Update - March 5

Posted by Go Waihi on 05/03/2012

We have another month of daylight saving and then we early starters get just a little more light first thing, while the other end of the day creeps up a lot quicker unfortunately. Still, it’ll be back at the end of September. It was great to see so many people out and about with the summery conditions last weekend, hitting the beach, having BBQ’s, playing sports and just enjoying the outdoors. With a backdrop like the Coromandel, why wouldn’t we. Long may it continue!

Waihi East School’s Annual fundraiser is on St Patrick’s Day, Saturday 17 March, and I hear there’re some shenanigans going on. It’s going to be a great morning with a walk or run around the pit rim, even twice if you’re keen. It’s only $5 for adults, $2 for children and just $15 for a family. There’ll be a prize for best dressed in St Patrick’s theme and other spot prizes too. Sausages and drinks will be on sale and there are cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in different categories. Entry on the day from 8.30 am at the rugby grounds in Kenny St, Waihi.

We’re gearing up for Beach Hop with our annual Waihi Warm Up Party on Wednesday March 28. This is their first day and we get a convoy of classic cars and hot rods heading into Waihi mid morning from Whangamata for the day. Then we get even more cars on their way through, parking up and enjoying the spectacle. We close the town centre to fit all the cars in, and they all have a chance to win the best hot rod or classic car trophies. Dress up in theme to win some great prizes for the best dressed male and female. Try not to dance to the three live bands and muso’s entertaining through town, and with lots of specials and sales in the shops and stalls streetside, you could do all your Christmas shopping early this year.

At lunch time we have the original Drag Race, where teams of three macho men, dressed in drag, race in relay up and down the main street to the delight of their wives, girlfriends and thousands of others. And it’s all for fun, along with a prize or two of course. Get a business team together, a few ring ins is fine. It’s not about winning; it’s the outfits, the wigs and makeup, the long term friendships that are forged … hey steady on there. Get an entry form now. It’s worth coming to watch just for the fashion tips these blokes can give you.

Waihi Scout Group invites you to get down and dirty on St Patrick’s Day Saturday, March 17, with their Mad March Mud Slide fundraiser. Between 9.30 am and 3 pm, behind the Gun Club along State Highway 2, for just $5 you can make your mother’s nightmare come true. Imagine the look when you say the dirty washing was all for a good cause. Actually, mums, and dads can have a go too. Take a picnic, refreshments are available and there’s free off road parking.

Playcentre Awareness Week theme this year is ‘investing in our children’, and Waihi Playcentre invites you along to their open days this Monday to Thursday to learn about what they offer. Children from birth through to school entry age learn through play in a mixed age environment. They’re open each morning on the corner of Consols and Victoria Streets, Waihi.

The theme for this Sunday’s National Children’s Day is ‘treasure your children’, and you’re invited, along with your parents and caregivers, to enjoy a family friendly day - in three parts! From 10 am at the Waihi Community Resource Centre there’s a family story and craft session for primary school children. Register at the Centre. Then there’s the picnic at the Lake, Gilmour that is, from 12.30 pm. To wrap up, from 1.30 pm there are games and crafts on the grass. It’s free and open for all ages.

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