Flag ceremony: Monash Council is holding a flag-raising ceremony at 8.45am on Saturday outside the civic centre at 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley. Australia Day ambassador Rachael Robertson, who recently returned from an expedition in the Antarctic, will be speaking. The Oakleigh City Band will also be performing and there will be a free barbecue.
Sweet art: The Town and Country Cake Decorators Group will be holding sugar art display and demonstrations at noon on Saturday at 35 Boyanna Road, Glen Waverley. Details: Jan Murphy, 0416 180 848.
Walking the line: Waverley Bushwalking Club is having an Australia Day walk at 9am on Saturday at the Jells Park Teahouse in Wheelers Hill. The walk will take about 2½ hours and participants should bring good walking shoes, water, hats, sunscreen, insect repellent, a light jacket and a morning snack. Details: Tony Walther, 9562 2227.
Eye on the ball: Monash Croquet Club is holding an introductory session of croquet at 4.15pm on Saturday at Electra Reserve, off Electra Avenue, Ashwood. Participants will be paired with an experienced player who will show them how to play. The game is suitable for adults, who must wear flat shoes and be able to walk easily for at least 30 minutes. Details: Jean Deacon, 9803 3433.
Clever carpentry: Waverley Woodworkers are holding wood turning demonstrations at 11am on Saturday at 2 Windsor Avenue, Mount Waverley. Parking is available at Jordanville station. Please watch your step when you enter the venue. Details: Tom Phillips, 9802 7821.
Celebrating culture: The Pilipino Elderly Association of South East Region is holding a community barbecue at noon on Saturday at Talbot Park in Centre Road, Clayton. There will be traditional games, dishes and music. Details: Feliciano Roxas 9551 5416 or Julie Nyitray on 0438 533 215.
Precious stones: Waverley Gem Club is holding an open day at 9.30am on Saturday on 329 Waverley Road, Mount Waverley. Visitors can see mineral displays and watch members creating their own jewellery. Details: Anna Miu, 0403 451 208.
All welcome: The Notting Hill Neighbourhood House is having a family fun day at 10am on Saturday on 37 Westerfield Drive, Notting Hill. There will be a barbecue, songs, games, face painting and arts and crafts. Details: Kath Taylor on 0403 010 510.
Time travel: Waverley Historical Society is holding an open day at 11am on Saturday at the Mount Waverley library, 41 Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley. There will be displays of artefacts, photographs, maps and a quiz. Details: Margaret Boyes, 9807 3408.