ICONZ4girlz: For ages 8 -12yrs, 4pm – 5.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall, cnr of Rawhiti and Tower Roads, during the school term. ICONZ Boys: For ages 8 -12yrs, 7pm – 8.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall, cnr of Rawhiti and Tower Roads, during the school term. Matamata Playcentre: 37 Farmers Rd 9.15 – 11.45am. Senior Exercise group: At Fitzone 7.30am – 9am. Golf Croquet: From 9am during summer, Peria Rd. Taoist Tai Chi: At St Joseph’s Hall, Hohaia St, 9:30am-10.30am. Line Dancing: Senior Citizens Hall, Arawa St, 10am. Matamata Walking Group: Leaves sports centre 9am. Pilates: Power Pilates Mix, 10am – 11am, Upstairs Lounge, Memorial Hall, Tainui St. Mahjong Club: 1pm at the Matamata Bridge Club, Ngaio St. Soul Church: 11A Meura St, 6pm. Kids eat free at 5:45pm. Hinuera Playcentre: 9.30am12noon, Hinuera Rd, located between Hinuera School and Hinuera Bowling Club. women welcome. Matamata Rose Society: Meeting fourth Monday of the month, Tainui Room, Matamata Memorial Centre, Tainui St. Matamata Floral Art Group: Union Parish Hall, Peria Rd, second Monday of every month at 10.30am. Power Talk: Every third Monday, 5.30pm at Railside by the Green. Matamata Society of Arts Inc: Monthly meeting third Monday of the month, Tower Gallery, 7pm. Matamata Women’s Institute: Second Tuesday in the month, 1.30pm, Anglican Church lounge. Senior Citizens Dance & Social: First Tuesday of every month, 1.30pm Head Injury Support Group: Fourth Wednesday of the month, 10.30am, at Railside by the Green. Don’s old time dance: Senior Citizens Hall, every second Wednesday of the month. December’s dance will not be running. Matamata Probus Club: Meets second Thursday of the month at the RSA Club at 9.30am. Matamata Patchwork Club: First and third Thursday of every month, Union Parish Church, 10am. Breastfeeding cafe: First Thursday of every month, 10am Plunket Rooms. Matamata Tower Spinners & Weavers: Second and fourth Thursday of month, 10:30am2:30pm at Tower Museum. Senior Citizens: Monthly meeting/ trip, third Thursday of the month, 1.30pm. Rural Women’s Social Group: First Thursday of each month, 7pm, Okoroire Pub. NZ Society of Genealogists Matamata Branch: Third Thursday of every month, 7.30pm Anglican Parish Lounge. Matamata Healing Rooms: Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 2pm – 4pm, Cnr Meura & Tui Sts. NZ Society of Genealogists Matamata: Second and fourth Friday, 1.30pm Anglican Parish Lounge. Matamata Country Music Club concert night: Third Friday of each month, Matamata Primary School, 7pm. Market day: Second Saturday of each month, at Matamata Primary School. Good Companion Dance Club: Third Saturday of each month, 7.30pm-11.30pm, Senior Citizens Hall, Cambridge. Railway Modellers Train Operating: 1pm – 3.30pm, fourth Sunday of every month, Firth Tower. Senior Citizens 500 Cards: Second, third and fourth Tuesday of the month at 1pm. Photo: ABBY BROWN/ FAIRFAX NZ Sunday, December 20: A number of businesses will be open from 10am-2pm for that spot of last minute Christmas shopping. Monday, December 21: Christmas Service at the Walton Community Church at Walton, 7.15pm, followed by supper and carols by candlelight at 8.30pm. Items by members of the Matamata Brass Band and the ukulele ladies. All are very welcome. Monday, December 21: Craft and Creations Christmas programme at Matamata Baptist Church, 10.30am -12.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall, 26 Tower Rd. $2 entry per child. Come and hear the Christmas story, play games, make gifts and decorations. Wednesday, December 23: Matamata Business Association $10,000 shopping spree draw at Tonezone on Broadway, 12 noon. Thursday, December 24: Christmas Eve service at Matamata Baptist Church. You are warmly invited to join the congregation at 7pm for their annual Christmas Eve Service. A fun family event with carols, items and supper afterwards. Friday, December 25: Community Christmas lunch, St John Ambulance Hall, 11.45am onwards. A free sitdown meal for those in need or lonely. Friday, January 15: Matamata Racing Club’s first meeting of the year. Racing kicks off around 12.30pm. Saturday, January 16: 50th Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School celebrations at Matamata aerodrome. For more, visit http:/ /walsh50.co.nz. Saturday, January 30: Matamata Racing club meeting, first race around 12.30pm. Saturday, February 6: Swim Matamata annual carnival. Sunday, February 14: Matamata Racing Club meeting, first race around 12.30pm. Sunday, February 21: Rotary Matamata presents Concert by the Lake, featuring Jamie McDell, jazz/ blues band Kokomo, Tim Armstrong and the Beatles Tribute Band and Bryan Rawiri. Tickets are $45 and available from Paper Plus, Colour Plus and Mitre 10. February 25 & 26: Putaruru, Tirau and Matamata Sheep Dog Trial, Kakahu Hills farm, 483 Kakahu Rd, Okoroire. Saturday, February 27: J Swap Contractors Breeders’ Stakes, Matamata Racing Club. Watch this space for new categories for Fashion in the Field. Tuesday, March 1: Spud in a Bucket weigh-in, Railside by the Green, 5pm. Friday, March 4: The J Swap Tower Run, starting from Tom Grant Dr, up to the Firth Tower and back. A number of categories, both running and walking, available. April 20-23: Matamata Festival of Flowers, Matamata Memorial Centre.