What's on in the Coromandel? 22 September 2017 This week sees the arrival of day light savings (remember to put your clock forward one hour on Saturday night) and a definite increase in the amount of events on offer. There is something for everyone in the Coromandel, from arts to stock car racing and the Buffalo Beach dune planting day on Saturday. And remember there is an election on so you still have time to vote on Saturday at any one of the following locations, On election day, Saturday 23 September, all voting places will be open from 9.00am until 7.00pm. Colville - Colville School, 2391 Colville Road Cooks Beach - Cooks Beach Community Centre, Coroglen - Coroglen School Coromandel - Coromandel Area School Hall Hahei - Hahei Community Centre Kennedy Bay - Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Harataunga Kuaotunu - Kuaotunu Hall Manaia - Manaia School Matarangi - Matarangi Fire Station Opoutere - Opoutere School Pauanui - Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club Tairua - Tairua Community Hall Tapu - Tapu School Te Puru - Te Puru School Hall Te Rerenga - Te Rerenga School Thames - Kauaeranga Hall, Parawai School, Tararu Cultural Centre, Thames Civic Centre Conference Room, Thames South School, Whangamata - Whangamata Memorial Hall Whenuakite - Whenuakite School Whitianga - Mercury Bay Area School, Whitianga Town Hall. Vote for NZ's Favourite Event Have you voted? Now's your chance to vote for our local event, Beach Hop, for New Zealand's favourite event of the year people's choice award. Voting closes 6.00pm, Tuesday 3 October. Vote here Dune Restoration Planting Saturday 23 September, 9.00am Taputapuatea Reserve Come along to our dune planting day in Whitianga. We are going to need help planting thousands of native sand-binding plants and grass species along the dune systems at Buffalo Beach, adjacent to the Mercury Bay Boating Club. Bring your gloves and spades, a BBQ will be provided. Creative Waikato 28 September - Thames Civic Centre, 200 Mary St, Thames Creative Waikato are back in Thames in 28 September for the final of the Artillery Creative Development workshops with Great Governance for your Arts Group. Who is the workshop for? Organisations (visual, performing arts, music, literary, theatre etc), arts collectives, arts councils, Creative Communities Scheme recipients, new and experienced groups, Māori groups and artists. What you’ll learn in the workshop: Is your organisation a charitable trust or incorporated society? Looking to set one up or join one? This workshop is just for you. Great governance can make all the difference for an organisation. Learn and apply the essentials of good governance, work through the easy-to-use reference manual of all the essentials of good governance practice. Additional Creative Communities Scheme funding is linked to Artillery workshop participation Registration is essential - go to www.creativewaikato/artillery.co.nz to register or for further details. Gold fever year is underway, marking the 150th anniversary of the Thames Goldfields opening. Check the online calendar of events here to see what's on. Swimming Registrations Thames Swim School - Monday 25 September - Friday 29 September enrolments continue. Holiday intensive block lessons Monday 9 October to Thursday 12 October. For further information see Mercury Bay - Registration day will be held at the Community Pool on Wednesday 27th September from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. For further information see Coromandel Town - Registrations will be held at the Pool 2nd and 9th of October from 3.30pm. For further information see Whangamata - For information regarding enrolements for the 2017-2018 season see updates as they come up on facebook page. Enterprise Whangamata Business After 5 Wednesday 27 September, 5.00pm The Lincoln, Whangmata The Paradise Coast special presentation. An initiative from the Tairua/Pauanui and Whangamata Community Boards. Find out what this means, how does it look and how it can be used for your business. All welcome, drinks and nibbles provided. Brits at the Beach 6 - 8 October 2017 Brits at the Beach is a celebration of all things British, held in Whangamata. The event Includes a car and bike show, whisky dinner, village fete, live concerts, organized drives and much more. Further information can be found on their website Coromandel Arts Tour 7 October - 15 October 2017 Every year on the first two weekends of October, artists open their studios for you to visit. Call first at the Hauraki House Gallery at the top of the Coromandel Town centre. See a work from each artist, chat to working artists in pop-up studios, pick up a guide and map update and plan your itinerary. While you're there try your skills at one of the ongoing interactive art projects. For further details click here. The Topp Twins - Heading for The Hills Saturday 7 October 2017 and Sunday 8 October 2017 7:30pm Thames Civic Centre Armed with guitar, mouth-harp and spoons NZ’s favourite twin sisters change the musical style and gender with ease, delivering original country music, character comedy, burlesque innuendo, audience participation and some of the finest yodeling you’ll hear anywhere. The Topps’ infamous alter-egos will delight all ages with a memorable up-close and personal evening of fun and fine singing. The Americas Cup is coming to the Coromandel Sunday 8th October Thames - Thames Sailing Club 12.00 - 2.00pm Whitianga - Taylors Mistake from 5.00 - 6.00pm for public viewing. Come along, meet some of the Emirates New Zealand Team and see the "Auld Mug" Whangamata Tennis Club Open Day Sunday 15 October 2017 2.00pm Social tennis, fun games, spot prizes, bbq and bar open. Raquets provided, byo sports shoes and water. For further details email 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 Arc Events website 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 Thursday 4 January 2018 Wiiliamson Park, Whangmata For ticket information see Ticket Master 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 Thames Market: Every Saturday 8am-12noon - Pollen Street, Grahamstown. Head down to the Thames Market this weekend. Chloe (pictured) joined the market 10 years ago and her beautiful baby knitting and table accessories are admired and loved by many. Make sure to check out her stall. Chloe will move to the South Island soon with all her awesome work. Don't forget to bring your own bag, basket or box to the Thames Market, plastic carry bags are no longer allowed. To find out more call - 07-8689841 or check out Thames Market's Facebook page here. District Libraries Toddler Time: Wednesdays at 10am 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). 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.