Va­ri­ety act builds a stage

Alpine Observer - - What’s On - By ALEX CRAIG

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.

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