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Your high five events for Tuesday 18 September

Try on costumes, zines, scrabble, whales, and the Pyrénées for size…

After 25 years in business, The Costume Company at 214 Willis Street is having a closing down sale and everything must go. They are opening up their vault and welcoming everyone to rummage the racks and hopefully find some treasures. The sale started yesterday and continues daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm weekdays, reduced hours weekends, until 3 November.

Realign The Margins: AAAH Zine Club is a DIY cut-n-paste, writing, drawing and self-publishing studio held on-site at Massey University Library as part of the Asian Aotearoa Arts Hui which runs to 23 September. Realign The Margins features an Asian New Zealand library display, an exhibition, a free lunchtime talk with Ya-wen Ho and others, and two zine-making workshops lead by Helen Yeung of the Migrant Zine Network. The open-access workshops focusing on the nuances of Asian New Zealand identity in context with cultural experiences of Māori, Pakeha and Pasifika peoples will allow participants to come together for cross-cultural conversations, which will develop through art, design (making) and writing processes, and resolve in personal and collaborative hand-made print publications. The work produced from these workshops will be featured in the library exhibition and at Te Papa as part of the AAAH Symposium weekend from 20 to 23 September. The first AAAH Zine Club takes place this afternoon from 1:00pm-4:00pm; the second is tomorrow morning from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Entry is $5:00 and you can book here.

Join the weekly Scrabble Group at Island Bay Community Centre and enjoy fellowship and a friendly game over a cuppa in their lounge at 137 The Parade, Island Bay.  All level of players are welcome, from beginners to seasoned players, on Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm for a gold coin contribution. For more information contact the centre on 04 383 7464 or email:

As part of Conservation Week, there are two free events today from Project Jonah (the organisation that has been caring for whales, dolphins and seals since 1974) at the Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, corner Queens Drive and Woburn Road, Lower Hutt. Story time with Mina, the Schools Educator from Project Jonah, runs from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. And you can hear Project Jonah volunteer Cameron Sang talk about whales, dolphins, and what it’s like to be a volunteer medic with Project Jonah from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

A new book by Jennifer Andrewes, Parallel Lives: Four Seasons in the French Pyrénées, recounts the time that she and her family spent in this mountainous area of France. Alliance Française Wellington are hosting Jennifer for a Talk and Book Signing this evening from 6:00pm to 7.30pm (in French and English) at Level 3, Old Dominion Building, 78 Victoria Street. Free admission.