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Adult Sewing Classes

Plus Patchwork, Overlocking and Machine Embroidery

Blue Penguin Research

A talk by Professor John Cockrem about his work with korora, little blue penguins

Tour de France on a Plate

Hands on Cooking Classes with Chef Stephen

F.A.B. Parents

Free support group

Tauranga Worm Workshop

Composting with Worms is a Win-Win for Everyone

“Greenwood in Spring” Weekend Encampment

Learn techniques & ways to use unseasoned wood

Re-Fashioned Rugs

Grandma’s rag mats have nothing on these…

Free Mandarin Classes

at Greerton Library

Easy Dance Tuition

Beginners welcome

Square Dancing Fun

Orange City Squares Rounds

Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond Classes

… for expectant mothers and their partners

BOP Linux Users

Share and learn about the system

Learn to Draw the Body Class

7 Session Course with Inklings

English for Employees

FREE for NZ permanent residents

Let’s learn – the vision

Model Aircraft Club

Adult Acting Classes

Get to do things you’d never do in life !

International Dance Day

Give Dance a Go !

Tauranga Bird Club

Ceramic Painting Workshop

Create something unique

One Day Mosaic Workshop

Discover how creative you can be !

Reiki Courses

Suitable for all ages.

Italian Lessons

Make that holiday more enjoyable…

Harakeke Weaving

Learn the procerss of flax weaving.

Free English Classes

All Levels – No Visa Restrictions

Glass Art Workshops

Glass Cutting, Glass Fusing & Stained Glass

Falls Prevention Class

Steady as you go (SAYGO) programme

First Aid Training

Know It Before You Need It

Israeli Dancing

Learn Tarot

Sewing Up Sustainability

Computer Courses

with Tauranga SeniorNet

Managing Money Seminars

Show Me the Money & Tackling Debt

Free English Courses

Improve your English for Everyday Use

Free Parenting Programmes

Offered by the Kidz Need Dadz charity

Cult Cinema Club

Fortnightly screenings

Library Law Series

Free sessions on a range of legal topics

The Incubator Wins a Frizzell Fridge

The Incubator is a Winner !

Juggling Nights

Could Throwing and Catching be Your Thing ?

Genealogy Support Class

Get Started

Civic Choir Tauranga

Enjoy preparing and performing a range of choral works

Tauranga Social Dance Club

Dancing Supper & Raffles

More Learn the Traditional Art of Raranga

Article by Annemarie Quill, Bay of Plenty Times

Stone Sculpture for Beginners

Create and design a 3D sculpture

Pottery for Hipsters

Moulding to Glazing

Exploring the Creative Flow

Depression & Anxiety Workshop

Coping Skills and Strategies

Workshop with Abstract Artist Richard Adams

Two day Painting Workshop in Tauranga

Free Meditation Class

Sleep better and worry less

Challenge of Chess

… for the whole family …

Plenty Permaculture

Would you like to Dance ?

Ballroom & Latin American

Carolie’s Culinaire

Cheese Making and Cookery Classes

Frunch – French @ Lunchtime

Not a spelling mistake – learn French @ lunchtime…

UFO & Paranormal Society

Taoist Tai Chi Society – Bay of Plenty

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

Kim Westerskov Photography

Workshops that open a whole new world…

BreadMaking

Begin your bread making adventure today !

Tauranga Gem & Mineral Club

Everything to do with the lapidary hobby

Mindful Living

Mind body calm and clarity

Gernius – Business Performance

Extraordinary Results – Genius !

NZ School of Radio

Your career in radio starts here !

St Johns First Aid Courses

You never know when you’ll need it…

Tauranga City Silver Band

Brass & Percussion Players Welcome

Kidz Need Dadz

Strengthening Father/Child Relationships through Support, Education & Fun !

Tauranga Radio Sailing Club

Come down and have a go …

Yin Yoga Workshops

Tune in and turn on the body talk

Tauranga Indoor Radio Control Car Club

Meet the challenge of racing radio controlled cars

Jingle bills, jingle bells

A Budget Services Success Story !

Never too old to learn new things

The first batch of graduates from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology’s Bachelor of Creative Industries walked across the stage this week at Holy Trinity Church.

The three-year degree offers majors in Visual Art, Graphic Design, and Fashion Design. And 65-year-old Norah Maclachlan (pictured) is among them, and credits the staff at the institute for helping her achieve her goal.

“Being an older student, I have a problem understanding written word, which was a challenge in itself. But I had a very understanding tutor, who pushed me when I thought I couldn’t do it.”

She’s always sewn and enjoyed craftwork, and after her job was disestablished, she decided to try something new.

“Being an older person made it quite hard to get another job,” says Norah.

“My son was already studying to be a fashion designer, and he suggested I start doing the certificate in fashion at the institute.

“I already knew how to sew, so the biggest challenge was making my own patterns. But that whetted my appetite, and encouraged me to carry on to the bachelor degree.”

Norah says the degree was a bit of a learning curve, but it also allowed her to pick up more skills.

“We did more than just fashion. We worked on the business side, and learned about graphic design and visual arts as well.”

And her ambition now?

“I’m a bigger woman, and short, so what I want to do is create stylish patterns for women with that shape. I’ve tried looking for clothes myself, and they often look like sacks,” laughs Norah.

“What I’m exploring at the moment is my craftwork, so I’m working on showcasing that for a start.”

With a degree under her belt, she no doubt has many more options now. Her advice to people thinking about studying is to have a go, no matter what prior experience you have.

“If you have a passion for art, or a passion for fashion, go for it. It doesn’t matter what age you are, or the challenges you face. It’s worth it in the end.”

Article by Ryan Wood published in the Weekend Sun 16th December 2016

Friends of the Tauranga Libraries

Monthly meetings at the 4 libraries

Baywide Community Law Service

Free legal help

Tauranga Model Railway Club

Games of Crib

Like to learn how to play crib ?

Tauranga Rock n Roll Club

Relaxed, social evening of dancing

Barbershop Chorus

Singing in 4 part harmony

Yoga Sessions for Seniors

Programme for all levels of fitness

Japanese

Exult

Helping Non-Profits Grow

Te Waananga o Aotearoa

a voyage that inspires education and lifelong learning experiences

Greerton Garden Club

Gardening Chat, Talks and Visits

Tauranga Bridge Club

Lessons for Beginners

BOP Pipes & Drums

Music in the community

Tauranga Fuchsia Group

Fuchsia people are happy people !

Squirrels Machine Embroidery Group

Machine Embroidery and Patchwork

A Much Under-Rated Business Skill

Words of wisdom from Stan Gregec, CEO of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce

Inklings Art – Private Tutoring

Every artist was first an amateur. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Viva Voce Singing Studio

‘Living Voice’ in Italian

Detour Theatre

New plays, classics, drama classes… there’s a lot going on!

16th Avenue Theatre

Play a part – on stage or off

Ninja Knits

Community knitting and crocheting group

Arabian Spice Belly Dance

Gain self-confidence, have fun and ultimately DANCE!!

Mah jong

Free teaching available.

Alternative Book Club

For people and books that are a little different…

Tauranga Astronomical Society

… discover the universe …