Update August 8

Posted by Go Waihi on 08/08/2014

Our athletes are on their way home from a very successful Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; OK some are heading off for a break. Meanwhile, others are already setting their sights on the next competition. Congratulations to the medal winners, those who did personal bests, tried their hardest, gained in knowledge and skills and enjoyed the experience. I certainly loved it. And to all those in the background helping these athletes get there, your commitment makes a huge difference.  (Message to self; start training tomorrow ... or soon anyway.) We’ve got a few things to look forward to coming up around the Waihi area and you’re invited. Stay a while and you may not want to go home. Hey, everywhere’s pretty close by anyway if you need to go somewhere.

LOCAL TARTY TART A BIG A WINNER
Congratulations to Waihi’s Alan and Bernie Woodford and their team from BananaPepper who took out the Cafe Boutique Category in the Bakels annual National Pie Awards. Their sweet treat is on the tip of lots of tongues and the talk of more than just the town. Picture a sweet pastry pie with caramelised rhubarb and wild berry filling. Trust me it’s a real taste bud tempter, and to think Alan nearly didn’t enter!

STAGE LEFT, STAGE RIGHT AND ALL EYES CENTRE STAGE
Waihi’s Got Talent 2014 with Waihi Beach RSA, Gold FM and Go Waihi has a great mix of acts coming your way. Tonight is the turn of the Intermediate Section to wow the crowd and impress the judges. Do that and they could be back for Finals Night alongside the juniors and seniors on Friday August 22. Entrants have to be there by 6.30 pm and we’ll ‘let the show begin’ at 7 pm. If you’d like to go and cheer them on get to the Beach RSA early for a good seat.

ARE YOU UP FOR A FUN CHALLENGE
Trolleys are for any age and either sex so grab your gumption and get behind the wheel of ‘old faithful’. Has it seen better days? You’ve got plenty of time to build something from scratch, and there’s even an open category for crazy (safe) contraptions. Participation and fun, that’s what the day’s all about, and of course the Emergency Services Challenge is always a nice addition to the day. Challenge a mate, your neighbours, classmates or workmates. Let’s have some fun down Haszard St on Saturday October 4 with the annual Go Waihi Trolley Derby with Waihi Lions and Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club. Trolley entry forms will be out soon.

BOARD RIDERS OPPORTUNITY FOR FUN TOO
Skaties have the chance to take to Haszard St in Waihi as well on Saturday October 4 with the Skate Competition back. Thanks to Fowlers Surf and Fashion Shop who have some great prizes up for grabs. Cruise down the street, sweep around a cone or three, a kick flip here, a heel flip there and maybe a pop shove it just for show and you may be in the prizes. Spread the word and let’s see what you can do. There’ll be categories for different ages and skill levels and as with the trolleys it’s about fun and taking part. Skate entry forms will be out soon.

LOOKING AHEAD TO LOOK FORWARD TO LOOKING BACK
Going digital is something we have to get used to in this forever changing technological world we live in. This applies to our history too. Waihi Branch of the NZ Genealogy Society is focusing on genealogy in the digital age at their seminar on Saturday August 23. The venue is the Waihi Museum in Kenny St, and for $10 you’re welcome to join them for the day, or part of it. Between 9.30 am and 4 pm their presenters Michelle Patient and Kathleen Woodley will share their computer knowledge on topics like creating your own digital records, an introduction to mobile and Cloud technology, finding stories family fun and Dropbox. Question and answer time are included, along with a cuppa or two. Harriet has details on 07 863 6063.

TUNE IN AS THEY TUNE UP
About 50 community members make up the woodwind, string and percussion sections of the Bay of Plenty Symphonia Orchestra, and they’re on their way to Waihi Beach Community Centre this Sunday presenting Legacy Trusts Major Keys. Starting at 2 pm you’ll enjoy classical music ideal for the beginner and children through to the seasoned classic music lover and you’re in for a real treat with a special performance by New Zealand’s only resident Marimba player. Yes a Marimba. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults, or $25 at the door, and are available at www.iticket.co.nz (fees apply) and from Waihi’s United Video, Molly’s At the Beach and Katikati Information Centre.

A WORD ABOUT ART WAIKINO 2014
Entry forms for this year’s Labour Weekend Competition and Exhibition at the historic Victoria Hall in Waikino are about to hit the letterbox, or possibly your email. If not you’ll be able to get them from a variety of outlets soon, and then it’s over to your creative juices to come up with something spectacular to enter in one of the five categories and possibly win the Supreme Award. It’s not just an exhibition either, all entries are for sale, and there are always lots of interesting pieces to choose from.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Diets are for people who are thick and tired of it.