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The week ahead…

 

Whakaoho Papanui Community Day

Saturday, 21st September // 1-4pm
Te Koru, Papanui Youth Centre, 1A Harewood Road

Come along to Whakaoho, Papanui Community Day. Lots of fun free family and community activities. Bouncy Castles, Zorbs, Rock Climbing, Games and prizes. Also try your hand at stone carving, get your face painted and grab a sausage sizzle. There will also be a live stage with performances throughout the afternoon from Mari Slack, Amber Rose, Kris Muir and Zion Dance studios.

 

South Brighton Playcentre Spring Kids Market

Saturday, 21st September // 10 – 2pm
South Brighton Playcentre, 72 Beatty Street

Come one, come all. Join the fun of the South Brighton Playcentre Spring Kids Market. Great food & coffee, quality 2nd hand goods, stalls, fantastic gala games, prizes, bouncy castles, pony rides, face painting, the Natural Magic Pirates and the amazing Ali Harper. A spring extravaganza with everything imaginable for children! Note: There is a detour in place over Bridge Street Bridge – so drive via Pages Road Bridge.

 

Bookarama

20-22nd September // 5-8pm Friday; 9am-5pm Saturday; 9am-3pm Sunday
Addington Raceway Stables

Take part in this community project – find donation info on their website. Official Website: www.rotaryinfo.org.nz. All proceeds to supporting the community.

 

Te Whare Maire O Nga Puna Werewere

Monday 9th–Friday 27th September // 11am – 3pm
Linwood Community Arts Centre, cnr Worcester St & Stanmore Rd

Te Whare Maire O Nga Puna Werewere is an art festival showcasing contemporary and traditional Maori art and cultural activities. There are Maori art and culture workshops throughout the festival. On Tuesdays (10th, 17th, 24th September) and Thursdays (12th, 19th September) from 5.30-7pm all of the following are offered: Poi making; Poi actions; Harakeke Putiputi (flax flowers); Stick & string games; Kapa Haka. $2. On Fridays (13th, 20th, 27th September) from 6.30-8.30pm Waiata: Whare Tamanui. Thursday September 26 at 5.30pm is a concert night, and to view the art and crafts produced at the various workshops.

 

Redcliffs School Fair

Sunday, 22nd September // 11 – 3pm
Van Asch Deaf Education Centre

The popular Redcliffs Schhol Fair is being held at the park-like setting of van Asch Deaf Education Centre, Wakefield Ave, Sumner. This is one of Chch’s biggest school fairs with plenty of fun activities from carnival rides, chocolate wheel and stalls galore. Don’t miss a fun day out! Official Website: www.redcliffs.school.nz

 

Let’s Celebrate South Canterbury Festival

Monday, 23rd September // 9am
Winchester Domain, State Highway One, Winchester, South Canterbury

Introducing South Canterbury’s own special anniversary day celebration featuring over 100 quality market stalls, trade exhibits, fantastic live music, entertainment and displays the whole family will love, yummy food and wine and a great fun-filled holiday vibe, all set in Winchester’s picturesque Domain. Let’s Celebrate South Canterbury is a kids-friendly event with miniature horse rides, merry go round rides, bouncy castles, magic shows, and in 2013 some great kite flying demonstrations plus some still to be announced attractions.

 

The Body Festival 2013

27th September – 13th October // Various times & venues

The Body Festival is back for 2013! The Body Festival, Christchurch’s annual festival of dance and physical theatre, is a showcase and celebration of New Zealand’s dancing talent. Ranging from professional shows to amateur productions, the festival covers a variety of enjoyment for all audiences and participators. Focusing on the community aspect of dance, the Body Festival also incorporates a number of workshops and participation events. Find all the events on their website.

 

The Breeze Walking Festival 2013

Friday, 27th September – Sunday, 6th October // various times
Halswell Quarry Park

Put some spring in your step and boost your wellbeing at The Breeze Walking Festival 2013 with 25 walks plus walks over 10 days, the Festival explores the best locations Christchurch has to offer, including beaches, forests, ridgelines, wetlands and city streets, plus features a workshop on looking after your active feet.

It kicks off with an opening event on Saturday 28 September at Halswell Quarry from 10.30am to 2pm, with five walks to choose from including fun short walks for children plus scenic, more challenging walks up to the Quarry Rim and Kennedy’s Bush. Entertainment, spot prizes and other fun activities so bring your picnic lunch and make a day of it! The closing event on Sunday 6th October is Walk 4 Wellbeing at Hagley Park – a gentle ramble around Christchurch’s leafy heart. Official Website: www.walkingfestival.co.nz

 

Spring Carnival

Saturday, 28th September // 9am
St Marks Church, 101 Opawa Rd, Opawa

Come to the St Mark’s Spring Carnival – fun, food, entertainment & bargains galore for the whole family. All the fun of the fair with sweet, book, craft, cake, toy, white elephant, china, tool, linen, flowers stalls and more! The Global Voices Choir will entertain you while you sip great coffee from Buzz Coffee, snack on terrific food and grab a bargain. And there are games and a bouncy castle for the children too. www.opawastmartins.com

 

Have-a-go Workshops

Saturday, 28th September // 10:30 – 4pm (3 sessions starting at different times)
Lyttleton Main School, 24 Oxford Street, Lyttelton

Have-a-go workshops include: Tap Dancing, Blues Dancing, and Maori Peforming Arts for Beginners. No previous experience required, just a willing attitude to learn. Gold coin donation. Part of The Body Festival 2013. More info found here.

 

Lyttleton Harbour Kura – festival of learning

Saturday, 28th September–Sunday, 6th October // Various Times
The Portal, 54A Oxford St, Lyttelton

Project Lyttelton has dreamed up the Lyttelton Harbour Kura – festival of learning. For ten days, the Lyttelton Harbour will become a hot spot for the sharing of skills, ideas and knowledge. Come and take a workshop in Cheesemaking, Stiltwalking, Foraging or Jewellery making. It’s the first week of the school holidays, so there are lots of options for kids, either with or without parents, to attend classes and workshops.

The full programme is available on their website. Some workshops (even the free ones) will only go ahead if they get enough bookings, so please call and indicate your intention to attend. Workshops will be held at various locations around Lyttelton Harbour. Contact Phone: 0211759845

 

Gut Busta – The Toughest, Muddiest Kids Race Ever

Sunday 29 September // 10 – 2pm
Mandeville Sport Centre (off Tram Rd)

Gut Busta is an adventure race for primary school aged children from years 5 – 8. (9 – 13 years) The concept is similar to the popular “Mud, Sweat & Tears” event but will include a run, bike and orienteering, finishing with the obstacle course and some problem solving challenges. The obstacle course will involve lots of mud, climbing, crawling, sliding, swinging, carrying and lots of fun. $25 entry fee. Contact email – gutbustachristchurch@gmail.com

 

Open Streets

Sunday, 29th September // 10 – 4pm
Christchurch City Centre – centred on Gloucester and Colombo Streets

Open Streets is a one-day event where people can explore Central City streets on bicycle, on foot, or skates and be entertained along the way. Join the Parade led by the Bicycle Band and Frocks On Bikes – starting 11.30am from Victoria Square. Free – bike pump track, bike tune-ups, skate hire & lessons, zumba & salsa classes. Spot prizes for bike bling and creative zest. Watch roller derby girls & bike polo demos. Music. Food stalls & markets. Streets within the event are closed to motor vehicles. Check Facebook Page for more info. See Cycling in Christchurch website for lots more info about what’s happening.