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There are plenty of reasons to stay in town during the April school holidays in Devonport.
Showing throughout most of April at The Rose Centre is Company Theatre’s Auckland Amateur Premiere of Calendar Girls. Featuring local talent both on and off stage, this adaptation of a true story is sure to entertain and delight. Shows will run from Wednesday to Sunday starting 6th April and finishing 27th April. For more details and to book phone 445 9900 or email info@rosecentre.co.nz
On Sunday 14th April the Weetbix Tryathlon will be held at Narrow Neck. This event is much anticipated by many young aspiring athletes in the area.
The Michael King Writers’ Centre in collaboration with Auckland Council is organising a community masterclass with New Zealand author, Tessa Duder on Friday 19th April, 10am-3pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in writing to learn the practical tools for success from a master writer. There is no cost but bookings are essential – phone; 354 2185, 021 225 2344 or 446 1269. The following day on Saturday 20th April at 4pm, The Vic will screen the film version of Duder’s iconic novel, ‘Alex’. Both Duder and Lauren Jackson, the actress who played ‘Alex’ in the 1993 film, will be present.
Celebrating the start of the school holidays, the Devonport Community House is hosting the Harvest Fair on Sunday 21st April, 12pm-3pm, together with the Devonport Community Garden and featuring Community Harvesting and Ngataringa Organic Gardens. It’s a great afternoon out with competitions and activities for the whole family.
Devonport Library’s school holiday programme will have a heroes and villains theme including Robin Hood and other favourite characters. On Wednesday 1st May, storyteller Andy Wright will be visiting the library at 2:30pm to enthral audiences of all ages.
‘Wonderful Windows’ is the theme of Torpedo Bay Navy Museum’s (TBNM) holiday programme, where children can make a ‘stained glass window’ using Perspex panels and glass paint. There will be many other activities at TBNM including special activities to celebrate ANZAC day such as 3D poppy making and object handling from TBNM’s special artefacts collection.
ANZAC Day is always a special occasion in Devonport. The parade down Victoria Rd, laying of wreaths at the cenotaph and other proceedings are coordinated by Devonport RSA and involve the whole community. The Navy, local schools and a wide variety of community groups including Scouts and the Devonport Garden & Floral Art Club all take part. Afterwards, everyone is invited back for a cup of tea at the RSA hall.
That’s all from me for now and have a great month! - Maria.

For more info or to sign up for the Devonport Peninsula eNEWS, please contact dportcomm@xtra.co.nz or call 445 9533

By Maria Teape - Devonport Community Coordinator,
Devonport Peninsula Trust

by Maria Teape

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