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Selwyn Times: April 18, 2018

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24 Wednesday April 18 2018 Latest Christchurch news at Backyard Critters FOCUS: While thrips can be seen with the naked eye, they are best observed under a microscope. Tiny flying thrips pest around the garden Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us CONTINUING EDUCATION Papanui High School Term 2 2018 night classes As daylight saving ends and the evenings become longer why not take the opportunity to take up a new hobby, learn a new skill, meet some new people and have fun at the same time then join one of Papanui High School’s exciting range of Adult and Community Education Courses for Term 2 beginning from 7 May. We have a wide range of courses to choose from and guarantee you will find something to appeal regardless of age or interests. Two of our new classes on offer for Term 2 are Upholstery and Furniture Repolishing Piano Raewyn Clegg Registered Teacher of Piano and Theory of Music. 29 Lancewood Drive Halswell Ph 322-9377 SELWYN TIMES and Restoration. In the Upholstery course you can learn how to repair, repad and recover your favourite piece of furniture. This is a fun hands on class is being taught by Steve McDonald from McDonald Hartshorne Upholstery. The class is being held over two days Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 June 9 am – 4pm both days at a cost of $153. If furniture repair is something you are interested in but you do not want to reupholster your favourite piece you might like to join our Furniture Polishing and Restoration class where you will learn the basics of stripping, sanding and repolishing your own item of furniture. This is a hands on course and students will need to bring their own chair, coffee table, tea wagon or similar item to work on. This course is being taught by Mike Fullen from Seatons French Polishers and is also being held on Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 June 9 am – 4 pm at a cost of $203. This fee includes the cost of all your materials. For further information and enrolment on these or any of our classes please visit our website www. or email Barbara Roper on rpb@ or telephone our office on 3520701. AT 1MM long, thrips are very tiny insects which can be seen with the naked eye but are best observed under a microscope. Thrips can vary in colour from pale yellow to black. Adults have two pairs of narrow wings with long hairs, making them look like feathers, but when not flying, the wings are folded away on their abdomen. Young larvae don’t have wings, but mature stages of larvae may have wing buds. More than 6150 species are known in the world. New Zealand has more than 140 species, with only 50 of these being endemic (not recorded elsewhere). Darfield aircraft and car show benefits St John, fire brigade THE SHEFFIELD Volunteer Fire Brigade and St John have benefitted from the Wings & Wheels fundraising event. About 1000 people turned out for the annual aircraft and car show in Darfield recently. The day featured cars, motorbikes, aircraft, a virtual reality firefighting simulator and a children’s evacuation tunnel. Thrips often pierce plant tissues and suck the contents, but other species may feed on fungi, pollen or even mites or thrips. In New Zealand, the onion thrips (thrips tabaci), the western flower thrips (frankliniella occidentalis) and the greenhouse thrips (heliothrips haemorrhoidalis) are probably the worst pest species. Some thrips are plant virus vectors. These viruses are transferred while feeding. Other thrips can spread fungal spores which can be a problem on orchard crops. On the positive side, some thrips do provide pollination services for plants. PHOTO: ANNE LAMBE Chief fire officer Neville Croy said while he was happy with the day, overcast weather and Saturday sport led to a smaller turnout. He said it is unlikely the event will be held on a Saturday again as a result. “We have got the right idea for fundraising . . . we have just got to get mother nature to play the game,” he said.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday [Edition April 18 datE] 2018 253 continuing education Learning happens at any time and a good discussion helps it happen Lifelong Learning is not just about older people learning. It is about good discussion, taking risks and accepting new challenges and opening your mind to new ideas. At any age. I sit in my office and listen to a group discussing a wide range of issues in the next room. Some of their viewpoints I agree with and some I don’t and I can tell that they do not all agree with each other. So they discuss intently then they laugh and have lunch together. They continue to sort out the world and issues as far apart as Use of Technology, Autonomous vehicles, Importance of Art, Relevance of religion, Veganism, City transport, Competition in sport, The moral maze etc. Kazuko has just completed a series of 3 sessions transforming a room into a place to absorb Japanese culture while in another a group discuss “Arguments, Fallacies and Trickery”. Why can some people argue really well and others cannot? Our term 2 programme will is available online now and enrolments can be made via that at or by contacting us. adult and community education at Risingholme community centre As term one draws to an end its time to start thinking about enrolling for term two. There are still spaces available and we are pleased to have some new classes on offer. Term two starts on Monday 7th May 2018 and all class information is available via our website. Our new classes include Print Making, Art of Motion and Dance, Art of Creativity and Motion, Coding and Electronics using Arduino, Zentangle and Drawing and Sketching. We have also developed a new series of classes that focus on sustainability ‘Future Living Skills’ This sustainable living programme is a practical, fun way to learn and use actions, which not only reduce your environmental impacts, but can also save you money and bring you a heathier lifestyle. The ‘Plastics Free’ and ‘Fermented Foods’ workshops although run separately are being offered as part of the ‘Future Living Skills’ programme. We are continually developing new courses based on the information that we gather from the community, so please check our website regularly for updates. Risingholme’s traditional base of art and craft courses continues to flourish with a full range available at a number of venues. They include fabrics, woodwork skills, cake decorating, health & fitness and well-being, computing, guitar and photography, cooking as well as many others. Have you ever considered learning a new Language we have a number of these that will run throughout the year including NZ Sign, Te Reo Maori, ESOL, Russian Italian, Arabic, German, Spanish and Italian. Language classes run at a variety of levels from Beginners to more advanced. If you can’t find what you are looking for – “Tell us what you would like to learn” For more information on classes at Risingholme, Riccarton High School, Christchurch Girls High School, Shirley Boys High School and Hornby High School, contact Risingholme Community Centre at 332 7359 or email info@ The full programme for Term 1 is on our website at Adult and Community Education Term 2, 2018 Come learn with us Risingholme Community Centre offers a wide range of short courses, each term, at a range of venues. Shirley Boys’ High School Painting with Acrylics, German Language, Photoshop, Reiki Level 1, Spanish Language Level 3, Te Reo Maori, Thai Cooking, Website Design, Woodwork, Yoga (range of classes). Art of Creativity & Expression, Intro to Coding & Electronics using Arduino, Art of Motion & Dance. Risingholme Community Centre Art (Create with Pastels & Paints, Mixed Media, Watercolour, Painting with Acrylics), Mindfulness, Cake Decorating, Drawing & Sketching, Embroidery, ESOL, Fabric & Craft Skills, Guitar, Pottery, Sewing Skills, Upholstery, Using your Overlocker, Weekend Sewing classes, Yoga, Wood Sculpture, Woodwork, Woodwork for Women, Zentangle, Weaving, Printmaking, Fermented Foods, Plastics Free. Christchurch Girls’ High School Dressmaking, Embroidery, Te Reo Maori, Watercolour Painting, Drawing & Sketching, Preserving Fruit, Vegetables & Herbs. Hornby High School Sewing Skills, Thai Cooking. Riccarton High School Calligraphy, Level 3 ESOL IELTS, ESOL Business English Intermediate. Indian Cooking, Italian Language, NZ Sign Language (a range of levels), Russian Language, Sewing Skills, Spanish Language, Te Reo Maori, Arabic, A taste of Egyptian cooking, Picture Framing. Full details available on Risingholme office at 99 Hawford Road Phone 332 7359 | Email