* Arcade - Homegrown Video Games. The exhibition explores the virtual world of video games through the New Zealand gaming industry; graphics, concept art and storytelling through NZ developed games; showcases homegrown companies and their digital and creative skills. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am.
* Palmerston North Ice Skating Rink. The rink is 35m x 15m, plenty of room for Palmerston North ice skaters, first timers and experienced alike to skate their hearts out. Skating outside, on top of 33,000 frozen litres of water in central Palmerston North is an experience not to be missed. A winter wonderland theme will be the setting for the ice rink as it is lit up with lights making for some magical outdoor ice staking under the stars. The rink is covered by a half marquee, and is open rain or shine. Venue: The Square. Time: 10am. Admission: Adult - $20, Student - $15, Children - $15.
* Roman Machines. Roman Machines during the time of Julius Caesar. In interactive on scale displays the audience can experience the mechanics of the originals and a range of concurrent events and lectures will draw you into the spirit of the Roman Empire. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am. Admission: Adult - $12, Child - $8, Family Pass - $35.
Thursday, August 8
* Fused. An exhibition of contemporary and heritage furniture. Today, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Venue: Square Edge. Time: 9am.
* Stills. Photography. Venue: Square Edge. Time: 9am.y by local artists Anna Birchall and Michael McKeagg. Today, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday,
* Mainly Friday Quilters. Quilts, wall-hangings bags etc. Phone 323 2323 for more information. Venue: Feilding & District Art Centre. Time: 10am.
* Make A Joyful Mark - Work by the PN Art Enthusiasts Group. Today, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Showing the work of 21 artists, some displaying for the first time in a professionally run commercial gallery. Make A Joyful Mark is the title of the current exhibition and sale of the Palmerston North Art Enthusiasts Group; paintings and drawings in most media predominate. The exhibition can be viewed from Friday; an informal opening will be held from 1pm till 3pm on Saturday at the gallery, 33 George Street, Palmerston North. The public is cordially invited; many of the artists will be present. Exhibition continues till August 17. Venue: Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts. Time: 10am.
* PGG Wrightson Calf Sales. Entrance via South Street. For more information contact Peter Forrest email@example.com; 027 598 6153. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 11am.
* Investing - What Are My Options? Thinking about investing but not sure where to start? Currently have investments, but looking for alternative options? Ewan Westergaard and Andrew McLean from Craigs Investment Partners will be joining us to discuss investing and the options. Come along and get all you investing questions answered by the professionals. The presentation will be approximately 1 hour, followed by questions and answers. Venue: BNZ Partner Centre, Broadway Avenue. Time: 3.30pm. Admission: Adult plus bring a friend for free - $20.
* Birth Story - Preview Screening of Ina May Gaskin's Movie. Tickets $10 each or $15 for two and are available to buy at Community Birth Services, via NZCOM, MHBA or at Mamaternity (PN Maternity Resource Centre). Venue: Community Birth Services, Westside Chambers. Time: 7pm. Admission: Individual tickets - $10; Two tickets - $15.
* Ceroc Dance Beginners Class. Today and Monday. Fun and social modern jive dance classes suitable for a wide variety of ages (16+). The focus is on everyone having a good time and just happening to learn to dance at the same time. Learn at your own pace. Start at any time of the year (school terms included) with no partner necessary but welcome. Visit cerocpalmy.co.nz; phone Ngaire on 0800 CEROC; firstname.lastname@example.org, or just show up on the night. Venue: Ceroc Dance Studio. Time: 7pm. Class on Monday, 7.45pm at the same venue. Admission: Adult - $12, Tertiary student (with ID) - $10.
* Hairspray. Today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In Hairspray it's 1962, the 50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart has only one passion - to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, The Corny Collins Show and overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the programme's reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a television show without denting her do? Venue: Regent on Broadway. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: Adult - $55, Child - $40, Concession - $49, Tracy Special (1A + 3C) - $135.
* Peninsula. Today, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. A touching and bittersweet coming-of-age story. Ten year old Michael Hope lives at the edge of the ancient flooded crater now known as Akaroa Harbour. Inspired by his teacher's description of how Banks Peninsula was formed millions of years ago, Michael sets out to map the tiny community where he lives, charting his own place in the surrounding bush, hills and beyond. But rumblings in the adult world encroach into Michael's life, threatening his cosy, comfy place in the universe. A feast for the imagination, Peninsula fuses light, sound, space and language into story magic. Venue: Centrepoint Theatre. Time: 8pm. Sunday at 5pm; Wednesday at 6.30pm. Admission: Adult - $38, Student with ID - $18, Senior (60+) - $30, Community Services Card - $28, Under 30s (with ID) - $30, Dinner and show (with participating restaurants, dependent on availability) - $68.
Friday, August 9
* Feilding Farmers Market. Venue: Manchester Square. Time: 9am.
* Mainly Friday Quilters. Quilts, wall-hangings bags etc. Phone 323 2323 for more information. Venue: Feilding & District Art Centre. 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.
* The Nappy Lady Workshop. With The Nappy Lady - Kate Meads. Come along to one of the Nappy Lady workshops and learn all about your nappy options and how you can save money. Email The Nappy Lady - firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 027 221 1242 for more information. You are welcome to bring along your new baby to the workshop.Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 5.30pm. Admission: I am Pregnant - $19, My baby is under 8kg - $19, My baby is over 8kg - $19.
* Te Awe Awe Scout Quiz Night. Are you smarter than a Boy Scout? Te Awe Awe Scout Group Quiz Night. Fundraiser to help our troop to attend the 2013 Jamboree. Venue: Palmerston North Girls High School Huia Centre. Time: 7pm. Admission: Table of six - $60.
* The Red House - a Film By Alyx Duncan. Engineers Without Borders/NZ presents a free screening of The Red House a film by Alyx Duncan. Followed by a discussion with the director Alyx Duncan. Everyone welcome. Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 7pm.
Saturday, August 10
* Christchurch duo Cathy Irons (violin) and Barry Brinson (keyboards). Venue: St Andrews in the City. Time: 7.30pm.
* Walking Group For Women of All Ages - Hot-Whitu Chicks. Hot-Whitu Chicks is a relaxed walking group for ladies meeting at Hokowhitu Village and raising money for the Breast Cancer Foundation. Local personal trainer Lauren Parsons has set the group up to be a fabulous way to build friendships and promote optimal health while supporting a great charity. The group meets at Hokowhitu village outside Vautier Pharmacy 9am every Saturday rain or shine. Venue: Vautier Pharmacy, Albert St, Hokowhitu. Time: 9am.
* Foxton Loop Race: Kayak, Canoe, SUP. The race is run on the Manawatu River over 18km of tidal water from the Manawatu Marine Boating Club up to the Foxton Loop and township. If you have a kayak, surf ski, waka ama or stand up paddle board get down to the Foxton Beach Estuary. Venue: Foxton Beach. Time: 11am. Admission: General admission - $20.
* Ride for Refuge. Approximately 40 motorcyclists riding into Feilding, at 1pm as a fundraiser to help stock up the new safe house. Donations of dry goods, new or good used bedding, clothing, toys etc welcome. If you have anything you wish to donate, contact Karen on 354 8778. Venue: Manchester Square. Time: 1pm.
* Crouching Blocker, Hidden Jammer - Live Roller Derby Bout. The Swamp City Roller Rats take on Whakatane and Tauranga in a mighty double header bout. Roller Derby is a full-contact roller sport. Cheer on the skaters as they hit, jump, evade, and sprint ninja-style around the track. Come dressed in your best ninja inspired costume and be in to win some spot prizes. Food and drink available to purchase on the night. Special guest performance by the Central Districts Taekwon-Do demo team. Tickets: $10 Adults; $5 kids; under 5's free. Venue: Arena Manawatu. Time: 5pm.
* Azouz Begag - Equal Opportunities in France & NZ. Former French Minister for Equal Opportunities, internationally renowned sociologist, lecturer, novelist and screenplay writer, Dr Azouz Begag is touring New Zealand. Azouz Begag will give open lectures on equal opportunities, drawing from his background as a sociologist and former Minister. Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 6.30pm.
* Aokautere School Quiz Night. $20 per person, teams of eight. Singles welcome. Doors open at 7pm. Light supper provided along with prizes and silent auction. Cash only event. Drinks available for purchase. This is not a BYO event. Contact email@example.com for tickets or more information. Venue: College Street Normal School. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: Per person - $20.
* Evento Wearable Arts. Today, Feilding High School presents the spectacular wearable arts, with many Manawatu schools involved. The show includes music, dance and performance art as well as wearable art; all created by secondary school students. This year's show includes entries from 10 schools. Performance art is included, and is a collaboration involving senior design students, dancers and mimers. Tickets will be available from Feilding Information Centre, phone 323 3318; PN I-Site; Feilding High School and online at evento.org.nz. Doors open 6pm. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: Adults - $32, Students - high school and under - $17, Premium - $45.
* Human Consciousness and Climate Change with Murray Stentifor. While human, planetary and cosmic factors are hotly debated as causes of climate change, there's a surprising amount of indigenous wisdom, theosophy and science to say that human thought and emotion add to the mix. Murray has had work experience as a scientist and engineer and has held numerous positions for TSNZ. Venue: Theosophical Society Hall. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: Members - $2, General - $5.
* Rangiwahia Playgroup MidWinter Kiwiana Pie-Orama Competition. Venue: Rangiwahia Hall. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: General admission - $15.
* Social Dance. Come and enjoy and evening of social dancing with the Manawatu Dancing Club. Supper provided. Venue: Senior Citizen's Hall. Time: 7.30pm.
* Sonic Delusion Album Release Tour. Sonic Delusion uses a loop pedal to record snapshots of sound, artfully layering them into the weave of the song. As bass line, percussion, vocals and guitar are fused together the illusion is complete: you see a man, you hear a band. Venue: The Celtic Inn. Time: 9.30pm.
Sunday, August 11
* Manawatu Striders 31st Annual Half Marathon. The Half Marathon course is a scenic route through Massey University, along the Manawatu Bridle Path and in the Esplanade of Palmerston North. A 10km and 5km course is also available. Start times, half marathon walk 9am; run 10am; 10km run/walk 10.10am and 5km run/walk 10.15am. Prize giving takes place at 1.30pm. Venue: Massey University Sport & Rugby Institute, Albany Drive. Time: 9am. Admission: Half marathon $45, 10km $15, 5km $10-free.
* Manawatu Jazz Club. Hosting New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra led by Rodger Fox with trumpet player Clay Jenkins. Venue: Function Lounge, Cloverlea Tavern. Time: 4.30pm. Door sales $15 adult, $10 members, $5 students (high school free).
* Property & Commercial Insurance Brokers Pleasure Horse Series. Come along for a great show and enjoy the friendly and encouraging atmosphere - something for everybody. Cafe will be open. Venue: Tielcey Park Equestrian Centre. Time: 10am.
* The Mannequin Makers. Join the Palmerston North City library and Random House for an afternoon to discuss the new book, The Mannequin Makers. A quietly horrifying novel about department stores, strongmen, shipwrecks and the pursuit of perfection. RSVP to Jo Sutton@pncc.govt.nz. Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 1.30pm.
* Rainbow Badminton Club. A fun, family orientated club that is open to new members all year round. Rackets and shuttles available. Nine courts on which to play badminton. Venue: Arena Manawatu. Time: 6pm. Admission: Various prices, from $3.
Monday, August 12
* Just Move It. This is a low impact indoor exercise class, especially designed and suited to adults in there 50s, 60s, 70s and over who enjoy health and fitness. It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Just move it is a fun and social exercise class where you get to choose just how hard you work. You will be taken step by step through the entire class by your skilled instructor, while listening to great music. The class is finished with drinks and biscuits so a great way to meet new people and socialise. Venue: Foxton War Memorial Hall. Time: 9.30am. Admission: Adult - $4.
* PGG Wrightson Calf Sales. Entrance via South Street. For more information contact Peter Forrest firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 598 6153. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 11am.
* Turbo Touch. A new modified indoor version of touch is set to hit Palmerston North later this month. This new five-a-side game is played on a basketball court by mixed teams with three males and two females on court at a time, plus substitutes, playing games of 15-minute halves. Forward passes are allowed. It's a smaller version of normal touch, borrowing skills from touch, gridiron, ultimate frisbee and indoor netball. For more information contact Mike Rowe on 0274198218 or 06 3589359; email: email@example.com while more information on the game can be viewed on turbotouch.co.nz. Venue: Freyberg High School. Time: 6pm. Admission: Team 8 weeks - $400, Team per night - $50.
* Manawatu Community 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. Venue: Youth Space. Time: 7pm. Admission: Casual rate - $6.
* Monrad Senior and Junior Badminton Club. Monrad BC plays every Monday night in St Peters College, Palmerston North. We have many members and are happy for new players to come down and have a hit. We have four courts and mainly play doubles and mixed matches, rotating every 10/12 minutes. Full, associate and casual memberships available. Venue: St Peter's College. Time: 7pm. Admission: Casual fee - $8.
* Musica Viva - 2013 Concert Series. Musica Viva is a club in Palmerston North, New Zealand for people who enjoy live performances of music and whose preference is for music of enduring quality. Each month, from March to December we have a concert performed by some of our members (with occasional guests). There are non-performing members too, and visitors may attend for a small fee. Venue: Square Edge. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: General admission - $5.
Tuesday, August 13
* Central Connections. A Singing group at Manawatu Stewart Centre specifically for people living with neurological conditions such as stroke or Parkinsons. Meet others. Make connections. Have fun. Led by experienced musician and educator Jennifer Moss, warm-ups include voice and breathing exercises to help maintain vocal function. Venue: Manawatu Stewart Centre. Time: 1.30pm.
* Understanding Your Financials. Do you open your financial statements but don't understand what you're looking at? Join us for a plain english explanation of what is in your financial statements and how to extract the vital information. The presentation will be approximately one hour. Venue: BNZ Partner Centre. Time: 3.30pm. Admission: Adult plus bring a friend for free - $20.
* Palmerston North Badminton Club. The senior club is based in the B&M Centre, playing on nine courts every Tuesday night from 7.30pm. Players are from beginners to advanced and matches are arranged accordingly every night. New members welcome. Junior Club plays every Monday in Boys High Gym from 6pm-7.30pm. We offer kids coaching and games to introduce them to the sport! Contact us for more details. Venue: Arena Manawatu. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: Casual or full membership.
Wednesday, August 14
* Exhibition Evento Wearable Arts. Your chance to have a close-up view of the costumes from the Evento Wearable Arts Show, held at Manfeild Stadium on August 10. Phone 323 2323 for more information. Venue: Feilding & District Art Centre. Time: 10am.
* Manawatu Home Birth Association. The Manawatu Home Birth Association meets once a month alternating between morning and afternoon get-togethers. Information and support to families planning to birth their babies at home, in the Manawatu. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 06 356 BABY (leave message). Venue: Community Birth Services, Westside Chambers. Time: 10.30am.
* The Great Crooners. Let the music transport you to the lounge with the valve radio playing or the smoky bar with its lights down low. The Great Crooners celebrates the rich, velvety music made famous by the likes of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney. Featuring: Tom Sharplin; Debbie Penney; Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua; Bruce French (sax); Ray Eade (bass); Ron Coleman (piano). Tickets include lunch with the artists. Discounts for groups and regular bookings. Contact 0508 266 237; email@example.com. Venue: Lifechurch. Time: 11am. Admission: Group 10+ - $27, Group 30+ - $26, Casual bookings - $30, Standing booking (five or more concerts) - $27.
* Arts Demonstration - Polymer Clay & Resin. One of a series of free art demonstrations at Ochre Art Supplies addressing many enquiries we encounter about various products, art materials and their applications. These are technical presentations looking at the construction and composition of materials, how to identify quality, how to choose the right one for your own work, sharing trade tips, and answering questions. They will be of particular value for secondary and tertiary students, arts educators and hobbyists wanting to improve their technical understanding. Phone 355 8045 for more information. Venue: Square Edge. Time: 12pm.
* Xero Training - Coding and Processing. Are you currently using Xero? Would you like some training to ensure you are getting the most out of Xero. Come to this two hour training session. Limited to eight attendees. All attendees will receive the Morrison Creed Training and Help Guide. BYO Lunch. Venue: Morrison Creed. Time: 12pm. Admission: Adult - $100.
* Richard Hore Organ & Piano Recital. Richard Hore QSM from Christchurch will be performing on the Technics GA3 Organ, and the Kemble acoustic piano. Tickets $10 include a light afternoon tea, phone 357 5518 or text 021 149 3519. Door sales may be available. Venue: Manchester Unity Hall. Time: 2pm. Admission: Entry - $10.
* Feral Music Open Mic. PA-guitars provided (sometimes a kit), so come on down and join the Ashhurst Music Club. Venue: Ashhurst Inn. Time: 7pm.
- Manawatu Standard