Compiled by PHOEBE FALCONER

Easter Show

The exhibition hall features a host of attractions. The Syrian souk has more than 1000 Middle Eastern handcrafts, Little Wonders has entertainment for the young, as well as a ride-on tram, and there is a collection of trophy winners from the wine competition.

The Farmworld marquee has sheep-shearing demonstrations, and some farm animals.

Easy riding

Some relief from traffic congestion is in sight. Primary, intermediate, secondary and composite schools close tomorrow for the two-week Easter holiday. They re-open on Monday, April 15.

GST goes early

Businesses and individuals with GST returns due at the end of March, and who normally pay at a branch of WestpacTrust Bank should make payment today, as a nationwide strike is planned tomorrow. Online banking will not be affected.

Sweets recalled

Pascall Confectionery is recalling Fruit Burst Tropical Chew family packs bearing the batch codes 144L and 144P. There is a possibility that pieces of metal may be present in the sweets. You can return packs to the shop where you bought them for a refund, or call 0800 184-030 if you have any further concerns.

Midday music

Organist Indra Hughes plays a free lunchtime concert on the historic organ at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Khyber Pass Rd, from 1.10pm until 1.50pm.

Grants deadline

Hauraki Gulf landowners have until Monday, April 8, to apply for money from Auckland City for conservation projects.

The council is calling for applications for grants from its heritage fund. Projects are required to be on private land, and to result in a direct environmental benefit.

For an application form and further information phone (09) 379-2020.

Helpers needed

The Child Cancer Foundation urgently needs helpers for its annual street appeal for a week from next Tuesday. If you can give two hours, phone 366-1270 to register.

Straight talking

While we're on the subject ... Dr Richard Sullivan from the Oncology Centre at Auckland Hospital will dispel many of the myths and misconceptions about cancer at a public lecture tomorrow at 11.30am in the Auckland Cancer Society's Domain Lodge, 1 Boyle Crescent, Grafton.

For more information phone 308-0168.

Sculptors' art

Sculpture for indoors and outdoors is on display at GranthamGalleries on Level 1 of Premier House, on the corner of Queen St and Durham St East, until April 13. Artists exhibiting include Greg Barron, Barry Brickell and Phillip Luxton.

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