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Your high five for the weekend of 21-22 July

Five free or cheap things to do on the last weekend of the school holidays.

The Wellington Winter 2018 Rubik’s Cube Tournament is running all day on Saturday (8:00am to 7:00pm) at the ASB Sports Centre, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie. It’s a free all-ages event, with registration fees if you want to compete. Wellington Winter 2018 is an official World Cube Association sanctioned speedcubing competition. Speedcubing is a colourful and exciting spectator sport where competitors solve the famous Rubik’s Cube and similar puzzles against the clock.

Richter City Roller Derby returns to the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre, 101 Kilbirnie Crescent, on Saturday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm with two exciting matches from Wellington’s all-female, non-profit, skater owned and operated, flat-track roller derby league, which has been rolling since 2007.  Doors open at 4:00pm, and the full-contact, quad roller skate action starts from 5:00pm, when the Richter City All Stars host Swamp City Roller Derby from the Manawatu in a 2018 New Zealand Derby Top 10 Champs game.  The home season continues from 7:00pm with Brutal Pageant and Comic Slams facing off in the intra-league round robin for 2018. More information, including seating and catering options (exit and re-entry is also available) from http://www.richtercity.co.nz/, along with ticket details ($13.00 for adults, $5.00 for children over five, with a range of concessions). Or call 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)

Celebrate the 108th anniversary of Colombian Independence Day on Saturday night with local seven-piece salsa band C-26 and special guests. The dance action starts from 10:00pm at Rogue and Vagabond, 18 Garrett Street, with $5:00 door sales – but bring some extra cash to buy a C-26 T-shirt and help finance their forthcoming EP.

Celebrate the completion of the four-year restoration of the National War Memorial Carillon on Sunday at the latest in a series of free recitals by national carillonist Timothy Hurd QSM. As the carillon bells are best heard from outside, it’s recommend that you bring a coat to wrap up warmly, with the recital commencing at 2:30pm in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Buckle Street, Mt Cook. The National War Memorial Carillon Winter Recital Series will continue next Sunday, and 5 August. Visitors to Pukeahu will also have the opportunity to take an in-depth look at five of the carillon bells, dedicated by Wellingtonians in memory of those who died in the Great War. The Wellington Bell Stories visitor display, donated by Wellington City Council, is inside the National War Memorial.

Have you ever wondered how Otari-Wilton’s Bush got its varied forms and plant collections? During the Guided Walk: 100 Years of Planting In Otari, at 160 Wilton Road on Sunday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, you can see and hear the history of some of the constructions and plant collections that now form the cultivated area of Otari. You won’t need boots or even strong shoes for this casual walk around the cultivated areas, and tickets are $5.00, or free to Trust members and children under 15.

For more events see https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/