Your guide to what's happening in the Whanganui region this week. If you have an item for this free column, email with the details. The deadline for information about events from, and including, Thursday, September 6, to Wednesday, September 12, is noon on Tuesday, September 4.

WHAT: Living Well Seminar
WHEN: 1.30pm
WHERE: Brechin Lounge, St Paul's Church, cnr Guyton and Cooks Sts
DETAILS: Speaker is St John home health representative Pip Grant. Afternoon tea provided, gold coin donation appreciated.

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: Meditation – Winter Wonderfest event
WHEN: 7pm to 8pm
WHERE: Wisdom Is Yours, 200b Victoria Ave
DETAILS: Meditation followed by a sharing evening where you can try, and share healing modalities. $5.

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

WHAT: Carer Support Network talk
WHEN: 10am to midday
WHERE: 48 Alma Rd
DETAILS: Supportive talk on caring for someone with an intellectual disability. Morning tea provided. Call Linda 021 230 4095 for information.

WHAT: Wedding Dress Extravaganza
WHEN: 10am to 4pm
WHERE: 75 St Hill St
DETAILS: 40 wedding dresses available for purchase, plus the opportunity to browse some popular labels from our Women's Network collection. Various prices. Ph 06 345 6833.

WHAT: Cold Kiwi Motorcycle Rally
WHEN: Gates open 3pm today, event runs all weekend
WHERE: 2.5km west of Waiouru, follow the signs
DETAILS: Annual Ruapehu rally. Weekend gate entry $55, under 5 yrs free, 6-12 yrs half price, 13 and over full price. Find out more at

WHAT: Scottish dancing for children
WHEN: 7pm to 8pm
WHERE: Carlton School hall
DETAILS: glendarroch@dance

WHAT: Stargazing
WHEN: 7.30pm (clear sky permitting)
WHERE: Ward Observatory, Cooks Gardens, St Hill St
DETAILS: Entry is by donation (suggested charge of $2). Call Ross 027 245 8066 with queries or alternative viewing times.

WHAT: Nourish Your Soul Wellbeing Expo
WHEN: 9am to 5pm
WHERE: Whanganui Girls' College hall, Jones St
DETAILS: A gathering of the best of Whanganui's healers, therapists, and practitioners offering services and natural products to promote wellness. Call Tracy 021 761 511

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

WHAT: Monster Kite Flying Day
WHEN: 10am to 3pm
WHERE: Springvale Park
DETAILS: Fly your own kite, or watch the experts fly their creations. Food stalls, face painting, car display, kites for sale and much more. Free.

WHAT: Introduction to butter and yoghurt making
WHEN: 10am to 1pm
WHERE: Upstairs at 64 Taupo Quay
DETAILS: Learn to make your own butter and yoghurt, $40. Email:

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

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

WHAT: Mable the Tram
WHEN: 1pm to 3pm
WHERE: Tram Shed, 27 Taupo Quay
DETAILS: Take a ride on the No 12 vintage electric tram, $2.

WHAT: Whanganui Film Society
WHEN: 7pm
WHERE: Davis Theatre, Whanganui Regional Museum
DETAILS: Neither Heaven Nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre). Debut from French writer-director Clément Cogitore. A company of French soldiers mysteriously disappears in a remote Afghan valley. Is it the Taliban or a more existential threat? M rating.

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

WHAT: Songs for Nobodies
WHEN: 7.30pm
WHERE: Royal Wanganui Opera House
DETAILS: Ali Harper channels Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas in her acclaimed one-woman show. Adult $35, senior/group of six-plus $30 each, secondary student $15.