Blind can dance too

South Taranaki Star - - OUT & ABOUT -

Teacher keen to share the sense of free­dom she finds in danc­ing

OC­TO­BER SHOW: The State Of

Play: Ex­ploratory Mak­ings from artist Viv Davy is ex­hibit­ing at the Lysaght Watt Gallery in Haw­era from

Oc­to­ber 3 to 28. Viv Davy has cho­sen this ex­hi­bi­tion op­por­tu­nity to present some new de­vel­op­ments in her mak­ing prac­tice. The works range across for­mats but are pri­mar­ily in­formed by South Taranaki. Nat­u­ral forms, ma­te­ri­als and pig­ments are ex­plored to con­vey the rich­ness of fiber tech­niques. The fin­ished works evoke the beauty of the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment from fresh per­spec­tives. ALZ CAFE´: For peo­ple af­fected by dementia. A morn­ing tea for peo­ple with dementia and their car­ers at The Ge­lato Caffe, Cnr High Street and Re­gent Street, Ha¯wera on Thurs­day Septem­ber 28 at 9.30am at 9:30am – a chance to catch up with old friends and make some new friends. Cost $7.50.

SPACE PRO­GRAMME: Space is for mainly first time Mums with ba­bies un­der six months. Meet new friends and share your par­ent­ing jour­ney in a safe and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion or to en­rol visit taranakispace or email spac­

QUIRKY EX­HI­BI­TION: One of Quirky Fox’s most popular artists re­turns with a new twist on her af­ford­able minia­ture works. In the past Quirky Fox has worked with Santie Cronje to bring you a se­lec­tion of af­ford­able time re­lease mini prints but this year they present some­thing dif­fer­ent. Still small and del­i­cate. Still af­ford­able. But rather than minia­ture prints the ex­hi­bi­tion is made up of a range of small graphite orig­i­nals. Each of the pe­tite orig­i­nals cap­tures a mo­ment in time; in­spired by love, life and fam­ily, the sub­jects range from flo­ral stud­ies to favourite foods. Each work is ac­com­pa­nied by a sen­tence or two ex­plain­ing why the piece was drawn. Some Day is now open and will run for one month.

HA¯ WERA WRIT­ERS’ GROUP: Ses­sion 6.30-8.30pm on first Fri­day of the month. Venue: Ha¯wera Art School and Cre­ative Space, 20 Union Street. Writ­ing ex­er­cises and op­por­tu­ni­ties to get feed­back on your work. Bring pa­per and pen and your imag­i­na­tion! $5 /ses­sion for the

A South Taranaki dance in­struc­tor is of­fer­ing to teach blind peo­ple how to dance, for free.

‘‘Danc­ing gives peo­ple a sense of free­dom, it’s an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate, and it’s fun,’’ Maria Cash­more said.

Learn­ing to dance could also help par­tic­i­pants’ self con­fi­dence, bal­ance and sense of joy.

The idea arose be­cause she wanted to help oth­ers and share her own love of danc­ing.

The free classes would be held at Ha¯wera’s Pres­by­te­rian Cen­tre and Strat­ford’s Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall, over six weeks, start­ing on Novem­ber 6.

Gene Gib­son, chair­man of the Blind Foun­da­tion’s Cen­tral Taranaki branch, said he was not a dancer him­self, but other foun­da­tion mem­bers might be in­ter­ested.

There were about 28 mem­bers

venue. Con­tact Maakere 021 278 1307.

AGE CON­CERN TARANAKI: So­cial morn­ing tea held ev­ery first Thurs­day of the month at 10am. Ha¯wera Pres­by­te­rian Church, Argyle Street, a fun morn­ing with good food, com­pany and ac­tiv­ity or an in­for­ma­tion chat. All over 65 wel­come to join in. Call 0800243625 for more in­for­ma­tion.

SAYGO EX­ER­CISE CLASS: Ex­er­cise to mu­sic for older peo­ple to en­hance bal­ance and grow core body strength us­ing chairs as sup­port. Ev­ery Tues­day at 10.15am at Ha¯wera Pres­by­te­rian Church. Please call Gillian for more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter (06)7599196. Gold coin do­na­tion please.

LEARN TO DANCE: WIth a part­ner, salsa + mod­ern jive + latin + ball­room. Join South Taranaki Part­ner Dance Com­mu­nity’s Part­ner Dance Classes ev­ery Tues­day; first class: 6.20 - 7.20pm; sec­ond class: 7.25 - 8.25pm; third class: 8.30 9.30pm at the Ha¯wera Pres­by­te­rian Cen­tre, 35 Argyle Street. For more in­for­ma­tion & to reg­is­ter on-line go in Cen­tral Taranaki and about 70 mem­bers in South Taranaki, he said.

Peo­ple who were in­ter­ested could con­tact Cash­more at mari­a­cash­ or 0277271749.

Mean­while, the New Zealand Blind Foun­da­tion ur­gently needs more vol­un­teers for the 2017 Blind Week street col­lec­tion on Oc­to­ber 6 and 7.

‘‘Los­ing your sight can turn your life up­side down. Our vol­un­teers help us raise much-needed funds to pro­vide New Zealan­ders who are blind or have low vi­sion with the prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port they need to face their fu­ture with con­fi­dence,’’ chief ex­ec­u­tive San­dra Budd said.

The Blind Foun­da­tion sup­ports peo­ple to live in­de­pen­dently andbe so­cially ac­tive. Vol­un­teers can sign up at

to (www.taranaki­d­ or con­tact Maria Cash­more 027 727 1749. No part­ner or ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired.

IR­ISH DANC­ING: Dance classes are held in Ha¯wera on a Tues­day af­ter­noon. Find out more on Facebook page ‘‘Taranaki Ir­ish Dancers’’ or con­tact Louise Buh­ler (06) 274 8494.

GE­NEAL­OGY GROUP: The Ha¯wera Ge­neal­ogy and Fam­ily His­tory Group meets on the first Tues­day each month, 7.30pm at Stor­age 4 You build­ing, Union St (next door to Noel Leem­ing). Rooms are open ev­ery Wed­nes­day 1-3pm for re­search. $5 non-mem­bers. The rooms are also the col­lec­tion de­pot for do­na­tion of books for our an­nual book fair or phone 278 4292 or 278 4344 for col­lec­tion.

ROBIN’S MU­SIC: Coun­try Mu­sic En­ter­tain­ment, at the Ha¯wera Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall Vic­to­ria Street. 1pm to 3pm ev­ery Wed­nes­day. Ev­ery­one wel­come. Any queries con­tact Robin Creagh 06 2785582.

HA¯ WERA BMX CLUB: Wed­nes­day club nights, reg­is­tra­tion 6-6.20pm,

Dance en­thu­si­ast Maria Cash­more is of­fer­ing free dance classes to blind peo­ple in Cen­tral and South Taranaki.

racing 6.30pm. Non-mem­bers/ca­sual rid­ers $5 per rider, mem­bers $2 per rider, strid­ers/bal­ance bikes (un­der 5 years) $2 per rider. Any­one can have a go. Email: Ha¯wer­abmx@gmail.coom or visit our facebook page Ha¯wera BMX Club. Club sea­son runs from Wed­nes­day Au­gust 16 to

Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 6.

HAW­ERA ATH­LET­ICS: Reg­is­tra­tion Nights Tues­day Oc­to­ber 3 and 10, 6pm TSB Hub, Hicks Park. Check out our facebook page Ath­let­ics Haw­era or email haw­er­aath­let­ SUP­PORT GROUP: We wel­come you to Mental Well­ness Peer

Sup­port Group, a friendly, safe and non-judg­men­tal group that meets on Mon­days be­tween 12.30 and 3pm at CCS Dis­abil­ity Ac­tion rooms. We gladly re­ceive peo­ple who are friends and fam­ily who have a loved one who is on a well­ness jour­ney. Please email Ha¯wer­a­men­tal­well­ness@out­ or facebook .com/ men­tal­well­nesspeer­sup­port. CAM­ERA CLUB: Ha¯wera Cam­era Club meets on the sec­ond Tues­day of the month at 7pm at the Mt Eg­mont Alpine Club Rooms, Hicks Park, The Hub, Waihi St, Ha¯wera. Tips and tech­niques, com­pe­ti­tions, photo sa­faris. New mem­bers wel­come. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ha¯wer­a­cam­er­a­ or Mary Moore at 06 274 8873. Like us on Facebook.

HA¯ WERA BIKE POLO: Sun­days at King Edward Park. Come along and have a go. Check for up­dates on the group’s Facebook page or email doug.dscott@ya­ for de­tails. COM­MU­NITY LUNCH: Ha¯wera Mt View Lions puts on a com­mu­nity lunch and en­ter­tain­ment ev­ery sec­ond Tues­day of the month at the Sal­va­tion Army Com­pletes. Re­gent St. $10 a head. Ev­ery­one wel­come. All our pro­ceeds go back to our com­mu­nity.

CRO­QUET: Park Cro­quet Club (next to ware­house). Come and en­joy golf cro­quet open all year, Satur­day, Tues­day, Thurs­day at 1pm weather per­mit­ting. New mem­bers wel­come.

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