Blueskin Bay Library celebrates Turn Off TV Week – 20 to 27 April 2008

April 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Events, Library_News, Turn Off TV Week | 1 Comment

Every year since 2002 Blueskin Bay has provided a variety of activities during a particular week to encourage residents to turn aside from their television sets for a time, to embrace other activities and to encourage a greater sense of community.

This year the emphasis is “celebrating community” and the resources which individuals and groups can share with one another, providing fun and contributing to lifelong learning.

Many of the activities are outdoor ones but there are also opportunities to learn hobbies / crafts which can while away the winter. For the most part the 2008 programme draws on talent within the Blueskin Bay community and provides an opportunity for promoting it.

The week begins on Sunday 20 April with a fun run / walk from the Blueskin Library at Waitati to the Orokanui Eco-sanctuary and return. Following that there will be a community BBQ outside the Library.

On Monday 21 April there will be a Sustainable Practices seminar with Jenny Nielson about methods of organic waste disposal, recyclable materials and special waste services. (Waitati Hall 2 to 3 p.m.)

In the evening there will be a Hybrid Clothing workshop with guidance and practical assistance ion re-making old garments into new ones. (Waitati Hall 7 to 9.30 p.m.)

There will also be a Tae Kwon Do open night (Warrington Hall 6 to 7.30 p.m.)

Tuesday 22 April sees a Bike maintenance workshop coupled with safety and riding skills run by ‘Banger’ from R&R Sports. Banger runs such courses for the Taieri Community College, Otago Polytechnic and University of Otago. (Waitati Hall and then Bland Park 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Bring your own lunch.

Mandy Mayhem will read stories at the Blueskin café in the afternoon followed by a presentation on cloth nappies by Michelle Andrews. 3 p.m.

Chatterbooks – a chance to chat about books you have read recently and to hear about other books people have been reading is an initiative by the Library to start a book-group with not-too-serious purpose. (Library 7 p.m.)

What’s in the Box? is a workshop by Murray Soal explaining in non-technical terms the workings of computers. (Waitati Hall 7 to 9 p.m.)

Wednesday 23 April provides an opportunity for children to learn elements of Horse riding from 1 to 3 p.m. Linda Charlton will facilitate a Cheese-making workshop at 2 p.m while an introduction to Homeopathic First-aid will be provided in the evening by Jane Young between 7 and 9 p.m – all events are at Blueskin Bay Library.

Thursday 24 April sees a Pet Show held outside the Library at 2 p.m. There is a Gallery on Blueskin exhibition opening from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. The theme is ‘Blue’ – pick up a blank canvas and submit your own entry.

For a touch of the Caribbean Alison Appleby provides a demonstration of Calypso and some tuition. (Waitati Hall 8 p.m.)

ANZAC DAY Friday 25 April the usual service will be held in the Waitati Hall at 10 a.m.

Saturday 26 April Walk through Volco Park with Nick Prosser. Meet near the horse-trough Old North Road.

Sunday 27 April Closing Street Party at Warrington after walking from St Barnabas Church to the Warrington Domain. More details soon.

The whole week is devoted to celebration and sharing in order to enhance an even greater sense of community in the whole of the Blueskin Bay area.

Please note that while some events are free and open to all, registrations will be essential for the workshops. Costs vary from $2 per person to $15 per person.

Most workshops are $5 or under. Numbers will be limited for most workshops so that individual attention can be assured.


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  1. is great to have discovered your blog! Good to see Dunedin Public Libraries keeping up with the times. I hope you are getting all the support you deserve. Should you need any help with library 2.0 techniques, the Otago Polytechnic’s Educational Development Centre can help 🙂

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