Flossie the Balloon Lady will be at Morrison Square today. Photo: Facebook.

What’s on this weekend

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FRIDAY

  • The Nelson Home & Garden Show is on this weekend, packed with all the ideas, information, prizes, specials and innovations that you need to transform your surroundings into the space you’ve always dreamed of. Open between 10am and 5pm, Friday, September 30 through to Sunday, October 2 at Saxton Stadium, it is the perfect opportunity to get inspired. Tickets are available at the door, $7 for Adults, $4 for Seniors on Friday and Under 16s free.
  • The Nelson Youth Jazz Collective presents two sets of swinging jazz including such classics as ‘Summertime’, ‘Bags Groove’ and ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’. Come down to The Boathouse tonight and support these talented Guys and Gals. Entry is $5 on the door with the evening cafe and bar available from 5pm and live music from 7pm.
  • Construct and create with Meccano and Connecta at Motueka Library’s Construction Makerspace today from 2-3pm. If you’re nine or older its a fun way to fill up the holidays. Build a solar rechargeable space fleet, some Meccano dinosaurs and let your building skills loose with these great construction sets.
  • If your kids love balloons, they’ll love Flossie the Balloon Lady. Flossie will be making her balloon creations and leading balloon art workshops at Morrison Square today with two sessions, 11.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-2.30pm. Flossie will be in the vacant shop between Jacqui E and Kimberley’s. Sessions are free but limited to 25, children need to be accompanied by an adult and bookings are essential (call 03 548 9191). If you miss the boat today, Flossie will also run two sessions on Wednesday, 11.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-2.30pm.
  • Bring the kids to Founders these holidays to become a Founder’s Fire Fighter and help celebrate Nelson Fire Services 150th anniversary. Try on the old firemen’s uniforms, test your fire safety knowledge and learn about Nelson’s fire stories. This free activity is on today from 10am to 4.30pm at Founders Heritage Park and will be on each day until October 9.
  • Calling all kings and queens to the rosy house of Broadgreen! Spring Kings, Summer Queens is a free, garden inspired treasure hunt at Broadgreen Historic House on Nayland Rd, running every day of the school holidays. The treasure hunt is open 11am to 3pm on Friday 30th September and for the second week of the school holidays, will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm from Saturday 1st October to Sunday 9th October. The hunt is free to locals and under 5-year-olds, adult and senior visitors are $5 while visiting students between 5 and 17 years are $1.
  • Explore Nelson Tasman walkway’s and reserves for free with the Sport Tasman Spring Explorer! This event runs until November 30 and is family friendly, with clues prizes to win. There are 13 different walks to choose from, register online to receive all information and quiz sheets. For more information, contact Sport Tasman on 03 546 7910.

 

SATURDAY

  • The Nelson Home & Garden Show is on this weekend, packed with all the ideas, information, prizes, specials and innovations that you need to transform your surroundings into the space you’ve always dreamed of. Open between 10am and 5pm, Friday, September 30 through to Sunday, October 2 at Saxton Stadium, it is the perfect opportunity to get inspired. Tickets are available at the door, $7 for Adults, $4 for Seniors on Friday and Under 16s free.
  • Learn to make ethically produced works of art using natural and found objects whilst combining them using basic silversmithing techniques. Join us for a Spoon Making workshop at the Woods & Co Gallery in Upper Moutere Village from 10am – 3pm to create your own unique spoon. Bring along your own favourite beachcombings and other treasures to personalise your creation. You do not need to have previous skills or knowledge, just bring your curious and experimental self. Tickets are $80 (call 02173017913) and cover tuition, use of tools and equipment and some basic materials.

 

SUNDAY

  • All sorts of pets will be in church on Sunday morning for the annual St Francis Day. The service begins at 9am in the St Francis of Assisi church in Stoke. At around 9.30am, children and families will bring their pets to the front of the church to be blessed with the children dressing up as animals or parts of nature.
  • The Stoke Bowling Club begin the outdoor bowls season with the Haddock Trophy event and the Brian Pugh Memorial event from 9.30am on Sunday in memory of a great stalwart of the Stoke Club.
  • The Nelson Home & Garden Show is on this weekend, packed with all the ideas, information, prizes, specials and innovations that you need to transform your surroundings into the space you’ve always dreamed of. Open between 10am and 5pm, Friday, September 30 through to Sunday, October 2 at Saxton Stadium, it is the perfect opportunity to get inspired. Tickets are available at the door, $7 for Adults, $4 for Seniors on Friday and Under 16s free.
  • Tasman United continue their Stirling Sports National League pre-season campaign with a game against Richmond Athletic at Jubilee Park on Sunday. Tasman debuted last weekend at Trafalgar Park with a 1-0 loss to Wellington Phoenix Premier Reserves but showed plenty of endeavour in the second half. The game starts at 11am
  • The Suter Art Gallery is excited to open the redeveloped Bridge St site. Enjoy a day of family fun, art, music and explore their new premise that is a work of art in itself from 11am to 4.30pm for a new twist on the old Bridge St site.
  • The Elma Turner Library are proud to present their Live Music series. Running on the first Sunday of each month at 2pm, the live entertainment is open to all. The first concert features the Uklectics, an all-female band with a unique slant on covers and originals from folk to punk, country to rock. With a unique twist and four-part harmony, they are about having fun and entertaining.