Because of the long weekend, remember rubbish and recycling kerbside collections will be a day later in your area than they usually are. Check our kerbside calendar here. Friday 20 October 2017 Lukes Kitchen, Kuaotunu For further information see Mussel Kitchen. Weekend Markets Coroglen Market Gumtown Hall, Coroglen - Saturdays from Labour Weekend to Easter. A fabulous farmers's market for you to buy some local organic produce, home made goodies and crafts. Conveniently located on the main road State Highway 25 at the historic Gumtown Hall. Coromandel Town Market 31 Kapanga Road, Coromandel - Fridays 8am - 12pm Local manuka honey, home grown community market, baking and much more! Tairua Firemans Market Tairua Fire Station - Saturday 21 October 2017 This is special fundraiser for the benefit of the Tairua Volunteer fire Brigade to help their waterways team get to the Australasian Waterway Championships in Tasmania. Bring the whole family for fun-filled morning! Great stalls, massages and natural skincare, kids colouring competition. And don't forget to pick up your giant pumkpin seeds for the giant pumpkin growing competition! Thames Market Every Saturday 8am-12noon - Pollen Street, Grahamstown. Head down to the Thames Market this weekend. Don't forget to bring your own bag, basket or box to the Thames Market, plastic carry bags are no longer allowed. Whangamata Lion's Craft & Farmers Market 21 October 2017 8am-3pm. The market hosts nearly 100 stalls of every description filling the Memorial Hall Complex and outside in more of an open air market. There will be crafts, farmers produce, fruit and vegetables, devonshire teas cafe, art exhibition, face painting, book sale.....and much much more! Whangamata Community Market Whangamata Library Carpark - Sundays from Labour Weekend to Easter Held in the heart of the Whangamata township. Selling goods from arts and crafts to produce! Come enjoy the warm atmosphare! Whitianga Market Soldiers Memorial, Whitianga - Saturdays from Labour Weekend to Easter. Your opportunity to purchase some beautifully made local crafts, art and homegrown produce from the Mercury Bay area at the Whitianga Farmers Market. K2 Saturday 28 October 2017 This next race marks the 16th anniversary of the Flight Centre K2. The race will start in Whitianga and travel in an anticlockwise direction through Coromandel, Thames, Tairua and back to Whitianga. For entry details go to the Arc Events website 3 - 5 November 2017 Celebrating 150 years of the Catholic Faith in Thames, NZ 1867 - 2017 Church and School Reunion. Come and celebrate the 150 Sesquicentennial. St Francis Parish and St Francis School Reunion. For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org Thames Art Exhibitions and Gatherings 3 November 2017- Friday ‘Printmakers Combined’ set up the Featured Artist wall. Ten stunning print- maker’s work on display. 5 November 2017 - Printmakers Combined opening. All welcome Nibbles and drinks. Moving speech by Paula McNeill 4 – 6 November 2017 - Drop off days for Steampunk Exhibition..paintings, pottery, outfits, sculpture. 10 November 2017 - Steampunk Exhibition opening night. Special steampunk sculptures by John Doherty Come in your Steampunk outfit if you have one. Steampunk Party. BYO drink & nibbles. 25 -28 November 2017 - Drop off days for super summer exhibition. Steampunk The Thames Steampunkers from around the country and the district are gathering their cogs, futuristic weapons and corsets to take over Thames for the annual Steampunk the Thames Festival 9-12 November. Everything that can make a Steampunk enthusiast's heart-cogs turn is available. From art exhibitions to tea pot racing to risque burlesque shows and Victorian teas, Thames has it all. For a full programme of events see www.steampunkthethames.org 18 November 2017 Grand Opening Pukorokoro - Miranda to Thames For further event information see Hauraki Rail Trail website. Road to Rhythm Coroglen WILKINSON 28 December 2017 For ticket information see Coroglen Tavern Williamson Park Whangamata New Years Eve 2017 For ticket information see Eventfinda Thursday 4 January 2018 Wiiliamson Park, Whangmata For ticket information see Ticket Master Saturday 6 January 2018 Williamson Park, Whangamata For ticket information see Shapeshifter Sunday 28 January 2018 Whitianga Waterways Arena (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) Sold Out For further event information or for those who may be selling tickets see www.greenstoneentertainment.co.nz Leadfoot Festival 3 and 4 February 2018 280 Link Road, Hahei The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend on the New Zealand and International calendar that brings together a unique mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. New Zealand racing legend, Rod Millen opens his private grounds at the Leadfoot Ranch to host more than 150 champion and competitive race participants. For ticket information see Leadfoot Are you planning to hold an event where you want to sell or supply alcohol over the Christmas and New Year period? Then here are some things you need to know: If you need a special licence for an event that is being held between 17 December 2017 and 15 January 2018, then we must receive your application(s) before Friday 17 November 2017. Special licence applications must be received at least 20 working days* (preferably more) before your event date *Working days don't include public holidays, weekends and the period from 20 December to 15 January inclusive. If your application is contested (opposed or objected to), it will go to a hearing in front of the District Licensing Committee and any decision about your application will take longer. Click to download the Special Licence Application Form (PDF, 582KB) Need advice? Then contact us if you have any questions to email@example.com or phone us at 07 8680200. District Libraries Friday 27 October, 5.30pm - 7.00pm - Thames Library Deep in a secret Liboratory (Library/Laboratory) the Mooky Scientarian (Mad Scientist mixed with a Kooky Librarian) was creating a monster of a fun night. Call 8686616 to register. Tuesday October 31, 4.00pm - 5.00pm - Mercury Bay Library Lurking in the depths of the Laborary (Laboratory/Library) a Maaaaazy Libratist (Craaaazy Librarian mixed with a Mad Scientist) was experimenting on a spook-filled storytime. Creep yourself out with stories, crafts and decorating. Call 8664776 to register. Thames Library Lego Club: Tuesday afternoons 3.30 - 4.30pm Tuesday 31 October - Halloween Special - Monster mash! It's a graveyard smash! While creating zombies, vampires, and ghouls galore, the hour will be gone in a flash! Tuesday 28 November - Dinovember, create something dinorific. Tuesday 12 December - Christmas spectacular - Santa, reindeer and sleigh, Christmas tree town, a fireplace, a stocking can you create a cozy Christmas scene? Mercury Bay Library Lego Club: Tuesday afternoons 3.30-4.30pm Tuesday 7 November - Dinovember, create something dinorific. Tuesday 12 December - Christmas spectacular - Santa, reindeer and sleigh, Christmas tree, town, a fireplace, a stocking can you create a cozy Christmas scene? Toddler Time: Wednesdays at 10.00am at Mercury Bay Library and Thursdays at 9:30am at Thames Library. Book Club: every second Monday of every month the Mercury Bay book club meets at 10:30am, Nina's Café (next door to Mercury Bay library). Food for Fines is back: We know our library patrons love their local library - and for six weeks from November 1st, even clearing an overdue book fine will make you feel good. Patrons will have the option of donating a non-perishable food item instead of paying their overdue fees, and each donated item will reduce the fee by $4.00. The food will be donated to the local Food Bank, just in time for Christmas. Food for Fines runs from 1 November to 15 December. Pick up a list of suggested items to donate from your local library branch. Discover your family history with local members of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists: third Tuesday of each month from 2pm onward the NZSG take over the Mercury Bay Library to help you discover your family history.