Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LO­CAL NEWS -

Mid Can­ter­bury res­i­dents now have the lat­est Ash­bur­ton District Coun­cil up­dates in the palm of their hand, thanks to a new app, An­tenno. From boil wa­ter no­tices and road clo­sures to wa­ter restrictions and rub­bish and re­cy­cling up­dates, An­tenno de­liv­ers use­ful no­ti­fi­ca­tions to peo­ples’ phones about places they care about. The app is avail­able to down­load free from the App Store and Google play. ’’The app is easy to use and is the way to get all of the lat­est alerts from coun­cil about spe­cific is­sues that af­fect you,’’ coun­cil com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager Vin­cie Bil­lante said.


Sel­wyn District Li­braries have be­gun tri­alling new hours, with fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties planned for every Satur­day at all four li­braries. Li­braries man­ager Vicki Car­lyon said ex­tended Satur­day hours meant pro­grammes and ac­tiv­i­ties would be avail­able in the week­ends as well as dur­ing the week. ’’We wanted to pro­vide a range of fun and in­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for ev­ery­one to en­joy on their Satur­day af­ter­noons. There’s some­thing for all ages on of­fer.’’ The ‘Time for Fun’ ac­tiv­i­ties will dif­fer each week be­tween the four li­braries. Most events are for all ages, in­clud­ing for adults, but chil­dren younger than eight years old will re­quire ac­tive adult su­per­vi­sion.


The Ash­bur­ton Art Gallery is set to host an ex­hi­bi­tion by Lyt­tel­ton­based con­tem­po­rary jew­eller Elfi Spiewack. In Splen­dour Moot, Adorn­ment Re-framed, is an ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plor­ing jew­ellery as a marker of self-ex­pres­sion. Spiewack re­con­structs the tra­di­tional jew­ellery pieces worn by those of high so­cial rank and im­por­tance in por­trait paint­ings from the Re­nais­sance, Baroque and Vic­to­rian era. She took re­pro­duc­tions of paint­ings and edited out orig­i­nal jew­ellery and re-cre­ated new re­sponses with jew­ellery pieces which are pre­sented 3-di­men­sion­ally. In Splen­dour Moot will open to the pub­lic on Novem­ber 19 at 2pm, where Spiewack will speak about her prac­tice and con­cepts be­hind the works with an artist talk. The ex­hi­bi­tion will run un­til Jan­uary 21.

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