What's on in the Coromandel? 20 April 2018 Friday 20 April 2018 is the RSA’s National Poppy Appeal. Look for the collection boxes in stores around your town and for the collectors out and about around our town centres. All money collected goes into the RSA Poppy Appeal Trust and is used solely for the Welfare of Veterans' and their families. Also, don't forget our Kerbside rubbish and recycling collections will be running a day later than usual next week following the Anzac Day public holiday on 25 April. To see the full schedule for your area go to www.tcdc.govt.nz/kerbside Parades and memorial services will be held across the Coromandel this Anzac Day, Wednesday, April 25, to honour the servicemen and women who displayed courage and sacrifice serving New Zealand in wars overseas. Our Mayor Sandra Goudie warmly invites people to mark Anzac Day at one of the dawn parades or services listed below. Mayor Sandra is attending the Civic Parade in Thames and will speak at the service that follows at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre Cenotaph on Mary Street. All descendants of returned service personnel are welcome to participate in the parades. Returned service personnel are asked to wear their medals and decorations. Descendants of returned service personnel marching in the parades are asked to wear medals on the right upper portion of their apparel. Coromandel:•6.00am Dawn Service at Memorial Reserve, 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel, to be followed by breakfast at the Coromandel Citizens Hall.•10.00am ANZAC Service at Memorial Reserve, 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel. To be followed by morning tea at The Club, 190 Woollams Avenue, Coromandel. Tapu:•5.45am Dawn Parade - from Tapu Fire Station to Cenotaph, Tapu Hall, followed by service. Breakfast provided afterwards at Tapu Fire Station. Thames:•5.45am Dawn Parade - from cnr Cochrane and Pollen Streets, Thames, marching to Thames War Memorial Civic Centre for 6am service.•9.45am Civic Parade - from corner Sealey and Pollen Streets, Thames, followed by 10am service, Thames War Memorial Civic Centre Cenotaph, Mary Street, Thames. Pauanui:•6.00am Dawn Service - Pauanui Surf Lifesaving Club, Pauanui Boulevard, Pauanui (or the Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club if wet).•11.00am Civic Service, assemble at Pauanui Garden Centre at 10.45am, marching off to Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club, Sheppard Avenue, Pauanui for 11am service. Tairua:•6.00am Dawn Service, Tairua Ex-Servicemen's Cemetery, Main Rd, Tairua.•10.30am Civic Parade and uniformed personnel/RSA, assemble outside the Tairua Fire Station, Main Rd, Tairua to form up and march off at 10.45am.•11.00am Civic service at Tairua Community Hall, Main Road, Tairua. Whangamata:•6.30am Sunrise Flag Raising & Service - Assemble at Whangamata Surf Club. Following the service cooked breakfast will be available at Blackies in Williamson Park.•10.20am Civic Parade led by the Bay of Plenty Pipes & Drums from the Council Offices, Port Road, Whangamata, followed by 11.00am Civic service at Whangamata War Memorial Hall, Port Road, Whangamata, followed by a light lunch and entertainment at the RSA Clubrooms. Whitianga:•5.45am Dawn Parade - from Mercury Bay Club carpark, Cook Drive, Whitianga, followed by service at Soldiers' Memorial Park, Whitianga. Breakfast at Mercury Bay Club to follow service. Matarangi:•10.30am Assemble at corner of Cordyline Crescent and Ake Ake Ave to form up and march off at 10.40am followed by 11.00am Service at Matarangi Volunteer Rural Fire Force Station (near Matarangi Shopping Centre, ECHO Walking Festival 7 - 22 April 2018 Follow winding tracks through spectacular scenery and amazing views. Explore our backyard and learn about our local history. Hike across hills, discover pools and waterfalls, get a bit of exercise and enjoy our local bush and beach. From an hour-long walk to full-day tramps, there's something for everyone and every fitness level. Check out the full programme and walk details on the ECHO Walking Festival Website. The 35km Road Trip, The Little Gallery, Tairua and Whangamata Saturday 21 April 2018, 10.00am - 4.00pm The Little Gallery is excited to present '35km Road Trip' this April: a new group exhibition with an adventurous twist. '35km Road Trip' will be held as a one-day-only joint exhibition event between both of the Tairua and Whangamata branches, and invites the public to journey between the two galleries in a fun, interactive day out. Commemorating the distance between two galleries, '35km Road Trip' aims to bring an adventurous, multi-faceted dimension to experiencing and enjoying art. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy all that Tairua and Whangamata have to offer in addition to our new exhibitions. Each gallery will present 35 new works by their respective local artists, portraying the unique personalities of each destination and celebrating the diversity of talent within our stable of artists at The Little Gallery. Enjoy the opportunity to meet each gallery's local artists and experience a fresh, engaging array of artwork - a reason to make a journey for! For further information see their website. Saturday 21 April 2018 Tairua Trail and Tides Options for a 5km walk, 5km and 10km run, and 20km run at the Tairua Trail and Tides. This fun run-walk event takes in all the stunning vistas of Tairua, starting at Cory Park and traversing alongside the waterfront and for the longer sections, up and around Mt Paku. All events will start and finish at the Cory Park Domain, Tairua Rugby & Sports Club. For registration details email Tairuatrailandtides@gmail.com or see the Tairau Trail and Tides facebook page Hopetoun Brown & Finn Scholes Sunday 22 April 2018 Tim Stewart and Nick Atkinson have been playing together since their teens as the Supergroove horn section and in recent years this duo have performed as Hopetoun Brown using just voice, trumpet, trombone, percussion and bass clarinet. Together, they were 2017 Taite Prize finalists. But for this 31-venue AOTNZ tour they have teamed up with arguably the country’s finest trumpet player, Finn Scholes for a unique journey through rhythm and blues, soul and jazz. For ticketing information email Kauaerangahallmusic@gmail.com or visit Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames. The Great Cranleigh Kauri Run Saturday 5 May 2018 The Great Cranleigh Kauri Run comprises of a series of off road trail runs or walks which take place on the stunningly beautiful Northern Coromandel Peninsula. For further information and for registration details of the 2018 event, which is 14th Anniversary of this spectacular event see the ARC Events website. Coromandel Seafood Festival Saturday 5 May 2018 - 9.00am - 4.00pm Coromandel Area School With its pristine waters the Coromandel Harbour is renowned for its mussel and oyster farms, as well as being a great place to haul out your line and catch some fish. The programme for the festival includes, oyster shucking, mussel shucking, food demonstrations, live local bands, fish filleting demonstrations, local cafes and restaurants showcasing their seafood. For further details check out the Coromandel Seafood Festival on Facebook. For further information or to purchase tickets see Cosmic Ticketing. Whitianga Half Marathon Saturday 26 May 2018 This is the first annual half marathon to be held on 26th May 2018 in the beautiful Mercury Bay. There is a 21km course, a 10km course, a 5km course and a 2km kids beach dash. Each course can be either ran or walked. The organisers are encouraging a fun family event where everyone can participate in some way. For further information and registration details see Whitianga Half Marathon website. Farmers Markets Coromandel Town Market 31 Kapanga Road, Coromandel - Saturday 8am - 12pm Local manuka honey, home grown community market, baking and much more. Thames Market Every Saturday 8am-12noon - Pollen Street, Grahamstown. Head down to the Thames Market this weekend. Don't forget to bring your own bag, basket or box to the Thames Market, plastic carry bags are no longer allowed. Gold fever year is underway, marking the 150th anniversary of the Thames Goldfields opening. Check the online calendar of events here to see what's on. Tuia 250 Encounters In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during James Cook and the Endeavour's 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. A national commemoration, Tuia – Encounters 250, will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier. For information on how you can be involved see Ministry of Culture and Heritage website or Mercury 250 website. Thames Library Book Club is a relaxed and informal book group. Meet other book lovers and share what you’re reading. Here's the ideal place to pick up some tasty new titles. The Book Club is held in the Thames Library's meeting space, the Carnegie Room, on the first Friday of every month. Lego Club Mercury Bay Lego Club is free and happens every Tuesday from 3.30pm - 4.30pm at Mercury Bay Library. Thames Lego Club is free and happens on the first Wednesday of the month from 3.30pm - 4.30pm at Thames Library. This month's theme is Mad as a March Hare. For further information please see the Thames Coromandel District Libraries facebook page.