It's harvest time in Marton. Every year the town celebrates autumn with a fun festival and scarecrow, pumpkin and pie contests. On March 31, the Harvest Festival celebration concludes at Marton Park with a family day featuring entertainment, stalls and chances to win great prizes. See more at martonnz.com
THURSDAY
La Fiesta
When: All week
Where: Various locations
Details: Whanganui's coolest little festival celebrating women. See lafiestanz.com
Art Group
River City Artists - from beginners to established artists
When: 9.30am-4pm
Where: Christ Church Community Hall, 243 Wicksteed St
Details: Val 343 6316 or 027 459 9448, Richard 343 5646.

Hospice Twilight Gala
When: 4.30-7pm
Where: 78 Virginia Rd
Details: Clothing, crafts, jams and preserves, great food, coffee and interesting raffle prizes. Please park on Virginia Rd or Kowhainui Drive. No onsite parking.

Meditation
When: 6pm-7.30pm
Where: Whanganui Community Arts Centre, 19 Taupo Quay
Details: Drop-in classes from Gen Demo from Amitabha Buddhist Centre. Suggested donation $12.

Thoughtful Thursday film night
When: 6.30pm.
Where: Confluence, 15 Watt St
Details: RBG - United States Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At times funny, often thought-provoking behind-the-scenes footage. Entry by donation at the door or book at confluence.kiwi
Kowhai Park Runs
When: From 5.30pm.
Where: Kowhai Park, Anzac Parade.
Details: Six-week series. Pay at event.

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FRIDAY
International Women's Day breakfast
When: 7am
Where: Grand Hotel, St Hill St
Details: Sponsored by Zonta Club of Wanganui. Tickets $30. Ph 021 083 22949

SATURDAY
River Traders Market
When: 8.30am-1pm.
Where: Downtown Whanganui riverbank.
Details: Goods, produce, food.

Historic Walking Tours
When: Tours leave 10am and 2pm each Saturday, Sunday.
Where: Whanganui i-Site.
Details: Learn about Whanganui's history, buildings and people. $10 per person. Other times are possible - call the i-Site in good time.

Painting from Start to Finish
When: 10am-4pm
Where: UCOL Whanganui
Details: Learn to create a painting from your own original photographic images with Pauline Allomes. Enrol at Community Education, 24 Taupo Quay. Ph 06 345 4717

A Night in Vegas Casino
When: 7pm
Where: Cooks Bar, 301 Broadway, Marton
Details: Special night with a professional casino crew. Tickets $20 supporting The Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

Michele A'Court & Jeremy Elwood On the Road
When: 7.30pm
Where: Royal Wanganui Opera House
Details: Adult $25, student / senior $20. Mint dinner and show deal $60 - includes a main from the dinner menu and a special desert to take with you. Book at RWOH.

SUNDAY
Rescue Animal garden Walk
When: 9am-5pm
Where: 9 Cathro Rd (off Springvale Rd)
Details: Bring your dog if you have one and enjoy a stroll in two acres of beautiful gardens. Entry is by donation of pet food, a dog toy or gold coin.

Castlecliff Market
When: 11am-3pm.
Where: 5 Bryce St, Castlecliff.
Details: Goods, produce, food.

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Wanganui Music Society AGM
When: 2pm
Where: St Paul's Hall
Details: Short recital followed by the AGM. Performers include Jessica Kidd, winner of our Leslie Holland award in 2018. All welcome. Afternoon tea provided.

MONDAY
Whanganui Film Society
When; 7pm
Where: Davis Theatre, Watt St
Details: Zama - a strange, unsettling and surprisingly funny tale of a bumbling bureaucrat relegated to the outskirts of Spain's colonial takeover of South America. See nzfilmsociety.org.nz
Grassroots Singers
When: 6.30pm
Where: Duncan Pavilion, Castlecliff Beach
Details: We welcome new (and current) singers. Ph Mary Ann 06 343 9981.

TUESDAY
Slimming Support
Slimmers Support Group - lose weight and keep it off.
When: 5pm.
Details: $10 joining fee with $2 weekly - inquiries Ngaire 347 1613.

Tai Chi for Health
When: Beginners' classes at 5.30pm.
Where: 97 Putiki Dr.
Details: $3 per session
Inquiries: Modified form of tai chi specifically for health. All ages, fitness. Miriam 345 1395 or kevin.miriamas@gmail.com

Ukuleles
When: 7pm-9pm
Where: Club Metro, 13 Ridgway St
Details: River City Ukes - bring your ukulele to gain confidence and skills.

Al-Anon meeting
When: 7.30pm.
Where: Quaker Rooms, 256 Wicksteed St.
Details: Confidential, anonymous programme for those affected by someone's drinking. No fees but koha appreciated.

WEDNESDAY
NZ Quartet
When: 7.30pm
Where: Prince Edward Auditorium, Whanganui Collegiate School
Details: Music by Haydn, Beethoven and Janacek. Adults $35, Seniors $32, Subscribers
$20 Students $5. Book at RWOH or pay at venue (No eftpos).