Variety act builds a stage
MOUNT BEAUTY Neighbourhood Centre has launched a fundraising program to improve the building’s fabric and make the centre’s facilities more accessible to the community.
The next event will be a dinner and show hosted by Roi’s restaurant in Tawonga.
‘ Varietyville’, a program of comedy skits and circus acts, will be staged on Monday at 6.30pm.
Centre manager Trish Dixon said it was to be a night of fun and participants were encouraged to dress up in exotic, stylish or cocktail garb.
Profits will be added to the $14,000 donated to the centre from the Soweto Gospel Choir concert last year, arranged by the late David Vigo, as well as many generous donations from community groups and individuals, such as a $1000 gift from the Mt Beauty Art Group.
Ms Dixon said that the renovations are to cost about $34,000.
“The roof over the ( building) deck leaks and will need to be mended, and the decking itself will be replaced and extended to accommodate more diners in the Rose Garden Café,” Ms Dixon said.
“Because we have recently installed a re-charge point for electric scooters, we need to build a disabled ramp onto the deck so that the re-charge point will be available out of hours.
“We will also cut a new door in the outside wall of the building so that our toilet facilities can be accessed when necessary during sporting and similar events.
“Our motto is ‘Community Supporting Community’ and we provide outreach services, courses, self- help groups, information technology services and support, health awareness and exercise, business services, café facilities for training opportunities, catering and venue hire and so much more – all delivered by a few part-time staff and a huge bank of volunteers.
Ms Dixon said the centre’s course term booklet was valued in the community not only for course information but as a directory of community and supporting groups.
“To produce this booklet is a costly business and our sponsors help make this happen,” she said.
She also said the community was committed to the centre she was grateful for the support offered.
Tickets for ‘Varietyville’ can be reserved by telephoning 03 5754 1166.
BETTER DECKING: Workers at the Mt Beauty Neighbourhood Centre – Jake Budding, manager Trish Dixon, Darren Sutherland, Penny Goebel and David Talbot – are looking forward to raising enough money to enlarge and repair the rose garden deck at the back of the building.