What's on in the Coromandel? 14 September 2017 It will be a busy weekend in Whitianga with the sold-out Scallop Festival on Saturday. Also, now is your chance to vote for our fantastic local event, Beach Hop, for the people's choice award in a national events competition. New Zealand's Favourtie Event Now is your chance to vote for our fantastic local event, Beach Hop for the people's choice award. Click here to read more and here to vote now. It will be a busy weekend in Whitianga with the sold-out Scallop Festival on Saturday. The scallops will be delicious and hopefully the sun will be shining. If you are one of the lucky ticket holders here are a few words of advice from Safer Coromandel. : Have transport options organised ( shuttle, taxi, sober driver): Stay hydrated with water: Choose low alcohol options: Look after your mates If you have missed out on a ticket to this year's event make sure you get in early and book your ticket for next year. Gold fever year is underway, for the full calendar of events check the online calendar of events here. Kiwi avoidance training Free kiwi avoidance training is offered by the Department of Conservation in our district to help reduce the amount of Kiwi killed by dogs every year. 16 September -Thames Training takes around 15mins per dog. Phone 07 867 9080 to book or see www.facebook.com/doc.govt for more information. 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, CCS 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 monies are linked to Artillery workshop participation. Registrations are essential - go to www.creativewaikato/artillery.co.nz to register or for further details. 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. 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. 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 8 October Thames - Thames Sailing Club 12.00 - 2.00pm Whitianga Town Hall, Time TBC Come along, meet some of the Emirates New Zealand Team and see the "Auld Mug" 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 Steampunks 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 ticket information 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 work1 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. Libray events 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.