Rubbish days will change for many Aucklanders this week. And, starting this week, the new red-lidded wheelie-bins should be used. Today is collection day for St Marys Bay, Three Kings, Mt Roskill, Hillsborough, Greenlane, One Tree Hill and Royal Oak. If you are unsure which suburb you fall into, check the information on the tape on your new bin, ask a neighbour or ring the hotline on 379-1346. Tomorrow is collection day for Morningside, Mt Eden, Balmoral, Epsom, Parnell, Grafton, Onehunga, Penrose, Te Papapa, Westfield and Otahuhu.
The Breast Cancer Foundation is raising money with its In The Pink fashion parade on Wednesday. The parade and cocktail party will be held at the Sky City Theatre from 6.15 pm. Tickets on 308-0243 or at the door. The foundation is also giving away a Louis Vuitton graffiti bag, worth $2280. Everyone making a donation (minimum $10) before the show, by visiting
or phoning 0800 902-732, will be in to win the bag.
The Auckland Museum is showing off some of its rarely seen pictorial collection. The Tip of the Iceberg exhibition starts today and runs until the end of August in the new second-floor gallery.
The Auckland Festival of Science and Technology is in full swing as the school holidays begin. Events this week include Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World's "Mini Marines" programme (bookings on 528-0603, ext 724); the Spooky Science School Holiday Programme at Manukau libraries; and Clues at a Crime Scene at Auckland University's faculty of science, from 9 am today.
The Taonga of the Asia Pacific Rim-De Croy Arts Trust youth awards winners' concert, which showcases leading school music groups from around the country, will be held at 7 pm tonight at The Edge, Auckland Town Hall. Tickets from Ticketek on 09 307 5000 or at
The Mairangi Arts Centre is holding a kids' arts and crafts holiday programme for children from 5 to 13 years. Phone 478-2237.
On this day in 1881 Charles J. Guiteau shot and fatally wounded new American President James A. Garfield in Washington DC. President Garfield lingered for 11 weeks, during which time surgeons tried to find the bullet lodged in his back. One Alexander Graham Bell was developing a metal detector at the time and it was hoped it might locate the bullet. To Bell's disappointment, it failed. The bullet was apparently lodged too deeply to be extracted. Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.