Yup, we’ve been warned this summer’s going to be a hot one. And with the global economy making spending that little bit tighter, we all need to save our recessionary dollars for cooling ice cream and gelato. There are a couple of things one can do to keep it easy on the pocket while having a good time. There are, of course, loads of free or low cost stuff to get from the library – not to mention the fact that libraries have excellent air conditioning! But there is also Wellington’s famous Summer City festival, packed with free events. It kicks off on New Year’s eve with a massive party in Civic Square, and ends 29 March with (coincidentally) more kicking off in a “mini world-cup” football match known as Culture Kicks.  Libraries will soon have printed copies of the programme, but why wait?  Check out the Summer City offerings online at wotzon.com.