Manawatu Diary: June 21-27

Thursday, June 21

* Matariki Dawn Ceremony. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 6am.

* Kreative Kids Exhibition. Today, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Artworks from children attending after-school sessions. For more information phone 323 2323. Venue: Feilding & District Art Centre. Time: 10am. Admission: Gold coin donation, $2.

* Morning Book Group. Meets on the third Thursday of the month (except January) at 10am. Participants read around a monthly theme. The theme for June 2012 is magazines. If you'd like more information please contact Jill Pearcey, Fiction Librarian on (06) 351 4100. Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 10am.

* Te Manawa Tots: Term 2. Today and Friday. Enjoy a full term of sessions designed for parents and their young children to share together. Sessions are held on Thursdays and Fridays (Friday repeat sessions). Full term cost: $30. Cost covers all materials over the full term. Bookings essential, phone 355 5000. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am.

* Backyard League. Today and Friday. No need to pre-register 5-12 year old boys and girls. Learn the fundamentals through skills, drills and mini games. Runs for 10 weeks. For more information, visit the website. Phone Lisa on 027 257 1707. Venue: Arena Manawatu. Time: 4pm. Admission: Per session, $2.

* Art Classes - Realism in Coloured Pencil. Learn the art of rendering images in realism using Polychromos oil-based pencils. Focusing on birdlife and nature photographs, Scott Meyers will take students step by step through the processes to achieve a realistic portrayal of the image. A four-week course. Enrol at Ochre Art Supplies, ground floor, Square Edge, 49 The Square. For more information or a current course programme, phone 355 8045, All courses are also posted on the Ochre Art Supplies website. Venue: Ochre Art School. Time: 7pm. Admission: General admission, $90.

* Latin American Film Festival: Aballay, the Man Without Fear. (Argentina). A gaucho (cowboy) promises he will never kill or steal again, but knows the son of his last victim with find him. Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 7pm. Admission: Gold coin entry, $2.

* Enlightenment. By Shelagh Stephenson. Today, Friday and Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 5pm; Wednesday, 6.30pm. New Zealand premiere. When Lia and Nick's son disappears at the time of the Bali bombings in 1992, all they have is an email that he was thinking of going to Jakarta, leaving them with their own grief and uncertainty. Running time is approximately two hours including an interval. 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, June 22

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

* Landscape Painting Course - Composition and Production. Tutor: Kirsty Porter. A six-week course. Walk through the basics of landscape painting: composition, proportion, perspective, basic oil paint technique, colour theory and how to tackle the production aspect of painting. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to extend their current practice. Six Friday evenings, 7-9pm, finally today. Enrolments at Ochre Art Supplies, 49 The Square, Palmerston North. Open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday; 9am-2pm Saturday. Venue: Ochre Art School. Time: 10am. Admission: GA, $120.

* Contractors Federation Awards Dinner. This year's inaugural Construction Awards Evening is Manawatu's premium ceremonial dinner in recognising local contractors' achievements and contributions in our region. This year the Manawatu Branch of the New Zealand Contractors Federation welcomes guest speaker Mr Martin Devlin and performer Cravin Noble. Pre-dinner drinks and nibbles for guests, 6.30pm; dinner, 7pm. For more information, please contact chairman Neil O'Hara or branch secretary Fiona Rogers Neil:; 0274 437 310 or Fiona:; 027 387 1415. Venue: Travelodge. Time: 5.45pm. Admission: General admission, $85.

* Friday Night Painting Club/Open Studio. Tutor, Kirsty Porter. Weekly ongoing ``open studio'' sessions where everyone can work on personal or study projects of their choice in an art school environment with an encouraging and informative tutor on hand, and in the company of other students and artists. There will also be some active dialogue about different art topics. Open to all beginners, students and more experienced artists. Please note: Only cartridge paper, pencils and brushes are supplied. Students need to bring their own materials for their chosen projects, but get 10 percent off all purchases at Ochre Art Supplies. Enrolments and enquiries at Ochre Art Supplies, 355 8045, open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm Saturdays. Venue: Ochre Art School. Time: 7pm. Admission: General admission (4 sessions), $80.

* Fete de la Musique 2012 (World Music Day). Join the Alliance Francaise de Palmerston North to celebrate Fete de la Musique (World Music Day) with a special guest performance by A Bout de Bretelles (direct from France). Entry by donation, supper provided. Held in Events Central. For more information or if you would like to perform, contact Alliance Francaise, Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 7pm. Admission: Entry by donation.

* Jim Beam Battle Of The Bands. Venue: Murphy's Law. Time: 9.30pm.

Saturday, June 23

* Palmerston North Ice. Today, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 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 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: 9am. Admission: Children, $15; Adults, $20; Family pass (two adults, two children), $50; Frames, $10.

* Saturday Art Classes: Term 2. A fun relaxed art class for kids where they can experience using a variety of media and enhance their artistic abilities. 6-8 years, $85, 9am-10; 9-11 years, $90, 10.15-11.30am. Costs cover all materials over a full term. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 9am.

* Chinese Duan Wu 2012. Duan Wu Jie is an important Chinese festival. It falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. The origin of this festival is to commemorate a Chinese poet Qu Yuan, also a minister during the Warring States Period (475-221BC) in Chinese history. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 12pm.

* Baby Loves Disco - the 70's Superstars Tour. Baby Loves Disco is an afternoon dance party featuring real music spun and mixed by real DJs, blending classic disco tunes and the latest pop music from the 70s to today. Baby Loves Disco is an event that brings kids together with kids, and parents together with parents. The idea is to create an environment that is a safe, different and funky alternative to entertainment for young kids. Guest DJ: Rodney Fisher (Goodshirt). For more information contact Venue: Empire Hotel. Time: 12.30pm. Admission: Adult, $12; Child, $12; Crawler (non-walking) free; 10+ tickets, $10.

* Latin American Film Festival: The Life of Fish. The Life of Fish (Chile) A Berlin-based travel writer returns to Santiago and is confronted by his past. Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 7pm. Admission: Gold coin entry, $2.

* Mozart's Requiem & John Rutter's Requiem. The Palmerston North Choral Society and Renaissance Singers join forces to present two heavenly requiem masses, bidding the departed eternal rest. The concert will feature Requiems by the eighteenth century Viennese composer Wolfgang Mozart and contemporary English composer John Rutter. Vocal soloists are Janey MacKenzie (soprano), Judy Orgias (mezzo-soprano), John Beaglehole (tenor), and Roger Wilson (bass-baritone). Organist Douglas Mews is joined, in the Rutter Requiem, by Sasha Routh (cello) and David Cooper (oboe). Tickets available from choir members or at the door from 7pm. Venue: St Peter's Anglican Church. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: Adult, $25; Concession, $20; Student with ID, $15.

* theSlacks. Come and see NZ's premier progressive hillbilly band. Venue: The Celtic Inn. Time: 8pm.

Sunday, June 24

* Sanson Market. Held every Sunday, featuring over 30 stalls. Everyone welcome. Venue: Sanson. Time: 8am.

* Duathlon Winter Series No 2. Run by the Manawatu Triathlon Club. Three distances available. Short - 1.5km run, 5km bike, 1.5km run; Medium - 2.5km run, 10km bike, 1.5km run; Long - 5km run, 20km bike, 2.5km run. Triathlon option available. Photo ID required at front gate of Linton Army Camp. Suitable for all levels of fitness. Very family orientated club. Registration 8am, closes 8.45am, race 9am. Event open to everyone. Spot prizes to be won on the day and a series draw for a major prize. Visit website for more information about the club, etc. Venue: Linton Army Camp. Time: 9am. Admission: Child, $10; Teams, $15; Adult non members, $15.

* Festival Of Bands. Feilding Brass Festival of Bands is a contest offering a variety of musical entertainment from a mix of different bands. Phone 022 0833 217. Venue: Feilding Civic Centre. Time: 10am. Admission: Adults, $5; Students/children, $2.

* Self Portrait Workshop. Recommended for ages 17+, and suitable for all abilities, this workshop covers the theories and techniques you can use to create your own self-portrait. Includes half day class and all course materials. Bring your own lunch and a table top mirror. Limited spaces available. Phone Te Manawa on 355 5000 or email to book. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10am. Admission: GA, $45.

* Trick, Train and Horsemanship Clinic. Joseph Lumsden horse training clinic of the bow and lay down with horsemanship skills. Venue: Manfeild. Time: 10.30am.

* High Tea. Last Sunday of every month April-October 2012. Bookings essential. A luxurious afternoon dining experience. Relaxing surroundings, freshly made cakes, sandwiches and pastries. Venue: Hotel Coachman. Time: 1pm. Admission: Session, $25.

* Te Manawa Art Gallery Concert Series. Pamela Dowsett, violin, and Guy Donaldson, piano, perform Schubert's beautiful Violin and Piano Duo Opus 162, Elgar's Sonata for Violin and Piano Opus 82, Barkauskas's Partita for solo violin and Tchaikovsky's Meditation and Melody Opus 42. Entry by donation. Lift available. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 2.30pm.

* Latin American Film Festival: The Pope's Toilet. (Uruguay). There are unexpected consequences when a man builds a pay toilet for pilgrims outside his house for the Pope's visit. Venue: Palmerston North City Library. Time: 7pm. Admission: Gold coin entry, $2.

Monday, June 25

* Pilates Classes. Personal Pilates is offering new classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6am during June. In total there are three Monday and Wednesday morning classes where each week we progress a little further, so it's best if you can attend the full series. The exercises are mat-based using your own body weight with a particular emphasis on improving core strength to leave you with a flatter stomach area and a stronger back. Equipment is supplied. As these classes will cover a range of classic pilates exercises you must have completed a beginners course (or similar) with a pilates instructor prior to attending. Numbers are limited to 10 to allow for more personal attention. To register a place, please email Venue: Maximum Dance Zone. Time: 6am. Admission: Individual classes, $14; Full series, three weeks, $36.

* Teddy Bears' Picnic. Come along with your Teddy or your favourite cuddly toy and have a fun morning at Te Manawa. Listen to exciting stories from our friends of the City Library, play with the other kids and explore Te Manawa. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 10.15am.

* Viva Italia! Take the variety of vibrant music from Italy and mix it into one exciting concert full of popular Italian song and opera celebrating this wonderfully colourful country! Tickets are $30 and include lunch with the artists. Concession and group discounts are available. Bookings essential, phone 0508 266 237, calls are toll free and no booking or postage fees apply. Venue: Lifechurch. Time: 11am. Admission: Group 10+, $27; Group 30+, $26; Casual booking, $30; Concession (five or more Operatunity concerts), $27.

Tuesday, June 26

* Griffin Shield- Futsal. The Griffin Shield is a multi-sport challenge held throughout the year with points accumulating so that at the end of the fifth league there is an overall winner that gets guardianship of the Griffin Shield. The Futsal league is the third league and runs for six weeks. 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 Venue: Massey University, Hokowhitu Campus. Time: 6pm.

* Art of Glass. Celebrated local glass artist Katie Brown shares some of the techniques she uses when forming her beautiful designs. Some of Katie's recently shown work will be on display alongside specially selected pieces from Te Manawa glass collection. Go in the draw to win a hands-on glass blowing experience with the experts from the Chronicle Glass Studio valued at $375. Entry fee includes nibbles, glass of bubbly and entry into the competition. Spaces are limited. Tickets available at Te Manawa reception. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 7pm. Admission: Entry fee, $19.50.

* How to Retire Rich from Property Investing. Transform your equity into cashflow and have a comfortable retirement. Trevor Moore is the classic New Zealander who was worried about having to struggle from week to week and rely on the pension when he retired. He started out in investing by using $200,000 equity he had in his family home, he then transformed this into a $5 million-dollar portfolio which includes 18 properties with 28 income streams, and he achieved all of this within three years of setting on his journey to financial freedom. Tickets are very limited so please be in quick to reserve your seat. Venue: Hotel Coachman. Time: 7pm.

Wednesday, June 27

* Girls Night Out. Enjoy a special evening while sipping on a delicious bubbly or wine. Venue: Te Manawa Art Gallery. Time: 6pm.

* Pasifika Fusion 2012. This Pacific Island Secondary School Cultural Festival is an annual event in its 8th (successful) year. The theme this year is Threats to the Pacific, issues pertaining to Pacific people in NZ or the islands (economics, political, language, traditions, environmental, etc). Venue: Regent on Broadway. Time: 6pm. Admission: Pasifika Fusion evening concert, $2.

* Open Mic. Original song competition. Venue: Ashhurst Inn. Time: 7pm.

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