Nelson Tasman is surprisingly diverse and nowhere is that more evident than in the range of events our region hosts every year.

Check out some of the exciting events that are coming up below.

Forest & Bird Pearl Creek Planting

Pearl Creek Planting and Working Bee. Saturday 22nd from 9am until midday, Postponement day Sunday 23rd. Planting 140 plants and continuing with the weed sweep to remove small blackberry and Old Man's Beard. Meet at the end of Cotterell Rd. Bring Gardening Gloves, planting spade, weeding tools, water and sunblock. Wear sturdy shoes. Morning tea provided. Contact Jo Kay robjokay@xtra.co.nz 0211169877 035449666

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National Play Month performance - The Queen's Gambit

Celebrate National Play Month at the Library!

The Nelson Repertory Theater will be giving a free performance on September 22nd in the Elma Turner Library.

The Queen's Gambit is a Murder Mystery play which has hints of Agatha Christie in style. It is set in NZ in 1961, in a semi rural community. A family reunites to celebrate the birthday of the Mrs Grenshaw, a well
off woman who raised her grandchildren in the villa in which the play is set. A murder takes place, and a soon to be retired Police Inspector must flush out the culprit. The audience is invited to guess who the
murderer is before the story fully unfolds. It runs for about 45 minutes. written by local Nelson writer Susanne Smith.

Sunday 22 September
Red Wall, Elma Turner Library

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Opera Mania with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra

A selection of well-loved opera highlights by Wagner, Gounod, Verdi, Catalani and Puccini sung by Allison Cormack and by the Male Voice Choir accompanied by the Nelson Symphony Orchestra. In addition there will be an orchestral set including overtures and Preludes by Rossini, Mascagni, Verdi and Wagner

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Steiner Spring Fair

The annual Steiner school Spring Fair.
A day of fun on the farm to celebrate children and family.
Silent Auction
Make gifts to take home.
Wander through fairyland.
Play games with your children.
Conquer the medieval challenge.
Discover all the beautiful handcraft.
Savour delicious international foods.
Enjoy live performances by talented locals.
Free parking.

Updates at
www.facebook.com/events/284855662250987/

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Aikido Demonstration

AKIDO is a modern Japanese Martial Art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his Martial art studio, philosophy & religious beliefs.
Ueshiba's goals was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.
AIKIDO is often translated as " the way of unifying (with) Life Energy or as "the way of Harmonious spirit"

So come along and watch our AIKIDO DEMOSTRATION during the CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL at the MIYAZU GARDENS.

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Mapua Makers Market

This event is a contemporary craft fair featuring unique and affordable handcrafted items.

We have a wide variety of stalls featuring local craftspeople, many of whom did not sell elsewhere. There is something for everyone at this unique market. Come along and check out the amazing products. As well as the usual variety of crafted items we there will be a smattering of Epicurean stalls featuring locally made gourmet food items. There will truly be something for everyone! Spend the day in Mapua and grab a coffee from Java Hut to enjoy while you are browsing the market and then go for lunch at the Sprig & Fern or Village Bakery.

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Helen Webby

Helen Webby is Principal Harp with the Christchurch Symphony and one of New Zealand's foremost and accomplished harpists

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Gareth Edwards

My intention for our time together is to balance some of life’s toughness with a little joy, hope and connection.

It’s what I imagine we used to do round the campfire most nights after a hard week hunting and gathering. Before smart phones, social media and TV-on-demand fulfilled our soul’s deepest desires.

“Messages of laughter, light, belief and hope, that we all need to embrace our wonderfully imperfect selves."
Dan Allan | Nelson Fringe Festival

Gareth Edwards is no stranger to a stage and has featured at times in his life on TV, radio, newspaper and in one man shows.
Nelsonians may remember him from his Nelson Fringe Show ‘Mad Love’ that won Best of Fringe and Best Solo Show awards and his infamous laughter yoga workshops.

Gareth is a passionate advocate for all that makes us feel good about ourselves and our place in the world. He draws on his own journey after being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in his mid 20s and a mental health career as a government advisor, university researcher and service designer.

Gareth is well loved for his ability to take you out of the every day hustle and bustle so you remember that life is not too bad and neither are you.

All woven together with a cup of tea!

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Coastguard Nelson Film Screening

Coastguard Nelson is a 100% charity that does not receive direct funding from Government; we continue to rely heavily on the selfless dedication of volunteers and the generosity of the community it serves to fund operating costs and from time to time, the cost of replacement rescue vessels.

All donations will go towards the acquisition of the new purpose-built rescue vessel
Details at
WWW.COASTGUARDNELSON.ORG.NZ
https://www.facebook.com/coastguard.nelson/

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Repair, Repurpose, Recycle

Fashion Revolution Nelson Tasman want to help reduce the the negative impact of the Fast Fashion industry. As one way of working towards this, we are running these eight workshops to help people give new life to clothing and textiles.

All workshops run in the morning (from 10am to 12.30pm) and are repeated in the afternoon (1.30pm to 4pm).
1. Caring for your clothing - darning, patching, sewing etc
2. Natural dyeing
3. Upcycling - creating new designs from fabric scraps and garments
4. Clothing alterations and modifications.
5. Making rag rugs
6. Making bags out of t-shirts
7. Small treasures - making small scale art objects out of fabric
8. Knitting and crocheting

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Cawthron Scitec Expo 2018

Come and view our youngest innovators' science and technology projects. This year sees students in years 9 – 13 seeking to impress the judges and you will be amazed at the local talent! All entries will be on public display on 26 September at the Trafalgar Centre. Click here for further details about the Scitec Expo – the Cawthron Science and Technology Fair or contact: Sally Ann Hughes on 03 5482319 ext 357 or SallyAnn.Hughes@cawthron.org.nz

Key dates:
7 September Deadline for entries
25 September Judging followed by presentations 4-6pm
26 September Public viewing all day (Trafalgar Centre, Nelson – free entry)
17 October Awards ceremony

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Motueka Library: Suffrage 125 - Tales of Suffrage Brought to Life

2018 marks the 125th anniversary of New Zealand women receiving the right to vote.

Storm Nathan will speak about New Zealand's campaign for suffrage and of New Zealand's prominent pioneering suffragists and how their efforts changed lives for women in New Zealand and Tasman.

While you're in the library, discover resources on suffrage and early New Zealand women.

Free.

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Methods to Love

Presented by Ryan Clements, ‘Methods to Love’ is a counterpart sequel to ‘Depression, Pain and Chronic Fatigue; a holistic understanding’. ‘Methods to Love’ is ideal for those working in the health industry, people with chronic illness, inner explorers or people whom just love… Love! Ryan Clements, 23, has been involved in the health industry for the last 5 years, entailing a degree in Neuromuscular therapy, diploma in massage, one year of counseling study and certificates in Chinese diagnostic theory and exercise program design. This combined with influences from Buddhism, Daoism, Hinduism and Christianity, produce a uniquely holistic perspective how people function, why we suffer and get sick, and how we heal.

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Quiz Night

Test your brain power at The Mussel Inn Quiz Night!

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Quiz Night

Test your wits in our fun Quiz Night!

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Richmond Library: Tasman Women in the 1850s

Join us to hear Motueka Library library assistant Storm Nathan talk about the adventures and heartbreak experienced by Tasman women in the 1850s.

From the simple tale of Mrs Bryant who moved to the region in the 1850s, to the heartbreaking stories of Mary Wallace (nee Coster), Storm brings to life the trials and tribulations experienced by pioneering women of the time.

Motueka Library librarian Janine Gillions will also provide snippets of social history information to help set the scene.

This talk is part of our Suffrage 125 celebrations – celebrating 125 years since New Zealand women gained the vote.

Free. Bookings not required.

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Motueka Library: Spicy Spices - Tastings and Recipe Swap

Are you ater a bit of spice in your life?

Join us for fun, tastings and sharing tips on creating tasty recipes using aromatic spices to liven up your delicious dishes.

Spices enhance the flavours of our food and brighten up our sweet and savoury dishes.

Enjoy connecting with other like-minded cooks and bakers and take recipes home.

Discover some amazing recipes inside our cookery books and food magazines to tempt your taste buds.

Koha.

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Showtime Abel Tasman #1

And it's Showtime at Riverside for some Eco Rocking Abel Tasman. Come celebrate our wondrous national park. For starters, there's forty-five minutes of lively story, singing, puppeteering ~ all told by the wild-life and natural features of the park who sense in this party they are to reveal their live-styles and even secrets. John has a way of bringing the natural history alive.

With John 'the Walrus' Crick.

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Ioana Goicea & Andrey Gugnin

Playing: Violin and Piano

Justly proclaimed ‘ones to watch’, Andrey Gugnin and Ioana Cristina Goicea took out the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition and the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition respectively. Together, this unbeatable duo will perform a programme of lush romantic and contemporary music.

Programme: 95 minutes - including interval
SCHUBERT | Rondo in B Minor, D. 895 (“Rondo Brilliant”)
ENESCU | Sonata No. 3, op. 25 (“In Romanian Folk Style”)
-interval-
BRAHMS | Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, op. 108
BRAHMS | Scherzo in C Minor, from the "F. A. E." Sonata

Presented by Motueka Music Group in association with Music Up Close (Chamber Music NZ)

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The Nelson Venues & Events Masquerade Ball

It is time to feast, drink and dance late into the night! Adopt a new persona and embrace fresh confidence, bravado and exotic dance moves.

Included in your ticket is dinner, drinks (wine, beer and non-alcoholic) and one of Nelson's best live acts, Rabbit Hole.

Buses to Richmond and Nelson will be provided at the end of the night to see you home safely.

Early bird tickets on sale until 8th September:

NYP members $85
Non-members $105

Doors will open at 7:00pm, please arrive by 8:30pm at the latest, as guests will only be able to exit into reality after then.

Come as anything you want, except intoxicated. Intoxicated people will be denied entry, and anyone who becomes intoxicated or disorderly will be required to leave. Otherwise, with identities kept secret… the night sky is the limit.

A huge thanks to our naming sponsor:

Nelson Venues & Events are leaders in event organising and management and have made this ball possible through their sponsorship and partnering with NYP.

Sign up to receive the NYP member discount. You'll not only get discounted entry to all NYP events, you'll also get discounts on sports team subs, and deals with businesses around Nelson.

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CMNZ presents: IOANA CRISTINA GOICEA & ANDREY GUGNIN

Justly proclaimed 'ones to watch', Andrey Gugnin and Ioana Cristina Goicea took out the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition and the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition respectively. Together, this unbeatable duo will perform two programmes of lush Romantic and contemporary music.

Schubert's experimental Rondo Brilliant in B Minor might have caused his publishers to pause, but is now enjoyed as an exhilarating duet of unbridled virtuosic flair. Stravinsky's Suite Italienne, originally composed for the Ballets Russes, is a sparkling re-framing of music by the Italian Baroque master Pergolesi. With more musical gems by Strauss, Debussy and New Zealand's own Karlo Margeti?, this winning combination promise a spellbinding evening of music making.

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Ioana Cristina Goicea & Andrey Gugnin

Justly proclaimed ‘ones to watch’, Andrey Gugnin and Ioana Cristina Goicea took out the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition and the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition respectively. Together, this unbeatable duo will perform two programmes of lush Romantic and contemporary music.

Schubert’s experimental Rondo Brilliant in B Minor might have caused his publishers to pause, but is now enjoyed as an exhilarating duet of unbridled virtuosic flair. The Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, by Brahms is filled with stormy passions and is a perfect counterpoint to the Romanian folk songs of Enescu’s dreamy and seductive Sonata No. 3. Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, originally composed for the Ballets Russes, is a sparkling re-framing of music by the Italian Baroque master Pergolesi.

With more musical gems by Strauss, Debussy and New Zealand’s own Karlo Margetić, this winning combination promise a spellbinding evening of music making.

“Ioana Cristina Goicea is quickly building an international reputation as one of the new rising stars of the international concert stage – praised for her maturity, conviction and profound musicality.” – The Violin Channel

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Gilly Darbey & Vikki Clayton

Her emotional and sensual interpretations of blues / folk / jazz and gospel have had many likening her favourably to the late Eva Cassidy, but her voice is also reminiscent of Joan Baez, Katie Melua and early Joni Mitchell.

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Showtime Abel Tasman #2

And it's Showtime at Riverside for some Eco Rocking Abel Tasman. Come celebrate our wondrous national park. For starters, there's forty-five minutes of lively story, singing, puppeteering ~ all told by the wild-life and natural features of the park who sense in this party they are to reveal their live-styles and even secrets. John has a way of bringing the natural history alive.

With John 'the Walrus' Crick.

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Avid Opera as part of the Live Music Series

Well-loved opera aria and songs sung in spectacular style by wonderful local opera singers.

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Nelson Civic Choir presents St Cecilia Mass & Choruses

Buy your tickets early for Nelson Civic Choir’s September 30th concert in the Nelson School of Music Auditorium, NCMA!

There is something for everyone to enjoy in the choir’s performance of Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte-Cécile (St Cecilia Mass) and a selection of well-known choruses, performed by over 100 singers and musicians.

The choir and orchestra, with distinguished vocal soloists and instrumentalists, will perform under the baton of Nigel E. Weeks.

Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte-Cécile (St Cecilia Mass) was his first major work, dedicated by the composer to Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. The Gloria and Credo are famous for their drama, power and memorable melodies.

The second part of the concert features a selection of choruses that includes Mozart’s Ave Verum, Handel’s Zadok the Priest, and Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves. There is music to soothe, stir and inspire!

Tickets will be available through TicketDirect or at the ticket office at NCMA from 27th August.

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Richmond Library: Storytime - Wonderful Water

We are off on some wonderfully watery adventures! Come and join us for exciting stories and songs.

Then, be creative and make something special to take home with you.

Free family fun suitable for 4-9 year olds.
Pre-schoolers welcome with an adult.

Places are limited, so please book by Eventbrite.

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Helene Pohl & Jian Liu

Helene Pohl and Jian Liu present a violin and piano recital that will give audiences a taste of what's to come in the 2019 Adam Chamber Music Festival.

The Festival, which will be officially launched on the same day as this concert, will have as one of its themes the versatility of the violin. The violin, which has been played worldwide for many centuries, has often been characterised as the instrument most like the human voice.

It's flexibility in expressing music of a dizzying array of styles, its portability, its tradition of virtuosity as well as soulful expression have made it one of the most popular instruments on the planet - despite its legendary difficulty!

Helene and Jian will be playing music by Schubert, Prokofiev and Ross Harris.

Schubert D Major Sonatina
Prokofiev F Minor Sonata
Ross Harris Retenishn (Mysteries) - Based on klezmer tunes originally written for Ross' band The Kugels. This will be a world premiere.

This lunchtime concert is in association with the Adam Chamber Music Festival.

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Richmond Library: Makerspace With Murray From Mitre 10

Get creative and make your own blackboard with Murray Leaning from Mitre 10.

We'll use our woodworking and painting skills to create our masterpieces!

This session is for children aged 7-12.

Space is limited to ten children per session, so booking on Eventbrite is essential.

Free.

Note: the same session is running twice - once at 1.00pm and the next at 2.00pm. Both sessions are free and the same craft will be created in each.

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Richmond Library: Makerspace With Murray From Mitre 10

Get creative and make your own blackboard with Murray Leaning from Mitre 10.

We'll use our woodworking and painting skills to create our masterpieces!

This session is for children aged 7-12.

Space is limited to ten children per session, so booking on Eventbrite is essential.

Note: the same session is running twice - once at 1.00pm and the next at 2.00pm. Both sessions are free and the same craft will be created in each.

Free.

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Richmond Library: Stories With Margaret and Chummy The Dog

Join Chummy the dog and Margaret for stories, craft and snuggles.

Chummy is a snuggly, story loving therapy dog who will bring along his friend Margaret.

They will read a story Maragaret has written called Be Careful What You Eat!

This will be followed by a craft activity and opportunity to read and snuggle with Chummy.

Suitable for ages 4-9. Pre-schoolers please bring an adult.

Places are limited so please book via Eventbrite.

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Richmond Library: Keen Kids Write!

Join Assistant Librarian and ex-English teacher Amy Groome for fun writing tasks for keen kid writers aged 9+.

We'll do quick, fun writing tasks to warm up, then work on one longer piece of writing that we will try to polish up by the end of the session. Then we'll share our work at the end of the session.

There is space for a maximum of 20 keen writers in this session and Eventbrite bookings are essential.

Free

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Motueka Library: Keen Kids Write!

Join Assistant Librarian and ex-English teacher Amy Groome for fun writing tasks for keen kid writers aged 9+.

We'll do quick, fun writing tasks to warm up, then work on one longer piece of writing that we will try to polish up by the end of the session. Then we'll share our work at the end of the session.

There is space for a maximum of 20 keen writers in this session.
Bookings are essential. Phone 03 528 1047 or call into the library to book your place.
Free.

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Nerf Wars Day Rave

These school holidays we are doing something we have never done before and hosting Nelson's first ever Nerf War Day Rave.
Bring your Nerf gun - Nerf bullets will be provided....you are welcome to bring your own bullets but we cannot guarantee you will leave with them at the end.

With the biggest ever Nerf War, Aqua Run, Waves, Outdoor Inflatables, Prizes, Games and all the latest music this is going to be the event of the school holidays!!

When: Thursday 4th October
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Where: Richmond Aquatic Centre
Cost: $7 per person or $9 includes indoor & outdoor inflatables
Contact: Richmond Aquatic Centre
Phone: (03) 5439755 Email: aru@clmnz.co.nz
This event is suitable for all ages and families, we look forward to seeing you all at Nerf Wars.
MAY THE NERF BE WITH YOU!!
For full event info check out the website http://www.clmnz.co.nz/richmond/news/nerf-war-day-rave.html

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Richmond Library: Drop-In Techy Time

Drop in to learn through play with our technology toys!

This session encourages learning about technology through play. We'll set up our 'bots, the LittleBits kids, 3Doodler pens, Makedo tools and LEGO for young people to experience.

Located in Richmond Library's Constance Barnicoat room, this unstructured session will run for two hours with librarians on hand as technology guides.

A maximum of 25 children may be in the space at one time. Eventbrite bookings are essential.

Free.

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Takaka Library: Kitchen Science

Bring science alive with a hands-on session for the curious!

Mix, fold, cut and squuze! Let's get thinking, let's get messy, let's experiment.

Be a scientist for the morning and head down to Takaka Library wearing your old lab coat.

Fun for sure, learning inevitable.

Limited spaces, booking essential. Phone Takaka Library 03 525 0059 to book your spot.

Suitable for 5-10 year olds. Adult caregiver required to stay with 5 and 6 year olds.

$4 per child.

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Ceroc Spring Tea Dance

Ceroc Nelson's tea dance party at St Joseph's Hall, Manuka St.

Ceroc modern jive is a funky partner dance danced to most types of music.

Ceroc incorporates elements of other dance styles including Salsa, Swing, Rock'n'Roll, Jazz/Funk and more. As a result, it can easily be danced to a very wide range of music. Go to almost any party and you can certainly dance Ceroc there.

Having a tea dance early in the evening warms you up on a spring night before heading out to other events.

Come have a cup of tea/coffee and BYO plate of goodness.

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FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY CONCERT in aid of leukaemia & blood cancer NZ

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY You will enjoy the sounds of Nelson's only Men's barbershop group, MEN IN ACCORD will be performing a selection of well known songs, come and listen to the irresistible sound of ringing chords.
Introducing OCTAVIA Female A cappella singing group.
Phil Rimmer 'THE CROONER' singing songs from a bygone era from the likes of Sinatra, Dean Martin & Others.
The Wonderful NELSON MALE VOICE CHOIR, hear the unique sound of a male voice choir singing popular contemporary & classical songs.

Come along and enjoy a great night of music and help support the excellent work of leukaemia & blood Cancer NZ proudly brought to you by all of the above and Mary-Ann Sport Tasman facility manager of Richmond Town Hall.

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The Cat In The Hat By Dr Seuss

Everyone’s favourite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr Seuss classic.

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat that they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly loads of fun. He turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure… but what will mum find when she gets home…?

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Nikita Tu-Bryant

I identify myself as being a storyteller; before musician, actor, writer, or visual artist.

My intention is to forever refine my art, to communicate human expression. I believe honest communication is the beginning to feeling connection and relating to the World around us.

Feeling connected on a real, true level is the most important thing to me.

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Johnson, Dreyer, Lockett Trio

New York big guns, saxophonist Joey Johnson and bassist Jakob Dreyer reunite with New Zealand based drummer Mark Lockett to launch their new album ‘Any Last Requests.’ recorded at Acoustic Recording Studios, Brooklyn, on 21 July 2017

This stunning release is the result of a residency the trio had for several years at a popular NYC cafe where they performed five nights a week. While paying respect to the jazz tradition, the trio sound modern and fresh always searching for new ideas, pushing and expanding the musical landscape.

Johnson a graduate of the famous William Patterson University and a mainstay on the NYC scene for more than 15 years appearing regularly, at Bluenote, Smalls, Fat Cat and 55 Bar.

Dreyer a very in demand bassist, recently relocated to NYC from Hamburg where he has been studying with world reknown John Patitucci.

Lockett resided and worked extensively as a musicain in NYC for nearly half a decade, he has studied with Ari Hoenig and Jim Black.

A show not to be missed.

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Sunrise Walk For Wellbeing

Sunrise Walk For Wellbeing - Saturday 6 October 2018

Join us and help destigmatise depression and promote mental wellbeing. A 6km walk (beginning in the dark and finishing with the sunrise) around the Nelson Airport perimeter. Start (6am) and finish is at the Nelson Golf Club carpark. A light snack and refreshments will be supplied along with live music by Bryce Wastney and a few words by a guest speaker. The event is free of charge and any koha/donations made will be forwarded to Supporting Families in Mental Illness Nelson. Come and join us and be part of an event to promote mental wellbeing. If possible wear something yellow and bring your torch.

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Motueka Library: Wonderful Water - Stories and Songs for Preschoolers

Enjoy wonderfully watery songs and stories.

Suitable for 3-6 year olds with their carers.

Older siblings welcome.
No bookings required.

Free.

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Takaka Library: Kiddie Yoga With Nikki McGuinness

Trained children's yoga teacher Nikki McGuinness playully engages children and adults through yoga, movement and story.

Experiencing yoga thrugh stories is a wodnerful wat to introduce this ancient movement system to the very young.

Balance, flexibility and strength happen naturally. Feel your child's mood improving and find stillness with self-calming and relaxation techniques at the end of the session.

Suitable for 3-6 year olds.

Not to be missed.

Free.

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Richmond Library: Stop Police!

Come and meet Charlotte, one of our local Community Constables.

Charlotte will be reading police-themed stories and answering your questions about her job and police work - then there'll be time for a fun craft session!

Suitable for children aged 4-9 years.

Limited to 30 children.

Eventbrite bookings essential.

Free.

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