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 2, to Wednesday, August 8, is noon on Tuesday, August 7.

THURSDAY
WHAT: 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.

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

WHAT: Drop-in meditation class
WHEN: 6pm to 7.30pm
WHERE: Arts Centre, 19 Taupo Quay (riverside entry)
DETAILS: www.meditate in palmerstonnorth.org

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WHAT: Open Mic Night
WHEN: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
WHERE: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
DETAILS: Show off your talent

FRIDAY
WHAT: Twinkle Toes at St Paul's
WHEN: 10am to 11.15am
WHERE: St Paul's hall, Cooks St
DETAILS: Music for preschoolers. Gold coin entry

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

WHAT: Ceroc Dancing
WHEN: From 6pm (Friday and Wednesday)
WHERE: 82-92 Peat St
DETAILS: Modern jive - beginner, intermediate and social dancing. $10 casual, concession cards are also available. See ceroc.co.nz

WHAT: Scottish dancing for children
WHEN: 7pm to 8pm
WHERE: Carlton School hall
DETAILS: glendarroch@dance scottish.org.nz
WHAT: The Klara Kollektiv
WHEN: 7.30pm
WHERE: Prince Edward Auditorium, Wanganui Collegiate School
DETAILS: Adult $35 Senior $32 School student $5 CMW subscriber $20

WHAT: Total Ruin, Piggery and Pantihero
WHEN: From 8.30pm
WHERE: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
DETAILS: Three Wellington punk bands, $10 door charge

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

WHAT: Reusable Bag Stall
WHEN: From 9am
WHERE: Whanganui River Markets
DETAILS: Say Hi, grab a reusable fabric bag and talk Plastic Free July

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WHAT: Meditation class
WHEN: 10.30am (And Mondays 7.15 pm, Wednesdays 12.30pm)
WHERE: Wisdom is Yours, 200b Victoria Ave (next to Bin Inn)
DETAILS: 06 345 5002 or 027 253 1858. Koha entry

WHAT: Coastal planting with Progress Castlecliff
WHEN: 1 to 4pm
WHERE: Meet at Duncan Pavilion
DETAILS: Bring buckets and spades, dress warmly, wear gumboots. Call Graham Pearson 027 257 6879

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

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

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

WHAT: Sunday Grand Jam
WHEN: 6.30pm
WHERE: The Grand Irish Pub, St Hill St
DETAILS: Relaxed sing-around session for acoustic musicians, singers and listeners. Free admission, all welcome

MONDAY
WHAT: Morning yoga class
WHEN: 6.15am
WHERE: Wisdom is Yours, 200b Victoria Ave
DETAILS: 06 345 5002 or 027 253 1858, $10

WHAT: Bolivia Card Group
WHEN: 1pm to 4pm every Monday
WHERE: Laird Park Bowling Club, 92 Peat St
DETAILS: $3 per session. Contact Serena 06 345 1664

WHAT: Whanganui Scrabble Club
WHEN: 1pm (most Mondays)
WHERE: Gonville Library
DETAILS: Players of all abilities welcome. Contact Lynne 027 428 5758 (after 1pm)

WHAT: Whanganui Film Society
WHEN: 7pm
WHERE: Davis Theatre, Watt St
DETAILS: Neon Bull (Boi neon) Brazil 2015, 101mins, R16. nzfilsociety.org.nz

WHAT: Grassroots Singers
WHEN: 7pm (moved from Wednesday)
WHERE: Duncan Pavilion, Castlecliff Beach
DETAILS: Have fun while you learn songs. Newcomers welcome. Contact Mary Ann 06 3439981

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

WHAT: Euchre and Housie
WHEN: Every Tuesday at 1pm
WHERE: Gonville Bowling Club
DETAILS: Contact Janice 06 345 6286

WHAT: Al-Anon meeting
WHEN: 7.30pm
WHERE: Quaker rooms, 256 Wicksteed St
DETAILS: Confidential support for people affected by another's drinking

WHAT: Whanganui Science Forum
WHEN: 7.30pm.
WHERE: Davis Lecture Theatre
DETAILS: DNA testing – What? How? Why? Bioprotection researcher Richard Winkworth will discuss his research on genomes of pests and plant diseases. Members $4, non-members $5. Supper provided

WHAT: Al-Anon meeting
WHEN: 7.30pm.
WHERE: Quaker rooms, 256 Wicksteed St
DETAILS: Confidential support for people affected by another's drinking

WEDNESDAY
WHAT: An open class to learn meditation
WHEN: 12.30pm, koha entry
WHERE: Wisdom is Yours, 200b Victoria Ave
DETAILS: 06 345 5002 or 027 253 1858

WHAT: Matai Community Garden Get Together
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: Duncan Pavilion, Castlecliff
DETAILS: Get together to discuss the future of the community garden. All welcome

WHAT: Sharpen up your Shuffle
WHEN: 6pm to 8pm
WHERE: Lucky Bar, 53 Wilson St
DETAILS: Guest DJ slot