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The week ahead…  


Star Wars Afternoon

25th April  // 12pm – 1pm // Imagination Station

A very special afternoon of Star Wars themed building fun! We will have a visit from Darth Vader from 12-1pm, and come anytime in the afternoon to enter our spaceship building competition! Build a cool spaceship, and go in the draw to win an awesome Lego Star Wars prize pack! Also come along to take a look at our awesome Ewok Village and do some Stormtrooper photography! Free! Contact Info: 03 260 1430. Official Website: Click here


ANZAC Day Free Talk: Canterbury and the First World War

25th April  // 2pm – 3pm // The Bird Hall, Canterbury Museum

Travel back in time to uncover the experiences of Cantabrians, both at home and overseas, during the First World War.  Canterbury Museum Curator Human History, Sarah Murray, shares some of the stories and history of special objects from our collections. Official Website: Click here


Family Fun Run/Walk and Gala

26th April  // 10am – 1pm // Hagley Park North

The Tourette’s Association of New Zealand, in association with Kelly Sports, is holding a family-orientated fun run/walk with three distance options to suit all members of the family. Choose from 2.5km, 5km or 10km and enter as an individual or a two-person team (for the 10km only). Earlybird prices are available and all those who enter before April 22 go in the draw to win an iPad Mini. Once you’ve finished your run/walk stay and enjoy some of the entertainment, the kids games, the food stalls and the coffee. Take the opportunity to learn more about Tourette Syndrome and how it affects kiwi kids. Fancy-dress costumes are encouraged. This is a fundraising event for the Tourette’s Association of New Zealand Registration is open now. Please email Kelly Sports to register: Pricing: Early bird prices: child $5, adult $10, family $25. On the day entries: child $8, adult $13, family $30. Under fives are free. Two-person teams pay the individual fee each. Official Website: Click here


Halswell Community Market

26th April  // 1-4pm // St John of God Chapel, 26 Nash Road, Halswell

Our markets provide a venue for local clubs, schools and businesses to highlight their activities and to fundraise. This is a real community event with a variety of stalls offering handmade crafts, local produce and amazing food. There is something for everyone at the Halswell Market: Fresh Organic Coffee, a wide variety of food trucks; Live music and beautiful award winning grounds to relax in; Stalls covering fresh Local Produce to Shabby Chic; Entertainment for the kids in the form of a bouncy castle and face painting. For enquiries phone or text Kate on 027 370 0344. For more information and updates, find us on Facebook – Halswell Community Market. Funded by the HalswelL Community Project. Official Website: Halswell Community Project


Christchurch Food Truck Market @ The Commons

1st May  // 4-9pm // The Commons, 70 Kilmore St. Christchurch

The Christchurch Food Trucks are back!! Located in Cathedral Square weekly over the Summer, they will have a new home for Winter. We’re pleased to be able to continue this popular initiative, piloted by CCC over Summer, by hosting them monthly at The Commons. Catch them on the first Friday of the month – starting with FRIDAY 1st MAY, 2015, 4-9pm. Entertainment, Games & of course… FOOD! Get down to the Commons, on the First Friday of the month to get your fix of some of Christchurch’s top food vendors. Brought to you by Gap Filler & The Commons. Facebook Event: Click here

The Food Show

1-3 May  // 10am – 5pm // Horncastle Arena, Jack Hinton Drive

Every year The Food Shows in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch offer tens of thousands of New Zealanders the chance to taste and buy from a huge range of the very best food, drink, and kitchen equipment. They’re like a massive delicatessen, an upmarket kitchenware shop, and the supermarket of your dreams all rolled into one. Entry tickets include access to dozens of free cooking demos from celebrity chefs in the Whirlpool Cooking Theatre, Kenwood Kitchen, plus more great show features, and tons of great money-saving show-only specials. The most intimate of our three shows with an emphasis on local and artisan products, the Food Show Christchurch serves up a huge helping of fabulous food, drink, and gadgets to South Island foodies every year.

Get the best rates on tickets by booking online (from $18, under 5’s free) – o

fficial website: Click here


Cloth Nappy Week Coffee Group

3rd May // 7-8pm // Parents Centre, 2/2 Leacroft St

Come along to Coffee Group….and have a great night out! 

Everyone is welcome to attend, you don’t have to be a Cloth Nappy user to join in the fun… Loads of prizes (not just cloth nappies) to give away at the coffee group from our various sponsors. 

In Christchurch we have an Out and About Buggy from Baby on the move to give away: A Motorola Baby monitor, 

A Lascal Buggy Board, A Mustela Nursery Pack, 

A Kozy Baby Carrier, Plus loads more! 

The cloth nappy week coffee groups are for parents to get together and socialise, play a few games, win some prizes and have a few laughs along the way. It is not a formal event and kids are welcome to attend with you too. Bring a plate, your mate and a gold coin donation….

At the completion of the coffee group the treasure hunt will commence.


Lincoln’s Grand Pumpkin Competition

2nd May  // 10am – 1pm // on green beside Hillyers Cafe, Gerald Street, Lincoln

Fun family event set in the heart of the country township of Lincoln- enter your prize pumpkin in one of the many competitions held on the day including – Heaviest, Ugliest Pumpkin, Best Looking Pumpkin/Squash Family Vegetable, get creative by entering your pumpkin in the Best Dressed Pumpkin Category (Adult & Children Sections) or for the budding master chefs among you perhaps enter the Best Pumpkin Baked Goods Competition – slice/cake etc. There will be great foot tapping music to enjoy throughout the event plus lots of quality local produce, baking and crafts – including artisan breads, award winning cheeses, wine, spray free vegetables, plants, sweet treats and a wide range of unique handcrafted gifts. Come and join in the community spirit of this annual Lincoln event. Bring entries along between 9.30 and 10.30. Prizes given out at midday. See for more details.


Ongoing events…


Spectrum Street Art Festival

14th Feb – 10 May  // YMCA

Featuring: The largest Banksy collection in the southern hemisphere. Who: Cope 2, Sofles, Adnate, Owen Dippie, Flox, Buff Monster, Dcypher & Jacob Yikes. Admission is free, and there are rumored giant spray cans adorning the venue, customized by selected artists. All the major players in spray paint manufacturing are set to contribute, and we imagine this event will undoubtedly cement Christchurch’s reputation as one of the country’s great street art advocates. Official Website: Click here