Your guide to what's happening in the Whanganui region this week.

If you have an item for this free column, email news@wanganuichronicle.co.nz with the details. The deadline for information about events from, and including, Thursday, August 23, to Wednesday, August 29, is noon on Tuesday, August 21.

THURSDAY

Official opening: NZ International Commercial Pilot Academy
WHEN: 9am
WHERE: NZ International Commercial Pilot Academy, Whanganui airport
DETAILS: Governor-General Dame Patsy officiates

Advertisement

Rail Safe Week
WHEN: 8am-9am
WHERE: Whanganui Intermediate and St George's Schools, Liverpool Street.
DETAILS: Agencies promoting rail safety outside.

River City Artists
WHEN: 9.30am to 4pm
WHERE: Christ Church Community Hall, 243 Wicksteed St
DETAILS: Welcomes artists of all levels. Warm rooms, tea and coffee provided, free parking, bring lunch.

Wairua Riverboat Cruise
WHEN: Departs 11am.
WHERE: Opposite Moutoa Gardens.
DETAILS: Tickets available at Whanganui i-Site or at point of departure.

The Blue Orchid
WHEN: 7.30pm
WHERE: Amdram, Guyton Street
DETAILS: Music, songs and a tale from a renowned New York jazz hotspot — Book at Whanganui i-Site or at www.iticket.co.nz

FRIDAY

UCOL hospitality comp
Secondary school students will compete in a bunch of cooking competitions. Starts at 9.30 but will probably run all day

The Blue Orchid
WHEN: 7.30pm
WHERE: Amdram, Guyton Street
DETAILS: Music, songs and a tale from a renowned New York jazz hotspot — Book at Whanganui i-Site or at www.iticket.co.nz

Dance Party: Back to the 70s and 80s
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: The Club Hotel, Marton
DETAILS: $50 for adults, includes welcome drink, three-course buffet meal and unlimited entertainment

Coffee Morning
WHEN: 10am - 11.30am
WHERE: 18 Humphrey St, Marton

Scottish dancing for children
WHEN: 7pm to 8pm.
WHERE: Carlton School hall.
DETAILS: glendarroch@dance scottish.org.nz.

SATURDAY

Whanganui River Markets
WHEN: 8.30am to 1pm.
WHERE: Downtown Whanganui riverbank.
DETAILS: Goods, produce, food.

Whanganui Home & Lifestyle Show
WHEN: 10am-5pm
WHERE: Jubilee Stadium
DETAILS: Dozens of exhibitors with new products, innovations, giveaways and prizes.

The Blue Orchid
WHEN: 7.30pm
WHERE: Amdram, Guyton Street
DETAILS: Music, songs and a tale from a renowned New York jazz hotspot — Book at Whanganui i-Site or at www.iticket.co.nz

SUNDAY

Whanganui Home & Lifestyle Show
WHEN: 10am-4pm
WHERE: Springvale Stadium
DETAILS: Dozens of exhibitors with new products, innovations, giveaways and prizes.

Womancraft market
WHEN: 10am-2pm
WHERE: 75 St Hill St
DETAILS: Locally-made crafts — part of the Winter Wonderfest

Harvey Round Motors Isuzu Motocross Winter Series
WHEN: 8am to 4pm
WHERE: Languards Bluff
DETAILS: Round 5 motorbike action run by the Wanganui Motorcycle Club

Castlecliff Sunday Market
WHEN: 11am to 3pm.
WHERE: 5 Bryce St.
DETAILS: Goods, produce, food.

Taihape Traders Market
WHEN: From 10am to 2pm.
WHERE: Taihape Town Hall.
DETAILS: Contact Kerry Stephens 027 484 7507.

Ricoh Wanganui Golf Open
WHEN: All day
WHERE: Belmont Links, Wanganui Golf Club

Mable the Tram
WHEN: 1pm to 3pm.
WHERE: Tram Shed, 27 Taupo Quay.
DETAILS: Take a ride on the No12 vintage electric tram, $2.

Theosophy Whanganui presentation
WHEN: 2pm
WHERE: Community Arts Centre, Taupo Quay
DETAILS: For information — Kirsty 021 2123819

MONDAY

Hatha yoga
WHEN: 5.30pm-7pm
WHERE: 75 St Hill St
DETAILS: Meditation and movement — part of Winter Wonderfest

Whanganui netball semifinals
WHEN: 6pm and 7.45pm
WHERE: Springvale Stadium
DETAILS: Championship semifinals: Kaierau v Mere Te Aroha; Whanganui High School v Kaiwhaiki.

Whanganui Film Society
WHEN: 7pm
WHERE: Davis Theatre, Whanganui Regional Museum
DETAILS: The Lady From Shanghai (1947), starring Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth.

Grassroots Singers
WHEN; 6.30pm
WHERE; Duncan Pavilion, Castlecliff
DETAILS; Have fun while you learn songs, Ph Mary Ann 06 3439981

TUESDAY

Whanganui & Partners public forum
WHEN: 12noon-1pm
WHERE: Event centre, Cooks Gardens
DETAILS: RSVP to info@whanganuiandpartners.nz by August 17

Town Regeneration Meeting
WHEN: 5.30pm
WHERE: Heritage House
DETAILS: Speakers Darren Davis, of Auckland Tourism Events, and Whanganui councillor Helen Craig

Nature Talks
WHEN: 7.30pm
WHERE: Davis Theatre, Whanganui Regional Museum
DETAILS: Talk by Paul Gibson, acclaimed Whanganui photographer, writer and publisher of several books on New Zealand birds. For information — Peter Frost 06 3431648.

Wairua Riverboat Cruise
WHEN: 11am
WHERE: Opposite Moutoa Gardens.
DETAILS: Tickets available at Whanganui i-Site or at point of departure.

WEDNESDAY

Flower power
WHEN: 10am-12noon
WHERE: 75 St Hill St
DETAILS: Learn how to make decorative knitted or crocheted flowers.