Events in the Tasman/Nelson Region

This page contains a list of upcoming events in the Tasman/ Nelson region.

Featured Events 

These events have been organised or supported by Tasman District Council.

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Event Listings 


Christmas at the Proms
(Monday 24th November 2014)

Both Christmas and the Last Night of the Proms are synonymous with some of the world’s best loved songs and more than their share of fun and frivolity.

We combine music from these two great festivals into a gala concert, full of famous Christmas carols and songs, flag waving classics like Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia, the Best of British Ballads, Gilbert and Sullivan, skits and jokes with even an appearance from Santa Claus and his little elves.

Music, madness, magic and mayhem makes for a marvellous way to celebrate the Christmas season.

Featuring
Susan Boland
John Cameron
Emma Sloman
Albert Sword
Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua
Accompanied by Ludwig Treviranus

Tickets cost $32 and include lunch after the show.

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Takaka Library: Silverfish Book Group
(Tuesday 25th February–Tuesday 25th November 2014)

Takaka Library's Silverfish is a book group for all people and all tastes.

We choose a theme, a genre or an author for the month. Or we swap favourite reads. The possibilities are endless.

You can be sure of lively discussion, interesting disagreements and lots of laughs.

You don't have to attend regularly. And if you just want to come along have a coffee and listen, that's fine.

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Richmond Library: Finding a job online Employment 2
(Wednesday 26th November 2014)

Learn how to find jobs online as part of the national Stepping Up programme.

Stepping Up is a national digital literacy initiative developed by the 2020 Communications Trust.

The programme provides a number of modules of computer and internet training using standard software to build skills and confidence.

For information on how to register go to www.tasmanlibraries.govt.nz/about-us/events/featured-events/stepping-up-at-richmond-library/

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Richmond Library: Exhibition
(Tuesday 4th–Friday 28th November 2014)

Come and view the acrylic collage work by Marlborough artist Bonnie Coad and pieces from Nelson Potters on exhibition until the end of November.

The artworks are for sale.

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Richmond Library: Learn Computer Basics
(Friday 28th November 2014)

Learn Computer Basics - Log on and password, using a mouse and keyboard, basic troubleshooting.

Stepping Up is a national digital literacy initiative developed by the 2020 Communications Trust.

The programme provides a number of modules of computer and internet training using standard software to build skills and confidence.

For information on how to register go to www.tasmanlibraries.govt.nz/about-us/events/featured-events/stepping-up-at-richmond-library/

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Startlight Parade
(Friday 28th November 2014)

An annual event of fun, floats and Father Christmas!
Bring the family, and watch street performers, floats and marching bands Streaming down Motueka High Street.
Come early, enjoy a drink or a bite at one of the many street side cafes and food carts.
The winning float will be featured at the Motueka A&P Show December 12-14 December - another annual event in Motueka that is growing every year!

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Children's Christmas Workshop - Fabric Wreaths
(Friday 28th–Saturday 29th November 2014)

Children's Christmas craft workshop - they get to make a fantastic fabric wreath to decorate the house for Christmas. Minimum age 7 years. Cost of workshop $10. Workshops will only proceed with minimum of 5 participants.

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Dinner Theatre Finale
(Friday 28th–Saturday 29th November 2014)

We have some very special Dinner Theatre nights at the end of November. This is Hugh Neil’s farewell and will incorporate the variety of Dinner Theatre themes that he has performed over the years including, Murder Mystery, Rocky Horror, Faulty Turrets and so on. A rumour is circulating that the Queen may turn up on the night! Follow the link for all the details http://www.themudcastle.co.nz/ Bookings are already happening. If you wanted a separate night for a stand- alone booking we need to have a minimum of 50 people.
This is going to be a truly fun night and fancy dress is totally encouraged.....Brad & Janet? or a detective trying to deduce who is who!! look out!!

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Murder Mystery Weekend
(Saturday 29th–Sunday 30th November 2014)

It's often been said that TopHouse would be an ideal place for a Murder Mystery. Now's your chance.

Murder Mystery Weekend featuring Alison Gross Productions and special guest stars......... this event and themed dinner will have you at wits end.
The event will take place at TopHouse starting at 4pm with an icebreaker activity and drinks. Your themed dinner will be made all the more merry by the antics of our actor guests and yourselves whilst trying to solve the clues to the murder. Come dressed up in style ( early 1920's) and be prepared for a laugh. Though the mystery will be unravelled late that evening we suggest you stay the night.

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Nelson Male Voice Choir in Motueka
(Sunday 30th November 2014)

"A Rocking Good Christmas" by the choristers of the Nelson Male Voice Choir bringing you another enjoyable afternoon of songs both seasonal, and of timeless appeal.
Our guest artists are members of the brilliant "Tasman Brass Ensemble."
An opportunity will be given for audience participation with a bracket of well known Christmas carols.

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Piano On The Lake - Claire Rouault - Nelson Lakes
(Sunday 30th November 2014)

Acclaimed French pianist Claire Rouault will present a recital of classical piano music, on Piano on Tour's brand new concert piano.

Programme:
- Mozart: Sonata No.11 (Alla Turca)
- Debussy: Clair de Lune - L'Isle Joyeuse
- Bach: English Suite No.3 BWV.808
- Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
- Chopin: Grande Valse Brillante

In less than one year, French pianist Claire Rouault gained an exceptional renown in New Zealand. Claire was chosen amongst the “favorite places and people in NZ” for 2014 by the “North&South” magazine.

The piano has always been an essential part of Claire's life and music her main language. Claire performed her first solo concert with an orchestra when she was 11 years old. Her passion and already recognized talent brought her to Paris to study with Professor Jacques Rouvier (a Maurice Ravel musical heir), Georges Pludermacher and Russian pianist Igor Lazko.

She won two major competitions, the C.Kahn competition (2001) and the A.Rubinstein Competition (2003), and studied in the famous National Superior Music Conservatory of Paris (CNSM), France's top music school. Master classes all over Europe also enriched these period.

Claire travelled all over the world, including New Zealand in 2009 and 2010. After visiting many different cultures and places, she and her partner eventually chose to settle in New Zealand, where they are now Residents. Together, they created “Piano on Tour” and the Piano on Tour Charitable Trust, which endeavours to make high quality music concerts more accessible in New Zealand, touring in low decile schools, retirement homes, hospitals, and basically wherever music can be of help.

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Richmond Pak n Save Santa Parade
(Sunday 30th November 2014)

Richmond's Queen Street and Sundial Square will be bustling with everything we love and cherish about Christmas and the festive season.
Either join us in creating a Christmas wonderland by entering a float or walking team into the parade or come along on the day and enjoy this iconic family event.

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Run Mahana 2014
(Sunday 30th November 2014)

Join us for a journey around the gently rolling Moutere Hills, capturing the essence of the area, taking you past the cellar doors of the highly acclaimed Woollaston Estates.

http://www.nelsonevents.co.nz/content/run-mahana

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Yoga Wisdom Series - November
(Monday 3rd–Sunday 30th November 2014)

Yoga gives us practical tools to help us deal with the challenges of life, the mind, the body and the emotions. Explore four of the central themes of Yoga in-depth in each of these week-long retreats.

During the month of November we are celebrating with Yoga Wisdom Month - a special theme for each week. Explore the deep wisdom of the ancient science of yoga.

Come for 1 week or stay for all 4 weeks!

Week 1: Purification November 3rd - 9th - Experience a deep clean of both the internal and external environment.

Week 2: Exploring Emotions November 10th - 16th - Do you run your emotions or do your emotions run you?

Week 3: Yogic Psychology November 17th - 23rd - Manage and transform personality and relationships by directing your energy.

Week 4: Mindfulness November 24th - 30th - Standing tall in the Now will allow you to begin clearing out the chaos, moving towards peace and harmony.

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Richmond Library: Learn How to Set up an Email Account
(Wednesday 3rd December 2014)

Learn how to set up a free email account, add an address to your contacts.

Stepping Up is a national digital literacy initiative developed by the 2020 Communications Trust.

The programme provides a number of modules of computer and internet training using standard software to build skills and confidence.

For information on how to register go to www.tasmanlibraries.govt.nz/about-us/events/featured-events/stepping-up-at-richmond-library/

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LANDSCAPE: 'The Real, the Metaphor and the Ideal
(Sunday 26th October–Friday 5th December 2014)

A survey show combining recent and past photographic works by Murray Hedwig. Limited edition archival prints.

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Richmond Library: Introduction to Spreadsheets
(Friday 5th December 2014)

Learn how to set up a simple spreadsheet, enter text and numbers, create simple formulae.

Stepping Up is a national digital literacy initiative developed by the 2020 Communications Trust.

The programme provides a number of modules of computer and internet training using standard software to build skills and confidence.

For information on how to register go to www.tasmanlibraries.govt.nz/about-us/events/featured-events/stepping-up-at-richmond-library/

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The Upton Abby Murder Mystery
(Thursday 27th November–Friday 5th December 2014)

November Thurs 27th, Fri 28th, Sat 29th,
Dec Wed 3rd, Thurs 4th, Fri 5th : The Upton Abby Murder Mystery.

Who did it? That's the question in this laugh a minute Comedy parody of the BBC hit show Downton Abby. Great for the whole family, work group or social club.

2 45min acts...come and have dinner and a show...yum fun.

$20 for show, (group discounts available) Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

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Wild Game Dinner
(Friday 5th December 2014)

A fantastic introduction to the wild foods of NZ: a 3 course set meal with an introduction by our cafe and community host, Charles Mersmans. Just $45, bookings recommended.

Choose from 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts, featuring south island wild meats, local specialties, and organic garden produce. Fantastic local beers and wines available (not included in cost).

This Riverside Cafe Supper Club event kicks off our Friday evening openings for the 2014/15 summer season!

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Children's Christmas Workshop - Paper Garlands and Stars
(Friday 5th–Saturday 6th December 2014)

Children's Christmas craft workshop - they get to make a fantastic paper garlands and stars to decorate the house for Christmas. Minimum age 7 years. Cost of workshop $10. Workshops will only proceed with minimum of 5 participants. Bookings essential.

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Motueka Library: E-readers for Beginners
(Tuesday 11th November–Saturday 6th December 2014)

Do you have a tablet or e-reader and want to know how to borrow the library's e-books?

Phone us at Motueka Library and make an appointment to get you started.

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Takaka Library: Mockingjay Competition
(Thursday 6th November–Saturday 6th December 2014)

Just how good is your knowledge of Mockingjay - the third book in the heart-stopping Hunger Games trilogy?

Find out by entering our Mockingjay competition.

All you have to do is answer some questions and you're in the draw to win one of a fabulous array of prizes.

The competition is open to teens aged 13-18.

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Takaka Library: Saturday Storytime
(Saturday 1st March–Saturday 6th December 2014)

Head into Takaka Library on the first Saturday of the month and be entertained and enthralled by some great storytellers.

For 3-8 year olds and the young at heart.

Takaka Library's storytime runs during school term times only.

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Wakefield Country Players: Last Tango & Last Panto in Little Grimley
(Friday 28th November–Saturday 6th December 2014)

Wakefield Country Players invite you into the murky rehearsal rooms of the Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society where the remaining four members of this failing group blunder from one crisis to the next like the back end of a pantomime horse. Bernard worries about the dodgy lighting system, Joyce dreams of musical stardom and Gordon is convinced he will reverse their fortunes if only he can convince Margaret to bare all.
Enjoy our popular BYO picnic and drinks shows on 28 - 29 November at 7.30pm, or a 2.00pm Sunday matinee with tea and cake, or go for the fully catered dinner shows on 5-6 December at 8.00pm.

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Livestock 2014
(Sunday 7th December 2014)

The 8th annual Livestock original music festival is locked in for 2014! Another great day in the Moutere for all. We are currently putting the line-up together so if you play original music get in touch and we'll see if you have what it takes to handle the Livestock experience! blisteringtongues@yahoo.com

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Mapua Makers Market - Sunday 7 December 2014
(Sunday 7th December 2014)

The Mapua Makers Market is the brainchild of two local artists, who want to establish an indoor craft market where the emphasis is on the makers and their products.

The Christmas Mapua Makers Market will showcase more wonderful makers and their products.

Our selection process ensures that there is a good range of handmade goodies, all lovingly created by the person selling them.

Interested makers please email for details on how to apply to be a seller at the Mapua Makers Market.

We are after makers who push the boundaries, who make things that are unique, high quality, quirky, interesting, or all of the above!

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Murchison's Country Market
(Sunday 7th December 2014)

Country Market at the historic Commercial Stables in Murchison. Buy locally produced goods and meet the friendly locals.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, hot food, free range eggs, locally made soap and herbal preparations, organic dry goods, beautiful handcrafts, plants and seedlings, bric a brac, local honey and local talents showcasing their musical skills. come to browse the stalls, sit in the sun and have a chat. Lots of parking and plenty of space for the kids to run. Every second Sunday at the Commercial Stables.

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Tiny Tots, Toys and Teddies Christmas Party
(Sunday 7th December 2014)

The magical and mystical Washbourne gardens are to become alive with the annual Tiny Tots, Toys and Teddies Christmas Party.

A spectacular lineup of children's performers will be on display featuring larger than characters to create a truly memorable experience.

Interactive play activities and games will also be available - sure to keep both young and old amused and active for ages.

So come along, bring your teddy, and join in the celebration.

Free community event, cancelled if wet.

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Richmond Library: Using Email
(Wednesday 10th December 2014)

Learn how to use your email account, sending, receiving, replying and forwarding emails.

Stepping Up is a national digital literacy initiative developed by the 2020 Communications Trust.

The programme provides a number of modules of computer and internet training using standard software to build skills and confidence.

For information on how to register go to www.tasmanlibraries.govt.nz/about-us/events/featured-events/stepping-up-at-richmond-library/

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Richmond Library: Home Finances
(Friday 12th December 2014)

Learn how to use the internet for banking and create a household budget using Excel as part of the national Stepping Up programme.

Stepping Up is a national digital literacy initiative developed by the 2020 Communications Trust.

The programme provides a number of modules of computer and internet training using standard software to build skills and confidence.

For information on how to register go to www.tasmanlibraries.govt.nz/about-us/events/featured-events/stepping-up-at-richmond-library/

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Birdhurst Christmas in the Park
(Saturday 13th December 2014)

Come along on the 13th December to Decks Reserve in Motueka for our 3rd Annual Christmas in the Park.

With features including:
School group, dance and cultural performances, Carols, amusement rides, food, BYO picnic dinner, special visit from Santa, Operatic voice Miriam Fraser from Christchurch and so much more!

Bring your friends and family along for an awesome night!

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Brightwater Carols by Glo-lites
(Saturday 13th December 2014)

Brightwater Glo-lites is a highlight on the Brightwater Community calendar. The event is held at Snowden's Bush with the local fire brigade, school, kindergarten,and church coming together to provide a fun filled evening of entertainment. Come along and enjoy a picnic tea with live music and Christmas carols. Food, refreshments and glo-lites available for purchase or bring your own and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Santa will be making an appearance again this year.

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Carols in the Church
(Saturday 13th December 2014)

Sing through the Christmas Story by candlelight with the Light of Christ Singers in the beautiful Upper Moutere Heritage Church Building.

This family friendly event is an annual event that starts the Christmas season in Upper Moutere with a chance to relax and be entertained amidst the rush of the busy season.

Supper is provided.

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Children's Christmas Workshop - Christmas Elves
(Friday 12th–Saturday 13th December 2014)

Children's Christmas craft workshop - they get to make a fantastic Christmas Elves to decorate the house for Christmas. Minimum age 7 years. Cost of workshop $10. Workshops will only proceed with minimum of 5 participants. Bookings essential.

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Golden Bay Santa Parade
(Saturday 13th December 2014)

A parade by Golden Bay's Collectable Vehicle & Tractor clubs, a visit by Santa plus performances by Takaka Citizen's Band and The Motueka Highland Pipe Band.

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Paul Madsen Presents The Super Star Show
(Thursday 11th–Saturday 13th December 2014)

December Thurs 11th, Fri 12th, Sat 13th : Paul Madsen presents The Super Star Show,

The prolific Paul Madsen brings you all the greats in one amazing show! The Bee Gees, Abba, Queen, Bon Jovi, Ah-ha, and heaps more.

Guaranteed dancing and fun for your group. $25, (group discounts available) Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

Perfect for you Christmas Party...BOOK NOW OR YOU WILL MISS OUT!!!

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Christmas Festival of Brass and Carols in the Garden
(Sunday 14th December 2014)

Bring the family for Christmas entertainment and picnic outdoors at the Gardens of the World, Hope.

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Explore Your 'Self'
(Monday 8th–Sunday 14th December 2014)

Expand the feel-good factor from the mat and let Yoga permeate all aspects of living, in this practical, holistic introduction to a Yoga lifestyle.

Through daily group sessions, learn to increase balance, harmony and contentment. Discover practical methods for changing your internal world. Explore branches of Yoga to suit all personalities and receive a broad range of tools to help you uncover who you really are.

Includes:
• Action with meditative awareness
• Chanting and singing
• Deep relaxation
• Guided meditation
• Group discussions
• Hatha yoga class
• Fire ceremonies

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ITM Motueka A&P Show
(Sunday 14th December 2014)

A Show for everyone! From the Animal Nursery, Pets, and horses, to farm machinery, vintage engines and cars, there's lots to see and do.
A great show with the Ferris Wheel and Merry-go-Round, to Archery and Bouncy Castles.
Displays of WW1 re-enactments, the most up-to-date lifestyle equipment, and even the Simulator so you can have a "drive" on the new Motorsport track going in at Kohatu park!
Circus Wagon and trickster demonstrations, and have a go yourself!
Produce, Handcrafts/Hobbies, Baking, Preserves, Home-made drinks, Photography, Flowers and Roses competitions.
A Christmas Grotto with Santa in attendance for photos and wish-lists!
Live music on-stage all day. Highland Dancers, Dog Trials, Wood-chopping and Shearing.
With lots of great food, and plenty of Christmas ideas available, Marchwood Park IS the place to be!

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Murchison's Country Market
(Sunday 14th December 2014)

Country Market at the historic Commercial Stables in Murchison. Buy locally produced goods and meet the friendly locals.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, hot food, free range eggs, locally made soap and herbal preparations, organic dry goods, beautiful handcrafts, plants and seedlings, bric a brac, local honey and local talents showcasing their musical skills. come to browse the stalls, sit in the sun and have a chat. Lots of parking and plenty of space for the kids to run. Every second Sunday at the Commercial Stables.

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Tapawera Christmas Fair
(Sunday 14th December 2014)

Come to the country for a fab day out. You'll be inspired by the goods for sale, fall in love with the venue, drink in the scenery, relax with refreshments, meet friends, kick back and soak up the atmosphere.
This is the place to be to find that unusual Christmas gift.
Stall holders, dress up yourselves and your stall using Christmas as your theme.
Keep an eye on this page and on our Facebook page for updates, competition and prize information.
Application forms for stall holders available from Sandy at - tapawerachristmasfair@gmail.com

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Takaka Library – Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 14th October–Tuesday 16th December 2014)

Takaka Library presents this fun, hands on session for children two years and younger. Bring the little ones along to enjoy songs, movement, rhyme and stories for early learning in the warmth of the library. All welcome.

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Richmond Library: Tasman Talks Titles
(Wednesday 19th February–Wednesday 17th December 2014)

Do you enjoy reading and talking about books?

Richmond Library's book group, Tasman Talks Titles, meets on the third Wednesday of the month.

You don't have to attend regularly and you're welcome to come and listen even if you don't have a book you want to talk about.

So if meeting and talking with other readers sounds like you, come along to our next meeting for a cuppa and a chat.

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Rose Michel von Dreger, Live Poetry reading
(Thursday 18th December 2014)

Golden Bay Live Poets’ Society presents Rose Michel von Dreger, Canadian-cum-Golden Bay poet, at the famous Mussel Inn. The Live Poets evening kicks off with music from local musicians and an open mic session follows with Rose Michel von Dreger taking the stage around 8:15 pm. After a break, the second open mic session will roll from 9.15 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend or participate. Contact Mark Raffills at mark@drycrust.com.

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Children's Christmas Workshop - 3D Cards
(Friday 19th–Saturday 20th December 2014)

Children's Christmas craft workshop - they get to make wonderful 3D Christmas cards to give to family and friends. Minimum age 7 years. Cost of workshop $10. Workshops will only proceed with minimum of 5 participants. Bookings essential.

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Verona in Wonderland Burlesque Show
(Friday 19th–Saturday 20th December 2014)

December Sat 20th: Verona in Wonderland

Verona Vega returns from Australia to present her hit burlesque show.

Originally from Nelson she is now a professional Burlesque entertainer on the Gold Coast.

A spectacular show not to be missed.

$20, Dinner from 6pm, Show from 8pm.

Sorry no kids at this one...

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Carols by Candlelight
(Sunday 21st December 2014)

The serene Washbourn Gardens lays host to Richmond's Carols by Candlelight where all your favourite christmas tunes are to be sung and celebrated in true festive spirit.

Pack a picnic, bring some warm clothing and come along to share in the christmas tradition that has been spreading christmas joy in Richmond for over 20 years.

Candles available to purchase (gold coin) at the event.

Free community event, cancelled if wet.

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Carols in the Vineyard
(Sunday 21st December 2014)

A friendly Community Carols event held in the beautiful gardens of Neudorf Vineyard (Moutere Hills Community Centre if it's raining)

This is a great chance to celebrate the Christmas season with a band, soloist performances and even a visit from local Muppets Millie and Miri.

Bring a rug and some nibbles and join with us. Neudorf Wines available for purchase on the night. A fun night for all ages.

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La Vida In Concert at St Paul's Anglican Community Church Brightwater
(Sunday 21st December 2014)

Outstanding Nelson based string quartet La Vida will be playing a beautiful selection of contemplative music to celebrate Christmas. St Paul's Church in Brightwater is one of the oldest church buildings in NZ and will be the perfect setting for this very special community event. A supper will be served after the concert which is included in the ticket price. Places are limited so please arrive early.

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Murchison's Country Market
(Sunday 21st December 2014)

Country Market at the historic Commercial Stables in Murchison. Buy locally produced goods and meet the friendly locals.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, hot food, free range eggs, locally made soap and herbal preparations, organic dry goods, beautiful handcrafts, plants and seedlings, bric a brac, local honey and local talents showcasing their musical skills. come to browse the stalls, sit in the sun and have a chat. Lots of parking and plenty of space for the kids to run. Every second Sunday at the Commercial Stables.

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