Morena and good morning SunLive readers, welcome to Saturday and the first day of the weekend.
Apart from some morning clouds and soutwesterlies, the weather's look pretty perfect for the Te Puna School Country Fair in Te Puna and the Ashton Family Circus in Mount Maunganui.
Te Puna School's 2017 Country Fair will be jam-packed day filled with fun activities for young and old down at the school on Te Puna Road from 9am-2pm.
Children can enjoy the coconut shy, plate smash, rifle range shooting, face painting and much more, including the world famous helicopter ping-pong drop is at 1:30pm on the school field.
There'll also be a ton of stalls offering home-baked cakes, slices, muffins, homemade sweets, plants and produce, jams, chutneys, pickles and sauces, secondhand books – basically everything other than the kitchen sink. You can even have hangi for lunch, choice!
The Country Fair takes place at 225 Te Puna Road from 9am-2pm. For more information visit the Te Puna School fair's Facebook page.
If you've ever wanted to run away and join the circus then head down to Mount Maunganui for the Ashton Family Circus, which is part of this weekend's Extravaganza taking place at Blake Park.
Mum Anna, dad Royce, daughter Dylan, 10, and twins Dallas and Jaz, 4, make up the Ashton Family Circus which is celebrating it's second season with the Extravaganza, a classic gypsy fair that tours the country.
“The twins are our ‘wild tigers', while my 10-year-old daughter does aerial hoop and is an amazing dancer. And my husband is the clown – it came to him quite naturally,” laughs Anna
There are 32 other trucks that form the festival market, with lots of market stalls and award-winning musicians playing throughout the day. There's plenty for kids to do as well, such as tug of war, musical bean bags, and sack races.
The Extravaganza gypsy fair is on at Blake Park in Mount Maunganui from 9am-5pm, today and tomorrow, and you can catch the Ashton Family Circus shows at 11.30am and 2.30pm, plus Dylan's magic show at 1pm. Entry is free.
These are just two of a number of great events taking place today, to see more view SunLive's full What's On listing below.
WHAT'S ON – SATURDAY, MARCH 18
30th Annual Book Sale
Tauranga Rotary Club held April 15, 16 & 17 at Seeka Coolstore, Totara St, Mount. Donations of books, records, CDs, DVDs, jigsaws & sheet music needed. Deliver to: Caltex Welcome Bay, Bayfair, Greerton, Katikati. Z Energy 11th Ave, Hewletts Rd & Bethlehem. Or Ross 544 0817
Bay Network Singles Social Club
Friendship group of people aged 55+ who wish to make new friends & enjoy club activities, dining, shows, trips, bbq's etc. Mary-Anne 027 207 1690 or 576 9988
Car Boot Sale
Greerton Village School, Greerton Road 7.30am - 12pm. Cost $5 per site. Shirley 577 1116 or 0274 146 040
Come Dancing Te Puke
Te Puke Scottish Society's, St Patrick's Dance (green theme) March 18, Te Puke Warm Memorial Hall 7.30pm. Enjoy the company of like minded people with a love of dancing. Live band, great company & supper. Door charge $7. Valerie 573 7093
Las Vegas style games & entertainment at Otumoetai Sports & Recreation Club, Fergusson Park, Matua 7pm. Prizes/auction 9.30pm. Cost $25pp entry. Limited to 120 tickets. Richard 027 433 7675 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friendship Force International
Friendship & Home Hosting exchanges with other clubs worldwide. Barbara 574 5711 or email: email@example.com www.thefriendshipforce.org
Kids Gone Fishing Day
April 1 9.30am - 1pm with prizegiving at 1.15pm Tauranga Bridge Marina (Mount side). Free sausage sizzle, bait provided, spot prizes. Pre-register for this event by downloading a form www.tayt.org.nz - registrations will be open at 9am. Brought to you by Blue Light.
Garage Sale - Fundraiser
2 Chester St, Tauranga (off Cambridge Rd) 8am - 12pm. All proceeds to Tuakana n Teina Youth Leadership Group.
Legacy Gardens Open Day
Open to public at the site on the corner of Ashley Place & Te Okuroa Drive, Papamoa 10am - 2pm.
Monster Garage Sale
At Papamoa Family Services, 35e Hartford Ave, opp the park 8am. Clothing toys, bric-a-brac, sausage sizzle & more.
Naram & SK Simeon
Australasia's hottest reggae dancehall act, with support from Red Robin (Te Mata), Rise & Shine Rockers (Tauranga) at Papamoa Beach Tavern 8pm - 1am. Free entry.
Open meetings every Sat 7.30-8.30pm & every Sun 7-8pm, Hanmer Clinic (behind Super Liquor), 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton. Every Mon 7-8pm & Fri 7.30-8.30pm, Hillier Centre. 31 Gloucester Rd, Mt Maunganui. Women's Meeting every Tues 10.30-11.30am Downstairs Hall (accessed from bottom car park), Salvation Army Recovery Church, 375 Cameron Rd. If using drugs is causing you problems, maybe we can help. 0800 NA TODAY
Slow bikers only. Papamoa McDonald's to share transport or have your bike transported. 1.30pm start ride from Maxwell's Rd Daisy Hardwick entrance. Ride around Waikareao Estuary. Watch this space or ph Iain 027 572 2987 about mobility scooter & biking cruises.
Petanque @ Club Mt Maunganui
Sat & Sun - coaching & competitive play 1pm. Equip available, all levels welcome. Jo Ann 578 3606
Every Sat 10.30am Bible discussion adults & children. 11.45am share blessings/singing/sermon Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui. 576 0435 or 021 0778 214
Tauranga Indoor Radio Control Car Club
Race day, Mount Sports Centre, track set up from 8am, practice starts 11am approx. Have a look & maybe pick up a new hobby. www.tirccc.co.nz
March 25 - Bayleys International Raceday, featuring the Group 2 Windsor Park Stud Japan NZ International Trophy & Shiseido Fashions in the Field. Tauranga Racecourse, Greerton 12-6.15pm. Adult General Admission (18+) $10, children under 18 years free.
Te Puna School Country Fair
Te Puna School 9am – 2pm. Stalls include coconut shy, plate smash, rifle range, cakes & more. Hangi by pre-order or buy it on the day. Helicopter ping-pong drop 1.30pm – you could win a free helicopter ride! Facebook Te Puna School Country Fair or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Te Puke Community Market
Jubilee Park 9am - 1pm. Monique 027 356 9545
The Lizard Market
Omokoroa Settler's Hall, Omokoroa Rd 9am - 1pm. Lots of different stalls. Free admission.
The Rusty Mannequin Sale
Historic Village 9am – 12pm. Fabulous range of preloved women's clothing in excellent condition. Scarves, jewellery, shoes & handbags. Cash only.
Trustpower Photographic Exhibition
Until April 9 at The Strand, Downtown Tauranga. Large scale exhibition showcasing our people & places. Free entry.
Community radio broadcasting from Tauranga Historic Village 1368 kHz AM. Music of 1940's - 90's weekends 9am - 5pm, weekdays 10am - 5pm. Specialty programmes. www.villageradio.co.nz or 571 3710