Plenty of fun on for spring

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By RE­BECCA DAY CEDA

Now that spring has sprung, there are a wide range of events and ac­tiv­i­ties, with some­thing for everyone from shows and sports, to sweet treats. Check out what’s on be­low, pop into Palmer­ston North City i-SITE in The Square or visit ManawatuNZ.co.nz/events for more in­for­ma­tion.

■ Palmer­ston North Chi­nese Stu­dents and Schol­ars present the Moon Fes­ti­val Show 2018 at the Re­gent on Broad­way on Sun­day Septem­ber 16 from 6.30pm. This year is the fourth an­niver­sary, with the show open­ing Chi­nese Lan­guage Week in Palmer­ston North. En­joy tra­di­tional Chi­nese in­stru­men­tal rhythm, dance acts from lo­cal dance clubs and the Welling­ton Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tion, and free glow sticks. ■ Sup­port for our Manawatu¯ Tur­bos in their next Mitre 10 Cup match as they take on Tas­man on Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 19 from 7.35pm at Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Arena. Tick­ets at www.Tick­et­Di­rect.co.nz

■ Join the Ron­gotea Horticultural So­ci­ety for their Spring Show on Thurs­day Septem­ber 20 from 1pm at Te Kawau Me­mo­rial Recre­ation Cen­tre. Flow­ers, bak­ing, arts and crafts, af­ter­noon tea and a raf­fle.

■ Share a night of French and Ital­ian desserts and a glass of bub­bles with The Secrets of Mona Lisa ex­hi­bi­tion at Te Manawa’s Da Vinci Desserts night on Fri­day 21 Septem­ber at 7.30pm.

■ Take a trip on the Vic­to­ria Es­planade Scenic Rail­way’s Lights of Spring Night Train on Fri­day 21 and Satur­day Septem­ber 22 from 6pm. The bush will be lit as you travel on the minia­ture train through the Scenic Rail­way cir­cuit.

■ Take the kids along to Palmer­ston North Cen­tral Li­brary for the lat­est Freaky Fri­day event, Where the Wild Things Grow. There’s a spooky li­brary scav­enger hunt and cre­ate ghoul­ish mas­ter­pieces from 6pm, Fri­day Septem­ber 21.

■ Dancers from around the coun­try will be rep­re­sent­ing their schools for the DanceNZmade — In­ter­school Duo and Trios com­pe­ti­tion, at the Re­gent on Broad­way on Fri­day Septem­ber 21 from 6pm. Tick­ets at www.tick­et­di­rect.co.nz

■ En­joy the flour­ish­ing for­est and beau­ti­ful bird­song at the Ara­puke For­est Park Walk, led by Ian Ar­gyle. To join For­est & Bird on Satur­day Septem­ber 22, con­tact Manawatu.Branch@fore­stand­bird.org.nz to pre-reg­is­ter and find out more.

■ Chi­nese Cul­tural Fun Films Time has two free fam­ily events at the Globe The­atre on Septem­ber 22. From 1pm watch short car­toon fam­ily films about Chi­nese cul­ture, fol­lowed by Chi­nese Writ­ing Have a Go at 2.30pm.

■ Folk band, fa­bles and award-win­ning Albi & The Wolves will join forces for one night only in Palmer­ston North to cel­e­brate two in­di­vid­ual new re­leases, at Globe The­atre on Fri­day Septem­ber 28 from 7pm. Pre-pur­chase tick­ets from www.glo­bethe­atre.co.nz

• The 2018 In­ter­na­tional Spring Fes­ti­val is back, cel­e­brat­ing the di­ver­sity of cul­ture in the Manawatu¯ on Satur­day Septem­ber 29 from 11am. Cul­tural dis­plays and ex­hi­bi­tions, tra­di­tional games and ac­tiv­i­ties. Ex­pe­ri­ence the fa­mous Ja­panese drum, mar­tial arts and tra­di­tional dance. Taste in­ter­na­tional cui­sine from stu­dents’ food stalls and picnic un­der the sakura (cherry blos­som) trees.

■ Don’t miss out on the 2018 Palmer­ston North Brick Show at Bar­ber Hall on Satur­day 29 and Sun­day 30 Septem­ber from 9am. With over 7000 peo­ple vis­it­ing last year’s show, this event is a must for LEGO lovers of all ages. Have a go your­self with the huge pile of LEGO bricks.

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