What's on in the Coromandel? 21 April 2017 There are still a number of events planned for the school holidays and for ANZAC Day and all roads on the Coromandel are open! I am sure you all breathed a sigh of relief when Tropical Cyclone Cook passed the east of the Coromandel Peninsula without making landfall last week. The forecast for the coming week is for settled weather with sunshine, which is a welcome sight for the school holidays. 2017 ANZAC Parades and Memorial Services: Mayor Sandra Goudie warmly invites you to attend ANZAC Parades and Memorial Services on Tuesday 25 April 2017 which will be held across our district. Click here to see what is on in your area. ECHO (Enjoy Connecting Hills and Oceans) 2017 Walking Festival: 1 - 23 April 2017 Opening weekend will be Saturday 1 April and the final day will be Sunday 23 April. The in-between will be action packed with some exciting new prospects. The new programme has recently been updated, so please go to the 'Walks' page here and explore all the possibilities. Coromandel Easter Exhibition: Closes 24 April 2017. An annual art exhibition of works from several well known Coromandel Artists.This is the 30th exhibition by the Coromandel Easter Group that has been running annually since 1987. Toyota Kiwi Guardians: An activity programme for kids to learn about nature, earn cool rewards and go on epic family adventures. Plan your adventure online then get out and explore New Zealand with your kids. Find the Guardian Post at each location to earn a Kiwi Guardian medal and help create future guardians of New Zealand. We are lucky enough to have an adventure right here in the Northen Coromandel. Click here to download the map and learn more about how to to earn medals. Thames now also has a Toyota Kiwi Guardians site: The Kauaeranga Valley near Thames has a walking track up the river valley, passing relics of the mining era and the chance to experience a variety of native bush and river life. Young explorers can enter the code from the Guardian Post on http://www.kiwiguardians.co.nz This an ongoing project which is available all year around. Check out http://www.doc.govt.nz/kiwiguardians to watch the video and find out more information. School Holidays at the Thames Museum School holidays are here. If you are looking for activities to entertain your children then they can join local artists and crafts people at the Thames Museum for free school holiday art. Open to eight to 15 year olds, the programme is designed to engage children with the arts and the pioneering history of Thames by them making things, places are limited so ensure you register them early by phoning the Thames Museum on 8685091 or pop into the museum on the corner of Cochrane and Pollen Streets, Thames. This arts programme is sponsored by Creative Communities. Under the Sea - April school holiday programme: Our libraries have some fantastic free events lined up these school holidays. Each session runs from 10:30 - 11:30am, and registrations are essential. Oceanic Octopus: Monday 24th April Pirate Plunder: Thursday 27th April Register now at your local library for more information and other District Library events follow them on Facebook here. All the normal kids' events (Toddler Time, Mums and Bubs and Homework Club) stop for two weeks over the holidays. Public Holidays: Thames-Coromandel District Libraries will be closed on the following dates this month: Tuesday 25th April (Anzac Day) ANZAC Day (public holidays) kerbside collections: Collections for the week of ANZAC Day for areas which normally have a Monday collection they will have their collection as usual; other areas will be on day later because of the ANZAC Day public holiday (Tuesday 25 April). Check the Kerbside rubbish and recycling collection schedule for your area by downloading the "2017 Kerbside Calendar" on our website: www.tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside. Please have your rubbish in official blue Council bags and recycling out on the kerbside by 7:30am for collection. Mercury Bay Community Choir Saturday 29th April 2017 John Mullon of Te Aroha returns as the choir’s Guest Conductor. There will be songs associated with both the World Wars as well as movie themes and various other pieces reflecting the theme of remembering from a number of cultures and genres. The enticing programme also includes contributions from other local musicians, an audio visual presentation and readings of “letters sent home” from the Great War. Tickets for Remember are $15 for adults, $5 for under 18’s, and are now available from Paper Plus Whitianga with door sales on the night. The audience is invited to join the performers for a community supper after the concert. http://www.creativemercurybay.co.nz/organisations/mercury-bay-community-choir A Ship, a Bay, a Drowning Friday 5 May and Saturday 6 May 2017 Drama enthusiasts in Tairua are well into rehearsals for their show ‘A Ship, a Bay, a Drowning’, and tickets are selling fast.The show at Tairua Community Hall on Friday 5 May and Saturday 6 May are part of the events being held for the Commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of the death of a sailor at Te Karo Bay.Described as part traditional 19th Century Musical Hall, part history – it tells the story of the HMS Tortoise and the death of seaman William Samson.“Tairua Heritage Players will be performing sketches - some of them humorous and some serious - and singing some of those good old melodies,” says Auriol Farquhar. “We’ll be issuing an invitation to the audience to join in with the final songs.”Tairua School Kapa Haka group will also be appearing, contributing a Maori aspect to the occasion. During the interval the Royal NZ Navy saxophone quartet will play.Tickets are available from Tairua Information Centre at $20. Seating is limited, so get in early. There will be a cash bar and some nibbles provided. The show starts at 7.00pm, but the Hall and bar will be open from 6.00 pm.“We are not trying to make a great profit, but any proceeds will be going to support Tairua Heritage Group, which is working to develop heritage resources in Tairua,” Auriol says. Thames Market: Every Saturday 8am-12noon - Pollen Street, Grahamstown. For more than 21 years, Thames Market is going stronger than ever - every Saturday.More and more people enjoy the wide variety of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, plants, speciality foods such as artisan cheeses and breads, samosas, arts, craft and collectables, dried dog treats and much more. In this most picturesque part of Thames - Grahamstown - there are a good number of excellent cafes and restaurants. Thames Market has been and will be operating come rain or shine, every Saturday. Image above: You will find a great range of jewellery. Marion for example only makes things she would like to wear herself. And this month you will also get tasty walnuts from her garden at her stall. To find out more call - 07-8689841 or check out Thames Market's Facebook page here. Auckland Youth Orchestra visit the Bay Saturday 6 May 2017 We welcome AYO to Whitianga as they bring to us their latest repertoire “Firebird”. Under the direction of Antun Poljanich who has lead the orchestra since 1999 the orchestra is a regular favourite to Whitianga audiences and this visit will be no exception. For further details check out http://www.ayo.org.nz Coromandel Seafood Fest: Saturday 6 May 2017. Are you a market/stall holder who would like to attend their event in Coromandel? Contact: email@example.com or follow them on Facebook here for further information. For more on upcoming events see the Destination Coromandel website here. Event organisers you can submit your own events to the Destination Coromandel events page here and it will then also appear on our TCDC website. Click here to see our events guide in our Summertime Magazine (p90-101). Also follow us on Facebook for more.