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, September 6, to Wednesday, September 12, is noon on Tuesday, September 4.

THURSDAY
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.

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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.

FRIDAY
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 coldkiwi.co.nz

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

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.

SATURDAY
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.

SUNDAY
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: letsmakecheese@gmail.com

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.

MONDAY
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.

TUESDAY
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.