What's on in the Coromandel? Repco Beach Hop 2020 participants will be cruising around Coromandel this week for the delayed 20th birthday celebrations. The arrival of the entrants and around 100,000 car enthusiasts is expected to infuse more than $10 million into the local economy. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for any important information regarding this event and for any road closure information check out our Council website. Don't forget: No alcohol can be consumed in any public place over Repco Beach Hop. The ban is in place from 4pm, Tuesday 24 November to 4am on Monday 30 November. You can get an instant fine of $250 or be arrested if you breach the ban. With planned cruises to Whitianga today and Onemana on Friday, motorists are asked to be particularly patient at the one-lane bridges on these routes if they’re heading in the opposite direction. You can find information on the road closures in Whangamata and Whitianga on our website: www.tcdc.govt.nz/roads. We know many pooches also come and enjoy the Hop. A reminder to owners keep your dog on a leash in public places. There are areas you can exercise your dog off-lead, see tcdc.govt.nz/dogrules. A COVID-19 free pop-up testing site will be operating during Beach Hop. We know everyone is raring to go for this year's Beach Hop in Whangamata, but Waikato DHB is urging people to put the brakes on and stay home if you're feeling sick. If you're attending over the coming days and you do start to get cold or flu-like symptoms, a free pop-up testing site will be operating on Beach Road near the Whangamata Marina between 10am and 2pm from Thursday to Saturday. The site, which will be run by Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki, will be drive-through and also allow walk-ins. The Whangamata Medical Centre can also test those with symptoms, however patients need to call ahead. They will be screened for respiratory symptoms on arrival and be required to wear a mask. If you have any concerns or queries about your risk of COVID-19, we encourage you to call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to get advice on getting a test. Study Enrolled Nursing at Wintec Thames - Open Days Information Sessions Friday 4 December 10am - 12pm Thames Regional Hub, 414 Queen Street, Thames For further information see the Wintec website. Beach Hop 2020 25 - 29 November 2020 The 20th Anniversary of Repco Beach Hop will be held in Whangamata in November 2020. A snippet of the event is listed below however for the full event programme see the Repco Beach Hop website. Wednesday 25 November - Go Waihi Warm Up Party Thursday 26 November - Repco Whitianga Beach Party Friday 27 November - Castrol Edge Thunder Cruise to Onemana Saturday 28 November - Grand parade, classic car and boat show, Maguirs main street car show, Harley Davidson show and much more. Sunday 29 November - Classic Cover Insurance Nostalgia Fair & Auto Swapmeet There will be a number of road closures and areas where traffic management is in place throughout this event. For the full list of these closures please see the TCDC website here. Beach Hop Concert - Whangamata The Ford NZ Kiwi Rock n Roll Legends Concert at Williamson Park is the first concert for Beach Hop. Make sure you get in quick to secure your concert tickets. Limited tickets are available on the Flicket website. Pauanui Christmas Home Wander Santa on the Pepe - Tairua 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. Open Mic - Pauanui Hahei First Sunday Open Studios Sunay 6 December 11an - 4pm Four Hahei Artists opening their studios on the first Sunday of December. Look for the blue flags and signs. All four artists are approved members of Mercury Bay Art Escape. WOOD Natasha Courtney 60 Grange Road, Hahei Fine woodwork in the forms of furniture and household items is Natasha’s speciality. Her wood is from both felled and recycled local sources. CLAY Betty Collings 17 Patricia Place, Hahei Ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting created in both her homeland of New Zealand and residency in the US are closely related to thoughts about biology and the creation of the Universe. METAL Meg Auth 6 Patricia Place, Hahei Art jewellery created using found objects, stones and gems set in precious and non-precious metals which provide a reminder or connection to the sea for the wearer. PAINT Jane Parson 49 Sarahs Hill, Hahei Paintings and printmaking where the colours, texture, line and shapes are influenced by the Coromandel and central South Island landscapes. Whangamata Summer Festival Markets Sunday 27 December - Monday 28 December 2020 Williamson Park, Whangamata The Whangamata Summer Festival is run by a not for profit community group, who organise a night market on December 27 and a craft market day on December 28 at Williamson Park with a huge range of stalls and live local musicians. Mako Road - Coroglen Tavern Mercury Bay Emergency Services Summer Festival Wednesday 30 December, Taylors Mistake Held in the heart of Whitianga to raise funds for local emergency services. A great range of stalls for you to buy from to raise funds for local emergency services including:The Fire Service, Surf Life Saving, St John, Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue, Coastguard and Civil Defence. The Feelers - Coroglen Ukulele Pre Christmas Blast - Thames Hahei Market Day Kotare Reserve, Pa Road, Hahei Sundsay 6 January 9am - 2.30pm A fun day in a relaxed enviroment. Something for eveyone, interesting stalls, fun rides and amusements for the kids. This is an fundraiser for the Hahei Library and Community and wellbeing projects. King Tide - Coroglen Whangmata Lions Craft and Farmers Market Saturday 30 January, 8am - 3pm Whangamata Memorial Hall The market hosts nearly 100 stalls of every description filling the Memorial Hall complex, and outside. Thames Wings and Wheels 2021 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 Cancellations and postponements TCDC Microship Mondays - postponed Te Puru School Quiz night - postponed Zonta Bookarama event - postponed Thames Treasures 1st birthday celebrations and auction has been postponed Steampunk the Thames - Cancelled The Daylight Athiets - Whitianga - Cancelled Tairua Food and Wine Festival - Cancelled Jordan Luck Band with Ekko Park - Thames -Cancelled Whangamata Lions Craft & Farmers Market - Labour Weekend - Cancelled, next market Auckland Anniversary Weekend. Thames Market Pollen Street, Thames Locally-produced plants, organic 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 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 Night Market 5pm - 8pm Fortnightly on Friday nights Buffalo Beach Reserve, come along and browse the wares of local stalls and grab you dinner from one of the many food trucks at this community farmers market. Whitianga Arts and Craft Market Saturday 05 December 2020 - Saturday 13 March 2021 8am - 1pm Soldiers Memorial Park Whitianga Market is a community artisans market which runs every Saturday during the summer months. It has a wide range of handcrafted items available.