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Inspire your creativity, foster your love of food, or focus on your fitness this New Year with a variety of Summer Workshops hosted by Willoughby Park Centre.
Willoughby City Council has made a $10,000 donation to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal to assist communities affected by the devastating floods in Queensland.
Willoughby residents are invited to celebrate what’s great about being Australian and our local community at Willoughby City Council’s 2011 Australia Day ceremony from 9.00am, Wednesday 26 January, Chatswood Mall, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
To assist communities affected by the devastating floods in Queensland, Willoughby City Council staff will be collecting donations from members of the public for the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal from 8am to 5pm, Thursday 20 January, Chatswood Mall, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
The Healthpac Centre of Excellence in integrative medicine, a comprehensive medical facility combining Western and traditional Chinese medicine to be built in Chatswood will provide unparalleled economic, health and lifestyle benefits for the Willoughby community.
Willoughby City Council and the Chinese Cultural Centre will host a program of activities celebrating Chinese New Year throughout February.
Local North Shore author, Lyn Fergusson will answer the question, “What sort of man was Governor Arthur Phillip?” at the first Talks@Willoughby event for 2011, when she discusses her recently published biography on the first Governor of New South Wales.
Following the success of Musica Viva’s Café Carnivale world music series at the Zenith Theatre in 2010, the driving rhythms and sensational sounds are set to continue this year in a fresh format that promises a scintillating celebration of music from all corners of the globe.
Lauren Shore and Liz Hing from Cancer Council NSW, the state’s leading cancer organisation and charity, will address how lifestyle changes can help prevent your risk of developing cancer at the next Talks@Willoughby event, Thursday 24 February.
Local volunteer, Bruce Carfrae, has been named Willoughby Citizen of the Year at Willoughby City Council’s Australia Day ceremony at Chatswood Mall.
The much-loved Chatswood Mall Market will return twice a week from Thursday 17 February, bringing a range of fun and eclectic market stalls to one of Sydney’s most popular shopping destinations.
Willoughby City Council is encouraging the reduction of plastic bags through a trial ‘Borrow-a-Bag’ campaign in collaboration with Northbridge Plaza. The campaign, beginning mid-February, allows shoppers who forget their own shopping bags to borrow reusable bags and return them on their next shopping trip.
Willoughby City Council’s popular Bush Poetry Readings and Music programme will celebrate an incredible 15 years, and 25 productions on Sunday 13 February at the Henry Lawson Cave in Bicentennial Park, Naremburn.
Following its sell-out summer run at The Haven Amphitheatre, Richard Tulloch’s hilarious adaptation of Randolph Stowe’s classic novel comes to the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood to open Epicentre Theatre Company’s 2011 season.
Popular live entertainment series Up Close and Personal returns to the Zenith Theatre on Friday 18 February, with a line up of outstanding musical talent.
Willoughby City Library has announced its 2011 HSC Program, Surviving the HSC, continuing its commitment to supporting local teenagers, and parents, through the demands of the Higher School Certificate (HSC).
Willoughby City Council and the Better Business Partnership, in conjunction with Beverich Holdings International, will hold a free business e-waste collection for local businesses on Wednesday 2 March, 2011.
Willoughby City Council is improving local community shuttle services, The Loop and Artarmon Loop, by increasing service frequency and implementing shorter bus routes throughout the area.
Janet Tavener’s Melting Moments, a series of large scale photographs and small cast sculptures depicting everyday foods including hamburgers, French fries, muffins and other ubiquitous food stuffs, will be the first Willoughby City Council curated exhibition on display at the refurbished Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby.
Show your support for leading local and international charities and not-for-profit organisations on Charities Day, 10am - 4pm, Wednesday 2 March at Chatswood Mall, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
Willoughby Council residents are encouraged to don their rubber gloves on Sunday 6 March and help collect rubbish in local parks, reserves and waterways for Clean Up Australia Day.
“It is time for both political parties to stop the uncertainty in the lead up to the election, and make a firm commitment to completing the Chatswood to Parramatta Rail Link,” said Willoughby City Mayor, Pat Reilly.
Willoughby City Council’s 2011 Seniors Week celebrations, held from Monday 14 March to Sunday 3 April, include a program of more than 25 exciting events and interesting activities for seniors, their families and friends.
The Zenith Theatre’s brand new folk music series unEARTHED will showcase a fantastic array of headlining artists and emerging new talent performing traditional and enchanting tunes. Programmed regularly throughout the year, unEARTHED will feature the highly acclaimed Australian band, The Bushwackers, to launch the series on Sunday 6 March.
Women of Willoughby are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day and revitalise their mind and body with a range of free health and fitness activities at Willoughby Leisure Centre, 2 Small Street Willoughby from 9.30am - 1.30pm on Thursday 10 March.
Willoughby City Council has engaged Century Venues to manage the entertainment and event venues on The Concourse.
Willoughby City Library’s Talks@Willoughby series will present a special seminar on Wills and Power of Attorney, 12:30pm on Thursday 24 March at the Willoughby City Council Chambers.
Willoughby City Library has been awarded a 2010 - 2011 Library Development Grant worth $51,390 to help preserve its unique and valuable Local Studies collection.
Willoughby Symphony will launch an outstanding 2011 concert series by making its debut at City Recital Hall Angel Place under award-winning conductor Carolyn Watson this March. Mozart in March will be the first of three Willoughby Symphony concerts at the iconic venue this year.
Installation of the Carttronics shopping trolley containment system at Chatswood’s two major shopping centres has resulted in a dramatic drop in the number of shopping trolleys being abandoned on public footpaths, roads, and parks in the Chatswood CBD.
Celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity with a special Harmony Day program of multicultural dance and musical performances at the Chatswood Mall Market, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood from 5pm to 7pm, Thursday 24 March.
Ten leading Willoughby-based artists will showcase a range of small to large scale sculptures in Sculpture Ten at the Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby from Wednesday 30 March to Sunday 24 April.
Sydney-based Stage Artz Theatre Company will present SPRING AWAKENING, an audacious coming-of-age musical at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood from 18 to 26 March. An electrifying blend of morality, sexuality and rock & roll, SPRING AWAKENING explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion you will never forget.
Willoughby City Council is hosting three cycling workshops for local residents to rebuild their cycling skills and explore the many bike paths and cycle ways available within the Willoughby community.
Willoughby residents can dispose of their household waste correctly and avoid causing significant damage to the environment this March, with two free services: an e-Waste Drop-Off event and the return of Second Hand Saturday.
Willoughby City Council is encouraging local residents to help raise awareness of the need to take action on climate change by participating in Earth Hour, an annual global World Wildlife Fund initiative, on Saturday 26 March.
NSW Health estimates that approximatley 50% 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 has teamed up with pharmacists in the local area to provide needle collection facilities for used sharps - syringes, needles and lancets.
The new Incinerator Art Space and Studios at Willoughby’s Heritage Listed, Walter Burley Griffin designed Incinerator building will be officially opened on Saturday 2 April, following extensive refurbishments.
Author and historian Elisabeth Storrs will discuss her first novel, The Wedding Shroud, at a Talks@Willoughby event at 12:30pm, Thursday 7 April at the Willoughby City Council Chambers, Level 6, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council is celebrating the National Trust Heritage Festival with a fantastic program of activities and events from Saturday 2 to Sunday 17 April.
Major upgrades at two of Willoughby City’s main sport and recreation fields in Willoughby and Northbridge are nearing completion, resulting in improved facilities for local sports groups and the wider community.
The Japan Club of Sydney, with the support of Willoughby City Council, has raised more than $20,000 for the Red Cross Japan and Pacific Disaster Appeal through fundraising at Chatswood Mall Market and the Harmony Day celebrations, held across Thursday 24 and Friday 25 March.
The Willoughby Symphony Orchestra will present its second concert for 2011 The Bold and the Beautiful at City Recital Hall Angel Place, 3pm, Sunday 8 May.
Spotlight [a showcase], an exciting new Willoughby Council theatre initiative designed to shine a light on original works from local artists, will premier at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood at 8pm, Thursday 28 April.
Willoughby City Council and the Better Business Partnership are inviting locals, businesses and community groups to bring along stockpiled excess waste oil to a ‘Grease Party’ in aid of the Green Way Up expedition, 6.30pm to 8pm, Tuesday 19 April, Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
Willoughby Theatre Company, by arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia, will present the Tony Award winning musical, Company, at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood, from Friday 6 to Saturday 14 May.
Willoughby City Council invites residents to attend a ClimateClever workshop on sustainable home design and renovations, 6.30pm to 8pm, Wednesday 4 May at the Devonshire Street Sustainability Hub, Chatswood.
National Boer War Memorial Association members, Keith Smith and Paul Lenehan, will speak about the Australians who fought in the Boer War at a Talks@Willoughby event, 12.30pm, Thursday 19 May at Willoughby City Council Chambers, Level 6, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council’s 2011 - 2012 Operational Plan and Budget, outlining the direction of the City of Willoughby for the next financial year, is now on display for public comment at Willoughby City’s libraries and the Council Administration Building until Monday 23 May 2011.
The newly installed synthetic turf at Northbridge Oval has allowed the sports ground to stay open since its installation, despite pouring rain over the last two weekends that forced other North Shore ovals to close.
Willoughby City Council and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) invite local businesses and community members to attend a free Responsible Investment seminar, 6:30pm – 8pm, Wednesday 1 June at Willoughby City Council Chambers.
Artist, Stephen Hall will bring his Don Quixote inspired work Merry-Andrew the Limner to the recently refurbished Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby from Wednesday 8 June to Sunday 3 July. The third Willoughby Council curated exhibition to be held at the art space will feature a new series of mixed media drawings and ceramic sculptures.
Chatties Café at the Dougherty Community Centre is now serving delicious home made soups from 11am daily.
Discover how to create delicious, simple dishes at the Taste the Flavour Cooking Workshops at the Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood. Held in the fully air conditioned community kitchen, each class features a hands on approach that is suitable for all levels of cooking skills and experience.
Willoughby City Library Services has been honoured with a prestigious Local Government Cultural Award for its use of iBIMS, the Intelligent Book Information Management System. The award was received under the category, ‘Library and Information Services Division C - Population over 60,000’.
Experience a unique and hilarious evening of magic, mind reading and deception with Three Men You Can’t Trust at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood on 24 and 25 June.
Children of Willoughby are invited to discover a dinosaur fossil in the sandpit at the newly upgraded playground at O.H. Reid Memorial Park, Chatswood West. Children are encouraged to bring along their buckets and spades and help unearth this amazing new addition to the park.
Willoughby City Council continues to lead in enforcement action against the misuse of disabled parking spaces and fraudulent use of disability parking permits, issuing the second highest amount of fines from councils across NSW in 2010.
Willoughby Leisure Centre has been named a 5 Star Water Safety Partner following a safety audit by the Royal Life Saving Society, receiving a score of 97.41 out of 100.
Maggie Counihan will discuss her extraordinary decade of solo travel, as documented in her book Backpacking to Freedom: Solo at Sixty, at a Talks@Willoughby event, 12.30pm on Tuesday 7 June at Willoughby Council Chambers, Level 6, 31 Victor St, Chatswood.
Celebrate the birthday of Australia’s most famous poet, Henry Lawson, at Willoughby City Council’s popular Bush Poetry Readings and Music on Sunday 19 June at the Henry Lawson Cave in Bicentennial Park, Willoughby.
Early bird bookings are now on sale for The Sydney Green Apartments Forum, an exciting new event designed to provide Owners Corporations, apartment owners and strata managers practical information to help future proof apartment buildings, promote sustainably and reduce the operating costs of common areas.
Chatswood Library will temporarily close from Monday 1 August, as it moves into its new home on The Concourse. Currently located in a significantly smaller space in the Mandarin Centre, the closure will allow the relocation to take place, with the new Chatswood Library on The Concourse opening Monday 19 September.
The Zenith Theatre in association with Springboards Performing Arts presents Feed'em Fighters, written by Dorian Mode. A fattening new Aussie comedy all about food!
Willoughby City Council was named the winner of the Excellence in Overall Environmental Management award (Local Government Awards category) at the 2011 United Association of Australia's World Environment Day Awards
Willoughby residents are invited to celebrate Aboriginal culture and heritage at a special NAIDOC Week event, 1pm – 6pm, Thursday 7 July at Chatswood Mall Market.
Willoughby residents will now have another year to save money and energy due to a 12 month extension of the Fridge Buyback program.
Mosman Musical Society, one of Australia’s oldest and continuously running musical societies, presents H.M.S. Pinafore at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood from Friday 22 – Saturday 30 July. A new take on the timeless Gilbert & Sullivan classic, this production will delight a whole new audience as well as traditional devotees of the classic Savoy operas.
A special community event was held on Saturday 4th June at the Phyllis Burke Apartment complex in Barton Road, Artarmon, celebrating the installation of a new community garden bed as part of Willoughby City Council’s Community Garden Project.
Chatswood Library will host one last story-time session at the Mandarin Shopping Centre, 10.30am, Thursday 28 July, before the library closes to relocate to its new premises on The Concourse.
Budding actors, singers and future musical stars across the North Shore will delight at the opportunity to attend the Making Music Theatre school holiday workshops, running from Monday 4 to Friday 14 July at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Willoughby Leisure Centre offers a variety of fun programs and activities for children during the school holidays, including the Kids Klub Holiday Program, Swim School Holiday Intensive Program and the popular inflatable and aquabubble pool games.
A spa and beauty relaxation centre operating in Chatswood’s CBD has been ordered by the Land and Environment Court of NSW to cease providing sexual services, which breach its development consent.
Willoughby City Council has welcomed the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) release of its report into the conduct of a former council building surveyor and committed to fully implement all of the Commissioner’s recommendations.
Willoughby-Lane Cove State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have placed sixth in the biannual SES State Disaster Rescue Competition, competing against other teams from across NSW.
A Lower North Shore Homeless Hub event will be held on Wednesday 3 August at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood in response to increasing evidence of homelessness in the area and figures showing close to 60 per cent of people needing help from government-funded homeless shelters are turned away each day due to a shortage of places*.
The Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir will combine to perform Felix Mendelssohn’s magnificent Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise) at City Recital Hall Angel Place on Sunday 24 July.
Children of Willoughby can enjoy a variety of fun workshops and activities during the July school holidays at Willoughby Park Centre, corner of Warrane and McClelland Streets, Willoughby.
Get ready to boogie and bop to all your favourite songs at Dance to the Nines, a special community event for Willoughby residents over 18 with a disability, 6pm - 9pm, Friday 15 July at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
Green thumbs of all ages will enjoy a fun day out at Willoughby City Council’s National Tree Day activities, 10am to 2pm, Sunday 31 July at Artarmon Reserve.
Willoughby City Council is calling on locals to help design a new Community Engagement Strategy by attending a Community Forum on Tuesday 5 July (6pm) or Wednesday 6 July (10am) at Council Chambers.
Willoughby residents have the chance to share their vision of a ‘Sustainable Willoughby’, and be a part of a new sustainability education space at the Chatswood Library on The Concourse when it opens in September.
The Hon Anthony Roberts MP, Member for Lane Cove, has applauded the quality and value of Willoughby City Council’s performing arts and entertainment precinct, The Concourse, after a recent site inspection.
Willoughby residents are encouraged to open their doors to the public on Sunday 11 September for Sustainable House Day, a free annual event for community members to visit homes that have been designed or fitted out with sustainability in mind.
More than 100 Willoughby residents gathered to celebrate the 144th birthday of Australia’s most famous poet at Bush Poetry Readings and Music, Sunday 19 June at the Henry Lawson Cave in Bicentennial Park, Willoughby.
The first tickets for The Concourse were just released. Tickets to the Boy From Oz are now available through www.ticketek.com.au or on 13 28 49.
Join us for a close encounter with local wildlife at the annual Willoughby Fauna Fair, 10am to 3pm, Sunday 21 August at Willoughby Park, corner of McClelland Street and Fourth Avenue, Willoughby.
Willoughby City Council will soon offer a new free service to all residents who are considering building or renovating their home to incorporate sustainability.
Willoughby City Council has received a $20,000 grant from the Office of Heritage and Environment (OHE) to continue the popular Love Food Hate Waste program and help combat the growing environmental and economical issues of food waste.
Experience the extraordinary journey of past and present Korean jazz music at Jazz in My Life, Saturday 6 August at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Feeling cold and a little blue? Dreaming of sunshine? Warm up to the uplifting sounds of Willoughby Band’s Brass in Midwinter, 3pm, Sunday 7 August at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
The national Willoughby Sculpture Prize returns in 2011, showcasing a diverse range of sculptures throughout the heritage listed Walter Burley Griffin Incinerator building (2 Small Street, Willoughby) and surrounding parklands.
Acclaimed violinist Aiko Goto will be the guest artistic director and concertmaster for Willoughby Symphony’s Sound Reflections, 8pm on Friday 19 and 3pm on Sunday 21 August, at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council has been named winner of the Local Government Sustainability Award at the 2011 Green Globe Awards on Tuesday 26 July, recognised for its achievements and strong commitment to sustainability in all key planning documents and initiatives undertaken by council.
The Downing Centre Local Court ordered a defendant to pay an $800 fine, plus $79 in court costs for the illegal dumping of furniture on public land outside a residential unit block in Artarmon.
Join us for Willoughby Leisure Centre’s Open Day, 9am – 1pm, Saturday 24 September, and discover what’s on offer at your local health and fitness hub. Olympic medallist Eamon Sullivan will make a special guest appearance to conduct a children’s mini-squad session and hand out prizes on the day.
After a twenty year absence in Willoughby’s bushland, lyrebirds are now returning to the area with two sightings reported in Castlecrag and Bicentennial Reserve. One of Australia's best-known native birds, lyrebirds have an extraordinary mimicking ability and males are recognised for their striking long tail feathers.
Several hundred residents volunteered for Willoughby City Council’s National Tree Day event on Sunday 31 July, planting an incredible 1500 plants, grasses, shrubs and small trees in the surrounding bushland at Artarmon Reserve.
Friday 5 August, 2011: An exciting program of more than 50 events celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of the Willoughby community was announced at the official launch of the 2011 Willoughby Spring Festival at Chatswood Mall Market, Chatswood.
Willoughby residents and the wider community are invited to attend the free Sustainable Heating and Cooling For Your Home workshop from 6.30pm - 8pm, Thursday 1 September, at the Sustainable Hub at 34 Devonshire Street, Chatswood.
The Savoy Arts Company will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic comic opera Princess Ida, 26 August to 3 September at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood, as part of the Willoughby Spring Festival.
Parents, families and friends are invited to attend the Festival of Creative Arts, 6.30pm, Friday 26 August at Willoughby Girls High School, as part of the 2011 Willoughby Spring Festival.
Multi-award winning folk band Wheelers and Dealers will join the Willoughby Spring Festival to perform Celtic Crossings, 3pm, Sunday 4 September at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Jeral Puppets, Puppeteria Theatre’s resident puppet company, will return for the 2011 Willoughby Spring Festival to perform spectacular puppet theatre productions; The Cat’s Pyjama’s, The King’s New Clothes and The Emperor’s Nightingale.
Appreciate the local bushland and waterways of Willoughby on the Aboriginal Cultural Bushwalk, 1pm - 3pm, Saturday 3 September, Mowbray Park, Lane Cove North, as part of the 2011 Willoughby Spring Festival.
Local Lane Cove artist, Jackie Rathssam, will present his extraordinary landscape paintings from Saturday 3 September to Tuesday 13 September, at the Chinese Cultural Centre, Chatswood, as part of the Willoughby Spring Festival.
Willoughby City Council staff member Andrew James will be racing through Timor-Leste on the annual Tour de Timor, from Sunday 11 to Friday 16 September. Attracting more than 250 riders from countries around the world, the tour covers a total of 551 kilometres through the eastern part of Timor.
Willoughby residents and the wider community are invited to visit the new exhibition Tales of Flat Rock Creek: Rugged, Ruined and Reclaimed, 1pm – 4pm, Sunday 4, 11, 18 and 25 September, at the Willoughby Museum, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council is excited to announce that The Concourse will host the 2011 International Forum and Exhibition in Integrative Healthcare. The forum will be the first international conference to be held in the council’s newly completed conference, entertainment and events complex.
Willoughby City Council invites residents to awaken their senses by stepping out on a ‘back to nature’ Wildflower Walk, 10am - 12.30pm, Friday 9 September at Explosives Reserve, Castle Cove, as part of the 2011 Willoughby Spring Festival.
Willoughby residents are invited to don their hats and gloves for the annual Bushcare’s Major Day Out, 9am to 12pm, Sunday 11 September at Tunks Park, Northbridge.
Acclaimed wood artist and Lindfield resident, Maurizio Nannetti presents Woodwork, a showcase of stunning timber creations and craftsmanship from Tuesday 6 to Wednesday 28 September at the Foyer Exhibition Space, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood.
As part of the 2011 Willoughby Spring Festival, Chatswood Public School invites residents and the wider community to celebrate the annual Moon Festival Multicultural Performance from 6pm on Thursday 15 September.
As part of the 2011 Willoughby Spring Festival, Northbridge School of Visual Arts will host the annual Northbridge Art Prize from Friday 2 to Tuesday 13 September, and the Northbridge Children’s Art Prize from Friday 16 to Tuesday 27 September at Gallery 307, Northbridge.
As part of the 2011 Willoughby Spring Festival, Willoughby residents are invited to come along on the Farm Gate Tour of the Hawkesbury Basin, 8.30am, Wednesday 7 September.
The Explorations, Cultural and Natural exhibition will celebrate 15 years of the Chinese Cultural Centre (NSW), Chatswood from Thursday 15 to Wednesday 28 September. As part of the 2011 Willoughby Spring Festival, the exhibition will highlight the contribution the centre has made to fostering and promoting Chinese heritage values to Asian migrants and Australia's multicultural communities.
Get ready to shimmy and shake at Dance to the Nines, a special Spring Festival event for Willoughby residents over 18 years old with a disability, 6pm - 9pm, Friday 23 September at The Civic Pavilion on The Concourse.
Enjoy the captivating voices of The Sydney U3A Choir at this annual Willoughby Spring Festival concert at 1.30pm, Saturday 17 September, at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
Willoughby residents of all ages are encouraged to dust off their bikes and Rediscover Cycling from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday 24 September as part of Willoughby Leisure Centre’s Open Day.
The winners of the 2011 Willoughby Sculpture Prize have been announced, with the $15,000 Major Prize, sponsored by Shead Property and Willoughby City Council, awarded to inner west Sydney artist, Caz Haswell, for her elegent and moving sculpture, Duplicity.
Chatswood Musical Society, with arrangement by Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, proudly presents Jonathan Larson’s rock opera RENT, from Friday 23 September to Saturday 1 October at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood. One of the Top 10 longest running Broadway musicals of all time, RENT is the winner of four Tony Awards, one Grammy Award and the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Literature.
The streets of Chatswood’s CBD will be transformed into a sea of colour on Saturday 10 September, 10am - 4pm, with the much loved StreetFair and parade, part of the annual Willoughby Spring Festival.
Join us for the annual Naremburn Community Centre Open Day, 9.30am – 3pm, Saturday 3 September, 7 Central Street, Naremburn. A fun day out for the whole family, the Open Day offers a wide range of children’s activities, information stalls and a delicious sausage sizzle.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the Willoughby Artists Open Studio Weekend invites the community to tour through the studios, community venues and gardens of local artists from 10am - 3pm, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September. As part of the Willoughby Spring Festival, the Open Studio Weekend will feature a talented line-up of diverse artists including painters, photographers, textile designers, printmakers, potters and sculptors.
The highly anticipated Faces of Willoughby will be officially unveiled by Willoughby Mayor, Pat Reilly at 3pm, Saturday 10 September, at the Art Space on The Concourse during the annual Willoughby Spring Festival StreetFair.
Learn how to prepare fresh and delicious meals with presenter, Cath Baker at Healthy Cooking for One: Talk and Demonstration, 2.15pm – 3.30pm, Wednesday 7 September, the Annexe at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
Entertain the kids with a Dymocks hosted storytime session this Spring Festival, from 10am, Tuesday 6 September, Level 3 Centre Court, Westfield Chatswood.
Children of Willoughby are invited to discover the wonders of nature in spring at the Pre-schoolers Spring Bush Scrambles, 10am - 11.30pm, 13, 15 and 21 September at Artarmon Reserve, Artarmon.
The North Shore Orchid Society will display a wide array of orchids for the ninth year in a row at the annual North Shore Orchid Show, Saturday 10 September from 12pm – 4pm in the foyer of The Concert Hall on The Concourse, Chatswood.
An annual Willoughby Spring Festival event, the Workshop Art Centre’s Market Day will be held from 9am – 3pm, Saturday 17 September at the Workshop Arts Centre, Willoughby.
Hear the story behind Sydney’s new entertainment and events venue, The Concourse, at the annual Chamber of Commerce Luncheon from 12.30pm, Tuesday 20 September at the Chatswood Club, Chatswood.
Enthusiasts of the musically extravagant will enjoy Love and Desire in the Time of Handel, 8pm, Friday 23 September at The Studio on The Concourse, as part of the 2011 Willoughby Spring Festival.
Willoughby residents are invited to attend the interactive community talk The Changing Face of Age, 2pm, Saturday 24 September at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council is delighted to welcome Selby & Friends for a special one hour lunchtime orchestral concert, 1pm, Tuesday 27 September, at The Concert Hall on The Concourse.
Celebrate the opening of The Concourse, Sydney’s new entertainment and events venue, at the Combined Churches Celebration, 2pm, Sunday 25 September at The Concert Hall on The Concourse.
ARTSONGnsw will join Willoughby’s Spring Festival celebrations this year with Voices of Spring, 4pm, Sunday 25 September at The Studio on The Concourse.
Residents can dispose of e-waste correctly by bringing their old, unwanted electronic equipment to Willoughby City Council’s free E-Waste Drop-off Event, 9am – 3pm, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October, at Bicentennial Reserve, Willoughby. This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September.
Explore the sights and sounds of Willoughby’s bushland at night at Spotlight under the Stars, 7pm - 8.30pm Wednesday 28 September, at Harold Reid Reserve, Middle Cove.
Have a go at playing different cultural games from around the world at the Multicultural Games Expo on Thursday 29 September, 12pm - 3pm, at The Civic Pavilion on The Concourse, Chatswood, as part of the 2011 Willoughby Spring Festival.
Willoughby’s youth will enjoy a host of activities this Spring Festival, with the return of the popular StreetFair Y-Lounge, as well as a bevy of street dance classes, vocal lessons and live music events held at the Chatswood Youth Centre, corner of Victor Street and Albert Avenue, Chatswood.
Celebrating 15 years of production, International Stars of Magic returns to the stage with a thrilling, star-studded showcase of magic, mentalism, mirth and mayhem on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Opening in September 2011, The Concourse is set to become Sydney’s most vibrant and exciting entertainment destination including a Performing Arts Centre, library, retail, dining and outdoor space. Designed to minimise water and energy consumption, reduce building emissions and have improved air quality, The Concourse has integrated sustainability principles to minimise its impact on the environment and provide comfort for the users of the building.
As part of this year’s Willoughby Spring Festival, Carnivale 2011 – Countries around the World will be held from Monday 26 September to Friday 7 October, at the new Chatswood Library on The Concourse, as well as Artarmon, Castle Cove, Naremburn, Northbridge, and West Chatswood branch libraries.
Residents got up close and personal with local wildlife at the annual Willoughby Fauna Fair on Sunday 21 August at Willoughby Park, Willoughby. Celebrating 2011 as the International Year of Forests, this year’s Fauna Fair focussed on Willoughby’s local wildlife, their forest habitat, responsible pet ownership and enjoying the natural environment.
The ClimateClever Shop, a collaborative online service from Willoughby City, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Mosman and North Sydney Councils, now offers residents even better deals on solar power systems, solar hot water systems, heat pumps and rainwater tanks after announcing new preferred suppliers.
Internationally acclaimed musicians Yee-Ha Chiu, Sin-Tung Chiu and Charmian Gadd will join together for a musical reunion from 8pm, Wednesday 28 September at the Concert Hall on The Concourse.
As part of the 2011 Willoughby Spring Festival, Willoughby City Mayoress, Mrs Beth Reilly, will host the Mayoress’ Luncheon from 12pm, Thursday 22 September, at the Civic Pavilion on The Concourse, Chatswood.
Sydney artist, Bronwyn Berman has been awarded the Willoughby Sculpture Prize People’s Choice Award for 2011 for her exquisite set of five copper sculptures titled Banksia Woman.
The much loved Willoughby Bicentennial Banners have been restored and returned to the local community; now hanging in the new Civic Pavilion on The Concourse.
Willoughby City Council recently hosted a special day of activities for children from the earthquake devastated city of Fukushima, Japan, on Thursday 11 August at Warners Park Centre, Northbridge.
Internationally acclaimed musicians Yee-Ha Chiu, Sin-Tung Chiu and Charmian Gadd will join together for a musical reunion from 8pm, Wednesday 28 September at the Concert Hall on The Concourse.
Chaos Fairy Productions presents the world premiere production of The Chaos Fairy from 4 - 7 October at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Willoughby Symphony will celebrate its highly anticipated return to Chatswood with the epic concert Ode to Joy…A New Beginning. Lead by internationally acclaimed Chief Conductor Nicholas Milton, Ode to Joy will be the first public performance by the Symphony at its new permanent residence, the world class Concert Hall on The Concourse.
Willoughby City Library Service proudly presents the first Talks@Willoughby at the brand new Chatswood Library on The Concourse, featuring bestselling author Diane Armstrong speaking about her latest book, Empire Day.
Turramurra High School presents the brand new musical The Journey, from Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 October, at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood. Written by Turramurra High School teacher, Kerry Pitts, The Journey is a confronting, coming of age musical about a shy student whose life will be changed forever in one night.
Direct from New York for his Sydney Big Band debut, renowned jazz composer Jim McNeely will perform with Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra and Australian vocalist Kristin Berardi in an exciting new collaboration on Wednesday 26 October, at the world class Concert Hall on The Concourse, Chatswood.
Reduce the carbon footprint of your swimming pool with the ClimateClever Pools Workshop, 6.30pm – 8pm, Wednesday 16 November, at the Dougherty Community Centre, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council is delighted to announce the upcoming launch of the Online Community Panel, a new online engagement forum for community members to ‘have a say’ in council’s decision making and provide council with valuable feedback on important local issues.
Willoughby dog and cat owners are invited to attend an educational Pet Seminar from 6pm, Thursday 20 October, at Willoughby Council Chambers, Level 6, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood.
Ladies across the Willoughby City Council area are being encouraged to frock-up this November in a bid to recycle and reuse rather than rubbish.
Willoughby City Council is calling for all young artists in the Willoughby area to join the annual Christmas Flag Competition and design a festive holiday look for Chatswood, with each winning flag hung in Chatswood’s CBD and Pedestrian Mall throughout the holiday season.
Willoughby City Council is preparing for Australia Day 2012 by calling for nominations for the annual Willoughby Citizen of the Year Awards and searching for local children to participate in the Australia Day Children’s Choir.
The District Court of Appeal and the Land and Environment Court have awarded Willoughby City Council costs for additional work taken to assess amended plans for a Development Application originally refused by council in 2009.
Thomas Keneally will introduce his latest book Australians: Eureka to the Diggers at Willoughby City Library’s Talks@Willoughby, 12:30pm, Friday 4 November at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Explore the darker side of music with a selection of monster melodies, haunting harmonies and a little touch of magical mayhem at Willoughby Band’s Monsters, Melodies and Mayhem, 3pm, Sunday 30 October at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council has been named a winner of the A.R Bluett Memorial Award for 2010/11, the highest accolade a local government organisation can receive.
Willoughby Council will hold a Public Information Session from 6pm, Tuesday 8 November at Council Chambers to discuss a proposal to increase minimum rates in 2012-2013.
Celebrity landscape designer and horticulturalist, Jamie Durie will introduce his new book 100 Gardens at Willoughby City Library’s Talks@Willoughby, 12:30pm, Monday 14 November at the Civic Pavilion on The Concourse.
Dive into Willoughby Leisure's indoor heated pool this summer for an evening at the Dive in Movies. Bring your inflatable to relax on in the pool, or laze around on deck chairs while enjoying a great selection of family friendly movies that will entertain adults and children alike.
Willoughby’s heritage listed Incinerator Art Space will be transformed into a medieval manor house filled with the weird and wonderful, familiar and strange for Sydney based sculptor and installation artist, Cassandra Hard Lawrie’s latest exhibition - To Make a Pet of….
Willoughby City Council will host the stunning ANZANG Nature Photography exhibition from Friday 28 October to Monday 28 November at the Art Space on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood and the Foyer Exhibition Space at Willoughby City Council, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood (business hours only).
Jane Caro will introduce her book Just a Girl at the Teenage Reading Group Author Talk from 4pm, Thursday 17 November at Artarmon Library.
Join Willoughby Symphony for an afternoon of spectacular entertainment with the prom-style concert Home for Christmas on Sunday 11 December, at the world class Concert Hall on The Concourse.
Highly acclaimed psychotherapist and bestselling author, Dr Stephanie Dowrick will introduce her latest book Everyday Kindness: Shortcuts to a Happier and More Confident Life at Willoughby City Library’s Talks@Willoughby, 12:30pm, Friday 9 December, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Following the huge success of last year’s classic flamenco production, Flamencology Dance Studio returns to the Zenith Theatre this December with an exciting new performance of Carmen, 7.30pm, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December, at the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood.
With a wet summer ahead of us this year, Willoughby City Council is urging all residents to help prevent stormwater pollution at local beaches and waterways by disposing of waste correctly. Laden with contaminants such as fertilisers, pesticides, engine fluids, waste and spilled oil, stormwater is the most common cause of water pollution.
Willoughby City Council is currently investigating the illegal poisoning and vandalism of several native trees in North Arm Reserve, Castle Cove and Retreat Reserve, Castlecrag.
In a collaboration between some of Australia’s finest dancers and musicians, internationally acclaimed chamber music trio Ensemble Liaison will combine with JACK Productions for a one-off Sydney performance of El Amor Brujo, a new chamber ballet.
To commemorate the signing of a Friendly City Agreement between Willoughby City and Gangdong-gu, Korea, Willoughby City Council will host an official signing ceremony from 6pm, Thursday 10 November at Council Chambers, Level 6, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council has received the Excellence in Large Planning Projects Award for ‘The Concourse-Plan to Place’ at the 2011 NSW Planning Institute of Australia Awards on Tuesday 8 November.
Local Willoughby office tenants, Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd have been the first to receive a subsidised NABERS energy assessment from Willoughby City Council’s new ClimateClever Office program, achieving a ‘good’ rating of 3½ stars.
Willoughby City Council’s popular Carols in Willoughby Park will be held from 6pm onwards, Saturday 10 December, Willoughby Park, corner of Warrane Road and McClelland Street, Willoughby.
Willoughby Council is encouraging local residents to think carefully, ask questions, and choose wisely if considering getting a puppy, kitten or other companion animal for Christmas.
The Downing Centre Local Court has discharged the manager of an Indian take-away food business in Chatswood on condition he enter a 12 month good behaviour bond. The manager was also ordered to pay Willoughby City Council's legal costs of $910 and court costs of $90, after the business was found guilty of breaching the Food Act, 2003.
A number of cafes and restaurants on Sydney’s North Shore have been doing their bit for the environment, thanks to the help of the Better Business Partnership (BBP).
Children of Willoughby can enjoy a variety of fun workshops and activities during the January school holidays at Willoughby Park Centre, corner of Warrane and McClelland Streets, Willoughby.
After a recent business survey of the Willoughby area, Willoughby City Council’s Economic Development team found that 58 percent of home-based business owners were interested in attending information sessions on networking with other home-based businesses, with 55 percent also interested in attending information sessions on marketing, tax and online promotion as well.
Give your loved one peace of mind this Christmas with a tailor-made Constant Companion personal alarm gift certificate. With a convenient and personalised service to suit each individual’s needs, Constant Companion will help your loved one remain independent and secure at home.
Willoughby City Council was announced Overall Winner of the Local Sustainability Award at the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards, for meeting a greenhouse gas reduction target of 50 per cent of 1999 figures by 2010.
Willoughby residents can now borrow a Save Power Kit from Willoughby City branch libraries and learn how to save power and money at home.
A special exhibition of pottery and mixed media items created by children at Willoughby Park Centre will be displayed from now until Wednesday 28 December at Chatswood Library on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood. Ranging from six to eleven years old, each child created a unique work of art using their imagination and inspiration from various books and objects.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of International Volunteer Day, the Northern Sydney Volunteer Network and Willoughby City Council is hosting the “Share the Care: Let’s Celebrate Community Volunteering” exhibition, currently available for public viewing until Wednesday 21 December, 11am – 6pm daily, at The Art Space on The Concourse, Chatswood.
Children of Willoughby can keep the boredom at bay this summer by joining a variety of action-packed activities and programs on offer at Willoughby City Council. Whether its pool time fun at Willoughby Leisure Centre, an exciting adventure story at Willoughby City Library or a creative art class at Willoughby Park Art and Recreation Centre, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Willoughby Leisure Centre offers a variety of fun programs and activities for children during the school holidays, including the Kids Klub Holiday Program, Dive in Movies, Swim School Holiday Intensive Program and the popular inflatable and aqua bubble pool games.
Willoughby City Council’s ClimateClever Apartments program is an innovative approach for local apartment owners to help reduce their building’s operating costs and carbon footprint.
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