Canberra Modern is an annual calendar of engaging events celebrating the modernist spirit of the National Capital. This year’s program will be presented from 13 April to 5 May as a key part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival and will highlight mid-century modern architecture, art, interior design and vintage culture in Canberra. As part of Canberra Modern, there will be a talk on ‘Australians and the Marimekko mystique 1954-75’ on Monday 15 April 5.30-7pm. Interior design historian and curator Catriona Quinn will reveal the fascinating history of how Australian’s mid-century passion for Marimekko fabrics made us one of their earliest and most important markets. The talk will be held at the Australian Institute of Architects, 2a Mugga Way, Red Hill. Cost: $20. For more information or to book, visit canberramodern.com
Rumble in the jungle
The Jungle Collective is hosting their second pop-up indoor plant sale in Canberra this weekend, 30-31 March, at the Fitters Workshop, Kingston. Prices range from: $5-$20 for small plants, $20-$40 for medium, and $40-$150 for rare/large varieties. There will also be on-site horticulturalists to answer your questions, EFTPOS, as well as tips and advice on display about plant care.
Free to attend, book your spot via Eventbrite. Sessions are 8-10am, 10am-12pm, 12-2pm and 2-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Harvest open day
Queanbeyan Sustainability Group (QSG) will open the Railway Park Organic Community Garden (Henderson Road, Queanbeyan) to the community for harvest day on Saturday 13 April 9.30am-12pm. Come along and see the worm farms and different composting systems. There will also be seasonal planting guides and information about composting, free seeds, herb cuttings and iris bulbs. Seedlings, pre-loved gardening magazines and books, and morning tea (at 10.30am) will be available for a gold coin donation. All welcome, entry is free.
Mad Paws egg hunt
Pet sitting network Mad Paws is hosting the world’s largest Easter Egg Hunt for dogs with synchronised hunts in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and Brisbane. Locally, the Easter egg hunt will take place at the Yarralumla Dog Park on Saturday 13 April 12-2pm. While the event will feature entirely dog-friendly Easter Eggs, pet owners are reminded it is dangerous to feed chocolate to dogs. The egg hunt is free and open to everyone.
For more information, find Mad Paws on Facebook [@madpawsau].
Battery World is helping to keep families safe by swapping their old smoke alarm batteries for new – free of charge. Battery World South Canberra’s Mark Roberts, along with Battery World Belconnen, said every year the national retailer throws its support behind the firies’ call to change batteries at the end of daylight savings. This year, to further encourage families to do it, smoke alarm batteries will be free – the catch is you have to come to the store and bring in your old ones for new. “We understand people might come in for extended family, so we will happily give you as many as 20 batteries for your old ones,” Mark said.
Out of this world
Launching in June through all major Australian toy retailers, Treasure X Aliens from Moose Toys is set to be one of the season’s hottest toys. The product has already won the Action Figure of the Year award at the 2019 Australian Toy Awards as well as Parents Magazine’s award for best unboxing experience at the New York Toy Fair in February. Treasure X Alien Hunters single pack, RRP $30.