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1–31: August Photo exhibition – 43 Authors by Maja Moritz, Whangaparaoa Library, Main Street, Whangaparaoa (opposite Coast Plaza).
10–23: Puppetry and the Art of Illusion Programme. Estuary Arts Centre, Western Reserve, Orewa. The magic of puppetry and more including workshops for the children. (see story)
18: Fashion Parade, Warkworth Bowls, 6.30pm for 7pm start. Tickets available from Shadz of Lace, Elizabeth St. Info: Phone Sue, at Lions Club of Kowhai Coast, on 425 6161
18–22: Singing in the Rain Jr, Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Road, Orewa. Seven shows only. A musical suitable for the whole family with a vibrant young cast. Tickets from the theatre during box office hours or www.centrestagetheatre.co.nz (see story)
19: Mermaid stories, singing and dance for children. Warkworth Library at 11am and Wellsford Library at 1pm.
20: Forest & Bird winter talks, Massey University's herpetologist Manu Barry on NZ reptiles, Totara Park Village Hall, 5 Melwood Dr, Warkworth, 7.30pm
20: Tunnel Fever, Warkworth Library, construct a huge tunnel together in the hall, then go tunnelling to find the hidden treasures, 11am.
20: Just for Laughs, Wellsford Library, come with a story, riddle or rhyme 1:30– 2:30pm
21: What Lies Beneath the Funhouse, Mahurangi East Library, stories and games. Juniors: 8-13 years, 6.30-7.30pm. Over 13 years: 7.30-9.30pm with movie and pizza.
21: Stories and games for juniors, Mahurangi East Library, 6.30pm. Youth games and movie 7.30pm.
21 & 22: Art'n'tartan Wearable Art Show, Waipu Museum. Info: waipumuseum.com
22: Fruit tree pruning workshop, Matakana Community Garden, by the hall on Matakana Valley Road, 2pm-5pm. Entry by koha
23: Manly Fire Volunteers and Fitter Faster Stronger host a Family Fun Day, 625 Whangaparaoa Rd, Stanmore Bay, 10am–2pm. Lots of activities and prizes including challenging the Manly Volunteer Fire Brigade to a test of wits, skill and fitness. (see story)
23: Jazz at the Leigh Sawmill, Terry & Friends. Terry Hicks on piano, Barbara Hamilton on bass, and Colin Jarvis on harmonica, 5 to 7pm. No cover charge.
23: Reopening of St Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, 8 Motutapu Ave, Manly. Reopening after alterations with a Blessing and Mass at 8.30am. Morning tea to follow. All welcome.
26: Alpha, Mahurangi Vinyard Church invites anyone interested in exploring life, faith and God. Wednesdays, 7pm. The Factory, 3/1 Hamatana Road, Snells Beach. RSVP. Ph: 021 677 376
26: Whispers from Above, an evening with psychic Medium Melissa Mills, Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts 7.30pm. Tickets from www.melissamills.co.nz/tour
26: One Warkworth networking event, Rodney Surgical Centre, 5.15-7pm. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
27: WWII in North Rodney: Yanks were here, talk by senior research librarian, Carolyn Skelton, Wellsford War Memorial Library, 11am-12.30pm. A presentation using images, extracts from print reports, memoirs and oral history recollections. All welcome
28: Warkworth Aglow, Berekah Community Hall, 160 Hepburn Creek Road, 7pm.
26: Warkworth RSA, “Believe it or not” Quiz night
28: One Warkworth women's networking event, with guest speaker Gilly Charter, Ascension Wine Estate. Info: ascensionwine.co.nz
29: Life Writing Workshop, 10.30am-3.30pm, Whangaparaoa Library. Need help writing your life story? Join author Jane Bissell for a day of creative inspiration and tips. To register: www.janebissellwriting.com
29: Meet the Candidates, Warkworth Grey Power Members' Meeting, Scout Hall, Shoesmith Street, 1pm. All welcome.
30: Matakantata Choir presents Aim for the Stars, Warkworth Presbyterian Church, 2.30pm.
30: Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird Community Planting Day, Jelas Moffat Reserve, Orewa Estuary, 10am. Look for the Forest & Bird flag at Longmore Lane bridge, between Silverdale Primary and Kingsway School, Millwater. Bring the family! Rain day is August 6.
30: Matakantata Choir presents Aim for the Stars, an encore concert full of the choir's favourite songs, Mahurangi Presbyterian Church, Pulham Road, Warkworth, 2.30pm.
30: Equip your Teens to be Resilient, Responsible and Independent, a parents only event with author Yvonne Godfrey and counsellor Tina Jones. Rotary House, 2 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale, 2pm–4pm. How to help your young person through difficult times. Tickets are limited and available online from miomo.com. Proceeds to Youth In Transition Charitable Trust.
31-Aug 6: A decade of Hibiscus Matters. Hibiscus Matters celebrates 10 years in print. Estuary Arts Centre, Western Reserve, Orewa. Stories and photos on display, depicting the people, events and issues that make Hibiscus Coast the community it is.
1–6: Information about the history of St Stephen's chapel, and Whangaparaoa, at Coast Plaza, Whangaparaoa. Display of art by school children. Part of the celebration of St Stephen's chapels centenary.
2–5: The Shakespear family's boat, The Frances goes on display at the Weiti Boat Club in Arkles Bay. Available for viewing with a crew member from 10am–4pm. (see story)
4: Matakantata Choir presents Aim for the Stars, an encore concert full of the choir's favourite songs, Matakana Hall, 7.30pm.
5: Fruit tree pruning workshop, Matakana Community Garden, by the hall on Matakana Valley Road, 2pm-5pm. Entry by koha
6: Warkworth Music presents Xenia Pestoa, Warkworth Town Hall, 4pm. Info: warkworthmusic.org.nz
7: Bingo, Old Masonic Hall, Baxter Street Warkworth, fundraiser for Warkworth Museum, 7pm.
8: National Council of Women, Hibiscus Coast tea/coffee/cake evening, St Stephens Anglican Church, 3 Stanmore Bay Rd, Whangaparaoa, 7pm. Guest speaker Kate Shevland, Orewa College principal who will speak on Education for Girls Today. Info: email email@example.com or phone 424 3121. All welcome.
9: Snells Beach Garden Circle meeting, Mahurangi East Community Centre, at 1.30pm. Speaker, sales table, competition entries and afternoon tea. Info: Barbara 425 5371
10: Folk concert featuring Dr John Egenes, Whangateau Hall, 7pm. Entry, $10
12: Weed management workshop, Kaipara Coast Plant Centre, 10am-11am. Guest speaker Shane McNeill, biosecurity advisor at Auckland Council. Free. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
13: Wellsford Country Music Club, Wellsford Community Centre, 1.30pm. Visitors welcome. Info: Iris Moraghan 439 4347 or 027 884 8280
14: Otago family roots talk, by Carolyn Williams, Warkworth branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists, Clubrooms Shoesmith Domain, 9.45am-12.30pm. Ph: 09 422 3486
19 & 20: Hibiscus Coast Quilters Silver Anniversary Show, Orewa Community Centre, Orewa Square, 368 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, 10am–4pm. Showcasing members' skills and passion for patchwork, appliqué and quilting as well as quilts made for charity and heart cushions for hospital patients. Raffles.
24: Hibiscus Coast and Warkworth branches of Forest and Bird host political candidates meeting, St Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall, Centreway Rd, Orewa, 7.45pm. Hear the candidates' views on the local environment. All welcome. Info: Hibiscuscoast.email@example.com
26 & 27: Matakana Weekend Market, Matakana Hall, 10am-2pm. Info: Jacky 422 9221, mob 027 856 5656; or firstname.lastname@example.org
27: Puhoi Village Market, 9am-1pm. Featuring Puhoi's Got Young Talent in addition to usual stalls. Ph: 027 4270440 or email email@example.com for more information.