Hyperdrive to Space! these October school holidays.
Collect your Astronaut Training Pack from Blockhouse Bay Library then complete the tasks anytime during the holidays. Solve the Alien Message, Explore Alien Archaeology and Brave the Black Hole are just some of the challenges. Every task completed goes in the draw to win a special prize
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Coming up for adults...
Thursday 4 October, 10.30am-12pm: The Whau Stream is one of the two watersheds feeding the Whau River from beside Olympic Park. Much has been written about the river – but what about the stream from the east that gives rise to it? Local historian Lisa Truttman explores the stream’s origins and discusses the people who thrived alongside this once-vital fresh water source.
Wednesday 17 October, 11am – 12pm: Blogging class for adults. Learn about the advantages of blogging, set up a blog and start blogging in this introductory beginners’ class for adults. Bookings essential.
Festival of Diwali at Blockhouse Bay Library: 20 Oct – 5 Nov 2018
Sat 27th Our Grand Annual Diwali Celebration. 10.30am – 12 noon
Come join us at Blockhouse Bay Library for our special Diwali Storytime, Crafts, Henna painting and more!
Wed 24th Oct 3.30-4.30pm: Create colourful Rangoli patterns using stencil and paint. Ages 5-13 years.
Thu 25th Oct 10.30-11am: Special Diwali story-time (Free!)
Tue 30th Oct 3.30-5pm: Diwali Craft: Make a decorative Diwali lantern with colourful fabric. For ages 13 years and above. Bookings essential.
Fri 2nd Nov, 3.30-5pm: Diwali card-making for children. Age 5- 13 years. Bookings essential.
Sat 3rd Nov, 2-3.30pm: Henna painting. Get your hands decorated with beautiful henna designs (free!)
Children's book reviews
Are you looking for a spooky read this October? Check these out!
The Y's Blockhouse Bay Walking Group
If you’ve driven through Blockhouse Bay on any given Monday or Wednesday morning around 8.30am, you must have seen us... the army of fit looking grey-haired walkers pounding the streets. We are the Y’s Walkers.
The walking group, started by Norma Peggs, Betty McKay and Pat Walden 30 years ago is still going strong and welcomes new members to join us. Age is not a barrier - we have walkers in their eighties still going strong. And at $15 a year it’s probably the cheapest workout you will find!
The group has 25 walks done in rotation, so they differ each day. The walks take you through parks and reserves, and around roads and alleyways most people never knew existed, some with breath-taking views out over the Manukau Harbour.
There are also three walking levels to cater for everyone; The short group walks for up to 30 minutes, the medium group walks for about 1 hour, and the long group walks for 1½ to 2 hours. Each group ends up back in the Bay where some then meet at the Café for more socialising.
A big favourite is our monthly away walks where we board the bus at 8.30am and head off to other locations. These are mainly half day trips at $15 (back by 12.30) with the odd full day trip at $25. It gives us a chance to see changes happening around us from the higher viewing bus seat and the chance to walk places some of us have never been to before - and the supplied morning tea is always a hit.
A lot of the club members have been living in the Bay for years and are active in many other groups including Historical Society, Probus, gardening, and bowling clubs etc. and know a lot about the area and have seen many changes. So, if you are newly retired, or your kids have just started school, or you have recently moved here and want to make new friends, come and join us.
No dogs or pushchairs please, and be prepared to get wet; we walk rain, hail or shine!
Ces Gussey ph: 837-5441 or
Pieter de Veld ph 626-3381
Come October 16th Margaret Griffen Park in Lynfield will be packed with children enjoying an evening of athletics. Roskill South Athletics Club which has been based at the park for over 60 years, once again will provide families with fun activities, socialising and skill development in running, jumping and throwing.
Whether you simply want to participate in healthy outdoor fun or want to take your athletics to a higher competitive level, new programmes this season will cater for both.
Throughout the season, the opportunity to participate in regional competitions is a highlight that the club encourages by including entry fees to the Auckland events in the overall club subscription. These events are great family days out, with children having the opportunity to maybe take home some gold, silver or bronze medals!
For the younger ones (2- to 6-year olds) the innovative and fun activities of the Athletics New Zealand accredited “Get Set Go” programme will be available and organised by qualified facilitators.
If you want to join us, see our advertisement below or go to our website or Facebook page.
We would love to see you!