… is on Saturday, the 13th of March (2010 of course!), from 9am to 12pm. It will be in the Wesley Church Hall, on Taranaki Street. So go and get yourself some new old clothes! It supports New Horizons for Women Trust and ChangeMakers Refugee Forum; both noble causes.
Wellington City Council is running a photography competition for 10-18 year-olds in March. You can win a camera, and maybe even get paid for your photos to be added to the Council’s collection of stock images. Paid! Win! Two appealing words. All you need to do is take photos that captures your youthperspective of Wellington.
It runs from Saturday, the 13th of February, to Sunday, the 14th of March. There is a free photography workshop on Saturday, the 13th of February , here, at the Central Library, at 1pm.
There is more information to be found here.
It’s Banned Books Week, the ‘national celebration of the freedom to read’. It’s a US thing – for whatever reason, very few (if any) books are challenged here – but it allows us to make a pretty interesting list of some of our favourite books. A list we call Top 10 Books Banned in the USA (That We Have In Our Young Adult Collection).
1. His Dark Materials Trilogy, by Phillip Pullman
2. TTYL, TTFN, and L8R, G8R, by Lauren Myracle
3. The Scary Stories series, by Alvin Schwartz
4. The Gossip Girl series, by Cecily Von Ziegesar
5. The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger
6. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
7. The Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
8. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
9. Forever, by Judy Blume
10. Baby Bebop, Francesca Lia Block
The Cherry Blossom Festival is on this Sunday, the 20th of September at the St James Theatre and Te Papa.
The Sakai Association (Sakai is Wellington’s Japanese Sister City) will be hosting a range of fun activities including: traditional kyudo (Japanese archery) demonstrations, shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and shamisen (three-stringed musical instrument) music, beautiful ikebana (flower arranging) and the peaceful tea ceremony.
Handle the kyudo bows/arrows and the Japanese musical instruments, create ikebana, make tea, play with traditional Japanese toys and learn origami.
YA Central is the name of Penguin publishing’s online content for teens and readers of YA fiction. They have interviews with authors (videos, no less) such as Laurie Halse Anderson (and here), John Green, and Lauren Myracle. Access to other author interview videos, book trailers and behind-the-scene footage is promised. It’s part of The Publisher’s Office, Penguin’s online periodical, which is full of all kinds of stuff – web 2.0 at its most literary.
Louise Rennison, author of the Georgia Nicholson books, was interviewed on Nat Radio’s Nine to Noon programme this morning. She’s a comedian as well as an author and is very entertaining to listen to. She discusses the recent film adaption of Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging (we have the DVD and all ten books in the series).
and win 3,000 bucks!
The Buy NZ Made Campaign is running a Video Ad Competition to raise awareness for buying NZ Made products and to provide base material for members to use to advertise their NZ made products. Entrants are being asked to submit a 15, 30 or 45 second advert about buying NZ Made and will need to upload their videos onto the Buy NZ Made Channel on the website Youtube. The most viewed video on Youtube between 1st June and 31st August 2009 will win a $500 prize. For the overall competition the ads will be judged with a first prize of $3000, second prize $1500 and a third prize of $500. For more information on the competition please visit the purpose-built website.
On Saturday the 28th of March is Earth Hour. To take part in this global event, all you need to do is to switch off your lights at 8.30pm for an hour. Which is pretty easy! There is more about Wellington’s efforts for the day here.
(I initially said that it was this Saturday, which is wrong, although you could still turn your lights off for an hour if you wanted to.)
Read about Earth Hour here, or watch some of the Youtube clips below.
The Almost Amazing Race has a number of sponsors; we’d like to thank them for their support and their time!
Here they are:
Noel Leeming (Tory Street, Wellington)
Subway (Manners Street, Wellington)
The Children’s BookShop, Kilbirnie
Department of Conservation
Cancer Society of NZ
Wellington City Council