Halloween is fast approaching! Get ready to set the Jack-o-lanterns out to ward off any evil spirits that might cross your threshold or hungry vampires searching for their next bloodcurdling meal.
After 10 years of carving intricate lanterns, Camperdown’s Marty Howells shares the basics to get you started and joining in the ghostly fun.
Learn the art of Jack-o-lantern carving, find out who it’s namesake ‘Stingy Jack’ was and how the whole Halloween festival began more than 2000 years ago with the pagan Celts.
Halloween is set for this Saturday, October 31, so check out Marty’s tips and get your lanterns started.
If you have ever thought of learning how to crochet, now is the perfect opportunity with Sharon Heard -- Corangamite Shire’s own crocheting guru – providing a step-by-step beginners guide to the craft.
Learn a new stitch each week, how to hold a hook, which wools are best, how to read patterns and end up with a plush, cuddly throw rug for your efforts.
Pick your colours, get creative and watch the below to start your project.
Download Sharon's instructions:
Week 1 Square(PDF, 177KB)
Week 2 Square(PDF, 123KB)
Week 3 Square(PDF, 113KB)
Week 4 Square(PDF, 116KB)
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Bella Coco Crochet is a website to help you learn to crochet. Bringing you fantastic tutorials for crochet for beginners. Find amazing free crochet patterns.
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Learning to crochet:
Join skilled artists from Victoria to learn in detail a sustainable fashion technique you can apply at home. Enhance your wardrobe and reduce your impact. Complete these courses at your own pace.
Access to the courses are free thanks to support from the National Wool Museum and the City of Greater Geelong – helping artists and participants during the pandemic.
Find out here
Learn or help a loved one develop skills to stay savy online or with technology with beconnected.esafety.gov.au. Their site includes free courses to help develop skills such as accessing the internet, making video calls, and accessing myGov.
Take a virtual tour of the NGV online and see some of the incredible art on display at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Virtual Tour here
A world of museum experiences at home
If you're feeling like a cooped up critter or a nervous numbat, we can relate. Whilst Melbourne Museum’s doors might be closed, there’s still a whole lot of magic going on. They have curated their best online content for you to enjoy from the couch including virtual tours, online collections, and puzzles!
Experiences at Home
Learning a language with Duolingo is fun and addictive. Earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up. Available in your browser and with iPhone and Android apps for FREE. There is currently 38 languages including Spanish, French, German, and Japanese.
A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Courses range from arts & humanities, science, computing, economics, and life skills.
Ted is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
These talks can be viewed on the Ted website, Youtube or with TED app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store.
Learn a mindful approach. Explore guided exercises, videos, and more to help you get healthier and happier. Headspace has plenty of free content to get underway.
Headspace can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple Store and videos are frequently posted on Youtube.
Check out this collection of free online courses, webinars, events and resources from Upskill Your Business so you can become more business savvy.