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Sophia looks at artwork by torchlight at a previous Nocturnal event. 82500 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

Nocturnal night walks
ARTISTS will bring central Dandenong to life during Nocturnal, and guided night walks will help visitors make the most of it.
The torch-lit walks are family-friendly and free, but bookings are essential.
– Central Dandenong. Wednesday 4, Tuesday 5, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 June, 6pm. Visit www.greaterdandenong.com for bookings.
A group for men
JOIN a monthly men’s group at The Open Door.
This month participants will watch a DVD and discuss it afterwards. Those who attend will be able to enjoy an easy time in the company of others in a relaxed and comfortable setting.
– The Open Door, 110 Ann Street, Dandenong. Thursday 5 June, 12.30pm to 2pm. A pizza lunch will be provided. A gold coin donation is suggested. Call 9791 8664 for more information.
Dine global
LEARN how to replicate the flavours of the world’s best roasted street food at home in this cooking demonstration series at Dandenong Market.
The Central American sandwich pan con lechon and the Kenyan nyama choma will be among four dishes on the menu.
– The Kitchen, Dandenong Market, Cleeland Street, Dandenong. Fridays 6, 13, 20 and 27 June, noon to 1pm.
Winter DIY projects
BUNNINGS Warehouse in Dandenong, Keysborough and Springvale will host free DIY workshops each weekend in June.
It will cover window and storage solutions, energy and water saving advice and more. Free kids workshops will include craft activities, mosaic workshops and more.
– Bunnings Warehouses Dandenong, 1-5 Gladstone Road, Keysborough, corner Springvale and Cheltenham roads, phone 8792 9500, and Springvale, 849 Princes Highway, 8558 7300. Saturdays and Sundays throughout June. Adult workshops are held at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Kids Workshop times vary.
Dreams and inspiration
ART Seekers: The Exhibition is a celebration and exploration of stories and dreams that inspire artists at the Art Seeker Studios.
– Heritage Hill Museum and Historical Gardens, 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong. Until 22 June, 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Friday and noon to 4pm Sundays. Call Melissa Banks on 9699 8299 for more information.
Music gets cool
FREE concerts will herald the cooler months, with the winter component of Greater Dandenong’s Hot and Cool music program at the Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre kicking off.
The eight concerts include electronic artist Gillian Lever and her band The Vainglories presenting a range of melancholic melodies and lullabies, and Noriko Tadano taking the audience to the exotic east with traditional Japanese folk instrument the shamisen.
– Sunday 8 June, 2pm. Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, corner Walker and Robinson streets, Dandenong. Call 9706 8441.
World in miniature
DISCOVER the world of plastic models including dinosaurs, military, cars, sci-fi and more at the Model Expo.
There’ll be demonstrations, displays, swap and sell, competitions and more.
– Sandown Racecourse. Saturday 7 June, 11am to 5pm, Sunday 8 June, 10am to 5pm, and Monday 9 June, 10am to 5pm. Visit www.modelexpo.com.au for more information.
Light and night
PARTICIPANTS will put discussions about night photography into practice in central Dandenong at the Light Painting Photography Workshop.
The workshop will include a viewing and discussion of David Stephenshon’s photographic exhibition currently on show at Walker Street Gallery.
– Walker Street Gallery, corner Walker and Robinson streets, Dandenong. Tuesday 10 June, 3.30pm to 8.30pm. $30 per person. Visit www.rebeccaclaire.com.au, email info@rebeccaclaire.com.au or call 0403 221 178 for bookings or more information.
Celebrate refugees
REFUGEE Week celebrations in Dandenong for 12 to 25-year-olds will include storytelling and a dance party.
From 4.30pm to 6.30pm, young people and their families will be invited to share their experiences and Melbourne Playback Theatre Company will develop these into short skits.
From 7pm to 11.30pm, the Ballistik Dance Party will feature DJs playing hip hop, dance and Afghan music, dance crews, rappers, competitions and prizes.
– The Castle, Hemmings Park, Princes Highway, Dandenong. Saturday 21 June. RSVP for the storytelling session to Diana at diana@seaac.org.au or on 9530 4986. For more information about the dance party, call Nick Karlas on 9793 2155.
Detox Your Home Day
DISPOSE of common household chemicals without harming health or the environment.
The collected items at Detox Your Home are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.
– Springvale. Saturday 21 June, 8am to 4pm. Register online at sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxmobile or call 1800 353 233.
Joseph and his coat
WINDMILL Theatre Company will perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Dandenong next month.
Joseph is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams, but his jealous brothers sell him into slavery in Egypt where he endures adventures that challenge his spirit and humanity.
– Drum Theatre, corner Lonsdale and Walker streets, Dandenong. Friday 20 June, 8pm, Saturday 21 June, 2pm and 8pm, Sunday 22 June, 2pm, Friday 27 June, 8pm, Saturday 28 June, 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday 29 June, 2pm. Tickets from $36. Call 9771 6666 or visit www.drumtheatre.com.au.