This month in the Bend

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May Artists Open Studio – various studios around the Bend of Islands

Wednesday 10 May Committee Meeting 8pm

Saturday 13 May Firehouse Cinema – Cinema Pompier – at the Fire station -Come to a night at the movies at the fire shed – gold coin donation. A great community event. BYO blankets and cushions – the heaters will be on if needed!

Details: 6pm –  Zootopia for the kids whatever their age! 

From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.

8pm –  Truth – adults only
Truth is based on the book by former CBS producer Mary Mapes who was fired over her 60 Minutes segment on sitting President George W. Bush right before the national election in 2004. It also led to the resignation of news anchor Dan Rather in 2005. Cate Blanchett can do anything, including a flawless American accent. The rest of the cast holds their own. This story will infuriate those who know how the 1% regularly manipulate any situation which may uncover their flaws and deception. The viewer can draw their own conclusions on how well the journalists performed but we also know how the process of telling the news has been forced to change over the years.

Sunday 14 May 8.30am Bird walk  Meet at the corner of Henley Rd and Catani Blvd near the fire station. Bring binoculars if you have them, water and sturdy shoes.

Saturday 20 May Cafe Benders 10am at the Fire station. Come and meet our local Councillor – Jane Ashton from Sugarloaf ward who will be meeting the community at 11am.

Sunday 21 May  – Landcare – 9.30am meet at the corner of Catani Blvd and Henley Rd near the Fire shed. Mission Agapanthus!! Come along for a couple of hours in the morning and lend a hand. Learn about plants that are indigenous to Bend of Islands at the same time as how to effectively deal with exotic weeds. Landcare working parties are also an excellent opportunity to share a yummy morning tea and meet with your neighbours. This month’s job is to get rid of agapanthus from a property in Catani Blvd.  Bring hats, water, gloves. Any spare mattocks, garden forks welcome. Enquiries: Luke Doyle 9712 0902

 Sunday 28 May – the Big Walk  – meet 9am at the corner of Catani Blvd and Henley Road near the fire shed for carpooling to St Andrews. Walk begins at small parking area near Oxley Bridge at 10am.

Well, it is that time of the year again! We haven’t done this one since 2014 – a walk through the Yanakie Reserve, along the Aqueduct  Track,  briefly along  Yarra Glen Road, and then along some new tracks and old, before getting back to A Boy Named Sue Pizza cafe in St Andrews by mid to late afternoon for a well-earned beer or whatever!

Walk details: Starts at parking area opposite Oxley Road on Yanakie Reserve at about 10am. The plan is to walk along Watsons Creek, then up the Melbourne Water reserve to Aqueduct Track at Calwell Road then to Henley Road.

Along the main road briefly to Kangaroo Ground Cemetery then down reserve to Alma Road. Will then follow new Green Wedge Track through reserves and roads to Long Gully Road and up to Motchalls Road. Then we walk across the new track to Clintons Road, back along Clintons Road, right into Smiths Gully Road and up the Queenstown Heritage Track to St Andrews … with the aim of arriving at St Andrews about 3.30pm/4pm.

  • Total walk is about  22 km or thereabouts – there are some possible other joining spots if you feel you would like to do some of it but not all … possibilities include:
    • KG cemetery about 11.15am
    • Long Gully/Motchalls Road  (Melway 264 D10) Lunch? 1pm?
    • Queenstown Trail head (Melway 264 G3) 2.30pm-plus?
  • Some undulations but mostly good tracks or roads.
  • Bring your own lunch and water and dress appropriately for the day.
  • As always … all care, no responsibility!!
  • A booking at café will be made … let us know if you are staying?

Please let us know if you are coming via email  .

Peter and Liz

Details always on the message tree

Queries to Pam McMahon