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Your high five events for the weekend of 25 and 26 August

Make sure you take advantage of the last two days of Wellington on a Plate (too short!), and maybe take in free clothes, upgrading Aro Valley, an organ recital, plant walk and full moon drumming.

Everything is free, yes FREE, at Vinnie’s Popup / Free Shop from 10am to 4pm on Saturday. All woman’s, men’s and children’s clothing is going free while stocks last. Throughout the day there will be fresh fruit (thanks to Kaibosh), filtered coffee (thanks to Peoples Coffee) and tea available, with a free sausage sizzle at midday.

The Aro Valley Community Centre is receiving a $1.3 million upgrade, with the City Council partnering with Aro Valley Community Council to direct the allocation of these funds into a centre that meets the growing needs of the community. The Aro Valley community has been actively involved in the design process; the brief for the project, and more, is here: Have a read and bring your thoughts to a public Site Development Meeting from 1-4pm Saturday at the Aro Valley Commnty Centre, 48 Aro Street. There will be a presentation of the latest survey result, and lots of discussion.

Prizewinning organist Thomas Gaynor returns to his Wellington hometown to play in recital on the Maxwell Fernie Organ at St. Mary of the Angel, 17 Boulcott St, on Saturday from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. The fundraising concert ($20 at the door) is to assist Thomas to complete the final year of the doctorate in Organ Performance and Literature at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He was recently the first organist in thirty years to be awarded Eastman’s coveted Artist’s Certificate. The programme will include works by Bach, Mendelssohn, and Widor’s Sixth Organ Symphony, and the concert has been generously sponsored by the Goethe Society, Wellington. Thomas will give a pre-recital talk at 6.45 in the church about competing in Germany on Bach’s organs and other historic instruments of the time.

On Sunday from 2.00 to 3.30pm, join the guided walk The Plant Deserves a Second Look at Otari Wilton’s Bush, 160 Wilton Road, Wilton. This easy 1.5 hour walk and talk will look at some features, both good and bad, of a range of plants that might intrigue and surprise you. It’s $5 for the general public and all walks are free to Trust members and children under 15.

Finish the weekend with August Full Moon Drumming at Princess Bay, from 7pm through to 1am. This no-waste no-alcohol gathering on a special beach requires respect and responsibility (please be aware of our neighbour’s driveway opposite the stairway don’t park directly in front of it). Bring friends, fire spinning kits and fuel, instruments (though you don’t have to have one, hanging out by the fire is fine), warm clothing, drinking water and food… Firewood is greatly appreciated (non-treated, no pallets due to nails; the group gather firewood from outside the reserve each month for the fire as there is very rarely enough wood at Princess Bay itself. If you want to help fossick for wood, or find out anything else (maps etc), check their Facebook page.