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Snapshots David Soh 357 0922 | 021 488 525 email: firstname.lastname@example.org A Single Glance DoyouwanttoadvertiseonthispageintheTimes?Contacteditor@times.co.nz. www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, May 5, 2016 — 7 Music month Botany Library invites you to enjoy a free educational and fun-filled afternoon. Kids will explore different sounds through the use of different instruments as well as being able to sing and dance along to well-known tunes. They will also be introduced to the glockenspiel and will be able to, by the end of the session, play a simple melody on these instruments. There is a limit of 10 spaces per session. Recommended age: three to eight years-old. Dates: May 8, 15 and 29 from 3-4pm. Please register your names at the front desk at Botany Library or call on 272-0010.Remember places are limited so book ASAP. Forest and Bird South Auckland Forest and Bird will host Robert Vennell who will talk about the plan to estimate damage done by feral pigs in the Hunua Ranges. The meeting is at 7.30pm on May 9 at the Haseler Hall, All Saints Church, Selwyn Road, Howick. All welcome. Stream challenge The first 6km Puhinui Stream challenge is this weekend on Saturday, May 7. The free community fun walk traces the Puhinui Stream from Manukau’s Hayman Park to Manurewa’s Totara Park with free shuttles back to the start line for a fun filled day of entertainment. The inaugural challenge will start at 10.30am with warm-ups and onsite registrations from 9.30am. Register before Friday, May 6, 12 noon and secure a seat on the shuttle back to the finish line after the event. Online registration forms and further details can be found on the Puhinui Stream Challenge event facebook page. For any accessibility queries please contact the event team on walkpuhinui@aucklandcouncil. govt.nz or on 301-0101 for team events. Hooked on classics Manukau Concert Band presents Hooked on Classics, 7.30pm, Saturday May 7, Ormiston Senior College, 275 Ormiston Road. Come and listen to the music of the rock stars of the Renaissance performed by your local concert band – one of the best concert bands in New Zealand. It will include a range of exuberant pieces by Mozart and his mates. Entry and supper for a donation. ➤ Community notices Acompelling collection of images showing bare-chested men will feature in the Auckland Festival of Photography 2016 Signature Programme. Photographed over the past twelve months, the `Bare Truth’ portfolio contains striking portraits of men stripped down to the waist. The goal was to portray men as humble and vulnerable – in contrast to the common stereotype of being physically and emotionally strong. Presented in monochrome, they offer a rare opportunity to see real people without the ‘shield’ of clothes. The portfolio has won prestigious awards in New Zealand and abroad. It was selected to be an Associated Exhibition at Head On photo festival in Sydney and will be presented at Northart Gallery from June 5-22. photography Bare truth more info ➤ When: Opening function, Sunday, June 5, 4 – 6pm ➤ Artist talk: Sunday, June 12, 2pm ➤ Where: Northart Gallery, Norman King Square, Ernie Mays Street, Northcote Shopping Centre ➤ Open daily: 10am-4pm From the Seed of Warriors Ilan Wittenberg While every effort is made to run the notices, volume and space restrictions may mean events may not run. This is a free noticeboard for non-profit groups. Please email notices to email@example.com . The Botany community leader, one of the guiding lights behind the creation of the impressive Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Flat Bush, is among many in our local community enjoying this period of quiet contemplation and care for the environment in the lead up to Buddha’s Birthday celebrations this Sunday, May 8. He’s very proud of his achievements in playing a part in the temple’s construction and has the great satisfaction of seeing many Buddhists from across New Zealand come to it and enjoy its sanctuary of peace and enlightenment. A fortnight ago on World Environment Day, Peter was one of more than 100 people from the local community who rolled up their sleeves and cleaned up the grounds of the temple in preparation for this weekend’s events. “We hold the working bee every year to make sure the temple is very clean and tidy, and it’s good to be a part of it,” he says. “ The temple means a lot to me, my family, Buddhists and our local community. “We have to look after it and preserve it with care. “It’s wonderful that so many people in our local community respect the temple and the property that they turn up to help with the clean-up. We are very grateful for their efforts.” Peter remains the senior advisor for the temple, and he was for many years the president of the Buddha’s Light International Association (NZ). This Sunday’s Buddha’s Day Multicultural Festival at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple, at 16 Stancombe Road, Flat Bush, is open to all people of the community and is free to enter from 10am to 4pm. “We welcome everyone to enjoy the many performances and activities we are putting on,” says Peter. There will be prayers for world peace, display of Buddhist artefacts, vegetarian food fair, the bathe the Buddha ceremony, cultural performances, and the Prince Siddhartha Wonderland to enjoy. “ The Buddha’s Birthday Baby Blessing Ceremony is one of the special events,” says Peter, “when parents can bring their new and young babies to be blessed for a life of good health, wisdom and great fortune.” Parents can register their young ones for the blessing at 12.30pm for the 1pm ceremony. Peter also encourages visitors to enjoy a new art show at the temple, entitled The Beauty of Buddha’s Light, a photography exhibition touring the world, by Venerable Huei Yan, which opened on April 24. Informative talk Peter Young had the great pleasure to be the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Combined Probus Club of Ormiston. He enjoyed the occasion so much that he signed up for club membership immediately. Being the day of the Probus club’s annual general meeting, there was a large, friendly group of seniors in attendance which thoroughly enjoyed his talk about his life, varied business career and his expert knowledge of the local real estate market. Peter has been for many years a very successful and admired realtor for Barfoot and Thompson and is known as the gentleman real estate agent. He’s also managed the property development of a small farm he owned in Point View Drive into residential housing. He has built up a very professional Barfoot and Thompson team alongside colleague Robben Li, and has many respected associates in the property development field. “It was a privilege to speak to the Probus Club of Ormiston and I am appreciative of its invitation. I look forward to being an active member of the club. “I think the members enjoyed my talk, which included photographs of my life and what I’ve done in my business career.” His address about local real estate grabbed the listeners’ attention when he revealed that on average, land section prices have risen by about $100,000 over the past year. keeping the faith Community leader counts blessings This time of year is very important to people who follow the Buddhist faith, and for Peter Young JP it has special added significance On World Environment Day on April 23, Peter Young JP, centre, was one of more than 100 people from the local community that cleaned up the grounds of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Flat Bush, in preparation for this Sunday’s Buddha’s Birthday celebrations. Photos supplied Peter Young was grateful for the opportunity to be the guest speaker at a recent Probus Club of Ormiston meeting, where he delivered an informative, well-received talk about his life, business career and the local real estate market.
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