Tuesday 14 February, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
Local netball stalwart, volunteer and charity fundraiser, Marie Cherote was named Willoughby Citizen of the Year at Willoughby City Council’s Australia Day ceremony at The Concourse yesterday.
Arwa El Masri will speak about growing up as a young Muslim woman in Australia in her deeply personal memoir, Tea with Arwa, at Willoughby City Library’s Talks@ Willoughby program, 12.30pm, Thursday 1 March, Chatswood Library on The Concourse, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
Looking for a great way to entertain the kids after school? Chatswood After School Care offers a fun care option. Operating from 3pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday, in the Trumper Pavilion at Chatswood Oval, Chatswood After School Care has a limited number of vacancies still available fro 2012.
The operator of a vehicle service centre in East Chatswood has been fined $40,000 and ordered to pay Willoughby City Council's legal costs, after Downing Centre Local Court found it in breach of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.
Willoughby City Council issued an additional 1,000 penalty notices for illegal parking in disability spaces in 2011 than the previous year, showing its continued commitment to enforcement against the misuse of Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permits and MPS parking spaces.
Willoughby City Council would like to thank residents for safely disposing of their household chemicals by participating in the Chemical CleanOut collection held in March.
Willoughby residents are reported to have above average amounts of food waste in their garbage bins and each household could be wasting more than $1,000 every year.
To celebrate the launch of the National Year of Reading 2012, children of Willoughby are invited to get creative with the educational craft activity, Make a Book, from 3.30pm, Tuesday 14 February, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
To help raise community awareness about road safety, Willoughby City Council will host a series of workshops that cater to all ages, including Supervising Learner Drivers, Drive Safer – Drive Longer, a Child Restraint Checking Day, and a Safer Pedestrians and Mobility Scooters senior’s presentation.
Promote your business by sponsoring Willoughby City Council’s free shuttle bus services, the Artarmon Loop and The Loop. Operating from Monday to Friday, both services currently transport more than 5,000 passengers each week, resulting in strong brand recognition throughout the Willoughby local government area.
Watch as Sydney’s top improvisers battle it out for comedy supremacy in Impro Grudge Match, 7pm, Monday 27 February, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council’s 2012 Seniors Week celebrations, held from Saturday 10 to Saturday 31 March, includes a program of more than 30 exciting events and interesting activities for seniors, their families and friends.
St Andrew's Cathedral School presents a masterful adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet from Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 March, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
A special community event for residents over 18 and living with a disability, Willoughby City Council’s Dance to the Nines will be held from 6pm - 9pm, Friday 23 March, at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
In a Zenith Theatre exclusive, Stella Kon’s award winning monodrama Emily of Emerald Hill is coming to Sydney for a one-off performance on Thursday 1 March. An endearing tale of love and loss, Emily explores Singapore’s Nyonya* culture in the early twentieth century through the formidable and compelling character, Emily Gan.
The race is on to register Clean Up sites for 2012. Mark your calendar – the annual Clean Up Australia Day will be 4 March 2012 and the Clean Up Team has their sights set on increasing the number of site registrations.
Women of Willoughby are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day at an inaugural breakfast event at The Civic Pavilion on The Concourse, Chatswood on 7 March from 7.30am - 9am.
The ClimateClever Pledge is returning to Willoughby. By registering for and participating in one or more of the ClimateClever workshops available throughout 2012, borrowing a Save Power Kit from a Willoughby City Library, subscribing to the ClimateClever e.newsletter or requesting a quote through the ClimateClever Shop, residents will go into the running to win a $300 Eco at Home gift voucher.
Celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity with Willoughby City Council’s Harmony Day events. While the official day is Friday 23 March, several events will be held in the Willoughby area throughout March including an art and craft exhibition and an outdoor concert.
Cecile Yazbek will present her latest culinary delight, Mezze to Milk Tart, at Willoughby City Library’s Talks@ Willoughby program, 12.30pm, Tuesday 20 March, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
A diverse collection of Higher School Certificate artworks by students from Willoughby Girls High School and Mercy Catholic College will be on display from Monday 13 February to Thursday 8 March, in the Foyer Exhibition Space at Willoughby City Council, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council and energy saving program, Fridge Buyback are reminding residents of the availability of this fridge collection and recycling service during Seniors Week.
To further enhance community recreation within the Willoughby area, Willoughby City Council is proud to take a more active role in the management of the recreation and sports facilities at Willis Park, Middle Cove from Monday 2 April 2012.
Homeowners in the Willoughby local government area, living in a heritage listed house that has undergone renovation work within the last five years, are invited to enter the 2012 Willoughby Heritage Awards as part of this year’s National Trust Heritage Festival.
Willoughby Leisure Swim School student, Heidi Finlayson has blown the competition out of the water, winning the Age Championship (Under 10 Girls) and three individual events at the recent Cammeray Public School swimming carnival.
Presenting a unique opportunity to be part of the cultural future of Willoughby, Willoughby City Council’s innovative Please Be Seated program enables members of the public to have their names inscribed on a seat in the world class Concert Hall or Theatre on The Concourse.
Due to the popularity of last year’s inaugural competition, Willoughby City Council’s storybook competition is back! Year five students across Willoughby are invited to write their own storybook focussing on a special animal chosen for their school in the Our Local Wildlife Storybook Competition.
Willoughby City Council and the Artarmon, Naremburn and Northbridge Progress Associations are encouraging local residents to unite to protect the planet by participating in Earth Hour, an annual global World Wildlife Fund initiative, on Saturday 31 March.
Bringing together a series of quirky, funny, and spine-tingling tales, acclaimed children’s production Stage Fright! will run from Wednesday 4 April to Saturday 14 April, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Teenagers of Willoughby are invited to join a free dance and interactive performance workshop series, hosted by acclaimed dance company AH Squared and supported by Willoughby City Council. Classes will be held from Thursday 16 February to Thursday 5 April, 6.30pm to 8pm, at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
In an exhibition of art in progress, photomedia artist Heather Fernon recently turned the Art Space on The Concourse into an open studio to create her stunning series, Still Life in Landscape/Technological Artefacts. A collection of photographs that depict the redundancy of technology, Heather’s first piece in the series has been selected for the prestigious Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2012.
Willoughby City Library’s Teenage Reading Group is held from 3.45pm to 4.45pm, every third Thursday of the month, at Artarmon Library, 2 Elizabeth Street, Artarmon.
Willoughby City Council is set to increase its photovoltaic portfolio to reach 20 per cent renewable energy for its annual electricity demand. Willoughby’s Cultural and Environment Committee unanimously approved the recommendation to increase the council’s use of solar PV to 20 per cent by 2020, paving the way for further renewable energy projects to reduce council’s carbon emissions.
Master storyteller Judy Nunn will speak about her latest novel Tiger Men at Talks@Willoughby, 12.30pm, Tuesday 2 April, Chatswood Library on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
As part of the National Year of Reading 2012, Willoughby City Library Service is offering Australia’s first Chinese Book Selection Online Voting event, from Monday 19 March to Sunday 22 April, 2012.
Willoughby City Library Service is pleased to announce the popular Library Book Sales are now held from 11am until 2pm, every third Thursday of the month, at the lower ground foyer of Chatswood Library on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
Watermark Residences Castle Cove has been named winner of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Award for Excellence, 2011. A collaboration of prestigious living space and exceptional recreational facilities, including Willoughby City Council’s Castle Cove branch library, Watermark provides a vibrant, secure and caring environment for retirement living on the North Shore.
The Willis Recreation and Sports Centre in Middle Cove will soon undergo refurbishments and repairs, as part of Willoughby Council’s plans to revitalise the site.
Willoughby City Library patrons can now download their favourite eBooks and Audio Books with ease by using Shorelink’s new service, OverDrive. Available through Willoughby City Library’s online library system, OverDrive is free, easy to navigate and accessible twenty four hours a day.
As part of the National Trusts’ Heritage Festival, 14 – 26 April 2012, Willoughby City Council will host a free tour of the Willoughby City Bicentennial Banners, from 10am to 12pm, Tuesday 24 April, in the Civic Pavilion on The Concourse, Chatswood.
Former leader of the Australian String Quartet, Sophie Rowell will take centre stage to direct a passionate journey through music in Willoughby Symphony’s A Little Night Music, 8pm, Friday 27 April and 2pm, Sunday 29 April, The Concert Hall on The Concourse, Chatswood.
As part of the National Year of Reading 2012, popular workshop series Discover Cryptic Crosswords will be held on Thursday 19 and Thursday 26 April, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
One of the largest public libraries in New South Wales, Chatswood Library on The Concourse provides a state of the art information centre and resource hub for the entire Willoughby community and beyond. Located on the lower ground level of The Concourse, Chatswood Library is open 68 hours per week and offers modern library services in a spacious and sophisticated 5,000 square metre facility.
Due to popularity, Willoughby City Council is running a second ‘Drive Safer - Drive Longer’ workshop for seniors over 60. The workshop will be held 10am - 12.30pm, Monday 16 April at Willoughby Council Chambers, Level 6, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council will celebrate the 2012 National Trust Heritage Festival with a wonderful program of activities and events, from Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 April.
Willoughby Leisure’s Kids Klub program is a great way to keep the kids active and entertained throughout the school holidays this April.
Multi-award winning architectural practice, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) presents The Concept behind The Concourse, an exhibition of four recently completed significant cultural projects, from 9am to 5pm, Saturday 14 April to Sunday 29 April, in the Art Space on The Concourse, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council’s Second Hand Saturday program has begun. Locals are encouraged to hold a garage sale the Saturday before their zone’s General Clean Up Collection. Not only does this reduce the amount of waste going into landfill, but helps household items be reused and recycled.
Willoughby City Council’s ClimateClever workshop series is looking at overhauling over the next couple of months – your house that is. Two workshops focusing on sustainable renovations will prepare residents for incorporating sustainability into their alterations and additions.
Willoughby City Council is calling on local students to participate in the annual Bingara Student Exchange, held from Thursday 28 June to Monday 2 July at Willoughby’s picturesque sister city, Bingara. Aboriginal for ‘shallow river crossing’, Bingara is situated on the Gwydir River in the New England area of New South Wales, 604km northwest of Sydney.
Local music festival ShoreFest has won Best Event at the prestigious 2011 ISAAC Awards on Friday 9 March 2012 at the annual Indent Open Day, an educational conference for young people with an interest in music and events management.
Popular media personality and foodie, Indira Naidoo will speak about her bestselling book, The Edible Balcony at Talks@Willoughby, 12.30pm, Tuesday 1 May, Chatswood Library on The Concourse, Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
Willoughby’s youth are invited to Imagine. Create. Inspire. for National Youth Week (NYW) this year, from Friday 13 April to Sunday 22 April, 2012. An Australian Government, state, territory and local government initiative, National Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people in Australia and an opportunity for young people to share ideas, attend live events, showcase their talents, and most importantly - have fun!
Indigenous singer, songwriter and storyteller, Shellie Morris will perform her show Shellie’s Story, from 7pm, Sunday 29 April, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood. Shellie’s earthy and honest songs, accompanied by her beautiful voice and enigmatic acoustic, are guaranteed to delight every listener.
As the 2011 NSW State Champions, Willoughby Band are celebrating their victorious win with Celebration, held from 3pm, Sunday 13 May, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Part of National Volunteer Week 2012, the Lower North Shore (LNS) Volunteers Expo will be held from 3.30pm to 7pm, Thursday 17 May, at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
Carrying on from the success of the first Romance Writing Workshop held in February this year, budding romance authors are invited to join a Romance Writing Master Class Workshop, held from 9am to 1.30pm, Friday 11 May, in the Willoughby Room at Chatswood Library on The Concourse. The cost of the half day workshop includes morning tea.
Winners of the 2012 Willoughby Heritage Awards were announced last night at a presentation evening at The Concourse, Chatswood.
North Shore residents have the chance to declare their favourite local sustainable business in a new local business awards program, run by The Better Business Partnership (BBP), and win a luxury weekend at an eco retreat.
Held from February to June each year, Willoughby City Library’s Surviving the HSC program is designed to support HSC students and their families through the final two years of school.
Willoughby Symphony Choir presents Sir John Stainer’s The Crucifixion, 8pm, Saturday 28 April, Our Lady of Dolours School, 94 Archer Street, Chatswood. Composed by Stainer in 1887, The Crucifixion is amongst the most popular of all English choral works.
To celebrate National Families Week 2012, Willoughby City Council is hosting a free Child and Family Expo, held from 10am – 4pm, Saturday 19 May, at the Civic Pavilion on The Concourse, Chatswood.
As part of Library and Information Week 2012, Willoughby City Library will host National Simultaneous Storytime at 11am, Wednesday 23 May, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse, Chatswood.
Bestselling author Joanne Fedler will speak about her latest novel, The Reunion at Talks@Willoughby, 1pm, Thursday 17 May, Northbridge Library, 258 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge.
Willoughby City Library Service will celebrate Library and Information Week, 20 to 26 May 2012, with a range of activities and events for all ages. A national campaign that promotes library and information services around Australia, Library and Information Week is a great opportunity to learn about the new and existing resources available at your local library.
As part of Law Week 2012, Willoughby City Library will host a special Talks@Willoughby on Australian Migration Law from 12.30pm, Thursday 17 May, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Willoughby teens are invited to ‘pop, lock and break’ their way to glory at the annual Dancekool Street Battle, held from 2.30pm – 6pm, Saturday 5 May, at Chatswood Youth Centre, Chatswood.
Chatswood’s inaugural tourism campaign It all starts at Chatswood, was officially launched through the unveiling of a new television commercial promoting Chatswood to residents of regional NSW.
Figures from the Federal Government reveal that 16.8 million televisions and computers were disposed of in 2007-2008. Only ten per cent of these were recycled and the rest ended up in landfill. Figures from 2010 indicate that recycling rates of televisions and computers have only risen to 17 per cent.
Popular Australian author and historian, Susanna de Vries will present her latest book Royal Mistresses at Talks@Willoughby, 12.30pm, Tuesday 5 June, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
The Child and Family Expo is set to be an action-packed day out for the whole family, with a wide range of entertainment including the popular Circusworks performers, Kindifarm mobile petting zoo, face painting by The Good Fairies, storytelling, arts and crafts, sporting activity demonstrations, and a jumping castle on The Concourse lawn.
Early Bird tickets are on sale for the inaugural Better Business Awards – a celebration and showcase of the 300 plus North Shore businesses that are a part of the Better Business Partnership.
Almost 10,000 households in the Willoughby local government area are rental properties. Renters are often unable to make dramatic changes to their properties, but that doesn’t mean they can’t improve the sustainability of their home or apartment.
In a special Talks@Willoughby event, Master Sushi chef Hideo Dekura will speak his new book, Encyclopedia of Japanese Cuisine, and present a cooking demonstration at 12.30pm, Tuesday 19 June, at The Art Space on The Concourse.
Willoughby City Council is encouraging residents who are considering installing a solar PV system to visit the ClimateClever Shop and act now before financial incentivesfrom the Federal Government decrease on 1 July 2012.
Senior residents of Willoughby are invited to attend the Seniors Information Day, held from 9.30am to 1.30pm, Thursday 21 June, at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council has been awarded the prestigious Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) Engineering Excellence Award for the Chatswood Flood Mitigation and Stormwater Reuse Scheme. The IPWEA awards are designed to encourage excellence in innovation, development, completion and management of Local Government and public works projects.
Chatswood residents are working together to regenerate their patch of the neighbourhood. A group of neighbours in De Villiers Avenue are helping each other to create bush friendly backyards that reflect the adjoining bushland of Ferndale Park.
Chatswood Library on The Concourse has received its 500,000th visitor this week, after only eight months of operation. One of the largest public libraries in New South Wales, the library has catered to an average of 10 thousand patrons each week since its official opening in September 2011.
Finalists have been announced for the inaugural Better Business Awards - a celebration and showcase of the 300 plus North Shore businesses that are a part of the Better Business Partnership.
Top ranking classical guitarist Slava Grigoryan will unite with Willoughby Symphony for Classic Spain, 8pm, Friday 29 June and 2pm, Sunday 1 July, at the Concert Hall on The Concourse, Chatswood. Winner of the Young Australian of the Year for the Arts in 1998, the Mo Award for Instrumentalist of the Year in 2001, and the ARIA for Best Classical Album in 2002 and 2003, Slava was recently named one of the greatest guitar players in Australian history.
Dance to the Nines, a free community event for residents over 18 who are living with a disability, will be held from 6pm - 9pm, Friday 15 June, at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council is seeking community feedback on a draft Master Plan for the redevelopment of the Willoughby Leisure Centre. The Master Plan outlines how the Willoughby Leisure Centre will be transformed into an innovative and modern facility providing the next generation of sporting and recreation facilities.
Keep the kids entertained these July school holidays by enrolling them in an exciting new theatre programme at Willoughby Park Centre, corner of Warrane and McClelland Streets, Willoughby.
Residents aged 55 years and over are eligible for free tuition at the Willoughby Seniors Internet Kiosk, open from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
Willoughby residents and beyond are invited to celebrate Aboriginal culture and heritage at a special NAIDOC Week event, held from 1pm – 6pm, Thursday 5 July at Chatswood Mall Market, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
The spirit of Henry Lawson lives on at Willoughby City Council’s biannual bush poetry reading event, 2pm to 4pm, Sunday 17 June at the Henry Lawson Cave in Bicentennial Reserve, Willoughby.
Bankstown Theatre Company Young Performers proudly presents the musical extravaganza Seussical Jr., from Wednesday 6 July – Thursday 14 July, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
The Rotary Club of Chatswood will host a two-day Mental Health First Aid Workshop at Willoughby City Council Chambers, 9am - 4pm on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June.
Pablo and Rusty’s Specialty Coffee in Gordon has taken out the Better Business of the Year award at the inaugural Better Business Awards, held at the at The Civic Pavilion on The Concourse, Chatswood on World Environment Day - Tuesday 5 June, 2012.
Willoughby City Library will host a SPORT-ACULAR school holiday program this July, held from Monday 2 - Friday 13 July, at Chatswood Library, Castle Cove, Naremburn, Northbridge and West Chatswood Branch Libraries.
Council on The Ageing (COTA) NSW Peer Education Program presents Medicines & You, a series of health talk sessions for residents over 50 years of age, at the MOSAIC Multicultural Centre, 12 Brown Street, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council will host a special event for local school students to celebrate the success of the Our Local Wildlife Story Book Competition and will launch the published collection of winning stories at Warners Park, The Outpost, Northbridge, 1.30pm to 2.30pm, Thursday 28 June.
As part of the National Year of Reading 2012, Library members are invited to ‘Discover eBooks@Willoughby’, from 12.30 - 1:30pm, Tuesday 26 June, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Everyone from serious investors to the average superannuation fund holders will gain an insight into the ways our money is invested at the upcoming ClimateClever seminar, Responsible Investing, 6.30pm, Wednesday 4 July, Zenith Theatre and Convention Centre, corner of Railway and McIntosh Streets, Chatswood.
e-Waste collections are proving to be more popular than ever with one of the largest collections taking place in Willoughby over the weekend of 9 and 10 June.
Head of Costume at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Fiona Reilly will speak about costume design in Clothing the past, costuming the present at Talks@Willoughby, 12.30pm, Tuesday 3 July, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Knitters of all levels are invited to join Wrap with Love’s Knit-in, held from 10am to 4pm, Monday 2 July to Thursday 19 July, at the Art Space on the Concourse.
Fridge Buyback is now collecting old upright freezers, as well as old second fridges, in an effort to help Willoughby residents reduce their energy use and power bills. One of the biggest energy users in the home, old fridges and upright freezers can cost a yearly average of $265 to operate.
Back by popular demand, Discover Cryptic Crosswords will return on Wednesday 18 July and Wednesday 25 July, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
Local Year Five students, teachers, parents, and Willoughby City Council Bushland staff recently gathered to celebrate the success of the Our Local Wildlife Storybook Competition on Thursday 28 June, at Warners Park, Northbridge.
Guitar Maestro Bruce Mathiske presents a night of rhythmic virtuosity from 8pm, Saturday 4 August, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Are you the next Scorsese, Spielberg or Schumacher? To encourage and showcase local film talent, students of all ages are invited to submit an original short film for the inaugural Willoughby Mini Film Festival.
Lift your spirits and warm your soul with a selection of trumpet melodies in Willoughby Band’s Cosy Mid Winter, held from 3pm, Sunday 12 August, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Award-winning creators The Escapists present a tall tale of whimsy and architectural enlightenment with boy girl wall, running from Tuesday 14 August to Saturday 18 August, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
“The people have had enough, Westfield it is time to listen to the community and remove the charge on the third hour of parking,” said Willoughby Mayor Pat Reilly.
Catherine Wheatley has been named the winner of an Extreme Explorer eco adventure on the NSW South Coast – all because she voted for her favourite Better Business!
World record holder Pat Farmer will speak about his incredible 21,000 kilometre ‘Pole to Pole’ run at Talks@Willoughby, 12.30pm, Tuesday 3 July, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Green thumbs of all ages will enjoy a fun day out at Willoughby City Council’s National Tree Day activities, 10am to 2pm, Sunday 29 July at Artarmon Reserve.
Willoughby City Council will provide a Tax Help Program for low income earners living in the Willoughby Local Government Area from now until October 2012. Volunteers trained by the Australian Tax Office will be available at the MOSAIC Multicultural Centre, Chatswood, and the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood, to assist Willoughby residents whose annual income is under $50,000.
World renowned conductor Dr Nicholas Milton leads Willoughby Symphony in a spectacular performance of Verdi’s Requiem, from 8pm, Friday 17 August and 2pm, Sunday 19 August, at The Concert Hall on The Concourse, Chatswood.
Artarmon Branch Library will temporarily close for relocation at 12pm, Saturday 18 August, and will reopen on Monday 10 September at 139 Artarmon Road, Artarmon, on the corner of Tindale Road.
Willoughby Mayor, Pat Reilly is calling for a formal independent review of the safety, design, future needs and operations of the Chatswood Transport Bus Interchange, so the level of service can be improved for all users.
More than 70 events will take place this September as part of the annual Willoughby Spring Festival – the largest cultural and entertainment celebration on Sydney’s North Shore.
Gossling will headline Make Some Noise, an All Ages concert - 23 September at The Concourse in Chatswood - supported by Tigertown and The Ah Kees.
Willoughby City Council will host a Lower North Shore Homeless Hub from 10am – 2pm, Thursday 9 August, at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
Annual art exhibition Park Art will be held from 10am to 3pm, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August, at Willoughby Park Centre, corner of McClelland Street and Warrane Road, Willoughby.
Willoughby City Council is calling for parents and guardians to ‘have their say’ on local childcare services, as part of a study to estimate current and future requirements for childcare within the local government area.
Do you dream of experiencing the adventure of a lifetime? Linda Benton will speak about her inspiring nine month journey across the world in Two Feet Forward, 12.30pm, Tuesday 4 September, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
The Willoughby community is invited to help celebrate the launch of the 2012 Willoughby Spring Festival - 6.30pm, Friday 17 August at The Concourse, Chatswood.
Join in the family fun at the 2012 Willoughby Fauna Fair, 10am to 3pm, Sunday 26 August at Willoughby Park, corner of McClelland Street and Fourth Avenue, Willoughby. The Fauna Fair is a fantastic, free event to delight animal lovers of all ages. Children and their parents can get up and close and personal with Australian native animals with great hands-on shows and a range of displays.
Northbridge Public School has been announced one of the winners of the Northern Sydney Region Waste Free Lunch Challenge, winning a $900 prize to further the school’s waste and recycling activities.
One hour just isn’t enough to celebrate The Reading Hour 2012, so Willoughby City Council is hosting an entire afternoon of entertainment for the whole family - kicking off from 2pm, Saturday 25 August, at The Concourse, Chatswood. Part of the National Year of Reading, The Reading Hour is a call to action for families to ‘share a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week’ in an effort to improve reading and literacy skills.
John Poole from Maurice Buckley, C T Poole & Son will present a special Talks@Willoughby seminar on Will Awareness – Adult Children and Your Will at 12.30pm, Wednesday 29 August, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
The Savoy Arts Company will bring Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, to the Zenith Theatre from Friday 24 August to Saturday 1 September.
Willoughby City Council is asking residents to spare a few hours this year to help our local bushland burst into life at Bushcare’s biggest day of the year, Bushcare’s Major Day Out, 9am to 12pm, Sunday 9 September, North Arm Reserve, Deepwater Road, Castle Cove.
Friday 17 August, 2012: An exciting program of more than 70 events was unveiled with a bang at the official launch of the 2012 Willoughby Spring Festival at The Concourse, Chatswood.
Children of all ages are invited to dress up as their favourite super hero as part of The Reading Hour celebrations, held from 2pm, Saturday 25 August, at the Urban Screen on The Concourse, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council is calling on residents who have made environmentally sustainable renovations or improvements to their house to open their doors for Sustainable House Day 2012, 10am – 3pm, Sunday 9 September.
Willoughby City Council was announced winner of the ‘Alive and Well’ Cancer Council Award at the Local Government and Shires Associations (LGSA) Awards Night, held on Wednesday 15 August 29 at the Civic Pavilion on The Concourse, Chatswood, for the combined program of quit smoking/ no smoking signage and the Willoughby Leisure Centre healthy lifestyle programs.
Indigenous artist Jessica Birk presents a spectacular exhibition of paintings in RESILIENCE, from Wednesday 22 August to Sunday 16 September, at the Incinerator Art Space, Small Street, Willoughby.
Six storytellers, with roots in China, Malaysia, Vietnam and India, will come together to share their histories and cultural heritage in the deeply moving theatrical experience, Stories East and West, from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 September, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Local historian Bob McKillop will speak about his new book Managing our Waste: An Environmental History of Flat Rock Creek and the Willoughby Incinerator 1900 – 2011 at 12.30pm, Wednesday 12 September, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Following the signing of a Friendly City agreement in November 2011, Willoughby City Council has received a donation of more than 1500 Korean language books from the city of Gangdong-gu, South Korea, to be made available at Willoughby City Library and the MOSAIC Multicultural Centre, Chatswood.
Experience the incredible world of bubbles at Magic Bubble Library, held from 10am – 5.30pm, Saturday 22 September at The Concourse, Chatswood, and 11am and 1.30pm, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 September at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council has been awarded the highly coveted Government Leadership for Urban Development Award at the annual Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Austral Bricks Awards for Excellence, for its work in delivering The Concourse.
Chatswood’s CBD will ‘Burst Into Life’ at the annual StreetFair and parade, Saturday 15 September (10am - 4pm) - a highlight of the Willoughby Spring Festival. Following an official welcome by the Mayor of Willoughby at 10am, the North Shore’s biggest street party will kick-start with the much-loved Street Parade at 10.30am.
Australian leadership expert Peter Baines will speak about his new book Hands Across the Water, at 12.30pm, Tuesday 18 September, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
New to this year’s Willoughby Spring Festival is the Urban Screen at The Concourse, which will air a dynamic program of arthouse, cultural and educational film and TV events.
This year’s Willoughby Spring Festival features a fantastic program of uplifting music events, spanning the month of September - guaranteed to delight, inspire and evoke the spirit of spring!
Theatre and musical lovers will delight at this year’s Willoughby Spring Festival theatre offerings.
For a limited time, Willoughby City Council is offering a free common area sustainability assessment to owners corporations in the Willoughby local government area with 50 or more units in their block.
Get back to nature this September with free bushwalks, birdwatching and eco-tours – all part of the botanics program at this year’s Willoughby Spring Festival.
Many of Willoughby’s arts centres, schools and community organisations will host free open days through September to display their facilities and services as part of this year’s Willoughby Spring Festival.
This year’s Willoughby Spring Festival will feature a number of informative talks and workshops though September.
Celebrate Willoughby’s culture and diversity this September at the 2012 Willoughby Spring Festival with several free events that showcase and embrace the differences of our local community.
Rediscover cycling this September, with numerous bike events being held as part of the annual Willoughby Spring Festival. A free Bicycle Maintenance Made Easy Workshop will be held from 6pm – 8.30pm, Thursday 20 and Thursday 27 September at Renegade Cycles, 43-45 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove. Learn how to maintain your bike - from changing tubes, to adjusting your gears and brakes, and how to handle emergency repairs.
The North Shore’s fashionistas and market lovers are well catered for this September, with several events planned as part of the 2012 Willoughby Spring Festival.
Thousands flocked to the annual Willoughby Fauna Fair on Sunday 26 August to catch a glimpse of some of our fantastic fauna and learn a little about ways to help their plight in our local area.
With more than 70 events on this September as part of the Willoughby Spring Festival, you may feel like taking things at a more leisurely pace. Relax with a great range of leisure and recreation activities on throughout the next month.
Australian author Monica McInerney will speak about her latest novel, The House of Memories, at Chatswood Library’s Talks@Willoughby program, 12.30pm, Tuesday 2 October.
Young people across Willoughby are invited to get involved in this year’s Willoughby Spring Festival and help organise youth events at Chatswood’s Youth Centre (CYC) (Corner of Victor Street and Albert Avenue) during September, or to come along to the many events on offer.
The Concourse will turn one on the 17 September 2012, one year after its official grand opening by the Governor of NSW Marie Bashir AC CVO.
Artistic genius, imagination and special effects combine for the world’s first drawing performance, ‘The Look’ Drawing Show, running from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September at the Zenith Theatre.
Saturday 15 September, 2012: More than 120,000 people helped Chatswood’s CBD ‘Burst Into Life’ at the annual StreetFair and parade - a highlight of the Willoughby Spring Festival.
One of Australia’s most distinguished musicians, pianist Ian Munro will join Willoughby Symphony for an enchanting program of magic, witchcraft and wizardry in Symphonie Fantastique, 8pm, Friday 5 October and 2pm, Sunday 8 October, at the Concert Hall on The Concourse, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council wants to know what’s important to you in the local community, so it can refine the Willoughby City Strategy.
Acclaimed author Kyung-sook Shin will introduce her bestselling novel, Please Look After Mother, at 12.30pm, Thursday 18 October, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse,
Residents who love food but hate waste are invited to join us on a Sustainable Food Adventure, 10am to 1pm, Saturday 27 October, Willoughby City Council kitchen, level 6, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood.
Epicentre Theatre Company presents Robert Cockburn’s political thriller The Hotel Hibiscus from Friday 19 October to Saturday 27 October at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Willoughby Symphony’s highly anticipated 2013 subscription series, Symphonic Passages, was officially launched on Tuesday 2 October at The Concourse, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council is urging residents to consider getting tanked before summer and will show the community how with an upcoming workshop that details everything you need to know about installing a rainwater tank.
As part of Mental Health Month this October, an exhibition of works by the Monday Art Group will be held from Monday 15 October to Friday 26 October, in the Art Space on The Concourse, Chatswood.
National Stroke Foundation StrokeSafe Ambassador Caroline Chen will speak about Stroke Prevention as part of the Talks@Willoughby program, 12.30pm, Tuesday 23 October at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Australian architect and historian Anne Warr will speak about Shanghai & Beyond, Australian Architects in China as part of the Talks@Willoughby program at 12.30pm, Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Chatswood Musical Society presents the extraordinary life of Dusty Springfield in Dusty: The Original Pop Diva from Friday 2 November to Saturday 10 November, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
NSW Health estimates that approximately 50 per cent of needles and syringes used for self-injection each year end up in local council waste and recycling services. To help combat this issue, Willoughby City Council would like to remind residents that pharmacies in the local area provide needle collection facilities for used sharps, including syringes, needles and lancets.
World renowned concert pianist Roger Woodward AC, OM (Pol), OBE will return to his childhood home of Chatswood to deliver a festival of Chopin at 2.30pm and 8pm, Saturday 17 November, at the Concert Hall on The Concourse.
Willoughby City Council is hosting Ready, Set, Summer – a workshop to help you beat the heat, weather the storms and fight the fire season, 10am to 11am, Monday 12 November in the Craft Room, Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood.
Author and media personality Jane Caro will speak about her successful career as a professional writer at Chatswood Library’s Talks@Willoughby program, 12.30pm, Thursday 15 November.
Canberra’s Bilk Gallery presents Bilk on Tour, an exhibition of Australia’s leading contemporary jewellers, glass artists and metal smiths from Wednesday 31 October to Sunday 25 November, at the Incinerator Art Space, Small Street, Willoughby.
As part of a worldwide event, Willoughby City Council will host a screening of unique global storytelling initiative, the 11Eleven Project, at 4.30pm, Sunday 11 November, at the Urban Screen on The Concourse, Chatswood.
Lucent Theatre presents John Patrick Shanley’s gripping thriller Doubt from Friday 16 to Saturday 24 November, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
A new collective blog, Chats About has been created as part of the next phase of the It all starts at Chatswood campaign - promoting Chatswood, on Sydney’s North Shore, as a tourism destination.
Acclaimed choral director and educator Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith will join Willoughby Symphony Choir in Handel's Messiah this November at the Concert Hall on The Concourse, Chatswood.
Australia’s preeminent social researcher and National Year of Reading supporter, Hugh Mackay will speak about Generation Y – what did we expect? at Talks@Willoughby, 12.30pm, Monday 19 November.
Willoughby City Library Service presents two free workshops for parents and carers of young children this November, Reading Aloud Workshop and Interactive Online Resources for Your Child, held at Chatswood Library on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council is preparing for Australia Day 2013 by calling for nominations for the annual Willoughby Citizen of the Year Awards.
Have you ever been to a concert with more than 30 percussion instruments, but only one percussionist? Virtuoso percussionist Morgan Merrell presents an exciting new experience for music lovers with Boom Crash Thump!, 6.30pm, Sunday 25 November at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council welcomes all fashionistas (and fashionmisters) to get creative with clothes and revamp old outfits at the Re-fashion Your Wardrobe workshop, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Thursday 15 November in the Coachwood Room, level 6, Willoughby City Council administration building, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood.
The new Artarmon Branch Library was officially opened with a Community Open Day on Saturday 3 November 2012, at its new premises at 139 Artarmon Road, Artarmon.
Join Willoughby’s resident ornithologist, Andy Burton, for a spot of birdwatching on a delightful riverside walk, 8am – 11am, Sunday 18 November, starting from the Chatswood Athletic Field car park, Mowbray Park, Mowbray Road, Lane Cove North.
Robin de Crespigny will speak about The People Smuggler: the true story of Ali Al Jenabi at 12.30pm, Thursday 29 November, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Celebrate the best of British and Australian music with Willoughby Band’s Proms at the Zenith, 3pm, Sunday 15 May at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood, complete with streamers, poppers and balloons!
Willoughby City Library Service will officially launch the online pictorial archive Picture Willoughby at 6pm, Thursday 22 November, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Willoughby City Council and North Shore Climate Action are hosting a free screening of the documentary The Economics of Happiness, 6.30pm to 8pm, Wednesday 21 November at the Devonshire Street Sustainability Hub, 34 Devonshire Street, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council has received funding from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for on-road cycle facilities along the length of Fourth Avenue, Willoughby.
Willoughby Council’s finances have been declared ‘sound and stable’ following an Auditor’s Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and presentation of council’s 2011/12 Financial Statements.
Following their successful production of Carmen in 2011, Flamencology Dance Studio presents El Amor Brujo (Love the Magician), 7.30pm, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
With summer just around the corner, staff at Willoughby City Council are being challenged to get fit. Willoughby City Council General Manager, Nick Tobin, has invited council staff to partake in two Staff Fitness Challenges in the lead up to Christmas, Commit To Be Fit and Outwalk the General Manager.
To celebrate International Day of People with Disability 2012, Willoughby City Council and Lane Cove Council will present the unique theatre production All the World’s A Stage, 1pm to 2.30pm, Wednesday 28 November, at the Theatre on The Concourse, Chatswood.
The ever popular Dive in Movies are back this summer at Willoughby Leisure Centre.
Willoughby City Council’s popular Carols in Willoughby Park will be held from 6pm onwards, Saturday 8 December, at Willoughby Park, corner of Warrane Road and McClelland Street, Willoughby.
Celebrate the holiday season with a range of festive events throughout the month, such as Chanukah on The Concourse, Carols in Willoughby Park, the Christmas Market and the Golden Turkey Film Festival.
Willoughby seniors can enjoy staying fit and healthy with Healthy Lifestyle’s Stretch and Tone @ Chatswood, held from 9am to 10am, Fridays, at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
Back-to-back double features of classic and modern Disney Pixar animated films will air free on Chatswood’s Urban Screen on The Concourse (Victoria Avenue, Chatswood) every Saturday afternoon over a six week period from 8 December.
Celebrate the very best of B grade Christmas movie classics with the Golden Turkey Film Festival, this December on The Urban Screen on The Concourse, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
Nearly 1,000 Willoughby residents are now collectively saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on power bills and are helping to save the environment thanks to the refrigerator collection and recycling program, Fridge Buyback.
The annual Meals on Wheels Christmas Social lunch will be held at 12.30pm, Wednesday 12 December, at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
Children of all ages will enjoy a summer of great reading with Willoughby City Library’s Untangled Tales Summer Reading Club, starting from Monday 3 December until Thursday 24 January.
Northern Sydney Councils are working to raise awareness of road safety for seniors through the 2013 Seniors Road Safety Calendar.
Willoughby Mayor, Pat Reilly has criticised Channel Nine for a lack of community consultation and information flow to the public, regarding the proposed residential redevelopment of its Willoughby site (currently a NSW Government Department of Planning Part 3A Development Application).
Internationally acclaimed Chief Conductor Dr Nicholas Milton recently joined renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang and musical legend Gary Graffman at the National Concert Hall in Taipei.
Willoughby City Library Service is inviting Chinese-speaking library patrons to submit their ideas for the iBIMS™ (Intelligent Book Information Management System) Chinese Naming Competition, running from now until Saturday 12 January 2013.
Tickets to Willoughby Symphony’s highly anticipated 2013 season, Symphonic Passages, will officially go on sale to the public on Monday 17 December.
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