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Events

The AWA hosts a number of events and activities throughout the year.

These include celebrations around the major holidays (Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving), and our monthly member only activity groups.

Our calendar includes both our public fundraising events and the schedule for our ongoing activities.
  • Tuesday, 5 February 201918:00
    Save the Date!  The 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 5 February.  More information to be posted soon.  
  • Sunday, 16 December 201814:00
    *CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST* AS OF DECEMBER 13TH.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OUR MEMBERS! Please join us for the annual Christmas Cookie Exchange!  To participate, please bring 2 dozen of your favorite cookies, and some empty containers…
  • Wednesday, 12 December 20189:00
    The AWA will be back at the RCH selling homemade goods at the RCH Christmas market!  Please join us - we need help either creating items to sell, or at the stall on the day. Please contact Paula or Andrea if you would like to help!
  • Monday, 10 December 201818:30
    Our friends at the Australian American Association and the AWA Board invite you to a Hawaii Christmas party! When: Monday, December 10, 6:30 for 7pm - 11pm Where: Belgian Beer Cafe, 5 Riverside Quay, Southbank Tickets: Members - $35 for one or…
  • Saturday, 8 December 201810:00
    For the final Brunch of 2018 the gang will be checking out Plain Sailing in Elwood!  Please RSVP to Joy if you'd like to join this group.
  • Saturday, 1 December 201809:00
    *CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF RSVPS* Please join us for a walk of the Tan Track at the Royal Botanical Gardens!  The loop is 3.8km, and we can stop for a coffee or drink afterwards.  Please RSVP to Andrea so I know to expect you, and meet in…
  • Sunday, 25 November 201813:00
    *DEADLINE TO PURCHASE TICKETS IS COB TUESDAY NOVEMBER 20TH*  Please join the AWA for a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner! When: Sunday 25 November 2018 1pm for a 1:30 start Where: George Harris Room, Ikon Park, 400 Royal Parade,…
  • Saturday, 24 November 20188:30-12
    Calling Santa's Little Helpers! The RCH is holding its annual Christmas tree decorating morning on Saturday November 24.  Please join the RCH Foundation team in spreading Christmas cheer around the hospital by decorating Christmas trees and…
  • Tuesday, 20 November 201819:30
    For the last meeting of 2018, we will be reading Bill Bryson's "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid."  From one of the world's most beloved writers and New York Times bestselling author of "One Summer," a vivid, nostalgic and utterly…
  • Thursday, 15 November 201812:00
    To join this group, please contact Miyuki!
  • Saturday, 10 November 201810:00
    Come join the Ladies Who Brunch at the beach just in time for the arrival of warmer weather!  This month we will be visiting Wildlife Bakery in Brunswick East.  Please RSVP to Joy if you'd like to join us!  
  • Tuesday, 30 October 201812:00
    This month Literary Lunch is reading The Improbability of Love  by Hannah Rothschild.  Wickedly funny, this totally engaging, richly observed first novel is a tour de force.  Its sweeping narrative and cast of wildly colourful…
  • Tuesday, 25 September 201812:00
    In September Literary Lunch will be reading True North: The Story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack by Brenda Niall.  Growing up in suburban Perth in the 1920s, the two Durack girls were fascinated by tales of the pioneering past of their…
  • Saturday, 22 September 201810:00
    *PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE* This month Ladies Who Brunch will be checking out St Charly in Carlton!  Please RSVP to Joy if you'd like to join us!
  • Tuesday, 18 September 201819:30
    This month Read Between the Wines is reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced t house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the…
  • Thursday, 13 September 201812:00
    To join this group, please contact Miyuki!
  • Tuesday, 11 September 20186:30pm
    Please join the AWA in welcoming the new US Consul-General, Michael Kleine, to Melbourne.   What: Welcome Dinner Who: Incoming US Consul General Michael Kleine When: Tuesday 11 September from 6:30pm Where: Parliament House Cost:…
  • Tuesday, 29 May 201812:00
    In May, Literary Lunch will be reading Blue Ribbons, Bitter Bread: Joice Loch, Australia's Most Heroic Woman by Susanna de Vries.  The unforgettable story of an Australian bush girl who saved the lives of 1,000 Polish and Jewish children during…
  • Sunday, 27 May 201814:00
    On Sunday, May 27th at 2pm there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance for the American Ex-Servicemen.  All are welcome to come honour those that have served our country.
  • Wednesday, 23 May 201817:30 for 18:30
    *PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE - WILL NOW BE ON WEDNESDAY MAY 23* The first Women in Business Series for 2018 is on Wednesday May 23 at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Southbank.   What: Women in Business Series Who: Speakers will include: …
  • Saturday, 19 May 201810:00
    This month Ladies Who Brunch will be checking out Seven Seeds in Carlton!  If you'd like to join us to check this restaurant out or to talk about life in Melbourne, please RSVP to Joy!  
  • Tuesday, 15 May 201819:30
    This month we are tackling "Where'd you go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple.  Soon to be released as a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchette, this is a whip-smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis following the disappearance of…
  • Thursday, 10 May 201812:00
    To join this group, please contact Miyuki!
  • Tuesday, 8 May 201812:00-14:30
    *This is an annual event from the RCH Auxiliaries* Join us to celebrate, support and fundraise for the world-class nurses at The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), who care for our children, now and into the future.   The Dame Elisabeth…
  • Wednesday, 28 February 201810:00-12:00
    If you would like assistance applying for the Police and Children's checks, please ring the RCH Foundation on 9345 5188 to make an appointment or for more information.  
  • Tuesday, 27 February 201812:00
    The Literary Lunch Group will be meeting on February 27th to discuss Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster. If you would like to join this group, please contact Anne!
  • Monday, 26 February 201810:00-15:00
    AWA Member Lynn Buddenbaum is organising Watercolour Workshops en plein air (painting outdoors) and lunch. What: Watercolour Workshop with Lynn Buddenbaum When: 23 and 26 February, 10am - 3pm Where: Lavandula Lavender Farm, 250 Hepburn-Newstead…
  • Saturday, 24 February 2018TBA
    Interested in champagne, wearing all white, and being a part of Melbourne's most exclusive picnic?  This year, AWA members have an opportunity to be invited to the fourth Le Diner en Blanc, Melbourne.  Read a review about this event,…
  • Friday, 23 February 201819:00 for 20:30 start
    This month Drinks Around Town is heading outdoors!  Being the last month of summer we thought we would take advantage of the warm evenings while we can (and hope there is no rain!) This month Casey will be at the Moonlight Cinemas for the…
  • Friday, 23 February 201810:00-15:00
    AWA Member Lynn Buddenbaum is organising Watercolour Workshops en plein air (painting outdoors) and lunch. What: Watercolour Workshop with Lynn Buddenbaum When: 23 and 26 February, 10am - 3pm Where: Lavandula Lavender Farm, 250 Hepburn-Newstead…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 201812:45 - 14:00
    UPDATE 17 FEB - THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH AND WILL BE AN IN-PERSON EVENT RATHER THAN ONLINE.  PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATE, LOCATION AND TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.   For the first Women in Business Seminar of…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 201817:30
    The first Sensible Social Hour for 2018 will be held on Wednesday, 21 Feb from 5:30-7:30 at the 505 Wine Room, corner of Williams Road and Malvern Road in Hawksburn.  It is super convenient for public transportation and Uber. RSVPs are…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 201810-12
    If you would like assistance applying for the Police and Children's checks, please ring the RCH Foundation on 9345 5188 to make an appointment or for more information.  
  • Saturday, 17 February 201810:00
    This month Ladies Who Brunch will be catching up at Arbory Bar and Eatery in the CBD.  If you'd like to join us and try a new restaurant and talk about all things Melbourne, please RSVP to Joy V!  
  • Wednesday, 14 February 201810-12
    If you would like assistance applying for the Police and Children's checks, please ring the RCH Foundation on 9345 5188 to make an appointment or for more information.  
  • Tuesday, 13 February 201813:30
    You are warmly invited to attend the first Combined Auxiliaries Meeting for 2018.   Please join us on Tuesday 13 February at 1:30pm to learn about a range of new Auxiliary initiatives including the Auxiliaries Legacy Fund, the 150th…
  • Thursday, 8 February 201812:00
    Let's Cook Lunch will once again be meeting on the second Thursday of the month.  For more information on joining this group, please contact Miyuki!
  • Tuesday, 6 February 201819:30
    Read Between the Wines will kick off 2018 with some changes - the group will now be meeting the 3rd Tuesday of every odd month at 7:30pm.   Our first meeting will be on February 6th at Pacific Seafood House in South Yarra - where we will…
  • Saturday, 18 November 201710:00
    Ladies Who Brunch are heading to Mammoth this month.  If you'd like to come along for a yummy brekkie and chin wag about life in Melbourne, then please RSVP to Joy so she can reserve a table!  
  • Tuesday, 14 November 201710-11:30
    The RCH is hosting a morning tea and tour of the Royal Children's Hospital for AWA members.  We will be meeting at 10am at the information desk in the main lobby of the RCH.  Following the tour, we will be meeting with Mary McGowan,…
  • Thursday, 9 November 201712:00
    Please contact Miyuki if you'd like more information or to attend!  
  • Thursday, 9 November 201711:00
    UPDATE 13 SEPTEMBER - FINAL PAYMENT FOR THIS EVENT IS DUE 2ND OCTOBER - PLEASE PAY THE REMAINING BALANCE OF $170 ON THE TRYBOOKING LINK HERE UPDATE 7 JULY - THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST Please join our…
  • Tuesday, 31 October 201711:30 for 12pm
    This month Literary Lunch will be reading Belgravia by Julian Fellowes, a tale of secrets and scandal set in 1840s London.  Karen will be hosting at her home in Camberwell.  If you'd like information regarding and participating in…
  • Sunday, 29 October 201711:00-14:00
    The Halloween Monster Bash is almost here!  Come join us for some family-friendly spooky fun on Sunday, 29 October from 11am-2pm at the Victorian College for the Deaf on St Kilda Road. Tickets can be purchased here  There will be  …
  • Thursday, 26 October 201718:00
    This month Drinks Around Town will be checking out Arlechin, known for its cracking wine and cocktail list.  If you'd like to join us, please RSVP to Casey!
  • Saturday, 21 October 201710:00
    This month Ladies Who Brunch will be catching up at Young Bloods Diner in Fitzroy.  To join us, please RSVP to Joy!
  • Friday, 20 October 201710:00
    Please join me (Andrea) and Miss 3 for a morning at the zoo!  If you'd like to join us, please let me know and we'll coordinate a time/place to meet.
  • Wednesday, 18 October 201717:30
    The ladies of Sensible Social Hour will be gathering at the 505 Cellar in Hawksburn.  If you'd like to come along please RSVP to Lisa!
  • Thursday, 12 October 201712:00
    Please RSVP to Miyuki if you'd like to attend or for more information on this group!
  • Wednesday, 11 October 201719:30
    This month Read Between the Wines is meeting at one of our favourite places- the Pacific Seafood House in South Yarra for dinner and discussion of the book Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke.  In this collection of award-winning short…
  • Monday, 25 September 201709:00
    Please join me and my girls (5 and 3) at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival in Silvan!  This week is Children's Week, and there will be live kids entertainment, a mobile petting zoo, a tractor ride through the tulip fields, face painting and Dutch…
  • Thursday, 21 September 201718:30
    Please join Drinks Around Town welcome Spring with a drink on a rooftop bar overlooking Parliament!  Casey will be hosting this month at Siglo Bar on Spring Street - if it's still a bit chilly they also have great heaters.  Please RSVP to…
  • Monday, 18 September 2017TBA
    The RCH Foundation is holding its annual Auxiliaries Living Treasures event on Monday September 18.  For more information, please contact the RCH Foundation directly.
  • Saturday, 16 September 201710:00
    Join the Ladies Who Brunch to grow your network, catch up on what's happening in Melbourne, and get tips on how to make expat life a bit easier.  This month's chat and chew is at Mr Mister Cafe in Windsor, check out a review here and RSVP to…
  • Thursday, 14 September 201712:00
    Please RSVP to Miyuki for more information or to join this group!  
  • Wednesday, 13 September 201719:30
    Hello Book Lovers!  This month Read Between the Wines is reading Our Souls at Night  by Kent Haruf.  In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters.  Her husband died…
  • Tuesday, 29 August 201711:30
    Literary Lunch will be reading The Last Painting of Sarah de Vos by Dominic Smith this month.  Please RSVP to Anne if you'd like to attend!  
  • Saturday, 26 August 201710:00
    Join the Ladies Who Brunch to grow your network, catch up on what's happening in Melbourne, and get tips on how to make expat life a bit easier.  This month's chat and chew will be at The Grain Store in the city.  Please RSVP to Joy if…
  • Wednesday, 23 August 201710:00
    **UPDATE** I NO LONGER HAVE MY TOT WITH ME ON WEDNESDAYS SO WILL NOT MAKE THE SCHEDULED EVENT TOMORROW AUGUST 23RD.  WE ARE FREE TO MEET ON FRIDAY THIS WEEK, IF ANYONE WANTS TO CATCH UP THEN PLEASE EMAIL ANDREA ON ABRUNING15@GMAIL.COM AND…
  • Thursday, 17 August 201718:30
    Drinks Around Town has a new leader, Casey, and for her first time hosting has chosen La La Land, a cool bar with exposed brick walls, leather sofas, cocktails, wine and gourmet pizzas.  Please RSVP to Casey if you'd like to join her and other…
  • Wednesday, 16 August 201717:30
    The ladies of Sensible Social Hour will be meeting up this month for drinks and conversation at the 505 Wine Room in Hawksburn- if you'd like to join them or have any questions about this group, please RSVP to Lisa!
  • Thursday, 10 August 201712:00
    Let's Cook Lunch is meeting on August 10th.  Please RSVP to Miyuki if you'd like more information or to attend!  
  • Wednesday, 9 August 201719:30
    This month Read Between the Wines is reading "The Boys in the Boat," the true story of the epic effort of a University of Washington rowing crew who went onto win gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.  Andrea is hosting at her home in Box Hill…
  • Monday, 7 August 201719:00
    Please join fellow cinema lovers at Movie Night!  This year's theme is Women in Film (directors or female POV) with viewings mostly on Monday and Tuesday nights which are discount nights in Melbourne.  It's not only an $8.50 discount movie…
  • Thursday, 27 July 201718:30
    This month we're reviving Drinks Around Town, a group that meets once a month at a different watering hole in Melbourne for a drink and a catch up.  I'm happy to host this month, but am looking for volunteers to take over from August.  If…
  • Tuesday, 25 July 201711:30
    This month Literary Lunch is reading The Good People by Hannah Kent. Please RSVP to Anne if you'd like to attend!  
  • Saturday, 22 July 201710:00
    This month we'll be brunching at Auction Rooms in North Melbourne.  Please RSVP to Joy if you'd like to attend so she can reserve a table.
  • Friday, 21 July 201710:00
    Please join us for a play and a cuppa at Moms N Tots!  This month we'll be headed to Bayside and Play Central in Port Melbourne.  It's a huge playcentre with the usual climbing frame, but also little rooms (supermarket, cafe etc) perfect…
  • Monday, 17 July 2017TBA
    *This event will happen on either 17 or 18 July* Please join fellow cinema lovers at Movie Night!  This year's theme is Women in Film (directors or female POV) with viewings mostly on Monday and Tuesday evenings which are discounted movie…
  • Thursday, 13 July 201712:00
    Let's Cook Lunch is meeting on Thursday July 13th.  If you like to cook and try new recipes, please RSVP to Miyuki for more info on this group.  
  • Wednesday, 12 July 201719:30
    This month Read Between the Wines is reading "The Course of Love" by Alain de Botton.  Please RSVP to Dina if you'd like to join us for book discussion, yummy nibbles and casual conversation.
  • Sunday, 9 July 201719:30
    This month Read Between the Wines is reading "The Boys in the Boat," the true story of the University of Washington rowing crew who went on to win gold at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.  Andrea will be hosting at her home in Box Hill…
  • Tuesday, 4 July 201718:00
    Happy 4th of July!  Please join us for dinner at TGI Fridays Southbank for an all-American celebration.  Partners and kids welcome.  Please RSVP to Andrea as spaces are limited.  
  • Saturday, 24 June 201710:00
    The Ladies Who Brunch will be meeting at Friends of Mine in Richmond this month.  Please RSVP to Joy if you'd like to attend so she can reserve a table!  
  • Thursday, 22 June 201710:00
    PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE - NOW ON JUNE 22ND! Please join me for a cuppa and a chat about all things Melbourne.  We'll be meeting at Bowery to Williamsburg, which has good coffee, bagels and even Hershey's and Reese's.  Please RSVP to…
  • Wednesday, 21 June 201717:30
    Sensible Social Hour is on for Wednesday 21 June at 5:30pm!  For anyone who would like to meet with other AWA Ladies for a glass or two of wine while de-stressing after a day of doing what you do.  Please come to the 505 Wine Bar on the…
  • Wednesday, 21 June 201710:00
    Please join me and Miss 3 for a play and a cuppa at Latitude in Heidelberg.  Please RSVP to Andrea if you'd like to come along!
  • Saturday, 17 June 20171:30
    Calling all Rugby Fans!  The Melbourne Storm have contacted the AWA and invited members and friends to attend Multicultural Day THIS Saturday, June 17!  There will be a community festival starting at 1:30pm and a match between the Storm…
  • Wednesday, 14 June 201719:30
    This month we will be reading Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.  Please RSVP to Asiya if you'd like to attend!
  • Wednesday, 14 June 201712:45
    This month the Literary Lunch group is going on a field trip to visit the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Elsternwick.  If you would like to attend or find out more information about this outing or group, please RSVP to Anne.
  • Tuesday, 13 June 201718:00
    Please join fellow cinema lovers at Movie Night!  This year's theme is Women in Film (directors or female POV)  with viewings mostly on Monday and Tuesday nights which are discount movie nights in Melbourne.  In June, we are watching…
  • Thursday, 8 June 201712:00
    Let's Cook Lunch will be meeting on June 8th.  Please RSVP to Miyuki if you'd like to join this group!
  • Sunday, 28 May 201713:50
    Held at the Shrine of Remembrance on American Memorial Day to commemorate those Americans who died in defence of our nations.  To be followed by a reception at the Western Gallery of the Shrine.  There is no charge to attend this event,…
  • Thursday, 11 May 201712:00
    If you love cooking and conversation and would like to join this group, please contact Miyuki for more information!
  • Thursday, 13 April 201712:00
    Let's Cook Lunch will be meeting on April 13th this month.  For more information on this group, please contact Miyuki.
  • Tuesday, 28 February 201711:30
    Literary Lunch group will be meeting for the first time in 2017 on Tuesday, Feb 28th.  It was decided at the last meeting in December that books this year will have a historical interest... and the first choice is the classic Gone with the Wind…
  • Friday, 24 February 201710:00
    *** CHANGE OF DATE***  COFFEE MORNING IS NOW ON FEB 24TH!  SORRY FOR THE LATE NOTICE AND INCONVENIENCE   Please join us for a cuppa at Bowery to Williamsburg in the City!  If you'd like to come along, please let me (Andrea) know…
  • Sunday, 19 February 201718:00
    Join fellow movie lovers as Movie Night gets started for 2017!  This year's theme is Women in Film with viewings mostly on Monday or Tuesday, which are discount movie nights in Melbourne.  February's movie is a special screening of Hidden…