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The week ahead…


“Just for Fun” Day

30th August // 10am – 2pm //  Roy Stokes Hall at Central New Brighton School

Is your gambling still just for fun? Whether you gamble or not, come join us for some family time!  Bring the whanau and enjoy some free entertainment and activities! Sausage Sizzle * Musical Performances * Community Stalls * Bouncy Castle * Family Fun * All Free! Brought to you by the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand, the Oasis Centre for Problem Gambling, the Canterbury Family Violence Collaboration, and others!


Monster Wars

31st August // 2-3pm & 4-5pm //  Hohepa Hall – 23 Barrington Street

NO Productions Theatre and La Errante Troupe present MONSTER WARS – a joyful and adventurous theatrical fantasy tale with a touch of circus! This show is aimed at audience of all ages: it is a delightful, funny and spectacular story of love, hate, revenge and forgiveness. …The kingdom is threatened by The Destroyer, a giant spider-like creature. Will the mysterious Hunter, a wanderer between the worlds, help the Queen and her people with his army of monsters?… Contact Phone: 027 2069311. Tickets: $10 Bookings by email:


Woodend Art & Craft Expo

31st August // 10:30am – 4pm //  Woodend Community Centre, School Road

Stalls and Classes. Come and try something new with the 30 minute ‘speed craft classes’. $4 per session or $10 for 3 sessions. Event Website:


Christchurch Primary Schools Cultural Festival 2014

1-5 September // 12:30pm & 6:45pm //  Horncastle Arena

Christchurch primary and intermediate schools proudly present ‘Cultural Festival’. Boasting a spectacular smorgasboard of multicultural performance, Wearable Art Pageant and Visual Art Exhibition. This year’s showcase promises to impress, with traditional and contemporary performances by 70 children’s performance groups, representing 10 nationalities and from all over Canterbury. Cultural Festival is a unique and colourful stage show that celebrates the many vibrant cultures in our schools and Aotearoa – don’t miss out on this very special experience. Pricing: Adult $15, Child $8, Snr & Disability $10. Contact Phone: 0274474775. Official Website:

Orienteering: schools training at Burnside Primary

2nd September // 4-5pm //  Burnside Primary school

Come along to the after-school training leading up to the Canterbury Schools Orienteering festival. Each week training is on a different night to give as many as possible the chance not to have it clash with your other events. Check out the two Sunday club events 10 August and 7 September which are great family practice for the festival. Contact Phone: 384 7911. Pricing: $2 per child. Official Website:


Scarecrow Saturday

6th September // 10am – 1pm //  On the green beside Hillyers Cafe, Gerald St. Lincoln

Fun, Filled Family Event – Get creative and start making your Scarecrow now ready for Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market’s Annual Scarecrow Saturday Event. Open to all ages with categories including – School/Community Entry, Adult, Child, Corporate, Pre-School (Scarecrow Min 1m High)  +  Live Scarecrow Category (Fancy Dress). Entries register between 10 – 10.30 am. Guest Judge, Fantastic Prizes Up For Grabs. Live Music. Heaps of farm fresh produce, delicious baking, yummy food stalls, wine, confectionery, flowers, plants and a diverse range of exquisite crafts. See for more info.

Ashley Forest Half Marathon and 10k run/walk

7th September // 8:30am registration //  Ashley Forest

North Loburn School are holding their annual 10km and 21km Ashley Forest Fun Run and Walk once again this year. This years course is expected to be located in the same area as last year, but is highly dependent on forestry activity and therefore we will confirm any changes closer to the time. The half marathon and 10km run/walk will take you on a journey through the forestry roads of the Ashley Forest. The courses are a mixture of undulating hills with some challenging gradients. Expect to encounter mud, water and exposure to all the elements. The 10km run/walk has one decent and climb followed by a gradual downhill over the last 4kms. The half marathon run follows the 10km course for the first decent and climb before joining the 10km course for the final 4km. PLEASE NOTE that all distances are approximate as the courses have been designed to make interesting circuits around the forest. $20 adult, $10 under 18, $40 family. Official website:


Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker

Goes through 28th September // ArtBox (corner Madras and St Asaph Streets)

Christchurch Art Gallery’s latest exhibition explores the shape-shifting, experimental and seriously playful work of making art. Artists from near and far test the limits of their materials with morphing pencil sculptures, stretchy paint skins, gravity-defying stacks and videos of exploding paint-balloons. Featuring works by Rebecca Baumann, Mark Braunias/Jill Kennedy, Judy Darragh, Steve Carr, Lionel Bawden, John Hurrell, Tony Bond, Helen Calder, John Nicholson and Miranda Parkes, the exhibition is supported by a lively and engaging programme for both children and adults that includes floor talks, workshops and publications. Official Website: