Crafts and Food Fair will pro­vide fun for all

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By KAYLA MA­HON CEDA

I hope you have been en­joy­ing the awe­some events that we have had in the re­gion so far this month. It was great to see a good num­ber of peo­ple turn out for the Among the Stars Quiz Night in the Square last week.

There are still plenty more things hap­pen­ing in our city and re­gion for you to ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­plore. Be­low is just a taste of what’s to come this fort­night.

For more events and in­for­ma­tion pop into Palmer­ston North City i-SITE in The Square where one of the friendly staff can help, or visit

IPU are hold­ing their an­nual Omat­suri Fes­ti­val this Fri­day. This years theme is Sop­poro, which is the fifth largest city in Japan, fa­mous for its snow and ice fes­ti­vals and Sop­poro beer. This is a great op­por­tu­nity for prospec­tive stu­dents to have a look at the in­sti­tute, or for those who are in­ter­ested in Ja­panese cul­ture. The fes­ti­val is run­ning from 4.30pm to 8pm at the IPU Re­cre­ation Cen­tre. Make sure you to join in the cel­e­bra­tions with Ja­panese food and ac­tiv­i­ties on dis­play. For more de­tails, con­tact nz­

The Manawatu¯ Craft and Food Fair is on this Satur­day. Head on down to Bar­ber Hall be­tween 10am and 3pm to check out the range of wares on of­fer from over 85 stalls. From cheese stores to knit­ted goods there will be some­thing for ev­ery­one.

The Re­gent on Broad­way is play­ing host to the Ten Tenors on Satur­day night, who com­bine their charm, ca­ma­raderie and vo­cal power to bring you an ex­plo­sive and en­joy­able mu­si­cal per­for­mance. You’ll catch the tenors per­form­ing a range of clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary hits from 7.30pm to 10pm. Tick­ets are avail­able now from the Re­gent or on­line at www.tick­et­di­

The an­nual Manawatu¯ Strid­ers Marathon is tak­ing place on Sun­day with the full 42km race or shorter dis­tance races avail­able for all abil­i­ties. Head along to the Massey Univer­sity Re­cre­ation Cen­tre from 7am to sup­port the run­ners or for more info head to­awa­tustrid­

The Manawatu¯ In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val is be­ing held through­out Palmer­ston North and Feild­ing from y May 25 to Mon­day June 4. The Jazz fes­ti­val fea­tures some of the best lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians from The Swamp City Big Band to USA great Robben Ford. For more in­for­ma­tion or to grab a copy of the fes­ti­val pro­gramme pop into the Palmer­ston North i-SITE in The Square to­day.

On Sun­day May 27 join Am­ber Arkell for the fundrais­ing event Brave the Shave as she shares her hon­est and real ex­pe­ri­ence with Breast Can­cer. This event be­ing held to help raise funds to send Am­ber, blog­ger of When Things Went Tits Up, to a three-week can­cer pro­gramme overseas af­ter she was re­cently di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer for the sec­ond time at the age of 28. Held at the Con­fer­ence and Func­tion Cen­tre from 10am to 1pm, guests will re­ceive a glass of bub­bles or juice on ar­rival and a light baker’s break­fast. Tick­ets can be pur­chased from the Con­fer­ence and Func­tion Cen­tre or on­line at www.tick­et­di­

The al­ways pop­u­lar Red Cross Book Sale is back again from Fri­day June 1 to Mon­day June 4. Held at the Bar­ber Hall with doors open­ing at 10am daily and over 60,000 books to choose from along with maps, puz­zles and games, and CDs and DVDs, there is bound to be some­thing for ev­ery­one. All funds raised go to sup­port lo­cal and na­tional Red Cross hu­man­i­tar­ian projects. If you’d like to vol­un­teer to help out with this event con­tact the Red Cross on 06 356 8152.

Cir­cus Aotearoa is cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of tour­ing by bring­ing their show to Rail­way Land for six spec­tac­u­lar shows. From Fri­day June 1 to Mon­day June 4 catch the per­form­ers as they swing, jug­gle and clown their way around the stage. Tick­ets are avail­able from www.cir­

Last but def­i­nitely not least the Magic of Christ­mas Night Mar­ket is hold­ing its in­au­gu­ral A Win­ter’s Day Out mar­ket on Sun­day June 3. From mid­day to 9pm the Awa­puni Race­course will be bustling with over 100 stall hold­ers, live mu­sic, food trucks and much more. Beat the queues on the day and pre-pur­chase your tick­ets from the i-SITE in The Square to­day.

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