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Sale a labour of love

THE Rotary Club of Aparima will be holding its annual Labour Weekend Garage Sale fundraiser on Sunday, October 22, when many in the seaside town will open their garages to sell preloved treasures and wares. Aparima Riverton Rotary Club publicity officer Cathi Knowles said the popular Riverton-wide event was eagerly anticipated each year. Donated items for the club's own garage sale,...

St John’s Girls’ School Centenary Fair

St John's Girls' School Centenary Fair will be held at the school at 349 Dee St on October 28, 11am-2pm. Event organiser Louise Purdon said the fair included a giant auction, a white elephant stall, pony rides, face painting, a "wacky hair" stall where children could get their hair coloured, glittered and styled, food stalls and barbecue, a bouncy castle,...

Pupils shine at speech competition

FIFTY-SEVEN Southland schools were involved in the 2017 Venture Southland (VS) Interschools Speech Contest, with 22 making the finals at Aurora College last week. Grand final judges Cr Darren Ludlow, Hunter Andrews, of VS, and Allison Graham, from Toastmasters, assessed the pupils on their speech making and delivery. VS major events co-ordinator Claire Blau said it had been a pleasure to...

Travel Expo on Sunday

IT'S become a tradition on the Southland spring calendar, and this year's House of Travel Lakers World Travel Expo on Sunday will be one of the largest held. The first event attracted about a dozen industry participants, but over the years it had grown to become Southland's largest travel expo and one of the largest in New Zealand, organiser Tony...

African drumming and dancing lessons

Djembe master drummer and African dance teacher Robert Koffie Fugah holds African drumming and dancing lessons in Invercargill once a month, with the next workshop on October 13. Organiser Jacqueline Stewart said Fugah would share his knowledge with some of the participants and they would be able to teach when Fugah wasn't there. "Koffie usually brings the drums with him but...

Lumsden region experiencing visitor growth

AS visitor numbers for Southland increase, Lumsden is becoming a critical junction again, but this time for road rather than rail users. Lumsden Community Development Area Subcommittee chairman Rob Scott said because of the town's location, about an hour by road from Queenstown and a convenient stopping point en route to Milford Sound, the town had noticed exponential growth in...

Get a crash course in salsa dancing

WANT to learn the salsa? Latin Dance Invercargill is offering a salsa beginners crash course for all those wanting to try the popular Latin dance. Salsa teacher and event co-organiser Ray Duncan said it was good exercise and good for the mind, but it was all about having fun. "People that stick around are people who love music and who don't mind...

Fire chief signs off

BLUFF fire chief Bill Gold recently retired after 42 years of service. Bluff Community Board chairman Raymond Fife said a ceremony was held at the Bluff Town Hall last month with a large contingent of firefighters from throughout Southland attending. A commemorative plaque was presented to Mr Gold. Mr Gold said he started with the Balclutha Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1970, and...

Southern Scooter Challenge

The fifth biennial Southern Scooter Challenge, co-organised by PlaceMakers Invercargill operations manager Shelley Capil (left) and trade sales worker Tasha Clay, will raise funds for the New Zealand Prostate Cancer Foundation. Mrs Clay said the event, scheduled for Saturday, September 23, was already at capacity with 100 scooter riders signed up to travel from Stirling Point at Bluff to the...

An ace event for charity

The inaugural Ascot Park Hotel Charity Poker Run will be held on Sunday, September 17. Ascot Park Hotel executive manager Bryan Townley said the event would start from the hotel's car park and participants would pay a $40 entry fee, which included a 10am brunch at the hotel and a social barbecue at the hotel's Sports Bar after 5pm. There would...
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