Manawatu Diary Oct 11-17

Last updated 12:00 19/07/2012

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* Can't See the Wood for The Trees. An exhibition of charcoal drawings by local artist Anne Morris. Venue: Square Edge. Time: 4pm.

* Cam Munroe and Fran Dibble: A List of Old Truths. Two painters bringing two perspectives, points of view, backgrounds and lives - two methods of expression. This exhibition is a mix of the work of Cam Munroe and Fran Dibble. Venue: Zimmerman Contemporary Art Gallery. Time: 10am.

* Metazoa. Darwin meets the digital age! In this interactive art installation you will become an on-screen mirror image of yourself; firstly as a protozoa (single-celled organism), then as more complex species ranging from plants, marine organisms, reptiles, birds, and mammals to imaginary post-human forms. You will see your creature move and make sounds within its habitat, alongside other species that evolved in the same era. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am.

* Thirty-Three: Matthew Couper. The exhibition features a series of 33 paintings each documenting a year in the life of artist Matthew Couper. Although essentially autobiographical, these paintings recall common life experiences combined with social and cultural concerns of global interest. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am.

* Whakawhiti Āria: Transmission. The exhibition profiles new works from three of New Zealand's leading contemporary Māori artists: Israel Birch, Shane Cotton and Robert Jahnke. Exploring the transfer of ideas, energy, information and inspiration between these artists, the exhibition shows the artworks created by these synergies alongside existing works. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am.

Thursday, October 11

* Film Making Holiday Programme. Runs till Friday. Tall Poppies Drama School are now accepting enrolments for our Movie Making School Holiday Programme. Runs from today till October 12. Ages 8-12 and 13+. For more information please contact office@tallpoppiesdrama.co.nz or 06 354-2733. Venue: Ross Intermediate School. Time: 8.30am.

* Holiday Programme. Runs till Friday. A range of themes. Sessions run for three hours, morning (9am-noon) and afternoon (1-4pm). Bookings will not be confirmed until payment is made. For ages 6-12 years book now at reception, phone 355 5000. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 9am. Admission: Cost per session - $18.

* Badminton School Holiday Programme. Runs till Friday. The Manawatu Badminton Association is running a school holiday programme for 7-15yr olds this October. Cost: $45 per person. (10 per cent  discount for MBA registered players) Venue: PNINS School Hall, entrance off South St. Bring: drink, snack food, non-marking runners/shoes. Bookings will be made on a first paid, first served basis. Booking form on manawatubadminton.org.nz. Enrolments and enquiries to Sandra Lynch, MBA Development Co-ordinator, phone 022 0979499, email: Sandra@manawatubadminton.org.nz. Venue: Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School. Time: 10am.

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* Beth Charles: Some Inner Tide. Daily except Sunday. Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is pleased to host an exhibition of new work by Palmerston North artist Beth Charles. The exhibition features 12 mono-prints and relief prints, 3 stitched works on canvas and a rug that the artist designed for Dilana Rugs. Venue: Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts. Time: 10am.

* Craft Session - Monster-Making Madness. How cool will your monster face be? Venue: Ashhurst Library. Time: 10am.

* Manawatu Porcelain Artists' Exhibition. Daily except Monday. Porcelain pieces from local artists. Phone 323 2323 for more information. Venue: Feilding & District Art Centre. Time: 10am.

* Walk With Ken - Walking NZ To Cure Kids. Ken 'Legs' Lusby set out from Stewart Island on August 30 and is walking the length of New Zealand to finish up at Cape Reinga on Tuesday November 13. Today Ken will be walking from Himatangi to his home town of Palmerston North. He will be looking for supporters and friends to join him as he enters The Square. Venue: Awapuni Motel. Time: 12pm.

* UCOL Regional Trades Centre Opening. Come and see UCOL's multi-purpose, high-tech facility where the tradespeople of tomorrow are trained. Find out more on how you can contribute to Rebuild NZ, we have three new trade diplomas which you can find out about on the day. Drinks and nibbles provided. 0800 GO UCOL. Venue: Palmerston North. Time: 1pm.

* Arohanui Hospice Shop Heritage Sale Wine & Cheese Evening. Quality vintage items on sale: Antique jewellery, retro clothes, crystal, records, fine china and more. Enjoy wine and cheese as you shop between 5pm and 7pm. Sale continues Friday and Saturday. Phone the Palmerston North Hospice Shop on 356 1960 if you have vintage items you'd like to donate. Venue: Arohanui Hospice Shop. Time: 5pm.

* Badminton Superleague. Manawatu Badminton Association 's Superleague - every Thursday 6pm-9.30pm in the B&M Centre, Arena Manawatu. Superleague is a 4-person team competition for all levels and abilities. If you are a recreational player, a secondary schools player, a club player or a representative player - this is the competition for you. We currently have 30 teams taking part in 5 grades and we play in 5-week blocks. For more information contact sandra@manawatubadminton.org.nz or 022 097 9499. Venue: Arena Manawatu. Time: 6pm. Admission: Adults - $10.

* Manawatu Saddle Up Club Twilight Rally. Work on your arena craft or showjumping in preparation for the next dressage and s/jumping series, school your horse on an all weather surface and enjoy the company and assistance of your fellow club members. Showjumping starts at 45cm and will increase during the night as required. Cost: $10 per rider, payable in cash on the evening to Jane Harris or Jaymi Green. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 6pm.

* Art Classes - Painting with Acrylics. Tutor: Kirsty Porter. Acrylic paint is a quick-drying medium in a range of opacities that allows the student unlimited flexibility when faced with making a painting. Acrylics can achieve bold flatness for the contemporary minimalist, while also allowing opacity for those wishing to explore more traditional techniques. Explore the realm of acrylic paint with this entry-level course looking at colour mixing, painting technique, composition and process and then explore your own creativity with a range of stimulating projects. Six Thursday nights, till October 11, 7 to 9pm, $150. For more information or the full course programme, phone 355 8045;  ochreartschool@gmail.com or visit our Ochre Art Supplies website or store. Venue: Ochre Art School. Time: 7pm. Admission: General admission, $150.

* Manawatu Orchid Society Monthly Meeting. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from February to December. Visitors are welcome to attend. Venue: Community Leisure Centre. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: Annual subscription - $24.

* Well Hung. Today, Friday and Saturday. Fame-hungry Detective Sharp is dispatched to small town NZ to solve a murder case the local cops just can't seem to get a grip on. Meanwhile, the whole town already knows that Wally did it! While Sharp is obsessed with getting his face on the cover of the Woman's Weekly, his team of local cops have a lot more on their plates. A classic Kiwi comedy. Starring Karl Burnett (Shortland Street), Stuart Devenie, Richard Dey, Darlene Mohekey, Jon Pheloung. Proudly sponsored by Telstra Clear. Venue: Centrepoint Theatre. Time: 8pm. Admission: Adult - $37, Community Service Card holders - $25, Under 30s - $27, Students with ID - $15, Seniors - $25, Dinner & show (with participating restaurants) - $65.

Friday, October 12

* V8 Race Experience. Where you can get yourself or that someone special behind the wheel of a V8 race car. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 8am.

* Feilding Farmers Market. Venue: Manchester Square. Time: 9am.

* Grandparent's Celebration - Morning Tea and Poetry Morning. Announcement of poetry competition winners who will read their poems. Bring along your special senior family members so we can celebrate them. There will be food, fun and refreshments. Held in the Children's Zone. Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 10.30am.

* 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: info@feilding.co.nz. Venue: Feilding Saleyards. Time: 11am. Admission: Children - $5, Adults - $10.

* Rockin Robots Model Competition Prize Giving. Presentation and prizegiving. Held in the Children's Zone. Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 12pm.

* Massey Talks Sustainability: Dr Russell Prince. Dr Russell Prince examines whether sustainability is possible in a capitalist democracy? Massey Talks Sustainability is a monthly series, run in conjunction with Massey University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 12.30pm.

* While You Were Sleeping: Manawatu Book Fair. A local version of the Frankfurt Book Fair, happening at the same time as the Frankfurt Book Fair! Come and meet and listen to some local writers, browse (and buy) their books. Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 1pm.

* Social 7s. Interested in a men's rugby 7s social competition for workplaces? This four-week competition is targeting former or social players and workplaces. You must be over 30 years of age and not be a Senior A grade player. Venue: Arena Manawatu. Time: 5.30pm. Admission: Adult - $30.

* Manawatu Festival of New Arts 2012. Today, Saturday and Sunday. The Manawatu Festival of New Arts offers audiences a feast of new work across a number of artistic disciplines: theatre, dance, film, music, performance poetry, animation and puppetry. All work has been written and developed especially for the festival and will connect, somehow, to this year's theme - Flight. Venue: Globe Theatre. Time: 7pm. Admission: General admission - $10.

* Dfresh Presents Deep. An evening of the most lavish current electronic soul, bass, UK garage. For all dancefloor appreciators. Venue: Uno Bar. Time: 11.30pm.

Saturday, October 13

* Swim-A-Thon. The Palmerston North Kiwi Allstars Swim Team are taking a group of talented young swimmers to Darwin in May 2013 to compete in the Arafura Games. The team are holding a Swim-a-Thon fundraiser to help bring the cost of the trip down. Swimmers will set a goal for the distance they will complete and get pledges, anyone can make a pledge or donation to help the team. For more information contact Karen on 359 1860 or karen@nicswim.co.nz. Venue: West End Aquatic Centre. Time: 8am.

* Victoria Motorcycle Club Track Day. Track day with 4 classes. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 8am.

* Central Districts Dressage. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 8.30am.

* Community Input into Land and Water - Craig Mitchell, Horizons. There are many ways in which our community can engage positively and constructively in addressing water quality issues within the Manawatu River and its catchment area. Craig will share ways that you can be involved, whether as part of a community group or as an individual wanting to make a difference. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am.

* Manawatu's Harvest Festival. A day for families and everyone who enjoys the art and culture of the Manawatu Community. Come along and spend a day packed with entertainment. Venues: 10am to 4pm at Te Manawa; 12pm to 9pm at the City Library. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am.

* Towards Zero Waste and a Sustainable New Zealand. Jonathan is the Coordinator of the Zero Waste Academy (ZWA), which is based within the Institute of Natural Resources at Massey University. Established in 2002, the ZWA represents a decade long partnership between the University and the Palmerston North City Council around shared zero waste and sustainability objectives. Speaking from his extensive knowledge, experience, and passion for the recycling industry, Jonathan will offer an overview of the theory and practice of zero waste. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 11am.

* YMCA World Challenge and Connecting Families Day. Be part of the Guinness Book of World Records at the YMCA World Challenge 2012 Hoops Spring Eternal and Connecting Families Day. Come and celebrate with the YMCA with an event to get as many people in the Manawatu to take a shot at a hoop that will be recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records. We have a wide variety of entertainment for the whole family such as competitions for kids, youth and adults. Venue: YMCA Palmerston North. Time: 11am.

* Fiji Day Independence Celebration. Come and celebrate Fiji's Independence Day with the Palmerston North Fiji community. There will be rugby 7s between 8 teams from Wellington and Palmerston North, kids games (jumping castle), traditional games, fun games, and a social evening of traditional feasting (lovo/hangi), 'kava', 'sigidrigi' and 'taralala'. Traditional welcome ceremony, events and games from 12pm at Massey Ground. Social night - feast with lovo/hangi, kava, meke/items (traditional dance) and taralala from 6.30pm at Massey Recreation Centre. Venue: Massey University Turitea Campus. Time: 12pm.

* Shorebirds of the Manawatu Estuary - Dr Phil Battley. Phil is an ornithologist who works mainly on the migratory biology of shorebirds (or waders). In this presentation, he will share some of the challenges facing the migratory shorebirds of the Manawatu Estuary and discuss steps that can be taken locally and internationally to conserve shorebird habitat. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 12pm.

* Green Gardening and Ecological Sustainability - Wally Richards. Wally is perhaps best known locally as a regular columnist for The Guardian weekly. He is also the author of several books, including Wally's Green Tips for Gardeners, Wally's Gardening and Health, and Wally's Down to Earth Gardening Guide. In this presentation, Wally will share from his extensive experience as a gardener and discuss reasons why food gardening is particularly important in the present socio-economic and ecological climate. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 1pm.

* Finding the Links That Connect Us - Margaret Jefferies. Margaret's stories about the community of Lyttleton will show reveal how a vibrant, sustainable community is created through the finely woven threads that link, support, nourish and sustain a whole community's ecology. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 2pm.

* Art Auction in Support of SPELADD. Viewing of over 50 works of local and regional New Zealand art to be auctioned for charity will begin at 3pm and the auction will be conducted starting at 4PM. Over $10,000 worth of art has been donated to this unique charity fundraiser. More than 50 pieces of art: paintings, ceramics, photographs, sculpture and the like will come under the hammer to raise funds for SPELADD. Venue: Community Leisure Centre. Time: 3pm. Admission: GA - $5.

* Positive Psychology of Sustainability - Prof Marjan v.d. Bel. Marjan will share personal stories - stories about bee-keeping; stories about developing eco-villages and living in them - to illustrate some of the principles of a positive psychology for sustainability and to align them with practical problem-solving. Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 3pm.

* Robertson Holden International Speedway Grand Opening. 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.

* Paul Ubana Jones & Tony Majdalani. East to West, Paul Ubana Jones and percussionist Tony Majdalani: a whirlwind of rhythmic virtuosity, groove and other things. Venue: The Bent Horseshoe Cafe. Time: 8pm.
Sunday, October 14

* Manchester Kindergarten Seedling Sale and Open Day. Explore the new playground. Sausage sizzle, raffle, face painting and balloons. The kindergarten will be running a typical (shortened) session so families can experience a typical kindergarten day. Phone 323 6979 for more information. Venue: Manchester Kindergarten, Feilding. Time: 12pm.

* Central Districts Dressage. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 8.30am.

* Central Districts Classic Car Club Track Day. Track day - single car sprints. New drivers welcome, do not need to be a member. For more information please contact Teresa Browne on 328 8600. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 9am.

* Off Road Duathlon. Manawatu Triathlon Club is having their off road duathlon at Linton Army Camp. Anyone can enter - 3 distances available - short (run 1.5km, mountain bike 3km, run 1.5km), medium (run 2.5km, mountain bike 5km, run 1.5km) and long (5km run, mountain bike 10km, run 2.5km). All fitness levels catered for. Short course great for the kids. Registration opens at 8am and closes at 8.45am. ID is required at front gate of camp or no entry. Drink and spot prize available after event. Visit our website for more information. Please note, entry fees have changed from before. Venue: Linton Army Camp. Time: 9am. Admission: Adult - $20, Child - $10, Teams - $20.

* Social Sixes Cricket Festival. A chance for groups of mates to get together and take part in a social one-day tournament. There can only be two current club players per team so it is a tournament aimed at people who may have played cricket before but are no longer playing or those who just want to give cricket a go. You don't even need to own any gear. Manawatu Cricket will organise bats and pads. All players will get a barbecue sausage and drink and there are lots of prizes. Team costs are $60 per team or $30 if you are a student team. Places are limited. Venue: Ongley Park. Time: 10am. Admission: Team Entry - $60, Student team - $30.

* Manawatu Naturist Club Open Days. 17.5 acres of beautiful grounds for you to relax in. Meet like-minded people and enjoy a clothes-free environment. A safe, welcoming environment with club house, social activities, 19m swimming pool and accommodation available. Open days held every second Sunday of the month from 1-4pm, where people can come along for a no obligation free visit. Venue: Manawatu Naturist Club.  Time: 1pm.

* MTB Working Bee - Kloop (Arapuke). Working bees - Arapuke. Also November 11; December 9; January 13, 2013; February 10, 2013. Help to develop this wonderful trail playground. Meet at the top of Scotts Rd (or back track). Bring your tools. Exact details will be advertised leading up to each working bee. Further details to be displayed on the club website, facebook.com/ManawatuMountainBike. Venue: Palmerston North. Time: 1pm.

* Artist Talk: Matthew Couper. Runs till October 21. The 33 paintings that make up the Thirty-Three exhibition due to be displayed at Te Manawa each document a year in the first 'natural third' of life. Mixing both deeply personal experiences and instantly recognisable shared cultural interests, the works take the viewer on a chronological journey through common life experiences. Education, career dilemmas, spiritual awakenings and money problems are all examined in the retablo style of devotional religious paintings. Hastings City Art Gallery, Hawkes Bay. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 2pm.

* Caccia Birch House Open Afternoon. Wander through the homestead and view the archive in the Coachhouse which displays the history of the property and the families that once resided here and the fascinating local pioneering history. Weather permitting - pack a picnic and enjoy your afternoon tea in the gardens. Venue: Caccia Birch House. Time: 2pm.

* Viva in Concert. The Massey University Choir present an afternoon of musical entertainment with favourite songs. A mix of classical, rock, easy listening, pop, jazz, folk and spiritual music to tap your feet to. Accompanied by Wellington based Jonathan Berkahn. Venue: Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys High. Time: 2pm. Admission: Adult - $10, Children & seniors - $5.

* Manawatu Ukulele Group Pro (MUG Pro). Term 4 starts up for this friendly ukulele gathering for adults (16+) with experienced educator and musician Jennifer Moss. Come along for fun, support, learning, singing and the sheer joy of playing with a large group. Broaden your knowledge of chords, strums and uke techniques. Consolidate and extend your ukulele playing. Regular 'play out' opportunities. Venue: Youth Space. Time: 3.30pm. Admission: Term fee - $35.

* Manawatu Jazz Club - October Meeting. Junior jazz double bill featuring The Feilding High School Junior Jazz Combo combined with the Huntley Boy's School Jazz Combo. Plus Shed 54, with musicians from Feilding High School, PN Boy's High School & Huntley Boy's School. Venue: Palmerston North RSA. Time: 5.30pm. Admission: Students - $5, Members - $8, General public - $10.

Monday, October 15

* Free Refresher Antenatal Classes. If you've had a baby or two (or even more) then you'll have found that there's lots more to know. Here is your chance to meet with other parents in the same situation and discuss all and anything to do with having babies. This course will be dynamic and interactive and is envisaged as a series of conversations or discussions, covering topics chosen by those attending. The course will run over 4 Monday nights from today, ending November 5 and is presented by Aileen Devonshire of  The Holistic Birth Company. There is no cost. Phone 354 6455 to book. Venue: Community Birth Services. Time: 6pm.

* Manawatu Community Choir. The Manawatu Community Choir is your choir. If you can walk in the door, you're in the choir. The Manawatu Community Choir aims to provide all people, whatever their background or ability, with an opportunity to sing together and celebrate the warmth and vitality generated through music making. Anyone can come and sing in the choir at any time; there are no auditions, no requirement to 'read' music and no complicated membership formalities. The choir is guided by talented vocal leaders Jennifer Moss and Jill Brider. Come and sing with Palmy's most popular choir. Venue: Youth Space. Time: 7pm. Admission: Casual rate - $5.

* Forbidden Love. Young - Dance Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D major Bernstein - West Side Story: Symphonic Dances Tchaikovsky - Francesca da Rimini Miguel Harth-Bedoya - conductor Nicola Benedetti - violin. Venue: Regent on Broadway. Time: 7.30pm.

Tuesday, October 16

* Mini Moto Grand Prix. Today and Wednesday. The fifth annual National Secondary Schools Minibike and Sidecar Grand Prix. Twenty schools taking part, with 252 minibikes and sidecars that have been built by the students from Y12 and Y13 engineering classes. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 8am.

* NZ National Secondary Schools Minibike Grand Prix. Today and Wednesday. The fifth national secondary schools Mini Moto Grand Prix that involves over 200 y12 and y13 students from 20+ secondary schools racing their own constructed 38cc and 50cc Minibikes. Phone Robert on 323 2849. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 9am.

* Mystery Scooter Rally. The Feilding Mobility Scooter Group invite you to take part. Please bring a snack for afternoon tea, and a drinking cup. Phone Darwin on 323 7948 or Jan on 323 6746 to register. Meet at Style Inc side of Denbigh Square at 1.30pm. Venue: Feilding. Time: 1.30pm. Admission: Entry - $5.

* Palmerston North Athletics & Harrier Opening Club Night. All ages are welcome ranging from under seven's to senior and masters. Club nights are held every Tuesday until April 2 2013 (23 in total for the season). There are three programmes that PNAHC cycle through for every club night. The first being Programme A which includes a 60m, 100m and 400m sprint for all grades and selected events for certain age groups. Too view the programme visit pnahc.org.nz/index.php/club-night. Price: (full season, 23 club nights): Under 5's and 6yr olds - $20, 7-11yrs - $40, 12-13yrs - $60, 14yrs- $60, 15yrs - $80, 16yrs- $80, 17yrs- $80, 18- 19yrs - $100, Senior and Masters - $100. Note that under seven's can pay $2 per session instead of the full season. Held at Massey's Manawatu Community Athletics Track. Venue: Massey University. Time: 5.45pm.

* Griffin Shield- Volleyball. Runs for six weeks. The Griffin Shield is a multi-sport challenge held throughout the year with points accumulating so that at the end of the fifth league we there is an overall winner who gets guardianship of the Griffin Shield and a workplace shout or barbecue pack. You can register for one or all the leagues and everyone has a chance of getting the big prize. Get your department, workplace, mates together and register a team- $300 per team per league or $30 each for the whole league if you have 10 people in your team. For more information on how to register email g.lindegren@massey.ac.nz. Limited spaces. Venue: Massey University - Hokowhitu Campus. Time: 6pm.

* Dragon 40th Anniversary Tour. Revel, reconnect and rejoice with Dragon on their 40th Anniversary tour of New Zealand. Venue: Regent on Broadway. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: Reserved - $67.50.

Wednesday, October 17

* Women & Wine/Blokes n' Beer - Discovery Squash. These six week programmes will take you through all of the basics of squash and will provide you with a great opportunity to get fit and meet new people. Two programmes to be run, one will be the basic 'discovery squash' program aimed at beginners, the other is a follow on from the first series that we ran which is for E graders and below or those with slightly more experience than a beginner. $70 for non members and $60 for members, (includes 6 weeks of coaching and a drink up in our bar after every session). For more information or to reserve your spot, email Jason Fletcher on coach@squashgym.co.nz or phone him on 027 356 8716. Venue: SquashGym, Palmerston North. Time: 6pm.

* Evening Book Groups. There are two evening book groups. They both meet on the third Wednesday of the month. In one group, all participants read the same book and discuss it. The book for October is Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler. In the second group, participants read around a monthly theme. The theme for October is classics. For more information phone Jill Pearcey - Fiction Librarian on 351 4100. Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 6.30pm.

* Girls Night Out. A funky night full of fashion and beauty. Spot prizes and giveaways to be won on the night. Bar sales available. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 6.30pm. Admission: $5.

* Ladies Night with Annabelle White. An evening of quips and tips and humour with the cuddly cook Annabelle White. You know her from TV and radio and as the Food Editor for the New Zealand Women's Weekly - come along for a fun night where cooking tips, humour, spot prizes, helpful (and amusing) entertaining tips will flourish. Bring your questions and be prepared for a whole new way of looking at food, life, and social interaction. Tickets available from your local Farmlands Store, online from farmlands.co.nz or phone 0800 327 636. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 7pm. Admission: Adult - $35.

* Manawatu African Drumming (MAD). A community drumming group, meeting fortnightly in Palmerston North. Relaxing and yet energising, it is a great way to express yourself and connect with others in a positive environment. Experienced musician and educator Jennifer Moss will guide and inspire you. Five sessions a term: 16+. Beginners are always welcome. Limited number of drums are available. Please make contact to reserve your drum: play@jennifersmusic.co.nz. Venue: Christian Community Church. Time: 7pm. Admission: Term price - $40.

* Groove Method Fitness Class. Develop functional strength, increase cardiovascular endurance, improve flexibility, balance and coordination and reduce stress (all while dancing). It involves really simple steps which you then move in your own way. No dance experience or ability required. Venue: St David's Presbyterian Church, Rainforth St. Time: 7.45pm. Admission: Concession card, 10 classes, $80; Concession card, five classes, $45; Casual rate, $10.

- Manawatu Standard

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