Ink Affair Book Club

Waste Free OnLine Workshops with Kate Meads

Film Bay of Plenty

Train with the Chamber of Commerce – They’re Going Digital !

COVID-19: Join our webinars

We are offering a series of FREE digital training courses over the coming weeks. Suitable for everyone, from business owners to employees, these are to help you upskill and support you through COVID-19. Please see the full list below.

The Chamber is continuing to support businesses remotely throughout the shutdown period. If you need help, please reach out to our team at any stage. We hope that people adhere to the Government’s physical isolation for four weeks to avoid further extensions to this time frame. Please look out for one another and support local where possible.

What’s on this week:

View our full Events & Training Calendar HERE.

Need further support? Talk to one of our Business Advisors today. This free service is open to all businesses in the Bay of Plenty, and can provide you with advice, information and support to help you plan for now and into the future.
Head to our website HERE for full details.

For more information
P: 07 577 6141 E: W:


Need some quick tips or advice?

We’re gathering useful tips from a number of our members, to help share knowledge and skills. Some of our articles to date include:

You can view our latest news & advice HERE.

ArT Doll Workshops

Beginner Samba de Gafieira Classes

Migrant Connect

4 Week Introduction to Yoga

Printing Fun with Gelli Plates

Beginners Drawing with Nick Eggleston

Seasons Art Class

Indian Music Classes

Inklings Art: Creative Design Course

500 Card Group

Tauranga South Garden Club

Artists Feedback Lab

The Psychic Cafe

BOP Rose Society

Fun Improv Dance Class

Behind the Scenes – Terminus Exhibition

A guided tour of this otherworldly universe.

African Drumming

Life Drawing Classes

Tweak the words – double your income !

Glass half full for this artist

Jo Tricker demonstrates her glass making style

This article appeared in Sun Liveon March 15th 2019

It was a subtle change of language – a tweak of her words and the online audience she was targeting. It doubled Tauranga glassmaker Jo Tricker’s income in a year.

After swapping ideas with a business mentor, Jo’s glassmaking workshops at her Judea studio were re-labelled “experiences” in her internet promotions.

“Yes, people wanted an ‘experience’ rather than a workshop or a class, even though they may seem like exactly the same thing,” she says.

Jo claims it’s all about perceptions. “People perceive an experience to be fun – something they haven’t done before, something they might enjoy.

They can do glassmaking for fun and there’s no pressure on them to perform, to be good or talented or produce something wonderful at the end.”

This approach is in opposition to a class or workshop, where someone learns something and takes away skills for further use.

For the previous five years, Jo had been propping up her Jo Tricker Glass business with personal funds from a property sale eight years earlier. “I wasn’t even breaking even,” she says, “and I couldn’t dip into my own funds forever.”

She sought the help of Business Mentors New Zealand – the not-for-profit group dedicated to supporting the success and growth of small businesses through the knowledge and experience of volunteer mentors,

Jo feels she has finally turned a corner. “Last October I was still questioning myself. Now I feel like my business has the potential to be something.” She attributes that turnaround to a combination of new ideas, advice and support from business mentor Bryan Winters.

Jo is one of hundreds of New Zealanders who, after turning their passions and hobbies into a business, are faced with the realities of running that business successfully.

At present, there are more than 500,000 small-to-medium businesses, with 850 new start-ups every month. Unfortunately, 30 per cent are doomed to fail within two years. Isolation, or lack of support, is one of the main reasons.

Jo says she appreciated having Bryan’s unbiased support. ”Small business owners need to consult outside their circle of friends and family, so they can front up to what they are doing and the possibility that it might not work out.”

Like many SMEs, Jo Tricker Glass became a business when her “hobby” outgrew her garage.

“I started up my business because of my passion,” she says, “but I had no business experience whatsoever.

Having Bryan to reassure her that she could learn the required business skills was invaluable.

“You need to be open to other ideas, and also to the fact you might fail,” she says. So, when Bryan suggested marketing her classes as “experiences” rather than lessons or workshops, Jo took the opportunity.

Bryan says the process to get to where Jo is now sounds simple, but it took months to shift her thinking patterns. “We were firing shots in various directions, but eventually it became easier to sell the experience rather than the product,” he says.

Once Jo listed her workshops online as experiences, he says the bookings started almost immediately.

“I was as surprised as her, but it doesn’t matter – it worked.”

Half of Jo’s business is now dedicated to her glassmaking workshop experiences, while the other half is spent making her own creations for sale throughout New Zealand.

Now the mentored becomes the mentor. Jo has her own tips for start-ups. “Never underestimate how much money you will need to get you from zero to sustainability,” she says.

“Work out how much you think you will need for a year – then triple it. Most businesses I talk to seem to turn a corner in the fifth or sixth year.

“Be prepared for a long and sometimes lonely journey – not everyone will believe in what you are doing. You need oodles of resilience, a great work ethic and buckets of self-belief.

“Do what you love and love what you do – never lose sight.”

Bobbin’ Along Sewing Basics

Watercolour Level II with Nick Eggleston

Drawing Level II with Nick Eggleston

Ecstatic Dance

Gentle Flow Yoga

Inachord Chorus

Beginner Create a Blog Workshops

Body + Soul Fitness

Metal Embossing

Make an Upholstered Footstool from a Crate Workshop

Releasing the Inner Artist

Colourful Collage with Emma Prill

Sizzling Encaustic Hot Wax Painting Workshop

Speak Kiwi English

Making Your Money Go Further

Investor Education Workshop

Travel Writing Workshop

Embossed Copper Filigree (Cut-Out) Artwork Workshop

 Take home your completed, handcrafted copper canvas

Making a Metal Embossed Notebook Cover

Completed Handicrafted Notebook to Take Home

Workready Skills – Free Course

Boost Your Employment Potential

Free Cloth Nappy Workshop

Getting started !

Tauranga Literacy Council

Learn to Draw Animals 2020

New Classes with Inklings Art !

Mindful Spanish Classes

Communication beyond language.

Artery Print Club

Calling all print artists

Free Computing Courses


Prenatal Yoga with Nic in Bethlehem

For women at least 14 weeks pregnant

Gut Health Workshop to Improve Your Wellbeing

The journey to improved wellbeing starts with good gut health

Learn to Draw the Face 2020

Enter a Beginner – Exit a Winner

Ikebana Tauranga Group

New members welcome

Make & Create Upholstery for Beginners

Mollies Make and Create Workshop

Uncensored Clay

Hand build a ceramic piece

Tauranga Film Society

For film buffs wanting a break from the mainstream

Sustainable Living Workshops

For a healthy you and a healthy environment

Oil Painting Workshop with NEMESH

Find your own unique style.

Free Financial Capability Workshops

with the Tauranga Budget Advisory Service

Italian Cooking Classes

Bringing the flavours and atmosphere of Italy to your home

Young at Art Studio Classes

Mandarin for Business and Travel

Experience Chinese Culture & Language

Starting a Social Enterprise

Taking the first steps

SheEO Information Evening

A Platform for Women

Stage Right Theatre Trust

Tauranga Theatre Company

Butlers Circus Warehouse

The circus you don’t have to run away to join

West Coast Swing Dancing

First class is free


Paint & Wine Night: The Kiss

The concept is simple – take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other and let’s paint a masterpiece!

Join us for a creative night of drinking and painting in Tauranga City!  No previous painting experience necessary! Get your creative juices flowing and your brush strokes going!

What is included?

All you need to bring is yourself. We supply the paints, brushes, canvases, easels and more. Best of all we do all of the setup and cleaning up so you can focus on just having fun.

What drink is included with the ticket?

The ticket includes one complimentary house beer, house wine or non-alcoholic drink for those already creatively charged

What is Paintvine?

It’s a fun social painting class where our artists will run you through step-by-step instructions on how to create your very own masterpiece in a fun and relaxed bar in Tauranga City. Perfect for dates, catching up with mates or for meeting new friends.

Stone Carving for Beginners

Learn the basics of how to use the tools needed to craft shapes from stone. Create and design a 3D sculpture. Covers basic carving techniques in soft stone (Oamaru stone); all the stone and carving tools supplied. Participants to arrive with an idea in mind to produce a stone sculpture over the weekend. Very small class with a max of 5 students.

Tutor: Rex O’Brien

Explore how to use tools to shape stone with award winning and experienced tutor and artist Rex O’Brien. Rex holds a Diploma in Art BOP Polytechnic, has been carving for over 18 years and been instrumental in organising and participating in carving symposiums nationwide.

Dates: 10th and 11th October 2020 (One full Weekend)
Time: 9am – 4pm
Cost: $295

All Materials, Safety Gear and Tools Supplied. Bring a packed lunch any tools you wish to use, wear closed shoes.

Korowai Weaving Workshops

There will be workshops in Tauranga in July(18/19th and 25/26th) and in August (1st/2nd) 2020.

Guided Oil Painting Workshop with Nemesh

Join us at this creative art event with inspirational talks and an oil painting workshop by Nemesh that is designed for those that range from no experience at all to, medium experienced students. His teaching methods will show you how to express yourself through lushes oil paints and enable you to find your own unique style.

Vjekoslav Nemesh is a well established, multi-award winning, fine artist with over 30 years experience in the field. Extraordinary artist admired for his unique style and excellent teaching methods – worldwide.

His current exhibition “The Power House” is at the Art Lounge
until June 18th.

When: Saturday, 27th June  11.30am – 3.00pm.
Where: The Art Lounge, 117 Willow Street, Tauranga
Cost: $139, including all art material (1 canvasand art material  plus  light  refreshment.

Limited places. Email us to secure your place:

Authentic Argentine Tango- Free Intro Class

The close-embrace dance that will change your life !

A friendly group of people of various ages and nationalities wanting to learn Argentine Tango

No partner required and no experience necessary.

Free Tango Introduction class every 3rd Sunday of the month from 6.30-7.30pm at Tauranga Citizens Club

Beginners Tango Class
Day: Mondays  6.30pm – 7.30pm

Cost: $10 per session

:  Denise 0204 006 1340

Venue: Tauranga Citizens Club, 170 13th Ave, Tauranga


Sunday Focus: Writers Group

June topic : to be announced 

$10 ($5 for Tauranga Writers members)
Refreshments free.
Raffle and books on sale.
Please bring cash for all transactions.

For more information about Tauranga Writers see our website, join our Facebook page, or contact

Sunday Focus Sessions are held every third Sunday in the Okahukura Room at Greerton Library from 2-4pm. Work in Progress meetings are held on the first Thursday at the Wesley Methodist Church on 13th Avenue from 7-9pm.

Find out more

Introduction to Alcohol Inks

Alcohol ink is a fascinating medium that literally has a mind of its own. This class is designed particularly for beginners who have never used alcohol inks before. The inks have a versatility and vibrancy that when blended with pure isopropyl alcohol, create movement and beautiful abstract designs. With the addition of gold enhancements these make visually attractive pieces of art even for beginners.  A full one-day course that will enable students to produce a finished abstract artwork ready to hang on the wall. In addition, students will also learn how to use the alcohol inks on other objects such as planters, cannisters, infusers. Each student will have a choice of two other items to decorate and take home

Tutor: Marion Aitken

Date: Saturday 20th June 2020

Time: 9.30am-3.30pm

Cost: $120.00
To Book:

All Materials Supplied

Refreshments Provided

Please wear old clothes

Morning tea will be provided. Students are asked to bring their own lunch. Alternatively, there is a cafe in the village where you can grab a quick bite and a coffee.

Tauranga Orchid Society

The Tauranga Orchid Society would like to introduce you to the world of orchids.
They are the ultimate hobby plant!
Join us and we’ll do everything we can to help you grow and bloom the most fascinating, beautiful plants in the world.

The  Society meets at the Wesley Church Hall, 13th Avenue, Tauranga at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of every month.
Visitors are welcome.

Tauranga Anglers Club

This is a friendly trout fishing club.
Visitors are welcome.

Trips, talks and tuition, magazine and monthly club nights.

Club nights are the 3rd Monday of every month.
When: Monday 7.30pm
Where: Fish & Dive Club Rooms, Sulphur Point, Tauranga

Phone: President 5441192

Tauranga Social Dance Club

Sequence and old time dances. Supper & raffles.

When:  2nd Saturday of the month

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Where:  Baptist Hall, corner of Cameron Road & 13th Ave, Tauranga

Cost: $7

Contact:  Barbara 027 284 3795

Chair Up Upholstery

Beginners and Follow Up Classes

Want to learn Upholstery? recover that stool? or kick start your new Upholstery hobby? It’s easier than you think.

Enjoy the Unique atmosphere of the Historic village. (Small group so be quick it will fill fast).  Tea and coffee provided.   Some materials are supplied.

Safely strip down your project. Repair and prep.  Create a foundation with elastic webbing. Build a comfort core with foam and wadding.  Placing fabric and cutting. Stapling fabric to project Learn how to do release cuts.  Tying buttons on and Lastly add gimp, buttons or decorative tacks optional.

Contact Paula to see what to bring with you.   Other projects may be possible, including  hiring the equipment for the day to make your own project if you

Tutor: Paula Jones
Saturday OR Sunday One Day Workshops
Time: 10am – 4.30pm

Dates: 13th, 14th June, 11th,12th July, 8th, 22nd August.

Cost varies depending on the project from $120

The Artery Print Club

A group of like minded printmaking enthusiasts who get together on the second Friday of every month.

We meet in the Artery Art Learning Space which is part of the Incubator Creative Hub in Tauranga’s Historic Village.

There is plenty of space for many to work collectively with great company, motivating and inspiring each other while teaching each other new tricks. We have a great press. Please bring your own tools and materials.

Tea and coffee provided and there is a fantastic Whipped Baker cafe in the Village – good donuts!

Please bring a $5 contribution fee towards the venue and equipment.

Join our Facebook page for updates:

When: 2nd Friday of every month
Time: 1 pm -5 pm
Cost: $5

Social atmosphere. Tea and coffee provided.

We welcome any print makers to join in. Meet other printers and connect.

ArT Doll Workshops

Two day Art doll workshop

Week 1 :   Sat   11 June   10 am – 4 pm
Week 2 :   Sat   25 June  10 am – 4 pm

Cost:     $ 210
Includes instructions/ tuition, tools and materials to make your own artdoll(s). A selection of possible stands will be available, but since these are all “hunted and gathered” they differ each time and some might incur a small extra fee. Morning tea/coffee and afternoon tea.

To register:

Tauranga Bird Club Night

Interested in birds and breeding them ?
Want to learn more ?

The club has regular meetings on the second Monday of the month

Day: Meetings on Mondays
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Matua Hall, Levers Road, Otumoetai

Contact the Tauranga Bird Club:
Phone:  Sheryl 027 216 3568

Spiritual Centre Psychic Cafe

Tauranga Psychic Cafe – This New Spiritual and Healing Centre for the 21st century is run Cafe Style. The Psychic Cafe opens every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at the Greerton Community Hall, Greerton, Tauranga. It has over a dozen practitioners in all areas considered Spiritual, Healing or Psychic.

Please feel free to chat with them, share and discuss, learn or teach, make friends and be surrounded with like minds.

Includes refreshments.  Kid friendly.

Cold Wax – The COOL Way to Paint

An amazing half-day workshop to explore what cold wax is really made of, how to use it and what NOT to do with it.

Learn what rules you can break when using cold wax, and what special benefits (namely, amazing texture) come with this medium. See what kind of paints you should reach for and discover the simple tools you will need. Explore the surfaces that will work best when working with cold wax, and how you can combine it with other art mediums such as mixed media, photography, painting and encaustic wax.

A finished cold wax painting has several layers and with drying time, can take weeks to complete. You will however, come away with a better understanding of the cold wax painting process and the possible beginnings of a painting you can continue to work on at home/studio.

Tutor: Sue MacDougall
Saturday 6th June 2020
Time: 9am -12.30pm
Cost: $65.00
All materials supplied

“It’s a rare occurrence for one specific painting medium to have a whole genre of painting associated with it, but the cold wax medium is one such medium. Cold wax painting is not defined by subject matter nor the degree of realism or abstraction; cold wax painting is unified by artists’ shared interest in experimentation, texture and the physicality of paint layers.”

After over 20 years of living in Greece, Sue now lives permanently in New Zealand, although she does visit Greece once or twice a year. She is recognized for her bold and colourful work in different mediums that create structure, depth, movement and texture.

Another session is scheduled for 27th June 2020

Samba de Gafieira Classes

Samba de Gafieira (also called Gafieira)is a dance expression of the Brazilian samba rhythm also found in many contemporary, R&B and popular music.

These weekly classes will help you master the foundation moves that make up this fun dance. The classes are complimented by a teacher to help you and a community of students at various stages of their own learning. We also hold small social events offering an opportunity to apply what you learn in the classes.

Dancers enjoy Gafieira because of its vitality and room for creativity.

Improver Samba de Gafieira
Thursdays 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Next Level Samba de Gafieira Performance Team
Thursdays 7.30pm -8pm

Cost: $80 for the course, $15 casual
Tutor: Sarah Sargison

Introduction to Square Dancing

6 week Intro Course
Starts TBA

We have  informal learning sessions, lots of laughs as Square Dancing is fun, we don’t teach Rounds to learners we let them concentrate on the basic moves. No experience needed, just to be active, no partner required and we do require ladies to wear low heeled comfortable shoes, no high heels. Children 12 and upwards welcome but must be accompanied by a parent.

Time:  7.30pm
St Enochs Church Hall, 16th Ave, Tauranga
: $20  for the course

Tutor: Warwick McKay (577 1100)
For more info: Jean Salmons 578 6516


Orange City Squares
Club nights are on Thursdays at 7.30pm at St Enochs Hall. Cost: $4 per evening
Contact: Noel 543 1063 for more info.

Ballet Class for Adults

one-hour ballet class at the Dance Education Centre, specifically created for adults. A class for those who love ballet, those who have the interest and didn’t get the opportunity earlier, and those who have children learning and want to know more.

Good music, fun and great for mind, body and soul. Ballet shoes required and comfortable dance or exercise wear.

Thursdays, 6.30 pm -7.30 pm, in our Matua studios. Free trial class available.  Learn more

Phone: (07) 5767815
Address: 228 Levers Rd, Matua, Tauranga


Foodlovers Masterclass OnLine with Kate Meads

Is your fridge bursting at the seams? Are you filling your compost bin quickly? Are your chickens fat? Perhaps you are wasting food.

At this ONLINE educational masterclass, learn lots about what Kiwi’s waste and how we can save money. Plus, lots of other interesting topics like the difference between “Use by” and “Best before” dates, and how much of what we throw out can be composted, or frozen for another day!

What else? You will receive a free pack full of waste minimization products. So make sure you give us your postal address when prompted after ticket purchase.

Note, you MUST be from Tauranga to book tickets and attend this workshop, as it is funded by the local council.

This workshop is suitable for all households, flats, ages, and stages. In fact, everybody should attend!

Ticket Info:
Tickets admit 1 person/household an exclusive virtual workshop which they can access within a 7-day window from the same Eventfinda page that they’ve booked tickets from, and you receive 1 pack of waste minimization products too! There are limited spaces and packs available.

OnLine from June 4th – 2020
Book Here


Kickstart Toastmasters Club Tauranga

Kickstart Toastmasters holds a weekly club meeting where everyone gets a chance to improve their public speaking, listening and leadership skills. We always have a laugh and the cafe opens at 6:45am giving you time to buy a coffee and/or breakfast that can be enjoyed during the meeting.

Guests welcome – we offer three free attendances per person before signup, giving you a really good chance to find out what Toastmasters and our club is all about. No pressure to speak so come along and enjoy the atmosphere.

Day:  Thursday
Time: 07:00am
Venue:  Alimento Cafe, 74 1st Avenue, Tauranga, New Zealand
Contact Phone/Txt : 027 543 2777 (Brian – President) or 022 4444 501 (Alex)


For other Toastmaster groups in the Bay of Plenty:

Taoist Tai Chi Beginner & Advanced Classes

We teach Taoist Tai Chi™ arts: a moving meditation – build your strength, flexibility and stillness.

From Monday to Saturday there are different classes at different times and for different levels in Tauranga, Te Puke, Papamoa, Mount Maunganui and Katikati.

Please see our website for more information:

Remember – You can come along to any beginners class at any time and try Taoist Tai Chi for free.


Tauranga Numismatic Society Club

Interested in coins, banknotes, medallions ?

The club meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month.

Place: Wesley Church, 100 13th Ave
Time: 7.30pm -9pm

All ages welcome.

Phone: Sean 027 634 7417

Square Dancing

Book in for a whirl and a twirl and some fun.

Social Dance Beginner Classes

From social dancing to competition dancing, there are lots of opportunities for everyone to enjoy dancing.

Beginner dance classes commence four or five times a year for an initial 6 week course at our Tauranga Dance School. These are then continued in blocks of 6 weeks to enable greater proficiency and a wider range of dances to be learnt.

Learn the different styles of dance from the beginners through to competition level. Hugh and Sonia are specialists in the field of Ballroom, Latin American, New Vogue and Rock & Roll dancing.

No need to book – just come along on the night!


Chalk Painting Workshop at OOPLAH! French Vintage

Discover the wonderful Annie Sloan Chalk Paint range of products and learn painting techniques to get the confidence to work on your own projects.

In this three hour workshop you will learn the techniques that we use the most:

  • Paint layering
  • Choosing colour combinations
  • How to create smooth or textured finishes
  • Distressing
  • Waxing to accentuate your work

We’ll provide all you need, plus refreshments, you just come with enthusiasm!

On the day: 10% discount on paint products

Workshops are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Places are limited so please register.
Phone: 022 190 2594 (Shane)

Tauranga Embroiderers’ Guild

The guild meets:

Day:  Wednesdays
Time: 10am – 2.30pm  and  7.00pm – 9.30pm.
Location: Tauranga Rowing Club, Devonport Road, Tauranga

Contact: Carol 0273 485 875 or 07 466 0075


Happy people say:

* A great place to meet new like minded people & learn new stitches.

Tauranga Astronomical Society

Check back for exact programme details.

Please note that visitors are always welcome to view through the telescopes at any time throughout the program (weather permitting).

The meeting starts at 7:30pm. We have a 10 – 15 minute tea / coffee break (gold coin donation welcome) at around 8:30pm before the second half starts at 8:40pm. The main meeting will normally finish by 9:30pm. Telescope viewing may continue after 9:30pm, weather permitting and depending on the visibility of suitable objects.

Meetings are held in the Otumoetai Sports and Recreation Club building, Fergusson Park, end of Tilby Drive, Matua, Tauranga on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm. Presentations are given on current astronomical topics. All those interested in astronomy in the Bay of Plenty district are invited to attend.

Entry for non-members is $5 per adult. 12 Month membership is $30.00 for individuals, $40.00 for families, or $10.00 for tertiary students.

Walk In English Classes

These group classes  provide free English tuition to all-comers, whatever their immigration or visa status.  The aim is to provide life based vocab and structures to improve communication skills so friendships can be formed in the wider community.  All ages and all levels of English are welcome.  Just turn up  find the level that suits you.

Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9.15 pm :  2 different levels

Venue:  Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Road, Tauranga

Phone: 578 7718

Inachord Women’s Chorus

Do you like to sing in the shower, entertain a crowd singing with friends or enjoy the challenge of some moves to accompany your singing ?
Then join us !

We are a fun loving group of women of all ages, who enjoy entertaining.  Our musical director is Andrew Braid, a Vocal Coach, with many years’ experience.

We meet every Tuesday night at 7pm-9pm at the Community Church, 183 Moffat Road in Bethlehem.

For more info: contact Sabine
Phone: 021 111 8659

Photos & Coffee with Kim Westerskov

An informal meeting get together with Kim Westerskov, a professional photographer, writer & photographer of 18 books, marine biologist and photography teacher .

He is 5 times winner at the BBC “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious nature photography competition. Kim teaches and inspires through photo workshops, private tuition, mentoring, and regular “Photos & Coffee” and “Photo Evaluation” evenings.

Learn how to get great photos with Kim Westerskov’s photo workshops in Tauranga. Kim has helped many hundreds of photographers [from beginners to professionals] and he’d love to help you too. Kim’s philosophy is to make it all as simple as possible and as much fun as possible. He is passionate about photography and passionate about inspiring, guiding, and supporting photographers.

Phone or email to register as spaces are limited.
578-5138 or 

Tauranga Scrabble Club

Scrabble is a great mental stimulant. Take up the challenge. Find that top word and top score.

The Tauranga Scrabble club meets every Tuesday morning at the Tauranga Citizens Club, 170 Thirteenth Avenue, Tauranga from 9.20 a.m. for three games of scrabble.  Play commences at 9.30 a.m.  There is a mix of competitive and casual games.
They play 3 games of competitive scrabble per morning. 3 games $2.50

Contact: Barbara
Phone:  Barbara Dunn 544 8372 or Pam Fulton 027 746 4850

Ink Affair Book Club

This month’s book:

Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
From Blake Crouch, the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human – a relentlessly surprising thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of, perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Ready Player One.

‘Are you happy in your life?’
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
Before he awakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
Before the man he’s never met smiles down at him and says, ‘Welcome back.’

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined – one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

This is a meet up.
For full details:

Learn Macrame

Learn macrame while making your own shoulder bag in a colour of your choice

Always wanted to learn macrame? Seeing macrame bags everywhere and wondering how to make them yourself?
This workshop is for total beginners through to people who used to do macrame in the 70s. You’ll be guided through making your own shoulder bag in the colour of your choice.
Spaces are very limited due to the size of the venue and equipment needed for this project. All materials are provided and there will also be refreshments.

When: May 31st  1.30pm – 4.30pm
Where: The artery, Historic Village, Tauranga


Know Your Autumn Edible Weeds Workshop

Edible Weeds – an underrated source of nutrition

You’ll be amazed how many ‘weeds’ in your garden you can eat!
Julia will show you how to identify wild edible weeds, the ones you can safely eat and those not so good to eat, and lots about their nutritional, medicinal and cultural values.  You will go foraging for them, identifying them where they grow and then transform them, together with leafy greens and ripe seasonal fruit into a luscious green smoothie which will greatly enhance your health.

Know your Autumn Edible Weeds workshop

Sunday 31 May  from 10-2pm

 here to register

Weeds and greens harvested for the smoothie bowl below.  There is from top left: Narrow leaf plantain, comfrey, fennel, magenta spreen, nettle, parsley, cavelo nero.  Front from left: Kale microgreens, chickweed, creeping mallow, herb robert and nasturtium.

Course Cost $75  (includes 74 page newly edited and updated ebook)