Safer Whanganui is inviting the community to a Family Fun Day at Springvale Park this Saturday with a serious message at heart. Accident prevention in the home will be highlighted with a range of interactive displays to deliver the message in fun ways. Safer Whanganui is a coalition of agencies and groups working together to promote community safety and to reduce harm in the Whanganui District.

River City Artists
From beginners to established artists
When: 9.30am-4pm
Where: Christ Church Community Hall, 243 Wicksteed St
Details: For more information call Val 06 343 6316 or 027 459 9448.

The Road that Wasn't There
When: 6pm
Where: Royal Wanganui Opera House
Details: Combining puppetry, shadow play, and live music, The Road That Wasn't There is a curious tale for intrepid children (aged 8+) and adventurous adults. Adult $27.75, Child to 15yrs $16.75.

Thoughtful Thursday
When: 6.30pm
Where: Confluence, 15 Watt St
Details: The Heart Dances - An iconic film is re-imagined by celebrated Czech dancers Jirí and Otto Bubenicek for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. $10 entry. Book at or call 06 281 3474.


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.

Bittercup and Emily Riordan
When: 8pm
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
Details: Cutting edge alt-rock. Koha entry.

St John Book Sale
When: 9am to 4pm
Where: 25 Tawa St, Gonville.
Details: Novels, gardening books, jigsaw puzzles and more. Something for everyone. Proceeds support St John.

Heavy Water
When: 8.30pm
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
Details:Local powerhouse band play classic southern rock. $10 entry.

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

Free Family Fun Day
When: 10am to 2pm
Where: Springvale Park
Details: Provided by Safer Whanganui. Free sausage sizzle and lots more.

Walking Tours
When: By appointment
Where: Whanganui i-Site.
Details: Learn about Whanganui's history, buildings and people. $10 per person. Book at Whanganui i-Site.

Duo Col Legno
Cello and Marimba
Where: Prince Edward Auditorium
Details: Cellist Hellen du Plessis with marimba virtuoso Yoshiko Tsurata bring a diverse programme including Tchaikovsky, Arvo Part and world music. Adults $35, Seniors
$32, Subscribers $20, Students $5. Book at RWOH or pay at the door (no eftpos).


The Swamp and The River
When: 8.30pm
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
Details: Alt-rock showdown between Government Pest and Turbostill representing Palmerston North verses The Mean Owls and Mr Sudden Death from Whanganui.

Floyd Live
When: 7.30pm
Where: Royal Wanganui Opera House
Details: Tribute band provide a two-hour show to take their audiences on a career-spanning journey of one of their favourite groups. Tickets $50 from RWOH.

Diabetes Wanganui Support Group
When: 2pm
Where: St James Church Lounge, Boydfield St
Details: Guest speaker Julie Harris on stem cells. Members of the public and new members very welcome. Afternoon tea provided. Want to know more or need transport phone Linda 027 634 0007

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

Mable the Tram
When: 1pm-3pm
Where: Tram Shed, 27 Taupo Quay
Details: Take a ride on the No12 vintage electric tram, $2.

Whanganui Film Society
When: 7pm
Where: Davis Theatre, Watt St
Details: Shadows in Paradise – A quirky love story from celebrated Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki. See

Grassroots Singers
When: 6.30pm
Where: Duncan Pavilion, Castlecliff Beach
Details: We welcome new (and current) singers. Ph Mary Ann 06 343 9981.

Slimmers Support Group
Lose weight and keep it off.
When: 5pm.
Cost: $10 joining fee with $2 weekly. Inquiries: Ngaire 06 347 1613.

Target Shooting
Where: Old RSA hooting range underneath the Barracks in St Hill St
Details: RSA Target Shooting Wanganui smallbore club welcomes new members aged 13+ to join for the winter season. $10 start fee. Contact club captain Graeme Simpson on 06 343 2772 or 020 408 19670

Pint of Science
Where: Kingsgate Hotel, 379 Victoria Ave
Details: A platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out - no prior knowledge of the subject is required. $15 includes a pint of craft beer. Book at
If you have an item for this free column, email with the details. The deadline for information about events from, and including, Thursday, May 23 to Wednesday, May 29, is noon on Tuesday, May 21.