Update October 30

Posted by Go Waihi on 30/10/2013

I managed to get around quite a few of the things that were on over the long weekend, I could have easily spent more time at each event and the fact it was all happening around my neighbourhood was a bonus. It was great to see so many people enjoying the fine weather, doing things outside. Those who thought it was going to be wet were well off the mark. There was plenty to keep visitors and locals busy with Go Waihi’s Goldfest programme. From the annual football tournament and big gold dig, to the Waikino Art Exhibition, Waihi Beach School Gala, the Goldfields Railway Wine and Cheese Train Trip, Waihi Beach Surf Club open day and kite flying, the young and young at heart were well catered for. The Waihi to Waikino leg of the Hauraki Rail Trail has lots of wheels turning and downtown Waihi is humming heading towards summer. Lots of interesting and new shops, plenty of choice at cafes and restaurants, and a lot to keep you busy while you relax away from it all. It’s a nice place to live too. Check out the house prices and facilities sometime.

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To attract attention you mention money and the word free and you’re pretty well assured of people reading on. The Go Waihi Stop Shop and Win $1000 Pot of Gold Promotion ended yesterday after running through Goldfest during October. To all those who shopped locally in Waihi and have entered thanks, and good luck too. You now have until Tuesday at 8.10 am to wait to hear if you‘ve won the 1000 $1 coins. The police will draw the winner out of all the entries live on Gold FM and someone will be $1000 better off. We’ll also let you know the result next week.

Too slow and you won’t get around all the gardens on display with the Waihi Lion’s Garden Ramble taking place on the weekend of November 23 and 24. There’s plenty of variety with the homes on display, and a map is available when you purchase tickets, so you don’t miss any. This is a great fundraiser for the Waihi Lions, and it’s fantastic these people have opened their homes up for us to get some ideas and inspiration. More details next week but stick it in your ‘must do’ diary.

Food first. Waihi Community Resource Centre has their Spade to Spoon Free Community Lunch each Friday, starting at 12.30 pm. Just turn up they say. The thought comes with the Introduction to Mindfulness workshop on November 3. It’s free and a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon. As for the T shirt, that’s what you’ll take home, with your own design, after making it at their adult workshop on screen printing on November 30. $10 covers materials. Spaces for these workshops are limited so best you book on 07 863 7555.

We got in touch earlier in the year to make sure Santa was available for Go Waihi’s Annual Christmas Parade, He said he wouldn’t miss it for anything and he’d already booked us in. He’s very keen to bring Mrs Claus and some of the elves along for the ride. And apparently Rudolf’s nose lit up when Waihi was mentioned. We’re after floats galore, the more colourful the better. Let’s have some fun and kick into the festive season in style. Everyone’s invited. Registration forms will be out next week.

Gloria at Waihi Motor Camp has been there for a decade, so she’s decided to have a bit of fun. Actually she’d like you to have some fun as she celebrates with a Family Day Out from 2 pm to 9 pm, with live music from several artists, a children’s talent quest, fun volleyball, the swimming pool will be open and I’ve been told there’s entertainment by the Dancing Divas? Add a sausage sizzle and it sounds like a good place to head with the family, your friends and a blanket or two.

Making the most of the benefits of being older is what it’s about. Hauraki District Council is putting together a strategy to make sure Hauraki is a great place for older people to live. As part of this strategy if you’re 65 or ‘spritelier’ (new word I must add to the dictionary), to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons, there’s a morning tea being held on Monday 11 November at Waihi Memorial Hall from 10 am to midday, where you’ll also get to hear some healthy living tips from Sport Waikato. This will be followed from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm with Silver Surfers, whetting the appetite for computing, and learning about e-books and audio books. Book your place by calling into HDC’s Waihi office in upper Seddon St by Monday November 4.

I’m always after information about what’s coming up around the region so we can spread the word about all that we know about, in one form or another. It might be through this column, on the radio or on the website, so send through what you’re doing and we’ll see if we can let a few extra folk know what you’re up to. Remember this isn’t a commercial outlet but it’s still worth sending us what you’ve got planned as we get lots of inquiries, and if we don’t know it’s on ... you know the answer to that already. Don’t be shy, email or post us the info and let’s fill the page.

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