Events on this weekend
Smooth jazz at the Boathouse
The Boathouse in Nelson hosts Freewheelin'. Local jazz and blues regulars Johnny and Paul Morris, Paul Johnston, Annabel Boyes, Andrew Leachman and Rachel Fallows will play selections from the great American songbook of jazz standards, adding hints of Latin, blues, swing and bebop, and original arrangements.
On Friday, free entry, with music from 7pm.
The stars come out
The Nelson Science Society is hosting a star party o Friday.
View the planets, the Moon and the Milky Way weather permitting, of course. It starts at 7pm at the Atkinson Observatory at Clifton Terrace School. Phone 03 544 5241 for more information.
First steps in music
Mapua's Playhouse Cafe is hosting The Music Box on Saturday night, the official graduation party of Nelson singing star Jay Chasland's music students.
They've been training all year, and promoters say the audience can expect "a high standard of amazingness".
See and hear for yourself from 8pm. Tickets $15.
Into the Latin groove
Ceroc Nelson is holding its monthly dance party at the Little Rock in Bridge St on Saturday night, from 8pm until 10.30pm. Koha entry.
Have a ball with Pacha Atma Popular Nelson world music band Pacha Atma return to the Playhouse on Saturday night for a winter ball. DJs and The Inverts will play support, and the music starts from 7.30pm.
Tickets $10, with food and transport available.
A space just for stories
Nelson storyteller and musician, Body in Space's Roger Sanders, will host cosy storytelling sessions at Fairfield House this Monday and Tuesday for two sessions each day 10am and 2pm. Sanders will tell stories from around the world, with accompanying music.
The sessions are aimed at children aged 7-10, though everyone is welcome.
Tickets $5, with hot chocolate and other treats available for purchase.
Catch a good celebration
Takaka's Anatoki Salmon is hosting a midwinter Christmas dinner with a twist you can catch your own meal.
On Sunday there will be a 15 per cent discount on salmon fishing, music from the Marble Mountain Country Music Club, food and mulled wine. From 9am to 4.30pm, with free entry and free use of fishing gear.