Community calendar and gig guide – July 6, 2016

The Ska Vendors and The Bosscats. (Joe Mastroianni)

Get hopping to ska

Local favourites The Ska Vendors will perform at an afternoon of soul, reggae and ska in Williamstown on Sunday.

Way Out West and the Newport Ska and Reggae Festival will present Hop It To The Top, also featuring Pat Powell, Lady Voodoo and The Rituals, and The Bosscats. From 2pm at the Way Out West Roots Music Club (Williamstown RSL Club), 128 Ferguson Street, Williamstown.

Tickets cost $15 or $10 for WOW members.


Eid festival

Celebrate the end of Ramadan with the Newport Islamic Society Western Suburbs, 11am-10pm, July 9 and 10, at Seaworks in Williamstown. Rides, food, showbags, entertainment and competitions for all ages. Free entry. Details and stall bookings:

■ 0425 210 200 or 0412122463


Christmas in July

Enjoy Christmas dinner, Devonshire tea, decoration displays, cooking displays and festive activities until July 14. Events are held at Altona’s Louis Joel centre and Altona Homestead.



Cooking up flavours of old and new, fresh and smooth, deep and recycled in a Songcircle-style performance, with stories and jams straight from the Fringe Camp, will launch NAIDOC Week at Footscray Community Arts Centre, 6pm Thursday, July 7. Bring your instruments and share in music.


Candidates call

Maribyrnong council will be holding two free sessions for people who are considering standing as candidates in this October’s local government elections. A workshop for women will be held from 7-9pm Monday, July 18, (RSVP by July 14) and a general session will be held from 7-9pm Monday, July 25, (RSVP by July 21). or 9688 0287


Charter night

The Lions clubs of Altona and Williamstown are inviting people to the official charter night of the new Leo Club of Hobsons Bay. It’s on at 6.30pm on Friday, July 8, at Williamstown RSL, 128 Ferguson Street, Williamstown. There’s a two course dinner for $25.

■ 0474 217 058, 9395 2733 or





Thursday, July 8

Xheka Quintet add their own spin to jazz standards, funk, and soul and blues, breathing new life into old favourites. From 8pm, free entry.

223 Barkly Street, Footscray


Rose of Australia

Friday, July 8

LARRiKiN will play rocking rhythm and blues in the wine bar. From 8pm, free entry.

54 Ferguson Street, Williamstown


Pirates Tavern

Friday, July 8

Los Pauncheros Band plays alternative country and blues. From 8pm, free entry.

82 Nelson Place, Williamstown


Altona Sports Club

Fridays and Saturdays

Karaoke on Friday nights and a live band on Saturday nights. Food trucks out the back. From 9.30pm-1am, free entry.

11 Altona Road, Altona