OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE 2017
On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July, over 200 buildings around Melbourne will open their doors to the public. 84 new buildings have been added to the program this year and Open House’s footprint has been extended further into new suburbs Beaumaris, Bangholme, Brighton, Dandenong, Essendon, La Trobe, Mill Park and Ringwood.
A notable tour in the program includes the RMIT New Academic Street (CBD) project, where visitors will be guided by the NAS Project Team and RMIT Students around the new facilities.
In 2017, Open House Melbourne has evolved into a public architecture organisation that empowers citizens to be active participants in the building of their city. An annual program of talks, tours, workshops and interviews explore issues, challenges and success stories of Melbourne‘s built environment. Some of the stunning residential properties in the program require pre-booking and this will be open on 17 July. Visit http://www.openhousemelbourne.
RUN MELBOURNE BRAND NEW EVENT, THE RUN MELBOURNE FRIENDSHIP DASH ON SATURDAY 29 JULY 2017
For the first time ever, Run Melbourne invites Melburnians and their friends (including the furry ones!) to take part in a new, free event suitable for the whole family – the 3km Run Melbourne Friendship Dash, taking place on Saturday 29 July. Inspired by cities such as New York City and Tokyo – both of which host a similar event – Run Melbourne Friendship Dash participants can walk, skip or jog their way around the Yarra River, as a standalone activity or the perfect way to kick off the ultimate running race weekend, with the iconic Run Melbourne presented by lululemon series occurring the following day (Sunday 30 July).
Leading the 3K Friendship Dash will be multiple World Record holder and Paralympic gold medallist, Kelly Cartwright. At the early age of 15, Kelly was forced to make the most difficult decision of her life –amputate her right leg to give her the best chance of survival, or face radical surgery to remove the cancer but risk it spreading through the rest of her body. Kelly chose amputation, conquered her challenges, and became one of Australia’s most phenomenal athletes. “We only get one body and one chance at life, so for me it’s about making the most out of it and feeling the best you can. I love that the Friendship Dash is for anyone and everyone! It really brings Melbourne together and gives people the chance to stay active this winter,” said Cartwright.
“2017 is Run Melbourne’s 10th anniversary and such an incredible milestone for the event. We wanted to give back to the community and the people who make this city so wonderful. The Run Melbourne Friendship Dash is a great way for everyone of all age groups and capabilities to get involved, and dogs are even welcome too,” said Lisa Holmes, CEO of Sole Motive, which has been powering Run Melbourne since 2008.
Run Melbourne Friendship Dash participants will receive a commemorative bracelet that celebrates friendship and running this city. Together with Run Melbourne presented by lululemon on Sunday 30 July, the Run Melbourne festival is expected to attract over 20,000 participants across the four events: the 3K Friendship Dash, a Half-Marathon, a 10K run and a 5K run.
EASTLAND ICE SKATING
The magic of ice skating is only a stones throw away at Eastland at the Ringwood Town Square. The ice skating rink at Eastland is open now until Thursday 31st August giving Melburnians a taste of what its like to skate under the starry lights and discover a winter wonderland.
A ticket includes skates and gives you a 45 minute session on the ice with sessions beginning on the hour every hour. Customers who spend $20 at any of our Town Square Restaurants will receive a free ticket to the undercover ice skating rink (subject to terms and conditions) or tickets can be booked at the box office located in Ringwood Town Square opposite David Jones or online.
Skating Hours 11.00am – 8.00pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11.00am – 10.00pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 9pm Sunday
All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to charity.
Be sure to bring your winter woollies and jackets and thick socks so you can stay comfy while you skate.