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The week ahead…  


2015 Ice Hockey Exhibition Cup

23 May  // 4:30 – 7pm // Alpine Ice, 495 Brougham St, Opawa

First pre season game for the NZIHL Champions, Canterbury Red Devils. Come along and see the fastest game in the world.
For the first time in history the imports for this season will play in this game. Ticket purchases: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)


Vintage Ploughing Compeitions

23-24 May  // 10 – 2pm // Two Chain Rd

Annual ploughing matches for 2015 will be held on Two Chain Road, Swannanoa on the north bank of the Eyre River, on May 23/24th weather permitting from 10am to 2pm. Saturday: Oxford WMC Vintage Section & Sunday: North Canterbury Ploughing Match Assn. Competitive ploughing involves three categories: Vintage ploughing – single & double furrow ploughs; Horse team ploughing – teams of 2 to 6 horses; Silver Plough  – modern reversible and conventional. Ploughmen range from the novice to world ploughing competitors. Meet the ploughmen from throughout Canterbury and Marlborough, practicing the ancient skill of ploughing the land to expose the soil to the elements over the winter season in preparation for spring sowing of crops – before the days of spray and chemicals. Bring a thermos and enjoy the day. Sorry, no dogs permitted on this property.


Sri Chinmoy 10km, 5km and Children’s 2.5km Races in Sumner

24 May  // 9am // Esplanade

Location: Registration area is at the far end of Sumner Esplanade by the clock tower. Course: a flat accurate 2.5km out-and-back along the lovely oceanside esplanade. Registration opens at 8:15am. Event Options: 10km (15yrs+), 5km (13yrs +), 2.5km (under 15 yrs). All races are open. Medals are awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each event. A post-race breakfast provided by The Lotus-Heart Restaurant is available from 9:30am. The meal is complimentary for all participants. Supporters are welcome to purchase breakfast for $7. Results, photos and a race report will be posted online after the event. The international Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team is a non-profit organisation conducted by the Sri Chinmoy Centre. Our races are held as a service to the running community to promote self-transcendence through sports. A competitor at any Sri Chinmoy Race across the globe can be assured of the same high standard and quality of care. Official Website: Click here


The Famous Annual Sefton Tug of War

24 May  // 10-2pm // Sefton School

The Tug of War is a lot of fun events in one day. From the 760kg Trophy Class to the mixed class (no weight limit), it’s designed for team building and community involvement .  Kids love the Seftonian Battles, and this year Pedalmania will have their crazy collection of rideable bikes for you to have a go on. We encourage business to enter teamsfor the Trophy Pull, Mixed Pull or Truck Pull and reward competitiors with great competition and spot prizes. Food and drinks are available along with a Farmers Market and free kids entertainment. Spectators Free!  Team entry, $120. Official Website: Click here


Garden City Orchestra concert

24 May  // 3pm // Avonhead School

Varied program including Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and many more. With guest performances from Nor’West Brass and the Christchurch Harp Orchestra. Conductor: Beth Cohen. Leader: Tracy Melzer. Tickets sold at the door $8 Adults, $4 Children, $6 Senior/Student. Official Website: Click here


Reading to Dogs

Each Wednesday  // 3:30 – 4:30pm // South Christchurch Library, 66 Colombo Street, Cashmere

A ‘fur-tastic’ programme for growing readers! Christchurch City Libraries ‘Reading to Dogs’ programme is designed to provide a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere which encourages children to practice their reading skills and develop a love of reading. The programme uses dogs who are now the beloved pets of the Christchurch City Council Animal Control team. These furry friends have all been trained and tested for health, safety and temperament. Our dogs: Can increase a child’s relaxation while reading; Listen attentively; Do not laugh, judge or criticise; Allow children to proceed at their own pace; Can be less intimidating than a child’s peers. Library staff and a dog handler will be present at all times to help facilitate the sessions. Each session is 15 minutes long. Don’t miss out on this fun programme! Please call: 941 7923 or book at South Christchurch Library.


Gingerbread Design

28 May  // 10-11:30m // Beulah Church, 140 Springfield Rd

Hey kids come & have some fun decorating & designing your own gingerbread people & have a play. Barista Coffee available for $2.


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Various dates & times; check website // Rangiora Town Hall, Corner King Street and High Street, Rangiora

You will be transported to a lovely French provincial town where the beautiful Belle lives with her father – a dotty inventor.  When her father doesn’t return from a trip to the local fair, Belle rushes off to find him.  To her dismay, she discovers he is being held captive in an old castle by a horrible beast.  She trades her freedom for his and the “tale as old as time” begins.How Belle tames the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation into a handsome prince continues to enthral audiences. Contact Info: 03 313 4854. Official Website: Click here


New Zealand Dance Awards

29 May – 1 June  // Middleton Grange Theatre

The New Zealand Dance Awards provides a platform for our youth to express themselves through dance to a high standard. With Adjudicators from Australia and the USA  this years competition is shaping up to be one of the best yet! With over $7000.00 in Cash Prizes there are plenty of opportunities for dancers to be able to enhance their learning with one of the 9 Scholarship prizes on offer. Competing in the styles of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Musical Theatre to name but a few there will be up to 700 routines grace the stage over 3 1/2 days. From Solos to Groups there will be something to watch for everyone. Get all the info on the official website: Click here




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Wacky Wednesday and Funday Friday!

Wednesdays & Fridays  // 4 – 5:30pm // Imagination Station, 113 Worcester Street

Too rainy for sports? Need a break? Register the kids for Wacky Wednesday and Funday Friday! Drop the kids off at 4 and either hang around the enjoy our free wifi and coffee delivery, or head off to get things done. We will take take of everything! The kids will be entertained by our skilled Fun Team – providing them with building challenges, team work competitions and brain bending brick games. Registration includes a Mrs Higgins cookie, a drink and 90 minutes of fun! Suitable for ages 5+! More info and registration info go to: Official Website. General Admission: $5.00.


New Zealand Music Month 2015

1-31 May  // Various times & venues

Firmly entrenched as part of our cultural landscape, over the course of the last decade the month of May has gone from a period of encouraging radio to play more local tunes, to a 31 day celebration of homegrown talent across the length and breadth of the country. NZ Music Month is a promotion run by the NZ Music Commission that takes place each May, in association with other organisations including NZ On Air, Recorded Music New Zealand, APRA, The Music Managers Forum, and the Radio Broadcasters Association. For all the info go to the official website: Click here or the facebook event: Click here