Matariki will be celebrated this week with the opening of a free, fundraiser event co-hosted by NZ Design Store gallery ‘Bounty’ and St Francis Catholic School Thames. The exhibition will be full of art and creativity, in a large group exhibition featuring well known NZ artists, many of whom are local and all represented in Bounty. Also on display next door to the exhibition will be the childrens’ own Matariki artworks from the school. A reminder that our Community Board Grants process closes tomorrow, Friday 31st July. If you are part of an organisation that provides a community service, activity or event that is not-for-profit, you could be eligible for one of our Community Board grants. To read further information about the grants process click here. Matariki Art Exhibition, Thames Surf 'n' Turf - Whangamata Introduction to Buddhism Course - Colville Friday 31 Jul 2020 - Sunday 2 Aug 2020 This course will cover an overview of the fundamental philosophy and psychology of the Buddhist path, what is normally called the Lam Rim. For further information see the Mahamudra Centre's website. Crossing the Waihou - Thames Open Mic afternoon - Pauanui Microchip Monday As well as registering your dog (due 31 July), all dogs must be microchipped. During the month of August, our Council is providing a low cost ‘Microchip Monday’ service for dog owners in our district. Microchipping helps us to promptly identify dogs that are roaming or lost so we can reunite dogs with their owners rather than take to the dog pound. We’ve noticed many dogs on our database don’t have a microchip number. Drop-in to one of our Council Service Centres between 9am-12pm on the following Mondays to have your dog microchipped by one of our compliance officers for $25: - Monday 3 August – 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel Town- Monday 10 August - 10 Monk Street, Whitianga- Monday 17 August – 620 Port Road, Whangamata- Monday 24 August – 515 Mackay Street, Thames www.tcdc.govt.nz/microchipping Tairua Marina Boat Show Careers and Employers Expo - Thames Te Puru School Quiz Night A Taste of Italy - Coromandel Town Friday 21 August 3pm - Sunday 23 August 2020 10:00am Karamana Homestead - Coromandel Town Enjoy a weekend of Italian flavours in an historic Victorian homestead. Your hosts will be presenting wines from the Veneto region of Italy (white and red) paired with complimenting cheeses. This is a casual and fun wine tasting for all levels of interest. We're not wine experts, and you don't have to be either. Just bring an enthusiasm for Italian wine and food, and we'll take care of the rest. This will be a small group experience for a maximum of 6 - 8 people. Treat yourself to something totally different. A weekeind spent in our "living museum" with an added Italian flare. E perfetto! Bookings by phone only, starting July 13, 2020 and closing August 3, 2020. For further details see the Karamana Homestead website Zonta Book Fair - Thames Michael Hurst to perform in Thames The Daylight Athiest Friday 21 August 2020 Thames Civic Centre, Mary Street, Thames Tickets can be purchased by texting 021912993 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or (from 13 July) Lotus Realm 714 Pollen St, Thames. RSA Combined Services Day Jordan Luck Band with Ekko Park - Thames Thursday 17 September 2020 The Rocker Box, Thames Kiwi icon's The Jordan Luck Band are packing all the classic Exponents hits into the van is bringing the party to every corner of Aotearoa this Autumn/Winter. For ticketing information see the Jordan Luck Band website. Coro 200 Illume Festival - Coromandel Town Sailors and Loggers Ball Saturday 26 September, 8pm - 11.30pm Coromandel Citizens Hall Tickets can be purchased from Coromandel Town Information Centre. White Chapel Jak - Coroglen Saturday 24 October 2020 Coroglen Tavern It’s time to celebrate the end of lockdown and the return of White Chapel Jak, who kick-off their “Return of the Jak - Here’s to us Nu Zuland” live music tour this August to December 2020. For ticketing information see the Eventbrite website. Steampunk the Thames 5 - 8 November 2020 The theme for 2020 is "Vision Beyond the Apocalypse". The festival celebrates creativity, an assemblage of costumes, machinery, dramatisations and tom foolery served with delectable sustenance. A real visual feast. For further event details see the Steampunk the Thames website. Beach Hop 2020 - Whangamata 25 - 29 November 2020 Yes, it’s still on, the 20th Anniversary of Repco Beach Hop will be held in Whangamata in November 2020. For full details of the event and to purchase tickets keep an eye on the Repco Beach Hop website for event developments as they come to hand. Pauanui Christmas Home Wander Pauanui Half Marathon 2020 Postponement date: Saturday 5 December 2020 5k, 10k and 21k run or walk event. New registrations are welcome. See Pauanui Half Marathon website for further details. Tairua Food and Wine Festival Thames Wings and Wheels 2021 Saturday 30 January 2021 A static display showcasing a variety of aircraft and vehicles, held in conjunction with Hauraki Aeroclub & Thames Vintage Classic Car Club A full programme of events is currently being developed, to keep up to date with developments check out the Wings and Wheels website for further details. Whitianga Summer Concert It’s time to mark your calendars everyone. The Summer Concert Tour is heading back to Whitianga on Sunday 31 January 2021. The line-up will be announced soon, make sure you are signed up for to the Concert Club to receive advanced information regarding the event. K2 Road Cycle Race 2021 District Markets Thames Market Pollen Street, Thames 8am - 12pm, every Saturday Locally produced plants, organic and others, fruit and vegs, bric-a-brac, second hand goods and books, arts and crafts, fine food, cheeses, speciality oils, health and body care products, flowers, bread, knit wares, and much more. Tairua Main Road Saturday 4 July 2020 9:00am till 1:00pm The first Saturday of every month, you will find this eclectic collection of stalls and produce right by the harbour next to the one-lane bridge on Tairua Main Road. Whiti Village Market 9.30am - 1.30pm, every Sunday Every Sunday on the waterways land by the Mobil Station and the Floating Fig, come along and browse the wears of local stalls at this community farmers market.