Mamma Mia! Here we go again. Fundraiser screening Sunday 29 July

Sunday 29 July, 2.00 pm
Palace Balwyn, 231 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
$15 per ticket ($5.00 from every ticket sold will go towards fundraising for beyondblue)

Join us at Palace Cinema Balwyn for a special fundraiser screening to support beyondblue and help us make a difference to the lives of people in Australia affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.

Ten years after MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA, starring the film’s original cast and new additions including Cher. You don't want to miss it!

Contact Anna Vlass 0439 317 384 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Film Night 10 August - West of Sunshine

Join us at the Melbourne International Film Festival and find out for yourself why Jason Raftopoulos' film West of Sunshine recieved a five minute standing ovation after its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September 2017.
Written and directed by IPS member Jason Raftopoulos, West of Sunshine tells the story about a father who has less than a day to pay back a debt to a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he is forced by his ex-wife to look after their young son. As he grows increasingly desperate in his ways to pay back the debt, he is taken on a journey to confront his addiction and let go of his past.

West of Sunshine was shot over 18 days in Melbourne and is based on Raftopoulos' award-winning 2011 short film Father's Day.

Jason is the son of Dennis and Chrissie Raftopoulos, long standing members of the Ithacan Philanthropic Society.
The Ithacan Philanthropic Society has purchased a number of tickets for its members to see Jason's film.
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Theatre afternoon Saturday 18 August - Scaramouche Jones

For all you theatre buffs, we invite you to join us at the Arts Centre for the production of British playwright Justin Butcher’s extraordinary one-man play, Scaramouche Jones starring acclaimed theatre, film and television actor Colin Friels.

First performed by celebrated English actor, the late Pete Postlethwaite in 2001, Scaramouche Jones broke box-office records in the UK and toured internationally. This brand new production features Colin Friels in his first solo theatre performance, and reunites him with influential film and theatre director Alkinos Tsilimidos, following their award-winning collaboration on 2012’s Red.

Butcher’s poignant tale begins as an ancient clown stops to reflect on the extraordinary fortunes of his life; orphaned on the wharfs in Trinidad, apprenticed to a travelling snake charmer and drawn into tragic circumstances as a gravedigger at Auschwitz. In turn, Scaramouche Jones explores some of the darkest episodes of the 20th Century and the universal themes of loneliness and family, albeit laced with the consummate wit of the circus clown.

In this challenging role, performed in Arts Centre Melbourne’s most intimate theatre, Colin Friels strips away the comic masks of Scaramouche Jones to deliver a performance that is curious, comic, epic, tragic and totally unmissable.

Director Alkinos Tsilimidis is the son of Tasia and Spiro Tsilimidis and grandson of Alkinos Paizis a former president of the Ithacan Philanthropic Society.  Alkinos has been described as one of Australia’s most important contemporary film directors. His début feature film, Everynight… Everynight (1994) was awarded Best First Film (Prix D’Montreal) at the Montreal World Film Festival and was in Official Selection at the Venice International Film Festival.

His second feature, Silent Partner (2001) was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the AFI and Film Critics Circle Awards and was in Official Selection at Toronto, Montreal, Newport, Athens, Singapore and Bangkok film festivals. In 2004 his film Tom White received thirty-one Australian feature film award nominations. Alkinos made his theatrical debut with John Logan’s Red for the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2012.

How to book your tickets

The Ithacan Philanthropic Society has purchased a number of A Reserve seats. To secure your seat, contact Anna Vlass 0439 317 384 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Winery Lunch at Vines Helen's Hill, Coldstream Sunday 9 September

Sunday 9 September
1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Vines at Helen’s Hill, Coldstream
$78 per person (includes drinks)

Join us in the picturesque Yarra Valley for a delicious three course lunch. Only 45 minutes from the CBD, you’ll feel like you’re in another world at Vines Winery.

Prior to the lunch a service will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church, Presentation of Our Lady to the Temple, 7 Macedon Avenue, Balwyn North, to celebrate Panayias Katharon with Artoklasia – the blessing of the loaves.

To book contact Loula Coutsouvelis 0431 489 687, Eugenia Vlass-Tsalikis 0413 412 181 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A bus will be organised for those who require transport to and from the winery.

1 August

Join us for Open Day at 'the Club'

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Come into the clubrooms and enjoy a casual chat with familiar faces and good coffee! Open Day is held once a month on the first Thursday of every month, unless it is a Bingo Day when Open Day will be the second Thursday. It is casual, fun and a great opportunity to chat with other Ithacans about the football, world events, your next Ithacan summer holiday or anything else that takes your fancy. We hope to see you there. All welcome.

For further details please contact Peter Paxinos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone the club on 9670 0230.

Open Day dates for 2018  from 11am are:

Thursday 8 February

Thursday 8 March

Thursday 19 April

Thursday 3 May

Thursday 14 June

Thursday 12 July

Thursday 9 August

Thursday 6 September

Thursday 4 October

Thursday 1 November

Thursday 29 November


Kourabiedes Cooking Class 25 November



Sunday 25 November
11.00 am - 1.30 pm
$10 per person
The Ithacan Historical Society invites you to the final cooking class for 2018 featuring KOURABIEDES.
Learn to make this traditional Greek Christmas delight!! Numbers are limited to  

For bookings email Peter Raftopoulos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sunday 17 June 11.00 am Dips and Tiropites (fully booked)

Sunday 21 October 11.00  am Kourabiedes (fully booked)



Bingo Dates For 2018- ΗΜΕΡΟΜΗΝΙΕΣ ΜΠΙΓΚΟ ΓΙΑ ΤO 2018

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THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY                                                                                                                       

THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY                                                                                           

THURSDAY 1 MARCH                                                                                                               

THURSDAY 15 MARCH                                                                                                           

THURSDAY 29 MARCH             

THURSDAY 12 APRIL                                                                                                                  

THURSDAY 26 APRIL                                                                                                                   

THURSDAY 10 MAY                                                                                                                    

THURSDAY 24 MAY                                                                                                                    

THURSDAY 7 JUNE                                                                                                                     

THURSDAY 21 JUNE                                                                                                                


THURSDAY 19 JULY                                                                                                                     

THURSDAY 2 AUGUST                                                                                                                       

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THURSDAY 30 AUGUST                                                                                                             

THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER                                                                                                      

THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER                                                                                                      

THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER                                                                                                                        

THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER                                                                                                                      

THURSDAY 8 NOVEMBER                                                                                                                     

THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER                                                                                                     

THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER           FINAL BINGO FOR 2018 AND BINGO CHRISTMAS LUNCH