Your guide to what's happening in our region this week. If you have an item for this column, please email details to news@wanganuichronicle.co.nz. The deadline is noon every Wednesday.

THURSDAY

WHAT: La Fiesta Festival: Creating a podcast; Intro to tribal bellydance; Excel in business.
WHEN: Festival runs Feb 14 to March 11
WHERE: Various locations
DETAILS: www.facebook.com/LaFiestaNZ

WHAT: Operatunity concert Luck of the Irish
WHEN: 11am today
WHERE: Whanganui War Memorial Centre
DETAILS: Call 0508 266 237 toll free

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WHAT: Whanganui City Guided Walking tours
WHEN: By appointment
WHERE: Depart from Whanganui i-Site
DETAILS: Cost $10 per person. Contact 06 349 3258

FRIDAY

WHAT: Public talk on fluoride.
WHEN: 7pm
WHERE: Davis Lecture Theatre, Watt St.
DETAILS: Professor Paul Connett author of The Case Against Fluoride. Free Entry.

WHAT: Ward Observatory
WHEN: 7.30pm.
WHERE: Cooks Gardens, access from St Hill St.
DETAILS: Entry is by donation ($2 suggested).

WHAT: Ceroc Dancing
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: 82-92 Peat St
DETAILS: Liz Frith 021 0205 4038 or see Facebook Page

WHAT: Jazz and blues cruise
WHEN: 6pm to 8pm — boarding at 5.30pm
WHERE: Waimarie berth on the river
DETAILS: Erna Ferry and the Jazz Connexion entertain on the Waimarie. Tickets $50 (includes finger food) — book at Waimarie Centre 06 347 1863.

WHAT: River Ride — Cycle the four bridges.
WHEN: 5.30pm
WHERE: Meet at Union Boat Club, Taupo Quay
DETAILS: 50-minute ride — newcomers welcome.

SATURDAY

WHAT: Waimarino A&P Show
WHERE: Raetihi showground
DETAILS: Music, wood chopping, petting zoo, tug o' war, wild food, rides, competitions

WHAT: Whanganui River Traders and Farmers Market
WHEN: 8.30am-1pm
WHERE: Downtown Whanganui riverbank
DETAILS: Goods, produce, food

WHAT:Raft Race Gala
WHEN: From 11am
WHERE: Kowhai Park
DETAILS: Fundraiser for Youth with Diabetes. Food, bouncy castle, face painting and more

WHAT: Plumber Dan Raft Race
WHEN: Launch at 1pm
WHERE: Whanganui East Boat Ramp
DETAILS: Plumber Dan Ltd on Facebook

SUNDAY

WHAT: Dublin St bridge closure
WHEN: All day
WHERE: Dublin St bridge

WHAT: Castlecliff Sunday Market
WHEN: 11am-3pm
WHERE: 5 Bryce St
DETAILS: Goods, produce and food

WHAT: Kiwi Kids Bike Race
WHEN: Registration at 12.30pm
WHERE: St Johns Hill School, 71 Parkes Ave
DETAILS: A fun series of events for all kids from 3 to 13 years

WHAT: Diabetes Support Group Picnic
WHEN: 2pm
WHERE: Bason Botanic Reserve
DETAILS: Shared picnic and games afternoon with a stroll about the gardens. Members of the public and new members welcome. Want to know more or need transport phone Linda 027 634 0007

WEDNESDAY

WHAT: Tennis Club Nights
WHERE: 3 Bassett St
WHEN: From 5-30pm
DETAILS: Doubles and mixed doubles for all financial club members