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The week ahead…


ChCh Mums Gathering

TONIGHT, 25th September // from 7:30pm  // C1 Cafe

Come meet other mums, have a drink or dessert! I will have a sign so that you can find us. Feel free to RSVP and we can look out for you. Or just show up!


Out of the Box

27 September // 10am-3pm  // ArtBox, corner of Madras and St Asaph streets

Christchurch Art Gallery’s highly acclaimed Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker exhibition will go out with a bang this Saturday, offering visitors one last look at the brightest show in town before it closes on Sunday. The Gallery will be hosting Out of the Box — a celebratory closing party for its longest-running Outer Spaces show, which has captivated Cantabrians since its opening in February. This will be a free family fun-day, featuring kids’ art activities, face painting, chalk drawing, a photo booth, the Imagination Playground, live music from the Kitchen Collective, refreshments and free popcorn.  *In the event of rain, Out of the Box will be postponed until Sunday, 28 September.

NZ IceFest 2014

27 Sept – 12th October // celebrating 7:30pm  // Horncastle Arena

NZ IceFest celebrates New Zealand’s unique relationship with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. New Zealand is a gateway to Antarctica with Christchurch acting as a logistics hub for both national and international programmes. NZ IceFest showcases the scientific, heritage and cultural importance Antarctica has to our country and the festival captures this through its strong programme of Antarctic-themed activities. From scientific speakers to sled dog racing, NZ IceFest has something for everyone, most of it free! Get along and experience the magic for yourself. Official website:

Events include NZ IceFest Launch and Sled Dog Tram Pull (27th @ 9:30am) and Sled Dog Racing (28th @ 9am)… check website for details.


Walking Festival

27th September – 5th October

38+ Walks – 9 Days. Beaches, forests, ridgelines and city streets. Walks for everyone – children, strollers, striders, families, people in wheelchairs, people with buggies, art and city interested people, AND a walk for dogs! A downloadable programme is available. Some walks require bookings and have limited numbers. Official website:

ART IN THE CITY: Reacquaint yourself and friends with our Central City with a free guided city walk – Art in the City (Mon 29 Sept) reveals art in its many forms with Charlie Gates from The Press (bookings filling up fast over half filled on Monday) OR

OUR EVER EVOLVING CITY: Our Ever Evolving City* (Wed 1 & Fri 3 Oct). Book your child (must be under 5 years) on Child of the Transitional City* (4 Oct, 2 walks, max of 30 places including caregivers) – Sense the cityscape with a child’s eyes on a guided walk through our transitioning central city. Finishes with fluffies. Book NOW with CCC PH: 941 8999. Limited places.*can also be self guided.

& PUKEKO STOMP: A perfect outing for babies in buggies, young walkers and their families. Experience Travis Wetland including surprise guests, story telling and fruit kebabs along the way. Return to the Burwood Plunket rooms for more fun and information about preschool children programmes and services. (1st Oct: 10:30-noon) Meet: Burwood Plunket Rooms, 149 Burwood Road, Burwood. Official Website:…


Spring Carnival at The Anglican Parish of Opawa St Martins

27th September // 9am // St Mark’s Church, Cnr. Opawa Road and Vincent Place, Opawa

Come to the Spring Carnival at The Anglican Parish of Opawa St Martins – fun, food & 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! Games for the children & a free bouncy castle. Bring your blunt wood chisel (in reasonable repair – conditions will apply) and we will sharpen it while you enjoy the Spring Carnival – $5.00 per chisel. For more information please contact the Office 980-9983. Official Website:


Halswell Community Market

28th September // 1 – 4pm  // St Lukes Church, 450 Halswell Road, Halswell

We are pleased to announce that the Halswell Community Project will once again be holding 3 Community Market Days in Halswell prior to Christmas. The markets are a community affair with a variety of stalls offering handmade crafts, local produce and amazing food. There’s live music and fun activities. Come on down and check out what Halswell has to offer on the 4th Sunday of each month and support local vendors and businesses. Enquiries please contact Kate on or 027 3700344. Organised by the Halswell Community Project. Official Website:


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

1 – 11th October // celebrating 7:30pm  // The Court Theatre

‘G’ prefers baseball caps and skateboards to bows and pretty dresses, but she still thinks nothing of sneaking into strange houses uninvited. When the house belongs to three large bears… Well, the outcome might not be what you expect! October school holiday show… GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS adapted by Georgia-Kate Heard. All tickets $9.00 (Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver).

Rotary Book Fair

3-4th October // Fri 8.30am – 9pm. Sat 8.30am – 4pm // Rangiora Borough School Hall, King Street

Hundreds of books to choose from. Why buy an eBook when you can buy the real thing? The book sale offers books, magazines and puzzles donated from the Waimakariri District Libraries and from the public. Cash or cheque sales only. Sorry, no EFTPOS available.

The Body Festival

19th September – 12th October

Quantity but not in any way a compromise on quality: check out the vast collection of opportunities to see some of the best dance and performance events New Zealand has to offer; together with numerous opportunities ‘to give dance a go’ at a broad range of dance workshops available throughout the festival. Official website:

Including MC ELITE DANCE SHOWCASE: Monday 29th September 2014; Time: 7.00pm; Venue: Middleton Grange School Theatre, 27 Arthur Street. MC Elite presents a fun and jazzy showcase for children and adults of all ages. The costumes are bright and the dancing is tight with choreography in jazz, street jazz, lyrical, acrobatics and contemporary dance performed by students who dedicate many hours per week perfecting their dance and acrobatic skills. The students just love to perform for audiences and are aged 8-18yrs. Duration 60-90 minutes. Tickets $15, $8 concession from Dash Tickets or ph 0800 327 484, booking fees apply. Official Website:…


Canterbury Masters Figure Skating & Open Invitation Championships

4-5th October // 4:30 – 7:15pm  // Alpine Ice Sports Centre 495 Brougham Street

Come and watch Canterbury’s top figure skaters in action.  Guests skaters from Dunedin also. Adult Grades and Youth grades. Solo and Partner Ice Dancing, Freeskating, Synchronised Team skating. Let them dazzle you with their spins, jumps, & speed over the ice. Dress Warm – Jackets, Gloves, beanies, blanket. Hot food available at the Cafe. Pricing: Gold Coin Donation. Contact Phone: 385 2261. Official Website:


All Right? Amble

5th October // 11am-3pm  // Botanic Gardens

Part treasure hunt, part orienteering this is a walk with a difference. Pick up your map from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and find five hidden delights. Collect a stamp at each one and return for a prize! Last map available at 2.30pm. Official Website:…