What's on in the Coromandel? 24 May 2018 The inaugural Whitianga Half Marathon is taking place in Whitianga this Saturday, 26 May. There will be no road closures in place; however, marshals will be in attendance and the road shoulders will be used by runners/walkers. Due to the town upgrade there has been a slight course detour up Victoria and Owen Streets, instead of all the way to the end of Blacksmith Lane. To see the full course map see the Whitianga Half Marathon website. Social Climbers - Roger Hall Hauraki House, Coromandel 25 May 2018 - 2 June 2018 In this hilarious play by Roger Hall a group of women teachers, plus one reluctant daughter, embark on a weekend of bushwalking in the mountains to get away from it all! Torrential rains and a washed out bridge later... arguments ensue, secrets are revealed, lots of tears and laughter. For ticketing information see Eventfinda The Pipi Pickers Saturday 26 May 2018, 7.30pm Performing at Kauaeranga Hall for the very first time is bluegrass band The Pipi Pickers. Often simply referred to as The Pipis, they play a blend of contemporary and traditional hard driving bluegrass with solid instrumental chops, and an engaging performance style that puts a smile on everyone’s face and infuses even the most dreadful of murder ballads with a sense of joy and energy. Tickets available on the door or from Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames. Thames 4 Day Market Queen's Birthday Weekend - 1 June 2018 - 4 June 2018 Citizen Band Hall, Queen Street, Thames For further information or to purchase tickets see Cosmic Ticketing. Friday 8 June 2018, 8.30am - 3.30pm Assist the local DOC rangers at the Whitianga DOC office to prepare materials for their new Predator Free 2050 Pest Police education program that will be delivered to a number of local schools. Tasks include using hand and power tools to cut wood and wire required for kids to build Rat Trap boxes. To register please visit https://www.doc.govt.nz/…/cor…/coromandel-volunteer-fridays/ or email email@example.com Kelvin Cruickshank Wednesday 11 July 7.00pm Thames Civic Centre With the outstanding success and popularity of TV2's award winning series "Sensing Murder", Kelvin has been literally swamped with people wanting to see him. For this reason, he is continuing his series of exclusive shows that will help to reach out and touch more people at once. These shows will simply be Kelvin working with spirit. For ticketing information see eventfinda Friday 13 July - Saturday 14 July 2018 Light - Stories - Wonder For two nights Illume Festival will be lighting up the main street of Coromandel Town. A free family festival with live music, projections, street performers, lights, food, fun and laughter. For further information on how you can become involved see the illume Festival website. Coromandel Peninsula Art & Craft Fair Saturday 14 July, 9.00am - 3.00pm Whitianga Town Hall Mercury Bay Art Escape’s annual fair showcases quality handmade arts and crafts produced in the Coromandel Peninsula. The fair is for one day only and is an excellent opportunity to buy work directly from talented and enthusiastic Coromandel artisans and artists. To make a weekend of it, you may want to arrange visits with local artists while you are here, see http://www.mercurybay-artescape.com/artists for contact details. Grease Party 14 July 2018 Frankies Sports Bar and Grill, Whitianga The Grease Party will be the first mega event at Frankies. The team there have amazing entertainment planned with door and lucky prizes for best dressed. A delicious supper will make it a perfect night out. Tickets are limited so don’t miss out. Get yours now from Frankies Whitianga Summer Concert Whitianga Waterways Arena Sunday January 27th 2019 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) Another sizzling hot summer of music will be hitting our shores in January with Greenstone Entertainment announcing its line-up of four international acts for the annual Summer Concert Tour. Greenstone concert club pre-sale tickets on sale Thursday 17 May 2018 see the Greenstone Entertainment website for further details. General tickets on sale Monday 28 May 2018 through the Greenstone Entertainment 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. You can read the latest press release here 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. For further information please see the Thames Coromandel District Libraries facebook page.