What's on in Gisborne?

Saturday December 1 through to Sunday December 9.

Saturday December 1 through to Sunday December 9.

The ABBA Show: ABBAsolutely fABBulous. Picture supplied

Saturday, December 1

2018 Jesus Surf Classic (to Dec 2). Two-day annual surfing event hosted by Christian Surfers NZ with various divisions from ages 14 to masters. To register/find out location/volunteer services of help: 6am, $40/division, see Facebook or http://www.christiansurfers.org.nz

Gisborne Parkrun. Timed, weekly 5km run or walk, for all abilities. Meet at Waikanae Beach Playground for 8am start. Kid, dog and pram-friendly. See http://www.parkrun.co.nz/gisborne/

HB & PB Summer Swimming Champs (to Dec 2). See NZ champions and record holders in action. Gisborne Olympic Pool, 45 Centennial Marine Dr, 8.30-11.30am & 4-7pm, spectator pool charges apply.

Learn to Sail Day. For adults with an interest in learning to sail. Gisborne Yacht Club, Kaiti Beach, 11.30am-2.30pm, weather permitting, free. See GYC's Facebook page for updates.

30th Gisborne International Music Competition: Concert Under the Leaves. Bring a picnic, find a shady spot on the riverbank and enjoy classical music. Marina Park, midday, free.

Tennis for beginners to experienced players. Ormond Tennis Club, Hill Rd, Ormond, 2-4pm, ph 862 5741 or 862 5856.

Sugar and Soul. Launching into the East Coast music scene with buffet dinner and dance experience. The White House, 69 Peel Street, 6.30-11.30pm. Tickets: $50+Bfee at http://www.eventbrite.co.nz

30th Gisborne International Music Competition: Final. War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, 7pm. Tickets: $10 adults, students free, from Stephen Jones Photography, War Memorial Theatre, or http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz

Mayhem and Murder (to Dec 8). A mystery with music and bad-taste clothes. Musical Theatre Gisborne Clubrooms, 99 Innes St, 7.30pm. Tickets: $30 each including supper, from Stephen Jones Photography.

Uni-versary Birthday Bash. Uni-Fi will celebrate being a band for five years andMichael Shanks’ 40thbirthday, featuring Momuda and T3reign. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St,9pm-1am, free or koha towards recording fund appreciated.

Sunday, December 2

2018 Jesus Surf Classic, 6am. See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club. Weekly 1.5-hour walks with a cuppa and chat afterwards. 8am start. For the meeting place, email: gisbornerunnersandwalkers@gmail.com

Gisborne Harriers Matokitoki Classic Half Marathon. Annual 21km half marathon and 10km or 5km run through the scenic Matokitoki Valley. Meet: Waiteata Park, 8 Richardson Ave, 8am-midday. Fees, pay at event: $25 - 21km, $15 - 10km, $10 - 5km. Register: http://www.gisborneharriers/Matokitoki-Classic/Details

Gas Guzzler Breakfast. Everyone welcome to check out the cars on the Quay. Behind the Courthouse on Reads Quay, 8.30-11am.

HB & PB Summer Swimming Champs, 8.30-11.30am & midday-2pm. See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

Gisborne Art Mart. Outdoor arts and crafts market with local artisans and entertainment. Marina Park Reserve, cnr Vogel St and Ormond Rd, 9.30am-2pm.

Teddy Bears Picnic. Celebrate our young ones and share in the prize-giving for the Gisborne Wairoa Plunket Child of the Year competition. YMCA, cnr Childers & Roebuck Rds, 11am-midday, free.

Jolly Lifestyle Market. Live music, stalls, parking in the paddock. Jolly Stockman carpark, 3 Saleyards Rd, 11am-2pm, weather permitting. Stall holder inquiries; pirihirahall@gmail.com

Queen Bee & B Bumble duo. Hits from the 60's, 70’s and Christmas favourites. The White House, 69 Peel St, 1-3pm, free entry. For lunch bookings ph 867 1112.

Gisborne Country Music Club. Singers and musicians welcome. Blind Foundation Rooms, 39 Grey St, 1-4pm, members $2, non-members $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, weather permitting, 2pm. Tickets, pay at the gate: $20 adult, $10 child u12. Details: Brian 027 474 9360.

The ABBA Show. Direct from Australia with live backing band, replica costumes and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle. War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, 2pm & 7pm. Tickets: $32.50-$61.50Stephen Jones Photography and http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz

The Irish Club. Join us if you possess a sense of humour and a real passion for all things Irish. The Rivers, cnr Gladstone Rd & Reads Quay, 4-6pm. For details ph Phil 867 3715.

Monday, December 3

Tony Ogle Art Exhibition (to Dec 31). View original screen-prints. Ormond Road Cafe, 78 Ormond Rd, Mon-Sat: 6am-2pm, free entry.

Gisborne Contract Bridge Club. Supervised play, new players welcome. 572 Gladstone Rd, 9.15-11.30am, $4, ph Jean 867 2383.

Social Morning Badminton. New players welcome and rackets available. Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd, 9.15-11.30am, $4, ph 867 2584.

The Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group Meeting. Informal public session to hear what people want from our criminal justice system and how to make it better. Te Wananga o Aotearoa, 630 Childers Rd, 10am-midday.

Have a Go! Come along and learn how to play darts, petanque, indoor or outdoor bowls and chess. Kahutia Bowling Club, 191 Cobden St, 11am-1pm, free entry, lunch available $5 each.

Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd. Rackets available. Junior Summer Badminton Club, 4.30-5.30pm, Year 3-9 $5/night, $40 subscription, ph 027 350 9482. Summer Badminton Club, 7-9pm, Seniors $8, Year 11-13 $6, subscription $80, ph 021 216 6700.

Relay for Life Registration Meeting. Register your team, pick up team packs or ask questions. Cancer Society Rooms, at the back of the Morris Adair Building, Gisborne Hospital, 421 Ormond Rd. Registration closes; Teams: Fri, March 1, 2019, Individuals: Fri, March 8, 2019.

Fun Dancing Gisborne. Beginners classes for modern, sequence and social ballroom dancing. St Andrew’s Hall, 176 Cobden St, 7.30-10pm, $5 including supper, ph Kev/Isabel 867 0074.

Tuesday, December 4

Baby Time: for ages 0-2. Interactive play and rhymes to springboard your baby into early learning. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 10am, free.

Nanogirl Live: Out of this World. Science and engineering as you have never seen them before, features rockets, explosions, and a real live tornado. Gisborne War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, 5pm & 7pm,$42.50 adult, $30.50 child, Stephen Jones Photography and http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz

Gisborne Wainui Lions meeting. A friendly club, who have fun while making a difference in our community. The White House, 69 Peel Street, 5.30pm.

Community Remembrance Service. Bring your family and friends along for a time of communal remembrance. Evans Funeral Services Chapel, 171 Ormond Rd, 6pm.

Poverty Bay Blues Night. We promote, perform and educate the Gisborne region about blues music. PBC, 38 Childers Rd, doors open 7pm, music 8pm, $5 door sales, R18.

Wednesday, December 5

Social Tennis. For beginners to experienced players. Gisborne Tennis Club, 418 Childers Rd, 9.30-11.30am, $5 including a cuppa, ph Dusk 863 0218.

Operatunity presents Cinderella, A Christmas Pantomime. Does Cinderella get her prince or are attempts foiled by her ugly sisters? Gisborne War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, 11am–1pm, $35 incl light lunch. Tickets: 0508 266 237 or http://www.operatunity.co.nz/concerts

EIT Information and Enrolment Evening. Tutors available to discuss programmes, outline potential career options and answer any questions. Maia Gallery, Toihoukura, 80 Cobden St, 5.30-7pm, free.

Thursday, December 6

U3A. Learning group for over-60s, but all welcome. Gisborne Cosmopolitan Club, 190 Derby St, 9.30am for 10am start, ph 867 8262 or 027 230 3034.

Sustainable Christmas Workshop. Learn about alternative ways to wrap Christmas presents and discover new gift ideas. Tairawhiti Environment Centre, 386 Palmerston Rd, 12.15-1pm, gold coin entry, bring your lunch. Register: 867 4708 or at tairawhitienvcentre@gmail.com

Twilight Street Food Market. Local food vendors, live music, giveaways, and kid-friendly entertainment. Te Wananga o Aotearoa, 630 Childers Rd, 5pm, free entry, food $5 or less.

Women in Wine Networking Evening. A great chance to catch up with others in the region prior to Christmas. The Works, 41 The Esplanade, 5.30-7pm, a cash bar plus $5 for shared platters, contact Kirsten at kirsten@matawhero.co.nz

Twilight Badminton Doubles Tournament. Final night of the doubles season. Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd, 6pm. See http://www.sporty.co.nz/badmintoneastland

Nomad Top-water Fishing Seminar. Interactive seminar covers all aspects of top-water fishing with captain Ben Pokaia of Nomad Sportfishing. Hunting and Fishing NZ, 310 Gladstone Rd, 6.30-7.30pm, free.

Circle Dances of Europe: Week 2. A course introducing common circle dance styles. Partners are not necessary. St Andrew’s Church Hall, 176 Cobden St, 7-9pm, $10 at the door.

Gisborne Caledonian Society Dance. Modern, sequence and social dancing for beginners. St Mark's Hall, 776 Childers Rd, 7.30-9.30pm, $4. All welcome.

Mayhem and Murder, 7.30pm. See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

Ulysses Motorcycle Club, Gisborne Branch meeting. Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club, 7.30pm. For anyone who rides or is interested in motorcycles. Ph Chris 868 9661.

Friday, December 7

The Scrabblers. A drop-in adults Scrabble morning. HB Williams Memorial Library Upstairs Flexi-Space, 34 Bright St, 9am, free.

Toddler Time: for ages 2-5. Bring your children and their friends along for songs and stories. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 10-10.30am, free.

Mayhem and Murder, 7.30pm. See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

A Christmas Carol. A unique and timeless ghost story which will transport you back to Victorian England. Evolution Theatre, 75 Disraeli St, 7.30-9pm, $32 adult, $29 senior, $24 17yrs/u, from http://www.evolutiontheatre.org.nz/a-christmas-carol or i-Site.

Build-a-Band. Turn up and jam. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 8pm, free entry, R18.

House of Shem: Carl Perkins Tribute Tour. Performing their hits and some new music never heard before. Dome Room, PBC, 38 Childers Rd, 8.30pm, $40+Bfee http://www.theticketfairy.com or at venue.

Saturday, December 8

Gisborne Wainui Lions: Christmas Tree Sales. A multi-generational event providing trees for over 20 years to Gizzy families. Proceeds to a variety of local charities. Salvation Army complex, 289 Gladstone Rd, 7-11am, $30/tree, $10 home delivery, $5 tree collections after Christmas. For more details, email: gisbornewainui@lionsclubs.org.nz

Tauawhi No Violence Long Board Classic. Family-friendly surfing competition with various divisions. All profits to prevent domestic violence. Makorori Beach, 7.30am-5.30pm, $40 adult, $20 u/16s, pay at event, register at Charcoal Chicken, 208 Gladstone Rd between 6-9pm on Dec 7, or ph Tim 027 558 6362.

Gisborne Parkrun, 8am start. See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

St Andrew’s Car Boot Sale. A variety of realistically-priced bargains. In the carpark behind St Andrew’s Church (access off Childers Rd), 8am-midday, $5/car, ph 868 5513.

Huringa Pai Whanau Celebration Day. Bring your whanau and celebrate with a sausage sizzle at the pool. Gisborne Olympic Pool, 45 Centennial Marine Dr, 9.30am-1pm, free. Registration required for catering: Huringa Pai Facebook page.

Gisborne Alzheimer’s Society Spud-in-a-Bucket Judging and Prize-giving. Bring in your bucket of spuds to be weighed and attend the prize-giving. Bunnings carpark, Kahutia St, 9–11am.

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

The Little Big Project. Hands-on workshop for ages 7-12 years exploring energy and electronic engineering. Electric Village, 37 Gladstone Rd, 10-11am & 11.30am-12.30pm, free. Register by emailing contact number, child’s name, age and preferred session to hello@electricvillage.nz

Learn to Sail Day. For adults with an interest in learning to sail. Gisborne Yacht Club, Kaiti Beach, 11.30am-2.30pm, weather permitting, free. See GYC’s Facebook page for updates.

Patutahi Tavern Beer and Food Festival. Listen to the live music while chilling out. Patutahi Tavern, 150 Seddon St, midday-late, $30 entry, includes a grazing box and complimentary drink.

Ormond Tennis Club, 2-4pm.See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

Wrightson Wairoa Christmas Parade and Free Family Concert. Bring your whanau for a fun-filled Christmas parade, Marine Parade from 2pm. Then afterwards, come along to The Lighthouse green, Marine Pde, from 3.30-5.30pm and watch the best local singers, dancers and musicians.

The Professional Fleet Maintenance Champ of Champs. Gisborne Speedway, 357 Awapuni Rd. Gates open at 5pm, racing 6pm. Gate sale tickets, subject to change: $40 family (2A+3C), $15 adult, $10 pensioner, $8 5-15 years.

Carols on the Beach. Bring a picnic dinner and be entertained by The Wiz. Beside Waikanae Surf Club, beach-end of Grey St, 5.30pm.

Mayhem and Murder, 7.30pm. See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

A Christmas Carol, 7.30-9pm. See Friday listing.

Subset BC. An evening of unique, creative and danceable sounds. Garden Bar, Dome, PBC, 38 Childers Rd, 8.30pm, $10 cash-only door sales.

Sunday, December 9

Gisborne Canoe and Tramping Club walk, Poututu Station, Whakarau Rd, departs 8am, $10. An option of climbing to the 600m Waikohu Trig, or an easier option available. Register: Geoff at cobbunco@xtra.co.nz or 862 5710.

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club, 8am start. See Sunday Dec 2 listing.

Koanga Institute Guide Tour. Includes a look at the Bio-intensive seed and food gardens, emerging forest gardens, compost and seed processing. Koanga Institute, 96 Kotare Rd, Wairoa, 1-4pm, for details see http://www.koanga.org.nz

Historic MV Takitimu Cruise. Enjoy the sights of Poverty Bay from a fully-restored historic tug. Sailing from Pier 1 Inner Harbour, weather permitting, 2pm. Tickets, pay at the gate: $20 adult, $10 child u12. For more details, call: Brian 027 474 9360.

A Christmas Carol, 2-3.30pm. See Friday listing.

The Band School: End of year Concert. Join 80 students and staff jamming to 35 songs. War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, 2-6pm, $12 adult, $6 u/18s. Tickets: Raglan Roast or on Facebook Messenger.

Heart of Gisborne Christmas Parade. Theme: Children of the World, celebrating culture and diversity through eyes of children. Gladstone Rd CBD, 4-4.30pm.​

Saturday, December 1

2018 Jesus Surf Classic (to Dec 2). Two-day annual surfing event hosted by Christian Surfers NZ with various divisions from ages 14 to masters. To register/find out location/volunteer services of help: 6am, $40/division, see Facebook or http://www.christiansurfers.org.nz

Gisborne Parkrun. Timed, weekly 5km run or walk, for all abilities. Meet at Waikanae Beach Playground for 8am start. Kid, dog and pram-friendly. See http://www.parkrun.co.nz/gisborne/

HB & PB Summer Swimming Champs (to Dec 2). See NZ champions and record holders in action. Gisborne Olympic Pool, 45 Centennial Marine Dr, 8.30-11.30am & 4-7pm, spectator pool charges apply.

Learn to Sail Day. For adults with an interest in learning to sail. Gisborne Yacht Club, Kaiti Beach, 11.30am-2.30pm, weather permitting, free. See GYC's Facebook page for updates.

30th Gisborne International Music Competition: Concert Under the Leaves. Bring a picnic, find a shady spot on the riverbank and enjoy classical music. Marina Park, midday, free.

Tennis for beginners to experienced players. Ormond Tennis Club, Hill Rd, Ormond, 2-4pm, ph 862 5741 or 862 5856.

Sugar and Soul. Launching into the East Coast music scene with buffet dinner and dance experience. The White House, 69 Peel Street, 6.30-11.30pm. Tickets: $50+Bfee at http://www.eventbrite.co.nz

30th Gisborne International Music Competition: Final. War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, 7pm. Tickets: $10 adults, students free, from Stephen Jones Photography, War Memorial Theatre, or http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz

Mayhem and Murder (to Dec 8). A mystery with music and bad-taste clothes. Musical Theatre Gisborne Clubrooms, 99 Innes St, 7.30pm. Tickets: $30 each including supper, from Stephen Jones Photography.

Uni-versary Birthday Bash. Uni-Fi will celebrate being a band for five years andMichael Shanks’ 40thbirthday, featuring Momuda and T3reign. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St,9pm-1am, free or koha towards recording fund appreciated.

Sunday, December 2

2018 Jesus Surf Classic, 6am. See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club. Weekly 1.5-hour walks with a cuppa and chat afterwards. 8am start. For the meeting place, email: gisbornerunnersandwalkers@gmail.com

Gisborne Harriers Matokitoki Classic Half Marathon. Annual 21km half marathon and 10km or 5km run through the scenic Matokitoki Valley. Meet: Waiteata Park, 8 Richardson Ave, 8am-midday. Fees, pay at event: $25 - 21km, $15 - 10km, $10 - 5km. Register: http://www.gisborneharriers/Matokitoki-Classic/Details

Gas Guzzler Breakfast. Everyone welcome to check out the cars on the Quay. Behind the Courthouse on Reads Quay, 8.30-11am.

HB & PB Summer Swimming Champs, 8.30-11.30am & midday-2pm. See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

Gisborne Art Mart. Outdoor arts and crafts market with local artisans and entertainment. Marina Park Reserve, cnr Vogel St and Ormond Rd, 9.30am-2pm.

Teddy Bears Picnic. Celebrate our young ones and share in the prize-giving for the Gisborne Wairoa Plunket Child of the Year competition. YMCA, cnr Childers & Roebuck Rds, 11am-midday, free.

Jolly Lifestyle Market. Live music, stalls, parking in the paddock. Jolly Stockman carpark, 3 Saleyards Rd, 11am-2pm, weather permitting. Stall holder inquiries; pirihirahall@gmail.com

Queen Bee & B Bumble duo. Hits from the 60's, 70’s and Christmas favourites. The White House, 69 Peel St, 1-3pm, free entry. For lunch bookings ph 867 1112.

Gisborne Country Music Club. Singers and musicians welcome. Blind Foundation Rooms, 39 Grey St, 1-4pm, members $2, non-members $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, weather permitting, 2pm. Tickets, pay at the gate: $20 adult, $10 child u12. Details: Brian 027 474 9360.

The ABBA Show. Direct from Australia with live backing band, replica costumes and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle. War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, 2pm & 7pm. Tickets: $32.50-$61.50Stephen Jones Photography and http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz

The Irish Club. Join us if you possess a sense of humour and a real passion for all things Irish. The Rivers, cnr Gladstone Rd & Reads Quay, 4-6pm. For details ph Phil 867 3715.

Monday, December 3

Tony Ogle Art Exhibition (to Dec 31). View original screen-prints. Ormond Road Cafe, 78 Ormond Rd, Mon-Sat: 6am-2pm, free entry.

Gisborne Contract Bridge Club. Supervised play, new players welcome. 572 Gladstone Rd, 9.15-11.30am, $4, ph Jean 867 2383.

Social Morning Badminton. New players welcome and rackets available. Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd, 9.15-11.30am, $4, ph 867 2584.

The Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group Meeting. Informal public session to hear what people want from our criminal justice system and how to make it better. Te Wananga o Aotearoa, 630 Childers Rd, 10am-midday.

Have a Go! Come along and learn how to play darts, petanque, indoor or outdoor bowls and chess. Kahutia Bowling Club, 191 Cobden St, 11am-1pm, free entry, lunch available $5 each.

Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd. Rackets available. Junior Summer Badminton Club, 4.30-5.30pm, Year 3-9 $5/night, $40 subscription, ph 027 350 9482. Summer Badminton Club, 7-9pm, Seniors $8, Year 11-13 $6, subscription $80, ph 021 216 6700.

Relay for Life Registration Meeting. Register your team, pick up team packs or ask questions. Cancer Society Rooms, at the back of the Morris Adair Building, Gisborne Hospital, 421 Ormond Rd. Registration closes; Teams: Fri, March 1, 2019, Individuals: Fri, March 8, 2019.

Fun Dancing Gisborne. Beginners classes for modern, sequence and social ballroom dancing. St Andrew’s Hall, 176 Cobden St, 7.30-10pm, $5 including supper, ph Kev/Isabel 867 0074.

Tuesday, December 4

Baby Time: for ages 0-2. Interactive play and rhymes to springboard your baby into early learning. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 10am, free.

Nanogirl Live: Out of this World. Science and engineering as you have never seen them before, features rockets, explosions, and a real live tornado. Gisborne War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, 5pm & 7pm,$42.50 adult, $30.50 child, Stephen Jones Photography and http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz

Gisborne Wainui Lions meeting. A friendly club, who have fun while making a difference in our community. The White House, 69 Peel Street, 5.30pm.

Community Remembrance Service. Bring your family and friends along for a time of communal remembrance. Evans Funeral Services Chapel, 171 Ormond Rd, 6pm.

Poverty Bay Blues Night. We promote, perform and educate the Gisborne region about blues music. PBC, 38 Childers Rd, doors open 7pm, music 8pm, $5 door sales, R18.

Wednesday, December 5

Social Tennis. For beginners to experienced players. Gisborne Tennis Club, 418 Childers Rd, 9.30-11.30am, $5 including a cuppa, ph Dusk 863 0218.

Operatunity presents Cinderella, A Christmas Pantomime. Does Cinderella get her prince or are attempts foiled by her ugly sisters? Gisborne War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, 11am–1pm, $35 incl light lunch. Tickets: 0508 266 237 or http://www.operatunity.co.nz/concerts

EIT Information and Enrolment Evening. Tutors available to discuss programmes, outline potential career options and answer any questions. Maia Gallery, Toihoukura, 80 Cobden St, 5.30-7pm, free.

Thursday, December 6

U3A. Learning group for over-60s, but all welcome. Gisborne Cosmopolitan Club, 190 Derby St, 9.30am for 10am start, ph 867 8262 or 027 230 3034.

Sustainable Christmas Workshop. Learn about alternative ways to wrap Christmas presents and discover new gift ideas. Tairawhiti Environment Centre, 386 Palmerston Rd, 12.15-1pm, gold coin entry, bring your lunch. Register: 867 4708 or at tairawhitienvcentre@gmail.com

Twilight Street Food Market. Local food vendors, live music, giveaways, and kid-friendly entertainment. Te Wananga o Aotearoa, 630 Childers Rd, 5pm, free entry, food $5 or less.

Women in Wine Networking Evening. A great chance to catch up with others in the region prior to Christmas. The Works, 41 The Esplanade, 5.30-7pm, a cash bar plus $5 for shared platters, contact Kirsten at kirsten@matawhero.co.nz

Twilight Badminton Doubles Tournament. Final night of the doubles season. Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd, 6pm. See http://www.sporty.co.nz/badmintoneastland

Nomad Top-water Fishing Seminar. Interactive seminar covers all aspects of top-water fishing with captain Ben Pokaia of Nomad Sportfishing. Hunting and Fishing NZ, 310 Gladstone Rd, 6.30-7.30pm, free.

Circle Dances of Europe: Week 2. A course introducing common circle dance styles. Partners are not necessary. St Andrew’s Church Hall, 176 Cobden St, 7-9pm, $10 at the door.

Gisborne Caledonian Society Dance. Modern, sequence and social dancing for beginners. St Mark's Hall, 776 Childers Rd, 7.30-9.30pm, $4. All welcome.

Mayhem and Murder, 7.30pm. See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

Ulysses Motorcycle Club, Gisborne Branch meeting. Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club, 7.30pm. For anyone who rides or is interested in motorcycles. Ph Chris 868 9661.

Friday, December 7

The Scrabblers. A drop-in adults Scrabble morning. HB Williams Memorial Library Upstairs Flexi-Space, 34 Bright St, 9am, free.

Toddler Time: for ages 2-5. Bring your children and their friends along for songs and stories. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 10-10.30am, free.

Mayhem and Murder, 7.30pm. See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

A Christmas Carol. A unique and timeless ghost story which will transport you back to Victorian England. Evolution Theatre, 75 Disraeli St, 7.30-9pm, $32 adult, $29 senior, $24 17yrs/u, from http://www.evolutiontheatre.org.nz/a-christmas-carol or i-Site.

Build-a-Band. Turn up and jam. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 8pm, free entry, R18.

House of Shem: Carl Perkins Tribute Tour. Performing their hits and some new music never heard before. Dome Room, PBC, 38 Childers Rd, 8.30pm, $40+Bfee http://www.theticketfairy.com or at venue.

Saturday, December 8

Gisborne Wainui Lions: Christmas Tree Sales. A multi-generational event providing trees for over 20 years to Gizzy families. Proceeds to a variety of local charities. Salvation Army complex, 289 Gladstone Rd, 7-11am, $30/tree, $10 home delivery, $5 tree collections after Christmas. For more details, email: gisbornewainui@lionsclubs.org.nz

Tauawhi No Violence Long Board Classic. Family-friendly surfing competition with various divisions. All profits to prevent domestic violence. Makorori Beach, 7.30am-5.30pm, $40 adult, $20 u/16s, pay at event, register at Charcoal Chicken, 208 Gladstone Rd between 6-9pm on Dec 7, or ph Tim 027 558 6362.

Gisborne Parkrun, 8am start. See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

St Andrew’s Car Boot Sale. A variety of realistically-priced bargains. In the carpark behind St Andrew’s Church (access off Childers Rd), 8am-midday, $5/car, ph 868 5513.

Huringa Pai Whanau Celebration Day. Bring your whanau and celebrate with a sausage sizzle at the pool. Gisborne Olympic Pool, 45 Centennial Marine Dr, 9.30am-1pm, free. Registration required for catering: Huringa Pai Facebook page.

Gisborne Alzheimer’s Society Spud-in-a-Bucket Judging and Prize-giving. Bring in your bucket of spuds to be weighed and attend the prize-giving. Bunnings carpark, Kahutia St, 9–11am.

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

The Little Big Project. Hands-on workshop for ages 7-12 years exploring energy and electronic engineering. Electric Village, 37 Gladstone Rd, 10-11am & 11.30am-12.30pm, free. Register by emailing contact number, child’s name, age and preferred session to hello@electricvillage.nz

Learn to Sail Day. For adults with an interest in learning to sail. Gisborne Yacht Club, Kaiti Beach, 11.30am-2.30pm, weather permitting, free. See GYC’s Facebook page for updates.

Patutahi Tavern Beer and Food Festival. Listen to the live music while chilling out. Patutahi Tavern, 150 Seddon St, midday-late, $30 entry, includes a grazing box and complimentary drink.

Ormond Tennis Club, 2-4pm.See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

Wrightson Wairoa Christmas Parade and Free Family Concert. Bring your whanau for a fun-filled Christmas parade, Marine Parade from 2pm. Then afterwards, come along to The Lighthouse green, Marine Pde, from 3.30-5.30pm and watch the best local singers, dancers and musicians.

The Professional Fleet Maintenance Champ of Champs. Gisborne Speedway, 357 Awapuni Rd. Gates open at 5pm, racing 6pm. Gate sale tickets, subject to change: $40 family (2A+3C), $15 adult, $10 pensioner, $8 5-15 years.

Carols on the Beach. Bring a picnic dinner and be entertained by The Wiz. Beside Waikanae Surf Club, beach-end of Grey St, 5.30pm.

Mayhem and Murder, 7.30pm. See Saturday Dec 1 listing.

A Christmas Carol, 7.30-9pm. See Friday listing.

Subset BC. An evening of unique, creative and danceable sounds. Garden Bar, Dome, PBC, 38 Childers Rd, 8.30pm, $10 cash-only door sales.

Sunday, December 9

Gisborne Canoe and Tramping Club walk, Poututu Station, Whakarau Rd, departs 8am, $10. An option of climbing to the 600m Waikohu Trig, or an easier option available. Register: Geoff at cobbunco@xtra.co.nz or 862 5710.

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club, 8am start. See Sunday Dec 2 listing.

Koanga Institute Guide Tour. Includes a look at the Bio-intensive seed and food gardens, emerging forest gardens, compost and seed processing. Koanga Institute, 96 Kotare Rd, Wairoa, 1-4pm, for details see http://www.koanga.org.nz

Historic MV Takitimu Cruise. Enjoy the sights of Poverty Bay from a fully-restored historic tug. Sailing from Pier 1 Inner Harbour, weather permitting, 2pm. Tickets, pay at the gate: $20 adult, $10 child u12. For more details, call: Brian 027 474 9360.

A Christmas Carol, 2-3.30pm. See Friday listing.

The Band School: End of year Concert. Join 80 students and staff jamming to 35 songs. War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, 2-6pm, $12 adult, $6 u/18s. Tickets: Raglan Roast or on Facebook Messenger.

Heart of Gisborne Christmas Parade. Theme: Children of the World, celebrating culture and diversity through eyes of children. Gladstone Rd CBD, 4-4.30pm.​

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