Chris McKenzie directs a cast of accomplished local actors playing the flawed but lovable characters from the 1990s TV series written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. There will be plenty of laughs as a vivacious and outspoken female vicar interacts with her small flock.

The Vicar of Dibley
Opens tonight
When: 7.30pm (also Friday and Saturday, matinee 2pm Sunday)
Where: Amdram Theatre, 171 Guyton St
Details: New Vicar Geraldine Granger meets the lovable and infuriating residents of Dibley Parish. Directed by Chris McKenzie. Tickets $18-$25. Book at
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.

World Refugee Day
Matangi documentary screening
When: 7pm
Where: St Peters, 71 Koromiko Rd, Gonville
An opportunity to come together to show our support for families forced to flee - and to connect with others who share this kaupapa. Free entry, light refreshments provided.

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
Documentary film night
When: 6.30pm
Where: Confluence, 15 Watt St
Details: Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France. Limited door sales $10 entry. Book at or call 06 281 3474.

Performing arts concert 2019
When: 7pm
Where: Royal Wanganui Opera House
Details: WHS performing arts students celebrate their success regionally, nationally and internationally. Adult $10, student $8. Tickets can be purchased from the WHS students centre, front office or from The Royal Wanganui Opera House.

Coffee at the Community Garden
When: 10am
Where: 18 Humphrey St, Marton
Details: Enjoy coffee and a catch-up, pull a few weeds, harvest some veggies. All welcome. Koha gratefully accepted.

When: At sundown (clear sky permitting)
Where: Ward Observatory, Cooks Gardens, St Hill St
Details: Entry is by donation (suggested charge $2). Call Ross 027 245 8066 with queries.

The Beat Girls - 60s Retro Party
When: 7pm
Where: Whanganui War memorial Centre
Details: Hosted by Jigsaw Whanganui. Celebrate the longest night of the year with 1960s music and dancing. Tickets $40, includes supper. Available from Paiges Book Gallery or Footloose. Limited door sales available.

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

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.

All Day Roller Derby
When: Doors open at 10.30am
Where: Jubilee Stadium, Springvale
Details: West Coast Bombers host guest teams in all day contests. Free entry, koha appreciated as well as non-perishable food items which will be donated to charity.


Sweet home solstice variety show
When: From 1pm
Where: Whanganui Musicians' Club, 65 Drews Ave
Details: Featuring local bands and artists hits from the '40s to '60s, Door sales $15.

Lyric Singers' Taking Flight
When: 2pm.
Where: Trinity Methodist Church, Wicksteed St
Details: Featuring Brass Whanganui Concert Band & Junior Band; Sophie Toyne & Leigh-ana Hale (student vocalists); Chantelle Piper (flute). Adults $15, children free.

Polar Plunge 2019
When: 11.30 - plunge at noon
Where: Castlecliff Beach
Details: Get your wackiest costume ready - there are prizes for dressing up. Bring a gold coin donation for the surf club.

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 No 12 vintage electric tram, $2.

Airport Control Tower
When: 1pm-3pm.
Where: Whanganui Airport
Details: Viewings of top floor control cab. Koha. Contact Lynn 021 0555 476.

Sunday School @Lucky
When: From 12.30pm
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
Details: Julie and Satoru entertain. Entry free.

Whanganui Film Society
When: 7pm
Where: Davis Theatre, Watt St
Details: The Match Factory Girl. A mordantly funny film from 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.

Science Forum Lecture
When: 7.30pm
Where: Davis Theatre, Watt St
Details: Dr Andrew Munkacsi of Victoria University of Wellington on discoveries of unique chemistry in New Zealand plants and marine sponges. $4 members, $5 non-members.

Target shooting
When: 7pm
Where: Old RSA shooting range underneath the Barracks in St Hill St
Details: RSA Target Shooting Wanganui smallbore club welcomes new members aged 13-plus to join for the winter season. $10 start fee. Contact club captain Graeme Simpson on 06 343 2772 or 020 408 19670.

Knit and Yarn
When: 10am-noon.
Where: Ladies' Rest, 75 St Hill St
Details: Come and yarn over a cuppa with good company. Novice and experienced knitters welcome. Gold coin entry.

The Māori Sidesteps
When: 7pm
Where: Royal Wanganui Opera House
Details: A night of lively hilarity and seriously good crooning. Tickets - adult $29, student $25, senior 65+/youth 19 and under $25, groups of 10+ $20 each. Book at seatadivisor or at RWOH.

If you have an item for this free column, email with details. The deadline for information about events from, and including, Thursday, June 27, to Wednesday, July 3, is noon Tuesday, June 25.