* Beth McGill: Feather Paintings. Zimmerman Contemporary Art Gallery has exhibited Beth McGill's feather paintings for just over a year. During this time, a range of New Zealand birds have featured on McGill's plumose canvases, from the treasured kiwi to the plucky tui. Her deft and delicate feather paintings are the product of a keen eye, light touch and steady hand. This curious menagerie of the native and exotic is testament to the artist's skill, McGill capturing the personality of both common and endangered birds. Based in Palmerston North, McGill holds a Diploma of Art and Creativity (with honours). We welcome you to call by Zimmerman this month to view McGill's most recent feather works. Venue: Zimmerman Contemporary Art Gallery. Time: 10am.
* Hello World. Showcases the work from students graduating from UCOL's Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging (BAVI) and Diploma in Photographic Imaging (Palmerston North Campus). Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am.
* Malu Minar. International touring exhibition of indigenous artworks from the Torres Strait region, exploring issues of colonisation, Christianity, environment, the realities of globalisation and the maintenance of culture. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am.
* Matatau 2012. The exhibition features a group of undergraduate and post-graduate students from Te Pūtahi a Toi, the School of Māori Studies. The works range across painting, sculpture and digital media exploring themes of customary narratives, language retention, environmental protection, ritual integrity and protest against asset sales. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am.
* Richard Parker: Master of Craft. A retrospective exhibition of ceramics by Northland potter Richard Parker, covering 80 works, created over 35 years and highlighting his exuberant hand-building method and bold spontaneous application of glazes. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am.
* Whenu Tu; Aho Pae - Cloaks at Te Manawa. The exhibition aims to demonstrate that kakahu are a living art form by showcasing selected customary kakahu of historical and regional significance from the Te Manawa Museum collection alongside contemporary examples from local and national practitioners. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am.
Thursday, January 17
* Summer Holiday Programme. Today, Day Camp: Today we will create tents, complete team building challenges and build confidence. Friday, day out in Foxton: trip to the beach to compete in a sand castle building competition as well as do some exploring while enjoying the beach. Monday, closed. Tuesday, Live Angry birds round 2, Wednesday, Wet & Wild day (blow up water slide coming our way). For more information phone 357 5323 or email us on email@example.com. Venue: After School Adventures, Palmerston North. Time: 8am. Admission: Daily fee - $29.
* The Buzz Holiday Programme. Today and Friday. A one week holiday programme for primary aged children (year 1-6). Indoor and outdoor games, dancing, singing, crafts, in-house movies, laughter and great food. WINZ subsidies may apply. Register now - email: the firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 357 9411. Venue: St Albans Presbyterian Church. Time: 9am. Admission: 9am-4pm daily session - $25.50, 9am-3pm daily session - $22.
* Handmade Exhibition. Daily except Monday. Craft pieces from local artists. Phone 323 2323 for more information. Venue: Feilding & District Art Centre. Time: 10am.
* Aquacise. This class is ideal for people who are curious about aqua. It is an easy introductory class that delivers higher levels over time. Upbeat music and motivation from an enthusiastic instructor. Venue: Foxton Pool. Time: 6pm. Admission: Adult - $6, Senior/beneficiary/student - $5.
Friday, January 18
* Feilding Farmers Market. Venue: Manchester Square. Time: 9am.
* Tru Test 650km Solo Cycle. Fundraiser for Canteen Manawatu. 65 year old Colin Anderson, Palmerston North Cycling Postie, former benchmark NZ record holder at 672km set some 8 years ago at the same Johnstone Park Feilding velodrome and extended by a 40 year old to 692km in 2012. Weather dependant, the official Bike NZ, 650km attempt starts at 10am today. Venue: Johnston Park. Time: 10am.
* Feilding Saleyards Tours. Learn the fascinating history of selling livestock, one of New Zealand's oldest traditions, that dates back to the 1880s. The Livestock Centre is a thriving, growing business and is very much part of the lifeblood of Feilding and the Manawatu District. Wander through the 330 sheep pens to watch the auction. Take a seat in the state of the art cattle rostrum and view the latest computer technology used. Bookings must be made in advance with the Feilding & District Information Centre, 10 Manchester Square, Feilding. Phone 323 3318 or email: email@example.com. Venue: Feilding Saleyards. Time: 11am. Admission: Children - $5, Adults - $10.
Saturday, January 19
* Specsavers Open Men's Triples. Today, Sunday, Monday. Venue: Palmerston North Bowling Club. Time: 9am.
* Evento Wearable Art Awards Costume Exhibition. Enjoy a quirky and creative collision of Wearable Art and rural history in an exhibition of the very best of Feilding's Evento Wearable Art Awards Costumes. Throughout the summer months the Coach House Museum will be showcasing the creative talent and costumes of the Evento Wearable Art Awards students. See up-close the detail and creative thought that has gone onto the best of this and previous year's costumes. Venue: Coach House Museum. Time: 10am. Admission: Adult - $10, Child/youth - $5, Preschool/Friend of Museum free.
* Settlers Day. The Feilding & District Historical Society presents a celebration in Manchester Square. People are invited to wear Edwardian style clothes, enjoy past time games, have horse drawn vehicle rides, rides on carriages drawn by traction engines, see vintage cars, watch wool spinners at work, buy a piece of the longest apple short cake and some historical sausages. Phone 323 7308 for more information. Venue: Manchester Square. Time: 10am.
* New Zealand Stockcar Teams Championship. Sixteen of New Zealand's toughest stockcar teams, all fighting hard to get through to tomorrow night's finals. No holds barred racing where anything goes out on the track. Venue: Arena Manawatu. Time: 7pm. Admission: Adult (16 years and over) - $25, Children (8-15 years) - $10, Under 7 years free, Family (2 adults + 4 children) - $60.
Sunday, January 20
* Esplanade Sunday Concerts. Come to the Esplanade for seven free concerts of local talent in January, February and March!.A great opportunity to get out of the house after Christmas without the fear of having to spend more money. Bring a picnic to this family friendly event by the Cafe in the Esplanade. Today, Electro and hip hop. Mr. Mixxwell, Nutella Monk, Stanley Pedigree and Friends Diamond Sutra, HUF. Venue: Victoria Esplanade Gardens. Time: 2pm.
* YoungHeart Manawatu vs Hawkes Bay United. Venue: Memorial Park. Time: 2pm. Admission: Children - $5, Adults - $10, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - $25.
* New Zealand Stockcar Teams Championship Finals. Venue: Arena Manawatu. Time: 7pm. Admission: Adult (16 years and over) - $25, Children (8-15 years) - $10, Under 7 years free, Family (2 adult + 4 children) - $60.
Monday, January 21
* MG Car Club Driver Training Day. Expert tuition for those who want to learn from some resident experts. Invitation only for non-members, so it is necessary to contact a committee person. Committee members numbers can be found on the website. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 8.30am.
* Hockey Summer League. Today and Wednesday. The Summer League Jan 2013 registrations are now open. Hockey is a fun and skillful team game with both competitive and social aspects. For more information on the eight week, six-a-side competition view the hockey manawatu website. Venue: Endeavour Trust Twin Turfs. Time: 6pm. Admission: Team - $300.
Tuesday, January 22
* Holiday Programme. Today and Wednesday. Join us and develop fantastic new skills in performance. Perform and entertain the people of Palmerston North with your new skills. Suitable for kids 8-14 yrs. Enrol now! Venue: Square Edge. Time: 9am.
* Badminton Summer Holiday Programme. Running from today. This a coaching programme which is based on fun and improvement. Aimed at children from 7yrs to 16yrs old and we will be catering for beginners to advanced players. Morning session 9.30am-12.30pm, beginners level. Afternoon session 1.30pm-4.45pm, intermediate to advanced level. Venue: Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School. Time: 9.30am. Admission: Child - $55.
* Taekwondo - Have a Go. Free introductory night. Learn Olympic style taekwondo where the parents and children train together. Taekwondo is a dynamic self defence system that utilises the body through the application of blocking and striking techniques to develop your physical and mental wellbeing. Through your taekwondo journey you will gain self-confidence and awareness, physical and mental fitness, flexibility, strength and power in an environment that encourages self-development. Come along and try Taekwondo for a night. Venue: NZ Chinese Association Hall. Time: 5.30pm.
* Manawatu Striders Super Seven Series 2013. Annual Super Seven Series 2013. 7km fun run/walk held over seven consecutive Tuesday nights. Held wet or fine. Short course option also available this year (approximately 3km). Free sausage sizzle and fruit, spot prizes and giveaways. Family entry available and a special theme each night for the kids. No dogs, scooters or bikes. For more information visit Manawatu Striders website or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Venue: YMCA Palmerston North Recreation Centre. Time: 6.15pm. Admission: Individual per night - $3, Individual 7 nights in advance - $20, Individual 6 nights in advance - $17, Family entry per night (2 adults + 3 children) - $8, Manawatu Striders members - $2.
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