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Saturday, December 14

Gisborne Wainui Lions: Christmas Tree Sales. Pick up a tree and decorate for the festive season. Salvation Army site, 389 Gladstone Rd, 7-11am, $30/tree, stands and delivery extra. Proceeds to local charities.

Gisborne parkrun. A 5km run/walk. Meet: Waikanae Beach Playground, Grey St, 7.45am. See www.parkrun.co.nz/gisborne/

St Andrew’s Car Boot Sale. Plenty of bargains. Carpark behind St Andrew’s Church (access off Childers Rd), 8am-midday, $5/car.

Tairawhiti Coffin Club. Design your own personalised coffin; constructed by a joiner and decorated by you. BCR Joinery, 522 Gladstone Rd, 9am-midday. Details: tairawhiticc@gmail.com

Treble Court Cruise Market. Check out the local stalls and cultural performance. Treble Court, 9am-2pm. Market will be cancelled if ship can’t dock. Stallholder inquiries: Lana at lana@trusttairawhiti.nz

Tairawhiti Menzshed. Work in a fully equipped woodwork or carpentry workspace. Tairawhiti Menzshed, cnr Parkinson & Innes St, 9am-3pm. Details: Ph/txt James 022 465 0396.

Gisborne Card-Making & Scrapbooking. Meet like-minded people and get crafting. Emerald Hotel, 13 Gladstone Rd, 9.30am-3pm. To register ph/txt Karen 027 664 8010.

Christmas in the City: Santa’s Grotto (to Dec 24). A magical festive experience for children, or drop-off a gift for less fortunate kids. Treble Court, opposite Robert Harris Cafe, 10am-2pm.

Lean On Me Concert. Raising awareness around suicide. Featuring; Tama Waipara, Super Fly Killer, Uawa Rangatahi, Sticks & Shanty, Maisey Rika and more. Hatea A Rangi Domain, Tokomaru Bay, midday-5.30pm, free entry. Whanau-friendly and alcohol/drug-free.

A Dozen of Dancefit. Come along and watch local dancers perform a variety of styles; jazz, funk, contemporary, street and musical theatre. War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, 1.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets+Bfee: $21A at premier.ticketek.co.nz https://tinyurl.com/we52eul or Gisborne i-Site, 209 Grey St, ph 868 6139.

Tennis for players of all skill levels. Ormond Tennis Club, Hill Rd, Ormond, 2-4pm, ph 862 5741 or 862 5856.

The Addams Family Pre-audition. Find out about this kooky and mysterious musical. Musical Theatre Gisborne, 99 Innes St, 5pm.

Battle of the Stations. Ride a mechanical bull for spot prizes, Smokey Bro’s BBQ and DJ music. Roseland Tavern, 108 Main Rd, Makaraka, 6-10pm, free entry.

Texas Hold’em Fundraising Poker Tournament. Compete for bragging rights and prizes. Evolution Theatre Company, 75 Disraeli St, 7-11.30pm. Tickets: $35/player+one non-playing guest, from www.evolutiontheatre.org.nz

SOLD OUT: Summer Sessions. House, drum and bass music with DJs. PBC, 38 Childers Rd, 8.30pm, R18.

Clown’s Kiss and The NGO’s. Come along and dance the night away. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 9pm, free entry.

Sunday, December 15

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club. 1.5 hour walk/run, 8am. For meeting place; email gisbornerunnersandwalkers@gmail.com

Tuia Mai Tawhiti Waka Festival. Celebrate the arrival of the waka hourua to Mahia; tours, dinghy races, entertainment, beach games, food and stalls. Mahia Beach, Pohutukawa Drive, Wairoa, 8am-10pm, free.

Christmas in the City: Santa’s Grotto (to Dec 24). A magical experience for children, or bring a gift for less fortunate kids. Treble Court, opp Robert Harris Cafe, 10am-2pm.

Gisborne Sceptic Group, 11am. Details: Topics and venue ph 867 3715 or 867 7122.

Auditions: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). For over 16s to read parts for a funny take on the works of Shakespeare. Evolution Theatre Company, 75 Disraeli St, 11am-1pm. Reserve a space on Facebook or www.evolutiontheatre.org.nz

Lions Express Train Rides. Take the kids for a train ride around the playground and lake. Start: near Gisborne Wainui Lions Junior Cycle Park, Centennial Marine Dr, 11am-3pm, $2.

Neil Smoker Live. Acoustic guitar and vocals. Peppers Beachfront Bar & Cafe, 40 Centennial Marine Drive, midday-2pm, free entry. Bookings essential: Ph 867 7696. Platters available.

Gisborne Country Music Club. Singers and musicians welcome. Blind Foundation Rooms, 39 Grey St, 1-4pm, $3, incl afternoon tea, ph Flo 867 7637 or flo.ross@xtra.co.nz

Historic MV Takitimu Cruise. Enjoy the sights of Poverty Bay from a fully-restored historic tug. Sailing from Pier 1, Inner Harbour (gate outside Tatapouri SFC), weather permitting, 2pm. Pay at the gate: $20A, $10u/12s, limit 25. Details: Brian ph 027 474 9360.

Summer Concert Series and Musica Viva: Pianomania. Three pianists; Maria Mo, Lixin Zhang and Tony Tan Tong Chen present three concerts. Concert 1; The Sounds of Spain, Ravel to Marquez. Concert 2; 19th Century Romanticism, Brahms to Chopin. Concert 3; 20th Century Masterpieces, Berg to Psathas. Lawson Field Theatre, 7 Fitzherbert St, 2pm, 4pm & 7.30pm. Tickets, door sales only from the theatre: $15A per concert or $35A/three concerts, student/child free. Inquiries: Gillian ph 021 170 7641 or Jack ph 021 140 5069.

Monday, December 16

Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd. Social Morning, 9-11.30am, $4, ph 867 2584. Summer Junior Badminton, Yr 3-8 players, 4.30-5.30pm, $5, ph 027 350 9482. Summer Badminton, Yr 11-13 players, 7-9pm, $8 Snr, $6 Yr 11-13, $80 Subs, ph 021 216 6700.

Christmas in the City: Santa’s Grotto, 10am-2pm. See Dec 15.

Mahjong Club. Enjoy a friendly fellowship. Gisborne Town & Country Women’s Club, 42 Emily St, 1pm, ph 281 0187.

Fun Dancing Gisborne. Modern, sequence and social ballroom. St Andrew’s Church Hall, 176 Cobden St, 7-10pm, $5 door sales, ph Kev/Isabel 867 0074. Theme: Christmassy.

Tuesday, December 17

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Dec 14.

Community Workshop and Mentoring. Budgeting, cooking, sewing and gardening advice. SuperGrans Tairawhiti, 185 Childers Rd, 10am-1pm, free. Bookings: ph 868 3571 or supergrans.tairawhiti@xtra.co.nz

Christmas in the City: Santa’s Grotto, 10am-2pm. See Dec 15.

Great Reading Carnival: Peppa’s Circus. Kids come along and watch a DVD on the big screen; Peppa’s adventures end happily with loud snorts of laughter. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 10.30-11.30am, free.

Over 50s Men’s Vets Golf. For any skill level. Poverty Bay Golf Club, cnr Awapuni & Lytton Rds, 11am. Details: ph Dave 867 4402 (opt 1), email Glenn at glennb355@gmail.com

Gisborne Wainui Lions meeting. A friendly club, who have fun while making a difference in our community. 69 Central, 69 Peel St, 5.30pm.

Wednesday, December 18

Mainly Music. A fun music group for pre-schoolers. St Andrew’s Community Centre, 176 Cobden St, 9.45am, $4/Fam. Details: Trish ph 867 2789 or 868 5513.

Christmas in the City: Santa’s Grotto, 10am-2pm. See Dec 15.

Carols in the Vines. Bring a picnic and enjoy a community carol sing-along with Savvy, the Choral Society, Gisborne Civic Orchestra and solo performers. The Vines at Bushmere Estate, 166 Main Rd, Makaraka, gates open 5.30pm, carols 6.30pm, $5A at gate, children free. Prizes for kids nativity and Christmas costumes.

Smash Carols. Enjoy a special Christmas edition of pub choir. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 7-9pm, free entry.

Thursday, December 19

Bridge and Rummikub Club. Gisborne Town & Country Women’s Club, 42 Emily St, 9am, ph 281 0187.

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Dec 14.

Casual Badminton Group. Come along for a game and to meet other players. Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd, 9.30am, $4. Details: Pascale at pascale.delos@gmail.com or eastland.association@gmail.com

Christmas in the City: Santa’s Grotto, 10am-2pm. See Dec 15.

Mahjong Club, 1pm. See Dec 16.

Treble Court Cruise Market. Check out the local stalls and cultural performance. Treble Court, 5pm. Market will be cancelled if ship can’t dock. Stallholder inquiries: Lana at lana@trusttairawhiti.nz

Waikanae Junior Twilight Surf Carnival. Come along and watch nippers and junior age groups participate. Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club, 280 Grey St, 5-8pm, free.

Women’s Native Tree Project Working Bee: Titirangi. Come along and help maintain new plantings, Titirangi/Kaiti Hill, 6.30pm. Details: Kauri ph 021 125 9442.

Gisborne Caledonian Society Practice Night. Modern, sequence and social dancing. St Mark's Church Hall, 776 Childers Rd, 7.30-9.30pm, $4.

Friday, December 20

Christmas in the City: Santa’s Grotto, 10am-2pm. See Dec 15.

Great Reading Carnival: Open Season 3. Kids come along and watch a DVD on the big screen; Boog, Elliot and friends in a big top circus. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 10.30-11.45am, free.

Teen Girls’ Surf Club. For beginner/intermediate surfers aged 12-18 to learn from female coaches. Midway Surf Life Saving Club, Midway Beach, 3.30-5.30pm, $10/session, free for members. Register Facebook or gisborneboardriders@gmail.com

Lane Trophy Polo Game. Where the polo will be fast, brews cold and the BBQ hot. Poverty Bay Polo Club, 130 Bushmere Rd, Matawhero, 5.30-9.30pm, free entry.

Build-a-Band. Let’s jam. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 8-11pm, free entry, R18.

TBone Live. Resident solo musician with reggae, rock, funk and more. 69 Central, 69 Peel St, 9pm-1am, $10 entry after 8pm. Details: Claudia ph 021 0892 7388.

Saturday, December 21

Gisborne parkrun, 7.45am. See Dec 14.

Hansen and Tomlinson Open: Christmas Hams Tournament. Come along for a game of golf; Gross, Nett and Stableford. Patutahi Golf Club, 175 Wharekopae Rd, 8am-7pm, $25 entry fee incl twos and a meal. Tee off times: 8am & midday. Details: George ph 027 370 9869 or 862 7789.

Treble Court Cruise Christmas Market. Check out the local stalls and cultural performance. Treble Court, 9am-2pm. Market will be cancelled if ship can’t dock. Stallholder inquiries: Lana at lana@trusttairawhiti.nz

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Dec 14.

Christmas in the City: Santa’s Grotto, 10am-2pm. See Dec 15.

Christmas Party: Gisborne Concert Band. Come along with friends, family or colleagues and be entertained by the Gisborne Concert Band. Wrights Vineyard & Winery, 1093 Wharerata Rd, 11am-4pm, free entry. Gourmet pizzas, beverages, coffee and sweet treats available. Book to secure a table: Ph 027 656 8222 or geoff@wrightswines.co.nz

Ormond Tennis Club, 2-4pm. See Dec 14.

Speedway: BK Super Saloon Series, Ministock 100 and Ramp Race Derby. Come along for a great night of racing and a visit from Santa. Eastland Group Raceway, 357 Awapuni Rd, gates open 5pm, racing 6pm. Gate sale tickets, subject to change: $50Fam (2A+3C), $20A, $10Snr, $8 5-15s, u/5s free.

Sunday, December 22

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club, 8am start. See Dec 15.

Christmas in the City: Santa’s Grotto, 10am-2pm. See Dec 15.

Lions Express Train Rides, 11am-3pm. See Dec 15.

Historic MV Takitimu Cruise, 2pm. See Dec 15.