The Whanganui Airport Control Tower Restoration Group has raised nearly $500,000 from grants and donations to refurbish the tower exterior and work is under way on a museum and education centre. The group will discuss progress at their annual general meeting open to the public this Thursday.

Window Stars
When: 10.45am to 12.15pm
Where: Sarjeant Gallery, 38 Taupo Quay
Details: Create beautiful stars with paper and glue. All welcome - children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10 pp. Bookings essential 06 349 0506.

Whanganui Toy Library
When: 9.30am-11.30am
Where: 142 London St (next to SPCA)
Details: Let the Children Play - for anyone interested in toy libraries.

River City Artists
Beginners to established artists
When: 9.30am-4pm
Where: Christ Church Community Hall, 243 Wicksteed St
Details: Val 343 6316 or 027 459 9448.


Mask making
When: 2pm
Where: Gonville Library, 44 Abbott St
Details: Contact Jane or Becky of Whanganui District Library children's team 06 349 3210.

Thoughtful Thursday
Documentary film night
When: 6.30pm
Where: Confluence, 15 Watt St
Details: The Free Man: Toa Fraser's 2016 film explores the lives of extreme sports performing artists. Limited door sales, $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.

Airport Control Tower AGM
Wanganui Airport Control Tower Restoration Group Inc
When: 7.30pm
Where: Christ Church Community Centre, 243 Wicksteed St
Details: An update on the exterior refurbishment and work underway on the museum and education centre. All welcome. Call secretary John Henderson 027 315 11032 .

Puanga Holidays at the Library
Porotiti spinning disc making
When: 10am
Where: Hakeke St Library, Whanganui East
Details: Contact Jane or Becky of Whanganui District Library children's team 06 349 3210.

Swim and slide
School holiday special
When:10am - 4.30pm
Where: Splash Centre Whanganui, Springvale Park, London St
Details: Adults and children swim and slide for $5.

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

Whanganui Toy Library
When: 10am-noon
Where: 142 London St (next to SPCA)
Details: Let the Children Play - For anyone interested in toy libraries.


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.

Jungle Avenue
When: 8pm
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
Details: Expect a huge showcase of bass music with jungle theme. Featuring Camco and Zippy. No dress code, just jungle. R18. Tickets from ticketspace
Mosaic workshop
When: 10am to 4pm
Where: 19 Taupo Quay
Details: A workshop with Louise Herdman. All materials provided. $85 per person.
Booking essential 027 375 4715

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 021 055 5476.

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


Whanganui Film Society
When: 7pm
Where: Davis Theatre, Watt St
Details: Makala - This 2016 French film from director Emmanuel Gras follows the travels of a young Congolese man through the making, transporting, and selling of charcoal to support his family. 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.

Art classes
When: 6pm
Where: Cooks Gallery, Trafalgar Place
Details: Anyone interested in a weekly, evening drawing/painting/embroidery session call Lorraine 027 338 8606 or 344 2702.

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. $10 start fee. Contact Graeme Simpson on 06 343 2772 or 020 408 19670.

Knit and yarn
When: 10am-noon.
Where: Ladies' Rest, 75 St Hill St
Details: Novice and experienced knitters welcome. Gold coin entry.

Brass Whanganui Art Auction
When: 6.30pm
Where: Muducks, 31 Taupo Quay
Details: A chance to purchase some great local art and support Brass Whanganui's trip to China. $10 ticket includes light refreshments and a glass of wine.


If you have an item for this free column, email with details. The deadline for information about events from, and including, Thursday, July 25, to Wednesday, July 31, is noon Tuesday, 23.