Blind can dance too
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 www.facebook.com/ taranakispace or email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 blindweek.org.nz
to (www.taranakidance.co.nz) 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¯email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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¯email@example.com 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¯firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.