What's on in Christchurch
Beck Eleven looks at the weekend's events and beyond.
Aw, furry companion creatures. Decide what pet is best for your home, learn how to care for your current pet or just go for a look. The pet expo is on all weekend and features an animal magic show, puppy make-overs and grooming, a beginner's guide to owning different animals. Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Pioneer Stadium, 75 Lyttelton St. Adults $12, seniors and students $10, under-16s, $7 and free for under-5s.
If you're in the Re:START mall at noon today you'll catch the finals of a search for a local young model who will win a contract and other prizes. Saturday (rain date, Sunday).
An all-ages community talent competition with kids from schools, kapa haka, orchestral and hip-hop groups. Saturday, 1pm to 4pm. Churchill Park, 40 Guild St, Richmond. Sunday, 1pm to 4pm (if raining, Shirley Intermediate School Hall at 2pm).
Hidden Talent Quest
The Gap Filler team are seeking "anyone who can play the spoons, do a magic trick, do accents" - basically anything you're willing to get on stage and try. Prize of $200. Pallet Pavilion, Saturday from 6pm, adults, $5, children, free. Food caravans and bar open.
CSO Mozart Festival
The first of three Christchurch Symphony Orchestra concerts celebrating Mozart. Each features a guest soprano, pianist and clarinet. This Saturday night is The Travelling Years (7.30pm), St Andrew's church at Rangi Ruru Girls' School. 59 Hewitts Rd, Merivale. Adults, $35 for single entry or $30 for each of all three concerts. Children, $15. Tickets ph 0800 327 484.
Peninsula Art Auction
Work by well-known artists and new talent will be auctioned on Sunday but people have all weekend to view the art first. See pieces by Bill Hammond, Llew Summers and more by gold coin donation on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The auction is at 7pm on Sunday ($35 entry). Phone bidding and silent auction also. 19 London St, Lyttelton. Details ph 328-9560.
The Big Walk
The Foundation for Youth's annual fundraising Big Walk. Choose the 2km, 5km or 10km adventure through their new obstacle course. Sausage sizzle and spot prizes too. Sunday, 10am, Kyle Park, Waterloo Rd, Hornby.
Agatha Christie's tale of an English country house murder is being staged by Christchurch players in The Mousetrap. Runs until April 20, 7.30pm starts. Adults, $30, concessions, $25, 17 & under, $18. St Michael and All Angels Church, 84 Oxford Tce.