Good morning SunLive readers and welcome back to Saturday.
I'm on the fence as to whether or not I should feel for those of you who will be out there taking on the Tauranga International Marathon today, as the sky is looking pretty grim.
As a former running enthusiast though, I know that running in the rain can be a Godsend on warmer days and if that's you too then you should make the most of it while you can; because it's expected to clear into a fine day by late morning.
The high today is 18°c and that's dropping down overnight to 8°c.
And of course with the marathon comes a bunch of technical traffic stuff you ought to know about.
Closures will be in place on the Strand from Harington Street to Devonport Road; and on Wharf Street from Willow Street to The Strand from 5am to 10pm today.
Durham Street from Harington St to Hamilton Street will also be closed from 9am to 5pm.
The day features a range of different events including the full marathon which kicks off from 9am at Papamoa Beach Road; the 6km run starting at 9.30am at Judea Rugby Club; 12km run starting at Beach Road Reserve at 10am; Half marathon run starting at 10.30 at Coronation Park; and the kids dash beginning at 1.30pm.
An overview of the marathon, the courses and other event info is available here but if you can make it, be sure to swing by the course and cheer on these keen athletes.
Also kicking off today is the Vegan Vibes Festival at Sopher Reserve from 10am-4pm.
The vegan festival will showcase a curated selection of vegan food, food products, body and leisure products, fashion, footwear and much more from around the country. There will also be guest speakers, workshops, giveaways, music and entertainment.
Early bird admission is $12.25 or $15 door sales. Children under 13 attend free.
For the home makers, the Tauranga Spring Home Show is on between 10am and 4pm at ASB Baypark Arena through until Sunday.
Whether you're looking to build, renovate or decorate your home, you will find expert advice from more than 200 leading exhibitors at the Spring Home Show.
And while you’re there be sure to catch up with some friendly faces from Sun Media, who will be hosting a stand all weekend.
Entry costs $10 for adults and children under 13 attend free.
Over at Althorp Village residents and staff members are hosting a day that’s all about causes.
More than 150 people will be in attendance of a special brunch, that’s set to raise awareness about Prostate and Breast Cancer.
There’s an amazing spread of raffle prizes up for grabs so if you want to win make sure you go along and support the great cause; it’s happening between 10am-12pm.
If you’re wanting some entertainment, head along and catch Tauranga’s finest synchronised swimmers at Baywave in Mount Maunganui.
This is a great chance to see the Tauranga Synchro athletes perform their routines in preparation for the NZ National Synchronised Swimming Championships being held in October in Invercargill.
Head along and support the girls as all are welcome.
Plus it's a perfect opportunity to get a feel for the sport for those interested in giving synchro a go.
And if any of those options still aren’t of interest to you, then be sure to peruse our listing in today’s list of What’s On:
Saturday 22 September
Art In The Park
Art for sale. Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui. Weather Permitting. 9am-5pm. Tauranga Society of Artists
At Zee Market
169 Elizabeth St, Tauranga. 10am-2pm. You’ll find an ever-changing collection of creations. Come along to see what’s available for you today!
Bay Network Social Club
50 Plus. Great people & awesome outings. Must have a sense of humor. Ph Jonathan 572 2091 or Maureen 021 112 3307
Beth-El Messianic Family
Celebrate Family Life with believers who meet & worship as Yeshua (Jesus) & all the early believers did. Shalom.10am Otumoetai Primary. www.BethEl.org.nz. Joel 021 768 043
Bible Society Hymn Fest
Oct 14th 2pm Salvation Army Citadel sing along with the Salvation army Choir. An offering will be taken up. Ph Harry 579 3967
Calling Lada Car owners
The Russian festival organisers are keen to have any Russian built Lada cars on display. Interested? 021 781 968
Come Dancing Tonight
Tauranga Scottish Society invite you to our monthly dance 7:30-10:30 Greerton Hall. Entry $7 inc raffles & supper. Ph 576 5976
Gate Pa Junior Tennis
Junior club days 9am: 5-7 yrs, 10am: 8-10 yrs & Thursdays 4.30pm for intermediate & college ages. Raquets available. Ph 576 5178 or 0274 520 600
Jigsaw Puzzle Library
St Stephens invites you to join their library. Open 10-12 at Highmore Pl. Over 150 puzzles to choose from. Children’s to 1000 pieces.
LOL Laughter Wellness
Release your D.O.S.E. (Dopamine, Oxytocin, Seratonin, Endorphins) of joy from your inner pharmacy. Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui, 11-11:45am. Koha. Ph Trish 022 036 6768 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Menz Shed Te Puke
86B No.3 Rd Te Puke. Come & join us at our shed Mon, Wed, Fri at 9am. Ph 573 8655 or 573 5971
Mount Maunganui Toy Library
Rent toys, keep your kids entertained. Find us on Facebook. 22 MacDonald St, Wed 9:30-12, Fri 11:30-2, Sat 9:30-12
Mount Music Club
2nd Sat in month. Mostly country. Good backing band. Mount Old Folks Hall, Midway, Mount
Open meeting every Saturday 7:30-8:30pm, Hanmer Clinic (behind Super Liquor), 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton. For more info, call 0800 NA TODAY
Ostomates meet at the Cancer rooms 111 Cameron Rd 1:30pm. A fun afternoon with Les Cheyne speaking
Pukete Pioneers Marching Club
Reunion NZ Labour Weekend 2019. We are looking for ex-marchers, club members/families connected with Pukete Pioneers Marching Teams between 1982-1990. Contact Kath on J.K.email@example.com
Shrek The Musical
8pm at Baycourt Theatre. Based on the story & characters from the award winning animated film. Go to www.baycourt.co.nz for info & tickets.
Spiritual Chant SoS
Experience the Sound of Soul spiritual HU chant. Spiritual chat follows. 1:30-2:30pm Cafe Versailles 107 Grey St Tauranga
Sunshine Sequence Dance Group
Come & enjoy tea/dance. Sat Sept 29. Baptist Church hall, 13th Ave. 5-9pm. $5pp. BYO food, plates, cutlery, non alcoholic drinks. Jan 544 4379
Synchronised Swimming Display
Tauranga Synchro are holding a synchronised swimming display at 11am at Baywave. There’ll be a mixture of solo, duet/trio & team performances. Everyone welcome! Facebook.com/taurangasynchroNZ
Taoist Tai Chi -Tauranga
Beginners Class 8:30-10am at 15 Koromiko St, Judea. All welcome to join in at any time. Memberships from $19 monthly. Great for stress, balance, flexibility. Ph 578 6193
Tauranga Fuchsia Group
Meets last Saturday of month 1:30pm Tauranga Art Craft Centre Elizabeth St West. Fuchsia Growing Workshops Social time. Ph Pat 579 1655 Noeleen 578 4643
Tauranga Senior Citizens Club
CARDS 500 Mon & Thurs. INDOOR BOWLS Tues, Wed & Sat. 14 Norris St (behind PaknSave) 12:45pm for 1pm start. Entry $2 includes afternoon tea. New members welcome.
30s-50s age group of males & females that meet up to dine out or participate in different events & activities. Ph 022 012 0376