There will be a celebration of Whanganui's many cultures at Race Unity Day in Majestic Square on Saturday. The Multicultural Council of Rangitīkei/Whanganui is hosting the event ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21. The celebration coincides with the re-opening of the Whanganui Regional Museum where there will be live music and story telling all day.

THURSDAY
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.

Kowhai Park Runs
When: From 5.30pm.
Where: Kowhai Park, Anzac Parade.
Details: Six-week series. Pay at event.

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.

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Thoughtful Thursday film night
When: 6.30pm.
Where: Confluence, 15 Watt St
Details: Amy - Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse. Entry $10 at the door or book at confluence.kiwi
Acoustic guitar concert
When: 7.30pm
Where: Prince Edward Auditorium, Whanganui Collegiate School
Details: World-renowned guitarist Peppino D'Agostina on his first visit to Whanganui. Door sales from 7pm, $15, students free.

The Big Bike Film Night
When: 7pm
Where: Davis Theatre, Watt St
Details: The Big Bike Film Night is on a mission sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you. Tickets $16.50 adults, $12.20 children under 16. Book online at trybooking.com or pay cash at the venue.

FRIDAY
Stargazing
When: At sundown (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.

The Flyin' A's
When: 8.30pm
Where: lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
Details:Husband and wife duo from Austin deliver the best of Texas country, southern blues, folk and gospel to create an original sound that is all their own. $15 at the door.

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

Marton Lions Club Shed Tour
When: 8.30am to 3pm
Where: Marton Memorial Hall, Wellington Road
Details:15 sheds to view ranging from a goat milking farm, Spitfire aeroplane, furniture making, amazing shearing handpieces collection, agricultural helicopter, vintage farm machinery and more.

Whanganui Regional Museum reopens
When: 10am
Where: Pukenamu/Queenspark
Details: Celebrating the re-opening of the museum with music and story telling until 7pm.

Race Unity Day
When: 11am to 2pm
Where: Majestic Square
Details: Multicultural March celebrates diversity. This free family day is to rally our community solidarity and spotlight cultural capability and inclusiveness.

The Extravaganza Fair
When: 9am to 5pm
Where:Kowhai Park, Anzac Parade
Details: Retro- style fair with sack races, tug of wars and games galore. Art and craft, food, live music, tiny house displays and more.

Wanganui Brick Show
When: 9.45am to 4.30pm
Where: Whanganui War Memorial Centre
Details: Displays of LEGO® will wow and amaze both young and old. Raffles and prizes. All proceeds will be donated to the Wanganui Riding for the Disabled group.

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.


SUNDAY
Wanganui Brick Show
When:10.30am to 4.30pm
Where: Whanganui War Memorial Centre
Details: Displays of LEGO® will wow and amaze both young and old. Raffles and prizes. All proceeds will be donated to the Wanganui Riding for the Disabled group.

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

Kiwi Kids Bike Event
When: Registrations at 12.30p. 1st Race 1pm.
Where: YMCA Grey Street Wanganui
Details: $2 entry fee. Age groups: 5 and under; 7 and under; 9 and under; 11 and under; 13 and under. Draw for bike from entries at The Bike Shed to be drawn at conclusion of event. Winner must be present.


MONDAY
Whanganui Film Society
When: 7pm
Where: Davis Theatre, Watt St
Details: I Am Not Your Negro. Raoul Peck's film with voice-over narration read by Samuel L. Jackson is drawn from the work of writer and activist James Baldwin. 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
Slimmers Support Group
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 Drive.
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.