Tuesday, December 01, 2015

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Early-mid November
Late November
Early-mid December
Christmas Eve

What's On

Saturday 28 November

Alcoholics Anonymous

Women's meeting at St Andrews, Dee St 10-11am, children welcome. 0800 229 6757

Bayfair Night Market

Arts, crafts, jewellery, fresh produce, food stalls & more. Bayfair Shopping Centre, cnr Maunganui Rd & Girven Rd, Mt Maunganui 6-11pm. Free entry. 022 588 2282 or email: tauranganightmarket@hotmail.com

BOP Essential Tremor Support Grp

Meet at Evans Rd Community Church, Evans Rd, Papamoa 10am. Ann 542 4005

Brass Spectacular

Featuring Tauranga Brass & soloists. Wendy Coster, soprano & Keith Bowen, organist. St Andrews Church, Dee St, Mt Maunganui 2pm.

Christmas Dance

Dec 12 at Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd 7.30pm. BYO drinks & nibbles. Entertainment by Helen Riley. All welcome. Supreme Dance Centre 544 2337 or 027 322 1786.

Christmas Dance Tonight

Join us for our Christmas Dance, sequence & old time dancing. Raffles & spot prizes. Wear a touch of Christmas. Great music & supper. Greerton Hall 7.30-11pm. Run by Tauranga Scottish Soc. Allyson 576 9194

Friendly Surfcasting Fishing Contest

Held Dec 5 on the beach in front of Matata Campsite. Registration $20pp/rod from 11am, with contest 12-6pm. Public weigh in 6-6.15pm on location with cash prizes given out after that. https://www.facebook.com/events/118619078496563/

Fundraising Garage Sale

And sausage sizzle at Inner Life Church, Unit 21/61 Maleme St, Greerton 8am - 12pm.

Garage Sale

Dec 5 at Tauranga Girls' College 9am - 12pm. Fundraiser. Clothing, bric-a-brac, toys, produce.

Greerton Hall Market

8am - 12pm. Crafts, plants, produce, bric-a-brac. Nancy/Merv 07 863 6697

Ha Derech/The Way Messianic Kehilat

Now at Hillier Centre, Bayfair Shabbat/Saturday 10am. A one new man community & welcome all seekers of the truth. 544 7424 or 021 0226 3515

Inachord Chorus & Guest Performers

Celebrate the Songs of Elvis Nov 28 at Bethlehem College Performing Arts Centre 7.30pm. $20 adult & $10 child.

People's Climate March NZ 2015

March to save the world for effective action in Paris. Cnr 4th Ave & Devonport Rd 1.30pm, then marching down to the Strand for photos, speeches & music.

Taichi Qigong

Every Sat at Memorial Park between mini golf & playground 10am. Free to join. All welcome.

Tauranga Farmers Market

Tauranga Primary School, 5th Ave/Cameron Rd 7.45am - 12pm. Cooking demonstration from Hayley Bilton, Masterchef NZ.

Turn of Phrase

A showcase of talented Dance House students, from age 3 to adult. At Baycourt Community & Arts Centre 10am, 2pm & 6pm. www.baycourt.co.nz or 577 7188

Village Radio

Community radio broadcasting from Tauranga Historic Village 1368 kHz AM. Music of 1920's - 80's weekends 9am - 5pm, weekdays 10am - 5pm. Specialty programmes. www.villageradio.co.nz or 571 3710

Sunday 29 November

Advent Lessons & Carols

Christmas carols & choral works about Light, using the service from King's College, Cambridge. Presented by Scholars Pro Musica, at St Peter's Anglican Church, Victoria Rd, Mount 7pm. Free event.

Argentine Tango

Free introduction class, Citizens Club, 170 13th Ave 4.30-5.30pm. Denise 0204 006 1340

Athenree House & Station

Refreshment rooms open Sunday's 1-4pm for their famous ‘Athenree Teas'. 360 Athenree Rd, Athenree.

Bay Bible Fellowship/Lord's Day

Worship & communion service, Welcome Bay Primary School Hall, 309 Welcome Bay Rd 10am. The final week in the “To Live is Christ” series in Philippians. Preacher: Pastor Lincoln Forlong. All welcome. www.bbf.net.nz

Bay of Plenty Symphonia - Gala Concert

40th anniversary concert featuring international Young Steinway artists Jason Bae. At Baycourt Community & Arts Centre 6.30pm. www.baycourt.co.nz or 577 7188

Bee Interest Group

Monthly meeting at 1114 Ohauiti Rd 2pm. Bring something to share for afternoon tea & a donation for the group. Gordon 027 544 2882

Bible Seminars

Greerton Senior Citizen's Hall, Maitland St, Greerton 1.45pm. Title: “Jesus hears the demonic - lessons for us.” Interactive, Q&A. Refreshments provided. All welcome. Vic 543 0504

BOP Linux Users

Bimonthly hands on day. Bring your computer for help with Linux & Open Source software. Arts & Crafts Centre (back room) cnr Elizabeth St & Glasgow St 9.30am – 3pm. $2 door charge. 578 6024 www.boplug.co.nz

Home Computer Club (Tga) Inc

Computer enthusiasts meet to share knowledge & experience at Arts & Crafts Centre, Elizabeth St West, last Sunday of each month 9.30am – 12.30pm approx. $3 door charge. Visitors welcome. 544 2067

Katikati Tramping Club

Wairongomai - Pylon Ridge. Moderate +. Brett 07 863 6602

Maketu Rotary Club Market

3rd & 5th Sunday at Village Green, Park Rd, Maketu. Stalls $10. Maureen 533 2340

Petanque Tga/BOP Club

Every Sun & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm. Also at Club Mt Maunganui 12.45pm. Boules available, tuition given. 578 3606

Quakers in Tauranga

Mainly silent worship, hour long meeting followed by tea & talk. Every Sunday in hall behind Brain Watkins Historic House 10am. 544 0448

Radio Controlled Model Yachts

Meet Sun 1.30pm & Thurs 5.30pm at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa, to sail electron & similar 3ft long yachts for fun. Beginners welcome. Graham 572 5419

Recreational Cycle Group

Every Sun meet at Papamoa Sports & Recreation Centre, Parton Rd 9am. Heinz 574 1543. Tues meet at Palmers, Ohauiti Rd 9am. Pam/Andrew 544 3272. Weds meet at Sulphur Pt, near Nautilus, off Cross Rd 9am. Cam 552 4513

Rifle Range Public Open Day

Open to public on last Sun of the month. Range at end of Ngawaro Rd, at the TECT All Terrain Park 9am - 3pm. Some targets available to purchase, or bring your own. Must bring own ammo, shooting rests, ear muffs etc. Firearms license must be presented at registration area. $15pp (cash only). No cellphone coverage. www.deerstalkersbop.org.nz

Tauranga Friendship & Social Club

Walks, dinners & outings for over 50's. Barbara 544 7461

Tauranga Spiritual Society Inc

Thanks for your support this year. Starting back 7 Feb 2016. To register as a guest speaker 022 0670 467.

Weekend Activities for the Over 60's

Walks, dinners, day trips & good times. Gloria 544 1834

Monday 30 November

Achieve Toastmasters

Making it on Mondays. 1st, 3rd & 5th Mon at St Stephen's Church Hall, Brookfield, Tga 7.30pm. Chrissy 543 9493


Tauranga Badminton Club. Summer season at Bethlehem College every Monday 7.30-9.30pm. All players welcome. $5, racquets available. Sue 021 194 4335

Bethlehem Pottery Club/Gallery

13 Bethlehem Rd. Open most days.

Body & Soul Fun Fitness

For over 50's, social events & guest speakers. Mon & Fri Greerton Hall Cameron Rd. Tues Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave. Weds City Church cnr Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St. Thurs at Tauranga Senior Citizens Hall, Norris St behind Pak n Save. All classes 9.15-10.15am. First class free. For men & women. Dianne 576 5031 ‘Qualified Sport & Physical recreation instructor'.

Capoeira Classes

Learn this unique artform from Brazil that combines martial arts, dance movements & music. All fitness levels, great social activity. Mon 6-7pm. Tues 6.15-7.15pm at Studio 162, 162 Durham St Tauranga. Visit aucapoeiranz.com

Cards 500

Do you live in the Mount or Bayfair area & play 500? Social evenings. Night of week flexible 572 3834

Chess Mt Maunganui

Mount RSA Chess Club every Mon at Mount RSA, 544 Maunganui Rd. Early program 6-7.30pm during school term. Late program 7.30pm onwards. Noel 579 5412

Citizens Advice Bureau

For free, confidential information and advice about anything call in Monday-Friday 9am-5pm 38 Hamilton Street, Tauranga or Freephone 0800 367 222 or 578 1592. Justice of the Peace Service every Mon 1-4pm, Weds & Thurs 9am-11.30am. Weds 9.30 – 12.30 CAB Service at Welcome Bay Community Centre. Last Weds 16 Dec. Migrant Clinics Tues - Fri 1pm-4pm. – All welcome no appointment necessary.

Civic Choir Tauranga

Every Mon at Wesley Church, 13th Ave, Tauranga 7.30pm. New members welcome. Heather 575 9092 www.taurangacivicchoir.org.nz

Fitness League

Safe effective, low impact fun exercise set to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for women of all ages & abilities. First class free. Every Mon at Settlers Hall Omokoroa 9.30am & Tues St Johns Anglican Church Waihi 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378

Fitness League

Ladies 50 plus exercise with dance to music. Improve posture, energy, toned body, increase strength & fun. Every Mon at Greerton Senior Citizens Hall, 39 Maitland St 9.30-10.30am. Gloria 573 4429

Junction Mental Health

Peer support & advocacy: coffee & chat 10am – 12pm. 543 3010

Leisure Marching

For exercise, fun & fellowship for ladies 55+, no experience required. Coreen 570 0172

Meditation & See What Unfolds

Variety of meditation techniques & discussion group. Every Mon 7-9pm. Kevin 578 7205

Meditation Group

Free classes Mon 10am & Weds 7.30pm. Find peace, spiritual awareness & the meaning of your life. David 576 9764

Tauranga Brass

Practice every Mon at Elizabeth St West Community Hall 7-9pm. New players welcome. Alex 571 8720

Tauranga City Silver Band

Meet every Mon at their band room, Yatton St. Brass & percussion players welcome. www.taurangacitysilver.tk Don't forget concert on Dec 13.

Tauranga Creative Fibre

Every Mon at Arts Centre, Elizabeth St from 9.30am. Spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, crochet & more. Learn & share in a mutually supportive club. Also on Thurs evening twice a month. Shirley 577 0188

Tauranga Lyceum Club

Women's friendship club. Catered lunch first Fri of month, dinner 3rd Weds of month with guest speaker. Other activities throughout the month include: watercolour painting, mah jong, bridge, book club & more. At 68 1st Ave. June 926 9044

Tauranga Rock n Roll Club Inc

Club night every Mon at Tauranga RSA, Cameron Rd 8pm. A relaxed, social evening of dancing. Members $3, non $5. Visitors welcome. Checkout FB. Trina 576 7461 after 5pm.

Tauranga Senior Citizens Club

Cards, 500 & Bridge Mon & Thurs. Indoor Bowls Tues, Weds & Sat at 14 Norris St, behind Pak n Save 1-4pm. Register by 12.45pm. $2 includes afternoon tea. New members welcome.

Twilight Bowls

Every Mon at Omanu Bowling Club, Golf Rd. Play starts 6pm, names in 5.45pm. Non bowlers/bowlers welcome. Cost: $5 for 2 games. Bowls available but flat shoes needed. Jim 572 1983

Welcome Bay Art Group

Meet every Mon at Lighthouse Church 9.30am - 12pm. Bob 544 4499


Active Lifestyles For Seniors. First class free. Open to both men & women. Mon: Matua Community Hall, Levers Rd 9am & 10.15am. Arataki Hall, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St) 9am. Tues: Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd 9am & 10.30am. Sit & Be Fit at Papamoa Community Centre 11.30am. Smooth Movers Weds Welcome Bay Hall, Welcome Bay Rd 9.15am. Sit & Be Fit Greenwood Park Village, Welcome Bay 11am. Thurs: Otumoetai Action Centre, Windsor Rd 9am. Bethlehem Hall, Bethlehem Rd 10.30am. Fri: Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd 9am & 10.15am. 578 9272 www.ymcatauranga.org.nz

Tuesday 1 December

Alcoholics Anonymous Mt Maunganui

Open meeting every Tues at St Peters Hall, 11 Victoria Rd 7.30pm. 0800 229 6757 for more meetings or assistance.

Altrusa Club of Tauranga

Women's community service group. Dinner & business meeting 2nd Tues. Social programme 4th Tues, monthly. Interested? Marie 576 5495

Bayfair Petanque Club

Tuition & boules available for learners & visitors. Every Tues & Thurs at Bayfair Reserve, Russley Drive 1pm. Margaret 572 3173

BOP Linux Users

Share & learn about free Open Source software & the Linux computer operating system. 1st Tues of month , LJ Hooker cnr Cameron Rd & 8th Ave 7-9pm. Experts & beginners welcome. $2. 578 6024 www.boplug.co.nz

Cards 500

Mount Senior Citizens, 345 Maunganui Rd Tues & Thurs 12.45-4pm. All welcome. 575 4650

Depression Support Group

For people with an experience of depression. 1-2pm. Junction 543 3010 for info or if you need a ride.

Fitness League

Ladies 50 plus exercise with dance to music. Improve posture, energy, toned body, increased strength. Every Tues at St Columba Church, 502 Otumoetai Rd, Cherrywood 9.30-10.30am. Gloria 573 4429

Greerton Village Community Music

Morning for seniors – come along & join us in a morning of music. 1st Tues of month at Greerton Hall 10-11.30am. Guest artist. Entry $4, includes morning tea. Di/Charley 027 626 2496

Ocean Running

5k Mount Fun Run every Tues 6pm. Run or walk, walkers start from 5.30pm, runners 6pm. Register at Mount Ocean Sports Club, Pilot Bay 5.15pm. $5 entry, includes free drink & opportunity to win a spot prize after the run. All welcome. Phil 021 383 354

Sequence Dancing

Tauranga Social & Leisure Club. St John's Anglican Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai. Every Tues 7-9.30pm except second Tues of month 3.30-6pm. Visitors welcome. John 578 9716

Tauranga Scrabble Club

At Tauranga Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd 9am. 3 games $3. New players welcome. 544 8372

Tauranga Sunrise Lions

Meet 1st & 3rd Tues of month at the Oaks, Tauranga RSA 6.30am. Diane 578 8682

Wednesday 2 December

Age Concern Walking Group

Meet at The Strand carpark 10am. All welcome. 578 2631

An Evening with Nadia Lim

Sick of being bombarded by the latest dieting fads? Confused about what you should & shouldn't eat? It's time to get back to basics. ASB Baypark Arena 6-8pm. Nadia's cookbooks available on the night. Tickets $32 from Lyon O'Neale Arnold or online at www.cctnz.co.nz

Bowls Indoor

Mount Senior Citizens, 345 Maunganui Rd Weds & Fri 12.45-4pm. Beginners welcome. 575 4650


Do you play cribbage or would like to learn the game? Every Weds at Tauranga RSA 1pm. New members welcome. Rona 578 7939

Fitsteps Dance Fitness

Do you enjoy dance & fitness? Fantastic new programme every Weds at Bethlehem Community Hall 9.30-10.15am. No partner required. Helen 022 882 0237 or email: helen@createdtodance.co.uk

Healing Rooms

Experience God's healing touch, at Bethlehem Town Centre, cnr shop behind PO/Bookstore. Open Weds 1-3 through to Christmas. Papamoa Healing Rooms, now open at Baptist Church, cnr Dickson & Longview Rds 2.30-3.30pm every Weds. No appointment necessary, no charge, all ages welcome. 021 110 0878 www.healingrooms.co.nz

Mount Healing & Spiritual Centre

At Omanu Bowling Club, Golf Rd, Mount 7.30pm start. Mini workshop (3 healers & readers teaching). Fun night. $5 entry. Janet 0272 640 226

Mount RSA 8 Ball Club

Every Weds at Mount RSA 6.30pm. Enjoy a game of pool or learn to play. Come along. Gail 022 647 5314

Mt Maunganui Lioness Club

Meet 1st & 3rd Weds. A volunteer service organisation where members enjoy fun & friendships whilst serving the community. Jennifer 578 5190

Otumoetai Lions

Assist in community based activities & enjoy fellowship & social. Meet 1st & 3rd Weds of month. Fellowship 5.30pm followed by meal 6.30pm. Visitors & new members welcome. Robert 576 8445 or http://www.lionsclubs.org.nz/Clubs/202L/Zone-9/Otumoetai

Singles Coffee Club 60+

Looking for friendship? Meet every Weds with like-minded individuals who want to meet new people in a relaxed atmosphere. Ph Gayle 0274 393 267 or mixandmingle@xtra.co.nz

Soul Food

An opportunity to relax, unwind, be still, reflect, refresh & enjoy. Share in a selection of sacred & inspirational writings & music from around the world. 6 Moiri Pl, Maungatapu 7.30pm. 544 2786

Tauranga Embroiderers' Guild

Every Weds at Tauranga Rowing Club rooms, Memorial Park 10am - 2.30pm & 7.30-9.30pm. Juniors 4-5.30pm. Beginners & experienced stitchers welcome. Nancy 544 4778

Tauranga Mid-Week Tramping Group

Radar dome via dragline. Easier option to Hurunui Hut. Grade mod, approx. 6.5hrs. Sheryl 574 3743

Tauranga South Garden Club

First Weds of month at Central Baptist Church Hall cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd 1.30-3pm. Visitors welcome. Margaret 578 1017

Thursday 3 December

Club Mt Maunganui

Social games club. Play indoor bowls, 500 & bolivia every Thurs 12.45pm. Prizes to be won & visit other clubs. John 575 2422 or 027 246 8122

Community Bible Study International

At 14th Ave Gospel Centre 10am – 12pm for a non-denominational Bible study until Dec 10. Jack & Betty 544 3809.

Fitness League

Safe, effective, low impact exercise to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed to help with posture, balance & stamina, combination of exercise, movement & dance. All ages & abilities. Complementary 1st class. Thurs: Central Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave/Cameron Rd 9.30am. Weds: Katikati Memorial Hall 10am. Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 7170

French Connection

For lovers of all things French. Come & meet like-minded people over a relaxed drink. Meet every second Thurs at La Mexica, the Strand between 4.30-6.30pm. Andrea - agohns@yahoo.co.nz

Happiness & Our Mind

Drop-in meditation classes. Beginners welcome. Self contained classes so start any date. Cost $14 per class. Tauranga Plunket, 471 Devonport Rd 7-8.30pm. Monthly classes, next class Dec 10. www.meditateintauranga.org

Keynotes 4 Part Harmony

Women's chorus meet every Thurs at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 6.45pm. Sing for fun & health. Nora 544 2714

Mainly Music

Every Thurs at St Enoch's Church, 134 16th Ave 9.30am. $3 per family. New members welcome. 578 3040

Mount/Papamoa Coffee & Chat

Held 1-2pm. Junction 543 3010 for info or transport if required.

Mount Underwater Club

Club night at Mount Ocean Sports Clubrooms (cnr The Mall & Salisbury Ave, Mt Maunganui) 7.30pm. Christmas BBQ. New members welcome. Gail 021 471 768 or gail.bingham58@gmail.com

Ukulele Lessons

For primary age children. At Otumoetai Baptist Chapel 3.30-4.30pm. Enquires Linkt Community Trust email: learn@lead.co.nz 

Friday 4 December

An African Tale

The story of Simba & his adventures through the plains of Africa. Performed by talented local dancers from the Gillian Moore School of Dance. Dec 4 7pm & Dec 5 1pm & 7pm at Baycourt. www.baycourt.co.nz or 577 7188

Art Society Art Sale

Dec 4 10am - 4pm & Dec 5 10am - 2pm at Constables Gallery, Commerce Lane, Te Puke. All art reduced. All welcome.

Bay of Plenty Sports Awards

Hosted by Sport BOP, the regions premiere sports awards ceremony, aiming to recognise all aspects of sport with award categories highlighting the superb achievements of sports clubs, administrators, coaches & officials. Held at ASB Baypark 6-10pm.

Bi/Gay Men's Support Group

Do you need a trusting person to talk to? Discretion assured. For meetings & locations ph/txt Alex 027 358 5934

Chess Tauranga

Every Fri at Tauranga RSA, Greerton 6-7pm, for the whole family. Werner 548 1111 http://www.westernbopchess.weebly.com/

Coffin Club

Meet every Fri at 416 Maunganui Rd, next to McDonalds, behind Jones Funeral Service 9am - 12pm. David 021 184 4086

Gourmet Night Market

Every Fri at Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui 5pm until dark. A diverse range of speciality streetfood from some of the Bay's top foodtrucks & restaurants.

ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Support BOP EasiYoga held at Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Mt Maunganui 11am - 12pm. Gentle exercises. All welcome. Tina 281 1480 or email: tina@mebop.org.nz

Save the Children Stall

Fundraising stalls every Friday outside the ANZ Bank, Cherrywood 9.30am - 12.30pm. Christmas goods & cards. Do support us. David 576 2019

TaiChi QingGong 18 Moves

A good way to improve your health. Every Fri at Greerton Hall 6.30-7.15pm. Gold coin donation. Join now. All welcome. 571 5168

Technology Devices

Book now for lessons & learn the basics - Mobile phone, IPad's, Tablets & Laptops. Gayle 0274 393 267

The Sociables

30's/40's age group of males & females that meet up once a week to socialise by dining out or participating in local activities & event. 022 0120 376

Contact Julie to place a listing here: julie@thesun.co.nz 


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