Hassle-Free Shopping with Pre-Schoolers

NZ Sign Language Summer Course

Free Employer Seminar

Tauranga South Garden Club

Artists Feedback Lab

BOP Rose Society

Poetry Club: Read Between the Wines

Fun Improv Dance Class

Bay City Rockers

Chair Up Upholstery Workshop

Young at Art Studio Classes

Ninja Knits

Community knitting and crocheting group


Waste Free Living with Kate Meads – Tauranga

Through this exciting seminar you will be inspired, become motivated and take control of your households impact on our future.

What else? You get a free pack valued at $100 with each ticket, bursting with waste minimisation products!

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

When:  Tuesday 10th Dec  6.30pm -9 pm
Where: Tauranga City Council Meeting Room, 306 Cameron Rd, Tauranga
Cost: $25 for an individual or couple.


Tauranga South Garden Club

The first Wednesday of the month, the group holds their monthly meeting, where there is usually a guest speaker plus an exhibition space for members to show the results of their gardening activities.

This is a friendly, mixed gender, social garden group.  Guys are most welcome too.

Today is our Christmas meeting.  Members are asked to bring a Secret Santa gift worth no more than $5 and a small plate for afernoon tea.

The second Wednesday of the month, there is usually a garden focused walk.

Monthly meeting: 1st Wednesday of the month
Time: 1.30pm – 3pm
Place: Central Baptist Church, Cnr 13th Ave& Cameron Rd, Tauranga
Contact: Margaret  578 1017

Hassle-Free Shopping with Pre-Schoolers

This discussion topic uses shopping trips as an example of one of the most common times parents have to deal with difficult behaviour in public.

Positive parenting strategies are discussed as step-by-step suggestions for preventing problems and teaching children how to behave on shopping trips.

Parents develop individualised plans to manage problem behaviour during their own shopping trips and are encouraged to transfer new parenting strategies to other potentially difficult community situations.

Katikati Resource Centre
45 Beach Rd,Katikati
Dec 3rd 6pm-8pm

Wesley Church
100 13th Ave,Tauranga
11th Dec 6.30pm-8.30pm

PLEASE RSVP confirmation of attendance to:-  (07) 571 0144  or  TXT  0273112140
Light refreshments supplied.

NZ Sign Language Summer Course

Learn New Zealand Sign Language in Tauranga over Summer! This is a 6 week beginners course in Dec-Jan (with a break for Christmas). NZSL is a beautiful language, and an official language of NZ. Our fun interactive courses follow the NZSL community education curriculum and our tutors are all members of the New Zealand Sign Language Teacher’s Association. Certificates are recognised in NZ and will be issued at the end of the course*.

Day: Mondays 7pm-9pm
Dates: 2nd Dec – 16th Dec (3 weeks) 3 week break 13th Jan – 27th Jan (3 weeks)
Location: Elizabeth Streets Arts and Community Centre
Level: Beginners 1A (no previous NZSL experience needed)
Tutor: Stephanie Rorison
Cost: $115 for 6 weeks

Climate Change Education: Is it too late to make a difference ?

There is increasing evidence that climate change will severely challenge us in the years to come.
Dr Chris Eames will explore the climate change issues we face and the different types of responses that we are making, including the Emissions Trading Scheme and the School Climate Strikes.
Education can empower people to meet this challenge but is this response able to help us address one of the biggest challenges in human history?

Where: the Lecture Theatre, Level 2 of the University of Waikato, Tauranga, Durham St
Monday 2 December. Complimentary drinks and nibbles will be served from 5.15pm and the lecture will begin at 6.00pm and conclude at 7.00pm.

Cost:  FREE

Please register your attendance by clicking on the ‘REGISTER BUTTON‘ , and present your ticket at the door.

Fuchsia Group Annual Show

The Fuchsia Group is holding its annual show over 2 days.

Sat 30th: 1pm – 3.30pm
Sun 1st:  9am – 3.30pm

For more info contact Pat  579 1655 or Noeleen 578 4643

The Tauranga Fuchsia Group holds monthly meetings.
At each meeting there is a mini workshop on some aspect of  fuchsias or fuchsia growing.

Fuschia Club

Fuchsias look like dancing ballerinas, especially after the rain.  There are over 2000 varieties in a range of colours from the pinks and reds to the orange and white. They are not hard to grow.  They need to be fed and protected from nasty bugs and things, like most plants, but they are very easy to grow from cuttings.  In fact, they can become quite addictive.

All are welcome to the Tauranga Fuchsia Group’s monthly meeting.
At each meeting there is a mini workshop on some aspect of  fuchsias or fuchsia growing.

For more info contact Pat  579 1655.

Cold Wax – Painting the Cool Way

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 what special benefits (namely, amazing texture) come with this medium.   See what kind of paints to 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 final 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.

Two dates to choose from: 27th October or 30th November.

Tutor: Sue MacDougall

These workshops sell out fast so BOOK HERE NOW

Fundamentals of Portrait Painting in Oils

Tutor : Damien Kurth

This workshop  will be a fun day, set in a chilled out relaxed environment.   This workshop can be a one-off day, or as an introduction to further workshops I will be running.  This will be based on traditional painting techniques from old masters and some contemporary approaches applied to the genre.

 As well as covering a lot of ground, equally the focus will be on developing a solid understanding of colour theory, tonal relationships, proportion and composition. Progressing to use these ideas to develop believable 3d forms and a 2d surface.

Practical painting techniques including:

  • Creating an underpainting/grisaille and why.

  • Layering of oil paint – it’s not that scary

  • Warm and cool colour relationships

  • Colour mixing and brush techniques.

Cost: $150.00

Book Here

Poetry Club: Read Between the Wines

We welcome emerging and established poets and lovers of poems to come along to a supportive collective in a relaxed atmosphere.

Come along to share your poetry, and listen and enjoy poetry in all its forms.

The last of Tuesday of every month, 7:00 pm – $5 koha
New poets and poetry lovers always welcome.
Bring some nibbles and wine, of course!

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Viruses, Vaccines & Immunology – Cafe Scientifique

Vaccines have saved more lives than almost any other public health intervention and played a significant role in reducing health inequalities. Over the past twenty years, the number of diseases now preventable has exploded and the pipeline for new vaccines is bursting with potential solutions to current and future pestilence such as pandemic flu, Zika and Disease X.
This talk will touch on the achievements in disease control since smallpox and what new vaccines will hit the shelves in the next year and the next decade with examples of the scientific advances that facilitated this. There are challenges we face such as the next pandemic and rising antimicrobial resistance, are we prepared? We also face an increasing backlash against science, with vaccines a major casualty. Using some of the most popular myths about vaccines as an example the way the scientific method, fact, and logic are abused will be illustrated.
This talk will be presented by Dr Helen Petousis-Harris,  a Vaccinologist at Auckland University.

Register HERE but there is no need to print your ticket. Doors open at 6:30 for a 7pm start.

$2 door fee covers the venue hire and nibbles.

Macrame Workshops

Come and learn the art of macramé with Tori from Evarose+Co.  Her classes full up very fast as the spaces are very limited to be able to give everyone time one-on-one.  Join in and create that special one off piece. The last workshop sold out in a few days.

You’ll learn the basics of knot making, tips & tricks, and create your own wall hanging to take home or as a gift for a loved one. No experience is needed and all materials are supplied. We will be working with beautiful NZ-made cotton cord.
Tutor: Tori Landon


Dates Available:

10th November: Wall hanging $90

24th November: Macrame Wreath $80

Times:  1.30pm – 4.30pm

Includes all supplies & refreshments

Chair Up Upholstery

Want to learn upholstery? Recover that stool? Kick-start your new hobby? It’s easier than you think.

Come and enjoy the awesome atmosphere of the Historic Village while you learn a new skill.

Bring a small upholstery project e.g. a dining chair (seat only), footstool, basic ottoman, bar stool or piano stool.
(Don’t have a project? Ask a friend, check out the op-shops, Trade Me or Facebook Marketplace.) Keep it simple!

Come and enjoy the awesome atmosphere of the Historic Village while you learn a new skill.
Choose either of these two dates: 2nd November or 23rd November

Cost: Cost varies depending on the project from $110 – $215


Send 3 different angled photos of your project to (for a suitability check)

Fun Improv Dance Class

A fun improvised dance class open to beginners and more experienced dance lovers, you can take this class at your own pace. Designed to get get you fitter, co ordinated and agile and dancing like a pro.

I will guide you through an improvised warm up, where you get to explore some new movement pathways. The second part of the class is a free style dance jam where you can sizzle your own dance grooves. Fun and relaxed atmosphere with some great music!

The third part is optional partnered bodywork.

When: Friday’s at 7 – 8.30pm at Soma studios
Cost:  $10

Led by Maria Dabrowska.
Photo by Vanessa Rushton, from Rushes, Circa

Young at Art Mixed Media

Anyone is most welcome to pop in and have a look at what happens at the Mixed Media for Adults class at the Young at Art studio.