What’s On? Football & Jazz

Laura Collins & the Back Porch Blues Band performing in Red Square. Photo: Tracy Hardy.

All good things must come to an end.

So it is with Easter weekend. These long weekends never seem long enough, although we've been blessed with generally fine weather since the cyclone blew through last week without much incident.

Unfortunately, today looks to be a little wet, which may put a damper on some of the fantastic events wrapping up.

Among them, of course, is the Jazz Festival, which has its final set of performers taking to the stage this afternoon. There will be the Tauranga Big Band and the Queen City Big Band, with children's rides and other entertainment on the waterfront as part of the TECT Waterfront Gala. If the weather scuppers it, though, we'll let you know.

Tauranga City United AFC are also playing a couple home games today at their headquarters at 130 Links Ave, Mount Maunganui. Their Facebook page says ‘weather permitting', however, so it might pay to keep an eye out for cancellations.

Fortunately, the Mel Young Easter Basketball Classic is being played indoors, so keen sports fans can still get their fix that way.

And don't forget the book sale! Gosh, that would actually be perfect if the outdoor events get cancelled. Thank you, books!

Check out what else is on below:

WHAT'S ON – Monday, April 17:

Achieve Toastmasters

Keep speaking, keep helping, keep succeeding. 1st, 3rd & 5th Mon of month at St Stephen's Church Hall, Brookfield, Tauranga 7.30-9.30pm. Craig 027 587 5115

Badminton Club

Every Mon, Aquinas College, Pyes Pa 7.30-9.30pm. Adults & year 12 & above. Racquets available. Sue 0211 944 335 www.taurangabadmintonclub.co.nz

Beginner Ballroom & Latin

Free introductory lesson every Monday through April at Club Mount Maunganui 8pm. Just come along. Udance2 - The Dance Centre. Dean/Miki 542 1295 www.udance2.co.nz Email: udance2@xtra.co.nz

Beginner Salsa Lessons

Presented by Bay Salsa at Studio 162, 162 Durham St 6.30pm. Walk in classes. www.baysalsa.co.nz

Bethlehem Lions Market

Changed to Easter Monday (only this month) at Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga 8am - 12pm. Stallholders - booking a carpark site is essential. Email Alf hvm@lionsclubs.org.nz

Body & Soul Fun Fitness

For over 50's, social events & guest speakers. Mon (no class Easter Monday) & Fri Greerton Hall Cameron Rd. Tues Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave. Weds City Church cnr Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St. Thurs at Tauranga Senior Citizens Hall, Norris St behind Pak n Save. All classes 9.15-10.15am. Dianne 576 5031 or 027 431 4326


Every Mon at Bethlehem Hall, Main Highway 7.15pm. First 3 nights free. Wendy 578 2585

Chess Mount Maunganui

Mount RSA Chess Club every Mon at Mount RSA, 544 Maunganui Rd. Early programme 6-7.30pm during school term. Late programme 7.30pm onwards. Standard chess rules. Incl casual games. Noel 579 5412

Civic Choir Tauranga

Practice every Mon at Wesley Church, 13th Ave, Tauranga 7.30pm. www.taurangacivicchoir.org.nz Heather 575 9092

Come Dancing Monday Nights

St Pats Hall, Beatty Ave, Te Puke 7-8.30pm. $3pp. Robert 573 8639


Every Mon & Weds at Senior Citizen's Hall, Norris St 7pm. Modern, waltzes, tango, quicksteps & more. $3pp. 543 9125

Easter Monday

Matua Hall 10am – 12pm. Celebrate Easter in traditional way with children from Czech & Slovak Club Tauranga. Register online https://www.csclubtauranga.nz/en/events/

Fitness League

Low impact exercise set to music using the Bagot Stack technique, for women of all ages & abilities. First class free. Mon at Settlers Hall Omokoroa 9.30am & Tues St Johns Anglican Church Waihi 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378

Greerton Every Girls Rally

Meet Mon fortnightly during school terms at Greerton Bible Church, cnr Oropi & Chadwick Rds, Tauranga 4-6pm. Open to all girls ages 7years upwards. Mary 571 0061

Line Dancing

Every Mon at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 6-8pm. Every Weds at Arataki Community Hall, Zambuk Way, Bayfair 12-2pm. Every Thurs at Matua Hall, Levers Rd 1-3pm. Pat 544 2574

Mount Chess Club

Every Mon at Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Mt Maunganui 1-4pm. Standard length chess. $3 a session. Sets, boards, clocks & refreshments provided. Bob/Vic 575 5845 or 0274 786 282

Mt Maunganui Bridge Club

Every Mon 12.45-4.15pm, with junior & novice sessions 7-9.15pm. Weds 7-10.15pm. Thurs 10.45am - 2.15pm (bring your lunch). Fri 12.45-4.15pm. 60 Golf Rd. $3 members $5 visitors. Anne 572 5522

Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu

Chinese martial art training, Selwyn Ridge School, Welcome Bay 6-7.30pm. Brian 021 241 7059

Omokoroa Beach Indoor Bowling Club

Meet at Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Rd Mon 1.30pm & Tues 7.30pm. Cost $3. Anne 548 1636

Otumoetai Indoor Bowls

No Bowls (Easter Monday). Karen 576 0443

Piloga Classes

Fusion of Pilates & yoga movements. Every Mon & Fri at Arataki Community Centre 10.15-11.30am. $15 per class.

Plunket Car Seat Clinic

Mon & Thurs at 471 Devonport Rd, Tauranga 10am - 2pm. Car seats checked & fitted by qualified Child Restraint Technicians. Donation appreciated. 578 7813

Recycled Teenagers

Gentle exercise for 50's forwards. Mon & Weds, 14 Norris St, Tauranga Senior Citizens Club. Tues at St Mary's Church Hall, Girven Rd. All 9 - 10.30am. First class free. Jennifer 571 1411

Ryukyu Kempo Karate

Every Mon & Weds at Levers Rd Hall, Matua 6.30-8pm. Age 10 & up, families welcome. Marty 027 405 1468

Silver Singers Choir

Tenor & base voices needed desperately for their 30 voice choir. Practices every Mon in St Stephen's Chapel, Brookfield Tce, Otumoetai 1pm. Pat 579 1036

Tauranga Creative Fibre

Every Mon at Arts Centre, Elizabeth St from 9.30am. Spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, crochet & more. Also on Thurs evening twice a month. Margaret 571 3483 or 021 0817 0350 or marg.rus@gmail.com

Tauranga Rock n Roll Club Inc

Every Mon at Legion of Frontiersmen's Hall, 165 Elizabeth St 7- 8pm. Relaxed, social evening of dancing. Members $3, non-members $5. Check the Facebook pages. Trina 576 7461 a/hs

Tauranga Scottish Country Dance Club

Beginners class at St John's Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd 6.30-8.30pm. Sarah 579 0123

Tauranga Senior Citizens Club

Cards, 500 & Bridge Mon & Thurs. Indoor Bowls Tues, Weds & Sat at 14 Norris St, behind Pak n Save 1-4pm. Register by 12.45pm. $2 incl afternoon tea.

Tauranga Spiritual Society Inc

Mini expo – healers & readers. Senior Citizen's Hall, 14 Norris St. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm. Free healing & cuppa. Raffle $2. Members $3, non members $5. 022 0670 467

Welcome Bay Painters Group

Meet every Mon at Lighthouse Church Hall, Welcome Bay Rd 9.30am – 12.30pm. Dennis 544 6451

Women's Art Group

Every Mon at Lyceum Club Rooms, 68 1st Ave 9am - 12pm. Margaret 543 3244 

1 Comment


Posted on 17-04-2017 12:07 | By Jimmy

Why is there such a emphasis on this event being the " National Jazz Festival"?, rather ironic when in the photo we have a blues band and behind them a hoarding with Jazz Festival on it!, go figure, the lustre has gone with the strand just being a giant alcohol extravaganza!, the music is secondary as one could not decipher one band from the next so laughter and punters having fun is one thing, but a "Jazz Festival" it is not!!!!.

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