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The week ahead…

 

World Fair Trade Day

10 May // 11am – 4pm
Trade Aid 184 Papanui Rd, Merivale

Fair Trade will be celebrated worldwide through various events in over 70 countries! Come along to the Trade Aid shop in Merivale to help celebrate! They’re throwing a party to thank you for your support – it’s you the customers who make Fair Trade possible and in turn help countless farmers, producers and their families around the globe! Free food, music, games, prizes and lots of fun activites for the kids. Between 1pm-4pm they’ll have Krithika from Jambalaya Handmade Crafts teaching how to use beautiful wooden printing blocks. Try the blocks on fabric, or print your own bandana to keep! If you choose to make a bandana it will be $15 to cover the cost of materials. Younger kids can use the blocks with paint on A3 paper to create their own wrapping paper for Mothers day! Phone contact:  033558450

 

Native Plant Restoration Field Day

10 May // 9:30am – 3pm
Coes Ford Reserve

Te Ara Kākāriki is running a free event for anyone interested in planting natives. The day will have experts available to talk about examples of when restoration works, how to plan your restoration project, what funding is available, what species to plant and how to plant, how to prepare and maintain your planting, how to deal with predator and herbivores, and what monitoring can you do. Take this opportunity to learn how to effectively restore natives and how you can contribute to creating a greenway across Canterbury. Official Website: www.kakariki.org.nz. To register email register@kakariki.org.nz

 

Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk

11 May // 9:30am – 12:30pm
South Hagley Park, Hagley Ave

Join us this Mother’s Day for our annual Jennian Homes fun run/walk. This wonderful event supports the Heart Foundation’s Go Red for Women campaign and is a great way to spend a special day with your family or friends. This campaign celebrates the energy, passion and power women have to band together to beat heart disease and women of all fitness levels are invited to join in the fun. Registration opens 1st April. Single: $20.00, Mother Daughter Combo: $15.00, Senior (65+): $15.00, Group (10+): $14.00. Tickets: 0800 JENNIAN or jennian.co.nz

 

Christchurch Mum’s Get Together

115 May // 10:30am
Discovery area at the Canterbury Museum

Come meet up with other mums and kids! I will have a sign so that you can find us and will tell the person at the door. It costs $2 per person to come into the Discovery area. Feel free to let us know you’re coming (just reply to this email) and we can look out for you. Or just show up!

My Family and Me – Julie Wylie Musical Play

17 May // Various Times – See details below
Chisnallwood Intermediate; 76 Breezes Rd, Avondale

A fundraiser for MENZA (Music Education New Zealand) Join for an interactive musical play session designed especially for families and their children. Facilitated by Julie Wylie and Michal Bush. Cost : $10 per child (with adult). 9.30 – 10.00am 6 months to 1 year; 10.15 – 10.45am 1 to 2 years; 11.00 – 11.30am 2 to 3 years; 11.45 – 12.15pm 3 to 5 years. Contact Clare Newton on events@juliewyliemusic.com 0274626488 to book your space. Official Website: juliewyliemusic.com

 

Burns Song Contest 2014

17 May // 11am
Scottish Society of NZ Hall cnr of Edgeware and Caledonian Roads

Enjoy the voices of young singers performing  over 50 songs of Scotland in this 30th Burns Song Competition. All are welcome, entry by gold coin, come for part or all of the event. Delicious refreshments available. Support our Scottish heritage, bring your friends and spread the word. Further information Tel: 021 0341929

 

Body in Action (ongoing)

18th April – 27th July // Doors open at 9am
Canterbury Museum

Body in Action opens at Canterbury Museum on Friday 18 April and promises to put your body to the test. Do you know that in one day your heart will pump all your blood around your body about 1000 times, or that every 30 days your body produces a totally new outer layer of skin? Body in Action at Canterbury Museum will explore how the body works from head to toe. Designed for children of all ages, Body in Action offers an amazing journey of discovery through the human body. The exhibition is full of highly interactive activities and amazing information on how the human body works. For example, children can venture through the giant human mouth and giant nose, have fun in the lungs and intestines, test their aerobic capabilities, explore how the brain works and learn about bones, blood, how we hear, taste and see plus much, much more. Toured by Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Body in Action opens at Canterbury Museum on Friday 18 April, entry is free; donations are appreciated. For more information see www.canteburymuseum.com