What's on? See our local events guide


Looking for something to do this week? See the Bay of Plenty Times What's on Guide for local events.

THURSDAY

What: Made Awards

Where: Baycourt Centennial Theatre

Time: 7pm-9.15pm

Students love to use digital media to discover, explore and communicate learning. The Noel Leeming MADE Awards 2011 seeks to establish an outlet that enables students to show their work with a much wider audience. This year the Supreme Award is being judged by Weta Workshop. Price $9 per ticket.

What: Social Rock and Roll: Dancing to authentic music.

Where: Senior Citizen's Hall, Maitland St, Greerton.

Time: Every Thursday night. 7.30-9.30pm $2.50 Ph Peter 544 5556 or Maria 576 7326.

What: The Power of Women's Voice, locally, globally improving the lives of women and their families

Where: Bongard Centre (at BOP Polytechnic)

Time: 5.30pm-7pm

In association with the University of Waikato, the Tauranga National Council of Women and United Nations Association present: Elizabeth Bang, President, NCWNZ. Elizabeth will speak on improving the quality of life of NZ women and their families, involvement with the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other current key NCWNZ advocacy campaigns.

What: University of Waikato - Tauranga alumni and friends reception

Where: Mills Reef Winery

Time: 6pm-8.30pm

The University of Waikato invites you to a reception with Bob Evans, Professor of Environmental Planning. Prof Evans has come to the University of Waikato from the UK where he was Director of the Sustainable Cities Research Institute at Northumbria University. Prof Evans, who works with the Cawthron Institute in Nelson, will argue that environmental planning in NZ needs to be guided by the principles of equity and sustainability.

FRIDAY

What: A Very Scary Xmas

Where: Westside Theatre, 141 Seventeenth Ave,

Time: 8pm, shows running Wed-Sat until December 3.

Tauranga Musical Theatre presents A Very Scary Xmas. With a 'punny' script, an original and impressive set and gimmicks galore, this is one not to be missed. Make your way through the haunted maze, and sit back and enjoy this hilarious horror comedy, with unforgettable characters and popular songs you will just have to sing along to. Tickets $28 available from TicketDirect www.ticketdirect.co.nz

What: Orange Day Parade

Where: Downtown Tauranga

Time: 9.30am

The Orange Day Parade is the opportunity for school road patrollers to parade through Downtown Tauranga to celebrate their commitment and resilience during the school year. Come down and cheer and clap them on.

What: Arize Youth Night

Where: Arataki Community Centre

Time: 7pm-8.30pm. Ages Year 8-13. Music, games, free dessert, guest speaker in an awesome environment. Smokefree/alcohol free event. Ph Kirsty 021-0206-1911.

SATURDAY

What: Tauranga Christmas at the Races

Where: Tauranga Racecourse, Cameron Rd, Greerton

Time: 11.45am-5:30pm

Fascinators out ladies! One of the biggest racing days of the year is shaping up to be a stunner. The sun is set to shine on punters at Saturday's Tauranga Christmas at the Races when the gates open at 9.30am.

There will be live music and plenty of free entertainment for the kids and of course plenty of on-track action. Santa said he wouldn't miss it for the world and will once again be there with some hot tips and a plentiful supply of sweets for everyone. Adult admission is $10.

What: Mount Maunganui Monthly Sequence Dance

Where: Mt Maunganui Sports Centre, Cnr Hull and Maunganui Roads, Mt Maunganui.

Time: 8pm-11.30pm

We warmly welcome all dancers to our Monthly Old time and Modern Sequence dance. This month, the theme is Black and White. We have a live band and we serve a scrumptious supper. At the Entrance $8 (members $7). Organized by the Mount Maunganui Scottish Society. Ph Elizabeth 544 5633 or Val 552 5599

What: Friends of the Libraries monthly meeting

Where: Mount Maunganui Library

Time: 2pm

Speaker: Jack Browne. One of the first Meteorologists in NZ, spent 4 years in Fiji gathering data, also Classic Plane enthusiast. All welcome. Refreshments provided. $2 donation. Use rear door.

What: Oceanz'11 Dive Conference & Exhibition

Where: Baycourt

Time: 9am-5pm today and tomorrow

Oceanz is New Zealand's only dedicated diving conference and exhibition. Combining influential guest speakers with dedicated exhibitions and demonstrations, it will have something for everyone who has an interest in the sea, marine life, exploration, taking photos or simply catching crayfish. Our exhibition has over 30 nationwide and international exhibitors ranging from travel and destinations, equipment, spearfishing magazines, compressors, wetsuits/drysuits, universities, government, associations, conservationists, underwater photography and more.

Visit www.oceanzdiveconference.com

What: Gypsy Fair Original

Where: Memorial Park

Time: 9am-5pm today and tomorrow

Popular, famous fair that comes to town only once a year, featuring 30 Gypsy families in interesting house-trucks and buses. Come check out these fabulous homes. Wooden crafts, tarot reading, palm reading, open home, crystals, herbal products, LuckyStar coffee, funky clothes, silver jewellery, ethnic clothes, food, candyfloss, glass blowing, bouncy castle, hip accessories, tattooing and piercing, hand painted craft, pony rides, fork art, leather, minibikes and lots, lots more.

What: Latin Dance Party

Where: Tauranga Baptist Church,640 Cameron Road

Time: 7pm-11.30pm

Intro dance classes in samba de gafieira & zouk lambada from 7.15pm. Zouk, samba, bachata, merengue & salsa music playing from 8.30pm til late. Zouk lambada performance by Latin Dance Tauranga students. Note, this is an alcohol-free venue. Adults $10, secondary school students $5. Door sales only.

What: Debbie Shepherd - 139 Concert Release Tour

Where: Changepoint,131 Poike Rd, Hairini

Time: 7pm-10.30pm

Following the success of her debut album Heartspeak, Debbie's highly anticipated second album release 139, an authentic contemporary gospel album, has now hit shelves.

Debbie is excited to continue supporting the life changing community organisation A Girl Called Hope, with $5 from every CD sold. This vital organisation provides education and support local events guideto New Zealand women who are facing issues such as abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, unplanned pregnancy and depression. Doors open at 6:45pm.Adults $10, children $5, on the night special CD and ticket $25. Door sales only.

What: Beauty for Ashes Women's Event

Where: Otumoetai Baptist

Time: 9.45am-3pm, door donation, www.beautyforashesministriesnz.org

What: Genealogy Informal Group: Final meeting of the year. Have your ancestors ever done anything against the law?

Where: At Sheila's house, 659 Granada St, Papamoa. Ph 575 5997

Time: 1.30pm

SUNDAY

What: Kids' Grinder 2011

Where: Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, 70 Windermere Drive

Time: 2pm-4pm

Fun run multisport event for kids. Features obstacles that must be navigated over, under and through also two massive inflatable slides, free swim after event at the excellent Te Pare a Ruahine pool. Many prizes and fun for the whole family. Come out and enjoy the day. Early bird registration available. Ph 571 0190 extn 6897

What: Omokoroa No 1 School's Original Ride On Mower Race Day

Where: Omokoroa No1 School, Emeny Rd

Time: 9.30am-3.30pm

Entertainment for all the family. Watch the full-on mower racing, have a go at the Air Rifle range, plate smashing, scrumptious Chocolate Tombola, bouncy castle, delicious cafe, demonstrations, helicopter rides, golf chipping, face and body painting, farmers' market, high quality pre-loved women's and children's clothing, secondhand books, quick-fire raffle and much more.

What: Theosophical Society Where: Tauranga Yoga Centre, Elizabeth St West

Time: 2pm

"Spirituality influences creative and artistic expression" presented by Karina Williams. Entry by donation to cover expenses ph 576 6106.

MONDAY

What: NZ Society of Genealogists, Papamoa Branch

Where: Tohora Room, Papamoa Library.

Time: Second Monday of each month 9.30am-2.30pm.

Modest door charge. BYO lunch. Tea/coffee provided. Ph Mark 542 0204 for further information.

What: Papamoa Progressive Association

Where: Tohora Room, Papamoa Library.

Time: Second Monday of each month. 7.30pm.

Discuss civic and community issues with councillors and guest speakers. Ph Steve 542 1602 for further information.

What: Salsa

Where: Otumoetai Action Centre.

Time: Beginners 6.45pm, improver 7.45pm, Cuban Rueda 8.45pm,

Ph 021 045 4235 www.baysalso.co.nz

TUESDAY

What: Tauranga Breast Cancer Support Service Papamoa lunch

Where: St Pauls Church, Dickson Rd, Papamoa.

Time: 12 noon

All welcome, phone Julie on 571 3346 or Jacky on 542 2662 or email to bcsstga@clear.net.nz.

What: Tauranga Orchid Society last monthly meeting of the year

Where: The Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave.

Time: 7.30pm

Grahame Leafberg from Auckland will give a powerpoint talk on Sarcochilus. Ph Lynley 576 4738.

WEDNESDAY

What: Papamoa Book Group

Where: Papamoa Library

Time: 10am

Theme: Surf, Sand and Sea. All welcome. $2 donation.

What: Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

Where: Detour Theatre, 155 Seventeenth Avenue West

Time: 7.30pm until Dec 3

Detour Theatre presents a whodunit written by the greatest crime writer of all time. For more information visit www.detour.co.nz. Ph 577 7188 for tickets. Adults $25, seniors, students and groups of 10 or more $20.

What: Infuse - Fashion and Graphic Exhibition

Where: TECT Arena at Baypark

Time: 7.30pm-9pm

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic present Infuse - Fashion & Graphic Exhibition. Infuse 2011 is a showcase celebrating the creative talents of inspiring graphic and fashion designers. Price: All $25.

What: Papamoa Garden Circle Rose Show and Prize Giving

Where: Mako Room Papamoa Community Centre.

Time: 11am.

Please bring a plate for lunch. Judy 542 1556 or Alison 572 3601.

BAY MARKETS AND MORE ...

Arataki Market: Second Saturday, 9am-noon. St Mary's, Girven Rd. Great range of craft stalls, gourmet cheeses, plants, fresh seasonal produce, sausage sizzle, devonshire teas. New stalls welcome - ph Claire 575 3238.

Bethlehem Market: First and third Sundays, 8am - noon. Bethlehem Town Centre. Now includes art & crafts indoors. $10 per site. Ph 5482977.

The Cargo Shed Premier Indoor Art: Craft Market 5 Dive Cres. Creative Weekends on the waterfront Saturday and Sunday 10am till 4pm and also open cruise ship days through to April 2012.

Evans Rd Church Car Boot Sale & Market: Third Saturday. Save yourself the hassle of a garage sale. $5 a car. Also car wash. Phone 021 1338986.

Farmers Market: Saturdays 7.45am-noon. Tauranga Primary School, 5th Ave. Local growers, farmers and artisan food producers selling direct to consumers. Wet or fine. Ph 5525278

Greerton Car Boot Sale: Third Saturday of the month, Greerton Village School. 7.30am to midday - Greerton Community Patrols.

Greerton Hall: Last Saturday, 8am-noon. Crafts, plants, produce, bric-a-brac. Stalls inside and out. Ph Merv or Nancy 07 863 6697.

Katikati Plant & Produce Market: Every Friday 4-6pm Katikati A&P; Showgrounds, Major St, Katikati. Local growers, farmers and artisan food producers selling direct to customers. Pauline 549-2449.

Lions Car Fair: Sundays, 8am-noon. 11th Avenue carpark, opposite The Mad Butcher. $30 gives free re-entry and website listing until vehicle sold. Ph Ken 5780451 www.taurangacarfair.co.nz.

Maketu: Every third and fifth Sundays, 8am to 1pm, Maketu Village Green. Ph Maureen 533-2340.

Mount Mainstreet Farmers Market: Sundays 9am - 1pm Phoenix carpark. Rain or Shine! Homegrown/homemade, fresh fruit & vegetables, breads, cheese, plants, preserves and more. Ph 575 9911.

The Mount Flea Market: Senior Citizens Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd. 8am-12pm Sundays. Ph Claire 021 0667 823.

Omokoroa Lions: 9am-noon Sundays. Western Ave car park Omokoroa. All stall holders and car boot sales welcome. Produce, crafts anything. Only $5/5m space ph Keith 548 2117 or Marie 548 0869.

Otumoetai Market: First Saturday of every month, Otumoetai Primary School. Crafts, books, fruit and veggies and much more. Inquiries ph Briar 576 6605.

Palm Beach Plaza Lions Market: Second and fourth Sundays, 7.30am to 12.30pm. Fruit, vegetables, arts and crafts. Stalls must be set up by 7.30am. $10 per car space. Inquiries Ph. 027 2593120.

Papamoa Community Produce Twilight Market: Every Thursday 4pm to 6pm in winter and 7pm over summer. Tahatai Coast School, Evans Rd, Papamoa. Stalls $15. Fran & Aaron Cooper ph 544 7179 or email coopezcakez@slingshot.co.nz

Te Puke Produce Market: First Thursday, 4-6pm. Jamieson Oval. Fresh, fresh produce. Ph 542 1934.

Te Puke Lions Market: First Sunday, 8am-noon. Farmlands car park (opposite Countdown). $10 per site. Ph Suzane Hutt 5733389 or 027 290 1168.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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